It happens to the best of us. Payday is a few days away, but you need cash now. Maybe your car broke down or your kids need money or a field trip at school. No matter the reason, here a few ways to get extra cash to help you make it to payday.
Use Your Car
Offer to give someone a ride. Websites like Uber and Lyft allow you to connect with visitors to your city that need a ride. You simply input the times you are available and customers will come to you.
Pros: You can make extra money and meet interesting people.
Cons: You never know who you are going to meet, so this could be a bit risky.
Market Your Skills
You don't have to make anything fancy, simply put up a few flyers around town advertising your skills. You could offer to walk dogs, babysit, cut grass or even edit papers for extra cash. Scroll through your cell phone - who do you know that might be willing to give you a little bit of money for a job well done?
Pros: You can set your own hours and rates. Also, you will get paid as soon as the job is completed.
Cons: It could take more than a day to get a positive response.
Work as Day Laborer
If you don't have a regular full-time job, you may consider work as a day laborer. An internet search or your local phone book should list employment agencies that supply day laborers to businesses.
Pros: A day worked is a day paid. More than likely, you will be paid the same day.
Cons: You could end up doing all manner of work from picking up trash at a construction site to heave lifting.
Clean Out Your Closet
Everyone has something in the back of their closet that hasn't been used for years. Why not turn it into extra cash? While internet yard sales are common, if you need cash quickly, consider a local pawn shop like Sam Light Loan Company. They will value your item while you wait and pay you cash on the spot. You can choose to either sell the item or pawn it. With a pawn, the shop gives you a loan that you must repay, with interest. Once you have repaid the loan, you will get your item back. If you choose to sell it, the pawn shop keeps the item and you are not responsible for paying anything back.
Pros: You don't have to worry about shipping or the buyer backing out of the sell.
Cons: Some pawn shops charge very high interest on their loans.
If you need money but don't want to leave your house, consider taking on a few micro jobs. Sites like ClickChores offer a variety of simple tasks to complete. Most only require a few seconds. If you work fast, you can complete several of these in practically no time and earn some extra money while you're at it.
Pros: Tasks are very quick and easy to complete.
Cons: Most pay less than $1.00 per task, so you will need to complete several.