January has been and gone, the practice month is over. It's time to get serious. This is probably the main point of the year where I try to think realistically about my finances for the year ahead. Can I do anything extra to make my money stretch a little further throughout the year so I’m a little more prepared for Birthdays and Christmas', how about actually having funds during Jnauary? Well to put it simply the answer is yes, and what’s even better you can fit it into your regular ‘laptop’ time too. There are actually a multitude of ways of earning extra money online. The following are just a felt that I take advantage of to gain some extra dollah throughout the year. I will say this, it isn’t instant and you do have to put a bit of time in. However I am sure I am not alone when I say I spend a lot of time online at my laptop anyway so it doesn’t feel like a chore because I just do it alongside my usual online browsing/shopping/blogging etc.
EARN AS YOU SHOP.
I’m sure you are all aware of this concept but I can tell you know it really is worth doing. I personally use Top Cashback when I shop online. (Sign up here) Without fail I will check to see if the merchant I am planning to purchase from offers some form of cashback with a purchase. If the answer is yes I WILL purchase via TCB. If you are a big online shop it really is worth doing. The amount of cashback varies from merchant to merchant but they have lots of popular websites offering cashback like Boots, The Body shop, Look fantastic, feel unique, New Look, ASOS, Dorothy perkins… & that’s just a few. Seriously its worth checking out. Just make sure you continue to use it to reep the rewards. You don’t have to hit a certain limit for a payout, so even if you get £10 cashback you can opt to have it transferred to your bank account or paypal straight away! If you are someone that purchases a lot from Ebay then I do recommend linking up your nectar card to your account. You can earn points as you spend that add up without you even realising to be honest. You can spend your nectar points in store towards your weekly shop, on their Clothing range, in their homeware department… or swap out X amount of points for vouchers to eat in restaurants or visit places of interest.
SURVEYS, GAMES & VIDEOS.
There are a couple of websites that offer a selection of ways to earn points which you can then redeem for cash or vouchers for. This obviously is a task that can take a little more time to build up, however if you just do it inbetween writing blog posts or even while you have a youtube binge the points will soon add up.. SWAGBUCKS is one site I use. Daily polls, games, surveys and videos are the ways you can earn points. It gives you a target to hit each day. If you hit that target on the daily then you are on track to get enough to redeem in no time. Sometimes you can hit target by taking one survey. Other times you may need to do a couple. There is a Swagbucks TV app which makes playing the videos easier. (Honestly I just click on a playlist and let it play while im doing the housework. You don’t need to actually watch the videos, there aren’t any prompts you need to click – So easy!) There is a cap on how many points you can earn through the videos though, so you will have to take part in other tasks as well.
Another website I have recently started using is InstaGC. It’s the same idea of Swagbucks, but just another website you can earn from. I believe the points you need to redeem on InstaGC are lower so theres the possibility you could gain the extra money or vouchers quicker. But at the end of the day I think it all depends on how you want to utilise your time. You could just focus on one of the sites or try and earn from both.There are various way to earn a bit of extra cash through blogging. One of the main and most easiest way to do this in my opinion would be through affiliate links. I use Skimlinks – I know this is a quite popular platform with bloggers who want to earn a little bit extra when writing posts.
EARN AS YOU BLOG.
EARN AS YOU BLOG.
When you want to link to something your readers could buy within a post, you can post an affiliate link rather than just copying and pasting it from the website. By using the affiliate link you may earn yourself a little bit of commission. When I say a little bit I do mean a little bit. Each merchant is different when it comes to the percentage you could get back. Sometimes it will be pennies, others a few pounds. It really depends on what deal they have set up with Skimlinks and how much someone spends on their site through your link. That being said though, it can build up quite quickly depending how much of an influence you have on your readers to purchase items you have featured or are lusting after! If you would like to sign up to Skimlinks then you can do so here.
Are you going to try and implement any of these into your laptop time?