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How to make money in a pinch

7th February 2021 Print

Are you scrambling to find the cash to pay bills this month? As the world continues to grapple with a struggling economy, many people worldwide are finding it hard to make ends meet. Everyone falls on hard times once in a while, and it’s a common thing to experience. However, it doesn't take away from the fact that feeling financially unstable can feel incredibly stressful. It may feel as if there's no light in the tunnel and no way out.

The good news is there is a way out, and you won't be in this money hole forever. If you’ve lost hours at work, are unhappy there, or lost your job entirely, you’ll pull through by committing to finding something better. Create a list of jobs to apply for every week and do everything you can to make that target. You’ll find another job — it merely takes perseverance and patience. 

In the meantime, you need to make some money fast. There are several ways to make a quick buck. If you’re currently in a bit of a bind, read on to discover three creative money-making ideas.

Sell Your Stuff

Do you have junk lying all over the house? Or, perhaps you have an entire closet full of clothes you haven’t worn in years. Why not get rid of it by selling it all online? You could sell old belongings on a website such as eBay, Kijiji, and Etsy. People are always looking for stuff, and you never know how much they’d be willing to spend on your items you don’t want anymore. 

Another option is to sell your gold jewelry. Find a reputable gold buyer in your area and take any old gold you don't mind parting with to make some money. If possible, take your pieces to an appraiser first to better understand what the jewelry is worth.

Enter Online Contests 

Did you know that you could win money online just by entering giveaways and contests? Online contests might be the easiest and most fun way to add some dough to your bank account. Find the right website that links legitimate and current giveaways from all of your favourite brands and media outlets. 

For example, last month, the official NFL website gave away up to $30 000 in cash prizes to three lucky winners. Contestants had to answer a list of simple questions about why they or someone they know deserved the title of “NFL Fan of the Year” through the website. Panels reviewed contestants' answers and then selected the winners. 

Contests such as these are always floating around the internet. Keep your eye out for cash prize giveaways. You could win thousands of dollars just by submitting an email address.

Pick Up a Temporary Gig

Check online job listings for temporary positions. Look for things such as:

- Remote Content Writer

- Delivery Person

- Telephone Customer Service Representative

Take on a part-time gig to add some flow to your finances until you get back on your feet. It will also boost your confidence because you’ll be doing something productive and staying busy.

Making ends meet while money is tight isn’t easy, but it’s doable. By following these tips, you’ll feel more financially stable and secure with more cash in the bank.

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