Lots of us have been struggling to make ends meet for the past few years. And if you’ve been scrimping and saving, but things are still tough, then the idea of making a bit of extra cash probably sounds very appealing.
It’s actually much easier than it sounds – and you don’t need to resort to doing a paper round to make more money (although if you want to, it’s a great way to get more exercise too!). There are loads of ways to get some extra income, perhaps you have a skill that you could sell, a room or driveway you could rent out or just some free time that you could use to get paid to take part in market research or doing someone else’s ironing.
Here we’ve got 6 ideas of easy ways for you to make more money. Whether you want a few extra pounds here and there, or you need hundreds more a month, there’s something that’ll suit you and we guarantee there’ll be a few ideas you’ve never thought of before.
1-Firstly, Online surveys
How? Sign up to as many online survey companies as you like. Try Swagbucks where you can earn reward points which convert into ‘Swagbucks’ which can be redeemed on giftcards for retailers like Amazon. Also, check out valuedopinions.co.uk, which pays in shop vouchers.
How much can I earn? Online research pays between 10p and £2 per questionnaire.
How? Contact local art schools and adult education colleges for information on how you can offer your services. You can also put ads up in local art schools offering your services. Once you’ve worked for a few artists or schools, word should get about that you’re available for life modelling, which should bring in more work.
How much can I earn? In London, life models make between £7 and £8 per hour for clothed modelling, and between £10 and £11 for unclothed sittings. Expect to be paid 10% less outside London.
3-Rent out your driveway or parking space
How? There are numerous websites which let you list your location, rates and any restrictions – have a look at parkonmydrive.com, parklet.co.uk,justpark.com and yourparkingspace.co.uk. Put ads in local newsagents or local papers advertising your parking space. If you’ve got a garage and you live in a big city, you might be able to rent it out through a property letting agent.
How much can I earn? Find out what the daily parking charge is at your local train station and offer a competitive rate. Depending on where you live, you could make anything from £10 a day to thousands a year. It’s worth bearing in mind that income may be taxable, you should have a written contract and make sure neighbours aren’t put out, especially if it’s a double shared driveway. Whether you own your property or rent it out, you should also check the terms of your lease, mortgage and insurance.
4-Work in a shop or cafe on Saturdays
How? You can often get weekend work with a shop or cafe simply by going in and asking. There are also employment agencies that provide shop assistants, particularly in large cities.
How much can I earn? Around the minimum wage (£6.08 for over 21s), although if you have experience in a similar area of retail you may be able to earn more.
How? The easiest way to do this at university or college is to be recommended by a person who already invigilates. You can also contact the various exam boards requesting work or you could go direct to the local schools or colleges.
How much can I earn? A half day (i.e. a 3-hour exam) will pay about £45.
6-Care for plants
How? You can either offer your services as a plant minder for local people when they go away (try a leaflet drop or an advert in a local newspaper). Or, you can offer a plant hire service as well as plant care. This is quite a big business already, particularly in cities where there are lots of businesses that like to have plants in their offices but don’t want to look after them. You could set up your own operation if you have a good greenhouse, love plants and have the time to travel round to local offices and homes once or twice a week. To do this, send letters to businesses in your area that you think would benefit from your plant hire and care services. Address your letter to the office services or administrative manager, or the general manager in the case of a hotel. You can also place ads in the small ads sections of the business trade press.
How much can I earn? Anything from £20 a week for looking after the plants in a neighbour’s home to thousands a month if you have a good plant hire and care business. A very successful plant hire business would require a van and you’d have to spend quite a bit on plants, growing and care materials.