The top paid-for sites. No joy on the freebies? While it has a mammoth audience, eBay* charges steep fees. You can list 20 items free a month, but if the dress sells, you pay 10% of the sale price, including postage. There are also specialist bridal gown selling sites, which are especially good if you’re selling a frock by a named designer. Check out Sell My Wedding Dress (£10 for six months’ advertising) and Still White (£17, but your ad stays up till it sells). While we’ve little feedback from Money Savers who’ve sold via these, we hear good things from buyers. It’s easy to justify spending money just to wind down from a stressful day at work. However, it’s rarely a good idea. Instead of buying things you don’t need to make yourself feel better, it might be wise to find other ways to de-stress instead.
They’re shortcuts that don’t last forever—and many of the “opportunities” like network marketing giants Herbalife and others offer, often pan out to either be a scam or at the very least, damaging to your personal relationships. And I would never advocate for that. If you like learning new software or are experienced with audio editing, you can put the show together yourself. Otherwise, there are lots of services you can find that will help edit and build your show on place likes UpWork and Fiverr. No matter your employment, family status, or location, you can find the right business idea to pursue on the side. To help you get started even more, here are 42 examples of great hustles you can start today.
A number of online agencies will register your property for free, taking commission once your property is chosen for a shoot (this varies depending on the property). Sites worth a look include Lavish Locations, Amazing Space and ShootFactory. See the film set forum thread for more suggestions and feedback. Never use any that charge a large upfront fee, and check if there are any other fees involved before agreeing to anything. How much? It varies widely, but if your property’s chosen, as a rough guide you can expect from £500 to £2,000 a day. And you get to brag about it. Don’t bank on being selected though; there are many more properties than film crews. What kind of home do you need? Living within the M25 boosts your chances, as does unrestricted parking nearby. Crews also prefer bigger rooms with plenty of natural light. A state-of-the-art kitchen might net bookings for cookbook or lifestyle magazine shoots. Will this affect my home insurance? Most agencies have their own insurance for breakages, however renting out part of your property for business purposes without telling your insurer could invalidate your home cover. Tell it first if a film crew’s about to rock up. Do I pay tax on my earnings? You’ll have to declare you earnings so it depends on your circumstances. See A tip on tax below. Find out more: Join the discussion, read other MoneySavers’ top suggestions or add your own in the Rent your house as a film location discussion.
Bag a Christmas job There are more likely to be temporary vacancies around the Christmas period in certain sectors. Check out Gumtree and Gov.uk’s Universal Jobmatch. Check which retailers are looking for extra staff to cope with the extra Christmas shoppers. Print out multiple copies of your CV, and then do a mail-drop on your local high street. Ask catering agencies, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars. Festive parties may mean more jobs. Also, Royal Mail is currently advertising for Christmas casuals. How much? Varies by sector. Find out more: Join the discussion, read other MoneySavers’ top suggestions or add your own in the Christmas jobs discussion. Disgustingly, if you’ve switched energy firm in the last six years and were in credit, some providers operated a ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ policy. That’s mostly changed now, but if you didn’t get your money, even if it was years ago, you can still ask. It only takes a minute or two – see the Reclaim Old Energy Credit Back guide. Many get £100s.
In 2014, Caitlin Pyle made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreader…part time. When she wasn’t working, she even had time to go on several fun vacations. After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same thing, so she started up Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for one of her free workshops to learn more about making money as a proofreader. Now we all know Santa’s toy workshop can get pretty hectic as Christmas draws near, so sometimes he needs a little help at the grottos you see at shopping centres and festivals around the UK. You can make extra money by filling in for Father Christmas or an elf in a grotto – and as a bonus, you get to put smiles on kids’ faces too. What positions are available? The main roles you’re likely to see advertised are Father Christmas, elf/helper and grotto manager – and while peak demand is in the couple of weeks before Christmas, some grottos open in early November.
What are the requirements? A big white beard is not strictly necessary, and your red Santa suit should be supplied to you (though you may have to pay a refundable deposit). Most grotto operators don’t require applicants to have any previous Father Christmas-ing experience – you simply have to show you’re confident, energetic, enthusiastic and good with people in an interview. However, some do ask for experience in acting or children’s entertainment. You’ll almost certainly need to have a criminal record check if you don’t already have a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. If so, the grotto operator should supply you with an application form and pay for your check – you’ll need to give your full name, address, place of birth and passport or driving licence number.
Where are these jobs advertised? Great Grottos is one of the biggest operators in the UK, offering over 700 positions in 60 locations – mainly shopping centres and garden centres – across England, Scotland and Wales. It allows you to work the hours you want to work between 3 November and 24 December, provides paid training, pays grotto managers a bonus and offers them the opportunity to be a regional manager the following season. Similar jobs are also advertised by shops such as Hamleys, resorts such as Chessington World of Adventures and event organisers such as LaplandUK on job websites including Indeed and Monster. But it’s also worth trying supermarkets, shopping centres and garden centres near you as they may be advertising. How much? Great Grottos pays elves between minimum wage and £8/hour, grotto managers £8-£11/hour plus a bonus that’s accrued hourly and paid on completion of contract, and Santas £9-£12/hour. Payday is every two weeks. Rates differ by employer though – the National Trust pays Santas £8.50/hour and Center Parcs £8/hour.