If you find yourself in a situation where you need to make money quickly, you may not be sure what to do. Fortunately, there are many different side hustle ideas that don’t rely on a job.
In this article we’ll look at 13 different options that you can consider. We’ll also look at what it would take to reach $1,000 from each of these methods. To keep things simple, I’m not factoring in taxes to this equation, since different people will pay different tax rates.
The methods covered in this article were chosen because they’re good options for helping you to make $1,000 fast. In reality, the best approach may be to combine a few of these different methods.
If you’re looking for more ideas, we also have articles on How to Make $100 Fast and How to Make $500 Fast. The options covered in each article were chosen based on their potential to reach the target amount of income.
13 Different Ways to Make $1,000 Quickly
Here are some realistic ways to earn money fast when you need it.
1. Flip Large Items
In my article How to Make $500 Fast, I mentioned flipping furniture as a great way to make money. But furniture isn’t the only thing you can flip for a nice profit. There are plenty of items that you can buy at yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, or on sites like Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace and sell for a profit (see my list of the easiest things to flip for profit).
In some cases you may be able to sell the item in the condition you bought it, and in other cases you may need to touch up some paint, clean it up, or do minor repairs.
Many of the items that you can flip will bring in smaller amounts of money. If you want to make bigger amounts, focus on larger or more valuable items.
In addition to furniture, things like appliances, motorized items (dirt bikes, ATVs, golf carts, jet skis), bicycles, and commercial equipment all present great opportunities.
Flipping larger items can be a little more work than smaller items, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you are willing to jump through a few hoops when everyone else is looking for the easiest option, you’ll find opportunities to make more money.
For example, selling used appliances can be a great option when you’re looking for items to flip for a nice profit. But because of their size and (sometimes) weight, you may need a truck in order to pick them up. The people who buy them from you may also want you to deliver it to them. While this may be extra work, you’ll have less competition and it can mean more money for you.
Getting to $1,000 by Flipping Large Items
The amount of money that you can make as a flipper will totally depend on the specifics of your situation. If you know the value of an item, you may be able to make $1,000 just by flipping a few items in one week. Of course, that’s not always the case, but it is possible if you are focusing on the right items.
If you’re interested in learning how to make money as a flipper you should definitely check out this free workshop on how to start a profitable reselling business. The couple that created this course makes a nice six-figure income working only 20-30 hours per week. With the right knowledge and approach, you can start making money very quickly as a flipper.
2. Find a Temporary Job
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of making extra money, but a temp job can be an excellent option. Temp agencies are everywhere, and it’s typically pretty easy to find temporary or seasonal work through these companies.
All you need to do is call a local temp agency in your area and see what opportunities are available. You can usually start working in just a few days or less.
Another option is to use a job board like Indeed or Simply Hired. Enter the word “temporary” as the search term and choose your city. You may be surprised at how many temp jobs are listed. I live in a small city and right now there are tons of listings on both Indeed and Simply Hired.
The temporary jobs that you find may be seasonal, so at certain times of the year you may find more opportunities. You can find all different types of temp jobs, so there are a lot of possibilities.
Some will offer full-time hours for a limited period of time, and others will be part-time hours. Some temp jobs also have the potential to lead to a full-time job offer, which may or may not be of interest to you.
Getting to $1,000 with a Temp Job
The pay that you’ll get for a temp job will totally depend on the type of work and the situation. Seasonal work will sometimes pay pretty well because there is a greater demand for workers. Because the pay can vary so much, it’s impossible to say how long it will take to reach $1,000.
3. Offer Services as a Freelancer
Working as a freelancer is a great way to make money from home. I’ve personally made money as a freelance writer and web designer, and there are countless other skills that you could use (like voice overs, graphic design, photography, and much more).
Most freelancers are paid by the project, although some charge an hourly rate. Even those that charge per project usually have a targeted hourly rate that they want to earn, and those rates can be very good. As a freelancer, you can start making money as soon as you land a client.
To get started as a freelancer you can talk to family, friends, and others in your personal network about the services that you offer. Contact business owners or people that you think may be in need of your services. Usually you can find a client or two simply through your own personal network.
Another good way to get started is to post your services to Craigslist. It’s free, only takes a couple of minutes, and with the huge audience on Craigslist, you’ll probably get some potential clients that contact you.
Freelance job sites are another place to look for your first clients. Some of these job boards are specific to the type of work you’re doing, like the ProBlogger Job Board that includes many opportunities for freelance writers.
Sites like Upwork also provide a lot of opportunities for freelancers, but these sites would not be my first recommendation. There is a ton of competition for the work on these sites and the pay for many of the jobs is not very good. Still, some freelancers do really well with Upwork and other similar sites.
If you’re looking for a side hustle that you’ll continue to do after you reach the $1,000 that you need, freelancing is a great option. But if you’re just looking to make $1,000 and then you have no interest in continuing, I would recommend a different way to make that money.
Getting to $1,000 as a Freelancer
Estimating how long it will take to make $1,000 as a freelancer is impossible. It will depend on the service that you’re offering, and how quickly you can find clients. With a service like web design, you might be able to find one client and earn the $1,000 very quickly. With other services, you may need more clients and more time to find those clients.
The rates of freelance writers vary a lot, but charging $100 for a 1,000-word article would be a very reasonable rate. At that rate you would need to write 10 articles to reach the $1,000 goal.
If you want to learn how to make money as a freelance writer, I recommend the course Freelance Writing 101: Build a Successful Writing Career by Brad Merrill. You can get free access for two months and you’ll learn everything you need to know in this course.
4. Work as a Handyman
Working as a handyman can be a great way to make some extra money. As a handyman you may find yourself doing things like fixing a leaky toilet, changing a light fixture, doing small repairs, interior or exterior painting, and all kinds of other odd jobs.
There is plenty of work available, and you can make a decent hourly rate for your time. You don’t need to be a construction professional to work as a handyman, but you do need some basic skills.
Another great reason to love this opportunity is that you can pick up odd jobs whenever you need some money, or you can put in more consistent effort to make it a more serious side hustle, or even a full-time business.
If you decide that you want to make money as a handyman, there are a few ways you can go about getting started. Of course, you can probably find a few jobs by simply talking to friends and family, since many people will have things around their home or office that need to be done.
There are also sites like Handy.com, Jiffy, and Takl that will help to match you up with jobs. You can sign up at any of these sites to be a provider and start making money very quickly. At Handy.com you can make up to $45 per hour as a handyman.
Getting to $1,000 as a Handyman
If you were to make $35 per hour, which is a realistic rate for a handyman, you could make just over $1,000 in 29 hours of work. It’s possible you could find that much work in a couple of weeks just by checking with your friends, family, and neighbors. For more details, see How to Start a Handyman Business.
5. Offer Lawn Care Services
There are a lot of services you could offer related to lawn care, including mowing, trimming plants and trees, blowing leaves, spreading mulch, and other landscaping. You could even offer snow removal in the winter.
These types of services are always in demand, and you can make a decent hourly wage by doing them. Many of your clients will also give you repeat business, because there is always more yard work to do.