Looking for flexible work that fits around school hours? Here are 14 great ways to make money from home.
- Make quick cash with online surveys
- Make money from home with cashback
- Get cash for your old mobile phones and gadgets
- Rent out your spare space
- Sell your old clothes for cash
- Sell your stuff on Ebay
- Sell crafts online
- Become a virtual assistant
- Data entry
- Host a product party
- Start your own business
- Sell your own produce
- Get the family working in your community
- Make some serious cash from home
1. Make quick cash with online surveys
Online surveys are a great way to make some quick, easy cash while sat at your computer. Be aware though that they're not going to make you a millionaire - but if you sometimes have 15 minutes to spare at lunchtime or at home, you can earn around £50 a month.
Some surveys even give you the chance to test (and keep!) products before they hit the shops - everything from shampoo to laptops.
You won't find an easier way to earn a bit of extra spending money.
Just remember three things:
- Never pay to join an online survey site. Ones that ask you for money are likely scams. They should always be free (see our list of recommended sites below).
- Set up a separate email account. We recommend setting up a Hotmail or Gmail account just for online surveys. You'll get emailed lots of survey invitations, so create a new account if you don't want your main inbox getting clogged up.
- Join at least FIVE good survey sites. The more sites you sign up to, the more paid surveys you'll get offered. If you only sign up to one site, you'll probably only get offered a survey every week or so, if that.
Top 10 online survey sites:
1. Mintvine - Editor's choice: bonus £2 when you register; choose to take your pay in cash or Amazon vouchers.
2. My Survey - earn cash or get paid in Amazon, Homebase or Debenhams vouchers.
3. Paidoffers.co.uk - it's free to join and receive £10 when you get two friends to join!
4. Swagbucks - get paid $US5 (£3) instantly just for signing up (open to UK customers).
5. iPoll - choose your own rewards for completing surveys, including Amazon vouchers and magazine subscriptions.
6. Opinion Outpost - cash, rewards and $US10,000 quarterly prize draws (open to UK residents).
7. Global Test Market - earn cash and rewards for taking surveys; rewards from retailers including Boots, Amazon, Argos and more.
8. Clixsense - earn money by completing short surveys, receiving free trial products or simply visiting commercial websites. Clixsense sometimes pay slightly more than some other sites for completing short online surveys.
9. Inbox Pounds - get paid £1 just for joining then earn cash by taking surveys, watching videos, reading emails and more.
10. Cashback Research - receive £5 just for signing up!
Pros: You can earn some serious cash just by giving your opinions.
Cons: It does take a bit of time investment on your part to earn serious money.
For more information, see our guide on how to make money with online surveys.
2. Make money from home with cashback
We're big fans of cashback sites at MyFamilyClub. If you buy things online, you can earn literally hundreds of pounds a year by using cashback sites like Quidco.
These sites give you between 2-15% cashback on hundreds of everyday items from big online retailers like Tesco, Amazon, Boots and Argos.
By shopping online using Quidco, you can quickly rack up hundreds of pounds in cashback from things you were going to buy anyway (you can get cashback on everything from clothes to flights to groceries).
It only takes a couple of seconds to sign up to Quidco (sign up here), and you can start earning cashback straight away.
So why do cashback sites pay you money? Thankfully there's no catch: shops pay cashback sites money as a 'thank you' for sending customers to them. Cashback sites then split this money with you (so you keep using them).
The first time you use Quidco, you have one of those "I can't believe I didn't use them before!" moments.
Our office secretary earned over £700 from Quidco last year, just buying stuff she was going to get anyway - which paid for a nice little extra holiday!
Pros: It's possible to earn hundreds of pounds a year by buying things you were going to get anyway.
Cons: To earn cashback, you need to spend money.
For more information on cashback, see our guide on how you can get paid to shop.
3. Get cash for your old mobile phones and gadgets
You may not realise it, but your old phones and gadgets could make you some extra cash instead of taking up unnecessary space in draws or cupboards!
Earn up to £200 and more for recycling your old mobile phone (open to all mobile phone networks).
Get cash for recycling other gadgets such as MP3 players, cameras, tablet and more.
Same day payment.
FREE postage and packaging.
Pros: Earn money AND clear out your drawers at the same time.
Cons: Really, none! Don't forget though to take out your sim card or memory card from your gadgets before disposing of them!
4. Rent out your spare space
In recent years, several initiatives have sprung up helping you to rent out various spaces in your property. This means you could set up a regular rental income without having anyone living in your home!
Easyroommate lets you make extra money from a spare room you may have - as well as avoid the Government's spare bedroom tax! The site is an increasingly popular way to find a housemate, with 54,500 flatshare ads in the UK.
(Your parking space could prove particularly lucrative if you live near a popular town, city or in-demand destination like a stadium or airport).
ParkLet takes all the hassle out of renting your space - they find you tenants, negotiate on your behalf, set up the contract and collect the rent (which then gets paid directly into your bank account).
Another option is Spareground.co.uk will help you rent out loft or cellar space (to be used for storage). It will also help you rent out part of your garden (as an allotment, for example) or even your garden shed.
Pros: It's an easy way to make serious money.
Cons: You need to have the space to spare in the first place!
5. Sell old clothes for quick cash
Research shows that the average person has over £1,000 worth of clothes that they haven't worn for over a year.
So why not have a clear out of your old clothes and get some quick cash from your old threads?
There are plenty of websites that will give you cash for your old clothes, such as Preloved.
Preloved is great for selling second hand stuff (including clothes).
For more info, see our full guide to making money selling second hand clothes.
