How to Make $1000 Extra a Month: 75 Awesome Opportunities You Can Start Working on Today!

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How to Make $1,000 Extra a Month!

Are you looking for easy ways to make $1,000 extra a month? When you need extra money to supplement your household income, there are so many options available today! And the majority of them allow you to work from home if you would like to and choose your own hours so that you can work on your own schedule! That is so amazing! You will find dozens of ideas for how to make extra money is this article!

Whether you have lost your job, are attending school or are a parent looking for a part-time job, or are looking for a way to supplement your income with a second job, you can easily make $1,000 a month or more to augment your income by pursuing one of the ideas below!

In this article I discuss some of the best ways to make $1,000 extra a month!

 

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The beneifs of making $1,000 extra a month

What would your family be able to do with $1,000 extra a month? Could you use that money to help you get out of debt more quickly? Think of how quickly you would be able to build up your emergency fund and save up to pay cash for large purchases if you were able to find ways to make extra money! That $1,000 or more might also be the thing that will help your family finally be able to make ends meet or stop living paycheck to paycheck!

You could even use that money just to have as blow money, so that you could take vacations, splurge on dinners out, give to causes you care about, and more without pinching your budget!

There are so many ways that you can make an extra $1,000 a month or more! And many of them are really simple, many of them you can do at home, many of them you can do on a flexible schedule around school, another job, or your kids or other family obligations.

 

 

Where can you find opportunities to make $1,000 extra (or more) a month?

Many of the opportunities I will list below are great for those who want to be entrepreneurs and start a small business of their own, but you can also find opportunities for many of these jobs by checking out websites like indeed.com, monster.com, ziprecruter.com, and linkup.com,

Indeed.com is the one that I use the most (though I have used Monster as well). Another great place to find job opportunities is your local online classifieds and sites like Craigslist (just be careful of scams!).

So, like I said just above, you have to be careful of scams, but in years past I have found freelance editing and writing gigs through Craigslist, so it can be a good way to get the word out there that you are looking for work opportunities.

You can also post your gigs on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com. I have used both Upwork and Fiverr to hire freelancers, and I have had overall good experiences with both. In the past Fiverr was initially a place to find gigs for a fairly small fee (originally, just $5), but now you can definitely post rates a lot higher than that.

All of these are great options when you are looking for legitimate ideas for how to make extra money!

 

 

How much do you need to invest in your business to make $1,000 a month?

Fortunately, for many of the jobs below, your initial investment can be very small! Many of them require very little equipment, and many of them require little to no training.

If you do not have much money at all to invest to start a business, that is OK! Many of the jobs below, like blogging, require very little money. For example, when I started my blog, I paid just $15 for my web domain (the website name) and less than $4 a month for the web hosting. The only equipment you need is a laptop and internet connection, but virtually everyone already has that.

Blogging is a great example of a job you can start with virtually no money, but there are many others, such as dog walking and pet sitting, baby sitting, house sitting, getting a job at a restaurant, working retail at the mall, and many, many other opportunities listed below.

Read on to learn more about the many job opportunities available today to make $1,000 or more a month, as your side hustle, part-time job, or even full-time job.

 

75 Jobs Where You Can Make $1,000 Extra a Month (or More!)

If you are looking to bring in part-time money to increase your household income or are looking for a second job to help make ends meet, these are great options! Many of these opportunities below also are great opportunities to make a full-time income, as well!

Read on to learn some of the very best ways that you can earn an extra $1,000 a month! 

 

1. Start a money-making blog.

I admit that I had to start with this idea for making an extra $1,000 a month because blogging is my favorite way to earn money from home! I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever! 🙂) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money!

And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! I started my blog a little over a year ago, and it can take some time before you are making a significant income from it. But for the last several months now I have made $1,500 to $2,000 a month consistently, and that is working part-time on top of my full-time editing job, while raising three young kiddos! 

If you think blogging might be a fun and rewarding job for you, read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I personally know bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible! With blogging, the sky really is the limit as far as income potential.

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing, guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the inexpensive (it costs less than $100) course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Ae you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

 

2. Do editing or proofreading.

If your day job lends itself to freelance work, then you can get additional experience and earn additional income from something you’ve already been trained to do. And also consider whether you have a hobby that you are good at that people are willing to pay for. Chances are, if you have a passion for something and you do it well, there are people who will pay for it!

One great option for freelance work is freelance writing and editing. I’m a full-time editor and I’ve been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college. In the first few years after I graduated from college and before we had children and while we were working to pay off a lot of debt, I was making close to $1,000 a month doing freelance work. Most of that work I was doing on the commuter bus (my daily commute was more than an hour each way) to and from my regular job, so it was really great to have something to be doing during that time that felt really productive.

In addition to freelance editing, you can also do freelance proofreading. If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great option for you!

Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by my friend Caitlyn Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader. Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today!

Check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into extra income!

 

3. Do writing.

If you love to write, then there are so many freelance writing opportunities available these days! From writing ad copy to working in public affairs or being a communications specialist to being a blogger like I mentioned above to writing blog articles for others, you can definitely find something that you love!

Another great option is ghost writing articles or even books for others, and if you have a technical bent or background, technical writing can be a great way to earn money, as well. 

4. Become a virtual assistant (VA).

If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you. As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, and so on. To learn to be a virtual assistant, I recommend taking a course like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.

  

5. Do graphic design.

If you have experience as a graphic designer or graphic artist and the necessary software, put your skills to use working for yourself as a freelancer or as a contract or off-site employee.

 

Check out these related articles:

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6. Be a virtual teacher.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job, for example or teach around your schedule with your kids), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school.

With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

I have heard great things about VIPKid, where you teach English online to younger Chinese children. The pay is good, and you do not have to have prior teaching experience (but a bachelor’s degree is required). 

 

7. Tutor online.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com, monster.com, upwork.com, or your favorite online job site for for current openings.

 

8. Be an audio transcriptionist.

As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.

 

9. Be a translator.

Translators are in high demand for many languages, and skilled translators of these languages can charge great rates. Some of the most high-demand and highly compensated languages include Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian. Check out Upwork and indeed.com for opportunities

 

10. Teach a foreign language.

 Another potential job, besides working as a translator, for those who speak another language is to teach that language to others. If you have this skill, teaching soming another language can be a fun and rewarding way to (virtually, or in person) meet other people and also keep your language skills sharp.

 

Check out these related articles:

11 Simple Steps to Start a Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
How to Quit a Job You Hate (to Find the One You’ll Love!)

 

11. Be a photographer.

This is another area where you can make good money as a skilled freelancer or off-site employee. Though this can be a more expensive career to get into because of the cost of the equipment, starting with entry-level or used equipment can help keep startup costs in check.

 

12. Work as an accountant or bookkeeper.

If you studied accounting, business management, finance or a related field, then this job of working to track and manage companies’ finances is a natural fit. Visit indeed.com or a similar site to find job postings in your area.

 

 

13. Work as a customer service representative or in a related job.

Some companies, such as JetBlue, have some of their employees work from home full-time. To find current job opportunities, check out my favorite job search site, indeed.com.

 

 

14. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you. Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently available.

 

15. Be a home daycare provider, babysitter, or nanny.

If you love children and love to spend time taking care of them, and if you have your own little ones that you want to be able to take care of at home as well, then doing daycare or being a nanny or babysitting in your home can work really well. There are generally state and local regulations that have to be followed depending on the number of children you want to care for, so be sure to do your research beforehand.

  

16. Clean houses.

You can make good money cleaning homes if you are efficient and know how to hustle. I know of people who charge $25 an hour and more to clean homes. You do not have to have much money to start this business and you do not have to have a degree, which makes this job a great option for virtually anyone who wants to earn some extra money or make a change in their career path.

 

17. Wash windows.

Window cleaners wash the outsides, and sometimes the insides, of commercial and residential buildings. The pay can be pretty good, ranging from $15 to $20 an hour or more, especially for really tall buildings. Of course with those tall buildings, having the right equipment to wash windows safely is key!

 

18. Be a hair stylist.

If you love talking to people and have the proper training and have adequate space to set up a salon in your home, being a work-from-home hair stylist could be a great opportunity for you. You can work around your own schedule, and you may even be able to work while your children are napping or playing.

 

 

19. Be a dog trainer.

People love their pets, and they are willing to pay good money to take care of and train them. My brother makes an amazing income as a professional (and award-winning) dog trainer. If you love working with dogs, you may want to obtain the training needed to be an effective dog trainer. It’s pretty demanding work, but it can also be very rewarding.

 

 

20. Be a pet groomer.

If you love animals, this can be another fun way to earn an extra $1,000 a month or more. You do need some basic equipment and supplies, but you do not have to run a pet salon where you rent out space in a building or lease a building space. You can work out of your home or even offer a mobile service that you run out of your van or minivan.

You will need to spend a little bit of money on equipment to be a pet groomer, such as buying shampoos and conditioners, scissors and shears, clippers, nail clippers, and bows and bandanas. But none of the supplies have to be overly expensive.

 

21. Walk dogs.

Walking dogs is an even easier way to earn $1,000 or more a month. You do not have to have any equipment at all, as virtually all pet owners will have leashes for their pets. And, as with many of the jobs listed in this article, you can set flexible hours that work with your schedule.

 

 

22. Offer pet sitting services.

If you love pets but are not in a position in your life where you want to make the long-term commitment of owning a pet yourself, then pet sitting is a great way to both earn extra income and get your furry fix, as well! A great place to find pet sitting opportunities are Rover, PetSitters.org, Fetch, and Care.com.

 

23. Scoop dog poop.

Though this is definitely not a glamorous job, there are people who are willing to pay to have others scoop their pet poop.

 

24. Do house sitting.

Another opportunity where you can make good money (or save good money) is to offer house sitting services. When I was in college my husband and I house sat for my grandparents, and we were able to have free rent for over a year because of it. Pretty sweet! If you are interested in this opportunity, you can check out housitter.com and trustedhousitters.com, for example.

