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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moonlighting Online for More Money

Poor Man Survival

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Moonlighting for More Money Online

We have already been through the worst economic times in modern history. It’s still debatable as to whether the current economic strife--kicked off in 2007--is worse than the 1970s, although it can’t be many more months of recession until that era is certainly surpassed.

Does anyone see the light at the end of this tunnel?

The simple answer is no.  As I have suggested in previous issues…the economic outlook [starting as soon as this fall] does not appear to be very good given the damage former President Obama did and the current obstructionists in Congress are preventing the current President from proceeding from pursuing much of an economic policy such as his domestic reconstruction policy [which America desperately needs – both roads & electrical infrastructure].

With the euro crisis dragging everyone down and with the BRICs countries crashing, the bottom of this slump still seems well into the future. If this is the case, the agenda for many of us is survival. Another four years of this economic environment will be a harsh road

Economic survival doesn’t sound as “sexy” as the aforementioned, but by ignoring it we set ourselves up for a world of pain.

So, how to we prepare for a Depression?

First things first, find more income. Develop circles of income for every member of your family – from babysitting to raising chickens to sell eggs!

As most of us live up to our incomes, money from occasional work and opportunities act as ‘windfall money’. In the end, most peoples’ discretionary income is a very small fraction of total income, so a few hundred dollars out of the blue from other activities does amount to a big win.

Whether it’s selling stuff on eBay, or offering B and B, you can’t have too many strings to your financial bow, especially when dark economic clouds are looming.

Also, keep your job. In the ‘good old days,’ many people could walk out of a job and straight into another. Long gone are the days you could get a job simply by driving into a different corporate car park and go knocking.

Of course, most sensible people know that staying employed is now more important than ever



Got a Passion for Design?  Cash in!

   Even if you can’t sew, you can break into the fashion business.  Thanks to sites such as Spreadshirt, Zazzle and CafePress which let you upload your own designs for tees and tanks, hoodies, pajamas and more, then sell them online.  Use the following resources to get started:


·         Start-up is simple AND FREE!  Simply visit and click on “Open Your Own Online Shop,” click “Create Your Own” on, or “Design Your Own” on  The sites take care of manufacturing and shipping goods to customers and you get a cut of the profits every time someone buys an item you designed.  Whichever platform  you choose, you’ll be guided  through the steps to creating your designs.  It’s as simple as uploading a digital image and choosing the items – tees, leggings, pajamas, etc. on which you’d like your design to appear.  Hit a snag?  The sites offer tech assistance to walk you through the process in many cases, you can even email you file and they’ll convert it into a printable template for you.

·         Price it Right.  The sites set a base price for each product, which is the amount they’ll earn for each sale.  The RETAIL price is what you set and that difference is what you keep [your profit]!  Determine prices by seeing what your competition is charging for comparable styles keeping in mind the more intricate or clever your design, the more you can charge.

·         Rev up Profits.  Tapping into trends will help you to score more sales [I often include a related bonus which doesn’t cost me much in order to boost sales but enhances perceived value] and if you can develop a strong niche that corners a specific market that will help you set apart from your competition such as a geographical focus, local sports team focus, featuring your community, etc. all will pump up sales and don’t forget to make use of your social media pages or create a dedicated social media page such as a Facebook or Pinterest area with photos to display your wares.




6 Tips to Get a WAH Job Without Experience

Getting a job is hard. Getting a work-at-home job when you have little to know experience can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting a home-based job, even if you don’t have experience. Here are six tips to help. Don’t miss tip 6, which includes resources to work-at-home jobs that don’t require experience.


Leslie Truax has been helping folks with work-at-home resources for 20 years…she’s probably the best resource online.  Sign up for her free newsletter and make use of many resources…

Need help getting started? Here are the steps to finding and getting your home-based career started.


We Bought a Gumball Machine
Ever wonder where your quarter winds up after you’ve impulsively bought a gumball before leaving a store or restaurant? No… you’re probably just enjoying a gumball.
If you ever thought about it, you might learn the money often goes to some genius who’s cashing in on passive income.
We talked to passive income expert Brad Hines, who had a sweet side gig with gumball machines for a while. He got to keep 80% of the profits. Aside from occasional refills and maintenance, he didn’t have to work for the extra income.
Plus, “I own a gumball machine,” is about the coolest brag ever.
Want more surprising ways to earn passive income? Check out our full guide here.


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Additional Resources

What Are You Willing to "Give Up" to Win Financially?
Sacrifice is the act of giving up something you value for the sake of something that's more important to you. What are you willing to sacrifice to improve your financial situation?

Flexible spending account (n) A special savings account you use for certain out-of-pocket health care costs like doctor’s office co-pays or prescriptions. You contribute pretax money. Similar to a health savings account, except FSAs can only be set up by employers.


Even though you’re contributing the money, FSAs help you save money on medical expenses, because you don’t pay taxes on those dollars. You might not realize you can use your FSA for a host of things not often covered by traditional insurance — like sunscreen, lead-paint removal in your home, service animals, abortions, condoms, sunglasses and more. Here are 26 surprising things you can buy with your FSA.


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1 comment:

Larry said...

My wife spends it faster than I can earn it & the price of everything has gone up...guess I'll have to create some kind of sideline income strategy...good resources and tips!