With the holidays approaching and Christmas shopping underway, you might be feeling strapped for cash. Luckily, there are easy ways to make extra money quickly. These are by no means “get rich quick” schemes, but they are something you can do alongside your regular job.
If you would enjoy sharing your opinions about a product with a group of strangers, then focus groups are perfect for you. They are usually in person, although some are now online, and last anywhere from half an hour to a few hours. They generally pay pretty well and you can even make up to £200 depending on the length and what’s involved. Don’t count on this as a regular source of income though as researchers are always looking for a specific subset of people for a focus group and often you will not qualify.
Here are some market research companies:
Taste tests are pretty similar to focus groups, but are often a lot shorter in length. They may be only 10 or 20 minutes, so they also pay less than focus groups. But if you’re short on time, these can be great to do while you’re out and about. They’re also easier to qualify for than focus groups, so you can do more of them. However, be aware that you may have to try some not-so-great tasting food! Some of the above focus group companies will advertise for taste tests as well.
Participate in research studies
University researchers are always looking for participants for psychological studies. With two major universities in Nottingham, you are sure to be able to find some studies to participate in. They won’t pay a ton of money, probably about £8-£10 per hour, but are very easy to complete. Medical schools also look for people to act as “patients” for their exams. All you have to do is pretend to be a patient with whichever medical condition they assign you. Look for these roles near to exam time.
Another job you can take on during exams is exam invigilator. This involves setting up the room before students arrive, getting them all situated, announcing the rules of the exam, and making sure no one cheats. For the most part, you will be sitting for a few hours doing nothing. It can be very boring but it pays fairly well for hardly any work. Expect to make around £9/hour. Find work here: https://www.unitemps.com/
Sell your story
Got a funny or embarrassing story? Magazines such as Love it! and Woman’s Own will pay you for your stories, tips or photos. You can get anywhere from £20 to £100, but make sure you’re comfortable with the world reading your story before you submit!
Christmas temp jobs
Many retailers and restaurants take on extra staff during the holidays, so there are many temp jobs available for a few weeks or months. This is a great option for students who would otherwise be sitting around at home over Christmas holidays. Whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time, there are many options available. They often start recruiting very early for these roles, so start looking around September or October. It’s a bit late in the year now, but it is still worth looking! Expect to make minimum wage.
Sell your old stuff
If you’re in a bind and need cash quickly, or just want to clear out some clutter, you might be considering selling some of your stuff. Your best options will most likely be eBay and Facebook groups. For larger items like furniture or boxes full of children’s clothing and toys, look on Facebook for local selling groups. For adult’s clothes and smaller and more valuable items, try eBay. Don’t expect to make a huge profit unless you’ve got antiques or something truly valuable. But for a small amount of effort, it’s worth getting some cash back for your stuff rather than just throwing it out.
Here are some Nottingham selling groups to get you started:
Work as an extra
Have you ever wanted to be on TV or in a movie? It’s easy to get a background role and you don’t even need acting experience. These roles are more widely available in places like London and Manchester, where more things are filmed, but occasionally there are opportunities in the midlands. Expect to work long hours, possibly very early in the morning or late at night, and receive minimum wage. It’s not the best pay but it is very exciting to see yourself on screen! Find extra work here: http://www.starnow.co.uk/