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Ranking the 28 best ways to make money fast in 2017

You came here because you wanna make money fast.

Stack that paper like Dunder-Mifflin, I’m not mad at you.

Forget tacky sales pitches and fluffed up generic lists that don’t give you any actionable tips. I’ve done some digging for you and come up with legit, specific ways to make money fast. I’ve left out the penny per hour surveys — my guess is you’re looking for a paycheck that’s at least in the double digits.

Most of these ideas are digital, because those can be automated and scaled with greater ease.

For similar ideas, check my posts on online business ideas, work from home jobs, ways to make money online, and hobbies that make money.

Let’s kick it off:

28. Donate plasma

This one’s for you really desperate folk who don’t want to take a couple hours out of your day to start something yourself.

Donating plasma is the exact opposite of scalable and digital, so I don’t really recommend it. Plus sitting around at a plasma center waiting room sounds like the DMV on crack. But if you need to make roughly $70, get over your fear of needles and head over to your local plasma center.

27. Rent your clothes

Welcome to the sharing economy — a sector that’s estimated to grow from $14 billion in 2014 to $335 billion in 2025. You can rent out just about anything nowadays, including nice clothes. (1)

List them on websites like StyleLend, Date My Wardrobe, and Rent Not Buy to bring in some quick cash. (2) (3) (4)

26. Start a daycare

Most American households spend 10% of their income on childcare, and 20% of households spend over 25% of their income on it. The average weekly cost for a nanny is $556. (5)

There’s a lot of money to be made here if you know how to scale. Start small by offering childcare services on websites like SitterCity and Care.com. Once you’ve got some references down, scale that to an in-home daycare so you can care for multiple children at once. Finally, start recruiting other experienced sitters and nannies to work for you. (6) (7)

25. Sign up to be a movie extra

Depending on where you live, being a movie extra for a day or two is a fun way to make around $100/day and get the chance to see yourself on the big screen. You don’t have to live in LA or NYC either…according to Forbes, Louisiana actually beats California’s film industry now, and Georgia and Canada aren’t far behind. [8]

24. Offer luggage storage

If you live near a major airport and have a spare closet, or even some extra living room space, start offering to store people’s luggage while they wait for their flight. A buddy of mine lives down the street from JFK in NYC and made a killing doing this. He listed his closet on Airbnb and specified that he was selling luggage storage space rather than a place to stay – charges $10/hour per bag and makes 3 figures a day just answering his doorbell. [9]

23. Sell your used stuff

There are tons of places to go if you want to sell used clothes. Most cities have a Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange, and consignment stores will take anything from clothes to books to furniture. If you’d rather not leave your house, letgo is an app that lets you list used stuff and sell it from your cell phone. [10]

22. Offer moving services

Do you even lift bro? If you’ve got a truck or a van and some heavy lifting skills, offer to help people move their furniture for a quick buck. Advertise on Craigslist, but if you really want to get sneaky, paint an ad on your truck’s windows and park it near a U-Haul center. Traffic: redirected.

Turn your income passive by growing your client base and eventually franchising throughout the country.

21. Start a petsitting business

You can actually make pretty good money watching people’s pets while they’re out of town or offering dog walking services. Websites like Rover.com let you set up a profile and connect with pet owners. This business idea is somewhat scalable, too. Offer to board them in your own home, and you can host multiple dogs from multiple owners. Pet sit in their house, and Airbnb put yours on Airbnb while you’re gone.

Get 10+ clients who need their dogs walked around lunch time and walk them all at once…you could score a couple hundo in under an hour. [11]

For real scalability, build up a network of reliable dog sitters (students are great for this) and pay them, but take a commission. This will let you grow your client base to infinity.

20. Help students with their homework online

If you’re one of those secret nerds who always wins at pub trivia and got all As in high school, you could make some easy money offering homework help online. Websites like eNotes, Tutors, and WyzAnt will pay you to offer to tutor or write out answers to study guide questions. If you’re good, you can bring in $15/$20 per hour. [12] [13] [14]

19. Flip stuff on eBay

Flipping stuff involves buying things (or finding free stuff) and reselling them for more than what you paid. The trick to this business is having an eye for finding hidden gems and stuff that sellers don’t know the value of. Pair that with copywriting skills that optimize eBay listings, and you can actually make a living off this one.

Look for stuff to sell in the free section of Craigslist, at garage sales, thrift shops, flea markets, etc.

18. Start a tech support company

Tech support is one of those fields that will always exist. IT jobs are expected to grow 22% through 2020, which is INSANE growth. [15]

If you’re one of those people who can keep up with technology, milk it. There will always be a knowledge gap here that lets you charge good money. If the Geek Squad at Best Buy can get away with charging money to click a few buttons for you (it costs $40 to have them set up your email or install iTunes), you can do it.

