When I was back in college and experimenting with various side hustles, making 50 dollars a day seemed like an absolutely impossible task.
After all, $50 is actually a ton of money, and this entire side hustle goal equates to an extra $1500 per month!
However, now that I’ve been hustling for a few years, I’ve actually created a few income sources that pay much more than $50 per day.
So, if you’re looking to boost your income in a meaningful way but want a tangible daily goal for doing so, this list of ways to make $50 a day should provide some inspiration.
Let’s get to it!
How To Make $50 A Day
Let me start out by saying that if you work a full-time job already, figuring out how to make $50 a day is going to take some serious grinding.
If you’re desperate to make extra money or want to aggressively pay off extra debt these ideas will work.
Just know that you’ll have to put in the time after your regular job and that this might not be the easiest long-term solution (this is the main reason I like blogging or developing passive income streams).
In any case, let’s look at some ideas you can use to earn $50 a day!
1. Work As A Food Delivery Courier
Food delivery companies are on a hiring spree right now, and personally, I think this is the most straightforward way to make $50 a day and doesn’t present many barriers to entry.
In a nutshell, the only requirement to be a food delivery courier (other than being 18) is to have a functional bike or vehicle.
Plus, you need to live somewhere with at least a decent population density to make this a viable side hustle.
My friend survived in Toronto by being a bike courier for DoorDash and Uber Eats, and he could easily clear $50 a day by working a few hours:
There are plenty of popular food delivery companies, and they pay respectable hourly rates as well:
- DoorDash Delivery– Get paid $23 per hour while out on deliveries.
- Instacart Shoppers – Instacart shoppers earn approximately $13 per hour according to Glassdoor reviews.
- Uber Eats – Another passively popular food delivery gig.
- Deliver For Postmates – Delivering groceries with Postmates pays around $17 per hour according to Indeed.
- Become A Shipt Shopper – Shipt is a fast-growing grocery delivery service, and couriers earn anywhere from $12 to $15 per hour based on Glassdoor reviews.
- Cornershop – Another grocery delivery job like Instacart that’s owned by Uber.
You get the idea: these side gigs pay around $15 an hour, so you can reach your goal of making $50 a day in just over 3 hours.
This Medium story is a perfect example of how a food courier earns over $1,000 per week by delivering for 3 food delivery apps simultaneously:
As Chase, the author of this Medium story explains, this line of work isn’t for everyone. You need to put in the effort, and you also have to work smart (i.e. use multiple apps and the right hours) to maximize your earnings.
I’ll admit, figuring out how to make $50 a day with food delivery would be exhausting if you work a regular 9-5. I imagine you’d have to use your lunch break (if you have one) and to be willing to grind after work to reach your goal.
But hey, if you need the money, apps that pay you for driving are always worth considering.
Extra Reading – Is DoorDash Worth It?
2. Deliver For Amazon Flex
Working as an Amazon delivery driver through Amazon Flex is another realistic way to make $50 a day quickly.
Amazon has a constant need for delivery workers to meet demand. If you want a relatively flexible side hustle and don’t mind driving, this option isn’t too shabby.
Here’s how Amazon Flex works:
- Signup – Hit the ‘Get Started’ button on Amazon Flex to find cities currently in need of drivers and what sort of work is available (Amazon.com versus Prime Now/Amazon Fresh).
- Check Requirements – Drivers must be at least 21, have a valid license and driver’s insurance, and have a qualifying vehicle.
- Download The App – Download the Amazon Flex app and connect you Amazon account.
- Background Check & Training – Pass a background check and watch informational videos on what to expect when on the job.
- Get To Work – Set your available work times and start scheduling Amazon Flex blocks.
Most shifts are around 3 to 6 hours, and according to Indeed, Amazon Flex drivers earn more than $20 per hour.
You keep 100% of the tips you make, and Amazon Flex processes payments every Tuesday and Friday via direct deposit.
If you want a more rigid schedule and guaranteed hourly pay, working for Amazon Flex is a better option to make $50 a day than being a food delivery driver.
Extra Reading – 18 Ways To Make Money With Amazon.
3. Rent Out Assets
I’ve made a post on the different ways to rent out items for money, and I’ll start out by saying that this idea won’t work for everyone.
Obviously, to rent out an asset…you need to own an asset!
However, there are some pretty straightforward ways to start boosting your monthly income by renting out things.
Things like renting out a spare room on Airbnb (when it’s viable again) is one prime example:
Airbnb estimates I can earn over $600 by renting out a private room here in Daytona.
