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10 Ways to Make Extra Money this Year

10 Ways to Make Extra Money This Year

There are great ways to supplement your income from the comfort of your very own home. Online job opportunities are varied and you can find work that will not only help you earn some extra cash, but can also provide opportunities to master a new skill or utilize your expertise or interests.

So, whether you are looking to add a few dollars to your bank account to pay off some debt, save for a vacation, or if you are in-between jobs and need some cash, these resources can help you get you on your way to making money today.


  1. Test Websites & Apps

Businesses that are creating new apps or launching new websites will pay you to provide feedback about their functionality and design.  Two sites that offer these types of jobs are UserTesting and Analysia.

UserTesting – UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud. Get $10 via PayPal for every 20-minute video you complete.

Analysia –Complete tasks per instructions on a website. This session will be recorded, your screen and audio will be saved. Tasks typically take about 15 minutes. Get paid $10 via Paypal.


  1. Take Surveys

Survey sites abound on the internet and you can make money offering your opinion on any number of topics for market research.  Here are several of my favorite survey sites:

Branded Surveys – Branded surveys offers a variety of surveys every day that you can qualify for easily and they pay fairly well. With a low cash out of $10, you can quickly make a few bucks every week.

Vindale Research – Vindale Research has some of the highest paying surveys in the industry. Sign up today and get a $2 bonus and get matched with surveys right away.

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  1. Create Slogans for Businesses

Think you might have a knack for writing creative slogans? Put your creativity to work by writing catchy slogans for companies and get paid.

SloganSlingers – Compete in slogan contests for companies. Winners make between $200-$999 per contest.

GetaSlogan – Sign up for a free account and submit slogans for as many slogan contests as you would like. As you win slogan contests or make it to the final round, your level will improve. The level is important because contests with higher rewards are only available to writers with higher levels.


  1. Tutor

Are you good at helping students with homework in a particular subject or subjects?  Are you a college graduate or have expertise in an area of study? If so, online tutoring may be a good way to make some extra cash.

Chegg Tutors – Chegg online tutors make $20+ an hour.  Work with all student levels: middle and high school, college students and professionals. Chegg is also very flexible and tutors choose when they work. – To become a tutor at you must be able to tutor at least five hours a week. Applicants must be a college sophomore or higher, or have a degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian University.


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  1. Proofread

Are you a great editor and an ace at grammar?  Online proofreading/editing jobs will pay you to help polish content, including looking for and correcting typographical errors in grammar, style and spelling. – Apply for online proofreading jobs with competitive pay.

Gramlee – Gramlee is looking for work from home editors. Gramlee’s editors edit for structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation, brevity, and overall readability.


  1. Get Paid to Answer Questions & Share Your Expertise

If you have expert knowledge in a particular field, these sites will pay you to answer customer’s questions.

JustAnswer – Apply to be an expert in one of 175+ categories. Application includes submitting a diploma, state license, or certification in the area(s) you choose.

PrestoExperts – Get paid to answer questions online, through e-mail, or via phone. PrestoExperts specializes in tutoring, counseling, technology and programming, as well as many others to choose from.


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  1. Work as a Transcriptionist

If you are good typist and are accurate you can earn money transcribing audio clips in your free time. – Transcribers start at $20 per audio hour.  No experience is necessary and TranscribeMe has a free training program. – hires freelance transcriptionists, caption writers and translators.  Transcriptionists make up to $0.65 per audio minute and caption writers make up to $0.75 per audio minute.


  1. Become and E-Juror

Individuals serve as mock jurors to give an attorney the opportunity to “pre-try” the case before it goes to trial in front of an actual jury at the courthouse.

eJury – Qualifications include be at least 18 years of age; be a citizen of the United States; be able to read and write; have never been convicted of a felony; among others.

OnlineVerdict – Online Jurors and review cases for payment of $20 to $60 per case. Sign up in the juror database and when your profile matches a lawyer’s need you will be invited to provide feedback on cases.


