50 Ways to Make a Fast $50 (or Lots More)

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Thanks largely to the gig economy, never in the history of mankind have there been so many ways to make extra money. In need of some quick cash or a part-time income? Here’s a list of ideas to make some extra money.

1. Donate plasma

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Vadim Pipunyrov / Shutterstock.com

If you have a spare 90 minutes and no fear of needles, you can earn roughly $20 to $50 by donating your plasma — the clear liquid portion of blood that’s made up of water, salts, enzymes, antibodies and proteins. There are several companies that pay people for plasma, including CFL Plasma, Octapharma Plasma and Grifols, to name a few.

2. Give parents a break

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Robert-Kneschke / Shutterstock.com

Are you good with kids? Offer up your skills and baby-sit. Join a site like Care.com and earn an average of $13.50 an hour. Membership is free: You simply post a profile and apply for jobs. If you’re willing to pay a little, you can get better profile placement and a background check. Another place to try is Sitter City.

3. Sell your stuff

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Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

You can fetch a pretty penny by selling valuable, popular items, such as musical instruments, collectibles, electronics or jewelry, and just about anything else. Take a quick look around your house for items you no longer want or need. (Hint: Consider selling anything you haven’t touched in a year.) List them for sale on eBay, find a local buyer through Craigslist or use an app like Offer Up and LetGo.com.

4. Sell your hair

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Marko Marcello / Shutterstock.com

You may have a small fortune sitting atop your head. If you have long, healthy, untreated hair, — depending on the length, texture and color — you could earn hundreds of dollars by selling off your locks. Try Buy and Sell Hair or eBay.

5. Mow lawns

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Maxim Blinkov / Shutterstock.com

Offer up your mowing, leaf-raking and other yard services to busy couples or aging homeowners. Find customers in your neighborhood, put an ad on Craigslist or search for nearby jobs on ThumbTack.

6. Turn trash into cash

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Matthew Ennis / Shutterstock.com

Recycling is not just great for the environment, but it can help you pad your pockets with a little extra green as well. Contact your local recycling center to see what items you can get paid to recycle.

7. Use your skills doing odd jobs

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Greg McGill / Shutterstock.com

If you’re especially handy around the house, you may want to consider doing odd jobs for your neighbors or family members. For example, you could fix a pair of rickety stairs, clean gutters or even wash cars. TaskRabbit and ThumbTack can send you in the right direction.

8. Shop for others

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Billion Photos / Shutterstock.com

Are you a grocery shopping expert? You can earn money shopping and delivering groceries — up to $25 an hour — through sites like Shipt, InstaCart and TaskRabbit. Check out “Make Extra Money: Buy and Deliver Groceries as a Profitable Side Gig” for more.

9. Get cash back

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You should never shop online without first joining a cash-back site. It takes seconds to enroll in one or more. Then, whenever you buy online through any of thousands of merchants, you get money back. Rebates range from 1 to 50 percent. In addition, many offer a signup bonus, so you can get a $10 gift card just for signing up.

Of course, getting cash back requires spending money, not making it. But many of these sites pay referral bonuses, which range from $5 to $10. So, simply get five friends to sign up and you’ll get them each a $10 gift card, future cash back and earn yourself up to $50. Win-win. Learn more here.

10. Housesit

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bikeriderlondon / Shutterstock.com

If you have friends or neighbors with travel plans, offer to stop by and check on their house, pick up their mail or water their plants. Of course, if you’re a good neighbor, that’s probably something you should do for free. But sites like HouseCarers, Mindahome and Mind My House offer paid gigs, or at least free places to stay.

11. Be a guinea pig

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Image Point Fr / Shutterstock.com

If you don’t mind being a guinea pig, you can get paid to be part of medical research by participating in clinical trials. Check out ClinicalConnection.com for opportunities.

12. Share your academic prowess

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Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com

If you excel in a particular subject, you can earn cash by tutoring. Sites like Wyzant can hook you up. Better yet, design a course and sell it on Udemy. For inspiration and instructions, see “9 Tips to Starting an Online Teaching Business.

13. Clean houses

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Yuganov Konstantin / Shutterstock.com

If you have busy friends, offer to clean their house for a fee. Care.com is a source for gigs, as wells as sites like housekeeper.com.

14. Shovel snow

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PeJo / Shutterstock.com

During the winter months, check your neighborhood for sidewalks or driveways that need shoveling and offer your shoveling services for a price, or put yourself on Craigslist.

15. Get crafty

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If you’re creative and crafty, you can make good money by selling your wares. For example, decorative seasonal signs, personalized items or handmade clothes or jewelry, often fetch a pretty penny. Etsy, eBay, Bonanza and Zibbet are a few sites you can explore. Check out “Get Crafty: 7 Steps Anyone Can Use to Make Money Online.”

