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I began internet marketing back in the late 1990's with paid to surf and paid to click programs. In 2001 I started as an affiliate and worked my way up to to the top ten list of my merchant a few years later. My sites were making about $3,000 a month passively.
The one thing I wanted more than anything in life was to become a mom. My dream was to adopt. In 2007 I took the plunge, sold the sites, and began the adoption journey. My son came home about two years later. He is the joy of my life and I am so thankful for him and our family.
Selling the sites helped pay the adoption costs, but I wasn't used to the lower income each month. I am slowly building my affiliate marketing back up, but there have been some times when I needed some quick cash for daycare, car payment, etc.
Below are all the ways that have worked for me when I needed to earn money in a very short period of time. I hope that they will help you earn extra money quickly when you need it.
Get a Paypal Debit Card
My first piece of advice if to get a Paypal debit card if you are in the U.S.. Many of the ways you can make a same day profit involve getting paid through Paypal. Paypal will transfer the money to your bank account, but that takes 3-4 business days to complete. I don't know about you, but I've been in situations where I couldn't wait 3-4 days to access my money.
The solution is to get a Paypal debit card. Once it arrives you can get paid through Paypal and then immediately withdraw your money from an ATM. It is a Mastercard debit card so you can also use it anywhere credit cards are accepted.
I recommend going to Paypal right now and ordering the card here:
That way you will have it the next time you are in a financial crunch and need to access your earnings quickly.
Sell on Ebay
If you sell something on Ebay and choose the Buy It Now option, you can require buyers to pay you through Paypal immediately upon purchasing your item. Then you can access that money instantly with your Paypal debit card.
This is my favorite way to make quick cash.
In the last 60 days I have made $178 through finding things in the house to list on Ebay. Generally I sell football cards because I used to collect them and know I can sell them quickly. However, sometimes I just look around the house and find something. Some things that have sold well for me are sports cards, coin sets, and clothing lots.
If I really need money that same day here is what I do. I search for an item identical or similar to what I'm sellling. Then I click the button that says completed items on the left hand sidebar.
First I click the listings that sold at the highest price. I read their description to see what information they included and it was formatted. When I list my item I try to use similar information and keywords. I also try to word my title in a way that is similar to theirs. Then I try to figure out the average selling price. I price mine about 10% less and list it as a Buy It Now.
When I have a good picture, a good description, and list the Buy It Now at a little less than the average selling price I can always sell the item the same day I list it.
Selling on Ebay gets even better starting April 19th! After that date you will be able to list up to 50 items for sale each month with no listing fee. Also, you will be able to add a Buy It Now price for free.
Sell on Craigslist
Ebay is my favorite place to sell items that are easy to ship. Items that are heavy or awkward to ship I list on my local Craigslist site. At different times I have sold stuffed animals, a mattresses, a futon, and a desk. Once I even sold some boxes from storage that were just full of odds and ends I no
I always add a couple of photos to my listings. You can upload them to Craigslist right from your computer and it doesn't cost anything... so why not?
The great thing about Craigslist is that your buyer is local, you get paid in cash, and sometimes it helps you get rid of some bulky things that are just taking up space in your house.
Sell at a Pawn Shop
If something is not easy to ship through selling on Ebay, and it hasn't sold on
Craigslist, I take it up to a local pawn shop. I used to think pawn shops only bought a few types of items like jewelry and electronics.
However, I decided to give it a try and took up some things that didn't sell on
Craigslist... a crystal vase I never opened, a crystal bowl in a old torn up box, and a Precious Moments figurine I forgot I even had.
The pawn shop bought all three and I had $5 cash in my pocket. Now that's not a lot of money, but at times it's that extra $5 you need to buy a gallon of milk and cereal.
Have a Garage Sale
Do you have a LOT of things taking up space in your house that you can sell. The best option might be a garage sale. You can make over $100 in one day if you have enough items to sell.
I have only held my own garage sale a couple of times, but I do make money at OTHER people's garage sale's a couple times a year.
Here's how I do it.
Let friends and family members know that you would love to do a garage sale with them if they decide to have one. Bring the few things you do have for sale... AND a cooler full of ice and bottles of water. I stock up on water when it is on sale at CVS. Sometimes you can get it for around $0.10 a bottle in a 24 pack. Make a big sign that says Ice Cold Bottled Water and put it above the cooler.
I have charged between $0.50 and $1.00 per bottle. On hot summer days here in Florida I usually make around $50 profit just from selling the water.
Become a Dog Sitter (My Favorite Idea!)
Do you love animals? Then you can earn good money right away as a dog sitter!
My experience with dog sitting is as a buyer... a desperate buyer! I had plans to go away for spring break and made plans with my regular dog sitter.
