Make £300 Per Month

BertieBoy
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edited 4 April 2020 at 1:37AM in Boost your income
Hi All, 

I hope everyone is doing good! 

The reason for me returning and logging back into the MSE Forum is that I need people help and advice about something that I am struggling with and none of these BS videos on the internet are have not helped in the slightest and i'm getting frustrated at how misleading a lot of this information is.

Work slowed down for me a while back (I work as a live gig engineer for a small PA company) but I have been able to get close to what I need per month for my keep and other basic expenses and any money that was missing I could dip into my (very little) savings. (if I had made £250 from any work I done I could get the extra £50 needed from money I had saved). I am basically at the end of it now and how no more to spend. I am also not getting much, if any, work as a music engineer anymore so I am worried about being able to pay what I need to pay. 

My question for everyone is...is there a way what I can make £300 per month online? I have quite a bit of time in the day but don't have the 'time' to set up something that will start to see a return in say 6 months time. Also as stated above I obviously don't have the capital to start the typical 'online business'

The things that I have tried and put the time into but they don't cut the mustard are:

Matched Betting - managed to make about £600-£700 which went straight into my savings to be able to 'top up' on my monthly expenses when needed

Usertesting - started a account with usertesting and done all of the basic rating tests and got a 5 star rating. I done a few tests and thought it was great but it turns out that you don't qualify for as many tests as these people state (out of about 40 tests I qualified for about 2). This is due to me not using certain software or applying for loans in the last 6 months etc (if you've done usertesting then you know what i'm talking about)

SquadHelp - basically a competition to win money so that was a mistake...

Rev/ Textbroker - I was born and bred in England (and still live here) but I obviously still need to master the English language (aha) because I failed both exams.
Also things that people have told me about but I haven't tried are:

Online survey's - I would honestly sit there and do surveys if I would be about to make £300 per month from them but all forums I've read say you are lucky to make £30-£40 per month doing them and you need to be doing them 10 hours a day 30 days a month and well with that I would have to spend that £30-£40 on electricity!!.

Fivver - this would be good but I have no...skills that people might need. 

Sorry for this long post but I just wanted to get all information out there and hopefully someone can suggest something that would help me and hopefully others that may read this. 

Thanks,
Bertie

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  • mjm3346
    mjm3346 Posts: 46,890 Forumite
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    "10 hours a day 30 days a month and well with that I would have to spend that £30-£40 on electricity!!"
    Over estimate by at least 10 times on the power consumption - using an average laptop to complete surveys for 10 hours a day might be 15 units a month and at 20 p a unit that's only £3 a month, even with a desktop and monitor it shouldn't be anymore than double that bearing in mind that answering surveys does not take much processing power.    
    The better survey sites pay £1 for 5 minutes the equivalent of £12 an hour but depending on your demographics you might only get an hour spread over a month, some other sites may well have more surveys but offer far less for your time - swagbucks is one of the worst and can pay the equivalent of less than £2 an hour.
    I would rule most survey sites out but because of the low potential earnings not the power consumption. 
  • soolin
    soolin Posts: 72,188 Ambassador
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    edited 4 April 2020 at 2:12PM
    BertieBoy said:
    Hi All, 

    I hope everyone is doing good! 

    The reason for me returning and logging back into the MSE Forum is that I need people help and advice about something that I am struggling with and none of these BS videos on the internet are have not helped in the slightest and i'm getting frustrated at how misleading a lot of this information is.

    Work slowed down for me a while back (I work as a live gig engineer for a small PA company) but I have been able to get close to what I need per month for my keep and other basic expenses and any money that was missing I could dip into my (very little) savings. (if I had made £250 from any work I done I could get the extra £50 needed from money I had saved). I am basically at the end of it now and how no more to spend. I am also not getting much, if any, work as a music engineer anymore so I am worried about being able to pay what I need to pay. 

