Great ideas for Side Jobs in the Fall or Winter


Side jobs are always on my mind. There are so many positives to starting a side job. These include: extra money (of course!), being able to pay off debt more quickly, being able to save for your next financial goal a little more quickly, and more. Side jobs allow you to hopefully not live paycheck to paycheck. You can diversify your income and not be as reliant on one area.

Also, if you are passionate about your side job, it can be a great way to make money doing something that you love. Because if you were going to do it anyways, why not make some extra cash as well? Sounds like a win-win in my book!

Yard cleanup.

Yard cleanup can include many things. You can rake leaves, clean gutters, remove dead plants, clean up garbage and so on. Many people actually do pay for this because it can be very tedious work, and they might not have the right tools to get things done quickly.

Also, many areas have had some bad weather, which would make yard cleanup much more easy for their lives. We had two tornadoes in our city earlier this year, and yard cleanup made everything be back to normal much more quickly.

Tools that may be needed to make the work easier include a leaf blower, lawn mower (possibly even a riding lawn mower), a truck and/or trailer to remove debris and so on.

Great ideas for Side Jobs in the Fall or Winter


Snow removal.

One thing that I hate doing on cold winter days is shoveling snow. There have been so many times when I have wished that someone would come knocking on my door and ask to shovel snow in return for some cash.

I actually know of a couple of people who have snow plow trucks and they make a decent amount of money doing this. I believe that some make up to $1,000 a day removing snow because at times a snow plow is desperately needed.

Tools that may be needed to make snow removal easier include a snow blower, a shovel, a snow plow truck, and salt for the roads, driveways or sidewalks.


With Fall and Winter quickly approaching, a babysitter or nanny is more likely to be needed. Fall and Winter are almost always busier for most families, as there are often many activities that may require the need of a babysitter or nanny.

There are many websites that you can use where you sign up and advertise your services. You can also post an ad on a bulletin board or let families directly know that you have time to babysit.

What side jobs do you have?


A quiet night in: an exercise in frugal saving.

image1As much as any couple, family or group of friends might like going out, it’s never cheap. Whether it’s fine dining or going out to your local bar or restaurant, these are costs that add up all too easily. They may seem cheap once in a while but once you start doing it on a weekly or semi-regular basis, it becomes a larger and larger chunk of your expenses.

In contrast to this, understanding the benefits of a quiet night in can prove useful. More than offering something different and relaxing it can demonstrate a way to stay cheap and cost effective whilst still enjoying the usual perks of life.


If you go out to eat, you should know how much this can cost. Cooking for yourself is usually the cheapest but there are still other options. For instance, if you have the urge for Chinese food, it may be cheaper for everyone to pool money together for chinese takeaways than visit your local restaurant. It’s much cheaper and doesn’t have the added costs of additional drinks and restaurant prices and other service charges that are often forgotten about.


Likewise, if you’re not going out, there is nothing to stop you from being social. Your home can prove entertaining enough with the right company. Cheap entertainment can be anything from a movie rental (if you’re only going to watch it once, don’t buy something you don’t need) to various games, which offer entertainment again and again. These are all cheap, whether you use it once or buy it to use again and again. This is another lesson to be learnt in saving, by understanding the real value of something.

If you come across some movies that you and your friends love, it makes sense to purchase the DVD so you can all watch it whenever you like. Luckily, you can save money by ordering your DVDs online, so you do not have to worry about breaking the bank. To make things more interesting, consider having each person purchase a DVD online and then choosing between your favorites every time you gather.

Additional expenses

Hopefully the two areas above should highlight how easy it is to cut down on those little costs for every social occasion but there are always other areas to look at. Take your appearance, for instance. If you don’t go out to an expensive restaurant you might not need to risk your best shirt or shoes. It can also save on other expenses, such as getting a taxi home late if you’ve been drinking or other travel costs.  So, next time you think you might go out, suggest staying in to the others and see how much can be saved.

Work Less and Earn More

Some of you may be baffled by this title, but it’s definitely not a typo. It is absolutely possible to work less and earn more. Let me give you a hint though, this probably won’t work too well if you try these methods at your full time job.

If you suddenly only show up to work for a half a day on Monday and then don’t show up for the rest of the week, chances are that your boss is going to can you, no matter how much work you did in those four hours.


Own Your Own Business

Since you really can’t work less and earn more at your full time job, then where can you do it? You guessed it, you’re going to have to work for yourself to make this happen. But, don’t zone out on me yet. There’s more to it than just that.

Some business owners decide that they don’t want to employ people because it would be a waste of money. Instead, they spend 14 or 15 hours in their store every day to save the money of having an employee. At first glance it makes sense. After all, if you had to hire an employee to work eight hours a day for 20 days out of the month, then you’re going to have to shell out $1,600 when you could have (in theory) gotten that work done yourself.

