Every student has this problem. You’ve reached the end of your student loan, and your bank account is looking pretty thirsty at £3.74. So how can you make money without giving up too much of your time to a part-time job? Here are some great sites which can provide you with the opportunities to make some fast cash.
1. Music Magpie
Music Magpie gives you cash for all your old CDs, DVDs, games, clothes and tech. All you have to do is enter the barcode, or the brand, and they will tell you how much it’s all worth. Once you’ve uploaded all your favourite CDs onto your computer, why bother to keep them? Music Magpie will provide a free courier service to pick up your items, and give you money in return.
eBay is the world’s most well-known auction site, providing us with a platform to buy and sell our old (or new) items. If you have old clothes which don’t fit anymore, or you bought them online and forgot to send them back in time, eBay is the perfect place to auction them off. It costs a small amount to put your items up, but with the right pictures and keywords to accompany them, you’ll be receiving bids in absolutely no time.
Gumtree is used for placing free classified ads, whether you have a band available to play at events, or an old laptop you want to get rid of at a price you can set, this is perfect for making some quick cash on your own terms. You can even use it as a place to advertise your personal skill sets, so if you’re a great writer, or love developing photos, stick it on Gumtree!
Swagbucks is a great way to waste your time online. Instead of endlessly scrolling through your Facebook and Twitter feeds, you can aimlessly click ads, answer surveys, and play games, in return for Swagbucks, which you can then use to buy items on the SwagStore. This might be a fairly slow process when earning your Swagbucks, but is great for buying people’s birthday or Christmas presents when you’re strapped for cash!
InnoCentive is a website where companies crowd source solutions to their problems, in return for cash or prize incentives. This is for science and engineering boffins, and encourages innovation in the younger generation. So if you are super-clever, and think differently, then it’s always worth a try. You might be able to find new uses for recycled glass, or have a theory for NASA. If you’re bright enough, and your idea pays off, you could win thousands of pounds.
Alternatively, if you really need to buy something, but genuinely don’t have the cash; FreeCycle is a great, environmentally friendly way to get what you need, without having to pay for it.