How to Make Money Fast Starting Today

1. Drive for Uber or Lyft

Companies like Uber and Lyft offer a great opportunity to make some extra cash. You’ll need a clean driving record, a fairly new car, and the authorization to work wherever it is that you live. If you have all of those things, you can work when it’s feasible for you, whether that’s in the middle of the day during rush hour or the wee hours of the night on a weekend. The choice is yours.

30. Wash or detail cars

People are always looking to have their cars washed and detailed. You could be a mobile car washer and detailer without having a permanent location. Reach out to people you know or make some flyers and put them in your neighbors’ mailboxes. If you want to get serious about it, prop up a one-page website or give out business cards. You can make money quickly by doing this.

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10. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting

If you love animals and live in an urban area then walking dogs is a viable side hustle idea.

People are busy going to work each day and are forced to leave their animals stuck in the house. This is not good for the dog or the owner. Not only because dogs get lonely and need to be around people, but also because they deserve fresh air and the chance to go to the bathroom outside!

Offering to walk a group of dogs once or twice a day can really rake in some extra money. You could create signs and hang them up around libraries and churches, or perhaps take the modern approach and sign up with Rover. Rover is an increasingly popular marketplace that connects dog owners to dog walkers in their neighborhood. Check out Rover today.

Or you can take dog walking a step further and get paid to take a dog in while the owner is away!

Have you ever checked to see what it costs to board a pet? Those places are not cheap! Do some research and charge 10 – 20% less.

Plus you could post your ads on Craigslist or around town. But don’t expect people to just leave their loved one with a stranger. Make sure you offer your references and that you have all their necessary information if Fido gets injured or sick.

Rover can help you here, too – Become a Pet Sitter.

Other Ways To Make Money Quickly

So, you can make money online fast. But, if you’re willing to work outside of your home, there are many more options for side gigs. If you want to avoid getting a traditional job altogether, you may want to pick up multiple side gigs to help you make enough income.

11. Become a Ride-Share Driver

  • Average income of around $350 per month

Driving for Uber or Lyft is among the most popular side hustles because of the flexibility this option offers. You can pick your schedule, drive when and where you want, and rent or lease a car through the ride-share company if needed.

12. Make Deliveries for Amazon or Uber Eats

  • Typical earnings of $18-$25 per hour with Amazon Flex

Uber Eats drivers make an annual average of $62,339 a year, according to salaries reported on Indeed. Even with an average salary that’s this high, you’ll still be working on a contract basis. That means you can set your own hours and work as much as you need to.

You can also use your car to work as a delivery driver for Amazon Flex. Drivers typically make $18 to $25 per hour, depending on factors such as your location and how much you earn in tips, according to Amazon.

13. Become a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

  • Median income of $12.68 per hour

Sign up to watch pets while their owners are out of town. Pet-sitting sites, such as Rover, connect pet owners with sitters for a cut — 15% to 25% — of the sitter’s earnings paid by client users. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pet sitters make a median of $13.81 an hour or $28,730 a year.

14. Get a Babysitting Gig

  • $13.50 an hour and up, depending on experience, location and number of children

Babysitters are always in demand. According to ZipRecruiter, they make an average hourly pay of $16.25 or more. Plus, watching two kids can come with an increase. According to Care.com, add 50 cents to $1 to your hourly rate for each additional child you babysit — double that for an infant.

15. Install Christmas Lights for the Holidays

  • $1.25 to $3 per linear foot of lights

According to Thumbtack, most installers charge double to install lights on a second story. And don’t forget about the removal costs. Thumbtack also noted that you can charge about half of what you charged to install for that. You also can choose to wrap outdoor trees with lights and charge $60 to $1,200 for each, depending on tree size.

Many seasonal jobs are available that pay quite a bit, but you’re going to need to rotate through them if you want to maintain income all year-round — or work very hard during that one season.

16. Become a Home Organizer

  • Up to $49 an hour

A professional home organizer makes up to $49 an hour, according to PayScale, with an average hourly rate of $20.18. To start organizing professionally, post listings on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, or connect with your neighbors on NextDoor.

17. Help With Home Gardening

  • Average income of $16.12 per hour

Do you have a green thumb? Maybe it’s time to become a gardener. The average gardener makes around $16 per hour, according to Indeed, so you’ll need to work about 19 hours to make $300. Plus, on average, gardeners make $3,938 in overtime per year.

18. Assist With Deliveries or Moving

  • Average earnings of $38 to $109 per hour, depending on your moving vehicle

Delivery drivers often need some muscle to help them load and unload their trucks for deliveries and moves. Sign up with GoShare to become a “helper” and earn an minimum average of $38 per hour. Or, at Dolly, the “hands” are paid $20 an hour, plus tips.

19. Start a Snow Removal Service

  • Up to $75 per hour

Remember going door to door as a kid with your snow shovel asking neighbors if they wanted the sidewalk or driveway shoveled for a few dollars? Adults with a good, working snowblower can do that, too — or advertise their services on social media. According to HomeAdvisor, the going rate is $25 to $75 per hour.

12. Teaching Lessons/Tutoring

We all have special skills or talents. For some it’s athletic and for others, it might be academic. Either way, using these skills can help your community as well as help you make extra money.

As an example, if you’re a good swimmer you might be able to pick up a weekend swim teacher gig at your local recreation center. But keep in mind that some places may require a special certification or that you be a lifeguard.

