blogging http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3131/all en-US 7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bored_office_worker_on_the_phone.jpg" alt="Bored office worker on the phone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many work-from-home jobs involve answering or making phone calls as customer service agents or sales representatives. But what if you don't have the noise-free environment required for many of these jobs? Or you'd simply rather walk over broken glass in bare feet than talk on the phone? Well, that's actually not such a big problem these days.</p> <p>There are many options available for people who want the freedom of a work-from-home job, without the hassle of being glued to the phone day and night. Here are some of the best options for &quot;phonephobics.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Customer service email and chat support</h2> <p>How are your people skills? Can you happily sit and chat over a messenger app, or reply to emails like a pro? Well, you could do very well in a customer service position where you write your responses to customers. Several big companies now employ work-at-home reps to assist with issues over email and chat, including AppleCare and Convergys. In fact, at the time of this writing, AppleCare at Home has positions for over 60 advisers available.</p> <p>You can make over $30,000 per year, or about $15 per hour, performing this kind of work for Apple and other companies, and all you need is a computer, reliable internet access, and good typing skills. Most of the time, you are provided a document telling you how to reply to specific questions or concerns. If you cannot handle the request, you can elevate it to an adviser with specific knowledge of the problem at hand.</p> <h2>2. Data entry</h2> <p>Perhaps the most popular choice for people who hate talking on the phone but want to work from home are data entry jobs. The typical data entry job is just as is sounds; you take data from one form, be it audio recordings or handwritten documents, and usually enter that information into a computer.</p> <p>What you get paid for this kind of work depends on the kind of data you're entering, and the skills required to do it. You'll be paid more if it's a specialized service, such as medical transcription or language translation. Standard data entry jobs usually pay minimum wage, or less (if you're working per piece, for example, and aren't particularly fast), but it's relatively easy work and you can do it any time of the day or night.</p> <p>Just beware of fraudulent data entry schemes that are really pyramid schemes or other scams that make you pay for classes or certifications that should be free. It's often hard to find reputable sources for data entry jobs, so be sure to research any potential employer company you find.</p> <h2>3. Tutoring</h2> <p>You can use your skills to make money at home doing one-on-one tutoring in a subject at which you excel. Whether it's math or physics, a musical instrument, or a foreign language, at-home tutors are in demand in every state. What's more, you can set your own hours, your own hourly rate, and the students can come to you. If you prefer, you can travel to them for an additional fee.</p> <p>If you're looking to get into this kind of work, you have a few options. You can simply place ads online, on outlets like Craigslist and Nextdoor, or you can register yourself with an institution like <a href="https://kaplan.com/work-with-us/join-our-team/" target="_blank">Kaplan</a> or <a href="https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/products-services-institutions/smarthinking-online-tutoring/become-a-tutor.html" target="_blank">Smarthinking</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a>)</p> <h2>4. Accounting, taxes, and bookkeeping</h2> <p>If you are skilled with numbers, you can set up a home office and help clients with their books, budgets, and taxes. To do the latter, you will need to be up to speed on all the latest tax laws, and have the best tax software available. For bookkeeping and accounting, you can actually do well even if you don't have a degree in those subjects. However, it usually takes several years of experience before you can build a roster of dependable clients from whom you get regular business.</p> <p>Some of the biggest names in taxes, including Intuit and TurboTax, employ work-at-home accountants and bookkeepers, and places like AccountingDepartment.com offer full benefits. If you're self-employed, you could easily charge $250&ndash;$350 for a session that lasts just a few hours.</p> <h2>5. Freelance writing and blogging</h2> <p>If you have a way with words and research, this is a perfect gig for you. Content is king these days, and there are thousands of websites and publications that are desperate for good, well-written articles and stories.</p> <p>When you're just starting out, you should not expect to get a lot of money for your work. And if you are starting your own blog, it can take many months to even see a dime for your efforts. But blogging, and writing for the web and magazines in general, is a slow burn. Once you build an audience and get a reliable following, the money will start to trickle in. Do it well, and that trickle can become a rolling rapid. Some of the top bloggers out there earn six-figure salaries, all from the comfort of home. You can get started by browsing sites like <a href="http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/freelance-writing-job-ads/" target="_blank">Freelance Writing Gigs</a>&nbsp;for jobs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a>)</p> <h2>6. Proofreading and editing</h2> <p>How's your grammar? Do you have an eye for detail? Does the prospect of poring over hundreds of pages of text scare you, or could you handle the challenge? Proofreading and editing is meticulous and laborious work, and therefore it's not for everyone. But if you have a fabulous grasp of language, and know (or can learn) the various editorial style guides (such as AP), you could have a great career as a proofreader or editor.</p> <p>The money you will make depends on what you're proofing, how quickly it needs to be turned around, and how many pages there are. Some places pay around $3&ndash;$4 per page, which can be to your benefit if you're fast. Other places charge a standard hourly wage, or you could find a gig that pays an annual salary with benefits.</p> <h2>7. Social media moderator</h2> <p>Also known as a content specialist, a social media moderator is responsible for the content of a brand's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels. To do this job well, you need to have a strong grasp of the brand's core values, as well as the ability to speak in a tone of voice that is appropriate. For example, the contents of Nike's social media will differ vastly in tone from Dove.</p> <p>You will also need to have almost unlimited availability, as social media is a 24/7 advertising medium. Social media monitors have to pay close attention to customer posts, and must be ready to respond quickly, even pulling posts if they cause offense or come at a bad time. The pay for this ranges from minimum wage up to $80,000 including benefits and bonuses. Just remember &mdash; you must be available day and night, and that can be stressful.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Work-From-Home%2520Jobs%2520for%2520People%2520Who%2520Hate%2520Talking%2520on%2520the%2520Phone.jpg&amp;description=7%20Work-From-Home%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Talking%20on%20the%20Phone"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Work-From-Home%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Talking%20on%20the%20Phone.jpg" alt="7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online">8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs">6 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting blogging chat customer support data entry editing phones proofreading remote jobs telecommuting Tutoring work from home writing Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Paul Michael 2023632 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping.jpg" alt="Couple camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Accommodations make up the biggest part of most travel budgets. Even if you opt to stay in the cheapest of places, it can still be a real drain on your finances. But with a little effort and an open mind, it's easy to get free accommodations all over the world when you travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Work in a hostel</h2> <p>Most hostels employ a mixture of permanent, long-term staff and temporary, short-term volunteers on a work-to-stay arrangement. These volunteers usually do a variety of work, ranging from reception duties and cleaning, to bartending and decorating. Often, you'll be required to work for just three or four hours a day so you still get plenty of time to explore. Just make sure you agree to the terms before you start. In exchange for your labor, you'll get a bed and often some food and drinks.</p> <h2>2. Housesit</h2> <p>Opportunities to housesit are available all over the world, usually for people who want someone to look after their pets while they are on vacation. The arrangement means that you get to stay in a whole house or apartment and enjoy the home comforts that come with it. Many websites, including <a href="https://www.mindmyhouse.com/" target="_blank">Mind My House</a> and <a href="https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/us/" target="_blank">Trusted Housesitters</a>, act as agents between the homeowners and potential sitters. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee to join. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <h2>3. Work exchanges</h2> <p>In return for free accommodations, travelers can offer their time and expertise to work within a small organization or even a family home. This may include farming duties, building or repairing properties, teaching English, or baby-sitting. The opportunities are wide ranging and vary in duration as well. One thing to keep in mind is that you will usually be working four to six hours a day, sometimes six days a week. If you're doing manual labor you may be too tired to sightsee in your downtime, so you may want to plan for doing that before or after your work exchange. You can find work exchange opportunities on websites such as <a href="https://www.workaway.info/" target="_blank">Workaway</a> and <a href="http://www.helpx.net/" target="_blank">HelpX</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-work-exchange-way-to-see-the-world?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Work Exchange Way to See the World</a>)</p> <h2>4. Couchsurf</h2> <p><a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/" target="_blank">Couchsurfing</a> is an online network that enables generous hosts to offer their spare beds or couches to travelers looking for somewhere to bed down for the night. It's absolutely free, and hosts are usually extremely sociable people looking to meet new friends and introduce them to their local area, with many being travelers themselves. This is better for short stays of a few days or less.