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Make Money Writing on the Internet

Make Money Writing on the Internet

To earn money writing the best thing is to register in the various platforms that are on the net, platforms that bring together people who are looking for writers with people who seek to earn money writing from home and online. There are many platforms that are dedicated to this, but you only have to trust the most reputable and those with the most good reviews.


➡ Textbroker:

This is another platform that unites writers with people who want to hire their services, it is a platform that offers good support at all times and that every day has more members. There are people who are looking for editors to write movie scripts, translators for text, web page writers and much more ... On this platform you do not have to pay a monthly fee or have to pay any fee per year. The prices offered by people who are looking for writers are usually quite high prices and that is something good for you as a writer.

To enter the website click here : Textbroker .

➡ Fiverr:

This platform has been on the market for several years and has one of the most active communities at the moment, it also lacks a very good reputation and that is surely for something. It has thousands of freelancers looking for writers to do various jobs for them. The only negative point is that it has thousands of users and the prices offered and sought are quite low compared to other platforms, that is why if we want to earn a good salary at the end of the month this platform is not the most appropriate and we have to go to others where there are more demanding people but who pay better.

To enter the website click here : Fiverr .

There are many other options for you if you're trying to make money online , we recommend to read this article which we mention

6 Ways To Earn Money Online From Home .


➡ Copyhackers:

Copyhackers is a content company based in Canada. Your job is to build a great product. Our job is to help you connect that product to your audience… using li’l ol’ words. Okay, and segmentation and personalization. And analytics. And, well, everything in the digital marketer’s toolkit. But mostly: words.
To enter the website click here : Copyhackers.

➡ The Write Life:

The Write Life is money for writing. The site itself is a resource for new Freelancers, but relies on Freelance to write their articles. However, you may need to be a well-known freelance writer to advise others.
Pay: $60 to $300
To enter the website click here: The Write Life 

Ready to Be a Blogger? Here Are 10 Blog Traffic Tips For You .
6 Ways To Earn Money Online From Home

6 Ways To Earn Money Online From Home

Of course you can earn extra money, as you can see some ways can help you earn money fast, while others are long term. It is necessary that you understand each way and never stop learning and gather knowledge, you will be able to live and even get rich from these different online ways to earn money from home.

In this article i will show you the different ways to earn money using your computer or mobile device at home, we know that currently we're living in a difficult time and have other sources of income is a must , stay and discover a new world.


Table of Contents :

  1. Make money with Forex
  2. Make money with Cryptocurrencies
  3. Make money with Surveys
  4. Make money with Browsers 
  5. Make money with Mobile Applications
  6. Make money with Sports Betting 
  7. What are SCAM sites and how to discover them

  • Make money with forex

When we say Forex, we talk about trading or currency exchange, this way of making money is more complicated, since you must obtain knowledge before launching the currency market, apart from the fact that you occupy an initial investment and if you do not have previous knowledge there is a high probability that you will lose your money.

  • Make money with cryptocurrencies 

 It is possible to generate income thanks to cryptocurrencies, the most used form is the market betting on whether the currency is going to go up or down is something that many do today, some obtain profits, while others only have losses. don't you wanna be the second kind?

Click here to read more details on how to make money with cryptocurrenices . 


  • Make money with Surveys

 Do you have a lot of free time and you don't do anything useful? There are pages that pay you for conducting surveys, you will not become a millionaire doing this, but it can be used to pay some debt or simply to pay for lunch for the week.

 Click here to read more details on How to Make Money Online with Surveys.


  • Make money with Browsers 

Yes, you read correctly, there are websites that pay you to surf the Internet, the way this works is like this, the company has a browser that you must set as default, you enter and browse normally as you do every day, just that in this way you are also making money.

Click here to read more details on How to get paid for using browsers.


  • Make money with mobile applications

It is one of the safest ways to generate income, the problem is that you must know how to create applications or invest money on a programmer to make you an application and thus be able to monetize it with ads or payments within the app.

Click here to read more details on How to earn money with mobile applications.


  • Make money with sports betting 

Yes, it is possible to earn money by betting on sports, if you are a fan of this, this is for you, there are pages that pay you to hit which team will win at the end of the game. There are many strategies to maximize your earnings when doing this activity.

What are SCAM sites and how to discover them

Although the Internet has many useful purposes, not everything on the web is what it seems. Among the millions of legitimate websites vying for attention are websites built for all sorts of nefarious purposes, from identity theft to credit card fraud.

These scam websites work in a wide variety of ways, from posting misleading information to promising wild rewards on a financial exchange. Some are deliberately designed to look like legitimate and trustworthy websites, like those operated by official government organizations, for example. The end goal is always the same: get you to give up your personal or financial information.

To read more details on How To Discover Fake Sites , click here .

Make Extra Cash This Week

Make Extra Cash This Week

Some of the more normal ways to make a bit of extra cash fast include selling things, pawning things, working longer hours at a job, and so on. We will look at some of these more traditional ways below. But we will also take a look at some of the less common ways to make some money within a few days.



