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12 Ways to Earn Money Without Being Employed

12 Ways to Earn Money Without Being Employed

Unemployed individuals don’t need to despair anymore—there are tons of online opportunities for gaining money. What’s more, the joy of earning money without being employed is much more pleasurable than you could imagine. You have plenty of options to choose from without even focusing on a particular niche and with very little hard work.

Being unemployed also gives you much freedom for personal development and investing in your personal growth. You can improve your personal skills daily and become better and better with each masterpiece created. You can reap all these benefits from unemployed status by following one of the proposed strategies and gain a fair monthly income.

1. Sell or rent your personal belongings.
For Rent Real Estate Sign in Front of House

    If you don’t have a job, and need money—who doesn’t?—the first thing you can do is inspect your house. Which objects don’t you need anymore?

    We all have old clothes that we haven’t worn for years, books we never opened or already read, pieces of furniture that have been unused for decades, and so on. Not to mention, everybody owns new pairs of shoes, kept for special occasions (this may be the right time to put them to a good use), accessories, car items and more.

    Fortunately, second-hand sales are trendy now. These kinds of objects are not called “used items,” but rather, “unique items.” So gather all the things you can give up and organize a sale. There are many possibilities: yard or garage sales; online sales using special dedicated websites (eBay, Amazon, Gumtree) or sales through putting up ads on social networking websites (Facebook, Pinterest). If you are lucky enough to own a holiday house, a caravan, or even a boat, start renting them out.

    There are always people willing to pay for some days of relaxation or adventure. If you plan on going on holiday, take advantage of this and rent out your own room or house. People can do this on Airbnb. If you want to go even further, try this: rent out your parking space while you are away. This method can bring in lots of cash if you live in a central or busy area of the city.

    2. Take care of pets.

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    dog walking

      Do you just love animals? Don’t have money to buy one or to raise it? You can actually spend time with your favorite kind of animal while receiving cash through pet sitting and dog walking. Many people have multiple pets but are too busy to give them the care and attention that they need. During the holidays, many owners travel to visit their families, and will need someone to look after their furbabies while away.

      Find these kinds of jobs by handing out flyers and by adding posters to the local community board. You can also find pet-sitting websites, like Pawshake, Sittercity, Care.com. These sites serve as a platform that connects pet sitters with needy owners.

      3. Use your creative skills.

      photographing

        Almost everyone has a weird hobby or a skill they acquired for fun. Maybe you like to knit, make homemade cosmetics, and or create jewelry. Whatever your talent may be, you can make money from it on websites like Etsy. Pinterest is also a good place to display and sell self-made things.

        If photography is your hobby, try licensing the images on Getty through Flickr. There are tons of websites and businesses that are willing to pay you for your stock photos.

        4. Work online for busy persons.

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          There are dozens of busy individuals who need assistance in researching for materials. Machines cannot always do this, so they must hire someone. If you want to be that person, then create an account on Amazon or Shorttask and start looking for jobs.

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          5. Complete online surveys.

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            Earn some pocket money by filling out surveys. Of course, you will not get rich just by answering questions; however, you can get paid small sums of cash for this task. Compensation varies by website, so check the terms and conditions thoroughly. Also, be on the lookout for scam platforms that pay nothing in the end.

            A good place to start is Mysurvey.net. Here, participants earn points that can be transformed in gift cards for websites like JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Woolworths. Other platforms just pay users in cash.

            6. Be a universal repairing man.

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              Every city has citizens who need help with keeping their houses clean and functioning. Some of them don’t have time, while others are not good at fixing things.

              If physical labor is something you don’t mind, go out there and get paid for it. Be it cleaning, painting, mowing, and so on—these kinds of activities can bring in honestly-earned money. AirTasker is a great place to find such tasks.

              7. Become a freelance writer.

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              freelance writer

                Now, if you are a bit of a brainiac and have solid writing skills, you can join platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, iWriter and so on. These place are visited by thousands of writers worldwide.

                And here is the reason why—writers can choose the projects they love the most, work on appealing texts, and get a fair amount of money, all while working at your own pace. However, you must keep in mind that every task has a deadline that must be respected, so you’ll need to practice self-discipline to make sure you get everything turned in on time.

                8. Become a ghost shopper.

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                  Do you like inspecting, evaluating and criticizing? Usually, people hate this kind of attitude, but others pay for it. Mystery shoppers are in high demand these days.

                  They go to restaurants, shops, hotels and other places, and pretend they are just a regular customer. Then, based on their personal shopping experienced, they fill in some reports, which are then used to grade employees. You can apply at MysteryShopping.com if this sounds appealing to you.

                  9. Cook for others.

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                    Cooking is not for everybody. Not to mention, there are millions of people out there who don’t have the necessary time and energy for this activity. So if you have impressive cooking skills, take advantage of this gift. Here are some ideas of earning money from cooking: organize a dinner at your house and ask people to buy tickets to attend to it.

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                    This is in high fashion in Australia, and websites like Eatwith have become famous. You could also hold cooking lessons at your house. Try posting ads saying that you are willing to cook for busy individuals in exchange of a fair payment.

                    10. Try tutoring.

                    tutoring

                      Tutoring is the number one activity for making instant money. Students are looking for all sorts of lessons—foreign languages, math, science, chemistry, etc. Foreign languages are in great demand, but other complex subjects are paid better.

                      11. Participate in medical research and clinical trials.

                      medical research

                        This is definitely not a good idea for everybody. However, there are enough individuals willing to offer themselves to science for some bucks.

                        Before deciding to take part in a trial, carefully read the risks the participants are exposed too. Take them seriously—health is not something to treat lightly.

                        12. Participate in focus groups organized by big companies.

                        focus groups

                          Opinionated people are welcomed in focus groups. Focus groups are led by marketing companies that want to find out more about people’s ways of thinking when it comes to buying something. The experience is actually often enjoyable and you can even get paid up to $100 or so.

                          Featured photo credit: Poor Frog & Macrography by Hamed Saber via Flickr via flickr.com

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                          Published on November 8, 2018

                          How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                          How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                          After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                          But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                          Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                          Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                          Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                          Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                          The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                          1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                          Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                          With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                          Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                          Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                          For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                          Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                          It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                          2. Set your own boundaries

                          Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                          Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                          Here are some important traits to consider:

                          • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                          • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                          • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                          These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                          3. Continuously invest in yourself

                          Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                          You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                          Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                          Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                          Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                          It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                          4. Document the value you bring

                          Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                          To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                          A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                          Here are some ideas:

                          • joesmith.com
                          • joeasmith.com
                          • joesmithprojects.com

                          Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                          During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                          5. Hide your salary requirements

                          Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                          But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                          The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                          Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                          6. Do just enough research

                          Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                          Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                          Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                          Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                          7. Get compensated by your value

                          Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                          Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                          Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                          You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                          The bottom line

                          You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                          You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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