Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10682/all en-US Best Money Tips: 60 Ways to Make Money Without a Job http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-artist-drawing-Dollarphotoclub_74087845.jpg" alt="artist drawing" title="artist drawing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found terrific articles on ways to make money without a job, tips to clean holiday party stains, and lazy ways to save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/making-money-without-a-job/">60 Awesome Ways to Make Money Without a Job</a> &mdash; It's easy to design and sell T-shirts on sites like Threadless and DesignByHumans. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Out-Holiday-Stains-36131334">How to Clean 8 of the Worst Holiday Party Stains</a> &mdash; Got a grease stain? Sprinkle the area with salt, which absorbs oil, to start the cleaning process. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2014/12/10/6-lazy-ways-to-save-money/">6 Lazy Ways to Save Money</a> &mdash; Don&rsquo;t even look at deals or coupons &mdash; at least until after you've made a shopping list. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/12/10/sneaky-way-stick-christmas-budget.html">A Sneaky Way to Stick to Your Christmas Budget</a> &mdash; Buy a predetermined amount of gift cards, and use only those to pay for your holiday shopping. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/quit-job-youre-unhappy-work.html">Should You Quit Your Job If You&rsquo;re Unhappy at Work?</a> &mdash; Before you take any action, figure out why you're unhappy at work. This will help you plan for the future. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/12/10/how-to-take-your-first-steps-investing/">How to Take Your First Steps Investing</a> &mdash; Make sure to pay yourself first, even before you pay for things like rent or the cell phone bill. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/what-benefits-should-you-try-asking-for-these-days.html">What Benefits Should You Try Asking for These Days?</a> &mdash; A good work-life balance is beneficial to both you and your employer; go ahead and ask for vacation time or a flexible work schedule&hellip; or both! [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2014/12/how-to-budget-when-you-dont-have-steady-income-103458/">How to Budget When You Don't Have a Steady Income</a> &mdash; Start by making a list of everything you HAVE to pay for, then make a list of the things you WANT to pay for. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.phroogal.com/4-holiday-financing-options-avoid/">4 Holiday Financing Options You Should Avoid</a> &mdash; BOGO sales are great &mdash; if you actually need both items. If not, skip the deal&hellip; or buy one and gift the other. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-holiday-traditions-kids-will-love">5 Holiday Traditions Kids Will Love</a> &mdash; Throw on your jammies and take a drive around town to check out the holiday lights and decorations! [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: 60 Ways to Make Money Without a Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income best money tips make money Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1267588 at http://www.wisebread.com Turn Your Home Into a Rental in 9 Easy Steps http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-renting-home-178110017-small.jpg" alt="man renting home" title="man renting home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an early adopter of the micro-subletting culture &mdash; the founders of Airbnb invited me to join the service as it was just starting up back in 2008 &mdash; I fancy myself somewhat of an expert in successfully turning a home into a rental property. Six years in, I've not only made one home a major profit center by sharing my rooms with travelers, but now two &mdash; the latter of which is a direct result of the success of the first. My husband and I were able to purchase a second property with the income we've earned from renting our primary residence.</p> <p>Based on my own experience, here are nine essential line items you should check off if you plan to make a go of the incredible money-making and life-enhancing opportunity of turning your home into a rental property.</p> <h2>1. Research Your Market</h2> <p>My primary residence is in Manhattan, and the never-ending influx of tourists is what gave me the idea to market my guest bedroom as a hotel alternative many years ago. I didn't have to do much research to realize that there was a built-in business in my area for what I wanted to do, but as you can imagine that doesn't apply to all areas.</p> <p>Most areas, in fact, don't have the attractiveness to tourists that New York City does. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't become a homegrown entrepreneur in the comfort of your own living room. Because of the popularity of Airbnb, Roomorama, HomeAway, and other short-term rental sites, an increasing number of rooms are now available to budget travelers nearly everywhere. Thus, your first step in turning your home into a rental property is digging into these sites to see who in your area is listing their property, how full their calendars are with bookings, and to generally peruse their listings to see how they're managing their own burgeoning businesses. You'll get a good sense of what you can expect in terms of traffic to your listing and potential bookings.</p> <p>On another note, if there are currently no listings in your area, don't get discouraged. That could mean that you're getting in on the ground level of an untapped market &mdash; and you'll never know its potential if you don't test the waters.</p> <h2>2. Talk to Friends/Neighbors Who Are Renting Their Property</h2> <p>I didn't have any idea what I was doing when I first started renting my property &mdash; this was a brand new venture for me &mdash; so my first year or so was completely trial and error. You have an advantage, however, because micro-subletting has and continues to increase in popularity, so you're bound to know at least one person who's tried their hand at it. You don't have to stick to micro-subletters though; reach out to anyone who's in the rental-income game and ask to pick their brain about the ins and outs, highs and lows of their business. You'll gain valuable knowledge that can positively influence your own new endeavor, and you may even be able to avoid some roadblocks along the way by learning from their mistakes.</p> <h2>3. Transform Your Property Into a Visually Stunning Destination</h2> <p>One of the biggest factors in a potential guest's decision on whether to stay at your property will be how it looks. It's a decision-making process as old as time &mdash; we pick out food, cars, and romantic partners based on their physical attractiveness &mdash; so it only makes sense that that theory applies to where people want to lie their heads at night. Especially in a stranger's home. Considering this superficial factor then, it's important that your rental listing images stand out from the crowd. Photos should show a space that is inviting, comfortable, and clean &mdash; all critical components to ensuring that your room or home is near the top of the list when potential guests are choosing where to stay.</p> <p>If you use Airbnb, consider using its free photography to enhance your listing, which, I can tell you from experience, will truly take yours to the next level &mdash; considering that your home is already someplace that looks visitor-friendly, of course.</p> <h2>4. Eliminate the Clutter</h2> <p>If your home isn't immediately traveler-friendly, that's okay; you can change that. The first plan of attack in this instance is to do a deep clean (which, by the way, is beneficial in more ways than just preparing it to be a rental property &mdash; there's money to be made in selling your clutter!) to get rid of anything that's unnecessary, safely store away items of sentiment or extreme value, and otherwise organize your belongings in an aesthetically pleasing and unobtrusive fashion. Having a well-kept and well-organized home will be easier on you when it comes time to clean between tenants, and the results will show in photos and the reviews your guests will leave you.</p> <h2>5. Load Up on Value-Centric Amenities</h2> <p>Another critical part of making your listing a major contender among potential guests' choices is the amenities you offer. It's all wrapped into the per-night fee that I'm charging, of course, but to them it looks like they're getting something extra for free &mdash; and often that means that they're choosing my place over someone else's. While I don't recommend that you run your business like a hotel &mdash; a more personal touch is always required in this person-to-person rental situation &mdash; I do suggest that you take your cue on what you're offering guests as a value proposition from hotels. In my guest bedrooms, I include fresh linens and towels, high-def flat-screen HDTVs, mini-fridges, and coffee makers, and I provide the guests will free cereal, fruit, coffee, and tea. These are little things that go a long way in a guest's decision on where to stay, especially if they're budget minded.</p> <h2>6. Explore New Options to Market Your Property Online</h2> <p>I've already alluded to this aspect of successfully turning your home into a rental property, but in case you've missed it, listing your property online is the best way to drive a lot of traffic to your property. <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>, <a href="https://www.roomorama.com/">Roomorama</a>, and <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/">HomeAway</a> are the major players in this game, but there are other sites on which you can list to really corner the market.</p> <p>If you want to go all out, look into similar sites like <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/">VRBO</a>, <a href="http://www.misterbnb.com/">Misterbnb</a>, <a href="http://www.furnishedquarters.com/">Furnished Quarters</a>, and <a href="http://www.sublet.com/">Sublet.com</a>.</p> <p>For the most part, your listings will market themselves on these sites, but you need to stay on top of your inquiries, keep your listings up to date, and promote them on social media and offline to maximize their efficacy.</p> <h2>7. Undercut the Competition</h2> <p>I didn't go to business school, but I've learned a thing or two about good business by being an accidental entrepreneur: If you want to make money, you have to offer the best product at the most reasonable price. That business model has never failed. That's how I've run my rental-property business since the beginning, and that's one of the main reasons why I'm booked nearly 365 days a year. My strategy is to research the comparable listings in my area on the sites on which I'm listed and set my price for my more attractive listing below their nightly fee. As a result, my calendar is consistently full while theirs has gaping holes.</p> <p>I wonder if that qualifies for an honorary business degree? I should call my alma mater.</p> <h2>8. Streamline Your Organization</h2> <p>When your bookings start to pile up, it's easy to get overwhelmed &mdash; which is why you need to set up organizational procedures to ensure that your business is streamlined and runs efficiently. Keeping your calendar up-to-date is number one on this checklist &mdash; you don't want to overbook guests who will have no place to go if you can't accommodate them because of your error. Organizing your cleaning protocol so you can breeze through the house and prepare for new guests quickly is a close second to an organized calendar. You should not be lax about either one of these organizational aspects for many reasons, the most important of which is that you owe it to your <em>paying</em> guests to be professional and prepared at all times.</p> <h2>9. Stay Up-to-Date With Rental Trends</h2> <p>In order for any business to succeed for the long term, it must evolve and keep up with industry and social trends &mdash; and your small rental-property business is no different. Because micro-subletting is a relatively new concept, local laws are changing rapidly to ensure that taxes are being paid and safety measures are put in place. Cities like San Francisco have made micro-subletting legal while New York City is still entrenched in litigation to determine how best to manage the growing trend. Newsletters and other correspondences from the services on which you list are great resources as is talking to your fellow rental-property entrepreneurs about their experiences. I also can personally recommend the <a href="http://www.internationalrealestatelistings.com/podcast/">Overseas Property Insider Podcast</a> from my buddy Taylor White, which offers insider information into the vacation rental industry on a regular basis.</p> <p><em>Do you have a rental income property? Do you have tips to share with us on how others can turn their homes into profit centers? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps" class="sharethis-link" title="Turn Your Home Into a Rental in 9 Easy Steps" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-extra-space-make-money-and-meet-travelers-with-short-term-rentals">Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers With Short-Term Rentals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/istopover-earn-extra-income-or-travel-on-the-cheap-and-a-special-promotion-for-wise-bread-readers">iStopOver: Earn Extra Income or Travel on the Cheap, and a Special Promotion for Wise Bread Readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb — and Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-mistake-could-delay-your-retirement-by-10-years">This One Mistake Could Delay Your Retirement by 10 Years</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income Real Estate and Housing AirBnb microsubletting rental income sublet Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1260447 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Rich Walking Dogs in 9 Easy Steps http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-husky-dog-507032611-small.jpg" alt="man with dog" title="man with dog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pressed for cash? Have feet? Then you, my ambulatory friend, should read about how to set up a thriving dog-walking business in nine simple steps. