As inflation rises and your regular purchases are much more expensive, you may be looking for a way to earn extra money. Just over half (55 percent ) of working Americans say their income hasn’t kept up with the cost of household expenses due to inflation over the past year, according to a recent Bankrate poll. Here are a few ways to make money fast to help with bills and ease your peace of mind.

Key statistics on side hustling in 2022

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  • 41% of U.S. adults who have a side job this year need the income for everyday living expenses. (Bankrate)
  • The typical American household needs to spend $445 more a month on the same goods and services, compared to last year. (Moody Analytics’ Ryan Sweet)
  • 37% of side hustlers are putting extra time into side gigs due to inflation. (Bankrate)
  • 17% of side hustlers are trying to boost their savings due to inflation. (Bankrate)
  • Women have an average yearly side hustle income of $571, which is a third of what men earn when side hustling ($1,492). (Bankrate)
  • 48% of millennials say money negatively impacts their mental health. (Bankrate)
  • Of those who say money-related issues cause a negative impact on their mental health, 56% are worried about being able to pay for everyday expenses. (Bankrate)
  • Of those who say money-related issues cause a negative impact on their mental health, 48% are worried about being in debt. (Bankrate)
  • Of those who say money-related issues cause a negative impact on their mental health, 46% are worried about not having enough discretionary spending money. (Bankrate)

Make money fast: Options based on your skills

If you’re… Try…
Creative
  • Freelancing
  • Selling homemade goods
  • Selling original photography
Fluent in another language
  • Translating online
  • Interpreting
  • Scoring standardized tests
Handy
  • Taking on home and repair tasks
  • Caring for people’s pets
Interested in teaching or mentoring
  • Tutoring online
  • Teaching children overseas
  • Offering coaching services
Able to access the web
  • Getting paid to take surveys
  • Testing apps and websites
  • Purchasing sponsored products online
On-the-go
  • Advertising using your car
  • Delivering groceries
  • Delivering meals
  • Ridesharing
  • Getting paid to shop

7 ways to make money from home

1. Become a translator or interpreter

Pay expectations: 6 cents to 14 cents per word, depending on the language.

Pay frequency: Biweekly or monthly.

Skill requirements: The higher your fluency in a language, the more you may earn.

Additional requirements: You must be 18 or older.

First steps to take: Check out common translating sites like Gengo or Proz to get connected to your first clients.

If you have native or near-native fluency in another language than English, translating online can be a great way to make money while writing social media copy, articles, product descriptions and more.

2. Get paid to take surveys

Pay expectations: Paid per survey at a rate of about $2 to $5 an hour, depending on the site.

How quickly you’ll get paid: Generally, you can cash out after earning a few dollars.

Skill requirements: Most sites just require that you can connect to Wi-Fi.

Additional requirements: You must be 16 or older.

First steps to take: Check out sites like PrizeRebel or QuickThoughts. Because some sites only allow you to take several surveys a day, enrolling on several sites will allow you to earn more.

Getting paid to take surveys won’t make you rich quickly, but it can be an easy way to make side money. Just make sure you’re honest in your responses, or algorithms may not give you more gigs.

3. Freelance in your desired industry

Pay frequency: You can access funds weekly on sites like Upwork.

Requirements: You must be 18 or older.

First steps to take: You can start to build clients on sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

Being your own boss is the dream for many, but before you start to take on too many freelance clients to grow your own brand, read more about how to begin working as a freelance worker.

These are the kinds of hourly payments you can expect in popular freelance roles:

Freelance role Expected payment
Designer $40 to $45 per hour
Developer $50 to $60 per hour
Proofreader $18 to $35 per hour
Researcher $18 to $45 per hour
Videographer $15 to $30 per hour
Writer $30 to $40 per hour

Source: Upwork, Ziprecruiter

4. Sell homemade goods

Pay expectations: Profit ranges on Etsy can vary widely depending on the goods you’re selling, but Etsy takes a number of fees on goods listed.

