Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10682/all en-US 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 with the coupon code <strong>WISEBREAD20 </strong>through April 30, 2015.</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. 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What Every Non-blogger Should Know</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 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-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/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/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-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/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/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</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-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/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/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites">Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Jobs Sites</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-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</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/woman-model-photo-shoot-Dollarphotoclub_70347969.jpg" alt="woman model photo shoot" title="woman model photo shoot" 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 <a href="http://www.bmamodels.com/hands_legs_feet">hands, legs or feet,</a> 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 <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/personal/08/10/hand.modeling/index.html?iref=24hours">as much as $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 <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2352519_become-catalog-model.html">catalog industry.</a></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. <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Become-an-Extra-in-a-Movie">Wikihow</a> has some great advice on becoming an extra, 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-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/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/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites">Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Jobs Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><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 <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/should-your-business-offer-a-groupon-deal/">pros and cons</a> to offering a deal 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-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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/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/woman-thrift-shopping-shoes-Dollarphotoclub_53295669.jpg" alt="woman thrift shopping shoes" title="woman thrift shopping shoes" 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, that 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-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/single-parent-try-these-10-tricks-for-entertaining-kids-on-a-budget">Single Parent? Try These 10 Tricks for Entertaining Kids on a Budget</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-investing-lessons-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Investing Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids</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-ways-having-kids-makes-you-more-frugal">8 Ways Having Kids Makes You More Frugal</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/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</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/6-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business">6 Simple Ways to Market Your Side Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Family Lifestyle side gig single parents thrift store Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1289825 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 50 Fast Ways to Make $50 http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-fast-ways-to-make-50 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-50-fast-ways-to-make-50" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fifty-dollar-bill-Dollarphotoclub_60261740.jpg" alt="50 dollar bill" title="50 dollar bill" 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 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. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips make money Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1282239 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Sell Your Body to Science http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-your-body-to-science <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-sell-your-body-to-science" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/patient-doctor-talking-Dollarphotoclub_53635131.jpg" alt="patient doctor talking" title="patient doctor talking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How far are you willing to go for a little extra cash? 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-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/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-ready-to-turn-your-hobby-into-a-business">Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business?</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-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week">5 Ways to Make More Money in Under 10 Hours a Week</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 Best Money Tips: 60 Ways to Make Money Without a Job http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-artist-drawing-Dollarphotoclub_74087845.jpg" alt="artist drawing" title="artist drawing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found terrific articles on ways to make money without a job, tips to clean holiday party stains, and lazy ways to save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/making-money-without-a-job/">60 Awesome Ways to Make Money Without a Job</a> &mdash; It's easy to design and sell T-shirts on sites like Threadless and DesignByHumans. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Out-Holiday-Stains-36131334">How to Clean 8 of the Worst Holiday Party Stains</a> &mdash; Got a grease stain? Sprinkle the area with salt, which absorbs oil, to start the cleaning process. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2014/12/10/6-lazy-ways-to-save-money/">6 Lazy Ways to Save Money</a> &mdash; Don&rsquo;t even look at deals or coupons &mdash; at least until after you've made a shopping list. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/12/10/sneaky-way-stick-christmas-budget.html">A Sneaky Way to Stick to Your Christmas Budget</a> &mdash; Buy a predetermined amount of gift cards, and use only those to pay for your holiday shopping. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/quit-job-youre-unhappy-work.html">Should You Quit Your Job If You&rsquo;re Unhappy at Work?</a> &mdash; Before you take any action, figure out why you're unhappy at work. This will help you plan for the future. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/12/10/how-to-take-your-first-steps-investing/">How to Take Your First Steps Investing</a> &mdash; Make sure to pay yourself first, even before you pay for things like rent or the cell phone bill. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/what-benefits-should-you-try-asking-for-these-days.html">What Benefits Should You Try Asking for These Days?