Quick Ways to Get Cash

quick ways to get cashEvery now and then, you could be looking for ways to get a little extra spending money.  Maybe you’re going on vacation soon, and want some extra money.  Maybe you need it to pay some unexpected bills.  No matter the reason, here are some quick ways to get cash.


Sell Your Stuff

If you have a bunch of old stuff lying around, it could be turned into cash.  Some common examples are old tools, old books you’ve already read, old electronics, and more.

There are a lot of avenues to sell your stuff.  The most popular one is probably eBay.  eBay works well if you are looking to sell things that ship easily.  This could be old books or small electronics items.

Have some vintage jewelry that is just not your style?  Depending on the quality of the piece it may be a good idea to get an appraisal so you can price it appropriately.  Vintage jewelry has made a comeback in popularity especially necklaces, brooches, and ear rings.  With gold prices at all-time highs, it might be the right time for selling your gold for cash.

If you have something a little bigger, you may want to try Craigslist to sell locally.  That way you can bargain with someone and they can pick it up from you.

If you have a large amount of larger items, like furniture, you may even want to consider a yard or garage sale.  If you advertise it well, you could get a nice amount of cash in a weekend.

Do Some Work

The other option to selling your stuff is to do some work.  There are a lot of ways to earn some extra cash quickly if you need to.

A popular one that allows you to earn small amounts of money is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.  You can do micro projects like identify an image, and each time you do it you get a small amount of cash (like $0.02).  The beauty of it is that you can do a lot of these projects very quickly, and can earn an effective hourly rate of around $6-7 per hour.

Another option is to do some freelance work if you have some basic skills.  Many website owners are always looking for individuals to write content, post comments, or do other pretty easy tasks.  There are many job boards and freelance sites that you can look on and see if any of the jobs match your skills.

Other Ways to Get Cash Quickly

Adjust your Withholding – Did you get a refund last year of at least $1000?  By adjusting your withholding on your W4 Form you can get cash as quickly as your next paycheck!  Use the IRS Withholding Calculator  to see how much you can gain in take home pay by adjusting your withholding rate.

Profit from a Hobby – Have a talent for taking great photographs or love to do taxes?  There are many internet sites like fiverr.com that allow you to post an ad for your talent and earn some cash.  Company bulletin boards or newsletters are a great way to advertise your services for free.

Do you have any suggestions to get cash quickly that have worked for you?

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15 Responses to Quick Ways to Get Cash

  1. Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals 05/03/2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I’m a big fan of picking up extra money whenever I can – whether that’s extra freelancing for me or OT for my husband, we always sock that money away someplace so that we have the extra when we need or realllllly want it!

  2. Aaron Hung @aaronhung.com 05/02/2012 at 8:52 am #

    How about going to Flea Markets and just collects stuff for cheap and then have a garage sale? I know somebody who does that and makes some good profits

    • Paul 05/02/2012 at 6:49 pm #

      Might get a little old for your neighbors. 😉

  3. Crystal 04/30/2012 at 9:40 pm #

    I have gone with get some more work. If it was really needed, I’d start selling my stuff. I seriously have been wondering if I could sell off some of my online real estate if I needed to, lol.

  4. Wayne @ Young Family Finance 04/30/2012 at 8:58 pm #

    If you are talking strictly about increasing cash flow, you could also pay off a bill. I’ve also worked jobs where I could cash in my vacation time for extra income.

  5. AverageJoe 04/30/2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I’m big into selling stuff now…but it’s more to get rid of old things that are just hanging around. I’m in purge mode, so it feels good to make money and lighten the number of possessions I have at the same time.

  6. Dannielle @ Odd Cents 04/30/2012 at 4:21 am #

    I like the idea of selling stuff…. There are other ways to make money, but they just seem so time consuming. I would have to put off those ventures for another few months.

  7. Buck Inspire 04/28/2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Selling stuff is a double win. You get cash back and you declutter your home. You can check out elance.com or guru.com. Need to check out Mechanical Turk. Thanks!

    • Paul 04/30/2012 at 5:54 pm #

      The only problem Buck is the stuff I want to get rid of no one will buy! 😉

  8. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter 04/27/2012 at 8:40 am #

    Great ideas. Myself and my mother inlaw sell plants. We often end up with more than we need in the spring post seeding so we sell the extras. It works out really well and they don’t go to waste.

  9. SB @ One Cent At A Time 04/27/2012 at 5:31 am #

    my blog is earning me some cash, apart from that there’s no side income for me at the moment.

  10. Modest Money 04/26/2012 at 9:52 am #

    When I moved a couple months back I managed to sell all kinds of stuff on craigslist. It was nice to make a bit of money and it made the move easier. With craigslist though, people tend to be a bit frugal and will usually try to negotiate the price down. So you have to find the right balance of asking for more than what you’re actually hoping to get and not asking too much that it limits offers.

  11. Jai Catalano 04/26/2012 at 7:41 am #

    I just sold a ring on ebay. There are so many ways to make money. We just need to focus.

  12. Daisy @ Add Vodka 04/26/2012 at 6:21 am #

    Selling stuff is one way to make money but it’s not sustainable. Working more is, and I’ve been thinking of doing so. I want to put extra money I make into savings for a house.

    • Paul 04/26/2012 at 7:19 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more with you Daisy! This post was for those who find themselves in a cash crunch with little option and little time. It’s much better to sell unneeded items than take on additional debt. Increasing earning potential is key to long-term financial health but also takes time.

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