Earn extra cash: easy ways to make money

Want to make money? We've picked out some easy ways to earn extra cash in your spare time – whether it's at home, online or simply out and about.

There are plenty of quick and easy ways to make money without having to sell the house. Take a look at our round-up of the best tips to earn extra cash.

Some can be done from home, some online and others by getting out and about.

Choose the money-making tips that suit you!

Best bank switching bonuses

A host of banks will pay you to take out one of their bank accounts.

For example, HSBC will give you £175 if you switch to its HSBC Advance account, while first direct offers £100 if you switch.

Read more at The best bank accounts for switching bonuses.

Use a cashback website

Any time you shop online, you should always shop via a cashback website such as Quidco or TopCashback

If you shop via one of their tracked links, you’ll get a percentage of what you spend back in the form of cashback. It’s essentially free money!

What's more, you'll get a £10 cashback bonus from Quidco when you make your first purchase.

Read our guide to the top cashback websites for more information on how they work.

Woman shopping. (Image: Shutterstock)

Use a cashback credit card

Whether you are shopping online or in person, if you use a cashback credit card you will get a percentage of the money you spend back in cold, hard cash.

American Express offers the best cashback rates on the market for free cashback credit cards.

With the Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card, you can earn 5% cashback on all spending in the first three months of opening an account (limited to up to £100 cashback), and there's no annual fee to worry about.

The Asda Cashback Credit Card will pay you 1% cashback on all Asda shopping and fuel, and 0.2% cashback on other spending elsewhere.  

An important catch with the Asda card is that all earned cashback is given in the form of vouchers to spend in store at Asda or online at George.com.

If you don’t shop regularly at Asda, this cashback credit card may not be the right choice for you.

With cashback cards and cashback sites, it’s important to remember the idea is to get money back for spending you were going to do anyway – don’t spend more than you can afford, simply so that you earn more cashback!

You can look at more cashback credit cards on our comparison site.

Become a mystery shopper

If you like to have a mooch around the shops and eat out, why not earn some extra cash as a mystery shopper?

Sites like MarketForce will pay you to drop in unannounced to shops and restaurants to rate the experience, and will pay you for your feedback

For more details, see how we got on when we tried out mystery shopping.

Make money selling your pics

If you can take a decent snap of cityscapes and landmarks, you may be able to flog them to agencies, including ShutterstockAlamy and 123ref.

The firms sell your images and pay you a commission based on what it goes for.

Find more ways to make money from your smartphone in this handy guide.

Do surveys

Easy ways to make money, including online surveys (Image: Shutterstock)

Loads of websites offer the opportunity to fill out surveys in exchange for cash.

YouGov is among the most well-known sites, but it can take years to reach 5,000 points to get £50 in payment.  

PopulusLive has fewer available surveys and the payout is limited to £50, but you could get up to £1 for every five minutes doing surveys, meaning you may reach your total quicker than you can on YouGov.

Crowdology has a much lower minimum payment limit of £4 and pays out via PayPal.

In summary, surveys are a good way to earn small sums of money if you have the time.

Get active

There are several apps that will pay you money or offer vouchers to keep fit and healthy.

Learn more by reading our fitness reward app challenge, in which we look at how much we could earn using BetterPoints or Sweatcoin.

Help with odd jobs

If you’ve got some time to kill, you could make money by helping others with their odd jobs.

Websites like TaskRabbit allow people in certain cities to list tasks they need help with such as picking up a parcel or moving home that they are willing to pay for.

In order to become a helper with either site, you will need to go through a verification process.

After that, you can pick and choose jobs in your area to earn extra cash in your spare time.

Rent out your parking space

Earn extra cash by renting out your driveway (Image: Shutterstock)

Renting out your parking space can be a great way to top up your income.

For example, if you have a driveway outside your home that you don’t always use, you could rent it out through a site like JustPark.

Your space is more likely to be in demand if you live near a sports stadium, tourist spot, airport or train station.

To find out more, read 6 ways to make money from your car.

Rent out a room

If you have a spare room, taking in a lodger could be seriously lucrative.

Thanks to the Government’s Rent a Room scheme, you can currently earn up to £7,500 per year in rental income tax-free.

That means a lodger paying up to £625 a month won’t cost you a penny in tax!