How quickly you’ll get paid: Etsy sends payments to your bank every Monday by default.

Additional requirements: You must be 18 or older to sell on Etsy.

First steps to take: Besides Etsy, consider craft-specific sites like Ravelry for fiber crafts, Redbubble and Society6 to sell art and prints, or your own store using Shopify or Squarespace.

Selling low-effort, high-profit goods can be a great way to make side money, just be aware of licensing required if you’re interested in selling perishable items like baked goods.

Homemade goods you can sell:

  • Soap and bath bombs
  • Candles
  • Jewelry
  • T-shirts and other prints
  • Cosmetics
  • Curated subscription boxes

5. Sell original photography

Pay expectations: Freelance photographers can make an average of $35 to $45 per hour.

Pay frequency: You can get paid weekly through sites like Upwork, or per job through your own business.

Skill requirements: The greater your skills in photography composition, equipment and editing, the more sophisticated projects, like weddings, you can take on.

Additional requirements: You’ll typically need your own cameras and a subscription to editing software like Adobe Photoshop.

First steps to take: Consider freelancer websites like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, or Flexjobs to build clients.

If you have an eye for shot composition, freelance photography — such as taking headshots, maternity photos and wedding photos — can lead to creatively fulfilling side income.

6. Test apps and websites

Pay expectations: Usually around $10 per test when starting out.

How quickly you’ll get paid: You’ll get paid usually seven days after the test is completed.

Additional requirements: You must be 18 or older to test most sites.

First steps to take: Check out sites like UserTesting and Utest, which may make you wait a week or two before taking a practice test.

Websites will pay for you to test bugs or give feedback on how user-friendly they are. You don’t have to be a user experience expert, but you can get paid more if you have access to a microphone and camera to give live feedback.

7. Tutor online

Pay expectations: Roughly $30 to $50 per hour, depending on the subject.

Pay frequency: Typically weekly.

Skill requirements: Many companies require a bachelor’s degree, a teaching license or other similar licenses.

First steps to take: Check out sites like Skooli, Yup or TutorMe. Math and language tutoring are especially popular.

Tutoring online can give you the satisfaction of helping kids who are struggling in school. If you’re an early riser and want the odd hours, check out companies that let you tutor students overseas.

7 in-person ways to make extra money

1. Advertise using your car

Pay expectations: Around $50 to $300 per month depending on the size of the sticker or wrap, your city and how much you drive.

Pay frequency: Many campaigns pay per campaign – several weeks of driving with one ad.

Requirements: Some companies prefer that you are driving frequently through a rideshare like Uber, or at least that you drive frequently in a large city.

First steps to take: Check out companies like Carvertise, Free Car Media, Wrapify and more.

Companies can pay you to place a sticker or wrap that advertises a product on your car, but be wary of common car advertising scams that promise incredibly high pay.

2. Care for people’s pets

Pay expectations: Between $16 and $23 an hour for dog walking. Both Wag and Rover take a 40 percent and 20 percent service fee, respectively.

How quickly you’ll get paid: You’ll get paid two days after completing a service.

Requirements: You must be 18 or over.

First steps to take: Consider apps like Wag or Rover, which require you to take a quiz on pet safety, pass a background check and include testimonials from family and friends.

Whether it’s walking dogs or petsitting, you can make side money by caring for others’ pets. Check out Rover if you’re also interested in running a doggy dare care or Wag if you want to train dogs.

3. Delivery groceries

Pay expectations: A full-service batch delivery on Instacart is usually $15 to $20, and shoppers can usually complete one batch per hour. Shipt says its experienced shoppers can receive $16 to $22 per hour. Shoppers keep tips.

Pay frequency: You’ll get paid roughly once per week, or instantly with a 50 cents service fee.

Requirements: You must be 18 or older and have a reliable car.

First steps to take: Sign up for the app with Instacart or Shipt and complete a background check.

