I’m Alexa and I started this blog in 2012 as a way of chronicling my journey as a single mother trying to beat the vicious cycle of dead end jobs and paycheck to paycheck living. My blog provides creative ways to earn save money.
Teaching English as a second language online has become
quite popular in the past couple of years. It’s
not only an ideal position for someone who enjoys teaching children but is also
one of the higher paying work from home gigs.
If you’ve been thinking of signing up as an ESL teacher but
don’t know which company to sign up with, you’ll want to check out what Magic
Ears has to offer.
What Working for Magic Ears is Like
As a Magic Ears teacher,
you’ll be teaching English to Chinese children, ages 4-12. Each class you teach
will contain up to four students, selected at
random. All curriculum is provided to you, but
you will need to review the material beforehand.
The classes are 25 minutes long and you’ll be required to
submit a student evaluation afterward. You won’t be in contact with any of the
parents (Magic Ears handles all of that). However, parents can rate you.
Another great thing about this company is that if you’re
sick or have an emergency and need to cancel a class you can, without receiving
Do I Need a Degree?
To be eligible to become a Magic Ears teacher, you need a bachelor’s degree or need to be a student
currently enrolled in a university.
How Many Hours Can I Work?
There are no minimum hours required.
When you first become a teacher,
you’ll be considered a “freshman.” After you teach 10 classes, you’ll start to move up the ranks. The higher your
ranking the more classes you’ll book.
But you don’t have to worry about never getting a class –
even in the beginning. You won’t go even a few days without a class.
What’s the Application Process Like?
You can apply online and if your application is accepted, you’ll go through interviews and training where you can earn $12-18 during the process. Here’s how it works:
Submit Application (~5mins) –>
Mini Demo (~10mins) –> Magic Training (~30mins) –> Trial Class (~25mins)
–> Background Check (3-5 days) –> Sign Contract (~5mins)
After this, you’ll be able to start teaching.
How Does Payment Work?
Magic Ears has a base pay of $9-11 per half hour. They also
offer incentives based on time, participation and performance. Overall, you’ll earn anywhere from $18-$26
Pay is made on the 10th day of the following
calendar month. Pay can be made via direct deposit or through PayPal.
It’s important to note that you’ll be an independent
contractor with Magic Ears so you will be responsible for paying your own
How Magic Ears Differs From Other Companies
Whether you’re an experienced ESL teacher or are just
getting started, Magic Ears is a good company to sign up with. They offer up to
30% higher starting pay compared to other companies, have the best cancellation
policy, and offer secondary positions such as interviewer, performer and
If you’re interested in becoming an ESL Teacher with Magic Ears, you can start the application process hereor visit theirMagic Ears Q&A group on Facebook to learn more and chat with current teachers.
Google has grown into a one-stop search resource for consumers all over the world. If you like listening to music, traveling, writing, or need to find an address or product, Google is the #1 go-to for most people.
That said, Google also provides many opportunities for people to make money. Using Google’s tools, features and benefits can allow you to earn a sizeable income working from home as well. Here are some of the best ways to make money online with Google.
1. Google AdSense
If you want to make money from ads on your websiteor blog your best bet may be to set up a Google Adsense account. Adsense is a free cost per click advertising campaign to help you earn more money.
This is the perfect way to take advantage of the traffic on your site and turn the clicks you get from your ads into cash. You can control where your ads will appear and be able to figure out which work best for you. Simply choose where you want the ad and you copy and paste the code wherever you want. You have to reach the minimum threshold to be paid. Give it a try and see how your ads do!
2. Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards is an app to download if you want to earn rewards for taking surveys. To get set up you have to download the app and answer some start-up questions about yourself. After that, you will get a notification about a few question survey about once a week.
For each completed survey you will receive a credit to the Google Play store or PayPal. Credits can be up to $1.00. The surveys will be a mix of reviews and user opinion on a topic to your satisfaction of a certain merchant.
