Creative Ways to Make Money Online

Right now, there are thousands of people around the World who are making extra money or an entire income using the power of the internet. There is a vast array of ways in which people can make money online and contrary to what you may think, you do not need to be highly technical for many of the ways in which you can make money online.

Earning money from the comfort of your own home is one of the best ways to live your life, you can cut down on your travel costs, have more time in your life and will feel far less stress compared with going to the office everyday. In the past you would need to rely on cold-call sales work or having to work as a live phone sex girl in order to make a living from the comfort of your home, but those days have gone. If you want to make some serious cash online then here are a few ways in which you can do it.

Freelance Work

The first place to start when looking for ways to make money online is a freelance working website to see if you have any of the skills which people are looking for. There are lots of great sites like Upwork who act as a jobs board for employers to advertise their positions to freelancers. There are a vast amount of different types of jobs that you could be doing online and many of them do not require high amounts of technical ability. On sites like this you will find people looking for writers, designers, virtual secretaries, email handlers amongst a whole host of other positions. Check here first and see if there is anything which can make you some money.

Selling

Selling things online can be a great way to make some additional cash, especially if you can get creative with what you are selling. Websites like eBay allow you to open up your very own shop where you can sell just about anything, you won’t have to pay for rent and overheads are minimal. Because it is so easy to sell online, there are a great people doing it, that isn’t to say that there isn’t enough business out there for everyone, there is, you just need to be smart with what you are selling and who to. One of the best approaches is to head to a thrift shop with your cell, check prices online of  the things you see and if there is money in it then buy away and go get that profit.

Blogging

Blogging is not just a great form of expressing yourself online it can also be a great way of earning some money. It will be important that you can find a niche to blog about which people will enjoy and which can gain you a strong following and high volumes of traffic. Once you start attracting solid levels of traffic then you can start selling space on your website to advertisers.

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Ways to Earn Whilst You Are in University

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Being in university is a time to make new friends, have crazy experiences and party like crazy, oh, and of course, to study. During your time at university you will of course be putting in the work when it comes to gaining a good qualification and the truth is that yes, there will be a lot of partying and making friends in-between. Something that you are going to need at university, other than an intelligent mind, is money to get through it.

There are options available to support your studies, student loans and grants for example or a scholarship if you rock at football like Jack Elway. That will cover your course fees but actually living will cost a little bit more and here are some great ways that you can earn some cash whilst you are studying hard.

Online Income

More and more students are turning to the internet as a viable way to make money whilst they are away at campus, some take it to the next level like Zuckerberg. Nobody expects you to create the next Facebook but there are some great options online to make some extra cash from your dorm room. You could start a blog for example or fill out online surveys which will pay a little each time, you could look to freelance work like writing, email handling, virtual assistant work, graphic designing, website design or a whole host of other tasks that people are looking for online. You can earn well and you won’t have any costs other than your laptop and a wifi connection.

Tutoring

Once you get into your second or third year of university you can offer tutoring to some of the younger students. Meet in a neutral spot or invite them to your dorm for an hour or two per week. Tutoring is not only a great way of earning some money but it will also help to reinforce your knowledge and give you the satisfaction of helping others. When the time comes to get a job you will find that putting something like tutoring on your CV will help you to look more attractive to prospective employers. A win-win all round.

Nighttime and Weekends

Sometimes you just need to do what is necessary to get the greenbacks in and areas such as bar work, restaurant work or working weekends in a clothes shop is where you can do exactly that. These may not be the most fun or pleasant of jobs but they can help you to pay for the necessities in life whilst you are studying. Ensure that you don’t go after the money too hard, you don’t want it to compromise your studies. Once you get to university try to get out as early as possible looking for work, there will be thousands of students looking to do the same thing as you and jobs may be in high demand and low supply, make sure you’re in there first.

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How to Manage Money When You Start Earning

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When I first started working full time I was still living with my parents, I had bought a cheap car a couple of months beforehand and I had absolutely no responsibilities other than my road tax and my car insurance. Looking back, I now realize that this was a perfect opportunity for me to sensibly manage my money so that I could have a bright future.

Unfortunately at that time, I was 21 years old and pretty much blew my paycheck each month on partying and general recklessness, if only I had known then what I know now. If you are entering the world of work and want to avoid making the mistakes that I did then here are some things that I wish I’d done at that tender age.

Save Save Save

There is a huge temptation to spend all of your salary each month and not make any plans for the future, after all, you are young and probably think that things will stay the same for ever, they won’t. The far better option is to be smart and start saving some of your money as early as possible. Look to save a quarter of your monthly income, you will thank yourself for the decision to do this when the time comes along to buy a house. I have quite a hefty mortgage and had I saved better then I could’ve got a much better deal on my borrowing.

