51 Fast Ways to Score $1,000 or More

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Need an extra $100, $1,000 or more? You’re in the right place.

Following are dozens of ways to make extra cash, both online and off. Most are simple, don’t require a lot of knowledge, and require just a few minutes to get started.

Not all of these will work for you, but some definitely will, so be sure to check out the entire list.

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1. Make $140 a month for sharing your opinions

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There are plenty of places that will pay you for your opinion. You won’t get rich, but if you find yourself scrolling your phone while you watch TV, this may be a great way to make some spending money while you do it.

A few ideas:

Learn more from “5 Survey Websites That Will Pay You for Your Opinion.”

2. Get cash back on every debit card purchase

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Wouldn’t it be great to automatically get cash back every time you use your debit card? You can. With the Discover® Cashback Debit Checking you earn 1% cash back on up to $3,000 in debit card purchases every month.

Also, there are no overdraft fees, no monthly account fees, no minimum opening deposit and no minimum balance required.

Of course, you already know you can cash back with credit cards. Are you getting the best deal on those? Click here and find out in less than a minute.

3. Get money back when you shop online

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First, let’s be clear: I’m not suggesting you try to make money by shopping. But when you are buying online, always get money back, and always make sure you’re getting the best deal.

  • Rakuten: Get back cash when you shop online through this site, which you may also know as Ebates. Get a bonus (sometimes as high as $40) for signing up, and get even more for getting your friends to sign up.
  • Swagbucks: Earn cash back when you make online purchases at thousands of stores by shopping through this portal.
  • TopCashback: This service operates in a very similar way to the previous two.
  • Capital One Shopping: This browser extension will help you save when you shop online. It will compares prices across the internet so you know if an item you’re purchasing is cheaper elsewhere.

4. Slash your insurance bill by $600 or more

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What’s the difference between earning a dollar and saving a dollar?

Answer? No difference at all. Either one makes you a dollar richer.

Perfect example: saving on big expenses, like car and home insurance. A few minutes of shopping could save you hundreds. And it’s easy to do.

For more info on cutting costs, see “Homeowners Insurance Costs Are Soaring: 5 Ways to Fight Back.”

5. Invest in real estate without being a landlord

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Most income ideas require time and effort. But you can also make money with passive investing: buying an asset, then collecting interest, rent or other income.

Prime example? Real estate.

But don’t do it the hard way. Team up with other investors and buy into a large real estate portfolio with as little as $100. Let a pro do the management; you just collect the checks. One company you can check out is Fundrise. They’ve been around for a long time, and have produced good results.

Need more info? See “Should I Invest in Real Estate Through Fundrise?”

Note: This is a testimonial in partnership with Fundrise. We earn a commission from partner links on moneytalksnews.com. All opinions are our own.

6. Get paid what your house is worth

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The ultimate payday is selling your biggest asset: your house. But when the time comes, make sure you get the best possible deal.

Homelight's team of superhero real estate agents will deal with the listing, photos, showings, negotiations and paperwork, and make sure you get every penny your house is worth. Then you can retire to a tropical beach.

Before hiring any agent, though, check out “7 Steps for Finding a Real Estate Agent.”

7. Get paid to rent your home, driveway, garage or attic

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Got extra space in your home, garage, driveway, yard or attic? Make money with it. You can charge to store people’s stuff, from boxes to motorhomes, with sites like Neighbor.com.

Prefer offering people a place to stay? Rent rooms or entire houses through Vrbo.

8. Deal with your debt

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Interest on debt is a big expense many of us have. If you’re having trouble getting out of debt and staying that way, get some help.

A company like National Debt Relief can help get you back on track in as little as 24 to 48 months. And it costs nothing to get advice. A specialist will review your situation, then help you decide the best way to fix it.

9. Deliver food

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Deliver food, groceries or packages with apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Roadie. (By the way, you can also save money on groceries with one free delivery from Instacart.)

Accept deliveries whenever it’s convenient for you. And unlike gigs hauling around people, you shouldn’t need a newer car, or need to put up with drunks in your back seat.

10. Shop, snap, earn

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There are companies out there that want to know what you’re buying, and they’re willing to pay you to find out.

