10 Real Ways To Make Money In A Day (or a Week!)

Sometimes unexpected expenses come up and you need to find ways to make money fast. Maybe you have an unexpected car repair, something broke in your home, you forgot about a bill, or something else. Perhaps you need extra income in the next 24 hours or by the end of the week. No matter how…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: April 11, 2024

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Sometimes unexpected expenses come up and you need to find ways to make money fast. Maybe you have an unexpected car repair, something broke in your home, you forgot about a bill, or something else.

Do you need to know about the ways to make money fast? If so, then you've come to the right place! Here, you'll learn how to make money fast in a DAY for extra cash! This can be online, for teens, easy, at home, DIY, and more!Perhaps you need extra income in the next 24 hours or by the end of the week.

No matter how small your timeframe is, there’s probably something you can do to earn at least a little bit of money quickly.

If you want to learn how to make money fast, then today’s article is for you.

While I think that everyone should have an emergency fund, there are still times when you need to find ways to make money fast.

After all, things come up and sometimes you may not have the cash on hand that you need. Or, maybe you just don’t want to dip into your savings and would like to see what you can do to quickly make some money instead.

Whatever your reasoning is, there are plenty of ways to make money fast for when you need it.

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Here are 10 real ways to make money fast:

Sell stuff from around your home.

Probably one of the best ways to make money fast is to find items around your home to sell.

The average person has a lot of extra stuff in their life. Too many clothes, old electronics (such as old cell phones!) that have been tossed to the side, appliances that have been replaced, books that will never be read again, useless furniture, gift cards that will never be used, and more.

If you’re looking for ways to make money fast, then there are many items around your home that you may be able to sell.

I’ve heard all the excuses for why a person doesn’t want to try selling their stuff:

  • But, no one will pay for my junk.
  • That item isn’t worth it.
  • It’s so much easier just to throw it away.
  • I would look stupid if a thrift store says no to everything I am trying to sell to them.
  • What can I sell to make money? I have nothing!

Stop with the excuses!

We all have something we can sell, and there are many places you may be able to sell your things. These include:

  • Thrift stores – Thrift stores may pay on consignment, cash on the spot, or store credit. Taking your stuff to a thrift store will probably be the fastest way to sell things as they will be able to pay you cash right away for whatever they can sell.
  • eBay – eBay can be a great way to reach a larger market.
  • Craigslist – Selling on this free site can be one of the easiest ways to make money fast, but be safe and don’t fall for any Craigslist scams.
  • Garage/yard sale – This can be an easy way to sell many things at once, plus you can do it all from your home. A downside is that the pay is usually lower.
  • Facebook – There are specific groups on Facebook dedicated to selling items to someone in the same city as you.

Find random Craigslist jobs.

If you want to learn how to get money fast, then Craigslist has many gigs that may work for you.

There are many, many random one-time jobs that you can find on your local Craigslist.

One great thing about these jobs is that you usually get paid before or right after you complete the work, which means that you can get paid the same day!

To find random gigs in your area, just go to Craigslist and find the “gigs” section.

Here are some jobs I found through a quick search:

  • Remove yard debris
  • Gem Show helper
  • Dirty house cleaner
  • Passing out flyers and brochures
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Motorhome hauler
  • Movie extra

Here’s a screenshot of one of these easy to find Craigslist gigs:


And here’s another job that, if you have the right equipment, would make you a nice $200, especially if you were heading that direction anyway:

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Related read: How I Earned $655 From Random Craigslist Jobs In One Month

Rent out a room in your home.

Renting out a room in your house will not make you rich, but I do know a few people renting out rooms in their home and they have been able to pay off their home completely due to this.

If you are interested in renting out a spare room on a short-term basis (such as for vacations), I highly recommend you check out Airbnb. I know people who are making thousands of dollars a month by renting out rooms on this site!

There are many places where you can advertise your rental. You can put a sign on your front lawn, advertise in a newspaper, or place an ad online on a website such as Craigslist.

Everyone and everything is online now, so posting your ad online will most likely be your best choice, and would make this one of the ways to make money fast, especially as it would get someone renting from you quickly.

Always be honest with what you list in your advertisement. You should be honest about how big the room is, what rooms come with the agreement, if there is a separate entrance, and more. Also, be sure to include pictures of what is included.

Read more at A Complete Guide To Renting A Room For Extra Money.

Answer surveys online.

This one won’t earn you actual cash overnight, but you may be able to make money right away and eventually receive your first check or payment within a month.

Survey companies I recommend include Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, Clear Voice Surveys, VIP Voice,  ProOpinion, Pinecone Research, Opinion Outpost, Survey Spot, and Harris Poll Online.

These survey companies are free to join and free to use! You get paid to answer surveys and to test products. It’s best to sign up for as many as you can, as that way you can receive the most surveys and make the most money.

How can I make money right now?

Walk dogs and/or pet sit as one of the ways to make money fast.

