It can sometimes seem like a long wait between paydays, and life has a habit of throwing nightmares at us at the least convenient of times. No matter how well you budget, how many takeouts you cut back on, or how many letters you ignore, there comes a time when you sometimes need some cash— fast.
Short of starting a career as an international bank robber (not a recommended route), this can sometimes feel like an impossible situation. There are, however, steps you can take to help you raise some cash quickly and legitimately.
Have A Clearout
You may be surprised as to the potential treasure troves you are storing out of sight. A good clear out of attics, storage units, and forgotten corners can turn up some real gems, which may be eligible for sale in antique or other stores.
Your regular objects can be worth money too; sort out a pile of unwanted clothing to sell on eBay, Craigslist or Depop— you haven’t worn that skirt for ten years, but it could bring you a few bucks when you need to most!
As well as clothes, you can sell books, ornaments, nicknacks, and even your car—services such as Tony’s Auto Removal Portland will give you cold hard cash in exchange for an unwanted vehicle. Electronics are also a good bet; you may be able to trade in that old mobile phone or tablet for a decent price. Time to start Googling to see what you could earn!
A Second Job
This is not always practical, but a second job can sometimes be exactly what you need to help you get out of financial bother. Jobs in the service industry, such as cleaning, waiting tables, or bartending, can often be picked up fairly quickly, and you have the potential to earn more in tips. These are usually fairly flexible roles, allowing you to work around family commitments or a primary job. Consider opportunities near you; it could be just what you need when times are hard.
Use Your Skills
An alternative to a second traditional job is to consider the skills you already have. Perhaps you are great at building and designing websites or a talented writer who could sell ice to Eskimos. With the rise of the Internet, there has never been such an excellent opportunity to earn money online from the comfort of your own home, and there is always someone who will need your skills. Think creatively, and you could soon have the cash you need.
Be Cautious With Credit
It can seem tempting when times are tough, but credit should only really be considered as a very last resort. While it may provide a solution to the problem in the short term, it can exacerbate your financial woes over a more extended period as you struggle to pay the bills and charges which can come with it. Try and exhaust all other possibilities first— with a little creativity, you may surprise yourself.