Grocery apps became incredibly popular during the pandemic, and many restaurant delivery apps now allow you to deliver groceries and alcohol, too. Check out these services:

4. Deliver with DoorDash, UberEats, or another service

Pay expectations: Uber Eats and Grubhub reportedly pay about $15 an hour, but pay depends on how busy your delivery area is.

Pay frequency: Some apps like Uber Eats allow you to cash out up to five times a day with Instant Pay, usually with a 50 cent fee.

Requirements: Depending on how you are as a deliverer, you will need a license and be at least age 18 for bicycles, or age 19 for cars and scooters.

First steps to take: Submit your Social Security number, identification, license if applicable and more for a background screening.

Like grocery delivery, restaurant delivery has grown dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. Since you may be using your car frequently for commercial use, read more about car insurance for delivery drivers.

5. Drive for Lyft, Uber, or another service

Pay frequency: Uber pays every week, or five times a day with Instant Pay, with a fee.

Requirements: You have to be the minimum age to drive in your city, with a year of licensed driving experience, or three if you’re under 25.

First steps to take: Uber and Lyft are the two most common ridesharing apps, and many drivers will do both, depending on the demand.

Ridesharing apps have existed for over a decade and are still a popular way to make money on the side. Because they’ve existed for so long, there are plenty of tips on rideshare safety and how to figure out rideshare insurance as a driver.

Here’s what you might expect to be paid for 40 hours of work in a major city from rideshares:

Driving service Expected payment
Lyft $876
Uber $680

6. Get paid to shop

Pay expectations: Popular apps pay in discounts, cashback and rebates when you shop online.

Pay frequency: Rebates are frequently given when you make purchases.

First steps to take: Consider apps like Ibotta, which lets you earn cash back on products, or Shopkick, which lets you earn in-app points for purchasing sponsored offers or secret shopping.

By purchasing sponsored products, signing up for rebates or secret shopping, you can build up rewards on shopping for everyday grocery and essentials. It won’t lead to big bucks, but savings usually add up after several trips. Keep in mind that some apps have a low barrier for entry but only partner with certain retailers or brands.

7. Take on home and repair tasks

How quickly you’ll get paid: You’ll get paid usually within 24 hours of finishing a task, and you’ll see money in your bank account after several days.

Skill requirements: Sites like Handy and TaskRabbit can allow you to sign up for tasks based on your skills, such as cleaning, building furniture, shopping or other manual tasks.

Additional requirements: You have to be 18 or older for apps like TaskRabbit, and pay a $25 registration fee.

First steps to take: Consider apps like Handy or TaskRabbit to get started with contracting work.

There’s a huge variety of tasks you can do on apps like Handy and TaskRabbit, including standing in line or helping someone move. Note that Handy charges a fee if you are late or have to cancel or reschedule.

Here’s what you can expect to be paid for doing standard contractor services:

Service Expected payment
Handy $15 an hour, on average
TaskRabbit $20 an hour, on average

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Methodology

Bankrate.com commissioned YouGov Plc to conduct a survey asking about the impact on wages and income due to inflation. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. The total sample size was 2,458 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between August 17-19, 2022. The survey was carried out online and meets rigorous quality standards. It employed a nonprobability-based sample using quotas upfront during collection and then a weighting scheme on the back end designed and proven to provide nationally representative results.

Bankrate.com also commissioned YouGov Plc to conduct a survey about the mental health impacts of money. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. The total sample size was 2,457 adults, of whom 1,045 indicated that money ever negatively impacts their mental health. Fieldwork was undertaken between April 6-8, 2022.

Bankrate’s study on side hustles was conducted by SSRS on its Opinion Panel Omnibus platform. The SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus is a national, twice-per-month, probability-based survey. Data collection was conducted from May 20-23, 2022 among a sample of 1,000 respondents. The survey was conducted via web (n=970) and telephone (n=30) and administered in English. The margin of error for total respondents is +/-3.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus data are weighted to represent the target population of U.S. adults ages 18 or older.