16. Be a poop scooper

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Monika Wisniewska / Shutterstock.com

No one likes to clean up their dog’s deposits, but it’s a stinky requirement of owning a pet. Offer to keep your neighbors’ yards poop-free for a fee, or list your service on Craigslist. All you need is a $20 tool (or a bunch of small plastic bags) and you’re in business!

17. Share your musical talents

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Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

If you have a musical skill, you can make good money by offering lessons and teaching students — kids or adults — to play. You can advertise on Craigslist or use tutoring sites like Wyzant.com to find your students.

18. Sell your own poop

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Elnur / Shutterstock.com

Sure, this sounds gross, but it can be surprisingly lucrative. If you’re able to pass the stringent eligibility requirements with OpenBiome.org, then a “healthy poop” donation will earn you $40, plus you can score a $50 bonus if you donate five days a week with OpenBiome, says The Washington Post. Think of all the money you’ve been flushing down the drain.

19. Cash in on scrap metal

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pim pic / Shutterstock.com

You can cash in many different kinds of metals — copper, aluminum, iron, brass and wires — by recycling them at your local scrap yard. Lots of work, but you also have the benefit of knowing you’re helping the environment. Give your local scrap yard a call and see what they’re paying for.

20. Become an online juror

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Evlakhov Valeriy / Shutterstock.com

Help attorneys “pre-try” a case before it goes to trial by signing up with eJury.com. For each verdict, eJurors are paid $5 to $10.

21. Help others not get lost in translation

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schab / Shutterstock.com

Are you bilingual — or better yet, multilingual? If you answered yes, your skills can be put to good (and lucrative) use as an interpreter or translator. Check out sites like UpWork (formerly Elance), Guru or Gengo for potential work opportunities.

22. Score cash for your opinion

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Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com

You can earn from $50 to $200 by participating in a focus group, where you get paid for your feedback or opinion on products. Check out FindFocusGroups.com, PlazaResearch.com or FocusGroup.com.

23. Test websites

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GaudiLab / Shutterstock.com

You can make up to $30 an hour reviewing websites through a company called UserTesting, which “pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud,” according to the company.

24. Get paid to watch TV

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Tomas Urbelionis / Shutterstock.com

If you love to watch TV, consider signing up with RewardTV — a site that pays you to answer trivia questions about the shows you watch.

25. Bake up some dough

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Alison Hancock / Shutterstock.com

If you have a knack for baking, look into selling cookies, pies, cakes, breads and other baked goods to your friends and family, or maybe even at your local farmers market. A bit more ambitious: Turn your home into a restaurant with sites like Eatwith.com, Feastly and Eat With a Local. See “How to Turn Your Love of Cooking Into Extra Cash.”

26. Rent out your parking space

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Konstantin L / Shutterstock.com

If you live near a stadium, concert hall or other event venue, or even if you don’t, you might earn some cash charging people to park in your driveway, alleyway or even your yard. And yes, there’s a site for that: JustPark.com.

27. Sell your photos

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solominviktor / Shutterstock.com

Are people always complimenting the photos you’ve taken? Your pictures can earn you some green on sites like Shutterstock or iStock Photo.

28. Turn your car into a billboard

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Bruno Ferrari / Shutterstock.com

It pays good money to drive around in a makeshift billboard. Beware, however: This type of business has been associated with tons of scams. Don’t ever pay upfront for lists of companies who supposedly will pay you to turn your car into a billboard. Check out sites like VehicleCommercial.com and Autowrapped.

29. Grab a paintbrush

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Syda Productions / Shutterstock.com

There are lots of people who loathe painting and are willing to pay whatever it takes to have someone else do the work for them. If you’re good at painting, offer your paintbrush and roller services for a fee. Thumbtack and TaskRabbit are a few places to look for gigs.

30. Wash a few cars

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Professional foto / Shutterstock.com

If you’re one of the seemingly few people who don’t completely despise washing a vehicle, you can make money washing, waxing and detailing cars. You could do this informally — remember the “car wash” you set up to raise money for the band in high school? But, as with most everything, apps will allow you to connect you to customers. There’s one, called thewashapp, that claims to be the “world’s first on-demand car wash app.”

31. Rent out your home

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ArthurStock / Shutterstock.com

Depending on where you live, you can make some impressive money by renting out your home on sites like Airbnb. It might even be worth it to couchsurf at friends’ houses for a few days and make big bucks renting out your space.

32. Referee

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Suzanne Tucker / Shutterstock.com

Are you a sports nut? Or perhaps you think you can ref a game better than the people you typically see on the field? Put your game smarts to the test and earn some money by becoming a referee or umpire for youth or adult sports leagues. To learn what to do, call a local officials association and ask.

33. Bookkeeping

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PORTRAIT-IMAGES-ASIA / Shutterstock.com

Are you detail-oriented and well-versed in QuickBooks or other accounting software? You may be able to secure some paying gigs as a bookkeeper. Ask local small-business owners to start, or put an ad on Craigslist.

