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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.

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 March 21, 2019

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

“What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

1. Start Small

The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

Do less today to do more in a year.

2. Stay Small

There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

Why?

Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

Peter Drucker said,

“What you track is what you do.”

So track it to do it — it really helps.

But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

5. Measure Once, Do Twice

Peter Drucker also said,

“What you measure is what you improve.”

So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

For reading, it’s 20 pages.
For writing, it’s 500 words.
For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

6. All Days Make a Difference

Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

Will two? They won’t.

Will three? They won’t.

Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

What happened? Which one made you fit?

The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

7. They Are Never Fully Automated

Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

10. Punish Yourself

Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

11. Reward Yourself

When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

In the End, It Matters

What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

“Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

Keep going.

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Reference

[1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
[2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
[3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
[4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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