The dog sitter canceled at the last minute, and I was left looking for a good place to leave my two dogs for the weekend. I was leaving Friday afternoon and coming back Monday evening.
All the kennels I called were going to charge me for all three days. The price was going to be over $100. Plus I would rather leave my pets with someone who has a fenced yard and a house where they can be out during the day.
I headed to the Servicesets section on Craigslist. There were dog sitters listed, but everyone I called was completely booked. After calling every dog sitter on three pages of ads I finally found someone with an opening. Her ad was really cute. It said she was a “bed and breakfast” for dogs and that they would become a part of her family while they were there. I was sold. She charged me $60 for the weekend and took payment through Paypal ahead of time.
While I was making calls I asked the sitters how much business they got from
Craigslist. Most said they got calls for dog sitting almost every day. Others had regular clients who would leave dogs with them every day while they were at work. Most of the people charged between $20-$30 a day per dog at their home. If they have regular clients and get calls every day I imagine some of them are making close to $100 a day taking care of pets in their home.
Other dog sitters didn't even keep the dogs at their own homes. They charged around $15-$20 a visit to come feed and walk your dogs. If you needed them to come take your dogs out three times a day, you would be paying them $45 a day. All they need is two clients a day to make around $100 a day feeding and walking dogs a few times a day.
For the next couple of months I am still in an apartment. However, this summer when I get into a house with a fenced backyard... I am going to put an ad on Craigslist to be a dog sitter! I love animals and it will be great to make some extra money each week by having a dog or two spend some time with us.
To me this is the PERFECT opportunity to make money if you want to work from home and love animals!
Once in awhile I will offer my services as an article writer when I want some money deposited in my Paypal account to pay for other ventures.
You can offer your services on sites like WarriorForum.com, WriteSwap.com, and Forums.Digitalpoint.com.
On the Warrior Forum you can pay $20 to list your article writing services in the Warriors for Hire section. If you don't have that $20 yet you could add a signature to your posts letting people know that you are available for writing along with your prices. Then you can post informative, well-written posts in the forum where your signature can be seen.
Most of my article writing days were before I found the Warrior Forum. I advertised my services on the Digital Point forums. I offered a special to the first five buyers. If they ordered ten 350 word articles for $100, they would get five articles free.
People bought those first five spots and left reviews. After that I continued to write articles in sets of ten for $100. Some people wanted longer articles so I would do five articles of 700+ words for the $100.
The reason I had people order in sets that equal $100 is because all their articles were usually on the same topic which made them easier to research and write.
When I wrote the articles I would read about the topic on Wikipedia and authority sites. Then I would think of the main points I wanted to make and just start writing in a conversational way that would engage the reader.
Lately, I buy more articles and reviews for my own sites more often than I sell them. However, for those who like writing, I believe it would be even easier today to sell sets of unique articles for $100 or more. There are always people looking for unique content from someone who does quality work.
Offer A Fiverr Gig
Full disclosure: I have not made money offering a service on Fiverr. However, I included it because I have purchased MANY fiverr gigs.
Fiverr is a site where you can make $4 every time someone buys your gig. You can offer almost anything! I have bought typical gigs like articles, links, and research. However, I've also bought promotional videos of someone dunking a basketball and someone dancing in a hot dog outfit!
Try to make your gig stand out by uploading a picture and a video if you can make one. Make your description funny or unique in some way.
One popular category is video reviews. If you have a video camera this might be a good one for you. You can complete the gig in just a few minutes and make $4.
Make sure your customers are happy so they will give you a thumbs up, positive review. Some people (like me) use the number of positive reviews as a deciding factor when choosing between different providers. However, I will try someone new if they write a good description or add a sample.
Fiverr might be the perfect place for you to earn your first money online. The
drawback is that you have to wait 14 days after a gig to withdraw the money to your Paypal account. However, once you get a stream of orders coming you can have a constant flow of available funds available.
Flip Domains or Sites
If you have already been online for awhile you may own some domains and/or
websites. I generally have 30-40 domains at any one time and about a dozen sites.
If I need a small amount of money sometimes I will sell one of my smaller sites that isn't making much money yet or that I don't want to work on anymore. Depending on the site I can make between $30-100 dollars quickly.
If you have a domain you want to sell, try adding a quick site to it first. If you don't know how to set up a quick mini site yourself you can get one made for $5 - $25 on Fiverr, Digitalpoint, or Warrior Forum.
If you have a larger site that is already making money, my advise is to hold onto it for long-term profit. However, selling a profitable site is one idea to make same day profits... especially if you need the money for something important.
I have sold three sites for over $5,000 each to fund my son's adoption. I am so happy I had those sites available to sell when I really needed that money.
He is home now and things are great!
These are some of the things that have worked for me when I needed money quickly. I hope you picked up some ideas or tips that will help you if you are ever in the same situation.