If you're in a tight fix for some money, then you're in the right place. Sometimes, we all need money quickly – if that's the situation you're in right now, then you're not alone. Thankfully, we're going to look at a number of different tips that could make you the money you need, quickly and easily.
Making $100 might sound harder than you think, but there are some ways to do it. While you might not be able to make that hundred dollars in as quick a time as you could get ten, there are a few options that could get you to meet your target within a day. Others might take a bit longer, but could set up a more sustainable way to make money further down the line.
If you're constantly finding yourself in a position where you need money quickly, you might want to step back and take a better look at your finances and budgeting. However, if you just need that $100 quickly for a one-off expenditure, one of these tips could be for you.
How To Make $100 Fast
Selling Stuff Is Quick & Easy
Selling or renting out something you already own can be one of the quickest, easiest and most simple ways to make that quick $100. Here are a few ideas to get you started….
Selling Old Items on eBay
Online auction powerhouse eBay has been helping people sell old (and new) items online for years now. You're probably well aware of it. The great thing about eBay is it's such a huge marketplace with loads of visitors, there's a market for almost anything. That means you can sell old items like unused electronics, sporting equipment or almost anything you can imagine. There's normally someone out there who'll want it, and there might be enough demand to bump up the price more than you might think.
One of the downsides to eBay is that it isn't the quickest way to get your money. You could use the “Buy it Now” feature, but otherwise it could take a week for the auction to finish, and then you'll have to wait for the payment to be processed. If you need that money super-quick, this might not be the option for you, but it could be enough to make you even more money if you've got a little more time.
Sell Through Specialized Sites
Selling things you already own is a simple way to earn. But, you’re not limited to sites like eBay. You can also look for more specialized sites, especially if you’re selling something more unusual. For example, if you wanted to sell your record collection, there is a site called HTFR.com. This stands for Hard to Find Records and is a place to buy and sell records.
There are similar sites out there as well, focusing on different areas. This option is particularly powerful if you have items that would only appeal to a certain audience, like trading cards or collectibles. In many cases, you’ll make more on a specialized site than through eBay.
Creating Unique Crafts and Selling Them on Etsy
Etsy is an online marketplace that has been growing in popularity in recent years. It unites people with a skill and talent for creating their own jewelry, decorations and other items with people interested in buying them. It could be a great option for a side-income and long term small business. You'll obviously need to be talented and have the skills to create popular, unique items.
This is another one that isn't the quickest option. You'll have to market your products and wait for people to buy them before you'll get any money. However, one positive is that you don't have to create a load of stock and wait for it to sell, you can simply create the items on an ad-hoc basis when someone orders one.
Selling to a Second-Hand Store
The best thing about this option is that you can get your money right away. That's instant, quick, cash – today if you need it. Second-hand stores are good for items like electronics, DVDs, musical instruments and other items with a good resale value. Be prepared to accept a price that's lower than you probably think the items are worth, as the store needs to make a profit too, but that might be something you'll be willing to accept if you need the money quickly and easily.
You can also loan items to some stores, where you'll be given a date you have to buy the item back by (for a higher price). This is good for items that you don't want to get rid of and might want back, but if you need some money quickly. It normally works better with higher value items. Just make sure you buy the item back in time, as if you don't – the store will be able to sell it on.
Sell Other People’s Junk
Selling your own stuff isn’t the only way to go. You could also make a tidy profit by offering to do all the legwork for your friends and neighbors, for a cut of the sales price. Many people will have items that they want to sell and simply haven’t bothered to do so. They’ll often be willing to sit back and let you do all the work.
If you combine this with selling your own items, you’ll never run out of ways to make money. Where and how you make sales is up to you, but there are plenty of options including Craigslist, yard sales, consignment stores and eBay.
Textbooks are frustrating. They’re expensive initially and you don’t typically need them once your course has finished. If you have any extra textbooks lying around, you can easily sell them to make some cash back. The site Bookscouter is a great tool for this, helping you to figure out who will pay the most for your book.
There are other places to sell too, including eBay and just selling locally. In fact, one of the fastest methods is just to advertise around your college campus. If you know that students will need that textbook for the course you just completed, you could quickly make a sale. This is likely to give you more money than trading in the book and still gives the other student a bargain too.
With how expensive textbooks are, you probably only need to make one or two sales to net an easy $100.