 

 

25. Do yardwork or landscaping.

Doing yardwork or landscaping does require a little bit of equipment, but if you are a homeowner or rent a home, you likely already have much of this equipment. Of course you will need a lawn mower, as well as possibly an edger, pruning shears, shovels and rakes, and so on.

None of this equipment has to be too expensive, though, and if you enjoy working out in the sunshine rather than being inside a building, then this might be a great option for you!

 

26. Shovel snow.

If you are just looking for seasonal work during the winter months, or if you have a seasonal job already lined up for the summer and need something for the winter, then snow removal could be a great opportunity for you to make an extra $1,000 a month or more. You can get by with a snow shovel, but you will probably want to invest in a snow blower, as well. But other than that, the equipment needs are minimal.

 

27. Offer a moving service.

If you have a van or truck, or if you are willing to rent one, then offering a moving service is another option to make extra money every month. Many people do not want the hassle of of having to rent a moving truck that they load and drive themselves, so if you are able and willing to do the physical labor, you can make good money serving others in this way.

 

28. Do junk removal.

If you have a truck or van and are willing to do some physical labor and possibly get a little dirty, you can make good money hauling away trash. One of the benefits of this job, like many of the others in this list of ways to make an extra $1,000 a month, is that you can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want.

 

29. Do computer tech work.

If you have the skills to repair computers, then this can be a great way to make a good part-time or full-time income. As a computer technician, you might service and repair hardware, install software, or service computer and related equipment. You can receive training and certifications quickly (such as Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate), so this is a great way to start earning a good income quickly. And the job growth for computer technicians is projected to be faster than average in the next 5+ years at least, as well.

 

30. Be a computer programmer.

Another job that can be performed online remotely is to work as a  computer programmer. If you enjoy coding, you can make good money (and often really good money) as a software engineer. Software engineers build software products, develop computer games, and run computer network systems.

 

31. Build websites.

Virtually every business now has a website, so if you know how to create websites, this is a great opportunity to help businesses (and to make a lot of money!). And the pay is good, as well. The average web developer makes $45,000 to $100,000 a year.

 

32. Design websites.

Related to building websites (and in some cases the same thing) is to design websites. Many people initially bootstrap their business by building their website themselves, and then when they are making a little bit of money they are able to go back and hire someone to redisgn it for them. If you enjoy being creative and working with people, then this can a great job for you!

 

33. Write resumes.

Writing resumes is a specialized area of copywriting. Because the resume is the first look an employer has into a job candidate’s skills, getting the resume right is important. And for that reason, many people in professional careers are willing to pay to have their resumes written or refined.

 

34. Manage vending machines.

Managing vending machines can be another great (largely passive) part-time or full-time income stream. Though you do have to take the time to restock the machines once or twice a week (or more, depending on how much traffic they get), this is a great way to make some mostly hands-off income. And you do not need any particular skills to run a vending machine business. My brother does this as a side hustle, and they are able to make a good side income from it.

 

35. Rent wedding furniture and decorations.

This business requires more up-front expenses to get started than many of the other opportunities listed here, but it is another good way to make an extra $1,o00 a month or more in income. And it is something that you could do primarily on weekends if you have a full-time job. But you will need to foot the initial cost of buying the furniture and decorations and you will need a truck or van to haul the furniture and decorations, so this is a business I would not recommend starting unless you have some money saved that you can put into buying the needed equipment.

 

36. Rent out your car, or rent out ad space on your car.

Another way to earn extra income as a side job from home is to rent out your car. Especially if you have a vehicle that doesn’t get used very much, this could be an option for putting it to good use through car-renting services such as Turo.

And if you don’t want to rent out your car but don’t mind turning your car into a portable billboard, you can use a service such as Carvertise to earn some extra cash.

 

37. Rent out space in your home.

If you have extra space in your home, you have a couple of great options for earning extra income.

Rent out spare bedrooms for guests to stay in. If you have one or more extra bedrooms in your home (or have a second or vacation home), renting them out on Airbnb, Booking.com, and similar sites can be a great way to earn extra income.

We’ve been using Airbnb for the last couple of years for virtually all of our travel accommodations (when we’re not camping), and they’re awesome. The hosts have been so great, and we’ve really felt welcomed and at home. And of course the savings can be substantial! Sign up for Airbnb here and receive $40 off your first stay with them! And I just have to include a shameless plug for my angel mother, who has been renting out spare rooms in their beautiful southern Utah home (not an affiliate link :D) for the last couple of years. If you’re in the area to play at Lake Powell or hike in one of the beautiful national parks or other scenic areas nearby and need a place to stay, look them up!

Rent out storage space. Referred to as the “Airbnb of storage,” places like Neighbor, Store with Me, and Store at My House can be another great way for you to earn extra income from your home. If you don’t want to have to worry about being a host for guests but have empty bedrooms in your home, you should look into this peer-to-peer storage option.

Get a roommate. You could also do a more long-term rental arrangement by getting roommates. Depending on where you live and the rental situation in your area, this might not earn you as much as renting your bedrooms out to Airbnb guests, but you might like the lower-maintenance, more passive income better. So why not get some help paying that rent or mortgage payment and potentially gain a close friend (or more than one) at the same time?

 

38. Work at a hotel.

There are many different jobs that you can do at a hotel, from the hotel manager to the housekeeping manager to the concierge to the front desk receptionist. Then there are also the general housekeeping staff, the maintenance crew, the night auditor, the sales manager, and more. Check sites like indeed.com, Monster, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and SimplyHired for opportunities.

 

39. Drive for Uber or Lyft.

Driving for Uber or Lyft is another great gig when you want to set your own hours. This is a great way to be your own boss, meet lots of new people, and see new places.

 

40. Be a delivery driver.

There are many opportunities for being a delivery driver these days. You can drive for Amazon, DoorDash, Instacart, Shipt, Dominoes or Pizza Hut, and many, many small local businesses, including furniture and electronic stores, hospitals and medical facilities, restaurants, and more.

 

41. Detail cars.

If you love to make cars look nice and clean, then detailing cars is a great job option for you. Detailing cars includes washing and waxig the car, vacuuming, cleaning the windows, and washing and polishing interior surfaces.

42. Paint rooms or houses.

Painting the interior or exterior of homes can be a great job option, especially when the housing market is booming.

 

43. Be a substitute teacher.

If you love working with children or youth, being a substitute teacher can be a fun, flexible, and very rewarding job option.

44. Be a teachers assistant.

Being a teachers assistant is another great option for those who love to work with children.

45. Coach or referee sporting events.

If you are a sports enthusiast, why not make a little extra cash enjoying something that you love?

 

46. Work as a lifeguard.

Opportunities to work as a lifeguard are available at rec centers in cities throughout the country, at water parks and beaches during the warmer months, and sometimes at resorts or fun destinations like hot springs.

 

47. Sell handmade items on Etsy.

If you are crafty and can make beautiful handmade items, you can make a good living selling them on online stores like Etsy.  

48. Sell printables on Shopify or SendOwl.

Maybe sewing and crafting aren’t your thing, but maybe you can make beautiful printables that you could sell, instead. The great thing is that some design sites like Canva and PicMonkey offer either free or very inexpensive design platforms.

 

49. Write ebooks.

If you are an expert in or passionate and knowledgable about a subject, you can make money by self-publishing and selling ebooks, workbooks, planners, and the like. Again, tools like Canva and PicMonkey make doing the page layout affordable, or you can even create books in Word and convert them to PDF from there.

 

50. Do multiple smaller side hustles.

Another way to earn an extra $1,000 a month is to do multiple side hustles like those listed below. You might not be able to earn an extra $1,000 by doing any of these items only, but by combining them, the money can add up quickly and could definitely become $1,000 or more a month.

Take online surveys.

If you’re looking for ways to earn a little extra money online and also like to voice your opinion about products and services and potentially influence future products, you might want to try doing online surveys as a side hustle you can do from home. I’m a member of MySurvey, an online survey site where you can earn cash and gift cards for taking short surveys and doing product testing. InboxDollars is another good, reputable survey site. And I have heard good things about SurveyJunkie, as well. Other option that I have seen good review for are Prize Rebel and Vindale Research.

I have to admit, though, that even though I’ve done a few surveys, since there are ways that I can make more money for the time spent (like blogging), I decided pretty quickly to turn to other options.

However, if you like that kind of thing and can do it while you’re watching TV or something like that and you don’t want to spend the time finding ways to earn more income for the time spent, it could be a good option for you.

Swagbucks is another similar option. With Swagbucks, you earn gift cards or cash when you shop online, watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, and find great deals.

Again, as with taking online surveys, I have to give the caveat that you can make more money doing freelance work or doing one of the many other side hustles suggested above. However, if you like taking surveys and doing that kind of thing and you can do it while you’re doing something else such as watching TV and you don’t feel like trying the other options listed above (or you do it in addition to trying one or more of them), then it might be a good option for you.

 

Charge electric scooters.

If you city has the electric scooters that people can rent and ride around, then you can actually make money by gathering them up and recharging them overnight. You will need to check in your own city, but you can likely make $3 to $5 or more per scooter per night.

 

Donate plasma.

As a recent college graduate while we were working on getting out of a lot of debt, I would regularly donate plasma a couple of days a week. This is an easy way to make pretty good money; in our area you could make about $200 a month. You can watch a movie or listen to a podcast or do other things while you donate, too.

 

 Mystery shop.

I have never mystery shopped, but I have heard from others who have, and they say it can be pretty fun. But know that, as far as I understand, you will be paying the money up front to do the shopping, and then you are reimbursed when you are paid after the fact. So if you do not have the cash to spare to do the shopping, this probably is not the right opportunity for you. You can check out volition.com or jobslinger.com to find a list of opportunities. Individual mystery shopping companies with a good reputation (as of this writing) inclulde BestMark, SecondtoNone, and Market Force.

 

51. Be a personal trainer.

If you love physical fitness and love working one on one with other people and would enjoy helping them to reach their physical fitness goals, then working as a personal trainer could be a great opportunity for you. Most gyms likely will require you to have a certification to become a personal trainer, but many can be earned in just a few months.

