Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10682/all en-US Ways to Make Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/making-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/making-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/extra-cash-iStock_000050350382_Small.jpg" alt="coin jar" title="coin jar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="193" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Need some extra income? You've come to the right place! Explore the various ways you can earn extra cash, plus specific skills and stuff you can sell &mdash; as well as some business ventures you can operate on the side. Use these links to jump to any section.</p> <ul> <li><a href="#potpourri">Money-Making Potpourri</a></li> <li><a href="#skills">Money for Your Skills</a></li> <li><a href="#stuff">Money for Your Stuff</a></li> <li><a href="#business">Business Ventures on the Side</a></li> </ul> <p><a name="potpourri"></a></p> <h2>Money-Making Potpourri<b><br /> </b></h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-money-for-the-myspace-generation"><strong>10 Ways to Make Money for the MySpace Generation</strong></a><br /> The evolution of the Internet has drastically changed the world that we live in. Luckily, all these changes present tremendous opportunities for business and new ways of making money!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys"><strong>How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</strong></a><br /> Is it really possible to make money for online surveys? Yes. There are lots of reputable marketing companies that run valuable research for major brand companies, and that compensate you for your time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sweeping-101-what-the-real-winners-know"><strong>Sweeping 101: What the Real Winners Know</strong></a><br /> Linsey Knerls reveals the tips and tricks to be a sweeper, winning prizes and cash for a little time and dedication.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities"><strong>Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</strong></a><br /> When you search for work at home opportunities on the internet, oftentimes you will find sites pitching programs that could make you thousands of dollars a week. Usually these programs are scams designed to take your money. So how do you go about finding legitimate work at home jobs?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-2-boost-income"><strong>Getting by without a job: boost income</strong></a><br /> There are countless ways to raise your income, besides the obvious one of getting a job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-fun-money-making-ideas"><strong>5 More Fun Money-Making Ideas</strong></a><br /> These are more &quot;turn your hobbies into a job&quot; type posts, and I don't suppose that they are all viable for <i>everyone</i>, but with a little creativity, they can be parlayed into part-time gigs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-ways-to-make-money"><strong>8 Fun Ways to Make Money</strong></a><br /> None of these will make you independently wealthy or even allow you to quit your day job (unless you get a serious dose of luck along with your ingenuity), but they just might let you get enough cash to fund something special.</p> <p><a name="skills"></a></p> <h2>Money for Your Skills</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/non-traditional-jobs-how-bibliophiles-and-film-fanatics-can-find-success"><strong>How Bibliophiles and Film Fanatics Can Find Success</strong></a><br /> There is a legitimate way for you to feed your addiction for bestsellers and box office blockbusters without spending a dime. Here's how you can go from your average bookworm or movie watcher to a supercharged, reviewing machine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-online-teaching-be-for-you"><strong>Could Online Teaching Be For You?</strong></a><br /> Both private and public universities now have online degree programs &mdash; some were/are traditional brick and mortar institutions while others are predominantly online. If you do a search for schools to teach for online you&rsquo;ll find a great many of them available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-opportunity-online-tutoring"><strong>Tutor Online for Extra Income</strong></a><br /> Do you have an area of expertise and a desire for some extra income? Are you good with concepts and do you like to work with students from elementary school to post-graduate levels? If so, you might have an opportunity to make some money on the side (or even full-time) from the comfort of your home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way"><strong>Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</strong></a><br /> Most hobbies offer you a shot at any number of income streams. And, besides actual income streams, there are also ways to use your hobby to reduce expenses--which any economist will tell you is just as good.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-easy-money-and-learn-a-thing-or-two-about-website-design"><strong>Make Easy Money and Learn About Website Design</strong></a><br /> Wouldn't it be more exciting to make some extra cash while learning something useful that could make you a more valuable employee? Website usability testing may be the route for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/write-for-money-online-part-5-your-own-blog-or-website"><strong>Write for money online, Part 5: Your own blog or website</strong></a><br /> Here are the pros and cons of earning from your own website or blog.</p> <p><a name="stuff"></a></p> <h2>Money for Your Stuff</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-people-sell-for-cash"><strong>6 Weird Things People Sell for Cash</strong></a><br /> Here are some off-the-wall commodities that you didn't know you could get cash for.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling"><strong>Make Money Recycling</strong></a><br /> Tired of getting a small $7 credit (or perhaps no credit at all) for curbside recycling in your city? Or perhaps you have old broken cell phones, laptops, or even golf balls laying around? Here are 15 websites that actually pay you to recycle your old stuff.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-explore-your-antique-attic-treasures-for-profit"><strong>How to Explore Your Antique Attic Treasures for Profit</strong></a><br /> How do you determine what's hot and what's not? Here are a few tips to help you sort through the real junk and those items which have much more value than the sentimental kind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash"><strong>How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</strong></a><br /> The hair trade just seems like such an archaic idea, but actually high quality hairpieces are still made from real human hair and there is a huge market for sourcing natural hair. Here are some tips and information on how to sell your tresses for cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-in-your-yard-how-to-sell-palm-trees-for-cash"><strong>How to Sell Palm Trees for Cash</strong></a><br /> Although they are beautiful trees, some homeowners find palm trees to be a nuisance because they require routine maintenance when they get too large. The good news for these homeowners is that it is possible that their trees could be sold for hundreds to thousands of dollars.</p> <p><a name="business"></a></p> <h2>Business Ventures on the Side</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-small-businesses-that-are-free-or-cost-little-to-start-up"><strong>10 Small Businesses That Are Free or Cost Little to Start Up</strong></a><br /> For little to no start-up costs, you, too, can be your own boss and have the option of working in your pajamas!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-weekend-business-sell-used-books"><strong>The Easy Weekend Business of Selling Used Books</strong></a><br /> Curious as to how you can make money selling used books? Here is a quick guide to how you can start your own used book business from the comfort of your home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-camp-as-a-side-business"><strong>Summer Camp as a Side Business</strong></a><br /> Wise Bread blogger Julie Rains spoke with seasoned camp directors about how they turned summer weeks into extra income. Here's a road map for a summer camp business.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-freelance-the-top-10-tips"><strong>Going Freelance: The Top 10 Tips</strong></a><br /> As a small business owner there will be various tasks for which you&rsquo;ll be responsible and can seem overwhelming, at times. But, there are a few simple guidelines you can follow to make your time worth more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-key-to-making-money-online-diversification-baby"><strong>The Key to Making Money Online? Diversification, Baby!</strong></a><br /> Just as diversification can help balance your investments, it can also help balance your income. And for those of you hoping to make a living online, balance is definitely key.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-tweeting-0">How to Make Money Tweeting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-more-smart-things-to-do-with-your-tax-refund">8 More Smart Things to Do With Your Tax Refund</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income extra cash side gigs Fri, 22 May 2015 22:17:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1433833 at http://www.wisebread.com How One Inventor Turned a Spring Break Idea Into a Six-Figure Business http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach_party_000031976020.jpg" alt="Inventor turns spring break into six-figure business" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rob Ianelli reached down to crack open a beer with his shoe.</p> <p>It was 2006 and the 19-year-old American University student was on spring break in Mexico throwing back a few cold ones with his friends. He was wearing a trendy new line of beer bottle-opening sandals made by the surf brand Reef. In his eyes, the utility of a fashionable, wearable bottle opener was brilliant. A frat guy's dream. There was just one problem: Probably the most inconvenient place to house that beer opener, he surmised, was in the sole of his shoe. The floors of most frat houses aren't exactly clean.</p> <h2>Inspiration Strikes</h2> <p>These were the thoughts occupying Ianelli's mind when he walked into the next bar on the strip and whipped off his sunglasses. From his perch on the bar stool, he contemplated local Mexican beer to order while fingering the frame of his glasses. Then it hit him.</p> <p>&quot;I was just sitting there looking at my glasses and I thought, 'This is the real place for a bottle opener,'&quot; Ianelli said.</p> <p>He sketched it down on a napkin. A pair of shades with a bottle opener built into the earpiece. How had no one else thought of that?</p> <p>&quot;It was a joke to some extent,&quot; Ianelli said. &quot;Everyone dreams about inventing products. First thing I did after sketching it on a napkin was get a patent. I had no idea what I was doing. But two years later I had a prototype.&quot;</p> <p>If it sounds like it was easy, it wasn't. Ianelli had no experience in engineering and product development. (In college, he studied International Relations.) Not to mention the first prototype was a bust.</p> <p>&quot;They didn't fit,&quot; Ianelli explained. &quot;They also did not open bottles. They had a piece of metal on the end that looked like a claw, but it was functionless. It was pretty disheartening.&quot;</p> <h2>Try Pry Again</h2> <p>For awhile, Ianelli gave up. Then, about a year after the prototype dud incident, he got a second wind. Inspired to make a fresh start, he networked his way into a business deal with a more design-focused factory than the one he had previously worked with. It took a whole lot of trial and error, but eventually Ianelli succeeded in creating a prototype that fit his vision: Fashionable, functional eyewear to help students more easily achieve a most essential collegiate need &mdash; beer-drinking, of course.</p> <p>He launched the product under the name <a href="http://brewsees.com/">Brewsees</a> in 2011. And within two years, he had a six-figure business.</p> <p>&quot;I wanted the brand to be youthful,&quot; Ianelli said. &quot;The ultimate consumer is a 19-year-old frat guy. I look at it as a lifestyle brand, and we're only just beginning with our line of beer-opener sunglasses.