How To Make Money Fast (20 proven ways!)

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Money makes the world go round… True. Making money doesn’t have to be so tedious… Still true. There are legitimate ways to make quick money; you just have to know them and choose the one that works best for you. In this post, we have compiled 20+ ideas on how to make money fast!

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1.VISIT THE PAWN SHOP: 

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Surely there is something you own that you haven’t used in a while? Why not take it to a pawn shop. Maybe your wrist-watch, jewelry, shoes, art, or some medal. It could be anything really.

A pawnbroker will pay you immediately for your unwanted items. It won’t be as much as you could earn selling your stuff outright, but the payout happens immediately.

The best part is that you can get your belongings back if you return the money+interest before the deadline. 

The only downside is that you could permanently lose your possession if you fail to beat the deadline. Hence, it is advisable not to pawn priceless merchandise. 

2. MAKE MONEY AS A DELIVERY DRIVER

If you’ve got a ride and a smartphone, then you can pull this off. All you’ll have to do is signup to a delivery specialist company like Deliveroo who is always on the hunt for new riders. Your job would basically be to deliver items – like food – to people, whenever you’ve got some time to spare. 

The best part of this is that they allow you total flexibility to work when you want, delivering food from restaurants to the customers’ doorstep. You can even decide to up the ante by directly contacting local takeaways and bigger chains like Dominos to see if they have any delivery jobs available.

3. BECOME AN AFFILIATE MARKETER

Another idea on how to make money fast is via affiliate marketing. If you’ve got a huge social media following, or perhaps you have a blog or website that attracts a lot of visitors, why not start making money leveraging on that traffic by promoting companies, products, services, and offers that resonate with your audience.

Many businesses and companies have affiliate programs incorporated into their sales models. Companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and more, all rely heavily on affiliates. 

All you have to do is visit their website and sign up as an affiliate. Usually, an affiliate link is assigned to you so that whenever anyone visits their site through your link and makes a purchase, a commission is paid into your account. 

4. RECYCLE OLD MOBILE PHONES

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It’s not hard to find scrap lying around. You can earn good money and help the environment by recycling your old mobile phones and other not-in-use devices. If you don’t have any, you could always ask your friends and family.

The profit margins are great, and you would be clearing space for new and better ones.

5. BECOME A FREELANCER

There are countless individuals, and organizations looking for writers, translators, social media managers, music teachers, voiceover artists, graphics designers, etcetera.

Websites like Fiverr, Upwork, or Mechanical Turk, just to mention a few, provide platforms where you can go and apply for gigs, and also get paid when you deliver. There are also a lot of success stories from those platforms, so you should definitely give them a try.

6. BECOME A DRIVER

If you’ve got a working vehicle, a clean driving record, authorization to work wherever it is that you live, and you know the city very well, why not sign up with companies like Uber or Lyft? These companies afford you the opportunity to work at any time you like, as long as you want, and the pay is instant.

7. SELL OLD BOOKS AND GAMES ONLINE

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Companies like Amazon make it fairly easy to list and sell old books, games, and devices on its marketplace. You can make some cool cash if you have pricey textbooks from college, though you have to make sure the book is in good condition. 

If the book or game has some defects, make sure to be upfront about it, no matter how small they might be, and no matter how few people might readily notice it because failure to do so would lead to negative reviews, which is bad for you.

8. SELL OR RESELL USED TECH

You can do this online or offline. Services like Craigslist or Gazelle give you the chance to sell your used phones, no matter what kind you have. Companies that have made an entire business model out of buying used phones and refurbishing them are always hungry for used devices.

9. HOW ABOUT SOME REAL ESTATE DEALS?

Don’t panic, this is not as expensive as it sounds. In fact, you can do this without ever taking possession of a property. Basically, you find, secure, and flip real estate contracts. It is that simple.

You can do this with just a few hundred dollars, in most cases to open up escrow. There are companies dedicated to teaching how to do this like REWW. It’s good for making a little bit of money but also has the potential for something more long term as well.

10. SELL DESIGNS 

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If you have some time to spare and can come up with great digital graphics, you can sell them for profit on sites like CafePress. You could design inspirational quotes, and other topical or trending designs appealing to the public.

Now, your profit comes whenever someone buys a product with your designs on it. After the items are printed and delivered, you simply receive a share of the proceeds. 

On the other hand, you could design and sell by yourself on Etsy.

11. BABYSIT

If you are good with children, then this is a great way to make quick money. There are lots of busy parents who would beg you to take care of their children in exchange for money. They are not even hard to find, all you have to do is advertise your services on social media, or just go from door to door.

Websites like Care.com makes the whole process easier as it connects parents with babysitters. The company does all the background checking and other due diligence to put parents’ minds at ease

If you do a good job, you would get recommendations which you can leverage on to get more jobs easily in the future.

