Did you know you can make $500 fast with skills you may already have?
In today’s post, we’re going over 35 ways to make $500 fast because let’s face it – we’ve all been through a time where we needed to make money quickly.
With society moving toward the gig economy and side hustles, you’ll find it much easier to pick up side hustles (or full-time gigs!) in 2019.
I had so many side hustles in college and knew how to make $500 fast when I needed it. I was a dog walker, pet sitter, nanny, baby sitter, freelance writer, virtual assistant, did surveys, blogged, and more.
Here’s a list of the best ways to make money fast with side hustles!
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1. Teach English online with VIPKID
With over 600,000 students, VIPKID is the leading platform for teaching English online.
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your schedule.
VIPKID pays up to $25 per hour, and the entire curriculum is provided for you. Forbes even recognized VIPKID as one of the best places to work online.
To meet VIPKID application requirements, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in any field, eligibility to work in the U.S. or Canada, and at least 1 year of teaching experience (includes tutoring, homeschooling, coaching, mentoring, and other life experiences).
2. Freelance writing
I had no idea what freelance writing was (or that you could make money from it) until I met my friend Holly. I was even more shocked to see how much she makes as a freelance writer.
Holly makes six-figures with her freelance writing career; $225,000 a year to be exact.
There are hundreds of freelance writing jobs out there, but getting those freelance jobs isn’t easy, which is why Holly created Earn More Writing.
I used Earn More Writing to help me get started in the freelance writer field, which helped me land on sites like GoBankingRates and many others. I went from charging $50 to $250 per article and now, I know I can charge much more than that with my writing experience.
This work from home opportunity is legit, lucrative, and lets you work anywhere in the world. Holly travels (a ton!) and works all around the world.
In her free workshop, she shares her techniques she’s used to make six-figures freelance writing.
A bookkeeper’s job is to keep records of financial transactions of a business.
Bookkeepers can make between $30,000-$60,000 per year.<
If you’re eager to learn more about becoming a bookkeeper, check out this free training that will show you the quickest and easiest way to start and run a successful virtual bookkeeping business.
Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I’ve always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys:
- Swagbucks ($5 bonus for signing up)
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- MyPoints ($5 bonus after 5 surveys)
- Springboard America
Transform your passion for words and reading by becoming a professional proofreader, and help people like me who are terrible at proofreading.
I hire a proofreader for special projects which has been a must in my business. Proofreaders are a must for books, magazines, websites, and tons of other projects, so they’re always in demand.
Proofreaders can earn between $17-$30 per hour and offers competitive pay and flexible hours while working from home.
Here is a free workshop that will show you if proofreading is right for you.
6. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Pinterest has over 290 million active users. Over 24% of the United States uses Pinterest. This is huge for businesses. Pinterest is a must for small and large business owners, which is why Pinterest Virtual Assistants are in high demand.
A great Pinterest VA can take a business from being “okay” to being seen by thousands online. Pinterest Virtual Assistants can make businesses A LOT of money, which is why businesses hire Pinterest Virtual Assistants.
You may be wondering how to get started as a Pinterest VA, where to find clients, how much to charge, and more. Become A Pinterest VA Today teaches you all of these things. You can live and work anywhere in the world to do this. In fact, you’ll see many Pinterest Virtual Assistant testimonials here of women who work and travel.
You can even attend a free workshop here to learn more about how to become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant today.
P.S. Here’s an example of one student who is now a Pinterest VA after taking Become A Pinterest VA Today!
7. Facebook Ad Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ads Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month?
Facebook focuses on ads promoted by brands and businesses, which is why Facebook Ad Managers are in high demand.
You can learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
This course works, and it even gives you access to a private group that is full of testimonials. I’m in the group, and it’s incredible and so inspiring to see so many students create a full-time income, work from home, all because of the Facebook Side Hustle course.
8. Lower your bills and save money today (I saved $290)
Billshark is a MUST for anyone who has a cell phone, cable, internet, or insurance bill and wants to lower their bill.
And trust me, it works because I’ve used it myself on 3 different bills and I’ve saved $290.
Here’s how Billshark works:
- Send copies of your bills to Billshark. (I did this by uploading an online PDF of each bill).
- Billshark negotiates all of the bills you send in.
- You get notified if Billshark was successful. If they are, they take 40% of the savings. Ex. Billshark saved me $290 over the course of 6 months, so I pay them $116. I can do this in a monthly payment plan or all at once.
It’s definitely worth the savings and it was such an easy process.
9. Rent a room or apartment out on Airbnb
Did you know you can make money by renting out a room or apartment?
If you often travel and have a vacant house, I recommend putting your apartment or house on Airbnb.
I have several friends that live in a big house and rent out a room. This Airbnb room now covers their mortgage.
[You can even see how much you can make in your city by clicking that link. In my small town in Colorado, it’s possible for me to make $1,365 per month].
