In this article we're going to look at a number of different ways to make $600 as fast as possible.
Actually, a few of these ideas could lead to long-term side earners, but some of them are one-time-only kind of deals. Some might require a specific skill or talent, while others just need a bit of hard work. It also depends how quickly you really need this money. While there are a few options that might give you it straight away, some might take a couple of weeks. It depends how much you need the money and what you're willing to do for it.
The thing about making large amounts of money quickly is that there are only so many options out there and you need to be realistic. Getting $600 in the next hour is going to require some drastic measures, like maybe taking on a high interest (temporary) loan. Earning $600 in the next month gives you some breathing room, so you can make an effort to sell some stuff, do some jobs, and put the money together.
These strategies below will work to varying degrees depending on what skills you have and what your timeline is. Dig in and see if one will work for you.
How To Make $600 Fast
Embrace Minimalism (Sell Stuff)
One of the simplest ways to make money is to sell something you already own. Selling online is simple and easy these days, like on eBay – but these aren't always the fastest ways to get your money. While eBay opens up a huge marketplace for almost any item, unless you use “Buy it Now” it could take up to a week for your item to sell, then you've got to arrange delivery and wait for the money to clear. Sometimes, a local option might be the best.
Sell Some Old Furniture
Furniture and other large household items maintain their value quite well even when they've already been used. You can sell them either online (eBay, Craigslist) or in the local area (newspaper ads, etc). The main problem with this sort of selling is it could take a few days or weeks to find a buyer. Transportation could also be a problem. Unless you have means to deliver the furniture, you might be limited to buyers who have a van or similar.
For smaller items of furniture, you might be able to sell direct to second hand stores or antiques centers. This way, you could get your money straight away – but expect a lower price.
If you do happen to have your own van or option way to deliver large items – it opens up a few more possibilities. Not only will you be able to get a slightly better price for your item, you could also take it to more shops who don't have the ability to collect – or even use large flea markets etc. Not only that, you could leverage your van to make even more side cash by offering your own delivery service.
Sell Your Unwanted Jewelry
One of the best ways to make instant money is to sell your gold jewelry to a “cash for gold” store. The best thing about these is that you get your money (cash) straight away. However, you might not get as much for the items as you think they're worth – the store will normally be selling for scrap, so you'll get even less than that. If you've got items that are worth more, this might not be the best way to sell them.
Get In On The Gig Economy
Rent Out Your Home and Stay Somewhere Else
Instead of moving completely, you might be able to move in with family or go and sleep on a friends couch for a while, renting out your own property instead. You could easily get the sort of money you're looking for with just a one month let. Finding tenants might be difficult, but you could try using a local short-term letting agent or even something like AirBnB.
Rent Out Space
If you've got additional space, like a garage or something similar that people might like to rent as office space, this could be another way to make the money you're looking for. Many bootstrap small startups are looking for cheap working areas without having to commit to an expensive office block. They might be happy with a space that you already own. You don't even have to own it, as subletting could get you the money you need (if you're allowed to do it).
Rent Other Things
While we're on the topic, there are plenty of other things that you can rent out, including cars, boats, RVs and even bikes. In fact, if you have anything valuable, there's a good chance that someone will want to rent it out.
More Gig Economy Jobs
Actually, there's a ton more gig economy jobs, including food delivery, alcohol delivery, package delivery..OK, it's a lot of delivery stuff, but there are also lots of opportunities like helping people move, babysitting, visiting the elderly, and more. Which gigs you go for will depend on the area you live (metropolitan areas have more opportunities), and what your skillset is.
Get To Work!
If you've got a particular skill or talent – you might be able to make some money from it. Not all of these ideas require particular talents, some just need the willingness to put some hard work in.
There are a number of online platforms that allow you to trade all sorts of different stocks. If you've got a particular talent for financial trading, one of them could be for you. Be aware – the reality with online stock trading is that most people lose money. If you're not experienced in that area – you could lose out. This is only recommended for people who are willing to risk some money in order to earn more, and also people who have a particular talent or background in the financial area.
Write and Sell an Ebook
If you've got something to say – either fiction or non-fiction, you could write an eBook and sell it somewhere like Amazon (or Fiverr). There are large marketplaces for similar products, and a good book could make you $600 reasonably quickly.
You'll only be successful if you can write something that gets good reviews and you can market it effectively. You could write an instruction manual to do with something you already know a lot about, or you could try fiction. Be aware, fiction is a lot more competitive and would require a bigger edge when compared to a simple “guide” or manual about something you already know about.
Ghost Write and/or Edit an eBook
Selling isn’t the only way that you can make money from an eBook. You could also offer writing and/or editing as a service. There are often jobs like this available on freelancer sites like UpWork. You can also advertise your skills on various platforms, including your own website.
Working on an entire book is a large project, so it isn’t unusual to see fees of $600 or higher for the work. But, you won’t get that up front. If you’re going through a site like UpWork, you often won’t get paid until the end, although the site will make sure you’re not ripped off.
If you’re advertising your own services, you have more flexibility. For example, I’ve seen some freelancers request half payment up front and half after a draft is sent. You can find your own patterns.
Teach Software Skills
Programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher are critical in many different ways, yet people often struggle to use them. You can easily make some money on the side by teaching these skills. Many people would pay $100 for the lesson, more if you can install the software at the same time.
You could increase your income by teaching in a class setting, targeting people with the same skill level. There are also related services that you could offer, such as troubleshooting. After all, many computer and device problems are easily solved by someone with a little technical know-how.
Write Research Papers
This is a type of freelance writing that requires a very specific skillset. You typically need to be good at research and consolidating information. You’ll also need some knowledge of academic conventions, along with common referencing styles.
