I was recently tossing around some ideas to make some quick money. If you are looking for some longer-term methods of making money online, check out the article I wrote about how to make money blogging or how I make money writing articles for Hubpages. There are many others listed, but the above 3 seem to be the most popular ways of making extra cash.
I would also probably fill out a few surveys on CashCrate. Feel free to share how you would come up with the money in the comments!! Not only can we quickly make some money by selling our things, we can quickly reduce some of the clutter in our home! I would try to get a few extra hours at my part time job.
I would immediately pick up my local yellow pages and make a list of temporary agencies. I would then find out which of them have weekend and weeknight work, and sign-up with those companies. Those jobs are not guaranteed, so while waiting for a call, I would look around my home to see if I have anything that could be sold on EBay or craigslist to raise some cash. Next I would see if I have any skills that others might pay me for — this could be yard work, sewing, painting, dog walking, cooking, running errands — just about anything.
I would then craft an ad outlining my services and hourly rate and post that on craigslist. I would sell ad space on my sites or permanent links to raise money quickly. I would go to the garage and sell anything worth selling on ebay. Have a garage sale. DVDs, CDs and books can sometimes go for a good price. Another idea would be to sell your body to science.
Many local universities and some companies are often hiring subjects to be in research studies. The best way to find these is to look on-line or to check the newspaper. Typically the ads are in the local weekly or neighborhood publications. Ebay immediately comes to mind — selling some unused stuff.
Also, I would look at changing my tax withholding for a pay period or two. I might offer to pet sit or baby sit. I would possibly get a second job that paid some tips such as waiting tables. I might consider selling blood plasma to the local blood bank. Have a garage sale 2. Take a consulting gig 3. Teach a college course or be a guest lecturer only applicable if you have the proper credentials 4. Teach private swimming lessons 5.
Also, another idea is to call your local marketing research facility a place that does focus groups, taste tests, etc. My preferred method is to use eBay but a good old fashioned garage sale will work, too. Most of us have some things lying around that still have some value that could be sold. Just go through your house, attic, garage, miscellaneous storage areas for anything that could be sold. Clean up a little and take a weekend to gather the items. Then the next weekend Saturday probably works best get up early and start putting out the stuff.
The key to a successful garage sale is marketing. You could also list it for free on craigslist. Enjoy your new found money and consider giving the unsold items to a local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Pawn shops could be another option for selling items. The other thing I would try is to get a job that would pay me that amount of money. Unfortunately, a lot of jobs only pay out every couple weeks, so you may miss the deadline. So you would need to look for a job that pays either weekly or in cash.
Examples could be babysitting, landscaping, washing cars, etc. Sell some books, dvds, baby clothes, etc. During my years of living on credit, I accumulated a lot of things I do not need or use. I might also consider a garage sale. Selling stuff serves two purposes: Do you have any ideas of your own? In order for us to maintain this website, some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. Great job putting this together.
Cool to see all the responses. Funny how most were the same. Almost everyone wants to sell something. I would rather try to earn some money by asking a few neighbors if I could help with something, like cutting their grass or cutting wood or picking up leaves next month or babysitting their kids. Curt yep, there are a lot of sellers and I agree with you because you can only sell so much… but I guess the way I posed the question caused those responses….
Heidi I agree, I am very intrigued with living a minimalist lifestyle… I am not quite there yet, but making progress!! I would take an options play on a couple of finanical and resource stocks I have been keeping a close eye on.
But like the saying goes, easy come, easy go and I could lose that money just as quickly. For a safer bet the above commenters options are much better though less fun! One word of advice from a Randy Travis song: Never Sell Your Saddle.
At one temp agency, I sat around with a bunch of other people several mornings from 6am to noon waiting for nonexistent work — I finally gave up on that one. Broke yea, I would suggest signing up with a few more temp agencies so you could get work from any of them.
I used to work for a few of them and did some unskilled jobs. And just stay on them and tell them kindly how much you need the work and if they are anything like the ones I worked for they will help you out…. Found this article through The Simple Dollar and realy enjoyed it.
I liked the idea of selling ad space in a crunch. I bet it you actively marketed the space you could find a buyer pretty quickly, especially a high-traffic site.
I babysit for extra cash. I babysat last Friday night from 6: I babysat again last night from 6: You can do it twice a week. You lay still for an hour, and they take out the blood, separate the plasma from the rest, and then return it to your body along with some saline.
Plus, at the place I used to do it, they had monitors on the walls showing movies to pass the time. I would ask family or friends for the money. If I was in such a tight bind that I really needed money, I am sure that someone close to me would help me out.
Of course I would pay them back when my situation was rectified. Selling my personal stuff would not be an option for me. My first thought is that I would need to buy whatever I sold at a later date.
When I purchased the items, it would almost certainly cost more than what I sold them for in the first place. Getting a freelance job would take up way to much time. Freeing up money will actually allow you to spend more money on things you do need. Otherwise, I wind up spending money on Coke. And thanks for taking the time to survey the top people and letting us know your findings.
I am really seeing the trend of freelancing picking up more and more. I think it will continue especially with more sites going online and needing these services. Also as more and more people need to make some extra money fast. I signed up, called repeatedly, and hung around their offices with a bunch of other guys waiting for nonexistent work. I would take a little money from my food, gas, entertainment, clothing, and gift budgets and cut back in all of those areas for one month.
So here I sit,rejected and waiting for either something to come or the end. My husband had to close his store 5 years ago our only source of income due to the recession.
No one will hire me…. I have basically not much experience. Car was reposessed, 1 year behind on mortgage, cant pay credit cards, utilities barely on. I tried a temp agency, and the younger, quicker kids seem to get the job instead of me. I went on 1 assignment doing data entry, and I was the slowest person there typing about 40wpm with some mistakes. They fired me before the end of my first day.
My husband finally got a job this past October for much less pay than we need. Have had yard sales, nothing left to sell anymore.More...