extra income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12639/all en-US These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/female-businesswomen-talking-480160831-small.jpg" alt="female businesswomen talking" title="female businesswomen talking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody seems to have told 2014 that the <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/class-of-2014/" style="text-decoration:none;">recession ended five years ago</a>.</p> <p>Not only are college graduates having a hard time getting jobs, but current employees are having <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/05/21/how-to-ask-and-get-raise-deserve/" style="text-decoration:none;">a hard time getting raises</a>. This means that now more than ever, you should take every interaction with your supervisor or boss as an opportunity to leave a positive impression.</p> <p>And while we can't necessarily tell you how to solve your companies' specific challenges or exceed your role's specific expectations, we can tell you that speaking eloquently and with confidence is a great way to stand from the crowd. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <p>With that in mind, here are 10 words and phrases that you should drop from your vocabulary to increase your chances of getting a raise.</p> <h2>1. &quot;Oh&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>If the first word coming out of your mind is &quot;oh&quot; every time that your boss asks you a question, she may get the impression that you have no idea of what's going in your projects. Being caught by surprise every now and then is not a corporate sin, but you shouldn't give the impression that your mind is wandering instead of focusing in your tasks.</p> <p>Stop looking like a deer caught in headlights and ask relevant, meaningful questions that allow you to gather more information.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Everything&quot;</h2> <ul> <li>What caused the delay in the project?</li> <li>What can I do to help you improve your performance?</li> <li>What are the benefits to our company from your job?</li> <li>What would you have done differently?</li> </ul> <p>If you answer &quot;everything&quot; to the four questions above, your supervisor is likely to facepalm. While it may be true that every single possible thing went wrong with your project, he is asking you to shine some light into the specifics.</p> <p>From that &quot;everything,&quot; cite up to three specific reasons and elaborate on them. Your supervisor will thank you and believe that you know your stuff.</p> <h2>3. &quot;Not My Job&quot;</h2> <p>Words to die by. If you are a fan of the Spiderman comics or movies, then you know that this mentality contributed to the eventual death of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsOGSMvQSxE" style="text-decoration:none;">Peter Parker's Uncle Ben</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-surprisingly-frugal-lifestyles-of-12-famous-superheroes?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">The Surprisingly Frugal Lifestyles of 12 Famous Superheroes</a>)</p> <p>You cannot refuse to lend a hand to your coworkers all the time. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine if every single person in the office did that to you &mdash; how would you feel?</p> <p>Listen to your coworker's request and determine who is the right person to help. Remember what goes around, comes around. Set a positive expectation for when you are the one asking for help.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Honestly&quot;</h2> <p>Does this mean that unless you're saying &quot;honestly&quot; people are to assume that you're not being honest?</p> <p>Most people tell white lies or misrepresent facts. Researches have found that <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1213171/Men-lie-times-day-twice-women-study-finds.html" style="text-decoration:none;">men tell six lies a day</a> on average to their partner, boss and work colleagues, while women tell an average of three. However, this doesn't mean that you should create special truth periods through &quot;honestly.&quot; Additionally, if you say &quot;honestly&quot; out loud, it sounds as if you're venting frustration rather than infusing confidence in your statements.</p> <h2>5. &quot;I'll Try&quot;</h2> <p>Does this mean that you will do it or not? There is a big difference in either answer, so you need to be more specific than that.</p> <p>For example, imagine that you want to get a raise. The &quot;I'll try&quot; answer doesn't provide you any specifics. You don't have a target date, a list of action items, or a target salary to reach. If you want a raise, you have to go for it, not just try. From those who ask for a raise, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/easiest-way-to-get-a-raise-and-promotion/" style="text-decoration:none;">85% at least get something</a> and 63% get at least as much as they asked for.</p> <p>So say yes or no, and fully commit to a course of action.</p> <h2>6. &quot;It's Just Business&quot;</h2> <p>It's never just business. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-the-8020-rule-to-maximize-your-financial-opportunities" style="text-decoration:none;">80/20 rule explains</a> why.</p> <p>This ratio reminds us that 80% of your revenue, comes from 20% of your client base. That 20% is a combination of legacy clients, satisfied clients, and &quot;afraid of change&quot; clients. You know most of those clients by name and are comfortable enough to have a relaxed, casual chit-chat with them during conference calls. These clients are sticking with your company because of a good relationship. It's just not business.</p> <p>By coldly claiming &quot;it's just business,&quot; you are burning bridges and closing doors to potential business opportunities. And you're also potentially closing a door on your own raise if your supervisor catches wind.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Just Kidding&quot;</h2> <p>Every office needs a bit of good humor. No office needs passive-aggressiveness. And the end-all phrase of passive-aggressiveness is &quot;just kidding.&quot; As in:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Kelly is such a slacker. Just kidding!&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Because Matt aaaaalways shows up on time, right? Just kidding!&quot;</li> <li>&quot;I didn't mean that, you know I was just kidding, don't you?&quot;</li> </ul> <p>Sugar coating insults or negative comments leads to resentment. There is a time and a place for jokes. Make sure that you learn the appropriate situations for serious and light comments at your company. Making enemies means losing respect, means having a tougher time justifying why you deserve more responsibility and compensation than you're already getting.</p> <h2>8. &quot;Let Me Finish This First&quot;</h2> <p>Every time that you hear this phrase, three things often come to mind:</p> <ul> <li>This person can only work on one thing at a time.</li> <li>This person is very rigid and not willing to adapt.</li> <li>This person is not willing to listen to me.</li> </ul> <p>While multitasking can do more harm than good, it is also true that our brains can handle <a href="http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/23831.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;">five to nine things</a> at once. When asked to pay attention to something that may be more urgent, you need to answer that call. Being a team player provides you ammunition for the next time that your supervisor is doing performance reviews or that you ask for a raise.</p> <h2>9. &quot;But&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>This one word has the power to undo everything positive you listed earlier. As in:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Your design is outstanding, but&hellip;&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Yes, you show up to work early, however&hellip;&quot;</li> <li>&quot;I love the latest logo revision, but&hellip;&quot;</li> </ul> <p>People don't hear enough compliments throughout the day. Researchers say that you should give between <a href="http://appreciationadvantage.com/how-many-compliments-should-you-give" style="text-decoration:none;">three to ten positive comments for each negative one</a> you dish out. So the next time you provide a compliment, simply say it, and let it marinade on the other person. Especially when closing a meeting or ending a call, you want to end on a high note that resonates for a couple moments.</p> <h2>10. &quot;I'm No Expert&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>Then you shouldn't be saying anything!</p> <ul> <li>Would you ask a non-expert in medicine about how to treat a disease</li> <li>Would you care that somebody without legal expertise reviews your will?</li> <li>Would you trust your retirement account to a person without expertise in financial matters?</li> </ul> <p>No, you wouldn't.</p> <p>When you don't have the expertise, let the experts talk. And when you do hold the necessary credentials, don't undermine them and just state your case. You will sound more assertive and look more professional.</p> <p>And so will your new compensation package.</p> <p><em>What other words and phrases need to disappear from our professional vocabulary? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise" class="sharethis-link" title="These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building earnings extra income income paycheck promotion raise Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1184375 at http://www.wisebread.com Earn Extra Income With These 15 Creative Side Gigs http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog-groomer-86521996-small.jpg" alt="dog groomer" title="dog groomer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Loving gives thrills, but doesn't pay the bills!</p> <p>From making rent to saving for your daughter's college fund, there is always one more bill to take care of, so some people have to get really creative when it comes to making a buck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-jobs-you-didnt-know-existed-and-how-to-get-them?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Jobs You Didn't Know Existed</a>)</p> <p>Think <em>your</em> job is strange? Then check out these crazy careers.</p> <h2>1. Golf Ball Diver</h2> <p>Most golf driving ranges and clubs have attendants who are in charge of picking up golf balls around the property. However, there are some balls that are just too hard to recover. For example, what happens to all of those balls that end up in water hazards? Here is where <a href="http://www.scubadiving.com/training/basic-skills/water-hazards-murky-world-golf-ball-divers">golf ball divers</a> come to the rescue. The reward for recovering professional golf balls is so hefty that some golf ball divers are willing to even chance <a href="http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/divers-make-living-diving-used-golf-balls-golf-courses">swimming in gator infested waters</a> for a pay day.</p> <h2>2. Bounty Hunter</h2> <p>There are fictional, intergalactic bounty hunters, such as Star Wars' <a href="http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Boba_Fett">Boba Fett</a>, and there are real bounty hunters, such as <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/duane-chapman-11418324">Duane &quot;Dog&quot; Chapman</a> and Ralph &quot;Papa&quot; Thorson. &quot;Papa&quot; Thorson had a career that spanned over four decades and according to a 1987 Los Angeles times article he caught over 12,000 fugitives. This industry makes money in two main ways. First, by taking around a <a href="http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/crimelaw/features/1969/index1.html">10% cut of the bond for services rendered</a>. Second, by training security staff and newbies in skills, such as &quot;psychologically overwhelming the weak,&quot; for a cool <a href="http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/crimelaw/features/1969/index3.html">$427 per student.</a></p> <h2>3. Manager of an Internet Star Pet</h2> <p>Mackenzie Kosut was happily making a living as a Tumblr Web engineer when he unexpectedly landed on a great way to make some side cash. He started posting photos of Tommy, his <a href="http://tommypom.com">11 year-old Pomeranian</a>, and people went nuts. With several hundreds of thousand of followers, Kosut was able to <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/turn-pet-internet-star-article-1.1296730">cash in on Tommy's popularity</a> by selling stickers ($1), necklaces ($12), earrings ($12), and phone charms ($6). Other famous Internet pets, such as <a href="http://www.grumpycats.com">Grumpy Cat</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/marutaro">Marutaro</a>, and <a href="http://mensweardog.tumblr.com">Menswear Dog</a> have even been able to <a href="http://www.today.com/food/will-grumpy-cat-coffee-drinks-turn-frown-upside-down-6C10788643">sell coffee drinks</a> and <a href="http://www.luckymag.com/magazine/2014/08/animal-house-pets-and-accessories">model for magazines</a>.