How mum-to-be made 28k online in one year.

2 February 2016

Married mum-to-be Katy Stevens from Essex (pictured above) first started boosting her income around 10 years ago. Unhappy in her job, she quit and took the plunge to became self-employed in 2013.

‘I boosted my income by £28,000 in 2015’

The 27-year-old, who blogs about her “bakes, makes and money-making escapades” at, says she made a mammoth £28,000 last year working from home.

“Some income-boosting opportunities may only earn me a few hundred a year, others earn me a few thousand. Even the little amounts add up significantly throughout the year,” she says.

Katy makes money online in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Taking part in paid surveys on websites such as
  • Using online rewards programme Swagbucks to make cash from
  • searching the web, answering polls, watching videos, playing games,
  • and more.
  • Completing micro-tasking jobs, such as categorising images or finding an email address for a database, via apps such as Spare5.
  • Getting paid to review products.
  • Earning cashback on online shopping via websites such as
  • Engaging with online community – a forum for
  • people who work together to share opportunities on making money
  • from home.
  • Undertaking mystery shopping trips via and the FieldAgent mobile app.

Her top tip is to not to let others put you off or knock your confidence. “If you know that something is legal and proven, then what have you got to lose by giving it a go?” she says.

But she warns: “Never put all of your eggs in one basket in the online world. Earnings can change at a moment’s notice – and I never spend any money that isn’t yet in my bank account.”

For more top tips on boosting your income, see our How to make money from your sofa and Top 20 ways to make money in your spare time guides. You can also read how Moneywise team members make money from home.