How to make some emergency cash
November 9, 2010 9:51am CST
Hi, I was laid off work for a couple of weeks last month and am a pay period behind. My rent is 2 weeks late and I have a bunch of bills to pay. I work for minimum wage in a contact center. I am back working now but I could really use about $1000 within the next few days to catch up. I have no one to borrow from as they don't have any money either and I don't know how I could pay them back anyway and I don't have anything of value to put up for sale. I would appreciate any suggestions as to how I can come up with several hundred or a grand cash in hand within the next week or so. Thanks in advance
• United States
9 Nov 10
I don't know where you are or what your resources are, but you can make some quick money in recycling if you're in the right place. Metals like copper and aluminum bring good prices. Look for brass ash trays and lamps, aluminum pots and pans, copper beaten decorations, and so on. Right now, just before the holidays, if you can craft, do woodwork or something like that, you might make money selling that, but it may take more time than you have. Offer to run errands for people, to shop or pick up things or drive the elderly to places, or clean up yards or put up decorations... the possibilities are almost endless and you can charge a good hourly fee. If you can clean up a yard in an hour, you can make $20 or more. A few hours of that will get you along toward your goal.
• United States
10 Nov 10
Thank you. I've seen too many scams and too much baloney when it comes to working online. I'm not saying you can't make money online, but if anyone can make a thousand dollars in a few days online, they're probably running a scam. When a person really needs money, it's cruel to give them wrong advice.
9 Nov 10
Nowadays, it is really tough times for worldwide economy. It is really hard to invests on anything after the great economic "plunge" down due to world's financial status. That is why many investors close their business or otherwise shifted to different type of business just to make their both ends meet. It is really difficult how to answer your question and I personally think it will be difficult to accomplish in a certain amount of time. I do believe that the other way you can do this is by having multiple part-time jobs. Or for any other else, Try to sell some of your "excess baggage". I mean, try to look around your house and your things and see what you can probably sell and if you think there are also takers. Jewelries, gadgets, hobbies, collections, furnitures or just anything else of good value. It's time to let go for those things for the moment since you are in a deep and difficult financial situation. It's hard to let those things go, especially if those have sentimental values. But if those things will make your life fixed in a moment, you have to do it. In the next chapters of your life, I do believe that you will get back those things again if you persevere and work harder... You will find your ways again. And of course, you have to ask for "divine" intervention... Whatever way how you communicate with Him, you have to give your trust to Him that sooner or later, everything will be okay again and in order. Pray, it work wonders.
9 Nov 10
Get a job in the meantime, you won't be able to make that kind of dough within a few days online. However, after you are caught up you may want to try writing for a freelance writing site, like Triond or Bukisa; you may not make much but that 30-50 a month, sometimes over 100 a month, really makes a difference in how my groceries are ;D