50 Ways to Make a Fast $50

Facing a cash-flow problem and need to make a quick buck? Here are 50 ways to earn extra money.

No matter how carefully you plan, money can run a little short at times. Maybe your child needs new shoes. Perhaps your car broke down, or you just want a night out on the town.

Whatever the reason, if you find yourself needing extra cash, there are plenty of ways to earn it — now more than ever.

Following are 50 ways to make an extra $50 in just a few minutes or a few days.

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Perform tasks

  • TaskRabbitThis site connects you with local people willing to pay you for a wide variety of tasks — from light carpentry to picking up takeout food.
  • Agent Anything. The “agents” are university students who perform tasks. “For the last two years, we’ve provided errand-runners for working moms, beta testers for startups, temp workers for small businesses, and street teams for major corporations,” the site says.
  • Zaarly. This is another site that matches people with local folks who will pay to have tasks and errands performed.
  • FiverrWhat would you do for $5? Write a love letter for someone? Attempt to eat a tablespoon of nutmeg on video? Market your service on this website for $5 or more.
  • Amazon’s Mechanical TurkYou can make a few bucks performing one of the many tasks available at this site. Projects include things like writing product descriptions or selecting the best photograph for a product.
  • Field Agent. Another app that pays you to do things like checking prices and scanning bar codes.
  • UserTesting.comYou can earn quick cash by looking at someone’s website and figuring out what might be confusing for the average user.

Sitting

  • House-sitting. When friends or neighbors go out of town, offer to keep an eye on their house, pick up the mail or water the plants. Don’t know of anyone who’s leaving? Try an online job portal such as Mindahome.com.
  • Baby-sitting. Baby-sitting isn’t just for teenagers. Sites like Sittercity and Care.com can connect you with a gig.
  • Pet-sitting. What’s better than playing with a puppy? Getting paid for it. You can start with friends or family, or sign up for a national service like Fetch! Pet Care.

Selling

  • Garage sales. Garage sales are a great way to declutter your home and earn extra cash. Some cities require a permit for yard and garage sales.
  • Consignment shops. Clothing consignment stores accept like-new clothes, shoes and accessories. When the item sells, you get a portion of the proceeds.
  • Used-book stores. Stores like Half Price Books buy used books for cash.
  • Used-entertainment stores. You can sell used video games, DVDs and even CDs to local resellers, or online through sites like SecondSpin.com.
  • eBay.You can auction off practically anything you own at the grandfather of all auction sites.
  • Craigslist. You can sell anything from shoes to cars. You’ll probably want to meet with the buyer and get paid in cash.
  • AmazonYou can also sell gently used (or new and unopened) stuff on Amazon. Fees start at 99 cents per item.
  • Bonanza. This is a marketplace for both used and new items. You can set your own prices, and the site will collect a small fee for anything you sell.
  • Half.com. This eBay-owned website is a good place to sell textbooks, other books, DVDs and other small items.
  • Gift cards. Have any gift cards you’re not going to use? Sell them to a reseller like Cardpool or CardCash.
  • Old phones. Sell your old smartphone to a site like Gazelle or Next Worth.

Renting

  • Rent a room for a few days. You can rent out a room (or even your couch) to vacationers via sites like Airbnb. Note that local regulations might prohibit this type of activity.
  • Make your home available. If you’re going to be out of town for a while, rent your house to someone else and earn some cash. Or perhaps you have a second home you can turn into a vacation destination. Sites like HomeAway can help you find guests.

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