There are times when many of us find ourselves in a bind and we need money today, even if it's just a couple of bucks. Fortunately, there are some websites you can use to earn fast cash online.
I'm not going to lie to you, many of them are just extra cash online and will never replace your income. Regardless, they can save you in a pinch when you need it most if you use them regularly and allow the money to build up.
Below is a list of sites that just about anyone can use that will pay daily or at least once per week:
Swagbucks Pays In Ten Days Or Less
I almost didn't list Swagbucks here because, while it's a great rewards site, they list in their terms that you can't expect for up to 10 days after you cash out. However, it's still an option to earn fast cash because some people report getting paid much faster than this.
You can redeem you SB (Swagbucks) for Amazon codes, Paypal cash, and gift cards to popular merchandisers among other things.
These points build up quickly thanks the the large number of things you can do on the site to earn. I've used this site and been paid many times.
Check out this list of some of my redemptions below. I usually opt for Amazon over Paypal.
Online Surveys For $3 a Pop With Pinecone Research
Pinecone is one of the best survey panels out there for earning fast cash, and they pay quickly — usually by the next day — for the surveys you complete. The surveys don't come every week, but it's a nice little bonus when they do because of how fast they pay.
Right now Pinecone is open, but there is no guarantee you'll get in just depending on what demographic they need right now.
Pinecone Payment Proof:
Earn Fast Cash Online With Ibotta
Ibotta is an app that pays you back for things you buy at the grocery store. The reason I'm listing it here is because when you cash out, the money goes instantly (or almost instantly) to Paypal.
I've never had to wait longer than five minutes to get my money from Ibotta! You can also earn from referrals there, too. However, you must have at least $20 in your account to cash out. Still, cashing out every week isn't unrealistic with consistent use.
Ibotta Payment Proof:
Slice the Pie Pays Twice a Week
Slice the Pie is a site I've used frequently. All you do is listen to music and rate/review it. You'll get paid anywhere from six to seven cents up to sometimes seventeen cents per song you review just depending on if they have any promos going on.
It only takes a few minutes to review a song. They pay out on Tuesdays and Fridays and you must have a minimum of $10 to withdraw your earnings, but this is very possible to do twice per week.
Slice the Pie Payment Proof
InstaGC Offers Fast Cash Instantly
InstaGC is a rewards site you can use to redeem instantly for Amazon gift codes (and all kinds of other gift codes). With this site, it's possible to earn money for doing all sorts of things which include short tasks, surveys, watching videos, listening to music, and more.
What I love most about this one is that when you do redeem, there is NO waiting. You just ask for your code and it's there waiting for you on the next screen.
It's also possible to request a check for a cash payment, but you will have to wait several days for that to show up in the mail.
I have not yet reviewed InstaGC, but Work at Home No Scams has a very detailed review of how it works here.
InstaGC Payment Proof
Qmee Pays Instantly
This is a browser extension you can install that will occasionally show you sponsored advertisements on your sidebar when you search. Each advertisement is worth a few cents or more.
If you visit the ad shown, you receive the dollar amount shown in your Qmee virtual “piggy bank”. You can cash this out at anytime, there is no minimum.
Also, the money shows up in your Paypal account pretty much instantly after you ask for it. I put this site on this list because even though it's not a big earner, you can get paid quickly.
Update 9/27/19 – Qmee now offers paid surveys as another way to earn!
Qmee Payment Proof
Amazon MTurk Has $1 Minimum Cash Out
This is another task-based site that makes it possible to earn fast cash online. They have a variety of work to choose from in several different categories.
They pay with bank transfer and it can take about two days for money from there to hit your account, but you only need $1 to request a payout. The way to get money in your hands often from here is to request a payout every three days.
Then, within a few days, you'll start seeing a few weekly deposits from MTurk to your bank account. Is it easy to make $10 a day on Amazon MTurk? It actually is.
I don't use this site anymore, but you can see below that I was able to generate almost $500 in extra income using it off and on for a few years. And many people earn much more than that using it multiple times per week.
You can get signed up here.
Amazon mTurk Payment Proof
Transcribe Me Pays Weekly
This is a site where you can sign up to transcribe audio files. They pay new transcribers $20 an audio hour (remember this is quite a bit longer than a regular hour).
You can get in with no prior transcription experience, you just have to take a short test which I believe you can retake if you fail it the first time.
You only need $1 to cash out, hitting the withdrawal button for payment weekly as long as you have $1 earned. It might be one of the best ways to make money fast today if you can pass the skills test.
I don't have any payment proof for this site because I've never done enough work here to get paid, but they are legit and do pay according to many of Real Ways to Earn's readers.
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Good luck to you if you decide to sign up and try any of these!
- Extra Cash Sites That Pay Daily
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Post originally published April 30, 2012. Updated and republished on March 29, 2021.