Sell Things

Of course it is common to sell your things to raise cash quickly. You can do it in a matter of an hour if you take your stuff to a pawnshop, or you can throw an ad on Craigslist and get some things sold by the end of the week. But a less common approach is to sell things that belong to your friends and family. The idea here is not to steal their possessions, but to borrow the things they say they wouldn't mind parting with. Then take them to a pawn shop or to any potential buyer (used furniture store, another friend who needs a particular item, and so on), and see what you can get.


Once you have an offer, call your friend who owns the item and offer him or her less than that for it. You might find a buyer at $100 for a used computer, for example, and convince your friend to sell it to you for $50 while you are standing there with your buyer (just out of earshot, of course). You get to quickly pocket $50, and without the risk you would have if you tried to buy things before you sold them. If you don't find a buyer for an item, return it to its owner and that's that.


Collection Time

Although it isn't really a way to make extra cash as it is a way to cash in assets you have, you can ask for repayment of anything owed to you. Go to those friends and and family who have been putting off repaying money they owe, and encourage them to make good on the debts. You might offer a discount for paying the debt now. Now, if some of your friends are the type who don't bother to repay debts, don't bother asking for repayment. Just give them your sob story and ask them to lend you the money you are owed for a day or two. You can then forget to repay their repayment.


Collect Scrap Metal to Sell

Almost every town of any size has at least one pace that buys scrap metal. You can start by rounding up broken aluminum furniture and TV antennas, copper tubing left over from a plumbing project, and any pop cans you have around the house (as long as there isn't a deposit in your state). Go sell whatever you have to see what you can get. Then start looking for more supply. Try friends and family, to see if you can get old aluminum car wheels, copper from old air conditioners and such. Some air conditioning units have as much as $30 in metals in them, and yet they get thrown away all the time.


Work More Hours

If you get paid frequently at your job, you might be able to make extra cash by working more. But be smart about it. Pack the hours into the same week to maximize overtime pay, and take any shifts that pay more per hour, like holidays or night shifts.


Sell Your Hair

If you have long hair that is in good condition, you can sell it. Some ponytails go for up to a thousand dollars, and there are buyers waiting right now online. 


Deliver Cars

I have known more than one used car dealer, and they always need a car delivered at some point. They either need to move some cars from one lot to another or they need drivers to go to auction with them and drive their purchases back to the sale's lot. Go directly to used car lots and ask for the owner or manager to see if you might get some of this cash work.


Gamble Other People's Money

Take a trip to a Nearby casino. But first set your own money aside and look online for a gambling system to try. Once you have an idea what you are going to do, round up $40 from each of several friends with the promise that you will give them half of the profits you make and will guarantee a loss of no more than half of their stake. They get a chance to gamble on your skills while risking only $20, and you might win big with no risk at all. Just use half of the money raised, so you can fulfill your promise to return at least half.


Leave Your Apartment

If your financial troubles are not limited to the need for cash this week only, consider leaving your apartment and moving into cheaper accommodations, like a friends basement, a room rental, or a parent's home. The point here is that you not only better your financial situation going forward, but if you are not a bad tenant, you should also get that security deposit back. Hey, I did promise some unusual ways to make extra cash.


How to Get Rich Today

How to Get Rich Today

So you want to know how to become rich, and you want it to happen today? Well, you could buy lottery tickets, or find a casino and try your hand at the roulette wheel. You might get lucky. The odds are against you, of course, so is there a better way?


How about thinking about what it means to BE rich. Consider for a moment that you are sitting there with a fantastic machine in front of you. Yes, I mean the computer. It can entertain you, educate you, employ you and more. Now think back two hundred years ago, when the richest people in the world didn't have access to a computer, or a television, or a car, or a refrigerator, or modern medicines.


Consider how many millions of people TODAY would eagerly trade places with you. Even if you consider yourself poor, there are others who would consider you rich by comparison, right? "Rich" is relative, isn't it? And while others imagine how much better their lives would be if they had as much as you, you imagine a life made better by even more wealth.


It is true that life can be improved by money. Anyone who tells you differently is lying or has a real lack of imagination. But long before you get rich according to whatever standard or goal you have, you can get rich by living differently. You can learn how to get rich by enjoying the real wealth that you already have. You may not enjoy future wealth in any case, if you don't learn how to first.


Start appreciating what you have, and you WILL be richer. Who is richer, a man with a lot of money and things who is alternately stressed and bored, or a man who is enjoying all the good things he has, however few they may be? Plan for the future, to make more money, but get rich today by living in a state of gratitude for what you already have.



Get Rich Today - Part Two

Money is a blessing, as well as an incredible and fascinating invention. It is the distilled essence of all the worldly things you might want or need. Why not make more of it? Here are some simple reminders of things you already know about how to get rich.


1. Start planning to make more money. Pick a way (there are many) and work it. Try another way if you fail, but don't stop trying. Fast or slow - you can get rich. Don't just think about getting rich. Start putting your goals in writing, and taking the steps necessary.


2. Learn what is really important to you. I have watched more than one person spend what could have been a wealth-building investment on things that really weren't important to them. Self control doesn't mean self-denial. It means doing what you REALLY want for the long term.


3. Learn how to manage money. Watch those "Where Are They Now" programs, and you'll quickly see that it is easier to lose millions than to make them. How many famous people have blown through their money in just a few years? 1,893. Okay, who knows, but the lesson is clear: You have to understand how to manage money if you want to get rich and stay rich. Start educating yourself.


