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Monday, September 2, 2019

Earn Quick Money: Rent Out a Room in your House





Do you live in a house and have a room that you do absolutely nothing with but store all your crap that you need to throw away?

Do you rent an apartment with an extra room that you use as an office but you never go in there?  And for you people with a one-bedroom apartment, do you have a couch someone could sleep on?

But most importantly, do you live in or near a big metropolitan location where plenty of people like to travel to sightsee or attend educational or business conventions?

If you have any of these options and you need to make some money, then you should think about renting out a room, a bed or a couch to make extra money.

I personally have a friend that bought a two-bedroom one and half bath house in a nice university town in the Bay Area that rents out her room maybe two weekends out of the month on average which gains her 60% of her mortgage payment.  If you have room to spare you should really think of taking advantage of the many "vacay rental" or "couch surfing" sites like AirBnB.

It's very simple (not easy, just simple) and lucrative as long as you follow a few tips:

1.  You have to be okay with people living in the same space you live in.  It's important to get your mindset right.  Even if you have a separate space with a separate entrance to offer, you will still hear noises or have to deal with occasional requests and problems.

2.  Take all your personal effects out of the room. Think hotel room when you are cleaning and clearing the room.  Have useful items in it for a guest staying there, but those are the only items that should be in that space.

3.  Make sure your landlord is okay with this if you rent.  Make sure your home association will permit this activity if you own.  It's a good idea to check your local zoning laws as well.

4.  Clean the place, or better yet have a professional cleaner come in and do a deep clean.  Make sure everything in the space works (windows should open easily, doors should close tightly and locks work, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, etc.)  Even if you have all kinds of things not functioning in the rest of the house, make sure wherever the guests are placed everything is working well.

5.  Light the room well and take great photos.  If you are not very good at taking photos, get a friend that it's into photography or even a photography student from your local community college to come in and take some shots.

How to get the highest ratings and make the most money

There is one word that that will get you more money and high-star ratings:  AMENITIES.  There are three things you need to be concerned about.  Cleanliness, Safety, and Amenities.  Think about investing in a professional cleaning service.  Make sure the space you are renting out is super clean. You can add a "cleaning fee" to your rate on your room to recoup that expense.  Safety is key, make sure you have smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, first aid kit and fire extinguishers fully functional.

But what will put things over the top are the amenities in your room.  When you think of amenities, think of these items:

Electronics
Wi-Fi access
Television with a Firestick attachment (Netflix)
Small Electric Fan
Universal (international) Charging Station
Bluetooth Speakers

Work Station
Small table with desk supplies (could be a TV table with chair)

Grooming
Hair Dryer
Non-Frangrance shampoos, soap, and lotions
Extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, and tissues
Iron and Ironing board
Full-length mirror
One size fits all bathroom robe
Simple suitcase stand

Snacking
In-room coffee maker
Coffee, teas, cream/sugar, honey, etc.
Bottle opener
Bottles of water (in an ice bucket for cold water)

Sleeping/Bedding
Pillow mattress topper
Hypoallergenic/waterproof mattress cover
High-quality white bed sheets
Great pillows + two extra pillows (2 soft and 2 firm)
Extra blankets
Earplugs and Eye-masks

The wow factor
Complimentary welcome basket (with local treats)
Fresh Flowers
Local area books and magazines
Card with a personalized message for guests

Consider listing every amenity you provide.  This will allow you to compete with top-ranking host properties.

You can make even more money if you are able to rent out an entire apartment, condo or house.

Articles to help you prepare:

How to prepare your room for guests.

How to set up every type of space to rent on AirBnB

How to Prepare Your Home for Airbnb, VRBO or other Short Term Guests

7 Tips to Make Bank with AirBnB


Places to list your space:

AirBnB

They began in 2008 when two designers who had space to share hosted three travelers looking for a place to stay. Now, millions of hosts and travelers choose to create a free Airbnb account so they can list their space and book unique accommodations anywhere in the world. The experience hosts share their passions and interests with both travelers and locals.

VRBO

In 1995, VRBO introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay.  We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together.

Since then, we've grown into a global community of homeowners and travelers, with unique properties in 190 countries around the world.  VRBO makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses and every kind of space in between.


