Everyone could use a little extra cash every now and then. While your side hustle won’t make you rich, you can use the money to cover bills, pay for unexpected expenses, or even splurge on something you’ve wanted.
The Best Ways to Make $100 In a Day
It can be tough to come up with money-making ideas that work for you. To help you get started, I’ve compiled an exhaustive yet actionable list of 59 ways to make $100 per day.
Too many “how to make money” list are filled with bad ideas that will waste your time chasing after a couple of dollars here and there”
Too many “how to make money” lists are filled with bad ideas, i.e., paid surveys and online games, that will waste your time chasing after a couple of dollars here and there.
You can make $100 with every idea on this list. There are a couple that may take a couple of days and many more that will allow you to earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you’re willing to put in a strong effort.
Are you ready? Let’s dive in!
1. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Taxis are expensive, and people everywhere have embraced ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft as cheaper alternatives.
If you enjoy driving and being around people, have you considered driving for Uber or Lyft in your spare time? If you put in the hours in a busy urban center, you can easily make $100 per day.
You must pass a background check, have a decent vehicle, a valid in-state driver’s license, and auto insurance. The process varies by company but is mostly painless, and one of the easiest side hustles to start.
Don’t have a car? No problem! HyreCar is a marketplace for car rentals prequalified to drive with Uber and Lyft!
2. Rent Your Car Out On Turo
Is there anything that can’t be rented out in today’s sharing economy? How do you feel about renting out your car to someone who needs a ride for a few days?
Rental car agencies (Enterprise, Avis, Budget, etc.) can be awful to deal with and are too expensive.
A company called Turo has disrupted the industry, just like Airbnb disrupted the hotel industry, and people across the US are earning money by lending their cars to strangers.
If you aren’t using your car for a few days or have a spare one, simply join Turo’s free platform, list the car, and charge whatever you want for the day.
3. Deliver Food for Local Restaurants
In the past, many restaurants hired dedicated delivery staff. But with the advent of services like Uber Eats or DoorDash, you can make extra cash by becoming a food delivery driver. All you need is your vehicle and a phone. DoorDash operates in over 25 countries and hundreds of cities in the US.
The best part about food delivery is that you can decide when and how much you want to work. If you want to earn at least $100, make sure you’re available during peak hours. Working in a busy neighborhood close to lots of restaurants helps, too.
4. Rent Out a Room in Your House
Do you have a room (or an entire house) to spare? If so, you can make some quick and easy cash by renting out your extra space. If your local laws allow, you can rent a room to a boarder for $100 per week, or $400 per month – or even more if you live in a highly desirable location. You can make $100 per day or more if you rent a full apartment or house. Here are a few sharing apps that facilitate this lucrative side hustle:
Airbnb allows people to stay in private dwellings around the world that are considerably more affordable than most traditional hotels.
They divide rentals into three categories: a private room, a shared room, or an entire home. Rent out whatever you have available and collect the cash!
With over 2 million rental properties, most of which are entire homes, VRBO has established itself as a legitimate service for renters and owners alike.
If you have an extra home you could rent, VRBO is comparable to Airbnb.
Vacasa is a vacation home rental management company. In other words, you can’t rent a spare room in your house on Vacasa like on Airbnb, but you can rent out your entire house.
Vacasa is great for passive income, as they do most of the work for you.
5. Score New Bank Account Bonus
Many banks are so eager for your business that they offer bonuses just for opening an account with them. The bonuses can be very lucrative, often $200 or more.
For example, Chase is well known for offering generous cash bonuses on their Chase Total Checking® account. To get the bonus, you have to set up a direct deposit. Other than that, you are good to go.
Check out our review of the best bank bonuses and choose an account that works for you. Also, keep an eye out for online announcements and mailers with bonus offers.
6. Apply for a Rewards Credit Card
Most premium rewards credit cards come with a generous welcome bonus in the form of points, which can be converted to cash back or travel rewards, like free flights. The bonus offers are often worth hundreds of dollars, depending on the card.
The offers sometimes include ‘sweeteners’ if you meet a minimum spending requirement within the first three months. You won’t pay any interest if you pay your balance in full each month, so it’s free money!
To find the latest credit card offers, check out our list of the best cash back credit cards.