Pros: You can get some quick cash - and have a clear out at the same time!
Cons: Some sites will pay you for ANY clothes - but they won't pay you much. To make more money, you need to have some old clothes that other people would want to wear - and be prepared to sell them by taking photos and writing a short ad for them.
6. Sell your stuff on eBay
A lucrative way to make money from home is to have a good old spring clean and round up all that stuff you never use (old clothes, furniture, electronics, the lot) and flog it for a pretty penny on eBay. (One of our readers managed to make over £2,000 selling off all the odds and ends that were taking up storage space in her loft!)
To start selling, open an eBay account and click on the "Sell" link at the top of the page.
You tend to get the best prices by selling stuff via eBay - but you do need to take the time to provide detailed product information and take proper photos of what you're selling to get the best results.
Pros: You can make a lot of money - some people regularly make hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
Cons: Selling on eBay does require a bit of time and effort.
7. Sell crafts online
If you've got a creative streak and are into arts and crafts, then selling crafts online can be a great way to earn a decent steady second income.
What's more, you don't even need to set up your own website to do it - there are a number of online marketplaces that handle all the technical and sales stuff for you (in return for a small cut of any sales you make).
If you make jewellery, art, pottery, clothes or paintings that your friends and family love, why not give it a try?
Pros: You can establish a good business if you're dedicated.
Cons: You will need to stump up the money for you raw materials, plus invest some time in making your crafts.
8. Become a Virtual Assistant
If you have good admin skills why not make money from home by setting yourself up as a remote PA, handling general office duties for businesses that don’t need full-time secretarial support?
You’ll need office experience, space to work,and a reasonably efficient computer with broadband and up-to-date software. Again, Elance and Odesk are both good hunting ground for Virtual Assistant jobs. Register for free at Elance here and register at Odesk (also free) here.
Pros: Good rates and you can choose your hours.
Cons: No technical support if things go wrong.
9. Data entry
If you don’t want to run your own business then straight data-entry might be more up your street. You’ll just need good typing skills and a broadband connection to get started.
As always, avoid companies which ask for money up front. Look on reputable recruitment sites like Elance, WorkingMums (which specialises in flexible and part-time roles) or try auction sites like PeoplePerHour where you bid for work.
Elance is especially good - it has hundreds of data entry jobs (someone gets hired every 60 seconds), it's free to register, and there's no fee to pay when you take a job (a lot of other sites charge a fee). You can register for free at Elance here.
Top 3 sites for data entry jobs:
Pros: Flexible and easy to learn.
Cons: It’s isolated and you’ll still need childcare.
10. Host a product party
Even if you haven't been to a product party, chances are you will have seen one on TV, in movies or magazines. This is a great way to earn money and have fun at the same time.
Some of the most popular product parties involve:
- Jewellery and accessories
- Cosmetics (such as Avon and the Body Shop)
Pros: Host as many or as few parties as you like - it's all up to you!
Cons: Some products only offer their hosts discounts and vouchers instead of cash.
11. Start your own business
Why not consider using any skills or interests you have to start up your very own business? Whether it be using professional skills you have acquired, selling goods or services or using your hobbies to generate income, the types of businesses you can operate from home are endless.
Here are some of our favourite home business ideas:
- Open a retail business: you can either sell products you produce yourself (crafts, art, photography, homewares, food or drinks etc) or alternatively buy goods in bulk and on-sell them yourself.
- Work for yourself: graphic designers, stockbrokers, IT professionals, administrators, website developers, writers, salespeople, consultants, PRs, designers and other professionals can and do work from home, and if you have the skills, you can too!
- Become a professional collector: you can scour fairs and garage sales for bargain antiques and homewares, then sell them online - using general sales sites such as Ebay or specialist websites relevant to your collection.
For more inspiration, see 10 reasons why you should start your own business - in which we chat to Apprentice star Saira Khan about why you should think about starting your own business from home.
Pros: Setting up a business doesn't have to be full-time - you can always start small and see how it goes. Starting a business is an activity which you can list on your CV for future employment. (If you build up a successful business, you may be able to sell it down the track for a tidy profit).
Cons: A business requires a large amount of time and effort to set up and manage!
12. Sell your own produce from home
A lot of people nowadays grow their own produce from home in a bid to both cut their grocery bills and ensure they have the very freshest food available. So why not expand your offering to neighbours, friends and family?
There are lots of things you can easily sell from home that people will love:
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
- Jams and marmalades
- Cakes and pastries
- Eggs (provided you have space, and council permission, to have a few chickens at home)
Are you a dab hand in the kitchen? Have a look at our guide on how to make money selling cakes from home.
Pros: You can make good money selling fresh produce, particularly if you are simply selling that which is surplus to your own family's needs.
Cons: Selling produce isn't for everyone, as you will need a good sized garden and a green thumb!
13. Get the family working in your community
Of course, one of the simplest and most traditional ways to make some extra money is to offer your neighbours some help with their odd jobs. Better still, this is a way for the whole family to get involved! Consider helping out with:
- Mowing lawns
- Odd jobs/home maintenance
- Washing cars
- Dog walking
- House sitting
- General cleaning
Pros: You will get to know your neighbours better, and the kids can earn their own money too!
Cons: It's not actually working from home, since you will need to work at your neighbour's homes.
14. Make some serious cash from home
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Each of these ways to make money is simple, quick and can be easily fitted around your busy lifestyle.
Pros: There are money-makers here to suit everybody.
Cons: Each money-maker featured has its own pros and cons - but all are worth trying, and all of them can provide a real boost to your bank balance.
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