Need to Make Money Now? Here’s How

If you’ve found yourself in a pinch lately and need to make money now, here’s a few ideas for legitimate ways to make money fast – depending on what “fast” means for you and your situation.

A lot of people might be finding themselves in tight spots lately with the changes 2020 has brought. Some of us are out of work and struggling to make ends meet while others are still plugging away as usual.

If you find yourself in the first group and you need to make money now, we have some ideas to try. And don’t worry, they’re all legitimate!

Ways to Make Money Now

If you need that cash in hand right now (like, immediately), it might be tough, but it’s not impossible. See if any of these ideas would work for you:

Ask Family and Friends

Maybe this idea didn’t cross your mind, but if you need money right away, this might be the easiest way to get it. If you have family or friends who’d be able and willing to help out, this is definitely the fastest way to get it.

Sell Your Stuff at a Pawn Shop

If you really need cash right now, you probably have something valuable at home that you can pawn for it. Try taking it into a pawn shop to see what you can get. Don’t expect full-market value, of course, but this can get you same-day cash when you’re in a bind. Try finding things that are big pawn shop sellers like TVs, phones, watches, jewelry, and tools/equipment.

Search for Same-Day Jobs

This one can take a little more time, but you might be able to find someone needing a quick same-day job that pays on the spot. Do a quick search through Craigslist and Facebook. People usually advertise small same-day jobs here. Some of the most popular needs are for babysitting, home repair/remodeling, and yard work. If you have any special skills, this is the place to go for fast work.

Just make sure you work out the payment details before doing the job. You might even ask for a 50% deposit upfront and the rest after the job is done. And if you need to be paid in cash, state that upfront too.

Look for Change to Turn into Cash

Lots of people save up change at home, but usually it’s forgotten about. If you’ve got an overflowing piggy bank, it’s time to cash that guy in! Turning your coin into cash can be exciting, since you never know how much you’ll end up with. It might be just what you need right now to cover your expenses.

Redeem Unused Gift Cards

Just like loose change, we sometimes forget we have unused gift cards laying around at home. If you have gift cards collecting dust because you don’t like the store they’re for, bring them in to a Community Currency Exchange location to redeem it for cash.

Credit Card Cash Advance

A credit card cash advance might be your last resort, but when you really need immediate access to cash, Community Currency Exchange can help you out! Bring your credit card and a government issued ID to your nearest location and walk out with the cash you need.

Ways to Make Money In A Few Days or Weeks

If you need money, but can wait a few days or weeks, you have a few more options open to you. The methods below might take a little more time to see a return on.

Sell Your Stuff Online

If you can wait until the right offer comes along, you might consider selling your stuff online instead of at a pawn shop. When you sell online, you set the price you think your goods are worth, so you can make more of a profit. A few of the best places to sell online are Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, LetGo, Ebay, Etsy, and OfferUp.

Have a Garage Sale

If you have a bunch of stuff to sell, a garage sale is the perfect place to do this. Plus, you don’t have to worry about meeting anyone to exchange things or shipping stuff like when you sell online. But beware, people are expecting huge deals at garage sales, so this might not be the best way to earn a lot of cash – just a little extra.

Get a Part-Time Job

If you have time to spare and can wait a few weeks for the money you need, look for a part-time job. While the economy might be strained right now, a lot of places are still hiring (and paying pretty good money too) for extra help. Grocery stores in particular are in a hiring boom right now.

You can also look into driving for Uber or Lyft. Both of these companies have a process to go through before you can be brought on as a driver, but once you are, you can do it when it’s convenient for you, not on someone else’s schedule.

Buy and Re-sell

If you know what to look for, you can make good money re-selling used stuff. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find things that are sold for cheap but can be re-sold for much more. Things like sports memorabilia, shoes, and specialty niche items are a great place to start. Hit up the thrift shops and yard sales, look for something that you think might be worth more than it’s being sold for, and then look it up online somewhere like Ebay. If it’s being sold there for a good chunk more than you see it for in front of you, scoop it up and get ready to re-sell!

Get Creative to Get to Earning

As you can see, it’s not impossible to make some extra money when you really, really need it. If you know you can do something well, get out there and start telling people! Advertise your services on Facebook and tell your friends and family to spread the news. Stuff like this works great because it means having a skill that you can always fall back on when you need extra cash. The more creative you can be with your thinking, the more opportunities you have to earn cash fast!

If you need to make money fast, visit your nearest Community Currency Exchange to see how we can help you. We have lots of options to get you started!

Need to Make Money Now? Here’s How

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