Things are moving faster than ever before, and since time means money, what you need is a fast and clever way to make money. Long-term investing opportunities are great and can be extremely rewarding, but if you're looking for ways to make money now, that doesn't help much. Instead, let's take a look at all the clever ways you can make money fast, so that you can use this cash now, or reinvest it for the future to make even more.
1. Purchase investment pieces
You can invest in much more than just jewelry; there are commodities that appreciate in value significantly, and quickly. You won't get money overnight from this, but you should see a return on your investment in 1 to 5 years. This works on property, certain batches of toys and memorabilia, such as Lego sets or vintage Star Wars toys, and even designer handbags. Prices rise even every few months on these, and you can make a nice sum after just a few years of holding onto a classic, like a Chanel, or a Birkin.
2. Purchase limited-edition items
Similarly, if you have the opportunity to buy certain limited-edition items, you will probably see a big payday on ebay a few days after shops run out. You would be surprised at how much people are willing to pay for something they can't get anywhere else. It elevates the value of the item because it's so rare and hard to get.
3. Make money off your empty house
If you're away from home often - on business trips, holidays, or just weekends away - then why not take advantage of your empty home and make some money off of it? An AirBnb is easy to set up and you can open up your house for strangers in need of accommodation. Just give them access to the house you wouldn't be using anyway, and watch the money pile up in your bank account.
4. Complete online surveys
Are you sitting at home doing nothing while sending resumes and waiting for a job opportunity? Maximise the potential of that time and complete some online surveys while you're at it! They only take a few minutes of your time and they pay you in either small sums of money or gift cards.
5. Take strangers for a ride
If you're making a trip down to London, for example, why not take a stranger or two? Not hitchhikers, people who are looking for - and willing to pay for - the service. You can also work for Uber or Lyft, and just drive people around whenever you're free.
6. Sell things you no longer use
Do you have a ton of clothes you no longer wear? Mismatched furniture you're looking to get rid of? Your old housemate's stuff that they dumped at your house? If you put it up online and get even just a few quid for each item, you still have more money than you did before, plus you get rid of your junk. And it can add up to a nice amount, once everything is said and done. Make sure to get the money through PayPal for safe transfer.
7. Market a skill you're good at
Think about it - what are you really good at? Baking? Drawing? Making people laugh? Do you work with your hands? Make really good coffee? No matter what it is, it's a skill you can probably market and sell to people, whether as a service or as a product. Look into getting set up on places like Etsy and start offering your services.
8. Participate in market research
You can get money for just stating your opinions and talking about your experiences. Market research can be a goldmine, because you get to try out some products and then talk about them - and you get paid!
9. House-sit or pet-sit for people
It's everyone's dream to get paid to do nothing, right? Well, there might be a side-gig for you - house sitting or pet sitting. Easier than babysitting, requiring fewer qualifications, and with a much lower level of risk, this is a great opportunity to be paid to sit around in someone's house watching TV, watering their plants, and making sure no one breaks in. If you like animals, pet sitting is also an option.
As you can see, if you're in need of some fast money, there are plenty of ways to make it! Use these ideas as side-hustles, full-time occupations, or just a way to pass the time while you're in between work opportunities.