As the cost of living rises, most people are finding it hard to make enough money. In fact, some people have more than two jobs and they still cannot be able to support themselves or their family. Over 50% of Americans don’t have even $1,000 in savings. What if I tell you that there are several ways you can use to make 1000 dollars really fast? You just need to be creative, committed and hardworking because you may have to make some sacrifices. Here are some legal ways to make $1,000 in a week (or even faster).
1. Get paid for market research
You have seen ads on social media platforms or when shopping online claiming that you can get paid to do market research. This is not a scam because some companies are looking for consumer information to increase their sales and advance their products. Their sources are consumers and that’s why they are looking for those who are willing to offer their feedback for products/services they use every day. Therefore, with just a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet, you can get paid to do market researches. Some companies start paying you as soon as you sign up although you will have to complete a number of researches to get paid.
2. Drive for Uber and/or UberEATS
If you have good driving skills, you can become an Uber driver. You will be paid every week and you got to meet a lot of people. Who knows, you might end up meeting other important people in your life! Your earnings will vary because it is determined by your location, demand, distance covered etc. However, you can work on weekends and make some extra money if you are willing to have a second job. Recently Uber added some new features that can allow you to be tipped through the app thus making more money. Remember, working in a busy city/location and driving on rush hours when there is high demand can help you make a lot of money.
Sometimes you have to save every cent you have especially when you don’t have enough money. Hence, use Ibotta and other cashback apps you have at your disposal to get percentage of your money back on essentials. Here, you may not make $1,000 really fast but it can be a way of saving and making some extra cash.
4. Pay rise
For those who are employed and have been working in an organization or for a boss, you can get a pay rise. You just need to approach your boss and explain yourself. Imagine getting a pay rise of just $2 per hour. You will have made an extra $4,000 in a year. Alternatively, you can negotiate for a $1 pay rise and you will have an extra income of 2,000 dollars.
5. Apply for a small loan
Although this is not a way of making extra money because you will eventually pay it back plus interests, it’s a good method of saving yourself when things don’t work out. However, you should have a steady income to avoid having more problems or accruing a high interest. Remember, look for a loan that has a very low interest and have a plan for the money you are borrowing. Also, besides avoiding payday loans because they’ve high-interest rates, read the terms and conditions carefully before taking the loan.
6. Invite guests with Airbnb
This is a good idea to homeowners who have an extra room. You just need to create an Airbnb account, add details of your home or room, and start taking booking! However, your earning potential can be determined by your location and how nice is your place. You can earn a lot of money in a week by just sparing a room or two depending on the space available. Alternatively, if you don’t have a lot of space to rent out, you can offer host experiences where you take visitors around for a memorable tour. It can be a hike, backstage aquarium etc. depending on what you can offer and what the visitors are looking for.
7. Sell your junk
You can make a lot of money by selling the stuff you no longer use. Nowadays, you can take the items to a yard sale, use flyers or free advertisements in your local newspapers to get potential customers. Alternatively, use online platforms because there are a lot of people who are looking to buy used items at an affordable price. Amazon, eBay and craigslist are some of the platforms you can use.
8. Write blog posts
Writing blog posts can make you a lot of money although it may take some time to build an audience and a blog site. However, you can freelance for other successful bloggers. You need to have an agreement and a schedule on how to do it. You can make some money as you are working on your blog too.
9. Become a tutor
Are you good at biology, maths languages etc.? You can use such skills to earn money. For instance Chegg tutors makes $20 an hour! Hence, if you have a lot of time or you can create your own schedule to offer tutoring services, you can make extra cash. Remember, you need to possess some skills because you are required to offer knowledge or skills to other people.
10. Become a VA – virtual assistant
Based on your preferences and expertise, you can become a virtual assistant to provide technical or administrative support. There are more than 150 tasks you can offer as a virtual assistant. You can offer any service you can think off. Here are some services you can offer as a VA:
• Email management
• Graphic design
• Social media management
Most businesses rely on virtual assistants because they are not full-time workers. This means that the arrangement is cost-effective unlike employing a permanent worker for the job. However, this does not mean you cannot make a good amount of money as a virtual assistant!
11. Offer freelance work
Companies are relying on freelancers to market their products and services. In this era, internet is playing a big role when it comes to marketing. But, you need to understand that you will be paid a percentage of your earnings as per your agreement. As a result, you will have to work hard and possess the right skills to earn a good amount of money. Alternatively, you can run your own website or become your own boss by taking projects and completing them at a pay. Some people are looking for freelancers who have specific skills for instance web designing or graphic content. If you have these skills, you can sign up to a website such as Fiverr and Upwork for clients to hire you. However, you will have to be very good in what you are doing to make a good amount of money. Finally, you may have to take some time to build a good reputation, rating and client base after you’ve registered.
12. Playing with puppies can make you money too
If you love animals, you can make money playing with puppies. Some people have the wrong idea about this job thinking that it’s a job for students! Do you know how much professional pet sitters make in a year? $48,000 and above! That might be a lot especially when you are starting or if you don’t have any professional skills. However, there are some people who are willing to pay good cash to people who will play with their pets. You can start with Rover because it will help you find clients with ease. If you are new to the business or you are starting, you can start or build your pet sitting business. You will have to apply on the website and then decide whether you will offer your services at in-home stays, daily drop-ins or in a doggie daycare.
13. Use Trim app to manage your budget
Sometimes we get broke because we spend more than we are making or worse we don’t have any savings due to extravagance. If this is one of your problems, besides looking for ways to make extra money, get an app that can help you manage your budget. Trim app is one of the apps I found very helpful. You can install the app to experience its enormous benefits. You will have to link the app to your bank for it to analyse your spending habits. The app will negotiate your cable bills, find you a cheaper insurance and find subscriptions you may have to cancel and so much more. The app is safe to use and it’s free! You will not make $1,000 but you will have saved a lot of money in the long run. You can find other apps which act as your personal financial manager to help you with your spending habits.
14. Become a bartender or a server
Becoming a bartender/server is not hard especially if you have previous experience. You can do it as a part-time job or as a fulltime job depending on your financial and employment status. When you work in a decent restaurant, you will have a good pay besides taking home a several hundred dollar in tips especially on a good day. It is important to understand that your take home pay will also depend on where and when you work. For instance working on weekends, holidays and at night gets you more money.
15. Offer to help family and friends
Personally, I don’t like bothering friends and family to give me money. But, if there is a way you can make some money by helping them, it is a good choice. If there is plenty of work, they have limited time for some chores or they are not willing to do it, you can grab the opportunity to make some money. Some of the services you can offer include
Mow Lawns / Babysit / Clean the house / Maintenance
16. Perform on the streets
This is applicable if you have a fun talent to share and you are not afraid of public performances. People love to be entertained and they will tip you. You will have to be charismatic, funny or captivating to draw the attention of people. This requires experience and some skills but with time you can be a very good street performer. You can tell jokes, sing and dance, play music, mime etc.
It is evident that there are a lot of things you can do to start earning or get extra cash. Some of the ideas require some skills and experience but you just need to start or try and probably you will be successful. Finally, you need to research a lot to gather as much information as possible before you try any or several of these ideas.