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When you search ‘ways to make extra money in the UK’, the results can be overwhelming. It can be hard to tell what is a genuine opportunity from what is a scam. So I’ve put together this list of tried and tested, legitimate ways to make extra money in the UK. No MLM’s or pyramid schemes in sight!
This list comprises a variety of different ways to make extra money in the UK (although some are US-based, they do take UK applicants) – some will make you a good income each month. Some will make you pocket money. But there’s something in here for everyone.
Bookmark this page, because if I find any new ideas I’ll add them in here.
Let me know your favourite!
Matched Betting is one of the best ways to make extra money in the UK – you can make literally hundreds of pounds a month and it’s tax free. Despite the name, it is not gambling and is completely risk free. It can be a lot to get your around when you start out, so sign up to Oddsmonkey and take advantage of their walkthroughs and guides. Membership only costs £18 a month, but is well worth it for the number of tools, calculators and resources you can use. You’ll easily make that back.
Sell Your Skill
Are you good at graphic design? Do you have technical expertise or the ability to build websites? Sell your skills on Fiverr. I have used Fiverr myself in the past when I’ve needed a logo or a website tweak, it can be a great way to build a portfolio of works too.
Get Paid To
Get Paid To websites are sites where you are paid for taking out free trials or completing offers. I love OhMyDosh(I wrote a review about it here). Just make sure you set yourself a reminder to cancel any trials you sign up for because they become chargeable. The payout threshold is only £10 and you’ll get £1 when you join.
20Cogs is a similar site, but you can’t cash out until you have completed 20 offers or ‘cogs’ so it takes a bit longer. It’s also known to be a bit spammy – so sign up with a new email address so you don’t get bombarded. Also, as with OhMyDosh make sure you cancel any trials you sign up for so that you’re not charged.
Sell Your Old Stuff Online
We’ve all got plenty of stuff lying around the house that we don’t need or use anymore. Clear some clutter and get some money back. There are so many platforms to sell on:
- Depop/Vinted (for clothes)
- And of course, my old faithful eBay
If you’re looking for eBay tips to get you started, I’ve written a whole host of guides and articles you can find here.
Sell on Etsy
If you enjoy crafting why not sell your creations on Etsy for a little side income? Even if you’re not particularly good with physical items, you can design and sell digital items too! From spreadsheets to wall prints – selling a digital product is a great passive income – once you’ve designed the initial product, you don’t need to keep making stock.
Do a Car Boot Sale
If you want to shift lots of stuff in one go or don’t fancy creating individual online listing, then why not head to your nearest car boot sale? You don’t have to wait for April to roll back around, there are now many undercover, year-round car boots. Have a search on google or Facebook for your nearest. Haven’t done one before? Here’s my top tips for success at the car boot.
Sell Your Old Mobiles
If you’ve got a junk drawer in your house, you’ve probably got an unused old mobile phone lying around. Cash them in with a website like Envirofone – even if they’re broken you can still get a couple of quid for them. Maximise your returns by doing a comparison first. I can get a whopping £16.10 for my old iPhone 5 with Music Magpie. Kerching!
Sell Unwanted Media
On the subject of Music Magpie gather up your old CDs, DVDs, games and books and cash them in to recycling websites. Others you can consider include:
Rent Out Your Spare Room
If you have a spare bedroom, you can earn up to £7,500 tax free in rental income. List your room on a site like Spareroom and find yourself a new housemate. If you don’t want the commitment of a long term lodger, consider seasonal listings on AirBnb
Rent Out Storage
If you’ve got a lot of empty space in your attic, or maybe a box bedroom you’re not using, consider renting the space out as storage. You can create an advert on Storemates and earn money by storing other people’s belongings.
There are LOADS of survey websites out there where you can earn a few extra pounds. I wrote a guide on it here. Some are apps, some are websites and the cash out levels differ, so try a few and see which you prefer.
Sign up to a website like Intellizoom and User Testing and you can earn up to $60 per test. Basically, you’ll be assigned a test where you visit an app or website and perform tasks, as you do so you have to speak your thoughts out loud. So you’ll need a computer with a microphone or a smartphone or tablet if you’d like to take mobile tests
Usability Testing & Focus Groups
Sign up to Testing Time and complete mostly skype interviews but sometimes computer based tasks for up to £60 an hour. There are also sometimes quick tasks. I recently completed a short tasks where I had to sort a list of items into categories – it took 10 mins, there were no right or wrong answers and within a few days I received £5 straight into my paypal. They email you invites if they think you might be suitable, but you can also refer a friend and receive compensation too.
Another great site for online focus groups is Respondent – they often pay over $100!
Every time you make a purchase be sure to get a receipt and scan it into a receipt app. They can be slow burners and it can take a while for the points to rack up enough to cash out, but it’s free money for little work.
- Receipt Hog
- Shopprize (android only)
If you don’t want the responsibility of owning a pet full time but love animals or just want to spend time with even more animals, why not consider petsitting? Dogboarding websites such Tailster and Rover allow you to sign up and offer your services. It’s a great way to make extra money and you get to spend time with some lovely doggos.
Are you a quick typist? If you can successfully pass a typing test you can join websites like QA World and Take Note Typing where you can work as a contractor and transcribe audio. The pay depends on the length of audio you transcribe and the hours you put it. But you can make a good, solid income from it.
Rent Your Home to Film Sets
Did you know you can rent out your home for filming? It’s not guaranteed money, and you might never get selected but you can register your home with sites like Shoot Factory and Location Works and if it meets the criteria, your house might end up on screen!
Rent Out Parking
Got a spare parking space or a roomy driveway? List it on a site like Just Park. If you live near an airport or a busy city centre, this could be particularly fruitful. It’s also a good idea to consider it if there’s a big event on near where you live.
If you’re shopping online, always head to a cashback website first! Join TopCashback or Quidco and search them for the retailer you’re going to buy from and see if there’s any cashback available. You can get £100’s a year back for money you would’ve spent anyway.
If you’re making annual insurance purchases or renewing a phone contract it’s always worth searching for cashback deals first as you can get quite a bit of money. I got £70 cashback when I took out a phone contract.
You’ve probably heard of mystery shopping, it’s a great way of making money and sometimes being paid to go out for food. There are also other added benefits which Miss Penny Money wrote about for me: Why You Should Try Mystery Shopping
Marketforce is one of the leading websites. If you prefer shorter and snappier tasks, a great little app to download is BeMyEye – sometimes they have tasks like just snapping a picture of an advertising board so you don’t even have to go into shops.
Search the Internet
Have you heard of the survey site Qmee? Well if you install their web browser extension you can earn pennies for searches you make. It’s only a few pence a time, but it’s another of those set up and forget abouts which you can leave to build up. An added bonus is you can cash out instantly, so you don’t have to wait to reach a ridiculously high threshold.
Do you have a steps target you try to commit to daily? The recommended number is 10,000 – if you’re out there clocking up those kind of numbers, why not rack up some points in the process? Another slow burner, but money for something you were doing anyway. Just download the app and leave it running in the background. If you don’t want to wait to cash out for cash, you can also convert your points to money off vouchers and other rewards. Download SweatCoin here.