NoirBNB

"Noirbnb is global travel community that provides experiences and events with a focus on including and celebrating travelers of color. Our accommodations take our guests all around the world to popular destinations and events inspired by the African diaspora. Noirbnb was born in October 2015 after our co-founder, Stefan's experience while booking a stay in Atlanta. We realize his experience was not an isolated case and more importantly, that there was an opportunity to create a better, safer experience for travelers."


Inclusive Vacation

Bringing the global community together - Travel the world with dignity and love. Innclusive was founded as a result of the discrimination marginalized groups were facing on other rental platforms. We're building a place where you can travel with respect, dignity, and love, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity or any of the other things that humans use to discriminate against other human beings.



PERSPECTIVE: The quick money series on Telecommuting Millionaire? is to help you find funding so you can take your first steps to following your dreams.  After you read a few of my Quick Money articles, you will realize that Money is Everywhere. Don't use these quick money ideas, unless you understand that you are using these ideas  . . . not to pay off debt, not for extra salary, not for "fun money" . . . but as a stepping stone to financing the first steps of your dreams.  Dog-gone it, we are going to gain our financial freedom together! Read: Money is Everywhere to get the proper perspective.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Telejobs (Work from Home): Clearcover Car Insurance


Clearcover Car Insurance

They call themselves the "smarter car insurance" company.  They use powerful technology to offer everyday drivers better coverage in car insurance for less money.  They are the fastest growing start-up in Chicago.  

Go to their Career page and look for REMOTE under the title in the job location.  They tend to have several positions open. 




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Monday, August 26, 2019

Telejobs (Work From Home): Sitel Group

Sitel Work@Home Solutions™ is a virtual employee-based team supporting global fortune 500 companies in the insurance, travel & leisure, sport, and telecommuting industries, just to name a few. Sitel believes that great customer experiences are powered by people who love what they do and where they work. Their culture is one that invests in the growth and development of our human capital – you.

At Sitel the work at home positions allow you to work for a global leader in customer experience management from the comfort of your own home.  As a work at home associate, customer calls are routed to your home office.  You'll be helping customers with billing inquiries, account or product inquiries, product or service orders, installation scheduling or technical product troubleshooting.




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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Earn Quick Money Selling Your Old Tech


Do you have old computers, tablets, phones, printer, routers, etc. laying around?  Do you know you are sitting on money?  Did your wife get all your old devices together and put them in a box in the garage for you to take to the recycling center?  DON'T.

Recycling those old items for free (even if they are not working) is like throwing dollar bills into the wind!  Don't throw your money away.

There are many places that offer cash for your old electronics.  There are retailers that offer trade-in programs that can give you gift cards for your old tech.  And believe it or not, there is a way to make selling your old tech items a full-time endeavor that can give you a substantial income.

The idea of a substantial income piqued your interest, huh?  Let me show you how to get some quick cash and maybe an ongoing income.

This post is actually a continuation of the article I wrote a while ago, titled: Earn Quick Money Selling Your Old Cell Phone.  A lot of the information in this article applies here so I advise you to visit it and read it.  To learn how to avoid scammers and protect your data and keep your information secure . . . please, please, please read Earn Quick Money Selling Your Old Cell Phone.  It's really important.

So basically, the way you sell your used items usually goes like this:

1.  Visit one of the websites I will list below.  Type in (or choose) the make, model, and condition of the electronic device.  Describe any defects.  Some will just simply ask you to take a picture of the item and upload it to their system.

2.  When you send them info and pictures through the website or app, they will send you a quote of the value of the item within 24 hours.

3.  If you agree with the quote, they will send you a postage label or tell you where you can download the postage label.  Make sure you carefully read the instructions for packing up the item and mail it out immediately.

4.  They usually send you an email or text when the item is delivered to you, they assess your item, and if it's exactly as you describe they notify you of payment.  Most will pay through Paypal.  Some by check.  Some by GiftCard.  Payment is usually pretty fast within 3-5 days.

And that is how it's actually done.  


How to expand and make even MORE MONEY!

After you have successfully sold all your old tech, you can make even more money by offering to get rid of all the old tech lying around your family and friend's houses.  All you have to do is ask them if they want to get rid of their old electronics.  Most people will be happy to get the junk out of their closets, cabinets, and garages.

