There are more opportunities than ever to earn extra money, both online and offline. That’s great, but knowing where to invest your time can be tricky.
Use this list to discover new ideas for making money online and from home. Earn money by walking, recycling, doing music reviews, and even doing internet research.
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The best ways to make money online or offline
These are the best ways to earn extra money today.
1. paid online surveys
A popular way to make money online is to complete online surveys in your spare time. Research companies are constantly recruiting new members around the world to answer surveys and test new products.
By taking just a few minutes to fill out the form, you can quickly earn a few pounds, paid in cash or prizes. Some surveys can save you up to £3 ($5)!
Some good ones to try are Branded Surveys, Swagbucks, Toluna, Pinecone, LifePoints, OnePoll, i-Say, Opinion Outpost, YouGov, Prizerebel, Marketagent, InboxPounds, Valued Opinions, The Opinion Panel, Mingle, Opinion Bureau, Maru Voice, Panel Base, Y Live, Survey Junkie.
2. Risk-free matched bets
Without a doubt the fastest way to make a lot of money earn a lot from home. Many students have earned £100 with this technique. It is completely legal, risk, and tax-free and anyone over 18 in the UK can do it. (If you are not in the UK, go to step 2).
Matched bets work by using free bets offered by betting sites and “matching” them at a betting exchange. This eliminates the risk, as you bet both for and against an outcome.
Multiply this figure by all the existing betting sites and you can easily make a profit of a few hundred pounds.
We show you how to make your first £13 profit (with a real-life example) in this invaluable guide to matched bets. If you know of a better way to make £40 an hour from home please let us know!
3. Search the Internet
Interested in knowing how to make money fast with what you already do online? This is one of the easiest ways to make money online.
Qmee.com rewards you for searches on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon, and eBay. By installing a simple browser extension, the sponsored results will appear alongside the regular search results.
Every success of Qmee carries a cash reward. If you are interested, click on it and collect your reward. You can also participate in surveys to increase your income.
The best part is that there is no minimum withdrawal amount. With our first transfer, only 72 cents were transferred to our PayPal account. You also have the option to donate it to charity.
4. Start your own website
Are you interested in earning passive income? You need a website. This is how you can make money while you sleep.
Setting up a website at Bluehost takes less than 20 minutes, costs next to nothing, and can be done by an 82-year-old.
Just connect to social media to get your first visitors and there are many ways to monetize your website.
Save the Student is just one example of a successful website. It was founded by Owen Burek at the university and now has over 1 million visitors per month.
Read Owen’s step-by-step guide on how to create a website from home in 20 minutes. It really is one of the best resources you can get.
5. The ‘Disney Vault’ secret
In order to maintain demand across generations, Disney Studios restricts the supply of certain classics. Physical Blu-rays are kept in the vault for 8-10 years before being released for a short time.
If you buy them at their normal retail price during this window of opportunity, you can make a good profit if they don’t print for another decade or so.
For example, in 2011 you could buy Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray 3D for only €24.99. In just a few years it was available on Amazon for a whopping £74.99!
It’s important to emphasize that not all Disney releases are vaulted, and only the true classics are.
6. Become a delivery rider or driver
Do you own a bicycle, a motorbike, or a car? And a smartphone? That’s all you need to earn extra money by delivering groceries or people whenever you have free time.
Join delivery services like Deliveroo which are always looking for new drivers. You have total flexibility to work whenever you want, delivering groceries from restaurants to customers’ doors. You can earn up to £16 an hour.
Double your chances by contacting local takeaways and larger chains like Domino directly to see if they have delivery orders.
7. Cell phone recycling
You can make money and help the environment by recycling your old cell phones and other unused gadgets. Ask your parents if they have any lying around too.
Visit our Make Money From Old Cell Phones page to find the best companies and how to make sure you get all your money back online.
8. Claim your dues
Many students work part-time or during the summer months, while others complete paid internships or student jobs. If you work during the year as a student, you will likely pay more than just income tax.
how come Quite simply because only a few students reach the personal tax allowance each year. However, their employers often apply an emergency base tax regime, meaning taxes are paid when they shouldn’t be.
You can find out how to calculate the amount of your tax refund in our guide to tax refunds for students.
9. Appearance on Fiverr
Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for people to make money by selling small services (called “gigs”).
What you offer can be absolutely anything. I write, translate, post on social media, make jokes, teach and produce music, voice-overs, and short video clips for people all over the world.
The standard price is $5 (hence Fiverr), but you can add additional services to Gigs for more money. The earnings can add up quickly, and there are thousands of people who are making a really good living from the site. The most important thing is to set up a system that keeps the time spent on each gig to a minimum.
There’s another way to make even more money on Fiverr, and with potentially a lot less work. How? Simply by reselling performances elsewhere.
