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Creative Ways To Make Money From Home

Creative Ways To Make Money From Home

Let’s be honest: not all of us want to go and work a regular nine to five job, instead preferring to work from our home. It’s not exactly easy, but with some patience and persistence, you’ll find the right thing for you. Here are a few suggestions.

Sell Your Old Stuff Online

The first and most obvious thing you can do is to sort out the stuff you want from the stuff you don’t want. Then you’ll want to figure out what the stuff you don’t want is worth and sell it on a site like Craigslist or eBay. You never know what your item is worth to the right person!

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Selling your personal items online is great because you don’t really have to do anything other than say what you have for sale, and you get rid of things you no longer want. You never know, you may get rid of the item for a much higher price than you expected.

Freelance Writing Expands Your Writing Skills

While it’s easier said than done, you could find somewhere to do freelance work. This could be anywhere from a small blog to a much larger corporation looking for writers for articles or product descriptions. These pay fairly well, so long as you abide by their guidelines and consistently meet deadlines. Remember, companies like these demand results, not excuses; so if you’re interested in a fast-paced environment, look into freelance writing.

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Even better, start writing with a purpose. Sure, you may draw money from freelance writing, but you could also write a novel. There are several sites that help unpublished authors get their work out there, and for each copy that is digitally sold, the author will get a cut of the profit.

Complete Small Tasks for Businesses

Many businesses have the option to complete small tasks for them. Sometimes, they can have quite a few small tasks. You’ll have to research projects, write product reviews, translate, write transcriptions, and more. Depending on the company, they pay fairly well and only take a few minutes of your time. They pay immediately after accepting your work, so there’s no week-long delays for payment.

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Take Surveys for Companies

While it may seem extremely tedious, some companies pay handsomely for people to take their surveys. Sign up on several sites and wait for the survey invitations to come in. After a certain number of surveys, you will have the option of cashing your points in for gift cards, and, sometimes, even money. You have to make sure to keep up with the surveys though, because once you miss a survey or two, you’ll be barred from taking further surveys.

Start a Blog

Some of the top moneymakers on the Internet started in exactly your spot. One day, though, they decided to do something about it. They grabbed a video camera, said something silly or voiced their opinion, and got noticed. Some of YouTube’s top earners make well into six figures annually, so regardless of whether or not you think you have something important to say, take a risk and put yourself out there. You never know, your ideas and opinions could resonate well with your audience.

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Tutor Struggling Students

As an older student, there’s nothing better that you can do than to give back and help tutor other students. Try to stick to areas that you’re proficient in. There are many online sites that will offer financial rewards to those who tutor struggling children. The look on a child’s face once they understand what they’re doing, after you’ve explained it to them, is priceless. Look into being a tutor today!

Offer Home-Cooked Meals

While this may seem a little out of the ordinary, hear me out. Have you ever been told that you’re an amazing cook? Many people will pay for an old-fashioned, home-cooked meal. Talk to neighbors or even post flyers around town offering your services. You can cook meals for people and either have them come pick it up, or take it to them.

Rent Out Your Space

Here’s a great way to make money without doing anything: if you have an extra room in your place, rent it out. Set some guidelines, write up a contract, and invite someone to move in. Charge rent and utilities, of course, and just let them live their lives while you live yours. You’ll make money while actually doing very little.

These are just a few of the suggestions to make money from home. Some methods will work better than others depending on your location in the world. What do you turn to when you need money? Do you routinely work from home?

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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