LinkedIn is one of the peculiarities of the social networking experiment. It’s not ubiquitous like Facebook, Twitter or even Pinterest. Yet, it has found a niche all its own, as a business tool, and particularly for small to mid range companies who want to network and reach their intended market.
The only problem you might be facing is, how do I use this tool—seemingly with unlimited possibilities—specifically to promote my business? We’re going to break down seven strategies that can’t fail you.
Make Valuable Connections
Like any social networking site, the ultimate goal of LinkedIn is to connect people and allow you to network your brand to new leads, or new business associates that can help you. While you may only find a few friends and associates based on email searching, you can take advantage of LinkedIn Groups, and connect to people in your niche industry or in local and regional locations. You can also used the Advanced Search option to target a specific market and find people, companies and industries of interest by keyword.
Build Your Authority by Showcasing Your Knowledge
Publicizing your name under the guise of answering simple questions is a great way to generate brand awareness, and also get a keen insight into the mind of your potential customers.
A few years ago, posting articles on online directories was a fairly good way to prove your authority. However, it wasn’t long before VIPs in the search engine industry realized that the lack of interaction between writer and readers was less than impressive.
The truth is, people are far less inclined to believe someone who gives a speech, than a person who takes unscripted questions and has the ability to reply. This shows your potential leads and associates that you know your industry well enough to interact with the public in an objective and neutral way, and also gives you the opportunity to repeat your name and brand publicly without link spamming. In general practice, avoid just talking about your opinion and instead quote reputable sources and include your own expertise. Leave your answer open-ended so as to encourage more conversation and perhaps make more connections.
Get Endorsements on Linkedin
A recent study from Dimen-sional Research shows that positive endorsements from sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, & Amazon influence a decision almost 90% of the time.
Endorsements are easier for a connection on LinkedIn to put in a positive word in for you without going to the trouble of writing a recommendation.
These endorsements are like reviews for your small business. You can use them to build up your business’s reputation. Plus endorsements can lead to recommendations which we’ll talk about below.
Get Recommended and Build Authority
The age old saying that you should “let someone else say it” rather than saying it yourself proves true in online marketing. It always has.
People are more persuaded by word of mouth, by the seemingly objective endorsement of other people.
This shows your audience that your service or product is great enough to earn other people’s recommendations. Recommendations are like referrals, and referrals are gold! Best of all, LinkedIn’s recommendations appear on your page, and even better, they cannot be forged.
Host an Event and Keep People Up to Date
Hosting an event via LinkedIn lets you build awareness for your brand and also generate additional leads, since the event is advertised to your network. The Event Platform is easy to work with and helps you “promote the event” by asking questions about your purposes and subject. Online RSVP will help you keep in touch with your most important targets, and the announcement also shows up on their page.
LinkedIn has an Events Tool search that lets people find your event based on mutual interest, as well as geographic location and industry. The flexibility of this online tool has resulted in many more links and connections being made, since you are no longer limited to traditional in-person events but can actually organize workshops, virtual webinars, phone conferences, round table discussions and more. One of the hottest strategies right now is to organize a regular monthly event, online or otherwise, and build visibility with your regular audience and with new members that hear about the meeting from LinkedIn announcements from friends of friends.
Other tips you can try incorporating include:
Creating a logo, using simple and probably free software, that will make it stand out.
Come up with a creative title so that it will capture attention and hopefully be shared (and shared on more social media sites than just LinkedIn)
Always finish with a call to action. We remember this in articles and yet we seem to forget this golden rule in social media. If you don’t tell your audience what to do at the end, they won’t do anything. Always include a strong call to action after advertising a meeting.
Include keywords that describe your industry and reason for the event.
Promote your event in groups, preferably the most relevant groups to the theme of the event. It’s not blatant advertising if you’re providing value
Post about the meeting on your status messages. Remember an active page represents a busy company. Ideally, you tie in the latest company event with your status messages, generating excitement for the event
Much like other social networking sites, the ability to speak openly & candidly is another way you address any issues and provide amazing support to potential customers, so use it wisely.
Use Sponsored Updates
If you are afraid of coming across as an aggressive or too spammy, then using LinkedIn’s Sponsored Updates to reach targeted users can help, and generate greater paid lead generation than many other social media strategies. Recently, HubSpot worked with LinkedIn and reported a 400% lead increase with their targeted audience.
