I need Money! 25 Quick Ways to make Money Fast

I need money!

Does this thought ever cross your mind? Like millions of Australians, it no doubt does regularly. It may surprise you to find out that there are many solutions to this problem right at your fingertips. Let us show you how to get money fast with our list of 25 quick ways to make money.

Is it possible to earn money fast online?

Yes, it is very possible. The internet is your ultimate money maker. It is fast and easy to get online and get started. There are also many ways to get money fast offline, although most of them, like selling items, can be better achieved with some help from your computer.

How Fast is Fast?

Some of the following suggestions to make money online fast can make you money immediately. The majority can make you money within a week or two. For some of these suggestions, you will need a PayPal account. To ensure you are paid promptly, sign up for one now if you don’t have one already.

How to make quick money – 25 ways!

Ready to learn how to make easy money? Pick one of the options below and you will be money making in no time…

earn money selling items online

1. Sell Unwanted Items

Perhaps the easiest way to make money is to sell items from around your home that you no longer need. It usually doesn’t take too long to find some possibilities.  There are a large number of ways you can go about selling your unwanted items. You can have a garage sale, use

, Gumtree or my current favourite is to list it in a Facebook group. Facebook groups can be a very quick way to make money. Simply search for a buy/sell/swap Facebook group in your area, join and list your items.

2. Visit a Pawnshop

Pawning an item basically means selling your item to a pawn shop temporarily with the option to recover your item once you have paid back the amount they gave you plus any interest, fees and charges. Often pawnshops will also just buy your items outright or give you a cash loan without securing it with an item.

If you want to just sell your item, selling it at a pawnshops can be a very easy way to make money. However, be warned that you will usually get less money than selling it yourself to a private buyer using a method discussed above. The fees and charges on any loan can also be quite high so this should really be a last resort if you really require the money fast.

3. Cut back your Costs

Another easy way to make money is to cut back your costs. Look around your house and at your budget, what etxras do you have that you don’t use or don’t really need? Think about things like Foxtel, a home phone, whether your mobile phone plan could be lowered, whether you really need to buy coffees at a cafe or if you can ride a bike sometimes instead of using a car. There is just about always something you could cut back.

4. Compete on 99 Designs

If you are a graphic designer looking for new clients, you can quickly get to work by competing for projects on 99 Designs. Basically, you can read what projects are available and enter the ones that appeal to you. If the person who created the job picks your design then you get paid. This can be a good way to create a portfolio of work if you do not have one.

5. Rent out a Spare Room

If you have a spare room, one of the easy ways to make money is to get a house mate. If you don’t want the commitment of a house mate, it is very easy to rent out a spare room or even your couch on a short term basis using services such as Airbnb. You can set the price, the rules and what dates its available.

rent out a spare room for quick way to earn extra money

6. Join a Focus Group

One of the quick ways to make money is to contact a market research company and join a focus group. Focus groups run regularly and it is not usually hard to find one that will be run in the next week or two if you live in a big city. These usually pay about $60-100 for an hour and a half and you are given cash on the night. The downside is that you are usually only allowed to do one every 6 months or so. They are usually at a set venue but they will sometimes come to your home or allow you to do it over the phone. We recommend Research Recruiters as a place to start.

7. Sell Photos to Stock Websites

Do you like taking fabulous photos? Then this option could be good for you. Many sites will buy your photos, usually offering a commission on every sale. They do need to be of a very high quality. Start by checking out Shutterstock. They have a great free guide to get you started.

8. Do Paid Surveys

Paid surveys are a quick way to make money, although they do not pay very well. Check out our full guide.

9. Babysit

If you like young children, why not become a babysitter to earn extra cash. Thanks to the internet, there are many ways you can advertise your services. You can also ask about advertising in local shopping centres, schools and child care centres.

10. Sell Crafts

If you are good at sewing and crafts and wondering how to make money quickly, start selling your crafts, sewing and handmade jewellery. There are many good ways to do this from getting a stall at the local market to selling via Facebook or Etsy. It is quick and easy to set up online accounts and you can be selling your goods immediately. Read more in our guide to earning money online.

easy ways to make money with jewellery

11. Sell your Hair

If you have long hair and you are ready for a change, why not sell it? Sites such as Hair Trade allow you to sell your hair online.

12. Tutoring

Tutoring is a great way to make some extra money quickly especially if you are good at subjects such as maths. You can even teach English as a foreign language online easily or be available for people to practise conversation with you via Skype. There are many sites where you can advertise as a tutor and you can also advertise in places such as school newsletters.

