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 wasn’t too dodgy.
If you’re in a situation where you need to make money fast, I hope this list can be of some assistance.
- 16 Ways to Make $300 Fast When You Need Money Now
- 1. Take online surveys
- 2. Get paid to watch videos online
- 3. Share your internet activity
- 4. Register for one-off jobs
- 5. Sell some stuff
- 6. Become an Uber driver
- 7. Teach English online
- 8. Start a money-making blog
- 9. Advertise on your car
- 10. Participate in focus groups
- 11. Become a sperm donor
- 12. Become a charger
- 13. Take part in a research study
- 14. Sign up for Upwork
- 15. Sell pictures of your feet online
- 16. Sell digital downloads on Etsy
16 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.
Sign up to Branded Surveys here and Survey Junkie here to start making money right away.
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 $5 FREE when you signup.
It’s totally possible to earn $300 a month as an InboxDollars member. You’ll have other opportunities to earn including taking online surveys, shopping online and searching the web when you join InboxDollars.
Nielsen will pay you to install a non-intrusive piece of software on your computer or mobile device. You don’t have to do anything other than keeping the software installed – easy!
Just go about your usual internet and computer use (or mobile phone) and you will start to earn rewards which you can cash out.
Click here to join Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel
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.
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 teaching English Online.
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 although these days most focus groups are run online.
User Interviews is one of the top sites we recommend joining or to find out more about focus groups, check out our article here: 27 Best Paid Focus Groups Online
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. I share all my best Upwork tips in this article.
15. Sell pictures of your feet online
Weird? Maybe. Lucrative? Definitely!
Selling feet pics is a legit way to make extra money and it’s quite safe.
The gist of it is you take some lovely pics of your neat feet (or not so neat, there is demand for all kinds of feet) and sell them various places online.
This can range from stock photo websites to footwear brands to people that just like a good foot pic.
You can read more about how to start selling feet pics here.
16. Sell digital downloads on Etsy
Selling your art on Etsy might not be a fast way to make $300 but it certainly can be lucrative.
You don’t have to sell physical artwork either. I recently spoke to Trina, who sells digital downloads on Etsy, meaning she does the work once and makes money over and over again.
If you prefer to sell crafts or other handmade items, check out our in-depth guide: 30 Things to Sell on Etsy To Make Money
There are plenty of other ideas to make money from home in this article.