Reach Out and Make the Personal Connection
The biggest mistake people make using LinkedIn and other social pages is to lie back and wait for the traffic to generate.
Particularly because this website is professional and the opposite of the informal Facebook atmosphere, people tend to be suspicious when you add them without explanation. It is better to be proactive and to send personal messages to people before or as you add them. This way you can create the emotional connection that so many companies are missing in an overly optimized and online market.
The best approach to these messages is to look for areas of interest that you might have in common and then write to them personally, not as a form letter. Mention why you are reaching out and create an honest and meaningful message introducing yourself. HP recently used LinkedIn for greater emotional engagement with its social media audience and reported 300,000 new followers in two months, along with an increased attrition and engagement rate, and even a 2.5 increase in customers who refer the company’s products to friends, family and acquaintances.
The biggest mistake people make using LinkedIn and other social pages is to lie back and wait for the traffic to generate.
Chances are, if someone was searching for you, you have a targeted lead that would not so easily dismiss a personal message. The Who’s Viewed Your Profile option received 76% of respondents’ votes for the best feature of LinkedIn.
As you can see, using LinkedIn has a number of benefits but only if you are willing to use its variety of tools and features consistently… As opposed to blindly posting and visiting once every month.
This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours at a time that take up your entire day. Most people couldn’t bear to spend literally hours a day on a social networking site, right? Err… Sorry Facebook devotees. Make the most of your efforts by spreading out the time you spend on LinkedIn, try to check in daily, or at least a few times a week. This way you can keep your presence consistent, your name ubiquitous and your brand promoted.
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5 Foolproof Ways to Get Visitors BACK to Your Website
Attracting a visitor to your website once is good. It means that your marketing is strong enough – or your Google rank is high enough – that you stood out from the competition and snagged some traffic.
If you know anything at all about marketing, you know that it’s rare for a first-time visitor to a website to buy anything or even fill out a subscription form.
It’s what they do on their NEXT visit – and the one after that – that will determine whether you’ve gained a new customer.
Makes sense, but it never ceases to amaze me how many businesses don’t focus on repeat traffic. But, that’s about to change.
Here are 5 foolproof ways to get those first-time visitors BACK to your website so you can make some money.
#1: Get Them to Opt In to Your Mailing List
I know, I just said it was asking a lot to get a first-time visitor to your site to subscribe to your mailing list. But I didn’t say it was impossible!
The key, of course, is to give them a compelling reason to subscribe. Here are some ways you can do that:
Put your opt-in form above the fold. That way, they won’t need to scroll down to see it – and they’ll know what they’ll be getting if they decide to subscribe.
Simplify your form. I get that it’s tempting to ask a new subscriber for extra information – but all you really need is their email address and maybe a first name if you want to personalize your emails. Anything else – whether it’s their phone number, mailing address, URL, or shoe size – is extra. You should think long and hard about adding fields to your form.
Incentivize the opt-in. A compelling and useful lead magnet can do a lot to get someone to fill out that form.
Write a killer headline and call to action. Instead of just “Subscribe to our newsletter,” try “Get new marketing tips every day” as a headline. And make the CTA just as exciting.
Once a potential customer’s on your mailing list, you can email them with reasons to come back to your website. Simple, right?
#2: Prioritize the User Experience
If people aren’t coming back to your website, it could be because they didn’t enjoy their experience the first time they visited. That means that prioritizing usability is one of the best ways to encourage repeat visits.
Some of the things to think about when it comes to usability are:
Your site’s loading time
Clear and easy-to-use menus
Text that’s broken up with white space, images, and formatting (sub headers, bullet points, numbers, etc.)
Working internal and external links that make it easy to find related content
If it’s been a while since you’ve evaluated the usability of your site, now’s a good time to do it to make sure that you’re not frustrating visitors and discouraging them from returning to your site in the future.
#3: Make the Content on Your Site Relevant to Your Target Audience
Are people finding what they expect to find on your site? If a customer comes to you because they’re searching for art supplies, for example, think about what you can offer them that will add value to the products you sell. Can you provide a video tutorial on painting technique? A link to the website of an artist who uses that product?
The idea is to make sure that the content on your site – whatever it is – is directly relevant to the people you most want to attract. If you’re selling Human Resources software, have blog posts about topics that are relevant to HR professionals.