3. Search Engine Evaluator
Want to get paid to search online? Most people use the internet to search for information which is why becoming a search engine evaluator can be a great work from home job.
A search engine evaluator’s job is basically to make sure search engines like Google are doing their job to locate the most relevant information to users all the time. They measure the usefulness of web pages and analyze search engine results.
Sites like Leapforce and Appenhire and train search engine evaluators.
4. Google Audience Measurement
Google Audience Measurement is similar to the Google Opinion set up because with this you also receive rewards. The Audience Management teams learn from you by simply requesting to monitor you use your mobile device, browse the internet, and watch TV. For whatever research study they are completing they ask any given panelist if they want to be apart of the study.
There can be hundreds even thousands of different panelist per study all depends on what type of study is being conducted. You have better odds if you browse the internet and watch television regularly.
How does it work? Well, you have to meters on your eligible devices, and when you use your device with the meter installed your data is safely shared with Google. Some information that’s gathered is cookies, sites, and apps you use, and what shows play on your television.
The information they are trying to gather from this research is what types of apps, sites, and television are popular. Also what type of day you watch television or browse websites. They just want to know how media is used in your household. You will be credited points per device and points are added to your account on Thursday’s!
5. Sell Books on Google Play
Have a creative mind and want to make money by selling my books? Google Play lets you do just that. There is a Google Play Book Partner program you can join and earn money from your book or ebook. They are accepting a limited amount of publishers.
Depending on which country the author is from they currently may not be able to become a seller. A majority of countries can purchase books or get paid to their partner account for selling books though.
The books can be in either in PDF or EPUB formats. Both formats are suggested because EPUB offers readers a more flexible text when reading. Google will be in charge of all the hosting, sales and distribution of your books. You will receive sales reports and get to keep most of the revenue from each sale!
Another neat thing is if you have your book on Google Books if someone searches a word and it happens to be in your book it can show up in search results even if the word isn’t in the title. Bringing some additional traffic that can potentially buy your book. That’s not a bad deal!
6. Selling Apps on Google Play
You can also use your skills to create an app and get it on Google Play to sell. If you have the tech mindset to create the next big app, Google offers a nice platform to get your idea out there to the world. The first step would be to set up a Google Wallet Merchant Account. Participants have to be at least 18 years old and must pay a $25 registration fee.
While signing up it would be a good idea to take a look at the list of distribution countries. This is where exactly the app can and will be offered.
Google offers ways to submit your app for testing to make sure it’s ready for a release. When you are all set you can add it is a paid app and get paid for download that you get.
If you’re on the internet every day, odds are you’re using Google in one capacity or another. Given the popularity and usefulness of the platform, consider these 6 easy ways to make money online with Google.
Have you ever done an internet search for single mom scholarships? If so, then you probably got so sick and tired of weeding through spam that you eventually gave up. I’ve been there before!
I, too, have considered going back to school and finishing my degree. I just haven’t decided which path I want to take yet. I know for some single mothers continuing education can be the ticket to financial stability.
Going back to school can, however, be extremely expensive. That’s why it’s so important that you take the time to find scholarships and grants before taking out student loans.
(Note: This post was originally published in 2013. It has been updated as of May of 2017. Some of the original opportunities are no longer available and have been deleted from the post.)
10 Places Single Moms Can Apply for Scholarships
I want to free you from the spam! I have spent hours compiling this list of 100% legitimate places where you can apply for scholarships or grants.
Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity
This organization gives out over $1.5 million dollars to over 1,000 women to help them achieve their dreams. Award amounts vary from $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000. Here is a brief overview of the qualifications:
must be woman who provides primary financial support for her dependents
must be in financial need
must have not have previously been awarded through the organization
must be enrolled in a skills program or an undergraduate degree
This sounds like one of the best organizations I have read about so far. If you want to read the full qualifications or fill out an application, you can do so here.
