Job ads can make you money - even if you don't want the job

Make money from job adverts

Have you spotted a job advert locally? You may not actually fancy the job itself, but thanks to a new app, you could make cash from your discovery - without ever doing a stroke of work. The app in question is called Job-Spotter, and one user has made £5,000 in a year from it.

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The jobs site behind the app - Indeed - highlights that most people look for a job online nowadays. It means they may miss opportunities within a few miles of their home, just because they don't happen to walk down the right street at the right moment.

The idea is to help publicise jobs online, so that those who may have missed a sign in a shop window, have the opportunity to apply.

Commenting on the launch of the app in the UK, Chris Hyams, President of Indeed said: "The 'help wanted' sign has long been a staple of high street windows, and they've performed an important role in getting people into work. But our high streets are changing, and this means those signs aren't as effective as they used to be. It's time to rethink how people find local jobs. Job Spotter can help."

How it works

Once you have downloaded the app, you just go about your everyday activities but keep your eyes peeled for 'help wanted' signs in shop windows. When you spot one, you take photo of the job advert, and upload it to the app. If the website accepts your vacancy, it will be approved (which can take up to 72 hours) and you will earn points.

Each point is worth one US cent, which is converted to sterling once a day. The number of points varies between 10 and 100 - with more points awarded for job adverts for local businesses than for high street stalwarts. If you were to earn the average for each photo, and upload three photos a day for a week, that would earn you £8.40. It's not a bad little earner for something that takes a couple of minutes, and can be carried out while you do the things you would be doing anyway. Once you have earned enough points, Indeed will email you an electronic Amazon gift card of that value.

There's no limit to the number of local jobs you can submit. The app launched in the US and Australia last summer, and since then, one user has earned the equivalent of £5,000 from submitting job adverts. This is unusual, however, as the rest of the top five job spotters of all time made closer to £1,000 in that time.

Alternatives
If this doesn't appeal, it's a useful reminder that we can make significant sums from downloading apps and carrying on life as usual - with a cashback website. There are a number of these - including big players like topcashback.co.uk or quidco.com. It's worth joining at least two - and shopping around for the most cashback on any purchase.

As an extra bonus, when you sign up to each site, you should be able to bag a freebie while you're there - which can be anything from a pizza to a box of chocolates, or money off your supermarket shopping.

Then all you have to do is go through the cashback site when you do the shopping you were going to do anyway. It can apply for anything from fashion to eating out, but one of the areas with the most cashback potential is travel. If, for example, you were to spend £3,000 on a family holiday through Expedia, and click to collect the 12% cashback through Topcashback, you could have £360 sitting in your cashback account.

It turns out you can earn money for nothing - so what are you waiting for?

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Before you travel, you need to sign up, search the site for accommodation, contact the host, and if they approve you can book their space. It means, for example, you can book a two bedroom flat in London for £80 a night - which is cheaper per person than a hostel - and much more pleasant.

This service connects people looking for a lift with drivers offering them. In the UK it is only operating in London at the moment - but it is expanding.

The service works through a smartphone app. When you're out and about you can use the app to find a driver in your area, hail them at the push of a button, and track their progress in reaching you.

The rates start at £3 plus 32p per minute for travel under 11mph and £1.75 per mile if you're driving faster. The flat fares include Heathrow to West London for £30 - which is significantly cheaper than a traditional taxi. The service was seen as such a dangerous competitor to London's black cabs that they staged a protest in June.

This is a free shopping app, which lets you scan barcodes when you're shopping, and the app will do a price comparison for the same products in local shops and on websites. You can even buy it online through the app.

It will also let you scan products you have at home and find the cheapest local (or online) stockist.

This started life as a flight search website, and has expanded to include car hire and hotels too. It draws together the advertised flight prices from over 1,000 airlines and travel agents and displays them in one place to save you the legwork.

It isn't perfect, because it relies on the information provided by the agents, so if the agent is tweaking the headline rate and then reverts to a higher price when you enquire, you'll waste a bit of time with the agents. It's therefore worth checking reviews on the cheapest agents that come up before you go any further. The prices drawn direct from the airlines, meanwhile, tend to be accurate.

This is a clever site which is designed to help you get a cheap deal on Amazon.co.uk. It has a few features, which you can use together to make sure you always get a good deal from the site.

The first is the price history charts, which show how the price has changed over time, and how the current price compares. If the price is comparatively low you can just buy at that price. Alternatively, if it has risen recently, you can set a price alert, where you input a price you would be happy to pay, and you will receive an alert when the price drops to this level.

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It can cut the amount of data you use by up to 50%, which can help you keep within data limits and save you a fortune. It will also monitor how much data you actually use which will help you pick the most cost-effective plan.

When you call 0800 numbers from your mobile it's not free, and it's usually not counted as part of your monthly inclusive minutes, so you'll be charged extra for the call.

If you install the free 0800 Wizard app, you type in the 0800 number, and it will automatically re-route your call to an 01, 02 or 03 number instead. These cost the same as a standard local call, so will be part of your monthly package. If you don't have any minutes left it will be charged as a standard geographic number.

This website is designed to let you shop around without leaving your home. You can use it in whatever way suits you best. For the dedicated bargain-hunter, you can input everything you want to buy, find the supermarket where each item is cheapest, and spend the absolute minimum.

For those who need a bit more convenience, you can fill your trolley as normal through the site (and use the swap and save button to see if you can save by buying a different size or brand). A basket icon on the right hand side of the screen will show you the cost of the same shop at alternative supermarkets, so you can switch the whole lot over at the click of a button. And there's even a vouchers button you can use before you checkout to see if you can save more. The site claims that you'll save an average of £17 every time you shop using the site.

There are lots of voucher apps and websites out there, but one which is worth a look is vouchercloud. Whether you're shopping, eating out, going to the cinema or going for a drink with friends, you can use the location function of this app to find the best deals on offer near to where you are. 
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