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Aug 29, 2023

50 Easy Ways to Make Money Fast

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We’d all like a little more money in our pocket, especially given the current cost of living crisis. That’s why we’ve come up with 50 ways to make money. If you're looking to make money fast, learn how to make money from this article, give our ideas a go, and you could see more money in your bank account by the end of the day!


Quick and easy ways to make money

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Want to make money fast, with as little effort as possible? Well, these money-making tips are for you!

1. Fill out online surveys

The Holy Grail of every ‘How to make money fast’ article - online surveys. And that’s because it is so easy to do! You can do it on the bus. You can do it whilst you watch TV. You can even do it on the loo. Try Google Opinion Rewards for quick surveys, or for higher-effort surveys with higher rewards.


2. Sweatcoin

This is a great way to make money if you’re on your feet all day. Sweatcoin is a cryptocurrency that rewards your daily steps with currency. You can use your Sweatcoin to buy products in the app or donate it to charity.


3. Car advertisement

We’ve all seen a Red Bull car, but did you know they get paid for that? Lots of businesses will pay to wrap your car in their advertising, so reach out to local businesses and see if they’ll pay to advertise on your car.


4. Cashback

If you’re an avid shopper, start making some money back from all those ASOS parcels. Top Cashback, Quidco and even some credit card providers offer cash back on your purchases. So make money when you spend.


5. Web search

You can install a browser extension like Qmee that will pay to search the web and click on every advertisement you see. You’ll get paid between $0.10 and $0.20 for every ad you click on. It’s not a life-changing amount, but it’s easy to do and a great way to make money online.


6. Enter competitions

There are hundreds and hundreds of competitions every day, which are completely free to enter. On Facebook, on Instagram and in real life. Start trying your luck and enter these competitions. If you win, you can keep the prize or sell it online.


7. Switch to a bank account with a higher interest rate

Interest rates are pretty abysmal at the minute, but there are good deals out there! There’s no point leaving your money in a bank account at 0% interest - in fact, with the rate of inflation you’re actually losing money! Switching accounts is an easy way to make more money.


8. Get paid to switch bank account

Interest rates are low at the moment, so you may be better off looking for a bank account which offers you cash to switch. Some banks will offer £200 or more to open an account with them! Always look into the fine print and make sure you’re not going to be worse off in the long run.


9. Check your gift cards

It’s easy to lose track of how much money you’ve got left on various gift cards. Check how much money is left on your gift card online so you can use it next time you need to buy something.


10. Refer a friend

Lots of online stores will offer a discount or voucher for referring a friend to their site. This can be a great way to get some extra cash to spend on their store, and it’s so quick and easy to do.


11. Photo content

All those photos on your camera roll could be making you money - yes, seriously! Brands need all sorts of photos for web pages, social content and advertising. Upload photos to Foap and earn money every time a business uses them.


12. Website testing

Data is money! Businesses will pay good money to find out how you’re using their website, so they can find out how to improve. There are lots of website testing sites, including Enroll and Checkealos. Do your research to find the best one for you.


Sell your skills

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Do you have marketable skills, but lack the time or money to start your own business? Try freelancing instead. You can do it in your own time alongside a full-time job to make some extra money.


13. Sign up to Fiverr

Fiverr is one of the biggest freelancing sites on the internet! It’s easy to list your services, ready for businesses to find. You can offer everything from web design to voiceovers, and set your own prices. Businesses search for a service, find a candidate and place an order. It’s free to list your services and Fiverr will keep 20% of every transaction.


14. Sign up to Upwork

Upwork is another big freelancing website that works a little differently to Fiverr. Instead of businesses finding you, you’ll put in bids for jobs. The employer will then choose a bidder and give them the job. Upwork will keep 20% of earnings up to £500, 10% up to £1,000 and 5% over £10,000, so it’s better for big earners.


15. Tutoring

If you were always top of the class, why not consider tutoring? Tutors will typically earn £10-20 an hour. You can sign up to a tutoring website or stick up posters around town. This is great for teens who have just finished their GCSEs and A Levels.


16. Copywriting

Good writers are hard to find. And everything needs writing. Everything. From menus to product instructions, to website blogs. Put your writing talents to good use as a copywriter. List your services on freelancing sites and set your price.


17. Transcribe

Perhaps you’re not quite creative enough to be a copywriter, but you can listen well. Become a scribe instead and you’ll just have to listen to a recording and type up the content. This could be captions for a YouTube video or the minutes for a meeting.


