make money online en-US Cool, Convenient Cash: 11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="woman using laptop" title="woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you love being online but are anxious about your finances, don't fear, savvy browser. Now you can use your online prowess to earn cash, rewards, huge discounts, and more.&nbsp;With a couple clicks, you can be making some serious income using these 11 great sites for making money online. (See also: <a href="">20+ Ways to Make Money Today</a>)</p> <h2>Swagbucks</h2> <p>Like taking surveys and finding good deals? <a target="_blank" href="">Swagbucks</a> is a site that makes taking surveys and monitoring earnings easy. The premise is simple: sign up, take surveys, and get approximately 60 &quot;swagbucks&quot; for every survey completed. Then, you can cash in on your swagbucks in gift cards, PayPal money, and other perks.</p> <h2>InboxDollars</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="">InboxDollars</a> lets you make some money while playing games, taking surveys, and doing what a lot of people love&hellip; perusing the Internet! Since 2000, InboxDollars members have been reaping the benefits of this &quot;rewards club,&quot; earning cash for everyday online activities. Sign up, and you'll be a part of the club!</p> <h2>MyPoints</h2> <p>Love to shop? Then making money via <a target="_blank" href="">MyPoints</a> is the Internet gig for you. MyPoints members earn Points every time they shop from a wide selection of top retailers. MyPoints members get personalized deals every day and are paid in gift cards, cash back, or travel miles. Ka-ching! (See also: <a href="">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Upromise</h2> <p>If you like shopping and have kids who are college bound, Sallie Mae's <a target="_blank" href=";cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Upromise%20Standard">Upromise</a> service is a great way to save for your child's academic future.&nbsp;Upromise creates a college savings service that harnesses the purchasing power of parents, extended family, family, and students to earn rewards. These rewards go into an account that helps combat student loan debt. A brilliant idea, especially knowing how expensive college can be. (See also: <a href="">How Much College Can You Afford?</a>)</p> <h2>eBay</h2> <p>Get rid of stuff and make money with the time-tested <a href="">eBay</a>. It's easy &mdash; simply gather your unwanted goods, create a seller's profile, and start selling. Of course, there are certain methodologies to being a good eBay seller but the interface and premise is simple to start. As you sell more and more, you'll become savvier&hellip;and richer!</p> <h2>Survey Money Machines</h2> <p>Large companies need lots of feedback on their vast array of products in order to continuously improve their offerings to consumers. You can be a part of the dialogue and make some good money on the side.&nbsp;Sites like <a href="">Survey Money Machines</a> will pay you to take a multitude of surveys. They don't pay much individually, but do a bunch, and it can really add up. (See also: <a href="">How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</a>)</p> <h2>Zaarly</h2> <p><a href="">Zaarly</a> is a great way to get and find local artisans, artists, and local service experts all from the comfort of your own home.&nbsp;If you have a skill, market it on Zaarly, and you'll be tapped into a huge site that will match your skill set with a buyer or client in need. Let Zaarly do the networking while you make some serious cash!</p> <h2>Fiverr</h2> <p><a href=";aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> is a great site for showcasing your many talents.&nbsp;The site's interface is fun and easy, and it allows users a large platform to sell all kinds of things, from advice to jewelry to voiceover. The catch: whatever you sell must be for $5 (but can also include additional shipping and handling). If you become an avid seller on the site, you can increase the price tag of your wares, which means bigger bucks from a huge network of buyers.</p> <h2>Spreadshirt</h2> <p>Have a knack for fashion and graphic design? Sites like <a href="">Spreadshirt</a> or <a target="_blank" href="">CafePress</a> allow you to set up your own store, create your own designs, and sell them to the world.&nbsp;This online gig is perfect for the web-savvy fashionista who can nail a catchphrase or trend early. Create your own shirt design with a clever catchphrase or come up with your own unique, wearable statement. Then, presto &mdash; you'll be making money off of your own art!</p> <h2>Talk2Rep</h2> <p>Fancy yourself a problem solver or a people person? These days, most businesses support their products through a customer service department. These departments staff customer service representatives in order to handle questions, problems, and inquiries. Lucky for you, the aforementioned customer service departments are mostly online entities, like <a href="">Talk2Rep</a>, that cover email questions and live chat support along with inbound and outbound phone calls. The rate is low or often commission-based, but if you're good at it, you can really go far!</p> <h2></h2> <p>With more and more pressure on students to perform to the best of their ability, tutoring has been a great, lucrative way for many intelligent, articulate people to earn some extra cash. With <a href=""></a>, you can put the ever-present Internet to use by tutoring remotely. Kids all over the world are faced with academic challenges, and with an Internet connection, you can help them live up to their potential.</p> <p><em>Do you earn extra income online? How?