Consult Someone

People seem to have this notion that great financial advisors like Keith Springer are solely for the rich and famous in this World, that is not correct. In fact using financial advisors should be encouraged from an early age when we are less financially literate. They can offer you great advice on what to do with your money both now and going forward and they can even help you to find great bank accounts and help you make savings plans. You don’t need to meet with one on a weekly basis, just go and see one, lay out your financial situation to them and see what advice they can offer you when it comes to being smart with your money.

Monthly Budget

Remember that you are in it for the long-haul when you approach your finances, of course you could die tomorrow but let’s assume that you aren’t going to and work out how best to set yourself up for the future. A solid monthly budget can help you to stay within your financial goals, budget for everything even if it is alcohol and party money or gadget-buying money, the point of the budget is to control your spends. If you sit at the beginning of each month, take a look at your salary, remove the amount that you wish to save and any other costs which you cannot avoid paying (car insurance etc.) you will be left with your spends for the month, try and split this up into weeks until you get paid again and stick to your plan. Doing this early on will really help you out in the future when you start paying bills.

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It Can Be Quite Hard to Find a Reliable Numismatic Dealer

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One of the world’s oldest hobbies is collecting coins. If you are interested in becoming a numismatic collector, then it is vital that you find reliable rare coin dealers as well. These can help you not just in terms of finding coins, but in confirming their authenticity as well.

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Finding a rare coin is perhaps the most exciting bit about collecting them at all. Unfortunately, cunning people are aware of this, and they will try to sell you counterfeits instead. This is why a good dealer should have an excellent reputation, not just in terms of what they sell, but in terms of how they authenticate as well.

A numismatic collection is both exciting and frustrating, particularly if you are hoping to complete a set. This can take years to do. A good coin collector should be able to find any missing pieces of you are still looking for. In fact, without a good coin dealer, you are likely to struggle to ever finish a collection.

Coin collectors may also need a dealer to sell coins every once in a while. This could be because they need a bit of money for themselves, because they have doubles, or because they want to use the money from less rare coins to purchase a rarer one. Again, you need a dealer for this.

The good news is that you can find these dealers online. They have lots of resources for you and they should, if they are truly good dealers, be as excited about coin collections as what you are. They should also be a wealth of knowledge, explaining to you why coins like Buffalo Nickels are so rare. They can also tell you how to look after your coins and how to store them.

So how do you recognize a good dealer?

The Hallmarks of a Good Coin Dealer

  1. They have a lot of experience. You need to make sure that they actually studied the subject themselves. Make sure they have been in business for a while, therefore, and that they have helped others just like you.
  2. They have excellent assets. Every once in a while, the market is flooded with counterfeit coins. You should check for a dealer that has ridden out these types of storms in the past. Sometimes, counterfeits are really hard to spot, so the least you should look for is a certificate of authenticity a well.
  3. They have a fantastic reputation. If you go to a dealer’s web page, they should have a number of reviews from other clients, but also from their peers. However, there is always a risk that these reviews are not genuine, so make sure they are also listed on independent sites.

A coin collection is an investment that can pay you well, and you need to be careful with what you invest in. Do some research into the world of coin collections before choosing a dealer to work with. And remember that you do not have to stick to a single dealer either.

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New Records Expected in the U.S. Economy and Stocks with President-elect Donald Trump

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With market volatility rising, spread betting could see major winners in the coming weeks and months as analysts believe that Trump could cause U.S. stocks and the economy to set new highs according to the Deutsche Bank.

The news and reactions seem to points to Trump being a positive influence over the U.S. stock market and economy. It is believed by analysts such as Chief U.S. Equity Strategist David Bianco that by the time Trump is sworn in as President of the United States of America, the S&P 500 index will rise over 2,250.

Investors are getting behind the idea that there is a much higher chance of a continued and long-lasting expansion in the economy that could match or beat the 10 year U.S. record. Investors believe that by the year 2018, the S&P 500 could reach as high as 2,500.

If the American economy can make it to 2019 without suffering another recession, it could break the last 10-year record set from 1991 to 2001.

The largest component of the GDP is dampened by the consumption of the growing retirees on Social Security, lowering variability while the structural decline in the growth potential equates to smaller shocks to the market needed to cause a downturn in U.S. market activity.

