7 Real Ways You Can Get Paid to Eat in 2020

Food lovers rejoice! You can actually get paid to eat.

Foodies are taking over the world, and all the photos on social media and all the food blogs are proof of this.

Whether you like street food, fast food, or gourmet meals prepared in Michelin-starred restaurants by the best chefs in the world, I’m sure you’ve wished someone would pay you for eating the most delicious dishes you can get your hands (and mouth) on.

Well, now you can!

Today, let’s look at some of the ways you can get paid for indulging your taste buds.

7 Ways to Get Paid to Eat

1. Join Restaurant Mystery Shopper Agencies

Restaurants, bars, ice cream houses, and other establishments that sell food want to check from time to time if their employees are doing their jobs correctly and following the company’s standards.

These establishments then hire a mystery shopping agency to send mystery shoppers (in this case, mystery eaters) to go to the restaurant, order food for dine-in or take-out, inquire services, or perform other tasks indicated in the assignment.

Restaurant mystery shoppers (yup, that’s you!) will have to take photos and videos, send receipts, answer a survey, or simply fill out a report form and send it to the agency, which will then forward the results to the restaurant owner.

Keep in mind that you’ll be paid directly by the agency and not by the owners of the establishments you’ve visited.

How much can you earn?

As a mystery shopper for the food business industry, you’ll get to eat out without having to pay a cent.

In some cases, this also includes all your drinks. If you’re assigned to the restaurant of a hotel, you usually get to stay at the hotel for free.

However, some mystery shopper agencies pay extra cash on top of your free food, drinks, and hotel stay.

Where to Find Restaurant Mystery Shopping Gigs

If you’re new to this industry, don’t skip MSPA Americas and absorb everything you can learn about mystery shopping.

This website also has a marketplace and job board, so check out possible assignments there.

Other popular dining-related mystery shopping sites you can try are:

Note that general Mystery Shopping websites cater to everything from retail stores to groceries, but you may also find assignments there that cater to restaurants and the food industry.

★ Steve’s Top Pick: Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie

At Survey Junkie, you work with brands directly as an influencer to help them shape their products while getting paid to give feedback.

Members earn bonus points for every activity completed. They can then redeem these points for gift cards or straight cash via Paypal.

Survey Junkie is free to join and the points never expire, so it’s worth creating an account just to see what offers pop up.

2. Become a Food Tester

Food tasting is a bit more technical than a restaurant mystery shopping.

As a mystery shopper, you get to check how food is handled or presented, how customer service is maintained, and how the venue looks from your perspective.

Almost anyone can become a mystery shopper, as long as they’re close to the assignment location.

By contrast, food testers must have special skills in taste and odor recognition, no food allergies, and the unique ability to describe the food as clearly and precisely as possible. Food testers must also be in legal age and residing near the testing location.

How much can you earn?

Food tasting, food tester part-time gigs are rare, but if you see sites that invite people regularly, these gigs usually won’t earn you cash, but rewards that can be exchanged for gift cards.

Food tester positions are more available as full-time jobs and listed as many names such as “sensory panelist,” “food taster,” “sensory tester,” “food scientist,” “food tester,” and so on. Watch out for these positions in regular job boards such as Indeed.com.

If you do land a full-time food tester job, you can reportedly earn around $16 to $20 an hour with interesting assignments, like trying out frozen food throughout the day. Ooni oven paid $300 to $1000 for people to eat different kinds of frozen pizza for a month.

Where to Find Food Testing Jobs

Aside from regular job boards, you can check out openings from these companies:

  • Contract Testing Inc. – Pay depends on the length of testing.
  • Northland Laboratories – Check if you’re near Northbrook, Illinois. Assignments lasts 10 minutes to an hour.
  • National Food Laboratories – Full-time positions are filled in super-quick. Probably have to do with the benefits it comes.
  • MMR – New York-based and requires experienced sensory testers.

Other food companies such as McCormick Corporation and Solae do their research in-house.

3. Get Cashback When You Eat Out

There are numerous things you can do to earn cashbacks.

From doing online groceries and exchanging your receipts, to dining out using cash-back cards to get back 1% of your total receipt, you’ll be amazed at the money you’ll either earn or save.

If you’re just discovering the world of cashbacks, you might get overwhelmed at just how much food-related rebates are available for you to take advantage of.

To keep things simple and organized, download a cashback app like Ibotta and check it out before choosing a place to dine out.

Here are other apps you can download to get cashback from eating out at restaurants:

 

4. Join Food-Based Studies

I talked about online research studies in the past, but in this scenario, I’m referring to food-related studies.

For example, Southern Californians were invited for a 6-month trial about the benefits of eating avocados per day.

These research studies are often conducted by universities, so keep updated with local news and universities near you.

5. Get Paid To Review Restaurants

If you have both a flair for writing and an adventurous palate, you can get paid to review restaurants and eat a good meal too.

As a food critic, you are assigned to visit different restaurants, order their specialties, eat them all up, and review everything about the restaurant, including food quality, atmosphere, and service.

Keep in mind that critic reviews can make or break a restaurant, so make sure to visit the restaurant multiple times and to make your review as detailed, fair, and informative.

You can do this as a freelancer; start a blog and use your blog to earn money from your reviews. As you establish your reputation, you can get noticed by bigger publishers and your work can be published by other curated blogs, newspapers, magazines, travel guides, and other media.

6. Eat Competitively

Competitive eating is not for the faint of heart.

It is a legitimate event (some might even say it’s a sport) where people train for months to increase their stomach capacities and improve their eating speeds of various foods.

On the plus side, you get truckloads of free food. On the other hand, you have to eat this truckload of food all at once.

There are annual events where people compete to eat the most bacon, pizza, gyoza, jalapenospoutine, pies, shrimps, oysters, and of course, hotdogs, and many more.

The prizes of up to $10,000 for a day or two of competing definitely make competitive eating appealing, even if the “sport” has been criticized as promoting obesity and encouraging people to join even with its known risks such as choking, weight gain, high cholesterol, etc.

7. Get Paid To Eat On Camera

This trend started in Korea and is called mukbang from two Korean words that mean “eating” and “broadcast.”

In a mukbang, a person eats a ton of food while interacting with an online audience and broadcasting the entire meal live.

But it’s quickly spreading around the world and if you’re interested, you can also get paid to eat on camera.

One of the most popular Korean mukbang eaters is The Diva, real name Park Seo-Yeon, who has devoured four boxes of pizza on camera, as well as a dinner of 3 kilos of beef.

She reportedly spends more than $3k for the food she consumes but earns a whopping $10,000 or more each month for her broadcasts alone.

If you want to follow The Diva’s footsteps, choose a livestreaming platform, such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, or YouTube Live, or any other live streaming platform, then broadcast your feast regularly.

Every platform has different terms for earning cash, so learn how to monetize appropriately.

Bonus: Food Blogging to Earn Passive Income

Aside from becoming an eating sensation on Youtube (and other video streaming sites), you can also use food as your main source of income by blogging.

However, don’t expect to get paid overnight for your blogging efforts.

Sometimes it would take a year or so for your writing to bear fruit, but once it does, you can earn continuously for as little as $10 a month to $1,000 or more.

Some of the biggest food bloggers also earn sponsorships from food brands or freebies to review on a regular basis.

Note that you need to improve on two things to be successful in food blogging: photography and social media marketing.

Eat Your Way to Extra Cash!

In the past, I talked about getting paid to do nothing, to watch a movie, to read books, to sleep, to walk, to test products, to write or text, and even to house-sit someone else’s home.

Did you even get surprised that there are ways you can get paid to eat?

Of course, aside from the list above, there are plenty of other traditional, professional jobs that involve food, such as a chef, food scientist, or food buyer. You’d get paid more, but you’d have to do further studies and undergo formal training to be successful.

What are you waiting for? Go out there and start getting paid to eat!

Have you tried any of these paying gigs? Did you really get paid to eat? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

Here’s How to Become a Notary in Just 5 Steps

Not many people consider becoming a notary public when they’re looking for work from home jobs, but it’s actually a very in-demand service that can easily be done as a side-hustle.

Read on to learn how to become a notary and get all of the costs involved with that process.

It takes a couple of weeks to become a notary, depending on the process of the state you live in.

But after that, you’re free to offer your services to any business that needs official documents signed – and there are plenty as this service is needed across all sectors, from banking and real estate to medical services and tech companies.

Here’s what notaries public (yes, that’s the plural term) do:

A notary acts as an impartial witness to the signing of any legal documents.

They have to make sure that the documents are indeed legal, verify that those signing the documents are who they say they are (usually through ID), and make sure that they know what they’re signing and aren’t doing so under duress.

Notary publics have the freedom to choose who they work with and how – either opting to work with signing services or getting direct business on their own.

Some notaries simply get the certification to expand their resume skills as many companies, especially banks, require this type of service often.

How Much Do Notaries Earn?

This depends somewhat on the state you’re practicing in. The fees you’re allowed to charge differ between states, but this usually doesn’t include travel fees.

So most notaries can charge whatever they want for travel expenses – within reason of course.

Most notaries charge between $2 – $15 per signature, depending on the state. How much you earn depends on the need for notaries in your area and subsequently how many documents/signatures you can notarize every hour or day.

When documents are signed, there’s often a need for more than one signature and from more than one person, meaning a notary can make upwards of $50 an hour depending on the state they’re in.

Sometimes, businesses even have multiple documents that need to be signed, driving up the price even further.

From what I could gather, however, most notaries public make more money through their additional traveling fees.

There are plenty of industries that require notaries public, but some also seem to be more lucrative than others. Those that opt to specialize even further, into becoming a Notary Signing Agent, seem to be earning the most out of the group.

This is because signing agents in the mortgage industry usually negotiate premium rates with the title companies or signing services that hire them and they make a considerable amount of income from this one part of the industry alone.

Step by Step: How to Become a Notary

1. Apply to become a notary within your state

Step 1: In the US, you’ll need to apply to become a notary with your local state. This can be done via their website. The state will do a background check on you to make sure you meet their eligibility requirements. Those applying to become a Notary Signing Agent will also have to go through a separate background screening.

Notary eligibility requirements: Requirements may vary by state, but generally, you’ll have to be older than 18, a legal resident of the state (though some states allow for residents in neighboring to also gain notary status there), and have no criminal record.

2. Follow the training and take the exam

Step 2: After applying, you may need to take part in a training course (in most cases this can be done online, and takes anywhere from 3 – 6 hours), and take an exam. The exam isn’t the same everywhere, but some states allow for an open-book exam.

You can apply to become a Notary Signing Agent in addition to your regular Notary Public responsibilities. This generally requires an extra certification and a training course to handle the extra complicated documents. But again, the requirements vary between states and so you’ll have to check up on that for your specific state.

3. Lay down your oath

Step 3: If you’ve passed the training and/or exam, then you can go lay down your oath of office at the local county clerk’s office to get your commission certificate, which you will have to file along with your bond at your state’s notary regulating office.

4. Gather the necessary supplies

Then, buy any necessary supplies before you can start your new business.

I break down all the supplies needed and the costs associated below.

5. Start networking to gain clients

As with any other business, you’ll have to network a bit to get clients.

Many people opt for signing up with a signing service who get the loan signing appointments for them.

But you can also print out business cards or contact businesses/realtors to offer your service as a notary.

The Cost of Becoming a Notary

There are a few costs associated with getting started as a notary, but, these fees put together still come down to a relatively low start-up cost.