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Cool, Convenient Cash: 11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Rebecca Leib</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income eBay make money online online surveys side income swagbucks Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:36:05 +0000 Rebecca Leib 1079289 at 5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online Today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-make-extra-income-online-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="woman using laptop" title="woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether or not you know it, you have talents, <a target="_blank" href="">talents</a> &mdash; or <a target="_blank" href="">stuff</a> &mdash; that other people want and will pay for. Among the five sites and services profiled below, I assure that you can generate some extra income with a service or item you may not even have known was marketable. (See also <a target="_blank" href="">Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers with Short-Term Rentals</a>)</p> <h2>Glyde: Sell Your Gadgets</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href=""></a> is a marketplace where you can sell (and buy) used smartphones, tablets, iPads, video games, MP3 players, and other consumer electronics.</p> <p>With no membership or listing fees, you've got nothing to lose to see if your unused gadget can bring in some cash. Once your item sells in the marketplace, you are sent a pre-addressed stamped shipping kit to ship the item to the buyer. (In some cases you'll want the exclusive shipping kit for an extra couple of dollars.)</p> <p>Glyde gets paid by taking 12% of the first $100 of your item's sale price, and 8% of the rest.</p> <p>Buyers get 48 hours from the receipt of the item to return it if it's not as described (again, Glyde handles the shipping and sends the item back to you). Once the buyer accepts the item, the money in your Glyde account is yours to withdraw or spend as you wish.</p> <p>And if you're wondering what the market will pay for your used gadget, check out Glyde's <a target="_blank" href="">Sell Smart</a> function which compares what you can get across services like Amazon Trade In, Gazelle, Apple Recycling, and more.</p> <h2>Wheelz: Rent Your Car</h2> <p>Here's a peer-to-peer <a target="_blank" href="">car sharing</a> service allowing you to put your car to good use when you're not in it.</p> <p>Once approved with a clean driving license, you'll receive a drive box that allows authorized users to locate and get into the car &mdash; with their smartphone. Then you set up your car's profile, rates, and schedule of when the car is available (and where it is), and watch the money roll in.</p> <p>Renters pay hourly or daily rates, and you'll never be left with an empty tank with the gas card provided (users pay for their gas by mileage calculation through their account).</p> <p>And your car is insured with Wheelz's $1 million insurance policy, meaning your personal policy is untouched.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="">Wheelz</a> is currently only located in certain cities in the U.S., but since its San Francisco launch in October of 2012, its user-base has more than doubled.</p> <h2>Pearl: Leverage Your Expertise</h2> <p>Are you an expert? Medicine? Computer repair? Law? Dream interpretation? Auto repair? Pet Behavior? Then you could get paid to answer some of the 250,000 questions that <a target="_blank" href=""></a> fields every month.</p> <p>You'll need to be verified as an expert before you can answer questions and get paid; <a target="_blank" href="">read about the process here</a> and send them an email to get started.</p> <p>It's unclear how much you earn for answering questions, but non-subscribed users pay $30 per question, and subscribers (paying $50-100/month) can ask unlimited questions. This isn't particularly cheap depending on the question, so your expertise needs to be top notch.</p> <h2>TaskRabbit: Run Somone's Errands</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="">TaskRabbit</a> connects busy people who need stuff done with freelancers, students, and neighbors who want to earn some extra money in their spare time.</p> <p>Verified Task Rabbits complete popular assignments like assembling IKEA furniture, cleaning, dog walking, online tasks, packing and moving, office assignments, grocery shopping &mdash; whatever. Users also have the ability to set up recurring assignments or to hire Task Rabbits directly through their profile.</p> <p>TaskRabbit takes 20% of the fee paid (and set) by the user per task; as a Task Rabbit, you don't pay anything. However, the application process is fairly rigorous (which is not a bad thing); after submitting an application detailing the sorts of tasks you can do, you'll be granted a video interview with the site managers, then a criminal check, and after you pass the quiz showing you've read the handbook, you'll be on the system.</p> <p>As with Wheelz, Task Rabbit is only set up in select cities in the U.S., but they're expanding. And in some cases Task Rabbits with virtual abilities can work from anywhere.</p> <h2>Fiverr: Sell Your Time, Service, or Product</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href=";aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> is the quirkiest of all five sites profiled here, with users posting a wide and random range of skills and talents, all starting at $5. Seriously &mdash; you just have to check out the bizarre (and often useful) collection of tasks from writing code to human billboards to translation to travel itineraries to fortune-telling to juggling chainsaws and knives (<a target="_blank" href="">no really</a>)!</p> <p>Everything starts at $5 (hence the name of the site), but once you reach certain sales benchmarks, you can post extra services and more detailed projects for higher rates.</p> <p>Fiverr keeps 20% of the rate you charge as their fee, depositing $4 from every $5 job into your account.