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How to Make $200 Fast in One Day (20+ Options)

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In the past, I wrote about the many ways to make $100 fast or even $10.

But, what happens if that’s not enough and you want to make $200?  Is it possible?

Of course it is!  It’s going to take some work and maybe some luck, but I can promise you that if you’re willing to put in some work, $200 in one day is entirely possible.

In this guide, most of the options I list can make you $200 in one day, but unfortunately, some may take some time as a lot of them won’t be instant.  That’s why I will note how long it will take to get your cash beneath each option.  Again, some are quick, whereas some aren’t.

As always, I try to cover all bases, so in this guide, I’m going to talk about the many ways you can make $200 in one day, no matter where you live.

Whether you need the cash now or in a few weeks, then hopefully one of these ideas can help you reach your $200 goal.

Let’s begin!

How to Make $200 Fast in One Day

Craigslist Gigs Section

Time it will take to get money? within 24-48 hours

By far, the best way to earn $200 in one day is simply by viewing the Craigslist “Gigs” section.   I have mentioned this idea a bunch of times and have had great luck in using it.

To use the “Gigs” section, all you need to do is head to Craigslist and simply look for that section.  It will look something like this…

Click on it and then browse the many “gigs” available for the day or even the week.  Keep in mind that there are a ton of scammers out there, so if it does sound too good to be true, it probably is.  Just use your gut instinct before contacting the provider.  Honestly, it isn’t that hard to find an honest gig.

For example, when I took a look, I found a few options like this…

Most of these gigs will often be labor intensive, so if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, it shouldn’t be too hard to get close to $200 cash by the end of the day.

Like most of the options I note on this post, however, your results will vary.  This will all be dependent upon where you live and when you look for work.

Sell Something… Anything!

Time it will take to get money? within 24-48 hours

If you want almost instant cash, it can be done if you have something to sell.  From gift cards to comic books, I have written quite a few guides, including the following:

Right now, I want you to look around the house as I know there’s something that you can sell immediately.  It’s best to look for older electronics as these tend to sell the best, but other items can sell well, too.  It just depends on what you have.

Consider some of the websites mentioned in the guides above that can offer you an instant quote or even consider one of the many online selling platforms such as the Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or LetGo.

In selling a few items, I can almost assure you will be able to collect at least $200 for the end of the day.

Download the Earnin App for Money Right Now

Time it will take to get money? within 24-48 hours

I don’t know why you need $200 in one day, but if you need it fast, you may want to consider the Earnin app only if you have a job.

This app will pay you a portion of your paycheck, up to $100 a day, once you connect your bank and let them know where you work.  Once verified, you can cash out up to $500 a week and pay a fee that you see as being fair! On your payday, they will then take the cash out that you borrowed.

I know it’s not a way to make money, but it’s great way to get a cash advance on your paycheck if you need that money right now.

As I write this, the app has more than five million downloads with a solid 4.4/5 rating on the Google Play store.

Have a Garage Sale

Time it will take to get money? within 24-48 hours

This one kind of ties into the first tip, but if you don’t want to sell on an app or even the Facebook Marketplace, then consider throwing your stuff out in your driveway.

Post some signs on the corner and even mention it on local Facebook groups and Craigslist.  In doing so, people will stop by, usually buying up just about anything you have, no matter what it may be.

Depending on how much you have to sell, it shouldn’t be too hard to make $200 in a day.  And, best of all, it should only take you a few hours of you sitting in a chair while people ask you how much something costs.

If going the garage sale route, be sure to get rid of anything big as this is the best time to get rid of it.

Deliver Food via an App

Time it will take to get money? 1-2 weeks

I do this part-time, and let me tell you that it is possible to earn $200 a day if you were to work in a busy area on the weekends.  For example, just last week, I worked from noon until 8 p.m. in the Phoenix, Arizona area and was able to gross north of $200!

It’s a great way to make money on the side for a variety of reasons.  For one, you don’t have to drive around people and it’s flexible.  You get to work whenever you want.

