If you're in a tight fix for money – you might need a solution that helps you get what you're looking for right away. In this article, we're going to look at 10 ways to get $10 as quickly as possible, potentially even today if you're really urgent.
These are mostly short-term solutions, so if you're constantly finding yourself in a position where money is tight or where you need a certain amount urgently, you might want to look at more wholesale changes to your life or budgeting arrangements. However, if you need $10 super quick – one of these tips could be for you.
We're going to look at a few different types of money-making techniques, from simply selling stuff you already earn to providing a service for something. Some of these will be possible for anyone, whereas others will rely on talents or skills only certain people have.
Selling and Reselling
Selling used items at a flea market
This is one of the easiest ways to make a quick ten bucks – but it'll only be quick if you've got one in your area happening on the right day. All you'll have to do is turn up and pay a small fee to sell your items, so it would be useful if you've got a few more than just one – but you could make quite a bit more than $10 quickly and easily.
There is one other option if there is a flea market nearby but you don't have a huge amount to sell and really only need that $10 – simply approach a few of the stall owners with a good offer and try and sell directly to them so they can then make a profit selling the item to the public. That way you don't even have to pay the fees and start your own stall.
Flea markets work well with things like old CDs and other household items like vases and things other people could genuinely want. Sporting equipment can also sell well.
Creating something unique and selling it on Etsy
Etsy is an online marketplace that helps people sell unique items that they've created themselves. Think jewelry, candles or other similar items. If you've got some creative flair and a talent for making things – Etsy could be for you. It's already got a good userbase and works as a great market of likeminded people who could enjoy what you have to offer.
If you need your money today, then this might not be the option for you – as it could take a few days to sell and then get your money. However, it's a more sustainable option for someone who's got some creative talents and would like to continue to make money from them rather than just a one-time thing.
On Etsy, along with jewelry you can also sell homemade clothing, decorative items for the home, art and other collectibles. You can set a price for your items and wait for the orders before creating them – saving you time and money on wasted stock.
Selling old items to a second-hand store
If you've got a local pawn shop or second hand store that's used providing cash for things you no longer need – this could potentially be the best option. Things like DVDs, CDs and video games sell well, as do musical equipment and other home electronics like televisions. You might only need to sell a few DVDs to make $10 quickly and easily.
Be prepared to get paid far less than you think the item is actually worth – but if you're desperate, it might be necessary. You can also loan items to some stores and buy them back if it's something you really need – but you'll obviously have to pay them more than you got. If you don't meet a designated deadline, you'll lose the item and they'll sell it to someone else – but this could be a useful option if all you need is some quick caseh
Selling something on Ebay
This method is tried and tested – you'll obviously already aware of it, but it's still a great idea for someone who needs some money reasonably quickly. The great thing about Ebay is that it's a huge marketplace with tons of users – so there's constant demand for almost any item. You can sell practically anything, so they must be a few items in your home you no longer need.
The downside is that this option isn't quite as quick as some of the others. You'll have to wait for the auction to end which could take up to a week (unless someone uses “Buy it Now”). Then you'll have to mail the item and wait for the money to clear. It's a good option as you can sell almost anything – but it's not the quickest if you're super-desperate for that money.
Try and sell something door to door
If you've got a surplus of useful household items like extra cleaning product you don't need – you could try selling them door to door. This is a somewhat risky idea and you might annoy some people – so you'll have to approach it with the right attitude and be happy to get knocked back a few times. You'll also need to check local bylaws and make sure you're not doing anything you shouldn't.
The thing with many of the options we've already looked at is that you need something physical to sell in order to make the money. What if you don't want to sell one of your items, or even don't have anything to sell? Don't worry – there are still options for you. The next thing to look at is providing a service or skill for someone in return for money. If you've got a particular talent, or even are just willing to put an hour's hard work in for someone – one of these options could be for you.
Mow someone's lawn
This one is as simple as it comes – ask around your local area and see if anyone needs some gardening work done. It's so basic you probably don't need it explaining – but make sure you do a good job. Be presentable and friendly and politely knock on people's door to ask if they need anything doing. Don't come across as a pushy salesperson and you should get someone who's interested relatively quickly.
