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5 Ways To Supplement Your Income From Home

5 Ways To Supplement Your Income From Home

Constantly living paycheck to paycheck? Thankfully, we live in a digital world and, thanks to the sharing economy, it’s now easier than ever for people to find creative ways to supplement their income. You can even make money from the comfort of your own home. Here are 5 ideas to consider.

Sell Items Online

Is your house filled with unused or unwanted items, whether it’s an overflowing wardrobe or storage room? Organise a spring clean day and sort out all the items you can potentially sell. Platforms and apps like eBay and Gumtree make the process of online selling super simple and fuss-free. Make sure you take good quality pictures of every item you are planning to sell and write detailed descriptions.

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Alternatively, if you don’t have existing items to sell, what about new items? For example, if you’re a craft person and spend your free time making handmade jewellery or prints, you can easily sell these online via the platforms above or even through a virtual shop on Etsy. Think big and think creatively. If you are stuck on picking a category of products to start selling, the best thing you can do is go to a local big box store and pick a row of items. Are these popular? Are there enough different items in this category that they stock? These are usually indicators that the market is big enough to sustain a speciality online store.

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Freelancing

Freelancing offers incredible flexibility, allowing you to take on work no matter what your location. Often, you just need a laptop and an Internet connection. Freelance writing is one of the most popular options to consider, especially if you’re great with words or have expertise in a niche topic. Other freelance options include photography, art work, graphic design, web design, and more. Identify your strengths, build up a portfolio of work, and get the word out there about your services. Soon enough, opportunities (and cash) will start flowing your way. My personal freelance site where I offer SEO and Web Design services is PopNet Media. This is a great resource to use if you want to start offering similar types of services in your own area.

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Online Surveys

Filling out online surveys is one way many people are making money, either in the form of cash or gift cards, to use at a store or website. One thing you will want to do if you decide to do surveys to supplement your income is to make sure the survey-taking company is really going to pay. There are many out there, but some of them do not pay well. Look for good feedback from people who have experience doing surveys and can offer good reviews of the company you are interested in.

Fix, Repair, Redo

Maybe you are handy with electronics and can fix computers, cell phones, and TVs. Or maybe you have a passion for retro items and love redoing old furniture or decorative items. Why not turn that passion into a way to make money from home? Look into online community marketplaces to browse and accept jobs that are relevant to your skills and schedule.

Forex Trading

If you have a good knowledge about the foreign exchange market, you can consider forex trading as an additional income stream. Forex trading can be a lucrative way to earn extra money — provided you apply sound trading principles and strategies. If you’re new to trading, make sure you familiarize yourself with how the forex market works and opt for a forex trading broker that offers tools, resources, and 24-hour support. Always start with a demo account and, when you switch to live, go for small amounts to test the waters and get a feel for things.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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