Making Some Extra Money

Last time we already talked about saving money. Remember? Like I kind of promised I am giving you some tips on how to earn a little bit more money on the side, if you are lucky, maybe even a full income, so you don’t get broke in your college days and you won’t have to get a sugar daddy to get by month by month. 

1. ONLINE SURVEYS

There are a lot (and when I say a lot, I really do mean a lot) of survey companies out there. I’ve been a member of some of them, but only some of them earned me some money. This method is nice because you can do them in your spare time, while watching TV, or even do them while you are on a bus or waiting in line. I did make some extra money, but I only clicked on the link when I feel liked it, but I like to think that earnings are endless.

2. BECOME A VA

Virtual assistants do online work for other people and they can be more specialised in one thing than another. So basically you can pay bills for busy people, managing social media accounts for bloggers and media influencers, make plans and organise things for other people. Sounds like you? Try to offer your organisations skills on sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

3. WEBSITE AND APP TESTING

Do you just love critiquing things and you have an eye for websites and apps? You can earn some extra money with screen recording and commentary of your user experience and send them back. Usually, the pay is around 10 dollars for every video you complete, so not bad, right? If you see yourself in that, try it, I definitely think it’s worth a shot. 

4. DESIGN SKILLS

Do you have an eye for design? Try making logos, pins for Pinterest, Instagram images, banners, flyers,… A nice way to start without any investment in a legit website for business is Fiverr. I know I already mentioned it, but I love it. Prices start at 5$ and you can add extras such as extra fast delivery, more options, revisions,…

5. CUSTOMER SERVICE

I heard a lot of companies actually hire people to do their customer service from home? If you are communicative, a problem solver and good with people, this can be something you can look into it.

6. CV DESIGNER

I know this could go by design skills, but I think that it is a little bit different. If you have an eye for aesthetic and you are not to shabby in the grammar areia, then go for it.

You can try different websites (again Fiverr) or just post them around your campus, local job boards, craiglists,… You can even sell resume templates by Etsy, offer Linkedin profiles revamping,… Options are limitless,…

7. TUTOR

Do you know stuff? Consider sharing your knowledge with others and get paid for it! There are actually some ways you can do this, you can try the old fashioned way, by getting a student and have them come by your place (or you go there) and teach them like that. But lately, because of the whole internet things, you can tutor online! Offer Skype sessions and you can do them from the comfort of your own home.

You can set your own hours, decide how many students you will have, basically total freedom.

8. WRITE A PROFITABLE E-BOOKS

You can write an e-book, put a lot of work in now and enjoy your profits later (basically for the rest of your life). Basically no investment, just your time. Okay, maybe I would recommend a proofreader and maybe a designer to make it appealing but that’s about it. You don’t have to put in any money for the actual printing of the book. Write it, put it on Amazon, market it and voila! There you have it.

9. MANAGE SOCIAL MEDIA

I know, I already mentioned VA and managing social media, but I think it deserves its own point. Times has changed and social media is a must in these days. And this is exactly why it’s an amazing idea to reach out to local businesses (that don’t have social media or they are not using it efficiently) and offer them your service, or find them online if anyone is searching for a social media manager. It helps if you have some experience and something to show them, but what is important is that you show them the importance of social media and kind of tell them where this could go.

10. MAKE ONLINE COURSES

Let’s say that this is tutoring and e-book combined. But in a video format. You can teach people different things and skills set and the thing is similar to an e-book. You create it, market it and then you have a passive income. You really don’t have much work to do anymore.

11. SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER

Do you have a lot of ____ (insert your social media here) followers? Then you can earn some extra money by just promoting advertisers services or whatever do they offer. It’s a sweet and simple gig, so maybe you should try it.

12. T-SHIRT DESIGN

It’s simple! There are two ways to do this. You can make a design and sell it on websites like Etsy or you could try the drop shipping method. Meaning, you design a T-shirt and make money from it without having to deal with gathering the material, printing, shipping,…

There are actually a lot of websites that offer you the same services and the plus side, you are not limited to using only one. You can upload your design on a few of them and watch the money rolling in. If you are interested the ___ is one of the most known, but check the PDF file to find more.

