You need $100, and you need it fast — like, in-the-next-few-days fast.
But how on earth are you going to come up with that money?
From watching dogs to selling your plasma, here are five quick and easy ideas.
1. Hawk your skills
Take a moment to think about two things: what you’re good at and what people need. Maybe it’s mowing lawns, editing resumes, or providing fashion consultations. Perhaps it’s waiting in line at the post office for a busy friend.
Whatever it is, think of ways you can help the people around you — and earn money at the same time.
Once you’ve come up with some ideas, announce your availability on social media. On Facebook, ask your friends to share your post so you’ll reach more eyeballs (and more potential clients).
If you don’t want to hawk your skills to people you know, you can search on Craigslist under “gigs” for easy weekend work. But take precautions before you accept a position and be sure to share your destination if you’re traveling to someone’s home.
2. Offer babysitting or pet-sitting
It’s time to call up your old babysitting clients, your colleagues, and your friends who haven’t had a date night since their baby was born.
Many parents dream of a night to themselves but don’t have time to find, vet, and schedule a sitter. So make them an offer they can’t resist: a night on the town and the comfort of knowing their little one is in trusted hands.
The average babysitting rate is $13.97 per hour, according to a survey from Care.com — so two nights of sitting could yield you more than $100.
You also could try pet-sitting for friends who are taking a weekend trip or going on vacation. Depending on where you live and what you’re offering, you could charge $35 to $75 per night. If you don’t know anyone with pets, you could sign up as a dog-sitter on Rover.
3. Sell your stuff
If you want to make some quick cash, one surefire way is to sell your stuff. Take a good, hard look around your house; do you really need everything you own?
Maybe you could sell some of your clothing, jewelry, electronics, furniture, kitchen supplies, or sports gear.
Alternatively, you could hold a garage sale. You could go the traditional route — advertising on Craigslist and with neighborhood signs — or have a virtual sale, where you take photos and post them online, even on Facebook.
4. Rent out a room
Do you have an extra room or couch you could rent out this weekend? Or could you rent out your whole apartment and crash with a friend?
Take some photos of your pad — make sure there’s plenty of natural light — and upload them to social media and Craigslist, along with an attractive description. Avoid including any exterior photos or addresses that reveal exactly where you live.
You also can try listing your spot on Airbnb, but it might take 24 to 48 hours for it to appear in searches.
5. Donate plasma
If you’re willing to stick your neck — er, arm — out for some money, then consider donating plasma.
Donating plasma is similar to giving blood, and appointments last approximately an hour and a half. You’ll earn $35 to $40 per visit, according to Clark, and you can donate twice per week. So although it won’t quite get you to $100 this weekend, you could earn up to $400 per month.
To see where you can donate, Google “plasma donation near me” and contact any locations in your area. You should ask about eligibility requirements, appointment availability, and payment options. And you should read reviews to ensure it’s a clean and legitimate facility.
Coming up with $100 in a weekend might seem tough, but if you give one or two of these ideas a try, it might be easier than you thought.
Who knows? Maybe one of them could turn into your regular side hustle.
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