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.
Let's get started.
Get paid to shop by becoming an Instacart Shopper. As a shopper, you get paid weekly and choose when to work.
You can either become a full-service shopper (shop and deliver) or an in-store shopper (only shop, not deliver).
2. Flea Market Flipper
If I wasn't blogging full-time, I would totally be a full-time flea market flipper.
My friends Melissa and Rob are killin' at flipping and are teaching hundreds of students how to do the same.
In fact, in Melissa's and Rob's first year flipping full-time, they made over $133,000.
You can turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets into a profitable reselling business.
Learn how flipping can be your ticket to lifestyle freedom and financial security in this free workshop here. 🙂
3. Teach English online
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your own schedule.
You get to enjoy the flexibility of a stable job, while not having to do any lesson planning or grading like most teachers do.
VIPKID is the leader in the online English teaching world, paying 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.
4. Sell on Amazon
Selling items on Amazon can be an incredible online business where you can make great money with just a few hours per week.
My friends over at The Selling Family have perfected the art of selling on Amazon and has made well over $100,000 profit by working just 20 hours a week.
Jessica even has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know in a simplified version to get started selling on Amazon.
5. Professional Proofreader
Transform your passion for words and reading by becoming a professional proofreader, and help people like me who are terrible at proofreading. 🙂
Proofreaders can earn up to $30+ per hour and offers competitive pay and flexible hours while working from home.
Click here for a free workshop which will show you if proofreading is right for you, how to attract your ideal proofreading clients, and how proofreading can lead to lifestyle freedom and financial security.
6. Pick up garbage
Did you know you can make money by picking up garbage?
The garbage pickup business is incredible for several reasons: 1) There's a high demand for it, 2) It's recession-proof, and 3) It helps the environment.
If you're interested in this opportunity, check out my friend's book, CleanLots, where he tells you everything you need to know to get started, which also includes free phone support to get your business up and running. I truly believe this is a huge untapped market which leaves a lot of room for high income and growth.
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 is heavily focused 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. Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit lets you find jobs you love at rates you choose on a schedule that fits your life. Taskers can make up to $2,000 a month.
When you sign up for Task Rabbit, you'll get notified of potential jobs nearby, you select the jobs you want to complete, confirm details with the client, and complete the work and submit your invoice.
Popular tasks include handyman work, cleaning, delivery, moving, furniture assembly, personal assistant, just to name a few.
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 travel often and have a vacant house, I definitely recommend putting your apartment or house on Airbnb.
I have several friends that live in a big house and decided to rent out a room. This Airbnb room now covers their mortgage.
You can sign up to become an Airbnb host here. [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].
If you're clueless about Airbnb hosting, you can learn how to do everything in a simplified fashion with Hosting Your Pad.
Hosting Your Pad is an affordable course for Airbnb hosts that make it incredibly easy to make great money by hosting a room.
Do you have skills such as graphic design, social media, voice over, illustration, or translation?
Fiverr lets you create a profile and share your services with people looking to hire freelancers.
I've hired people from Fiverr numerous times and love that I can support someone's dream online.
By 2020, the translation field will have a 42% expected growth rate.
If you're bilingual, you need to take advantage of this career space.
If you aren't sure how to get started, Turnkey Translator will teach you everything you need to know.
You learn a step by step guide to quickly launch your career and start earning great money in the shortest time possible from someone who is a full-time German and Chinese translator. ‘
You can turn your skills into a full-time income. Amazing.
12. Freelance Writing
I'm a freelance writer myself and love this area of work. Which is why when I came across Freelance Writing Simplified, I knew I had to read it and share it with my readers.
Freelance Writing Simplified teaches you a simplified approach to building a freelance writing business. Even better – the guide only costs $25.
You learn from a successful freelancer herself who had a dream of working from home – and is now a freelance writer full-time while traveling the world.
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 to make money:
14. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Pinterest is a must for small and large business owners, which is why Pinterest Virtual Assistant's are in high demand.
However, you may be thinking about how to get started in this field, where to find clients and more. This is why I recommend the course Become A Pinterest VA Today.
Become A Pinterest VA Today teaches you so many valuable things, such as how to design beautiful pins, how much to charge, how to pitch your services to potential clients, and a lot more.
Students are seeing tremendous success after taking the course. One student named Kristin is averaging $3,600/month after taking Become A Pinterest VA Today.
A transcriptionist practices the art of turning audio and video recordings into text documents.
These are voice-recorded reports in several different fields, such as legal, medical, and general.
These might be writers, podcasters, bloggers, trainers, academics, and basically anyone with audio or video content that needs to be turned into text.
