Make money from your home: With Film and TV

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Are you a film buff? If so, test your memory.

Which blockbuster film featured Kate Winslet in a kissing scene on the doorstep of this little cottage in the photo above?

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Book shop in Notting Hill featured in the film by the same name staring Huge Grant and Julia Roberts

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Making Money in Time of Austerity

Making money from home to supplement income, or indeed as the main income stream has never been more in demand.

The internet is inundated with schemes to make money online, but the majority of these money making schemes are designed to separate unsuspecting internet user from their hard earned cash.

However, if you happen to have some time on your hands, a keen eye and a bit of savvy, sifting through the online information can prove to be quite rewarding.

As austerity cuts bite deep into our pockets, even the wealthy are tightening their belts, many people are falling on hard times, young and old alike are facing a bleak future, a mountain of debt, the grim reality.

The Bank of England’s debt figures reveals an average British household debt of £55,808 including mortgages. Individually, the average debt owed by each UK adult including mortgages is a staggering £29,539 that equates to 122% of average earning, the average interest paid by each household on their overall debt is said to total £2,441 per year.

The Reality:

  • 346,000 loan account is reportable in arrears
  • 839,000 people unemployed for longer than 12 months
  • Every 3.87 minutes someone will be declared insolvent
  • There are more credit cards in the UK than people
  • According to Santander 3.6 million people in Britain are still paying off credit card debts from Christmas 2009
  • 1,732 people are made redundant daily

These figures are rising even as I write this article; things are not getting better. People are becoming increasing concern about the situation and how it will impact on their future, and not only in the UK.

The average American family is no better off, the American family’s finance is said to be in turmoil.

The average American family:

  • Has $3,800 in the bank
  • In 50% of American household, no provisions are made for retirement
  • The other 50%, only have as much as $35,000 saved for retirement
  • The family home is worth $160,000, but the family owes $95,000 on the property to the bank
  • They make $43,000 per year and are unable to pay off credit card balance of $2,200
  • The average household has $117,951 debt

With Government’s austerity measures set to bite even deeper, many of us are looking for creative ways to make money.

I will continue to share tips and ideas on my Hub page, so come back and check frequently, I aim to provide a mix of ideas to suit different pockets, abilities and skill levels.

Make money by:

Thinking up a format for a TV game show:

Television companies are often looking for new formats for game shows, if you love game shows and watch a lot of them, you may be able to have fun thinking up new and different formats and get paid for doing something you enjoy doing. You can fit your description onto an A4 sheet, make your ideas fresh, do not use ideas that have already aired, contact the relevant sites or TV companies with your proposal and hopefully you can start making some money from your ideas.

Rent out your home as a film location

Contrary to popular belief you do not need to own a mansion to be able to rent you home out as a movie location.

A few years ago, my next door neighbour could not believe her luck when she found that she was able to make money by renting out her home as a film location for TV. She was floating on air for weeks after the BBC used her cottage; she found herself chatting and drinking tea in her home with her favourite actor, Martin Shaw. I was amazed to see my then garden and kitchen on TV some years ago when the property was used as a location for the British TV series Jonathan Creek, starring the British actor Alan Davis.

Film and TV production companies are always on the lookout for appropriate locations to shoot films, take photos or film TV commercials. Often, what is required is a place that is interesting and unique, but there is also a market for ordinary houses. Large or small, your home may be just what the script needs.

Prices may vary depending on the production company involved, but can be as much as £1,000 to £5,000 a day for the right property. Obviously, it will be less for a small property and more for a large one.

Now is a good time to rent your property out as a film location. There has never been a better time to make money from you property with film and TV. The main reason for this is because many production companies are switching from studios to authentic private property.

How to rent out your home as a film location:

One way to do this is to contact the BBC locations department or your local film commission, ask if they would be interested in using your home for film or TV location.

If your home is chosen by a movie or TV photo-shoot-producer, they will arrange a visit for viewing, if they like what they see, the producer will negotiate a timetable and payment. This should document the fee, type of production and the length of time it will take. It is also important to remember to include in the agreement that your property will be returned to its original condition after filming has taken place. Before the film crew arrive a team will prepare your home for the show, this will involve redecorating and making somewhere comfortable for the actors

If you’re living close to a film production city, you can contact them directly, you can also contact some of the web based locations departments who will send you an application form to fill out, and you can e-mail this, together with photos of your home.

Most of these websites will list your house free of charge, and if your home is chosen, they will take a commission of approximately 15% from what you earned. You should not have to pay to enter your details on any list.

Some companies need properties such as bedsits, so if you live in one, you can still make money by renting.

Period décor is in demand as is 70s furnishings, 50s look or 80s new romantic style, you can also rent your home out for still shoots; obviously the fee will be less. Renting out your home as a film location can be financially rewarding, but like everything else in life, it too has its downside.

  • A film crew can consist of many people, just look at the credits at the end of a film, plus all the equipment.
  • You may have to move out of your house during the filming, if it is longer than one day, this could be costly and annoying especially if you have a family, find out before you sign any agreements.
  • Be prepared for breakage, with so many people milling about your home. Production Company will usually replace or reimburse you for anything that is broken or damaged.
  • There can be a certain amount of wear and tear on your property, which you may only discover later.

All in all, you can make a good deal of money if you are prepared to tolerate a bit of an inconvenience.

A section of the garden used in BBC series
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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Good morning Kenneth, hope your're having a wonderful day down in Alabama.