Now, there are a ton of food delivery apps and they will all work differently in terms of what you make.  Where you live and which app you use matters A LOT, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you don’t mind picking up food and delivering it to the customer, making up to $25+ per hour, then it’s one to consider.  You will just have to learn how to the platform work as you are free to accept or reject any job that comes your way.  And, don’t forget to factor in your vehicle maintenance as you won’t be able to keep everything you make, unfortunately.

For now, check out some of my favorites, such as DoorDash, UberEATS, Grubhub and Postmates.  Almost all of these can get you started within the next week, making it very easy to get toward that $200 a day.

Drive for Uber and/or Lyft

Time it will take to get money? 1-2 weeks

If you don’t mind toting around people, Uber and Lyft can sometimes pay much more than just delivering food.  For instance, hitting the bar scene at 2 a.m. or after an event gets out can yield you $30+ per hour easily.  Again, it depends on where you live and when you drive.

And, like the food delivery apps, you can work whenever you want.

Nonetheless, driving for Uber or Lyft is a great way to earn $200 in a day, and generally, it should take you 8-12 hours, greatly depending on multiple factors.

To get started, you will have to meet some qualifications and have your car inspected, but if interested, you can get started in as little as a few days.  Generally, as long as you’re 21+ years old, have a clean background, car insurance policy and a valid driver’s license, you should be good to go.

To learn more, you can see the qualifications/sign-up information via the official Uber and Lyft website.

Grocery Shop

Time it will take to get money? 1-2 weeks

Don’t want to deliver food?  Don’t want to drive around people?

Well, how about grocery shopping?

Popular apps such as Instacart and Shipt will pay you more than $20+ an hour to grocery shop and then deliver it to the customer’s home.

Like the apps already mentioned, how much you earn depends so much on where you shop, when you shop and how many hours you work in a day.  Just let it be known that it is possible to make $200 in a day if you’re in the right market and you’re working the right days/hours.

To learn more about this opportunity as well as which companies are hiring in your area, be sure to check out my personal grocery shopping guide to see how you can start delivering groceries.


Time it will take to get money? 1-2 weeks

TaskRabbit is yet another app you can apply to and make upwards of $200 in a day.  Again, it really depends on how hard you work and which jobs you complete.

This app is much different than the rest as you never know what pops up on the job board.  It can be anything from mowing someone’s lawn to putting together furniture or cleaning a home.  Since the app has partnered with IKEA, you will find a ton of furniture assembly gigs on here.

You get to choose the jobs you want to complete and can even haggle on the price.  Plus, you get to work whenever you please.

For instance, while I’m writing this, I’m looking at some of the featured taskers making as much as $52 to $75 per hour moving furniture.  In that scenario, you could have $200 in hands in less than four hours.

Again, it’s going to take some work, but it can be done.  Just don’t expect it to be easy as many of the gigs are labor intensive.

To learn how you can become a “tasker,” you can follow this link to view the requirements as well as learn more about the platform.

Amazon Flex

Time it will take to get money? 1-4 weeks

The Amazon Flex platform allows you to deliver Amazon packages on your own time, any time you wish.  Just turn on the app, pick out a schedule you want to work (usually 3-4 shifts) and deliver the packages as noted in the app.

Most blocks pay $54 to $72 each, but you may be able to squeeze three shifts in the day if you’re lucky enough, which could bring you close to that $200 number.  During the busier months, when Amazon is having a hard time filling these spots, it could be even easier as they often boost the rates.

As long as you don’t mind driving around town and dropping packages off at a door, this could be a fantastic way to earn $200 in less than 24 hours.

Keep in mind that not all cities have Amazon Flex and you won’t always get approved immediately.  In some cases, it could take months to get approved.  Just keep this mind.

Teach English Online

Time it will take to get money? 1-2 weeks

If you have a bachelor’s degree, you may want to take a shot at teaching English to Chinese children overseas.

It’s a job you can do from home and work whenever you please.  You just need a webcam and a computer.  It’s a very flexible gig!

If interested in teaching online, the pay does start at $15~ per hour, sometimes up to $25+ with the right experience and company.  Even if you make $20 an hour, it will only take you 10 hours to gross $200 for the day.  Yes, it will be a lot of work, but hey, who said making $200 a day is going to be easy?

