The Internet has opened up so many new and interesting ways for you to boost your income. Here are no fewer than 12 of the best.
- Selling arts and crafts on Etsy
Etsy has brought out the artist in many of us, providing a convenient portal through which to sell unique handmade items.
- Becoming a virtual assistant
With little more than a few spare hours each evening and some basic skills with a laptop, you can help out time-pressed professionals with such tasks as booking flights and making calls on their behalf.
If you’re great with words, you could write the likes of web copy and blog posts on a freelance basis, seeking the latest opportunities through PeoplePerHour or another popular independent professionals’ marketplace.
- Renting out your car parking space
Yes, if you’ve got your own private parking space that isn’t presently in use, there are sites out there that enable you to list it and set your price for free. Spaces in city centres and near major train stations or other transport connections tend to fetch the most cash.
- Completing online surveys
Some of us love to answer questionnaires, so you might as well make some money – potentially as much as £3 per survey – in the process, through a site like Vivatic or YouGov.
- Running your own website
This is unquestionably one of the most time and labour-intensive ways to make money online, but it may also be the most lucrative if you are the next Mark Zuckerberg. Inc.com has posted an interesting article on how you can create a profitable website while working full time.
- Affiliate marketing
This refers to the practice of promoting companies, brands, products, services and offers through your website, blog or social media profile. Doubtless, you will be able to attract the greatest income if you have a strong online audience already.
- Selling your student notes
Sites like Stuvia and Notesale have cropped up in recent years with the specific aim of enabling you to convert your old university notes into cash – and help current students in the process.
- Flogging old stuff on Facebook
Although eBay is the time-honoured way to sell unwanted goods online, Facebook has become increasingly highly rated as a selling portal in recent times, not least because it doesn’t charge any fees, meaning that you can keep more of your profit.
- Selling unnoticed gems from car boot sales
Many of us have been to car boot sales or flea markets and spotted scruffy old items that are much rarer and more valuable than the seller realises – so why not make a business out of grabbing the best of them and selling them for a handsome profit on Internet auction sites?
- Reviewing music
You read that correctly – it’s even possible these days to earn money by listening to and reviewing the many unsigned bands out there that are desperate for attention. Slicethepie.com is the most frequently mentioned platform in this category.
- Matched betting
Don’t fall for the widely held view that it’s impossible to make money from betting – matched betting isn’t gambling, instead being based on a mathematical equation, and generates as much as £1,000 or more per month for the members of popular sites like Profit Accumulator.
Which great ways have you found to make money online? Feel free to share them below.