(Both online and in person)
All too often, we see something we want, but can’t afford. Sometimes we just need a little extra money for the month to get extra groceries, for extra clothes, or for something that we think we need.
For me, there have been many times when I needed some money fast but I didn’t know how in the world I could get it quickly. Now in the age of technology and the internet, there is no easier time than now to make it happen!
With this information, I am sure you will find a multitude of ways, both online and in person, to make $300 when you need it most!
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Earning money online
1. National Consumer Panel
This industry-leading consumer panel company has been the answer to essential consumer and business inquiries for over 25 years in more than 25 countries. They uncover great insights for companies like who their shopper is, how they by, and how buying behaviors change over time.
They collect purchase data from panelist down to the UPC number. This information identifies spending behaviors of consumers across numerous outlets. You will use a UPC scanner provided by them to scan the items you buy.
You get reward points just for signing up and taking your first shopping trip, then additional points for shopping trips, birthdays, and anniversaries. Your points can be used to purchase electronics, home appliances, sporting goods, toys, and so much more.
There are $200, $500, and $5,000 sweepstakes with multiple winners just for participating in the program, AND NCPRewards+ members receive special discounts like 25% off their phone bill!
This hustle is very easy. If you are interested you can sign up on their site here and start earning your $300 fast.
With this company, you earn free gift cards and cash just for doing things you already do online like online shopping and searching the web. You can earn even more by taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, and finding great discounts.
You will get $10 FREE just for signing up, and up to $40 for a quick 15-20 minute survey.
Points and cash rewards are available to spend at over 1500 retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Starbucks.
3. Rakuten (formally Ebates)
Most sites offer points, but this one offers real cash back. With no fees or forms, this site is completely free and user friendly.
You can earn 40% cash back at over 2,500 stores, including Walmart, Nike, Overstock, Kohl’s, Under Armour, and Dell.
All you have to do is shop through Rakuten.com or the Rakuten app, and you will earn cash back on your purchases. Payments are made via check or PayPal.
Sign up today and you will earn $10 FREE just for signing up and spending $25 at a store you would have normally shopped at anyway. You can also earn more money when you get your friends and family to sign up. $25 per person.
This company has paid over $59 million in cash rewards to its members just for doing everyday activities like reading emails, watching TV, taking surveys, shopping at some of the most trusted brands like Netflix, Target, and Walmart.
You can earn by playing video games and receiving cash offers too, but they also give out free samples, coupons, and other free stuff online.
5. Vindale Research
Vindale is a secure, reliable, free site for anyone who wants to earn quick money online. They have paid nearly $8 million to their members. They pay cash, not points, using PayPal.
Using any device, computer or mobile device, you get paid to do easy online surveys covering a wide variety of topics, like cars and trucks, politics, sports, home improvement, health and beauty, fashion, travel, and more.
You can get started here and earn $2 FREE for signing up! Then you complete surveys that they use for their market research, some of which can pay up to $50!
6. Teach the English Language Online
People that are not native English speakers are paying people like you and me to teach them.
That’s right. It seems that English is an invaluable language to learn, and people are paying big bucks for it. Here on some great companies you can choose from (some of which I have worked for myself).
- Qkids – I currently work for this company and it is by far my favorite for a number of reasons. You create your own schedule, which can be changed at any time, and you can request off from your scheduled classes with NO penalty.
It includes a highly interactive platform in which you only need minimal preparation before classes. They pay $16-20 per hour. Bachelor’s degree and TESOL certificate required. You can get started quickly with them here.
- Magic Ears– You can make your own schedule, teaching ages 4-12. Earn $20-26 per hour. You don’t have to have a Bachelor’s degree, however you can make more money for having one.
- VIPkid– Make your own schedule, teaching k-12. Make up to $18 per hour (pay scale changed in December 2019). Bachelor’s degree and TEFL required (which you can get through them).
- EF– They offer flexible work hours teaching kids ages 5 to 10 or teach adults. Earn up to $20 per hour. You must have a Bachelor’s degree and TEFL.
- 51Talk– This company comprises age range K-12. You can choose your own schedule and earn up to $22 per hour. You’ll need a TESOL certificate and a Bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled.
Check out Top 10 ESL Companies for a more in depth review of each one.
This COMPLETELY FREE app will cut costs on your bills. They will negotiate with your cable provider, insurance, internet, phone, and medical bills. Trim can even cancel any old subscriptions that you don’t really need or lower APRs and Bank fees.
Trim analyzes your spending patterns to find ways for you to save money. They all the work for you to make sure you’re getting the best possible rates with companies like Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and most other provider.
Just connect the app to your accounts and you can start saving immediately.
This FREE app that will get you refunds on products when the prices drop. It will scan your confirmation emails for purchases you’ve made from any of hundreds of retailers, including Amazon, Home Depot, Target, and Best Buy.
If it finds a price drop in a product you purchased, it will help you get your money back, no matter how much it is. Paribus will even check for late shipments you should have been compensated for.