  1. Grade English Proficiency Tests

Scoring English proficiency tests of foreign students is another great way to earn extra cash on the side. Scorers can make up to $25 an hour.  Graders must have a four-year college degree and pass proficiency tests and other training.

EditFast – Must have a 4-year degree in any subject and pass English grammar, spelling, and syntax tests and provide a written essay.  Pays $18-$25 an hour.


  1. Record Voice-Overs

Why not put your voice to work for you? There is a market for voice-over work for a variety of different projects from audio books, movie trailers, documentaries and variety of business needs. Check out these sites that help connect you with voice over work: – allows you to create a free profile and voice demo for those looking for voice over talent. Members can also search for jobs and submit audition recordings for voice over work.

VoiceBunny – Successful applicants will have samples of their work shared with thousands of clients. Voice artists can set their own rates.


What are some of the unique ways you will be making money online or from home this year?  I’d love to hear from you!

8 Apps that Pay You to Exercise

8 Apps that Pay You to Exercise Let’s face it, sometimes it can be a real challenge to get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity in every week. From work to running around taking care of the family, it can sometime seem hard to squeeze in a 20 or 30 minute workout. However, there is an ever-expanding crop of mobile apps that will incentivize you or allow you to incentivize yourself to be more physically active.   

In other words, these apps will pay you to exercise!  How great is that? And there have been some studies which suggest that incentivizing works. A 2008 Journal of the American Medical Association (“JAMA”) study found those who have a financial incentive to lose weight were almost five times more likely to reach their target than dieters with no money at stake.

Here are a few apps to get you started:

1.  Pact – Pact is an app that uses cash stakes to help you achieve your health goals. Each week, you make a “pact” to eat healthier or exercise more. You set what you’ll pay other members if you don’t reach your goal.  Use the app to track your progress and you get paid when you achieve your goals, by members who don’t.  

2. HealthyWage – Healthy Wage is an app that rewards you for losing weight. After you’ve signed up for an account, you can use HealthyWage’s calculator to determine how much your winnings would be based on your weight loss goal. Next you place a monthly monetary bet that you set based on the time you have set to lose the weight and how much you’d like to win. You just have to stay on track and once you meet your goal, you collect winnings.   

HealthyWage has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show and other national media outlets.   

HealthyWage allows you to participate individually or with a team.

3. DietBet – Once you join DietBet  you can choose from games starting soon, or start your own and challenge your friends. To begin you’ll put money in the pot. After four weeks, whoever’s lost 4% of their body weight will split the pot. Before the game starts, you will do a weigh-in that is verified by a DietBet process.  

There are three different levels of DietBet:   

  • Kickstarter where you are challenged to loose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks.   
  • Transformer where you are challenged to loose 10% of your body weight in 6 months.  
  • Maintainer where you are rewarded for keeping your weight off for 12 months.   

For the Kickstarter level, the average bet is $30 and winners receive 1.5 to 2x their bet on average. The Transformer and Maintainer levels have set bet amounts.   

DietBet has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, US Weekly, the Today Show and other national media outlets. 

4. StepBet – Once you sign up, you can join a game that is starting soon. You’ll place a bet (most bets are around $40) on yourself to meet your personalized step goals during every week of the game, and win money if you do. The winners split the pot. Most games last 6 weeks. 

5. Wellcoin – Wellcoin is an app that rewards your for hundreds of healthy activities.  You can redeem Wellcoins for goods, services in deals through their rewards store.   

6. Achievement – Achievement rewards you for the healthy activities you are already doing.  Simply connect your fitness trackers / apps (they are compatible with over 40) and get rewarded.  You get $10 for every 10,000 points.   

7. Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices – Connect your fitness trackers to the Walgreens Balance Rewards app and you can earn rewards for activities such as walking/exercising, blood pressure readings, weight check-ins and more.   

8. FatBet – FatBet is like the other wager apps that motivate people to lose weight. Once you sign up for FatBet, Set your weight-loss goal, enter dates, and create a FatBet wager. Send others a FatBet challenge. Once the FatBet ends those who reach their goals win and those who don’t pay the FatBet wager.  