A friend of mine was a collegiate soccer player. During the off-season, he coached competitive youth soccer teams and gave private lessons to youngsters who wanted to accelerate their game. He grossed over $500 per month for coaching a couple of teams and private lessons.

If you have a knack for a certain subject and live near a college, consider offering up your brain power and teaching skills for some quick cash. Grade school kids need help too, and parents pay better than college students. You can take this idea to the next level and scale by tutoring online.

To be successful, you have to have a good grasp of the concepts but also be able to find a way to relate topics using real-world examples.

Need to beef up your skills? Check out our list of the best online training sites. Many are free to use.

39. Monetize Your Car with Ridesharing

You may have a car, but spend most of your time at home. While you’re spending your day without using your vehicle, rent it out using Turo. You could be able to earn up to $1,000 a month. This money could go to your gas, car insurance, or your car payment (if you have one). Plus, you could earn spare cash to invest and grow your earnings.

  • Time: Low to Medium
  • Earnings: Up to $1,000 a month
  • Extra tools: Smartphone (for app communication) and vehicle

Dont forget about cash-back apps

Things like eBates and Ibotta can help you earn money just by purchasing things that you need every single day. From groceries and toilet paper to new clothes, the apps can garner you extra dollars—especially after a spending spree. Look for additional rewards within the apps as well to get even more money back.

Return a recent purchase

If you splurged recently—and the item is in good shape—returning it will put some cash back in your pocket. Maybe it’s a new top you haven’t worn yet or maybe it’s a new video game you haven’t played. Either way, the money you spent on something you may not need can be returned in order to be used on something that is more pressing. To anticipate how much you will need, find out how much money you should have saved at every age.

17. Rent out your instruments

If you're a musician, instrument collector, or have sound equipment or studio space that would be perfect for rehearsals, consider renting them out on sites such as Fretish. You can set hourly, daily, or weekly rates, with a French horn going for $50 per day in New York, for example, and a microphone going for $70 per day in Austin, Texas. Fretish can take an 11% service fee from renters, so make sure to price accordingly.

6. Babysit

With many schools electing to go remote again this fall, parents working full time need someone to help take care of their kids throughout the day. Sitters nationwide can make anywhere from around $14 to $20 per hour, according to Care.com. Sign up to be a babysitter on sites like Care.com, Sittercity, and UrbanSitter.

"There's gonna have to be a certain degree of vetting that goes on," Dr. David Hirschwerk, infectious diseases doctor at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, told Grow about anyone interested in this side gig. "I would want to know, in the household, has anybody recently been ill? And I think you'd want to know to what degree is that household practicing social distancing."

Micro-Entrepreneurship Ideas

These ideas are a little different than the typical hustle – they are more based on entrepreneurship and asset leveraging to make even more money for you. These can lead to passive income over time if done well.

Hustle At Work

Sometimes, side hustling isn’t about starting something else, but it’s really about making better use of the job you currently have.

These examples below are ways that you could potentially earn extra money at work – without doing any of the “stuff” we’ve talked about to this point. 

If working online or doing odd gigs isn’t your thing, don’t forget about these more “traditional” ways to make extra money. They’re still side hustles!

50. Volunteer For Overtime 

If you are working at a job, this might not be a true side hustle, but it is a way to earn some extra money fast. In many companies, you can volunteer to work longer and earn extra pay.

If you don’t have an idea on what side hustle to do right now, this could be an option. I remember when I was younger I would always volunteer for the overtime opportunities. Not only did you get paid well, but you would stand out to your manager, which would also reward you at review and raise time.

51. Employee Referral Program 

Again, not a true side hustle, but a great way to earn extra money. Many companies offer referral programs where you can earn anywhere from $25 to $1,000 per employee you refer. That could go a long way.

If you know someone who would be a great fit for your company, refer them and see if you can get a bonus for the effort.

52. Tuition Reimbursement Program 

Many companies also offer tuition reimbursement programs to help pay for school. Maybe your short term hustle is to better your education. Why not have your company pay for it while you’re at it?

Check out our guide to understanding a tuition reimbursement plan.

53. Get A Part Time Job 

Finally, if you don’t want to work for yourself, go spend your time hustling for someone else at a part time job. While not ideal for some, it can be a great way to earn some extra money in your spare time.

54. Get A Higher Paying Job

Career accelerators like Pathrise are a way to jumpstart your career and increase your starting salary. Pathrise, which provides people early in their career with one to one coaching and tools tools to get a better, higher paying job, can help you get an increased salary of over $12k for fellows who complete their 8-12 week part-time program.

Not only will you make more the first year, but this advantage will be the base for all your future salaries, resulting in higher salaries ever year after as well…

When will Imake money from a hobby?

Turning your favorite hobby into a side hustle or full time job has its perks: you’ll be your own boss, on your own schedule, and set your own prices, all while doing work that you love. Nevertheless, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the time and work that will entail—most of which is less fun than the hobby itself.

To start, you’ll need to build a marketing strategy to let the world know about your side hustle turned online business. That strategy may begin on social media, a freelance marketplace, or a full-fledged Shopify store.

When you start making sales, you’ll need to keep track of the cash coming in and the money going out. This makes tax time easier, simplifies the process in case of an audit, and protects your personal assets. Additionally, tracking your revenue and expenses helps you ensure your money-making hobby turns profitable. It’s a good idea to get set up with an accounting software to manage your books.

Even with all of these preparations and more, achieving financial independence or a full-time income from your favorite hobby will likely take months or even years.

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