Does your bank account need a little boost, right now? Are you trying to come up with some last-minute funds to cover a bill, an unexpected expense, or a great deal that’s ending soon? If so, the ideas below are for you! They are all options for making quick money in one day.
Some of these options require a little prep work up front. You may need to sign up for an account or wait on some background checks or driving records. But, once you get these things in place, you’ll have everything you need to earn income whenever you need some jingle in your pocket.
1. Instant Pay Option with Uber
If you have a safe, reliable vehicle with extra space that meets all of Uber’s requirements, you can earn extra money. But, it will take a little time to get approved as a driver though usually not but a few days. So, if you’re interested in earning money by driving, make sure to start the process now.
Then whenever you need cash, you’ll be all set to start driving clients. In fact, Uber has become a go-to for people who need a flexible side gig.
While Uber traditionally pays weekly, they have a newer “Instant Pay” option. This allows you to cash out any earnings up to five times each day. If you’re really looking for fast cash, this is a great way to earn it.
P.S. Lyft also has a same-day pay option!
2. Sell Something You Own
What do you have lying around that people would be willing to pay for? Spend a few minutes looking through your possessions and make a list of possibilities.
Take a bit of time to research before pricing your items. What are other, similar pieces going for? eBay Completed Listings is a great way to get a sense of the going rates for all kinds of things.
Then, take the best quality pictures that you can, and list for sale on Facebook or an app like letgo. Depending on the item, you can also bring it into a local store like Plato’s Closet, and leave with cash in hand. While you won’t get as much selling directly to a retailer, it’s a lot less hassle than selling online — and you can be sure of a same-day payoff.
3. Check Craigslist Gigs
On Craigslist, you can find many traditional jobs. But, there’s also a Gig section. Here, people list all sorts of one-time jobs they need a little help with. You might find someone who needs help:
- Fixing a fence
- Doing hand backfill on a hole
- Completing field inspection work
- Creating a PowerPoint presentation
You never know what you’ll find! Navigate to your local Craigslist site and check out the gigs available. There are eight different categories of gigs available:
Feel free to check them all out, because people don’t always categorize opportunities correctly. No matter the type of gig you find, always be aware of potential spams or worse.
Always let someone know where you’ll be going, work out the payment details in advance, in writing (typically email), and request cash. Otherwise, you might be taking a bad check without realizing it. And always, always, always listen to your gut. If something seems off, or too good to be true, it probably is.
4. Do Some Landscaping
If you’re physically able to mow grass, run a weed whacker, and do trim work, you can start your own landscaping business. Ask neighbors and friends if they need their lawn cut. Make sure you look at the lawn in person before giving a quote. You want to see how large it is, what sorts of obstacles you need to mow around, and if there are any anticipated problems before agreeing to a price.
Your landscaping services aren’t limited to simply mowing the grass or weed whacking along the edges. Think of different seasonal jobs you can provide. Many people would happily pay someone to:
- Rake leaves
- Shovel snow from their driveway, deck, or sidewalk
- Weed flower beds or a garden
- Pick up dog poop from the yard
- Trim hedges
Remember your reputation is your biggest referrer. Do quality work for a decent price, and always provide excellent customer service. If you do these things, you’re more likely to get recurring work.
5. Sell A Local Service
Landscaping is only the beginning of services you can sell door to door. Use your imagination and your talents, and look for a need in your neighborhood. If soliciting in the area isn’t forbidden, you can ask people if they’re in need of what you offer.
Think through your pricing a bit beforehand. Make sure you account for any materials you need to purchase. Write down any fees your service will occur (for instance disposal fees), and include these in your quote. That way you don’t do a ton of work to end up not even breaking even.
You can provide:
- Curb marking, where you paint house numbers on the curb to make them easily identifiable
- Gutter cleaning
- Garbage removal (you’ll need a truck and straps to hold debris in the back)
- Window cleaning
- Mobile car washing
- Spyhole (also called peephole) installation
Can you play a musical instrument? If you have some performing talent, you can find a location that’s well traveled by people walking and try busking. Outdoor shopping malls can be a great place to try, and there’s always the good ol’ street corner, too.
Before you begin, make sure to research the law in your area. Busking is legal in many places, but some areas have banned the practice of street performing.
If you’re legally able to perform in the location you pick, it’ll only take a few minutes to prepare. Get a good idea of what you’re going to play or perform. Make sure you have your music and everything else you need. Then, set out a hat or your musical instrument case, so people can drop money in as they listen to you.
7. Offer Delivery Services
If you enjoy conversing with people and traveling around, consider offering delivery services. Think about what’s needed in your location. For instance, where I live, there are no flower shops that offer delivery. But, many people want to send a loved one a bouquet on Valentine’s Day.
By creating a simple Craigslist ad or just posting on Facebook, you can often get orders for delivery. Make sure to factor your gas money and time into the fee you charge and collect payment in advance. That way you’ll be able to purchase the item that you’ll be delivering.
Take advantage of sales. Is the local sandwich shop offering a buy one get one deal? Call up some office buildings and see if they’d like to place an order for you to deliver.
For more ideas making money through delivery, check out this post.
Do you think you’ll use any of these ideas to earn some quick cash? You never know, they might just turn into your full-time gig!