The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
This foundation will award five single mothers a $3,000 scholarship this year. Here are the qualifications:
must be a women, at least 17 years old
must be a mom, must have minor children
must be enrolled in a degree,GED, or skills/vocational program
must be low income
You can read the full list of qualifications and apply here.
Emerge offers scholarships to women in the amount of $2,000 – $5,000 dollars. They have a detailed list of qualifications, but here are a few basics:
must be a resident of Georgia
must be at least 25 years old
must be enrolled or accepted to a continuing education program
I could not find a specific scholarship amount for this foundation but they have helped a lot of women go back to school. Here are the qualifications:
must be a woman, age 35 or older
must be low income
pursuing a technical, vocational, associates degree, or first bachelors degree
citizen of the US
accepted to ACICS regionally accredited school
To see the full set of qualifications and apply you can visit their website here.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
This organization gave out more than $3.7 million dollars in funding to women in the 2017-2018 school year. They have a variety of grants and fellowship programs available. Here is a complete list:
Career Development Grants
Community Action Grants
International Project Grants
Selected Professions Fellowships
You can visit their website here. You will be able to check out the fellowships and grants you are interested in and learn about the qualifications and application process from there.
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
As it sounds, this scholarship is awarded to women pursuing accounting degrees. There are a few different scholarships you can apply for. The award amounts range from $1,000-$5,000 dollars. Here is a brief overview of the qualifications.
Must be a woman who is the primary source of support for her family
Must be pursuing a degree in accounting.
To view all of the available scholarships and learn about the application process, you can visit their website here.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the almighty FAFSA. The FAFSA is a government grant that will help you pay for school if you meet the income criteria.
I received this grant when I was enrolled in community college. It paid for all of my tuition and all I had to cover was books. Even if you are applying for scholarships, don’t forget to apply for the FAFSA. It can be a great help.
If you need help filling out make an appointment with the financial aid department of your school.
You can fill out a FAFSA application here. (You can also check out the other grants for single moms going back to college.) There you have it. 10 places single moms can get scholarships or grants to go back to school. Be sure to apply to all that you qualify for. Best of luck to you!
*Updated* I’ll continue to update the list as I see more scholarships. So, here you go:
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother Scholarship
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will be awarding two single mothers a $1,000 scholarship.
In order to apply you’ll need to write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while being a mother. Five finalists will be chosen. The finalists essays will be posted on the RIL website and social media. The two essays with the most tweets will win the scholarship. Here are some other requirements:
Enrollment in an accredited high school, college or university in the U.S.
Must be a mother who is attending school
Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0
Applications must be received by December for the following school year
Facebook and Twitter were in their infancy. Instagram and
Pinterest had yet to be created. And the thought of getting paid to post on
social media was absolutely ludicrous. Completely insane. Totally bananas.
Boy, how things have changed.
Now making a living on social media isn’t a pipedream. In
fact, making GOOD money on social media isn’t
a pipedream and today we’ll talk about ways you can do it.
What Kind of Social Media Jobs are There?
“Social media jobs” is a very broad phrase and can mean
several different things.
Today we’re going to focus on getting paid by companies to help with their social media networks. (However, if you’re more interested in the influencer type model here’s a great article for ya.)
Managing and Posting on Multiple Social Media Accounts
When you read the phrase “social media job” I’m betting this
is what you think of – working for one company and managing their social
And you’d be right to think that, because these types of jobs
This job usually entails:
Creating a posting schedule and editorial
Creating social media posts and images
Responding to comments and messages
And sometimes, managing ads
Specializing in one Social Network and Working with Multiple Clients
Let’s say you spend all day on Instagram.
You’ve grown a massive following, are awesome at stories,
have helped a friend’s business get stellar results with ads, and you know how
to interact. You’re a freaking Rockstar.
You might not care about any of the other social networks
which is perfectly A-OK.
You can make more money by specializing in one specific area
and driving really good results for your clients.