7. Get your Bank and Credit Card Fees Refunded
Managing finances can be hard, and sometimes you don’t realize that you’re overpaying in the form of credit card annual fees or bank fees. You can contact your credit card provider and request a fee refund, or sign up for an app like Recoup.
Recoup finds your hidden bank fees and files refund claims on your behalf. Fees you may get back may include overdraft fees, ATM fees, monthly account maintenance fees, and more. There are no membership fees to sign up, and you can cancel at any time. Recoup deals with more than 16,000 financial institutions.
8. Pet Sit
Pet sitting is another gig you can take on to earn quick and easy money. Set up a profile using a website like Rover, and you can connect with people in your area who need pet-sitting services or a dog walker. You get to set your own rates using Rover.com, and you can also create a calendar that blocks out dates when you’re unavailable.
While many Rover.com petsitters charge $20 per night, you can charge $50 or more, especially if you’re watching more than one animal.
9. Sell Your Used Clothes Online
If you have nice used clothing taking up space in your closet, consider selling your items on a website like Poshmark. This online consignment shop lets you sell clothing and accessories at prices you set, and you can do this entire side hustle from home with little more than an internet connection.
10. Sell Used Electronics
Your used electronic equipment may have value, particularly if your items are newer and in good condition. Most of us have a few old phones or laptops, so it makes sense to earn some cash if you don’t plan to use them anymore.
While you can sell used electronics on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, you should also check out Gazelle. They give you an estimate on equipment, and the better stuff could fetch some real money.
11. Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
You could make $100 or more by checking your wallet or dresser for unused gift cards. Like most people, you probably have at least a few unused gift cards. Some may even be for merchants you don’t frequent or ones you never wanted in the first place.
Your best bet is to sell your gift cards on your local Facebook Marketplace site or to a friend or family member. You’ll need to sell at a slight discount to entice people to buy. For example, you could offer your $150 Home Depot gift card for $125.
12. Sell Your Stuff to a Pawn Shop
You won’t get retail prices for your merchandise, but if you need to make $100 or more fast, pawn shops offer instant cash for items you don’t want or need. You’ll get the most value out of jewelry, weapons, musical equipment, and newer electronics, but you can pawn almost anything you no longer use.
13. Have a Garage Sale
If you have a few days to organize a yard sale, you can make extra cash while decluttering your basement or garage. You’ll have to do some upfront work to advertise your garage sale and price each item, but it’s possible to make a few hundred dollars or more selling old clothing and junk you no longer need.
Tip: Don’t sell your most valuable items in a yard sale, as you won’t get close to what they’re worth. Instead, list those items individually on Facebook Marketplace or Craiglist.
If you have a light pick-up truck or a decent trailer, you can haul around, collect scrap metal from neighborhoods, building sites, and junkyards, then sell it to scrap metal dealers. Check out scrap metal prices, then search “where can I sell scrap metal in (my town).” It’s hard work, but you can make thousands of dollars selling scrap metal.
15. Sell Your Jewelry
Take your gold jewelry and silverware to gold dealers or jewelers, and you’ll likely fetch a better price than going to the “we buy gold” storefronts populating strip malls.
You can also sell high-quality jewelry online using a popular website called Worthy. This site lets you sell diamonds, gold, and more for prices you set, and you can take care of the entire transaction online with insurance and certain seller protections included.
16. Sell Musical Instruments
Reverb is an online marketplace that lets people sell unused musical instruments they no longer need. This website is great if you have old instruments left over from your high school or college rock band. You may even find a nice instrument in a yard sale and know you can flip it at a higher price.
Reverb.com also lets you list your gear for free.
17. Sell Homemade Crafts on Etsy.com
If you love making crafts or other homemade items, you can make over $100 a day by opening an Etsy store and selling your creations online. In addition to home decor and homemade clothing, this website is a great place to market and sell homemade cleaning and hygiene products like soaps and lotion. It will take some time to figure out the Etsy algorithm and grow your sales, but many people make thousands of dollars monthly on Etsy.
18. Pick Up Overtime at Work or a Part-Time Job
While you may not want to spend more time at work than you already are, picking up overtime will help you earn more money. The best part about this option is that you don’t have to spend time learning a new skill or building an additional source of income. While I’m a big fan of side hustles, I realize it isn’t for everyone.
