40 easy ways to make money quickly

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By in Make Money. Updated November 2015.

Money bagOn this page you’ll find all the best ways to make money in your spare time whilst at university based on our own experience. We’ll keep adding new ways to this page so go ahead and bookmark it. And please do share your own ideas in the comments!

Top ways to make money online and offline

  1. No-risk matched betting

    free bets from matched bettingHands down the quickest way to make a lot of money (well, without breaking the law). Lots of students have genuinely made £100s from this technique. It’s completely legal, risk free, tax free, and anyone can do it.

    It works by taking advantage of free bets regularly offered by betting sites through ‘matching’ them at a betting exchange. Matched betting eliminates the risk (you are betting both for and against a certain outcome).

    This leaves you being able to squeeze out the free bet, which can be as much as £200! Multiply this by how many betting sites there are and you can quite easily come away with a profit of a few hundred pounds.

    Owen walks you through how to make your first £15 profit (using a real life example) in this gem of a guide to matched betting. If you know of any better way to make £30/hr sitting at home, please let us know!

  2. Online surveys

    cat typingCredit: Julio Marquez – Flickr.com
    An increasingly popular way for students to make money is to fill out online surveys in their spare time. Research companies are always recruiting new members to answer surveys and test new products.

    For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or rewards. You can bag up to £3 ($5) for some surveys!

    A few good ones to try are: Toluna, Vivatic, MySurveyThe Opinion PanelOnePollSurveyBods, Valued Opinions, YouGoviPoll, Global Test Market, Hiving, PanelBaseHarris Poll, Opinion Outpost, Your word, Pinecone, IPSOS, New Vista.

    Also sign up for Swagbucks which rewards you for surveys as well as simply surfing the web, watching videos and playing games.

    Update: See our new full guide to the best paid online surveys!

  3. Paid for searching the web

    Interested in earning cash for doing what you already do online? This has to be one of the easiest methods of making money online without really any effort or change in your behavior.

    This innovative idea by Qmee.com rewards you for searching in Google, Bing or Yahoo. You just install a simple add-on to your browser and when you conduct a search there may be a few sponsored results alongside your normal search.

    qmee paid searchEach Qmee result has a cash reward attached – if you are interested in it simply click on it and collect your reward.

    The best thing is there is no minimum to cashout – our first one was just 72p wired to our Paypal account. You also have the option to donate it to charity.

    Sign up now for free and start earning from your own searches! Click here to start.

  4. Social Investment Networks

    The historically hard-to-break world of investing in stock markets and currencies has been cracked wide open. Today there is no need to be a fat cat or fund the yachts of Wolf of Wall Street style stock brokers. You can do it all yourself with the help of free online market trading platforms.

    Having spent many hours researching this new opportunity, I’ve been experimenting with eToro.com which has over 4 million users worldwide. It was recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary “Traders: Millions by the Minute” and the Financial Times.

    etoro tradingOne of the best things on eToro is the CopyTrader feature. This lets you literally see, follow and copy the investments of other top performing traders.

    Follow George’s complete guide to trading on eToro to learn more. I think $200 is a good amount to get the most out of the learning curve by trying out a few different markets. If nothing else you’ll learn a great deal about various investments and industries.

    Warning: trading can be volatile and you can lose money, so don’t throw your life savings into it!

  5. Sell your notes

    sell your notesIf you don’t mind sharing your notes with other students it’s a great way to generate a little extra cash. There are sites out there that you can upload your notes to, along with your price, and then when another student downloads them you get paid.

    Sites like Notesale are free for you to list your notes but tend to take a cut of your profit in order to handle the marketing etc so that you don’t have to go out there and promote your notes yourself.

    You will most likely have to upload PDFs but it’s worth it for the return and you can submit handwritten notes but you’re likely to make more money if they’re typed up.

  6. Review websites & apps for cash

    usertesting.comWell it seems like you’re pretty nifty with a web browser, so perhaps it’s time to turn pro and browse websites as a paid and fun job!

    Introducing UserTesting.com – a new platform that pays everyday people to review all kinds of websites. Each review takes around 20 minutes and bags you $10 (£6.50) via Paypal.

    Simply sign up here, complete a test review and look forward to receiving websites in your inbox.

  7. The ‘Disney Vault’ secret

    disney vaultTo keep demand high across generations, Disney Studios carefully restrict the supply of some home release classics. They are locked away in the ‘vault’ for 8-10 years before being released for a short unspecified time.

    Buy them in this window at normal retail price and you can turn a nice profit when they go off sale for another decade or so.

    For example, in 2011 you could buy Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray 3D for just £24.99. In just a couple of years it was on Amazon for a staggering £74.99!Disney vaultImportantly, not all Disney releases are subject to the vault and only the true classics will maintain such demand.

    Right now there are just 2 titles out of the vault which I would recommend snapping up. They are Bambi Diamond Edition Blu-ray and Cinderella Diamond Edition Blu-ray.

  8. ‘Get Paid To’ sites

    50 poundsSimilar to making money from online surveys, GPT sites reward you in cash and vouchers for completing various offers or activities online.

    The most popular sites today are Toluna, Swagbucks, InboxPounds and PaidOffers.

    Exciting update! We’ll soon be launching our own GPT service for our readers. Invites will be limited and UK only, please join our mailing list if you’re interested in hearing once it’s live:

  9. Start your own website

    mark zuckerberg facebookIf you’ve ever seen the film The Social Network then you’ve most likely had your brain spinning as to what website you can start-up to make you billions.

