If you are looking for ways to make money online – look no further. We’ve rounded up 5 of the best ways to make a bit of extra cash without having to move more than a few fingers and your mouse.
We’ve sorted through everything – from those too-good-to-be-true make you rich instantly sites to the sites that give you a small trickle of income – to bring you a list of ways to make money online that suits your need. So, whether you’re looking for an extra tenner a month or a part-time income, there should be something for everyone here.
Way to make money online #1. Get paid to click
Imagine, money dropping into your account every time you click your mouse. While pay-to-click sites are not quite as fantastic as they sound, they’re still pretty great. You won’t get rich quick, but if you’ve got the time to click on some ads, watch some videos or take online surveys, you can add a little bit of pocket money to your bank account every month.
Sites like Swagbucks are a good place to start – they let you choose from a range of activities (watching videos, completing polls and surveys, using different search engines to Google) that all contribute towards your total. You can claim your money as cash, PayPal transfer, Amazon vouchers and a range of high street vouchers.
Alternatively, online survey sites are a great way to make money online – with some people earning about £800 a year for giving their opinion on everything from the news to fizzy drinks. That’s all there is to it. Click, click, click, ca-ching. Making money online has never been easier.
Way to make money online #2: Complete easy tasks, earn easy money
OK, there’s a little bit more effort involved in these than the previous batch, but only marginally. In fact, you can earn money while you pop to the shops – just by checking the prices of some items and reporting them on an app.
If you’ve got an iPhone, there’s a free app called Field Agent that gives you the opportunity to carry out market research on behalf of various companies. All you need to do is pop to the shops, whip out your camera, take a bunch of photos of products and write a quick review. In exchange for each task, you’ll earn anywhere between £2 and £10 (but it usually averages around fiver.) If you can co-ordinate it with your regular trip to the shops, you’re onto a winner.
If you live near a high street, it might also be worth downloading and signing up for the Streetspotr app. A bit like Field Agent, Streetspotr sends you on missions to carry out small market research tasks – buying a coffee from a local coffee shop or taking a picture of a window display, for instance. The closer you are to the high street, the more tasks you’ll get and the more money you will rake in. Again, this averages around £5 per task, but some tasks can pay up to £20.
Way to make money online #3: Sell, sell, sell
Have you got a loft full of stuff you don’t use anymore? What about in the shed? Any old kid’s toys, bikes, motorbikes, lawn mowers, clothes, furniture, TVs, games consoles, games, DVDs, vinyl records, instruments or jewellery that you don’t use or wear anymore? Flog them and you could earn a load of money.
eBay is a great place to start, but if you’re looking for quick cash (with no administrative fees) then Gumtree is a pretty great website – upload a quick add with a few photos (the longer the description and more photos you upload, the better chance you’ll have at selling the item) and, before you know it, someone rings your doorbell with a handful of cash for you. On top of that, you clear a load of space in your house that was only taken up by stuff you never used. Win, win.
Way to make money online #4: Give your finances a spring clean
OK, technically this one isn’t making money, it’s saving it, but bear with us. If you’ve got a spare few hours, sitting down and re-evaluating your finances can save you a pretty penny. Half an hour looking for cheaper insurance, investigating whether you’ve got a PPI claim, looking for cheaper TV or internet packages – or even just tracking your incomings and outgoings to see where you can save a bit of money – can save you tonnes of money in the long run.
Martin Lewis, The Money Saving Expert, estimates that, with a little bit of research, you can save yourself up to £1,000 a year on your mortgage, thousands on your food shopping and over £300 a year on your utility bills, just by doing a bit of internet research. Not bad, eh?
Way to make money online #5: Get paid to write
Got a way with words? Well, believe it or not, you can get paid to write online. And there’s jobs for everybody.
If you type so fast that the keyboard starts to smoke, then you can earn a pretty penny typing up audio files on TakeNote. All you need is a C at GCSE in English and to be able to type at 65 words a minute (which is pretty fast!). If you tick those boxes, you can get paid per minute of audio you transcribe, which works out at between £7 and £9 an hour. Not too shabby.
If you’ve got an inner-writer that’s dying to get out, there’s also a way of getting paid to write articles for business as well as for adverts and websites. Websites like TextBroker and PeoplePerHour allow you to register as a writer and to apply to work on jobs for businesses, which can be anything from writing a post about marble sinks to words to go on a taxi website. The better you are, the more you can charge. Plus, if you’re good enough, you can even make a part-time or full-time living out of it.
There are lots of ways to make money online – perhaps even far more money than through the sites here. A lot of businesses are now trading exclusively through websites. So, if you’ve got a business idea that’s been brewing in your mind for a while, why not give it a shot? Start off small, doing bits and pieces in the evening, and slowly develop it from a sideline into your full-time job. (And if you need a hand with start-up costs, even with bad credit, check out our guide to getting a loan as a freelancer – the same rules apply to the self-employed too.)