 

52. Be a life coach.

If you love helping people and enjoy helping others to look at and work through challenges or obstacles, then being a life coach could be a great fit for you. Life coaches encourage and counsel clients on a variety of personal and professional matters. Life coaches help others work toward goals and make changes in their lives.

Similar to other coaching positions, you will also generally need a certificate to become a life coach, which you can obtain through organizations like the International Coach Federation. There are different levels of certification available. Depending on the certification program you choose, it could take from 16 to 100 hours or more to earn a certificate.

 

53. Be a health and wellness coach.

Health and wellness coaches work with people to help them make positive and lasting changes to their health. This might include helping them to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, develop a healthy mindset and habits, and more. Health and wellness coaches work side by side with their clients to help them achieve their goals.

 

54. Be a personal finance coach or counselor.

This is a role that is near and dear to my heart. 🙂 I very seriously considered becoming a personal finance coach at one point. Personal finance coaches help people to learn sound financial principles on topics like saving money, paying off debt, investing, and more. They teach clients how to manage their money well so that they can build wealth over time. Depending on your time frame, your interests, and the amount of money you want to spend, there are different certifications available that take varying amounts of time to complete.

 

55. Be a job coach. 

As a job coach, you help other people to find a career path that they will love and excel at. Depending on your interests, becoming a job coach may require certification or a license. For example, if you want to work as a job coach at a school, you will have to complete requirements determined by the state where you live.

 

56. Do maintenance work.

If you have a knack for fixing things, then doing maintenance work could be a great fit for you. Depending on your interests, you could work for yourself and do repair jobs in people’s homes, or you might work for one or more companies and do repair work at office buildings or apartment complexes.

  

57. Be a car mechanic.

Another good option if you are mechanically inclined is to work as a car mechanic. There are classes you can take at school to earn certifications, or you could learn on the job or from working on your own vehicles (and I have heard YouTube is a great resource!). You could work for a shop, set up your own shop (though there are of course a lot of costs that would go along with doing so), or have people bring their vehicles to your home if you have a way to do your work there.

 

58. Do catering.

If you enjoying cooking or baking (or both!), catering may be a fun option for you. If you are just getting started and do not have a ton of money, you can work out of your home (as long as you meet local requirements for doing so with food handler’s permits and so forth), or you could get hired working for someone else. If you want to start your own catering business, you will need money for a vehicle, the supplies, and more, so this is another opportunity where it is best to have money saved up beforehand before starting your business.

 

 

59. Sell baked goods.

If you enjoy baking and do not want to have a full-fledged catering business or bakery, you could make baked goods and sell them to local stores, or you could sell them from your home (as long as you met local requrements for preparing food and such as mentioned above, of course).

If you enjoy making birthday cakes and wedding cakes and have an eye for good design, then this could be a fun way to make good money selling baked items, for example.

 

60. Be a personal chef.

Another option if you enjoy cooking is to work as a personal chef. Personal chefs are responsible for planning, purchasing ingredients for, preparing, and cleaning up after meals for their clients. They have to consider the food preferences and dietary needs of their clients.

Depending on the opportunities you pursue you may not need a special certification, but degrees, certifications, and apprenticeships in culinary arts are available. You can also get experience by working at restaurants or in similar work.

61. Get a job at the mall.

If you enjoy working in retail and meeting a variety of people every day, then you might enjoy getting a job at the mall. Many shops do offer employee discounts, so if there is a store that you really love, then this might be a good option for you.

 

62. Get a job at your favorite restaruant.

Similarly, many restaurants offer their employees a discount, and some even let you take leftover food home after your shift at the end of the day. So if there is a restaurant that you love, then this might be a good opportunity for you. And many restaurants hire frequently, so if there aren’t opportunities immediately available, there likely will be within a few months, so check back.

 

63. Get a job doing fast food.

Working fast food is a common first job. It can be a fun way to make friends and earn money. And it is almost like a rite of passage into adulthood! 🙂

 

64. Drive an ice cream truck or other food truck.

If you enjoy driving, another option for making money is to drive an ice cream truck.

And if you enjoy cooking (and are good at it) and want to own your own gig, then driving a food truck might be a good option for you. For this one, though, you have to have (or purchase) a truck, get licensing from the city, and meet other requirements. I would not pursue this opportunity unless you have the cash up front to fund it and get it going.

 

 

65. Get a job at your favorite store or business.

If there is a store or business that you just love because of what they sell or how they run their business, consider applying for a position with them. If you love shopping there, you may love working there, as well, and you might really enjoy some of the potential employee perks, like discounts or even free merchandise or products.

66. Be a search engine optimization (SEO) evaluator.

 A search engine evaluator is someone who reviews search engine results to determine if they are relevant to a particular search term that a person types into a search engine. You can read this article about how to become a search engine evaluator to find out more.

 

67. Do consulting.

If you work or worked in a job that lends itself to doing so, becoming a consultant or coach in the same field is an excellent fit and can be very lucrative. It’s another great possibility for a side job you can do from home. Put all of that experience and knowledge you gained to good use! Or turn one of your hobbies or passions into a side job by offering consulting related to that topic. Check out indeed.com for opportunities.

 

68. Work as a social media manager.

Working as a social media manager could be another great option for one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms. If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers. Check out indeed.com and Upwork for opportunities.

 

69. Be a virtual job recruiter.

Virtual job recruiters work remotely online to find and screen job applicants and perform job candidate interviews in order to help companies find the best new hires. They often post jobs, review resumes, negotiate salaries, check references and do background checks, and do other related tasks. If you have a background in human resource or business, you may want to explore this career.

 

70. Be a custodian.

Working as a custodian may be a great option for you if you need (or want) a job where you work in the evenings, where you do not have to work with a lot of people, where you might be able to have a somewhat flexible schedule where you can come and go when you need to, or where you just really enjoy helping to keep things clean and orderly.

 

71. Be a vlogger.

If you love to be in front of a camera, consider becoming a vlogger. This is not something you will generally make money at right away, but if you stick with it and consistently make good helpful or educational or entertaining content, you can make really good money with it as you build up a following.

 

72. Be a podcaster.

Similarly, you can make great money as a podcaster if you would rather use an audio platform rather than video. Podcasting is another one where you probably will not make a ton of money at the beginning, but your income can grow substantially as you build up a base of loyal listeners and as you work with brands in sponsorship and other advertising opportunities. Doing a podcast can also be a good way to help build brand awareness for a company or blog or the like that you already have.

 

73. Do illustration.

If you love to draw and are good at it, you can make good money as an illustrator for books or movie production or the like. Most illustrators do have a degree or certification.

 

74. Do videography.

If you would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, videography might be a fun career path for you. You can make a good living recording documentaries, trainings, commercials, short films, seminars and workshops, weddings, birthday parties, sports events, and similar events.

75. Buy and resell stuff.

A great way to make some quick cash, where you can make good money especially if you have a good eye for deals, is to buy and resell stuff. You can even start with much of your own stuff around the house that you no longer use!

Some great places where you can buy and sell stuff online include the following (and of course there are many others, as well):

  • Local online classifieds
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Facebook Market
  • Etsy

 

 

Conclusion

As you can see, the opportunities for making an extra $1,000 a month are extensive (and I really probably just scratched the surface here!).

There has likely never been a time when there have been so many great options for being able to earn extra income. So try one of these jobs or side hustles today to help you reach your financial dreams, such as paying off your debt, saving an emergency fund, or beginning to invest for retirement.

For more information related to finding side hustles or side jobs you can do from home, check out these articles on the best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, and the best work-from-home jobs. And for a very informative and entertaining podcast on this topic, I recommend Nick Roper’s Side Hustle Nation.

 

What opportunities have you pursued to make an extra $1,000 a month? What would you recommend that others to to make $1,000 extra a month to help make ends meet or as they work to reach their financial goals? I would love to hear your ideas, so leave a comment below and let me know!

  

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

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19 Great Side Jobs You Can Do from Home (Side Hustles)

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Side Jobs You Can Do from Home (Side Hustles You Can Do from Home)

Are you looking for side jobs you can do from home (side hustles you can do from home)? Would you love a side hustle or extra job to supplement your household income? If so, there are many options available!

And the majority of these jobs allow you to choose your own hours so that you can work on your own schedule. Here are 19 of the best side hustles and second jobs available in today’s job market.

 

1. Earn income from blogging.

I had to start with this side job you can do from home because it’s my favorite way to earn money from home! (No surprise there, right?) I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever!) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money!

And I love it because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! Read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I know of bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible!

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing (see below), guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

 

2. Do freelance work.

If your day job lends itself to freelance work, then you can get additional experience and earn additional income from something you’ve already been trained to do. And also consider whether you have a hobby that you are good at that people are willing to pay for. Chances are, if you have a passion for something and you do it well, there are people who will pay for it!

One great option for freelance work is freelance writing and editing. I’m a full-time editor and I’ve been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college. In the first few years after I graduated from college and before we had children and while we were working to pay off a lot of debt, I was making close to $1,000 a month doing freelance work. Most of that work I was doing on the commuter bus (my daily commute was more than an hour each way) to and from my regular job, so it was really great to have something to be doing during that time that felt really productive.

In addition to freelance writing and editing, you can also do freelance proofreading. If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great option for you! Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by Caitlyn Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader. Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today!

 

Other freelance opportunities include the following:

  • Freelance teaching and tutoring
  • Freelance illustration
  • Freelance photography
  • Freelance graphic design
  • Freelance transcription work
  • Freelance translating

Just check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into extra income!

 

3. Become a virtual assistant (VA).

If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you. As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, and so on. To learn to be a virtual assistant, I recommend taking a course like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.

 

4. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you. Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently available.

 

5. Write books or ebooks.

Since bloggers write for a living, authoring a book or ebook is of course naturally a good fit for many of them. In fact, many bloggers create the content for their book largely from the content of their blog articles. Because I graduated with an English degree (though this is apparently true of most Americans—I read a statistic recently that 81 percent of Americans want to write a book someday), I’ve always had the idea of writing a book in the back of my mind.

