From 2017 the British government allows you to make a £1000 a year without having to declare it for tax purposes. If you have a couple of hours a week to spare it is fairly easy to earn some extra money online.
A few years ago I used to supplement my income by online bookselling on Amazon. Although I no longer do this I thought I would offer a few tips in case anyone else is interested. Some are also probably relevant to general online trading. I am now a poacher turned game keeper and help at a local charity shop and I sometimes spot items they can sell on Ebay.
Most people start by selling their old books, often college textbooks but then need to look for replacement stock. The first thing I realised was that online selling is more about the ability to source quality stock cheaply than brilliant salesmanship. Continue reading “How to sell books online”
Earning money while helping with academic research
Since retirement one of the most interesting ways I have found to supplement my pension is by helping with academic research.
I joined Prolific which is a website that links academics from around the world with participants willing to help complete online research studies. Many studies are on psychological topics but a variety of other subjects are covered. Surveys can take from a few minutes to an hour or sometimes more. You are told in advance how long a survey will take and what the fee will be. Payment is generally about £5.00 per hour and can be made via paypal or donated to charity. Unlike most survey sites you rarely get disqualified from a study . You don’t need a degree to join and participants from most countries are accepted on to their panel.
So far I have completed about 200 studies and earnt over £200.00
I first started mystery shopping last summer. I retired in April at the age of 65 and decided that I would try to replace some of my lost income by working from home. Thanks to web sites like the money shed I have been dipping my toe in to the world of secret shopping.
My first surprise was that a lot of shopping could be done at home. So far jobs have included ordering groceries on line, phoning up to enquire about insurance, receiving letters and even a tweet to enquire about disabled access at a railway station. In fact so far mystery shopping has involved very little actual shopping. I am suprised at the variety of jobs offered and it is interesting to compare my findings about a brand with newspaper reports.My favourite jobs have involved visiting local stately homes. Continue reading “How to earn money as a mystery shopper”
There is a brand new Wallace and Gromit sculpture trail, Gromit unleashed 2 running in Bristol from 2 July to 2nd September with over sixty sculptures dotted around the city and surrounding areas to raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Grand appeal for Bristol Children’s hospital and the St. Michael’s hospital special care baby unit. Bristol children’s hospital treats more than 100,000 patients every year and cares for patients from Bristol and the South West of England. Continue reading “A grand day out. Gromit unleashed 2 in Bristol”