MONEY might be tight – but following these simple tips could help you make extra cash.
From renting out your driveway to selling old clothes, there are dozens of straightforward ways to make money.
You’d be surprised how easy it is to earn easy pocket money from the comfort of your homeCredit: Getty
Market research firms are always looking for new product testers, while many banks offer cash incentives to switch your account.
And better still, HMRC now lets you earn £1,000 on the side tax-free through the trading allowance.
Still, there’s plenty to be wary of when cashing in one-off or taking on a side hustle.
Always pay careful attention to firms offering you a “quick fix” of cash – and get-rich-quick schemes are always just that.
Cheap loans are also something to be wary of, especially if you already have a poor credit rating.
Often the most needy won’t get the advertised interest rate – and could face other costly caveats like shorter repayment windows.
Here are some of the easiest, legitimate methods for making extra money this year.
1. Earn £20 an hour by queuing
You can earn £20 an hour – and up to £160 a day – waiting in line on behalf of rich clients with more money than time to spare.
Professional queuer Freddie Beckitt told us last week: “It doesn’t require any skill or even hard work!
“But it gives me lots of flexibility to earn and fit it around my writing schedule.”
Freddie used app TaskRabbit, where you can list your skills and have potential clients get in touch right away.
But the service also takes a 15% “commission fee” on the total price of the job, so charge a little above what you expect to keep.
2. Watch TV earn up to £70 a session
Again, it sounds too good to be true.
Yet market research firm TheViewers really does hire TV watchers to research panels, where you can be paid £40 to £70 a session – just to talk about what you saw.
Although the firm remains tight-lipped about the sorts of programmes shown to researchers, discussions can take place in-person at the company’s HQ or remotely.
Think Gogglebox, except it pays.
3. Cashback on purchases – earn £100s a year
You can get PAID to shop. Pocket payments upwards of £50 on purchases just for clicking through cashback websites first.
But remember, if you didn’t plan to buy something, …….