</a> &mdash; A good work-life balance is beneficial to both you and your employer; go ahead and ask for vacation time or a flexible work schedule&hellip; or both! [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2014/12/how-to-budget-when-you-dont-have-steady-income-103458/">How to Budget When You Don't Have a Steady Income</a> &mdash; Start by making a list of everything you HAVE to pay for, then make a list of the things you WANT to pay for. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.phroogal.com/4-holiday-financing-options-avoid/">4 Holiday Financing Options You Should Avoid</a> &mdash; BOGO sales are great &mdash; if you actually need both items. If not, skip the deal&hellip; or buy one and gift the other. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-holiday-traditions-kids-will-love">5 Holiday Traditions Kids Will Love</a> &mdash; Throw on your jammies and take a drive around town to check out the holiday lights and decorations! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-60-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips make money Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1267588 at http://www.wisebread.com Turn Your Home Into a Rental in 9 Easy Steps http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-renting-home-178110017-small.jpg" alt="man renting home" title="man renting home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an early adopter of the micro-subletting culture &mdash; the founders of Airbnb invited me to join the service as it was just starting up back in 2008 &mdash; I fancy myself somewhat of an expert in successfully turning a home into a rental property. Six years in, I've not only made one home a major profit center by sharing my rooms with travelers, but now two &mdash; the latter of which is a direct result of the success of the first. My husband and I were able to purchase a second property with the income we've earned from renting our primary residence.</p> <p>Based on my own experience, here are nine essential line items you should check off if you plan to make a go of the incredible money-making and life-enhancing opportunity of turning your home into a rental property.</p> <h2>1. Research Your Market</h2> <p>My primary residence is in Manhattan, and the never-ending influx of tourists is what gave me the idea to market my guest bedroom as a hotel alternative many years ago. I didn't have to do much research to realize that there was a built-in business in my area for what I wanted to do, but as you can imagine that doesn't apply to all areas.</p> <p>Most areas, in fact, don't have the attractiveness to tourists that New York City does. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't become a homegrown entrepreneur in the comfort of your own living room. Because of the popularity of Airbnb, Roomorama, HomeAway, and other short-term rental sites, an increasing number of rooms are now available to budget travelers nearly everywhere. Thus, your first step in turning your home into a rental property is digging into these sites to see who in your area is listing their property, how full their calendars are with bookings, and to generally peruse their listings to see how they're managing their own burgeoning businesses. You'll get a good sense of what you can expect in terms of traffic to your listing and potential bookings.</p> <p>On another note, if there are currently no listings in your area, don't get discouraged. That could mean that you're getting in on the ground level of an untapped market &mdash; and you'll never know its potential if you don't test the waters.</p> <h2>2. Talk to Friends/Neighbors Who Are Renting Their Property</h2> <p>I didn't have any idea what I was doing when I first started renting my property &mdash; this was a brand new venture for me &mdash; so my first year or so was completely trial and error. You have an advantage, however, because micro-subletting has and continues to increase in popularity, so you're bound to know at least one person who's tried their hand at it. You don't have to stick to micro-subletters though; reach out to anyone who's in the rental-income game and ask to pick their brain about the ins and outs, highs and lows of their business. You'll gain valuable knowledge that can positively influence your own new endeavor, and you may even be able to avoid some roadblocks along the way by learning from their mistakes.</p> <h2>3. Transform Your Property Into a Visually Stunning Destination</h2> <p>One of the biggest factors in a potential guest's decision on whether to stay at your property will be how it looks. It's a decision-making process as old as time &mdash; we pick out food, cars, and romantic partners based on their physical attractiveness &mdash; so it only makes sense that that theory applies to where people want to lie their heads at night. Especially in a stranger's home. Considering this superficial factor then, it's important that your rental listing images stand out from the crowd. Photos should show a space that is inviting, comfortable, and clean &mdash; all critical components to ensuring that your room or home is near the top of the list when potential guests are choosing where to stay.</p> <p>If you use Airbnb, consider using its free photography to enhance your listing, which, I can tell you from experience, will truly take yours to the next level &mdash; considering that your home is already someplace that looks visitor-friendly, of course.</p> <h2>4. Eliminate the Clutter</h2> <p>If your home isn't immediately traveler-friendly, that's okay; you can change that. The first plan of attack in this instance is to do a deep clean (which, by the way, is beneficial in more ways than just preparing it to be a rental property &mdash; there's money to be made in selling your clutter!) to get rid of anything that's unnecessary, safely store away items of sentiment or extreme value, and otherwise organize your belongings in an aesthetically pleasing and unobtrusive fashion. Having a well-kept and well-organized home will be easier on you when it comes time to clean between tenants, and the results will show in photos and the reviews your guests will leave you.</p> <h2>5. Load Up on Value-Centric Amenities</h2> <p>Another critical part of making your listing a major contender among potential guests' choices is the amenities you offer. It's all wrapped into the per-night fee that I'm charging, of course, but to them it looks like they're getting something extra for free &mdash; and often that means that they're choosing my place over someone else's. While I don't recommend that you run your business like a hotel &mdash; a more personal touch is always required in this person-to-person rental situation &mdash; I do suggest that you take your cue on what you're offering guests as a value proposition from hotels. In my guest bedrooms, I include fresh linens and towels, high-def flat-screen HDTVs, mini-fridges, and coffee makers, and I provide the guests will free cereal, fruit, coffee, and tea. These are little things that go a long way in a guest's decision on where to stay, especially if they're budget minded.