Honestly, this is pretty generous if I had to guess.
The calculation assumes 15 nights booked per month at forecasted daily prices. For an area like this, weekend trips to the beach would definitely be more common but there’s tonnes of competition.
However, even if you booked a few nights per month, that’s progress towards your goal of earning $50 per day.
Plus, there are other opportunities to make money by renting things, such as:
- Renting out expensive equipment (photography, tools, recording gear etc) on websites like Fat Llama.
- Using Fretish to rent out instruments.
- Selling/renting out your bandwidth.
- Make use of an empty parking spot with Spot Hero.
- Sell extra storage space through Neighbor.
You get the idea.
Take a look at the Fat Llama example above.
Someone is renting out a simple camera setup for $25 a day and getting sales. There’s tonnes of examples of people doing this with drones, recording equipment, or other things most people might want to try out but don’t own.
If you live in a populous area, I totally think you can make $50 a day by renting out different assets.
You might have to get creative or invest in some assets upfront, but hey, maybe this option works better for someone with a full-time job who can’t spend hours doing deliveries each night.
In short, if you want to put your money to work, you can invest in assets, rent them out, and make $50 a day or more.
4. Make Money With Steady
Another method you can use to make 50 dollars a day is to find local gig jobs with the Steady app.
Steady is a free app that helps its members find local gig jobs and online work.
All you have to do is download the app for Android or iOS and complete a short side hustle questionnaire.
From there, Steady matches you with income opportunities that suit your skills and what you’re looking for.
Popular jobs you find on Steady include:
- Food delivery jobs like DoorDash and Instacart
- Driving gigs
- Construction work
- Remote jobs
- Caregiving jobs
- Cleaning jobs
- Retail positions
- Part-time jobs
According to its website, Steady members earn an additional $5,500 per year in income on average (assuming they put in the work!)
What’s nice about Steady is it has a combo of in-person and online jobs, so it’s great if you want to make $50 a day online or by hustling in your city.
5. Freelance Writing
At the start of the year, I quit my job and became a full-time freelance writer…or at least, someone who blogs, freelance writes, and tries to make a living online.
But, I’ve been freelance writing in some capacity for a while, and it was one of my favorite college side hustles back in the day.
Freelance writing is awesome. In an ideal world, you get to work with awesome editors, cool websites, work the hours you want, and make decent money.
Now, freelance writing isn’t always glamorous.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say that most writers start out writing for content mills or low-paying gigs just for the sake of building their portfolio.
But, since the goal here is to make $50 a day, freelance writing actually works for most of these scenarios.
Here are some of the freelance rates I’ve had so far:
- Content mill writing – I wrote for $0.05 per word back in college. This rate requires 1,000 words to reach $50.
- First freelance gig – I found a $0.07 per word ghostwriting job for a finance publication in 2019 (when I was contemplating making the switch to full-time). This rate requires a little over 700 words to reach $50.
- Better freelance gigs – Thanks to making connections though This Online World, a tonne of luck, and creating Tom Blake Digital (lol) to help with pitches, I found 3 more awesome clients to work with for ranges between $0.10 to $0.15 per word. At this rate, 350-ish to 500 words equals $50.
I know that there are plenty of freelancers who earn more, especially in high paying niches like finance, but freelance writing is sort of weird that way; it’s hard to know where the earning floor and ceiling are sometimes since people don’t always talk about these things!
But again, you don’t have to be an award-winning freelance writer to make grocery money or $50 a day through writing.
I just put out a video as well on how to get started with freelance writing if you want an actionable step-by-step guide on the process:
My only other advice would be to tread carefully with content mills like TextBroker.
There’s a huge difference in their payment terms for a 5 star writer versus a 4 star writer, and it isn’t always easy to maintain 5 star status.
My advice would be to start writing on Medium to build your portfolio. Then, join some blogger Facebook groups in your niche and get to know people.
Writing jobs will come around, and when they do, you’ll be able to pitch to land your first job.
Hopefully, a single freelance writing client or two will help you smash the goal of $50 a day and significantly boost your monthly income.
If you’re still wondering how to make $50 a day online, you can always try starting your own blog.
Now, starting a blog isn’t a route to quick money. However, the income potential with blogging is basically limitless, and there are so many ways you can make money.
When you factor in affiliate maketing income, the blog has even had times where it made $1,000 in a single day, which is still crazy to me.
Granted, this is the result of three years of creating content that focuses on low-competition keywords and SEO (and doesn’t even include affiliate income!)