18. Translation

Having a second language is a guaranteed money earner! It’s a skill not many people have, but lots of businesses need. Expect to help translate emails, website content and other important documents - so make sure your written skills are up to scratch! Again, you can list on freelance websites or reach out to businesses yourself.


Sell your stuff and make money

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The quickest and easiest way to make some extra money is by selling stuff you already have. It’s good for your bank account and the environment - a win-win!


19. Sell old clothes

Be honest, how many of your clothes do you actually wear? I’d guess less than half. Clear out your wardrobe and sell your unwanted clothes on Depop, Vinted or Facebook Marketplace. It’s a great way to make money fast and help combat fast fashion.


20. Sell books

If you’ve got old books that you no longer read, you can sell them to WeBuyBooks and make some money. We’ve paid out over £20,000,000 so far, and the average seller has made over £28.46 on the last year! And if your sale is worth £25 or more, we’ll automatically increase our offer by 10%. Just enter the ISBN code or scan the barcode and we’ll give you an instant offer. Find out Why Selling Your Books is the Perfect Side Hustle or start selling now.

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21. Sell CDs, DVDs and games

We also buy CDs, DVDs and games, so you can sell all your unwanted stuff to us in one go! Just enter the ISBN code and you’ll get an instant offer. Remember, sales worth £25 and over get an extra 10% automatically, so it’s worth selling everything in one go!


22. Sell LEGO

Who knew those little yellow men could make you money? You can sell your old LEGO on WeBuyBricks! Get a price by weight or for full sets - it's the best place to sell LEGO online, for the most money.


23. Sell jewellery

Jewellery can be sentimental, but it can also be worth a lot of money. Sell any items of jewellery that you no longer wear. You can sell gold by weight, or get it priced up by a proper jeweller if you’re selling a valuable item.


24. Sell old technology

If you’ve got a drawer of dead mobile phones, you could be sitting on a goldmine! Well, not quite a goldmine, but at least a bit of extra money. There are lots of websites that buy old mobile phones to sell to developing countries or use for parts.


25. Car boot sale

Got lots of bits and bobs that you can’t sell online? Get yourself a pitch at a car boot sale! There are always bargain hunters ready to take your old stuff off your hands - just be ready to barter.


Check out our Guide to Selling Your Unwanted Stuff for more information.

Side hustle

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Side hustles are perfect for people looking to make some serious money. We’ve come up with side hustles that make money fast, as well as those that might take a little longer to grow.


26. Pet sitting

Get paid to look after someone else’s pet. There are lots of pet sitting websites like Holidog and House Sitters UK, where owners can find people to look after their beloved pets whilst they’re away. You could go to the owner’s home or board their pet at your home.


27. Dog walking

Love dogs? Love the outdoors? Then this one’s for you! Dog walking is a great way to make some extra cash, whilst doing something you enjoy. You could market it yourself on social media, or sign up to a dog walking website.


28. Write a blog

Blogging provides lots of opportunities to make money including advertising, affiliate marketing, brand deals and sponsorship. Unless you run a blog with thousands of readers, your main source of income will probably be affiliate marketing. This is where you link products in your blog and get a percentage of the profits from any sales.


29. Social influencer

You don’t need to be the new Molly Mae, as brands are increasingly looking to work with micro-influencers. These are accounts with a few thousand followers, which often connect with their audience in a more authentic and compelling way than larger influencers. Reach out to brands for opportunities to collaborate on paid content.


30. YouTube videos

It takes time to build up a YouTube channel, but it can be great source of income, as you make money from old and new videos. You need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the last year to monetise your videos. That means you need to post consistently and make good quality content.


31. Start a podcast

If you’d rather not put your face out there, why not put your voice out there instead? Podcasts have blown up over the last few years, as people listen at work, in the gym or at home. You can make a podcast on just about anything: from relationship advice to true crime. As your show grows, you can make money from sponsors and advertisers.


32. Paid membership community

Successful YouTubers and influencers can take their money-making to the next level with a paid membership community. If you have a successful cooking YouTube channel, for example, you might set up a Patreon where subscribers can access extra recipes and live cook-along.


33. Sell an online course

Transform your knowledge into an online course that people can buy. Just make sure that you have the profile to attract students - like an impressive degree, decades of experience or thousands of loyal followers on social media. Once you’ve created a brilliant and informative course, you can sell it on sites like Teachable.