Here’s what you’re likely to spend:

First off, there’s the application fee when you submit an application, which is different from one state to another but ranges between $10 – $60.

Then you may have to either take a training course or write an exam, or both, depending on your state requirements. The costs for the training course vary but you’re looking at something around $80, and you can expect the cost for the exam to be around $40.

You will have to supply a passport photo (and live scan fingerprints in the state of California) before you’re certified.

Most states require you to pay for the oath of office, which is in the range of $40.

You will also need a notary bond, as all states require notaries to have one. This is relatively cheap though, at around $50 for a four-year bond, after which you’ll have to renew it.

Finally, there are the supplies. This includes your notary seal stamp. You can shop around a bit for the best price here.

Other expenses:

As a notary, you will need a computer, cellphone, car or other transportation, and a printer.

The latter is very important because you might have to print out various certificates or loan packages when you prepare for a meeting with clients. At times, there can be over 100 pages of both legal-size and letter-size pages so you’re going to be relying heavily on your printer.

In total, you can look at spending around $300 – $500 for the whole process of becoming a certified Notary Public, not including a printer, computer, or transportation.

There are additional costs if you wish to apply to become a Notary Signing Agent as well.

Although, Notary Signing Agents apparently don’t make use of a printer as much.

Unlike most of the other work from home jobs I’ve talked about, becoming a notary requires a bit of capital to get started and a lot of paperwork to get through before you can start working.

However, it can be a very fulfilling part-time or full-time career so don’t feel disheartened at these costs.

Supplies Needed to Become a Notary

The National Notary Association recommends the following supplies for anyone starting out:

  • Official notary seal stamp
  • A 5 year hotline subscription to the NNA (not necessary, but it’s a perk you get if you become an NNA member)
  • Basic journal with a notary privacy guard cling (Required in some states)

On that last point, from what I could find, most notaries agree that it’s good practice to keep a journal even if the state doesn’t specifically require it.

It’s just safer for you to keep records of your notary public obligations to avoid any possible confusion or future questions about the legitimacy of your business activities.

Some say it’s also a good idea to get Errors and Omissions Insurance, just in case.

This sounds like a good idea since a notary bond (which is required by law) does not cover the notary but rather the interests of the public.

This type of insurance covers you if you ever make a mistake during the signing process that could lead to a loss for the client and any resulting litigation that may arise as a result of that.

The Bottom Line

Being a notary public can be a fulfilling job as you get to meet interesting people from all over and exercise your duty as a ministerial official.

It’s a flexible option and a great choice for both those who want to make side-cash and anyone who’s looking for a solid full-time job.

If the startup costs of becoming a notary feel a little steep to you, then you could always opt for these 12 work from home jobs that require no financial investment on your part.

How to Make the Most Money as a Mobile Bartender

Becoming your own boss is a dream for many people trapped in the rat race.

Freelancing gives people the freedom to work flexible hours, while enjoying what they do and hopefully earn more than enough as their former 8-to-5 jobs.

Bartending is a side hustle you can turn into a full-blown freelance career or business. If you’re looking to switch careers or have been bartending most of your adult life, read more for a comprehensive guide in turning mobile bartending into a full-time business.

How to Most the Money with Mobile Bartending

Mobile bartending involves packing your bar and bringing the drinks and party to another location. Usually, birthdays, weddings, stag parties, and other events can benefit from a portable bar.

So who can make money with a portable bar?

  • Bartender – The most obvious person who can turn mobile bartending into gold is someone who has experience bartending in the past. You’d have practice talking to people and first-hand knowledge of working the tools of the trade.
  • Owner of a Bar – Like the bartender, you know how to work the bar and communicate with your patrons. You may not know many fancy mixes as your bartender, but having a menu card for drinks can solve this problem quick. If your in-house bartender is OK with working extra hours, you can find bartending jobs on his behalf in exchange for carrying the bar’s name.
  • Caterer and Restaurant Owner – Entrepreneurs in the catering, dining and restaurant industry can also include mobile bartending packages into their regular services, hitting two birds in one stone.

The person who can make the most money with mobile bartending is the one who chooses to roll with portable bars on a full-time scale. If you do this only as a side gig, then you’ll earn less money. It’s that simple.

Pros & Cons to Bartending

Bartending isn’t something people would call a career – it’s usually a temp job while waiting for something better.

For example, working students in need of cash, actors working their way up, and so on.

Fortunately, the stigma of bartending as a temp job can now end as more and more people find success in bartending private events either as a freelancer or business owner.

However, you still have to weigh the pros and cons of mobile bartending to determine if this income-generating gig is something you’d like to pursue:

Pros of Mobile Bartending

The main advantage of bartending for events is the flexibility it gives you.

You can have a day job and work on your mobile bartending at night or during weekends, but it’s totally up to you if you want to be aggressive with your schedule or not.

You can even lie low for a while and pick up your bartending right where you left off.

Aside from the flexibility mobile bartending brings, there are several advantages to this income potential:

  • Good money – A freelance bartender can earn $25 to $50 an hour. In events like weddings that have strict hours at venues, bartending gigs may be packaged as two- or three-hour work and priced $200 to $500.
  • Free Food – You’ll be hired to cater events, so most jobs involve free food and drinks. And
  • Networking – Because the job isn’t as hectic as bartending in nightclubs and similar venues, you’ll be able to communicate with guests more properly and if you’re lucky, make connections for future business.
  • Fun – If you love every part of bartending, you’ll appreciate it more with a mobile bar since you’re not stressing about long work hours and you get to enjoy the party.

Cons of Mobile Bartending

Of course, mobile bartending isn’t for everyone.

This is especially true for people who feel their weekends are sacred days for family or church, or that you prefer working in the mornings.

Holidays are also in-demand for events, so if you want to earn as much as possible, you might have to miss a lot of holidays in exchange for mobile bartending jobs.

Another problem with this business is that it can have downtimes on certain seasons, which means the gigs you receive around Christmas time cannot match slower months such as August. This directly affects the money you earn, so you have to take note.

Bartending Gigs: Where to Find Event Bartending Jobs

If you’re already a bartender and have known the industry inside and out, you’ll probably have an easier time finding event bartending jobs than the rest. However, if you’re new to this and have no networking in place yet, here are some websites that list bartending gigs:

  • ShiftGig– Catering and restaurant businesses (tagged as “I’m a business”) post jobs to find qualified people to work in and out of the kitchen. Event bartending jobs listed here will include number of hours for shifts needed.
  • iHobNob – Looking for employment in the food and drink industry? Post your resume here or find bartending jobs with a quick search.
  • Good Food Jobs – This site supports a wide range of businesses from farms to restaurants in their search for waitresses, bartenders, and other people in the food industry.
  • FoodForce– Beginners to senior-level positions are available here, but mostly from companies offering specialty and natural foods.
  • Proven – On this site, bartenders and other skilled workers can post their skills and need for employment directly on company’s Proven profiles.
  • Poached– This staffing solution is aimed at giving jobs for bartenders, restaurant workers, baristas and so on.

These sites are just the tip of the iceberg – you can find a many more specific to the food industry.

10 Things You Need to Start Bartending Private Events

Mobile bartending isn’t a new business, but there are not enough guides around to show freelancers how to start bartending private events.

If you’re serious about bartending on-the-go, here are 10 things you should know:

1. Business plan

Even if you’re starting a mobile bartending business small, you still have to craft a plan. Do your research, compute in/out finances, and create a feasible business plan.

2. License and permits

If your bartending gig requires you to sell alcohol, you or the event venue owner should obtain a Temporary Events Notice (TEN).

For private parties like weddings, the host usually pre-pays the drinks so guests could consume them at the event.

Large-scale events obtain permits that often include alcohol license as well.

3. Insurance

Liability insurance is a part of the business permit requirement, since this insurance will help you cover expenses if any accident occurs during the event.

4. Register the business

If you have big plans for your mobile bartending, make sure to register your business before making big investments.

5. Get Equipment

Aside from obtaining the ice and drinks, you’ll also need basic equipment like coolers, bucket, trash bin, tables, knife, utensils, cutting board and glassware.

6. Build a website

The easiest way for bartenders to book gigs is to let guests find you.

Create a fully functional and engaging website, which will serve as your digital “calling card.”

7. Get a social media game

Know the ropes how to become popular for every social media profile available.

Bartending can be competitive, especially in smaller towns, so step up your game because your social media presence can even make or break your business.

If you’re not sure how to take advantage social media, here’s a more comprehensive guide to follow for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

8. Expand your network

As a business owner and bartender, it’s your job to continuously build your network for future gigs.

9. Specialize

If the city you’re based in has plenty of competition, you can choose a niche to specialize on.

There are portable bars that cater exclusively to wines, or craft beers.

Some bartenders choose to go with cheaper drink “stalls” and on-the-go trolley bars, while others go with more expensive, motorized vans or vehicles ala-foodtrucks.

10. Be original

The easiest way for people to notice you (and recommend to other people) is to create a buzz.

Make your bartending gig fun and guests around you will notice.

Invent drinking games, create challenges, and so on.

If you’re lucky, you can even get your gimmick viral. However, make sure you’re organized enough to keep a 12-month gig calendar to accommodate them once the demand increases.

Go Freelance or Stay Employed?

Bartenders employed with a nightclub, bar, restaurant, or hotel will have no problem with income, since they are technically still working on an 8-to-5 shift.

On the other hand, a freelance bartender will more likely be able to start his/her own business.

Running a mobile bartending business is possible even if you want to just pick up gigs here and there.

Of course, it is better to set-up a legitimate business and become a business owner as well, so you don’t have to worry about licensing and permits once you decide to go big.

Whichever route you take, your bartending skills and networking will be the reason you’ll get far.

As such, make sure to practice your bartending skills regularly and improve your knowledge with cocktails, drinks and everything in between. Marketing your brand and advertising your mobile bartending business everywhere you go should be a priority.

How to Sell on Walmart: 7 Easy Steps to Getting Started

Walmart has always been one of the top brick-and-mortar grocery and department store chains in the United States, but it hasn’t been able to shake off Amazon’s power when it came to online shopping. Even so, Walmart’s online marketplace can’t be ignored and more people are learning how to sell on Walmart.

Since 2016, Walmart has been making significant changes to improve their ecommerce game, starting with inquisitions of online stores Shoebuy.com, Modcloth.com, Jet.com, Moosejaw, Bonobos and India-based ecommerce site Flipkart, beating Amazon’s bids.

Walmart also invested in the Tel Aviv-based product review start-up Aspectiva and plans to compete directly to Netflix and Amazon with its own subscription-video.

Not everyone knows this, but Walmart has completely opened up its doors to third-party sellers.

In the past, the company only invited online sellers with successful stores and years-long of experience in customer service.

Today, you can have a shot at expanding your reach simply by sending your application.

Two Ways to Sell Online on Walmart: Dropship vs. Direct

If you’re an online seller interested in working with Walmart, you can choose between two program options:

1. DSV (drop ship vendor) Program

As a dropshipper for Walmart, you technically sell products to Walmart, which displays product description and markets the items with full force.

Once a customer orders via the Walmart store, Walmart forwards the details and you ship the order directly to the customer.

Walmart handles after-sales customer support and just pays you for the agreed-upon price of the product.

