When you first start earning money working from home it’s very important to make sure that you have the right tools to hand.Having the best tools you can afford will mean that you not only do work much faster but also open yourself up to more opportunities.
I am going to take you through what I consider to be ‘essential’ kit when it comes to earning money online in the UK. Hopefully this will help those of you who are just starting out and wondering what you need to get going.
This is maybe your most important bit of the toolkit. Having a good laptop that is not only quick to respond but doesn’t hold you back from picking up opportunities is a must these days. With companies like WhatUsersdo offering the chance to get paid £8 a time for doing a quick 20 minute review of websites from your home that are opportunities you don’t want to pass up. To do that though you need quite a decent laptop / PC so it is important that you invest with the thought of ‘how much can I earn from this?’ being at the forefront of your mind.
No working from home opportunity requires an absolute beast of a laptop like a top end gaming laptop so you should be OK with a decent £250-£499 laptop that will keep you going for quite a few years.
My top 5 laptops at the moment are
Toshiba C50-B-13N Celeron 15.6 Inch 4GB 1TB Laptop £277.99 from Argos
With 4GB of RAM, a nice sized screen and a whopping 1TB hard drive, this laptop is future proof and then some for the sort of work you would be doing online from home. Fantastic price as well!
Acer E5-571 Core i5 15.6 Inch 4GB 1TB Laptop £379.99 from Argos
The same spec as the Toshiba storage and screen size however this one is rocking an i5 processor so is worth the extra money if you want something a bit more zippy!
HP Pavilion 15-p011na 15.6 Inch 8GB 1TB Laptop £399 from Argos
This laptop currently has a whopping £150 off at the moment so is well worth looking at. A great sized screen and a huge 8GB of memory make this a laptop you might want to consider.
Lenovo G50 15.6″ Laptop – £499 from PC World
At the top end of the price range but with 8GB of RAM and an i7 processor insider it, if you can afford it it would be well worth the investment. Lenovo have really come on as a fantastic maker of laptops over the last few years.
Acer V5-573 15.6″ Laptop – £399 from PC World
With 4GB it’s not as beefy as the 8GB counterparts however with an i5 processor and a very decent size screen, it’s well worth looking at.
If you have the money left over I think it’s always worth investing in a decent mouse or keyboard. I find over time tracker pad response isn’t as good as it used to be and using some separate peripherals is a worthwhile investment.
It doesn’t matter if you are reviewing websites for WhatUsersDo or doing some transcribe work for Appen having a headset / microphone is something you will end up needing sooner rather than later. You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money here, just something that works is enough. I would recommend the Logitech H150 Headset, Creative HS-390 PC Headset or even just the Logik LDM10 Microphone if you don’t want the earphones.
Once you have got your setup all sorted you need to know what to do next. This is where information is vital. The ‘Working from home’ world is full of bad, outdated and sometimes illegal information. The most obvious tip I can give you is to come over to the main Money Shed website where you can interact with a community full of people ONLY in the UK and ONLY earning money through normal, legal channels.
Here is some links to help get you started to finding work you can do from home. I am purposely not mentioning survey sites / click for pennies type websites as I am trying to help you earn decent money here.
I wanted to start this section by talking about Matched Betting as nothing in the ‘working from home’ world has earned me so much MONEY in such a short amount of time. As of writing this (March 2016) I’ve been doing Matched Betting for the last 10 months and have made around £12,000+ so far. Oh and all of that has been TAX FREE as you don’t pay tax on UK gambling winnings. The sheer amount of money you can make for the few minutes required to place a bet is amazing.
For those that don’t know, MBing is where you use a system to take advantage of offers the bookies put out there involving free bets such as Bet £20, get a £30 free bet. You use a system that GUARANTEES profit each and every time, it’s not betting in the traditional sense, there is no risk or emotion involved in it, it’s just cold hard cash!. You can start with as little as £50 I would say, I started with £100 and as I have said above have now earned over £2000 from it so far. If you want to give it a go for FREE then check out Profit Accumulator which offer a FREE TIER membership (this is how I started) where you can make an easy £45 today.
Even if you have never done betting in your life, don’t worry. Profit Accumulator gives you all the information you need to know and gives you videos and tutorials to help guide you.
If you want to see how a fellow Money Shed member has got on in their first month of matched betting (Just shy of £1500) you can read about it here
Market Force : Easily one of the best Mystery Shopping companies to work for when you first start. Big name clients, regular work and lots of help when you need it.
