26 Totally Legit Ways To Make Money In Your Spare Time

Because it’s always a long time until payday. H/T Money Saving Expert.

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1. Become a Task Rabbit.

If you can wrap presents, help with a house move, do a bit of weeding or help with errands, then you can be a “tasker”. You can sign up here.

2. Sell your photos online.

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If you’ve got a halfway decent camera and a bunch of old photos cluttering up your hard drive then it’s worth offering them to photo agencies like Shutterstock, who put your images on sale and give you a cut.

3. Become an Avon representative.

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Ignore the naff cliches about “Avon ladies”: becoming a Avon rep can be very lucrative and plenty of men do it too. All you really need is an outgoing personality. It’s easy to apply and you receive a commission on every item sold.

4. Get crafty.

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Good at knitting? Love to cross stitch? If so, you really need to start getting paid for your handiwork. Create your own Etsy shop and reap the rewards.

5. Hire out your belongings.

Rentmyitems helps you rent out anything that could be of interest to someone else, like camping equipment, bikes; even fancy dress costumes. More info here.

6. Teach a course.

If you’re good at something, why not teach other people to do it too? You can either run a face-to-face class and advertise locally, or post a course on Udemy and generate income every time it’s downloaded.

7. Become a “Mechanical Turk”.

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This Amazon service (named after an 18th century chess-playing machine) posts quick tasks (known as HITS) that you get paid to carry out. Recent HITS include: “select the correct spelling for these search terms”. Sign up here.

8. Rent out a room, or your garden.

Rent out your entire home, your spare room, an airbed in your living room (or even your garden to campers) on Airbnb. You can register as a host here.

9. Get rid of old devices.

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You might be surprised at how much old phones, cameras and MP3 players sell for. Listing them on eBay is your best bet, but there are also companies who will take them off your hands more easily. Here’s a good guide.

10. Sign up for Swagbucks.

Swagbucks pays you in points for doing things you’d probably do online anyway, like searching the web and watching videos. You can then swap those points for Amazon vouchers and more. More info here.

11. Become a virtual assistant.

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If you have a few hours spare in the evening to help a busy professional book flights and make calls; sites like Elance, Upwork and PeoplePerHour are a great starting point. You’re often working for people in other time zones, so plan accordingly.

12. Advertise a service on Fiverrr.

This “five dollar marketplace” actually lets sellers charge up to $300 for services such as recording and animation by adding on extras. Find out more here.

13. Get creative in the kitchen.

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You can make a big profit from just one bake sale, particularly if fancy cupcakes are involved. Find a local market or car boot sale, arrange a stall, then get baking.

14. Trade in your old books, games, DVDs or music.

There are quite a few sites that allow you to trade in old CDs, DVDs, books, and games for cash. You can find a great guide and list of the best paying sites here.

15. Rent out your driveway or garage.

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If you’ve got an unused (or barely used) driveway outside your home; advertise it on Parklet or Just Park to bring in some additional income.

16. Or rent your entire house to a film crew.

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Film companies are always on the lookout for properties to film in, particularly in London. The rewards can be really big, but you have to be willing to put up with a lot of disruption. You can start the ball rolling by registering with Shootfactory.

17. Use a cashback credit card.

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These credit cards pay you a proportion of every transaction as cash, so just use it for your normal spending, make sure you pay it off in full each month (avoiding interest) and you could earn £100s per year. Here’s a full guide.

18. Write.

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If you like to write, it’s worth registering with a site like Copify to attract copywriting commissions, or advertise your services on Fiverr or People Per Hour.

19. Rent out your storage space.

Storemates lets you rent out unused storage space to other people, even if it’s just the area under your bed. If you charge the suggested fee of £10/week for 15 square feet of space you could make over £500 a year. You can register here.

20. Hold a car boot sale.

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Car boot sales are a great way to have a big clear out without having to spend ages advertising things on eBay. Alternatively, if you’ve got an eye for collectables you can visit one, snap up some bargains and sell them at a profit.

21. Get paid to review music.

Music and fashion site SliceThePie pays a small fee for every song or outfit you review, though the amount increases as you build up a solid reputation. Find out more here.

22. Become a mystery shopper.

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Mystery shopping assignments can be anything from a brief shop visit or quick meal to a full luxury weekend hotel stay. You get your expenses paid, plus a fee. There’s a handy guide to becoming a shopper here.

23. Try out some online survey sites.

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Taking surveys is a good way to make quick cash. One popular site is Ipsos i-Say, part of the second largest market research group in the UK. It pays in retail vouchers for shops like John Lewis and Boots. More info here.

24. Become an Ann Summers ambassador.

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Ann Summers parties have been around since 1981 and are here to stay. Ambassadors attend pre-booked parties and promote lingerie and sex toys, pocketing a healthy commission. Stop sniggering and sign up here.

25. Sign up to be an extra.

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If Ann Summers parties aren’t your cup of tea, why not get paid around £80 a day to sit in the Queen Vic or wander around Weatherfield instead? There are plenty of TV programmes that need extras: You can sign up at Be On Screen.

26. Dig out your old Disney DVDs.

Disney restrict the supply of their films to increase demand, a process referred to as the “Disney Vault.” If a movie you own is currently in the vault, you could get an inflated price on eBay. You can view a list of films that often occupy the vault here.

Important note: Any income you make in addition to your wages needs to be declared to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The best way to do this is to register for self assessment. You can find out more here.

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Hilary Mitchell is the Scotland editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Edinburgh.
 
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