5 Ways To Make $500 By The End Of The Month

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Due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, we may find our­selves in a fi­nan­cial bind ahead of time and we need to use that time wisely to make up for the com­ing fi­nan­cial short­fall. Us­ing a tool like Pock­et­smith or Buxfer, we can know ahead of time in­stead of be­ing blind­sided with a neg­a­tive check­ing ac­count at the end of the month or a missed pay­ment.

Here are a few op­tion for those who need to earn $500 fast.

Uber driver

This has be­come an op­tion for many who want to con­trol their time while mak­ing more money on the side, or in some cases a full-time in­come. There are some ba­sic re­quire­ments that need to be met, how­ever you can make $500 in less than a week by putting in a few hours over the course of a few days. You set your own hours and get to meet some in­ter­est­ing peo­ple along the way.

Sell old phones and lap­tops on Gazelle

Gazelle has be­come a sweet op­tion for those who need to liq­ui­date elec­tronic as­sets for quick cash. This can in­clude, but not lim­ited to, Macbooks and iPhones. Armed with your se­rial num­ber and in­for­ma­tion about the phys­i­cal state of your de­vice, you’re given an in­stant quote and in­for­ma­tion on how to com­plete the sale. Note, that the quote might be less than if you were to take your chances on Ebay or Craigslist. How­ever, if you don’t have time to setup an ad and wait for some­one to bite then it makes sense to make the ex­tra cash where you can get it.

Buy and sell on Craigslist and/or Face­book Mar­ket­place

Sim­i­lar to sell­ing your elec­tron­ics on Gazelle, Craigslist has been a long­time op­tion for those who need to sell items for ex­tra cash. How­ever, there’s a new kid on the block, Face­book Mar­ket­place. This new op­tion for on­line sell­ing makes it easy to con­nect with oth­ers be­cause you don’t have to leave the Face­book app in or­der to post your item for sale. Take a pic­ture, add a few words to your de­scrip­tion and post the item for sale. The process is rather sim­ple and you make ar­range­ments for pay­ment with the seller out­side of Face­book.

Pet-sit­ting

Us­ing both Craigslist and Face­book Mar­ket­place, you can ad­ver­tise your pet sit­ting ser­vices eas­ily to those in need of some­one to watch their furry family mem­bers in their ab­sence.

Let’s do the math to make $500 in less than a week. You can of­fer to pet sit overnight for $50 for three pets at a time. That leave you with $150 per night and if you do this for at least four nights then you will earn $600. This op­tion may take some time to build up some clien­tele, how­ever if you live in a fairly ur­ban area where there’s a high de­mand for pet sit­ting then your client ac­qui­si­tion may not take that long.

Mys­tery Shop­ping

EPMS is in the busi­ness of apart­ment mys­tery shops. Es­sen­tially, you ac­cept the shops avail­able in your area, fol­low the in­struc­tions and then sub­mit the re­port on­line. They are of­ten con­tracted to en­sure the leas­ing agents at the apart­ments are con­duct­ing them­selves pro­fes­sion­ally as well as abid­ing by sales train­ing re­quire­ments. EPMS has been a long-time player in the work-from-home part time space. You can get paid weekly and the mys­tery shops all have the abil­ity for you to sub­mit the in­for­ma­tion on­line with­out mail­ing any­thing in. Pay­ment is is­sued via di­rect de­posit which makes get­ting your money faster and di­rectly to your bank ac­count.

Fi­nan­cial short­falls hap­pen. What’s im­por­tant is that you pre­pare for it by be­com­ing re­source­ful un­til you can ad­dress the source of the fi­nan­cial is­sue. Once we know the short­fall is on the hori­zon we of­ten have to be­come more re­source­ful than we’d planned be­cause it’s best to avoid miss­ing a pay­ment or a neg­a­tive check­ing out at the end of the month.

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