Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10682/all en-US Best Money Tips: Make Money With a Fitness Tracker http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-money-with-a-fitness-tracker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-money-with-a-fitness-tracker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_fitness_tracker_000044739080.jpg" alt="Woman using fitness tracker to make extra money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to earn money with your fitness tracker, saving time in the kitchen by being lazy, and what you need to know if you're selling your house.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0423/Fitbit-profit-Seven-ways-to-earn-money-with-your-fitness-tracker">Fitbit profit? Seven ways to earn money with your fitness tracker.</a> &mdash; Many websites and apps will sync up with your fitness tracker and give you points for your healthy habits. Cash in those points for gift cards and other rewards! [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/3-ways-to-save-time-in-the-kitchen-by-being-lazy">3 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen By Being Lazy</a> &mdash; Go ahead and let your dishes pile up. Let them soak in soapy water, then do your dishes all at once when there's a big enough batch. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/04/looking-to-sell-your-house-here-are-5.html">Looking to Sell Your House? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know</a> &mdash; You'll have a hard time selling your house if potential buyers can't find it. Make sure directions are clear and you have eye-catching signage in front of the property. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Break-Your-30s-35080774">33 Things to Quit Doing When You Hit Your 30s</a> &mdash; By your 30s, it's time to stop talking about your drunken nights on social media. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-etsy-shops-for-the-perfect-mothers-day-gift">6 Etsy Shops for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift</a> &mdash; Check out these Etsy shops for fun and cute jewelry, accessories, artwork, and more! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T055-S003-valuable-things-you-can-learn-from-your-tax-return/index.html">7 Valuable Things You Can Learn From Your Tax Return</a> &mdash; Having a Health Savings Account can increase your medical deductions. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/wealth-building-secrets-richest-neighbors.html">Wealth building choices of your richest neighbors</a> &mdash; There's no secret to building wealth &mdash; it just takes a few smart money choices. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/3-decisions-that-may-hurt-your-diversification-efforts/">3 Decisions that may Hurt your Diversification Efforts</a> &mdash; Using a global fund to fill an international allocation may not be as diverse as you expected. Some global funds actually invest up to half of their assets in US securities. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/stuff-you-can-rent-rather-than-buy/">Stuff You Can Rent Rather Than Buy</a> &mdash; Besides clothing and tools, there are a number of other items that you can rent &mdash; a few on this list will definitely surprise you! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/heres-personal-loan-bad-credit/">Here&rsquo;s How to Get a Personal Loan with Bad Credit</a> &mdash; It's possible to get a personal loan even if you have bad credit. However, you'll need to take a few steps to ensure the lender is legit. [ReadyForZero]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-money-with-a-fitness-tracker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/after-your-wedding-say-yes-to-selling-the-dress">After Your Wedding, Say Yes to Selling the Dress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Lifestyle best money tips fitness tracker Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:32 +0000 Amy Lu 1404917 at http://www.wisebread.com The Easy Way Teachers Can Earn Passive Income http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_teacher_grading_000044942756.jpg" alt="Woman teacher trying to earn passive income" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Teaching is a noble profession. However, for all of the important work that is done and the countless young minds that will benefit from their knowledge and passion, it doesn't usually pay so nobly.</p> <p>But teachers don't need to be the educational equivalents of starving artists. Especially now that they can make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-generate-passive-income">passive income</a> with something called Teachers Pay Teachers.</p> <h2>What Is Teachers Pay Teachers?</h2> <p><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/">Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT)</a> is like Etsy for educators. It's an online marketplace for buying and selling original educational materials like lesson plans, games, activities, assessments, and more. It's a wonderful resource for those looking for quality, proven materials to use with their own students, and an awesome way for teachers (home school educators, or really anyone who has great curriculum development skills) to earn extra income.</p> <h2>How Does Teachers Pay Teachers Work?</h2> <p>Simply create an account, list the educational tools you wish to sell, and earn money when someone purchases one of your items. Creating a Basic Seller account is free and for every item sold, you earn 60% of that item's selling price (TPT takes a 40% cut). Once you're earning some decent money, you might consider upgrading to a Premium Seller account, which comes with a $59.95 annual fee and bumps your profit margin up to 85% of the price of each item sold. TPT uses PayPal as their default payment system and pays out once a month.</p> <h2>Can You Really Earn Passive Income With Teachers Pay Teachers?</h2> <p>Yes, it really is possible to create a passive income stream with TPT. The top seller has&nbsp;<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/About-Us">earned more than $2 million</a> and there are others who have earned $50,000. Now, that's not the norm of course, but many educators earn enough passive income to nicely supplement or even surpass their annual teaching salary. That possibility is exciting, right?</p> <p>TPT has more than 1.6 million teachers registered and receives over 90 million visitors per month. However, there are many teachers who never sell one thing because of fear of the unknown, fear of technology, thinking there's no time, and so on.</p> <p>The hardest part is getting started because like most things worth doing, it takes some time and effort to make it work. The good news is if you've been teaching for a while, you probably have stacks and folders full of lesson plans, curricula, worksheets, games, etc., which means you're already more than half way there. Below are a few tips to help you get started:</p> <ul> <li>If you find it hard to do on your own, seek out a group of teachers who would also like to make some extra money and set up an accountability group. Gather all of the educational resources together and help each other sort, categorize, and select the best of the best to start selling. Establish a timeline and schedule deadlines to meet certain goals. The accountability and mutual support can help you break down what might otherwise seem overwhelming into smaller, doable steps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't know what to sell or what sells best? TPT to the rescue. Their site offers a lot of information to help you get started.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Feel you're lacking technical know-how? The truth is, it doesn't take any special skill or technical know-how to format your products and upload them. There are helpful tutorials available if there is something new to learn. If you're still uncomfortable, find someone to help you get your items ready and list them. Heck, if you have teenagers, they'll probably be able to do it in a flash.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Feeling insecure? Don't. Spend some time on the website reviewing popular items and reading the stories of other teachers. You're sure to have that &quot;I can do that&quot; moment.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Be active in the TPT community. Utilize the resources at hand. Subscribe to their newsletter, read their blog, and follow their Facebook page. The more familiar you are with what works best, the more you improve your chances of creating a best seller which could significantly boost your income.</li> </ul> <p>Like all good passive income opportunities, being successful on TPT takes work up front to reap the rewards. But the beauty here is that it is specifically geared towards teachers, which means you don't have to learn a new skill because you're already an expert. Why not try it now and earn your &quot;A?&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you used TPT to earn extra income? What was it like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-teachers-can-earn-passive-income">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair 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/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money">8 Freelance Gigs Anyone Can Do to Make Extra Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income educators freelance selling teachers teachers pay teachers Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:00:09 +0000 Kim Owens 1399041 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_side_job_000020816287.jpg" alt="Woman using her side hustle to further her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you feel stuck in a career rut but not sure what needs to change? Your job likely pays the bills and quitting a steady paycheck just because you're bored or unchallenged doesn't seem like a smart option. You still have to pay the rent, after all.</p> <p>This is where a side hustle can be both financially rewarding and creatively stimulating. But balancing a full time job and a side hustle is not always easy.</p> <p>Here are five ways a side hustle can expand your career and give you more options.</p> <h2>1. Learn New Career Skills</h2> <p>One of the main benefits to starting a side hustle is that you can expand your knowledge by acquiring new skills. This can include learning how to start a website, optimizing social media channels, seeking out new clients, and even taking courses on copywriting, SEO, bookkeeping, and the like.</p> <p>You always have the opportunity to learn something new. Even after four years of having a side-hustle turned full-time gig, I still find new programs, books, and courses that help me learn new skills and increase my knowledge about certain subjects.</p> <h2>2. Manage Multiple Projects</h2> <p>When you work as a traditional employee, you generally only have a certain amount of tasks each day, and you're often doing the same things each month. But when you have a side hustle, things are lot less consistent. You're not only an employee but also the boss, the bookkeeper, the receptionist, the manager &mdash; and everybody else.