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10 Creative And Effective Ways To Make Money From Home, Doing What You Love

10 Creative And Effective Ways To Make Money From Home, Doing What You Love

Long commutes, that annoying coworker you love to hate sitting on the other side of your cubicle, staff meetings that drag on forever debating the merits of various brands of toilet paper—ah, the joys of an office job.  If only there was some way you could make money without having to go into the office, otherwise known as that place that has become the bane of your existence.

Luckily for you, it just so happens that you can make money without being at an office.  Thanks to advances in modern technology, there are all kinds of ways you can make money working from the comfort of your own home. Some great home based career ideas include.

1. Freelance Writer

If you’re passionate about writing and confident in your ability to produce excellent work, you should consider becoming a freelance writer.  Check out websites such as FreelanceSwitch, Odesk, Upwork, and ArticleTeller to see some great opportunities that have come available.  If you’re really ambitious, you could even start a blog and generate an income from the space you sell for advertisements.

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2. Personal Trainer

Are you a fitness buff who loves working out?  If so, you should consider becoming a personal trainer.  Now that we have tools like Skype and FaceTime on the scene, you can easily communicate face to face with clients even if you’re hundreds of miles apart, helping them set fitness goals, prescribing workout routines for them, and providing feedback on their progress.  If you’re not already certified, you’ll want to obtain certification as a trainer first, and then once you’ve done so, you should promote yourself and the services you offer on various channels of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).

3. Artist

Don’t buy into the stereotype that says a career in the arts means becoming a starving artist.  You can actually generate a pretty decent income selling your works of art from home, thanks to sites like Etsy that serve as an online marketplace for producers and consumers of art.  Cafe’Press is another website on which you can sell your artwork.

4. Product Tester

If you’re really into gadgets and you enjoy scoping out the latest and greatest ones on the scene, you should consider getting paid to check out these gadgets by becoming a product tester.  People who are open to testing and marketing products are actually in high demand at a lot of companies.  Check out websites like SheSpeaks.com, Houseparty.com, and Crowdtap.com for opportunities that could allow you to try out products and make money from home.

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5. Host or Hostess

If you’re really social and you enjoy having people over to your place, you could always consider renting out your spare room to out-of-towners who need a place to stay during their vacations, college students, etc.  Check out airbnb to get started with running your own Bed and Breakfast.

6. Teacher/Tutor

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    Love teaching, but love the idea of teaching Beowulf from at home in your pajamas even more?  Look into becoming an online teacher.  Various states have their own systems of virtual public schools, and while you may have to go through some classes and training before you get started, the flexibility you get with being able to teach from home is well worth it in the end.  If tutoring is more your thing, you can also check the website Tutor.com to find opportunities to provide assistance with math, science, music, etc.  Whatever field you excel in, chances are, somebody could use your help in that area.

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    7. Nanny

    It might sound like a silly career, but nannying is no joke: you can rake in serious cash taking care of kids while their parents are at work.  And while some parents will obviously prefer that you come to them, many will be fine with dropping their kids off at your place, allowing you to fulfill your goal of working from home.  It helps if you are certified in first aid and CPR and have some kind of background in working with kids, either from previous babysitting experience, working at a daycare, in a church nursery, etc.  Check out Care.com to find nannying opportunities near you.

    8. Tailor/Seamstress

    If you’ve got the magic touch with a thimble and thread, a work from home career as a tailor or seamstress could be in your future.  In addition to making alterations and repairs to pieces of clothing, you could make tote bags, bedding, drapes, even dresses and custom made clothes; the possibilities are endless!  Basically, if you have a knack for sewing, there’s a need for your skills.  Create a blog or website to get the word out about your services, and consider advertising with flyers and business cards at local fabric stores.

    9. Medical Transcriptionist

    If you’re interested in healthcare, you might be interested pursuing a career in medical transcription.  As a medical transcriptionist, you turn voice recordings of doctor/ patient interactions into a text-based format.  In order to get started, you will probably need to take classes in medical transcription (check to see what your local community college or technical schools offer).  You should also consider joining a professional organization as a way to network and land your first job in the field.

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    10. Virtual Assistant

    Are you super organized?  Do you love helping others?  If so, a job as a virtual assistant could be just right for you.  As a virtual assistant, you help out with paperwork, send emails, draft documents, and take care of needs that a company would generally assign to a secretary.  The beauty of being a VIRTUAL assistant, though, is that you can do secretarial work without ever having to set foot in an office.  Go to VirtualAssistants.com for suggestions on how to get started in this field.
    If you are seriously considering getting a job working from home, the good news is the opportunities abound.  With the above ideas as a guide and a little self-promotion on your part, you could be well on your way to making great money from the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas and fuzzy slippers no less.

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    How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

    How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

    Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

    If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

    My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

    So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

    Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

    1. Meal Plan

    You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

    If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

    Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

    Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

    2. Cook in Bulk

    Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

    Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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    That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

    3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

    The science behind this is 2-fold.

    Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

    Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

    4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

    I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

    Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

    Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

    What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

    5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

    We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

    We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

    Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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    Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

    6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

    Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

    Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

    7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

    I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

    Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

    The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

    While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

    8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

    The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

    Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

    If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

    9. Try Acai Bowls

    Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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    You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

    Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

    10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

    Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

    Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

    11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

    A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

    I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

    12. Buy Cheap Online

    Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

    Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

    13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

    One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

    Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

    1. Strawberries
    2. Spinach
    3. Kale
    4. Nectarines
    5. Apples
    6. Grapes
    7. Peaches
    8. Cherries
    9. Pears
    10. Tomatoes
    11. Celery
    12. Potatoes

    14. Pay Attention to Storage

    Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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    Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

    15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

    Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

    Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

    16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

    I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

    Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

    17. Use Budget App

    There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

    My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

    18. Use What you Have

    Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

    19. Enjoy the Process!

    Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

    Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

    Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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