Month : March 2016

Extra Income

Top 5 Ways to Write For Online Income

In these tough economic times, any additional income is welcome. There are several ways to make money on the internet, but one easy way is through writing. You don’t need to be an English expert or a post-graduate in English literature from Harvard.

These are simple and fun, if you love to write, and you don’t need to involve yourself with any marketing (most ways to make money online seem so full of marketing that this is a welcome break!) Here are 5 practical ways you can make some decent amount of money online with your passion for writing.

Writing Reviews

All kinds of businesses need good reviews, and this is especially so for online businesses that need to rely on word of mouth for their promotion. There are many websites to consider. that pays up to $50 for a good honest review, whether good or bad.

Better still, visit a site like cnet or any other site that lists a host of products, like software (software review is easy as compared to say cameras because the software can easily be reviewed online) and contact the developers who need a good review. Such products are not usually hard to find as a lot of new developers need reviews for their products. Offer them your services and they should easily realize the importance of a good review from a writer.

Creative Web Domains

All businesses need a perfect domain name that is easy to remember and recollect and talks to the customers. Unfortunately, there are billions of websites and this restricts the availability of their top choice.

Therefore you can use your creativity and name websites for businesses, getting paid in the process. Try out that pays $25 each time a domain name is picked by the business.

Simple Copywriting for eBay

Here is an idea that is used by a lot of professional writers. Go to eBay and find products that are costly but have pathetic product description. This can range from art and antiques to yachts and boats. Contact the owner directly and assure him that you can attract customers by writing good descriptions. You can charge your client a fee depending on the selling price, say 1% of the price for which the item finally gets sold

Blog with Google Adsense

If you can come up with topics that attract readers, there is nothing like writing a good blog to make money. Google Adsense is a great program but there are others you might consider, like AdBrite. The point is, if you can write on controversial or hot topics, chances are you’ll attract a lot of readers, which translates into good revenue streams. Once a blog is well established, it can bring in a good amount of money with minimal efforts.

Guest Blogging

You can go to a site like that allows you to write promotional guest posts for different blogs, according to their requirement. If you have a blog, it is easy to contact some blog owners directly and offer them a guest blog. Every blog owner needs good attractive content, and if you can provide it, you can make a good amount of money in the process.

These are some of the ideas for people who can use their skill and love for writing to make a decent amount of money working online.

Are there any other ways that you earn income from writing?

photo credit: Markus Rödder


Women Are an Emerging Economic Force, but Still Have a Long Way to Go

Women make up approximately half of the world population, and even though on many areas of the globe they have “come a long way” (as the 1970s-era cigarette commercial boasted), they still have a long way to go. The United Nations’ 2015-2016 report on women’s economic empowerment stresses that while women have made progress the world over, there is still a lot of work to be done on many fronts before women achieve what the UN report authors describe as “substantive equality.” (See the site for more details.) And renowned philanthropist Melinda Gates has recently homed in on a big gender inequality issue: unpaid labor, of which women the world over perform the lion’s – or perhaps more accurately the lioness’s – share.

While the type of unpaid labor that is widely considered “woman’s work” varies from country to country, and is more physically arduous in Third World than First World countries, the result is the same the world over: it ends up robbing women of their potential, noted Gates in an interview. And it has an impact not only on individual women and their families but also on the larger economy. Gates wrote in her recent report that if women participated in their respective economies at the same levels as men, global GDP could increase by 12 percent. Anyone who wonders why that percentage seems low, considering that women make up half the population, should realize that there are numerous non-labor-related factors such as materials, utilities, and transportation costs that make up the GDP.

In under-developed countries where the gender gap is most pronounced, merely providing readily-accessible sources of clean water would have a significant impact, since women in those regions spend an inordinate amount of time walking to the closest source and carrying the heavy burden back to the home. The same applies to energy sources, since it is typically the women in Third-World countries who are responsible for gathering firewood or dung to be burned to heat the space or prepare meals.

