50 ways to make money

1 October 2019

If you need a cash injection then read our guide on how to boost your income…and have some fun along the way


Ways to make money

Here's our big list of ways to make money. Click on the links below to navigate to the section you're interested in, or just read through the whole article for all 50!

  1. Make money from your home

  2. Earn in your spare time

  3. Make money online

  4. Get out there to earn extra money

  5. Make money from your car

  6. Put your skills to good use

  7. One-off income boosters

  8. Earn cashback

  9. Profit from your possessions

Make money from your home

1. Rent out your parking space

If you live in a city centre or near an airport or train station, renting out your driveway can be a money-spinner. It is an easy way to make money without actually having to do anything and could earn you up to £1,000 a year.

With sites such as Justpark.com, Parklet.co.uk and Parkonmydrive.com, you can rent out your space for a day, week or even longer.

Commuters often need regular spots near stations, while visitors to sports and music events are looking for spaces near the venue.

Just remember to check with your home insurance provider as it could affect your premiums.

2. Host a foreign student

If you’ve got a spare room, you could earn more than £100 a week by hosting a foreign student.

Student lets can last for as little as one week up to a year, while summer is the peak season.

Most towns and cities across the UK have language schools hosting teenage and adult students.

The International Association of Language Centres and English UK will have a list of schools you can contact.

After calling a language centre, speak to the housing officer who will do an inspection of your home and then add you to the accommodation list.

As well as a furnished room, you will sometimes have to provide laundry facilities and meals.

Not only is it a good way of earning extra cash, you also get to meet people from different cultures.

3. Hire out your home for film shoots

Why not bring Hollywood smack-bang into your living room by renting your home out for film shoots? You could make up to £2,000 a day by renting out your home to a TV or film crew.

Location scouts are always looking for properties, and shoots can vary from one day to weeks.

It does not matter whether you live in a mansion or a bungalow as production companies are interested in all types of homes.

However, on the downside, having a large film crew in your home could be a little intrusive.

To find out more and to register your property, check out agencies such as Amazingspace.co.uk, Lavishlocations.com or Film-locations.co.uk.

4. Take in a lodger


With the government’s rent-a-room scheme, you can rent out a room in your property to a lodger for up to £7,500 a year tax free.

Once the rental income exceeds this amount, you will pay tax on any profit.

You can find a lodger at sites such Spareroom.co.uk, Uk.easyroommate.com or Gumtree.com.

Before you take in a lodger, ask your mortgage lender and home insurer whether you are allowed to rent a room. You will also need
to draw up a contract, known as a licence agreement.

If you are renting, check whether you are allowed to sublet a room under the terms of your tenancy agreement.

5. Sign up to Airbnb

If you don’t want a long-term lodger, you can try renting out your room on a short-term basis.

By signing up to sites such as Airbnb.co.uk or Wimdu.co.uk, you can rent a room, or even your entire home when you are away.

You can set your own price and choose how long your home is available. The government’s rent-a-room tax allowance of £7,500 a year will still apply.

6. Let out storage space

If you have a spare room or an empty garage, you could rent it out as storage space.

Storemates.co.uk and Sharemystorage.com connect people with spare storage space to those who need it.

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Earn in your spare time

7. Take part in market research

Companies want to know what you think and they are willing to pay for it.

Before a company launches a product, it will want to carry out market research. So you could get extra cash by talking about anything from a new washing-up liquid to car insurance.

Market research can be carried out online or in person, often held in small groups. You can earn from £20 to £200 for just a few hours’ work.

You can register your details at Peopleforresearch.co.uk, Researchopinions.co.uk and Rocketresearch.co.uk.

8. Become a mystery shopper


Many companies will pay you to go undercover and pose as a customer to test their products or services.

Your task could involve anything from buying home insurance to trying out a new restaurant.

You will often be given a checklist of things you have to do and questions to ask, and you will then report back.

