11 Legit Ideas To Make $1000 FAST
“I need money NOW and need to know how to make 1000 dollars FAST!”
If that’s you, my guess is you have no idea where to start.
And that’s totally fine.
The problem is when you search online for how to make money fast, you see all this crap about filling out surveys or downloading some magical apps that will make you easy cash and somehow give you free money.
If you know what I’m talking about, you know how frustrating that can be (better stay away from Reddit!).
But fear not! That’s not what I’m here to talk about today. I’m here to talk about REAL, legitimate ways you can make money quickly (and legally…).
And the best part is most of these can be done by just about anyone.
You can use these as a kid, as a 13 year old, as a teen, as a college student, as someone without a job, as someone with a job, or as a retired person.
So without further ado, let’s get to it!
By the way… as much as I love ALL the following ideas to make money, #7 and #8 are my personal favorites, for reasons I’ll explain in this post.
1. Take Out A Loan
While you have to be of a certain age for this one, it is the most obvious (and most powerful) one. If you want to know the absolute fastest way to make $1000, this is it. This is the best and possibly ONLY legit idea on how to make 1000 dollars in a day.
I know this one sounds obvious, but a lot of people forget it… If you find yourself in a temporary situation, a loan can be a great way to get you through a tough time.
Also, done right, it can be a great way to set you up for the future, especially if you combine it with one of the other ways in this post.
However… PLEASE NOTE that taking out a personal loan can have significant financial consequences for you and your family. Therefore, you should ONLY do it after consulting with your family and a qualified advisor. For more information on how and when you should take out a personal loan, you can click here and here.
2. Sell Stuff You Don’t Need (Or Want)
Listing unwanted items on sites like Amazon, Craigslist, and eBay can be a GREAT way to make some quick cash.
Everyone has things they don’t need or use that are taking up space in their homes and could be turned into a mini-goldmine if they chose to get rid of it.
That probably includes YOU.
Here are some quick pricing tips:
- Look at the price(s) everyone else is selling the same or similar items for. Once you have a range, aim for the lower third of that range (after all, the goal is to make the cash quick). For example: if you’re selling a book, and you notice that the range for this book on Amazon is $20-$35, you want to price your copy of the book around $20-25.
- When pricing your item, take into account that some of these platforms will take a percentage of what you make.
- Also, include any shipping costs into the price so you don’t have to pay for those out of your own pocket.
I made almost $500 in a month with this method selling old books. The way I did it was by going on Amazon and pricing my books cheaper than almost everyone else.
The books sold pretty fast and I was able to make quick money easily.
If you have enough stuff, or if you have enough high-value stuff, you could potentially make $1000 in a single month with this method.
3. Get A Side Job As A Bartender Or Server
This one’s tricky.
Because some bartenders make A LOT of money.
And some bartenders make mediocre money.
It depends on: (1) the location, and (2) the bar or restaurant itself.
Depending on how much you work, and where you work, you can make $1000 in a month or you can make $1000 in a week.
Overall, according to Investopedia, waiters report an average salary range of $8.27 to $19.33 per hour and bartenders make $8.32 to $19.34 per hour on average.
This does NOT include tips, however. According to The Atlantic, the median tip across all states for waiters and bartenders is about $10/hour.
So, with a conservative salary estimate of $10/hour, and a median tip income of $10/hour, you would need to work about 15 hours a week to make $1000 a month:
(15 hours) * (4 weeks) * ($10 + $10) = $1,200
That’s not a bad side hustle for a conservative amount of work.
4. Drive Uber or Lyft
One of the most popular and quick ways to make money in today’s economy is through ridesharing apps like Uber or Lyft.
Because it’s flexible.
And it pays well.
You get to set your own schedule and you get paid quickly.
Although there’s conflicting evidence, most studies show that Uber and Lyft drivers can earn up to $11.77 / hour AFTER paying all expenses (i.e. gas) AND AFTER the ridesharing app takes its percentage.
You can actually make way more depending on how often you drive during high-income hours (high-income hours are simply those hours where there’s a lot of demand for Uber drivers, so Uber rides cost more during those times). This is especially true if you live in high-traffic, high-dollar areas like New York City.
If you drive 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, you can make over $1,000 in a month:
(5 hours) x (5 days) x (4 weeks) x ($11.77) = $1,177.00
Now, you may not be able to do this if you’re already working a full-time job.
BUT if you’re in high school or college or otherwise have the time, you can make an extra $1000 a month as a teen, an adult, or someone of older age by using these ridesharing apps.
5. Become A Delivery Driver
This one’s similar to #4 above, but it involves food and/or packages.
