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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, or
  •  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, and 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 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.

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.

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!

Automobile Repair

March 4th, 2013
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One of my buddies (actually, the guy I’ve been talking about that I worked with for several years as we came up with all of these ideas!) has decided that he wants to go get a certificate that shows he is a professional in automobile repair.

The key is, even though this is a somewhat regulated field and it requires accreditation, if you have the skill without the paperwork proof, most people won’t really care.  You don’t have to open up a shop.  You can just as easily take weekend work in your own garage at your home.

Automobile Repair Certification

My friend is making quite the sacrifice to gain the knowledge and experience that proves he is proficient at repairing automobiles.  He is actually going to move to a different state, take out a loan, and work his butt off to learn all he needs to know.  I don’t think he intends to open up his own shop at first.  He simply wants to join an already established shop just to increase his base income.  This is something you can do and approach as a real career and not just weekend work.

But if you have the knowledge; as so many of us do having grown up with dad’s who taught us or you took it on as a hobby, then by all means start helping out family and friends and tell them to refer people to you.  You can do it in your own home, especially if you can tow their cars to you if needed.  But most of the cars probably remain drivable and can be brought to you more easily.

Automobile Repair Business Plan

Here is what I’m thinking: Get some business cards set up that have a link to your phone number, email, and possibly a website if you can pull that off.  Then start helping out your friends and your family.  Give them copies of your card and have them pass them out to their own acquaintances who mention they need car repair in passing.  They may or may not contact you, but a certain percentage will definitely convert into customers.

At this point you can start getting some regular customers.  Automobile repair is a specialized skill.  You can charge a decent fee for such a service and stand to make some very good weekend money.

Construction Job

March 4th, 2013
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If you are a handy man, you have some nice options ahead of you for some good weekend work.  If you know somebody, or can just go join one, a construction job team would be more than happy to take on another good, efficient worker.

If you are comfortable with pneumatic tools, electric power tools, and other manly stuff, then get ready to swing an extra $15 to $20 bucks an hour to pound a hammer and stretch a tape measure.

Construction Job – What are the Options?

So what are some of the options for construction work?  You can help lay the foundations to homes, hotels, or whatever kind of structure is being constructed.

You can help put the frame together, which is pretty interesting work.  Some teams use prefabricated metal frames with insulation already built in.  But more still go old school and knock together a wood frame.

You may find yourself doing plumbing, although that game has changed recently too with the new flexible piping that is super easy to install.  Not having to install a ton of 90 degree angles every four feet is a blessing.

Good Money with a Construction Job

Other things you can do is lay down the tile or lay carpet for the flooring once the building is done.  Or once it’s complete you can help do the masonry of the outside or you can help put the chimney together.

Other less fun work is putting on the finishing touches on the inside, doing trim work, laying hardwood flooring, framing out doorways, installing windows, etc.  But who really cares when it all pays good weekend money.

Internet Marketing

March 4th, 2013
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If you are tech savvy individual and already have a computer and internet connection, then you can consider trying internet marketing.  I’ve looked into this in the past, which is how I learned enough to create this site you are reading now.  I learned about all the options and quite a few people are having huge success to the point of becoming very wealthy doing this.

So what does internet marketing involve?  There are options.  You can develop and sell your own product for major profit.  You can allow others, who are called affiliates, sell your product for you for a sizeable commission.

They sell your $100 product and you give them 60% and you just sit back and make 40 bucks a sale all day long!  Or you can be an affiliate yourself if you can rank a website or optimize an advertising campaign well enough.

Internet Marketing – Rank and Bank

Another term I always heard was called “rank and bank.”  The idea is that you make a site that is worthwhile enough to be ranked in the search engines highly and they will send you free traffic.  A percentage of that traffic will view your ads and you get commissions on that as well.  This is a way to send traffic to the products you are selling for people as well.

Internet Marketing Search Engine Optimization


Other ways of making money with internet marketing if you have the knowledge is to optimize other people’s sites for them for a fee.  People pay big money for this kind of service, especially if you can prove that you bring results.  So the best may be to start above with the rank and bank method and use that as proof for your abilities.

Internet Marketing is a clever way of making money for the younger of us who are technical enough and know their way around computers to pull this off.  It takes some coding and all kinds of specialized knowledge to do it right though, so don’t play if you can’t do it right.  The best thing is that there is a low barrier to entry.  You can get started with $20 really.  Think about it.  It’d make a solid weekend job if you can stick it out.


March 4th, 2013
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I’ve actually held a job as a teacher at an alternative school.  The job actually ended up making me more of a glorified tutor, where I’d help tons of kids with tons of subjects.  Whatever it was that they were stuck on at the moment I would help with, even though I specialized with mathematics.

But I was sitting in a parking lot while my lady was in some arts and crafts store and I saw a building next door that was an after school tutoring company.  They were paying around $15 an hour for a few hours after school every evening, and then I think they’d go for around six hours a day on the weekends.

That would be an easy several hundred extra dollars a week, and probably an extra thousand dollars a week.

Tutoring – Easy on the Body, Hard on the Mind

Do you have a high school education?  Do you remember a bunch of it?  Because that’s all you’ll need to tutor a bunch of high school teenagers and middle school kids.  It’s not rocket science for sure.  But you’ll need a basic understanding of all of the curriculum to do this.

If you can handle it, you’ll find it’s also pretty interesting to communicate and interact with a ton of different people.  Kids are always fun.


Kids love to have fun, and if you can make tutoring fun, then the kids will learn all the better.  The more fun they have, the more rapport you build and the more they will listen and learn.

You Can Make Money and Have Fun Tutoring

This will make a great weekend job for anyone.  It would be fun, you can relax, and still make good money.  Consider this, as you will be contributing to society and to the youth, who are the future of our world.  Good money, good karma!