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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 6th Sep 05, 11:07 AM
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    MSE Martin
    Great ‘Bit On The Side’ Hunt
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    • 6th Sep 05, 11:07 AM
    Great ‘Bit On The Side’ Hunt 6th Sep 05 at 11:07 AM
    This site's all about saving money, being savvy shoppers and cutting their bills.

    Yet there's another way to put more cash in your pocket, by making a biut extra on the side - legally and all declared... of course!

    So ebay sellers, second jobbers, cash earners... I thought I would tap MoneySavers collective knowledge to find the best ways to pull in some extra cash or earnings.

    Click reply to add your suggestion - or scroll through the thread to read others.

    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 07-03-2006 at 4:56 PM.
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    • WSO
    • By WSO 7th Sep 05, 2:50 AM
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    • 7th Sep 05, 2:50 AM
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    • 7th Sep 05, 2:50 AM
    I have a website and use Google Adsense and Amazon Web Services on it. Currently getting the equiverlant of about 50-70 from Google and about 50 from Amazon each month... even though I do pay around 10 for the hosting each month, the extra revenue does help to pay for it as well as pay for a few indulgencies... thing is that now I have set it up, I do not have to do anything - of course if ever I want more I will have to tweak it, just too busy cutting back in other areas to want to work on it!
    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 12-09-2005 at 1:29 PM.
    The only computer error is a human one.
  • travel_freak
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    • 8th Sep 05, 9:24 AM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 9:24 AM
    Hi Websiteowner,

    I was interested to read your post but must admit that it meant nothing to me as I don't really know about hosting websites. Would you be able to provide more info. on how you actually do this and earn money from it? Is there an initial outlay to begin with in getting your own website up and running and how is it that you earn money from Google and Amazon? Sorry, but clueless I am!

  • travel_freak
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    • 8th Sep 05, 9:26 AM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 9:26 AM
    What a great idea, Martin. Thanks for posting this useful thread.
  • Oscar
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    • 8th Sep 05, 9:39 AM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 9:39 AM
    I am clueless about this too,but VERY interested!!
    • WSO
    • By WSO 8th Sep 05, 1:07 PM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 1:07 PM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 1:07 PM
    To everyone interested in owning a website, I neglected to say I own a website about owning a website... here are a few direct links to a few of my guides and articles you might be interested in (some are over several pages hence the links).

    Guide: So you want a Site? (9 article series)
    Guide: Choosing a Host (11 article series)

    As for earning money from Google and Amazon, well you will see there are "Ads by Google" and "Books of Interest" as you browse my site.

    Google Adsense automatically work out which links are suitable based on the page content and requires the least amount of work (copy and paste job).

    Using Amazon Web Services (now Amazon Ecommerce Services or something like that) is more involved but there are scripts available that allow you to set up a "store" with relative ease. My AWS is integrated into my site and I select the topics that appear beside my content... I earn from 5% to 7.5% of each sale of Amazon or 3rd party goods that goes through my site (either using my cart or a link).

    You probably could get free hosting with features that would allow you to use AWS if you are prepared to do your research (php, asp, cgi, database - depends on how you go about it)... I find it easier to pay for my host, they are reliable enough and are capable of running my strange combination of ASP with MySQL.

    I have written an article about Content on Demand which talks about the effect Amazon Web Services has had on my site.

    Hope that helps!
    The only computer error is a human one.
  • madfrenchgirl
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    • 8th Sep 05, 1:59 PM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 1:59 PM
    I am working at Morrison's on the weekends... 7.5 hours saturday and sunday, sunday being paid 1.5 times... after tax i get about 300 pounds extra a month

    but this website stuff my BF could do...

    Will sent this thread to him.
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  • paulb567
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    • 8th Sep 05, 2:09 PM
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    Get very good at one or more of the games there and keep winning.

    This currently earns me 100 - 200 a month for a few hours work.

    Probably not a good idea to do this if you can't afford to lose.
  • lellie
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    • 8th Sep 05, 3:51 PM
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    • 8th Sep 05, 3:51 PM
    I'm a student but I have a couple part time jobs and I'm a web designer.

    I work for the driving theory test centre for a few days a month which is pretty good (7.80ish an hour)..

    I also work for the libraries in manchester.. for 10.5 hrs a week..

    and I do web design in my spare time.. I design sites for small businesses, bands and individuals.. I absolutely love it and I'm trying to get experience for when I leave uni and plan to set myself up properly.
    • paulc1008
    • By paulc1008 8th Sep 05, 4:43 PM
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    I also work for the libraries in manchester.. for 10.5 hrs a week..

