Do you need to make $500 fast? Got a car repair that needs to be made NOW? Did the furnace in your house break down?
Or maybe you need money fast because you found a great deal on a Caribbean vacation.
Whatever the reason, if you need money fast we’ve got some ideas for you. All of these money-making options can help you raise $500 in a week or even less if you work them right.
If you do a combination of the tasks you may even be able to earn more than $500. Check out the list and see which money-making ideas will help you get your cash as soon as possible. Then, get to work!
In This Article
- Sell Stuff
- Use Your Phone To Make $500 Fast
- Do Odd Tasks and Jobs
If you take a look around your house, apartment or garage, I’ll bet you could find several things you no longer use or don’t really need. When is the last time you used your gaming system? Or those rollerblades? When is the last time you used that brown leather Coach purse?
How about your movie, book or CD collection? Are there dozens of items there that you don’t even glance at anymore? If so, why not make some cash by getting those things into the hands of people who want or need them?
There are several venues for selling your used stuff – or other people’s used stuff. Here are some ideas.
1. Amazon Trade-In Program
The Amazon Trade-In program allows customers to receive an Amazon Gift Card in exchange for hundreds of thousands of eligible items including video games, Kindles, books, electronics, DVDs, and more. The process is easy and convenient with an immediate offer and free shipping.
Amazon sends you a prepaid shipping label via email, so it won’t cost you anything to ship your items to them.
Depending on what you have to sell, Amazon may or may not take it. But if they do, they’ll give you an offer price, and if you choose to sell it to them they’ll pay you in the form of an Amazon gift card within two days of analyzing your stuff.
Qualified customers who send in a video game, console or accessory can be paid immediately by selecting Amazon’s Instant Payment option.
However, it’s important to be accurate about the stuff you’re sending in for trade-in, because if your package arrives and things aren’t as described Amazon will request the money be returned.
Is the item you need money for not available on Amazon? How about selling the gift card to family, friends or on eBay at a discount so you can get cash on the spot?
Most people shop on Amazon at least once in a while so it shouldn’t be difficult to sell your Amazon gift card if you’d rather have straight-up cash.
Decluttr could be a good way for you to make cash if you’ve got a lot of CDs, DVDs, books or video games laying around that you no longer use. The company even buys Lego building block sets.
Decluttr is the easiest way to sell your unwanted tech stuff online. You enter the ISBN number of the product you want to sell, and Decluttr gives you an immediate offer.
After you’ve finished entering all ISBN numbers and agree to the offer prices, you accept and then Decluttr sends you a free prepaid shipping label.
When you send your items in, Decluttr processes them and then sends payment within just a day or two.
Decluttr can pay you a number of different ways: via PayPal, via direct deposit to your checking or savings account or they can mail you an actual check.
PayPal payment will be the fastest way for you to get your cash with Decluttr.
Whereas Decluttr only takes specific items, you can sell pretty much anything you own on eBay. eBay is probably one of the most popular sites for selling stuff as its reach is far – you can sell to people all over the world.
When you’re selling stuff on eBay it’s important to list with competitive prices. You can do this by checking prices of items already listed on eBay that are similar to what you want to sell.
If you price just below what the others or asking your item will probably sell quickly. Remember as you price your item to think about shipping and add any shipping costs into your price if you’re promising free shipping.
Remember to write a great description and to take good pictures for the items you’re selling on eBay. Most eBay buyers pay via PayPal, which means fast payment for you.
Craigslist is another great venue for selling your stuff. Although your reach isn’t as far (you’ll probably only be selling to local people) you will be able to get rid of your items potentially on the same day you list them.
In fact, we recently listed a car on Craigslist that sold on the same day, and we got a great price too. This Well Kept Wallet article on How to Sell Stuff on Craigslist Extremely Fast can give you great tips for selling your stuff quickly on the site.
Bonus tip: Some people make money fast by picking up the free items offered on Craigslist’s “free” section and then reselling them for cash. If you find some great items that are listed in the “free” section, this could be a ticket to making $500 fast too.
5. Consignment Shop
Consignment shops can be a great way to make fast cash if you have a lot of clothes or household items that you can do without.
Note that the fastest sellers in consignment shops are generally name brand items that are in great condition.
In consignment stores, the store employees price the item, and when it is sold the store owner splits the earnings with the seller according to predetermined terms.
Google search “consignment shops in my area” to find stores near you, and call to get specific information about the types of items they take and how payment works.
6. Pawn Shops
Neighborhood pawn shops sell items for people too, but in a different way. A pawn shop will generally give you a “pay now” price and then resell your item later for a profit.
