Looking for flexible work that fits around school hours? Here are five great ways to make money 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. Ok, so 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 5 online survey sites:
3. Inbox Pounds
4. Survey Head
And for extra cash try:
Pros: It's a quick and easy way to earn a bit of cash on the side.
Cons: You won't earn enough to chuck in the day job.
2. 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 WorkingMums.co.uk, which specialises in flexible and part-time roles. Or try auction sites like PeoplePerHour.com where you bid for work.
Pros: Flexible and easy to learn.
Cons: It’s isolated and you’ll still need childcare.
3. 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. Contact the Society of Virtual Assistants or the UK Association of Virtual Assistants to find out more.
Pros: Good rates and you can choose your hours.
Cons: No technical support if things go wrong.
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!
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.
And schemes like ParkAtMyHouse.com and ParkLet.co.uk allow you to rent out your driveway or parking space to other motorists.
Your parking space could prove particularly lucrative if you live near a popular destination, like a stadium or airport.
Pros: It's an easy way to make serious money.
Cons: You need to have the space to spare in the first place!
5. Make some serious cash from home
If you really want to make some serious cash in your spare time, you can’t afford to miss MyFamilyClub’s 25 ways to make money from home.
Our special guide shows you the secrets of 25 of the best ways to make quick cash – all of them tried and tested methods that are guaranteed to put real money back in your pocket.
None of these money-makers are time-consuming or complicated (some of them can even be done sat in front of your PC with a glass of wine!)
Our guide shows you exactly what to do - taking you through each process step-by-step.
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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