The Working from home Toolkit – Everything you need to earn money online (UPDATED FOR 2017!)

Earn Money Toolkit

 


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.

Laptop / PC Working from home - laptop


 

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.

Headset / MicrophoneWorking from home - Microphone


 

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. 

Information and LinksWorking from home - Info


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 The ‘Working from home’ world is full of bad, outdated and sometimes illegal information.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

Matched Betting

 

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 (June 2017) I’ve been doing Matched Betting for the last 20 months and have made around £21,000+ 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 £21,000 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. Profit Accumulator gives you all the information you need to know and gives you videos and tutorials to help guide you.

I have also created a fantastic comparison website for Matched Betting services in the UK. The website is called Compare The Matched Betting and compares the top Matched Betting companies in the UK with detailed reviews showing you exactly what you get for your money!

 

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.

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.

Leapforce

LionBridge

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.

 

 

SmartphoneWorking from home - Smartphone


 

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
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 5S 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.

We’ve a blog post here written by a user on our forum showing how they make £1000+ a month from smartphone apps alone!

TabletsWorking from home -Tablet


 

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.

Browser + LastPassWorking from home - Browser


 

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.

 

Twitter - work from homeSocial 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 Friday to see our latest post and of course come and join us over at the main site where you will find 4500 members and over 95,000 posts all about earning money online in the UK.

 

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  • Karen Teresa Reekie

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

  • mummy3+1dog

    Some very useful tips there, I couldn’t be without my Android phone or my laptop now

  • pearsonlaurauk

    I work from home and I’ve just ordered a new laptop 🙂

  • 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

    • Couldn’t agree more with you here. So much work can be done on a tablet (Apple or Android) not and doesn’t require a ‘full’ laptop setup!

  • Thanks so much for this! Some really awesome tips and I’m now checking some of the links out! 😉

    • 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 😉

  • Stephanie Merry

    As someone who is looking to work from home this has been really useful – thanks for sharing x

  • This is a great list. I work from home and would be lost without my iMac and smartphone.

    • Kristóf Selecz

      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 🙂

  • I can’t survive without my Apple products, everything syncs which makes it really easy for a technophobe like me!

  • I will always prefer my giant PC and a double monitor to a laptop when working from home 🙂 On the move… well this is totally different story

  • Erin Ek Rush

    Wow. So much information. You’ve done a great job getting a list together.

    • Thanks Erin – It’s a lot of work but I think it’s worth it as a lot of people can earn from the information here

  • is it fair to say a windows phone wont really help me here?

    • Correct – Apple is the best as you get access to Field Agent & Task360 which you don’t get on Android

  • 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

    • 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

  • fashion-mommy

    A really good list, I’m bookmarking this page.

    #UKBloggers

    • Hey there – Thanks, hope you earn lots of money from the information here

  • definitely agree on the laptop. everyone needs one and the type of laptop depends on the type of business you are going into in my opinion

  • The laptop list would have been soooooo useful when I started working from home.

  • very helpful and informative post! A laptop is the most helpful for me 🙂

  • 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?

  • Rhian Westbury

    Great post, thanks for the useful info. x

  • Great post here, thanks for sharing! I’ve actually learnt a lot 🙂

  • I do like the idea of being a mystery shopper, thanks for sharing some links – I’ll take a look!

  • Helen

    Fantastic post packed with lots of great money saving ideas. Perfect tips for those working from home.

  • Jo Ann

    Very informative, think I may need to refer back to this on occasion.

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    WITH WARM WISHES, GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOUR LOVED ONE’S.

  • Sara

    You have here a lot of and value information! Seeing this isn’t very hard get some extra money without leaving the house.. Great post!

  • sarah Lea

    Excellent post, very useful! I think having a good laptop and smartphone are great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Some great tips here. Working from home isn’t as easy as many people think, is it?

  • Evelina Vilke

    Awesome tips! I wish I read them when I was starting working from home.

  • 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.