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

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:

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    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)

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                          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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                                      Last Updated on June 26, 2020

                                      25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                      25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                      “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                                      If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                                      You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                                      Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                                      As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                                      And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                                      But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                                      • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                                        • food
                                        • rent/mortgage
                                        • cell phone
                                        • insurance
                                        • socializing/entertainment
                                        • transportation
                                        • hygiene products
                                        • household bills
                                      • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                                        • travel
                                        • clothing
                                        • medication (*depends)
                                        • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                                        • gifts

                                      Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                                      Save Money on Food

                                      1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                                      Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                                      Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                                      2. Buy the store-brand version

                                      Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                                      3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                                      Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                                      4. Have group dinners

                                      If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                                      Save Money in Transport

                                      5. Get a bicycle

                                      Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                                      6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                                      Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                                      7. Find the cheapest gas

                                      Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                                      Save Money in General Shopping

                                      8. Shop online

                                      Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                                      9. Sell your old stuff

                                      Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                                      Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                                      10. Bulk buying stores

                                      For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                                      Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                                      11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                                      You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                                      12. Generic brand medication

                                      More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                                      13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                                      It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                                      Cut Down on Household Expenses

                                      14. Printing

                                      Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                                      e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                                      Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                                      15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                                      A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                                      16. Shop around for insurance

                                      Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                                      Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                                      17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                                      If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                                      18. Don’t get a TV

                                      Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                                      19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                                      My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                                      Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                                      20. Have house parties

                                      Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                                      For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                                      21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                                      It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                                      22. Volunteer

                                      If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                                      23. Housesit

                                      There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                                      Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                                      24. DIY beauty

                                      French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                                      25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                                      If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                                      Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                                      Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                                      • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                                      • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                                      • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                                      • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                                      • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                                      • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                                      • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                                      Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                                      What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                                      Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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