Creative Ways to Get Extra Cash

By | January 1, 2017

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10 ways to Make Money Fast – We live in a time where we cannot depend totally on working a 9 – 5 job. People no longer work on one job until retirement and employers are not committed to employees, but their bottom line.  If you need extra cash fast and don’t want to get help from government programs or charities here are some ways to make money fast!  People are starting small businesses and finding creative ways to make money on the side.

Start your Own Cleaning Business

Starting your own business cleaning homes is a great way to start your own business.  You don’t need a degree, you just need to be willing to clean houses.  I find the people who tend to keep their own home obsessively clean do well in this field because you need determination and an I for detail.  You will need to get bonded, which is for your and the client’s protection if anything gets broken. Licenses and permits, insurance, cleaning equipment, and products and advertising.   All these things can be deducted each year on your taxes.  Check out our Cleaning Business Calculator.

Cut Hair

Many men and women are not professional barbers, but have cut their own hair, their brothers, father’s and friends hair for years and do an excellent job!  If you have a set of clippers and have the trust of your friends,  and neighbors, you can make money fast cutting hair.  Tell your friends and neighbors you doing haircuts at a good price.  People hate to go to the barber.  Soon your chair will be filled with clients.   You can earn $100 in one day, just giving haircuts.

What you need:

  • Clippers
  • Scissors

Be an Uber Driver

Uber Drive – Uber is an application company that uses your phone and car to make money. Becoming an Uber driving is the latest, fast way to earn money. No boss, no office, work when you. As an Uber driver, you can earn from $13 – $20 an hour.  Sign up here.

  • Be 21 or older
  • Good driving history
  • Clean criminal background
  • Have 2005 of a newer model 4-door vehicle
  • Valid drivers license
  • Registered vehicle
  • Car insurance

Documentation Needed to sign up

  • Copy of your driver’s license
  • Copy of your insurance
  • Copy of vehicle registration
  • Copy of car inspection
  • Copy of your Social Security Card

Natural Hair Braiding & Extensions

There is a real market for braiding hair.  For the past few decades, braids and braid extension has become very popular.  If you get your hair braided at an African Hair Braiding shop, you will pay close to $200 for installment.  Every 6-8 weeks it has to be done again.  If you already do your own hair or family members hair, why not make extra money by installing braids?  (some states my require a license)

Cut Grass

Most people either don’t have the time or don’t like to cut their own grass.  You will find people willing to pay you to do it for them.  If you live in or rent a home, you probably already have a hand or motorized lawnmower.   If you don’t know what to charge, go on to find out how to price a grass cutting gig.

Sell Stuff on Craigslist

If you want to make money fast, try Craigslist.  I have made hundreds of dollars selling stuff on Craigslist!  Some of the time I sold, were things I have previously purchased on Craigslist.  Being a consumer nation, means most of us to have tons of stuff in our possession that we don’t use.  Take inventory of things you don’t mind parting with.  For example, I purchased an exercise bike about 5 years ago and used it maybe a dozen times.  A few weeks ago, I tripped over it and broke a toe, so guess what I selling on Craigslist next!   Here’s what to do:

  • Create a Craigslist account
  • Make an inventory or things in your home to sell
  • Come up with a competitive price
  • Take pictures of the items
  • Create a compelling ad
  • Post ad

Things I have sold on Craigslist:

  • Van – $800
  • Pilates machine – $ 150
  • Exercise bike – $150
  • China cabinet – $200
  • Futon – $75

Other Places to Sell Household and Personal Items

  • FB Market Place
  • Craigslist
  • OfferUp
  • LetGo
  • Close5
  • Carousell
  • SocialSell
  • Listia
  • Wish Local

Donate Blood Plasma

If you want to make some extra cash fast, you can always sell blood or plasma.   I know it sounds a little ghoulish, but it’s one of the fastest ways to make a little extra cash the same day!   Of course, you won’t make enough to pay the rent with one payment, but can donate plasma twice a week and can earn financial compensation for your time.  If you are a rare blood type, you can earn more money!  You can not donate plasma if

  • you have had and blood-borne disease, cancer, heart disease
  • have piercings,
  • recent tattoos,
  • high blood pressure,
  • are pregnant or
  • recently given birth.

Locate a plasma center near you to make an appointment.

Make Money Fast Testimony

We are going to look at a few ways to put money in your pocket quickly. I did not say it will be easy, but if you are imaginative and don’t mind hard work, or knocking on a few doors, you can make money.  I remember almost 20 years ago, my husband and I were was struggling to make a living. He had a college degree in a subject that made it pretty difficult to get a job in that niche market.

He worked on a tree crew as a teen during the Summers and thought he would give tree work a try.  With no money an old truck, chainsaw, and rope, he began asking people if they needed any tree work done.  Of course, I thought he was crazy because he had no real equipment and it was dangerous Be he had knowledge of how to do the job and guts.   When my husband started to show me the money he was making, I got excited!  I learned never to underestimate anyone with determination.

Other Ways to Make Money Fast


Today it is easier than ever to make money babysitting.  You can actually earn from. $10 to $25 an hour if,  you love children, are patient and can pass a background check.   more info.

Virtual assistant

If you have basic typing, and phone skills, have a computer with internet and a landline,  you can get paid from $10 to $25 per hour to work from the comfort of your own home – more info

Dog walker $10 to $15 an hour –

Dog walking is a great way to get exercise and earn money fast.  Companies pay from $10 to $15 an hour – info 

Dog Sitting

Many people prefer to have someone come in and care for their pets while they are on vacation, work trip, etc.  You can earn from $25 to $50 per day if you qualify to work for this company. – info