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How can I Earn Some Money in a Hurry?

Diana Bocco
Updated: Feb 03, 2024

If you are tight on cash and looking for an easy way to earn extra money, look beyond the obvious second job. Here are a few ideas to help you when you are caught in a money blunder.

Try eBay. There is probably no easier and quicker way to make money online than through eBay. The equivalent to a virtual garage sale, EBay is a great place to get rid of anything that is taking space in your home: used clothes, accessories, sports equipment, and even tools. Price items low if you need to sell quickly, and offer a Buy-It-Now option for people who do not want to wait for the auction to end. If you have CDs and DVDs or computer games, you can also make money through Half.com, a sister site of EBay where you can list your items indefinitely for a fixed price. Half works as your own online store rather than as a one-time showroom. If you need to make money even quicker, hold an old-fashioned garage sale and then list on EBay everything that you did not sell to your neighbors.

You can also use the Internet to make money by putting your skills to work. If you are a writer, a programmer, or an accountant, sites like Elance and Constant Content offer you the opportunity to bid on a series of projects and pick up something to earn a quick paycheck.

Offer household services. Anything from dog walking to house-sitting to cleaning help. While you may need insurance and local permissions to take care of a child or a group of animals in your own home, babysitting for a few hours at a friend's house or taking a neighbor's dog for a walk only takes a couple of hours and it's a great way to make money right away. Let others know you are offering this service, and be willing to take on last-minute requests. If the local market is saturated, be creative. Offer gardening services, home cooking, or even laundry pickup and delivery. Do not limit yourself to what has been done before.

Finally, if you need to make money even quicker, consider a pawn shop. Many will take your valuables and hold them for up to a month, in which you will have the chance of earning back your money and rescuing those valuable possessions.

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Diana Bocco
By Diana Bocco
Diana Bocco, a versatile writer with a distinct voice, creates compelling long-form and short-form content for various businesses. With a data-focused approach and a talent for sharing engaging stories, Diana’s written work gets noticed and drives results.
Discussion Comments
By comfyshoes — On Jul 08, 2010

Sunny27- I agree with you. Collectibles really sell on Ebay. The other day I was looking at some dolls and Disney memorabilia and I could not believe what some of those items were selling for these days.

I love Ebay, and I am sure many other people do too. I also look up items that I am considering selling before I actually list it to see if it will be worth it.

I always look at completed auctions to sell what the final selling price was. I get so excited when I list something and someone else bids on it.

By Sunny27 — On Jul 08, 2010

Great article. I agree with the suggestion regarding Ebay. Most people don’t even realize how many things they have in their homes that they purchased and never used.

These types of items work well on Ebay because they are in good condition and someone is bound to want them. Collectibles also do really well on Ebay. While it may be hard to part with a collectible that you’ve had for a while, these are the very things Ebay buyers look for when shopping on Ebay. So if you need money in a hurry, this is no better way than using Ebay.

Diana Bocco
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Diana Bocco, a versatile writer with a distinct voice, creates compelling long-form and short-form content for various...
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