- Online buying and selling:
If you have an eye for antiques and have a gift for spotting an original from a reproduction, you might want to have a dabble at buying and selling online. There are many sites to choose from, the obvious ones being eBay, Preloved and Gumtree. It’s worth a virtual rummage to see if you can find a suitable purchase to make, maybe upcycle and resell for profit.
- Renting out a room:
According to national statistics the trend for letting spare rooms is currently growing by 23% per year. Landlords can now earn over £6,000 tax free from rental income. Organisations such as Easyroommate are good for longer term lets, or you could try Airbnb to attract your guests on a one-night-at-a-time basis.
- Be a doula:
A doula is a birth partner and in order to become one you will need to study a short course with britishdoulas.co.uk. Once qualified, you can potentially earn between £12 and £15 an hour or £250-£500 for a birth. Your main tasks are to give moral support to the whole family, help around the house and, of course, help with caring for the baby.
- Badge making:
For under £130 you can buy a professional badge making machine complete with components to make up 250 25mm badges to sell (smaller packs are also available). These are really popular online and at summer fetes, so if you sell each badge for just 50p, you’ve paid off your total outlay immediately. The machines can make up different sizes of badges and also make magnets, mirrors, keyrings, bottle openers, medals and clothing badges too.
- Dog walking:
Dog walking is a great way to get lots of exercise whilst earning money at the same time. If you have a love of animals and being outdoors, you can expect to earn approximately £10-15 per hour per dog. Walking two at a time, suddenly looks like a really good little earner.