</p> <h2>5. House swap</h2> <p>This is a really simple premise that involves swapping houses with someone who lives in a location that you want to visit. Sites such as <a href="https://www.homeexchange.com/en/" target="_blank">Home Exchange</a> allow you to search for situations worldwide. It's the perfect way to get free accommodations while ensuring that your home is looked after while you're away. Obviously it requires you to have a property in the first place, and as such, it is particularly good for families who own their houses and want a home to vacation in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks</a>)</p> <h2>6. Volunteer</h2> <p>Lots of charitable organizations offer free room and board in exchange for your services in helping with their activities. Opportunities range from teaching English to helping build schools in places that need them. These will often be longer-term, full-time placements where you'll be lodging with other volunteers or with local families. To get started, check out <a href="http://www.freevolunteering.net/" target="_blank">Free Volunteering</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <h2>7. Camp</h2> <p>There are lots of countries where it's absolutely legal to wild camp on public land, meaning you can stay virtually anywhere you want for no cost. Clearly you need to have camping equipment such as a tent and sleeping bag, but once you've got them, the world is your oyster. Always ensure that camping is allowed in the location you select to pitch up, and leave the site as you found it when you arrived.</p> <h2>8. Write a travel blog</h2> <p>One of the perks of <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/how-to-start-a-travel-blog-bluehost/" target="_blank">starting a travel blog</a> is that with a reasonable following, companies will want to work with you in exchange for access to your audience. Many accommodation providers, hotels, and hostels are willing to provide free stays in their properties in exchange for reviews or &quot;shout outs&quot; on your blog or social media channels. It takes time to grow a following, but the rewards are worth the effort. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a>)</p> <h2>9. Work on a boat</h2> <p>Captains from across the world are constantly on the lookout for people to provide them with a helping hand as they sail the seas. The boats will vary, from small sailboats to huge super yachts. Tasks can range from cooking and cleaning to deckhand duties. Most captains aren't necessarily looking for experienced sailors, just someone willing to pitch in when needed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats" target="_blank">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a>)</p> <h2>10. Stay in a monastery or temple</h2> <p>Religious houses across the globe offer free stays to people wanting to learn and take part in their way of communal living. You don't have to have a great faith yourself, but you will be expected to abide by their rules, which in some cases can be quite strict. It's a great way to get a different perspective on an area, though, and opens you up to new experiences.</p> <h2>11. Language exchanges</h2> <p>Learning a new language can be costly, and finding someone to practice with can be difficult, depending on where you live. Language exchange trips such as those offered by <a href="https://www.lingoo.com/" target="_blank">lingoo</a> allow people wanting to learn a new language the opportunity to live with a native speaker who wants to learn English. In exchange, you may be asked to host that person in your home, too. As a traveler, you'll get regular language speaking opportunities and the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the culture by living with a local.</p> <h2>12. Use your points</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Credit cards that offer travel rewards</a> are extremely common now, with many providing generous sign-up bonuses that you can put toward accommodations. This could make it possible to get free nights in swanky hotels just for taking out the card. Many large hotel chains also have their own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel-branded credit cards</a> that enable you to rack up points really quickly on your everyday purchases to use on stays at their properties. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>13. Use your connections</h2> <p>If you have friends or family living in a place you'd like to visit, ask if you can stay with them! Most people don't make the most of the connections they already have. Why not put out a message on social media asking if any of your friends know someone in your desired location who could put you up? You may be surprised at just how effective this is, and you'll meet some new people in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F13%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Free%2520Travel%2520Accommodations.jpg&amp;description=13%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel%20Accommodations"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/13%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel%20Accommodations.jpg" alt="13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">The Easy Way to Negotiate a Cheaper Hotel Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guide-to-staying-at-hostels-for-people-over-30">The Guide to Staying at Hostels for People Over 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations blogging camping hostels hotels house swap traveling for free volunteering work exchanges Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 1976050 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Things You Can Do Online Besides Watch Cat GIFs http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-can-do-online-besides-watch-cat-gifs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-you-can-do-online-besides-watch-cat-gifs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-484720224.jpg" alt="smart ways to kill time on the computer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the rare occasion that you have some free time, there are a variety of productive, frugal ways to browse the Internet &mdash; other than watching an endless stream of cat videos on YouTube. By taking advantage of your free time and getting the most out of your browsing, you can improve your life and achieve your goals more quickly. You can even save time and earn money along the way. Here are a few ways to wisely use your web time.</p> <h2>1. Review Your Finances</h2> <p>Check your online statements to balance your bank accounts and credit cards. This will help ensure that your budget is on track for the month. While you're at it, you can also pay your bills and check in on your investments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tricks-to-consolidating-your-debt-and-saving-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Tricks to Consolidating Your Debt and Saving Money</a>)</p> <h2>2. Organize Your Computer</h2> <p>Organize the files on your computer so that you can be more productive at work. You can also run computer cleaners to clear away junk files, free up space, and even increase computer speed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>3. Take a Class</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheap-ways-to-increase-your-knowledge-and-earning-potential?ref=internal" target="_blank">Online classes</a> span an endless range of subjects. They can help you learn a new skill or explore a new hobby. You can even study for a certification in your field to advance your career and help you seek new employment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Certifications That Add Big to Your Salary</a>)</p> <p>Whether you want to learn something new or would like to improve your craft, anything can be accomplished with online courses. If you don't want to sign up for a course, consider finding an e-book that highlights your new skills. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Must Know Before Taking an Online Class</a>)</p> <h2>4. Learn to Code</h2> <p>Not everybody can master coding, but if it's something that interests you, there are endless free resources to get you started. Spend some time on sites like <a href="https://www.codecademy.com/" target="_blank">Codecademy</a> during your free time if you'd like to build a website or learn to decipher code.</p> <h2>5. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Learn a new language with sites like <a href="https://www.duolingo.com" target="_blank">Duolingo</a>, which is free to use. Best of all, you'll feel like you're playing a game while you learn a new language. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-learn-a-new-language-just-use-one-of-these-3-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Can Learn a New Language</a>)</p> <h2>6. Learn to Speed Read</h2> <p>You can learn to speed read using free online apps like <a href="http://www.spreeder.com/" target="_blank">Spreeder</a>. This can save you time, help you read faster, and increase your productivity. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>7. Network</h2> <p>Spend some time fixing up your LinkedIn page and reach out to colleagues and contacts. This can improve your working relationships and help you find a new job when you need one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-minutes-to-a-linkedin-profile-that-gets-you-hired?ref=seealso" target="_blank">30 Minutes to a LinkedIn Profile That Gets You Hired</a>)</p> <h2>8. Write</h2> <p>Whether you are interested in writing articles, have a knack for poetry, or have considered starting your own blog, use your free time online to pursue your passion for prose. Best of all, you can even make some money in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them?ref=seealso" target="_blank">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a>)</p> <h2>9. Play Games and Watch Videos for Cash</h2> <p>While playing games on your computer might not seem productive, you can actually make money while doing so. Sites like <a href="http://swagbucks.7eer.net/c/27771/19503/799" target="_blank">Swagbucks</a> will give you points for playing games, watching videos, answering surveys, shopping online, and searching the Internet. You can later trade in your points for cash or gift cards. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What Pays More: Online Surveys or the Gig Economy?</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-can-do-online-besides-watch-cat-gifs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-sneaky-ways-identity-thieves-can-access-your-data">3 Sneaky Ways Identity Thieves Can Access Your Data</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-declutter-your-digital-life">5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-off-the-grid-is-a-lot-harder-than-you-think">Going Off the Grid Is a Lot Harder Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Technology blogging coding computer computer games emails finances free time Internet online classes Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1876779 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Start a Blog in 10 Minutes http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-start-a-blog-in-10-minutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-start-a-blog-in-10-minutes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_laptop_75385293.jpg" alt="Woman starting a blog in 10 minutes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to start a blog in 10 minutes, KonMari-inspired storage solutions, and powerful willpower tips to help you achieve anything.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://wellkeptwallet.com/2016/08/how-to-start-a-blog-in-10-minutes-or-less/">How to Start a Blog in 10 Minutes or Less</a> &mdash; Determine what you want as your blog's purpose or brand. Readers tend to prefer blogs with a stronger focus. [Well Kept Wallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/konmari-storage-ideas-14138/">11 KonMari-Inspired Storage Ideas to Simplify Your Life</a> &mdash; The boxes that cellphones come in are great for small items like writing tools, sugar packets, tea bags, measuring spoons, and sticky notes. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-More-Willpower-33521396">Achieve Anything With These 8 Powerful Willpower Tips</a> &mdash; Set small deadlines toward a greater goal. The consistent act of self-control can increase overall willpower. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/10-green-back-to-school-tips">10 Tips for a Healthy, Planet-Friendly Back-to-School</a> &mdash; Avoid plastic for your kids' lunchboxes and water bottles. Stainless steel will last for years, are easy to wash, and won't leach toxic chemicals into your child's food. [Small Footprint Family]</p> <p><a href="http://wealth.kiplinger.com/reader/kiplinger/4-election-year-myths-about-investing">4 Election Year Myths About Investing</a> &mdash; Odds are, you've come across these myths during this presidential election cycle. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/how-to-make-buying-gifts-more-affordable/">How To Make Buying Gifts More Affordable</a> &mdash; Use discounted gift cards to save 10% or more on the gifts you buy. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-save-money-by-couponing.html">How To Save Money By Couponing</a> &mdash; The Sunday paper is full of coupons, coupon inserts, store sale fliers, and much more, so get a subscription if you don't already have one. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/productive-next-20-minutes/">4 Ways to Be More Productive (For the Next 20 Minutes)</a> &mdash; Motivate yourself by turning boring or repetitive tasks into a game with a built-in reward. [MoneyMiniBlog]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/18033/single-people-cook-in-bulk.html">5 Ways Single People Can Cook in Bulk for Less</a> &mdash; Invest in a vacuum sealer to help you save groceries that might go to waste before you can get to them. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/ready-set-floor-5-childrens-activities-that-start-on-a-rug">Ready, Set, Floor! 5 Children's Activities That Start on a Rug</a> &mdash; Take advantage of floor space by using your rug for activities! You can play a variation on hopscotch with an alphabet rug or take a pretend trip on a map rug. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-start-a-blog-in-10-minutes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-can-do-online-besides-watch-cat-gifs">9 Things You Can Do Online Besides Watch Cat GIFs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-instagram-account-into-a-paying-gig">How to Turn Your Instagram Account Into a Paying Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception-updated">No Signal? 6 Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Reception</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-cable-organizers">The 5 Best Travel Cable Organizers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology best money tips blogging Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Amy Lu 1766503 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Build a Money-Making Blog in a Week http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-build-a-money-making-blog-in-a-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-how-to-build-a-money-making-blog-in-a-week" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_computer_blogging_15167332.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to make a money-making blog in a week" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to build a profitable blog in a week, legislation that may help you save $2,000 a year on food, and ways to keep your pets cool and safe this summer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://makemoneyyourway.com/build-profitable-blog-week/">How to Build a Profitable Blog in a Week</a> &mdash; Making a living by blogging takes time, but you can get the ball rolling in just a week by following these steps. [Make Money Your Way]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/how-save-almost-3000-year-starting-today/">How to Save $2,000 a Year on Food</a> &mdash; Many consumers assume that &quot;use by&quot; labels on food deals with safety and quality, but they're actually put there by manufacturers to indicate optimal freshness or taste. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2016/07/stay-cool-travel-safe-with-pets-this.html">Stay Cool &amp; Safe With Pets This Summer With These Helpful Tips!</a> &mdash; Matted fur traps heat, so be sure to brush your pets daily. [Stretching the One Income Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Reasons-Take-Break-40921138">Why Downtime Isn't Lazy &mdash; It's Actually GOOD For You</a> &mdash; Taking a quick power nap or a brisk walk alone can help solidify memories. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/19-questions-to-ask-when-scheduling-an-appointment/">19 Questions to Ask When Scheduling an Appointment</a> &mdash; You don't have to ask EVERY question&hellip; but getting the answers to a handful of these will certainly result in a less stressful appointment. [The Order Expert]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/how-to/how-travel-europe-budget-070516/">How to Travel Europe on a Budget</a> &mdash; Invest in a Eurail pass if you plan on traveling all over Europe. This pass allows you to visit 28 countries for a fixed cost. [mintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefinancialblogger.com/5-first-steps-to-building-a-successful-budget/">5 First Steps to Building a Successful Budget</a> &mdash; Grouping all your purchases and other spending into categories will help you track the different kinds of expenses that you have each month. [The Financial Blogger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/life-hacks/knowing-helps-prevent-overspending-amazon/69418">Knowing This Helps Prevent You From Overspending with Amazon</a> &mdash; Having Amazon Prime two-day shipping can tempt you to buy everything from the giant retailer. It's easy and fast and you want to get your membership's worth, but you may be spending more money than you should. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/how-to-choose-an-executor-for-your-will/">How to Choose an Executor for Your Will</a> &mdash; The executor will be responsible for going through your will and making sure your wishes are followed, so it's important that you choose someone who is competent, reliable, and trustworthy. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/quick-fix-clean-coffee-stains-car-mats-gif/">Quick Fix: Clean Coffee Stains Out of Your Car Mats</a> &mdash; Spilled your coffee in the car? A solution of white vinegar and water (or white vinegar, water, and enzyme detergent if you add milk to your coffee) will clean it right up. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-build-a-money-making-blog-in-a-week">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media">6 Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know">How Do Bloggers Make Money? What Every Non-blogger Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips blogging Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1748140 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Blog Like a Pro on an Amateur's Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-blog-like-a-pro-on-an-amateurs-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-blog-like-a-pro-on-an-amateurs-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smart_working_75385747.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to blog like a pro on an amateur&#039;s budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on free and cheap tools for blogging like a pro, signs that you&rsquo;re too frugal, and ways to make your time at the airport more bearable.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/starting-a-blog-budget-tools/">30 Free and Cheap Tools to Help You Blog Like a Pro on an Amateur&rsquo;s Budget</a> &mdash; Use free graphic design tools to customize your blog and showcase your personality. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Signs-Youre-Too-Frugal-41391028#photo-41391028">8 Signs You're a Little Too Frugal</a> &mdash; You're too frugal if you give a gift and then try to get gift bag or box back. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0620/Three-ways-to-make-your-time-at-the-airport-more-bearable">Three ways to make your time at the airport more bearable</a> &mdash; If you travel often, you might want to consider getting TSA Precheck or Global Entry. These programs allow you to get into lanes that are typically shorter than regular airport security lines and give you access to other privileges as well. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/06/what-keeps-you-awake-at-night.html">5 Night Time Mistakes That Will Keep You Awake</a> &mdash; When you exercise late at night, the stress hormones that your body releases during a workout will make it harder for you to fall asleep. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/booking-travel-direct-13916/">12 Ways Booking Direct May Get You a Better Deal</a> &mdash; Booking directly with a hotel or airline can grant you access to better perks and special package that aren't available through third-party sites. [Cheapism]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T008-C000-S001-state-minimum-wages-rising-in-2017.html">How High Will Your State's Minimum Wage Be on January 1, 2017?</a> &mdash; Although the federal minimum wage has remained the same since it was raised to $7.25 an hour in 2009, many states have started to raise wages on their own. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://afewshortcuts.com/2016/06/7-ways-to-repel-pests-at-your-campsite">7 Ways to Repel Pests At Your Campsite</a> &mdash; Spread some Vaseline on the legs or your chairs and picnic tables to keep bugs from crawling up the legs and making their way to you. [A Few Short Cuts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalbuzz.com/articles/shopping-tips/10-items-worth-buying-at-dollar-stores/">10 Items Worth Buying At Dollar Stores</a> &mdash; Most food containers these days are equally good in terms of quality. Buy your containers at a dollar store and you'll hardly notice they aren't name-brand. [Frugal Buzz]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/best-places-sell-make-hand/">The Best Places To Sell What You Make By Hand</a> &mdash; Show off your creations at local craft fairs! You'll have to pay a fee to set up a stall, but it's a great way to test the waters and see if your product hits the right notes. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-make-reading-fun-for-your-kids-this-summer">7 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your Kids This Summer</a> &mdash; Connect with your kids by reading the same books they do. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><strong>$1,500 Giveaway!</strong> Don't forget to enter before June 30th for your chance to win $1,500 in prizes in our Rutgers Giveaway! If you are a young adult, take a quick survey on your financial decisions and you could win a $500 or one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. For more information and to enter, check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">giveaway article</a>!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-blog-like-a-pro-on-an-amateurs-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-can-do-online-besides-watch-cat-gifs">9 Things You Can Do Online Besides Watch Cat GIFs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-instagram-account-into-a-paying-gig">How to Turn Your Instagram Account Into a Paying Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception-updated">No Signal? 