2. Walmart Marketplace Seller Program

If you’re a third-party merchant of either eBay or Amazon and you’re looking for Walmart’s counterpart, the Marketplace seller program is exactly that. A

ll products sold by third-party sellers are labeled “Sold & Shipped by Marketplace seller.”

Unlike the DVS program, sellers will take care of writing listing details, posting product images, providing customer support, creating promotions, restructuring prices, and so on.

* All the information you’ll read from here on out will be about the Marketplace seller program (and not DSV).

3 Reasons to Join as a Walmart Seller

Who should consider selling on Walmart marketplace?

Here are the top reasons Walmart may be a good fit for your business.

1. Small businesses with unique products

Application to become a Walmart seller is strict. Nobody knows the criteria Walmart has in approving applications, but many experts put quality of products at the top of that list.

As such, if your business creates unique products, getting the high exposure Walmart can provide will surely skyrocket sales.

2. Brands finding it hard to market their products

Walmart.com is visited by over 100 million people every month.

As a brand selling products on the Walmart site, expect better and more organic exposure without spending extra advertising or lifting a finger for more marketing work.

It’s also important to note that Walmart attracts a different audience than Amazon, eBay and other ecommerce platforms, so adding another platform won’t hurt.

3. Companies with Hard-to-find Items

Any business (big or small) can benefit from Walmart’s massive network. But if you have hard-to-find items to sell, your advantage ups 100 fold.

This is because Walmart is known as a giant retailer as it is, so offering something that cannot be found on any of its brick-and-mortar stores (and huge online collection) is pretty impressive.

Just the fact that you’re not competing with any of Walmart’s own products means the company can highlight your items more than usual.

Walmart won’t be suitable for you or your company if:

  • You’re selling crafts online. Etsy or eBay may be the better options for you.
  • You’re just starting out. A functional website, an online store (even if hosted on a different platform), and other similar portfolio gives Walmart a sense of your company’s history. If your store has no online footprint yet, it’s unlikely you’d be approved as a Walmart seller.
  • Knockoffs – As part of Walmart’s quality checks, stores with knockoffs never get approved. This is directly opposite to Amazon and eBay’s problem with counterfeit products.

Pros and Cons of Using Walmart Marketplace

The biggest advantage of choosing Walmart marketplace is that it has NO MONTHLY LISTING OR SET-UP FEES. Compared to Amazon’s selling fees, per-item fee, referral fee and other variable closing fee, Walmart makes it simple and non-confusing. In fact, Walmart sellers only pay the referral fee per sale (around 15% of the product) when they make a sale.

Other pros of using Walmart marketplace include:

  • Free 2-Day Shipping – Orders $35 and up placed by 2 pm in the timezone of the delivery address are eligible for a free, two-day shipping. Shoppers love anything that could save them money, so this move from Walmart will definitely attract buyers.
  • Returns Accepted in every Walmart store – Even if Walmart has downsized its brick-and-mortar stores significantly, it still has a massive family of 4,700 stores and every one can accept returns.
  • Build Authority Overnight – Even if you’re a small company, as long as you passed Walmart’s strict pre-approval process, the approval will instantly give you the stamp of credibility as a legitimate seller.
  • FedEx Advantage program – Sellers who choose to use FedEx can save up to 37% on shipping.
  • Continuous improvement – Walmart is open about continuously improving for both sellers and buyers, from customer support, analytics tools, fast loading times, and so on, you won’t be kept in the dark as a seller.

Probably the biggest disadvantage of a Walmart seller is the lower margins you’d likely see on the Walmart Marketplace.

Also, since Walmart is still essentially new, there are plenty of kinks to iron out and you may experience listing issues every now and then, especially when it comes to the single use of UPCs or GTINs and the same products sold by different Walmart sellers.

Other cons of the Walmart marketplace include:

  • Delisted for non-competitive Pricing – Walmart likes to have competitive pricing across the board, which is why some sellers may find their products delisted if the prices sellers have set are not as competitive as Walmart would want.
  • Rules on shipping materials and branding – Walmart lets sellers choose the shipping method and carrier, as well as set the shipping fees, but they’re not allowed to use branded packaging (especially if materials come from competing companies like Amazon’s FBA).

Walmart is also still working on its seller support, which is why the existing sellers deem Walmart’s support as “non-existent.”

Here’s to hoping the company will listen to its sellers already onboard and improve support to avoid turning off other third-party sellers interested in moving or switching to Walmart Marketplace.

7 Steps to Start Selling on Walmart Marketplace

If you’re still here, and you know your store has a shot at being approved by Walmart, follow these steps:

1. Apply to Become a Walmart Seller

Visit marketplace.walmart.com, click the “APPLY” button and complete all required fields, which includes name, address, company name, business website, category of business, annual online sales revenues (in USD), and more. The form takes less than 10 minutes to complete, so make sure you’ve got all details in. Select “Save” and “Apply Now.”

This is probably the hardest step, since the information you provide here will make or break your chances of becoming a Walmart seller.

If you’re approved, you’ll be notified by e-mail with the subject “Your Walmart Seller Center account has been created.”

2. Complete Your Registration

Click the link in the e-mail you received on step 1. This will direct you to the Registration Wizard, which guides you through five main sections:

  • Account Creation
  • Partner Registration
  • Taxes (W-9)
  • Verify Bank Account, and
  • Shipping Info

Make sure to prepare bank account information and a digital copy of your latest W-9 form. Most of the details you need to provide you already have as a business owner.

3. Fill Out Your Partner Profile

More information will be needed to complete the Partner Profile.

The Partner Profile is a public page where customers will learn all about your company, including company name, company mission/vision/description, logo, return policies, shipping fees, customer service hotline, tax information, privacy policy and more.

You’re ready to move on the next step once your Launch Checklist progress bar reaches 100%.

4. Verify Your Banking Information

As a Walmart seller, you need to link your bank account to your Walmart Marketplace account. To do this, you have to log-in to your bank (the one you listed during registration) and check transactions for a $0.01 deposit from “WM Marketplace Penny Test.”

If you found this transaction, it means your accounts are now linked and payments can be sent to your bank.

Click “Mark as Done” on the Launch Checklist, which confirms receipt of the penny deposit. Note that this process isn’t instant – it would take up to 4 business days to appear in your account’s list of transactions.

5. Prepare Your Item Listings

This step is the most time-consuming of all, since you’ll be uploading all of your content, including product photos, descriptions, videos, attributes, SKUs, and so on.

The good news is Walmart gives you several integration methods to choose from (bulk upload, API or solution provider).

Begin this step by choosing the right category and sub-category for your product. FYI, Walmart has 24 categories and 79 sub-categories already available; You just have to pick the nearest one for your products. Use the Categorization Guide if you’re feeling lost with this step.

Make the category as specific as possible. Attributes, such as gender, age group, size, and so on, will not only help you describe each product you’re selling, but also guides Walmart’s search engines to “find” your product more effectively.

In the “Main Image URL” section, fill it in with the appropriate URL where the image is hosted. (You’ll have to upload these on a third-party storage and just get the link to it). The file size shouldn’t be bigger than 1MB.

Click “Validate Fields” if you’re done. Edit if something goes wrong, and upload Item Feed file to the Seller Center.

If you see “Staged” status on your Launch Checklist, you’re off to the next step.

6. Place a Test Order

Before you welcome buyers into “your” Walmart store, you have to make sure everything is working properly.

To do this, you have to test the items and orders by going to the Seller Center and selecting “Preview Item” to see how customers will see the product page. Verify all the details, especially pricing and item details.

To test an order, update the item inventory to 1 and click “Update Inventory.” Go back to Seller Center and click “Publish Item” and “Purchase Item.” If everything from your “order” goes on smoothly, then you’re done with the checklist.

7. Launch Your Account and Collect Your Paycheck!

Once you’ve marked all items on your checklist as “done,” a pop-up message will ask you to confirm that you’re ready to launch.

If you are, select “confirm” to request for a review and wait for Walmart representatives to check out your profile.

If everything passes Walmart’s standards, your products will go live on Walmart.com within 24 hours.

The Future of Walmart Marketplace

Amazon isn’t one to shake when it comes to online competition, but Walmart definitely knows that it’s late to the ecommerce party and is aggressively making up for its absence.

In fact, brands are aware of Walmart’s moves. Double Insight, maker of the #1 best-selling item on Amazon, “Instant Pot” (earned a whopping $17 million on Amazon Prime Day alone), has decided to launch its follow-up product exclusively at Walmart.

Walmart isn’t a perfect marketplace.

Even Amazon that has been leading the ecommerce game continue to have its kinks.

But as a seller, you wouldn’t want to put all your eggs in one basket, so having a new platform to expand your store is always a good thing.

Should you consider selling on Walmart Marketplace? My advice is if you have an established online store, you should go for it.

Become an Amazon Product Tester and Get Free Stuff

Everyone likes free stuff. There aren’t many ways to get anything for free in this life, but Amazon product testers have been getting free gift cards and products sent to them since 2007.

There are ways to make money with Amazon, but being a reviewer means you skip the money altogether and go straight for what you would have bought anyway.

Want to know how to become an Amazon reviewer?

Well, then you’re in luck because I went searching for some concrete answers to find out what it takes to start reviewing Amazon products for free haul.

Amazon isn’t the only company looking for product testers either.

These three companies are always looking for participants to share their thoughts on new products:

How to Become an Amazon Product Tester

There are two ways to get your free swag:

As an official Amazon product tester who’s part of the Vine program, you’d get access to a range of products from Amazon that you can choose to review. The prices for these products can range from anywhere between $1 to over $1000 and span every category on the seller’s website.

In addition to that, you can let companies find you and offer you free or discounted products in exchange for an Amazon review. This isn’t done via Amazon but is still a good option, as you’ll just have to negotiate the deal yourself.

Feel free to go for either option, or both, as I discuss the ins and outs of testing products for Amazon below.

Option 1: Join Amazon Vine

The Amazon Vine program is an invite-only initiative that was started by Amazon over 10 years ago.

It helps sellers get honest and credible reviews on their products and gives reviewers an incentive to voice their opinions.

You’ve probably seen the “Vine Voice” tag next to some reviews on the Amazon website.

Amazon Vine badge

These are people who have been invited into the program and are receiving products from Amazon to review. If they’ve received the product they’re reviewing for free, a “Vine Customer Review of Free Product” tag also appears along with the review.

You can’t apply to become part of the Amazon Vine program but you can make your chances of getting an invite good by doing certain things, which I will outline below.

How to Get an Amazon Vine Invite

It isn’t entirely clear what becoming a tester for Amazon involves.

The company doesn’t disclose much information on their process for choosing new reviewers, but I have found some guidelines online along with a few tips from reviewers who have been picked for the program.

To become eligible for an invite to the program, you have to already be a reviewer on Amazon. Meaning you have to start writing product reviews for the website now so that you can build up a good reviewer’s rank and a great reputation for yourself.

This is purely anecdotal, but I feel like I see the most number of Vine badges under the Books category.

It may be a call-back to Amazon’s humble beginnings, or that sending a free copy of an eBook is a lot easier than mailing out a physical product. Who knows. This is just an observation I’ve had.

Just like with any sort of influencer position, the people whose opinions are valued the most get the most opportunities.

You don’t have to be one of Amazon’s top reviewers to get an invite (though that certainly won’t hurt), but you have to leave helpful and informative reviews that get upvoted by other customers.

It’s also important to know that the frequency with which you leave reviews isn’t everything as that doesn’t seem to be what Amazon is focusing on.