&quot;</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/BrewseesOwner.jpg" width="605" height="605" align="middle" alt="" /></p> <p>Ianelli, who is now 28, said he has sold more than 30,000 pairs of the eyewear he dreamt up nine years ago while <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-spring-break-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">on spring break</a>. He said the company is currently experiencing month-over-month growth rate of 200%, in part thanks to a robust network of 108 Brewsees campus ambassadors at colleges across the nation.</p> <p>In addition to creating new styles of sunglasses, Ianelli said he dreams of branding out into apparel and partnering with a brewery to create a Brewsees brand of beer.</p> <h2>Staying Motivated Through Failure</h2> <p>His best advice for other inventors is as simple as this: Make sure you want it it badly enough, and if you do, stop at nothing until you find success.</p> <p>&quot;There's absolutely no chance that you're going to have an overnight success,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;So do you really care about what problem you're trying to fix? A lot of people are just trying to get rich, but the people who do the best and find the most success are the people who are so passionate about the problem they're solving that they're never going to give up until they they solve it.&quot;</p> <p>He said it's also important to realize that you can dream up the greatest invention in the world and it might still be a flop.</p> <p>&quot;Making a product is one thing, but building a business that can sell that product in a way that's profitable is another thing and that's what you need to be successful,&quot; he said. &quot;Kickstarter doesn't cut it.&quot;</p> <p>For Ianelli, the hardest part of the invention process was product development.</p> <p>&quot;It's not for everyone,&quot; he said. &quot;I'm good at it now, but I started out pretty much clueless. There's no college course or magic wand that's going to teach you what you need to know. But if you truly believe in your idea, you will figure it out.&quot;</p> <p><em>What product invention are you sitting on?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career">6 Signs It&#039;s Time to Make Your Side Gig Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ebay-s-non-paying-bidders">EBay’s Non-Paying Bidders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-a-business-with-your-401k">How to Start a Business With Your 401(k)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/freelancing-a-beginner-s-guide-to-doing-it-right">Freelancing: A Beginner’s Guide to Doing It Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-with-friends">7 Ways to Make Money With Friends</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Extra Income inventing Patents product design side businesses Fri, 22 May 2015 15:00:11 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1432343 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Signs It's Time to Make Your Side Gig Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/female_student_working_000052734564.jpg" alt="Woman deciding to make her side gig her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You daydream about it: turning your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">side gig</a> into your career. Quitting your day job and achieving your business goals on your own terms. But it can be hard to know when the right time to actually make the move is.</p> <p>If you're unsure what's holding you back, but suspect you may be ready, take a look at these six signs it's time to quit your day job.</p> <h2>1. Your Bills Can Be Covered on Side Business Income</h2> <p>Are things going pretty well right now? It's time to do the math. Add up all of your household's living costs. Now, add up your side business's month-by-month revenue over the past year. Can a decent percentage of basic expenses be covered by your side business?</p> <p>Making a big move based on this sign depends on a couple of factors such as how much your spouse or roommate contributes to the household, and whether or not those contributions can be counted on for the foreseeable future.</p> <p>For many people, the answer is a gradual transition. In my business, my partner/husband and I found an arrangement that let us spend 75% of our time on the company, and the rest of the time on freelance income to bridge the gap.</p> <h2>2. You're Leaving Money on the Table</h2> <p>Are more opportunities arising, ones you don't have the time to take? A small business can only flourish if it has enough time to grow the infrastructure and increase client communications and partnerships. If you can only spend nights and weekends on your side business, then you will hit a plateau that is very difficult to break through without hiring help.</p> <p>The best way to learn if you are leaving money on the table is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/how-to-write-a-business-plan">reviewing your business plan</a> and making a new <a href="http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/76418">year-to-year projection</a>.</p> <h2>3. Your Clients Want More</h2> <p>Surely you've had more ideas on how to upgrade your services. Do you see your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/market-segmentation-to-grow-customers-sales-and-profits">customer or client base growing</a> and becoming more reliable? This kind of stable growth begetting a stable fan base is a good sign that your regular clients are ready to be upsold on more services. If you are B2B, don't let them grow antsy to leave for a bigger company. If you are a consumer-facing business, don't let your customers grow bored with your product offerings. Start with your most loyal customers to show them that your business is growing with their needs and that you value your relationship.</p> <p>In my business, we grew so quickly in the past year that our customers were not able to keep up with our newest releases. So we started a new subscription program for our most rabid fans that allowed them to get everything we make for a monthly fee. When you start with your most loyal, you can work out the kinks of the new program with minimal pain and customer service issues before rolling it out to the public. We wouldn't have been able to plan, set-up, execute, and maintain this new service if one of us hadn't gone full time.</p> <h2>4. You Find Yourself Becoming an Expert</h2> <p>Are friends, family, and peers increasingly asking you for advice or resources on your industry? If so, the outside perception of your company must be good enough for you to be considered a thought leader on the topic.</p> <p>A great way to give back as an entrepreneur is to share your expertise. It's also a great way to grow your business indirectly by inserting yourself in the major ongoing conversations within your industry. Look up <a href="http://www.allconferences.com/">industry conferences to attend</a>, and you could create a Slideshare about what you've learned. When you have become a full-time entrepreneur, others will take you even more seriously. If you were already planning the full-time transition, this sign might be the morale boost you needed.</p> <h2>5. You Need More Time at Home</h2> <p>Is your household changing? Maybe you are planning to have children in the next two years. Maybe your spouse is earning enough money to cover the basic expenses so you can take more time on your business. Staying at home provides you the flexibility to grow both your business and your family on your own schedule.</p> <p>Do it smart: Using your monthly expense calculator and business projections, start mapping out a plan that allows you transition to a home office. Calculate the costs of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/setting-up-a-home-office-on-the-cheap">making a functional home office</a>: desks, computers, office and creative supplies, and storage solutions. You might have to incorporate freelance income in your revenue mix alongside the other services your business provides.</p> <h2>6. You're This Close to Hiring Employees</h2> <p>Are you looking for help to improve workflow? It will be hard to manage employees from a desk at another company. It's time to look at the numbers and see how much more revenue you could earn with an employee's help, versus quitting your day job and doing most operations yourself for a while.</p> <p>People-specific skillsets you don't possess (i.e. coding, graphic design, etc.) might be hires you can't avoid. But what if you just have too much basic upkeep to do? What I have learned is that repetitive, tedious, and time-consuming tasks are great to outsource to a freelance employee for an affordable rate. Core work like business development and creative should be left to you until you go full-time, so you can properly manage your employees and give them the one-on-one time they need to grow within your company.</p> <p>Make sure you have what you need to <a href="http://blogs.findlaw.com/free_enterprise/2013/10/top-7-tips-for-hiring-managing-your-1st-employee.html">hire your first employee</a>, and learn about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/how-to-take-the-pulse-of-your-employees">managing staff</a>.</p> <p><em>How's your side gig doing? Ready to make the leap?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/freelancing-a-beginner-s-guide-to-doing-it-right">Freelancing: A Beginner’s Guide to Doing It Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business">How One Inventor Turned a Spring Break Idea Into a Six-Figure Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Extra Income business self employment side jobs work Tue, 19 May 2015 17:00:10 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1416883 at http://www.wisebread.com Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don't Require Skills http://www.wisebread.com/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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_cash_000015350297.jpg" alt="Woman holding cash she made online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Online job opportunities are increasingly available, as well as online marketplaces for those with crafty skills to sell unique wares. But what if you're not looking for something that requires a serious time commitment? If you want to make a few bucks for spending a few minutes of downtime while waiting through commercials or during a boring conference call, here's a great list for you. Even better, some places will give you cash back for shopping at places you already shop at anyway. You'd just be leaving money on the table if you don't sign up!&nbsp;</p> <h2>InboxDollars</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">InboxDollars</a>&nbsp;is another program that lets you make money doing a variety of things online.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Complete free offers</strong>&nbsp;and earn up to $20 by trying out or signing up for various products and services. For example, earn credits for searching with Bing! or sign up for different rewards programs. <a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">Earn $5 just for signing up</a>!</li> <li><strong>Take surveys. </strong>Even if you are disqualified from a survey, you get a spin on Billy's Spin and Win which lets you earn survey tokens and sweepstakes entries.</li> <li><strong>Play your favorite games</strong> at no cost or get 10% back when you purchase token packs and boosters.</li> <li><strong>Use the InboxDollars search engine </strong>and earn cash.</li> <li><strong>Watch videos</strong> or complete required activities.</li> <li><strong>Shop online</strong> through their partners and earn cash back on everyday purchases.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289"><strong>Sign up for InboxDollars today and get $5!</strong></a></p> <h2>Swagbucks</h2> <p>There are many ways to earn with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10872178-1414506487000?sid=fb">Swagbucks</a>.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Shop popular retailers</strong> through their portal and earn big. For example, you can get 4 Swag Bucks per dollar at Amazon or 8 Swag Bucks per Dollar at Travelocity. Even better, they often have special discounts, like 15% off any order at JCPenny <em>plus</em> get 4 Swag Bucks per Dollar.