It’s no secret — there are thousands of ways to make money online, with more being invented every day. But for people feeling the financial pinch and in need of a side hustle (or full-time hustle), not all of these online jobs may be fast enough.
Many online jobs pay their workers weekly, bi-weekly, even monthly. They may pay in arrears, meaning you get paid weeks from now for the work you do today. Yes, you will get paid but for people facing an empty gas tank or past-due bills, they may need to get paid now.
Fortunately, certain online jobs do pay daily. Some of these jobs may be better suited for certain purposes than others, but all of them at least have the option of claiming your money the same day as you earn it.
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Here are our picks for the best online jobs that pay daily.
Top Online Jobs that Pay Daily
1. Filling Out Surveys
Yes, companies will pay you to fill out surveys. It may seem ridiculous, but you are actually providing these companies a valuable service. Modern companies make business decisions based on data. They are willing to pay for that data.
Now, real talk — they don’t pay handsomely. Even if you fill out surveys at lightning speed, this is a fairly low-paying gig. The upside is that you need no experience, no qualifications, and you can start filling out surveys immediately. Just make an account at a popular cash-for-surveys site and start answering questions. You can fill out surveys in your spare time, on break from your day job, even on the couch while you watch TV.
Some of the most popular survey-filling sites also let you cash out your earnings the same day as you earn them. There is usually a minimum withdrawal threshold, but it is often pretty manageable — for example, you can only cash out if your balance is at least $5.
Here are some survey sites to consider to get paid daily and quickly:
- Survey Junkie. You can cash out with PayPal or gift cards whenever your earnings balance reaches $5.
- Swagbucks. This odd-jobs site lets you fill out surveys and cash out via PayPal with a balance of at least $5.
- Pinecone Research. This higher-end data company pays quite well — $3 per survey, with instant cash-out.
- Toluna Influencers. You can fill out surveys or play games, and cash out with PayPal with a balance of at least $10.
2. Website and App Testing
Companies that produce websites, apps, and games need people to test them. This is so they can identify what works and what doesn’t work in the digital experience. They may pay people to beta-test the experience before it gets released to the general public, or they may ask people to test already-launched digital experiences to improve them or to test new features.
Again, this is a job you can start doing immediately, with little or no credentials or experience, by signing up for a user-testing website and digging into their offerings. Several of these websites offer the option of immediate or same-day payout, and the pay is often better than filling out surveys. Here are some websites to consider:
- PlaytestCloud. Pays about $9 for each ~15-minute test.
- UserTesting. Pays about $10 for each ~20-minute test.
- UserCrowd. Pays $0.20-$1 for short tests.
- TestingTime. Pays $10-$15 for each ~20-minute test.
- TryMyUI. Pays $10 for each ~10-20 minute test.
Another online cash-grab you can start anytime with little experience is a growing field called “microtasks” or “microjobs.” These are small tasks that require human input. Companies and institutions will hire out microtasks if they have odd, low-skill jobs, but not enough of them to merit a full-time employee to do them.
Microjobs might include transcribing hand-written letters for museums, doing simple data-entry, or identifying road signs in pictures to help self-driving car algorithms learn to recognize them.
As you can imagine, these jobs don’t pay particularly well, but if you hustle you can make some grocery or fun money. Here are some sites you can use to find microtasks:
- Amazon Mechanical Turk
- Inbox Dollars
- Task Rabbit
You can also find microtasks on the Subreddit helpfully titled r/Slavelabour.
4. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a big, complicated topic, but the gist of it is that you promote other peoples’ products or services, and get a commission for each sale that comes from your promotion. Usually you get a dedicated link that your referrals can click, which tags them as a purchase that comes from you.
How do you promote your link? Often through a blog, or though an email list, or through direct-response marketing. Of course, all of these take time, money, and in some cases luck to build out. But if you can get a good affiliate marketing business, you can find affiliates that pay out daily.
Some companies run their affiliate program directly. For example, Amazon has an affiliate program called Amazon Associates, where you can get commissions for promoting Amazon products! Others host their affiliate programs on marketplaces like:
- Commission Junction
The next series of jobs fall more into the realm of freelancing or the “gig economy.” Many online platforms exist to help freelancers find clients, but not all of them offer daily payouts. At the end of this article is a section titled “Work-From-Home Platforms that Pay Daily.” These are some places to start looking if the goal is to cash out quickly.
5. Freelance Copywriting
Modern businesses have an insatiable need for written content. If you have a way with words, you can quickly make money writing web copy, sales page copy, brochure copy, LinkedIn bios, white papers, email teasers, blogs, social media posts, and a million-and-one other copywriting needs.
To do this, you need a way with words — but that doesn’t mean you need a certificate or a degree. If you got good grades in high school English, you can probably do this.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your research. Get some books or watch some video content about how to write effective sales copy. Sales copy in particular needs to follow specific formulas to hit emotional buying triggers. Blogs are a little more forgiving … but you should still look into the science of reader engagement.
As far as getting paid daily goes, which platform you choose makes a difference. Some freelance-writing platforms make you wait a week or longer for your pay … but some have the option for same-day payout. If you want to get paid daily, check the section at the bottom of this article for ideas of where to start.
