No matter how carefully you plan, money can run a little short at times. Maybe your your car broke down, you’re preparing for the next recession or you just want an extra night on the town.
Whatever the reason, if you need an extra $10, $100 or $1,000, there are plenty of ways to find it these days, because the internet is the greatest job creator the world has ever known.
Following are more than 100 ways to make extra cash and some of them take just a few minutes to get started. Before you start reading, bookmark this page … you never know. And if you want to get tons more ideas to make extra money, signup for our free newsletter.
Earn while you shop
First, let’s be clear: We don’t mean that you can make money shopping like a fool, but we do think you should get money back when you shop for things you need to buy. These sites and apps are easy to use and provide reliable returns:
TopCashback operates in a very similar way to the previous two.
Qmee: Earn cash for things you already do online — searching the web and shopping. Qmee will reward you for sharing your opinions on your favorite brands and sites.
ReceiptHog: Simply snap a picture of your receipt every time you buy something, and this company will send a little money your way through PayPal. There is a ReceiptHog app for iPhones and an app for Android devices.
Ibotta: This app allows you to choose from discounts on hundreds of products. Submit pictures of your receipts when you buy those products and get cash rebates.
Take on tasks
Thumbtack: Know how to pound a nail, groom a dog or take a portrait? This site matches you and your skills with local folks who will pay for your help.
Fiverr: This online marketplace is a place to land freelance projects doing things like graphic design, writing, marketing and computer programming.
Gigwalk: This app will pay you to do small jobs like mystery shopping, testing apps or taking photos. According to the site: “A Gig is represented by a pin on the map in our mobile application and can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete and pay anywhere from $3 to $100.”
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk: This site allows you to earn money by performing an array of tasks — things like writing product descriptions, transcribing, data processing, taking market surveys and selecting the best photograph for a product.
Field Agent: This app pays you to do things like check prices and scan bar codes with your cellphone when you are at stores and elsewhere.
UserTesting.com: You can earn quick cash by looking at someone’s website and giving feedback about what might be confusing for the average user.
TaskRabbit: This site connects you with local people willing to pay you for a wide variety of tasks — from bartending and decorating for events to light carpentry and cleaning.