8 Ways You Can Get Paid to Wear Clothes

I’ve heard of some pretty interesting ways to make money over the course of the last few years, but getting paid to wear clothes is probably one of the more unique ones.

But strange as it sounds, I assure you it is a real thing.

The fashion industry is gigantic, with new outfits and trends released every season. Competition is fierce.

Clothing companies know that word-of-mouth advertising is the best type of brand awareness money can buy. Naturally, they would find a way to make the most of that, which means great things for anyone who’s looking to make a few bucks on the side.

I looked into the various ways you can start generating an income by wearing clothes and found a few options, which are listed below.

But keep in mind that the fashion industry does rely on a touch of vanity so most of these options require someone with an outspoken personality who isn’t afraid of putting themselves out there.

Do People Really Get Paid to Wear Clothes?

Yes!

In fact, it’s nothing new.

Celebrities have been receiving huge checks for years by simply going out and being photographed wearing certain clothing brands.

With the rise of the internet and social media, this sweet gig isn’t limited to traditional celebrities anymore. Anyone who puts in the effort (in a smart way, of course) can end up getting paid to wear clothes.

You just have to know where to look for the right opportunities.

However, it’s still important to keep realistic expectations.

The examples I provide below will help you get started on a gig that can get you paid to promote clothing but remember that there’s no guarantee.

The fashion and marketing industries might be big but as I’ve mentioned, that also means there’s plenty of competition so I won’t try to fool you by saying that you’ll make it if you just work hard enough.

There’s still an element of luck, and it helps to be in the right place at the right time. That’s not something you can learn by reading a blog.

You Might Not Actually Wear the Clothes

Some people do get paid to wear clothing with advertisements or brand logos on them and I do provide examples of those below.

But by far the largest pool of opportunities I found involved promoting the product or brand. This almost always involves some sort of social media following. So the easiest way to find this type of side gig is via affiliate partnerships.

This means you’ll have to work quite a bit at building a following before you’ll reap any rewards.

Plus, in many cases, people don’t get paid with cash but do receive the clothing for free in exchange for promoting the clothes or brand.

It might not get you rich, but hey, it’s free clothes!

3 Companies That Do Pay Cash

If you’re interested in testing out other products, the following 3 sites will pay you, in cash, to give feedback on brands.

8 Ways You Can Get Paid to Wear Clothes

If you’re keen on getting paid for the clothes on your back then check out these examples of the different ways you can get paid to promote clothes in 2021.

1. Get Paid to Wear a T-Shirt

There aren’t many gigs around where people will pay you just to wear a t-shirt, but it can happen.

Companies and organizations have t-shirts produced with their company and logos exactly for free advertisement, so why would they pay you for wearing them?

It’s a matter of wearing a t-shirt and being seen wearing that t-shirt by the right audience.

So instead of them going to you, you’ll need to go to them.

Contact your favorite brands and ask if they’ll be willing to sponsor you to wear their branded t-shirts and upload them to your social media platforms, like Instagram or TikTok. You can also offer to wear them to busy places and events to promote their brand.

If you know how to design and create t-shirts, you might even want to offer to design and create a t-shirt for them, and maybe even get paid for it, aside from wearing and advertising their shirt.

This is more of a rare occurrence than a steady thing, however, and you definitely shouldn’t bargain on making any sort of steady income out of this. At best, you could get the occasional few bucks and a free t-shirt.

Note: If all else fails, you could always make your own t-shirts and sell them online.

2. Become a Brand Ambassador

If you’re going to increase your social media following and contact companies anyway, you may want to aim bigger and become a brand ambassador.

The occasional free t-shirt aside, you’ll have a much bigger shot at getting paid to promote clothes via a social media account with a steady following.

It doesn’t matter which social media platform you choose, though Instagram and Pinterest seem to be the most lucrative choices here.

The world of fashion and marketing is steadily migrating away from big splashy advertising gambits and towards more natural connections with their audience through brand ambassadors on social media.

It’s a great time to get into this industry because there are plenty of success stories but it’s still new enough that you have a shot at carving out some space for yourself.

You can reach out to your favorite brands yourself, as I’ve mentioned above, or you can join platforms like Octoly or For Bloggers Only who can connect you to these brands and companies.

You don’t have to have a huge social media following to get some of the same perks that celebs do.

More often than not, companies are on the lookout for micro-influencers who can help promote their products. A micro-influencer is someone who has between 3,000-15,000 followers within a specific niche like fashion, games, sports, outdoor activities, etc.

If you have an active community, even better.

Marketers are looking for people who have a strong back and forth with their followers. You could also look at joining an influencer marketing platform that can help you get noticed by companies who want to market their clothing or brand.

3. Become an Affiliate Marketer

Another way to get paid for wearing clothes is to become an affiliate marketer.

Affiliate marketers are bloggers and content creators who post specially marked links on their blogs or social media. These links lead to pages where customers can buy products or avail of services. When a reader clicks on these links and results in a purchase or subscription, you’ll get a commission.

If you’re only beginning to blog or building your social media following, establishing affiliate partnerships is easier than becoming a brand ambassador.

In fact, being a successful affiliate and increasing your followers can help you be on your favorite brands’ radar. Before you know it, they may be contacting you to make a brand ambassador deal.

If this interests you, I’ve written a guide on how to get started with affiliate marketing.

4. Get Sponsored Posts

If you’ve become a popular affiliate marketer or a popular content creator for a while, but have yet to be contacted by brands to become an ambassador, pitching sponsored posts, to your favorite brands may be another way to gain their attention and get paid to wear their clothes.

The good thing is that whether you run a blog or are more active on social media, you can still get sponsored by your favorite brands.

First off, you need to make your content attractive to brands. Your content should always provide value to your audience, whether it’s informative, instructive, or purely entertaining.

If you haven’t yet, create some posts featuring honest reviews of clothes from brands you actually buy from and like. Make sure to include gorgeous photos of yourself wearing those clothes.

Then, create a Sponsor page on your blog, letting prospective brands and advertisers know that you’re open to sponsored posts. For social media, it can be as simple as including a line saying something like “For sponsorships or partnerships, email me at [your email address]” in your profile or About Me section.

Though you’ve set up your sponsor page and contact information, you don’t need to wait for companies to notice you. You can start pitching your ideas for sponsored posts by contacting and emailing your favorite brands and expressing your ideas.

After perseverance and hard work, if you’re lucky, you can get paid a few times to wear clothes and create content about them. You may even get free clothes out of this!

Don’t limit yourself to the usual editorial, text + photo post. You may want to create posts teaching ways to wear a certain clothing item, how to accessorize, or even a music or dance video featuring yourself wearing the featured clothes.

5. Show off Your Athletic Side

If you’re already an athlete, then you have a pretty good chance of getting a sponsorship from an athletic brand.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to sign up with OpenSponsorship but you do need to be in the public eye when you do your thing.

Plenty of businesses in your area or state are looking to get their company in front of as many eyes of their target audience as possible.

OpenSponsorship is essentially a database of athletes, teams, and events, in which brands can look at athletes and read all about them to know whether they’d be a good fit for their product and their target audience.

Brands can then contact the athletes’ agents directly and negotiate with the goal of coming to a sponsorship deal. This process works the same for businesses of all sizes.

Thus, OpenSponsorship makes it simple for businesses of all sizes to connect with athletes to sponsor with their clothes and other athletic gear.

6. Become A Blogger

Starting a blog, specifically a lifestyle blog, can become a great way to get paid to wear clothes. You can even do the first 5 things on this list—wear t-shirts, become a brand ambassador, promote affiliate links, publish sponsored posts, and getting sponsorships from top athletic brands—a lot easier if you have a blog.

Sponsors actually prefer brand ambassadors and influencers who have a blog aside from their social media account, and a big reason for that is a blog is your own space; social media platforms rise and fall in popularity all the time and influencers can’t control these platforms’ policies on posts.

Blogs, on the other hand, are under the control of the owner of the blog: that’s you. And for as long as your blog is active, the sponsored posts you create are out there, searchable, and can be found and shared by potential customers.

Aside from getting paid for wearing clothes, blogging opens up a world of possibilities that you can earn passive income for years to come.

7. Approach Local Businesses

If you have the guts to take matters from your online presence to your physical space, then you can certainly approach your local businesses and sell the idea of you walking around wearing their brand and essentially promoting them locally.

Most local business owners are always looking for the cheapest and most efficient way to get noticed and they might find your approach novel enough to go for it.

There’s a good chance other business owners in the area will see you and be interested in doing the same thing.

Note: If you’re reading this while the Covid-19 pandemic is going on, make sure to take the necessary precautions, such as wearing a mask and observing social distancing, to keep yourself and others safe.

8. Work As A Runway Model

Okay, this one is definitely out of reach for most people, but I still need to include it here.

Runway models most definitely get paid to wear clothes as they showcase both their beauty and whatever new trends that fashion designers can conjure.

Female runway models make considerably more than their male counterparts, but both are needed in the fashion industry.

You can get started on the small stage and make a few hundred bucks per show. The bigger the event, the more you can get paid.

If you think you have the looks, love of fashion, and moxie to make it, here’s our guide on how to work as a runway model.

The Bottom Line

There are plenty of unusual side hustles out there, especially if you know where to look (like I’ve Tried That).

Getting paid to promote clothing may sound like a strange gig, but who cares when you’re laughing all the way to the bank, right?

Are you intrigued? Or maybe you’ve experienced getting paid to wear clothes? We’d like to know your thoughts! Hit us up in the comments!

6 Legit Ways to Get Paid to Advertise

Companies are increasingly turning to individuals to advertise their products and services. So even if you don’t have a marketing degree and hold a full-time job, you can get paid to advertise for companies.

Traditionally, large companies promoted themselves on TV, in billboards, magazines, newspapers, and other media.

But now that everything is digital, advertising has also moved to digital platforms like websites and social media.

And with the rise of influencer culture, companies have found a way to maximize the ROI on their advertising budget by working with individuals instead of working solely with marketing companies.

This, in turn, opened up opportunities for individuals to make money on the side by advertising for companies that fits their needs, skills, and their schedule.

Here are some legit ways you can start getting paid to advertise for companies.

6 Ways to Get Paid to Advertise for Companies

How much money you make by following the methods outlined below will depend on the option you choose and how much effort you put in.

Some options require little effort but don’t yield a lot of income while others might offer a steady enough salary for you to quit your full-time job. You can, of course, make money through advertising by doing any or all of these at the same time.

1. Create Your Own Blog

Creating a blog on your own website can be a great way to make money through advertising. Practically anyone can do it provided they find the right niche and work hard to increase their audience.

All you need to start your own blog is a computer and a web page to share your ideas on. It’s recommended to set up your own website so you’ll have more control over the topics you can write about and your advertising options. However, many beginners start with a free blog site, such as Blogger.

Before you can successfully advertise on your blog, though, you need to grow your audience first. The more followers you have, the more advertising opportunities you’ll get and the greater your earning potential.

Getting paid to advertise on your blog can be one of two ways: rent out ad space on your blog or create sponsored posts.

Ad Space

Once your blog reaches a certain number of followers, companies may pay you to display their product or service to your visitors.

This is commonly through display ads through the sidebar or the bottom of the page.

You can start with Google Adsense early on, as there is no minimum number of visitors required to join, but your earnings will be in cents at the early stages.

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored blog posts are articles mentioning a product or service of the brand, or solely about the brand itself, for which the brand pays you for the exposure.

For instance, a smartphone manufacturer can sponsor a post listing the top smartphones one should have and listing their smartphone as the top option.

Or they can send you a smartphone for you to write a product review blog post that they’ll sponsor.

Important: Always disclose sponsored blog posts. Not only does this transparency build trust with your followers but it’s also the law.

You can get started with sponsored posts by waiting for brands to reach you, reaching out to brands, or joining sponsored posts networks that connect brands to bloggers.

Here are some of the top sponsored post networks you can join.

2. Become a Social Media Influencer

This works much the same as blogging does, except you don’t necessarily have to write about what you’re advertising. Instagram and Facebook brand ambassadors get paid to take photos of themselves or the products they are promoting, while YouTubers usually get paid to either talk about or review products.

Naturally, getting paid to advertise as a social media influencer requires that you have a large following on your chosen platform.

How to make quick money:

The following three websites are all looking for influencers/ambassadors to help shape their future products:

I highly recommend signing up will all three to increase your chances of actually making money as an influencer.

There are different ways to approach affiliate marketing through social media, and I’ve set up handy guides if you’re looking to get started on any of these platforms:

3. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is an advertising model where companies pay a commission to affiliates to advertise their products and services and generate sales.

You’re given affiliate links that you promote online. Every time a link gets clicked by a reader or viewer and that click leads to a sale, you get a commission.

It is one of the most effective ways to get paid to advertise online. First, you don’t have to build up too many followers to start. Also, once it’s been established, it can turn into passive income.

This is normally found under blogging, but affiliate marketing deserves its own entry because you can actually promote affiliate links through different channels, not just blogging.

Aside from your blog posts, you can share affiliate links on your social media posts, videos, landing page, and newsletters.

To start with affiliate marketing, you can look for companies that have “Affiliate Program,” “Affiliates,” or “Partner With Us” on their websites.

Or you can join an affiliate network, which connects affiliate marketers to companies offering affiliate program opportunities.

The following are some of the best affiliate networks to join:

Important: Just like sponsored posts, disclosing affiliate links is mandated by the law. Whenever a link is used on your website that results in a commission, you must tell your site visitors.

If you want to know more, I’ve put together this practical guide on how to get started with affiliate marketing if you’re looking to be one.

Another option, if you’re a complete beginner, is the Wealthy Affiliate training program which teaches everything you need to know; I’ve also reviewed them if you want to check that out.

4. Use Legitimate Car-Wrap Advertising Companies

Car wraps are probably the most well-known way of getting paid to advertise. It’s also one of the best ways to get scammed.

There are plenty of examples out there of people getting scammed in this way. But is it possible to actually make money by getting a car wrap?

The short answer: Yes, it is possible if you drive around a lot in big cities.

Legitimate car wrap advertising companies like Carvertise and Wrapify do exist but getting a gig with them is conditional.

Both have different requirements, but in general, they will require that you own a newer car, that it isn’t damaged, and that you have a clean driving record.

They will also require that you drive a certain amount of hours or distance every week during the campaign.

