This is how you can earn extra cash at home during the lockdown

The word “unsafe” currently seems to apply to everything – from how long the virus has lasted to getting back to normal.

It also feels like people’s jobs and financial situation have become very insecure overnight. We hope government action will cater for most of the people, but that doesn’t stop financial uncertainty from getting pretty high on the list.

Surely you have already thought of several ways to fill your time at home. However, have you thought about whether you can make some extra money with it?

I don’t promise you’ll get your fortune, but here are my top tips to make some extra cash while stuck at home.

Cash in your closets

If you’re clearing closets and finding items worth selling, eBay is the place to go. As a seller, you need to be responsible for shipping and making sure you adhere to social distancing in the post.

You can have items made “buyer collects”, but this is only best if the person is there (to avoid unnecessary walking) and you can return the item, observing the clearance guidelines. If you can wait for the money, take pictures, write the descriptions, and be ready for listing and shipping if the situation improves.

Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are also handy. You may not be making as much money as most local people are buying.

Be sure to maintain social distancing when sharing. For example, can they pay online and then pick it up at a specific location where you can leave it in advance? Always wash your hands before and after each replacement.

Clear out those bookshelves

Getting rid of your well-read and equally popular books is a difficult task for book lovers. However, if you could monetize these sites, you might be convinced.

Amazon is the obvious starting point. You need to register as a seller – have your cell phone, passport / driver’s license and payment card ready. Again, make sure you can publish what you have for sale or get everything ready if you can.

Try alternatively We buy books or Music magpie – both work similarly, you enter the barcode or ISBN number for an instant quote.

When you have entered all of your books, you can send them for free and they will be transferred directly to your bank upon receipt. We Buy Books will also pick you up, while Music Magpie offers faster payment.

Redeem cash in your foreign currency

Whether you travel a lot or just go abroad on vacation, when you clear out the drawers you will find change that was too small to change after the trip.

In fact, a survey by M&S Bank in November 2019 estimated that there were £ 3 billion of unused foreign currency in UK households. In addition, travelers return an average of £ 1 billion each year in various cash values, while UK travelers spend around £ 1 billion each year “consuming” money at their departure airport.

Bidwedge, however, you can create a free account, specify the amount of your currency and tell you the price they are paying for your currency.

If you agree, send your currency to Bidwedge and the agreed amount will be transferred directly to your bank account. There are no additional fees, shipping is free, and all transactions are insured.

Bidwedge’s currency buyback is currently available for euros and US dollars and starts at € 10 or $ 10.

Search for valuable “garbage”

Many of us have vintage items that we received from family members or bought at boat shows. They might not be worth taking to the Antiques Roadshow, but they are almost certainly worth something.

Vintage cash cow buys your vintage items for cash. It is so easy. They put everything you want to sell in a box and offer a free pick up service during isolation time so you don’t have to leave the house.

They then rate the item and offer you a fair price within 48 hours. It will even explain the rating.

If you accept the offer, VintageCashCow will send you a check or transfer the money the same day. All unsold items are returned for free.

Get creative to make money

If you’re planning on spending your time doing a new craft or old favorite, the options are many and you can have materials delivered to your home.

Whether you want to create with yarn, wood, paper, or recycled materials that you have around the house, if you find (or already know) that you are creating something that others will buy, there are plenty of places to go can easily adjust to sell. Check out these to get started

Setting up a Facebook page and showing your items on Pinterest are also great free ways to get your arts and crafts out in front of the people.

Earn by sitting at your computer

If you enjoy spending time on your PC or other device, why not use that time to make some extra cash?

Polls are an obvious choice, and while they don’t pay as well, you can hop on and off as you please and all you need is your device and your opinion.

Be sure to choose reputable websites and ones that don’t waste your time and pay very little. Try these out first – YouGov, Productive, Life points and Swagbucks

Some sites even pay you to watch videos, such as: B. Gift Hunter Club. You can even make money just by switching your browser! Take a look at

I hope that a suggestion or two of these will help fill your time and pockets as we wait for these uncertain times to end. Watch out. Stay safe. We will get through this!

Shon Alam is the founder of Bidkeilwhich converts your leftover cash currency back into pounds sterling

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