It might take a few hours knocking on doors, but 30 minutes of mowing should be enough to earn you $10 quickly and easily. One thing to bear in mind – you might need your own lawnmower, which means you'll need to transport it and fuel it. Some houses might even have a mower you can use, but this'll be a tougher sell door-to-door and might make you come across as unprofessional.
One tip is to simply ask people you know rather than trying to market your skills to complete strangers. If you're up front about why you're doing it, you'll be able to discuss whether they've got a mower you can use and things should run much more smoothly.
Clean someone's windows
Again, this one is similar to mowing someone's lawn – except you'll be cleaning windows instead. This might be a better option for someone who doesn't have a lawnmower but does have a bucket and potentially a ladder.
Again, offer your services effectively door to door and $10 is a fair price for one home's windows. You'll need to do a good job, and make sure you work safely at all times (especially if you're using a ladder).
Clear someone's yard or garage
If someone has a large amount of garbage or clutter in their yard – they might be looking for someone to clear it. This one is slightly more difficult as it'll only work on people who actually have something that needs cleared – so your market will be smaller than simply people who need their lawn mowed or windows cleaned. You'll also need transport and a means of disposing of what you clear.
One upside for this type of work is that some of the items you clear might have additional value and could work well with the second hand store or boot sale options we've already looked at.
Perform on the street
If you've got a particular talent – this option could be for you. This works well with musical people, but it could also work with other performance based talents. If you can play an instrument or sing, simply set up in a busy spot and start performing. People love giving a bit of money to street performers they enjoy, so it could be a quick, easy and enjoyable way to make that $10. You could even earn that in twenty minutes in the right location. Pick a busy city-center area, perhaps somewhere with a lot of shoppers or passing foot-traffic.
You'll obviously need to be reasonably confident and happy to perform in busy areas – so this isn't one for shy people. You'll also actually need to be reasonably good, so people will be willing to pay. Make sure you check the local bylaws and that you don't need a license for street performing. You might also want to make sure you aren't encroaching on an existing performer's patch.
Refer a friend to a website you use
Chances are that one of the sites or businesses you already use offer a simple “refer a friend” scheme. You've probably seen many of these before when you didn't really need the money. But now you do. Find something you already like and it'll be easier to convince someone to use. Simply refer the friend and make sure they sign up using your link or code, and you could make an easy $10 (or potentially more).
One thing to look out for with this that some sites need a certain number of referrals before they pay out, so you might not be able to get your $10 that quickly.
Do some online surveys
This is one option that's been around for a while. It used to be much bigger than it is – but it's still a viable option. Do a quick search for paid online surveys in your area (many of them are country specific) and start getting involved. You might only have to fill out a couple of hours worth of surveys to make $10, but again – they might require you to meet a threshold of say $50 before you get your option, so it might not be the best option if you're in a super rush.
The good thing about surveys is that they're easy and you can do them at home without any particular talent.
Sell someone on Fiverr (twice)
The online marketplace Fiverr has tons of ways for you to make a quick five (or ten) dollars. The whole point of the site is that everything sells something for $5 – so all you'll need to do is sell two things and you've hit your $10 target. You could create a personal video message for someone, sell an ebook or design a simple logo for someone's company if you've got the right skills. There are tons of different “gigs” that cover a wide range of talents. There might be something you can do quickly and easily to make the money you need.
One downside of this option is that you'll still need to market your skills effectively, and there is a lot of competition. It could take a while to get your first client as a lot of people rely on having tons of positive reviews (which you won't have to start with). That being said, it could be a sustainable option that sees you making even more than then $10 you need initially.
The reality is – many people you know will be willing to help you if you're in a tight fix. If you can be up front and honest with them, they might want to help you. After all, it's only $10. As a friend or relative if you can borrow it. This could be the easiest option of them all – just be sure to pay it back on time! There's nothing worse than someone lending a hand when you need help and you taking your sweet time giving the money back.
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