Rent a room
If you live in a large enough house and have the extra space, put a room up for rent! If it’s in a nice enough area, charge $1000-2000 to include all expenses. You can have $2000 or more as soon as the deposit and the first month of rent is paid! You can also use a service such as AirBNB to make it happen.
Not ideal, but money comes with a lot of work! Get the word out that you are now in the business of cleaning houses, tell family and friends. Advertise on classifieds websites that you do deep cleans and the “dirty jobs,” which are the real money-makers. Just be prepared with the right ventilator mask! Doing this kind of job can net you $2000 in just over a week or even less if you can get enough clients.
Be a neighbor
Go door to door letting your neighbors know that you are trying to raise money and see if they have anything that needs to be done. If it helps, you can look at their house before going to the door and approach them with an “I’d be happy to rake your leaves and bag them for you” or “I’m offering to mow lawns for really cheap!” Tasks such as small handyman jobs or outdoor home maintenance are all good moneymakers. Do a bunch of jobs each day for a week or two and you should have your $2000!
Thrift stores and yard sales are heavens for flippers. Finding items that are cheap and flipping them on eBay for a huge markup sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. I once saw a guy at a yard sale picking items up, then scanning them with a device.
He had a special bar code scanner setup that connected to his phone and automatically would pull up that item on the top sites and show what it was selling for. He was a pro! He would only look at items with a barcode on it so he could guarantee a profit. I was impressed.
Get a few helping hands together at the expense of lunch, drinks, and a small cut and throw a car wash! Everyone loves to have a nice, shiny car on a sunshiny day the weblink! Offer additional services such as minor interior detailing for extra money. With enough helpers, it wouldn’t be crazy to raise the money in just a few busy weekends.
Borrow from 401k
If your job offers you this benefit and you’ve been taking advantage of it, don’t go anywhere else for a loan! Taking a loan from your 401k is perhaps the smartest place to borrow money from as all of the interest you pay back goes right into your account and not a financial institution’s pocket!
If you’ve seen Jim Carrey’s “Fun With Dick and Jane,” then you probably don’t think this is a good idea. Most of the time, though, there isn’t a terrible ending but the risk is always there. It might just be a risk worth taking if you can get $2000 from it!
Sell tickets to a nice item, such as a good vacuum or even a microwave. Price the tickets accordingly. Who wouldn’t want to win an item for a fraction of the cost? You can sell tickets door to door or even do it online on websites such as Rafflecopter!
Set the drawing for a couple of weeks out, and you might just have made $2000 by then! You can also raffle off services. Because raffles can be considered a form of gambling, make sure you verify the legality of it where you’re located.