</p> <h2>4. Viner</h2> <p>No pets? No problem! If you are funny and have a knack for entertainment, you can become the next Internet sensation through <a href="https://vine.co/">Vine</a>, the six second selfie-video sharing service. Take for example, Lauren Giraldo (aka <a href="http://vine.co/LGlaurenn">Princess Lauren)</a>, who gets a $2,000 check every time she promotes a good or service to her over 2.5 million followers on Vine. The more followers, the more cash. With over 5.4 million followers, <a href="http://vine.co/CurtisLepore">Curtis Lepore</a> makes about <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/vine_celebrities_money_ads_curtis_lepore_videos_jessi_smiles.html">$8,000 per 6-second video</a> and is able to sustain a six figure annual income.</p> <h2>5. Test Prep Master Teacher</h2> <p>There are teachers, and then there are master teachers. Companies, such as <a href="http://www.manhattanprep.com">Manhattan Prep</a>, recruit only teachers that are able to <a href="http://www.manhattangmat.com/Instructors">score in the 99th percentile</a> on official standardized tests, such as the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE. On top of that, you need to survive a grueling application process that weeds out about 99% of applicants. But if you make it, then you'll be making $100 per hour. Rocket scientists, start your brains!</p> <h2>6. Crime Scene Cleaner</h2> <p>You can invest in becoming a <a href="http://amdecon.com/crime-trauma-scene.html">certified crime scene cleaner</a>. Why? Bio-technicians, that's the official title, have to meet such stringent requirements that they are able to charge up to $600 per hour, depending on the required level of decontamination (e.g. dealing with dried blood, removing brain tissue&hellip;).</p> <h2>7. Pedicab Driver</h2> <p>This job is great for those obsessed in keeping in shape and limiting their carbon footprint. In New York, you can <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/business/Pedicabs.shtml">register your pedicab</a> (a bicycle-powered rickshaw-type vehicle) and carry tourists around Times Square and through Central Park. Pedicabs can also be found in <a href="http://www.sandiegopedicabs.com/job-opportunity.html">San Diego</a> and other cities across the U.S. Once you make enough money, you can invest in some extra pedicabs and build your own fleet of drivers.</p> <h2>8. &quot;Premium&quot; Pet Groomer</h2> <p>Some people figure that when it has been a hard day's night and your dog has been working&hellip; well&hellip; like a dog, it deserves some pampering. Entrepreneurs around the country are starting to provide pet grooming services that go the extra mile. With extras, such as plum facials, UVA/UVB leave-in conditioners, and blow dry de-shedding treatments, it is not a surprise that estimates value the pet grooming market at around $4.11 billion.</p> <h2>9. Sexy Coffee Shop Attendant</h2> <p>There's coffee time, and then there's sexy coffee time. Around the U.S. there are several coffee shops that are spicing up the coffee shop experience with bikini-clad baristas. One of the pioneers <a href="http://www.cowgirlsespresso.com">Cowgirls Expresso</a> with over 15 locations in the Seattle and Tacoma region, but there are plenty more in other cities, including <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/temptation-cafe-santa-ana">Santa Ana</a>, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/wild-bean-espresso-honolulu">Honolulu</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6h53CrlrJw">Phoenix</a>, <a href="http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_24720175/bikini-cafe-opens-up-east-el-paso">El Paso</a>, and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/23/bikini-baristas-brewing-i_n_367887.html">Denver</a>. Bikini-clad coffee shop attendants often <a href="http://www.seattlemet.com/bars-and-nightlife/sauced/articles/how-much-does-a-bikini-barista-make-anyway-may-2011">claim that they make more</a> in tips than their regular coffee shop counterparts.</p> <h2>10. Fireknife Dancer</h2> <p>As a Hawaii resident, I love events when the lights dim, the drums start beating fast, and the fireknife dancing master pops out in full blazing glory. These brave performers make a living by showcasing their art at major events and participating at major competitions such as the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3Hfnab1Yg">World Fireknife Championship</a>. Don't think that this job is just for people living in Polynesia; the <a href="http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/121866539.html?id=121866539">2014 World Fireknife Champion</a> is from Orlando, Florida.</p> <h2>11. Parking Spot Host</h2> <p>It was only a matter of time until somebody invented the Airbnb for cars. With <a href="http://www.justpark.com/">JustPark</a> you can rent out every single one of your parking spots. This is a very easy way to make some side money. Just imagine: Rent out your driveway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while at work, and then, if possible, rent out your office parking spot for the rest of the day when you head home. The best part? You don't have to meet or talk to absolutely anybody.</p> <h2>12. Hair &quot;Retailer&quot;</h2> <p>If you saw the Chris Rock documentary <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TOJOY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002TOJOY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Good Hair,</a> then you know about the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/homestyle/11/04/o.chris.rock.good.hair/">billion dollar black hair industry</a>. If you want a piece of that action, then start hitting the hair salons and stores offering your silky smooth locks. Heck, depending on your hair quality you might even <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/selling-body-parts-eek-through-economic-downturn-0">score up to $4,000</a>. Also, you can auction your hair from the convenience of your home at <a href="http://hairsellon.com">HairSellon.com</a> and <a href="http://onlinehairaffair.com">OnlineHairAffair.com</a>.</p> <h2>13. American Ninja Warrior</h2> <p>This <a href="http://tv.esquire.com/shows/american-ninja-warrior">popular TV show</a> is already on its sixth season gathering top athletes from all around the country. People compete for a chance at the coveted $500,000 prize. Even if you don't win, by making a big impression, you can still cash in your performance:</p> <ul> <li>Become a celebrity like <a href="http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/07/kacy_catanzaro_american_ninja_warrior_nj_stephen_amell.html">Kazy Catanzaro</a>, the first woman ever to climb the warped wall.</li> <li>Sell memorabilia like <a href="http://www.theweatherwarrior.org/upcoming-events.html">Joe Moravsky</a> (a.k.a. The Weatherman Ninja).</li> <li>Start your fitness training camp like Ky Voung (a.k.a. The Hawaii Ninja).</li> <li>Run clinics for other <a href="http://www.ccnwtc.com/ninja-warrior-events/">aspiring American Ninja Warrior competitors</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>14. Billboard on Wheels</h2> <p>You can get paid up to <a href="http://freecarmedia.com">$400 per month</a> to drive your own car, as long as you're willing to let somebody &quot;car wrap&quot; your ride. A car wrap is a vinyl decal that fully covers your vehicle in an eye-catching design. If you are stuck in traffic often and don't mind being the center of attention of everywhere you drive, then you can submit your registration to car wrap programs around the country. Most companies require a minimum commitment ranging from 6 to 24 months, depending on advertiser.</p> <h2>15. Professional Cuddler</h2> <p>If you answer &quot;Yes&quot; to all of the following&hellip;</p> <ul> <li>You are so good at hugging that people just linger in your hold for a tad longer.</li> <li>You don't mind being affectionate with strangers.</li> <li>You are cheerful and love hanging out with both guys and gals.</li> <li>You believe in the power of the human touch.</li> <li>You have a lifetime subscription of Purell.</li> </ul> <p>&hellip;then you could be making <a href="http://www.cuddleuptome.com/pricing/">about $60 per hour</a> as a professional cuddler!</p> <p><em>What are other unusual ways to make money? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs" class="sharethis-link" title="Earn Extra Income With These 15 Creative Side Gigs" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income extra income jobs side jobs weird jobs Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Damian Davila 1183440 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren't Scams http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-laptop-126435684-small.jpg" alt="couple laptop" title="couple laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to the gig economy!</p> <p>Thanks to faster and better startups sprouting all around the country, you are now able to make some extra dough on the side. You might even be able to ditch the whole 9 to 5 nonsense and set your own hours by booking gigs online. From tutoring children on the fine art of calligraphy to delivering meatball sandwiches to hungry office staff, there is a way to make money online waiting for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads?ref=seealso">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a>)</p> <h2>Jack (and Jill) of All Trades</h2> <p>Let's start with the gigs that are available to those who are competent in many skills, but not necessarily outstanding in any particular one.</p> <h3>1. TaskRabbit</h3> <p>Unlike Liam Neeson in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TODCII/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001TODCII&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W6TSKQHUECWJBRT4">Taken</a>, you don't have a set of &quot;particular skills&quot;. But if you have a lof of free time and a great attitude, then <a href="http://www.taskrabbit.com">TaskRabbit</a> allows you to make money for tasks such as:</p> <ul> <li>Waiting in line for concert tickets.</li> <li>Installing blinds.</li> <li>Assembling IKEA furniture.</li> <li>Cleaning an apartment for somebody moving out.</li> <li>Becoming part of a flash mob.</li> </ul> <p>This service is currently available on <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/how-it-works">19 cities</a>, including Austin, Chicago, and Seattle, and each task is insured up to $1 million. While the fine print states that TaskRabbit takes 20% from your fee, it also guarantees you a minimum of one hour for payment.</p> <h3>2. Postmates</h3> <p>If you felt the biggest adrenaline rush watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MO5ES8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009MO5ES8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LJKUUUAU6HFHEW5R">Premium Rush</a>, then you are a perfect candidate for joining the <a href="http://postmates.com/apply">urban courier service</a>, Postmates. The service only requires you to be over 18, have a method of transportation (e.g. bike, moped, car), and an iPhone.</p> <p>Deliveries range from restaurant take-out to shopping pick-up, so you have to be flexible, upbeat, and ready for anything (legal).</p> <h3>3. Fiverr</h3> <p>What if you're a bit more experienced than the average master of all trades? If you are really good at one of your many skills and are able to complete it fast, then you can churn that specific skill on <a href="http://www.fiverr.com">Fiverr</a>. Some examples of Fiverr gigs are:</p> <ul> <li>Record a <a href="http://www.fiverr.com/reddhorrocks/record-a-professional-voiceover-in-a-british-or-american-accent">professional voiceover</a> in English or American accent.</li> <li>Take pictures of yourself while holding a sign and <a href="http://www.fiverr.com/megankiss/give-you-50-pictures-of-me-copyright-free-use-them-on-websites-or-tv-ads">looking pretty</a>.</li> <li><a href="http://www.fiverr.com/graphicforest/design-a-professional-logo-for-your-business-and-website">Design a logo</a>.</li> </ul> <p>All gigs pay $5 so you need to be creative to provide irresistible &quot;gig extras,&quot; such as same day delivery, files in high resolution, or alternative takes, for your clients to book. Gig extras often range between $10 to $20 and provide a well-needed boost to make Fiverr worth your while.