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs?ref=seealso">Earn Extra Income With These 15 Creative Side Gigs</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take a Training Class and Get Certified</h2> <p>It's always a good idea &mdash; if you don't know what you're doing &mdash; to start with the basics, and in the case of dog walking that's taking a training class that offers certain certifications. I know what you're thinking &mdash; &quot;but, Mikey, I walk my dog all the time. I know what I'm doing.&quot; Good try, but the reality is your dog is not every dog, and you need to be prepared for emergency situations so you don't accidentally kill somebody's pet. That's a bad day at work, dude.</p> <p>When you've decided to get serious, check out <a href="http://dogtec.org/dogwalkingacademy.php">Dogtec's Dog Walking Academy</a>, an intensive four-day workshop leading to professional dog-walking certification. Dates and locations vary, but the academy is held all over the United States</p> <h2>2. Brand Your Business</h2> <p>Like the title above says, this post is about how to get rich walking dogs &mdash; not how to make chump change. Which means that if you want to turn this new endeavor into a bonafide business, you need to brand it. Choose a clever, perhaps even cute name for your dog-walking business; legally register it; and hire someone to create a logo and website for you, if you don't know how to do it yourself.</p> <p>These steps &mdash; which should be followed in that order, by the way; you don't want to create a logo for a business name that's already taken &mdash; will help you get started and begin to establish a presence in your market.</p> <h2>3. Design a Flyer Advertising Your Services</h2> <p>When you're up and running, you'll need to market your services. You'll do this online, of course (which I'll discuss in the next steps), but traditional, paper advertising is also a valuable way to get the word out. Entrepreneur Kyle Boureston started a dog-walking business in posh Orange County, CA, and he says the flyer is the foundation of starting your business. Here are his personal tips:</p> <h3>1. Tell Them About You</h3> <p>Most dog owners love their pet almost as much as they love their own family. Since you take their dog on an unsupervised walk around the neighborhood, there's a good amount of trust involved. Owners will want to know a little bit about you before they give away their dog. Be sure to include:</p> <ul> <li>Your name<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your history with pets<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What street you live on &mdash; you don't need to give an exact address but saying that you live on a street that they're familiar with will make them a lot more comfortable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A little about you. For example, &quot;I love running, cooking, and Sunday football.&quot;</li> </ul> <h3>2. Include a Photo of You and a Happy Dog</h3> <p>This is the most important part of your flyer. In the ideal photo, you would:</p> <ul> <li>Be crouched next to an obediently seated dog. This shows that you have experience with dogs and would keep the dog safe when you walk together.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have a big smile on your face. A picture is worth a thousand words, so smile. This is one of the easiest ways you can look friendly, normal, and, most importantly, not sketchy or creepy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have your hand placed gently on the dogs back. Like I said above, dog owners truly love their pets. They want their dog to be with someone who also loves dogs, and this simple hand placement will subconsciously tell the owner that their pet is in good, loving hands.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Distribute Your Ads in Your Neighborhood</h2> <p>Old-fashioned hoofin' it around town is the best way to distribute your professional flyers by placing them in the mailboxes of people in the vicinity you want to serve. Put on a good pair of shoes and carve out a few hours to do the legwork it will require to let your neighbors know you're in business. It's not only good exercise in anticipation of your first four-legged client, but you never know who you'll meet along the way by being out there in person as the face of your new business.</p> <h2>5. List Your Service on Craigslist and Similar Sites</h2> <p>In addition to traditional advertising, you also should advertise on sites like Craigslist and similar portals that are popular with people hiring folks to do non-traditional jobs. I also would recommend joining <a href="https://nextdoor.com/">Nextdoor</a>, a website that specifically caters to your neighborhood; it's a great way to get to know your neighbors and promote your service. Use social media to build brand awareness by posting blogs, using Facebook and Twitter to make business shout-outs, and definitely engage Instagram so you can post all the aww-worthy photos of the dogs with which you'll spend the day.</p> <h2>6. Sign Up for Doggie-Specific Websites</h2> <p>Just like there are sites solely dedicated to connecting parents with responsible, vetted care providers who will watch their kids, there also are sites that will connect you to pet owners looking for a walker or sitter.<a href="http://www.care.com/pet-care-p1087-q25299341.html"> Care.com has a pet component to it</a>, but there are also dog-specific sites like <a href="http://friend.dogvacay.com/x/Pn0cSD">DogVacay</a> and <a href="http://refer.rover.com/v2/share/6080167420330944787">Rover</a> that you can use as resources. I'm personally listed on the latter two sites, by the way. I just discovered them a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be a cool way to have a play date with my own dog, Jaxon, while making a little extra money.</p> <h2>7. Take Excellent Care of the Your Clients' Pets</h2> <p>Any new business can pick up clients in the beginning, but the real test is keeping them. How do you do that? By being the best darn dog walker this side of wherever you live.</p> <p>As a small business owner myself, I know the importance of executing my job at the highest-level possible along with impeccable customer service. Think about it &mdash; how many times have you personally boycotted a business because someone at the establishment was rude to you? Sucks, doesn't it? Don't be that person. As a dog walker, you have a huge responsibility to take care of your clients' best friends, go above and beyond the call of duty (or is that doody?), and return their pets safe and happy. That's your JOB. If you're not doing that, why are you in business? The answer to that question is this: You won't be for long.</p> <h2>8. Send Updates to Your Clients on a Regular Basis</h2> <p>Because you're taking care of something so precious to your clients, it's a good idea to send them updates on how their dog is doing in your care. While you're sending pics or video that will bring smiles to their faces, it'll also remind them that you're an active walker who's taking great care of their pet &mdash; and it shows.</p> <h2>9. Ask for Referrals From Your Clients</h2> <p>You can't get rich with an venture if you don't continue to drive business. In this industry, because it's very localized, it's important to make connections by networking and also asking for referrals from clients with whom you have a great rapport. They may have a friend or colleague in need of your services, and if you're the kind of dog walker I've detailed in this post, your clients will be more than happy to spread the word about you. Proceed with caution, however. You really need to gauge the situation well and know how to read people. If you're not particularly close with your client, it may not be the best idea to ask for a referral outright; perhaps leaving a few business cards is better method in that case. Don't hound anybody either. You should ask your clients to refer you one time and one time only. If they want to spread the word they will; if they don't, they don't. Nothing you can do about that &mdash; that's business.</p> <p><em>Did you build a successful dog-walking business? Do you have any tips for us? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps" class="sharethis-link" title="Get Rich Walking Dogs in 9 Easy Steps" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash">5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers">7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income dog-sitting dog-walking dogs extra income pets side hustle Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1255270 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/blood-donation-465380623-small.jpg" alt="blood donation" title="blood donation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>John Mayer likes to say that<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5EnGwXV_Pg"> your body is a wonderland</a>, but if you're into selling bodily fluids, it's more like a cash machine. If you haven't done it, it might sound pretty extreme &mdash; and pretty gross &mdash; but there's a booming business in bodily fluids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash?ref=seealso">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a>)</p> <p>So what bodily fluids are worth money? And what's the cost to donors in terms of their time, effort and, perhaps most importantly, their discomfort? Here are five bodily fluids you can sell.</p> <h2>1. Plasma</h2> <p>Plasma is probably the simplest, least questionable bodily fluid you can sell. This clear fluid contains enzymes and antibodies and is the largest component of human blood. Even though a lot of plasma goes to pharmaceutical companies, it is used to create treatments for people with blood clotting disorders, autoimmune diseases, or even serious burns, so it's a move you can feel pretty good about.</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>As long as you aren't too needle-shy, donation is relatively painless; blood is drawn from your arm and pulled through a machine that separates the plasma from the rest of the blood, which is returned to your body. The process takes about an hour. Even so, you have to be at least 18 years of age, 110 pounds, and will be drilled with rather personal questions to determine whether you might have viruses like HIV and hepatitis.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>Blood banks set their own rates for plasma, but they generally fall in the $20-$50 range per donation. According to the American Red Cross, it's safe for healthy people to donate plasma about once per month.</p> <h2>2. Sperm</h2> <p>For a young guy who lacks money, sperm donation can seem like the ultimate gig. It pays well, and the process involved is, um, pretty <em>familiar</em>. (The <a href="https://web.stanford.edu/class/siw198q/websites/reprotech/New%20Ways%20of%20Making%20Babies/spermint.htm">vast majority of donors are college students</a>.)</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Sperm donation kind of seems like getting cash for something you may (or may not, no judgments&hellip;) be doing anyway, but it's a lot more complicated than that. You have to be tall (at least 5'10&quot; or taller, depending on the sperm bank.) You have to be smart&hellip; or at least be enrolled in college. You have to be between the ages of 18 and 35. In terms of of your chances, most donors are caucasian (most recipients are white couples), of a healthy weight, and <a href="http://news.discovery.com/human/sperm-donors-reject-redheads-110926.htm">not redheads</a>.</p> <p>If you fit the bill, you'll still have to sit through a job-interview-style round of questions about you, your life, and your future goals. This will be followed by a battery of health questions, including ultra-personal ones about your health status, your sex life, and your sexual partners. Even if you make it through this gauntlet of challenges, you'll have to hand over your first two donations free of charge, so that your little swimmers can be tested.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>Sperm banks set their own rates, but payouts range from $30 to $200 per, um, donation. However, if you're accepted as a donor, you'll often have to sign a contract to donate weekly over a long period of time &mdash; like six months to a year &mdash; during which time your checks may be held in escrow until your term is up. The money might be good, but it isn't fast and it isn't as easy as it sounds.</p> <h2>3. Eggs</h2> <p>I really don't know if eggs are a liquid or not. What I do know is that they are donated to people who are unable to conceive, and they provide a very high payout compared to most other fluids. So, let's just assume they come in liquid form and roll with it, okay?</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Donating eggs is no picnic. In fact, just getting to the actual egg donation (and payment) stage takes time, energy, and some degree of physical discomfort. First, donors have to fill out a questionnaire. If that's accepted, they will be asked to come in for a physical exam, psychological testing, blood tests, and a genetic screening. If you're approved as a donor, you'll have to wait at least a month to donate.