    And of course there are lots of stories out there about successful students who have started a site while at university, or even bought a domain name and later sold it for 1000s.

    In fact, Save the Student is one such example of a website started at university by Owen Burek in his first year, which has since grown into a full-time and successful enterprise.

    Read Owen’s 4-step guide to setting up a website if you’re interested in finding out more. It’s really not that difficult to get started and there are plenty of opportunities to make money online.

  10. Write and publish a Kindle eBook

    If students are good at anything, it’s researching and writing. With the Amazon Kindle store, anyone can publish an eBook and make money.

    And the Kindle app is now available on almost any device (laptops, iPads, smartphones and yes, Kindles) so your global market is huge!

    List your book for £1.49 – £6.99 and you earn 70% of the sale. Considering Amazon is the ultimate selling machine (and remember people are looking to spend), that is a fantastic deal.

    kindle ebooksThe key to success with eBooks is to create value, and write non-fiction. Simply bundling information you have researched and complied on a common problem (eg. ‘secrets’ to finding a job) and then presenting it in an easy to digest format (an eBook) justifies someone spending a few quid on it.

    Another big tip is to have a great cover designed so it stands out, and once your book is live on the Kindle store it’s really important to get some reviews so it shows up higher in results. Encourage readers to leave an honest review at the end of your book.

    The best thing about this lucrative idea is that once you’ve invested the time (say 20 hours), you’ll earn a passive income for years to come! For a step-by-step guide to publishing and earning with eBooks, see “How to write a nonfiction eBook in 21 days“.

  11. Affiliate marketing

    If you’ve got a good presence on social media or perhaps you even have a blog or website, you can start bringing in money immediately by promoting all sorts of companies, products, services and offers online.

    Affiliate Window logoSign up to an affiliate network such as Affiliate Window, check their offers blog or browse the merchant listings to find something you think your friends would be interested in, grab your affiliate link and share it. If someone buys (can be within up to 90 days) using your link you’ll make a nice commission.

    To take it a step further, set up a website (read our guide) or a topical Facebook page and invite all your friends to join it and post your affiliate offers on there.

  12. Mobile phone recycling

    mobile recycleCredit: CannedTuna – Flickr.com

    See how much you can get for your old mobile phone using our in-house mobile phone price comparison tool! Maybe ask your parents if they have any lying around too.

    You can get some good money and help the environment by recycling mobile phones with certain companies listed on the comparison tool. But be aware: you won’t always get the quoted cash since it depends on ‘condition’. We recommend Mobile Cash Mate for the fairest and highest payouts in most cases (they sent us a £203 cheque for an iPhone 5).

  13. Become a ‘Clickworker’


    The Clickworker.com concept is based on ‘internet crowd-sourcing’ where businesses advertise specific, scalable tasks they need completing quickly. And for us, it’s an easy way to make fast cash from our couch.

    There are a variety of tasks, but most commonly they involve mindless data entry, web research or form filling. You are rewarded and paid in cash (via Paypal) for the work you do, and you can choose for what and when you work. Give it a go. [If you’re US based, also try Amazon’s ‘Mechanical Turk‘].

  14. Claim tax back

    Many students work part-time or during the summer months, and others will be on placements or paid internships. More often than not, if you are a student working during the year, you will be overpaying income tax.

    Why? Simply because few students reach the personal tax-free income allowance each year but are put on an emergency basic tax-code by their employers meaning tax is being paid when it shouldn’t be.

    Click to use the Tax refund calculatorUse our student tax-back service to help you reclaim any tax you should not have paid. Just enter your details in the calculator here to work out what you may be owed. Otherwise for more information read our guide on claiming tax back here.

  15. Get cashback when shopping

    Our Quidco Cashback

    I earned this much in 2 years

    This is not only a way to make money but also to save money as a student. If you look at it in a different way then you are making money with every purchase you would have made anyway, whether it be 10% or 0.5% cashback.

    There are a number of cashback sites out there which pay you the commission they otherwise would have earned.

    We recommend signing up with Top Cashback, Quidco.com & Swagbucks which are free and offer the best selection of retailers and exclusives.

  16. A part-time job

    bar jobsA part-time job is the obvious first choice, opted for by most students looking to supplement their student loan. It provides a pretty steady flow of income and can enable you to gain valuable work experience.

    However, depending on where you live, jobs are not always easy to find. Check local classifieds, our student job search, student job websites and your university careers service for vacancies.

    It’s also worth signing up with the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, a free service which will match you with both part-time jobs or graduate opportunities.

    Read our guide to finding a part-time job whilst studying for more tips.

  17. Gigs on Fiverr

    Fiverr pranksFiverr is now the world’s largest marketplace for people to make money selling small services (known as ‘gigs’).

    What you offer could be absolutely anything, from writing and translating, social media posting, playing pranks and teaching to creating music, voiceovers and short video clips for people all around the world!

    The default price is $5 (hence Fiverr..), but you can attach extra services to gigs for more money. Whilst it might not seem like much, it can quickly add up and there are plenty of examples of people making a really good living from the site. The key is to get a system in place which minimises the time spent on each gig.

    But there is another way to profit even more from Fiverr for potentially far less work. How? By simply reselling gigs elsewhere. For example, find a decent logo designer then reply to jobs on Elance or even local classifieds. A $5 spend can easily become $50+, and it’s repeatable!