Assignments pay between £5 and £10, and you will be reimbursed for products or services you buy. Sometimes you can fit assignments around your existing plans. So, for example, if you are visiting a particular shopping centre you can see if there are any assignments available there. 

Find out more at Esa-retail.co.uk, Checkoutuk.co.uk and Grassrootsmysteryshopping.com.

9. Complete surveys and tasks online

Filling out online surveys is another easy way to make cash, and there are a number of sites that will alert you when one becomes available.

One of the best-known survey firms is Ipsos. If you sign up for its i-Say (I-say.com) service, you earn points that can be redeemed for rewards

A typical survey takes about 15 minutes and will earn you the equivalent of £1.

Payment is made in gift cards from retailers such as Amazon and M&S, and it will pay out once you have accrued £10 worth of points.

Other online survey companies include Swagbucks, GlobalTestMarket and OhMyDosh. You can also be paid for completing various tasks, which include voting polls, web searches and and watching videos.

Swagbucks.com rewards online activity with points, which, again, can be exchanged for gift cards.

Gifthunterclub.com is another website that gives you vouchers for completing tasks.

10. Get paid to watch TV


If you enjoy evenings in front of the box, you can actually make money by watching TV.

Theviewers.co.uk sources research panels for all things TV. Broadcasters and TV companies use it to find people to take part in discussion groups.

You could be asked for your opinion on anything, ranging from what you thought of a programme you watched last night to a new one that’s in development.

Participants usually earn from £40 to £70 for a 90-minute to two-hour informal group discussion. You can take part in online surveys, earning about £5 for half an hour’s work.

11. Become a secret agent

The Field Agent app pays you a small fee for collecting information for companies. Once you have downloaded the app, you can sign
up for jobs that you will have two hours to complete.

These range from checking a price by photographing an item or completing a survey. You can typically earn between £2 and £10 if you complete the task in the allotted time.

It is a bit like mystery shopping, but you have to send the information immediately. A similar app is Roamler, which rewards you for taking photos.

12. Troubleshoot phone problems

Sign up with mobile provider Giffgaff and earn money by troubleshooting issues with mobile phones for other customers.

You will need to sign up for a Giffgaff SIM card deal, and then each time you help answer a customer question in the online Giffgaff forum you will earn payback points, which are converted twice a year into cash.

By persuading friends or family to join, you can pick up 500 payback points worth £5.

13. Make money on music reviews

Sign up to Slicethepie and you can get paid for listening to music. All you have to do is leave a review of a song once you have listened to it.

The tracks are anonymous until you have reviewed them, so your opinion can’t be influenced.

The reviews provide insight for people in the music industry.

The exact amount you get for each review will vary depending on the category and you will be paid between 1p and 15p.

The money you earn is in dollars and you will be paid once you have reached $10.

14. Be a competition whizz

If you are a whizz at Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, you can put your skills to use to make some extra cash.

Magazines, websites and companies run hundreds of competitions each year giving prizes and cash.

Lots of people – known as ‘compers’ – enter competitions as a hobby, with some even doing it full-time to make extra money.

Entering the odd competition probably won’t get you much, so you will have to do as many as possible.

Some competitions offer cash prizes, while others reward you with items or services, but if you don’t like what you win you can always sell it on eBay.

Compers News magazine (Compersnews.com) lists hundreds of competitions each month and can help you save time and money by finding the best ones.

15. Become a product tester

Lots of companies are willing to send you freebies if you become a product tester and you could even earn money for your trouble.

A good site to try is Clicks Research, which does testing for brands such as M&S, Tesco and Boots.

Meanwhile, if you love Boots’ products you could join its volunteer panel.

Once you are signed up, you will be sent products to try, and in return you might be asked to review it or do a feedback survey.

Be careful when searching online for product testing sites, though, as there are bogus sites out there. While they may promise riches, they could be a scam.


Alex Adderley, a 32-year-old finance assistant from London, has several ‘side hustles’ to help pay the bills.

