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The Working from home Toolkit – How to earn over £1000 a month from home

The Working from home Toolkit - Everything you need to earn money online (UPDATED FOR 2018!) 1

The Working from home Toolkit

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. If you are a stay at home parent you may find our 20 Work from home jobs for Mums or perhaps at University looking for online jobs for students guides equally as useful or if you are after money urgently then take a read of our HOW TO GET MONEY FAST blog post.

We will cover everything from paid market research and the best paid survey sites and online surveys that pay cash through to much higher paying work.

As always, don’t forget you need to declare your earnings to HMRC so take advantage of our amazing 60% off offer with FreeAgent which you can use to track everything from expenses to income and you can even submit your tax return via their website!

We now have on our blog a hugely detailed review all about the Curve Money Card! Which is designed so that you can bring all of your cards into one single card. Unlike those traditional plastic cards you’d be used to, the Curve Card is all controlled through an app which can be easily downloaded onto your smartphone.

From there you can add as many cards, whether they are credit or debit cards, meaning everything is in the one, easily accessible place. 

Once you sign up you will get £5 for FREE put onto your Curve Card. That’s it, There’s no catch!!

I used mine at Amazon and you can use the card anywhere that accepts Mastercard which is pretty much anywhere both on and off the Internet! 

This really is a great way to bag yourself £5 for just 2 minutes work and start your online earning journey!

So grab a cup of tea and settle down as we truly show you how to make money online from home!

Information and Links

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 The ‘Working from home’ world is full of bad, outdated and sometimes illegal information.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.


Working from home surveys

If Surveys are your thing then look no further than Qmee. They offer easy to complete surveys which you can do on your phone or laptop on all manner of topics. Their main advantage is that there is no minimum amount needed to cash out. So you can withdraw your earnings back to your PayPal account as fast as you earn it!

Finally, as you can see from the image above offer Surveys and online 1-on-1 focus groups with a fantastic rate of pay. I’ve signed up to do simple webcam chats on a range of topics for an hour which pays $60 (Around £47) so if surveys are your thing then this is well worth jumping on!

Earn a Passive Income via Fluidstack

Working from home How to get money fast Fluidstack

This is an easy one to make some money from and is usually one of the first things that people sign up to. It takes just minutes to set up and it is one of the easiest ways to earn money online.

FluidStack is a company that after you’ve installed their silent app on your laptop can use your spare computing power to help power the Internet! They are basically a company that allows users to sign up and use their computer as a cloud server, allowing website content to be distributed around the world right from your desktop. 

We’ve written a very detailed review of their service and how it works but it’s a fantastic earner to run in the background!


Very few things you can do online to earn money have a LIMITLESS earning potential but Blogging is truly one that does. No matter if you’re a seasoned writer or are looking for an outlet for your creative juices that you can earn from long-term, blogging is for you!

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Matched Betting

Working from home The Money Shed Matched Betting

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 (April  2018) I’ve been doing Matched Betting for 5 years and have made £40,000+ 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, Matched Betting 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 £60 and as I have said above have now earned over £30,000 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! We’ve produced a Beginner’s Guide to Matched Betting which is written in an easy to understand way so you can get a better grasp of what’s involvded!

If you want more details about the two main Matched Betting service companies around take a look at our in-depth review of OddsMonkey, Profit Accumulator and MatchedBets plus the ever popular Matched Betting Tracker App.

Mystery Shopping

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. 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)

If you are looking to know more then read our blog post all about how someone does mystery shopping in the UK full time.

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.


Appen Butler Hill

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

Streetbees in action

Direct Download links for the Task Apps!

Apple – Field Agent, Roamler, Clic & Walk, StreetSpotr, StreetBees,

Android – Field Agent, Roamler, Clic & Walk, SteetSpotr, Streetbees,

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. There are some great deals around for the iPhone 6S if you don’t want to spend a LOT of money to get started with the but it’s always important to remember 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.

There really is so much money to be made from these money making apps so make sure to do you research and choose a handful that will pay you the most for your time.


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. So it doesn’t matter if you buy an iPad or an entry-level Android Tablet there is money to be made using them!

Browser + LastPass

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.

Social media + Emails

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. If you are a blogger then you should look into using SocialOomph to manage your social media accounts. NOTHING out there will save you so much time when it comes to scheduling your social media updates!

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 Monday to see our latest post and of course come and join us over at the main site where you will find 5000 members and over 100,000 posts all about earning money online in the UK.

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59 thoughts on “The Working from home Toolkit – How to earn over £1000 a month from home”

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  7. Karen Teresa Reekie

    Some very useful tips. I have one of the laptops you recomemend and an iPhone, so that’s a good start! 😉

  8. Some fab tips here; very useful for anyone just setting out on home working, or thinking of it. I’ve found my tablet to be absolutely invaluable as a home worker. Home working doesn’t always mean being chained to the home office. I often take a break at a local coffee shop, and having my tablet with me means I can work while I’m there, allowing me to stay longer if I wish! I would recommend buying the highest tablet spec you can – it’ll make working on it faster. Tx

    1. Great to hear you have found the content interesting! – Feel free to pop over to our main forum where there are over 32,000+ posts all giving equally fantastic advice 😉

    1. Hi Jemma

      I would like to ask you about the job you do at home and which sites would you recommend?

      Please PM me

      Kind Regards

      Kristof 🙂

  9. Wow, you’ve done really well putting this all together! I make money online, that is my ‘job’ as well as being a mum but you’ve listed some really interesting points here that i’ll be looking into! I like the idea of matched betting, I think I need to get my head around it first though! x

    1. Hi Rebecca – Matched Betting is very easy once you get the hang of it. If you click my link above to join Profit Accumulator you can make £45 TODAY! just following their very simple instructions that are just a matter of steps – let me know if you have any questions

  10. Fantastic post!! I’ve just bookmarked this. I don’t work from home but all these tips about various different sites sound very useful and I’ll be checking them all out. As for the laptop, I’m not sure I could deal without my macbook pro! Obviously very expensive, but because it syncs with my iPhone it makes blogging/sharing files a heck of a lot easier in my opinion.

    Laura @ What’s Hot?

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  12. GorgeousGeorgesMama

    Thanks so much for the headstart. I hope I’m thanking you even more in a few months time ? can’t wait to get started.

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