</p> <p>And after browsing the huge range of services, you'll surely have some ideas for services to offer that other people just might pay for. Hey for $5 &mdash; it's a laugh!</p> <p><em>How you have made money online?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online Today" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Nora Dunn</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income Fiverr Glyde make money online Pearl TaskRabbit Wheelz Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:36:31 +0000 Nora Dunn 972171 at Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="$20 in front of screen" title="$20 in front of screen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the national unemployment rate creeping toward 10%, it&rsquo;s fair to reason that some of us could use extra cash.</p> <p>Frankly, even if you&rsquo;ve still got a 9-to-5, more money in the bank is never a bad thing. Instead of taking on a second, or in some cases, third job to elevate your earnings, consider making use of these websites that can take you from rags to debatable riches. (See also: <a href="">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a>)</p> <h2>Craigslist</h2> <p><a href="">Craigslist</a> has long been a freelancer&rsquo;s dream, and there are always tons of projects listed in every region that are ripe for the picking. But the classifieds site isn&rsquo;t just for scoping out potential work. Think about the converse, too &mdash; placing ads touting your services. For instance, I run a home-based copywriting and creative consulting business on a limited advertising budget. To expose myself to prospective clients who are seeking someone like me, I create posts in relevant sections describing my capabilities. As a result, I receive at least one inquiry a week, many of which have turned into steady work.</p> <p>Otherwise, Craigslist is a great way to get rid of unwanted-but-still-valuable junk. Whenever my husband and I upgrade any device &mdash; like our iPhones &mdash; we list the old ones on Craigslist. They&rsquo;ve <a href="">sold quickly</a> every time and at the listed price, which is set at what we paid for the new devices. To be honest, there&rsquo;s a buyer for just about anything you list, so long as the item is desirable and in good-to-great condition. Best of all, you get the full amount of your proposed price (even if you have to negotiate here and there), whereas you&rsquo;ll have to pay listing and other fees elsewhere.</p> <h2>Airbnb</h2> <p>Let me start by saying that I think <a href="">Airbnb</a> is one of the best new websites in recent years &mdash; and I&rsquo;m not the only one: the San Francisco-based startup recently received $7.2 million in Series A funding from investors. The concept is so simple, too, that it makes you wonder, &ldquo;Why didn&rsquo;t I think of that?&rdquo;</p> <p>The concept is that if you have extra space in your home, you can turn it into guest quarters for tourists who will pay you to stay there. All you have to do is list your vacant room, add photos, and complete a profile. Airbnb does the rest, including blocking off reserved dates on your calendar to avoid double bookings and holding rental fees in escrow until guests arrive, at which time you can have the funds sent via check or direct deposit.</p> <p>In the interest of full disclosure, we&rsquo;ve been listing our guest bedroom on Airbnb since its launch in February 2009. To date, we&rsquo;ve made more than $19,000 in extra income (that we duly pay taxes on, by the way. Don&rsquo;t get all hot and bothered, IRS). It&rsquo;s become such a success for us that my neighbors have hired me to manage their properties on the site, resulting in even more dough in my pocket because I charge them a percentage. Winner-winner, chicken dinner.</p> <h2>Agent Anything</h2> <p>If you have ample space in your schedule (and if you&rsquo;re unemployed, you do; playing Angry Birds is not your new job, just so ya know), check out <a href="">Agent Anything</a>, a service that allows any <a href="">college student</a> (verified by having a current dot edu college email account) to register to run &ldquo;missions&rdquo; that can include grocery shopping, pet sitting and walking, house cleaning, etc. As a mission runner, you can set your fee by making an offer on a listed task. If the mission poster thinks your fee is reasonable, you&rsquo;ll be hired. Agent Anything currently only serves the New York City area, but it promises to expand soon.</p> <h2>RentAFriend</h2> <p>When I saw <a href="">RentAFriend</a> posted on a friend&rsquo;s Facebook page, I laughed. &quot;Who rents friends?&quot; I thought. As it turns out, plenty of people want a paid, platonic companion. According to <a href="">Out of the Storm News</a> (in which I was quoted about my participation on the site), 2,700 lonely folks are seeking play pals. Registering is a breeze and the site allows you to set your fee from $10 to $50 per hour of your time, depending on how much you think you&rsquo;re worth. My fee is set middle of the road at $30 because I&rsquo;m not greedy or an egomaniac, though some may beg to differ.</p> <p>In addition, the renter is required to pay any other fees associated with the outing &mdash; bar tab, tickets, whatever. Although I haven&rsquo;t had any confirmed bookings, I did have one inquiry from a guy who was coming to Manhattan on business and wanted someone to go to dinner and a movie with while he was in town. In the end he didn&rsquo;t hire me, so I&rsquo;m still looking forward to my first RentAFriend experience. Which means that you should pass me along.</p> <h2> &amp; eBay</h2> <p>Much like Craigslist, <a href=""></a> and <a href="">eBay</a> can help you rid your home of unwanted clutter and get you paid for it. Still, there are differences between the former and the latter. Craigslist is great for selling electronics and furniture locally, while the other two sites are more conducive to shilling CDs, DVDs, books, and other shippable wares.