#4: Retarget Visitors with Advertising
Because it’s rare for first-time visitors to convert, it’s essential to have a way to connect with them again even if they don’t opt-in to your mailing list. That’s where retargeting comes in.
As you probably know, retargeting is a kind of advertising that targets individual visitors to your site based on their behavior when they’re there. For example, you can:
Display an ad for a product they viewed – or an alternative product
Let them know about a new blog post on a similar topic to an older post they viewed
Remind them of the lead magnet they passed up when they didn’t opt in
Encourage them to complete the checkout process if they added items to their cart
Retargeting is something you can do on Google or on social media. Simply pick the actions you want to target and watch your conversion rate soar.
#5: Offer Solutions to Common Problems
The final thing you can do is to make the content on your website solution-oriented. Most people who type a keyword into Google do so because they’re looking for answers. That means that if you want them to bookmark your site, you need to provide them with what they need.
Focusing on solutions can also help you improve your site’s rank for keywords in voice search. Given the increase in the use of “Ok Google” as well as virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, it makes sense to think about the questions that searchers are likely to ask when looking for sites like yours. Then, you can optimize your useful content for those questions.
Your solutions may come in any format you choose. You might create a blog post with a response to one question or produce a video or even a short webinar for another. The key is to focus on the visitor’s needs instead of promoting your company or brand. There’ll be time enough for that later.
Visitors need an excuse to return to your site…
The five things I’ve listed here can help you give them one. Remember, it’s less about promoting the awesomeness of your brand and products, and more about providing visitors to your site with reasons to return – as well as giving yourself the tools (like opt-ins and retargeting) to connect with them after they’ve navigated away.
7 Conversation Starters to Get Your Audience Talking
You can’t read anything about marketing these days without reading about engaging your customers. But what does that really mean?
Engaging means capturing someone’s attention – connecting – and having a conversation. Not easy to do on the internet, particularly when there are millions of other things clamoring for attention at the same time.
But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It just means you need to try harder.
The thing is, your customers want to talk to you. They want to know what you think, and most importantly, they want to believe that you care what they think.
It’s not as hard as you might think. Here are 7 simple conversation starters to get your audience talking to you.
#1: Express an Opinion about Industry News
You want to build authority within your industry or niche? One of the best ways to do that AND start a conversation with your followers is to express an opinion – particularly if it might be new or controversial. Of course, you should only do this if you can back up your opinion.
A good way to get started with this tactic is to follow relevant publishers and influencers in your industry. When you see them post a piece of news that’s relevant to your followers, read the article (or watch the video) and figure out what you can add to the conversation. Then share it – and make sure to include a call to action that encourages your followers to chime in with their own opinions.
#2: Ask for Stories and Experiences
Everybody has a story to tell – and when you’re speaking to an audience who all have something in common with you, then it’s easy to think of a topic that may inspire people to share their stories.
The key here is to share your own story and then ask your followers to share their best stories with you. For example, say you own a travel agency. You might tell a story of a trip you booked for yourself before you were a travel agent and how it went wrong. Then, you could ask your followers for their travel horror stories.
The benefit of this type of sharing is that it provides you with an opportunity to respond, express sympathy or amazement, and build a bond with potential customers online.
#3: Get Recommendations
People might love to tell stories, but do you know what else they like? Giving advice and making recommendations! And asking them for recommendations is a great way to get them talking.
What kind of recommendations should you ask for? Ideally, they should be relevant to your product or service. For example, I’m a marketing guy. I might ask:
What are your favorite marketing podcasts?
What publications do you follow on Facebook and Twitter?
Which marketing technique is your favorite, and why?
What marketing apps would you recommend?
You get the idea. The key is not to stray too far from your brand and product. Instead, keep a tight focus and encourage your followers to share their experiences and recommendations with you and each other.
#4: Promote Your Events and Your Community
Are you appearing at a local street fair or charity event? Sharing your involvement is a great way to remind people that you stand for something other than making money – and to underscore your involvement in your community and industry.
Even if you’re not appearing at an event, there’s a benefit to letting your followers know what’s going on in your community. Giving a nod to other businesses or to local charities can help you build trust and earn the admiration of your followers. You can encourage conversation by asking questions like these:
Will you be attending the Fourth of July celebration?
What the last community event you attended?
Another option is to include an open call to action at the end, something like “We hope you’ll stop by and check out our booth! There’s a free gift in it for you!”
