50 Ways to Make a Fast $50

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Cartoonist Allen Saunders long ago expressed one of life’s greatest truths: “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

No matter how carefully you plan, money can run a little short at times. Maybe your child needs new shoes. Maybe your car broke down, or maybe 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.

In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson shares some of the ways you can supplement your income. Check it out, and then read on for 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 who are willing to pay you for a wide variety of tasks, everything 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, 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 barcodes.
  • UserTesting.comYou can earn quick cash by looking at someone’s website and figuring out what might be confusing for the average user.

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  • Ahfly

    Read the fine print before you involve yourself! I didn’t check out anything except Zaarly and this is a part of their agreement “You grant us an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, worldwide license, with rights to sublicense through multiple levels of sublicensees, to reproduce, make derivative works of, translate, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display in any form or medium, whether now known or later developed, make, use, sell, import, offer for sale, otherwise commercially exploit and exercise any and all such rights, under any and all of your intellectual property rights related to the Content in any manner we choose.”

    Seems like there must be better ways to sell goods and services out there that doesn’t involve giving away one’s rights.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      How would one do any of that with tasks and errands, as they are listed as sourcing?

  • Tommy Clark

    honestly go for the best alternative out there 5spot.ca period way better

  • Rachelle Maxey

    Pls send me news letters for fee

  • Rachelle Maxey

    I put for free

  • Keely

    I have found the best way to make extra money is by buying used books at
    thrift stores, garage sales, library used books sales and clearance
    racks at local books stores. You can pay anywhere from 25 cents to a few
    bucks and turn around and sell them to a book buyback site for a few
    bucks up to hundreds of dollars.The site I use to sell used books is http://www.bookjingle.com because they have great prices and excellent customer service.

  • Maya McDavid
  • Jim

    Great article,

    Another great way to make money are paid surveys.I know many people think they are scams, but that is not true.There are many legit surveys.Legit surveys never ask you to enter your credit card information and SSN.And they never want you to pay any fees.Scamers want you to pay them fees to join.

    Here is a list of trusted surveys:

    EliteSurveySites . com

    You can join them without any worries.if you join more companies, you will be making more money.I promise you that.

  • Foggyrainfreak

    Wow what a great list. But the easiest way for me to make some fast money is selling digital products
    with resell rights such as software and e-books. You can make $100’s a
    day with just your PayPal account. Shows how step by step. blingchest . com

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  • http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/cashforlife Debbie

    Hi, I have been working from my home office
    for the past 9 years, it’s been a great write off and allows me to spend time
    with the grandbabies. I am currently working with fortune 500 companies and it
    cost nothing to get set up. I do spend about 4 hours daily only because I
    choose too you do have to have a computer. You won’t become rich but you can
    make $50 to $100 daily. If anyone would like info on it email me at
    gpdaily30@gmail.com I’d be happy to send you the link to look it over

  • Patrick Seitz

    You can’t also rent out your car on relay rides.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Once the economy gets bad enough that the mass transit in the cities gets full, your could make money running a jitney.

  • Jeremy Jameson

    It would be helpful to edit the article to replace Google Helpouts with a similar service as Helpouts was closed down on April 20, 2015.