Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10682/all en-US Best Money Tips: Fifteen Ways to Make Money to Fill Your Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fifteen-ways-to-make-money-to-fill-your-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fifteen-ways-to-make-money-to-fill-your-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/groceries-466554273.jpg" alt="groceries" title="groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></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 fantastic articles on ways to make money to fill your fridge, bills you can cut from your budget, and things to bring to a job interview.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/make-money-to-fill-your-fridge-make-300500-per-month/">Fifteen ways to make money to fill your fridge: make &pound;300/$500 per month</a> &mdash; Mending computers or dog sitting can help you make enough money to fill your fridge. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/5-bills-you-can-cut-from-your-budget-right-now/">5 Bills You Can Cut From Your Budget Right Now</a> &mdash; Chances are you can cut your cable bill from your budget right now. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview </a>&mdash; It is a good idea to bring a notebook prepared with questions to your job interview. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/04/16/giving-makes-us-happier-but-what-if-you-dont-have-much-to-give/">Giving makes us happier, but what if you don't have much to give?</a> &mdash; If you don't have much to give to charity, you can get crafty or volunteer. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/dangers-of-earning-more-money/">The Dangers of Earning More Money</a> &mdash; Earning more money may make you feel the need to spend more money. [20's Finances]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/04/how-to-negotiate-for-more-vacation-time/">How to Negotiate for More Vacation Time</a> &mdash; When negotiating for more vacation time, prove you deserve it. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://staplerconfessions.com/index.php/conquering-the-cravings-how-to-stay-on-budget-while-pregnant/">Conquering the Cravings: How to Stay on Budget While Pregnant</a> &mdash; If you crave Chinese food while you are pregnant, have freezer potstickers on hand to save money. [Stapler Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/non-profits-will-help-finances/">Non-Profits That Will Help You You with Your Finances</a> &mdash; Debt Advice Foundation is a non-profit that will help you with your finances. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/04/14/parents-attitudes-toward-money-and-kids/">Parents' attitudes towards money and kids</a> &mdash; Did you know one in four parents carries a credit card balance? [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/teaching-kids-the-true-meaning-of-easter">Teaching Kids the True Meaning of Easter</a> &mdash; Using props like flowers can help you teach your kids the true meaning of Easter. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fifteen-ways-to-make-money-to-fill-your-fridge" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Fifteen Ways to Make Money to Fill Your Fridge" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income Food and Drink best money tips fridge making money money Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1135855 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Profit From Your Passions http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-profit-from-your-passions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-profit-from-your-passions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/musician-3607342-small.jpg" alt="musician" title="musician" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></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 amazing articles on ways to profit from your passions, mistakes online shoppers make, and bad money habits that rob you blind.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/business/T012-C006-S010-ways-to-profit-from-your-passions.html?si=1">6 Ways to Profit From Your Passions</a> &mdash; Creating and selling your crafts or giving guided tours can help you profit from your passions. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/online-shopping-mistakes/">5 Mistakes Online Shoppers Make</a> &mdash; Online shoppers tend to make the mistake of failing to search for promo codes. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/04/10/10-bad-money-habits-that-rob-you-blind-and-how-to-quit-them/">10 Bad Money Habits That Rob You Blind and How to Quit Them</a> &mdash; Failing to fund a retirement plan and getting hooked on lattes are bad money habits that rob you blind. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-City-Hall-Wedding-29238543">9 Tips for Planning a City Hall Wedding</a> &mdash; When planning a city hall wedding, be early and consider an afterparty. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/stay-budget-buying-house/">5 Ways to Stay Within Your Budget When Buying a New House</a> &mdash; Don't compare yourself to others and try to avoid bidding wars when buying a house. [Money Crashers]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/blinding-chasing-job-smart-career.html">Blindly chasing any job isn't a smart way to launch a career ...Here's how to do better</a> &mdash; Don't apply for jobs that you are way underqualified for and remember to network. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/darth-vaders-top-5-tips-for-saving-money/">Darth Vader's Top 5 Tips For Saving Money</a> &mdash; Learn a lesson from Darth Vader and outsource your less desirable jobs. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/04/the-conversation-about-college-is-turning-in-the-right-direction.html">The Conversation About College is Turning in the Right Direction</a> &mdash; What are some of the cost and benefit considerations you think people should be making in regards to college? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/end-your-fear-of-investing">End Your Fear of Investing</a> &mdash; Scheduling routine checkups can help you end your fear of investing. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-decorate-a-green-baby-nursery">How to Decorate a &quot;Green&quot; Baby Nursery</a> &mdash; To decorate a &quot;green&quot; baby nursery, opt for wood floors. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-profit-from-your-passions" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Profit From Your Passions" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips passions profit Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:24 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1135176 at http://www.wisebread.com This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb — and Succeed http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-86518050.jpg" alt="travelers" title="travelers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Almost immediately after moving to New York City I had the brilliant idea to rent out our guest bedroom to tourists. My now-husband and I had a two-bedroom apartment, and we decided on getting the extra space so we could accommodate out-of-town friends and family that we were sure would visit all the time &mdash; except they didn't, and that empty room quickly turned into something that we were paying for but didn't necessarily need. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/growin-home-how-much-house-do-you-really-need?ref=seealso">How Much House Do You Really Need?</a>)</p> <p>Until the light bulb went off, that is. I knew there had to be a market out there for people like me who enjoyed spending their travel dollars on fun things like eating out and exciting activities instead of wrapping all that cash up in expensive hotels. I was right. As soon as I listed our apartment on Craigslist, I started to receive inquiries that quickly turned into bookings. This was all pre-Airbnb and other micro-subletting (the fancy word for short-term rental) sites. (By the way, I don't recommend using Craigslist for micro-subletting nowadays.) Nonetheless, we started pulling in a good amount of money from the get-go, and it only increased when we started listing on the micro-subletting sites once they were introduced.</p> <p>I won't divulge exactly how much money we've made doing this, but I will tell you that as a direct result we now own a condo in Manhattan and a shore house in New Jersey. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash</a>)</p> <p>You can find success in micro-subletting, too. Granted, it's much easier to fill our space in New York City than other places, but you might be surprised at the number of inquiries you might receive where you live.</p> <p>If you haven't thought about micro-subletting before, start. If you've been hesitant to try it, take a chance. This is a very easy and honest way to supplement your income and perhaps even save more money than you thought possible &mdash; and it's using what you already have.</p> <p>We've been renting out our home for nearly six years now; I'm considered a &quot;Super Host&quot; on the <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> website. We've hosted hundreds of people from all over the world, and we have more than 150 positive reviews about our accommodations and hosting style. Thus, I consider myself an expert in this field, and I'm happy to divulge my tips, tricks, and advice so you can be successful at micro-subletting, too. Take a look.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rox-sublet-yellow-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>1. Make Your Listing Stand Out From the Crowd</h2> <p>The number one reason that people choose to stay with us over other hosts &mdash; in my opinion, at least &mdash; is the description we've provided of ourselves and the accommodations in<a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5135"> our listing</a>. I know this because many times the potential guest reaching out for the first time specifically mentions something positive about the description. There's a reason for that. I took the time to write a description that was charismatic, conversational, humorous, and detailed. I wanted to capture the strangers' attention enough so they'd want to be our friends in just a few paragraphs. Whereas other listings are straightforward and to the point (and, frankly, boring), ours draws the potential guest in and makes them feel at home and comfortable instantly &mdash; and that's exactly what you want if you're choosing to stay in the home of someone you've never met before.