And because I love personal finance and have for almost 15 years now, I have definitely thought about writing a book about personal finance. And that’s one of the reasons that I started writing this blog, was to have a way to work to put out great content and gain an audience so that I could write personal finance books that will really help many people to change their lives.

For a helpful resource for how to publish your first ebook, I recommend the course Ebook by Number, by Suzi Whitford. In the course, she teaches you how to write, design, and launch your first ebook! I have taken several of Suzi’s courses, and they have all been excellent. She teaches in a fun, personable way that makes the content easy to learn.

You can also turn your ebook into an audiobook with Audible so that it is available in another format, which can broaden your reach (and your revenue) even farther.

 

Related articles:

11 Simple Steps to Start an Awesome Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
14 Must-Know Tips for How to Find a Job You Love
11 Amazing Benefits of Blogging
Why Blogging Is the Best Job Ever!

 

6. Develop online courses.

Creating online courses can be another great side job you can do from home. If you have something that you are passionate about and know a lot about, then developing a course on that subject could be a great way to monetize your know-how!

One easy way to do that is to take your content from a book or ebook and develop it into a course. Once you have written one or more books, you can look at expanding that content into online courses using platforms such as Teachable, Udemy, and Thinkific. One great thing about these platforms is that you can build your course for free and then pay a percentage of your earnings as people actually buy the courses, so there is not a lot of up-front costs.

To learn how to create your first course, I recommend Course by Number by Suzi Whitford. This course, like all of her courses, is an easy to understand, engaging resource that walks you through the process of creating your first course step by step.

 

7. Be an affiliate marketer.

You can earn an amazing income through affiliate marketing. It’s another awesome option for a side job you can do from home. It was actually through reading the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who makes more than $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, that I first realized the incredible earning potential of blogging in general and affiliate marketing in particular.

And when I decided that I was going to go all in and give blogging my best effort to see if I could become a full-time blogger, Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the first course that I bought. In the course, Michelle walks you through the basics of affiliate marketing and the best ways to make money through affiliate marketing.

If you believe that starting a blog (or even using Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or other social media sites) to earn affiliate income is something you would enjoy and be good at, then I strongly recommend that you take Michelle’s course and incorporate affiliate marketing as one of your methods of generating income.

For more information on what affiliate marketing is and how it can be used to earn an amazing income, read this article.

 

8. Be a web developer or computer programmer.

Another job that can be performed online remotely is to work as a web developer or computer programmer. If you enjoy coding, you can make good money as a software engineer.

 

9. Be a real estate agent.

If you love to work with people and are a good salesperson but don’t want to work in a traditional office, being a real estate agent may be a great option for you as a side job you can do from home. The income potential is great, and the job can be a lot of fun if you like getting out and being around people and keeping up on current trends in the real estate market.

Though you obviously can’t do everything needed for this job from home, you can do the legwork at home and do most of the showing of homes in the evenings and weekends (or whenever you need to to fit your particular schedule best).

 

10. Work as an accountant or bookkeeper.

If you studied accounting, business management, finance or a related field, then this job of working to track and manage companies’ finances is a natural fit. Visit indeed.com or a similar site to find job postings in your area.

 

Related articles:

11 Simple Steps to Start a Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
How to Quit a Job You Hate (to Find the One You’ll Love!)

 

11. Create an online business.

Another great option if you have an entrepreneurial spirit is to create an online business. You can do this by creating a website and offering products or services, either those you create yourself or that you sell for other people. For example, you can create an online retail store or a website where you offer your freelance services.

 

12. Be a search engine optimization (SEO) evaluator.

A search engine evaluator is someone who reviews search engine results to determine if they are relevant to a particular search term that a person types into a search engine. You can read this article about how to become a search engine evaluator to find out more.

 

13. Do freelance consulting or coaching.

If you work or worked in a job that lends itself to doing so, becoming a consultant or coach in the same field is an excellent fit and can be very lucrative. It’s another great possibility for a side job you can do from home. Put all of that experience and knowledge you gained to good use! Or turn one of your hobbies or passions into a side job by offering consulting or coaching related to that topic. Check out indeed.com for opportunities.

 

14. Become a vlogger.

You can also earn extra income through creating your own YouTube channel. If you have a website or blog, a YouTube channel may be a natural complement to your site. If you have enough traffic, you can earn substantial money through YouTube. In order to monetize, you have to have a certain number of subscribers and viewed hours. Once your channel reaches the necessary threshold, your site will be reviewed, and you’ll be notified via email to know whether you qualify or not. You can learn more on YouTube’s account monetization page.

 

15. Become a podcaster.

Another potentially great side job you can do from home is creating a podcast. A podcast is a form of on-demand talk radio. It comes from the words pod (from the portable listening device the iPod) and broadcast. Podcasts can be about virtually anything, from personal finance to business to travel to fitness and so on.

A podcast is often a conversation between a host and one or more other individuals, but it can be just the host sharing his or her thoughts and ideas on a particular topic. Podcasts can be used for earning income through advertising, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, promoting your own products and services, and networking. To learn more about how to create and launch a successful podcast, I recommend the book Market Domination for Podcasting, by Seth Greene.

 

16. Develop mobile apps.

If you have the technical knowledge (or are willing pay someone who does to build it for you), you can create a new app unlike anything in the marketplace. Or you could create an app similar to others but work to make it even better by offering more features or better functionality. Even if you don’t achieve the wild success of an app like Angry Birds, you could still make a wonderful income from your efforts.

 

17. Rent out your car, or rent out ad space on your car.

Another way to earn extra income as a side job from home is to rent out your car. Especially if you have a vehicle that doesn’t get used very much, this could be an option for putting it to good use through car-renting services such as Turo.

And if you don’t want to rent out your car but don’t mind turning your car into a portable billboard, you can use a service such as Carvertise to earn some extra cash.

 

18. Rent out space in your home.

If you have extra space in your home, you have a couple of great options for earning extra income.

Rent out spare bedrooms for guests to stay in. If you have one or more extra bedrooms in your home (or have a second or vacation home), renting them out on Airbnb, Booking.com, and similar sites can be a great way to earn extra income.

We’ve been using Airbnb for the last couple of years for virtually all of our travel accommodations (when we’re not camping), and they’re awesome. The hosts have been so great, and we’ve really felt welcomed and at home. And of course the savings can be substantial! Sign up for Airbnb here and receive $40 off your first stay with them!

Rent out storage space. Referred to as the “Airbnb of storage,” places like Neighbor, Store with Me, and Store at My House can be another great way for you to earn extra income from your home. If you don’t want to have to worry about being a host for guests but have empty bedrooms in your home, you should look into this peer-to-peer storage option.

Get a roommate. You could also do a more long-term rental arrangement by getting roommates. Depending on where you live and the rental situation in your area, this might not earn you as much as renting your bedrooms out to Airbnb guests, but you might like the lower-maintenance, more passive income better. So why not get some help paying that rent or mortgage payment and potentially gain a close friend (or more than one) at the same time?

 

19. Take online surveys.

If you’re looking for ways to earn a little extra money online and also like to voice your opinion about products and services and potentially influence future products, you might want to try doing online surveys as a side hustle you can do from home. I’m a member of MySurvey, an online survey site where you can earn cash and gift cards for taking short surveys and doing product testing. InboxDollars is another good, reputable survey site.

I have to admit, though, that even though I’ve done a few surveys, since there are ways that I can make more money for the time spent, I decided pretty quickly to turn to other options. However, if you like that kind of thing and can do it while you’re watching TV or something like that and you don’t want to spend the time finding ways to earn more income for the time spent, it could be a good option for you.

Swagbucks is another similar option. With Swagbucks, you earn gift cards or cash when you shop online, watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, and find great deals. Again, as with taking online surveys, I have to give the caveat that you can make more money doing freelance work or doing one of the many other side hustles suggested above.

However, if you like taking surveys and doing that kind of thing and you can do it while you’re doing something else such as watching TV and you don’t feel like trying the other options listed above (or you do it in addition to trying one or more of them), then it might be a good option for you.

 

Conclusion

The opportunities for side jobs you can do from home (side hustles from home) are extensive (and I didn’t really even scratch the surface here). There has likely never been a time when there have been so many great options for being able to earn extra income. So try one of these side hustles today to help you reach your financial dreams, such as paying off your debt, saving an emergency fund, or beginning to invest for retirement.

For more information related to finding side hustles or side jobs you can do from home, check out these articles on the best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, and the best work-from-home jobs. And for a very informative and entertaining podcast on this topic, I recommend Nick Roper’s Side Hustle Nation.

 

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21 Great Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

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Best Work from Home Jobs for Moms

In this article I am going to share some of my very favorite work from home jobs for moms (or dads!).

If you long to work from home so that you can have a more flexible schedule, earn money on your own terms or be your own boss, take care of your children or parents, or just not have to deal with office politics, then you are not alone!

I truly believe that there has never been a better time to work from home! The internet has made the opportunities for working from home abundant, so if you have a wish or a dream to work from home, set a goal and make a plan, and go for it!

Discover some of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms below!

 

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21 Awesome Work from Home Jobs for Moms!

If you’re a stay-at-home mom looking for a way to supplement your household income or even to provide that income by working either part-time or full-time, there are many options available. And the majority of the work-from-home jobs listed here allow you to choose your own hours so that you can work on your own schedule. Below are some of the best work-from-home jobs available in today’s job market.

 

1. Start a money making blog.

I believe with all my heart that one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms is blogging. And I admit that I put this one first because it’s my personal favorite! I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and to help people win with their money!

I am a relatively newer blogger, as I have been blogging for only about a year (as of March 2020), but I am already starting to see the great earning potential of blogging. I work full-time and my husband is our stay at home parent. So because of my full-time job and being a mom of three young children, my time is limited.

However, over the last few months I have been able to earn between $1,500 and $2,000 a month blogging part-time, and again, I get to make this money from home on my own schedule, doing something that I absolutely love.

