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Surprising, Reputable Ways To Make Money At Home Online

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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        Last Updated on June 25, 2019

        How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

        How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

        Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

        In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

        So first thing first, work on your resume.

        Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

        To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

        Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

        There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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        Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

        A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

        Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

        1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

        Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

        People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

        In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

        2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

        Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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        Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

        If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

        3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

        Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

        It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

        4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

        Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

        Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

        5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

        It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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        Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

        6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

        Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

        Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

        7. Make a List of Selling Points

        It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

        Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

        8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

        Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

        Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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        9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

        Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

        Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

        Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

        10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

        Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

        Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

        Summing It up

        Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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        Reference

        [1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
        [2] Veronica Castillo: New Job- DIY Resume

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