If you don’t fancy putting a huge sticker on the outside of your car, then you can opt for getting paid to show ads inside your car from companies like Vugo.

They only target drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, however.

5. Skinvertising

Not every money-making opportunity involving your body has to be illegal.

Skinvertising involves having an advertisement tattooed on your body, whether permanently or temporarily.

There used to be a site called Lease Your Body that was a marketplace for companies and willing participants for tattoos.

Of course, you’ll need to be aware of the risks of tattoos before you go this route, but if this isn’t your first time and you’re still willing to do this, there are ways to make it happen.

You can auction off parts of your body as advertising space on eBay. Or you can reach out to brands directly and offer to do it.

6. Wear T-Shirts With Ads

T-shirts emblazoned with a company website or name and logo can be distributed by companies and they can pay individuals to walk around for a number of hours in high-traffic places to advertise their brand.

While this is a legitimate way to get paid for advertising, the opportunities are few and far between. Right now, influencers and celebrities get paid to wear branded clothing and post them on their social media to promote them.

But if you don’t mind going the extra mile, you can certainly reach out to companies to offer to wear clothes with their brand in exchange for a fee.

Jason Zook famously made a million dollars doing this way back in 2009, so there might still be a market for this.

Beware of Shady Companies and Scams

The methods I mention here are tried and trusted but always make sure to be on the lookout for scams. Tapping into the world of advertising can be a lucrative deal but its sheer size means there are plenty of ways to get scammed.

Always approach an opportunity with a bit of skepticism.

Here’s why:

You don’t want to waste your time or get roped into some scheme that will end up seeing either your money or identity stolen. Criminals are wily and they will take any opportunity to fool you out of your money or personal information.

A general rule of thumb is to use a separate email address (and password!) for your side-hustling ventures and to never click on any links sent to you if you can enter the web address yourself.

Also, and this goes almost without saying, you will never be required to pay for the chance to work with a legitimate company.

They should only be paying you.

I’ve outlined a number of red flags to pay attention to in my recent post on how to make money posting ads. All of them apply here as well.

The Bottom Line

By now I’ve researched plenty of ways to earn a living through various side hustles.

Some require a lot of effort and skill, while others have much fewer and simpler requirements, and I still find new ways to make money.

Often, the only real requirement to getting a side-gig is that you have a go-getter attitude.

Getting paid to advertise is pretty flexible and doesn’t fit into any one category, but it is one of the best ways to make a passive income, and you can put in as much or as little effort as you want.

Ready to get paid to advertise? Which one of these methods are you interested in? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

7 Legit Ways to Make Money Posting Ads in 2021

Making money posting ads sounds like a simple, no-fuss job.

However, because it’s a simple job, scammers know they can use it to bilk jobseekers.

Now it’s all confusing; how do you know if a job opportunity is legitimate or if you’re being scammed?

In this article, know how to avoid being scammed. We also list down legitimate ways to make money posting ads.

Ad Posting Jobs: Red Flags to Watch Out For

There are plenty of ads for jobs where you’ll be “posting ads.”

Supposedly, your job is to post pre-written ads to various websites and social media platforms that the company “you work for” provides.

You can reportedly earn up to $100 or more for just an hour’s work—how awesome does that sound?

One catch: In order to land the job, you’ll need to pay a one-time membership fee upfront.

Unfortunately, it’s another way for scammers to fool honest people looking for real work-from-home jobs.

If you found a job that describes your main responsibility as “posting ads,” be wary of any home-based opportunity if they have the following red flags:

  • Upfront Fee Required — It doesn’t matter if they’re collecting $10 or $100. Whenever a potential employer asks for a fee to join, apply, or given access to job details, there’s a huge possibility that this “employer/company” earns exclusively by collecting this fee.
  • No Contact Information and Website — If a company or employer doesn’t have a website or contact info, consider this a major warning not to move further into your “application.” Legitimate companies often have official websites where all information about the company, the services they provide, and the products they sell are freely available for scrutiny.
  • Statements that are Too Good to be True — Just like in any of the other scams I’ve discussed with you in the past, if a work-from-home job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Statements like “Earn $100 an hour for posting ads on Facebook” can really attract a lot of applicants (and that’s what really the scammers aim for), but in most cases, these job posts are crafted specially to pull people in enough to make them shell out money as an “investment” in a job that would earn them $800 for an 8-hour shift.
  • “No Experience Necessary” — This can also be considered as something “too good to be true,” but I want to add emphasis on this one because many people fall for the “no experience necessary” statement as an advantage, when in fact, this can be a red flag that the job is a scam. Legit companies often make an effort to list basic skills and qualifications, even if the position is a junior role. Hiring people with no experience may also mean that those hired are quickly replaceable.

Be aware that there are ad posting jobs available on job boards, but these come very rarely (probably about 1 in every 1,000 jobs) and not as widespread as scammers make them out to be.

7 Real Ways to Get Paid to Post Ads

There are several ways you can make money posting ads, but these methods are often for the long haul (passive income) or a regular 9-to-5 job but with the advantage of letting you perform tasks at comfort of your own home.

1. Run a Blog

You won’t earn a cent (for the first months or years) posting ads on your blog, especially if you’re starting just now from the ground up, but if you’re interested in passive income, this is the best way to “get paid to post ads.”

Running a blog means you’re the boss, so you have total control over what kinds of ads to place all over the blog. Examples of ads perfect for blogs include:

• AdSense, Mediavine, and other ad networks

It’s not easy earning regular Google AdSense money, but if you work at it, the cents-per-ad-click can add up to hundreds of dollars. Some people earn thousands monthly, but it took hard work and a lot of content to do it.

AdSense may be the most popular one around, but you can also find one specific to your niche, beliefs, and so on.

Blogs with significant traffic (over 25,000 monthly visitors) can register with Mediavine (an ad manager), so you can rest easy and let them manage all pay-per-click and other online advertising platforms.

Other ad management sites that require less than 25,000 monthly visitors include:

• Sponsored posts

You can also post ads within a blog post and get paid for it. These ads, known as sponsored posts, are longer than the traditional ad blurbs you see everywhere online. Most sponsored posts talk about a product or service in great detail, complete with photos, personal opinion/recommendation, and other information.

Unfortunately, not all bloggers are given the opportunity to publish sponsored posts. Companies or advertisers often contact bloggers with enough audience so that the post could reach as many potential customers as possible.

It is also the blogger’s decision to accept or reject any requests for sponsored posts, since the ad may not be beneficial to the blogger’s audience, does not align with the blogger’s niche or brand, or if the blogger just doesn’t want to endorse that company, product or service provider.

• Banner ads

You can also rent out ad spaces on your blog. Established bloggers usually prepare a media kit, where details such as traffic, audience demographics, ad space rates, and other stats are included. Advertisers will agree to pay you monthly or a package fee upfront for displaying their ad on the agreed spot on your blog.

Because you have control over the sponsored post and ad spaces, it’s important to be selective with the brands and companies you endorse, since your viewers will directly associate you with all your advertisers.

AdSense can be used even if your blog is only a few months old. By contrast, attracting advertisers willing to pay for banner ads or sponsored posts requires a bit of authority, audience, and relevance, so you’ll need to build your brand a bit more.

2. Become an Influencer and Post Ads on Social Media

You don’t even have to run your own website to make money posting ads. If you have a sizeable following on any social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, you’re probably on your way to becoming an influencer.

Influencers (root word: influence) are ordinary people like you and me, except that thousands or millions of other people around the world find their skills, talents, beauty, and other interesting tidbits about their lives interesting enough to follow.

Words of influencers matter to their followers, which is why companies keep an eye on influencers who would be perfect fits for the company’s niche, brand, or products.

Check out these websites if you’re interested in earning money with your social media accounts:

  • Izea — Provides a platform for you to partner with brands willing to pay for sponsored posts on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
  • Loop 88 — This influencer marketing company pays popular “pinners” for sponsored Pinterest pins.
  • Ifluenz — Connect with advertisers on Influenz and get a chance to earn $10 per post (if you have at least 5k followers on Instagram) or up to $1k per post (if you have over 500,000 followers).
  • SponsoredTweets — Specialized Twitter influencer platform

As the biggest social media platform, you shouldn’t leave Facebook on your list. However, there isn’t a direct way to make money posting ads on Facebook. Instead, you can post Facebook ads to boost your page’s popularity, increase followers, announce a product or service, or even endorse a product as part of your affiliate marketing efforts (see below for additional info about affiliate marketing).

Google AdSense can also be used in monetizing a YouTube channel. Even if you don’t technically “post” an ad on your videos, you allow Google to display its advertisers’ ads on your behalf.

3. Master Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing involves promoting other people’s products. You register with an affiliate marketing company, such as Amazon Associates, Clickbank, and so on, find products you want to endorse, get a link to that product, and share it on your blog, social media, email, and everywhere else you’re allowed to.

When someone clicks that link and buys a product from that website within a specific time (30 days, 60 days, depends on site rules), you get to earn a percentage from their purchase. It doesn’t even have to be the product you chose to advertise.

The amount you earn would depend largely on your audience (the people who will see your affiliate link), ad placement (where you will post the ad), and the advertiser.

Interested in this route? Here are some affiliate marketing ideas and a guide to actually make money with affiliate marketing.

4. Get a Job as a Social Media Manager

This is the most traditional method you can do to make money posting ads, so expect a more traditional full-time job with an 8-hour shift and a pre-negotiated weekly, bimonthly, or monthly salary.

The good news is that a social media manager job has high demand and you can work from home while employed by some kind of marketing, advertising, or PR agency. Because online advertising involves A/B testing, complex analytics, and more, you need to be up-to-date with the ever-changing internet advertising industry.

This job can also incorporate other kinds of ad-posting techniques, including affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, pay-per-click ads, but with a bigger emphasis on social media.

FlexJobs has plenty of social media manager positions, but they may be called different things, such as “internet advertising rockstar,” “online marketing,” and so on.

5. Become a PPC Specialist

Probably the most lucrative way of earning money by posting ads is to become a PPC specialist. These are experts in planning, developing, and monitoring ad campaigns for search engines like Yahoo, Bing, and Google.

You can do this freelance, but you’ll need a lot of experience, a portfolio to show off your skills, and referrals that prove your knowledge in pay-per-click campaigns.

Or, if you don’t want to bother looking for your own clients, find a company in need of a PPC genius. You’d be surprised at how many companies are still looking for someone who will handle their online ad campaigns.

This job isn’t the easiest of the bunch, but if you’ve got the chops for it, you won’t fall for any ad-posting scams ever again.

6. Work As A Display Ad Specialist

If writing and creating content for advertisements is what you’re good at, you can offer your services to brands and companies to handle their ad campaigns on social media and Google search pages.

You’d be responsible for planning and executing an advertising campaign, writing and creating content, and posting ads on various places online.

Aside from social media and Google Ads, you can also work on banner ads for display on websites.

7. Post Ads On Your Car

This one is offline and creative.

Your car is a prime advertising space, especially if you commute every day on busy roads.

And there are companies willing to pay you to post ads on your car. Some of these legitimate companies to help you get started include Wrapify, Carvertise, and Nickelytics.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know the legitimate ways you can make money posting ads, here are two examples of ad-posting scams that you might find online:

  • People who spread the word about “make money posting ads” used to be people just like you looking for ad-posting gigs. Now, they are affiliate marketing for another company so they could earn money with every person referred, and so the cycle continues and everyone is trapped in a multilevel marketing scheme.
  • People who are actually out to scam others by promising work in exchange for membership fees that give access to fake work-from-home sites.

Hopefully, with the guide above, you can prevent falling for these scams and instead switch your gears to post ads the legitimate way.

Interested in learning more? The best way to get paid to post ads is to become a brand ambassador. More detail in there.

Or if you’re interested in other work-from-home jobs, check out our massive list.

Have you ever responded to a job listing saying you can make money posting ads? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

48 Free Baby Samples for Expecting Parents

Everyone knows babies are expensive, but free baby samples can help alleviate some of the costs.

If you’re a new parent, you most likely just realized how wet wipes and diapers can add up and actually put a dent on your monthly budget.

As a slightly more experienced parent, I’m here to tell you that’s it’s perfectly OK and normal. Most middle-income American families spend about $13,000 per child every year.

This is the reason you should grab every freebie you can get. There is a lot of free baby stuff to be found all over the Internet.

You just need to know where to look.

Where to Find Free Baby Stuff

It can be very overwhelming to go through thousands of websites. I know it firsthand. To create this post, I’ve visited all of them.

But here’s how you can categorize them easier:

• Companies with Baby Products or Services

Companies like Huggies, Pampers, Avent, etc. are all vying for your love. They want you to choose them. And they’re willing to give away baby stuff for free, so you and your baby could try out their products and hopefully become a loyal customer for at least 2 to 3 years.

Most of the time, you need to register with their respective websites and become a part of the “club.” It’s free, so go crazy with joining all of them.

• Coupon, voucher and rewards sites

You can find coupon websites aimed exclusively for parents (or a general one), but both types of sites give you access to vouchers or coupons with discounts ranging from 5% to whopping 90% off.

• Online stores and other Websites to Join or Bookmark

General stores like Target, Walmart, Costco, and other similar stores, as well as smaller companies selling baby stuff may also offer freebies every now and then. Sometimes, the freebie can be a welcome gift, seasonal offers, and so on.

• Websites that send out free baby samples by mail

These websites are special because not all deals you see will send out samples by mail 100% free. This types of offers can fall under any of the three categories above; the main difference is that you can actually receive baby products directly on your doorstep.

48 Ways to Get Free Baby Samples

First, create a FREE Amazon Family account if you have a newborn or a new baby on the way.

They will ship you giant welcome box FILLED with all kinds of free baby stuff. Plus, you get insane discounts on baby essentials and cash back bonuses.

If you’re new to this parenting thing, it’s good to get as much free baby samples as you can, especially from diaper companies, milk and other items that you’d use most often from the time your baby is born and the next 24 months after.