Bianco does not ignore the risk of a rising dollar on the Corporate America’s bottom line, the possible trade policies that can be seen as protectionist under the new Trump presidency and rises in the Treasury yields, they still think that the most important aspects for investors will be the increases in profitability in banks and the lower taxes.

An estimate from the Deutsche Bank sees the U.S. corporate taxes to drop by as much as 25% bringing it closer to the current OECD average. This suggests that earnings per share on the S&P 500 could see a $5.00 increase with every 5% tax cut. Bianco has therefore increased their earnings per share to at least $130 in 2017 for the S&P 500. This constitutes an annual growth rate of 9%, assuming they hit their 2016 mark of $116. Bianco is unsure of the exact amount the corporate tax rate will be cut but are sure that it will be significant.

If people do not convert their financial holdings from foreign currencies to their country’s currency, the tax reduction that is expected for corporates would provide various benefits to the domestically-orientated organizations. Since November, the Russell 2000 Index has performed vastly better than the S&P 500.

Financial asset prices could be kept afloat by a special repatriation tax holiday, especially if the funds were used for dividend boosts, M&A or buybacks. Bonds will still not be enough of an alternative to shrinking stock valuations or make businesses turn to higher interest expenses. Bianco went on to say that as the Fed continues to the current tightening cycle, it will help to keep the labour market from becoming too volatile as well as help to put a cap on the longer term U.S. Treasury yield curve. Because the utilities stocks have been battered since the election, Bianco has recommended that investors should turn to it as a source of income.

Historically, utilities have seen benefit from lower U.S. corporation tax rates since it gives all the profits back to the U.S. and there is then little foreign exchange risk. It also benefits from a continued the 15% tax rates on dividends as opposed to income tax rates and 3.8% the Affordable Care Act tax that will likely be dropped. Furthermore, utilities will benefit from Federal loans and infrastructure grants as well as benefiting from safe-havens for retirees and other institutions that are looking to lower their fixed income exposure.

Spread betting on sites such as CMC Markets could therefore see some major winners in the coming weeks and months as Trump becomes sworn in and does what most analysts expect him to do. Americans are the most hopeful they have been in a long time based on reports by a Bloomberg sentiment index from the University of Michigan. It showed a broad increase in confidence across incomes, ages and religions. While this might be a post-election honeymoon period for some, confidence is much higher than expected pre-election results.

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Thinking of filing for bankruptcy? Here’s what you need to know…

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In debt up to your eyeballs? If you can’t even come up with enough money to cover your monthly minimums, you might have to file for bankruptcy through a firm like Olympia Law PC.

However, the process of defaulting on your financial obligations is no simple matter. Below, we’ll discuss what you need to know before filing for bankruptcy.

You may not even need to file for bankruptcy

Virtually all people that consider filing for bankruptcy are in a mental space of overwhelm when it comes to dealing with their debts.

They think that their income will never be sufficient enough to repay the loans they hold, so they think that waving the white flag is the only option available to them.

However, by doing things like changing your mindset and negotiating a lower interest rate from your creditors, a situation that might have seemed unmanageable at first glance can become resolvable over a period of time.

Given the destructive effects that bankruptcy can have on your credit rating, opting for a protracted repayment plan (even if it takes years) is the preferable option.

Can I file for bankruptcy?

Even if you have a desire to file for bankruptcy, there might be legal roadblocks that may prevent you from doing that.

The most basic test that you must pass to file for bankruptcy is that you must owe more than $1,000, and lack the ability to make payments on that debt when it is due (i.e. you are insolvent).

However, it gets more complicated than that, as there are certain types of debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.

If you owe alimony, child support, student loans (if you are less than seven years removed from graduation), legal fines, or if your debt came about due to illegal activity, you will not be able to make these obligations go away by filing for bankruptcy.

Additionally, secured loans such as mortgages and car loans may not be able to be discharged, although you might be able to renegotiate payment terms with your creditors to better fit your financial situation.
If you hold unsecured debt through credit cards, pay day loans, etc though, you may be able to get these debts dismissed or restructured through bankruptcy proceedings.

If you do, pick a trustee dedicated to your cause

Your creditors will do everything they can to limit the damage caused by your default, so it is important that you have competent representation throughout the entire bankruptcy process.

They are responsible for drawing up the paperwork, negotiating an amenable settlement with the parties to which you owe money, and to provide you with expert advice on how you should manage your finances going forward into the future.

By choosing one who executes their duties professionally, this stressful process can proceed smoother and with better outcomes for you and your family.

You have duties during this process: fulfill them

Declaring bankruptcy isn’t as simple as hiring a trustee and calling it a day. You have important duties to carry out before the process can proceed to its conclusion.

