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How To Get Paid Today When You Really Need Money

counting cash in hand

There are times when you need money instantly.

We’ve all been there at least once.

When I was starting a business there were a few times I needed to go out and get cash instantly just to get groceries.

If this is your situation I’d recommend seriously sitting down and thinking of how your going to increase your income. But until then lets get you some cash!

1 – Return a recent purchase

I always keep receipts.  It comes in handy when you want to return something and don’t want in store credit.  If you’ve bought something you can even temporarily live without, go return a recent purchase and get cash.

2 – Sell Plasma

You’ve got about 10 pints of the stuff in our body right now. You can give one about twice a week and get paid for your time doing it.

I checked online and plasma donation centers are always offering promotions to get people coming in.  They were offering a promotion today where if you go twice a week they will give a bonus to make $500 your first month.  That’s not bad considering that can really help out. But they also pay cash before you leave.  Call ahead and make an appointment because these places get BUSY.

3 – Go Knock on Doors

There are a number of things you can sell door to door.

3.1 – Window Washing

I’ve done this many times and not just in an emergency. Every summer I  go to Home Depot and get a bottle of professional window washing solution, it’s like $4 so just get it.  And usually get a new squeegee.  I’ve picked up extra tools too like a belt that holds my squeegees and window scrubber, extension poles and a good step ladder.

I know all the neighborhoods in my area with single story houses.  I go around knocking on doors offering to wash windows for $40. I can always get 2 to 3 people to say yes and make $80 to $120 in half a day.

Try it!

3.2 – Get Creative

I’ve considered many things to sell door to door.  I’ve sold satellite TV, security systems, solar, and more but those don’t pay today.

I’ve wandered through dollar stores and found items people would purchase. I’ve thought of local businesses that would offer money if you got a customer for them.  One thing I recently wanted to try was wandering neighborhoods and selling window well covers to home owners, a window company would happily offer you a discount on the product if they knew what you were doing. You go get the sale, collect the money, go back to the window company and pick up the goods and bring them back to your customer. This is called arbitrage.

Hit the Pawn Shop

Probably one of the least desirable options but if you have something of value, they will give you a loan on it. Just make sure you know you can pay them back because they typically wont loan more than 50% of the value.

Back in the day before credit this was how people borrowed money. It sucks but if you need the cash it is available.


This should give you a few ideas if you need money right away.

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Legal Disclaimer:

When providing services for people always be careful to not hurt yourself or damage property. Do not mislead people and make sure they know you are not a business that has insurance and that you are just providing a service because you have a skill and that you are just another every day person.

Career Showcase

Small Engine Repair As A Career

old lawnmower

I noticed a while ago there were several small engine repair shops in my area.  I was amazed they were making enough money to have an entire shop.

This got me curious, so I thought I would do some research and see how much money you could make in small engine repair and what the career options were in this field.


Market Research

I first went to Google and checked for search data.  Turns out the term “small engine repair near me” gets about 3,600 searches per month with several related searches getting a fair amount of volume too.

Next I wanted to see in my local area how the businesses appeared to be doing.  Of the 3 shops nearest me they had an average of 84 Google reviews meaning they’re getting a good amount of customers.

small engine repair business listings with reviews

This makes sense.  People would rather pay someone $80 to $100 per hour to replace something that could potentially cost a lot more if they go buy a replacement.


How Much Money Small Engine Mechanics Make

This takes some guessing but after doing my research, here is what I’ve found about small engine repair salaries and business income.

First I went to the internet and researched sites like and Glassdoor and saw that online people are saying that a small engine mechanic makes somewhere between $14 and $18 per hour. I searched local jobs and found that’s pretty accurate if you’re employed by a small engine repair shop.

Small Engine Repair Business Owners

It’s hard to speculate what you could make as a business owner because other factors come into play like marketing, salesmanship and customer service.

There is no shortage of engines to work on. I noticed lawn mowers, trimmers and edgers, leaf blowers, aerators, pumps, pressure washers, tillers, snow blowers and chainsaws.  From what I could tell on local business websites the going rate is about $80/hour plus parts if you’re the one running the show

Not only can you repair these products you can sell new or repaired items as well giving you another income stream.


Ideas To Make More Money In Small Engine Repair

If this were my business the first thing I’d do is print flyers and go knock on doors.  With the number of small engines per household, you’re more than likely to find at least one person per hour who needs an engine repaired or know someone who does.

Next I’d attend local networking meetings like BNI groups, business meetups and other networking meetings and get my name out there as a small engine repair genius.

I’d also collect broken equipment all summer, repair it over the winter and sell everything in the spring to generate extra revenue all year.

I’d also get a website put together ASAP and get listed in Google so people can find you that way too.


How To Become A Small Engine Mechanic

There are more than likely courses at your local community college that can give you hands on experience fixing small engines.

You could also learn these skills online, however I’d recommend finding some free small engines locally that are running or broken to work on while learning the skills.  I found that Penn Foster offers a 4 month program that will certify you in small engine repair.  There are also free courses in small engine repair you can find here.  If you go a free route I’d recommend working for free or a reduced rate on your first couple customers, then get reviews from them to vouch for your skills.

It’s also always a great idea to have a physical book or two to reference and read over a few times.  This one on Amazon looked pretty good and was the most recently published


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