</p> <p>When my husband and I moved in together, I had rows of media that I no longer wanted. Hours after listing the items, they were flying off my shelves. I&rsquo;ve been a consistent user of the sites for years now, and in the past 12 months alone I&rsquo;ve pocketed about $500 in cash. In my opinion, that&rsquo;s much better than $500 worth of dust collecting paraphernalia hiding around my house. Translated, the moolah I&nbsp;made paid my cell phone bill for six months. Not too shabby.</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Extra Income articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income earning money on craigslist extra cash freelancing make money online resell Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 442302 at Six Months as an Amazon Seller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/six-months-as-an-amazon-seller" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in January, I looked at my contract work for the spring and realized things were going to get a little sparse for a few months. I also was cleaning house and realized my books were not only double rowed on the shelves but tripled in some places. I had to stop the madness and also be able to still pay bills. Enter Amazon.</p> <p>After six months I can safely say that I've had a variety of experiences with various features and exchanges with customers and the Amazon monolith itself. Here's what you need to know.</p> <h3>1. Figure out your goal for selling</h3> <p>You aren't really going to make that much money off of Amazon unless it's your life and you have nothing else to do and you have unlimited access to books you can sell. My goal was cleaning out the garage and getting my bookcases down to single rows with no extra file boxes full of books anywhere. My financial goal was being able to buy plane tickets and paying off one credit card. So far I'm about 65% in meeting those goals. It'll take another 3 months to meet all of them.</p> <h3>2. Decide which books to sell</h3> <p>Out of 2,000 books in my private collection I listed about 1,500. In a good month, I made about $600. In a low month I cleared $150. Not too shabby, but not worth quitting the day job. What sells well? Recent edition text books, small print run collectibles on small or interesting presses, and collectibles. If you go book scouting to yard sales and library sales pay attention to presses. No one wants to buy something that Costco is pricing under $10 and is a best seller with a million copies out there. Those are going to come up worth a penny when you look them up. But a hard to find photography book might yield $50 or a recent translation or reissue of something from the 1940s on New York Review of Books Press consistently sells for ten bucks.</p> <p>I have good luck selling Grove Press books, the aforementioned NYRB, and any small press or university press books. If you see a philosophy book at a library sale for fifty cents, pick it up &mdash; philosophy texts are not revamped every year and have limited press runs. Someone donated a book of philosophy text books and our local library had them in a corner destined for the dump. I picked them up and each has sold for at least $10 a piece. Steer away from any textbooks on technology or English composition if they are more than a year old &mdash; they aren't going to really be worth anything and will be too heavy to ship economically. Small run poetry books don't really lose too much of their value over time because they are hard to find and have a very steady audience. So if you are at your Friends of the Library Sale, pick up the book from the poet you never heard of but put down that copy of Eat, Pray, Love. Too many copies of that one floating around.</p> <h3>3. Choose your price</h3> <p>If you look up prices of books on Amazon enough you'll realize that there's a heck of a lot of books being sold for a penny and shipped for $3.99. Amazon is going to take about $1.99 of that. So, while you want to be competitive, don't get in the position of paying the customer to take the book of your hands. If I kind of wanted to keep the book anyway I listed it at a highly competitive price. If it is something I'm trying to get out of here I priced cheaply. I find if you can give a good description of the book and maybe not be the cheapest price you still fair well because customers like descriptions.</p> <p>Take the time to browse books you like and are familiar with. You are going to have to invest at least a weekend or two in this. Don't just price by the other sellers because their goals might not be the same as yours. I have one book listed at present for $99 because it is out of print, hard to find, and that $99 is 5 dollars cheaper than my next competitor. I have at least 100 listed at $5.99. It's all about which book it is and how rare it is. I tend to price karmically. Many of the expensive books I list could sell for $20 more but if I got them for cheap I sell them at that discount. I don't want to gouge anyone. At the same time if you sell a collectible too cheap then you cause a spiral of downward pricing that will get every seller on Amazon angry at you.</p> <h3>4. Pick your fees</h3> <p>If you have only a few items you are trying to get rid of then listing single items takes a dollar an item. If you have tons you might want to take advantage of Amazon's $39.99 a month plan. Sell one good art book and you have the month covered.