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.
Maybe the Christmas season is coming up and you need money for gifts.
Whatever the reason, the money is out there. You just need to figure out how to earn it. Here are 35 things you might be able to do to make $100 in one day, and if you work it right, you can earn even more.
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1. Drive with Uber or Lyft
People like using ride request apps as opposed to taxi services for a couple of reasons. One of which being that rideshare drivers and their cars feel more personalized.
To qualify to drive with Uber or Lyft, click on the links to their sites and complete the sign up form. You’ll need to verify that you have insurance on your vehicle, and complete a background check screening.
After you complete your activation process, 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.
Don’t forget that you can increase your earnings 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 Groceries
Did you know some companies exist for the sole purpose of delivering groceries 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 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.
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. (Note: Care.com now advertises pet sitters too!)
Companies such as Care will allow you to create a profile for parents to look at when they need a child or pet 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.
Tell parents why you make a great babysitter. Then do a great job when you get hired. Spend time entertaining the kids. Be sure you follow all parent rules. Ensure the house is cleaned up when the parents get home.
If the kids liked you, and the parents liked you, you’ve got a great chance of being hired again.
8. Do Handyman Work
Handy is one of the most well-respected online sites where people can go to find help with a variety of different handyman work. As a “Pro” for Handy, you might help somebody move, help them assemble furniture, or hang a television.
Or clients might ask for help with cleaning around the house.
Here’s how it works:
After you sign up to become a Pro on Handy, 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 will get the money directly deposited into your bank account. Simple as that! Handy 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.
When I was a teen, my mom and I routinely made money every day by painting rental properties in the summer. We worked for a couple of guys that owned several rental houses.
When a renter would move out, he’d have us come in and freshen the place up for the next renter. We’d put a coat of off-white paint on the place. Then he’d pay us in cash at the end of the day.
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 cleaned. 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.
Some people want help cleaning for guests who are coming. Others need the place they’ve rented deep cleaned when they move out. Still others want someone to come on a regular basis to keep up with maintenance cleaning.
Know that if you choose to clean a house for someone you’ll likely have to have your own equipment. You’ll need equipment and cleaning supplies such as a vacuum cleaner, mop, paper towels, window spray, etc.
Be sure to do a thorough job as you clean. This is a gig that pays well if you do great at your job. Besides your wage, you may even earn a tip!
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.
Do a great job of cleaning the cars inside and out. Wash the interior sides of windows. Wipe down the dash and console. Vacuum the interior really well. Use a damp rag to remove carpet stains if you can. For an extra touch, consider leaving an (unopened) air freshener in the car as a gift.
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. I’d suggest wearing a pair of gloves for keeping your hands safe too.
Be sure to approach homes you’re comfortable with and able to clean. Focus on one level homes without walkout basements. Leave the two-story homes to professionals for safety reasons.
Advertise via neighborhood flyers. This way you can focus on homes you’re comfortable cleaning. Like the one-story homes we talked about earlier.
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.
You could also find tutor work right in your own area. Advertise on Craigslist or Facebook. Tell people which subjects you tutor and what your per-hour wage is. You’ll want to focus on tutoring kids with an age level you’re comfortable with too.
If you aren’t crazy about tutoring younger kids, advertise to tutor high school students. Or offer to help high schoolers study for their ACT test. Another idea is to focus on tutoring younger kids if you’ll do better at that. Set time aside for after school or on weekends when kids are available.
If you charge $20 per hour you could make $100 in one day. And you might have any ongoing job so you can earn even more money.
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 $50-$100 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.
21. Organize Homes
Are you good at organizing? Why not help people get their homes organized? Many people need help organizing homes, garages and basements. If you have a knack for organization, use it to make money.
You could easily charge $15 to $20 per hour for organizing jobs. People will happily pay for work that feels overwhelming. Work for five to eight hours and you’ve made your $100.
Advertise your services on Craigslist, or send out a Facebook post to your followers. Try and give people an idea ahead of time about how long the job will take.
22. Become a Gigwalker
Gigwalk is a mobile app that gives you tasks to do for retailers. Gigwalk helps clients that sell products and services better their products. As a Gigwalker, you might be asked to take a photo of a product display.
Or you might be asked to mystery shop at a store or restaurant. The tasks vary and you can choose the tasks you want to take on. Gigs on Gigwalk pay between $3 and $100. The better you do at your gig, the higher paying gigs you’ll get offered.
Note that you’ll get more gig offers with Gigwalk if you live in a highly populated area.
23. Be a Dog Walker
Do you like walking dogs? Why not offer dog walking services to local dog owners. Many dog owners want their dogs to get exercise. However, busy schedules or physical infirmities prevent them from walking their dogs.
Therefore, they’ll gladly pay someone to walk their dogs. A nice thing about this task is that you can walk several dogs at once. So, let’s say you charge $10 per hour to walk a dog.
If you walk 5 dogs at once, you can make $100 in just two hours. Advertise on Craigslist, or in your neighborhood with flyers. Reach out to local dog owners you know who have busy schedules.
Ask local veterinarian offices or pet stores if you can post flyers. Work to schedule multiple dogs at once to maximize your per-hour income.
24. Write Resumes’
Do you have a gift for writing resumes’? Why not offer your services to job seekers? Professional resume’ writers often charge up to $2000 or more to write a shining resume’.
If you can do really great work and charge $100, you’re bound to get clients. Writing one resume’ in a day should be doable if you’re proficient at the task. Advertise your services on Craigslist, on Facebook, or to family and friends.
Or, advertise your services on Fiverr. Fiverr does allow people to advertise for gigs that cost more than $5. Speaking of Fiver…….