</p> <h2>6. Explore New Options to Market Your Property Online</h2> <p>I've already alluded to this aspect of successfully turning your home into a rental property, but in case you've missed it, listing your property online is the best way to drive a lot of traffic to your property. <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>, <a href="https://www.roomorama.com/">Roomorama</a>, and <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/">HomeAway</a> are the major players in this game, but there are other sites on which you can list to really corner the market.</p> <p>If you want to go all out, look into similar sites like <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/">VRBO</a>, <a href="http://www.misterbnb.com/">Misterbnb</a>, <a href="http://www.furnishedquarters.com/">Furnished Quarters</a>, and <a href="http://www.sublet.com/">Sublet.com</a>.</p> <p>For the most part, your listings will market themselves on these sites, but you need to stay on top of your inquiries, keep your listings up to date, and promote them on social media and offline to maximize their efficacy.</p> <h2>7. Undercut the Competition</h2> <p>I didn't go to business school, but I've learned a thing or two about good business by being an accidental entrepreneur: If you want to make money, you have to offer the best product at the most reasonable price. That business model has never failed. That's how I've run my rental-property business since the beginning, and that's one of the main reasons why I'm booked nearly 365 days a year. My strategy is to research the comparable listings in my area on the sites on which I'm listed and set my price for my more attractive listing below their nightly fee. As a result, my calendar is consistently full while theirs has gaping holes.</p> <p>I wonder if that qualifies for an honorary business degree? I should call my alma mater.</p> <h2>8. Streamline Your Organization</h2> <p>When your bookings start to pile up, it's easy to get overwhelmed &mdash; which is why you need to set up organizational procedures to ensure that your business is streamlined and runs efficiently. Keeping your calendar up-to-date is number one on this checklist &mdash; you don't want to overbook guests who will have no place to go if you can't accommodate them because of your error. Organizing your cleaning protocol so you can breeze through the house and prepare for new guests quickly is a close second to an organized calendar. You should not be lax about either one of these organizational aspects for many reasons, the most important of which is that you owe it to your <em>paying</em> guests to be professional and prepared at all times.</p> <h2>9. Stay Up-to-Date With Rental Trends</h2> <p>In order for any business to succeed for the long term, it must evolve and keep up with industry and social trends &mdash; and your small rental-property business is no different. Because micro-subletting is a relatively new concept, local laws are changing rapidly to ensure that taxes are being paid and safety measures are put in place. Cities like San Francisco have made micro-subletting legal while New York City is still entrenched in litigation to determine how best to manage the growing trend. Newsletters and other correspondences from the services on which you list are great resources as is talking to your fellow rental-property entrepreneurs about their experiences. I also can personally recommend the <a href="http://www.internationalrealestatelistings.com/podcast/">Overseas Property Insider Podcast</a> from my buddy Taylor White, which offers insider information into the vacation rental industry on a regular basis.</p> <p><em>Do you have a rental income property? Do you have tips to share with us on how others can turn their homes into profit centers? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-rental-in-9-easy-steps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/got-extra-space-make-money-and-meet-travelers-with-short-term-rentals">Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers With Short-Term Rentals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/istopover-earn-extra-income-or-travel-on-the-cheap-and-a-special-promotion-for-wise-bread-readers">iStopOver: Earn Extra Income or Travel on the Cheap, and a Special Promotion for Wise Bread Readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-mistake-could-delay-your-retirement-by-10-years">This One Mistake Could Delay Your Retirement by 10 Years</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb — and Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Real Estate and Housing AirBnb microsubletting rental income sublet Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1260447 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Rich Walking Dogs in 9 Easy Steps http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-husky-dog-507032611-small.jpg" alt="man with dog" title="man with dog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pressed for cash? Have feet? Then you, my ambulatory friend, should read about how to set up a thriving dog-walking business in nine simple steps. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs?ref=seealso">Earn Extra Income With These 15 Creative Side Gigs</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take a Training Class and Get Certified</h2> <p>It's always a good idea &mdash; if you don't know what you're doing &mdash; to start with the basics, and in the case of dog walking that's taking a training class that offers certain certifications. I know what you're thinking &mdash; &quot;but, Mikey, I walk my dog all the time. I know what I'm doing.&quot; Good try, but the reality is your dog is not every dog, and you need to be prepared for emergency situations so you don't accidentally kill somebody's pet. That's a bad day at work, dude.</p> <p>When you've decided to get serious, check out <a href="http://dogtec.org/dogwalkingacademy.php">Dogtec's Dog Walking Academy</a>, an intensive four-day workshop leading to professional dog-walking certification. Dates and locations vary, but the academy is held all over the United States</p> <h2>2. Brand Your Business</h2> <p>Like the title above says, this post is about how to get rich walking dogs &mdash; not how to make chump change. Which means that if you want to turn this new endeavor into a bonafide business, you need to brand it. Choose a clever, perhaps even cute name for your dog-walking business; legally register it; and hire someone to create a logo and website for you, if you don't know how to do it yourself.</p> <p>These steps &mdash; which should be followed in that order, by the way; you don't want to create a logo for a business name that's already taken &mdash; will help you get started and begin to establish a presence in your market.</p> <h2>3. Design a Flyer Advertising Your Services</h2> <p>When you're up and running, you'll need to market your services. You'll do this online, of course (which I'll discuss in the next steps), but traditional, paper advertising is also a valuable way to get the word out. Entrepreneur Kyle Boureston started a dog-walking business in posh Orange County, CA, and he says the flyer is the foundation of starting your business. Here are his personal tips:</p> <h3>1. Tell Them About You</h3> <p>Most dog owners love their pet almost as much as they love their own family. Since you take their dog on an unsupervised walk around the neighborhood, there's a good amount of trust involved. Owners will want to know a little bit about you before they give away their dog. Be sure to include:</p> <ul> <li>Your name<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your history with pets<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What street you live on &mdash; you don't need to give an exact address but saying that you live on a street that they're familiar with will make them a lot more comfortable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A little about you. For example, &quot;I love running, cooking, and Sunday football.