I was recently tossing around some ideas to make some quick money. I decided to tap the wisdom of the crowds so I asked some of the PF bloggers around to share what they would do if they had to find a way to come up with $200 in two weeks or less. (If you are looking for some longer-term methods of making money online, check out the article I wrote about how to make money blogging or how I make money writing articles for Hubpages).
I noticed some trends…
- Selling stuff on Craigslist.org
- Selling stuff on Ebay
- Get a freelance job
There are many others listed, but the above 3 seem to be the most popular ways of making extra cash.
How I would make $200 quick…
I would also probably fill out a few surveys on CashCrate. Together it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to come up with $200. (added 9-1-08, I wouldn’t waste my time with CashCrate – you can find out why in my CashCrate review)
Below is how everyone else would come up with the $200. Feel free to share how you would come up with the money in the comments!!
How to make money quick ($200 in 2 weeks)
If I had to make an extra $200, and it had to be quick I would probably end up selling some things on ebay and/or craigslist. When I’ve had to make money fast in the past I’ve sold old electronics, video games, or other things I don’t need on Ebay.
Peter @ Bible Money Matters
If we needed $200 and only had 2 weeks to do it, we would definitely have a garage sale. Not only can we quickly make some money by selling our things, we can quickly reduce some of the clutter in our home!
Tricia @ Blogging Away Debt
- Pray. We are often given unexpected, small sums of money by friends and family.
- Sell something on Craig’s List or Ebay. We only have a couple of items that are worth that much and that we would be willing to part with, but we could get most of the money in a pinch this way.
- Roll it over to the next month. Use part of our emergency fund to care for the immediate expense and then make sure that we cover it in a future month. Get it today and then figure out how to pay for it later.
- Find a freelance job. I have experience in painting, roofing and wood finishing. I am confident that if I needed to make extra money in the evenings or weekends, that I could pull it off.
- Qualify for a bank bonuses or credit card rewards. I am trying to avoid this particular revenue stream right now, but this is how we solved our money problem last year.
Josh @ Rocket Finance
I would try to get a few extra hours at my part time job. If that didn’t work (or pay day wasn’t right), I would look for freelance work (cash pay) on craigslist or other sites like that.
Diva @ Saving Diva
I would immediately pick up my local yellow pages and make a list of temporary agencies. I would then find out which of them have weekend and weeknight work, and sign-up with those companies. Those jobs are not guaranteed, so while waiting for a call, I would look around my home to see if I have anything that could be sold on EBay or craigslist to raise some cash. Next I would see if I have any skills that others might pay me for – this could be yard work, sewing, painting, dog walking, cooking, running errands – just about anything. I would then craft an ad outlining my services and hourly rate and post that on craigslist.
Boston Gal @ Boston Gals Open Wallet
I would sell ad space on my sites or permanent links to raise money quickly. I would go to the garage and sell anything worth selling on ebay. @ Cash The Checks
That’s easy. I’d sell my stuff. Have a garage sale. DVDs, CDs and books can sometimes go for a good price. Some used books, especially up to date statistics or economics textbooks can go for as much as $50 to $75 dollars when they are in good shape.
Another idea would be to sell your body to science. Many local universities and some companies are often hiring subjects to be in research studies. The best way to find these is to look on-line or to check the newspaper. Typically the ads are in the local weekly or neighborhood publications. While you won’t get rich participating in studies, you can definitely bring in a few hundred bucks if you find the right studies.
James @ Dinks Finance
- Sell a bunch of stuff (clothes, furniture, etc..) on CraigsList and at Half Priced Books (books, CDs).
- Return any recently purchased items I had a reciept for.
- Place an ad on CraigsList for Web Development Services ($50 for a small biz website setup, etc..)
- Ask all my neighbors if they needed any hired help for odd jobs (lawn care, handyman, car wash, etc..)
- Place an ad on CraigsList for hired help services.
- Rent my truck out (for movers) on CraigsList and other local community boards.
PT @ Prime Time Money
Ebay immediately comes to mind — selling some unused stuff. Also, I would look at changing my tax withholding for a pay period or two. I might offer to pet sit or baby sit. I would possibly get a second job that paid some tips such as waiting tables. I might consider selling blood plasma to the local blood bank. I might reduce my food expense by eating at the local Sam’s club (samples!)