You can learn more about becoming a transcriptionist and how to make money doing so in this FREE 7-day mini-course.
Scoping is the process of editing legal documents for court reporters.
Scopists generally make between $30k-$60k a year when working full-time, can work anywhere, and are currently in high demand.
Becoming a bookkeeper has several benefits, such as low startup costs, high profit, and freedom to work remotely.
Bookkeepers can expect to earn an average of $62 per hour.
Click here to get access to a free, 3-part video series that'll reveal the keys to success in the bookkeeping industry.
Aside from blogging, I've been a dog walker on Rover and have also used Rover to find people to take care of my furry family members.
You can earn up to $1,000 a month from playing with dogs. Seriously, that's amazing.
Rover is one of my favorite side hustles because you get paid to take care of dogs or cats. I got paid well, had great customer support, and loved my clients.
19. 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 amazing.
Ways Bloggers & Influencers Can Make Money
20. Blog With A Full-Time Job
If you've started a blog and you're not making a full-time income, you've got to enroll in Blog With A Full-Time Job.
Sooo many of my readers have taken this course and I constantly get emails from my audience telling me how much they love Blog With A Full-Time Job – and it's not even my course!
I went through this course 3 times myself and I'm still stunned by how much value is packed into this course.
Blog With A Full-Time Job consists of:
- A specific plan for launching, growing and monetizing your blog while working full-time
- The exact strategy to grow and monetize your blog to a six-figure blog
- Learn how to manage your mind, productivity, time management (all VERY important for working at home and running a successful business)
- How to set up a beautiful looking blog that is completely customizable
- How to write blog posts specifically for monetizing
- Sooo much more + tons of bonuses, templates, worksheets, etc.
If you've never taken a blogging course and aren't sure which one to choose, Blog With A Full-Time Job is IT. Use code ALEXIS15OFF for 15% off.
21. Making Sense of Sponsored Posts
If you're a blogger or online influencer, read this. If not, feel free to skip this one.
Sponsored posts are how I make a large portion of money on this blog, roughly $3,000-$10,000 per month.
If you're a blogger and not running sponsored posts on your blog, you're missing out.
My sister and I created a course called Making Sense of Sponsored Posts, which breaks down everything you need to know about sponsored posts.
Not only that, we have a private Facebook group for students who can ask us questions at any time.
22. Facebook Ads For Bloggers
Are you looking for a fast and reliable way to diversify your blog traffic and generate more revenue?
With Facebook Ads For Bloggers, you learn step-by-step how to attract tens of thousands of new, loyal readers to your site for as little as $1 per day.
Students of Facebook Ads For Bloggers have seen several benefits from the course, such as:
- Ability to monetize blog much quicker
- Have a consistent flow of traffic year-round
- Chance of your content going viral shoots through the roof
- Getting enough traffic to monetize their site with Adthrive or Mediavine
You even get several bonuses including how to use Instagram Ads.
23. Six-figure blogger
Six Figure Blogger is a high-level course for people who want to make six figures from their blog with digital products and services.
This course is one of my all-time favorites because it's packed with so much actionable info.
Seriously, all you have to do is do what they say to do in the course and you will see amazing results.
They take out all the guesswork and give you a strong foundation to make a six-figure digital product and/or service.
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24. Arcadia Power Saver
With Arcadia Power, you can switch to clean energy, improve your home's efficiency, and save money in various ways.
Here are 4 ways you can save money with Arcadia Power:
- Price alerts. When a lower rate is available in your area, Arcadia Power will put you on a lower electricity rate than what you're currently paying.
- Community solar. You can subscribe to a remote or local community solar project, and receive savings from the production of the project share.
- Home efficiency. You can upgrade your home's efficiency with energy-saving products, like a Nest thermostat, and pay $0 down and pay over time with your savings. Wow!
- Bill pay. Most utility companies charge a transaction fee for credit cards. Arcadia Power charges $0, saving you money and earning you points on your credit card along the way. (You can also pay with a checking account).
I use Arcadia Power and love it.
25. VSP Vision Plan
Stop overpaying on vision plans and start saving with VSP Vision Plan.
Plans start as low as $10 per month with a typical savings of over $300 per year.
If you're self-employed or paying a high premium for vision insurance, you'll want to check out the affordable options on VSP Vision Plan.
Click here to get started with VSP Vision Plan, and enter your zip code and you will get several affordable insurance options.
26. Save 25% On Pet Bills
Do you have pets? If so, you already know they're expensive.
From dental cleanings to annual physicals and shots, bills can add up.
