4 ways to make money online

So lately I’ve been thinking of new ways to make money and these are 4 I’ve been actively doing. I’ll list the pros and cons of each.

 4. Online surveys

Pros: – all you need is the internet and patience. It is free. If it isn’t then you are on a bad site. You get to know about new products before they even hit the market.

Cons: – You are best suited if you are living the suburban dream. A housewife with an above average income and 2 children; preferably a boy an a girl. I’m a student so I constantly get blocked out. You will also be blocked out for working within media, marketing and journalism.

It also takes a long time before you can actually claim anything as most sites have a system where you have reach enough points/credits before you can redeem.

It is great for if you have the time and just want a little extra cash for doing a few surveys a day. I mean a tiny amount of cash by the way. Likely a lot less than £20.00 per month for an average user.

If you really want to make a decent amount of money it’d be a good idea to sign up to a large number of sites. At the moment I’m just sticking to one: – http://www.globaltestmarket.com. I haven’t earned enough to redeem so I can’t comment on their payment system but I always have a new survey to do everyday.

3. Go freelance.

Pros: – To join a reputable site it is free and easy. There are ways you can make money within a few hours, if you are talented. These sites are best suited for web design, SEO,graphic design and writing specialists. You don’t have to make a long term commitment and you have the freedom to chose what brief to go for.

Cons: – The competition is fierce so this is only for someone who is talented or willing to work dirt cheap i.e a student. The pay is no good if you are already a professional with a good steady income. Winning the job is hard if you are a student with little experience. If you are somewhere in between you are in the best position and will gain the most from a freelance site.

Another con is that because these sites are competitive the prices are driven down. These sites are kind of like ebay. Perfect for a buyer, testing for a seller. The site I currently use is payperhour which has a certain amount you can’t go below to prevent people working for next to nothing. I have actually managed to win a job but I have been unsuccessful more than anything.

Overall brilliant if you are specialized in something web-based or if you are talented. Not so great if you are not skilled and lack experience.

2. Become a mystery shopper. This one is both online and offline. You do a short shop visit offline and then report on it online.

Pros: – It’s pretty fun. You get reimbursed for anything you spend for the assignment and have a set fee on top of that. The average job doesn’t take much time; a short shop visit and a questionnaire. Through it you can get free meals, bets and even eventually  stays in a hotel!

It’s flexible. You get to choose the date and time to go within a set range of dates and if at last minute you can’t do it just ring and they’ll set you new ones if you’re pleasant.

Cons: – Some of the assignments involve having a subhuman memory. You need to remember times, faces, haircuts, names, heights and eyesight. I can’t even remember everything you are supposed to remember.

If you forget to take note of something or record something you can be refused to be payed.

Overall good if you like freebies and want to enjoy yourself while making a bit of money.

Not so great if you have an atrocious memory like mine.

You will need to have something you can use to take decent pictures of receipts with or a photocopier.

I would recommend Market Force so far I have found it reliable and easy to use.

1. Have a car boot sale online. Sit and think about what you really need and use. Sell or give to charity anything that you can’t think of.

Pros: – Sales pick up pretty quickly and even obscure items eventually will get sold. You can make a lot of money in a short amount of time. You get to declutter while making that money.

There’s just something so satisfying about selling things or watching people battle over your possessions.

Quite often you get a lot more for items than you would if you traded them in or sold them offline. Especially items that shops no longer stock anymore or that are rare.

Cons: – Trips to the post office everyday other day can be annoying and expensive. If you are putting a common item on a site like ebay, you’ll be lucky if you get more than a quid.

You also quite often have to pay a listing price. For ebay you pay a small price to list and get one free picture. If you want to have more pictures you need to pay. For amazon you pay for listing only if your item sells, which I think is much fairer.

There is also extremely high competition which drives prices very low. Quite often there is an offer of less than a quid for books and films which is extremely annoying. This is no good if you aren’t a super business and want to make profit.

Overall I’m using amazon as a seller more than ebay but this is only because the items I am selling are mainly books, dvds and games. If  I were to sell clothes, shoes and accessories etc. I would use ebay.

In my first day I have already nearly made a £40 profit on amazon!

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Excellent article. Makes you think more about how lucky you are and how just having the internet makes you rich already. Puts in to perspective riches aren’t just from money.

10 unusual hobbies I have never heard of

1. Hot air balloon chasing. You watch a hot air balloon set off. You follow it to see where it lands. Here’s a site for tips: http://voices.yahoo.com/tips-chasing-hot-air-balloons-3889960.html?cat=11

2. Element collecting. You collect elements from the periodic table. People do this in different ways and of different purities.  Here’s the site of quite a famous collector with some information: http://www.theodoregray.com/periodictable/HowToGetOne.html

3.  Extreme dog grooming.  I’ve seen ninja turtles, pandas and poniesSome of the pictures I’ve seen are incredible but I can’t help but feel sorry for the dogs.  Here’s an example of extreme dog grooming a lion dog:-

4. Polishing dirt. Yes you can polish dirt into a nice shiny ball. You can even polish a turd(not that you’d want to). You don’t even need any equipment but dirt, water, a plastic bag and your hands. Here’s a link to a useful site on getting started:- http://relache.hubpages.com/hub/hikaru-dorodango