Learn to enjoy what you have, and put a plan in place to have more - this is how to be richer today.


How you can win when playing poker?

How you can win when playing poker?

When you ask how you can win when playing poker, you have clarify what that really means. Do you just want to win once in a while, have a big night, or do you want to consistently come out ahead over time? Too many players have the idea that they need to win a lot of hands, and so they lose money by not folding often enough. Others want to look good, and so are easily manipulated into staying with hands they shouldn't play.

I've watched a lot of good and bad poker players (I used to work in a casino). I also just recently did some research into basic strategies used by professional poker players. So if making money sounds better than winning many hands or impressing others, here is what I have found.


Play in the Right Game

Really smart players will tell you that your skill is not the most important thing. I know this from experience because I have never been a very good poker player, yet I have won far more than I have lost. What's my secret? I played against weaker players.

To win at poker, you have to drop the ego trips. This isn't a chess game or a tennis match, and you don't want good competition. You want the others to be clearly less skilled than you. If there are one or two players at the table who are definitely better, you'll probably lose more than you win.


Don't advertise your skill. Find games where the other players are relatively weaker, and let them think they are superior. Win as "quietly" as you can. Pointing out that you are always winning will just chase away the weak players who are responsible for your gains.

Playing the right game also means knowing what your comfort level is. If you can't play the same way at a high stakes table, you probably shouldn't be there. Choose a game where you can play your best game - a game where you won't hesitate over a bet you would normally make just because it seems like a lot of money. Instead of playing to win, you'll start to play to not lose if the stakes are too high for you.

Work your way up to higher stakes after you have some winnings to play with. You might also want to stay at the games where you win. You often can make more money at the lower-stakes games, because the weaker players are there. A good player can make some money at a $2/$4 game (In $2/$4 seven-card stud or Texas hold'em a player can bet or raise $2 in the first two rounds, and $4 after that). In $10/20 games and above, you start to get more professional players, so avoid these.

Know Yourself

One thing all poker players should do, especially when starting out (and possibly forever), is to track their wins and losses. A simple legal pad will work for this. Just be sure to write down how much you lost or won every single time you play. Without this, many players convince themselves that they are better than they really are..

It is also good to make notes with each entry, specifying where you played, what other players were there, and personal conditions. The best players can have a losing night or week, but if you notice that those nights come more often when you have a beer or two, it could be useful information.

Watch yourself and be aware of where your strengths and weaknesses are. If you lose money during more than half of any ten sessions, you probably should reevaluate your play and/or find weaker players to play against. If you can't consistently read your opponents you probably need a different game and/or more practice at a low-stakes game.

If you find that you play noticeably differently when you are winning versus losing, you may not be ready to make money at poker. Accept that you will have losing sessions - just watch to see if they come too often. To be comfortable and play consistently, you should have a bankroll of about 20 times the maximum bet (some professionals say 15 times), and be ready to lose it. For a $5/$10 game, that means you should have at least $200 when you sit at the table.

Other Poker Tips

Know the odds. Do a bit of reading to learn how to calculate the winning chances for each given hand. Then learn how to calculate whether that translates into a good bet based on what is in the pot and what you'll have to bet. Numbers matter in poker.

In Texas hold'em bet good starting hands aggressively to chase players out. The fewer players that remain at the end, the more likely you are to have the winning hand. For example, the statistics say that a pair of aces will win against one other player 80% of the time, but if four players stay in through the first two rounds it will win only about 50% of the time. Strong bets on a decent pair effectively scares off hands that could have become winners.

Most professional players will tell you that you should fold early and often. On average you should be folding about 75% of your hands on the first betting round. Those who play almost every hand win more hands, but lose money in the end. To win more often, you should play a little tighter than the other players at the table.

On the other hand, don't play too predictably. An occasional bluff might win a hand. If it doesn't, you at least have made your play less predictable. Wild play and bluffing are not actually a big part of how to win when you play poker (especially limit poker), but they have their place.

Making a Living as Freelance Writer

Making a Living as Freelance Writer

If you want to really make a living with freelance writing, you can start with the types suggested so far. But you should also look for clients who will come back again and again. The only reason I make decent money for my time is that I've worked for repeat customers so I haven't had to spend too much time chasing after business.

You should set up a website to promote yourself and your services. Design it so that when a potential client arrives on the home page it is perfectly clear what you do and why you are the one to do it. Make it easy to contact you as well. 

Check this previous article " How to Make Money Freelance Writing ".

Your website URL should be on your business cards of course. I tend to stay home and therefore don't mingle with prospective clients much, so I don't have business cards at the moment, but they are probably a good idea. I did recently get several small projects from a local businessman who is launching a travel-themed website, and maybe it would be helpful to have a card to give someone in a case like that (but I managed without).


Freelancing writing for print magazines is a tougher market to get into. Some still pay as much as $1.00 per word. When, instead of $50 or $100, you can make $1,200 for medium-length article, the competition is fierce. It is easier than ever to try though, because almost all of the print magazines that accept freelance work take submissions or queries by email now, and many of them post their guidelines on their websites. Soon I will attempt to sell to the places that pay $0.50 per word or better, but so far my best sales to a printed newsletter paid just $0.10 per word.