</p> <p>Next comes the donation cycle, and that's no picnic either. You will be injected with fertility drugs to stimulate the development of a number of eggs. Over the next two weeks, you'll have to continue to inject yourself with hormones and make daily morning visits to the clinic so that they can adjust your dosage and check on your progress. After seven to 12 days of this carnival ride, you'll be ready to have your eggs retrieved. You'll be anesthetized, and the eggs will be removed with a syringe. The procedure isn't painful, but the hormonal changes make it physically demanding, and mild side effects like moodiness and fluid retention can last up to two weeks. There are also some <a href="http://www.eggdonoramerica.com/egg_donor_risks.php">very serious side effects</a> (although they're rare) to consider with this procedure.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>Well, it's big &mdash; $6,000 to $10,000 per donation depending on the market, the desirability of your particular donation, and the donation center you choose. If you work full time, that'll be offset by some lost time at work and some serious hassles, not to mention potential health consequences. There are no firm rules on how many times women can donate, but most clinics ask that they only do so a few times because the long-term health risks of the procedure are unknown.</p> <h2>4. Breast Milk</h2> <p>If you're a new mother, you may be carrying the equivalent of liquid gold: breast milk. And because some moms have way too much, while others have very little (or none at all), a group of moms got the idea to share the love by donating or selling breast milk to those who can't produce their own.</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Pumping your breast milk and shipping it, on ice, to people who need it. There are online services to facilitate this process, most prominently <a href="http://www.onlythebreast.com/">onlythebreast.com</a>, the Craigslist of breast milk exchange. You could probably even post your own ad in your community.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>On breast milk exchanges, milk tends to sell for $1.50 to $3.00 per ounce. To put that in perspective, a baby needs between<a href="http://www.best-breastpumps.com/Milk_Intake.htm"> 13 and 42 ounces of milk per day, depending on his or her weight</a> &mdash; at $3 an ounce, that's $39 to $126 a day. Yowza!</p> <h2>5. Urine</h2> <p>Why would someone want to buy your pee? Because those who are subject to drug tests &mdash; whether for work or sports or parole &mdash; may not be able to pass those tests with their own urine. And, where there's demand, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/urine-on-craigslist_n_3866121.html">there will be supply</a>.</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Producing, packaging, and shipping your pee to other people. If you're really enterprising, you could even make a business out of it. In the late 1990s, a South Carolina man produced 50 urine samples a day, selling more than 15,000 samples per year before the <a href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t16c013.php">state shut him down</a>. Several other states have since passed similar laws.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>The going rate appears to be about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/urine-on-craigslist_n_3866121.html">$20 per ounce</a> &mdash; and possibly jail time.</p> <p>Whether it's a tiny condo in a bad part of town or a bag of someone else's urine, if there's enough demand for something, it will become valuable. Why do people sell bodily fluids for money? Simple answer: Because they can. That's just the way economies work.</p> <p><em>Have you ever parted with a bodily fluid for cash? Would you?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps">Get Rich Walking Dogs in 9 Easy Steps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how">You CAN Earn More Money — Here&#039;s How</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year">100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living Extra Income donating blood extra income medical donation side hustle Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Tara Struyk 1245572 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Festive Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-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="/16-festive-ways-to-make-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/christmas-gift-wrapping-515521261-small.jpg" alt="christmas gift wrapping" title="christmas gift wrapping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again &mdash; time to start hemorrhaging money in the name of tradition and capitalism and Santa Claus. But what if you took a different approach this holiday season and made some extra cash before you spent it? It's feasible, and you can even be festive while you're at it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tips-for-smart-and-safe-credit-card-use-during-the-holidays?ref=seealso">25 Tips for Smart and Safe Holiday Shopping Online</a>)</p> <p>Take a look at these jolly ways to earn a few bucks to avoid ending up broke at the end of the year.</p> <h2>1. Offer Gift-Wrapping or Gift-Hiding Services</h2> <p>Fancy yourself a Martha Stewart-style gift wrapper with a penchant for sharp edges and expert ribbons and bows? Consider offering your gift-wrapping services to the people in your community who lack the discipline (or time and energy) to do it themselves.</p> <p>Promote your services on sites like Craigslist and online message boards in your area, make an announcement on local apps like <a href="http://www.nextdoor.com">Nextdoor</a> (an awesome resource for lots of things in your specific neighborhood, by the way), and place flyers in your neighbors' mailboxes to drum up business.</p> <p>Also, if you have the extra room, you might want to consider renting gift-storage space in your home for parents who want to keep gifts well hidden from their miniature snoops. Charging as little as $5 a week could add up nicely if you get a few folks on board.</p> <h2>2. Bartend or Serve at a Holiday Party</h2> <p>If you have bartending skills and extra time on your hands this holiday season, put your mixology knowledge to use by slingin' drinks at local shindigs.</p> <p>Bartending services are at a premium this time of year because everyone is stretched so thin, so you can probably negotiate a more than fair deal from both individuals hosting private parties and businesses with bigger budgets. When negotiating, keep in mind that you likely won't receive tips from guests but rather the hosts at the end of the night &mdash; but even that's not guaranteed &mdash; so that should definitely factor into your hourly or per-gig fee.</p> <h2>3. Sell Homemade Holiday Crafts and Decorations</h2> <p>Set up shop at local craft fairs, bazaars and holiday markets if you've got items of interest &mdash; like holiday décor items and ornaments &mdash; that are marketable this time of year. You can find these events at your area schools, churches, and other community venues. Another option is to list your handmade goods in an Etsy shop where you can move product without leaving the comfort of your home.</p> <h2>4. Provide Holiday Party Entertainment</h2> <p>What's a holiday party without some festive entertainment? Notwithstanding the guests who have had too much eggnog of course, many hosts (especially for business parties) will want some type of music at their event, whether it be a soloist playing background music, a live group performance as a main event, or a DJ spinning tracks to fill the dance floor. If you have any of these skills, put out your feelers to see where you fit in.</p> <h2>5. Use Your Lifestyle Expertise to Become a Personal Shopper</h2> <p>As somebody who truly enjoys shopping &mdash; in person and online &mdash; I think this is one of the best jobs around. And you might be surprised at how many people are potentially interested in this service.</p> <p>There are lots of folks who are clueless when it comes to gift buying, and they'd rather put their burden in the hands of someone more capable so the holiday season doesn't crash and burn before their eyes when it's time to exchange presents. You can be their saving grace by charging a nominal fee to pick out the perfect gifts for their family and friends. You'll have to know this person fairly well &mdash; so you can already have a good foundation of what kind of gifts they need and because you'll be handling their cash or credit card &mdash; which is why it's not a bad idea to promote your services at your workplace, church, and other groups of which you're a part.</p> <h2>6. Fulfill Holiday Cards for Individuals or Businesses</h2> <p>I don't send out holiday cards anymore &mdash; I don't want to waste all that paper, time, or money &mdash; but before I put the kibosh on it, I would spend hours upon hours writing, folding, addressing, licking, and stamping cards and envelopes, and I always wished someone else was doing for me. I doubt that I'm alone, which is why you can be a hired gun for this purpose at holiday season for those who don't mind paying a reasonable fee to expedite this tedious process.</p> <p>Craigslist is a good place to start, but I also recommend using the Nextdoor app, mentioning it on social media, and reaching out to friends, family, and neighbors via email.</p> <h2>7. Use Your Handy Skills to Decorate Houses</h2> <p>If you're more of an outdoorsy type of person, there is absolutely a market for people who can effectively put up holiday decorations that homeowners don't have time for or who are frightened by the prospect of attaching strands of lights and other thingamajigs to their roofs and eaves. There are commercial companies who provide this service at a premium, but a savvier freelance entrepreneur can undercut the competition by using online outlets like Elance to post their skills and find jobs. I also would recommend documenting your work to start a portfolio that can enhance and grow your small business in the future.</p> <h2>8. Set Up a Cookies and Hot Chocolate Stand</h2> <p>Kids set up lemonade and Kool-Aid stands and sell snacks on their sidewalks during the summer, so it only makes sense to apply that same concept to the cooler weather by offering hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies to keep passersby warm and comfortable. Plus, children love to buy presents for people with their own money, and this is a great way to pad their pockets (and teach the value of a good work ethic while you're at it) so they can enjoy the holidays a bit more.</p> <h2>9. Bake for People Who Are Too Busy to Spend Time in the Kitchen</h2> <p>I enjoy baking, and I often share my pastries, cakes, cookies, and other goodies with my friends and neighbors. Some of them have even hired me to bake goods for them when they're hosting a gathering or just for indulging in themselves. You also can take samples to local restaurants and ask if they would be interested in carrying your items on a limited basis. You never know what could happen if you don't ask.</p> <h2>10. Rake Leaves or Shovel Snow for Neighbors</h2> <p>My mom and dad used to make me pound the pavement in my neighborhood when I was a kid to ask the neighbors if they needed a low-cost snow removal service by way of undocumented child labor. And it was torture!</p> <p>While I wasn't a fan of it back then, in hindsight I appreciate that the experience taught me early on to use my resources to earn extra cash while appreciating the value of a dollar. I'm not opposed to doing it these days, but I will admit that it might be a bit unsettling for many people if a grown person showed up on their doorstep asking to remove snow or rake leaves for money. Fair enough. But that's why I would generally recommend that your children get in on this act (through suggestion, not force) with proper supervision. It's not the most fun they'll ever have, but they'll be pretty stoked about the money they've made.</p> <h2>11. Clean Up Before or After Holiday Parties</h2> <p>Who wants to clean up the massive mess that party guests have left all over the house after a successful holiday party? No one &mdash; but as they say, it's a dirty job and somebody's gotta do it. That somebody can be you if you don't mind washing, scrubbing, and sanitizing the after-effects of a rousing get-together. You can promote your services locally (the usual suspects that I've mentioned previously &mdash; Craigslist, Nextdoor, etc.), but you also can try apps like <a href="http://www.handy.com/">Handy</a> which helps connect house cleaners and handy people to clients.</p> <h2>12. Interview to Be a Mall Santa or Elf</h2> <p>While we continue to shift away from shopping malls culturally (<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/completely-surreal-pictures-of-americas-abandoned-malls">which sort of look like the apocalypse has already begun, by the way</a>), there are still plenty of them out there thriving &mdash; and they all need Santa and his helpers around the holidays. You can apply to be the Man in the Red Suit or one of his pointed-eared minions directly within the shopping center or by locating a national staffing service that specializes in this particular area.</p> <h2>13. Entertain the Public With Outdoor Performances</h2> <p>I live in New York City where there's no shortage of street performers with their hats on the ground, playing for pennies. You can get in on the act to by taking your show on the road, setting up in a well-trafficked area, and watching the dough roll in one dime at a time.</p> <h2>14. Try Planning Small-Scale Holiday Parties</h2> <p>Have a knack for planning and hosting events? Use those skills to help novice party planners share the responsibility and stress. You'll definitely want to start small &mdash; you don't want to bite off more than you can chew and potentially ruin someone's holiday festivities &mdash; so it's best to query folks in your social circle to see how you can help the event go off without a hitch.