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Earning Money from Home–April Earnings Report

Back in January, as noted on this site, I set a goal to earn $5,000 via various online means without leaving home during 2013. We are now done with four months of the year. As of the end of March, I reported a total of $638 and some change for the first three months of the year. I actually understated this amount, because I forgot to include the money that I earned from HubPages during the month. These earnings will be included below.

I did pretty well on some accounts during the month of April, considering that I was finishing up a major project for grad school. My goal is to get passive income that starts to snowball over time. I seem to be making close a buck a day from work I’ve already done. The goal is to turn that into $2, then into $5, then into…you get the idea. Passive income is the best kind of income. But, I digress. Without further ado, this is what I was able to make over the course of April (please note that these earnings do not include accrued earnings that will be paid out later):

HubPages: $70.77

Squidoo: $1.43

Freelance Writing: $127.91

Swagbucks: $50

Treasure Trooper: $20.71

MTurk: $4.03

My total earnings for the month totaled $274.85. This brings my total earnings for the year up to $913.13. With what I have already earned this month, I’m already over $1,000. What kind of earnings goals have you set this year?

 

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Five Ways That Teens Make Money during Summer

Teens make money during summer via many side hustles online.
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Summer is a great time of the year for kids all over the US. Most students in those districts that have not gone over to year-round schooling get to take nearly three months away from book learning. A great time for teens to go to the local pool, golf course, tennis court, or mall is summer. Of course, all of these things take money. It is not too early to start thinking about the ways that teens make money during summer.

The question then comes about, who should pay? Many parents have enough to fund their kids’ fun during the summer, but with aftereffects of the Great Recession, many families have budgets that are quite tight. There are several ways for teens to make money to pay for their fun and (hopefully) save some money for college, a car, or a home. Here are just five ideas for teens to make money in the summer of 2014:

1. Sign up for a GPT Site or Two

There are many sites up online that will allow any American over 13 to fill out surveys and watch videos to make money online. Most jobs require an employee to be at least 16 or to have parental permission if 14 or 15. These sites can let younger students start to get an entrepreneurial start.

A couple of the more common GPT sites are CashCrate and Treasure Trooper. Both have a long history of paying literally millions to users. Of course, most people will only earn about $50 or $100 per month if they work at these sites, but they pay without having to go out and work for someone else. They can also be used in free time in conjunction with another job.

You can sign up for CashCrate here. I have a more extensive review of the site here, as well to show how easy it is to make money on CashCrate. You can also sign up for Treasure Trooper here. I have reviewed Treasure Trooper here. Join the blog to get updates.

2. Sign up for SwagBucks or Another Paid to Search Site

Another way that teens earn money during summer (or at least gift cards) is by signing up for SwagBucks or another such site. This site is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old. Users can perform tasks like searching the web through the site and earn virtual currency known as SwagBucks, which can then be used to purchase a number of items including gift cards or actual cash in a PayPal account. I’m currently using my SwagBucks earnings to buy stock via Loyal3. These earnings from Swagbucks should pay off over time.

Gift card redemption options are at great retailers and restaurants. Among the leading options are Amazon.com and WalMart. e-Gift cards from the latter can be used in the stores, so they are just as good as cash. Also, there are options to redeem a few SwagBucks for discounts at local attractions like golf courses. I have a more lengthy review of SwagBucks here.

GiftHulk is another similar site that allows users to earn from searching the web and watching videos, among other things. I’ve earned PayPal cash from this site, and teens make money during summer from this site as long as they’ve reached 13 years of age. You can sign up for GiftHulk here.

Teens who make money and save will be more likely to balance their budgets in the future.
Teens who make money and save will find it easier to balance their budgets in adulthood.

3. Get a Part-time Job

This recommendation can sometime be easier said than done. Many businesses have cut back on the traditional summer hires. What are some good part-time opportunities for students? Many local retail outlets or fast food restaurants might be in the process of hiring for summer.

Those who like to play golf or swim might be able to land a job at one of their favorite places of all. These establishments are frequently seasonal, so they hire specifically during the summer. Those with a full-time job are not likely to apply, so students have a great opportunity to land their first paying gig.

