Using Thrifting to Save Money

Using thrifting to save money is not a thing of the past. Many different items can be found in a thrift store but in this case, we’re talking about clothing. You won’t end up looking like someone wearing discounted clothes either. Find out how I use thrifting to save money in this episode.

Shopping in a thrift store saves you money.

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Five Side Hustles for Working Woman 2020

A working mom and a side hustle.

Before I had kids, it was pretty easy for me to hustle as a working woman, specifically a working childless woman.  How can someone with a full-time job outside the home earn extra income? After having my twins I found five simple hustle ideas that work seamlessly with my career as a working woman and a mom. Now I can work without letting those daycare hours dictate when I have to stop with these five side hustles.

This list of five curated side hustles will give you some ideas on how to earn a little extra money, from the comforts of home. Not only can you make money, but you can make it relatively quickly. The money will be sent to you via PayPal within a week. I can put the ideas into your head, what you do with this (or how much money you generate) is up to you.  Before we begin, note that you will probably not make enough money to quit your job. However, you’ll make a few extra dollars to help with some bills or at the very least buy a happy hour cocktail (if your buying I’ll take a Cadillac Margarita please).

Usertesting 

If you have never heard of Usertesting, believe me, you are not the only one. Usertesting is probably the best web testing based website out there. If you want to get the particulars you can read my blog about Usertesting. I have made some extra money off of the website. It’s a great project for you to work on if you have a few hours alone. You will need a headset with a microphone. You will get several smaller surveys to see if you qualify for the larger survey. I’ve made a video about it so make sure you take a look. Usertesting can be unpredictable. But Usertesting is a website I’ve used on my own for about 18 months.

Intellizoom

Intellizoom is pretty similar to Usertesting but on a smaller scale. It is actually a little bit more user-friendly than Usertesting. However, the payout is smaller. Each survey will generate about two dollars. I have made money off of Intellizoom and I can vouch that you probably will too. Between Usertesting and Intellizoom, I think Usertesting has the potential for earning more money but Intellizoom has more surveys and web testing opportunities with a smaller payout.  

Instapanel

Out of all the websites listed Instapanel is my favorite. However, I would be doing you a disservice if I rated it as my favorite website to earn money on. Huh, What do you mean? I am going to get there, keep on reading!. Instapanel has a lovely setup, is super easy, and can even be a little on the fun side. Yet, Instapanel is like a needle in a haystack. It might not be there when you want it but it is always on time. Instapanel hardly ever needs participants. When I say hardly ever, you might get one invitation for a panel per season. However, when you do get that magic invite in your inbox, oh boy! Instapanel is an easy $20 and has super quick payment.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

I feel to truly understand Amazon Mechanical Turk you need a Ph.D. in the study of the side hustle.  It is like someone wrote a dissertation on how to side hustle and they had to defend their dissertation with this complex website.   It looks kind of intimidating. When you enter their portal there are tons of jobs. It is up to you to pick a job that is conducive to your skills. I can see a lot of potential to earn some money on Amazon Mechanical Turk. However, unless it’s a super simple job like taking a survey, I tend to think you probably should have a little bit more time to dedicate to Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Final Thoughts

What have been your experiences? Make sure you try them out and leave a comment below! If you haven’t done so already, make sure you are keeping up with my podcast, Teacher Ces Podcast. I go into more depth about my thoughts and feelings on these websites, plus it is a lot of fun too.

Getting Started, Pinterest Business

Pinterest Business
My newest e-book.

Why Should My Business Be On Pinterest?

Have you wanted to get started on Pinterest for Busines but have no idea where to start? I have heard your cries! I have created a how to get started on Pinterest for business guide for you.

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In case you do not already know, Pinterest is for more than just cooking, crafting, and fashion. Many businesses have gotten ahold of the power of Pinterest in generating clients to their websites. There are a lot of people who would jump on the Pinterest wagon if they only knew how . . .

How to Get Started on Pinterest for Business?

Pinterest accounts for business should not be time-consuming or difficult to open. However, for many people it is. Keeping the frustration factor in mind, I have created my first e-course to get you started. I will walk you through each step and explain how you will open your Pinterest business account. You will definitely need a Pinterest business account, even if you already have a personal account. The Pinterest business account is free and will give you the analytical information you need to see how your pins are performing.

Tell Me More About It!