&quot;</li> </ul> <h3>2. Include a Photo of You and a Happy Dog</h3> <p>This is the most important part of your flyer. In the ideal photo, you would:</p> <ul> <li>Be crouched next to an obediently seated dog. This shows that you have experience with dogs and would keep the dog safe when you walk together.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have a big smile on your face. A picture is worth a thousand words, so smile. This is one of the easiest ways you can look friendly, normal, and, most importantly, not sketchy or creepy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have your hand placed gently on the dogs back. Like I said above, dog owners truly love their pets. They want their dog to be with someone who also loves dogs, and this simple hand placement will subconsciously tell the owner that their pet is in good, loving hands.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Distribute Your Ads in Your Neighborhood</h2> <p>Old-fashioned hoofin' it around town is the best way to distribute your professional flyers by placing them in the mailboxes of people in the vicinity you want to serve. Put on a good pair of shoes and carve out a few hours to do the legwork it will require to let your neighbors know you're in business. It's not only good exercise in anticipation of your first four-legged client, but you never know who you'll meet along the way by being out there in person as the face of your new business.</p> <h2>5. List Your Service on Craigslist and Similar Sites</h2> <p>In addition to traditional advertising, you also should advertise on sites like Craigslist and similar portals that are popular with people hiring folks to do non-traditional jobs. I also would recommend joining <a href="https://nextdoor.com/">Nextdoor</a>, a website that specifically caters to your neighborhood; it's a great way to get to know your neighbors and promote your service. Use social media to build brand awareness by posting blogs, using Facebook and Twitter to make business shout-outs, and definitely engage Instagram so you can post all the aww-worthy photos of the dogs with which you'll spend the day.</p> <h2>6. Sign Up for Doggie-Specific Websites</h2> <p>Just like there are sites solely dedicated to connecting parents with responsible, vetted care providers who will watch their kids, there also are sites that will connect you to pet owners looking for a walker or sitter.<a href="http://www.care.com/pet-care-p1087-q25299341.html"> Care.com has a pet component to it</a>, but there are also dog-specific sites like <a href="http://friend.dogvacay.com/x/Pn0cSD">DogVacay</a> and <a href="http://refer.rover.com/v2/share/6080167420330944787">Rover</a> that you can use as resources. I'm personally listed on the latter two sites, by the way. I just discovered them a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be a cool way to have a play date with my own dog, Jaxon, while making a little extra money.</p> <h2>7. Take Excellent Care of the Your Clients' Pets</h2> <p>Any new business can pick up clients in the beginning, but the real test is keeping them. How do you do that? By being the best darn dog walker this side of wherever you live.</p> <p>As a small business owner myself, I know the importance of executing my job at the highest-level possible along with impeccable customer service. Think about it &mdash; how many times have you personally boycotted a business because someone at the establishment was rude to you? Sucks, doesn't it? Don't be that person. As a dog walker, you have a huge responsibility to take care of your clients' best friends, go above and beyond the call of duty (or is that doody?), and return their pets safe and happy. That's your JOB. If you're not doing that, why are you in business? The answer to that question is this: You won't be for long.</p> <h2>8. Send Updates to Your Clients on a Regular Basis</h2> <p>Because you're taking care of something so precious to your clients, it's a good idea to send them updates on how their dog is doing in your care. While you're sending pics or video that will bring smiles to their faces, it'll also remind them that you're an active walker who's taking great care of their pet &mdash; and it shows.</p> <h2>9. Ask for Referrals From Your Clients</h2> <p>You can't get rich with an venture if you don't continue to drive business. In this industry, because it's very localized, it's important to make connections by networking and also asking for referrals from clients with whom you have a great rapport. They may have a friend or colleague in need of your services, and if you're the kind of dog walker I've detailed in this post, your clients will be more than happy to spread the word about you. Proceed with caution, however. You really need to gauge the situation well and know how to read people. If you're not particularly close with your client, it may not be the best idea to ask for a referral outright; perhaps leaving a few business cards is better method in that case. Don't hound anybody either. You should ask your clients to refer you one time and one time only. If they want to spread the word they will; if they don't, they don't. Nothing you can do about that &mdash; that's business.</p> <p><em>Did you build a successful dog-walking business? Do you have any tips for us? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash">5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</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/3-ways-to-prevent-brown-lawn-spots-from-dog-urine">3 Ways to Prevent Brown Lawn Spots From Dog Urine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income dog-sitting dog-walking dogs extra income pets side hustle Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1255270 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/blood-donation-465380623-small.jpg" alt="blood donation" title="blood donation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>John Mayer likes to say that<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5EnGwXV_Pg"> your body is a wonderland</a>, but if you're into selling bodily fluids, it's more like a cash machine. If you haven't done it, it might sound pretty extreme &mdash; and pretty gross &mdash; but there's a booming business in bodily fluids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash?ref=seealso">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a>)</p> <p>So what bodily fluids are worth money? And what's the cost to donors in terms of their time, effort and, perhaps most importantly, their discomfort? Here are five bodily fluids you can sell.</p> <h2>1. Plasma</h2> <p>Plasma is probably the simplest, least questionable bodily fluid you can sell. This clear fluid contains enzymes and antibodies and is the largest component of human blood. Even though a lot of plasma goes to pharmaceutical companies, it is used to create treatments for people with blood clotting disorders, autoimmune diseases, or even serious burns, so it's a move you can feel pretty good about.