Table of Contents
- Complete Surveys and Get Paid
- Start a Blog
- Write a Book
- Rent a Room
- Take on Freelance Projects
- Drive for Uber or Lyft
- Work with a Delivery Service
- Rent Your Car
- Wash Cars
- Clean Houses
- Try Flipping Things
- Try Crowdfunding
- Have a Bake Sale
- Join a Medical Trial
- Sell Some Stuff
- Get a Loan From Your 401K
- Get a Side Gig
- Make Money By Saving Money
You could be falling short on rent for the month or falling short on money to pay your taxes. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an emergency. You may want to make a fun purchase that you’ve been waiting on for a long time but never really had enough money to take the plunge.
Making $2,000 fast isn’t the same as putting together $10 or $20. It isn’t even in the same category as making a couple of hundred dollars quickly. The process isn’t as quick and you will have to put in some hard work, possibly for a longer period of time. It is important that you assess your situation, the talent and skills you possess, and the money that you need to raise, before getting into the process.
Once you take note of all these factors, you should decide on how much money you want to make – the amount should be realistic!
Keep reading to find out what are the different ways in which you can make some extra money.
The first option on this list almost sounds too good to be true. Can people really pay you for just finishing surveys? The answer to that is yes. Your opinion holds great value and you can make some fast cash by registering on survey websites and finishing surveys in your free time.
A regular person can stand to earn between $8 and $12 for every hour that she or he spends filling surveys. While the shorter surveys pay just a few dollars, larger and more in-depth surveys have been known to fetch people even $50-$60. Some of the most popular survey websites are Survey Junkie, My Survey, Survey Voices and others. You can register on these sites, provide some personal details and start filling out surveys!
Building a business is one of the best ways to earn more money. There is, however, the factor of initial investment that deters many people. A type of business that you can start from scratch and not worry about the money that will go into it is starting a blog.
You can start by choosing a subject in which you specialize, or a topic that piques your interest. After that you can use one of the more popular content management platforms to create content and put it out to the world. While there won’t be much money coming in during the initial phase, consistency and commitment are key to monetizing your blog. If you garner a good amount of following, you stand to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, not just $2,000.
This isn’t a regular book that involves engaging with agents and publishing houses. You can simply write an e-book or design an online course and sell it on any of the multiple platforms that are available online.
The book or online course should be written on a topic that interests a wide section of people. You may not be an expert in the subject in the initial phases, but you can always learn on the job. Language courses, technical courses, public speaking courses and others along similar lines are the most popular subjects when it comes to e-books and online courses. The income, however, may take some time to show up.
Renting out extra space in your house, or your apartment when you’re not around has become a big trend in the past few years. With companies like Airbnb becoming incredibly successful across the world, the process seems to have become even simpler than before.
You just have to register with the company, pass a background check, take pictures of that extra room in your house and upload it onto the platform. People who are visiting the area and need a place to stay can contact you through the website or app and then book the room through the company itself. This allows you to make quite a bit of extra money without much of a hassle.
If you are a writer, a designer, a programmer or anybody else with a skill, you can start freelancing and taking on projects on the side. The main problem that arises in such a situation is finding prospective clients. Technology, however, has given a solution for this problem.
There are tons of websites on the internet that match freelancers with prospective clients. The clients post the job on these platforms with details of what has to be done. After this, different freelancers can bid on the projects and the one that suits the client best is picked for the job. You can also take on projects from people around you and build a network of clients.
This option has some prerequisites that you will have to fulfill. Ride sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft require their driver partners to own a car, be above a certain age, have a clean record and all the papers – including insurance – that are required by the companies.
The job itself is fairly simple if you know how to drive. You just take your car out to an area where you think there are lots of prospective riders, switch on your app and let the algorithm match you with a rider. You get paid for picking up a person from one point and dropping them at another. You can do this in your free time as once you go offline, you stop receiving any more trips.
This particular job just requires one skill – you should know how to drive. If you don’t know how to drive, you can still find jobs in the delivery business as people are always looking for door-to-door delivery executives. Having a car, however, is an added advantage here and you may be able to command a better income if you are using your own car.
The job itself is pretty simple. Instead of picking up and dropping off people, you have to do the same for packages. You can choose your hours – so that it doesn’t interfere with your work or education – and put your knowledge of the local area to good use in this manner. To make a decent amount of money, you will have to put in quite a few hours, so it’s important that you keep that in mind.
Your car can get you quite a bit of money. A lot of car-related earning opportunities have already been discussed but if you own a car and don’t use it as often, you can even consider renting it out.
While there are some large companies that deal exclusively in renting out cars, peer-to-peer renting of vehicles has also become increasingly popular these days. There are quite a few apps that let you register your car and then get you in touch with prospective renters but this means you will have to give the company a cut of your profits. If you want to avoid this, just rent it out to people you know.
