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Thousands of Britons use to earn money in their spare time and avoid Christmas on a shoestring.

According to a recent survey by Opinion Research, the average person in the UK intends to spend £376 on Christmas this year – down from £393 last year. Rising food, energy and fuel bills mean thousands of Britons will feel the pinch this Christmas.

Online marketplace for services has seen a huge influx of individuals using the website to supplement their income by selling services to businesses. The site now has more than 12500 registered ‘service providers’ – up from 5000 at the end of March. Typical projects delivered through include copywriting, administration and graphic design.

In recent weeks, research has revealed that many individuals are joining the site to build a pot of money to spend over the festive period.

For example, Robert Winter freelances alongside his job in business development to boost his finances. Using enables Mr Winter to work from home, increase his income and put money aside for the imminent festive period.

“People seem determined not to cut-back their spending this Christmas – despite all the financial pressures associated with the credit crunch,” says founder and CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou. “Our site is enabling thousands of people to earn some extra cash so they can indulge as much as ever this Christmas.”

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e: Background Information

• was founded in 2007 by two Cambridge University graduates: Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris.

• The company has already attracted £350,000 of seed investment from prominent angel investors and is in discussions with a number of VCs for a further growth round.

• Typical buyers run a small businesses (usually less than 20 people) including boutique financial firms, internet companies, property and PR agencies amongst many others.

• Visit for further information.

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