Other Considerations

Much of your freelance work is sold with all rights, and if you don't ask you should just assume this is the case. That means you are paid once and you can never again use that article, even on your own website or blog. I can live with that as long as I make a decent rate. And in any case, if I write an article about backpacking I can always write another one in new words and from another perspective.


Sometimes a buyer pays for "First North American Serial Rights" (FNASR), which means they are buying just the right to be first to publish your article. They may or may not specify how long after publication you are free to sell the article elsewhere, but you definitely have to wait until it is published (not just paid for). I recently sold a couple articles to an online writing magazine that buys "first electronic rights," meaning I could sell the same article to a print magazine and, as soon as the buyer published it online, I could sell it again online.


Being able to sell your article again means getting paid more than once. Some authors sell their articles many times. Just make it clear to subsequent buyers that they are only getting "reprint rights" when they buy it.


It can be tough to make money as a freelance writer! I've had a good start, but then I had some advantages. I had a book published by a major publisher and I've been writing for my own websites for almost ten years now. Setting up a website to promote my services took me only a couple day's work and $12 per year to operate it.


I also have other sources of income (I have become a strong believer in diversifying income sources). If you really have no experience, keep your day job and expect to work at your freelance writing for a long time before you make a living from it.

How to Make Money Freelance Writing

How to Make Money Freelance Writing

It used to be that the opportunities for freelance writing were relatively rare. There were only so many magazines that would pay for freelance work. Then the internet came along, and there was suddenly an insatiable need for content to fill all of those websites and blogs.

But then there were suddenly millions of new writers, including myself. The result has been that the rate writers get online is generally much lower than in print magazines. But the good news is that there are more ways to make money from writing than ever before, and you don’t have to be a professional writer to get started. Let's look at a few of the opportunities and what you can make with them...


Fast and Not so Easy

What I call "top of your head articles" are pieces that have six to ten paragraphs or about 500 to 70 words, and don't require research. For example, if you had to write on ways to save money, you could think of a few without the necessity of researching the topic. You could also probably throw together a few travel tips, write an article on how to make a house safer for kids, and generally figure out something to say about a hundred other topics.


These are the types of articles that are bought for medium and low-quality websites and blogs, and you'll typically get no more than $10 for them. In fact, there are many people writing these for as little as one dollar each. Clearly you have to write very quickly to make anywhere near minimum wage with rates like that. These articles are bought with "full rights," meaning they belong to the buyer and can be changed, retitled, have another author's name put on them, and so on.

There are freelance platforms online where you can find buyers. You bid on the projects they post, and they choose among the bids according to price, experience and the details of anything else you offer as a freelancer. If you win the bid and complete the project the website handles collecting the payment for you. Here are two examples of places where you can sign up for free for this (although you pay a percentage of money received):

Ideally, once you have some practice and feel comfortable writing on many different topics, you can contract to write a dozen articles or more at a time. That way you can be efficient enough to make a decent paycheck for a day’s work -- and yes, with practice, you can write a dozen articles of this type in a day.


How to Become an FBI Agent

How to Become an FBI Agent

Let's get one thing straight right from the start: there is no shortcut to become an FBI agent. Everyone who works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation must pass through a rigorous set of skills tests and physical ability tests before they will be given a conditional appointment to the bureau.

In addition to these, you will be required to submit a tremendous amount of documentation (the form required runs for about 10-15 pages and requires many additions) to check your security. Everything you have done in the past will be examined minutely and if you pass, you will be given "Top Secret" security clearance at the FBI.

Now, all that having been said, there are certain ways that you can ensure that you'll be one of the lucky few picked to go through that grueling process (many applicants are turned down even if they meet the basic requirements because the bureau just doesn't feel that the skill set they've developed until now will fit with their needs).

Military or police training is a big plus. Fluency (true fluency, not that you took one semester of high school Spanish) in a foreign language is also a big plus. If you have a background in accounting or computers, those can count strongly in your favor as well.


Note that the FBI has five options for people who wish to become an FBI agent. While all agents are called "special agents," you will be given the choice of Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Criminal, or Cyber (note that the choice is not always up to you - it may depend on the needs of the bureau at the time of your appointment). Those in counterintelligence and counterterrorism may also work in a further specialized field dealing with WMD (weapons of mass destruction).

How Much Can You Make?

As of this writing (in December, 2010), the base salary for a new FBI special agent (all agents are "special agents") is $43,441. However, this is supplemented with a number of additional payments making the average first year salary (post training) $63,804 for the year. Salaries do go up on a regular basis with the FBI based on a set pay scale so while you'll never get rich on an FBI salary, the pay is decent.

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Those turned down for the FBI may want to consider working with the local police force in special teams such as hostage rescue, criminal profiling or other task forces. Military work also sometimes appeals to those who don't make the cut for the FBI and is often easier to get.
Generally, you should not expect to make extra money as a special agent (if you are making extra money, even if it's done legally, expect internal affairs to be going over your finances with a fine tooth comb).

In general, you'll need to be in excellent physical shape with no apparent disabilities which prevent you from firing a weapon in order to become an FBI agent.

