Looking to make some extra cash in your free-time or just looking to make money online? Then take a look at these 10 ways to earn money.
Where to start?
There are many ways to earn money which I cover on the blog, but for this page, I will be telling you 10 of the easiest and possibly the most lucrative.
I work 40 hours a week, have three children and spend time writing this blog. Yet, between doing surveys and mystery shopping, I am earning over £300 per month. If you have more time, and you’re willing to travel to mystery shop, there’s no reason why you couldn’t reach £600 every month. And if you’re able to make a success of work such as blogging or working as an extra, there’s no reason why you couldn’t be making a full-time income.
My favourite 10 ways to earn money
There are plenty of survey sites out there, some pay better than others whilst some will send you free samples of products to try.
There are sites that will pay around 10-20 pence a survey. Not great you may think, but these surveys can take a few seconds to a couple of minutes, so ideal for people who just have a few spare moments throughout the day. These surveys cover a wide range of topics such as family life, TV and politics.
The majority of sites pay between £1-3 for each survey, lasting between 10 and 30 minutes. They generally ask about your thoughts on products and services. If you’re lucky, you can also qualify to be sent products to trial. Some of the things I have been sent include bagels, chocolate bars, toilet roll and kitchen roll. And not only do you get to use the products, you get paid too!
Many sites will pay you in cash, either via PayPal or through a bank transfer. However, some will pay in vouchers of your choice – such as Amazon or Love2Shop.
2. Mystery shopping
Like survey sites, there are plenty of mystery shopping sites out there. Another similarity is that the pay varies too, depending on where you go and what you do. Signing up takes more effort than survey sites. Sometimes there are tests with regards to comprehension and your English skills.
At the lower end of the pay scale, you will be offered jobs at restaurants. These pay no more than £3-4, plus you get another £10 towards the meal. Not a great amount, but gives you a cheap night out. At the top end, you can be offered tasks such as gaining quotes for car insurance or a mortgage. These paid £80 and £150 respectively. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to do a couple of these a month, you will be well on your way in your task to earn money from home. Find out more about mystery shopping.
Keep an eye out for software that can earn you money. MobileXpression is a tool you can download to your phone. It monitors your usage and you are paid in Amazon vouchers. Signing up and using it for a week will earn you a £5 voucher. Keep the software on your phone and you will earn extra vouchers every month.
4. Bank account switching
This is far easier to do than you think. You can earn up to £250 from swapping accounts, and it usually involves very little effort. Plus you can find added benefits, such as increased interest saving rates and cashback offers. And you can always have more than one current account at a time.
5. Matched Betting
This is by far the best way to make some extra money. By using special offers from bookmakers, you can £100’s every month risk-free. You don’t even need to know anything about sport to do it. Find out more about matched betting.
Most people start blogging because it gives them a chance to write about something they enjoy. Many are able to earn a small income from their blogs, and a select few can earn a pretty impressive wage. Emma Drew now takes home a six-figure sum from her blog.
7. Sell your talents
If you have some special skills that other people could use, then why not sell them? Sites such as FiveSquid will help you find people in search of help for certain projects. In high demand are people who are good with social media, designers and those who are good at voiceovers.
Cashback is an easy way to make extra money. Using sites such as TopCashback and Quidco when you shop online means money back. There are plenty of shopping apps too. Using these means you can earn money back on your groceries when you complete your weekly shop.
If you want to take it one step further, you could sign up for a cashback credit card which would mean even more money when you shop.
9. Work as an Extra
Fancy mixing it up with the stars? The good thing is, nearly anyone can work as an extra. You don’t need to be a great actor or good looking, you just need to follow simple directions. Some days can be long but you’re fed, watered and the pay isn’t bad either. Find out more about the pay and work as an extra.
10. Sell, sell, sell
I’m sure if you look hard enough, you’ll find things around your house that you no longer need or use. Take a look in your loft and the bottom of your cupboards. You may think that a lot of it is rubbish but you’ll be surprised what kind of things people buy.
One easy option is to take it to a boot fair. This works for some people but involves getting up early and how much you sell can be dependent on the weather and location
The easiest option is to sell online, usually through sites like eBay, Gumtree or Facebook. Even if you only earn £1 for something, at least you’ve cleared some room and you’re slightly better off. Plus, you never know when you may find a real gem. Some old phones are very popular and can sell for over £100! Take a look at this guide for selling your phone.