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Are you looking to make a little extra income without having to put in lots of effort or time? I have done so much research over the years on the best methods to use. I have read so many websites that claim they have found ways to make money but when you actually implement their ideas, you never get anywhere. A lot of methods just take too long, So I have put together my own post on ways to make money online without paying anything!
I am currently writing this in May 2020, so this income has arisen over the last 4 months (Jan – April). I will show you the break down of the different easy methods I used. So my overall total was: £291.65.
So a little disclaimer, this money can come in the form of gift cards, not all of it goes straight into my bank account.
ways to make money online without paying anything: Overview
- Trading 212
- HuYu app
- The Opinion Panel
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The first method and the method I have been using for the longest is PanelBase. This is a survey website. Now I know what you’re thinking. I bet you have tried a survey website at some point to try and make some extra cash but you just don’t really get anywhere. A lot of survey websites just don’t offer enough surveys to make any money from it.
Panelbase is by far the best survey website I have ever used to make money. There are constantly surveys to be filling in and they are offered at a reasonable price.
Occasionally, they offer you a sort of a survey that you fill in over a period of time. For example, I was offered a survey where I was sent a product and I had to try these new sweeties and offer my feedback in exchange for £15. So as you can guess I was beyond happy to accept that offer.
As you can see below, I was offered an ‘app download’ survey for £25 where they wanted me to download and test an app for them.
So I normally do the surveys that last 3 – 15 minutes and I normally just leave the ones longer than 15 minutes purely because I don’t have the time span to be filling it in for that long. I do my surveys in the evening when I am just relaxing watching TV. So they don’t take up an extra time out my my day.
As you can see below, my overall survey rewards is: £141.75. I have already taken out £82.55 which is now in my bank account. When you withdraw your money you are offered the chance to give it to charity, take it out as a voucher
Trading 212 is a website/ app where you can invest your money and try and make a profit from it. As I am far from the best person to take about shares with, I thought i would go through how I use Trading 212 to make my money without investing hundreds.
So, my overall balance with Trading 212 is £114.22. Now I have to mention that I can withdraw this balance at any point and the money will go straight into my bank account. Or I could leave the money in and see if the price of my shares increases. By doing this I am also risking the fact my share could go down.
How I make my money with trading 212:
So because I actually have no idea which are the best shares to invest in, I don’t put my money into the app, I use the ‘get free shares’ option. I have invested £1 into the app as that is what you have to do for the free share option to work.
So I simply give my link to my friends and family who create an account and invested £1 into a cheap share.
I BELIEVE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAVE TO INVEST IN A SHARE FOR THE FREE SHARE TO WORK!
- Sister joined through my link so I acquired my Uber share worth £29.37.
- Dad joined through my link so I acquired my National grid share worth £9.24.
- When my mum joined I acquired my Starbucks share worth £63.04.
- When my boyfriend joined I acquired my BooHoo share worth £7.61.
As you can see, the free share can be worth any value up to £100!
So after time, I thought I would invest a little more money so I bought Enquest and Lloyds which were fairly cheap. So I put in £5 and I now have £114.
Do you want to get a free stock share worth up to £100?
Create a Trading 212 Invest account right now to get started using this link www.trading212.com/invite/FMA3STya and we both get a free share!
As a little extra, if you are really into buying and selling shares then you can download the chrome extension where you can easily see how your shares are doing.
I honestly think this is my favourite ways to make money online without paying anything because I put in no effort at all. So I recommend this method as you can easily rack up some money just from your friends and family signing up.
Qmee is a google Chrome exstention that rewards you money for searching things in google.
IT IS THAT SIMPLE!
I have only made a fiver from it so far, but it is money I didnt have before so I am happy.
“Earn real cash when you search, shop & take surveys with Qmee. Get cash rewards for shopping online & sharing your opinion. No minimum cashout. Daily surveys. Get deals online today. Earn cash today”Qmee
So is this is the side bar that will pop up when you google something. It normally shows related content so here I googled Tesco M&Ms. All you have to do to get the 5p is to click on the link. You don’t even have to stay on the link if it is not what were were looking for.
The good thing about Qmee is they also offer surveys, (I personally have never taken part in the surveys for no reason other than I actually forgot they did them until I wrote this post!)
So in actual fact, I could have made more money with Qmee if I had taken part in the surveys.
So I have currently made £5 from HuYu. It is an app where you can scan your food shopping receipts. Each receipt equals £0.05. You can also answer questionnaires for are about 2 minutes long and work out at about £0.15 so the pennies add up. It’s such a simple way to spend very little time on making money.
As you can see I am working towards my second £5 voucher.
HuYu offer you a £5 voucher or gift card when you reach the milestone. They offer vouchers for hundreds of places so you are bound to find a place to spend your £5. These are just some of the rewards:
The Opinion Panel
So I left this one till last because you have to meet certain requirements to be able to join the Opinion Panel. I believe they are looking for students.
My total income so far from the opinion panel was £25 in the form of a gift card.
As you can see below, you have to work up toward each £25. So I am currently only 850 points away from my next £25 voucher.