  1. HuggiesAside from the Rewards system that allows you to keep earning points and exchange them for Huggies products, the company also has sweepstakes and coupons straight off the website.
  2. PampersPampers always has an offer for newcomers who are joining its e-mail list. This can be free baby diapers, Ergobaby products, discounts on specific items, or other offers.
  3. Enfamil – Become a member of the company’s “Family Beginnings” and receive vouchers, coupons and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship for your baby. Enfamil isn’t just perfect for expecting moms/dads, the company even gives away milk for toddlers if you request it here.
  4. Luvs DiapersRegister on the site and receive year-round offers, promotions and a chance to win a year’s supply of diapers for your kid.
  5. Similac – Become one of “Similac Strong Moms” and receive free baby samples every now and then, on top of regular discounts and coupons for milk formula.
  6. GoodNites For potty training moms and dads in need of bedwetting protection, join GoodNites for discounts and freebies.
  7. The Honest Co. – This Jessica Alba’s eco-friendly, wellness brand. You can get an Essentials Bundle or Diapers+Wipes Bundle free by joining the site, choosing your kit, and checking out. You only pay for the $5.95 shipping charge. But make sure to cancel your account sometime in the next 7 days.
  8. Bambo NatureBambo Nature sometimes offer freebies on the site, but if you’re already a customer, join the club for its Rewards Program. Newcomers can also take advantage of the company’s own baby registry.
  9. Seventh Generation – Makers of chlorine-free cleaning products, Seventh Generation has also expanded into baby items like diapers, wipes, body wash, lotion, and more. If you’re interested in free baby stuff, join the subscription service and receive a trial package that include a set of diapers and wipes.
  10. Gerber – While Gerber’s website is currently down, the company has been known to offer free samples with its MyGerber program. Call Gerber’s customer service at 1-800-408-7277 to check if they can mail some baby stuff to your area.
  11. Nature’s One – Get free baby formula by registering online, checking out products and choosing the sample SKU when you add the product you want to try into your shopping cart. Click “Add Free Sample” button, answer a quick survey, pay for shipping, and wait for the items at home.
  12. Cuties – Want to try out another diaper brand? Cuties may have ongoing free diaper samples, so make sure to register for its newsletter to be notified whenever free samples become available.
  13. The National Diaper Bank Network – This isn’t a private company (like the rest from this list), but this movement helps low-income families score free diapers they could pick up locally, anytime of the year. Check the website for the assigned contact person per state.
  14. Rufflebuns.com – Use the promo code “RB60OFF” and get a $60 discount, which can buy about three pairs of ruffled baby bloomers.
  15. Baby Box University – Not only can you get a free baby box (where newborns sleep instead of a crib as a way to reduce infant mortality rate), new parents also receive free parenting classes online. The baby box also includes other baby stuff like diapers and wipes. Check if your state is included; You’ll only need to take a quiz to join the program.
  16. BabsyBooks.com – Use the code “GET5FREEBOOKS” and receive baby board books for free. Just pay for shipping fees and you’ll get five board books that would normally cost $40.
  17. BabyLeggings.com – Receive worth $50 of baby leggings (that’s around 5 pairs) as long as use the code SPRING50.
  18. Everyday Happy – Get free diapers and soft bamboo wipes in a free trial box.
  19. CarSeatCanopy.com – Use the code “FREECANOPY1” and get a canopy worth $49.95 for free. You need to pay for shipping, though.
  20. Seven Baby – If you’re interested in baby wearing, you can get a free baby sling (worth $39.95) by entering the code “FREESLING4ME” at the checkout. You need to shoulder shipping fees though.
  21. Dollar Diaper Club – This subscription-based organic diaper company has a free trial that includes 10 wipes and 6 diapers. You just have to pay $5.95 for shipping and handling.
  22. CustomPacifiers.com – Receive 3 free pacifiers that you can customize by entering the code “50261DA82” at the checkout.
  23. NursingPillows.com – Pay for shipping and use the code “PJBABY” to receive a free nursing pillow worth $39.95.
  24. LittleWanderers.com – Get two pairs of baby shoes free by entering the code “SUMMER” at checkout.
  25. Simply Right – Receive a free bundle of wipes and diapers by filling out a form.
  26. LittleFans.com – For parent-to-be’s who are fans of NFL, MBA and NCAA, you can get sports themed baby items like pacifiers, bibs, clothing on the site. Register so you can receive $35 worth of freebies.

This list isn’t complete.

There’s still a chance to get freebies from brands that do not have free baby samples listed on their websites. There’s no harm in asking via e-mail, online chat, or phone. You’d be surprised at how many companies are generous enough to send free baby stuff by mail, especially if you’re willing to shoulder shipping cost.

Of course, be ready for rejection because this doesn’t always work. But sending out baby sample requests are worth your time – after all, it could slash over $500 of your annual expenses for the first few years of your baby’s life.

Free Online Vouchers for Baby-related Stuff

Some of these websites were made exclusively for babies, while others are sources of general vouchers (with baby categories you need to search manually):

  1. Retail Me Not – Get dollar-offs or percentage discounts on baby clothes, food, transportation and other items.
  2. Cash Back Base – Receive cashbacks from baby items you purchase from Amazon. This website only lists down existing deals currently available.
  3. Natural Baby Company – This company has a comprehensive range of baby products from toys to clothing, furniture to transportation, and other items. Every time you buy from this store, you’ll earn rewards. You get 5 points for every dollar spent. You can then use these points to save future purchases, since 100 points can deduct a dollar from your total.
  4. The Baby Cubby – While this site sells baby accessories and furniture like mattresses, strollers, and diaper bags, it also carries basic needs like wipes and clothing. Create an account and you’ll be included in the rewards program automatically. Each dollar you spend on the store gets you back 5 points, which you can use to get more free baby stuff in the future.
  5. TargetRED – This rewards card from Target gives customers 5% cashback anytime, anyday.
  6. Kmart’s Shop Your Way – This is Kmart’s rewards points program, which exchanges 1000 points to $1. Members also receive coupons regularly for exclusive discounts.
  7. Kelly’s ClosetJoin the Diaper Dollars Rewards Program and take home free diapers. A dollar spent equals 1 point, which you can use for future purchases. Collect 225 points for $10 gift card, 500 points for $30 gift card, 750 points for $50 GC, and 1000 points for $75 GC.
  8. The Green Nursery’s Baby Books – Collect points or “Baby Bucks” by joining the rewards program, referring friends to join and every time you buy from the store. Every 100 points is worth $1, while every 100 points spent equals $1.

Many people just throw product packaging without a thought. If you’re guilty with this, make sure to double-check packaging since promo codes and freebies are often printed there.

Get-paid-to sites also let you save money for shopping baby items. With these websites, you’ll need to complete a quick task, such as filling out a form, signing up, downloading an app, playing online games, watching videos, shopping online, taking surveys, browsing the web, etc., and rewarded with points (redeemable as cash or vouchers), gift cards, or sometimes PayPal cash.

We’ve got a long, long list of get-paid-to sites featured in the past, such as Swagbucks, Ebates, and InboxDollars, but here are some more sites to check out: TreasureTrooper, Irazoo, SquishyCash, GrabPoints, CreationsRewards, Gift Hunter Club, Perk, Coins Rewarder, SuperPay, Earnably, FreebiePoints, QuickRewards, EarnHoney, Grindabuck, BeFrugal, Loot Palace, ShopAtHome and many more.

These websites often have a sign-up bonus ranging from $1 to $10, which can easily add up if you join them all.

Must-Join Online Stores that Give Away Free Baby Stuff

The following websites are mostly free to join. The following sites are a mix of online stores, parenting communities, magazines, info sites, baby registries, and other websites that you should join and bookmark if you’re looking for free baby stuff.

  1. HelpAMotherOut.org – This organization was built to provide disposable diapers to low-income families in the Northern and Southern California.
  2. BabycenterAs a comprehensive guide for new parents, pregnancy, toddlerhood and everything about babies, this website has a ton of advertisers who are more than willing to enter this target market using free baby stuff.
  3. NeedHelpPayingBills.com – Not only does this organization help people pay their bills during their darkest hours, it also helps parents with free baby diapers.
  4. Freebie MomAs a master of everything free and for babies, this blog shares vouchers, discounts, exclusive promos, and other deals for the mom wise enough to grab baby-related freebies.
  5. Babysamples.comThis blog does the job for you in searching for new (and old) deals, discounts and free baby samples available across different brands. You don’t need to register; just bookmark the site to check new updates.
  6. Everyday Family – Join the program and enter regular diaper contests (with prizes worth $750). If you’re not lucky enough to win, you still have plenty of information about baby stuff freebies and coupons for baby companies.
  7. Amazon Mom – This program from Amazon gives parents 20% discount on diaper purchases with free 2-day shipping. Newcomers even receive a free trial and $10 Amazon credit if you refer people to the program.
  8. My Momma Taught Me – This blog teaches parents how to get free stuff using online coupons and shopping deals. You don’t have to pay a fee, just follow this momma for good advice.

Companies with baby registries, such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl’s and others also give out free baby samples to new members. Check out what each of them has in store:

  1. Amazon Family – There are a lot of perks for creating a baby registry here, including 10% discount on items that have not been “purchased” yet, 20% off on diapers, free parenting eBooks, and more.
  2. Babylist – Looking for baby stuff not found in ordinary online stores? You may find it here. And if you’re eligible to receive the free, Hello Baby Box, just pay $4.95 shipping fee and wait for the package to arrive.
  3. Target – You can get Target’s free baby samples worth $100 absolutely free if you decide to sign-up for your baby registry here. The only catch is you’d have to pick up your gift at the nearest Target.
  4. Kohl’s – You won’t find any ads about free baby samples anymore on the website, but you can get up to 20% discount from your in-store purchases or 15% off for the remaining items on your list.
  5. Buy Buy Baby – Register and receive “The Goody Box,” which contains coupons and free baby samples.
  6. Walmart Baby – Receive a free welcome box when you create a baby registry on Walmart. Plus for having price-match guarantee, which means you’ll always be getting the cheapest price of the baby stuff you want.

The Bottom Line

The websites above don’t even make up ALL the ways you can get free baby samples. We’re sure there’s a whole lot more you can find in the depths of the internet and social media. Even Facebook and Reddit have exclusive groups dedicated to landing free baby stuff.

Also look out for photo contests and companies who give away free baby stuff by mail in exchange for a review of the item/s you’ll receive.

When you’re trying to land offers of free baby samples by mail, but find it harder than collecting coupons, you can always earn some other way for extra cash. For example, this long list ways to save money for a vacation can be customized to accommodate your personal “baby shopping cash fund.”

Money you earn from mom-at-home side gigs and remote jobs can also be saved for when the baby comes. Or you can even use up the birthday freebies you’ve collected to shop for the arrival of your baby.

There really is no wrong or right way to get free baby samples. As long as you don’t pay a dubiously large amount of money upfront, there’s no reason not to join all the websites above.

These Are the Best 24 Crafts to Make and Sell in 2021

Are you a DIY enthusiast who loves creating? Looking for ideas for crafts to make and sell online to make some cash?

You’re in the right place.

If you’ve ever knitted a scarf, created an eccentric photo frame, built a bench, or sewn a nifty jumper, you may have thought about selling your creations.

And what better way to start making money than by doing something you’re passionate about? If you actually enjoy creating stuff from scratch (or even scrap), then you have a huge untapped opportunity to make money.

However, deciding what exactly to start making to sell can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a true DIY enthusiast and love dabbling in creating all kinds of things.

In this article, we’ll cover the best selling crafts that you can easily make at home so you can start making money from your hobby!

24 Easy Crafts to Make and Sell

You’re going to want to make sure what you create is actually in demand and is something people actually want to buy.

I’ve rounded up the best selling products on Etsy and the top sellers at Amazon to find the best crafts for you to pursue.

Look through Amazon Handmade’s Featured Artists section as well to see what is selling (and selling well) to help you get started.

1. Jewelry

Jewelry Crafts

No list of easy crafts to make and sell would be complete without jewelry.

The industry is constantly growing, people are still buying all types of jewelry, and there always seems to be constant demand.

The e-commerce jewelry market is estimated to be worth $2.7 billion in the U.S alone.

However, jewelry takes a little bit more time to make compared to any other thing on this list, but it’s definitely worth learning.

Here are some of the most sought-out jewelry items:

  • Locket necklaces
  • Letter pendants
  • Promise rings
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Beaded bracelets
  • Pearl earrings and necklaces

2. Planners and Planner Accessories

Planners are one of the easiest crafts to make and sell and are currently some of the best selling crafts on platforms like Etsy.

It’s 2019 and planners are still big, especially with the rise of more people wanting to organize their life or take it to the next level and become a professional organizer.

You can create all types of planners – daily, weekly, monthly, to-do lists, wellness planners, fitness planners, and much more.

You can also sell parts of a planner that your buyer can assemble so that they get the exact planner they want that fits their lifestyle and their aesthetic.

For instance, you can sell planner covers in different colors, designs, and bindings (e.g., mushroom-type, 6-hole, 20-hole, etc.). Then, sell different types of refills that go with those bindings, such as blank, lined, dotted, or grid paper.

Or you can offer a 400-page blank daily planner, 53-page weekly planner, and a 12-page monthly planner so your buyers can pick and choose which inserts they want in their planner.

Aside from the paper and the binding, other accessories for planning you can make include stickers, colored markers, fancy tapes, acrylic stamps, sticky notes, paper clips, and many more.

All you need to know is:

  • How to bundle a few sheets together.
  • How to create a template (the more creative and aesthetically appealing, the better).

Pro tip: You can make even more money by creating downloadable planner templates. Save yourself the cost of printing, binding, and shipping.

3. Crochet and Knitted Products

Crochet DIY crafts

If you’re the kind of crafty person who loves needle arts, then crochet and knitted products have great potential to earn you money.

You can pretty much create everything – from beanies to scarves to mug warmers to face masks.

Pro tip: Make sure your product is unique (price, design, marketing) since the crochet industry is highly competitive. Don’t price your product too high unless you are offering something no one else is.

4. Candles

The candle business is one of the most lucrative in the world. Despite all and any technological advances in lighting, there’s just something about lighting a candle that’s incomparable to any other light source.

There are plenty of niches to explore in the candle-making industry as well: religion, birthdays, rituals, natural, scented candles, and many more.

Also, because it’s highly popular, you’ll never have to deal with a shortage of candle-making tutorials and materials, and thus, handmade candles are some of the easiest crafts to make and sell online.

5. Holiday-Themed Decor and Gifting Items

This might seem like quite the surprise, but holiday-related decorations are one of the best-selling categories on Etsy.

And for good reason!

