Want to make more money in London then get a job in London fast? Failing that here are some great ways to make extra money in London while you are planning to get that dream job. Whether it’s dog walking or posing naked for artists, if you have a little spare time you need not be short of money any longer.
1) Market Research
Companies want your opinion. And you’ll get paid well for giving it. Does getting paid to talk sound good? You have two options:
Face-to-face – where you’ll meet with a small focus group and discuss certain products or services. Sometimes companies also conduct individual interviews. Either way, the pay for this type of market research is generally quite generous. Plus, there absolutely hundreds of market research companies in London meaning there are plenty of chances for you to get involved and make extra money.
Check out: Saros Research
Pay: around £50 for 1-2 hours
Online Surveys – this is the more boring option and you’ll never get the chance to meet people as you do with face-to-face market research. On the plus side, there are loads of websites which offer online surveys. So, if you have a day or two to spare, you can sign up to a few and complete many surveys. Before registering, check whether the site is legitimate (Google it) as there have been many scams.
Check Out: Valued Opinions
Pay: Varies – from Amazon vouchers to £80
2) Clinical Trials
Whilst we do not endorse taking part in clinical trials, it can be a great way to make a lot of extra money in London. Generally, taking part in clinical trials is safe as they subject to a lot of regulation. Furthermore, the medicines which are under trial usually go through extensive testing before they are considered safe for human trials. Of course, you may experience side effects as a result of taking part in medical testing – so don’t take it lightly.
Check out: London Clinical Trials
Pay: from £120 – thousands
As you can imagine, there are a plethora of companies in London that need people constantly to distribute flyers. This can be anything from handing out venue flyers to queues of people or at events. You could also distribute newspapers and magazines at tube stations or door to door. Overall, this is a great way to make extra money in London as work is generally on evenings and weekends.
Pay: Can be quite good, around £15 a hour (but you need to take in account travel costs)
4) Mystery Shopper
If you have a few hours spare you can make extra money in London by shopping. Yes, you can get paid for shopping. It’s a little like spying – so can be quite exciting. Mystery shopping involves visiting shops, restaurants and anywhere that involves customer service – all you have to do is use the service and review it. The work can involve a day shopping for designer clothes or eating a meal in restaurant.
Check out: Retail Eyes
Pay: Varies. Can be as low as £5 an hour. The advantage is that your expenses will be taken care of – so you get to shop for free.
5) Good at Maths?
You can make a decent second income looking after accounts. You don’t really need to be qualified although a Sage course (around £60) would definitely help you get more work. The best way to find work of this nature in London is on Gumtree.com
Check out: Book Keeping
6) Auction It!
You can start an eBay business pretty easy. Start by selling some of the things you have around the house that you don’t need. Then use the profits to find a product or products which you know you could sell easily on eBay. Also, consider selling on Amazon.
You could buy broken items that you could then fix and sell. Selling on eBay and Amazon is a great way to make extra money in London – but do your research first before you spend any money.
7) Dog walking
If you love animals and walking through London’s many green space, walking dogs could be a great way for you to earn extra money in London. In terms of experience, all you need is to have owned a dog at some point in your life. Also, to work as a dog walker you’ll have to go through security checks and some agencies prefer you to have your own transport. Flexibility is a must as some clients will require your services weekdays and weekends – a perfect job for someone who works part time or freelance. A note of caution, it won’t be a walk in the park (haha!); you may have to walk up to six dogs at a time.
Pay: about £15 per hour.
There’s more to life than stick-thin clothes hangers! Yeah, I went there. There are many different types of modelling. For example, you could earn extra money as an artists model – which involves you taking your clothes off (not always, but usually) for a group of artists to draw or paint. Unlike other types of modelling, with life drawing it doesn’t matter what body type you have – artists would draw anyone.
Pay: A life model would make about £7-10 an hour.
Of course, if you have the looks, a great way to earn extra money in London is by becoming a fashion model. Even if you are plus size you can still be a fashion model – many London agencies work with plus-sized models.
9) TV extras
Another great way to make extra money in London is by becoming a TV or film extra – you can make hundreds of pounds from the right job. It doesn’t matter what you look like or if you have a particular style – chances are a TV or film casting agent will need someone just like you for their production. The only down size is, as you are just supposed to stand in the background, you’ll never meet the stars.
Pay: TV and film extras can expect to make about £80 a day.
You can also find plenty of extras work on Gumtree.
10) Police line up
Yes, you can get paid for appearing in police line-ups (when you have to stand in a line and a witness to a crime picks out whom they think is the real criminal). If you have nothing to hide and have a few hours to spare at some point, go down to your local police station and register. Not all stations have ID parades and some have even kept up with 21st century and gone digital.
Pay: £10 for the first hour, £5 for every hour after that.
11) Work at an event
With many football stadiums and huge music venues such as Wembley and the O2, there are usually plenty of opportunities all year round to make extra money as an events steward.
Pay: From minimum wage.
12) Ironing, cleaning, gardening and the rest
These are tasks which busy people tend not to want to do. And there are plenty of busy people who’d rather pay someone to do their ironing, or whatever, for them. What can you do? Cleaning, gardening, baby sitting there’s always someone who is going to need you meaning ther’s always a way to make extra money in London. Post an advert on Gumtree or in your local shop. Otherwise, check out Grapevine.
Pay: Depend on what you are offering. A great way to find out how much to charge is by checking out the competition.