Jon from The Money Shed has written quite a few posts for me. He’s written this one about matched betting, and another about different ways to make money online, working from home. I let him because, quite frankly, they get me a lot of traffic, plus they are actually useful if you want to earn some extra cash. Plus he hassles me until I do.
This is Jon:
I tried to get him to take a picture with his dog – ‘people trust people with dogs’ – but you’ve just got his face. Still, he looks fairly normal doesn’t he?
Jon is trying to let more people know about his website and forum – The Money Shed – and so I said he could come and tell me all about it. Please make him welcome.
Hi Jon, can you tell us a little bit about yourself first please?
Jo – I can’t think of anything cool or witty to come up with here. I’m 35, Live in Leeds, work in ICT full time and run The Money Shed, which is the UK’s largest community website dedicated to earning money from home. I do a LOT of fitness related stuff, I have a season ticket for Leeds Rhinos, I’m married, and have a cocker spaniel. In the last 12 months I’ve had 2 trips to Florida, a new car, and we’ve just paid for a new conservatory ALL PAID FOR WITH MONEY EARNED ONLINE!!!
I’m sure you can turn that into something witty and funny. ‘Jon’s always posting photos on twitter of his latest expensive purchases to help motivate people’ etc…
And what circumstances conspired to see you set up The Money Shed?
I had been doing ‘earning from home’ related stuff for the last 10 years and already helped out quite a few people when they approached me wanting to find out how to earn money from home. (A decent amount, not just surveys for 50p etc). I enjoyed helping people improve their lives financially so it was just a case of finding the right platform to do that. In the first few months The Money Shed was actually just a blog but I soon realised I wanted a platform where people could feed back to not only myself but to other people in a similar boat about how they were doing when it comes to earning money from home. After all, what better recommendation is there after all apart from word of mouth?
It was because of that ‘light bulb moment’ that I decided to turn TMS into a forum first with a blog that runs alongside it second and it was then that things starting to ramp up. Suddenly there was a platform that didn’t exist before, where companies that offered ‘working from home’ opportunities were able to come and talk to our community and offer work and nearly three years later I have a forum with over 82,000 posts on it from our community all helping keep each other motivated and a fantastic blog that gets updated every week as well!
What are the main aims of The Money Shed?
Helping people, helping people and again helping people
Well the tagline for The Money Shed has always been Earn Money, Save Money, Share Ideas and those values still hold true three years on! We’re a website you can come to when you need to find that extra bit of money each month or if you want to check if a company is reputable or not. That whole ‘Share Ideas’ part is a huge factor in what we do as everyone gets exposed to opportunities they may not have even known existed because of it!
Basically people come to us needing to earn some extra money for whatever reason and we never judge and and only ever help!
What’s the most popular content on the site?
It would have to be the ‘Monthly Challenge Thread’. Each month a thread gets created by one of the mods on the site and our community set themselves a target for how much they want to earn from home that month. Then throughout the month everyone posts regular updates with how they are doing and helps keep each other motivated. It works really well and most months the people who enter the challenge bring in over £20,000 for the month. On top of that I also give away 3 random CASH PRIZES to people who have been posting as a ‘well done and thanks for taking part’ gift.
If a new member comes to you, asking for ideas for ways to make money from home, what do you suggest first?
First advice they always get from me is to take a look at The Money Shed Earning Online Toolkit – It’s an easy to follow guide in regards to earning extra money from home that can earn you £700-£1000+ a month without any trouble.
I know that you make quite a lot of money from matched betting – can you give us a very brief overview of what that involves? Is it essentially gambling?
It is NOT GAMBLING!! It doesn’t involve any RISK!
So RISK FREE Matched Betting is basically where you take advantage of all the free bets that you see bookies offer all the time – ‘Bet £10 get a £30 free bet’ etc. Using MATHS and some very clever calculator we can earn money from all these offers RISK FREE and we do this again and again and again. Best of all the money is TAX FREE as you don’t pay tax on winnings. I do it each month, and easily make around £1000 TAX FREE from Matched Betting alone!
I’ve actually written a fantastically easy to follow Beginners Guide on how to do Matched Betting for this very site which you can read here.
Do you have users come back to share their success stories? Do you have any proud moments you’d like to share?
Just a few ;) How about these quotes from our user base!! (Jo! – Just choose a few which sound shit hot!) [I left that bit in on purpose.]
TMS has given me multiple ways to make money from the comfort of my own home. Having just moved into a new house and getting our new dog we knew we would need a bit extra each month and I can now earn that without having to commute and I can be flexible about choosing when I work and what I want to work on. Being part of an online earning community is very motivational, supportive and opens up a world of earning opportunities I wasn’t aware of before.
When my husband got ill I had to step up and find higher paying work, and thanks to opportunities and support found on TMS I am now able to be the main bread-winner, working 100% from home. It has given me the luxury of working from home, and means my husband can now work part time and look after his health better. It really has changed my life!
When I decided to leave work to stay at home with the little ones I knew I had to find a way to contribute to the household income, I did the usual things like surveys, selling things from around the house and looking for ways to save money, earlier this year I found The Money Shed and realised how clueless I actually was to the potential to earn money online. Since I joined the forum I’ve earned enough to pay for Christmas 2015 and also managed to pay some extra cash off my debts. The support, motivation and inspiration from the forum members and the owner of The Money Shed has been invaluable !
What is it do you think that keeps the community so loyal on the forum?
I could say it’s the sheer amount of MY MONEY that I give away to them in contests each month. Apart from the monthly challenge where money is always given away we’ve had some great sweepstakes over the years around the Grand National, National football tournaments and anything else in-between that came up! I’ve literally given away hundreds and hundreds of pounds while The Money Shed has been open! For one month I was literally giving away £5/£10/£15 to new members on the forum who joined in and hit a certain number of posts.
In reality it more than likely isn’t that and really it’s more to do with the culture of the community you find on The Money Shed. Everyone is VERY welcoming and we have very knowledgable people who all help each other out and motivate each other to earn more and more money from home each month! Everyone likes to see everyone else doing well and it’s a very positive and infectious community to be around!
It doesn’t matter if you want to get into blogging, mystery shopping, matched betting or user testing. We will show you how to get going with it and how to earn the most from it!
Find out more at The Money Shed.