</p> <p>As a side hustler, you wear a lot more hats and are able to balance many types of projects. Not only are you working for clients, but you're also managing multiple deadlines, and perhaps even outsourcing to other contractors. All of these things will help you learn to balance lots of priorities while still getting things done on time.</p> <h2>3. Streamline Your Workflow</h2> <p>If you don't have a side hustle yet, you may not understand the importance of managing your time wisely. When you have a full time job, family, household chores, errands, and a side hustle, you have to be <em>very efficient </em>with where you spend your time and energy.</p> <p>When I started my side hustle alongside my day job, I began noticing holes in my workday productivity routine. I was able to streamline the processes at my job, in order to get more done in less time.</p> <p>This allowed me to reduce my workload overall, so I could make room for other personal and professional tasks. My employer appreciated this too, as I helped them save money and increase productivity in the office.</p> <h2>4. Diversify Your Income and Career Path</h2> <p>Your career and income are tightly woven together and we all need to make a living to support our families. So what happens when your boss needs to cut costs, or you're handed a pink slip? A side hustle alleviates some of this risk by diversifying the types of income streams you have.</p> <p>Finding another job can take a lot of time and effort, not to mention the additional time it takes to get paid from when you were first hired. This period of stress can be eased by having some money coming in from your side hustle, and a side gig can be a viable second career option, should you need it. It can also take off the pressure while giving you the chance to take your time in pursuing the best opportunity.</p> <h2>5. Broaden Your Network</h2> <p>Working in a traditional office setting means you see the same people day in and day out, which doesn't leave much room for expanding your network. With a side hustle though, specifically one that's online based, you're able to broaden your network everyday.</p> <p>Whether it's meeting up at a local coffee shop, or connecting with new people at an industry conference, a side hustle offers the chance for you to broaden your list of contacts and like-minded individuals. This list of contacts could come in very handy in the future if you get laid off, need to switch jobs, or even take your side hustle full-time.</p> <p><em>Do you have a side hustle? How has it helped expand your career?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-times-a-higher-salary-isnt-worth-it">6 Times a Higher Salary Isn&#039;t Worth It</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/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</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-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back">5 Career Tactics That Are Actually Holding You Back</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career career skills promotion raise side hustle Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:05 +0000 Carrie Smith 1400450 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_laptop_forum_000042128972.jpg" alt="Woman moderating forums and chatrooms for extra money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many of the websites, games, social apps, and online stores we frequent feature user communities. These often use a message board or chat function to enable user communication and contact customer service. If you've wondered how these discussions seem to stay relatively civil (even in the day of the &quot;troll&quot;), the answer is simple &mdash; moderators.</p> <h2>What is a Chat or Forum Moderator?</h2> <p>These are the people who stay behind-the-scenes of online communities, giving users a safe way to resolve issues, as well as policing the most offensive communications. They can delete content, ban users, or simply be on-hand to answer questions as needed.</p> <h2>How Much Does This Job Pay?</h2> <p>Pay can range from minimum wage to $15-$17 an hour. It is similar in pay structure to work-from-home customer service phone rep gigs. Some jobs pay for the entire time you are monitoring the forums, while others may only pay you when you respond to issues that come up in a work queue (meaning that you can be away from the community until you are called in).</p> <h2>How Can You Get a Job as a Moderator?</h2> <p>Getting a job as a moderator may be as simple as applying for a posting on a jobs website, or it may require being part of an active online community until you've earned a respected place in it and can request pay. Often, you can do some research into the communities you're a part of and see if they have any openings on their &quot;Careers&quot; tab.</p> <p>Sites that seem to hire moderator or chat reps frequently include<a href="http://metaversemodsquad.com/become-a-mod/"> MetaVerse Mod Squad</a>,<a href="http://www.lithium.com/company/careers/job-listing"> Lithium</a>,<a href="http://www.icucmoderation.com/careers-icuc/"> ICUC</a>, and<a href="http://www.emoderation.com/recruitment/"> eModeration</a>.</p> <h2>What Skills or Equipment Are Required?</h2> <p>A good chat or forum moderator will have excellent people skills, possess the ability to spell well and communicate via the written word, be efficient with a computer, and can sit for long periods of time, often staring at threads of messages until their help is needed. Most job listings will describe tech requirements, but the majority require you to have your own desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed DSL or cable internet connection.</p> <p>What's a day in the life of a moderator look like? It can vary, but according to Chelles of<a href="http://www.fitnpoor.com/"> FitNPoor</a>, there are definitely pros and cons.</p> <h2>Cons of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>It can be difficult to keep your emotions under control when dealing with difficult people. &quot;You have to put your personal opinions aside. There are so many times where my politics or my view points are trumped by the job need to moderate and keep discussion peaceful,&quot; Chelles says.</p> <p>Your privacy is also not guaranteed. Chelles states that your personal information could be found, especially by passionate chatters who dislike you or your policies.</p> <h2>Pros of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>One of the biggest advantages of this job is that you can work from home, and often, the hours are very flexible. This makes it an ideal option for students or stay-at-home parents, especially since the work environment doesn't have to be quiet.</p> <p>If you love having power, this is the job for you. Chelles says that it certainly attracts a positive person that can keep a level head, but it does reward you in the sense that you are in control. Some people thrive on that kind of control.</p> <p>There is also often a strong sense of community in most online forums, and this camaraderie can grow with time and involvement &mdash; especially as a moderator. Regular chatters on bigger sites recognize you and know your story; if you're the kind of person that makes friends easily online, this could be a very rewarding job for you!</p> <p><em>Will you be exploring a job as a moderator? Why or why not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</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/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting chat customer service forums moderators side jobs work from home Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1396562 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fun Money Boosts That Grow Your Savings http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-money-boosts-that-grow-your-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fun-money-boosts-that-grow-your-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_scarf_000022078327.jpg" alt="Woman shopping and getting money boost to grow her savings" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earning extra money is my go-to method for boosting any savings goal. Saving dough is one way to boost your nest egg, but earning extra cash can really put it into overdrive.</p> <p>My husband and I are <a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/achieve-your-goals/">planning to move across the country</a> during the summer, so we need extra money to put into our relocation fund. We're both self-employed, so this allows us to have a flexible work schedule and take on extra part-time work. Below are some unusual and fun ideas I'm personally using to build up extra funds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online?ref=seealso">11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online</a>)</p> <h2>1. Get Paid for Your Skills</h2> <p>Depending on your skills, you can offer editing, designing, or writing work in exchange for pay. And the best part is, you can do it from the comfort of your own home and on your own time. You get to work with clients virtually and bring in money<em> right now</em>.</p> <p>Freelance writing sites such as <a href="https://www.odesk.com/">ODesk</a> and micro-jobs sites such as <a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> enable you to turn your talents into a viable second income stream. Who knows? In time, you might even be able to make your passion into your full-time gig. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money?ref=seealso">8 Freelance Gigs Anyone Can Do</a>)</p> <h2>2. Work as a Brand Ambassador</h2> <p>If you enjoy local events and interacting with people, then becoming a brand ambassador a few times a month could be right up your alley. What is a brand ambassador?</p> <p>You know the people that give out free samples at the grocery store or local festivals? They are getting paid to represent a specific brand and give out coupons and freebies &mdash; and it can be a fun job for extroverts.</p> <p>If you have experience in a certain field, you can reach out to specific companies directly. My husband did this, and since he's a chef, he's worked as a brand ambassador for Organic Valley promoting several of their dairy products. Recently he spent four days giving out free samples and coupons, and was compensated well for his time.</p> <h2>3. Flip Thrift Store and Yard Sale Finds</h2> <p>This method probably won't make you as much money as it used to, but it's still a viable way to make extra cash. In the past I've made an average of $1,000 per month flipping thrift store finds for a profit on sites like eBay or Craigslist.</p> <p>You'll have to spend some time digging through the &quot;trash&quot; to find the treasure, but if you look for specific items (like brand-name clothing or electronics), and do your research, you can still make good money on the weekends.