Considering the many national and religious holidays and observances in the US—Easter Sunday, Passover, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, High Holy Days, to name just a few—you’ll never run out of holidays as themes.

From personalized gift tags and stickers, cards, candles, napkin holders, tablecloths, runners, curtains, pillowcases, tree or table ornaments; your options are endless.

Plus, any stock you don’t sell in a given year can still be sold when the holiday comes around again.

6. Bath bombs

DIY Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are all the rage right now (#selfcare).

The materials are cheap, they’re simple to make, and they have a good profit margin.

Making those delightful chunks of colors, scent, and happiness takes very little learning time, and they sell very well.

Best of all, your creativity is the limit; try out different color combinations, scents, packaging, and even the names for your bath bombs.

Pro tip: Keep your raw materials fresh, always use natural, food-grade ingredients, and make sure they’re safe for the skin.

7. Pet Toys

Pet toys aren’t normally at the top of mind when you brainstorm for crafts to make and sell.

But it is estimated that US pet owners will be spending a total of $99 billion this year.

Needless to say, this is one market you want to tap into.

Start creating unique, handmade, and maybe even eco-friendly toys.

The best thing about pet toys?

They are very easy to make and there are plenty of YouTube video tutorials that teach you how to make them.

8. Home & Living

Some of the best-selling crafts online are related to things for your home.

Here are some ideas for crafts for the house that are simple to create.

  • Fabric pots
  • Rope bowls
  • Lace bowls
  • Pallet coasters
  • Wooden trivets
  • Glass pebble ref magnets
  • Personalized wine glasses
  • Etched wooden cutting boards and cheeseboards
  • Flower vases
  • Decoupaged chairs and other wooden furniture
  • Refurbished wall or corner shelves

9. Party Invitations

DIY Invitations

Everyone wants a unique invite right now and some people might go as far as learning calligraphy to pimp up their invites.

And this is where you come in. Why learn calligraphy when they can simply pay someone else to do it for them?

There’s a lot of untapped potential in the world of invites and you’ve got endless options: birthday parties, weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, corporate invites, and many other events.

10. Gift Boxes

Have you got a few talents up your sleeve and don’t know how to utilize your knowledge without wasting time and effort?

Or are you less crafty but have an eye for creative execution?

Instead of cluttering your virtual shopfront with hundreds of products, compile products that belong together in a gift box and sell them in a set.

11. Pillow Covers

Pillow covers might sound a little bit complicated at first, but you can easily make pillow covers from old t-shirts without having to sew!

Bonus points for producing a different pillow cover every single time unless of course, all your old shirts are black.

12. Handmade Kids Clothing

Usually, kids’ clothing is one of those niches that you can get as creative as you want in.

Do you want to create an oversized unicorn onesie?

Go for it.

Batman pajamas?

Yup.

An irresistibly cute mini-robe?

Yes, please!

The kids’ clothing category includes a lot of crafts you can make and sell – from little scarves, onesies, ear warmers, booties, and gloves.

Your best advantage, though?

Low costs thanks to how tiny the clothes are and high turnover thanks to how quickly they’re outgrown!

13. Wedding Products

This is a category that Etsy dominates in, and it’s a good category to start selling your crafts under.

For instance, if you’re already creating bath bombs, market and package them as bridesmaids favors, and you’re well on your way to more profits.

Here are just some of the crafts you can sell as wedding products:

  • Bridesmaids favors: monogrammed hairbrushes, keychains, letter pendants
  • Groomsmen favors: monogrammed dop kits, money clips, cufflinks
  • Printed robes: “Bride,” “Bridesmaid,” “Mother of the Bride”
  • Wedding souvenirs: candy jars, handmade soaps, bath bombs, candles
  • Paper products: placeholders, invitations, banners
  • Accessories: monogrammed custom garter, ring pillow, ring box

14. Prism Light Candles

Got a mason jar? Got some glass pebbles? Got some fairy lights or LED candles?

If you answered yes to all three, then congrats, you’re practically only one more step away from creating a quick-selling product!

Prism light candles are very aesthetically appealing, insanely easy to do, and are very easy to market!

15. String Art

A lot of people just have a knack for hammering nails and twisting strings.

If you’re one of these people, then you’re lucky because you’ve just found yourself an easy craft to sell.

This craft requires little artistic talent from you; you can simply print a pattern from the internet and use that to make the string art.

It’s more important to be good with your hands.

16. Bird Feeders

DIY Bird Feeder

There are tons of cute bird feeder ideas on YouTube and Pinterest that you can make from materials you probably already have in your house.

They are very easy to make, and you can always choose your own style of painting and design!

17. Wooden storage

If you’re handy with wood crafts and carvings, you can create wooden storage in many different sizes for many different things to put inside.

From a tiny jewelry box to a larger book storage box, there are plenty of possibilities.

18. Your Art

If you’re better with a pencil or a paintbrush than you are with a table saw or a glue gun, your art is also something you can sell.

Whatever medium you work with—watercolor, acrylic, or oil—your paintings can find new homes when you sell them online.

You can also digitize your paintings and sell them as desktop wallpapers.

If you’re more into drawings or illustrations, you can also sell those, but they fetch a lower price than paintings.

You can sell them as postcards, framed wall décor, or you can draw on a notebook with a blank cover so that it now has a pretty cover, and then sell those.

19. Clocks

This is probably another surprise item here, but you might be surprised at just how many different styles of clocks you can create.

And this is a good thing because the more varied your clocks are, the more likely that they’ll be a good fit in someone’s home and be bought.

20. Cellphone Cases

This is one product that is constantly on this kind of list.

Cellphone cases require inexpensive materials to create and aren’t difficult to make them.

As long as people buy smartphones, cellphone cases will constantly be in demand.

21. Fabric-covered Pots

Succulents and houseplants are our new best friends now.

Clay pots are their usual home, and they look okay on their own but sprucing them up with fabric scraps is a fun, quirky way to make them unique.

There are a few tutorials on YouTube for creating decoupage pots with fabric, plus the materials won’t set you back by too much.

22. Desk Accessories

Even home offices now have to be Instagram-worthy.

Help others achieve their Instagram goals by creating one-of-a-kind desk accessories and organizers, such as painted ceramic or glass jar pen holders, personalized magnet or memo boards, and other cute but functional accessories.

23. Wood-burned Cutting/Cheese/Charcuterie Board

All you need is a slice of wood and a wood-burning pen to create endless designs, even personalized ones.

You can etch names, quotes, designs, patterns, logos, anything you can make with a pen.

24. Soap

Yes, soap.

Especially now, in this new era of handwashing, soap is one of the most functional crafts to make and sell.

It can be as pretty as you want, as in gem stone glycerin soaps, or fun and kid-friendly, as in dinosaur egg soaps.

You can even incorporate a loofah to make a soap and body scrub in one.

Or you can strip it down to basics and emphasize the rawness and the texture of handcrafted and hand-cut soap.

Tips To Maximize Your Profits From Making And Selling Your Crafts

Making your crafts is one thing, but selling them is another. Here are some pointers to increase your earnings.

Learn how to take high-quality photos of your crafts.

No, you don’t need to splurge for a DSLR camera.

Close-ups, angles, and lighting: learn how to work all of these to get gorgeous photos of your creations, even when you’re using a smartphone.

Learn SEO.

You want your products to be found by the right people, so learn how to be as detailed as you can in your product descriptions while using keywords that your target buyer will likely use to search on search engines.

Provide the best customer service.

There are plenty of DIYers just like you who are making and selling crafts online.

Sometimes, the difference lies in who treats customers better.

Be responsive to questions, address complaints and issues quickly, and be respectful, no matter what.

The Bottom Line

Don’t think that these are the only options you have for easy crafts to sell and make.

As I said before – the world is your oyster.

You can choose all sorts of crafts to learn, add your twist to it and sell, sell, sell! Once you’re ready to start moving product, be sure to check out our guide on how to sell on Etsy.

Are you a DIY enthusiast? Are you inspired to make and sell your crafts now? Share your stories with us in the comments!

How to Become a Professional Organizer and Change Lives

In 2014, a little book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was published, spurring thousands of people to remove things in their household that don’t spark joy. Fast forward five years later and Netflix released the series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, inspiring many to learn how to become a professional organizer.

Despite its popularity, though, the KonMari Method isn’t the only organizing technique around.

In fact, professional organizers have been around since at least the 80s, helping individuals, as well as businesses, improve their organizing systems with the ultimate aim of increasing day-to-day efficiency and productivity.

If this sounds like something that you want to do, this comprehensive guide is for you. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to become a professional organizer.

What Does a Professional Organizer Do?

In a nutshell, certified professional organizers teach their clients the basic principles of organization, with the ultimate goal of creating an organizational system that their clients can maintain.

An organizer (or their team) can come to a home or office, work with their client to put the things in each of the spaces in order, and then advise on the best tools and techniques so the client can maintain this order for the long-term.

Some professional organizers help their clients buy or design household furniture that is part of their clients’ long-term organizational strategy.

Other professional organizers also advise clients on their time management strategies, especially the day-to-day tasks that can build up, become chaotic, and cause clutter and disorganization in the first place. By teaching clients how to prioritize tasks, they can help clients maintain order in their spaces.

What a professional organizer does not do is clean a client’s house from top to bottom. They develop processes and teach clients these processes to get to a more efficient and organized space.

What Skills and Qualities Do You Need to Become a Professional Organizer?

Clients who hire professional organizers need help with more than just picking stuff up from the floor and making things tidy. They need to learn organizing skills from you so they can work on arranging their own things themselves.

Here are the main skills and qualities you need to have as a professional organizer.

  • Empathy — People accumulate stuff for various personal reasons. When placed in a difficult position where they may have to dispose of these items, they often become emotional, or worse, hostile. Professional organizers need to be able to understand this attachment and make their clients understand as well so they can let these things go when they need to.
  • Communication skills — This job involves constantly talking to all kinds of clients and basically telling them what to do with their possessions. Thus, communication skills can make or break your career as a professional home organizer.
  • Problem-solving skills — The clutter may look the same, but different clients have different needs and different motivations. While there are guidelines followed by every professional organizer, getting to the heart of your client’s actual problem to provide a custom solution is an essential skill.
  • Time management — When an organizer takes on a client, a contract is drafted and deadline determined. It’s not easy encouraging people to make changes, but an organizer should be able to take all these factors into account to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Determination — No matter how detailed your conversations with your client are or how clear your contract is, a project may become a bigger one than you initially thought. You’ll need to be determined to finish the project, whatever it takes.
  • Passion — Aside from your passion to organize, clients need to feel that you’re invested in making sense of their clutter and helping them to get to a point where they can organize their things themselves.
  • Discretion — When you’re clearing away in various rooms, you’ll inevitably be exposed to various paperwork that your client would want to keep confidential, such as bank statements, credit card bills, legal documents, prescriptions, and other sensitive information. As a professional organizer, you need to be discreet about the information you inadvertently gather. In fact, go the extra mile and add a non-disclosure agreement with your contract.

How to Become a Certified Professional Organizer

If you’ve already started getting clients and working as a professional organizer, well and good. But if you want to scale your services and turn this gig into a business, it’s highly recommended to become a Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®).

A Neatly Organized Home

Becoming a CPO gains you more credibility with your clients, allowing you to command a higher rate. It also indicates that you’re serious about your career and continuously honing and learning about your craft.

The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) is an international body that gives out credentials to professional organizers, offers continuing education and coursework, and hosts an annual conference featuring industry experts.

To earn your CPO credential, you’ll need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Agree to adhere to the BCPO Code of Ethics for Certified Professional Organizers.
  • Be prepared to document a total of 1,500 hours (an average of 9.6 hours per week) of paid work experience in the five (5) years prior to applying to take the exam.
  • Pass the CPO Exam, which is a standardized exam with 125 multiple choice questions that must be completed in 2 hours.

They don’t just administer the exam, though; the NAPO website has resources to help you prepare for the exam. The BCPO Handbook is the main reference you’ll refer to before and after you take the exam, and even beyond that.

The required paid work experience is any activity where you transfer, teach, or demonstrate your organizing skills to clients. This means it can be a mix of on-site and virtual organizing, coaching, workshops, training, consulting, speaking engagements, military service, continuing education, and many others.

You’ll need to document these activities using the NAPO log template properly.

Randomly selected candidates are audited, so you should be prepared to support your log.

If you’re new to the industry and can’t complete the paid work experience hours required, check continuing education courses at NAPO University.

5 Ways to Get Clients as a Professional Organizer

Assuming you’ve gotten certified as a professional organizer and you’re all set to make your career into a life-changing business, the next step is to fill up your calendar (and your portfolio too!).

Here are 5 ways you can find clients:

1. Start Networking

You’ve been probably networking to gather clients as a freelance professional organizer.

To scale up your networking, make sure to decide on a business name and your own logo.

Once you have a name and a logo, divide your time marketing in the real world (offline) and online. Join local community groups, forums, and so on, and learn how to advertise services online without being tagged as spam.

Create profiles for every social media websites you could find. You may think that Instagram is only for celebrities and selfies, but photos from your portfolio can be shared there. You’ll never know if someone checking out your posts decides to hire you based off that post.

2. Build a Website

Documenting should be a natural to you once you’ve taken on a career as a professional home organizer.

Take plenty of high-quality before and after pictures, bearing in mind your commitment to discretion. These will help you build a portfolio.

Show off your work on a website. It serves as a modern calling card, so leave your active contact details as well.

Plus points if you start a blog on your website, because this will give your site a more personal touch. In fact, a reader may just be so impressed by your writing/storytelling/information that they decide to hire you there and then.

Starting a blog on professional organizing also helps search engines index your websites and serve it up to web searchers who use the right keywords.

3. Get Active on Social Media

Imagine being a keyboard away from hundreds of potential clients. Being active in social media allows you to have an audience, even if you’re just starting out in this field.

Take time in crafting your posts, learn all about staging photos, and create an online personality that’s going to be hard to ignore.

Join professional networking sites like LinkedIn for that extra bump in your network.

Once you’ve set up all your social media accounts, be sure to link them all back to your website (consider it your home base).

4. Pay for Ads

If you have extra cash for ads, you can use some for online ads.

I recommend checking out Facebook Ads, if you’re new to online marketing. It helps beginners target its audience as easy as 1-2-3. And since Facebook already has information of its users readily available, you can try targeting local clients first before expanding your reach.