In the past, I wrote about more than 31+ ESL teaching jobs if you want to take a look who’s hiring right now.  Remember, almost all of them do require a bachelor’s degree to qualify.

Out of most options I list, this is one of the best ways to earn a living online and make a nice amount of cash.


Time it will take to get money? 2-4 weeks

If you don’t want to teach English to children overseas, but you like the idea of teaching, then you may want to consider tutoring.

Whether it’s math, English science or a subject in between, there are a ton of platforms you can consider, all of which I cover in this post.

Seeing you can set your hourly rate on a lot of these platforms, you can easily make an excess of $30+ per hour, sometimes much more.  This is dependent on the topic you’re teaching.  On many websites, you will need to build your client base, but it doesn’t take long once you prove yourself and build a detailed profile so that they can find you.

Like teaching English overseas, however, most companies will require you have a college degree and/or be in college at the time of applying.

Freelance Writing

Time it will take to get money? 1 week

Like teaching, making $200 in a day is entirely possible with freelance writing, but it’s going to take some work.

Even if you’re not the best writer and new to the field, it is possible as many of your content mills hire novice writers and pay $3 to $7~ per 500 words.  Even at that rate, you would have to write 30-40 articles in one day to earn $200.  Is that possible?  Of course, but it could take you 12+ hours to do it.

The real money comes in when you start to gain a client base and work with companies that actually pay you.  This could take some time, however, as many of these platforms will require working experience.  It sucks to make so little in the beginning, but it can pay off in the future, I promise you that.

Whether you’re a rookie or have years of experience, check out the more than 40+ websites that will pay you to type.  I also wrote about sites that pay you to write poetry and even reviews.

In signing up with just one or two, it shouldn’t take long to get approved and start earning.

Pet Sitting / Dog Walking

Time it will take to get money? 3-6 weeks

Whether it’s walking a dog around the block or watching someone’s dog a few hours a day, $200 a day is possible, but it’s going to take a few clients for the day to reach this goal.

If you’re a fan of pets and don’t mind taking them out and/or watching them for the night, then you may want to sign up for one or all of the websites I mentioned in my dog sitting guide.

Like many of the options I note here, it could take you some time to build up a client base, but once you do, it shouldn’t be hard to complete seven jobs in a day at $30 a pop.


Time it will take to get money? 3-6 weeks

The term “freelance” is very broad, I know, but I’m almost certain that there’s some sort of skill you can use to make money online.

From bidding on jobs on Upwork to posting a service on Fiverr, there are buyers for your service out there; you just need to know how to find them.

For now, check out the graphic below to give you an idea as to how you could make your money online:

You won’t make $200 in a day fast at first, but as you build your client base and/or bid on the right job, it can be done within the next few weeks.

Freelancing is a tough gig, and it’s quite competitive, but with the right mindset and dedication, you can make money doing it.

To get started right now, I recommend you invest a few dollars in yourself and check out one of the many highly-rated freelancing books on Amazon.

Focus Groups

Time it will take to get money? 2-5 weeks

Focus groups are an awesome way to earn $200 in one day, sometimes much more if you’re willing to offer your body up for medical purposes.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process, you will be asked to show up at a local facility and will then be shown new products and/or asked questions about a particular topic.  Or, in the case of a medical trial, you will help test out a new medical procedure and/or medication of sorts.  In short, you will provide your feedback to help these companies improve their products.

It can take a while to find a focus group you qualify for, but with some work, it shouldn’t be hard to get an appointment within the next week or so.  You just need to know where to look.

As writing about focus groups in depth involves its own post, I recommend you check out my get paid to become a test subject guide as I talk about the many ways you can earn up to $1,000 as well as who’s looking for someone like you right now.

Time it will take to get money? 1-2 weeks has a variety of jobs, ranging from child care to housekeeping, pet sitting, senior care and even house sitting.

While it may be hard to reach $200 a day, you could come close, but it will be greatly dependent upon the job you apply to.

The cool thing about is that you create an account and then apply right away to the jobs in your area.  You can also create a detailed profile so that local providers can find you as well.