</p> <h2>15. Cater Small Holiday Gatherings</h2> <p>When I first started hosting my annual holiday parties, I made all the food by myself, which took hours and hours. By the time the party started, I was so exhausted that I couldn't properly enjoy the fruits of my labor. When I finally had enough of slaving in the kitchen after a few years of hosting, I decided to look into have the party catered. The problem, however, is that the catering was beyond my budget, which left me with few other options.</p> <p>If you enjoy cooking (and the results consistently yummy), you can potentially serve an underserved market if you can locate those people like me who don't want to cook everything myself but who also can't afford hundreds of dollars worth of catered food and staff. I think the best way to find that middle ground is to offer crowd-friendly food at a fair price that you'll deliver to the party without the extra expense of the servers, and then be on your way.</p> <h2>16. Pick Up Seasonable Retail Employment</h2> <p>Want part-time work that you don't have to look hard to find? Head to your favorite local retail store and ask it they're hiring for the holidays. If they are, fill out an application to throw your name into the hat. You'll likely make minimum wage, so that's something that you'll want to consider, but something is better than nothing &mdash; especially if your budget is already in a bind. Also, don't forget about the potential employee discount for which you'll qualify that can save you a bundle on gifts; that aspect should definitely be a factor in where you apply.</p> <p><em>Are you planning to pick up some extra cash this holiday season with a festive side hustle? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays" class="sharethis-link" title="16 Festive Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps">Get Rich Walking Dogs in 9 Easy Steps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash">5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-generate-passive-income">Great Ways to Generate Passive Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watching-tots-how-to-get-started-in-babysitting">Watching Tots: How to Get Started in Babysitting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income extra money holiday hustle seasonal jobs side hustle side job Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1242062 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Over $12,000 Through Referrals http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coworkers-463634621-small.jpg" alt="coworkers talking" title="coworkers talking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Businesses are scrambling to get new customers. The result is competitive pricing for many of the services we've come to enjoy, and a chance to earn freebies and cash like never before. The art of earning perks by having your friends and family namedrop or use your special &quot;sign up&quot; link is officially called a &quot;referral program,&quot; but I've seen it online named all kinds of things (including &quot;referraling.&quot;) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-guide-to-cash-back-shopping?ref=seealso">Ultimate Guide to Cash Back Shopping</a>)</p> <p>Regardless of how you label it, the chance to get something merely for sending a business new customers can be a big money maker for some. Here is a list of some of the best programs, including plenty that pay cold, hard cash!</p> <h2>Business Services</h2> <p>From graphic design to freelance writers, you'll find a referral program for almost every business service you can think of.</p> <h3>99 Designs</h3> <p>This crowdsourcing service that lets you get graphic designs for far less than hiring an agency is giving customers <a href="http://99designs.referralcandy.com/">a $50 refund</a> when they refer a paying friend. Plus the friend gets a $99 bonus on their first campaign!</p> <h3>SmartSheet</h3> <p>A snappier version of the familiar spreadsheet, this project management tool rewards referrers with between <a href="http://www.smartsheet.com/referral-rewards">$15 - $500 in cash paid via Paypal</a> upon referral signup.</p> <h3>iContact</h3> <p>If your friend is looking for a web-based email service, they can get a $50 account credit for signing up through you; <a href="http://www.icontact.com/refer-a-friend">you'll get a $50 gift card</a> for making the connection.</p> <h3>Widen</h3> <p>Know someone with Digital Asset Management needs? Share via LinkedIn or another connected account, and <a href="http://www.widen.com/customer-referral-program/">get a $25 Amazon gift card</a> just for making the connection. (And if they actually buy &mdash; you can expect to earn a significant commission.)</p> <h3>FatCow</h3> <p>This web hosting and management service will <a href="https://www.fatcow.com/referral/">give you $35</a> when your friends sign up! (<a href="http://www.ipage.com/referral/">iPage</a> offers the same compensation plan.)</p> <h3>Shortstack</h3> <p>This service allows you to build social media campaigns, online contests, and more. When a referral signs up through your unique link, <a href="http://referral.shortstacklab.com/">you'll earn a 30% cash commission</a> on services sold, <em>plus</em> 10% commission for each month after. (Minimum payout is $20.)</p> <h3>Digital Ocean</h3> <p>This cloud hosting service designed for developers <a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/referral-program/">will pay $25</a> when your referred friends spend $25.</p> <h3>Eventbrite</h3> <p>If your friend is organizing a ticket-selling event in the future, you can cash in with <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/referral-program/">25% of their ticket fee sales</a> when they sign up through your link! (This deal is valid for one year after sign up.)</p> <h3>iStockphoto</h3> <p>This stock photography service sells pictures by the credit or as a monthly subscription service. <a href="http://www.istockphoto.com/participate/referral-program/info">Sell either to your friend</a> and get 20% commission, 20 credits (worth $30 at the site), or a flat $20 fee.</p> <h3>SmugMug</h3> <p>Photos are to be shared, and so is photo hosting! Get your friend to sign up, and <a href="http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/93326">get 20% off for yourself</a> via an account credit.</p> <h3>Skimlinks</h3> <p>For friends who use this service for their website affiliate links, you'll get a generous <a href="http://skimlinks.com/referral">35% of their earnings</a> when you refer them.</p> <h3>Elance</h3> <p>This online staffing platform for freelancers <a href="https://www.elance.com/referralprogram">pays $10 or 10 free credits</a> to those sending over a &quot;qualified referral.&quot;</p> <h3>Autotask</h3> <p>Automation isn't our thing, but if it fits your referral, <a href="http://www.autotask.com/referral/">you'll get between $250 - $1,000</a>!</p> <h2>Finance</h2> <p>Earn money by helping your friends manage theirs.</p> <h3>You Need a Budget</h3> <p>This finance tool is <a href="http://ynab.referralcandy.com/">currently offering $6</a> to customers who refer their friends (and the new customer gets $6, too!)</p> <h3>Discover</h3> <p>Active cardmembers can <a href="https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/exclusives/sharediscover/">get a $50 Cashback Bonus</a> for every friend who signs up for an account; the friend will get a $50 Cashback Bonus after their first purchase within three months.</p> <h3>Coinbase</h3> <p>This Bitcoin currency platform will <a href="http://support.coinbase.com/customer/portal/articles/683805-how-does-your-referral-program-work-">give a $5 bitcoin bonus</a> for purchases of $100 to both the referrer and the referral.</p> <h3>CapitalOne 360</h3> <p>Formerly ING Direct, this bank will <a href="https://home.capitalone360.com/lp-refer">pay a hefty bonus of $20</a> per friend who signs up for a new online account (and your friend gets $25). Look for a double offer of $50 in fees during certain times of the year.</p> <h2>Food</h2> <p>Your friends feed their faces with delicious food you recommend, and you stuff your wallet with referral cash.</p> <h3>Seamless</h3> <p>Tell a friend about this restaurant delivery hub and you'll each <a href="http://seamless.extole.com/micro/microsite?source=footer">get $7 to spend</a>!</p> <h3>Delivery.com</h3> <p>This similar service <a href="https://www.delivery.com/tell_a_friend.php">gives a $5 bounty</a> to both referrer and referral.</p> <h2>Technology</h2> <p>Most wireless and communications companies offer generous referral bonuses.</p> <h3>Verizon</h3> <p>Get a friend to sign up for service and you'll both get a <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/support/referral-rewards">$25 prepaid debit card</a>.</p> <h3>Republic Wireless</h3> <p>Share this cell service and <a href="https://republicwireless.com/refer-landing">get $19 in statement credits</a> (plus your friend will get one, too!)</p> <h3>AT&amp;T</h3> <p>Both the referrer and the referral will <a href="https://referrals.att.com/home/publicHome.pg">get a $25 prepaid debit card</a> upon a new sign up.</p> <h3>T-Mobile</h3> <p>Your friend will get the termination fee from their current cell provider paid by T-Mobile (up to $650), and <a href="https://referral.t-mobile.com/">you'll get a $25 credit</a>, when a successful contract is signed.</p> <h2>Travel</h2> <p>Word of mouth has always been important in travel marketing &mdash; so it's no wonder referral programs abound here, too.</p> <h3>Airbnb</h3> <p>If your friends and family travel a lot, you can rake in the credit with this generous program that <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/invite">pays you a $25 coupon</a> when they travel with a $25 credit, or $75 when they host!</p> <h3>Uber</h3> <p>This new app-based driver referral service is offering existing customers the chance to earn credits for every new customer they refer. To see the current offer, <a href="https://support.uber.com/hc/en-us/articles/201830716-How-do-I-earn-Uber-credits-for-referring-my-friends-">sign into your account</a> and click &quot;refer friends.&quot;</p> <h2>Entertainment</h2> <p>Free TV for everyone (for a limited time only)!</p> <h3>Hulu Plus</h3> <p>Give your friend two weeks free to try, and <a href="http://www.hulu.com/help/articles/29781737">you'll get two weeks free</a> when they buy!</p> <h3>DirecTV</h3> <p>Sign up a friend (using your customer code) and you'll <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/referral/referralProgram.jsp">get a $100 credit</a> payable as $10 off your statement for 10 months. Your friend will get the same.</p> <h3>Dish Network</h3> <p>This service <a href="http://www.dish.com/customerservice/referral/friendsandfamily/">offers a $50 statement credit</a> to both the referral and referrer.</p> <h2>Shopping</h2> <p>Help your friends sign up to buy stuff, and you'll earn cash or credits to buy stuff, too.</p> <h3>Amazon Mom</h3> <p>Get a friend to sign up through your link, and they'll get $5 to spend at Amazon (plus the benefits of the program, which includes 15% savings on baby items). <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/referral">You'll get a $15 credit</a>.</p> <h3>Amazon Student</h3> <p>Sign up a buddy and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/student/referral/main">get $10 to spend</a> at Amazon.</p> <h3>Groupon</h3> <p>If your friend is new to Groupon, <a href="http://www.groupon.com/referral">you'll get $10 in &quot;Groupon Bucks&quot;</a> when they sign up and buy!</p> <h3>Living Social</h3> <p>If you've already made a purchase on this daily deal site, you can share it with friends to <a href="https://help.livingsocial.com/articles/how-does-the-me-3-promotion-work">earn your purchase amount back</a>. It only takes three to make it free!</p> <h3>ibotta</h3> <p>Skip coupons and save with this smartphone app that <a href="http://blog.ibotta.com/post/74288883300/new-5-friend-referral-program">pays $5 for a qualified referral</a>.</p> <h3>Sierra Trading Post</h3> <p>Have your friend sign up for the deals newsletter and they'll get $10 to spend on their first purchase. When they do this, <a href="http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/coupons/">you'll get a $10 egift card</a>!</p> <h2>Employment</h2> <p>Finally, help a friend land a job and you can get paid, too.</p> <h3>Hubspot</h3> <p>Have a good program developer friend who needs work? Let Hubspot know, and if they get hired, <a href="http://dev.hubspot.com/refer-a-friend">they'll pay you $10,000!</a></p> <p><em>Any referral programs we've missed? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Earn Over $12,000 Through Referrals" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-steps-to-building-a-financial-safety-net-from-the-economy-of-you">3 Steps to Building a Financial Safety Net From “The Economy of You”</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-the-aig-bonuses-be-taken-away-or-not">Should The AIG Bonuses Be Taken Away Or Not?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-all-your-money">It&#039;s all your money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-notes-a-bonus-holiday-bonus">Quick Notes: A Bonus Holiday Bonus?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Personal Finance Extra Income bonus refer-a-friend referral marketing referrals Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:05 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1190040 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Worst Work From Home Jobs http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sad-man-desk-466203577-small_0.jpg" alt="sad man desk" title="sad man desk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Telecommuting &mdash; that is, working from home instead of a traditional office setting &mdash; offers employees freedom, flexibility, and nearly infinite pantlessness. No wonder it's a growing trend.