Google ads work too, but it may be a bit more complicated if you don’t know your way around keywords and analytics.

5. Share Free Content

Organized Shelf

Creating free content may seem like a time-waster for most people, but you’ll be amazed at how much this could benefit any new business.

Write an e-book, record an audiobook, make a video tutorial or design an infographic about how to make your home clutter-free. Share it for free everywhere.

If you’re lucky and your content goes viral, that free advertising can go a long way and land you plenty of clients. Heck, if you have the personality to back up your organizing talent, you might even get your own show ala-MarieKondo.

How Much Can You Make as a Certified Professional Organizer?

Certified professional organizers can expect to earn between $55 to $100 an hour if your contract is long-term.

Project-based rates go as low as $200 to $800 for residential work, and in the thousands for business organizing. On average, CPOs earn around $500 for 5 to 10 hours worth of work. CPOs charge higher than those just starting out.

The Bottom Line

Whether you choose to do professional organizing on the side, or as a full-time business, the probability of succeeding in this field lies in how well you’re able to land clients.

As most self-employed professionals know, the first few clients are the hardest to find. But if you follow the guide above and continuously work on your portfolio (and networking), you’ll see that learning how to become a professional organizer can be insanely lucrative.

Want to see if you’ve got the heart for this job? Test our your organizing skills at home, and while you’re at it, check out these apps that’ll pay you cash to spring clean.

Does being a professional organizer sound appealing to you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

15 Places to Find Beta Tester Jobs That Pay Well

The apps and games you frequently use likely went through beta testing before they were launched or released. This is how beta tester jobs were created.

A beta tester’s job is to test these apps before their release to make sure there weren’t any bugs or glitches that developers missed.

Beta testing sounds like a job that’s only for techy, geeky types. On the contrary, beta testers use the apps and games in real-life or close to real-life conditions so that developers know how actual users will use their apps.

If you love trying out new apps and games and find yourself spotting errors and weird behaviors in these apps, being a beta tester might appeal to you.

In this blog post, learn what a beta tester does, how much they normally earn, and where you can find beta tester jobs.

What does a beta tester do?

When an app or game is being developed, it usually goes through several rounds of testing from the time it’s initially coded.

However, since this testing is done in a controlled environment, some glitches or issues may not show up during the initial rounds of testing.

Beta testing is the final round of testing before that app or game is released to the general audience.

It’s done in real-life conditions: various units of actual smartphones, laptops, and computers (not simulators), with different internet providers that are used by actual end-users.

Beta testers use the app or game in these conditions to find out how it performs in real life and not under a controlled environment. They then note their observations about usability, UI, gameplay (for games) bugs, and any unexpected behavior.

They then submit this to the developer with general feedback and notes, as well as steps to replicate a bug, if they observe one.

Do you need experience to become a beta tester?

Yes and no.

Minor beta testing jobs will usually not require any specific qualifications or certifications.

However, as you slowly build your résumé and your skillset, you will be able to apply for higher-paying jobs (Google has a beta-testing program!) and build competence.

A couple of things you will definitely need no matter what, though:

Excellent observation skills and attention to detail.

These are essential to becoming a successful beta tester.

How do you become a beta tester?

You’re most probably never going to find a developer contacting you directly for opportunities.

Most of the time, you’ll need to either:

  • Find a third-party website that has plenty of paid beta testing jobs.
  • Contact the company directly sending in a résumé/cover letter.

What do app tests involve?

What will be required from you when you accept a beta tester job will solely depend on what the development team wants from the results.

  1. After signing up on one of those third-party websites, you will fill in your age, gender, location, interests.
  2. Developers will then select you based on whether or not you match their specific criteria.
  3. You will be given a set of instructions letting you know how to perform certain on-screen actions, what to keep an eye on, and everything you need to know.
  4. Your on-screen actions will be recorded to give the developers an idea of the user experience.
  5. You’ll be expected to give constructive feedback regarding:
    • What you like or don’t like about the app.
    • What glitches you found.
    • General user experience.
    • Whether the app is boring or slow.
    • Does the game freeze?
    • Does it take too long to load?
    • Give suggestions and recommendations.

Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to give constructive feedback. No matter how frustrating the app/game/software is, make sure to mention it. And make sure to mention if you had fun using it.

How much do beta testers get paid?

Beta tester jobs can pay anything from $10 to $100 per hour. High-paying beta tester jobs can pay up to $45,000 per year.

The fees you get depend on a lot of different factors:

  • The type of website you’ve signed up for.
  • The developer’s budget.
  • What sorts of tests you’re going to participate in.
  • How simple or difficult the job is.

There is no doubt that companies benefit a lot from becoming hiring beta testers. But what is in it for you as a paid beta tester?

Rewards! Money! Gift cards!

When it comes to rewards, every company and website has its own rules. Generally, rewards come in three different types:

  • Cash (PayPal, bank transfer, etc.)
  • Gift cards
  • Free products

15 Places to Find Paid Beta Tester Jobs

Here are the 12 best places to find a beta testing job.

There are hundreds of opportunities currently available as beta testing is always in high demand.

1. Beta Family

Beta Family Opportunities

You will find dozens of developers for iOS and Android apps all posting their beta testing opportunities along with their instructions and what they’re looking for.

How it works for developers: They set up a test and then search through the beta testers who have signed up to choose a good fit for this test.

How it works for beta testers: It’s simple! You follow their instructions carefully, test their apps, answer their questions, and give them feedback. Most questions have to do with the design and the UI and the user experience.

That doesn’t mean that you have to sit and wait for developers to contact you.

You can actively search through the list of open opportunities.

How to utilize Beta Family: For every test you finish, you will get a rating depending on how accurately you gave feedback and how in-depth your answers are.

There are no fixed rates and the developer is the one that decides how much to pay you.

2. UserTesting

UserTesting is another top player when it comes to the world of beta testing.

So how does it work?

  1. You will first need to finish a 5-minute test to show your qualifications.
  2. Once you get approved, you can start looking for beta testing opportunities.
  3. You get paid anything from $10 to $15 for every 20 minutes.

Your tests will mainly revolve around how you view and interact with certain websites as an average Internet user.

Your feedback will help site owners fix problems that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

With a steady stream of testing jobs, this is probably the highest-paying and most consistent beta testing job on this list.

3. Pinecone Research (Sign up via Inbox Dollars)

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research provides you with a unique opportunity for a beta testing job.

It’s unique in the sense that you will be trying out physical products, instead of performing online evaluations of websites or apps.

Pinecone will mail you upcoming products from major manufacturers and pay you a flat rate to test the product out and provide feedback.

More often than not, you get to keep whatever they send you, increasing the value of each job you complete.

It’s a pretty cool way to try out some new things before they ever hit the shelves.

4. Betabound

Betabound gives you the chance to work with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Expect to find names like Amazon, Yahoo, Netflix, and Dell.

The best part?

Betabound doesn’t require you to have extensive experience at all. In fact, you don’t even need to go through qualification tests.

You will get paid in gift cards and prizes.

5. BetaTesting

BetaTesting.com (formerly Erli Bird) is like the Uber of paid beta testing jobs. What it does is it partners big-name companies with beta testers and has all types of opportunities out there.

You will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Have certain devices for certain tests.

You can get paid anywhere from $10 to $20 per test.

6. Vindale Research

Vindale Research

Vindale pays you only in cash, offers a $2 sign-up bonus, and pays really well. You can get up to $50 per product testing/survey.

You will have to answer a few questions at first to prove that you’re eligible, then you’ll be awarded in cash once you’re done.

7. AppCoiner

AppCoiner pays you cash to test various apps.

When you sign up on their website, you can choose an app from their app review database, test it on your smartphone or tablet, and write about the experience on your AppCoiner website. AppCoiner monetizes your website views and pays you according to how much traffic your articles attract.

8. Bananatic

If you prefer online games to apps, this beta tester job opportunity may be right for you!

Register on the Bananatic website and download free-to-play online games. Play them, test them, and complete in-game quests assigned by Bananatic. When you complete in-game quests and write high-quality game reviews, you earn Bananas. Not literal ones, though; Bananas are the website’s virtual currency.

You can exchange these Bananas for real prizes, such as free games, game credits, skins, Steam wallets, Amazon gift cards, and many more.

9. Tester Work

Tester Work specializes in beta testing websites and apps for developers. They boast a community of 50,000+ testers all over the world, working on apps from such companies as Facebook, Google, General Electric, Microsoft, and other big names.

Register, take an assessment, receive invites to the latest test cycles, participate, and get paid!

10. TryMyUI

At TryMyUI, beta testers perform usability tests on websites and apps so developers know which elements work and which ones don’t.

As a tester, all you have to do is use their websites and apps as you would in a real-life situation, with your own computer and smartphone. You’ll be recording your screen and what you’re doing, while you do a voiceover with your honest thoughts and feedback.

Be sure to follow instructions exactly and complete the list of tasks given to you. Also make sure you respond to notifications for new tests as soon as you can so you can get more jobs.

A typical usability test takes 20 minutes to complete, for which you’ll be paid $10.

11. Game-Testers.net

As far as these beta tester jobs go, testing video games may be the most enjoyable.

Another video game testing site, Game Testers employs testing specialists who play video games, submit honest reviews, and get paid from $50 to $150 per hour.

12. Keywords Studios’ Global Beta Test Network (GBTN)

If you like multiplayer console and PC games, this one is for you.

Keywords Studios works with some of the world’s best video game developers and help them run beta tests by selecting active, professional gamers from more than 40 countries to form a community called the Global Beta Test Network (GBTN).

If you sign on, you have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as you’ll get to play brand new games that haven’t even been released yet.

13. Reddit & Other Online Forums

Social Media Manager Jobs

There is no shortage when it comes to online forums, specifically if you’re interested in beta testing for games.

Reddit is a great place to find beta tester jobs, be the first to know about paid beta testing opportunities, and learn about how to become a successful beta tester.

Pro tip: Android has a forum filled with beta testing opportunities for Android users.

14. Social Media

How to find beta testing jobs

My biggest tip for you is:

Write down a list of your favorite developers, periodically check all their social media platforms and websites, and keep an eye out on beta tester job opportunities they might be offering.

Plenty of companies like EA and Blizzard offer paid beta testing jobs and it’s one of the best ways to become a beta tester.

Of course, those opportunities are very hard to find and very hard to apply for but are usually the most rewarding in terms of salary and experience.

Pro tip: Don’t just settle for following and keeping up with companies, follow influencers in the field you’re interested in.

15. Contact Companies Yourself

I am not saying that this guaranteed to work. However, it’s always worth a try.

Try and contact companies and see if they have any available paid beta testing opportunities.

Keep your email short, simple, to the point, and highlight why you are a perfect fit for their job.

The worst-case scenario is they don’t have a current opportunity but will have your application in their file for any further opportunities.

Apply For a Beta Tester Job Today!

Beta testing is a sometimes tedious but absolutely necessary part of developing apps and video games.

If you love using new apps and playing new video games, notice the smallest details, and can communicate your observations clearly and objectively, you’d make a good beta tester.

Hopefully, this article helped you decide whether a beta tester job is the right fit for you. But if you’re interested in other testing jobs, check out the following articles on this site:

Have you ever worked as a beta tester? How was the experience? Can you vouch for the companies above? Tell us your stories in the comments below!

17 Companies Hiring Medical Billing Jobs from Home

Many workers in the health or medical industries who want to work remotely, or those who want to switch industries, are looking for medical billing jobs from home.

While these jobs do exist, you may encounter attractive job offers or business opportunities that end up being scams.

Today, you’ll learn what a medical biller does, what you need to do this job, where to find medical billing jobs from home, how much you can expect to be paid, and how to tell whether a job or business opportunity is a scam or not.

What Is Medical Billing?

Whenever a patient comes into a healthcare provider (e.g., physician’s clinic, emergency room, hospital, outpatient facility, etc.) for a checkup or a medical procedure, the funds to pay for it come from the patient and their insurance company.

In short, medical billing is the process of billing patients and insurance companies to make sure that the healthcare providers get paid for the care that the patient received.

To do this, the medical biller collects all the information about the patient’s diagnosis (coded using ICD-10 codes) and everything that was done to them (coded using Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).

Relevant information is added, everything is double-checked for accuracy and compliance, and then the claim is sent over to the insurance company. Once approved, the medical biller sends the amount to be paid by the patient.

What Are the Requirements for Medical Billing Jobs?

To be able to work medical billing jobs from home, there are pieces of equipment, certifications, and characteristics you must have. Here are a few essentials you should get together.

Equipment

  • Computer or laptop compatible with medical billing software
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Noise-canceling headphones and microphone
  • High-resolution web camera
  • Reference books for codes

Education/Certifications

  • High school diploma/GED
  • College/university degree OR 2 years of previous experience working with medical records, coding, or billing
  • Training from a school or institution accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certification as a biller through the AAPC or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Familiarity with CPT and ICD-10 coding
  • Advanced knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology
  • Working knowledge of accounting, bookkeeping, and other financial concepts
  • Proficiency in using medical billing software

Skills/Characteristics

  • Advanced typing skills
  • Computer aptitude
  • Customer service skills
  • Communication skills
  • Self-reliance
  • Attention to detail

How Much Do Medical Billing Jobs From Home Pay?

The average entry-level salary for medical billing jobs is around $17 per hour as of 2019, which translates to around $35,360 if you work 40 hours a week.

Medical coding jobs from home previously aren’t very common; you usually have to work at an office or physical location first before an office would let you work from home, but as circumstances change, businesses are learning to adapt to the new normal.

17 Companies Offering Medical Billing Jobs From Home

When looking for medical billing job openings, you should first go to FlexJobs for the latest opportunities. Since the job board caters to “flexible” jobs, you can filter jobs that are available for working remotely 100% of the time, 50%, or open for future telecommute.

Plus, you can rest assured that job openings listed here are legitimate, as FlexJobs vets every company that lists job openings with them.

FlexJobs is a paid service, but being a member will save you dozens of hours of work and help you avoid the frustrations of running into outdated job postings or scams masquerading as legitimate jobs.

Here are 17 more companies where you can look for medical billing jobs from home.

1. R1

R1 Careers

Chicago, Illinois-based provider of revenue cycle services and physician advisory services. They regularly have openings for medical billing and coding jobs.