    If you’re not interested in selling at all there’s SO much good stuff you can get done for yourself. Have a browse and get inspired!

  18. Review music for money

    If you love music, make it your business by reviewing unsigned bands and artists online for cash with Slicethepie.

    It can take a while to build up your reputation but some users of the site have said that they earn £40 a month. This may not sound like much, but if it’s something you enjoy then it shouldn’t be hard work and is another thing for your CV. Money you earn will be in $US but anyone can sign up and review.

    slicethepieTo get started, head over to Slicethepie now or read our quick guide for more info.

  19. Sell second-hand course books

    One great way to make money is to buy other students’ text books at the end of the year, and then sell them just after freshers’ week – when the new intake of students know that they need them!

    You can either advertise on campus or list them online very easily on Amazon.co.uk Books Trade-In (just bear in mind they take a commission on books sold).

    For more tips on selling items online click here.

  20. Competitions

    Entering competitions of course comes with no guarantees, but there is a growing community of so-called ‘compers’ in the UK consistently making up to £50,000 a year through all sorts of competitions.

    Types of competitions available to enter range from simple registration forms and Facebook page liking to answering questions correctly over the phone to being a TV game show contestant. Imagine you made it onto Deal or No Deal instead of just watching it!

    Start by entering our very own monthly student competition (Like our Facebook page to see when our next one is)!

    competitionsThen head to our active competitions page to enter other free competitions that we have found. Just note that some of these sites may send you spam so use an alias email address and opt-out of as many of the offers as possible.

    For loads more tips on achieving success and making money from competitions, read our guide to entering competitions.

  21. Buy and sell domain names

    domain-for-saleA domain name is just a website address (eg. ‘savethestudent.org’ or ‘mysite.co.uk’) and there are lots of extensions (.com, .net, .co.uk etc).

    They cost as little as £1.99 to register with 123-reg.co.uk or GoDaddy.com yet premium domain names can fetch £1,000s if not millions when sold on. In 2007 VacationRentals.com went for a cool $35m!

    Now you’re probably not going to come across anything like that, but you can still turn a quick profit with a bit of searching. The trick is to find available domain names which have some commercial value, snap them up and then list them for sale on a site like Sedo.com.

  22. Mystery shopping

    Be A Mystery Shopper, Its Easy!Today becoming a mystery shopper is easier than you think and you can get rewarded handsomely.

    We’ve recently come across a really fun smartphone app called Roamler that pays you in cash for completing various tasks in your local area. So definitely check that out first!

    More traditionally, there are plenty of agencies that pay you to visit all sorts of shops to feedback on how they are performing. For more info on where to apply see our guide to becoming a mystery shopper.

  23. Be an extra

    Do you fancy yourself as a budding young actor or just that person that walks past in the background shot of an episode of Eastenders? It could be you if you apply to be an extra.

    The pay isn’t bad either – £60-80 a day on average, and you hardly have to do anything!

    You can apply at Be On Screen for a number of opportunities or 2020 casting is another agency (just know they take a cut from your earnings).

  24. Sell all your old CDs, games and movies

    cds and dvdsIf you are looking to make a very quick buck, then selling your old bits and bobs that are cluttering up your room is a good idea.

    The best thing about it is that you can rip all the songs and films onto your laptop or external hard drive before selling them. This means that you are only really selling the plastic and artwork!

    You can earn anything from 10p to £20 per item, and the earnings can really add up if you have a large collection. Whilst you’re at it, see if your parents have any ‘clutter’ they’d be happy to see the back of.

    You can also sell almost anything for free on Amazon Trade-In or Preloved and sites like MusicMagpie will pay you instantly for sending in unwanted items.

    For more tips and places to sell check out our guide on selling DVDs, CDs and games.

  25. Sell on your education!

    Become a tutor to local GCSE or A-level students (find out more about tutoring here). There are now a few online tutor sites too, so you can go also global without too much hassle.

    graduate_studentYou may feel as if you aren’t qualified to be a tutor, but seeing as you are at university you will most likely have the qualifications to tutor for GCSE or even A-Level. Some parents may feel that their child will react better to a younger tutor, and it can be great experience, so why not give it a go?

    You can advertise on SchoolsTrader or sign up with UK Tutors. You can expect to earn around £10 an hour. However, make sure you don’t have to do too much tutoring around your exams!

  26. Sell your photos

    If you think you’ve got a good shot and a little creativity, try uploading your photographs for free to stock websites. A good starting point is Fotolia or istockphoto.

    Make more money selling photo subjects that people are demanding, and there’s a great resource to find this out here. It might be a good idea to test them out in print first yourself (get free photo prints here).

  27. Rent out your car parking space

    saving petrol and saving moneySome student accommodation comes with a drive or garage. If you aren’t using your parking space and you live in a busy area then you might be in luck. There are plenty of people that may work in the city centre and are fed up of paying through the roof for daily parking.

    Advertise your space on Gumtree, Parklet or Just Park.

    Or, check out our full guide to renting out your parking space.

  28. Work as a charity collector

    Ok so this job takes a certain kind of person, as you’ll have to take a lot of rejection and be persistent.

    But if you are bubbly, personable and reckon you could sell ice to an Eskimo then this could actually be a great student money making idea. You get paid commission on new sign ups (typically around £20).

    Have a look at Wesser as well as charity websites like Oxfam.

  29. Babysitting

    messy kidIt’s a classic money-maker, and for good reason. You get paid (well) to watch TV and not very much else!

