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It’s an interesting world out there. In the last five years I’ve gone from being worth millions to being broke and worth millions again. There was more than a month that I didn’t have enough money to pay the rent. There are times when you need money, and fast.
In a more connected world, there are more opportunities to make money from microjobs and take advantage of ever-evolving opportunities. Also, globalization has opened the door to creating value for people far beyond your immediate vicinity.
Here are 18 quick ways I’ve made money to pay rent when money is tight:
1. Teach others a skill you know.
If you are a talented musician, athlete, or have other desired skills, you could be paid to teach others. You could either self-employed teachers or are you looking for a service to help connect you with clients. This is an opportunity to earn some serious money, improve your teaching skills, and help others. Don’t underestimate all the time you spent playing the piano or learning backflips as a kid.
I was able to raise $100 teaching neighborhood kids math. This could also be a longer gig.
2. Drive for Uber and/or Lyft.
There are some requirements you must meet to become a driver. Let’s say you’re over 21, have been driving for three years, have a clean record and a decent car, but you can make serious money driving for Uber or Lyft. You can be a driver for both at the same time and drive at any time.
It took me about a week to get ready to ride. So it’s not an overnight money situation, but it’s a quick way to make some money for bills. Most of the time, the money is deposited very quickly, often on the same day.
3. List a room in your house on Airbnb.
There are inconveniences that come with being an Airbnb host, but it’s quite easy to do so. As long as you have a room in your home, you can rent it out for extra money. Also, it might give you the opportunity to meet and connect with interesting people.
It took me about three weeks to get everything set up, host guests and see money in my bank account. It can go quicker, but that’s about the timeframe it took me.
4. Build a social media brand.
Social media is fast becoming the world’s most powerful platform for generating revenue and reaching an audience. As the ecosystem becomes more competitive, there are a number of tools that can help you differentiate yourself.
I have personally used this Instagram automation service to help me accelerate my growth fast and get new followers. It’s important to invest in generating quality content so you build loyalty among your fans before you start monetizing.
I can now make a few hundred bucks quickly selling brands online. Pro tip: Make sure to always disclose with #ad in the message.
5. Go through your old stuff and sell it.
You probably have books, clothes, and other novelties lying around that you no longer use. Spend a few days going through these things and listing them on Amazon, eBay or other sites to make extra money.
6. Pick up jobs on Fiverr.
There are tons of tasks you can pick up on Fiverr. Nothing in itself is a large amount of money, but completing a lot of tasks can add up to a nice chunk of money.
The money comes a few days after completing the task. Most are cheaper jobs with demanding clients, but can really add up. In a month I paid all my bills from just working on Fiverr at $5 per gig I did.
7. Dog walker/sitter.
You can do this at the neighborhood level or use a service to find customers. Walking or sitting for dogs tends to be minimal outlay for extra money. Besides, if you like animals, what better way than to get paid to spend time with them?
I recommend starting small, say $1-2 an hour, and working your way up once you have stable clients. It’s not a lot, but it can add up over time and give you enough money to pay bills.
8. Take advantage of credit card offers.
There are countless credit card offers that keep popping up. Managing multiple maps isn’t the most fun, but it can give you significant benefits. Keep an eye out for these offers. Some require you to spend a certain amount on the card within the first few months, others have annual fees. However, if the money you get exceeds your costs, they can be a good use of time. And if you’re going to spend a certain amount of money anyway, you might as well do it for a card that will give you the maximum benefits in return.
9. Shop sparingly and resell the best items.
People give away some great items at thrift stores. Browsing the stores to find good deals is fun and rewarding. You will probably find some items that you can find resell for a nice win, and you might even find some cheap stuff to keep.
Today you can get paid to proofread articles, books and magazines. You have to be meticulous and be able to stare at a screen for a while, but there’s nice and relaxing money for that. pages like freelancer can help you find clients for proofreading.
11. Conduct surveys and studies.
You get paid for services like Mechanical Turk do polls, and there are always offers to get paid for participating in studies. The work can be a bit monotonous, but it’s usually a pointless way of making money.
12. Keep your email receipts.
You can make money today simply by not deleting receipts that come in via email. merit automatically scans your email for old receipts and compares what you paid with current prices. If something sells for less money, they now help you get the difference back.
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13. Profit from your data.
There are services that give you money just because they offer access to your data. For example, Nilsen gives away money by simply letting you install software on your computer that tracks your habits. Giving others access to this data may be scary, but in many cases it doesn’t affect you.
14. Make a bet to do something that will make your life better.
If you have a goal you want to achieve, bet someone you can do it.
This could be a great way to lose weight or find new talent. It will encourage you to actually do this and you will be able to make some money for your efforts. Track this in your calendar app.
15. Be a mystery shopper.
They can be paid to impersonate a regular customer for services like pizza delivery. mystery shopper Companies test their customer service and in return you can get paid for it. You need to find the right deals, but this provides another effortless way to make money.
16. Become a search engine evaluator.
You can do it $12/hour to evaluate search engine accuracy. While we think Google is good, they still make mistakes and are willing to pay people to find them.
17. Sell your junk or recycling.
There are countless companies that will pay for your empty cans and sometimes even your junk. You’re going to create the waste anyway, so why not take advantage of it?
18. Contact companies for consulting services
If you have a skill that you can use to help businesses, talk to them about it. Many companies, even successful ones, are struggling in different areas. If you know what you’re doing and can prove it, you can make serious money helping a business. This could be especially true for companies that don’t have enough money to hire more full-time employees but have enough to pay a one-time fee for a project or service. Current topics include SEO, digital marketing and design.
Are you ready to take your money-making to the next level? Here’s a quick one self-employed Guide to help you get started.