Looking for ways of earning extra money online? Here are five great ideas to explore to help you make extra pennies and pounds.
Sell unwanted items
If you need to declutter your home or wardrobe and have lots of unwanted items to sell, there are plenty of places online where you could sell them. Ebay is the obvious starting point for all manner of items (check out our guide to selling on eBay), but it’s also worth looking at selling used books, textbooks, DVDs and CDs at Amazon.
Many local Facebook groups now have Facebook selling pages where you can offer items up for sale locally and help reduce the cost and hassle of postage and packing.
Start an Etsy store
If you’re a dab hand at making your own crafts or other handmade items, such as pottery, cards, knitted items or jewellery, then starting an Etsy store may be a good move for you. You can control what goods or products you’re selling, how much you’d like to price them at and get access to a creative community of like-minded people with help and advice.
Read our beginners guide to selling on Etsy.
Sell your skills on Fiverr
Earn money from selling your skills on a site like Fiverr. Even if you don’t think you’ve got skills to offer, you could be surprised. Have a browse of the site to get an idea of the types of skills people are offering. There’s everything from creating drawings, graphics and animations, to helping with social media, offering career advice, doing genealogy research or even astrology. If you’ve got a skill, you could offer it on here.
As the name suggests, every skill listing you create could earn you a Fiverr. It might not seem much, but it can add up and you’ll be doing something you enjoy.
Get paid to test websites
If you love looking at websites and evaluating them, why not consider becoming a paid tester for a site such as WhatUsersDo?
WhatUsersDo specialises in offering a user test service and you can apply online to become a tester for them. The work involves browsing a set website. Providing feedback and thoughts about it and answering a set of questions. Each test takes approximately 20 minutes and you get paid for every test that you complete. Your responses need to be provided by audio, so you’ll need a microphone to complete the work.
Get paid for searching online
Qmee is a free to join browser extension that helps you earn cash whilst you’re going about your usual web searches. This isn’t a big earner, but it can add up over time.
When the extension is installed, it will sometimes show you relevant ads on the side of your search results, on sites such as Google, eBay, Amazon and John Lewis. You’ll see exactly how much money you’ll earn by clicking on these. The amounts are normally minimal, but you can click on two to three in one session and they honestly do add up. You can also earn extra cash by completing surveys through Qmee.