There never seems to be a time when a few extra dollars in the pocket wouldn’t help. If you need to make quick money, there are plenty of little jobs for almost everyone.
One great way is the Craigslist “gigs” section. Look up the one-day gigs in your area, and you’ll find everything from standing in as a movie extra to hauling hay bales. There are small jobs for writers, carpenters, strong backs, pretty faces…the list is limitless. Use good judgement, though. Beware of stuff like “photo shoots,” as these often turn out to be adult-only situations.
If there is an event in your area, talk to the organizers. County fairs, marathons, and film festivals all need people to run them. Some positions are volunteer, but others are day labor – often over $100 for the day.
Do Mother Earth a favor in exchange for cash. When it’s two days to payday, and you need quick money for gas and a loaf of bread, there’s nothing as simple as recycling cans and bottles for the deposit return. Not every state or province has this, but if yours does, you can cash in fast. Best places to hunt for cans are outside school yards, bus stops, and of course, recycle bins. Most cities have recycling collection, and many people just don’t have the time or the interest in taking their stuff back to the store or drop-off center, and will simply leave them at the curb. Grab them before the trash collector does. They are five, ten or even twenty cents apiece!
Private property is of course off-limits, and this includes the areas behind many restaurants and bars.
Sell what you don’t need. Whether it’s a garage sale, a pawn shop, or eBay, dump what you aren’t using. Used snow tires, Grandma’s clock, or a set of dishes – it doesn’t matter. There’s a buyer for almost everything! When using sites like eBay, be sure to calculate shipping costs so that you don’t take a loss on the sale.