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Is it possible to get $300 by the 25th of June 2017?

Laziness is VERY expensive! Hustle is almost invariably profitable.

$300 is a piddling small amount of money so yeah, it’s quite easy to get it within one week, as long as you’re not a lazy person.

Where do you live? Opportunity is everywhere.

The classic, usual way to make money is either to get a job ( / sell your time by the hour) or put your capital (asset) to work to earn passively. While there are lots of lucrative investment real estate and investment asset classes and jobs out there, I assume you’re mostly focused on things that don’t require putting serious effort and capital to work.

None of the strategies listed here to get some money quickly will break the proverbial bank. Some are easier than others, but nearly all require very little to no capital. They are meant to get you through the difficult times.

Some of these strategies will require you to be in certain locales, while others are location-independent, but it all boils down to being resourceful. I’ve found myself in a tight spot at one point in my life or another, but to the person who’s committed, anything is possible.


So here’s a few:

1. Rent out your stuff. Make money on sharing-economy sites.

It’s not hard to nail down a few hundred to thousands of dollars a month by leveraging the sharing economy. Would you be willing to share your things to make money? You can’t use all your things all the times, so why not share them in return for some cash?

Got an idle car but no time to drive people? Rent it out by the hour on RelayRides (or likewise for a bike on Liquid). If you’re willing to trust a stranger with your wheels, consider renting out your vehicle on Turo. Letting someone borrow your car five days a month could earn you an extra $2,800 per year, the site claims, while renting out an unused parking space with Spot could net you an extra few hundred a month.

Rent out your car on Turo and bike to work or carpool instead. Rent out your camera equipment lying around your house on Cameralends, your snowboard or bike on Spinlister or your sailboat on Sailo.

KitsSplit connects photographers with people who want to borrow equipment.

Or you can rent out tools, camping gear, musical instruments, and other items on Zilok or NeighborGoods. Rent out your designer clothes on StyleLend.

Got a spare room in your house or apartment? Fix it up with a bed and list it for rent on Airbnb, Couchsurfing, VRBO, or HomeAway. This requires you have a spare room or apartment, and the wherewithal to accept bookings and then serve them and clean up after people. But the point is, your home is not just a place for your stuff and not just a hole in the ground that you pour money into, it can also be an asset that produces income rather than consumes it. I have several friends who travel on business often enough that their Airbnb rentals turn their apartment into a net cash inflow rather than outflow. Yeah, maintenance overhead can be annoying, but this gets its own bullet because it’s essentially passive income. If you are going to rent on Airbnb, consider helping your revenue skyrocket by renting out your entire house instead, and using the opportunity to visit family or go on vacation. But it’s not just about renting out your spare bedroom or basement on Airbnb. Renting a room on Airbnb makes you a landlord, and it may not make you as rich as a landlord who owns a hundred apartment buildings, but it’s in the same category.

Rent a carpet cleaning machine at your local home improvement store, or buy one if you think you can get enough work doing this. You’ll likely find lots of people need something like this, but haven’t actively looked for the service.

Find ways to preserve or maintain items that people enjoy, such as an alteration or tailor shop for fashion lovers.

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2. Sell (your own) products.

Sell an actual product, such as jewelry, clothing or furniture, online or in a brick and mortar store.

The possibilities here are endless — you can sell just about any product or service that you like. Not pricing items and being friendly can also help increase sales, according to Consumer Reports. With time, this could turn into a full-time venture where you could source products online and re-sell them for a financial profit. With these profits, you could continue to grow your empire.