</p> <h2>2. Increase Your Success With Lots of Amenities</h2> <p>Another reason we receive more bookings than a lot of listings in our area is because we offer great amenities. In the private guest bedroom, there's a mini fridge, flat screen TV with HD cable, DVD player, iron and ironing board, and lots of books and maps of the city. Our guests also have full use of our home while they're here, whether it's cooking their meals, hopping on the computer to print tickets or vouchers, playing our video game system or board games, washing and drying clothes, or borrowing a book or DVD. And it's all included in their stay. Also included is free coffee, tea, and cereal. Our guests get a lot of bang for their buck, and these amenities are our way of giving that extra value that other listings are not.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rox-sublet-bathroom-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>3. Respond to Inquiries Quickly and Politely</h2> <p>I respond to my inquiries within minutes usually &mdash; thanks to the micro-subletting services' mobile apps &mdash; and I never let them go for more than a few hours. Not responding promptly to inquiries gives the potential guest time to browse other listings, and I don't want that. I want to be the first and the best so the choice is easy for them. My response time is largely what keeps us booked consistently throughout the year.</p> <p>The way you respond also plays a part in potential guest's decision on where to stay. Be polite and charming, and you've won them over. Be curt and short, and you'll lose them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-communicate-better-today?ref=seealso">25 Ways to Communicate Better</a>)</p> <h2>4. Vet Your Potential Guests Thoroughly</h2> <p>The way a guest reaches out to me initially impacts whether or not I'll accept their reservation request. I consider myself a very good judge of character &mdash; even online &mdash; so if they don't offer up details about themselves, where they're coming from, and what the purpose of their visit is, I'll inquire. If they continue to be standoffish, it's probably a good sign that I don't want this guest in my home.</p> <p>However, going back to my listing, it's written in a way that invites the potential guests to provide information and details about themselves, so I rarely have to dig for more. Also, Airbnb in particular has verifications for members, including Facebook, Twitter, phone numbers, and more. If the potential guest isn't verified on social media, I generally won't accept the request.</p> <h2>5. Never Accept Locals Under Any Circumstance</h2> <p>I can't stress this point enough. The only guests you should accept are travelers from out of town. Why? Because locals who want to stay with you often come with baggage &mdash; and not just the kind they're carrying in their hands. They've broken up with their significant other; they were evicted; or they're planning something far more nefarious, like making copies of your keys during their stay, then robbing you blind while you're not home a few weeks later. Trust me, it happens.</p> <p>Locals also may be difficult to get out, problems that arise could annoy your neighbors, and you're putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation with someone nearby who now knows where you live. Feeling unsafe in your own home is not a feeling you want, especially when you could have avoided it. Do not accept locals under any circumstance.</p> <h2>6. Keep Your Calendar Up to Date Online and Offline</h2> <p>A big part of this business &mdash; and I do consider it a business &mdash; is maintaining the reservation calendar online and offline. The micro-subletting sites keep track of your reserved dates for you in an easy-to-access manner, but I also put all reservations on the calendar on my phone, so I can see what's happening at a glance and what I need to do to prepare in advance.</p> <p>Failing to keep you calendar organized <em>will</em> result in double bookings eventually, especially if you're using multiple micro-subletting sites. That would be a nightmare for you, and it's not pleasant for the guest either. Can you imagine being told you have nowhere to stay when you arrive at your vacation destination because the host couldn't keep track? You'd be very upset, and your potential guests will, too.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rox-sublet-laundry-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>7. Provide Exactly What Is Offered in Your Listing</h2> <p>If you're listing certain amenities that appeal to potential guests, it's imperative that you provide them during their stay. These included items and services are likely part of the reason why they choose you over many other available listings, and it's your duty to be the best host you can be. The downside to not offering what you're advertising in your listing is that the guests may leave you a poor review, and that could turn future guests away when they browse the reviews on your profile.</p> <h2>8. Research Comparable Listings in Your Area</h2> <p>When setting the nightly fee for your listing, research other properties in your area. I live in Manhattan, so I did a search for properties within a 10-block radius in all directions, found the listings that closely resembled my own, and made an informed decision on what fee to set the listing &mdash; which is directly related to my next point.</p> <h2>9. Undercut the Competition to Increase Bookings</h2> <p>As I've detailed, the engaging description on my listing along with the amenities offered, the photos, and the reviews, play a large part in a potential guest's decision to stay in my home. Just as large a part, however, is the nightly fee they're paying for what they're getting.</p> <p>They want a great place to stay, and they want to save while they're at it.</p> <p>From day one, I've been very savvy about the nightly fee: I simply undercut the competition so I can appeal to more people. Oldest trick in the book, sure, but it amazes me how many people in my area are asking for nightly fees that exceed what they're offering, and their calendars are perpetually empty as a result. Because of our marketing savvy, we're booked most nights from the beginning of April to the end of the year. The winter is a bit slow for business, so as a further tactic during these months I generally lower the nightly fee about 10%, making my listing even more appealing. I'm also more open to longer-term stays in the first three months of the year than I would be the rest of the year. The big money comes in turning over guests every three to five days. More work, of course, but more money, too.</p> <h2>10. Provide an Experience Your Guests Will Remember &mdash; and Refer</h2> <p>If you've decided to be a host, it's your responsibility to provide your <em>paying</em> guests with topnotch hospitality. They won't expect you to make them meals (unless you're offering that in your listing; some hosts do), but they will expect the house and especially their bedroom to be clean, for you to provide local intel, and to just generally be nice and approachable. After all, nobody wants to stay in a strange place in which they feel uncomfortable. Commit yourself to consistently great hospitality, and you'll receive the positive reviews you need to procure more and more bookings &mdash; and you also may be referred by that guest to their own friends and family. Past guests have referred our listing many times, and we view that as a testament to the service and accommodations we've provided. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-houseguests-how-to-be-the-host-with-the-most?ref=seealso">How to Be the Host With the Most</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rox-sublet-living-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>11. Ask Your Guests for Constructive Criticism on How You Can Be a Better Host</h2> <p>I'm always trying to improve what we're offering to guests so often I'll ask for feedback on certain things. Was the bed comfortable enough? Are more pillows needed? Did you enjoy the coffee? This not only shows that you genuinely care about the guests that you're hosting, but it will help you improve your hospitality skills. This also is a good way to let the guests tell you what was wrong in person &mdash; if anything &mdash; which may prevent them from leaving a poor review on your listing after the fact. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-and-give-honest-feedback?ref=seealso">How to Get and Give Honest Feedback</a>)</p> <h2>12. Prepare for Taxes, Because You Have to Pay Them</h2> <p>Now for the bad news. You have to pay taxes on every dollar you make from micro-subletting. All of the micro-subletting sites with which you're listed and making money will send you 1099s at the beginning of the year. This is an important detail to remember because it's very easy to spend that additional income without considering the tax repercussions. You definitely don't want to find yourself in a situation where you owe $8K and you don't have the money in the bank. My suggestion to handle this situation wisely is to put 50% of every booking in your savings account (or more if you'd like), and spend a small portion smartly. By saving and spending our micro-subletting income smartly, we were able to turn one home into two, which means that now we have the means to double the income we were making before. Not a bad deal at all &mdash; and you can do it, too.</p> <p><em>Have questions or advice to add about micro-subletting? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed" class="sharethis-link" title="This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb — and Succeed" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income General Tips AirBnb micro-subletting vacation rentals Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:36:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1134182 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Make More Money in Under 10 Hours a Week http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-443109-small.jpg" alt="woman using laptop" title="woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Money may not buy you love or happiness, but it sure does make life easier, doesn't it?