There's plenty of reasons why you might need to make some money quickly.
For example, maybe you just want a little extra income on the side so that you can spend it on anything you want.
Or maybe your rent is due, and you're just missing a tiny amount of cash to be able to pay it off. You could even want a way to get some extra income to accomplish other goals in the near future, like paying off your credit card debt or getting started on investing.
Regardless of the intention, one thing's for sure — being able to make $200 fast would be a pretty useful skill to have. Thankfully, it's also easier than you'd expect.
In this post, we'll go through some of the fastest ways you could make $200. Keep in mind that using most of these methods on their own won't help you complete the task as quickly, but by combining these ideas and using them in tandem, you can expect to make $200 pretty quickly.
Be aware that making $200 in as little time as a single day should only be done in case of an emergency — doing so on a day-to-day basis is very time-consuming and will need plenty of sacrifices on your end.
So, without further delay, here's our top 15 ideas you can use to quickly make $200.
#1 Using Money-Making Apps
Money-making apps are a great way of making extra income with your smartphone during your spare time — it depends on what app you use, but some of them are as easy as creating a profile and doing a few simple tasks as you're watching TV.
Of course, using apps that pay higher (like Uber, Lyft, or TaskRabbit) would be the most straightforward way of getting $200 fast, but there's a catch — the higher the pay, the more time you'll have to spend per task.
The income you can get from apps that have easier tasks can still add up, but it will take a bit longer to do so: in short, you'll need to evaluate how quickly you want to make money before choosing an app.
If you'd like to learn more about money-making apps in general, you could take a look at our article on them here.
#2 Using Airbnb
Another way that you could earn $200 really quickly is by using a spare bedroom (or your house, if you're up for it) and renting it out on Airbnb.
This depends on where you live, but the price for Airbnb rentals can range between $67 to $110 per night. And this is just for one room: you could get a lot more if you decided to rent your house for one night.
Of course, there's plenty of people who wouldn't feel comfortable with this idea, but if you're willing to do it, it's definitely one of the quickest way of earning money on this list.
#3 Selling Books You Don't Use
If you have a lot of books that you've already read, don't have the time to read or you're simply not interested in reading, then maybe this is the perfect opportunity to do something about them.
Whether it's a ton of academic books or an entire science fiction saga, there's plenty of ways you can sell books that you no longer have any use for — you could do it the traditional way by opening a stall, or you could take advantage of technology by selling them online (Facebook, in particular, is pretty useful for this).
It could take a while for your books to get sold depending on what books you have, but overall, this is another quick way to make $200.
#4 Getting Into Freelance Writing
Becoming a freelance writer is a perfect way for people with a talent for words to earn a considerable amount of money.
There's a chance you won't be seeing immediate results if you're just getting started, though, and you might need to use an app like Upwork to find projects to work on and gather experience that way. But once you've become a skilled freelance writer, you could be easily be charging $250+ per article.
In fact, you could charge $500 or more for longer articles that need a lot of research and interviews to write.
#5 Getting Into Online Tutoring
You can also earn plenty of quick money if you specialize in a particular subject matter, as this allows you to become an online tutor.
There are plenty of subjects currently in demand, but some of the most sought-after are math, science (encompassing subjects like chemistry and physics), and English. Depending on the site you use to engage in online tutoring, you might also need to have more or fewer certifications in order to get started with tutoring students.
If you'd like to learn more about online tutoring, we also have an article on the topic that you can read here.
Running a blog can be pretty hit or miss as far as success is concerned, but considering how small the initial investment is, it's definitely worth a try.
Having a successful blog is one of the best ways of earning passive income (AKA money that you earn with minimal or zero active effort), and you can learn plenty of useful skills like SEO (search engine optimization) and how to market your blog — however, it can be pretty time consuming (especially in the beginning), so make sure you give plenty of thought to this idea before fully committing to it.
Now, if you're interested in learning ways to earn passive income, you can see our article on it here.
#7 Doing Deliveries
You could also become a deliveryman to get some quick cash. Delivery orders tend to be mostly food and/or groceries for people who are too busy to get them themselves, but you could also deliver items coming from Amazon.