The next option is also linked to cars but not your personal vehicle. Washing cars can be a tedious job – one that people like to outsource to others. Make use of this factor and offer to clean your neighbor’s or a friend’s car in exchange for some cash. It may not sound glamorous at all, but it can get you that extra money that you need.
You can put together a larger scale car wash by enlisting the help of some friends. This way you won’t be doing all the work alone and you can turn it into a social event. In addition to the regular car wash, you can also offer some add-ons like interior details and charge people a little extra for those.
This may not be ideal but with everyone leading such fast lives, cleaning becomes a chore that people tend to run from. Hiring someone else to do this for them – even if it involves parting with their hard earned money – seems like a good option at this time.
There isn’t much that you need to start cleaning houses in your area. Just buy some of the basic cleaning supplies from a store close to you and start scouting for prospective clients. Once you have cleaned a couple of houses and have done a good job, word of mouth should be enough to get you a steadier source of income.
Some people have the talent of looking at things and finding out their real value in the market. You may be at a garage sale and notice something that could sell for a lot more online. You can buy it, make any necessary adjustments to it and sell it over the internet – a process that is called flipping.
If the product that you are looking at has a barcode, it is possible to use a barcode scanner and see what the value of the product is in the outside world. If you think there is a significant profit in flipping the item, you can buy it and make some money!
Another great way to raise money – though not sure-shot – is starting a campaign on crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe. While people have used these websites even for frivolous needs like getting a pizza or something good to eat, there is a big chance that your community will support you if you need the money for an important reason.
Crowdfunding has become a popular option with campaigns ranging from people trying to rebuild their houses after a hurricane, to help for a homeless person, or any human rights cause. You just have to be good at designing and marketing your campaign so that it grabs more eyeballs. After this, the campaign can be shared across multiple platforms, urging people to donate to your cause.
The skills that each person possesses are different. Some people are good athletes; others may be great at writing. If you are good at baking, that particular skill can help you earn that extra money that you need. It will not be fast, but you can spend a few weeks putting out your freshly baked goods at a farmer’s market and you should have that $2,000 that you need.
Your service at this point is extremely important when it comes to getting more clients. Offer to customize orders for people, or give people the option to pick up the goods at a later time. It is also a good idea to put your baked goods up for sale at the popular local diner.
This can be a tough choice to make. On one hand, there are medical trials that have a pay rate of about $2,000 so you will be making all the money you need by simply signing up for the trial. This can seem like a very attractive option for people who really need the money fast.
There is, however, a down side. Medical trials are not completely without risk. You will be taking a chance with your health if you sign up for one without understanding the consequences. While most of these go on without any problems, you will have to see if it is worth it. Keep in mind that the ones that pay best are the ones that will also probably be riskier.
This option is probably the easiest out of all mentioned above. There is no major hard work or risk involved in selling things that you already own. You may be in possession of something that holds no real value for you but is selling for a decent amount of money in the market. Capitalize on such an opportunity by selling these things – either in a garage sale or online through specialized platforms.
There are a number of websites and apps that allow you to upload products on their platform and then make it visible to prospective buyers. People can buy the product from that website or app and you will receive the money for it through the company. This is also a great way to get rid of the clutter in your life.
Most jobs offer you a 401K plan and if you find yourself in a sticky situation, it is possible to get a loan from this place. If you get a loan from a bank or similar financial structure, there will be additional pressure on you to pay it back. In such situations, it is best that you take a loan from your 401K.
The main reason for this is that the interest that you will be paying when you are in the process of returning the money that was loaned to you will not go to any random financial institution. The money will be going back into your 401K plan, which will be at your disposal when you need it later in life.
Working as a temp can be another option available to you if you are looking to make some extra cash. Sometimes the main job that you have doesn’t pay you enough to lead a comfortable life. Getting a better job is always an option but there is a degree of risk involved as it may involve a lot more hard work or it could take time to even begin. In such a situation, it is better that you register with a temp agency that will give you the option of working part time and make some extra cash on the side.
Lastly, it is important to note that if you save more money in your day-to-day routine, you will have more money than you had before. It is a very simple concept. If you stop eating out every day of the week and spend a little money on groceries to cook for yourself, you will actually be saving on a lot of money in that week or month. There are many other such moves that you can make to save some cash.
All of the ways mentioned before will get you the extra money that you need. Instead of fixing all your energy on one of these options, it is recommended that you diversify and pick a couple of options that suit you best. The work will not be the easiest, especially if you are working fulltime and pushing in some of these options in the free time that you have left. It is important that you are prepared to do some hard work, but if you know what you signed up for, you will be able to make that extra $2,000 that you need!