Do you need money now? What can you do when your wallet is empty, your credit cards are maxed out and your checking account is empty, but you think to yourself, I need money now! Work your way through this list of ways to make money in fast.
Smart Ways to Earn Money Now:
1. Do a Quick Job for Family or Friends
Find something you can do for them in the next hour, for a fair wage. For example, offer to rake the yard or clean their windows for $20.
2. Use TaskRabbit
If friends and family turn you down, see what you can find on TaskRabbit. Someone near you might need a ride to the doctor right now or want you to check in on their pets.
3. Flip a Freebie
Selling Craigslist freebies is another great way to make a profit because you get the items for free. To accomplish this in an hour, go to the free section on Craigslist and look for things that are close to you and easily sold immediately.
4. Sell Your Clothes
Some secondhand clothing stores pay cash for “gently used” clothes. For example, check online to see if there is a Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange near you. Brand names usually fetch the most cash.
You can also use an app like letgo. Here, you’ll upload a photo of your clothing item — or possession — and market it to local buyers. You can meet up and exchange the item for cash.
5. Sell Gift Cards
You can sell your unused gift cards online, but you won’t get the cash in the next hour. To sell your cards quickly, you need to turn to friends and family again. If the cards are for stores where they typically shop, they might be happy to buy a $50 card for say, $40.
6. Sell Books
The Penny Hoarder has covered selling used textbooks online, but to get that cash in an hour, you need to find local buyers. If you have textbooks, try the closest college bookstore or throw a quick ad on Craigslist.
For other used books, you’ll need to look for bookstores that pay cash. For example, see if you have a Hastings store near you. The store buys for cash (although it pays more if you take store credit).
7. Sell Videos and CDs
Most pawnshops will buy your CDs and DVDs, although they will pick and choose which ones they’ll take, and they won’t pay much. Expect to get a dollar or less for each one — so you’ll want to combine this strategy with a couple of others. But hey, every dollar counts!
8. Get a Credit Card Cash Advance
If you haven’t already tapped them out, you can tap into your credit cards for cash. For the best rates, dig out any of those 0% convenience checks you may have received in the mail and cash them at the bank. You’ll still pay a 3-4% fee, but $30 or $40 to borrow $1,000 for a few months is cheaper than some of these other last-resort options.
9. Try Busking
Street performing, also called “busking,” can quickly produce a nice pile of currency if you’re in the right location. What if you have no performance skills? Put on that outfit you wore for Halloween, and make money dressing up in a funny costume.