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Online cash earning ideas

November 7th, 2013
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A sneek peak into the most reliable ways of earning online cash

With the increase of debt obligations in the nation a lot of people are planning on ditching their corporate cubicles in order to make money online. But what are reliable ways of earning income online? Affiliate marketing is certainly a hard model to crack; but  there are other ways to earn cash online  and make ends meet . With the advancement of the internet, more and more people are turning to options where they can make money online  and establish a steady source of income in order to make ends meet. If you’re confused about the ways in which you can make money, you’ve come to the right spot.  Well, let’s find out the plethora of options when it comes to making money online.

  • make money quicklySell off unused stuff to local stores or online: There are hundreds of local and chain stores, which purchase products from the consumers at reduced rate and resell them to different stores/customers. Alternatively, you can put it a little extra work and earn a bit more by selling your items yourself online (ebay, Craigslist, Amazon, etc). You can look around in your home to locate things that you don’t need or that you don’t want. If you consider yourself to be an avid reader and you own a library of your own, you can certainly sell off some old books which are in good condition. If you also have a CD library, you can even sell off your old CD’s with the cases intact.  In case you were a gamer who possessed a number of video/board/card games, you can still be hopeful! For more info on selling your stuff on ebay, be sure to check out our post about taking items from Yard Sales (if you don’t have your own stuff to sell) to selling items on ebay.
  • Rent some of the unused space in your home: Do you ever think that the space in your home is just too large for a family of three? If so, why not look for some tenants and rent the space out? If you have an empty basement, spare bedroom or even a parking lot (and your house is located on a busy street), you can consider renting it out. Because you’re in charge of the rent agreement, you can cancel it whenever you would like. If you rent a portion of your house, ensure writing a lease and assemble all the paperwork. Of course, renting your space isn’t a way to make money online, but you’ll certainly benefit greatly by marketing and advertising the space online on Craigslist, rentler.com or forrent.com.
  •  If you love photography, try stock photos:  You might be asking, “What are stock photos?” Well, these are non-descriptive images that people might use writing articles or designing brochures or even crafting presentations. If you have a good quality camera and possess the power to edit pictures, you can sell them off to different websites as well as build a collection of your own. Some websites include istockphoto.com, depositphotos.com and shutterstock.com. Tip: Photos with people almost always sell better than photos without people.
  • Be an affiliate marketer: Last, but not least, you can become an affiliate marketer as this is one of the best ways you can earn money online. Basically, you earn by promoting a product or a service of another merchant company. This doesn’t require designing your own product or service in order to earn money because everything will be ready for you. You just have to take some internet marketing steps through which you can promote the product of that company and increase the number of leads for them. Money making affiliate market is certainly one of the best kept secrets for making online cash.

Affiliate programs aren’t always a get rich plan but this certainly provides an opportunity to make a steady source of income in the near future. Follow any of the above mentioned tips to generate online cash and run a steady source of cash flow.

Teach Preschool

September 15th, 2013
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Another great stay-at-home-mom money-making idea is to teach preschool from your home. I taught elementary school for several years and love working with kids. This can be a great way to bring in some additional income. Preschools typically meet two or three times per week for about two hours. That means you would work about four to six hours per week, plus prep time. You can usually make a pretty good rate per hour, depending on how many kids you teach.

Kids looking at a ship with a sailorThere are so many resources available online to help develop your curriculum. Many moms and teachers post their own worksheets, games and ideas. When I was teaching preschool I loved using www.first-school.ws they have TONS of awesome lesson plans, worksheets, crafts and anything else that you might need.

Before you begin teaching you need to create a plan (scope and sequence) of what you are going to teach and your goals for the children. Preschool can be quite fun and easy to plan. Follow the alphabet, one letter per week, add in shapes, colors, numbers, Holidays and arts & crafts. Preschool should be fun! Do your research, be prepared and have fun with the kids.

If you have a lot of experience with kids, teaching or even fun ideas you have done with your own kids you could create a blog or website. Rather than working hands-on with the kids you would post your ideas and expertise.

Child Care

August 15th, 2013
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Short Term Child Care: Baby Sitting

If you need money quickly short term child care is a great way to go. Friends, family or neighbors with young children are usually very happy to get a night out alone. You can typically make, depending on where you live, $2 to $5 per child per hour. That means if you watch three extra kids on a Friday evening at a modest $3 an hour per child, for five hours, you could bring in an extra $45. Not bad for a Friday night playing hide and go seek, watching Dora, the Explorer topped off with some Mac and Cheese.

