Six savvy ways to make extra money at home in the UAE

Is it time to pick up a quick and easy side hustle?

Six savvy ways to make extra money at home in the UAE

Fancy making some extra cash? Well we’ve got a few ideas of how to do it without stepping outside your front door. And yes, they’re all totally legit.

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on many of our financial situations. Some people have lost their jobs whilst others have been forced to take unpaid leave during the current lockdown. However, there are a few savvy ways to make an honest earning at home – all you’ll need is a strong WiFi connection.

The wonderful world of the web has been a real saviour for us all during this time for countless reasons: from allowing us to shop groceries and takeaways, to providing virtual events and the means to stay connected with our loved ones. So it is no surprise that it is the best place to kick start a new side hustle too.

Here are six ways to make money online today…

Become a freelance writer

If you think of yourself as a bit of a wordsmith and have a good eye for a solid story then a great way to make some extra cash is by pitching ideas to publication. There are plenty of editors who are always looking to commission new writers so if you have a hobby or something you specialise in, be it parenting, football, TV or music then use it to create unique content ideas. Click here for a beginner’s guide to freelance writing. Please note that in the UAE, you need a licence to be a freelance writer. 

Download Dubizzle to sell old tech and furniture

The saying is true, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. So if you have an old phone laying around, a TV you’re not using or maybe even a sofa you’ve outgrown, then it’s time to sell it. Dubizzle is a great app for selling second-hand furniture and tech goods to people in the UAE. You can even adjust your location to ensure you get local buyers, making life easier for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Starting posting those ads.

Get some cash out of used books

With all this time at home, many of us have spent our time spring cleaning making it inevitable to find at least a few old bits and bobs we’ve been hoarding away for no reason – old textbooks are a prime example. If you’ve still got your old University study books laying around then why not turn them into some cash? Bookscouter is a good site to sell your used textbooks as it ensures you get the best price for them by comparing offers from over 30 book buyback vendors. Check it out here.

Test websites for money

Believe it or not, there are sites out there are willing to pay you for simply giving them some feedback. That’s right, you can make some money from sharing your opinion. Sites like usertesting.com are always looking for people to test websites and new features for top brands like Adobe and Facebook. All you have to do is sign up, take the test and you’ll get some cash in return.

Sell clothes on Depop and Instagram

Kill two birds with one stone by selling some of your unwanted clothes online. Not only will it give you some more wardrobe space but it’ll earn you some easy cash, too. Depop is the most popular way to sell your old clothes as the app quick and simple. All you have to do is sign up, upload some pictures of the clothes you’re selling (make sure you get some good shots with nice lighting) and wait for the cash to start rolling in. Alternatively, if you prefer selling your pieces to friends and family or have a big social media following, Instagram has also become a great platform to exchange garms for an income.

Sell your handmade art

Do you have a talent for arts and crafts? If you’ve been spending the majority of your quarantine time creating beautiful canvas paintings, drawing portraits or practising calligraphy then it’s time to turn it into a side hustle by making some money from your creations. Etsy is an excellent site to use to sell your handmade art and if you’re serious about starting your own business, create a dedicated Instagram account where you and build a following and sell your products, too.

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