If you need to make some money quickly, there are a lot of different ways to do it.
On this page you’ll find a list of different ways you can make $100 fast. Most of them are easy and will be options for just about anyone.
Some of the methods on this list will be easier or more lucrative if you live in a major city, but regardless of your situation, you’re sure to find at least a couple of good options here.
You’ll also find some information about each option and how long it can take to reach $100. Of course, you can also use a few different approaches together to get to the $100 mark even faster.
Let’s get started.
13 Different Ways to Make $100 Fast
1. Take Advantage of Free Sign Up Bonuses
One of the easiest ways to make a little bit of extra money is to take advantage of signup bonuses that many different companies and websites offer. This can include credit card offers, new bank accounts, as well as a huge variety of websites and apps.
The amounts that you can make will vary from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The best payouts tend to be offered by credit cards and banks.
Credit card signup bonuses are often $100 – $500. The bonuses for checking, savings, and money market accounts can vary from $20 to $500 or more. The downside with bank account promotions is that the highest payouts will usually require you to carry a very high balance in the account for a certain amount of time in order to qualify for the bonuses.
When you’re looking at signup bonuses you’ll want to consider how quickly you need the money. With some offers, you’ll be able to get the money very quickly, but others will require you to wait as long as a few months.
Credit card offers tend to be my personal favorite signup bonuses, but typically it will be at least a few months until you get that money. Be sure you read the terms and are aware of the details and requirements before signing up. Most credit cards will require you to charge a certain amount of purchases to the card in a 90-day period in order to qualify for the signup bonus. If you use a credit card for a lot of purchases this probably is not a problem, as long as that amount is not too high. But that means that you won’t get the money right away.
You can see my Free Money page for a big list of these offers and easy ways to get money, but here is a quick look at some of the best options:
Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses
Probably the easiest way to make $100 – $500 is to sign up for a credit card that is offering a bonus. The bonus offers change occasionally, but this page has an updated list of the best credit card signup bonuses.
Capital One is offering a $25 bonus to new customers who open a savings or checking account. For the savings account, you’ll need to make an initial deposit of at least $250 to qualify for the bonus. For the checking account, you’ll need an initial deposit of at least $250, plus you’ll need to make at least three debit card purchases in the first 45 days to qualify for the bonus.
→ Sign up or see details through this link to get the bonus.
If you’re not already using Ebates to save money you should definitely sign up for an account today. You’ll be able to earn cash back for many of your purchases, plus Ebates can save you even more money with exclusive discounts and by finding promo codes for you. Ebates will give new users $10, and all you need to do to qualify for the bonus is make one purchase in the first 30 days.
→ Sign up for Ebates through this link to get the bonus.
Personal Capital is my favorite financial app, and it’s free! You can link all of your financial accounts to Personal Capital and see everything in one convenient dashboard. You can easily track your net worth and run a lot of helpful reports on your accounts and investments.
Personal Capital will give new users a $20 Amazon gift card. All you need to do to qualify for the reward is link at least one financial account. After you’ve linked one account (which is really easy and just takes a minute), you’ll get an email from Personal Capital with the Amazon gift card details.
→ Be sure to sign up for Personal Capital using this link to get the bonus.
Ibotta is one of the best cash back apps that can easily save you a lot of money. You’ll find cash back offers for grocery stores, department stores, and more. Right now they are offering a $10 bonus to new users.
→ Sign up for Ibotta through this link to get the bonus.
With Inbox Dollars you can make money by taking easy surveys, watching videos, playing games, and signing up for free offers. There are a lot of different ways to make money, and they’re even offering a $5 bonus when you create a new user account.
→ Sign up for Inbox Dollars through this link to get the bonus.
Swagbucks is kind of similar to Inbox Dollars. You can earn money in a lot of different ways like taking surveys, playing games, downloading apps, and watching videos. You can also earn cash back from your shopping, similar to Ebates. And Swagbucks is offering a $10 bonus for signing up and making a purchase of at least $25 through one of their thousands of partner stores.
→ Sign up for Swagbucks through this link to get the bonus.
Getting to $100 with Signup Bonuses
If you want to make $100 only by using signup bonuses, your best bet is to sign up for a credit card (only if you are going to pay off the balance in full each month and avoid debt). There are many credit cards that offer bonuses of at least $100.
You could also reach $100 by signing up for a lot of different offers with small bonuses, but that will take more time and effort on your part. Plus, some of the smaller bonuses will require you to continue to use an app or website for a while in order to be able to cash out.
2. Take Online Surveys
One of the most popular ways to make extra money online is to take surveys. While you’re not likely to make a ton of money with surveys, making an extra $100 (or even a few hundred dollars) is very realistic.
There are some significant things to like about using online surveys as a side hustle:
- It’s completely flexible, so you can work whenever you’re able.
