4 ways to earn decent money from home without touching surveys or clicksites

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Looking for new ways to earn decent money online? Thanks to Jon from The Money Shed for this guest post. It’s not a sponsored post or anything, we just got chatting after I wrote my post about 43 ways to get more blog traffic, and we thought it might be useful. I’ve not tried any of these methods myself, so can’t vouch for them, but I’d be interested to know if you have or, if you do, how you get on. Enjoy!

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This is how earning money from home is usually introduced to the majority of people. They click on the magical words, expecting to learn how they can earn that sort of money from their bedroom, and are typically then introduced to one of the many MLM, (Multi level Marketing), companies out there, such as Younique / Avon / Forever Living or even worse, survey sites!

But did you know there is another way?

First let me introduce myself; my name is Jon and I’ve been earning money from home for about 10+ years. I’ve never done this full time, as I work the usual 9-5 slog in the real world, however I’ve always done things around work to earn extra money such as Focus Groups, Mystery ShoppingEarning money on Fiverr and of course the highly lucrative Matched Betting. I suppose it really started with eBay when I started selling items I was getting for cheap and turning a profit, (this was before China got eBay access obviously!) From there I went into mystery shopping, then working for text entertainment services, and I’m currently working for a web search evaluator company helping you get better results when you search.

Those have been my main earners, but I’ve always done extra work around that as well. In a given month I bring in anything from £800-£1200 a month, which may seem quite a range, but because I work full time real life does tend to get in the way and so my earnings each month vary. However, it’s always appropriate to have hobbies that make money to give you extra room for adjusting your budget or make it more flexible for any new ideas.

What I’m going to do in this post is give you the Alton Towers style FAST PASS to earning online from home. This means no MLM, no click sites and certainly no bloody surveys to fill in for £1 a time! What I am giving you here are four fantastic ways you can earn money which, if you follow, I can GUARANTEE will earn you £500+ a month. Why only four? Because we don’t want to spread ourselves too thinly here when we are just starting out.

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This is one of the simplest ways top grab some FREE MONEY out there!

For a lot of people stocks and shares can be quite a confusing thing but it doesn’t have to thanks to companies like Trading212.

They offer you a FREE SHARE worth up to £100 just by signing up and depositing £1!

That’s it! Nothing else to it!

Don’t think you will just be allocated a low value share either. Maybe you’ll get shares in the best new casino sites. I’ve had ones for Greggs worth £20, Disney at £80 and more!!

  • Sign up to Trading212
  • Deposit £1
  • The next business day you will get your free share allocation.
  • Allow the share to settle for 3 days (ie, don’t try and sell it)
  • After 3 business days sell the share for what its current value is
  • Wait 30 days for the cash to unlock
  • Withdraw the value of the sold share back to your debit card.

Curve are also currently offering an easy way to grab £5! We’ve put up a hugely detailed review all about the Curve Money Card which is designed so that you can bring all of your bank cards into one single card. Unlike those traditional plastic cards you’d be used to, the Curve Card is all controlled through an app which can be easily downloaded onto your smartphone.

From there you can add as many cards, whether they are credit or debit cards, meaning everything is in the one, easily accessible place.

Once you sign up you will get £5 for FREE put onto your Curve Card. That’s it, There’s no catch!! 

A second company offering a similar deal is Freetrade. If you still feel intimidated by stocks, consider starting investing in cryptocurrency instead.

How to apply for a Freetrade Free Share

  • Add your details
  • Deposit £1 (via Bank transfer takes an hour or two)
  • Get your Free Share (shows as a mystery share until it is revealed)
  • Wait 7-10 days for your share to be revealed

Freetrade free share

Become a Web Search Evaluator

This is without doubt the highest paid ‘off the street’ job available for you to do from home. You are paid above minimum wage per hour to help evaluate content on the web to better the results that come out from search engines. The tasks are varied and I tend to spend just 2-3 hours a day doing this kind of work. One company offering this work is Leapforce; if you wish to apply you simply fill in the application form and you will then be invited to an entrance exam after which, if you pass, you will offered a 6 month rolling contract with them. Sadly this is about as much as I can say about the job, as anyone working for them is bound by an iron clad NDA, however if you wish to apply just click here, select the UK position and away you go.

