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Make Money Quick - When you really need money fast

Updated on July 14, 2007

What do you do when you need money fast? If cutting your spending and expenses aren't an option then you need to increase your income. But how? Is it really that easy? It depends on how much time you have to raise the money you need.

If you need more cash within a week you have a few options. Can you have a garage sale? It doesn't take long to gather unused items, price them and set them out. You do not need to place an ad in the newspaper if signs are legal in your city. Having good signs pointing the way to your sale will be the key. Make sure you don't have your items priced too high though, or you won't make any money. If you don't want to have a garage sale, do you have items that would sell at a consignment store? Many consignment stores will pay cash on the spot for the things they would like to sell.

Another idea is to return anything that you might have that you bought but haven't used yet. Maybe you bought some winter clothes on clearance last month, but it is summer now and you haven't worn them yet. If you have the receipt (which you should, because you should always save receipts) then return the items. Yes it might have been a good deal at the time, but if you have to have cash now, you don't need a good deal.

How about donating plasma? Did you know that you can get paid for that? It takes about two hours, but you can get paid between $20-30 each time you donate and you can donate a couple of times a week. The screening is a bit stricter than for donating blood I believe, but the pay is good - as long as you aren't scared of needles.

Do you need the money within a month? Your options are greater if this is the case. The easiest thing I would think would be to work overtime if you can get it. It would just be simpler to work more hours at your current job - no trying to coordinate schedules or driving between jobs. If you can't work overtime I would find one of three things - a waitressing job, pizza delivery, or newspaper delivery. The waitressing and pizza delivery would give you cash in hand quicker. All three of these jobs are typically easy to get and can be worked nights and weekends, which would not conflict with a regular 8-5 job, if that is what you have currently.

If you do not have a job at all, then you need to find one fast. It doesn't have to be the perfect highest paying job out there, it just has to be something that will help pay the bills while you are looking for something better. And if you can't find a full time job then get a couple of part time jobs. If you need cash and have bills to pay, then you can't be unemployed.

Another thing you can do that will generate income within a month would be to sell things on Ebay or Craigslist. These avenues can be quick, however frequently can take days to a couple of weeks before you see cash in hand. Do you have a friend that needs a babysitter? Maybe someone who has been wanting a night out but doesn't have any teenage babysitters available. Why not offer your services - for a price of course. Even if you are an adult with your own kids, this could easily work. And I bet they will trust you more than a teenager. Or just look in the paper, people are always looking for childcare it seems.

So don't panic when you realize you need more cash fast. Think through your options and decide which one works best for you. Or better yet try them all!


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      MoneyMattersBlog 5 years ago

      Great post, thanks for the interesting thoughts like donating plasma!

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      Excellent hub! Voted it up. :)

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      Starkid 5 years ago

      I need 800 dollars for a long way to go...

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      GClark 6 years ago from United States

      Enjoyed your article. Very informative and showed lots of imagination and resourcefulness! GC

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      Serenov 7 years ago

      I apologize, I don't mean to be rude or discredit your extremely informative and well rounded hub. But I think it may be time to revise it; it's currently 2010, and the economy is in such a bad state of decline that even the simplest of options are no longer applicable to a predicament that someone like myself is in.

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      Renee 7 years ago

      Your hubs are really very easy to read - simple, concise and very informative. I certainly hope I can learn to write the way you do. Another great one here.


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      jhonemoore 7 years ago

      Thanks great hub!

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub!I would consider the night time care of a child.Most youg people work at night and it is hard to find night care.

      Great advice.:)


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      Karen 7 years ago

      I have done all of these things...they are each a quick fix, but none of them will help long term. I was able to raise over $400 at my garage sale and a few hundred dollars on craigslist. Sadly all of it together was not enough to pay my health insurance premium.

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      Adam 7 years ago

      Try this Free Site...I have made over $100.00 deposited into my Paypal account. It's a good start. :)

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      mrrealestate 7 years ago

      Great hub

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      Greenheart 8 years ago from Cambridge

      Thanks for this informative hub!

      Happy new year.


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      poor college kid 8 years ago

      Thanks, I'm glad I read this. I have rent due next month, but I was hit with an overlimit fee (don't even know how it happened and they won't waive it), so now I'm $40 in the hole for my rent. Hopefully I can sell some plasma during the winter break and get out of this without having to borrow money or sell anything important...

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Fantastic money getting hub, I will have to try some of your recommendations. creativeone59

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      lilmom0413 8 years ago from

      I never thought of donating plasma I will have to look into it.

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      Ray 8 years ago

      If it wasn't for and some other site we had a long time ago we wouldn't have made it out of a couple of bad spells that we had. Who's to tell us we can't borrow money when we need it. The fees were not that bad either

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      linjingjing 8 years ago

      Make_Money_Quick_ _When_you_really_need_money_fast_

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      Lola Dark 8 years ago from Midwest USA

      cragislist is the best suggestion! No hassel or fees like e-bay. Especially if you are selling common items. My husband and I have made 100s of dollars selling stuff we no longer use on craigslist (by the way kids clothes and toys etc sell very well there!!) Why leave that stuff sitting around your basement?!

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      Jennifer 8 years ago

      Roy - It might be an easier quick fix, but the interest rates are going to be outrageous. Plus you are borrowing money that you would have to pay back, which will probably present another problem.

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      Roy 8 years ago

      Much easier to just borrow a few hundred dollars from

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      nito 9 years ago

      thats some really good advice!!! thank you for your help god bless and take care

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Great ideas. Thanks

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      Jean Ahmann 9 years ago from DeLand, FL

      Informative. Thanks.

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      Buy Gold 9 years ago

      Great advice!

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      james 10 years ago

      nice, thank you that was some good advise

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      kashifmahmood 10 years ago from Web

      WOW . Mentioned everything in a single hub :)

      I like this hub !

      But most of the methods you have stated above , are not applicable to all the countries but they still are very helpful .Thanks again .

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      Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Good suggestions, it should help many people generate more ideas thanks

      I have become your fan.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Great suggestions, thank you!

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      Kiz 10 years ago from Antioch, TN

      pine: contact contractors in your area, or put out a skilled labor ad on craigslist. :)

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      pine pienaar 10 years ago

      with my two motor trade qualification's,there is no money to make;they said don't work harder but smarter, i must work with my hands, what must i do to make the right money


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      allysa 10 years ago

      good post and very helpful resource. I would like to share my hubs, if you have time pls feel free to visit. Thanks

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      Leah Harlin 10 years ago

      I have a 5 year old daughter and I'm 24. I'm really struggling with money and I found this site interesting if it for real. I would like more information. Thank you!