6 Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Reception</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-cable-organizers">The 5 Best Travel Cable Organizers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology best money tips blogging Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:31:20 +0000 Amy Lu 1735085 at http://www.wisebread.com Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog? http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000044080708_Large.jpg" alt="making money with a blog" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When people ask me what I do for a living and I reply, &quot;I'm a travel blogger,&quot; I can pretty much see the confusion in their faces. They're thinking, <em>How can a blog make money? Isn't that just a hobby? Who pays you? How much can you really make?</em> Based on my own experience &mdash; and those of many other bloggers in different industries &mdash; I'm going to answer these questions (and more).</p> <h2>What Kinds of Blogs Make Money?</h2> <p>There are all sorts of blogs on the Internet and pretty much all of them have the <em>potential </em>to earn money.</p> <p>You can make money from any type of blog if you actively search for income sources and monetize and market your blog in an efficient way.</p> <h2>How Many Blogs Are Out There?</h2> <p>According to WPvirtuoso.com, there is a <a href="http://www.wpvirtuoso.com/how-many-blogs-are-on-the-internet/">blog created on the Internet</a> every half-second. That's over 170,000 new blogs being created every single day! The same study also claimed that there were over 152 million blogs on the Internet in 2013. Given their calculation of a new blog every half second, in 2015, there would have been around 276 million blogs worldwide.</p> <p>This may sound like a saturated market, and it is, but the vast majority of these blogs are hobbies, not careers. There are very few bloggers out there who are actively trying to earn a full-time income from their work, and thus, the competition is not as fierce as the above numbers would suggest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them?ref=seealso">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a>)</p> <h2>Who Pays Bloggers?</h2> <p>Typically, bloggers earn income streams from many different sources, but overall, their earnings can be roughly broken down into three main categories.</p> <h3>1. Direct Advertising</h3> <p>This is when a company places a link or a banner ad on a blog. Typically, advertisers will pay a monthly or yearly fee for this placement. Banner ads can pay upwards of $300 a month, so if a blogger places three or four of these, the revenue will start to add up. Some blogs have 10-15 banner ads throughout their website, earning them thousands of dollars per month.</p> <h3>2. Affiliate Marketing</h3> <p>Another common source of blogging income is through affiliate sales. Basically, a blogger links to a product or service from their website. When a reader buys that product or service through that link, the blogger receives a commission.</p> <p>There are affiliates for all sorts of businesses, like Amazon, Expedia, Alamo, and many more. For mommy blogs, affiliates may be for children's toys and craft products. For tech review blogs, their best affiliates are probably through online electronics stores.</p> <h3>3. Sponsorships</h3> <p>This is when a company pays a blogger in exchange for continuous promotion. It is not uncommon for bloggers to get paid to review free gear, free travel, and free services. The sponsorship opportunities are endless and can be available in many different industries.</p> <h2>How Many Hours Per Week Do Bloggers Work?</h2> <p>This varies greatly from blogger to blogger. Many people claim that they work upwards of 60 hours per week on their blogs! In my case, I left a high-paying, 60-hour per week job so that I could have more time doing what I love: traveling.</p> <p>I work on my blog just four hours a day, five days per week... at the very most. The great thing about an efficient blog is that you don't have to put much time into it. Once it's built with a passive income model, it can typically earn money without very much work involved.</p> <h2>How Much Do Blogs Really Make?</h2> <p>Finally we get to the big question. Of course, the income that a blog can earn will depend entirely on the individual blogger, their work ethic, their niche, and the amount of readers that they have, but here are some good examples of real life bloggers making good money from their blogs.</p> <h3>Travel Blogging</h3> <p>My blog, <a href="http://goatsontheroad.com/">GoatsOnTheRoad</a> &mdash; and the freelance writing work that branches off from it &mdash; currently earns me over $10,000 per month after tax. With two people running the site 20 hours a week, that income works about to be about $62.50 per hour. I would consider Goats On The Road to be a relatively successful blog in the travel niche, but there are many others out there that earn much more than $100K per year from their travel blogs.</p> <p>Caz and Craig earn a six-figure income from their fantastic <a href="http://www.ytravelblog.com/">yTravelBlog</a>, and they also travel the world with their two adorable children.</p> <h3>Blogging Blogs<strong> </strong></h3> <p>There is some huge money to be made from blogging about blogs! One of my favorites is Pat Flynn's <a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/">SmartPassiveIncome</a>. Pat is very open about his income because, like me, he wants people to know just how feasible a solid blogging career can be.</p> <p>Pat earns over $1 million per year from his blog. He spends very little time on his computer and has lots of free time for his family. He is an inspiration to all bloggers and family men around the world.</p> <h3>Mommy Blogs</h3> <p>According to the Pew Research Center, there are more than 18.9 million women who write blogs. Of those nearly 19 million, very few are earning a full-time living from it. The top mommy blogs (like <a href="http://houseofroseblog.com/">House of Rose Blog</a> and <a href="http://sunshineandsippycups.com/">Sunshine and Sippy Cups</a>) make over $40,000 a year. That's a pretty good income considering they are able to stay home with their families all day and work in their pajamas!</p> <h3>Tech and Review Blogs</h3> <p>Probably one of the most lucrative and easily monetized forms of blogging, tech and review blogs make most of their money through affiliate sales. They review or talk about a product, and have an affiliate link to the product on their webpage. Every time someone reads the review and buys the product from their links, they earn a commission.</p> <p><a href="http://techcrunch.com/">Tech Crunch</a> is said to earn around $15,000 a day ($5,475,000 per year) through banner ads and affiliate sales, while <a href="http://engadget.com/">Engadget</a> earns around $9,800 per day ($3,577,000 per year).</p> <h2>Can Blogging Be a Career?</h2> <p>Absolutely. If you're looking for an alternative way to earn money, at a job that doesn't tie you into specific hours or one particular location, then blogging may be for you. There are opportunities available online that never existed in the pre-Internet world, and there is more than enough work to go around.</p> <p>If you're looking for a change, you may want to consider blogging. With the most successful blogs earning over $1 million per year, it's definitely a feasible career choice.</p> <p><em>Have you created a profitable blog? How did you get started? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fcan-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FCan%20You%20Really%20Make%20Money%20by%20Starting%20a%20Blog-.jpg&amp;description=Is%20blogging%20really%20a%20reliable%20way%20to%20earn%20money%3F%20Find%20out%20here!" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Can%20You%20Really%20Make%20Money%20by%20Starting%20a%20Blog-.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-morning-commute">6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Morning Commute</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income blogger blogging blogs making money side job starting a blog Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Nick Wharton 1679591 at http://www.wisebread.com 22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_from_home_000025337892.jpg" alt="Woman finding surprising websites that will pay her to write" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You'd like to get paid to write online, but many websites are looking for contributors with experience. If you don't have significant experience, what can you do?</p> <p>Good news! There are a lot of websites, small and large, that will pay you regardless of experience. If you've ever looked at a greeting card and thought, &quot;I could do that,&quot; written a poem or short fiction, thought you could do a better job on a research based article than what you've read online, are an expert hobbyist or more, you could be earning hundreds or thousands in extra income a year.</p> <p>Below is a list of 22 sites that pay for your writing. It isn't comprehensive, but is merely meant to provide a wide range of examples of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">paid writing opportunities</a>. Use it as a guide to help you find many more sites that will pay you, too!</p> <h2>1. ADDitude</h2> <p><a href="http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/writers-guidelines.html">ADDitude</a> is an online magazine is devoted to providing strategies and support for people who are living with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Though they typically accept guest contributions from journalists and mental health professionals, they are also looking for writings from lay people who have personal experience with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Articles should be no more than 2000 words, and payment amount is calculated based on many factors including length, and experience with the topic.</p> <h2>2. Ashtray Blog</h2> <p>Vaping is all the rage right now. So if you're an enthusiast, why not consider getting paid to write an article for the <a href="http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/write-for-the-ashtray-blog">Ashtray Blog</a>? They are looking for those that focus on vaping, harm reduction, electronic cigarettes, or similar related topics. The pay rate varies, but typically starts at $50 for a shorter piece (think 500 words) that doesn't require a ton of research.</p> <h2>3. Alive Now</h2> <p>The bi-monthly devotional magazine <a href="http://alivenow.upperroom.org/writers/">Alive Now</a> will pay a minimum of $35 for a submission that is accepted. They provide the themes, which can help you structure your submission.</p> <h2>4. BabyFit</h2> <p>Owned by SparkPeople, a popular online preventative healthcare website, <a href="http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/articles.asp?id=775">BabyFit</a> focuses on fitness and nutrition when pregnant and as a parent. If you can write a well-researched article between 500 and 1200 words, you may be interested in submitting one to this site. They pay contributors between $25 and $90 for their expertise.</p> <h2>5. Blue Mountain Arts</h2> <p>If you can write contemporary prose or poetry focusing on personal experience, check out <a href="http://www.sps.com/help/writers_guidelines.html">Blue Mountain Arts</a>. This greeting card company will pay you $300 for exclusive rights to your poem, or $50 for one time use in a book.