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How can I find quick work to make some money (legitimately and in person, not online) in NYC within the next week?

Asked by marmoset (1166points) June 19th, 2009

Please help me with advice (please don’t derail with joke answers). I’m putting so much effort into finding work; I really need to see if there are possibilities beyond Craigslist for IMMEDIATE work (show up somewhere, do something, take home either a check or cash the same day).

I have no points against me in terms of working—I’m a U.S. citizen and clean as a whistle criminally (never even a parking ticket). I have some fairly nice-looking clothing, like a long-sleeve shirt and a nice skirt, but I don’t have access to business attire and I can’t buy any (no cash). I don’t know if it matters in this context, but I have solid office, computer and touch-typing skills. (I’m not skilled in any trades such as carpentry or other typical day labor.)

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marinelife's avatar

Within a week is tough. With your skills you can try registering with temp agencies (they pay weekly the week following the work). I don’t know how they have been affected by the bad economy.

You won’t get that much, but you can sell plasma if you are healthy.

YARNLADY's avatar

Here in California, we have agencies that cater to Day workers and they supply workers to offices or other businesses. The best way to make really fast money is to sell some of your belongings, or beg.

Ask your grandmother, that’s what my adult grandsons do.

Shegrin's avatar

Can you play an instrument of any kind? There’s always busking. Cater-Waitering is another one that gives you quick cash, just not a lot. Most temp agencies have hookups to those jobs. As a perk, you might see one of your idols at a dinner party or fundraiser. Exciting stuff.

SeventhSense's avatar

Try waiting on tables but just not catering at an hourly wage.
Find an entry level position in a busy place downtown. There are thousands of restaurants and the possibility to make 200 bucks a night or better is very achievable. The right place and you can make serious coin. 150.00 bottles of wine, 16.00 martinis and watch the tab go up.
A 20% gratuity on a 1500.00 dinner tab? Do the math. Take a look at the classifieds but don’t be afraid to show your face. Just walk around before dinner rush 3–4, walk in doors and shake some hands. And it shows you’ve got moxie to a manager. Turn over is rapid and even if you don’t get a hit at one place, you’ll get leads. People in the business know each other. Best of Luck.

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