</p> <h3>5. Prepare to deal with customers</h3> <p>Amazon abides by the customer is always right mode of operation. It sounds like a great idea until you have customers that are less than ideal. I've had three crazy customers and one rational one that gave me negative reviews out of hundreds of sales. For the one guy with a legitimate complaint (creases on the backcover I didn't notice) I'm truly sorry. However, in case of the woman who canceled the order and then wrote a complaint that I never sent it, I'm kind of mystified. Most people do not leave feedback if they liked the transaction. People who like to complain or had a negative experience do leave negative feedback. You know how it takes thousands of A assignments to maintain your A and only one F to bring it all down when you're in school? Same thing applies here. I had two of these in one month that made my ratings go way down but thankfully that was a few months ago and now they are back up to almost 100%.</p> <h3>6. Manage packaging and shipping</h3> <p>You can invest way too much money in packing materials and tape. We didn't want to do that so being the saver I am, I had boxes of envelopes and boxes and packing material. I've yet to have to buy anything to ship anything in. I also asked the two store owners who went out of business if they had extra stuff they wanted to get rid of and got more packing materials that way. People are always wanting to get rid of packing materials. Don't buy them unless you really need to. I just buy mailing tape which is expensive enough as it is. Also keep in mind how much Amazon credits for shipping. If you have a heavy book it's going to be over the $3.99 credit they give you so make sure you can make up that difference in the price of the book itself. Make it easier on yourself and your postmaster and start a <a href=""></a> account or something similar if you think you are going to be shipping 50+ books a month.</p> <h3>7. Gems of the experience</h3> <p>I think my best sell was a book I picked off of a free giveaway table. It was a French textbook and turned out to be worth $75 and I was able to sell it for $50. My husband found a brand new house design book for a dollar that sold for $89 (it's listing price was $125). I'm just glad I was able to buy plane tickets to bring my kids to visit my grandmother without breaking our budget, that the credit card is now under control, and that while the bookcases are still double rowed, I've at least been able to get rid of ten file boxes of books.</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Six Months as an Amazon Seller" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Maggie Wells</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Extra Income articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income amazon selling tips make money online selling online Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:00:16 +0000 Maggie Wells 135416 at Make Money Online with Free Videos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-money-online-with-free-videos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Online Scams" title="Online Scams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to make money online?</p> <p>If so, you&rsquo;ve probably seen a lot of products that will apparently tell you how, with their product, you&rsquo;ll become a millionaire by next Friday.</p> <p>Last year I bought one of these online courses. One of those seemingly scammy, too good to be true, sounding sales pages promised to show me how to make money online. Despite the fact that I trusted the source, I was sure I was walking into a trap.</p> <p>To my surprise the online course actually enabled me to <strong>increase my income from online work from $100/month to income that&rsquo;s the equivalent of a full time job</strong>. It took a lot of work in the beginning (up to 50 hours/week) but now I work fewer than 10 hours/week on these projects and earn the same amount.</p> <p>What online course did I buy? It was called Project Mojave and was a 3 month online course covering everything from keyword research to product creation to search engine optimization.</p> <p>Project Mojave isn't likely going to be marketed again although the product's creator, Clay Collins, is working on something new. No, this post isn&rsquo;t going to try to convince you to buy his new product. He hasn't even announced what exactly his new product will contain. Instead this post spills all the secrets in his outstanding, <a href=";u= ">free-to-watch videos</a>.</p> <p>The videos tell you the basics about what Clay, the creator, calls The Interactive Offer. They're aimed at everyone from blogging beginners to long-standing business owners. The Interactive Offer shows you how to guarantee that you'll make money selling your product, before you even spend any money to create it.</p> <p>Because I'm not a huge fan of watching videos (I'd rather read information) I decided to take notes on the videos and post them here for you. The free videos have truly outstanding content. And if you&rsquo;re at all interested in making money online, I encourage you to <a href=";u= ">watch the videos yourself</a>.</p> <h2>Video Notes</h2> <h3>Video 1: The Number One Rule for Creating a Profitable Online Business</h3> <p><a href=";u= ">Video 1</a> tells you the number one rule for creating a profitable online business. That is, it answers the question, how do you start an online business and be 100% certain you will make money before you invest in creating a product?</p> <p>According to Clay, <strong>Rule 1 is Sell First, Then Create</strong>. The video lays out generally, how and why this rule works &mdash; including some of the basic legal and ethical ways to do this. Clay gives several examples of pre-selling.</p> <p>For example, colleges will &quot;pre-sell&quot; a course, and then cancel the course if enough people don't sign up. An even cooler example of pre-selling is <a href="">Threadless t-shirt company</a>. They actually get people actively involved in the process of creating t-shirt designs. Because people are voting on the t-shirt designs before the t-shirt is ever created, once the company decides to print a t-shirt the company already knows the t-shirt will be profitable.