I truly love blogging because you can totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! My goal is to one day be able to blog full-time and be a stay-at-home mom to my three little munchkins!

Another great thing about blogging is that it is so cheap to start! You can literally start a blog spending less than $5 a month! And all you need is a laptop and internet, which you probably have already! What other work from home business is that cheap to start?!

Read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog for less than $5 a month. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here (some of these bloggers, many of them mom bloggers, make over $10,000 a month working part-time from home!).

Another one of the great things about blogging is that you can earn income as a blogger in so many different ways, including with affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products such as ebooks and ecourses.

And with blogging, one of the awesome things is that you largely get out of it what you put into it. If you want to make a fantastic income, the potential is there to do that. You can make just a few hundred dollars, a few thousand dollars, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars a month!

I know that sounds incredible, but it’s true—there are many bloggers who make well over $100,000 a month. A month! Check out these income reports!

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It costs less than $100, and Suzi is such a great teacher! (I’ve actually purchased all 9 of her courses, I’m that big of a fan!) It’s the course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :D) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

 

2. Do freelance writing, editing, or proofreading.

Another one of the best stay-at-home jobs for moms is to do freelance writing or editing. If you have been trained as a writer or editor, than working from home is a great option. I earned my degree in English and did a minor in editing (now they even have the major available in editing!), and I work as a professional editor for my full-time job and have also been doing freelance editing and writing for 15 years. I really enjoy the work because I get to learn a lot of cool things and learn about subjects I probably never would otherwise. If you want to find freelance opportunities, check out Upwork.

Do you love working with words? If you have an excellent eye for detail, being a professional freelance proofreader or copy editor might be just the job for you! If you’re interested in this line of work but don’t have any training as a proofreader, check out this free 60-minute introductory workshop from Caitlyn at Proofread Anywhere  to find out if proofreading might be the perfect career for you. Learn how to turn your passion for words and reading into a wonderful career in as little as 30 days! Caitlyn produces amazing stuff, and I know you will love this course!

 

3. Be an affiliate marketer.

Another one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms is to be an affiliate marketer. You can earn an amazing income through affiliate marketing. It was actually through reading the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who makes more than $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, that I first realized the incredible earning potential of blogging in general and affiliate marketing in particular. And when I decided that I was going to go all in and give blogging my best effort to see if I could become a full-time blogger, Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the first course that I bought. In the course, Michelle walks you through the basics of affiliate marketing and the best ways to make money through affiliate marketing. If you believe that starting a blog (or even using Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or other social media sites) to earn affiliate income is something you would enjoy and be good at, then I strongly recommend that you take Michelle’s course and incorporate affiliate marketing as one of your methods of generating income.

For more information on what affiliate marketing is and how it can be used to earn an amazing income, read this article.

4. Work as a social media manager.

Working as a social media manager could be another great option for one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms. If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers. Check out indeed.com and Upwork for opportunities.

 

5. Work as a virtual assistant.

An additional stay-at-home job ideal for moms is to become a virtual assistant. This is a relatively new field, and one where you can develop your skills in one (or more) of several different directions. The pay can be great, and you can take on as much or as little work as you would like in order to work the number of hours that fit your current schedule. If you’re interested in making a great income as a virtual assistant, I recommend taking the course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success by VA pro Gina Horkey, which has excellent reviews. And if you love Pinterest, the course Become a Pinterest VA Today by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might just be a great option for you.

 

 

Check out these related articles:

11 Simple Steps to Start an Awesome Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
14 Must-Know Tips for How to Find a Job You Love
11 Amazing Benefits of Blogging
Why Blogging Is the Best Job Ever!

 

6. Be a virtual teacher or tutor.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job, for example), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school. With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com for current openings.

 

7. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you. Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently available.

 

8. Be a transcriptionist.

As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.

 

9. Be a translator.

Translators are in high demand for many languages, and skilled translators of these languages can charge great rates. Some of the most high-demand and highly compensated languages include Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian. Check out Upwork and indeed.com for opportunities

 

10. Do freelance graphic design.

If you have experience as a graphic designer or graphic artist and the necessary software, put your skills to use working for yourself as a freelancer or as a contract or off-site employee.

 

11. Be a photographer or videographer.

This is another area where you can make good money as a skilled freelancer or off-site employee. Though this can be a more expensive career to get into because of the cost of the equipment, starting with entry-level or used equipment can help keep startup costs in check.

 

12. Be a web developer or computer programmer.

Another job that can be performed online remotely is to work as a web developer or computer programmer. If you enjoy coding, you can make good money as a software engineer.

 

13. Work as a customer service representative or in a related job.

Some companies, such as JetBlue, have some of their employees work from home full-time. To find current job opportunities, check out my favorite job search site, indeed.com.

 

14. Work as an accountant or bookkeeper.

If you studied accounting, business management, finance or a related field, then this job of working to track and manage companies’ finances is a natural fit. Visit indeed.com to find job postings in your area.

 

15. Be a home daycare provider or nanny.

If you love children and love to spend time taking care of them, and if you have your own little ones that you want to be able to take care of at home as well, then doing daycare or being a nanny in your home can work really well. There are generally state and local regulations that have to be followed depending on the number of children you want to care for, so be sure to do your research beforehand.

16. Be an Airbnb or Booking.com host.

If you have one or more extra bedrooms in your home (or have a second or vacation home), renting them out on Airbnb, Booking.com, and similar sites can be a great way to earn extra income. We’ve been using Airbnb for the last couple of years for virtually all of our travel accommodations (when we’re not camping), and they’re awesome.

The hosts have been so great, and we’ve really felt welcomed and at home. And of course the savings can be substantial! Sign up for Airbnb here and receive $40 off your first stay with them! And I just have to include a shameless plug for my angel mother, who has been renting out spare rooms in their beautiful southern Utah home (not an affiliate link :D) for the last couple of years. If you’re in the area to play at Lake Powell or hike in one of the beautiful national parks (like the Grand Canyon) or other scenic areas nearby, look them up!

 

17. Be a hair stylist.

If you love talking to people and have the proper training and have adequate space to set up a salon in your home, being a work-from-home hair stylist could be a great opportunity for you. You can work around your own schedule, and you may even be able to work while your children are napping or playing.

 

18. Be a pet trainer or pet groomer.

People love their pets, and they are willing to pay good money to take care of and train them. My brother makes an amazing income as a professional (and award-winning) dog trainer. If you love working with dogs, you may want to obtain the training needed to be an effective dog trainer or groomer. It’s pretty demanding work, but it can also be very rewarding.

 

19. Be a virtual job recruiter.

Virtual job recruiters work remotely online to find and screen job applicants and perform job candidate interviews in order to help companies find the best new hires. They often post jobs, review resumes, negotiate salaries, check references and do background checks, and do other related tasks. If you have a background in human resource or business, you may want to explore this career.

 

20. Be a search engine optimization (SEO) evaluator.

Being a search engine optimization evaluator is another great job option for stay-at-home moms. A search engine evaluator is someone who reviews search engine results to determine if they are relevant to a particular search term that a person types into a search engine. You can read this article to find out more.

 

21. Do freelance consulting or coaching.

Another great job option for stay-at-home moms is to work as a freelance coach or consultant. If you work or worked in a job that lends itself to doing so, becoming a consultant or coach in the same field is an excellent fit and can be very lucrative. Put all of that experience and knowledge you gained to good use! Or turn one of your hobbies or passions into a side job by offering consulting or coaching related to that topic. Check out indeed.com for opportunities.

 

Conclusion

These jobs included here are some of the best work-from-home job opportunities for stay-at-home moms, but there are many others. There has never been a time when there have been so many great options for being able to work at home. Whether you want to be able to be home with your children or elderly parents, want more autonomy, want to escape corporate life, or just love to be at home, there are work-from-home jobs that will work for you and your schedule.

For more information related to this topic, check out these articles on the best side jobs or side hustles you can do from home and the best ways to increase your income.

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Top 5 Techniques for How to Get a Raise or Promotion {Learn How to Get Paid What You’re Worth!}

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How to Get a Raise

In this article I am going to share my top five strategies for how to get a raise (or promotion).

When you give your best at work, people will notice. And you’ll be rewarded for that diligent and dedicated effort. And then, when it comes time for annual merit increases or bonuses or promotions, you’ll be on the top of the list of candidates!

 

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How Do You Get a Raise When You Are Underpaid?

If you have been in your career field for a while, you may wonder how you can get a raise in salary when you are underpaid. You may feel (and you may be justified in feeling) that you are not really being paid what you are worth. Or you may feel that you enjoy your job, your knowledge and skills have increased over the years, and your salary has not kept up to match that increased ability.

You can get an idea of an average salary for your position in your geographical area by researching sites like Salary.com, PayScale, and GlassDoor, but the information you get may not be highly accurate for the actual reality of the job market.

The techniques and strategies for getting a job when you feel that you are being underpaid are largely the same as for anyone who is seeking a raise or promotion. However, a main difference is that your motivation for wanting the raise or promotion may be higher than someone else’s.

For example, if you have been working at the same job for more than 10 years and have seen only infrequent and minimal job pay increases, then you may—again, in this case probably justifiably—feel that your knowledge, skills, and ability have surpassed what you are being paid and that your worth to the company is not being adequately reflected by your salary.

Below I share 5 simple techniques you can use to get a raise (or promotion) so that your salary can be more reflective of the asset that you are to your company.

How Do You Guarantee a Raise?

I don’t know about you, but there is much in this life that you can guarantee (besides death and taxes, like they say, right? :)).

Unless you are the boss at your company and so you decide what you earn, it would be very difficult to guarantee that you can get a raise in salary.

However, by following the 5 strategies that I share below, you can do what you can within your pwoer to help enusre that you do get the raise or promotion that you hope for.

And obviously doing the simple and expected things like showing up for work every day, arriving on time if you have a set start time, being a nice player, giving your best, seeking to learn and to improve and to grow your skills, showing an interest in your company’s success—all of these things go a long way in helping to guarantee (or at least make it much more likely) that you will get a raise when you ask for one.