Ron @ The Wisdom Journal
1. Have a garage sale 2. Take a consulting gig 3. Teach a college course or be a guest lecturer (only applicable if you have the proper credentials) 4. Teach private swimming lessons 5. Tutor
Heidi @ Banker Girl
If I only had 2 weeks to make $200, the first thing I would do would be to gather any and all DVD’s and CD’s and video games that I had in my house and sell them to a local store or on Craiglist. If that didn’t bring in enough money, I honestly would get a part-time job at night to cover the difference, and then quit as soon as I made the money!
David @ My Two Dollars
If I had two weeks to make $200, here’s what I would do: First, I would clean out my basement and list anything worth more than $5 on Craigslist, eBay or Amazon. Then, I would have a garage sale that weekend for anything that doesn’t sell or isn’t worth more than $5. Of course, for the garage sale, I’d want to put a free ad on Craigslist and post signs around the neighborhood. If I didn’t have a lot of items to sell, or the selling wasn’t going so well, I would head down to the plasma donation center in my neighborhood, where I can make $20 for my first donation and $40 for my second donation in the same week. So, in two weeks, I could make $120 just from donating plasma! However, I’m pretty squeemish, so this would be my second choice.
Also, another idea is to call your local marketing research facility (a place that does focus groups, taste tests, etc.), and see if they have any opportunities for people of your age/gender/etc. to participate in. These studies typically pay between $20-$60 for 1-2 hours.
Finance Girl @ Finance Gets Personal
- Earning $200 extra income in two weeks is not hard, the most obvious way is selling stuff that you no longer use at places like eBay, Craigslist, or at thrift shops.
- Another method is to search for sign-up bonuses
- However, the more challenging task is figuring out how to earn $200 extra income regularly — i.e., monthly. This is not hard either, but it does require more time and commitment. Instead of trying to explain it all here you can read about the 7 Factors to Build Successful Alternative Income Streams
Pinyo @ Moolanomy
My number one way to make $200 in two weeks? My first choice would be to sell anything that I’m not using. My preferred method is to use eBay but a good old fashioned garage sale will work, too. Most of us have some things lying around that still have some value that could be sold. This stuff can easily add up to $200 for a weekend. Just go through your house, attic, garage, miscellaneous storage areas for anything that could be sold. Clean up a little and take a weekend to gather the items. Then the next weekend (Saturday probably works best) get up early and start putting out the stuff. The key to a successful garage sale is marketing. Roads signs always work great even if it’s written with a sharpie on a piece of cardboard. Consider putting in a small classified ad in the paper if it’s a large sale. You could also list it for free on craigslist. Enjoy your new found money and consider giving the unsold items to a local Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Henry @ Christian Finance Blog
Making $200 in 2 weeks can be incredibly easy or difficult, depending on your outlook and situation. If I absolutely needed $200, I would first try to sell some items via Craigslist. I prefer to sell them locally via Craigslist because you can get cash in hand more quickly than an on-line auction like Ebay because you don’t need to wait for the auction to close or to transfer the money. Pawn shops could be another option for selling items.
The other thing I would try is to get a job that would pay me that amount of money. Unfortunately, a lot of jobs only pay out every couple weeks, so you may miss the deadline. So you would need to look for a job that pays either weekly or in cash. Examples could be babysitting, landscaping, washing cars, etc.
Patrick @ Cash Money Life
Sell some books, dvds, baby clothes, etc. on eBay… Have a yard / garage sale… If it was an emergency I’d drop my cable / cell phone / netflix or blockbuster / other subscriptions… In a pinch, I’d get a second job or sell my golf clubs…
NCN @ No Credit Needed
If I needed $200 in two weeks, I’d sell some of my stuff. During my years of living on credit, I accumulated a lot of things I do not need or use. I’ve been purging these things gradually, but there’s still a lot of stuff around the house, and some of it is worth some money. If I needed quick cash, I’d get on Craigslist or eBay and sell CDs and comic books and board games. I might also consider a garage sale. Selling stuff serves two purposes: it clears the house of clutter, and it converts unused things into cash.
JD Roth @ Get Rich Slowly
Need more ideas? These are 20 Real Companies That Pay You To Work From Home. Do you have any ideas of your own? How would you make a quick $200?