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5 Quick and Easy Ways to Make Extra Money at Home


With Christmas right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to make some extra cash. In this post, we’ll look at a few ways — from selling unwanted belongings to even PPI claims — to make some additional money with minimal effort.

Although having a few extra pounds in your pocket is a benefit at any time of year, it’s safe to say that the festive period is when most people will be especially grateful for additional funds. While you could do this by picking up some more hours at work or embarking on a new business venture, these things require extra time and money, which can often be scarce during the holidays.

Fortunately, there are some much simpler ways to boost your income. Read on as we highlight five quick and easy ways to make some extra money from the comfort of your own home.


Declutter by Selling Unwanted Belongings

A crucial aspect of Christmas is the buying and receiving of gifts. While first and foremost this means you’ll have lots of new things to enjoy (yay!), it also means that your home is about to become a lot more cluttered. A house jam-packed with old and new belongings is not only a nightmare to tidy and maintain, but it’s also something that can be avoided.

It would be fair to say that most people hoard belongings unnecessarily, whether we realise it or not. Whatever your purpose for keeping hold of various items — whether it’s for sentimental reasons or you’re “going to use it one day” — it’s worth remembering that these things will be worth something to somebody. Therefore, they present you with a quick and easy way to make some extra money.

When it comes to actually selling your unwanted household items, you have a few options. some of the easiest and most likely to give you a successful sale is online marketplaces, the two most prominent of which are eBay and Gumtree. Recently, though, Facebook has got in on the action with their own marketplace feature, which finds items for sale in your local area. So take your pick!


Paid Surveys


The internet has created many different avenues for making money, and one of the easiest has to be paid surveys. This is precisely what it sounds like: you receive money in exchange for filling out online surveys. Although this requires a bit of time, the effort involved is minimal and there is genuinely good money to be made.


When you consider how much time is spent lounging around the house, watching TV, or roaming the internet, it makes sense to be making money in the process. There are many different survey sites, each of which vary in regards to the type of surveys you’ll have to complete, as well as how much they pay. You’ll have to do a bit of research to find sites that suit your needs and financial requirements, but a good places to start are Toluna, Swagbucks and OnePoll.


Recycle Old Mobile Phones


In the digital age, modern technology is such a crucial part of our day-to-day lives. Mobile phones continue to evolve and have become a fully-functioning multi-media tool — and with iPhones and Android handsets continually changing, it’s becoming more and more difficult to own the ‘latest device’. Many people these days are eager to buy the newest phone as soon as it comes out, even if their current phone is still in good nick.


If you’re someone who consistently buys the newest model as soon as it comes out, there’s a good chance you will have old phones lying around from time-to-time. If so, you could make a good profit by recycling your old phone(s); even those ancient, dusty mobile phones from years ago will fetch you some money. Every penny counts, right?


Now’s the Time to Claim PPI


The payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal was uncovered a long time ago — over a decade, in fact. But the recent announcement of a PPI claims deadline, including a TV advert featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, has rejuvenated PPI awareness and made it all the more important to claim as soon as possible.


Millions of people have been mis-sold PPI and, over the last six years, British banks have been made to pay back an incredible £21.7 billion. With so many people being mis-sold the product, there’s a very good chance that you will also be eligible to claim PPI. So, when you consider that the average payout for PPI claims is £3000, a successful refund could make an enormous difference to your financial situation.


Sell Jewellery


Although we have already covered selling unwanted belongings, jewellery is a particular type of item that’s in a category of its own. It’s easy to accumulate a large collection of trinkets over the years, but if you take the time to organise it, you’ll soon realise there are plenty of items you wouldn’t miss. If this is the case, you could be making a good profit by selling jewellery online.

When it comes to selling your jewellery, you have a few different options. The most common route would be online marketplaces as we mentioned above, but for a quick turnaround, you may also want to consider selling your items to a cash for gold company. This is quick, easy and doesn’t require any sales tactics at all.

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