If you love animals, then you may want to consider walking dogs or pet sitting if you are looking for ways to make money fast.

With this side job you may be going over to your client’s home to check in a few times a day, you may be staying at their house, or the animals may be staying with you.

For dog boarding, you may be able to make around $25 and up per day for watching someone’s dog or other pet in your home. This is a great service to offer, and if you love animals (which you should if you are going to do this) then it could be fun as well!

Rover is a great company that you can sign up with in order to become a dog walker and pet sitter.

Learn more about this at Rover – A Great Way To Make Money And Play With Animals.

Babysit and/or nanny for families.

Parents are almost always looking for good babysitters, and they are willing to pay well for a night out.

Websites like Care.com and SitterCity.com allow you to advertise your services while letting you see if there is anyone in your area needing your services. This means that you may be able to find a one-time job or even a permanent babysitting gig just by searching online.

When I was just 14, I was making $10 an hour babysitting for a neighbor. I babysat 40 hours a week and it was a great way to make extra money! And, I found this babysitting gig by just looking at the bulletin board in my neighborhood.

If you have any special skills or provide extra work, such as cleaning up around the house, teaching the child how to speak another language, tutoring, picking up the child from activities, and so on, you will most likely be able to charge more than $10 an hour too.

Recommended reading: 15 Ways to Make Money in One Hour

Help move furniture.

Moving is a task that most people dislike. This can be a way to learn how to make fast money.

Movers can earn a broad range when it comes to hourly pay, but it’s usually somewhere around $50 an hour if you run your own business.

To find moving gigs so that you can learn how to make money fast, you may be able to simply post an advertisement on Craigslist, placing flyers around town, or telling those that you know. Many people find movers at the last moment, so you may be able to find a quick job quite easily.

By just searching Craigslist, I was able to find several people who needed help moving, as you can see in the screenshot below:


Mystery shop.

Mystery shopping can be one of the more fun ways to make money fast while also getting paid to eat at a restaurant or to go shopping.

While you won’t make your money back right away in most cases, you can sign up for mystery shopping companies today and get your first mystery shop done fairly quickly.

Some don’t require you to spend money either, such as if you do a phone call mystery shop where you just have to call a store and pretend to be a customer with questions.

And yes, I used to mystery shop in the past, and I did it quite often!

A few years ago, I mystery shopped a lot to make extra income. I made anywhere from $150 to $200 a month mystery shopping and received free meals, makeup, and more. I only used Bestmark for mystery shopping, so I know that they are a 100% legitimate company.

There are other legitimate mystery shopping companies that exist, but you should always do your research.

Become an Uber or Lyft driver.

Spending your spare time driving others around can be a great money maker, and it’s one of the most interesting ways to make money fast as you can meet all sorts of people as a driver. Read more about this in my post How To Become An Uber Or Lyft Driver. Click here to join Uber and start making money ASAP.

Here’s a quick snippet from an interview I did with an Uber driver:

“For those unfamiliar with rideshare, it’s basically a way to hail a ride with a smartphone app.  There are thousands of drivers out there just like me who work full time jobs, part-time jobs, etc and whenever they want to drive, they can just turn their app on and they’ll be matched with passengers in need of a ride.  The entire transaction is cashless and everything is done over your mobile app.

You can drive 80 hours a week if you’d like or you can take an entire month off from driving.

Everything is handled by the app and you are paid via direct deposit weekly.  Some customers will tip in cash but for the most part, the entire transaction is cashless.

As a driver, you have to pay for pretty much everything including gas and maintenance on your car but typically I don’t use more than a few dollars worth of gas per hour.  The big ‘hidden cost’ is probably the depreciation of your car but you do get to deduct 56.5 cents/mile on your taxes as a driver.”

Maintain and clean yards.

Yard maintenance is another one of the ways to make money fast. You can make money by mowing lawns, killing/removing weeds, cleaning gutters, raking leaves, and so on.

While mowing lawns will require you to have a lawn mower of some sort, you could always do something that won’t require much equipment, such as raking leaves.

No one likes to do lawn maintenance. Okay, I guess some people do. But, the majority of people would rather do other things with their time.

Due to this, there are many ways to find yard cleaning jobs. You can:

  • Post a Craigslist advertisement announcing your services.
  • Search Craigslist gigs, as discussed above, and see if there are any available in your area.
  • Post flyers on a local bulletin board.
  • Announce your services on social media, such as your personal Facebook account.
  • Go door to door and see if anyone needs any work done.

Recommended reading: How To Make $10 a Day

Ways to make money fast – summary

If you want to learn how to get money fast, then there are many options as you read above. Plus, there are many, many more. There are all sorts of jobs out there that will allow you to learn how to make quick money.

If you want to increase your earnings and make money, there are many side hustle gigs, passive income ideas, and more to make money fast.

What other ways to make money fast can you think of? What have you done in the past when you needed quick cash?

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Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. Selling stuff around the house via Craigslist and a yard sale was how my husband and I got our starter emergency fund saved. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate that you don’t need! Getting rid of it makes you cash and also opens up space so it’s easier to be organized.

