So if you need to make a bit of extra cash, here’s a few ideas to get you started:
SELL YOUR OLD STUFF
Free up some space and make extra cash by selling your unwanted items. I do this pretty regularly as kids just accumulate SO MUCH STUFF!
Personally I don’t like car boots (mainly because I don’t want to get up that early) so I tend to use eBay and Facebook.
I find eBay is best for clothes and Facebook for things like toys, computer games and DVDs.
Whatever you’re selling, do your research and check different sites for similar items and see how much they’re selling for. Think about what you’re selling and when – there’s no point trying to sell a winter coat in the middle of August!
USE YOUR SKILLS
See if there’s a way to make your skills and qualifications work for you in your own home. There’s all sorts you can do from home – from private tutoring to teaching music lessons, proofreading to freelance writing, childminding or even pet sitting! It can be a great way to make extra cash and keep your skills fresh. Plus, if you work for yourself you’ll be able to set your own hours and make it work around your kids.
I love mystery shopping. It’s a great way to earn a bit of extra cash, get free products and an excuse to get out of the house! I’ve had tons of free meals, drinks, makeup and even baby clothes. The great thing is often you can take your kids with you – in fact for some assignments, it’s actually a requirement! Find out how to get started with Mystery Shopping!
If you love arts and crafts, see if you can make some cash from it. Handmade gifts, cards and clothes are really popular these days so why not get in on the action?
Try selling at craft fairs, to friends and family, or online on sites like Facebook, eBay and Etsy.
Completing online surveys is an easy way to make a bit of money without leaving your sofa. How much you make will depend entirely on how much time you have to spend on the sites and how many surveys you qualify for. I found surveys a great way to keep myself awake during night feeds when I had a newborn. The more you do, the easier you’ll find it to quickly work out which ones you’ll qualify for and which ones aren’t worth your time.
If you’re on a tight budget it’s also worth looking at your outgoings and seeing where you can cut back. Get started with a quick 30 Minute Money Makeover and find out how to Save Money On Your Monthly Shop.
There’s loads of other things you could do to bring in some extra money, think outside the box and come up with your own ideas!