There are those moments in life in which you will need to get your hands on some extra cash, and all of the traditional methods of coming up with money have been exhausted. Fortunately, there is an almost infinite list of ways that a person can earn extra money within the confines of the law, ethics and morality. Because the value system of each person is different, it is important to understand that while all of the options listed here are legal, they may not all fall within the parameters of your moral compass. Use your own personal judgement when determining which option will work best for you.
Sell Certain Parts of Your Body
No, this is not a suggestion to participate in any form of prostitution. Actually, it is quite common for people, especially college students, to sell blood plasma, hair and breast milk for a certain fee. While a kidney would go for a premium, there are federal laws that inhibit the selling of human organs, even by the person who the organ belongs to; however, there are certain parts of the body that can be sold, including hair, blood plasma, and in some states, breast milk. While the prices for these biological commodities vary from state to state, it is not something that will make you rich, but it can help meet an immediate need for money.
Find a Job Baby Sitting, House Sitting or Pet Sitting
There is a growing market for people who are willing to watch children or pet sit, and there is also a growing need for house sitters — there are occasions in which certain families will be looking for all three simultaneously. For some parents and homeowners, simply finding the opportunity to go on a simple dinner date can prove to be challenging, so a person who can be responsible and dependable can actually make some decent cash in this arena.
Baby sitters consistently earn as much as $15.00 per hour
Offer Some of Your Unwanted Items on an Ad Site
One of the quickest ways to make a little quick cash is to find things of value that other people might want, and list them on an online ad site like Craig’s List. You will be surprised at how fast you will get hits for certain items; however, safety has to be your first priority when using these kind of sites, especially Craig’s list. There have been numerous incidents in which people have been robbed, injured and even killed responding to Craig’s List ads. Always meet a person in an open and highly populated area, and keep the encounter short and to the point. You should also make sure that you are not being followed when you leave the location.
You can sell almost anything on Craig’s List, from furniture to electronics to jewelry. You can set the asking price, and if you choose, you can negotiate and take the best offer within a specified period.
Return Previous Purchases
Everybody has purchased certain items that they have not yet used. If you are in a pinch for cash, this is a good time to return those items to retrieve the cash. Not only will you be able to receive a full refund, in most cases, but you will also be able to clear some of that unused clutter in the house.
Recycle Scrap Metal
While this method will definitely not make you rich, it is a guaranteed method for making some fast money. Most scrap metal yards will accept virtually any type of metal, and they will pay you based on the weight of the metal. Depending on what you are scrapping, you may be able to meet your immediate money need using this method. Recently, a person purchased a used camper for a little over $600 and then scrapped his old camper, and the amount he received almost completely covered the cost of the new camper purchase.
As stated earlier, the options for making extra cash fast is almost endless, you simply have to determine which options work best for you.