For example, find a good logo designer, then respond to jobs on Upwork or local ads. A $5 spend can easily turn into $50+ and is repeatable! Check with your designer that they agree to this.
If you’re not interested in selling, there are so many good things you can do yourself. Browse and get inspired!
10. Sell course notes
If you don’t mind sharing your notes with other students, this is a great way to make some extra money.
There are several websites where you can upload your notes. If another student downloads it, you get paid.
Sites like Nexus Notes and Stuvia are free to list your notes. You get a small portion of the sales in exchange for contact with the customers.
You can send handwritten notes, but you’ll likely earn more if they’re typed.
11. Mystery Shopping
These days, becoming a mystery shopper is easier than you think, and you can get handsome rewards.
There are dozens of agencies that will pay you to visit all sorts of shops and restaurants to report on their performance.
We’ve featured the best agencies in our mystery shopping guide.
Tasking apps are another form of mystery shopping where you get rewards for completing small local tasks. It can also be a lot of fun!
12. Sell your old games and movies
If you want to make a quick profit, sell your old DVDs, Blu-rays and games. Clean up your room because almost everything these days is digital or streamed.
You can expect to earn between £10 and £20 per item. When you have a large collection, the earnings can really add up. See if your parents don’t have any “junk” they’d like to get rid of.
Sites like MusicMagpie will pay you immediately to send you unwanted items.
For potentially more money (but also more hassle) you can try eBay, Amazon Marketplace, and Preloved.
Check out our guide to selling DVDs, CDs, and games for more tips.
13. Sell your photos
If you have a good eye and some creativity, you can try uploading your photos to stock image websites. They get paid when someone uses them.
Adobe Stock and Getty Images are good places to start.
Make more money selling photo subjects that have fewer search results (less competition) but that you see demand for.
Try them out for yourself by printing them out with free photo prints.
14. Make money walking
Walking dogs isn’t the only way to make money climbing those levels. Paid apps are a thing now.
Sweatcoin rewards you with PayPal credit, gift cards, and free products in exchange for your steps. They share their insights with healthcare professionals and insurers, but promise not to sell your personal information.
Maximize your earnings by using the app for local jobs that require walking. Check out TaskRabbit, which lists local paying jobs and assignments in your area.
Some of the more traditional ideas for making money by traveling include working as a tour guide, distributing leaflets, or working as a human billboard.
Whether you’re already focusing on counting steps or want to get more exercise, getting paid to walk is great motivation and a great way to make extra money.
OK, this job requires a certain type of person because you have to take a lot of rejection and be persistent.
But if you are spirited and good-looking, this could be a great money-making idea. You normally get a commission for new listings (usually around £20).
In your free time, you may enjoy writing, reading books, designing graphics, or managing social media accounts.
There are countless freelance jobs that require specific skills or just time that someone else might not have.
Freelance work is very flexible and you can work from home for clients around the world as long as you have an internet connection.
Get started and find work with our freelancer guide.
17. Sell your clothes
eBay logo When it comes to cleaning out your closet for money, eBay has long been a favorite. Online auctions are a surefire way to monetize the sleeveless jacket.
There are many other second-hand platforms that make selling unwanted clothes online even easier, including apps like Depop and Vinted.
Check out our guide to selling clothes online for the best marketplaces and tips on how to make money selling on eBay.
18. Create videos on YouTube
youtube logo according to recent statistics, we now watch more videos on YouTube than we search on Google.
And with the YouTube Partner Program, you can benefit from creating and uploading videos. You get a percentage of ad revenue per 1,000 views.
Depending on your success (virality, viewing time, subscriber base, and topic) you can earn a lot of money. Each week there are many examples of YouTubers making this their profession.
19. Watch videos
If making videos sounds like hard work, then it’s one of the easiest ways to make money.
Swagbucks and InboxPounds are the most popular sites. They literally pay you to watch things like ads and videos in hopes they go viral.
If watching videos is your thing and you want to make money from home, check out our full list of ways to make money watching videos.
20. Find real estate for investors
We all know how much money there is in real estate, but on the surface, you might think this market is off-limits.
The truth is that many people make a lot of money buying real estate suitable for wealthy investors who are short on time.
The trick is to find properties below market value (BMV). Avoid real estate agents and instead, fly around your area with your contact information and offer to buy homes for cash.
Then approach real estate investors with an offer to share details of properties at a reduced price for a percentage of the sale value.
Most cities organize monthly networking events for property owners and investors. Find them, log in, dress in your best clothes, and take a bunch of business cards with you. LinkedIn real estate investment groups are also a great way to start making connections.
As you can imagine, this isn’t necessarily a quick way to make money. But once you have a few investors in your address book, it can prove very profitable over the long run. If you are interested, I recommend reading this book.