</p> <p>Some work-at-home opportunities are more hype than hope, however, and many workers find that they are trading in convenience and lower commute costs for a lower earning potential and less job security. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs?seealso">30 Great Side Gigs</a>)</p> <p>So before you start fantasizing about an at-home work day, take a look at some of the <em>worst</em> jobs you can do from home, and why they often don't pan out for remote workers.</p> <h2>Mystery Shopping</h2> <p>I admit to having done this job myself, over the course of six years. For the college student, retired person, or foodie who just wants a little &quot;pocket change&quot; and a free meal once in a while, shopping incognito in exchange for some honest feedback can be fun. Mystery shopping is realistically more of a hobby than a real career, however, as assignments pay far less than minimum wage in many instances, and signing up for a steady stream of jobs is exhausting.</p> <p>For those who live in a busy urban area, it's possible to line up jobs that pay more or that come more often. Rural shoppers or those with less experience, however, will rarely see more than one job a week per shopping company, and the rate of pay is typically reimbursement for your shopping, plus $4-10. (See also: <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper</a>.)</p> <h3>Direct Sales (MLM)</h3> <p>Many of the ads for work-at-home opportunities promise freedom from the 9 to 5, unlimited income potential, and the perks of being your own boss. These same ads, if they fail to mention exactly what it is you'll be doing, are often the first in many sales pitches to get people on board a multi-level marketing plan. MLMs aren't new, although the methods used to sell them are. All of them require some kind of upfront buy in (anywhere from $15 to $1,000) and only pay you when you sell the company's product or sign up friends and family to also sell the product.</p> <p>While there are cases of those who have achieved financial success with MLMs, there are many more cases of those who fail. The pressure to sell all the time, to everyone, in an often saturated market, often brings frustration and strain to the seller. MLMs are notorious for bringing success only to those who sign on in the early stages of the company. You can often tell if a job listing is an MLM in disguise by the failure to disclose just what it is you'll be doing or selling, along with a referral to a conference call or affiliate website to get &quot;more information.&quot;</p> <h2>Lead Generation</h2> <p>Many of the customer service jobs listed on work-at-home job sites are nothing more than hard sales, often obtained by what are called &quot;cold calls.&quot; Cold calling is essentially telemarketing to potential customers who have not previously expressed an interest in your product or service. Cold calling is a hard job because people today generally value their privacy and do not want to be contacted on their home or cell phone to be asked to buy something. Lead generation is necessary to gain more customers, but the turnover for these positions is high; many companies have found that having at-home workers do the job is more profitable than housing employees in a call center.</p> <p>Money can be made doing this job, although wages vary. Some companies pay a flat hourly rate that is competitive with formal telemarketing jobs, and others pay a straight commission (so you don't get paid anything unless you sell or make appointments.) If you have had experience telemarketing in the past and have been successful, this job could be for you. For the majority of those trying to escape the rat race, however, it's a difficult job that many people don't want happening in their own homes.</p> <h2>Pay Per Task Sites</h2> <p>Since the invention of <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-money-with-amazon-mechanical-turk">Amazon's Mechanical Turk</a>, other websites have popped up allowing everyday computer users to complete simple, mundane, and often repetitive tasks for money. These tasks can include everything from verifying the CAPTCHA characters on a web form to ranking web searches based on usefulness. The work involved in making money this way, however, is often more than people realize.</p> <p>First, available tasks fluctuate from season to season. Workers who can work odd hours (overnights, for example) often have a better chance at getting tasks than those who work when the majority of people are competing for tasks. Tasks are often paid out at a rate of just pennies per task, requiring hundreds of tasks to be done before the payout threshold can be met. (Many companies require a minimum of $50, for example, to be earned before they issue payment.) U.S. workers are often competing with international workers with a lower standard of living, as well; minimum wage expectations are often not met.</p> <h2>Home Daycare Provider</h2> <p>A few years ago, caring for children in your home was considered a profitable endeavor, as the startup costs were low. For the stay-at-home mom, adding a child or two to your care used to be a reasonable way to increase income to the household budget without too much additional strain. As years have gone by, however, increased regulations and zoning laws have made it too much of a burden for the typical family to even consider. Transportation of children, even in a car, often requires liability insurance or additional driving licensure. Caring for even the youngest children may warrant college credits or outside classroom hours. Add in the cost of bookkeeping and the payment of self-employment taxes, and it's not worth it for the average person to do in many jurisdictions.</p> <p>Working from home can be an amazing experience. I have been doing so for over seven years, and I never regret my decision to leave the cubicle life. But not all work-at-home jobs are the same, and I encourage you to research before jumping head-first into any telecommute endeavor.</p> <p><em>Have you ever taken on any of these, or other, work-at-home jobs and been disappointed? Please share in comments.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Worst Work From Home Jobs" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-fun-money-making-ideas">5 More Fun Money-Making Ideas!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income side gig side jobs telecommute work at home Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:00:21 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1180823 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren't Scams http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-laptop-126435684-small.jpg" alt="couple laptop" title="couple laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to the gig economy!</p> <p>Thanks to faster and better startups sprouting all around the country, you are now able to make some extra dough on the side. You might even be able to ditch the whole 9 to 5 nonsense and set your own hours by booking gigs online. From tutoring children on the fine art of calligraphy to delivering meatball sandwiches to hungry office staff, there is a way to make money online waiting for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads?ref=seealso">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a>)</p> <h2>Jack (and Jill) of All Trades</h2> <p>Let's start with the gigs that are available to those who are competent in many skills, but not necessarily outstanding in any particular one.</p> <h3>1. TaskRabbit</h3> <p>Unlike Liam Neeson in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TODCII/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001TODCII&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W6TSKQHUECWJBRT4">Taken</a>, you don't have a set of &quot;particular skills&quot;. But if you have a lof of free time and a great attitude, then <a href="http://www.taskrabbit.com">TaskRabbit</a> allows you to make money for tasks such as:</p> <ul> <li>Waiting in line for concert tickets.</li> <li>Installing blinds.</li> <li>Assembling IKEA furniture.</li> <li>Cleaning an apartment for somebody moving out.</li> <li>Becoming part of a flash mob.</li> </ul> <p>This service is currently available on <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/how-it-works">19 cities</a>, including Austin, Chicago, and Seattle, and each task is insured up to $1 million. While the fine print states that TaskRabbit takes 20% from your fee, it also guarantees you a minimum of one hour for payment.</p> <h3>2. Postmates</h3> <p>If you felt the biggest adrenaline rush watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MO5ES8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009MO5ES8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LJKUUUAU6HFHEW5R">Premium Rush</a>, then you are a perfect candidate for joining the <a href="http://postmates.com/apply">urban courier service</a>, Postmates. The service only requires you to be over 18, have a method of transportation (e.g. bike, moped, car), and an iPhone.</p> <p>Deliveries range from restaurant take-out to shopping pick-up, so you have to be flexible, upbeat, and ready for anything (legal).</p> <h3>3. Fiverr</h3> <p>What if you're a bit more experienced than the average master of all trades? If you are really good at one of your many skills and are able to complete it fast, then you can churn that specific skill on <a href="http://www.fiverr.com">Fiverr</a>. Some examples of Fiverr gigs are:</p> <ul> <li>Record a <a href="http://www.fiverr.com/reddhorrocks/record-a-professional-voiceover-in-a-british-or-american-accent">professional voiceover</a> in English or American accent.</li> <li>Take pictures of yourself while holding a sign and <a href="http://www.fiverr.com/megankiss/give-you-50-pictures-of-me-copyright-free-use-them-on-websites-or-tv-ads">looking pretty</a>.</li> <li><a href="http://www.fiverr.com/graphicforest/design-a-professional-logo-for-your-business-and-website">Design a logo</a>.</li> </ul> <p>All gigs pay $5 so you need to be creative to provide irresistible &quot;gig extras,&quot; such as same day delivery, files in high resolution, or alternative takes, for your clients to book. Gig extras often range between $10 to $20 and provide a well-needed boost to make Fiverr worth your while.</p> <h3>4. Fancy Hands &amp; Zirtual</h3> <p>Unleash your inner <a href="http://madmen.wikia.com/wiki/Peggy_Olson">Peggy Olson</a>, <a href="http://madmen.wikia.com/wiki/Joan_Harris">Joan Holloway</a>, or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam_Beesly-Halpert">Pam Beesly</a>, by offering your kick-butt secretarial and personal assistant services to the highest bidder. Through <a href="http://www.fancyhands.com">Fancy Hands</a> and <a href="http://www.zirtual.com">Zirtual</a>, you can get paid for requests such as:</p> <ul> <li>Coordinate airport pickup and car rental for a traveling businessman</li> <li>Research cheapest (and fastest!) way to ship an unusual package from DC to Miami</li> <li>Coordinate appropriate meeting times for a party of 15 people</li> <li>Organize a Dropbox folder of pictures for a real estate broker by property listing</li> </ul> <h2>Teacher and Tutor</h2> <p>If you've got skills so mad that you can take somebody to school, then you can make money online by offering your teaching and tutoring services.</p> <h3>5. Skillshare</h3> <p>Skillshare is such a popular option to make money online by teaching, that even actor James Franco jumped in the bandwagon with a 15-video lesson on <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/film-and-video/Introduction-to-Screenwriting-for-Short-Films/637339250">screenwriting for short films</a>. Heck, even famous marketing whiz Steve Godin offers not <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/business/The-Modern-Marketing-Workshop/96411401">one</a> but <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/business/The-New-Business-Toolbox-Help-Your-New-Business-Do-It-Right-The-First-Time/1185976550">two</a> courses.</p> <p>Other examples of classes you can create to make some side money include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Learn-the-Ins-and-Outs-of-Illustrator/589498286">How to use Adobe Illustrator</a>.</li> <li>What it takes to make perfect <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/culinary/Perfect-Southern-Fried-Chicken-and-Biscuits/243273354">southern fried chicken and biscuits</a>.</li> <li><a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/fashion/Knitting-II-Learn-Stitch-Widths-with-a-Triangle-Scarf/1863252570">How to knit a color-blocked triangle scarf</a>.</li> <li>What do you need to write a <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/film-and-video/How-to-Win-the-Internet-Writing-for-Sketch-Comedy/1003630435?">1-4 minute comedy sketch</a></li> </ul> <h3>6. Wyzant</h3> <p>I cannot tell you how to pronounce the company name, but I can tell you from <a href="http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/HI/Honolulu/8464758/">personal experience</a> that Wyzant is pretty neat. This tutoring search engine matches students with over 75,000 tutors in in hundreds of subjects, such as math, science, test prep, and foreign languages.</p> <p>The site is great for new and experienced tutors to expand their client base without spending any money on advertising. Most Wyzant tutors set their hourly rate between $30 to $60. Keep in mind that the site keeps 40% of your payment until you become an established tutor. However, Wyzant does offer several incentives to boost your earnings. For example, they often run promos during which you keep 95% of your payments when referring new students to the platform.