11 tried and tested ways to make money online in the UK

11 Tried-and-Tested Ways to Make Money Online in the UK

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When I first started researching how to make money online, a lot of the resources I found were aimed at Americans. Some online side hustles work from anywhere in the world, but I was frustrated to find a lot of sites that weren’t available to us over in the UK.

To save you the same frustrations, I’ve put together this list of the best ways to make money online in the UK.

What’s more, all of these side hustles have been personally tested by me or by other UK bloggers, so you can be sure these are legit ways to make money from home on our side of the pond.

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links. That means that if you buy something from a site I’ve recommended, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

Enjoy your extra cash!

Best ways to make money online in the UK

1. Matched betting

I want to start with this one because it’s possibly the only way to make money online that is exclusive to us in the UK!

If you haven’t heard of matched betting before, don’t panic – despite the name, it’s not gambling.

Matched betting is a legal and tax-free way to make extra cash from home by learning how to use the bookies’ free bets.

It sounds too good to be true, and to be honest it did take me a while to get my head around it, but it quickly became one of my favourite side hustles!

In a nutshell, matched betting works because you always place two bets: one for a specific result, and one against that result. You use online calculators which tell you exactly how much to bet and where. Because you’re placing these two calculated bets at the same time, they cancel each other out, so you don’t lose money.

When you add free bets into the equation, you make profit every time.

It takes a while to learn, but once it clicks, it seriously feels like you’ve just turned on the free money tap!

I use the matched betting service Profit Accumulator which lets me know about the new offers and has those handy online calculators I mentioned. You can make up to £45 with a free trial on their website.

The money I made matched betting has been life-changing for me, and I truly believe it’s one of the best ways to earn money online UK residents have available to us.

Oh, and because the money technically counts as ‘gambling wins’, you don’t have to declare it or pay tax on it in the UK.

If you want to read more about matched betting, you can see my other posts here:

How much can you make?

When I was matched betting regularly, I was easily making around £200-£300 a month in just a few hours each week matched betting. In my best month, I made nearly £600. The more time you spend, the more you can earn.

(Disclosure: I put my own matched betting on hold recently when I was preparing to apply for a mortgage because I didn’t want betting transactions on my bank statements. Something to keep in mind.)

There are always lots more offers available and to some extent it is seasonal. For example, you can really cash in during the big horse racing festivals!

On the Profit Accumulator forums I have seen some serious matched betters who claim to make up to £2,000 each month, but you would have to work on it full time to get near this kind of money.

Recommended resources

Profit Accumulator is an invaluable resource for me and I would not try matched betting without it.

Take their free trial and earn up to £45 to see if it’s for you!

Profit Accumulator membership is only available to residents of the UK and Ireland, and you must be 18 or over.

Please note that although matched betting is not gambling, it does involve using betting websites so it is not recommended for anyone which a history of gambling problems or addiction.


2. Blogging

Disclaimer: blogging is NOT a quick and easy way to make some extra cash. Anyone who promises you can make money in your first month is likely misleading you.

But if you’re interested in a long-term opportunity to build your own business and work from home on your own schedule, blogging could be for you!

I have been blogging for about a year and a half now. It took me about eight months to get to the stage where I was consistently making income every month (about £100-£200 per month at first). Now I make over £1,000 every month from blogging part time and I expect this to go up and up from here 🙂

In fact, I now make enough blogging for my husband to drop his hours to part time while he works on our new house! I may not be a full time blogger yet, but it’s still giving us freedom we couldn’t have dreamed of two years ago.

Wondering how bloggers actually make money? I wrote about the four easiest ways here:

So is blogging a good way to make money online in the UK? Well, since blogging is an online business, you can do it from anywhere in the world and speak to any audience in the world.

But if you’re based in the UK, you have a great opportunity to niche down and target UK readers.

The UK has a lively blogging community but there are not as many big bloggers as in the US and there is less competition. A lot of my posts which are focused on the UK market are doing really well in Google rankings because of this.

How much can you make?

Be prepared to put in a lot of work upfront before you see any money. After a year or so, you could be making £1,000-£2,000 each month (like me!). Some top bloggers earn tens of thousands and I know several UK bloggers who have replaced the income from their day job.

