eBay is a global platform for buying and selling goods and it’s very easy to use. All you need to do is register with eBay and then tell them the categories you want your goods to be in. Then you make out your listings, together with a description for your items. After that it’s up to you to either put them in an auction or state a ‘Buy Now’ price, or both. Once you have sold an item, make sure it is well packed and sent out quickly. Your customer can then place feedback on your page and good feedback is how you build up your reputation and become a successful e-bay seller.
Every day around 4 million people view videos on YouTube, that’s a vast audience and if you can tap into it, it’s a great way to make some extra cash. You’ll need to be confident and able to create an interesting video that people will want to watch. Once you have built up an audience you can then make money by signing up for an AdSense account and placing adverts on your videos or join the YouTube Partner Programme. Have fun and make money at the same time.
Gumtree is a very successful buying and selling website and has over 8 million viewers each month. It is aimed mainly at people who want to buy and sell in their local area. If you’ve got a loft or a garage stuffed full of things you don’t use, now is the time to dust them off and get them in Gumtree. To sell, all you need to do is register an account, choose your categories and list your items. Most items are free to advertise unless you’re selling a car or property in which case there will be something to pay.
If you have a talent for something like writing or design, you can sell your services through the Fiverr website. Your service is called a gig and you can add extras to your gigs to make them more profitable. You sign up with Fiverr as a beginner and create a profile so that people can read about you. Once you begin to sell your services you change from a beginner to level one, which allows you to demonstrate more features on your gig. The top level is three. The key to success on the site is to deliver good work and get good feedback, which will help you to sell more gigs.
Network Marketing is a good way to earn money if you want a business from home. You make money because you deliver goods directly from the manufacturer, which cuts out the middle man (the shop) so you can make a commission on each sale. The best way to make money is to build up a team of sales people who make commission for themselves and you. Most companies will need a small investment, this can be anything from £20 to £200. Network marketing isn’t a pyramid scheme, it is a legitimate way to make money whether you choose to work full or part-time.
You can complete surveys online or attend focus groups in person to make some extra cash. The surveys will normally be about products or services you see every day in the supermarket or on TV. Find a survey site, sign up with them and then wait for them to send you surveys. Fill them in and send them back. Most surveys take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete and you’ll be paid in cash through PayPal or you can accept High Street vouchers. Don’t sign up for any sites that ask you for money, unless they have a membership scheme alongside their free sign-up.
Peer to Peer Lending
Peer to Peer lending is done through lending sites and it’s a way of making extra cash if you are willing to take the risk of lending your money to people you don’t know. Saying that however, most of the lending sites say there is only a small amount of risk because you don’t have to lend vast amounts and some companies spread out your money so more than one lender is involved, and this lowers the risk of you losing your whole investment. Have a look at companies such as Ratesetter, Zopa and Funding Circle for more details about how the scheme could benefit you.
If you want to earn money online and you enjoy listening to music, especially new talent, then this is the job for you. Register with music websites like Slice the pie, Spin up, Hit Predictor, Song People and Music X-Ray. You will then be given a piece of music to listen to and then fill in a survey about it. You don’t earn a vast amount for each song, but if you put in a couple of hours a day the cash will start to build up.
If you’ve got a degree or you are studying for one, online tutoring is a good way to make money from home. It’s flexible, you can fit it around your lifestyle and all you’ll need is a computer and somewhere quiet to work. There are several websites you can sign up with including My Tutor, The Maths Doctor and Tute. The pay is between £11 and £30 per hour, so you don’t need to work too many hours to make some real cash. You need to be knowledgeable about your subject, a good communicator and can plan your lessons.
If you can type accurately and you’re fast. If you want something flexible that you can do from home, then Data Entry is a great job. It’s an administrative job you can do on a full or part time basis. You should have a good eye for detail and be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel knowledgeably. Browse the web to find companies looking for data entry assistants or set yourself up as a freelancer and use one of the job sites like People Per Hour or Upwork to bid for work. Never send money to get or job or do a course, genuine employers won’t want your cash.
There are two other ways to make money on Amazon, apart from writing a Kindle book. You can become an affiliate or sell products. To become an Amazon affiliate, you will need a website. You should then use the website to promote whatever you are interested in such as cookery for example and you can do this by writing a blog. Once you have got a good number of followers you can put Amazon adverts on your site. If someone clicks on the advert and makes a purchase, you’ll get commission. If you want to sell products on Amazon, open an account and create product descriptions. You pay Amazon a commission for every item you sell, or if you plan to sell a lot you can pay them a monthly fee.
