Do you want to learn how to make 1000 dollars fast in a week in 2021? I am here to show you 26 different ways you can earn money fast, starting today!
First and foremost, I have to warn you that in order to make $1,000 fast in a week, you have to PUT IN THE WORK. There is no way around it. Easy approaches like doing online survey sites on Swagbucks, MyPoints or Opinion Outpost, or getting cash back on sites like Fetch Rewards or Drop, will not help you earn an amount as significant as 1000 dollars. So I am not going to have any of that in this post. I am also not going to tell you to buy a lottery ticket, because most likely, you will end up digging another $5-hole that you will have to fill.
However, I can promise you that if you dedicate your time to one or a combination of the following methods I am going to recommend to you, you can and will succeed in achieving your goal. After all, we need to take advantage of all the gig economy jobs out there. With hard work and dedication, I am confident that you can get rich from nothing.
How to make $1000 fast: Look within yourself
1. Cut your expenses
This one deserves the number one spot on this list. Making 1000 extra dollars in a week not only relies on your willingness to work, it also relies on somebody else’s willingness to pay for your service or product. Cutting expenses, on the other hand, only involves you and your ability to live frugally and curb your desires. It may therefore be the easiest to accomplish in such a short period of time as one week.
Are there any discretionary expenses that you can cut from your budget? Some categories where you can find the most savings include:
- Vacation: You have time. Postpone it till a few months later.
- Food: Cook yourself for a week and use as many items you already have in your pantry as possible. Do a challenge for yourself; how little can you spend on food in a week (without completely destroying your health, obviously)?
- Housing: Are you living in too big of a space? Can you be happy with just a little less? Changing apartments may be difficult to accomplish within a week, but if you need to find extra $1,000 in a week fast, you really have to think hard about your current living situation.
- Transportation: Can you take public transit, or walk, for just a week? Your body may thank you for the extra exercises.
2. Sell stuff online
You may feel a bit sad selling your stuff online. However, if you need to make $1,000 fast, or if you have too much stuff at home that is cluttering up your space, this can be a great and lucrative way to generate some serious cash.
Over the years, I have successfully sold many of my used stuff on sites like Kijiji, Craigslist, ebay or Amazon. There are lots of people who are actively looking for stuff to buy on these sites. Often times, I can seal a deal within 24 hours. Here is a list of items that I have sold:
- An old desktop
- A bookshelf
- A used desk
- A boxing punching bag
- My violin
- etc. etc
If you want to sell fashion products, Poshmark also may be a good choice for you. Keep in mind though, that you are there to earn extra money, not to buy more clothing and accessories!
If you do want to try this route, I recommend that you sell in public to protect yourself. In case something happens, you can ask for help more easily.
Of course, you can also host a garage sale!
3. Sell your stuff through a consignment store
If you have designer bags, clothings and accessories that are in reasonably good condition, you may consider selling them at your local consignment stores. Although the store owners may take a fairly sizeable cut at around 30 to 40%, they can help you sell your products at a much higher price and faster than what you may be able to do yourself. They even have professional photographers taking pictures of your products from different angles and selling them online through their storefront for you! This is a surefire way to find 1000 dollars in a week.
4. Rent out your space or your car
This one is in the same vein as the suggestions above, in that you are generating some money using what you already have. Once you have it going, it is an easy way to make some passive income.
Consider getting a roommate for a few months.
You can rent out your entire unit on Airbnb.
Perhaps consider sharing your car on Turo.
5. Cash in your points from your loyalty programs
Are your hoarding your loyalty card points for a dream product or vacation? If you are in need of cash, you need to put these points into good use, RIGHT NOW! Many of these loyalty programs offer gift cards at gas stations, retailers and grocery stores, all of which you can use to meet your day-to-day expenses. By using these points to make your necessary purchases, you are effectively saving some extra money to put into your goal of making 1000 extra dollars in a week.
6. Submit your interesting stories to magazines or other media outlets
Do you have an interesting story that will grasp readers’ attention? Are you a reasonably good writer? If so, you should submit your story to a magazine or newspaper! These media outlets love to hear from real people, and many of them have a section specifically for readers’ submissions. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment when you land your first paying client.
It will be a fantastic opportunity for some self-reflection as well. Take a stroll down the memory lane, and think of all the most memorable moments of your life. Write them down and submit!
7. File your tax return!
Have you not filed your tax return yet? If you haven’t, you really should!
According to Bankrate.com, the average tax refund for 2019 is $2869 in the United States. That’s more than double your goal of $1000 in a week! Even if you miss the due date, you can still file and get the tax refund. In fact, you can claim refunds for returns filed within three years of the due date of the return.