#5: Ask about DIY Projects
Whatever industry or niche you’re in, the chances are good that your followers have some DIY experiences that are relevant. Asking about them is a great way to learn about potential customers and build a warm rapport with them by responding to what they share.
Ideally, a DIY project should be something that uses (or could use) your products. However, it doesn’t have to be. The key is to find a way to make what you post relevant to your brand – and then stand back and let your followers do the rest.
#6: Ask Open Questions
Asking questions is one of the best ways to get your followers talking. It’s especially helpful to you if you can get them talking in a way that helps you to learn more about them – because that’s information you can use to create future content.
For example, if you’re targeting small business owners, you could ask questions like:
What’s your biggest challenge as a business owner?
What problem do you wish someone would solve for you?
What product or service has helped you the most?
The answers to these questions can help you write blog posts, create a social media strategy, or even develop new products that are ideal for your target audience.
#7: Ask for Testimonials
You already know that reviews and testimonials are hugely important in the world of marketing. What better way to get some new testimonials to share on your site than to ask your customers to provide them on social media?
Not only will asking for opinions help you get some positive testimonials, it may also help you discover potential issues and nip them in the bud before they become big problems. You should be prepared for some surprises – but if you approach the request with the right mindset, this technique can help you learn a lot about your customers.
Look who’s talking…
The bottom line is that your audience wants to talk to you. They don’t read your blog or follow you on social media because they’re looking for a lecture. The key is to give them the encouragement they need to share their thoughts, experiences, and opinions with you – and then, to stand back and listen to what they say.
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Fast Money Methods – 16 Legit Ways To Make Money Fast in 2020 and Beyond… Contents INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………………. WEBSITE AND APP TESTING……………………………………………………………………………….. METHOD #1: USERLYTICS…………………………………………………………………………………. METHOD #2: USERTESTING……………………………………………………………………………… SELL STUFF FAST.…………………………………………………………………………………………… METHOD #3: LETGO…………………………………………………………………………………………… METHOD #4: OFFERUP………………………………………………………………………………………. METHOD #5: POSHMARK………………………………………………………………………………….. METHOD #6: MERCARI……………………………………………………………………………………… METHOD #7: PEDDLE…………………………………… HOURLY PAY REMOTE POSITIONS………………………… METHOD#8:AMAZON……………………………… METHOD #9:LIVEOPS……………………….. METHOD #10: SYKES……………………………………… MICROTASKING…………………….. METHOD #11: MTURK…………………………… METHOD#12: APPEN……………….. METHOD #13: CLICKWORKER……………….. MYSTERY SHOPPING…………………… METHOD #14: BESTMARK…………………………. METHOD #15: SINCLAIR………………………………………. METHOD #16: MARKETFORCE………………………….. A CLOSING CHALLENGE………………………..
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These are the fastest, easiest ways to make some extra cash with your computer and smartphone. Hey, I get it. Sometimes you just need a way to make some extra cash. We’ve all been there. Maybe you need to pay a bill. Maybe you have an unforeseen expense. Perhaps you’re trying to save up an emergency fund for a little peace of mind. Heck, maybe you just run a little short every month like most people these days! No matter what your ‘cash-crunch’ circumstance is, this will help.
Now you can easily turn your spare time into cold, hard cash. These ‘side-income’ methods work, and they’re all legit and above-board. Much of it is actually fun, and you can do it whenever you have spare time. Hey, think of all the spare time you waste right now watching TV, playing with your phone, reading news and on social media.
Why not turn that into money?
These are the strategies that work right now. They are methods absolutely anyone can use, including you. They don’t require you to start a business or anything like that. They’re just the best, legit “side-income” methods absolutely anyone can use from their computer or smartphone!
How much can you make?
It all depends on how many of the methods you use and how often you use them. Some of the methods can generate $25-100 a month. Others much more than that. In fact, many people have used some of these methods to earn $1,000’s per month. You don’t need a website, an email list or any experience. All you need is a computer or a smart phone. Try one or two from each section, see which ones work best for you, then do them on a regular basis.
Did you know that you can get paid to simply visit websites, surf around and share your experience? Yes, many people earn easy money doing this every day. To become a website tester, you simply sign up at one of the reputable website testing sites and they’ll tell you exactly what you need to do to start making money. Some companies require you to install screen-recording software, which will enable your activity to be recorded. You then share your experience as you visit the pages and complete the tasks required with each test. In a nutshell, your job is to find problems at websites so the owners can make sure their websites are easy to navigate and work properly.
