Need cash fast? Yes, there are many ways you can earn a hundred bucks – or even several hundred bucks – in one day. There might be a number of reasons why you need to earn cash and earn it quickly.
An unexpected expense such as a car repair or house repair might grace your doorstep. Or that unexpected insurance bill you forgot about that only arrives every six or twelve months.
Maybe you’ve gotten an unexpected chance to take advantage of a cheap getaway to a popular vacation destination. Or maybe money is tight this month, and you need a $100 for groceries, gas or other necessities.
Whatever the reason, the money is out there; you just need to figure out how to earn it. Here are twenty things you might be able to do to make $100 in one day, and if you work it right, you can earn even more.
1. Drive for Uber or Lyft
People are making serious cash driving people around. Similar to a taxi service (only without the time-intensive hassle of getting approved to drive), rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft offer rides to people for wherever they need to go.
People like using rideshare companies as opposed to taxi services for a couple of reasons. First, they’re generally less expensive. Second, rideshare drivers and their cars feel more personalized.
Qualifying to drive for Uber or Lyft is easy: just click on the links to their sites and answer a few questions. You’ll need to verify that you have insurance on your vehicle, and the rideshare company will do a driving record check and background check, but that’s about it.
It will hardly take any time at all before you can log yourself in as available. When a client near you needs a ride, Lyft (or Uber) will tell you when and where to pick them up.
You’ll bring them to their destination, have a nice conversation along the way, and get paid to do it.
How much do rideshare drivers make? The answer to that varies based on the city you live in and the supply of drivers, but a safe bet estimate would be $15 an hour, which means you can make $100 in one seven-hour workday.
A key to making more via ridesharing? Drive during unpopular times, such as nights, weekends and early morning hours (most common for airport runs and bringing people home after a late night out).
Don’t forget that you can increase your income by earning tips, too. Give great service, have a clean car and drive well to help increase your chances of getting tips from your rideshare customers.
2. List a Room in Your House
Have an extra room in your house – or an extra house or condominium? Airbnb has proven themselves as the most popular place for travelers to look when they need a place to stay. They boast over 200 million guests in less than ten years in business.
Travelers go to the Airbnb website to choose a place to stay that is more affordable and more inviting than a traditional hotel or motel. Room or house owners can make extra money. Two bedrooms booked for one night can mean as much as $100 for you.
One room booked for twenty nights out of the month could mean $1,000 for you. The key to Airbnb success? A clean, cozy and comfortable place to stay, along with close proximity to popular travel destinations.
That might mean you are close to a popular amusement park, a popular resort, or a company that requires employees to travel to your town frequently.
List your room or house on Airbnb and gain the ability to make money and meet people from all over the world.
Another popular site for renting out a house or room is VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner). It works very similarly to Airbnb, so you may be able to list your house or room on both sites.
3. Have a Yard Sale
The good old-fashioned yard sale never goes out of style. Simply gather up all of your stuff, organize it neatly on tables or racks, price it clearly and competitively and wait for people to visit and buy it.
You’ll have better luck at selling stuff at your yard sale if you hold it on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday and if you advertise on busy street corners with signs and social media sites such as Facebook.
Posting your sale dates on garage sale listing sites such as Craigslist will help too. Remember to be friendly and be willing to negotiate on prices. Making $100 in one day shouldn’t be too hard at all, especially if you’ve got some bigger ticket items to sell.
4. Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist
Don’t want to deal with the tedious work of setting up for and hosting a garage sale? Consider selling your stuff on Craigslist. You can sell items individually or sell them in lots (i.e., groups).
Many people sell things like kids clothing in lots to get rid of more items at one time. You could do that with music CDs or DVD movies as well. (Although, DVDs tend to do better on sites like Decluttr.)
Again, pricing competitively is key, as is writing a compelling description.
For instance, instead of saying “Area Rug” you could say “Vintage Oriental Area Rug with Deep Rich Colors.”
Give potential buyers a reason to want to choose your item over someone else’s similar item. Look at items similar to yours and price yours just a bit under what the other sellers are asking.
Make buyers feel like they are passing up a good deal if they don’t buy your stuff now. Here are more tips on how to sell stuff on Craigslist fast.
5. Deliver Food
Did you know some companies exist for the sole purpose of delivering food to others? By being a driver for one of those companies, you might be able to make $100 in a day.
