13 of the Laziest Ways People Are Making Extra Money

Whether you’re facing an unexpected expense, seeking to boost your savings, or simply looking to make extra money for that dream vacation, the allure of making money fast is undeniable. Here are some practical, legitimate, and creative strategies that can put cash in your pocket quickly.

1. Work Overtime

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If you have a job that allows you to work overtime, then this is the best and easiest way to make extra money. This is the quickest and easiest way to get some extra cash in your pocket. Many companies offer extra pay for overtime hours, so you can easily make 300 dollars. Of course, most companies don’t pay out immediately, so you probably won’t see that money right away, but if you don’t need the money immediately, then getting more money from your job is a legit way to make $300 dollars.

2. Drive for Uber and Lyft

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Depending on where you live and your availability, you can make $300 a week if you hustle. According to this article in Business Insider, this driver made about $257 for less than 14 hours of work — or about $19 an hour. That is only a few dollars less than the $300 you need to make fast. Put some more hours in, and you can get the $300.

3. Move Out and Rent

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If you have another safe place to go, consider sprucing up your place a bit and renting it out on Airbnb. Suppose you charge $100 a night or $300 a weekend; you will see that money soon.

4. Write for Listverse

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Listeverse will give you $100 for writing a list of 10. According to them, it works like this: You write your list (10 items per list minimum), you send it in, we reply and say, “Great—we’ll publish it,” and send you $100 by PayPal (don’t have an account? make one—it’s easy and free), or we reply and say “Sorry—it isn’t the sort of thing our readers will love—give it another shot.” Just remember, your list should be at least one or two paragraphs per entry. Do this three times, and you can easily earn $300 a day.

5. Sell 3 Sets of Non-Exclusive Printables

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Content is king! Bloggers and other content creators need to be constantly churning out content. This constant need for content can get difficult, so they look to others to create content that they can use for their sites. Create a printable and find a group of bloggers to sell it to. Many such groups exist, and if you make an excellent printable, you can sell the same one to numerous bloggers and make a bunch of money. Sell five sets for $20 each if you need $100 now. Do that three times, and you can make $300 fast.

6. Write 6 Articles or Blog Posts

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Good writing is in high demand, and you will get snapped up if you offer your services at a discount. Sell a bunch of articles or blog posts to make a quick buck. For example, you can sell two articles for $50 each and make $100 or 6 articles for $50 each and make $300 fast. If you think there may be a moment when you will need money quickly, network and find groups to sell your freelance writing services to before you need that $100 immediately. Then when you need $100 now, you will have the platform ready for you to use.

7. Clean 3 Houses

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Advertise online or with papers posted in community centers, libraries, etc., that you are available to clean houses. This is hard work but can pay good money- usually in cash. Focus your advertising efforts on areas where people are more likely to have extra cash to spend. You can clean three houses and make $300 fast.

8. Sell Something

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This only works if you have something to sell but look around your house and see what you have. Even things that may not be valuable can bring in some money. For example, old clothes aren’t going to make big bucks, but you can sell a whole bag of baby clothes for a few dollars, which can help you get quick cash. Set up a garage sale outside your home, and you can easily make $200 or $300 in one day.

9. Mow 6 Lawns

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Have a lawnmower? Mow six lawns at $50 each and make 300 dollars fast when needed. If you don’t have a lawnmower, you may be able to rent one, although you will need to mow some extra lawns to cover that expense.

10. Wash 6 Cars

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Grab a bucket, some rags, and a vacuum cleaner, and get cleaning! Hang up some signs offering quick car washes and start making some money. You can charge $50 for a full cleaning or $20 for just a quick wash. Whatever you charge (and don’t charge too much, or else no one will pay!), keep working till you have the 300 dollars you need.

11. Sell Stuff Online

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Head over to garage sales or thrift stores and buy items you think will sell well online. You can often find designer or name-brand clothes, purses, or accessories that you can resell on Poshmark, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or other online platforms.

12. Walk Dogs

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Pet owners need a lot of help. If you are good with animals, you can make quick money in a few different ways. You can charge to pet sit. Pet sitting is an easy way to make money, and you can do it while making more money at a different side hustle. Dog walkers can make a good amount of money, especially if you take a few dogs at a time. You can post signs around your neighborhood, offer your services to pet owners directly or sign up to be a pet sitter on Rover.

13. Become a Shipt or Instacart Shopper

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Shipt and Instacart are both great ways to make money while still keeping your full-time job. Once you are approved for shopping, you can make money by delivering groceries or other items. You can set your own hours and take the jobs that work for you. It’s a great way to make extra bucks at night, during breaks, or on the weekends.

3 Slower Ways To Make 300 Dollars

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If you need money but don’t need it as quickly, there are slower ways to make some extra money on the side.

1. Build up a Side Hustle

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Building a side hustle takes a lot of upfront work that will hopefully pay off a bit. However, it is not a quick way to get extra cash. If you are looking for a good side hustle to start, you can check out these ideas.

2. Get Cashback

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Sign up for cash-back websites like Swagbucks, Ibotta, Rakuten, and TopCashback. Getting cashback is a great way to save and make some money on purchases you are already making.

I admit- this won’t get you tons of real money quickly, but you can get a little bit of cash back on purchases you are already making- when you are in desperate need of money, then every single bit counts! I am a firm believer in always having a little extra cash!

3. Do All the Surveys

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Taking paid surveys is another way to make a bit of extra cash. Again, this won’t make you the big bucks, but if you need money desperately, then you can take some surveys when you have nothing else to do- on the bus, waiting in line, and during any other downtime. Online focus groups often pay a lot of money, and if you qualify for an in-person survey, you can make $300 or $200 in just a few hours! To start, check out this list which reviews sites such as Survey Junkie, Vindale Research, and more.

No Gift Cards

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An important point about doing surveys for money: make sure that your preferred survey site pays in money and not in free gift cards (although those are great!) if you want the hard cash in your pocket.  If you combine this with another side hustle (doing surveys while waiting for the food to be ready for delivery), then you can make money while making money. In my opinion that is the best way to make money!

I Need Money Now

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There are times in life when you need money fast. So whether you need to make $300 in a day or $200 a day or need $100 now, having some ideas of how to earn cash quickly is a great way to ensure you have that money when needed.

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Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

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