21 Easy Ways To Make $1,000 Fast
You woke up this morning and thought: I need to make at least $1,000 — and quickly.
The good news is that there are countless ways to make extra cash today — and without breaking the law. All you have to do is recognize your value, get creative, and know where to look for opportunities.
If there’s one thing I have to say before moving forward, it’s this: Never lose your desire for making money.
If you can make $1,000 in your spare time, why not make $1 million? Your goal should be to hit $1,000 and keep going. The sky’s the limit when you have the right mindset.
21 Ways To Make $1,000 Fast
Here are 21 simple ways for you to start putting more money into your pocket fast:
- Sell Stuff
- Take Online Surveys
- Maximize Bank Bonuses
- Rent Out Your Home or Car
- Babysit or Petsit
- Help Others With Small Tasks
- Become a Virtual Assistant
- Sell Your Photos or Graphics
- Start a Side Hustle
- Drive for Uber or Lyft
- Ask for a Raise
- Work as a Guide
- Revisit Your Budget
- Be a Personal Chef
- Offer IT Support
- Become an Influencer
- Work as a Trade Show Professional
- Sell as a 1099 Employee
- Take out a Loan
1. Sell Stuff
Take a look around your house, and take inventory of the items that are sitting around.
I’m willing to bet there are items like old books you will never read again, outdated devices that are collecting dust, and guitar amplifiers that will never make you famous — or perhaps even see the light of day ever again.
This is a great opportunity to clear some floor or shelf space and sell your unused objects at a yard sale, on Facebook Marketplace, or on Craigslist to make some money.
In fact, now may even be a good time to get rid of your car. Right now there is widespread fear about using public transportation, which is down 50 percent across the U.S. — and 75 percent in some major cities — due to the pandemic.
As a result, the Manhein Used Vehicle Value Index reached an all-time record high in June, meaning used car prices are reaching their highest value ever.
You may also be able to make extra money selling scrap metal, rocks, or firewood. Look for resources that are sitting around that may have value as raw materials. You never know what you might find.
2. Take Online Surveys
You may roll your eyes at the suggestion of getting paid to take surveys. After all, it seems like a scam — but it’s not.
In fact, tons of survey sites offer cash back, gift cards, and other rewards for your opinion, and the only thing it takes is a little bit of time.
Of course, there are many services offering money for your input, and it’s important to be discerning about the ones you work with.
3. Maximize Bank Benefits
In most cases, I tell people to avoid opening checking or savings accounts because they offer sign up bonuses. Instead, you should select a bank account because it meets your needs. And whatever you do, you should always look at the fine print.
That said, many banks will give you a bonus for opening an account and parking your money there for a specific period of time.
For example, Wells Fargo is currently offering a $400 bonus for new customers who meet their terms and conditions. This includes making a minimum deposit of $25 and receiving direct deposits of at least $4,000 within 90 days of opening the account.
Chase Bank is also offering a $300 cash bonus for opening a new Chase Premier Plus Checking Account. Just open an account, make your first qualifying deposit within 90 days and receive your $300 cash bonus.
Keep in mind that this is a fast way to earn a few hundred dollars, but it’s not a fast way to actually receive the money. Typically you’ll have to play the long game to receive your payment.
4. Rent Out Your Home or Car
If you own a home or car, you could consider renting your assets to make some extra money.
For example, services like Airbnb, Domio, or TripAdvisor Rentals can make it easy to rent a spare room for short periods of time.
So, if you have someone that you can go crash with from time to time — or if you own a second property — you may want to consider renting your space for extra income.
You can also rent your car using an app like GetAround or Turo. This is a great option for people who are now working from home.
Instead of letting your car rust in the parking lot, let someone else use it and earn money for doing nothing.
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5. Babysit or Petsit
Nothing is more frustrating than canceling plans last minute because you can’t find someone to watch your kids or pets.
Make no mistake about it: People are willing to pay top dollar for these services.
