Christmas is coming! While people are trying to stay positive and look forward to the festive season, in whatever form it comes, money is tight for many and it’s hard not to feel stressed at the thought of covering those Christmas costs. Making a few pounds on the side over the next month or two will help take a little bit of the pressure off… We’re here to help!
All the advice we’ve read on making some extra cash suggests activities that might usually be great alternative sources of income, but with current restrictions many are either impossible or unbefitting of the current community spirit, which has been a silver lining of the COVID crisis…
Anyway, enough of what you can’t do, there’s far too many of those!… Here’s a little list of extra earners you can do from the comfort of your own home!
It’s an oldie but a goodie! And because people can’t get out to shop, there’s actually never been a better time to go through your house and see what you don’t want or need. Someone else might be looking for just that item!
Whether you’re clearing out clothes, furniture, jewellery, old collections from sporting memorabilia to teddy bears, games consoles, tools, DVD’s, mobile phones… your old ‘junk’ could really be someone else’s treasure/Christmas gift!
As well as ebay, be sure to check out other specialist selling sites and you may well pick up a few extra Euros from reaching the right audience direct.
Well funnily enough this one is our favourite!
Whether it’s finally come to the end of its days, or your travel methods have changed, there couldn’t be a better time to get rid of your old wheels. Scrap prices are at a high with an average of 120 Euros and CarTakeBack.ie can collect your car from your home – no fees! An instant quote will give you a guaranteed price, and if there’s a minimum of three complete months left on your motor tax you’ll get another pay out with that money refunded too.
Not in the literal sense of course! We’re referring to a skill that you might take for granted that could actually make you a little, or even a lot of money!
Maybe you are a dab hand at carving, drawing, pottery, jewellery making, baking – wrack those brains and fish out that tool – you could be making money from your hobby and selling the items you make online. Check out sites such as Etsy to sell your items.
Your skill may be something that enables you to provide a service online – helping an individual or business with writing, graphic design, music composition, photography or any other special skill you may have to offer. You could use Facebook or other social media sites to spread word of your skills but one of the official sites we’ve seen recommended is Fiverr where you can post adverts for your particular skills.
When cash-back schemes first started many people were sceptical, but they continue to make people money and as long as you do your research you could potentially get back hundreds of Euros in a year and let’s face it, a lot of that could be from your Christmas shopping alone!
It may sound insignificant but some of us have a lot of coins stashed around the house… whether they are carefully collected in a piggybank/swear jar (!) or they are dotted around the house depending on where they’ve been fished out of pockets and handbags. It can all mount up!
Why not do a coin sweep in the house, you could even get the kids to do it as a game! You may well find it adds up to a healthy sum. Some large supermarkets have coin converters that give you shopping vouchers, or you can save it for a bank trip.
It’s hardly the time to be taking on a lodger, but if you’ve recently got rid of your own car, or you are lucky enough to have a spare parking space, driveway or garage, whatever your situation, space sells! Even at the moment there are a lot of people still having to travel for work and there are plenty of online sites that will help you make money off your space, you can start with Daft.
It’s not exciting and it’s not strictly generating money, but it is saving it! Whether it’s getting round to cancelling memberships you’re not using or reducing your subscriptions, a family can save hundreds of Euros a year from a simple review of their finances.
Most people don’t mind filling in a quick survey if they get to share their opinion and/or perhaps improve their customer experience in the future… well you can actually get paid for doing it! There are sites set up to help businesses with survey responses and by filling them out online you can earn cash or gift vouchers. Perfect for Christmas! There are so many sites that offer this opportunity but you can start your research with Irish Opinions.
Hopefully that’s given you all some inspiration, you might even enjoy making some extra cash for Christmas!
Wishing all our blog readers as wonderful a festive season as will be possible in this turbulent year.
Please remember that all self-employed income should be declared to Revenue.