13. SEO

Or search engine optimisation. People want to get noticed on the internet and this is one way to go. Try to learn the basics of SEO and just practice, because it takes some skill to get it right and results are not always seen right away. Also, Google (as one of the biggest search engines) are changing the algorithms, so that is why it’s that much bigger skill to master.

14. TRANSLATE

Do you speak multiple languages? This can be a great thing you can pursue in, you can translate different documents for people. You can always offer your services as in already mentioned before form, or you could use some sites that connects translators and those who are searching for one.

15. ONLINE STORE

E-commerce is big these days, people don’t have time to drive to the shop and buy the things they need. So why not setup a website (which is not that hard to do these days) and sell fun or useful things to people? You know, there is a way that you don’t have to deal with all the packaging and shipping part? It’s called drop shipping and you should really look it up. You can easily setup a drop shipping site via Shopify, but if you are a little bit craftier and tech savvy, you can use some free resources (WooCommerce, Magenta, OpenCart, Prestashop) and the only thing you have to make is to buy your website hosting (you can get an amazing deal here)

16. YOUTUBE

This is a no-brainer. We all know at least one Youtuber who gets paid for only posting videos on the internet. Sounds amazing right? Because of that a lot of people are trying to succeed in the Youtube world, so it can be a hard thing to do, but anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

17. TRY BLOGGING

Okay, similar to Youtube, so I could just copy and paste the things I already wrote there. You can use Affiliate marketing such as Awin, have ads, get paid

18. SELL THINGS

Well duh.. Sell those shoes that you never wear, or that T-shirt that you have had in your closet since forever and get some money rolling in. You can sell almost everything you have (don’t go overboard tho, you can soon be without anything) because probably, there will be someone, who will want to buy that. I mean, have you seen some stuff on eBay?

19. RENT IT OUT

You can basically rent out anything. From your car, flat, room, bike,… You can even rent yourself as a friend!

It’s a great way to get some extra money for the things that you don’t use because probably you are not using your car every day, right? (That is different from person to persons, so please, don’t mind me, I am just making blindless assumptions).

20. BABYSIT

I wanted to put this into pet and house sitting topic, but I don’t think it’s appropriate. Something just didn’t feel right. If you like babies or toddlers, this is something to try yourself in. A good place to start is to ask your parents, neighbours, if they know someone in need of a babysitter, or make a flyer and hang it around your local area (try to have some experience before hand, so you are not a complete rookie when it comes to kids)

21. CASHBACK

This is not an earning money hack. Well not completely. It’s more of a discount. Or cash back. However you look at it. Basically, you spend money on the things you would already be meant to do and get cash back in your bank account. I use Ebates and I ‘earned’ quite some money (and they also give you 10$ if you spend 25$, so this is actually free money!).

22. AD ON A CAR

If you have a car, then use that. You can drive people around (Uber and things like that), I think that being a taxi driver actually requires some kind of licence, so be careful if you try to do something like that.

Okay, the point of this point is, have ads on your car. It depends on how much kilometres you do on a daily basis and what kind of company you promote, on how much money you are going to make. Nevertheless, at least you can cut down your gas bill a little bit, so that’s always good.

23. MYSTERY SHOPPER

You go to the shop, you act a customer and then you review the company on how the employees were treating you, on how they handle a different situation, how clean the store is,… Have you ever watched Undercover Boss? Something like that, it’s just that you are not the boss and you probably don’t have that much knowledge about the company. So you are just winging it and expressing your feelings about the company, because of the customer’s opinion.

24. SELL PICTURES

Are you great at taking photos and do you think they can be used for promotional things too? Try to sell them and people can use them for promotional content, on their blogs,… To be honest, I don’t know a lot about this, because, well, my pictures suck, but it’s worth a shot.

25. PET/HOUSE SIT

Someone goes on a vacation and they pay you to live in their house in the mean time? Well yeah! Sometimes they even give you a pet to hang out with (actually to pet sit, but I mean, animals! You can’t say no to them. Well if you are allergic, but otherwise,… Okay, to each their own). Also, you can get some travelling in the time, because you can house sit on the other side of the world!