    Be warned that you will need a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check to look after small children, even though some parents may not ask for one. If you are wondering what to charge, look at local Gumtree ads, but you can expect to be paid over £8ph even if you aren’t trained in child care.

    Aside from advertising yourself, you might want to try creating a profile on Findababysitter.com. It really is easy money (unless you get stuck with the child from hell!).

  30. Dog walking & sitting

    If babies ain’t your thing, then maybe canines are… looking after other people’s dogs is big business. Just think that as a student you’re likely to have free time during the day when others are out at work and worried about their pets at home.

    You could bag around £7 per dog for an hour walk, and it’s also a great way to keep fit. Join Tailster who will match you up with dog owners. Alternatively advertise your services locally with fliers or on classified websites such as Gumtree.

  31. Become a freelance interviewer

    Do you have ambitions to take on a career in HR? Do you love asking questions? Believe it or not, there are companies that will ask you to carry out interviews for them and pay you for your time. It couldn’t be simpler.

    You could make £185 a week plus have your travelling costs covered. The downside is that you will have to commit to at least 20 hours a week, so make sure that you have the time! Apply at NatCen.

  32. Rent out your house for filming

    filmreelDirectors for TV and film are always on the hunt for houses to film in. For instance, a scene for Coronation Street was recently filmed in the student house one of the Save the Student editors used to live in!

    Not only can you make good money but it’s crazy seeing your own place on TV. Start out by looking at this site.

  33. Rent out your body

    student thinkingAccording to our recent survey, 7% of students use their body in some way to make a buck.

    If you are comfortable taking off your kit then why not try life modelling. Sit there in the buff while budding artists capture your every curve (or pokey bits) in frightening detail! Try RAM, a website especially designed for these kind of jobs.

    You could also get involved in clinical drug trials. If this scares you a little then you can find more information here about what’s involved.

    Warning: Do not do anything you are not comfortable with, no matter how desperate you are for money! There has been an unhealthy rise in student prostitution in recent years – do not fall victim to it!

  34. Freelance work

    Perhaps you enjoy writing, managing Facebook pages or doing a little bit of graphic design in your spare time. There are so many freelance jobs out there that require simple skills or just time that someone else might not have.

    And the best thing about freelancing is that you can work for clients in the UK and around the world with just an internet connection from home, to your own hours whilst developing valuable skills.

    A great place to start is with the leading freelance site Upwork.com. Or try using our student job search to find freelance jobs closer to home.

  35. Busking

    Busking studentIf you can sing or dance then this is your time to shine baby! Did you know that Justin Bieber started off busking? That’s right, with a little work you can be as annoying as him.

    There are really no tips for this except choose a good spot with high footfall, make sure you are good and play your heart out. Some buskers in the past have been known to make upwards of £20 hour.

  36. Sell clothes on eBay

    ebay-logoEveryone’s best friend when it comes to getting rid of junk is eBay. Online auctions are a sure-fire way to turn that sleeveless jacket (which came in and out of fashion in a week) into hard cash.

    Some eBay sellers look at trends and try to predict what will be big ahead of the market. If you are good and don’t mind taking a risk then you can buy early in bulk and sell on when the craze hits.

    For lots more tips on selling on eBay read this guide.

  37. Sell your stories and videos

    If you have an interesting story then you could try selling it to the papers. It could be anything from sleeping with a professional footballer to getting caught in a clothes horse!

    One of the Save the Student team was unfortunate enough to have a pigeon fly through and smash their window at university and sold the story to The Sun for a tidy £50.

    You could also film your mates at all times and send it into You’ve Been Framed to net yourself £250 and a few seconds of fame.

  38. YouTube videos

    google-adsense-youtube-logoAccording to recent stats we now watch more videos on YouTube than searches on Google. And with the recently introduced YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading videos. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views.

    Depending on how successful you are (virality, subscriber base and topic) you can make a lot of money, and there are plenty of stories every week of more and more YouTubers making it their career.

    For more tips read our guide to making money from YouTube.

  39. Network marketing

    the business of the 21st centuryAlso known as Multi-Level Marketing (MLM), this is a business model that allows you to generate ongoing income in two ways: by making a commission selling products and by recruiting other members who go on to sell. The later allows you to make money from the sales made by those you have recruited.

    Importantly, this is not a pyramid scheme (they are illegal) because there is an end goal which involves a customer buying a product or service of value.

    It’s also not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. You will have to work I’m afraid! However with the growth of social media, network marketing is becoming easier and lots of people are now making a decent living from it.

    This is a serious way of making good money on your own terms and it’s well worth reading up on it. I recommend getting “The Business of the 21st Century” by Robert Kiyosaki.

  40. Source property for wealthy investors

    contents insuranceWe all know how much money there is in property, but on the surface (with house prices as high as they are) you might be thinking this market is off-limits.

    Truth is, lots of people make a great deal of cash simply sourcing suitable properties for wealthy investors who simply have no time.

    The trick is to find properties below market value (BMV) by avoiding estate agents and instead flyering your area with your contact details offering to buy houses. Then approach investors with a no-brainer offer to pass on the details of cut-price property in exchange for a % of the sale value.

    Most cities will have monthly networking events for landlords and property investors. Track these down, sign up, put on your best suit and go along with lots of business cards. Or you could start on LinkedIn or even Twitter to build some initial contacts.