</p> <p>Plus, it's a fun activity to do with your spouse, or a frugal friend. With a creative eye, you can spot good-as-new pieces or shine up some dusty items and sell them for extra money.</p> <h2>4. Rent Out Your Assets for Cash</h2> <p>One of the smartest ways to bring in extra cash, without doing any additional work, is to leverage what you already have. Can you rent out a spare bedroom, or an extra couch in your house, on a site like <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>Do you have a coveted parking space in the city? You can use this to make extra money by renting out your parking spot while you're at work during the day. You can even rent out your car if it's not being used often. There are lots of new apps and startups that allow you to use the assets you have to bring in extra cash.</p> <h2>5. Make It a Competition</h2> <p>It's always fun to have a healthy dose of competition among your spouse and kids. This principle also applies when you're saving towards any type of financial goal. If you get the whole family involved, not only is it more fun, but it teaches everyone that <em>hard work equals results.</em></p> <p>When my husband and I create a new goal and begin working towards it, we each choose one type of money-making idea to focus on for 30 days. Our focused attitude makes it less overwhelming, and turns the whole idea into a friendly competition.</p> <p>Whoever brings in the most money at the end of the month gets a bonus from the other (like a shoulder massage, cleaning the house, or cooking dinner).</p> <p><em>What's another fun way you can boost your savings goal by earning extra cash?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-money-boosts-that-grow-your-savings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</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/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-with-friends">7 Ways to Make Money With Friends</a></span> </div> </li> <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/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally">10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income brand ambassadors freelancing renting saving money thrift stores yard sales Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Carrie Smith 1382369 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_computer_000029627570.jpg" alt="Man earning extra money using social media" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's safe to assume that if you're not making money on social media, you're probably just casually wasting time on it. Flip that script. Make your profiles pull in a profit with these seven tips to on how to squeeze the juice from your tweets, posts, pics, and more.</p> <h2>1. Join the Sharing Economy</h2> <p>My friends are probably tired of hearing about all the ways I add extra cash to my savings account by participating in the sharing economy &mdash; a recently coined term that denotes a person sharing something he or she possesses with someone else who's willing to pay for it &mdash; but I harp on it for a reason. In many cases, this is easy money &mdash; and I want them to get in on the action.</p> <p>Examples of commodities in the sharing economy including housing, dog walking/sitting services, personal property (like bikes and tools), cars, and more.</p> <p>For my part, I take advantage of many of these sharing options. I rent my homes to travelers via<a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5135"> Airbnb</a> and other micro-subletting sites; I list my dog-sitting services on <a href="http://www.dogvacay.com">DogVacay</a>; and people can rent my bicycles by visiting <a href="http://www.spinlister.com">Spinlister</a>. All of these side hustles earn cheddar on items I already have or low-level services I have to offer, and I think it's brilliant. There are many more ways to participate, so do some research of your own to find out how the sharing economy can fit into your life.</p> <p>There's a certain time commitment attached to some of these revenue avenues, but if you have some to spare, you should be turning a profit. Time is money, after all.</p> <h2>2. Pursue Blogging Opportunities at Outlets That Pay</h2> <p>Have something to say? There are blogs for just about every topic you can imagine &mdash; and some of them pay.</p> <p>Take my success as a personal finance blogger, for example.</p> <p>Just a few years ago I was a journalist primarily covering LGBT lifestyle topics and writing essays for mainstream publications like the Baltimore Sun and Examiner newspapers. I'm naturally someone who &quot;lives my best life on a budget,&quot; and I had a money-saving topic about which I wanted to write. Wise Bread accepted my article pitch, which was initially a one-off engagement, but subsequently asked for more. After writing for Wise Bread for a year or so, other personal finance sites started to notice my work and offering me gigs. It just snowballed from there. Today, I have hundreds of published personal finance posts on more than a dozen PF-related sites, and I've been a staple on Wise Bread for the past four-plus years.</p> <p>It's possible for you to fall into a great gig like this too, considering that you have fresh ideas written from a new perspective. Research the blogs in which you have the most interest and start making pitches. You've gotta start somewhere, and this is square one.</p> <p>Social media angle? Publishers love to work with writers who have big social media followings.</p> <h2>3. Follow and Use the Apps of Your Favorite Brands</h2> <p>Depending on how you look at &quot;making money,&quot; you may want to download the apps and follow the social media pages of your favorite brands, some of which have opportunities to win prizes or earn swag when you become a brand ambassador. In that case, receiving free product from a brand on which you typically spend money is like keeping more of your own in your pocket. In addition, many popular businesses &mdash; especially the &quot;fun&quot; brands &mdash; offer cash for referrals, and that's as easy as sharing on social media the affiliate link generated for you by the company.</p> <h2>4. Publish Sponsored Tweets or Posts</h2> <p>It's always paid to be popular &mdash; you remember high school, don't you? But these days you can turn popularity into actual dolla-dolla bills y'all if you're one of the cool kids on social media.</p> <p>&quot;Even if you have a small audience, you can literally sign up for <a href="http://www.sponsoredtweets.com">Sponsored Tweets</a> right now, select the topics you'd normally talk about, and wait to be matched with advertisers for campaigns,&quot; adds Sakita Holley, founder of House of Success, a lifestyle brand-relation firm in New York. &quot;Or, you can work with various social media influencer/advertiser agencies that have appeared over the last few years to help you sell your influence online. You could also pitch prospective advertisers directly by cold calling, emailing, or connecting over social media.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Create How-To Content on YouTube</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of how-to videos on YouTube, especially when they help me learn a skill for free that I would otherwise pay for. A friend of mine recently fixed his dishwasher using a YouTube how-to, and I was quite impressed. While these videos are free for users, however, you can make money based on the viewers it brings in, according to Jason Parks, owner of The Media Captain, a social marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio.</p> <p>&quot;Creating 'how-to' content on a niche topic can earn you money on social media,&quot; he says. &quot;I worked with a tennis pro who created a simple YouTube video, 'How to Hit a Faster Tennis Serve.' We monetized the video (which now has over 150,000 views), and he gets money based on the overall view count. We have also created other videos after the success of the initial video. While the tennis pro can't quit his day job, the extra money into his bank account definitely doesn't hurt.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Post on Craigslist, Angie's List, Thumbtack, LinkedIn, and More</h2> <p>Okay, cards on the table: My media business was built on posting ads on Craigslist in New York City and other major metro areas, back when I couldn't afford other types of advertising. I know firsthand how social service-listing sites are bankable, and if you have a service or product to offer, you can make money, too. Find the network that suits your service or product best and work hard at building your profile and building a reputation.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to make extra money on social media? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know">How Do Bloggers Make Money? What Every Non-blogger Should Know</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/secrets-to-finding-and-winning-facebook-promotional-giveaways">Secrets to Finding and Winning Facebook Promotional Giveaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-tweeting-0">How to Make Money Tweeting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income blogging online profiles social media sponsored posts Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1378060 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-relaxing-donna-freedm.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="146" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">Got a side hustle, aka a second job or, sometimes, that thing you like to do but that doesn't pay the bills?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe you refer to it as &quot;a startup&quot; or &quot;an exercise in entrepreneurship.&quot; You're putting in a lot of nights and weekends building your product or service and dreaming of the day when you can be your own boss. Perhaps you're working a second part-time job to shore up your household's finances or to fund a specific goal (rapid debt payoff, killer family vacation this summer, down payment for a home of your own).<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Impressive! Now: Try not to kill yourself doing it. According to a Business Insider article called &quot;Why Working 6 Days a Week is Bad For You,&quot; consistent overwork is associated with increased risk of depression, heart disease and heart attacks. Ridiculously long workdays also affect cognitive function. (&quot;We actually get stupider when we work too much,&quot; one expert told BI.)<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But suppose you're this close to getting that startup in place? What if just three more months' worth of pizza deliveries will slay the last of your consumer debt? Good luck and go for it, then &mdash; but please use one or more of the following tips to help ease the stress. Burnout isn't pretty. These aren't one-size-fits-all tactics, mind you. For example, if you're working a second job to stay ahead of the bills you won't want to spent money on takeout or a yard dude. But this list has some tips that will work for just about everybody.