Etsy is a popular website which is used by people who want to buy and sell handmade products, craft supplies and vintage items such as clothes and toys. If you have a talent for crafts or you want to sell vintage clothes or supplies the site is very easy to use. You’ll need to register and give Etsy some details like your credit card number an address and your bank account details. Once your registration is accepted you can create your own shop. Give it a name and list your items for sale. Etsy then take a listing fee and small commission for anything you sell.
Sign up with a cashback site and you can make money from the things you buy and from taking up free trials or applying for a credit card. Once you’ve signed up you can look for the item you want to buy and make the purchase from the cashback site. Your money will go into your pot and once you’ve reached a certain limit you can take out the cash or opt to receive vouchers. If you’re taking up offers or free trials you will have to give out your credit card number and remember to cancel the service once the trial ends.
Blogging is an interesting way to make money online. First, you will need to set up a blog. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials to help you if you want to do it yourself, or you can pay a freelancer to do it for you. Next, pick something you are interested in that you want to blog about. Write up your text and post it on your blog. It’s a good idea to use photographs or images too so that the blog looks attractive. When you have built up a following you can then add advertising to your blog and start to make money. Get an AdSense account and become an AdSense Publisher. Or, you can contact the manufacturers of the goods you write about and ask them if they want to place advertisements on your blog. If you are particularly knowledgeable about the topic you’re blogging about you can also offer paid courses and give other people insights, tips and hints.
Searching The Web
Searching the web and completing quizzes, surveys and watching videos is the perfect way to earn some extra cash from home. You can join websites like Qmee, Bing and Swagbucks. Register and then take advantage of coupon offers, making money by inviting friends and doing small surveys and playing games. The pay isn’t much, but the tasks only take minutes, so you can get a fair few done in an hour. You’ll normally be paid in cash or High Street vouchers, apart from Bing which will pay you in rewards from Microsoft stores.
If you have a Twitter account and you know how to tweet, why not earn some extra cash from it? You can sign up for an affiliate programme, apply to sponsor tweets or join Clickbank. You’ll need to have a good number of followers and produce interesting tweets that people want to read and comment on. You can also advertise your own business on Twitter, so if you are a freelancer you can the word out that you’re available for work using tweets.
You can make money from the comfort of your own home by dealing in shares. You can use the services of a fund manager and invest your money alone, or pool in with several other investors. You buy shares from companies that are listed in the Alternative Investment Market or the Stock Exchange. Some forms of investment are riskier than others and you can get advice about this from your fund manager. You can also open an account yourself and buy and sell shares from your own platform and there will be fees to pay, such as stamp duty and buying and selling fees.
If you love video games, then why not make money from your hobby by testing video games. You must have a lot of patience and be willing to play the same piece repeatedly until you know what the glitches or problems are with the game. If you’re a bit of a show-off, why not join Twitch and live stream yourself playing your favourite games. If you get a big enough audience, you can then place adverts on your platform and start earning money. If you fancy selling in virtual reality play games like Second Life and start up your own business, or play World of Warcraft and sell gold.
If you’re artistic, you own a decent camera and you take a good photograph, why not sell them for some extra cash. You can upload your photographs to websites like Flickr, Shutterstock, Bigstock Photos and 123RF. If you get any buyers through these sites you will earn a commission for each photograph. You can also set up your own website and sell your photographs yourself. Depending on the type of photographs you want to take you will need some equipment apart from a camera. Lenses, filters and a tripod will be very useful. If you don’t have this equipment but you are serious about photography, look at it as a worthwhile investment.
You can advertise your own business on Facebook by setting up a business page. Then you can add photos or images and talk about the products or services you provide. Another way to make money on Facebook is to sign up for an affiliate programme and make money from advertising. If you have a lot of followers, you can ask other websites to sponsor you and then you promote their products. Custom based affiliate marketing is also a good way to make some extra cash. All you have to do is place a quiz on your Facebook page relevant to the product you want to promote and make money from the advertising click-throughs.
If you’ve got a smartphone, you can make it work for you. Sign up with a company like Field Agent or Roamler and once you’ve been accepted you can do small jobs for them in return for cash. The jobs usually mean you must get down to a local shopping centre, go into shops and take pictures of certain products. For example, they might say go into x shop and take a photograph of the grey wool jumpers on sale at £39.99. You can also do surveys using your phone with iPoll. They send out surveys you can complete in about 20 minutes and they pay you cash through PayPal.