Maybe you aren’t good at generating original content, but you are good at checking and proofreading other peoples’ content. This is a very important job, because copywriters have a hard time proofreading their own copy. They tend to see what they meant to write instead of what they actually wrote.
As with copywriting, which platform you choose makes a big difference in how quickly you get paid. Check the section at the end of this article for ideas of where to start looking for daily payout.
Transcription means taking an audio or video recording of a lecture or conversation, then writing down what was said. Companies need transcription for all kinds of reasons. They might need to add subtitles to a video, or turn a live tutorial into an SOP, or repurpose a podcast as a blog.
Regardless, no one wants to spend hours listening to their own voice and writing down what they said word-for-word. They would much rather pay you to do it. It’s not a very fun job, but it’s one you can do from home with basic listening and writing skills in the relevant language.
Many freelancer platforms exist where you can get started transcribing for money. If you want to get paid daily, make sure the site you choose has an instant or same-day payout plan.
8. Data Entry
Many large companies have full-time data entry technicians, but those not large enough to maintain that payroll rely on freelancers. To enter data, you just need to have good reading comprehension and be proficient at typing. Other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward job that doesn’t require special skills.
9. Photo and Video Editing
Photo and video editing may seem like an advanced skill, but many people who try it out are pleasantly surprised.
There’s not much of a learning curve to learn basic video editing using a free or cheap software solution like iMovie, Filmora, or Da Vinci. Video audio can easily be edited using the free digital audio workstation Audacity. You can edit photos using free software like Adobe Lightroom. Tutorial videos for these products abound on YouTube.
You can grab license-free background music, sound effects, stock images, or stock footage to spice up your edits and deliver to clients a video product they can be proud of.
Of course, if you are already an experienced photo or video editor, this skill is in high demand. The better you get, the more specialized services you can offer.
10. Graphic Design
Companies need good graphic design as much as they need copywriting, if not more. Fortunately, thanks to online DIY platforms like Canva, it is easier than ever to find attractive templates and make logos, brochures, book covers, reports, resumes, social media banners, and more.
If you are a talented coder, you may be able to get quick and easy coding work on a freelance basis. Clients tend to be solopreneurs with websites or apps experiencing bugs that they need to have fixed.
If you are good at an academic subject, you can sign up to be a tutor using an online tutoring platform — basically a video-conferencing platform with some extra bells and whistles to make it easier to collaborate like an in-person classroom. If you speak a language that is in high demand, it can be easy to get jobs tutoring or teaching that language.
Sometimes you need a certification to market yourself as a tutor in languages or other subjects, but some of those certificates are affordable and most can be obtained online.
13. Flipping Second Hand Products
This isn’t strictly “online” work, but you can use online platforms to make sales. This involves finding cheap — or free — products and then selling them. You can often find clothing or other products on clearance at discount stores, or secondhand at thrift shops.
You may even be able to find quality merchandise on the “free” section of Craigslist. Secondhand items may need some cleaning or refurbishing.
Then you can sell these products at a markup online. Of course, when you get paid depends on when you find a buyer. Selling on Amazon or starting a Shopify store is complicated, but you may be able to get a quick payout selling the item on eBay, depending on the price.
Other marketplaces, like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, allow you to sell locally and collect cash immediately. You may even be able to get the buyer to come to you.
READ MORE: How To Start An eBay Business
14. Rideshare and Delivery Apps
Rideshare and delivery apps like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and UberEats require you to have a car and to get out there and do legwork, but because they are apps and they allow you to use your own vehicle, we’re including them as “online jobs.”
Most apps have a program for you to get paid early, although there may be extra fees.
15. Day Trading
Day-trading or swing-trading stocks, options, or cryptocurrency is a potent way to collect profits early. Of course, you need to already have some money to start getting paid daily as a day trader — and you had better know what you are doing. Plenty of smart people have huge fortunes wiped out by day trading without adequate understanding of the marketplace.
As mentioned, many of the above hustles are freelance work, staples of the “gig economy.” Many platforms exist to help you find willing customers but how quickly you get paid depends on the platform. The following platforms have the option to get paid daily, or at least quickly.
Find Your Own Clients
With freelance work like writing and being a virtual assistant, while many clients may be inclined to pay weekly or bi-weekly, if you find your own clients, or they find you, you may be able to ask them to pay you daily.
To find your own clients, as opposed to joining a freelance marketplace, you will need to reach out to small online business owners yourself, or create an online presence where potential clients can find you.
The largest freelance marketplace, Fiverr is based on “gigs” and a staple for gig-working freelancers. You only officially earn the money when your customer accepts the work, but once accepted you can request early payout for a fee. If you don’t request early payout, you have to wait 1-2 weeks.
Upwork focuses less on gigs than Fiverr and more on long-term work. It’s a classic place to find virtual assistants. Like Fiverr, it also has an option for early payout.
Many freelance gigs can be found on various subreddits, oriented around gigs like graphic design, coding, copywriting, social media, etc. There’s also a freelance-specific subreddit, r/freelance_forhire. You can bid on jobs and get paid quickly.
Craigslist is a great marketplace because you can sell products or services on your own terms, and collect payment under whatever terms you negotiate.