“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison
Look Around You and Find Opportunities to Earn Quick Cash
- Have a Yard Sale:
One of the fastest methods of bringing in a little cash is the old-fashioned yard or garage sale. A good source of how to do a sale successfully is the book “ Garage Sale Success Secrets: The Definitive Step-Buy-Step Guide to Turn Your Trash into Cash!” Click here for the link.
My neighbor went to a thrift shop event for a local charity. At the end of the evening, he noticed the large selection of donated golf clubs that were still available. He offered $200 for the whole batch. He then cleaned up the clubs, organized them according to groups and age. He had a garage sale advertised on Craig’s List and sold $1,500 worth of golf clubs in one morning.
Another neighbor loves to shop the garage sales. She purchases all kinds of items to decorate her home. Her husband will buy audio books on CDs, and tools. They use the items, and then sponsor a garage sale and generate quick cash in one morning from the same items.
Keep your eyes open all the time. You never know when opportunity knocks.
- Sell Your Body:
Seriously, you can sell your blood, plasma, breast milk, and hair to appropriate locations. Selling your blood and plasma is quick. You just need to answer a few questions, give blood and then you are paid right away. With hair, you may have to locate a hair broker, or try selling it on eBay.
- Babysit or Dog Sit:
One of the fastest ways to make a buck is to babysit or dog sit. You could call your service “Hire a Grandmother for Babysitting,” or “Grandpa’s Pet Care in your Home.” Tell everyone you know about your service and the your fee. You’ll be amazed at how many people will jump at the chance to hire you.
Here is a great resource book on pet sitting. Cathy Vaughan’s book, “How to Start a Home-Based Pet-Sitting and Dog-Walking Business.” She really knows how to get down to the basics in running this business. She provides a cheat sheet on:
- Income Log
- Revenue Table
- Profit and Loss statement
- Pre-Service Checklist
- Service Agreement
I know as a young boy, I used to do this service for pocket money. For years, pet sitting was always the local kid in the neighborhood. But today, retirees who want to make money and love dogs and cats can make decent money providing reliable service. Click here for the book.
Babysitting in the 21st century has changed since I was a teenager. There are a lot of pitfalls and challenges to successfully provide this service for parents afraid for their children’s safety. Refer to the book, “Don’t Sit on the Baby: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting,” by Halley Bondy.
She describes the new rules for the times we live in today. She provides good guidelines and business suggestions to ensure safe, reliable service. As a grandparent, you have experience with children. All you need now is to understand the new situations and be prepared to handle them. Click here for the book.
- Return Stuff You Don’t Use:
Have you made recent purchases and the tags are still on them? Do you have the receipts? Typically you can take those items back for a full refund. If you’re not using them right now, why not take them back? It could be a quick way to generate cash for your pocket.
- Rent Out a Room:
Do you have an extra room or two in your home? You’ll get more money if you rent out the master bedroom offering the renter his or her own bathroom. In some places you can earn close to a grand a month offering a private room and bath.
Take a look at your location. Are you near a college? People find renting out to a graduate student usually is a safe bet. Or maybe you live in a retirement area and can arrange your tenant to use the pool and clubhouse. The TV series, “Golden Girls,” was based the stories on people renting rooms in a house in Florida. It is still a wonderful opportunity today to have a housemate sharing expenses.
- Join a Medical Experiment:
Human trials and studies are often conducted right in your area at your local hospital. You can usually find out which studies are being done with a quick search on the net. You’ll be paid for your time, and get free healthcare for the associated issue.
There are always ways to get cash when you need it while you get your business off the ground. It just requires you to set your mind to looking around at what is out there, and thinking of things in a whole new way.
What do you think? Do you have other ideas to generate quick cash? Leave a comment and share it with our readers.