17. Perform transcription tasks

This is a good one for people who need money fast and don’t have a specific skill to leverage. Companies like Transcribe Anywhere, Rev, and TranscribeMe will pay you to transcribe audio files to text. [16] [17] [18]

16. Sell crafts on Etsy

There are currently 1.8 million sellers on Etsy and 30.6 million active buyers. That’s a great supply to demand ratio…now to pick a product with a low cost and high return. [19]

If you can design cute greeting cards, bead a necklace, weave flower crowns, or knit a scarf, you can sell stuff on Etsy. If you can’t do any of those things, just put a bird on it. It doesn’t have to require immense talent to sell.

15. Sell services on a freelancer website

Based on data from popular freelancer website PeoplePerHour, self-employment is expected to grow 3.2% every year for the next five years. By 2020, half of the population will be self-employed. HALF. [20]

This is the future. If you’ve got an in-demand skill, you can make big money freelancing. But on websites like PeoplePerHour, Fiverr, and Upwork, you don’t necessarily have to be super skilled. You can sell just about anything you can do virtually, from online research to travel booking to dating advice. [21] [22] [23]

14. Sell stock photos

Got an SLR camera and know all about what F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO mean? You can sell your generic landscapes and portraits on stock image websites like iStockPhoto and Shutterstock. [24] [25]

13. Flip domains

If you want to flip stuff without leaving your home, or without the startup capital required for flipping houses, try flipping web addresses. Domains are basically internet real estate. Buy one up that you think will increase in value, sit on it, and sell it on a website like Flippa. [26]

12. Drive Uber or Lyft

Lyft drivers make an average of $377/month taxi-ing people around larger cities, and Uber drivers make $364/month.

It’s okay money for a side gig and something you can start pretty quickly if you have a car. Remember, these figures include people who only drive a couple hours a week. The more you drive, especially during peak hours, the more you’ll make. [27]

11. Rent out your spare room

The average Airbnb host rakes in a whopping $924 a month by renting out their space. It’s by far the most lucrative venture when compared to all other gigs in the sharing economy. More than Uber, Lyft, and PostMates drivers make on average…combined. [28]

Plus, this is a business that’s scalable AND automated. Rent out your whole apartment/house for even more money and stay with a friend. When you make enough money, buy another apartment and rent it out full-time – ROI on full-time rentals is usually 150% or more. Some Airbnb hosts have built vacation rental empires this way and quit their jobs entirely. There are even services out there like Guesty that handle your bookings for you. Plus, this can be done 100% remotely. [29]

10. Credit card churning

All my 700+ club members (I’m talking credit scores) – this one’s for you. Credit card churning involves applying for lots of credit cards for the rewards, canceling them once you’ve gotten the rewards, and repeating. Advanced churners will go through 2-3 credit cards every 3 months, and some have used churning to go on free luxury vacations around the world, sitting in first class and staying in 5-star all-inclusive resorts.

If it’s cash you’re after, though, there are some ways to score that by focusing on cash back cards rather than travel rewards cards. The good credit cards often offer promotions where you get $200, $300, or even $500 cash back just for signing up. Then you can manufacture spending (you’ll have to read up on that one) on your credit card to milk it for even more cash back.

It involves some initial research (check the subreddit for credit card churning), but hey, it’s free money. [30]

9. Invest in cryptocurrency

Floyd Mayweather is doing it, so you should too.

In all seriousness, Bitcoin is up 10x in just a year, going from $450 in 2016 to an all-time high of $4,700 now. Even Ethereum is booming…it was at about the $12 mark just 6 months ago, and now it’s up to $385. [31]

Now’s the time.

8. Become an Instagram influencer

You know that girl on Instagram who’s always flaunting a new Chanel bag and flitting off to a different luxury island once a month? And you just wonder how the hell she makes a living?

Well, of those 200,000 followers. Yes, a lot of the content you see on Instagram is actually sponsored, and yes, you can make really, really good money.

The average sponsored post costs $300. That’s 3 hundos just to snap a photo and post it…and people with followers in the six-figure range, that number shoots up to the thousands. [32] Grab your iPhone 7, download the latest and greatest photo filter app, and get started.

7. Launch a crypto ICO

Remember how I mentioned investing in cryptocurrency can have huge returns?

Imagine starting your own.

Crypto ICOs are basically a way to hack funding your new cryptocurrency, and they’re blowing up. Initial Coin Offerings are basically fundraising/investment tools that allow you to raise money by selling “tokens” or cryptocoins rather than actual equity in your venture. Eretherum, one of the biggest cryptocurrencies now, started out with an ICO that raised $18 million in 2014. [33]

6. Be a virtual assistant

According to data gathered by Upwork, one of the biggest freelancer platforms, Virtual Assistants are the fastest growing niche in online and freelance work. [34]

The best part is that just about anyone with a computer and an internet connection can be a Virtual Assistant. There’s plenty of room for low-skill tasks like data entry, making phone calls, and scheduling appointments. At the same time, there are people who need Virtual Assistants who are masters at Photoshop, great at writing press releases, or excellent social media managers, and those VAs make a lot more.

