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1. Mystery shopping

If you love shopping, this one is for you. You go into a shop, usually purchase an item that has been chosen for you, assess the staff, and then leave. When you get home, you fill out a survey about your experience. Normally you get your purchase reimbursed as well as an extra fee for your time.

Rachel Jackson is a mother of two beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a senior content manager at NYBizDb, an online resource of relevant business information.

As you get older and reach retirement age, you suddenly lose the opportunity to make extra money through your work. There may always have been the chance to do overtime or maybe even the prospect of a pay rise, but now that those options are gone, how do you make that extra cash?

There are lots of ways to make a little extra money in your spare time. Here are seven unique ideas for you. To see them all, scroll through the gallery above.