Making extra money is something that I found myself googling many many times in the past after I had my daughter and became a stay at home mum. Some of the things that pop up when you type that in can make you wary because it could be a scam – and there are unfortunately a lot of them out there.
And I don’t know if you’re like me but when I see some of them I think “a normal person like me couldn’t possibly do that!” – I’m talking about things like tutoring. I see this all the time on these kind of articles – and don’t get me wrong, if this is something that you can do, it can be a huge money earner. However, for most of us it doesn’t seem feasible. I’m a smart cookie with my A grades, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable tutoring GCSE level – so much has changed in the many years that have passed since I did my exams!
I hope on this blog to provide you with ways to earn extra money that anyone can do.
I will still do money making lists for general use with things like…tutoring 😉 but my main focus is to help you make money no matter what situation you are in. Finding extra money for things like paying off debt can be really stressful, especially if you feel like you lack certain skills or education.
If you are a stay at home mum or dad, finding things that fit around your children can be difficult. Tasks that can be squeezed into the sparse few minutes you can grab on your phone throughout the day can add up to a decent amount of extra cash.
A great money making activity is taking surveys. It may not sound glamorous or fun, but when you are chilling out in front of the TV or on your lunch break at work, they can be an easy way of making a bit of extra money. What would that extra money do for you? Would it help you chip away at your debt, fund a fun family day out, put you on your first step to investing, use for Christmas presents? Even if you are comfortable with your current earnings, this is the perfect time to start earning a bit extra.
Answering surveys is very simple – you are asked a series of questions on your opinion on various things. It’s basically market research and can really help companies that participate in it. I do some surveys and would love to share with you the ones that I complete so that you know they are safe. There are a lot of survey sites out there that I am aware of and I can share them with you if you wish.
YouGov send survey requests for political questions. They take around 10 minutes on average to complete and you are rewarded with either cash or entries into their cash prize draw. The cash out on this site is £50. I quite enjoy doing these ones as they are regular but not too regular!
If you just want to complete small surveys that take a minimal amount of time, then OnePoll is the survey site for you. This is a good one for me because I do find it a bit tedious! They don’t take very long at all and the cash out on this site is £40.
Swagbucks is becoming increasingly more popular and can be used for a variety of things – not just answering surveys. It’s also used for searches, watching videos and various other tasks. It’s an easy earn especially if you do the searches, but you may not get along with it – check out the article over on Can’t Swing a Cat where Jenny reviewed her experience of Swagbucks.
I really like Pinecone as well, because their customer service is amazing. They pay out really well for a survey site – £3 per survey and they are around the same length as the other surveys. The questions are usually relating to well known household products or brands.
If you have a laptop and the internet, then anyone can complete surveys. They sound a bit boring and to be honest they are – but if you stick to the short ones then it shouldn’t take up too much of your time and it’s a great little money earner. The great thing about some of these sites is the payout threshold because it’s so nice to get a lump sum of £40 or £50 sent to your account! Most of the survey sites pay via paypal, or some by vouchers (e.g. Amazon).
To reiterate, these are the survey sites that I personally use. When I start using some more I will add them to the list, but I don’t like to recommend things that I don’t use myself. I’ve signed up for some other survey sites in the past but they seemed really spammy so I didn’t bother with them at all.
Over the course of this blog, I am going to introduce money making ideas that will get you a lot more money than you would by doing things like this, because we all should be doing money earners that require less time, but give us more money. Before I get to those though, I want to get you used to earning a little bit of cash from the comfort of your own home. We all want more money but can be a little bit daunting to start doing something you haven’t done before.
It’s less than 100 days until Christmas now – if you get signed up today to these survey sites then this could really help you with paying for the December festivities.
Another great way of making money from home is from blogging. Check out my post ‘How to start a blog’ which is a step-by-step guide to setting up a money making blog. If you would like any further help with it please let me know!
Does anyone else use survey sites? Are there any others that you would recommend that I haven’t listed above? Let me know in the comments below.