10. Walmart Grocery Pickup
My new favorite app is Walmart Grocery Pickup for 2 major reasons: 1) It’s a huge time-saver 2) Convenient, easy pickup. You don’t even get out of your car to get your groceries.
Here’s how you save money with Walmart Grocery Pickup:
- Are you bad at picking fresh produce? Their grocery experts know exactly which to pick from for maximum freshness. If you aren’t satisfied with the freshness, you can get a refund.
- I needed 1 substitution because they didn’t have the item I ordered, so they gave me an even better item for the same price as the original item I ordered.
- You save money on groceries because you don’t even get the chance to impulse spend since you’re not in the store.
- Once you fall in love with Walmart Grocery Pickup (which you will), you can start referring friends and family. Just get 5 friends to try out Walmart Grocery Pickup and you’ll get $50 toward groceries.
How to get started easily:
- Click here and get $10 your first Walmart Grocery Pickup.
- Order groceries online.
- Schedule your pickup.
- No fees, no tips accepted, no subscription model. It is free to use Walmart Grocery Pickup.
If you’re new to Walmart Grocery Pickup, you get $10 off your first purchase here. That means you can get $50 worth of groceries for only $40.
12. Sell on Amazon
There are more than 100,000,000 (yes, million) Amazon Prime members. More than 50% of all Amazon sales come from third-party sellers.
Selling on Amazon is a legit way to make great money and isn’t going away any time soon. And if you’re completely lost on how to even get started selling on Amazon, bear with me for a sec.
My friend Jessica and her husband have perfected the art of selling on Amazon and have made well over $100,000 profit (their first year in the biz). Now, they make much more than that.
Jessica even has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know in a simplified way to get started selling on Amazon. This side hustle (or full-time job) isn’t going anywhere as Amazon selling has only touched the surface of what’s possible.
13. Sell Etsy Printables
Julie from the blog Millennial Boss is killin’ it in the side hustle world by selling Etsy printables.
This side hustle is almost entirely passive, meaning you do the work in one sitting, and then get paid for it for months and years to come. With just a few hours of work, Julie’s made over $5,000 selling printables on Etsy.
Julie recently created Etsy Printables where she shows you exactly how to make money selling Etsy Printables. I’ve gone through it myself and plan on adding this as a side hustle myself because it’s one of the easiest ways to make passive income.
Are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? This free guide here has a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. It’s a free download and SO good!
I did an AMAZING interview with Julie that you can check out here. She shares pictures of her printables, revenue dashboard, and exactly how you can get started.
14. Trade stocks with WeBull
WeBull is a free commission trading app with many benefits and features that make it superior to similar trading apps.
WeBull is designed for intermediate and experienced traders, with many tools that beginner traders will enjoy as well.
As an added bonuses, all new WeBull customers get free stocks.
How can I get started with WeBull?
- Sign up for a WeBull account here.
- Download the app on iOS or Android.
- Go to menu > “My Free Stock” > Click “Get It Now” which starts your registration and open a brokerage account.
That’s it! Getting started is really easy. When you sign up here, you get the option of depositing at least $100 and getting a free stock worth up to $1,000.
16. Virtual Assistant
Aside from this blog, I’m a virtual assistant, and it’s been a life-changing experience – here’s why.
I’m a virtual assistant for a 7 figure blog, which allows me to see how a successful, profitable business works. Not only that, I get paid very well for assisting the business owner.
So many people ask me how to get started in this field, which is why I recommend $10KVA.
$10KVA teaches you exactly how to find your first client (and second, third, so on), how to set up your rates, and teaches you how to make $10,000 a month with virtual assisting. $10KVA simplifies the process of becoming a virtual assistant.
With businesses going online, this career space is going to grow exponentially.
You can learn more about $10KVA here – it’s incredible.
17. Switch cell phone plans
Are you overpaying for cell phone service? Probably.
After seeing ads for low-priced mobile plans for years, I decided to take the leap and try out a mobile plan that isn’t AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint. I tested out Tello Mobile for only $19 per month.
What I learned from testing out a new mobile plan: Just because you pay more doesn’t always mean you’re getting better service. T-Mobile charges me $80 per month while Tello Mobile charges me $19. I got the same coverage with both phones in my city. I went out to different locations in my town and tested both phone plans. They got the same exact service. This is why I recommend moving to a cheaper phone plan.
Why pay more for the same thing?
Most of us are going to have cell phone plans for forever. A savings of $100 a month can be roughly $1,200 a year.
In 10 years, you’d save $12,000.
In 20 years, you’d save $24,000.
Tello Mobile uses the SAME towers as Sprint to get service. Tello Mobile has NO contract and NO fees, with flexible plans starting $5 to $39. Yes, the most expensive plan is $39 per month. Tello has Nationwide 4GB LTE coverage Calls to Canada, Mexico, and China is even included.
If you’re hesitant on switching carriers, think about all the money you’ll save over the years to come. You can even test out Tello Mobile for 1 month before totally switching over.
So what are you waiting for? Find a side hustle and get started! Making $500 fast is a lot easier than you’d think.
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