</p> <h3>Video 2: How to Make an Interactive Offer</h3> <p>Video 1 gives a great introduction to the idea of pre-selling, but doesn't give a lot of specifics. <a href=";u=">Video 2</a> delivers specifics of how to make a product offer interactive.</p> <p>Following are some of the critical steps listed in the video:</p> <p><strong> Step 1: Survey your people.</strong></p> <p>The Interactive offer involves, first, sending a survey to your potential customers. The survey would ask them:</p> <ul> <li>What free product would you love for me to create just for you?</li> <li>What is your biggest fear or frustration?</li> <li>What's your ideal perfect outcome?</li> </ul> <p>For instance, if you're interested in creating a golfing product you might ask potential customers: what is your biggest fear/frustration when it comes to playing golf? And what's your ideal perfect outcome when you hit the green?</p> <p>This works because customers are rarely asked these questions. And, if you are genuinely interested in helping them solve their problems and are committed to creating a free product you will get a TON of responses. (Side note: I know this from experience. One survey I sent to a list of 5000 people generated 2300 replies!)</p> <p><strong> Step 2: Find the Need</strong></p> <p>The second step is to analyze the survey results and find consistent patterns. This involves reading and synthesizing to determine what your audience is looking for. With the golf example you might find that a majority of people want a quick and easy way to stop slicing the ball.</p> <p><strong> Step 3: Verify the Need</strong></p> <p>The third step is reach back out to your customers and tell them the core issue you've identified from the survey. You should write an email or blog post asking whether or not the core need they've identified is actually their issue. According to the Interactive Offer video 2 here are the components of that email/post:</p> <ul> <li>Thank them for filling out the survey.</li> <li>Tell them you think you know what they want their free product to be about, but you want to check in with them to be sure.</li> <li>Describe the free information product you're planning to create (i.e., tell them the title, and rough outline of what it will include).</li> <li>Tell them that you don&rsquo;t want to waste your time making something people don&rsquo;t need. But if enough people want it, then to tell you and you'll email them the free product.</li> <li>Create the free product. It might be top ten tips related to their need. Give away your best stuff in the free product.</li> <li>Give the free content away to as many people as possible</li> <li>Wait for feedback to pour in. According to the video if you've correctly identified a need you will get a lot of people thanking you for the free product.</li> <li>Respond to all of the feedback</li> </ul> <p>After your potential customers read and respond to the free report then it will be time to pre-sell your product</p> <p><strong>Step 4: Pre-sell</strong></p> <p>Finally, you need to pre-sell your product. Tell your potential customers that you will pre-sell it to them for 4 days for 50% off. Only let a limited number buy the product.</p> <p><strong>Psychological Reasons An Interactive Offer Makes People Want to Buy Your Product:</strong></p> <p><em>Principle of Progressive Buying</em>: As people participate they become increasingly invested in what you&rsquo;re selling. When they are helping co-creating your product you produce what they want and they will be more attached to what you&rsquo;re selling because people support what they create.</p> <p><em>Principal of Consistency and Commitment</em>: You are getting commitment early on and so people are more likely to be consistent and buy your product when they commit early.</p> <p>(You can win a free copy of the Interactive Offer <a href=";u=">by commenting on Video 2</a> about other reasons why an interactive offer works. And there is <a href="">another contest</a> running to win a free copy too.)</p> <h3>Videos 3 and 4</h3> <p>Videos 3 and 4 will likely contain even more amazing free content. They hasn't yet been released. Watch the <a href="">Interactive Offer site</a> to learn more.</p> <h2>My Thoughts</h2> <p>The idea of an interactive offer fascinates me. It makes complete sense that the more involved customers are in product creation the more likely they will be to buy a product. I continue to see more and more businesses succeed because they get customers involved in their business. (Think of <a href="">Groupon</a>, where you have to have enough coupon buys for the coupon to become active.)</p> <p>And I learned some of these online marketing strategies in Project Mojave and used them in my own product creation and business &mdash; so I know they work.</p> <p>Like I said, <a href=";u=">these videos</a> are some of the best free content I've seen when it comes to online marketing. I've hit the highlights here, but if you already have a product or are interested in starting your own business, you should definitely check out the videos. (And perhaps Clay's product will be worth it to you to invest in. His other product, Project Mojave will likely never be released again. As I previously mentioned, I purchased Project Mojave and would highly recommend Clay's products to anyone interested in starting a business or increasing their business revenue. I've met Clay for drinks and even played tennis with him. He's a fellow Minneapolis resident and a great guy.)</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you watch the videos, sign up for Clay's email list, and then buy the Interactive Offer, I will get an affiliate commission. But, there's nothing for sale right now. I honestly believe that the free videos are, in and of themselves, worth watching.