We’ve all been there—short on cash to pay our bills, without a paycheck in sight. Or, if we haven’t been there, we know someone who has.
But thanks to technology and social media, all you need is a little creativity to score some dough (ethically, of course) so you can make your landlord happy.
Ready to pay the rent or some other time-critical bill?
Here are the best 12 ideas, from our own experiences and other personal finance blogs, that just about anyone can consider:
1. Take Some Surveys
Have an opinion or two about a consumer product that you’d like to share? If so, Survey Junkie is the place to go to take surveys, and earn points you can put toward rewards cards or PayPal payouts.
2. Open a High-Yield Savings Account
Opening a high-yield savings account is a smart move if you want the easiest possible way to earn interest without investing, simply by putting cash into a bank account.
While rates vary, you can earn roughly 1 percent with these types of savings account.
Because interest is deposited monthly, you’ll start to reap benefits almost immediately.
3. Sell Your Plasma
If you want to make fast cash (up to $70/week, according to one report) and help others in a meaningful way, consider donating your plasma.
Caveat: At most place, you must be at least 110 pounds, 18 years old, and in good general health.
4. Join A Focus Group
Research companies are eager to find people in specific age and income ranges to share their thoughts on everything from food and beverage products to politics.
Based on some of the focus groups we looked at, you can make $75 to $350 (usually in the form of a Visa gift card) to share your opinion.
To learn more about upcoming focus groups in your area, visit the Find A Focus Group.
5. Call 211
If you truly need rent money within the next few days, call 211, United Way’s free hotline.
You’ll be synced with a professional who can tell you about programs that offering rental assistance, subsidized housing and housing vouchers.
6. Become a Driver
Check out Nerdwallet’s handy guide on ride-sharing income to see how different services compare.