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Ways To Make Money In A Pinch

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Apr 11, 2017 5:56 PM

Money is one of those things that most people simply do not have enough of. Expenses have a way of creeping up on you, and unexpected expenses can throw you for a financial loop. In these instances, you typically have two choices. You could borrow money and go into debt to meet your financial obligations, or you could raise extra money by working or taking other efforts. If you want to avoid debt and are looking for legitimate ways to make a significant amount of money quickly, consider putting some of these exceptional ideas to work for you.

Start Driving

If you own a late-model car, you may be able to turn that car into a money-making venture in your free time. By now, almost everyone is familiar with ridesharing apps and personal transportation apps. You simply download the app, and you can summon someone to pick you up and take you to any location in town for a fee. In fact, you may already be using these apps regularly yourself to get around town. You can turn the tables on this and start using the apps to make money. With most apps, it takes only a few days or less to register to become a driver. Then, you can easily turn the app on and off to control your work hours. This is an excellent way to make fast money right now, and you can always start driving as needed later to meet future financial needs as well.

Sell an Unwanted Vehicle

There is also the option to sell your unwanted items online, such as through auction websites or online classified listings. While you could raise a moderate amount of money selling old furnishings and CDs or video games, you can also think bigger. For example, you can sell an old motorcycle that is sitting in your garage on to make a substantial amount of money in a typically short period of time. If you choose to sell smaller items, you can even hit garage sales on the weekends to look for great deals on other people's items that you can then list online for a higher sales price if you need to make more money over the course of several weeks.

Donate Yourself

Another excellent way to raise money fast is to donate blood, plasma or even sperm or eggs. Donating blood and plasma can put some cash in your pocket today. The process to donate sperm or eggs may be lengthier, and this is even more true with your eggs. However, the financial reward can be considerable. Some sperm donors can earn up to $1,000 or more per month. The egg donation process may take one to two months, but you may be able to receive $8,000 to $10,000 per egg or more.

Rent Out Your Home or Car

If you have a nice home in a desirable location or a nice car, you could consider renting these spaces out to other people. There are several online platforms that allow you to post pictures of your home or car online so that travelers can reserve the when they are in town. You will, however, need a backup plan for getting around town or to live elsewhere while your spaces are being used. In exchange for this relative inconvenience, you may earn several hundred dollars or more over the course of a few days.

The reality is that there are numerous ways for people to make extra money today. These are all ideas that you can work on in your free time without giving up your day job. You can try each of them out as desired to explore the pros and cons for yourself. You may be surprised to discover that some of them may be so enjoyable that you choose to continue working on them on the side to improve your financial status over the months to come.

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