With a company like Instacart you can sign up to shop for (or deliver) groceries to those who don’t have the time or ability to drive to the grocery store and shop for themselves.
Your pay per delivery depends on a few different factors, such as how many miles you drive and how many items the person requesting a delivery wants to purchase.
As a driver for a food delivery service, you get to choose which jobs you’ll take and which jobs you won’t take, as well as which hours you are available to deliver. In other words, you get to determine how much money you’ll make as a delivery person.
6. Do Gigs on Craigslist
Craigslist has a section near their “jobs” section called “gigs.” Gigs can consist of a variety of different types of jobs from helping someone move, clean their house or get organized for a party to doing small painting or home improvement jobs.
You’ll also find things such as one-time writing jobs or jobs for specific events such as security detail for concerts or server jobs for parties or events.
As with any online work opportunity, there can be some weird stuff on Craigslist gigs too, so be thoughtful and do your research well as you’re looking through the gigs section.
Only take gigs that seem legit and that don’t involve any odd requests. Also, let somebody know where you are going (as in the specific address) and what time you expect to be back. If you can bring somebody with you, all the better.
But you could easily make $100 a day by helping someone move or clean up their place or by doing other quick household or other tasks under the gigs section.
7. Babysit or Pet Sit
If you like children or animals, this could be a great way for you to make $100 in one day. With pet sitting, you’ll probably have to watch a pet for a longer period of time than you would a child to make $100, but the job might be easier.
You could also branch out a bit and do dog walking. Walk several dogs at a time at a specific hourly rate.
Advertise your pet sitting or child sitting services to family and friends via your Facebook account. For child sitting, you can advertise on the professional child sitting sites such as Care.com.
Companies such as Care will allow you to create a profile for parents to look at when they need a child sitter in your area.
Make your profile as professional as possible. List your experience and why you like to care for children. Be sure to include a photo of yourself as it may make parents feel more comfortable hiring you.
8. Do Tasks on Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit is one of the first and most well-respected online sites where people can go to find help with a variety of different tasks. As a “tasker” for task rabbit, you might help somebody move, help them assemble furniture, function as a personal assistant for a day or go get them groceries.
Here’s how it works:
After you sign up to become a tasker on Task Rabbit, the company notifies you of nearby jobs. You select the jobs you want to do (you’ll know what the job will pay ahead of time), firm up the details with the client, and complete the job.
After you complete the job, you’ll submit your invoice to Task Rabbit, and they’ll pay you. Simple as that! Task Rabbit is great for those looking to work in some extra earnings around a full-time job or other commitments.
9. Find Freelance Work
The cool thing about doing freelance work to earn money is that you can earn it for a variety of different tasks and easily earn $100 in a day. Start by writing down your talents. Can you write? Are you great at logo or t-shirt design?
Do you know how to set up websites or are you great at managing social media accounts? Would you be a good virtual assistant? Figure out your talents and then advertise them on sites like Upwork. Upwork freelancers, the site boasts, are collectively earning over $1 billion each year.
You can get started on Upwork by creating an attractive profile boasting your skills and talents. Then, apply for individual jobs that appeal to you and your skill sets.
The job listings state what the pay will be so you know exactly how much you will make for a completed job.
Freelancer is another site that can help you find freelance jobs in a variety of different skill sets. From design and architecture to translation jobs to IT jobs, Freelancer has enough jobs available to help you work to earn money every day of the week.
Or, you could start your own virtual assistant business. My friend Kayla earns an average of $500 per day or $10,000 per month as a VA. She’s even started an online course to teach others how to do the same.
10. Do Lawn Work
You may be able to earn $100 a day doing lawn work right in your neighborhood. People often seek help with a variety of lawn work tasks.
They might need someone to cut their grass, to clean up flower beds and bushes or to rake leaves.
If you live in a Northern state, you could work at snow removal during the winter months. Advertise on sites like Craigslist. You can also distribute flyers to nearby houses. Be sure to include information about your services and rates you charge for each job.
As with any side hustle, great service at a reasonable price is key to success in getting – and keeping clients if you want to earn money on a regular basis.
11. Find Painting Jobs
Both large and small painting jobs are available in most cities and towns.