It has the same perks, including flexible hours and getting paid quickly.
Some options include:
- DoorDash (food)
- GrubHub (food)
- PostMates (food)
- UberEats (food)
- Amazon Flex (packages)
Amazon claims that Flex drivers can make anywhere from $18-$25/hour.
As far as the food delivery service goes, this income is hard to know because it involves tips…
Still, the average rate for a PostMates driver, before tips (and expenses), is almost $20/hour.
That means that if you drive 20 hours a week, you would make, on average, over $1000 a month:
(15 hours) * (4 weeks) * ($20) = $1,200
Now THAT’S a side hustle if I’ve ever seen one.
And a pretty tasty idea on how to make 1000 dollars fast.
Again, like #4 above, these rates vary depending on your location.
But you could use this method to make an extra $1000 a month even if you have a full time job!
And like #4 above, you can also make an extra $1000 a month as a teen, a college student, or someone of old age in your spare time.
Most people use these apps to spend money.
Why not use them to MAKE money…?
6. Become A Dog Walker
This one’s awesome for 6 reasons:
- You make easy money
- Fun-loving / cuddly fur animals!
- You get cash fast
- Fun-loving / cuddly fur animals!!
- You make $1000 in a month
- Fun-loving / cuddly fur animals!!!
Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.
You can sign up on websites like Rover and Wag and start walking dogs today.
Walkers that treat Rover like part-time jobs, walking two or three dogs for two weeks out of the month, make $1000 a month.
Meanwhile, those that treat Rover like full time jobs, walking two to three dogs for all four weeks of the month, make an average of $3,300 a month!
Out of all the ways to make money fast on this list, this might be the best one depending on how you look at it.
I can’t think of a more heart-warming idea on how to make 1000 dollars fast.
It’s unique, it’s fun, it’s rejuvenating, and it puts money in your pocket.
What more can you ask for?
7. Cut Your Spending
If you want to make some quick cash, you have to realize there’s two sides to this equation:
Subtract #2 from #1, and you get the total money in your pocket.
Here’s the two biggest ways, in my opinion, that almost anyone can cut their spending:
1. Make Your Own Damn Coffee: Why do people insist on getting their coffee form Starbucks? A coffee at Starbucks can run you up to $5.00.
This means that if you made a TOTAL switch, you would save about $150:
($5.00 – $0.19) * 30 = $144.30
And that’s ONLY if you buy/drink the coffee once a day. People who buy two or more drinks can save about $300 a month:
($10.00 – $0.38) * 30 = $288.60
2. Make Your Own Damn Food: Listen, I have a confession to make… I LOVE Chipotle. I used to eat it every day.
But I don’t anymore.
Because the average meal there costs about $8.00. This means if I gave up having Chipotle for lunch every day, I would be saving (“making”) almost $250 a month:
$8.00 * 30 = $240.00
But… what if I ALSO gave up eating Chic-Fil-A for dinner every night…? That’s an extra $250 a month:
$16.00 * 30 = $480.00
That’s a total of almost $500 compared to the $200 I now spend on groceries to replace those meals.
By eliminating “eating out” almost completely, I save about $300 a month.
With those two tips alone, you could have an extra $600 month or more in your pocket.
If you find other areas where you can cut costs, you can get an extra $1000+ a month in your pocket.
Who cares if you’re “saving” it or “making” it?
It’s ending up in your pocket either way.
It’s amazing what can happen when you sit down, look at your expenses, and approach your financial life from an intelligent perspective.
That’s why it’s my second favorite idea on how to make 1000 dollars fast (#8 is my favorite 🙂 )
Getting your spending right can not only save you an extra 500 dollars or an extra 1000 dollars a month, but it will also be one of the most important things you learn to do for your long-term financial health.
But that’s another topic for another day…
On we go.
8. Sell An Online Product
This one and #9 are legitimate work from home jobs with no startup fee (or very little startup fees).
These are easy part-time jobs (if you consider them “jobs” at all) that can help you make money on the internet.
But I think #8 is a much better idea on how to make 1000 dollars fast.
Because it’s more scalable.
And it’s more sustainable in the long-term.
Think about it: if you sell an online product, the customer doesn’t depend on you to enjoy his product once it’s been delivered. But if you sell an online service, the customer depends on you to provide the service every time he wants it.
If you want to scale a service-based business, you need to hire people.
If you want to scale a product-based business, you don’t.
THAT’S why I prefer product-based online businesses.
In fact, this thinking is what’s led to the increase of “lifestyle businesses” all around the world, which are location-independent businesses that can make up to 7-figures a year with very little overhead and no employees other than a virtual assistant.
