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10 Ways to Make Money On The Side

The start of the year brings with it the chance to forge new habits into your daily routine whether it’s through exercise and diet, a widening of cultural horizons through extra reading, or simply by wanting to find ways to make money. That’s where we come in! Below you’ll find 10 ways to make money on the side.

1.Get paid for surveys

The web offers a wealth of options when it comes to making a little extra cash, and surveys are a popular way to go since they take very little time out of your day, they ask for your honest opinion, and then often reward you with cash! Popular sites include YouGov, Toluna and Panelbase which pays anywhere between 25p and £10 for every completed survey. You simply need to sign up and wait for the surveys to arrive.

2.Rent your car out

It might seem a strange concept to most, but it’s actually quite a nifty money maker which insurers are gradually becoming more accustomed to. Simply list your car on a site such as Hiya and let the people come. You can charge by the hour, avoid parking costs while you’re in work, and make use of your vehicle while you’re busy.

3.Sell online

Sites such as eBay, Etsy, Music Magpie, Zapper, Gumtree, Preloved and Shpock are among the many sites that make it extremely easy to sell your belongings online. All you need to do is upload a picture and a price and wait for someone to be interested!

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That’s right, you can get paid to shop, though you have to do it mysteriously! A mystery shopper is employed by websites such as MarketForce to drop into unsuspecting shops and rate their experience. You will get paid for feedback, for your time, and reimbursed for any purchases you made. A typical mystery shopper will be paid around £5, but there is no limit to the number you can do, so it could be a decent earner, especially for anyone in need of retail therapy.

5.Arts and crafts

If you are gifted creatively or want to learn a new set of spare time skills, you can turn your hand to refurbishing old furniture, jewellery, clothing and accessories, or building new items and selling them in your own online shop. Sites like Etsy are perfect for this and many people use this as one of their ways to make money.

6.Product Testing

Companies are always on the lookout for people to test new products before they are launched on the mass market, and you get to keep the products at the end. As long as you provide a decent review, you will be sent more items. Check out Money Saving Expert for a guide on the best product testing sites and some thorough reviews of what to expect.

7.Use your credit card to earn

Cashback credit cards will pay you back a portion of what you spend every time you use them. Simply set up a direct debit to pay the card off in full every month so that you avoid interest payments, and you could earn a tidy sum. The best cashback credit cards pay 5% for the first three months. Check out this Money Saving Expert Guide.

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Anyone who’s been married and paid for a wedding photographer will have noticed how much of a goldmine photography can be. There’s a lot to learn, and you’ll need a camera, but there’s a ton of opportunities, from weddings to landscapes to pictures of models for magazines. You can even sell your shots to stock image sites such as Shutterstock.

9.Sell for free on Facebook

Local Facebook groups are a great way of circumventing the fees that you’d pay on sites such as eBay. Check out this guide on how to set yourself up for Facebook selling.


Don’t dismiss this option too quickly; everyone likes a clean home, and many will quite happily pay to have it cleaned by someone else. Visit sites like Hassle to see what work is out there, sort insurance or join a local cleaning company and you’re on your way to nice little earner.

Do you have a side job as one of your ways to make money? What is it and how did you get into it? We’d love to hear your tips!