    My question for everyone is...is there a way what I can make £300 per month online? I have quite a bit of time in the day but don't have the 'time' to set up something that will start to see a return in say 6 months time. Also as stated above I obviously don't have the capital to start the typical 'online business'

    The things that I have tried and put the time into but they don't cut the mustard are:

    Matched Betting - managed to make about £600-£700 which went straight into my savings to be able to 'top up' on my monthly expenses when needed

    Usertesting - started a account with usertesting and done all of the basic rating tests and got a 5 star rating. I done a few tests and thought it was great but it turns out that you don't qualify for as many tests as these people state (out of about 40 tests I qualified for about 2). This is due to me not using certain software or applying for loans in the last 6 months etc (if you've done usertesting then you know what i'm talking about)

    SquadHelp - basically a competition to win money so that was a mistake...

    Rev/ Textbroker - I was born and bred in England (and still live here) but I obviously still need to master the English language (aha) because I failed both exams.
    Also things that people have told me about but I haven't tried are:

    Online survey's - I would honestly sit there and do surveys if I would be about to make £300 per month from them but all forums I've read say you are lucky to make £30-£40 per month doing them and you need to be doing them 10 hours a day 30 days a month and well with that I would have to spend that £30-£40 on electricity!!.

    Fivver - this would be good but I have no...skills that people might need. 

    Sorry for this long post but I just wanted to get all information out there and hopefully someone can suggest something that would help me and hopefully others that may read this. 

    Thanks,
    Bertie

    Unfortunately your question is possibly the most common one asked on here, we probably get a variation on it A couple of times a week.

    All you can do is read some of the threads on here and find something that interests you and then ask questions on the appropriate thread. I imagine though that the current situation you stand very little chance of finding a get rich quick scheme that is going to give you anything near what you want.
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  • sebloak
    sebloak Posts: 185 Forumite
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    Probably an obvious answer, but if your work income has dried up, have you tried applying for Universal Credit?
  • dave2319
    dave2319 Posts: 542 Forumite
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    "Matched Betting - managed to make about £600-£700 which went straight into my savings to be able to 'top up' on my monthly expenses when needed."
    Sounds like it was pretty useful at the time, but if you've not got the initial funds in accounts and can't deposit into them either it might not be an option. If you can, there are still casino offers available even with the lack of sport on at the moment.

    Online surveys - I agree with mjm, the downside is the likely earnings and the fact they don't pay a great deal for the time invested, rather than electricity usage. 

    "Fivver - this would be good but I have no...skills that people might need."
    With your music engineering work, can you only do live gigs? What about recorded work online? A quick search on Fiverr, and also Upwork, shows music engineer services offered on there. 

  • middleclassbutpoor
    middleclassbutpoor Posts: 774 Forumite
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    edited 4 April 2020 at 8:20PM
    interesting topic
    avoid at all costs - lots of these things are scams and unregulated

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/investing/article-6864527/High-risk-binary-option-trades-banned-2-April.html

    Could you create a course on your expert subject as a gig engineer? 
  • dave2319
    dave2319 Posts: 542 Forumite
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    I don't do a great deal with surveys but Opinium Research send maybe 1 or 2 a day and there are very few where you don't qualify. Typically they're 25, 50 or 75p each depending on length, and that's normally 5 to 15 minutes.
    Payout's at £25 by Amazon UK or bank transfer, and their site's here: https://www.opiniumresearch.co.uk
  • Emmaaar22
    Emmaaar22 Posts: 731 Forumite
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    megw said:
    I am yet to find a survey site that doesn't waste hours of my time on unpaid 'qualification surveys' that lead nowhere...
    You haven`t tried Prolific Academy then
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  • halfamo
    halfamo Posts: 80 Forumite
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    Have you looked at the moneyshed forum. I saw it a few days ago and it seems to be just the same thing you are talking about.
    Its me Culpepper LOL couldn't sign in with the old ID so time for a fresh start....
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