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The 5 Best Websites To Make Money Online

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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.

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            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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            33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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            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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