These requirements also mean that competition for this type of writing is lower than many other fields. It also pays well. Some projects may well pay $600 (or more), especially if they are long and detailed. Others may pay less. But, even the lower paying work adds up. Plus, everything you do helps you develop a reputation and get future tasks.
As with other types of freelance writing, you can advertise yourself using tools like Craigslist or even physical flyers (particularly around colleges). You can also turn to sites like UpWork, which provide a platform for freelancers and clients to find one another.
Become a Local DJ or Wedding Band
Becoming a DJ isn't as hard as you think – and you could earn that $600 within one or two gigs. These days, you don't need to be ultra-talented if you have the right software. You don't need tons of records, either – as you can find everything online. If DJing isn't for you, a singer or wedding band might be for you. While top venues in your area might require a bit more talent – don't ignore how much money you can make at events like weddings and other similar occasions.
The hardest part to this is often finding the right clients (and quickly). You can try local advertising (either online other otherwise). Also ask around at work, or with friends and family to see if there's something they might need you for.
Become a Personal Trainer
With the growth of the fitness industry in recent years – there's a constant demand for personal trainers. If this fits you interests and experience, it could be for you. One good thing about becoming a personal trainer is that you can fit it around an existing job by working evenings and weekends. You might earn around $30 an hour in the right location, so could make that $600 in only twenty hours work.
Again, finding clients can be difficult, but word of mouth can help you (along with local advertising). If you work at a specific gym, they might be able to help you. While you'll often be self-employed, coming to an arrangement with different gyms could be beneficial. They might take a cut, but they'll give you a place to carry out your training and often help you find clients. Make sure you wear a t-shirt that advertises what you do, so if anyone else sees you in the gym they could become a client.
Upcycle Old Furniture or Antiques
If you've got old, unwanted furniture or household items – you could actually upcycle them to add value. A simple bit of modern paint or re-patching worn furniture could be enough to make the item seem relevant and bespoke.
Work For Yourself
Become a Salesperson
You might think this sounds a lot like getting a full-time job, but it doesn't have to be. There are plenty of “lifestyle” sales gigs that allow you to work alongside a normal job – think catalogue sales and other similar roles.
They're normally quite easy to get, you just have to promote the business to people you know and take orders. You can promote at work, at home, door-to-door or even host themed parties.
Become a Private Tutor
If you've got a particular skill or talent that you think people want to learn – you might be able to become a part-time personal tutor. This works best for things like playing a musical instrument, or speaking a different language. While some tutors will have specific qualifications, this isn't always necessary. You'll obviously need to know a lot about what you're trying to teach – and be good at teaching it.
Tutoring work, you might want to get in touch with a local educational center, like a music school or language academy. You don't necessarily have to take up regular work with them, but they can help get you private clients. You could also try local advertising and using relevant notice boards – but one of the best ways to get new clients is through simple word of mouth. You can also fit this work around other jobs or normal employment, and simply do some tutoring in the evening and at the weekends.
Start a Cleaning Business
If you've got a particular skill for cleaning, you should be able to find someone who needs a bit of help – whether it's a small local business or private client. Again, this sort of work is easy to get into and you wont need much equipment (just a few simple cleaning products) – the ability to make good money doing this will depend on how much work you're willing to do, and how easily you find clients.
This is another business idea that could be a sustainable side earner in the long-term if that's what you're looking for. To get clients, you can ask around friends of family, print out leaflets to send door-to-door or try local notice boards.
Start a Leaflet Delivery Business
This one works well alongside one of the other business ideas we've already looked at. If you're thinking of going door-to-door with leaflets advertising one of the your other services (like cleaning or music tuition), why not earn more as you deliver by taking other people's leaflets too? What's the best way to find leaflet delivery clients? You guessed it – with door-to-door leaflets.
If you do it right, this organic practice could help you grow and earn multiple streams of income as you deliver simple leaflets. You don't even need an expensive print production, as a home printer will do a good job these days.
If you don't want to go out on your own completely, you could get a leaflet delivery job – there are normally plenty in the local area and they're flexible enough to fit around your other commitments. Again, you can double up with multiple employers to earn double or triple as you go.
…Or Just Borrow It
If you don't want to sell, use a specific skill or start a small business – you could always try borrowing.
Get a Bank Loan
This could be one of the simplest ways to borrow money, and it's actually cheaper than pay-day loans (which charge even bigger interest rates). This one is probably more appropriate for larger amounts. However, you might have to meet specific requirements and have a full financial history check. Make sure you check all the small print and know when you've got to make the payment by and if there are any fees for missing deadlines.
If you get into trouble with a bank loan, your debt could spiral out of control – so be careful and try and pay back the full amount as soon as possible.
Use Your Credit Card
If you've got a credit card, it's much easier to get money out on it that get an actual bank loan – but it'll probably cost you more. Make sure you pay it back as soon as possible.
Re-Mortgage Your Home
Again, this one's a last resort – but freeing up $600 from your home might be a tiny amount compared to the equity you already have. While you don't want to start re-mortgaging your home regularly or for things where you'd be better off getting the money elsewhere – it could be a viable option in certain situations and as a one-off.
Move to a Cheaper Rental Property
This one isn't really “borrowing”, but more of “saving”. It sounds complicated, but if you're currently renting – you could make money on the arbitrage by moving somewhere cheaper. This will only work if you're near the end of your lease or are in short-term lets. But imagine moving from somewhere that costs $2,400 a month to somewhere costing $1,800. Assuming you don't spend the money on something else, you've got the $600 straight away.
Downsizing might also cut other costs like bills and taxes. Have a look around and see what you can get, you might be able to get a similar property in a less popular area or be happy with slightly less living space if this money is really that important to you.