When it comes to looking after our finances, we tend to focus on reducing costs and making savings – and rightly so; things like using less water in the home and seeking out discounts when shopping can make a huge difference to our outgoings. However, no matter how careful we are, there are often times when making ends meet can be a struggle. For those occasions when some extra cash would really come in handy, here are some flexible, easy and surprisingly enjoyable ways to give your finances a boost.
Share your opinion
Believe it or not, there are plenty of websites that will pay you just to give your opinion. Filling out surveys and providing reviews will not make you rich, but it is an extremely easy way to top up your income whenever you have some spare time. Most survey sites award points which can then be cashed in for high street vouchers, but there are also those like MySurvey, which pay in cash via PayPal. From product reviews to opinion polls, this is something you can do from anywhere, and as little or often as you like.
E-commerce is a major market, and selling online offers considerable earning potential. Whether it’s auctioning pre-loved goods through eBay or building an online shop via sites such as www.1and1.co.uk, selling from home is a convenient and flexible way to make extra money. From second-hand clothes and books to homemade crafts or beauty products, practically anything can be sold online, and this can work equally well as a full-time job or as a part-time side project.
Become a mystery shopper
If you don’t have the time to run your own shop, it is also possible to make money as a customer. Mystery shopping gigs can be found through specific agencies, with payment ranging from freebies and gift vouchers to cash. You will be tasked with the mission of visiting a particular shop and rating your in-store experience, from the quality of the customer service to the products on offer. If you’re honest, reliable and enjoy shopping, this is an easy way to make some extra money.
Rent out your spare space
Space is money, and your earning potential is considerably higher if you have any going spare. There are multiple possibilities when it comes to monetising your space, and it doesn’t necessarily have to mean taking in a permanent lodger. For a more short-term cash boost, sites like Airbnb enable you to rent out your spare room for just a few days at a time, and the option to accept or reject booking requests means you can be fairly selective. Another option is to rent out your driveway – an especially lucrative endeavour for anyone living near a train station or airport. See how it works with places like JustPark.
Get paid to watch TV
Watching TV is something most of us do on a daily basis, so using one of our favourite pastimes as a way to make money seems almost too good to be true. Alas, websites like www.theviewers.co.uk make it possible – although there’s a bit more to it than just sitting in front of the box each night. From online surveys to focus groups to completing a TV viewing diary, there are several different ways to take part and essentially earn money for being a television critic. Again, this is a highly flexible way of topping up your income without investing too much time or effort.