    As you might imagine, this isn’t necessarily a quick way to make money but once you’ve got a few investors in your phone book it can prove to be very lucrative in the long run. If you’re interested, I recommend reading this book.

There are many other creative ways to make money as a student, such as our 50 business ideas. With any luck you’ll be on the road to making millions! Please feel free to share your own ideas by leaving a comment below.

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97 Responses to “40 easy ways to make money quickly”

  1. anthony

    04. Oct, 2015

    This is a good tip to make money. id like the ebay one on selling old clothes i dont where. thanks!

  2. Jessica

    24. Sep, 2015

    I love the Ebay idea! Have so much old clothes, I don’t wear..

  3. Tan

    24. Sep, 2015

    Face painting can be a good money maker. Have a stall at a market, kids parties, I know someone that has a regular contract at a pub every Saturday 2-4. Not a huge cost to set up, have a few designs kids can choose from. have glitter for the girls.

  4. Jo

    17. Sep, 2015

    – Hey jake, I’m kinda struggling with the match betting, not really sure what to do

    • Jake Butler

      17. Sep, 2015

      If you are struggling to get to grips with it then it may be worth giving it a miss. Alternatively I would recommend reading this guide over and over until it makes more sense.

  5. billz

    14. Sep, 2015

    try painting fence pannels for family of friends 10 pound a pannel quick cash

  6. Jeff

    26. Aug, 2015

    this is all chump work. hard work pays off, this is good for those of you who are too lazy to find and retain a good job. Con artists like Jake and Owen are the guys who profit off of your stupidity. DO not listen to these mediocre methods.

    • Jake Butler

      27. Aug, 2015

      Thanks for the comment Jeff. Have you tried any of these methods? We think they work best on top of a job and would never suggest that these methods will make you a millionnaire or act as a job in istelf.

      From my personal experience I made about £3000+ from using all of these methods and it was a good return for some of my spare time when I was a student.

      I’m not sure I’d see myself as a con artist. If you think that helping people makes me one then you’re welcome to your opinion. 😉

  7. Mike

    23. Aug, 2015

    I made 1k in my 1st month of matched betting, the sign up offers should cover over 1k easily. I have mates who gave up work to do matched betting and has been doing it successful over the last year and makes 3x as much money than what he was on. There are so many bookmakers online 50+ That offers come in daily, my inbox is always brimming with bookies trying to get me to bet!!! The key is to do something called mug bets, to keep the bookies sweet, although it’s not illegal they don’t like you doing it and if they get wise to your antics they cap your max bet!!!!

  8. Matt

    28. Jul, 2015

    These are some good tips.

  9. Oliver

    18. Jul, 2015

    I was looking into buying the Disney blue Rays, bam I and Cinderella. I was just wondering if anyone knew how long I will have to wait for the value to increase again?

  10. Tom

    15. Jul, 2015

    Anyone made anything from selling lecture notes? I have stacks and stacks of law notes. Is it worth me typing them all up?

    Also, how much do they go for?

  11. Haruhi

    06. Jul, 2015

    How about selling on the black market?

    • Auri

      13. Sep, 2015

      As quick as the money is, i don’t recommend it, as it is illegal.

  12. Paul

    03. Jul, 2015

    I did matched betting it’s a great way to earn risk free money. There’s always a but though. To do matched betting you need money to ‘lay off’ a bet. For example you might have to lay off £300 just to make £10. But this is guaranteed profit. You have to go round signing up to betting sites and then proving your identity when you want to withdraw. I did make around £200 but got bored because of the lack of decent sign up bonuses

    • Jake Butler

      04. Jul, 2015

      You do have to work for your money… like most things in life. But there’s very few ways to earn that much as quickly and easily as using matched betting.

      • Daniel

        22. Jul, 2015

        yeah match betting here is not risky though.

  13. pam

    02. Jul, 2015

    i love this,and i love you guys for coming to my rescue.

  14. dj

    17. Jun, 2015

    Great site, Great tips & some of the comments made me LOL which is great, because I arrived skint & miserable, but leave informed & happy – Well done! :0)

  15. Daniel

    31. May, 2015

    Looking for money and found painting house numbers on people’s driveway made a killing

    • A

      24. Jul, 2015

      How many driveways did you complete in an hour and how much did you profit?

  16. Robert

    27. May, 2015

    You ever see those donation bins for clothing. Well I used to work for a company doing it. Free clothing+ eBay= pure profit

    • Friction

      30. May, 2015

      That’s illegal you jerk!

    • Morgan

      18. Jun, 2015

      First off, that’s just morally wrong. Those clothes are going to people who need them. Secondly, what would cause you to even begin to think that that is legal?

      • Sarah

        12. Jul, 2015

        the clothes don’t go to anyone they just get weighed in and they get a cut the person gets a cut who collects very little ever makes it to someone who wants some clothese

    • Richard

      11. Oct, 2015

      Dude that’s so Il legal that’s theft in the way those bins are for the charity to help in there cause. .lol.

  17. keli Bieber

    20. May, 2015

    Justin Bieber isn’t annoying

    • Janelle

      31. May, 2015

      Yes, he is.

  18. Danny

    19. May, 2015

    I have an idea of selling my own quotes I’ve made and if make up enough of them to create books of quotes of different daily or emotions quotes or poems I’ve always thought about it just never knew how to go about it

    • Jake Butler

      19. May, 2015

      This would be very tricky as there are a lot of people that do it. I would suggest putting together a publication and taking it to a publisher or putting it on Amazon as an eBook for people to buy. You’d then have to promote it yourself.

