The best money making ideas (updated for 2020)

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Looking for money making ideas to earn a little extra cash?

Some of the best ways are:

10 Brilliant ideas to make extra money in 2020

Sell your old clothes online

Looking to sell your secondhand clothes for cash?

Selling clothes online and for cash is easier than it’s ever been. There’s no longer any reason for you to have a crammed wardrobe full of clothes you never wear.

I’ve put together a list of the most popular places people visit to buy and sell clothes, so you can start making a profit straight away.

Make money selling clothes for cash in the UK

The days of the jumble sale are over, as are being dragged to a car boot sale and having to take 50p for an item or face lugging them all home again!

If you put in a little effort, you can make good money from the clothes you no longer wear, and there are plenty of places online for you to do just that.

Read the full post here for the best places to sell your clothes online, how to prepare them for sale and how to get the best prices!

Use FREE MONEY apps

Yep, they’re really a thing, you really can make free money from apps on your phone, sometimes, just for having them installed!

No, you’re not going to create much wealth with these apps, but that’s not their point. What they will do is bring in a little extra money for very little effort. You’ve got a phone anyway….why not spend a few minutes making some extra pennies!

I’d recommend downloading at least 4-5 apps and using them together to create a nice amount of money at the end of each month. None of them are going to make you rich, but I think you already knew that! Having more than 1-2 means that you can generally always find a task or survey you’re eligible to do in your area. And this means more money for you.

Some of the best free money apps in the UK are:

  • Sweatcoin – sweatcoin app pays you for your outside walking
  • MobileXpression – collect data on how you use your smartphone
  • Panel app – reward based app, you can take surveys and take part in sweepstakes
  • Powr of you – another data collecting app interested in your browsing habits
  • Smart app – interested in how you use the internet and will pay for the info!
  • OnePulse – a task based app, you complete small tasks and get paid
  • CheckoutSmart – super handy cashback app
  • Swagbucks – tasks, cashback and gaming app, Swagbucks is one of the most popular free money apps about
  • Receipt Hog – shop, upload your receipts, get paid :)
  • Job Spotter – seen somewhere advertising for a job? Upload a photo and start earning

Read the full post on how to make the most money from free apps here and get started earning some extra cash!

Sell your homemade crafts online

Selling homemade crafts online has never been easier and there are loads of places you can list your goods. What sort of crafts can you sell online?

  • How to make candles to sell at home
  • How to make digital products
  • Enamel pins
  • Art & prints
  • Handmade jewellery
  • Stationery
  • Soap
  • Furniture up-cycler
  • Selling stickers

We’ve got a fully detailed post about small craft businesses, read our full post on small craft business ideas here!

Become a mystery shopper

A mystery shopper is an everyday shopper, someone like you and me, who goes shopping, undercover. They’re asked to check things about the store. The sorts of things you might be checking are:

  • the quality of customer service
  • the stock levels
  • if up-selling questions were asked
  • if any staff approached you during your visit
  • the quality of food served in a restaurant visit

What does a mystery shopper do?

There are several different things a mystery shopper might do, and several different types of places you might be asked to mystery shop.

Mystery shopping is a pretty awesome way to make either extra cash or to get freebies.

So what places might you be asked to visit? Some examples could be:

  • Go to a restaurant and have a meal – the mystery shopper company will tell you where to go, and how much you have available to spend that they will reimburse
  • Shop in a specific high street shop – as with restaurant mystery shopping, you’ll be told how much you’ll be reimbursed
  • Travelling – mystery shopping isn’t just limited to shops and restaurants. Travel companies, including airlines, use mystery shoppers, although these mystery shopping jobs are harder to find
  • Service based shops – you might be asked to go to a bank and enquire about a particular product, or take an eye test.

Once you’ve completed your visit, you’ll be asked to write a report about it. The level of depth you’ll be asked to go into varies and some are very straight forward tick box questions (“did the waiter ask how your meal was?”) to more thoughtful answers where you’ll need to give your opinion.

Sometimes, although more and more often now, you’ll be asked to take photos of certain parts of your visit. Brands often have standards they like all their stores to adhere to, and a photo can let the brands head office know the stores are keeping the standards up. You’ll be told exactly what to take a photo of when you accept the mystery shopper job, so there’s no guess work involved!

Read the full post here for how to get started as a mystery shopper

Looking for more ways to make money?

Start a transcription side hustle

Transcription jobs in the UK have been popular for a longtime. The rise of technology, in the form of home computers and smart phones means that transcription work that could once only be done in an office, can now be done from anywhere in the world.

Freelance transcription work has become one of the most well known ways to make money from home.

This work fits in with a family, as a second job or even simply as a go to when you need a little more cash. It’s well paid once you get some experience, and can provide regular work.

I thought it would be super helpful to create an all in one guide to steer you through starting out in transcribing, and I’ll go through the different types of transcription jobs available so you can decide which might be best for you.

So let’s dive in a bit deeper and see what you need and how you can get started with this brilliant work from home side job.

In it’s most simple form, a transcribist takes a recording and turns it into a written text.

Why would you need to do this? Some reasons include:

  • Court recordings that need to be turned into text
  • An spoken interview that needs to be written up as an article
  • Podcasts, also needed in text form
  • Writing up medical notes
  • Writing up legal notes for law firms

There are loads of reasons why people need audio turned into text: mostly to do with keeping a written long term record of the audio file.

As an audio transcriptionist, you’ll be given an audio recording. It’s then your job to listen to it and start to transcribe it to text. It really is as simple as that. However…..you’re going to need some skills before it becomes ‘quite’ that easy!

