31 Best Ways to Make Money Fast
The best way to start making money fast is to get some quick wins. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Take Paid Surveys
Websites like Survey Junkie will pay you a decent chunk of change for the low-maintenance, borderline mindless task of completing surveys. Companies want to understand consumers better, and one way they do that is by compensating survey-takers. Most surveys pay between $0.50 and $1.25, and many of them take less than 5 minutes to do. You can read our full Survey Junkie review for more info.
Survey Junkie adds new surveys every day, which means you can make money faster than you think. If you’re really into surveys, be sure to check out our list of recommended paid survey sites.
2. Deliver with Postmates
Postmates’ slogan is simple: “Anything, anytime, anywhere. We get it.”
As a delivery driver for Postmates, you’ll get paid to deliver things like groceries, take out, and even alcohol (which is a genius business idea, by the way).
There are no fees or time commitments, so you have complete freedom over when you want to work. You’ll take home 100% of what you earn every time you complete a delivery, and you’ll be able to see an exact breakdown of how your commissions are calculated.
Here’s how to get started:
While there are a lot of factors that will affect your exact pay, Postmates claims that “experienced couriers” can make up to $25 per hour. I wouldn’t expect to make quite that much, but this is certainly more lucrative than some other items on this list (like surveys).
3. Get $10 from Swagbucks
Swagbucks is another great survey site to make money fast. It’s similar to Survey Junkie, but there are also a few other ways you can earn money as a member (including a $10 bonus just for signing up).
Other ways you can earn with Swagbucks outside of surveys:
- Cash back program for internet shopping (includes $10 bonus).
- Get paid for searching the web (includes $10 bonus)
- Watching videos (includes $10 bonus)
Check out our full Swagbucks Review to learn more.
4. Get a Free $300 Bonus as a New Lyft Driver
If you’ve got some free time and don’t live in the middle of nowhere, becoming a Lyft driver can be a very lucrative side hustle that allows you make money fast. And right now, they’ve got a promotion going on where any new driver will instantly get a $300 bonus after completing their 100th ride.
If you start now and hustle hard on the weekends, you can probably unlock that bonus within a few weeks of driving (and that’s in addition to your normal earnings).
5. Download the Nielsen App (and Collect $50)
Have you heard of Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings? Turns out they collect data on a lot more than just TV. One area they’re really into is internet usage research.
What does that mean for you? It means Nielsen will pay you $50 a year to keep their app on your favorite internet browsing device. The app itself collects statistics on your internet usage anonymously, so you never have to worry about any data being linked to you. And the best part is, the app takes up barely any space and doesn’t slow down your phone or tablet at all!
6. Link a Card to DOSH and Get a Free $5 Instantly
Here’s how it works:
- Download the app and connect your credit and debit cards (they use bank-level encryption technology to keep your info safe)
- Accumulate cash back
- Deposit your cash back into your bank account
Perks of DOSH:
- All rewards are pure cash.
- You get $5 when you link your first card, and an additional $10 for each friend you refer to the app. Get a few family and friends to sign up and the money adds up quick! (Note: The $10 referral bonus varies. Sometimes it’s only $5, but we’ve seen it as high as $15 per referral).
7. Earn Rewards Easily with the Drop App
Drop is a free app that rewards you for your everyday spending. The way it works is simple.
Once you download the app and create an account, you’ll need to link a debit or credit card to start earning. Whenever you shop with one of Drop’s hundreds of partner brands, you’ll earn points.
In addition to the points you earn for shopping, you can earn more rewards for completing simple tasks. Every friend you refer is worth 1,000 points. You can also earn additional points for integrating other apps or completing a Linked or Mobile offer.
Every 1,000 points is worth $1. Once you’ve earned 5,000 points, you can redeem them for gift cards to your favorite places such as Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and more.
For more details on how to earn with Drop, check out our complete Drop App review.
8. Let Trim Lower Your Bills
I recently stumbled on the Trim app and I have to say, this one is a game changer. It’s a simple app that acts as your own personal financial manager. Once you link your bank to the app, Trim analyzes your spending, finds subscriptions you need to cancel, negotiates your Comcast bill, finds you better car insurance, and more. And of course, the app is free! My bet is that it will only take a few days for Trim to put an extra $100 in your pocket. So easy!
9. Get a Free $5 to Invest from Acorns
Acorns is a simple investing app that helps you grow your savings by putting your money into investments designed to grow in value over time. If you are new to investing and want to get your feet wet, this is a great app to start with.
Acorns works by “rounding up” the spare change from your everyday purchases and investing the difference in the stock market. For example, if you buy a coffee for $3.64, Acorns will move 36 cents into your investment account (so you spend $4 total). Over time, these small contributions can add up.
Acorns is now offering a $5 signup bonus for new accounts opened. After completing your account registration, Acorns will deposit a free $5 into your account to help you get started. Read our full review here.
10. Cryptocurrency – At Your Own Risk!
Surely you have heard all the mania surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If you are looking to get in on the action, you can do it with the Coinbase app. If you sign up through this link and invest $100, Coinbase will deposit $10 into your account — an instant 10% return!
Warning: Trading cryptocurrencies is very risky, and you should never invest more than you can afford to lose. That being said, you can make a lot of money fast if you buy low and sell high.
11. Find Unclaimed Money
Unclaimed.org is an awesome site for finding money that’s due to you that you may have forgotten about. Examples: A utility deposit on an account you had forever ago, money left in a bank account you had as a kid, or a check from a former employer.
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