</p> <h2>6. Classic Toy Trains</h2> <p>Obsessed with toy trains? Could you write about them? Well, <a href="http://ctt.trains.com/magazine/submission-guidelines/2006/06/ctt-submission-guidelines">Classic Toy Trains</a> accepts articles on this very topic and they pay $75 per page.</p> <h2>7. Chicken Soup for the Soul</h2> <p><a href="http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/story-guidelines">Chicken Soup for the Soul</a>, which is also responsible for the best-selling books with that same name, will pay you $200 for an &quot;inspirational, true story or poem about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences,&quot; or $100 for a devotional. Submissions should be no more than 1200 words in length.</p> <h2>8. Comstock</h2> <p>Adult humor greeting card company <a href="http://comstockmarketplace.com/guidelines.php?osCsid=h1lc4vllps64q4glctd7uscvi3">Comstock</a> is looking for ideas and will pay you $50 for each one accepted.</p> <h2>9. Developer Tutorials</h2> <p>If you're knowledgeable about computer programming and design, and can write a tutorial, this website might be for you. <a href="http://www.developertutorials.com/write-for-us/">Developer Tutorials</a> is looking for list-based articles and will pay for accepted contributions. The rate depends on many factors, such as length and quality of the tutorial, as well as the demand for your particular lesson.</p> <h2>10. Fantus Paper Products</h2> <p>Their greeting card division, <a href="http://www.psg-fpp.com/creative_guidelines.htm">P.S. Greetings Inc</a>., which manufactures &quot;everyday&quot; greeting cards and has an extensive Christmas program, is accepting submissions to be featured on their rack and box set cards. Compensation is decided on a case-by-case basis.</p> <h2>11. FineScale Modeler Magazine</h2> <p>If you enjoy building or know a lot about model airplanes, cars, ships, etc. then you could earn some extra money writing about them at <a href="http://www.finescale.com/magazine/contribute-to-fsm/2004/01/submit-to-finescale-modeler-magazine">FineScale Modeler</a>. This magazine pays for articles between 750&ndash;2500 words, and the payment amount is based on the length of the article.</p> <h2>12. Girl's Life</h2> <p>If you have a daughter, sister, niece, or female friend who is younger than 18 and likes to write, create poetry, or short fiction, she can earn money if her submission to <a href="http://www.girlslife.com/page/Writers-Guidelines.aspx">Girl's Life</a> is accepted. Payment amount is decided on a case-by-case basis.</p> <h2>13. Glimmer Train</h2> <p><a href="http://www.glimmertrain.com/writguid1.html">Glimmer Train</a> has been devoted to discovering new writers since 1990 and pays up to $700 for first publication rights for accepted stories.</p> <h2>14. High Country News</h2> <p><a href="http://www.hcn.org/about/submissions">High Country News</a> is a non-profit magazine focusing on the American West (&quot;people, politics, culture, and aesthetic values&quot;). If you like writing on these topics, they will pay you .50 to $1.50 per word (yes, per word) depending on your writing experience and their experience with you. If a submission is accepted and they decide not to run it, you will receive a 25% kill fee (a percentage of what you would have received had the article run).</p> <h2>15. Oatmeal Studios</h2> <p>This greeting card company is looking for humorous greeting card ideas, so if you have a knack for that, send them to <a href="http://www.oatmealstudios.com/html5/pages/art_guide.html">Oatmeal Studios</a>. They'll pay $75 for each idea that is accepted.</p> <h2>16. The Hairpin</h2> <p><a href="http://thehairpin.com/about/">The Hairpin</a> focuses on women and features (mostly) women writers. The topics are varied and wide-ranging, from celebrity culture to tips for creating a great cover letter. They are looking for original, unpublished content, and pay contributors for their work.</p> <h2>17. BlogMutt</h2> <p><a href="https://www.blogmutt.com/become-a-writer">BlogMutt</a> produces blog posts for businesses in just about every industry imaginable, from pet boutiques to tech services. If you can write on a wide variety of topics &mdash; especially in the tech industry &mdash; you'll have a lot of available work. There are no deadlines or assignments, so you can write at your own pace. Customers provide the topics they need blog posts on, writers submit posts on the topics they choose, and the customers pick the posts they want. There&rsquo;s no guaranteed sale, but most writers have a 90% acceptance rate.</p> <h2>18. Smart Alex</h2> <p>Adult humor greeting card company, <a href="http://www.smartalexinc.com/pages/artist_submission/124.php">Smart Alex</a>, is looking for submissions that are &quot;funny, edgy, and risque&hellip;topical, witty, smart, ironic, or sexually suggestive.&quot; Compensation is discussed once a submission is accepted.</p> <h2>19. Smithsonian Magazine</h2> <p>Recognized for its libraries devoted to exhibits in in science, art, history, and pop culture, <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/contact/article-submit-print-magazine/">Smithsonian Magazine</a> will pay authors whose submissions are accepted. Hard numbers are hard to come by, and as you can imagine, they receive a lot of submissions, but it looks like an article could earn up to $1500 for a piece they like.</p> <h2>20. Tales to Go</h2> <p><a href="http://talestogo.travelerstales.com/about/">Tales to Go</a> is a paid subscription website and book publisher focusing on stories about travel. They are looking for personal, non-fiction stories and anecdotes, especially to unfamiliar areas. Stories should be between 1000 and 3000 words. Works that are accepted will receive a $50 honorarium.</p> <h2>21. The Secret Place</h2> <p><a href="http://www.judsonpress.com/catalog_sp_guidelines.cfm">The Secret Place</a> is a quarterly devotional made up exclusively of freelance writers. They pay $20 per accepted meditation devotion which should be about 150-200 words.</p> <h2>22. The Sun</h2> <p><a href="http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing">The Sun</a> is an ad-free paid subscription website that focuses on many aspects of the human experience. They pay contributors anywhere from $300 to $2500 for their work and are looking for essays, interviews, fiction, or poetry. They even throw in a complimentary one-year subscription to their magazine.</p> <p>This list really is the tip of the iceberg, and many writers, including myself, have had positive experiences and enjoyed the extra income. Let's grow this list. Let me know about your favorite sites in the comments below!</p> <p><em>[Editor's Note: A helpful reader pointed out that an entry in this list was no longer paying (ReachSelf). We have replaced that outlet with another paying market.]</em></p> <p><em>Have you earned extra cash with your writing? Where'd you sell it?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</p> <script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them%3Fref%3Dseealso&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F22%2520Websites%2520That%2520Will%2520Pay%2520You%2520to%2520Write%2520for%2520Them_0.jpg&amp;description=22%20Websites%20That%20Will%20Pay%20You%20to%20Write%20for%20Them"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/22%20Websites%20That%20Will%20Pay%20You%20to%20Write%20for%20Them_0.jpg" alt="22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work">Get Paid Real Money From Virtual Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting blogging freelance self-employment telecommute work from home writing Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Kim Owens 1571537 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Hobbies That Pump Up Your Resume http://www.wisebread.com/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_traveling_paris_000017104925.jpg" alt="Woman finding hobbies that pump up her resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Time spent away from work on hobbies is immensely valuable &mdash; it connects us with friends and family, gives us a sense of purpose and meaning, and allows us to relax, all while developing important skills. Even better, some of the skills our hobbies impart can benefit us in the workplace. Here are three hobbies that help us develop important, resume-boosting skills, without even trying.</p> <h2>1. Blogging</h2> <p>When you apply for a job, there's a good chance your would-be boss, or someone from the human resources department, is going to Google you. One of the best ways to increase your chances of landing an interview &mdash; and, eventually, the job &mdash; is to differentiate yourself from other candidates in the search results. Setting up and maintaining a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers">professional blog</a> and social media accounts is a great way to boost your image, show off your skills and accomplishments and communicate that you have an interesting, active life outside the office.</p> <p>Plus, bloggers have a better chance of getting noticed and hired by employers because they are showcasing skills that can immediately be put into use in an office setting &mdash; from search engine optimization and social media management to writing and design. But your blog might also offer a peek into your personality. That's important, too, because, in many respects, employers are hiring as if they are choosing between candidates to <a href="http://www.asanet.org/journals/ASR/Dec12ASRFeature.pdf">be their new friend</a> as well as their new worker.</p> <p>While your blog should be professional &mdash; no party pictures or political rants &mdash; it should also offer flashes of your love for cooking or affinity for backgammon. The goal is to come across as a smart, motivated, well-rounded person &mdash; not a boring, one-dimensional robot.</p> <h2>2. World Travel</h2> <p>So you just got back from a trip around the world, or a summer spent teaching English in Nepal. Maybe you spent a month solo backpacking through South America. Wherever you were, now you're home &mdash; and you're ready to find a job. Rest assured, there's no need to try to conceal how you've been spending your time. While carving time out to travel was once considered by many employers to be frivolous, it's now more often seen as an asset. Translation: Your time spent hiking in the mountains, touring war-torn cities, and befriending the inhabitants of remote villages boosts your hireability.</p> <p>Employers need experienced workers who are comfortable with other cultures, aren't afraid of stepping outside their comfort zones, and have a thirst for familiarizing themselves with the unknown. Did you plan, finance, and budget your own travels? Then you probably picked up some budgeting, finance, and organizational skills. Did you befriend a child in Vietnam using only body language? Well, then, you're skilled at overcoming communication and language barriers. People who travel are often motivated, able to speak another language, and willing to relocate &mdash; and these are highly sought qualities in the working world. No two travelers have the same stories to tell, so be sure to use your most awe inspiring ones to differentiate yourself in your cover letter.