He is willing turn his hand to anything to top up his income, including working as a TV and film extra.

“Being an extra helps me escape the hum-drum life of the financial world. In my last role, I was an audience member in a gameshow.

“It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any acting experience, but some roles do require a bit more commitment. I turned down one role because I had to kiss someone, which I thought was a bit too much. Usually you don’t need to have any expert acting skills, though.”

Alex earns most of his extra cash by working as a rider for Deliveroo in London, using his bicycle.

“With most part-time jobs you have to do fixed hours,” he says. “But with Deliveroo there is greater flexibility because I can work when I want. If I don’t want a job, I can just cancel it.”

The amount he earns is based on how much work he does rather than hourly pay. He does approximately 20 hours a month, which brings in around £250.

“The fitness aspect of it is also good,” he says. “I feel it’s better than the gym because I get paid at the same time, which is a good incentive.”

Make money online

16. Become an Instagram star

Do you think you could be the next social-media sensation? Instagram allows you to share pictures and short videos, so if you are into photography it can be a great way of getting paid for your talent.

Instagrammers make money by doing sponsored posts for brands or affiliate links to products, with the best earning tens of thousands of pounds.

Lots of people on Instagram have managed to turn their hobby into a business and with armies of loyal followers, some are raking it in big.

For example, if you take pictures when you travel and you gain a following you could then get travel brands to sponsor posts.

As a guide you’ll need around 10,000 followers before you can start making money.

17. Make YouTube videos


Some YouTube personalities, such as Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes, make millions from their posts. All you need is a laptop and some video editing software to start posting videos.

To become a YouTube superstar requires a lot of hard work. Unless you have millions of followers, it is still unlikely that you will be able to make a living from it.

You will need to post regular content and it will have to be interesting to build an audience.

Brands are willing to pay lots of money to people to promote their products. If you have enough followers, you will be able to make money from adverts, sponsorship and affiliate links.

To monetise your videos, you need to become a YouTube Partner and sign up to the site’s rules.

If a video goes viral, you could end up raking it in. When Howard Davies-Carr uploaded a video of his one-year-old son Charlie biting his three-year-old brother Harry’s finger it ended up earning him more than £100,000.

However, having a video that gains a large number of views is rare.

18. Write a blog

Top bloggers can earn as much as £10,000 for posting an article.

One of the main ways blogs make money is by selling ads. If you attract enough visitors to your site, advertisers may come directly to you.

You will need to have something interesting to say, and the time and patience to help drive up your traffic.

Other ways bloggers can make money is through promoting goods or services, although be careful this does not compromise the integrity of what you write about.

Some blogs also feature ‘sponsored links’, which means the advertiser pays the blogger to publish a post in which there is a link to its website.

19. Publish an eBook

While you used to need a book deal to get a novel published, with the internet anyone can write an eBook and find an audience.

Authors such E L James, who wrote 50 Shades of Grey, have taken this route, making millions along the way.

Self-publishing online is easy and there are plenty of platforms out there, Kindle being the biggest.

With Kindle, you can set your own price and royalty level. If you want to get the maximum royalty of 70%, you must set the price between £1.99 and £9.99. Anything higher than this and you will get a royalty of 35%. While some writers have earned a fortune, most will not make enough to earn a living from self-publishing.

Get out there to earn extra money

20. Be a life model


If you don’t mind complete strangers knowing what you look like without your clothes on, you could try being a life model.

You don’t have to be beautiful or have a six-pack like The Rock. In fact, you are more likely to be in demand if you have a unique body shape.

You will have to sit still, though, and with sessions lasting around three hours this could prove a difficult task for some.

Art schools and evening classes are always on the lookout for life models and you can earn from around £10 to £15 an hour.

If you are a man, there is also a growing trend for nude life drawing as part of a hen night.

21. Look after pets

Pet sitters look after other people’s animals while they are away on holiday and it is often cheaper for dog and cat owners to employ one than using boarding kennels.