21. Rent your house for filming
TV and film producers are always looking for houses to shoot in. A scene from Coronation Street was filmed in the student house where one of the editors of Save the Student lived!
Not only can you make good money, but watching your apartment on TV is crazy. Start looking for locations.
22. Rent your body
If you’re comfortable removing your gear, why not try waist sculpting? Get paid to sit in public while aspiring artists capture you in chilling detail.
Check out RAM, an organization dedicated to life modeling.
You may even participate in drug trials for a fee, but be aware of the risks involved.
Never do anything you are not comfortable with, no matter how much money you are offered.
23. Be an extra
Have you ever dreamed of being in a movie or TV series? Apply to be an extra in the film and it could become a reality.
The pay isn’t bad either: an average of £60-80 per day and you hardly have to do anything!
There are many casting agencies that provide available extras. They make money by keeping a portion of your earnings. So always ask what it is about before accepting a job.
For more tips and the best agencies, check out our How to Become an Extra guide.
24. Buying and selling domain names
A domain name is simply the address of a website (e.g. “savethestudent.org” or “mysite.co.uk”), and there are many extensions (.com, .net, .co. UK, etc.).
It’s only £4 to register with GoDaddy.com, and it’s free with Bluehost plans.
Still, premium domain names can fetch £1,000s if not millions when sold. In 2007, VacationRentals.com sold for a whopping $35 million!
While you won’t come across anything like this now, you can still make a quick profit with a little research.
The trick is to find available domain names that have some commercial value. Grab them and then list them for sale on a site like Sedo.com.
25. Participation in Competitions
There are no guarantees when entering competitions, but there is nothing to lose and a chance to win big.
A growing community of ‘compers’ earns up to £50,000 a year from competitions.
There are many different types of contests and prizes. From online product sweepstakes and gift certificates to high-money TV games.
26. Sale of used textbooks
A smart way to make extra money is to buy other students’ textbooks cheaply at the end of the year and then sell them immediately after freshman week.
At this point, the new students know they need them, so demand and prices are higher.
You can advertise on campus or list them on Amazon Marketplace (they take a commission on books sold).
27. Part-time work
A part-time job is a top choice for students looking to top up their student loans. It offers a steady stream of income and valuable work experience.
But good jobs are not always easy to find!
Start with our student job search. Then check the local advertisements and your university’s careers service for vacancies.
It is also worth registering with CV-Library. This is a free service that matches your resume with suitable part-time and career opportunities.
28. Cashback while shopping
This way you can make money and save money at the same time. Cashback allows you to get money back from purchases you would have made anyway, whether it’s 50% cash back or 0.5%.
There are numerous cashback sites that will pay you the commission they otherwise would have earned.
We recommend signing up with Top Cashback, Quidco.com, and Swagbucks which are free and offer the best selection of merchants and exclusive offers.
29. become a Clickworker
The Clickworker.com concept is based on “Internet crowdsourcing”, in which companies advertise specific, scalable tasks that need to be completed quickly. And for us, it’s an easy way to make money quickly from home.
There are a variety of tasks, but most of them involve mindless data entry, web searches, or filling out forms.
You will be paid in cash (via Paypal) for the work you do.
30. Affiliate Marketing
If you have a following on social media or websites, you can start making money right away by promoting all kinds of businesses, products, services, and offers online.
Register as a publisher on the Awin network. Check out the deals blog or browse the retailer listings to find something you think your followers might be interested in. Then take your affiliate link and share it.
If someone buys through your link, you get a nice commission (within a maximum of 90 days).
31. Publish a Kindle eBook
If there’s one thing students are good at, it’s research and writing. With the Kindle Store, anyone can publish an eBook and make money on Amazon.
The Kindle app is now available on every device, so your global market is huge!
Advertise your book for £1.49 – £6.99 and earn 70 percent of sales. Considering Amazon is the ultimate selling machine (and remember, people, want to spend money), this is a fantastic deal.
The key to success with eBooks is creating value and writing non-fiction. When you present the information you’ve researched and compiled on a common problem (e.g., job hunting “secrets”) in an easily digestible format (an eBook), it justifies someone spending a few pounds on it.
Once your eBook is active in the Kindle Store, it’s important to get some ratings so it ranks higher in search results. Encourage readers to leave an honest review at the end of your book.
The best part about this profitable idea is that once you put in the time (e.g. 20 hours) you will have passive income for years to come!
32. Website and Application Review
Well, you seem pretty good at using a web browser. So maybe it’s time to go pro and browse websites – as paid work that’s fun!
Introducing UserTesting, a platform that pays ordinary people to review all types of websites. Each review takes around 20 minutes and will net you $10 (£6.50) via PayPal.
Simply register with UserTesting, fill out a test report, and look forward to having websites in your inbox.