Top money making ideas


Cash for your old CDs & DVDs.

The website Music Magpie lets you type in details of your CDs and DVDs, and it’ll give you an instant cash price, though you need to trade in a minimum of 10 at a time.

Just type in the barcode numbers and follow the on-screen instructions.

The site also buys computer games, though you may do better by trading them in at high street game shops, so it’s worth checking these too. If you accept its offer, it’ll send freepost stickers for posting and you’ll get cash upon receipt. Someone with loads to get rid of could speedily make money this way.

How much?It depends on the title, but you’ll generally get up to £3 for DVDs, or up to about £1 for CDs.

Rent out your parking space

It’s amazing what you can rent out for cash especially if you live in a desirable area. Ensure you get the most out of your property; even your parking space can be profitable.

If you live in an area where parking is expensive yet have got an empty parking space in your driveway, you could rent it on a monthly basis.

Online parking marketplaces, such as Parkatmyhouse  and yourparking space will allow you to list your space in their databases, and set a monthly price for it.

How much? It all depends on where you live in London your parking space can go for ££thousands

Get paid to review your holiday.

If you love jetting off to foreign lands, it’s possible to regale people with your holiday tales – and get paid for doing it! Travel review site SimonSeeks promises to reward users by passing on half the net revenue it’s paid by advertisers.

Simply write a community guide and post it on the site. The SimonSeeks  team will then check it over, and other users will rate it. After people start clicking through to advertising links on your page, the site will pay you by Paypal, as and when the cash comes in.

As a rule, the more up-market the accommodation and longer the stay, the bigger the advertising earnings.

Become a mystery shopper.

High-street retailers are desperate to check that their in-store customer service is up to scratch, and contract mystery shopping agencies to do so.

These will employ you to visit a specific shop or pub, to rate service quality or the quality of their goods.

Some of the most popular sites are RetailEyes, and TNS Global are 2 of the biggest mystery shopping sites

How much? Payment for this type of work varies hugely between agencies. Some pay in gift vouchers, others simply give you free items. Some will pay you cash too but not usually more than £30 a day.

Do some freelance work.

If you’ve skills in a specific area, you may be able to do a little freelance work on the side.

Freelancer and PeoplePerHour are project recruitment sites; companies list projects they want completed, and freelancers ‘bid’ on them, both by saying why they’ll be the most suitable candidate, and literally entering their price for the work. It’s free to join and bid on work, but a fee is taken out of your pay for each job.

How much? It depends on the job, the duration and skills involved, and how many freelancers are competing for it. The only drawback is you might find yourself competing against workers from countries with a much lower cost of living, who can undercut you.

Find out more: Join the discussion and read other MoneySavers’ top suggestions or add your own in the Freelancer discussion thread.

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