34. Air BnB Online Experiences

This is a hidden gem! Air BnB online experiences allow guests to get a taste of local culture or learn new skills. This can be anything from making traditional food to virtual tours. If you live in a popular tourist area, like London, take advantage by creating online experiences like a Jack the Ripper tour or cocktail-making class.


For more side hustle inspiration, check out our blog post divulging The Best Paying Side Hustles in the UK.

Passive income for years to come

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Passive income might take high initial effort, but it’s low maintenance and will continue to make you money for years to come.


35. Sell designs on Etsy

If you’re creative and handy on the computer, you can make money by selling digital designs on Etsy. You don’t need fancy design software, just use a free website like Canva. Create your design, upload it to Etsy and start seeing sales. You don’t have to print or post anything, customers can just download it.


36. Design merch

Another great, creative way to earn a passive income is by designing merch on Amazon. Simply choose a template, like a T-shirt or a hat, and upload your design. It can be a simple slogan or an artsy design. You’ll earn royalties on every sale.


37. Invest in stocks

There is always the potential to lose money, but investing in an index fund such as the FTSE 100 tends to be a pretty secure long-term investment. Investing in stocks should be taken seriously and you should only invest what you can afford to lose. Always seek financial advice.


Part-time jobs

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If you’ve got a bit of spare time in the evenings or weekends, you could take on a part-time job. This offers a secure, guaranteed way to make some more money.


38. Work in a pub

The classic part-time job! Perfect to fit round the day job, as you can work evenings and weekends. Pulling pints, serving food and clearing glasses - it’s non-stop in a pub, but you’ll get an extra wage plus tips to bump your money up each week.


39. Delivery driver

Services like Deliveroo and Uber Eats are expanding into more and more towns across the UK, and can provide a nice opportunity to make some extra money alongside your normal job.


40. Uber driver

Another great little side earner! If you love driving and meeting new people, why not become an Uber driver? You can choose when you work, so you can easily fit it around a full-time job.


41. Mystery shopper

Can you go incognito? Why not become a mystery shopper? Businesses want to know how their stores are performing and insight from mystery shoppers helps them to improve customer experience.


42. Line stander

The launch of the latest iPhone, the screening of a new Marvel movie, the opening of the hottest new party venue - people will actually pay you to stand in these queues so they don’t have to! You can find jobs on TaskRabbit and other sites, and get paid £30+.


43. Babysitting

You probably have lots of friends, family and even colleagues who’d pay good money for a night away from the kids. All jokes aside, you can get good money from babysitting. Just be willing to have your makeup done or nails painted.


The weird and the wonderful

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These ways to make money fast are a little… out there. But hey, money’s money! If you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone, these ideas are a great way to make some extra money.


44. Join TaskRabbit

Handy around the house? You’d be surprised by how many people aren’t! Sign up to TaskRabbit and you can help people with DIY tasks like mounting a TV, building furniture or even hanging Christmas lights - yes, we’re serious.


45. Rent out a room

If you’ve got a spare room and don’t mind sharing, why not get a room mate? They get a place to stay and you get some extra cash towards bills and rent each month. It’s the perfect solution! Ask friends or post a listing online.


46. Donate blood

This may seem a little extreme, but you can get paid to donate blood to medical research trials. One site we found offered £100 for 600mls of blood. Most medical research has plenty of volunteers, so paid opportunities are few and far between.


47. Sell your hair

Don’t worry, we’re not going to go through various body parts you can sell (keep your kidneys, honestly it’s not worth it). But selling your hair can be a quick way to earn cash. Lots of wig makers and extension companies will pay good money for long, healthy hair.


48. Become a friend

People will pay you to become their friend. That can entail anything from chatting on the phone to showing them around a new city. If you’re warm and friendly and love meeting new people, this could be the perfect job for you. 


49. Recycle ink cartridges

Printer Cartridge Recycling pay around £3 for empty ink cartridges. Just type in the ink cartridge number, make sure you have £15 worth of cartridges and then you can sell to them. Just think of all those empty cartridges you’ve thrown away over the years…


50. Life modelling

There are lots of art classes up and down the country that will pay you to get your kit off! They’ll take people of all shapes and sizes, and you can earn around £10 an hour. You could even take hen do bookings, if you’re brave enough.


There you have it! 50 quick and easy ways to make money. We hope this blog has given you some ideas on how to make money fast, from the conventional to the not-so-conventional (please let us know if you give life modelling a go!).

And remember, if you want some extra cash in your pocket, you can sell your old books, CDs, DVDs and games to use here at We Buy Books.

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