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Need Money Fast? 291+ places to make $100 now

As Sally Struthers used to say, would you like to earn more money? Sure we all would.

Fortunately in the “gig economy,” there are plenty of ways you can earn a little extra cash for your time. Whether it's market research surveys or focus groups or donating your plasma, there are a lot of places that will pay.

I've spent nearly a hundred hours on this post to give you the most comprehensive list of sites that will pay you for something. In some cases, it's your time – doing tasks. In other cases, it's your stuff – selling your used goods and turning clutter into cash.

If you've ever said to yourself – “I need money?” This post is for you.

When I say I spent a hundred hours, it's because I've vetted these sites. You have to watch out for scams too and much of my time was researching the company, checking BBB listings, and making sure you aren't going to get ripped off.

I've separated the list into two main categories – sites that will pay you for “stuff” and sites that will pay you for your “work.”

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Sites that Pay You For Work

These are sites where you get paid to do something. If you want sites where you can turn your stuff into cash, go to Sites that Pay You For Stuff

Sites that will pay you to…

Sites that Pay You For Stuff

These are sites where you can turn things that you currently own into cash. If you want sites that will pay you to do something, those will be under Sites that Pay You For Work.

Sites that will pay you for…

OK, get ready… the ride is about to start! 🙂

Drive

If you have a car, you can start earning money as a driver! You can earn hundreds of dollars a month working a flexible schedule and that's before bonuses. If you are lucky enough to live in a hot city, there are promotional bonuses (some cities it's as much as $1,000) that can boost your earnings even more.

Each of the rideshare companies have different rules but nothing prevents you from driving for multiple companies.

Fill Out Surveys

Surveys are great! Market research is a huge business and they always need people to fill out their rosters.

All of these companies are legitimate, according to my research, and I use the rules outlined in my post on how to tell if a survey company is legit.

Sign up for more than one!

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Start a Blog

You won't be paid immediately but one of the best side hustles you can start is your own blog. In just ten minutes, you can have your own little corner of the Internet. If you play your cards right, as many have done, you could turn that little parcel into a burgeoning metropolis… one that could generate a nice side income for you.

If you've been tempted by the income reports, here's my guide to starting a blog in just 10 minutes.

Go Shopping

When you shop online, you should buy through a cashback portal. A cashback portal will give you a small percentage of your purchase back to you, usually as points and sometimes as straight cash, which is nice since you'll be spending the money anyway! Oftentimes the cashback portal will also include coupons that will help you save too.

Write/Illustrate Greeting Cards

I bet you didn't know you could make money writing greeting cards right? If you've ever considered yourself a wordsmith in the ultra short form, consider looking at one of these:

Listen/Rate Music

Do you like music? Do you like rating? Do you like making money listening and rating music? Get paid a few cents to up to $1 for reviewing music.

Tutoring

If you are knowledgeable about something, there will always be places for you to teach that knowledge to others. The follow sites are for tutoring, rather than building your own educational courses and selling them online, and unless it's noted they are based in the United States.

Mock Juror

Going to jury duty is terrible, but being a mock juror is great!

A mock juror doesn't have to go to a mock courtroom, hear a mock case, and render a mock opinion. A mock juror just gets a bunch of documents in the comfort of his or her home and get paid for your opinion and feedback. Legal teams needs this as a trial run for their big cases and you can get paid to read interesting stories and see fascinating evidence… all without a trip anywhere!

Play Games

If you enjoy games like slots, bingo and wheel of fortune, you'll love getting paid to play games. This list contains legitimate places where you can get paid to play various games, usually after watching some commercials or other promotional videos.

They're fun if you're into that sort of thing, you earn a few points here or there, and can convert them into gift cards or sometimes cash.

Data Entry

Data entry falls into one of two major categories – micro-tasks and transcriptions. Most micro-task sites, like Amazon mTurk, will have transcription jobs in addition to other jobs.

If you are a relatively fast typer, this is a great way to earn some cash in your spare time.

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Test Websites & Usability

Website owners always want to know how users are seeing their websites and you can get paid to do the testing!

How much do you get paid? For example, UserTesting pays out $10 via Paypal for every 20-minute video you complete. That's $30 an hour! All it takes is a computer, a microphone (you will give your feedback verbally), and an internet connection so you can view the website in question.

Here's a list of places that will pay you to test websites:

Test Products

If there is mystery shopping to test the user experience in a store and there is website testing to test a website, it would make sense that companies would pay you for your opinion of an actual product right?

That's this category.

Mystery Shop

Mystery shopping can be a great gig – you get paid to shop!

It's a little more involved. Companies, especially those with stores, will want to get the opinion of the customer as they go through a transaction. For a bank, it might be opening up an account. For a retail clothing store, it might be trying on a shirt and checking out. Sometimes it's just calling up their customer service line with a problem and seeing how the representative treats you.

They just want to “test” their customer experience and mystery shopping is the best way to do that.

Below is a huge list of companies (over 90!) that do mystery shopping, remote call monitoring, or some other “customer engagement research.” We did not vet the companies on this list, we only checked that their websites loaded and that they appear to still be in business. I wish we could've researched this more but that just wasn't feasible. Before you sign up for anything, please review my post about how to spot a mystery shopping scam plus the Federal Trade Commission's tips.

Freelance Writing

Do you enjoy writing? You could be paid to do it.