  • Earning potential per month £600+
  • Equipment needed – Laptop + smartphone

Become a Ninja/Spy

Everyone has a smartphone. Even your Gran has one – it may have giant buttons but it’s still a smartphone. Did you know there are great apps to earn money with that you can use on them? I’m talking REAL money again here, not pennies. I would say there are five main players in this field – BeMyEyeRoamlerStreetSpotrClic and Walk and Streetbees

The sort of work you would be doing is ‘real time’ mystery shopping for which you are typically paid anything from £2-£10 per task. What I mean by that is that tasks come up on the app for everything from photo checks in your local supermarket, to making sure a product is being displayed correctly, to taking photos of road signs to help companies that provide data to satnavs. All the work is well paid and takes a matter of minutes so if you can fit in a loop of tasks or maybe do some in your lunch break you can earn some good money. 

The ONLY thing I should mention here is that these apps are dynamic. They don’t control the work, the clients do, and while today there may not be anything in your postcode that could all change tomorrow as a new task comes online. So if you decide to download these apps do keep checking! To download these apps just go onto your App Store and search for them or if you want more information there you can find detailed reviews of Roamler and BeMyEye on The Money Shed Blog

NOTE : You may find when you sign up to Roamler that you need an invite. If you pop over to The Money Shed we can sort that out for you as we have a relationship with Roamler and have an ongoing invite code you can use ;)

  • Earning potential per month £100+
  • Equipment needed – Smartphone

My latest Field Agent earnings:


Some Roamler tasks:

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Become a secret Personal Shopper

Ever wondered how customer service gets better in shops? It’s with the help of mystery shopping. Compared to what I have mentioned above with those smartphone apps this is more the traditional type of mystery shopping. It is meals out that are paid for + a fee, it’s weekends away in Spain fully paid + a fee (yes I have done that as well) and much more.

As long as you are good at remembering the experience you have in whichever store/restaurant/holiday village you are sent to, (I tend to write the details on my phone at the time!), you will do fine. Usually the tasks just involve going into somewhere, acting like a normal customer and leaving. Then when you get home you write up that experience (usually takes about 20mins) and upload any photos they might have asked you to take (copy of the receipt or photo of the front of the shop).

All in all the work isn’t very taxing and it’s easy to grab a few shops at the start of the week and have your lunches paid for near enough all week. To get into this you need to be looking at signing up to companies such as Market Force, ESA and Retail Active. Especially the former as they are very good at ‘hand holding’ you through your first few assignments, which can be really good at getting you the confidence you need to do well at this.

It’s also worth mentioning one other company and that is eDigitalResearch. This is mystery shopping but done 100% online. All the shops you do are online retailers so you basically order stuff online and then answer questions about how you found the website experience. eDigitalResesarch pays VERY well for the work you are asked to do and if maybe you are stuck as home due to child care but still want to get involved with mystery shopping this is the ideal company for you.

  • Earning potential per month £100+ (as long as your sign up to work for MULTIPLE Mystery Shopping companies)
  • Equipment needed – Laptop + smartphone

Some of my eDigitalResearch earnings:

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Become an online teacher

The online education sector is continually growing. The e-learning industry is set to grow at $243 billion by 2022. This vast market presents excellent opportunities to those willing to seek it. Becoming an online teacher has lots of benefits, including flexibility in terms of timings and location, using existing skills and knowledge in an area you feel passionate about and the opportunity to learn more about other people.

One of the most important things to consider is what you want to teach. Do you want to tutor older school students and support them through GCSEs or A-levels? Or do you want to teach a range of different age brackets in a specific subject like English? 