Retail Active : Again, an excellent selection of clients, including the large holidays parks with giant swimming pool domes in them!
ESA Market Research : Good Clients, easy to use website when it comes to filling in your forms and offers work that other companies don’t.
Tern Mystery Shopping – Excellent Mystery Shopping company, good rate of pay and variety of tasks
React Surveys : Good selection of clients, always have regular work to offer.
Mystery-shoppers.co.uk : Good client selection, decent fees and easy reports.
eDigitalResearch : Online Mystery Shops – Never leave the house and get paid to review both the website and the act of purchasing (and sometimes returns)
WhatUsersDo : Get paid £8 a time for reviewing websites and how they work. Work is allocated via email on a fingers first basis.
Web Search Evaluator
There are 3 main companies which offer work as a web search evaluator. The work is often paid by the hour and you just sign in and work whenever suits yourself.
I think that’s enough to get you started, if you want to find more ways to work from home in the UK then head on over to the forum where you can find lots more information and help from other workers.
No matter which way you slice it at the moment the Apple iPhone is the ‘go to’ phone when it comes to earning money online using the apps available.If you haven’t heard of these apps then just pop over to our main site and you will see numerous threads about them how they can be used to earn you money just by doing simple mystery shopping tasks. Let’s take a look at the scores on the doors to see just why that is
Apple – Field Agent, Roamler, Clic & Walk, StreetSpotr, StreetBees, Quick Thoughts,
Android – Roamler, Clic & Walk, SteetSpotr, Streetbees, Quick Thoughs etc.
That lack of Field Agent is a MAJOR minus point for Android I feel. Currently the earning potential with that ONE application FAR outweighs what you can earn on any of those other apps.
Buying phones is never a cheap thing, we are looking here at getting a phone for earning and so it’s important that you factor that in when deciding which phone it is that you want to buy. It maybe that you look at sites that let you cash in your old phone for money such as http://www.mobilephonexchange.co.uk/ . There are some great deals around for the iPhone 4S , iPhone 5S and the uber popular iPhone 5C at the moment like this one where the iPhone 4S is free and the monthly contract is only £9.99 a month. You can more than make those costs up in a matter of weeks if you go ‘all out’ on these money earning apps.
If you decide you do want to stay with the Android eco system then any phone that runs a ‘newish’ version of Android and has a decent camera will see you through. Again, there are some fantastic deals around at the moment on the Samsung S5 and Samsung S4.
I think over the next 12 months we are going to see more and more survey sites move over to tablets. Either in terms of how the sites themselves works or in having dedicated apps such as QuickThoughts or VoxPopMe where you can earn money from the comfort of your tablet.
You don’t really need a high end tablet for these at the moment so even an ipad Mini 1 16GB model would be good enough. Indeed on eBay you can find some great deals for an iPad 2 for under £199. If you have the money to spend then it’s always worth getting the best you can. Amazon at the moment have some great deals on 16GB iPad AIR for around £270.
Once you have your fantastic laptop it’s important that you are using the best setup possible when it comes to the browser. I would say Firefox or Chrome are the best browsers to use. I have always found their way of dealing with multiple tabs to far outweigh Internet Explorer in terms of speed and just general functionality. One MAJOR plugin I would have to recommend is LastPass. It is a plugin that helps to not only securely remember your passwords across as many browsers / computers as you want to use but it can also be used to generate form information. This is especially useful when it comes to signing up to various services or doing surveys where you have to enter the same information on repeat. They are a few other applications which do the same but I have always got on really well with LastPass and it even has an iOS version as well which means the functionality comes along with me no matter where I am or which device I am using.
If you want to get into the game of working from home you need to be socially connected. That starts with having a decent email address. I would personally recommend getting a GMail account. Some companies I have done work won’t let you sign up with a Hotmail or Yahoo email address and some MAJOR companies I have done work for will ONLY let you sign up if you have a GMail account.
In terms of social networks it’s good to have an account on all the major platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Using these accounts you can follow and keep up to date with companies you may want to work with or find out if there are any opportunities that are coming up. Companies like Field Agent for example regularly post on their Facebook page whenever there is a big opportunity to do work for them coming up. It certainly, in this instance, pays to be connected.
I think if you follow this ‘toolkit’ you will find you have got everything you need right now to go out and earn some serious money. Be sure to keep an eye on The Money Shed Blog each Friday to see our latest post and of course come and join us over at the main site where you will find 800 members and over 16,000 posts all about earning money online in the UK.