How to make extra cash online

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It is 2018 and this means that in order to make some extra cash, you don’t even have to leave your bedroom.

Thanks to the Internet there a literally hundreds of legitimate ways to make money and here are a few of the best:


With SwagBucks you can earn points by doing things like filling out surveys, answering polls, taking up offers and playing games. Those points can be either cashed out (via PayPal) or redeemed for vouchers at places like Amazon.


If you can sit there and tell us that you don’t have a single item of clothing in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for a year, then you are a better person than most of us. According to a recent report us Brits has £10 billion of unworn garms in our wardrobes! So get rummaging and get your unworn items listed online.

eBay is always a good place to start and Student Money Saver has a guide to making the most of your eBay listings that is a must read for novices. eBay charges a 10% selling fees and has an insertion fee, but often has free listing days which run on a no sale, no fee basis.


Quidco is a cashback site that gives users a small percentage of money back on purchases made via the site. Quidco is free to join and once you have a login all you do is search the brand you want to buy something from (there are 4,500 to choose from including Apple and ASOS) and then you use the link from Quidco’s website to get to the retailers website before purchasing as normal. All cashback rewards appear in your Paypal account and are yours to redeem when you ever you wish.



If you like the idea of making money for doing literally nothing and aren’t in a great hurry to get rich, Qmee could be for you.

Qmee works as a plug-in to your web browser that rewards you for searching Google and other leading search engines for particular terms, i.e. ‘cheap travel insurance’. When your search results load Qmee will show a side panel with sponsored links that when clicked earn you money – it is that simple.

You can also top your account up by completing surveys and answering questions on Qmee’s own website. There is no cashout limit and the money is paid straight into your Paypal account on your request.


Fiverr is the new ‘odd jobs’ listing made for professionals. Aimed at freelancers Fiverr allows users to list jobs / skills they can offer as ‘gigs’ starting at a payment rate of as low as £5 an hour. People looking for tasks to be completed then go online and search for a suitable candidate. For example, if I wanted a blog post about how to make extra cash online, I could look on Fiverr for someone who writes blog posts and charges the hourly rate I am looking to pay.


Although be warned, Fiverr takes 20% of your total fee charged and you have to wait until two weeks after a ‘gig’ is completed to have your funds released.

Task Rabbit

Task Rabbit works on a similar basis to Fiverr but involves what traditionally would be call ‘chores’. At the moment it only runs in London but will move to other big cities soon we are sure. Basically if you sign up as a ‘Tasker’ you can list the skills and abilities you have in over 40 categories and then people who need tasks completed can pick you to do them. This can be anything from helping someone move house, to building IKEA furniture, or transferring all their music onto an external hard drive.

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Mechanical Turk

Think you are smarter than a computer? Well it doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t when using Mechanical Turk. Amazon’s crowdsourcing platform lets ‘resourcers’ find people willing to perform tasks that computers currently aren’t able to do. The Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) can be as mundane as those ‘prove you aren’t a robot’ image selection tests, but can also be writing reviews of products or identifying music. Some of the HITs are very low paid but others can pay pretty well. As with most things it is dependent on the time the task will take.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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