Life happens and sometimes that means we need to find a way to make some extra money right now! Maybe your hours at work were cut or you were hit with an unexpected medical cost. Whatever the reasons, you need money and you need it now. So, here are 5 easy ways you can make money right now.
Sell Your Junk
The easiest way to make money is sell stuff you already own. Look around your house (or even ask friends and family) and find any items you are no longer using or loving and that you can part with. Do you have old books or dvds just sitting around collecting dust? How about clothing that you no longer love or that no longer fits? Do you have any furniture that you no longer use? Go through every square inch of your home and look for anything and everything that you can sell. Most people are surprised by how much stuff they have accumulated and how much money they can make just by selling some old junk. There are multiple ways to go about selling items. You can try places like Ebay or Poshmark, which may take a bit longer but still effective, or you can list items on Craigslist, Offer Up, or on your local Facebook yard sale page. Depending on the time of year you could also have a yard sale. Either way you are guaranteed to make a good bit of money. An added bonus…you also just freed up a ton of space in your home.
Re-Sell Your Gift Cards
If you are anything like me, you probably have some gift cards shoved in your wallet or tossed in a drawer in your home. Maybe you received one as a gift and never got around to using it. Maybe it was for a store or restaurant you really didn’t care for. A quick way to make some money is to sell your used gift cards. While you won’t get back the full face value of the card, you usually get a pretty reasonable amount back. And if you aren’t using them anyways, some cash is better than no cash.
Watch Someones Child (or pet)
Babysitting is a pretty easy way to make some extra cash and there are lots of families out there who are looking for date night babysitters. Depending on the location where you live you can make a good bit of money working a couple hours on a Friday night. If children aren’t your thing, why not walk dogs or pet sit for someone if they need to go out of town? While you probably won’t make as much as you would if you babysat, you still have the ability to bring in some extra cash.
Shovel Snow or Cut Lawns
Depending on the season, why not offer your services to those in your neighborhood. In the Summer you can mow grass and in the Winter shovel sidewalks and driveways. Most people hate doing these chores and will gladly pay someone to do it for them. How much you make will completely depend on how big someones yard is and how long it will take you. Mowing grass and shoveling snow is hard work and physical labor so be sure to charge accordingly.
Everyone is good at something and everyone has certain areas of specialty in which they shine. If you are a whiz at math or really understand computers perhaps tutoring is for you. There are many families out there who are willing to pay by the hour for someone to come and help their child with a subject they are struggling in. Or you could even offer computer lessons to the elderly who may no be as up to date on technology but eager to learn. Tutoring is also a perfect solution for those who are former or present teachers!
Regardless what route you decide to take, know that there are thousands of things out there that you can do to make money right now! Think outside the box, look at ways to make money through your talents or skill. If you are great at sewing, offer your seamstress skills…if you love making crafts, look into starting up an Etsy shop…if you love music, maybe offer lessons. The point is, when you think you have exhausted all your options at finding more income, chances are there is something out there that you can do that you just haven’t thought about yet.
What are some easy ways you have found that can make you money quickly?
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