Increase Your Income: 7 Genuine Ways to Make Money from Home
Okay, it’s time to listen up. We know that many of you are put off working online because of all the scams and stuff, well, now you don’t have to worry, as we’ve weathered the internet storm to find you real and legitimate ways that you can make money from home.
All these ideas we’ve tried and tested ourselves, and know that what you see, really is what you will get.
So put the kids to bed, and give some of these a go!
Bet there’s a few on here you’ve never even thought about too….
Get Paid to Google
I swear this isn’t a joke!
You can earn hard cash by searching the web with Qmee. Just download the add-on, which sits on your internet browser, and search like you would normally.
Qmee shows you extra results or adverts. All the extras you see have been paid for by companies who want extra eyeballs on their links, and Qmee gives you a cut for that.
It’s not loads, but at 7-15p a click, some being up to £1, for doing what you’d normally do anyway, it’s certainly worth a go!
Flog Your Old Stuff Online
Have a bunch of DVDs or CDs gathering dust? The kid’s old clothes sat in the loft? An old TV you can’t find the remote for?
Anything can be sold and bought online.
When it comes to the internet, your old junk really is someone else’s gold.
Starting off on eBay is probably the easiest bet, and being protected by their guidelines and Paypal gives you the guarantee you really will see your money. This guide here by MSE is the best I’ve found so far.
Facebook is another fab place. There are hundreds of local Facebay and Babybay selling groups out there, all divided up by local area and object you are selling.
Facebook has also made it easier with its marketplace tool. It lets you discover, buy and sell items in your community and anyone or everyone near you or looking for that item will see.
You even get prompted when you add an item to a group and asked if you want to add it to the marketplace. Pretty cool huh?
Now let’s talk about traders.
There are loads of these companies around. You know the ones, that shout about swapping your old stuff for a cheque in the post.
While these sites are easy to use and give you an instant quote for all your knick-knacks, they’re aren’t exactly fast to payout.
Remember to compare them all, never pay postage unless you HAVE to and make sure your items are packed well, so there is no excuse for them not to pay out.
The best ones to look out for are WeBuyBooks, who do, weirdly, take everything and CeX, who takes everything but books.
Price-wise, you’re looking at getting up to £1 for CDs, £1.50 for DVDs and £10 for some computer games, but this does vary.
Always shop around, and dip your head in and out of the high street chains too, as you never know when they might offer a better deal.
Sell Your Soul
Magazines, offline and online love a good dramatic story. If you’ve been through a life-threatening event, have a strange story to tell or just an interesting birth story, then why not tell us all about it and get paid for the trouble?
Even funny or cute pictures of the kids earn cash prizes in some magazines.
Many pay well, with Women’s Own playing £25 for every money saving tip they use. (email: [email protected])
It’s also been reported that Take a Break pay up to £2000 per story, but I can’t guarantee that’s true. A few people I know have been paid £800 to talk about their dramatic birth or about their cheating husband. (Take a Break form.) You can also earn £20 by becoming the ‘star letter’.
Profit from Others Lost Items
If you’ve ever watched Storage Hunters, then you’ll know where I’m going with this.
When airlines can’t track down the owners of lost luggage, they often sell it on cheap to specialist auction houses.
They normally go for around £10-£80. The fun thing is, you never quite know what’s inside, but all the contents are now yours to sell on and make a profit.
Police auctions are another good one, with bikes, guitars and even gold watches going for a bargain price. Check out Bumblebee Auctions and the official police eBay stores.
Rent Out Your Storage Space
Well, this applies to anything to do with your home really.
From loft or garage space to parking to rooms to even renting your home out as a film set.
Storemates is the best place to look at if you like the storage route, just remember to ask what’s in the boxes, as it may invalidate your own insurance. Oh, also remember you may have to pay tax, so remember to declare it on a self-assessment.
Just Park is a good site if you fancy letting out your drive. If you live near a train station, hospital or a city center, then you’re sure to earn a bob or two a month.
If you like the sound of your home being used in a film or on TV (plus, the major bragging rights, right?) then look into Lavish Locations and Shoot Factory. You don’t need to have a manor house to apply, look at the Dursleys house in Harry Potter.
Ok, so living within the M25 would help, and having no parking restrictions outside would probably boost your chances, but who knows huh? As a rough guide, you can expect to earn from £500 to £2,000 a day.
Remember, any extra income has to be declared, regardless of if you qualify to pay tax or not.
Your Opinion Counts
Companies are crawling all over each other to get your opinion.
If you have strong views on Take That, the EU or your washing powder, then this is for you. Our 7 Free Apps that can Earn You Cash Today will get you started.
This won’t make you rich over night but could bring you in a good £300 a year extra.
Face to face focus groups are good payers.
All you do is talk through your experience of something and eat their food then walk away with anything from £30 – £160. Look up Saros and see what you think.
Pay to watch is my favorite though.
You can earn anything from £40-£70 just for watching TV for two hours and chatting about it. Online streaming is also available. Check out The Viewers site for more info.
Loads of banks pay for you to switch. Grabbing this deals could earn you a couple of hundred quid.
Make sure you look at them first and take into account that it may take a month for everything to switch, but one friend earned £500 doing just this!
Of course, there are loads of other ways to make money from home. Ironing, freelance work, even matched betting if that’s your thing, but the one’s here are the easiest way to make a bit extra or help top up your wallet.
Oh, and the one I said I bet you’d never even thought about:
Selling Your Own Trash
Yep, it’s really a thing.
Every time you throw a jar, wine cork or loo roll away, is like throwing a pound down the drain!
Don’t believe me? Then check eBay out for yourself.