22 of the Best Ways to Get Quick Cash

Sometimes you need money right now. You can’t wait for a payday or a business idea to pay off. You need quick cash now. If you need emergency cash or find yourself in a financial emergency then here are 22 ways to get money quickly. 

Here are 22 of the best ways to get quick cash

MTurk ( and other survey sites).

Other survey sites may pay better, and you should check them out, but they often have high payout limits and take a while for you to get the cash. Mturk has no minimum threshold so that you can get the money quickly. This is something that I did when I was unemployed and needed quick cash to buy groceries and pay the bills.

Sell something.

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.

Declutter your space and list things for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, Mercari, and more. Turn your old stuff into quick cash: a quick way to make extra money. 

Flip products from Craigslist.

An excellent way to make money (although you will need some capital to get it started) is to buy items and resell them. The best way to do this is to flip products as obscure as Magic cards and hopefully make some money. 

Write something.

If you are good at writing, you can sell some of your writing online. For example, bloggers often buy listicles to publish on their blog and can quickly turn around for some quick cash. Freelancing is one way to get access to cash fast.

You can sign up for Fiverr or Upwork, provide your expertise areas, and start getting access to jobs fast. Ben From Saved by the Cents made about $100 an article writing when I tried it this year.

Do Work For Other People

Stand outside a home improvement store. Look at people buying oversized items or renting trucks and materials for the day and hire yourself out to help them do some manual labor for some quick cash.

Please only do this in a safe manner and never go anywhere with someone by yourself whom you cannot trust and without a plan beforehand: telling someone where you are, turning on your phone’s tracking software, etc.

Do food or grocery delivery.

Delivery apps are all the rage, and you can make some serious cash by doing the right deliveries at the right time. Read here to fund out which delivery app is the best one for you. Through Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Instacart, food delivery apps have been one of the highest paying (at times $50/hour) quick cash opportunities!

Sell plasma.

For currently healthy people, this is an easy way to get quick cash. You can only do this every so often (depends on the site) as donating too much blood, or plasma can be dangerous. Sites either give cash or a gift card.

This is a great way to make money, help someone in need, and some experts say it can be healthy for you as well. Heavy Money Metal talks about it in her post Donating plasma as a Side Hustle. She made up to $360 a month! 

Shovel snow/mow grass.

Obviously, this is seasonal. The best way to do this is to drive or walk around and see whose house needs shoveling or moving and offer to do it for some quick cash.

Offer your handy services on Nextdoor or Facebook.

Post on a neighborhood group or chat that you can do either seasonal jobs (rake leaves, take down holiday decorations) or handy jobs for cash.

For example, you can offer your services raking leaves, cleaning gutters, or washing windows in your neighborhood. Or look on sites like Craigslist for simple jobs you can do in a day like assembling furniture or moving boxes. You can make an extra $200 a day this way.

If you have special skills or equipment, you can make even more money. Andrew from Wealthy Nickel recently needed to move a refrigerator from one house to another but didn’t have a truck, and the cheapest quote he got was for $100 just to move it 5 miles!

By using what you already have and getting a little creative, you can always find a way to make some quick cash when you need it.

Clean houses.

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

Dog walking.

Dogs need to be walked, but not everyone has the time or can walk their dog. Dog walkers can make good money, especially if they take a few dogs at a time. 

Hustle your skills.

If you write, are artistic, good at baking, make a quick flash sale. Post on Twitter and Facebook. Half the cash on hire, half on delivery, and guarantee a quick turnaround. Reach out to friends to have them share your stuff, so it gets more views.

Tutoring.

Contact moms or teachers that you know and offer your services as a tutor. This is paid on the spot, and you can get some quick cash.

Babysitting.

Good babysitters are hard to find, especially at inconvenient times. Reach out to moms to let them know you are available to babysit even at bad times (early in the morning or late at night). Quick cash on the spot

Use a Task App.

Doing tasks is a great way to make quick cash. One way is to make money doing tasks via the gig economy. Apps like Task Rabbit, Instacart, Handy, and many others allow you to find some quick jobs that will pay you. It’s not money that will let you retire, but a quick way to make a few bucks.

Task Rabbit is an app that allows people to hire other people to do tasks such as waiting in line, picking up packages, putting together a dresser, etc. Another way is to skip the app altogether and find people who want you to do tasks for them. 

Homework helper.

This is more of a mother’s helper than a tutor because no specific knowledge is required. Kids who need help sitting and doing homework for various reasons will sometimes hire someone to sit and do homework with them (not for them!). You will be paid less than a tutor, but you can still make some quick cash while you sit and help a young kid. 

Transcription Jobs.

Transcription jobs have a very low barrier to start. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Within days you can begin to earn some extra cash. You can pay off more debt, save for retirement, or have extra room in your budget. Read here to find the best transcription jobs for you to start.  

Pick Up Extra Shifts.

I know! This probably doesn’t even count but consider it if it works for you! Ask your boss if you can work extra shifts or pick up extra hours to make some extra money. 

Borrow Money from Family

Okay, I know that this is not a great way to get money and not available for everyone, but worse comes to worst, if you need quick cash, you can hit up your friends for money. Make sure that you do not misrepresent how quickly you can pay them back.

If no one can lend you a lot of money, ask a few friends for small sums. They are more likely to be able and willing to lend you small amounts. Just make sure you are upfront and honest with them on what you need the money for and how quickly you can pay them back. 

Word of warning: payday loans often advertise that they can get you quick cash. These are not traditional bank loans. They are quick and easy for a reason- the reason being that you are entering into a very predatory contract that can really, really mess you up. Stay far away from payday loans or anyone else offering to lend you money quickly. 

Slower Ways to Make Easy Money

House Hacking.

Whether you own or rent a house, consider house hacking to generate rental income to get some quick cash. Two immediate ideas to consider: Rent out a room in your house or get a roommate, or rent your house on Airbnb when you know you’ll be away from home. 

Switch Bank Accounts.

When most people think of sign-up bonuses, they think of earning cashback with credit cards and don’t realize that many bank accounts will offer you a few hundred dollars to make the switch as well.

Whether it is a checking account or savings account, if you haven’t looked at your other banking options in a few years, it’s probably worth a look now! Free money from your bank? Let’s do it!

Refinance Personal Loans.

Reducing your interest payment is the fastest way to keep more cash in your pocket. The Federal Reserve has lowered interest rates across the board. Make sure you take advantage of it by refinancing your personal loans or student loans. Although you won’t get quick cash from the bank, you can keep more of your paycheck and other money if you do this. 

 

Emergencies happen. Life Happens. Ideally, everyone would have an emergency fund that they would be able to access when they need money fast, but since not everyone does, hopefully, some of these ideas can help you get the money you need without having to take out an unsecured loan or an expensive cash advance. 

 

 

 

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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