This is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll explain anyway. I’m always thinking!

I think gold is going up, up, up, so you won’t get the best deal, but if you really need cash right now, I mean today, they will give it to you.

30. The ones that are all silver don’t have the copper stripe and are dated between 1932 and 1964. Still, they are a way to get money fast.

16. :)

2. I wouldn’t do this, but you might.

1. I did several odd jobs from that site and was always paid well, in cash, that very day. This is what I call homeless work, but hey, homeless people aren’t collecting bottles and cans for nothing! For every recyclable container you bring in, you can earn approximately 5 to 10 cents, and it adds up quickly.

29. Sometimes you’ll find valuable old coins that you can sell for a profit. Borrow It

Sit in front of Starbucks looking depressed, with a cup and a sign saying that you need money for food. Sell Your Old Gold Jewelry

Do You Need Money Now?

My idea of fast cash is getting money now, not in a week, but having cash in hand that day and without needing a lot of money to invest in to begin with.

This isn’t what you think: Get your mind out of the gutter! There are websites like or Craigslist where you can offer your services for a day or two for cash. If you live in a busy destination spot or you know of a big upcoming event in your town, consider using your house or apartment to earn money.

I know this makes no sense, but let me explain. Clean Gutters

If you have family or friends, ask them for a loan. Collect Bottles and Cans

17. I thought it sounded like a good idea because people are busy and don’t want to take time off of work.. Counting cards at card games like blackjack–using memory techniques to estimate the proportion of low to high cards left in the deck–can put the odds in your favor when you bet. Exchange Your Paper Dollars for Quarters

In order to get money quickly and legally, you either have to sell, borrow, or beg for something.

In New York or L.A., you can do this and get paid the same day. Many people are too busy to do it themselves and they would be glad for your help. I considered it for a moment but thought, “I’m too fat. I made $30.00 an hour, in cash, to escort him out of the hospital. Payday Loans

Depending on where you live, Craigslist often has one-day jobs like cleaning someone’s apartment that day. Sell Something on Craigslist or eBay

23. Check Backstage Casting for more information.

I hate to even mention these, because the high rates are a ripoff (the equivalent of up to 400% interest, compared to up to 30% for credit cards). Mow Lawns

Give the local taxi service a run for their money. Sell Your Old Books

24. Check out other snow-shovelers, see what they are charging, and then undercut them a little. Sell Junk Metals

21. Keep your mind on the cash, baby! If you have no friends, there are other people that will lend you money (see the video at the end of this article), although of course the terms may not be the greatest and you do have to have good credit.

I’ve done this too (but once again, I’m in Manhattan). Usually you don’t get much for your books. Have a Garage Sale

Many cities have bookstores that will buy old books. I’ve sold over 100 books at a store called Book-Off. Rent out Your Couch (or Spare Room)

Again, this is taking a risk, but life is risky. Seriously, all I did was walk him out, help him back to his apartment, and get him some ice at the corner store. Pose as a Nude Model

I’ve actually done this one so I know it’s possible, but I live in Manhattan where you can rent out just about anything for the right price. Of course, you should be careful not to rent out to criminals, but if you interview your prospective lodger carefully, trust your gut feelings, and get some money up front, it should work out for you; it worked out for me.

8. Pick them, set up a small roadside stand, and sell them.

6. If I were you, I’d pile them in. If not, then you are just throwing your money away because the odds are against you. You say you don’t have enough stuff? Well, hit up your friends, family, and neighbors. A little competition never hurt anyone and hey, you’re desperate, right!

Many people don’t have the time or skill to do this job themselves. Pick Fruit and Sell It

Copper is going up, so if you can find copper and other scrap metal, you can sell it to a junk metal dealer and get money that very day. It was the easiest money I ever made. Sign up as an Extra on a Movie

28. Promote Clubs

5. I’ve also sold books at Powell’s bookstore in Portland, Oregon. If you can learn how to count cards, then the odds are in your favor. Some are online and some are offline, some well-worn and others a bit edgy, but hey, you need money and a man’s got to do what a man’s (or woman’s) got to do!

Okay, that’s all I can think of for now, all that’s legal at least :), so good luck in making fast cash! If you have any other ideas, please comment below.