- You don’t need any prior experience or skills.
- You can get paid pretty quickly (the details vary depending on the site, but most allow you to get paid quickly).
A lot of the surveys that you’ll find will not pay very well, so be sure to consider how much you can make at an hourly rate before starting a survey. Most of the leading survey sites will show you how much you can earn for completing the survey, as well as an estimated amount of time that it will take.
Some survey sites tend to pay better than others. Here are a few that are worth checking out:
Getting to $100 by Taking Surveys
Making $100 with survey websites is not that difficult, and can be done relatively quickly. The best approach is to sign up for a few different survey sites (like the 4 listed above) so you have plenty of opportunities available.
The amount that you make from each survey can vary, but if you earn an average of $3 per brief survey you would need to complete 34 surveys to reach $100. You should be able to easily achieve this within one week.
3. Sell Stuff You Don’t Use
What’s better than decluttering your house or apartment? Getting paid to do it!
Almost all of us have a lot of stuff sitting around that we don’t use or don’t need. A lot of those things have value, even if it is only a few dollars. When you add it up, the results of selling the old stuff around your house can really add up.
With resources like Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace, you can easily sell just about anything. When my family moved two years ago I listed a bunch of stuff on Craigslist because I didn’t want to move it to our new house. It was really eye-opening for me to see just how easy it is to sell things on Craigslist. My wife has used the Facebook Marketplace a few times, and it’s equally effective.
There are also a number of websites and apps that make it really easy to sell your stuff. Decluttr is one of my personal favorites because you can get paid very quickly. You can sell your phones, tablets, CDs, DVDs, books, LEGO, and more. You’re actually selling your stuff to Decluttr, and then they resell it to their users.
Since Decluttr is buying your stuff, you don’t have to wait for someone to buy it. Decluttr will give you a price, and if you’re satisfied with the price they’ll give you a prepaid shipping label to send your stuff to them. Once they receive the items you will be paid.
Here are just a few ideas of things you could sell:
- Fashion accessories
- Phones, tablets, and other gadgets
- CDs and DVDs
- Baby items
Getting to $100 by Selling Stuff
This is probably one of the easiest ways to reach $100, since most of us have a lot of stuff sitting around the house or apartment. If you can sell 10 items on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and each of those items averages $10, you can reach the goal of $100.
You could try to sell something of value, like a piece of furniture or something collectible, to reach the $100 goal fast. Or you could clear out a bunch of CDs and DVDs and make money by selling a high volume of low-priced items.
If you have kids, selling their outgrown toys and clothes is an easy way to make some extra money.
Regardless of the approach you choose, you should be able to easily reach $100 within a week or less.
4. Rent Out Your Stuff
Maybe you have some things that you don’t use very often, but you need it occasionally and don’t want to sell it.
You still may be able to make some money by renting out your stuff. You may be surprised by the rental value of some of the things around your house.
Fat Lama is a website that makes it possible for you to rent just about anything. You can list things like photography gear, projectors, sporting goods, musical instruments, luggage, pool toys, and much more.
Getting to $100 by Renting Out Your Stuff
The amount of money that you make totally depends on the items that you rent, and how much demand exists for that product. To make $100 quickly you should first look at higher-valued items that you don’t mind renting. If you have quality photography gear, electronics, or other technology, those items tend to bring a good price (many cameras are going for $20 per day or more on Fat Lama).
Baby items like cribs can go for $20 per day or more on Baby Quip. Full travel packages with things like a crib, mattress, linens, stroller, and car seat can go for more than $50 per day.
If you have some of the types of items that rent for these larger amounts, you may be able to hit $100 within a couple of weeks or less.
5. Test Websites
Another great option for making some money quickly is to work as a website tester. Many companies are willing to pay for user feedback that allows them to improve the user experience on their websites.
At these sites, and others like them, you can create a profile and apply to become a tester. You don’t need any special skills or experience… they want typical people.
Most of the sites will ask you to record your screen (using their technology) and create a brief video of your experience and share your feedback on some specific aspects of the website. You may also need to provide some written feedback. Afterward, you’ll be paid for providing the feedback.
The details of each site are different, but for example, Userfeel pays $10 per test, and each test takes 10-20 minutes. User Testing pays up to $60 per test ($10 for every 20 minute video).
Typically, you don’t need anything except a computer, internet connection, and a microphone to become a tester. Most of these sites also have some form of rating system that allows you to get more work if you do a good job with the reviews and feedback.
Don’t expect to make loads of money as a website tester, but it can be a great way to make a little bit of extra money.
Getting to $100 by Testing Websites
Userfeel pays $10 per test, so you would need to do 10 tests in order to make $100. If each test takes 10-20 minutes, you shouldn’t need to spend more than 3.5 hours working to make $100. The bigger issue will be how much work is available.If you create profiles at several different sites and you take each opportunity that is available to you, you should be able to make $100 within a few weeks.
