A year or so ago, my husband and I had a talk about how stupid it is to spend so much money on things we don’t necessarily need. Money was tight at the time and we were trying to cut back on our frivolous spending.
Trimming our expenses has allowed us to spend more time together instead of constantly working. For example, recently we took a long awaited for vacation which we saved up for.
But with bills to pay and Christmas just around the corner not everyone has the ability to enjoy such a luxury. In fact, some people are struggling so much financially they may not have any presents at all let alone have enough to pay their normal monthly bills.
If your family is having money problems there are answers. Here are 5 ways to make money quickly that can help ease the financial burden.
1. Sign up With Airbnb
When money is tight and you need cash quickly, one solution could be to rent a room in your house. Sometimes, though, there are local laws with restrictions that apply, but signing up is a simple process.
Airbnb is a great way to earn money when you need it fast. Rent a room or two a couple of times and you could get your finances back in the black.
2. Offer Your Labor
Another opportunity to make money quickly when your budget is tight is to offer up your labor. There are tons of odd jobs people may be willing to pay for if they know you are available.
Post that you are available on social media or a local buy and sell web site. Some of the jobs you advertise for might include pet sitting and walking, mowing and trimming, residential or business cleaning, painting, or auto detailing.
You could also be a mover to make extra money on the side. Or, consider other tasks such as cleaning gutters, watering yards, trimming bushes, and washing windows.
Other people may even be willing to pay you to run their errands. Likewise, as cold weather approaches, consider shoveling snow as another service you are willing to do for pay.
Selling your labor is not a regular job with steady hours, but when you need extra money it can still help ease your money woes.
3. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Have you ever thought about driving for Uber or Lyft? To meet all of the requirements to drive it can take as little as two days.
But don’t worry if you don’t own a car. That doesn’t mean you need to rush out and buy one. In fact, an article from USA Today cautions against quitting your regular job in order to buy a car you can’t afford.
An alternative solution is to visit http://hyrecar.com/ to get more information on renting a car for Uber or Lyft.
4. Trade in Old Jewelry
A few years ago, I discovered two old 14K gold necklaces in a corner of my jewelry box. Because they were bent I hadn’t worn them in years. However, I hadn’t parted with them previously because of the high value of gold.
I thought they might be worth something one day so I kept them. It turns out I was right.
One of the jewelry stores in my hometown had advertised on the radio that they would pay for old gold jewelry. So, the next time I drove into town I traded them in for almost $100 cash.
Perhaps you should check to see if you have any old trinkets you no longer need lying forgotten in a drawer. They could turn out to be a gold mine.
5. Sell Stuff You Don’t Need
Decluttering can serve two purposes if you take the time to do it. It can give you cash and eliminate stuff you no longer need.
My daughter and I declutter unused items from our homes at least once a month. After gathering the items we no longer need we sell them on our local online thrift store’s Facebook site.
Generally the people who purchase them pay us cash for what they buy. Some items, like nice clothes, purses, shoes, or coats sell quickly.
Try cashing in on this idea yourself to make money quickly and supplement your income too.
When you’ve got bills to pay or Christmas presents to buy, making money quickly can help. Try one or more of these 5 ways to make money quickly or come up with your own plan to get quick cash for your needs.
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Have you ever needed to make money quickly? If so, how did you do it?