This is why I recommend every single pet owner to have PetAssure.
PetAssure is a veterinary discount plan that accepts all pets of all ages AND pre-existing conditions. That wasn't a typo.
We haven't even gotten to the good part. PetAssure gives a 25% discount on ALL medical care.
This includes treatment like wellness visits, cancer care, dental cleanings/exams/x-rays, routine care and vaccinations, spays and neuters. Guys, it includes everything.
The only downside is not all vets accept PetAssure – but it doesn't hurt to check.
I live in a small town and our vet offers it here, so your vets probably offer it as well.
And if they don't accept PetAssure? You can send them an email (that PetAssure has already written up) and ask them to accept it at their office.
27. Mint Mobile
Mobile plans are expensive. I know of people paying hundreds of dollars per month for their family plan.
With Mint Mobile, you get 4g high-speed data, unlimited talk and text, free SIM card, nationwide coverage, and mobile hotspot.
Overall, Mint Mobile has great reviews, but keep in mind, if you live in a smaller town like me, your coverage may be a little spotty (Mint Mobile told me this when I entered my zip code). However, I have T-Mobile and I have spotty service here, so it's expected with any phone company.
Did you know you can get bank and credit card fees refunded?
Here's how Cushion works.
- Connect your bank(s).
- Authorize fee negotiation.
- Get your money back.
Cushion makes money by keeping 25% of the refunded amount.
You can expect refunds on things like foreign transaction fees, wire transfers, minimum balance fees, ATM fees, and credit card interest charges. Pretty awesome.
Trim cancels subscriptions, negotiates your cable or internet bill, finds you better car insurance, and more.
Not only that, Trim analyzes your accounts to find recurring subscriptions and determines where you can save more money.
Check out Trim's savings calculator here to see how much you can save.
Ibotta is a free app that gives you cash back for making purchases on things like groceries, clothes, toiletries, and much more.
It's silly not to use Ibotta if you're a grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, household items, etc. Pretty much any kind of item is available for cash back on Ibotta.
Ibotta works at almost every grocery store, Best Buy, Etsy, Forever 21, Hotels.com, Sephora, Instacart, Kohls, Nike, PetCo, Amazon, Target, and hundreds of other stores.
If you sign up now, you can get $10 in your account by using my link here.
Guys – I love love love Honey.
Honey finds you the best discount codes on the internet, saving you soooo much time and money!
This is how much I love it – I went shopping on Fashion Nova the other day and pressed my Honey extension button. Honey found me a 40% off coupon. When I go searching online for the best coupon (which wastes so much time), the best coupon I could find was 25% off.
Honey's free for you to use and is a must if you shop online.
Sign up with Honey here (takes a minute).
32. Prescription Eyeglasses
After finding out I can buy high-quality prescription eyeglasses for $25 online instead of $200 in-store I've never looked back.
I've been using GlassesShop for years and have saved hundreds of dollars.
They also have prescription sunglasses which are a must! I'm not a contacts kind of gal so having prescription sunglasses is awesome when outdoors.
33. Credit Score
Increasing your credit score can save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime.
This is why I love and recommend Credit Sesame.
Credit Sesame lets me know my credit score for free (and no, it doesn't hurt your credit score to check it with Credit Sesame).
With a higher credit score, you can save money on interest charges on auto loans, mortgages, and more.
Related article: 6 Ways To Increase Your Credit Score 100+ Points
34. Scholarship Owl
Did you know you can apply for hundreds of scholarships at once?
Scholarship Owl makes applying for scholarships easier because let's face it – scholarships can be tedious to apply to and college is expensive.
The service works by you filling out an application, then Scholarship Owl searches for compatible scholarships, and they apply for you.
35. $5 Meal Plan
$5 Meal Plan is a meal planning service that sends you a delicious meal plan and shopping list every single week for just $5 a month.
I highly recommend trying this service and if you aren't satisfied, you can cancel at any time. Even better, the first 2 weeks are free.
Ebates is awesome for anyone who regularly shops online. Ebates works by giving you cash back for purchases you would make anyway.
Ex. Shop on Amazon? Ebates gives cash back for purchases made on Amazon and hundreds of other stores.
I use Ebates any time I make an online purchase. All you have to do is find the store you shop at online on Ebates and then start shopping.
37. Root Insurance
You could save up to 52% on your car insurance by trying Root Insurance.
Root drivers get a fair rate based primarily on how well they drive. To get started with Root Insurance, all you have to do is 1) Download the Root app 2) Take a test drive 3) Get your root quote.
It's that simple. Every policy has roadside assistance included.
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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