</p> <h3>7. Tutor.com</h3> <p>Unilke Wyzant, <a href="http://www.tutor.com">Tutor.com</a> focuses on online tutoring. Since you meet with your students on an online room, you are required to have a good computer and a reliable Internet connection. Another important difference from Wyzant is that Tutor.com offers you a minimum average of five hours per week, which is important for teachers looking for more steady income. As a sample of potential income, Tutor.com claims that its most active Chemistry tutors earn anywhere from <a href="http://www.tutor.com/apply/tutoring-faq">$800 to $1,600 a month</a>.</p> <h2>Driver</h2> <p>If you got a nice set of wheels and driving skills that would make Jason Statham in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008AOVL/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00008AOVL&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WUC66JI45P57BMFE">The Transporter</a> green with envy, then you should explore becoming a freelance driver.</p> <h3>8. Lyft</h3> <p>Known for its <a href="https://www.lyft.com/drive/help/article/1489600">pink mustaches</a> on the hoods of its cars, <a href="http://www.lyft.com">Lyft</a> is a peer-to-peer transportation service that focuses on smartphone users that request rides on the go. The entire application can be completed through your smartphone and it includes a review of your:</p> <ul> <li>Background check.</li> <li>Driving record.</li> <li>Current auto insurance.</li> </ul> <p>If you pass the driver orientation, then you are on your way to start making money as a part-time driver. Lyft welcomes both full-time taxi drivers and part-timers looking for an extra buck.</p> <h3>9. Uber</h3> <p>If you talk about Lyft, you have got to talk about <a href="http://www.quora.com/Ride-Sharing-Company-Comparisons/What-is-the-difference-between-Uber-Lyft">Uber</a>. Both transportation services are pretty much the same. However, there are a couple important differences between these two:</p> <ul> <li>Uber comes in two flavors: Uber (black towncar, fancypants service) and <a href="http://blog.uber.com/honolulu-uberx">uberX</a> (lower cost Uber service). Lyft is comparable to to uberX.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A <a href="http://www.quora.com/Ride-Sharing-Company-Comparisons/What-is-the-difference-between-Uber-Lyft/answers/4018445">driver that uses both Uber and Lyft</a>, whose answer has been upvoted over 200 times on Quora, claims that: <ul> <li>The majority of Lyft drivers are women, while the majority of Uber drivers are men.</li> <li>Generally, uberX is cheaper than Lyft.</li> <li>While Lyft focuses on friendliness, Uber focuses on professionalism.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3>10. Getaround &amp; RelayRides</h3> <p>Do Lyft and Uber sound like too much work? If you are not interested in playing Driving Miss Daisy anytime soon but do have a car sitting around most of the time, then you can look into <a href="http://www.getaround.com/">Getaround</a> and <a href="http://relayrides.com">RelayRides</a>. Both peer-to-peer car-sharing services allow people with idle cars to rent them out to individuals.</p> <p>Along those lines, you might want to&mdash;</p> <h2>Host</h2> <p>If you enjoy being the hostess with the mostest, then cash in your good customer service skills with these three options.</p> <h3>11. Airbnb</h3> <p>If you got a spare couch or a whole rental property, then you can post on <a href="http://www.airbnb.com">Airbnb</a>, an online marketplace for vacation rentals that connects hosts and guests around the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb &mdash; and Succeed</a>)</p> <p>The great thing about Airbnb is that you have total control on your pricing and your guests. Also, you can decide how much (or how little) your property is available. By forcing all users to link their Facebook profiles to their accounts, Airbnb turns out to be a more reliable source of guests than alternatives, such as Craigslist or random bulletin boards. You get a better overview of who is interested in your property.</p> <h3>12. DogVacay</h3> <p>Turn your love for pooches into a business by becoming a <a href="http://dogvacay.com/how-it-works">DogVacay host</a>. This is a great opportunity for dog lovers have either the available space or skill (e.g. grooming, training, or walking). This online community takes a 15% service fee for hosts, provides a $3 million in commercial general liability, plus $25,000 of veterinary coverage for dogs in your care, custody and control, and provides 24/7 emergency support. Keep in mind that the site highly encourages its hosts to create a PayPal account to process payment. If you insist on getting a check over the mail, be ready to take a $5 charge and wait up to seven business days for payment.</p> <h3>13. Just Park</h3> <p>If you want to keep things as simple as possible, then you can rent out your parking spot through <a href="http://www.justpark.com">Just Park</a>. This is a great way to make money online in crowded cities, where parking spots are limited and come at a premium. The beauty of this service is that theoretically you can make your parking spot at home available while you're at work, and vice versa. Talk about maximizing your earnings potential!</p> <p><em>How do you make money online?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams" class="sharethis-link" title="13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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[Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/should-you-remodel-your-home/">Does It Make Sense for You to Remodel Your Home?</a> &mdash; When determining whether or not remodeling your home is the right choice for you, consider how you will pay for the remodel. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/5-summer-drinks-to-keep-you-cooler-on-a-budget/">5 Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool on a Budget</a> &mdash; Are you looking for a summer drink to keep cool on a budget? Try a Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/three-tech-challenges-faced-modern-couple/">Three Tech Challenges Faced by the Modern Couple</a> &mdash; Many couples may face the challenge of over sharing on social networks. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-reasons-to-give-your-kids-water-instead-of-soda">8 Reasons to Give Your Kids Water Instead of Soda</a> &mdash; Giving your kids water instead of soda is cheaper and more environmentally friendly. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-making-schemes-to-score-you-quick-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Money-Making Schemes to Score You Quick Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-making-schemes-to-score-you-quick-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how">You CAN Earn More Money — Here&#039;s How</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year">100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income best money tips extra income money Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1144272 at http://www.wisebread.com Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yard-sale-83590591-small_0.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="139" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time again. De-clutterers unite! After a big spring cleaning of your house, it's time to unload your unwanted items and put some extra cash in your own pocket. Why not sell like the big boys do?</p> <h2>1. Advertise, Advertise, Advertise</h2> <p>Big box retailers know the power of advertising when it comes to the big one day sale. But you don't have to take a full page ad out in the Sunday circular to attract a crowd full of buyers to your next garage sale. Classified ads in hard copy can eat into your budget, so unless you're splitting the cost and having a giant multi-family sale, consider free advertising instead on venues such as <a href="http://www.patch.com/">Patch.com</a>, <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites">Craigslist</a>, <a href="http://estatesales.net/">estatesales.net</a>, and <a href="http://estatesales.org/">estatesales.org</a>.</p> <p>In addition to your personal Facebook page, many towns are now sprouting community Facebook pages where you can advertise your sale as well as post photos to attract friends and neighbors. Or, do things the old fashioned way &mdash; call or write.</p> <p>Send a blanket email to everyone in your contact list advertising your sale and include photos of big ticket items, with lots of descriptive keywords. (I thought I'd never get rid of old albums from the 60s and 70s, and I was pleasantly surprised at how many people responded to my email blast).</p> <p>Helaine Fendelman, a nationally recognized authority in the arts, antiques, and collectibles field recommends sellers pick up the phone and call buyers who might be interested in the items to be sold, and invite them specifically to come to the sale.</p> <p>Of course, posting signs on telephone poles never hurt &mdash; and may attract impulse buyers out for a Sunday drive. Just remember to take them down when the sale is over.</p> <h2>2. Presentation Is Everything</h2> <p>A well-organized (and clean) store makes for a pleasant shopping experience. The same is true for your yard sale.</p> <p>Assemble larger or higher end items in front and group similar items together. Designating areas for furniture, clothes, toys, electronic devices, and books will make it easier for customers to browse. Have a few power strips handy to test electric devices such as stereo equipment. (Or have them plugged in and working, with pleasant music playing.)</p> <p>Attract last-minute shoppers to your sale towards the end of the day by tossing several items into a very large box marked &quot;free.&quot; Display stuffed animals or other miscellaneous toys in baskets or colorful bins.</p> <p>Remember, neatness counts. Items covered in dust from the attic or basement will sell faster when cleaned or polished. Put loose parts into clear storage bags. Arrange smaller pieces attractively on multiple levels on tables by placing them on top of shoe boxes or other sturdy small boxes.</p> <p>If you have a friend who has a knack for displaying items in and around his or her home, chances are they can do the same at your garage sale. Ask for her or his help and in return, offer to sell some of his or her unwanted items.</p> <h2>3. Pricing: Become an Expert</h2> <p>Do a quick search on eBay for the exact same items you have. If you find a match, print out the information with prices and attach to the goods, so customers can see their &quot;potential&quot; worth (and what a great bargain they are getting!). And if you watch enough Antiques Road Show episodes, you'll know you should probably open an old book to see if it's a first printing before tossing into a box for a quarter. (I almost did that with a John Steinbeck novel at my last tag sale.)</p> <p>However, if the purpose is to get rid of all the stuff you don't use or need any longer, and you're just as happy to see someone get a real bargain rather than spend time researching, set your prices as low as possible (and be prepared for even more haggling). I once went to a garage sale that had a sign that read &quot;Name Your Own Price Yard Sale.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Add Ons &mdash; A Profitable Selling Tactic</h2> <p>Scoring a great deal on a designer dress at your favorite retailer's one-day sale allows more money to be freed up for matching shoes and a new bag, and perhaps some jewelry.</p> <p>When personal stylist <a href="http://www.stelladot.com/sites/madelinegerris">Madeline Gerris</a> is hosting a Stella and Dot trunk show, she sizes up what a client is wearing and then coordinates accessories accordingly. &quot;If jewelry or accessories are on your yard sale table, have mirrors handy. Observe what folks are wearing and let them know you have the perfect bag, necklace, earrings, etc. that would match that outfit they are wearing quite nicely. If you have clothes for sale as well, pair up accessories with clothing items when the buyer is ready to purchase.&quot;</p> <h2>5. The Art of the Deal</h2> <p>Practice your negotiation skills! If someone is interested in an item, deal with them on the spot. This might be the only person who expresses interest in that item the entire sale.</p> <p>Have plenty of single dollar bills on hand and don't sell any item for less than a buck, even if it means selling two or more items for a dollar. The time you spend looking around for nickels and quarters will eat into your valuable time (not to mention patience). Wouldn't you rather spend your energy striking a bargain with someone interested in a piece of furniture or sports equipment?</p> <p>Be firm with bargain hunters and run your garage sale as if you were the owner of a discount retail shop. Be prepared for low ball offers and don't take things personally or become insulted with customers looking to get everything for a quarter.</p> <p>Be kind with children &mdash; if there is a toy you don't mind parting with, hand it to the child in front of the parent and offer it as a gift. A small gesture may make a customer more inclined to make additional purchases.</p> <p>Don't accept checks from anyone you don't know. Prepare for those low on cash by using a mobile app like <a href="https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader-how-to">PayPal</a> to accept credit card payments.</p> <h2>6. Organize Pre-Sales and Post Sales</h2> <p>Ever notice some back to school sales start in July? While you may not need that much lead time before Saturday's big event, <a href="http://www.arrangingitall.com/about_us.php">Barry Izsak</a>, past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) recommends you start your sale on Thursday or Friday and get a jump start on the weekend garage sale games.</p> <p>Afterwards, and about two hours before you're about to call it quits, slash prices in half. Make one large &quot;50% off everything&quot; sign, and post it in front of the sale. Combine items for special discounts, or offer the &quot;buy one get one free&quot; items.