Jobs come with full benefits, 401k matching, and paid & vacation days off.

2. Change Healthcare

Change Careers

This healthcare IT company is involved in the development of medical software, analytics and other tech-enabled services.

Search for “medical billers” or “accounts receivable” in the search field in their careers page.

3. Diligent Medical Billing

This company is smaller than the others on this list, but it’s a legitimate, Washington-based company. They don’t have a Careers page, but they do have a contact form where you can express your intention to apply as a medical biller, or go to their listing on Indeed to submit your application.

4. 3M

3M periodically offers medical billing jobs from home (also called invoice ). There are currently no openings, but check back often so you don’t miss an opening.

5. CaptureNet

CaptureNet is a healthcare software company providing solutions for self-pay management.

They’re currently looking for Patient Billing Representatives who assist in resolving account balances as well as facilitate payment processing by setting up payment plans and handling billing discrepancies.

6. Conifer Health Solutions

Conifer Careers

As a patient account representative, you get to perform medical billing tasks at Conifer Health Solutions.

While the company does offer work-from-home positions with 401(k), paid holidays and time off, and allowance, you’d have to have three (or more) years of medical coding experience to land the job.

7. CSI Companies

CSI Companies

The CSI Companies has been staffing highly skilled people to clients since 1994.

They’re regularly looking for medical billing specialists to work in several locations, including remotely.

8. RemedyRCM

This is a rapidly growing third-party medical billing company in the DFW area in Texas who are looking for medical billing specialists. Email them using the contact form on their page and their hiring manager will get back to you.

9. Innovative Lab Solutions

Innovative Lab Solutions is a medical billing company focused on servicing laboratories since 2013. They’re currently looking for medical billers with minimum one year experience to work remotely.

You can fill out their contact form on their site, or email your cover letter and resume to careers[at]ilsnyc[dot]com.

10. SpectraMedi MSO

This company is a medical service organization with a growing need for medical transcriptionists, support specialists, coders, and medical billers who can work from home.

Simply look for “Medical Billing Jobs” on their Careers page and click “Post Your Resume” to apply.

11. GeBBS

GeBBS provides Revenue Cycle Management (RCM), Health Information Management (HIM), and Risk Adjustment solutions. They are regularly looking for certified medical billers from the U.S., India, and the Philippines.

If there aren’t any openings being shown, check back after a while to see if there are any medical billing jobs from home being offered.

12. Maxim Healthcare Services

Maxim Healthcare Services provides its clients with such services as medical coding, auditing, and documentation.

General requirements include at least 3 years of medical billing experience and certification. To search for work-from-home jobs, enter “remote medical billing” on the search bar.

13. nThrive

This healthcare outsourcing company hires work-from-home healthcare professionals, including medical billers, transcriptionists, and auditors (among others).

Must have at least 2 years of relevant experience and active certification to apply.

14. Optum (UnitedHealth Group)

This massive healthcare group provides telecommuting medical billing job opportunities to the right person with medical coding experience and certification.

15. Humana

Humana Careers

As a health insurance company, the company is always on the lookout for medical billers, coders, and educators.

There are office-based and remote positions.

16. Healthcare Outsourcing Network

Healthcare Outsourcing Network is a national RCM firm exclusively servicing healthcare providers. They’re currently looking for a work-from-home Medical Insurance Billing representative.

They don’t have a dedicated Careers page, but you can apply through their listing on ZipRecruiter

17. Clarity RCM

Clarity RCM is a medical billing and RCM company specially serving private dermatology practices throughout the country.

They’re looking for a Patient Services Specialist who has medical billing experience to identify issues with billing and escalate issues to the right department.

Medical Billing Job Scams

Medical billing and coding are increasingly popular fields, and thus there are plenty of job opportunities to go around.

However, as these jobs become popular, scammers and con artists come out of the woodwork to try and take advantage of people looking for legitimate medical billing jobs from home.

When you see ads that often use language such as “Earn $$$ helping doctors. Process medical claims from home,” and “$20-$40/hour potential. Computer & modem required. We train.” on Craigslist, Facebook ads, and other random online nooks and crannies, that’s the first red flag.

When you call the toll-free number included or chat with their customer support, these “companies” attempt to sweet-talk you into buying a medical billing business model.

The business model they try to offer usually includes a list of physicians that they claim to be looking to outsource their medical billing tasks, information on “how to run your medical billing business from home” and some kind of training. Sometimes they include medical billing software with the package.

In the end, scammed customers report that all they get is an out-of-date list of doctors who haven’t actually asked for medical billing services, substandard training, a template outreach letter for them to find their own clients, and an expensive business they have to build from the ground up.

What makes it confusing is that there really are legitimate businesses that provide real medical billing training and real medical billing software that works.

Before you sign up for anything, look for these red flags:

Training and certification takes mere weeks to complete. Medical billing takes months to master. Learning anatomy and physiology, ICD-10 codes, billing guidelines, and everything else will certainly take longer than a month or two.

These companies can’t provide names of medical billers who bought their business model and are now successfully running their business. And when they are able to give you their names, they’re either overly singing the company’s praises or can’t be reached.

There’s either an overwhelming abundance of positive reviews online or complete silence. Check websites like Glassdoor or the Better Business Bureau to learn if there are any unresolved complaints in the company’s history. Sometimes a simple Google search can give you information about whether the company you’ve been talking to is a scam or not.

Consult a lawyer or business adviser first before you sign any document or pay any money to them, if you can.

The FTC has also written a helpful guide on how to avoid being scammed with at-home medical billing businesses and where to report scammers.

In conclusion, if an offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

The Bottom Line

What you don’t hear often is that medical biller positions require extensive training, certification, and experience.

These medical coding or billing are not for everyone. You need to understand insurance, healthcare, and medical terminologies like it’s your second language.

If you’re interested in other home-based opportunities related to the medical industry, check out medical transcription jobs, online jobs for doctors, or work-at-home nursing jobs.

Do you plan to apply to one of these medical billing jobs? Do you have experience in this field? Share your stories with us in the comments!

20 Ways of Saving for Vacation Without the Stress

Whether you’ve promised your kids a trip to Disney, have a personal travel checklist to tick with a month-long stay in Japan, or you’re halfway through your Europe trip fund, it’s no secret that saving for vacation can be super stressful not only financially, but also mentally and emotionally.

But with plenty of side hustle, part-time jobs, and passive income-generating opportunities available these days both online and offline, why stress out?

With proper planning and time management, you can save money for vacation even while you sleep…

Here are 20 tried-and-tested ways you can make and save money.

5 Ways to Earn passive Income

Passive income is defined as earnings you get on a regular basis resulting from a task that require no or little effort to maintain. This means you work hard initially, then reap the benefits of your labor for years to come.

Having a rental property fits the bill quite perfectly, since you won’t have to spend a lot of money anymore after investing in the purchase or construction of your rented property.

When it comes to earning passive income online, these 5 are the most common routes to take:

1. Blog

It may sound so simple, like a girl’s diary of her day-to-day life, but blogging has so much potential no matter the niche you decide to take.

When you share a family’s secret recipe, for example, you can add a photo, video and text instructions in one post. You can incorporate AdSense ads all over your post, and use YouTube for your recipe tutorials.

Within this same post, you can recommend which pans and pots to use and direct your readers where to buy the supplies and equipment you just used. If they buy anything from that store, you get a commission. In short, use affiliate marketing wisely.

Earnings from your blogging will depend largely on how much posting you do, how relatable your topic is, and how much marketing you’re willing to invest in the blog, since let’s face it, you have to spread the word about your blog to attract new people in.

2. Publish an e-book

If you have flair for words and a topic you’re passionate about (magic, physics, making money online, or anything under the sun), publishing an e-book is easier than you think.

And if done right, this business is a set-and-forget kind, so once you’ve written a book, published it as an e-book, and performed some marketing, the potential for passive income is higher. Want to learn how? Check out stories of people who did the ebook business right here.

What’s cool about ebook publishing is that you can even extend you success in online publishing by turning your ebook into audiobook and adding another income stream overnight.

As an example of the money you can pull in with an ebook and audiobook combo, ” if you’re bringing in $1,500 a month in ebook sales, you could expect to make an extra $150 to $300 in audiobook sales.” How awesome is this income possibility for just a couple of days or weeks of work?

3. Create something and get paid for it over and over

Aside from an ebook and audiobook that you technically “create” and get paid over and over for it, you can also do this for other things like:

  • Mobile apps – the demand for these see no decline, but creating mobile apps require high technical skills. Learn how to become a mobile app developer here.
  • Photographs – Take any kind of photographs (even with just your phone), then sell royalties for them. If you’re not a pro, you can check out these 4 apps that pay for your photos.
  • Sewing or craft patterns – Are you a master seamstress? tailor? or just a self-taught patternmaker? You can create one for pet clothes, home decor, clothing, and other items, then sell it on Etsy, on your blog, or even on social media.
  • Graphic design products – Go wild with creativity creating calendars, maps, journal templates, stamps, brushes, background paper and other graphic design products.
  • Greeting cards and comics – Whether you’re good with words, or crazy-good with cartoons, you can get a never-ending paycheck for creating greeting cards.

This is just the beginning.

I’m sure there are plenty of other examples that fall under this category.

4. Master automation

When it comes to earning passive income online, one can truly feel that you’re “earning while you sleep” if you have finally mastered automation.

Here are 4 simple examples of utilizing automation on websites:

  • Set-and-forget a Dropshipping Store – With a dropshipping ecommerce store, you don’t maintain an inventory of products. Instead, you seek suppliers who are willing to ship out orders to your customers once an order comes in from your store. You either pay the supplier a cut for the sale, or earn a referral commission instead. Either way, setting up such a shop can grow quickly if done right.
  • Build a niche website – An educational website packed with information about a specific niche can survive for a long time after the initial set-up. While the first 10 or so pages require hard work, if you provide helpful content, that would be enough to earn followers, ad revenues, memberships, and other income streams of your choice. You still need to update the site eventually though (to keep up with the all mighty Google updates), but it wouldn’t be a daily thing.
  • Comparison site – Another set-and-forget website that could work automated is a comparison site. This can focus on a wide range of things from hosting or domain packages to cameras, mobile phones, any kind of gadgets, home equipment, construction tools, and other things that would benefit from a comparison chart.
  • Directory site – It is one of the oldest types of websites around, but it continues to be a good money earner if you know how to automate the searches, advertising and overall site operations.

5. Become a Print-on-Demand Artist

Print-on-Demand (PoD) allows any person to create designs and showcase them on PoD sites. Once a customer decides to buy your design and have it printed on a t-shirt, canvas, notebook, poster, or any other material, you just sit back and let the PoD site handle everything for you (from printing to after-sales customer support, shipping, and even marketing).

The downside though is that sites like Design by Humans, Threadless and other PoD sites will get a big cut of the sale.

6 Money-Saving Habits You Should Get Used to

You don’t have to actively look for side hustle to save money for your vacation.You just have to do things differently than you’re used to.

You won’t strike rich doing the following things, but you’d be surprised that it could save you money you never even think you were losing before.

1. Walk and earn

Some of these gigs offer monetary rewards, while others give you credits to pay for necessities like medical prescriptions.

2. Get paid to watch TV or movies

Nielsen, the company that rates TV shows and movies, seek the help of regular folk like you and me to give them access to what we’re watching.

This data will earn you $50 a year plus a chance to win prizes as well.

3. Earn money by listening to music

If you love exploring new music and artists, check out ways how you can earn credits from your regular music-listening.

4. Use Ibotta and ShopTracker for Shopping

Available in Google Play and iTunes, this cashback rewards app not only gives you $10 just for creating an account, but also saves you plenty of cash by giving you access to discounts and coupons before checking out from a store.

ShopTracker, meanwhile, pays you to give them access to your Amazon purchase history.

5. Use Bing with Your Online Search

Skip Google and use Bing for your online searching instead. Use this on your mobile as well, and invite friends to switch to earn credits. You can exchange these credits for airline miles, hotel discounts, and gift cards on Amazon, Sephora, Shutterfly and more, along with several fast-food favorites like IHOP, Applebee’s and Starbucks.

If I were you and you’re still plotting how to save money for a trip, join Swagbucks.com to check what day-to-day tasks you can incorporate into your “money saving/ money making” plan.

6. Invest Your Change with Acorns

Install Acorns on your phone today and get a quick $5 just for signing up.

That’s not even the coolest part yet!

Acorns saves your “change” from all the purchases you make for the day and invests it on your behalf. For a $3.5 coffee, the app rounds up the amount to the nearest dollar and sets the 50 cents aside for you.

What’s cool about money-saving opportunities like these is that they don’t have to be exclusively for your “how to save for a vacation” plan. It can be for other long-term savings, such as purchase for a car, your dream espresso machine, and so on.

6 Quick Ways of Making Extra Cash

Saving for vacation funds are hard, but if you’re almost about to reach your target, but need some extra push before your due date, here are 6 ways you can make money online fast:

1. Perform Micro gigs

Easy tasks like creating a logo, writing a Facebook ad, and so on are paid as low as $5, but are everywhere on micro job websites like Fiverr, Roundshelf, Zeerk, Fiverup, SEOClerks, GigBucks and Amazon Mechanical Turk, and more.

Don’t expect fair wages with these websites, but if you’re in need of quick gigs without being put through interviews and exams, micro gigs are the way to go.

2. Install apps

Just install these apps and forget they’re on your phone.

Apps from ShopTracker, ebates, and Nielsen Mobile Panel (among others) will pay you $10 to join install their apps.

3. Sign up to websites and get a “joining bonus”

Here’s another way how to save money for vacation without stressing it out.

Collect a list of websites that will pay you from $5 to $20 just for joining. Samples of these websites include Inbox Dollars, eBates, Swagbucks, ibotta, TopCashback, MyPoints, and etc.

4. Test websites

You don’t have to be a programmer to participate in website-testing. You just have to know what constitutes a good-looking, speedy, and well-functional website…and you can be in.

It’s a quick job too! Each testing only lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and gets you $10 a pop.

Websites like Userfeel and other 15 companies on this list are looking for website testers, so better check them out.

5. Answer Surveys

You’d probably been warned enough about the numerous survey firm scams that have plagued the world wide web for decades. What you probably don’t know is that answering surveys is still one of the quickest ways to make money in a day.