</p> <h3>4. Fancy Hands &amp; Zirtual</h3> <p>Unleash your inner <a href="http://madmen.wikia.com/wiki/Peggy_Olson">Peggy Olson</a>, <a href="http://madmen.wikia.com/wiki/Joan_Harris">Joan Holloway</a>, or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam_Beesly-Halpert">Pam Beesly</a>, by offering your kick-butt secretarial and personal assistant services to the highest bidder. Through <a href="http://www.fancyhands.com">Fancy Hands</a> and <a href="http://www.zirtual.com">Zirtual</a>, you can get paid for requests such as:</p> <ul> <li>Coordinate airport pickup and car rental for a traveling businessman</li> <li>Research cheapest (and fastest!) way to ship an unusual package from DC to Miami</li> <li>Coordinate appropriate meeting times for a party of 15 people</li> <li>Organize a Dropbox folder of pictures for a real estate broker by property listing</li> </ul> <h2>Teacher and Tutor</h2> <p>If you've got skills so mad that you can take somebody to school, then you can make money online by offering your teaching and tutoring services.</p> <h3>5. Skillshare</h3> <p>Skillshare is such a popular option to make money online by teaching, that even actor James Franco jumped in the bandwagon with a 15-video lesson on <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/film-and-video/Introduction-to-Screenwriting-for-Short-Films/637339250">screenwriting for short films</a>. Heck, even famous marketing whiz Steve Godin offers not <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/business/The-Modern-Marketing-Workshop/96411401">one</a> but <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/business/The-New-Business-Toolbox-Help-Your-New-Business-Do-It-Right-The-First-Time/1185976550">two</a> courses.</p> <p>Other examples of classes you can create to make some side money include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Learn-the-Ins-and-Outs-of-Illustrator/589498286">How to use Adobe Illustrator</a>.</li> <li>What it takes to make perfect <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/culinary/Perfect-Southern-Fried-Chicken-and-Biscuits/243273354">southern fried chicken and biscuits</a>.</li> <li><a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/fashion/Knitting-II-Learn-Stitch-Widths-with-a-Triangle-Scarf/1863252570">How to knit a color-blocked triangle scarf</a>.</li> <li>What do you need to write a <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/classes/film-and-video/How-to-Win-the-Internet-Writing-for-Sketch-Comedy/1003630435?">1-4 minute comedy sketch</a></li> </ul> <h3>6. Wyzant</h3> <p>I cannot tell you how to pronounce the company name, but I can tell you from <a href="http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/HI/Honolulu/8464758/">personal experience</a> that Wyzant is pretty neat. This tutoring search engine matches students with over 75,000 tutors in in hundreds of subjects, such as math, science, test prep, and foreign languages.</p> <p>The site is great for new and experienced tutors to expand their client base without spending any money on advertising. Most Wyzant tutors set their hourly rate between $30 to $60. Keep in mind that the site keeps 40% of your payment until you become an established tutor. However, Wyzant does offer several incentives to boost your earnings. For example, they often run promos during which you keep 95% of your payments when referring new students to the platform.</p> <h3>7. Tutor.com</h3> <p>Unilke Wyzant, <a href="http://www.tutor.com">Tutor.com</a> focuses on online tutoring. Since you meet with your students on an online room, you are required to have a good computer and a reliable Internet connection. Another important difference from Wyzant is that Tutor.com offers you a minimum average of five hours per week, which is important for teachers looking for more steady income. As a sample of potential income, Tutor.com claims that its most active Chemistry tutors earn anywhere from <a href="http://www.tutor.com/apply/tutoring-faq">$800 to $1,600 a month</a>.</p> <h2>Driver</h2> <p>If you got a nice set of wheels and driving skills that would make Jason Statham in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008AOVL/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00008AOVL&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WUC66JI45P57BMFE">The Transporter</a> green with envy, then you should explore becoming a freelance driver.</p> <h3>8. Lyft</h3> <p>Known for its <a href="https://www.lyft.com/drive/help/article/1489600">pink mustaches</a> on the hoods of its cars, <a href="http://www.lyft.com">Lyft</a> is a peer-to-peer transportation service that focuses on smartphone users that request rides on the go. The entire application can be completed through your smartphone and it includes a review of your:</p> <ul> <li>Background check.</li> <li>Driving record.</li> <li>Current auto insurance.</li> </ul> <p>If you pass the driver orientation, then you are on your way to start making money as a part-time driver. Lyft welcomes both full-time taxi drivers and part-timers looking for an extra buck.</p> <h3>9. Uber</h3> <p>If you talk about Lyft, you have got to talk about <a href="http://www.quora.com/Ride-Sharing-Company-Comparisons/What-is-the-difference-between-Uber-Lyft">Uber</a>. Both transportation services are pretty much the same. However, there are a couple important differences between these two:</p> <ul> <li>Uber comes in two flavors: Uber (black towncar, fancypants service) and <a href="http://blog.uber.com/honolulu-uberx">uberX</a> (lower cost Uber service). Lyft is comparable to to uberX.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A <a href="http://www.quora.com/Ride-Sharing-Company-Comparisons/What-is-the-difference-between-Uber-Lyft/answers/4018445">driver that uses both Uber and Lyft</a>, whose answer has been upvoted over 200 times on Quora, claims that: <ul> <li>The majority of Lyft drivers are women, while the majority of Uber drivers are men.</li> <li>Generally, uberX is cheaper than Lyft.</li> <li>While Lyft focuses on friendliness, Uber focuses on professionalism.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3>10. Getaround &amp; RelayRides</h3> <p>Do Lyft and Uber sound like too much work? If you are not interested in playing Driving Miss Daisy anytime soon but do have a car sitting around most of the time, then you can look into <a href="http://www.getaround.com/">Getaround</a> and <a href="http://relayrides.com">RelayRides</a>. Both peer-to-peer car-sharing services allow people with idle cars to rent them out to individuals.</p> <p>Along those lines, you might want to&mdash;</p> <h2>Host</h2> <p>If you enjoy being the hostess with the mostest, then cash in your good customer service skills with these three options.</p> <h3>11. Airbnb</h3> <p>If you got a spare couch or a whole rental property, then you can post on <a href="http://www.airbnb.com">Airbnb</a>, an online marketplace for vacation rentals that connects hosts and guests around the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb &mdash; and Succeed</a>)</p> <p>The great thing about Airbnb is that you have total control on your pricing and your guests. Also, you can decide how much (or how little) your property is available. By forcing all users to link their Facebook profiles to their accounts, Airbnb turns out to be a more reliable source of guests than alternatives, such as Craigslist or random bulletin boards. You get a better overview of who is interested in your property.</p> <h3>12. DogVacay</h3> <p>Turn your love for pooches into a business by becoming a <a href="http://dogvacay.com/how-it-works">DogVacay host</a>. This is a great opportunity for dog lovers have either the available space or skill (e.g. grooming, training, or walking). This online community takes a 15% service fee for hosts, provides a $3 million in commercial general liability, plus $25,000 of veterinary coverage for dogs in your care, custody and control, and provides 24/7 emergency support. Keep in mind that the site highly encourages its hosts to create a PayPal account to process payment. If you insist on getting a check over the mail, be ready to take a $5 charge and wait up to seven business days for payment.</p> <h3>13. Just Park</h3> <p>If you want to keep things as simple as possible, then you can rent out your parking spot through <a href="http://www.justpark.com">Just Park</a>. This is a great way to make money online in crowded cities, where parking spots are limited and come at a premium. The beauty of this service is that theoretically you can make your parking spot at home available while you're at work, and vice versa. Talk about maximizing your earnings potential!</p> <p><em>How do you make money online?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams" class="sharethis-link" title="13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Personal Finance Extra Income extra income internet jobs internet scams online income side gigs Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1168783 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Unusual Ways to Make Extra Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unusual-ways-to-make-extra-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-unusual-ways-to-make-extra-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/translator-185598486-small.jpg" alt="translator" title="translator" 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 unusual ways to make money, maximizing a small home or apartment, and conversations when caring for elderly parents.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/06/18/22-odd-and-unusual-ways-to-make-extra-money/">22 Odd and Unusual Ways to Make Extra Money</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make extra money rounding up scrap metal or becoming a translator? [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/sixteen-tricks-for-maximizing-a-small-home-or-apartment/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">Sixteen Tricks for Maximizing a Small Home or Apartment</a> &mdash; Buying foldable furniture and having an oasis can help you maximize the space in your small home or apartment. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/conversations-caring-elderly-parents/">6 Must-Have Conversations When Caring for Elderly Parents</a> &mdash; It is important to discuss driving skills and health issues with your elderly parents. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/staggering-costs-of-identity-theft/">The Staggering Costs of Identity Theft in the U.S.</a> &mdash; The most common kind of identity theft is the misuse of an existing account. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/4-financial-lessons-to-teach-kids-during-summer-vacation/">4 Financial Lessons to Teach Kids During Summer Vacation</a> &mdash; This summer, get your kids started in the stock market. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/06/how-big-is-1-million.html">How Big Is $1 Million?</a> &mdash; While $1 million isn't what it used to be, it is more than what 92% of Americans have. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/slideshow/insurance/T028-S001-top-10-states-most-at-riskof-disaster/index.html">Top 10 States Most at Risk of Disaster</a> &mdash; Did you know Texas and Alabama are in the top ten states at most risk of disaster? [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/summer-cd-rates-deals.html">Whether You're a Novice Saver or Seasoned Investor, Here's How to Make Up to 3% on CDs This Summer</a> &mdash; Be sure to check out your local community banks and credit unions to get the best CD rates. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Fabric-Softener-Sponges-35019754">DIY Never-Ending Fabric-Softener Sponges</a> &mdash; If you want to add softness to your clothes, try making these fabric-softener sponges. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-ways-working-parents-can-create-a-carefree-family-focused-summer">8 Ways Working Parents Can Create a Carefree Family-Focused Summer</a> &mdash; To create a carefree family-focused summer, working parents can take back the night and invest in some backyard games. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unusual-ways-to-make-extra-money" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Unusual Ways to Make Extra Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips extra income money unusual Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1146614 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money-Making Schemes to Score You Quick Cash http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-making-schemes-to-score-you-quick-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-making-schemes-to-score-you-quick-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/babysitter-86536221-small.jpg" alt="babysitter" title="babysitter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some wonderful articles on money-making schemes to score you quick cash, maintaining professional bridges, and family summer vacation ideas on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Earn-Money-Quickly-18693950">11 Money-Making Schemes to Score You Quick Cash</a> &mdash; Babysitting and selling your stuff are just a couple ways to make some quick cash. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/maintaining-professional-bridges/">Maintaining Professional Bridges</a> &mdash; To maintain your professional network, ask your network how you can help them. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/summer-vacation-ideas-families-budget/">Summer Vacation Ideas for Families on a Budget</a> &mdash; Camping or visiting a waterpark resort can help you enjoy a family vacation on a budget. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/11/11jun13d.cfm?slider">The Frugal Wine Lover</a> &mdash; Purchasing boxed wine or cooking with wine can help you save money on wine. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/kids-and-money/could-homeschooling-save-you-money/">Could Homeschooling Save You Money?</a> &mdash; Public school expenses can get expensive, but there are also costs associated with homeschooling. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/health-care-early-retirement/">5 Tips for Paying for Health Care in Early Retirement</a> &mdash; Embracing the idea of preventative care can help you pay for health care in early retirement. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/should-you-remodel-your-home/">Does It Make Sense for You to Remodel Your Home?</a> &mdash; When determining whether or not remodeling your home is the right choice for you, consider how you will pay for the remodel. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/5-summer-drinks-to-keep-you-cooler-on-a-budget/">5 Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool on a Budget</a> &mdash; Are you looking for a summer drink to keep cool on a budget? Try a Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/three-tech-challenges-faced-modern-couple/">Three Tech Challenges Faced by the Modern Couple</a> &mdash; Many couples may face the challenge of over sharing on social networks. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-reasons-to-give-your-kids-water-instead-of-soda">8 Reasons to Give Your Kids Water Instead of Soda</a> &mdash; Giving your kids water instead of soda is cheaper and more environmentally friendly. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-making-schemes-to-score-you-quick-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Money-Making Schemes to Score You Quick Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips extra income money Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1144272 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Money This Week http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-this-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-this-week" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yard-sale-83590529-small.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to make money this week, finding the right fit in a job, and ways you are wasting money at the grocery store.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/05/15-ways-to-make-money-this-week-3/">15 Ways to Make Money This Week</a> &mdash; To make money this week, have a garage sale or sell plants from your garden. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/employment/finding-right-fit-job">Finding the Right Fit in a Job</a> &mdash; 42% of people think &quot;cultural fit&quot; is the most important factor in determining whether or not to make a hire. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Stop-Wasting-Money-Grocery-Store-34831861">19 Ways You're Wasting Money at the Grocery Store</a> &mdash; If you aren't using a reusable shopping bag or not checking your receipt, you may be wasting money at the grocery store. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalconfessions.com/save-beyond-my-means/4-common-money-saving-sabotages-and-how-to-get-around-them.php">4 Common Money-Saving Sabotages and How to Get Around them</a> &mdash; Instead of using the money you saved to buy something else, put your savings into a savings account. [Frugal Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://www.obliviousinvestor.com/why-most-experts-suggest-delaying-social-security/">Why Most Experts Suggest Delaying Social Security</a> &mdash; Delaying social security increases the payout you'll receive. [Oblivious Investor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/start-career-cities/">Want to Start a Career? Consider Moving to One of These Cities</a> &mdash; Moving to Austin or Denver is a good move if you are thinking about starting a career! [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="https://www.jeanchatzky.com/wednesday-welcome/wednesday-welcome-making-living-flip-flip/#more-10620">Wednesday Welcome: Making a Living, Flip by Flip</a> &mdash; When making a living flipping houses, figure out financing and be known as one of the good guys. [Jean Chatzky Making Money Make Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/you-shouldnt-make-your-financial-decisions-based-on-financial-gurus-advice/">You Shouldn't Make Your Financial Decisions Based On Financial Gurus' Advice</a> &mdash; Since most financial gurus give general advice not tailored to your unique situation, you shouldn't make decisions based on their advice. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2014/05/15/etsy-etsy-com-www-etsy-com-getting-started/">Five Tips for Getting Started on Etsy</a> &mdash; If you are interested in selling on Etsy, find your niche and learn how to compete. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-alternative-uses-for-cookie-cutters">11 Alternative Uses for Cookie Cutters</a> &mdash; Have you ever used cookie cutters to make crayons? [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-money-this-week" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Money This Week" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips extra income income make money Wed, 28 May 2014 09:00:52 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1140878 at http://www.wisebread.com You CAN Earn More Money — Here's How http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-74009140.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you could earn more money on a regular basis, how would that change your life? How would you use the extra cash?</p> <p>Would you finally pay off your debt? Help out your friends who are struggling financially? Invest more so you'll have a wonderful retirement? Stop penny pinching because you don't have to worry about not having enough money?</p> <p>Do you think it's possible? Well, it is! So follow these proven steps to start earning more money today.</p> <h2>Assess Your Availability</h2> <p>Before you can start making more money, you need to figure out the amount of time you can put towards this effort. Sure, you probably have a busy life. Even so, can you find moments during the week where you have free time, and devote that time to making more money? How many hours can you commit?</p> <h2>Evaluate Your Skills</h2> <p>After you've determined how much time you can devote, you need to figure out what you can do for your potential clients.</p> <p>How do you determine that? Ask yourself these questions:</p> <ul> <li>What can you do well?</li> <li>What skills would you like to develop?</li> <li>What do you love doing?</li> </ul> <p>For example, do you have any of these skills:</p> <ul> <li>Babysittingtutoring</li> <li>Housekeeping</li> <li>Tutoring</li> <li>Pet sitting</li> <li>Cooking</li> <li>Playing an instrument</li> <li>Writing</li> <li>Sewing</li> <li>Social media</li> <li>Computer programming</li> <li>Search engine optimization</li> <li>IT support</li> <li>Graphic design</li> <li>Hair styling</li> <li>Makeup</li> <li>Personal training</li> <li>Photography</li> <li>Video</li> </ul> <p>Now some of these are simple skills that you may already have. Others may require extra training. But here's the thing: None of those skills are out of reach.</p> <h2>Learn What Your Clients Want</h2> <p>After you determine what you can do for others, the next step is to find out if people want what you have to offer. So what do other people want enough to pay for?</p> <p>The good news is that the same list above that shows skills you may already have are also the services people want done for them.</p> <p>So if others would pay you for these skills, then where do you look for chances to serve them?</p> <h2>Find an Opportunity</h2> <p>One of the best places I know of to look for extra work is <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites">Craigslist</a>. And if you want to find work as a side hustle, the &quot;gigs&quot; section is the best place to search. Once you find a job you think you can do well, the next step is to respond to the person who wrote the ad. Here, your goal is to communicate in a competent way so that your prospect will notice. That way, you're more likely to get a positive response.</p> <h2>Write a Reply That Gets You Noticed</h2> <p>Here's an easy way to write an effective email reply, which I learned from taking Ramit Sethi's <a href="http://earn1k.com/">Earn1K</a> course.</p> <p><strong>Subject</strong>: <em>John, I'd like to help you (what they want done).</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're saying that your purpose is to serve them.</p> <p><strong>Intro</strong>: <em>Hi John, I read your ad on Craigslist, and I noticed that you're looking for someone to help you (what they want done).</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're telling them how you found out about the opportunity.</p> <p><strong>Pitch</strong>: <em>I've been doing (what they want done) for (how long you've been doing it), and I'd like to help you do the same.</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're mentioning your qualifications and offering to help achieve the same results.</p> <p><strong>Result</strong>: <em>That way, by working together, you will (a specific way you'll improve their life).</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you want to get inside your customer's head. Ask, &quot;What's in it for them?&quot; What benefit will they get from working with you? Less stress? More peace of mind? More confidence? More sales? Look more attractive?</p> <p><strong>Test</strong>: <em>We can discuss the details, of course. But first I wanted to see if this is something you're interested in.</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're setting yourself up for further dialogue if they're interested.</p> <p><strong>Close</strong>: <em>If so, would it be okay to send you a few ideas about how I could help?</em></p> <p>With this sentence, you're restating that your purpose is to serve the client.</p> <p>If they respond to your email, you can move forward and discuss the possibility of working together.</p> <h2>Assess Other Options</h2> <p>Depending on your availability and skills, here are several more ways to make extra money:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week">5 Ways to Make Extra Money in Less Than 10 Hours a Week</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year">100 Ways to Make More Money This Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Earn More Money</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas">10 Great Home-Based Side Businesses</a></li> </ul> <h2>Make a Plan</h2> <p>This is the last &mdash; and most important &mdash; part. Now that you've assessed your availability, skills, and opportunities, it's time to make a plan.</p> <p>Write down the following:</p> <ul> <li>What will you do to make more money? How will you help someone?</li> <li>How much time will you devote on a weekly basis?</li> <li>What are your income goals? How much extra do you want to make each week?</li> </ul> <p>The benefit to writing this all down is that it may spur additional ideas for your money-making venture. And by having this on paper, you'll stay focused on your effort. Then you'll reap the rewards once you see the extra money coming in.</p> <h2>My Results</h2> <p>After reading all of this, I can understand if you're still skeptical. If you are, then let me share my experience with you.</p> <p>I've personally used this method to reply to a post on Craigslist. As a result, I was hired to tutor a junior high student in math. So this method of earning money works!</p> <p>Of course, before you start working for someone through Craigslist (or anywhere else), do your due diligence. But again, the point is that there's tons of opportunity out there for you to start earning more money. All you have to do is reach for it.