As long as you can sell yourself, pass a background check and pass an interview, the job could be yours.

Remote Customer Service Rep

Time it will take to get money? 2-4 weeks

A number of companies today outsource their customer service representatives to people who work from home.  Some of these popular companies include Apple and even U-Haul, for example.

As a customer service representative, it will be your duty to take phone calls and help the customer on the other end solve whatever problem they may be having.  Don’t worry as these companies will train you to make sure you’re competent while on the job.

Many of these companies allow you to work on your own schedule, meaning you don’t have to commit to your standard 9-5.  This greatly depends on who you apply with, though.

For now, check out this best entry-level jobs post as I talk about the many companies hiring right now.  Some of them start at $15+ per hour, meaning you could make $200 in a day if you work the entire day.

Start Flipping

Time it will take to get money? 2-4 weeks

No, I don’t mean backflips, but flipping items, as in finding something for cheap and selling it elsewhere for more, such as eBay or even Craigslist.

Whether it’s hitting up a garage sale or even finding heavily discounted clearance items at a local retailer, there are so many ways to find underpriced items and sell them elsewhere for a profit.  If you can find just 10 items that make you $20 in profit, that’s a cool $200!

On the downside, however, a lot of people are doing this as many YouTubers often push this practice online.  Nonetheless, it’s an option, and I would never steer clear someone of an idea, no matter how competitive it is.

For now, check out the many free YouTube videos online or even check out the helpful Flipping subreddit.  In studying these, it should give you an idea as to how to succeed in this niche.

Take Advantage of Credit Card Bonuses

Time it will take to get money? 4-8 weeks

As long as you have good credit and you feel you can spend upwards of $1,000 to $5,000 in the next three months, then you may want to check out some current credit card bonuses.

These credit card companies will simply pay you a one-time bonus as long as you meet the minimum spend, sometimes as much as $800+ in rewards.

If you’re already buying stuff and/or even paying bills, then 99% of the time, it isn’t hard to meet the qualifications.

To see what kind of bonuses you can take advantage of right now, refer to this list or this list.  They do a good job keeping you up to date.

Again, only consider this route if you have good credit and feel as if you can meet the spending requirements to get your bonus money.

Out of all the options I list here, this will be the easiest $200+ you make in a day.

Sell Your Hair

Time it will take to get money? 2-4 weeks

This one is a pinch extreme, but if you’re desperate for $200 and you have more than eight inches of hair you’re willing to hack off, then you may want to consider it.

Every day, hundreds of people buy natural hair, and they may want yours if it’s long enough and healthy enough.

It’s yet another topic I wrote about in the past, so if you are interested in doing this, you can find out about the many marketplaces in that post.

Perform on the Streets

Time it will take to get money? 24-48 hours

This could work only if you live in a busier area with a lot of traffic, such as Las Vegas or maybe a college town.  It will also work only if you have a talent as well.

From playing the guitar to maybe singing, take an entertainment-like skill to the streets and see who’s willing to throw you a few dollars in your hat.  If it’s busy enough, it shouldn’t be too hard to earn $200 in the day, especially if it’s during a busier time of year.

Before going this route, however, be sure to check out locals to ensure don’t get in trouble with local law enforcement.

Final Thoughts

Making $200 in one day can be done, but it’s going to take some work.  And, in some cases, it may take a few weeks once you get your accounts activated and/or find some clients.

As much as I would like to tell you that it’s very easy to earn $200 in 24 hours, it’s not the case.  Unless you have something to sell or you find a great gig on Craigslist, it’s going to take some time to get there, but it can be done.

For now, check out the many ideas mentioned above as they should open up some doors to your $200 daily goal.  Personally, I love the food delivery/delivery apps as this is often your quickest way to $200+ a day.  Just don’t forget to factor in vehicle expenses!

If you want something more long-term, however, then I would focus more on freelancing as this could lead to a very lucrative part-time or even full-time career.  Patience is a virtue if taking this route.

Now, I give the microphone to you.

Do you have any more ideas?

Do you want to comment on what I already mentioned?

Whatever is on your mind (as long as on topic, of course!), you’re more than welcome to leave a comment below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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