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Hello beginners!

A year ago I was just like yourselves - aware that the internet could offer money making opportunities but not really sure how to capitalise on them. I spent my first few weeks feeling around in the dark, signing up for 100s of sites that promised to make me money but in reality they required me to click on links, view adverts or fill out mind numbingly boring surveys for often a few pence at best!

That's when I stumbled across the money shed through a reference on @katykicker s blog. Using @Jon s excellent earning money for beginners toolkit as my bible I was able to pick out the bits that worked for me and leave the bits that didn't.

Anyway I've written below a few tips based on my experiences to add on to this. I'm happy to answer any questions that you have either in the comments below or via message if you'd prefer.

First things first - get a smartphone with a lot of data allowance and a portable charger. You're going to need it! And don't worry about the cost of the initial investment in it - I promise you'll soon make it back. I have a Samsung S6 that copes adequately with everything thrown at it - you can pick one up on ebay with a warranty for about £100.

As Jon says in his beginner's toolkit access to a laptop or desktop computer is also vital - it doesn't have to be the latest tech but I'd recommend investing your first £300 in one if you can! I would also suggest getting a multifunctional scanner/printer as well - my method of getting this was to complete enough boring surveys until I had sufficient amazon vouchers earned to pay for one - there was a cashback deal on mine as well so I got a printer and money (pay attention to amazon's daily deals page and you'll be surprised at what you can find!).

Ok. So now you've got the equipment but where do you start? Below is a recount of my experiences and the sites I find that pay the most.

1. Paid to click sites (e.g. clixsense) - unless you have a large following of people you can refer to these sites I wouldn't bother. The amount of time you spend clicking through things for little reward is insane. There are better ways to earn money. Of course if you have a large number of people you can refer to them then do it - there are many people who earn a decent amount through referrals but my advice is if you're just starting out don't bother with these! I also include inbox pounds and swagbucks in these categories - there are people who swear by these sites but I think they're too low paying for the amount of effort required.

2. Paid survey sites - there are loads of these about! Many people earn referral bonuses for persuading people to sign up to sites but the truth is a lot of them are very boring and pay a pittance. I've signed up for dozens of sites but the only ones I find worthwhile are the following!

a. Populus live - actually pays you a decent amount for completing surveys and as long as you do the surveys quickly enough screen outs (where you get part way through a survey and then it chucks you out as there's enough people in your demographic who've already completed the survey, having nicely wasted your time) are rare and also happen very quickly at the start of the survey. Notifications of surveys are sent by email so make sure you have your email account set up to push notifications to your phone so that you can complete the survey asap. Cash out is at £50 which sounds high but I tend to get through £20-£25 a month on this site so it's good for more than a couple of hundred pounds a year.

b. Prolific academic - this site is brilliant. I've only been screened out twice and on one of those occasions it was because I hadn't read the instructions properly. The surveys tend to pay well but I would suggest getting a circle account (prolific can help you with this) to receive payments and cashing out only when you've hit £20 as although you can get paid into paypal they take commision on your payments. Circle don't! Surveys tend to be around some interesting subjects as well. I tend to earn £20 every two weeks from this site so about £40 a month. I'd also recommend keeping your computer on and setting it to auto-refresh on prolific so that you get to spot surveys as soon as they appear as spaces are limited!

c. Panelbase - this is one of the mind numbingly boring survey sites that I normally ignore. However, I include it as a recommendation for two reasons. Firstly the surveys tell you in pounds and pence how much you're getting paid for completing them so you know what a pittance you're earning, rather than using some seemingly random points system. Secondly they pay direct into your bank account so there's no messing about with paypal or amazon vouchers. Because I find it a bit boring I only tend to take £10 a month from this site, however when I was using it more regularly I was earning £25 a month from this site.

d. Pinecone research - a lot of people swear by this site. I can attest that it offers a reasonable rate of pay (in line with populus), however I don't get many surveys from pinecone. It's worth about £6 a month to me but others in different demographic groups e.g. with kids may earn far more.

e. Mintvine (now known as Branded Surveys) - I was in two minds about whether to include this or not. I don't find the surveys that interesting and sometimes the rewards are poor, however I do like the fact that it offers a daily poll which gives you points and on some surveys if you get screened out you can earn points. Like Panelbase it's one I don't use that often. With a determined effort I can clear £10 a month from this site.

So that's surveys (there are other ones you'll hear about which I'm happy to share my experiences with but wanted to pick my top 5 for you!).