I have been a Pinterest user for at least eight years. The first time I experienced Pinterest, I did not like it. It looked very busy and I did not revisit again for some time later. When I went back to Pinterest I had a better understanding of how it worked. Pinterest uses pins that generate interest that will generate traffic to whatever your pin is selling. It could be anything from recipes to marketing your product.

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Pinterest Business
My newest e-book.

How I used Bilingual Cue Cards to Teach Online ESL

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online can be tricky. Picture this, you are teaching online ESL to a child thousands of miles away in a city in China. You are reaching deep into your teacher toolkit and nothing is working. This child simply does not understand. Never fear, online ESL cue cards are here.

These cue cards are a great form of communication at the beginning or end of your lesson. Imagine spending twenty-five minutes of being taught a language you do not understand but have a little familiarity at the end. You see a goodbye message, in your language.

These cards are ideal if you are teaching independently. Even if you are not teaching independently and working with one of the big guys (VIPKID, Cambly, SayABC, and the like), make sure you understand your companies rules to make sure that these cue cards are permissible. You can find the link to purchase here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Online-ESL-Teaching-Bilingual-Cue-Cards-Chinese-English-Teach-English-Online-3144988

My experience in teaching online ESL has been great. I have unofficially put myself into retirement with VIPKID. I do enjoy teaching independently when the time allows. However, I have a full-time teaching position outside the home (and online world) so my time teaching online is limited. Especially when I include my blog, podcast, and creating on Teachers Pay Teachers.

How has your experience been teaching online ESL? What company do you work with? What have been your pros and cons? Leave a comment below and share how you feel.

Four Easy Steps to Creating a Successful Subscription Box Service

Have you ever thought about how a monthly or weekly successful subscription box service is a great way to make shopping more convenient? Additionally, subscription boxes are an amazing way to introduce consumers to new products. 

A great shopping experience is not consuming all your time waiting in long lines. That is so exhausting and stressful!  As an entrepreneur, we always want to give our customers the best experience. We want them to feel pampered and satisfied. Imagine when all they need to do is subscribe and pick the box that they feel and know they needed. Then, deliver it right to their doorsteps!

Does it sound amazing? Running a successful subscription box services can bring you money and create a list of happy subscribers and consumers. 

Indeed.

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Want to join the bandwagon of business owners that run a successful subscription box service? Explore and apply these strategies to all your products and services.

Read on and learn with us as we unearth some things you have to know. Before starting a monthly subscription boxes business.

#1: Start with a good business idea that will work with a successful subscription box.

An idea is the powerful ground of a business.  When we talk about the concept of a product or service, its appeal to the market is essential. Plus, coupled with the convenience that you are offering to them.

To get started with a successful subscription box business,  you need to select your niche.

A niche is a particular group of people or market for your product or services. Like makeup kits for people who love glamour and fashion, or books for the bookworms.

Then, know who you are competing with. To do this, you can check out Cratejoy Marketplace, and get some ideas.

Identify your customers.

Niche is a broader sense in targeting your customers. So, you need to dig in deeper and dissect the information to have and get your real potential users. You can cleverly do this by researching about your competitor’s customers. Take time to study the gender, age, income, and others.

#2: Set up your subscription business in the best platform.

Setting up a successful subscription box business is not really as easy as 1-2-3. But choosing the best platform that will help you in moving the boxes.

To consider in the selection:

  • Easy to use.  Use a platform which has built-in ready to use templates which you can customize that will fit your brand.
  • Billing. Get a system that would allow you for a recurring billings that is likely to be used for subscription boxes.
  • Think of the best marketing strategy. A platform that will help you in acquiring customers. A well-visited market place in a certain platform is a good avenue to get potential buyers.

#3: Find the product.

Your product must be something that your suppliers can provide. So, before starting a business such this, scout for a good supplier. Below are some of your options:

  • Local Stores
  • Wholesalers
  • Online E-commerce

#4: Pre-launch Website

Setting up your pre-launch website. It should match design for a subscription box business. Once the pre-launch phrase has completed, getting your customer’s orders would be next.

To learn more, visit Cratejoy and see if this business set up works for you.

Conclusion

Depending on the response of your target market, especially on the initial phase of the set-up. With the best information that you have gathered, study and think of the best product that will fit. Then, study every step of the way.

Make sure that you have understood and is willing to sacrifice for the success of your business.

Resources

The Logistics of Starting a Subscription Box: 3 Things You Need to Consider

4 Things You Need to Start a Subscription Box Business

How to Start a Subscription Box Business in 5 Steps

How to Start a Subscription Box Business in 8 Simple Steps