These 20 ideas won't make you rich, but they can help you find some quick cash to get out of a tough spot or to pay down debt.

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Walter O'Brien   |  published date : Jan 14 , 2021 

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You need money tomorrow if not today. So I won’t waste your time introducing this topic. There’s no need for an introduction anyway, right?

You need to make extra cash fast. Here are some ways to start earning it right now:


These ideas fall into three main categories: doing tasks, selling items, or claiming “found money.” The categories can overlap sometimes.

Here are the best ways to make money fast in 2020:

Doing Tasks: Trade Time For Money

Trading your time for money is a reliable way to make extra cash. Unlike with a full-time job, you can do these tasks on your own schedule.

These ideas offer more freedom than a full-time job but less money in most cases.

1. Survey Junkie: Start Earning Right Away ( VPN)


Survey Junkie is my favorite way to make money online in my spare time.

You could earn up to $45 for a 20-minute survey. But most assignments on this survey site pay between 50 cents and a couple of bucks per survey.

Survey Junkie’s platform tells you how long each survey would take before you get started. So you can decide whether the survey is worth your time.

Your earnings will depend on how much time you’re willing to give!

Side note: Many sites say they will pay you for your opinions, but not all are legit. 

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2. Vindale Research: Compensates in Cash

                                        $0.25 - $50/survey

Unlike many other paid survey websites, Vindale Research shows your compensation in cash (instead of points), making it easy to see exactly what you’re earning.

You can expect anywhere between 25 cents and $50 for paid surveys, depending on the time requirement, topic, and demographic criteria of the survey.

And surveys aren’t the only earning opportunities with Vindale either. This platform has more task variety.


3. Deliver for Amazon/Zomato/Flipkart ...

                                        $18 - $25/hr

If you live in a city, you’ve probably noticed people spending less time in stores. The delivery industry is on the rise, so take advantage and get paid!

Use your spare time (or even your lunch break) to side hustle for extra cash.

Can you really earn that much? YES. By delivering for Amazon, I saved up enough money to buy an engagement ring!

Seriously – you could make ₹60,000 this week by completing 50 deliveries.

Food delivery is on the rise, too. Amazon, Zomato, and many other apps have really taken off.

There are 3 easy steps: drive to a restaurant, pick up the food, deliver to the customer…get paid. It’s that easy!

You’re limited only by time if you live in a well-populated area.


4. Teach an Online Course


You can make money teaching anything as long as you know a little more than someone else.

Are you good at guitar? Pick up some extra cash by helping others master their passion for music. Are you artsy? Teach someone how to design, craft, or master lettering. Are you into fitness? Teach someone how to get fit.

In 2020, it’s never been easier to teach something in person or – even better – online.

Why is online better? Because you can use a platform like Teachable to develop an engaging, interactive course, and then earn easy, passive income thereafter.

Say it again for the people in the back!

Put in the up-front effort to build a meaningful course based on your unique skills and experiences, and then collect checks for months (or years!). The ROI on your time could mean you’ll never Google “how to make money fast” again. 😉


5. Review Websites in Exchange for Cash


Over the past few years, I’ve been reviewing websites for quick cash paid via PayPal. My favorite and trusted website review platform is UserTesting.

No, this is not an affiliate link. I do not get paid to promote this site. In fact, I only recommend apps or personal finance tools that I personally use, believe in, or have reviewed thoroughly.


6. Fiverr: A Freelancer’s Headquarters


On Fiverr, you can connect with people who need your freelance skills. No matter what your side gig happens to be — from data entry pro to voice-over artist — Fiverr offers a transparent platform to connect with the market.

Freelancing lets you make your own schedule, but it may take longer than a couple of days to develop a steady client base.

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7. Babysitting on

EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/client development

This tried-and-true money-maker isn’t just for teenagers anymore. Sites like help you connect with people who need professional child care or even pet sitting services.

You’ll need to start an account and prove your credentials. If you can connect with a few clients, you could have yourself a part-time job.


8. Uber or Ola Driving


Over the past decade, Uber and Ola have revolutionized ride-sharing. By becoming a driver you can make money on the side on your own schedule in your own car.

You’d need your own car and your own car insurance policy. Your car would have to meet certain safety and comfort requirements so if you’re still driving that 20-year-old lemon, it may be time for an upgrade.

Uber Eats now offers another way to deliver food. If you live in a city, you can develop a nice side income if you’re willing to spend your free time in the car.


