How to earn extra money from home during Coronavirus

During the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak a lot of people will struggle for money. It doesn’t matter if you are self-employed and part of the Gig economy, are freelance in one of the creative industries, on a zero-hours contract or you run a business which may be experiencing a downturn there is no question that people are going to struggle to bring in the income they were before the virus pandemic hit so the more ways you can earn extra money from home the better during this difficult time.

I thought it would be good to show you how you can make some extra money not just while you are self-isolating but for however long this goes on as more people than ever are stuck at home than ever.

In this rundown, we are JUST looking at ways that you can earn extra money without leaving the house, so no Smartphone Task Apps or Mystery Shopping etc. and I’ve tried to cover about £2000+ of income to help you all and I’ve purposely focused on online earning opportunities that are quick and easy to do and aren’t very involved so that anyone can do them!

Sell your Skills

Sell your Skills

Everyone has a skill, and in this modern age, there are more ways than ever to earn extra money from it. By using sites like Fiverr which offer an easy selling platform and a built-in audience you can sell those skills to people. Maybe you are good at writing content or designing logos. Or perhaps your skills are is music and video production. It doesn’t matter what it is there are so many ways to earn with Fiverr.

If you are after more information on how you can maximise your earnings on Fiverr then take a read of our How to QUICKLY earn money from home on Fiverr during Coronavirus blog post.

Grab some FREE SHARES with Trading212 and Freetrade


For a lot of people stocks and shares can be quite a confusing thing but it doesn’t have to thanks to companies like Trading212 and FreeTrade.

Both offer you a free share worth between £3-£200 just by signing up on their smartphone app or website and depositing £1!

That’s it! Nothing else to it!

Don’t think you will just be allocated a low value share either. I’ve had ones for Greggs worth £20, Disney at £80 and more!!

So how do we apply for them! Well that could’t be easier!

How to apply for a Trading212 Free Share

  • Sign up to Trading212
  • Deposit £1
  • The next business day you will get your free share allocation.
  • Allow the share to settle for 3 days (ie, don’t try and sell it)
  • After 3 business days sell the share for what its current value is
  • Wait 30 days for the cash to unlock
  • Withdraw the value of the sold share back to your debit card.

Make sure to check out our review of Trading 212 if you want to find out more information about them.

How to apply for a Freetrade Free Share

freetrade free share
  • Grab a Freetrade referral link from The Money Shed Forum (Make sure to say thanks to the person you take one from!)
  • Add your details
  • Deposit £1 (via Bank transfer takes an hour or two)
  • Get your Free Share (shows as a mystery share until it is revealed) 
  • Wait 7-10 days for your share to be revealed
  • Sell the share 
  • Withdraw Cash!

Free share links from Freetrade have to be requested so when you do contact me via the link above I will send it onto you as soon as I get it (usually it’s within the 3 days!)


Earn Money with Surveys

Surveys have been the bread and butter for many people looking to earn money from home. The pay may not be fantastic however they are plentiful and you can earn a good few hundred pounds a month from this. They are very quick to do and for many people, they are able to earn money from home surveys while sat in front of the TV and using their laptop so this is perfect during those self-isolation days. There are around 30 Survey companies I would recommend such as Qmee, Prolific, LifePoints and YouGov, through to options like the Nielsen Smartphone Panel who give you the chance to earn money directly from your phone.

Online Focus Groups

Respondent Studies

For anyone that has done traditional focus groups in the past, they will know that they more often than not required you to attend on your own or in groups where you would answer a handful of questions have a discussion and then get paid around £50. Over the years more and more of these have become ‘online only’ people the chance to earn some great money from home. Online studies are typically done via Webcam using software like Skype or Zoom and generally, happen as a 1-2-1 chat though every now and again I’ve done them as a Google Hangout where you chat with other participants. There are 2 main companies I recommend, TestingTime and Respondent. They both offer a HUGE variety of studies and with the coronavirus meaning people need to stay out of groups and at home, I can only see the sheer amount of studies increasing over the coming months.

Website Testing

Online testing jobs uTest

If you have an eye for detail then website testing via companies such as uTest is a great way to earn money. You take part in projects which are run by some VERY well known UK and US brands and you are asked to look for bugs/issues on their website by performing a set of tasks. UTest tends to be the best-known company out there offering this sort of work which can be a bit technical at the start but once you get going and learn all the lingo it can be a VERY profitable side hustle and you may find you carry on working for them even after Covid19 has vanished! You need nothing more than a laptop and the ability to follow instructions so it’s a great one to dip in and out of.

Social Media Rating

social media rating

Want to help make Social Media a better experience? If so you could do worse than apply to be a Social Media Rater with Lionbridge. The work paid £300+ a month and typically takes around 20-30mins a day while you help improve the experience users have on various social media platforms. The work is on a 12-month contract so it offers the chance to bring in an additional £3600 throughout the year and is all done via your phone. If you are interested in this or any other opportunity Lionbridge offers such as Web Search Evaluator work (alongside Appen) which pays over £9+ an hour (£500+ a month) then make sure you come and chat in our dedicated Lionbridge thread on the forum if you have any question.

Free Money

claim your free rewards

Don’t forget there are a good number of offers around where you can grab FREE MONEY. We run a promotion with Curve where we can offer you the chance to get £5 for FREE to spend anywhere compared to the regular offer of £5. Cashback sites such as TopCashBack typically offer a £15-£20 signup bonus just for joining and buying something using cashback with is a real WIN-WIN! Also, don’t forget to have a look at offerwall sites like OhMyDosh which give you free money just for signing up for services (and then cancelling them!).