</p> <p>Besides ensuring you have access to all the basic necessities, money also gives you a certain freedom that you might not have had otherwise. Freedom to travel, freedom to pursue more education, freedom to be a little picky about how you earn your living and yes, freedom to enjoy yourself just a bit more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness?ref=seealso">Money Really Can Buy Happiness</a>)</p> <p>Unfortunately with the economy still dragging its feet, making some extra cash isn't always an easy thing to do&hellip; or is it? Here are five ways to make more money in under 10 hours a week.</p> <h2>1. Clean Out Your Closet...</h2> <p>In the past, this meant having the big, weekend-long yard sale, but let's be honest; that was often more trouble than it was worth. Besides, we're looking for ideas that don't keep you tied down all weekend, so let's revamp this idea by using all this great technology we've come to know and love.</p> <p>You could certainly use eBay to sell some things, but eBay gets a percentage, and then you still have shipping to contend with, taking even more profit out of your pocket. Craigslist is a better choice, and because it's local, you have much more control over how and when you deliver the goods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff?ref=seealso">15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h3>...And Sell Your Junk on Facebook</h3> <p>But the best way, in my opinion, to sell used clothing and household items is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">turn to Facebook</a>.</p> <p>Facebook's Group function has enabled communities to create &quot;virtual&quot; yard sales, posting as many or as few items as needed, so that they'll be seen by others in surrounding areas. That means your buyers no longer have to drive all weekend to &quot;happen&quot; upon your sale. All they have to do is scan the Facebook Group page to see what fantastic items you've posted.</p> <p>I picked up a wonderful selection of baby clothes for my new niece and I also found those coveted Miss Me jeans that my daughter just has to have for about half the price. Gently used of course, but that's better than paying full retail. And given how much I enjoyed the shopping experience, you can bet I'll be back.</p> <p>Start with your closet and then work your way around the house&hellip; I've seen everything from clothes and shoes to books, toys, kitchen gadgets, fishing equipment, and even parts for a car. Listing is easy and with FB notifications on a smartphone, you'll always instantly know when someone inquires about your items. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff?ref=seealso">Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h2>2. Hang Your Shingle</h2> <p>I make my money as a full-time freelance writer, but before I took that leap, I did it part-time. And you can, too.</p> <p>For years, I worked in an office during the day and then went home to write at night. I chose the jobs I wanted based on the amount of time could commit and in the process, created a steady little second income and eventually parlayed that into a full-time career. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/freelancing-a-beginner-s-guide-to-doing-it-right?ref=seealso">A Beginner's Guide to Freelancing</a>)</p> <p>If you need to go on vacation, don't book any jobs for that week. And if you find some clients who really like your work, you may end up with a regular stream of extra income, week after week after week.</p> <p>Now, don't get me wrong; freelancing definitely has its share of headaches. To get those great gigs, you have to market yourself &mdash; a lot. You won't always get the jobs you're bidding on, so you have to keep bidding and learn to take rejection. That's just the nature of the beast, and you'll need thick skin if you want to succeed.</p> <p>But it can be done, and contrary to popular opinion, there's a ton of work out there just waiting for you to find it. Outsourcing is becoming the new way to do business, so establishing yourself now may well open a new long-term career opportunity down the road.</p> <p>If you can't or don't want to write, no worries. There are a variety of freelancing jobs out there, from graphic design and desktop publishing to accounting, office administration, and data entry. Take a look at <a href="http://elance.com">Elance</a> to see what type of freelancing jobs are available.</p> <h2>3. Leverage Your Mower and Other &quot;First Job&quot; Jobs</h2> <p>Mowing yards has long been a great &quot;first job&quot; for kids, but there's no reason you can't rekindle this skill to increase your income. The &quot;team&quot; that mows my mother's yard is comprised of three full-grown men. They arrive with a trailer full of equipment and do a bang-up job for $30 bucks. Now, think: How many yards could you do over a weekend?</p> <p>And if mowing's not your thing, then look at some of those other &quot;first jobs&quot; to see what is. I'm writing this in February, for example, so mowing probably isn't in big demand, but what about shoveling snow? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs?ref=seealso">30 Great Side Jobs</a>)</p> <p>Can you walk your neighbors' dogs or care for them while your neighbors go out of town? Can you babysit? House-sit? Tutor?</p> <p>All those tried and true jobs we held as teens still offer plenty of opportunity, especially since you're now much more dependable and trustworthy than you were as a teen.</p> <p>To solicit new customers, run an ad in your local newspaper or post flyers on public bulletin boards at the library and your grocery stores. You'd be amazed at how many people are willing to pay for just such a service.</p> <h2>4. Turn Your Garden Canning Hobby Into an Income</h2> <p>Small-scale, home-based food businesses are on the rise, and the states are responding with something known as &quot;Cottage Food Legislation.&quot; These laws outline how, when, and where individuals can sell homemade goods to the public. Think Farmer's Market, a roadside stand, or even selling over the internet if you can handle the business and don't mind the shipping. In fact, the only thing that cottage food legislation seems to exclude is wholesale marketing, meaning that you could build a business to consumer (B2C) business right from your kitchen counter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts?ref=seealso">How to Preserve Food</a>)</p> <p>Every state is different, of course, so you'll want to be sure you're familiar with local laws. To give you an example, Texas (my home state) <a href="http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/">allows up to $50,000 in annual sales</a> before I need to worry about going officially commercial.</p> <p>I can sell jams, jellies, dry herbs, and any home baked goods that are non-hazardous. There are labeling requirements, and you'll certainly want to check into any liability issues that might affect your homeowner's insurance, but it's otherwise fairly straightforward. I'm still testing the waters (and the recipes!), so I haven't yet ventured into any serious marketing or production yet, but the few things I have done (some tomato jam last summer, for example) has worked really well and produced instant cash when I needed it.</p> <p>And if you like to cook and bake on a regular basis, well then, all the better.</p> <h2>5. Sell Your Handiwork</h2> <p>We've talked about marketing yourself as a freelancer and we've explored your culinary skills, but what about all those other wonderful talents that you possess? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <p>Are you crafty? Do you paint or make jewelry by hand? If so, you can sell your wares online, and you don't even need your own website to do it. Places like <a href="http://etsy.com">Etsy</a> and <a href="http://www.artfire.com/">Artfire</a> are devoted to giving those with a knack for arts and crafts a place to sell their goods and this type of merchandise has become so popular that even Amazon now has categories for homemade products.</p> <p>If arts and crafts isn't your thing, then consider other skills and abilities that you could parlay into cash. In high school, for example, I wrote poems for my friends &mdash; mostly girls who wanted their exes to understand the pain they had endured after the breakup &mdash; but the reason didn't matter: I liked writing poetry and my friends needed a poet. It was a win-win.</p> <p>Sites like <a href="http://fiverr.com">Fiverr</a> or <a href="http://gigbucks.com">GigBucks</a> offer the perfect venue to market this type of service, along with a whole host of other unique services that you may not have considered doing before. Granted, some sites limit the amount you can make and/or charge a commission on your earnings, but others don't, so you should be able to find a reasonable price for the services/skills you want to offer.</p> <p><em>Now, this was just my top five. I'm sure there are other, equally good ideas out there, so share! Tell us how you make extra money when you need it.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Ways to Make More Money in Under 10 Hours a Week" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income extra income ide jobs selling used Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:36:26 +0000 Kate Luther 1128732 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ideas to Make Money on the Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ideas-to-make-money-on-the-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ideas-to-make-money-on-the-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy-bank-87829134.jpg" alt="piggy bank" title="piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></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 fantastic articles on ideas to make money on the weekend, tactics to avoid wasting food, and money-saving tax tips for parents.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/make-money-weekend-ideas/">37 Easy Ideas To Make Money On The Weekend</a> &mdash; To make money on the weekend, tutor students and recycle. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/seven-tactics-to-avoid-wasting-food/">Seven Tactics to Avoid Wasting Food</a> &mdash; Avoid wasting food by using a grocery list and meal plan. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tax-Tips-Parents-2014-34156771">8 Money-Saving Tax Tips for Parents</a> &mdash; If you are a parent, take advantage of the child tax credit and higher education credits during tax season. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/4-ways-deal-old-electronics/">Turning Your Hobby into a Job</a> &mdash; When turning your hobby into a job, be aware of the cost of your materials and find items that sell well. