Ideas to boost income please

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Hi guys, I am a single mother of a nearly 2 year old and Im
on benefits that is until he starts nursery in April and I return to work until then though I need to boost our income as it’s currently a struggle. I thought about doing online surveys does anyone know who is the best to join? Any other ways I can boost our income by working from home? Any ideas and advice great appreciated. Thank you
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  • droopsnoot
    droopsnoot Posts: 1,764 Forumite
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    Have a read through the first few pages of this section of the forum, and see if any of the threads give you any inspiration.


    As for anything else, it's a bit difficult to suggest anything without any knowledge of your capabilities / interests, how much time and space you have available, that kind of stuff.
  • Mistral001
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    I tried doing surveys, but reckon I only earned £1 per hour on average.

    In short I would go with the work that does not involve the internet as it is very much over-subscribed.

    Ironing work or dog walking, for example.
  • Binkie_Huckaback
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    I don't know if it's still invite-only (?) but Pinecone research pay well. I don't get that many surveys thru, but I guess it will depend on your demographic. Every little bit helps, even if it's the odd £3 here and there :)
  • pickledonionspaceraider
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    I really don't know. I am at a loss honestly. I have tried online surveys etc, and it really is a lot of hours to put in for a bare minimum reward, its soul destroying

    In your shoes I would take in ironing etc..but even that is very limited really

    The only thing I haven't tried is matched betting

    The ideas like 'sell stuff on ebay' - is great yeh if you actually have something to flog in the first place, which I don't
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  • scaredofdebt
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    I used to work for Appen, around £350 a month for half an hour or so per day doing fairly simple (but boring) tasks:

    https://appen.com/careers/

    Mystery shopping used to be quite lucrative, not so much now but still £300 a month is probably achieveable, some of these are online or telephone based, See the thread on this forum for more details.

    Matched betting shoud see £300-500 a month but be careful if you've not done this before, there's a separate forum on here about it.

    Surveys can get you around £100 a month, try Qmee.
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  • Mistral001
    Mistral001 Posts: 5,349 Forumite
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    If you have some things in the house you do not need and you have a car, you could try selling them at a car boot sale. I have not done it myself, but have known several people who have done it and they seemed to be very happy with what they got for just a few hours of their time.
  • yksi
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    Prolific Academic is hands-down the best one for me, far more interesting and pays more than survey sites. There's another one called Testable Minds which has fewer on offer but is also good. They work out as about £5 an hour, but you can't know in advance how many you'll get (install the Prolific browser extension so that you get notified because they get taken very fast). I got £60 from Prolific last month and £10 ish from Testable.

    Surveys are ok but really you will struggle to earn much and they get very boring very fast.

    Have you got old baby items that you could sell second hand?
  • mikep22
    mikep22 Posts: 1,532 Forumite
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    Debbs7m wrote: »
    Hi guys, I am a single mother of a nearly 2 year old and Im
    on benefits that is until he starts nursery in April and I return to work until then though I need to boost our income as it’s currently a struggle. I thought about doing online surveys does anyone know who is the best to join? Any other ways I can boost our income by working from home? Any ideas and advice great appreciated. Thank you

    The amount of people that come on here and do not bother to read the guides, then expect all the info to be given to them with zero effort, continues to amaze....

    Regarding online surveys, the only person that can answer which one is best for you, is to....read the guides....try them, and decide which one you prefer.
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  • MollyDolly
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    There is no such thing as "best to join". It is whatever suits you best. I belong to over 50 survey sites and out of those I pick and choose whichever I want to on any given day.

    My current faves are PanelBase - they pay out at £10. I currently have an app installed via another company which will pay me £25 in a week or so. I am also signed up to other groups, this morning I got one to test nasal strips that will pay out following each group survey.

    Swagbucks and Inbox Pounds are good because they indicate the length of any survey you take. The Qmee app is great because it states the type of survey, the length of time and the amount you earn and you can cash out any amount immediately to PayPal.

    It takes ages to read up on them all, I learned through trial and error over the course of about six months. Good luck.:)
  • Debbs7m
    Debbs7m Posts: 12 Forumite
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    I have thank you very much
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