No one enjoys being strapped for cash. If your income needs an instant boost, there are ways to earn money and get paid instantly. While not all these options pay well, they will all get some cash in your pocket when you need it most.
These are all things you can do in your spare time, without a set time commitment. You do need to register an account to get started with each one, and provide your payment information. This does take some time, so go ahead and set your accounts up now if you think you’ll end up using any of these. That way, you can get started without delay when the need hits.
Remember to read all the details and user agreements. Some of these apps will require specific smartphones or ask you to meet certain requirements. you always want to know the details before you start so you don’t get any unexpected (and unhappy) surprises.
With the ability to cash out your earnings up to five times a day, Uber is a great option for those in need of quick money. Since you will be driving passengers, your vehicle and driving record will need to meet certain requirements.
Once your account is approved (which can take some time, so plan ahead), you can begin working as a driver. The mobile app will connect you with people needing a ride. You will earn a flat-fee per trip and have the potential to earn tips as well.
After you’ve earned money, you can use the Instant Pay option to request immediate payout to a debit card.
Lyft also offers a same-day payout option, called Express Pay. There is a $5.50 minimum threshold required for this option. Ride earnings, referrals, and mentor payments are all eligible for Express Pay, but incentives are not. Those earnings will be paid out during your normal weekly paychecks.
Once you’ve shown you meet all the requirements, and your account is approved, you can download the Lyft app to start driving. Make sure Driver Mode is turned on so you can see the available rides needed. Then work whenever you’d like and request your immediate payout through Express Pay.
Getting paid to drive is a popular side gig, and with good reason.
If you already have a job and are just running low on money before your next paycheck, Earnin can help. This app allows you to access the money you’ve earned at your job, before your paycheck is issued. Then on your payday, it deducts the amount you pulled out in advance, and you keep the rest. There are no fees, though users are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to help cover the service.
Remember this app isn’t giving you a way to earn extra money, it’s just allowing you to access your earnings sooner. If you find yourself constantly needing money between paychecks, it might be time to start a side hustle to help make ends meet.
4. Amazon MTurk
Completing short tasks on Amazon MTurk can earn you some side money. There are plenty of options available, including transcribing, data entry, and taking surveys. Each task is called a HIT, and you can qualify for better-paying ones over time.
You have to be a worker for at least ten days before you can request any money transfers. This means you should set up your account and do some initial tasks before you need some quick money.
Once your account is approved, you can make one transfer a day. This can go to your bank account if you link it up, or to an Amazon gift card.
Here’s a post on increasing your earnings on Amazon MTurk to help you get started.
The Gigwalk app is available on both Androids and iOS phones that connect Gigwalkers with quick, local jobs. Once your account is approved, you can begin selecting gigs to complete. These include a variety of tasks and can take anywhere from just a few minutes to a couple of hours. Pay varies depending on the task and the length of time it will take.
You will need to turn on your location services and ensure you’ve provided the permission in your phone’s settings to use the camera within the app. Then you follow the directions provided for each gig and submit the completed report directly through the app.
Gigwalk links to your PayPal account. Once your finished gig has been approved, the money is sent directly to PayPal. This means there’s no waiting on withdrawal requests before you can access your funds.
This site won’t earn you cash, but it’s a good way to pick up some gift cards without a long wait. You earn points by completing offers on the InstaGC website. There are several ways to earn points, including watching videos, visiting specific websites, testing games, shopping, and more. Each task has a specific value, in terms of how many points you earn.
Each point is worth a penny, so 100 points is $1. Once you earn $1, you can select a $1 gift card. If you earn 500 points in a day, you can request a $5 gift card. Though it may not seem like much, it can add up if you use the platform consistently.
If you enjoy making deliveries, and live in a US city where DoorDash delivers, sign up to be a Dasher. After making 25 deliveries, and being a Dasher for two weeks, you become eligible for the Fast Pay system. This allows you to request your earnings immediately, to your debit card, for a small fee.
To get your account activated, you must meet the company’s requirements, including passing a background check. Once you’re approved, you can download the app and begin Dashing.
A browser extension, Qmee runs in the background of your computer. When you’re online, you’ll notice a little sidebar pop up occasionally. This will contain price saving options, or additional links during a search. If you click on them, you will earn a small amount of money.
There’s also a mobile app for Qmee, which allows you to earn by taking surveys. The money you earn from browsing and answering questions continues to collect in your account until you’re ready to request it. There’s no minimum threshold for cashing out, and the money goes instantly to your PayPal account.
There you have it, eight different apps to help close the gap between paydays or put a little extra money in your pocket. Are you going to download and try any of these same day payment apps?