I was a single mom for 6 years, and it was a fantastic education on how to be a survivor both emotionally and financially. I am married now, but due to some recent issues and changes I have to start becoming reliable on my own income and not my husband’s.
There are a lot of reasons in life why you may need to make some money in a hurry. One of the most important things is to not react emotionally. You may feel hopeless, or incredibly hurt, but you need to be logical and intentional now, more than ever.
Whether you have an unexpected expense come up, or are trying to save up for a specific purchase, sometimes you need to come up with cash quickly. It can be a little overwhelming, but here are some ideas for putting money in your hands quickly.
Donate plasma. If you meet the health requirements plasma donation can be a source of quick cash. Typically the first appointment takes a few hours, but after that a typical donation is about an hour long and you can make $50 or more per week. If needles make you squeamish the process can be a bit uncomfortable, but after the needle is inserted you can just lay back and read a book, listen to music, or even watch a movie.
Sell stuff. You can sell almost anything online, and selling your extra stuff is a great way to make fast cash. eBay is a good place to sell old cell phones, even clothes. A lot of things you can even list for free. Just make sure you do your homework on shipping costs so you aren’t eating up your profits by underestimating. Also do a little research on what type of refund policy you want to have. Another option is selling items on a local Facebook swap or sale page. Make sure you take good pictures and write a thorough description of your item. This is a great way to sell furniture, electronics, clothes, and kids items, and you can have cash in hand the same day.
Pick up odd jobs. Babysit. Clean houses. One Christmas when I needed some extra cash I cleaned an elderly couple’s house and took them to the grocery store to shop once a week. Do you have any marketable skills? Do some freelance work.
Cut your expenses. One of the easiest and most obvious ways to make money, is to not spend it in the first place! Get rid of cable TV and your landline phone. Make a menu for the week before you go to the grocery store. Eat more meatless meals. Drop the data plan from your cell phone. I have been keeping my heat turned down a few extra degrees, and unplugging everything when not in use. I am contemplating dropping data from my cell phone plan, which would be a HUGE deal for me, but you do what you gotta do.
The main idea is to increase income and lower expenses. Keep in mind that even though the changes may be difficult, they are a temporary means to and end.