Sometimes you might find yourself in a tight fix and in desperate need for some quick money. If so, one of these tips might be for you. We're going to look at a number of different ways to make $20 fast – potentially even today. Not all of these tips will be instant, but many of them could get you that $20 you need either today or within a couple of days.
If you constantly find yourself in need of some quick cash – you might need to look at making some changes to your regular finances and budgeting differently – either by spending less overall or earning more. These tips aren't necessarily sustainable, but if you find yourself randomly needing some quick cash as a one off – one of these ideas could be just what you're looking for.
These short-tern solutions to coming up with $20 as quickly as possible are sorted into a few different categories – some of them will be based around selling used items or things you create, while others will be associated with providing a service or using a specific talent. While many of these ideas can be done by anybody – some require a special talent or particular skill. Have a look and see if one of these ideas is for you.
Sell some old items to a second-hand store
There are probably a number of second hand stores in your local area. One of the most obvious ways to make some quick cash is to simply take old, unwanted items in to the store and sell them. These stores work best with old video games, CDs, DVDs. You can also sell musical equipment or home entertainment systems like televisions, as well as quality sporting equipment.
One thing to remember with these second-hand stores is that they need to make a profit, so be prepared to be offered an amount that's probably lower than you think the items are worth. But if you're desperate for the cash, they could be the right choice. You might need to sell 20 DVDs to reach your target (or even more), but if you no longer use them – that might seem acceptable.
Some of these stores will also offer buyback schemes where you can loan them an item for some cash and buy it back at a later date. You'll obviously have to pay more to get the item back, and make sure you get it before the agreed date or they'll then be able to sell it to someone else in store. This works better with larger, more expensive items.
Sell items on eBay
Again, this one is all to do with selling unwanted items for some quick money. You're probably already aware of eBay and how it has revolutionalized the second hand sales market. The great thing about eBay is that it has a huge userbase and therefore a massive market for your products. You can sell almost anything on their, rather than being limited to what a second hand store can keep in stock or mainstream items. From household furniture to used books, there's probably someone out there who wants something you've got. While most items will have regular prices, you could find that one of your old books is a collector's item and is actually worth much more than you think.
While there should be demand for almost anything you want to sell (at the right price) – selling something on eBay might not be the quickest method for getting you that $20. You'll have to wait for your item to be delivered and the money to clear. Most auctions last up to a week, but you could use “buy it now” to sell your things quicker. Even so, waiting for the money to clear could take a few days. While this might not be the best short-term option, if you've got a lot to sell – you could find yourself with way more than $20 after getting rid of what you no longer need on eBay.
Create something with your talents and sell it on Etsy
If you haven't heard of Etsy – it's an online marketplace for arts and crafts. People sell all sorts of unique items on there like handmade jewelry, art, decorations, handicrafts and other similar items. Etsy have done well in creating a marketplace for like-minded talented individuals – and you could be one of them.
If you've got a particular skill for creating arty crafts like hand-made jewelry, have a look at Etsy. There's quite a large userbase of people who might be look for exactly what you're offering. You'll have to market your items effectively, so this is another option that might not be the quickest, but it could set you up with a sustainable side income that makes you even more down the line. One of the benefits of Etsy is that you won't have to make the item until someone buys it, rather than having to make a load of stock that might go unsold if you were running a traditional business or trying to sell in a store.
Sell something at a busy event
Whether you're trying to sell used items at a yard sale, boot sale or local market, there are tons of different events that you cold make some quick and easy cash at. There are normally boot sales most weekends, so you should be able to get that $20 (and more) quickly if you live near one.
You'll normally pay a small fee to enter and for the pitch, so you should probably take a few more items to sell rather than just trying to make $20 profit. One trick if you don't really want to sell a load of stuff is to approach existing stall owners with a really great item at an unbeatable price and sell it to them directly rather than opening your own stall. If you can pitch the right item to the right stall owner you should be able to make that $20 reasonably quickly and easily.