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10872178-1414506487000?sid=fb">Earn $5 just for signing up</a>!</li> <li><strong>Take surveys</strong> to earn Swag Bucks. You can earn 60 Swag Bucks every day just by completing the daily surveys. Highly targeted Gold Surveys allow you to earn even more Swag Bucks.</li> <li><strong>Search using the Swagbucks search engine</strong>. Just use their search engine to do your usual internet searches and earn Swag Bucks!</li> <li><strong>Watch videos</strong> and earn up to 150 Swag Bucks per day. Choose from a variety of videos including fashion, entertainment, cooking, news, and more.</li> <li><strong>Play games</strong> and earn Swag Bucks for any money you spend on your favorite games anyway.</li> <li><strong>Swagbucks VISA Rewards Credit Card</strong>: Get 1,000 Swag Bucks just for making a purchase within the first 3 billing cycles. Earn an additional 2,500 Swag Bucks if you spend $1,000 within the first 6 billing cycles. Earn 1.25 Swag Bucks per Dollar on every purchase.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10872178-1414506487000?sid=fb"><strong>Sign up for Swagbucks today to get a $5 signup bonus.</strong></a></p> <h2>Bing Rewards</h2> <p>Earn points for searching the internet through <a href="http://bing-rewards.evyy.net/c/27771/89275/2168?subId1=1079289">Bing Rewards</a>. That's it. Easy. You can earn $100-$200 a year in rewards just by using Bing's search egine to do searches you do every day anyway. Use Bing on your desktop, tablet, or mobile devices (you even earn credits just by downloading the app). Credits can be redeemed for airline miles, meal discounts, or gift cards from popular retailers like Starbucks and Amazon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://bing-rewards.evyy.net/c/27771/89275/2168?subId1=1079289"><strong>Sign up for Bing Rewards today!</strong></a></p> <h2>MyPoints</h2> <p>Love to shop? Then making money via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10468489-1395932855000?sid=fb">MyPoints</a> is the Internet gig for you. MyPoints members earn Points every time they shop from a wide selection of top retailers. For example, get 1.4% cash back for shopping at ebay, 3.4% cash back at Amazon, and 4.1% cash back at Staples. Members also earn points through redeeming coupons (10 points for every coupon printed and redeemed), using their search engine (100 points for 41 searches a month), playing popular games and funding games accounts, and taking quick&nbsp;surveys. Points can be redeemed for gift cards, cash, or travel. Ka-ching! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10468489-1395932855000?sid=fb"><strong>Sign up for MyPoints today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Upromise</h2> <p>If you like shopping and have kids who are college bound, Sallie Mae's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12085508-1428333569000?sid=fb&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Everyday%20Spending%20-%20Learn%20More">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.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Earn 5%-10% cash back with over 850 online shopping partners, including Sears, Groupon, Staples, and Macy's.</li> <li>Earn 2-8% cash back at over 10,000 participating restaurants.</li> <li>Earn 5% cash back when booking travel with their travel partners.</li> <li>Earn cash back by redeeming Upromise ecoupons.</li> <li>Earn cash back by signing up for offers from local businesses and services.</li> <li>Get a boost in cash back rewards by signing up for the Upromise MasterCard (extra 5% on online shopping, restaurants, and online travel, 2% on department stores and movie theaters, and 1% on all other purchases).</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12085508-1428333569000?sid=fb&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Everyday%20Spending%20-%20Learn%20More"><strong>Sign up for Upromise today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Cash Crate</h2> <p>With <a href="http://www.cashcrate.com/1168012">Cash Crate</a>, there are several ways to earn.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Try new products and services: Get paid to sign up for rewards programs, try product samples, and participate in consumer research surveys.</li> <li>Take surveys: Get cash for filling out your profile and taking daily surveys. The great thing about Cash Crate is it tells you how long it would take to earn the cash!</li> <li>Cash tasks: Be eligible to complete various tasks for cash.</li> <li>Shopping: Get a percentage back or set dollar amount for shopping with their partners. 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For example, you can get 16% cash back for a Daily Double store, plus any available discounts or coupons they have available. Earn cash back even easier with the Ebates Cash Back Button, which will alert you if you're browsing a participating site. <a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471">Sign up for Ebates today</a>!</li> <li><a href="http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=913170"><strong>Mr. Rebates</strong></a>:&nbsp;Earn up to 15% back at thousands of stores. <a href="http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=913170">Sign up for Mr. Rebates today</a>!&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.befrugal.com/cashback/?ref=OCFOJMC"><strong>BeFrugal</strong></a>:&nbsp;Earn up to 50% with some of the stores offered by BeFrugal. <a href="http://www.befrugal.com/cashback/?ref=OCFOJMC">Sign up for BeFrugal today</a>!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=569561&amp;U=255320&amp;M=51865&amp;urllink=">Dollar Dig</a></strong>:&nbsp;A newcomer in the cashback world, Dollar Dig offers cash rebates at over 2,600 stores. You can earn up to 60% cashback, as well as straight dollar amounts for signing up for offers. <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=569561&amp;U=255320&amp;M=51865&amp;urllink=">Sign up for Dollar Dig today</a>!</li> </ul> <h2>Cash Back Credit Cards</h2> <p>If you aren't getting rewards for your credit card spending, it's time to join and start cashing in. There are some really <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">great cash back credit cards</a> available right now. For example:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-double-cash-rewards-card-pays-you-to-pay-off-your-debt?ref=1079289">Citi Double Cash Card</a> offers 1% cash back when you make the purchase and 1% when you pay.</li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review?ref=1079289">Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express</a> offers 6% cash back at supermarkets, 3% at gas stations and department stores, and 1% on all other purchases. (There's also a <strong>$150 cash back bonus</strong> sign up offer!)</li> <li>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-discover-it-card-attractive-cash-back-awards-for-shoppers?ref=1079289">Discover it card</a> and the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-freedom-visa-review-200-cash-back-bonus?ref=1079289">Chase Freedom card</a> both offer 5% cash back on rotating quarterly categories.</li> </ul> <h2>Micro Sites</h2> <p>A few other places to earn some quick money doing small tasks include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Survey Money Machines:&nbsp;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="http://www.surveymoneymachines.com/">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="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys?ref=seealso">How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</a>)&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome">Amazon Mechanical Turk</a>: Pick a HIT (Human Intelligence Task) and start earning money. Select from over 200,000 tasks and work whenever it's convenient for you. These tasks could be data entry, answering a few short questions, or looking up an answer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites?ref=seealso">4 Best Micro-Job Sites</a>)&nbsp;</li> <li>TaskRabbit: People post requests for small tasks and quick errands. If you have some time to kill, you might as well make some money and help someone else out at the same time.&nbsp;(See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today">20+ Ways to Make Money Today</a>)</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you earn extra income online? How?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys">How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-really-make-money-taking-surveys">Can I Really Make Money Taking Surveys?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas">10 Great Home-Based Side-Business Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-everyone-needs-side-income">4 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Side Income</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income cash back shopping inboxdollars make money online online surveys side income swagbucks Mon, 18 May 2015 02:27:02 +0000 Rebecca Leib 1079289 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Extra Money Driving for Uber or Lyft http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_phone_driving_000064617457.jpg" alt="Woman making money driving for uber and lyft" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever been in such a rush that you didn't want to wait on a taxi or pay their high fares? This is the very idea that ridesharing services such as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.lyft.com/">Lyft</a> were born out of. Since these companies use local drivers who supply their own vehicles, it can be a great side job for many people who realize they can also <em>make money </em>by driving for them. It's straightforward and can generate some decent extra income. Here's what you need, and what you can earn.</p> <h2>What Do You Need to Be a Driver for Uber and Lyft?</h2> <p>Uber offers four different classes of services (uberX, uberXL, uberBLACK and uberSUV), which each require different classes of vehicles newer than 10 years old (some markets require vehicles from 2011 or newer). The most common service is uberX; it is also the low-fare service, making it a lower-earning option.</p> <p>In addition:</p> <ul> <li>UberX requires a four-door, non-luxury sedan of any color.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>UberXL requires any color of SUV that is able to seat six comfortably.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>UberBlack and UberSUV are similar to UberX and UberXL, however the vehicle interior and exterior both have to be black. In addition to the color requirement, you also have to maintain a 4.6 Uber Driver rating in order to be eligible.</li> </ul> <p>Uber also offers vehicle financing in select markets if you do not have a vehicle that meets the above requirements.</p> <p>To drive for Uber you must:</p> <ul> <li>Be 21 years old or older</li> <li>Be a licensed driver with a clean record</li> <li>Carry vehicle insurance</li> <li>Own a smartphone for using the Uber App</li> </ul> <p>With Lyft, your vehicle must be a four-door car that is newer than a 2003 model in most markets; however, some do require that the vehicle be no older than 10 years.</p> <p>To drive for Lyft, you must:</p> <ul> <li>Be 21 years old or older<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Be a licensed driver with a clean record in the state you'll be offering Lyft services<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Carry vehicle insurance in your name<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have current vehicle registration with in-state licence plates<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Own a smartphone for using the Lyft App</li> </ul> <h2>How to Start Making Money</h2> <p>Once you've met all the above requirements, it's time to actually sign up to be an independent contractor. First you'll need to see if the services are available in an area where you'd be able to offer your services (here is a list of <a href="https://www.lyft.com/cities">cities where Lyft is available</a> and a list of <a href="https://www.uber.com/cities">cities/countries where Uber is available</a>). Not only is Uber available in more cities and is used more frequently than the other ridesharing services, but drivers typically make more per trip than any of the other ridesharing services.