I recently saw a post in the ‘work wanted’ thread on Craigslist with the heading “Need to Make $300 Fast – Will Consider Anything”.
Of course, that drew my attention.
The OP needed to make extra cash by Sunday of that week or they’d be evicted and they’d consider anything.
To this day I still think of that post and hope the woman found a way out of her troubles that didn’t involve less salubrious methods.
If you’re in a situation where you need to make money fast, I hope this list can be of some assistance.
14 Ways to Make $300 Fast When You Need Money Now
1. Take online surveys
These are two surveys that pay you fast.
Branded Surveys now have some of the highest payouts in the industry and I’ve known people to get $50 surveys on Survey Junkie.
Plus, more ideas for surveys that pay cash here.
2. Get paid to watch videos online
InboxDollars is a nifty website that pays you to take part in activities like answering polls and watching videos.
You’ll need to watch a series of videos in a playlist in order to be paid.
Payment is made by Paypal or you can choose to cash out with a gift card if you prefer. You’ll even get a FREE $5 when you signup.
3. Share your internet activity
4. Register for one-off jobs
Call Labor Hire agencies for night fill or inventory counting jobs.
Often these types of casual one-off jobs are filled at the last minute so you might get lucky.
Depending on your skillset and certifications you might be able to find other casual work that starts immediately, like babysitting, house sitting, bar work or many other tasks.
For more ongoing work, check out this list of part time job ideas.
5. Sell some stuff
Your home is full of valuable items (and probably a lot of junk too, if you’re human like the rest of us).
For a list of profitable items, you can flip when you need to make money fast check out this link.
6. Become an Uber driver
If you’ve got a week up your sleeve, you can become an Uber driver for spare cash. Driving for Uber requires you to own a modern car, and there are some other requirements, check out this post for more info.
7. Teach English online
If you’re a native English speaker and have a college degree, you could earn between $14-$25 per hour, teaching English to kids in China with VIPkid.
Nicola wrote a guest post for me on how she earns money teaching English to kids in China while she travels the world – it’s a great read. Check it out here if you’re interested in doing the same.
8. Start a money-making blog
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme, but I make $300 a day (sometimes more) from my blogs even when I’m not actively working on them.
It’s taken me 4 years to get to this level of income but it’s possible to do if you’re prepared to work really hard, be smart and wait.
Read this guide to making money blogging for beginners if you’re interested in learning more.
9. Advertise on your car
Do you drive a car? Well, Referral Cars will pay you to put a small decal on your rear window.
The decals are perforated (think of the ads you see on the side of the bus) so your view is not obstructed. Find out more here
10. Participate in focus groups
Focus groups and research panels are easy ways to make money fast. I’ve made up to $100 per session and often light refreshments are provided.
To find your nearest focus group google ‘your city’ + ‘focus groups’ or ‘your city’ + ‘market research’.
11. Become a sperm donor
So erm, yeah. Sperm is money.
If you are blessed with healthy sperm, and you have no major health conditions, donating your sperm can be a lucrative way to make money fast.
There are a few things to think about first, so have a read of this great piece before you pursue this cash-cow.
12. Become a charger
If you live in or near to Venice, Santa Monica, Westwood, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Pacific Beach, San Jose, San Diego, Washington D.C, Austin or Dallas you could get paid to charge Birds.
Birds are personal electric vehicles (think adult-scooter on crack) distributed via a transport sharing network. Your job is simply to pick up Birds (ha!) in your neighborhood, take them home, charge them and release them the next day.
Learn more about Birds here.
13. Take part in a research study
If you have a unique health condition, you may be eligible to earn money for taking part in a research study.
Participation does require commitment over time, however, the chance to make extra money whilst having a positive impact on others is a win-win. Have a read of this article for more tips.
14. Sign up for Upwork
Upwork is how I made extra money freelancing before my blog was earning an income.
I’d pick Upwork gigs as the easiest way to make $300 fast, especially if you have a specialist background or experience in digital marketing.
There are plenty of other ideas to make money from home in this article.
For money-saving tips, check out our money management tips to slash your expenses today.