6. Donate Plasma
When you’re in need of some money quickly, donating plasma can be a good option. If you’ve donated blood to the American Red Cross, or another non-profit organization, in the past, there are a few things you should be aware of before donating plasma.
First, your plasma donation will be made to a for-profit business, which is why you can get paid for it. Also, the process is a good bit longer than donating blood. It usually takes about an hour and a half, and sometimes there can be an additional wait or processing time.
Another difference is that your blood will be pumped back into you after the donation. Basically, they draw your blood, remove the plasma from the blood, and then return the blood to your body.
The amount of money that you make will vary depending on a few factors, including your weight (which determines how much plasma they can take).
Typically you can make $20 – $50 per donation, but it can be up to $80. In some locations, you may get paid more if you are a repeat or regular donor. Sometimes there are first-time donor bonuses that allow you to make some extra money, so be sure to check for those.
The laws and regulations can vary by state, but in general you will need to be between 18-69 years old, and over 110 pounds to get paid for donating plasma. Many centers will allow you to donate twice in a 7-day span, with at least one day between donations.
Getting to $100 by Donating Plasma
You will typically make $20 – $50 per donation. If you make the median of $35 per donation, it will take 3 donations to hit the $100 mark. And if you can make 2 donations in a 7-day period, you can reach $100 in less than 2 weeks.
Sometimes you’ll find a first-time donor offer that will pay $70 or $80. Check with your local donation center to see if there are any offers for new donors. If so, you may be able to make $100 with only 2 donations, which means you could accomplish this goal in just a few days.
7. Become a Gigwalker
Gigwalk is a free app (for iOS or Android) that allows you to find money-making opportunities. Each gig will pay between $3 – $100 and will take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours of your time.
Each gig is different. Some may involve going to a retail store to check if a product is stocked. Others may involve taking photos or completing a survey. The tasks are generally pretty simple and easy to complete.
As a Gigwalker you will have a profile and a performance score. Do a good job with your gigs to improve your performance score and increase your chances of being selected for higher-paying gigs.
It’s worth noting that the opportunities available to you will depend on your location. If you’re in an urban area or a major city you’ll probably have more opportunities than a Gigwalker in a rural area.
Getting to $100 as a Gigwalker
Gigs pay anywhere from $3 – $100. If you were to do 10 gigs that paid an average of $10, you would reach $100. If you live in a major city there are probably enough available gigs to make that happen in just a couple of days. If you’re in a smaller city or a rural area that opportunities may not be as prevalent and it may take a few weeks to reach $100.
8. Serve as a Mock Juror
Here is a money-making opportunity that you may be completely new to you. Did you know that you can get paid for serving on a mock jury?
Attorneys will sometimes use mock juries or focus groups to get feedback.
When you sign up you will provide some personal information about yourself. If the demographics make you a good fit, you’ll have the opportunity to get paid to be on a mock jury.
The amount of money you can make will depend on how many opportunities become available. With Online Verdict you can only participate in cases in your county or Federal District, so it partially depends on where you live.
When a case is available you will be notified by email, along with the amount it will pay and the estimated amount of time it will take to complete. Online Verdict usually pays $20 – $60 per case, and the cases usually take about 20 – 60 minutes of time. JuryTest pays between $5 – $50 per case.
Getting to $100 as a Mock Juror
You’ll get paid $5 – $60 per case. Let’s take an average of $25, which means you would need to complete only 4 cases to reach $100. That would mean just a couple of hours of work to reach $100.
Like some of the other options mentioned earlier, where you live will be a factor in how fast you can make that money. In some areas you may be able to get new cases pretty frequently, but other areas will not present as many opportunities.
9. Be a Friend
RentAFriend.com is a website that allows you to make money for being a friend. You can create a profile and paying members of the site can contact you and essentially rent you as a friend. It’s not a dating site, and you have complete control over the friendship requests that you accept or reject.
The amount of money that you make will vary, but most users get paid anywhere from $10 – $50 per hour. The site claims to have some users that make $2,000 per week working as a friend full-time.
Creating a profile to be a friend is free, and you’ll keep 100% of the money that you charge. The website makes money by charging users a small fee to find friends, so everyone that contacts you through the site will be a paying member.
Getting to $100 by Being a Friend
The income numbers provided at RentAFriend.com are based on charging $20 per hour, so let’s use that as our target rate. At that rate, you would only need to work 5 hours to reach the goal of $100.
According to RentAFriend.com, some users make $300 – $500 using the site part-time. If that’s the case, you should be able to make $100 within a couple of weeks, if not sooner.
