Do you need $500 fast? Don’t we all!
If you’re looking for quick ways to make $500, look no further. I have plenty of ways for you to earn the cash within a week, or even a day if you hustle enough.
The truth is, I’ve been in this position myself. I had an unexpected bill show up that needed to be paid before my next paycheck arrived. I needed money desperately, and I needed it immediately!
I want you to know that if you work hard and work smart, you can and will make $500 within a few days. As with any business venture or side-hustle, the first few sales take the longest. Once you get rolling, you will be able to earn the same amount of money in half the amount of time and scale your business.
How to make $500 in a week realistically?
Trust me. I have earned thousands of dollars a month using the exact simple to execute strategies I have outlined for you. Here are my top 7 ways for you to make $500 in a week realistically. Try your luck and let me know what you think.
1. Sell E-Courses
Summary: This is the most lucrative option. It is also the most difficult. If you master affiliate marketing or make your own e-course and market it well, you could potentially make thousands of dollars per week.
Develop an e-course and sell it on Teachable or on your own website. Drive traffic to your website through social media. Alternatively, you can sell a course that has already been created such as Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and earn affiliate income from each sale.
If you sell a digital product that pays you $50 for each sale, you just need to make ten sales to achieve $500.
Ten sales. That’s it! You can achieve this by selling the product online via social media or converting your friends and family into clients.
You should only promote e-courses that you legitimately believe in, and have ideally used yourself. A couple of e-courses I have used myself and highly recommend are:
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and
- Ready Set Blog for Traffic by Elna Cain.
2. Tutor Children Online
Summary: Online tutoring is growing in popularity by the day. There are multiple opportunities to earn money online, with English being the most sought after subject.
Before you sign up, there are a few things that you need to know:
- The hourly rate that you can charge will depend upon your experience and educational qualifications.
- Most tutoring services require you to at least have a bachelor’s degree. It does not necessarily have to be in the same subject. E.g., I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics and have tutored children in English.
Tutoring online is a legitimate way to make money. Once you establish a relationship with a few clients and establish a name for yourself, you can significantly increase your hourly rates and the volume of bookings you receive.
Summary: VIPKid connects tutors in the U.S. and Canada with children worldwide (mainly in China) who are looking to improve their English skills. The pay is decent ($14-22 per hour), and the work schedule is easily manageable.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in any field, with some teaching experience strongly preferred. Teaching experience does not need to be in a formal classroom environment. It could be anything from tutoring kids, teaching an after-school class, to being a full-time teacher at an elementary school. Interested? – Register to teach at VIPKid
Summary: EF Education focuses on language development for both children and adults. It’s a great platform to teach and learn new languages. A tutor can easily earn up to $15,000 a year, which is pretty decent.
Qualifications: Just like VIPKid, a bachelor’s degree is required, and experience in childhood development, teaching, coaching, or mentoring is preferred, but not required. Get started today – Apply for EF Education here
3. Sell Your Technical Skills Online
If you are an accountant, software developer, graphic designer, digital marketer, lawyer, or possess any other technical skills, you can easily sell your skills online for at least $60 per hour.
Work from the comfort of your own home, set your own schedule, and pick your clients. Amazing!
Listed below are a few of the many services you can offer online immediately:
Do you have strong grammar skills and an eye for catching mistakes? If yes, then you could be a very successful proofreader. In fact, I earned $200 from proofreading a financial analyst’s fundraising presentation a couple of days ago.
Proofreaders are in high demand, due to the sheer volume of content that is being created on a daily basis. If you prefer minimal people interaction, a flexible schedule, and the ability to work from anywhere, then this is the right job for you.
➡ Social Media Management
Are you a Pinterest expert? Do you know how to organically grow an Instagram account? Do you enjoy spending time on social media?
A well managed social media presence is is absolutely essential for businesses today. Many business owners who are older (hello Boomers!) or just do not have enough time to invest in social media are looking to outsource social media management.
Pinterest content creation and management skills in particular, are in high demand. If you need to brush up your skills, consider taking the expertly created Pinterest Virtual Assistant course by Kristin and Gina.
➡ Virtual Assistant Services
While there are many amateurs who offer services online, you can easily stand out in a crowded market space by educating yourself and focusing on providing value. To be successful as a VA and justify charging higher than average rates, you should stay true to their client’s brand personality.
4. Do Yard Work
If you are healthy, have a car, and able-bodied, there are a variety of services you can offer immediately for between $20 to $50 per hour. Mowing lawns, shoveling snow from driveways, running errands, cleaning swimming pools, or offering in-home cleaning services can be quite profitable.
I know of a few people who monetize their free time by mowing lawns in the summer. They make around $40 per lawn and do around 20 to 30 lawns a week.
There are other services that you can offer to make more money per house as well, such as cleaning driveways or washing cars. The best place to get started is to check with your neighbors and friends, post an ad in your neighborhood or Homeowners Association Facebook group. You can also search online for people who have posted ads seeking services that you can provide.
If you want to market yourself online, have the convenience of using an app to manage your bookings, along with the security of letting an intermediary manage payments, then you should consider using one or more of the apps listed below:
Summary: Babysitting is a great job for stay at home moms. Many clients allow moms to bring their own child with them when they babysit.
According to Care.com the national average hourly rate for a babysitter was $16.25, which was more than a 35% increase from $12.07 rate in 2013. This is just the base rate. Depending on where you live, your qualifications, and how you present yourself, you can easily charge around $25 per hour for babysitting.
If you prefer to use an intermediary, you should consider signing up with Care.com and Sittercity.com. They offer free membership options, or paid versions that offer additional security with background checks and improved profile placement.
Make sure you include an up to date and friendly image of yourself along with personality traits and work history that will make parents trust you with their children.
6. Hold A Garage Or Yard Sale
Summary: This is an easy way to make money immediately. It’s also a wonderful way to remove unnecessary clutter from your house, leaving you with a living space that is cleaner and better organized.
Depending on what you sell, you can easily make a couple of hundred dollars through your sales. Furthermore, you can your yard sale as an opportunity to connect with your neighbors and sell lawn mowing and other services to them.
Plan to hold your yard sale over the weekend.
7. Rent your car
Summary: Did you know that you can make hundreds of dollars a month renting your car to other people on a daily, weekly, or long-term basis? You could offer to rent your car through personal ads online, or use an app like Turo.
Turo is the Airbnb of car rentals. It lets you list your car online, and offers a variety of features that make renting your car a stress-free experience, such as:
- Verifying renters ID
- Including $1 million of liability insurance
- Mandating before and after photographs of the car’s exterior and interior
- An efficient support center to make renting your car a worry-free experience
- Displaying your prospective renter’s history
- Obtaining credit card details from your renter and blocking funds once the booking has been confirmed
- Allowing you to add a fee for cleaning or delivering the car
The amount of money you can make on Turo depends on the year, make, model, and condition of your car. You can use the calculator below to estimate how much money you can make with your car. Find out how much your car could earn for you – Click to Get an Estimate.
My 2015 Mercedez-Benc C300 earns an average of $694 a month in Dallas, TX. That’s a lot of money!
You can further boost your earnings by including add-ons such as offering a baby car seat, an umbrella, phone chargers, satellite radio, and friendly customer service – Sign up at Turo.com now!