Note that you may not be able to get the tax refund back within a week though. But regardless of timing, if you haven’t filed your tax return, get on it now!
How to make 1000 dollars fast: Become a freelancer through online platforms
8. Be an Uber/Lyft driver
If you own a car and are in need of cash (maybe even to pay off the car itself!), this is a no-brainer. Sign up to be a driver, and earn some extra cash to help you go through whatever emergency situation you find yourself in. You may end up finding it to be an enjoyable side hustle, and may even consider doing it long-term as a great way to earn extra cash!
What if you don’t enjoy driving around with strangers inside your car? That’s not a problem. After you make the $1000 you really need, you can deactivate your account and never do it again!
9. Become a freelancer on Fiverr
Do you have a special skill that you can rely on, such as bookkeeping, logo design, or even creating spreadsheets? If you do, it is time to use them to their fullest potential!
Fiverr is a great platform if you are interested in freelance writing or any other freelance opportunities. If you are good at things like spreadsheet creation, graphic design, writing and coding, you should be able to find something suitable for you on the platform. There is a plethora of gigs on there. According to their site stats, a gig is bought every 4 seconds, which speaks to the volume of work available. Don’t be shy and try it out! If you put in the work, you can very well reach that 1000 dollar in a week goal of yours fast. For example, if you charge $20 an hour, then you can hit half of your goal – $500, with 25 hours of work.
If you are a freelancer working on a big project but need some small help to get the project done faster and more efficiently, you may also consider becoming a buyer. It can save you a ton of time. Check it out here!
10. Be an Instacart shopper
Here is another opportunity for you in the online world. This can be an especially lucrative opportunity right now because some people are reluctant to go out due to the pandemics.
The philosophy of Instacart is simple. It is a grocery delivery service, and they require people to help their customers pick up groceries from stores and deliver them to their houses. There are two types of jobs available:
These are independent contractors that use the Instacart platform to shop and deliver orders for their customers. You most likely will need a car. It is like being an Uber/Lyft driver on steroid.
- It offers the most flexibility. You can work as little or as often as you want. The amount you earn, however, obviously is correlated with how much work you do. The earning depends on the number of items, type of items, driving distance, and effort involved in shopping and delivering.
- You keep 100% of customers’ tips!
These are Instacart employees who, among other things, shop and stage orders in one store at a time. These part-time shoppers work scheduled shifts, up to 29 hours per week.
- No car is required for this role.
- You earn an hourly wage, which provides more stability.
Another really nice bonus of working for Instacart is that you become eligible for their referral bonus. That means that every time you refer someone to shop with Instacart, you get some extra cash in you pocket.
How much money can you make being an Instacart shopper?
Curious to know how much money you can make being a Instacart shopper? According to this article by Ridester.com, you can earn an hourly rate of $17.14 as a full-service shopper, and around $13.39 as an in-store shopper. Not too bad, isn’t it!
If you want to learn more about how to work at Instacart, you can find the full job description in the article here.
11. Become a tasker on Taskrabbit
If you can’t find enough odd jobs by asking your neighbours or posting on your local community forums, head to TaskRabbit and become a Tasker! TaskRabbit will be able to connect you with busy people in need of help with errands, home repairs, furniture assembly, cleaning, and so much more.
Like many freelance platforms that I mentioned above, you can work how, when, and where you want. TaskRabbit offers services in 50+ categories, and you are bound to find at least one or two that you can explore! And what’s better? TaskRabbit also lets you keep 100% of your tips!
12. Become a virtual Assistant
Small business owners, bloggers, entrepreneurs all need help running their businesses, and many are looking to hire virtual assistants. If you are good at data entry, social media management, scheduling, or are generally organized, then you can be a valuable resource to them as a virtual assistant. You can get paid several hundred dollars or more.
How to make $1,000 fast: Do short-term jobs that can turn into a bona-fide career
13. Be a body parts model
Have you always thought that you have to be a certain height and a certain figure to be a model? While that is still mostly true for fashion models (though the world is changing fast with the likes of Ashley Graham coming onto the scene), there is another genre of modeling you may be unfamiliar with. You can only model for a specific part of your body!
Body parts models are needed in consumer goods industry. Products requiring close-up shots, such as watches, hand creams, pantyhose, shoes, all need body parts models. The most commonly modeled body parts are feet, hands and legs.
If you have ever been complimented by others about a specific part of your body, you should consider giving this niche industry a try. Not only can you reach your earnings goal with it, you can actually make a living if you have what the industry is looking for.