What Is the Best Way to Ask for a Raise?

If you are wondering what is the best way to ask for a raise, then I do discuss that aspect of how to get a raise in salary as one of the strategies discussed below.

Briefly, though, like anything else, if you want to succeed when you ask for a raise, then you need a plan and you need to prepare to execute that plan.

So to be prepared, do your research. Find out if you are in fact potentially underpaid for the work that you do and the skills that you have. If you are and you can adequately show that you are with concrete numbers and statistics, then that showing that information to your boss can help your case as you seek your raise. 

And also always be professional, humble, and courteous. You catch more flies with honey, so even if you feel that you have been underpaid, feel that you have been wronged in this way, be kind anyway. Be professional anyway. Acting offended or belligerent or (or whiny!) won’t help your case.

Put your best foot forward, and above all, don’t do anything that would put your perceived worth to the company at risk. Don’t burn any bridges or say or do anything that you will regret and that will come back to bite you later.

Consistently give your best, and the results will follow. Read my 5 top techniques for how to get a raise in salary below.

5 Simple Techniques for How to Get a Raise or Promotion

Learn our top five strategies for how to get a raise or promotion.

If you want to be successful in your career, it’s important that you continually seek to learn and grow and improve. And if you are doing those things, then it makes sense that you should be able to seek periodic raises and promotions. For most people, this type of career advancement helps them to feel appreciated and fairly compensated.

I’m a big proponent of spending less money and saving your money. And I actually think that the spending side of the money equation is even more important than the earning side. That’s because no matter how much money you earn, you can always outspend your income. However, there is an actual limit to the amount of money you can save—there is only so far that you can cut your expenses (even if you could somehow cut them down to zero). But your earning potential, on the other hand, is virtually limitless. (And that’s one of the reasons that blogging about personal finance and money is so fun!) So let’s talking about how to get a raise or promotion in order to increase your income!

Here are five steps you can take to earn a raise or promotion.

 

1. Be a top performer at work.

One of the best ways to prepare to seek a raise or promotion is to be a high performer. Work while you’re at work. Put away your smartphone, don’t browse the web, and keep the water cooler chitchat in check. If you find yourself being overly chatty at work, follow the five-minute rule: make sure that you spend no more than five minutes per hour talking or otherwise being off task.

Know what your company or department or division is focused on, and help move those efforts forward. If you’re company is working on strengthening their market share, research ways to do that. If they need to reduce costs, write up a proposal with your best (and vetted) ideas. Volunteer to be involved with new, high-profile projects. Ask your manager or supervisor what needs aren’t being met or what gaps there are, and then work to help meet or fill them.

When you give your best at work, people will notice. And you’ll be rewarded for that diligent and dedicated effort. And then, when it comes time for annual merit increases or bonuses or promotions, you’ll be on the top of the list.

 

 

2. Get more education or training.

Depending on how much you’ve been able to learn on the job and keep up with technologies and trends in your career field, you may need to obtain additional education or training to really advance in your career. If you don’t have a college degree, earning a degree can help you to significantly increase your income. But that’s true only if you go about it the right way. If you want your education to be a good return on your tuition investment, you’ve got to study a subject that will give you a set of marketable skills.

And even though you should study something that you love and not study something only for the income potential, what you really should do is find the highest point where those two things converge—where you have a high level of passion for the work and where you have excellent income potential. Because let’s be honest—you may be working for 40 years or more.

And that’s about 80,000 hours (or more) you will work in your lifetime. So you will want to do something you’ll love and that will be personally fulfilling and rewarding, but you also should be looking to make a really good income. It’s really not worth it to work that hard for that long just to scrape by your whole life. If you’re going to work 40 hours per week, wouldn’t you rather earn $2,000 (or $5,000, or $10,000, or $50,000) for that 40 hours, rather than $500?

So do your research, talk to a career counselor or coach, do internships or mentorships or job shadowing or online training (or all of the above), and find that career sweet spot. As long as you, again, choose a career with good earning potential, the time and money you put into it will be well worth it.

While you’re looking at educational opportunities, if you do decide to go back for more schooling or receive vocational training, pay for it as you go. Don’t fall into the trap of getting student loans. Instead, plan to work, seek scholarships and grants, live on a tight budget, and take a little longer to graduate if needed so that you avoid being saddled with debt that could follow you for literally a decade or more. Remember that the way to build wealth is to get control of your income, so don’t let it get taken over by Sallie Mae!

Check out this article to find out how to pay for college without going into debt.

 

3. Ask for the promotion or raise.

If you want (and feel you deserve) a raise or promotion, you have to ask for it—it’s generally not going to happen automatically. When you know that you’re giving your best at work, you can ask for a raise or promotion with confidence. Even if you get a raise of only $1 per hour, that’s more than $2,000 per year. That’s a significant chunk of change in most households.

One effective way to seek a raise is to start working on this goal at the beginning of the year. When you set your work objectives for the new year, talk to your supervisor about your desire to advance in your career. Specifically ask what skills you need to acquire or tasks you need to accomplish to get a good raise or a promotion (formalize this discussion with written expectations on both sides, if you can), and then make sure you work on those things throughout the year so you accomplish those requirements.

Even if you’re not actively working toward your next promotion, you need to be continually actively working to advance in your career if you don’t want your salary to stagnate. To seek a raise or promotion, follow these steps.

Be prepared by doing your research. Before you ask for a raise or promotion, you need to be prepared for the discussion. Do your research to find out if your salary for the work you do is on par for your area, career field, and amount of education and experience. If you discover that your salary is lower than average in your area for the job that you perform, then you are in a strong position to seek a raise.

However, even if your compensation is commensurate with others who have your same amount of education and experience, you can still seek a raise if you have shown that you are a star performer. If you’ve shown your value by being a top-notch employee, your employer will want to keep you and should be happy to keep you happy in order to hang on to your talent. This is particularly true for those working in the for-profit sector. If you discover that that isn’t the case—that your employer is stingy and doesn’t want to pay you what you feel you are worth—then it’s probably time to look for an employer who will.

On that same note, if you are working for the government or for a non-profit organization, you may want to consider exploring options in the private sector, where salaries and bonuses are generally higher than in the other two sectors.

In all such cases, if you decide to look for employment elsewhere, don’t just look for the highest-paying opportunities. Rather, look for companies who have a reputation for really valuing their employees. That is the kind of place where you want to be and where you can best make a long-lasting contribution.

List your accomplishments and the reasons you feel you deserve a raise or promotion. As you prepare for the discussion to seek your raise or promotion, spend some significant time preparing. This is a big deal! It’s likely one of the most important meetings you’ll have all year, so treat it that way! And make sure that your boss knows what’s on the agenda for the discussion, so that you don’t take them totally unawares. You’ll have better results if they know what’s on your mind so they have an idea of what to expect.

Prepare a hard-copy document that shows in an easy-to-read, bulleted list your noteworthy achievements over the last year or since you were hired or received your last significant raise or promotion. If you report is half a page or more, use headings and bolding and italics (judiciously) to emphasize the most important information. In most cases, your report should be one page or less; keep the information concise and to the point.

Make sure to show how you have helped your company make money or reduce costs. In your summary highlighting how you have benefited the company, include concrete numbers as much as possible. If you don’t have the numbers right now, do the research needed to get them. Even if you have to estimate, as long as you base your estimates on realistic data, that will work if that’s the best you can do. So, for example, include that you have helped to cut costs by 23 percent or increase revenue by 15 percent. Or note that you have completed 4 top projects an average of two weeks before the deadline and at an average cost of 8 percent under budget (or list the specific information for each). The more solid, specific information you can share, the better.

Choose the right time to make your request. Before you request a raise, be sure you’re aware of the current climate within your company. Have you had layoffs recently? Or have you been able to hire more people? Is upper management working to cut expenses, or is HR spending pretty freely? If there are signs that times are tight, be patient. You’re more likely to have success if you wait till the situation improves.

 

4. Build strong relationships.

You may have heard the saying that it’s not what you know but who you know that matters most. And I think in many cases there is a lot of truth to that. Building your influence within your organization can help you significantly to keep your career (and salary) moving in the right direction. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a suck-up, but you should work to intentionally—and authentically—build good, strong relationships with people of influence within your organization.

One of the best ways you can do this is to ask your manager and influential coworkers what needs exist within your organization, and then actively seek opportunities to help meet those needs. Take the opportunity when it arises (or rather, make the opportunity) to work on high-profile projects, and as mentioned above, be a top performer. And really work to serve and to help other people to succeed, as well. Then with time your name will become known by the right people in the right places.

Take the opportunity to have lunch with influential colleagues in your company and to meet with them in other settings, as well. Make sure that you get some face time with your supervisor or manager from time to time and that they know the contribution you are making to the company.

One of my favorite books on this subject is Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi. In the book he talks about the importance of seeking opportunities to spend time with colleagues and influencers and to also strengthen relationships by doing things like remembering people’s birthdays and then calling them to give them best wishes on that day. Another one of my all-time favorite books that can help you build and strengthen relationships with others is the classic How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

 

5. Consider another option: Move to a different company or sector.

This isn’t one of the four primary tips for earning a raise or promotion, but it is another important point to consider when you are looking to increase your income. In some situations, the best way to earn more income may be to switch companies or even sectors. For example, I work (for my day job) as an editor for a nonprofit organization. And I love what I do—it’s one of the best jobs I could have. Honestly. But though I really enjoy it, I realized about a year and a half ago that the potential for income growth there isn’t great.

I’ve always worked hard and been a good, responsible, diligent, and even passionate employee, but a couple of years ago I wanted to work toward a promotion (which I felt I was ready for, and which given the—admittedly somewhat vague—guidelines we have for job levels I felt I deserved). So I worked extra hard all year, really working to expand my skills even more than normal and to accomplish my work in the best way. And I worked a lot of overtime (which I didn’t get paid for, because I’m on salary). And I did that not just because I wanted a promotion but because I really wanted to show my value. And guess what happened?