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneybluebook.com/lending-money-loved-ones.html/">Lending money to loved ones: a realist's guide</a> &mdash; Use your head as well as your heart when you lend money to loved ones. [Money Blue Book]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading<a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/automatic-investment-plan-advantages/"><br /> </a></h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/4-ways-deal-old-electronics/">4 ways to deal with old electronics</a> &mdash; Deal with old electronics by giving it to charity. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/02/how-long-should-i-keep-financial-and-tax-records.html">How Long Should I Keep Financial and Tax Records?</a> &mdash; You should hold onto a paper copy or receipt of any tax-relevant financial exchange. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/spot-work-home-scams/">How to Spot Work From Home Scams</a> &mdash; If you get an unsolicited email to work from home, chances are it's a scam. [Retire by 40]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/automatic-investment-plan-advantages/">5 Advantages to Using Automatic Investment Plans</a> &mdash; Using an automatic investment plan helps you save on commissions and fees. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/14-manners-that-are-nice-to-see-in-kids">14 Manners That Are Nice to See in Kids</a> &mdash; It is nice to see kids who don't interrupt and that eat quietly. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ideas-to-make-money-on-the-weekend" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ideas to Make Money on the Weekend" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips extra money money weekend Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:27 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1129115 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Start Earning More Money Today http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-start-earning-more-money-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-start-earning-more-money-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-748728-small.jpg" alt="dollar" title="dollar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></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 awesome articles on ways to start earning more money, combining your finances, and how much you need to earn to buy a home.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/02/the-easiest-ways-to-start-earning-more-money-today.html">The Easiest Ways to Start Earning More Money Today</a> &mdash; If you want to start earning money today, use your tech skills or make something. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/combine-finances-5-step-guide/">How to Combine Your Finances: The 5 Step Guide</a> &mdash; When combining your finances, attack your debt and start an emergency fund. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Much-Income-Do-You-Need-Buy-House-34100699">Here's How Much You Should Be Earning To Buy A Home</a> &mdash; In order to buy a home in Los Angeles, you need to be earning over $72,000 per year. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablepersonalfinance.com/4-tips-encouraging-kids-adopt-sustainable-practices/">4 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Adopt Sustainable Practices</a> &mdash; To encourage your kids to adopt sustainable practices, make it a game. [Sustainable Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/02/achieving-health-and-fitness-4-tips-for-weight-loss/">Achieving health and fitness - 4 tips for weight loss</a> &mdash; Finding exercise you love and having mini goals can help you lose weight. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/much-spend-wine-stage-life-income-level/">How Much to Spend on Wine at Each Stage of Life and Income Level</a> &mdash; Until you are 27, explore your wine options but keep the price under $14. [Sweating the Big Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/02/17/pick-your-hobbies-strategically-and-save/">Pick your hobbies strategically and save</a> &mdash; Be careful of free hobbies that can be deceptive, such as jogging. You will inevitably spend money on running shoes. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/02/14/how-to-keep-your-pets-safe-this-winter/">How to keep your pets safe this winter</a> &mdash; To keep your pets safe this winter, keep them on a leash and provide them with shelter. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-unusual-ways-to-enjoy-your-girl-scout-cookies">4 Unusual Ways to Enjoy Your Girl Scout Cookies</a> &mdash; Have you ever thought about enjoying your Girl Scout cookies with wine? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/wedding-season-costs-open-savings-account-prepare/">Wedding Season Costs: Open a Savings Account to Prepare</a> &mdash; The best way to save on wedding gift costs is to purchase a gift from the registry early. [20's Finances]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-start-earning-more-money-today" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Start Earning More Money Today" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips earning extra income money Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:26 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1127078 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Steps to Building a Financial Safety Net From “The Economy of You” http://www.wisebread.com/3-steps-to-building-a-financial-safety-net-from-the-economy-of-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-steps-to-building-a-financial-safety-net-from-the-economy-of-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-woman-painter-at-work.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody should have only one source of income.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what financial writer Kimberly Palmer claims in her new book, &ldquo;The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life.&rdquo; And she makes a compelling argument &mdash; in a time when the word &ldquo;recession&rdquo; is still wafting through the air and it seems like full-time jobs are constantly cutting benefits and hours, one of the most powerful things you can do to gain financial independence is create more than one source of income for yourself. Not only does it allow you to save more now, but if you do lose your full-time job, you have something you can fall back on.</p> <p>Thus, Palmer&rsquo;s book is a guide to starting your own side business, and she is both inspiring and realistic about the rewards and challenges. One of the most interesting things about Palmer&rsquo;s book is that it fills a very particular niche. In a world where people celebrate the entrepreneurs who go out and become their own bosses full-time, Palmer&rsquo;s book targets people who want to start side gigs but not necessarily to replace their full-time jobs. And Palmer doesn&rsquo;t just interview others about their experience doing this, but she also did it herself &mdash; she launched a successful financial planner business in addition to her full-time job with US News and World Report.</p> <h2>Steps to Building Your Financial Safety Net</h2> <p>I strongly recommend reading the entire book &mdash; not only does Palmer outline stories from people who have made the leap to successful side gigs already, but the back section is a workbook that helps you figure out what kind of side gig would fit your personality and how to get started. Here are a few of the most important takeaways from the book.</p> <h3>Be Passionate</h3> <p>This is a key idea that Palmer hits on again and again &mdash; if you&rsquo;re going to take on a side gig in addition to your full-time job, it needs to be something you&rsquo;re passionate about, whether that&rsquo;s helping others, creative work, or something else.</p> <p>It also helps if you&rsquo;re passionate about the reason why you want extra money as well. Palmer notes that many people start to earn more side income after they have children, so they can provide more stability for their families. She says that focusing &ldquo;on the big-picture reason for those goals -- the specifics behind financial security or a better family life &mdash; actually improves on the chances of making them happen.&rdquo; Many of the side gigers that Palmer profiles wake up early &mdash; some as early as 4:45 &mdash; to work on their side job before going into their day jobs. You need passion to make that work.</p> <h3>Start Now</h3> <p>If you wait to start a side business until you really feel like you&rsquo;re ready, you could be waiting forever. Palmer writes that &ldquo;Many side-giggers in this book discovered their side gigs almost by accident&hellip; Instead of slowing down and first building a Facebook page or stocking up on inventory, they said &lsquo;yes&rsquo; to the opportunity in front of them.&rdquo; Don&rsquo;t wait. Look for opportunities in front of you &mdash; or make your own.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t Undervalue Yourself &mdash; in Any Way</h3> <p>When starting a side gig, it can be easy to lowball your worth because you&rsquo;re trying to get your business launched. One great thing Palmer pointed out is that this doesn&rsquo;t just mean your worth in terms of money &mdash; it&rsquo;s also your worth in terms of time. If you completely sacrifice things that really matter, like spending time with family, your side gig ultimately won&rsquo;t be worth it.</p> <p>There are a couple of changes I&rsquo;d make to the book &mdash; some chapters have more example stories than necessary, and the section on common pitfalls to avoid when starting a side gig is a short appendix stuck in the back (it would be great if this section was much meatier). But overall, &ldquo;The Economy of You&rdquo; is a great starting point for anyone who wants to gain financial independence with a second income stream but hasn&rsquo;t been sure how to begin.</p> <p>You can buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0814432735/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0814432735&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">The Economy of You&rdquo; on Amazon</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Do you have a side gig? Why or why not?