You can also consider picking up a seasonal part-time job during the summer or major holidays. A couple of weeks of part-time work can help you earn hundreds of extra dollars.
19. Employee or Customer Referral Program
Many employers offer referral bonuses to employees who successfully refer new employees to the company. Take advantage of these offers. There’s very little work involved; you simply need to connect friends or acquaintances you feel would be a good fit with your employer’s HR or recruiting department.
And most companies don’t limit the number of referrals; the more, the better. It may be the easiest money you ever made at work.
20. Babysit in Your Spare Time
Where I live, babysitters easily earn $10 an hour. However, it’s possible to earn considerably more than that, depending on where you live and your experience.
If you need help connecting with potential clients, try using Care.com. This website lets you create a profile you can use to find new babysitting clients, yet you still get to set your own rates and terms.
21. Become a House Sitter
Many people who travel frequently are willing to pay someone to watch their home while they’re away. You can check local newspapers and Craigslist for opportunities. The website, MindAHome, is a good way to source clients online.
You can also try out TrustedHousesitters. This website connects you with people who let you watch their homes and pets in exchange for free lodging, and it’s possible to find a long-term gig in a resort destination you would love to visit anyway.
22. Work as a Photographer
If you’ve checked the prices photographers charge, you know the costs can be prohibitive. If you have a nice camera and are good at taking photos, you can make at least $100 or more to photograph a special event or take family photos. You should find some recurring gigs or pick up regular work as a photographer’s assistant at special events.
23. Teach an Exercise Class
Not everyone working at the gym is a licensed personal trainer. If you have experience doing yoga, Zumba, jazzercise, cycling, or any other activity that keeps people moving, there may be a teaching position waiting for you at the gym.
Not only that, but lots of other organizations may want to offer exercise classes to their clients or workers. If you can get a few gigs per week, you could easily earn good money while staying fit.
24. Become a Session Musician
If you can play guitar, drums, keyboards, and even wind and string instruments at an advanced level, you can make good money as a session musician in a band or orchestra. It helps if you are well-connected in your local music or arts community, but there are other ways to find gigs. Advertise your services at local music stores, Craigslist, or Facebook. You can also register with GigSalad and market your musical skills online.
25. Become a Moving Billboard
Here’s a great passive income idea. If you don’t mind having ads placed on your car – or having your car “wrapped” in ad material – you can earn up to $400 per month with FreeCarMedia.
You won’t make money immediately – you must sign up and get approved before you start. However, earning money with this gig is a piece of cake since all you have to do is drive around.
26. Move Furniture for Cash
If you own a truck or van and don’t mind doing some heavy lifting, you can pick up $100 or more this weekend to help someone move. Check the ads on Craigslist to find gigs. You can also use a website like TaskRabbit to find moving jobs and other easy technical gigs.
27. Mow Lawns for Cash
You can find lawn mowing jobs on TaskRabbit or by asking people in your neighborhood. After all, not everyone who owns a lawnmower wants to spend time looking after their yard. They could be heading on vacation or dealing with an illness or injury. Maybe they just want to enjoy their summer and prefer to hire for tasks they no longer want to do.
28. Get Paid to Paint
Do you know anyone who needs a room or two painted? If you enjoy painting (some people do), offer your painting services at $100 per room plus the paint cost. This is another gig where you can find work if you market your services on craigslist.org or Facebook Marketplace. You can also look for painting gigs on TaskRabbit
29. Spring and Fall Clean-Ups
Seasonal yard clean-ups are more involved than regular lawn cutting. This work may involve weeding flower beds, trimming hedges, raking leaves, and cleaning out other debris, and you can often get paid $100 at the bare minimum.
This is another gig where you can likely find work using online marketplaces like Thumbtack or TaskRabbit.
30. Shovel Snow and Pocket Cash
I’ve known kids who have made well over $50 shoveling in the local neighborhood after just a modest snowfall. Just a few storms will get you to $100 by knocking on doors during the late stages of the storm.
If you belong to any neighborhood or city-wide Facebook groups, you can also post your shoveling offer online and find clients.
