7 Ways to Make $500 Fast (Without a Job)
Finding $500 fast is hard—but not impossible. In fact, there are plenty of ways to earn a quick buck without having a job. So if you're looking for an extra $500 for your next vacation or home improvement project, this list will show you how!
Do a Quick Job for Family or Friends
If you have family or friends who would be willing to pay you for a short job, it's always worth asking. You can even offer them a special deal of some sort if you're looking for ways to make money fast. Simply ask what they need done and give them an idea of how much it will cost. Then do the work well and on time and ask for a tip!
This is also a great option if someone has been asking around about getting something done but hasn’t been able to find anyone willing or available to help. Offer up yourself as an option by letting them know how quickly and easily their errand can get done with your help!
Find odd jobs on Craigslist
- Find the right jobs
The first thing you'll want to do is find the right jobs as far as your skillset and experience go. If you don't have much experience in a certain field, it can be hard to get hired by someone on Craigslist who's looking for someone with specific skills.
For example: I've tried to hire people on Craigslist before who just didn't know how to code well enough or weren't able to complete certain tasks like creating an algorithm or making apps (I'm not even sure what that means).
- Get Hired by People on Craigslist
Make sure that when you apply for these odd jobs, they're things that are within your skill set! Don't waste anyone’s time—your own or theirs—by applying for something that isn’t within your capabilities just because it pays well or has good reviews online--it's just not worth it! In fact, if there are any red flags about whether or not something seems too good (or bad) to be true then chances are high that it probably is!
Try sticking with established businesses rather than using some random person off craigslist in order keep yourself safe from scams like this one called "work from home" which may sound great but would actually end up costing money instead of earning any at all so remember never send money upfront either via check/cashier cheque etc...
Sell stuff you already own
- Sell old items that you no longer use. If you have things that are just sitting around and collecting dust, or taking up space in your house/apartment/college dorm room, don't be afraid to get rid of them. Sell them so that someone else can use them more than you can!
- Donate clothes and other items to charity. We've all heard this tip before but it's still good advice! Many thrift stores will give monetary donations for items they receive from donors; if they don't have a monetary value attached to each item, they might accept it anyway as part of their donation drive efforts during the holiday season (and beyond). If your local thrift shop doesn't have a program like this, consider donating directly at shelters or soup kitchens near where you live—they'll take anything useful no matter what shape it's in as long as its safe for people who might need it later on down the line (think blankets).
Have a Yard Sale
A yard sale is a great way to make some extra money. You don't need much in order to have one, but you'll need some things that will help it be fun and successful:
- Get a permit if needed
- Have a plan for what you're going to sell (I recommend doing it in the morning or evening)
- Price your items well and make sure they're organized
- Find a good location (preferably with high traffic)
After you've done those things, it's all about having fun! Don't get upset if people don't buy anything or if someone offers less than what you want for an item. The goal is just to enjoy yourself and make at least $100 in two hours of work!
Sell an old cell phone
Sell an old cell phone.
If you have a cell phone that is no longer in use, consider selling it on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon. You can also visit a pawn shop to sell your used electronics for cash. If you're feeling tech savvy and want to get rid of your old phones for free, look into whether there are any recycling locations near you where they will accept old phones from the general public.
There are many different ways to sell an old smartphone.
Recycle for cash!
- Recycle old cell phones. You can turn your old mobile phones into cash at Gazelle, which will pay you between $10 and $200 for your device based on its condition and age.
- Recycle old computers. If you have an old computer or laptop that's no longer working, online companies like Amazon and eBay will buy them from you if they're in good condition (and if they aren't, there are plenty of other places where you can recycle them). Just be sure to wipe all data off of the hard drive before selling it so that it doesn't end up in a stranger's hands!
- Recycle batteries. Batteries Plus Bulbs is one of many stores that offers recycling drop-off facilities for small-scale batteries like AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds and 9Vs; just look up their locations on their website before heading out the door with your dead ones in tow!
Sell your plasma
- First of all, don't worry about the needle. It's not as bad as you think.
- Don't donate more than twice a week.
- You should not donate if you are sick or pregnant.
- You should not donate if you are a smoker or have smoked recently (within the past six months).
There are unexpected ways to make money by selling things you already have.
You can sell almost anything. If you want to make $500 fast, it’s important that you think creatively about the things in your possession that could be turned into cash. Here are some examples of things that might be worth selling:
- Your old clothes. The easiest way to sell clothes is via Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, but don't discount your local consignment shop as an option either—they often pay more for gently used items than other resale shops do.
- Your used electronics. You can also make money off of selling old phones, tablets and computers online through sites like eBay or Craigslist; however, if you're looking for an easier way out (with potentially fewer fees), consider donating them instead! Many charities are eager to accept donations of these kinds of electronics from individuals who have upgraded their devices recently or no longer have use for them personally (just search "donate my cell phone" in Google). You may even qualify for tax deductions on your donation depending on what type of charity accepts them and how much they value those particular items at when they go through the donation process themselves (the Salvation Army has been known as one such organization).
- Your furniture or housewares that don't match your current decor - There are several ways to get rid of unwanted furniture without having someone else take ownership over it forever:
- You could donate these items by dropping off at Goodwill stores near where they live; most people associate this organization with clothing donations because they've done so well promoting themselves through advertisements like those seen on TV commercials showcasing smiling families holding up pieces
Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas for how to make the most of your time and resources. Remember that it doesn’t take much effort to get started—just a willingness to put in some hard work and hustle! Even if you don’t have any money right now, there are still lots of ways to make ends meet.
And even though you may not have time on your hands right now, there are plenty of ways around that too (like working short-term jobs). So if this article has got you thinking about how best to manage your finances or just looking for something new, keep reading: there are plenty more articles like this one on our website waiting for you!
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