When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, a single surprise expense can tip you over the ledge. But what if there was a just-big-enough net at the bottom to catch you? With an ongoing side hustle, that’s exactly what you’d have. A side hustle is a source of quick cash that doesn’t come from your day job but a side job - and it can take many different forms. To get your short-term solution to quick cash, check out these seven tips to help get you started.

1. Online Survey Sites

When it comes to making money from surveys, it can be tough to find legitimate survey sites but they do exist and they can make you an extra few bucks a month. Many even have small sign-up bonuses to get you started. Fill them out while you’re on the bus to work, vegging on your couch, or waiting for the shop to finish up your car’s oil change. Some websites pay you in gift cards, others are strictly cash survey sites. You could earn as much as $50/survey with some websites and make a cool few hundred a month depending on how dedicated you are.

2. Drive for Ride Sharing Services

Ride-hailing programs are popping up everywhere from coast to coast - giving folks a shot at some extra cash on their days or hours off. If you choose to work for Uber, Lyft, or another service, you can make a base pay plus tips each trip.

3. Deliver on Your Time

Recently, several companies have made a big entry into the food delivery business. The way it works is this: Restaurants that wouldn’t normally deliver food use these delivery services and drivers sign up to work the deliveries on their own schedule. It’s similar to ride sharing services except for you’re delivering food instead of people.

4. Help Your Neighbors

You might not consider yourself a “handy” person but there are many tasks you can complete for people in your community - and get paid doing it. With TaskRabbit, you can sign up to be a Tasker and take on jobs from painting to yard work to hanging pictures in someone’s living room. TaskRabbit lets you choose your rates and your availability, so it doesn’t interfere with your day job. The plus side? You get to meet your neighbors! TaskRabbit is currently in more than 50 cities across the country; find yours, sign up, attend orientation and start completing tasks.

5. Sell Your Stuff

Use Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or other third-party sellers to sell individual items you no longer want or need. If you have a lot of stuff, consider a garage sale. Set up during a city-wide garage sale to increase foot traffic. Think you’re crafty? You could even buy old items from other people to fix and resell for a profit.

6. Get a Loan

Sometimes, coming up with quick cash in hours or a day before your side hustle is up running can prove impossible. For those moments, look into a quick loan.

With LendNation, you don’t need perfect credit and once approved, you can get cash fast. How much you can borrow typically depends on the state in which you live and whether or not you have borrowed from us before. But you can’t know until you try; the application just takes a few minutes and can generally be done in-store or online. Get started now!


Getting quick cash takes getting creative - but it doesn’t take a lot of your time to find ways to come up with money fast. Use these tips and search around online for a side hustle that fits your lifestyle. Until then, look to LendNation for a title loan, installment loan or payday loan when you need extra money!