Website owners are happy to pay to find out if their visitors can find the content they are looking for and add products to their cart. In this section you will find the top two website testing companies where you can get paid to test sites…
UserLytics is a leading testing service that pays testers to check out the usability of apps and websites. You simply sign up at their website or download the app onto your smartphone to get started. Once you sign up, you can test from home, on your own time, whenever you are free. Your work will consist of completing a series of tasks and instructions, while interacting with web sites or mobile apps, or viewing video commercials
You then provide your feedback and suggestions, sharing your thoughts, emotions, criticisms, and suggestions while answering questions. You will be paid $5, $10, $15, $20, even up to $90 for your feedback. UserLytics pays you via Paypal once your test results have been approved. To get started with UserLytics, register here by completing the short form and joining their global community of user testers.
Once accepted, you can interact with your computer or mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. Usertesting.com is another place where you can earn money testing apps and websites. UserTesting pays by the test, which usually takes 15-20 minutes to complete. UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud. You’ll get $10 via PayPal for every 20minute video you complete.
Most people will get 2-4 tests per week so that’s $20-$40 a week for about an hour of work. And here’s a tip to earn even more… keep a browser with a tab for the UserTesting.com site running whenever you’re near it. That’s because many of the tests you would qualify for are sometimes gone within minutes of being offered. Naturally, the more you’re willing or able to complete, the more you’ll earn.
To get started with UserTesting.com, sign up here. Once accepted, you can start visiting sites and apps, sharing your thoughts and getting paid! Action Plan… OK, now you have two great places where you can earn easy money simply by testing websites and apps. Why not try out these resources right now. Open each website and sign up as a tester. Then decide on one or both to work with regularly. Hey, you’re surfing around on the web anyway, why not get paid for it!
Sell Stuff by Smartphone (Or Buy and Sell Stuff for Profit)
The easiest way to make some fast money either online or off, is to sell stuff. And smartphones have made it so simple to sell stuff fast, it’s ridiculous. I’m talking seconds to post an item, and results can be same- day in many cases. Usually, you can simply sell stuff you already have. You may be surprised at how much stuff you consider useless or junk, that other people will pay good money for. I’ve used this method over and over to not only make fast cash but to get rid of stuff that’s taking up space. Years ago I made the commitment to sell something whenever I bought something new. It’s a great strategy to keep things from accumulating and keeping open, welcoming spaces in your home.
If you think you don’t have anything of value to sell, think again. I’ve sold some crazy stuff over the years including a 12-year old, used hot water heater when I upgraded to a money-saving hybrid model. (I got $100 bucks for it!) And remember, to make fast money selling stuff, you don’t have to have any stuff at all. You can simply visit local yard sales, estate sales and even ReStores that sell stuff cheap. Once you get the hang of knowing what sells and for how much, you can turn an easy profit anytime you want. OK, so here are the best ways to sell stuff online and offline. I’ll assume you already know about Craigslist and Ebay, which can work well in some instances. So I won’t go into how to sell on those platforms. Instead, I’ll share some rapidly growing platforms that are built for smartphone simplicity. You can use them all on your computer as well, but once you try them on your smartphone you’ll truly understand just how fast and easy they make selling. It’s snap and post simple – just so outrageously easy to do. Take this first one for example…
Letgo is one of my favorite ways to sell stuff. With Letgo you’re selling to local people. The screenshot above shows the LetGo website, but most of their users (including me!) use only the LetGo smartphone app. (It’s so simple!) More and more people are using Letgo instead of Craigslist nowadays, probably due to all the spam and scammers that you can be subject to when selling on Craigslist. Not only is Letgo virtually free of the scammers and spammers, selling is so simple. You basically open the app on your smartphone and click “Sell Your Stuff”. Then you choose a category and your camera opens. Next, you click to take a picture of the item, and add a price. That’s it! Believe it or not the app usually knows exactly what to title your listing as, and how to categorize it, based only on your picture. I’ve literally sold over a thousand dollars worth of stuff on Letgo and most stuff goes within days of listing. I sold a snow plow, some shelving, a used mattress, a used hot water heater, work out equipment and even an old trampoline! I’ll bet if you took a quick tour around your home, shed, basement, closets, garage, etc., you would find a lot things to list. Just bring your smartphone along with you. Keep the Letgo app open and click “Sell Your Stuff” every time you find something you want to get rid of. Then snap a picture of each item you’re listing, add a price, and your item will go live instantly! It’s fun, easy and believe me, quite profitable!
