Jump to content

Extra income
eBay, Gumtree, surveys etc.


  • Please log in to reply
29 replies to this topic

#1 TheWizardsGirl

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

I'm about to go on maternity leave (half pay) and looking at ways to assist with finances.

I already sell on eBay and use Valued Opinions. We always use the FlyBuys card and about to redeem points for FlyBuy dollars to spend on groceries.

Does anyone else have any suggestions?  Am thinking about getting into the comping thing.

Any suggestions/thoughts?

TIA!!

#2 Purelle

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

I do ironing, it's at home, costs me nothing and on the nights I am "working" I have absolute control over the television. !!! I charge $30 for an unfolded basket and 40 for folded basket $40 for those large square baskets. I encourage my customers to buy the wardrobe half boxes from removalists so they can pick up their clothes already hanging. I do regular and "help I'm behind" clients. One man use tp pay me $150 to wash, fold and iron his clothes fortnightly!!! And the best part (you can do it in your pjs any time of the day or night when you look like crap and no one will complain) As long as you make under $50,000 you don't pay tax, and just check with centre link re your payments. Mine were mostly friends and family so some weeks I'd do well, others, not so good. Up to you how far you want to take it, but it's good money for jam original.gif Besides I'm one of those weirdos that love ironing  ph34r.gif

#3 bailee

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

I also do surveys on line - dont get much but I cash in for a $20 shopping voucher about every 6 weeks. I have only joined one company though (can send you an invite if you are interested). I also do some mystery shopping. I dont consider either income sources really, just little bonuses here and there. eg I have been saving my bunnings vouchers and we are almost up to $200 which will cover the materials for a small project we plan to do in the next few weeks (we love diy here).

#4 TheWizardsGirl

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:51 PM

Never thought of that!! We aren't entitled to any Centrekink payments so that's not a worry. Maybe just the tax man...

#5 Jellyblush

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

I do airbnb. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you have a spare room and are a social, warm person, it might be for you.

www.airbnb.com

#6 niggles

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

I was going to suggest ironing, or cleaning. I've found there always seems to be people looking for a reliable cleaner and once someone has you, 3 others want you. With a newborn you could take them with you potentially. Someone in my mother's group did office cleaning when her son was very small and he'd nap in the pram while she cleaned.

#7 mummytotwo

Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:55 AM

Just check with your accountant for tax advice. You do pay tax if under $50,000. You just don't need to be registered for gst. (You don't charge gst, you don't claim gst either)

#8 bjk76

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

Hi,
    I'd recommend Nielsen Homescan as an easy way to make a little bit of pocket money. You have to sign up with them and if they decide they need someone with your profile in your area, they'll send you out a scanner. All you do is scan your groceries every time you buy something (even if you shop online) and you get points each week, which add up to gifts or gift cards you can redeem. They also have weekly and other competitions.

I've done it for maybe 1.5 years and have earned about $200 from the weekly scanning, which isn't a lot, but it's a lot easier money than doing all the online surveys. I also won a weekly competition just before Christmas last year, and received a $200 Visa gift card to spend anywhere.

http://www.nielsen-onlinereg.com/?cpid=1C01C0

#9 bluecardigans

Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

That's fantastic Purelle. Being able to do it in your own time is a great bonus.  I can't iron to save myself.

#10 Sassy Dingo

Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (Purelle @ 25/01/2013, 10:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As long as you make under $50,000 you don't pay tax, and just check with centre link re your payments. Mine were mostly friends and family so some weeks I'd do well, others, not so good. Up to you how far you want to take it, but it's good money for jam original.gif Besides I'm one of those weirdos that love ironing  ph34r.gif


This is totally unbelievably wrong.

Why do you think you don't pay tax if you earn under $50K? The tax thresholds apply to all income whether it is from salary and wages or business income - there are no separate tax thresholds for business income. Why should a teenager working at Maccas for $20K a year be taxed but not someone running their own business earning $50K?

Could you be thinking about GST instead? The threshold for registering for GST was $50K - a long time ago. It is now $75K.