Rather stick to quality reviews on products that you have bought as this is good practice among product testers.

Amazon Product Tester Insider Tips

It’s hard to find out how many Vine reviewers there are and which products Amazon gives away for reviews, as this info isn’t made public.

However, a few reviewers have shared their tips on how things work when you want to become part of this program.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

1. Stick to one product category

One thing that everyone seems to agree on, is that it’s important to stick to one product category.

It would be even better if it coincided with your regular job, like being a chef and reviewing kitchenware.

That way, you can build yourself up as an authority in that area which will make more people trust your reviews. Customers don’t want to hear from a person that knows nothing about what they’re reviewing and Amazon doesn’t want that either.

2. Fill out your Amazon profile as much as possible

Create a great profile and make yourself available through other social channels.

As with any other influencer gig, it’s all about visibility.

People – and by extension sellers/Amazon – won’t take notice if you don’t make them look your way. Keeping up a good presence is key to getting that invite.

3. Study your chosen category

Amazon seems to be choosing Vine Voices according to category.

So if they need a new member in computer hardware and you’re reviewing gardening supplies then you’re simply out of luck.

Though there’s no information available anywhere on how or when Amazon chooses new members, nor whether they’re currently looking.

4. Quality is better than quantity when it comes to Amazon Vine

Your rank isn’t your guarantee.

Some people claimed to have gotten an invite with over 80,000 upvotes on the Amazon store, while there are others who got in with only 300 upvotes.

This is something that Amazon considers, to be sure, but it won’t be the only thing that gets you in.

5. Newer reviews get a bit of a bump.

There’s no clear indication of how Amazon structures their review system, but it is clear that more recent reviews get more screen time.

It’s a good idea to update some of your older reviews to give yourself a better chance of getting upvotes and getting noticed by Amazon.

6. Amazon Vine wants to hear your truths

Should you leave negative or positive reviews?

Vine reviewers say it doesn’t matter.

Amazon is interested in honest reviews that talk in detail about what you like or didn’t like about the product.

7. Move as much of your shopping to Amazon

Most of what you buy in stores can be bought on Amazon instead.

If you don’t mind waiting a day or two for a product to arrive, be sure to buy it on Amazon instead.

This will give you more opportunities to leave proper, thorough reviews.

Ultimately the best advice I can give you here is to just keep at it.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll be picked to become an Amazon product tester but following the advice above is your best shot at getting that lucrative gig.

Option 2: Sign Up With Amazon Review Sites

While getting the official invite from Amazon is something to strive for, there are easier ways of becoming an Amazon reviewer – namely through Amazon review sites.

These are sites that either help sellers get in contact with Amazon reviewers in order to send them their products to test or offer products at huge discounts for testers.

Amazon doesn’t regulate this process, but it’s completely acceptable to pick this route instead of having Amazon do it for you.

Amazon product tester review sites you can consider joining:

1. Snagshout

This website offers discount vouchers on various items, from sports supplies to electronics, in exchange for reviews and was one of the first websites to do so.

It’s been featured on plenty of high-ranking media outlets and is one of the most popular Amazon review sites out there.

2. AMZDiscover

You don’t browse this website to apply for products to test as it was created to let the seller find you.

Simply sign up with AMZDiscover and indicate what type of products you review so that the site can hook you up with a seller who wants a review.

3. LootHoot

This is a great option for people who are starting out in the Amazon product review business.

You can join for free, browse their deals, and then get a coupon to redeem on the Amazon store.

They offer some big discounts and even free products every now and then.

4. TestZon

Here’s another website where you can find free or heavily discounted items.

Once again, you’ll have to sign up and will get a coupon to redeem.

They have a wide range of products to choose from and, interestingly enough, you aren’t required to leave a review but it is welcomed.

5. Cashbackbase

This is a relatively new website that launched just a few months ago, but is already gaining a lot of traction.

They also offer discounted and free products for Amazon reviewers.

The Bottom Line

Learning how to become an Amazon product tester is the easy part.

Finding sellers that are willing to send their products to you, however, will take time as you build up your reputation as a reviewer.

If time isn’t on your side, then you could always consider becoming a product tester. You’ll still be talking about the products you get but with actual people, plus you’ll get paid too!

How to Rent Your House Out and Embrace the Airbnb Era

There AirBNB era is here and you can now learn how to rent your house out to make some extra cash each month.

That’s right, you can add extra income to your household, and even if don’t have anything to sell or time to spend working from home?

If this sounds like you and you have a house, extra room, condo unit, and other types of properties left unoccupied most of the year, a few days a year or even unoccupied completely, then listen up.

You can take advantage of this space, rent it out and actually earn cash on the side. Heck, you can even turn one space into a full-time, earning machine if you went with a rental agent.

Vacation houses have been around for centuries, but the popularity of Airbnb has paved the way for even ordinary homeowners to accommodate guests for a while.

And who says you can’t get a piece of the pie?

Interested? Read more for a comprehensive guide to renting out your house.

3 Options for Renting Out Your House

If you’re planning to rent your house out, you need to be armed with information about taxes, maintenance costs, as well as pros and cons for all the options available to you.

These details will help you decide if you’re ready to rent out your house to someone else either temporarily (via services like Airbnb) or under a long-term set-up (advertised on your own or managed by a third-party rental agent).

1. Long-term Rentals

There are various instances wherein long-term rentals may be best suited for you. These include:

  • Getting a newly inherited property
  • Having a second property, such as a summer house, that you only visit a couple times a year
  • You’re the only one living in a big house
  • You invested in a condo unit, but have no immediate reason for leaving your current home

Those who would benefit from long-term rentals are people with extra space or property aside from the one they currently reside.

The main benefit of renting out your house long-term is that the extra income is definitely significant and consistent.

There are, of course, downside to long-term rentals, including:

  • Property destruction – the longer tenants stay in your property, the higher chances your property will get destroyed (intentionally or not). Some landlords specify that no young kids and pets are allowed, since they’ve been known to mess up paint jobs, carpet, and other house features more quickly than older kids and households without pets.
  • Insurance – No matter how long you rent out your home, that space becomes an investment property. As a result, you’ll have to obtain insurance specified by the state where your property is in. Airbnb has some insurance offered to hosts renting out their properties, but it’s still better to check with your insurance provider because factors like length of lease can affect.
  • Local regulations – Aside from insurance, check with city hall about local condo regulations, professional lease or landlord agreements, and so on. You have to be updated with these things since breaking rules equal to fines or loss of potential income.
  • Collecting rent can be difficult – If you’re not hiring a rental agency (more on this later), it means you’ll have to collect rent by yourself, which can be a challenging task.

Traditional real estate websites, such as rent.com, realtor.com, homes.com, zillow.com, zumper.com (and so on) will let you list your homes as long-term rentals. Some of these sites come with a fee for two or more properties, while others rely on advertising for revenue so landlords can list for free.

2. Short-term Rentals

Short-term rentals would be better for homeowners who have an extra room, extra floor, a garage, or other spaces they could rent out temporarily.

The main benefit of going this route is that you can even be residing in the property for rent and only make it available during certain periods. For example, if you go on a yearly trip overseas, you can list your condo on Airbnb only during those days, weeks or months.

The downside to renting out your house on a short-term basis include:

  • Tax Responsibilities – In the eyes of the IRS, “short-term rentals” shouldn’t go beyond 14 days in a year. If it does, you’ll need to file it properly. FYI, Airbnb automatically sends tax forms documenting all income to the IRS, so if you skip your tax responsibilities, don’t be surprised if you’ll still get a letter from the federal agency.
  • Less income – Unfortunately, making your place available to guests for only a limited time also means you’d receive less income. If you’re only looking for extra cash, then this could be the solution for you, but if you need this rental space to help with expenses monthly, short-term rentals may not help that much.
  • More clean-ups – Because the turnaround for vacation-rental properties like this is high, you’d have to keep the place clean for the next guest. This is especially true if you’re planning to rent out your place every weekend. (The good news to this though is that although there’s maintaining expenses to consider, there are services like Guesty to handle cleaning for you.

A Word about Renting Your Home Furnished vs. Unfurnished

Whether you plan to rent your house short-term or long-term, you’d have to clean up your place and do a bit of sprucing up. This also means you have to remove your valuables, such as heirloom flower vase, jewelry case, collector’s items, and so on.

Note that if you’re renting your house for only a few days, weeks or months, expect that tenants would prefer furnished homes. Depending on your circumstance and property, this could add costs for interior design.

People looking for homes to rent for a year or more usually look for unfurnished homes since it would make sense they’d bring in their furniture and other stuff for long-term residency.

3. Renting out Your Garage, Yard and other Outdoor Spaces

For those who don’t have space inside their homes or an extra property for rent, but live in a tourist destination city, you may earn some cash renting our your garage, yard or other outdoor spaces.

Garage

Tourists traveling by car into your city (that has strict rules about parking just anywhere) will pay per day/night to avoid sky-high penalties, jail time, or getting towed. This is your chance to offer your garage for a fee. You can even choose a niche, such as parking for RVs, for a more targeted audience.

If your garage has access to a functional bathroom, you can even deck out your garage into an extra room. It won’t be as fancy as villas and beachside properties, but if you offer fair pricing, there’s a good chance guests will bite.

Yeah, some people also need extra space for storing stuff. List your garage on websites like Stow It! and decide on your monthly rental fee.

Yard and other Outdoor Spaces

  • Weddings and other events – Depending on how spacious your garden is and how many people or tents you can accommodate, you can earn quite a substantial amount if you rent out your backyard even once a month. The downside is that hosting events can have a ton of issues (from problems with catering, bathroom, and so on), so make sure you partner with an events coordinator before you list your yard for rent.
  • Camp site – With Instagram folks showing off their “glamping” (glamorous camping) adventures left and right, there’s a sudden spike for dressed up camp sites. If your outdoor space has a good view of nature, try to build luxurious tents or camp sites for this crowd and wait for the guests to come.

5 Ways to Rent Your House Out

Here’s how to rent your house out temporarily.

Join one or all of the websites below, check out their rules, and list your property away.

1. Airbnb

Airbnb Hosting

Launched in 2008, this San Francisco-based company grew in numbers thanks to how properties are shared on social media and the rise of travel bloggers seeking off-the-beaten path and cheaper, yet Instagram-worthy vacation rentals.

Airbnb isn’t the oldest site like it, but with over 80 million monthly visitors, it surely leads the pack.

As the host, Airbnb lets you set the price per day and “required minimum stay,” which means you won’t have to worry about unappealing travel days (such as Sundays, or day-after a holiday).

2. HomeAway’s VRBO

HomeAway acquired VRBO (short for “Vacation Rental By Owner”) in 2006, but it has been in the vacation-rental industry space since 1995.

VRBO claims that members who list their properties receive an average 120 inquiries per property every year, with its top members earning up to $60k annually from their VRBO listing.

Hosts can choose from paid and free-to-list options. Paid members can further choose a subscription model ($499 per year) or pay-per-booking (pay around 5% for every property booked).

3. TripAdvisor’s Flipkey

TripAdvisor is one of the most popular websites people go to when searching for reviews on hotels, beach resorts, and other rental properties from real travelers who have gone there. Which is why when the company launched FlipKey, a branch that lets property owners to list their space, it made perfect sense.

