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Alternatives to Making Money Fast Illegally
Again, we are not condoning any of these illegal money-making methods. There are plenty of ways to make money legally.
If you really need a large sum of money quickly, your best bet is to use a credit card or take out a personal loan to cover the expenses.
Here are some ways to make some extra money legally:
- Do online surveys: Sites like SurveyJunkie and Swagbucks will pay you to take online surveys. It’s not going to make you rich, but it will pad your wallet and allow you some extra spending money. Check out our article on the best paid survey sites.
- Cut out subscriptions you don’t use anymore: The easiest way to make money is to spend less. Subscriptions are taking over the business world. The problem is that many times we forget to cancel those subscriptions when we stop using them. Trim is a free tool that will automatically find all the subscriptions you pay for and let you unsubscribe from them with one click to save you money.
If you need more ideas on how to make money quickly, check out this post.
12. Money-making strategy: Babysitting with
You can easily do some babysitting when you need to make a few bucks quickly. Parents everywhere are always in need of babysitting and nanny services.
Websites like Care.com connect parents with babysitters. The company does all the background checking and other due diligence to put parents’ minds at ease. Of course, you can appeal directly to people in your personal network, but if you’re looking to generate recurring revenue sign up with a site marketing to parents looking for child care services.
14. Clean Houses
Be proactive and apply for jobs as soon as their posted! If you have a background in cleaning, make sure to include that in your response to increase your likelihood of getting hired.
20. Lower Your Bills
It’s easy to put your bills on autopay and forget about the cost associated with them. But, you might be surprised by how much you can deduct from your monthly payment simple by taking stock of your spending habits.
Do you need your own video-streaming and music membership? Or, could you split them with someone to save on costs? If you split that $10 per month, you could end up saving $60 annually.
9. Money-making strategy: Answer questions on JustAnswer
People looking for expertise online. JustAnswer (and several sites like it) allow doctors, lawyers, engineers and others with enhanced knowledge to earn a small income merely answering questions from people who would otherwise have to pay a hefty sum for those answers.
This platform is a great resource for people. It’s also lucrative (for the time spent) if you’re looking to earn a bit of cash in a hurry. Don’t expect to get rich answering questions, but you can generate a few bucks here or there if you’re in a bind.
About the Author
Morgan Quinn is an experienced personal finance writer and her work has appeared on WSJ.com, Huffington Post and Slate. She is also the former Managing Editor of Mint.com.
As entertaining as this list was, making money illegally is not worth it. The risk is not worth the reward.
Don’t get yourself in a situation in which any of these methods sounds reasonable. And if you do get yourself in a terrible money situation, just remember, there’s always a legal way out.
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