Become a mystery shopper
Become a man (or woman) of mystery. If you love shopping and like the thrill of being undercover, becoming a mystery shopper might be the part-time job you've been waiting for.
Agencies such as tnsglobal.com, retaileyes.co.uk or grassrootsmysteryshopping.com can pay around £30 a day. However, some do pay in vouchers or in goods rather than in cash.
Get cash for surveys
It pays to talk. OK, we all hate being phoned up on spec by market researchers, but there are ways to reap cash for your opinions.
Online surveys are generally quick and easy to fill in and can pay up to £4 for a few minutes of your time. See pureprofile.com, valuedopinions.com or pineconeresearch.co.uk for details.
Alternatively, market research groups are prepared to pay up to £50 to people who are willing to spend a couple of hours at a focus group session.
Check your local listings for an agency near you, or try sarosresearch.com.
As a note of caution, do not pay middlemen ‘membership fees’ for access to market research firms that conduct paid surveys. You can find those yourself by surfing the web for free.
Use your existing experience
Become a home-working tycoon. For the really big cash, why not put your previous corporate experience to good use and try solving problems for big businesses?
On offer are literally hundreds of thousands of pounds for aspiring tycoons or boffins who can solve problems from extracting silver from ore in an Argentinian mine or finding a viable site for a new hotel. See innocentive.com for more details.
Read our guide to raising money by selling unwanted items.
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