Income tax and GST are separate though, you still need to declare business income earned in your tax return, which you will be taxed on (depending of course whether you exceed the tax free threshold).

#11 luke's mummu

Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

I do mystery shopping. I am registered with about 10 different companies. It's not heaps of money, but if I'm at the shops already I might as well earn $ 12- $15 while I'm there. The other good thing if that if the jobs are reimbursement for expenses, I don't need to put them down as income (according to my tax agent).


I used to belong to Valued Opinions but I figured out I was earning $6 an hour, so I stopped. Mystery Shopping pays $20-$25 a hour.

Edited by luke's mummu, 09 February 2013 - 07:01 PM.


#12 Sassy Dingo

Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE (luke's mummu @ 09/02/2013, 05:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do mystery shopping. I am registered with about 10 different companies. It's not heaps of money, but if I'm at the shops already I might as well earn $ 12- $15 while I'm there. The other good thing if that if the jobs are reimbursement for expenses, I don't need to put them down as income (according to my tax agent).


The difference is that your tax agent has made the decision that your mystery shopping is a hobby. There are a number of things you need to consider when deciding whether some income is a hobby or not (hobby income isn't taxable). I would imagine your tax agent would have considered that there is no profit making intention, you don't conduct yourself in a business like manner, that sort of thing and the scale of the money you're making. The PP with the ironing business though sounds like she has regular clients and earns a decent amount from it.

Sorry to hijack the thread talking about tax, but I've read that the ATO is focusing on ebay/facebook sales especially to determine whether people are paying the right amount of tax. Don't want you to get caught.

#13 Peridot

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

I started the sign up process for the Nielsen thing.. But stopped once it wanted heights and weights for everybody in the house.. Weird

Edited by Peridot, 14 February 2013 - 11:09 AM.


#14 bjk76

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:38 PM

Peridot - I don't recall doing that when I signed up to Nielsen....! That's weird! huh.gif If they did happen to collect that information, they haven't asked any more about it. All it is, is scanning your groceries! DH and I have changed weight since we started with Nielsen and they haven't asked us for an update of personal information such as weight. Maybe it's a new thing...?!

#15 PoshMosh

Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

QUOTE (bjk76 @ 09/02/2013, 03:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,
    I'd recommend Nielsen Homescan as an easy way to make a little bit of pocket money. You have to sign up with them and if they decide they need someone with your profile in your area, they'll send you out a scanner. All you do is scan your groceries every time you buy something (even if you shop online) and you get points each week, which add up to gifts or gift cards you can redeem. They also have weekly and other competitions.

I've done it for maybe 1.5 years and have earned about $200 from the weekly scanning, which isn't a lot, but it's a lot easier money than doing all the online surveys. I also won a weekly competition just before Christmas last year, and received a $200 Visa gift card to spend anywhere.

http://www.nielsen-onlinereg.com/?cpid=1C01C0


Thanks for the tip, just registered with them online and now I'll wait to see if I'm selected  wink.gif

#16 FeralDancesHere

Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:21 PM

QUOTE (bjk76 @ 16/02/2013, 11:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Peridot - I don't recall doing that when I signed up to Nielsen....! That's weird! huh.gif If they did happen to collect that information, they haven't asked any more about it. All it is, is scanning your groceries! DH and I have changed weight since we started with Nielsen and they haven't asked us for an update of personal information such as weight. Maybe it's a new thing...?!


I was asked the same things, and stopped as well. I am not putting in all that private info on DH and DS for a few dollars.

I do PureProfile and Reward Central surveys for a bit extra.

#17 *melrose*

Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:30 PM

QUOTE
I do ironing, it's at home,
Sounds like a good idea.

#18 Guest_*SnowFlower*_*

Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

.

Edited by *SnowFlower*, 20 February 2013 - 03:08 PM.


