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25 Legitimate Ways to Work from Home Without Investment

25 Legitimate Ways to Work from Home Without Investment

Sometimes you get tired of working a 9-5, you want to spend more time with your family, or you’re just looking for a little extra pocket money. Below are 25 ways to, legitimately, add some extra funds to your bank account.

1. Sell your produce and gourmet foods at your local farmers’ market

Do you have a green thumb or consider yourself handy in the kitchen? If so, you may be able to make extra money by doing what you do all the time. You can grow your own produce, or cook delicious food, and then sell them at your local farmers’ market. There’s something appealing about anything home-grown or home-cooked.

2. Bookkeeper or data entry

Businesses know that time is money. They also know that data entering takes a lot of extra time, so they hire people to do their data entry for them. Depending on what company you work for, you could make this into a full-time job.

3. Sell home-made arts and crafts

Speaking of home-made; if you’ve got a creative mind, and a knack for arts and crafts, you may be able to sell your creations for some extra dough. There are thousands of people on sites like Etsy selling their hand-made products.

4. Become a medical transcriptionist

Can you type fast and have excellent hearing? If so, you may be able to become a medical transcriptionist. You get paid to listen to, and transcribe, medical recordings. Just remember to brush up on your medical terminology.

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5. Freelance writing

If you’ve got a love for writing, and are actually good at it, you may be able to get paid for it. There are many businesses looking for writers to help them bring their ideas to life, in a more appealing way, to capture their consumers’ attention.

6. Work for a call center

If you enjoy talking to people, and have excellent diction, working for a call center may be a possible money maker for you. Businesses pay these employees to answer their customers’ questions via telephone. Call center employees are scattered all over the world, so their services can be accessible 24/7.

7. Transform your home into a bed and breakfast

If you’ve got a beautiful home, with extra space, why not turn it into a business? Many people pay good amounts of money to stay at a homier place than a hotel – especially if you’re at a prime location that’s close to any touristy areas.

8. Teach your skills

Do you have a skill that you can do really well? Such as playing an instrument, dancing, crafting, etc.? If so, you could get paid to teach other people what you already know, AND you’ll have fun doing it.

9. Test websites

To be a website tester, all you need is a headset, a microphone, a quiet room, and good diction. Websites, like UserTesting, will pay people to follow tasks on specific websites and explain what they like about the website, and what can be improved.

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10. Become a blogger

If you’ve got a captivating way of writing, and don’t want to be a freelance writer, you could just start your own blog. You could earn money based on how many people visit and read your blog posts.

11. Tutor on subjects online

If you’re good at particular subject, you could get paid to tutor students online. Online tutoring is typically done via video chat.

12. Freelance graphic designer

If you’re handy with Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign; you may be able to utilize your skills to make some extra money. All you need to do is build a portfolio and give proposals to different companies that are looking to hire graphic designers.

13. Take surveys online

There are many websites that will pay you in cash, credits, or gift cards just to get your opinion. Although it won’t be enough for a full-time income, at least you’ll have some extra spending money.

14. Sell your photography

Do you have a good eye for photos? If you do, you may be able to sell your photography. Many people love buying creative photographs of different places and nature. You could also sell your photographs to stock image sites to earn some extra cash.

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15. Publish an E-book

Using Amazon or Lulu, anyone can self-publish an e-book. Whether it be creative writing, a self-help book, or a recipe book; the possibilities are endless. As long as you know how to write, you may be able to earn some extra money based on how many people buy and read your book.

16. Complete gigs on Fiverr

Many people are always looking for a little help on different projects. If you’re someone that has some time and would like to earn a little extra money, browse Fiverr and see what you could do for people.

17. Become a YouTube affiliate

If you have a great camera presence, this may be for you. YouTube pays people whenever their videos gets clicked on and they have ads before the video. The more views on your video, the more you’ll get paid. This is how YouTube celebrities end up becoming wealthy.

18. Participate in an online mock jury

There are sites where attorneys submit their cases and a group of people join a mock jury online where they review the case and answer questions to come up with a verdict. Each case could pay between $20-60 depending on the length of the case.

19. Ad clicking

You could get paid to click on different ads on various websites. The more ads that you click, the more money you’ll make. Keep in mind that this won’t make you tons of money, but you could make a few extra dollars each month.

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20. Become an online consultant

Are you good at giving advice? If so, you may be able to become an online consultant. All around the world people are asking for advice on different things. If you know a topic really well, you might as well get paid to help people understand that topic even better!

21. Game testing

If you’re one of those people who love gaming, then why not get paid for it. Game companies pay certain people to test out their new games and give feedback on ways to improve it and what they like about it.

22. Become a market affiliate

Market affiliates get paid to sell other company’s products. You can make a decent amount of money doing this if you have an already-popular blog, website, and good salesmanship.

23. Seamstress

If you have talent with a needle and thread, you may be able to offer your services, for cash, from the comfort of your own home. You can do alterations, create upholstery, beddings, and tote bags – if it can be sewn, you can create it.

24. Sell your old books

People who do this go to other businesses, buy their no longer used books, and then resell them on sites like Amazon and Ebay.

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25. Watch videos

Who wouldn’t want to get paid to watch videos on YouTube all day; especially if it’s something people do all the time for free anyway! Some sites pay people to watch videos and provide feedback.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

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

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

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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