Google Opinion Rewards is a good example of a legitimate survey you can try. There’s also the survey offers from Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars, and reputable survey sites like InstaGC, Earnhoney, and Prizehoney.

6. Write reviews

If you love reading books and leaving reviews online, you can turn this hobby into a money-making side hustle.

Pay for book reviews vary completely on the length of book, literature, or other text available for review, but requirements are lax and the jobs are open for anyone.

These quick-cash tasks can’t be used alone for saving for vacation, especially since many of these gigs only pay you once (or take longer times for the next gigs to appear), but they definitely help if you’re left with only a couple of hundred dollars until your target date.

3 Old-school Methods of Raising Funds

As long as you’re not doing anything illegal, you can always include traditional fundraising methods in planning how to save money for vacation.

1. Sell online

You can sell clothes, old toys, books you no longer have space for, or anything else you wish to dispose but other people may still find useful. There are even apps made specifically for online selling.

Don’t know which marketplace to move your stuff? Here’s a quick online selling guide.

2. Help others

You’d be surprised that you can save money for vacation simply by finding ways to help other people. For example, check with your neighbors who are planning to go on a vacation themselves and volunteer to be a house sitter (this is a legit career for most people, so I’m sure your neighbors will be more than happy to pay you to keep their home safe).

Other ways of helping people while earning extra cash include:

3. Get an online job

If you just finalized a destination for your next vacation, targeted a date, or began planning for ways to save money and earn extra income, taking on an online job could be a huge game changer.

You don’t even have to get a full-time, online job to replace your office-based job. Even a part-time gig that you do after work, or during weekends, could add a dent to your travel fund.

This list of 75 legit online jobs could give you a head-start. You can choose which job/s best fit your skills, time availability, and amount of cash you need for your vacation.

The Bottom Line

It’s up to you which method to choose – pick one from each category, do it all, whichever you feel could help you reach your target.

Once you’ve experienced saving for vacation fund and successfully reaching your goal amount, I’m sure you’d use this fundraising plan continuously.

As always, I recommend choosing one passive income-generating opportunity with any side hustle. Having this kind of income stream goes beyond saving for vacation – it’s saving for your future as well.

13 Sewing Jobs from Home You Can Start Today

If you’re a Pinterest lover with a passion for crafting or sewing, and have gone crazy for DIY, why not use some of your skills to find sewing jobs from home?

I wouldn’t be surprised if you already know that your special set of skills can also land you various home-based jobs.

If you’re not aware, this post can give you an idea of the crafting and sewing jobs from home that might fit your skills and experience.

3 Ways to Find Sewing Jobs from Home

There is actually no limit to the type of sewing projects you can get involved in, but I’m going to categorize three routes you can take once you’ve decided to turn your handmade projects into real cash:

1. Become an independent sewing contractor

If you choose to become an independent sewing contractor, you would very rarely need to leave the house.

There are legitimate companies, big and small, looking to hire skilled people to sew, crochet, or create various products for them remotely.

You can be part of an assembly line, someone assigned to turn a pre-made design to life from start-to-finish, someone who does alteration jobs, and so on.

As a freelancer, you’re free to accept as many jobs as you can handle. You can be creating teddy bears today, adding tags to clothing tomorrow, and then back to basics sewing buttons on half-done jackets for a local company the rest of the week.

The cool thing about this route is that you can play your strengths and adjust your workload if necessary.

2. Get hired locally, but work from home

You’d be amazed at the availability of sewing jobs on craigslist, FlexJobs, Indeed, and other job boards.

Your goal might be to work from home, but getting hired by a local company might just be the key to reaching this goal.

Local companies seek out seamstresses, crafters, and other creative hands with the right skills set who could help with day-to-day production. These sewing jobs can be performed at home, once you’ve demonstrated your skills, of course.

Probably the best thing about local sewing jobs is that you’ll be paid by the hour. And if you’re lucky, the job may even come with benefits.

3. Start Your Online Business

If you have been an independent contractor for years, the natural progression is to use sites like Amazon or Etsy to start your own handmade business.

You’ve probably collected a varied portfolio or an impressive number of past clients enough to offer your own.

Etsy is the go-to place for anyone who wants to dip their toes into selling their arts, crafts, and other products as an online business owner. If you’ve been online for over 20 years, you’re probably more at home with eBay (it’s been around forever!).

Confused about which site to go with? Here’s a helpful Etsy vs. eBay guide for you!

Of course, you don’t have to sell on either Etsy or eBay exclusively.

You can also list your handmade creations at ArtFire, Handmade at Amazon, or other sites, but prepare to shoulder varying fees attached to each one.

If you wish to have more control over your online store, then build one from scratch using Shopify or Wix.

From here, you can decide on selling ready-made creations, or opening up your doors to custom orders.

If you’re planning to go beyond offering your crafting services or selling sewing patterns, handmade toys, clothes, and so on, you can turn your online business into a passively earning machine as well.

Here are some awesome examples:

… and so on. You get the idea.

Requirements to Do Sewing Jobs From Home

These craft-from-home jobs mostly do not require any degrees or formal training, except when you’re trying to land a sewing job from a local company, or if you’re selling custom wedding gowns and other products that require years of industry training and experience.

Independent contractor jobs will mostly rely on your portfolio. For newbies, test jobs can help determine your skill level and land you a spot on a project.

You may think that a sewing machine should be the number 1 equipment requirement you’d have to invest in, but it really depends on the niche you plan to focus on. As a part of an assembly line, you may just be adding sequins by hand for months at a time.

If you’re working on alterations, you may need to sew by hand. But it wouldn’t hurt for a sewing machine to be readily available when you need it.

If your specialty requires crocheting, knitting, quilting, and other types of crafts, then you’ll most likely have to stock your home with supplies and tools relevant to your trade of choice.

Lastly, because everything you do will be shared, sold, displayed online, you’ll need a computer, camera (even the one from your smartphone will do), and stable internet connection to bring all your handmade goodness into the online world.

How much do Handmade Creators make?

The earnings you can make as a creator of everything handmade can be a mixed bag. If you are paid by the hour for your sewing job, you can expect somewhere between $10 and $25 an hour.

Of course, this will still vary depending on how complicated the project is, your skill level, popularity, and expertise. If you’re someone who adds one-of-a-kind embroidery on wedding gowns that sell for thousands of dollars, your rate would probably be higher than market rates.

As a business owner, your income has no limit. This is especially true if you’re selling educational materials (tutorials, patterns, workshops), targeting passive income, and selling handmade items all at the same time.

13 Resources of Contractor Sewing Jobs

Work at home crafting jobs does seem like one of the easier ways to make money online, doesn’t it?

Well, if you are good with your hands and love to tinker with your sewing machine, then this is a dream job you didn’t know you had.

However, the problem most embroiderers, quilters, seamstresses/tailors, and other crafters face is finding legitimate companies with sewing jobs available for independent contractors.

If you’re among them facing this problem, fear not. I’m kick-starting your research and giving you a list of 13 legitimate companies and resources to check out:

1. FlexJobs

If you want the most up-to-date remote sewing jobs, start your job search at FlexJobs.

It’s a paid service (only $15) but they search and filter out jobs from all around the world. Their research will save you at least a couple of dozen hours vetting legitimate companies and making their tiny membership fee more than worth it.

Try searching for positions like “seamstress,” “tailor,” or “production sewer.”

2. Sewing Jobs on Upwork

Almost all of the jobs posted here allow you to sew from home.

Earnings would vary considerably based on the type of project and your experience level.

You can view sewing jobs, from making costumes to sheets, from working with leather goods to assembling plush toys. There are even jobs specific to master patternmakers only.

3. Shannon Fabrics

If you have a sewing and crafts blog, becoming a Brand Ambassador for Shannon Fabrics could definitely add some cash to your annual income.

The concept is pretty interesting too!

Brand Ambassadors at Shannon Fabrics help educate shop owners, store staff, and customers about creating beautiful projects with Shannon Fabrics.

If this isn’t your thing, you can also sew their kits and trade show items, which can get you anywhere from $6 to $50 per piece.

4. FranciePants

If you love women’s underwear, you’d be in for a thrill with FranciePants’ sewing job.

All of the company’s 100% cotton undies sold are sewn by their Maryland-based sewing team working from home.

You do need to be near Baltimore, MD to attend the trio of sewing classes, offered free by FranciePants to anyone interested in the job.

They’re not currently hiring new sewers, but you can email them at sewing[at]lovefranciepants[dot]com to get on their waiting list.

5. Far Bank Enterprises

Far Bank Enterprises produces high-quality items for the fly fishing industry.

The company is looking for someone who can sew, knit, crochet, or make jewelry to become part of its home-based production team.

You’ll need to be able to attend the in-house training at Bainbridge Island in Washington, but once you’ve been hired, you can work with a flexible schedule. You’ll also need to be able to meet weekly pickup and delivery schedules.

Submit your applications on their Careers page.

6. High Fibre Shop

Test knitters help pattern designers find errors in their patterns and visualize what the finished product actually looks like.

High Fibre Shop is looking for test knitters who have experience and some exposure on social media.

However, they’re not offering monetary compensation at the moment, but you do get to keep your finished work and sell them. You may also get discount vouchers for their shop.

7. We Are Fiberly

We Are Fiberly connects knit and crochet designers with pattern testers, who can earn cash, free patterns, and yarn for their test knits and crochets.

Register on their site and look for opportunities to work with the best designers today. You need to have at least one year of experience and completed a minimum of five personal projects.

8. Prototype Studios

Prototype Studios is a Baltimore, MD based apparel brand looking for a home-based freelance seamstress with at least 3 years of sewing experience and their own sewing machine to help them produce wearable art.

Constant communication is required for showing work progress, and reliable transportation is needed for drop off and pickups.

Payment can range from $20 to $50 an hour. Apply through their Simply Hired job listing.

9. DIG+CO

DIG+CO is a thriving online marketplace specializing in quality handmade goods, as well as teaching craft classes and hosting a community of creators.

If you’re based in Missoula, Montana, you might be interested in creating pillows and bento bags for DIG+CO at home and dropping them off in certain spots.

Contact them through their Contact page if you’re interested.

10. Ardor Active

Ardor Active specializes in swimwear and dancewear. They’re currently looking for part-time sewers from home based in or near Philadelphia, PA who can cut and sew patterns from home as well as iron tags on the clothing.

They provide the sewing machine and all materials needed, such as needles, thread, fabric, tags, etc.

11. Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up is an old company, but they’re still alive and kicking with its global community of demonstrators.

To join, order your starter kits for $99 and receive $125 worth of products.

Here’s where the fun begins: as a demonstrator, you create how-to tutorials using the supplies you buy from Stampin’ Up and every time you direct another buyer to the main store, you earn 25% commissions on sales.

12. Chalky & Company

If you have a skill for direct sales and a passion for modern painting, check out this program from Chalky & Company.

As a consultant, you’ll need to order a starter kit (either a $39 one or $99 one) every month to get a 25% commission minimum. The next levels have a 30% commission but require more sales volume and more downlines.

You’ll be given your own website to sell Chalky & Company products (free for 3 months, $10/month after).

13. Work-at-Home Assembly Jobs

If you’re searching for sewing jobs from home, you’ll probably face more work-at-home assembly jobs than you can handle.

Unfortunately, many of these companies do offer legitimate opportunities, but with impossible expectations (imagine: working on 10 onesies an hour to get paid $25/hour).

This post about warning people about assembly jobs was written a while ago, but many of the tips here still hold true today.

Beginners: Charity Sewing Jobs

Interested, but don’t have much experience yet?

Check out charity sewing projects from The Potato Head Project (sew leg warmers for preemies), Judah’s Cloud (sew nappies for UK maternity units), Ties That Matter (sew reusable grocery bags sold for fundraising), and many more.

The Bottom Line

Even the world of arts, crafts, and creativity can still be infiltrated by scammers.

One rule is to never pay cash for “access to jobs” or a “slot at the assembly line.”

If you’re unsure, you can always read up on work-at-home scams, which can easily be customized to target people in this industry.

If you found an assembly job that’s too irresistible not to take, make sure to check with the Better Business Bureau and Ripoff Report before signing on.

Once you’re aware of the risks and can easily spot scams a mile away, you can definitely turn craft jobs from home into a full-time gig.

Work from home sewing jobs provide legitimate earning opportunities to crafty people who don’t want/don’t have traditional office jobs. This list isn’t even close to complete, but it sure gives you an idea of what’s “out there.”

I recommend you go big with your own website and expand your network with communities like Ravelry (for knitting and crocheting fans).

Try to sell your creations on Etsy or eBay, accept custom orders to push your limits, and build your portfolio continuously.

It doesn’t matter what kind of craft you specialize in. As long as you’re able to mix passive income opportunities with traditional sales, you’ll come a long way in this crafty industry.

Are you currently looking for sewing jobs from home? Which one looks interesting? Or maybe you want to start your own home-based craft and sewing business? Share your plans and thoughts with us in the comments!

7 Not-so-Unique, but Effective Ideas for Your First Blog Post

So, you’ve set-up a blog and is now ready to publish your first blog post.

If you’re like many of the blogger colleagues I know, you’d probably been stuck on draft writing and editing and deleting words like a mad man, unable to finish even just one paragraph.

Believe me, even seasoned bloggers fall under the spell of a writer’s block every now and then.

If this sounds like you, don’t be ashamed. All big-named bloggers started feeling a bit lost, unsure what topics to write about, and how to deliver information that could entertain, educate, or engage readers.

Issues You May Have Writing Your First Blog Post

Whether you’re in it as a hobby or for the passive income blogging can bring, crafting the first blog post can be challenging because of several reasons. For some people, the reason may be personal (for example: writing is their biggest fear). For others, it may be due to simpler reasons such as:

  • You’re not a writer by trade – Not all bloggers took up Journalism. Not all successful bloggers know the difference between passive and active voice. Don’t worry about all the technicalities – there are tools that can guide you through spelling, grammar, and even content flow (more on this later). 
  • You don’t have a voice yet. – How do you want to be heard? Do you want to be an authority figure within your niche? A friendly guide to both experts and newbies? Or just someone who out to entertain? Writing the first blog post is hard because getting a voice takes time and more than one post to develop.
  • You’re unsure of your goals – Is blogging a hobby? Are you planning to monetize it? Having no goals can be a reason why you’re having issues with your first blog post.