And the best part is that if you do it consistently, and prove that you are reliable, you can build up a steady clientele for recurring income — getting paid to watch movies or play with dogs, instead of doing hard labor — while also giving your friends, family, or customers some time to themselves.
The average hourly rate for a babysitter is now $16.75 for one child and $19.26 for two kids. Believe it or not, this is more than twice the federal minimum wage requirement.
Pet sitting or dog walking typically yields $20 and $40 per day, $25 for a 30-minute visit, and $75 to $85 or more for an overnight stay or longer care. Not too shabby, if you ask me.
6. Help Others with Small Tasks
Another way you can make money is to help people with specific tasks in exchange for money.
Sites like Craigslist and TaskRabbit can help you connect with people who need help moving, gardening, shopping, and cleaning. Even little handyman jobs — like mounting a TV or setting up a table — can earn you a decent hourly rate.
Always be smart about working for strangers though — especially when going into other peoples’ homes. In most cases, task apps do not offer insurance and will require you to enter into unknown situations.
And as you probably already know, Craigslist is like the Wild West of the internet. In addition, some apps can charge a high fee for work that you do. You’re much better off building up a trusted network of personal contacts and letting them know you are available to help when needed.
Cut out the middleman and put those profits where they belong: in your pocket.
7. Become a Virtual Assistant
Many businesses are looking for virtual assistants who can provide administrative and technical support.
Virtual assistants can perform a variety of tasks, ranging from calendar management and meeting coordination to social media management and communication support.
Hiring a virtual assistant on a freelance basis is far more cost-effective than hiring someone full time. Now is a great time to start exploring virtual assistant opportunities, with most companies operating remotely.
8. Sell Your Photos and Graphics
Becoming a photographer is a serious business, and one that requires years of training, an eye for design, and expensive equipment.
However, it doesn’t take much talent or money to take a picture and sell it online for use as a stock photo, for use on a website, blog, or sales document.
The same is also true for graphic design.
Companies like Shutterstock and Adobe Stock will pay you royalties for your photos while helping you connect with businesses and creative professionals across the world. You can also hop on sites like Fiverr and Upwork to see your graphic design creations.
9. Start a Side Hustle
Having a full-time job with benefits is great. But you’re never going to get rich working for someone else.
If you want to start racking up money, you need to develop a side hustle. A side hustle is an additional job that can bring in supplementary and steady income.
Today, roughly 45 percent of Americans have side hustles. Examples of side hustles can include:
Whatever you do for work, you can probably do it on the side as a freelancer, as long as there is no direct conflict with your job.
Skills like accounting, consulting, and writing are all in high demand right now. Look for opportunities on job boards and scour LinkedIn for opportunities. They are out there. You just need to be patient and determined.
Making or Selling Items
You don’t have to be Picasso to make money selling art. If you’re a crafty type who makes items like masks, T-shirts, and drawings, then look to start selling your wares online, in marketplaces like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon.
Your work has value. People will pay money for it if you are creative and can market your services effectively.
If you’re struggling to determine what to charge, start by figuring out a reasonable hourly rate for your work and then add in the cost of materials. See what happens and take it from there.
If you were born with a natural ability to fix things like cars or computers, set up a workshop and start advertising your talents. Why not clear out your garage and turn it into a neighborhood auto shop?
I love the story of Anthony A. Martino, who started repairing automatic transmissions out of leased space in Philadelphia. Eventually, Martino went on to start the Anthony A. Martino Company (AAMCO), which turned into a leading American repair franchise.
The point is this: A side hustle can turn into something incredible. You just need to apply yourself.
At first, a side hustle should take up about 10 hours of your week. However, it’s common for some people to work 20 or even 30 extra hours, depending on their drive.
As an extreme example, Elon Musk puts in about 120 hours of work each week. It all depends on your drive, your energy, and how much money you want to bring in.
10. Drive for Uber or Lyft
One of the easiest ways to make money fast is to drive for Uber.
