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 10 online survey sites:
- Earn Swagbucks for surveys, searching the web, watching videos, referring your friends to join, shopping, voting in daily polls, playing games and finding Swag codes.
- $US5 joining bonus (open to UK customers).
- Earn cash to take surveys, read emails, watch videos and more
- £1 joining bonus
- Earn money for taking surveys and redeem for cash, Amazon vouchers or donate to charity.
- £0.50 or more for longer surveys.
- Share your opinions and surf the web.
- Earn £15 after 30 days, £5 every 90 days thereafter and enter £1,000 monthly prize draws.
- Earn points for taking surveys.
- Redeem for cash or spend at Amazon, Debenhams, Homebase, Nectar and more.
- Your chance to win cash prizes just for surfing the net.
- £30,000 to win for 150 lucky winners.
- Redeem points for cash or rewards.
- Get rewards from Boots, Argos, Amazon and more.
- Access to more surveys.
- Earn cash and rewards from £0.50p to £50.
- Earn points and redeem for cash and rewards.
- Rewards from Expedia, B&Q, Odeon, Cineworld, Sainsburys and more.
- Get paid for online surveys, polls, mystery shopping and home projects.
- Earn cash and redeem rewards
2. 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.
3. 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 (two of the best sites are Quidco and Topcashback).
These sites give you between 2-12% cashback on hundreds of everyday items from big online retailers like Tesco, Amazon 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 buy everything from clothes to flights to washing machines through cashback sites).
As an added bonus, Quidco has a special Christmas challenge, whereby you can earn an EXTRA £10 by completing eight simple challenges!
For more information, see our guide on how you can get paid to shop.
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.
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 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.
6. 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?
7. 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.
8. 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.co.uk (which specialises in flexible and part-time roles) or try auction sites like PeoplePerHour.com 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.
9. 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.
Get the inside track on the best ways to make some quick cash in your spare time - take a look at our eBook 25 quick ways to make money from home.