Want to know the quickest, easiest and most lucrative ways to earn some money with money making websites? You’re not alone. Our readers often ask us “How do I make money online?” Well, here’s our lowdown on how to make money online and the best websites for doing just that – plus tips to help you get the most out of them.
- Make money by selling your stuff
- Get free stuff
- Do free competitions to win big money
- Earn by referring
- Make money online
- Rent, sell and make
- Get your driving and shopping paid for
- Get extra cash
- …and yet more ideas…
All you do is download the app to your phone and hover it over the barcode of the items you want to sell.
You will be told immediately how much you can get from each item. Then package up the ones you want to sell, print off the Freepost label and send them in the post. If it’s a large bundle they will send a courier for free.
You will be paid by cheque or PayPal.
We have loads of different freebies for you to choose from each week.
Make sure you are signed up to the free weekly MoneyMagpie newsletter as we have an excellent competition every week that is entirely free to enter.
Also follow us on Twitter, on Facebook and on Pinterest to take part in our monthly social media comps. We have fab prizes like dashcams, supermarket vouchers, food hampers and furniture among other goodies.
We’ve found loads of competitions for you to enter in our Online Competitions article,
the free postcode lottery
Another really excellent competition site, which is totally free to enter is The Free Postcode Lottery.
You could win over £750 a day here, just by checking the site.
All you have to do is sign up with your email address and postcode and let the site do the rest.
It’s so easy as you can see here.
Here’s what Jasmine has to say about making money from competitions…
Once you’ve signed up to fun discount site Groupon – for free – you can recommend as many friends as you like, for a £6 Grouponor voucher for each one who does.
This is a sporadic and relatively small income but, if you’re on the computer anyway, you might as well make a few quid while you’re there. It’s a great way to make quick cash from the comfort of your computer but make sure you NEVER pay to join a site or reveal your credit card details.
Complete online surveys for money
Here are our favourite paid survey sites. They’re completely free and have received a big thumbs-up from many of you. For maximum earnings why not set up a separate email account (so your personal one doesn’t get flooded with survey-related emails) and then register for free to all of them?
- Valued Opinions – offers a big prize simply for registering
- Toluna – convert points you earn into Amazon vouchers
- GFK MediaView – get paid for completing surveys and earn up to £100 a time from mystery shopping!
- SurveySavers – get a reward worth £5 PLUS entry into a draw to win a year’s FREE Starbucks coffee!
- DiOpion People – get paid at least £15 for the first month
- Inbox Pounds – get paid £1 just for signing up
- Opinion Outpost – be entered into a £20,000 prize draw just for registering
- GlobalTestMarket – pays $50 for every 1,000 points earned
- Panelbase – earn between 25p and £10 per survey
If you like the sound of online paid surveys, make sure you check out our full article on how to make money from online surveys.
If you love your music, sign up to Slicethepie for free and get paid to listen and review music by unsigned bands.
This isn’t a particularly big money earner as you’ll only get a few pence per review at the beginning, but as you get a better ‘scout rating’ there is potential to make more and more money.
Not only is it a good way to make a few extra quid but you could get to hear the next big thing before anyone else.
recycle your mobile phone
Never throw away old mobile phones. Recycle them instead for easy money.
First off, use the MoneyMagpie Phone Recycling Tool here to get the best deal.
Even if it’s an old battered one that hasn’t worked for years you could get a few quid. Manufacturers want the chip and other electronic bits inside it to use in other machines.
Spareroom.co.uk – Rent out your space for cash
Got a spare room you don’t use? Or, if you really need the cash, could you move out of your bedroom and sleep in the sitting room to free it up to rent out?
You can make up to £4,250 tax free from renting a room each year so this is one of the best ways of making money almost from nothing! Go here to register.
Justpark – rent your drive for cash
Use your drive or your garage to make money for you.
JustPark covers the whole UK and you can put your space on the site for anyone coming to your area to park in…for cash!
Sign up your space here and see just how many people will pay you to park!
Etsy – Get creative and sell your wares online
If you love to get creative and make jewellery or arts and crafts, Etsy is the place to go.
This American website is designed exclusively for buying and selling handmade goods so you’re more likely to have success here than somewhere like eBay.
Register your username (which is also your shop name so choose carefully!) for a basic buyer’s account – then upgrade to a seller’s account. There is a fee of $0.20 per item listed but this covers the item for four months and includes the option of five photos to show off your wares. When you sell an item there’s a 3.5% final value charge.
Sell your photos
If you’re handy with a camera, can design a nice logo or fancy yourself as a writer, then you may be able to make some cash selling your stuff online. There are plenty of sites selling content to websites and they’re always in need of contributors.
Companies such as BigStockPhoto, Fotolia, Dreamstime and Shutterstock concentrate on photography. Upload your images and get paid every time they are used. Others, such as Tycoon Talk and Digital Point offer content writing jobs. For a wider range of freelance oppurtunites you can look at Elance or oDesk.
do focus groups
Get cash in hand and free food and drink by taking part in focus groups in your area.
There are a few agencies that need opinionated people to say what they think about products and services. One we like is Sarosresearch which operates in major cities in the UK. They need people of all ages and sometimes need people who own particular things (like certain types of car) or have a particular physical problem or disability.
You can expect to make between £30-100 cash per session (usually a couple of hours) and sometimes more.
Cashback Shopper – Money for shopping (and get £5 for just signing up!)
Some cashback sites list retailers they have deals with – when you click through the retailer gives money to the cashback site, which then gives you money. Some sites like Cashback Shopper will even give you a little money – usually £5 – just for signing up.
Turn2Us.org.uk – See if you’re entitled to free money!
Use the Turn2Us benefits checker which works out whether you’re eligible for any benefits. All you have to do is enter some details such as how much you earn, your council tax rate and any savings you have.
The calculator covers all of the major benefits including Working Tax Credit, Council Tax, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit. Benefits rules change all the time so there’s a good chance that even if you weren’t eligible a few years ago, you could be now.
Mylostaccount.org.uk – find money in dormant bank accounts
This is a free online service that will search through bank and building society records for you to see if you have any money lying around in a forgotten account.
Official figures state that up to £850 million of our own money is lying in inactive current, savings and building society accounts, so it’s definitely worth checking.
Always give as many details as possible, including maiden names and previous addresses in order to increase your chances of finding a lost account.
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