Similar to Airbnb, hosts pay FlipKey 3% on a pay-per-booking model. Unfortunately, guests suffer from the host’s low fee since they shoulder up to 18 percent more on top of the property’s fees. This is kind of a bummer if you’re a guest. But as a host, just imagine the 448 million people visiting TripAdvisor each year that will remain untapped if you skip FlipKey and list your vacation rentals elsewhere.

4. Tripping.com’s Luxury Retreats

If you have a luxury accommodation to offer, join Tripping.com’s Luxury Retreats and give guests an unforgettable experience.

Properties here come from all over the world and range from beachfront homes to vineyards, mini mansions and the like.

Note that since vacation rentals here are above ordinary, the clients would expect personal concierge service, guest support, and other special services.

Plus, not everyone interested in renting out your house can list property here (Luxury Retreats claim only 5% of applications are approved).

Homeowners don’t need to pay a sign-up or membership fee, but if your property is accepted you get to follow a pay-for-performance model.

5. VacayHero

For homeowners with properties “on par with hotel chains,” VacayHero may be the website to go to.

It’s a bit different from others on this list, since the San Francisco company vets all vacation properties ahead of time. It’s a win-win for guests and hosts!

Runner-ups: Booking.com (free forever for your first 5 listings), HomeToGo.com (world’s largest search engine for vacation rentals), Homestay (for genuine local feel), Go With Oh (apartments for rent in Europe), and OneFineStay (above $1,000/night high-end properties), among others.

The Bottom Line

Everyone dreams of getting paid to do nothing. Renting out your house to other people is a legitimate and honest way to make quick money in one day (even while sleeping).

If you decided to rent out your property, you can do-it-yourself and list your property online on sites like Airbnb and its alternatives. The secret of a successful listing (aside from having an irresistible property) is effective marketing offline and online.

If you don’t have time for monitoring listings across different websites, juggling upcoming guests, answering inquiries, clearing possible tenants, and handling paperwork, you can hire a rental agent who will handle almost everything for your (often for a fee or percentage of the booking).

Probably the two best things about working with rental agents is that you’ll be rest assured that renting out your property follows local and state laws. And the agent or agency will collect rent on your behalf.

How to Become a Fashion Stylist in 2020: A Step-By-Step Guide

So, you want to learn how to become a fashion stylist?

You’ve seen the glamour of the red carpet and you think to yourself “I can do that!”

The truth is:

You can!

And this guide will show you exactly what you need to do to get started.

What is a fashion stylist?

A fashion stylist is a professional who selects a look, sets of clothing, shoes, accessories and even hairstyles and makeup for a particular person.

When people hear “fashion stylist,” it’s understandable why they think fancy red carpet events and celebrities, models, politicians, and other public figures.

While many fashion stylists aim to land big-named clients, even regular people like you and me can hire these professionals to help us develop a personal style or look.

The job description of a fashion stylist varies significantly depending on the type of client, assignment, or the stylist’s specialization. Those in the magazine and fashion industries work at different seasons and with a bunch of other professionals, such as fashion designers and the press.

Fashion stylists who work on a person-to-person basis is accurately called personal stylists.

They can be hired as a consultant for one-off projects, or contractual (hourly/weekly/monthly) basis.

Those you see on beauty makeover TV shows are definitely a type of fashion stylist. Sometimes, shopping or reorganizing a client’s wardrobe is included in the job.

5 Must-Haves of a Fashion Stylist

There may be different kinds of stylists around, but if you wish to go into this career, you must work on these 5 must-have skills, characteristics and knowledge:

1. Knowledge of Fabrics, Fit and Sewing

Understanding how fabrics affect the appearance of clothes on a person’s body is important because it can make or break the fit and overall look.

Knowing the brands and their signature fabrics and style save a lot of time once you’re running around as a stylist during runway season, or you’re crafting a look for a particular client within his/her budget.

If you started your passion for clothes early, I’m sure you already know different types of fabrics just by feel.

Differences in cuts and designs are also as important.

Knowing these things can empower you to give clients the same tidbits that would help them in shopping for clothes in the future and dressing themselves.

Some fashion stylists are also good at sewing.

They have advanced knowledge of how clothes are constructed, so that they can use it if needed.

2. Up-to-date with Fashion Trends and Events

Fashion trends are probably the quickest-changing trends across all industries.

One day elephant pants are all the rage, the next day everybody was wearing skinny jeans.

And as a fashion stylist, you should be on top of these trends – differentiating which ones are hot and which ones are not because in most cases, your clients wouldn’t know which is which.

The easiest way to get to the bottom of fashion trends is by actually attending events.

It’s also the best way to see designs and fabrics up close and understand the designers’ vision live on the runway as the models move with the clothes as the designers intended.

If you don’t have access to industry events, subscribe to as much fashion magazines you can.

Or better yet, bookmark websites of fashion-centered media like Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Who What Wear, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, and so on.

Fashion brands, designers or other similar employers prefer to hire stylists who have insider knowledge and their own ideas based on trends and history.

It shows that the applicant is serious about a career in fashion.

3. Solid Portfolio

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing this career as a freelancer, or as a member of a fashion house.

You should be building your portfolio since you started this line of work.

You can do it old school and print out photos of clients you’ve helped create their own styles – a before and after of sorts, and then place it on a portfolio folder to show potential clients.

You can also create a website to post your work, testimonials, and contact information for anyone who might want to hire you.

It’s best to have both traditional portfolio that you can bring along anywhere you go and modern versions, which you can e-mail as pdf or link to a website.

You don’t have to wait for your name to go big to start placing your work in a portfolio.

You can do this even as a student, or before that.

Just make sure the photos you use are high-quality for a professional look.

4. Passion and Determination

Being a fashion stylist may seem easy, but it’s not.

The industry in itself has some of the most creative people in the world, which also mean that you’ll be dealing with a lot unique personalities.

Your heart has to be in this industry 100%, or the fast-paced fashion industry will eat you up.

This is especially true during the first few years of your career, while completing internships (often unpaid ones) with one brand to the next.

You’ll be learning everything on the job, getting connections in the industry and collecting referrals for future paid work, so internships are definitely worth it in the long run, but they’re definitely not for the faint of heart.

There’s no single path to take in becoming a fashion stylist – some take the traditional way with internships, others go straight into freelancing.

Both routes require that you love your job enough to work through the stresses, body-aching field work, and a million of day-to-day issues that will be coming your way.

5. An Ever-Expanding Network

Everything you do boils down to expanding your network.

From attending industry events to completing your internships and building your own portfolio, these things will give you all the connections and referrals you’ll need once you start working for yourself or another company.

You can also expand your network even if you’re not working.

Use social media as a tool for finding new clients or sharing your work.

Just make sure to follow online and social media etiquette (don’t spam, don’t bully, etc.) while promoting your service.

Fashion Stylist Job Requirements

There is no general requirement of formal training for fashion stylists, but there are courses available in related industries, such as fashion design, retail marketing, fashion merchandising, and visual communication.

Some schools offer fashion styling short courses, which may include lessons in marketing, photo shoots, trends, styling techniques, fashion industry history and principles, fabric construction and fit, and more.

While certificates in courses like these could help in advancing your career as a fashion stylist, most employers would look for referrals and past experience, even if it meant your experience involved an unpaid internship or two because hands-on, on-the-job training holds more value than any certificate.

How much do fashion stylists make?

Those with a fashion design background can earn up to $64,500 year. Some stylists are paid a daily rate, while some are booked per assignment or put on a monthly retainer. The salary of fashion stylists depend largely on where/who they work for. For example:

  • Editorial stylists (those who work exclusively on magazines and ezines) work by the hour with an average $17/hour rate.
  • Fashion stylists who are employed by PR and advertising agencies earn the most, with salaries ranging from range from$500and$5,000a day.
  • Interns and assistants of renowned stylists earn around $150 to $300 daily, but are rewarded with on-the-job training and industry connections

It isn’t easy to become a fashion stylist traditionally, but the job outlook for this profession as a freelancer is good.

Since companies have been gradually adapting to a global outlook where social media and online properties can work as well as old mediums (like magazine, runways, billboards, and so on), fashion stylists have better opportunities at working remotely instead of a 9-to-5 job.

Where to find Fashion Stylist Jobs Online

If you’d rather work as a virtual fashion stylist, there’s a place for you as well.

Here are several sites you should check out if you’re looking for fashion stylist jobs online:

1. FlexJobs

Start out with FlexJobs.

They currently have over 100 different remote positions available in the fashion and beauty industry with new job postings being added every day.

There are listings that feature clothing designers, fashion stylists, sales associates, and much more.

The cool thing about FlexJobs is that it indicates which positions are available as 100% work-from-home, 50% remote, and so on. It’s not just a job search platform for online opportunities either, since offline jobs are posted at FlexJobs as well.

The average fashion stylist salary of virtual positions is $15 per hour, but this can go higher for jobs that require formal education.

2.Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Careers

This company provides a personalized styling service for men and women via a monthly subscription box.

As a virtual stylist with Stitch Fix, you help these customers pick out their clothes based on the personal styles they provided and your recommendations.

Stitch Fix then ships a box full of clothes, which the customer will sort for keeping and sending-back.

All virtual fashion stylists must complete a 6-hour training in their workshops at San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Dallas, or Austin.

Once completed, stylists can now work from home initially with part-time positions (that’s about 15 to 30 hours a week).

After 90 days of work, full-time positions will be offered with an average rate of $15 an hour.

3. Dia&Co

If you have experience in fashion retail and customer service, you can apply for a stylist job with plus-size clothing company Dia & Co.

The only downside is that you’d have to begin working part-time (20 to 40 hours a week) for the first 60 days at the company’s New York headquarters.

Once you finish this initial “on-the-job training,” you’ll be given an opportunity to work as a remote visual stylist with a rate of $12 per hour.

4. Rocksbox

This company is similar to Stitch Fix, but instead of a personalized box of clothing, customers receive a monthly curated box of jewelry from well-known designers such as House of Harlow.

As a virtual fashion stylist, you mix and match jewelry pieces for customers using the Rocksbox platform.

You also need to write professional stylist notes for customers, which would help them pair pieces for a type of clothing, event (formal/casual), and so on.

You have to commit 10 to 40 hours weekly for the job, which includes some weekends.

If you’re interested, check back for openings on the site’s career page.

5. Bombfell

Like Stitch Fix, Bombfell provides a monthly subscription box of clothes personalized by a virtual stylist.

The only difference is that Bombfell caters exclusively for men.

Virtual stylists also write personal notes to customers each month and responds to inquiries about the delivered box via the platform.

Those who live near Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are lucky because they can attend the on-site, two-day training at the company’s headquarters.

After the training, remote fashion stylists can then work from home as long as they commit to 20 hours per week and a few hours every Sunday evening.

Pay rates range from $13 to $15 per hour.

The Bottom Line

The goal of many fashion stylists is to work their way from interns to assistant stylists to stylists of celebrities and other famous people.

Who wouldn’t?

Imagine earning thousands of dollars for just a day choosing clothes for a high-fashion model for a magazine shoot.

The years-long hard work, unpaid internships and non-stop networking will definitely be worth the wait once you reach celebrity stylist levels.

However, not every fashion stylist would want to become a stylist to the stars and step into the limelight.

Some prefer to work in the background.

If you’re one of these stylists and still want to use your skills and eye for fashion as a profession, your best bet is to use your connections to find work on the field or stay at the comforts of your home helping regular people make fashion choices by applying for virtual stylist positions.

The choice, ultimately, is up to you.

