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    • Daisydoop
    • By Daisydoop 2nd Jan 15, 8:32 PM
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    Daisydoop
    How much does everyone bring in from home?
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    • 2nd Jan 15, 8:32 PM
    How much does everyone bring in from home? 2nd Jan 15 at 8:32 PM
    Hi sorry if this has been covered before, MSE is very new to me still, well money saving in general is new to me! But I've had my light bulb moment and 2015 is bringing a new me!

    Just wondering how everyone boosts their income and roughly by how much? How long would you say you spend earning at home?

    Hope that's not too personal, I'm sure a lot of newbies could gain insight from the people who know what they're doing and in turn know what they're talking about?

    Thanks in advance
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    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 30th Oct 17, 7:09 PM
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    Working part time away from home and need a second income urgently, please help.
    Hi, I work 30 hours about 70 miles from where I live, simply because there's no work doing what I do in my town. The thing is that I have to pay £30 for an open train ticket then £70 for 2 nights in a B&B, which is £400 per month out of a 30 hour wage just so I can work. So I really need a second income, preferably working from home (but not necessarily), but have no idea what to do? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks
    • mikep22
    • By mikep22 30th Oct 17, 7:24 PM
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    But only you know what you can do, how much extra you need to earn in order to be comfortable. There are many different ways to make money in your spare time, but its not really a question anyone can answer.

    But there is lots of information about what you could do on here - which you should read and come to your own decisions.

    I guess you will also need to decide if this job is really worth it, given the outlay you are making on travel. If your town is big enough, there will always be openings.
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    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 30th Oct 17, 8:13 PM
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    MartieF
    Second income urgently required!
    Hi, I work 30 hours about 70 miles from where I live, simply because there's no work doing what I do in my town. The thing is that I have to pay £30 for an open train ticket then £70 for 2 nights in a B&B, which is £400 per month out of a 30 hour wage just so I can work, which is leaving me very little for anything other than bills (and I'm not even sure I'm going to be able to cover all of them!). So I really need a second income, preferably working from home (but not necessarily), but have no idea what to do? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks
    • schtee
    • By schtee 30th Oct 17, 9:33 PM
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    Would you be much/any worse off taking a different job closer to home? Spending £400 a month is an awful lot of money just to do whatever it is you do.
    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 30th Oct 17, 9:51 PM
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    I know, and I appreciate your thoughts, but honestly, without getting into details (only because there's no need, and my work is all above board etc.) there are zero job opportunities in my town and I have to go where the opportunities are, even if it costs me for now.
    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 30th Oct 17, 11:04 PM
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    Is there some reason why you can't move? Having lived in a dead end, rural place for 18 months with no opportunities and most people commuting a similar distance every day. I have to wonder why they continue to do that commute. I simply moved to where the work is, I now spend next to nothing on fuel and have gained an hour and half of me-time every single working day.
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    • romanovski
    • By romanovski 31st Oct 17, 8:34 AM
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    you will see immediate returns doing matched betting and survey sites, of which prolific is king.

    realistically, don't expect to be earning more than £100-£150 a month, depending on how much effort you can put into both activities.

    Beyond that, you could look at medical trials

    Switching bank accounts

    selling things on ebay...

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/make-money-online
    • fraserbooks
    • By fraserbooks 31st Oct 17, 9:25 AM
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    If you have a lot of free time you could also try mystery shopping. You won't make much but it might help a bit. If you look at the make £2017 thread you will get an idea of how much people get from various activities.
    • dave2319
    • By dave2319 31st Oct 17, 9:32 AM
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    Hello Martie.

    Did you look at this section on cheap train tickets? Especially to see if you can split your tickets.
    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-train-tickets
    • LuxuryWoman
    • By LuxuryWoman 31st Oct 17, 12:14 PM
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    Hi,
    In your hometown do you rent? or live with parents or own a home? If by chance you own I would take a lodger.
    I wonder if it would be cheaper for you to try to find 2 nights a week regular lodgings, I used to have a 3 night a week lodger myself - perhaps a colleague would be glad of an extra £40/50 a week which lowers your expenses a little? Otherwise go to spareroom.com.

    If you work 30 hours and need two nights I assume that's long shift work? Could you maybe drive a cab at weekends? Does your work involve a skill you could utilise on the side? Weekend care work? Bar work?

    If you give us an idea of your skills it may be easier to give more advice, sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can see things better.
    • droopsnoot
    • By droopsnoot 31st Oct 17, 12:15 PM
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    Hi, I work 30 hours about 70 miles from where I live, simply because there's no work doing what I do in my town.
    Originally posted by MartieF
    The easy, glib answer is to either (a) do something else, so you can do it in your town, possibly for more hours or a better rate, or (b) move to another town where the work is more easily available. But of course it is not that simple in the real world.

    So as @mikep22 said above, you first need to have a read around on here at the various ways that people are making extra money, and figure out which of those might be suitable for you, and go from there. While you're at it, also read up on the various scams that are targeting people in your situation, those "buy my £30 eBook and learn how do to xxx to triple your income", that kind of stuff, and make sure you don't fall for them. If you're working 30 hours a week, could you get a part-time job in your town that might just bring in a bit extra while you search for something else?
    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 31st Oct 17, 8:04 PM
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    Sorry,am really confused! I've no idea how my post ended up on this thread as I thought I'd started a new one!?

