Simple Ways To Make 100 Dollars Fast
While fast is a relative term, we’re going to do our best to give you options for creating extra income, fast cash, and ways to increase your earning potential in the future so you won’t need “fast” cash again.
Dive into this list and find the great idea that will help you earn that extra cash you need.
1. Sell Your Stuff Online
We can pretty much guarantee that you have $100 of unused items in your home. They might not be obvious at first, but the trick is to look for something you haven’t used at all in the last 6 months – electronics, clothing, or whatever.
The 6 month mark is important because if you haven’t used the item within that time frame, then there’s a very strong chance you’ll never use it again. So why not sell it for cash instead on Craigslist or eBay?
Just do your due diligence before you list your items.
You have to research what other people are selling them for, and then list your items for 10% less than that.
You don’t have anything lying around that hasn’t been used in the last few months? Well, then – and this might hurt – maybe it’s time for your games console to go to a new home.
2. Become A Delivery Driver
Delivering takeaway food or groceries might not be the most glamorous job in the whole world. but these jobs pay regular money. There’s the added bonus that at least one fast food joint in your town will be looking for new drivers.
The reason why is that the staff turnover rates in delivery jobs can be very high.
But the upside here for you is that there will always be lots of work available.
Remember this isn’t a new career for you. It’s just a temporary gig until you get your finances sorted out.
There’s the added bonuses that you don’t have to ferry passengers around, and you can also make extra money from tips.
If you need to know how to make 100 dollars fast this is one of your best options. It’s not sexy, but it’s practical and immediate.
3. Get People To Where They’re Going
You’ve probably heard lots of stories about people making money by working with Uber or Lyft, but have you ever thought about doing it yourself?
Sure, ferrying people around is going to eat into your free time, but it will only take a handful of driving gigs for you to earn that money you so badly need.
Or, you could be really strategic here, and just look for driving gigs that work around your lifestyle.
For example, you could drive a passenger to the same place you plan on doing your grocery shopping this week.
A little bit of lateral thinking can go a long way in making driving gigs work for you, instead of the other way around. Figuring out how to make 100 dollars fast by just driving people around isn’t exactly rocket science, is it?
4. Lease Your Unused Space
One of the biggest headaches you run into when moving to a new home is finding somewhere to store all your stuff. Sure, there are dedicated storage units you can lease for a few weeks, or months, but they can be prohibitively expensive.
Your unused garage or attic space is in demand from people who need short-term storage, but without a serious case of sticker shock.
How cool would it be to get paid for simply stacking some boxes in the attic you never use for anything else?
A 1-car garage can rent for about $125 per month, so you can expect to charge roughly the same for your attic space, or a spare bedroom.
5. Rent Your Home
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last decade or so, then you’ll have heard about Airbnb. It’s a really simple concept: you rent out your spare room for cash to short-term guests.
In fact, you can even go as far as renting out your entire home for other people to live in.
How much you can rent your room/house for will depend on where you live. Centrally-located homes or apartments fetch higher prices than if you’re living in the sticks.
As a general rule, there’s no reason why you can’t lease your spare bedroom to Airbnb customers for $30 per night. Even many small rural towns get this rate a dozen or couple dozen times a year.
Or you could stay with friends for a week or two, while renting out your home or apartment, and net several hundred dollars.
Evan Kimbrell is a perfect example of what’s possible with Airbnb. You might want to sit down before you read his story.
6. Sell Your Sweat
Relax, we don’t literally mean your bodily fluids. What we do mean is that your neighborhood no doubt has dozens of people who need your help.
They need snow shoveled, lawns mowed, leaves collected, their windows cleaned, furniture moved, their home or apartment cleaned, or their car washed.
You can print out some flyers using your home computer, and then just distribute them to friendly store windows and noticeboards in the area.
How much can you charge? Shoveling snow can net you $20 for just clearing the front of a house. You can charge $30 for mowing lawn.
So you only need to mow a handful to earn the money you need.
If you want to know how to make 100 dollars fast, taking advantage of a snowstorm or a neighborhood full of people who hate mowing is one of the quickest ways to get there.
If you need some inspiration read how Stephanie Nesseth turned her need to provide for her family into a thriving cleaning business.
7. Brush Up A Friend’s Resumé
Have you ever been complimented on the quality of your resumé and cover letter?
Awesome, because most people are absolutely awful at both writing application letters and formatting their resume in a way that won’t make recruiters choke on their coffee.
You can easily charge $50 to prepare somebody’s resumé for them, and another $40 to write their cover letter (and you can even check out our list of cover letter generators to help).
Resumé writing services often charge at least twice that amount, so you’re offering your customers a bargain.
8. Create Websites in WordPress
Have some tech skill but no virus removal skill? Have no fear. There are plenty of other options for your soon-to-be-thriving online business.
One of the easiest to learn (and most profitable) ideas is to create websites. WordPress makes this super easy. Find a free theme like Astra or GeneratePress, learn to set up a couple of pages, and you have yourself an income-generating machine.
This is a skill that you could learn to do within just a few hours without spending any money on training.