  • Ibotta: This app allows you to choose from discounts on hundreds of products. Submit pictures of your receipts when you buy those products, and get cash rebates.
  • Receipt Hog: Simply snap a picture of your receipt every time you buy something, and this company will send a little money your way through PayPal.
  • Qmee: Earn cash for things you already do online — searching the web and shopping. Qmee will reward you for sharing your opinions on your favorite brands and sites.

11. Cash in on unwanted gift cards

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Have any gift cards you’re not going to use? Sell them. Some sites to check:

You can also list gift cards on eBay and Facebook Marketplace.

12. Rent your car or RV

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It’s just sitting there in your driveway. Make money by renting your car when you aren’t using it. List your car on Turo and earn money every time someone rents it. You choose your availability.

Sound scary or complicated? It’s no big deal. We did a story on it years ago. Read it here.

Do you have an RV sitting in the driveway? Rent it out on RV Share Owner.

13. Earn up to $69/hour by keeping the books

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Consider becoming a bookkeeper. Not only is “bookkeeper” one of the few words in the English language with three doubled letters in a row, but bookkeepers are always in demand, you can work from home and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to learn.

Try Bookkeepers.com to get three free classes and see if it’s for you.

14. Get artsy-craftsy

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One of the best ways to earn extra money is to find a hobby you enjoy, then sell some of what you make. We’ve talked to people who make six figures doing this.

Places to check out:

  • Shopify takes care of everything from marketing and payments to secure transactions and shipping.
  • Artists and crafters use Etsy to sell everything from paintings to knitted scarves.
  • Sell your creations through CafePress, which can print them on posters, T-shirts, stickers, towels, aprons — you name it.
  • Sell at craft fairs: Check FestivalNet.com for upcoming events in your area.
  • DeviantArt.com provides a place to sell prints of your photos, animation, digital works and other artwork.

Want to learn more? See “Get Crafty: 7 Steps Anyone Can Use to Make Money Online.”

15. Pick up gigs on Taskrabbit

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Find part-time work by helping people in your neighborhood with just about anything, from moving, to gutter cleaning, to babysitting. Taskrabbit is one place you can check, but not the only one.

Check out “Side Hustles Made Easy: 9 Best Gig Apps Compared.”

16. Claim what’s yours

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You may already have some of your money floating around there. Take 10 minutes and find out! It’s free.

  • Claim lost money: Possibly the easiest way to make money is to check out Unclaimed.org to see if any state where you’ve lived is holding money that you’re owed but haven’t received. Examples include old paychecks, rebates or refunds. Check out this story for details.
  • Collect from a lawsuit: Find out whether you bought a product involved in a class-action lawsuit at Class Action Rebates.

17. Sell your body

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Here are some ideas that earn you money while you help others.

  • Sell your hair. If you have long hair that’s not dyed, you can sell it for a fee on sites like BuyandSellHair.com.
  • Sell blood plasma: A local blood bank or hospital may pay for your plasma.
  • Participate in medical research: Medical researchers often pay for trial participants. Check out ClinicalTrials.gov or ResearchMatch.org. Filter trials by “paid” or “volunteer.”

18. Teach

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Everybody knows something, right? Turn that knowledge into cash.

  • Tutor: If you are particularly knowledgeable in a certain subject, you can likely find a student who needs help. Check out Wyzant, where you can set your own prices.
  • Create a class: A more formal way to make money with your expertise is to design an online course and get paid for student sign-ups on a site like Udemy.
  • Teach English: If you have a college degree, you can earn $14 to $22 an hour teaching English as a second language. (More on this later.)

19. Become a virtual assistant

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Use your administrative and technology skills to help busy entrepreneurs. Answer emails, schedule appointments, manage social media and more. Find clients on Upwork or any number of other companies.

See “10 Companies That Hire for Remote Admin Jobs.”

20. Hold a garage sale

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Garage sales are an old standby for decluttering your home and earning extra cash. Some cities require a permit for yard and garage sales. Here are 15 tips to do it right.

21. Sell your photos

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If you’re a shutterbug, make a buck or two while you’re at it.

  • Foap is an app that lets you upload photos you take with your phone and list them for sale on its website, paying you $5 each time one of your photos is sold.
  • For more serious photographers, sell stock images and video through commercial sites like Shutterstock (Your photo might end up on our site one day!), Adobe Stock and Getty Images.