There is one factor missing from this way of thinking though. There is an opportunity cost to working all of those hours yourself. Think about it. If you didn’t work every single hour on your business, you could brainstorm more, improve the operations of the business, and maybe even start another business with your time! This method could be repeated over and over and suddenly you’re the owner of 10 profitable businesses and not just one.

By developing a system for your business that anyone can learn, you’re able to take yourself out of the equation and earn money while you’re away! This is the ultimate goal of your business and after some time, you’ll be able to work less and actually earn more!


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Take the Low-Risk Approach

I’m fairly risk-averse and would never recommend that someone should quit their job to pursue a business. I do like to see people start their own business though. They can get it going by working evenings and on the weekends. If the business continues to grow and has profits that are even greater than your full time job, then maybe it’s time to throw in the towel for the 8-5 job and take your business to the next level.

Of course this option is still risky since you gave up your full-time salary, but by taking the approach of working extra hours in the evenings and weekends, you now have a feel for your business and know whether or not there’s a market for what you’re selling. This is the ultimate low-risk approach, but can have a tremendous upside! And, with a well-defined system, it could lead you to work less and earn more than you ever thought possible!


 What about you?


Start Your Own Business for Less Than $500

If your friend announces that they’re going to start their own business, what is your immediate thought? If you’re like most, you probably imagine them opening up shop in a building downtown and selling something to customers that walk in the front door.

This is certainly one way to start a business, but in today’s world I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. The building itself would cost $200k or more, and then you would most likely have to buy a bunch of inventory to stock the shelves, and then you would have to hire someone to sell it! It’s an expensive way to do business and it fails more often than it succeeds.

Since the internet has come along, starting a traditional “brick and mortar” store is most often for broke thinkers. It costs way too much to start and the potential for profits is extremely slim.  Self-employment and working online is possible as well.


Two Factors For Your Business

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, you must at the very least take into consideration to factors: (1) how much are the start-up costs, and (2) what are the potential earnings?

If you open up a baseball card shop downtown, the initial costs will be astronomical and even if you sold thousands of baseball cards each month, what are the odds that you’ll earn enough profits to stick around for the next 20 years? The odds are incredibly slim. This model has high start-up costs and low earnings potential.

Now, what if you took that same baseball card store idea and decided to make a virtual store instead? The initial cost of your website would be $100 or so and the potential sales wouldn’t just be to one neighborhood, but to the entire world! Your earnings potential is now through the roof!


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Start-Ups for $500 or Less

So what businesses can you possibly start for less than $500? I can think of quite a few actually. Pretty much any business online will cost you almost nothing, but in case you’re interested in doing something that doesn’t force you to use your laptop, here are some other ideas:

1)      Lawn Care – All you need is a lawn mower and a weed whacker and you’re in business! If you already own them (which many of us do), then your start-up cost is practically nothing.

2)      Spring Clean-Up – Nobody like to pick up rotten leaves and sticks. You could make a business of this and clean-up! All you really need is a wheelbarrow and a pair of working gloves. Now that’s a cheap start-up.

3)      Detailing Cars – People very rarely clean their cars inside and out and would much rather pay someone else to do it for them. You’ll have to buy a few supplies, but in total, this really shouldn’t cost you more than $100.

4)      Vendor – If you have a lot of parades and events in your area, you might want to try your hand at being a vendor. The cart could get a little pricey, but with a deal, I bet you could keep it under $500.

5)      Build Cabinets – All you need is some lumber and a few tools. If people like your work, this business could really turn into something!

6)      Mechanic – If you know how to repair cars today, you could be in pretty high demand. If you already have the tools, then this start-up will cost you absolutely nothing and it has a tremendous upside!


Are you thinking about starting your own business?


Making Money Online with a Second Language

As Americans climb out of difficult financial times, student loans remain an economic barrier to many, with loan debt growing in every quarter since 2003. Repayment is a burden for many current students and graduates.  What can you do to rid yourself of the debt accumulated?

I recently spoke with a community college graduate who smartly navigated his way out of educational debt through leveraging his proficiency in a second language. Though highly intelligent and proficient in their own languages, many students at his school were having trouble mastering English, and needed someone to fill the gaps introduced by textbooks and professors. The graduate spent some of his free time tutoring students in the library, but before long he had expanded to online tutoring as well.

Current students and grads don’t have to move far to make money; a number of people make sizable profits by roving online opportunities.  Those who speak a second language land jobs, leveraging multilingual skills to consult, tutor, translate documents, and address other tasks. You may not think that moving “learn to speak Spanish” to the top of your to-do list makes sense, but here are a few reasons why investing in that second language is a fiscally sound move. [Read more…]

Is Twitter Making YOU Any Money Yet?

