As bills continue to mount, many people will look for ways to supplement their income. There are many different apps that people can use to turn their hobbies into extra cash.
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Meredith, 45, about how she used app Fiverr to make an extra £300 every month.
Meredith’s husband was already using Fiverr quite a bit for graphic design and other projects, so it was his suggestion that prompted her to take on story critiques for extra income.
Fiverr is a global online marketplace for freelance services.
Meredith was able to connect companies looking for freelance story critiques and offer her services.
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She used the skills she had built up over the past few years while pursuing her own career as a children’s book writer. Her love of books and storytelling meant that critique of stories was perfect for her.
She said: “I already work part-time for his businesses, housekeeping and being there for the kids when they come home from school.
“We needed something that would go with it and therefore not require childcare.
“I was hesitant at first as I don’t have any official proof of spelling or editing of my name, but when I looked at who offers similar services on Fiverr, I realized I had more than enough skills and experience to offer them a good service to the people.
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“On average I earn around £300 a month.
“It was somewhat reassuring to know that there was something I could do to bring in a little extra cash to help cover some of our additional costs, and essentially by using my free time.”
She explained that the cost of living has put “massive” pressure on the family as their daily expenses have really increased.
While Meredith initially found the app “a little tricky,” it soon became very easy to use, and making extra money eased her worries.
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The extra money was able to buy groceries and things their children need like clothes and shoes.
She also traded some of her utilities to get a better deal and try to save more money.
Meredith’s family was already frugal, especially when it came to their energy consumption. As a result, no further incisions could be made unless they stopped cooking or heating their home.
Meredith continued: “I’ve always shopped around to get the best prices on groceries.
“But I do my main shopping at Aldi now because it’s cheaper and we’ve discontinued certain products we used to buy because of the price.
“We’ve also eliminated several extracurricular activities to save money – although we recognize that we were lucky to be able to afford them in the first place.
“We’ve never been very keen on going out to restaurants or anything like that, but now we do it even less often as we’ve realized how much more it costs to eat somewhere or even have a drink.
“Our mortgage rates are about to go up, and so will our council tax – again! When we see the impact, I can’t imagine how hard it must be for people who have already been in a difficult financial situation.”