Making Money in an Eco-friendly Way

May 9, 2019
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Last updated on July 15th, 2019 at 08:31 pm

This is a guest post from Jon at The Money Shed.
As a kid growing up I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really care much about the environment. In fact, I would say the first time I got introduced to that showed the damage that could be done to our planet was probably watching the Captain Planet cartoon on a Saturday morning!
As an adult, things in my life are a bit different. I have a house full of energy saving lightbulbs, a new energy efficient boiler, we’ve stopped taking plastic bags in with our weekly Tesco online delivery and I’ve ever bought myself a refillable mug to use when I work out of a cafe!
My name is Jon and I run a website called The Money Shed. It’s the UK’s largest community website dedicated to earning money from home and with over 7000 members and over 145,000 posts on our forum, we help everyone from beginners just started out to seasoned pros bringing in over £1000+ a month. Unlike other similar sites of Facebook groups, we tend to specialise in HIGH PAYING work rather than just surveys that pay 50p for half an hour of your time or low paying click sites like Swagbucks.
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For anyone looking to make money from home in an eco-friendly way, it’s actually easier than you think but first, we need to look at what ways of earning should we exclude that maybe AREN’T very eco!

Smartphone task apps

While apps like BeMyEye and Roamler are fantastic earners and can make you thousands of pounds they more often than not mean you need to go out and about in your car.
If you are unfamiliar about this type of work then it basically involves download the apps mentioned above to your phone and accepting a task. The tasks can be anything from going to a particular supermarket and take a photo of a Coke-Cola display through to visit a particular pub brand, buy a Vodka and coke, take a picture of it and answer a handful of questions. The pay is quite good with most tasks taking a few minutes and paying around £5 each however with all the driving that you do going from store to store it’s not that kind on the environment!

Traditional Mystery Shopping

As above Mystery Shopping is similar to the Smartphone task apps however they tend to pay a fair bit less and actually end up taking you a lot longer to do as you have to write what can be quite a detailed report afterwards. 
Also just like above, it can involve having to drive to these various outlets and more often not you can end up having to purchase things or consume products that might harm the environment!
On top of ‘out and about’ mystery shopping there is also the likes of edigitalresearch who offer the change to get items delivered to you from stores and you then write a report on your experience of getting the product or sometimes returning it. All of this comes with a LOT of cardboard and a LOT of plastic packaging depending on which outlet the item is coming from.

So what tasks are good then when it comes to earning decent money AND making sure you don’t damage the planet at the same time?

Well, any work you can do from home that doesn’t require items to be sent to you would be a starter. 
Opportunities such as working as Web Search Evaluator work for Appen (£600+ a month) or even doing website testing with uTest (£200+ a month) is a great start. This is work you can just log in and do whenever you want from your laptop at home but as you can see the earning potential is fantastic.
Even something like Risk-Free Matched Betting (£600+ a month) which I’ve made over £30,000 from is one of the opportunities that ANYONE can do from home without damaging the environment in any way!
If you’d like more high paying opportunities you can do from home then just pop over to The Money Shed and come and find out! Everyone on there just wanted to help you earn the absolute most you possibly can so it’s a great starting block for a lot of people looking to up their income but in a planet-friendly way! 
Making Money in an Eco-friendly Way
Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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23 responses to “Making Money in an Eco-friendly Way”

  1. dear bear and beany says:

    These are great ways to earn money from home. It’s great that there are these options for people that want to work at home.

  2. Love the eco focus here – great to see there are so many opportunities to earn extra money in a sustainable way.

  3. These are great! Who wouldn’t mind earning a bit extra? The Captain Planet reference made me giggle:)

  4. laura dove says:

    Great tips here! I never thought about eco friendly ways to earn money. I really need to get into match betting, I just don’t know where to start!

  5. sonia cave says:

    This is so interesting. When I first became a stay at home mum I tried the on line surveys thing but got disillusioned very fast!! I have heard good things about the shopping though in the past

  6. thanks for this. I am going to check out those apps.

  7. I had never really thought of an eco friendly way to make money before, good tips

  8. I’d never even thought of looking to make money in a eco friendly way before. It’s an interesting spin on extra pocket money.

  9. This is af and some really useful tips for sure. Anything that helps to be eco friendly is a big thumbs up in my book xx

  10. Wow! What amazing ideas. I have never heard of these. Smartphone task apps sounds real cool for lots of people.

  11. Alexandra Cook says:

    Great article. This is a topic I know I need to learn more about and you really helped me understand some good ways to get started making money and I liked the fact that it was an Eco friendly way. Thank you.

  12. ChelseaMamma says:

    I would never have known there was an eco-friendly way to make money

  13. Stephanie says:

    I like the idea of website testing, good to be able to do from home, more eco friendly too

  14. I am looking for some ways to earn a bit of extra money on the side so this is useful

  15. Oh wow these are some great tips and I am going to check out some of those apps mention!

    Laura x

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