One upside to this is that there's plenty of apps that you can use for food delivery (for example, there's UberEats, Instacart, and DoorDash just to name a few). By doing this, you could easily earn $14 per hour or more, which means that earning $200 over the course of two days or less is completely feasible.
#8 Getting Into Data Entry
Data entry jobs can be pretty tiring, but they're also an efficient way of making quick cash.
As a data entry worker, you'll be tasked with introducing data (usually in a spreadsheet), updating databases and archives, and other data-related work.
You can expect to be paid around $17 per hour, so making $200 should be pretty easy once you've gotten into data entry.
If you're pretty skilled at spotting other people's mistakes when writing, (whether we're talking about spelling, grammar, and/or syntax errors), then becoming a proofreader is the perfect job for you.
There's a lot of advantages to becoming a remote proofreader — you can work from anywhere, there's plenty of job opportunities as blogging becomes more popular, and quickly making $200 as a proofreader is also pretty easy. The average pay you can expect as a proofreader is $26 per hour, after all.
If you'd like to know more about online proofreading jobs, you might want to take a look at our article here.
#10 Renting Out Your Car
Just like with Airbnb, you can rent out your car (preferably an extra vehicle you don't drive much) and make a considerable amount of money fairly quickly with it.
To do so, you can use Turo, a platform where you can list your car for rent to anyone looking for a car. It has around 14 million members and 450.000 vehicles listed to date, so there's a lot of potential to be had.
#11 Using Facebook
Facebook is a pretty versatile place for selling products and services, believe it or not — considering it's such a widely used social media platform, it's not difficult at all to find people interested in what you have to offer, especially if you use Facebook Ads to your advantage.
The downside to Facebook is that you'll probably have a slow beginning when you first create your Facebook Business page — after all, your most efficient way to promote yourself without a moderate initial investment will be through word of mouth from friends and members of popular groups relevant to what you're selling.
Once you have a reasonable budget, though, you'll be able to promote your business through paid Facebook ads, which are very effective — you might want to get some training on them to make the most out of your money, though.
#12 Website Testing
One interesting way you could make money quickly is by using a platform like UserTesting to get paid for testing apps and websites.
You can earn around $10 for every 20-minute assignment, which is pretty good — however, the demand for testers is not constant, so you’re not guaranteed to find opportunities every time you log in to the platform. In some cases, a website may only be looking for feedback from a specific demographic as well, so you'd need to qualify in order to test that website first.
With some luck, though, it's a pretty effective way of making $200 or more in a short period of time.
#13 Online Courses
This is a more advanced way of making money because you'd need to be an expert in a particular skill or subject matter, but in case you are, then you have the option of creating an online course.
Of course, the success to be had with an online course can fluctuate a lot, but if your course performs well, then it's a big source of passive income.
As an additional tip, it'd be useful to have an existing blog or a social media account that has potential buyers — it naturally increases the likelihood of your course's success.
#14 Opening A Bank Account
One of the quickest way of earning money is by earning a sign-up bonus on a bank account.
A lot of banks run promotions where you can earn a cash bonus back for opening up a new checking account. These bonuses can range anywhere from $50 to $200 for opening up a new checking account and meeting certain criteria, so make sure you check out what some of the most popular banks have in store for you.
#15 Cutting Your Monthly Bills
This is more of a preventive measure rather than an active measure to earn money, but if you think about it, you can also earn extra money by saving money, and cutting down your monthly bills is one of the best ways to do so.
Of course, you won’t see your cash show up immediately once you start cutting your monthly expenses. But the real power of engaging in this practice comes when spending a few hours of careful planning translate to saving a lot of money in the future without even thinking about it.
So, even if it doesn't necessarily translate to instant money, it's an idea worth considering if you want to save a few hundred dollars down the line.
Just as there are plenty of reasons why you might want to make $200 quickly, there's also a plethora of ways you can make some quick income depending on just how fast you want to make it.
Getting started with any of these ideas can be difficult, but as long as you don't overdo it at the beginning, you should be fine — we'd recommend you try these ideas one by one, and after some careful evaluation, see which ones can be combined based on your schedule and needs to make the most out of the potential income they can give you.