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Side Hustles. Whenever I talk to someone who wants to make extra money but don’t currently do so, the main reason is the same every time – “I don’t have time to (list on ebay)/(learn how to matched bet)” etc. The truth of the matter is, if you want to make enough money on the side to have a significant impact on your finances then you have to make time.
However, that said, there are a few smaller side hustles you can do to fit in around your busy schedule without having to clear time for it. These will not make you rich by any means – the more time you dedicate to side hustles, the more money you will make. But, these methods will allow you to make a few extra quid here and there which could go towards an extra payment to your credit card, your Christmas fund – or wherever else you choose to allocate it.
We all have what I call ‘dead time’ in our days – waiting at the doctor’s surgery for your appointment, your tea break in work when you usually scroll mindlessly through social media. Instead of doing that, you could take those few minutes in your day to complete surveys. Here are a list of the survey sites I check on my lunch break each day: The Ultimate Guide To Survey Sites.
You might not have time to list and sell on eBay – it is time consuming and then when an item sells you have to package it up and post it. But you could sell on Facebook. Listing on Marketplace is simple. Just snap a picture, write a brief description and pick your selling price. People arrange to collect from you so you don’t have to mess around with the post office or worrying about packaging it up. Getting rid of items this way also saves you a trip to the charity shop when decluttering or possibly even the tip – one man’s trash is another’s treasure as they say!
There are a number of sites out there that pay you for completing mystery shopping tasks. Most of these are based around city shopping centres. So why not complete one when you are in town completing errands anyway? You can even blag a free lunch this way, and if you were planning lunch anyway – why not? Join BeMyEye using my link and get £1.
When shopping online, if you are not using cashback websites you are literally leaving free money on the table. Websites like TopCashBack and Quidco offer you a percentage of your spend back. Just login in and search the retailers name, click through and complete your shop as normal. The purchase will track and your cashback will be added to your account.
Likewise when you go food shopping, there are lots of opportunities to get cashback on the products you’ve bought. Apps like Shopmium, Greenjinn and CheckoutSmart have lots of regular offers – just snap a picture of your receipt showing the qualifying purchase and get the cashback awarded.
If you’ve downloaded the app Qmee and created an account to take surveys, you can also install the browser extension on your desktop and keep your account logged in. Then each time you search the web, you can earn a few pence. The qualifying searches will pop up and if you click through a link you’ll be paid (usually 6p) into your Qmee account – it isn’t a lot, but if you regularly search online, it can build up. Better still, Qmee do not have a cash out threshold – so if you want to claim your 6p straightaway – you can!
Lots of us set goals to get fitter and often that includes a target number of steps each day. If you are doing a lot of walking anyway, or looking for motivation to hit a step goal, Sweatcoin rewards you for walking. It’s one of these apps that is an extremely slow burner – but set it up and forget about it and in a few months’ time you might be able to redeem your points for discounts, products or even cash.
When I’m out and about I often notice job vacancy posters in shop windows.
With jobspotter, you can get paid for taking pictures of these vacancies and uploading them to the app.
The possibilities to earn extra money really are endless, and whilst these won’t be enough for you to quit your day job, it’s money in your pocket that wasn’t there before.
Do you have any side hustles that take no time you would add to the list? Let me know!
I started Katie Saves while on Maternity Leave to document our adjustment to living on less. Now back in work - I blog about making extra money, saving money, getting my life organised and being a new mum. Join me!