Qualifications / Requirements

In addition to holding a four year degree from an accredited school, you'll also need to be a United States citizen (or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands, which is legally a protectorate of the United States of America - they have a status similar to that of Guam and Puerto Rico, though they are a bit more independent than those islands, having their own flag and citizenship but being considered under the legal "protection" of the United States whereas the population of other U.S. possessions are legally considered citizens of the United States).

You must also be at least 23 years old and no older than 37 years old, plus you must have held down a job for at least three years prior to application to the FBI (it helps if it was the same job and it was a position of some responsibility, not a cashier at Starbucks).

Finally, as previously noted, you must be in excellent physical health. You will be required to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. You will have a maximum of three chances to pass that exam after which, if you don't pass, you will be permanently disqualified.

First Steps

Assuming you have met the qualifications listed above, then your first step is to fill out the online application at the FBI web site (see below). You will be contacted by a representative of the bureau for further instructions.


Check out these helpful resources to find out more about how to become an FBI agent:

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Careers - This is an unusually detailed and well laid out web site which really offers an extremely comprehensive explanation of what you need to know and do in order to become an FBI agent. The site is so comprehensive that the rest of the material here may not be necessary, though we provide it in case you want still more information.

The FBI Academy: New Agent Training - For those curious about what you will be learning once you have been officially appointed to the FBI, this is an excellent introduction.


Child Entrepreneur

Child Entrepreneur

As a child entrepreneur myself , I can relate to the "deliciously flavorful profit" Ana refers to below. Her story of childhood businesses is the latest entry in my Most Interesting Money Maker Contest .

Ana Ce

Nurture or nature. You wonder sometimes about that. One is born to be something or on the other hand become something? Is an entrepreneur one from birth or is she made one through the influences in life? In my own experience, since I can remember I have always had the entrepreneurial bug in me, making his way into my mind.

When I was a child I used to have a big collection of comics and children’s magazines. After I read them it seemed a big shame just to throw them away or to store them on a shelf to make company to the dust, so I decided to start a little business, and by the time I was 10 years old I had my own "mini comics rental store," which I ran out of my room.

At a young age I noticed the demand for a product and/or the need for a service. There were several kids in my neighborhood and at school who were not lucky enough to have two grandparents who bought for them as they did for me all the comics available at the time. Even some adults - like my older cousins - wanted to read some of those comics. So I started renting them out for a few cents each. It was a fun little business and it provided me with some extra cash for ice cream and candy.

At that age I did not understand the principles of capital and profit. I did not have to. The magazines were provided monthly by my family, so I only understood profit, deliciously flavorful profit - and that was enough. Only later and over the years, with further knowledge, my entrepreneurial mind developed to understand those concepts and to put them onto practice.

I tried and somehow succeeded - success at a young age has lower standards - on several little businesses and mini ventures of youth, like a sandwich shop from the front porch of our home, a little popsicle store out of the home fridge, selling blessed water with magical powers, being a homework provider, writing love poems in other's names and more.

Now, many years later, after working as a teacher for several years and trying with my husband a few businesses of our own, we decided to combine our writing talents with our entrepreneurial urge. We became infopreneurs on the internet. It is a valid, profitable and reputable career, but selling information in cyberspace sometimes - just sometimes - seems like selling magic water again, a profession of alchemy.

Who knows what will come after, from nurture or from nature. It does not matter. Just that once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.

Great story Ana. It has me wondering about the nature/nurture debate as well. I was not the only child entrepreneur in the family. My father worked normal jobs, my mother was a housewife most of the time, yet their children (there were five of us boys) have all been involved in various businesses, many at a young age.



There Are Reasons to Quit a Job

There Are Reasons to Quit a Job

There are some good reasons to quit a job, as the following short story demonstrates. It was sent to me by a subscriber to the Unusual Ways newsletter, as an entry in my Most Interesting Money Maker Contest. It is about a garden from hell and a job that needed to be quit. I can empathize, because I have quit dozens of jobs myself, and for another reason I'll get to in a moment.


Sherry Mattson

I once had a job where I was a weed puller...The man had about a mile-long garden at the time and had paid me and some other guys $40 a day to pull weeds from this..I later called it "garden from hell." I lasted a full day and about quarter of the next day at it.

The first day it was sooo hot outside and not to mention by the end of the day my back felt like it was going to break...the next day I got up, went to the job (garden from hell) and started pulling away at the weeds again in the blistering sun..and lasted only a few more hours before I said to hell with this, went home and laid on my bed for the rest of the day in my nice and cool air conditioned apartment and my back was ever so Thankful also.


The other reason I can relate to this story, and to the reasons to quit that job, is that I have had back problems from pulling weeds. In fact, I pulled 500 weeds from my yard the other day (and I thought stones instead of grass would be easy). Since it is my own yard I don't even get paid, but at least I can work when I like and take as many breaks as I want. On a more serious note, here are some reasons to quit a job that I consider good enough:

Unhealthy work environment.
A better job opportunity.
To start a business.
Abusive employer.
Winning the lottery.

