Has all this talk of the budget and the looming end of the financial year got you thinking about how nice it would be to earn a little extra cash!

Well, if you’re a stay-at-home Mum, a student or just have some spare time, you and your computer could open up a range of ways to top up your bank account with extra spending or saving money.

Here are some ways you can put some extra cash in your pocket:

User testing

Companies are often looking for everyday people to test their websites for usability.

All you have to do is sign-up to a company which arranges testing, give your honest feedback about a product/site either at home or on-site and you’ll be rewarded for your input.

Data entry

Freelancer.com.au has a range of jobs listed for fairly basic data entry/research tasks with set amounts for each. It may not be the most thrilling work but if you’re a computer whiz and are happy to work from a written brief, it could result in quick and easy cash.


Again, this is one that doesn’t require any skill but rather pays for your opinion on various topics and products – from washing powder to holiday destinations. Not all of these companies pay in cash, some reward users with points which can be redeemed for store gift cards or prize draws, so it’s worth researching this in advance. If you’d like to increase your earning power, you could earn up to $120 for in-person discussion groups.


Do you have teaching experience that could be put to good use? These days you can join an online tutoring portal where you give one-to-one tutoring and get paid securely via the website.

These roles are in high demand so you’d be wise to polish up your CV.


If you have an eye for grammar and detail or have experience as a copywriter, there are a plethora of freelance opportunities out there across various industries. The beauty of this is you can often set your price and deadline. Proofreading is a category in itself if you’d rather not create the copy from scratch.


This website sees people upload various odd-jobs on and others ‘bid’ to complete them at a set price.

The beauty of Airtasker is that you could harness your most unique in-demand skill – like marketing or doing someone’s tax – or bid on more simple jobs like cleaning someone’s garage or delivering a gift. You have the flexibility to choose your tasks so you can only do tasks online if you’d prefer.

Do you work from home? What type of work do you do from home?

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  • Ive done surveys for several companies and find it really helps. I save my gift cards to pay for Christmas.


  • These are al really fantastic tips. I do surveys and they definitely add up


  • I do network marketing. All done on the phone or online. If you find the right company and you are willing to do the work network marketing is great


  • It’s always hard to know what’s a scam and what’s not when looking for at home work.


  • So great suggestions be great to do a few of these whilst on maternity leave.


  • I do surveys it’s great for pocket money or to pay off bills I make about $150 a month

    • Which survey sites do you use?

      • what are the best sites for doing surveys?


  • mums that work from are lucky


  • I love doing online surveys. I get to have a say and earn a little pocket money.


  • sounds so great i think


  • Surveys are a great way to make some money or get gift cards for stores like coles which helps with grocery expenses, but most places only allow you to do surveys once every 3 months.


  • I do a lot of product testing surveys etc. not great pay though.


  • ive been doing online surveys for sometime and use the vouches to pay for small items for the house, paint plants tools. It all helps


  • This sounds very interesting. I would be interested to know what websites everyone accesses for the marketing research and the data entry. I have a friend who does part time book keeping from home.


  • Another useful tip is mystery shopping. Many brands will pay mystery shoppers to do market research!


  • We need extra cash, love these tips!


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