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Make Money Online with Free Videos" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Elizabeth Lang</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Extra Income articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income make money online Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:02:28 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 132037 at 10 Tips for Landing an Gig Online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/getting-noticed-on-craigslist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="Run, rat, run!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are looking for ways to earn extra money online, you may have responded to a help-wanted ad on or another free ads site. Working small gigs can be a good way to put away some extra cash when times are tight, and although it's increasingly competitive with so many people out of work, here are some small ways you can improve your chances of getting hired for a odd job when replying to a 'help wanted' ad.</p> <p>Turns out that the things you need to do to get hired for a gig really aren't all that different from tips your might hear for landing a regular full-time job.&nbsp;Because you have to create a first impression via electronic mail, it's crucial that you convey a sense of professionalism and maturity.&nbsp;Whether you're a seamstress or a landscaper, dog walker or budding personal assistant, how you introduce yourself to potential clients can make the difference between landing the gig and being ignored completely.</p> <p>Here are some tips for how to stand out from the crowd of other gig-seeking people:</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> Look to see <strong>how well you qualify for the job</strong>. If you meet 1 out of 5 listed desired traits, don't waste your time or that of the hiring party, unless you are positive that you are <strong>the right person for the job</strong>. Whenever I put out an ad for someone to do a few heavy-lifting jobs, I inevitably get an email application from a wispy woman who makes a living reading tarot cards. While small women can be strong, and there's certainly nothing wrong with making a living reading tarot, it does help your chances of landing a gig if you &quot;fit the bill&quot;.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Have<strong> your own email account</strong>. Some married couples prefer to share email for whatever reason, but some people don't want to respond to <a href=""></a>, especially if you are, say, a seamstress talking to female clients about measurements.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> Pick out a good email address and <strong>use your own name as your alias</strong>. If this means that you have to set-up a separate email address for work, then so be it. This step is so crucial to normal job searches that I'm surprised that more people don't know about it. If someone posts an ad for a babysitter, and return an hour later to see their Inbox full to the brim with responses, they're probably not going to gravitate to the one with a name like &quot;Sexxy Tymz&quot; or &quot;mushroom maven&quot;. These aliases may be fun or a good indication of your personality, but even if you are replying to a job that requires you to remove garbage from someone's yard, you need to present yourself as a professional. The email address you choose can be cute if you want, but make sure it's appropriate. If you are replying to an ad that seeks help setting up a mycological garden, then &quot;Mushroom Maven&quot; is fine - just be sure to capitalize it.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.</strong> <strong>Email from the account that you plan to use for your job-oriented communication.</strong> Don't email from one account and ask someone to reply to another. Some busy people simply won't deal with the hassle. Also, don't immediately request a phone call. While some people are immediately comfortable pikcing up and calling you, not everyone will feel the same way. Provide your contact information, but allow your potential client the leway to contact you in whatever manner they choose.</p> <p><strong>5.</strong><strong> Choose a staid font </strong>and avoid flashy weirdness within the email. Blingees are fine when you are emailing your friends, but potential clients won't take you seriously if you compose emails in a curly, 17-point purple font.</p> <p><strong>6. Spell check your ad or email response.</strong> I mean, duh. There are some people who will overlook typos, and there are some people who won't. Might as well be safe (lord knows I am one of the worst at this, as is evident by my frequent typos in blog posts).</p> <p><strong>7. Have an email </strong><a href=""><strong>signature </strong></a>that includes your full name, title, business name (if you have one), phone number, and other relevant info, including your blog or web site address. Signatures are a snap to set up, but give emails a polished appearance. If you do link to a blog or web site, make sure that they are appropriate, and if possible, topical.</p> <p><strong>8. Show enthusiasm</strong>. It can be hard to get psyched about weeding sometimes, but I've noticed that I tend to hire people for odd jobs who express satisfaction over the work. Including a brief mention in your job email that says something like &quot;While hauling away rusted metal can be a dangerous job, I take pride in my careful handling of all your scrap, and find satisfaction in leaving you with a clean garage&quot; can be a good way to separate yourself from the ten other guys who wrote &quot;Me Joe. Me have toe truck take you're rusted carz LOL.&quot; Obviously, you don't want to over-express your love for shoveling steer manure over someone's garden, but you get the idea.</p> <p><strong>9. Provide references</strong>, or at least, a promise of references, especially if the job poster has specifically mentioned that they will be required.</p> <p><strong>10.