I Need Money Today: Ways To Get Cash Urgently

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Are you pushed against the wall to make some extra cash right away? There may be a number of reasons why your situation got this bad and dealing with those is a long-term plan that may be underway. In the meanwhile, if you are looking for an immediate solution to get you out of this bind here are some ways to find work online and offline right away.

Take up Tasks/Gigs

There are multiple sites that offer a platform to get tasks and micro gigs done.

Choose what works for you:


This site is beneficial for those looking to get small tasks done around their homes/offices and those seeking to make quick cash working small jobs. These jobs span multiple categories such as mounting and installation, moving and packing, furniture assembly, home improvement, heavy lifting to general handyman jobs. TaskRabbit serves as the go-between you and the client. All you need to do is sign up on their free app to be a Tasker and you will be notified of the jobs available in your vicinity. Choose the task you like, finish it and submit the invoice to TaskRabbit to get paid. You are also likely to get tipped by the client for a job well done. Super simple.

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk)

Amazon has a marketplace for just about everything that one could need in the retail space and it has one for Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) too. MTurk offers work related to image/video processing, data verification and clean up, information gathering, data processing. All you have to do is create a Worker account, browse and select the HIT task that interests you, complete the work as per instructions given and get paid after your work is approved. These are simple tasks and can be done virtually without leaving your home.


This is an online classified which serves as a marketplace and a forum for discussions. Craigslist has many sections for each global location. It has a specific one for “gigs” which carries a listing of small tasks that need doing in a particular area. These could require in-person service or the task could also be completed virtually. Look up your location and under the gigs section search for one that you could do right away. It has a wide variety of tasks ranging from writing, computers to labor.

Disclaimer: Look at the listing carefully before taking it up. There may be some unexpected listings that find their way on Craigslist.


Fiverr is an online marketplace offering the entire gamut of services that fall under graphics and design, digital marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, music and audio, business, programming and tech, fun and lifestyle. So if you have a skill that fits any of these categories you could sign up and take up a job that pays a minimum of $5 and can be finished within a day.


Gigwalk is a unique task site that helps brands fix potential marketing issues.

You can sign up to be a gigwalker and perform a range of tasks that take as little as five minutes to as much as a couple of hours. You can help Gigwalk procure feedback for their clients and earn anything from $3 to $100 based on the task. Basic examples of tasks a gigwalker may be required to perform include reviewing a product display in a store or taking a picture of a restaurant menu. Gigwalk makes payments through PayPal.


This company claims to be the world’s first democratic social economy where you stand to earn by simply posting. You can earn money on empowr by posting and sharing content, promoting products, mentoring others to name a few. On joining empowr you automatically earn $20.


You don’t need to be an expert in any field nor a writer to attempt this. If you can write English as well as a native speaker, have a funny bone and a weird liking for all things quirky, then you will love doing this. Create a listicle (Top 10) for Listverse and earn $100 per listicle. You need to have a PayPal account to receive the cash once the listicle is approved.

Earn Cashback on Apps


Ebates is a cashback app that offers $10 to simply sign up. Yes, you heard correctly. No purchase required to earn this bonus.


Dosh is a great app for cashback too which can be transferred to your PayPal or bank account. Just download the app and link a credit or debit card to Dosh and earn $5 in bonus cash. Current users also stand to win a $5 bonus for each referral that links a verified credit or debit card to Dosh.


In addition to cashback on furnishing purchase receipts, Ibotta also gives people $10 on signing up and if you tell 3 friends about the app and they become users you stand to make a whopping $100. You also get a bonus $10 for every person you refer after that.

Assist with Surveys

Companies are looking to understand their consumers based on various demographics. They carry out surveys (paid research studies) in order to gather this information and are willing to pay regular folks to fill them out.

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie hosts an array of surveys and adds new ones each day. These surveys take an average of 5 minutes to complete and pay anything between $0.50 and $1.25 per survey. Survey Junkie pays people instantly via PayPal and their cash out record is very strong.


Swagbucks is another survey platform that helps you make money super fast doing a whole bunch of things that you probably indulge in already. At the very start there is an attractive signup bonus followed by points earned for:

  • Taking surveys
  • Searching
  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Shopping

Swagbucks allows for the conversion of points earned to cash deposited in your PayPal account or gift cards, based on your preference.

Check this link for information and reviews of other paid survey sites.

Drive People

With more and more people availing of their services, Uber and Lyft have a significant demand for drivers looking to make some quick money during the week or over the weekend based on your convenience. All you need is a well-maintained car and a spotless driving record. You can sign up for both and compare fares daily to decide which one to opt for. It is a super slick way to earn some decent cash soon enough.

Deliver Food

UberEATS is a great extension of the Uber brand that presents opportunities to deliver food on a flexible schedule. You have the option of signing onto the app, receive delivery requests and take up whatever works for you, day or night for as long as you like.

Become a Mystery Shopper

You can also look at posing as a mystery or secret shopper. There is a huge demand for this work. It requires visiting pre-determined shops as a customer and relaying the customer experience as feedback to agencies hired by these shops and companies. The idea is to give feedback on how their service personnel is performing and also describe the state of the shop/store environment, quality of product/service. Beware of where you look for these jobs. Some background on how secret shopping works would be a great place to start.

Take up Dog Walking

This by far is the most therapeutic job in the world. If you are good with dogs, love walking and running you can easily make some cash by reaching out to dog owners in your neighborhood. If you are great with dogs you are soon to rake up good reviews that will have many more dog owners approaching you to walk their babies. You can also look up Rover — a portal that offers dog services in the US. You can make anything from $5 to $150 per day pet sitting or dog walking.

Become a Caregiver

Care.com is a very resourceful website that helps you find caregiving jobs in a wide array of services that include babysitting, senior care and nursing, home daycare, pet care, special needs and tutoring, to name a few. You can search for gigs in your specific locality.

Sell Stuff You Don’t Need

This list above highlights the new-age ways of making a quick buck. However, the old methods still apply. A good old garage sale never disappointed. Your stuff will find a new home while some hard cash will find its way into your pocket. The garage sale format has now changed slightly with marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and apps like letgo and decluttr (aka musicmagpie in the UK) filling in online to sell stuff you clearly don’t need.

Get Started and Keep at It

Some of these tips may appear familiar and doable while others may seem far-fetched initially. Don’t hold yourself back. Take the plunge and dive into trying out at least a bunch of these even though it may feel like you are groping in the dark. Information is great but it means nothing till you implement it. You deserve the freedom to live your life to the fullest and money should not stand in the way of it. Get to it. Don’t wait another minute to take the wheel and regain control of your life.

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