How to Raise Funds in a short period of time

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Are you looking to make some money in a hurry? Whilst an unexpected windfall is always welcome, it is more than likely that you will need to graft for the money you need yourself. But don't worry, there are many ways that you can raise an extra bit of cash, like selling unwanted goods that you don’t want any more or taking on an extra, temporary job.

If you are limited on time (and depending on what you need the money for) there are a number of realistic things that you can try to do. Fundraising is one of the most effective, especially if you are needing to raise money for a charity or a social enterprise organisation. Whether you are looking to do a fun run, a silent disco or even a sponsored silence, getting people to sponsor you for your end goal can really help you reach your target.

Need to have a clearout? Not only can you create more space, but you can also make some great money from selling your unwanted goods at car boot sales. We have sold everything from last season's clothes to rarely-used kitchen gadgets – I even know someone who sold an old roulette wheel. This game originated from France and is named after the French word for ‘little wheel’, which is very apt if you are looking to get the wheels in motion for your new project. 

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 Caption: A car boot sale is one way to make money by selling unwanted items

You could consider using your existing skills to earn some extra money. Perhaps you speak French, can sew or make clothes or, maybe you have the skills to be able to teach someone to sing or play a musical instrument. If you've got the knowledge, you can guarantee that someone out there is willing to pay for your time and services. Consider advertising on community websites, in local shops and on social media.

Lots of people are choosing to do crowdfunding – even musicians are using various platforms to raise money to release their music. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity or musician to successfully crowdfund. Whether your project is for charity, for a business venture or a personal project, with crowdfunding you can reach an international audience of like-minded people who have similar aspirations or tastes to yourself.

If you are looking to raise a small amount of money, then you could consider selling some unwanted clothes, games and gadgets. Perhaps you have clothes that don’t fit you anymore or maybe an unwanted running machine that takes us space and could give you that all-important cash injection. There are lots of different platforms where you can sell your unwanted goods online such as eBay, depop, Amazon and even through Facebook’s for-sale pages.

There are lots of ways to raise money in a hurry – admittedly some of them do require more effort than others. That's why it's important to choose the right option for you when it comes to raising funds, things like timeframes and whether you need to raise a small or large amount really do need to be taken into account. But no matter how much you need to earn or how quickly you need to earn it by, with a little bit of imagination and ingenuity you're sure to hit your target. 

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