</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>As long as you aren't too needle-shy, donation is relatively painless; blood is drawn from your arm and pulled through a machine that separates the plasma from the rest of the blood, which is returned to your body. The process takes about an hour. Even so, you have to be at least 18 years of age, 110 pounds, and will be drilled with rather personal questions to determine whether you might have viruses like HIV and hepatitis.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>Blood banks set their own rates for plasma, but they generally fall in the $20-$50 range per donation. According to the American Red Cross, it's safe for healthy people to donate plasma about once per month.</p> <h2>2. Sperm</h2> <p>For a young guy who lacks money, sperm donation can seem like the ultimate gig. It pays well, and the process involved is, um, pretty <em>familiar</em>. (The <a href="https://web.stanford.edu/class/siw198q/websites/reprotech/New%20Ways%20of%20Making%20Babies/spermint.htm">vast majority of donors are college students</a>.)</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Sperm donation kind of seems like getting cash for something you may (or may not, no judgments&hellip;) be doing anyway, but it's a lot more complicated than that. You have to be tall (at least 5'10&quot; or taller, depending on the sperm bank.) You have to be smart&hellip; or at least be enrolled in college. You have to be between the ages of 18 and 35. In terms of of your chances, most donors are caucasian (most recipients are white couples), of a healthy weight, and <a href="http://news.discovery.com/human/sperm-donors-reject-redheads-110926.htm">not redheads</a>.</p> <p>If you fit the bill, you'll still have to sit through a job-interview-style round of questions about you, your life, and your future goals. This will be followed by a battery of health questions, including ultra-personal ones about your health status, your sex life, and your sexual partners. Even if you make it through this gauntlet of challenges, you'll have to hand over your first two donations free of charge, so that your little swimmers can be tested.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>Sperm banks set their own rates, but payouts range from $30 to $200 per, um, donation. However, if you're accepted as a donor, you'll often have to sign a contract to donate weekly over a long period of time &mdash; like six months to a year &mdash; during which time your checks may be held in escrow until your term is up. The money might be good, but it isn't fast and it isn't as easy as it sounds.</p> <h2>3. Eggs</h2> <p>I really don't know if eggs are a liquid or not. What I do know is that they are donated to people who are unable to conceive, and they provide a very high payout compared to most other fluids. So, let's just assume they come in liquid form and roll with it, okay?</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Donating eggs is no picnic. In fact, just getting to the actual egg donation (and payment) stage takes time, energy, and some degree of physical discomfort. First, donors have to fill out a questionnaire. If that's accepted, they will be asked to come in for a physical exam, psychological testing, blood tests, and a genetic screening. If you're approved as a donor, you'll have to wait at least a month to donate.</p> <p>Next comes the donation cycle, and that's no picnic either. You will be injected with fertility drugs to stimulate the development of a number of eggs. Over the next two weeks, you'll have to continue to inject yourself with hormones and make daily morning visits to the clinic so that they can adjust your dosage and check on your progress. After seven to 12 days of this carnival ride, you'll be ready to have your eggs retrieved. You'll be anesthetized, and the eggs will be removed with a syringe. The procedure isn't painful, but the hormonal changes make it physically demanding, and mild side effects like moodiness and fluid retention can last up to two weeks. There are also some <a href="http://www.eggdonoramerica.com/egg_donor_risks.php">very serious side effects</a> (although they're rare) to consider with this procedure.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>Well, it's big &mdash; $6,000 to $10,000 per donation depending on the market, the desirability of your particular donation, and the donation center you choose. If you work full time, that'll be offset by some lost time at work and some serious hassles, not to mention potential health consequences. There are no firm rules on how many times women can donate, but most clinics ask that they only do so a few times because the long-term health risks of the procedure are unknown.</p> <h2>4. Breast Milk</h2> <p>If you're a new mother, you may be carrying the equivalent of liquid gold: breast milk. And because some moms have way too much, while others have very little (or none at all), a group of moms got the idea to share the love by donating or selling breast milk to those who can't produce their own.</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Pumping your breast milk and shipping it, on ice, to people who need it. There are online services to facilitate this process, most prominently <a href="http://www.onlythebreast.com/">onlythebreast.com</a>, the Craigslist of breast milk exchange. You could probably even post your own ad in your community.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>On breast milk exchanges, milk tends to sell for $1.50 to $3.00 per ounce. To put that in perspective, a baby needs between<a href="http://www.best-breastpumps.com/Milk_Intake.htm"> 13 and 42 ounces of milk per day, depending on his or her weight</a> &mdash; at $3 an ounce, that's $39 to $126 a day. Yowza!</p> <h2>5. Urine</h2> <p>Why would someone want to buy your pee? Because those who are subject to drug tests &mdash; whether for work or sports or parole &mdash; may not be able to pass those tests with their own urine. And, where there's demand, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/urine-on-craigslist_n_3866121.html">there will be supply</a>.</p> <h3>What It Involves</h3> <p>Producing, packaging, and shipping your pee to other people. If you're really enterprising, you could even make a business out of it. In the late 1990s, a South Carolina man produced 50 urine samples a day, selling more than 15,000 samples per year before the <a href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t16c013.php">state shut him down</a>. Several other states have since passed similar laws.</p> <h3>The Payout</h3> <p>The going rate appears to be about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/urine-on-craigslist_n_3866121.html">$20 per ounce</a> &mdash; and possibly jail time.</p> <p>Whether it's a tiny condo in a bad part of town or a bag of someone else's urine, if there's enough demand for something, it will become valuable. Why do people sell bodily fluids for money? Simple answer: Because they can. That's just the way economies work.