10. Use Your Expertise
6ya.com is a website that allows you to make money from your expertise in a wide variety of different areas. The categories range from astrology, to baby gear, to cameras, to diet and nutrition, to sewing, to Quickbooks, and just about anything else you can think of.
You’ll be able to make money by accepting short calls for assistance in your area of expertise. Most calls last less than 6 minutes, and you’re free to choose exactly when you want to be accessible. You set your schedule and then any calls will come to your smartphone through the 6ya app.
You can create a profile and complete a short phone interview to verify your expertise. After that, you’ll be ready to start making money, and you’ll get paid for each call that you accept.
This is a great way to make some money from your existing knowledge and experience. There are so many different categories that there is an opportunity for just about everyone.
Getting to $100 with 6ya
As a 6ya expert, you will be paid $3 per call for any call that lasts more than 1 minute (for calls under 1 minute you will not be paid). That means that you’ll need to take 34 calls in order to earn $100. How long it takes you to reach 34 calls will depend on your areas or expertise, how many hours you are available, and how many calls come in to 6ya.
Currently, 6ya is also offering a $100 signup bonus to any new experts who take at least 20 calls within their first 7 days. If you do take 20 calls, you would make $160 (including the bonus) in 7 days.
11. Get Refunds That Are Owed to You
An easy way to make a little bit of extra money is to get credit for refunds that stores and websites owe you, and Paribus makes this easy.
Paribus is a free app that will automatically get refunds for you. All you need to do is sign up and link Paribus to an email address that you use for your shopping.
When a receipt comes to that email address, Paribus will take care of the rest. If the receipt is from a store or website that offers a low price guarantee, Paribus will try to find a lower price somewhere else. If it does, it will submit the request for a refund on your behalf.
As a Paribus user, I’ve received refunds several times with no effort on my part. It’s usually been a few dollars here or there, but it’s totally effortless and setting up Paribus takes just a minute.
My favorite aspect of Paribus is that it also tracks shipping on orders from Amazon. If you’re a Prime member, you probably make a lot of orders with two-day shipping. Usually those orders will arrive on time, but sometimes they will be late. Paribus will automatically track the shipping, and if an order is late it will work to get you a free month of Prime or a gift card for the inconvenience.
Since it’s free and easy to set up, there really is no reason not to try Paribus. Almost everyone who tries it will see some sort of results.
Getting to $100 with Paribus
This is an opportunity that should be combined with other efforts. It’s going to take a while to reach $100 just by using Paribus, unless you make some large purchases. I’d reommend signing up for Paribus and still choosing at least one other method for making money. Look at the money you make with Paribus as extra.
12. Lower Your Monthly Bills
Trim is another app that can help you to save money, but Trim focuses on your recurring bills and subscriptions. You can sign up for free and Trim will automatcally evaluate your spending to see if there are any monthly or recurring subscriptions that you can cancel.
The more interesting part of Trim, in my opinion, is that it can also help you to get a better deal on your internet or cable TV subscription. Just sign up and let Trim do the work, and it may save you some money each month. They’re great at negotiating your bill with companies like Comcast and Time Warner.
If Trim negotiates a better price for you, they’ll keep a percentage of the savings (33%) and you’ll save the rest. If they don’t get a better price for you, you’ll pay nothing. So there’s nothing to lose by trying Trim.
Getting to $100 with Trim
If Trim is able to negotiate a lower price for you, it’s possible that you could save more than $100 (and many users do), but it will probably take several months before your savings reach that point. Like Paribus, I recommend signing up for Trim and viewing it as extra savings. If you need the $100, still look at some of the other options higher on this list.
13. Refer a Friend
Many businesses, websites, and apps will pay you to refer your friends and family. Some of these referral programs will pay you in cash, and others will give you credit towards a purchase of your own.
While you aren’t likely to make a lot of money with referral programs, it is an easy way to make or save a little extra.
We all have some products and services that we love, and you probably already tell your friends about these. Why not get some compensation for it?
One of the easiest ways to make money with refer-a-friend programs is to find a buddy. You can refer your friend to some programs, and they can refer you to others. This way you can each make and save some extra money. Some referral programs even offer an incentive to you and the person you are recommending them to.
To make it easy, I have put together a big list of more than 100 websites and apps that offer referral programs.
Getting to $100 with Referral ProgramsMany referral programs pay $10 or more, but in a lot of cases that is paid out in the form of a discount on a future purchase rather than cash. You can reach $100 pretty easily, but if you need cash you are better off looking at the options higher on this list.
Get Started Now
On this page you’ve seen several different ways that you can make an extra $100, so at this point you should choose one or two that are a good fit for you. I’d recommend signing up for Paribus and Trim to make/save some extra money, but at least one of the other options on this list should be a good fit for you. All of these methods can be implemented quickly, so get started and you’ll see some money quickly!