Selling Your Old Jewelry to a Cash for Gold Merchant
You've probably seen more and more of these stores popping up in recent times. It's another great option if you need instant cash, as you'll normally be able to get your money today. Remember, these stores are normally scrapping your jewelry for scrap value, so don't expect to even get that much for them. It's also not a great option if your items have any additional design value.
Renting Out Stuff With The Power Of The Internet
Renting Out a Room
This is one option that could be ideal if you live in an area that's in demand. Sites like AirBnB help put their own property in touch with people needing to rent a room. You could make that $100 with just a one night stay. However, it'll take a couple of weeks to get registered and you'll have to market your property and wait for bookings. That means it could take a while to get your money – but it could be a sustainable side income for you in the long run.
One alternative is to rent your room more immediately to someone you know. This means you could get you cash much more quickly, but only if you know somebody who needs a room right away.
For a more long-term solution, you could look for a roommate. You may be able to decrease the costs of maintaining your home this way, while also turning a profit. Of course, this is only possible if your lease supports the practice (or if you own your own home).
Rent Your Parking Space
If you have a private parking space that you’re not using, you could earn some money on the side by renting it out. This could easily become a consistent source of income in the right neighborhood. After all, there is often a shortage of parking spaces in cities and commuters often struggle to find reasonable prices.
But, if you’re going to do this, there are some extra considerations. For one, you need to have the right to rent the space. This means it needs to be on private property. If you’re renting, you’ll also want to check the contract you have with your landlord.
It’s also best to develop a contract between you and whoever you rent the park to. This helps prevent any liability issues. The extra steps do make this a slightly slower way to make money. But, if you live in a popular area, renting a carpark could easily be lucrative.
Renting Your Car
There are now a few new apps and services that let you find someone who'll be willing to rent your car from you. This could be a great new way to make some extra cash, especially if you don't need your vehicle all the time.
If you don't want to take the time to sign up and get verified on one of these apps (which can take a few weeks), you could simply offer to rent it to someone you know who's in need of a car. Just make sure your insurance covers additional drivers and that everything else is covered.
The hardest part with this option is actually finding someone to rent your car. Unless you know someone right away who needs one, it's not exactly something with a lot of demand. If you choose to rent it out on the app, it could take a while to find a renter and then for the money to get cleared. Again, it's a good option in the long run but not the best for instant cash.
What Are You Good At?
Doing Some Odd-Jobs for Someone
You probably already know some people who need a job doing – ask around, and you might be surprised. It could be anything from decorating a room to clearing out an old garage. It might not be indoors either – as you could mow someone's lawn or provide another similar service.
You'll need to work quite hard for that $100 and do a good job – it could even be a day or two's work. But this might be perfect for you one weekend when you've got nothing else on. Make sure you bring the right equipment and work in a professional manner. Just because it's not your actual job, that doesn't mean you should cut corners. Many people will be willing to pay you cash upon the completion of the job, so how quickly you can make it depends on how easily you can find someone who needs something doing.
Tutor College Students
Tutoring is a good way to take advantage of your expertise and there are always students who are struggling. College students are often on a budget but many of them also need to get the best grades possible – so there is always money to be made. If need be, you can even tutor them in groups, which means less cost per student.
An important part of this is working out the areas where support is needed. For example, are there some classes that students are struggling with more than normal? Topics like economics or mathematics are common problem points. But, sometimes the issue is just a particular teacher who isn’t very good (or is a tough grader).
Regardless, if you can figure out where help is needed, you can start to target those students with advertisements. This might include pinning up flyers at your local college or in the surrounding area.
Work as a Translator
If you know a second language, translation can be a good way to make some extra cash. This type of service is always in demand. After all, tools like Google Translate are useful but they’re not extremely accurate.
One of the easiest ways to get started in this field is through a site like One Hour Translation. The company works to bring translators and clients together, protecting both parties in the process. You can earn consistent income from them, as long as you meet their quality standards.
You could also freelance as a translator. This might include using sites like UpWork, advertising locally or even advertising on your own website. It always takes time to get a freelancing business off the ground and to build a good client base. But, if your work is high-quality, it is a realistic approach.
Performing in the Street
This one needs some confidence and a bit of talent – but it could be a quick and fun way to earn that $100. To be good at this, you'll probably need to be musical or have another entertainment-based skill like juggling or street dance. Go to a busy area with lots of foot-traffic, like a shopping precinct. Make sure you're allowed to perform on the street for money in your specific location, and also ensure that you aren't encroaching on another performer's patch. You could actually make that $100 within a few hours, in the right location – and without a lot of planning beforehand.