</p> <p>To <a href="https://get.uber.com/drive/">sign up for Uber</a>, you'll need to fill out a quick form and provide copies of your driver's license, vehicle registration, insurance, and photos of your front bumper and vehicle interior. You will also have to undergo and pass a motor vehicle record screening and federal background check, which takes some time to complete. As a side note &mdash; if you know an Uber driver, get their referral code and you could earn a $100 bonus!</p> <p>The process to <a href="https://www.lyft.com/drivers?resume">sign up for Lyft</a> is similar to Uber with the addition of a Welcome Ride with a Lyft mentor.</p> <h2>How Much Money to Expect</h2> <p>You are in full control of how often you accept trips, which in the end, affects your overall earnings. Since you're an independent contractor, you have the flexibility to sign up to drive for both companies to maximize your earnings, if you wish. (Two-thirds of rideshare drivers admit to doing just that!) When you're available to drive you simply log on within the app; when you want a break or are unavailable, simply turn it off. This is flexibility at its finest!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">Uber drivers</a> make anywhere from $13 to over $30 an hour, while Lyft drivers earn anywhere from $8 to $25 &mdash; sometimes slightly more. Peak seasons and events will have an effect on the rates as well, so keep that in mind when choosing the times you wish to drive. (A recent study by SherpaShare noted that over 70% of drivers <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/finance/jobs-careers/becoming-rideshare-driver-1.aspx">didn't quit their day job</a> when signing up to drive. They have kept their full-time jobs and drive no more than 40 hours a week.)</p> <p>Since you'll be an independent contractor providing your own vehicle, you'll be responsible for your own taxes, as well as any additional vehicle maintenance or cleaning fees, which would affect your bottom line.</p> <p>If you have a car and some free time &mdash; with a need for some extra cash &mdash; then maybe Uber or Lyft is your solution!</p> <p><em>Have you considered driving for a ridesharing service? Why or why not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-free-rides-on-uber-lyft-and-sidecar">How to Score Free Rides on Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business">How One Inventor Turned a Spring Break Idea Into a Six-Figure Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don&#039;t Require Skills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income drivers lyft ridesharing taxis Uber Thu, 14 May 2015 17:00:26 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1423161 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_playing_000044876558.jpg" alt="Child playing with common household item that you can sell on eBay " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems that nothing is too head-scratchingly weird to be placed up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">for sale on eBay</a>. But what if I told you that you could earn some extra cash on eBay by selling common household items that most of us toss without a second thought?</p> <p>This is definitely an example of one person's trash being another's treasure. Selling what is typically considered garbage can net you a few hundred dollars a year from eBay and have you rethinking what you throw away. Did you know that you could make money selling:</p> <h2>1. Paper Towel and Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tubes</h2> <p>I know, right? Who would have thought that people would pay money for the cardboard tubes of spent tissue? The people who are selling them on eBay and making money, that's who! It seems that these recyclable goodies are popular for arts and crafts projects.</p> <p>To cash in you'll need to stock up before you sell, saving at least 35 empty tubes. So grab a bag, toss in those tubes, and let them add up. Depending on the size of your family and how quickly you go through rolls will determine how often you can sell on eBay. It's not uncommon for<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=paper+towel+cardboard&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty cardboard tubes</a> to sell for $10, $20 or $30. That's pretty good for something that is literally tossed in the recycling bin.</p> <h2>2. Empty Egg Cartons</h2> <p>To think I felt good about myself because I made a point of placing my empty egg cartons in the correct recycling bin for trash pickup. Who knew I could give them new life and bring people joy (and earn some extra cash) by selling them on eBay?</p> <p>Like the cardboard tubes above, egg cartons seem to be wanted by the arts and crafts crowd. It's not uncommon for a stack of<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=egg+carton&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty egg cartons</a> to sell for $10 to $20, and it doesn't seem to matter if they are cardboard or foam. They are easily stackable and won't take up much space while you collect enough to sell. By saving my cartons (and taking my parents' empties), I should be able to sell a few stacks a year.</p> <h2>3. Coupons</h2> <p>How would you like to make $5 to $10 for selling one coupon? Sounds crazy, right? But there's a market for these recyclable bits. Some coupons seem to sell at a premium. For instance, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=pottery+barn+coupon&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">15% coupon from Pottery Barn</a>, or other high end stores, regularly sells for $9.99, and a $25 coupon sells for $14.99. Coupons for many other retailers like Macy's, Target, Home Depot, and more sell well too. The beauty of this is all you have to do is wait for them to show up in the mail and sell what you're not using. Doing this once a month could probably net you an additional $50&ndash;$75 a year.</p> <h2>4. Magazines</h2> <p>After being convinced that I needed to part with some of my beloved magazines, I jokingly implored my husband to check on eBay to see if anyone would buy them. I was surprised to find out that I could make money selling my old issues, and I started cleaning house!</p> <p>Which magazines sell? The specific magazines and the prices they will sell for vary. For instance, one back issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray sold for $5, while a group of 11 magazines from 2008 to 2011 sold for $19.99. We're not talking rare or vintage stuff here, just regular issues that people are selling after reading them. Spend a few minutes on eBay looking up your magazines and you could be ready to sell and make some money too!</p> <h2>5. Old Computer Software</h2> <p>If you have software for computers you replaced years ago, you may be able to sell them for extra cash on eBay. That's exactly what I did when I discovered a bunch of old software in my junk storage drawer. Think no one is interested in your <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=microsoft+office+2003&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">2003 Microsoft Word software</a>? Think again. That'll sell for $15 to $30 on eBay. And that's just one example. The amount of software out there is vast, so it's impossible to provide a lot of specifics for what will sell. However, it doesn't take long to check. Seriously, it's a potential gold mine. Pull out those old disks and check away.</p> <h2>6. Empty Makeup Containers</h2> <p>Specifically, the empty makeup containers of a specific high end brand, M.A.C., are in high demand. They are popular because of the retailer's &quot;Back to M.A.C.&quot; rewards program where customers can exchange six empty M.A.C. makeup containers for a free lipstick. At $16 a pop, people are looking for ways to get their pricey lipstick for less. <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=MAC+makeup+container&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">Empty M.A.C. containers</a> sell anywhere from $5 to $40 depending on the number for sale and the cost of shipping. If you use this brand, it's an opportunity to score some extra cash. If you're looking for a way to get your M.A.C. for less, well, here it is.</p> <p>So there you have it, six examples of common household trash items that can be sold on eBay for a few hundred dollars per year. I'll be looking for others because I'm sure there are more. That's my type of recycling.</p> <p><em>What crazy items do YOU sell on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-earn-170-a-year-with-your-junk-mail">Here&#039;s How to Earn $170 a Year With Your Junk Mail</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income eBay junk recycling selling trash Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Kim Owens 1416919 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Paid Real Money From Virtual Work http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_vitrual_assistant_000052964502.jpg" alt="Woman getting paid to work as a virtual assistant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Internet age has brought a whole new career to the forefront, one that is only gaining in popularity. A virtual assistant, also referred to as a VA, is typically a self-employed person who provides many different virtual services to their clients. A client could be an individual website owner, or possibly even a corporate company. These services include, but are not limited to, ghostwriting, graphic design, e-mail or social media management, and so many other different tasks that business owners have on their plate on a day-to-day basis.</p> <p>Are you frustrated in your current job and looking to gain more independence? Why not kiss the ol' nine to five goodbye and start earning cold hard cash right from the comfort of your home, on your own terms!</p> <h2>What Exactly is a Virtual Assistant?</h2> <p>Plainly put, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/9-tips-for-working-with-a-virtual-assistant">a virtual assistant</a> is an administrative assistant who works from a home office. They're highly skilled professionals who business owners are able to trust doing many of the tasks that they either do not have time for, do not like to do, or just aren't able to do. Virtual assistants need to be independent workers, since most of the time their clients will give them a general task that needs to be completed, and it is up to the VA to see that task to completion. No micromanaging here!</p> <p>Depending upon the flexibility, availability, and current workload, virtual assistants don't always work with just one client at a time. Virtual assistants are generally hired on an as-needed basis, so in the time slots that you are available and do not have a pressing task to do, you can always pick up work with another client. It's also possible to work out a monthly retainer agreement, where you offer to provide a set number of hours per month for a flat fee. In either arrangement, it is always a good idea to let your regular clients know if you work with multiple people, especially if it isn't already clear.</p> <p>It's also essential that you keep the details of your tasks confidential. Due to the very private nature of virtual assistant work (it is your client's livelihood, after all!), VAs have to be trustworthy individuals who operate under honesty and integrity. Sometimes they might be required to collaborate with their client on projects and help to solve problems within the business that they do not want divulged. It's also possible that you may be asked to work with competing companies. Decide how you want to handle this in advance and understand that it is usually best to avoid a conflict of interest.</p> <p>You do not need a degree or any special certification to become a VA. While not a lot of experience is required, communication and basic office skills are a must!</p> <h2>How to Get Started</h2> <p>If you're interested in getting started in the VA world, you must realize that you're not going to be successful overnight. It takes a little bit of time to get started, build up your clientele, and allow referrals to come your way. While virtual assisting is a work-at-home job and face-to-face contact with your clients is rare, you must still be good at communicating with your clients, either by e-mail, phone, or services like Skype or Google Chat. Good communication also comes into play when you are trying to sell your services to someone; you have to be able to offer help without sounding spammy.