In a bind? Need some fast cash? We’re talking here about small bursts of capital, not millions of dollars, enough to satisfy your monthly obligations or get that nagging creditor to stop calling you. None of these 10 strategies listed here to get some money quickly will break the proverbial bank. Some are easier than others, but nearly all require very little to no capital. They are meant to get you through the difficult times.
Some of these strategies will require you to be in certain locales, while others are location-independent, but it all boils down to being resourceful. We’ve all found ourselves in a tight spot at one point in our lives or another, but to the person who’s committed, anything is possible.
Drive for Uber or Lyft
Companies like Uber and Lyft offer a great opportunity to make some quick cash. You’ll need a clean driving record, a fairly new car and the authorization to work wherever it is that you live. If you have all of those things, you can work when it’s feasible for you, whether that’s in the middle of the day during rush hour, or in the wee hours of the night on a weekend. The choice is yours.
Become a market research participant
In college I participated in loads of market research. It’s fairly quick money for not a lot of work. Companies looking for consumers opinions on a variety of products and services put you in a room to garner your opinion. That’s it. This often involves writing or stating your opinion, answering polls or surveys, or breaking off in a discussion group. The mechanics don’t matter much. The point is that you can rely on it from time to time.
Sell old books on Amazon
Amazon makes it fairly easy to list and sell old books on its marketplace. You can make more than just a few bucks If you have pricey text books from college. Be sure the books are in good condition. You’ll get negative reviews if you attempt to sell books that are falling apart. Remember, add value where you can, no matter how small it might be and no matter how few people might readily notice it.
Do gigs on Fivver
No matter what type of service you offer, you can likely offer it Fivver. This is terrific for digital services such as graphic design, web design, short audio or video clip creation, editing services, writing and so on. Fivver has expanded beyond just the $5-per-gig model. Fiverr Pro pools the best talent on its platform. Depending on your skills, you could do considerably well on here.
Have an eye for photography? Of course, you need to be good at this to earn any money but it you are, you can sell photos on ShutterStock or iStockPhoto (along with many others) to generate a passive income from something you might be very passionate about. For a quicker way to earn by taking photos, solicit people looking for photographers to cover their wedding, engagement, child’s birthday or any other life event. You’ll need a good camera and some experience, but you can definitely earn some must-needed income this way no matter where you live.
Advertise for companies with a car wrap
Platforms like Carvertise connect brands and companies with drivers. The process is simple, agree to turn your car into a roaming billboard for a price. If you qualify, you can earn a set monthly fee for advertising with your car. You won’t have to pay anything to do this, but you’ll need a clean driving record and a fairly new car. You’ll have to drive the car enough to be worth it for brands paying for your services. If you have all that, then you could make a bit of side-hustle income through this endeavor.
You can make around $20 to $50 per donation of blood, depending if your blood type is rare or common. You can also donate plasma. Different states have different minimum requirements that must be paid when people donate plasma. Plasma donations help people who are fighting Leukemia and other immune disorders. This is a bit more complicated and involved than donating blood but you won’t get much more than donating blood.
Decorate homes for the holidays
Whether it’s New Year’s, Christmas lighting, Easter or any other holiday, you can get paid to help decorate homes. This might involve putting up lights inside or outside, decorating trees, setting up games and other decor. Use the internet and social media to find clients, or simply advertise to your local network. There are loads of options when it comes to doing specialty jobs like this.
Do micro gigs on Mechanical Turk
Mechanical Turk is a platform by Amazon that allows you to do small jobs and get paid for it. But don’t expect too much money out of this. These gigs truly are “micro” and range from a few cents to a few dollars at the most. But if you string several of these together, it might be in your benefit. You don’t need any serious qualification to do this. Usually this involves clicking on links, taking surveys, giving an opinion, doing some light categorizing or other human-intelligence tasks.
Open a cash-bonus checking account
Check with your local bank to see if they’re giving away cash bonuses for opening up accounts. Banks run promotions like this all the time, so grab some real cash quickly if you’re in need. It won’t break the bank (no pun intended) but it will give you a quick $50 or $100 when you really need it. You might need to deposit a minimum amount of cash (usually in the thousands) in order to qualify for these types of accounts (but not always).