Note that you must be careful with the agency you choose. Similar to traditional modeling, scams do exist, so do your research. You must make sure that the agency you are in touch with have good reputation and good clients before jumping in. Also, don’t forget to check if they offer paid vacation time. No matter how hard we work, we all need some time to relax and enjoy the little things in life.
14. Be an extra on the film
If you happen to live in a big city, film shoots can happen quite often. Movies look for extras all the time, making it a viable option for people who are looking to earn extra income.
According to Guinness World Record, the movie that holds the title for the most extras is “Gandhi”, directed by Richard Attenborough (UK).
It is believed that over 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral scene of Gandhi (UK 1982), the epic directed by Richard Attenborough (UK) (b. August 29, 1923).Guinness World Record
Similar to body parts modeling, you will need an agency to be an extra in a movie scene. The requirements aren’t as stringent as if you want to be an actor, so anyone can give it a try. Again, same advice, do your research and choose an agency with a good reputation.
Do you have an advanced degree, or are you especially good at something, like playing an instrument, or singing? If so, consider tutoring!
With the competition among students rising, parents are always looking for opportunities to help their kids gain an edge in school. Tutors are therefore, in demand.
According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary for a private tutor is $22/hour. This means that you can achieve your 1000 dollar goal with around 45 hours of work in a week. Of course, that is just the average. If you graduated from a top school., or if you have plenty of experience, charging over $100 an hour is not unheard of.
16. Teach English or your mother language online
You may ask, what if I am not good at school, nor do I know any musical instruments or sports? Well, you can always teach the language that you are most familiar with – your mother tongue!
With globalization, learning foreign language has become increasingly popular. While there has traditionally been a demand for native English speakers, there is always demand for other languages as well.
17. Be a translator
This one is for the multilingual individuals out there. If you know more than one language, then, in addition to teaching your own mother tongue, you really should consider becoming a freelance translator!
If you are interested, Upwork can be a good choice for you. Although some gigs are more long-term, you can still find some shorter-term one-time projects that you can complete quickly, if you have the right language skills.
18. Be a transcriber
What if you don’t know multiple languages, and you are not super keen on interacting with others, which you must do if you are tutoring or teaching others English? Are you still able to use your language skills to make some money? Of course, you can consider becoming a transcriber.
A transcriber creates written versions of audio or video recordings. The job involves listening to audio and translating it into long-form text.
How much can I make?
GoTranscript, a reputable web-based transcription and translation company, claims that the average earning per month for its transcriptionists is around $150, and the top performers can earn over $1200 a month. While you can’t necessarily make a lot of money out of it if you are only a freelancer, it definitely contributes to the $1000 goal in a meaningful way.
If you want to pursue this opportunity but don’t know how to start, you should really check out Transcribe Anywhere. This is a site supporting aspiring transcriptionists with affordable and all-inclusive education and lifetime support.
Transcribe Anywhere currently offers a FREE mini-course on transcription that you can enrol now to explore this career. Why not start today?
Help others, and make some money in the meantime
19. Dog walking or pet sitting
Do you love dogs? If so, then this one may be for you! There are plenty of puppy daddies and mommies who are too busy to walk their dogs. There are also many of them who may have to be away from their pets, and need someone to take care of them for a few hours to a few days. That’s where you come in as a dog walker or sitter!
According to Indeed.com, dog walkers can make on average $15.13 an hour, though the rate varies by cities. That is not so bad for some play time with some fuzzy friends, isn’t it?
20. Ask if your neighbours need any help
Ask your neighbours if they need help babysitting their kids, mowing lawns, fixing something, walking their dogs, etc. These odd jobs will probably pay under $20 each, but they can add up if you are persistent. Maybe your neighbours can even point you to some other more lucrative opportunities to get you closer to your 1000-dollar-in-a-week goal. Let people know your goals, and they will come to you.
If you like (or even just tolerate) kids, you should consider taking up babysitting. But kids are adorable, and playing with them for a few hours shouldn’t be too big of a problem for anybody, right?
Other than asking your neighbours, there are plenty of reputable sites to help parents and aspiring babysitters alike. Here is a list of top babysitting sites where you can look for jobs:
How to make $1,000 quickly: Make money fast, unconventionally
22. Search for stuff in local second-hand stores, and flip them online
This option may not be for everyone, but for people with good eyes or knowledge of a certain niche, it can be a very lucrative way to make some money, relatively easily. I personally know someone who flipped a $7 winter coat for almost $500 on ebay.
