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Surprising, Reputable Ways To Make Money At Home Online

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Surprising, Reputable Ways To Make Money At Home Online

Want To Work From Home? Whether you’re a busy working mom hoping to stay at home with the kids or just plain sick and tired of a routine nine to five job, there are endless ways you can still earn a living from home. Even just a couple hours a day can help put money in the bank. No matter your educational or socioeconomic background, the options below are reputable options for working wherever you are.

Surveys

It truly almost sounds too good to be true, but you really can make a decent amount of money from home just by filling out surveys. If you don’t mind answering question after question, there are dozens of reputable sites that will pay you to fill out surveys. It may not be enough to earn a living, but it could certainly cover a few monthly expenses!

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is one of the best sites out there when it comes to making extra money on the side. Just by using Swagbucks as your search engine, you’re rewarded with points. Think of each point earned as $0.01. It may not sound like a lot, but points quickly add up.

There’s a lot of ways to earn points on Swagbucks, including watching videos, but surveys tend to be the most interesting and rewarding. The points you earn are then redeemable for cash or gift cards. I’ve personally already earned more than 5,000 points using Swagbucks and that’s mostly just from setting it as my search engine. Plus, you get a $5 bonus just for signing up!

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    MySurvey

    Named the world’s #1 survey site, MySurvey allows you to earn 2,000 points just for signing up. Then you can earn up to $5 per survey, which again, quickly adds up if you dedicate enough time to it. It’s easy money!

    American Consumer Opinion

    With enough time put into their surveys each month, you can expect to earn about $100 on American Consumer Opinion. The average survey takes 10 minutes to complete, but the longer ones tend to have better rewards. By taking surveys, you can earn cash, points, a gift, a check, or a free test product.

    Website Tests & Reviews

    You can make a surprising amount of money evaluating websites and giving your honest opinion about how user-friendly they are. It’s a great way for companies to improve their sites and they’ll pay you to do it! Check out the sites below that are easy to work for and make real money.

    Analysia & User Testing

    All you need to make money on both Analysia and User Testing is a computer, an internet connection, and a microphone. You’ll get an email whenever a test is available and each test typically takes 10-15 minutes to complete. You then get $10 for each completed evaluation and payments are made through PayPal.

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    User Testing also offers the occasional 5-minute test that pays $3 and longer evaluations that can pay as much as $100. How many tests you get depends on what demographic the company is looking to have evaluate their site.

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      Bonus Hunting

      It may sound crazy but it also sounds like a lot of fun too, doesn’t it? If you like a bit of an adrenaline rush, you could potentially make good money gambling, no trip to the casino needed! The main difference between an online casino and a land-based casino is the promotions offered.

      Online casinos will offer money or casino credits for free, to win back together with your winnings. According to NetBet.org, an online casino review site, those bonuses are used to “attract a new player to the casino site and keep the old one in place.” In order to truly take advantage of what is essentially free money, you have to fulfill specific requirements that come along with a chosen bonus.

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      The one bonus that doesn’t require a deposit is a type of sign-up bonus received when you register with the casino. The catch, however, is that you’re not allowed to cash the money out, you can only use that money to play. Then, to withdraw the money you have to fulfill the wagering requirements first, which can sometimes be pretty difficult.

      That’s why it’s always important to read the terms and conditions for an online casino before registering. The perk of this type of bonus is that it allows you to test-drive the casino games for free and experience the excitement of an online casino without paying for it. Then, once you get the hang of things, go ahead and gamble away. It could be worth it.

      Start A Blog

      Sites like WordPress allow you to sign up and create a blog for free. To register a domain you’ll need a hosting site like Bluehost, but that can be taken care of once you’re more established in the blogging community. While it’s certainly not a get-rich-quick type of job, with time and effort it can certainly pay off in the long run.

      The key is consistency and reader engagement. If you want people to read your blog, you have to read other blogs yourself. Comment on other blogs, engage other writers, and share everything you can on social media. As long as you can create content that is unique and interesting, there’s no reason you can’t create a great blog!

      To earn income, you can sign up with advertising sites like Google Adsense that will then pay you every time a site visitor engages with an ad on your page. Sounds pretty easy right? For the most part, it is, especially if you enjoy writing. But again, it just takes some time.

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        Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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        Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

        As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

        Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

        According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

        “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

        A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

        What Is Your Personal Brand?

        “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

        Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

        Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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        I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

        A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

        Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

        Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

        Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

        In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

        According to Castrillon,[2]

        “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

        The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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        As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

        In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

        “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

        When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

        The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

        Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

        The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

        5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

        These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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        1. Set Your Personal Goals

        What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

        2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

        Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

        1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
        2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
        3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
        4. What makes you different from others like you?

        The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

        3. Write Your Professional Story

        Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

        4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

        Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

        5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

        A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

        The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

        Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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        As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

        Other People’s Stories

        Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

        Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

        Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

        “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

        So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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