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The recession is clearly not quite over- one in ten Brits would pose nude to earn extra cash, a study has revealed. Researchers found that three quarters of us have considered unorthodox ways of earning extra cash as the downturn continues to bite.
Despite our emergence out of the recession, around four out of ten have sold family heirlooms or rented out spare rooms.
Others have taken jobs stuffing envelopes, begun car booting and even delivered leaflets in a bid to drum up cash.
A further one in ten have taken up bar work, two-thirds have flogged items on Ebay and one in twenty offer babysitting services.
The poll was carried out by HouseTrip.com, which allows homeowners to rent out their house.
A spokesman for HouseTrip said:
”It seems that plenty of people are looking for ways to raise a bit of additional income- although we are technically out of the recession, it would seem people are still feeling the pinch.
”Whilst we are all familiar with internet auction sites and car boot sales to raise cash, these findings would suggest that there are more creative ways to raise extra income.
”There is a difference between getting a second job or auctioning off a few unwanted items compared to selling a treasured family heirloom or posing nude.
”Nobody should be forced in to doing something they are uncomfortable with. They are more conventional ways to raise cash.”
A brutally honest 12% of the 2,000 adults polled said they regularly get sucked into the latest hair-brained money making scheme.
It also emerged from the study that a hard-working one in ten have a second job in addition to their main career, and on average this brings in a healthy £6,347 extra per year.
The poll found nearly half of Brits are considering taking on another job to earn money.
41% said they would do this to ‘keep their heads above water’ as opposed to leading a lavish lifestyle, with one in four of those who have a second job preferring to keep it secret from their friends.
Of those, a quarter said they like to give the impression they are better off than they are, but one in ten said they don’t want people to know they are ‘hard-up’.
Nearly half of all adults said they were under pressure to earn more money in order to keep up with the Jones’, and a quarter of people said they would be up for almost anything to earn a bit of extra cash.
One in twenty would like to rent their homes to a production company for filming purposes, and 5% would charge friends for the use of their car or offer to walk strangers dogs.
One in ten of those polled have three different sources of income and 31% said they use their extra cash for little extras like petrol and meals out.
The Housetrip spokesman continued:
”Your home is a huge asset and many people could make money from renting theirs out without any outlay.”
”As we saw during the Olympic period, renting out your home is profitable, safe and easy-to-do.”
MOST COMMON SECOND JOBS
1. Bar work
3. Supermarket work
6. Paper / leaflet delivery
7. Odd job person
8. Delivery man