From those 5 sites alone I earn a minimum of £85 a month. More if I put some effort in! With a bit of effort I think it's fair to say that £100 a month is achievable.

3. Smartphone apps - I love my smartphone. It's a device that exists purely to make me money! I have several apps on my phone that pay for me my opinon, to do mystery shopping or store audits. The top apps I have are as follows:

a. BeMyEye) - iphone and androdid app app that offers money for things like mystery shopping, market research, billboard checks and store audits. Some of the tasks can seem a bit daunting at first but if you look at the task360 thread in the earning money online forum there's plenty of hints and tips there to help out. I'm lucky that there's not many (if any) users near me so this app gives me £50 a month. It updates daily so it's worth checking a couple of times a day at least. Pays via paypal or into your bank account.

b. Field agent - this was quiet for months with no tasks on it at all. However, recently it's picked up and I had £20 of tasks from it last month (I'm lucky enough to live a few minutes walk from a supermarket). I can't say if this trend will continue but if it does start picking up then this could be a nice little earner. Now offers payment into bank accounts which is good.

c. Roamler - similar to the above two this offers money for performing mystery shops or store audits. I'm lazy so I don't do all of the tasks it offers in my area but if I did I could be looking at over a £100 a month. Cashout is via paypal, commision is charged on anything less than £20 though so don't withdraw until you hit £20! I tend to go for £20 a month on this one (I usually have a roamler day where i pick up work in the area to hit this and combine it with tasks from other apps or work for mystery shopping companies).

d.Streetspotr - similar to the others but there's a lot of fast food checks on this app. I hate doing the fast food checks so tend to avoid them. If I didn't it'd be good for £30 a month. As it is I tend to get £10 a month from it.

e. Easyshift - a relatively new player to the UK these guys are quite big in the US. Tasks on here so far have consisted wondering around stores and taking photos of beer displays and beauty products. This can involve a lot of photos which are hard to do covertly so I'd only reccomend signing up to this one after you've built up a good level of experience with some of the eother apps.

Special mention goes to appjobber, clic and walk and streetbees. All 3 pay into paypal and jobs are few and far between on them where I am. However, worth keeping these apps as often jobs can be in the same locations as tasks you're performing on other apps or somewhere that you're doing a mystery shop. I'd say these give me £10 a month if averaged over the year.

So just using the above apps (and not including field agent as it's only recently picked up) there's another £100 a month (makes the price of that smartphone a bit more palatable now!).

Other apps of note I use are the following:

Voxpopme - gives money for doing surveys using your smartphone camera - gives £0.25p for about a minutes time - I tend to get through a couple of surveys a week so its £4 a month for less than 10 minutes work (not bad when you think of it like that!).

Ipoll - gives quick surveys on the phone which are low paying but quick to complete when you have a spare minute. The same goes for surveybods and onepulse. With dedication, you can get an easy £10 a month from these apps.

Vypr - I really like this app. Basically, you get paid money for looking at pictures of food! It pays a pittance to be honest (someone did the maths and it was pretty depressing) but it's good fun and can be used while you're doing your supermarket shop. With dedication, you can get £20 a month from this. I tend to earn £10 - £15 a month from it which is quite dedicated by my standards!

So there's at least another £25 a month for you. But where does the rest come from? Find out in part 2! (which is just below)
 
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Part 2 -

4. Mystery shopping. I love doing this - there's a post on the boost your income section of the green site (run by a chap called Martin if that's enough of a clue for you!) that lists all of the current mystery shopping companies. As a beginner I'd recommend signing up for a company called Marketforce while you learn what you're doing. They don't pay as much as other companies but they hold your hand every step of the way. When I'm dedicated I can clear £30 a month through marketforce. My advice though would be once you've done a few shops with marketforce sign up for some of the other companies. If you sign up for enough of them it's entirely possible to earn £300 a month plus in my area just through mystery shopping (I've done it so I know it can be done!!).

If you're interested in signing up for marketforce then here's my referral link:

http://uk.marketforce.com/register/?ref=181&lang=en&reu=1667833

I combine mystery shopping with performing some of my app tasks and working it round a full time job so I average between £125 and £150 a month from it. It's vital to have a printer for this as some of the tasks can have a lot of instructions so I always review them just before performing a shop to make sure I've covered them - much easier to read a piece of A4 paper than a phone screen!.



So that's your £300 all earned. I worked out the other day that for the amount of effort I put in I'm getting about £12 an hour doing all of the above so it doesn't need to take over your life for you to get a reasonable income doing many of the things you'd probably do anyway (like shopping!). I find it keeps me active and gets me to go places and talk to people I wouldn't normally meet so it's a positive experience.



