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We find ourselves in such sticky situations pretty often as we wade through the murky waters of life. The first thought that comes to your mind at a time like this is – I wish I could earn some fast cash to fix this.
There’s some good news for you! There are multiple ways in which you can make additional money with your existing resources. Put in a little hard work, whether it is in front of a computer screen or out on the road, and your small-scale money woes will be a thing of the past.
Keep in mind that while some of them let you make money as you sit at home, some options will require a little more effort on your part. That also means you’ll probably earn more from the latter. Keep reading to find out more!
The first option, and one of the easiest of the lot, is to make money by taking surveys. There are a large number of websites that allow you to register for free and take surveys but you need to keep in mind that only a handful of them are legit.
While many will promise you huge payouts, they may not go through with it. SurveyJunkie is one of the best survey websites to register on if you want a legit source of extra income. You can make up to $50 per survey while you sit within the comfort of your home by taking online surveys, taking part in focus groups or by trying new products.
There are also other survey websites. SwagBucks lets you watch videos, take surveys, or shop to earn money. InboxDollars, another similar website, claims to have paid its members over $40 million just for watching videos, taking surveys and more. Another legitimate website is MySurvey. One of the oldest in the business, it allows you to take surveys anytime and anywhere, on your computer, laptop, tablet or through their mobile app.
Payments differ from survey to survey, with some paying significantly more than the others. Some may pay you in the form of gift cards as well. The money made by filling surveys is usually credited to you through PayPal, so keep that in mind!
All of us have at least one language that we are most comfortable with. There may be millions of other people across the world that are not as fluent or want to get better at that particular language. This is where you can monetize your knowledge while sitting at home.
An example of this is VIPkid. If you’re a native English speaker who has earned a college degree, you stand to earn anything between $14 and $25 per hour teaching English to children in China with this Chinese online education firm.
A great way to earn money from home, over 30,000 people already use this platform to teach English without stepping out of their homes. This platform is 100% legit and Forbes recently ranked VIPkid #1 on its “Top 100 Places Work From Home Companies” in 2017.
Just remember that since this is not an underhand way of making extra money, the company ensures that the application process is pretty long and detailed, to weed out any fraudulent activity. The upside is that it gives you the opportunity to earn $650 a month by just spending one hour a day on it, more than fulfilling your aim of making $300.
Teaching is not just limited to languages or academics for that matter. If you have a special skill, you can teach someone that in exchange for some decent money.
Another great way to make some quick money is reviewing websites and apps and getting paid for it! There is not much you need before you get started – a decent internet connection, fluency in English, a computer with a microphone and an updated web browser.
These reviews are usually in the form of tests that take anything between 5 minutes and 25 minutes to complete. You get about $10 per test for finishing these and the payments are usually received through PayPal.
One of the most trusted website review platforms is UserTesting. It is very simple to use and shouldn’t take up too much of your time. First, go visit the website or app. There will be a set of tasks that you have to complete. Your thoughts on the website will be recorded and you will be paid $10 for your efforts.
Some of the bigger reviews or studies will let you earn up to even $70, so keep an eye out for those.
Websites and apps benefit from having random objective third-party reviewers give their opinions on the website as it helps them weed out issues like lousy navigation, low quality of content, lack of clarity or poor design.
You can earn thousands of dollars a month by just renting out some lodging to short-term guests. If you have an extra room in your house and like to interact with people across the world, this could be the ideal way to earn some extra cash.
The idea of having some stranger live in the room next to you may sound a little shady in the first go but this isn’t the era of Craigslist anymore! Airbnb is a safe and secure way of renting out the room that lets you screen your guests before you accept their booking. They have to give their valid credentials and the company confirms their identity to ensure safety.
The concept works on two-way feedback with you rating the guests on their conduct while they are at your home, and the guests rating you on parameters like cleanliness and communication. So, you have to make sure that the place is in a good state and that you are friendly enough with the guests, but not interfering.
Do not expect to earn tons of money immediately, as you will have to build up a reputation to attract more visitors. You may have to sit and wait for days or weeks to have people book your home.
Your location will definitely influence how many bookings you get. Secondly, the ratings you get on the mobile app or website will be the other major factor that determines how many people choose your place to come stay at!
Many more avenues open up for you if you know how to drive. There are a number of taxi-hailing or taxi-sharing portals that have a very simple way of hiring drivers. Most popular of these are Uber and Lyft.
The introduction of this system into a society that might not be as comfortable taking out their own vehicles for day-to-day chores, especially in the bigger cities, has opened up a bunch of opportunities – both part time and full time – for those of you who know how to drive.
The process to sign up is pretty simple but it may take a couple of days. Once you’re done with this part, you will have to wait to get clients and then finally for the money to get cleared. It may sound a little tedious right now but it’s a great way to make some side cash.