13. Cash Out Reward Points

If you need money right now, log into all your reward accounts, such as Fly Buys, credit card rewards, frequent fliers, etc and see if you can get any vouchers. They do not usually give you cash, but if you can get a supermarket voucher, you can use it to buy your groceries and use your grocery money as extra money. Read more about this way of making money here.

14. Become a Street Performer

Are you good at playing an instrument or entertaining a crowd? Then why not become a street performer. Once you have any required permits, this can be a way to earn money quickly since you get paid as you work. To get started, look up the council where you want to perform to see what requirements they have.

15. Do Odd Jobs

There are plenty of odd jobs that you can do for people for money such as painting, fixing a cupboard door or helping someone pack or move. You do not necessarily need any skills. Think creatively and you will come up with something you can do. There are also lots of places you can advertise your services online. You should also think about who your potential customers are and the best way to reach them. For example, you could advertise at a seniors club. Odd jobs are usually paid by cash straight after you do the job so it is another way to get paid quickly.

I need money so I paint

16. Master Matched Betting

You may be wondering how to make quick money with betting without taking a huge gamble, but that’s only if you haven’t heard of matched betting. In this form of betting, you basically make two bets, one for some event to happen (such as horse 3 to win) and one against the event happening (horse 3 does not come first). You make the bet at such odds that no matter which event occurs (whether horse 3 wins or not), that you end up with more money than you spent betting in the first place. This means that you are guaranteed to win.

17. Become a Mystery Shopper

For some people, this would no doubt be a dream come true – being paid to shop! You can register at mystery shopping sites such as this one. As a mystery shopper, you can choose which assignments suit you. You will be told exactly what you need to do. After the visit, you will need to fill in a detailed online report.

18. Become a Mechanical Turk

This Amazon site will pay you to do “Human Intelligence Tasks” called HiTs. There are a large variety of tasks from transcribing to translating, writing out search terms to answering finance questions. The work is generally poorly paid but it is one of the quickest ways to get started earning money online. You are paid into your Amazon account as soon as the work is approved. However, there have been reports that it’s difficult for Australian workers to be approved to use the site.

19. Become a Micro Worker

One of the fast ways to make money is to use this site to complete small jobs for money. It is similar to Mechanical Turk in both the jobs offered and the fact that the pay is very low. However, the jobs that are specifically for Australians do pay a bit better. In fact, some jobs just involve liking a Facebook post or tweeting something and pay up to US$1 which is not bad for a few minutes effort. Once you have done at least US$9 worth of work, you can have the money transferred into your PayPal account. I was able to make $20 in about the first 30 minutes after joining this site, although then I had exhausted the best paying jobs for that moment.

20. Start Freelancing Online

There are many sites such as Freelancer where you can earn money basically immediately. There are many different jobs on here that require a large range of skill sets. You do not need to have a profession to start making money this way. If you can write decent native English then writing is an option or you can become someone’s virtual assistant, do data entry or internet research. There are also programming jobs, accounting jobs, design jobs… The list goes on and on.

writing is an easy way to earn money fast online

21. Become a Medical Research Volunteer

There are many medical research companies which will pay you to become a volunteer. A quick online search will reveal many options. It can be worth applying to a few so that you can hopefully find an opportunity that suits you perfectly.

22. Deliver Catalogues

There are lots of paid opportunities to deliver catalogues by searching on job websites or Gumtree. This is a great way to get out and about and get some fresh air which making some extra cash.

23. Participate in a Research Study at a University

Universities are constantly looking for people to participate in their research studies. Often, participants will get paid. The best way to find opportunities is to talk to your local university or check out this page on Gumtree.

24. Make some Money with Apps on your Phone

If you want to know another way of how to make easy money, check out phone apps that pay you. Similar to paid surveys, you can also use smart phone apps which will pay you money for small tasks. The money is low but this is a way to use time constructively when you are waiting in a queue, on the train, etc. There are several money-making apps including Swagbuck and Google Opinion Rewards (for android phones).

iphone apps how to earn easy money

25. Refer People to your Favourite Goods and Services

Many online shops and services will pay you a referral fee if you get someone else to sign up. In fact, some of the sites mentioned on this page do such as Microworkers or many of the survey sites. Keep a look out for this option. Many banks and insurers offer it too. If you already like the service, why not tell your friends about it? This can be an easy way to make money plus help out your friends.

Looking for other tips on how to earn money? Check out one of our other guides or read our guide to working from home as well as some other ways to earn extra money.

What is your best tip for how to make fast money?

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About the author

Sharon Gourlay

Sharon loves working at home and the flexibility that it provides. She enjoys sharing all her tips, tricks and ideas here to help you reach your lifestyle and business goals.

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