Similar to LetGo, OfferUp also allows you to buy and sell items locally. Their user base is about half the size of LetGo but it is still heavily used and a great way to sell stuff. The screenshot above shows the OfferUp website, but most of their users (including me!) use only the smartphone app. Some people find OfferUp to be easier to use than LetGo though I personally prefer the former. Like LetGo it is very simple to sell your stuff, and the task of posting an item for sale can be done in as little as 30 seconds. Just like LetGo, the smartphone app uses an onboard messaging platform so you can communicate with others without giving out your personal information. The one advantage that OfferUp has over LetGo is that you can sell items anywhere, because you can ship items to your buyers. That expands your reach if you are willing to do a little extra work with packing and shipping. In fact, you may want to consider listing your items on both LetGo and OfferUp at the same time to increase your exposure. Then simply remove the item from both after the sale is made!
This one is similar to Letgo and OfferUp but specializes in clothing. Ask the average person (especially women) what percentage of clothing they own, do they actually wear. Most people will say 10-20%. The rest sits in their closet or bureau drawer collecting dust. Some of it is even like new. Why not turn some of that clothing into cold hard cash? That’s where Poshmark comes in. Poshmark is a place to sell (and buy) high-end fashion items including designer clothes and brand-name shoes.
Selling clothing with Poshmark is far simpler than using ebay or amazon. You can use the website or you can sell right from your smartphone. Used designer clothing is worth a lot, and there is no shortage of women who would rather not pay retail price. After all, if they can get clothes or accessories that are still in good condition for half off or more, most jump at the chance. Keep in mind when using Poshmark that it attracts a specific type of customer:
1. Fashionable women who are budget-minded clothing enthusiasts
2. People who own lots of designer brands
Even if you’re not a big fashion enthusiast, Poshmark may be a good way for you to make some extra money. Remember, in addition to your own closet, you can find great products to sell on Poshmark by going to yard sales, estate sales and even thrift shops. You may be surprised at how little you can pay for designer clothes that are lightly used.
Mercari originally started in Japan when there was no place to sell their used goods easily online. It is now becoming increasingly popular in the US and the U.K., with billions of items being sold every month. Mercari called themselves an online “flea market app” and let users sell whatever they wanted. Their motto is Sell it, Ship It, Get Paid. That’s because with Mercari, buying and selling from your smartphone is so simple. Keep in mind when using Mercari that it attracts a specific type of customer:
1. People looking for a deal
2. People trying to get rid of extra stuff
You can sell clothing on Mercari, too. But stick to Poshmark for designer clothes. However if you have stuff like baby clothes or sports apparel to sell, then Mercari is a better choice. Another great thing about Mercari, is that items can be bought and sold in less-than-mint condition. Again, think flea market. Just make sure that you’re honest about the item’s condition so you won’t get bad feedback. The best way to get started with Mercari is to download the app onto your smartphone The best way to get started with Poshmark is to visit their site or better yet, download the app onto your smartphone. Then sign in and start browsing. Check out top sellers and familiarize yourself with what sells for the most. Then get busy listing the clothes you want to sell, and start shopping for more locally that are in high demand!
OK, this one that not everyone can use, but it can be a big money maker if you can. If you live in a rural area like I do, you know that it is very common to see old, broken down cars in people’s yards. In fact, there are literally millions of people who let old cars rot in their yard. That’s a fact, even though 80% of most vehicles can be recycled, and there are companies who will pay good money for that material. But you need to go to the right place. I had an old SUV I needed to get rid of last year. I called around to some junkyards and a few offered to come get it for $50 or $100. One even offered me $250 which I almost accepted. Then I did some research online.
I found peddle.com and entered my vehicle’s info into the website. They offered me so much I thought it was a scam. But more research told me it was the real deal. I accepted the offer and a week later they came and towed it away and handed me a check for $1572. If you have any disabled vehicles sitting around, this is an easy, profitable solution. You could even help others get rid of their old junkers for a small commission. 😉 Action Plan… OK, now you have five places where you can sell stuff you either already own, or stuff you buy exclusively to sell at profit. Why not try out these resources on your computer or smartphone right now. Open each website or app and poke around. Then pick one or two to work with regularly. Add a few items for sale and see what happens. As I mentioned, I’ve made lots of money selling things I no longer need and you can too. Thanks to today’s technology, it’s fast, easy and fun!
