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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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    13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

    13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

    Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

    Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

    So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

    1. Choose a major category each month to attack

    As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

    Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

    By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

    2. Only make major purchases in the morning

    If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

    Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

    Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

    3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

    Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

    The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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    Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

    4. Read one-star reviews for products

    Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

    By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

    Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

    5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

    If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

    The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

    Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

    This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

    6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

    One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

    While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

    The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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    7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

    Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

    That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

    That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

    8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

    Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

    If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

    Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

    Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

    This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

    9. Budget using cash and envelopes

    As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

    Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

    This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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    The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

    10. Join a like-minded group

    Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

    You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

    Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

    No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

    For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

    This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

    11. Reward Yourself

    When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

    Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

    With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

    But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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    Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

    12. Take the Buddhist approach

    You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

    Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

    Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

    The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

    13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

    If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

    It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

    Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

    Conclusion

    Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

    However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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