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How to Make Money Right Now

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How to Make Money Right Now

If you need to make money quickly, there are several ways that you can do so without becoming overwhelmed or stressed. First, you need to ask yourself just how quickly you need it. Do you need it today to pay a bill or do you have a few weeks? Do you have to have the cash in your hand or can you wait a month to send an invoice? Asking yourself these important questions can help you to decide exactly what you need to do to make this side cash happen. If you need ideas, please check out the examples below, which are broken down by category.

Extremely Fast

If you need money today, there are a few ways that you can get it. First, head to Facebook and ask if any of your friends need a babysitter for that night. Make sure that you describe why you would be a good babysitter, including any previous experience you may have had working with children and ideas you have for making the night fun for them.

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Plato’s Closet
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      While you are waiting for someone to respond, head to your closet and see what clothes you no longer wear. Take these clothes to a store like Plato’s Closet, where they will sort through items and give you cash on the spot. Remember, many secondhand stores also take shoes, purses, and jewelry. When you bring your items, make sure they are clean and organized. If you go to Plato’s closet and dump out wrinkly clothes on the counter, they will not be impressed. If you go in there with ironed clothes that are all sitting neatly on hangers, you will have a much better chance of selling them.

      If that doesn’t work, remember that you can head to a Pawn Shop. Pawn Shops can give you loans on items you love or cash for items you no longer want. Remember to read the contract of any Pawn Shop you do business with. For example, most of them will claim ownership of your item if you don’t pay the loan back in a few days. If you have a unique item and they aren’t sure what it is, be sure to describe it to them in detail so that you can get the best offer possible.

      Lastly, if you have a few pieces of furniture you no longer want, you can list them on Craigslist. If it’s a desirable item, it’s very likely that someone will come pick it up the same day you list it and give you cash for it. Make sure to take pictures of your item for your ad in a bright, sunny room. Stand back far from the item and zoom in. This is better than trying to get a detail shot. You don’t need a fancy camera to sell items quickly. You just need a simple camera and a lot of sunlight to get the job done.

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      A Few Days

      If you have a few days before a large bill is due, you’re in good shape. One of the best things you can do to make money is hold a garage sale. I try to hold a garage sale once a year, and I consistently make $200-$500 every time I host one.

      If you’re going to have a garage sale, the only way for it to be successful is to be organized. Make sure you sort through your items carefully and label them with prices. Many people are too bashful to ask what the price of an item is, so if they are unsure, they might walk away. Also, check to see that everything you sell is clean, washed, and tidy. Clothes that are pressed and hung up on a line will sell much faster than a pile of clothes in a box. You should also advertise your sale with big, bright signs that have large letters and are easy to read. Also, place an ad on Craigslist.com with great pictures of your products. This will act as a “sneak peek” to those who love frequenting garage sales.

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        eBay Sales

          Another way to make money if you only have a few days is to sell items on eBay. You can typically set items to sell in just a few days, and you can have the money in your PayPal account instantly. If you are going to sell on eBay, you have to have excellent pictures. To achieve this, make sure to take photos of your items in a place where they have enough light. Make sure pictures aren’t blurry, and write as much detail as possible in the item description in clear, easy to understand English.

          A Few Weeks

          If you have a few weeks to spare, and you want to try to make some side income, you definitely have the time to develop a side business. All you need to do is identify a talent that you have. This could mean refinishing furniture, freelance writing, mowing the lawn, building websites, helping a business with their social media, editing videos, or anything else you can think of. These jobs might take a few weeks to create and promote, but once you do, you could easily make thousands of dollars a year.

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          Fiverr
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              Some great websites to look into for promoting your side business are Fiverr.comUpwork, and Odesk.com. Remember that when you set up profiles for these websites, you are representing your company and your brand. Describe your services in great detail. Make sure that you have no grammatical errors in the description. It’s also wise to include a portfolio, links to your work, or recommendations from others. Additionally, remember that if you choose to build up a side gig business, reputation is everything. Whether you are working for a close friend or a stranger online, make sure that you always produce top quality work so that it can lead to referrals down the line.

              All you need for this money making tactic to work is a little bit of time, patience, and a very strong work ethic.

              Ultimately, you can see that making money quickly is not as hard as you think. Once you know your time frame and exactly how much extra money you need to make, you can set goals and work your hardest to achieve them.

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              Do you know of any other ways to make money quickly? Have you ever tried one of the tactics above?

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              Last Updated on January 5, 2022

              33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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              33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

              In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

              Some easy ways to save money:

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              1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
              2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
              3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
              4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
              5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
              6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
              7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
              8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
              9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
              10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
              11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
              12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
              13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                  a reusable water bottle and refill it.
                • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
                • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
                • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
                • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
                • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
                • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
                • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
                • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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