All your reasons and fears are understandable, but just like many things in life…in order to reach established-blog status, you have to start somewhere.

7 First Blog Post Ideas

When I say “first blog post,” this doesn’t include the About Me, Q&A or any similar pages. It should be just like any ordinary blog post, except this one will mark your first-ever post, which will probably haunt you in years to come.

Considering you’re still working on your voice/persona, writing skills and personal blogging goals, these first blog post examples can give you enough ideas to begin your online adventure:

1. Success stories/Inspirational

What or who inspired you to blog?

Readers love the underdogs, rags to riches, and other success stories. Since you’re just starting out as a blogger, the success story doesn’t have to be about you.

Just make sure the story is real and unique enough to hook your readers.

2. Lists

The recommended blog post word count is at least 1,000 words. If you are overwhelmed by the number, lists help break down your post to smaller chunks.

And since this is a first post, you can list down “things you plan to do with the blog (contests, annual meet-up, workshops, and the like,” “blogs you follow and why,” “topics you wish talk about,” and so on.

3. Add Shock Value

If sensationalism is your thing, use it to your advantage.

Get inspiration from your go-to tabloids, but keep it tasteful. First blog post examples that add shock value include:

Of course, the shock value you add should at least be connected to your niche.

4. Start with a Question

One of the quickest ways to grab the attention of a reader is to make them answer a question. 

If you’ve been a follower of other blogs before starting your own, you’ve probably read quite a lot of reader questions. They’re great because questions are conversation-starters.

And since blogging is a lot like a never-ending conversation between you and your readers, there’s no better way to get the conversation going than putting yourself out there on your first blog post.

You can ask readers for advice, recommendations, even complaints or scams (like what I do here on IveTriedThat.com). You’d be surprised how many people are willing to share what they know about a subject, product or service.

5. Be Funny

Start with a joke…or a funny story.

Making people laugh always leaves a good impression, as long as the joke is classy and on-topic.

Writing your style of humor into a blog post may seem hard, but as you develop your blogging voice, it’s easier to bring your humor into the writing as well.

6. Share Wisdom

Maybe your grandparents have given you plenty of wise words through the years. Maybe you’re wise beyond your years and have a lot to share.

Readers can easily differentiate bloggers whose words have substance. Begin your first blog post with a quote, a conventional saying that you’ve modernized, recently updated psychology tidbits, and so on.

Be careful in going overboard with this one, some readers may mistake your wisdom with arrogance or being a know-it-all.

7. Tease Your Readers

In some cases, teasing your readers with intentionally-incomplete information can hook them into reading your first blog post.

Introductions like:

  • How do you like to learn the secrets of mind-reading?
  • What if I told you that your smartphone can earn you $100 today?
  • Do you want me to show you how to reach your goal by attracting positive energy?

…and so on can make readers curious and stay on your blog to learn your “secret.” Just make sure to make their stay worthwhile by actually sharing something of value. That’s how you make a repeat site visitor.

How to Write Your First Blog Post

Now that you’ve got some tried-and-tested, first blog post examples, it’s time to implement them into an actual post.

If you’re starting blogging from scratch with no knowledge of WordPress, keyword research, search engine optimization, and so on, I recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate and take part in their free training.  

Wealthy Affiliate’s Level 1 training is perfect for beginners, since it guides through building your first blog, preparing your keywords, and actually writing your first few pages and posts. Level 2 and beyond are geared for people with a bit of experience. Whichever skills-level you’re in, I bet you’ll appreciate the tasks-based training that make it easier to digest all the information you’re going to learn without getting overwhelmed.

Use the following steps as a to-do list with every blog post you craft (not just the first one):

1. Make an outline

Creating an outline helps you break down the number of words for every section of the post.

While you shouldn’t restrict your writing within these wordcounts, the estimates do help in squeezing everything into your blog post. This way, you won’t forget all the important stuff and at the same time, you’d avoid adding fluff. 

2. Research your keywords

Keywords make it easy for search engines to “find” your blog and the posts you publish.

Sprinkling your posts with keywords tell search engines (like Google, Yahoo and Bing) that the post is about that specific keyword.

For example, keywords like “investing for beginners” tells your readers and search engines that your post is about investment and your blog has elements of finance in it.

If you’re joining Wealthy Affiliate, you’re lucky because the built-in Jaaxy is one of the most advanced keyword tool out there and it’s free for all WA members. (FYI: Non-Wealthy Affiliate members pay $49 (Pro) or $99 (Enterprise) a month).

3. Write

Start big, start small, as long as you start writing today, everything will be okay.

The point here is to bring your ideas into text. Don’t fuss on grammar and article flow too much during this stage. Just write away.

Plus points if you’re a member of Wealthy Affiliate, since its SiteContent writing platform works like magic – it was designed with over 100 spelling/grammar checks, built-in with duplicate content checker, SEO analysis, structure analysis, and even vocabulary enhancement suggestions.

4. Attach Media (photos, videos, charts, etc.)

Insert photos, videos, infographics, charts, and other media you have into your blog post. Make sure it adds something to your content.

If you’re getting photos and videos online, be wary about copyright.

5. Proofread once, twice, or more

Proofreading separates the pros from the beginners.

This is where you should get fussy with typos, grammar and structure.

You don’t need to be a professional editor to do this. Just read your first blog post aloud, and you’ll hear it if something doesn’t sound right.

Read your draft as much as you can until you’re happy with the final draft. You can also ask somebody else (like a partner, parent, friend, etc.) to read it for you – having a second set of eyes won’t hurt.

The Bottom Line

Learning how to write your first blog post is just the first step. Actually publishing that post is a more challenging step, but you’ll need to go through it if you’re serious about blogging.

I hope these first blog post ideas can guide you through this exciting, money-making journey of blogging.

If you need more assistance, I recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate (I’m an active member there, too!). Ask the community about anything anytime, and you’ll receive answers from people all over the world.

6 Ways to Land a Work from Home Job with Disney

If getting a Disney work from home job has always been your idea of the “Happiest Place on Earth”, you’re not alone.

Who wouldn’t want to work for Disney?

They’re so inclusive, they’ve got jobs for veterans (Heroes Work Here) and people from all over the world. Work on land at any of its 12 Disney parks, or go onboard one of the ships on Disney’s cruise line.

Unfortunately, if you can’t join a cruise ship, or you’re nowhere near a Disney theme park, your next best bet is to land a Disney work from home job.

Today, you’ll learn about opportunities to work from home for Disney and how to increase your chances of getting these opportunities.

How to Work from Home for Disney

There are a few ways you can do this: either find a work from home job opening on Disney’s job board and apply directly (I’ll show you how below), learn how to make money doing Disney-related side gigs from home, or leverage the Disney brand to build your own profitable business around their success.

1. Find a Disney Work From Home Job

Disney work from home jobs can be found on its dedicated Disney Careers job board.

This massive job board lists a wide range of jobs in categories such as Business Support, Consumer Goods, Operations Support, Marketing and Sales, and many more.

Disney work from home job search

Thus, you’d need some search skills to explore work from home jobs at Disney.

As soon as you’re on the website, you can immediately access the thousands of job listings without having to log in.

From here, enter the keyword “work from home.” Alternatively, you can try “remote” or “telecommute.”

The usual result that will show here is for a Guest Services Representative for a specific state; that is, you have to be a resident of that state to apply to that particular job position.

A work-from-home Guest Services Representative provides customer service to shopDisney.com customers via phone, chat, social media, or email. The position pays $12 per hour and requires you to be able to work on a flexible schedule.

Other Disney work from home jobs are rare, but they do pop up on their Careers page from time to time. Here are some examples of other work from home jobs they post:

  • Software Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Creative Manager
  • Concept Designer
  • Graphics Interface Coordinator
  • Cruise Vacation Agents
  • Vacation Advisor
  • Media Production Support Specialists
  • Social Media Representative
  • Associate Editor

In case your search turns up zero results, don’t fret. You can still dig deeper via third-party sites.

Third-Party Job Sites

Your life-saver would be FlexJobs, which always has a list of available Disney jobs in and outside the US.

What’s great about listings on FlexJobs is that it indicates if the position is 100% work from home, has the potential to become a work-from-home job, or a mix of both (office-based and remote).

Because Disney has an extensive range of jobs, expect that every position will have a different set of requirements and qualifications.

Jobs are posted there multiple times per month. If there are no current listings, be sure to bookmark that page and check back often.

Disney Employee Benefits

Once you do get a home-based Disney job, you’d receive Disney employee benefits similar to employees working in one of their physical locations.

Company benefits may include:

  • Retirement and 401k (Disney reportedly matches 3% of employee’s contribution)
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision coverage
  • Up to 4 weeks of vacation and sick leave (depending on position and tenure)
  • Tuition assistance for those who want to pursue their studies
  • Free entrance to theme parks, including family and friends
  • Up to 30% discount on Disney hotels, restaurants, merchandise, and other Disney products and services

The best thing about Disney jobs is that the company offers “flex-time,” which means even if you’ve started a job that’s fully location-based, you can discuss your options of working from home, adjust start/end times of your shift, and so on.

If direct employment isn’t in the stars for you, you can find other money-making opportunities and online jobs that are related to Disney.

NOTE: In the following work-from-home options, you will NOT be considered a Disney employee.

2. Become a Disney Vacation Planner

If you have awesome communication skills, you can earn commissions for helping people plan their Disney vacations. It’s not a true Disney work-from-home job as you won’t be working for the Mouse directly.

You don’t need to have a travel agent license, but you do have to be intimately familiar with Disney Destinations.

Some may even require that you’ve visited a Disney theme park at least 5 times.

Other companies may ask you to go through The College of Disney Knowledge online training program before starting the job. This training program enables aspiring travel planners to learn about all things Disney: the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Disney Vacation Planner

How does it work?

Apply as a freelance Disney travel planner under any one of the registered Disney Travel Agencies, also known as EarMarked Travel Agencies. Some of these companies may require an upfront joining fee or monthly membership fee, while others do not.

If you decide to become a vacation planner, you’ll be booking Disney vacations under that company’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) number, then you’ll receive a commission for that booking, which varies depending on the travel agency.

Note that in most cases, you’ll only receive your share of the sale after the customer’s Disney trip, so this can mean weeks or months after you initially “sold” a travel package.

Here are some travel agencies that you can join:

I know looking at this list may have you thinking if a Disney work-from-home job is even worth pursuing with all of that competition.

Well, Disney is profiting close to $13 million dollars per day running its theme parks alone. There is plenty of profit to go around.

You can still find a lot of travel agencies offering Disney work from home jobs to independent contractors.

There are plenty online. My advice is to always check the agency’s IATA (International Air Transport Association) and/or CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) accreditation.

Almost all of these agencies allow you to work from home and work flexible hours.

Kari Bonnes, owner of Marvelous Mouse Travels, says she has part-time Disney travel agents who earn up to $40k a year.

Imagine the possibilities if you do this full time. Glassdoor, on the other hand, estimates that Disney travel planners to earn anywhere from $20,000 to $65,000 a year.

What’s awesome about being part of a travel agency is that they also have prizes for high-earners, continuous training, chances of winning an IATA card, and other benefits.

3. Sell Disney Stuff as a shopDisney.com Affiliate

Selling Disney products with the likeness of Disney characters without proper permission can get you in trouble with the law.

Disney takes copyright and trademark infringement very seriously and has been known to run after retailers trying to profit off Disney-themed items without permission.

If you already have an established online store with steady revenues and you plan on selling Disney products, then the time and cost applying for a Disney license make sense.

However, if you’re planning to sell Disney items just for side cash or as a work from home gig, there’s a better way to do it: become an affiliate of the official shopDisney.com Affiliate Program.

shopDisney.com gives 2% commissions on products sold with a 10-day referral cookie. This means when a person clicks on the link you shared and buys something from shopDisney.com immediately or anytime in the next 10 days, you’ll get a commission.

You may also find these other Disney affiliate programs interesting: Disney Movie Club, Disney Blast, Magic At Your Door, and Disney+ Partner Program.

4. Write about Disney

It’s not really a work from home job, but writing articles and blog posts about anything Disney-related and submitting these articles as a guest blogger or guest writer can earn you some side cash.

Here are some guest blogging opportunities worth looking at:

5. Blog about Disney

You can start a Disney blog, write about Disney on a full-time basis, and earn a steady income. Like most passive-income generating opportunities, the revenue you get with a blog directly correlates to the amount of work you invest.

Think about this Disney-related news blog and decide if you can find yourself writing about Disney day in, day out.

The set-up and monthly maintenance of blogs are relatively cheap. What makes a blog valuable is the content you share with the world.

If you’ve got the writing chops and your brain is full of Disney trivia and information, you can even write an e-book, pamphlet, travel guide, or other printables and sell it online.

You can use this blog as:

  • a way to sell Disney products (see becoming an affiliate above)
  • a place to sell information products, such as ebooks, brochures, travel guides, and the like featuring information on Disney
  • an informational blog perfect for AdSense revenues
  • a space to offer your services as a Disney travel agent (see becoming a Disney Vacation Planner above)
  • a way to build a big network (and become an influencer)

There are other ways to turn your Disney blog into a goldmine.

Walt Disney Statue

6. Vlog about Disney

Maybe writing and blogging aren’t a good fit for you.

Or maybe you already have a blog and want to take it to new, fresh audiences.

Well, how about vlogging?

Start a channel on YouTube or on Twitch, talk about everything and anything Disney, and monetize that content.

Whatever your main topic is—whether it’s about the Disney parks, Disney movies, their streaming service Disney+, or even Disney-owned ESPN—someone will be interested.

The good thing is that you can do all this at home.

I’ve previously discussed more about making money from your YouTube.

The Bottom Line

If you’re content to have a Disney work from home job, their careers board is an excellent database.

However, I highly recommend creating your own online-based company and provide your services as a Disney travel planner. This way, you get to dictate your working hours, your business plan, and you get to keep more of your commissions.

Before you start, make sure you’re licensed to offer Disney travel packages.

Whichever route you plan to take, you’ll have a greater chance of success when you genuinely have a love for everything Disney.

Other Work From Home Jobs to Consider

If you’re not sure working for Disney is for you, there are plenty more work from home opportunities you can look into.

Have you tried applying for a work from home job with Disney or anywhere else? Tell us about your experience in the comments!