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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.

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.

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!

Computer Repair

March 4th, 2013
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This is another weekend job idea for you folks out there who are slick with recent technology.

There is still a generation of older folks out there who aren’t real comfortable with all this digital technology.

If you are, then you can definitely make some easy weekend money by doing computer repair.

Computer Repair is a Specialized Skill

Computer repair isn’t a real difficult or taxing task, but it does require specialized knowledge.  And specialized knowledge can command quite an income.  You can charge a good price per job rather than by hour, and if you are good you can knock out several of these jobs at once.  If you hook up four or five computers around a table or the living room floor, you can have several concurrent jobs going at once.

People who are not tech savvy don’t really even know when they have a difficult problem or one that has an easy solution.  This doesn’t mean you are ripping people off, it just means that you have a specialized knowledge and skill to get the job fixed.  And it’s easier to spend $100 than another $1,000 to buy a whole new computer.

Repairing Computers is Easy

If you can install RAM or hard drives, or if you can wipe and reformat a hard drive and reinstall software, then already thats enough to get some repair jobs.  And if you can remove viruses and spyware, even using free software, then you can really get a lot of jobs in, as Windows gets infected constantly.  Easy to do and easy to make some money doing it even as just weekend work.

Dog Sitting and Walking

March 4th, 2013
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Dog Sitting and Walking Idea!

I was watching all the people that live by me with dogs one day and I wondered how much money these people would pay per day to have someone baby sit their dog?  Could you get paid for dog sitting just like you can dog walking?

Could you just set up a giant pen and let the dogs run around all day while you sit there and make sure they don’t hurt each other?  I got to thinking about it.

You could have a giant fan blowing on them, and you could have an artificial stream of clean water for them to drink from.  All you’d have to really do is pick up their poop every hour or so.  You may not even need to feed them if the   owners did that before and after dropping them off.

Easy Dog Sitting and Walking Job

If you did this at an apartment complex itself they wouldn’t really have to travel somewhere before work, I bet people would pay $5 a day or more.  With ten dogs, you could make an easy $50 or $100 a day, depending on what you charge.  You could make even more with more dogs.  People would drop off their dogs and let them play on your dog exercise equipment and all that.

Dog sitting and walking could be a big winner if you have some funds and land up front to spend on a nice pen.  This would make an easy weekend job that could lead to a full time easy weekday job.  Think about it!

Competitive Card Games

March 4th, 2013
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I had a friend who was not an immature or unintelligent guy.  For this reason I couldn’t understand why he was always playing that Pokemon card game and spending his money on rare cards and the like.  I knew these were powerful cards, with great stats, and I just figured he wanted to be the top player.  And I was correct.  He wanted to be the king of the competitive card games.

Competitive Card Games – Why?

But why did he want to win so bad?  I asked him about this.  Why was he traveling across the state and even to other states to play in these tournaments?

Because, he explained, you can win money, more cards the better your chances of winning in the future, and because you can even win college scholarships and grants.

What the heck was he on about?  For real?  He told me that he was winning some decent money.  He’d go to the mall and go to those center booths that had all the cards on display.  He’d look around and see other games that he could potentially get into, and he did.

Other Competitive Card Games

He eventually started also playing Magic: The Gathering and all the little expansion packs that came with it.  He didn’t care at this point.  Whatever game had a big enough following to host tournaments, he would play.  I think he even started playing the games with the figurines you buy and paint.

So here is another weekend job that is more of a hobby than a job, and you can actually stand to make some money if you get a good deck of cards and can develop the skills to pay the bills.  Try it if this is your cup of tea.

Yard Sales to Ebay

March 4th, 2013
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There have been some people who have been very successful committing Ebay arbitrage, meaning they find stuff to buy at yard sales, flea markets, used books and movies stores, and then they turn around and sell them on Ebay for more than they paid.  This way, they turn a small profit.  This is a numbers game.  The more you sell, the more you make, since there is little profit on each item.  If you can get a good shipping system down, and Ebay posting system down, you can win on this pretty hard.

Yard Sales to Ebay – How To Do It

If I was going to try to pull this off, I’d probably first spend about four or five weekends heading out to yard sales, flea markets, and other places where you can buy inexpensive and cheap items, such as Goodwill.  If you can find some gems that are in good condition, you can take some great pictures in good lighting, and you then upload them to your Ebay account.  Type up a description and set your shipping price and let the bidding begin!

The more you do it, the more positive ratings you’ll have on your account.  The more positive ratings you have, the more trustworthy you will be in the eyes of the bidders.  If there are two identical items, and there is an account with one positive rating, and an account with 1000 ratings, they are more likely to buy from the top rated seller.  Thus this is a time game as well. The longer you stick it out, the more successful you will be.

Yard Sales to Ebay – Do Good Business

Be very careful to do good business.  You don’t want any negative ratings.  It will be hard to avoid as there are scammers and people out there who just want to be mean and hurt people.  But there is no reason to get a negative rating on a regular transaction.  If you can pull this off, you can make some fairly easy weekend money by moving items from yard sales to Ebay!