If it’s snowing, put an offer on Craigslist to shovel snow. Usually this entails standing on the curb and handing out fliers but hey, there are worse things out there!

3. Coins will help you figure out what to look for and how much you’ll get. You’d be surprised at what people will buy!

15. “I Will Wait for You”

In New York and other large cities, you can make from $400 to $1000 a week promoting clubs. It isn’t illegal, but the casinos don’t like it. Count Cards

19. Of course, you shouldn’t steal it, as some are prone to do!

Give the local tween a run for his money: it’s a dog-eat-dog world, you know!

27. Why? Because it works. Fix Something

You don’t have to be young or cute or female for this job. Sell Plasma

13. Of course, you don’t want Children’s Protective Services on your case, so keep it to five kids at a time and you’ll earn around $50.00 an hour (if you can handle it).

Here are some ideas that you may not have thought of before. Hey it works, I saw a guy sit in a busy downtown Manhattan Starbucks and I think he took in at least 200 bucks while I watched him for 2½ hours. Who knows, you might find a niche that suits you and provides enough money to start your own business!

18. Shovel Snow

7. I did this once for a man who was hospitalized and didn’t want to impose on his friends to come and pick him up. Taxi, Anyone?

Babysitters make about $10.00 an hour (depending on your area and how many kids are being watched). So give it a go. From what I understand, Strand’s also buys books. In New York I only got, on average, a dollar per book, but I sold all 150 books I brought for a total of $150. Last but Not Least, SELL YOURSELF!

12. Same-Day Jobs

What are you good at? Can you fix a computer or a car? Advertise on Craigslist, fix something for someone, and you will be paid in cash that day!

Sure, it’s been done, but still, it’s a great way to get rid of your old junk and make some easy cash. Again, see if your neighbor, friend, or acquaintance has any items they’d like to sell and offer to do it for them for a cut. No one would believe that I’m starving,” so I didn’t do it. I would not recommend playing cards for money if you can’t count cards successfully.

20. These days, it’s so easy to list a temporary rental on Craigslist, anyone can do it. Apparently, selling blood is illegal but selling plasma isn’t. Value depends on the scarcity of the coin and the current price of silver: last I checked, silver was worth about $20.00 an ounce.

4. They also fed him lunch. If you can undercut the going rate, you will have takers.

You know that ring your great aunt left you that you never wear? Pawn it! You can get it back later if you want to.

This has been a tried-and-true method to earn fast cash for a long time now. This site about U.S. Pawn Something

22. At art schools and classes that need live models, one can make $30 to $100 dollars an hour. Make sure you know what you are doing and aren’t afraid of heights.

The nice thing about this is that you can do other jobs while you’re on the job, like babysitting, so you could make twice the money for the same hours. Until 1965, the US used real silver in its quarters: that year they stopped, since the value of the quarter’s silver exceeded 25 cents. It isn’t much but it’s better than nothing for books that you don’t want or have already read.

If your stuff is too valuable for a garage sale, put up an ad and sell it. If you want to do this, just Google “where can I sell plasma in [your town]” and go from there.

10. Everywhere else you’re kind of out of luck on this one, although more and more movies are getting made in places like New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta. You can identify silver quarters by looking at the edge: the quarters that are not silver will have a stripe of copper. Why not? The worst they can do is say no and think less of you, but maybe they’ll understand. Rent out Your Apartment and Go Stay with a Friend

Clean up your crap and list your garage as a place where someone else can store their crap. Babysit

26. If you have a car, you can offer rides for a price. People who don’t have money for a hotel still need a place to sleep and shower, and believe me they’d much rather stay on your couch than sleep in the car or on a park bench. Check Craigslist’s listings under “gigs,” as well as their job listings under “part-time” and “etc.”

In the summer, in places like the northwest, blackberries grow like weeds. Pet-Sit and Walk Dogs

9. Storage is expensive. Beg

11. I’m sure they have enough old stuff that they would be glad to get rid of!

25. Rent out Your Garage

14. If you can wait until the end of the week to be paid, there are informal taxi services like Uber which will hire you as an independent contractor.

I heard of a woman who advertised that she would wait for the cable guy, the electrician, or a plumber for you for a certain rate per hour

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