  19. David

    13. May, 2015

    …Betting is evil

    • Jake Butler

      13. May, 2015

      Where is betting mentioned on this page? If you are referring to matched betting I would ask that you please read the guide first before making judgement. There is absolutely no risk meaning it’s technically not betting.

      • michelle

        20. May, 2015

        Why do you think they give free bets away Jake? Do you really believe it’s because they just want to see people having fun, that they want to give you something for nothing? Or do you maybe think some people will be unable to stop and the companies will ultimately be able to make more money back than they have given away?

        • Jake Butler

          21. May, 2015

          You are slightly correct. That is why we would advise anyone that feels they cannot stop after making their guaranteed profit to not go through with this.

          It’s worth remembering though that matched betting is not gambling. It’s a risk free guaranteed profit so it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

          You could say the same about companies offering free alcohol or free sweets etc etc etc. As adults we should be able to make the decision on whether we can resist the temptation.

          • Cee

            02. Oct, 2015

            Jake … how naive are you to think that matched betting is not actually betting??

            Once invested for example £200 (max bet) so you have £400 … the company will not then let you use the £200 which was free for you to withdraw the £200 invested … so you essentially have to spend the whole £400.

            And there is no such thing as a sure win … for example … I challenge you to eat a large sugared jam doughnut without licking your lips … The majority of people would fail this challenge but there are occasionally a few that will succeed and you may be one of them – we dont know until the event happens.

            If I bet on you to lose (as per the majority) with my full £400 however your steely determination pulls through it would mean I lose £200 of my own money that I have invested… so how is that risk free and guaranteed to win?!? You are potentially misleading young gullible people into losing rather than making!!

            As for stating that as adult you should be able to resist temptation, or that they should know that they will become a gambling addict before even having a go … YOU are selling this as a no lose offer and I am sure there are fools out there that will believe you! All I am personally saying is that maybe reword your blog post ….

            Finally .. just a word of caution to all those looking for quick ways to make money … make sure you look at all the t’s and c’s of anything before signing up because generally if it something for nothing or short cuts there will often be pitfalls and consequences!!

          • Jake Butler

            03. Oct, 2015

            Hi Cee, I’m sorry that you’ve misunderstood the article and they way in which matched betting works.

            The definition of the word betting involves taking a risk or gambling. Matched betting guarantees a profit 100% of the time so therefore for the risk or gambling is taken away. This is why it is not betting.

            Let me take your jam doughnut example (I would always lick my lips haha).

            With matched betting you need to use the odds to calculate how much to bet on “not licking lips” and it never equals the amount that you put into the back bet. Let’s say that the odds of licking lips = 2.75 and the odds of not licking lips = 2.80 (the lay odds are nearly always higher).

            You would use your FREE £200 bet to say that they’ll lick their lips.

            With the calculations you would then lay £127.27 that they wouldn’t lick their lips (not the full £200 as you incorrectly assumed). You liability though (what you would lose if incorrect on this would be £229.09)

            If they lick their lips you get your winnings of £200 x 2.75 = £550 and then minus the liability and £200 free bet amount which leaves you with £120.91 profit after commissions etc.

            If they don’t lick their lips you lose the £200 (but this was free money) but you win your lay stake of £127.27. Minus the commission and it becomes £120.91 profit.

            You profit exactly the same amount NO MATTER what the outcome is. Therefore the only risk is human error and not following our instructions.

            As for “promoting” the betting sites, it’s something that we thought long and hard about. However, because we are showing students how to make money out of them with no risk at all we felt this was worth it.

            If we were to stop promoting things because of temptation then we would also have to stop promoting food (obesity), alcohol (alcoholism) and many other other things.

            I hope that you will re-read the guide and see that it is in fact 0 risk and everyone who follows the instructions is guaranteed to make money. You can also take a look at the Wikipedia page on matched betting for more impartial info.

            Thanks, Jake :)

  20. Dan R

    12. May, 2015

    Paidoffers is SCAM . You should remove it. They promise you 1000 $ in 10 minutes. loool.

  21. Daniel

    02. May, 2015

    I have another way: invest in Lego expert £130-150 and after they have gone out of production a few years later they can go for up to £600

  22. Zac

    29. Apr, 2015

    I have been using qmee for a while now and there has only been one search that has worked and that was the one advertised on the site.


    • Jake Butler

      30. Apr, 2015

      Try other ones around that subject. It just takes a little bit of trial and error.

    • Henry

      04. May, 2015

      just type in stuff like cheap holidays and kids clothes, always works.

      • Jem Collins

        05. May, 2015

        Though do make sure you don’t just search and click for money! We’ve found a that searches come up quite often in normal usage :)

    • paige

      21. Nov, 2015

      for qmee, surfing amazon gets me some good results

  23. Carys

    10. Feb, 2015

    I think these tips were great. Thank you so much. This website’s amazing, I’m so glad I’ve discovered it.

  24. Jordan

    06. Feb, 2015

    How exactly do you use your Amazon voucher? from TheOpinionPanel?

    • Jake Butler

      08. Feb, 2015

      … on Amazon.