Finally as a Brucie bonus one other thing I do is usertesting. There's a couple of sites I'm signed up for that offer a reasonable rate of pay for the work you do. You do have to go through an audition first and you need a webcam on your computer but they do give you the opportunity to see a practice audition.



a. Usertesting.com - an american site that pays via dollars into paypal. Gives 10 dollars for about 20 minutes work and you do have to keep logged into the site (or the app) to check for tests. With dedication I can clear 60 dollars a month from this site, although usually I do about 40 dollars a month.



b. Whatusersdo - I think it's about £5 here for 20 minutes work although my mind has gone temparilly blank. Pays into paypal and is British based. Pretty similar to usertesting.com excpet for the fact that test invitations come via email so like with populus you need to keep on top of your emails. I find that this is good for £10 - £15 a month although I got £30 in my most focussed month.



c. utest.com - this is a site for the big boys where you get paid for spotting bugs in websites such as broken links. You get invited to test websites but the pays not guaranteed as it's dependent on you breaking things (unlike the first two sites which asks for your opinions about sites that are still being developed). I get 4 or 5 test invites a day on average and it's not too badly paid. With dedication I suspect this could be something that could offer £300 a month if you have the skills needed. I don't and so am selective about the tests I do. Nonetheless I find it good for $50 a month.



So there you have it. A current guide to earning £300 a month without gambling a penny! And all you need is a smartphone or two, a computer, a paypal account and a bank account. I invested up front in these items (to some consternation when I told people on the green site what I was doing) but had largely covered my costs in the first month. Follow the above suggestions and I'm sure after 3 months you'll be earning in excess of an extra £3600 a year. That's a holiday for all the family or secondhand car!



One final tip from me. At times after doing your tenth survey in a row or having endured yet more poor service in a shop which you're going to have to write about later you may feel like giving up. The best way to keep motivated is to set yourself a monthly earnings target and push yourself to achieve it. Join in the monthly earnings challenge (the september one has just started!) and report how well you're doing to others. It's what keeps me going.



Good luck all!


Andrew

Update: I've identified two further money-making opportunities:

1. Cleo -
Sign up to Cleo using my link and we both get ourselves a free £5! http://m.me/meetcleo/?ref=cleo-lYocyp (Please note that this link should take you to Facebook messenger and open a chat with Cleo - a robot)

You'll need to sign up, and give read-only access to your bank account. This allows Cleo to help you budget, save money and more.

Once you're signed up, and have added one bank account, click on Cleo Wallet (swipe along) to create your wallet and your free £5!

2. Get a free shae worth up to £100!
Create a Trading 212 Invest account using this link www.trading212.com/ref/xGuwM and we both get a free share!

Follow these steps...

Do you want to get a free stock share worth up to £100?

Create a Trading 212 Invest account using this link www.trading212.com/ref/3ii7ced and we both get a free share!

1. Click on the above link and click open account, when selecting an account type click the INVEST account type, fill in the form with all your details.

2. Wait for your account to be activated, normally this happens automatically but sometimes you may need to undergo manual verification. When logged in just click CHAT and select Account Activation and follow the steps required.

3. When you have activated top up £1 by clicking on your account in the top right hand corner and clicking deposit funds. Choose credit/debit card for instant deposit and no fees!

4. Once you've activated and deposited you will receive your free share within 24 hours. To see which shares you have look at 'Open Positions' in the bottom of your Trading212 screen. You can choose to keep the share or sell it by clicking on the 'X' mark next to the share to close the position. Once sold, the money from the sale will go into your account

5. To withdraw the funds, click on your account in the top right corner of the screen, then choose the 'withdraw funds' option from the drop-down menu to withdraw your funds to your card/bank account.

You can then close your Trading212 account if you don't need it by sending an email to info@trading212.com or by using the chat option. If you choose to keep it open, then just carry out a trade once every 6 months to prevent inactivity fees. Or, just keep the account balance zero as no inactivity fees are incurred in that case.


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Nice post there , interesting .

will send some people to view , it may stop them complaining about not having enough each month.
 

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thanks @Cas - it doesn't take too much effort to do the above and is entirely flexible as well!
 

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Thanks for this post! Definitely some ways of making money on there I'd never heard of, will be giving them a try!
 
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Thank you for the post! I can't do bets as I have no id or passport (ironically from the lack on income :'D) so this post really helps!
 
