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13 Websites to Make Extra Cash In Your Spare Time

13 Websites to Make Extra Cash In Your Spare Time

20 years ago, the Internet barely existed. 10 years ago, the idea of making money sounded ridiculous to most people.

Today however, there are millions of people making money online full-time, and even those who are making over 7-figures a year.

Whether you want to make money online full-time, or make some extra cash in your spare time, there are hundreds of websites online that give you that opportunity. The best part is, you can leverage talents you already have from graphic design, writing, cleaning, driving, language teaching, and hundreds of others to make more money.

I’ve distilled down the 13 best websites you can use to make more money in this new online economy.

1. Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace well known for providing professional services starting at $5. You can sell services such as video & animation, writing, programming, and many more. It’s mostly used for smaller gigs, so you won’t need to spend days working on projects before getting paid. Click here to sign up on Fiverr to start selling your services.

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    2. Upwork

    Upwork is the product upon the merger of Elance and oDesk, the two biggest freelance marketplaces online. Like Fiverr, you can sign up to start working on almost anything there from personal assistance, programming, lead generation, and much more. Upwork is often used for longer-term projects, and you can expect to be building a longer relationship with clients through the platform.

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      3. PeoplePerHour

      Another great platform for finding great work. PeoplePerHour is not as sophisticated as Upwork, nor as large of a marketplace, but it’s a great addition to apply for short to long-term projects. Never hurts to have more options!

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        4. Angel.co

        Angel.co is the largest marketplace for investors to invest in startups around the world. Although it’s well known for connecting startups and investors, those of you looking for work opportunity can creatively leverage Angel to connect with startups. You can find anything from full-time, part-time, and contract work, sometimes remotely. I have personally used to win consulting offers from startups, and many others have as well.

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          5. Weworkremotely

          Weworkremotely is a job board created by 37Signals, now known as Basecamp. It’s a place where companies post remote working opportunities, where you can work anywhere around the world. It’s mainly focused on full-time work, but you can often find part-time work as well.

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            6. Rype

            Rype is the new, most personalized way to learn a language through coaching. They customize your language lessons based on your needs, preferences, and goals, while having personalized packages to choose from, including The Starter Package for beginners, The Traveller Package for travellers, and Rype Club for busy or on-going learners. If you have experience teaching a language, and enjoy meeting fellow language lovers around the world, Rype is a great platform to teach. You can apply to become a Rype Coach here.

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              7. Handy

              Handy is the uber for professional home services. They provide on-demand services from cleaning, home repairs, delivery, and many more.
              Given their recent International expansion, they’re located in Canada, USA, UK, and set to expand further in the near future.Apply to become a Handy Professional here.

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                8. Uber

                Uber, as many of you may already know, provides on-demand transporation service. If you have a car, and can follow the training guidelines of Uber, you can start making money as a driver. Apply to become an Uber driver here.

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                  9. Clarity

                  If you have an expertise in a particular topic, you can provide advice to entrepreneurs, while getting paid by the minute.
                  Clarity has topics from raising money, marketing, product, design, and almost every aspect that a normal entrepreneur deals with.
                  If you think you have the chops, then apply here to become a Clarity expert.

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                    10. Skillshare

                    Skillshare is an online learning platform where you can learn anything from anyone. They have classes that teach you everything from how to use Photoshop to how to start your own fashion brand from scratch. Since Skillshare is a monthly membership platform, teachers will be distributed their payment depending on the engagement and number of students enrolled in your classes. Teach a class on Skillshare by clicking here.

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                      11. TopTal

                      TopTal is specifically for developers, but if you’re a premium talent then this website can be one of the best sites to be financially rewarded for that talent. As a premium marketplace for top companies, you can work with some of the top companies around the world, and you can also work anywhere around the world.

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                        12. Freelance Writing Gigs

                        If you’re a talented writer and looking for extra gigs online, Freelance Writing Gigs is the place to go. Everyday, the website updates the website with new gigs that are available for grabs. All you have to do is prove your writing chops, and you could be well on your way to make a few extra hundred dollars per week.

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                          13. 99Designs

                          99Designs is a designer marketplace for logo design, t-shirt design, mobile app design, and more. Dozens to hundreds of designers compete for projects online and the best work is chosen by the buyer. Although it’s a great benefit add for the buyer side due to optionality and abundance of choice, it may not always work to your favor as a designer due to the high competition level.

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                            Over to you

                            Are there any websites that you’ve used before to make extra cash?
                            I’d love to hear it below!

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                            Published on March 20, 2019

                            How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                            How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                            Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

                            As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

                            While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

                            What is a Mission Statement?

                            Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

                            In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

                            “Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

                            In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

                            Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

                            While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

                            First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

                            While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

                            While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

                            “To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

                            This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

                            What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

                            When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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                            Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

                            When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

                            • What we do?
                            • How we do it?
                            • Whom do we do it for?
                            • What value are we bringing?

                            Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

                            After all, that did check off all the boxes:

                            What we do? Provide widgets.

                            How we do it? Online.

                            Who do we do it for? The consumer.

                            What value we bring? The best widgets.

                            The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

                            Compare that mission statement to this one:

                            “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

                            What’s the difference?

                            Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

                            Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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                            You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

                            A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

                            Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

                            1. Keep It Brief

                            Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

                            You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

                            2. Have a Purpose

                            A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

                            Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

                            3. Include a “How”

                            Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

                            How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

                            4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

                            This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

                            Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

                            5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

                            It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

                            Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

                            6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

                            Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

                            7. Think Long Term

                            A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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                            8. Get Feedback

                            This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

                            Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

                            9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

                            You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

                            First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

                            And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

                            For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

                            The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

                            It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

                            First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

                            If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

                            Strategic Planning

                            A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

                            Measuring Performance

                            By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

                            Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

                            Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

                            Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

                            As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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                            Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

                            To Hold Management Accountable

                            By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

                            So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

                            If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

                            To Serve as an Example

                            This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

                            After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

                            Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

                            Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

                            Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

                            That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

                            By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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                            Reference

                            [1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
                            [2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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