Recommended resources

I have a detailed step-by-step post to starting a blog here: How to Start a Blog to Make Money

Once you’ve got set up, you might want to take a blogging course to talk you through the next steps.

Emma Drew’s course Turn Your Dreams into Money is written by a successful UK blogger and is unique in targeting us British bloggers!

The ebook Pinteresting Strategies helped take my traffic from 10k to 39k page views in one month and it only cost $32 – hands down the best blogging resource I’ve ever bought!


3. Pinterest affiliate marketing

Did you know you can get paid to pin on Pinterest?

Yes, this is a real thing! It’s my second biggest side hustle (after blogging) which currently makes me over £100 each month.

I make money on Pinterest by pinning affiliate links for cool products I love. That means, if somebody clicks on the pin I made with my special link and buys a product, I get paid a commission.

There are so many reasons why Pinterest affiliate marketing is an awesome side hustle.

For starters, it’s really fun! You can tailor it completely to your own interests and basically carry on pinning the same sort of thing you’ve always pinned on Pinterest.

Secondly, it’s completely flexible and you can work as much or little as you like. You do need to be consistent with daily pinning if you want to see growth, but you can do this in less than an hour each day.

Also, you can use schedulers like Tailwind to keep your account going even if you need some days off. This means eventually you can be making money in your sleep!

As with blogging, you can do this from anywhere in the world. You can choose to target a UK audience or keep it general. I mostly pin products that are available globally and I’ve found my audience is about 50/50 split between the UK and US.

How much can you make?

I’ve been working on Pinterest affiliate marketing for about six months and I currently make about £100-£150 each month with less than 30 minutes work per day.

As with blogging, it takes some time upfront to get your business going, but after a point it starts to snowball and takes much less time to maintain.

Some other pinners in the Facebook group for affiliate pinners are earning over $1,000 each month and there was one person who earned $350 in a single day when she had an affiliate pin go viral! As with most other side hustles, it takes a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck to see these numbers.

Recommended resources

I learned everything I know about affiliate pinning from Christina Root at OrganizeYour.Biz. I recommend starting with her free Pinterest Affiliate Marketing 101 course.


4. Teach English online

As a native English speaker, you already have one fantastic skill which is highly in demand all over the world.

Many companies are looking for native speakers to teach English to students abroad.

You can do this over Skype, so it’s completely online – all you need is a computer with a webcam and mic, and a quiet room.

Many companies don’t even require a teaching qualification, although most request a bachelor’s degree in any subject.

Being British can be an additional advantage, as many students request a British accent.

If you’re an English speaker wondering how to make money on the internet without any start up costs or major time investments, this might be the money making solution for you. Unlike blogging or affiliate marketing (which require time to build your business), you can start earning straight away.

This is one side hustle I haven’t tried myself yet, but it is next on my list, especially since I used to work as a ESL teacher in ‘real life’ and it was a lot of fun!

How much can you make?

This depends on the company you sign up with, and your level of experience.

iTalki is one online language teaching portal where you can set you own rates. Qualified teachers tend to charge around £15-20 per hour, while unqualified teachers providing informal conversation classes charge around £8-10.

Not bad for a fun and easy job you can do from the sofa!

Recommended resources

There are lots of companies looking for online English teachers but here are a few to get started with:


5. Survey sites

Surveys are one of the most common ways to make money online. It’s how I got started making extra money myself. However, when I first started looking for survey sites online, I was frustrated to find that a lot of them were only open to US residents.

I put together this list of the best survey sites available in the UK. Many of them can be used anywhere in the world, but rest assured that all will work in the UK.

Pro tip: my all time favourite survey site is Prolific Academic. It’s the only site that never screens you out, plus it’s the best paying!

How much can you make?

Surveys famously don’t pay that well. Their main advantage is that you can fit them into your day and do as much or little as you like.

They can be great as a way to start making money online, especially if you don’t have much spare time at the moment, but if you are looking for a long term option I would recommend one of the other options on this list. Expect to make up to £100 per month, depending on how much time you put in.

Recommended resources

If you’re new to survey sites, sign up with these first:

See this post for more!


