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26 Totally Legit Ways To Make Money In Your Spare Time

Bump up your bank balance before payday. H/T Money Saving Expert.

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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.

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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.

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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 at Mechanical Turk.

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. Money Saving Expert has a good guide.

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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.

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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 at Money Saving Expert.

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19. Rent out your storage space.

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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 at Storemates .

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.

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 at Money Magpie.

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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 at i-Say.

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 at Ann Summers.

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.

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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 at Wikipedia.

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.