You could also try local food markets and other specialist events if you've got a particular talent or specific item to sell that would sell well at them. However, these might require more planning than simply turning up and selling, but they could build a long-term, sustainable income rather than just some quick cash.
Try selling door to door
This one is a bit more extreme and only right for the right sort of personality. Things like cleaning products and other similar home items sell well door to door. You'll need to come across as a good salesperson. This option is risky, as you'll annoy some homeowners. You'll also need to make sure you're not breaking any local laws – but if you need that $20 quickly, this might be the option for you.
Providing a service
Perform on the street
If you've got a particular talent, specifically musical or other entertainment related skill like juggling, you could try performing on the street for some quick money. It's actually a fun way to make a lot more money than you might think – many people use it as their main source of income. You could find yourself making that $20 in under an hour in the right location, and if you've got the right talent.
Obviously, your ability to make money doing this will depend on how talented you are. So if you're going to try and sing, you'll need to be good at singing. You'll also obviously need to be confident enough to perform in public. Try and find a busy city-center location with a lot of foot traffic, like a shopping area or somewhere similar. You'll need to make sure you're allowed to perform on the street in that specific location, and also make sure you're not intruding on an existing performer's spot.
Do some DIY for someone
If you know someone who need a quick job done, this could be an easy way to make $20. As around, you'll probably find someone you know who has a quick job that they'd be happy to pay you $20 to do. As opposed to finding regular work doing DIY, if you're just looking for $20 you might not need to look much further than simply asking friends and family.
Whether it's painting a room or clearing out some old junk, you could earn that $20 for an hour or two's work. You may need to bring your own equipment and have some knowledge of DIY (like experience putting up shelves) for this option to really work.
You don't have to just do things indoors, either. You could clear someone's garage or mow their lawn. This last one might need your own equipment or the use of theirs – but it's reasonably easy to do if you need a few bucks quickly.
Make a bit of money online
These days, there are actually a few more ways to make some quick money without even leaving your home – so we're going to look at them.
Sell a game account or in-game credits
If you enjoy playing an online game, you might find there's a demand for in-game accounts or credits. A number of online games have huge markets for in-game credits and other useful items. If you've got a particular talent or interest in a specific game, you could find yourself making money selling items for real money – doing something you enjoy in your spare time that could actually get you that $20.
Sell a few things on Fiverr
Fiverr is an online marketplaces for people selling “gigs” for $5 each. If you've got a particular skills or service that you think people might need, this might be for you. Gigs range from things like quick graphic design jobs, to selling eBooks or other similar items. You'll only need to sell 4 gigs to get your $20, but Fiverr takes a cut, so in reality you'll need to sell 5. You'll also have to market your gigs and wait for orders (and for the money to clear) so this might not be the quickest option for that $20.
Complete some online surveys
There are a whole range of online surveys that are available in your specific location, just do a quick search to find some near you. These surveys are normally simple and can be done from the comfort of your own home without expending too much brainpower. You might have to do a few surveys for $20, and you'll also have to wait for your money to clear. One issue with online surveys is that some sites require you to meet limits before you can withdraw, like you have to earn $50 first – so this might not be the quickest option to get your money.
Recommend a site to a friend
If you enjoy using a particular site, you might find they offer a simple referral program. If you can get one of your friends to sign up with your code or link, you could get a fee for recommending them. This will often be more than $20. Again, you won't get the money instantly so this isn't the quickest option on the list, but it depends how desperately you need that $20.
After all, you're only looking for $20. You might find the quickest and easiest way to get it is to simply ask someone you know and explain your predicament. One of your friends and family should be more than happy to help, just make sure you pay them back.
Hopefully one of these money-making tips is the right one for you. If you find yourself constantly needing some quick money, you might want to look for a more sustainable option.
Other Posts In This Series:
- 10 Ways To Make $10 Fast
- More coming soon!
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