If you feel like you need a little more motivation to get healthier, I hope you’ll consider these apps. If you have other apps that help incentivize your diet or exercise plan, be sure and share them with us!

15 Money Saving Apps for Christmas Shopping

15 Money Saving Apps for Christmas Shopping There’s no doubt that Santa has made his list and he’s in the process of checking it twice for this Christmas, but how far have you actually gotten in buying all those gifts for friends, coworkers and loved ones?

Check out these free apps to get the best deals this Christmas and even put a little money back in your wallet.

EbatesEbates pays you cash back at more than 2,000 stores. They also include many store coupons and offers so that you can stack your savings. They have a great website with many of the offers and deals there, an app that you can use in-store and a cash back browser extension that will remind you of cash back offers when you are purchasing from a participating online retailer. This is one of my favorite sites. Sign up today and earn $10 after your first purchase! (Read my review of Ebates here.)

Amazon Prime – Amazon Prime is Amazon’s subscription service that it no less than awesome! You sign up for the service which runs around $100 per year. With it, you get free shipping, guaranteed 2 day arrival on most items, access to free movies and TV shows, free AmazonMusic, and so much more. The free shipping during Christmas season makes the subscription a steal. Oh and did I mention you can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial! Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.

ShopSavvyShopSavvy allows you to scan a barcode of an item and get promotions and prices of that item from retailers locally, so that you can find the best price. You can also price compare with thousands on online retailers as well.

Shopkick – How would you like to earn rewards just by walking into the door at one of your favorite retailers? Shopkick pays you in “kicks” which are reward points just for visiting retailers within its network. You can also earn kicks for making purchases and for scanning the barcodes on certain items in the store. You can cash your kicks in for gift cards for your favorite stores.   (Read my review of Shopkick here.)

MyPointsMyPoints works similarly to Ebates. You can shop online at the more than 2,000 stores in the network and earn points, which you can later cash in for gift cards or a cash payout using Paypal. I prefer to use the website, rather than the app, because it is simpler and there are a lot more features. You can also earn points through completing surveys, by reading email promotions and completing daily polls. (Read my review of MyPoints here.)

OfferUp – The OfferUp app allows you to buy and sell items locally. You can list items using your mobile phone. You know who you are buying from and selling to through reputation and safety features offered through the app. You can also communicate with buyers/sellers securely using the app.

RetailMeNotRetailMeNot has all the coupons, coupon codes, cash back offers, free shipping offers and more for all your favorite retailers in one place. So before you shop online or in-store check out the app or webpage for the best deals! You can also sign up for their emails to get deals delivered to your inbox.

Walmart Savings CatcherWalmart’s Savings Catcher app allows you to scan your Walmart recipet and the app will search all the national retailers in your area for cheaper prices on the items you just purchased. If you paid more at Walmart then the app will refund you the difference, which you can cash out on a gift card. I love this app!

ReceiptPalReceiptPal rewards you for taking photos of your receipts with their app. They use the information in market research and reward you 25 points for every receipt. You can also email them receipts from online purchases you’ve made as well. You can cash out your points for gift cards to use at your favorite stores.

QMee RewardsQMee Rewards has a web browser extension and an app. I prefer the web browser extension. Once you install the web browser extension, QMee pays you for clicking on ads when you are surfing the internet. It seems to work best when you are browsing on popular retail sites (like Amazon), but I’ve also been rewarded when I’ve searched for financial and travel related info as well. You can cash out immediately. There is no minimum.

Geek – Purchase the latest gadgets, electronics, phone accessories, and much more at 50 – 80% off retail prices with Geek.

Cute – Get trending makeup and beauty products at 50-90% OFF retail with Cute. Get the best deals on cosmetics, fragrances, skincare, hair care and other beauty accessories.

Target Cartwheel – Search, browse or scan items for offers and savings. Click to add offers using your phone, and scan your personalized barcode on the phone at the checkout line.

