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As bills continue to rise, many people will be looking for ways to supplement their income. There are many different apps that people can use to turn their hobbies into extra cash. spoke exclusively to Meredith, 45, about how she used the Fiverr app to earn an extra £300 every month.

Meredith’s husband was already using Fiverr extensively for graphic design and other projects, so it was his suggestion that prompted her to take up a story review to generate some extra income.

Fiverr is a global online marketplace for freelance services.

Meredith was able to connect companies that were looking for independent story reviewers and offer her services.

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She used the skills she had learned over the past few years while pursuing her own career as a children’s author. Her love for books and storytelling meant that story criticism was perfect for her.

She said: “I already work part-time for his businesses, run the house and be with the kids when they come home from school.

“We needed something that would fit in with that and therefore not require childcare.

“I was hesitant at first because I had no official writing or editing credentials to my name, but when I looked at who was offering similar services on Fiverr, I realized I had more than enough skills and experience to be able to provide good service to people.


“On average, I earn around £300 a month.

“It was kind of reassuring to know that I could do something to bring in some extra cash to help cover some of our extra costs, and basically using my free time.”

She explained that the cost of living has “massively” put a lot of pressure on the family, as their day-to-day expenses have really increased.

Although Meredith found the app “a bit tricky” to use at first, it quickly became very easy to use and earning some extra money eased her worries.

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The extra money has been used to buy groceries and things her children need, like clothes and shoes.

It also swapped some of its utility providers for a better deal to try and save more money.

Already, Meredith’s family lived frugally, especially with their energy consumption. As a result, there was nowhere to make further cuts, unless they stopped cooking or heating their homes.

Meredith continued, “I have always shopped for the best prices for groceries.

“But I now do my main store at Aldi because it’s cheaper, and we’ve discontinued some products that we used to buy because of the price.

“We also dropped several extra-curricular activities to save money – although we realize we were lucky to be able to pay for them in the first place.

“We’ve never been very keen on going out to restaurants or things like that, but we’re even less likely to do that now because we’ve noticed how much more expensive it is to go out for eat or even just for a drink somewhere.

“Our mortgage rates are about to go up, and so is our council tax – again! If we notice the effects of this, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for people who were already in a difficult financial situation.

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