I do have to say that the surveys are less frequent than Panel base, but nevertheless, I have been able to successfully make gain 2500 points which mean I received a £25 voucher.
Most surveys are around 50 – 200 points depending on the time they take to complete.
You can gain points through completing surveys, joining in with focus groups ( which I have yet to do) and they offer product testing ( my favourite way to make money!)
The gift voucher you receive offers a tonne of rewards. I used my in Wilkos but you can use yours in Amazon, Sports Direct and so much more!
“Hi, we’re Sweatcoin. We want a healthier you on a healthier planet. We achieve this by converting your steps into a currency to spend on cool products and service”Sweatcoin
Sweatcoin is an app on your phone whihc connects to the health app that tracks your steps so that you can get paid ‘sweatcoins for your steps’.
So 20 sweatcoins is $1. You can make 1 sweatcoin for every 1000 steps. You can also make more sweatcoins by inviting your friends and receiving bonuses.
I have only recently found out about Sweatcoin so I have no results from it yet but I really think it looks promising so I will be sure to update this when I get results!
I have a link that you can use to join here!
So that show I have made £291.65 without really doing anything. There are so many tricks to making money online you just have to find them. Some of these methods might not work for you the way they have done for me. However, you may even be able to make even more money than I have done if you use the websites and apps more efficiently.
If you know of any other ways to make money online without paying anything please do let me know! I am very interested!
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Great post! Thank you for sharing this! It is very useful!
I’ve spent plenty of time searching for ways too make a few extra pounds 😃 Qmee is one i use that is pretty good. I’ll have to check out the other 4.
Such an easy way to make money!
Kate. (@thelittlecrunch) says
Really useful advice, thanks Amber. I hadn’t heard of many of these websites before so it’s definitely been interesting to see what they offer. I’m usually quite sceptical about this sort of thing, but Panelbase in particular sounds interesting.
Kate | thelittlecrunch.co.co.uk
Honestly it’s so worth it! I did a survey this morning that was £25 for 50 minutes it was so worth my time for that amount of money!
This was so helpful, thank you! Panelbase sounds so good – I’ve tried out survey sites before and never got anywhere but will definitely try this one at some point.
– charlotte / https://charlottesspace.com
Yess I was the same I tried so many survey sites and got nothing out of them!
This was so insightful. I’ve also made a few dollars on the site from doing surveys and they’re really interesting but signing up for Qmee straight away. Getting paid browsing the internet? Sign me up!!
I know! It’s such a great way to do nothing and make money!
This is such a great post Amber I really enjoyed reading it! I am trying to save up to start my own business so some extra income would be great I’m excited to try these ideas out! Thanks so much!
That’s a great post, thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely try some of that, always useful to have some money on the side xx
Yess! Anyway to make a bit of extra money without having to put the work in is worth it!
Natasha Evans says
I use trading 212 and Qmee and love them! I’m going to be checking out the survey ones too.
Tash – http://www.agirlwithview.co.uk
Jenny in Neverland says
Thanks for this! I love survey sites and have had a fair few payouts from YouGov and Prolific in the past so I’ll definitely be signing up for this one! I also use Trading 212 but I’m not 100% clued up on it! Also going to download Qmee!
I will definitely look into the surveys! Thank you for sharing always after ideas on how to make more cash!
Britt | Shed Happens (@ShedHappenscmty) says
This was really interesting to read. I’ve heard of a lot of people trying surveys however the response has been mixed – a lot of sites pay pennies, so you’re putting far too much time into it for little pay out. However, it looks there are some credible options!
Yess! I have literally tried every survey sites and some were completely useless but with Panelbase I have almost made £200 while watching telly. It’s just a no brainer really!
These are some great ideas! I haven’t heard of these before! Thank you for sharing these ways to make money
My mind is blown! I am missing a trick here! The trading app certainly caught my attention and curiousity!
Honestly, I know nothing about shares and trading but its such an easy way to gain a free share and it’s so exciting seeing the price of it go up!
These are great ideas! I’ve tried surveys before, but they usually take forever! I’m going to look into panelbase and give it a try! Thank you for sharing, girl.
Much love always,
GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com
Trading is a great way to earn money, my dad does that in his free time. I feel gift cards are good sources rather than transferring money in your account, because tax can be imposed on the amount that we have earned. Thank you for sharing this post!
These are great ideals for some extra income! Thanks for sharing
Thank you for reading!
Pragati Mahapatra says
Woah, this is a really insightful post! Thank you!
Thank you for reading!
Loved it Amber.Keep killing it.
Great ideas. I’m going to check out Panelbase – looks so easy whilst I have some time on my hands!
Thanks for sharing, Helen x
Two Tickets To says
Great tips, I tried some panel websites years ago but could never find a good one – will need to check out these recommendations! Thank you for sharing!
Mike DeVincent says
As a business nerd, and as someone who loves the idea of a free stock share, I cannot thank you enough for sharing this post.
I am somewhat afraid of the stock market! However, this free share option makes the barrier of entry a little less intimidating.
Thanks again for sharing, and please enjoy a divine day!
Ben Greenback says
For the online surveys, from Panelbase… Have you figured out what the earnings look like on a per hour basis? Many survey sites seem like they use a lot of your time for little money. It appears this one might be better?