Responding to Comments and Customer Inquiries
Maybe you don’t feel capable of growing a social network but
you’re great at customer service. If so, don’t worry! You can find social media
Some companies will hire people just to respond to comments
Running and Optimizing Ads
I’m willing to be that every time you log onto Facebook,
Instagram or Pinterest that you’re met with a ton of ads aimed at your
interests or browsing history. Well, a person has set up these ads. And if you’re
willing to learn, you can be that person.
Social media ads are huge and could mean HUGE money for
someone who can properly execute them. (Which is actually much harder than you
Job Boards to Check for Social Media Work
Now that we’ve covered some of the main positions you’ll
find, let’s talk about HOW you will find those jobs.
We’ll start with job boards. Here are some job boards to check out for social media jobs:
Indeed has been around forever and is a great job board for finding work from home jobs. (In fact, it’s the first place I look when doing my email roundups every week!)
To search for social media jobs just enter “social media” in
the what section and “work form home” in the where section.
*Pro Tip: If you aren’t
finding what you’re looking for change out your search term. Try terms like “content
manager” “social media manager” “digital marketing” and “content marketing.”
The ProBlogger Job Board is where bloggers and online businesses post their openings. You’ll see a lot of writing jobs on here, but you’ll also see social media jobs listed occasionally.
I recommend checking this job board each morning so you can
be one of the first to apply to a new job opening that interests you.
Mashable regularly has high quality job postings, some from
really big brands. There’s a mix of both work from home and location dependent
You can check out the current social media jobs on Mashable here.
Internships.com (Unpaid – Only for Experience!)
If you’re wanting to get your feet wet and gain some experience to put on a resume you can find internships with small, medium and large size companies here.
Just keep in mind that most of these are unpaid.
How to Find Your Own Social Media Clients by Cold Pitching
Anyone who knows me knows that this is always my #1 recommendation.
Finding your own clients, while a bit tough in the
beginning, is ideal for a couple reasons. 1) You reach out to businesses that YOU
want to work with. You’re not accepting a job you don’t really want to do just
because they have an opening. 2) Over time, going this route generally means
I’ve wrote about this SO many times that it’s just too much to
cover here. The basic concept is that you narrow down who you want to work with
and then email those businesses introducing yourself and offering your
The last way to find social media jobs is to go directly to
one of the companies who hire explicitly for this kind of work. This is last on
the list because these jobs typically pay much less than finding your own
However, you might want to work with these companies to gain
experience. Or, you may just like the ease of going through one of these
Whatever makes you happy, makes me happy.
99 Dollar Social (Creating Social Media Posts)
99 Dollar Social hires content specialists to create social
media postings for a variety of different companies in different industries.
Hours vary but they ask that you are available 40 hours per
week. The pay is by project so I don’t know the exact hourly rate. (Although I vaguely remember reading that it came
out in the $9-$10/hour range.)
You can apply for a job with 99 Dollar Social here.
Appen (Social Media Evaluator)
Now we’re taking a bit of a different turn.
Appen offers jobs where you can evaluate the relevancy of
posts, search queries, photos and ads on social media networks.
These jobs are normally very part time and pay is said to be around $13/hr. You can check for social media jobs with Appen here.
Lionbridge (Social Media Evaluator)
Lionbridge is another company that hires evaluators to score
relevancy of photos, ads and more on social media.
Time, Etc. (Virtual Assistant with Some Social Media)
This is another company that hires virtual assistants. Like
Belay Solutions, this position is part social media management and a whole lot
of other admin duties.
The pay is $11 per hour and you can put in an application here.
Bottom Line: There are LOTS of Social Media Jobs Out There
Do you know how you never see a white car on the road and
then you buy a white car and start seeing them EVERYWHERE?? Well, this is kind
of like that. When you start looking for social media jobs you’ll start seeing
If you’re interested
in doing social media work now is the time to start building up your client
roster. To get the most bang for your buck gain a bit of experience and
then find your own clients by looking on job boards and cold pitching.
In six months from now you could have a boomin’ social media business.
Want to earn a little
extra money in your spare time? User Testing is looking for people to test
websites and apps and offer their feedback.