</p> <p><em>What skills will you use to start earning more money? Please share in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-earn-more-money-heres-how" class="sharethis-link" title="You CAN Earn More Money — Here&#039;s How" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/darren-wu">Darren Wu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income extra income side hustles side jobs Thu, 22 May 2014 08:00:59 +0000 Darren Wu 1140085 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-5188537-small_0.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If money were water, your income would be the fresh mountain spring&hellip; the source of your spending power. This income &quot;stream&quot; could be your answer to financial independence. So, how do we tap into this spring?</p> <p>Here is a list of potential new income streams anyone can create (or find).</p> <h2>1. Bank Your Annual Raise</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,500</strong></p> <p>It's amazing how quickly new income gets burned through when people get raises. In 2014, the average raise is expected to be 3% in the United States. When they get raises, many people seem to forget that they were getting by with their prior salary, and before too long, they are just getting by with the new one. It's not mandatory that your expenses increase in step with your salary. All you have to do is take that additional 3% raise and sock it away in a savings account.</p> <p>If you make $50,000 and get a 3% raise, you will earn an additional $1,500 the following year. To avoid taxes, you could simply increase your 401(k) contribution by that amount. Otherwise, that $1,500 may look more like $1,125 after federal taxes&hellip; and more like $1,000 after state, Social Security, and Medicare taxes hit. But, that's still a nice lump sum. And, it may even go up again the following year! Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to a savings account as soon as the raise hits, and you'll never feel a thing.</p> <h2>2. 401(k) Match</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,500</strong></p> <p>Many companies offer a retirement plan at work. Typically, this comes in the form of a 401(k) plan. If the employee elects to contribute to such a plan, a certain percentage of pay is taken out pre-tax from each paycheck and invested in his or her 401(k) account. Often, the company may sweeten the deal by offering a match. Herein lays your first new income stream.</p> <p>For example, the match may be $0.50 for every dollar you invest up to a maximum of 6% of your salary. Assuming you earn $50,000 per year and choose to invest 6% of your salary into your 401(k), you will have contributed $3,000 by the end of the year. And, you also get your match of $0.50 on the dollar, which means your company contributes an additional $1,500 per year!</p> <h2>3. Credit Card Points</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $500</strong></p> <p>We all spend money, right? So, let's get paid to spend it! Many credit cards offer points for making purchases on your credit card. Often, you'll receive points based on a percentage of the money you spend. I see another potential income stream here.</p> <p>Let's say you spend $25,000 every year and you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/personal-finance/credit-cards">find a credit card</a> that provides you with points equaling 2% of all expenses paid on the card. To be realistic, not all expenses can be paid for on a credit card. However, if you take advantage of all opportunities (and pay off your credit card each month), you can certainly create a nice little income each year.</p> <p>Just 2% of $25,000 is still $500 additional income to you.</p> <h2>4. Consulting or Freelancing</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,000 (and up!)</strong></p> <p>Now take a look at the skills that you possess. What do you love doing that you can teach others in your free time? Are you a great musician, tech geek, writer, marketing genius, artist? In the age of the Internet, it seems everyone is creating some sort of service based business.</p> <p>Let's consider one simple idea. Do you have a knack for growing your social media followers? Turn that into a business. Something that comes naturally to you might seem impossible for others. You could charge $0.50 for every new Facebook &quot;like&quot; you obtain for a non-tech savvy small business owner. The business gets 200 new followers, and you pocket $100! Plus, if it's easy for you, it won't even feel like work. Do that for 10 people, and you'll pull in $1,000.</p> <p>The possibilities here are nearly limitless, but here are some ideas to get you started:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-freelance-gigs-anyone-can-do-to-make-extra-money">8 Great Freelance Gigs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash </a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Craigslist/eBay Sales</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $1,200</strong></p> <p>Everyone has junk in their home that they just don't need anymore. And, as the saying goes, your junk could be another person's treasure. The problem is that no one wants to spend time sorting through things and taking pictures for the Internet. Well, suck it up and create another income stream for yourself!</p> <p>Just think&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;Craigslist is loaded with old books, clothes, toys, video games, furniture... and whatever else you can find in your attic or basement. You could easily sell a coach ($200), TV ($100), a few cell phones ($50), several books ($50), a nice piece of wooden furniture ($300), and a box of video games ($150); and you'll be well on your way. Throw in some power tools ($250) and a canoe ($100), and you'll have a handful of cold hard cash!</span></p> <h2>6. Fitness Benefit Reimbursement</h2> <p><strong>Potential Yearly Income: $150</strong></p> <p>We all love to talk about how expensive our health insurance is, but it's something we are required to pay. So let's take advantage of the fitness benefit offered by most insurance companies. All you need to do is spend money on a gym membership (which you probably already do)!</p> <p>Many insurance companies refund a portion of the cost of a gym membership. For example, my health plan gives me $150 every year just for showing them that I spent at least that much to pay for my gym membership. I'm going to the gym anyway, so why not get paid to do it?</p> <p>So let's stop here and total up our five recently uncovered revenue streams. Yup, that's $5,850! Now multiply that by five years, and you've just generated almost $30,000 &mdash; not including interest earned or investment returns. Just think of what you could do with this additional cash flow over your lifetime!</p> <p><em>How else have you generated income for yourself? Do you have any tips to share with us? </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-income-streams-anyone-can-create" class="sharethis-link" title="5 New Income Streams Anyone Can Create" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eric-roberge-cfp">Eric Roberge CFP</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income extra income freelancing side jobs Wed, 14 May 2014 08:00:18 +0000 Eric Roberge CFP 1139228 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Hacks to Earn More Money With Less Work http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-hacks-to-earn-more-money-with-less-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-hacks-to-earn-more-money-with-less-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-bldhs050295cnsmr.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on simple hacks to earn more money with less work, negotiating with wedding vendors, and saving for your family vacation.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Negotiate-Wedding-Vendors-30658323"><br /> </a></h2> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/earn-more-and-work-less/">10 Mind-Blowingly Simple Hacks to Earning More Money With Less Work</a> &mdash; Earn more money with less work by increasing your rates and grouping similar tasks into batches. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Negotiate-Wedding-Vendors-30658323">6 Tips for Negotiating with Wedding Vendors (Without Offending)</a> &mdash; When negotiating with wedding vendors, be flexible and know when to move on. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/00/000424g.cfm?slider">Save Money for Your Family Vacation</a> &mdash; To save money for your family vacation, save your change and pack lunches. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/money-talk-avoid-these-4-times/">Planning to Have a Money Talk? Avoid these 4 Times</a> &mdash; Avoid having money talks when you are lonely or tired. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/americas-25-frugal-cities/">America's 25 most frugal cities</a> &mdash; Columbus and Chicago are just two of America's most frugal cities. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/investing/how-to-build-a-nest-egg-while-your-kids-are-still-in-the-nest/">How to Build a Nest Egg While Your Kids are Still in the Nest</a> &mdash; Build a nest egg while your kids are still in the nest by encouraging financial responsibility in your children. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/paying-medical-bills-you-cant-afford">What To Do When You Get Medical Bills You Can't Afford</a> &mdash; Working out an interest-free payment plan can help you with medical bills you can't afford. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/thrift-after-layoff/">Thrift - Your Best Friend After a Layoff</a> &mdash; If you get laid off, any expense that isn't absolutely necessary has to go. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/education/5-perfectly-practical-high-school-graduation-gifts/">5 Perfectly Practical High School Graduation Gifts</a> &mdash; Gift cards are a practical high school graduation gift. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-ways-to-reinforce-lessons-your-child-learned-in-preschool">8 Ways to Reinforce Lessons Your Child Learned in Preschool</a> &mdash; To reinforce the lessons your child learned in preschool, keep them on a schedule and talk to them about sharing. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-hacks-to-earn-more-money-with-less-work" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Hacks to Earn More Money With Less Work" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips earning extra income hacks money Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:00:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1137270 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-ready-to-turn-your-hobby-into-a-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-ready-to-turn-your-hobby-into-a-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hobby-83402322.jpg" alt="knitting" title="knitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a hobby you enjoy? This can be anything from painting to building furniture to playing video games. In other words, anything you do in your spare time to have fun. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <p>While some people are content with keeping their hobby a hobby, others get the bright idea of turning theirs into a side gig or business. They begin to wonder if there's a way to take their favorite activity and turn it into a money-making machine.</p> <p>Before you make this big decision, it is imperative to consider the pros and cons. If you take the leap without thinking twice, you may find that you have killed your hobby and are now in over your head. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-worst-ways-to-make-extra-money?ref=seealso">The Worst Ways to Make Extra Money</a>)</p> <h2>Can You Handle the Pressure of Turning Your Hobby Into a Business?</h2> <p>A hobby is supposed to be fun. A hobby is something you turn to when you are looking to relax and escape the stress of your everyday life. The second you turn this into a side gig, everything is going to change. Now, there is a lot of pressure on you to perform.</p> <p>Let's look at the example of somebody who enjoys painting. When this is a hobby, you don't have any pressure to make the piece &quot;marketable.&quot; You don't have to concern yourself with what others may think. In other words, you are painting because it is something you love.</p> <p>Once you turn this into a business, however, everything changes.</p> <ul> <li>Do you have a plan for selling the piece?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Can you work fast enough to make it worth your while?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What will you do if a customer is unsatisfied?