Long Term Child Care: In Home Day Care

If you need a larger amount to supplement your income, think about in home day care. This is a great option for stay at home moms that would like some extra money or need to supplement their husband’s income but would still like to stay at home. Pay varies depending on where you live and the care that you offer. Typically you can expect anywhere from $20 to $40 a day. Which can really add up. Taking an average of $30 per day per child, if you were to watch an extra 4 kids you could make around $2400 a month.

Each state has different regulation on how many kids you can watch and if you need to have a license. Becoming a licensed child care provider can be a great option. Licensed providers are often compensated for food that they feed the children in their care, including your own children. You can make, on average, $100 per month per child (including your own) that are in your care. Assuming you have two children of your own and if you add this to our previous scenario of watching four additional kids you would make an additional $600 per month. In this scenario you would bring in an additional $3000 per month. That is with just four additional kids, many states will allow you to watch 8 to 10 kids at one time. Plus, if you are licensed you can apply for grants. Most states offer licensed child care providers grants to buy toys, strollers, cribs, playpens and other supplies to benefit the children you are watching. The best part is, when you quit watching kids all of the supplies are yours to keep.

I have personally been a licensed provider for years. It can be a really fun option if you love kids and are up for long exhausting days! So if you are seriously thinking about this here are a few things I wish that I would have known when I started:

First, keep records, keep records, keep records! At the end of the fiscal year you will need to provide each parent a statement of how much they have paid you for taxes. Chances are, they haven’t kept track, so make sure that you do!

If you can, have parents pay a set amount and charge for the days that they choose to not bring their child (since you are still holding that spot for their child). I’ve never charged for days I choose not to watch kids. It is easier to charge by the day, week or month than by the hour.

Also, don’t be afraid to take off a day here and there to be with just your kids! It’s important to have that break for you and your kids! It can be overwhelming adding a lot of kids at once.

Start adding one at a time. I’ve watched kids with and without a license. It can take some time to get the license, but my personal feelings are that it is completely worth it. This year alone, I have received about $2500 in grant money and supplies.

Car Radio Installation

March 4th, 2013
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At the same place me and my buddy worked at where we dreamed up all of these ideas, there was another guy who had his own little side business in the hood.

He’d go hang out at car washes and repair shops and network and meet people and he got a reputation for being able to do two things.

Installing Car Radios

He would install car radios and he would tint windows.  To me, I’m a technical person, so it’s not hard for me to figure out how to install a car radio.

But most people can’t even set the time on their VCR, let alone do electrical work.  So they pay someone else to do it.  And he was the go-to man!

Most of the time as well they’d get him to tint their windows.  He’s squeegee it on there and cut it to form and be done!

Install a Radio in a Car

 

He’d get about $100 bucks to install a radio and tint some windows and I think he could do it all in an hour.  Pretty slick weekend job to me!

Of course it got a little more technical when he was asked to install speakers and subwoofers but not much more.

For a guy like him, he could do it without thinking.  So if you have a specialized skill, exploit it and make some easy money on the weekend!

Helping on a Farm

March 4th, 2013
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Farmers are in constant need of help.  There are lots of tasks that can be automated now by machinery, but there are some that just have to be done by a person.

Especially if it’s a local farmer and not some giant corporate affair, then they will need help and will probably be very glad to hire you.

Mowing fields, milking cows, feeding horses, planting crops, harvesting crops, separating fruits from trees and plants, shaving sheep, baling hay, etc.

Help Out With Farming

The list goes on and on.  There is so much work to be done on a farm and so few daylight hours.

I had a friend whose girlfriend’s father passed away and he owned a farm.  That was the family’s living and earnings.  So he moved in with them and began tending the farm.  He was so tired.

But he got in pretty good shape!  He would wake up very early to milk and feed the cows.

He would feed the chickens and collect eggs.  Then he’d come to work with the rest of us and continue to work his tail off.  What a life!

Farmers Need Help!

After that, he’d hurry back home so he could do other farm tasks that needed to be done.  I’m not very knowledgeable nor do I have a lot to say about this kind of work.

I just know there is a lot of it to be done and I’ve known a lot of people who’ve made some good weekend money and eased their burdens doing this kind of work.  Think about it!  It’s hard work but good for the soul.

Training Hunting Dogs

March 4th, 2013
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Back when I was younger, a man from the church hired my brother and I for a random job helping train his dogs how to hunt properly.  What a crazy experience.  I suppose there are lots of people who want this kind of help and don’t want to get all nasty while doing it.  Allow me to explain training hunting dogs.

