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Ways to make extra money without leaving your house

By Rebecca Hastings

We’re all spending more and more time at home these days, and some of us – people who are shielding, for example – might choose not to leave the house at all. And at a time of financial stress for many, it could make sense to use this time to make some extra cash, all from the comfort of your sofa. Here are five ways to get started…

1 – Sell your stuff

 If you’ve got a spare afternoon, why not have a clearout of your room and see if there’s anything you’d like to get rid of? From clothes to books to old technology, people are always looking to buy second-hand goods online. Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace are all great selling platforms, as well as Depop, if you’re selling clothing.

In some cases, you might need to go to the post office to send the parcel out to your buyer, but plenty of platforms have collection-only options if you’d rather not leave the house.

2 – Make your voice heard

You can fill out online surveys in exchange for cash – a quick Google of “paid surveys UK” will bring up lots of organisations that are looking for people to do this. Simply sign up on their websites to receive email alerts whenever there’s a survey you can do, and after you’ve completed them, the cash will be added to your account.

Alternatively, you could take part in focus groups. These generally pay more than surveys, but only happen a few times a year. Again, simply Google “paid focus groups UK” to find one that’s right for you – you’ll be invited to join a discussion group, often via Zoom, to share your opinions on a specific topic.

For TV lovers, there’s also The Viewers, a research panel that pays people to watch TV shows and share their opinions on them, which can often be done online. Pretty dreamy gig, right?

3 Scale up your hobby

If you’re good at something, why not use it to make money? Sell your photos to the likes of Shutterstock or Alamy, flog your crafts on Etsy, or start a cake-decorating business by advertising your services through social media – the possibilities are endless. Even if you only get a few customers at first, it can’t hurt to have that little bit of extra cash. You could ask people to leave positive reviews if they enjoyed your products or services, to maximise your chances of attracting future customers.

Alternatively, you could offer some online content that people can pay for via voluntary donations. If you know about yoga, for example, you could teach some simple poses over Instagram Live and set up a PayPal page so people can pay you if they enjoy it. Or if you love writing, you could start a newsletter via TinyLetter and ask people to donate via Ko-fi or Patreon.

Of course, not all hobbies should be monetised, and it’s important to make the distinction between something you see as a potential side hustle and an activity that’s really important to help you relax and switch off from work.

4 – Check out cashback sites

 It almost sounds too good to be true, but cashback sites offer you money back when you shop at certain online retailers. Sign up for accounts with the likes of TopCashback and Quidco and earn cashback at retailers including Vodafone, LookFantastic, Just Eat, Amazon, Hotels.com and many more.

5 – Become a tutor

Tutoring can be a great money-maker – you can set your own rates depending on your experience, and you can tutor multiple students a week if you have time. And for obvious reasons, more and more tutors are moving their services online.

If you’re at university, you could teach students in school. If you’ve graduated from university, you could teach current students who are studying a similar subject. You can register as a tutor and advertise your services on sites like Tutorhunt and Superprof.

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Money for Life work in partnership with the Money Advice Service, an independent organisation set up by government. Money AdviceService provides free, unbiased money guidance across the UK to help people make the most of their money.  If you have a question or need help, you can chat to them here.

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