Hi! My names Tom and I'm a student studying an undergraduate course here in the UK. I'll start by saying that running up to my first year of university I searched through every scheme, scam, project on the web that could earn me a little extra money for the next few years and help me enjoy my studies. If your like me and are worried about funding yourself through the next few years then these are some legitimate ways I have stumbled upon. So here is my top 5 ways for earning some extra money online, don't expect any 'get rich quick' schemes these are meant as ways to add a little weight to your pocket.
1. Mailpay (mailpay.co.uk) UK ONLY!
My number 1 recommendation is mailpay.co.uk, a small but growing UK based advertising company which lets users sign up for free without entering any bank details. Once signed up you can fill out surveys (the more the better) to tell Mailpay about your likes and interests this allows them to send you targeted advertising offers via email. Basically they charge the advertisers they attract to send you the user targeted offers (not spam) via email they keep 75% and give you 25% which is usually only several pence but it all adds up very quickly as you can recieve several emails over the course of the day. Mailpay is trying to expand and grow in size as it is still a relatively new business so they offer a buddy scheme. When your signed up you recieve a 'BuddyLink' which you can advertise and post all over the internet, (don't spam ask first) when someone signs up through your 'BuddyLink' you earn money from them recieving emails too. If your 'buddy' recieves an email Mailpay now take 50% you take 25% and your buddy takes 25%. There is no limit to the number of 'buddies' you can refer so the earning potential is limitless considering you can get plenty of people to sign up. It takes work and the surveys take 1-2 hours in total to fill in but you start recieving and earning points which can be reedemed for cheques, paypal transfers, bank transfers and gift vouchers straight from the go, it only took 2 hours to get my first email. Important. Don't expect to earn loads over night this will just help pay for those expensive nights out! Do all the surveys and refer as many buddies as you can to maximise your earnings, done right you could genuinely earn a good weekly bonus.
If you have doubts here's a few things I've found: - They are verified to keep your information private. - Advertisers will not see your details just your surveys. - They are a registered, legitimate company. - They deliver on what they promise, I'm a member. - All e-mails are sent through them and are monitored closely for spam and offensive material.
Thanks Buddy and all the best for creating your own little revenue stream!
Blogging is a fantastic way to earn ad revenue or to advertise product using affiliate marketing. Write articles on your likes and dislikes or what really annoys you or something you know alot about. You could give advise or simply review products such as movies,music and games. Blogging can earn you alot of money but the money earned is equal to the effort put in. Yes some degree of skill is required to write good articles, but if your passionate about a subject and enjoy typing articles then why not try and get an audience.
I'll give you some ideas: - A music/film/media review blog. - A sports blog e.g. opinions on matches and team news. - A Blog which gives advice on common issues. - Write about an interest or tutor others in a subject.
Affiliate marketing is the use of links on your website to a product or service. If somebody follows your links and then goes on to buy the item/service you have linked to you will earn a portion of the money generated from that sale. Companies such as VigLink (viglink.com) really help you make money through affiliate marketing program and its completely free to use just an email and password required.
Revenue from advertising is difficult although it can be done if adverts are placed strategically on your webpage. The most popular way to advertise is through google known as Google Adsense. It like many other adverts work on a CPC or cost per click advertising system where the advertiser will pay you every time an advert is clicked. Do not click the ads yourself or you will find yourself banned.
3. Selling photographs and prints
If you enjoy photography and have some good shots try selling them online. There's a great deal of money in photography although the competiton is tough and work is required to get your photos noticed over others, but don't let this scare you away. In my opinion there is 3 directions you can take this idea, stock photography, via your own website or through an established printing website.
The first step is to upload your photos to your computer once done you should use photo editing software to try to create the perfect image to sell. Next choose your method of sale iStockPhoto and Fotolia are some great stock photography websites where you the user uploads photos and get paid on a per download basis if your photos are good you can make a good weekly bonus with this method!
Creating your own website takes time and effort but there are plenty of sites which will speed up the process for free and give you a sub domain with no costs involved! Weebly is one of these sites and a google serch will provide many other options. From your website you can host downloads or print and post orders yourself although both of these methods can be time consuming and difficult if you're unfamiliar with owning a website/page.
The Final method of sale is via a printing company where you set up your own shop within their databases and upload your photos. Users can then browse your content and order a variety of things from prints to canvases to mugs and mouse mats. Every sale earns you a portion of the revenue made. Some companies to look at would be Photobox and Fine Art America (yes you can sell with them in the UK and they are very good at what they do with a worldwide user base).
4. Buying and Selling
The saying 'you have to spend money to make money' comes into play for this one. Do you know how to fix computers or repair broken otherwise expensive intruments? These are just two examples of things to try. Loads of broken, unwanted items are sold off cheaply on online marketplaces such as eBay why not invest in a broken good fix it and sell it on for a profit? Another option if you don't have the time is to clean out your rooms and sell off the things you don't need trust me it'll help you get through your studies!
A great example of this buying/selling tactic is the Xbox 360. The original model released in 2005 had a flaw which caused it to overheat and eventually break with something called the 'red ring of death' which was the name given to the lights which turned from green to red when the console broke down. Anyway many people put these up to auction and made sales for around £20, the buyer would then invest 5-10 pounds of his/her own money to gather the required parts to fix it. They would then invest around 45 minutes of their day repairing the Xbox and selling it the next day on auction for £100+. For an hours work thats one healthy profit.
My point is find something which has a common issue but it cheap repair it and sell it on for profit many people make good money doing this.
5. Paid Surveys
Right now this is where you have to be careful. In my experience only choose this option if you're happy to have your information thrown around the web so maybe set up a new email just for the spam you may recieve. Basically you tell a company all about yourself and they'll send you surveys or promotional offers to sign up to other websites. You either complete these offers or surveys for points which can then be redeemed for money. When looking for these sites be aware! There are lots of scams wanting your details, also only certain websites will pay cash my recommendation is Opinion Outpost UK there is an international site too.
Please take note that some sites will say they offer up to £5 per survey, this rarely happens and I mean almost never. The majority of surveys you will recieve will take you roughly 15 minutes and be worth the points equivalent of 50 pence.
The reason this method is at the bottom of my list is simple, surveys don't come around very often, your email isn't very secure and there is alot of scamming in this area of the internet. So if you take this option you could earn a nice weekly bonus but nothing fancy along with alot of spam.