Most of us will spend our revision breaks or work breaks on social media or speaking with friends and family. If you're short for money though, why waste this precious time?
Here are ten things you can do to make some money in an hour or less, and you might also like these 4 easy side hustles for a beginner.
Sell your unwanted gift cards to make money in an hour
Do you have unwanted gift cards from birthdays or Christmas that are just laying around and you don't plan to use? If you need the cash fast then try selling them to others for a good deal. If not, then there's also the option of selling your unwanted gift cards to Zeek to free up some cash.
Return your recent purchases
Whilst this one isn't technically making any money, it's a good way of regaining some lost money. If you've recently purchased something (less than 28 days ago) but it still has the tags on it then you might want to consider returning it to get some money freed up.
Collect your debts to make money in an hour
Do you have a friend or family member who owes you money? Asking them for the money back can sometimes be awkward, but if you need it yourself then it's totally acceptable to ask for it back. The best thing is that it is money that you are already owed, so you don't even have to work for it. Here's a few tips on how to ask for the money back.
Sell your gold
If it's made of gold, you can sell virtually anything: be it a broken earring or something a lot more valuable, selling your unwanted gold is a quick way to make money in an hour or less. Although it's quicker to visit jewellery stores or other “cash for gold” places on the High Street, you would probably be able to get more money from an online website such as Hatton Garden Metals. Wherever you go to first though, be sure to compare the prices that you are given as they'll always be trying to make profit so might give you less than it's actually worth!
Start matched betting
Matched betting is definitely up with the top side hustles ever. In case you don't know what it is, it's a system where you make use of offers from bookmakers to turn a guaranteed profit, risk free and tax free. It is a popular way to make money whether it is for a one-off such as a holiday or Christmas, or upping your monthly income. There are free training videos available to get you going as well as many online guidance resources.
Cash in coins to make money in an hour
Are you constantly hoarding your loose change? If so, then this could be one of the easiest ways to make money in an hour or less. The majority of banks now have machines where you can just throw in your coins and it'll deposit it into your bank account. Alternatively, you can put the coins in a self-service machines in supermarkets and then receive the overage back in notes and higher-value coins. If you are absolutely stuck then you can usually find Coinstar machines in supermarkets, although these charge a fee per £1 that you exchange.
List items for sale on Facebook
Local Facebook selling groups are great for shifting items fast and avoiding postage charges. If your post is seen by the right person then you could make a sale within a matter of minutes. Simply photograph your items, upload them to local selling groups with a description (including the price you want), and wait.
The collection can be organised through private messaging and with no fees by Facebook and no postage fees, it's a great place to sell.
Make money fast with Ziffit, Zapper and Music Magpie
If you are looking to make money in under an hour and you have games, DVDs, CDs and even books to get rid of then you want to check out Ziffit, Zapper and Music Magpie. All you have to do is pop in your item's barcode and the websites will offer you a cash price for buying it straight away.
Once this trade is agreed on, you simply parcel up your items and post them for free using their free postage label. You can then arrange a courier collection or drop them off somewhere locally, whatever works for you.
It's worth noting that these offers are never extremely high, however if you have a lot to clear out then it's worth it just to get cash in the bank quickly. If you have time, again, don't forget to compare the prices offered on all three sites.
Sell your services to friends and family
If you need to make money in under an hour then consider offering to do paid chores or other taks for friends and family members. Not only does it save them time, releave them of tasks they hate, but it earns you money too. Furthermore, they'll often be happy to help you out financially if you show this initiative. Make sure that you agree on a fee upfront and set a deadline for when it will be completed.
Sell scrap metal
Like the selling of gold, selling your scrap metal is a quick way to make some cash. Simply find your local scrap dealership and take along whatever you have. This could include old metal frames or anything else that you have lying around. You will be paid by the weight, usually in cold, hard cash (win)!
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