Generally, you must provide them with proof of your monthly income each month, attend credit counseling sessions, and pay any surplus income to your trustee during the time you are in bankruptcy, among other responsibilities.

Know that you’ll have a long road back to respectability after discharge

Even after you’ve eliminated your debts, your life won’t be easy after emerging from bankruptcy. The fact that you opted to default on what you owed will act as an anchor on your credit score for as long as seven years, plunging it anywhere between 160 to 220 points from wherever it was before you declared insolvency.

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10 Things You Ought to Know Before Getting Yourself a Mortgage

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Before you start to approach local banks and other financial institutions with the aim of obtaining a mortgage to buy a new home, there are a few facts that you need to know. Borrowing such a large sum of money without doing some research first is not a good idea as you will be entering into a binding contract that lasts for many years. With this in mind, below is a list of 10 things you really ought to know before you apply for your first mortgage, which should stand you in good stead when you get in touch with local lenders.

10 Things You Should Know Before Applying for a Home Loan

Make a note of the following ten points, or bookmark this page so that you can refer to it whenever you want.

1. Your Credit Score – Your credit score and history will dictate the rate of interest you are likely to be charged on a mortgage so the first thing you need it know is what kind of score you currently have.

2. Your Budget – What a bank or mortgage broker thinks you can afford and what you can really afford are often two completely different things. Go through your budget carefully to make sure you do not overextend yourself.

3. Your Partner – This may sound like an odd one but if you are getting a joint mortgage, you need to be absolutely sure that your partner is 100% reliable.

4. Your Building Company – If you are paying a Perth builder to create a beautiful new home for you, take the time to get to know how they work before you sign on the dotted line. If you click here, you can get a good idea of what reputable firms have to offer.

5. Possible Benefits – Depending on where you are in the country and the current regulations, there may well be certain government schemes for which you are eligible, which could help to defray the cost of your new home.

6. Your Location – The location of your new home will have a major influence on its future value so research this particular factor very thoroughly.

7. Your Future Plans – Given the long-term nature of mortgages and the fact it may take some time before you can sell your new home for a profit, you need to consider your future plans carefully.

8. Your Lender – Although it is tempting to make all the arrangements online, you should visit the bank from which you are going to borrow, to make sure you are happy with their terms and conditions.

9. The Fees – Virtually all Mortgage Providers charge application fees, and there may be other costs involved in dealing with them too. Make sure you are aware of them all up front.

10. The Real Value – Pay for an independent valuation of the house you wish to buy.

There are other things you should know but the list above will get you off to a great start when applying for home loans in Western Australia and elsewhere.

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Things to Consider as You Plan for Retirement

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Like getting an education, beginning a career and starting a family, retirement is an important stage of life and one that should be planned for in order to get the best results. It is always a good idea to get professional advice from an expert like Keith Springer, but there are some general things that you should keep in mind as you think ahead to retirement.

You Are Never Too Young to Start Planning

From the perspective of your twenties or thirties, it may be hard to imagine that there will ever be a time when you are not working – it can be difficult to think past 40, let alone to imagine yourself at 60 or beyond. Perspectives and circumstances change, of course, but you are never too young to imagine the kind of life you want to have in your senior years and to begin thinking about how to make it happen. Are you interested in early retirement? Do you want to live on a tropical island? Do you expect to have a family to take into account of in your planning? The best part about thinking seriously about retirement when you are young is that you will benefit from the incredible power of compound interest to maximize your wealth with relatively small investments.

You Are Never Too Old to Start Planning

Maybe you never quite got around to really thinking about retirement until it was looming on the horizon. Or, maybe you were thinking about it but didn´t feel like you had any extra financial resources to sock away for retirement – between career and family obligations the budget was stretched tight already. Chances are though, as you enter your 50s, the heavy expenses that come with raising a family are mostly behind you, and have probably come close to your highest earning years. Don’t give into the “it’s too late to start saving now” mindset. Yes, it is better to start earlier, but it is definitely better to start late than never. And, there is a certain advantage in starting later – the questions that were open-ended when you were young are now mostly answered and you have a clear focus that can motivate you to save in a purposeful way.

Inflation Makes Savings Not Worth Saving

It is true that some of the safest investments (bank accounts, some bonds or T-bills) may be hard-pressed to keep up with inflation. However, the younger you start to make these sorts of investments, the longer you can “lock in” your money and the higher the rates you can expect. Riskier investments have the potential to bring higher payouts, but of course, the older you are, the less likely you are to want to take risks with your savings. But a carefully selected and diverse portfolio can go some way towards minimizing risk while maximizing returns. And some investments are more resilient against inflation than others – real estate, for example, is generally seen as a way to hedge against inflation. The bottom line is that fears about inflation should not be reason that you don’t save.

