May 13

A-Z guide to making more money

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We love to tell you about new and exciting ways to make money. Here there’s everything from creating money-making apps, collecting Barbie dolls and setting up your own ironing business to earning freebies with mystery shopping, renting out your property and much more. So if you want to start earning extra cash today take a look at our A-Z guide to making more money below.


A is for Apps

Phone apps

Ever thought about making your very own money making app?

If you have an idea for an app, but wondering if you have the right skills to develop one then look no further. Even if you’re a complete technophobe you can still have a go at the app-making industry, and bring in a tidy profit too.

Take a look at our guide to creating your own money-making app here.


B is for Blogging

Blog on Laptop

Blogs are completely free, pretty easy to set up and can make you some good money.

Mashable and The Huffington Post started out as blogs and now they are some of the most popular websites in the world! But it’s not just money you can make from blogging, you can also get free tickets to events, free music, free DVDs – the opportunities are endless! Often the successful blogs are ones that find a niche to attract people and then go from there.

 Sound interesting? Here’s our article on how to make money from blogging.



C is for Collecting

Barbie doll collection

People collect all sorts of stuff and some of it could well bring in some extra cash. From clunky 1980s phones to whiskey, you’d be surprised what can make you a few bob.

You can make money collecting Ladybird books, Bakelite, film and music memorabilia, comic books, Barbie dolls, Chinese snuff bottles and even Elvis Presley memorabilia.

Can you turn your collecting obsession into a money-making opportunity? Read our 12 ways to make money collecting for more information.


D is for Doula

Pregnant woman and midwife/doula

You can make money using your experience as a mother by becoming a doula. A doula is paid to support a woman throughout her pregnancy and then in the first few months of motherhood. Being a doula is hard work but it’s also very rewarding and of course you can make money too.

Although you don’t need qualifications to be a doula, you should have a little training.  Try the British Doulas course which happens regularly in London. It has a high level of integrity and training.


E is for Earn an easy £10

Surprised woman looking at phone

Download Digital Trends onto your computer, smart phone or tablet for free, keep it on there for a month and you’ll get £10. It’s that easy! If you have other devices you’ll get a further £10 for downloading the app onto those.

Even more, you’ll get £5 every three months just for keeping the app installed as long as you’re live just one day in each month. Easy money indeed. Download it for free here.


F is for Facebook

Facebook log-in screen on laptop and smartphone

Facebook isn’t just a great way to check up on your friends, it can also provide several money making opportunities. Facebook is still probably the most ‘relaxed’ and informal of all the social network sites and therefore the one with the least obvious money making potential, but it is the biggest and if you can use Facebook to make money then you’ll be ahead of the curve. See our article on 4 ways to make money using Facebook.

Ooh, and do follow our Facebook page for lots of money-making ideas every day (tell your friends too!)



G is for Going places

Woman relaxing on the beach

Usually when we take holidays we have one thing and one thing only in mind – relaxation.

However, there’s no reason why you can’t use your vacation time to make a bit of extra cash. There are many ways to make money on holiday including: reviewing your holiday, teaching others a new language, fruit picking, selling your photos an more.

Give it a go in between hours spent idling by the pool and use the money to top up your next holiday fund.


H is for Hosting foreign students

Foreign Students

There are thousands of English language schools, social clubs, colleges and universities around the country with foreign students looking for places to stay while they learn.

If you’re not sure about having someone permanently renting a room in your home, letting it to foreign students or lecturers visiting a local university or college can provide a gentle introduction.

See our guide to making money hosting foreign students.


I is for Ironing

Woman ironing in the living room/lounge

You wouldn’t think it, but there’s an extremely high demand for efficient and quality ironing services.

If you can get your hands on some coat hangers and know your way round an ironing board then this may well be the money-maker you’ve been looking for. To make money from ironing you will need to be able to iron to a high standard and have the essentials: a good iron and ironing board. After this you can either sign-up to a local agency or put out your own adverts and start up your own ironing business.

Read our article on how to make money by running an ironing service here.


J is for Jam, cakes and cookies

Jam and scones

If you have a recipe for a delicious pot of Jam why not share it with the rest of the world. Making more money from sweet things such as Jams, cakes and cookies are very popular – especially at car boot sales and seasonal markets around Christmas and Easter. Pot’s of jam can cost very little to make and you can sell them for £2-£4 per a pot.

See our article on how to make money selling jam, cakes and cookies here.


K is for Knitting

Womans hands knitting

Lots of people know how to knit, but what they don’t know is how to make a profit from it. You can make money knitting, particularly if you are quick and professional as people will pay good money for good quality hand knitted items such as jumpers, blankets and scarves.

See how some people have made money from selling their knitting here.


L is for Lost Luggage


Hundreds of thousands of suitcases get lost every year around the world but they don’t just disappear into a black hole – in fact, they open up an opportunity for you to make money.

When British Airways, or any of the other airlines, have a surplus of unclaimed baggage in storage, they sell the cases at auction. All you need to do is head down to the auction house and bid on what you think you can sell on for a profit via eBay. Not a difficult task when you can get items worth more than £500 for £50.

See our article on how to make money from lost luggage here.


M is for Mystery shopping

Mystery shopper in disguise

Mystery shopping is a fun way to earn some extra money while shopping, or testing services at local restaurants and pubs. Sounds like a dream job! Different mystery shopping companies will provide you with different assignments depending on who their clients are. Read our essential article about mystery shopping here.