Free lottery websites like also provide a good way to get free money. Goyipee runs two daily draws and they’re both completely free to enter. In their midday draw, there’s a guaranteed winner of £5 every day. Their 9pm draw gives you the chance to win between £10 and £1,000 after you’ve invited three or more people to join. 

If you are after more information on ways you can claim FREE MONEY at the moment then take a look at our blog post showing you How to get up to £100 in free money during Coronavirus.

Another great way to get free money is with Plum. This amazing money-saving app gives you the chance to earn £15 for every 3 people you refer to it via its invite system.


There is no limit on how many people you can invite so for another 3 it would be £30, 3 more would be £45 etc!

The Plum App is available on both Apple and Android so get referring and grab some free money!

Matched Betting

20 ways to make money doing Risk Free​ Matched Betting

After the hiatus of sporting events in the UK and around Europe everything is thankfully back in action! This means that a HUGE amount of money can now continue to be made from Matched Betting. The best thing is that you don’t even need to be a big fan of these sports (or understand how they work) to take advantage of this risk free venture!

If you fancy giving Matched Betting a go then I would suggest having a read of our Beginner’s Guide to Matched Betting which takes you through how it all works and getting started in an easy to understand way. It really is a fantastically easy way to earn money from home and best of all it’s TAX FREE and I’ve personally made over £40,000 from Matched Betting over the years so the money is there if you want it.

If you’ve never heard of Matched Betting before it is a way of taking guaranteed value from the offers that online bookmakers put out for both new and existing customers. It’s VERY easy to do and even the math is all done for you thanks to some very clever software!

If casino and slot offers are more your thing than sports then I would suggest looking at our review of Bonus Accumulator which covers around £3000+ of sign up offers alone alongside giving you access to some amazing tools you can use to get the edge over the bookies.

Data Entry

Data Entry Jobs

If you are fast on your fingers then Data Entry can be a great way to bring in some extra income while you are self-isolation. You can pick up a lot of work via sites like PeoplePerHour and Fiverr. Data entry work is very easy to get started and typically involves working with word documents or spreadsheets as you enter information that is given to you in another format. The work is plentiful and it doesn’t typically take you a long time to do each piece of work so it can be a great income to dip in and out of. With the Gig Economy being as popular as it is more and more companies and using homeworkers in this ad-hoc way to get work done than actually hiring a permanent member of staff so if you do a good job then repeat business is sure to come!

Offer Home Tutoring

online tutoring jobs uk

With the education system becoming unstabilised due to the Coronavirus a lot of people are looking at how they can earn from home. There are a number of options here where you can make money. You could offer courses via Udemy if you could produce your own material and once that is made you have very little involvement as Udemy do all the promotion for you!

If you are wanting to get more ‘hands-on’ with online tutoring then look at companies like Education First which pay £9.35 – £11.48 an hour teaching people English as a second language or if you don’t have any formal teaching qualifications you could look at Cambly which pays around $10.20 per hour.

A lot of people who get into online tutoring worry they need to look professional in-front of the camera. This honestly isn’t the case, you don’t need to be sat there looking like a school teacher or have invisible tape in hair extensions in place to give a good impression, so instead just pull up a seat and get tutoring!

If you fancy giving Online Tutoring a go during the Covid19 outbreak then take a look at our Top Tips on how to earn money as an Online Tutor during the Coronavirus outbreak blog post.

Transcribe Work

Transcribe work

For a lot of people who are forced into working from home using a laptop and a headset in their ‘home office’ will be second nature! It’s because of just how easy it is to do more work is available than ever if you are good at Transcribing. The work typically involves listening to an audio file and then typing up what is said. The main companies offering this sort of work are TakeNote which tends to be one of the highest paying ones out there, Casting Words and Rev. Some of the work can be quite technical and others are literally typing up a phone conversation of a 1-2-1 meeting.

So there we have it, that’s a few thousand pounds worth additional income you can bring in while we muddle our ways through the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are looking for additional ways to bring in some money there is always Blogging, Text Q&A Work, Adult Work, Earning a Passive Income or even earning money by sharing your computer’s resources! Once all this clears then you could look into ‘out and about’ work like that found on smartphone task apps such as Roamler or BeMyEye or even Traditional Mystery Shopping! If you need any more help or support then please come ask on our forum as everyone on there wants to help you earn the absolute most you can from home!


How can I earn extra money from home during Coronavirus?

There are a number of options available to you. From web search evaluator work with Appen through to high paying task app work on your smartphone there is something for everyone who wants to increase their income.

Do I need any experience to earn money from home during Coronavirus?

Not at all! All you need is a laptop and sometimes a smartphone depending on the work. Even something like data entry can be learned as you go so there are no hurdles for you to worry about.

Do I need to invest a lot of time to earn money from home?

It really depends on the nature of the work. If you are doing high paying surveys, online mystery shops or matched betting that is typically something you can dip in and out of very easily. If you are doing a bit more involved like data entry or blogging then it may end up investing a few hours a week into those but it is worth it for the money!

Can you continue earning money from home after Coronavirus?

Absolutely! This sort of work was here before the virus and it will be here after it is long gone. Many people fit this kind of work outside their main job so it’s very easy to keep the money rolling in.

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