“First-World” problems are still problems

Apart from the gender disparity in unpaid labor, women in developed countries arguably have it easier in many ways than those in undeveloped countries. Yet they have their own stresses and challenges. While they may not be fighting for survival basics such as clean drinking water (notwithstanding certain notorious areas such as Flint, Michigan), many are struggling financially. Their problems may be “First-World” but they are still problems to be dealt with.

In these developed nations, the solution lies more in a shift in attitudes, both in the home and the workplace. Beyond equal pay for equal work, a more balanced distribution of household responsibilities such as routine chores, meal preparation, and care giving would leave women saddled with a workload that is more equitable to that of their male partners.

Over the past several years, various studies have pointed to an increase in women using payday loans. Research in 2012 indicated that in the US, women were more likely to take out “desperation” payday loans than men, and a study released in early 2016 showed that the number of women in Australia getting short-term payday loans has increased by 110 percent over the past decade. This increase, which is likely mirrored in other countries, is an indication that women are feeling increased financial pressures, be they from lower pay, having to hold down multiple jobs and still being unable to make ends meet, and particularly in the case of women who are heads of single-parent households, being solely responsible for handling potentially expensive emergencies. Obviously, women in such situations are more readily exploited by predatory lenders.

This is by no means intended as a screed against payday loans, which despite some bad press aren’t always a bad choice. Especially in countries where regulators have halted some of the worst practices, a payday loan can, if handled responsibly, be a reasonable option for customers with poor or no credit and a need for quick cash.

But the fact that many women are relying on these short-term loans to make ends meet is problematic, and is symptomatic of larger problems. While not all of women’s financial challenges can be completely separated from factors that cause headaches for men too – most notably, the economic meltdown, the generally weak recovery, and the ongoing erosion of the middle class – gender disparity, in opportunities as well as income, remains a significant factor.
The good news is that opportunities for women to achieve financial independence do exist, and there are numerous resources and support networks to help women achieve their goals.

Taking charge

After millennia in which women were regarded as second-class citizens at best and chattel at worst, a long-overdue effort to raise their status to equal that of their male counterparts is occurring. While some countries are doing a better job than others, that progress will continue, and spread even to the most backward thinking cultures. And a great deal of that progress, as well as responsibility for continuing the march toward equality, has been – and remains – in the hands of the women themselves.

There do remain obstacles in the way, but those obstacles won’t remove themselves, and it women should not expect males to take full responsibility for “giving” women the autonomy they seek and deserve. In some cases, women are enjoying increased fairness, aided by a number of laws that clearly call for equal treatment.

While some of the remaining problems pertain primarily to women in the developed world, individual autonomy remains an important goal for women the world over. Certainly women in the developed world can (and should) help women in the developing world achieve autonomy. They may not have Melinda Gates’ billions, but every women can do her part. But she can only do so from a position of strength; if she is still struggling for her own financial survival, she may not have a great deal of time and energy – much less money – left to devote to help “those less fortunate.” For this and many other reasons, every woman, from Third-World village to modern metropolis, should make it a point to empower herself, so that she can help not only her own family, but can also bring to the fore the importance of attitudes that will ultimately help the women themselves, as well as the men who share the culture in which the women live.

Money Management

The Tortoise and the Hare: Which Way To Financial Freedom?

Tortoise and the Hare

I am sure we all became familiar with “The Tortoise and the Hare” story growing up.

The tortoise was a slow fellow, while the hare was always running around doing things in a hurry. The hare challenged the tortoise to a race to prove his way of doing things is more time efficient. Needless to say the tortoise won the race and the hare couldn’t believe that he lost to such a slow opponent.

Here is how I would talk about their life in a personal finance way.

Reduce Taxed Income

Mr. H is an overachiever that works 60 hours a week and has an annual realized income of $200.000, thus earning the hare title of our story. Mr. T (no not that Mr. T, This one doesn’t pity da foo) is a person who values his time in his own way and therefore works 40 hours per week having an annual realized income of $10.000.

Based on the income produced by each of the two characters, the state would take 33% in taxes from Mr. H and 10% from Mr. T.

