At some point last year, I did a blog post about how I’d been adding on freelance work to supplement my full-time wages and I thought it was time to do another post about how to boost your earnings online. I’m sure we’d all agree that we wouldn’t say no to some extra cash, even if you aren’t straight out there looking for it. Last month I filed my very first self-assessment tax form and it was both scary as I had pretty much no idea what I was doing, but also really exciting because it meant I had done it. I had officially added extra money to my income for last year.
There’s no way I could go full-time with my freelance work but I like to do it in spare time as and when to give me some extra pennies to allow me to travel more and splash out. Here are my top tips to boost your earnings online:
Use freelance websites
This is the main way which I boost my earnings online and make extra cash. I have always loved to write hence my degree in Creative Writing, and hence my decision to create this blog. The main site which I use is People Per Hour (although there are many others available). A lot of people moan that people don’t want to pay much for your services, and yes there are some people on there looking for 500-word articles for £2 but if you spend the time looking through you will find decent paying jobs.
It does take a little bit of time to set yourself up on the website and you do have to do some jobs which might be low paying to begin to get your ratings up but it’s well worth it. I’ve had some awesome opportunities and written for some great places just by working through People Per Hour.
Sign up on Task Rabbit
Perhaps you aren’t looking to do freelance work in the traditional sense of sitting at your laptop and coding websites, running audits or creating copy, but task rabbit is a little different. On Task Rabbit people are looking for help with everything; dog walkers, creating flat pack furniture, an extra pair of hands when moving, house cleaning and loads more. By signing up you can advertise what you’re available to help with and when you’re available and people essentially book you.
You might find that you can get paid to do tasks which might seem simple to you but others may not have the time or expertise to do.
Sell items online
I used to sell a lot more on eBay than I do now but selling products online is a great way of making some cash. This could be old books and DVDs, clothes or craft items you have made. Whenever I have a clear out I always think about what items I think might be possible to sell online and put these to one side to add. If you’re crafty and good at making things from clothing and accessories to cushion printing and photographs think about creating an Etsy site and selling your creations.
Sell your photographs
Most of us have been there when a brand asks about using your photographs and you say yes without even thinking because they’ll credit you. While this could be beneficial for you if it’s a large brand with a huge following, credit doesn’t pay the bills. But you can sign up on sites such as Shutterstock and submit photographs you have taken to the site to sell on. This could be a great piece of scenery you took on holiday or some more blog style images.
A lot of brands and companies pay to use these sites as it’s better to be safe and use images you know are licensed and you have paid for.
Review music and fashion online
Slicethepie are a website which I have recently stumbled across as they pay you for reviewing clothing items and music. Now I’m not going to say you can earn thousands of pounds from reviewing items online but if you have a spare hour or so you could make a little extra cash.
When you sign up you fill in your profile and start earning small amounts for your reviews, but the longer you’re a member and the more of a reputation you build the more you can earn.
Take on Sponsored posts through your blog
Sponsored posts are one of the best ways to make money from your blog because brands will pay for you to talk about their services or embed a link to their website. There are many factors which should be considered when thinking about how much to charge and there are no hard and fast rules on this, you should think about how long it would take you to create an article, how much time you’ll need to spend creating images/ posting on social media but also think about your websites worth i.e. Your blogs DA, The number of visitors you get a month, Your social media following and the interaction you gain from readers, amongst other things.
Use Ad-sense or affiliate networks on your blog
A large proportion of bloggers use Ad-sense or affiliate networks on their blog where relevant products to your posts are shown below your writing and if someone clicks through to them (or makes a purchase) you get a small amount of money for this. This is not something I have used before, although I have been tempted as I am not keen on the way it looks and I’ve heard some bloggers get such limited amount of money from this it isn’t worth it. But on the other hand depending on your blog, your readers and your niche it could be a nice easy way to make some extra pennies with virtually no work from your end.
If you’re looking to make more money through your blog check out these tips from UK Credit.