    Anyway, the work I do is not an option in the town I work so I really do have to travel, or take a job locally that really doesn't utilise my skills/knowledge etc., even thought I live in a big town etc.

    I will follow the suggestions and do some more research etc. Thanks
    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 31st Oct 17, 8:09 PM
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    Yes, it's now worth me moving because I totally love where I live (in a rural part of a big town) and am on a 2 year fixed contract and the type of work I do is quite specialist and I never know where the opportunities are going to be (which is frustrating as hell and I almost wish I did something else but I'm 50 and it's what I know etc.) Also, my kids live close by and I don't want to be too far away from them. Just need to keep exploring options etc. Thanks
    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 31st Oct 17, 8:15 PM
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    MartieF
    I rent where I live and don't want to share with anyone where I work (I guess I'm just one of those 'private' types). I do a day from home and 3 days away so the 30 hours are doable. Also, the job and area where I work are fantastic and it's an opportunity I simply couldn't turn down. It's just that it's only 30 hrs and it costs me, which, to be honest, I'm seeing as an investment.

    I just need to boost my income somehow bit have had some excellent suggestions on here
    • MartieF
    • By MartieF 31st Oct 17, 8:25 PM
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    MartieF
    Hi, the thing is that I love what I do but simply have to go where the work is so am kind of happy with the situation (is all a bit of an adventure to be honest!) And it's just not worth me moving, mainly because I love my home and have settled there after much upheaval a few years ago (divorce). And thanks for the other tips.
    I guess the other difficulty I have is that if I work at weekends I won't get to see my kids so a trick situation.
    I'm going to have to have a really good look at how others supplement their incomes and see what I can come up with
    • arthurcollins
    • By arthurcollins 21st Jan 18, 11:49 AM
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    Is starting a website a good way to boost income
    It is quite costly, and there is no guarantees that a website will be successful and get viewers. But I like the idea of focusing on something I like and being able to work my own hours.

    Any website owners here want to give their thoughts?
    • soolin
    • By soolin 21st Jan 18, 1:48 PM
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    soolin
    It is quite costly, and there is no guarantees that a website will be successful and get viewers. But I like the idea of focusing on something I like and being able to work my own hours.

    Any website owners here want to give their thoughts?
    Originally posted by arthurcollins
    What exactly would your website be for, no one can really say how successful something is likely to be unless they have a rough idea who it is aimed at and what revenue stream you envisage.

    Are you selling something, getting people to sign up for something ?
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 21st Jan 18, 1:53 PM
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    The fact is - to get those viewers you'll have to do a lot of self promotion, or know somebody who has a huge following that "shares" what you write.

    The trouble is that you have in your mind what you want to do (sit and write something about X), but you can easily find that you're actually piggy backing on a fad/fashion because that boosts your readership/income.

    eg let's say you like making dresses to wear for yourself .... so you write each one up. Then, one day, you suddenly get a lot of traffic and realise that it's come because you mentioned Amazon Rain Forest Gossamer Thread in making swan shaped head scarves ..... trouble is, you mentioned it once ... and you have no access to it and it costs £100/metre to buy. But you have viewers. So now you're "stuck" - do you go back to 10 views/day whittering about your dresses.... or do you write specifically to tap into that special thread trend, making a gazillion swan shaped head scarves with the expensive thread to keep getting the 5,000 views/day?

    The tail wags the dog.....
    • Startup1985
    • By Startup1985 24th Jan 18, 8:44 PM
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    If by website you mean blog then you need to work out what your an expert at. You then need to be able to write, write and then write some more about your chosen subject. Things take time to grow and you have to think about it as more of an investment that may or may not pay off in the future.
    I have several blogs and my newest one is about matched betting, something I have honed as a skill and can write about. I monetise with affiliate links and have covered the next few years costs three fold within 4 months, so the money and potential is there if you have the time and motivation. Good luck if you decide to try it
    • GJNA
    • By GJNA 23rd Mar 18, 2:30 PM
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    GJNA
    Up my income online
    I'm hoping some of you experts can give me some ideas or point me in the right direction.

    I'm desperately trying to clear my debts and have been on a DMP for 8 years now. I feel like I'm getting nowhere. I've actually got myself into more of a mess with my rent and my next call is to my DMP company to see what I can do from that end to help with the rent arrears I need to now pay - all came about because of an overpayment in housing benefit which was my fault. I thought it went on the same basis as tax credit and was based on income from the year before and by the time I realised and told them about my change in income it meant I'd been overpaid by just over £500.

    I'm self employed and in my 3rd year of trading so still early days that way in terms of me upping that income.

    I've been looking at ways to increase my income online as I have children and need to be around for them. I am doing swagbucks which I like and I am getting £5 every couple of weeks from that. I've also signed up to Pinecone and got £3 here and there but I feel that there surveys are few and far between.

    Are there any brilliant ones that are quicker or even apps that I can use that are good to make a little bit extra each week? Or any online working that anyone knows of that is flexible? I would consider anything at this point just so that I can get rid of this debt as I'm so worried about it.

    I'd be so grateful for any advice or opinions on what works well.
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