Wouldn’t it be lovely to stay at home, wrapped up in your dressing gown and men’s slippers, whilst your computer earns you some extra money?
Well, it’s completely possible – there are numerous cunning ways to earn a bit of extra cash in the run up to Christmas, without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.
Tempted? Here are 5 tips to get you started.
1. Get eBaying… If you’ve got clutter lurking around your home that you no longer use, then eBay is the website for you.
If you’re not already signed up then set up an account – it only takes about 20 minutes and it’s dead simple to do.
Then photograph all of your unwanted items (to get the best results take good quality photographs from different aspects), write a short description and decide on your starting price.
If you are sure that you don’t want something to sell for below a certain price then you can add a reserve, or start the bidding at a higher cost.
However, if you really want to get results and you’re willing a risk then start the bidding at 99p – the lower the starting bid the more buyers seem to be interested.
2. Answer a few questions… Yes, you can get some great returns from filling in questionnaires online.
Some companies, such as www.surveys.com, provide you with vouchers to spend on all sorts of items for answering their surveys.
Some websites even pay you genuine, hard cash – for example www.yougov.com/uk/panel pay you 50p to £1 for every survey, and they send you a cheque for the money once you reach £50. Not bad, huh?
3. Reclaim your own money… Did you know that nearly £1 billion is lying in a dormant bank account from accounts that people have simply forgotten about?
Whether from an old National Savings account or a building society, many people simply lose their money in accounts they’ve forgotten they still have. To see if you’ve got money just waiting to be claimed visit www.mylostaccount.org.uk.
4. Share your knowledge… If you’ve got a a specialist skill or knowledge of a certain area (whether that’s economics or cooking) then you could become an online guide at http://beaguide.about.com/.
About.com can pay hundreds of pounds a month to their ‘guides’, in exchange for regular articles on your specialist subject.
5. Work whenever and wherever you want… If you’ve had experience as a PA, secretary, graphic designer, architect or any other profession that is computer based, then you could continue to use your talents from home.
Clever website Elance (www.elance.com) enables businesses to submit projects for home-workers to apply for, and home-workers can also pitch their skills to employers.
Both employers and workers are rated, so you know exactly what it is you’re getting, and you can accept or apply for work as and when you like.
The pay isn’t bad either (some dedicated workers have earned hundreds of thousands of pounds) and it’s a great way of using your years of experience to make you money, whenever it’s convenient to you.