    Lellie - What kind of paid part-time work can one do for libraries - branch or main library? Any qualifications required?
  • The Bride

    Lellie - What kind of paid part-time work can one do for libraries - branch or main library? Any qualifications required?
    by paulc1008
    Hi, sorry for butting in! In 'my' libraries in Bedfordshire the easiest role for part-time work is a library assistant - this would be issuing/returning books, shelving etc. You can get good part-time work both at central library and branch libraries. Some library services may have a 'casual' list - where they send you to libraries as and when required.
    Most recruit through council websites, local papers, etc. Or just give them a buzz re: casual work.
    • westernpromise
    • By westernpromise 8th Sep 05, 5:08 PM
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    I fill in online surveys over lunch at my desk.

    So far this year I've collected about 200 quid in vouchers for places like Boots and Amazon. The beauty of it is that if you don't want the voucher you can usually flog it on eBay.,, and all pay out regularly - the latter less frequently. also run focus groups which pay substantially more - anything to about 200 quid for half a day of your time.
    Buying a house, if you believe the market has a way to fall, or if you are paying sill asking prices ( like some sheeple ) or if you are buying in London, is now a massive financial gamble!!!!! - June 8, 2012 by TheCountOfNowhere
    • kroome
    • By kroome 8th Sep 05, 5:15 PM
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    I am now a teacher so in my holidays I fit kitchens, laminate flooring etc, we dable at e-bay more and more, getting good at making a few quid here and there, and until recently lectured at college evening classes. It all makes a huge difference.
    • dbrooks19
    • By dbrooks19 8th Sep 05, 5:43 PM
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    I make money doing matched betting. More information can be found over on the Gambling Introductory Offer Loopholes board. It takes a bit of time to learn and understand but i find it a good way of making money in my spare time (currently about 1600 since Feb 05). Managed to pay for my Fiance's engagement ring and the rest will go towards the wedding.

    The thread to read is this:

    My only word of warning is you need to understand what to do first.

    There are plenty of helpful people over on the Gambling board and a lot more over at Rpoints.
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 8th Sep 05, 6:08 PM
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    My only word of warning is you need to understand what to do first.
    by dbrooks19
    Well that counts me out then

    I am finding this thread very interesting as I need to find some way to raise cash as I am fast running out of money. For reason that I will not go in to I don't feel that I could work in a office job due to the stress of it.

    Will keep reading.


    • beckie
    • By beckie 8th Sep 05, 7:25 PM
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    I do paid surveys, cashback/points reward sites, rate websites, product testing, mystery shopping, sell old stuff online and at car boot sales, scanning my shopping, focus groups, competitions, receiving snail mail, and i run a website all about how to earn from home and get free stuff! It was fairly easy to make (and i was a complete beginner!) I first started creating the content in word, as i didnt have or know about free website design software. I managed to get hold of frontpage and just played about with it and just copy and pasted the content over.

    Something like Frontpage is good in that you dont have to know html, it converts it all for you. Timewise, i could have cut lots of corners, but i wanted it to be, just so. So I've put in a lot of hours and it took months of work to research and create it. But i'm really pleased with it as a first attempt and others seem to think so too, which is fantastic. Especially when they go out of their way to say so. It never fails to cheer me up!
    Last edited by beckie; 22-04-2007 at 12:58 PM.
  • chris1sc
    My wife and i run our own business (which anyone can do i have to add) we put in about 9 hours per week and are currently earning around 300 per month, VERY NICE.
    • FlowerBob
    • By FlowerBob 8th Sep 05, 8:12 PM
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    If you are in a new area and don't know many people, or just typically have Friday evenings free, why not get a job in a bar? It doesn't have to be a noisy pub, there are lots of smaller cafes, restauraunts and bars that always need reliable staff for a Friday / Saturday evening and if they are short may be happy to take you for just one evening a week or even one a fortnight. Our local arts center employs staff on this basis, with occasional weekday evenings and weekend lunchtimes thrown in. It's a friendly place and although it doesn't pay a lot, every little helps - if it's enough to tip the balance between having a bit left over and not quite having enough it's worth it!
    Other things I've done are driving a nightbus (met loads of lovely people) and sticking address labels onto envelopes - this was great as you can watch the tele while you do it.
    Or you could try being an Avon representative if there's not one in your area, and meet your neighbours while you earn a few pennies.
  • chris1sc
    Or you could try being an Avon representative if there's not one in your area, and meet your neighbours while you earn a few pennies.

    We are doing a similar sort of thing, has anyone heard of Kleeneze?
  • Littlewing
    HOW CAN i???
    How do I get to rate web sites then?
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