Now, take their old electronics and repeat what you did when you sold your old devices.  Suggestion: be a good friend, and give your family and friends a small percentage of your proceeds (5%-10% of what you get, is nice).  Dropping a little cash, or a gift card as a "thank you" will give your family and friends incentive to call you later when they have more old electronics to get rid of.  They will probably also tell "their" friends about what you can do and through simple "word of mouth" you can expand your "quick money" endeavor into an extra income activity.


Where to make that money:

ItsWorthMore.com.  It's easy at this site.  Click on the device you want to sell.  Get a quote.  Ship for free and get your cash within 2 days after they receive the item.

Gazelle. Sell your gadgets for cash. They have kiosks where you can drop off your item as well as sending it in by mail.  Get paid in Amazon Gift Card, Paypal or check.

SellBroke.com.  Works the same as ItsWorthMore.com and they pay you via GooglePay, Paypal or check.

Mac of All Trades.  They purchase iMacs, iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and Mac Pro (basically all Apple products).  Visit the website to get full details of how it works.

Gadget Salvation.com  With this one, you can text them to sell your old tech.  Simply send a picture to 312-548-9231 and ask for the value of your item, they will send you a shipping label and after receiving you get paid.

Trade your old electronics for gift cards through retail sites

Walmart's Gadget to Gift Cards

Target's Trade-In Program

Amazon Trade-In

Apple's Recycling Program

Best Buy Recycling


How to make this into a full-time business.

After your "family and friends" start spreading the word around and you have gained a pretty good reputation on getting rid of old electronics, think about contacting local businesses, schools, and organizations that may have a truckload of old electronics and now you have items in bulk to sell.

There are different companies that will take electronics in bulk.  If you decide to go this route then you need to consider:

TeleTraders.net - PCs, used network hardware, phone systems and any other old electronics.

Capitol Asset - They buy IT assets when companies liquidate their assets.


Other ways to make money with old electronics

Always remember that many times you can sell PARTS for much more money than selling items whole.  And if you decide to sell parts e-Bay is one of your best tools.  Local scrap yards will pay you for whatever parts are leftover.

If you have never used E-bay to sell items, here is a simple guide to help you get started quickly.  WikiHow: How to Sell on E-bay (Beginner's Guide)


The future of recycling electronics - mineral mining.

What people are discovering is that mining minerals like "gold" for e-waste can make you some bucks as well.   Some experts point out that extracting metals for e-waste costs 13X less than mining for virgin ore. There are people currently developing easier ways to recover gold, copper and other precious metals from e-waste. "The mining of e-waste, and production of pure metal ingots from it of copper or gold, promises to be a very profitable business," said Macquarie's Prof John Mathews.The figures emerged in a joint study from Beijing's Tsinghua University and Macquarie University, in Sydney,  So keep your eyes open for a future of making money from e-waste.  






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Friday, August 16, 2019

How to survive the Trump Recession (It's coming, get ready)





Well, the news is spreading that we are in line for a recession.  All the economist say that the signs are very clear that this is inevitable.  I found a really great video that explains why we are heading for a recession today.  It's a really informative video and the guy explains if very plainly.  Click the video below.

The analysis is that this is happening due to Trump's Tariff War with China.  However, most of us really don't care why it's happening, people want to know what to do to survive the recession.






Well, you are in luck.  Economists say that we have nine (9) months to a year (12 months) to prepare for the inevitable, so if you are reading this right now you are very fortunate.  If you take the steps outlined in the post you will bless me over and over because you will be able to ride out Trump's Recession like a seagull floating on a stormy sea - you'll feel the waves but it won't destroy you.

Ready?  Here we go.


1.  Save as much money as you possibly can

Save every damn penny (it's gonna count, believe me). This is a time to put your energy in a side job, an extra gig, freelance work and sock away every cent of that extra money you earn.  Saving money in an interest-bearing account is optimal, but just saving money in a safe account will put you ahead of 99% of the population.

How much should you save?  Well, you are going to want to have a minimum of about two to three months of expenses.  Having six months or more is really the goal.  It's exceedingly difficult to find a new job during a recession and usually, it will take about six (6) months to find something when the economy is sluggish.  The goal is to allow you to survive and not become one of "the homeless" if or when your current primary income disappears (which often happens during recessions).


