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17 easy (and quick) ways to make money online

Strapped for cash or want to make some easy money?

There are many ways to make money online that aren’t too time-consuming and fun! 

Here are 17 quick and easy ways to make some extra cash online

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1. Fill out online surveys 

If you have opinions and don’t mind sharing them, filling out online surveys is an easy way to make money!

You’ll only get offered a small amount of money for each survey.

However, if you keep at it, you may earn hundreds of pounds via the likes of Branded Surveys, Swagbucks, iSay and Toluna.  

2. Watch TV or ads 

Avid TV watcher? You’re in luck!

You can typically earn between £50 and £70 discussing your views in a group or up to £10 for online surveys of up to an hour at The Viewers, with shorter surveys paying less.

If you want to watch ads, you can earn around 80p for watching a five-minute ad on Swagbucks

3. Play games or listen to music 

If you love spending hours playing video games, this is the ideal option for you!

You can earn money playing games online via Swagbucks, Toluna and InboxPounds

4. Listen to music 

You can earn money by listening to music and offering valuable feedback, which will help artists and record labels make decisions through sites such as Slicethepie

5. Enter competitions 

You can become a ‘comper’ – someone who regularly enters competitions to win money or prizes.

There are lots of handy tips, including from MoneySavingExpert (that has a considerable comper community), to help boost your chances of winning big. 

6. Earn cashback 

Not feeling lucky? You can earn cashback when you buy from hundreds of retailers via Quidco and TopCashback – or you can earn a little extra using a cashback credit card.

Getting cashback online usually takes a while, while cashback credit cards typically have high interest rates. 

7. Get paid to search the web 

Yes, really – you can get paid for searching online via Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay by using the Qmee browser add-on.

While each Qmee result typically pays as little as 15p, you can cash out at any time and do online surveys to boost your rewards.  

8. Complete easy tasks 

You can get paid for completing easy tasks, including surveys and competitions, but Cashback.co.uk requires you to complete 15 tasks before you make any money.

Alternatively, you can do easy micro-tasks such as data entry and writing via Clickworker

9. Earn money from your receipts 

Have a lot of receipts lying around? You can turn them into cash or rewards when you upload them to Shoppix.

You simply shop in-store or online, upload your paper or digital receipt, earn rewards and redeem them for cash or gift codes.  

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10. Review websites and apps 

You can get paid for sharing your views on products and experiences through UserTesting and TestingTime.

With UserTesting, you need to apply to join and answer questions to be matched with testing opportunities, while TestingTime will invite you to different studies.  

11. Monetise your website 

If you have your own website, there are many ways to easily make money.

You can use affiliate links, so you get paid whenever someone buys a product through your link, introduce ads, publish sponsored posts or product reviews, or even make money through your newsletter – the possibilities are endless! 

12. Sell your photos 

Are you a shutterbug? You can sell your photos to sites such as Alamy, Shutterstock and Getty Images.

It’s a good idea to find out how much you’ll get paid for your photos, as some sites only offer a percentage of the sales price.  

13. Create YouTube videos 

You can make money by creating your own videos about whatever you’re passionate about through the YouTube Partner Programme

14. Go freelance or find gigs online  

Want to try being a freelancer?

You can do freelance work whenever it suits you via Fiverr or if you’re handy around the house through TaskRabbit – and even go freelance full-time if it suits your lifestyle. 

15. Sell your stuff online 

Whether you’re planning to declutter your wardrobe and sell clothes through Vinted, sell DVDs via Music Magpie, or flog your items on eBay or Amazon, you can make a decent profit.  

16. Recycle old phones 

If you have old phones collecting dust, you can earn some cash by selling them to the likes of Sell My Mobile or CEX.

But before you do this, make sure your data is completely wiped! 

17. Rent out your parking space 

You can make between £500 and £3,000 a year when you rent out your car parking space, according to JustPark, with the first £1,000 tax-free.

The amount you can make depends on how popular your area is with commuters or if it’s near in-demand entertainment venues.

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About the author
Lisa-Marie Voneshen is a Senior Content Writer at Unbiased. She is an award-winning journalist with nearly a decade of experience writing and editing content across various areas, including personal finance and investing.