Just remember, you will need to speak to your home insurer first.

For more information, read Rent A Room scheme: tax-free cash from your spare room.

If you want more short-term options, it's possible to rent out almost any room in your house on a weekly basis.

Sites like OfficeRiders effectively helps companies find space in private places for work meetings, events and co-working, while Kitchen2Rent does what it says on the tin.

Sell your old phone

Sitting on an old mobile handset that you don’t use anymore? Don’t leave it gathering dust at the back of the cupboard, flog it online!

You can sell it yourself on a site like eBay or Gumtree, or use one of the many mobile phone recycling sites to see who will pay you the most for your old phone.

Just be sure to do some research on what previous users have got for their phones.

Unfortunately, there are a number of unscrupulous sites that promise big pay-outs, then try to short-change you once the phone has been sent.

Sell your old tablet

A number of these sites offer cash for old tablets too, so if your old iPad or Kindle is sitting unloved and unused, cash it in too!

Earn extra cash by selling your old phone, tablet or laptop (Image: Shutterstock)

Sell your old DVDs

A host of sites will pay you for your old DVDs, but the amounts are often paltry.

All you have to do is enter the barcode from your DVD on sites like MusicMagpieZapper and CeX, and the site will give you a price for your DVD.

It's worth comparing what you will get from a few different sites, as the values can vary significantly.

We ran the rule over what you could expect in Selling DVDs UK: MusicMagpie versus Zapper, CeX, Ziffit and Momox.

Sell at a car boot sale

You could enjoy a more significant return selling your old bits and bobs at a car boot sale.

You can find your local sale at carbootjunction.com.

It's probably a good idea to go down to a sale first, to get an idea of where the best pitches are and pick up some tips on how best to flog your wares!

For a great guide on how to do it properly, check out Car boot sales: top tips to sell successfully.

Direct selling

Alternatively, you could try direct selling to a firm such as Avon, Usborne Books, or even Ann Summers.

A good place to find out which companies are worth looking into is the Direct Selling Association.

You should also read our excellent guide on How to make money around having a family.

Make money from online searches

How often do you reckon you search for something on Google, Amazon, eBay or Yahoo? Most of us search on at least one of these sites fairly regularly.

But thanks to a site called Qmee, you can get paid for these searches.

Enter your search term as usual, and a Qmee result will appear alongside the normal search results. Click on the Qmee result and you’ll pocket a cash reward.

It’s only a few pennies a time, but it can quickly add up. For more details, read Qmee: get paid to search online.

Man searching for content on laptop. (Image: Shutterstock)

Have opinion, will travel…

Sign up to a market research firm and you’ll be sent invites to take part in all sorts of survey projects, with a cash incentive.

For example, signing up to Focus4People, we got invitations to take part in surveys on travel, news, energy and credit offering up to £50 for one hour.

The downside is that to take part you may need to travel, and slots are often during the day.

But if that doesn’t bother you, it’s an easy way to make a little extra money.

…or just watch the telly

Even better, why not get paid to watch the telly? Thanks to TheViewers.co.uk you can make a few quid just for having an opinion about some TV shows.

This might mean giving feedback on what you've watched recently, reviewing a new show before it airs nationally, or helping develop ideas for new shows.

To find out more, read Join TheViewers and get paid to watch TV.

Sell yourself

No, not like that! But if you have a useful skill or two, why not make the most of them?

On PeoplePerHour.com, there are thousands of people adept at website design, image editing, writing and social media who are selling their services an hour at a time.  

If you are more useful with your hands – perhaps you are a dab hand with a paintbrush or a bit of carpentry – then why not stick an ad on a site like Gumtree or in your local newsagent?

Man playing video game. (Image: Shutterstock)

Play video games

Yes, it really is possible. There are thousands of people streaming their game playing on sites like Twitch, and some are making a pretty decent living from it.

It’s certainly not easy though. Check out our guide to making money from video games for more information.

Start a YouTube channel

Along similar lines, why not start a YouTube channel? The hosts of some channels are pocketing millions each year, and you could get a slice of the action too!

Read Make money from YouTube if you want to find out more information.

Be a travel blogger

If travel is more your thing, you can write for sites such as World Nomads about your travels – this site pays $0.5c per word for written stories.

This article has been updated

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