In the meantime, you can also see how you can get paid to wear clothes.

Follow These 30 Smart Money Saving Tips To Spend Less

There are more money saving tips than just putting money aside into a savings account or money market account.

Those things are important and shouldn’t be ignored, but the true essence of saving money absolutely lies in spending less.

Read on for everyday money saving tips that will help get you on track to spending less so you can save more.

There’s no denying that money is an essential tool that gets us what we want and need. Although, those wants are usually unnecessary expenditures that can easily be cut.

Not that this means you shouldn’t have fun – it’s your money and you worked hard for it. Life isn’t just about paying bills after all. But the beautiful thing about saving money is that you can tighten the coin purse a little and still have your cake too.

Here are my top money saving tips to reduce spending in every aspect of your life.

30 Money Saving Tips You Can Apply Today

I’ve broken down the top tips in a few main categories.

Check them all out. You may be surprised when you look at your finances how much money you are simply throwing away.

Saving Money Starts at Home

1. Avoid and unsubscribe

Temptations come in all forms, and online shopping is a big problem for some.

Try to unsubscribe from a few marketing newsletters and limit your visits to your favorite shopping sites. That way you’ll be less likely to buy things impulsively.

Also, remind yourself to not buy what you don’t need and can’t afford. Place a sticky note on your monitor if you must.

2. Maintain your house, car, and appliances

It’s frustrating when something breaks, especially when you have to fork over hundreds of dollars to repair or replace it.

Instead, try to keep up with regular maintenance of your car and house.

It’s much cheaper in the long run to maintain something than having to fix it.

3. Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

My best money saving tip for the home simply involves paying less for things like bills.

Call around to get the best deals on house and car insurance, and don’t be shy about letting the company know you’ve gotten a better deal – they will try to beat it.

4. Refinance Your Mortgage

Have a look at your mortgage and interest rate.

Refinancing is a good option if you can get your interest rate reduced, which is likely to happen if you’ve been paying on time for years.

Plus, your credit score might be better now than it was back when you applied.

5. Scrimp where you can

We’re often guilty of using more of certain things than we have to.

For instance, the washing powder sold today is extremely concentrated and you only have to use a little to get your clothes clean, usually even less than the packaging suggests.

6. Turn down the heat

Water heaters are almost always warmer than they need to be. The Department of Energy recommends that a water heater should be set to 120 degrees.

Also, if things are too warm in the house, consider closing the blinds or curtains in the room (a very effective method for keeping the heat out) instead of turning on an aircon or fan.

7. Grow your own

It’s much cheaper to grow your own food and many vegetables and herbs can grow in pots so you don’t even need a big yard to do it.

Entertainment Money Saving Tips

8. Find free activities

When you’re bored, find free activities like going for a hike and bringing a picnic instead of walking around the mall aimlessly and later walking out with a bunch of stuff you didn’t need and a meal at an attached restaurant.

9. Find cheaper alternatives

Things like cable bills can be cut in favor of streaming services.

These are often cheaper and provide the same amount of entertainment.

10. Try hobbies that get cheaper over time

Boardgames, for instance, may seem relatively costly when you initially buy them, but they’re one of the cheapest forms of entertainment.

It’s a one-off expense and you and others can get dozens or even hundreds of hours of fun out of it.

11. Look for discounts

Get the early bird tickets or keep track of your favorite places and see when they have discounts. Theme parks often have seasonal discounts.

Groupon is also still running. If you haven’t heard of this company yet, I suggest you read up on them now.

Money Saving Ideas For Shopping

12. Get crafty

Shopping may be a cathartic experience for some, but getting creative can feel just as fulfilling, and it’s often cheaper too.

You can make your own soaps, gifts, art, and even furniture.

13. Do it at home

Make your own breakfast and coffee at home in the morning instead of stopping for fast food or paying for the cafeteria at work.

14. Write a shopping list

Write down a shopping list (not when you’re hungry!) and stick to it when you go to the store.

That way you won’t impulsively buy treats.

15. Try the store brand

What name brand products do you use that could be replaced with the store brand?

If you hate it, go back to name brand the next month, but if you don’t notice a difference then you can save that much every time you buy.

Start with toiletries (toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.).

16. Use rewards cards

Lots of retailers and shopping centers have rewards cards that you can use to both save money and earn rewards like points or cash.

17. Quality over quantity

People usually think it’s better to buy cheap clothes or furniture but prioritizing quality can be cheaper in the long run.

It’s better to buy more expensive clothes that last for years than having to buy new pieces every season.

18. Eat out less

Cook more because it’s cheaper and you can reuse ingredients.

Instead of going out with friends, rotate who’s house you go to and make meals together or have everyone bring something.

19. Pick the cheaper option

When you do eat out at restaurants, first scan the menu for the cheapest items and see if they sound good.

You don’t always have to order the cheapest thing, but might as well check it out before jumping right to that $50 steak.

Most restaurants give you so much food that you end up with leftovers. Consider skipping an appetizer/upgraded sides.

Plus alcohol and drinks always have big markups at restaurants and you can save by opting for water (it’s healthier too).

20. Sell & Buy Cheaper Gift Cards

I talked about Cardpool a few years ago, but it’s still going strong, and a good way to save money through gift cards.

The basic premise of the site is that you can sell any gift cards you don’t want to use and, if you want, you can also buy discounted gift cards other people are selling on the site.

Saving on Transportation

21. Carpool

Do any of your co-workers live near you?

You could carpool and save money on gas and put fewer miles on your car for future car repairs.

22. Use public transportation

Public transportation is a cheaper alternative to driving yourself and you can try to find coupons or online deals that make it even cheaper.

Of course, this money-saving tip only works if there’s a reliable public transport system in your area.

23. Walk when things are nearby

Do you drive to places that are close by?

Could you walk or ride your bike?

Bonus – if you get extra exercise like this maybe you can cut your gym membership.

Saving on Healthcare

24. Use generic brands

Try the generic over-the-counter medicine and ask your doctor for generic alternatives when he/she is writing out a prescription.

25. Be healthy

Being healthy means you’ll have to spend less on your health overall through fewer visit to medical professionals.

It can also mean a reduction in your health insurance.

26. Let go of unhealthy habits

Stop smoking.

It’s expensive.

27. Exercise at home

There are plenty of ways to get a workout at home (YouTube can help, depending on what type of workout you want) and forego the expensive gym membership.

Save Money While Traveling

28. Try credit rewards cards

When used correctly, a credit card can be beneficial in more ways than one.

Many credit card companies offer travel rewards cards that collect points you can redeem for either cash or cheaper travel. There are plenty of cards to choose from these days.

29. Try backpacker hotels

Sure you’ll have to share the facilities with a few other people, but if you spend less on accommodation then you can both save and spend more on things like food and attractions.

There are plenty of tips online on how to choose a backpacker hotel and how to stay safe no matter where you are.

30. Make friends in new places

A great thing about the internet is that it’s possible to become friends with anyone anywhere in the world.

Take advantage of that and get a penpal who you can stay with when visiting a new country.

If you’re keen on saving for your next trip in addition to while you’re traveling, you can also check out these 20 ways to save for a vacation.

The Bottom Line

Changing spending habits to save money can be easy if you put your mind to it.

One final tip: Think of time worked instead of dollars spent.

That way, you’ll get a new perspective on spending money. For instance, if you want to buy something for $100, think of how many hours you had to work to afford that thing and then consider whether it’s worth it.

If you have any great money saving tips of your own, share them in the comments!

100 Legit Alternatives to Envelope Stuffing Jobs from Home

At one point in time, we’ve all run across an ad for an envelope stuffing job from home.

It’s advertised as “envelope stuffing,” which supposedly can help you earn up to $1,200 per week, as long as you can keep up with quota.

Sounds interesting, right?

Wrong! Every single one is a scam.

Here’s why:

Well, in the olden days, when machines couldn’t automate tedious tasks for humans yet, envelope stuffing really is a job that companies pay for. But this job has retired once technological advancements paved the way for machines to complete the job at about 10 times faster than humans did.

So how do companies pull off the “envelope stuffing” scam?

3 Ways Envelope Stuffing Jobs Scam People

Stuffing envelopes sounds super easy to do.

You just have to fill an envelope, lick it closed, and move on to the next one. Anybody can do it, even if you don’t have special skills, a college degree, or past experiences needed to land the job.

Unfortunately, this makes it a prime target for insane get-rich-quick schemes and has scammers placing ads left and right to trick people.

Here is how they get you:

1. Upfront Fees

The scammers will encourage you to pay for an upfront fee to access a list of assignments, or apply to companies looking for envelope stuffers.

When you hand over your hard-earned money (usually around $30), you’ll discover that there are no assignments to complete, and no companies looking to hire you.

And you also just gave your personal and banking information over to a criminal. Not good.

2. Refer-a-Friend

With this kind of scam, you’ll still be required to pay a fee for either a starter kit or job details.

Unfortunately, the guide you’ll receive doesn’t teach you how to stuff envelopes. Instead, it shows you how to recruit your friends, relatives and other people to do the same and advertise these envelope stuffing jobs online in exchange for a commission.

This vicious cycle goes round and round until every one of the referrals try to get back their money, but are forced to do the exact thing that led them to the scam in the first place.

3. Real Work, No Income

In some cases, some companies do provide envelopes to work on, but once you’ve sent it back, the job you do will never be enough to reach standards.

The “company” gives a ton of excuses to avoid paying you.

Both the FTC or Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have written comprehensive guides to warn people about this scam. Read up on FTC’s “Take This Scheme and Stuff It: Avoiding Envelope-Stuffing Rip-Offs” if you’d like to report a company or individual scheming you into taking an envelope stuffing job.

Legit Work-from-Home Alternatives to Envelope Stuffing

The good news is there are plenty of legitimate work-from-home opportunities to try instead of envelope stuffing.

Legit Work from Home Jobs

Before you get too deep down the rabbit hole, check out which of these legitimate work from home jobs match your skills, interest and experience perfectly.

Nearly any job that you’ve performed in a traditional setting will have a virtual version available.

For example, if you have a background in accounting, you can help people prepare tax returns, get an online bookkeeping job, and even find an employer looking for a home-based CPA accountant so you could at least keep your current rate.

This is just one example – there are tons of traditional jobs already adapted into the online work landscape.

Plus, you can always learn a new skill and become a Jack-of-all-trades Virtual Assistant.

Sell Stuff Online

Selling stuff online was probably the earliest ways of earning side cash through the internet.

Remember the days when Craigslist used to be a go-to buy and sell site, before eBay, LetGo, and Facebook Marketplace swooped into the picture?

Well, today, there are basically thousands of websites catering to various niches. For example, Etsy is a marketplace that promotes handmade items of its creative community, so you can sell crocheted scarves or similar items here.

And if you think you can only sell physical items, here’s where you’re mistaken. You can sell everything from calligraphy, drawings, fonts, and more.

Print on Demand sites, let users post their artwork, which will then available to be printed onto shirts, mugs, canvas, pillows, prints, and so on once a customer orders.

In exchange the artist gets a commission from the PoD site and everyone lives happily ever after.

Earn Quick Cash The Right Way

You can say goodbye to fake envelope stuffing jobs from home and data entry scams.

You don’t have to commit to a full-time job yet, but you can still earn from multiple sources with quick side cash.

Check out these resources for earning extra cash…

Can’t live without your phone?