My brother and I would dress in the warmest clothes we could, and try to find waterproof gloves, because this stuff got so nasty.  We would then take these pistols and load blanks in them.  When we’d shoot them, they’d still make a bang and the dogs wouldn’t know the difference.

How Do You Train Hunting Dogs?

So what we’d do is take real, but dead, ducks and geese and pheasants, and we’d shoot the pistols in the air to make the pop sound.  The dogs would look up, and we’d throw the birds as high and as far as we could to a certain area.  Of course we were hidden behind these little camouflaged tents so the dogs couldn’t see us.  They just thought we shot a bird out of the sky.

We developed a method that made throwing the birds a lot easier as well.  We’d fold their wings back and launch them underhanded like that.  This made it so they didn’t tumble in the air, but their wings actually spread out and it looked like they were flying and crashed.

Training the Dogs to Hunt

But the point is that the dogs are supposed to run in a straight line to the birds.  They were to go through water, thorns, etc.  No turning and taking shortcuts.  I don’t know why it mattered so much.  Who cares as long as they bring back the bird.

But these dogs also had shock collars on, so the hunters could shock the dogs if they didn’t go in a straight line.  I always felt bad for the birds and dogs, so once I shocked myself in the neck with the collar.  Bad idea.  I don’t know how the dogs could take it.  It was to the point where they seemed to ignore the shock, but it hurt very badly.

Anyways, if you can find someone looking for this kind of help and you don’t mind getting slobbery, bloody and wet, then this is decent weekend work for you.  I got paid okay money for essentially sitting there.  But I had no entertainment either.  Pretty boring stuff, but decent money.

Cooking Ideas

March 4th, 2013
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The same buddy I keep mentioning who helped me think up all of these ideas was at one time a cook, and actually is right now.

He makes some good money as a cook.  They work very hard for their earnings, but it’s decent money.

I’ve known cooks for their own restaurants who really made good money, and like my buddy, he is a cook for a franchise chain and makes decent money still.

 

If you have a skill in cooking and can manage a lot of details very quickly without making a lot of mistakes, you may have a career in cooking, or at least make some good weekend money.

Just remember, cooks work so hard for their money.  Please be kind and remember to tip and be thankful for your delicious food they prepare!

Other Cooking Ideas

You can cook for a restaurant, or even be a server.  I had a friend in college who only served on the weekends in an upscale Japanese restaurant and would easily bring in two hundred dollars a night, three nights in a row on the weekend.  It was ridiculous how much money he made working 24 hours a week.

You could also open up your own bakery or  cupcake shop.

We know a woman who owns a cupcake shop. She opens whenever she wants to and just posts the hours on the Facebook page.  It’s incredible.  I’m sure she works hard baking all of those cupcakes, but she essentially works whenever she wants.

Additional Cooking Ideas

If you are really a good cook, you can do gourmet cooking at an upscale restaurant.  You can cater weddings and events.  You can teach cooking.  You can write cookbooks.

You can start a cooking blog. I have a friend that started a recipe blog with her sisters. In just a few years it became pretty popular. They have been on TV, host cooking demos and have even published their own cookbook.

You can sell cookies, cakes, cupcakes, etc.  I have two friends that sell birthday/wedding cakes out of their homes. They sell mostly to family and friends, but it makes some nice extra income.

There are so many cooking ideas that you can run with that can make you some nice money at the end of the week.

Affiliate Marketing

March 4th, 2013
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This one, affiliate marketing, is very much related to the internet marketing idea, because it requires a lot of the same activities, principles, and knowledge.  I won’t repeat all of that here.

Please go read that page if this one sounds appealing to you.  This is largely internet based.  So here is how it functions.

Some people develop products, software, etc., and don’t want to go through the trouble of marketing it themselves.   They’d rather pay someone else a percentage of their sales to do it.

That is where you come in!  If you make a sale, you get a commission, often up to 60% of the sale.  So if you sell a $100 digital product, you don’t even have to ship anything.  They just download it and you make $60 bucks quick and easy.

The Details of Affiliate Marketing

So what more is there to it?  You need to be able to create websites and get them ranked in the search engines and funnel the traffic to the sales page of the vendor.

This is the sales funnel and is very interesting for a dork like me.  It’s a numbers game.

Another way of accomplishing this is to pay money to display ads where you send people directly to the landing page of the vendor.  Here you have to optimize campaigns so you spend less money advertising than you make on the sales so you can turn a profit.