Swagbucks – Earn points by shopping using Swagbucks that you can cash in for gift cards. Swagbucks also rewards you for trying free offers, completing polls and surveys and much more. Add some extra cash to your wallet this holiday season. (Find more sites like Swagbucks here!)

Santa’s BagSanta’s Bag is a shopping list manager that allows you to add recipients, upload receipts, set budgets, plan gifts, create wishlists and shopping lists. Update and share progress and so much more.

Raise – Shop for thousands of discounted gift cards at your favorite brands.  You can also sell your old gift cards for cash. Save up to 30% on your favorite brands! Celebrate the season without the big price tag!


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Make Extra Money at Treasure Trooper

Treasure Trooper I love it when I discover a new moneymaking opportunity! There’s nothing like finding a new site that allows you to earn cash from doing simple tasks or participating in free offers or surveys.

And I love to share my new finds with you. I’ve been writing about making cash from online sites for quite a while now. If you’ve followed me you know that some of my favorite sites to consistently earn cash are Mintvine and Inboxdollars, Sendearnings and Hits4Pay!

Well this new site, Treasure Trooper, is right up there with them.

Read my review of Mintvine here. 

Treasure Trooper provides several opportunities for members to make cash. First of all you get $1 when your register for a free account. Then there are other tasks that you get rewarded for such as linking your Twitter and Facebook accounts. These actions are optional but I’d recommend linking your accounts because every time you share on social media your referral link is included.

One you’ve signed up you can earn from several different ways. You can complete offers for cash. Offers range from free information on a variety of subjects, to trial offers, subscriptions, credit cards and a host of others. Each offer has an upfront beside it that you’ll be paid upon successfully completing it.

Treasure Trooper also offers short paid surveys you can complete and paid studies. The surveys and studies rang in pay from $0.75 to $15 and each one tells you how long it should take you to complete so that you can gage whether the pay is worth your time or not.

Other interesting ways to earn cash at Treasure Trooper are through cash calls, cash video and cash radio. Cash calls offer participants the opportunity to earn cash by speaking with certain advertisers and asking questions about their products or services. Cash video and radio are fairly straightforward. You are rewarded when you watch videos or listen to the radio through the Treasure Trooper site.

You can also earn through downloading mobile apps on your phone, completing daily polls and through other activities.

One of the best things about Treasure Trooper is their robust referral program. You can earn significant cash by referring others to the site. They have four referral levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond. Each level provides significant rewards and bonuses. At the first (Bronze) level you earn 20% of the money that your referrals make and 5% of the money that their referrals make. The site also has great banners and other information to incorporate into your blog or website’s affiliate marketing plans.

I’ve enjoyed earning cash through all the ways that Treasure Trooper has to offer and the site has a low $20 payout threshold too. Try it out and tell us what you think in the comment section below and remember to share your money making sites with us as well!

Paid to Read Email® Offers Several Ways to Earn Cash

Paid to Read Email®

Paid to Read Email®

I love very easy ways to earn extra cash. Even more than that, I love websites that give me multiple ways to easily earn extra cash. That’s why I’m very pleased with a relatively new discovery for me – the website “Paid to Read Email®”.

Paid to Read Email® is an online reward community that has been around since 2005. It reminds me of several of my favorite reward communities that I use on a consistent basis to earn lots of cash – Mintvine, Inboxdollars & SendEarnings.

Read my review of Mintvine here.  

The premise is fairly simple. Sign up with a free account and Paid to Read Email® will give you a $3.00 sign up bonus. You’ll begin to receive paid email offers in your email every day. They are simply emails advertising a product or service that you click on to read and you are automatically incentivized with a cash reward. This is anywhere from one to ten cents per email. Some of the emails will advertise additional incentives if you sign up for a service or buy the particular product being advertised.

Check out another great site to earn cash here! 

There are currently eight (8) offer categories to choose from: books, electronics, entertainment, family, financial, health, mobile and travel. The offers vary from signing up for book clubs to checking out car insurance rates and much more. Each incentive is posted for each offer and if there are any additional terms they are also presented for each offer. Currently offers are paying anywhere from $0.50 to $8.00 per offer, but this could be even higher because the offers constantly change.

