During these difficult and uncertain times, almost everyone I have spoken to has concerns about their finances. Whether you are working from home, unable to work, or still in the office, a level of uncertainty hangs over us like nothing our generation has seen or experienced before.
I don’t want to be seen as exploiting people’s concerns by putting together this post, but frankly I couldn’t do nothing. I’ve therefore gone through my existing posts and I’m pulling together the best ways of making money from home that you can still do at these tricky times. None of these are get rich quick schemes, and to be honest I would avoid anything that promises anything which seems to be unrealistic or too good to be true, but dipping in and out of anything which can help to bring in a bit of extra money may just take off a little bit of pressure.
Online survey sites and apps
I love doing online surveys and apps and have a few posts about this way of making money. My favourite site is Prolific Academic (read my post here) and my favourite app is Vypr (read the post here). I also have a general post about online surveys and research here.
Selling your skills and freelancing
It might seem like an odd concept, especially if like me you are used to working for someone else and always going to an office or fixed place of work, but you can use your skills and sell them. At this time, digital skills in particular are going to be super popular, but its worth seeing whats out there and whether you could do anything similar. I have a post all about it here.
If you are able to get out to a post office or Collect Plus store (depending on the app or site you use), then sellings items such as CDs, DVDs and books can be a great way to make a bit of money from home. I have a post which covers lots of different ways of selling your stuff – but I would focus on the online methods at this time. For more specific information about selling on eBay – check out this post.
Obviously we are trying to cut down on going out and about, and of course, not panic buying at the moment, but if you have any receipts that are less than 2 weeks old, and of course any new ones that you do acquire going forwards can make you money. All you need to do is download a couple of my favourite apps, and take pictures of the receipts. You might be asked a few questions about the experience in that store as well. Depending on the app you use you will earn points or coins, and then these can eventually be turned into money or vouchers when you have enough. Find out more here.
Comping (entering competitions) may not directly improve your finances, but you never know. There really is no better feeling than winning a competition. Check out my post all about how to find and enter competitions.