</p> <p>Most VAs start out by &quot;hanging out their shingle&quot; &mdash; or creating a website. This, and a solid social media presence will help clients find you and learn about the various services you are able to provide.</p> <p>Some online professionals choose to purchase domains using their name so they can get their name out there and often it's easier than coming up with something catchy. Other times they wish to operate under a business name and register a domain that way. You can even use a free service such as Blogger. It is also recommended that you create profile on LinkedIn and update it regularly with examples of your work (provided they are not bound by confidentiality agreements).</p> <p>To make your social media footprint larger, sign up for Twitter and create a Facebook business page. Try to keep the same names, or as close to it as possible, across all social media platforms so you can begin to establish your brand and business. Be sure to also follow and engage with people who could become potential clients. For instance &mdash; if you're a content writer, start following blogs that interest you. When you see an article that spurs another article idea, offer to write it for them. This could be the beginning of a great relationship!</p> <h2>How Much Will You Earn?</h2> <p>This is where things can get a bit tricky. With the Internet readily available to people all over the world, there will always be someone willing and able to work for less than you are. While this can be frustrating, it is very important that you do not sell yourself short. Know what you're worth and don't settle for less. This might mean that you lose out on some jobs in the beginning, but your work will start to speak for itself and word will spread at just how quick and detail-oriented you are. This is also why communication is such a key aspect to being a successful virtual assistant.</p> <p>In a survey conducted by VA Networking in 2007, over half of the respondents answered that they charge between <a href="http://www.vanetworking.com/survey/virtual-assistant-statistics.htm">$21&ndash;$40 an hour</a>, with some charging well over that and working full-time hours. You might be thinking that those are seasoned virtual assistants, however the majority of overall respondents have only been in the field for less than a year!</p> <h2>Where to Find VA Jobs</h2> <p>You don't necessarily have to set up accounts for all of these sites, but when you're first getting started, it might help you to get your foot in a few. Once you start receiving a lot of requests for jobs or find the one or two clients that want you regularly, you can always suspend your accounts on the other websites.</p> <p>One thing to note with all of these sites is that it is imperative that you describe your skills and exactly what you're willing to do on a project. In the technology age, with only digital communication, it is easy for things to get murky. Be upfront and honest and it will earn you repeat business in the future.</p> <h3>Fiverr</h3> <p><a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> is a website where virtual assistants can post their gigs, starting out at $5. This is a great place to get started since Fiverr is widely used and popular and it helps you to get more experience under your belt. It also helps you to see what different projects people are hiring for and just how long it will take you to finish various projects, so you know just how much you should charge in the future.</p> <h3>oDesk</h3> <p><a href="http://www.odesk.com">oDesk</a> is similar to Fiverr, however freelancers are able to charge per hour or by project. The freedom to pick your rates per project makes oDesk a favorite among freelancers. Due to the popularity and surge of freelancers using it in recent years, however, it makes it tough to get started.</p> <h3>VirtualAssistants</h3> <p><a href="http://www.virtualassistants.com/">VirtualAssistants.com</a> has been featured in many well-known publications and is known widely throughout the field. All jobs are prescreened, so you know that you won't be getting into a scam when applying for a potential virtual assistant job.</p> <h3>Virtual Office Temps</h3> <p><a href="http://www.virtualassistantjobs.com/">Virtual Office Temps</a> is a lot like online classified postings, with the ability to post jobs or find them, whether they be part or full-time. It also offers free training, testing, and certification to help you to gain credibility.</p> <h3>Facebook</h3> <p>There are also many Facebook groups dedicated to specific jobs for virtual assistants, and they can be found by doing a quick search using the top toolbar.</p> <p>Are you starting to see your life as a virtual assistant? This flexible job can be perfect for working a part-time schedule, but it also offers the potential for going full-time from home.</p> <p><em>Have you worked as a VA? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-spot-work-at-home-job-scams">6 Ways to Spot Work-at-Home Job Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/part-time-jobs-that-can-get-you-serious-discounts">Part-Time Jobs That Can Get You Serious Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/convince-the-boss-to-let-you-work-from-home">How to Get Your Boss to Let You Work From Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting telecommuting va virtual assistants work from home Mon, 11 May 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1414195 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How to Earn $170 a Year With Your Junk Mail http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-earn-170-a-year-with-your-junk-mail <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-to-earn-170-a-year-with-your-junk-mail" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_with_paperwork_000005210453.jpg" alt="Woman earning extra cash with junk mail" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Junk mail. It's the bane of my postal delivery existence. Chances are you hate it too, what with the insurance offers, vacation brochures, and more. It's a waste of paper, annoying, and you wish your mailbox had a chute that sent it directly to the recycle bin. That will all change, however, thanks to a company named&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbkcenter.com/consumer.html">Small Business Knowledge Center (SBKC)</a>.</p> <p>Why? Because, SBKC will <em>pay you</em> for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-yourself-from-mailing-lists-and-eliminate-junk-mail">your junk mail</a>. You read that correctly. This company will pay you to send them your junk mail.</p> <p>Why would a company pay you to send them your most reviled pieces of mail? Because they conduct market research that focuses on direct marketing (junk mail) in an effort to spot trends and provide &quot;competitive intelligence&quot; to their clients. In other words, they need your mail to do their research and reconnaissance. That's great for people like you and me because it means that we can literally turn our junk mail into cash.</p> <p>Here's what you need to know.</p> <h2>What Kind of Junk Mail Does SBKC Want?</h2> <p>SBKC is looking for specific categories of junk mail. Lucky for most of us, what they want is very common and stuff we all probably receive multiple times per week.</p> <ul> <li>Insurance: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Auto/Property Insurance, etc.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Investments/Annuities: IRA/Rollovers, Mutual Funds, 401(k), Pensions, etc.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mortgage and Loans: Auto, Home Equity, Mortgage, Personal Loan, etc.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Banking: Checking, Savings, Money Market, Certificates of Deposit, Rewards or Loyalty Programs, etc.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Credit Cards: General Use Credit Cards and Charge Cards, Retail/Department Store Cards, Affinity/Rewards Cards such as Airline, Hotel, Alumni, Club/Association Cards, etc.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Telecommunications: Wireless (network providers such as Verizon, AT&amp;T or manufacturers such as Samsung or Motorola), Wire-Line (Landline/Home Phone), TV/Cable, Satellite, Internet, IP/Internet Phone.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Travel and Leisure: Hotels, Cruise Lines, Airlines, Car Rental Services.</li> </ul> <h2>How Does Someone Earn Money From Their Junk Mail?</h2> <p>SBKC members, called panelists, accrue points which are redeemed for rewards. Points are earned several different ways.</p> <ul> <li>Direct mail: Once accepted into their program, panelists will receive postage paid envelopes. Simply place the junk mail in an envelope and mail once a week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>E-mail: Forward any qualifying e-mail to SBKC.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Bonus opportunities: From time to time, SBKC will offer additional opportunities such as surveys and secret shopping.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Referrals: Current members can earn additional points by referring others.</li> </ul> <h2>How Much Can You Earn From Junk Mail?</h2> <p>When panelists accrue 2,000 points, they can redeem those points for a $20 Visa prepaid gift card. SBKC sends out a monthly newsletter which includes point status and any bonus opportunities available. Each person's point accrual rate is different and depends on many factors, but according to SBKC's website, on average, panelists who participate frequently can expect to earn $20 worth of points every six to 10 weeks or so. That comes to about $100-$170 a year for junk mail.</p> <h2>How to Join SBKC</h2> <p>SBKC requires the completion of a short application. Applicants will first choose whether they want to apply as a consumer panelist or a business owner panelist (business owners have different opportunities to earn). The application, which is called a &quot;panelist profile,&quot; is simple and straight-forward. It asks for your name, address, date of birth, and income range.</p> <p>Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail thanking them for submitting their panelist profile and a notice that SBKC will contact them once their application is processed, usually within one to two weeks (two to three weeks for Canadian residents). Once approved, new panelists will receive a welcome kit with program details and information to get them started.</p> <h2>What Else?</h2> <ul> <li>There is no limit to the number of qualified pieces that can be forwarded to SBKC to earn points.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Not everyone is accepted into their program, so take the simple application process seriously. If they run out of space for applicants in certain geographic locations or they are at capacity for a specific demographic, you may be placed on a wait list.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>SBKC takes steps to protect the privacy of their panelists by scrubbing any identification from pieces that are forwarded, shredding documents when done, and promising no solicitation.</li> </ul> <p>This won't make you rich, but every dollar helps, especially when the money comes with such little effort. It looks like junk mail just became valuable.</p> <p><em>Are you a member of SBKC? What's your experience been like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-earn-170-a-year-with-your-junk-mail">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-for-trash-making-money-recycling">Cash for Trash: Making Money Recycling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-dumpster-diving-to-garage-sales-turning-trash-into-cash">From Dumpster Diving to Garage Sales, Turning Trash Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business">How One Inventor Turned a Spring Break Idea Into a Six-Figure Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income junk mail postal recycling rewards program Fri, 08 May 2015 09:00:52 +0000 Kim Owens 1410185 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Free Stuff by Eating Cereal, Drinking Soda, and Watching TV http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_soda_picnic_000029438108.jpg" alt="Couple getting free stuff by drinking soda" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How would you like to get free stuff for eating cereal, drinking soda, and watching TV? Sounds like fun (and also a bit couch potato-y), right? Well, the four companies listed below will help you do just that. If you're looking for low energy ways to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-loyalty-rewards-programs-you-didnt-know-existed">earn free rewards</a> through programs that give you stuff for doing what you already do, put down the cereal bowl for a minute and check out these four programs.