Another way to earn is by completing surveys. Paid to Read Email® has a survey router that notifies you of surveys that best fit your profile. Surveys generally take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to complete and the pay ranges from $.50 to $10.00 per survey. They, like offers, are constantly being updated.

Cash back offers on their shopping portal is another way you can earn money using the site. Basically, you visit the shopping tab and online stores are listed with the cash back opportunity. For example, Banana Republic might be offering 5% cash back. You simply click on that offer and it will take you to Banana Republic. Once you make a purchase, your account will be credited with the 5% cash back. This works much like cash back sites like Ebates.

Read my review of Ebates here. 

Paid to Read Email® also has a section where you can print out coupons to use when you shop and they have a point section that will allow you to earn points for completing tasks. These points can then be converted into rewards such as Amazon gift cards.

My favorite way to make money from the site is through referring others. You make 15% of referrals’ earnings for completing offers, taking surveys and shopping online – for life.

Once you sign up at Paid to Read Email®, they will provide you a unique referral link you can post on your website, email to your friends or share on social media. Of course, the more referrals you gain the more cash you earn.

Once your earnings reach $15 you can cash out. Commissions are paid via Paypal within three days.

I urge you to get your free account (and free $3) at Paid to Read Email® today. The relatively low required earnings threshold in order to get a payout, combined with a stellar referral program and a variety of EASY ways to earn make this a pretty great site to make some extra cash each month.

What are your favorite sites to earn extra cash? Tell us about them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!

10 Companies Hiring Virtual Assistants

10 Companies Hiring Virtual Assistants More and more companies, small start-ups and busy executives are utilizing the resources of a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are individuals who provide professional administrative, technical, and creative services to an individual or company from a remote location.

Virtual assistants’ duties might include scheduling appointments for busy executives, routing important emails for clients, organizing expenses, booking travel and any number of clerical duties.

As you can imagine,

Companies offering virtual assistant services are growing as well. This opens up more secure and legitimate avenues for individuals who may want to work remotely.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a virtual assistant, here are some companies that offer services and hire virtual assistants who can work from home.

While I’ve made every attempt to do my due diligence to verify the information from each of these companies, I strongly urge you to do your own research. The information provided is not an endorsement of any company, but rather should serve as a starting point in your process of learning about virtual assistant jobs.

Virtual Assistant Companies

1. Virtually Speaking, LLC–Virtually Speaking, LLC was founded by Renee Novak 2015. Virtually Speaking offers U.S. based virtual assistants for small businesses.

Virtually Speaking LLC hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Calendar Management
  • Email Management
  • Travel Planning
  • Make Reservations/Appointments
  • Basic Computer Tasks
  • Research
  • Order Gifts

Virtually Speaking, LLC also offers services for a Specialized Virtual Assistant. Specialized virtual assistants offer specialization in areas such as: Payroll, Social Media Management, Legal and more.

Among Virtually Speaking’s requirements are an Associate Degree or higher. Check out the other requirements and how to apply here.


2. Zirtual – Zirtual is one of the better-known virtual assistants companies. They offer U.S. based virtual assistants who are college educated. They specialize in providing support for entrepreneurs, professionals and small teams.

Zirtual hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Research
  • Copywriting
  • Marketing
  • Email Management
  • Scheduling
  • Travel arrangements
  • Personal (appointments, events, expense management, and more)

Zirtual is hiring individuals who can offer impeccable service delivered in a friendly, professional manner. Individuals must have at least an Associate’s Degree. Check out the other requirements and how to apply here.  (Note: Zirtual is part of the platform and the application link takes you to the main page.)


3. Redbutler – Redbutler focuses on offering executive professional administrative support that’s scalable. So, they offer customized support for individuals, teams or for a company’s workforce.

Redbutler hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Email Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Travel Planning
  • Making Calls
  • Expense Management
  • Proofreading & Editing
  • Social Media Management

To apply with Redbutler, visit their application portal here.