One of the advantages of pet sitting is that it allows you to set your own hours and pay.

Usually you will have to check on the pets during the day, but owners might arrange for you to house-sit as well.

Pet sitters usually charge by the hour with rates varying from £5 to £25. Visit Uk.catinaflat.com or Housesittersuk.co.uk (costs £20 a year to register).

22. Work in direct sales

Direct selling involves selling products on a one-to-one basis or at special parties.

While direct selling evokes images of Tupperware parties or the Avon lady, there is far more to it than that.

More than 425,000 people in the UK work in direct sales, selling anything from cookware to jewellery, and clothing to spa products and books.

Companies that use direct sellers include Avon and Betterware.

With most direct-selling companies you will have to buy a business kit and a range of sample products, costing around £100 initially.

However, be careful of scammers – some companies promising untold riches may demand a big fee upfront.

23. See if your child can model

Do you have a beautiful baby and think he or she could be a star?

When you contact modelling agencies, you will be asked to send in a head and shoulders photo of your child and, if successful, you will be invited for an interview.

Shoots can pay up to £50 an hour, depending on your child’s age but bear in mind the agency will take their commission from that of around 25% to 37.5%.

It is competitive and there are far more would-be child models than there are jobs.

Also, beware of bogus agencies taking advantage of parents and asking for a fee. A good resource to use is ALBA Model Information (https://albamodel.info), which lists reputable agencies.

24. Get paid as a film or TV extra

If you have ever dreamt of being on TV or in a film, then why not become an extra?

You won’t need any acting skills, however you could be called on at a moment’s notice.

The standard day rate is £90.87, with £113.58 for a standard night and £56.79 for a shift call. You could even earn more if you are offered a speaking part or you have a special skill such as horse riding.

To get started, sign up with an agency such as Castingcollective.co.uk or Maddog2020casting.com. Be careful, though, as some rogue agencies may charge you for a photoshoot or ask you for upfront fees.

25. Go on a game show


TV game shows are always looking for contestants and if you get on you could win thousands.

Popular game shows can get thousands of applications, so if you want to get on The Chase, for example,  you might not be so lucky.

If you want to boost your chances of getting on a game show it might be worth trying for a new one.

Shows will be looking for a personality who stands out, so make sure you give it your all when you audition.You can find out which shows need contestants by visiting Beonscreen.com and ITV.com/beontv.

26. Find babysitting work

If you are looking to make a bit of spare cash at evenings or weekends, you can make money as a babysitter.

If you have no experience with children, you can expect to get paid around £9 an hour and even more if you live in London.

Most babysitters find babysitting work from family or friends, but you can also look for jobs on websites such as Childcare.co.uk and Sitters.co.uk, which match up parents with babysitters. Other places to look include local ads and Facebook groups.

27. Work as a dog walker

Dog lovers could pick up between £10 and £15 an hour if they are willing to walk someone’s four-legged friend. You could even increase the rate by walking other dogs at the same time.

It is good to remember that different types of dogs will have different walking requirements. You also need to be quite fit.

You could even combine this activity with other pet businesses such as pet grooming.

28. Run an ironing service

Many people hate ironing, which makes it a great way to make money. To attract customers, try putting ads in local newsagents and shops or posting leaflets through doors.

Charges typically start from about 80p per item or £2 for a bag weighing a pound.

If you don’t want the hassle  of finding your own customers, you could join a web-based agency such as Allironedout.co.uk.

29. Do other people’s chores

Some people just never have the time to get everything done.

If you are a natural at DIY or you have free time on your hands you could always run errands for people.

Sign up to Taskrabbit.co.uk to advertise your services. The site allows people to search for experts such as gardeners, cleaners or people who can do odd jobs around the house.

30. Become a tutor


Lots of parents are so desperate for their children to do well at school they are willing to pay extra for it.