If you’re frustrated with how websites and apps work, or don’t work, you can now be part of
the solution and get paid for it!
How Do I Work with User Testing?
To get started, you’ll need to complete a sample test. You
can do that by visiting the User Testing website, entering your email address,
and clicking “sign me up.” You’ll be sent a sample test and provide some basic
information. If you pass the sample test, you’ll immediately be able to start
Jobs are posted based on the demographic information you
provide and the companies looking for testers within your demographic. Once
accepting, you’ll start receiving emails notifying you of testing
opportunities. New tests are posted daily.
There are a few different types of testing that you can do
to get paid:
Website and App
Testing – each test consists of a 20-minute recording and answers to 4
follow-up written questions. This type of testing pays $10 for each completed
Testing – this is a live video conference call with the website or app
company at a scheduled date and time. You will go through the website or app in
real-time with the company watching how you manage the site and asking you to
perform website or app tasks. The Live Conversation testing pays $60 per
completed online video conversation.
It’s important to note that, while customers very rarely ask
for a refund, on the occasion that they are not satisfied with your test and
request a refund, you will not be paid for that test.
How Do I Get Paid?
Payment for testing is through PayPal. There are no other
payment options so you will need to have a verified PayPal account. Payment is
made directly to your PayPal account seven days after a test is completed and
payments are sent daily. If you completed tests 3 days in a row, you will
receive payment 3 days in a row starting 7 days after your first test is
Please note that taxes are not withheld from payments so you
will be responsible for your own taxes.
If you’d like to get started testing websites and apps and
getting paid, visit User Testing and
sign up today!
Are There Other Fun Ways to Earn Extra Money?
Yes! If you’re looking for other ways to earn a little extra
money there are a ton of opportunities – it all depends on what you enjoy doing.
The internet can be a great place to connect with others, take advantage of convenient services, and even find meaningful work.
The internet also has a dark side when you think about scammers and all the hackings that take place. When it comes to finding flexible online work, there are plenty of legitimate opportunities.
That said, there are plenty of scams to watch out for as well. Years ago when I was in college, I almost fell victim to a check cashing scam. Unfortunately, some people are still running this common scam so I wanted to let you know how it works and what to look out for you so can avoid it.
It Can Start With a Remote Job Search
When you search for remote jobs, it’s important to make sure you’re using credible sources and websites. If the work from home job is so great, it should have reviews and all the information should be clear.
There is one exception and that’s if you’re looking for one-on-one contract work. In my case, I was looking for virtual assistant jobs on Craigslist.
VA clients can range from large companies to small entrepreneurs or bloggers. All of them can offer a legitimate opportunity, but it can also be really difficult to weed out the real from the fake.
How the Check Cashing Scam Works
Generally, the person running the scam convinces the victim to cash a check that they send them via wire transfer, then send the check to someone else.
The victim or ‘worker’ keeps a portion of the money for compensation for completing the task.
While this probably sounds pretty odd already, the big surprise is that the person’s check is fake. Sometimes banks catch it right away and other times they don’t.
If and when they do catch on the scam however, you’ll be an accessory to the crime. This can put someone in a very dangerous situation which is why it’s important to approach certain ‘work form home’ opportunities with a skeptical eye.
What a Fake Check Cashing Job Can Look Like
There are several ways that criminals try to market their fake check scam to hopeful people like you and I who are just looking for a flexible way to make money.
In my case, the “job” was introduced to me as a virtual assistant position. The ad stated that I would be running errands, handling payments, and doing other administrative work.
My first assignment was to accept a few money orders from the client and send them to other people while cashing one to pay myself.
Other check cashing scams involve:
Mystery Shopping: This is not a scam in itself as there are plenty of legit mystery shopping sites. However, scammers may claim to be a mystery shopping company and send you a check to cover purchases you need to make and request you send them back the difference.
Payment Processing: All payment processing jobs may not be scams, but they are if you’re processing payments for people overseas.