</p> <h2>Kellogg's Family Rewards Program</h2> <p>While Kellogg's sells more than cereal, most of us associate it with Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger &mdash; &quot;They're Grrrrrreat!&quot; Even better, Kellogg's also rewards loyal customers with free stuff.</p> <p>By joining the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kelloggsfamilyrewards.com/en_US/sign-up-for-rewards-and-savings.html?referring_source=kfracquisition2015_search_google_kellogg&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=searchdesktop&amp;utm_content=cpc_brand_RewardsBroad_text&amp;utm_term=kelloggs+family+rewards&amp;utm_campaign=kfracquisition2015">Kellogg's Family Rewards</a> program, members collect points that can be redeemed for rewards, including high value coupons, magazines, toys, and gift cards for retailers like Best Buy, Old Navy, Applebee's, Starbucks, and more. Just buy what you usually do and let the points add up.</p> <p>When selecting a product, simply look for the Kellogg's Family Rewards logo on the package. That logo indicates there is a code (or codes) inside. Take that code and enter it online to get your points. The number of points earned per product varies.</p> <p>Kellogg's also offers bonus code opportunities where members don't have to purchase anything.These codes are sent out via e-mail or social media, or can be found online by doing a search for &quot;Kellogg's Rewards codes.&quot; Members can also earn bonus points by purchasing specific products promoted by Kellogg's.</p> <p>Is it worth it?</p> <p>Well, if I were going to purchase the product anyway, and it was on sale (and I had a coupon), I would totally take a few seconds to enter my point codes to earn a few free gift cards. Free is free, my friends.</p> <h2>Drink Soda. Get Free Stuff. Cool.</h2> <p>Even if you don't drink soda, you're sure to have indulged in a Coke or Pepsi product at least a few times in your life. If so, have you thought about joining one or both of their rewards programs?</p> <h3>My Coke Rewards</h3> <p>The My Coke Rewards program premiered in 2006, and was revamped in January of 2015. Similar to many programs, people who join <a href="http://www.mycokerewards.com/content/home.html">My Coke Rewards</a> earn freebies by collecting points and redeeming them. Points are earned by looking for codes which are located on Coke products (i.e. underneath bottle caps) and entering them in the online rewards portal. Coke has also introduced a tiered program where members can achieve Bronze, Silver, or Gold level by completing &quot;status&quot; activities such as tweeting and other social media related tasks. Each tier offers perks like bonus points and unlocks different rewards, such as gift cards to retailers like Target and Walmart, and products like Keurig coffee machines.</p> <p>Personally, I rarely drink soda, but I still drink a lot of bottled water. I won't be a fast points earner, but looking under the caps and entering codes in exchange for free gift cards a few times a year is low-effort enough for me to participate.</p> <h3>Pepsi Experience Points</h3> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://points.pepsi.com/">Pepsi Experience Points</a> program is different than My Coke Rewards in that members don't have to purchase anything to earn rewards. There are no codes on caps or packages to look for to get points. Instead, the Pepsi program revolves around members participating in activities Pepsi sponsors or wants to promote. Activities include reading targeted articles, checking out specific websites, watching videos, tweeting, liking Facebook pages, and so on.</p> <p>The reward options are different as well, focusing more on logo-stamped merchandise such as camping chairs, baseball caps, and sweepstakes entries. Their gift card options are limited, too (as of this writing there were only two gift cards available). Still, points are easy to accrue since everything is done online. It can feel like Pepsi is paying you in points in exchange for free promotion&hellip; which is basically what it is. However, if you don't mind, free stuff could be in your future.</p> <h2>Watching TV Just (Sorta) Got Profitable With Verizon FIOS</h2> <p>Verizon FIOS has a rewards program where customers can earn free stuff like Starbucks and Visa gift cards. While this is not a reason to go out and sign up with Verizon or switch companies, it's definitely a reason to log into your account once a month and spend a minute looking around after paying your bill.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.verizon.com/home/MLP/myrewards.html">Verizon My Rewards+</a> program is similar to the above programs in that it is a points for rewards venture. Sample activities include checking out a Verizon product demo, completing your profile, liking them on social media, enrolling in auto pay, and so on. Of course, the big point earning opportunities come if you do things like add or upgrade services (never gonna happen!).</p> <p>Each month when your bill arrives, there's a reminder to check out the rewards program. Take a moment and log on. It's an easy way to earn a free gift card or two this year. To be fair, I'm not sure a couple of free gift cards a year is a fair trade given the cost of cable (from any provider!). But hey, at least with Verizon FIOS, I get to enjoy a free Starbucks latte while watching my favorite shows.</p> <p>So, there you have it. Four programs where you can earn free stuff just for doing what you already do. If you're already a consumer of these products, earning free gift cards and other rewards is easy to do.</p> <p><em>Do you participate in any of these or similar programs? Let me know in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/an-open-invitation-to-pinecone-research">An Open Invitation to PineCone Research</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone">Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-inventor-turned-a-spring-break-idea-into-a-six-figure-business">How One Inventor Turned a Spring Break Idea Into a Six-Figure Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-bank-account-can-boost-your-travel-rewards">3 Ways Your Bank Account Can Boost Your Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don&#039;t Require Skills</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income cereal freebies points rewards soda tv Tue, 05 May 2015 21:00:21 +0000 Kim Owens 1410140 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Make Money With a Fitness Tracker http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-money-with-a-fitness-tracker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-money-with-a-fitness-tracker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_fitness_tracker_000044739080.jpg" alt="Woman using fitness tracker to make extra money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to earn money with your fitness tracker, saving time in the kitchen by being lazy, and what you need to know if you're selling your house.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0423/Fitbit-profit-Seven-ways-to-earn-money-with-your-fitness-tracker">Fitbit profit? Seven ways to earn money with your fitness tracker.</a> &mdash; Many websites and apps will sync up with your fitness tracker and give you points for your healthy habits. Cash in those points for gift cards and other rewards! [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/3-ways-to-save-time-in-the-kitchen-by-being-lazy">3 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen By Being Lazy</a> &mdash; Go ahead and let your dishes pile up. Let them soak in soapy water, then do your dishes all at once when there's a big enough batch. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/04/looking-to-sell-your-house-here-are-5.html">Looking to Sell Your House? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know</a> &mdash; You'll have a hard time selling your house if potential buyers can't find it. Make sure directions are clear and you have eye-catching signage in front of the property. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Break-Your-30s-35080774">33 Things to Quit Doing When You Hit Your 30s</a> &mdash; By your 30s, it's time to stop talking about your drunken nights on social media. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-etsy-shops-for-the-perfect-mothers-day-gift">6 Etsy Shops for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift</a> &mdash; Check out these Etsy shops for fun and cute jewelry, accessories, artwork, and more! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T055-S003-valuable-things-you-can-learn-from-your-tax-return/index.html">7 Valuable Things You Can Learn From Your Tax Return</a> &mdash; Having a Health Savings Account can increase your medical deductions. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/wealth-building-secrets-richest-neighbors.html">Wealth building choices of your richest neighbors</a> &mdash; There's no secret to building wealth &mdash; it just takes a few smart money choices. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/3-decisions-that-may-hurt-your-diversification-efforts/">3 Decisions that may Hurt your Diversification Efforts</a> &mdash; Using a global fund to fill an international allocation may not be as diverse as you expected. Some global funds actually invest up to half of their assets in US securities. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/stuff-you-can-rent-rather-than-buy/">Stuff You Can Rent Rather Than Buy</a> &mdash; Besides clothing and tools, there are a number of other items that you can rent &mdash; a few on this list will definitely surprise you! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/heres-personal-loan-bad-credit/">Here&rsquo;s How to Get a Personal Loan with Bad Credit</a> &mdash; It's possible to get a personal loan even if you have bad credit. However, you'll need to take a few steps to ensure the lender is legit. [ReadyForZero]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-money-with-a-fitness-tracker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/after-your-wedding-say-yes-to-selling-the-dress">After Your Wedding, Say Yes to Selling the Dress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Lifestyle best money tips fitness tracker Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:32 +0000 Amy Lu 1404917 at http://www.wisebread.com The Easy Way Teachers Can Earn Passive Income http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_teacher_grading_000044942756.jpg" alt="Woman teacher trying to earn passive income" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Teaching is a noble profession. However, for all of the important work that is done and the countless young minds that will benefit from their knowledge and passion, it doesn't usually pay so nobly.</p> <p>But teachers don't need to be the educational equivalents of starving artists. Especially now that they can make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-generate-passive-income">passive income</a> with something called Teachers Pay Teachers.</p> <h2>What Is Teachers Pay Teachers?</h2> <p><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/">Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT)</a> is like Etsy for educators. It's an online marketplace for buying and selling original educational materials like lesson plans, games, activities, assessments, and more. It's a wonderful resource for those looking for quality, proven materials to use with their own students, and an awesome way for teachers (home school educators, or really anyone who has great curriculum development skills) to earn extra income.</p> <h2>How Does Teachers Pay Teachers Work?</h2> <p>Simply create an account, list the educational tools you wish to sell, and earn money when someone purchases one of your items. Creating a Basic Seller account is free and for every item sold, you earn 60% of that item's selling price (TPT takes a 40% cut). Once you're earning some decent money, you might consider upgrading to a Premium Seller account, which comes with a $59.95 annual fee and bumps your profit margin up to 85% of the price of each item sold. TPT uses PayPal as their default payment system and pays out once a month.