Once you’ve got it all figured out, all you need to do is find an online tutoring software provider that works best for you. For example, there are websites that hire people to teach English online. It doesn’t matter if you are a native speaker or English is your second language, you can always find English teaching jobs on various online tutoring platforms. 

You can search the web for more platforms and websites that best fit your niche as an online teacher

  • Earning potential per week – £100+ 
  • Equipment needed – laptop + working microphone

Become someone that fixes the web!

Sick of plumbers, mechanics and joiners charging you over the odds to get stuff fixed? Well now it’s your turn to fix stuff and feel smug about it by getting paid.

Two companies out there who will pay you very well for helping to fix existing websites are WhatUsersDo and uTest. These are companies that businesses go to when they want external people to check for bugs and evaluate the user experience. WUD is more about the user interface of a website and uTest is a bit more technical.

With WhatUsersDo you get emailed when there are websites that they want evaluating. You then login to their site and follow their instructions. So it might be go to website X and go through the process or ordering a bottle of wine. There is no report writing with this, you use a microphone to describe what you are doing and feeling in real time. A typical task will take around 15 mins and pays £8 a time. There are also an increasing number of tasks that need checking on a smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android) and they pay £15 (sometime more) for 15 mins work. As there is no report writing involved you can just grab the work, do what needs to be done and get paid!

With uTest it’s slightly more technical as you are trying to find bugs within a website, so maybe a link that doesn’t work or some graphics that aren’t aligned properly on the page. You get paid per bug that you find in a cycle (which typically last a few days) but work is plentiful and you can look to bring in £200+ a month if you take part in all the cycles. As you are paid per bug you can expect it take longer to earn with this at the start than when you are getting used to it and you learn what you should be looking for on these sites.

  • Earning potential per month £100-£300 (Typically 3-6 WhatUserDo tasks a month and taking part in as many uTest cycles as you can.)
  • Equipment needed – Laptop + smartphone or tablet

So there you have it, four fantastic ways you can earn from home that don’t involve surveys, click sites or any sort of multi level marketing at all, that will bring you in over £500 a month. If you want any more info then pop over to join us at The Money Shed or check out the beginners guide to matched betting I wrote for Jo. We are the UKs largest community site for working from with over 145,000 posts and a fantastic community of over 7500+ members so all the help and support you need to finding work from home is there waiting for you! If you are after a more detailed guide to earning money from home then be sure to check out our 20 Work from home jobs for Mums and How to Get Money Fast posts over on our blog.

PS from Jo – I came across this article from WordPress too which might be handy – 25 legit ways to make money from a WordPress blog. You’re welcome! You could also check out this site: multiplestreams.org/make-money-online/

Header image – GaudiLab/shutterstock.



  1. 29 May, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Great article Jon, lots of good authentic opportunities listed here – just add motivation!

    • Lauren
      25 April, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Hi Jon, sorry but market force do not pay above minimum wage. Have been in their site for 15 years and since it’s been taken over in the noughties the pay has dropped to £2-4 an assignment. Not worth doing, coupled with tasks that require your own financial input to complete, or in other words, insufficient money towards the cost of the purchase.

      • 24 July, 2017 / 1:14 pm

        I’m very interested in finding a way to earning some decent money from the Home I have been working non stop near enough for over 15 years temping and have found myself from around the end of March 2017 out of work and unable to get another job and really skint,!! So any decent stuff I can try would be nice, I am wondering can anyone try to be “Web Search Evaluator!!” Also are there opinion writing views sites out there that pays any members to and sign up to join in and try.

  2. 29 May, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Thanks Anrola – Let’s get you earning!!!

  3. 29 May, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    This is ace! I an’y wait to get started with some of these! X

    • 29 May, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Go for it Lori!!

      If you want any more info about earning from
      Home please just pop over to our site!!!

  4. 29 May, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    I found this really interesting – especially the first idea, of COURSE this kind of job exists but it didn’t occur to me until now. Great food for thought!