</p> <p><em>Have you ever parted with a bodily fluid for cash? Would you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bodily-fluids-you-can-exchange-for-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-rich-walking-dogs-in-9-easy-steps">Get Rich Walking Dogs in 9 Easy Steps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</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-great-things-to-do-with-your-spare-change">25 Great Things to Do With Your Spare Change</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Extra Income donating blood extra income medical donation side hustle Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Tara Struyk 1245572 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Festive Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas-gift-wrapping-515521261-small.jpg" alt="christmas gift wrapping" title="christmas gift wrapping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again &mdash; time to start hemorrhaging money in the name of tradition and capitalism and Santa Claus. But what if you took a different approach this holiday season and made some extra cash before you spent it? It's feasible, and you can even be festive while you're at it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tips-for-smart-and-safe-credit-card-use-during-the-holidays?ref=seealso">25 Tips for Smart and Safe Holiday Shopping Online</a>)</p> <p>Take a look at these jolly ways to earn a few bucks to avoid ending up broke at the end of the year.</p> <h2>1. Offer Gift-Wrapping or Gift-Hiding Services</h2> <p>Fancy yourself a Martha Stewart-style gift wrapper with a penchant for sharp edges and expert ribbons and bows? Consider offering your gift-wrapping services to the people in your community who lack the discipline (or time and energy) to do it themselves.</p> <p>Promote your services on sites like Craigslist and online message boards in your area, make an announcement on local apps like <a href="http://www.nextdoor.com">Nextdoor</a> (an awesome resource for lots of things in your specific neighborhood, by the way), and place flyers in your neighbors' mailboxes to drum up business.</p> <p>Also, if you have the extra room, you might want to consider renting gift-storage space in your home for parents who want to keep gifts well hidden from their miniature snoops. Charging as little as $5 a week could add up nicely if you get a few folks on board.</p> <h2>2. Bartend or Serve at a Holiday Party</h2> <p>If you have bartending skills and extra time on your hands this holiday season, put your mixology knowledge to use by slingin' drinks at local shindigs.</p> <p>Bartending services are at a premium this time of year because everyone is stretched so thin, so you can probably negotiate a more than fair deal from both individuals hosting private parties and businesses with bigger budgets. When negotiating, keep in mind that you likely won't receive tips from guests but rather the hosts at the end of the night &mdash; but even that's not guaranteed &mdash; so that should definitely factor into your hourly or per-gig fee.</p> <h2>3. Sell Homemade Holiday Crafts and Decorations</h2> <p>Set up shop at local craft fairs, bazaars and holiday markets if you've got items of interest &mdash; like holiday décor items and ornaments &mdash; that are marketable this time of year. You can find these events at your area schools, churches, and other community venues. Another option is to list your handmade goods in an Etsy shop where you can move product without leaving the comfort of your home.</p> <h2>4. Provide Holiday Party Entertainment</h2> <p>What's a holiday party without some festive entertainment? Notwithstanding the guests who have had too much eggnog of course, many hosts (especially for business parties) will want some type of music at their event, whether it be a soloist playing background music, a live group performance as a main event, or a DJ spinning tracks to fill the dance floor. If you have any of these skills, put out your feelers to see where you fit in.</p> <h2>5. Use Your Lifestyle Expertise to Become a Personal Shopper</h2> <p>As somebody who truly enjoys shopping &mdash; in person and online &mdash; I think this is one of the best jobs around. And you might be surprised at how many people are potentially interested in this service.</p> <p>There are lots of folks who are clueless when it comes to gift buying, and they'd rather put their burden in the hands of someone more capable so the holiday season doesn't crash and burn before their eyes when it's time to exchange presents. You can be their saving grace by charging a nominal fee to pick out the perfect gifts for their family and friends. You'll have to know this person fairly well &mdash; so you can already have a good foundation of what kind of gifts they need and because you'll be handling their cash or credit card &mdash; which is why it's not a bad idea to promote your services at your workplace, church, and other groups of which you're a part.</p> <h2>6. Fulfill Holiday Cards for Individuals or Businesses</h2> <p>I don't send out holiday cards anymore &mdash; I don't want to waste all that paper, time, or money &mdash; but before I put the kibosh on it, I would spend hours upon hours writing, folding, addressing, licking, and stamping cards and envelopes, and I always wished someone else was doing for me. I doubt that I'm alone, which is why you can be a hired gun for this purpose at holiday season for those who don't mind paying a reasonable fee to expedite this tedious process.</p> <p>Craigslist is a good place to start, but I also recommend using the Nextdoor app, mentioning it on social media, and reaching out to friends, family, and neighbors via email.</p> <h2>7. Use Your Handy Skills to Decorate Houses</h2> <p>If you're more of an outdoorsy type of person, there is absolutely a market for people who can effectively put up holiday decorations that homeowners don't have time for or who are frightened by the prospect of attaching strands of lights and other thingamajigs to their roofs and eaves. There are commercial companies who provide this service at a premium, but a savvier freelance entrepreneur can undercut the competition by using online outlets like Elance to post their skills and find jobs. I also would recommend documenting your work to start a portfolio that can enhance and grow your small business in the future.</p> <h2>8. Set Up a Cookies and Hot Chocolate Stand</h2> <p>Kids set up lemonade and Kool-Aid stands and sell snacks on their sidewalks during the summer, so it only makes sense to apply that same concept to the cooler weather by offering hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies to keep passersby warm and comfortable. Plus, children love to buy presents for people with their own money, and this is a great way to pad their pockets (and teach the value of a good work ethic while you're at it) so they can enjoy the holidays a bit more.</p> <h2>9. Bake for People Who Are Too Busy to Spend Time in the Kitchen</h2> <p>I enjoy baking, and I often share my pastries, cakes, cookies, and other goodies with my friends and neighbors. Some of them have even hired me to bake goods for them when they're hosting a gathering or just for indulging in themselves. You also can take samples to local restaurants and ask if they would be interested in carrying your items on a limited basis. You never know what could happen if you don't ask.</p> <h2>10. Rake Leaves or Shovel Snow for Neighbors</h2> <p>My mom and dad used to make me pound the pavement in my neighborhood when I was a kid to ask the neighbors if they needed a low-cost snow removal service by way of undocumented child labor. And it was torture!