</p> <h2>Can You Really Earn Passive Income With Teachers Pay Teachers?</h2> <p>Yes, it really is possible to create a passive income stream with TPT. The top seller has&nbsp;<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/About-Us">earned more than $2 million</a> and there are others who have earned $50,000. Now, that's not the norm of course, but many educators earn enough passive income to nicely supplement or even surpass their annual teaching salary. That possibility is exciting, right?</p> <p>TPT has more than 1.6 million teachers registered and receives over 90 million visitors per month. However, there are many teachers who never sell one thing because of fear of the unknown, fear of technology, thinking there's no time, and so on.</p> <p>The hardest part is getting started because like most things worth doing, it takes some time and effort to make it work. The good news is if you've been teaching for a while, you probably have stacks and folders full of lesson plans, curricula, worksheets, games, etc., which means you're already more than half way there. Below are a few tips to help you get started:</p> <ul> <li>If you find it hard to do on your own, seek out a group of teachers who would also like to make some extra money and set up an accountability group. Gather all of the educational resources together and help each other sort, categorize, and select the best of the best to start selling. Establish a timeline and schedule deadlines to meet certain goals. The accountability and mutual support can help you break down what might otherwise seem overwhelming into smaller, doable steps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't know what to sell or what sells best? TPT to the rescue. Their site offers a lot of information to help you get started.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Feel you're lacking technical know-how? The truth is, it doesn't take any special skill or technical know-how to format your products and upload them. There are helpful tutorials available if there is something new to learn. If you're still uncomfortable, find someone to help you get your items ready and list them. Heck, if you have teenagers, they'll probably be able to do it in a flash.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Feeling insecure? Don't. Spend some time on the website reviewing popular items and reading the stories of other teachers. You're sure to have that &quot;I can do that&quot; moment.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Be active in the TPT community. Utilize the resources at hand. Subscribe to their newsletter, read their blog, and follow their Facebook page. The more familiar you are with what works best, the more you improve your chances of creating a best seller which could significantly boost your income.</li> </ul> <p>Like all good passive income opportunities, being successful on TPT takes work up front to reap the rewards. But the beauty here is that it is specifically geared towards teachers, which means you don't have to learn a new skill because you're already an expert. Why not try it now and earn your &quot;A?&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you used TPT to earn extra income? What was it like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money">8 Freelance Gigs Anyone Can Do to Make Extra Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income educators freelance selling teachers teachers pay teachers Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:00:09 +0000 Kim Owens 1399041 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_side_job_000020816287.jpg" alt="Woman using her side hustle to further her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you feel stuck in a career rut but not sure what needs to change? Your job likely pays the bills and quitting a steady paycheck just because you're bored or unchallenged doesn't seem like a smart option. You still have to pay the rent, after all.</p> <p>This is where a side hustle can be both financially rewarding and creatively stimulating. But balancing a full time job and a side hustle is not always easy.</p> <p>Here are five ways a side hustle can expand your career and give you more options.</p> <h2>1. Learn New Career Skills</h2> <p>One of the main benefits to starting a side hustle is that you can expand your knowledge by acquiring new skills. This can include learning how to start a website, optimizing social media channels, seeking out new clients, and even taking courses on copywriting, SEO, bookkeeping, and the like.</p> <p>You always have the opportunity to learn something new. Even after four years of having a side-hustle turned full-time gig, I still find new programs, books, and courses that help me learn new skills and increase my knowledge about certain subjects.</p> <h2>2. Manage Multiple Projects</h2> <p>When you work as a traditional employee, you generally only have a certain amount of tasks each day, and you're often doing the same things each month. But when you have a side hustle, things are lot less consistent. You're not only an employee but also the boss, the bookkeeper, the receptionist, the manager &mdash; and everybody else.</p> <p>As a side hustler, you wear a lot more hats and are able to balance many types of projects. Not only are you working for clients, but you're also managing multiple deadlines, and perhaps even outsourcing to other contractors. All of these things will help you learn to balance lots of priorities while still getting things done on time.</p> <h2>3. Streamline Your Workflow</h2> <p>If you don't have a side hustle yet, you may not understand the importance of managing your time wisely. When you have a full time job, family, household chores, errands, and a side hustle, you have to be <em>very efficient </em>with where you spend your time and energy.</p> <p>When I started my side hustle alongside my day job, I began noticing holes in my workday productivity routine. I was able to streamline the processes at my job, in order to get more done in less time.</p> <p>This allowed me to reduce my workload overall, so I could make room for other personal and professional tasks. My employer appreciated this too, as I helped them save money and increase productivity in the office.</p> <h2>4. Diversify Your Income and Career Path</h2> <p>Your career and income are tightly woven together and we all need to make a living to support our families. So what happens when your boss needs to cut costs, or you're handed a pink slip? A side hustle alleviates some of this risk by diversifying the types of income streams you have.</p> <p>Finding another job can take a lot of time and effort, not to mention the additional time it takes to get paid from when you were first hired. This period of stress can be eased by having some money coming in from your side hustle, and a side gig can be a viable second career option, should you need it. It can also take off the pressure while giving you the chance to take your time in pursuing the best opportunity.</p> <h2>5. Broaden Your Network</h2> <p>Working in a traditional office setting means you see the same people day in and day out, which doesn't leave much room for expanding your network. With a side hustle though, specifically one that's online based, you're able to broaden your network everyday.</p> <p>Whether it's meeting up at a local coffee shop, or connecting with new people at an industry conference, a side hustle offers the chance for you to broaden your list of contacts and like-minded individuals. This list of contacts could come in very handy in the future if you get laid off, need to switch jobs, or even take your side hustle full-time.</p> <p><em>Do you have a side hustle? How has it helped expand your career?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back">5 Career Tactics That Are Actually Holding You Back</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise">These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career career skills promotion raise side hustle Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:05 +0000 Carrie Smith 1400450 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_laptop_forum_000042128972.jpg" alt="Woman moderating forums and chatrooms for extra money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many of the websites, games, social apps, and online stores we frequent feature user communities. These often use a message board or chat function to enable user communication and contact customer service. If you've wondered how these discussions seem to stay relatively civil (even in the day of the &quot;troll&quot;), the answer is simple &mdash; moderators.</p> <h2>What is a Chat or Forum Moderator?</h2> <p>These are the people who stay behind-the-scenes of online communities, giving users a safe way to resolve issues, as well as policing the most offensive communications. They can delete content, ban users, or simply be on-hand to answer questions as needed.</p> <h2>How Much Does This Job Pay?</h2> <p>Pay can range from minimum wage to $15-$17 an hour. It is similar in pay structure to work-from-home customer service phone rep gigs. Some jobs pay for the entire time you are monitoring the forums, while others may only pay you when you respond to issues that come up in a work queue (meaning that you can be away from the community until you are called in).</p> <h2>How Can You Get a Job as a Moderator?</h2> <p>Getting a job as a moderator may be as simple as applying for a posting on a jobs website, or it may require being part of an active online community until you've earned a respected place in it and can request pay. Often, you can do some research into the communities you're a part of and see if they have any openings on their &quot;Careers&quot; tab.</p> <p>Sites that seem to hire moderator or chat reps frequently include<a href="http://metaversemodsquad.com/become-a-mod/"> MetaVerse Mod Squad</a>,<a href="http://www.lithium.com/company/careers/job-listing"> Lithium</a>,<a href="http://www.icucmoderation.com/careers-icuc/"> ICUC</a>, and<a href="http://www.emoderation.com/recruitment/"> eModeration</a>.</p> <h2>What Skills or Equipment Are Required?</h2> <p>A good chat or forum moderator will have excellent people skills, possess the ability to spell well and communicate via the written word, be efficient with a computer, and can sit for long periods of time, often staring at threads of messages until their help is needed. Most job listings will describe tech requirements, but the majority require you to have your own desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed DSL or cable internet connection.</p> <p>What's a day in the life of a moderator look like? It can vary, but according to Chelles of<a href="http://www.fitnpoor.com/"> FitNPoor</a>, there are definitely pros and cons.</p> <h2>Cons of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>It can be difficult to keep your emotions under control when dealing with difficult people. &quot;You have to put your personal opinions aside. There are so many times where my politics or my view points are trumped by the job need to moderate and keep discussion peaceful,&quot; Chelles says.</p> <p>Your privacy is also not guaranteed. Chelles states that your personal information could be found, especially by passionate chatters who dislike you or your policies.</p> <h2>Pros of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>One of the biggest advantages of this job is that you can work from home, and often, the hours are very flexible. This makes it an ideal option for students or stay-at-home parents, especially since the work environment doesn't have to be quiet.</p> <p>If you love having power, this is the job for you. Chelles says that it certainly attracts a positive person that can keep a level head, but it does reward you in the sense that you are in control. Some people thrive on that kind of control.</p> <p>There is also often a strong sense of community in most online forums, and this camaraderie can grow with time and involvement &mdash; especially as a moderator. Regular chatters on bigger sites recognize you and know your story; if you're the kind of person that makes friends easily online, this could be a very rewarding job for you!