4. VMG Virtual Assistant – VMG hires virtual assistants for on-demand tasks for various clients.

VMG hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • IT & Programing
  • Writing, Editing & Translation
  • Administrative Support
  • Web Development
  • Customer Service
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Graphic Design

VMG offers flexible full-time and part-time jobs. Individuals with varying degrees of experience and skills may apply. See more of their requirements and benefits on their application page.


5. 24/7Virtual Assistant – 24/7Virtual Assistant is a Georgia based company that offers virtual assistants for clients all over the world.

24/7 Virtual Assistant hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service Support
  • Book Keeping
  • Data Mining
  • Email Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Sales
  • Live Support
  • Real Estate
  • Web Development

24/7 Virtual Assistant says their average pay is between $10-$12 per hour and it depends on skill level and client’s requirement. Applicants who can speak a second language are in demand as well. To learn more and apply, check out their career page.


6. TimeEtc – TimeEtc is a virtual assistant company that’s been around since 2007. They offer U.S. based, dedicated virtual assistants for entrepreneurs.

TimeEtc hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Admin & Organizing
  • Writing
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Researching
  • Selling

TimeEtc hires freelancers with various skill sets who want flexibility to work regular, ongoing work. Visit their freelance page to learn more.


7. Worldwide101 – Worldwide101 offers virtual assistant services specifically with small-business owners in mind.

Worldwide 101 hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Executive Admin Services
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Project Management
  • Customer Service

Worldwide 101 also hires virtual assistants for Specialized Services such as:

  • Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing
  • Book Keeping
  • Transcription
  • Multilingual Services

Worldwide101 is looking for individuals who have a strong professional background in administration, customer service, marketing, or project management, an interest in learning new skills, and a stable home-office environment. Read more about working with Worldwide101 on their career page.


8. eaHELP – eaHELP is a Virtual Executive Assistant company that was created in 2010. eaHELP works with corporations, C-level executives, and small business owners.

eaHELP hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Email Management
  • Admin Support
  • Calendar Management
  • Coordinate Projects
  • Research

eaHELP also hires Social Media virtual assistants to help clients to:

  • Execute Social Media Strategy
  • Manage Digital Content
  • Promote Events


eaHELP is looking for Virtual Executive Assistants who specialize in supporting senior-level management clientele. To learn more, visit the career page.


9. Fancy Hands – Fancy Hands is a New York based virtual assistant company that hires virtual assistants to complete tasks for its huge cadre of clients. Virtual Assistants are paid per completed task.

Fancy Hands hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Research
  • Travel Management
  • Purchasing
  • Personal Assistant Services
  • Admin Services

Fancy Hands is hiring virtual assistants who have high-speed internet, can use common websites and software and are great on the phone and doing internet research. Virtual Assistants are paid between $2.50 to $7 per task and go up from there. Find out more on their job site.


10. OkayRelax – OkayRelax is a task-based virtual assistant company based in Tampa that was created in 2015. They also offer dedicated virtual assistants.

OkayRelax hires virtual assistants to help clients with:

  • Administrative Tasks
  • Research
  • Reservations
  • Travel Planning
  • Schedule Management
  • Activity Recommendation

OkayRelax is hiring college-educated individuals. Once selected prospective virtual assistants undergo a training program. Find out more on their career page.

What virtual assistant companies do you have experience with?  We’d love to know.  Share in the comments below.

30 Ways to Make Extra Money

A new year brings reflection and resolutions.  Often, it also brings bills and debt from the holiday season.  The beginning of the year is very good time to set some realistic goals about improving your financial situation.  Perhaps you are also hoping to utilize or sharpen a skill along the way and be able to make some extra cash in the process. Whatever your situation, right now is a perfect time to begin utilizing some of the suggestions below to supplement your income or segue onto a new career path.  2016 is the year for you to make your move!  Check out these 30 ideas for making money online, from home and on the side.   30 Ways to Make Extra Money in 2016

  1. Complete freelance jobs.  Check out websites like Speedlancer, Elance, Fiverr and others and market your skills for projects such as web design, project management, editing, logo and graphic design.