34. Get paid to design

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kozirsky / Shutterstock.com

Are you good with PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw? You may be able to earn some money as a graphic designer, creating logos, business cards or other informational material for a business or organization.

35. Help people move

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Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

From packing boxes to hauling them on and off a big U-Haul truck or trailer, moving isn’t fun. If you’re a good packer or you’re simply able to easily move heavy boxes, consider helping strangers move for a fee. You can advertise your services for free through Facebook, on Craigslist, through TaskRabbit or with a flier at the grocery store.

36. Take care of Fido

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AVAVA / Shutterstock.com

Cuddling up with an affectionate pup is fun. Getting paid to hang out with them is even better. Offer to walk, board or otherwise take care of your family and friends’ pets for a fee. Better yet, sign up on sites like DogVacay, Rover and Fetch!PetCare to find jobs. See “7 Steps to Start a Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Business” for more.

37. Work an election

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Lisa F. Young / Shutterstock.com

Elections are coming up, which means temporary workers will be needed to staff the voting and ballot locations. Talk to your local election official to find out how you can become an election worker and earn some cash.

38. Take surveys

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Rasulov / Shutterstock.com

You can earn cash taking surveys online. Check out PointClub, SwagBucks and Springboard America.

39. Sell your old phones

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maryolyna / Shutterstock.com

If you have a drawer full of old electronics, like Apple iPhones, versions 1 through 6, then you should check out sites like Gazelle, Glyde or NextWorth to see how much money you can make by selling your cellphones or other electronics. When you’re done, ask your friends for their old electronics. Sell their stuff, split the proceeds.

40. Drive for Uber or Lyft

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Prathan Chorruangsak / Shutterstock.com

If you have a reliable car and a little free time, you can earn cash by driving for Uber or Lyft. Read “Can Ride-Sharing Provide an ‘Uber-Lyft’ to Your Income?” to see learn how much you can make.

41. Have a garage sale

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Alexey Stiop / Shutterstock.com

If you have a lot of stuff that you’d like to get rid of, consider having a yard sale. You can make even more at your sale by peddling snacks, water and coffee. For more, see “10 Tips for Having a Killer Garage Sale.”

42. Make a walking stick

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Eelco Westerhuis / Shutterstock.com

According to PennyHoarder, for less than $1 and some free time, you can make a walking stick that will sell “for up to $40 or more.”

43. Sell stuff for friends

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Chonlachai / Shutterstock.com

Not everyone is eager to hawk their goods on eBay or hold a garage sale. Offer to save them the time and effort and sell their stuff for them. You can have them pay you a set fee for your work or keep a percentage of the sales price for every item that’s purchased.

44. Make deliveries

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Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock.com

You can deliver anything from food to flowers by signing up with delivery services like Postmates, Amazon Flex and Roadie. All you’ll need is a method of transportation to make the deliveries.

45. Hawk your trees

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bogdanhoda / Shutterstock.com

If you live in a wooded area and you have lots of unwanted trees on your property, check out SellYourTrees.com. According to the company’s website, if your property qualifies for their purchase program, they will send a crew to your property to remove your unwanted trees and pay you for them. It’s a win-win!

46. Sell your gold and silver

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AVprophoto / Shutterstock.com

Gather up any of your unwanted gold and silver, whether it’s jewelry or coins, and start shopping it around. But beware. Some buyers pay more than others, and some might dramatically undervalue your precious metals. See “The Smart Way to Sell the Family Silver for Cash” and “3 Golden Rules for Selling Your Gold Jewelry and Coins.”

47. Clean out your clothes closet

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Iakov Filimonov / Shutterstock.com

Why not clean out your closet and raise some fast cash? You can make money off clean, brand-name clothes that are in good shape by taking them to your local consignment shop or checking out these online consignment sites: ThredUP, Tradesy or Swap.com. And check out “Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar.”

48. Get paid to perform

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Kar Tr / Shutterstock.com

If you have a unique skill or talent that’s a hit with a crowd — for example, magic, dancing or playing an instrument — and performing in front of people doesn’t scare you, you may be able to make some impressive coinage by busking, aka street performing. Make sure your city’s laws permit it, then take that show on the road. Or, at least, on the side of the road.

49. Flip a cheap find

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Indigoldie / Shutterstock.com

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a cheap treasure or two at your local Salvation Army or a garage sale and you know it’s worth a lot more money than you paid for it, you can try to flip it for closer to its real value and make some quick cash. Look to online sites like eBay or Craigslist to list your treasures. Learn more here.

50. Sell your white space

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Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock.com

Do you have your own website or blog? Do what we do! Make some money by selling space on your site to advertisers.

What money-making ideas have you tried out? Have additional suggestions for fellow readers? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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