Sometimes for whatever reason, whether it be for an emergency, or maybe we just absolutely have to buy something and can’t rest until it belongs to us.

It’s possible for some people to get caught up in illegal activity when in a situation like this, since it can be one of the fastest ways to make a large amount of money extremely quickly.  However, the reason for this is because of the high risk.  High risk equals high reward because it could ruin your life!

It’s important to make positive choices, no matter how desperate we are.  If you find yourself in a pinch and are looking to make cash in hand fast, here are some options that are completely legal, and quite effective.

Pawn Your Goods

Unlike somewhere like eBay, where a transaction can take up to 5 business days to process from buyer to seller, a pawn shop will give you cash in hand on the spot.

Often pawn shops will give you a much lower value for whatever you are offering them, so do some deep reflection and decide whether you could afford a little more time to find a higher offer in another location such as Craigslist, or advertising on a forum.

When searching for items to pawn in your house, gather electronics, collectibles, or jewelry.  These items are almost guaranteed to yield a decent trade and give you cash in hand immediately.

Legal Gambling

Gambling is a high-risk way of acquiring money fast, but it is extremely effective if the odds are in your family.

If you’ve never been to a casino in your life, don’t panic, as gambling comes in many forms.  Many people bet on sports, horse races, and even the stock market.  If you lose, however, you could end with less than what you started with.  Gamble with caution.

Get a Job In The Service Industry

Waiters and bartenders may not make the wages of a lawyer or a surgeon, but they can certainly make close to it.  If you can manage to find a job in the right venue, you can make more tips than you can imagine.

Many high end bars and restaurants require automatic gratuity, which when added to bills that are in the thousands, can put some serious money in your pocket.  These tips are cash in hand at the end of the night, not every 2 weeks on payday.

Working in the nightlife world is a great option for having cash in hand daily.

Take Out a Loan

If you have less than ideal credit, or don’t have the option of borrowing from a friend or family member, there are several payday loan services that offer a cash loan on the spot.

Be careful, however, as these loans can come with a hefty interest fee.