However, all you need to get started is a cheap domain name, WordPress theme, and starting SiteGround hosting which runs under $7 per month.
My guess is it would take about a year of work and practice to earn $1,500 a month with a blog, which is $50 per day.
But I think this is realistic if you focus on SEO and improving your writing while providing value to readers.
7. Start A YouTube Channel
You can also get to the same income level by making money with a YouTube channel!
I started my channel in early-mid 2020, and by the end of the year, the channel was starting to make around $15 to $25 per day.
Fast forward to 2022, and my YouTube channel makes anywhere from $35 to $50 a day, so it’s closing in on that $1,500 a month mark!
All of this goes to show that you can cultivate an online income that grows over time, provided you put in the work and have patience!
It took me more than 2 years of blogging and now YouTube to surpass $50 a day online, but hey, anyone can build up this type of semi-passive income!
Extra Reading – 2021 Blog Income Report – Making $92,000 From Blogging.
8. Sell Clothing Online
If you’re still wondering how to make $50 a day, the answer might be sitting right in your wardrobe.
Selling unused clothing or flipping clothing online has become an extremely viable side hustle these days.
With apps like Poshmark, it’s easy to sell your clothing online by accessing popular second-hand marketplaces of clothing shoppers.
Platforms like Poshmark are awesome because they make selling simple.
Once you upload your “wardrobe,” Poshmark sends you an electronic shipping label. All you have to do is package your clothing and send it off to the buyer.
Websites like Poshmark charge a fee (usually around 10% for clothing), but considering how many buyers you gain access to, this is definitely worth it.
If you’re skeptical about how profitable this whole thing can be, just checkout this sales report from Reddit:
$10,000 in sales within a couple of months is insane.
While you shouldn’t expect this as a beginner, it’s clear that there’s some serious money to be made by selling clothing online. I’d say $50 is certainly an attainable amount to reach over time!
Poshmark is also just one platform your can sell on.
9. Find On-Demand Jobs
Another offline way to boost your daily income is to look for same-day cash gigs in your area.
When companies are short-staffed, they can use a job marketplace to quickly find qualified workers in their area to cover the gaps when there’s no other alternative.
Some popular on-demand job marketplaces and apps you can use to find work include:
- JobGet – An easy-to-use app that helps you find local gigs and even part-time and full-time jobs.
- Instawork – Another great way to find same day jobs that pay in your area.
- Jobble – The self-dubbed ‘marketplace for the gig economy.’
- Wonolo – A flexible way to find same-day jobs in over 20 U.S. cities.
- Staffy – One of the best ways to find hospitality, restaurant, or bartending gigs.
As you can see from these Wonolo hourly salary reviews, you can earn upwards of $21 per hour.
While the pay is variable and nothing is guaranteed, these sorts of marketplaces might be worth looking into if you want to make some extra cash on a day off/lazy weekend day.
10. Become A Virtual Assistant
Businesses or bloggers often hire virtual assistants because they provide an affordable way to outsource many daily tasks or administrative duties that take up a lot of time.
Some common virtual assistant tasks include:
- Data entry.
- Social media management.
- Scheduling appointments.
- Phone calls.
- Arranging travel plans.
- Email correspondence/following up with clients.
According to Indeed, the average virtual assistant earns more than $16 per hour in the United States:
Now, there’s no exact formula on how to become a virtual assistant.
I’ve seen many people sell their services in various blogging Facebook groups, and this makes sense…bloggers ask for VA help all the time in these sorts of groups.
You can also try working for a website like Fancy Hands, which pays virtual assistants $3 to $7 per tasks they complete (tasks are relatively short).
It might take a while to find enough clients to start making $50 a day from VA work, but, the hourly pay is high enough to make this viable!
11. Freelance & Consulting Work
One more suggestion for figuring out how to make $50 per day would just be to turn towards different freelance routes.
It doesn’t matter if you program, edit videos, know SEO, or take on a consulting role: freelancing hourly rates are generally pretty awesome.
The main challenge is actually finding stable contracts with good clients that are long-term.
But if you make a portfolio that highlights your skills and experience, you can start pitching people on Upwork or other freelance marketplaces to find work.
I got started with consulting through Upwork in the most bizarre way: I sent an email to someone asking if they had writing work available/a few random questions, and it turned into an awesome consulting contract.
This just goes to show that you never know what can happen!
So, make your freelancer profile, don’t sell yourself short, and get to pitching!
Again, you can become a freelance graphic designer, editor, accountant, or web developer; there are so many options out there!
