16 Creative Ways to Make $300 Fast When You Need Money Now

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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

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, here are 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.

3. Share your internet activity

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 keep 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 four years to get to this level of income, but it’s possible to do if you’re prepared to work hard, be smart and wait.

Read this guide to making money blogging for beginners if you want to learn 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 many 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 read 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-scooters 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 pretty 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 in 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.

I hope this guide has helped you figure out how to make 300 dollars fast so you can meet your financial goals.

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About Emma Healey

Emma is a recognised family finance and budgeting expert and founder of Mum's Money. Her advice has been featured in Readers Digest, Yahoo Finance, Lifehacker, The Simple Dollar, MSN Money and more.