I’m not sure what it would be per hour, however, I did do a survey the other day where I received £25 for a 45-minute survey. As I say, I normally just do them when I am watching telly so to me its no added time at all.
Jaya Avendel says
Since I am one of those people who was a little skeptical about apps like this, I loved reading about your first hand experiences earning money! I am more inspired to give it a go. 🙂
I have been researching and trying things for years and these were the best ways I could find that actually work! Do let me know if you give any of them a go!
Thank u for the information.It actually helped me alot.Definitely sharing it with my friends.
These are some really great ideas! I’m always looking for more ways to make a little extra money so this was great. I’m going to try out a few of these as I haven’t heard them before! X
Thank you! Do let me know if you try any of them I would love to see how you get on!
These are great ideas! I use survey sites but they can be really tedious. I also use slicethepie to review music and clothes.
Ooo I have never heard of that one before. Yes, I completely get you I spent forever trying to find a survey site that actually worked!
✨Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog✨ (@TeresamariaThe) says
What a great list of things! Often we see posts suggesting the exact same stuff, but these were all new options for me. Gotta start checking them all out! Thank you for sharing these.
Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog
Some fab tips Amber – especially for anyone struggling in the currently climate! Thanks for sharing.
Emma – http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk
Lisa's Notebook says
Such an interesting post. I’ve heard of Trading 212 but none of the others and Panelbase looks like a very good payer. Will be checking all of these out, thank you for the recommendations and for sharing how they work! Lisa x
I love trading 212 its jsut so easy! and yes panel base is worth it the little surveys add up!
Fab tips! I’ve never heard of any of these before, but I’ll be sure to check them out, they all sound so good. I’ve used survey sites in the past that don’t really lead to anything, so I’ll have to look into that one fore sure. Thanks for sharing xx
Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/
Raising Harry says
This is so informative and insightful. I especially enjoyed learning about the free shared, a very interesting concept.
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Yess free shares are such a great way where you could earn up to £100 for doing nothing! Such a good way!x
Aislinn Short says
These are great ideas! I’ve been curious to try surveys for extra income, been s little hesitant but I think I’ll look into it! 😊
I hope you give some of them a go! They are such easy ways, the surveys I just do when watching telly and with Trading 212 all I had to do was create an account using my friends link and I made instant money! Its a win-win.
I’ll definitely be trying these out!! Great post 🙂
Chloe Chats says
Thanks for sharing these! I have only heard of the opinion panel before but I signed up years ago and kind of forgot about it. The one that gives you money just for searching google sounds great though!
I’ve tried a couple of different survey sites before and they’re a great way to earn a little extra cash here and there. There’s a browser plugin to make money just by searching something?? Sign me up right now x
I know! Even if its not a lot it all adds up!
Wow that’s amazing that you’ve made so much! I really need to try the trading xo
I just wrote a similar post! But it’s funny, I’ve not heard of any of the sites you mentioned. Maybe because I’m in the US and you appear to be elsewhere? My top sites / apps here are Swagbucks, Microsoft Rewards, Ebates, and Ibotta. I’m going to join the Fetch app too as I’ve heard good things about it.
It is always nice to make some extra money! Ooooh, it is great that you made almost £300!! You can’t go wrong with trading. There was a great opportunity at the beginning of the pandemic when everything dropped. It is great when you can get some cash back too from your spending! Thanks for sharing!
Oh, I have never heard of these website. Qmee sounds interesting, all you have to do is to search. Ah, sign me up for it.
How fab does Trading 212 sound?? I’ll have to jump on that bandwagon I think!xx
I know! It is such a great way to try!
Emily Clare says
Ahh its great to hear your experience with survey sites! I went through a stage of being tempted to do some a few years ago but it take patience to keep it up! Well done though!
Hayley Pugs says
Wow that’s actually insane. I have done surveys before but never got anywhere with it. That’s really interesting.. I literally have never heard of any of them. You are right though I find topics and posts online about how to earn money ect but never get anywhere with it. Thank you.. do you have more posts like this? Xx
Thanks for reading! I only have budget gift guides that involve money-saving tips!
This was a great read! I always get really frustrated with survey sites. I used Panelbase years ago, I may have to go back and check it out again.
Lauren | https://www.laurenyloves.co.uk/
Nice Post! Which one would you recommend the most out of all of them? Was personally thinking about trading anyway but if you’ve found any of the others ways of making a bit of extra £££ easier, let me know!
Thanks for these tips! I’ll definitely be checking a few of them out!
Great ideas! I will look into those surveys. It might be an idea also for someone who I know.
Such an informative post. I’ve just signed up to Trading 212 using your link and will definitely try panelbase 💜
Yay! That’s exciting!
Liz Martin says
I tried Sweatcoins before but I uninstalled it when lockdowns started happening due to the pandemic. It seems to be an interesting concept but I don’t think it’s one the ideal ways for me to earn. Perhaps due to my location (products feauted are purchased abroad). They do have causes one can support too but since I’m really more after earning for extra cash, Sweatcoins didn’t work so well for me.
But I’ll give some of your other ideas a try too!