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>1. Relax<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">It won't kill you (or a partner and/or kids, if you've got 'em) to eat takeout straight from the carton when you're on a serious deadline. Or to develop minimum cleanliness standards versus living in a home as shiny as a 1950s sitcom. You don't have to join a book group, coach a sports team or spend every three-day weekend driving two states over to visit extended family. Cut yourself some slack, already.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>2. Insist on Teamwork<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Work with spouse, partner or roommate to keep home and yard up to those minimum standards; if you have kids, expect them to pitch in. Hint: By age 12 my sisters and I could do just about any cleaning chore, mow a lawn, wash and iron clothes, bake a cake from scratch, weed a garden, and cook a basic dinner for six. Yes, I do believe that today's kids are often overindulged. Teaching them basic life skills will benefit them later, when they have to do such things for themselves.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>3. Outsource If You Can<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">To keep the neighborhood association off your back, pay a local teen to mow the lawn or rake leaves. Hire someone to deep-clean your house once a month and use the &quot;teamwork&quot; approach noted above to keep up with it the rest of the time.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you're a blogger or have created a website to promote your product/service, get a web guru to keep an eye on the tech stuff. Sure, you could do it yourself &mdash; but shouldn't you put that brainwidth into your actual blog/product/service? I pay a tech savant $35 a month and was frankly startled by the resulting peace of mind.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>4. Get Some Sleep<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">It's tempting to want to push through fatigue, even if it's midnight and you've been up since 6 a.m. Another hour, you think. I can get <em>so much more</em> done in just 60 minutes.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Please see &quot;we actually get stupider,&quot; above. Make sure you get at least seven (preferably eight) hours of sleep per night if you want to make the most of the time you do spend on your side gig. Besides, consistently shorting yourself on sleep means your day job, your relationships and maybe even your health will suffer.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>5. Flee!<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Hire a babysitter for two hours once or twice a week and hit your home office/workshop right after dinner. Come back out to read bedtime stories and tuck in your children. If you've got the right sitter, the kids may actually be disappointed when he or she has to go home &mdash; and you can get a lot done in two intensely focused hours.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>6. Multitask<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">During your commute, listen to podcasts or books on tape about your field of interest. Go over your third-grader's spelling words while waiting for the oil to be changed in your car. Run with the dog instead of driving to a gym &mdash; that way, both of you get exercised at the same time.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don't do dangerous multitasking, such as checking e-mail while driving, and don't consistently ignore partner and/or kids in favor of a screen. But some things can be combined safely and sanely and without hurting anyone's feelings, such as writing a blog post from the bleachers until your kid's sports practice is over. Just look up every now and then, catch his or her eye, and wave.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>7. Back Off<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Sometimes you need to step away from the startup/second job. Keep at least one day and night per week completely, absolutely clear. Use this time to do as little as possible. Play a game of Parcheesi with your kids. Take a long, hot bath. Get into bed an hour early with a good book (or your partner, if you have one). Eat ice cream directly from the carton until you get that pain over your eyes.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Do anything but work. Those extra responsibilities will still be there tomorrow. For now, let them go.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It's great that you want to start your own business/pay down debt/whatever. But you must allow yourself time to goof off a little, spend time with the people you love, get some rest &mdash; and, yes, remain a valued employee at your day job vs. becoming known as the guy or gal who keeps nodding off in staff meetings.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Have you ever launched a side hustle? How'd you make it a success without burning out?</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note</strong>: This guest post is based on one of the chapters from <a href="http://phxgirl.dlfreedman.hop.clickbank.net/"><em>Write A Blog People Will Read</em></a>, Donna's brand-new online course. Wise Bread co-founder Will Chen says WABPWR is &ldquo;required reading for anyone interested in taking their blogging to the next level.&rdquo; Readers can save 20 percent on the course through April 30, 2015 <a href="http://1.dlfreedman.pay.clickbank.net/?coupon=WISEBREAD20">by purchasing the course through this link</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/donna-freedman">Donna Freedman</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">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/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media">6 Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media</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/6-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business">6 Simple Ways to Market Your Side Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays">16 Festive Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know">How Do Bloggers Make Money? What Every Non-blogger Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income blogging side gigs side job Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Donna Freedman 1361031 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Make Extra Income With These Flexible Side Gigs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-extra-income-with-these-flexible-side-gigs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-extra-income-with-these-flexible-side-gigs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/side_job_000020962603.jpg" alt="woman happily working at her flexible side job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on flexible side gigs that will help you make some extra money, popular home upgrades that aren&rsquo;t worth it, and how to use social media to save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3410-flexible-side-gigs-to-bring-in-extra-income">10 Flexible Side Gigs to Bring in Extra Income</a> &mdash; With sites like Zilok, you can rent out pretty much anything for a short period. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/dont-waste-your-money-these-10-popular-home-upgrades/">Don&rsquo;t Waste Your Money on These 10 Popular Home Upgrades</a> &mdash; A bathroom addition may not give you the best return on investment. Even if you only opt for mid-range materials, adding new wiring, plumbing, and bathroom appliances is expensive. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://twocents.lifehacker.com/how-to-use-your-social-media-accounts-to-become-a-money-1692249972">How to Use your Social Media Accounts to Become a Money Saving Ninja</a> &mdash; When looking for deals on Twitter or Facebook, certain hashtags work better than others.&nbsp;[Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Small-Space-Bigger-26962377">11 Ideas to Make a Small Space Seem Bigger</a> &mdash; Use furniture with thin but sturdy legs instead of pieces with solid, bulky bases. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0318/Does-the-average-wedding-really-cost-31K">Does the average wedding really cost $31K?</a> &mdash; The best way to avoid overspending your wedding is to set a budget, but many budgets may not account for expenses like gifts for the wedding party, transportation for guests, and hidden vendor fees. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/5-financial-spring-cleaning-tips-tricks031915">5 Financial Spring Cleaning Tips &amp; Tricks</a> &mdash; Revisit the financial goals you set at the beginning of the year. How are you doing so far? Adjust your budget to accommodate your current needs and long-term goals. [Mint Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/03/18/8-things-emotionally-stable-people-dont-do/">8 Things Emotionally Stable People Don&rsquo;t Do</a> &mdash; Emotionally stable people don't try or pretend to be perfect.&nbsp;[Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.highperformancelifestyle.net/time-to-move-on/">Quit Already! 5 Proven Scenarios When You Need To Move On</a> &mdash; Your situation changes, and so you do! It's OK to move on to something else when your priorities have shifted. [High Performance Lifestyle]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.equifax.com/credit/four-times-you-may-not-want-to-use-a-credit-card/">4 Times You May Not Want to Use a Credit Card</a> &mdash; It may seem like a good idea to put large, regular charges like your mortgage or college tuition on your credit card for the rewards, but there's often a convenience fee that will probably negate any rewards you earn. [Equifax]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/a-guide-to-understanding-drug-allergies">A Guide to Understanding Drug Allergies</a> &mdash; The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction to medication include hives, skin rash, itchy eyes, congestion, and swelling. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-extra-income-with-these-flexible-side-gigs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today">25 Ways to Make Money Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips flexible side gigs Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1354207 at http://www.wisebread.com Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Jobs Sites http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_laptop.jpg" alt="woman at home searching online for job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In times gone by, you either had a job or you didn't. Sure, a few people were freelancers or independent contractors, but most of us either punched the clock or stood in the unemployment line. All that changed with the the &quot;gig economy&quot; &mdash; that is, the advent of companies that tap into the casual or spare-time labor force, like <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/">TaskRabbit</a> or <a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome">Amazon's Mechanical Turk</a>.