2.  Lower your monthly expenses  

Get rid of everything you don't need.  And I mean everything you don't need to survive.  Get rid of software and magazine subscriptions, cable TV, high-end phone packages, trips to Starbucks, etc.  Get your expenses as low as possible so that all the money you save in Instruction #1 would stretch much further and longer for you. Do this now, not later. 

Extra Tip: And also make a list of additional things you are keeping but can live without if things get really, really bad for you.



3.  Start job hunting and job networking now.  

Update your resume.  Update your LinkedIN profile and start networking now, today, as soon as possible.  Don't wait on this.  Make new friends get to know some people who are top of the scale at local companies or people who own their companies.  Get on their radar and make sure they know that you are open to opportunities with them.  Make contacts with powerful people.  You are going to need these powerful and influential friends during the recession.  When opportunities are slim, people with connections tend to fair better.  Make those connections now!


4.  Set up extra income, now! 

Start finding and setting up ways you can make extra or passive income.  Do that now . . . not later, now!  Understand doing side activities to gain extra income is very important for several reasons:

Reason #1:  It takes some time to build up a good income from side gigs.  It takes even more time to gain money from passive income activities.  So you really need the 9-12 months that economists are predicting the recession will be felt by all of us to build up this income source.  Use this time to ramp up your extra income possibilities.

Reason #2:  This side (extra) income may become your primary or only income in the future recession.  So put some effort in doing this.  In fact, if you can more than one extra income stream that the better for you!

Reason #3:  Save all the money you make on these side gigs for the next 9 to 12 months to get you to the Instruction #1 goal faster.

5.  Pay down as much debt as you can

How do you do that?  Simple.  Sell everything. You are probably just like me, you probably have closets full of stuff you haven't touched in years.  You have so much stuff in your two-car garage that you can't even put one car in it.  Your cabinets are full of stuff that you were going to use "later."  Take it out, dust it or clean it off and sell it.  It's easy to list items on E-bay, Facebook MarketPlace, Craigslist, and Amazon.  

Here are some places to go to help you quickly start.





Use every penny from those sales to pay off your debt, every $.01!  You'll thank me later.


6.  Adjust your 401(K) & Investment Portfolio

This is the time to move most of your money from the growth-high risk option to the safe slow-growth option.  It's all about preserving your hard-earned dollars here.  You worked hard to put that money in your portfolio, try to preserve your hard work as long as you can.  Don't worry, it won't be forever.  As soon as the signs of recession are over, just flip them back into your high growth options in a couple of years.

7. Commit to no big purchases for one year.
You know what "big purchases" are.  Big two-week vacations for the entire family, that new car you were thinking about leasing or buying, the possibility of buying a house.  Hold that dream for just a second (12-18 months).  You'll be able to do it later after the crashing waves of recession calm down.

That's it, my friends, if you follow this advice you should weather the storm nicely.  Afterall, you are all my powerful and influential friends and I want to keep you that way. 

For ideas on making money from side-gigs and passive income activities check out my post: Money is Everywhere: over 50 ways to make quick money.


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Telejobs (Work from Home): NTI (National Telecommuting Institute, Inc.)



Did you know that there is a whole national non-profit organization that specializes in placing Americans with Disability and Disable Veterans with jobs?  Did you know that they've been doing this successfully since 1995?

How cool is that!

If you receive SSI or SSDI (disability benefits) and are between 18 and 64 you should definitely check out this organization.  Their site NTI@Home specializes in helping folks on disability so don't worry about losing your benefits while working with them.

Most of the jobs are Call Center, Sales, Customer Service, and Help Desk jobs but that's fine because their clients are BIG companies like AT&T, Google, Amazon and so on.

It costs nothing to be part of the program and to find a job through them.  So, you should visit and learn the steps you have to take to participate in the program!

This is an amazing opportunity for my powerful and influential friends!

NTI@Home: https://www.ntiathome.org





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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Telejobs (Work From Home): Lion Rock Recovery


Voted in the Forbes Top 50 Company for Remote/Telecommuting jobs in 2017.  You should check this company often for open positions.  This company specializes in online substance abuse counseling.  From their website:

"The rapidly growing telemental health program of the U.S. Veterans Affairs health care system delivered more effective mental health services to nearly 100,000 patients than standard, face-to-face encounters during 2007-2010."

Besides work at home Clinician jobs, they also have Admissions Counselor jobs and other positions that you can easily fill.  Check out what open positions they have here: Careers at Lionrock.



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