</li> </ul> <p>As you can see, there are many questions you need to answer. As a hobby, your only concern was the actual painting. Once it is a side gig, everything else is a concern.</p> <h2>Do You Have Enough Time?</h2> <p>A hobby doesn't require you to work a certain amount of hours. You don't answer to anybody but yourself. If you decide to take a day or week (or longer) away from your favorite activity, it really doesn't matter.</p> <p>When you have a side business, there is no walking away, especially if you have customers who rely on you or orders you have to fulfill.</p> <p>The big question is this: Do you have enough time in your day to handle your full-time job, personal life, and the side gig? If you bite off more than you can chew, you could find yourself strapped for time. You'll be making a few extra dollars each month, but you may find it coming at a cost, such as less time with your family or your other work suffering as a result. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance?ref=seealso">The Secret to Work Life Balance</a>)</p> <h2>Are You Prepared for the Risk?</h2> <p>Starting a business, regardless of the size or industry, is a big risk. This is particularly true if it will cost you a lot of money to get up and running.</p> <p>There is no denying the fact that a bigger risk comes with a bigger potential reward, but you must decide early on if you are willing to put yourself on the line. Are you OK with losing money if your move from hobby to business fails? Are you OK ith wasting a lot of time should things not work out?</p> <h2>Questions to Answer</h2> <p>At this point, you may be so scared about turning your hobby into a side gig that you never let this cross your mind again. But remember, it's not all bad. There are many people who've taken something they love and turned it into something that earns them a lot (or a little) money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-home-based-side-business-ideas?ref=seealso">10 Great Home-Based Side Businesses)</a></p> <p>By answering these questions, you may find it much easier to decide what to do next.</p> <ul> <li>Do you enjoy your hobby so much that you wouldn't mind if it turned into a money-making business?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Would you shy away from your hobby in the future should your business flop?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Are you the type of person who can deal with the pressure of owning their own business?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you have the time to start a side business?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Will your side gig pose too much of a risk?</li> </ul> <p>Now that you understand when you shouldn't make your hobby a side gig, you can decide which steps to take next. Tread softly as this is a decision that will impact your life on many different levels.</p> <p><em>Have you turned a hobby into a side business? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-ready-to-turn-your-hobby-into-a-business" class="sharethis-link" title="Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income business extra income hobby hobby business side business Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:36:22 +0000 Mikey Rox 1136716 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Make More Money in Under 10 Hours a Week http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-443109-small.jpg" alt="woman using laptop" title="woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Money may not buy you love or happiness, but it sure does make life easier, doesn't it?</p> <p>Besides ensuring you have access to all the basic necessities, money also gives you a certain freedom that you might not have had otherwise. Freedom to travel, freedom to pursue more education, freedom to be a little picky about how you earn your living and yes, freedom to enjoy yourself just a bit more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness?ref=seealso">Money Really Can Buy Happiness</a>)</p> <p>Unfortunately with the economy still dragging its feet, making some extra cash isn't always an easy thing to do&hellip; or is it? Here are five ways to make more money in under 10 hours a week.</p> <h2>1. Clean Out Your Closet...</h2> <p>In the past, this meant having the big, weekend-long yard sale, but let's be honest; that was often more trouble than it was worth. Besides, we're looking for ideas that don't keep you tied down all weekend, so let's revamp this idea by using all this great technology we've come to know and love.</p> <p>You could certainly use eBay to sell some things, but eBay gets a percentage, and then you still have shipping to contend with, taking even more profit out of your pocket. Craigslist is a better choice, and because it's local, you have much more control over how and when you deliver the goods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff?ref=seealso">15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h3>...And Sell Your Junk on Facebook</h3> <p>But the best way, in my opinion, to sell used clothing and household items is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">turn to Facebook</a>.</p> <p>Facebook's Group function has enabled communities to create &quot;virtual&quot; yard sales, posting as many or as few items as needed, so that they'll be seen by others in surrounding areas. That means your buyers no longer have to drive all weekend to &quot;happen&quot; upon your sale. All they have to do is scan the Facebook Group page to see what fantastic items you've posted.</p> <p>I picked up a wonderful selection of baby clothes for my new niece and I also found those coveted Miss Me jeans that my daughter just has to have for about half the price. Gently used of course, but that's better than paying full retail. And given how much I enjoyed the shopping experience, you can bet I'll be back.</p> <p>Start with your closet and then work your way around the house&hellip; I've seen everything from clothes and shoes to books, toys, kitchen gadgets, fishing equipment, and even parts for a car. Listing is easy and with FB notifications on a smartphone, you'll always instantly know when someone inquires about your items. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff?ref=seealso">Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h2>2. Hang Your Shingle</h2> <p>I make my money as a full-time freelance writer, but before I took that leap, I did it part-time. And you can, too.</p> <p>For years, I worked in an office during the day and then went home to write at night. I chose the jobs I wanted based on the amount of time could commit and in the process, created a steady little second income and eventually parlayed that into a full-time career. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/freelancing-a-beginner-s-guide-to-doing-it-right?ref=seealso">A Beginner's Guide to Freelancing</a>)</p> <p>If you need to go on vacation, don't book any jobs for that week. And if you find some clients who really like your work, you may end up with a regular stream of extra income, week after week after week.</p> <p>Now, don't get me wrong; freelancing definitely has its share of headaches. To get those great gigs, you have to market yourself &mdash; a lot. You won't always get the jobs you're bidding on, so you have to keep bidding and learn to take rejection. That's just the nature of the beast, and you'll need thick skin if you want to succeed.</p> <p>But it can be done, and contrary to popular opinion, there's a ton of work out there just waiting for you to find it. Outsourcing is becoming the new way to do business, so establishing yourself now may well open a new long-term career opportunity down the road.</p> <p>If you can't or don't want to write, no worries. There are a variety of freelancing jobs out there, from graphic design and desktop publishing to accounting, office administration, and data entry. Take a look at <a href="http://elance.com">Elance</a> to see what type of freelancing jobs are available.</p> <h2>3. Leverage Your Mower and Other &quot;First Job&quot; Jobs</h2> <p>Mowing yards has long been a great &quot;first job&quot; for kids, but there's no reason you can't rekindle this skill to increase your income. The &quot;team&quot; that mows my mother's yard is comprised of three full-grown men. They arrive with a trailer full of equipment and do a bang-up job for $30 bucks. Now, think: How many yards could you do over a weekend?</p> <p>And if mowing's not your thing, then look at some of those other &quot;first jobs&quot; to see what is. I'm writing this in February, for example, so mowing probably isn't in big demand, but what about shoveling snow? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs?ref=seealso">30 Great Side Jobs</a>)</p> <p>Can you walk your neighbors' dogs or care for them while your neighbors go out of town? Can you babysit? House-sit? Tutor?</p> <p>All those tried and true jobs we held as teens still offer plenty of opportunity, especially since you're now much more dependable and trustworthy than you were as a teen.</p> <p>To solicit new customers, run an ad in your local newspaper or post flyers on public bulletin boards at the library and your grocery stores. You'd be amazed at how many people are willing to pay for just such a service.</p> <h2>4. Turn Your Garden Canning Hobby Into an Income</h2> <p>Small-scale, home-based food businesses are on the rise, and the states are responding with something known as &quot;Cottage Food Legislation.&quot; These laws outline how, when, and where individuals can sell homemade goods to the public. Think Farmer's Market, a roadside stand, or even selling over the internet if you can handle the business and don't mind the shipping. In fact, the only thing that cottage food legislation seems to exclude is wholesale marketing, meaning that you could build a business to consumer (B2C) business right from your kitchen counter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts?ref=seealso">How to Preserve Food</a>)</p> <p>Every state is different, of course, so you'll want to be sure you're familiar with local laws. To give you an example, Texas (my home state) <a href="http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/">allows up to $50,000 in annual sales</a> before I need to worry about going officially commercial.</p> <p>I can sell jams, jellies, dry herbs, and any home baked goods that are non-hazardous. There are labeling requirements, and you'll certainly want to check into any liability issues that might affect your homeowner's insurance, but it's otherwise fairly straightforward. I'm still testing the waters (and the recipes!), so I haven't yet ventured into any serious marketing or production yet, but the few things I have done (some tomato jam last summer, for example) has worked really well and produced instant cash when I needed it.</p> <p>And if you like to cook and bake on a regular basis, well then, all the better.</p> <h2>5. Sell Your Handiwork</h2> <p>We've talked about marketing yourself as a freelancer and we've explored your culinary skills, but what about all those other wonderful talents that you possess? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <p>Are you crafty? Do you paint or make jewelry by hand? If so, you can sell your wares online, and you don't even need your own website to do it. Places like <a href="http://etsy.com">Etsy</a> and <a href="http://www.artfire.com/">Artfire</a> are devoted to giving those with a knack for arts and crafts a place to sell their goods and this type of merchandise has become so popular that even Amazon now has categories for homemade products.</p> <p>If arts and crafts isn't your thing, then consider other skills and abilities that you could parlay into cash. In high school, for example, I wrote poems for my friends &mdash; mostly girls who wanted their exes to understand the pain they had endured after the breakup &mdash; but the reason didn't matter: I liked writing poetry and my friends needed a poet. It was a win-win.</p> <p>Sites like <a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> or <a href="http://gigbucks.com">GigBucks</a> offer the perfect venue to market this type of service, along with a whole host of other unique services that you may not have considered doing before. Granted, some sites limit the amount you can make and/or charge a commission on your earnings, but others don't, so you should be able to find a reasonable price for the services/skills you want to offer.</p> <p><em>Now, this was just my top five. I'm sure there are other, equally good ideas out there, so share! Tell us how you make extra money when you need it.