</p> <p>Now, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of micro-job or gig sites out there. But which offer the best worker experience? I scoured reviews to suss out the top choices. The sites listed here do not require background checks or interviews (eliminating TaskRabbit and <a href="https://www.instacart.com/">InstaCart</a>). Signing up takes minutes (although some require your application to be reviewed, which can take a couple days), and they all include tasks that don't require specialized skills or training. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren't Scams</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fiverr</h2> <p>When people talk about micro-job sites, <a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> usually comes up first because it has the most buyers and sellers. This site allows you, the worker, to post a task you are willing to perform for $5. The slick interface helps you along by giving you categories to choose from.</p> <p>One thing reviewers like about Fiverr is that it is easy to get paid for the gigs you do. You do the job, the hirer pays you $5 within 14 days, and $4 is deposited into your PayPal account (Fiverr keeps a buck). You can make a little more money if you offer &quot;extras&quot; on your gig.</p> <p>The biggest negative people cite about Fiverr is that there are so many gigs listed on the site (20,000 offers for logo design alone), you need to find ways stand out to get anyone to choose you. On the other hand, Fiverr's popularity is also cited as its greatest strength, since there are more potential hirers here than on the many Fiverr knock-offs.</p> <h3>Setup</h3> <p>I signed up (using my Facebook profile) and posted three gigs; writing a birthday poem, proofreading one page of errors, and finding a rental car deal. Posting these took me about 13 minutes total. The most time-consuming part of posting a gig is choosing and uploading the required photo.</p> <h3>Result</h3> <p>Two hours after posting my gigs, I received a request to do a job that was not exactly what I'd offered. The owner of a website wanted me to write reviews on the site and fill out an anonymous personality quiz. The task, which was mildly enjoyable, took me 17 minutes, giving me a pay rate of about $14 per hour. The next morning, I awoke to find the buyer had approved my work, left me positive feedback, and deposited $4 in my account.</p> <p>If I could find ample jobs like this one, I would consider working on Fiverr for an hour a day for treat money, especially if I could manage the jobs while relaxing in front of the TV. However, 48 hours after signing up, I hadn't yet landed a second gig, so it seems I would need to spend more work promoting myself to get much work on this site.</p> <h2>2. SEOClerks</h2> <p>Like Fiverr, you get jobs on <a href="https://www.seoclerk.com/">SEOClerks</a> by posting what you're willing to do, and waiting for someone to choose you. Unlike Fiverr, you can list any price you want. The website appears to have a lot of gigs priced at $5-$10. As the title implies, a lot of the tasks and categories on this site are related to helping people optimize their websites for search engines, but there are also non SEO-related gigs posted here, like making phone calls.</p> <h3>Setup</h3> <p>It took me one minute to register using my Google account, and five more minutes to post an offer to copyedit one page for $5. Most of this time was taken up by fixing my submission to fit the site's rules and waiting for the gig to upload.</p> <h3>Result</h3> <p>After 24 hours, I had not received any orders, so I added a second gig offer. After 48 hours, I still had not received a single offer.</p> <h2>3. Mechanical Turk</h2> <p>&quot;MTurk&quot; is different from the first two sites in that you don't have to post a gig and then wait for someone to order it. This site has lots of tasks called &quot;HITs,&quot; just waiting for you to do &mdash; 335,000 of them when I visited the page! That's the good thing. The bad thing about Mechanical Turk is that many of the HITs pay very, very little money. Some are surveys you can take, others require you to go to a URL and look for information. There is a Reddit forum that points out some of the <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/HITsWorthTurkingFor/">higher-paying HITs</a>.</p> <h3>Setup</h3> <p>I logged in using my existing Amazon account, and spent less than one minute accepting the terms of service. Then Amazon said it needed to review my application before I could do any HITs. Two days later, Amazon sent me an approval email, and then I had to fill in my mailing address and social security number, and register for Amazon Payments. This took two minutes.</p> <h3>Result</h3> <p>For my first HIT, I chose a job that paid a whopping 11 cents: entering item numbers and prices from a long Walmart receipt onto a web form. The job was tedious and it took me 14 minutes, meaning that if I kept cranking at that pace, I might make 44 cents an hour. In my approval email, Amazon also informed me that any money I earned would be on hold until I had completed at least one HIT a day for 10 days. Since most of the HITs I saw paid from 1 cent to 15 cents, I lost patience at the idea of logging in every day for ten days, just to cash in 80 cents at the end of the experiment.</p> <p>Not everyone does as badly as I did. The folks at The Simple Dollar spent one <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/can-you-actually-earn-reasonable-money-from-mechanical-turk/">hour doing Mechanical Turk</a> tasks and earned about $7 &mdash; less than minimum wage, but still <em>something</em> if you are underemployed and can't find work. A couple of tips from other Wise Bread writers: Linsey Knerl says you might have more luck <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs">snagging good gigs</a> in the middle of the night, and the enterprising Xin Lu suggests that instead of completing tasks on Mechanical Turk, you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-money-with-amazon-mechanical-turk">hire workers</a> there at low rates and charge clients more money for their work. For instance, by running a transcription company.</p> <h2>4. Gigwalk</h2> <p>I was attracted to the idea of <a href="http://www.gigwalk.com/">Gigwalk</a> because it promises to pay for tasks you can do when out walking around. I like to walk. When this company debuted a few years ago, it offered easy opportunities like taking a picture of a store sign. Now, tasks look like they include a little more work, like checking inventory in stores, taking photos, and writing descriptions of product displays, and even setting up those displays. Once your work is approved, you get paid via PayPal. Some of the tasks stipulate that you use a high-end phone to take and upload pictures.</p> <h3>Setup</h3> <p>I entered my Android phone number on Gigwalk's site and they instantly sent me the link to download the app. You can also find it on iTunes or in the Google Play Store. It took five minutes to download and open Gigwalk on my Android phone, then sign up through Facebook.</p> <h3>Result</h3> <p>The app immediately began to search for gigs in my geographic area. However, the closest one it found was 14 miles away. That gig was taking a photo of a specific display in a Best Buy store for $5. It also found a number of opportunities to check the shelves at various Walmart locations for a certain product, and snap a photo of the product on the shelf, for $2.25. The Walmarts were all 20 miles or farther from my home.</p> <p>This is a common problem that people run into with Gigwalk &mdash; it seems to be an opportunity only for people who spend time in large cities or live near a Walmart.</p> <p>Because of the distance, I didn't do any gigwalks. However, others have tried it and blogged about their experiences. AJ of Insidious Life found that the tasks offered locally were not worth the time, like setting up a Walmart product display for $12. A tip from a <a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/finance/1340204/">FatWallet forum</a>: Look for gigs at the end of the month, when &quot;...schedulers become more desperate and...offer bonuses.&quot;</p> <p><em>Author's note: I was planning to include Gigbucks in this list, but when I found out the web site was acquired by </em><a href="https://evo1.com/gigbucks"><em>new management</em></a><em> in February 2015, and that it put balances accumulated before that time </em><em>&quot;...on permanent hold, to be settled at a future date,&quot;</em><em> I decided that time is needed to see if this site will be a reliable place to earn money in the future.</em></p> <p><em>Do you earn extra income via any of these micro-job sites?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-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/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-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income gig websites internet jobs micro-jobs side jobs Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:00:07 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1347457 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 31 Ways Real People Make Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-31-ways-real-people-make-extra-income <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-31-ways-real-people-make-extra-income" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-gardener-gloves-plants-flowers-Dollarphotoclub_55315588.jpg" alt="gardener" title="gardener" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the many ways that real people make extra income, the best freelance careers out there, and sites that let you rent out almost anything.</p> <h3>Top 5 Articles</h3> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Making-Extra-Income-23682849">31 Ways Real People Make Extra Income</a> &mdash; Mowing lawns in your neighborhood is an easy way to make some extra cash. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjd45ehhjd/working-on-your-terms/">The 10 Best Freelance Careers</a> &mdash; A web developer creates online tools for websites, manages sites and servers, provides tech support, and can expect to earn $36 to $43 an hour. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/things-to-rent-out/">22 Sites That Let You Make Money Renting Out Almost Anything</a> &mdash; Spinlister allows you to rent out your bike, surfboard, or snowboard. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/office-etiquette/">Office Etiquette &mdash; Top Ten Worst Things You Can Say at Work</a> &mdash; Don't talk about how wasted you were last night. Keep your private life private! [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/cheap-spring-break-21-apps">21 Apps That Will Keep You From Going Broke on Spring Break</a> &mdash; Use the Happy Hours app to find happy hour times and specials for nearby bars and restaurants. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://georgettemillerlaw.com/4-simple-strategies-to-shave-years-off-your-mortgage/">4 Simple Strategies to Shave Years Off Your Mortgage</a> &mdash; Making biweekly payments can shave about four years off your mortgage. [Georgette Miller]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/03/11/top-three-budget-killers.html">The Top Three Budget Killers</a> &mdash; If you're serious about improving your finances, then tackle these expenses first. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2015/03/6-ways-chasing-credit-card-rewards-can-backfire-110907/">6 Ways Chasing Credit Card Rewards Can Backfire</a> &mdash; Many credit cards offer generous sign-up bonuses&hellip;but only if you can reach a minimum spending threshold within a limited time period. You might be making a lot of unnecessary expenses to reach the threshold. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://personaldividends.com/questions-before-starting-a-home-business/">3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Home Business</a> &mdash; Do you have the discipline to make yourself get to work? Starting a home business is difficult, and you'll have to work hard to succeed. [Personal Dividends]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-not-raise-a-narcissist">How to Not Raise a Narcissist</a> &mdash; Receiving too much praise can cause a child to grow into an adult who thinks he is better than everyone else and is entitled to privileges. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-31-ways-real-people-make-extra-income">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/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-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/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-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips side jobs Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1338530 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000018116715_Large.jpg" alt="woman portrait photography" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people are born genetically gifted. People like Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, and Tyson Beckford may all work very hard to maintain their ravishing good looks, but let's be honest&hellip; they started with a huge advantage. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, these people are making millions because most people find them very easy on the eye.</p> <p>But what about the rest of us? Those who are real, regular, everyday Johns and Janes? What can we do to get a slice of the modeling pie? Well, it's not all about perfection (or a casting agent's interpretation of it anyway). Here are five ways you can get paid to be in front of the camera.</p> <h2>1. Take Advantage of Your Hands, Legs, and Feet</h2> <p>Sometimes, you don't need a great body, face, or physique to get paid big money for modeling. If you have the right hands, legs, or feet, you can make some very good money modeling.</p> <p>One of the first advertising shoots I attended was for a financial company promoting DIY loans. We needed a shot of a guy's hand painting a wall. So, we hired a hand model. When he arrived he looked like the average guy you'd see in the street or at a ball game. But he was wearing gloves.</p> <p>When he took them off, his hands were flawless. Rugged, masculine, but with great skin and proportions, and perfect nails. He had a bag with him that contained all of his equipment and supplies, including a manicure set, lotions, creams, and balms.</p> <p>If you have nice hands, legs, or feet, you could earn as much as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/personal/08/10/hand.modeling/index.html?iref=24hours">$1,200 per day</a>! However, you may not be able to help with the dishes going forward&hellip; which is another plus!</p> <h2>2. Contact Model Agencies Specializing in &quot;Ugly&quot; People</h2> <p>That is a horrid word to describe anyone, but it has become something of an acceptable word in the modeling industry. As it turns out, if you're not perfect, you're ugly. And there is an awful lot of demand for ugly people, which is a category I apparently fall into.</p> <p>Take a look around <a href="http://www.ugly.org/UGLY-MODELS/index.php/about-us.html">Ugly Models</a>, and you'll see that the site is filled with people who are simply not supermodel material. They may be taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, or plainer than your typical supermodel. But they are by no means ugly. Many are actually very good looking; most are average or above average in the looks department. They represent the vast majority of us all, and get paid well to do so.</p> <h2>3. Model for Life Drawing Classes</h2> <p>If you are not shy and want to earn a little extra money, there is great demand for life models who are &quot;real&quot; people. I speak from experience on this one. I studied fine art and visual communication at college, and life-drawing classes were mandatory. By far the most boring people to draw were those with no character; people with no visible body fat, no wrinkles, no scars, no signs of aging. We used to call them mannequins.</p> <p>When a 60-year-old guy with 50 pounds of extra huggability undressed, we all knew we were going to get something much more interesting for our portfolio. People who are taller, shorter, or just more unusual were always favored by the class.</p> <p>Now, your first few times will be tough. You have to go through a lot, and you don't get paid very much. Expect just $40-$50 for three hours of work, which includes a large variety of poses, and a lot of time spent sitting very still. The easiest way to get work is simply to call the local art schools and studios in your area. There will always be work, if you have the nerve!</p> <h2>4. Model for Catalogs</h2> <p>Clothing catalogs, tool catalogs, and even gardening catalogs do not want to feature high-end models or stunningly attractive people in their publications. They want real people with regular bodies and common features. The reason? They don't want you looking at the people, they want you looking at what they're wearing or using.</p> <p>Now, they also don't want people who are considered overweight or obese, unless they market those specific types of clothing. But yes, you can find modeling work if you are very overweight, especially now that a large percentage of the U.S. population is obese. Do some research for terms like &quot;overweight models&quot; or &quot;plus size modeling work.&quot; Men, women, and children of all sizes can find work in the catalog industry.</p> <h2>5. Become a Background Artist, or &quot;Extra&quot;</h2> <p>Imagine if movies and TV shows were only filled with the most beautiful people in the world? It would completely remove you from the world the directors and scriptwriters were trying to create. It's for that reason that there will always be paid work for background artists.</p> <p>You can find extras work much more easily if you live in a place that is known for making lots of movies and TV shows. For that reason, L.A., New York, and Chicago will always be top of the list. <em>But</em>, there are movies and shows being made all the time in every city, including yours. Wikihow has some great advice on<a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Become-an-Extra-in-a-Movie"> becoming an extra</a>, and it's not difficult. You will need a headshot (which you'll require for any other kind of modeling work anyway) and a flexible schedule. Most of the work involves standing around waiting for the director to yell &quot;action.&quot; You most likely won't have a speaking role for many years, which is why you're basically being paid to be a &quot;moving model.&quot; It can also be a very fun way to meet people, and add a splash of color to your resume.</p> <p><em>Have you ever been paid to model?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">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/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-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/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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income modeling side hustle side jobs Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Paul Michael 1300247 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Simple Ways to Market Your Side Business http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-marketing-notepad-desk-Dollarphotoclub_70821536.jpg" alt="businessman marketing" title="businessman marketing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you run a side business &mdash; especially when you're first starting out &mdash; you usually don't have very much money. Most advertising is out of reach for people running businesses on the side, and many free marketing techniques require so much energy that they aren't worth it, either. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-generate-new-leads-for-your-side-business?ref=seealso">7 Ways to Generate New Leads for Your Business</a>)</p> <p>However, there are some fabulous ways to generate customers for your side gig without killing yourself in the process. Read on to find out what has worked for me &mdash; and countless other folks.</p> <h2>1. Word of Mouth (Referrals)</h2> <p>This is the simplest way possible to get more business. If you do good work, your customers will put other people in touch with you, and your business will grow organically.</p> <p>Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow your business, because people trust their friends and loved ones more than they trust a website or a listing in the phone book. However, it can be slow.</p> <p>If you want to speed things up, it's quick and easy to ask your customers to be sure to tell their friends about you. You can even create incentives &mdash; maybe offer a discount on their next purchase if they refer two people to you who actually buy something.</p> <h2>2. Make Real Connections With Customers</h2> <p>If you want your customers to connect you with their friends and family members, you'll want to forge a solid connection with them. If your business allows you time to interact, be sure to make the most of that. As appropriate, share your story and that of your business &mdash; let them know why you do what you do.</p> <p>Even if you don't have the chance to talk, you can find other ways connect with people. It's easy to include a handwritten note if you're sending a product, or a &quot;thank you&quot; card when you're finished working with someone. Anything that shows you spent a little extra time and energy to personally interact with them will make them feel closer to you.</p> <h2>3. Social Media</h2> <p>Having an active social media presence can help almost any business. It usually takes some trial and error to figure out where your customers are hanging out online, when they're there, and what they'd like to hear from you. Spend some time experimenting, so you can maximize your time and energy later.