I've made some good friends here on HP, it's a real pleasure adding you to the list.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear tobusiness,

On Sept. 9,

Thank you so much for the sweet remark about friendship. I feel the same way too. And YOU make me smile and learn something new each time we meet.

:)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kenneth, I never say no to friendship, no need for apologies.

You make me smile, and that my friend, is priceless.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

tobusiness,

Are you still enlightened? :)

I am so sorry to have to answer your question. And you know which one I am talking about.

I do apologize and hope we are still friends.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kenneth, I hope the idea yields fruit, if it doesn't, you're flogging a dead horse, and she's just not worth it. :) I can't wait to be enlightened about "hog-calling," I'll be right over.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, tobusiness,

I appreciate you telling me the ONE working idea to get Jessica Alba to be my girlfriend and I also explained what hog-calling was.

You are the first follower who has asked me what hog-calling was. I admire your honesty and writing talent.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kenneth, this means a lot, many thanks and my very best to you.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Tobusiness,

Hey, it is my pleasure to read your materials and tell you the truth. I did enjoy your hub.

I admire your writing talent so much.

Stay sharp and stick to your writing.

Peace.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kenneth, how lovely to see you here again! Thank you for the brilliant comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and of course, you're always welcome. :)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, tobusiness,

You are welcome. I only told the truth. I enjoyed this hub very much. And it was a pleasure to see/read you again.

Keep the great work coming and I hope to see you again on hubs. Thanks a million for reading my materials.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Nadine, your cottage against the mountain sounds glorious.

Good luck with the rental, the right property and location can provide quite a lucrative source of revenue.

Appreciate you stopping by, my best.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a great idea you have given me today. We could rent our cottage against the mountain as a film location. I must now find out which film studio to approach in Cape Town.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Nell, as long as the person who actually owns the property doesn't mind and you get their permission it should be alright. We lived in St Abans at the time, which isn't far from Elstree studios. As for Alan Davis, I'm afraid no hobnobbing took place, worst luck, but they left us a script of the episode they were filming, I should still have it somewhere.

I was later accosted by a scout while gardening, she wanted to use the garden for filming, this was just before we moved. I said yes, but didn't hear from them again before the move. If you are interested take a look at the Myhouseyourlocation site. But it looks like there are lots of possibilities in your area. I loved Martin Shaw in the Professionals, that's going back a long way, unfortunately, my neighbour kept him all to herself, she wasn't sharing. :) Thank you for finding this,my best to you.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

As my mum would say, 'look at you hobnobbing with alan davis and martin shaw! lol! what a great idea! I don't own my house but my brother owns his, so, maybe? lol! Interesting stuff, I have wandered through a few film sets in my town by mistake! it's a popular area for filming, its well know for being the Sports capital, Steve Redgrave lives just down the road from me, the English squad train over the bridge and so does the Rugby team, we also have lots of actors, tv stars etc, so my brothers place would be right in the middle! what a great hub! thanks, nell


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Joedolphin88, Thank you for checking this out, I say go for it, nothing venture, as the saying goes..when you do, please come back and write about it, good luck to you, and have a lovely day.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Wow that's great stuff. I have never thought about doing any of those things but I'd love to attempt creating a game show.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kenneth, lovely to see you! Thanks for taking the time to read my hub, glad you enjoyed it.

I appreciate the very kind comment and it will be a pleasure to read your hubs. my best to you.

Jo.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, tobusiness,

Well-written hub. Great writing. Love your style. Voted up and away because you deserve it. Loved your subject. Keep up the great writing. And I am sure that whatever you are seeking to do with your writing will become a reality. I cordially invite you to check two of my hubs and then become one of my followers. I would love that.

Sincerely,

Kenneth/ from northwest Alabaama


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Devika, thank you for stopping by, you're pretty fabulous yourself. :)

Much appreciated.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Make money from your home: With Film and TV interesting ways to make from your home and such ideas are so helpful. You have created a useful and interesting hub I think it is a fabulous idea.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kim, my back is not so bad at the moment, with a bit of massage and regular gentle exercises, especially swimming, I'm making progress.

Thank you for the kind thought.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Jo,

I am sorry to hear you have had issues with back pain. I hope you feel better soon.

Kim


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kim, I was just thinking about updating this hub, I've recently found a couple more interesting sites to add.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you were able to find something useful. I haven't done much work here on HP or indeed on Bubblews lately, I've been having some problem with back pain, but I'll start writing again pretty soon. I hope you're well, take care and my best to you as always.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Jo,

As one who could really use additional income (as you point out in your article, like so many others), this hub caught my attention. I would never have thought of this, so I really appreciate this information. V++

I hope you are well and wish you a wonderful Friday.

Kim


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

rasta1, I can't see why not. We were living in the Grenadines for a while, there were always film companies working out there. A family friend once ran a lime estate and factory on the island, although derelict for some time, they made quite a bit of money when Weird Science, (a UK TV program) filmed there for around three months, lots of TV commercials are also filmed in the Caribbean. Try contacting one of the agencies, good luck and A Happy New Year to you.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I hope that option is available to me in Jamaica. Very cool idea.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Anil and honey, thank you very much for stopping by, much appreciated. I do hope the information prove to be useful for you.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Hai interesting hub. some years ago I asked me how make money from home . Now I can collect some powerful point from your hub thanks very much


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

montecristo, welcome, and thank you for the comment


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montecristo 4 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

Information is power. Great article!

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