Sometimes you need to know how to make $100 fast.
Maybe you just need that extra $100 to pay off an unexpected bill?
Or perhaps you just want to reduce your debt or have extra spending money?
What can you do when you’re short of time?
Below is a list of 11 ideas to make money quickly.
They’re not get rich quick schemes.
Some are easier than others. Some can be done online or in one day.
Many of these methods require little to no investment.
I’ve arranged them from the highest to lowest pay for your time. The pay difference usually reflects the amount of active work required.
Don’t discount the ones that are a lower dollar amount per hour. It might be the right fit for your lifestyle or situation.
For example, doing surveys is towards the bottom of this list. It might be the best fit for your idle time e.g. waiting on the bus or if you’re a new mom breastfeeding.
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1. Become an Uber Driver-partner or Lyft Driver
If you have a car and live in a relatively populated area, becoming an Uber Driver-Partner or Lyft Driver can be a great way to make money fast.
There’s no prior professional driving experience necessary.
The best part is that you choose when you want to work.
If you’re a stay-at-home parent with school-aged kids, you could do this for a few hours while your kids are at school.
If you work 9-5, you could make some money during your drive home.
If you’re a student, you can deliver food instead with Uber Eats!
Delivery partners have to be at least 19 years old.
In some cities, you don’t even need a car! Push bikes and scooters might be acceptable. This is a great way to make money while getting exercise!
I wish this option was available when I was a student.
I used to work 4-8 hour shifts, 2 days a week at a movie store. This was the minimum you could work. I was struggling to balance school work and part-time work.
Uber Eats would have provided me with the flexibility to balance my time better.
2. Become an Airbnb host
If you live in a touristy area, rent out a spare room or your basement.
If you’re on an extended vacation, rent out your house!
Depending on where you live and neighboring Airbnb host rates, you could make $100 in just one night’s stay. I’ve met people that regularly pay their mortgage with their Airbnb income.
3. Bank promotions
Every year, the banks have free money sign up bonuses for opening a chequing account. This year, we made $1200 just from opening up 4 bank accounts!
Opening up the account is easy. You need to read through the terms. Usually you have to switch your payroll, pay a bill, or have a pre-authorized debit go through before they issue the bonus.
Sometimes you have to keep a minimum balance (to avoid paying monthly fees) or keep the account open for a certain period.
The best part is that even when you withdraw the money and close the account, you can often apply to the same bank for another promo after a period of time (e.g. usually a few years).
The sign up bonuses we applied for were $300/account. This was the easiest way for how to make $300 in one day. Unfortunately, this sign up bonus has since expired. I’ve seen similar ones come back. Be on the lookout!
Here are a few excellent promotions occurring right now:
- If you’re in the U.S., you can attain up to $350 in bonuses when you open up accounts with Chase.
- If you’re in Canada, you can open a Tangerine chequing account. With a $100 deposit, you’ll earn a $25 bonus when you use this orange key: 35762624S1
4. Sell your stuff
In the summer, you can have a garage sale.
With it being winter, this is the best time of year to post your items online.
It’s a great way to get rid of clutter in the house and make a hundred dollars or more each month.
It’s always a good idea to do research on your collectors and vintage items. People collect all types of things.
My mother in law is a tin collector and has bought an old tin for $20. My husband collects bobbleheads often for $20-50 each. Both of these items were initially free with the actual purchase.
5. Sell your skills through Fiverr
Whatever your skill or service is, you can often sell it through Fiverr.
I’ve seen people sell photos of their kid holding a sign up that says Happy Birthday for $5.
I’ve seen video testimonials of products for $5.
Digital services often do well here like graphic design, marketing, writing, translation, video, music, or programming.
There’s also Fiverr Pro, which is a top quality, vetted pool of professionals offering all types of services.
I’ve heard the key to doing really well on Fiverr is to make your work automated. Set up a template that can be easily executed.
6. Do tasks with TaskRabbit
People use TaskRabbit to find taskers to help them with doing things around the house. It could be a small chore or a large home renovation.
