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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

The 5 Best Websites To Make Money Online

The 5 Best Websites To Make Money Online

The internet is a beautifully simple marketplace for people to make money, and get paid for their services. We’ve compiled the five best places for you to make money online, whether you want to start your own business – or just make a little extra on the side.

Site 1: Elance

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    Elance is the Internet’s biggest marketplace for legitimate freelance work. And, it’s my personal favourite of all the websites in this list.

    It provides a simple interface that allows you to search for jobs in any kind of niche. From Writing and Translation, to Web Design and Programming.

    Basically, people post jobs they want doing on the website, and you submit a proposal for it. It’s that simple. 

    Regardless of how much money you want to make, the possibilities are endless: there are freelancers on subscribed making $1,000 to $100,000 a year.

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    Pros: Free service. Simple to use. Easy to manage Tax Documents. Verified, trustworthy jobs.

    Cons: Can be slow to become established. Bad Freelancers willing to work for $1-$2 an hour.

    Site 2: Fiverr

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      Fiverr is a long established freelance site where everything costs a $5 minimum. It’s a simple and easy to use website, where you post the services you can provide: and if someone needs them, they’ll pay you to work.

      It takes the traditional Freelance way of working and turns it on it’s head. It also ensures you get paid before you complete any work so that you never find yourself ripped off.

      There is also scope to earn more than your $5 per job, with different levels for different services, such as: early delivery dates, extra work or ‘bolt-on’s for your services.

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      Pros: Protected payment before work. No marketing required. Work is on your terms. Quick and Easy to set up.

      Cons: Lots of competition for work. Hard to establish a business. Have to do your own accountancy books. Not much scope to build a solid income.

      Site 3: oDesk

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        oDesk is somewhat of a sister company to eLance, that helps freelancers find work in a wide range of areas. Out of the two sites, it’s down to your personal preference: but the oDesk’s design and Payment tracker app set it apart from the competition.

        This is a great website to get started on as a beginner as the average prices for jobs is lower, and it’s much easier to establish yourself as an up and coming freelancer.

        Pros: Good design. Simple set up. Great for beginners. Easy to use interface.

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        Cons: Prices can be too low if you’re looking to build a big business.

        Site 4: Craigslist

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          Craigslist isn’t a site you’d think synonymous with Freelance Work – but it’s actually a hub of jobs and work to apply for.

          It’s a simple and easy to way to start to build a portfolio and make some money in the process. The normal client can vary between local businesses, college students and someone looking to get work done as quickly as possible.

          Air on the side of caution though, as sometimes you can find yourself chasing money for work you’ve done.

          Pros: Easy to get started. Low pressure environment. Constant stream of new jobs. Easy money.

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          Cons: Not always reputable clients.

          Site 5: Freelancer

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            Freelancer is a ‘gameified’ version of the sites eLance and oDesk mentioned earlier. You have the ability to ‘level up’ by earning experience points from the projects you complete and the milestones you hit. There are no shortage of jobs on these sites and everything is channelled depending on your skills and abilities.

            Freelancer doesn’t have a free option that is as flexible as it’s competitors, and you find yourself paying to take tests and complete certain tasks.

            This plays into the hands of people posting projects, as it shows you’re committed and established, but it doesn’t really help you if you’re just getting started.

            Pros: Fun and easy to use interface. Interactive spin on normal freelancing. More reliable jobs than any other source.

            Cons: Paying for tests and membership makes it hard to access for low-budget new starters.

            Featured photo credit: Sanjay Kalyan via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on August 15, 2018

            30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

            30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

            Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

            Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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            1. Visit a strawberry festival

            Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

            2. Have a picnic

            Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

            3. Camp in your back yard

              The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

              4. Take long walks

              Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

              5. Break a world record

              Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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              6. Go on a bike ride

              The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

              7. Join a gym class

                The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                8. Find a new hobby

                The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                9. Join a sports team

                Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                  Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                  11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                  Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                  12. Visit a free festival

                  Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                  13. Visit the zoo

                    Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                    14. Take a road trip

                    Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                    15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                      Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                      16. Make your own ice cream

                      Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                      17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                        18. Get a summer job

                        For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                        19. Attend a charity event

                        Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                        20. Visit a national park

                        National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                        21. Visit your local comedy club

                          Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                          22. Make your own hammock

                            Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                            23. Read in your new hammock

                            Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                            24. Watch a movie outside

                            Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                            25. Take a hike

                              Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                              26. Learn how to fly a kite

                              As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                              27. Work out at the park

                              American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                              28. Take your dog to the beach

                                One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                29. Make a summer smoothie

                                Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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