✿ Get into affiliate marketing. You can join a direct selling company. Direct selling companies are a great way for you to work around your existing commitments to earn extra money. You can choose the hours you work and how much you’re willing to invest yourself into your venture. The best way to get involved with this type of activity is to work with a company that is part of the equivalent of the UK’s Direct Selling Association. Alternatively, make sure you work with organizations that are reputable. If there is a product that you are particularly knowledgeable about, you may be also able to sell it. If you’re already getting traffic to your blog, you can use affiliate links provided by Amazon or similar retailers to forward traffic to specific products they’re trying to promote. In these cases, you’ll earn a percentage of any revenue you generate, so choose your method of promotion accordingly. It’s worth researching the product you’re planning to sell. Make sure you choose a product that consumers buy regularly, will always need, and that’s reasonably priced. You may also want to look for a product for which the demand is high and the supply is low. You can join a (legitimate*) multi-level marketing organization, like Avon or Amway, and sell their products to your friends. And perhaps sell the notion of becoming a seller to friends, and really leverage your time. This requires some combination of (A) a belief in the quality of the products you’re selling, (B) a true enjoyment of sales, (C) a willingness to mentor and advise other junior salespeople in your ‘tree’, and/or (D) a total lack of shame. But I do know people who make good money with it.

The technique is similar to what you would use for your own product, except that you will not to be concerning yourself with product creation, but only with the sale of someone else’s product. You may even find after a while that you are able to add other products that are related. Should that happen, the site could generate substantial revenues. If you are able to have the product drop shipped to customers directly from the manufacturer, you won’t even have to get your hands dirty. That may not be 100% passive, but it’s darn close.

✿ Or you could start by selling collections of items that you’ve accumulated over the years.

It’s always an admirable goal to launch your own online store and build a customer base, but you’re also talking about wearing many different hats. You need to research products, find a manufacturer, market your site and figure out how to fulfill orders. Don’t forget about customer service and refund requests.

Find out what things are worth. Research the hell out of it. Devour completed auctions on eBay to know the value. Become an expert in that category. Then, once you know your products, know the markets.

You can set up a dedicated website for this product or service, unless of course you have a website or blog or social media profile already in place. Alternatively, you can also sell it on an affiliate basis, either by offering it direct to websites and blogs related to your product or service, or set up a store on an e-commerce platform or existing marketplace such as Amazon, eBay, OfferUp, Poshmark, NeighborGoods, Alibaba, Amazon’s Marketplace, ClickBank, Gazelle, Magento, or Shopify. An online business is a great way to declutter your house while making some spare cash. Aside from the fact that it enables you to work from virtually anywhere with an internet connection, it also allows you to choose your working hours.

For example, you can buy on Craigslist and sell on eBay, Amazon, OfferUp, etc. Buy some old T-shirts on eBay, and turn them around as trendy vintage tees and sell them for a share of the profits on Etsy or CafePress. Buy at Goodwill or a yard sale, and flip on Facebook Marketplace. Convert the leisure time into flipping time.

It could be a product you have created and can manufacture on your own or it could be digital in nature (such as software, DVDs, or even instructional videos). Have a garage sale. For most people, garage sales are a way to clean out the basement while making a little cash on the side. Even the poorest of us has $500 to $5,000 of crap sitting in our closets. Those unwanted toys— the jacket you no longer wear, shoes that are out of style, or that old hammer—$7.99 on eBay is better than zero. Sell your T-shirt designs on CafePress or Zazzle. Start an online homemade crafts business: Go on Etsy, find something you think you could do or figure out some craft that you enjoy, or want to learn, look at who’s selling it, get some inspiration, order some materials on Craftsy or whatever, and go nuts, offer your services making craft goods. Some of the coolest things I’ve ever bought or gifted (including a “jumbo Jenga” set for my wedding) came from Etsy. It’s easy to get lost among the crowds on Ebay. Sell website templates on Envato.

Sell vintage clothes at a thrift shop. You’ll likely get paid by the pound but it’s some money, so if you’re in need, then why not — especially if you have no use for those clothes anymore. This works best for things like maternity clothes, old children’s clothes, clothes that you haven’t worn in years or are simply out of style.

Have an eye for photography? Of course, you need to be good at this to earn any money but it you are, you can sell photos on ShutterStock or iStockPhoto (along with many others) to generate a passive income from something you might be very passionate about. That’s how you start building your capital.