6. Fulfilled by Amazon business

Fulfilled by Amazon (or FBA) is an awesome business model that makes it so easy to sell on Amazon for a profit.

With FBA, you send your products into the Amazon warehouse and let them handle packing, shipping and deliveries. All you have to do is source the products.

Amazon gets over 3 million visitors DAILY in the UK alone, so to be able to tap into this customer base is incredible!

Most FBA businesses use something called retail arbitrage. This simply means finding something for sale cheaply and reselling it for a higher price.

Many FBAers source products cheaply from China. You can even get in touch with a factory and have your own product made through a website like Alibaba.

This is such a profitable business model that UK blogger Paul from Mr Paul Blog was able to quit his job as cabin crew to work on FBA full time after just six months.

How much can you make?

FBA is a scalable business. You will probably need to start small while you reinvest your profits into the business, but it’s totally possible to earn a full-time income of several thousand a month once you get going.

Recommended resources

Jessica from The Selling Family was looking into how to make money from home after she was let go from her job, when she came across the idea of selling on Amazon. She now makes a full time income from FBA, enough for her husband to quit his job too so they can both stay at home with their son. They have a free 7 day email course which will teach you:

  • Why leveraging FBA is essential for Amazon sellers
  • Which niche you should sell in
  • Picking items to buy
  • How to price your items
  • How many items should you buy
  • And more!

Jessica is US based but everything she teaches applies to UK sellers as well and it is the best introduction you’ll find to making money on Amazon.

Sign up for their free course here!


7. Search Engine Evaluation

Search engine evaluation is a little known work from home job available in the UK, and many other countries. The work involves testing search engines to assess how relevant the first page results are.

Many people in the UK are successfully working online as search engine evaluators to make extra money from home. Search engine evaluators have to sign a confidentiality agreement so it’s difficult to learn much about what the actual work involves, but have a search over on The Money Shed forums for some interesting discussions.

To get the job, you’ll have to pass an online test.

One advantage of this job is you can pick your hours and work around the school run or other commitments.

How much can you make?

Search engine evaluators typically make £9-£10 per hour.

Recommended resources

There are 3 main companies offering search engine evaluation work in the UK. Check their sites for availability:


8. Website testing

Did you know you can get paid simply to check out different websites and apps? You don’t need any technical knowledge. The clients just want to know how their sites come across to an average user.

There are many companies such as the UK-based WhatUsersDo that pay for this kind of work. You will need to install a special software on your browser. The software records your screen and voice as you visit different websites and talk about your impressions of the site.

Tests are first come, first served, so this isn’t a full time job. But this is a fun little side hustle to earn some extra pocket money each month.

How much can you make?

Most sites pay around $10 for a 20 minute test or $3 for a 5 minute test. It’s great money, but availability can be limited.

I’ve found that most tests are available during UK working hours, so if you are at home during the day this might be a great opportunity for you.

Recommended resources

These sites are all hiring testers:

See here for more.


9. Sell T-shirts online

This is one of my own current side hustles. I LOVE it because after some initial work, it generates passive income every month!

I design T-shirts to sell on Merch By Amazon. You literally just upload the design, and Amazon handles the selling, printing, packing and delivery. It’s an incredible business that’s almost completely hands free.

Merch is the best way to sell T-shirts online because you can tap into Amazon’s massive customer base. There is a waiting list to join, but no worries – you can use this smart workaround while you’re waiting.

There are also dozens of other platforms where you can sell your designs.

Merch shirts are only sold in the US at present, but you can become a designer from any country in the world because it’s all completely online.

Rumour has it that Amazon will expand Merch to the UK and European markets in the near future, so I think getting some experience as a UK seller now has some great advantages!

No design skills? Don’t worry. All of my shirts are text only and some of them do very well.

There is free software such as Gimp to make your designs at home.

How much can you make?

As with many other online businesses like blogging, the sky’s the limit!

If you hit on a winning design – or better, several – you can sell thousands of units and make tens of thousands of pounds each month. No joke.

I personally make about $100 in recurring monthly passive income with only around 25 shirts live (and only about 5 of them that actually sell). I haven’t done any work on my Merch account in months, so you can see the potential to scale up if I spend more time on it.