</p> <p><em>Will you be exploring a job as a moderator? Why or why not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work">Get Paid Real Money From Virtual Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting chat customer service forums moderators side jobs work from home Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1396562 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fun Money Boosts That Grow Your Savings http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-money-boosts-that-grow-your-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fun-money-boosts-that-grow-your-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_scarf_000022078327.jpg" alt="Woman shopping and getting money boost to grow her savings" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earning extra money is my go-to method for boosting any savings goal. Saving dough is one way to boost your nest egg, but earning extra cash can really put it into overdrive.</p> <p>My husband and I are <a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/achieve-your-goals/">planning to move across the country</a> during the summer, so we need extra money to put into our relocation fund. We're both self-employed, so this allows us to have a flexible work schedule and take on extra part-time work. Below are some unusual and fun ideas I'm personally using to build up extra funds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online?ref=seealso">11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online</a>)</p> <h2>1. Get Paid for Your Skills</h2> <p>Depending on your skills, you can offer editing, designing, or writing work in exchange for pay. And the best part is, you can do it from the comfort of your own home and on your own time. You get to work with clients virtually and bring in money<em> right now</em>.</p> <p>Freelance writing sites such as <a href="https://www.odesk.com/">ODesk</a> and micro-jobs sites such as <a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> enable you to turn your talents into a viable second income stream. Who knows? In time, you might even be able to make your passion into your full-time gig. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money?ref=seealso">8 Freelance Gigs Anyone Can Do</a>)</p> <h2>2. Work as a Brand Ambassador</h2> <p>If you enjoy local events and interacting with people, then becoming a brand ambassador a few times a month could be right up your alley. What is a brand ambassador?</p> <p>You know the people that give out free samples at the grocery store or local festivals? They are getting paid to represent a specific brand and give out coupons and freebies &mdash; and it can be a fun job for extroverts.</p> <p>If you have experience in a certain field, you can reach out to specific companies directly. My husband did this, and since he's a chef, he's worked as a brand ambassador for Organic Valley promoting several of their dairy products. Recently he spent four days giving out free samples and coupons, and was compensated well for his time.</p> <h2>3. Flip Thrift Store and Yard Sale Finds</h2> <p>This method probably won't make you as much money as it used to, but it's still a viable way to make extra cash. In the past I've made an average of $1,000 per month flipping thrift store finds for a profit on sites like eBay or Craigslist.</p> <p>You'll have to spend some time digging through the &quot;trash&quot; to find the treasure, but if you look for specific items (like brand-name clothing or electronics), and do your research, you can still make good money on the weekends.</p> <p>Plus, it's a fun activity to do with your spouse, or a frugal friend. With a creative eye, you can spot good-as-new pieces or shine up some dusty items and sell them for extra money.</p> <h2>4. Rent Out Your Assets for Cash</h2> <p>One of the smartest ways to bring in extra cash, without doing any additional work, is to leverage what you already have. Can you rent out a spare bedroom, or an extra couch in your house, on a site like <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>Do you have a coveted parking space in the city? You can use this to make extra money by renting out your parking spot while you're at work during the day. You can even rent out your car if it's not being used often. There are lots of new apps and startups that allow you to use the assets you have to bring in extra cash.</p> <h2>5. Make It a Competition</h2> <p>It's always fun to have a healthy dose of competition among your spouse and kids. This principle also applies when you're saving towards any type of financial goal. If you get the whole family involved, not only is it more fun, but it teaches everyone that <em>hard work equals results.</em></p> <p>When my husband and I create a new goal and begin working towards it, we each choose one type of money-making idea to focus on for 30 days. Our focused attitude makes it less overwhelming, and turns the whole idea into a friendly competition.</p> <p>Whoever brings in the most money at the end of the month gets a bonus from the other (like a shoulder massage, cleaning the house, or cooking dinner).</p> <p><em>What's another fun way you can boost your savings goal by earning extra cash?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-money-boosts-that-grow-your-savings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store">Things You Might Not Know About Your Local Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-extra-space-make-money-and-meet-travelers-with-short-term-rentals">Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers With Short-Term Rentals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money">5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Make the Most Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income brand ambassadors freelancing renting saving money thrift stores yard sales Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Carrie Smith 1382369 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_computer_000029627570.jpg" alt="Man earning extra money using social media" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's safe to assume that if you're not making money on social media, you're probably just casually wasting time on it. Flip that script. Make your profiles pull in a profit with these seven tips to on how to squeeze the juice from your tweets, posts, pics, and more.</p> <h2>1. Join the Sharing Economy</h2> <p>My friends are probably tired of hearing about all the ways I add extra cash to my savings account by participating in the sharing economy &mdash; a recently coined term that denotes a person sharing something he or she possesses with someone else who's willing to pay for it &mdash; but I harp on it for a reason. In many cases, this is easy money &mdash; and I want them to get in on the action.</p> <p>Examples of commodities in the sharing economy including housing, dog walking/sitting services, personal property (like bikes and tools), cars, and more.</p> <p>For my part, I take advantage of many of these sharing options. I rent my homes to travelers via<a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5135"> Airbnb</a> and other micro-subletting sites; I list my dog-sitting services on <a href="http://www.dogvacay.com">DogVacay</a>; and people can rent my bicycles by visiting <a href="http://www.spinlister.com">Spinlister</a>. All of these side hustles earn cheddar on items I already have or low-level services I have to offer, and I think it's brilliant. There are many more ways to participate, so do some research of your own to find out how the sharing economy can fit into your life.</p> <p>There's a certain time commitment attached to some of these revenue avenues, but if you have some to spare, you should be turning a profit. Time is money, after all.</p> <h2>2. Pursue Blogging Opportunities at Outlets That Pay</h2> <p>Have something to say? There are blogs for just about every topic you can imagine &mdash; and some of them pay.</p> <p>Take my success as a personal finance blogger, for example.</p> <p>Just a few years ago I was a journalist primarily covering LGBT lifestyle topics and writing essays for mainstream publications like the Baltimore Sun and Examiner newspapers. I'm naturally someone who &quot;lives my best life on a budget,&quot; and I had a money-saving topic about which I wanted to write. Wise Bread accepted my article pitch, which was initially a one-off engagement, but subsequently asked for more. After writing for Wise Bread for a year or so, other personal finance sites started to notice my work and offering me gigs. It just snowballed from there. Today, I have hundreds of published personal finance posts on more than a dozen PF-related sites, and I've been a staple on Wise Bread for the past four-plus years.</p> <p>It's possible for you to fall into a great gig like this too, considering that you have fresh ideas written from a new perspective. Research the blogs in which you have the most interest and start making pitches. You've gotta start somewhere, and this is square one.</p> <p>Social media angle? Publishers love to work with writers who have big social media followings.</p> <h2>3. Follow and Use the Apps of Your Favorite Brands</h2> <p>Depending on how you look at &quot;making money,&quot; you may want to download the apps and follow the social media pages of your favorite brands, some of which have opportunities to win prizes or earn swag when you become a brand ambassador. In that case, receiving free product from a brand on which you typically spend money is like keeping more of your own in your pocket. In addition, many popular businesses &mdash; especially the &quot;fun&quot; brands &mdash; offer cash for referrals, and that's as easy as sharing on social media the affiliate link generated for you by the company.</p> <h2>4. Publish Sponsored Tweets or Posts</h2> <p>It's always paid to be popular &mdash; you remember high school, don't you? But these days you can turn popularity into actual dolla-dolla bills y'all if you're one of the cool kids on social media.</p> <p>&quot;Even if you have a small audience, you can literally sign up for <a href="http://www.sponsoredtweets.com">Sponsored Tweets</a> right now, select the topics you'd normally talk about, and wait to be matched with advertisers for campaigns,&quot; adds Sakita Holley, founder of House of Success, a lifestyle brand-relation firm in New York. &quot;Or, you can work with various social media influencer/advertiser agencies that have appeared over the last few years to help you sell your influence online. You could also pitch prospective advertisers directly by cold calling, emailing, or connecting over social media.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Create How-To Content on YouTube</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of how-to videos on YouTube, especially when they help me learn a skill for free that I would otherwise pay for. A friend of mine recently fixed his dishwasher using a YouTube how-to, and I was quite impressed. While these videos are free for users, however, you can make money based on the viewers it brings in, according to Jason Parks, owner of The Media Captain, a social marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio.</p> <p>&quot;Creating 'how-to' content on a niche topic can earn you money on social media,&quot; he says. &quot;I worked with a tennis pro who created a simple YouTube video, 'How to Hit a Faster Tennis Serve.' We monetized the video (which now has over 150,000 views), and he gets money based on the overall view count. We have also created other videos after the success of the initial video. While the tennis pro can't quit his day job, the extra money into his bank account definitely doesn't hurt.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Post on Craigslist, Angie's List, Thumbtack, LinkedIn, and More</h2> <p>Okay, cards on the table: My media business was built on posting ads on Craigslist in New York City and other major metro areas, back when I couldn't afford other types of advertising. I know firsthand how social service-listing sites are bankable, and if you have a service or product to offer, you can make money, too. Find the network that suits your service or product best and work hard at building your profile and building a reputation.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to make extra money on social media? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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