Even after you start taking on these driving jobs regularly to supplement your income, you must keep in mind how many clients you get will depends on how your previous clients rate you. Bad feedback can be harmful to your prospects of making the extra cash so make sure you’re friendly, efficient and cooperate with the clients.
Another factor that could have an effect on how much money you make through driving around is the location that you’re at. You are more likely to get more rides if you’re in a place with a higher demand, like the hubs of your city.
If you have the right resources at your disposal but do not want to drive people around, maybe you can drive some things around, by making deliveries.
A new concept that is slowing gaining ground across the country is Amazon Flex. It is an app-based program that allows you to register and take up delivery jobs for Amazon if you fulfill their requirements. You can make anywhere between $18 and $25 an hour by working with Amazon Flex, but keep in mind that expenses are not included in this, so it may be a little lesser.
The downside is that it is only available in about 50 cities as of now but the company is working on expanding it to a much wider base. They also have a waitlist that you can join in case they are not operational in your city at the moment.
There are also a number of other portals like PostMates and UberEats that let you take on delivery jobs to make some money on the side.
The biggest plus point of taking these jobs is that you can pick your hours and how much work you want to put in. If you’re in college and only have a couple of hours between classes, you can take up a few deliveries. If working at night suits you better, you can do that! The concept is that you can work during a shift that is flexible, therefore letting you supplement your income on your own terms.
This isn’t the conventional type of money that a friend owes you. There are services that get you refunds from stores, without you even knowing that you were eligible for one!
Paribus is one of these services. If you have bought something online over the past year and the price of the item has decreased since then, the store may owe you a refund. This is where Paribus, which is 100% free to use, comes into the picture. It keeps a check on your purchases to see if you’re owed any refunds. You may be owed money that you didn’t even know about.
Paribus can also check for product recalls and other payouts with different types of services, including legal cases or arrangements that you may not be sure of.
In the age of online shopping, where all of us spend tons and tons of money by shopping online, this is a great way to earn some money on the purchases that have already been made. 2018 has been the year when shopping online has reached a new level and it is expected to continue even in 2019 and the years to come. So sit back within the comforts of your home and let Paribus get you some money from the refunds owed to you!
Time for you to get rid of all the things you have been hoarding over the years – you never know what may be worth a good amount of money.
This does not mean that you need to set up a yard sale. Take that old guitar that you bought thinking you were going to be a rockstar, and sell it online to someone who may have the same dream – it’s their time to work on becoming a musician. Or sell your old books from college to a student who may need them and can’t afford a new set.
This isn’t limited to just physical belongings like books, guitars or old gramophones, you can also donate plasma to a number of private healthcare providers and businesses in exchange of cash. Do your research well to find who pays the highest before you commit to one particular place.
People sell their hair to companies making wigs and for doll making. The money you make depends on the length of the hair as well as the color and quality. Similarly, many people take to giving sperm to earn some extra money. The process is not as simple as it sounds but can be a source of extra income.
Do you have more subscriptions than you can keep track of? Is it a challenge for you to control how much money goes out of your bank every month just to keep some services that you don’t even use regularly? There is a way to save money on such avoidable expenditure and all you need is to get Trim.
Trim is a free money saving bot that keeps track of your service subscriptions from month to month for you. It combs through all the things you have subscribed to and reports the expenditure that is incurred by you for keeping each of these.
It helps to negotiate down some of these service subscriptions like cable and internet and also gives you the option to cancel any that you may not be using regularly, or those that you don’t even remember subscribing to because it was so long back. All the cancellations can be made through an easy text message and do not require long and elaborate steps.
Trim users have saved over $8,000,000 by just using this method to get rid of unwanted subscriptions. At the end of the day, money saved is money earned!
Another way of getting in some extra cash, especially when you need it in a hurry, is to do voice-overs of different companies that produce content.
There are a large number of content pieces being produced every day. These range from commercials for television, web presentations, video game characters or even gigs on the radio. Most companies do not have the financial prowess to have major actors or actresses to do the voice over for these assignments.
Instead, they pay regular people like you and me to lend their voice for such pieces. The payments and amount of work range from about 10 minutes and $100 to about 180 minutes worth of work, going up to $1,500. As you can see, such work can help you cover your goal of $300 five times over.
However, it may not be the easiest way to earn money. The market can get competitive and you will have to find the right kind of opportunities that suits your needs. More experience will help you get better jobs and improve the scale of money earned over time.
In the end, you can see that there are a large number of ways in which you can earn $300 fast, but all of them will require some hard work on your part. Concentrate on one of these options to excel in that field, or diversify your source of income by choosing two or more of these.