When you bring your items in the door they’ll determine a selling price and pay you immediately in most situations.
Note that the prices you get will be lower than what you may be able to sell them for directly, but you will get paid on the spot in most cases, which is nice.
7. Garage Sale
Garage sales can be a lot of work, but they can also help you earn hundreds of dollars in just a day or two. At our last garage sale, we sold all of our baby items as our youngest child was out of the baby stage and into toddlerhood.
We raked over $750 in at that sale. It seems baby items are in high demand at garage sales.
If you choose to make some fast money by having a garage sale, consider the following tips for selling your stuff quickly:
- Advertise your sale with signs in your neighborhood and at online garage sale notification sites such as Craigslist or other alternatives.
- Choose to sell items that are in good shape. Stuff that’s in not so good shape can be put in a “free” box.
- Price your stuff competitively. Ten percent of retail price is a good guideline, but you can get more than that for expensive or popular items.
- Be willing to bargain with shoppers. Garage sale shoppers LOVE a good deal.
- Have your items clearly priced.
- Organize items neatly on tables to make for easy shopping.
Also, have your sale on or near a weekend: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the best days for sales, and try and have your sale when the weather forecast is for a nice, sunny weekend.
With some organization and hard work, you can prepare for your sale in just two or three days and have hundreds in cash by the weekend.
8. Facebook Sale
Facebook seems to be a popular way to sell things these days, especially if you’re selling baby or kids’ items, or higher end items that are in great shape.
The awesome thing about selling on Facebook is that it’s easy: you simply post a message sharing what you’re selling and how much you want for it. Depending on the value of what you want to sell – or on how many items you have to sell – you could rake in $500 quite quickly.
For baby and kids’ clothes, I’d suggest selling them in bundles by naming how many of each item you have (i.e., pants, shirts, onesies) and putting a group price for taking the whole bag or box.
Bookscouter could be a great way for you to make cash fast if you are a recent college graduate and have a lot of textbooks to sell.
Bookscouter will help you get the best price for your textbooks. Here’s how it works. You enter the ISBN number for your textbook (you can usually find it on the back of the book) into the Bookscouter system.
Bookscouter searches its database for price offers from booksellers around the world. The site then populates a list of sellers, from which you can accept or reject their offer to buy.
After you accept their offer to buy, they send you a prepaid shipping label and you send in your books. Within 1-2 days of receiving and checking your order, the bookseller will pay you via PayPal.
It’s important to note that not all booksellers pay for shipping, so be sure to check the fine print before choosing a seller offer.
Also, many booksellers have a minimum payout before they’ll send a prepaid shipping label, so this site might work best for those selling multiple textbooks at a time.
Use Your Phone To Make $500 Fast
Yes, you can use your phone to earn money quickly. There are a variety of companies that will pay you for jobs you can do by using your phone directly or indirectly. Here are some of our favorites.
10. Take Surveys
Survey Junkie is a company that is 10 million members strong. Each day their members have the opportunity to earn points by taking surveys.
Those points are then transferred into cash to your PayPal account or into gift cards from popular stores such as Amazon and Target.
The great thing about these types of phone gigs is that you can do them here and there in your spare time. If you’re waiting at the dentist office for an appointment, sitting at home bored or in between classes at school you can be earning some quick cash.
Now, you’ll have to do a lot of surveys and other activities to earn $500 quickly, but if you’re on your phone a lot anyway this could be a great option for you.
11. Search The Internet
Swagbucks has paid out over $400 million in rewards to its members. Swagbucks members do a number of things to earn points.
They might earn points by searching the Internet, completing surveys, watching videos or playing games.
Swagbucks also gives members points for online shopping purchases. After you’ve earned a certain number of points, Swagbucks will pay you in the form of a gift card to your favorite store, OR they’ll make a cash deposit into your PayPal account.
12. Watch Videos
InboxDollars is an Inc. 5000 company that pays real cash to millions of its members; over $50 million paid out so far.
Once you become a member, InboxDollars will pay you for doing things you probably already do such as watching videos, taking surveys, shopping online and searching online.
As you earn points, you can trade those points in for cash via a PayPal payment.
Signing up to be a Gigwalk member is another way you can use your phone to earn cash quickly.
This company works differently than the others we’ve talked about. Gigwalk is in the business of helping companies make sure they’re advertising in a way that attracts clients.
They use “gigwalkers” to help them do that. As a gigwalker you might be asked to take a picture of a product display stand at a local store or take a picture of a menu at a restaurant.