25. Do 20 Fiverr Tasks
Another way you could make $100 on Fiverr is to do 20 $5 tasks on Fiverr. Once you create a (free) Fiverr account, you can see what buyers’ needs are. Choose to make bids on the tasks you can complete. Do enough gigs to make your $100.
Some of the tasks people might request on Fiverr include ideas like:
- writing a poem or short story
- singing a song
- drawing a picture
- short computer tasks
- simple graphic design tasks
- web design
Or other tasks. Browse through the tasks and see which ones you can do fast. Some tasks pay more than $5, so you might not need to do 20. Do as many as it takes for you to earn your $100. Fiverr pays you via PayPal as soon as your task is complete.
26. Get a Job as a Server
In today’s economy restaurants are always hiring servers. You can usually start working at a restaurant within a day or two. Since servers make tips for good service, you can make money the same day you start.
Ask to pick up long shifts. And provide excellent service to get the best tips. Check with local restaurants to find jobs. Call around, look for “we’re hiring” signs in the windows or check Craigslist jobs.
27. Rent Your Car Out
If you live in a higher populated area, why not rent your car out? Turo is kind of like the Airbnb of car rental. Depending on the value of your car, you could earn $100 in just one day.
The nicer your car, the more Turo pays you to rent it out. You can let Turo choose your rental price or you can choose your own price. In addition, you can choose the days your car is available. Worried about liability or damage? Don’t worry – Turo carries insurance to cover all potential issues.
They’ll pay you via Direct Deposit after your car completes a job.
28. Be a Party Helper
I have a friend who puts on a grand party every year near Christmas. One way she saves money on the gig is by hiring students to do coat check, server positions, valet and kitchen help.
She pays them well, but less than what it would cost her to hire professionals. She advertises her need via her Facebook account. However, if you look in the “gigs” section on Craigslist, you could find similar gigs that way.
29. Rent Out Storage Space
Do you have extra space in your garage or basement? Why not rent it out? Use a space in your garage to house someone’s classic car or smaller boat. House a camper in your yard. Or use your basement space to house the “stuff” people don’t have room for.
Determine a reasonable monthly or seasonal rental price. Have your “client” pay all of the money up front so you can get your $100 right away.
30. Deliver Pizzas
Pizza delivery jobs are usually available in lots of places. When Deacon, owner of Well Kept Wallet, wanted to deliver pizzas to help pay off his debt, he started work the same day he applied.
The great thing about delivering pizzas is that many customers give tips. If you work a busy shift, you could make $100 in tips in one day. P.S. Your chances of bigger tips are higher when you work Friday and Saturday nights.
People tend to tip more when they’re doing weekend pizza requests. The same goes for big sports games, like Sunday football games. Check with pizza places near you for available jobs.
Note: You’ll earn more at this job if you have a fuel efficient vehicle.
31. Spring or Fall Cleaning Jobs
Another way to earn $100 in a day is to help people with spring or fall cleaning work. Some of the jobs people do to get ready for spring or winter include:
- washing windows
- cleaning gutters
- overall home cleaning and organizing
- deep clean dusting and scrubbing
And more. Advertise your services on Craigslist or to family and friends via Facebook. Set a per-hour rate that allows you to earn $100 in one day. Book more than one job if you need to.
32. Help with Holiday Decorating
Some people go all out for holiday or Christmas decorating. You could make $100 in a day by helping them with that task. Off your labor services of helping them put up their tree or decorate the inside or outside of their home.
Spend the day helping them get the house ready for the holidays. Then collect your cash and go home. Advertise your services on Facebook or Craigslist. Ask your followers to share your post on their timeline. This will get you more exposure.
33. Move Furniture
If you’ve got the muscles, you can earn money by helping people move furniture. When I checked my local Craigslist site, there were five people asking for moving help. If you live in a bigger city you could likely find some upcoming moving gigs to work.
They were willing to pay between $20 and $25 per hour for someone to help them load up their moving truck. This saves them money because $25 an hour is a lot less than most moving companies charge.
Check Craigslist for gigs helping people move. Be sure to take payment only in cash.
34. Be a Website Tester
You could earn $100 in a day by becoming a website tester. There are several companies that hire people to test websites. When you work as a website tester you’ll do a variety of tasks.
You might be testing that a web page or a link works properly. Or you might rate the user-friendliness of a site. Website tester generally need a few things to work website testing jobs. They’ll need:
- a computer, tablet or phone with audio and video capability
- the ability to download testing software to your device
- to be at least 18 years old
- to be able to clearly speak your thoughts
Website testers often need to send video recordings of their feedback. This is why clear communication skills are important.
35. Do Computer Setup or Repair
There’s a kid in our neighborhood who has been running his own computer setup/repair business since he was 14. He’s a whiz at computer stuff, so he decided to make a business out of it.
This is an area where a lot of people need help. Younger people are often tech-savvy. However, people my age (51) or older are often not. I know that when I got a new computer last winter, I couldn’t set it up myself.
I had to have a friend come and help me. I wouldn’t have had clue one about what to do. Lots of people are in the same boat. And they’d happily pay someone to set up or repair their computer for them.
If you know a lot about computer setup and repair, you could do the same. Charge by the hour or by the job, whichever you think works best. Advertise for jobs on Facebook or on Craigslist. Send out emails to family and friends about your talent.
There are so many ways available for you to earn $100 in a day. And you can earn a lot more than that if you’re looking for a long-term income stream. Doing small jobs (we call them “side hustles”) puts you more in control of your income.
With all of the dozens of side hustle ideas there are, you can surely find a way to earn extra cash. Put a plan in place and start raking in extra cash today.
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