The soaring cost of Christmas is pushing millions of families into debt, with a third of households already turning to credit to keep afloat in the run up to December 25. Some 37% are taking out loans, according to research from the National Debtline, to help cover the cost of the festive spell, which, according to eBuyer, now stands at £475 per household. But what if you could make that extra money to spend for Christmas, instead of having to borrow it from elsewhere? With three weeks to go until Santa's visit, we've handpicked some of the most fruitful ways to get some cash, fast - and they're all pretty straightforward, too. 1. Rent your car out The demand for car hires is set to spike in the run up to Christmas when people start their big festive shop - which comes hand in hand with a lot of shopping bags to carry. Which brings us to point one - if you've a car sitting dormant on your driveway or idle on the road in front of your house, you might want to rent it out for a … [Read more...] about Nine quick and easy jobs that’ll make you some extra cash just in time for Christmas
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LISTING your room or property on Airbnb can be a great way to supplement your income but, by following a few tips and tricks, you can also totally transform your earning potential.It’s the little things that can often “sell” staying somewhere to someone – and if they enjoy their stay they’re likely to leave a good review, tell their friends and possibly return at a later date.Wi-FiDon’t shoot yourself in the foot before you even start.Many users on Airbnb will automatically tick “WiFi” as a must-have when looking for somewhere to stay.This means that if you don’t provide it, you won’t even show up in their search… talk about a missed opportunity.Convenient check-in timesConvenience is key with those looking to stay somewhere short-term.Having workable check-in and check-out times can make all the difference when it comes to securing a booking.Having round the clock access is a real bonus but, if that isn’t doable, … [Read more...] about How to list property on AirBNB and make SERIOUS money – hints and tips to maximise your rental’s potential
THE “sharing economy” is booming as a host of new websites help people rent out spare rooms, driveways and even furniture to earn extra cash.Airbnb, which boasts more than 50million users worldwide, kickstarted the sharing revolution. It was launched in 2008 by three college students and lets people book rooms in each other’s homes.Here, Sun Money explores how YOU can make a bundle from renting out your unused property and possessions. SPARE parking space on a driveway could be worth as much as £3,000 a year if you let other drivers use it.More than 30,000 driveway owners have registered with JustPark and the average earnings top £1,000 a space.But for high-demand areas near city centres and sports grounds, the figure can rise significantly. Other firms offering the service are Park On My Drive and Parklet.Letitia Valentine, 34, inset, a private PA from Peterborough, lives near the town’s train station and makes up to £300 … [Read more...] about How to rent out everything from loft space to lawnmowers and bedrooms – and make your home pay its way with business ideas
BRITS who have "Instagrammable" homes can make up to £150 extra when renting out their pads this Bank Holiday weekend.Stylish seating, a home bar and unique style are all features that will encourage guests to pay that little bit extra for their accommodation.With thousands of homeowners set to let out their homes this Bank Holiday weekend, research by furniture brand Maisons du Monde found that more than 80 per cent of people are willing to fork out an extra £50 a night for a listing with incredible interior design.While it's a little too late to make any big home improvements for this Bank Holiday weekend, it's worth noting that millennials are willing to splash out an extra £75 per night for a home with cool, picture-perfect interiors.Some people will even pay £100 a night for a place with a "Instagrammable" furnishings.Celebrities including Kourtney Kardashian and Lauren Conrad are some of the stars who have posted pictures of their … [Read more...] about Making your home ‘Instagrammable’ could earn you an extra £150 when letting it out – and here’s how to do it
FROM rising energy and food bills to perpetually low savings rates, it looks like 2017 is going to be another tough year on your wallet.But here are some ways to earn some extra cash without necessarily having to leave the house.From filling in online surveys, creating a viral website, transcribing meetings and conferences or even selling your hair.Busy business owners are often on the lookout for someone to help with their admin or one-off tasks.As a virtual assistant, you could use your experience and skills to complete a wide variety of tasks, such as diary management or document editing, for a small number of regular clients.Clients benefit because they get the help they need to run their business without the cost, risk and hassle of employing someone. You benefit because you get to work from home, choosing hours to suit you.For example, those with two to three years’ experience as a PA, admin assistant or secretary could sign up to Time Etc, which provides flexible, … [Read more...] about 25 ways to make money from home from filling in online surveys, getting paid to watch TV and even selling your hair
AIRBNB has become a global holiday phenomenon, as people can travel to new places and save some money as they stay in ready to go homes at a reasonable price.The rental tour de force has taken off in the past few years as people rent out their homes quickly and easily – although renters have found it doesn’t always go to plan.It describes itself as a peer-to-peer online marketplace and homestay network that allows people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties.The cost of the accommodation varies, but it always set by the property owner.The company makes its money through a percent of service fees from guests and hosts with every booking.There are more than 2,000,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries.It was founded in August 2008 and has a headquarters in San Francisco.The idea came to Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia in 2007 when they could not afford the rent for their apartment.So they made their living room into a bed and breakfast for three … [Read more...] about What is AirBNB, how does it work, where is it banned and why has it been controversial?