      • Amber

        21. Feb, 2015

        i know right, lol

  25. Kevin

    05. Feb, 2015

    With match-betting, if you worked the system everyday, could you make sufficient cash by the end of, say, one week? What if you made multiple bets over a few hours each day? What kind of results could you expect? Lastly, if you kept doing this, would the betting companies eventually tell you to piss off if you’re consistently winning? I know there’s quite a few questions so, but if you could even shed a little light, that would be great! :-)

    • Jake Butler

      05. Feb, 2015

      Hi Kevin, you can only use free bets to make a profit meaning that they’ll eventually run dry so you can’t do this forever. You can make anything up to £1000 from introductory free bets but then you have to wait for more offer in future (which are few and far between).

  26. Kelli Parker

    02. Feb, 2015

    Hey Jake, thanks for all the information I and my daughter are trying to find ways of trying to make money like today…I know I have to do research, but what are other ways to make instant money other than a partime job do you have any other places, also Jake my daughter is a very good writer, she is in college right now what are and where would she be able to get info on writing or selling poems to businesses, as well is there another website to go to other than Amazon, my daughter just turned 18 yrs old.

    • Jake Butler

      03. Feb, 2015

      Unfortunately there aren’t many ways to make instant money. The majority of the ideas your daughter could use are listed on this page.

      There could be a potential for your daughter to use her writing skills although it is easier said than done as it’s a competitive market. She could look online for copywriting jobs or speculatively contact companies asking if they are after any content that needs to be written.

  27. nightman

    01. Feb, 2015

    You could also sell an organ to old rich people………

  28. Erika

    10. Jan, 2015

    Hi Jake. Just wondering on the Disney vault, does it have to be blue ray?

    • Jake Butler

      15. Jan, 2015

      As far as I know it can be any format but I would recommend blu-ray.

    • lewis

      28. Apr, 2015

      no it doesent, i recently sold some of the original releases and made £120

  29. luke fleming

    06. Jan, 2015

    Hi just a question about the dvds how do you know these will be priced at this amount? How long exactly until this are out the vault and back to there original price. I could buy right now beauty and the beast for 24.99 how could i then sell this for 74.99?

    • Jake Butler

      06. Jan, 2015

      I don’t think that it would be a good time to buy Beauty and The Beast. There is no guarantee it will sell for £74.99 as that is just an example.

  30. samila

    05. Jan, 2015


    I tried Qmee.com. Unfortunately, it’s not working well as I imagined. It gives me opportunity to earn 10 p + 6p + 6p as soon as I signed up. After that it didn’t show even a single link. I tried both Google and Amazon.

    Please help.



    • Jake Butler

      05. Jan, 2015

      Hi Sam, it heavily depends on what terms you search so can be a little hit and miss sometimes. It’s best not to cheat the system but try searching in multiple locations (eBay, Amazon, Google) and use terms like “car insurance” or “silver necklace” etc.

      • samila

        06. Jan, 2015

        Hi Jake,

        Many thanks.

  31. shelby

    02. Jan, 2015

    OMG these helped so much

  32. Clara

    26. Dec, 2014

    Hi there!
    Great article, I loved it.
    Just a question… How do you know about the Disney thing (7)? I could buy these films now, but what if you’re telling us rubbish?

    • Jake Butler

      05. Jan, 2015

      Hey Clara, search for “Disney Vault” in Google and check out the Wikipedia page.

      We’d never publish anything on Save the Student if it wasn’t 100% legit.

  33. ashwin

    27. Nov, 2014

    thanks for the tips :)

  34. Carter

    11. Nov, 2014

    Have a hatchet or an ax get a choppin’ and sell some firewood for this upcoming winter

  35. Jamie

    26. Oct, 2014

    “The best thing about it is that you can rip all the songs and films onto your laptop or external hard drive before selling them. This means that you are only really selling the plastic and artwork!”

    Sounds great in theory, but when you sell those CDs and DVDs aren’t you also selling the right of content ownership? If you sell the item, you shouldn’t retain any copy of it in any format, surely.

    • Jake Butler

      26. Oct, 2014

      That is most probably correct but we won’t tell anyone if you don’t 😉

  36. harshda

    14. Oct, 2014

    the survey sites take a long time to make money
    i am on all the mentioned sites and still waiting for my money
    so if u r patient then go for it

    • Jake Butler

      15. Oct, 2014

      Yer, you’re never going to be a millionaire overnight. It’s all about working your way towards the payout thresholds. You can make £100s a year though if you put in the work.

      • Name (required)

        27. Nov, 2014

        yes you are corect

  37. grace

    24. Sep, 2014

    I love this tips’ nice job here

  38. Lestat

    02. Aug, 2014

    So mate, what you think about network marketing?

    • Jake Butler

      04. Aug, 2014

      Probably best to avoid network marketing unless the company has a good and long lasting reputation. The problem with most network marketing it that it just ends up being a pyramid scheme and you will be pushed to sell to family and friends.

    • Mike Melvin

      16. Aug, 2014

      Building a network outside of friends and family is simple through social media. You just have to learn it correctly which doesnt involve spamming people and groups. Dont expect to get rich overnight. Any that say that so are usually here today, gone tomorrow. Research it correctly and join the right business for YOU. Get a great mentor and learn how to do it properly.

      • Andrew

        16. Oct, 2014

        Well said Mike!

  39. Claire

    06. Jul, 2014

    The Amazon Mechanical Turk option does not work. I believe they are not accepting non-US residents.

    • Owen Burek

      07. Jul, 2014

      Yeah it seems like you’re right at the moment, but keep an eye out as they do open up every now and then. I managed to get an account last year.