My manager agreed that I had earned a promotion, and he made the request to upper management for me to be promoted. I was told that our team was currently too top heavy (too many senior-level editors), and there was no room at this time for advancement. So I tried to take that all in stride and be a good sport, and I figured I would at least get a good raise. But that didn’t happen either. You want to know the difference in the percentage of merit increase I received that year from the year before (and now the year after)? It was .5 percent.

Now, I’m not mad at my company because they are a nonprofit and they have to be fiscally responsible and they don’t make a huge amount of money like for-profit companies sometimes do. And I’m grateful for the opportunity we have to receive annual merit increases at all—I know that’s not the case in many companies. And I’m grateful to be able to love what I do and have a job that I love. Really, I am.

But that experience taught me a valuable lesson: sometimes hard work and dedication and just really giving and doing your best and being passionate about your work aren’t enough. You also have to go where the opportunities are. So though I don’t intend to leave my company for a full-time, corporate job elsewhere, I am pouring all of that passion and energy and extra effort into this blog.

And I’m doing that because personal finance is something I have been passionate about for over 10 years, and when I learned that blogging could actually be profitable (who knew?! Check out these incredible blogger income reports), I decided I’m going to give it my all and see where it takes me.

But it’s not just about the potential for earning a great income—it’s about being able to help people change their lives, which is an opportunity that is so amazing! And being able to create something with your own two hands in order to do that. And it’s also about the flexibility it offers to work when and how I want and the opportunity to work from home so that I can be with my three beautiful young children. For all of those reasons and many more, I’m hoping and working and praying to make this blog a success.

So if you’re in a situation where you feel stuck at your current job, then your best bet may be to look for opportunities elsewhere. And particularly if you are in a situation where you feel you are underpaid or underappreciated, it’s probably time to make a career move. Be careful, though, that this is in fact the reality and that you’re not just looking continually to greener pastures.

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

 

Conclusion

When you feel that it’s time to ask for a raise or promotion, make sure you’re giving your best and that you have documented your contributions to your company to show you deserve it (and that the climate and timing are right), and then go for it!

After all, the worst thing that can happen is that you are told that a raise or promotion isn’t available right now, but then you can talk about when it might be realistic or what you can do to make a raise or promotion become a reality—what specific, concrete steps you can take in the next six months to a year to make it happen.

As long as you make your request with a humble but confident spirit, the discussion can only help your career, no matter the immediate outcome. And if you discover the timing isn’t right, keep fighting and working and moving in that direction.

For more information on how to increase your income, read this article.

 

Have you had success asking for a raise or promotion? Do you have more suggestions for how to make a raise or promotion a reality? I would love to hear your insights! Leave a comment below to share your wisdom!

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Burn 800+ Calories/Hour while You Work with This Awesome Exercise Hack!

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A Great Way to Save Time and Money!

Would you like a way to save time and energy by working out while you work? And would you like a way to burn a ton of calories while you do it? They say that time is money, and when you are doing a side hustle or second job or regular overtime to earn more money, that seems even more true.

Read on to learn an awesome way that you can burn a ton of calories while you work!

 

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Working Out while You Work

As a busy mama of three young children who works full time and also spends many hours a week working to build up this blog, I feel that time is very precious. I am a fairly avid runner (which doesn’t mean I am good at it—that just means I enjoy it as a way to keep in shape 😊), and my favorite way to run by far is to run outside.

But I also live in a place where it’s cold enough during the winter (and smoggy enough) that it’s not really very comfortable to run outside for at least four or five months out of the year (at least, not comfortable for me).

So during that time, I am very grateful for treadmills so that I can keep exercising the way that I want to throughout the winter months.

 

 

Pro tip! Find several budget-friendly treadmills below (a little later in this article) that you can use to make this awesome time-saving hack a reality for you, even if you cannot exercise at work! (You can still save a ton of time each week by exercising while you watch TV, surf the web, pay your online bills, and take care of other needed online tasks!) One of my favorite treadmills featured below is available for just $400 (and it has great customer reviews)!

 

 

 

At my job, one of the awesome perks is an on-site gym, and one of the best things about that on-site gym is this simple, genius invention that make the treadmills, for me, so much better!

 

 

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A Productivity Lifesaver

I enjoy running on treadmills (sometimes :)), but something else I enjoy (in some ways just as much—actually, in some ways more, which is why I’m writing this article) is being able to work while I exercise. And that simple board allows me to do it. This multitasking option is a great way to save time and energy (and make more money)!

One of my talented fellow employees made those boards using his saw, but before we had them, another savvy employee had used a simple foam stepping board, much simpler than but something like this one below. He got it at one of our local thrift stores for $5.

With the awesome treadmills that we have at work, you can do up to a 30% incline. (Tip: Not able to exercise at work? Check out the awesome, budget-friendly treadmills below that you can use at home!) And that means that you can burn a ton more calories than if you were just walking or running without any incline.

But you don’t have to have an incline of anywhere near that to still get an awesome workout. By using an 11.5% incline at 3.2 miles per hour, I am at a speed and a percentage of incline where I can comfortably work while I simultaneously burn away about 800 calories per hour. I usually exercise for about 80 to 90 minutes with a 5- to 10-minute cool-down afterward, and so I generally burn between 1,000 and 1,100 calories exercising each day—while I work! I love it!

And I’m also at a speed where I don’t generally perspire, so I don’t have to take the time to shower and get ready after my workout. I keep the treadmill fan on as I walk, and I think that is what allows me to not perspire (and not wearing heavy sweaters or things like that, so that I don’t get overly warm)—and I just might not perspire as easily as some do.

While I was experimenting with different inclines and speeds to see how many calories they burned per hour, this is the little chart I drafted:

2.5% incline @ 3.3 mph = 400 cal/hr

5% incline @ 3 mph = 480 calories/hr

6.5% incline @ 3.5 mph = 600 cal/hr

10% incline @ 3.1 = 700 cal/hr

11% incline @ 3.1 mph = ~ 750 cal/hr

12.5% incline @ 3.2 mph =  ~ 820 cal/hr

So while I am working away, I’m also burning an amazing number of calories. I generally exercise every weekday during the winter, so that saved hour or more of time each day (more than five hours a week—but for me, really probably closer to 10 hours because of the saved time from also not having to change and shower and do hair and all of that) is huge!

When I learned that I could burn that many calories per hour simply from walking on an inclined treadmill, I was in heaven. I know many of you busy parents could use time savers like this, as well.

 

Healthy Living Program—an Added Incentive to Exercise

Every year we have the opportunity at my work to get a $30 rebate ($30 each for the employee and spouse) when we complete two-month-long wellness challenges. It’s another way my employer encourages us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since you can create the challenges yourself or use the ones they recommend, it’s a pretty great opportunity to both work on the fitness and wellness (they don’t all have to be related to physical fitness, though that is the emphasis) goals that are important to you and to also get a little reward for doing so.

So each year I complete the six wellness challenges for $30 each and the personal health assessment (PHA) for another $70, for a total of a $250 rebate on our annual health insurance premium. My husband completes the health assessment each year as well, and he typically completes a couple of the wellness challenges, so we generally receive a health insurance premium rebate each February of about $300 to $350. I know that’s not a ton of money overall, but given the choice between having an extra $300 or not, I’ll take it! Especially when I receive it for doing something that I should be doing anyway. 😊

 

A Worthwhile Purchase

Often we just use this money as extra fun money since we’re not counting on having it anyway. But sometimes we use this rebate for health-related purchases—for example, we purchased our last treadmill (which we bought used for a good price several years ago but which eventually broke) with that money. And that’s what we’ve intended to do with the money we received back last year and the money we will receive this year.

Our gym at work is pretty new (we’ve had it for only a little over a year), and when I was first introduced to these awesome inclined treadmills, I thought it would be a great idea to buy one. And I thought that if we saved the money we earned from our rebates for a couple of years (and throw in a couple of hundred extra dollars, if needed) to buy one, that would be a great way to spend the money.

So that’s what we intend to do once we receive the rebate in February (next month). And we will definitely be getting a stepping board or something like it so that my husband and I can type away on a laptop while we’re walking on the treadmill. And then I will be able to burn thousands of calories each week while I’m working on this blog! Win!

Do you have a similar wellness or living healthy program at work? If so, are you taking advantage of it to improve your health (the biggest reward) and earn a little extra cash (a fun side benefit)? If you don’t have a wellness program, is your company large enough that doing something like that would be feasible? Consider asking your manager or HR representative if it is a benefit that could be added.

 

A Few Budget-Friendly Treadmill Options

There are quite a few good options for treadmills with at least a 12% incline and that go up to 12 miles per hour. We may get on the local online classified and buy a gently used one, or knowing that we intend to use it for years to come, we may go to Target or Walmart or Amazon and order a new one.

We would definitely be looking to spend $1,000 or less, even for a new one. So here are a few of the options we might consider if we were buying a new one:

  • The ProForm 705 CST Treadmill, available from Amazon right now for $799. It has up to a 12% incline and a speed of up to 12 miles per hour.
  • The Proform 905 CST Treadmill, available on Amazon right now for $799, with 12% incline and speed of up to 12 miles per hour.
  • The Schwinn 830 Treadmill, which goes up to 12 miles per hour and has up to a 12% incline, and which is currently selling at $959 on Amazon.
  • The NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill, which also has a 12% incline and goes up to 12 miles per hour, and which is currently available for $795.

If you don’t want to spend quite that much money and you’re OK with a little bit less of an incline, there are even more options. Here are a few of them:

  • The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill has a 10% incline and speed of up to 10 miles per hour, and it is currently available from Amazon for $599.
  • The NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill has a 10% incline and speed of up to 10 miles per hour, and it is currently available from Amazon for $799.
  • The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515 Smart Treadmill has a speed of up to 8 miles per hour and up to a 12% incline. If you don’t intend to run super fast (8 miles per hour is about as fast as I ever go), this may be a great option for you. And Amazon has a sale on this treadmill for 43% off right now—only $399.99 (a $300 savings!), free shipping included. That is a great deal, and this treadmill has great reviews!

