Need more money to help fund your eco-lifestyle? Side hustle it! Check out some of our favourite ways to earn a little extra each month.
Sell Used Items On eBay
No prizes for guessing this is a favourite earner here. Selling unwanted items, from clothes and books, to furniture and electronics, helps the planet and your pocket. Look out for days when eBay offer fixed selling fees, especially if you’ve got larger-ticket items to sell, and brush up on your photography skills to really make your listings stand out. For selling larger or harder-t0-mail items, you could also try listing on Facebook Marketplace.
OK, hear us out. If you’ve tried earning money via survey websites before, you’ll know the frustration of answering questions for 5 minutes, only to discover you’ve been screened out. That’s why we’re only recommending our two favourite sites, which don’t pre-screen The first is YouGov, where surveys are via email-invite only. You earn points for each one (they’re usually around 5-15 minutes long), and can cash the points out when you’ve earned £50. The second site is Prolific, who host academic surveys. These can be really interesting, and the pay varies from around 20p up to several pounds per survey, depending on the length. You can easily make around £30 per month, or more if you’re able to keep an eye on the website as surveys pop up.
Cards & Merch
If you’re funny or creative or have your finger on the pulse of pop culture, this could be a great money-earning opportunity. Websites like Zazzle, Society6, Redbubble or Merch by Amazon allow you to upload designs and sell a variety of products, including clothing, accessories and homewares. They produce and mail all items, and you earn a percentage of the profits. We also love British-based card company, Thortful, who offer a similar deal to designers. You don’t need to have epic design skills either. If you have a way with words, all you need is some basic design software, such as Canva, and a font licensed for commercial use (Google Fonts is a good place to start).
Creative skills a bit more advanced? Selling your handmade items on the Etsy marketplace can be a huge earner, or a just a nice, regular side-line, if you decide to keep it that way. They sell products ranging from handmade jewellery and art prints, through to personalised goods and even plants. Whether your skills lie in knitting, drawing or successfully propagating succulents, there could be an audience for you on Etsy. Want to give it a try? Use this link to set up your shop and get 40 listings for free.
Interested in beauty, skincare and natural wellbeing? Neal’s Yard Remedies use organic and ethically-sourced ingredients to create a range of products which you could sell by becoming an independent consultant. They offer you training, fully flexible ‘side hustle’ hours and a free website. There are some start-up costs involved, but if it fits your skills and interests, this could be a fun – and green – way to top up your income.
Websites like TopCashback, Quidco, Swagbucks and OhMyDosh! all offer cashback when you buy certain products or services. For instance, if you switch your bank account, book a hotel or buy anything from pet food to insurance to a new fridge, you can click through from a cashback site and earn a small fee. Most of the sites have offers which don’t involve any kind of spending, e.g. signing up for free trials, and the small amounts you earn can add up surprisingly quickly. Get a head start on your earnings by signing up with one of our exclusive links.
: : Earn £7.50 when you sign up to TopCashback
: : Score a £5 bonus when you sign up to Quidco
Getting paid to play online games sounds too good to be true, and there are a couple of small caveats to this one. Pointvoucher is a site you can join for free. You can earn points by playing any of the 500+ games on their site, or even just by checking in daily. These points can then be converted into gift cards, discount vouchers or entries into monthly giveaways. So, no cash, although their current selection of gift cards includes stores such as John Lewis, Amazon, Halfords and Asda. If, however, you sign up to the Premium version of the site, your earning potential is higher. Packages range from £4.99 – £19.99, and each one includes an exclusive gift card on sign-up.