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Make More Money: 5 Amazing Ideas That Will Help You Prosper In 2015

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Make More Money: 5 Amazing Ideas That Will Help You Prosper In 2015

I’m a huge advocate of making extra income and dabbling in entrepreneurship. In some cases, this side income can make enough to quit a bad 9-5 job and open up some new possibilities. From there the fun begins as we take a hold of our own lives and experience financial freedom!

So here are 5 ways you can make more money in 2015.

1. Rent out your car, bike, boat, outdoor equipment & extra land

If you’re not using it then why not make money off that asset? You could be making $250 a week from that nice bike you bought last Christmas or rent your extra car out and make an extra $2,000 a month!

For your bike, snowboard & surfboard:

spinlister

    For your car:

    relayrides

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      getaround

        For your boat:

        boatbound

          For your outdoor equipment:

          outdoor

            For your extra land:

            gamping

              2. Renting out your space

              People always need storage. You can charge people to store stuff at your house – a spare bedroom or basement would work perfectly.

              You probably have a friend or family member that needs your help with this right now. A few boxes in an area of the house you’re not using are a perfect idea when you need some fast cash. Think about those self-storage places; they make an absolute fortune! You would be solving a huge problem for people and creating an easy flow of income. Cha-ching!

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              Try posting an ad for this on Craigslist and start interviewing or try this:

              • Roost (Predominantly in San Franciso, California but expanding nationwide. Make $3,000 a year)

              roost
                • Sparechair (Launching soon. The twist here is people can use your space to work at home without being at home. The company is looking to help people network by making coworking fun and profitable. You can charge $10-$20 a day)

                sparechair
                  • Peerspace (If your space is creatively designed and can allow for groups of people to work then consider this)

                  peerspace

                    You can even rent out areas of your home to filmmakers and producers:

                    • Setscouter (If a director selects your home you can make up to $4,500 per day)

                    setscout

                      3. Drive people around

                      The days of investing money to purchase a taxi business have changed. Today you can freely partner up with a driving company and make $200-500 a day driving people with your own car. If you’re worried about insurance these companies take care of it all. The cool thing about this is you can be a driver whenever you want or treat it like a regular job and make approximately $65,000 or more a year.

                      Wondering where you’ll find paying customers? It’s all in the mobile app which you can download and check out now. For more information visit:

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                      • Uber (Available in most major cities)

                      uber
                        • Lyft (Just like Uber but with a cute pink mustache)

                        lyft

                          sidecar

                            shuddle

                              4. Voiceover

                              There’s a chance your voice is the type someone is looking for in their online or radio commercial. You’ll never know until you try. So find a quiet room away from distraction, stand up to project your voice, and record some samples. You don’t need the most professional equipment right now. Just use your mobile phone or computer microphone. Try these website’s for voice over work:

                              voicebunny

                                voices

                                  5. Writing blog posts

                                  There are more than a few blogs that you might follow. How much have you learned from reading, liking, commenting, and sharing this information? Quite a bit, I bet! If you enjoy it consider offering to write articles for them.

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                                  You don’t have to be a literary giant. Your thoughts are your thoughts and they’re valuable – treat them as such. You should get about 25 bucks per article which can take roughly 30 minutes to research and 30 minutes to write. If you write 40, you’ve got $1,000 – just like that! This is like working a 40 hour work week while staying in the comforts of home.

                                  Here’s one source writers can make $30 a short blog post and $65 a long blog post:

                                  scripted

                                    You can find more options here:

                                    odesk

                                      If you liked these ideas on making money then you’ll enjoy this: 8 Great Ways To Earn Extra Cash

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                                      33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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                                      33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

                                      In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

                                      Some easy ways to save money:

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                                      1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
                                      2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
                                      3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
                                      4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
                                      5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
                                      6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
                                      7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
                                      8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
                                      9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
                                      10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
                                      11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
                                      12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
                                      13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                                          a reusable water bottle and refill it.
                                        • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                                        • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                                        • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                                        • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                                        • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                                        • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                                        • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                                        • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                                        • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
                                        • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
                                        • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                                        • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                                        • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                                        • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
                                        • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
                                        • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
                                        • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
                                        • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
                                        • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                                        • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                                        Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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