26. DELIVER

To be honest, I don’t know what I wanted to write at this point because the only thing that comes to mind is to deliver food (PostMates). I mean we don’t have that in our country, but the principle is nice and useful… Pretty great idea actually.

27. INVEST

I have a whole new blog post just for that topic prepared, but it’s a great way to earn money in a long run. Try to research some before investing, but such as 25$ a month can still get you a long way. I am linking some great websites that kind of explain investing for students and I think it’s a great starting point to get you started: CollegeInfoGeek

 

So here are some ideas, how you can earn some extra money on the side. So I also prepared a ‘cheatsheet’ with all of the links to various websites that you can use for earning money, so if you are interested, put your email below and I’ll send it over to you. So you don’t have to google anything, everything is already available to you at your own fingertips.

What do you think? Have you used any of them and how did it work?

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Quick Tips To Save Money

Saving money is crucial to every living being, especially to young adult, because you most probably don’t have a high paying job (if you even have one) and your stream of income is really low. They say, that in order to save money is to spend less instead of earning more. But why not both at the same time? Today we will take a look at the saving part, and the earning bit comes next time.

THE BILLS

Okay, we have to pay them, that is a fact. But, the thing that you may do is to try to cut off the things that you don’t need. Do you really need cable if the only thing you watch is Youtube videos? Probably not. Did you know some companies offer student discounts? Try to use them, because you can really save so much each month, that could be invested in any other way. Of course, how to lower the bill or to say the costs is another topic all on its own, so more on that some other time.

DOLLAR STORES

Some of the dollar stores offer some of the same products that normal stores have. Me personally, wouldn’t use dollar store for makeup, but for art supplies, cleaning supplies or if you want to spice up your apartment a bit it’s pretty great and cheap, so you don’t spend the whole paycheck just to have a clean house.

MEAL PLANNING AND GROCERIES

Planning your meals will help you eat healthily and saving money is a great plus, because you know, eating out is expensive.  Try it, you don’t have to make it a whole week, try to make it three days of planning just to get you started.

You can check daily deals, coupons, store brand products to save even more money! Different stores have different products that are really cheap, but my suggestion would be, to find a store that is cheap as a whole, because if you rotate and drive from one store to another, then the odds are you are spending more on gas than you are saving on groceries.

 

EBATES

Buy online and get some money back. I shop a lot on eBay, Amazon and other online stores, so aside from getting a good deal, I can get even more cash back. Sign up here (this link) to get and extra 10$ when you spend 25$ or more! I think this is a great deal because you know, it’s like getting free money. You would spend money on the products anyway, so why not get some of it back?

GYM MEMBERSHIP

They can be hella expensive. If you are not a bikini competitor or a bodybuilder you can skip the gym membership and try to get your exercise in by running, hiking, biking, at home weight lifting. Or you can actually search for exercise videos on youtube or invest in some of those programs on the internet (Insanity, Insanity Max 30 or such). They are great ways to get some sweat in.

BUY USED

You can’t get by buying only used products, but sometimes you can get amazing deals. Almost new appliance with warranty for an extremely cheap price, because the packaging has been opened. I don’t see why not since you help them out with getting rid of the things they don’t need and you get a thing that you need. Just watch that you don’t get burned while buying used because not everyone in this world is fair.

TRACK YOUR EXPENSES

Everything you spend, track it. It’s part of a budget and at the end of the month, you can see which category is the biggest when it comes to your spending habits. You can then analyse your categories and find where you can cut even more. I personally use the app Toshl, so if you don’t already use one of the tracking apps, give this one a try.

 

This is it for this post, do you have any other tips how to save money (or how to earn it as well)? Let them down below so we can put it in our next post. Don’t worry, you will get acknowledged.

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How To Write a Killer CV

You have three to five seconds to stand out. So make it count.