    • 29 May, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Hi Alison

      Yup all these opportunity exist and a whole lot move

      I don’t do any “work online” that doesn’t pay above UK minimum wage

      Pop over to our site if you want to get stuck in and get some help finding that work from
      Home opportunities that are actually going to pay you a decent wedge for your time and will fit into your lifestyle

  5. 29 May, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    How interesting! Especially the first one, because of having a website myself.
    I’ve never done anything like any of these jobs. Though I once I used a website that you added your site details in to, and they provided you with a video of someone’s first experience on you blog. I did think at the time, I’d love to give that a go as a job!

  6. 29 May, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    If you are looking for that sort of work then check out WhatUsersDo. It’s basically reviewing websites in real time using your mic and pays £8-£25 per 20 minute task. We have a thread dedicated to it on our site (which includes a guide)

  7. 30 May, 2015 / 9:07 am

    I stumbled across The Money Shed just over a year ago and until then I thought earning online was all surveys or pre-arranged positions with the company you worked for. Jon was super helpful and landed me a position with the text entertainment service he mentioned and I was introduced to a many other things. This gave me the online confidence & experience I needed which recently netted me a temporary position with the countries biggest parenting site; my online CV just keeps growing.

    I do 3 of the 4 jobs on this list (and a pesky MLM ;) )

  8. 30 May, 2015 / 11:56 am

    This article is awesome – I am an active member of The Money Shed and over the past year,I have taken (the majority) of Jon’s advice on board and applied for most of these opportunities. I earn on average £800 a month, working around 25-30 hours a week (around my kids and other job), and have made some lovely friends from the site. When I first started trying to earn money online, I assumed it was full of scams and there was no real way of doing so. I’m happy to say I’ve been proved wrong, and I’m forever grateful for Jon and the site as it’s helped me clear loads of debt, and I’ve even managed a holiday abroad (and quite a few pairs of new shoes) :)

  9. 30 May, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Great comprehensive post! Sometimes it’s really nice having all the info in one place.

    • 31 May, 2015 / 1:32 pm

      Hi Megan

      Glad you like the post and hopefully you can use the info from it.

      Just FYI i have just posted my earnings this month from home over in the diary section of The Money Shed and I have made £950 so the money is there, ready and waiting, if you want to go and earn it!

  10. 31 May, 2015 / 8:40 am

    very interesting, and i will definitely be looking into these in more detail!

  11. 31 May, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Hi Laura

    Thanks for the kind comments about the article

    Hope you get on well when you decide to dip your toes into the methods I’ve mentioned above. If you need any help at all let me know!


  12. 31 May, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Very interesting! I work from home but the income from my blogs varies from month to month so would be great to top it up! x

    • 31 May, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Hi Jess

      Glad you liked the article – Like you say earning from blogs can vary each month however the methods to earn from home I have detailed above give you a guaranteed income of £600+ which would definitely be a bonus for you!


  13. 31 May, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    This is definitely worth knowing, hadn’t heard of these revenue streams at all. Thanks for sharing! x

    • 1 June, 2015 / 11:12 am

      Hi Kathryn

      Great to hear we have dropped some money earning knowledge on you with this article! – Hopefully it will mean some great things as you start to earn some cash working online



  14. 5 June, 2015 / 8:43 am

    What a useful post!! I’ll certainly be checking these out :)

  15. 7 September, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Brilliant advice as usual Jon, I’m a big fan of the earning apps just wish they had more jobs in my area such an easy earner, I’m eagerly awaiting my first task from edigs as well.

  16. Mia Jones
    24 June, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I am currently use Earn Honey . It gives me an opportunity to earn money from home by watching video , survey and also playing game . It is very entertaining . Go for it !