Hourly Pay Remote Work
If you prefer more structured pay where you earn money for each hour you work, there are plenty of opportunities for that online. Most pay in the neighborhood of $15 an hour. The drawback of course is that you’re basically trading your time for money, buy many people prefer the steady income and don’t mind that arrangement. If you’re one of those folks, then you need to be careful to avoid the myriad of scams and fake opportunities. I can help you with that. In this section you’ll find some of the best reputable ways to earn an hourly wage online…
Many people around the world now work from home for Amazon customer support. Amazon even provides the computer for their remote customer service workers. They’ll send you a large chromebook monitor with a small drive built in the back and they’ll even insure the equipment at your home address. There’s no experience needed, as long as you can talk, you may be able to get hired and you’ll be fully trained by them. Amazon has recently decided to pay all their workers a minimum of $15 an hour, so you can expect to start at that pay. They also offer plenty of overtime, and may even pay for you to go to college. All you need is a dedicated work station and decent internet speeds of 10mps download and 5 upload minimum to be eligible for this opportunity. Oh, and for security purposes, you can’t use WiFi, you need to plug into your router with an Ethernet cable. And they want your work-space to be in a dedicated room with a door. If an Amazon Remote Customer Service position interests you, take a daily visit to Amazon’s regularly updated job postings for availability
LiveOps is a highly respected outfit that hires customer service agents who want to work from home. As a LiveOps agent, you provide services as your schedule permits, in blocks of time as small as 30 minutes. You also get to choose times that work best for your schedule. Most of their agents get a straight talk-time rate of 25 cents per minute, (that’s $15/hr.) and some work on a base rate plus commission bonuses. Some of their other programs pay entirely on commission. As an independent agent for LiveOps, you are paid after submitting regular invoices for their services, using their easy-to-use web-based system. They pay you by either check or direct deposit, whichever you prefer, twice a month. There are also opportunities for sales incentives which can significantly increase your revenue – so the better service you provide, the greater your revenue potential! If you’re someone who likes working directly with people and helping them solve problems, this may be a perfect company for you to join. For more information on working for LiveOps, visit their website here.
Sykes is another great outfit for people who want to do customer support from home. Founded in 1977 and based in Tampa, Florida, Sykes has over 10,000 employees. They love to hire people who work from home and always have many positions available to fill. Working for Sykes gives you the chance to help people by answering a question, solving a problem, or finding something they need. Serving clients in many different industries, call reps at Sykes are always in high demand, and many positions require no experience.
Action Plan… OK, now you have three places where you can earn a nice hourly pay doing customer support from home. Why not check out these resources on your computer right now. Open each website and see which one interests you most.
If working remotely really interests you, I also suggest you join a few Facebook groups on the topic. That way you can read what other remote workers are talking about, learn more about this type of work and learn of open positions with other respectable companies. This Remote Customer Service Jobs Facebook Group is one you can join for free where you’ll find lots of advice and regular job postings…
And here’s one more Legit Home Jobs Facebook Group you should join called the 1099 Contract Job Group… While most home based customer service positions do offer flexible hours, remember that it’s more like showing up to work at a call center, but in your own home. That means you need to clock in your start time, work, track your hours, and so forth. If that’s too structured for you then you may want to check out the next section. In it you’ll find another way to work from home and earn easy money…
Microtasking If hourly pay is not your thing, microtasking is another way you can earn money from the comfort of your own home, any time of day or night. Microtasks are quite simply, quick odd jobs that you can do and get paid. Some take 2-3 minutes and may pay fifty cents or so. Others take a couple hours and pay as much as $50. These microtasks are simply things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers. So companies pay for actual humans to do the tasks. That’s where you come in. Examples of microtasks you can do to earn money include transcribing audio recordings, researching data, and even things as simple as identifying objects. Rather than hiring a large temporary workforce or leaving tasks like these incomplete, lots of companies outsource the work to a few large microtasking sites. In this section you’ll find three such places where you can sign up to complete microtasks and earn fast money.