</p> <p>Most businesses find customers via Twitter and/or Facebook, though some (such as clothing, art/design, or food businesses) find that Instagram is a better choice. You may even find that LinkedIn is the best place to find your customers &mdash; especially if you're in a B2B or professional services field.</p> <p>The beauty of social media is that it can potentially find customers for you, so the more viral or shareable your content, the better. Before you post to social media, ask yourself: &quot;Do people want to read or look at this? And would they want to share it with their friends?&quot; If you can answer those two questions in the affirmative, you're on your way to building a successful social marketing program.</p> <h2>4. Give Something Away</h2> <p>People are often reluctant to purchase something the first time they hear about it, but they usually aren't hesitant to try something that's offered for free. What you give away depends on what your business offers. In general, it's simple to compile some blog posts into an ebook, create a downloadable infographic, or make a template that potential customers can try for free.</p> <p>Offering something for free not only allows potential customers to get an idea of the expertise you offer, but also gives them just a taste of how you work and what you might be like to work with. This can go far towards reassuring them that doing business with you is worth their while.</p> <h2>5. Join a Chamber of Commerce</h2> <p>Most cities offer chamber of commerce networking events. Some will bring in a speaker, while others will offer cocktails at a meet-and-greet. Joining these groups is usually cheap or free, and can connect you to people in your community who might need what you're offering. Even if they don't need it, though, making the connection means you'll be closer to the top of their list when they meet someone who <em>does</em> need what you offer.</p> <p>It can be hard to get to these meetings if you're still working full-time. But a few of these groups offer online networking as well, and some entrepreneurs opt to take time off from work to attend. It's worth looking into it, and if you find yourself getting a lot of business via your contacts at the meetings, you can decide how to invest yourself further.</p> <h2>6. Offer a Groupon</h2> <p>Some side businesses find that offering a deal via <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10788528">Groupon</a> or <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11429060">LivingSocial</a> is a great marketing tactic. It gets new people in the door, where you can <em>wow</em> them with your amazing presence, products, or expertise.</p> <p>The idea is to keep people coming back for more. In reality, there are a good number of pros and cons to <a href="http://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/should-your-business-offer-a-groupon-deal/">offering a deal</a> like this. You will need to decide whether you can structure a deal so that you will still make money, and what you will do to bring people back after their first interaction with you. If you think you can make it work, the actual offering of the Groupon is an easy process.</p> <p><em>What's your side gig (or your dream side gig)? How do you, or would you, market it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</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/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays">16 Festive Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays</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/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs">The 5 Worst Work From Home Jobs</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/watching-tots-how-to-get-started-in-babysitting">Watching Tots: How to Get Started in Babysitting</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income marketing promotions side gig side job Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1289849 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000049968860_Large.jpg" alt="woman taking photo store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a single parent, I'm always looking for ways to save money. I've always loved thrift stores, and have found some great clothing, DVDs, books, collectibles, and pieces of furniture at my local shops. But things got really interesting six months ago when I came across an item that I didn't really want, but knew was valuable. It was a Coogi sweater; the kind worn by Bill Cosby in the 80s. Definitely not my style, but highly collectible and worth at least 10 times the $5.99 asking price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money?ref=seealso">5 Things You Can Sell on eBay That Make the Most Money</a>)</p> <p>I bought it, sold it on eBay, and since then I have turned my thrift store runs into a way of not just saving money &mdash; but making money. It's not a new concept. Many people make a good living from thrift stores, but I have a full time job and cannot dedicate all of my time to it. If you're selective, and follow these guidelines, I guarantee you will make an extra $200-$300 every month on eBay and Craigslist just by visiting a few thrift stores several times a week.</p> <h2>1. Always Have Your Smartphone on You</h2> <p>When I first started out, I had absolutely no clue what was valuable, and what was junk. I got lucky with the Coogi sweater, but I knew there were valuable items in the stores just hiding on the shelves. So, I took advantage of my smartphone. What you need to do is use eBay as a research tool. Here's how.</p> <p>When you see an item you think may be valuable, grab your phone.</p> <p>Go to eBay, do a search for it, and then refine it to look for SOLD ITEMS. (Never look at current listing prices; someone could be asking $800 for an old watch, but it doesn't mean they'll ever get that.)</p> <p>Next, look at the sort order of prices from highest to lowest, including shipping. You now know what someone is willing to pay for that item. Also, do it in reverse order, from lowest to highest. This shows you what you may actually get, and if it's worth your time and money.</p> <p>By using your smartphone in this way, you take almost 90% of the guesswork out of thrifting for profit.</p> <h2>2. Be Prepared to Take Your Time</h2> <p>My best finds have come from taking my time, and looking in each section carefully. To date, my most successful purchase was a beauty product that I bought for $6 and sold for $141. I found it nestled at the back of a shelf filled with old plastic cups and plates. You can sometimes do a quick 30-minute tour on your lunch break, if you have a store close to you, but you will almost certainly miss things.</p> <p>If you want to make this a successful venture, get to know your local thrift stores well, and learn the layout. I always start in the electronics aisle, then go to toys, followed by sweaters, shirts, knick-knacks, and then books and media. That's just my routine, and it works for me. Have a plan, and scan the shelves and racks of clothes more than once. You will miss things if you just walk through in a hurry.</p> <h2>3. Know Your Best Bets</h2> <p>Over time, you will know what sells well, and what doesn't. For me, vintage sweaters, classic video games, Disney snow globes, and blank media (especially cassette tapes and computer disks) always sell quickly. You will probably have different best sellers, depending on your own level of expertise, and passion for selling the item. If you are in a rush, hunt for those items first.</p> <h2>4. Think About the Profit/Time/Work Scenario</h2> <p>If you see a product that costs $10 and will likely make $20, it's more of a risk than a product that will make the same but costs only $1. It's only a difference of $9, but the initial outlay is much smaller.</p> <p>Similarly, if you see something that costs $40 but will easily sell for $100, your outlay is greater but your return is excellent. Sometimes, as I have so much to list, I will pass on items like the first one I mentioned. It takes time to photograph and list things, and it's often not worth the effort when you could be listing something that could make you a lot more money. But once again, if the initial spend was almost nothing, that changes the game a little.</p> <h2>5. Use the Color Coded System to Your Advantage</h2> <p>Every major thrift store, from Goodwill and Savers to ARC and The Salvation Army, has a color coded system. Every item has a price tag of a specific color, and each week, one color will be 50% off (the exception is Goodwill). If you shop wisely, you can pick up some valuable items for half-price &mdash; or even one dollar. Today, I picked up four beautiful framed posters for 99 cents each. They're big, and they would cost at least $20 each in the store. I have found video gaming systems, VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray players, speakers, suits, keyboards, and even wedding dresses for just 99 cents. These are no brainers. You can easily turn a profit from them.</p> <h2>6. Keep Track of Your Expenses and Profits</h2> <p>It's easy to think you're making money when you see the sales start rolling in from eBay or Craigslist. But if you buy 10 items and only sell one of them, are you losing money? Sometimes it's not the case. Buy 10 items for $25, sell only one of them for $50, and you're in profit whether you sell the others or not.</p> <p>A simple spreadsheet (you can find free templates online) will help you. Just write down the item, what you paid, when you bought it, what it sold for, and how much it cost to ship (sometimes you may have to offer free shipping to get someone to bite). If you're always making money, you're good to go. If you buy too much, and aren't making your money back, you need to rethink your strategy.</p> <h2>7. Don't Forget Yourself and the Kids</h2> <p>Many times, you will get so focused on making money that you will forget the real reason you went to the thrift store in the first place. I have found a lot of awesome items for the home, the kids, and even myself. If you know you need something, keep a list and remember to check it before you go into the thrift store. You can even find new name-brand laundry detergents, socks, light bulbs, and gloves for a lot less than you'd pay in stores like Target or Walmart.</p> <h2>8. Examine and Test Everything</h2> <p>Thrift stores actually have a very generous return policy, usually 10 days for most items. If you don't have the chance to test something in store, do it as soon as you get home. It's not a great deal if it doesn't work (with a few notable exceptions), and you won't be able to turn a profit on a broken, torn, or stained item.</p> <p>The major exceptions are vintage electronic items, and new high-end consoles. If someone has given them to a thrift store, they are most likely broken. Still, you can get a surprising amount of money for broken electronics. I recently paid $2.99 for an old Sony Walkman and sold it as-is for over $70. There are people willing to pay for them, and do the repairs themselves. I also found a PS3 for $10. Even broken, they sell for over $50 (usually they're stripped down for parts).