I’ve heard taskers are hired to assemble Ikea furniture. Clean the bathroom/kitchen. Plant flowers. Paint a bedroom. Move furniture. Even fix a running toilet.
7. Walk dogs or pet sit
If you love pets, dog walking or pet sitting is a fun option.
You can either advertise your services on local sites like Kijiji or connect with a national company like Rover.
Rover is the nation’s largest network connecting pet sitters/dog walkers and clients.
The advantage of going with Rover is not only getting access to clients, but having the “Rover Guarantee”, which is insurance coverage for certain injuries or damages occurring during the visit.
They also provide an online platform for payments and a 24/7 vet assistance support team. You have the flexibility of setting your own schedule, pricing and pet preferences.
8. Sell your designs
Selling your designs sounds like it requires graphic design skills and photoshop expertise. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create designs that sell on Redbubble, which is an online marketplace selling designs on various products.
How it works:
- Designers start a shop and upload their designs (which is all free for you to do)
- Customers find a design on a product they want (the design can go on a shirt, pillow case, phone case etc.)
- Redbubble prints and ships it
- Designers get paid a 10-20% royalty
Redbubble handles all of the customer service (including complaints and returns) and marketing (including remarketing). If you have an existing portfolio on your other social media accounts or website, you can indicate these on your shop page and build your customer base.
9. Become a Mystery Shopper
Mystery shopping is a fun way to make money fast while getting paid to go shopping.
BestMark is a legit company offering mystery shops in the U.S. and Canada.
They pay cash for doing a mystery shop in person or over the phone or online. Some of their mystery shops involve getting your car’s oil changed or having a meal at a restaurant. You would get paid for things you would normally do anyways!
You don’t need any experience. BestMark doesn’t require you to take a minimum number of shops each month.
10. Take Surveys
Are survey sites worth it? Taking surveys is not going to make you rich. If you have some spare time, surveys are easy to do. It’s a fast way to make a little extra money.
I’ve heard some people make $100 per month if they’re regularly participating with multiple survey companies.
If you like taking surveys and being able to voice your opinion and know that it’ll make a difference with brands and products, then taking surveys might be right up your alley.
When my little one was born, I had some time to kill while I was breastfeeding/watching television so I signed up for a few survey companies. I couldn’t believe how many scams there are available. If you come across any survey company that asks you for money, don’t proceed.
Here are credible survey companies I’ve tried.
Here are additional survey companies I haven’t tried, but know people I trust who have:
Available in the U.S.:
- Cash Crate
- Inbox Dollars – $5 sign up bonus
- Panda Research – $3 sign up bonus
- Vindale Research
Available in Canada:
11. Use cash back apps
Cashback apps and sites are not the fastest ways to make $100. They are one of the EASIEST ways to both make and save money online.
For Ebates, when you sign up in the U.S., you’ll get a welcome bonus of $10 after making your first online purchase (more on that below)! If you’re Canadian, sign up here at ebates.ca where the welcome bonus is $5.
For Dollar Dig, there’s a $2.50 welcome bonus just for signing up!
An interesting thing about Great Canadian Rebates is that they have a “Credit Cards and Finance” section with cash back rebates for savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages etc. Along with the welcome bonus that often comes with a credit card, for example, you get additional cash back.
Below’s a recap for how to make $100 fast:
- Become a Lyft Driver or sign up to deliver with Uber Eats
- Become an Airbnb host
- Bank and credit card promotions: Chase (US), Tangerine (Canada) with this orange key 35762624S1
- Sell your stuff through Craigslist, Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, Letgo, eBay and Varagesale
- Sell your skills through Fiverr
- Do tasks with TaskRabbit
- Walk dogs or pet sit with Rover
- Sell your designs through Redbubble
- Become a Mystery Shopper at BestMark
- Take Surveys: Swagbucks,Survey Club,Survey Junkie
- Use Cash back apps: Ebates, Dollar Dig,Great Canadian Rebates
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