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How to Earn Extra Money in the UK: 40+ Ways to Make Extra Cash


I’m always looking for new ways to make extra cash.

From work-at-home jobs to money making apps, there is always something you can do to bring in a little extra.

But a lot of my favourite money making websites are American, and it can be hard to find to find opportunities for us Brits.

That’s why I put together this post on how to earn extra money in the UK. I have over 40 ideas here!

These aren’t full time jobs – they’re easy and flexible ways to make a bit extra, on top of your day job or family commitments.

If you’re wondering how to make money in the UK, please read through this post and bookmark it or pin it for later. I’m sure you’ll find something to suit you!

How to earn extra money: UK edition

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Focus groups

Focus groups can be an easy and interesting way to earn extra cash.

You will usually have to travel to a location where you take part in an interview or group discussion about a brand or your consumer habits.

Sometimes, the interviewer will even come to your home, or it may be possible to take part online!

The fees vary a lot, but as a rough idea, you could earn £50-£100 for half a day’s work.

Some companies to sign up with in the UK are Code 3 Research and Focus4People.

Boot sales

Boot sales are a classic way to earn extra money in the UK!

If you have a lot of clutter to get rid of, boot fairs can be an ideal way to have a clear out while making cash. And you get it all over and done with by lunch time – with none of the hassle of selling online and posting your goods.

This post has some great tips for a successful boot sale.

Matched betting

As far as I’m concerned, matched betting is the fastest way to make decent money online in the UK. I made £1000 in my first three months doing this.

Matched betting is a way to make money from the free bet offers on bookie websites. You use special calculators to ‘match’ your bets (for and against an outcome) so you don’t lose money, and the free bet is all profit.

It sounds complicated but there are training videos to talk you through it and it all makes sense after your first couple of bets!

You can make £45 this weekend with a free trial of Profit Accumulator.

This is the matched betting training service I use and it’s amazing.

To try matched betting, you should be over the age of 18, a resident of the UK or Ireland, and have no history of gambling problems.

Sell old phones

If you’ve recently upgraded your phone and you have the old one knocking about, you can sell it for easy cash.

Compare My Mobile lets you quickly find out which site will pay you the most.

Work as an extra

TV and film sets around the UK frequently needs extras for non-speaking background roles.

You don’t usually need acting experience, although you will need to be professional and keep a straight face! Sometimes companies will be recruiting for people who fit a particular profile.

Some sites recruiting for extras are Casting Collective and Extra People.

earn extra money as a film extra

Mystery shopping

Mystery shopping is a popular way to make extra money. You simply have to visit a shop, ask a few questions and complete a questionnaire afterwards.

I love mystery shopping because you often get good freebies! You should be reimbursed for anything you’re asked to buy, and you will usually get to keep it 🙂

Mystery shopping companies to try include Marketforce and HGEM (which specialises in mystery dining).

Craft business

If you have a creative side, consider making money from your crafts.

You could sell at local fairs, ask local gift shops to stock your items, or sell online on Etsy.

Sell your clutter

Want to make money fast? Selling items from around your house is the easiest way to start.

There are so many places to sell second hand items, including:

  • Facebook marketplace
  • Gumtree
  • eBay
  • Local community groups (online or real life)
  • Local newspaper classifieds
  • Noticeboard in local shops

Good items to sell include furniture, good quality clothes, toys and electronics, but I’ve seen people sell all sorts, so you never know!

Run a reselling business

If you enjoyed selling off your clutter but you’ve run out of things to sell at home, how about starting a reselling business?

You can look for things to sell on for a profit in charity shops or boot sales.

Or, you could offer to help out friends who are decluttering by listing things on eBay for them for a cut of the profits.

This lady makes an income doing just that!

earn extra money selling on ebay

Switch bank accounts

You’ve probably seen all the bank ads offering great deals for switching. But it might seem like too much trouble to switch your main bank account.

Check out this post which explains how you can make money switching bank accounts even without losing your main account.

Rent out your gear

If you have any rarely-used items hanging around but you don’t want to get rid of them, you can rent them out for money.

Tools, lawn mowers, camera equipment and drones are all good things to rent for cash. Have a look at websites like Fat Llama for ideas.

Rent out your driveway

If you’re lucky enough to live near a town centre, station or other busy area and you have a drive way, you can charge people to park.

This works out really well if someone needs to park during the daytime when you’re out anyway.

Rent out a spare room

If you have an empty room in your house, don’t let it go to waste!

There are lots of ways to make money from a spare room, including renting on Airbnb, taking a lodger or hosting a foreign exchange student.

earn extra money from a spare room

Sell advertising on your car

If you have your own car, you could make easy money by selling advertising space!

Car Quids is a company that pays you to stick adverts on your car. The ads peel off easily and don’t leave marks. You could earn up to £100 a month with little effort.

Rent your space for photo shoots

Film, TV and photography companies often rent out ordinary people’s houses as a location for a shoot.

They need all different kinds of properties, but you can earn a lot more if you have a very unusual space – for example, a home decorated in a particular period style.

This article has more information.

Spot properties for sale

Property developers are always looking for ideal buildings to buy. If you walk pass an empty or derelict property in your area, you can report it on and potentially make a nice fee.

Job Spotter

Job Spotter is my favourite money making app. You take pictures of any job signs you see in shop windows and upload to the app. It’s so easy to use!

Payment is in Amazon vouchers.


