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A Simple Side Business You Can Start for Under $40: Painting House Numbers

A friend told me he charged homeowners $20 to paint house numbers on their curbs, and paid college students $10 per hour to do the painting. Some of his employees did 15 jobs each day. My first question, [...]

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How Dressing Up in a Funny Costume Could Earn You Money

Every part of him was painted silver, including his eyelids. A crowd gathered around him on a street corner in Baños, Ecuador. I dropped a coin in the slotted box at his feet and he jerked into motion, [...]

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How Pretending to be Your Favorite Fictional Character Could Put Money in the Bank

If you’ve always dreamed of writing professionally online –- or are already earning money as a freelance blogger –- then you’re going to love this. You can earn a nice chunk of change each month [...]

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3 Classic (and Fun!) Kid Fundraisers That Help Grown-Ups Earn Cash

We all remember those classic kid fundraisers: fighting dehydration in the Walmart parking lot to sell countless boxes of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, painting huge cardboard signs and dancing on the [...]

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Get Paid in Beer: Volunteer at a Craft Beer Festival

If you enjoy frothy stouts, hoppy IPAs and citrusy Hefeweizens, beer festivals are about the greatest thing on earth — except for the damage they do to your wallet. Ticket prices can range from $75 [...]

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How Pretending to be Sick Could Help You Make Money

“Where’s Johnnnnny?” the patient howled, her high-pitched voice screeching down the hallway. The terrified medical school student responded shakily, “I don’t know who Johnny is. He’s not here. [...]

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Want to Work from Home? Learn from These Stay-at-Home Parents

Staying home with the kids is a lot of work. But what if you could pull double duty, earning money while supervising your children? While “work from home” scams are sadly common, some stay-at-home [...]

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4 Crazy Money-Making Ideas: Have You Tried Any of These?

In the last year, I’ve been an electric tram chauffeur, security guard, website publisher, handyman, real estate investor, junk picker, house painter, search engine evaluator and surrogate juror [...]

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How to Get Paid $100 to Name a Company

There are a handful of companies that have developed such iconic names that they are instantly recognized wherever you are in the world. Names like Coca-Cola and eBay have near universal recognition so [...]

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TaskRabbit: Your Guide to Making Quick Cash Doing Odd Jobs

We all have those annoying tasks we just don’t want to do. Have you ever organized and purged your closet, only to leave the “donation” pile sitting in the corner for weeks? Now there’s a way to [...]


How to Make Money Attending Movie Premieres

I know it sounds far-fetched, but I actually got paid $30 to attend one of the Harry Potter movie premieres. And it’s the 5th movie premiere I’ve been paid to attend. Let me explain… Theaters [...]

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How to Get Paid $50 to Write a Guest Post

There’s been plenty written on the web, including this blog, about websites like Associated Content and Demand Media. The problem with these sites is that they use a revenue sharing model which means [...]