Every so often everyone hits a little hitch in their financial giddy-up. For many, that time is right now. Maybe you spent a little more during the holidays than you budgeted. Maybe your freelance work slowed down a little more during the holidays than you anticipated. Regardless of the reason, here are a few great ways to make extra money that will have money in your pocket today – no waiting.
Content creation is a great skill to have when working from home. Being able to create well-researched, quality articles will allow you the ability to make extra money quickly.
When it comes to selling your freelance writing services or selling articles you have already written and are ready for publishing, I highly recommend Facebook Groups for bloggers. There are several groups that are focused specifically around articles for sale and writers for hire. You will find a list of those here. Just make sure you don’t pre-sell more than you can produce.
If you live in an urban area and are in need of quick cash, and love animals of course, I highly recommend considering dog walking. Estimated salaries run $30,000 to over $100,000. Most dog walkers charge pet owners $15 to $25 for a one-hour walk. With six dogs, that’s $90 to $150 in just one day – and just one hour if you walk them all at once. And, you will get a little exercise and fresh air while you are at it.
Clean Your Closets
If you have some high quality, gently used items around the house just taking up space, consider putting them up for sale on your local Facebook Buy/Sell Group. This is a great way to pick up extra cash and the turnaround is fast. List, sell and have cash in hand today.
Pick Up Odd Jobs
Desperate times call for desperate measures. There are so many things people are happy to outsource, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be an ongoing gig if you don’t want it to be. List your services in those Facebook Buy/Sell Groups. Offer to babysit, mow yards, scoop snow-covered sidewalks, wash windows, do the laundry… Put yourself out there and make some money fast!
Sell Unused Gift Cards
Christmas was just a few weeks ago. If you need fast cash, unload any gift cards you received on Cardpool. You can get up to 92% of the face value of your card. Already spent some of it? No problem. You can still sell the remaining balance.
Cash In Your Rewards
Discover allows you to earn up to 5% cashback on purchases and was my credit card of choice during the holiday shopping season. As a result, I have a little bit in cashback that I can get as a direct deposit whenever I’m ready. (If you aren’t yet a Discover cardholder, you can get a $50 cashback bonus when making a purchase within three months of opening a new account.)
It’s also a good time to check your Ibotta, SavingStar, Upwork, Fiverr accounts, etc. for any balances that you can have transferred to your bank or PayPal account. You may be surprised what you find! It’s also a good time to get signed up for these extra money-makers for next time.
Run a Flash Sale
Do you have an eBook or course available for purchasing online? Do you sell advertising space on your website? A quick way to make extra money is to discount the price for a just day or two. Don’t do this often or you will lose the ability to ever sell at full price, people will always wait for the next sale, but it’s a great thing to have in a pinch. This is an excellent reason to build a qualified email list of potential buyers year-round.