If you have an in-depth knowledge of a particular academic subject and excellent communication skills, you could help others to learn by becoming a private tutor.

You can earn more than £20 an hour and while you don’t need to be a qualified teacher, it does help.

Maths, science and English tutors are particularly in high demand.

One advantage of being a tutor is that the hours are flexible, but you will have to work around school hours, so that means evenings and weekends.

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Make money from your car

31. Put adverts on your car

While it may not to be everyone’s taste, turning your car into a moving advertisement could be a great way of boosting your cash.

Companies like Car Quids and Rollin’ Ads will pay you to put vinyl graphic adverts on the side of your car.

You can choose what you want to advertise, so you don’t have to use brands you are uncomfortable with.

With some companies you will have to drive a minimum amount of miles each month, while others will pay you for parking.

The more of your car you cover, the more money you will make – potentially up to £100 a month.

32. Be a casual courier

With the rise of online shopping, there are plenty of opportunities for you
to make money out of your car by signing up to become a casual courier.

Amazon, Hermes and Yodel all have services you can join to make deliveries.

To be a self-employed courier you will need your own car with a valid MOT as well as a valid driving licence. You will also have to pass a background check.

The job gives you the flexibility to choose when you want to work, and you could earn up to £15 an hour.

Anyvan.com is a site that puts you in touch with people who want things moved.

Customers say what they want moving and where, and then they are given a list of drivers to choose from.

All you have to do is tell the company what vehicle you have, and it will provide you with suitable jobs.

33. Rent out your car

If your car is often parked on the drive and idle, why not take advantage of this by renting it out?

There are now plenty of apps out there, such as easyCar Club or Drivy, that make it easier than ever to rent out your car.

By signing up to an app and handing the keys over, you could make upwards from £40 a day.

However, it is a good idea to check with your insurer that renting out your car does not invalidate your insurance.


Reece Moore, a 30-year-old partnership manager from Stratford, has paid for his dream holiday to Singapore by renting his 2016 Renault Clio for just three months on the peer-to-peer car sharing platform Drivy.

Since listing his car, Reece has enjoyed a steady income of around £700 a month.

His car uses Drivy Open Technology, a smart unlocking system that means that Drivy vehicles are available instantly after booking and can be opened through the Drivy app, without needing a key.

Reece says: “Sometimes I don’t see my car for a couple of days at a time because it’s out making me money.

“I know that I will take at least £600 worth of bookings – in a quiet month. My car costs me around £80 a month to insure, maintain and tax, so each month I’m confident of at least £520 additional income from Drivy.

“I get around 10 bookings a month, sometimes for a couple of days at a time. I’ve only ever used my car four or five times a month so to now be able to make money while it isn’t in use is fantastic. I’m lucky to be located right by Stratford station and I take pride in keeping my vehicle in excellent condition – it keeps customers coming back to rent it.

“My partner and I are heading to Singapore shortly, and we are on course to not pay a penny for the whole trip, our spending money included, thanks to the extra income we’ve made.”

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Put your skills to good use

34. Sell photos to news outlets

If you happen to be in the right place for a breaking news event and you get a photo, you can sell it to a newspaper or website.

You can go to the news outlet directly or to an agency that will negotiate a price for you.

The price of your photo will depend on how exclusive it is and the quality of the pic.

With the increasing popularity of websites such as Mail Online, there is also money to be made from selling videos.

Featureworld.co.uk, Talktothepress.co.uk and Cavendish-press.co.uk all deal with general news, while Thesnitcherdesk.com specialises in celebrity pictures.

35. Grow and sell vegetables

Being green-fingered can be more than just a hobby. If you grow vegetables, fruit, or flowers you can always try selling the produce to passers-by, shops or at farmers’ markets.

While you won’t make a living from it, this is one way to offload any surplus stock and make a profit.

Restaurants and pubs are often looking for homegrown produce for their specials. Specialist items, like herbs, are also sought after, so pick an in-demand crop to be more profitable.