CV or curriculum vitae provides a summary of your experience and skills. Remember, you have around five seconds to make an impression, maybe even less than that. Your resume should be clear and not to say organised. It’s important that you don’t send the same CV to all the companies, since they are looking for different skill sets, so it’s should be tailored to each opportunity. It can take more time, but results are at least in my opinion noticeable.

// RESEARCH THE COMPANY

In my opinion if you research the company very well and the position you are applying for, you can make yourself seem like a perfect fit, even if you are not completely. You can tailor your experiences to show that you are appropriate for the job. It’s important that you don’t put everything on your resume, it has to be just enough. Probably the person interviewing you won’t be interested that you were a cleaner in your student years if you are applying for a role of an accountant in the firm. Like I said, tailor it  and you’ll be good.

// THE WRITING PROCESS

PROFILE / In your profile section of the CV, put your professional title, some unique expertise and charasteristics,… Let’s say something that makes you, you. A great addition to the company. It should be a short company of who you are and what can you bring to your company.

EDUCATION / While it might not be the most important thing it can still count for some positions. It really depends on what kind of job you are looking for, but don’t forget to include this info as well.

SKILLS / The CV itself should contain the section describing your abilities. This is a part where you can showcase your skills and it should be in a readable format, so that the employer can just scan the section and see if you are the real fit. It shouldn’t be too long, it should be brief and perfect for the position you are applying. Showcase the skills that the  company needs and they are looking for. Some safe keywords are communication skills (be aware that you have to show that at the interview as well), any foreign languages you know, social networking,… But be careful, don’t lie on your resume, since most likely it will come to the time where the skills will come to the test. Write down some unique skills as well, since most of the people will opt in for the ‘safe keywords’ as well and you won’t stand out.

WORK HISTORY / I already mentioned that in the introduction it’s really important that you list only the important experience, better said, the experience that can correlate with the position you are applying for. This section is a part where you can write down all the achievments and the expertise you were in. You should write the title or the position you held, of course written next to the company you were in. The employment interval for every occupation you held, maybe some interviewers will ask for reasons why the job ended, was it on your behalf or did the company fire you and what were the reasons to do so.

Don’t forget to include the simple description of the job you had and some obligations/responsibilities you had. It’s amazing if you can write some of the achievement from the job and try to quantify your impact. That means show your accomplishment in fact, not just words. This was already said by Aristotle who taught three pillars of effective persuasion: ethos, pathos and logos. You should basically persuade others using logic, evidence, and facts. (1)

// DON’T LIE

This is a no brainer, but I already written, that probably there will be a place and the time that you will get busted. One way or another, your lie will get out.

// KEEP IT UPDATED

You changed your telephone number? Update it on the resume. You were in an online course and you gained some knowledge that would be useful for the position you are looking for? Write it down. You learned the basics of a foreign language. Make a note of that in your skill section, but don’t forget the upper statement. If you only know the introduction of yourself in ones language, don’t put it on the resume. Make sure you at least have some basics figured out.

//PROOFREAD

Yep, once you have a resume written out, give it out to friends to check for any spelling errors, grammar mistakes you can correct. If you have an option for a certified proofreader, even better! Just be sure, that you send in the greatest resume that you can make.

// DESIGN

There are a lot of people who only write everything in Word and just send that. Plain text, with no formatting, no size changes. I mean, it’s okay, you showcase everything, but does it stand out? Like I said, there are only a few seconds that it can make or break the return call for the interview. If you have an eye for design, you can make it yourself in Word, Photoshop or any other programs. You can have it custom made or just download/buy some printables that are on the web. In fact I am working on a section on this blog, where free CV templates will be available for you. Adding more and more each time. Check it out: CV Templates

//SEND!

This is what you were waiting for, right? Send it in, keep your fingers crossed and be available for any return calls and check your e-mail often.

I wish you best of luck in your job hunting. May you land the dream job soon.

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Resume Template: Grey&White

Already have a resume or CV but it looks dull and boring? Well, use this (or one of them that are being published in this series) and make your resume pop out.

Down below you have a download file for .psd (Photoshop) file that you can edit so it will fit your needs.

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