Just sign up completely free and start getting your savings.
9. Nielsen App
If you love browsing the internet, then this is the app for you. This company will pay you to search the internet so they can gather research on internet trends.
You simply sign up on their website then install the secure Nielsen app to all of your registered devices—computers, tablets, mobile phones, etc.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you will be rewarded jut for using the internet like you already do!
Nielsen gives away $10,000 each month, so getting you’ll be on your way to $300 in no time. You can get started here.
Earning in person
10. Rent your car
Companies like Getaround and Turo are peer-to-peer car rental companies you can use to rent your care to others when you aren’t using it. All types of cars, trucks, and vans are welcome, and insurance is included! You can’t beat that.
People are making over $700 per month on average—that’s $8,400 per year or more!
The process only takes about 10 minutes to get started. Take high-quality photos of your vehicle and keep your calendar up to date to maximize bookings.
11. Make food deliveries
Not every restaurant provides a delivery service, so to maximize their earnings and customer satisfaction, they partner with third-party companies that will do the delivering for them.
Some of the most notable companies include:
They pay up to $25 per hour…do the math. That’s $100 in just 4 hours! You choose your own hours, and a great feature about them is that you can work near your home or in a city that you’re visiting!
As soon as you sign up, you can begin receiving deliveries immediately, and it lets you know how much you’ll be making before you even accept the order.
You don’t even need a car; deliver from your scooter or bike too! It doesn’t get much easier than that. You can get started with them immediately.
Even better, you can clock in when you want. Work for an hour, work for more. The earning potential is endless.
It. Gets. Better. You can cash out your earnings up to 5 times a day! Short on cash? Go make a few deliveries and instantly get your money in your account. Need I say more?
12. Rent a room at AirBnb
If you have a spare room, entire home, or expertise, you can earn money by sharing it. You can list your home for rent at no cost to you, and you are covered by a $1M insurance policy provided by AirBnb.
Earnings average $700 or more. You are in charge of your own prices (although they have a tool to help you).
Customers are prescreened prior to paying for your service and again before they come. Then you’ll get your money via direct deposit or PayPal as soon as the guest checks in.
Go to their site to get an estimate for how much you could make.
13. Drive people around
Although taxi services are still around, a more modern approach is to use an app where both customers and drivers can connect. The best companies to drive for are:
Get a $250 BONUS with Lyft. Their scheduling is very flexible they now offer cars that you can use if you don’t have one of your own!
They are working on getting driving centers where you can get your car serviced 50% faster, or have the repair service come to you.
For payment, you can cash out your earnings instantly, on the provided Lyft Direct Debit Card and never have to wait on payday again.
Signing up with them is quick and easy. You can do so here.
Uber is another ridesharing option. You can set your own hours and choose how and when you get paid.
I know people that have made over $1000 just working a few hours on Friday and Saturday in their city! Talk about fast cash.
Like Doordash, they too have an option where you can get an affordable car for an hour, week, or longer. This option comes with insurance, unlimited mileage, and more!
The signup process is quick and easy. Go ahead and get started here and you’ll be earning your $300 in no time.
14. Secret Shopping
To gather feedback on how their businesses are performing, companies will pay for customers to secretly complete specific tasks like asking target questions to their workers.
Some examples of locations that you may shop at include:
- Cell phone companies
- U.S. Postal Services
- Car lots
- Repair shops
- this list is endless!
Many supposed secret shopper sites and apps can be scams, though. So much so, that the Federal Trade Commission had to issue a statement for consumers to protect themselves from these sites.
Accordingly, I am only providing you with sites that I have tried myself and have actually gotten paid from.
It’s a good rule of thumb that if the site is requiring you to pay them to work then it’s probably a scam. Also YOU DO NOT NEED CERTIFICATION to be a secret shopper. Literally anyone of legal age can do it!
All you do is create an account, enter your paypal email, and get started making money!
The secret shopping app will show you a map of shopping opportunities and you can choose which ones you want to do. Read the description for the shop to ensure that it is something you want to do.
These secret shopping sites are my favorite:
- Ipsos (I’ve made $75 from a single shop!)
Sign up for more than one company to get your $300 fast.
15. Donate Plasma
Plasma is the portion of your blood that consists of mainly water and proteins; it helps your body control bleeding and infection. In short, some people, like burn victims and those with immune disorders, depend on plasma donations to survive.
At plasma donation centers, you follow their procedures to make plasma donations (similar to donating blood), and they pay you for it. Donations typically take about an hour, from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave.
They provide a debit MasterCard that you can spend anywhere MasterCard is accepted (which is pretty much everywhere), and the money will be on your card before you walk out the door!
I’m not sure what city you are in, but in my area the donation center is called BioLife. They run specials, like this month donators can make $600 in 8 donations. You can only make 2 donations per week, so that’s $600 in one month!
