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15 ways to make money in your spare time

Get busy in your free time and you could see the pounds rolling in.

1. Track down old accounts
According to the British Bankers' Association, there is more than 15 billion sitting forgotten in bank and savings accounts in the UK, with the average balance estimated to be 600.

The good news is that tracing lost funds has become easier with www.mylostaccount.org.uk - a free online service that covers all UK bank and building society accounts. All you need to do is to go to the website and type in your details.

2. Claim tax credits
It's always worth checking that you are receiving all the tax credits you are eligible for. Research by entitledto.co.uk found that people across the UK are collectively missing out on benefits and tax credits worth more than 8 billion a year. So while you're tracing lost funds, why not visit the entitledto.co.uk website too and work out how much you could claim.

3. Mystery shopper
If you're longing for some retail therapy but can't afford to hit the shops, why not earn a few pounds as a mystery shopper? Websites such as www.retaileyes.co.uk employ mystery shoppers to drop in unannounced in shops and restaurants and rate their experience.

After you send in your feedback, you'll be paid for your time and reimbursed for any purchases you made. You could make up to 20 a day, and get a meal or a night in a nice hotel thrown in for good measure.

4. Cashback sites
You can earn even more money from shopping online. Cashback websites will automatically pay you every time you buy a product or a service from selected retailers, from your weekly groceries to switching your utility provider.

Cashback websites:
5. Take in a lodger
While most of us pay a fortune for our homes, it's possible to make your home make money for you.

According to Abbey, you could make as much as 289 a month from renting out a spare room. Under the government's 'rent a room' scheme, you don't need to pay tax on the first 4,250 you receive either, which means you could charge up to 354.16 a month without being lumbered with a tax bill.

6. Rent out a parking space
If you live close to a city centre, train station or football stadium and don't use your parking space or garage, you're sitting on a proverbial goldmine. Renting an empty parking place to a commuter or football fan could see you rake in the pounds.

Parkatmyhouse.com is a website where you can advertise your space free of charge and let frustrated drivers get in touch. A parking space in the West End of London, for example, can fetch 500 a month, while in a leafy suburb of Leeds a space could net you 100.

7. Sell your skills
We all have skills and talents so why not use these to make a few extra quid.

If you spent years of your life being marched to piano lessons, put the experience to good use in adulthood by advertising your services in the local newspaper as a music teacher, says Laura Howard in her book, CashQuestions.com

Just three hour-long lessons a week could see you up to 60 better off, not to mention the sense of satisfaction you will get. The same applies for languages.

8. Be a Film extra
If you fancy seeing yourself on screen, film and TV companies are always on the hunt for extras. You could make up to 150 a day and get the chance to meet some famous actors. You'll need to join an agency first, details of one near you can be found at Nasaa.org.uk.

9. Rent your home to film makers
Hollywood can come to your home too, provided you have the right location. If you live in an interesting property, you could bag upwards of 1,000 a day renting your home to film and TV companies. Ideal locations must have large rooms, good parking facilities and understanding neighbours. Ordinary homes are wanted too.

10. Model your child
While every parent thinks their child is a star, model agencies could think so too. If you think your little one has what it takes, the first step is to contact an agency to ask about their requirements. You will be asked to send in a head and shoulders photo of your child, either by post or email.

If your child stands out, you'll both be invited for an interview, to assess if your child is right for TV, photo or film. Depending on the child's age, shoots pay upwards 50 an hour, but bear in mind that agencies can charge up to 25% commission.

11. Surveys that pay
The web also offers a wealth of balance-boosting opportunities. Survey websites such as Yougov.com, Panelbase.net and Toluna.com will all reward you for your opinions, either through cash or reward vouchers.

Once you've registered on the website, you'll be sent surveys tailored to your personal profile, ranging from 10p to 2 per survey.

12. Earn from web research
Any Question Answered (Issuebits.com), are often on the lookout for internet researchers. Once a customer asks a question through their mobile phone, it's the researcher's job to hunt out the answer and reply online.

You can choose your own hours and the questions you answer, and can earn around 30p for every question you answer correctly.

13. Review music
Budding Simon Cowells amongst us should check out soundout.com, a music website that pays users to review unsigned bands. The idea is simple: you sign up, listen to a track, rate it and write an honest review. You'll get 5p per review, but the more reviews you make the more you can charge experienced reviewers can command 25p per song.

If you're a dedicated reviewer, you can earn some decent pocket money, some users have earned in excess of 1,000," says David Courtier-Dutton, the founder of soundout.com.

14. Medical experiments
Volunteering for clinical trials doesn't just have to involve taking untested and risky drugs. Some clinical trials are perfectly safe, such as sleep studies, psychological tests and taste testers. Fit and healthy volunteers living in London willing to donate their blood for clinical research, for example, could be paid 60 a time.

But remember, never sign up for anything you are not happy with risking your health for a few extra pounds is just not worth it. Go to Gpgp.net for trials in your area.

15. Join the TA
If you're brave and committed enough to sign up, the Territorial Army is always looking for recruits. You would need to give up one weekend a month, attend an annual two-week camp for basic training and be ready to be called to active service.

Basic pay starts at 34.41 a day, but can rise to 112.51. When you meet the minimum yearly training requirement (27 days if you're in a Regional Territorial unit, 19 days if you're in a National unit) you receive an extra payment known as a bounty. This increases as you spend more time as a Territorial, so within five years of joining, you could receive an extra 1600 a year. Go to Armyjobs.mod.uk for details.

So there you have it - 15 ways to make money in your spare time! Good luck - you might need it.

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