  2. Rent yourself out as a friend and show newbies the sites around town, or become a gym buddy using the online service Rent a Friend.

  3. Tweet for brands at PaidperTweet and share your opinion about products and services you already use.

  4. Snap a photo of your receipts every time you shop and earn points you can exchange for gift cards or cash using apps such as Receipt Pal and Receipt Hog.

  5. Check in at your favorite stores and scan items for rewards using Shopkick.

  6. Become a mystery shopper and get paid for evaluating customer service, layout and presentation, amenities and products at various retailers, movie theaters, amusement parks and restaurants.  Check out our Mystery Shopper Directory to get you started.

  7. Close Caption Videos from home for companies like Rev.

  8. Teach others to speak English on your cell phone (no degree needed) with Tutlo.

  9. Design and sell T-shirts on Amazon with Amazon Merch.  Use their design tools to create your t-shirt and market your products.

  10. Design and sell posters on Poster My Wall.

  11. Sell your Instagram photos at Mobile Prints.

  12. Use Book Scouter to sell used books.

  13. Rent your house while you are out of town using VRBO.

  14. Allow people to rent your car for short periods of time using Turo.

  15. Get paid for doing errands for people in your community using Zaarly.

  16. Test websites and apps for cash at User Testing.

  17. Clean houses. Use Handy to match you with cleaning jobs locally.

  18. Rent your parking space using Park Circa.

  19. Complete in home product testing with Product Report Card.

  20. Complete surveys on sites such as Mintvine, Vindale Research or Inboxdollars for extra money.

  21. Become an online tutor at Tutor Vista.

  22. Teach your own online course at Pathwright.

  23. Become a virtual assistant and complete tasks like scheduling, copyediting and more for clients remotely.    (Read a review of the Virtual assistant company Fancy Hands.)

  24. Write for blogs and content sellers.   Check out our great list of sites to get started here.

  25. Become an independent contractor with a direct sales company.  Click here for a list to get you started.

  26. Start a home-based franchise.  Click here for a list of franchises to get you started.

  27. Create your own blog.  Read my post about starting your own blog.

  28. Get paid to take menu orders over the phone with NexRep.

  29. Become a professional proofreader.

  30. Self publish a digital book using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.


6 Websites to Save Loads of Cash on Christmas Shopping

6 Sites to Save Money Christmas Shopping The Holiday Season us upon us and that means finding those perfect gifts for all your family, friends and coworkers. It can also mean a heavy hit to your wallet. However if you spend a little time on the following websites, you can save a great deal of cash on gifts this year.

1.– If you want all the Black Friday deals in one location, then sign up at this site. It’s free and you can even get deals in advance from some of the retailers. There are also great “day of” savings events that the site will alert you too. You can spend a little time on the site, comparison shop and then either hit all the deals in-store or take advantage of online exclusives.

2.– Simply one of my favorite sites, not just during the holidays, but all the time. Sign up for a free account and then take advantage of cash back opportunities of nearly 2,000 retailers when you shop online. Think of stores like Macy’s, Belk, Old Navy and so many more.   Each retailer offers a percentage back on every purchase made (usually between 2% to 10% cash back). So you are earning cash for the shopping that you were going to do anyway. also has any coupon or promotional offers that a particular retailer has active that you can apply at checkout. Also, earn even more money by referring your friends to sign up.

3. – allows you to comparison shop for products from all the major retailers. The site will help you find the absolute lowest price on appliances, electronics and so much more. You can even sign up for regular, exclusive sales specials.

4.– is a site that showcases major savings opportunities from retailers online. You can use this site all year long, but on the actual Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday), special discounts and hourly savings are offered each year.