With the average yard sale item selling for 85 cents, according to Statistic Brain, you’d have to sell a lot of old toys and paperbacks to make any money. But if you’re smart, your garage sale can be a real moneymaker. Jamie of Life Is Sweeter by Design made over $1,000 at her sale by choosing a great location (her in-laws house rather than her own small town), advertising, having a lot of stuff to sell, and organizing her wares so people didn’t have to pick up junk off the ground.

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3. Capitalize on what you know through an expert-based job.

Are you an expert in a specific field? Do you have any sort of expertise in a particular area? Were you deep into a world that other people care about?

Great, sign yourself up to offer your consulting services, on an Expert Network like GLG or Guidepoint. Having confidence in your own opinions, and an ability to project that confidence, is pretty much the only requirement. All else is negotiable.

No matter what type of service you offer, you can likely offer it Fiverr. Fiverr started out as a platform to have moderately-intelligent people do lots of moderate repeatable tasks requiring moderate intelligence. It’s evolving to a platform where people who are really good at repeatable, semi-commoditized tasks get recognized and get paid a lot better than $5 a pop (but still, moderately).
If everyone had infinite time, or was good at everything, they wouldn’t need your help. They don’t, and they’re not, so you can make money doing just about anything. Design a logo, draft a blurb. Draw something. Write something.

Browse the list of things that people are willing to pay to have solved for them (or intuit that list from the services people are offering). Identify some of those problems which you’re competent to solve, or at least can learn fast enough that you can do a reasonable job of solving them (or intuit some adjacent ones or similar ones that you can do that would be new/unusual). Identify some simple skill you either already have or can easily learn, that can be delivered digitally and thus sold on Fiverr. Find clients on Fiverr (or any similar platform), serve them in your spare time. Get a few friends to ‘hire’ you for (very small) tasks so that you can get some positive reviews. Perform services, get paid. (Here’s the tough part) actually put in bids on work and solve their problem. There’s always a good-sounding reason to not bother with something, or to procrastinate, doubly so when you’re your own boss. Do it anyway.

If you’re good at, I dunno, offering tech support, then offer to take a 5-minute call for $5 to diagnose someone’s tech issue. Who cares what it is that you’re good at – if it’s something that people have problems with, and that you can do remotely, then you can get paid for it.

If you’re good at web design, that’s easy to get paid for. This is terrific for digital services such as graphic design, web design, short audio or video clip creation, editing services, writing and so on. Fivver has expanded beyond just the $5-per-gig model. Fiverr Pro pools the best talent on its platform. Depending on your skills, you could do considerably well on here.

Got some very valuable expertise based on Knowing Things? Be your own consultant. Depending on where you live, this can be almost absurdly lucrative relative to how much skill you might feel you really possess. But seeing as you’re posting on Quora, the demographics predict that you’re urban and educated. At least in the US, if you have credible educational credentials and a good history with math, science or really any classes, you can make $60– $100/hr depending on your references. Chegg Tutors or Wyzant (via Skype) pays online tutors $20 an hour, with top tutors earning $1,000 a month or more. At the junior levels, Hourly Nerd or Fancy Hands are good places to do some brain work. If you went to a famous school (or have references), tutoring on one of the web tutoring platforms will get you paid well like Indeed.com and Care.com (Child Care, Senior Care, Pet Care and Housekeeping), Joinhonor.com, Usetrusted.com. College students can score some extra cash by selling their class notes on Study Soup, an online marketplace for study materials. “Elite Notetakers” can earn as much as $450 by selling the notes they take in class. Parents in urban areas will send their kids to your house and pay extra for the privilege.

Using online resources like Udemy, online textbooks and programming language references. Udemy allows you to share (and monetize) your knowledge by creating online courses for the site’s 6 million registered users. You get paid every time someone purchases your course; the site claims the average instructor earns $8,000. And for the senior or experienced, expert networks like GLG will let you bill yourself out at $500+/hour for consultations. And there are dozens of expert networks.