  17. 6 September, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Thanks for a great article Jon. I have completed the application on Leapforce and am waiting to hear from them. Will also check out some of the other opportunities. As a private tutor and owner of the Approved Tutors website I do have free time which could be put to better use. Another great way to earn extra money is as a private tutor. Please check out the Approved Tutors website where you can find a tutor near you for 250+ subjects or become a tutor.

  18. 25 October, 2016 / 12:44 am

    These are actually good pointers Jon! Stay at home moms and students will benefit from these tips.

  19. 16 January, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Great article and tips, currently a web designer and looking to secure extra income and this will certainly help thank you

  20. Robert Adams
    18 January, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I’ve earned quite a bit of extra money by making various ”how to” videos and posting them online. I got the idea from
    videocoursemoneykit.com I recommend giving this a try

  21. Rhoni
    13 February, 2017 / 1:02 am


    Thank you very much for this article that give me hope as I’m overdebt and my main job salary doesn’t allow me to save enough and pay back the money I owe.

    I’m struggling to register in romler as it asking for a special code,could help me get it please?

    Thank you

  22. MJK
    21 February, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    New Roamler code X2V2VQ

  23. 11 April, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    This is an amaging article about earn decent money from home without touching surveys or clicksites.

  24. Ceri mirt
    21 April, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Hi jo do you have an activation code for Roamler please?

  25. 24 April, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Thanks for this Jon. Great tips for making a bit of extra income and sounds much less stressful than the text message answer service I used to work for which paid me 30p a text… I also had fond memories of mystery shopping which was how I used to eat lunch as a poor law student many moons ago / I think I mystery shopped every pret there was in the city!

    • 27 April, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Hi Rachel

      I would hazard a guess that we have BOTH worked for the same text message service based on that rate of pay lol :)

  26. John
    26 April, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    You keep promoting The Money Shed but as far as I can see they do not provide any transparency on who is behind it, how it is funded etc. Not up to your usual disclosure standards surely?

    • Jo Middleton
      27 April, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Hi John, The Money Shed is run by a friend of mine called Jon, (who tends to jump in and answer all the questions on these posts), and he doesn’t pay me in anyway, so there’s nothing really to tell! The posts tend to be really popular and get me a lot of new visitors, which is why I’m happy to host them from time to time. I hope that helps :-)

      • John
        27 April, 2017 / 8:01 pm

        Thanks for taking the time to respond Perhaps it the lack of transparency on his site that should worry me. Keep up the good work. You often make me laugh and I enjoy your instagran photos

        • 4 May, 2017 / 8:25 pm

          Hi John

          How do you think I could improve the transparency on my site?



    • 27 April, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Hi John

      My name is Jon and I Run The Money Shed and write the articles for Jo

      I don’t pay Jo any money for it so I’m not sure there is anything to disclose :)


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    • Phil
      10 July, 2017 / 1:41 am

      Lol don’t we all. Can you imagine how popular a program that just generates money constantly without any human input would be. It’s a nice idea but I think we’re all still some way from that panacea sadly.

  28. 17 August, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Very good content site helped me a lot of congratulations on the site, the content is sensational and very enlightening, won another follower thank you !!

  29. Mark
    1 May, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Hi. Can you do this online, living abroad and not a UK expat?

  30. rita wilson
    5 August, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    how do i get started

  31. Ali
    2 November, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    How does this work

  32. Mihai Ionescu
    28 August, 2019 / 2:21 am


    This is a nice article. I have started to do job in BeMyEye and is quiet easy to do. I have earn 28£ fir 5 tasks which is not bad.

    I have a two questions

    1) How do you handle the situations when you are asked or told by the shop staff to stop taking pictures?

    2) Do anybody can help me with a code to can register in Roamler app?


    • 26 September, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Hi Mihai

      Thanks for leaving a comment

      To answer your questions

      1) You would just leave. It happens like 1 time out of 100 and over all the years I can count on one hands how many times I have been approached by security staff!

      2) You can get a Roamler Invite Code from The Money Shed forum once you get your post count up to 10! ;)


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