22. Grab $200/month by playing games

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Get paid to play! Blackout Bingo for iPhone and Blackout Bingo for Android put a competitive spin on the classic game and pay real cash prizes.

Note: This offer is not available if you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana or South Dakota.

23. Get paid up to $300 and earn more interest, too

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If you’re banking at a traditional brick-and-mortar bank, you’re getting ripped off because your money isn’t growing as fast as it should.

Consider switching to an online bank like SoFi, offering rates many times higher than most banks, with no additional risk.

Plus, they’ll even give you as much as a $300 cash bonus just for signing up! (Note: This offer could go away at any time, so click the link and make sure it’s still good.)

SoFi is one idea, but there are plenty more out there. There are tons of free online comparison sites that can help you find top rates on insured savings in seconds.

If you’re not earning close to 5% on your savings, it’s time to make a move. See “Today’s Savers Are Missing an Easy Opportunity to Earn More on Cash.”

24. Do freelance writing

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If you have writing chops, freelance writing is a portable skill you can do anywhere. Find clients on sites like Upwork and Freelancer who need blog posts, articles, copywriting and more.

Learn more by reading a freelancer’s article: “How To Make Money Online and Grow Your Career.”

25. Resell stuff for profit

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Buy items from yard sales, thrift stores, or clearance racks, then resell them for a profit on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, Poshmark and more.

Learn more by reading “How You Can Make Extra Money Buying Locally and Selling Globally” and “7 Tips for Making Thousands of Dollars Shopping Yard Sales.”

26. Get rid of old technology

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Sell your old smartphone or other electronics at sites like Decluttr. They’ll buy your CDs, DVDs, games and books, as well as technology like cell phones and game consoles.

You enter a barcode or make/model number, and the site will generate an offer price. Decluttr promises to pay the day after receiving the items.

27. Referee sports

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If you know sports well, sign up to referee local youth games. Sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and volleyball often need referees. If you get certified for multiple sports, you can work all weekend and often during the week.

Call your city rec department, or simply ask the next umpire you see.

28. Be a book dealer

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Stores like Half Price Books buy used books for cash. Of course, there are also a million places to sell them online, including Amazon.

29. Make money with music

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There are plenty of ways to make money for the musically inclined.

  • Help identify the best up-and-coming artists by reviewing new music. Slicethepie pays listeners to review songs in various genres, and then it shares your opinions with the artists themselves and major record labels.
  • Share your musical talents by teaching music lessons to students in your community. Offer voice, piano, guitar, violin, drum or other lessons. Spread the word on social media and through word of mouth.
  • Check out “10 Companies Hiring for Flexible and Remote Music Jobs“, then search for temp gigs on Flexjobs.

30. Participate in mock trials

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Get paid to help attorneys prepare for trials online or in person. Check out the websites for OnlineVerdict, eJury or Sign Up Direct, and earn anywhere from $10 to more than $100 a day.

31. Become a notary

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After getting licensed as a notary public, you can make money certifying legal documents for clients, earning from $2 to $10 per document. Get more info on how to start at the National Notary Association.

You can find information about startup costs here.

32. Do website or app testing

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Some companies will pay everyday people to test their websites or apps before launch. Sign up on sites like UserTesting and try out new technology.

Not only can you make money, but you also might positively influence companies and brands.

33. Be a mystery shopper

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Get paid to pose as a customer and evaluate businesses like restaurants, stores or apartment complexes, then provide feedback on your experience as a mystery shopper.

Be aware there’s a lot of fraud in this business. See “Mystery Shopper Beware: Here’s How to Avoid Falling for a Scam.”

Five legit companies you can check out:

34. Get paid to walk or sit dogs

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Sign up on Rover to dog sit or dog walk. Set your own rates and schedule, and get a free, fun fur-fix while you’re at it.

Check out “How to Make Extra Money Pet-Sitting or Dog-Walking.”

35. Get paid to watch kids

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Like taking care of kids? There are plenty of places that will help you get paid.

36. Wash cars

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Believe it or not, there are people who make a handsome living washing cars. How to find work:

37. Run errands for busy people

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If you’re got a car and a few spare hours, there are people out there waiting to pay you for running errands. Places to find work are much the same: Taskrabbit, Care.com, Craigslist and NextDoor.

38. Clean house

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Clean up by creating a listing on Handy.com, Taskrabbit, Care.com and NextDoor. Or simply post flyers around your neighborhood and spread the word with your friends.

