Things You Can Do Now PART TWO: Making Money

Following on from last week’s ‘Things you can do now’, today it’s all about making money!

When money gets a bit tight our first reaction is often to cut back and save money in order to survive.

However, there are many things you can do to make some extra cash from the comfort of your own home.

Money bloggers are always looking at ways we can make money to gain financial freedom and earn our time back.

Here are some of the easiest ways we do it.

Matched betting

Matched betting is a risk free, tax free way of making some serious money.

You MUST stick to the formula laid out by Profit Accumulator, but in all honesty you can’t really fail to go wrong if you follow the step-by-step videos.

If you’re worried about committing to a subscription straight away don’t, there is a free trial available which will guarantee you earn around £40-£45.

After that is over, if you decide it’s not for you, you can walk away with your profit with no cost to yourself whatsoever.

What have you got to lose really?

If you’re interested  in making up to £2,000 a month extra then I’ve written a more detailed blog about it here.

Surveys

Surveys are another way you can make some decent money from the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Look at the highest paying surveys first from Prolific Academic, NewVistaLive, PopulusLive and GlobalTestMarket.

Once you have signed up for those take a look at the others such as Valued Opinion, Clixsense and OpinionsWorld.

You can earn a decent hourly rate from the better paying ones, I tend to fill them out whilst watching TV!

Just make sure you are honest with your answers in case you’re asked duplicate questions.

As my mum always said to me as a kid “You need to an exceptional memory to be a liar David!’ – Probably why she always caught me out!

If you answers don’t match up, chances are you won’t get paid and it will be a waste of your time.

Car boot sale / charity shop flipping

Something I am determined to do this year.

Basically with flipping you’re looking for a bargain that you can sell online.

Do your homework first, see what is selling well on eBay and stay away from saturated items with too much competition.

It’s essentially like playing Bargain Hunt for real, except with any item not just antiques.

Freelance writing

If you have a flair for writing you can make good money as a copywriter.

It helps to have some samples of your work available, or even sending a prospect some examples as part of your pitch.

Companies are outsourcing more and more work these days, so don’t restrict yourself to writing if there are admin roles you might be able to take on too.

Start a blog

Starting a blog can be a great way of making money, some bloggers have managed to carve out a luxury lifestyle for themselves by doing so.

It won’t happen overnight, but if you put in enough work and you content is engaging it will definitely open doors.

I was new to this just over twelve months ago and I’m now making money as a side income from a mixture of sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, freelance writing and social media management.

If I can do it anyone can and I would suggest Blue Host for your hosting package.

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Sell unwanted items

There is usually a ton of stuff to get rid of to make room for Christmas.

Have a good root through all your belongings and see what you no longer use or have any use for.

Sell it on eBay, Gumtree or Facebook buy, sell and swap pages.

If you’re stuck for ideas on what you could sell, check out this blog I did a while back!

Make money from your hobby

Are you good at baking?  A bit arts and crafty? A talent for making jewelry?

Well, why not start making money out of it.

I see so many people now popping up on Facebook making their own products and selling them to the public – what’s stopping you from making money too?

Check out this blog I did about hobbies you can turn into side hustles. 

Pet sitting

This is becoming more and more popular and can be a really lucrative full time or side business.

People just don’t like to leave their pooches unattended for too long these days.

Doggy day care has taken off big time, my friend has an extremely profitable business doing this.

If you’re at home, put an advert in a local paper, local shops and even on sites such as Gumtree and eBay.

Consider setting yourself up a website to advertise your service and show the lovable fur balls enjoying life with you whilst their ‘parents’ are out working.

A lot of people, me included, prefer to use this sort of service for their cats if they are going away on holiday.

Having a pet sitter takes away the need to move your cat(s) out of their own home.

Any cat own will tell you, those furry little ninjas do not like to be moved from their own stomping ground!

Switch bank accounts

There are currently five banks that will pay you a cash bonus by switching your custom to them.

The bonus is tax free and when you switch, all your commitments such as Direct Debit payments, are switched over automatically so there is no hassle to yourself.

Remember, no bank has any loyalty to you and there is little point in showing them any either.

It is worth noting that any applications for a new account will result in a traceable imprint on your credit file.

So, if you’re looking to apply for a mortgage I would advise against switching accounts until the process is complete.

Switch energy / TV packages using cashback websites

If you’re out of contract for your energy supply, you should be looking to fix down the price anyway in light of the impending price hikes.

However, check out sites such as Top Cashback and Quidco first, as you could earn yourself a nice chunk of cashback to switch.

Always do a comparison first to see who is offering the biggest saving, then check it against the cashback you could earn and work out which is offering you the better deal.

There is little point switching to a supplier for £50 cashback if they are the most expensive provider in your area and you’re left out of pocket.

You can also do the same for internet and TV packages.

If you’re happy to switch, you could cut down the cost as well as making some easy money through cashback too.

Rent out your parking space

There is good money to be made renting out your car parking space if you’re in the right area.

People living next to sports grounds, music venues/arenas and airports to name a few, can really cash in on renting out their car parking spaces.

Check out this article I did about renting out your parking space here. 

Final word

These are just a few ideas for you to start making money from your own home.

As soon as you open up your mind to the possibility of doing so, an abundance of opportunities will spring to mind.

Believing it is possible is the most important first step.

Thinking Thrifty

Thinking Thrifty

David Jack Taylor is the founder and editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. An award winning personal finance and lifestyle blogger, he shows how it is possible to live extremely well for less.
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