</p> <h2>7. Those Darn Early Birds</h2> <p>Businesses don't open before the crack of dawn, so why should your garage sale?</p> <p>Some experts in the industry say do not allow any pre-selling the morning of, as that will lead to cherry picking, or worse &mdash; catching you off guard before your first cup of coffee. If you're easily distracted, a poor decision could cost you later.</p> <p>The presence of the family dog, no matter how friendly, also tends to ward off folks looking to go through your items before they are neatly arranged.</p> <p>Be firm with early birds, or consider adding the words &quot;early birds pay double&quot; to your advertising campaign.</p> <h2>8. Take a Tip From Successful Non-Profits</h2> <p>Consider donating a portion of your profits from your next tag sale to a local charity.</p> <p>Rick Ostberg, General Manager for a New Jersey <a href="http://www.morrisrestore.org/">Habitat for Humanity's ReStore</a> says, &quot;When folks know profits from the sale of goods will be put to good use, they tend to buy more &mdash; especially when the prices are sold at deep discounts.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Snacks and Refreshments</h2> <p>Nothing puts people in a better mood than food. And while you don't have to provide free hot dogs and rent a popcorn machine to rope folks into your yard sale, you may want to consider offering or selling snacks.</p> <p>Enlist the help of your children (or grandchildren) and encourage them to set up their own side business at your garage sale, selling lemonade and cookies. Or provide or sell small bags of popcorn, cookies or bottled water for your customers. The added benefit of selling or providing snacks will also put your shoppers in a better mood, and bargain hunters may just linger a bit longer at your sale.</p> <p><em>What worked for you at your last yard sale? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets" class="sharethis-link" title="Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linda-condrillo">Linda Condrillo</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb — and Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income General Tips garage sale merchandising yard sale Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:00:21 +0000 Linda Condrillo 1141853 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Money This Week http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-this-week <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-make-money-this-week" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yard-sale-83590529-small.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" 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 great articles on ways to make money this week, finding the right fit in a job, and ways you are wasting money at the grocery store.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/05/15-ways-to-make-money-this-week-3/">15 Ways to Make Money This Week</a> &mdash; To make money this week, have a garage sale or sell plants from your garden. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/employment/finding-right-fit-job">Finding the Right Fit in a Job</a> &mdash; 42% of people think &quot;cultural fit&quot; is the most important factor in determining whether or not to make a hire. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Stop-Wasting-Money-Grocery-Store-34831861">19 Ways You're Wasting Money at the Grocery Store</a> &mdash; If you aren't using a reusable shopping bag or not checking your receipt, you may be wasting money at the grocery store. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalconfessions.com/save-beyond-my-means/4-common-money-saving-sabotages-and-how-to-get-around-them.php">4 Common Money-Saving Sabotages and How to Get Around them</a> &mdash; Instead of using the money you saved to buy something else, put your savings into a savings account. [Frugal Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://www.obliviousinvestor.com/why-most-experts-suggest-delaying-social-security/">Why Most Experts Suggest Delaying Social Security</a> &mdash; Delaying social security increases the payout you'll receive. [Oblivious Investor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/start-career-cities/">Want to Start a Career? Consider Moving to One of These Cities</a> &mdash; Moving to Austin or Denver is a good move if you are thinking about starting a career! [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="https://www.jeanchatzky.com/wednesday-welcome/wednesday-welcome-making-living-flip-flip/#more-10620">Wednesday Welcome: Making a Living, Flip by Flip</a> &mdash; When making a living flipping houses, figure out financing and be known as one of the good guys. [Jean Chatzky Making Money Make Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/you-shouldnt-make-your-financial-decisions-based-on-financial-gurus-advice/">You Shouldn't Make Your Financial Decisions Based On Financial Gurus' Advice</a> &mdash; Since most financial gurus give general advice not tailored to your unique situation, you shouldn't make decisions based on their advice. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2014/05/15/etsy-etsy-com-www-etsy-com-getting-started/">Five Tips for Getting Started on Etsy</a> &mdash; If you are interested in selling on Etsy, find your niche and learn how to compete. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-alternative-uses-for-cookie-cutters">11 Alternative Uses for Cookie Cutters</a> &mdash; Have you ever used cookie cutters to make crayons? [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-this-week" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Money This Week" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-this-week">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year">100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-finances-while-you-sleep">7 Ways to Boost Your Finances While You Sleep</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income best money tips extra income income make money Wed, 28 May 2014 09:00:52 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1140878 at http://www.wisebread.com You CAN Earn More Money — Here's How http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-74009140.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you could earn more money on a regular basis, how would that change your life? How would you use the extra cash?</p> <p>Would you finally pay off your debt? Help out your friends who are struggling financially? Invest more so you'll have a wonderful retirement? Stop penny pinching because you don't have to worry about not having enough money?</p> <p>Do you think it's possible? Well, it is! So follow these proven steps to start earning more money today.</p> <h2>Assess Your Availability</h2> <p>Before you can start making more money, you need to figure out the amount of time you can put towards this effort. Sure, you probably have a busy life. Even so, can you find moments during the week where you have free time, and devote that time to making more money? How many hours can you commit?</p> <h2>Evaluate Your Skills</h2> <p>After you've determined how much time you can devote, you need to figure out what you can do for your potential clients.</p> <p>How do you determine that? Ask yourself these questions:</p> <ul> <li>What can you do well?</li> <li>What skills would you like to develop?</li> <li>What do you love doing?</li> </ul> <p>For example, do you have any of these skills:</p> <ul> <li>Babysittingtutoring</li> <li>Housekeeping</li> <li>Tutoring</li> <li>Pet sitting</li> <li>Cooking</li> <li>Playing an instrument</li> <li>Writing</li> <li>Sewing</li> <li>Social media</li> <li>Computer programming</li> <li>Search engine optimization</li> <li>IT support</li> <li>Graphic design</li> <li>Hair styling</li> <li>Makeup</li> <li>Personal training</li> <li>Photography</li> <li>Video</li> </ul> <p>Now some of these are simple skills that you may already have. Others may require extra training. But here's the thing: None of those skills are out of reach.</p> <h2>Learn What Your Clients Want</h2> <p>After you determine what you can do for others, the next step is to find out if people want what you have to offer. So what do other people want enough to pay for?</p> <p>The good news is that the same list above that shows skills you may already have are also the services people want done for them.</p> <p>So if others would pay you for these skills, then where do you look for chances to serve them?</p> <h2>Find an Opportunity</h2> <p>One of the best places I know of to look for extra work is <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites">Craigslist</a>. And if you want to find work as a side hustle, the &quot;gigs&quot; section is the best place to search. Once you find a job you think you can do well, the next step is to respond to the person who wrote the ad. Here, your goal is to communicate in a competent way so that your prospect will notice. That way, you're more likely to get a positive response.</p> <h2>Write a Reply That Gets You Noticed</h2> <p>Here's an easy way to write an effective email reply, which I learned from taking Ramit Sethi's <a href="http://earn1k.com/">Earn1K</a> course.</p> <p><strong>Subject</strong>: <em>John, I'd like to help you (what they want done).</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're saying that your purpose is to serve them.</p> <p><strong>Intro</strong>: <em>Hi John, I read your ad on Craigslist, and I noticed that you're looking for someone to help you (what they want done).</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're telling them how you found out about the opportunity.</p> <p><strong>Pitch</strong>: <em>I've been doing (what they want done) for (how long you've been doing it), and I'd like to help you do the same.</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're mentioning your qualifications and offering to help achieve the same results.</p> <p><strong>Result</strong>: <em>That way, by working together, you will (a specific way you'll improve their life).</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you want to get inside your customer's head. Ask, &quot;What's in it for them?&quot; What benefit will they get from working with you? Less stress? More peace of mind? More confidence? More sales? Look more attractive?</p> <p><strong>Test</strong>: <em>We can discuss the details, of course. But first I wanted to see if this is something you're interested in.</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're setting yourself up for further dialogue if they're interested.</p> <p><strong>Close</strong>: <em>If so, would it be okay to send you a few ideas about how I could help?</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're restating that your purpose is to serve the client.</p> <p>If they respond to your email, you can move forward and discuss the possibility of working together.</p> <h2>Assess Other Options</h2> <p>Depending on your availability and skills, here are several more ways to make extra money:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week">5 Ways to Make Extra Money in Less Than 10 Hours a Week</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year">100 Ways to Make More Money This Year</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 for Stay-at-Home Parents to Earn More Money</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas">10 Great Home-Based Side Businesses</a></li> </ul> <h2>Make a Plan</h2> <p>This is the last &mdash; and most important &mdash; part. Now that you've assessed your availability, skills, and opportunities, it's time to make a plan.</p> <p>Write down the following:</p> <ul> <li>What will you do to make more money? How will you help someone?</li> <li>How much time will you devote on a weekly basis?</li> <li>What are your income goals? How much extra do you want to make each week?</li> </ul> <p>The benefit to writing this all down is that it may spur additional ideas for your money-making venture. And by having this on paper, you'll stay focused on your effort. Then you'll reap the rewards once you see the extra money coming in.</p> <h2>My Results</h2> <p>After reading all of this, I can understand if you're still skeptical. If you are, then let me share my experience with you.</p> <p>I've personally used this method to reply to a post on Craigslist. As a result, I was hired to tutor a junior high student in math. So this method of earning money works!</p> <p>Of course, before you start working for someone through Craigslist (or anywhere else), do your due diligence. But again, the point is that there's tons of opportunity out there for you to start earning more money. All you have to do is reach for it.</p> <p><em>What skills will you use to start earning more money? Please share in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how" class="sharethis-link" title="You CAN Earn More Money — Here&#039;s How" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/darren-wu">Darren Wu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income extra income side hustles side jobs Thu, 22 May 2014 08:00:59 +0000 Darren Wu 1140085 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-5188537-small_0.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If money were water, your income would be the fresh mountain spring&hellip; the source of your spending power. This income &quot;stream&quot; could be your answer to financial independence. So, how do we tap into this spring?</p> <p>Here is a list of potential new income streams anyone can create (or find).</p> <h2>1. Bank Your Annual Raise</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,500</strong></p> <p>It's amazing how quickly new income gets burned through when people get raises. In 2014, the average raise is expected to be 3% in the United States. When they get raises, many people seem to forget that they were getting by with their prior salary, and before too long, they are just getting by with the new one. It's not mandatory that your expenses increase in step with your salary. All you have to do is take that additional 3% raise and sock it away in a savings account.