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-more-money-in-under-10-hours-a-week" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Ways to Make More Money in Under 10 Hours a Week" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income extra income ide jobs selling used Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:36:26 +0000 Kate Luther 1128732 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Start Earning More Money Today http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-start-earning-more-money-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-start-earning-more-money-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-748728-small.jpg" alt="dollar" title="dollar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to start earning more money, combining your finances, and how much you need to earn to buy a home.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/02/the-easiest-ways-to-start-earning-more-money-today.html">The Easiest Ways to Start Earning More Money Today</a> &mdash; If you want to start earning money today, use your tech skills or make something. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/combine-finances-5-step-guide/">How to Combine Your Finances: The 5 Step Guide</a> &mdash; When combining your finances, attack your debt and start an emergency fund. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Much-Income-Do-You-Need-Buy-House-34100699">Here's How Much You Should Be Earning To Buy A Home</a> &mdash; In order to buy a home in Los Angeles, you need to be earning over $72,000 per year. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablepersonalfinance.com/4-tips-encouraging-kids-adopt-sustainable-practices/">4 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Adopt Sustainable Practices</a> &mdash; To encourage your kids to adopt sustainable practices, make it a game. [Sustainable Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/02/achieving-health-and-fitness-4-tips-for-weight-loss/">Achieving health and fitness - 4 tips for weight loss</a> &mdash; Finding exercise you love and having mini goals can help you lose weight. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/much-spend-wine-stage-life-income-level/">How Much to Spend on Wine at Each Stage of Life and Income Level</a> &mdash; Until you are 27, explore your wine options but keep the price under $14. [Sweating the Big Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/02/17/pick-your-hobbies-strategically-and-save/">Pick your hobbies strategically and save</a> &mdash; Be careful of free hobbies that can be deceptive, such as jogging. You will inevitably spend money on running shoes. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/02/14/how-to-keep-your-pets-safe-this-winter/">How to keep your pets safe this winter</a> &mdash; To keep your pets safe this winter, keep them on a leash and provide them with shelter. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-unusual-ways-to-enjoy-your-girl-scout-cookies">4 Unusual Ways to Enjoy Your Girl Scout Cookies</a> &mdash; Have you ever thought about enjoying your Girl Scout cookies with wine? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/wedding-season-costs-open-savings-account-prepare/">Wedding Season Costs: Open a Savings Account to Prepare</a> &mdash; The best way to save on wedding gift costs is to purchase a gift from the registry early. [20's Finances]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-start-earning-more-money-today" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Start Earning More Money Today" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income best money tips earning extra income money Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:26 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1127078 at http://www.wisebread.com 100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-177737224.jpg" alt="cash" title="cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year, this week, this minute: There is a way you can make more money if you want to. Here I&#39;ve collected more than 100 ways to make more money &mdash; most right from Wise Bread&#39;s archives, and many of which you can start on today. From furthering your career to selling your stuff, from recycling to, heck, even juggling chainsaws &mdash; there&#39;s something here for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ways-to-make-money-over-the-holiday-break?ref=seealso">Ways to Make Money Over the Holidays</a>)</p> <h2>Career</h2> <p>Within your current career, here are some ways to up your income.</p> <h3>Ask for a Raise</h3> <p>You&#39;ll never know if you don&#39;t ask; pay rates are rarely straight across the board (unless you&#39;re unionized). You might just deserve a bit extra for your efforts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-boost-your-take-home-pay?ref=seealso">Ways to Boost Your Take-Home Pay</a>)</p> <h3>Look for Another Job</h3> <p>If getting more money from your current employer isn&#39;t working, maybe it&#39;s time for you to take a step up. Look around to see what jobs are available; depending on your career, you may wish to align yourself with a headhunter who can job hunt for you (headhunters are compensated by the employers and are free for job seekers). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">)</span></p> <h3>Start a Business</h3> <p>What are you passionate about? Can you turn it into a business? You never know &mdash; and it might not be expensive to set up. Find some inspiration here: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100</a></p> <h2>Side Jobs</h2> <p>These can be side jobs or even full-time jobs, depending on your situation.</p> <h3>Write</h3> <p>Writing is not a ticket to easy or quick income, but if you have a penchant for the written word, you can pitch articles to various editors of publications (online or in print) that you like to read, or you could even dust off some of that old poetry and see if it will sell. Here are some cautionary tips and tricks for making money as a freelance writer: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer">So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer</a></p> <h3>Get a Sponsor</h3> <p>If you have a business or talent or website with a loyal following already, you might be able to monetize further with sponsorships. This is generally more of an in-kind form of income, with free products, tickets, and discounts in exchange for some sort of exposure. Learn more about sponsorships and the ethics around them: <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/10/financial-travel-tip-52-getting-sponsorships/">Financial Travel Tip #52: Getting Sponsorships</a></p> <h3>Affiliate Sales</h3> <p>Again this is dependent on having a solid online following. Find products or services that are in your website&#39;s niche, and sign up for their affiliate programs. Digital products like e-books can pay up to 50% in commission, Amazon&#39;s affiliate program pays about 5% commission, and there is a myriad of options in between.</p> <h3>Tutoring</h3> <p>Whatever you know about &mdash; if you can teach it, you can tutor it online! From music lessons to language tutoring to business planning and coaching, with tools like Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video conferencing tools, just about anything is possible.</p> <p>Here are some resources for academic tutoring opportunities: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-opportunity-online-tutoring">Earn Extra Income With Online Tutoring</a></p> <h3>Mystery Shop</h3> <p>If you have the time and transportation, mystery shopping can be a fun way to earn extra cash. See our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">Guide to Mystery Shopping</a>.</p> <h2>Online</h2> <p>Many of the methods of making extra money in this article are made possible by the Internet. Some are more Internet-dependent than others. There are sites to help you rent out your car when it&#39;s not in use, others to sell things, and others yet to unleash your creativity (juggling chainsaws?) &mdash; and more &mdash; there are a lot of ways to make money online! Check out these articles for some inspiration and 21 ways to make money online:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-extra-income-online-today">5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online Today</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Cool Convenient Cash: 11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">5 Websites that can Seriously Pad Your Pocket</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="list-style-type:decimal;">Recycling</h2> <p>Isn&#39;t it great when the stuff you don&#39;t need is worth something and doesn&#39;t have to go in the trash? Here are 20 or so ways to make money from recycling (heck &mdash; you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them">make money recycling corks</a>):</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-for-trash-making-money-recycling">Cash for Trash: Making Money Recycling</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="list-style-type:decimal;">Sell Your Stuff</h2> <p>From using the likes of Craigslist and eBay to local target marketing efforts, here are a few ways to be rid of your wares and all the richer for it.</p> <h3>Cleaning House</h3> <p>Adam and Courtney Baker sold just about everything they owned (similar to myself) several years ago. The difference is, they applied more of a science to it, and I would surmise they profited better from it than I did using eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: Book Review &amp; Tips.</a></p> <h3>Get Creative</h3> <p>In these articles you&#39;ll find sites and ideas like ExBoyfriend Jewelry (requiring your tragic tale of breakup in order to post your jewelry for sale), living estate sales, raid my closet parties, smartphone apps &mdash; and other creative ways of finding buyers for your stuff.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="list-style-type:decimal;">Random Miscellany</h2> <p>How do you categorize renting out extra space, dog walking, selling event tickets, becoming a tour guide, participating in medical tests, and other wacky ways to make money? Randomly, I say. Very randomly:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-extra-space-make-money-and-meet-travelers-with-short-term-rentals">Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers With Short-Term Rentals</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash">12 Ways Legit Ways to Earn Some Extra Cash</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs with Flexible Schedules</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today">25 Ways to Make Money Today</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-in-your-hometown-become-a-tour-guide">Make Money in Your Home Town: Become a Tour Guide</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-while-you-travel">15 Ways to Make Money While You Travel</a></li> </ul> <p><em>What&#39;s your best idea for making more money?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year" class="sharethis-link" title="100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income career extra income income small business Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:25:18 +0000 Nora Dunn 1102579 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-dad-2286711-small.jpg" alt="dad with son" title="dad with son" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moms who decide to stay at home and raise their children definitely have their fair share of work. If you're a stay-at-home mom, you don't need me to tell you that. But perhaps you're a stay-at-home mom who is looking to earn some cash and doesn't mind working a little extra. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-to-consider-before-becoming-a-stay-at-home-parent">7 Things to Consider Before You Become a Stay-at-Home Parent</a>)</p> <p>Here are some truly legit ways for you to make money at home in your spare time.</p> <h2>1. Become a Social Media Consultant</h2> <p>Local and far-flung businesses are looking to hire social media consultants and managers. As a social media manager, you'll help businesses with their Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social media pages. Read a few good books on social media strategies to get started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-social-media-slip-ups-at-work?ref=seealso">How to Avoid Social Media Slip-Ups at Work</a>)</p> <h2>2. Work as a Virtual Assistant</h2> <p>If you're a pro at organization and productivity, put those skills to good use as a virtual assistant. Increasingly, businesses are hiring virtual assistants to answer phones, schedule appointments, type up documents, organize records, and do some data entry.