No matter how old you are, the time is right to think seriously about the life you want to have in your retirement and to begin planning today.

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How to Make the Most of Vegas on a Budget

At some point, everyone has thought about going to Las Vegas. It comes in pretty high on most bucket lists, considered as a trip of a life time. The swanky casinos and luxury resorts may look like they cost an arm and a leg, but there are ways to visit the four mile trip in the desert on a budget. Whatever the price, you are still able to see the best attractions without spending a small fortune.

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For $19.95 you can see Vegas meet Venice and ride on a gondola. You can choose whether you wish you to sail along the canal or lagoon at the Venetian. For you romantics, the gondolier will even serenade you with some alluring Italian music, or if you have a favorite, they even take requests.

You can further explore Europe in Vegas, yes it really is that marvelous, and take a ride up the Eiffel Tower. Whilst it may not compare to Paris, there are certainly some beautiful sights to behold. A glass elevator lifts you 460 feet above the strip allowing you to stare in awe at the stunning 360 degree view. And for just $14 during the day, or an extra $5 after 7:30pm, it’s certainly worth the money.

If you’re a thrill seeker then you should definitely try the Big Apple Roller Coaster New York. The ride travels at 67mph and boasts two inversions, featuring corkscrews with numerous twists and dives. Over one million people ride the rollercoaster each year, and as well as a rush of adrenaline, you will also get some fabulous views of the strip. For $14 why not kill two birds with one stone!?

If you’ve seen pictures of Vegas, or films featuring the strip, such as the Hangover, then you’ve definitely seen the Fountains of Bellagio. The Bellagio fountains aren’t just any normal foundations and put on their own wonderfully choreographed show. The 1,214 jets rocket streams of water up to 460 feet in the air, incredibly to the beat of whatever song is playing. And to see this spectacular show won’t cost you a penny.

You can also haggle on room rates, check what price they are online, and then ring the hotel directly to see if they can offer you a better deal. Furthermore, mention a different hotel chain and inform them that if they can’t lower their price, then you will in fact be staying at that different hotel. And you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll lower the price.

Essentially, you don’t even need to pack to visit Vegas, if you don’t have the budget, or can’t get the time off from work then visit from home. All you really need is a computer and an internet connection to visit the famous Royal Vegas Casino! After all, that’s main reason why people visit sin city. What you save on plane tickets you can spend in the casino!

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Why You Should Get a Line of Credit

Bad budgeting isn’t the only reason why someone might need financial aid. If you’re self-employed or rely on government assistance, then you’re all too susceptible to the vagaries of your monthly income. When unforeseen expenses come a long, you may find yourself underprepared and overwhelmed by your sudden financial obligations. When your savings account isn’t as padded as you’d like, a line of a credit can be a financially responsible way to cover your needs.

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A line of credit can act as a safety net in your time of need. While they are not recommended to purchase something as large as a car or a home, they can help you with those small unavoidable items or services that your monthly income can’t cover. Typically larger than small dollar loans, they have a higher limit that allows you to pay for more expensive charges.

Its repayment is dependent on how much you use against the total. Interest is calculated according to the portion of the funds that you use rather than the total amount available. Only a minimum payment is required once you start to use your advance. This particular feature makes it an ideal alternative if you wish to keep your credit, untouched, until an emergency requires it, or if you plan on using it to pay off several smaller expenses over a longer period of time than a short-term loan can provide.

Regardless of how it functions, a line of credit must be reasonable for your current financial situation. There is no such thing as free money, so you will have to repay all of the funds that you’re given. It’s imperative to determine if you can reasonably repay your line of credit before you sign any contract. Before you even apply, learn about its fees, minimum payment schedules, and all related costs.

These will differ from state to state, as each local government is responsible for setting out the legal limitations of lines of credit. Speak to a loan expert at MoneyKey if you live in these three states: Kansas, Maryland, or Missouri. As a state licensed lender, they offer products in accordance with local laws. Check out the personal line of credit loan from MoneyKey to learn about their rates and terms. With this information in mind, you can decide if you can budget for its minimum payments.

As a flexible alternative to short-term loans, a personal line of credit could be exactly what you need to cover surprising and stressful expenses. Take the time to find out if it fits your financial situation. If you can afford to take on its minimum payments, it’s a practical solution to your money problems.

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