There’s nothing worse than being in a financial bind. Feeling trapped and fearing that you won’t be able to pay your bills is a tough situation to be in. While we all strive to make wise financial decisions, the fact is that life happens. Unexpected expenses are often unavoidable, but sadly we’re left dealing with the hardship they bring.
The good news is that these days, there are all sorts of things you can do to make some cash. If you need money now, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Here are three side hustles that can make you $100 in a single weekend.
- Drive for Uber or Lyft
If you own a car and are licensed and insured, becoming a rideshare driver is a great option to make some quick cash. Uber and Lyft are two of the most popular rideshare apps. No matter where you live, chances are that people use these services in order to head out and get back home safely.
To become an Uber driver, you must:
- Be at least 21
- Have a 4-door vehicle that’s 10 years old or newer
- Be licensed to drive in the U.S. for at least a year
- Have in-state auto insurance
- Be able to pass a background check
Lyft driver qualifications are about the same. The one difference is that your vehicle must pass an inspection, which includes mechanical and cosmetic condition.
What’s nice about becoming an Uber or Lyft driver is that you’re in complete control over when, how often, and how long you work. This is helpful if you already have a full-time job or other obligations that take up time in your daily schedule.
As a driver, you can expect to make anywhere from $15-$35 per hour. Your hourly wage depends on how many trips you complete and how much tip money riders give you. To maximize your time behind the wheel, try working nights and weekends. This is when drivers tend to make the most money.
- Deliver Food
Not a fan of having dozens of strangers in your car on any given day? We totally get it! If you aren’t too into transporting people, how does transporting food sound? Just as there are tons of rideshare apps, there are also plenty of food delivery apps. Companies like GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash are always hiring drivers to join their team. As a food delivery driver you aren’t confined to a set schedule or work hours like the traditional position. Instead, you have complete control over your work schedule.
Working as a delivery partner also has less stringent qualifications. For example, you only have to be 19 years old and you only have to have a year of license history. However, there are added qualifications, such as the ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
If you don’t mind delivering food, you may also want to consider grocery delivery companies like Shipt and Instacart. This is another side-gig that only requires a car and a license.
Working as a food delivery partner, you can expect to make anywhere from $15-$40 an hour. You get paid for each trip you complete on top of any tips from customers. Work a few hours during the weekend, and you’ll have made $100 in no time!
- Sell Things
Another option to make money that doesn’t involve your car is simply selling things. If you’re like most people, you’ve got plenty of unused items sitting around in your home. As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There are many different online marketplaces for selling clothes, old electronics, household items, and other products.
Some of the best online marketplaces include:
- Amazon Marketplace
When selling items, be sure to take clear pictures of each item that’s for sale. You’ll also want to provide detailed descriptions that thoroughly explain what the item is and its condition.
Last but not least, ensure your items are properly priced. Overpricing or underpricing items can result in no sales, or you may sell yourself short and not reach your goal of making $100. Always conduct research and look at what similar items are selling for before pricing and listing yours.
Making $100 in a weekend seems impossible, but thanks to apps and the internet, it’s far from being outside of the bounds of possibility. If you work enough hours and pick the right side-hustle, you can easily end up with an extra $100 in your pocket.