If you’re good at giving a massage, register at Soothe to become one of their top massage therapists.

If you want to be a part of the culinary community (back-of-the-house operations like line cooks, prep cooks, and dishwashers) and are looking for a lifestyle over which you have some more control, go for Pared.

If you’re looking for more serious work, you could try your hand at a site like Upwork or Freelancer or Virtual Staff Finder or Guru where you can find bigger projects in the web and graphic design arena. Again, competition here is also fierce with many people attempting to undercut others. If you don’t have a solid portfolio and track record, you’ll find it difficult to make very much money at all.

Find basic coding tasks on Craigslist or Fiverr or the equivalent, and start out willing to do them for roughly $15–20/hour. With even the slightest experience, you could head over to Upwork or Freelancer or Virtual Staff Finder or Guru or other platforms and hawk your services for steadily increasing hourly rates. Someone who’s well-reviewed, domestic, and actually does what she says she’ll do, when she says she’ll do it (regardless of the real-life inconveniences that pop up) will be popular and easily command $60–100/hr even with relatively little experience. It’s your customer testimonials that get you new business, not someone’s fancy-pants CompSci degree.

Do you know any foreign languages fluently? If you can speak a second language well enough to teach it to someone else then go for it. If you can’t, why not teach your mother tongue? With many people across Europe and Asia wanting to brush up on their English skills, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get online and teach them. There are lots of human-translation services out there (buy local and go with ALS!) where you can offer to translate between English and some other language you know well. Depending on the language, they can pay quite well. You can get started with the help of a computer, the internet, and maybe a webcam with a microphone, depending on who you’re tutoring. Please note that if you work through an agency, you may have to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week. You should shop around because terms and conditions differ across the board.

Do personal training. Teach classes. If that’s yoga or gym classes, great, there are lots of places that’ll hire and/or host you, especially if you can recruit customers. This could also break off into nutrition and assisting people with meal plans, and so on. You could solicit clients in your local gym, but depending on where you live, you might need some certification to do this (not to mention the gym’s approval). You could also use a site like FitnessTrainer to advertise your services. People pay good money for personal trainers, if only to have someone keep them on track towards their goals. You can add value while also helping yourself financially.

If you’re a licensed home improvement professional or interior designer, submit your information and join the nation’s top design talent at Houzz, Havenly, Homepolish or Decorist.

If that’s professional education classes, General Assembly or your local equivalent would love to know about it. Something else? Skillshare is a great place to start. All of them will want to see you in action before bringing you on board, to “try before they buy” and vouch for you by putting you on their platform, but it won’t take long before you’re benefitting from their marketing, at a cost of 10-20% of the headline rate you’re charging.

Launching a service business can be done without a large network, an online presence or much overhead. The easiest way to start is by telling people in your existing network what you’re offering and asking them to spread the word.

Start by crafting a killer outreach email to get yourself up and running in just a few days.

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4. Get a side gig. Make money for tasks you’d do anyway.

Do you have spare time you can use to make money? These days there’re many ways to make an extra bucks by spending your time freely.

When money is tight, a temporary, part-time job can help pad your wallet. Even better, you don’t have to make a long-term commitment to a second job. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to get work as a youth sports coach, retail clerk, tax preparer, or tour guide. If there’s a big event or festival happening in your town, you may be able to snag a job as a ticket taker, working security, or helping with clean up. Local staffing agencies may be able to help you find people looking to hire temporary help.

You can work for some on-demand service as a contractor. Take a look at this index site and match your interests or desires with the marketplace for you.

Drive for Uber or Lyft or Juno and pick up extra income by driving others around when you are already out and about anyway.

Driving for Uber or Lyft or renting your spare bedroom on Airbnb are popular ways to make extra cash, but they’re not the only players in the gig economy. Those with creative skills can pick up extra dough as a freelance writer, photographer, or designer, while people who love kids can look for babysitting gigs.

