BRITS who are in need of a cash boost can make extra money from the comfort of their own home with these simple tips.
From getting paid to Google, to turning rubbish into cash, there are a whole host of ways to make money without leaving your sofa.
You don’t need to pay income tax on money you get from occasionally selling personal possessions online.
However, you may need to pay capital gains tax.
This usually applies to personal possessions worth £6,000 or more, excluding cars, that you’ve made a profit on because they’ve increased in value.
See the Gov website for more information.
Get paid to Google
Yes, you can really get paid to sit on the sofa and browse the internet.
One company which will give you money to Google is Qmee, which is essentially an add-on to your browser.
This add-on then works in the background as you Google and brings up extra results when you start searching.
If you click on one of these results, you’ll earn between 7p and 15p – and sometimes as much as £1.
The cash is then paid to you via Paypal.
Sell your old clothes
If you’re bored at home, it could be a good time to clear out your wardrobe.
Depending on what you’ve got to sell, you could be looking at a few spare pounds or more.
Just keep in mind that some of these sites may charge listing fees or take a percentage of any sale, so check first.
For example, eBay doesn’t charge private sellers to list items but it takes a “final value” fee of 10 per cent of the total sold price including postage and packaging.
Private listers are allowed to post 1,000 items for free each month.
Turn rubbish into cash
From wine corks to toilet roll tubes, you might be surprised to discover how your rubbish can turn into cash.
The people who buy these items are usually looking for craft materials, or even bits to decorate their home.
Check out our full round-up of what other rubbish items people are buying.
Sell unwanted gadgets
Unused gadgets that have been gathering dust can also be sold from home.
Cash In Your Gadgets, for example, offers a free courier service where it’ll pick up your goods, including old laptops, computers and tablets.
For example, we were offered £150 when we tried to sell an Asus Intel Core i7 laptop in “good condition”.
Your computer must be in full working order to be sold.
You also won’t get paid until Cash In Your Gadget has received and tested your item.
Sell old CDs and games
If you’re looking to get rid of old CDs, Music Magpie also offers a courier service so you don’t need to leave your home.
To start selling, you need to enter the barcode of the product you want to sell.
We were offered 50p for an unopened Star Wars: The Last Jedi DVD, so you may need to sell in bundles if you want to make decent cash.
The courier service from Music Magpie is free.
Fill out online surveys
Filling out online surveys can be an easy way to make money if you’ve got spare time.
We’ve previously reported how you can make up to £6 per survey.
Alternatively, filling out online surveys could also earn you Amazon vouchers.
LatestDeals.co.uk gives away thousands of free Amazon vouchers every month to members.
Bargain hunters earn points whenever they share and post about a new deal on the LatestDeals website.
These points can then be turned into Amazon vouchers – completely free of charge.
For a £5 voucher, a member would need to save up 5,000 points and you can get a £250 voucher by redeeming 500,000 points.
Read more about how to earn free Amazon vouchers.
Cashback on shopping
Cashback websites pay you to shop by giving you money back on what you buy.
Once received, you can withdraw the money and transfer it straight into your bank account.
We’ve previously seen how one savvy spender made £1,200 through cashback.
Rent out your driveway
If you’ve got a driveway you don’t use, you could be making money from it.
In fact, we’ve seen how one money-saver made £500 by renting out her unused parking space.
Kerb takes 20 per cent of any booking fee, while JustPark takes a 3 per cent booking fee.
If you don’t own your home, check with your landlord first before listing your driveway.
You should also run it by your home insurer too.
Competitions are never guaranteed, but if luck is on your side, you could find yourself winning holidays or big cash prizes.
Websites including Magic Freebies will scout out free competitions for you so you don’t have to spend ages browsing the internet.
The Sun spoke to one competition addict who enters 100 a day and has won £20,000 in prizes over the past two-and-a-half years.
Try and stick to free competitions, as you don’t want to end up spending loads on entrance fees.
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