</p> <p>While I wasn't a fan of it back then, in hindsight I appreciate that the experience taught me early on to use my resources to earn extra cash while appreciating the value of a dollar. I'm not opposed to doing it these days, but I will admit that it might be a bit unsettling for many people if a grown person showed up on their doorstep asking to remove snow or rake leaves for money. Fair enough. But that's why I would generally recommend that your children get in on this act (through suggestion, not force) with proper supervision. It's not the most fun they'll ever have, but they'll be pretty stoked about the money they've made.</p> <h2>11. Clean Up Before or After Holiday Parties</h2> <p>Who wants to clean up the massive mess that party guests have left all over the house after a successful holiday party? No one &mdash; but as they say, it's a dirty job and somebody's gotta do it. That somebody can be you if you don't mind washing, scrubbing, and sanitizing the after-effects of a rousing get-together. You can promote your services locally (the usual suspects that I've mentioned previously &mdash; Craigslist, Nextdoor, etc.), but you also can try apps like <a href="http://www.handy.com/">Handy</a> which helps connect house cleaners and handy people to clients.</p> <h2>12. Interview to Be a Mall Santa or Elf</h2> <p>While we continue to shift away from shopping malls culturally (<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/completely-surreal-pictures-of-americas-abandoned-malls">which sort of look like the apocalypse has already begun, by the way</a>), there are still plenty of them out there thriving &mdash; and they all need Santa and his helpers around the holidays. You can apply to be the Man in the Red Suit or one of his pointed-eared minions directly within the shopping center or by locating a national staffing service that specializes in this particular area.</p> <h2>13. Entertain the Public With Outdoor Performances</h2> <p>I live in New York City where there's no shortage of street performers with their hats on the ground, playing for pennies. You can get in on the act to by taking your show on the road, setting up in a well-trafficked area, and watching the dough roll in one dime at a time.</p> <h2>14. Try Planning Small-Scale Holiday Parties</h2> <p>Have a knack for planning and hosting events? Use those skills to help novice party planners share the responsibility and stress. You'll definitely want to start small &mdash; you don't want to bite off more than you can chew and potentially ruin someone's holiday festivities &mdash; so it's best to query folks in your social circle to see how you can help the event go off without a hitch.</p> <h2>15. Cater Small Holiday Gatherings</h2> <p>When I first started hosting my annual holiday parties, I made all the food by myself, which took hours and hours. By the time the party started, I was so exhausted that I couldn't properly enjoy the fruits of my labor. When I finally had enough of slaving in the kitchen after a few years of hosting, I decided to look into have the party catered. The problem, however, is that the catering was beyond my budget, which left me with few other options.</p> <p>If you enjoy cooking (and the results consistently yummy), you can potentially serve an underserved market if you can locate those people like me who don't want to cook everything myself but who also can't afford hundreds of dollars worth of catered food and staff. I think the best way to find that middle ground is to offer crowd-friendly food at a fair price that you'll deliver to the party without the extra expense of the servers, and then be on your way.</p> <h2>16. Pick Up Seasonable Retail Employment</h2> <p>Want part-time work that you don't have to look hard to find? Head to your favorite local retail store and ask it they're hiring for the holidays. If they are, fill out an application to throw your name into the hat. You'll likely make minimum wage, so that's something that you'll want to consider, but something is better than nothing &mdash; especially if your budget is already in a bind. Also, don't forget about the potential employee discount for which you'll qualify that can save you a bundle on gifts; that aspect should definitely be a factor in where you apply.</p> <p><em>Are you planning to pick up some extra cash this holiday season with a festive side hustle? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-generate-passive-income">Great Ways to Generate Passive Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/6-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business">6 Simple Ways to Market Your Side Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income extra money holiday hustle seasonal jobs side hustle side job Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1242062 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Over $12,000 Through Referrals http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coworkers-463634621-small.jpg" alt="coworkers talking" title="coworkers talking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Businesses are scrambling to get new customers. The result is competitive pricing for many of the services we've come to enjoy, and a chance to earn freebies and cash like never before. The art of earning perks by having your friends and family namedrop or use your special &quot;sign up&quot; link is officially called a &quot;referral program,&quot; but I've seen it online named all kinds of things (including &quot;referraling.&quot;) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-guide-to-cash-back-shopping?ref=seealso">Ultimate Guide to Cash Back Shopping</a>)</p> <p>Regardless of how you label it, the chance to get something merely for sending a business new customers can be a big money maker for some. Here is a list of some of the best programs, including plenty that pay cold, hard cash!</p> <h2>Business Services</h2> <p>From graphic design to freelance writers, you'll find a referral program for almost every business service you can think of.</p> <h3>99 Designs</h3> <p>This crowdsourcing service that lets you get graphic designs for far less than hiring an agency is giving customers <a href="http://99designs.referralcandy.com/">a $50 refund</a> when they refer a paying friend. Plus the friend gets a $99 bonus on their first campaign!</p> <h3>SmartSheet</h3> <p>A snappier version of the familiar spreadsheet, this project management tool rewards referrers with between <a href="http://www.smartsheet.com/referral-rewards">$15 - $500 in cash paid via Paypal</a> upon referral signup.</p> <h3>iContact</h3> <p>If your friend is looking for a web-based email service, they can get a $50 account credit for signing up through you; <a href="http://www.icontact.com/refer-a-friend">you'll get a $50 gift card</a> for making the connection.</p> <h3>Widen</h3> <p>Know someone with Digital Asset Management needs? Share via LinkedIn or another connected account, and <a href="http://www.widen.com/customer-referral-program/">get a $25 Amazon gift card</a> just for making the connection. (And if they actually buy &mdash; you can expect to earn a significant commission.)</p> <h3>FatCow</h3> <p>This web hosting and management service will <a href="https://www.fatcow.com/referral/">give you $35</a> when your friends sign up! (<a href="http://www.ipage.com/referral/">iPage</a> offers the same compensation plan.)</p> <h3>Shortstack</h3> <p>This service allows you to build social media campaigns, online contests, and more. When a referral signs up through your unique link, <a href="http://referral.shortstacklab.com/">you'll earn a 30% cash commission</a> on services sold, <em>plus</em> 10% commission for each month after. (Minimum payout is $20.)