Check out the forum-based website Jobsgrapevine. It’s free, easy and effective – you just register, then type a message offering your skills or time to people in your area. It could be anything from babysitting, dog-walking or house-sitting to teaching a language, creating a website, performing at weddings or painting and decorating. If there isn’t a thread matching what you’re selling, post it on the Miscellaneous thread and they’ll create a space for it if there’s sufficient demand.
If you’re into green energy (kudos to you if you are! ) Ice Cream Cakes in Arizonayou could soon sell surplus energy to the national grid. If, like David Cameron, you’ve put solar panels on your roof or you’re using a stream at the end of your garden to generate hydro electricity, you could sell some of your surplus, pay your energy bills and more!
Both of these schemes will pay you a bonus for exporting energy or renewable heat sources into the grid or network. It may sound complicated, but there is an increasing number of specialist suppliers and websites that can provide advice and information. UK organisation Ownenergy is one business that explains clearly how to do this.
Renewable energy, which is suitable for domestic use, includes solar energy, wind turbines, water turbines, ground source heat pumps or biomass boilers and stoves. These various technologies are designed to last 20 to 25 years but they do cost to install. However, over time, you should be able to make that money back. Ownenergy has worked out that you should be able to make and save twice the money you pay out on the energy-creating technology.
Also, there is a variety of government grants of up to £2, 500 per property available to householders installing renewable energy technology. Their grants are also designed to contribute to the uk goal of generating 15% of our energy from renewable sources. Check the latest on grant information from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme at the Department of energy & Climate Change.
Do you have a driveway, garage or private parking space that you don’t use? Do you live somewhere popular like the centre of town, near a station or near a sports ground? You could make money by renting out your space. Contact Park Let or Parkatmyhouse. com to advertise it.
Even if you use the driveway regularly, you can still make money by renting it out temporarily. For example, you might not use it at the weekends, when the local football stadium is busy, or early in the morning when commuters may need to park close to the station.
If permanently sharing your space doesn’t appeal, consider taking in foreign students short-term. English language schools are always looking for good homes for their growing number of students. Depending on where you live and how nice your place is, you can make between 35 and 150 a week. Check out Idiom for a list of language schools in your area that you can contact to offer your space.
Or, just go for someone who is going to stay with you part-time. The website Monday-to-Friday specialises in just this type of person. It appeals to people who want to stay in your city during week nights for their work but are back in their own home over the weekend – sometimes over long weekends.
You don’t just have to rent to people, though. If you have an empty, dry basement, big loft, cellar or garage, you could advertise them as storage space. You could make anything from 5 a week for storing a few boxes in your loft to around 50 for filling a garage in central London.
If you have a spacious garden, consider turning it into allotments, particularly if you live in a city. In London, the typical waiting time for an allotment is 10 years! So if you don’t mind people coming into your garden whenever they like and growing whatever fruit and veg (and possibly flowers) they fancy, then it’s a good way to make some extra cash and keep the weeds off the place. Municipal allotments charge very little – between 10 and 30 a year. But that doesn’t stop you from making a private arrangement and charging as much as the market would bear.