Making Crafts

March 4th, 2013
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Here is another great idea I see a lot of ladies doing recently.  There are so many crafty and creative people out there creating interesting decorations and useful items.  They sell them at yard sales, flea markets, and online.

I’ve seen people make letter blocks for babies, make all kinds of decorative wreaths, pictures and picture frames, and more.  The idea is find the most efficient way of creating all these items.  If you can compartmentalize the labor and just do step one for all fifty of whatever you are making, and then do step two for all fifty, then that may be far quicker than making an entire unit and then making the next.  This way you can zone out, watch movies, and other things as you create these crafts.

Making Crafts – Yard Sales and Flea Market

If you are the master wreath maker, or decorative apothecary jar maker, then you should have these displayed somewhere where there is a lot of traffic.

An okay place is a yard sale, but you can’t really fetch a high price for your skills at a yard sale.  It can be a bust for the most part.

But a great place to sell your crafts is at a flea market, especially in a big city.  People go there just to look around and entertain themselves.  If they come across your beautiful crafts and have a decorative need at home, then some percentage of those people will be likely to purchase from you.  This is a great way to make some extra money on the weekend, but you have to sit there all weekend, which sucks.

Making Crafts – Etsy Store

A better option at this point is the website Etsy.  It is designed as a place to sell crafts.  The beauty of this site is you can create crafts and store them in your home and sell them to people anywhere on the planet.  If they buy one, you can just ship it out from your home without having to be anywhere.  You can have a large stock without having to transport it to a flea market constantly.

The best part of this site is that you can take pictures, upload them, and market as many different types of crafts as you’d like.  The more the better, really, because online its really a numbers game.  The more products you have and are pushing, the more likely you are to make a sale.  Consider making crafts as a weekend job.  Smash out as many crafts as you can on the weekend and sell them 24/7 online!

Lawn Maintenance

March 4th, 2013
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One of the hardest, but most lucrative weekend job ideas I’ve ever implemented was the lawn maintenance idea.  Lawn service is in high demand, especially in the summer.  Folks who can afford it don’t want to get out and take care of their estate.  They want to hire someone to weed eat and mow.  They don’t want to get out and pick up sticks and ride or push the mower for acres on end.

Summertime Lawn Maintenance

In the summer, you could find some clients in neighborhoods, or link up with some businesses.  I used to work for a crew and we’d hit all of the banks in town.  One summer I had begun to form my own business by doing lawn care for members of my church.  The catch was that their neighbors started noticing the good work I was doing in trimming their hedges and keeping the lawn clean and mowed.  One client turned into three as the neighbors wanted to keep up.  Three turned into ten.  Before I knew it, I had to turn offers down because I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it.

Wintertime Lawn Maintenance

In the winter, there is always other types of weekend work to do.  People want shrubs and woods cleared out.  This a great time to do bush hog work or cut down trees if you have a chainsaw.  You’ll be raking up leaves and pine straws and picking up dead sticks.  You’ll have weekend jobs for the entire winter for sure, if you can stand to do all of the physical labor involved!

If you have access to lawn care equipment, such as weed trimmers, chainsaws, mowers, and hedge trimmers, then you are ready to knock out some of the everyday yard work needed by the everyday neighborhood family.  These are great weekend jobs to consider for sure.  You can charge out the wazoo!  Just don’t charge by the hour.  Charge by the job.  Don’t let people take advantage of you!

Collecting Cans

March 4th, 2013
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Another idea I used to entertain and actually pulled off was collecting cans.  I never did it in a big way that made any real money, but myself, my brother, and my friend would get enough together over a long enough amount of time that we could all go hit the Chinese buffet!  Collecting cans can be active or passive income, depending on how much effort you have to put into it.

Passive Ideas on Collecting Cans

Here is one way we tried to pull it off.  As youngsters we’d go from house to house and ask all of the families to save their cans for us and we’d go pick them up once a month.  This amounted in quite a bit of cans!  This is pretty passive except for the once a month you have to collect the cans and then take them to the recycling center.

Another passive way is to simply collect cans as you drink from them.  This takes a long time to amount to any money, but combined with the other methods it is a pretty nice bonus.  The only problem is you are talking about months to collect one huge garbage bag full of crushed cans.  Definitely use this method as you pursue the active ideas on collecting cans below.

Active Ideas on Collecting Cans

The most active way of collecting cans that I ever did was go find a backwoods neighborhood along some back road and just walk it.  If it had a ditch along it, that was even better.  People just tossed out soda and beer cans out into the ditch along the whole way.  You could fill up bags and bags every weekend and they’d just reload it for you along the week.  Bring some gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting sticky in, because these cans will leak all over you.  There will be bugs and all kinds of stuff.  Be careful.  Perhaps you’ll bring something to stab or pick up the cans so you don’t have to keep bending over.  This is one of the easier of the weekend jobs, because you can take a music player and enjoy yourself as you go.