Feb 05

How to make money when you’re stuck at home

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Are you stuck at home?

Whether it’s because of bad weather, you’re not feeling well or you’re waiting for a delivery, don’t let this down-time go to waste.

Make the most of it!

Find out here how you can make money when you’re stuck at home – you can even make a bit of quick cash in front of the TV.


Make money by de-cluttering

If you’re stuck at home – particularly if you’ve got an extra day off from work during the week – you can make the most of it by de-cluttering. Get sorting through cupboards, drawers and shelves, making them tidy, throwing away rubbish and gathering up a good few boxes of things to sell.

Once you’ve collected a good pile of them, use your time to put them on eBay, eBid or Amazon. We’ve got lots of advice on how to sell well on eBay here. It really helps to have some spare time to get good photos done and put the right description in. Knowing all the insider tricks can make all the difference and there certainly are techniques to get more cash for your junk as this article explains. Of course, you might find something suitable to give as a Christmas present – handy if you’re trying to save a bit of cash!

Car boot sale

If you don’t want to sell on the internet, store the boxes of stuff and do a car boot sale. See our advice on getting the best results at a car boot sale here. February is a good time to sell things at car boot sales because many car-booters go to the January sales rather than their local market before then. February is a great time to get a good price for unwanted Christmas presents and your latest throw-outs!

If you don’t want to sell your junk, ring round your friends and suggest a swap shop at your house, combined with a pot-luck party. That way everyone brings a dish for the dinner and they also bring all their unwanted clothes, accessories, make-up, jewellery and even toys and household goods which you all swap. It’s a fun party, you get rid of things you don’t want (take to the charity shop anything left over) and you should come away with a bunch of new (-to-you) items that you got for nothing!

“You can still make a difference by tidying in small bursts. Having suitable storage solutions will present a sense of order and facilitate an efficient and organised home.” Darryl Brunt, UK Sales & Marketing Director at Fellowes UK

Make money in front of the TV

Yes, it’s really tempting just to put the heating up, grab a blanket and curl up in front of the TV for hours – particularly during the winter! So if you’re determined to do that we’re not going to stop you – but you might as well make some cash while you do it.

How to make money when you're stuck at home

Firstly, if you’re a good knitter you can make money by knitting to order. We’ve got information here on how to get in touch with designers to do piece-work for them.

If you are really good at making things, either sewn, painted, crocheted or any other form of non-messy craft-work, use this time to make things to sell at car boot sales, online or at your local market. For example, you might be into scrap-booking which is a great thing to do in front of the TV. Or you might be into making perfume and some of that can be done in front of the box.


Make money from your computer

Thank goodness for computers! If you have a computer and access to the internet you can make use of the time wherever you are.

Firstly make some money by doing some online surveys. We’ve got a list of the best online surveys here (there are some dodgy ones you have to avoid). You can make money, and earn points to get gifts, on other new money-making websites as well as we show you here.

Middle aged man using Laptop and drinking from a mug

Then, have a go at some online competitions. We’ve got the latest online and offline competitions here. Now is also a good time to have a go at those competitions you sometimes get on food packaging. Spend a bit of spare time thinking up slogans to win a car or a washing machine or a nice holiday in the sun. It could be you!

“One way of de-cluttering your monthly outgoings is to switch internet providers. Many consumers sign up to ‘broadband bundles’ and end up paying for a landline and television package that goes unused. If you don’t use your home-phone to make calls and watch most of your favourite shows on Netflix, doing away with ‘bundles’ and opting for a broadband only package can help de-clutter your bills and save you money.” Bridget Lorimer, Head of Brand and Consumer Marketing – Relish


Make money by delivering

If it’s snow keeping you stuck at home, you’ll have to get your skates on with this one (excuse the pun!). If the snow is thick in your neighbourhood and you have a car that’s good for off-road driving then you could offer your services delivering food and supplies in your area.

female courier driving a van

Get leafleting to your neighbours, ring local shops (the grocery shops and pharmacies would be good for starters) to offer your services doing deliveries. Big supermarkets already have their own service but if you’re in a village or a town with good independent shops they might be pleased of the help. Charge per mile (or kilometre) or per delivery, depending on how you could make the most sales and the most profit.

If you have email addresses for neighbours, including hotels and companies, you could do an email mailshot around everyone you know and get them to send it on. Put it on Twitter if you’re on that and on Facebook.


Make money with DIY

Again, if it’s bad weather keeping you stuck at home then you may be able to offer your DIY services.

The cold and ice creates a boom-time for plumbers, builders, electricians and anyone handy. Of course there are many things you can only do if you are qualified, such as major electrics and boiler servicing, but just basic DIY skills will cover many other problems around the house.

DIY tools

Can you help with clearing guttering, lagging pipes, mending leaks or even basic de-icing on someone’s driveway?

You could make money by letting your neighbours and friends know.

Print out some fliers and post them through local letterboxes. Also email or Tweet everyone you know locally.


Make money throwing a party

Not a normal party, of course, but a product party.

This involves getting some friends over to your house (if they can get there!) and trying out a company’s products before deciding whether you want to buy them or not.

Body Shop Products

Brands like The Body Shop offer you the chance to host a product party – and you often get freebies (like a complimentary facial or makeover) thrown in! Find out how to host one here.


Make money through your creative side

Start a blog

If there’s a subject that really gets you going – or something that you can write passionately or amusingly about – there’s every chance someone else will want to read what you have to say.

Why not set up your own blog, as a sort of online diary, and make money by allowing advertising on it?

Woman sat on a bed using a laptop

Use a free service like WordPress or Blogger, both of which help you set up your blog quickly and easily. And once you’re set up, there’s an opportunity to make money by including advertising and affiliate deals on the site.

Sign up to a service like Google Adsense which uses search technology to target your site with relevant advertising.

It’s not likely to be a big earner, but it could be a really fun way to make a little extra cash on the side. What’s more, if your blog gets enough readers, you may get freebies from companies (for example if you blog about something like technology or music, businesses may send you their products or latest recordings in the hope that you review them!)


Sell your snaps

If you’re good at taking photos, you could try selling them on the net. We’ve got all the information on selling your photos here.

If you have a library of digital photos you may be able to sell them through an online agency like Fotolia and Getty Images. You get a royalty fee each time a picture of yours sells.

Camera and photographs

You don’t have to be the next David Bailey with a portfolio of spectacular shots. Many news agencies buy pictures through agencies and they simply want photos of everyday events that are well taken and in focus! It’s worth having a browse through the sites to get an idea of what sells. You could be surprised!


Make money Baking

If you’re stuck inside what better way to use your time (and keep warm!) than by doing a little baking?

If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, you could rustle up some treats like cakes, jams and sweets and sell them on the side for a tidy profit.

Mother and daughter making pancakes together

Our article on selling cakes and jams at markets has plenty of tips on how to go about making and selling your goodies.

Find out how to get involved in National Clear Your Clutter Day 2018

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