Do you have a knack for creating order out of chaos? Your skills are also in demand. Use the same sites and create a listing for home organizer. If you can’t find any work, please report to my house immediately.

39. Provide lawn care

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Make some green by mowing lawns, trimming hedges, raking leaves, and doing other landscaping. GreenPal is one site to try, but all the other methods of finding jobs, like Taskrabbit, apply here as well.

40. Assemble furniture

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If you’ve ever put together furniture, you’ll understand why some people are willing to pay to have someone else do it. Offer your furniture assembly services on Taskrabbit.

41. House sit

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When homeowners are away, house sit for them, water plants and bring in the mail. Establish yourself as trustworthy so neighbors recommend you. Find gigs on HouseSitter.com, as well as Care.com, Craigslist and NextDoor.

Keep in mind that a lot of housesitting gigs offer free lodging versus getting paid in cash. But if there are lots of plants or pets to care for, you might make some money.

42. Sell baked goods

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Like baking? You can turn that dough into, well, dough. Sell homemade breads, cookies, pies and cakes.

The key is to tap into local networks and promote yourself on social channels. Try local farmer’s markets, Instagram, Facebook, and NextDoor.

You can also try local offices, coffee shops, craft fairs, festivals, or even garage sales. Set up a bake stand, sell your stuff and always include contact info so people can order from you in the future.

43. Proofread papers

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If you have the credentials and an eye for detail, offer proofreading services for student and professional papers.

  • Create an account on freelance websites like Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancer to offer your services.
  • Check university websites, community boards and Craigslist for students looking for editors or proofreaders for their papers.
  • If you have contacts with professional writers or professors at nearby colleges, ask them to share your information.

44. Rent your house for filming

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You can make quick cash by renting your house as a filming location for movies, commercials, or TV shows. Some ideas to find customers:

  • Local film office: Do a search for “[your city] film office” and talk to them. They’ll likely have ideas. You can also check here for a state-by state listing.
  • SetScouter: This site offers free listings. You can also list with LocationsHub and Peerspace.
  • Facebook groups: Find local groups by searching “[Your City] Film Crew” on Facebook and post your listing there.

As you might guess, the work is sporadic, although it can be lucrative: up to $10,000/day. But be aware this is exceedingly intrusive. You could have dozens of people in every part of your house.

45. Resell event tickets

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If you’re the type who doesn’t mind waiting online to be one of the first to buy tickets, this could be an idea for you. Simply buy tickets to popular concerts, games, and shows when they go on sale, then resell them for a profit as the event nears and tickets sell out.

Sell on StubHub, SeatGeek, or even at the venue.

Be aware, however, there’s risk here. If the venue doesn’t sell out or the tickets drop in price, you could lose money.

46. Rent out your boat

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Boat owners can earn substantial income renting out their boat. You can also rent out jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, or fishing gear. Some ideas:

You can also try talking to marinas near you to list your boat on their rental fleet sites or bulletin boards. Then, of course, there’s always social media promotion.

47. Enter contests and sweepstakes

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In your spare time, enter drawings like magazine sweepstakes or restaurant contests for chances to win cash and prizes. Some places to look:

Remember, read the fine print and don’t ever pay to play. Check out “How to Beat the Odds and Win at Contests.”

48. Do voiceover work

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If you have a great voice, do voiceovers for videos, podcasts, radio ads, audiobooks, cartoons and more. Sign up on Fiverr or Voices to get started.

49. Rent your clothes

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Apps like Tulerie facilitate lending designer clothes and accessories. Earn a percentage each time someone rents your items.

50. Become a tour guide

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Share your passion for your city by becoming a tour guide. Offer walking tours, bus tours, bike tours, food tours, ghost tours… there are endless options!

You can find your tour group by registering at sites like:

You can also check with your city’s tourism board to see if they have recommendations, build a profile on TripAdvisor, or use social media to promote your services.

Learn more in “This Easy Part-Time Gig Pays $50 or More an Hour.”

51. Teach English to foreign students

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Tutor students learning English. Ideas:

  • VIPKid: You teach English online to students primarily in China. Flexible hours.
  • LatinHire: Teach English online to students primarily in Latin America.
  • Italki: Find students seeking 1-on-1 English lessons. Teachers set their own rates.

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