36. Sell your crafts

If you enjoy pottery, knitting, making jewellery or similar activities, you could try selling your creations online at a profit.

You can sell your wares on craft websites such as Etsy.co.uk and Folksy.com, which both charge a small fee.

37. Design an app

Apps have revolutionised the mobile phone industry and are now big business.

If you have a unique idea, you can hire an app developer from around £1,000 to program something simple.

You will have to get your app approved by a mobile operating system such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Once it is listed, you can make money by charging for downloads
and selling in-app purchases, subscriptions or advertising.

38. Become a transcriber

If you have good typing skills, one way to top up your income is to get paid for transcribing.

You can sign up to websites that will send you audio files to transcribe.

The hours are flexible, you don’t need any special training, and there is the added bonus of being able to work from home.

All you need is a computer and a decent set of headphones. A transcription foot pedal could also come in handy.

Transcription service Way With Words pays between $0.45 to $1.73 for every minute transcribed, depending on the type of work and urgency. This means for every hour you transcribe you could earn from £22 to £85.

39. Sell photos online

Lots of photographers are increasingly finding ways to monetise their hobby by selling their photos online.

You can make money by uploading them to a stock library where newspapers, magazines and advertisers can download them.

The world’s largest stock library is Alamy.com, which offers a huge 50% royalty on each photo sold.

Other stock libraries include Gettyimages.co.uk.

According to pensions advice specialist Portafina, photography is one of the most popular and profitable side hustles in the UK and could earn you upwards of £1,800 a year.


Sam Preece, a 23-year-old PR executive from York, took up nightclub photography to help save for Christmas.

She says: “As well as making some extra money, I was able to pursue something I really enjoyed. I love photography, so nightclub photography is an easy way to make some money for Christmas outside normal working hours.

“At Christmas, the clubs are always really busy and the busier the club, the more I get paid.

“My advice for anyone thinking of taking up a side hustle would be: don’t push yourself too hard. Only do a few extra hours and remember to leave time for yourself.

“The best thing about my side hustle was that it allowed me to still embrace Christmas while working. However, the extra hours tired me out a lot, so don’t overdo it.”

One-off income boosters

40. Make a complaint

If you have received poor service, you can send a complaint to try to get compensation.

When complaining in person, make sure you keep calm and don’t raise your voice.

A strongly worded letter can be extremely effective as can using social media, which can often be a lot quicker. Most companies will have a Facebook page or a Twitter account, so leave a message to explain your woes.

41. Go on a clinical trial

There are always new drugs appearing on the market, and pharmaceutical companies need to make sure they are safe.

Clinical trials are used to find out the effectiveness of a new drug or treatment and if there are any side effects.

Trials can be time-consuming with many involving repeat appointments and in-patient stays.

Depending on the type of trial, you could make up to £150 a day. However, you must me aware that you could also experience side effects. Make sure you know what you are getting into before going ahead.

Companies include Londontrials.com, Flucamp.com and Weneedyou.co.uk.

42. Staff a polling station


You can turn an election into a money-spinner by staffing at a polling station.

If you are willing to work the entire day, the next time there is an election you could earn up to £250 as a poll clerk. You will have to set up the polling station, check in voters and make sure they know how to cast their vote.

You must be on the electoral register and over 18. To find out more, contact your local authority for details on how to apply.

43. Sell real-life stories

If something interesting or shocking has happened in your life, you could earn a tidy sum.

You might have saved someone’s life or overcome insurmountable odds. Maybe you want to share your experiences of a love rat or have a larger-than-life pet.

Magazines and newspapers are always looking for inspirational or amazing real-life stories and will pay good money for them.

Women’s magazines will pay thousands for the right story: Take a Break and Real People pay up to £2,000, for example.

Third-party agencies such as Talktothepress.co.uk, Featureworld.co.uk and Sellusyourstory.com can also help you negotiate a deal for your story.