</p> <h2>3. Become a Professional Blogger</h2> <p>Blogs aren't just for family photos or diary entries; you can actually make some money blogging. Earn some cash through advertising products and services you love. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know?ref=seealso">How Do Bloggers Make Money?</a>)</p> <p>Think of a skill you have that you can blog about. If you're an expert cook, for example, consider starting a food blog. <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com">The Pioneer Woman</a> started out as a mom blogging her recipes and turned it into a full-time job!</p> <h2>4. Tutor and Give Lessons</h2> <p>Whether you're an expert at playing piano or are bilingual and would like to teach others, there's some kind of skill you have that you can teach to kids or adults in your area.</p> <p>Start a website advertising your tutoring services and give free first lessons to promote your business.</p> <h2>5. Sell on Etsy.com</h2> <p><a href="http://etsy.com">Open an Etsy store</a>, and you can sell handmade vintage items, jewelry, and more. You can have your own storefront and ship items after receiving orders. Etsy is a growing marketplace and worth checking out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business?ref=seealso">5 Ways Etsy Can Help Your Startup</a>)</p> <h2>6. Sell for Multi-Level-Marketing Organizations</h2> <p>Yes, you can find legit multi-level organizations and help pay the bills with the money you earn. But remember, it's important to understand the difference between multi-level marketing programs and pyramid schemes.</p> <h2>7. Sell Your Skills on Fiverr.com</h2> <p><a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr.com</a> allows people to sell their skills for $5. It's interesting what some people are selling, like taking a picture holding a sign, recording a custom song, or designing logos for a business. Have fun, be creative, and come up with your own little Fiverr business! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-extra-income-online-today?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online</a>)</p> <h2>8. Babysit Other Children</h2> <p>You're taking care of your own kids, why not take care of a few more? Let friends and family know that you're available for daycare services. Some parents both work during the day, and since you're a stay-at-home mom, you can fill a need for willing parents.</p> <h2>9. Become a Graphic Designer</h2> <p>Graphic designers are in high demand these days. A good graphic designer can make a living designing for websites and ebooks. Research some of the programs you'll need to do your work, and figure out the best business model for you.</p> <h2>10. Do Bookkeeping for Businesses</h2> <p>One of the last things many business owners want to do is the books. Bookkeeping is quite the burden for those who want to just focus on what they do best, so there is certainly a market for those willing to do some accounting.</p> <p>It can help to take a few courses in accounting and make sure you're on top of all the activities of your clients. Create a comprehensive solution and businesses everywhere will thank you.</p> <h2>11. Sell Photos Online</h2> <p>Love photography? You can sell your photos online at sites like <a href="http://submit.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a> and <a href="http://www.dreamstime.com">Dreamstime</a>. If you're good, you can actually make some decent money selling your photos. Websites are constantly looking for great photography to go along with their articles.</p> <h2>12. Start an Antique Restoration Business</h2> <p>If you collect antiques and restore them, why not turn that into a business? You can advertise your services at local antique shops and might even find some business through them. Make old things look brand new, add some modern flare to an old collectible, or frame works of art for selling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking?ref=seealso">How to Pick Antiques for Resale</a>)</p> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>These are just a few ideas for stay-at-home moms; I'm sure with a little brainstorming you can come up with many more. Just because you're not working a traditional job doesn't mean you can't earn some extra cash.</p> <p><em>How will you bring in some extra cash as a stay-at-home mom or dad? Share your ideas with us in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-legit-ways-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads-to-earn-some-extra-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Legit Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads to Earn Some Extra Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bob Lotich is the founder of <a href="http://christianpf.com">Christian Personal Finance</a>, a website devoted to helping folks make more money, save more, invest wisely, and increase their giving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bob-lotich">Bob Lotich</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income extra income freelance income side jobs Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Bob Lotich 1101138 at http://www.wisebread.com How I Got Over the Hump and Sold My Blog for $3 Million http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-got-over-the-hump-and-sold-my-blog-for-3-million <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-i-got-over-the-hump-and-sold-my-blog-for-3-million" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/obstacle-167160369.jpg" alt="obstacle" title="obstacle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's note: Jim Wang launched the personal finance blog Bargaineering.com in 2005. Five years later, he sold the site for $3 million. Today, he runs <a href="http://microblogger.com/introducing-lifetime-income-blog-course/">Microblogger.com</a>, where he teaches new bloggers how to build successful blog businesses.</em></p> <p>There's always a wall. A hump. A plateau.</p> <p>It might come on day two, it might come on year two, but there's always a point in every business where you feel like you've hit a wall. That moment when you aren't quite sure if you're just going up a small hill or if you've just run into Mount Everest.</p> <p>For me, that moment was about six months in. I'd started <a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/?utm_source">Bargaineering</a> in January of 2005 and by July and August, in the depths of the summer slowdown, I felt as if the site might have run its course. I started it as a journal to document everything I was learning about personal finance. Six months in, when the rush of constant discovery and of daily growth had subsided, I was left with a website that was only making a few cents to maybe a dollar a day and a feeling that I'd learned enough.</p> <p>This is very common. When the euphoria of starting a new venture, of meeting all these new people, and of discovering something fresh and new subsides, you're left with the reality of running your own business &mdash; and it's tough.</p> <p>Fortunately there are techniques you can use to get over the wall, crest that hump, and overcome the plateau so you can escape the local peak and reach your full potential.</p> <h2>Hit the Reset Button</h2> <p>Any business can be a grind; sometimes you need to hit the reset button. I don't mean that you should reset the business &mdash; reset <em>yourself</em>. If the business can handle it, step away and go on a sabbatical. Use this time to think about what's important to you, what you want to focus on, and whether you can adjust your situation so that you spend more time on the things that are important, rather than the things you &quot;must&quot; do.</p> <p>If you can't get away, take some time to re-evaluate your situation. Are you doing tasks that drain you of your energy and could be outsourced? Are you stuck doing the day to day, which you hate, instead of strategizing and planning? Oftentimes it's the day to day minutiae, which is a necessary evil, that causes us to feel like we're in a rut &mdash; not the business itself.</p> <h2>Lean on Your Support Network</h2> <p>A strong support network, whether it's just a handful of close friends or a more structured mastermind group, can help you overcome many of the emotional challenges of running your own business.</p> <p>You just spent the last week putting together these awesome posts that you swore would become popular, but didn't. You just recorded and edited these amazing podcasts, but only a few people listened. You just released several new products, but no one is buying.</p> <p>You're starting to doubt yourself, doubt the mission, and ponder quitting.</p> <p>Lean on your support network. Ask for their opinions, bounce ideas off them to see what might work better next time, and otherwise just use them as a way to get things off your chest.</p> <h2>Network, Network, Network</h2> <p>Ask anyone who has ever been successful and they'll often point to their network. Networking, which is a fancy term for going out and meeting new people, is absolutely essential to any business and can be a lifeline when you've hit that proverbial wall.</p> <p>Meeting new people gives you the opportunity to constantly evolve that support network, and it also gives you the opportunity rely on the expertise of others when yours might be insufficient. There is so much you can learn by meeting new people, especially if they're outside your domain, and you can only do so if you meet them!</p> <h2>Create or Update Your Plan of Attack</h2> <p>When you started your business, you probably had a plan of attack. A list of things you were going to accomplish, target milestones, and a schedule managing it all. Oftentimes, we run into that wall when our business reaches the end of that plan or we get derailed somehow. Our efforts become unfocused, we don't see progress, and we feel like we're in a rut.</p> <p>Use this opportunity to update your plan of attack, reset your milestones, and focus on your effort, rather than the results. It's very difficult to get over the hump if you have no plan for doing so.</p> <h2>Pick Up a New Hobby</h2> <p>I love the concept of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)">flow</a>, which is defined as a mental state in which a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full engagement, and enjoyment of some activity. When someone says they're &quot;in the moment&quot; or &quot;in the zone,&quot; that's the feeling we're talking about.</p> <p>You want to pick up a hobby so that you have something else that you are constantly improving and can feel &quot;in the flow.&quot; I started running, and it's given me an opportunity to both exercise and think about my business with a clear mind.</p> <h2>Focus on Data, Not Emotions</h2> <p>Why do you feel like you've hit a wall? Is it because sales have stagnated? Traffic? Revenue or profits? Has growth slowed? In many cases, it's data that's driving the emotion, so why not focus on that and dig deeper?</p> <p>If your business is a blog and you measure your progress based on traffic, dig into the numbers to see if you should be focusing on one channel over another. How much traffic do you get from social media? Search? Referrals? Which channel needs more attention? Should you be doing more in social or perhaps writing more guest posts?</p> <p>In almost every case, there is always something you can do. If you can't think of what that might be, ask people you trust for their advice.</p> <p>I'm glad I was able to persevere through those moments of doubt because by September of 2005, just a couple months after I had hit that wall, I was featured in the New York Times, and I never looked back. I hit a few more bumps in the road, found myself stuck on a few plateaus, but the rush of being on the New York Times, the prospect of being in it again (I would eventually get mentioned three times, each one was a thrill), and of the techniques I shared was enough to push me through.</p> <p>If you ever need a little help getting through the hump, reach out to me. I'm happy to help.</p> <p><em>Jim shares insights and lessons learned with new bloggers at Microblogger.com. Be sure to </em><a href="http://microblogger.com/introducing-lifetime-income-blog-course/"><em>sign up for his free (and very in-depth)</em> Create a Lifetime Income Blog <em>course</em></a><em> to learn from his experiences.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-got-over-the-hump-and-sold-my-blog-for-3-million" class="sharethis-link" title="How I Got Over the Hump and Sold My Blog for $3 Million" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jim-wang">Jim Wang</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entrepreneurship blogging extra income freelance small business work at home Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:36:19 +0000 Jim Wang 1098710 at http://www.wisebread.com