This may be a drop in the bucket in your overall salary, as the average Uber driver earns about $364 per month. However, it’s incredibly flexible and will only cost you gas, insurance, and wear and tear on your car.
The best part about driving for Uber or Lyft is that there is no minimum commitment. You can pick people up and earn money on your daily commute (covering your weekly gas or parking fees), or even on the way to the grocery store.
In my opinion, driving people is a no-brainer if you want to earn extra income and can incorporate it into your daily routine. And, if you don’t want to drive people, check out Instacart, Uber eats, Postmates, or Doordash.
Here’s something to consider, too: Driving is an excellent way to make interesting and profitable connections. You never know when you might meet someone who will offer you more money to drive privately — or even someone who may turn into a great business partner.
11. Ask for a Raise
Here is a crazy statistic: Almost two-thirds of people have never asked for a raise.
In most cases, this is because people are either afraid to ask, or they don’t want to go through the hassle of a performance review.
In my opinion, both excuses are lame.
Determine your market value and see how far you are away from the industry average. Then, benchmark your performance and do it honestly to make sure you can justify asking to make more money.
If you find that you’re several thousand dollars away from what you should be bringing in, then you shouldn’t feel bad about asking for more — or going to another company that can give you a bigger bump.
12. Work as a Guide
If you happen to live in a big city or an area with abundant natural resources (like mountains, trails, or rivers), then you may be able to pick up a part-time job as a tour guide.
For example, REI is looking for single and multi-day tour guides in Arizona. In this type of role, you will take guests out for a specified period of time to local destinations, helping them get there safely while teaching them about the local area.
This is something that you can either do through a company (like a local outfitter or travel agency) or on your own if you advertise your services.
Some outdoor outfitters may also pay you commission for bringing tourists into their shop to buy gear like tents, backpacks, or rock climbing gear, among other items.
13. Revisit Your Budget
As they say, money saved is money earned — and chances are likely you’re throwing cash away on a daily basis.
Take a hard look at your budget, and try to figure out where you’re losing money.
For example, if you’re like many people, you’re still spending money on a gym membership. But when was the last time you went? Now may be a good time to cancel and save money.
You may also find that you’re spending way too much money on luxuries like food delivery, entertainment, alcohol, or your phone bill. Figure out where your money is going, and trim where appropriate.
14. Be a Personal Chef
Not everyone has the time, desire, or ability to cook — especially working professionals who are stressed and overloaded. Many people would prefer to spend their free time doing other things than going through the arduous process of preparing daily meals.
You can make money shopping for groceries, cooking, serving, and cleaning for other people. Other opportunities may include preparing school lunches or even private dinner events.
If you’re handy in the kitchen, this could be a great opportunity to help friends, family, and community members.
Don’t be dismayed if you lack formal culinary training, either. Many people would be willing to pay for food that tastes good and enjoy the freedom of not having to deal with any of the preparation or clean-up work.
15. Offer IT Support
Many people are now working from home because of the pandemic, and many are struggling with daily network and computer issues.
Even seemingly simple tasks — like setting up Zoom meetings or managing accounts — can be difficult for people who are not good with computers.
So, if you have technical skills, you should consider offering on-demand tech support for people in your community, helping with tasks like connectivity, cybersecurity, and Windows or Mac support.
Charge an hourly rate or a monthly retainer for virtual tech support. According to recent research, you may be able to earn anywhere from $60 to $100 per hour — and even more for on-site service. That’s a lot of money.
16. Become an Influencer
It’s a misconception that you need over 20,000 social media followers to be an influencer. In fact, brands sometimes prefer to work with micro-influencers, and bloggers, who have the ability to persuade a particular niche audience.
Recent advancements in influencer marketing and blogging software make it easy for influencers to be discovered, recruited, and compensated for their advertising efforts. Almost anyone can become an influencer, with the right skill, product, or marketing strategy.
