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We could probably all use some extra money, whether that’s to build more savings, pay off debt, book a holiday or just give the budget a bit of boost.
Finding the time and energy to bring in that extra money can be a whole other struggle though!
To make it easier, we’ve put together a list of ways to get started making extra cash without even leaving your sofa.
Some are simple and demand little effort, whereas others will take a little more time and attention, but all can be done from the comfort of your couch.
1. Take paid surveys online
One of the easiest ways to make money sitting in front of your TV and quickest to get started is taking online surveys.
There are lots of legitimate survey companies that pay people all over the world to take surveys and share their opinions. We reccommend signing up to a few sites to give them a try. This will help find the best companies for you and make the most of the earning potential.
Our favourites include:
One of the higher paying and more interesting survey sites. A crowdsourcing site for academic research, Prolific will pay you to take part in studies and surveys. Payment is made via PayPal.
Populus Live pays a set rate of £1 per 5 minutes of survey taking, which is pretty high in the survey world. Once you’re registered to the panel you’ll start to receive survey invitations via email.
With Populus, you need to earn £50 before being paid, and they send you your earnings as a cheque. It can take a while to build your earnings to £50, but as the rate of earning is set, it’s a good return on your time investment.
Swagbucks is a survey site that also features lots of other ways to earn extra money. Although not highly paid, it is an easy option to use in front of the TV, as you can answer easy surveys, complete offers and even play games or watch video ads.
For every task you complete with Swagbucks you’ll be rewarded with points known as sb. When you’ve built up enough points, you can redeem your sb for gift vouchers, PayPal or Mastercard payments.
2. VA Work
Virtual assistance is a growing field right now as more and more businesses are online and require administrative help. This is a great opportunity for remote workers to make money from home, so if you’re skilled in areas such as copywriting, social media, graphic design, scheduling or similar, this could be a good fit.
3. Designing T-Shirts
How it works is you upload designs that could be printed onto things such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, popsockets or even baby gros and mugs. Once you’ve created your account and uploaded your designs that’s all you need to do.
If somebody chooses your design for their merchandise, you’ll be paid a commission.
What are you good at? Could you monetise those skills by hiring yourself out as a freelancer? Some skills often required are:
- Graphic Design
- Social Media Management
- Web developing/design
5. Website Testing
If you have a good internet connection and a laptop or computer with a microphone, you could be making extra cash testing websites, making sure they function properly.
Companies that pay for this service include:
6. Playing Games On Your Phone
If you find it relaxing to sit down and play mobile games, why not get paid a little to do so? There are loads of money making apps available that will pay you to play games on your mobile device.
Some we’ve tried and tested include:
With all of these apps you earn ‘coins’ or points which build up the longer you spend playing specific games. When you build up enough you can redeem them in exchange for gift cards or money into your PayPal account.
Do you have social media accounts with a good following? Influencer marketing is a huge deal right now, with plenty of people able to earn an income through their social media. If you have an engaged following, you might be able to collaborate with brands to earn money via sponsored posts and affiliate products.
If you don’t have a huge following but still want to explore this you could try the MNSFT app. This allows you to connect your Twitter and Instagram accounts, and get paid to post specific images directly from the app. The amount you’ll be paid will be determined by what they call your ‘social capita score’ which is calculated by looking at your follower count and level of influence.
If you love writing, and have something you’re passionate about, can talk a lot about, have information to share and so on, then blogging is potentially a good way to both enjoy something and eventually create an income from.
It costs very little to start, you’ll need webhosting and a domain name, which is just a few pounds per month.
You won’t start making tons of money right away, but if you put in the effort to write good content, and learn how to build up traffic, you can definitely start to build an income from blogging. The ways bloggers make money include display advertising, affiliate marketing and creating sponsored content.
Okay, so technically this would be making more from someone else’s sofa, but let’s not be picky. If you’re flexible and reliable, people are often looking for good baby sitters, pet sitter or house sitters to keep an eye while they’re out, and it’s a simple way to make some extra money.
10. Enter Competitions
Okay, so you can’t earn a guaranteed income entering competitions, but if you enjoy having a go, it can be a fun way to win some prizes you wouldn’t otherwise have. ‘Compers’ or prolific competition enterers have had some amazing and multiple wins from dedicating their time to find and enter competitions for things such as holidays, gadgets, money, vouchers and loads more. You can find out more about the world of comping along with great tips and advice at SuperLucky – a dedicated comping blog.