</p> <h3>Digital Ocean</h3> <p>This cloud hosting service designed for developers <a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/referral-program/">will pay $25</a> when your referred friends spend $25.</p> <h3>Eventbrite</h3> <p>If your friend is organizing a ticket-selling event in the future, you can cash in with <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/referral-program/">25% of their ticket fee sales</a> when they sign up through your link! (This deal is valid for one year after sign up.)</p> <h3>iStockphoto</h3> <p>This stock photography service sells pictures by the credit or as a monthly subscription service. <a href="http://www.istockphoto.com/participate/referral-program/info">Sell either to your friend</a> and get 20% commission, 20 credits (worth $30 at the site), or a flat $20 fee.</p> <h3>SmugMug</h3> <p>Photos are to be shared, and so is photo hosting! Get your friend to sign up, and <a href="http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/93326">get 20% off for yourself</a> via an account credit.</p> <h3>Skimlinks</h3> <p>For friends who use this service for their website affiliate links, you'll get a generous <a href="http://skimlinks.com/referral">35% of their earnings</a> when you refer them.</p> <h3>Elance</h3> <p>This online staffing platform for freelancers <a href="https://www.elance.com/referralprogram">pays $10 or 10 free credits</a> to those sending over a &quot;qualified referral.&quot;</p> <h3>Autotask</h3> <p>Automation isn't our thing, but if it fits your referral, <a href="http://www.autotask.com/referral/">you'll get between $250 - $1,000</a>!</p> <h2>Finance</h2> <p>Earn money by helping your friends manage theirs.</p> <h3>You Need a Budget</h3> <p>This finance tool is <a href="http://ynab.referralcandy.com/">currently offering $6</a> to customers who refer their friends (and the new customer gets $6, too!)</p> <h3>Discover</h3> <p>Active cardmembers can <a href="https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/exclusives/sharediscover/">get a $50 Cashback Bonus</a> for every friend who signs up for an account; the friend will get a $50 Cashback Bonus after their first purchase within three months.</p> <h3>Coinbase</h3> <p>This Bitcoin currency platform will <a href="http://support.coinbase.com/customer/portal/articles/683805-how-does-your-referral-program-work-">give a $5 bitcoin bonus</a> for purchases of $100 to both the referrer and the referral.</p> <h3>CapitalOne 360</h3> <p>Formerly ING Direct, this bank will <a href="https://home.capitalone360.com/lp-refer">pay a hefty bonus of $20</a> per friend who signs up for a new online account (and your friend gets $25). Look for a double offer of $50 in fees during certain times of the year.</p> <h2>Food</h2> <p>Your friends feed their faces with delicious food you recommend, and you stuff your wallet with referral cash.</p> <h3>Seamless</h3> <p>Tell a friend about this restaurant delivery hub and you'll each <a href="http://seamless.extole.com/micro/microsite?source=footer">get $7 to spend</a>!</p> <h3>Delivery.com</h3> <p>This similar service <a href="https://www.delivery.com/tell_a_friend.php">gives a $5 bounty</a> to both referrer and referral.</p> <h2>Technology</h2> <p>Most wireless and communications companies offer generous referral bonuses.</p> <h3>Verizon</h3> <p>Get a friend to sign up for service and you'll both get a <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/support/referral-rewards">$25 prepaid debit card</a>.</p> <h3>Republic Wireless</h3> <p>Share this cell service and <a href="https://republicwireless.com/refer-landing">get $19 in statement credits</a> (plus your friend will get one, too!)</p> <h3>AT&amp;T</h3> <p>Both the referrer and the referral will <a href="https://referrals.att.com/home/publicHome.pg">get a $25 prepaid debit card</a> upon a new sign up.</p> <h3>T-Mobile</h3> <p>Your friend will get the termination fee from their current cell provider paid by T-Mobile (up to $650), and <a href="https://referral.t-mobile.com/">you'll get a $25 credit</a>, when a successful contract is signed.</p> <h2>Travel</h2> <p>Word of mouth has always been important in travel marketing &mdash; so it's no wonder referral programs abound here, too.</p> <h3>Airbnb</h3> <p>If your friends and family travel a lot, you can rake in the credit with this generous program that <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/invite">pays you a $25 coupon</a> when they travel with a $25 credit, or $75 when they host!</p> <h3>Uber</h3> <p>This new app-based driver referral service is offering existing customers the chance to earn credits for every new customer they refer. To see the current offer, <a href="https://support.uber.com/hc/en-us/articles/201830716-How-do-I-earn-Uber-credits-for-referring-my-friends-">sign into your account</a> and click &quot;refer friends.&quot;</p> <h2>Entertainment</h2> <p>Free TV for everyone (for a limited time only)!</p> <h3>Hulu Plus</h3> <p>Give your friend two weeks free to try, and <a href="http://www.hulu.com/help/articles/29781737">you'll get two weeks free</a> when they buy!</p> <h3>DirecTV</h3> <p>Sign up a friend (using your customer code) and you'll <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/referral/referralProgram.jsp">get a $100 credit</a> payable as $10 off your statement for 10 months. Your friend will get the same.</p> <h3>Dish Network</h3> <p>This service <a href="http://www.dish.com/customerservice/referral/friendsandfamily/">offers a $50 statement credit</a> to both the referral and referrer.</p> <h2>Shopping</h2> <p>Help your friends sign up to buy stuff, and you'll earn cash or credits to buy stuff, too.</p> <h3>Amazon Mom</h3> <p>Get a friend to sign up through your link, and they'll get $5 to spend at Amazon (plus the benefits of the program, which includes 15% savings on baby items). <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/referral">You'll get a $15 credit</a>.</p> <h3>Amazon Student</h3> <p>Sign up a buddy and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/student/referral/main">get $10 to spend</a> at Amazon.</p> <h3>Groupon</h3> <p>If your friend is new to Groupon, <a href="http://www.groupon.com/referral">you'll get $10 in &quot;Groupon Bucks&quot;</a> when they sign up and buy!</p> <h3>Living Social</h3> <p>If you've already made a purchase on this daily deal site, you can share it with friends to <a href="https://help.livingsocial.com/articles/how-does-the-me-3-promotion-work">earn your purchase amount back</a>. It only takes three to make it free!</p> <h3>ibotta</h3> <p>Skip coupons and save with this smartphone app that <a href="http://blog.ibotta.com/post/74288883300/new-5-friend-referral-program">pays $5 for a qualified referral</a>.</p> <h3>Sierra Trading Post</h3> <p>Have your friend sign up for the deals newsletter and they'll get $10 to spend on their first purchase. When they do this, <a href="http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/coupons/">you'll get a $10 egift card</a>!</p> <h2>Employment</h2> <p>Finally, help a friend land a job and you can get paid, too.</p> <h3>Hubspot</h3> <p>Have a good program developer friend who needs work? Let Hubspot know, and if they get hired, <a href="http://dev.hubspot.com/refer-a-friend">they'll pay you $10,000!</a></p> <p><em>Any referral programs we've missed? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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