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5. Beetle fighting. You get different types of beetle to fight against each other. From the videos I’ve watched I found it interesting but disgusting at the same time. There is an entire site with hundreds of videos dedicated to bug fighting, unsurprisingly its Japanese:

http://www.japanesebugfights.com/

6. cryptozoology. Is the hobby of searching for animals whose  existence has not been proved or that have been thought to be extinct. Creatures like the giant squid, mountain gorilla and Okapi were previously cryptids(Animals who weren’t accepted as existent). A site dedicated to the hobby:-

http://www.cryptozoology.com/ 

7. Locksport. The art of unlocking locks purely recreationally. This is kind of a puzzle  solving activity that people now take part in all over the world. There are even competitions. Official site:-

http://locksport.com/

8. Mooing. Yes making cow noises  is an actual hobby. There is an actual competition every year that anyone can enter. Apparently it isn’t even as easy as it sounds, you need special skills.  Here’s a previous winner:

http://cdn.gizmocrazed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Mooing.jpg

9. Geocaching. This is free  real-world treasure hunting hobby using technology. There are hidden containers called geocaches with items inside these are located using a smart phone or gps. This hobby is to explore the world and share experiences with other members. Official site- http://www.geocaching.com/

10.  Competitive duck herding. Yes competitive duck herding is a hobby. You learn to heard duck like you would sheep. Which is apparently popular with the business types! here’s an article:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/outdoors/6503589/Duck-herding-proves-a-quacking-success-as-a-corporate-day-out.html

 

Mushroom season over

Now that mushroom prime time is over I need a new hobby.

I wasn’t good at edible mushroom scavenging anyway. Was attempting to find chicken of the woods got so excited by finding a similar looking mushroom I didn’t bother to check my book. Started cooking it realized it smelt weird, checked my book and found out it was a completely different mushroom with a much less appetizing name- hairy curtain mushroom:|. They are called this because they have a hairy underside which I failed to notice because I was so excited. Luckily they are not poisonous.I was however brilliant at finding useless often inedible or poisonous mushrooms. The best mushrooms I found were liberty caps which wasn’t difficult because they’ve been growing all over the place. I did not eat them. That would be illegal.

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Above is the dreaded hairy curtain mushroom. This picture make my stomach turn. I can still smell them frying. Like an old sweaty sock smell.

Anyway I’ve quit playing games for the most part because they were sapping my life away. Seen as no one talks to me on here and I don’t want to ask anyone I know because they think hobbies are weird.  I’m going to search for some cool hobbies and compile a top ten list.

4 main reasons people play video games.

I have  always enjoyed playing computer games but I’ve never understood why. Why waste real life by playing a simulated one. I have wasted life in this way for probably way over 1000 hours. I doubt I’ve actually gained anything but I will do research in to whether there is a beneficial gain from playing video games.

Doing research and using my brain. I have found that there are 4 main reasons for why people play games:-

1. For the challenges that may be involved. The actual game play. Problem solving and the need for strategic thinking. As in life setting challenges and over coming them is very fulfilling in a game where you can repeat the challenge over and over again until you succeed it can be addictive. I’d say games like PORTAL, STAR CRAFT and CIVILIZATION would be in this category.

2. Fun. People like to be entertained. Maybe the game has a very good storyline and you keep playing to see what happens next. Maybe the game is very open ended which gives you the opportunity to explore and adventure. Perhaps the game is very mysterious and you want to solve them mysteries. FALLOUT, MASS EFFECT,AMNESIA and BIOSHOCK would be in this category.

3. Escape from the real world. Perhaps you are not happy with your life or had a bad day. Going into the game world is a brilliant escape route very soon you are too busy worrying about giant ants with fire breathing abilities to worry about the job you botched. People play to play their ideal lives or be part of a different world.Soon if a game is very engrossing you end up forgetting to eat. Hell I’ve been so engrossed before I nearly wet myself. SKYRIM,THE SIMS  and GRAND THEFT AUTO has done this to me.

4. Socialization. Before on-line gaming this was not a big one on the list but since the creation of on-line gaming networks like xbox live this is a big one. Now many casual gamers play for the socialization aspect. Now you can play as part as a team and make new friends through gaming. Personally I don’t enjoy this aspect but that’s probably because I don’t enjoy mindless shooting games that involve no challenge but aim and fire buy hey ho. I personally enjoyed playing on-line games like World of Warcraft but It was stupidly expensive and I had absolutely no social life in the real world. Examples of these games would be the CALL OF DUTY series’ and WORLD OF WARCRAFT.

I’d say I enjoy a bit of 1 and a lot of 2 and 3. Number 4 I would enjoy if I’m playing a 2 player game with someone in the room with me but not on-line there are too many idiots around. I also like to be alone playing games because if there are real people in my game world I don’t get quite as immersed in the game world. I especially hated when playing World of Warcraft people don’t name themselves to match the world like H0tGuRLL4775 does not match the realm your playing in. Get out of this world. You are probably the opposite of Hot if you are calling yourself it.

Research:

http://www.xeodesign.com/xeodesign_whyweplaygames.pdf

http://www.ign.com/blogs/mcscroggz/2012/10/04/why-do-we-play-games/

http://theweek.com/article/index/218070/why-we-play-video-games-an-instant-guide