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. Mturk, as many people call it, is a service that gives businesses access to a diverse, on-demand workforce. Workers can select from thousands of tasks to complete whenever it’s convenient for them to do so. Mturk calls these tasks HITS, which is short for Human Intelligence Task. A HIT is basically a question that needs an answer. It represents a single,
task that a worker can complete such as submitting an answer. They can then collect a reward for completing the task. Below is a screenshot from Mturk that I took as I was writing this guide.
As you can see from the screenshot, the pay for HITS ranges greatly, with opportunities to earn as much as $58 and as little as a few dollars and less (just pennies in some cases) for faster tasks.
Mturk is a great choice for some quick cash, and thousands of people perform HITS daily. It’s a stable platform that has been operating for more than a decade now, so it’s reputable and reliable. You can sign up here. It takes about 48 hours to get approved. During that time, they verify your social security number (for tax purposes). Once verified, you start out in a probation period where you need to complete at least 1 HIT for 10 days.
Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality, human annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Or to put it more simply, they hire real humans to rate and evaluate things such as search results, social media material and more. Applicants must be self-motivated and internet savvy. The work is flexible, part-time, and home-based work that requires a computer and/or mobile device. Some of the work includes what they call “micro tasks” which are simple tasks that can be completed in about an hour from the comfort of your own home. There are also projects that take up to 20 hours a week. You do need to qualify for their projects and the qualification processes is not paid, but it does not typically take long. But if you want to qualify you’ll need to study the guidelines for an hour or so then take a test for each selected project. If you pass, you can then start work on the project. If you do not pass, then they move you onto the next qualification.
ClickWorker is another site where you can get paid to complete simple tasks. It is similar to Mturk and Appen, and like the other two prlatforms, you can sign up as a Clickworker free of charge. Clickworker is always looking for Internet users worldwide, Their micro tasks include proofreading written texts, participating in surveys, and things such as searching for data. Again, you are not paid by the hour, you are paid for each completed task you perform. You work independently based on your own schedule, so it is flexible. You decide when and how much you want to work – on a freelance basis. All you need is a computer and/or mobile device with an Internet connection and there’s no experience or qualifications necessary. You receive payment once you’ve earned $10 and your balance never expires. They pay by paypal so you need to be in a country where you can get a paypal account.
Action Plan: OK, now you have some great ways to earn easy money with simple microtasks. Why not check out each one of these microtasking platforms on your computer right now. Open each website and sign up. Then stick with the one or two you like best and earn regular pay!
Did you know that there are companies that will pay you to shop? It’s true! You may have heard of this in the past and even dismissed it as a scam. And unfortunately, there are lots of scams in the industry. Those are the companies that try to get you to pay a fee up front. The real mystery shopping opportunities are actually 100% free. And they are legit! You can earn anywhere from $5-$25 per mystery shop, plus reimbursement for any purchases required. Some mystery shoppers earn thousands of dollars a month, though a good expectation is somewhere around $400-$500 a month. But hey, you’re shopping, and for many people that’s a fun way to earn part-time cash!
Here’s how it works: You sign up at a mystery shopping company (see the recommended companies in this section) and they pay you to act as a regular customer at stores in your area, and to provide feedback on your shopping experience. You may be asked to visit a local grocery store, a fast-food restaurant, a liquor store, etc. Other tasks I’ve seen include shopping for a car (including a test drive!) or visiting your local YMCA as a prospective customer. In exchange for your feedback, (store cleanliness, employee helpfulness, etc.) you are paid a fee. In most cases you’ll be asked to make a purchase, then you’ll be reimbursed up to a set dollar amount. Once you sign up and are approved you simply log into a website and choose jobs that interest you. You are provided with all the details on exactly what is expected with each job. After completion you then log back in and enter your feedback into their website. If this sounds like something you may be interested in trying, then check out the following trusted mystery shopping companies. They are all free to join and have very good reputations…
BestMark is a leader in the mystery shopping space and serves many Fortune 500 companies including restaurants, casinos, stores, hotels and banks. You’ll earn income while helping companies improve their customer service, simply by shopping and providing feedback on your experience. BestMark works in more than a dozen industries and hands out over 10,000 mystery shopping assignments every month!
Sinclair is another leader in mystery shopping. They’ve been around since 1987!
Market Force is one more mystery shopping service that helps businesses improve their customer experience. They have an excellent reputation