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Ways you can make a little extra

We want you to make the most out of your income. Here's some useful tips on how you might make a little extra this month. 

  • Look for employment opportunities - Have you been out of work for a while? Think about whether you could re-join the work force. Network Homes' employment and training team can help you. you can contact them at worksmart@networkhomes.org.uk.
  • Upskill yourself - Look for a free course that could help you get ahead at work. Websites like Hays have some helpful tips. 
  • Find part-time work - There's a lot of part-time work available even if you only have a few hours spare a week. You could find something you can do from home.
  • Get paid to take part in a focus group - You can take part in market research and be invited to give your view on new products and advertising campaigns while also getting paid. Takepartinresearch and Focus4people show opportunities for this type of work.
  • Talk to our welfare team - If you're really struggling we have an in-house benefits team who would be happy to help you - they've helped to secure over £1.3 million in previously unclaimed benefits for our residents. You can email them on WelfareAdvisors@networkhomes.org.uk.
  • Check you are getting the right benefits - use our benefits calculator to help you. 

    Benefits calculator
  • Sell your unwanted items - sites like Ebay can help you to sell your unwanted things. Why not ask family or friends if they've got anything they don't want?
  • Sell your old electronics - unwanted CDs or electronics could be sold through websites like Music Magpie.
  • Sell your old books - you can sell books on We Buy Books
  • Rent out your car when you're not using it - if you find that your car is regularly going unused, make the most out of a car club such as Easy Car Club
  • The Peachy Deal - If you have an extra room, you could downsize and you may be eligible for our Peachy Deal. This could include £1,000 for downsizing, plus coverage of removal costs, new carpets and curtains.

    Find out about downsizing
  • Get a lodger - check your tenancy agreement to see if you could get a lodger.
  • Is your bank the best for you? - There may be a bank which could provide a better return for your savings. Check out Money Saving Expert to compare what the major banks offer.
  • Help to Buy ISA - If you're saving to buy your own home, you can boost your savings with a Help to Buy ISA. The government will top up your savings by 25% - check out the gov.uk website. 
Work
Checking your entitlement
Get rid of your unwanted things
Make the most our of your property
Be smart about your banking

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