Do courier services for Postmates. Become a local handy man to run errands or help others move houses on TaskRabbit or Thumbtack or Angie’s List. Like cleaning house? Clean for Handy. Wash carpets or dry-clean clothes for Rinse. You can wash carpets in the owner’s homes, or have them steam-cleaned offsite, depending on the job and the trust you build with the owners. Become a personal chef on HireAChef. Do micro gigs on Mechanical Turk (by Amazon). Mechanical Turk takes way longer, though it doesn’t require any skills. Do gardening for homes or housecleaning on Amazon’s Home Services. Load, haul and deliver stuff with Lugg. Advertise for companies with a car wrap with Carvertise.

Wash or detail cars. People are always looking to have their cars washed and detailed. You could be a mobile car washer and detailer with a permanent location. Reach out to people you know or make some flyers and put it in your neighbors’ mailboxes. If you want to get serious about it, prop up a one-page website or give out business cards. You can make money quickly doing this.

Decorate homes for the holidays. Whether it’s New Year’s, Christmas lighting, Easter, Fourth of July or any other holiday, you can get paid to help decorate homes. This might involve putting up lights inside or outside, decorating trees, setting up games and other decor. Use the internet and social media to find clients, or simply advertise to your local network. There are loads of options when it comes to doing specialty jobs like this.

Grocery shopping services like Peapod continue to pop up all over the country and some grocery stores now offer delivery services. Many people don’t have time to grocery shop and some simply dislike the chore and are willing to pay someone else to do it. To get started, you can either seek part-time employment at an already established business or you can start your own with little investment cost. Talk to friends and neighbors and distribute a few flyers around town. According to one estimate, the hourly pay for a grocery shopper is around $27 per hour.

Lead walking tours on Viator or ToursByLocal. If you live in a tourist locale, consider doing walking tours on Viator, which is one of the largest platforms for tour operators in the world. You’ll really need to work hard to get a good reputation. To find clients quickly offer free tours and ask for tips at the end. This is leveraging the principle of reciprocity with the power of free. People love to get things for free, but they feel obligated at the end to give something in return. That’s why supermarkets are always giving away food. They know if you like it, you’ll buy it.

InboxDollars allows you to make money by playing games, shopping online, searching the web, and more! Swagbucks also allows to make money doing similar activities. It’s amazing. Take advantage of these websites and make some extra money!

Are you good with children? Spending your weekends in and child sitting for parents going out for date night can bring in some pretty good money. Get licensed to run a Group Family daycare out of your own home, and watch other kids as well as your own. Figure $10–15/hr/kid, gross before expenses. You can also do some babysitting or home organizing with Care.com, Joinhonor.com, Usetrusted.com. Sites like Care.com, Joinhonor.com, Usetrusted.com have made it fairly easy for babysitters to advertise their services. Classifies ads, yard sale websites, friends, and family are also good places to search for babysitting gigs. According to recent estimates, a babysitter brings in between $10 and $12 per hour. Having a college degree, teaching experience, CPR certification, or other skills and achievements that make parents more comfortable also helps in this business.

Don’t want to work with children? What about man’s best friend? According to the Humane Society, 47% of households own at least one dog and altogether, Americans own almost 84 million dogs. Taking one of these dogs for a thirty-minute walk can bring in anywhere from $10 to $30. As a dog walker, you may also be able to pick up a job as a weekend dog sitter. Caring for dogs while owners are away on vacations or business trips may bring in yet additional income. Walk dogs on Rover. DogVacay helps you set up shop as a pet sitter while their owners go on vacation.

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5. Other temporary jobs.

Give blood

You can make around $20 to $50 per donation of blood, depending if your blood type is rare or common. You can also donate plasma. Different states have different minimum requirements that must be paid when people donate plasma.

Plasma donations help people who are fighting Leukemia and other immune disorders. This is a bit more complicated and involved than donating blood but you won’t get much more than donating blood.