</p> <h2>9. Old Doesn't Mean Expensive</h2> <p>It's easy to think that older item, especially something that looks antique, can be very valuable. This is when a smartphone is invaluable. Many times, you may see a 70s board game, or 50s kitchen gadget, and think it has to be collectible. Not so. They are often very common, and you could end up losing money.</p> <h2>10. Very Valuable Is Very Rare</h2> <p>You hear stories of people finding million dollar dishes, or long lost paintings that could set you up for life. The odds of finding these items like these are about the same as winning the lottery. Thrift stores have people who usually know what to look for. Obviously, things fall through the cracks, but don't depend on a big score. Solid silver or gold jewelry, utensils, or tea sets are almost impossible to find, too.</p> <h2>11. Don't Expect Miracles Immediately</h2> <p>It takes time to get to know your thrift stores, and how to navigate them. After a few months, you'll start getting a nose for valuable items, and also know what to avoid. Put the time and effort in, and you'll find that thrift stores are a lucrative way to save, <em>and earn</em>, money for you and your family. Good luck, and happy thrifting!</p> <p><em>Do you earn money from your thrift store finds? What are your secrets?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">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/single-parent-try-these-10-tricks-for-entertaining-kids-on-a-budget">Single Parent? 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Today we found some great articles on fast ways to make $50, how to indulge without overspending, plus life and money lessons learned from Star Trek.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/50-ways-make-fast-50-2/">50 Ways to Make a Fast $50</a> &mdash; Rent out your room, or even just a couch, to travelers using a site like Airbnb. Just make sure to check your local regulations first. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/enjoy-luxuries-for-less-4-ways-to-indulge-without-overspending/#more-19552">Enjoy Luxuries for Less: 4 Ways to Indulge Without Overspending</a> &mdash; For a gourmet meal on the cheap, look for local culinary institutes, where you can get a 3-course lunch for as low as $9! [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/star-trek-lessons.html">7 Life and Money Lessons Learned From Star Trek</a> &mdash; Boldly go &mdash; whether you're asking someone out, negotiating for a raise, or saving for a trip. Confidence is a key factor in reaching your goals. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Essentials-Help-You-Save-6349005">Pack These 11 Travel Essentials to Save Money</a> &mdash; Take a jar of Vaseline. This multipurpose product moisturizes your lips and skin, removes makeup, and acts as a soothing balm if you hurt yourself. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/financial-questions-to-ask-before-moving-in-together">6 Financial Questions to Ask Before Moving in Together</a> &mdash; Discuss your short- and long-term financial goals. If you don't share the same goals, hash it out and work out compromises. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/identity-thieves-upping-ante-are-you-ready/">Identity Thieves Are Upping the Ante &mdash; Are You Ready for Them?</a> &mdash; Are you protecting your bills? Many businesses are now using utility bills as a form of identification, which means identity thieves want them, too. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T056-C005-S003-many-turbotax-desktop-users-will-have-to-pay-more.html">Why Many TurboTax Users Will Have to Pay More to Prepare Their 2014 Tax Returns</a> &mdash; TurboTax&rsquo;s Deluxe desktop version no longer includes the forms for reporting income from self-employment, rental property, and certain investments. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/increase-your-savings-by-identifying-specific-reasons-to-save/">Increase Your Savings by Identifying Specific Reasons to Save</a> &mdash; Without a goal to work towards, eventually you may hit a wall and wonder, &quot;What's the point of saving anyway?&quot; [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2015/01/14/how-being-positive-improves-your-finances/">How Being Positive Improves Your Finances</a> &mdash; Being positive allows you to control your stress and make decisions based on facts, not emotions. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/simple-steps-to-teach-your-child-to-read">Simple Steps to Teach Your Child to Read</a> &mdash; Don't just sing the ABCs &mdash; point out each letter as they come up! It's like putting a face a name. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-fast-ways-to-make-50">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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Somewhere between <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/17/magazine/17lootfarmers-t.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">virtual farming</a> and <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/05/02/fruit-of-the-loom-puts-naked-cowboy-in-new-undies/8615967/">playing guitar in your underwear in Times Square</a>, are medical procedures that pay for your participation &mdash; and your bodily fluids.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the top ways to boost your income by selling your body to science. After all, if you only need one kidney, what's the sense in having two?</p> <h2>1. Sell a Kidney</h2> <p>In the U.S. and most other countries, the exchange of money for organs is illegal. But that's not the case in Iran, where there's a thriving market for the buying and selling of kidneys. <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304149404579322560004817176">The price of a kidney there is about $4,000</a>, or the equivalent of about $15,000 since Iran's per capita income is about a quarter of that in the U.S. And it's this cash incentive that has largely eliminated Iranians' waiting times to get a kidney.</p> <p>Pretty soon you might not have to look so far to get cash for your kidney. There's lively debate here in the U.S. about introducing a $10,000-per-kidney exchange to incentivize organ donors. When you take a look at the statistics, you'll see why. <a href="http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/converge/latestData/rptData.asp">More than 100,000 Americans are waiting for kidneys</a>, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Nearly 5,500 of them die annually in wait of an organ transplant. Meanwhile, the number of kidney donors is steadily falling despite the growing need.</p> <h2>2. Catch the Flu</h2> <p>The federal government is offering <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/want-3-000-volunteer-to-get-the-flu/">$3,000 to anyone willing to catch the flu</a>.</p> <p>Yes, you read that right. The National Institutes of Health offers a flu-for-cash program as part of its mission to better understand the human influenza virus and hopefully come up with faster, more successful treatments. It might sound crazy, but if you're young and healthy, or at least healthy, it could make financial sense to spend nine days feeling achy in bed in exchange for a few thousand dollars. Oh, there's just one other catch: <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm">The flu kills thousands of Americans each year</a>. Whether you contract the virus in a laboratory or on the subway, you'll still face that risk.</p> <h2>3. Carry Someone Else's Child</h2> <p>As a surrogate mother in a traditional surrogacy, women are artificially inseminated, either by the intended father or an anonymous donor, and carry the baby to term. It's a big responsibility and long commitment, but in exchange for participation in this nine-month process <a href="http://www.thesurrogacysource.com/ip_fees.htm?type=Intended%20Parent">surrogates receive up to $40,000</a>. Of course, not everyone is qualified to become a surrogate mother. Aside from the obvious (sorry, men), there is an extensive health and psychological screening process that must be passed with flying colors for a woman to be accepted by a surrogacy agency.</p> <h2>4. Donate Your Eggs or Sperm</h2> <p>For men, sperm donation is harmless and notably quick and simple to do (it's even how Joey on Friends made ends meet!). Each donation sample is worth about $100, but men can donate as often as <a href="https://www.nwcryobank.com/sperm-donation/">two or three times a week</a>, earning up to <a href="http://www.spermbank.com/newdonors/index.cfm?ID=4">$1,200 a month</a>.</p> <p>But the egg donation process for women is much more invasive &mdash; and lucrative. It works like this: Approved egg donors are injected with fertility drugs on a daily basis for about two weeks until the ovaries are ready for egg retrieval, a process that involves lots of anesthesia and a syringe. Common side effects include moodiness, fluid retention, and abdominal pain. But <a href="http://www.eggdonoramerica.com/egg_donor_compensation.php">the payoff can be big</a> &mdash; up to $10,000 depending on the market and the desirability of your eggs. The typical payment, about $8,000, is largely viewed as <a href="http://journalism.nyu.edu/publishing/archives/livewire/archived/high_cost_eggs/">well-earned</a> by those who go through what is widely agreed to be a difficult process.</p> <h2>5. Donate Your Plasma</h2> <p>Plasma, a yellowish liquid that is a key component in human blood, is collected for a variety of reasons, including for use by pharmaceutical companies to treat blood clotting disorders and autoimmune diseases. The hour-long donation process includes a needle prick that facilitates the transfer of your blood into a machine that separates and collects the plasma before returning the remainder of the blood back into your veins. <a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations/plasma">Donors are typically paid between $20 and $50</a> for a plasma donation, which can be repeated every 28 days. Call your local blood bank to learn more about their payment rates.</p> <h2>6. Sell Your Breast Milk</h2> <p>New mothers produce breast milk at different rates &mdash; and some not at all, which has given rise to a flourishing breast milk exchange facilitated by sites like <a href="http://www.onlythebreast.com/">onlythebreast.com</a>. Other new mothers can cash in by pumping their breast milk and shipping it on ice to women who need it. 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</a> &mdash; at $3 an ounce, that's $39 to $126 a day.</p> <p><em>Have you considered selling your body to science? What part?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-your-body-to-science">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/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/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create">5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Extra Income extra income medical experiments medicine science Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1275771 at http://www.wisebread.com