You know that old saying, “Stuff happens”? Of course you do! Except maybe the first word isn’t “stuff.”
Anyway – stuff happens. Maybe you’re out of work, and you need a quick way to find money for rent and groceries. Maybe someone in your family has an accident and needs medical care you can’t cover. There are a thousand “stuff happens” situations that can occur, and there are just as many ways to find the cash fast to deal with them. Today, I’m highlighting 10 of those ways to earn quick cash for you.
See if your friends or family have any odd jobs they need done.
My first method means starting close to home – ask your family and friends if they have any odd jobs that need doing. Let them know you need to make some cash quickly, and they’re sure to think hard about any tasks you may be able to do for them. Your dad might need help with housekeeping, or a cousin might need someone to run to the grocery store while she’s home with the kids. Remember to ask your online friends, too – you never know which long-distance friend might need help with their website, or who was just wondering how to improve their résumé. You might just be able to help them out for a modest fee!
Do you have a truck? Offer to transport stuff.
If you have a truck, you’ve got a money-maker sitting in your driveway. Check with your family and friends to see if anyone needs anything moved – with a truck, you can transport anything from furniture and appliances to sod and other garden material. You can even pull trailers! Make sure you ask your friends and family to recommend your services to their friends and acquaintances as well, and don’t forget to factor the cost of gas into whatever fee you ask for moving stuff with your vehicle.
If you have a large movie/TV collection, sell what you don’t watch that frequently.
If you own dozens or even hundreds of movies and television shows on DVD or Blu-ray, consider selling the titles that you don’t watch that frequently or don’t care about that much. Honestly, the ones that you’re lukewarm on are probably available to watch on a streaming service like Netflix, anyway. Sites like SecondSpin and Decluttr (use code THEWAHWIFE to receive a $5 bonus when you sign up) will take your used media items and pay you cash for them! (You could also probably sell these items directly to friends and family, so don’t forget to check with them first.)
Sell your plasma.
Selling your plasma is another way to make quick cash while also helping your fellow human beings. Plasma is important in manufacturing therapies for many chronic and rare diseases. Over at Donating Plasma, you can learn more about the requirements for donating plasma and find local donation centers. Reportedly, you can make up to $400 a month selling your plasma, while other reports place each individual donation between $20-$50.
Try to remember who owes you money.
We’ve all done it – given a friend or family member a loan and then not followed up on collecting. When we’re flush, we don’t always like asking for our money back: our loved ones needed financial help, and we had that help to give. However, when we get in a tight spot and need to generate some cash, it’s useful to remember who does owe you money. They might be in a better position than you, able to pay you back and make you both square.
Scout weekend yard and garage sales for items you can flip for a profit.
If you have some funds but need more money fast and have a free weekend, spend Saturday visiting local yard and garage sales. You can find local sales online through Facebook yard sale groups, Craigslist, Yard Sale Search, and other similar sites. Look for any items you might be able to flip quickly – vintage jewelry, electronics, tools, baby stuff, sports equipment, etc. Do some research beforehand to see what type of stuff sells for decent prices online, and don’t forget to negotiate prices at the yard sale to score the best deals. Turn the good stuff around for fast cash on eBay or Facebook Buy/Sell Groups.
If you’re an artist, do a quick sale on social media avatars.
Do you have a gift for drawing? Maybe you don’t do it professionally, but people have always comment on how much they like your doodles or illustrations. If so, you could do a quick sale on social media avatars! Many people love having cartoon or illustrated versions of themselves, especially for their Twitter or Facebook profile pictures. And these images are generally limited enough that you should be able to do them fairly quickly. Sell them for $5-15 a pop and score some quick cash! (If you don’t have a large social media following, consider offering your services through Fiverr.)
If you enjoy practicing photography, sell some of your photographs.
Do you enjoy taking photographs? Have you taken some pretty great photos? Sell some of them! You could sell your photos as stock photos to sites like Alamy, Adobe Stock, and Shutterstock. If you don’t want to sell stock photos, try selling your photographs directly as art pieces or on merchandise at sites like FineArtAmerica, Redbubble, and Society6. You could also look for magazines or greeting card companies to sell your photographs to!
Sign up with TaskRabbit.
TaskRabbit is a handy app that connects local people who can do odd jobs with people who need odd jobs done. It stresses being a safe and reliable facilitator as well! So if you’re a handy person, and someone nearby needs a TV mounted, you can land that gig via TaskRabbit and earn some cash. According to their website, the popular task categories include cleaning, delivery, furniture assembly, and personal assistant-type jobs. (And you thought struggling with all that Ikea furniture assembly wasn’t preparing you for anything!) Sign up on TaskRabbit’s site to get started, and you’ll need to attend an onboarding session near you.
Sell your hair; it’s summer!
Do you have long, healthy, and untreated hair? Have you thought about rocking a cute new ‘do? Consider chopping off all that length, and selling your hair! It’s summer and hot as heck, anyway. Quality human hair is often in high demand for wigs and extensions. You can make anywhere from less than $100 to over $900, depending on the length of hair and how in-demand your color or hair type are. Check with local salons or hair stylists to see if they’re buying, or turn to an online marketplace like BuyandSellHair.com.
That’ll do it for now. I hope you’ve found a way to ease your financial needs – and don’t forget to drop me a note and let me know how these methods work for you!
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