Should you quit even when you have nothing else lined up? That depends on your situation and the reasons for quitting. I once worked assembling muffler brackets for three days and I was so tired of the greasy repetitious work and the bits of metal stuck in my skin and boots that I quit without notice. But there were jobs everywhere at the time and I had money in the bank (always have money in the bank - it makes quitting so much easier). It was unhealthy work (at least for myself) both physically and mentally. If I was broke and times were tough in the job market though, I would have found a way to continue working there.


Legal and ethical ways to make money fast?

Legal and ethical ways to make money fast?

Are there legal and ethical ways to make money fast? Of course there are, but they're primarily short term solutions. Use them for to raise some money quickly, but don't think these are get-rich-quick plans. With that in mind, here are a few ways to make some money fast.


Sell More of Your Time

I like this plan the least, but it is one of the most reliable. Simply work longer hours at work, or get another job. As a way to make money fast it has the added benefit of taking away time you might otherwise use spending more money. So take those shifts from other employees, stay late at work (if you are paid hourly), volunteer for holidays, and so on. If you don't like this plan, keep reading...

Sell Your Time for More

This is a slightly better way. To sell time for more money, do one of three things. Look for a higher-paying job, negotiate a raise (this works best after the first option), or get paid for what you produce, if you are a productive worker. This last one could mean getting paid by the piece in some jobs, or getting paid commissions in a sales job.

Arbitrage Based on Your Expertise

What is arbitrage? Buying low and selling high in markets that have pricing inefficiencies. Suppose a used car of a particular model and year normally sells for $4,500 - and you know this. Watch for an opportunity to buy this car for less, and you can resell it for a quick profit. I know people who regularly make $1,000 to $3,000 per vehicle buying and selling cars out of their front yard.

It's not about cars, though, but about the principle. Where is your expertise - what can you put a price on and find a buyer for? I knew someone who regularly bought used restaurant equipment for half of what others were paying. Even engagement rings and dogs are "turned" for a profit in this way.

If you have no cash saved for this plan, get a credit card advance. Paying $100 in fees and interest is unimportant if you make $1000 buying and reselling a coin collection, right? No credit? Get a partner. If my friend who knows boat prices ever tells me he can get a $5,000 boat for $3,000, I'll put up the money for half of the profit. I love making hundreds of dollars in just weeks just by playing with money - and others do too.

Flip a House or a Contract

Essentially, you offer a low price for a home (often a fixer-upper), and put in the offer the right to assign the contract. You also put a clause in there letting you cancel the contract if you can't get financing - your risk-free way out.Then you find an investor who will buy the contract from you for, say $8,000 (he expects to make even more when he fixes and sells the home).

Your risk? Mostly time. I have known people who have done this repeatedly, making as much as $20,000 at a time. Education and experience helps a lot here, because without it you can waste a lot of time - your own and other's.

More Ways to Make Money Fast

Sell your things if you aren't using them, or if you just value more the other things you'll do with the money.

Have a business? Sell accounts receivable. The buyers call the process "factoring." I have a friend who often has $15,000 owed to him by various clients, and is always facing cash-flow problems. He could sell these accounts receivable tomorrow to raise cash, but I don't tell him. They do sell at a discount, after all, and this constant reducing of long-term income to raise short-term cash can be a bad habit to develop. It is a way to raise money fast, though.

Cut your expenses. Cancel the movie channels. Buy a cheap used car for cash and get rid of your car payment. list every single thing you spend money on, and find ways to spend less for half of them. If you are surviving now, and can spend $500 less per month, you can bank that money and effectively make money fast.

Use whatever you've got to make money fast. Have a home? You could rent rooms. If you are single, you could rent a room instead of an apartment, and bank the difference. Extra time? Start a business on the side. If I want to make more money fast, I can mail an offer to my lists. Of course, this is because I put in the time to build my internet business, which brings up an important point.

If you think you'll start a business today and be rich in a few months, you're probably doomed to struggling forever. It's not that it's impossible. Take away a rich man's last penny, and chances are he'll have more money than you three months later. But this is because he has spent years learning about money, and making contacts.

Some of these ways may seem too mundane. Perhaps they are, but then, how much do you want that money? If you were to move to a cheaper apartment, get a raise, work Saturdays, sell your unused things, and buy and sell something for a profit once each month, you could bank a lot of money relatively fast. Enough to start a real business for longer-term wealth building.

Ironically, those looking for ways to make money fast and easy are least likely to make it. Opportunity seekers chase easier ways instead of making strategic plans and commitments. You can use these ways to make money fast, but don't think you'll attain real wealth without some kind of commitment to learn do what is necessary.



Top Home Business Opportunities to Make Money

Top Home Business Opportunities to Make Money

There are two basic types of home business opportunities. The first are businesses that actually let you stay home while you run them. The other are ones that you may have to leave the house for, but that don't require an office or job to report to. Examples of both types are found throughout this site. Here are some of the pages that cover them.


Best Home Business Opportunity? - This page is all about our own business, and yes, it is home-based. In fact, I am sitting here in my pajamas (sweats actually) as I write this. It's a quick overview of what we do and the advantages of informational websites as a business model for making money online.