Gigs through Gigwalk pay anywhere from $3 to $100. The better job you do at completing your gigs, the more high paying gigs you can be offered.
Do Odd Tasks and Jobs
Doing odd jobs and tasks is another way to make money quickly and there are a few different ways you can find those jobs.
14. Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit can be a great place to find jobs you love at the rate you choose. Yes, you heard that right. When you become a tasker for Task Rabbit, you’re given access to a list of available gigs in your area.
If you want to do the job, you simply offer to do it for the rate of pay you choose. If the client accepts your rate, you’re in and off to work.
Task Rabbit “taskers” are called on to do a number of different types of tasks for clients. Here is a list of some of the task opportunities you’ll have as a tasker for Task Rabbit:
- General handyman jobs
- Furniture assembly
- Moving and packing
- Mounting and installation
- Yard work
- Home improvement
A client might also hire a Task Rabbit tasker to make a delivery for them or help them get their home ready for a social gathering.
Taskers don’t have to deal with payment either; the company does that for you.
Bonus: some clients give their taskers tips when the job is complete, meaning you can earn your $500 even faster.
15. Simply Hired
Simply Hired is a jobs website that might be able to get you cash fast. When I searched our city on the site, I found a temporary job for a dishwasher that started immediately and paid daily.
Just go to Simply Hired, type in “temporary” in the first search box and your city in the second. By working for just a few days you could make $500 and then be done, or keep working and earning money if you like the job.
16. Craigslist Gigs
Craigslist has a search box on their homepage below the “jobs” section called “gigs”. Gigs are jobs that are generally completed and paid within a day or a few days.
In Craigslist’s gigs section, you’ll find a variety of short-term, quick-paying jobs such as domestic jobs where you’re helping someone clean their house or pack for moving.
You might also find a job in the “event” area of gigs where you’re helping set up, tear down or work at an event that is being held.
Other gig opportunities might include computer work such as setting up or repairing a computer for someone, creative work such as helping someone write a story, or labor work such as helping someone complete a landscaping job.
Clients usually state the exact help they need on the site as well as the amount of money they’re willing to pay the person(s) they hire.
17. Ask Around to Neighbors, Friends and Family
Another easy way to make $500 fast is to send out an email, text or Facebook post asking friends, family and neighbors if there are any jobs they might want you to do for them. Some examples might be:
- Cleaning and organizing a garage or a room in their house
- Mowing their lawn, raking leaves or doing another small landscaping task
- Washing and vacuuming their car
- Babysitting their kids or pets
- Washing their windows
- Helping them pack for a move or rearrange their house
- Bringing a load of trash to the local landfill or dump for them
Explain in the email that you are needing to earn a few hundred dollars very quickly, and give them ideas of jobs you are willing to do for quick cash.
Or simply ask them to suggest a job if they have something they need done. If you do your job well it’s likely they may call on you in the future when they need something done as well.
18. Search Job Sites for Jobs
Many employers have job positions open that need to be filled immediately and pay cash quickly. One example is that of a server at a restaurant.
As a server in a restaurant that needs you to start immediately it may take a week or two before you’re paid, but you can start earning tips the first day you work if you do your job well.
Indeed and Craigslist are two sites that you can search to find jobs that are hiring immediately.
19. Find Online Jobs
Another way to potentially make hundreds of dollars quickly is to find available online jobs. Sites such as Upwork and Fiverr feature jobs that you can generally do from home and complete fairly quickly.
Although you can find longer term jobs on Upwork, you can also find freelancing gigs like graphic design, website maintenance jobs and writing jobs. Fiverr features the same types of jobs.
These sites are largely used by smaller companies that need short-term tasks done and pay as soon as the work is complete.
20. Recycle Stuff
Another way to bring in cash quickly is to recycle items – either your own stuff or the stuff that friends, family and neighbors want to get rid of.
Depending on which state you live in there are several options for recycling things. You can collect aluminum cans, collect scrap metal, or recycle old appliances.
You might also be able to recycle old electronics or glass bottles and jars. Depending on what you recycle and how much of it you bring in, you could earn several hundred dollars in just a few days.
You’ll have to put in some time as you go to different houses to pick up their discarded recyclables, but in the end, you’ll have cash in hand.
As you can see, there are dozens of ways you can make $500 quickly if you’re willing to put in the work. By checking this list and determining which of the ways of earning cash are most conducive to your lifestyle, you can earn the money you need fast.
Have you tried any of the above ideas for earning cash quickly?