Control spending

Mr. H has a lot of money left in his pocket after taxes and being overconfident of his high paycheck he gives into consumerism through the course of his life; he saves close to zip and although having the option to invest in the company he works for he chooses to live a luxurious life by purchasing a home in a great residential area, followed by two cars, which he proceeds to change along the years. He has his children attend the best private schools and takes vacations around the world while indulging in house parties and other leisure activities to prove to his neighbors that he is well above them, all activities that cost a lot of money.

Save for today & Invest in your tomorrow

Mr. T having a smaller income has learned to live on less. He is frugal. He budgets and plans every cent on the dollar. He invests a minimum of 15% of his paycheck on a monthly basis and also has a savings account set up because he wants to be financially independent by the age of 65. He begins to allocate money for his children’s college fund well before they are born so the fund is in place and maxed out by the time either one of his children attend college.

Which one of the two will be able to retire at the age of 65? You guessed it:  Mr. T.

How has Mr. T. with a small income managed to achieve such a victory in front of Mr. H? He planned ahead and was extremely patient in following the course of his plan. He took into account that it doesn’t matter how much money you make but how much money you keep from what you make.

By taking small steps and investing small amounts through time those small amounts become a large amount. His dollars began receiving more and more interest and thanks to compound interest, the sum grew even more reaching over 1 million $ by the time he reached 65.

Instead of spending make investing your favorite activity. Make the Stock Market your Piggy Bank. Through investing you will also diminish your direct income and increase your passive income, thus reducing the percentage you pay in taxes. By careful observation if you take the path of the tortoise, and invest a small amount but do it slow and steady, you will soon financially outgrow your neighbor, the hare, regardless of his six figure salary. You will be financially independent and a steady accumulator of wealth.

How have you been the tortoise…or Hare?

photo credit: BAD RABBIT INC.


How To Choose Companies To Buy Stocks

The stock market can be confusing and complicated for most everyday investors. However, it is also true that wise investments in stocks can give big returns.

Stock markets almost always beat simpler forms of investment and are increasingly ahead of inflation, which means you will end up with more value for your money when you invest in the stock market than you started off with. Also, the return on stocks is usually significantly higher than bonds and other safer assets.

It is a wise decision to invest a percentage of your savings in stocks. But which stocks should you buy?

We all hear about a friend or a friend of a friend who heard of a stock pick and got rich overnight. Such stories, though true, hide more truth than they should. Behind every such success story are a hundred failures where people lose all their money. It is just that you don’t hear about the guy who lost all his money following a hot pick.

You heard what?

It is unwise to invest based on rumor. It is true that no one can predict the movement of the stock market, but there are ways to minimize risk and maximize returns. It is certainly not a gamble. Investors like Warren Buffet are able to make profits consistently only because they are able to understand the rationale of the market and invest accordingly. They don’t follow any hot picks but trust their own calculations and other methods.

Be in it for the long haul

At least for beginners, it is always best to invest in companies from a long term point of view. This will help you iron out any short term ups and downs. When you invest from a long term perspective, you will not need to worry about the stock price tomorrow or even the next week.

What is important is that the company should do well in the years to come. Trusted names are the best bet in most cases. You should look for companies that invest in the future because that is the only way to grow sustainably.

Get Educated

To know exactly which companies are the best to invest in, you will need to do a detailed fundamental and technical analysis. Since most people are not so well informed, it is best to follow some advice and look for other sources of information.

Buying on a hot tip or rumor is outright ridiculous and you will most likely end up losing money. So when you get your advice, make sure it is from an unbiased source who is not trying to sell you anything. In addition, you should listen to experts and not friends and colleagues.

The best way to know about companies is through financial newspapers and magazines. Thus, if BusinessWeek suggests buying Nestle or Google, you should give this much more weight than if some random internet site suggests stock XYZ that you have never heard of. Wall Street Journal is an excellent source of financial news.

In the long run, it is good to be informed about different companies so that you can invest in them at an appropriate time. Awareness and knowledge are great tools that you can use to your advantage and make good money in the stock market.