How to Make Money Online

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Ways to make money online

People think being a student means having a lot of free time. The reality is that it is hard to find time in the day to earn the money needed to make the most of student life. Luckily the Internet is here 24 hours, 7 days a week and there are plenty of ways to make money online.

1. Sell old or unworn clothes

We are all guilty of buying clothes we don’t need with the best of intentions of returning them but inevitably they sit in the wardrobe. To make back some of that lost investment start an account with an online marketplace and get selling. eBay is a the stalwart of this market and still gets high traffic. Check out our guide on how to be amazing at selling on eBay. But another growing site, Depop, attracts slightly more fashion forward bargain-hunters and often gets a higher return on branded and designer gear.Both charge 10% selling fees and eBay has an insertion fee but watch out for free listing days. They happen often and run on a no sale, no fee basis.

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2.Sell CDs, DVDs or games

In an age that has Netfilx and Spotify, do you really need to keep that Now 65 album or your scratched copy of Road Trip? Selling old CDs, DVDs and games online is a good way to not only make some extra cash but also clear out some clutter. Sites like Music Magpie and Ziffit offering varying rates depending on condition and rarity of the item. Bonus point – postage is usually provided and free.

3.Sell books

Whether your copy of The Norton Anthology of English Literature remains untouched and in mint condition or is highlighted and dog-eared to within an inch of its life, it could still earn you money. Fat Brain buy new and used books just enter the ISBN number, package them up and wait for the money to be deposited in your PayPal account. It couldn’t be simpler.

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4.Make stuff and sell it online

Fancy yourself a dab hand with a glue gun or great at knitting? Why not put that hobby to good use and start selling your crafts, creations and knick-knacks online through Folksy? Folksy celebrate British craftsmanship and unlike Etsy don’t allow mass produced or vintage items to be sold on the site. Folksy has a real community fell, only charge 6% commission and your first three listings are free when you sign up.

There's also Depop where you can make clothes and sell them!

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There are so many jobs available nowadays that require no human contact and can be done at anytime day or night. Professions like copywriting, coding and PR are nonstop and freelancing jobs are widely available. Using global sites such as Upwork can help freelancers find jobs that suit their skill level, availability and interests, it’s a great way to harness employable talents and you get to decide how much you get paid.

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6.Invest your spare change

Just because we are a generation that pays for everything on card it doesn’t mean we don’t have change. A coffee cost £3.17 or your lunch is £4.75; imagine rounding these purchases up to the nearest pound and making money on the difference. This is exactly what you can do with Money Box. Money Box invests your spare change in the stocks and shares of large companies such as Google and Disney at the level of risk you are comfortable with – cautious, balanced or adventurous. It costs just £1 a month to be a member and takes minimal effort on your part. Just download the app to check on your savings progress anywhere you like.

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7. Cash back on purchase

Quidco offers cash back on purchases across 4,500 top online brands including Apple and ASOS. It's free to join, all you have do is find the brands you intend on purchasing from and use the link from Quidco’s website to get to the retailers website before purchasing as normal. Soon after your cash back reward will appear in your PayPal account. Some banks and credit cards offer a similar system. Barclays for example has Blue Rewards for new and existing customers which works on the same principal as Quidoc but pays directly into your bank account.

More info: Read our full guide to cash back sites

8.Online Surveys

A quick and easy way to make a little bit of extra money online is by participating in online surveys. Surveys that take more engagement and slightly more time tend to earn you better returns.

Prolific host academic surveys that go towards worldwide research, it pays better than other survey sites and allows you to answer selection questions on your profile to make sure you are put forward for all eligible surveys.

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9. Get paid to do fun online tasks

Swagbucks is an online rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for small tasks you probably already do online everyday. Basically, you get rewarded for doing stuff you do without even thinking!

You can sign up here, and then start earning points through a number of ways, such as watching viral videos, searching the web, answering surveys, ordering food and finding deals. You then redeem these points for gift or cash rewards - it's as simple as that! Read more here.

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10. Watching videos

Maximiles is an incredibly easy way to earn vouchers for high street brands. You literally just watch short clips or adverts and in return you earn points which can then be redeemed for gift vouchers!

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11. Entering prize draws and contests

It sounds silly, but entering prize draws you see on various social media platforms is a really good way to earn some pretty cool things. Whilst you might think ‘oh I’ll never win’, you really never know - so you may as well try! The more you enter, the more chance you’ll have of winning something.

We’ve given away everything from a gym membership to flights to New York - someone has to win!

More info: Read our guide on how to win competitions

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12. Data entry jobs

There are a number of data entry jobs you can do from home that pay relatively well. They often work on the basis that you’ll be given a range of data by a company that you will then have to put in an Excel spreadsheet or something similar.

If you do a simple google search for ‘data entry jobs’ a wealth of results come up - just pick the one you want to do, apply to it and then you’re off! The hours are completely on your terms, you usually just have a deadline by which you have to finish entering or organising all the data you’ve been given.

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13. Searching the web

You can literally get paid for searching things on the internet. Websites like Qmee can earn you cash simply for searching on sites via their free browser app.

All you do is search for something, click on the result that interests you and Qmee will give you rewards!

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14. Testing products

A really great way to get free things is to test products for companies! Although this isn’t technically cash, you can test products for some pretty cool companies and keep them completely for free.

In most cases all you need to do is sign up, apply to test a product and then review it! No strings attached. Read more about how to test products for free and keep them here.

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15. Social media sponsorship

If you have a large social media following on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or even a blog then you can earn money through sponsored posts.

All you’d need to do is do a post to your followers that promotes the company in question, and they’ll ‘sponsor’ (pay) you for doing so. You will often see celebrities doing it, with sponsored posts having #spon or #ad at the end of the post. However, you don’t need to be famous, just have a relatively large social media following!

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16. Rent out your parking space at uni

You probably won’t be needing your car at university, so why not rent out your driveway to someone as a really easy way to make money. You can advertise it on websites like Gumtree or Craigslist.

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17. Recycling old technology

Recycling old TVs and mobile phones can be a really easy way of making money. Most phone companies will either give you cash for your old phone or money off a new handset when you trade in your old one.

Companies like Mazuma will give you cash for your old phones, tablets and watches!

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18. Sell creative content

Many content companies such as Ladbible and UniLad pay up to £100 for funny videos, stories and photos for their websites. If you’ve captured a funny picture or video of your friends or yourself, why not send it along to a Facebook page/ website that offers to pay for funny content!

Equally, if you’re more of a writer, Textbroker pays people to write content such as articles or adverts.sell content online

19. YouTube

You can earn money by regularly uploading original content to YouTube. You’ll need to become a Youtube partner and your videos will need to receive a fair few views, and then you can earn money off of the adverts played alongside your videos.

More info: Read our ultimate guide to making money with YouTube

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20. Sell your skills

With websites like Fiverr you can put your useful, talented and creative skills to good use! For example, if you’re good at mixing or composing, you can advertise this and then companies will come to you and ask you to make them a backing track for a video, and then you can charge them for using your skill. Easy!

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21. Affiliates

Start up a website or blog and let it grow to be a success, then promote products with your own personalised affiliate link.

For example, if you start a beauty blog and it becomes a success, you can recommend products via your own ‘affiliate link’, which allows your readers to buy the product, and you to earn money off of each sell the company makes through your link. The affiliate link is tracked with your ID, so everytime someone buys something with your link you will make commision off of it. Simple!

More info: Read our guide on how to make money with a blog

make money from a blog

For more ways to make money online check out our 100 ways to make money guide