You can also get our mystery shopping eBook here. It’s full of useful links and information on how to make money mystery shopping.


N is for Newsletter

MoneyMagpie Newsletter graphic

Want money making tips every week straight in your inbox?

Of course you do and that is why you need to sign-up to our weekly newsletter which has a variety of money making tips, money saving advice and of course a few bargains for you every Tuesday.

It’s free so you don’t have to pay a penny. Sign-up here.


O is for Online surveys

Someone completing an online survey on a laptop

Online surveys are a great way to make some extra cash or store vouchers. Never pay to join an online survey site and set up a separate email account so your personal one doesn’t get flooded with spam.

Online survey sites we recommend include Toluna,  WISAD,  MySurvey,  Inbox Pounds and Nielsen Online Panel.

For more information take a look at our article on making money with online surveys here.


P is for Pensioners

Senior couple using a laptop looking excited

For people over the age of 60, money-making opportunities may seem scarce, but there are actually loads of fun, simple ways for seniors to earn money.

Market research, online surveys, house sitting and mystery shopping are just a few of the money-making ideas for pensioners to get involved in.

Take a look and see what suits you here



Q is for Quick cash

Women wish cash raining down on them

Want to make money right now? Check out MoneyMagpie’s most popular article ever! – 10 ways to make quick cash, with the least amount of effort possible.

For our top ten money making ideas from online surveys, cashback sites, free ebooks, competitions, money saving deals, and more click here.


R is for Renting

House model with "for rent" tag

Everything you own is worth something, even the clutter in your garden shed or the garden shed itself, can be a great money-making asset.

You can make money from renting out pretty much anything from a spare room, your garage, your garden, your attic, parking space, clothes, car and more.

For more information on how to make money renting anything look here.


S is for Students

Group of students doing thumbs ups

It’s not such a bad thing to be forced to make some cash when you’re a student.

It means you learn about the business world while studying and you have something cool to put on your CV. There are lots of things you can do to make money while at uni – it doesn’t have to be just working behind a bar.

See all our ideas for students here.


T is for Teenagers

Teenagers enjoying themselves

Kids can make money in all sorts of ways.

Sales jobs and service jobs are popular amongst young adults, but kids can also make money from gift wrapping, walking, sitting and grooming pets, washing cars, mowing lawns, babysitting, delivering papers, window cleaning and even tutoring.

Although making money can be difficult without the advantages of work experience or other factors such as a driving licence there are many of options for teenagers here.


U is for Using Twitter

Twitter app on tablet

Twitter isn’t just a place to tell the world what you’re eating or to brag about how many followers you have.

Using twitter to sell and promote your services can also provide you with many money-making opportunities. Us chaps  at MoneyMagpie use Twitter every day (take a look at us here @MoneyMagpie).

Here we have 5 ways you can use Twitter to make money and market yourself and your business.


V is for Virtual assistants

Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants (VAs) are there to help small businesses which can’t afford full-time secretarial support or need to delegate occasional typing or admin work.

The hours can be flexible, you can earn as much as £180 a day, and there’s no commute. What’s not to like? If you’ve got a good background in secretarial or administration work then this could be an ideal way for you to become self-employed and run your own business.

See our article on how to make money as a virtual assistant here.


W is for Writing

Woman writing

You can make money writing all sorts of things.

Did you know that you can receive cash or a prize simply for sending a letter to a magazine?

Very few readers actually write in to magazines so it’s not hard to make money from it – see more here. If you are good at creative writing you can also get paid to write greeting card messages – a punchy pun could earn you up to £150!

If you’re looking to write fiction you can try your hand at short stories and enter into competitions which have prize values of £1,000!

Finally, if you’ve got a novel in mind how about writing an ebook? If you want to publish to Kindle you can very easily – see our guide on how to publish a kindle book here.


X is for X-rated

Life model

Life modelling is the safe and easy way to make money from your body.

Ok, so it’s not as scandalous as it sounds but you can make around £10 per hour for your trouble plus you’ll get to see yourself recreated in a host of (hopefully) beautiful paintings and sculptures! If you’re confident to parade around naked with people starting at you this is a great money maker.

Remember this isn’t about being beautiful or in top shape – if anything, you’re likely to be in more demand if you have a unique look or an interesting body shape – so don’t let any paranoia about your looks stop you.

Take a look at our article on making money as a life model here.


Y is for YouTube

YouTube on tablet

If you upload popular videos to YouTube, you can apply to receive a share of the income from the ads that accompany your clips.

Plenty of people make serious cash by sharing their videos on the site. An example of this is Zoella – Zoe Sugg – who is a British video blogger and has one of the most popular channels of YouTube with over 5 million subscribers.

See our guide on how to make money from YouTube here or see our video below.


Z is for Zip up your wallet

Wallet with open zip showing credit card

Zip up your wallet and make the most of freebies.

Here at MoneyMagpie we’re always on the lookout for a good freebie. And we’re not interested in the type that no-one would want in the first place – we only get excited about the good stuff.

See our article on 50 ways to live for free here and this article on how to get the best freebies, deals and vouchers.

We also have a whole range of free financial guides full of useful information for you to make and save money all year round.

And don’t forget to regularly check out our competition and freebies page to see what you can get your hands on.




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You can make a lot of money renting – the tips here definitely don’t cover all the options. If you log onto idleitem, you can easily earn money into the thousands each year – for your spare room/car/electronics or simple stuff like storage space.

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