“Furlough” is a much nicer f-word than “fired,” but it’s still one most people would rather not hear. The company I work for is making everyone take at least a 1-week furlough this quarter, which means you get a week off but you’re not paid for it. Thankfully, after having financial problems in my early 20’s, I have built up a savings account which I guard more vigilantly than any secret stash of Oreos. Some of my work friends are not so lucky and are looking for ways to make up the difference in their paychecks. Which is why I’ve been brainstorming ways to make extra money quickly.
1) Sell your blood plasma
If you’re not scared of needles, you can donate your blood plasma for about $25 a pop. I had a friend in college who did this when she was tight on cash. It does seem a bit icky to be selling your body fluids for money, but if every dollar counts it’s an option
2) Sell stuff on ebay or Craig’s list
Most people have stuff lying around their house that they aren’t using. I’ve got a huge box of CD’s I haven’t touched for years since I ripped everything to MP3s. I keep meaning to sell them at the Half-Price Bookstore near here for whatever pittance they’ll give me. Some people make stuff to sell, like all the crafters on Etsy.com, but I doubt all the time it would take a novice like me to make something sellable wouldn’t be worth the money I’d get :)
3) Get a second job
It can be hard to find a first job in this economy, but if you can manage to get a part-time job it can help cover the rent. Of course, you’ll probably be out of the house so much it barely makes sense to be paying rent :) Searching for freelance work might also be an option depending on your career field.
And that’s where I ran out of ideas. Anyone else have advice, serious or silly, on how to make some quick cash without selling your body on the street?