Become a guinea pig

Although this is not necessarily the safest line of work, it can bring in money. Participating in drug/clinical research trials or being a guinea pig for novel medical treatments can be a quick way to earn money and earn you $100 to $300 per day, according to one estimate, providing you don’t mind being a human guinea pig. Research institutes are frequently looking for people willing to test new drugs or try out other treatments, and you may be paid anywhere from a few bucks to a few thousand dollars for your time, depending on the nature of the study. Professional medical test subjects bring in an average of around $50,000 annually, according to Simply Hired. You can find information on drug and medical trials on websites, such as clinicaltrials.gov and gpgp.net.

Some trials are looking for people with certain medical conditions to participate, while others are open to healthy volunteers. If you live in an area with a major medical center or research hospital, you can contact them about any trials that are recruiting subjects, or check CenterWatch, which lists clinical trials around the country. One caveat: Don’t let the promise of easy money blind you to the risks of participating in a clinical trial. You should always consider your own health and weigh the pros and cons before agreeing to participate.

Become a market research participant

In college I participated in loads of market research. It’s fairly quick money for not a lot of work. Companies looking for consumers’ opinions on a variety of products and services put you in a room to garner your opinion. That’s it.

Taking surveys is an easy task; however, the amount you get paid for each one will depend on the company for which you’re completing them, as well as the amount of time you’ll be required to spend filling them out. That said, some companies pay up to $50 per survey! You can also fill out online surveys on I-Say or Swagbucks.

This often involves writing or stating your opinion, answering polls or surveys, or breaking off in a discussion group.

Normally, you’ll be asked questions about your demographic; once surveys pop up, the company you have signed up with will get in touch and will pay you through an e-wallet, such as Paypal. You may be required to answer questions regarding a product or service, the area in which you live, or even take an opinion poll. The options are endless. The mechanics don’t matter much. The point is that you can rely on it from time to time.

Complete small tasks on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Become a Virtual Assistant on Belay or FancyHands

This type of side hustle should be kept for those of you who are extremely organized and are able to multitask. Becoming a virtual assistant is no walk in the park, but it can earn you a moderately good income. As a virtual assistant, you’ll be responsible for administrative work, including scheduling meetings, replying to emails, entering data, and undertaking certain social media activities, among others.

Bookkeeping.

Can easily be done remotely (my best friends, both self-employed, use a freelance bookkeeper working remotely). Requires having or acquiring some basic ability to use QuickBooks (sadly) and Excel. There are lots of guides online.

Become a transcriptionist

Transcriptionists can earn anywhere between $25 and $50 an hour…not bad for an evening side hustle, right? The best part about becoming a transcriptionist is that it doesn’t require any experience. While having a bit under your belt will help with bigger clients, it’s not necessary.

All you have to do is listen to audio files and type out what you hear to the best of your ability. It’s worth noting that it can be a little tedious and boring, but it’s a good idea if you want to earn some spare cash.

Flip real estate contracts

Ir you’re thinking this is cost prohibitive, it’s not. You can flip real estate contracts without ever taking possession of the property. This isn’t a fixer-upper endeavor, just securing a contract and selling it to an interested party. That’s it.

You can do this with just a few hundred dollars in most cases to open up escrow. There are companies dedicated to teaching how to do this like REWW. It’s good for making a little bit of money, but is also potentially something more long term as well.

Test Websites

Testing websites is a great way to earn some money from the comforts of your home after a long day at work. It’s a very simple process. All you have to do is wait for instructions from the company you have registered with and make sure that their website is easy to navigate and functioning the way they want.

Become a Search Engine Evaluator

People may be put off by the term ‘search engine evaluator’ because it sounds technical; however, you may be asked by companies to search for specific information on search engines and tell them how closely the results matched your search terms. This allows them to work on their search engine rankings.

Answer questions on JustAnswer

People looking for expertise online. JustAnswer (and several sites like it) allow doctors, lawyers, engineers and others with enhanced knowledge to earn a small income merely answering questions from people who would otherwise have to pay a hefty sum for those answers.