</p> <h2>3. Team Sports</h2> <p>Participating in a team sport or activity, like club soccer, gives you a deepened sense of self-worth, purpose, and meaning. And it means you know how to play well with others &mdash; both on and off the field. Sports can teach you how to work toward a team goal while also chipping away at personal ones. They're a great way to polish your time management skills and learn the importance of commitment. They teach you how to overcome setbacks and learn from your mistakes.</p> <p>These are the qualities you build while dribbling up and down the court, making strategic passes to members of your team. And it's the stuff your future boss is looking for from new hires. The best place to list sports involvement on your resume is under an &quot;activities&quot; subhead. It's all about the keywords and phrases. Coachable. Dedicated. Accountable. Team player. Expressed properly, any job interviewer will see how your on-the-field skills will translate in the workplace.</p> <p><em>Do you have hobbies that enhance your workplace abilities? Tell us about them in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-job-without-saying-a-word">How to Get the Job Without Saying a Word</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-let-these-6-common-job-traps-derail-your-career">Don&#039;t Let These 6 Common Job Traps Derail Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building blogging employment history job hunting resume sports teams traveling Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1554884 at http://www.wisebread.com The 3 Best Jobs for Expats and Travelers http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_computer_000053499636.jpg" alt="Woman looking for job as an expat and traveler" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;The world is a book, and those who don't travel read only a page,&quot; said Saint Augustine.</p> <p>Americans take this advice to heart. They love to travel so much that they clock in more than <a href="http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/travel/CA%20by%20the%20Numbers-%20May%202015.pdf">80 million trips abroad</a> every year, and an estimated 8.7 million of Americans live overseas.</p> <p>But if you're worried you can't indulge your travel bug and still make bank, consider these three best jobs for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-cheap-places-to-live-as-an-expat">expats and travelers</a>.</p> <h2>1. Teacher</h2> <p>Back in 2002, I had just completed my bachelor's degree at the University of Alberta (go Bears!) in Canada, and, like many of my fellow graduates, I was hunting for a job. You'd be surprised at the very high demand for graduates from Canadian and American colleges to teach abroad. If your dream is to live in a country for at least a year, then becoming a teacher at a foreign high school, English-language center, or university is a great way to make that dream a reality.</p> <p>Here are three programs to consider.</p> <h3>JET Program</h3> <p>U.S. citizens with at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited university before July 1st of the departure year can apply to become an <a href="http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/positions.html#ALT">Assistant Language Teacher</a> teaching English at various grade levels throughout Japan.</p> <h3>Prepa Tec</h3> <p>One of the largest education systems in Mexico is the <a href="http://www.itesm.mx">Tecnologico de Monterrey</a>. Their high school system (better known as Prepa Tec) recruits recent graduates from universities from several countries to teach a wide variety of courses, including English, Mathematics, Science, and Political Science.</p> <h3>Kaplan</h3> <p>The test prep company Kaplan has several partnerships and often needs educators of all levels who are interested in <a href="http://careers.kaplaninternational.com">teaching abroad</a>.</p> <p>One important point to remember is to know who is responsible for applying and keeping your work visa (if required), because that's a process that can sometimes be expensive and time-consuming. Ideally, you want your employer to be the one handling all that paperwork.</p> <h2>2. Online Tutor</h2> <p>If a nine to five schedule or salary in local currency doesn't sound appealing to you, then take advantage of the internet and tutor students back in the U.S. using tools such as Skype, Adobe Connect, or FaceTime (and get paid in U.S. dollars). Additionally, depending on the length of your stay in various countries, tutoring lets you skip the entire work visa process.</p> <p>There are several sites that allow you to find students interested in online tutoring.</p> <h3>WyzAnt</h3> <p>Expert tutors can connect with students across the U.S. to schedule online lessons. From GMAT prep to Algebra to French, your subject of choice is available at <a href="http://www.wyzant.com">WyzAnt</a>.</p> <h3>Tutor.com</h3> <p>Unlike other online tutoring sites, <a href="http://www.tutor.com/apply">Tutor.com</a> is looking for applicants that can tutor at least five hours per week. That's great news for those seeking a steady source of income. Tutor.com has a very specific <a href="http://www.tutor.com/cmspublicfiles/WWW/concept-list.pdf">list of subjects</a> that they hire for.</p> <h3>SkillShare</h3> <p>Some instructors have been so successful tutoring on Skillshare that they've been able to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/avil-flombaum-skillshare_n_1817784.html">quit their day jobs</a>. Even some well-known individuals, such as <a href="https://www.skillshare.com/classes/writing/Introduction-to-Screenwriting-for-Short-Films/637339250">James Franco</a>, tutored at one time using Skillshare.</p> <p>Of course, you don't need to limit yourself to just one online tutoring site. By signing up for a couple of them, you can increase your chances of keeping a consistent number of students.</p> <p>Another best practice is to build your own site to showcase your teaching portfolio and provide student testimonials. It's harder to find students this way, but cutting out the middleman allows you to pocket more per tutoring hour.</p> <h2>3. Freelance Writer</h2> <p>You, too can &quot;pull a Hemingway&quot; and sip wine while working on your next set of articles for an online publication. Depending on your subject expertise and writing ability, you can write for online magazines or blogs.</p> <p>There are several great blogs out there looking for quality writers. One great starting point to find writing assignments is the <a href="http://jobs.problogger.net">ProBlogger job board</a>.</p> <p>Don't think that the online medium is less demanding than more &quot;traditional&quot; ones. Before submitting your application to any blogging job, make sure to read the job posting thoroughly and understand what is required to apply. Sending an unrequested 31-page college thesis, misspelling the blog's name, or writing an unprofessional email will kill your application.</p> <p>A word of advice is that you may find that most blogs pay once a month. To avoid a potential cash crunch, you should write for a couple blogs and not just one.</p> <p><em>What are other great jobs for expats and travelers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume">3 Hobbies That Pump Up Your Resume</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-online-teaching-be-for-you">Could Online Teaching Be For You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/doctor-blogger">Doctor Blogger</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income blogging expats teaching traveling Tutoring working abroad Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:00:17 +0000 Damian Davila 1524641 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_online_shopping_000042128972_0.jpg" alt="Woman making money as a blogger" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've been blogging on my current site &mdash; <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/">Never Homemaker</a> &mdash; for the last six years. I started out writing just for fun. In fact, I didn't understand that bloggers could actually make money by simply sharing their lives online. Somewhere along the way, I discovered that I could monetize my blog and earn a little extra money while working from home. Here are some of the essential insights I've learned along the way, and how they can also help you make some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-bloggers-make-money-what-every-non-blogger-should-know">extra cash through blogging</a>.</p> <h2>1. Image Ads</h2> <p>I started making money all those years ago through <a href="http://www.google.com/adsense/start/">Google AdSense</a> ads. My blog is hosted on Blogger, and the ads fit into my template like a glove. When my site gets lots of traffic, my revenue is higher (you get paid a varying amount per click), and the inverse is also true. In more recent years, I've had mixed experiences with these ads. I've definitely made less money despite similar traffic rates, which is why I've ultimately diversified.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can seek out advertisers on your own. For example, craft bloggers might get shops from Etsy to sign on for ads at monthly rates. Local blogs might attract area businesses for support, and so on. You'll need a spot on your sidebar to display the ads to drive traffic to their sites and get the artwork from your advertisers in the form of a JPEG. I've seen bloggers set up contracts for this type of advertising on one month, quarterly, or yearly commitments. Some also offer different sizes at different prices.</p> <h2>2. Ad Networks</h2> <p>When I noticed my AdSense ads weren't performing optimally anymore, I shopped around for a publishing network. I chose <a href="http://www.blogher.com">BlogHer</a>, which is now known as SheKnows, because I liked the community of women writers and several of my friends had shared good experiences. Like many networks, I had to apply, be accepted, and sign a contract. In the years since, I've been pleased with my decision.</p> <p>Networks require bloggers to place a banner or sidebar ad in prime real estate on their sites. In return, bloggers get opportunities to write sponsored posts and do paid reviews for campaigns the team coordinates on their behalf. Another popular ad network I've heard great things about is <a href="http://www.federatedmedia.net">Federated Media</a>. Truth is, there are many out there &mdash; so be sure to read all the fine print before signing.</p> <h2>3. Product Reviews</h2> <p>Bloggers who don't want to join special ad networks can also seek out sponsorships on their own. This process might require some hunting time or &mdash; occasionally &mdash; companies might contact you directly about certain campaigns they'd like to run. Payment can vary wildly from free products/services to several thousand dollars depending on the arrangement.</p> <p>Whenever I do a review outside of my network, I make sure to have a contract with all the details and conditions written out clearly. Don't be shy about setting your price. In the beginning, you might want to just do plain reviews of products in exchange for the free product. As your site gains more traffic and popularity, you can start setting rates and negotiating. Above all, it's important to give true thoughts and opinions in any reviews &mdash; no matter the pay. Otherwise, you might lose the trust of your readers.</p> <h2>4. Affiliate Links</h2> <p>There are lots of different stores and marketplaces with affiliate programs across the web. One of the most popular with bloggers is <a href="https://affiliate-program.amazon.com">Amazon Associates</a>. Of course, there are many <a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/amazon-affiliate-alternative/">alternatives to Amazon</a> if you'd rather stick with something more specific, too. The way it works is anytime you link to a product using your referral code, you'll earn a percentage back if your readers purchase that item (and sometimes other items in that order).