9. Taskrabbit Chores & Errands

EARNING POTENTIAL    $25 - $35/week

Can you do odd jobs like installing a wall-mounted TV or eliminating a wasp nest under an overhang? How about putting together furniture or running an errand? can connect you with people who need these kinds of tasks completed.


10. Freelancing on Upwork or Mechanical Turk

EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/accepted jobs

Whether you’re a virtual assistant, a freelance writer, or a graphic design pro you can find freelancing work on Upwork or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.

You’ll need an internet connection and some free time. Unfortunately, these jobs don’t always pay much, but you can choose only the jobs you want. 


11. Pet Sitting or House


If you have free time and live in the right place, you could house sit/pet sit through and other sites.

This works best if you can find an assignment in your city. Otherwise, your travel expenses may cut too deeply into your earnings.


12. Taking Stock Photos

EARNING POTENTIAL   Varies/assignment

It’s gotten more difficult to earn a side income from taking stock photos since the market is so saturated, but I still like because it’s integrated into your smartphone.

If a brand manager needs a certain kind of photo for an ad campaign you can provide it quickly and for cash. Just take a photo and upload it through the iPhone app.


13. Assessing Properties

EARNING POTENTIAL   Varies/assignment

People who need to buy a property sight unseen have a dilemma: Can they really trust the salesperson to tell them about flaws or downsides?

They need someone close by to go take a look at the property — whether it’s real estate or a vehicle — and report back. You could be that helpful person if you have a smartphone and some extra time. offers a place to start.

Other Websites 




You won’t make a lot of money on Swagbucks but if you could work the platform’s tasks into your everyday routine your earnings could add up in the background.

Swagbucks works like Survey Junkie except you have a wider variety of tasks to choose from. You could play games, watch videos, or search the web with the Swagbucks browser extension installed.

Each little task earns Swagbucks (worth about a penny). You could generate enough extra cash to pay your monthly Netflix bill.


15. InboxDollars


This is the same kind of deal as Swagbucks. You can take surveys, watch videos, play games, browse and shop online — all while gradually earning extra money.

Gradually is the key term with these kinds of platforms. You can take a more active approach and earn a little more deliberately. But these services work best when you work them into your existing daily routine.

What’s even better is the $5 bonus you can get for signing up and giving it a try.


16. Sell Stuff on OLX or Ebay

EARNING POTENTIAL    Varies/items sold

Got old DVDs, tablet, cell phone lying around? Trade your phone in for $100s. You’ll even get a 10% trade-in bonus (up to $20) at Olx. They buy a lot more than cell phones.

If you’re looking for a more local approach, Olx— one of the original online marketplaces — works whether you’re selling a prom dress, a used car, or a set of cookware.

If you arrange a meet-up, insist on a location that’s well-lit and well-populated. More and more police stations now have safe zones in their parking lots with live camera feeds to deter theft.


17. Sell Items on Consignment

EARNING POTENTIAL   Varies/items sold

Consignment shops can sell your stuff for you. They’ll take a percentage of your profits but they’ll also keep your clothes, electronics, jewelry, musical instruments, or even your car, in front of buyers without you having to take an active role.


18. Have a Garage or Yard Sale

EARNING POTENTIAL   Varies/items sold

This sounds old fashioned but you could turn your garage or front lawn into a store with your unwanted items as the inventory. You’ll need price tags, signs to put up around the neighborhood, and some social media posts to advertise your sale.

You’ll also need a good sense of haggling with buyers. 🙂


19. Pawn Items for Faster Cash

EARNING POTENTIAL   Varies/items pawned

A pawnbroker will pay you immediately for your unwanted items. The broker won’t pay as much as you could earn selling your stuff outright, but the payout can happen immediately.

Later you could go buy back your items at a higher price. If you don’t someone else may eventually buy them from the pawnshop with the proceeds going to the pawnbroker and not you.


20. Start Selling on Amazon

EARNING POTENTIAL   $10 - $10000 / by items sold

A lot of small businesses sell items through Amazon. What an amazing way to connect to buyers around the world.

Individuals can also become online sellers. Your books, CDs, clothes, collectibles, dishes, appliance parts — you name it — could find a new home through Amazon.

People with a strong sense of the entrepreneurial spirit like to buy items at a low price and then sell at a higher price. This takes some commitment, but you can generate a decent side income.