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How to Make $345/Year By Installing These 3 Apps

So this one is about as simple as it gets. Google, Nielsen, and Media Insiders Panel are paying participants to install their apps on your computers/smartphones/etc. And they’ll pay you for every month [...]

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6 Smart Ways to Make Money as a Chess Player, Even If You’re Not a Professional

I used to bet on chess games with friends and coworkers. I never wagered more than $5 or $10, and in my best year I probably won less than a thousand dollars. It was just fun for me, but there are ways [...]

Papa Johns Pizza

How to Get Paid $5 (& a FREE Pizza) to Rate Your Local Papa Johns

Awww…yeah! Who wouldn’t want $5 and a free large pizza? One of the companies that pays me to conduct liquor audits is currently looking for folks to conduct a quick review of their local [...]

Dog Massage

Love Cats and Dogs? How to Earn Money as a Pet Massage Therapist

We’ve talked before about ways to get paid to spend time with cats and dogs, but this is a new one: pet massage. That’s right: some people earn money for massaging animals. It might sound a little [...]

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5 Smart Ways to Make Money Without Leaving Your Apartment Building

Starting a side hustle or taking on a second job can be an awesome way to earn more money, but it can also challenge both your energy level and your budget. Commuting to a second job or buying lunch because [...]

Wheel of Fortune Game Show

How to Get On a Gameshow (18 Shows Looking for Contestants)

Participating in a game show is an easy and fun way to make extra money. Some game shows are tougher to get on than others, but by registering for all of them, you can significantly increase your chances [...]

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Get Paid to Ski and Snowboard: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Ski Bum

For many years, I dreamed of living in a mountain town, skiing whenever I wanted and enjoying après-ski drinks with a gaggle of new friends. I dreamed of being a ski bum. So the summer after college graduation, [...]

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Money Does Grow on Trees: How to Start a Leaf-Raking Business

Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? If your parents ever paid you to rake the leaves, you know that there’s green in those red and orange beauties. When the fall colors start to turn, it’s time [...]

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Handy With Tools? Here’s an In-Demand Business You Probably Never Considered

It’s a dangerous world out there for cats, what with cars, coyotes, and other kitty killers. That’s why indoor cats live up to three times as long as outdoor cats, and why my wife and I keep our [...]

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What You Need to Know About Debt: Lessons From a Debt Collector

Debt collectors don’t want to call you any more than you want to call them. Or at least, some of them don’t. Like Grayson Bell, who left his job as a debt collector for a major mortgage servicing company [...]

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Don’t Mind Getting a Little Grubby? Collect Worms for Cash!

Which underground animal can take the shape of a dollar sign? A worm! And while there are those who make good money farming worms at home, there is another way to profit from these wigglers without breeding [...]

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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, [...]