It’s not until I became ill, that I realised how important it is to live life each day. I’ve been in hospital for 2 months now, and instead of sitting around wallowing – it’s in fact motivated to side hustle and do more things that I never normally had time to do.
That’s why I’ve kept myself so busy by side hustling in hospital! From blogging to reselling, from comping to blogging… from reselling to risk free betting. I’ve pretty much been exhausting the Boost Your Income guide we have on MoneySavingExpert to spend my time wisely and make a bit of wonga to pay off these ghastly hospital TV bills!
Here’s a breakdown of what I’ve been up to and how much I’ve made since I’ve been in hospital:
Matched betting – £1049.06!!
I’ve seen people talk about matched betting for years, but never given it a go until recently. If you don’t know what matched betting is, it’s basically the process of betting on a football match on one bookmakers… and betting against your original bet on another bookmakers. For example, in a match of England VS Scotland, you place a bet on England to win on one bookies, and all other outcomes (so draw and Scotland winning) on another – so you ‘win’ no matter what happens. You can use this technique to extract all the “new customer £50 bet” bonuses that you see all over the web, making pure profit (see my full beginners guide here)!
I’ve been matched betting for a month now (starting on the 1st of February) and during that month… my total profit was £1,049.06 – most of which from completely risk free offers, where I just extracted free bets.
A lot of that actually comes from a huge win that I had on a casino offer – hitting a jackpot on a free £20 bonus offer… withdrawing a massive £432.50 after one 2 hour sitting!
With my big win aside, I made another £600+ over the four weeks in February (around £150 a week) from free bet offers that everyone can get. If I continue at that pace, assuming I don’t hit any more jackpots, that’s over £7,000 a year in tax free cash I could earn.
How do I start matched betting?
I’ve been using a matched betting assistant called Profit Accumulator, which has video walkthroughs and in-depth guides of how to place each bet, so you just follow the steps, place your bets and extract the cash!
You can sign up for a free trial here, in which it’ll walk you through the steps to claiming £45 in profit from two bookie sign up offers, so you can see if it’s for you or not.
You’ll need quite a bit of money in your kitty to start off with (as you’ll need to deposit cash into several betting accounts in order to place your bets), but after that – you should have your free bet money rolling in.
It’s worth saying, if you are the kind of person that gets carried away with betting, or think you might steer away from the no risk offers too much… it might be worth thinking twice before signing up. To learn more, see my beginners guide to matched betting.
Total so far: £1049.06
Reselling – £395.82 (With £300+ still to come)
Since around November last year, I’ve been trying my hand at reselling (mostly inspired from other bloggers such as Emma from Emmadrew.info and Cora from The Mini Millionaire). It’s the art form of buying something cheap at a charity shop, boot sale, or online through places like eBay, and reselling it for a higher price (see my reselling guide).
Since being in hospital, my card has had a bit of a battering, as I’ve been bidding on eBay items, in order to resell either straight back on eBay (which I’ve done a bit of), or through other mediums. I feel quite bad for my mum who has become the ‘processing, packaging and distribution centre’ at home with a hoard of products i’ve been buying, while I sit here quietly and manage the listings.
What have I been reselling?
Quite often I have found people selling video game and console bundles for less than what CEX will give you in cash for a trade-in! So after a sneaky snipe bid or purchase, I can send it to CEX free of charge (or take it in), and make instant profit.
So while i’ve been here, I’ve purchased a total of 10 Wii bundles on eBay… Yep, I’m not kidding. But all of them will make a nice profit when everything is sold!
The trick is to split the bundles up and sell items individually. You can make some huge profits by either reselling individually back on eBay, or taking the whole lot down to CEX and exchanging each item for a cash value. Some of the top Wii games still go for around £10 each, the consoles themselves between £15-30 and singular Wii remotes go for £7 each or £10 voucher when trading in at CEX too – which is huge!
What I’ve been doing, is looking through the ending auctions, quickly looking up the trade-in price of the games and accessories at CEX, and if I can make a profit – I put in a bid! Have a look at some of the Wii bundles ending soonest here.
I use CEX as my baseline – but some of the trade in values are quite poor for accessories and games, so a quick eBay search to see what they sell for normally will give you a more accurate figure.
