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How to make money from home

YOU could make extra cash without having to leave your home.

In some cases, it’s as simple as getting paid to watch television or renting out your attic space and the parking spot you never use.

 If you're a telly addict then your opinions could earn you extra cash


If you’re a telly addict then your opinions could earn you extra cashCredit: Getty Images

We explain all the ways you could legitimately pocket some extra cash.

Get paid to watch telly

Earning: From £40 per research group

If you’re telly addict then you might be able to put your knowledge to good use. puts together research panels for broadcasters and programme makers so they can get feedback on TV programmes before they hit the box.

You can either attend face-to-face research groups, fill in surveys online, or do both – and you can earn from £40 for a discussion group, which is usually cash in hand, plus you get given refreshments.

The fee for online surveys varies but it’s usually £1 to £10 depending on the length of the survey and the money is paid into your bank account or via vouchers.

Become a problem solver for companies

Earning: £1000’s potentially

Do you have a technical skill or a superb analytical mind? Well, you could earn real dosh for solving problems for companies.

This cash is by no means guaranteed but it can be interesting and fun.

You can apply through companies such as InnoCentive and Idea Connection, and you present a solution for a challenge posted.

If chosen, you will receive an “award” – some even reach over £70,000, but most are around £3,800.

Currently you can enter one to win up to $20,000, which is £14,624.78 for us.

But you’ll have to be quick as the challenge closes in just a few days time.

Get paid to Google

Earning: Up to £1 per search

It is possible to get paid for surfing the web, and all you have to do is download a web browser add on from Qmee.

It then works in the background when you use Google, where if you click on a result that interests you then you’ll earn cash.

It’s usually 7p to 15p per search but sometimes as much as £1, and the cash is then paid to you via Paypal or in giftcards.

You can also earn extra by referring your friends too.

Make money from YouTube videos

Earning: £30 a month

You don’t have to be Zoella or a famous vlogger to make money from YouTube – thousands of people earn cash from uploading their clips to the video search engine through the YouTube partner programme.

It puts adverts on to your videos and you earn a slice of the cash, and the more views you get the more money you’ll make.

The amount you earn will vary on your numbers of views, on videos, and subscribers, but you could end up raking in some serious dosh.

The average YouTube channel earns up to £3.66 per 1,000 video views, according to the Influencer Marketing Hub.

It means that by uploading eight clips a month, you could earn up to £30 a month, as long as the clips get 1,000 views each.

Rent out your spare room

Earning: £1000’s

If you’ve got space and don’t mind taking in a stranger into your home then getting a lodger is a quick way to make real cash.

The Rent a Room scheme means you don’t pay tax on the first £7,500 you make each year from renting out your home, but if you earn more than this you’ll likely be taxed and will need to complete a tax return.

Rent our your driveway or parking space

Earning: Up to £310 a month

If you live near an airport, city centre or train station and have a driveway or parking space then you could make money from renting it out.

Websites including JustPark, Parklet and YourParkingSpace will let your space for you, and they usually charge a fee of around 20% for this service.

The amount you can charge depends on the demand for parking in your area, but some people can make as much as £310 a month, especially if you live in a built up or touristy area.

Set up an ironing service

Earning: £8 to £12 per hour

You’ll need to invest in a good iron and ironing board if you don’t already have one and be able to get those creases out to a good standard.

You can choose to work for yourself and get clients by advertising on local notice boards in supermarkets, shops and the town hall or by asking friends to recommend you.

Alternatively, you can join an agency such as Mrs Hunt’s Staffing, which works with clients in posh parts of London.

Rent out your loft, garage or shed

Earning: Up to £200 a month

If you’ve got unused space in your loft, garage, shed or spare room then you could rent it out.

The Storemates website is free to register and list your space but it takes a 17% cut of the monthly rent.

You can usually earn around £25 to £200 a month depending on the size of your space and how many people you’re renting it to – but you’ll need to declare your earnings to the tax man.

The good news is that since April 2017 people have been able to earn up to £1,000 tax-free from your property and this includes renting out your storage space.

Fill in surveys online and earn cash

Earning: Up to £15 a month

If you’ve got spare time and don’t mind filling in surveys online then you could bag up to £200 a year.

You will get dished out surveys depending on who you are, where you live and what your interest are, but it can be slow at times as you can’t guarantee when a survey is going to come through.

You can register for free, try i-Say, Swagbucks and PopulusLive. The money is usually paid via PayPal or into your bank account once you’ve earned a certain amount.

MoneySavingExpert has a guide on how to maximise your earnings on survey websites.

Sell your hair

Earning: £200

The more hair you sell the more money you’ll be able to make.

Obviously, this isn’t going to be something you’ll regularly make money from (unless you have speedy hair growth) but if you’re going to cut your hair anyway it could be a simple way to get extra cash.

Bloomsbury Wigs and Hair Harvest will pay up to £200 for your hair.

You have to put it in a ponytail before cutting, as buyers may not pay for it otherwise and they’ll need to assess it before they can offer you the maximum amount.

Set up a clothing alteration or sewing service

Earnings: £5 to £10 per hour

There’s always somebody who needs help taking up a pair of trousers or even having a button sewn back on, so if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread or having a sewing machine then you could offer to mend clothes for family and friends in return for cash.

If you want regular work then you could contact a local dry cleaners and ask if you could set up an alterations service with them, and you can usually charge about £5 to £10 an hour, with a minimum £5 charge.


Martin Lewis explains three ways in which you can get free cash too, and you could get up to £1,845.

You can make money online when working from home as well.

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