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Ten Ways to Make Money from Your Computer

By: Kevin Dowling BA (IMC) - Updated: 7 Aug 2013 | comments*Discuss
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Looking for ways to earn money, without having to leave your house, or even move away from your computer keyboard? Follow our top ten tips on how to make money from your computer.

Tip 1: Get Paid for Surfing

If you surf the internet regularly, why not get paid for doing so? Companies such as Yahoo pay people to surf, to help them determine their browsing habits and to identify new ways of improving web-search services.

You get paid for each search you conduct and you can choose to receive your payment either through Paypal or via a bank transfer. The amount you earn will start off quite small, although if you recommend friends to become members you will also earn commission on whatever searches they conduct.

Tip 2: Become a Trivia Texter

If you count yourself as a bit of a brainbox and you are good at internet research, then you could earn money by becoming a text question responder. Questions can range from the simple (Who won the football World Cup in 1938? Answer: Italy) to the not-so-simple (When will the Recession end? Answer: Whenever the economy starts to grow again).

The hours are flexible and the only job specifications are that you demonstrate a good general knowledge and you are quick at working on the web. You could up as much as £10 an hour.

Tip 3: Online Surveys

Increasing numbers of companies are paying people to participate in user surveys as a quicker and relatively cheap way of getting customer feedback. Beware though that not all internet surveys are genuine, so only choose reputable survey companies such as Ciao and Value Opinions, which can pay between £1 and £5 for each survey completed.

Tip 4: Make Money from your old Mobile

Most of us have at least one old mobile phone hidden away in the back of a drawer - for emergencies - even if we also have mobile phone replacement insurance. Send your phone to a recycling company such as Mopay or envirofone and you could receive a cheque for anything between £25 and £200, depending on the model.

Tip 5: Get Complaining!

The art of making a good complaint is something not so well in this country, which is probably why customer service is so poor! However, if you know how to make a complaint effectively, by writing a reasoned and balanced email or letter requesting financial compensation you can actually make money through it.

If you have suffered poor or unsatisfactory service, you should write to a company's customer complaints department and also write to the company's chief executive. If you don't get the answer you were hoping for, keep writing and you may be given a compromise payment. What have you got to lose?

Tip 6: Become a Social Networker

If you are already a fan of social networking sites such as facebook or myspace, then why not join Yuwie and get paid for doing the same thing? Yuwie lets you create a profile, write a blog and also upload videos and photos. The difference is that the more friends visit your pages, the more money you stand to receive through advertising revenue. If you have lots of social networking friends you stand to earn even more.

Tip 7: Sell your Photos

If you are a bit of an amateur photographer, you might be able to make money by selling your photographs via an online photo agency. Simply send in your photos to agencies such as iStockphoto or Fotolia and, if they like them, they will add them to their portfolio.

If anyone buys your photo you receive a commission. If your work is popular you could end up getting paid regular commission for years to come.

Tip 8: Sell Ad Space on your Blog

If you have a blog and plenty to say for yourself, then selling ad space could become a tidy little earner. The fastest way to earn money is to link to Google Adsense which will direct traffic to your blog. You will earn commission everytime one of your blog readers clicks on the ads.

Tip 9: Rent out your Belongings

eBay is the most popular way of buying and selling personal items, but what if you would prefer to rent your items for a period and then get them back? That way you can keep making money on your stuff over and over again. Look at websites such as rentnotbuy.co.uk who will let you advertise anything from a DVD player to a baby buggy.

Tip 10: Cashback!

Even during a recession people still need to buy things, from clothing to home and contents insurance to electrical goods and groceries. Many websites are now offering customers cashback incentives to persuade you to shop via them. Simply sign up to sites such as cashbackshopper.co.uk or ecashback.co.uk and you will be able to obtain cashback and discounts from hundreds of major name retailers such as HMV, Tesco, BT and Aviva. You can even earn cash as a reward for signing up.

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