Overpayment Scam: If you sell something but receive a check for more than the agreed upon price, this could be a major red flag if the sender asked you to send back some of the money for “taxes” or “fees”.C
How to Spot a Check Cashing Scam
By now, you’ve probably noticed some common factors of this scam. Hint – it’s the checks. If people are overpaying for products or services or sending you checks for tasks you haven’t even completed yet, consider is a huge red flag.
During my experience, I found it odd that the person who hired me didn’t even need me to complete an application or sign a contract for the work.
They also sent me money orders and trusted me to resend them out when they didn’t know me from Adam.
Luckily, when I received my assignment, something didn’t sit right. I started researching and putting two and two together. Mind you, this was years ago because warnings about this particular scam were wildly publicized.
I still had a feeling that something could have been off so when I got to the currency exchange, I actually asked the clerk if my money order looked fake. She took it to the back then returned and told me that they were indeed fake.
Whew. I was shocked but relieved that I found this out before doing any further work for the scam artist who hired me. Had I tried to use the money orders, I could have been in big trouble so I’m glad I listened to my gut.
Ultimately, you don’t want to accept checks from people you don’t know. If you’re selling something and someone tries to pay you with a check, see if you can get it verified with your bank first or ask for a PayPal payment instead.
When it comes to finding work from home job, make sure your client doesn’t agree to hire you when you didn’t even submit an application or resume. Don’t accept payment upfront unless you have a contract and a legitimate service to provide.
Alternative Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities
Try to avoid check cashing scams at all costs. If you’re looking to work from home with a legit opportunity, check out these posts to help you get started.
If you like variety in your day, but still want to work from
home, virtual assistant work might be right up your alley.
Belay Solutions is a company that hires virtual assistants,
web specialists and bookkeepers for work from home positions. They’ve been
named the “Number One in Best Culture for Small-Sized Companies” from
Entrepreneur Magazine and they’ve been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of
the “Fastest Growing Companies in the US.”
They have full-time and part-time hours available. Here’s
what you need to know about virtual assistant positions with Belay Solutions.
Job Duties Working with Belay Solutions
As a virtual assistant, your job duties and responsibilities
can vary. You’ll likely be doing many different tasks throughout the day. Some
common duties may include:
Maintaining appointment calendar
Preparing presentations and spreadsheets
Social Media management
Creating structures and processes
Making travel arrangements
Requirements for Working with Belay Solutions
Belay Solutions is looking for people who are
detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, reliable, resourceful, professional,
and tech savvy. You must also be able to multi-task several projects in any
Belay Solutions states that it prefers those with bachelor’s degrees. To qualify for this position
you’ll need to be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week and be available
Monday through Friday during business hours. You’ll also need five years’ experience in an admin role.
The following tech requirements must also be met:
Mac or PC computer with webcam – minimum 1.0ghz
dual core processor, 8gb, most current version of MS Office installed
(including Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint)
Fast and reliable internet connection
Quiet, distraction-free work area
How Much Does Belay Solutions Pay?
The pay varies based
on the position, experience, and hours worked. All jobs are hired as 1099
Contractors so you are responsible for your own taxes. All applicants are also
subject to a background check.
You can choose to work anywhere from 10 to 40+ hours per
week; all work is done Monday-Friday during normal work hours. Belay Solutions
also offers resources, webinars, mentors, and coaching for ongoing training and
How to Apply to Belay Solutions
The application process involves several steps. First, fill
out the online application. Next, there is an assessment test to see if you’re
a good fit for the company. Once those are completed, there is an email and
video conference call interview. From start to finish, the process takes about
a week or two.
If this sounds like a job that interests you, visit Belay Solutions
job page to begin the application process. Within a couple of weeks,
you could be working a great new job right from the comfort of home!
Last weekend I did some major cleaning and decluttering around the house. I’ve been obsessed with the Netflix Show Tidying Up and I love the book the show is based on, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
I decided to be aggressive with my goal of tidying up and go through my entire home in a single weekend. We ended up wanting to get rid of bags and bags of items including clothing and just things that were laying around the house unused.