Eventually, you’ll find a client that’s awesome to work with, and as you build up reviews, the process theoretically becomes even easier. Just stick with it!
Checkout this post for easy Upwork jobs you can use to get started!
12. Invest In Dividend-Paying Stocks
While this is a bit different than the other ideas in this list, you can make $50 a day online by using an online brokerage to invest in dividend-paying stocks.
This form of investing to make money daily is very popular, and the idea of living off of dividend income is certainly an appealing one.
If we do a bit of math, making $50 a day is the same as making $18,250 per year.
To earn this amount in dividend income (which is usually paid out quarterly by stocks/ETFs), you can play around with a dividend income calculator from MarketBeat:
In this example, a starting principal of $70,000 at a 5% annual dividend yield ends up earning around $18,750 in annual dividend income after 20 years of growth.
Now, this assumes it’s in a taxable account and that you aren’t making any extra annual contributions (aside from reinvesting dividends), which isn’t too likely.
Plus, you can also find stocks with a higher dividend yield, but anyway, you get the idea.
At the end of the day, you can put your money to work for you, and I think this would be the best way to make extra income as you get older.
While it might take a while to earn $50 a day garaunteed with this method, the math does work out at a certain point!
Want another awesome options starting to invest as a beginner? Checkout:
- Fundrise – Start investing in income-generating real estate through Fundrise with just $10!
13. Use Reward Websites & Apps
While this isn’t the easiest method, if you want to make $50 a day online, you can always try grinding out various beermoney apps and websites to make extra money.
Again, this sort of work can be a bit of a grind, but I know some people who earn over $1,000 per month by putting in enough hours to these sorts of websites.
Some leading gpt websites and apps you can try include:
- Survey Junkie – Answer surveys and cash out with free PayPal cash or free gift cards when you earn $5.
- Branded Surveys – Another popular way to share your opinion for PayPal cash and gift cards.
- Rewarded Play – Earn free gift cards for playing various Android mobile games!
- Opinion Outpost – Share your opinion and cash out through PayPal once you earn $10.
- GG2U – Play mobile games and answer surveys to earn rewards.
- Mistplay – This gaming rewards app pays you to play games on Android!
This is just scratching the surface, but there are plenty of other beermoney opportunities you can explore.
For example, websites like Appen let you compelte microtasks or find part-time remote jobs that pay around $8 to $15 per hour.
Similarly, you can try websites like UserTesting and make $10 to $20 per test, which basically involves using websites and apps and giving feedback about your experience.
The bottom line is there are plenty of easy side hustles you can start, and it’s possible to make 50 dollars a day if you use a variety of platforms and put in the time.
Extra Reading – How To Get $20 Instantly.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Can I Get $50 Instantly?
If you want to make $50 right now, your two best bets are to sell stuff you own for cash or to ask to borrow the money from someone you know.
The ideas in this list are ways to make $50 a day, but they require putting in work first, so they aren’t exactly instant.
However, by selling stuff you own quickly on platforms like The Facebook Marketplace or by asking your network for help, you can get the money much faster.
2. How Can I Make $50 A Day Online
My favorite way to make this amount of money online is to sell your skills as a freelancer.
Freelance writing is how I make most of my income, and it’s very feasible for beginners to earn $50 dollars a day even with low starting rates.
Plus, as you scale your freelancer rates and get better clients, you can likely make hundreds per day and turn your freelancer side hustle into a full-on career.
Extra Reading – How To Make $400 A Day.
I hope our guide on how to make 50 dollars a day helps you find some inspiration to tackle a new financial goal.
Honestly, there’s something crazy about the power of just writing down a goal instead of only internalizing it.
Somehow, when you write something down, it eventually gets done.
It might take longer than you anticipated, or you might reach your goal rather quickly. Whatever the case, putting pen to paper is the best way to hold yourself accountable (better than proclaiming random new goals on Facebook too, I’d argue).
When I started This Online World, reaching the first $100 in Adsense earnings took forever. It also seemed like an impossible task to recover from numerous Google updates, to get into Monumetric, and to eventually make it into Mediavine.
At the end of the day, I’m a firm believer that as long as you set goals and work hard, you get there eventually! 🙂
Catch you guys in the next one.
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Tom is a full-time blogger and freelance writer with a passion for side hustling, passive income, and the gig economy. His work has appeared on dozens of personal finance websites like Money Crashers, The College Investor, Investor Junkie, and more. This Online World is all about providing people with honest ways to make and save more money by using technology. To learn more about Tom, read his About Page!
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