Transcription is an interesting work from home job idea. Transcriptionists get paid to turn audio or video recordings into the written word.

You need to be a fast typist, but you don’t need any specific qualification.

One company currently hiring freelance transcriptionists in the UK is Take Note.

You can learn more about this career, including how much you can earn and how to find work, in this free 7 day online course.

Handy app

The Handy app is a great app to find odd jobs in the UK. It is mostly for cleaning and handyman type work.

Exam invigilating

Invigilating exams is a way to earn extra money in the UK around exam time.

All schools need invigilators to sit in exam rooms and ensure correct conditions. An easy, if boring, temporary job.

You can find exam invigilator jobs on most major job sites like Reed or Indeed.

Marking exams

Another way to make money from exams is marking. You obviously have to be qualified in the area you’re marking, so this is an ideal way for teachers to boost their income.

There’s also demand for qualified professionals (such as accountants) to mark industry exams.

earn extra money marking exams

Task apps

I love task apps such as Field Agent, Roamler and Streetspotr.

These apps pay you to do small tasks around town, such as mystery shopping or checking product displays. You can often fit in small tasks on your lunch break or around a shopping trip.

They pay quite well, too – around £6 for a 15 minute job.

Survey sites

Surveys are one of the most popular ways to make money online, and for good reason! You can do them any place, any time. I like doing surveys while watching TV.

I have a whole list of the best survey sites in the UK, but here are a few to get you started:


Taskrabbit is an app that lets you do small odd jobs for money. The common jobs on the app are things like handyman services, removals, cleaning, assembling furniture and gardening.

Search engine evaluation

This is an interesting work at home job that involves online research to help search engines improve their results.

You have to take some training and pass a test to get started, but after that it should provide regular work.

Top companies to look at are LionBridge and Appen.

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Babysitting or childminding

Babysitting is an easy way to get started earning extra cash, especially if you already have friends, family or neighbours with kids who you could ask.

Childminding could be a perfect way to earn extra money while you stay at home with your own children. Again, perhaps start by offering your services to a friend who needs childcare while they go out to work.


Deliveroo drivers are in demand almost all over the country. You just need your own bike or other transport to get started.

Pizza delivery

The peak time for pizza delivery is evenings and weekends, making this a great way to earn extra cash around your day job.

I enjoyed this video from Stupid Is The Norm who says you can make over £90 a night from delivering pizzas and suggests you can get wealthy by investing the extra cash!

Delivery jobs are usually just advertised in shop windows, so keep an eye out (or go and ask) in the shops near you.

Deliver leaflets

This is another common delivery job in the UK. You can often deliver leaflets on foot, so it could be a good alternative to pizza delivery if you don’t have a vehicle, and it’s more exercise too!

Find these jobs on Gumtree or other recruitment sites.


RedWigWam is an online temp agency in the UK. They have loads of short term or one-off jobs, such as mystery shopping and helping with special promotions in supermarkets.

Since they are mostly short term gigs, these are easy ways for you to make extra money around a full time job without too much commitment.

Run a T shirt business

If you’re looking for a way to make extra money online, how about designing T shirts to sell?

I’ve been selling T shirts on Merch by Amazon for about a year now, and I love it.

The business model is called ‘print on demand’ which means I simply upload my design and write a description, and Amazon does all the rest: they print the shirt to order when somebody makes a purchase, ship it out and handle all the customer service.

Merch by Amazon has been live in the US for a while but they’ve just launched in the UK and Germany too. Once you’re accepted, you can sell in any of these marketplaces.

Other sites to sell T shirts online include Redbubble and Teespring.

Chat line operator

Maybe not for everyone – but adult chat lines are one way to make money from home. You could earn up to £2000 a month!

Find out more in this interview with a woman who makes a full time income from home as a chat line operator.

Sell a story or tip to a magazine

There are countless magazines in the UK that will pay you for stories or tips! The weirder the better, and you get paid more if you include a photo.

Fiona from Savvy in Somerset earned £200 for sharing a medical story. She has all the info in this post.


Don’t be so quick to discount this idea – you don’t have to look like a ‘typical’ model to do this job!

If you’re more ‘interesting’ looking, take a look at Ugly.

Street performer

If you can sing, dance, or perform in any way, perhaps busking could be a way to earn some extra cash? Contact your local council about licences.

Get some leaflets made up and it might even lead to private performance work.

earn extra money as a street musician

Give out samples in shops

Lots of companies recruit part time staff to run special promotions in shops. This post has more info. I’ve also seen these jobs on RedWigWam.

Sell old shoes on eBay

Don’t through out those old shoes. Believe it or not, there are people who pay good money for them – the stinkier the better! Emma Drew has a great article on this.

I’ve heard of people selling second hand socks and other, erm, personal items of clothing too.

Car washing

Washing the car is one chore that a lot of people are more than happy to outsource!

You don’t need much special equipment, so if you need extra cash fast, get out knocking on doors and see if you get any takers.


VoxPopMe is a fun app that pays you to do short video questionnaires. Usually you have to record a two or three minute clip sharing your opinion on a certain brand.

Sell second hand books and DVDs

Books, DVDs, games and CDs – we all have piles of these around which could be turned into cash!

I like the apps Ziffit and WeBuyBooks. You simply scan the barcodes, and the app suggests a price which you can accept or reject. They’ll even come and pick them up from you if you have enough!

More info here.

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