This platform is a great resource for people. It’s also lucrative (for the time spent) if you’re looking to earn a bit of cash in a hurry. Don’t expect to get rich answering questions, but you can generate a few bucks here or there if you’re in a bind.

Host an event

You can make money hosting events without aiming for thousands of sign-ups, vendors and high-profile guest speakers. Instead, form a free MeetUp group on a topic you’re knowledgeable about, like growth hacking, and run free events.

After you secure a loyal following, charge for an event with a reputable guest speaker. Rent out a small, upscale conference room at a nearby hotel, and grow your new MeetUp by hosting exclusive, sought-after events that charge a premium for fantastic content.

Become a landscaper

During the warmer months, spending evenings and weekends beautifying lawns and gardens can bring in some pretty good money as well. The BLS reports a landscape worker’s average wage at $12.65. This type of work, however, may involve a degree of physical exertion and an up-front investment cost for supplies.

Find lost money

No, I’m not suggesting digging for spare change between your couch cushions. I’m talking about searching for unclaimed funds that belong to you, like undelivered refunds, uncashed paychecks, missing royalty payments, and forgotten bank accounts. In 2015, $3.235 billion was returned to consumers, according to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. Check out MissingMoney.com to find out if there are unclaimed assets you’re entitled to.

Conduct a webinar

Okay, it sounds intimidating but webinars are one of the best ways to earn cash quickly. You’re speaking to a highly engaged audience. If you position yourself and the offer correctly, you can make loads of money in a very short period.

GoToWebinar is by far the biggest platform. Webinar Jam is one of the most feature-rich platforms out there. Whichever you go with comes down to how well you can sell. It takes practice, but this is fast cash at its essence.

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6. Return stuff you don’t need.

Do you have bags full of never-worn clothes, unopened DVDs, or unboxed housewares gathering dusting in your closet? You might be able to turn those regrettable purchases back into cash. Having receipts for your items will make the process easier, but if you made the purchase with a credit or debit card from a store like Target, they should be able to look up the transaction. It will be easier to return things that you bought more recently, but stores like Macy’s will take back items up to a year after purchase, while Nordstrom has a no-questions-asked return policy. If you’re a shopaholic trying to mend your ways, this can be a fast way to both clear out the clutter and put money back in your pocket.

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7. Open a cash-bonus checking account.

Check with your local bank to see if they’re giving away cash bonuses for opening up accounts. Banks run promotions like this all the time, so grab some real cash quickly if you’re in need. It won’t break the bank (no pun intended) but it will give you a quick $50 or $100 — maybe even more — when you really need it. You might need to deposit a minimum amount of cash (usually in the thousands) in order to qualify for these types of accounts (but not always).

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8. Get a small micro-loan on Fundera.

You can get a small business loan (very small) on Fundera, or Prosper if you’re looking for a very small personal loan. Depending on your credit and your financial and employment situations, you can secure up to a few thousand dollars like this.

There are loads of platforms that offer these small micro loans. You have to pay them back but it can help if you’re in a bind.

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9. Pawn your valuables.

If you’re running on fumes, financially speaking, but you have some money coming your way soon, consider pawning something of value to borrow fast cash. Of course, to get those items back you’ll need to pay back the loan with interest. If you don’t pay it back in time, that you’ll lose the item. If it’s really something that has a lot of intrinsic value to you, don’t do it. But if it’s something that doesn’t, you can certainly consider it depending on your situation.


Good lord, I could go on forever.

To enhance your chance of getting that money fast, you should try all the above.

If you’re willing to do a lot of little things, instead, then read this article, it’s got some legit, creative ideas.

Even though these are “fast” forms of making money, remember they do demand your initial attention, research, and hard work. Only with that initial effort will these begin to pay off for you.

You’d be amazed how much money you can save by leaving your comfort zone a little, or putting a little time into preparation. Anytime you can get paid for something on a basis other than working by the hour, year, or commissioned deal, it’s something that scales very well, and quite possibly makes you rich.

Once again: Laziness is VERY expensive! Hustle is almost invariably profitable.

Good luck.