Check out this income report for serious inspiration.

Recommended resources

Get on the waiting list now with Merch By Amazon.

I love this podcast and this blog to learn more about becoming successful on Merch.


10. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is an exciting way to build an online shop without having to handle any inventory yourself!

To start a dropshipping business, you need to find products to sell and a supplier who’s open to dropshipping (most people find Chinese suppliers on Alibaba or Aliexpress). You set up an online storefront for the products on Shopify or similar. When the orders come in, you ask the supplier to send the products directly to the customer.

A profitable business model with very low overheads, which you can do from anywhere in the world!

How much can you make?

This is another business which can take time to get started but can potentially scale up into a full time income.

Recommended resources

Matt from Secret Wealth Project has some great resources on dropshipping from a UK perspective and even has a free getting started series on YouTube. His Facebook group is full of inspirational stories from people smashing it in the UK and worldwide!

 


11. Freelance writing

If you have a way with words, have you considered freelance writing as an online side hustle?

There is an endless supply of writing jobs online on sites such as Fiverr and People Per Hour. Work can range from writing blog posts, to technical writing, to ghost writing entire books.

This is another online job where being British can be an advantage because it puts you in a niche market. Many UK businesses need writers who are familiar with UK spelling and style.

If you find writing fun and you have good spelling and grammar (as well as organization and time management skills!), freelance writing could be the best way to make money online for you.

How much can you make?

This will vary a lot depending on your speciality and clients. As a guide, beginner freelance writers could expect to earn about £0.03-£0.06 per word, but this can increase as you get more experienced.

Recommended resources

British money blogger Francesca from From Pennies To Pounds makes extra income freelance writing each month. She has a great guide to freelancing for beginners over on her site.


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Looking for real ways to make money online in the UK? Whether you want to work at home full time, start an online business or just earn some extra cash, the tips in this post will show you how to make a living online in the UK.
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19 thoughts to “11 Tried-and-Tested Ways to Make Money Online in the UK”

    1. Haha Pinterest is amazing! It is incredible for sending blog traffic, and of course you can make money directly by pinning affiliate links as I mentioned in the post. I use my non-blog account all the time too, especially for recipes and interior ideas. I really recommend getting an account and having a play around even if you aren’t ready to use it for blogging yet 🙂

  1. This is such a good list! I had absolutely NO idea that you could use affiliate links on Pinterest – that’s a serious gamechanger!

    One thing I did think of that you missed out is the huge amount of writing competitions on the internet with cash prizes. For example, I know there’s this one (https://tinyurl.com/y8xsmkne) with a top prize of $200 for language essays.

  2. Such a great list! I’ve bookmarked and pinned it for future reference! Amazon FBA, T shirts and drop shipping are all things I’m interested in learning about so the links for those will be really helpful!

    1. Thanks! I am really keen to try dropshipping and FBA too especially after reading Paul’s story! I just have too many things on the go at the moment so I’m focusing on blogging and Merch shirts for now!

  3. How do I know what’s real and what’s a scam, when I for example try to learn more about Amazon FBA on youtube I get loads of video’s from loads of cheesy American blokes who come across as snake oil salesmen. But it’s something I want to look into.

    1. Haha good question. There are some dodgy ‘gurus’ out there but there’s also so much info for free, so I recommend doing as much research as you can (which it sounds like you’re doing) before paying for a course and you will get an idea of who to trust. The Selling Family free intro course linked above is good, it is American but the basic principles are the same. Matt Webley at the Secret Wealth Project is also very good and I think he has a free FBA course. The Secret Wealth Project Facebook group is a great community, very motivating and mostly UK based so it’s useful to pick up tips on where to source your stock etc. Good luck!

  4. Wow, such a great list!! Looking forward to trying a few of these out. So pleased I came across this post. I was starting to think you could only make serious money online if you were based in the US. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi there, feeling very good after reading your article above. nicely described and well researched information there. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

  6. Thank you. I have tried dropshipping before and it was working before Ebay did some changes and it really affected a lot of peoples sales after that. So I now longer do it. I am now ready to start something new so will definitely try a few of these out.

    Many thanks

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