My friend Holly, mother of 2 and successful blogger, recently put together a course teaching you how to make more money freelance writing. Read her story here!

This list contains places where you can get a freelance job directly as well as marketplaces specifically for freelance writers. We avoided specific sites (with a few exceptions for very large, very stable companies like Cracked and College Humor) because these can change all the time.

Freelance Work

Outside of smaller or more specific jobs, like transcription or tutoring, you can find freelance work online as well. Many people earn supplemental income as a virtual assistant or performing other non-specific administrative work.

Below are popular marketplaces for freelancers:

Watch TV

Yes, you can get paid to watch television. This is not a joke!

You won't get paid a LOT but you can get paid a little for something you're already doing.

Web search engines constantly compete for your business and some of them have resorted to paying you.

Write Reviews

Years ago, I joined Epinions and wrote reviews of products I liked. The model was simple – write a review, get paid a little for every pageview and every commissionable sale the review generated. It was a fun little foray into the Internet and getting paid to write about a product seemed fun. Epinions was later acquired by eBay and shuttered in 2014.

That has not stopped a whole new set of companies to appear offering similar things. Sometimes you get free stuff, sometimes you get paid.

Miscellaneous

If the site didn't fit any other category, it's here!

Used Books

Decluttr
Decluttr lets you sell everything from books to CDS to DVDs to electronics and even LEGO! It's my best recommendation for decluttering (hence the name!) by selling stuff you no longer want or need. With books, you just enter in the barcode or ISBN and they'll give you a value. It takes minutes to find out how much your stuff is worth and you don't have to register or anything to price things.

Bookscouter
Another site worth checking out is BookScouter, which will check the selling price on 55 different vendors. The list will include the offer price, how they pay (Paypal, check, etc.) as well as whether they pay for shipping and under what terms. If you have a lot of books to sell, they can search up to 3000 ISBNs in a single request if you upgrade to BookScouter Pro. There is also historical prices too in case you want to review trends.

Amazon.com
Bookscouter will give you Amazon.com's trade in value, where you mail Amazon the book and get a gift card, they will not give you the used selling price because it's hard to compare apples to oranges. You may be able to get more for your book by selling it as a used book on Amazon, so be sure to double check that price. As an example, the trade in value of a book I looked up was $7.87 but used copies were on sale for $19.87.

If you're a fan of Amazon, you might want to see our Amazon hacks, including how to get $5 for using their app!

Junk Mail

I hate junk mail but did you know you can sell it? These are companies that will, in some way, turn your mail into money.

Stock Photos

Fancy yourself a photographer? You could get paid for your photos!

Stock photography has become a big business and you can list your work on a lot of sites, earning a nice little income for yourself. Some sites will take all contributions, others will require you to apply, submit samples, and be accepted.

For example, iStockPhoto.com, owned by Getty Images, requires you to apply to be a contributor. You can submit Photos, Illustrations, Video and Audio but you will need three samples of your work. If accepted, you'll be paid a 15% commission for each file downloaded and if you agree to be exclusive. If you make iStock your exclusive royalty-free agent, you can earn up to 45% with additional attention.

Shutterstock, on the other hand, doesn't have a formal application process and anyone can create a contributor account. You retain copyright for your work and are paid each time your photo is downloaded based on a schedule.

Here's a list of popular stock photography sites:

Old Electronics

Do you have an old phone, tablet, or other piece of electronic equipment you aren't using? See if you can turn it into cash! There are a lot of services online that will let you instantly see how much your old electronics are worth and many are easy to use.

I've looked up the value of a good condition iPhone 6 on Verizon, 64GB, Space Gray, and listed it below next to each of the sites. Price quote is from the end of March.

Make Videos

Have you heard about PewDiePie? Jenna Marbles? How about EvanTubeHD? They all make hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars a year through Youtube. MILLIONS. It's insane.

EvanTubeHD, by the way, is an 8-year-old (Evan) and his dad (Jared) and has 2.7 million subscribers. He's eight! And he reviews toys and other kids love it. It's absolutely amazing, good for them!

If you want to make money with videos, we all know about Youtube, but there are a litany of sites that will turn your videos into cash.

Unused Computer Resources

Years ago, I remember installing SETI@Home to donate my computer's unused time towards finding extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI stands for SEarch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). SETI@home still exists but a new set of companies have cropped up and they will pay you to run an application on your computer – don't do them.

You'll see lists of sites and companies elsewhere, they're usually out of date. Many of the companies (Gomez, Slicify, CoinBeez, etc.) are out of business. Gomez BBB listing states that they are believed to be out of business (you can't even find it on BBB now), though the website is up and taking registrations.

The ones that are left pay out very poorly, which explains why the other guys went out of business! I kept this listing here in case I find anything good but I suspect it's a fool's errand.

Luxury Goods

If you have luxury goods, like high end clothes or accessories, and you aren't using them anymore, why not sell them? Rather than turn to sites like eBay, which everyone already knows about, you can try one of several high end online consignment stores.

The two popular ones are Poshmark and TheRealReal. Both make it dead simple to sell (and buy!) luxury items. The RealReal will pay you 60% of the sale price (more if you sell a lot) and Poshmark has a tiered commission structure. Sale prices under $15 pay a $2.95 flat fee and everything else is just 20%. Tradesy is another company and they take just 9%.

I haven't used every site on this list so if you have and want to share your experience (good and bad), leave a comment below.