And of course, if you are willing to buy used you might be able to find a great deal from your local online classified or from Amazon or a similar site. Actually, if you are willing to be patient and keep looking, I’m sure you will eventually find a great deal. 😊

Your Own Work-Exercise Multitasking

If you don’t currently have a gym at your workplace, do you work for an employer who would let you set up something like this, a treadmill with a simple laptop board? Would your company spend $1,000 or less to buy a treadmill that you could share, and get an inexpensive laptop board (or even a stepping board), so that those who wanted to could take turns exercising while they work? Why not find out? Why not try to kill two birds with one stone?

If having a treadmill with laptop board isn’t an option at work and you don’t currently have a treadmill (or don’t have a treadmill with an incline) in your home, perhaps you would be interested in purchasing one of these treadmills so that you can be on your laptop and get a great workout while you work, surf the web, or watch shows online. And if you are one of the people who is fortunate enough to be able to work from home (or work from home some of the time), then you could get fit while saving a ton of time each week by using an inclined treadmill with a laptop

 

Conclusion

If you’re in a situation where time is a rare commodity (and who isn’t?!) and you feel that working out while you work is a great option for you, then look into getting one of these inclined treadmills and an inexpensive laptop board! They’re an awesome combination!

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11 Ways Bloggers Make Incredible Incomes

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How Bloggers Make Money

In this article I am going to share some of the best ways that bloggers make money. Read on to learn 11 ways that bloggers can make incredible incomes working from home—or anywhere!

 

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How do bloggers make money?

One of the reasons that blogging is such a great job is that there are many different ways that bloggers can make money. Blogging is an awesome career because it can provide multiple streams of income, and many of them are passive methods of earning money once you do the initial work.

Having multiple streams of income is important because sometimes, as many business owners learn the hard way, the environment changes or customer sentiment changes, and what was once an excellent stream of income slows down or even dries up.

So the more ways that you can monetize your blog, the less any one particular means of income affects your overall earnings.

There are many potential means of earning income as a blogger, and in this article I discuss 11 of the most common and profitable ways to earn income with a blog.

 

How bloggers make money through affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money as a blogger.

Affiliate marketing is where you earn money (a commission) by recommending products and services to other people. The person who recommends the product or service is called an affiliate (sometimes also called a publisher).

You can earn an amazing income through affiliate marketing. It was actually through reading the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who makes a substantial income through affiliate marketing (over $50,000 per month), that I first realized the incredible earning potential of blogging in general and affiliate marketing in particular.

And when I decided that I was going to go all in and give blogging my best effort to see if I could become a full-time blogger, Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the first course that I bought.

In the course, Michelle walks you through the basics of affiliate marketing and the best ways to make money through affiliate marketing.

If you believe that starting a blog (or even using Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or Instagram or other social media sites) to earn income is something you would enjoy and be good at, then I strongly recommend that you take Michelle’s course and incorporate affiliate marketing as one of your methods of generating income.

 

 How bloggers make money through ads with private advertisers

Advertising can be a great way to earn money with your blog, especially if you have a lot of visitor traffic. If you prefer, you can work with companies directly to advertise on your blog. This takes more effort than working with ad networks (described below), but the potential income could also be more.

 

How bloggers make money with ads through ad networks

If you prefer to work with ad networks rather that working directly with private companies, there are many available. Here are three of the most popular ones:
Google AdSense. This is Google’s basic ad network, and it’s a great option for beginning bloggers because you don’t have to have a certain amount of monthly traffic to participate.
Media.net. Media.net can be comparable in compensation to Google AdSense. They don’t have a minimum page view requirement as far as I have been able to find. You can find their program guidelines here.
Mediavine. You can apply to join Mediavine when you have at least 25,000 page views per month. Mediavine is the ad network that I have partnered with, and they have amazing customer service! Seriously—they have the best customer service I think I have ever seen with a company. They really want to help you succeed. And that makes sense—because when you succeed, they succeed. 🙂 Not only do they help with tech issues, but they help you know how to best optimize your pages and your site for ad revenue. They are awesome!
AdThrive. With AdThrive, you need to have a minimum of 100,000 page views per month.

 

How bloggers make money with sponsored posts

With sponsored posts, a company pays you to write an article promoting their products or services.

For this means of income to be successful, it is helpful (though not always necessary) to have a large audience. One couple who make an awesome income from writing sponsored posts are Heather and Pete Reese of It’s a Lovely Life. They make over $30,000 a month from their blog, and most of that income is from sponsored posts.

 

How bloggers make money with guest posting

Guest posting is another way that you can make money blogging.

Though many blog owners give other bloggers the opportunity to guest post on their blog primarily to offer a new and fresh voice to their readers and to have additional content that they themselves don’t have to write, some blogs actually do pay for guest posts.

You can find a list of 121 blogs that pay for guest posts here.

 

How bloggers make money with webinars

Also known as a web conference, a webinar is a seminar held over the internet.

Creating webinars can be another great method to earn online income, either through the webinar itself (by charging people to attend the webinar to learn the content), or by using the webinar to introduce people to you and your brand and in that way drive sales of a product or service that you offer.

 

How bloggers make money with paid content (selling memberships or subscriptions)

If you have the type of content on your site that people will be willing to pay for, having a paid membership or subscription site can be an effective way to monetize.

For example, if you have a health and fitness website, you might charge a monthly membership fee to participate in fitness challenges or programs that can help people stay motivated to get in better shape.

Or if you can effectively teach others how to run their businesses and make money, that is another potential model for making money through a membership or subscription site.

 

How bloggers make money with digital or physical products

Another method of earning money as a blogger that has amazing income potential is selling either digital or physical products (or both). In fact, some authors and business owners create blogs for the primary purpose of selling their products.

Books. Since bloggers write for a living, authoring a book or ebook is of course naturally a good fit for many of them.

In fact, many bloggers create the content for their book largely from the content of their blog articles. For an excellent resource for how to publish your first ebook, I recommend Suzi Whitford’s Ebook by Number course, where she walks you step by step through the process.

Everything that Suzi does is awesome! I’ve purchased all of her courses now (she has many of them; perhaps 8 or 10 or more?), and they are well worth the money! She is a fun, engaging teacher who really knows her stuff and who teaches in a way that you can easily learn and follow along.

Templates. Templates, when done well, can be a great time saver. Bloggers can market and sell templates for creating books, writing emails, creating opt-in offers, and more. I have purchased some of these templates myself for various aspects of blogging. 🙂 They help to make getting things done quicker and easier!

Courses. Sometimes an online course is a natural extension of a great book (or even various blog posts) you have written.

Online courses can be another great method for online income. Once you have written one or more books, you can look at expanding that content into online courses using platforms such as Teachable, Thinkific, and Udemy.

To learn how to turn your book into a course, I recommend Suzi’s online Course by Number that walks you step by step through the process of creating and launching your first online course. Again, I love the way that Suzi teaches because she is warm and engaging. She really knows her stuff, but she teaches in a non-techy way that makes learning easy.

Merchandise. Creating merchandise can be another profitable (and fun!) way to monetize your blog. Common merchandise bloggers sell include T-shirts, mugs, hats, and other similar paraphernalia, but other products include planners and calendars, for example

One blogger who has made an awesome income from selling products is Rosemarie Groner of the Busy Budgeter website. She now makes over $100,000 a month, and much of that income is from selling the products (primarily digital books) she has created. Another example is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents, who sells an online affiliate marketing course (that I have taken and highly recommend if you want to learn how to make an awesome income through affiliate marketing!). She also makes over $100,000 a month, as do bloggers Heather and Pete Reese of It’s a Lovely Life. Pretty incredible.           

How bloggers make money with related services

Many bloggers, especially initially, supplement their incomes by offering services such as doing freelance writing or by working as virtual assistants.

Until your blog is making a consistent full-time income, this is a great way to get both additional experience and more exposure to your blog.

Would you be interested in being a virtual assistant? This is a relatively new field, and one where you can develop your skills in one (or more) of several different directions.

The pay can be great, and you can take on as much or as little work as you would like in order to work the number of hours that fit your current schedule. If you’re interested in making a great income as a virtual assistant, I recommend taking the course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success by VA pro Gina Horkey, which has excellent reviews.

And if you love Pinterest, the course Become a Pinterest VA Today by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might just be a great option for you.

 

How bloggers make money with public speaking

One reason that some people get into blogging is to establish credibility in their field.

And once that credibility is achieved and the person has a trusted voice in the particular community, public speaking opportunities may become available.

If you have enough authority in your particular area, public speaking can be a great money maker.

 

How bloggers make money with private bootcamps

A bootcamp is an organized effort where you work with clients who have signed up to accomplish a particular goal in a certain amount of time.

So, for instance, if you write a health and fitness blog, you might offer a weight loss bootcamp where you work with a group of individuals to work out and eat healthy and use portion control and so on in order to help them lose weight (perhaps a certain percentage of their body weight) within a specified time period, such as three months.

This can be both a fun and very rewarding way to earn money and can allow you to form deeper relationships with your clients as you work together to reach a common goal.

 

Conclusion

There are many great reasons to join the blogosphere—and the potential to earn a great income is only one of them!

Even if you think you don’t have anything unique or noteworthy to contribute, that’s not true! Your voice and your experiences and perspective are an important addition.

So if you have a message you want to share, if you enjoy writing and want to help people to change and improve their lives, and if you love the other benefits of blogging like the limitless (passive) earning potential and flexible schedule and autonomy, then give blogging a try!

You can read more about the benefits of blogging here.

I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever!) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money! And I love it because you totally work on your own schedule, from anywhere you want!

Read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some fascinating income reports of bloggers here. Some of these bloggers make $20,000, $50,000, $100,000, or $200,000 or more a month. It’s amazing!

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :D) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to make money.

 

Are you interested in making money as a blogger? Which of these methods do you think would work best for you? I would love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment below and let me know!

 

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