What if you could combine two of your favorite things: tweeting & money and create an additional source of revenue for yourself? Or, let’s say you even already have a business/money-making project. Maybe you’re a blogger or a freelancer, but haven’t yet capitalized on Twitter to increase revenue. If any of these scenarios sound fitting for you, stick with me. We’re going to take a look into why you might be the perfect candidate for either creating revenue or adding revenue to an already in-the works idea using none other than the world’s favorite social media outlet: Twitter!

Twitter & the Blogger

Twitter is your very best brand ambassador out there. Twitter allows you to promote yourself, without promoting yourself at all, which is generally how people like to like someone. Take a look at any successful, money-makin blogging mom. Let’s use Naomi Davis (@lovetaza) of the Rockstar Diaries. You can bet that she makes a very, very nice side income from her little family’s blog, not to mention that she probably scores enough product discounts and/or donations to double the cash she’s making from those ads and sponsors. Now, Naomi Davis is not “selling” anything.  [Read more…]

Know A Few SEO Tricks? You Could Make Good Money By Providing Link Building Services!

In this day and age, everyone (and his grandma) wants to harness the Internet’s potential for his money making ideas. The problem is, “everyone” needs a lot of help. Herein lies your chance. One of the most sought-after, yet least understood internet business strategies is search engine optimization (SEO). If you’re reading this article, you doubtless know that this refers to methods web masters use to raise a site’s ranking in the search results (SERPs), and thereby increase site traffic and (hopefully) sales. One way to do this is through “link building.”

With just the basic knowledge of SEO, and the keen interest to learn more, you can earn yourself a nice steady income by helping others with their link building efforts. The real bonus though, is that the valuable insights you gain can put you on a path to a very profitable career in blogging in the future. Just take a look at the popular blogs of my favorite SEO experts – Alex Whalley and Ana Hoffman!

What Would You Do?

You would be responsible for helping web masters, small businesspeople, internet entrepreneurs, writers, organizations- anyone who wants to see their money making ideas on the first one or two pages of Google- increase their page rank by building and maintaining quality backlinks. There are plenty of ways to achieve this, including:

  • Posting quality content articles to article directories, such as ezine, eHow, etc.
  • Adding links to social bookmarking sites such as [Read more…]

Survey Says… You Can Make Money From Surveys!

Being a college student can be tough on finances. Even if you have a work study or off-campus job and your parents send you money every once in a while, it can still be difficult to actually find room in your budget for extra expenses. When searching for other money making ideas, students can hardly find the time to do any of them. This is where the beauty of surveys comes in.

While surveys have been around for a long time, they are still an integral part of the business research world. Surveys are used for a variety of purposes. They can be used for market research, identifying demographics in a particular geographic area, and for improving the way a business functions. The best part of surveys is, because most are so short-term, you don’t have to be a trained or licensed professional to conduct them. Many companies recruit college students and other people looking for money on the side to perform these surveys, while others will pay survey responders. It is a great way to make a little extra cash while either collecting opinions, or providing your own. Here are some great survey opportunities for anybody looking for a little cash on the side.

Make Money by TAKING Surveys:

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A Few Things You Need to Know About PayPal

If you use any of the money making ideas that require online transactions e.g., eBay selling, freelancing, blogging, etc., then you need to have a means to accept payment online. And you need to be able to do this in a secure and easy-to-use fashion. Before you run off to invent your secure payment system, stop. That wheel has already been invented. And it has become a household name for people who buy or sell online. Yes, we are talking about Paypal.

PayPal has taken international business money exchange by storm. If you’ve purchased anything online in the past few years, chances are that you were offered the option to pay for your purchase using your PayPal account. If you want to make money online, you should consider creating a PayPal account so you can offer your customers the option to buy your products or services without ever touching a check or credit card.

Here are a few things you should know about this online payment juggernaut –


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FAQs – What Does Teaching at an Online College Entail?

(This is an article by Carrie Oakley*. If you are a Ph.D. student looking for money making ideas, and aspiring to pursue an academic career in the future, you may want to consider teaching at an online college now. It will provide you some much needed income, invaluable experience and a definite edge compared to the stiff competition you will face when you start your application process.)

It’s not a job that comes to mind immediately or one that you dream of when you join college, but it’s fulfilling and satisfactory in many aspects; teaching at an online college is an option you could consider if you’re a college professor or aspiring to become one. The demand for skilled and dedicated teachers is rising by the day, so if you think you fit the bill and would enjoy teaching online, here are answers to a few basic questions you’re likely to have about the job:

What qualifications do you need to teach college courses online?

Most universities prefer their own staff to handle their online courses; however, it is possible to find work as an adjunct professor if you hold a graduate degree or a doctorate in the subject you intend to teach, or if you hold any graduate degree and have completed 18 graduate level credits in the subject you want to teach. Many who aspire to teach online pursue the online graduate certificate in Management of E-Learning. This is offered by various universities and can be completed in as little as six months. When you complete this course, you’re not only eligible to teach online, you can also apply for positions as e-learning course designers.

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