Art and Science of Affiliate Marketing

 

There is a huge science to all of this, and an art.  You have to tweak your website, build an email list, tweak landing pages, and tweak your creative and advertisements so you can squeeze as much profit out of it as possible.

This is not an easy endeavor and it takes some smarts.  But once you get it set up its generally pretty passive and hands free money.  But it will take a lot of upfront work for no money.  Be patient if you do it and you will make weekend income and weekday income as well!

Multi-Level Marketing

March 4th, 2013
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When I was growing up, I always had to sit around the house while my parents went on their Wednesday recruitment nights.  I also remember on Thursday evenings I’d go sit in the van for hours while my parents went to their meetings and distributed supplies and what not.

I never thought about what it was they were doing.  I just went along for the ride.  I was young and didn’t care.  I just wanted to listen to music and read comics in the car while waiting.

What is Multi-Level Marketing?

So what was it they were doing?  They were involved in something that is in general called multi-level marketing, but more specifically the one they were doing was called Amway.  But what are these programs and how do they work?  I shall explain.

Multi-Level marketing (MLM) means just that.  It means that there are levels, or tiers involved.  There are levels of earnings, and there are levels of affiliates.  So here is an example.  Say I join an MLM company.  I then go out and recruit members.  (Now I’m about to start making up numbers, so don’t think they are accurate.  They change with each program.)

Say for all of the sales I do, I get 50% of it.  But for everyone I recruit one level below me, I get 10% of their sales.  If they go out and recruit people, I get 5% of those people’s sales.   Below that I get 2.5% of the third level’s sales.  Say everyone does $1000 in sales one month of some software or jewelry or something.

MLM Math

For my own sales, I will keep $500 of it.  For my tier 1, I will keep $100.  For my tier 2, I will keep $50, and for my tier 3, I will keep $25.  So total that month I will make $675.  That is with myself and three people below me all in lowering levels.  But what if I get 10 people in my tier 1, who all get 10 people below them, and then 10 more below them?  Now we are talking about some serious cash.

Turned out my parents were raking in an extra $30,000 a year doing this.  They were also busting their butts on it, but once it’s set up and rolling, it’s a pretty passive endeavor.  The thing with MLM is that those who get in early make the most money, because most everyone has to sign up below someone else.  So most of the earnings end up trickling uphill to the early adopters.

What a cool system.  This is something you could do purely on the weekend and make some good extra money!

Junk Removal

March 4th, 2013
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If you’ve been watching TV, then you’ve probably encountered the show “Shark Tank” which is apparently an American remake of a Canadian show “Dragon’s Den.”  Anyway, if you’ve seen that then you’ve probably seen the many people who’ve created a junk removal business.

They hire underlings and have them do all the work and try to set up locations in every big city.  But you don’t have to do that.  Here is an idea to create a weekend job in your own city passively.

Junk Removal Business Plan

So my thoughts are that the first thing I’d do is get a junked up pick up truck that you don’t mind getting dirty, dented, and scratched.  You probably already have one or access to one.  I’d go to Lowes or Home Depot and I’d buy some sticker letters, or if you are really ambitious you could get a small vinyl wrap for the truck door and back tail gate.  I’d create a company name and then put a phone number on it.  As you drive around passively, people will see this and hopefully need your help.

You can also create business cards and leave them at places like gas stations, the gym, bookstores, etc.  Anywhere people will let you place the cards.  You can also create signs to stick in the ground on busy street corners or right off the interstate with your information.

Junk Removal Work

So what does this job actually entail?  We haven’t mentioned that yet.  What you actually end up doing is loading and unloading people’s junk.  This can mean boxes of crap like clothes, toys, etc.  Or it could be heavy appliances that don’t work any more.  So be able to lift heavy things and be careful as well.  Understand the principles of proper lifting technique so you don’t get injured.

Another thought is to look around where you work. Is your company throwing away things that could be recycled. My brother-in-law took scrap steel that his company was disposing of and recycled it.  He ended up making several thousand dollars in just a few weeks, that is until his company decided to start recycling it themselves. Just make sure your company doesn’t have a problem with you taking it.

Here is a great catch too.  If you get good at junk removal, then you can just as easily offer moving services as well and help move furniture and refrigerators and all that stuff.  This is not easy work, but it’s not work that takes any special skill, so anyone can do it without college and specialized knowledge.  Give it a shot if you are up for some exercise!