Cleaning houses can be extremely lucrative. You could earn $50 per hour or more in most metropolitan areas and more if you’re fast and thorough.
Most cleaning jobs can be found through networking, but you can also post online advertisements using craigslist.org and various Facebook groups. Once you have a client or two, it’s much easier to pick up gigs through referrals.
32. Clean Cars for Money
Some people enjoy detailing cars. However, most people hate it. If you’re one of the few who do, you can make good money working for those of us who’d rather not. Consider picking up a part-time gig at a car detailing shop, or try to pick up your own car detailing gigs on, you guessed it, TaskRabbit.
33. Clean Your Neighbors’ Gutters
If being up on a ladder doesn’t scare you, you can easily earn $100 or more cleaning people’s gutters. You can find work like this through landscaping or outdoor cleaning companies, but you may also be able to find your own gigs through websites like Thumbtack or MyHandyman.
34. Get Pools Ready for the Summer
Everybody loves having a pool, except when it comes time to set it up for the summer. If you have experience with swimming pools, you can easily make $100 helping someone with their pool. In the fall, when it’s time to shut the pool down for winter, you can come back for round two and earn money for pool winterization.
35. Serve On a Mock Jury
Did you know? Lawyers will sometimes hire a mock jury to help them identify holes in their case before it goes to trial. The pay can be $100 or more for a day’s work, which is quite a bit since very little work is required on your part.
You can also become an online juror using a website called eJury. This platform will pay you a small amount of money to participate in pre-trial jury cases from the comfort of your own home. The pay is normally only $5 to $10 per gig, but the trials usually last less than an hour.
36. Host Walking Tours
If you live in a historic or touristy area, offer your services as a tour guide. You will need a gift for gab and some fun stories about your area, but it can pay off big time.
While you may need to become licensed to give tours in your area, the fastest way to get started in this gig is through Airbnb Experiences. You can charge for experiences just like you would if renting out a room in your home, and you can set your own prices for your experience or tour. The more people on your tour, the more money you can make.
37. Freelance on Fiverr.com
Fiverr is a freelancer marketplace that pays as little as $5 per job, but you can make far more and raise your rates once you have experience. While jobs through Fiverr vary, common gigs include writing, editing, graphic design, and various other editorial tasks for online publications and businesses.
38. Rent Out Your Additional Space
According to Neighbor.com, US self-storage industry revenues were nearly $40 billion in 2019. In other words, Americans have a lot of junk. If someone close to you needs temporary storage, consider renting out your basement or space in your garage. Not only could you help someone solve their storage problems, but you could turn your empty space into passive income.
39. In-Person or Online Tutoring
Whether you know some younger kids who need tutoring or you want to start tutoring online, there are plenty of opportunities available in almost any subject. You could start by marketing your services directly to schools, but you could also place ads in a neighborhood newsletter or your local neighborhood Facebook page.
When it comes to online tutoring gigs, check out Tutor.com. They connect tutors with clients around the country. The nice thing about online tutoring is you can work from anywhere, as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.
40. Teach Music
Can you play a musical instrument? You can make good money teaching beginners even if you’re not accomplished. Offer your services on your local Facebook group, or post ads at your local music store. Another idea is to start a YouTube channel and broadcast your lessons to people worldwide. YouTube is a long-term play, as you’ll need to build a significant audience before you make money, but if you’re successful, it can become a lucrative income.
41. Work as a Referee
Not everyone knows this, but minor sports referees get paid. You can make hundreds of dollars in a sports season, refereeing soccer, football, hockey, or umpiring baseball games. Need to make $100 in a day? Offer to referee tournaments. Since you are paid per game, it’s a great way to maximize your income as a ref. The downside to being a referee is the abuse refs take from parents and players today. It’s unfortunate, but if you have tough skin, there’s money to be made.
42. Become an Online Freelance Writer
Everything you read online was written by someone, and chances are good the writer was paid for their work. Even novice writers can earn $50 or more for a basic blog post, and experienced writers can often rake in $500 or more per high-quality piece.
If you want to get started as a freelance writer, check out this post on How to Become a Freelance Writer, written by professional writer Holly Johnson. Johnson has been earning six figures writing from home for years, and she offers a free webinar and a paid course to help you get started.
