Whether you’re just trying to make ends meet or trying to achieve that dream purchase of yours, everybody has their own reasons for wanting to earn a bit extra on top of their monthly pay packet. There are plenty of ways to do this. Whether you make use of items you already have around the house, use your skills to help others, or excite your friends and family with your new business venture, you’ll find something that works for you.
Make money from your old stuff (and from new stuff)
Have you got loads of old junk just lying around in your house or loft gathering dust? Although you may see it as junk, someone else may see it as a bargain, so perhaps you should consider a car-boot sale or selling the item online. If your items are in reasonable condition, it’s likely that someone else will be interested in buying them.
Or you can take it more seriously, and set up an eBay or Amazon shop. Find a niche and good suppliers and you can do really well.
Surveys and other feedback apps
You can get paid for taking part in surveys and other kinds of online research about shopping habits etc. There are plenty of apps for your phone that make this really easy. The rewards aren’t generally massive and you do need to be careful, some companies aren’t that quick to pay out and you may have to accumulate a certain amount before you can withdraw your cash or vouchers. But you don’t need any real skill and you can make a few hundred extra pounds a year if you’re willing to stick at it.
Sell your skills
There are lots of websites that enable you to freelance using your skills and earn money in the process.Your skill doesn’t have to be work-related, it can be anything from graphic design, to gift wrapping or copywriting. As long as you are confident in your skills, you can sign up and try to get jobs. All of the websites are different, so you need to look at them carefully and choose the one that suits; some may need you to bid for jobs and others may just ask that you create a profile and let people come to you. While it does help to be skilled at a craft that’s in demand, for example graphics or web design, if you look hard enough, you’ll be able to find jobs to fit any skillset.
And you may be able to turn your skill into a full-time business eventually.
Make your hobby pay
If you’re a photographer, a flower arranger or a musician, you probably already provide a service to others, just not for money! Share your hobby – jewellery making, singing whatever, there’s always a market somewhere, you just need to find it. If you’re a crafter, etsy is the place to start – see what’s out there, what others are doing. When you’re more confident in your hobby, you may be able to run workshops for others – see how popular wreath-making workshops have become. Start small, start local, you never know where it may lead.
Work from home as a direct seller
Are you looking to earn extra income from the comfort of your own home? Direct selling may be a good choice for you. Not only can you do the work wherever you go, it can also help to build confidence as you talk to people about the products you’re selling. As a direct seller for a reputable company, you are given the tools and the means to start your own business.
You may only want to do a few extra hours a week, or you may want to spend more time building your business. This is probably the best option if you want to make a bigger income and grow something for your future. But it can be as flexible and as part-time as you choose and lots of people want that extra income to stretch their budget.
So which one is right for you? Well, that’s your decision, but there are plenty of options if you look.