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We could all use a bit (or a lot!) of extra money, right? Especially during the holidays after our checking accounts took severe hits from Christmas shopping.
But how? We have given you ideas on how to make extra money, like through Swagbucks, but what about ways to save more, in general?
1. “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”
Yes, just as it sounds, finance advisor and entrepreneur Ramit Sethi has all kinds of ways to show us how to be rich, including advising us on how we can make $1,000 more a month—starting right now.
Sethi’s website and New York Times bestselling book are both titled “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” and he uses “psychology and systems to live a Rich Life,” his website says. He suggests people to do everything from start an online business to pursue their dream job. Sounds good to us!
2. Mechanical Turk
Mechanical… what? This is a program through Amazon where you sign up to do tasks—which you can do while vegging out on the couch.
Although many of the “tasks” are a few cents, all those add up and, the more you do, the more dollars you can earn per hour.
When you sign up to be a Zirtual Assistant (ZA), you do various tasks for people… virtually, like answer emails, create itineraries, order gifts online, and a plethora of others. According to Glassdoor, the pay scale is approximately $11.48 per hour.
Are you a photographer in your spare time? After all, everyone is these days, right? Professional or not, you can sell your photos to Fotolia.
First, upload them, and if someone is interested in buying the rights, you will get part of the money. Pretty cool (and simple), huh? Not bad, considering some tasks may be simpler than others and you don’t have to leave your house!
NerdWallet is like your own financial guru. The site can help you compare things like credit cards and checking accounts to auto and health insurance.
“We’ve built NerdWallet into the source for information, insight and consumer-driven advice about personal finance. Because you shouldn’t pay for what you don’t know,” says their website. So helpful… and free! (The magic word!)
I think this site is fascinating, not to mention simple to use. In the past, we’ve told you how to save $5 a day, but this brings things to a whole new level. You type in what you need done—like writing—and results come up (186 in my example here).
Then, the type of writing is broken down: creative writing, proofreading, etc. And that is just one thing on the site! People advertise lots of ways to help you, everything from creating a WordPress website for you (for only $5) to creating a logo for your company (also $5).
But I know—you want to make money, not spend it! When you click on “Start Selling” in the upper right hand corner, you sign up with your email address and can then start posting “Gigs,” as they call them. The best part is, it costs nothing to post.
I did a test one for proofreading emails and it took me just a couple minutes to do so. It’s worth a shot, right? And you can have multiple listings up at once, so it’s a win-win.
Photo by 401(K) 2013