Selling something might be quick and easy, but if you've got a particular talent or skill, you could make the money you need in other ways. Some of these options don't even need a talent, just the willingness to put some hard work in.
Becoming a Lyft Driver
This could be an excellent option for you. Lyft has created an industry of self-employed taxi drivers – you could be one of them. It might take a few days to get registered and start getting clients, and you'll also have to make sure you're allowed to offer the service in your area (some locations have banned Lyft). You might only need to do a few hours driving to get that $100, but it could also be a sustainable long-term option and an excellent side earner (or long-term job).
Become a House Sitter
More and more people are looking for someone to look after their house while they're away. This could be a great option if you have some valuable homes in your area. It's also easy money – all you really have to do is sit around and make sure the house is secure. It might take a while to get the right client, so it isn't the quickest option available.
Be a Babysitter or a Parent Sitter
These two options sound very different from one another, but the underlying concept is the same. Much like pet sitting or house sitting, you can earn money on the side by taking care of family members who cannot take care of themselves.
By parent sitting, I’m referring to older family members, particularly those who need a caregiver. There are many cases where it is unsafe for them to be left in the house on their own. Having someone else there can provide peace of mind for family members and gives them a chance to take a break.
This can be a very good way to earn, simply because fewer people operate in this field. You might advertise locally or simply through word of mouth. Just make sure you know what to do in the case of an emergency and what is expected of you before you take on each client.
Work for Fancy Hands
Fancy Hands is an unusual type of business. The company hires virtual assistants who work from home and get to choose their own hours. The assistants are responsible for fulfilling requests that clients make.
These requests can cover a large range of different things, including canceling accounts, scheduling appointments, researching prices and many more areas. In fact, Fancy Hands states that they can do pretty much any task, as long as it is legal and can be completed remotely.
Pay starts at around $3 to $7 per task and some tasks can pay more. How much you earn strongly depends on the tasks that you get and how efficient you are. If nothing else, it’s a different opportunity and one that could earn you $100 relatively fast. You do need to apply for a position through their site, although they seem to hire regularly.
Host a Car Washing Event
Car washing events are often used as fundraisers but you can simply use one as a way to earn money as well. Doing this effectively takes a little planning ahead. This includes making sure you have a good location (one with access to water) and all the materials that you need. You should advertise well too. Placing flyers can be a good place to start.
It’s often best to get other people involved in the process. This helps to spread the workload and makes it easier to attract interest as well. There is more work involved than many of the other options on this list. But, the process really can pay off, especially in a busy neighborhood.
Become a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
Similarly to house sitting, people also need their pets looked after (or walked). The difference is that this kind of work probably has a bit more demand as more people have pets that need looking after than want their house occupied while they're away. You could ask around in your local area to see if anyone wants their dogs walked, or see if any friends or family need a similar service. This job is easy and fun, but you will need some experience with a range of different animals. If you're doing this as a cash-in-hand job for someone you know, you could get the money reasonably quickly.
Get a Credit Card
I’m not suggesting that you start relying on credit here. Instead, some credit cards will offer a sign-up bonus of $100, or even more. To get this, you normally have to meet requirements, such as spending $500 on the card within 90 days. If you pay the bill in full each month, you won’t have any interest to worry about – so the sign-up bonus just ends up being free money.
But, be careful. Credit cards can be tricky and many people end up relying on them much more than they intend to. You’ll also want to read the terms and conditions carefully, to make sure you know exactly what you’re signing up for.
Borrow It From Friends or Family
This is one of the easiest options out there – and while $100 might be a bit of a push to borrow from someone you barely know, your close friends and family might be able to help. Simply be up front about what you need the money for, and make sure you pay them back quickly.
Take Out a Pay-Day Loan
There are more and more of these services appearing. They differ from bank loans in that they're a more immediate, short-term option to getting money – but they also have much higher interest rates. If you know that you're going to get paid soon, you could borrow against your pay check with one of these pay-day loan services. You should get your money quickly, potentially even the same day.
The interest rates on these sorts of loans are large, and so are the late payment penalties. Make sure you've checked all the small print, and ensure you pay all the money back as quickly as possible, as failing to do so could lead you to spiral into even more debt. Payday loans can be quite dangerous, and are generally not recommended, but they are an option for desperate times.