</em></p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Economy-You-Entrepreneur-Recession-Proof/dp/0814432735/"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/economy-of-you-by-kim-palme.jpg" /></a></div> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-steps-to-building-a-financial-safety-net-from-the-economy-of-you" class="sharethis-link" title="3 Steps to Building a Financial Safety Net From “The Economy of You”" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Personal Finance Extra Income book review side income Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:03:13 +0000 Meg Favreau 1120617 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Places to Sell Your Clutter for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-places-to-sell-your-clutter-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-places-to-sell-your-clutter-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sale-155310997.jpg" alt="sale sign" title="sale sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on places to sell your clutter for cash, tips to track your spending, and ways to mastery in everyday life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Where-Sell-Used-Goods-28874509">11 Places to Sell Your Clutter For Cash</a> &mdash; If you want to sell your clutter, try Facebook or Amazon. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2014/01/15/5-tips-to-successfully-track-your-spending/">5 Tips to Successful Track Your Spending</a> &mdash; To successfully track your spending, record your purchases ASAP. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/01/58-ways-to-mastery-in-everyday-life.html">58 Ways to Mastery in Everyday Life</a> &mdash; Do you want to master something in your everyday life? Remember to take breaks when you&#39;ve pushed yourself too hard. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.squawkfox.com/2014/01/15/grocery-apps/">5 Free grocery apps that save you time and money</a> &mdash; Grocery iQ and Checkout 51 can help you save time and money. [Squawkfox]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/01/the-one-question-you-must-ask-before-buying-that-shiny-new-gadget/">The One Question You Must Ask Before Buying That Shiny New Gadget</a> &mdash; Before you buy a new gadget, ask yourself if you will use it as a toy or a productivity tool. [Time Managmenet Ninja]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/now-this-is-how-you-live-on-half-of-your-income/">Now This Is How You Live On Half Your Income!</a> &mdash; Tracking your spending for 30 days can help you live on half your income. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/7-effective-ways-stop-complaining.html">7 Effective Way To Stop Complaining</a> &mdash; To stop complaining, learn to adapt and be more mindful. [Stepcase Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/01/15/10-places-unhappy-people-search-for-happiness/">10 Places Unhappy People Search for Happiness</a> &mdash; If you are unhappy, don&#39;t search for happiness in a future that isn&#39;t guaranteed. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5911022/what-cool-things-can-i-do-with-all-this-free-cloud-storage-space">What Cool Things Can I Do with All This Free Cloud Storage Space?</a> &mdash; Do you have a ton of cloud storage space? Use it to securely collaborate and share files. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/top-tips-for-setting-a-curfew-for-your-teen">Top Tips for Setting a Curfew for Your Teen</a> &mdash; When setting a curfew for your teen, work with your teen to set a time. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-places-to-sell-your-clutter-for-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Places to Sell Your Clutter for Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips cash clutter sell Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1115687 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Secrets of Successful Side-Hustlers http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secrets-of-successful-side-hustlers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-secrets-of-successful-side-hustlers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-1204300-small.jpg" alt="man using laptop" title="man using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on secrets of successful side-hustlers, tips for new taxpayers, and hacks to help keep your resolutions.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/make-money/5-secrets-of-successful-side-hustlers/">5 Secrets of Successful Side-Hustlers</a> &mdash; Successful side-hustlers master their money and learn to pitch themselves. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/dont_mess_with_taxes/2014/01/6-tax-tips-for-new-taxpayers.html">6 tax tips for new taxpayers</a> &mdash; New taxpayers need to decide how to file and avoid leaving money on the table. [Don&#39;t Mess With Taxes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/01/14/8-hacks-to-help-you-keep-your-resolutions/">8 hacks to help you keep your resolutions</a> &mdash; If you want to keep your resolutions, track your awesomeness. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="https://www.jeanchatzky.com/wednesday-welcome/wednesday-welcome-10-surprising-financial-facts-2013/">Wednesday Welcome: 10 Surprising Financial Facts From 2013</a> &mdash; Did you know that over the last five years, nearly 40% of US home improvement dollars went into kitchens? [Jean Chatzky Making Money Make Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/rent/2014/01/18/how-to-narrow-your-apartment-search/?ss=personalfinance">How To Narrow Your Apartment Search</a> &mdash; To narrow down your apartment search, make a list of amenities you&#39;d most like in a new apartment. [Forbes]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/01/15/failing-to-plan-is-planning-to-fail/">Failing to plan is planning to fail</a> &mdash; 84% of people don&#39;t plan on including financial planning in their 2014 resolutions. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2014/01/16/dream-trips.moneymag/index.html?section=money_pf&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_pf+%28Personal+Finance%29">5 dream trips of a lifetime</a> &mdash; Looking for a trip of a lifetime? Consider going to China. [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Organize-Entryway-22017067">15 Tips For Entryway Organization</a> &mdash; To keep your entryway organized, add lots of shelves. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-reasons-why-dads-shouldnt-be-intimidated-by-a-doula">6 Reasons Why Dads Shouldn&#39;t be Intimidated by a Doula</a> &mdash; If you are a dad, don&#39;t be intimidated by a doula because you will still have direct involvement in the birth of your child. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/tips-for-when-you-need-to-fire-someone.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GradMoneyMatters+%28Grad+Money+Matters%29">Tips For When You Need To Fire Someone</a> &mdash; When you have to fire someone, be polite about it and have documents for why they were fired. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secrets-of-successful-side-hustlers" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Secrets of Successful Side-Hustlers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips Secrets side hustle side hustlers Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:00:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1113514 at http://www.wisebread.com North American Property Services’ 8 Tips for Growing Your Small Business http://www.wisebread.com/north-american-property-services-8-tips-for-growing-your-small-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-american-property-services-8-tips-for-growing-your-small-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-small-business-owner.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most small businesses fail when they are trying to grow beyond the startup phase, says VP Nicole Smith of North American Property Services, which provides consulting for dozens of small businesses. Here are 8 unique tips for managing your company&rsquo;s early growth phase to ensure you come out the other side thriving and profitable.</p> <h2>1. Have written procedures so tasks are done the same way, every time.</h2> <p>As a small business owner, you do everything in the beginning. But if you want to take a vacation once in a while, or have the weekends off, or open a second location, then you need a way to &ldquo;duplicate&rdquo; yourself. That is, create a way for your employees to do the work you&rsquo;ve been doing, and at the same level of efficiency and customer satisfaction you expect from yourself.</p> <p>If you ask three employees who do the same job how to perform a seemingly simple task, you may be surprised to hear three different answers. This causes inconsistent results and tasks may take different amounts of time to do. Both those problems directly affect your bottom line.</p> <h2>2. Monitor work and track the time needed to complete tasks.</h2> <p>Payroll is biggest expense of most companies, and tracking how much time it takes employees to finish tasks is a way to control payroll expenses. One way to monitor your employees&rsquo; work without micromanaging them is to have them fill out job reports.</p> <p>Have you ever noticed the sheet of paper taped to the door of public restrooms that detail when the <a href="http://segment.com/north-american-property-services-cleanliness/">last cleaning was done</a>? This is a very simple, yet very effective, way of making sure the task is done, and is done in a reasonable amount of time, says North American Property Services.</p> <h2>3. North American Property Services seeks out strategic partnerships.</h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to do everything yourself. In fact, you can grow bigger than you ever thought by licensing your brand or franchising your business. Since you&rsquo;ve already spent the time and effort to document procedures, created reports for monitoring work, and established systems for good recordkeeping, you can have another small business owner use those systems and your brand to open locations in other states; while you share a cut of the profits.</p> <h2>4. Be transparent with employees to build a sense of &ldquo;ownership.&rdquo;</h2> <p>When I worked at Rhythm &amp; Hues, the visual effects studio that worked on movies like <em>Life of Pi</em> and <em>Superman Returns</em>, we had a weekly company meeting where the president openly shared company financials. While the news was not always good, camaraderie among the staff, and with management, was sky high because we felt like we were all in it together.</p> <h2>5. Hire specialists to do non-core jobs.