AIRBNB is cracking down on landlords in London who let out properties for extended periods of time.The accommodations website, which has been criticised for fuelling the London housing crisis, has announced that landlords using their platform will no longer be able to let out an entire home for longer than 90 days.This is unless hosts can confirm they have planning permission which allows them to share their space more often.The three-month cap will become effective from spring 2017.The move comes amid growing concerns about London's housing crisis, as increasingly, homes that could be rented out long-term are being put on Airbnb as short-term lets, and are therefore being removed from the housing supply.Short-term lets work well for those living in the UK for only a few months during the year, such as part-time expats, and can provide a huge income boost.Of course, those that aren't out of London for that long will have no issues with their letting.The typical … [Read more...] about Airbnb introduces 90-day limit on short-term lets – but how does it affect you?
MILLIONS of us now use Airbnb for our holiday rentals, but your next stay doesn't need to be in a bog standard villa.From a bright pink party pad in Essex to a stunning Seashell House in sunny Mexico, these are some of the most amazing holiday homes on Airbnb...This stunning beachfront villa, in Bali, is surrounded by a 700sqm tropical garden - and even comes with its own team of private staff.The house, in Dencarik, sleeps four - and is available from just £149 per night.This unique home in northern Iceland is set in the long grass - and has stunning mountain and bay views.One of three flats can be rented from £150 per night - and offer the perfect isolated escape for a group of up to four, while being just a 10-minute drive to Akureyri.Inside, the house offers yet more surprises - in the shape of a bright pink kitchen and large windows offering jaw-dropping external views.The spectacular Seashell House, in Mexico, comes with a swimming pool and unique interior - and … [Read more...] about The most amazing Airbnbs around the world – from a luxury villa in Bali to an underground hygge in America and a pink party pad in Essex
ORDINARY Brits can make hundreds of pounds a month by renting out a spare room on Airbnb.But how does the process work, and are what are the risks involved with letting a stranger into your home? Here's what you need to know...To rent out your room on Airbnb, you simply sign up as a host on the website and create a listing.Take a few pictures of your room, flat or house, upload them onto the website, and pick a nightly price.We suggest having a look at some similar places in your area, to get an idea of what's reasonable.You can set the availability and house rules for your listing - as well as telling your future guests any essential information.If a tourist likes the look of your listing, they will ask to reserve your room or property.You can then confirm or deny their request, and message your guest through the Airbnb app or website to set up exchanging keys and other admin.Airbnb is a rating based app, so it's in your interest to make sure your guests have a good time. … [Read more...] about Airbnb advice and tips for hosts – how to rent out your room, house or flat to make money
I first caught the travel bug when I moved to China aged 19. Ever since, I've spent every free moment and every spare penny exploring the world, from backpacking through southeast Asia to studying in Australia, the United States and all over Europe - and then later, visiting the friends I've made along the way. But after almost 200 nations came together last December to finally agree to a climate change plan to limit the rise of the global average temperature to maximum 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), I came to a horrible realization: My travel habit is part of the problem we've agreed to fight. Flying all over the world - to South Africa, the United States, India and Egypt in just the past year - comes with a pretty hefty price tag. And I'm not just talking about my bank balance - I'm talking about the future of our planet. Flying is an environment killer Travel-related activities account for up to 14 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions each year, according … [Read more...] about How to be a travel addict and still spare the environment