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8 Great Ways To Earn Extra Cash

8 Great Ways To Earn Extra Cash

Budgeting is often viewed as a necessary evil, and a lot of people try to make due with a reasonable salary as best as they can. In a lot of cases, saving up for some luxuries simply isn’t a realistic option, as there just isn’t enough money to go around.

A good way to boost your budget a little bit, if you’ve already got a full-time job, is to find an additional source of income. This should be something that doesn’t require too much of your time, as you still want to have some free time left for yourself in the day, but still pays decently well.

Since people have different skills and sensibilities, we will be looking at a number of effective ways to earn some extra cash.

1. You can take online surveys

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    The gist of this fairly straightforward money-making method is that you log onto a website, complete a survey and get paid a certain amount of money for it. Some websites will have fairly regular surveys for the users to complete, earning you anywhere from $1 to $5 for shorter survey that can be completed quickly, while some can get you up to $10.

    There is also the odd opportunity like reviewing a website or evaluating a book, both of which which can land you up to $30 and $60 respectively.

    Getting paid to take surveys online is an easy and safe way to earn a little extra cash, as long as you focus your attention on the better websites like the ones mentioned here, but it won’t make you a millionaire anytime soon.

    The good thing about them though is that you can bite off as much as you want to chew, and you can combine paid surveys with other options listed in this article without losing too much of your own free time.

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    2. You can write and publish a cheap romance novel

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      While great classical minds like Cicero lamented about the state of the world in which children don’t listen to their parents and everyone is writing a book, the truth is that it’s evidently been like that for centuries now, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this fact.

      You’d think that there is a lot of competition out there, but despite the sea of cheap thrillers, fantasy and romance novels out there, people seem to want more and more.

      If you have even the slightest bit of writing talent, or at least have a decent idea and aren’t completely illiterate, there are user-friendly platforms like Smashwords that can help get your novels out there. The drawbacks here are that the process is time consuming and requires at least some creativity, but it can be a long-term project that you slowly complete over the course of a few months, writing whenever you find the time during the day.

      With time, you’ll get better, and if you can put that into your book, you are looking at a decent amount of additional income.

      3. You can hold online English classes on Skype

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        With the advent of platforms like Skype, it has become very easy to connect with people from around the globe, and even teach classes face-to-face with someone from another continent. Since English is a language spoken in most countries across the world, there is a big demand for English language teachers, especially in Japan.

        There is a $10 yearly fee, it’s simple to sign up for it and the money is decent – $5 for a 25 minute class and $10 for a 50 minute class – but it does require a decent amount of work and good people skills.

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        There also may not be a position available at all times, so you can end up waiting a while for a job opportunity to present itself.

        4. You can provide a unique niche service on Fiverr

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          Fiverr is a great platform where people can offer all sorts of services for a nominal fee, starting from $5. The best thing about it is that you have free reign to choose any type of service you would like to provide – from proofreading and songwriting to drawing cartoon version of people, web development and animation.

          But, as to be expected, there is a lot of competition.

          This is why you need to find a unique niche to cater to, something specialized for which you can quickly become the go to person. Everyone has some interesting talent, a skill set developed over the years or even a hobby that can be monetized, so Fiverr can be a good opportunity to supplement your income.

          5. You can sell your old textbooks

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            Higher education is an important thing to have, but going to university will set you back quite a bit in student loans. Textbooks can be costly as well, and over time, you will be left with a whole bunch of textbooks that you no longer need.

            You can make some of that money back by selling your used textbooks online. Selling your old textbooks on Amazon is pretty simple, and you can get a good deal for them, as long as they are in good condition and the ISBN number matches that found on the website.

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            6. You can dabble in stock photography

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              There are tons and tons of content being uploaded online every day, and a lot of it features at least one image. Everything from blog posts to homepage backgrounds may feature a quality image, so there is plenty of work to be had as far as stock photos go.

              Most stock photo sites offer about 50-60% of each sale to the artist, and if an image proves popular, it can earn you a nice sum. Of course, you need to invest in good equipment to set up a small studio and need to have some talent and experience, so it is not something that everyone can just pick up as an additional source of income.

              It may also be a while before you see some real profit, and you will have to put in the work. However, if you have already dabbled in amateur photography as a hobby, have some decent equipment and enjoy snapping photos, then you can take the extra step and make some money from it.

              7. You can try to find a gig as a movie extra

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                If you have a bit of free time on your hands, say on weekends or in the afternoon after your day job, and you’ve dreamed of being part of a movie production, you can try to find a gig as an extra. Unless you are a member of the Screen Actors Guild, you won’t make too much in this line of work, but a few days of shooting a month can provide you with that little extra cash that you need to get your finances in order.

                Now, before you get your hopes up and start planning your Oscar speech, I should mention that this line of work is not for everyone.

                A typical shoot can stretch on for hours on end, and you will be expected to stand around and repeat the same movements over and over again. You are basically adding a number of full workdays, physically demanding ones at that, to your schedule, and the work is not exactly stable – you can go a long time without an offer or get a couple of options during the same week.

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                It’s a bit of a gamble, and it is demanding, but it is also a decent side job overall, especially if you live in a bigger city where a lot of films and TV shows are shot.

                8. You can create a blog and start putting out content

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                  Even if you don’t think that you’d have much to say to the world, there is probably some specialized area that you are skilled in or have spent a good deal of your time learning about. Just as long as you can give some interesting insights, good advice and provide a bit of entertainment to a niche audience, you can create a fairly successful blog.

                  Like some other job opportunities on this list, creating a blog requires you to invest some money – although you don’t really need all that much – and a decent amount of time. It’s also not exactly a quick and easy way to get some cash.

                  You should see it as more of a long-term project that starts out as a fun hobby, and can gradually become a stable stream of extra income. The best thing about it is that it can be your little passion project that takes a couple of hours of your free time, which leaves you enough time to focus on other, more immediate, methods of earning money.

                  Supplementing your income with a less time-consuming and relatively simple side job will allow you to save up some money, get out of debt quicker or afford a few luxuries. These are just some interesting ways to earn a few extra bucks, while still having a bit of free time left.

                  You won’t burn yourself out doing any of these, and can tap into them as little or as much as you want, but they can make a noticeable difference over time.

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                  Ivan Dimitrijevic

                  Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                  25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                  25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                  Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

                  Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

                  1. Coursera

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                    Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

                    Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

                    Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

                    2. Khan Academy

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                      Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                      Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                      3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                        If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                        Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                        4. Udemy 

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                          Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                          Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                          5. Academic Earth

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                            Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                            Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                            6. edX

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                              Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                              7. Alison

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                                Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                                It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                                8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                                  A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                                  Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                                  Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                                  ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                                  9. Stanford Online

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                                    Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                                    Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                                    10. Harvard Extension

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                                      Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                      Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                      11. Open Yale Courses

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                                        Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                        12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                          Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                          13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                            Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                            14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                              Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                              15. Codecademy

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                                                Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                                The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                                16. Code

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                                                  Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                                  In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                                  Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                                  17. University of London Podcasts

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                                                    The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                                    18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                      Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                      The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                      19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                        For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                        Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                        20. TED-Ed

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                                                          Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                          Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                          21. LessonPaths

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                                                            LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                            22. Memrise

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                                                              Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                              Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                              23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                                The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                                National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                                24. Fun Brain

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                                                                  Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                                  Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                                  25. Whyville

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                                                                    Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                                    Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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