5.– Just don’t know what to get that coworker who already has everything? Many of us would run out and buy a gift card. In fact, according to one study, gift cards have been the number one requested item on holiday wish lists since 2007. But why pay full price for gift cards when you can go to and find gift cards from your favorite retailers discounted by 5-30% on average? Have an unused gift card for a retailer you don’t shop at? You can sell it on

6. – Who doesn’t love free shipping? Shipping can be very expensive, especially during the holidays. organizes all the free shipping offers from major retailers on its site. It gives all the details and thresholds needed to obtain free shipping during the holiday season. Hundreds of retailers are listed.

With minimal effort and just a little time and research, you can use these website to cut down the cost of your Christmas Shopping without cutting any of the quality of gifts.

Have other ways you save money during the holidays?  Share your tips with us!


Weekly Online and Work from Home Jobs

Weekly Job Leads

Check out this week’s highlighted home-based and online jobs.  I have made every attempt to verify that these are legitimate opportunities, but I urge you to do your own research of the listings to decide if they are the right fit for you.

Freelance Writer for Summer Camps Website – Popular online directory for summer camps in the USA and Canada, is looking for fresh writing talents to become regular contributors to the sit

Marketing and Social Media Editor – Experienced and dynamic content marketer to prioritize and promote content on weekdays and the weekend. Ideal candidates will be organized, self-motivated and up to date on the latest movie, TV and pop culture news.

Career Coach –Help clients work through our proprietary job search program, provide mock interviews, interview preparation and information on networking best practices.

Background Screening Company Researcher – Remote position. Work to confirm applicants employment experience and educational background by contacting academic institutions, schools, employers, or online databases.

Seasonal Customer Service Agent – 1-800-Flowers is hiring seasonal customer service agents for the holiday season.

Field Academic Advisor – Acting as an expert to consult families on the college readiness process via phone and in person consultations.

Just trying to make some extra cash? Check out these sites to earn some extra money.

Ebates – Earn cash back on your online shopping. This is great for Christmas shopping. Also, find great promotion and coupon codes from thousands of your favorite stores. Free to sign up!

Mintvine – Earn cash completing surveys, daily polls, offers and more! ***Highly Recommended Site! *** (Read my review here.)

PaidViewpoint – Quick and easy surveys (typically 3 minutes or less).

Inboxdollars – Get paid $5 just for signing up. Earn cash by shopping online, readingemails, completing offers, surveys, searching the web and much more.

Need more ideas for extra cash? Click here! USA, LLC


Recipe: Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs I love to cook!  It is a great stress reliever, creative outlet and laboratory all in one.

I’ve been considering logging some of my favorite recipes and testing some new ones on this blog for some time and I’ve finally decided to start with this one. Please feel free to share your input and offer modifications.

This Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts recipe is a great one-dish meal that is very simple, yet delicious and very healthy.

This dish is very economical, as well, using many ingredients you probably already have around the house.


Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


2 ½ lbs of bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 medium-sized thighs)

1 lb Brussels sprouts halved

1 lemon, thinly sliced

4 shallots, sliced

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil , divided

2 cloves of garlic, minced

½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

¾ teaspoon salt, divided

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon dried thyme


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, shallots, lemon and two tablespoons of olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon to ensure ingredients are coated with olive oil.

Spread the Brussels sprout mixture in a large glass baking dish. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Preparation of veggies

Heres a photo of the veggies prepped and ready for the chicken. The zesty lemon flavor is a great compliment to the smoky paprika.

Next combine minced garlic, smoked paprika, dried thyme, ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl. Stir all the ingredients together forming a paste for the chicken.

Be sure to use bone-in thighs. They are more flavorful.

Be sure to use bone-in chicken thighs. They are more flavorful.

Rub the paste all over the chicken thighs with a small spoon.

Nestle the chicken into the Brussel sprouts. (Note: You may very lightly sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with the smoked paprika, if you’d like.)

Rub the thighs with the paprika paste and nestle in the Brussels sprouts.

Rub the thighs with the paprika paste and nestle in the Brussels sprouts.

Roast on the lower rack of the oven until the Brussles sprouts are tender and the chicken is fully cooked.   About 30 minutes.


Final product: Delicious and healthy one-dish meal!





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