#19 Purelle

Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

I checked with my accountant and my ironing is registered as a hobby. I only do it for family and friends and its certainly not a business. I recommend anyone that is earning money outside of a employer check with an accountant. My circumstances mean I can earn up to $50k without paying tax, not everyone's will be the same. So sassy dingo it isn't totally unbelievably wrong. I am registered with an Abn.  mad.gif

#20 meeganh

Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:36 AM

QUOTE (bjk76 @ 09/02/2013, 02:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,
    I'd recommend Nielsen Homescan as an easy way to make a little bit of pocket money. You have to sign up with them and if they decide they need someone with your profile in your area, they'll send you out a scanner. All you do is scan your groceries every time you buy something (even if you shop online) and you get points each week, which add up to gifts or gift cards you can redeem. They also have weekly and other competitions.

I've done it for maybe 1.5 years and have earned about $200 from the weekly scanning, which isn't a lot, but it's a lot easier money than doing all the online surveys. I also won a weekly competition just before Christmas last year, and received a $200 Visa gift card to spend anywhere.

http://www.nielsen-onlinereg.com/?cpid=1C01C0


Thanks for this info!  I've just completed the registration process so I'm crossing my fingers that they need someone in my area original.gif

#21 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:52 AM

QUOTE (Purelle @ 17/02/2013, 10:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I checked with my accountant and my ironing is registered as a hobby. I only do it for family and friends and its certainly not a business. I recommend anyone that is earning money outside of a employer check with an accountant. My circumstances mean I can earn up to $50k without paying tax, not everyone's will be the same. So sassy dingo it isn't totally unbelievably wrong. I am registered with an Abn.  mad.gif


I too believe you are playing fast and loose with the tax laws.  Hobby is making a few cakes for people and covering your costs.  Ironing for multiple people week in week out, earning almost $1,000 a week is a business.  

Relying on an accountants advice is not a defence.

#22 Rusky99

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:15 AM

QUOTE (meggs1 @ 06/03/2013, 08:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I too believe you are playing fast and loose with the tax laws.  Hobby is making a few cakes for people and covering your costs.  Ironing for multiple people week in week out, earning almost $1,000 a week is a business.  

Relying on an accountants advice is not a defence.


I agree with this as well.  It sounds like you are doing it to earn money - not just for a hobby.

I work in tax and I think your accountant sounds very dodgy.  I am sure the ATO would not agree with your accountant's view.

If you are doing something with the intention to earn money (eg. by cleaning), it is income that legally needs to go on your income tax return.

#23 CupcakeMumma

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:22 AM

QUOTE (Purelle @ 17/02/2013, 10:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I checked with my accountant and my ironing is registered as a hobby. I only do it for family and friends and its certainly not a business. I recommend anyone that is earning money outside of a employer check with an accountant. My circumstances mean I can earn up to $50k without paying tax, not everyone's will be the same. So sassy dingo it isn't totally unbelievably wrong. I am registered with an Abn.  mad.gif


But is that $50k nett or gross?  Cause the tax rates kick in at $18,000??

#24 flakyfish

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:29 AM

QUOTE (Purelle @ 17/02/2013, 10:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I checked with my accountant and my ironing is registered as a hobby. I only do it for family and friends and its certainly not a business. I recommend anyone that is earning money outside of a employer check with an accountant. My circumstances mean I can earn up to $50k without paying tax, not everyone's will be the same. So sassy dingo it isn't totally unbelievably wrong. I am registered with an Abn.  mad.gif


Sorry, this sounds dodgy. I was under the impression you can't register for an ABN if you're just a hobby.

#25 CountryFeral

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:29 AM

QUOTE (Purelle @ 17/02/2013, 10:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I checked with my accountant and my ironing is registered as a hobby. I only do it for family and friends and its certainly not a business. I recommend anyone that is earning money outside of a employer check with an accountant. My circumstances mean I can earn up to $50k without paying tax, not everyone's will be the same. So sassy dingo it isn't totally unbelievably wrong. I am registered with an Abn.  mad.gif


Your accountant is steering you wrong Purelle.

As PPs have said $18 200 is the point where tax becomes payable.






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.