We could all do with a little bit of extra cash every month. Whether it is saved up for those emergencies in life, or spent on a few little luxuries, it will always come in handy. Here are 7 tips for you to earn extra cash in your pocket.
Earn extra cash with online jobs
- Join Mechanical Turk
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a service which has you perform a number of short digital tasks for a small return. The payment is usually in cents rather than dollars, but the tasks are usually quick and easy.
You might be asked to transcribe a 30-second video clip, write out the details of a receipt, or even check Google Maps images for certain objects. A few hours a week can start to really add up, though you can only cash out in Amazon vouchers.
- Take online surveys
There are so many companies out there offering cash for surveys that it’s impossible to name them all. Normally, the survey will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, and you will be rewarded accordingly.
You can take consumer surveys, scientific studies, or psychological tests. Sometimes the pay-out is only in vouchers, though others will pay out to a bank account.
New extra cash ideas
- Rent out space
If you have extra room in your house, then renting it out is an excellent way to earn money. This could be a spare bedroom, an unused office room, an empty garage, or even a garden shed. Sharing community sites allow you to offer your space as storage or offices for start-ups.
They stay as long as you want them to and you collect rent from them for that time.
- Open new accounts
Bank accounts aren’t something we usually need more than one of, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to have more. Some banks will actually pay you to take out an account with them.
Make sure that you read and check all of the terms and conditions before you open it up to be sure you can access the money. This is great when you need a quick fix.
- Be a secret shopper
Secret shoppers go to shops, restaurants, or hotels on assignment to check that everything is working as it should. Normally an assignment would require you to look around the building, interact with members of staff, and often make a purchase before leaving.
Later on, you fill out a report detailing your experience and get paid for it. Even if you don’t receive cash for the report, you will normally have your purchase covered, which means free gifts.
Get your cash back
- Scan your shopping
The new wave of extra cash earnings comes from the “scan and shop” style apps and websites. These sites are interested in tracking what people are buying, so they will reward you for telling them. Some of them ask you to scan everything you buy. Others will run promotions offering you cashback if you buy a certain thing. You’re going shopping anyway, so why not earn something from it?
- Check your change
Finally, check your change before you give it away. Some coins and notes are worth more money than you think because of certain special features or faults. Once you get into coin collecting you’ll find a new addiction – many coins can be worth double their nominal value, and some are worth much more than that.
There are lots of ways to earn extra cash into your pocket. While not all of these methods will make you rich, adding them up can give you a lot of financial relief.
About the author:
Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing
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