If you have been faced with an sudden illness and have low or no insurance, the medical bills will quickly add up. While it is true that many Doctors offices and hospitals will set up payment plans according to what you can afford on a monthly basis, but sometimes even those minimum payments add up to an amount more than your monthly budget can comfortably fit.
The following are a couple quick and easy ways that you can raise a little extra money. While you won’t get rich, you should be able to raise enough money to pay a good amount of the bills.
Internet Fundraising Sites
If you have a website, blog or are a frequent visitor to a forum or message board, then an Internet fund raiser might be a good option for you. Even if you are do not do any of those things, you could still try this option and begin an email campaign to friends and family. There are several websites available that will make it easy for you to accomplish this. They include options like contributors lists, goals and deadlines.
There are several internet based free services intended to make it easy for you to collect money for your cause quick, easy and secure over the Internet (Example: Fundly.com, Youcaring.com). All you need to do is create an account, verify your e-mail address and create the widget. Enter a few details about why you are raising the money, what your goal is and what your deadline is and you will be ready to go. You can include the widget at the bottom of e-mails, on your web page and in your blog. You should also encourage friends and family to include it in their e-mails, web pages and blogs as well. The more visible the widget is, the more word will spread earning you more money for those bills.
Time to rummage your house for anything you are not using. Even if you think it is junk, it is always someone else’s treasure. Set up an Ebay account specifically for your cause of raising money for the medical bills, and don’t be afraid to tell the bidders on your personal Ebay page what your goals are and why you are raising the money. The bidders will be more likely to keep bidding when they know that there is a cause behind the auctions.
When you’ve run out of things in your house, look further for more things to sell. Ask friends and family to scope out their basements, attics, garages and closets for things they are not using. They will most likely be more than happy to clean out their homes for a good cause. You’d be surprised just how much money you can actually make if you go on a big Ebay rampage.
Rent Out A Space
If you have a spare bedroom, empty garage spot, unused workshop or any other space that someone else could find useful then consider renting it out. Put an add out in the local papers advertising the space and watch the phone calls pour in. There may be a college student looking for an affordable off campus to call home for a few months or looking for a place to keep their car off campus for the year. Perhaps there’s someone who is looking for a place to build a project but live in an apartment building with no workshop area to use. The possibilities are endless here and can go as far as you can imagine.
Be an Odd-Jobber
Tell friends and family that you are available and willing to do any odd jobs they may have. You could provide a variety of services and schedule them all in your spare time. You could offer to babysit, run errands, drop off and pick up kids from school, pick up groceries, mow lawns or walk the dog. The possibilities here are endless, and chances are if you let everyone know you are serious about this, they will think of things to hire you to do.
There are many things that you can do to raise some extra money in a pinch. Get creative, and get down to business for fast results. There’s no reason to let the medical bills take over your life or cause you any additional stress. With a little effort and marketing yourself you will be fine and everything will be paid off before you know it.