</h2> <p>Small business owners spend too much time working on the business of running a business. But your time is better spent on the core competencies of your company &mdash; whether it&rsquo;s being an expert on the products you sell or <a href="http://top100reviews.com/business/north-american-property-services/">providing amazing services for your clients</a>. The ROI on hiring professionals to do non-core jobs is worth more than the fees involved.</p> <h2>6. Spend the first hour each day by yourself &mdash; no emails or phone calls.</h2> <p>A whole day can easily be spent on day-to-day problems, and by closing time, you&rsquo;re too exhausted to work on the longer term projects on your mind. North American Property Services VP Smith says she spends the first hour of the day by herself, disconnected, so she can think about long term projects.</p> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t do any actual &ldquo;work,&rdquo; spending quiet time in the morning to meditate or think about your business will pay off in spades.</p> <h2>7. Market by building a community of (potential) customers.</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s say you sell bicycles. You can have a Facebook page that promotes hot new products in the store. Or you can have a Facebook page that promotes cycling in your city. Cyclists (read: potential customers) will flock to your page if it advocates activities that they care about, rather than directly promoting your business.</p> <p>Are there opportunities for you to promote tangential activities related to your business? Your marketing time and dollars are probably better spent promoting your customers&rsquo; passions, rather than directly promoting your business.</p> <h2>8. Hire passionate people.</h2> <p>Zappos, the online shoe retailer that was acquired by Amazon for $1.2 billion, has an <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/zappos-ceo-tony-hsieh">interesting strategy</a> for hiring the right people. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;The Offer.&rdquo; During the initial 4-week training period new employees are offered a choice: stay with the company or take a quick $2,000 payoff to quit. (The offer started as a $100 bonus, so even the smallest small businesses can try it themselves.) The practice results in a workforce that is uniquely passionate about working for the company. CEO Tony Hsieh credits this company culture for the company&rsquo;s success.</p> <p>All small businesses can use these same strategies to mimic North American Property Services&rsquo; growth from a single location to becoming a nationwide provider.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/north-american-property-services-8-tips-for-growing-your-small-business" class="sharethis-link" title="North American Property Services’ 8 Tips for Growing Your Small Business" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entrepreneurship Extra Income Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:04:56 +0000 Greg Go 1110535 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Great Home-Based Side-Business Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home-business-woman-ggnoads.jpg" alt="Woman using laptop" title="Business woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The following guest post by <a href="http://www.bykimberlypalmer.com/"><strong>Kimberly Palmer</strong></a> is based on her new book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Economy-You-Entrepreneur-Recession-Proof/dp/0814432735/">The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life</a>,&quot; which comes out this week.</em></p> <p>Most work-from-home schemes are scams, or pretty close to it. Anyone who asks you to invest $500 (or more) in inventory before you&#39;ve made a single sale does not have your best interests in mind. Any company that pays you $5 per online review that you write will not make you rich. And any online vendor that asks you to handle credit card processing is probably downright breaking the law.</p> <p>If you want to earn money from your home, here&#39;s a better idea: Launch a home-based business based on your own skills, creativity, and passions. You will not only increase your income, but you will also discover the deep sense of satisfaction that comes from creating a product or service that other people find useful.</p> <p>I&#39;m biased towards this approach because it&#39;s exactly what I did. When I found myself wanting to earn some extra money on top of my full-time job, I launched an <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/kspalmer">Etsy shop of money planners</a>, based around meeting various goals, from preparing for a baby to organizing finances for the year. Sales were slow at first, but once I caught the eye of some bloggers, the customers came. I started earning close to $200 a month from my shop &ndash; not enough to pay my mortgage, but just enough to prove to myself that I have something valuable to offer, and to know that I could ramp it up if I ever needed or wanted to.</p> <p>If you&#39;re considering launching your own home-based side-business, consider these 10 popular options, based on my interviews with entrepreneurs and career experts as well as data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, PayScale.com, Freelancer.com, and Elance.com. They give you the chance to share your own skills with the world, while also bringing in some extra cash:</p> <h2>1. Website Designer</h2> <p>If you have the ability to create functional and beautiful websites, then you probably already know it&#39;s a potentially lucrative skill, and also one that can be easily done from home. That&#39;s why it&#39;s the number one ranked home-based side-business on the list. Freelancer.com has singled out website design as one of the fastest growing jobs, with over 10,000 jobs in the field posted each quarter on the site. PayScale.com reports that part-time, freelance graphic web designers earn a median rate of around $30 an hour.</p> <h2>2. Marketing Consultant</h2> <p>If you enjoy reaching out to bloggers, social media friends, and reporters to help get word out about other people&#39;s projects and businesses, then you can earn a good living from it &ndash; around $50 an hour, according to PayScale.com. Since the work is done primarily by phone and email, you can also do it from the comfort of home.</p> <h2>3. Social Media Consultant</h2> <p>If you love playing around on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media sites, then this one might be for you. Lots of solopreneurs as well as companies are looking to hire freelance social media consultants, as evidenced by the growing number of postings on Freelancer.com and other websites. Create a profile for yourself and start picking up clients.</p> <h2>4. Writer</h2> <p>Writers include bloggers, authors of technical guides, publishers of ebooks, and everything in between. Technical writers are among the best paid in the bunch, with copyeditors and proofreaders falling further down the pay scale. Still, all types of writers can pretty much work from anywhere, including their kitchen table, and at any time.</p> <h2>5. Baker</h2> <p>This glamorized profession, thanks to TLC&#39;s DC Cupcakes and other baking-related shows, can also be a lucrative one. You can earn more if you find a way to stand out and put your own unique twist on the baked goods, as well as by layering in blogging, teaching, and perhaps even a related online store. Make sure you prepare for the start-up costs, though, which could include state-specific licenses.</p> <h2>6. Voice Actor</h2> <p>Voice actors are in hot demand, thanks largely to small business owners who want to create multimedia websites. You can get started on sites such as Elance.com or Fiverr, and you might already have all the supplies you need, like a microphone and headset. Elance.com lists voice acting as one of the fastest growing fields, and it&#39;s one you can do from almost any (quiet) room.</p> <h2>7. Career Coach</h2> <p>If you find friends already ask you for tips on navigating the workplace and job market, then you might want to consider taking your free advice to a professional level. Career coaches typically work one-on-one with clients and they can do so over the phone, email, or video chat sessions. They also help with improving resumes and cover letters, tasks that are also easily accomplished from home. You don&#39;t need any special certification to get started, but it&#39;s an option.</p> <h2>8. Artist</h2> <p>Fine artists can earn a living by selling their work on an e-commerce site like Etsy, Zazzle, or RedBubble. Finding paying customers isn&#39;t always easy, but by spreading the word about your creations over social media and blogging networks, you can build towards a steady stream of income. Since art is typically a luxury purchase, the field tends to fluctuate with the economy.</p> <h2>9. Online Community Builder</h2> <p>This relatively new field involves connecting people online, typically through new websites or on social media. Examples include DailyMuse.com and dcurbanmom.com. Web design skills help, as do social media fluency &ndash; along with a great idea for a niche community hungry for a new way to connect online.</p> <h2>10. Tutor</h2> <p>Tutoring clients often want to stop by your house after school and in the evenings, which can make this the perfect gig for work-at-home parents with school-age children of their own. Tutors usually have education degrees and additional certifications or licenses, although for those working privately for families it&#39;s not required. They typically pick up local clients through word-of-mouth, and might specialize in specific areas such as college essay editing or college admissions coaching.</p> <p>By launching any of these home-based businesses, you&#39;ll end up improving the lives of your customers &ndash; and your own.</p> <p>Kimberly Palmer is the author of the new book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Economy-You-Entrepreneur-Recession-Proof/dp/0814432735/">The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life</a>,&quot; and senior money editor for <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report, </em>where she writes the popular Alpha Consumer blog. In addition, she is the creator of <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/kspalmer">Palmer&#39;s Planners</a>, her own line of digital financial guides and money organizers for major life events and goals. You can connect with her at <a href="http://www.bykimberlypalmer.com/">bykimberlypalmer.com</a>, where you can also download worksheets to help you build your own home-based business.