4. Start a Business

One of the best ways that teens make money during summer is through doing something that they like and using it to start a business. High school students can start summer jobs and make decent money in the process. Cutting grass and babysitting are two great methods for teens to make money during the summer. Many of the kids who need babysitting only need it during summer months. Make sure to charge the going rate and do a good job so that you can get repeat business.

5. Sell Lightly Worn Toys or Games

Online businesses like Amazon and eBay allow just about anyone to set up an account and sell items to the world. Most teenagers have no need for the toys that they had in their earlier years. People also start to like different types of video games as they get older.

It is very easy to set up an account on an online dealer like Amazon or eBay with a parent and sell these items. While you will not get the full retail price, you can get some money that can go to something more desirable for a teenager.

Lots of Teens Make Money During Summer So Get Started Now

There are tons of ways that teens make money during summer. Some of the options allow people to actually make money in pajamas without leaving home. Some of the opportunities listed above are seasonal. Others, like CashCrate, Treasure Trooper, and SwagBucks can earn some money year-round. The sooner one signs up, the more quickly they can start to earn money.

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Are You Earning Money from Searching the Web?

Do you make internet searches for free? Most people do. They simply pull up Google or Yahoo! and then type in their search parameters. They do not get paid for this search. They do it for free. You do not have to be like them.

There are several websites that allow users to utilize a search feature to make internet searches while earning either money or points that can be turned in for money or prizes. Using one of these for most searches is a great way to earn a little bit of money while sitting on the couch during commercials.

It is possible to make well over $100 per year just by making a few searches per day. $100 will not get you rich, but it can go toward Christmas presents, building up a retirement account, or saving for an emergency fund. If you decide to get e-gift cards, you can use proceeds for places like Wal-Mart, Amazon, or a number of other major retailers. When I take advantage of earning money from searching the web, I transfer the funds into PayPal cash.

 

Earning Money From Searching with Swagbucks

The second search engine that I use is through Swagbucks. You can sign up for Swagbucks here. I’ve found that sometime within the first five or ten searches I do on Swagbucks, I will earn some virtual currency that I can then cash in for real PayPal cash or e-gift cards to major retailers and restaurants. This is as good as cash. At times, I will use this in the morning and the evening because you can win again after a few hours (I’ve actually won as much as five times in a day).

The searches will usually pay around 7 to 10 Swagbucks, but you can win as much as 100 SBs (basically $1) from a single search.  Each Swagbucks has a redemption value of about $0.01, so if you were to win twice in the day and got 15 Swagbucks per day, you are over $50 in the course of a year. I’ve been turning my Swagbucks into PayPal cash in $25 increments, which I’ve been converting into shares of dividend-paying stocks.

Earning Money from Searching with Swagbucks.
I won more than 20 Swagbucks with one search.

 

Earning Money From Searching With GiftHulk

GiftHulk is another site that allows users to search and earn. You can sign up for GiftHulk here. You’ll earn 4 Hulk Coins (GiftHulk’s digital currency) for your first search each and every hour. A Hulk Coin is only worth 1/10 of a cent or $0.001. Therefore, each win is less valuable than a win on Swagbucks. However, these can also add up over time and pay off in a few bucks here and there.

 

A Word of Advice

I totally urge you to use these methods to search the web so that you can get money or other benefits that save money. However, I will point out that some of the search results at the top of the page will be paid results. It’s important to scroll down a little bit to find the most relevant searches at times.

If you can’t find the best results, you can always turn to Google in a pinch. This way, you can find what you are looking for, and make money at the same time. I use them to look up everything, even if I know the address. That way, I’m sure to make as much as possible. You can do much of this while watching television or doing other things that are just time killers. Some money is better than no money at all.

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Setting Online Earning Goals

A common refrain that people will hear is that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. There is a great deal of wisdom in this statement. Many people want lots of stuff, a great job, or money to sock away in retirement. The vast majority fail to get to where they want to be. Why? In a large number of cases, the reason why people do not achieve their goals is because they forget to set goals. Those who want to earn money in pajamas while working online are no different. Here are some tips toward setting online earning goals.