You could spend a few hours on Youtube learning how to customize themes, set up pages, and publish posts.
You won’t be making websites for Coca-Cola any time soon, but you could be making upwards of $50 per hour with no problem. That’s some real money.
And people think you’re a wizard. That’s always cool.
9. Computer Repair
Are you the computer hobbyist friend everyone turns to when they have some kind of glitch with their computer? But you’re too nice to ask for money when you fix it, so they give you pie or beer instead?
Did you know most computer stores charge $65 just to remove a virus or malware?
We don’t care how nice your friend’s pie is, it’s definitely not worth $65.
You can create a Facebook page for your computer repair “business” in 10 minutes, and then just ask your previous customers for referrals.
It takes no more than an hour to completely remove a virus or malware from a computer, and you only need to do that for two customers to cover your cash crisis.
That’s pretty good money for just an hour of work.
10. Thrift Store Flipping
This method of making $100 requires a little bit of your time, some research, and a tiny investment. Basically you visit charity or thrift stores in your area, and check out three types of items: books, women’s dresses, and tea/coffee cups.
Why so specific?
Well, because books, dresses and tea cups all have an identifying mark, of one kind or another, that allows you to quickly identify their value.
And you’ll be amazed at the incredibly valuable items you can find lying on the dusty shelves of your average thrift store.
It’s entirely possible to buy used vintage or designer clothing in a thrift store and flip them on Craigslist for a tidy profit.
Spencer used this tactic to great effect when he started flipping clothes and flipping books online. You can read about how he got started flipping clothes here (that’s an easy way to make $100 per day).
Or you can read about how to flip books here. And no, that’s not as boring as it sounds (but it is very profitable)
11. Get A Part-Time Job
We know you already work hard enough, but if you’re facing a personal financial crisis then you don’t have time to feel bad – you only have time to get out there and earn.
What you’re looking for is the type of part-time work done by college students e.g. bartending, or waiting tables.
The reason why is that people working these jobs can make as much in tips as they do from their basic salary. Often much more.
You either get to keep your tips, or the tip money is pooled and divided up. Usually at the end of each shift, or sometimes at the end of the week.
Tips can make working in a bar or restaurant more than worth your while, as long as you choose the right place to work.
And here are some great tips for making the most of your part-time bartending job, if that’s the route you choose to follow.
12. Sign Up For Overtime
Let’s face facts: Statistically speaking, you probably hate your job. But love it or hate it, it may be your only form of income right now.
Companies are usually happy enough to have employees work some overtime.
Mainly because they’ll have at least a few people out sick, or just not able to make their shift that day.
You might not relish the idea of working those extra hours, but if you’re strategic about it you can earn more money in less time. You do this by signing up for weekend shifts, or late shifts.
Because these usually have a “shift premium” of anything up to 25% attached to them.
So, instead of earning $10 per hour you’d be earning $12.50 per hour. You’d only have to work 10 hours overtime instead of 12 hours overtime to hit your money goal.
We’re making allowances for taxes, by the way. It’s not just lousy at math.
Some companies pay way more than a 25% shift premium, requiring you to work fewer hours for the same financial result.
Sometimes the easiest way to figure out how to make 100 dollars fast is to simply ask your employer.
13. Curb Your Entertainment Enthusiasm
A quick fix for not having any money is to temporarily do without some of your entertainment frills. These include your cable TV connection, your expensive smartphone plan, and your Netflix subscription.
In fact, many households have subscriptions for different digital services that are rarely used. Some of them only cost a few dollars per month, but it all adds up.
46% of Americans spend at least $71 on their cell phone bill each month, and another $64 on their cable TV package.
Eliminating your cable TV package and choosing a cheaper cell phone package for the next month can quite easily put $100 back in your pocket.
Yes, you might feel a little bored without as much access to digital content as before. But that’s a perfect excuse for catching up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read.
A great book to start with is The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. You don’t own it? Get it from the local library.
Or use that time to learn affiliate marketing, take a free online course, or even pick up a gig job for cash.
You can automate the process of tracking down all of those unused/expensive subscriptions using a service called Trim. Most people are are horrified when they realize how many subscriptions they actually have.
Getting rid of the unused or least awesome ones is an easy win.
14. Easy Money – Live On Less
When people start looking for an external solution to their current financial woes they often miss the obvious. You’d be amazed at how much money you unnecessarily burn through each week just on food items alone.
The worst part is that it’s usually on food items you don’t actually need. Or on food items that are just filled with empty calories.
That $5 coffee on your way to work each day, and maybe another one after lunch? Ditch them.
The pizza and takeaway during the week because you’re too tired (lazy…you’re too lazy) to cook? That’s another $40 down the toilet.
You smoke too? Quit for a week, and that’s another $42 in your pocket.
You could be really creative here and set yourself the challenge of living on $25 of groceries this week. This will include bringing your own food to work each day.
Eliminating expensive coffee, $10 lunches, smoking and anything else you’re wasting money on, can easily put an extra $100 in your pocket this week.
A little bit of personal control and sacrifice leads to basically free money.
How to Make 100 Dollars Fast – Now It’s Your Turn
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