</strong> When you answer the phone, <strong>use a proper greeting that identifies you</strong>. &quot;Hello?&quot; isn't adequate. &quot;This is Barb Jones&quot; is a better start a conversation with a new customer.</p> <p>You can also increase your chances of being noticed first by using <a href="">Adnotifier</a>, a service that alerts you whenever a new ad is posted in a section of help wanted ads that you monitor. It does cost about $10, but may be worth it if you need that kind of alert.</p> <p>Have you had success getting extra jobs online? Share your tips for success in the comments!</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Tips for Landing an Gig Online" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Andrea Karim</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> craig's list craigs list earning money on craigslist email gigs help wanted ad how to get an odd job job postings make hobby a career make money online Making Extra Cash online hiring online job boards services skills small business ads Fri, 01 May 2009 22:10:50 +0000 Andrea Karim 3110 at Write for money online series - Part I - Bukisa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/write-for-money-online-series-part-i-bukisa" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="175" height="54" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I started writing online in 2007 at my personal blog and have not stopped since.&nbsp; I am very fortunate to have been selected to join Wise Bread last year and I have made a steady amount of gas and food money from blogging since then.&nbsp; A lot of my friends have asked me how to earn money online with their writing, and oftentimes they are deterred by the process of setting up and marketing their own blogs.&nbsp; So I decided to research the various websites where people can sell content online and review each of them one by one.&nbsp; Today I am reviewing <a href=" ">Bukisa</a>, a relatively new pay for content / ad revenue sharing site.<br /> <strong><br /> Website use and feel</strong></p> <p>The<a href=""> Bukisa</a> website is very clean and content submission is very easy.&nbsp; The workflow makes a lot of sense and the ads on the pages are not overly jarring or distracting.&nbsp; You can add tags to your content or let the system automatically generate tags based on your content.&nbsp; I think that is a great feature because I spend a lot of time manually tagging my articles on pretty much every other site.</p> <p><strong>Allowable content</strong></p> <p>Bukisa allows the submission of a variety of content including text articles, presentation slides, videos, and audio.&nbsp; The content has to be in English and be educational and informative in nature.&nbsp; If you are writing an article it has to be at least 250 words and contain no vulgar words.&nbsp; It is actually quite easy to write 250 words if you are writing a how-to article.&nbsp; You can also republish articles you have written elsewhere, but they prefer that you write unique content.</p> <p><strong>Copyright</strong></p> <p>The content you write at Bukisa is completely owned by you.&nbsp; Before you publish the system allows you to choose your license type.&nbsp; You can choose Creative Commons or no syndication.<br /> <strong><br /> How you earn money</strong></p> <p>Bukisa has something called a Bukisa index for determining their payouts.&nbsp; Right now the Bukisa index is 3.95, which means you are paid $3.95 for every 1000 unique page views your submissions receive. After running my own blogs for a while I can tell you for a fact this is pretty decent pay for page views.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Bukisa index changes based on how much ad revenue they earn.&nbsp; Sometimes members promote their content extensively and do not earn that much revenue and the whole site has to adjust.</p> <p>Another thing that is very unique about Bukisa is that they have a revenue sharing program for referrals and the program goes three levels deep.&nbsp; I have not seen this in other pay for content sites. Basically you get 25% of the payment of your direct referrals, 6.25% of the payment of the second level referrals, and 1.5625% of the payment of the third level referrals.&nbsp; This is probably the most interesting thing about the program because referrals can add up.</p> <p>Bukisa pays by Paypal and the minimum paypout amount is $50 and it is open to everyone that has an active Paypal account.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>I really like the website right now and I think it has the&nbsp; potential to be a good passive income source for many content producers.&nbsp; One big reason is the referral system and another reason is that their payment model is pay per view.&nbsp; You do not need to wait for someone to click on an ad in your article to make money, and that makes the revenue stream a bit more predictable.&nbsp;&nbsp; You also have the freedom to write almost anything you want so you are not constrained to one topic.&nbsp; Finally, it is also great because it is not restricted to U.S. residents only.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The only problem I see with this site right now is that it is very new and there is a chance that it would fail completely, but some writers have already reported that they received their earnings so that is encouraging.</p> <p>If you would like to sign up with <a href=" ">my referral link please click here.</a>&nbsp; Otherwise, go ahead to <a href=""> </a>and try it out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Write for money online series - Part I - Bukisa " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Xin Lu</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Personal Finance General Tips Art and Leisure bukisa make money online Making Extra Cash selling work at home writing Fri, 30 Jan 2009 01:29:43 +0000 Xin Lu 2782 at