One of my favourite ways to make money is by using things I already have. That means no start up costs, no fees, no risk. If you have a quick look around, you may ask yourself how you can possibly make money with what is around you, but with a little creativity you will see it is not so hard.
1. Rent a room in your house
If you are a young couple in a two bed property, elder parents whose kids have gone off to uni, or simply have a spare room at home, renting it to a local student or worker can be an easy way to generate extra money. Even better, as a live in landlord, you can earn up to £4,250 tax free each year for renting an unfurnished room. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but £4,250 is a lot of money! Just make sure you define the living arrangements clearly so everyone can live in harmony.
2. Selling your electronics for cash
There are dedicated sites where you can get a quote and see how much your old phone or laptop would go for. No matter whether it is in working condition or totally broken. Some will even buy your chargers or accessories. After all, chances are you won’t ever use that old phone again.
3. Renting your car or parking space
The same way you can rent an extra room, if you have a spare parking space you could turn it into an extra source of income. A quick ad on your local Gumtree or ad board should get you a few prospects, or even local workers interested in renting your space during office hours only, so you can come home after work and park yourself.
Renting your car on a peer-to-peer website or using a rideshare company to drive people and make a little money is somehow less conventional, but those sites are really picking up and it looks like it is going to be the next trend of the sharing economy.
4. Do a car boot sale
As a rule, I recommend no keeping in your house items you haven’t used in a whole year. You always think “what if”, but after a few years, all that clutter is doing you no good. So how about a thorough exploration of your home to get rid of everything you haven’t used in ages? You can look up a nearby car boot sale by asking the council or checking the local ads, and that’s extra money in your pocket to buy stuff that you will actually use.
5. Sell your skills
Sometimes people look around and say ok, I don’t have a spare item to rent or sell, so I have no ways to make extra money unless I invest and buy products to sell. How about your skills? Maybe you speak a foreign language, maybe you love kids or dogs, maybe you’re really good at baking birthday cakes.. Whatever it is, it should be easy to turn it into a marketable skill. Just think about what you enjoy doing. Playing tennis? How about teaching a few kids at your usual club? Gardening? Can you give that elderly neighbour a hand with her roses? It may not be a lot of money but at least the hours should be flexible and time flies when you are doing something you love.