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7 Ways to Earn $1,000 on the Side While You Pursue Your Dreams

7 Ways to Earn $1,000 on the Side While You Pursue Your Dreams
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We all have dreams that we want to achieve, but the world can be a tough place.

Instead of waiting and possibly going broke while you pursue your dream, you can get creative, develop new skills, and earn money in the process. In fact, there are several things you can do to earn a side income, and most of these activities will easily net you $1,000 in extra income monthly. Here are seven such activities:

1. Do Content Writing Jobs

According to data from Contently, freelancers make an average of about $10,000 to $20,000 annually. A good portion of freelancers make over $50,000 annually. There are many ways you can earn extra income as a freelancer, but one of the most profitable ways is by being a writer. You don’t have to learn to code and you don’t have to be tech-savvy. With above-average writing skills and good marketing, you can build a sustainable working income as a part-time content writer. This is not surprising when you consider the fact that you can make as much as $30-$50 per hour doing content writing jobs on sites like Upwork. If you get paid $30 per hour and you are able to dedicate two hours a day and five days a week to content writing jobs you’ll be able to easily net $1,000 in extra income in a month.

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2. Blog to Make Ends Meet

Many of us are familiar with blogging superstars like Arianna Huffington, Pete Cashmere, and Darren Rowse. It is easy to say to ourselves, “Oh, no! I can’t do this!” Do not despair. While your chances of earning a million dollars blogging are very slim, you can earn a realistic side income by blogging. You will achieve the most results by focusing on a small, specialized niche and then looking for a product or service to sell to these people. If done right, even with a small blog of a few thousand visitors it isn’t unusual to earn $500 to $1,000 on the side recommending products and offering your services to readers. Blogging isn’t as complicated as it used to be. Thanks to WordPress and guides like this one, you can have your blog ready in an hour or two.

3. Make Your Car Work For You

If you have a car, you’ve got a better chance at earning extra income than most people. Instead of doing nothing in your spare time or worrying about not having enough income, you can key into the sharing economy to generate some spare change for yourself. You can either rent out your car to others by the hour, or you can act as a temporary driver offering rides to others. This side job allows you to earn up to $35 or more per hour, and when you do this for two hours a day for a month, it quickly adds up to over $1,000 in extra income monthly. Services like Lyft make this possible and easy.

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4. Start a Consulting Business

Since you don’t plan to consult full time, don’t expect to be rich from it. However, many people have started a full-time company from a part-time consulting business. A good example is Stefan Kartner, the founder of Realspace3d.com, a 3D printing company. He consulted with businesses on 3D printing while running his dream company.

If you have specialized skills the only way to earn isn’t by doing. Instead, you can also earn by directing people what to do. Many companies need help with various areas of their sites. It could be with things like content strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy, design optimization, etc. The point is that they aren’t very good at doing these things themselves, and they aren’t willing to hire a full-time staff for these basic tasks either. By offering consulting services to these companies you help them save money on employee costs, and you also earn enough on the side while you pursue your dreams.

5. Be a Part of an Online Jury

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We’re seeing a lot of interesting cases and verdicts being delivered in the court these days, but how do attorneys know if a case will stand? Thanks to the internet, trial attorneys now hire people to review real cases before taking these cases to court. By having an idea of what regular people think about their case, they have a better idea of whether it will stand in the court or not.

A simple Google search will reveal sites that pay you to join an online jury, and many of these sites will pay you up to $60 per case you review. This quickly adds up.

6. Help Other People Do Their Assignments

If you’re bored and need extra cash, what is an easy way to have fun and make money? Help other people do their assignments. There are lots of students who aren’t willing to do their assignments, and who will happily outsource the task online. Here’s an article listing sites that pay people to do assignments for others. It has probably been a long time since you have had school assignments, so have fun challenging your brain and earning money at the same time.

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7. Create Your Own Online Course

If you have a special skill that others will love to learn and you’re comfortable in the front of a camera, you just got lucky! You can earn an extra $1,000 monthly by creating video courses for sites like Udemy. A major advantage to creating online courses for sites like Udemy is that you get to benefit from their audience. Udemy boasts over ten million students, and you get to benefit from such a massive audience. To make Udemy work, make sure your course is about something with high demand because it helps if there are not a lot of similar courses already on the site.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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