With many restrictions now being lifted, the last few months of lockdown might have tempted you into a summer splurge ? whether you want to party or shop until you drop.
But the pandemic has also hit hard, with unemployment on the rise and several industries still facing uncertain futures.
Whether you’ve been affected by this, or you’re fortunate to have remained in work in recent times, it can never hurt to put a bit of extra cash in your pocket.
Here we’ll look at a few easy ways to get some cash on the side and get more out of your summer.
Get paid for stuff you don’t need
Have you got boxes of unwanted items clogging up your cupboards or attic? Maybe a collection of old tech that you don’t need any more?
You might be surprised at how much these things could be worth. Whether you’re selling on eBay or social media, you might find people are willing to part with a pretty penny for things that you no longer have a use for.
If you’ve got a few old mobile phones lying around after several upgrades, why not see how much they could be worth.
There are even price comparison sites out there for phone recyclers now, so you will always know where the best deal is.
Arts and crafts
If lockdown got your creative juices flowing, you might be able to keep up the passion and make some cash at the same time!
Homemade arts and crafts will always be popular among people looking for gifts and treats for themselves.
Etsy is jam-packed full of creative types just like you who are able to turn their creative talents into a bit of extra cash.
If you’re investing in materials and equipment, be sure to check your financial situation first.
Get a new gig
The gig economy has remained in full effect through recent months, with takeaway food and transport ensuring that people in this sector have been kept busy.
You could sign up to be a driver with Uber, or take on a delivery role with the likes of Deliveroo or Uber Eats.
The latter could even help you get back in shape after lockdown if you’re out on your bike regularly.
Leverage your skills
Could you top up your monthly earnings by taking your talents elsewhere?
Don’t forget, it’s crucial that you check with your employer first that they are happy for you to work for yourself or another company.
Tutoring over video calls, lending graphic design expertise to up-and-coming businesses, or offering your snappy CV-writing skills to people looking to get a new job – there are so many ways that you could turn your everyday skills into more cash.
If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, you could really clean up!
Do you live near a particularly affluent area? Offering your services cleaning cars or people’s houses could be a quick financial fix.
Putting the work in and offering clients great results could lead to more custom through word of mouth.
Who knows, you could even be sitting on a cleaning empire before you know it!