New Year, New Ways To Earn Money

It’s the New Year, and in the UK (as it is in many places around the world) we’re all looking for ways to earn money so we can pay for all our Christmas partying, presents and makeovers. Many of us look for ways to earn extra income over and above our regular wages but the truth is, many of us don’t know how to earn extra money, moreover we don’t know how to earn money fast.

You could look for a part time job, but much part time work in the UK is low paid and long hours. Unless you’re self employed and earn money using your particular skills, most of us have to settle for part time work that takes us away from our family and doesn’t bring in much more than we already get. By the time we get our first pay slip from our part time job, we wonder was it really worth?, especially after the Tax man has taken a huge chunk out of it. We’re lucky if it can pay for Johnny’s new Wii game that we spent hours queuing for.

I think that is why lots of people turn to the Internet to find ways to earn extra income. I have always looked for ways to earn extra money. When I started work at the tender age of 18 (I never did a paper round), I quickly realised that I wasn’t cut out to work for 42 years for some employer and then retire with a crappy pension.

I began coming up with ideas for businesses that I could run that would earn me much more money than I could earn working for someone else. I finally managed to go out on my own and start my own business 10 years later, and I am still running my own business today. I have also worked with other people who wanted to start their own business, helping them to realise their dreams. Seldom a day goes by when I don’t say to one of my mates, “You know with your skills you could start your own business doing XYZ”.

I think it’s because I want them to have the same freedom that I do. I choose my own hours, I go on holiday as much as possible, I work for six months then take a month off to pursue my hobbies such as writing. I really think I help them because I want more people to have lunch with. Fresh conversation and all that you know. But starting your own business is hard work. You need patience, you need marketing skills and you need a lot of perseverance.

earn-extra-money.jpgAnyhoo, back to the main thread of this post. I was saying that since the age of 18 I was always looking for ways to earn extra money, so I used to scour the classifieds looking for part time work and more interestingly “business opportunities”. I even tried out many of them, but I worked out that many of those schemes relied on you never having seen them before. They worked on your desire to earn extra money, and they worked on your desire to make a better life for yourself, but most of all, they worked on your gullibility. This I am sure doesn’t only happen in the UK, I am sure that people across the globe could tell exactly the same story I am telling. Truth is many of those schemes have moved from the paper classified, to the online world, only now they don’t have 2 lines and 80 words to sell their wares, they have pages and pages.

Now doubt, if you do a search on Google for “earn money uk“, you will see lots of ad claiming to be able to make you thousands of pounds for the tiny investment of £25 or something similar. More importantly, they claim you can earn money fast!

Don’t believe it mate, really don’t. You can earn money fast online, you can earn lots of extra income online, but what you can’t do is earn lots of money in a short space of time with an investment of only £25. To reach the place where those ads claim to take you, you have to put in lots of time, and research. You have to know your market, you have to test your products, find the point at which your market responds to what your doing or selling. It’s like any other business, you have to work hard at it every day in order to earn the big bucks mate, trust me.

If you want to earn extra money my UK brethren, don’t despair, there are ways of putting that extra cash in your pocket. Think of it as pin money, something to cover a bill here, or maybe a night out there. My first month selling stuff that I no longer wanted on Ebay earned me enough to pay a £200 gas bill. I didn’t have any work over that summer and was finding it difficult to keep the monthly bills covered. I had heard about Ebay, but wasn’t really convinced about it, until one day I decided to try it out. I had a lot of old computer gear, stereos, clothing an little knick-knacks taking up space in my small flat.

My first Ebay sale was £62. That from a printer that I no longer needed or wanted, it was sitting on the shelf gathering dust? Way-hey I was hooked. My friends took the piss out of me somewhat, but I didn’t care, for that summer Ebay paid my bills. Truth is I always buy my gear online now, never in the shops unless it’s something I absolutely have to have that day. If I can wait for it, I buy it online.

Right now I am writing a lot. I am putting it out there, in the universe “I am a writer”. I think writing is a perfect job for Winter, especially as now you don’t have to go out to the Library to do research. The Internet stocks far more books than could ever be stocked in my local library, (which by the way is under threat from closure because Croydon is taking away it’s funding).

For a while now I have been trying to move my business away from the usual cycle. I no longer want to work in the IT industry anymore. I am truly bored of it, and I cannot hide it. In order to make this happen, I’ve been reading, researching, studying to pick up new skills and polish old ones. I’ve been writing reviews for music and theatre on a voluntary basis, working with musicians who need pictures for their shows or for their CD’s and other merchandise.

I have been doing all this with the hopes of one day being able to work when I wanted, where I wanted. It has been my dream. The photography practice is coming together, the writing practice is coming together and whilst I don’t earn mega-bucks from either right now, I know it’s just a matter of time.

I don’t care right now if the writing is perfect, I just care that I am writing. The point I am trying to make (to myself) is that I can write on demand, I can write to a deadline and finally, that I can write the quantity & quality of words that are required to meet the brief.

I got my first copy writing job just before Christmas. I will earn money from it, because the client was very happy with the result. I wrote a letter for his new Locksmith business. He was delighted with the letter and it will go out in a few days time to all his new clients. That was my first one, it took about three hours to complete, including the first meeting with him, the research and the final copy. I got a friend of mine to proof it before he saw it, and I should get a cheque sometime soon.

The trick is to find something you really like doing. I love photography, I love writing, with practice the standard and quality of both will improve. One day, I will earn money from both. One day, the money I earn from both will buy me my dream house, all my cars and will help me to support my family much more than I do right now.

OR I could win the National Lottery just go on a really mad spending spree, but till then I’ll keep plugging away and earn money any way I can.


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  1. suejeff /

    Good for you Stirlyn. I’m also from the Uk and it is possible to make money online on a regular basis writing web content. Try out get a freelancer where you bid on work or digitalpoint forums.com – content creation forum – and good luck


  2. Stirlyn /

    Thanks for the information Sue. If you haven’t seen Sue’s websites, check them out, she has a wealth of information about writing and for writers

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    You can earn money fast online, you can earn lots of extra income online, but what you can’t do is earn lots of money in a short space of time with an investment of only £25.

    Hah! Unless you spend the £25 on placing ads saying “earn money fast”! 🙂

    Seriously, you are spot on. It’s definitely possible to earn money online, but it’s a LOT of work. There is no magic get rich quick scheme, but the blogosphere is full of people who don’t understand this and have to learn the hard way.

    Also, there are lots of different ways to earn money online (all hard work), but using your existing skills as a freelancer is probably the most immediate way to make money (of course there’s ebay if you have stuff to sell).

    Anyway, good luck – I hope you get your dream house!

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