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How to Make Money Fast: 10 Easy Ways to Make Money in the next Hour

How to Make Money Fast: 10 Easy Ways to Make Money in the next Hour

The average savings rate for an American under 35 right now is -1.8 percent. (Yes, negative.)[1] Coupled with declining salaries from large companies[3] and the rise of the “gig economy” (where payments don’t always occur at stable times), there are often situations now where (especially young) people need to know how to make money fast.

Of course, thousands of sites — maybe even millions — claim to offer ways to make money fast, or to teach you some hack about how to make money fast, but the sites are scattered and have varying degrees of validity. Many of us don’t know where to start, or if the site we found is reputable.

Our goal here is to fix that and to show 10 possibilities for how to make money fast.

1. Do One-off Selling on LetGo

LetGo is a great site for one-off selling to people in your neighborhood or general region. Anything with value, from clothes to old books and magazines, is going to be fair game.

You need quality images, some ideas of a valid price point, and the ability to upload. You can also cross-share on Facebook and Instagram to drive more traffic to the sale. People have sold everything from old pens to collections of Blue Apron recipes on LetGo and made money quickly.

2. Sell Overseas for a Better Price

Two good sites for this are Alibaba and Taobao. When you sell items that are local to you but to overseas customers, you can get better deals —  because things are often considered more valuable if they’re rare or imported from elsewhere.

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While it is possible to also sell services on sites like these, offering services from the U.S. to China might require consistent use of a private jet, and if that’s your situation, you probably don’t need this article in the first place.

3. Rent out a Room on AirBnB

AirBnB is an excellent way to make some additional cash. Many are now renting out their apartment and, using the funds from that rental, traveling the same weekend.

Most AirBnB hosts are still doing it for side/quick money, although there are six-figure AirBnB earners.[2] In 2016, about 75 people worldwide earned more than $1 million hosting AirBnB,[4] although admittedly earnings for hosts are higher in 15 cities globally.[5] (In general, a “good” AirBnB city can yield a host up to 81% of their rent.)

Signing up for AirBNB is safe and easy, here’re some handy tips to get started.

4. Rent out Parking Space with JustPark

You can rent out driveways, car parks, empty hotel spaces, etc. — and do so within the time windows that work for you with JustPark. There are a few limitations you need to be aware of, such as whether you’re the legal owner of the space (not a deal-breaker!) or whether the space requires FOB access. Check out the detailed requirements on JustPark here.

JustPark is a good revenue-generator for some, although the monthly earnings are likely to be less than AirBnB. One “hack” to know, though: JustPark listings that include Minimum Retail Prices actually — and counterintuitively! — make 4x the revenue of other listings on the service.[6]

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5. Writer Reviews as a Product Tester

This is a fairly easy one: visit a website/app, complete a series of tasks, and earn $10 per test on UserTesting. There are some necessary requirements, including:

  • A PC or Mac, an internet connection, and a microphone. You’ll need an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet If you’d like to take Mobile tests.
  • Ability to download testing software.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Ability to speak your thoughts aloud in English.

6. Teach on iTalki

In short, you’ll get paid to help others learn a language. There are a number of benefits, including a flexible schedule and international payments. Close to 20 languages are currently available to teach in, with demand consistently growing.

iTalki takes about 15% of your earnings, and is best thought of as an extra income source — not a primary one. It’s a good example of how to make money fast though you won’t make a huge amount.[7]

Sign up and become a teacher on iTalki.

7. Do Pet Sitting

There’s an extensive database of pet sitting jobs available on PetSitter, which is a huge bonus for pet lovers looking for ideas on how to make money fast.

In addition to pet-sitting, there are a range of other pet-related activities (mostly dog-walking and feeding). The ceiling on pet-sitting earnings from this or other sites (such as Rover) is about $3,000-$4,000 per month, with most users making less than $1,000.[8]

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It depends on time available, market you’re operating in, and context. By “context,” one thing to note is that finding people who vacation a lot (empty nesters, retirees, etc.) will increase your recurring income from pet sitting. Once they trust you with their pets, they might hand you the contract for every vacation.

8. Get a Child Care or Home Care Job

You can find typically child care or home care jobs designed to fit your schedule on Care.com. The jobs will vary from babysitting to nanny work to after-school pickup to housekeeping, shopping, errands, and more. They do offer rate calculators for various services, such as babysitting, with larger cities starting around $20/hour relative to experience.

One advantage of making money on Care.com is the volume of jobs available is very high. If you have flexibility to combine different commitments, you can generate $1,500+/month from this site.

9. Become a Uber Driver

There have been lots of discussions about driving for Uber vs. Lyft and which is better for drivers (the argument varies), but Uber’s driver requirements aren’t hard to pass. Check out the requirements to become a Uber driver here.

Ride share driving is easy in terms of GPS navigation helping guide you, and the schedule is flexible. The actual hourly rate varies by city, but it’s usually $20/hour or under.[9]

It’s oftentimes hard for Uber to classify because they don’t designate their drivers as employees. When they advertise $40/hour (as has happened), that’s probably on the very high end.

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Now you can even get a guaranteed $275 for your first 40 rides with the invite code here.

10. Sell Your Talent at Fiverr

Fiverr is one of the more popular gig sites, with new projects requested every five seconds and about 25 million projects completed to date. There are about 100 categories to choose from including writing, animation, design, making products go viral, Facebook cover photos, voice-over, etc.

As a seller, you can charge anywhere from $5 to $995 for your package. They also have a “Pro” option now once you either prove expertise in a given area or work with a wide variety of clients.

People do make six figures on Fiverr,[10] although that’s admittedly rare — most people make about $300 to $500/month depending on their level of commitment to the platform.[11]

Start selling your skill at Fiverr.

The Bottom Line

There are many practical ways to make money fast online, typically through the emergence of new platforms. It’s important to remember the trade-off between flexibility and stability.

These approaches of how to make money fast will usually give you some degree of flexibility in when you work and how you earn, but they may not give you stability. If you have certain bills that are due at a given time each month (i.e. rent on the 1st), you will need approaches to how you save or periods of time you ramp up working.

Reference

[1] The Wall Street Journal: Younger Generation Faces a Savings Deficit
[2] Fast Company: Secrets Of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb Business
[3] Wharton: Why It No Longer Pays to Work for a Larger Firm
[4] Forbes: The 75 People Who Make $1M A Year From Airbnb
[5] Smart Asset: Where Do Airbnb Hosts Make the Most Money?
[6] Just Park: 7 Easy Ways To Increase Your JustPark Earnings
[7] glassdoor: iTalki
[8] New York Post: Meet the people making $3,300 a month pet-sitting for strangers
[9] The Washington Post: How much Uber drivers actually make per hour
[10] Forbes: How These 3 People Make 6 Figures A Year On Fiverr
[11] Joseph Feliciano: 22 Days On Fiverr + Income Report

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14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

3. Create a System

Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

5. Use a Ratings Scale

Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

7. Offer Feedback Forms

Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

8. Track Cost Effectiveness

This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

9. Use Self-Evaluations

Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

10. Monitor Time Management

This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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    The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

    While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

    11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

    We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

    Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

    For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

    Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

    Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

    From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

    12. Utilize Peer Feedback

    This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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    Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

    Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

    It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

    13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

    When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

    Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

    Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

    14. Use an External Evaluator

    Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

    They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

    While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

    Final Thoughts

    These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

    The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

    The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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