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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

31 Things To Do When You Have No Money

31 Things To Do When You Have No Money

When you have no money, what you got in your head maybe just tons of worries and insecurities. Is “what jobs should I apply?” the only question you have in your mind? Take a break and look at the following list with the 30 things you can do when you have no money! (This list of things may surprisingly enthuse you to proceed with your life!)

1. Join a contest like a beauty contest or fitness contest.

Take part in a contest which you can show off the best parts of yourself, be it a singing contest, dancing contest, fitness contest or beauty contest. These are all great choices as you can truly widen your horizon with the special experience, while gaining a bit of fame. Who knows if you may eventually be the champion?

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    2. Baby-sit a child

    Looking after children requires your patience and concentration. Yet only a smile from a child can melt your heart and make you feel the time you’ve spent on him/her is rewarding. In fact, babysitting a neighbor’s child can be a part-time job for you to gain money.

    3. Perform in the street

    Do a mini magic show or an acrobatic show, sing a song or play a musical instrument in the street. Yes it takes your courage, but it’s worth a try if you’ve got a group of audience paying their time, or even a bit of money to watch your performance in the hectic streets.

    4. Join a carnival or any free festivals

    Not only can you have fun in such events, you get food and beverages for free. Sometimes you even get souvenirs! Sure they’ll forgive you for being a bit greedy since you’re out of money at the moment.

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      5. Take a video to put on YouTube

      Shoot for whatever theme and topic you like and put the video on YouTube. You’ll see how you create buzz on the internet with just a few-minute-clip. (By the way, if your video’s really widespread, you may get unexpected revenue from advertisements!)

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      6. Sell your old stuff

      You must have stuff which are no longer useful for you, why not sell them to have money in exchange? Just put your stuff on the online bidding sites like ebay or Amazon, or you can hold a garage sale.

      7. Build A Mobile App

      It takes you effort but no money at all to launch a mobile app. If you don’t know any technology but have the ideas, ask your friends for help! Develop an app, then put it on AppStore and Google Play, it’s easy to do. If the app you develop performed well, sure you’d feel proud of yourself and the downloads could earn you money!

      8. Grab your camera and take photos around

      Ordinary items can become interesting bits and pieces in your shots. Make good use of your creativity and imagination to shoot stuffs at different angle to amuse yourself.

      9. Enjoy some audiovisual entertainments

      If you don’t feel like going out sometimes, stay indoors and watch TV or play on your favorite music. The simplest things to ease yourself at home.

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        10. Find a way to express yourself

        Some like writing, some prefer painting, some fancy playing with a musical instrument, or even composing a song. Choose your own way to express your feelings. If you don’t mind, share what you’ve expressed with your friends or just on any online platforms too.

        11. Get yourself a new look

        You don’t need to pay to do this. Do the hair-dyeing and cutting yourself; search in the wardrobe for the old clothes and accessories and match a new delighting look for yourself.

        12. Decorate your room

        Rearrange the things’ settings in your room or even paint your room with left over paint. Then, immerse yourself in a new relaxing atmosphere.

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        13. Take a bath in a bathtub

        Right, I don’t mean a quick shower. Soak yourself in the bathtub and take a hot bath, comfortable and relaxing huh?

        14. Look through your old photo albums

        Take out your photo albums and have a stroll down on memory lane and recall the best of your memories.

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          15. Play some sports like jogging

          Doing sports’ a free activity, just play your favorite sports. You shouldn’t let the pressure of lacking money go all over you, maintain a healthy body to move on!

          16. Start to cook

          If you know how to cook, just cook with whatever ingredients you have at home; if you don’t know how, browse for any simple recipes on the internet and start cooking. Besides the fact that cooking can be fun, you’re actually doing something for yourself with the food you’ve made.

          17. Play with your pets

          They don’t talk and may not understand you, but they’re always there and ready to make you happy.

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            18. Start to plant

            While taking good care of plants could be a lesson, watching the seeds grow into flowers or fruits is an amazing experience.

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            19. Go to the public library and borrow a book or two to read on

            Reading requires your concentration and comprehension, so it forces your brain to exercise. Keep your brain active so you’ll have new ideas coming up always. Plus, you never know if you’ll find something fascinating that inspires you!

            20. Do some cleanings if you feel like so

            Clean up your own house and tidy up your clothes. It’s more than just literally cleaning up the places, studies have shown that a clean place relaxes people and facilitates thinking.

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              21. Find your friends or people you want to connect with

              List out the people you want to meet; they can be your old friends, neighbors or teachers. Call them or meet up with them. Treasure the times you spend with these people, can’t just lock up your hearts all the time, right?

              22. Spend time with your family

              You should not neglect your family because they’re always standing by you. Hug your parents and spend some time hanging out with them.

              23. Meet new friends

              Join your old school’s reunions or big groups gatherings, where you can meet new friends and revive your interpersonal network. If you’re more of an indoor person, try meeting friends online; it’s fairly common nowadays.

              24. Write a letter to someone

              Pick up the long-forgotten pen and start to write a letter for someone you care about. Oh, what about a love letter to someone you’ve been having a crush on?

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                25. Get in touch with the nature

                Do you know that just 5 minutes doing something in the woods or even just in a nearby park can boost your mental health? Go hiking or go to the beach, take a deep breath there and feel the natural breeze to enliven your mind.

                26. Go fishing

                It’s definitely a great time-killing activity. You may have to wait for a long time for the fish to get hooked, but you’ve earned yourself some peaceful moments to think.

                27. Wander around your neighborhood

                Walk around your neighborhood and just observe what people do in the streets. It’s not necessary to have a purpose for walking around the city.

                28. Feed some wild animals

                Here I’m talking about legal feeding to the animals. Go to the park and feed the fishes with the tiny pieces of bread. The fishes’ chase and clash for the food could be a fun scene.

                29. Go to a flea market

                You don’t need to have something to buy to go there because there’s always so many things to explore in a flea market. Just walk around the flea market and look at all the interesting stuffs.

                30. Do some community services

                Voluntary work sounds like the least thing people want to do when they have no money, but nah-ah, it trains you and gives you confidence. While you can help people, you find your value in the community.

                31. Go to church or join a religious gathering

                Choose a religion that you’re comfortable with and join its gatherings. Just see how religion may move you.

                Of course I don’t want any of you to have no money, but if unfortunately it happened to you, try on the 31 things listed above and move on with your life!

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                Published on November 8, 2018

                How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                2. Set your own boundaries

                Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                Here are some important traits to consider:

                • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                3. Continuously invest in yourself

                Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                4. Document the value you bring

                Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                Here are some ideas:

                • joesmith.com
                • joeasmith.com
                • joesmithprojects.com

                Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                5. Hide your salary requirements

                Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                6. Do just enough research

                Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                7. Get compensated by your value

                Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                The bottom line

                You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

                Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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