</p> <p>If you make $50,000 and get a 3% raise, you will earn an additional $1,500 the following year. To avoid taxes, you could simply increase your 401(k) contribution by that amount. Otherwise, that $1,500 may look more like $1,125 after federal taxes&hellip; and more like $1,000 after state, Social Security, and Medicare taxes hit. But, that's still a nice lump sum. And, it may even go up again the following year! Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to a savings account as soon as the raise hits, and you'll never feel a thing.</p> <h2>2. 401(k) Match</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,500</strong></p> <p>Many companies offer a retirement plan at work. Typically, this comes in the form of a 401(k) plan. If the employee elects to contribute to such a plan, a certain percentage of pay is taken out pre-tax from each paycheck and invested in his or her 401(k) account. Often, the company may sweeten the deal by offering a match. Herein lays your first new income stream.</p> <p>For example, the match may be $0.50 for every dollar you invest up to a maximum of 6% of your salary. Assuming you earn $50,000 per year and choose to invest 6% of your salary into your 401(k), you will have contributed $3,000 by the end of the year. And, you also get your match of $0.50 on the dollar, which means your company contributes an additional $1,500 per year!</p> <h2>3. Credit Card Points</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $500</strong></p> <p>We all spend money, right? So, let's get paid to spend it! Many credit cards offer points for making purchases on your credit card. Often, you'll receive points based on a percentage of the money you spend. I see another potential income stream here.</p> <p>Let's say you spend $25,000 every year and you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/personal-finance/credit-cards">find a credit card</a> that provides you with points equaling 2% of all expenses paid on the card. To be realistic, not all expenses can be paid for on a credit card. However, if you take advantage of all opportunities (and pay off your credit card each month), you can certainly create a nice little income each year.</p> <p>Just 2% of $25,000 is still $500 additional income to you.</p> <h2>4. Consulting or Freelancing</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,000 (and up!)</strong></p> <p>Now take a look at the skills that you possess. What do you love doing that you can teach others in your free time? Are you a great musician, tech geek, writer, marketing genius, artist? In the age of the Internet, it seems everyone is creating some sort of service based business.</p> <p>Let's consider one simple idea. Do you have a knack for growing your social media followers? Turn that into a business. Something that comes naturally to you might seem impossible for others. You could charge $0.50 for every new Facebook &quot;like&quot; you obtain for a non-tech savvy small business owner. The business gets 200 new followers, and you pocket $100! Plus, if it's easy for you, it won't even feel like work. Do that for 10 people, and you'll pull in $1,000.</p> <p>The possibilities here are nearly limitless, but here are some ideas to get you started:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money">8 Great Freelance Gigs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents</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/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash </a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Craigslist/eBay Sales</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,200</strong></p> <p>Everyone has junk in their home that they just don't need anymore. And, as the saying goes, your junk could be another person's treasure. The problem is that no one wants to spend time sorting through things and taking pictures for the Internet. Well, suck it up and create another income stream for yourself!</p> <p>Just think&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;Craigslist is loaded with old books, clothes, toys, video games, furniture... and whatever else you can find in your attic or basement. You could easily sell a coach ($200), TV ($100), a few cell phones ($50), several books ($50), a nice piece of wooden furniture ($300), and a box of video games ($150); and you'll be well on your way. Throw in some power tools ($250) and a canoe ($100), and you'll have a handful of cold hard cash!</span></p> <h2>6. Fitness Benefit Reimbursement</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $150</strong></p> <p>We all love to talk about how expensive our health insurance is, but it's something we are required to pay. So let's take advantage of the fitness benefit offered by most insurance companies. All you need to do is spend money on a gym membership (which you probably already do)!</p> <p>Many insurance companies refund a portion of the cost of a gym membership. For example, my health plan gives me $150 every year just for showing them that I spent at least that much to pay for my gym membership. I'm going to the gym anyway, so why not get paid to do it?</p> <p>So let's stop here and total up our five recently uncovered revenue streams. Yup, that's $5,850! Now multiply that by five years, and you've just generated almost $30,000 &mdash; not including interest earned or investment returns. Just think of what you could do with this additional cash flow over your lifetime!</p> <p><em>How else have you generated income for yourself? Do you have any tips to share with us? </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create" class="sharethis-link" title="5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eric-roberge-cfp">Eric Roberge CFP</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how">You CAN Earn More Money — Here&#039;s How</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income extra income freelancing side jobs Wed, 14 May 2014 08:00:18 +0000 Eric Roberge CFP 1139228 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Freelance Gigs Anyone Can Do to Make Extra Money http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pet-80603304.jpg" alt="dog walker" title="dog walker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;This easy money I'm earning on the side is really cramping my style!&quot; &mdash; said no one ever.</p> <p>A small, supplemental income that's not too taxing on your time and energy can mean the difference between frugal and comfortable living. Trying to grow your savings? Stuck with a salary freeze? Too pinched to pull the trigger on that weekend getaway? Here are eight low-commitment gigs you can go after outside your nine-to-five to pad your pockets or indulge your leisure.</p> <h2>1. Be a Social Media Guru</h2> <p>You're probably not surprised by this stat: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/02/13/linkedin-social-media-study/">81% of small and medium-sized businesses use social media</a> to drive growth. But believe it or not, the Internet, with all its intricacies, is still a foreign place for many folks out there &mdash; including business owners. And while the majority of them are onboard with the social media marketing revolution, a solid 20% are still missing out.</p> <p>If you're savvy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest &mdash; whatever networking tool might best add value and buzz to your local coffee shop's brand &mdash; set up a meeting with the owner and pitch your talents. This goes for the pizza shop, yoga studio, and laundromat on the corner, too. Those of us who live out our digital lives on these networks know them best. And we know how to use them to grow a brand or customer base because we've experienced first hand what works and what flops. No marketing degree required.</p> <h2>2. Give a Ride</h2> <p>If you've got a car and clean driving record, you can offer rides for a fee to people in your community who need a lift by using web-based services like <a href="http://www.lyft.com/">Lyft</a> and <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>. For example, you can offer to drive a stranger to their cousin's birthday party across town for $8. You get to choose how much your time is worth.</p> <h2>3. Offer Quick Services for Small Fees</h2> <p>With Amazon's <a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome">Mechanical Turk</a>, all you need is Internet access to make money from the comfort of your couch by completing tasks like writing product descriptions or identifying animal species in photographs. Many of the tasks take minutes to complete, which is both a bonus and drawback. You typically have to complete numerous tasks to earn any sizable income.</p> <p>Another website that will allow you to complete small tasks for a fee is <a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a>. You can complete tasks in areas like online marketing and foreign language translation for modest sums akin to $5. Examples of services currently being offered for $5 on Fiverr include writing a testimonial for a your business and creating an original Mother's Day rap.</p> <h2>4. Teach</h2> <p>You'll rake in the big bucks with college prep tutoring, but you can still make good money teaching if you don't know the ins-and-outs of the SAT with many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-opportunity-online-tutoring">online tutoring opportunities</a>.</p> <p>Lots of kids (and adults) need help in math, science, writing, foreign languages, and the arts. And if you're not comfortable teaching academics, you can still make money teaching skills you <em>are</em> comfortable sharing. Do you play an instrument? Can you <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=597358&amp;u=255320&amp;m=29190&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=">sew, knit, or crochet</a>? Are you a master computer programmer? Can you teach prospective vegans how to prepare meals? Would you make a killer tennis instructor? Do you know how to write a great cover letter or design a sharp resume? Brainstorm your skills. Now go out and find your students. They're out there. And there are coffee house bulletin boards, digital community boards like <a href="http://www.mypebblebox.com/home/">PebbleBox</a>, and social media networks to help you spread the word about your services.</p> <h2>5. Run Errands</h2> <p><a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/">TaskRabbit</a> is a web-based service that helps match people looking to make some some extra cash with people nearby who are willing to pay to cross a few more items off the to-do list. By becoming a bonafide TaskRabbit, you'll have access to an array of local gigs ranging from running errands at the grocery store to more skilled labor like patching up a deflated bicycle tire. Not only will you be raking in the dough, you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing you helped out a neighbor in need.</p> <h2>6. Walk the Neighbors' Dogs</h2> <p>Websites like <a href="http://www.dogwalker.com/">DogWalker.com</a> exist solely to pair dog owners with people willing to walk their four-legged family members when they can't be around do it themselves. Not only can you use online dog walking job boards to scour databases of gigs near you, you can also list yourself as a willing-and-able dog walker on the prowl for furry clients. It'll cost you less than $1 to list your services in up to 25 zip codes using DogWalker.com. Other sites worth checking out include <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10563277">Care.com</a> and <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10460530">sittercity</a>.</p> <h2>7. Babysit</h2> <p>Technology has altered the way we do many things, but we're not yet in an age where a robot can sufficiently look after a child. The babysitter is still in style, and there are lots of cool websites like the aforementioned&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10460530">sittercity</a> and <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10563277">Care.com</a> to help you find clients. It might feel a bit like a flashback to your 16-year-old self, but the truth is this: Parents will pay good money to know their children are in good hands. And, thankfully, you're no longer your 16-year-old self. You're a responsible (we hope), reliable adult. You now know what to do when the four-year-old wets the bed. And you know lots of people with children. So don't be shy; every parent needs a break.</p> <h2>8. Capitalize on Festival Season</h2> <p>Warm-weather festivals, fairs, markets, and concert venues need temporary employees to do work ranging from marketing and ticket sales to parking lot and aisle attending. They also need crafters, musicians, photographers, and other artistic folks to make these events worthwhile. Be proactive and search for the organizers of popular seasonal or one-time events coming to your area. Reach out and offer your services.</p> <h2>Keep Your Eyes Peeled</h2> <p>Whether you choose to chase one of these eight freelance jobs, there's a habit every side-job seeker should adopt: Troll your local job boards with regularity. Coffee house bulletin boards as well as digital ones like Craigslist are oft-overlooked gold mines for well-paying gigs. You won't know what you'll find 'til you look.</p> <p><em>How have you made extra money on the side? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Freelance Gigs Anyone Can Do to Make Extra Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-fun-money-making-ideas">5 More Fun Money-Making Ideas!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income freelance gigs side jobs Mon, 05 May 2014 08:12:19 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1137744 at http://www.wisebread.com