People want their exterior or interior homes painted, and smaller towns and cities will often hire smaller, freelancing painters. You can even offer to paint house numbers on curbs.
One summer many years ago, my husband and his buddy painted a town hall building in a small town. They got paid $1,000 for two days’ worth of work. Not bad money for a guy in his twenties.
To find clients for painting jobs you can look on Craigslist in the “gigs” section or post an advertisement for your services on the site. You can also approach home or small business owners where you see a need.
Ask them if they’d be interested in having their building painted and tell them what you would charge. Make the terms of the agreement clear. And, consider having them sign a generic business agreement where you can write the cost and what services will be performed.
Be sure you have the necessary equipment to do a safe and quality job before you approach a potential client. Then do your best work and collect your cash.
12. Clean Houses
I know several people who make money by cleaning houses for others. Cleaning jobs can range from a quick dust and vacuum to a whole house thoroughly clean. Whether it’s several small jobs or one larger job, you can easily make $100 a day by cleaning house.
As with many other jobs, Craigslist and neighborhood flyers are a great way to advertise your services. But, the “gigs” section on Craigslist is an optimum place to find jobs that are available immediately.
Know that if you choose to clean a house for someone you’ll likely have to have your own equipment and cleaning supplies such as a vacuum cleaner, mop, paper towels, window spray, etc.
13. Wash Cars
Spend a Saturday running a mobile car washing service, and you could earn $100 in no time at all. Gather together a bucket, some soap and rags (some for washing and some for drying), window cleaner, towels and a wet/dry vacuum.
You’ll probably need an extension cord too. Using the car owner’s electricity and water, you clean their car sparkly clean and get paid the price you agreed upon before the job.
Car owners will appreciate not having to leave their home to go to a car wash or do the work themselves.
14. Clean Gutters
If you’re not afraid to go up on ladders, you can make $100 cleaning gutters on neighborhood houses. A ladder and a garbage bag for collecting the leaves and other debris will be your main tools, along with a pair of gloves for keeping your hands safe.
Be sure to approach homes you’re comfortable with and able to clean, such as one level homes without walkout basements.
15. Be a Tutor
If you’re great at science, math or other school subjects, you could find work as an online tutor. Companies such as Tutor.com need tutors in a variety of subjects.
Or, you could work with QKids to teach English to children in China.
You’ll need to have a working computer and a headset to work with these types of online companies.
16. Do Light Mechanic Work
Are you good at basic mechanic work such as oil and filter changes, brake jobs, etc.? Scout the gigs section on Craigslist or offer your services to neighbors. Remember that you’ll have to tell clients ahead of time that they are responsible for disposal of motor oil and other fluids.
17. Stage Houses
Realtors and homeowners alike are often seeking out people to stage their home, and one staging job could easily earn $100. Home stagers de-clutter, organize and rearrange homes to help them look their best.
There are even clients who will pay for a home staging consultation. A home stager comes and assesses their home and gives them a staging “to-do” list. Being a consultant could be a great option if the work portion of home staging isn’t appealing to you.
You could charge $20-$50 to come to a client’s home and tell them exactly what to do to get their house ready to sell or ready for a big party or event.
18. Participate in Research Studies
Research studies are available in most big cities and often pay $100 or more for a day of work. People can participate in research studies regarding an assessment of different consumer products such as food or medical research studies.
Research study companies such as Fieldwork offer paid study clinics and classes to people looking to earn money by giving their opinion.
Sign up with marketing research companies in your area if you think this would be a fun way to earn some cash.
19. Garbage Removal
Nearly every home has stuff laying around that they’d love to get rid of. If you have a pickup truck, you can advertise to your neighbors for a junk removal day. Or, look for gigs on Craigslist that homeowners have posted for junk removal.
Remember when quoting your price to include gas money, time worked and money for the cost of the drop off at the junkyard.
20. Basic Home Repair
If you are good at basic home repair, this could be a great way for you to earn $100 in a day. Homeowners often need help doing basic home repair tasks such as fixing leaky faucets, cleaning drain traps or touching up dented walls.
Again, the Craigslist “gigs” section is a great place to look. Or, you could distribute a flyer in local neighborhoods describing what types of home repair tasks you can do.
There are so many ways available for you to earn $100 in a day – and a lot more than that if you’re looking for a long-term income stream. Put a plan in place and start raking in extra cash today.