</p> <p>Adding affiliate links to your blog is easy, but take care not to oversaturate your content with products. Instead, consider occasional shopping posts where you recommend some of your favorite items or review things you own and enjoy. That way, your content is helpful to your readers and not just a big referral link dump.</p> <h2>5. Text Link Ads</h2> <p>I've never personally used text link ads, but I have received emails with offers. Usually these arrangements involve linking a few words on a certain post to a designated site. Payments can range from $25 to several hundred in the offers I've received. There are also sites like <a href="http://www.linkworth.com/#publisher">LinkWorth</a> where you can sign up to get opportunities for your site.</p> <p>Be careful with this type of advertising because the sites linked often have little to do with your blog's actual content and, therefore, can seem inauthentic. Regardless, bloggers can make a good sum of money through this type of advertising.</p> <p>My best advice to any blogger looking to monetize is to write first and make money second. If you are new to blogging, take care in creating unique, thoughtful content that will engage and entertain your readers. The rest can come later once you've built the relationships.</p> <p><em>Bloggers: How do you earn money? There are certainly other ways that I haven't tried (or maybe even heard about). Please leave your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online">5 Ways to Make Passive Income Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/day-job-or-freelance-which-is-right-for-you">Day Job or Freelance: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-4-sites-pay-writers-serious-cash">These 4 Sites Pay Writers Serious Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income ads affiliates blogging revenue websites working writing Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:00:14 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1454569 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_computer_000029627570.jpg" alt="Man earning extra money using social media" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's safe to assume that if you're not making money on social media, you're probably just casually wasting time on it. Flip that script. Make your profiles pull in a profit with these seven tips to on how to squeeze the juice from your tweets, posts, pics, and more.</p> <h2>1. Join the Sharing Economy</h2> <p>My friends are probably tired of hearing about all the ways I add extra cash to my savings account by participating in the sharing economy &mdash; a recently coined term that denotes a person sharing something he or she possesses with someone else who's willing to pay for it &mdash; but I harp on it for a reason. In many cases, this is easy money &mdash; and I want them to get in on the action.</p> <p>Examples of commodities in the sharing economy including housing, dog walking/sitting services, personal property (like bikes and tools), cars, and more.</p> <p>For my part, I take advantage of many of these sharing options. I rent my homes to travelers via<a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5135"> Airbnb</a> and other micro-subletting sites; I list my dog-sitting services on <a href="http://www.dogvacay.com">DogVacay</a>; and people can rent my bicycles by visiting <a href="http://www.spinlister.com">Spinlister</a>. All of these side hustles earn cheddar on items I already have or low-level services I have to offer, and I think it's brilliant. There are many more ways to participate, so do some research of your own to find out how the sharing economy can fit into your life.</p> <p>There's a certain time commitment attached to some of these revenue avenues, but if you have some to spare, you should be turning a profit. Time is money, after all.</p> <h2>2. Pursue Blogging Opportunities at Outlets That Pay</h2> <p>Have something to say? There are blogs for just about every topic you can imagine &mdash; and some of them pay.</p> <p>Take my success as a personal finance blogger, for example.</p> <p>Just a few years ago I was a journalist primarily covering LGBT lifestyle topics and writing essays for mainstream publications like the Baltimore Sun and Examiner newspapers. I'm naturally someone who &quot;lives my best life on a budget,&quot; and I had a money-saving topic about which I wanted to write. Wise Bread accepted my article pitch, which was initially a one-off engagement, but subsequently asked for more. After writing for Wise Bread for a year or so, other personal finance sites started to notice my work and offering me gigs. It just snowballed from there. Today, I have hundreds of published personal finance posts on more than a dozen PF-related sites, and I've been a staple on Wise Bread for the past four-plus years.</p> <p>It's possible for you to fall into a great gig like this too, considering that you have fresh ideas written from a new perspective. Research the blogs in which you have the most interest and start making pitches. You've gotta start somewhere, and this is square one.</p> <p>Social media angle? Publishers love to work with writers who have big social media followings.</p> <h2>3. Follow and Use the Apps of Your Favorite Brands</h2> <p>Depending on how you look at &quot;making money,&quot; you may want to download the apps and follow the social media pages of your favorite brands, some of which have opportunities to win prizes or earn swag when you become a brand ambassador. In that case, receiving free product from a brand on which you typically spend money is like keeping more of your own in your pocket. In addition, many popular businesses &mdash; especially the &quot;fun&quot; brands &mdash; offer cash for referrals, and that's as easy as sharing on social media the affiliate link generated for you by the company.</p> <h2>4. Publish Sponsored Tweets or Posts</h2> <p>It's always paid to be popular &mdash; you remember high school, don't you? But these days you can turn popularity into actual dolla-dolla bills y'all if you're one of the cool kids on social media.</p> <p>&quot;Even if you have a small audience, you can literally sign up for <a href="http://www.sponsoredtweets.com">Sponsored Tweets</a> right now, select the topics you'd normally talk about, and wait to be matched with advertisers for campaigns,&quot; adds Sakita Holley, founder of House of Success, a lifestyle brand-relation firm in New York. &quot;Or, you can work with various social media influencer/advertiser agencies that have appeared over the last few years to help you sell your influence online. You could also pitch prospective advertisers directly by cold calling, emailing, or connecting over social media.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Create How-To Content on YouTube</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of how-to videos on YouTube, especially when they help me learn a skill for free that I would otherwise pay for. A friend of mine recently fixed his dishwasher using a YouTube how-to, and I was quite impressed. While these videos are free for users, however, you can make money based on the viewers it brings in, according to Jason Parks, owner of The Media Captain, a social marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio.</p> <p>&quot;Creating 'how-to' content on a niche topic can earn you money on social media,&quot; he says. &quot;I worked with a tennis pro who created a simple YouTube video, 'How to Hit a Faster Tennis Serve.' We monetized the video (which now has over 150,000 views), and he gets money based on the overall view count. We have also created other videos after the success of the initial video. While the tennis pro can't quit his day job, the extra money into his bank account definitely doesn't hurt.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Post on Craigslist, Angie's List, Thumbtack, LinkedIn, and More</h2> <p>Okay, cards on the table: My media business was built on posting ads on Craigslist in New York City and other major metro areas, back when I couldn't afford other types of advertising. I know firsthand how social service-listing sites are bankable, and if you have a service or product to offer, you can make money, too. Find the network that suits your service or product best and work hard at building your profile and building a reputation.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to make extra money on social media? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-extra-money-using-social-media">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-instagram-account-into-a-paying-gig">How to Turn Your Instagram Account Into a Paying Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-instragrammers-are-getting-rich-by-traveling-the-world">These 6 Instragrammers Are Getting Rich by Traveling the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income blogging online profiles social media sponsored posts Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1378060 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-relaxing-donna-freedm.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="146" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">Got a side hustle, aka a second job or, sometimes, that thing you like to do but that doesn't pay the bills?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe you refer to it as &quot;a startup&quot; or &quot;an exercise in entrepreneurship.&quot; You're putting in a lot of nights and weekends building your product or service and dreaming of the day when you can be your own boss. Perhaps you're working a second part-time job to shore up your household's finances or to fund a specific goal (rapid debt payoff, killer family vacation this summer, down payment for a home of your own).<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Impressive! Now: Try not to kill yourself doing it. According to a Business Insider article called &quot;Why Working 6 Days a Week is Bad For You,&quot; consistent overwork is associated with increased risk of depression, heart disease and heart attacks. Ridiculously long workdays also affect cognitive function. (&quot;We actually get stupider when we work too much,&quot; one expert told BI.)<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But suppose you're this close to getting that startup in place? What if just three more months' worth of pizza deliveries will slay the last of your consumer debt? Good luck and go for it, then &mdash; but please use one or more of the following tips to help ease the stress. Burnout isn't pretty. These aren't one-size-fits-all tactics, mind you. For example, if you're working a second job to stay ahead of the bills you won't want to spent money on takeout or a yard dude. But this list has some tips that will work for just about everybody.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>1. Relax<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">It won't kill you (or a partner and/or kids, if you've got 'em) to eat takeout straight from the carton when you're on a serious deadline. Or to develop minimum cleanliness standards versus living in a home as shiny as a 1950s sitcom. You don't have to join a book group, coach a sports team or spend every three-day weekend driving two states over to visit extended family. Cut yourself some slack, already.