How to make money from home – five ideas if you need extra cash in lockdown

The events of 2020 have certainly taken a toll on most people financially, but there’s a few ways you can make extra cash from the comfort of your own home.

With many people having lost their jobs, being made redundant, or having their hours reduced, earning a bit more money has never been more important.

As England heads into a second lockdown and Christmas approaches, here are five ideas that could help top up your bank balance:

Online surveys

Research companies are always recruiting people to take part in online surveys

If you’re a fan of giving feedback, or love a good old questionnaire, then taking part in online surveys probably appeals to you – and they’re an easy way to earn money.

Research companies are always recruiting new members worldwide to answer surveys and test new products.

For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or rewards, and you can bag up to £3 for some surveys!

A few good ones to try are: Branded Surveys, InboxPounds, Onepoll, i-Say, Opinion Outpost, YouGov, Pinecone, SurveyBods, Panel Base, Valued Opinions, The Opinion Panel, Opinion Bureau, Marketagent, and Survey Junkie.

Also sign up for Swagbucks which rewards you for surveys as well as simply surfing the web, watching videos and playing games.

Review websites and apps for cash

You can use your smartphone to review websites and apps for cash

Most of us spend a lot of our time on our smartphones or surfing the web so it makes perfect sense to try and make money whilst doing so.

UserTesting.com is a new platform that pays everyday people to review all kinds of websites.

Each review takes around 20 minutes and can earn you $10 (£6.50) via Paypal.

Simply sign up here, complete a test review and look forward to receiving websites in your inbox.

Become a delivery rider or driver

Becoming a food delivery driver is a quick and flexible way to earn some money

Never has it been so vital for people to get their favourite foods delivered – especially due to lockdown and social distancing rules.

Companies such as Deliveroo and UberEats are growing in popularity and they’re always going to need drivers.

As long as you’ve got a bicycle, motorbike or a car, and a smartphone, then this could be the job for you.

It’s easy to sign up to delivery specialist companies like Deliveroo and what’s even better is that they allow you total flexibility to work when you want, delivering food from restaurants to the customers’ door, and you can make up to £16 an hour.

And why not double-up your opportunities by directly contacting local takeaways and bigger chains like Dominos to see if they have any delivery jobs going?

Write and publish a Kindle eBook

The opportunity to publish your own book via Amazon could be a great way to top up your bank balance

How many times have you come up with a genius idea for a book, but never find the time to start jotting it down? Well now is the time to put pen to paper – or fingertips to laptop – and start getting those thoughts down.

Thanks to the Amazon Kindle store, anyone can publish an eBook and make money.

And the Kindle app is now available on almost any device (laptops, iPads, smartphones and Kindles) so your global market has the potential to be huge.

List your book for £1.49 up to £6.99 and you earn 70% of the sale – and who’s to say you won’t be earning from it for years to come!

Mobile phone recycling

Recycling your old mobile phones is a simple way to make some money

With most companies unveiling new smartphones several times a year, chances are most of us have got an old mobile hanging around somewhere.

But rather than let it gather dust in a drawer, why not earn some good money and help the environment by recycling your old mobile phones and other unused devices?

Companies such as Envirofone, Giffgaff and Mazuma all run recycling schemes and some even have a pretty quick payment scheme where you’ll be paid within one working day of them receiving your phone.

Well-known networks such as EE and O2 also run similar schemes and O2 Recycle’s Price Promise means that if you see a higher price advertised elsewhere within seven days of placing an order to sell your phone to them, they can match that price.

-- to www.dailystar.co.uk

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