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I first discovered you could earn money from home, mostly via the internet, doing side hustles back in 2010.
I was pregnant and like a lot of people I was looking for ways to earn money to increase my maternity pay and hopefully hit upon a viable way of earning an income so I didn’t have to go back to work after my son was born.
I did go back to work for a couple of years before leaving to become self-employed.
However, in those couple of years, I tried a few different ways of earning extra cash.
1. Side hustles – Mystery shopping
I enjoyed mystery shopping but I have to admit if you suffer with anxiety on any level it can be hard to master and do consistently.
I did sign up for a few companies and complete a few shops though. It’s definitely something I’d look at doing again now I manage my anxiety a lot better.
As with anything like this, the amount of money you can earn depends on how much work you put in and how many jobs you get offered. I believe if you put in a couple of hours a week you could earn £20 to £30. Obviously the more you do the more you earn, some companies do have a constant stream of quick small paying jobs.
2. Side hustles – Smartphone apps
Again a difficult one if you suffer with anxiety depending on the tasks you accept.
Some of the tasks are more difficult than others so it’s best to really ask yourself if you can handle what they are asking you to do and how will it affect your anxiety
If anxiety isn’t a problem and you can accept any type of task. I honestly think you could make between up to £20 easily a month with these, more some months depending on what’s available.
Task360 this is iPhone only, you will need to download it from the app store
Roamler – you need a code to sign up to these unless they are specifically looking for people in your area. I found a code easily enough by searching Google for “Roamler Code”
3. Side hustles – Website testing
An easy and nerve free way of earning money via your computer. If you have anxiety you just need to get over talking into your microphone constantly. The jobs are paid at between £5 and £8 per test; the test lasts approximately 20 minutes.
When I first signed up I got offered a few jobs, but having been a member awhile they now come along a lot less regularly. There are also on occasion higher paid opportunities which they will email you about, I got offered a job earning £25 and was told it would take up to an hour to complete. I would have taken it but I had other commitments.
uTest – I signed up to these, but just couldn’t figure out how to use the site, apply for jobs or anything. I’ve popped them in as I thought just because I couldn’t figure it out doesn’t mean you won’t be able to, I have heard others make money from it.
4. Side hustles – Reselling on eBay
This has always been and will always be my most favourite way of making extra money. So much so I’ve now turned this into part of my main business income.
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You can start by just selling your own items from around the house but be warned once friends and family get wind that you are actively eBaying there is a good chance they will start either asking you to eBay stuff for them or start asking if you want their stuff for free so you can sell it! Which I love, to be honest, free stock is not to be sniffed at!
These were the 4 main ways I made a little bit of extra cash around my full-time job.
Side note – Surveys
A bit of a side note, you always hear people suggesting you do surveys to earn extra cash. Now, I do know some people who have made a nice bit of extra cash by doing surveys. But it just wasn’t something I could sit and do. As I give advice and tips on things I’ve actually tried and done myself, I`m not comfortable suggesting this. However, if this is something that interests you, there is a ton of information on the web.
HMRC & Tax
Please be aware of tax rules and earning money from things other than your main employment. I’m not in a position to advise anyone on their extra earnings and would always strongly advise you contact HMRC directly and get advice on your situation.
I’m not going to out a number in as the number changes depending on where you live, a Google search will easily give you the number though.
Have you tried any of the above ways to earn extra cash did they work for you? The only one I’m still doing now is reselling on eBay, I think I’d like to try mystery shopping again but as with anything it’s finding the time. Once you become self-employed you have to weigh up time vs money and do what earns the most for your time but I really enjoyed these ways when I was employed full time as I could work them around my job and family easiest they are a great introduction to “side hustles”