See if BioLife is in your area. If there’s not, see if there is a plasma donation center nearby and get started making your $300.
16. Flipping Furniture
Have you ever seen the TV show “Flea Market Flip”, where people purchase pieces from a flea market then revamp it to sell for profit?
Well that doesn’t have to be just something you watch on television. It is something that is easier to do than you think, and it doesn’t require a flea market!
You can use some old furniture of you own that you don’t need, and instead of throwing it out, give it a fresh coat of paint or stain and list it for sell! Since you paid no initial cost for the item, anything you sell it for will be profit.
Personally, I have done this before and I made over $300 in one day!
If you don’t have any furniture to use, you would be surprised what people put out on the curb as trash. The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is astonishingly true.
I found several dressers, tables, wineries, desks, and so much more from what people put on the curb. Many of the items only needed the knobs changed, or a fresh coat of paint, and I could sell it for $150 or more depending on what it was! Pure profit.
You may not think you have anything of value, but I urge you to reconsider.
Where could you sell these items though?
17. Selling Items Online
Whether it’s flipped furniture, clothes out of your closet, or crafts that you made yourself, that is an enormous number of sites you could sell from! Here are some sites you could consider:
- Anything: Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Offerup, Mercari, Ebid, Ecrater, Walmart Marketplace, Sears Marketplace
- Clothing: Poshmark, ThredUp, Etsy, Tradesy, Storenvy
- Electronics: Newegg,
- Crafts: Etsy, Bonanza, BriskSale
- Antiques and collectibles: Ruby Lane, StoreEnvy
18. Become a Sitter
Unfortunately, everyone can’t always stay at home with their kids, so they need someone to do it for them. For them, maybe they don’t believe in daycares, or maybe daycares are just not an option for them.
Are you good with children? Maybe you should consider becoming a baby sitter!
Bambino and Care.com are two of the best and most trusted websites to find people that need a baby sitter in your area, and to market your experience with kids.
Much like how people need their kids watched, some people want someone to watch their house while they are away for some time too.
You will get to stay there, rent free, in exchange for assuming responsibilities like caring for the homeowner’s pets and performing general maintenance. It’s a great opportunity to take a mini-vacation!
If you are a trustworthy person that wouldn’t mind getting paid just to sit on someone else’s couch, then you may consider sites like MindMyHouse, TrustedHouseSitters, and Rover.
You pay a low annual membership (just $20 for a full year with MindMyHouse) which allows you to “sit” whenever you would like. Membership is FREE with Rover.
Unfortunately, our pets can’t feed themselves, nor can they let themselves out when they need to potty. So, when we are away and can’t take our pets with us, we need someone to care for them while we’re gone.
If you love animals (mostly dogs), then you should check to see if someone needs a pet sitter in your area.
Some great places to look include:
- Care.com (Join for free here)
- Rover (Earn up to $1000 per month!)
- Wag (dogs only)
Love dogs? Might as well get paid for it.
A great company that I know of is Wag. With them, you can take other people’s dogs on walks or just drop in and check on them. You can also house the dog for the night, pet sit, or train dogs if you have experience in that!
Signing up is FREE and easy, and once you finish onboarding, you can start looking for opportunities in your area right away.
19. Perform Merchandise Checks
Companies want to ensure that their stores and products are performing optimally. This may include retailers, agencies, restaurants, CPG brands, and beverage providers.
You could ensure that store shelves are fully stocked and designed properly, or you could even do product reviews. The point is to gather information, take photos, and share your opinions.
Some of the most well-known companies like Frito Lay, Whirlpool, Red Bull, Wrigley, Kraft, Hershey, Kellogg’s, and so many others use services like this to make sure their products are the best.
Tasks can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours depending on how much money you want to make–$3 or $100?
Where can I get a job like this?
- Gigwalk- Signing up is free and easy. Just download the app, create an account, enter your paypal information so you can get paid, and start finding jobs immediately.
- Fieldagent– Is also free and easy to use. You can shop almost anywhere. Walgreens, Walmart, Best Buy, McDonalds, Kroger…literally anywhere. Download the app and get started now.
20. U.S. Census Jobs
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of thousands of people for temporary jobs across the United States to gather census information that will be used to help distribute funding for hospitals, schools, roads, and more.
They offer competitive wages, weekly paychecks, and flexible hours, in addition to paid training. A variety of positions are available, such as:
- Census takers
- Census field supervisors
- Recruiting assistants
- Office operations supervisors.
Pay is dependent upon location. In my area, they are offering over $20 per hour.
There are a few qualifications you must meet, like being a U.S. citizen and being able to read and write English, but it is easy to apply right on their website with this link.
You could easily make $300 today by implementing one or more of these options. If you’re feeling really ambitious, work on combining them all!
Make it a game. How much money can you make TODAY or by the end of the month? Ready. Set. Go!
Which option will you use to make your money first? Have you tried any of these options, or have some other ones that you have been using instead? Let me know below; I would love to hear from you!