Make at least £300 simply by using the internet
If you are desperate to make some cash, without having to put in too much effort, the internet is your friend! Here are six ways to make at least £300, using only your internet connection...
January is a long old month, waiting for your pay to appear in your account. I know I'm not alone when I say that my finances are beginning to feel a tad stretched.
Thankfully there are loads of clever ways you can use the internet to make a bit of cash, all with very minimal effort!
1) Cashback deals!
One of the main reasons my bank balance doesn't look too bad at the moment is because I got a very nice payment from the cashback website I use a lot, GreasyPalm, at the start of the month!
There are some truly eye-popping deals on cashback websites if you look hard enough, which actually effectively offer free money!
These tend to be on the gambling or casino websites, so you'll need to show some discipline and not end up throwing more money at the sites, but you can't argue with free cash.
From GreasyPalm for example, if you open a new account with Mecca Games, deposit and play with £10, you'll get £20 cashback!
Alternatively, head over to lovemoney.com readers' favourite cashback website, Quidco, and there's an even better deal - register a new account with Paddy Power and place a single bet of £10 and you'll get £30 in cashback!
Free money - Up to £20
2) Cash for your current account!
Dead easy one this - there are a couple of current account providers that will actually pay you for opening an account with them!
Alliance & Leicester for example will give you £100 cashback if you take up their Premier current account, so long as you switch all your direct debits over and pay £500 in each month.
Similarly, first direct will give you £100 if you open their 1st Account, and will even pay you an extra £100 if you aren't happy after six months and want to move elsewhere!
Free money - Up to £200
3) Flog your mobile
This is one I keep meaning to do but end up putting it off. Not any more though, as it really is free cash!
My old phone is the Nokia 6300 (that probably means about as much to you as it does to me), and I can get about £33 for it from a couple of the sites I've listed above.
Free money - £33
4) Flog your old iPod
It's not just old phones you might not use anymore - if you have an old mp3 player that is gathering dust, why not make a few bob selling it on?
Previously, this would have been limited to listing it on sites like eBay and hoping somebody liked the look of your old iPod enough to shell out for it.
However, Mopay- yes, the same Mopay which will buy your old mobile - has recently launched a specialist service offering cold, hard cash for your unwanted iPod.
You don't necessarily get a huge return - for a second generation 4GB Nano (my own current model) you'll get a whopping £9.10 - but at least you'll know you'll definitely get some cash, compared to the gamble of an auction.
Free money - £9.10
5) Do some surveys
Rarely a day goes by when I don't get an email from YouGov asking me to take part in a survey. Ok, most of the time it's the naff 'brand awareness' one which you don't get cash for, but are entered into a prize draw, but now and again I will have the option of making a few pennies from doing a slightly more interesting one.
And it's not like they take ages to do.
It takes a while to build up sufficient cash to qualify for a voucher, but it's a lovely bonus when the cheque arrives through the post!
Free money - £50
6) Sell your junk
If all else fails, the one sure-fire way to make money on the internet is to sell stuff you no longer need or use.
When I got home from University, I sold a host of the books I never wanted to set eyes on again on Amazon and made a tidy little sum.
The main alternative of course is eBay, and here at lovemoney.com, we've previously written about our preference for the latter in Why eBay is better than Amazon. Either way, both sites offer a decent vehicle for raising some cash.
However, if you have an old heirloom that you reckon might be worth a few bob, rather than taking a gamble with an auction site or a car boot sale, it might be worth checking out Valuemystuffnow.com, a site offering professional online valuations of antiques and collectibles.
Basically you upload photographs and a description of the item, and you'll get a valuation back within two days (you'll have to pay £3.99 a time though).
Free money - Could be anything!
So there you have it - six easy tips, which if I followed right now could net me well over £300 even before I have a root around for some priceless antiques in the attic!
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