Interested in building a freelance career on your own terms? Check out EarnMoreWriting.com.
43. Become a Freelance Editor
You don’t have to be a professional to find paid work as an editor. You may be perfect if you’re an English major, writer, or teacher. If you can write, you can learn to be an editor. You can start by advertising your services on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr or Upwork. Create a LinkedIn profile for your editing or start a blog where you can display your work.
44. Freelance Graphic Design
Millions of website owners need graphic design services, from logos to image editing. If you have design skills that translate well in the online space, offer your services to as many sites as you can contact, and use websites like Fiverr.com to get gigs and subsequent referrals.
45. Become a Bookkeeper
If you have bookkeeping skills, including QuickBooks experience, bookkeeping jobs will pay you $100 or more. You can do one-time jobs or pick up ongoing gigs with small businesses where you live to keep the cash flowing. If you’re unsure how to get started, you can check for online bookkeeping gigs using FlexJobs.
46. Make Money As a Declutterer
Some very successful people are terrible when it comes to organization. Their offices are a wreck, and lost documents can cost them money. If you’re a whiz at making order out of chaos, you may have a chance to organize offices for at least $100 a pop.
Try marketing your services online using craigslist.org or Facebook groups. You may be surprised at how much work is available in your area.
47. Perform Light Mechanical Work
You can easily pick up extra cash if you can do basic car repairs – changing oil, belts, hoses, and spark plugs or replacing batteries or mufflers. You can charge $100 for a couple of work hours and still be far cheaper than the local garage or car dealer.
48. Design Websites
Do you have experience building websites on WordPress, Squarespace, or Wix? If so, you can charge $300 or more per website. Even some basic web design skills will place you ahead of most people, and many will be willing you pay for your services.
To find work, create a profile on Fiverr or network with individuals and business owners in your area. Once you’re established, it will be easier to find new clients, and you can increase your prices.
49. Income Tax Filing
Most people detest doing their own taxes, which is why they hire accountants and professional tax preparers to do it for them. But online tax return software programs like TurboTax or TaxSlayer are so easy to use you can offer to help people file their taxes for a small fee.
As long as the person’s tax situation is fairly simple (most are), you don’t need to be a professional to help them complete their return. Springtime is income tax season, making this a seasonal side hustle.
Some people are social media experts, while others don’t know where to start. With more businesses than ever realizing the value of social media, now is an excellent time to start building a career in this field.
If you’re fluent in social media, offer your services as a social media manager. You can post updates on Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms relevant to a particular business.
If you don’t know how to start, an online course, like this Facebook Side Hustle Course, can help you get your business off the ground.
51. Home Staging
In a competitive housing market, first appearances are crucial. That’s why realtors often encourage sellers to spend money having their home staged before it hits the market. If you have an eye for interior design and know how to make a space stand out, you can make good money as a home stager.
Home staging often involves decluttering, but you may be given a budget to purchase home decor items, such as window coverings, rugs, throw pillows, and whatever it takes to spruce up a living room or master bedroom.
Offer your services to local real estate agents or reach out to individuals trying to sell their homes privately. Once you have enough recurring clients, you can start a home staging company.
52. Become an Event Planner
Are you good at planning parties or events? There are people who need your help! Spread the word to everyone you know, and let them know what you can do.
You may be able to find work planning corporate events, but planning small parties and get-togethers can yield some income as well. While landing your first few clients can be difficult, getting business is easier once you have some excellent references to share.
53. Create or Edit Videos
Millions of people try to make it on YouTube, but not everyone has the ability or time to create quality videos. If you have those skills, offer your services to individual YouTube creators and businesses. You may be surprised at how much people will pay you to create videos for marketing and other purposes.
There’s also a huge demand for people video editors. You can advertise on Fiverr and other online platforms once you have experience.
54. Prepare Research Papers
You can use websites like EssayService and EssayPro to find academic writing gigs. Write coursework and admission essays, dissertations, and research papers, and charge per page. With some hard work, this side hustle can pay $100 or more per day.
55. Sell Blood or Donate Plasma
You can earn $30 to $40 for selling your blood, which means that three or four donations over a couple of weeks will net you $100 or more.