Do you love watching and analysing movies? If you do, then writing reviews is a good way to earn some extra cash. You can work whatever hours suit you, which means you can dedicate as much or as little time as you can spare. All you need to be able to do is write an interesting review that’s free from spelling or grammar errors. You can write for websites such as Screenrant, Animation Arena, Bustle and Buddy TV. Each website will have a set of guidelines and you’ll probably be asked to keep the article under 2000 words.
All you need to have is a computer and a microphone and you can set yourself up testing web sites. The pay can be anything from 5 to 50 dollars and you can work for more than one test site company and do as much or as little testing as you want. You can register with testing sites such as What Users Do, Testing Time, Intellizoom and Ping Pong. The tests take around 20 minutes and you’ll be asked about a web page or a set of web pages. Payment is normally through PayPal.
If you enjoy writing and you can put together a well-written article that people would enjoy reading then you can make some extra money from writing for websites such as Listverse, Paste or Bookbrowse, which will suit you if you like making lists, or love music or books. You can also work as a freelance writer. Sign up with a freelance website like People Per Hour or Upwork, make a profile and look for writing jobs. If you are unsure about your spelling or grammar, then use an app like Hemmingway or Grammarly to help you.
Publish an e-Book
Now that so many people use tablets, a kindle or their mobiles to read books, you can make money by writing and publishing an e-book which is very easy to do. Kindle, for example have their own platform you just follow their instructions and they will take you through the process step by step. Smashwords is another platform and will mean your books get into shops such as WH Smith and Apple and Sony stores. You’ll make money by earning a royalty payment for every book you sell.
Entering competitions is a popular way to make money and receive other prizes while sitting at your kitchen table. If you win something you don’t want, then sell it and convert it into cash. You can find competitions in magazines on food labels and on social media sites like Facebook. There are even forums on the web that will take you about competitions and let you talk to other people who will share tips and hints. You can either stick to free competitions or pay a subscription and use sites like simply prizes, competitors companion and compersnews. It’s a flexible and fun way to earn money and get products or holidays free.
Who doesn’t occasionally have a flutter? It’s nice when you win and with matched betting you can make sure you win without spending any money. You need to find bookmakers that are offering free bets. To get the bet you normally need to open an account and place a small bet before you are given your free bet. However, if you open an account with another bookmaker and place a bet with them too, you can do what is called a matched bet and it’s all to do with lay bets and backing bets. For example, a football match with odds of team A at 10/11 and team B at evens, you place £20 on team A with William Hill and Lay team B to win £20 with Betfair, this will cost £22. So whichever team wins you will have returns of £40. You will have lost £2 but you are now given a £20 free bet with William Hill. So you do it all over again with the free bet and you’ll make yourself a profit or only a possible loss of £2.
As the name suggests, micro jobs are small tasks you can carry out quickly from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can find micro jobs on a site like Clickworker which pays around 9 dollars an hour for translation, blogging, data entry and research jobs. Another site is Amazon M Turk. You get a small amount of money for quick and easy tasks such as filling in surveys or writing out a product description. If you want to put your smartphone to good use, register with Field Agent and get paid to go into a shop and take a photo of a product or sales area.
Becoming a mystery shopper is the perfect way to earn some extra cash if you like to spend your time wandering around the shops. As a mystery shopper you’ll be asked to make a purchase or use a service and then you’ll be expected to fill in a detailed survey. You’ll be reimbursed for your purchase and paid a small amount for your work. You can sign up with a company like Market Force who use mystery shoppers to get an insight on their customers buying experience.
Become a Freelancer
If you have a talent like web designing, writing, data entry, administration, typing or anything else that someone else might be able to use, then you can make money. Go to one of the freelance websites like Upwork or People Per Hour and register with them. Once you’ve been accepted, fill in your profile and add any samples of work that you’ve done in the past.
Then keep an eye out for people who advertise for jobs in your field. You can then apply for the job. It might take a while to get your first lot of work, but once you have done a job and received good feedback things should improve and you could find yourself with regular work on a full or part-time basis. Have a look around the sites and see what other people charge before setting your fee scale. Don’t go too low, you’ll still make money even if you’re not the cheapest.