Best 6 Ways to Earn Extra Cash

by Dan on October 26, 2009

iStock 000005161752Small Best 6 Ways to Earn Extra CashWith all of the many ways to earn extra cash online it’s sometimes hard to sort the legitimate make money programs from the scams.

I’ve put together a list of what I consider to be the best ways to earn extra cash but feel free to add to the list if you feel I have left a good program or system from the list.

Online market research & Paid Surveys

Willing to give your view on the Labour Party, answer questions about your sex life, or test out the latest moisturiser? If so, it’s possible to earn £100s a year, without any special skill or talent. You can get paid cash to take part in online surveys, which are often short enough to fill in during breaks at work.

How much? Some surveys can pay £1 to £3 for just a couple of minutes of your time.

Find out more: There are a lot of paid survey sites out there and they’re mostly free to join, sign up and take a look.

Affiliate Marketing

If you run any kind of website – commercial or personal – you can add affiliate links to it and get paid each time somebody clicks from your page. The most popular schemes are Google’s ‘Adsense’ and Amazon’s ‘Associates’ – and don’t cost a penny to install. Of course, if you’re to generate a substantial income through these schemes you’ll need a high level of site traffic, and this can be difficult to achieve.

If you’re sure you can provide site content which will appeal to a substantial number of people then give it a try, but generally it’s not worth starting one up just for the purpose of affiliate marketing.

How much? A niche website with loyal usage could earn £1,000s a year from these links.

Find out more: Join the discussion and read other MoneySavers’ top suggestions or add your own in the Making money from websites thread.

Earn from internet research

Sites such as Any Question Answered (AQA), and Ask118 all work in the same way: a customer searching for the answer to any question, sends a text to researchers – you – who replies with the answer.

YOU select what type of questions you want to answer, and the hours you work. These online jobs are highly sort after and the companies don’t always have vacancies in your chosen subject area – you’ll also likely have to pass a test before you get an interview.

How much? You’ll be paid around 30p per question, and some can take just a few moments to answer, meaning that experienced researchers get up to £2,000 a month.

Find out more: Any Question Answered or Ask118

Get paid every time you spend

Cashback credit cards pay you back a proportion of what you spend each time you use them. Therefore set up a Direct Debit to pay it off in full each month so there’s no interest cost and you can earn. Just use the card for all your normal spending and you’ll make money.

How much? The top cashback cards pay up to 4% cashback for a short period and then a standard 1%. So if you spend £10,000 a year you stand to make £200, just by paying with a different piece of plastic.

Get paid to click

It’s possible to get paid just for clicking links on the internet. This is a by-product of the fact that many advertisers pay websites for sending them traffic (ie. for visitors clicking through to their sites). As noted above, cashback websites give you a share of their ad-revenue; and therefore on the occasions where they’re paid just for sending traffic, you can be paid just for clicking.

How much? It’s not too difficult to rack up £20 a month just by clicking paid links, as long as you’re consistent with the routine; set passwords on screen to make it easier.

How do I do it? Take a look at the paid to click articles on the site.

PS: You can also click and give to charity… See The Hungersite article for more.

Do some freelance work

If you’ve skills in a specific area, you may be able to do a little freelance work on the side. Getafreelancer & PeoplePerHour are project recruitment sites; companies list projects they want completed, and freelancers ‘bid’ on them, both by saying why they’ll be the most suitable candidate, and literally entering their price for the work. It’s free to join and bid on work, but a fee is taken out of your pay for each job.

How much? It depends on the job, the duration and skills involved, and how many freelancers are competing for it. The only drawback is that you might find yourself competing against workers from countries with a much lower cost of living, who can undercut you.

Find out More Elance is one of the best starting places to embark on your freelance career.

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Teen Blogger October 26, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Great Post.

Those ae some good way, although i havent had any success with paid surveys

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