    • Dave

      12. May, 2015

      Yeah Claire, there is a clue on this site where it says:

      “Update: Currently US signups only”

  40. sara

    21. Jun, 2014

    Hi jake butler I want to ask you a question
    How can I get the money from these sites
    I want to put the money in my account in the bank

    • Jake Butler

      24. Jun, 2014

      Hi Sara, it’s different with each of the sites above. You will need to look into the payment details each time you set up an account.

      The majority of the sites pay into Paypal and you can link this with your bank account :)

  41. David

    06. May, 2014

    Thanks for all the ideas, I like writing so I will try joining some review sites. At the moment I’m making some spare cash writing hotel descriptions on trivago. Once you sign up on their website you just go to the Community Dashboard where there are various tasks to do. It’s a bit like MTurk but more fun, and the minimum payout is just £8.

  42. Denny

    05. Apr, 2014

    It is illegal to buy in bulk and sell it online without having a business license. You can sell on ebay, but if your constantly selling/buying bulk clothing, your running a business. Do so with a license.

  43. Questionner

    15. Feb, 2014

    If i want to sell on ebay without using pay pal how do I get the money?

    Also is it better to sell on ebay, amazon or gumtree?

    And how do you sell on ebay?

    • Jake Butler

      16. Feb, 2014

      You can request money on eBay in a few ways including credit/debit card, bank transfer, cash on delivery, checks… Just remember that Paypal is one of the safest ways to do it in case a dispute arises.

      Between Gumtree, Amazon and eBay they all have their own qualities. It’s hard to say which is best to sell on without being aware of what it is that you’re selling.

      Luckily we have a guide on how to do exactly that here > http://www.savethestudent.org/make-money/ebay-selling-tips.html

  44. David Mccain

    08. Feb, 2014

    Woow a long list … thank you for this i am really trying to earn some money online and this article helped to see my options

  45. amber

    19. Nov, 2013

    i got paid from inboxpounds.co.uk last week. its genuine.

    • Jake Butler

      19. Nov, 2013

      We’d never suggest anything if it wasn’t legit Amber :)

      Glad you got your first payment…

  46. C.D

    06. Aug, 2013

    Whilst I think these ideas are great I don’t think it’s massively responsible to encourage gambling. My OH first started with no-risk betting and then onto “sure winners” during our 2nd year of uni and through a series of bad bets lost £10k. I know everyone is control of their own actions but it’s a risky game and you could end up losing £8k when you bet that Man U will SCORE against Norwich!! Just be careful

    • Owen Burek

      07. Aug, 2013

      Hey there, thanks for your comment!

      I fully appreciate your concerns here, and we’d never want to be seen as encouraging gambling. Yes it’s a grey area talking about matched betting, but we know that lots of students are doing it already and often on bad or fragmented advice which means they make mistakes and end up losing money. This concerns us the most, and so we wanted to create a full step by step guide which is pretty much foolproof for anyone to follow. If done right there is a lot of money to be made here and we can’t avoid that fact, that’s the purpose of this guide :)

      There is some risk that some users go on to gamble properly but there’s no saying they wouldn’t have done that regardless if they are a natural risk taker. That’s not up to us to judge, but I just wanted to clarify our position on this! As you say, it’s important to be careful.

      • craig

        22. Jun, 2014

        well said Owen , people need to way up the pro’s and con’s to your advice and decide how much they have to play with . personall , I think if someone has lots of money , it is worth them putting lots on an outcome

  47. Emma

    29. Jun, 2013

    Great ideas! I run my own money making blog and it is great to see that making extra money is becoming more popular, instead of getting into debt! I have to say that you’ve given me a few new ideas! Thanks.

  48. Adam

    09. Jun, 2013

    I’ve always seen match betting on these type of guides but never really looked into it but evidently you can make a fair bit.

    I’ll definitely be trying it out next semester, thanks!

    • Chris Brown

      14. May, 2014

      To my way of thinking, there are three downsides to this. One, you need to open several bookmaker accounts, (and if its a signup offer, even several accounts with one bookie – not strictly kosher!)

      Second, you need to fund each account AND fund it with a simiilar amount in with the bet exchange, (you are betting say £10 to win with the bookie to get the free bet, and to ‘protect’ the money, placing a £10 lay bet on the exchange) So there’s two financial outlays

      Third, you only have a “paper profit”. Oh, it’s real money … but its tied up in the bookie’s account. So until you go to the bookie and withdraw your winnings back to your bank account, it’s not “ready money” to pay your weekly shopping bill say.

      So if there’s 30 Bookie offers, and each need you to invest AT LEAST £10, and you need the same on the exchanges to finance the lay side of the bets, you’re talking an outlay of £600! True, you don’t have to back each offer at the same time; you could “play up” your match bet offer onto the next bookie … but seems a lot of hassle

      • Jake Butler

        15. May, 2014

        Hi Chris,

        Thanks for your comment. If you find a way to earn money with no effort we’d love to hear it…

        Matched betting is one of the easiest ways to make money and it has helped 1000s of our followers earn £100s.

        • Chris Brown

          15. May, 2014

          If it works for you. great. Go for it. To each their own. I didn’t mean to offend anybody, merely giving my opinion that without care you could come unstuck

          • Jake Butler

            16. May, 2014

            No doubt. We definitely advise you take extreme care and caution when doing it but as long as you read the guide and carry out the instructions correctly it’s easy money.

  49. Saad Saeed

    22. Apr, 2013

    Good tips from this. I like it and got a lot of knowledge on how to earn money. Keep it up !

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