One thing I always recommend people do if they’re looking to make extra money quickly is sell some of their unused items. Whether you are tidying up or not, I’ll bet you have quite a few things that are just taking up space at your home.
Consider selling them instead. While it’s too cold in some areas for a garage sale, you can advertise your items for a bigger audience by selling them online.
While we all know about Amazon and eBay, here are 5 unique places to sell items online for extra money.ThredUp
1. Thred Up
Thred Up is one of my favorite sites to buy gently used clothing online. Instead of having to venture out to the thrift store, I can shop online and get great deals on new-to-me clothing as well.
This is a major perk since you never know what you’ll find when you go to thrift stores or garage sales. Thred Up is the largest online consignment shop and sells women’s and children’s clothing along with some accessories.
The great thing about the site is that you can also sell your clothes to them and earn cash. Simply go to the site and click on the button that says ‘Clean Out’ at the top of the page.
ThredUp actually lists the items they are currently looking for to help give you a feel for what you can send in. When you’re ready to sell, order a free bag that will be shipped to your address. When you receive it, fill it with the clothing you’d like to sell and ship it back for free.
From there, ThredUp will decide if they want to buy your items and send you cash or credit for the items they accept.
Poshmark is a popular app that allows you to sell your gently used clothing online.
You can list clothing items for men, women, and children along with accessories like handbags, jewelry, and shoes. This site is similar to eBay in that you need to photograph your own items and create a listing with a detailed description.
You’ll want to include specific details about the item that might help it sell like the name of the brand, size, condition, etc. Of course, you want to be honest when describing the item but really position it from a sales perspective.
What would you want to see if you’re a shopper browsing on the app? You may even want to browse on the app first to see what other people are selling and how well their listings look. You can also compare pricing for items similar to yours so you can choose a fair price point.
When you make a sale on Poshmark, you’ll get a pre-paid, pre-addressed label ready to be put on the box. You can drop your package off at a USPS mailbox or even have it picked up for free from your home. Poshmark does takes a flat commission of $2.95 for all sales under $15. For sales of $15 or more, Poshmark charges 20% commission.
3. Offer Up
Offer Up is a site that allows you to sell practically any item from appliances, books, antiques, and electronics to clothes, pet supplies, and even furniture.
Offer Up is a local site, so you’d be listing your items and selling them to people in your area. However, so many people use this site so your reach can be huge.
We are planning to take on a new home project where we move the location of our washer and dryer. This requires us to get a new stackable washer ansd dryer set.
To offset the costs, we are thinking about selling our current washer and dryer on Offer Up. The only potential downside of using this site is the fact that you may have to negotiate with potential buyers, since they are supposed to make you an offer based on your listing price.
To avoid super low offers, you may want to price your listing higher or add a note to the description stating what the lower offer you’ll accept will be.
4. Green Buyback
Have old electronics lying around the house? What about devices that no longer work? Green Buyback allows you to sell your items with ease for extra cash.
Green Buyback buys used phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, headphones, Apple accessories and more.
Simply, go to the site and request a quote by sharing details about the item(s) you wish to sell. Green Buyback will quote you a payment and if you’re pleased with it, you can ship them your item for free and get paid. If you don’t see your device when trying to get a quote, don’t get discouraged.
The site may still be willing to buy it from you. Just fill out a request for a custom quote.
Green Buyback also buys items in bulk so you can increase your earnings if you’re looking to sell multiples of the same item.
5. Varage Sale
Varage Saleis another local community selling site that you can use to sell your items locally.
First, you sign up and enter a your location and join a community in the same places you live, work and play. Then, you get verified by connecting to Facebook to confirm your identity.
Next, you can start listing items and stat selling to verified buyers in your area.
When it comes to selling your old items, you have a lot of options. One of the easiest ways to sell is online. You can post your listing in seconds or even cross post on multiple platforms.
