When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, it can be hard to fit in a part-time job to earn some money. So whether you only have 10 minutes or a few hours a day to spare, here are 20 unconventional and easy ways to get cash quickly.
1. Fill in some online surveys
I am sure that online surveys aren’t a new concept for most people. They have become a popular way for students with a bit of free time to make some cash. And I don’t blame them – online surveys only take a couple of minutes out of your day and so you will see the money you earn tally up quickly. These surveys can be anything from reviewing a company video advertisement to asking for your opinion. Good survey websites to get yourself going include YouGov, Swagbucks, Surveyspotter and LifePoints.
2. Review music
Got a passion for music? If that’s the case, why not put your hobby to good use and get paid for reviewing music. Slicethepie will pay you to voice your opinion on music produced by newly formed or unsigned bands and artists. It’s a super laidback way of making money that won’t feel like a chore. And who knows, you might even be listening to the next big thing, and you could boast to your friends in the future.
3. Sell your student notes
If you’re a student known for your notes being clear and aesthetically pleasing, this one will be perfect for you. On websites such as Nexus Notes and Stuvia, you can earn every time someone downloads the notes you uploaded. If you think about the sheer volume of notes students make over their time at university, what better way is there to get the maximum use out of them than to get a little cash – and all for not doing any extra work!
4. Do some dog walking or sitting
For those animal lovers out there, dog walking or sitting will be a great way to get some money in your pocket whilst getting your endorphins up. Another benefit of looking after a furry friend is that it pays well. If you’re interested, advertise yourself or sign up with Care Pet Care or Tailster.
5. Recycle your old mobile phone
I’m sure we have all kept an old phone lying around ‘just in case’ we eventually use it as a backup phone. But this never actually happens does it? So why not finally get rid of that five-year-old phone and be environmentally friendly by cashing them in. Websites such as Envirofone will take your old phone off your hands, recycle them and reimburse you with some cash – go on, I can assure you you won’t even realise its gone.
6. Go mystery shopping
Love a good shopping trip? Well, you’re in luck as if you sign up to become a mystery shopper, you can do what you enjoy most without having to spend your own money. Various businesses will give you vouchers to go and shop in their stores or dine in their restaurants, and all you need to do in return is give your feedback on the experience. Although you don’t directly get cash, you get a free meal and are able to keep all the items you purchase. What a bargain! Check out websites such as Shepper for more information.
7. Sell your second-hand clothes on Depop
We all have that pile of clothes we don’t wear anymore which accumulates once we finally get round to doing a clear out. Rather than throwing them out, why not be a sustainable king or queen and sell them on depop. Depop has become so popular that it has become the new hottest social media platform. Go and see what the hype is all about whilst giving your clothes a new loving home.
8. Get reimbursed for train delays
I think we can all agree that train delays have become all too common. Making a claim every time this happens – and let’s face it, it will be more than once – is an easy way for you to get your money back. Just go on the railway firm’s website to find out more on how to make a claim.
9. Get paid to watch TV
Is there any better place to earn money from than on your sofa in front of the TV? The Viewers will pay you to do just that. All you need to do is give your feedback on unreleased or the latest programmes. The broadcasting company will then take on your opinions to amend their future episodes. So sit back, relax and see the cash rolling in.
10. Advertise products on social media
For students who love going on social media and have a good presence on various platforms, you can get quick cash by promoting products and services. Apply on Open Influence or FameBit, and they will put you in contact with brands you fancy advertising for. Awin is another firm which works on a commission basis. You will be given an affiliate link and the more people who use your link to buy into a product or service, the more cash will get in your pocket.
11. Take part in psychological experiments
Although the idea of a psychological experiment might sound scary, do not threat as they are perfectly safe. And if for any reason you find yourself feeling uncomfortable, you are free to withdraw at any time. Many universities are looking for volunteers so they can test anything from how sleep affects concentration to social biases people have. A good thing to also note is that Universities pay well and so you can earn around £8-15 an hour. A unique way to get some money just look up any University’s psychology department to find more information.
12. Get paid for searching the internet
One of the easiest ways to earn cash has to be from simply doing what you do every day – searching the web. If you install Qmee on your internet browser, it will pay you every time you search anything on Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Bing and eBay. It’s really that easy! When you decide to claim your cash, you also have the option of donating it to a charity of your choice.
13. Sell unused gift cards
Have a gift card you weren’t too keen on receiving but felt too awkward to ask for the receipt? Websites such as Cardpool, CardCash and Gift Card Granny will buy your cards off you for up to 92% of the original value. On CardCash and Gift Card Granny you can even exchange your gift card for a card from a brand of your choice.
14. Do some freelance work
Freelance work is great for those who are looking for a one-off job where you can earn some cash here and there. Whether you have a skill in writing, art, sales, programming or languages, there will be something you can get stuck into straight away. Go and explore websites great for advertising freelance jobs such as Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer.com.
15. Sell your rubbish for cash
As the saying goes, one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure. You might be thinking who on earth would pay to have my rubbish. But you would be surprised how popular this is. It has been found that on eBay over 2000 jam jars, 600 corkscrews, over 100 toilet roll tubes and 80 milk bottle caps were recently sold. So before you throw away your rubbish, think, would someone else benefit from this?
16. Sign up for loyalty schemes when shopping
If you regularly go to the supermarket – and who doesn’t? – then be sure to sign up to a loyalty scheme. Although you won’t get cashback, once your points add to a sufficient amount you will be able to use them to bag yourself a free food shop. Of course, you can also do this with other types of consumer shops. It’s a great way to treat yourself, all with a swipe of your loyalty card every time you shop, simply effortless!
17. Deliver takeaways
Got a bike in the garage collecting a bit of dust? Then sign up to deliver takeaways for companies like Deliveroo. The advantage of picking this type of work is that your working hours completely revolve around your own schedule and preferences, meaning that it doesn’t come with the commitment of a contracted part-time job. It can also be a great way to get in your exercise; killing two birds with one stone.
18. Do some private tutoring
Put your brains to good use and get some cash from doing some personal tutoring. No matter what subject you feel confident teaching, there will be a student out there who would benefit from your knowledge. Some would argue that tutoring isn’t easy money or that it requires a lot of planning. But if you are a University student studying English and decide to tutor a student doing GCSE English, you already have the expertise to tutor them with ease. If this interests you, advertise yourself on Tutor.com and Care.com.
19. Sell things you no longer use
Have a go selling at anything you no longer use, whether that be furniture or electrical devices, on websites such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace. For students, these websites are a great opportunity to sell second-hand course books which you have grown out of. It will be sure to be an easy sell as new incoming students will jump at the opportunity of not having to buy expensive books.
20. Find lost cash behind the back of the sofa and in your coat pockets
As a nation, it is estimated that we lose £3 million behind the sofa every year. So if you think about how much-undiscovered cash that could be for each person, it’s a no brainer to have a quick rummage behind your sofa or in your coat pockets. What’s more, if you find some cash you didn’t know you had, you will definitely get a sense of euphoria.