Ready to Be a Blogger? - A page with an article by a guy who does a couple hundred thousand dollars annually with his blog. Although I've never had much luck with my own blog (The New Ideas Blog), I love the basic idea. Again, this has all the advantages (ease of maintenance and residual income, for example) that our business has.

Five Internet Business Opportunities - This page has a few of the other ways to make money with the internet. (As you may have guessed I think some of the best home business opportunities involve the internet.)

Money Making Hobbies - A quick look at how hobbies can be turned into businesses. Many can be done from home, of course.

Treasure Hunting - This covers a lot more money-making activities than you might think. Metal detecting and diamond-hunting in parking lots are just the start. Although you don't get to stay home for these, you do get to operate without an outside office or job to go to.

Playing With Money - This is a fun page that covers several ways to make your money work for you, and I don't mean making a few percent per year in a bank. These are plans that can either be done at home or at least using your house as your office.

Residual Income - I explain why residual income is so valuable, and cover several ways to generate it. Home business opportunities are included in the examples.

Of course, there are also many service businesses that can be operated from your home. These include everything from resume-writing services to window washing and dog-sitting.

Residual Income

Residual Income

 What is residual income? Some people would say that it is easy money, and it can be eventually, but it may require quite a bit of effort up front to create streams of residual income. The important point is that this is income which continues to come in long after your work has ended. There are a number of ways to make that happen.

Here is an example from my own experience. A couple years ago I decided to make a web site about carpet stains. I bought lunch for the owner of a carpet cleaning company, in exchange for some tips on how to remove various stains, and how to care for carpet in general. I took notes, and later made them into a fifteen-page web site.

I spent a week building the site initially (I was slow then), and twice over the last couple years I have spent a few hours updating the site. I might have put as much as 50 hours into the site now, but I have left it untouched for as much as nine months at a time. In fact, as I write this, I can't remember the last time I even looked at it online. The result? It generates about $200 most months (2011 update; the site produces at least $700 per month now) from automated advertising and affiliate programs that don't require my attention.

That is residual income, and you can see the advantages. I put the effort in up front, but I'm still getting paid now. If my wife and I are visiting family in Ecuador, we are still making money. We have web sites that do much better than this one, but I like this as an example, because it requires virtually no attention. How would you like to have a couple dozen web sites like that?

Other Sources Of Residual Income

Here are some of the ways that other people generate residual income. Some of these might require some attention, but if there is enough income, you can pay for someone to manage it for you, as in the first example.

Income Producing Real Estate - Buy an apartment building, put management in place, and have the cash flow deposited into your account. This is a classic form of residual income. Just be sure there is going to be enough income to cover the management fees too. This is getting harder to find in may areas, but it is crucial. Otherwise, you lose money or manage it yourself, in which case, instead of investment income, you just bought yourself another job.

Invent Things - Not an easy field to get into, but this could be a fun one. Inventors often license their inventions to companies, which means that as long as they keep selling, the originator has a stream of royalty fees coming in.

Write A Book - Traditionally, authors get about 5% of the retail price of a book. Some authors are still collecting checks from books they wrote 50 years ago. Set up a web site and sell e-books, and you can keep 90% of each sale. Nothing to ship, and if you have a processor handle the orders (that's where most of that other 10% goes), you won't have to do much more than answer an occasional e-mail.

Make Music - Musicians get royalties as long as people still want to hear their songs. Song writers do as well.

Insurance Sales - Sell a policy once, and you normally get a commission every year that the person renews. Some insurance agents retire young with a healthy stream of residual income.

Other Investments - Dividends can be considered residual income. So can income-producing stock and bond funds. If the value of the underlying investment rises, the dividend may rise too, meaning you may eventually be getting very high returns for your initial investment.



Playing With Money

Playing With Money

 If you have some cash saved, there are options for what I call "playing with money," and which do not involve complicated businesses or boring bank accounts. Even if you do not have cash, if you have credit cards which allow cash advances, you can pay 18% interest and still make money with the money raised in that way. These are ways which mostly aren't quite a business because you can do them once or only when you feel like - they have a beginning and an end.

Loan Sharking

There are people that occasionally need money for a short while. A friend for example, that got a good paying job because I loaned him $300 to get drywall stilts. I never charged less than a $5 / week loan fee (don't call it interest). I haven't done this for many years now, and the legality is a question in some places. If you have any qualms, check the laws in your area and put it all in writing. Also, if you want total security, take collateral.

Investing in the Expertise of Others

My buddy John had to show me several car magazines before I understood why an old fiberglass car was a good deal at $2,300, because I know nothing about cars. He eventually convinced me to put up the money, and after a new transmission for $900, he sold the corvette for $4,300, netting us about $1,000. I took half the profit ($500) for putting up the money for the two weeks.

I've done this several times with friends that know cars but don't have cash. By the way, if I had paid 18% interest and a $50 cash advance fee to raise the money with a credit card, my profit would still have been over $400, and John did all the work. I love playing with money. Do you have any friends who know everything about boats?

Buying and Selling Estates

We recently met a couple who buy out estates, sell some of the things at flea markets, then run the rest through auctions. They've made a living doing this for years. They load up a trailer after negotiating to buy a whole house full of stuff. Then, if they don't want to do the flea market thing, they just auction everything on Sunday afternoon for a nice profit.