For example, “skinflueners” can get paid to showcase their progress using skin medications or beauty products. There are also many creative pet owners who like to personify their dogs and cats. Take a look at Dean the Basset Hound on Instagram for inspiration.
If you’re looking for a more traditional way to earn one thousand dollars fast, you should strongly consider bartending.
In fact, now is a good time to start lining up opportunities in places where shutdowns are ending, and restaurants are hiring. Bars will eventually open back up, and many people will be venturing back out in search of nightlight.
Like driving for Uber, bartending is a great way to make connections that can lead to other lucrative opportunities — especially if you tend bar in a high-end establishment.
As for compensation, the average reported income for a bartender is only $22,000. However, bartenders typically make much more than that as the majority of their income is paid in cash tips. On a decent weekend, you could easily make a few hundred or even a thousand dollars, if you pick the right place.
Many students were set back during the pandemic, which shortened the school year and forced students to learn from home. As a result, a ton of parents are looking for ways to help their kids catch up. This holds true for children of all ages.
Add it all up, and there is a great opportunity at hand for people who have degrees and a penchant for teaching and working with youth.
If you can speak Spanish fluently, are a gifted artist or musician, or are good at math, English, or science, then you should consider going through the process of becoming certified, advertising your services, and setting rates. A little bit of groundwork could help jumpstart a flexible and lucrative business.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll find out teaching is your life calling. What’s better than helping the future generation prepare for tomorrow?
19. Work as a Trade Show Professional
Eventually, trade shows will open back up.
When they do, companies will be looking for ways to maintain a presence at events with as few team members as possible — for liability reasons. As a result, people who are willing to sit in front of a booth and engage with attendees will have plenty of opportunities to find work.
Working as a trade show professional is a great way to earn income. All you have to do is know enough about the company to hold a conversation and then steer people to the right contacts within the organization.
And when the show ends, you are free to move on to another gig.
Plus, if you can earn a reputation as someone who is reliable and engaging, you can earn future gigs and be recommended to other companies. Booth assistance is always in high demand. And right now, there are also opportunities for part-time assistance helping with virtual trade shows and events. Check ‘em out.
20. Sell as a 1099 Employee
Poke around and look for companies with strong products that are easy to sell that may be willing to take you on as a 1099 sales associate.
Selling is hard. But it can also be financially rewarding — especially if you can land a gig that will compensate you while letting you work at your own pace.
If you’re good at talking with people and you’re persuasive, a freelance sales gig could help you earn quick money without requiring much work or responsibility.
Plus, it could also lead to a high-paying role or even a future leadership position if you’re successful.
21. Take Out a Loan
If you are really in a bind and need quick cash, and you are good at making payments, then you should consider taking out a personal loan.
I should caution you against doing this if possible, as you will wind up paying more in the long run.
However, these services can usually provide large sums of money and sometimes within 24 hours.
Here’s a pro tip: Instead of relying on others when you need a loan, use the above tips that I mentioned to build a nest egg and start a high yield savings account (HYSA), at a bank like Amex, Vio, or Ally.
Build up a nest egg that you can draw from when needed. Then make it a point to pay yourself back and charge yourself interest for tapping into your reserve funds. This way, you’ll avoid going into debt.
Are You Ready to Make $1,000 Fast?
We’re all looking for the fastest ways to make money. But we can’t snap our fingers and expect it to stack up overnight.
In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to find some extra ways to make quick cash. That’s what I love about being alive during this time. Everything is at our fingertips, and the possibilities are endless.
At the end of the day, you know your interests, you know your talents, and you know how hard you’re capable of hustling. No one else does.
It’s up to you to prove yourself to everyone else and show what you bring to the table.
If you’re determined to make cash doing what you do best, and you’re ready to work hard to make it happen, you can end up in a place you didn’t even know was possible sooner than you think.
Take my word for it. Yes, it could and most likely will take a lot of time. But it’ll be worth it. And, let’s be honest, what’s the alternative?
Good luck. I’m rooting for you.