A mother-of-one who was once burdened with debt has revealed her top tips and tricks that have left her debt-free and earning up to £260 a week.
When Francesca Henry, 29, from Gloucester, gave birth to her daughter Amelie, in her early twenties, she struggled with finances and quickly became swamped in debt.
But after years of scrimping, saving and making a little money on the side of her full-time job, the sales co-ordinator managed to transform her financial situation, and is now debt-free.
After running a successful money blog for several years, From Pennies to Pounds, the mother-of-one is launching an email service to help parents earn up to £1000 throughout the summer holidays.
Here she reveals to Femail how she uses online surveys and mystery shopping to earn that extra money…
Francesca Henry, 29, pictured with her boyfriend Massimo and her daughter, Amelie, 7, struggled with debt in her early 20s as a young mother
The mother-of-one has revealed her advice on how to earn up to £260 per week using quick and simple methods
While she revealed you can earn up to £260 using the simple methods below, she also estimates that earning £125 per week would be easy, making it possible to earn £1000 over eight weeks.
Using money making apps
There are a lot of money making apps that you can use nowadays, and these are a perfect place to start when you’re unsure where to begin and need to figure out how to fit it all into your current schedule.
This is an app that will pay you to complete some small research tasks such as checking if there is a particular product on the shelves in a store.
You will have to reserve the tasks that you want to do and complete them within 2 hours. They should only take around 10 minutes to do and pay on average £3-£8. You can make £20 a week from doing this with little effort.
The mother of one, who recently brought her own home, says one of her favourite ways to make a little extra money is through mystery shopping
Enlightly is a survey app, where you will be answering questions and getting paid for them. They’ll drop you a message when surveys become available, and once you reach £5 you can withdraw the money to either your bank account or Paypal.
You can expect to make around £5 a week from Enlightly – as there is a lot of competition on there.
You will need an invitation code to sign up to this app (you can get one within my free email course).
You will be paid for completing tasks within the app, and they are usually pretty easy, such as checking out a display and taking photos.
You can easily make an extra £5 per week from this app.
Francesca, pictured here with boyfriend Massimo, now runs a blog to help others turn their finances around
This company has banking mystery shops where you can get £50 per assignment.
You will need to apply for a financial product but the company will remove this for you after and from your credit report also.
Mystery Dining Company
You can get lots of free meals with this company, and the best part about this site? The more jobs that you do for them leads to more sought after jobs such as hotel reviews.
Just one of the meals that Francesca has earned for free on a mystery shopping assignment
You can make around £50 a week if you are signing up to a lot of jobs on this – and get freebies!
These may not be as frequent, but they are pretty well paid. The first one that I ever did for Grassroots was in a travel agents where I was researching a holiday.
You can make £30+ per week from using this mystery shopping company.
There are both mystery shopping jobs available on here and part-time work too. They will match you to jobs that are suitable for you, which saves time going through a bunch of sites.
You will be paid approximately £7.88 per hour for Bar Staff to £9.56 per hour for Order Picker, and can make £20 pretty easily when completing jobs.
There are sites which will pay you to type up audio – you will need to be a pretty fast typist of course, but this is a great way of earning extra.
When you are getting started with full transcription you will be on 47p per audio minute, which translates to £27.60 per audio hour.
The faster that you are able to type, the more that you will be paid for your time. You can take on as much work as you would like.
Francesca revealed nine of her best money-making tips that could help others earn up to £250 per week
You can easily make £50 per week with audio typing on Take Note.
For every minute of audio that you transcribe on Rev, you will be paid $0.40-$0.75 per audio minute.
This works out at around $24-$45 per hour, so you can easily make some decent money from doing this typing role.
You can make around £30 per week on Rev – but make sure you do well when applying, as they are very strict.
Any additional income must be declared to the tax man.
Francesca’s money-making tips
Francesca estimates you can make up to £260 per week using the below tips and tricks, but the total earned will depend on how much time is spent on each
Task360: Earn cash from small research tasks = £20 per week
Enlightly: Survey app that pays you to answer questions = £5 per week
Roamler: Small tasks like taking photographs of a display = £5 per week
Total from apps: Up to £30 per week
Ragdoll Research: Banking mystery shops = £50 per assignment
Mystery Dining Company: Review restaurants and hotels = £50 plus freebies
Grassroots: Mystery shopping = £30+ per week
Red Wigwam: Mystery shopping and part time jobs = £20 per week
Total from mystery shopping: Up to £150 per week
Take Note: Transcribe for 47p per minute = £50 per week
Rev: $0.40-$0.75 per minute = £30 per week
Total from transcribing: Up to £80 per week