3. Become an Avon representative.
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.
7. Become a “Mechanical Turk”.
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.
11. Become a virtual assistant.
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.
16. Or rent your entire house to a film crew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23. Try out some online survey sites.
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.
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.