How about giving yourself a cash boost? Here are Quids in! magazine’s Top 20 ways to make a little extra, featured in Issue 19:
Realise your assets
Selling your old gear can generate a little extra and clear out some clutter at the same time. Car boot or garden sales might be an idea but these websites could help you set out your virtual market stall:
- Car boot advice
- Getting started on eBay
- Selling on moneymagpie.com
- Which? guide to selling old gold
- Best deals for old phones
Your say may pay
Market researchers want to know how real people shop and think of their products, and will pay for feedback. Over time, doing some online research can net a bit of cash. Ever feel like you’ve been short-changed by poor service in shops? Maybe you could sign up as a mystery shopper. Some websites are calling out for reviews and articles from all those frustrated journalists out there. You could even set up your own blog and make cash by driving your fans to buy stuff you rate online.
- Top list of paid market research
- Sign up as a mystery shopper
- Get paid to write online reviews
- Get blogging… and generating income
Ace that space
The battle lines have been drawn between the haves and have nots, and social tenants with spare rooms are expected to pay for space they may not need… or want, but we can all make use of any wasted space. Taking in a lodger or a foreign student needs thinking about carefully but could make the space pay for itself, as could renting out a garage or parking space, especially if it’s near amenities where commuters might want to park, for example.
- Serious advice on taking lodgers
- Sensible government advice on renting out spare rooms
- Rent out your parking space
Spirit of enterprise
Everyone has something to sell, even it’s only your time. But people with gardens could be growing fruit and veg to sell and those without could be making goods – anything from soft furnishings to party cakes. There are million and one things you could be making to sell, just stick to what you’re good at and interested in. See Mollie Makes magazine for lots of ideas. If you’re happier selling other people’s goods, the likes of Avon and Betterware are still recruiting for reps. For people who like a party, you could be selling stuff for commission at parties for Jamie Oliver and, for the more open-minded, Ann Summers.
Bit on the side
Whether you’re working, retired or unemployed, there could be a few paid hours a week doing stuff that doesn’t feel like work. How about life modelling for art classes? Or working as an extra on the set of films and TV shows? There are plenty of people who could use some help with walking the dogs or sitting for the kids, although you should be ready with references before they’ll trust you with their preciouses. Older people might pay a little extra if you’d pick up their shopping or give them hand around the home.
Shift up a gear
Ever heard of the ‘under-employed’? That’s you if you could be doing more hours or earning better pay but also if you could be a doing an extra shift, over-time or a few hours in a local shop, warehouse or pub. It doesn’t hurt to ask around and it could open new doors with employers who see you as ready and willing to take on more. While it’s true some areas have very few job opportunities, it’s not true everywhere and jobseekers have to take care not to rule themselves out by giving up before they start.
Feel the benefit
Grants and other help are available to many on lower incomes, especially pensioners. Local trusts, energy companies and local councils have different pots for people who are struggling. Benefit claimants are often wrongly blamed for the state of the country but most people have paid in, not to help others but help themselves in times of hardship. Billions of pounds go unclaimed, so if you’re on a low income and need it, claim it.
Always check what you’re expected to do around tax, benefits and tenancy agreements.
Top 20 Tips
- Give trash the (car) boot
- Sell items online
- Sell gold to a local jeweller
- Get cash for your old mobile
- Get paid for market research
- Review goods on a website in return for a fee
- Be a mystery shopper
- Take in a lodger
- Rent out your drive
- Grow and sell veg
- Host a Tupperware party
- Sell craft items you’ve made
- Be a life model
- Walk dogs for a fee
- Do chores for cash
- Look for shifts in local pubs or cafes
- Ask if there’s an overtime going
- Look for a promotion
- Apply for a grant
- Check you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to