5. Self-publish eBooks on Amazon

Thanks to self-publishing platforms like Kindle (Amazon), Kobo, and Nook, anyone who knows how to write can publish their own book. If you know how to write well, even better. If not, outsource.

You have to do your own marketing, but the royalties that these platforms take are insanely low. Take Amazon for example: on a higher priced book, you make 30% commission off every sale. Not bad. If your book is priced at $2.98 or lower, though, you get 65% commission off every sale.

So hire a ghostwriter and an editor to churn out low-level but intriguing books (think trashy romance novels or “how to” guides) quick and rake in the cash. [35] [36] [37]

4. Sell stuff on Amazon

Amazon makes up a whopping 43% of all internet sales. Just think about how vast the internet is and let that sink in for a minute. [38]

There’s a lot of money to be made if you know how to look for it. No, I don’t mean that used textbook from your freshman year of college.

I’m talking about Fulfillment by Amazon. Basically, you source the inventory, have it sent to Amazon, and they cover the rest: storage, shipment, everything. All you have to do is pick the products, make the listings, and take the orders. Plenty of people have completely replaced their income doing this.

3. Start a blog

Can’t leave this one off the list…blogging has worked out pretty well for me, lol. If you need some quick tips, check out my article on how to start a blog.

From selling ad space to influencer marketing to affiliate marketing to product sales, there are countless ways to monetize a blog if you’re creative and smart.

Actually, some of the biggest sites on the internet (and likely some of your favorite sites) started out as blogs: Huffington Post, Techcrunch, Perez Hilton, Life Hacker…to name a few. The top blogs bring in 6-figure incomes per MONTH (HuffPo does 7). Within the top earners, advertising banners and pay per click are the biggest revenue streams, with affiliate marketing not far behind. [39]

2. Facebook ads specialist

If you know how to run a mean Facebook ad campaign, there are over 3 million businesses out there that want to work with you. [40]

This is also completely remote and easy to scale. Once you’ve locked down your skills, start selling consulting/training services to a bigger client base and move up from there.

1. Local lead generation

I bring this one up a lot, but I truly believe in it. It tops the list because you can start immediately, scale infinitely, and it’s totally accessible. Anyone can do it.

Going local is huge because it hones in on areas without much competition, and it can be replicated in millions of towns and thousands of industries across the United States.

It also brings in good money. Leads…especially HOT leads, which is what you’ll be generating…are like gold to any successful business. They’ll pay good money if you can mine them.

The model is simple to learn, and our coaching program teaches you every step while connecting you with people who are already raking in 6-figures doing it.

Part 2: Money making trends

When you’re trying to make money fast, you’ve gotta be able to track where the money is now and where it’s headed. You used to be able to make a quick buck by mowing your neighbor’s lawn or picking up a spare shift at the local bar, but it doesn’t really work that way anymore.

A lot of things have been shaking up the way we make money and disrupting the economy in the past decade or two. The good news is, if you know how to spot new trends and adapt, it’s actually easier than ever for just about anyone to make a quick buck.

To break it down for you, we’re basically seeing 4 new economies taking over and ruling the way we make money.

1) Digital economy: from ordering food to personal training, everything that can be made virtual will…most of it has already. While department stores were down 6.4% last year, online retailers were up 11.9%. [41]

Pro tip: whatever you do, do it online. You can make money faster, and the sky’s the limit.

2) Sharing economy: peer-to-peer networks, sharing access to goods and services, renting out everything from your apartment to your boat to your clothes. The sharing economy is taking over, and it’s expected to increase by over 2000% in 10 years. [42]

Pro tip: Airbnb is the world’s largest accommodation provider…and they own no real estate. Uber? The biggest taxi company, but they own no cars. When you build a business like this, you don’t have to invest in physical assets, because they’re all being traded by your users. Brilliant.

3) Gig economy: Like I mentioned above, self-employment is the future. Data from freelancer websites shows that half the population will be self-employed by 2020.

Pro tip: Why have a boss when you can work for your OWN dream? Whatever your money-making scheme, do it for you, not someone else. No amount of money is worth giving up your freedom.

4) Global economy: globalization has already happened, and there’s no turning back…welcome to the 21st century. At the same time, we’ve all seen the “think global, act local” bumper stickers. Ironically, the global economy has spurred a HUGE trend in buying local, from farmer’s markets to local boutiques to all the hating on chain restaurants.

Pro tip: Go local…providing local services is the most predictable way to succeed in business. However, thanks to globalization, local doesn’t necessarily mean *where you live*. You can live in Austin, Texas but provide a service in middle of nowhere, Alabama if you want. Basically, do something in one locale, and if it works, you can replicate it endlessly across America…assuming your idea is digital.

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that local lead generation falls in line with all four of these. It’s not a coincidence…I just picked up on a virtual gold mine. Don’t believe me? Drop me a line and I’ll hear you out.

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