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>2. Insist on Teamwork<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Work with spouse, partner or roommate to keep home and yard up to those minimum standards; if you have kids, expect them to pitch in. Hint: By age 12 my sisters and I could do just about any cleaning chore, mow a lawn, wash and iron clothes, bake a cake from scratch, weed a garden, and cook a basic dinner for six. Yes, I do believe that today's kids are often overindulged. Teaching them basic life skills will benefit them later, when they have to do such things for themselves.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>3. Outsource If You Can<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">To keep the neighborhood association off your back, pay a local teen to mow the lawn or rake leaves. Hire someone to deep-clean your house once a month and use the &quot;teamwork&quot; approach noted above to keep up with it the rest of the time.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you're a blogger or have created a website to promote your product/service, get a web guru to keep an eye on the tech stuff. Sure, you could do it yourself &mdash; but shouldn't you put that brainwidth into your actual blog/product/service? I pay a tech savant $35 a month and was frankly startled by the resulting peace of mind.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>4. Get Some Sleep<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">It's tempting to want to push through fatigue, even if it's midnight and you've been up since 6 a.m. Another hour, you think. I can get <em>so much more</em> done in just 60 minutes.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Please see &quot;we actually get stupider,&quot; above. Make sure you get at least seven (preferably eight) hours of sleep per night if you want to make the most of the time you do spend on your side gig. Besides, consistently shorting yourself on sleep means your day job, your relationships and maybe even your health will suffer.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>5. Flee!<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Hire a babysitter for two hours once or twice a week and hit your home office/workshop right after dinner. Come back out to read bedtime stories and tuck in your children. If you've got the right sitter, the kids may actually be disappointed when he or she has to go home &mdash; and you can get a lot done in two intensely focused hours.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>6. Multitask<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">During your commute, listen to podcasts or books on tape about your field of interest. Go over your third-grader's spelling words while waiting for the oil to be changed in your car. Run with the dog instead of driving to a gym &mdash; that way, both of you get exercised at the same time.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don't do dangerous multitasking, such as checking e-mail while driving, and don't consistently ignore partner and/or kids in favor of a screen. But some things can be combined safely and sanely and without hurting anyone's feelings, such as writing a blog post from the bleachers until your kid's sports practice is over. Just look up every now and then, catch his or her eye, and wave.<o:p></o:p></p> <h2>7. Back Off<o:p></o:p></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Sometimes you need to step away from the startup/second job. Keep at least one day and night per week completely, absolutely clear. Use this time to do as little as possible. Play a game of Parcheesi with your kids. Take a long, hot bath. Get into bed an hour early with a good book (or your partner, if you have one). Eat ice cream directly from the carton until you get that pain over your eyes.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Do anything but work. Those extra responsibilities will still be there tomorrow. For now, let them go.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It's great that you want to start your own business/pay down debt/whatever. But you must allow yourself time to goof off a little, spend time with the people you love, get some rest &mdash; and, yes, remain a valued employee at your day job vs. becoming known as the guy or gal who keeps nodding off in staff meetings.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Have you ever launched a side hustle? How'd you make it a success without burning out?</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note</strong>: This guest post is based on one of the chapters from <a href="http://phxgirl.dlfreedman.hop.clickbank.net/"><em>Write A Blog People Will Read</em></a>, Donna's brand-new online course. Wise Bread co-founder Will Chen says WABPWR is &ldquo;required reading for anyone interested in taking their blogging to the next level.&rdquo; Readers can save 20 percent on the course through April 30, 2015 <a href="http://1.dlfreedman.pay.clickbank.net/?coupon=WISEBREAD20">by purchasing the course through this link</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/donna-freedman">Donna Freedman</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income blogging side gigs side job Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Donna Freedman 1361031 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Boost Your Finances While You Sleep http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-finances-while-you-sleep <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-boost-your-finances-while-you-sleep" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-woman-sleeping-bed-Dollarphotoclub_70087199.jpg" alt="woman laying on bed" title="woman laying on bed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you work from 9-to-5, but your income just isn't cutting it. You need to earn more money, but there are only so many hours in the day. Your problem could be solved with passive income, or money you can earn without needing to be physically present &mdash; even in your sleep. (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> <p>Check out these strategies for increasing and diversifying your income without having to take on another &quot;real&quot; job.</p> <h2>1. Sell Products Online</h2> <p>It's easy to setup an ecommerce store for selling products online, or you can <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/seller-account/mm-summary-page.html">partner with a big company like Amazon</a> to do the selling for you. Selling items on auction sites like eBay is also easy. Even monetizing your hobbies via sites like <a href="https://www.etsy.com/">Etsy</a> can pay off big time. There is no need for you to be present &mdash; or even awake &mdash; to receive orders or payments.</p> <h2>2. Create Awesome Online Content</h2> <p>It's definitely possible to make money while blogging or producing YouTube videos, especially if you're consistently producing awesome stuff. Of course, scientists have yet to discover a way to blog while sleeping. So, the work itself has to happen with your eyes wide open. But the money-making part of the operation can happen while you're sound asleep.</p> <p>People can read your content at any hour and click on your site's advertisements. You can also make money through affiliate marketing, in which users click on a link to a product or service, and you get a cut from any sale. It's possible to schedule social media updates to direct people to your site at any hour. Waking up to see a robust new traffic and revenue report can be a truly exhilarating experience.</p> <h2>3. Rent a Property</h2> <p>Being a landlord can often be more difficult than people expect, but it can be a great passive income stream if you have a low-maintenance property and great tenants. Ideally, the amount of rent you collect will exceed whatever payments you have to make on the property, making it a profitable venture that you can manage on the side.</p> <h2>4. Peer-to-Peer Lending</h2> <p>Websites such as <a target="_blank" href="https://www.lendingclub.com/" rel="nofollow">Lending Club</a> allow you to earn some passive income by lending to people who need cash and earning interest on those loans. Once you select who you want to lend to, the income will come on its own as long as the borrower can pay you back.</p> <h2>5. Invest in International Stocks</h2> <p>Imagine waking up to find that your investments made money overnight. That's what can happen if you place money in investments from around the globe. Some international investments &mdash; especially those in Europe &mdash; have performed sluggishly in recent years, but others offer strong growth potential.</p> <p>If you are intimidated by the idea of investing internationally, don't worry: There are some very solid mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that mirror international markets, meaning you avoid the need to research individual stocks. The <a href="http://www.ishares.com/us/products/244048/ishares-core-msci-total-international-stock-etf">iShares Core MSCI Total International ETF</a> is well regarded and has low fees. Funds from the Lazard Fund Family have also performed well.</p> <h2>6. Trade Currencies</h2> <p>The foreign exchange market (or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_exchange_market">forex</a> for short), is open round the clock, six days a week, and it's possible to schedule trades to take place while you're asleep. Before jumping into the Forex, it helps to know the difference between the Euro and Yen, of course. And <a href="http://www.xe.com/currencytrading/">trading currencies</a> isn't for everyone &mdash; it's volatile, and often requires strong knowledge of global markets. Check out reputable forex courses, such as those offered by TD Ameritrade, first.</p> <h2>7. Just&hellip; Sleep</h2> <p>There is some evidence that sleep, by itself, can at least indirectly help you financially. There's no question that getting adequate sleep can make you more alert and productive. But the benefits of sleep may go much deeper. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a variety of ailments ranging from obesity to cancer, so getting enough sleep could be a way to avoid costly medical bills.</p> <p>Some new research suggests <a href="http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/sleep-loss-precedes-alzheimers-symptoms">there's a link between inadequate sleep and Alzheimer's disease</a>. Thus, getting enough sleep will help you remain mentally sharp as you age, possibly extending the length of time you can work and earn money.</p> <p><em>How do you make productive use of your time sleeping? Perk up and and tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-finances-while-you-sleep">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-build-business-credit-when-youre-self-employed">5 Ways to Build Business Credit When You&#039;re Self-Employed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-family-money-matters-your-kids-dont-need-to-know">9 Family Money Matters Your Kids Don&#039;t Need to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-way-to-decide-how-much-rent-you-can-really-afford">The Simple Way to Decide How Much Rent You Can Really Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blogging extra income income lending online sales renting Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Tim Lemke 1267801 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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jim-wang">Jim Wang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-got-over-the-hump-and-sold-my-blog-for-3-million">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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