If you have a lot of old clothes, I’d recommend trying out Thred Up and Poshmark to get the best opportunities to sell. Good luck!
I love a good challenge, especially when it’s going to help me improve my finances. Saving money is difficult for a lot of people.
The average median savings account balance in the U.S. is $5,200. However, adults under the age of 35 have an average savings account balance of only $1,580. If you want to increase your savings, now is the best time to start. It’s easy to procrastinate on saving money but this can come back to bite you in the future when you’re unprepared for unexpected expenses and even retirement.
A challenge can easily help you get motivated to save more money and be accountable for that goal. Here are a few of the best money saving challenges to consider trying out.
52-Week Savings Challenge
I love the 52-Week Savings Challenge because it’s easy and straight-forward. I’m actually doing this particular challenge this year with some people, and I’m using it to boost our short-term savings.
Basically with the 52-Week Savings Challenge, you save money each week and the amount matches the number of the week throughout the year.
There are 52 weeks in a single year. During week 1, you’ll save $1. During week 2, you’ll save $2 and so on. By the time you get to the final month, you’ll save $49, $50, $51, and $52 each week for the final 4 weeks.
At the end of the year, you should have saved $1,378. With this challenge, you’ll increase your savings amount slowly over time. Since you know how much you need to save each week, you can plan accordingly so your budget can afford the increase.
$5,000 Savings Challenge
Did you know that you can save $5,000 in one year? Whether you want to save for a house or build your emergency fund, it’s very possible to save a decent amount of money like this in just 12 months.
I’ve seen the $5,000 savings challenge floating around on Pinterest for some time now. It’s more intense than the 52-Week Savings Challenge but that’s because you set aside more money in the same amount of time.
To free up money for this challenge, you can pocket raises or bonuses from work, sell items from your home, cut other expenses, or make extra money.
No Dining Out Challenge
How often do you dine out? If you often go out to eat for lunch, you’re likely spending $1,000+ on work lunches per year. If you pack your lunch and eat more meals at home, you could probably save thousands extra each year.
Doing a no dining out challenge is easier said than done. The most important part is planning. You need to shop for groceries knowing that you’ll be packing your lunch for work each day.
You also need to have the willpower to avoid restaurants when you’re looking for a convenient meal. To cut out dining out, I have a specific meal plan that I like to follow. I shop for groceries every two week and write all my meals down on a whiteboard that I keep on my fridge.
We also get quite a few snacks and easy meals to make for busy nights. If you don’t want to get stuck cooking all night and prepping food all the time, I don’t blame you. Try batch cooking so you can prepare your lunches and dinners for a few nights in advance.
Spare Change Challenge
I love saving my spare change. It’s a small but effective effort that adds up over time. When I was younger, my dad kept one of those 5 gallon water jugs in his closet. He always filled it with spare change month after month, year after year.
One day, it was completely full and he cashed in all the coins to find out he’d saved thousands of dollars. He used this money to help pay for a family trip to Mexico one summer.
The great thing about this challenge is that everyone has spare change. Start taking spare change out of your wallet and off the floor in your home or car. Put it in an empty jar and place it somewhere that’s visible to you every day.
This will motivate you to get into the habit of saving more money.
No Spend Month
A no spend month can be a great way to reset your finances and learn to work with that you have. We are currently doing a no spend month actually, and it’s helping us pay off the last of our debt but it can also help you save money.
To make a no spend month successful, you need to set clear rules and be honest about what you won’t spend money on.
You also need to be committed and get the whole family involved. Be creating when it comes to entertainment and fixing things around the house. Eat through your cabinets and cook meals based on the food you have on hand.
To make a no spend month most effective, take the money you saved from not spending over the past 30 days and put it directly toward debt or savings.
A savings challenge can definitely help give you the motivation you need to increase your savings rate or save consistently. There are so many different challenge options or you can even make up your own.
What are your thoughts on savings challenges? Have you ever done one?