We all know that you go to work to earn money but wouldn't it be great if you could earn money on your lunch break too! Whether your break is half an hour or an hour, you can really utilise this time to make some extra cash. There are various ways you can do this, from staying at your desk and completing surveys to getting out for some fresh air and dog walking. Here are 10 ways that you can earn some extra cash on your lunch break:
You won't earn a fortune but you may just be able to make some regular money by completing lots of surveys. There are many survey sites out there some of my favourites are Prolific and Swagbucks. Some surveys only take 5 minutes to complete where as others can take up to half an hour so do make sure you are able to grab something to eat whilst doing them. The ones which take longer to complete usually give a better pay out so keep that in mind, but if you complete them every day you will soon build up come extra cash over the year. Some will pay in cash and others will pay in Amazon vouchers which is why I like using Swagbucks. I've earned £50 from doing their surveys for half an hour a day the past month. Here's some more information about making money from surveys.
Being paid to shop is a dream job for many, and there is a lot of money to be made with mystery shopping especially if you do it reguarly. You can get paid to eat, earn money for trying on new clothes or buying new toys and you are required to review and rate their service quality or quality of their goods. Payment for this type of work varies amongst agencies, some will pay with gift vouchers or cash and others will allow you to keep the free gifts. You can arrange to do some of these during your lunch break if for example you are required to go to the supermarket and buy something. Some of the most popular sites for this are MarketForce, Grassroots and Gapbuster.
Have any errands to do such as your online grocery shop which could be done doing your lunch break instead of taking up your free time at home? Whilst this isn't directly earning money you will get cashback on your purchases if you are signed up to Quidco (Ebates if in the US) or Topcashback. Have a list of things you need to buy such as birthday or Christmas presents then this is the perfect opportunity to do some online shopping and get some cashback at the same time! Also here are some great ways to earn some free money from Quidco:
- £2 free when you get a home insurance quote from Confused.com
- £4.50 free when you activate your free sim card from GiffGaff
- £2 free when you get a home insurance quote from GoCompare
- £1.50 free when you get a Graze box delivered for free.
- £1.95 free when you get a car insurance quote from Confused.com
So if you do all of the above tasks that's already £11.95 free and you can do also get free cashback from Topcashback too! Another way to earn some cashback is to renew your car insurance or even switch your utility bills this can be done quickly on your lunch break whilst you eat your lunch at your desk. Some companies offer up to £100 for simply switching to theirs!
This is more of a hobby but you can win lots of fantastic prizes, some which may help financially such as holidays, gift cards or even a year's rent paid for! It is a potentially profitable hobby for the lucky compers. Compers will source and enters hundreds of competitions and contests daily, after all you've got to be in it to win it! There are many competition sites to get you started and as well as doing it in your free time you could be entering as many as 30 competitions on your lunch break each day!
Paid To Click Websites
Similar to survey websites Paid To Click (PTC) sites allow you to earn cash for completing short tasks such as watching videos, downloading apps and completing surveys. Some of my favourite PTC websites include InstaGC and Swagbucks where you can easily make around £20 worth of Amazon vouchers during your lunch break over the month.
Sell Your Skills
Join sites such as Fiver and People Per Hour where you can list your skills and recieve job offers which you can then complete during your lunch break. How much you earn will completely depend on what the job is and how the duration it takes to complete. I have used People Per Hour in the past and would recieve job offers for writing articles for other websites. If you have time to write an article during your lunch break then People Per Hour would benefit you. Fiver is great for doing little jobs such as creating a logo, moving someone's blog from Blogger to WordPress or designing a Facebook timeline cover.
Sell Your Items
Whilst this may not make you money straight away, it will save you some time from doing it at the weekend or in the evening. List any items you are wanting to sell on eBay, Gumtree or local Facebook for sale groups on your lunch break and you may cash in some sales over the day whilst you're still at work!
Start A Blog
Now this won't see you magically earning money overnight, but over time it is a great passive income which can see you earning money reguarly from sidebar ads and numerous other ways whilst you sleep, work and are out shopping. Check out this post for ways to make money from a blog.
This could be a great little earner on your lunch break, if you know any people close by to your workplace who would be interested in taking you up on walking their dog then ask! You could even create little flyers and put them through the letterbox of houses in the area as this will draw up some interest. You could earn up to £5 per dog and you can eat your lunch on the go! Win win! Just think if you two dogs during your lunch break 5 days a week that could be £50!
Smart Phone Apps
There are thousands of smart phone apps, there's pretty much an app for everything these day including ones which you can make some extra money from. There are a number of apps which you can download and earn cash or gift cards from testing them and completing surveys or short tasks on the go or at home. So whilst you're eating your lunch, instead of browsing social media how about making some extra cash. Some of my favourites are Field Agent, Receipt Hog, StreetSpotr and Qustodian.
Have you thought about making money during your lunch break before?