We’re what, two weeks from the end of the school holidays and a month away from the end of the Summer. Thoughts turn to next years Summer jaunts. But where do you find the money to be able to pay your deposits when Christmas is around the corner?
Hear me out. If you live in a well-populated area with plenty of shops and department stores, then check out a couple of apps that could bag you a tidy penny. Be My Eye and JobSpotter are my top tips for earning money. When Lynne followed my advice in Five Smartphone Apps That Make You Money, she earnt herself over £500. Check out her replies on my FF Facebook post:
The result a few days ago:
You can read more about Lynne’s experience with these apps on Fiscal Freelance next week. But it goes to show that the chance to make cash is right there in plain sight. You just have to give it a good go. £530.88 is quite a chunk of holiday money.
There are days when you just don’t have enough time to generate cash. If no one in your family or any of your friends has access to money, you can borrow at short notice then try a payday loan company. CashLady has a convenient Loan Affordability Calculator where you can work out how much you can afford to pay back each month. Only do this if you can comfortably afford the repayments. Don’t have a loan over an extended period. Keep to short-term loans which you can pay off quickly.
These are my absolute faves at the moment for quick cash results. People will pay for almost anything. I was asked to send a postcard from where I live for £8 when I trialled this out, so if someone is willing to pay for that, then what’s stopping you sending a letter for the same amount? How about sending old-school cassettes as a lucky dip. Or just write a simple essay. As long as someone can click a button and get it done quickly, they’ll pay.
Hosting A Foreign Student
You can earn up to £7500 a year tax-free by hosting a foreign student in your home. If you’ve got a spare bedroom and are trying to save for your holiday next year, then make it available to students. As long as you have a furnished bedroom spare, you can ask for around £500 a month. Not only will you have your holiday paid for within a couple of months, but you will also (if they are willing and able) have a housesitter while you’re away.
Sell on eBay
I don’t mean just sell everything; I say get yourself a little niche like “makeup samples” and start selling them. Imagine you buy Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation. It’s 30ml for £26. You decant that into 15 x 2ml sample pots and charge £5 for each one. That’s £75. Once you’ve taken out the price of the 2ml pots and your fees/postage that’s profit of around £8.50 per bottle. Of course, you have to pay your tax on that as you’ve bought it purely to sell on, but it’s big business online. You just have to get involved and do it.
They are my five ways to earn money to pay for your holiday and was written in conjunction with CashLady.
Do you have any ideas on how to make money that can go towards next years holiday? Leave them in the comments below.