1. Learn about earning money online

The first and probably most important online earning goal that many people forget when actually trying to earn money online is that of learning about the process. Robert Kiyosaki, in his best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, encourages people to work to learn, not to earn. Knowing how to go about earning money is a very important component of earning money. Read extensively. I did this to avoid some of the more common scams. The online earning opportunities that I share on this site, though they are definitely not be get-rich-quick schemes, are methods that I have used myself with varying degrees of success. I always check a number of mediums before trying a new money-making method. This way, I avoid losing money and can concentrate on making additional income online.

2. Start making money online

Reading and learning about making money online will not get anyone anywhere important. Knowledge is useless unless is is put into practice. I would suggest starting one method in your spare time to start earning a few extra bucks. Of course, those who are unemployed or underemployed may have more spare time to start working on making more money. You can sign up for CashCrate, Swagbucks, or any of the other great sites that allow people to make money without spending a dime. You might also want to sign up to get a cash bonus from a bank that wants to earn your business. Once you start earning a bit of money and see the amount of time involved, you can then start to set tangible goals.

$500 bill with McKinley
A $500 bill, public domain via Wikimedia Commons

3. Set online earning goals that are attainable

Anyone can set a goal of making $1 million in a year. 99.9999 percent of these people will quickly become frustrated when they make a mere $10 in their first day of online work. They will get even more frustrated when they make less than this amount. There are people who make $1 million online, buy they no doubt started small in most instances. It is important when setting online earning goals that you set goals that are attainable. A good goal for this year might be to make $100 per month to supplement your bills, to take a vacation, or to save in a retirement account. You might even choose to set a very modest goal of a dollar a day. Few people truly understand the power of a dollar.  Most people will be able to achieve these amount with a bit of work. As you then learn more, you can start to make more in less time. This relatively easy online earning goal can keep you from getting discouraged and giving up on earning money online.

4. Re-assess goals annually

It is still relatively early in the year, so it is still possible to set concrete goals that will help your and/or your family’s budget. If you have a short-term online earning goal of $100 per month, you should check how you did at the end of the year. Perhaps you achieved more than you thought that you would. Perhaps you earned less. Successes should encourage us to attempt to achieve more. At this point, it might be good to set a long-term goal for the next five years. This does not mean that annual online earnings goals become less important. These are the stepping stones on the road map that will get to the ultimate destination.

I personally set a goal of making $5,000 in my part-time online endeavors back in 2013. I didn’t reach it. What did I do, I set it higher for the next year. What are some online earning goals that you have set for yourself?

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Why Dads Should Try to Make Money at Home

There are tons of blogs and websites dedicated to the concept of moms working at home. Also known as WAHM, work at home moms are becoming an ever-larger subsection of the population. Some of these WAHM are able to earn a substantial chunk of change while staying home with the kids.

Women are not the only ones who can make money from home in their pajamas. Dads can also spend time working from home to supplement the family income. Even if they have a full-time job, most dads will not be working every minute of every day. Most parents spend some time in the evening relaxing in front of the television. There are several ways that these folks can earn a few bucks during commercials or between plays. There is usually about 45 seconds between plays in football or pitches in baseball.

During the fall, I remember watching a college football game one afternoon. I also made about $4 while watching by doing a few things on Cashcrate while . This may not seem like a huge amount of money, but it is $4 that I would not have had if I had just watched the game without multitasking. Another easy way to earn a few bucks while watching games on the couch is through Swagbucks. A few searches will usually earn some bucks that can be redeemed for merchandize or, more popularly, e-gift cards to retailers like Wal-Mart or Amazon.com or PayPal cash. I have previously given a review of CashCrate and a review of Swagbucks and how you can earn on these sites.

Earning money is not the most important thing in life. Parents should also try to spend time with their children and enjoy each others’ company. However, making a few extra bucks can really help those who have a very tight budget. CashCrate and Swagbucks are just a couple of ways that families can improve their cash flow every month. They are not, by any means, the only way that dads can provide some extra income for their families. There are any number of other sites and methods that fathers can utilize to help out with the family budget.

Dads can make money in their spare time while watching television.
Dads can make money in their spare time while watching television.

These methods are fairly entrepreneurial, and they can frequently lead to thinking outside the box. People who begin to think of many ways to achieve their financial goals are usually more successful in meeting them. A 9-5 job is not likely to lead to much financial freedom. Working at home in the evenings and on weekends can provide the income boost needed to improve the level of financial freedom for any family, and dads can take the lead.