These kinds of posts are everywhere aren’t they? We are all so interested on how to make serious money online and why not? It’s a lucrative market, especially when you know how. But lets not avoid the fact some options are an utter waste of time. That’s why I have created my definitive guide on how to save and make money online so you can too.
I love it when I know I am getting a deal or that my money is working harder for me on purchases. When I was in the throes of debt, I loved to follow Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert. I got myself out of debt and I am much more money savvy these days.
Money saving deals are everywhere and I can’t list them all; so Instead, I have created my top ways so you can explore and hopefully benefit.
Saving money is just as important as making it. What you make is relative to what you spend. The more you spend, the more you need to make. Remember the aged old saying? “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.” Well it’s kind of true and by saving a few pennies here and there the pound in your bank account becomes stronger.
Here are my top 3 ways to save money online.
Whether it be food or clothes, shopping can be expensive, even more so with the smalls. I do pretty much all our shopping online. I do it quickly and it’s pretty painless. I have a cash-back card via my energy supplier and I also have an email account especially for sign up offers.
Cash-back sites are a great way of getting a return on your money, as is shopping in places that have a rewards system.
I especially love shopping via Love The Sales as I have found so many amazing deals on top branded products from fashion to electrical. I recommend Love The Sales to all my friends and family.
I shop on Ocado as I get Watroise food at Tesco prices. Granted I don’t get the Tesco vouchers but I do get an additional 10% off certain items using my smart pass which allows me free deliveries which means saving petrol and the bother of lugging shopping about with children in toe.
My smart pass is a monthly fee which Ocado are always putting offers on. Their app is super easy to use and they have lots of available delivery slots for the following day. I have even managed to get last minute shopping done on the same day in the past.
Often Ocado will have flash sales at the end of check out and lots of other promotions going on which save even more money. The most I have saved on one shop was around £50 and I average around £8-12 just from their own promotional offers.
I use Utilities Warehouse Club has an impressive service so much so, I have switched my mobile, broadband, home phone, gas and electric to them. They gave me £200 cash back for switching, replaced all my lightbulbs in my house for free and I get cash back for purchases made via their cash back card. Plus they have won Which awards and my bills are considerably lower than ever before.
The holy grail to making money online could well be here. Frustrating as it is, making money online is not a quick fix unless you buy a lottery ticket and happens to win the jackpot. But the odds are stacked against you and you are better off using your money to invest in something that can achieve your goals.
Sell on eBay or start a store
If you have items around the home that you could sell and make some money back from then that would be a good place to start. Or if you are a creative and make items, start selling them on eBay or Etsy.
Become an Importer
I imported products when I was 20 until about 24. I had been working in import for a while and decided to go out on my own. I loved it it was great fun but it is hard work. Markets are saturated but that doesn’t mean you can’t sell something that already sells, there is always enough room for others to take advantage of targeted online shopping markets. Check Alibaba for product inspiration and start making enquiries for samples and MOQ unit prices. Never go straight into buying until you research the market, get a sample and find out best MOQ (minimum order quantity) offer as you don’t want to end up with a load of stock you can’t sell.
Ways to sell your products: eBay, Amazon, Shopify or your own website.
Find items on eBay, Free Cycle, Facebook Groups or Gum Tree. Look for old furniture or items that have the potential to sell on after some restoration. It will require a skill and patience but it’s a great way to make a mark up on a product that can still be used.
Become a Social Media Manager
Digital marketing is huge and more and more business are waking up to the fact that offline advertising is slowing down. Target markets are online and that’s how you will get your business seen. Brush up on some skills, do some free courses or invest in a quality course online – I graduated from the Digital Mums course last year and easily made my money back within a few months. The average SMM can earn £15-25 per hour. It can be more, but this is with experience and often with another skill such as being a Facebook Ad expert, copywriter, PR/Marketing experience or eCommerce expert.
Start a blog or vlog and work with brands
Starting a blog is a great way to earn some money. You could work with brands and PRs doing sponsored posts, advertorial or product reviews. It’s also a great community to be involved with and can often find you attending press events and network conferences. If you would like to find our more about starting a blog register your interest for my 6-week online blogging for beginners course (get in touch with me and click the link for the full low down). Once you set up, you can then sell a service or product via your blog plus collaborate with PRs and brand.
Become an affiliate
There are so many companies that offer affiliate programs and it can be difficult to figure out who to go with and where to start. My top tip would be, if you have a website or blog, then make sure the companies your are working with fit in with your brand. Don’t compromise your brand to make a few quid here and there. If you are a wellbeing site then working with a brand that promotes drinking and unhealthy foods wouldn’t be a good fit. Stating the obvious I know, but never compromise your own brand for the sake of a few quid.
Check out my favourites which are a great place to start and they have some amazing brands working with them.
There are so many competitions out there, brands wanting your social media follows, RTs and engagement that many use competitions to expose their brands. Online magazines, TV Channels and newspapers have their own competition sections. But they are national and I would be more inclined to follow brands directly or bloggers that run competitions for a chance to win cash, vouchers and products that you would use. Don’t enter competitions for the sake of it unless you think you could sell it online or gift it to someone else. Prize Finder is a good site to hunt out some competitions.
Again, there are so many companies that offer this service, my top tip would be to stick with just a couple and build up your profile that way.
A good one to sign up to is: Click Research
There are various companies that need consumers to test brand products. Currently the following brands are looking for testers:
Good old Money Saving expert will have a wealth of information in this area.
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As you can see, there are many options and all require work and drive on order for them to work but are well worth while. So if you have been dreaming about starting a business but concerned about having some money tick over until it takes off, then these options may be able to supplement your salary. Or simple need some extra cash then I recommend exploring the above avenues.
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