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Economy-You-Entrepreneur-Recession-Proof/dp/0814432735/"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/economy-of-you-by-kim-palme.jpg" /></a></div> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Great Home-Based Side-Business Ideas" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kimberly-palmer">Kimberly Palmer</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income home business side business side income Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:36:09 +0000 Kimberly Palmer 1104833 at http://www.wisebread.com 100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-177737224.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year, this week, this minute: There is a way you can make more money if you want to. Here I&#39;ve collected more than 100 ways to make more money &mdash; most right from Wise Bread&#39;s archives, and many of which you can start on today. From furthering your career to selling your stuff, from recycling to, heck, even juggling chainsaws &mdash; there&#39;s something here for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ways-to-make-money-over-the-holiday-break?ref=seealso">Ways to Make Money Over the Holidays</a>)</p> <h2>Career</h2> <p>Within your current career, here are some ways to up your income.</p> <h3>Ask for a Raise</h3> <p>You&#39;ll never know if you don&#39;t ask; pay rates are rarely straight across the board (unless you&#39;re unionized). You might just deserve a bit extra for your efforts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-boost-your-take-home-pay?ref=seealso">Ways to Boost Your Take-Home Pay</a>)</p> <h3>Look for Another Job</h3> <p>If getting more money from your current employer isn&#39;t working, maybe it&#39;s time for you to take a step up. Look around to see what jobs are available; depending on your career, you may wish to align yourself with a headhunter who can job hunt for you (headhunters are compensated by the employers and are free for job seekers). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">)</span></p> <h3>Start a Business</h3> <p>What are you passionate about? Can you turn it into a business? You never know &mdash; and it might not be expensive to set up. Find some inspiration here: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100</a></p> <h2>Side Jobs</h2> <p>These can be side jobs or even full-time jobs, depending on your situation.</p> <h3>Write</h3> <p>Writing is not a ticket to easy or quick income, but if you have a penchant for the written word, you can pitch articles to various editors of publications (online or in print) that you like to read, or you could even dust off some of that old poetry and see if it will sell. Here are some cautionary tips and tricks for making money as a freelance writer: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer">So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer</a></p> <h3>Get a Sponsor</h3> <p>If you have a business or talent or website with a loyal following already, you might be able to monetize further with sponsorships. This is generally more of an in-kind form of income, with free products, tickets, and discounts in exchange for some sort of exposure. Learn more about sponsorships and the ethics around them: <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/10/financial-travel-tip-52-getting-sponsorships/">Financial Travel Tip #52: Getting Sponsorships</a></p> <h3>Affiliate Sales</h3> <p>Again this is dependent on having a solid online following. Find products or services that are in your website&#39;s niche, and sign up for their affiliate programs. Digital products like e-books can pay up to 50% in commission, Amazon&#39;s affiliate program pays about 5% commission, and there is a myriad of options in between.</p> <h3>Tutoring</h3> <p>Whatever you know about &mdash; if you can teach it, you can tutor it online! From music lessons to language tutoring to business planning and coaching, with tools like Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video conferencing tools, just about anything is possible.</p> <p>Here are some resources for academic tutoring opportunities: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-opportunity-online-tutoring">Earn Extra Income With Online Tutoring</a></p> <h3>Mystery Shop</h3> <p>If you have the time and transportation, mystery shopping can be a fun way to earn extra cash. See our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">Guide to Mystery Shopping</a>.</p> <h2>Online</h2> <p>Many of the methods of making extra money in this article are made possible by the Internet. Some are more Internet-dependent than others. There are sites to help you rent out your car when it&#39;s not in use, others to sell things, and others yet to unleash your creativity (juggling chainsaws?) &mdash; and more &mdash; there are a lot of ways to make money online! Check out these articles for some inspiration and 21 ways to make money online:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-extra-income-online-today">5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online Today</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Cool Convenient Cash: 11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">5 Websites that can Seriously Pad Your Pocket</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="list-style-type:decimal;">Recycling</h2> <p>Isn&#39;t it great when the stuff you don&#39;t need is worth something and doesn&#39;t have to go in the trash? Here are 20 or so ways to make money from recycling (heck &mdash; you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them">make money recycling corks</a>):</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-for-trash-making-money-recycling">Cash for Trash: Making Money Recycling</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="list-style-type:decimal;">Sell Your Stuff</h2> <p>From using the likes of Craigslist and eBay to local target marketing efforts, here are a few ways to be rid of your wares and all the richer for it.</p> <h3>Cleaning House</h3> <p>Adam and Courtney Baker sold just about everything they owned (similar to myself) several years ago. The difference is, they applied more of a science to it, and I would surmise they profited better from it than I did using eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: Book Review &amp; Tips.</a></p> <h3>Get Creative</h3> <p>In these articles you&#39;ll find sites and ideas like ExBoyfriend Jewelry (requiring your tragic tale of breakup in order to post your jewelry for sale), living estate sales, raid my closet parties, smartphone apps &mdash; and other creative ways of finding buyers for your stuff.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></li> <li><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></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="list-style-type:decimal;">Random Miscellany</h2> <p>How do you categorize renting out extra space, dog walking, selling event tickets, becoming a tour guide, participating in medical tests, and other wacky ways to make money? Randomly, I say. Very randomly:</p> <ul> <li><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></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Ways Legit Ways to Earn Some Extra Cash</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs with Flexible Schedules</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today">25 Ways to Make Money Today</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-in-your-hometown-become-a-tour-guide">Make Money in Your Home Town: Become a Tour Guide</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-while-you-travel">15 Ways to Make Money While You Travel</a></li> </ul> <p><em>What&#39;s your best idea for making more money?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year" class="sharethis-link" title="100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income career extra income income small business Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:25:18 +0000 Nora Dunn 1102579 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-dad-2286711-small.jpg" alt="dad with son" title="dad with son" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moms who decide to stay at home and raise their children definitely have their fair share of work. If you&#39;re a stay-at-home mom, you don&#39;t need me to tell you that. But perhaps you&#39;re a stay-at-home mom who is looking to earn some cash and doesn&#39;t mind working a little extra. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-to-consider-before-becoming-a-stay-at-home-parent">7 Things to Consider Before You Become a Stay-at-Home Parent</a>)</p> <p>Here are some truly legit ways for you to make money at home in your spare time.</p> <h2>1. Become a Social Media Consultant</h2> <p>Local and far-flung businesses are looking to hire social media consultants and managers. As a social media manager, you&#39;ll help businesses with their Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social media pages. Read a few good books on social media strategies to get started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-social-media-slip-ups-at-work?ref=seealso">How to Avoid Social Media Slip-Ups at Work</a>)</p> <h2>2. Work as a Virtual Assistant</h2> <p>If you&#39;re a pro at organization and productivity, put those skills to good use as a virtual assistant. Increasingly, businesses are hiring virtual assistants to answer phones, schedule appointments, type up documents, organize records, and do some data entry.</p> <h2>3. Become a Professional Blogger</h2> <p>Blogs aren&#39;t just for family photos or diary entries; you can actually make some money blogging. Earn some cash through advertising products and services you love. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know?ref=seealso">How Do Bloggers Make Money?</a>)</p> <p>Think of a skill you have that you can blog about. If you&#39;re an expert cook, for example, consider starting a food blog. <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com">The Pioneer Woman</a> started out as a mom blogging her recipes and turned it into a full-time job!</p> <h2>4. Tutor and Give Lessons</h2> <p>Whether you&#39;re an expert at playing piano or are bilingual and would like to teach others, there&#39;s some kind of skill you have that you can teach to kids or adults in your area.</p> <p>Start a website advertising your tutoring services and give free first lessons to promote your business.