Read the full post here and get started with this high paying side hustle

Work for Amazon Flex in your spare time

There’s lots to love about Amazon Flex. It’s not a full time job and they don’t pretend it is, but it IS an amazing way to pick up some extra work delivering parcels as and when you need it.

Amazon is always on the lookout for extra workers. They’re a HUGE company, meaning that they have a lot of work available! Once you sign up for free, simply log onto their work portal and out yourself down for the job slots you want. The minimum slot is an hour, so most of us are able to slot something in, no matter how pushed we are for time.

Sign up here for Amazon Flex

Become a VA (virtual assistant)

A virtual PA or assistant position can be a rewarding career choice for those looking for a truly flexible lifestyle. If you’re organised and on the ball, being a virtual assistant can be a lucrative role.

Many VA’s (virtual assistant) never actually meet the people they work for, although they might use Skype or something similar to keep in touch.

What does a virtual assistant do?

You might be filing receipts one day, making appointments the next, then managing social media accounts and proof reading articles the next. It’s a varied role and many virtual assistant’s work for more than one client.

You’ll need a strong internet connection and reliable IT to be able to work as a VA.

If you have a particular strength, SEO or Pinterest, you could market yourself as an expert in this area, possibly attracting clients who are looking for specific work rather than generalised admin.

What do virtual assistants earn?

Virtual assistants can earn anything from the minimum wage right up to £40 per hour, possibly more. The ball’s in your court with pay, and virtual assistants tend to be paid according to how good they are.

How do you become a virtual assistant?

There is a Society of Virtual Assistants here which offer advice and support, otherwise you could join an agency like Tiger Recruitment, although you will pay a commission. Most virtual assistants advertise on Fiverr, Upworks or get work through word of mouth.

Read the full post here

Start freelance writing

Freelance writing is one of those things that seems amazing: work from home, anywhere in the world and all those wonderful benefits, except, well, what exactly IS a freelance writer and how on earth do you become one?

As a freelance writer, the first thing to know is that you don’t need a degree in journalism (or anything else) to be successful. Really, you don’t.

There is a place out there for writers of all kinds, and some of the most successful freelance writers are the ones that have not been ‘trained’ in how to write but have a natural, chatty, relatable voice that readers connect with.

Read the whole post on freelance writing here!

Work in data entry from home

There’s very little specific training needed to be able to get work entering data at home, meaning you can get started pretty much straight away.

These work from home jobs traditionally seem a bit spammy, don’t they! Rest assured, it certainly IS possible to get work entering data from your kitchen table.

There are a few things you need to have access to in order to be able to work effectively. If you’ve got a good internet connection, a comfortable chair and desk and up to date IT equipment, you’ll be in a better position to take on this sort of work.

Data entry jobs can be hard to come across, mainly because they’re easy to start and require very little skill, making them quite high demand work from home jobs. But they are out there. Once you start and are successful, many people find they get more work, the more they do.

Read the full post on data entry jobs here

Become a template designer

Templates are big business these days and with online market places like etsy and amazon, there’s a huge platform to sell on as well.

What digital templates and printable’s can you sell?

  • Digital CV’s – in a time when employers take SIX seconds to evaluate your CV, design is everything.
  • Great at Pinterest? – Sell Pinterest templates in packs of 4 or 6. Pinterest is the main traffic source for thousands of bloggers and they’re all looking to stand out from the crowd.
  • Party Invites – Personalise party invites ready for printing
  • Budget Planners – Spend some time designing a good monthly budget planner ready for digital download

How do you make printable’s ready for download?

There are a number of websites you can use for FREE to design and save as printable’s as PDF downloads. Some of these are:

  • Canva – by far my favourite, it’s free and easy to use
  • PicMonkey– another free design site, takes a bit more getting used to than Canva but has lots of options to use
  • Snappa – lets you have 10 free downloads a month
  • Crello – this ones more complicated to use than the others, but gives good results if you’ve the patience to learn it!

Once you’ve got up and running, it might be worth paying a monthly fee to use the design sites premium version. They allow you more options (fonts etc…), but you definitely don’t need to have a premium account to get started.

Read the full post on template designing here!

Open an Etsy shop

Love crafting? Have a niche product you’d love to sell? Etsy might just be the place to do this. It’s the most loved selling platform for creatives and with more than 400 million visitors per year, this is one place you’ll really want to be on to make some money.

The process is really straight forward…you sigh up, open a shop and get selling. There are fees to make when you make a sale, and you’ll need a PayPal account to be able to make and receive payments from the sales you make, much like eBay or Amazon. The easiest way to get started? Have a browse through their site and see what’s selling well. This should give you some ideas of where you can start.

Get online with Etsy here!

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How can I earn extra cash?

Some of the best ways are:
Sell your old clothes online
Use free money apps
Become a mystery shopper
Start a transcription side hustle
Work for Amazon Flex in your spare time
Become a VA (virtual assistant)
Work in data entry from home
Start freelance writing
Become a template designer
Open an Etsy shop

How can I make $1000 fast?

There are lots of ways, here are some of the ways we know of:
Some of the best ways are:
Sell your old clothes online
Use free money apps
Become a mystery shopper
Start a transcription side hustle
Work for Amazon Flex in your spare time
Become a VA (virtual assistant)
Work in data entry from home
Start freelance writing
Become a template designer
Open an Etsy shop

How can I be a millionaire?

Glad you asked. We’ve got a post right here with our own plan for this very goal!
https://debtfreefamily.co.uk/how-to-make-a-million-pounds/

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