    I have a stay at home mom friend who does awesome with Rover! She earned $500 in one week recently from dogsitting. Pretty cool, especially since she doesn’t have to leave her house or change her schedule to do it.

  2. When we moved last year, my wife sold a lot of things in Facebook yard sale groups. I think it’s more trustworthy than Craig’s List. You see the person’s profile and you know they’re from your area.

    I like the rent out your room idea. We live in Gettysburg, PA now, so we get a ton of tourists and Civil War buffs that flock to the area especially in the summer. People are always looking for rooms for holiday weekends and Civil War reenactments. They’re even putting a new hotel up in time for summer. We could easily rent out one of the rooms.

    Now if I could only convince my wife …

    Great tips and advice as always! Thanks!

    1. Great job! I have never sold on Facebook but it seems like many people do that.

  3. Mustard Seed Money

    My wife and I are huge fans of dumpster diving on Craiglist (getting free items) and then fixing them up and reselling them. We have found perfectly good items that just need to be cleaned. I’m not sure what the people were thinking at the time but we made sure it went to a good home 🙂

    My wife also does a ton of thrift store shopping and has found some amazing pieces of clothing with the tags still on it. She’ll normally wear it for a season and then sell it on ebay after she’s done. She definitely is a hustler.

    1. Haha, right?! People throw away perfectly good things a lot of the time.

  4. Go Finance Yourself!

    My wife used to walk dogs and pet sit back when she quit her job and went back to school. She loves animals and it was a good way to make a little extra cash while we lived on a single income.

    Selling stuff around the house is a great way to declutter. I’ve sold a lot of old books, DVDs and other things we don’t really use. Feels good to get rid of that stuff and earn a little money too.

  5. We have made at least $500 in the month of February selling our stuff. With the money we have made I bought paint for our bedroom, paid to get my laptop fixed (both of those things we have been putting off for over a year), bought my son a spring coat, put aside money to take my parents out for a birthday dinner and a few other little things that we needed. So glad my house purging made us money!

  6. Mrs. Picky Pincher

    Instead of Craigslist, you can also try out TaskRabbit. It’s basically the same thing, but more structured with a payment and a ratings system. I haven’t used it myself, but I know a lot of people who have success with it. I’m thinking of signing up to do tasks over the weekend. It’s a great way to score some extra bucks with the time I’d normally spend watching TV anyway.

  7. Moïse

    Nice tips, thank you for sharing 🙂
    Last year I won a tablet with a TV show, I already had one so I sold it. I ended up making $380.

  8. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for another interesting post. It’s always a pleasure to scoop your thought especially as it regards making extra income. Your advice has always been helpful to me irrespective of my location as a blogger in Africa. Each time I apply your teachings they work wonders for me.

    Last time I tried it in teaching what I know and the result was spectacular, I saw my income drastically go up. Even my freelance writing business experienced a boost.

    Thanks Michelle for this. I so much appreciate your effort here.


  9. Rover and Wag are both great dog-walking companies! We plan on using Rover when we need a petsitter for our dogs.

  10. Thank you for your encouragement and tips! I’ve been implementing ideas from your site. I put a number of items on Craigslist and they sold quicker then I anticipated. Now I can look around my house with a new perspective. I’ve recommended you to many of my friends.

    Thank you!

  11. This is awesome! I love learning how to make extra money! I’ve found health and wellness network marketing, probably one of the easiest I’ve found to make money. I easily make $1,000 a month plus cash, it really comes in handy. I live helping peoole to get healthy so when your work is fulfilling it means more!!!

  12. Adriana @MoneyJourney

    I’m so curious about Uber! I really love driving, but we live in a very small town and don’t have Uber over here. Would have been awesome to make some extra money doing something so enjoyable 🙂

  13. Lindsey Mozgai

    I just went to my used video and book store to sell items that have been sitting around our home for months waiting to be taken, and I made $20! It’s amazing how quickly your clutter adds up and it’s even more amazing how much it can earn you.

  14. There’s so many ways to make money side hustling when you don’t resort to the traditional method of maintaining employment. Of course, you have to be dedicated to what you do in your side hustling endeavors because there’s no healthcare, company benefits, 401k or secure pension plan. As a matter of fact, where is job security today? You can have a college degree and your narcissist employer will create enmity between you and co-workers as a way of covering up their personal hatred for you and set you up for termination.

    This is why like yourself, I too emphasize the importance of having a side hustle and a personal skill of using the internet to make money online full time, because traditional employment today is 100% obsolete. Am I right? And worst case scenario, you can still get fired with a college degree after being set up by someone with a high school diploma just because they don’t like you.

  15. NPA

    You babysat for 40 hours a week? That’s impressive! I love selling old items on craigslist and Facebook marketplace. I feel less guilty about them then because I know they’ll keep being used, rather than just going to the trash. Great tips! Thanks!