44. Write letters to magazines

Lots of magazines will pay money for readers’ letters. In fact, your odds of getting published are good as many magazines don’t receive enough letters.

Your letter could be about a previous feature, an amusing story or just something in the news. Bella pays £50 for a ‘star letter’, while if you send a tip to Take a Break for its Your Brainwaves page you could net yourself £25.

Moneywise awards a £50 M&S voucher to the writer of its Star Letter every month.

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Earn cashback

45. Use cashback credit cards

With cashback credit cards you can earn as you spend.

For every pound that you spend, the credit card company will give you reward points or offer you money back on certain purchases.

Make sure you pay off the bill in full every month, otherwise the interest you have to pay could be greater than the rewards.

46. Use debit card cashback

Lots of banks and building societies now have debit card cashback schemes, but you will have to get them switched on.

Just like with credit cards, every time you make a purchase you will be rewarded. The schemes vary significantly and depend on your bank.

Some banks, such as Santander, will give you cashback on payments such as utility bills and council tax, while others will give you cashback at selected shops. To find out exactly what you get, check out your bank’s website.

With some debit cards you can earn up to 15% cashback, but you will need to activate them, which you can do using your online banking or mobile app.

47. Use cashback sites

With cashback websites, you can earn money while shopping online. Every time you buy a product or service, a cashback website will automatically pay you.

Websites like TopCashback.co.uk, Quidco.com and Swagbucks.com will reward you for anythingå from your weekly groceries to switching utility provider.

By clicking through to other websites to buy products you can get up to 15% back on your purchase. They can do this as they have affiliate deals with the shops advertised on their website.

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Profit from your possessions

48. Recycle your old mobile


If you have an old mobile lying around the house, you could recycle it to get some extra cash.

You will get the most money if your phone is in working order and has little or no cosmetic damage.

You can sell your mobile phone on sites such as Envirofone.com, Mazumamobile.com and Fonebank.com

All you have to do is enter your phone’s make and model and you will be given a quote. If you choose to go ahead with it, you will be sent a freepost prepaid envelope and once you have sent it off you will receive your cash.

You can compare what 38 different sites will give you for your phone at Comparemymobile.com.

49. Sell your stuff online

If you have old CDs, DVDs, computer games or books cluttering up your room, selling them online is a great way of freeing up some space.

Auction site eBay offers 1,000 free listings a month. However, you will have to pay 10% of the final transaction value – including postage – known as the ‘final value fee’. You will also be charged by PayPal a fee of 3.4% of the total sale plus 20p per transaction.

Other sites you can use include Music Magpie (Musicmagpie.co.uk) for CDs, DVDs, and games, and We Buy Books (Webuybooks.co.uk) for books.

If you are looking to shift some clothes, as well as selling on eBay you can try ASOS Marketplace (Marketplace.asos.com).

50. Rent out items you own

Let’s face it, you bought those power tools with the best of intentions but you’ve never used them. The surfboard is somewhere in the garage, and the tent has never been anywhere near the great outdoors.

If you have things that you only use occasionally or that are gathering dust, why not rent them out?

On sites such as Rentnotbuy.co.uk and Fatllama.com, you can list items that you own and are willing to lend out in exchange for a fee. 

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First published on 29 September 2014

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Hi Eileen, we will be publishing the next 22 this Friday! 


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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Am I missing something here? I make the total ways to make money 28 - what happened to the other 22?


I tried this as I have done quite a lot of transcription work in the legal offices I used to work for. Your estimates for pay are unrealistic. Having done a couple of assignments for Way With Words, for which it took me over 12 hours to transcribe a hour's worth of audio, I was only paid just under £20. I am a good and accurate transcriber as well! I fail to see how anyone could make a living wage doing this kind of work.


Thank you so much for some really helpful and interesting ideas.


Making money

We did pet sitting for several years in our own home we got £8 if they stayed overnight and £12 if they came for the day. Your figures are way over the top.

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