This is the DREAM a lot of people are selling online nowadays.
THIS is how you make 1000 dollars fast in a way that sets you up for the future, so you never have to make 1000 dollars “fast” ever again.
And although it takes more work than some people claim…
It’s a dream that’s well within your reach.
I would give you more information on how you can build your own lifestyle business, but I can’t possibly fit it all into ~300 words.
And this blog post is already long enough…
So if you want to learn more about how you can start building your own lifestyle business, just enter your email below to download a copy of my fan-favorite handbook, the Online Business Blueprint:
Like I said, I can’t condense all the information in that book into 1/11 of a blog post.
But because I don’t want to leave you with nothing, here’s a pic from the handbook that summarizes pretty well what the Online Business Blueprint is all about:
I don’t think I can condense it any more than that. And I can’t talk any more about it without going on and on about it.
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Like I said, there’s people making $1000 a day (or MORE) with this method.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make a lot of money online, and how some of those “gurus” out there are doing it, most of them are using the Online Business Blueprint.
And while it may take a little bit of work on the front end, the results are well worth it in the back end.
Onward and forward to #9.
9. Sell An Online Service
This one is similar to #8, but instead of providing a product, you’re providing a service.
The Online Business Blueprint works just as well for this one too.
By the way, when I say “online service” I don’t mean the service itself has to be related to the Internet.
I just mean the SALE of the service should be done through the Internet.
This is where high-income skills come into play.
High-income skills allow you to charge a premium price for a premium service
Do you know how to do something better than most? Social media? Paid advertising? Content Creation? Copywriting? Videography?
Now, you may be asking:
“But what if I have no skills?”
I have two answers to that question:
- Acquire high-income skills, because you’re going to need them (you won’t go very far without them).
- For now, check out my post on The Top 5 High Income Skills to Make 6 Figures.
Freelancing is a gig where businesses ask for services they need and YOU, the badass in demand, provide it to them for a stated fee.
It can be an easy way to make money online, but I encourage you to move from a freelancing model to an Online Business Blueprint model as fast as you can.
The Online Business Blueprint model is more scalable, more predictable, and more sustainable.
10. Become A Virtual Assistant
You know those people I told you about in #8?
When they’re growing their business, they usually have to hire virtual assistants.
It’s a great place to learn up close and personal how lifestyle businesses work, AND you can get paid pretty well for it.
There are multiple virtual assistant jobs that can earn you anywhere from $15 to $60 an hour (depending on your skill level).
You can search for these jobs on Google, job boards, or simply asking your existing network if they’re in need of some virtual assistance.
You can start at about $15/hour, and then move up the pay scale once you start acquiring skills.
With a super conservative estimate of $15/hour, you can start making $1000 TODAY working just 20 hours a week:
(20 hours) * (4 weeks) * ($15) = $1,200
And these hours are all worked from home!
That’s a pretty good way earn extra money from home.
Especially if you’re in the higher pay range of $50+… Once you become a highly-paid virtual assistant, you can easily make $1000 in a week.
You can even start making a full six figure salary from home.
But like I’ve said before, that requires SKILLS.
Which you can start acquiring by becoming a virtual assistant to someone who’s already successful and can show you the ropes / teach you the skills.
It’s a GREAT gig for someone who’s looking to make some extra side money online while learning skills that can help him make even more money in just a couple of months.
All in all, it’s a very smart way to make 1000 dollars fast.
11. Find A Temporary Job
Yes, I know I said no job required, but this one is just too simple and obvious not to put in…
You can go on job sites like Indeed, Monster, or ZipRecruiter to find a temporary job.
Or you can use a temp agency.
If you get the joke, you get the joke.
If you don’t, I recommend you watch The Office. 🙂
It’s a fantastic show.
Just don’t let your sitcom-watching get in the way of you making extra money with your side hustle!
So there you have it!
My 11 favorite ideas on how to make 1000 dollars fast.
There are plenty of ways to do it.
It just depends on what you mean by fast.
If you mean a month, then every way on this list will work just fine to get some extra cash.
If you mean today, then your only real option is #1.
Or a surprise inheritance.
But then again, inheritances take time and paperwork so, if you wanna make money now, as in TODAY, your only option is really still the loan.
Like I said before, I think the way to make quick money online, in the comfort of your own home, is to sell a product using the Online Business Blueprint model.
Feel free to download it, and if you do, feel free to let me know how you like it.
Also, let me know if you found this post on ways to earn money fast helpful.
Some of these are simple ways to make money, and others are not-so-simple ways to make money.
But they all work.
Can’t wait to hear from you.
Stay hustlin’, hustler.
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