If you search the good old tinterent the term ‘ earn extra money’ you get a staggering 670,000,000 results. It will probably be more tomorrow and even more next week. But not all those results will give you anything you could actually do. Now I haven’t quite read all 670,000,000 pages but I being skint myself I have read a fair few of them. As I came across new ideas that could be worked on I’ve made notes.
When I was a kid I think everyone in their street had a lady who let her spare room out. If someone needed a room they were sent down to her house to rent a room out. It’s not so common now but if you have a spare room there is still a way to earn some money. Airbnb ( airbnb.co.uk) started out by offering spare rooms to travellers. It still does this which means you get to earn extra money and meet new people from all over the world. Listing a room is free and you get to decide the price and available dates. They take 3% of whatever you charge. You have to be there when guests arrive and sort out any problems that might arise. But other than that you don’t have to entertain them or feed them unless you want to.
Fancy talking to other women about their favourite magazine or beauty brands? Market research companies like Research Opinions are always on the lookout for people to take part in their focus groups. You can earn up to £80 for a few hours nattering but they are mainly available in larger towns.
Got a laptop and broadband connection? You could test websites before they launch for User testing. Eash session takes about 20 minutes and earns you on average £5. And all whilst in your pjs on your sofa.
Once was the days your parents held Avon or Tupperware parties …now it’s all gone posh. Check each one for start up costs etc but a few to keep an eye on are
Captain Torture which is a French fashion brand at en.captaintorturegroup.com
Stella & Dot who are from San Fransico and sell jewellery and accessories stelladot.co.uk
My Showcase offers an edited collection of skincare and make-up. myshowcase.com
Few things you need to know… You can make up to £10,600 a year without paying income tax but you will have to declare your extra income to the Inland Revenue. Check with your insurance company about having people in your home for the purpose of making money.