12. PET SIT

If you’re an animal lover, why not make money whilst having a good time with them?

You could find pet sit jobs on TrustedHousesitters.com or other similar sites. This works best if you can find an assignment in your city. Otherwise, your travel expenses may cut too deeply into your earnings. Websites like Rover.com can help you find site-specific jobs.

13. BECOME A TUTOR

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Why not monetize your knowledge? Parents are always willing to invest in their children’s future. Especially if you are a guru in subjects such as Maths, Computer, or Science.

Head up to Indeed.com and Care.com to find opportunities for tutoring local students. You could opt for either of these platforms or do it the good old-fashioned way – find your clients through your personal network.

14. SELL YOUR BLOOD AND PLASMA

You can make around $20 to $50 per donation of blood – depending on your blood type. You can also sell your plasma for higher profits.

Your blood could help save the life of an accident victim, or someone who just underwent surgery. Whilst your Plasma can help people who are fighting Leukemia and other immune disorders. 

Plasma donation is more complicated than a blood donation, but you won’t get as much money donating just blood.

15. RENT A SPARE ROOM

If you have a spare room, you can make some good money renting it out. This is particularly profitable and viable if you live in a tourist destination. In fact, you can rent out your entire house and start staying with friends and family if you’re really desperate.

If you’re worried about how to get tenants, worry no more. Companies like Airbnb got you covered. All you have to do is list your apartment, fill in some other details, and you’re good to go. You could also check out VRBO.

16. WASH OR DETAIL CARS

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Cars look better when they sparkle, and people are always looking to impress with their rides. You can make quick money by positioning yourself as a mobile car washer and detailer without having a permanent location.

All you have to do is reach out to people you know, make some flyers and put it in your neighbors’ mailboxes, and also advertise on social media. 

Then once you start getting clients, make sure to give them a squeaky nice wash. If you want to get serious about it, prop up a one-page website or give out business cards. You can make money quickly doing this.

17. NEGOTIATE YOUR RENT

Rent is one of the biggest expenses. If you can save $100 on your rent for an entire year, that adds up to $1,200. So, how do you get to save that from your rent?

I’m glad you asked

Ask yourself; “what does the landlord really want apart from my rent?” I’ll tell you.

Your landlord wants you to sign an extended lease, give up your parking space so he can rent it out to another tenant who wants an extra space, quit smoking (as this saves him money when you move out), promise not to keep pets, and most importantly refer more potential tenants.

Now, all you have to do is strike a deal with your landlord. Since you know what you want and what he wants, the chances of succeeding in your negotiation increases drastically – since you’ll be the one dealing the cards.

Good luck

18. SELL UNUSED GIFT CARDS

If you have unused Gift Cards, you can easily sell them on sites like Cardpool, CardCash, or Gift Card Granny. These websites promise to pay you up to 92% of the card’s value. Now, that’s quick money.

19. PUT YOUR DRONE TO WORK

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The market for drones is expanding. Companies hire out work like aerial inspection, photography, and land mapping. So, if you’re already a drone enthusiast, why not put your aircraft to work? 

Firstly, you need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration and obtain certification from them for commercial use. Then, you can apply for gigs as a drone pilot. Neat, right?

20. GET A PART-TIME JOB

As much as we hate working for someone else, the truth is that a job provides a pretty steady flow of income, and can enable you to gain valuable work experience.

I’ll advise you sign up for CV-Library – a free service which will match your CV with suitable part-time jobs and career opportunities.

You should also consider submitting applications to local bars, restaurants, or any shops you know you would be comfortable working in.

MORE WAYS TO MAKE MONEY FAST

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To better grasp the concept of how to make money fast, you have to fully understand what money is, and how it works.

Money is the direct result of value.

What this means is that if you offer someone, something valuable, they would be inclined to give you money.

So if you want to make money fast, you must find a way to offer value as quickly as possible in exchange for money. You must also find a way that is independent of your continuous pouring of effort and time. 

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die” – Warren Buffett (Networth: 78.8 billion USD).

There are 2 ways to go about this:

  1. Start your Own Business and employ people to do the work for you
  2. Create something of value that can be sold over and over again, and even automated.

The first approach might require some capital, experience and technicalities while the second would rely heavily on your capability to develop something amazing and then design a strategy to sell it continuously.

Businesses take time and are at risk of failing often, but when they start yielding money, the money is quick and plenty. Creating value on the other hand, may require drudgery, and a lot of sacrifices. Athletes, Artists, Writers, Musicians, etcetera, have to practice for long hours and suffer a lot of rejection and pain before they finally find their feet in the world, but once the rewards start coming in, it is limitless.

As Da Vinci would say, you need “Ostinato rigor” – translated as “Relentless rigor”. 

You need to be more than the average person to succeed. 

Lily & The DollarCreed Team

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