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Turn your spare time into an income

Looking for a way to bump up your income in your spare time? Read Skint Dad'stop tips to find out how.

If you’re fed up trying to make ends meet on a monthly basis why not look to up your income? Whether you have some spare time during your lunch hour or perhaps you don’t do much in the evenings or at the weekends, you can use this time to do a number of things which will put cash in your pocket.

Sell on eBay

Selling on eBay is a really great way to increase your income and can be done in your spare time. Opening an account doesn’t cost anything and with the whole world as your marketplace, you have every opportunity to start earning straight away.

For starters I would sell personal possessions that you no longer use or need. Check in drawers, under the bed and in the attic for items and then do a search on eBay to see if other people are selling the same items so you can get an idea of what you might make. On from that you can start to visit second-hand shops and boot fairs and pick up items to sell on eBay for a tidy profit.

Remember that you will have to pay eBay and PayPal fees so you'll need to take that into account.


If you’re good with children and your evenings are free why not look at offering a babysitting service. Start by asking friends and family who have young children and then start promoting your services on social media.

It’s really easy to set up a page on Facebook where you can write about the services you’re offering and once you’ve babysat a few times start asking people to leave a review.

Some people may ask that you have a current DBS police check so if you've got one then you're more likely to get more work.

Start a blog

If you have a hobby, practice a sport or there's a topic that you’re passionate about why not consider starting a blog and monetising it? With plenty of information online to help you get started, you can have a live site up and running in no time.

It’s not a quick process but if you start to create three or four articles a week and build up a following, you can then start to make money through placing ads on your site, affiliate marketing and working with brands.

Freelance Writing

If you’re a dab hand at creating compelling content then becoming a part time freelance writer might be the job for you.

There are plenty of ways to get paid writing gigs but to start you should look at joining websites such as Elance andFreelancer. These sites allow you to advertise your services as a writer and bid on jobs at the same time.

Having somewhere to showcase your writing skills such as a blog will definitely give you the upper hand when bidding for work so keep that in mind as well.

Mystery shopping

How does getting paid to shop or eat at restaurants in your spare time sound? If your answer is yes please then you would love mystery shopping. If you have an eye for detail and a good memory then this could well be the way to supplement your income.

There are plenty of companies you can sign up with such as Market Force and Grassroots and you can find an extensive list and some real insights into what being a mystery shopping entails on my blog.

Handyman services

As much as I dislike DIY jobs such as building flat-pack furniture and putting up shelves, I still wouldn’t pay someone else to do it. There are plenty of people who would though.

If you are handy with a screwdriver you can offer your DIY services to neighbours or, as I mentioned previously, you can create your own free Facebook page to advertise your services.

You’d be surprised how many people are willing to pay someone to build a wardrobe, do a bit of painting or get some help with weeds in the garden.

Social media management

Everyone is on social media nowadays and because of this it’s a great way for businesses big and small to promote themselves in front of a wide audience. The problem is, most small businesses don’t have the time or the knowledge to do it properly.

That’s where you can take advantage.

If the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are your thing you could offer to manage the social media accounts of local businesses in your spare time. Work out exactly what they want to achieve such as more followers, more leads etc and set your prices accordingly.

Although managing social media accounts can seem like a full time job, if you use scheduling tools like Hootsuite and Buffer, you could quite easily manage it in just a few hours per day.

As you can see, if you really want to up your income there are plenty of things you can do. Good luck and happy earning!