</p> <h2>5. Sell on Etsy.com</h2> <p><a href="http://etsy.com">Open an Etsy store</a>, and you can sell handmade vintage items, jewelry, and more. You can have your own storefront and ship items after receiving orders. Etsy is a growing marketplace and worth checking out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business?ref=seealso">5 Ways Etsy Can Help Your Startup</a>)</p> <h2>6. Sell for Multi-Level-Marketing Organizations</h2> <p>Yes, you can find legit multi-level organizations and help pay the bills with the money you earn. But remember, it&#39;s important to understand the difference between multi-level marketing programs and pyramid schemes.</p> <h2>7. Sell Your Skills on Fiverr.com</h2> <p><a href="http://fiverr.com">Fiverr.com</a> allows people to sell their skills for $5. It&#39;s interesting what some people are selling, like taking a picture holding a sign, recording a custom song, or designing logos for a business. Have fun, be creative, and come up with your own little Fiverr business! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-extra-income-online-today?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online</a>)</p> <h2>8. Babysit Other Children</h2> <p>You&#39;re taking care of your own kids, why not take care of a few more? Let friends and family know that you&#39;re available for daycare services. Some parents both work during the day, and since you&#39;re a stay-at-home mom, you can fill a need for willing parents.</p> <h2>9. Become a Graphic Designer</h2> <p>Graphic designers are in high demand these days. A good graphic designer can make a living designing for websites and ebooks. Research some of the programs you&#39;ll need to do your work, and figure out the best business model for you.</p> <h2>10. Do Bookkeeping for Businesses</h2> <p>One of the last things many business owners want to do is the books. Bookkeeping is quite the burden for those who want to just focus on what they do best, so there is certainly a market for those willing to do some accounting.</p> <p>It can help to take a few courses in accounting and make sure you&#39;re on top of all the activities of your clients. Create a comprehensive solution and businesses everywhere will thank you.</p> <h2>11. Sell Photos Online</h2> <p>Love photography? You can sell your photos online at sites like <a href="http://submit.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a> and <a href="http://www.dreamstime.com">Dreamstime</a>. If you&#39;re good, you can actually make some decent money selling your photos. Websites are constantly looking for great photography to go along with their articles.</p> <h2>12. Start an Antique Restoration Business</h2> <p>If you collect antiques and restore them, why not turn that into a business? You can advertise your services at local antique shops and might even find some business through them. Make old things look brand new, add some modern flare to an old collectible, or frame works of art for selling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking?ref=seealso">How to Pick Antiques for Resale</a>)</p> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>These are just a few ideas for stay-at-home moms; I&#39;m sure with a little brainstorming you can come up with many more. Just because you&#39;re not working a traditional job doesn&#39;t mean you can&#39;t earn some extra cash.</p> <p><em>How will you bring in some extra cash as a stay-at-home mom or dad? Share your ideas with us in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bob Lotich is the founder of <a href="http://christianpf.com">Christian Personal Finance</a>, a website devoted to helping folks make more money, save more, invest wisely, and increase their giving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bob-lotich">Bob Lotich</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income extra income freelance income side jobs Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Bob Lotich 1101138 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Easy Ways to Increase Your Income http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-easy-ways-to-increase-your-income <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-easy-ways-to-increase-your-income" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-187014839.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;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 increase your income, DIY gifts for the holidays, and guidelines for holiday tipping.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/easy-ways-to-increase-your-income/">7 Easy Ways to Increase Your Income</a> &mdash; To increase your income, complete various tasks online or turn your car into a billboard. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/great-diy-gift-holidays/">Great DIY Gifts for the Holidays</a> &mdash; This holiday season, consider making brownies or coupon cards for the people on your gift list. [One Cent At A Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Holiday-Tipping-Rules-20661123">5 Guidelines For Holiday Tipping</a> &mdash; When tipping this holiday season, add a handwritten note of appreciation. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2013/12/best-cheap-christmas-gifts-for-toddlers/">How To Give Your Toddler The Best. Christmas. Ever.</a> &mdash; Did you know toddlers can be amused by things as simple as tissue boxes and rolls of toilet paper? [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/deciphering-the-fine-print-of-new-car-fees/">Deciphering the Fine Print of New Car Fees</a> &mdash; If you are buying a new car, watch out for dealer fees or extra paperwork fees. [Thousandaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/invest-ira-when-not-tax-deductible/">Why an IRA Makes Sense Even If It Isn&#39;t Tax Deductible</a> &mdash; An IRA makes sense even if it isn&#39;t tax deductible because the earnings are still cash deferred even if the contributions aren&#39;t. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/3-ways-think-year-end-tax-planning/">3 Ways to Think About Year-End Tax Planning</a> &mdash; It is important to consider whether or not you should you should defer (or accelerate) revenue when doing your year-end tax planning. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/coping-with-mortgage-defaults-how-to-overcome-financial-difficulties/">Coping with Mortgage Defaults: How to Overcome Financial Difficulties</a> &mdash; It is important to prioritize your individual debts when dealing with mortgage defaults. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/01/011210d.cfm?slider">Christmas Tree Care</a> &mdash; To care for your Christmas tree, make sure to check the water level constantly. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-potty-train-the-most-stubborn-child-on-the-planet">How to Potty Train the Most Stubborn Child on the Planet</a> &mdash; When trying to potty train a stubborn child, lose the emotion. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-easy-ways-to-increase-your-income" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Easy Ways to Increase Your Income" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips income increase Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:00:16 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1099915 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Earn Extra Money for the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-earn-extra-money-for-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-earn-extra-money-for-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gifts-80617049.jpg" alt="holiday gifts" title="holiday gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on earning extra money for the holidays, tips from the worlds most popular realtors, and taking the stress out of Christmas shopping.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/earn-extra-money-for-the-holidays-10-ways-to-boost-your-gift-budget/">Earn Extra Money for the Holidays - 10 Ways to Boost Your Gift Budget</a> &mdash; To increase your gift budget, do some odd jobs or start blog writing online. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://homebuyernation.com/2013/11/18/tips-for-first-time-home-buyers/">32 Home Buying Tips from Some of the World&#39;s Most Popular Realtors</a> &mdash; When buying a home, think big picture and find a realtor you trust. [HomeBuyer Nation]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/take-the-stress-out-of-christmas-shopping/">Take the Stress Out of Christmas Shopping</a> &mdash; Shopping when everyone else isn&#39;t can help take the stress out of Christmas shopping. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-families-can-save-money-in-december">5 Ways Families Can Save Moeny in December</a> &mdash; Families can save money in December by stocking their freezers and taking advantage of Free Shipping Day. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/use-your-smartphone-to-save-money/">How to Best Use Your Smartphone to Save Money While Traveling</a> &mdash; Your smartphone can help you find the shortest route to your destination, helping you to save money when you travel! [Careful Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/healthy-foods-that-last/">19 Healthy Foods That Last a Really Long Time</a> &mdash; Did you know that pasta can store for 8 months without spoiling? [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/13/13dec02b.cfm">Avoiding Dry Cleaning Bills</a> &mdash; Avoid dry cleaning bills by making sure not to purchase clothes with the label &quot;dry clean only.&quot; [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/retirement-21st-century/">Retirement in 21st Century</a> &mdash; The ability to work from home doing Internet jobs will make working in old age a lot easier. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Car-Emergency-Kit-32632702">Be Prepared With This Dollar-Store Car Emergency Kit</a> &mdash; Head to the Dollar Store to get a flashlight and gloves for your car emergency kit. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/is-cell-phone-insurance-worth-the-cost/">Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth the Cost?</a> &mdash; The verdict is in: cell phone insurance most likely isn&#39;t worth&nbsp;it! [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-earn-extra-money-for-the-holidays" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Earn Extra Money for the Holidays" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips extra money Holidays Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:48:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1098940 at http://www.wisebread.com