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Wow, amazing, thanks for posting! I will look into a few of these, I won't be able to do all of that as, whilst I have a laptop, I am unable to use it frequently as I have a tiny person that is constantly moving so my only downtime is when she's asleep, up 4 times a night so at the moment, the drabs of sleep are more important.
I will definitely delve into this full on when she is a little older!
Lorraine.
 
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Hey all. Just wondering how everyone's getting on with their money earning journeys? I'm finding roamler to be particularly good these days
 

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Nice post, im trying my hand in most of sites you mentioned here but for me all those apps are useless..why? well, answer is easy - no jobs around my town :/ had those apps in phone for some time and never seen anything closer than 40-60 miles lol

p.s. there is one app i still use - OnePulse .
 

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Nice post, im trying my hand in most of sites you mentioned here but for me all those apps are useless..why? well, answer is easy - no jobs around my town :/ had those apps in phone for some time and never seen anything closer than 40-60 miles lol

p.s. there is one app i still use - OnePulse .

Interesting. I do find that Wales and Scotland are poorly served. Although roamler does seem to have a lot across the country. Have you tried roamler? There's always the traditional mystery shopping companies as well. They tend to have contracts to check an overall number of locations so list all the locations that exist across the country. Also task 360 now has discovery tasks which can be done anywhere. The current one is for vape store locations. So if you have a vape store near you then you may be in look! AppJobber also had some at home tasks on it last night as well. So don't give up on the apps just yet!
 

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Interesting. I do find that Wales and Scotland are poorly served. Although roamler does seem to have a lot across the country. Have you tried roamler? There's always the traditional mystery shopping companies as well. They tend to have contracts to check an overall number of locations so list all the locations that exist across the country. Also task 360 now has discovery tasks which can be done anywhere. The current one is for vape store locations. So if you have a vape store near you then you may be in look! AppJobber also had some at home tasks on it last night as well. So don't give up on the apps just yet!
Just re-downloaded Roamler again just to check whats going on.. have 1 flower job 4 miles from me and thats it.. task 360 is totaly dead here as have 0 jobs for long time.
Never tried AppJobber tho,will check it now
 

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Just re-downloaded Roamler again just to check whats going on.. have 1 flower job 4 miles from me and thats it.. task 360 is totaly dead here as have 0 jobs for long time.
Never tried AppJobber tho,will check it now

Click on the discovery tab in task 360. There's an icon in the bottom right hand corner that looks like a pair of binoculars. Click on it and you'll find a job you can do in your area. And with roamler every jobs worth doing as the higher your experiences gets the more jobs become available so keep going! :)
 

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Click on the discovery tab in task 360. There's an icon in the bottom right hand corner that looks like a pair of binoculars. Click on it and you'll find a job you can do in your area. And with roamler every jobs worth doing as the higher your experiences gets the more jobs become available so keep going! :)
Ok,,so today had 3 jobs on Roamler - Tea Checks.. 1 was close so i went and did it but i think i made mistake with the way i took pic of tea sections..still no answer if approved or not from roamler,hope i pass lol

About Task360, did as you said, got 1 vape shop...kinda dont want go there as i know what kinda people work there..their attitude to costumers is the worst. since there are no other from task360, ill try stick to Roamler, thats if they approve my todays 1st job :D
 

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Ok,,so today had 3 jobs on Roamler - Tea Checks.. 1 was close so i went and did it but i think i made mistake with the way i took pic of tea sections..still no answer if approved or not from roamler,hope i pass lol

About Task360, did as you said, got 1 vape shop...kinda dont want go there as i know what kinda people work there..their attitude to costumers is the worst. since there are no other from task360, ill try stick to Roamler, thats if they approve my todays 1st job :D

If you find another vape store in your area then you can submit that one instead (as long as it's not on their map). However they can be a pain. I've been lucky in that I've managed to convince the vape stores I've surveyed that it's to their benefit to take part but I know others have struggled with these tasks.

Roamler can be a pain with photos. Takes a while to work out what they want. My top tip is if you do have any issues taking photos to mention it in the task feedback section at the end of the task. They tend to be a bit more forgiving then. After your first few you'll get used to the standard they expect. I had about £30 worth of jobs rejected before I got it right but to be fair they were very supportive in getting me there. They don't get paid either if the submission doesn't meet the standards they need so treat them as your best mate and they'll do the same :) I do hope they approve your submissions though :)
 

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Excellent guide, just started following it.

Do you find that a lot of the apps crash and have problems? I had issues uploading things to Street Bees last night.
 
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