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Are you a little short this week from the amount of money you need? Is taking on more hours at work or working a second job out of the question because you won’t have the money in time? If so, consider one of these 25 ways to bring in some extra money this week.
(NOTE: I have not tried all of these ways personally. Also, results may vary from individual to individual, depending on where you live and the motivation that you have to make the money).
Let’s get started.
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- Do Day Laborer Work
I have known quite a few people who went to places such as Labor Ready and were able to bring in a nice side income each week during their unemployment. Some of them even ended up landing full time jobs at good companies in my area. The trick is to be there a little before opening time so you can be high on the list until you get a steady gig. Often they pay at the end of each work day, so you can really get the fast cash that you need taking this route. I will say most of the people I know who had success this way were men, however, one of my female friends tried this and was able to get an office setting job this way. Another tip is to drive your car if possible and you can charge other laborers to ride with you to the job.
- Hold Signs
You know when you are driving down the road and see people holding signs for businesses, they are being paid. I know that tax places hire sign holders at the end of the year and they get paid about $15 an hour (depending on the company you are paid daily). However, to find a quick lead to this type of work ask the individual holding the sign who hired them. You may be able to find a company that specializes in finding people sign holding jobs and this could be another avenue for fast cash.
- Deliver Pizza
Pizza companies are usually always looking for drivers. While you won’t get your paycheck for two weeks, you can start making money via tips from your first day of driving.
- Pawn Items
If you have a ton of unwanted items sitting around that are worth something, clean them up and take them to the pawnshop. However, keep in mind they aren’t going to want to pay you that much, so this is probably something that should be done as a last resort. Make sure you do some research before driving to the closet shop too. I know many in our area have a bad reputation so I wouldn’t dare think of stepping foot in one to purchase or sell something.
- Get a Payday Loan
Payday loans are a risky way to get cash because the interest rates are so high and many of the online companies are a scam. I only suggest a Payday loan if you need an amount under $1000 in 24 hours and can pay it back in a week max. I have dealt with Cashnet before in the past for an unexpected expense and I didn’t run into any problems.
- Sell Things You Don’t Need
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Selling things you don’t need can be a quick way to get money. I am moving this month so I am selling as many things as I can and donating the rest. I hate moving with a whole bunch of stuff I don’t use and thanks to OfferUp, I am making sells of stuff left and right.
My advice is to avoid Craigslist and stick to Facebook groups and apps. There are so many shady people on Craigslist and many people will just waste your time.
- Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
Do you have unused gift cards sitting around? Cash them in. We have a few places in my area that purchased unused gift cards for up to 85% of their cash value. Also, there is a sub Reddit where you can sell and there are online sites (do your research before trusting these online sites though).
- Have a Yard/Garage Sale
Have a garage sale and have people come to you to take your unneeded items off your hands. Be ready to negotiate a lot and make sure you abide by any laws in your city for having one. The tip is to have a sale when another neighbor is doing one so you don’t have to spend a lot of time advertising. All you will have to do is put up a few signs and set up.
- Sell Your Old Phone
Have you upgraded phones and stuffed the old ones in your junk drawer? If so, sell them to a company such as Gazelle for quick cash. I would recommend not doing the buy back with your phone company because usually they will only offer you $10-$30 regardless of if the phone is just one upgrade away from being the most recent phone.
- Sell DVDs and CDs
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Do you have a large selection of DVDs and CDs? If so, take them to a pawnshop or Cash Converters to be paid for them. Usually, you will only get $1 max for them, but if you have a huge collection, the money can add up quickly. This is something I recently found out about and I plan to take my three trash bags full of DVDs in sometimes this week to see just how it works out.
- Sell Clothes
Check for second hand clothing stores and sell your clothes to them. One popular option is Plato’s Closet. If you have a ton of designer/name brand clothes, you could come up with the money that you need quickly.
- Sell Your Books
Do you have books that you don’t need? Do your research on companies that buy back books and if you have books that are in good condition you can pull in a few bucks from doing this.
- Sell Scrap Metal
If you have copper and other metal lying around, sell it and get some cash today. However, before going to a place to sell your scrap metal make sure you know the current market rates.
- Sell on Fiverr
As a top rated seller on Fiverr, I can say that this strategy can bring you in a ton of money. However, if you aren’t a top rated seller you will have to wait 2 weeks for the money to be cleared for you to cash out. The key to making money on Fiverr is to offer a basic gig that takes you 1-2 minutes to do and then add on gig extras to rack in the big money. Since I have been offering side gigs on Fiverr, I have made over XX,XXX with them.
- Dumpster Dive
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This is something that I’m not sure I could bring myself to do personally. However, on Reddit I have seen this mentioned more than once. Some people are able to pull in up to $2,500 per week by dumpster diving and selling the things that they find. Therefore, if you don’t mind digging through others trash this could be a lucrative side hustle.
I have seen someone doing this in my neighborhood a few times, so I think it might actually be something good.
- Sell at the Flea Market
The Flea Market can be a great place to sell your items too. I am going to try this next month with my direct sales business and see how it works. Usually, outside tables can be rented for a day for around $20, so at least if you make that amount, you have not lost anything, but time. I have read online about people having success with this, but I don’t know anyone personally.
- Make Things to Sell
Are you good at making Mason Jar Crafts or candles? Consider setting up your own store or selling on Etsy. Again this is something that I have read does well, but don’t know anyone with personal success. However, if you are good at making something unique and have good marketing skills this could be an excellent route to take.
- Sell Stuff on eBay
I have known quite a few people who do well with their side hustle of selling on eBay. One-person purchases stuff from thrift stores and garage sells and sells it for higher on eBay while another person does drop shipping. If you have the time to figure out how to master eBay and read all of their rules this may turn into a side business for you.
- Sell Stuff for Family and Friends
Do your family and friends have a ton of stuff they want to get rid of? Sell it for them and make a profit. Either you could charge them a percentage or you can ask them how much they personally want for it and profit the extra from the sell.
- Sell Your Services
If you have a skill, you can sell it online. I have been selling writing and social media services since 2011 and make a full time living doing it, so it is possible.
- Babysit or Pet sit
If you like being around children or pets, offer to be a sitter. Regarding babysitting there may be some things you have to do to do it legally so make sure you read up on it before jumping in headfirst.
- Deliver Items
Do you have elderly people in your neighborhood? Offer to do their grocery shopping and other errands for them for a fee.
- Sell Rides
Craigslist has a rideshare section where people offer to drive others around and people post looking for drivers. You could post and ad or scan the ads each day to bring in some quick cash.
- Clean Houses
Hiring people to clean your house is a fad now. I have come across quite a few of these gigs listed on Craigslist. If you don’t mind cleaning, clean others homes and tell your clients you will give them a discount if they refer you to their connections to build up clientele fast.
- Check Your Change Jar
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True story, when I lived in Florida I was able to cash in all of my loose change for my first apartment. I had saved over $2,000 in less than 2 months. Change adds up quicker than we think. I also had a strategy in place to grow the amount quickly, but you never know how much money you already have sitting around your home.
Have you tried any of these ways to make extra cash before? How did it work out for you?