How to earn online in your spare time
Fancy bagging some extra cash in your spare time? No experience? No worries! Follow our simple guide and you'll soon be bringing in a little bit of extra cash from the comfort of your own home. Better still, as long as you have access to a Wifi connection, you can happily do this from your favourite coffee shop on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
There's currently a host of great sites out there that will pay you to fill out online surveys, watch videos, play games online, carry out short research tasks or even test a product and give a written review. Companies want to find ways to understand their customers, and you're helping them do that by giving them information about consumer trends - in return, they'll reward you for your time and effort.
Of course, we're not suggesting that you will earn enough to quit your day job, but over time it can add up nicely and help to pay for treats such as holidays or a new car. If you're a student, this is an easy, legitimate way to help pay for all the essentials, as well as a few nights out with your mates.
It's really quite simple; most sites will ask you to complete a registration form, and the good news is they're usually free to join. It's a good idea to set up a dedicated email address for this, rather than clogging up your usual mailbox.
How are you paid?
This of course is the most important question! Rewards vary with different companies, but payment is usually in the form of vouchers or cash. Some give you an option of either, but there is usually a payment threshold for cash.
We've done the research for you and listed below some of our favourite sites that'll pay you to surf the net.
Swagbucks is a great site that pays you to play games, watch videos, fill in surveys, shop or browse the internet using the site's own search engine. Making money online has never been such fun, and you could easily fit any of these activities into your daily routine.
You get paid in virtual cash that you can then exchange for gift vouchers from popular retailers, or even real money. Typically, you can earn around £25 per month through the site.
This company pay a generous £5 upwards for completing a survey.
Some surveys can take as little as a few minutes of your time to complete, though you'll earn more for those that take longer, so you can pick and choose. You can also earn vouchers from top high street brands and enter prize draws.
They claim you can make up to £300 a month, which is a fantastic way to boost your coffers if you haven't got a job!
Get paid for testing products. This is a really fun way to make money online; you get paid for testing new products then post a review online. Typically, you get to try out toiletries, cosmetics, and drinks, but you can also get paid for completing surveys, and it's free to join.
Download the Streetspotr app on your Android or iphone, and you can get paid to carry out small market research tasks. It's been billed as a 'treasure hunt' for grown-ups where you can earn for doing things like photographing product displays, or tasting food products. The closer you are to a busy high street, the better your prospects of bagging a good job. Most tasks will pay around a fiver.
Use your skills to earn on fivesquid
Ever thought about using your skills or hobbies to sell a service on fivesquid? As with the sites we've mentioned above, it's free to join and you don't need any prior experience. You could for example offer a product testing service, where people will pay you to test their product and write an honest review. And if you've got some impressive research skills, then why not offer them to the fivesquid community for a fiver, tenner or more? You might discover skills you never thought you had!
Is it all worth it?
If you're prepared to give up a little bit of your time each day, you could potentially make hundreds or even thousands over the course of a year. As with anything, the more you're prepared to put in, the greater the rewards.
So get started today and start earning!