You can even work-from-home without using your computer these days. Yes, your smartphone is enough to collect side cash from a bunch of gigs.

Don’t believe me?

Here are 14 ways to make money with your phone.

You can get paid to download apps, answer questions, or receive texts while never having to get up off the couch.

Master Blogging

In the past, people thought about blogging as just a modern-day diary for bored teens.

Today, blogs are used as a way to disseminate information, endorse products, promote services, and many more.

The cool thing about blogging is that you are in total control of your business. You can earn from blogs directly by selling products or services, and passively by placing ads all over your blog, or affiliate links with your blog posts.

Turn Social Media into a Powerful Tool

If you’re on social media, you know how powerful these tools can be.

But did you know that you can incorporate these platforms as part of your money-making machine? If not, learn more about Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and how you could use them to earn money:

Earn Passive Income with Affiliate Marketing

If you’re not in need of regular income anytime soon, passive income will be the savior of your future’s finances.

It has given me freedom to take my business wherever I want, and you can do too.

As long as you’re willing to work hard and be dedicated for the first few months or years of your affiliate marketing campaign, you’ll be on the right track. Not sure what I’m talking about? This is how you start and succeed in building an affiliate marketing business with profitable niches like these.

And if you get stuck with any process during your affiliate marketing project, you know where to find me. I’d gladly help you out.

This list is in no way complete – these were just on the top of my head.

This entire blog is dedicated to giving you free resources of home-based jobs, so I recommend you stick around and check out more posts.

The Bottom Line

I’ve been telling you to stay away from envelope stuffing jobs from home since I founded this site back in 2007. It wasn’t a legitimate gig then, and it won’t be legit ever.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be forced to do these scams in the hopes of landing a legitimate one. Many people have fallen hard for these scams (I’m one of them and is actually the reason why I built IveTriedThat.com.) But we’ve survived and shared the stories to warn others for years, so you wouldn’t have to be victimized as well.

I understand that working from home is dream many of us would like to turn real, but I recommend you be careful with online jobs you plan to work on.

There are plenty of income-generating gigs online, both for those who just need side cash and those who prefer to leave their desk jobs for a more flexible home-based job.

The key to your online job hunting success is to do your due diligence: research, review and if something seems too good to be true, steer clear because it probably is.

How to Work from Home for Apple in 2020

If you’re a huge fan of Apple and you want to or have to find remote work, Apple work from home jobs would probably sound like a dream.

Like most tech companies, Apple provides warranty and tech support for every product they sell.

The chat and phone technical support for all Apple products is provided by AppleCare.

Whether you’ve gone through all the iconic Apple gadgets (anyone remembers the iMac? Or iPods?) or you’re a recent convert, Apple fans make the best Apple employees.

After all, who better to assist with Apple products than someone who’s knowledgeable and passionate about these products, right?

Today, we’ll look at Apple work from home jobs you can apply to, what’s required from you, and tips for getting the job.

How to Work from Home for Apple

Those looking for Apple work from home jobs should definitely look into becoming an Apple At Home Advisor.

As an Apple At Home Advisor, your main duty is to provide answers and resolutions to customer issues within a single live chat or phone call to AppleCare.

College students at participating universities can apply to be an Apple Support College Advisor, which has the same basic duties as At Home Advisors, except your class schedule is accommodated.

Apple also hires home-based team managers and area managers.

An At Home Team Manager directly oversees At Home Advisors, ensuring they troubleshoot customer’s problems with services and products in an efficient and pleasing manner. He/she will also assess advisors’ performance and coach team members regularly.

An At Home Area Manager supervises a bunch of team managers. This job requires a lot more reporting, performance assessments, and coaching to ensure Apple’s customer service standards are kept high at all times.

All hired At Home Advisors, from entry-level to area managers, are required to undergo paid training, which could last from five to nine weeks.

The training is home-based with a live instructor and includes Apple product training, advanced troubleshooting, training in tools and systems specific to your job, and customer support as only Apple can deliver.

Apple At Home Advisor Job Requirements

Here are some of the general job requirements  These home-based customer service positions have specific requirements for students, chat-based agents, and so on.

  • Experience with at least using iOS, Macs, iPhones, and iPads is a must.
  • Only students who are studying in partner universities can apply to this position, so interested students need to check with their campus if Apple is hiring from there. If so, only those with a 2.7 GPA or better can go through the initial screening.
  • Students living in college dormitories are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-students should have at least 2 years of technical troubleshooting, whether with Apple products and operating systems or other tech companies like Microsoft or Dell.
  • Chat-based advisors must be able to type at least 40 words per minute.
  • All phone-based advisors need to have a quiet home office with a door to block outside noise, a desk and ergonomic chair, and a high-speed Ethernet internet connection with a minimum of 10 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed. The iMac and headset to be used for work will be provided by Apple.
  • All applicants must pass a criminal background check.

Apple at home advisor

Aside from the knowledge and technical requirements, At Home Advisors need to have a passion for technology and helping people. Also, advisors need to be able to motivate themselves, work independently, and multitask between different applications and systems effortlessly.

Non-English Speaking Apple At Home Advisor

Apple used to hire only people from specific states in the US but has since expanded globally to cater to its customers from around the world.

The cool thing about these Apple jobs from home is that they’re open for both English speakers and bilinguals.

If you check the list of Apple work from home openings available, you’d see that Apple is looking for people who can read and converse well in Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, French, and so on. Of course, all bilinguals must also know how to converse in English.

What Are Expected of an Apple At Home Advisor?

As mentioned above, an At Home Advisor is responsible for answering customers’ questions and resolving their concerns about Apple products, services, and accessories, as well as their software and hardware.

Products that At Home Advisors normally support include the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac and MacBooks, AirPort, Apple TV, Apple Books, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts. You’ll also get to know about new products before they are launched so that you’re ready to answer questions about them when they go on sale.

Full-timers are required to work 40 hours a week, part-timers 20 hours, and students commit to 16 hours a week during school sessions, but go full-time during school breaks.

All advisors, whether part-time, full-time, or seasonal workers, must be available to work on holidays due to the high demand during these times.

Unlike other work from home jobs, the shift schedules they offer are not flexible, although there are various shifts available based on their need.

Advisors may also be required to work weekends and late nights during peak seasons.

How Much Can You Earn as an Apple At Home Advisor?

Work-from-home Apple employees earn between $10 and $23 per hour, depending on their position and level of experience.

Those hired in a bilingual role can expect a higher rate than English-speaking advisors.

Apple doesn’t disclose hourly pay on the website, but based on reviews from At Home Advisors, the average income is around $15 per hour.

While this amount isn’t all that impressive, the perks definitely would attract anyone looking for home-based jobs.

Apple Job Benefits

These include:

  • Awesome opportunity for growth (in-house hiring for team leaders and area managers)
  • Coaching occasionally
  • 401 (k) match
  • Stock options
  • Huge discounts on Apple products
  • Education assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Paid vacation, sick leaves, and other time-off options
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Bicycle cost offset

Apple Support College Advisors aren’t guaranteed positions in Apple when they graduate, but they certainly have an advantage over other newly graduated applicants.

Past and current Apple at home Advisors have nothing but good things to say about their job.

How to Apply for an Apple At Home Advisor Position

If you’re interested in becoming an Apple at Home Advisor, check out the openings on the AHA webpage or at Apple’s jobs database.

Use the keywords “Apple at Home Advisor,” so you can see all the jobs available for this role.

You may also be lucky to find other Apple work from home jobs by using the terms “home-based,” “remote,” “work from home,” and so on.

Note that Apple’s virtual positions are exclusively in the customer service and support category, which means you can also check from here manually.

If you don’t know this yet, you’ll need to create an AppleID to apply to Apple jobs, whether home-based or office-based.

This wouldn’t be a problem for Apple lovers who have been using this AppleID to sign in to Apple devices as well as on iCloud and the Apple App Store.

Other Apple Work from Home Jobs

Aside from the Apple at Home Advisor position that seems to be available all year-round, the company also posts other work from home opportunities every now and then.

Probably the easiest way to check if there are vacant Apple jobs from home is to go to FlexJobs. This job board has up-to-date listings from companies offering flexible work, remote, telecommute, and other similar scenarios.

Apply To Work From Home For Apple!

Now that you know that it’s possible to work for Apple remotely, what to expect, and where to apply, make your dreams come true and send in your application today!

Other Work From Home Jobs

If you’ve tried applying to Apple and was declined, or looked over the job openings and changed your mind about wanting the job, here are plenty more work from home opportunities for those of you who are leaning toward customer service or technical support jobs:

Have you worked for Apple? What did you think of the company? We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below!

While you’re here, be sure to browse our massive list of work from home jobs to find the right fit for you.

How to Save Money and Raise Your Bank Balance in 2020

Life always seems to be getting more expensive and saving up for anything can seem like a daunting task when every cent counts. Here are my tips on how to save money – whether you’re saving for a big splurge or a rainy day.

I normally talk about all the different ways there are to make money, and while there are plenty, it’s just as important to think about what you’re going to do with that money once you get it.

Not to get preachy here, but:

One of the benefits of making side-cash is that it’s easier to save that money than your regular income because it’s cash that wouldn’t have been in your pocket anyway.

Resist the urge of overspending and follow some of these savings tips. Start saving now and you too can have more than a gum wrapper and some old gift cards in your wallet when the inevitable end of the month rolls around.

The Best Way To Save Money

I could give dozens of small tips and tricks about saving money but that won’t matter to someone who isn’t committed to following them.

A big element of saving money is having the right mindset.

Truly, the best way to save money is to simply make a mind-shift towards a more frugal way of living. That’s half the battle won.

Of course, knowing how to save money is the other half. In all my research, I’ve found that the best way to save money is through a savings account.

Why choose a savings account?

It yields lower interest than some other methods like money market funds and high-yield bank accounts, but it’s also the lowest-risk option.

Money in a savings account (in the US at least) is also insured up to a certain amount by the FDIC, making it a very safe and secure method of putting away your hard-earned income.

Plus, savings accounts typically don’t allow the money to be drawn through normal methods like check-writing or they limit the number of times per month you can withdraw, which can result in less spur of the moment spending.

Top Ways to Save Money in 2019

I went digging and found some general tips as well as more in-depth methods of saving money through a savings account.

5 General Savings Tricks

1. Establish a Budget

Your budget is your first line of defense against spending what you don’t have, but it’s also the only way you’re going to know how much you can save.

You can either take pen to paper or go the digital route (there are plenty of nice budgeting apps out there) and start taking all of your expenses into account. It’s probably best to save up all your receipts for the first month to see what your spending habits are like and then set up a fixed budget from there.

Make sure there’s a savings account on the debits side of your list.

2. Save Where You Can

One of the most common benefits of setting up a budget is that it allows you to see where you can cut expenses and save more.

There are almost always places where we can scrimp a little so we can put the difference into a savings account.

3. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is the easiest way to save money.

Say you’re going to a festival or planning a trip; the only way to know you’re not going to overspend is to plan your way through it. Things like meals, travel expenses, and buying souvenirs can all be planned ahead.

On a side note: If you’re serious about saving up for your next vacation then check out my guide on the top 20 ways to save money for your next vacation – without the stress!

4. Set Up Saving Goals

Having a goal to work towards assures success more often than not when it comes to saving money.

Short-term goals are better than long-term ones because it feels easier to aim for $50 a week, for instance, than trying to save $1000 in 3 months.