Although lucrative deals like that don’t come very often, if you browse your local Goodwill stores diligently for a few days, it is realistic to find one or two that you can buy for under $10 but sell for around $50. You most likely won’t be able to reach your 1000 dollar goal with this method alone, but it will for sure help you get closer to it.
23. Time your big purchase with sign up bonus of a credit card
This one may be a little bit opportunistic, but if the timing is right, it can really help you make money on the side. It is also a lot easier than winning the lottery for sure.
Some credit cards offer lucrative sign up bonuses. You can earn cash back for as much as 5% for the first three months, compared to the regular 1-2%. Of course, when you are in need of making 1000 dollars a week fast, you may not have the cash flow to support any big purchases to make it worthwhile. However, if you have a close family member who may be contemplating making some big purchases such as buying furniture or paying for tuition, you can consider asking him/her to put it on the credit card with the big welcome bonus. You can then benefit from the extra cash back without having to ask specifically for money from your family.
24. Sell your notes online
Are/were you a diligent student who took extensive notes while taking classes? You can make extra money off the hard work you already put in as a student! Here is a list of best money making sites that purchase notes from students. Check them out!
- Course Hero
- Nexus Notes
- Omega Notes
- Oxbridge Notes
25. Sell your craft on Etsy
If you are into DIY projects, Etsy is a great platform for you to showcase your work and earn some money! It is a global online marketplace where people come together to make, sell, buy and collect unique items. You can sell absolutely anything and everything handmade on the platform, from accessories, to clothes, toys, candles, home decors, you name it! If you have good products, people will come to your shop and purchase them and help you reach your 1000 dollar goal fast.
Note that there is a listing fee of $0.20 USD per item, so make sure that the items you list on the site are of great quality that people will buy!
26. Ask your family and friends for some help
This really should be the last resort for all of us who take pride in our independence. I admit it is not the best option, but it is still a viable option if you exhaust all of the above suggestions trying to do it on your own. They are happy to help you if you have a genuine need for the money and if you are putting the money into good use.
I know these people close to you probably won’t ask you for this, but I still recommend that you make a repayment plan. You can even include interest if you want to do it properly, just so the arrangement is fair for everyone involved.
How to easily make $1,000 if you don’t need it fast
If you don’t need to make 1000 dollars in a week fast, or if you just want to make quick cash on the side, there are many ways you can make money online without paying anything.
You can make money online in your spare time through:
- Money making apps and online survey sites like Swagbucks (check out my review!), MyPoints, Survey Junkie, or Opinion Outpost (review here!)
- Swagbucks is currently offering a $5 signup bonus right now if you earn 2,500 SB within the first 60 days of membership.
- Even if you don’t qualify for some paid online surveys, you may receive compensation for your time nonetheless. For example, Opinion Outpost will submit an entry for you to enter a $10,000 quarterly prize draw!
- Use cash back apps or sites. The best cash back sites I recommend are ibotta, Fetch Rewards, Drop, or KashKick
- Become a YouTuber
- Become a blogger: You can start a blog to make money on the side while having fun. Check out my blogging tips and my review on Bluehost!
- Write and self-publish a Kindle book
- Become a mystery shopper by joining mystery shopping companies
You can also make money in a passive money. Here are some additional passive income ideas:
- Join an ad network if you have a blog or a website
- Join an affiliate program to further monetize your sites
- Invest in dividend-paying stocks
- Rent out what you have (your room, your car, you name it)
- Maximize bank bonuses
- Open a high-yield savings account. For Canadian residents, you may want to consider EQ Bank’s Savings Plus Account.
Although the above may not help you make as much as $1,000 a week, you can very well make an extra $1,000 a month through a combination of the strategies above.
If you are looking to make some serious money (as much as one thousand dollars), you can’t be shy. Advertise on your social media accounts that you are looking for work. Tell as many people as you know that you are interested in making extra money. Go to online job boards and look for opportunities. Try all the side hustle ideas that I mentioned above. All of the jobs above pay good money, so it is up to you to reach out and give them a try.
Which ones of the suggestions above do you like the best? Which ones will you try to make quick money, and which ones have you tried? Leave a comment down below to share your thoughts!
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Bella Wanana is a freelance writer. She is the owner of bellawanana.com, a personal finance and lifestyle blog. She loves sharing with her readers the best tips and tricks on personal finance and how to live a balanced but fulfilling life. She has been featured on sites like MSN.com, Reader’s Digest, The Financial Diet, Yahoo Finance, and GOBankingRates.