If you are a good judge of value and have a regular auction nearby, you could do the same with rummage sales. Just offer $100 for everything and then auction it off piece-by-piece. The auction near us lets anyone sell their stuff, with no fee to enter. They just take a 25% commission.

Playing With the Casino's Money

I worked at a casino for years and I saw a lot of people foolishly writing down the numbers that came up on the roulette wheel. Foolishly, I say, because their their theories were nonsense. Casinos will always welcome these players and even hand them the pen and paper.

One guy, however, was actually scientific about it. By finding a bias in the wheel, after "charting" it for 5,000 spins, he made thousands betting on just one or two numbers. When a number comes up, it pays 35 to 1, but one of the numbers, because of manufacturing imperfections or whatever reason, was coming up 1 in 27 spins, instead of the average 1 in 38 spins.

So all he had to do was bet $10 a spin, and he profited $80 for every 27 spins of the wheel in the long run. That's about $100 per hour. The ups and downs are dramatic though, so this is not for the faint-hearted. In this case, I saw him lose as much as $700 in a night. Also, not all wheels have biases (they eventually replaced that wheel). So have you ever tried "card counting" in blackjack...?



Treasure Hunting

Treasure Hunting

 What is treasure hunting all about? It can mean different things to different treasure hunters, but the bottom line is always the search for something of value that is hidden from the general public. With that in mind, here are four of the more unusual secrets of successful treasure hunters.


Treasure Hunting in Snow Dumps

Shopping malls in the north often have an area where they dump all of the snow that is removed from the parking lot. The snow contains all the things dropped in it, ranging from coins to rings and sometimes dollar bills. All of these things are concentrated into a small area in the spring, once the snow dump melts.

A lot of part-time treasure hunters have known this secret for years. I stumbled on the idea when I walked past a melting snow pile in a Walmart parking lot and saw a necklace and five coins on the pavement at the edge of the snow pile. County snow dumps are another possible place to look into, at least the ones where snow from parking areas is dumped.

Estate Auction Treasures

Watch an estate auction sometime. Some of the people may not be bidding for the items you see, but for what is inside these items. In the past people commonly stashed currency in their books. When such a person dies, their secret likely dies with them - nobody is aware that there is money in those books. In fact, a relative of mine found thousands of dollars in the books of a departed uncle.

Now, if a treasure hunter gets to peruse the auction items beforehand, he can check a few books, and possibly other items that might contain hidden money or valuable things. If there are a few bills or jewelry inside of books and other items, he can then bid on the lots that contain these. The book collection, for example, is often sold as a whole. Who can say many more bills will be discovered once he goes through all the books he bought.

Storage Unit Auctions

If the storage fee isn't paid, the contents of storage units are auctioned off. Individual items might be auctioned, but it is more common to auction off the entire contents of a unit at once, or split it into several "lots" and auction each group of things. Bidders are normally allowed to check out the items before the auction.

I met a man who did just that and found that an old milk can in one lot was full of coins. At $10, his was the winning bid for the lot that included the milk can. He found a few salable items, as well as $75 in coins! He said he regularly found "treasure" at these auctions.

Treasure Hunting in Hotels

Treasure hunters, as well as hotel owners and room cleaners, report that money is sometimes stashed in the bibles in the dresser drawers. The cash is presumably then forgotten by the customer. Next time you check into your room, check out those bibles - and any other books that are there.

Many hotel owners also report finding men's wedding rings hidden in the rooms. This is more common in hotels that cater to business travelers. Maybe the men who are taking off their rings and hiding them before going out for the evening deserve to lose them. In any case, it makes for another interesting way to go treasure hunting - just look in anyplace a ring might be hidden.



Money Making Hobbies

Money Making Hobbies

You never really know which ones could be the money making hobbies. A friend of mine made a life-sized cow out of plywood once. After painting it up and putting it out in the yard, he started to get people stopping by to see if he would sell it. He loved working with wood, and soon had a waiting list of customers for his plywood cows. At about a fifty-dollar profit each, he wasn't going to get rich, but isn't making money with your hobby more fun than a job?

More Money Making Hobbies

There are two basic ways to approach this. The first is the obvious: Look for a way to make money with your hobby or hobbies. What does your hobby produce or involve that other people might want? If the only hobby you have is watching and talking about auto racing, you could start a website about the topic. I'm just sitting here talking about unusual ways to make money, and every time someone clicks on one of the ads here, I might make money.


The second way to money-making with hobbies is to think of all the hobbies you might take up that can generate a second income for you. I found that I really enjoyed making walking sticks as a hobby, and I sold more than a thousand dollars worth on summer. Are there things you might enjoy doing that can make some money as well? Probably.

Time to get creative. Scan the list of activities or hobbies below, and see if you can think of a way they can be used to make money. If you like to travel, you might become a tour guide, for example.

Crafts of all sorts
Caring for animals
Playing with computers
Rock Climbing
Stamp Collecting

I'll report on other hobbies that can be profitable in my Unusual Ways Newsletter, so be sure to sign up if you haven't yet. Also, remember that almost all hobbies can be money making hobbies now, simply by writing all about them on a website, and collecting for the advertising clicks. I'll cover that in the future too.