Who doesn’t want to make a little extra money?
Well, you can with a bit of time and some ingenuity.
We’re all feeling the squeeze these days but there is always a way to make a little extra money.
They could include having a sort-out and selling unwanted possessions at a car boot sale or even simply setting up a stall outside your house.
Amazon, Gumtree and many other sites have given all of us a chance to buy and sell like little entrepreneurs
And from getting paid for taking part in online surveys, to finding out where can get paid for clinical trials, there is no end to the possibilities.
Here are some of the ideas which may be worth checking out.
1. Get on yer bike.
Got transport and a smartphone? That’s all you need to make some extra money working as a delivery driver whenever you’ve got some spare time, according to the website Save the Student.
They say: “Sign up to delivery specialist companies like Deliveroo who are always on the hunt for new riders.
“They allow you total flexibility to work when you want, delivering food from restaurants to the customers’ door. You can make up to £16 an hour.
“Double-up your opportunities by directly contacting local takeaways and bigger chains like Dominos to see if they have any delivery jobs going.”
2. Psst. Wanna make some money shopping?
What do you do when you buy anything online. The chances are you will go to a particular shop’s website but there is another way.
TopCashback is one of several sites that work by using the advertising they receive from retailers, including some of the biggest name on the high street, to offer cashback deals.
TopCashback is free to use and opens the door to discounts the shopper might not have been able to access otherwise.
3. Want to make money standing around all day?
Sounds like a dream job – and it could be yours.
Drama production companies are always looking around for extras to appear in a variety of television and cinema work.
It won’t make you a fortune but if you fancy being one of the people in the background at the Woolpack or the Queen Vic then contact your local talent agency.
Websites like beonscreen also offer places on quiz shows which could open the way for serious prize money.
4. Are you losing money by not moving with the times on new technology?
You still watch movies on DVD and listen to music on old vinyl or CDs? Really?
Selling old antiquated entertainment is an easy way to make money.
And you don’t even have to lose them.
Just copy all the films and music onto your laptop or external hard drive before selling them.
5. Show me the Monet.
Stop sniggering at the back but a certain type of employer is always looking for life models to take their kit off.
They could be tutors in painting, sculpture or photography.
And there is a growing trend for what the website for ram, the register of artists models, call life-drawing hen parties.
Medical schools are also on the lookout for life models eager to supplement their income in the cause of science.
6. What about sperm and egg donation?
Always an option for some even though it is done on a voluntary and altruistic basis.
Not only are you catering for a need – there is always a shortage – but you will get paid your expenses.
The Newcastle Fertility Centre is run by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust.
Their website says: “At the Newcastle Fertility Centre, we are able to cover donor expenses up to a maximum of £750.00. This will be provided at stages during your donation programme.”
Women who donate eggs can get up to the same amount in expenses.
7. Rent your stuff out.
The growth of the internet has seen changes in the way we make money with all sorts of strange ideas.
There’s a site called rentmyitems which people who have got stuff are connected with people who need stuff.
Items for hire include a baby’s cot for a deposit of £50 and a weekly fee of £1.25.
There’s an xBox for £20 deposit and £6 per week or a FIFA 15 game for £15 deposit and £2 per day.
8. Finding a rich benefactor?
Some of the greatest artists in history got by finding a benefactor.
So why not find a rich person who will pay you to be a personal shopper.
And it doesn’t stop there.
If you have a few hours spare in the evening to help a busy professional book flights and make calls, sites like PeoplePerHour are a great starting point.
They are looking for “virtual assistants” who can proof read, carry out IT tasks, data research, data entry and anything at all
9. Become a dot.com entrepreneur.
“If you’ve got it, and don’t need it, flog it,” says moneysavingexpert.
“Selling on eBay usually pays best, yet to really get the eBay cash rolling in, you need to know the etiquette and shortcuts.”
They have a list of the 120 keywords that boost prices.
Did you know that ‘authentic’ beats ‘genuine’ any day of the week, that you can list 20 items without paying a fee, and there are occasional free listing days when even items above the 20 limit do not attract a free.
10. Ink outside the box.
Who would buy an empty ink cartridge for a printer?
Someone will – and there are even some websites you can go on to get rid of used ink cartridges instead of going to the local tip or, shame, putting them in normal rubbish.
The Recycling Factory, for instance, offers cashback for eligible cartridges.
And you’re doing your bit for the environment because they promise to dispose them without using landfill.
Random examples are £1.88 for Cannon PG545 Inkjet and 94p for HP 300 Colour XL.
11. Dream up some hair-raising schemes.
Did you know you can sell your hair?
There’s a growing market for it.
All you have to do is go to sites like Gumtree and look for ads from wigmakers willing to pay cash for your hair.
And, if you don’t want to be that drastic, you can keep the flowing locks by finding colleges and hair salons willing to pay money to hair models for students and staff to practice on.
12. Can I be paid to go into pubs?
The good news is yes.
Many local authorities use under-age children to test if pubs and supermarkets are sticking to legal age restrictions.
And businesses are doing their own checks on staff with the help of a website set up by pub bosses who were worried about inadvertently breaking the law.
The job involves going into pubs and reporting back on what happens.
The website Serve Legal says: “We work with large supermarkets, pub groups, off-licences, small multiples, convenience store franchises, late night venues, bookmakers, knife retailers and broadcasters.
“We work with businesses of all sizes to help them measure and improve performance in checking ID and other operational and compliance standards.”
Qualifications include an attention to detail.
They are looking for 18 and 19 year-olds for age-restriction testing and 20 plus for wider compliance audits.
13. Hire off part of your home.
Live in a busy city centre where parking is hard to get?
Why not rent out your drive to someone willing to pay to get a guaranteed parking spot.
Or why not rent out your garden or lawn.
Who would your customers be? Happy campers, that’s who.
Holiday site Airbnb is an online hub that allows folks to list their back garden for camping. This is great news for holidaymakers wanting to set up camp for a relatively cheap price.
It’s free to list your garden as a potential camping spot, and you can even choose the amount you want to charge to campers.
But you do have to pay 3-per-cent on a successful booking.
Survey websites, including Yougov, offer points which in time can be traded in for a cash reward.
It’s not the quickest way to earn cash but if you’re sat watching TV and have access to a laptop, tablet or even your phone, you could slowly earn money while you’re sat relaxing.
Smartphone app Vypr offers users points for quick tasks – usually about food and groceries. You receive between 10 and 100 points per session and for every 10,000 points you can earn yourself £5. It’s quick to use and you can do it on the move.
Interested in North East jobs? Find job vacancy listings across a range of sectors here.
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