5. Find Those Discounts

There are plenty of ways to spend less and save money. Finding discounts is one of the most common ways to do just that.

Newspapers, some blogs, and supermarket fliers usually have discounts or coupons and it’s easy to stay up to date. In fact, plenty of people only buy certain stuff when they’re on discount.

Also, look out for seasonal discounts on clothes and events like Cyber Monday for big-ticket items like electronics.

Then put the difference between the item’s original price and discounted price into your savings account.

4 Easy To Follow Ways to Save Money

1. Set Up an Automatic Savings Plan

Many banks or employers allow you to auto set a portion of each paycheck to go into a retirement account or savings account.

You can discuss this with either your HR person at work or with your bank.

This way, the saving is done automatically for you every time you get a paycheck. What makes this so easy is that, after a while, you don’t even see that money as spendable income anymore since it automatically goes into your savings account.

2. Save Any Unexpected Gains

Whether it’s a present from a relative, tax returns, or a bonus at work, getting money unexpectedly is always a nice surprise.

Sometimes, that cash comes in handy for things we really need, but usually, most people just end up spending the cash because it’s there. Instead, opt to put that windfall into a savings account so you can boost your savings with cash you wouldn’t otherwise have had.

3. Throw Away Your Loose Change… Into Your Savings

Loose change might not seem like much, but you’d be surprised by how quickly it can all add up.

The next time you receive change, throw all of that into a container to take to the bank. They have change counters that can quickly count all those coins and bills so you don’t have to.

4. Get Bigger by Eating Out Less

Yeah this is a pretty common tip, but that’s because it works. Eating out can be cheap depending on where you go, but it becomes expensive when you do it a lot.

Buying and making food at home is much cheaper in the long run because you get a lot more out of the ingredients. The money you save by eating at home can then help your savings account grow instead.

Hunker Down and Try These 6 Serious Money Saving Tips

1. Limit Buyers Remorse

One way to save money is by waiting before you make any big purchases.

Impulse buying is the mortal enemy of any budget and all money experts agree that it’s good to wait a few hours before buying an item, preferably 24 hours if you can.

2. Match Up Your Spending and Saving

When you buy any non-essential items, match up your savings first. If you can’t afford to save the same amount that you want to spend, then it’s probably a good idea to forgo that purchase.

Follow-up is key here too:

If you can match your spending and saving, then it’s important to not just give yourself the go-ahead to spend that money but also put the same amount into your savings account.

3. Start a Separate Account for Big Purchases

This might seem like a pain to do, but it pays off in the end because you don’t end up accidentally spending that money on something else.

It might take a couple of months before you buy that thing you want, but you’ll know it’s something you want and you won’t be paying the interest you would have been paying if you had put it on a credit card.

4. Get an App That Rounds Up

A lot of people pay through digital methods like Samsung Pay and Zapper these days.

Apps are extremely convenient and this convenience also extends to apps that help you save.

Qapital and BoostUp are two examples of apps that “round up” your purchase and put the difference into a savings account. There are plenty of variations, including ones that invest your change or automatically save money in your debit account based on your purchasing habits.

An app can be an easy way to start saving money without even thinking about it.

5. Wait as Long as You Can Before Creating New Debt

Try to wait as long as possible to buy a new car, for instance, if your current car is already paid off. Each month without that car payment is money that can go directly into your savings account.

6. Opt for Cash Instead of a Card

People find it much easier to give away money when they don’t actually see that money going out of their pockets.

Using cash is a good way to keep track of how much you’re actually spending and usually helps keep overspending in check.

The Bottom Line

Saving money can seem just as complicated as getting it.

But just like there here are easy ways to make money, saving money can be a cinch too if you know how to do it and stick with it.

11 Errand Runner Jobs That Pay $15 to $50 Per Hour

It doesn’t matter what kind of job you have, whether you’re a CEO or a newly-graduate intern, but everyone will agree that time is money and thus errand runner jobs were born.

Time really is a valuable resource.

People are developing ways to save more time by turning time-draining factors like traffic, waiting in line, chores, and so on into meaningful dates with your partner, quality time with kids, beating deadlines at work (and so on) and ultimately live a happy and content life.

Paying people to run errands has become a lucrative niche that many start-ups have based their business around it.

If you’re on the other side of the fence and wanted to get in on the market, you can get paid to run errands simply by downloading an app or joining a website.

Aside from busybodies, small and local businesses, home-based freelancers, retailers, and service providers are also using errand runners to improve service, increase productivity, and save precious hours.

How to Get Paid to Run Errands

What exactly do errand runners do, you may ask?

Well, people who get paid to run errands do just that: “run errands.”

The job involves different things, but mostly anyone can do it.

Here are several ways this market is being used:

1. Run errands for seniors

The US Administration on Aging reports that about 40 million people are senior citizens today and this number is expected to double by 2030.

While there are assisted-living homes available for seniors, some do prefer to live the rest of their lives on their own houses.

As an errand runner, you can help out seniors in need of daily, weekly or monthly help from things like buying groceries, filling prescription meds, delivering food that aren’t normally available for delivery, and so on.

2. Run errands for busy individuals and households

New parents and other people dealing with a new job, existing home renovation, a sick family member, and other life changes can definitely benefit from asking others to do some of the backlog errands.

Sometimes, people may just find it hard to balance work and life, so errand runner jobs are needed for completing chores and getting things done.

These “errands” can be anything from buying a favorite Starbucks drink to getting more diapers at the store or walking the dog.

As an errand runner, you can stick to just traditional errands like taking out the garbage, paying bills, organizing mail, etc or accept special requests like packing/unpacking, event preparation, pick-up of broken down car, meal deliveries, house maintenance, and more.

3. Run errands for small businesses

Small and local businesses have also taken this market by storm.

Home-based cooks and bakers are now able to send their products via package errand services straight to their customers without wasting time on the road (instead of selling more stuff).

Hiring a third-party to perform smaller errands allow small business owners to focus on the bigger picture and increase their chances of leveling the field with bigger competing companies.

Other Types of Errands

Mail errand service can fall under any of these categories.

Business, individuals, and seniors can hire mail errand runners and send or retrieve packages from the local post office for you.

You can have the runner pick up mail or packages from your home as a one-time thing, or pre-scheduled for daily, weekly, monthly pickups.

Errand runner jobs specifically for line sitting are those that ask a runner to wait in line to purchase something in-demand, such as event tickets, newly-launched sneakers or mobile phones, trending food items like milk tea or Cronuts, and so on.

Professional line sitters actually make good money by charging around $20 for the first hour and extra $10/hour for the succeeding hours they’ve waited in line to get a hold of the item you need.

Of course, there’s also the waiting service, where you ask another person to wait at home or a business location in times you can’t be there personally. This person then waits for another third-party service provider to complete a task, such as a plumber fixing the sink or a CCTV guy installing home security cameras.

How Much do Errand Runners Make?

Errand runners make anywhere from $15 and $50 an hour, depending largely on the type of errands you complete. The average hourly rate of errand runner jobs is $25/hour. Errand runners based in major cities charge higher than those in small towns.

Graveyard errands (those completed at nighttime) are often tagged with higher rates than errands performed at daytime.

Some errand runner apps charge by task completion and not by the hour.

Errand runners can get tasks assigned on a regular basis and pre-schedule the errands days ahead.

11 Errand Runner Jobs to Check Out

Ready to get started earning quick cash for helping people out? Check out these apps and sites today:

1. Uber Eats

Uber eats

Unlike others on this list, the only errand Uber Eats does is deliver food from restaurants, coffee shops and other food places that normally don’t offer delivery.

As an Uber Eats driver, you install the apps and pick up orders in your area.

You can start work anytime and while using a bike, scooter, car and other vehicles. If you do this regularly, you have the chance to earn around $15 hourly.

2. Care

As a caregiver for Care.com, you’ll take care of other people’s pets, children, elderly or other loved ones.

Clients choose from a library of caregivers and if you’re lucky to be chosen after an interview, there’s a chance to land a regular gig.

3. Same Ole Line Dudes

Same Ole Line Dudes (SOLD) is a New York-based professional line seating service, which charges $25 for the first hour of waiting in line and an additional $10 for every 30 minutes added to the wait.

SOLD guys will line up for your favorite food, the next AIr Jordans, in-demand tickets, and other stuff.

While the company is currently operational only in NYC, Same Ole Line Dudes has plans of expanding to other major cities, so if you want to become a a professional runner, e-mail your resume to jobs@sameolelinedudes.com and indicate the city you live in as the subject.

4. Shipt

Shipt

Shipt is regularly filling errand runner jobs for around $22/hr.

Your errands will be mostly grocery shopping for busy individuals.

You’ll be responsible for picking out produce, getting items off the shelves, keeping them cool, and delivering them on-time.

Shipt is one of the more higher-paying jobs on this list with availability in most major cities.

5. Postmates

Postmates is an app that provide a special kind of delivery service.

As a customer, you can request any food and item bought from any restaurant or store within the customer’s city and then delivered straight to his/her home.

Postmates drivers reportedly earn somewhere between $12 and $20 an hour, plus tips.

You can apply to become a Postmates driver if you live in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Denver, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego and Orange County.

6. DoorDash

DoorDash works similarly to Postmates, wherein drivers buy and deliver anything to customers’ homes.

It’s available in Chicago, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles, so if you’re in or near these areas, you can apply to become a DoorDash driver and earn up to $20 an hour.

7. Task Rabbit

As a TaskRabbit “tasker,” you are paid for doing various tasks like grocery shopping, cleaning the house, delivering food, etc. for people around your area for anywhere between $20 to $150 an hour.

Taskers can be found in over 20 cities, including Washington DC, San Francisco Bay Area, San Antonio, San Diego, Phoenix, Portland, New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Orange County, London, Boston, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, and Seattle.

8. Magic

Magic prides itself on being a service that can get you what you need, when you want it. All you need to do is text them and they’ll take care of the rest.

They are seeking people in the San Francisco area to be a “Magician” and to fill errand runner jobs.

9. Instacart

As its name suggest, Instacart is only exclusive to grocery delivery.

As an Instacart shopper, you can buy and deliver groceries to other people for around $25/hour. You have to be living in or around the 15 major cities Instacart is available to apply.

10. Gigwalk

This app allows its “gigwalkers” to choose local assignments, which lasts somewhere between 5 minutes and 3 hours.

Examples of gigs include verifying if products at a specific store is fully stocked, taking photos of store displays, and other market research tasks.

As a gigwalker, you can do this as a side gig or a full-time job. Payments starts at $3 and are processed via PayPal.

11. WeGoLook

As a “looker” for WeGoLook, your job is to inspect, assess, and document property, vehicles, equipment, damages, risks, loss and so on.

Other tasks include notarizing/signing documents and courier delivery services.

Payments are from $15 to $25 hourly, depending on the tasks assigned. You can receive pay via direct deposit, checks or PayPal every Friday.

The Bottom Line

The main problem of errand runner jobs is that not everybody can join.

Majority of these apps and websites are available only in major cities, which means those in rural areas can only download the errand runner app of their choice but won’t find as much errands to do as those living in or near urban areas.

However, if you are eligible to run errands for money, you’d be please to know that you can do it full-time and earn enough cash.

There are no rules that says you can’t join multiple sites at a time, so go ahead, register with all the apps and sites you could find, and juggle them with your time so you could get paid to run errands.

Combine a few of these jobs with this list of ways to get paid to walk and you can make money twice.