However, donating plasma can be more lucrative than just selling your blood. It takes longer to donate plasma because your red blood cells need to go back into your system. The upside is you can donate as much as twice a week and make anywhere from $40 to $60 per donation. You might not make $100 per day, but you can make that much in less than a week if you have some time to spare and don’t mind needles.
56. Participate in Medical Studies
Recently, a local hospital in my area offered $600 for people with high blood pressure to participate in medical trials. Hospitals and clinics do this all the time, and you can find local medical studies easily by searching online.
57. Stop Eating Out So Much
Let’s face it. Eating out with friends is not only a lot of fun, but with no cooking or dishes to do, it’s also very convenient. The problem is that eating out is far more expensive than making meals at home.
Instead of looking for ways to earn an extra $100, consider cutting back the number of times you eat out each week or month. By eliminating two trips to a nice restaurant, you can save $100 or more.
58. Return an Unwanted Gift
If you’ve received a gift you don’t want – maybe it’s an item you already owned – try returning it for a cash refund. As long as the item is in its original packaging and you’re within the return policy’s window, you should be able to return it. Some retailers will take items back up to a year or more after the purchase date. Costco, for one, is famous for its flexible return policies.
59. Reduce Spending By Refinancing Debts
Are you saddled with student loans or mortgage debt, or have other loans with high interest rates? Refinancing high-interest, high-payment debt is another way to instantly add an extra $100 or more to your wallet.
With a refinancing, the lender pays off your existing loans and creates a new, single loan to be paid back at (ideally) a lower interest rate. Many choose to refinance because it consolidates their monthly loan payments, but don’t forget that this strategy can lead to huge savings over time.
And remember, you’re not adding new debt when you refinance; you’re simply moving your loans to new loan products with better terms.
Final Thoughts on How to Make $100 Per Day
There you have it, my list of ways to make $100 (or more) per day. I can only think of a couple that may take you more than a day, plasma donation being one. Another nice thing is most items help you make money fast!
If you need more inspiration or want to take your money-making skills to the next level, check out this video, where I break down side hustles and business ideas that pay $100 per hour or more!
No matter where you are in life – or where you hope to be – earning more money is the ticket to the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
Of course, once you’ve started making money, don’t forget to devise a solid savings strategy. As you increase your income, you gain control over your life in ways you never thought possible.
Remember, you may fail a few times before you have success. I’ve failed many times myself over the years. Most people must experiment with several money-making ventures before building real wealth.
The bottom line is never giving up, as earning more money is one of the biggest keys to experiencing financial freedom.
FAQs on Making $100 a Day Fast
There are many ways you can potentially earn $100 right now, depending on your skills, resources, and location. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Offer a service: If you have a particular skill or talent, you may be able to offer it as a service and earn money. For example, you could offer to do odd jobs for people in your neighborhood, give music lessons, or provide tutoring services.
Sell items: If you have items you no longer need or use, you could sell them online or at a garage sale to earn some extra cash.
Do freelance work: If you have a computer and an internet connection, you may be able to find freelance work through websites like Upwork or Freelancer.com. There are many different types of freelance work available, including writing, graphic design, and social media management.
Participate in focus groups: Some websites and companies will pay you to participate in focus groups. These opportunities may not pay a lot, but they can be a quick way to earn some extra cash.
Rent out a room or property: If you have a spare room or an entire property you aren’t using, you could rent it out on Airbnb or a similar platform to earn some extra money.
Remember to always be cautious when looking for ways to earn money quickly, and never give out personal information or pay any fees upfront without thoroughly researching the opportunity.
How long it takes to make $100 a day will depend on a variety of factors, including your skills, resources, and the opportunities available to you. Some people may be able to earn $100 a day relatively quickly by offering a high-demand service or selling a popular product, while others may need to work for a longer period of time to reach this goal.
If you are looking to make $100 a day, you need to identify your strengths and consider how you can use them to generate income. You could also look for opportunities to monetize your hobbies or passions, as this can be a more enjoyable way to earn money.
Keep in mind it will take time and effort to build up your income to $100 a day. It will be helpful to start by setting smaller, achievable goals and gradually increasing your income over time. It will also be helpful to be persistent and open to trying new things, as this can help you find the best opportunities to earn money.
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