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Everyone has had those weeks, and even days, where you need some quick cash. Maybe you just need a little extra for grocery shopping or to pay a bill until your next paycheck arrives. Or maybe something came up that you really want to do, but you don’t have the extra cash. Whatever the reason, there are so many great ways to make an extra $50 and make it fast.
Here are ten of my favorites:
1. Sell your talent.
If you’re a crafter, Etsy is a great place to sell what you make. You can list both physical products to ship or digital downloads. Or if you know how to do something and can make videos to teach other people, Udemy and Craftsy are great places to teach a class.
2. Sell your stuff.
If you need to make money fast, clearing some clutter is a great way to do it. Clean out your closet and take any gently used clothes, accessories, and shoes to a consignment store. Some stores, like Clothes Mentor, will pay you cash on the spot. You can also send your clothes to ThredUp. This will take a little longer and you will have to wait for your items to sell before you can cash out.
Selling other items, like electronics, furniture, and household items is also a great way to make some quick cash. Take photos and list your items on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Just remember, don’t ask anyone to come to your home to pick up their purchases. Meet them in a public place for the exchange to keep yourself safe.
3. Rent your space.
Do you have an extra room that has some privacy or have a friend you can stay with for a bit? Rent your space on Airbnb. Take some photos and list your room, or your entire house, to out of town visitors for a few days, a weekend, or a whole week.
4. Get a job.
There are a couple of great options for quick cash, especially if you have a car. Pizza shops are always looking for delivery drivers and you can start earning cash tips on your very first day. Or, sign up to be an Uber driver. You can work when you want, and take time off when you feel like it.
5. Clean out your bookshelves.
Find a local used book retailer to sell your books to or list them on Amazon.
6. Sign up for Swagbucks.
You can earn great rewards, gift cards, and even cash for things like filling out surveys, playing games, and watching videos. Make a great use of your downtime and earn a few bucks sitting on the couch binge watching your favorite show.
7. Become a JustAnswer expert and get paid for your knowledge.
Visitors can talk one-on-one with doctors, lawyers, contractors, mechanics, tech support, and a variety of other professionals. You’ll be paid for each time you help someone by answering their questions.
8. Participate in a focus group.
Your insight and opinions have value to marketers looking for an edge in a crowded marketplace. Giving an hour of your time online, over the phone, or in-person is a great way to earn easy cash. Fieldwork and FocusGroup are great places to start if you’re interested.
9. Offer your services.
Offer babysitting and pet sitting services in your neighborhood or through your local online neighborhood groups. You can also offer to cut grass, rake leaves, or shovel snow.
10. Run errands with TaskRabbit.
Sign up to be a service provider and get paid for various odd jobs like picking up takeout food or doing someone’s grocery shopping.
If you’re in need of fast cash, however, keep in mind that this may be a sign of issues with your spending. Falling short by any amount of cash is distressing and may be avoidable with a few minor tweaks. If you’ve found yourself scrambling for funds more than once, consider speaking to a credit counselor. Counseling is free and can make a huge difference in your day to day finances.