I’ve been waking up quite early, and Wii bundle auctions ending early in the morning rarely attract last minute bidders – so have been bidding at the last second and picking up some bargains! My best pick ups include:
- A Limited edition Wii mini bundle including 2 games and 4 accessories for £33 (and I sold the console alone a week later on eBay for £40).
- Wii console bundle including 6 games and 5 accessories for £35 (and I have all those items listed now, where i’ll double my money when they all sell).
So far, my profit for the month of reselling on eBay (and other places) is £307.82… and that’s not including the £300+ worth of items I still have to sell. If you wanted a nosey, here are my items for sale (to give you an idea of item pricing if you wanted to try it out). A lot has been shipped off to CEX, but there is still tons at home still to list (sorry mum!)
If you wanted to start reselling, you should find something you’re interested in and have a reasonable knowledge of item value, pop down to a charity shop, boot sale or look through eBay auctions and buy some stock. Remember that eBay has fees that can add up to around 15%, so factor that in when coming up with a price to pay/sell.
You can pick up some amazing deals on Facebook Marketplace and local selling sites too (if you’re quick). Often you’ll find people looking to quickly flog their old junk and you get some great prices… but as you know… I haven’t been able to go and pick those ones up. For full details of how to flip video game bundles, see my new reselling guide.
Total so far: £1444.88 (with £300+ still to come)
Comping – £551.50+ worth of prizes
One of my other earners while I’ve been knocked up is a hobby of mine – comping! If you didn’t see my post on MoneySavingExpert last month, within the space of a week I’d won around £250 worth of prizes.
Well, that total has now grown to £500+ over the month. A lot is to do with luck, and entering some low entry creative competitions, which gave me a good shot at winning.
My best prizes include a 3 course meal Jazz Cruise on the Thames for two worth £130, a VIP London Eye experience (including champagne) worth £80 and a £50 Hotel Chocolat gift hamper. It’s quite tormenting that most of my prizes so far involve food or drink… and I can’t eat currently due to my Crohn’s!
Here’s an inclusive list of all of my winnings so far:
- A 3 course meal jazz cruise on the Thames for two worth £130
- A VIP champagne London Eye experience for two worth £80
- A £50 Hotel Chocolat hamper
- A designer doormat worth £50
- Tooth whitening kit and toothpaste worth £40
- A months Now TV Sports subscription worth £34
- £30 cash
- A VIP bingo package for two at Gala Bingo (including meal, drinks and free bingo) worth £25
- £20 Amazon voucher
- 2 tickets to the Freud Museum in London worth £16
- £10 travel voucher
- Months supply of Cuterelle pro biotics
- Ristorante pizza freebie voucher worth £3
- Taste Inc chicken freebie vouchers worth £2.50
- Kabuto instant noodles freebie vouchers worth £10
- Maple syrup butter freebies
- Jameson branded whiskey flask and backpack
- Cadbury branded scarf
- Galaxy hot chocolate tin
- Handwriting guide book
- Mazuma Mobile toy
All this lovely lot has a combined value of over £500+, and i’m dead chuffed with everything I managed to win. As soon as i’m out of this hospital, i’ll be eating all of my winnings and will have to make several trips to London to claim my experiences!
I’ve also been entering a competition with Pringles every day, where you can win a flight (up to the value of £300) to anywhere in Europe. All you have to do is upload a selfie of you eating a Pringle with the #PringlesTakeABite to either its Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. I’ve entered EVERY SINGLE DAY and not won yet (sorry to my Twitter followers for the spam!) I haven’t been allowed to eat either, so just been posing with a crisp in my mouth and putting it in the bin… but entries are low… I WILL eventually win!
If you want to see my tips for entering and winning competitions, check out my post on MoneySavingExpert. Or if you want some TRUE inspiration, check out Super Lucky – the blog of Di Coke who inspired me to start!
Side Hustling Grand total: £1,996.38 (with £300+ still to come)
So after a month of side hustling my backside off… I made just shy of £2,000! Now I know I still have to pay tax on my reselling earnings (the matched betting is tax free), and the competition prizes weren’t in cash, but the value i’ve made from sitting here is incredible, when I could’ve just watched TV for months on end.
That figure is a salary for most people – so it just goes to show, what you can do if you put your mind to things (even if you are in an unfortunate situation). I may not have been able to eat or drink for 2 months, but it hasn’t stopped me from making some money for a much needed holiday when I’m out!