Everyone has seen better financial days.

Thanks to COVID-19 there have been non-stop budget cuts and mass layoffs, and a lot of people are starting to feel the financial pressure. While full-time remote work is hard to find, there are plenty of fast, extra ways to make a buck. If you're strapped for cash, here are a few easy ways to make some money.


Online Surveys

One of the easiest ways to make some fast cash from home is by taking online surveys. Brands, research groups, politicians, almost anyone with a need for public opinion will likely have some type of quick survey online. Sure, it won't make you rich, but any extra pocket change in a financial crisis is nice.

Sell Stuff

Chances are you've had an urge to deep clean your apartment, but what should you do with all the extra clutter you wanna get rid of? Sell it, of course! From LetGo to eBay and Craigslist, there are plenty of ways to sell your stuff and make good money doing it. If the goods are quality, it's best to go for eBay. Their auctioning system means you have a better shot of walking away with more than you bargained for. No matter what you're trying to sell, chances are there's an app that can help.

Become a Neighborhood Dog Walker

With schools and daycares closed across the nation, chances are parents will do anything to get a break from their dogs nagging. Offer to walk your neighbor's dog for an affordable rate a few times a week, or maybe even walk a couple of pooches in the neighborhood. Spending some quality time with pets can help improve your mental health, and not to mention it's a safe way (as far as we know) to make a relatively decent income.

Sign up For Uber Eats, Instacart, or Door Dash

With people afraid to go to the supermarket, delivery services are in extremely high demand. It's easy to become a delivery driver, and given the current climate, you can probably make some okay money. Not to mention it's good karma, as even the cheapest meal delivery services can make someone's day a little bit easier.

Become a Freelancer

Thanks to the internet there are a ton of ways to do some remote freelance work. Regardless of your skillset, chances are there are plenty of people looking for someone like you. UpWork, VirtualVocations, and Fiverr are always updating their sites with new opportunities. If those sites don't offer anything for you, Craigslist and Facebook also offer freelance opportunities.

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