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4 Easy Ways to Make Extra Cash Now

June 6, 2012

moneyWhether you are saving up for a new pair of stilettos or just working on pumping up your savings so you can tell your boss to get a life…you need cash. Unless you’ve got big plans to maximize your quarterly bonus or your long-lost cousin is going to leave you an unexpected inheritance, try our four easy ways to make extra cash now—and send us a pic of your new Louboutins as a thank you!

1. Pet Sitting

First, stop laughing. Unless you’ve got an allergy to all things fluffy, pet sitting (especially overnight) can be super lucrative. Kennels can charge pet owners upwards of $40-$50 per dog, per night. If you’ve got the time to walk the dog, attend to daily feedings and throw a ball around you may want to consider a small side gig. Plus, the hours are really convenient for someone who already has a 9-5. How to get a gig? Start by creating a simple free website (use a version from WordPress) and then send an email to your entire contact list with the link to your new URL. Chances are, your inner circle will know someone who has a vacation coming up and needs a nice person (like you!) to watch Fido.

2. Consignment Shop

Well, really you’ll need to consignment SELL, the shopping will come later. If you’re horrified at the thought of actually having to present your items in person (for fear of rejection) try an online consignment store like The RealReal, which makes the process so easy. After speaking (on the phone!) to your assigned contact you’ll be emailed a Fedex label you can print out at home. They’ll even arrange for an at-home pick-up from Fedex if you don’t want to drop the items off.

3. Be a Tutor

This will probably only work if you’re GPA was worth talking about…but if you’ve got serious skills in writing, math, science, foreign language or any other subject start marketing your services. Tutors, especially for advanced subjects like calculus can make up to $50 an hour. For tips on how to market your services see the Pet Sitting idea above.

4. Become an Organizer

If your closet looks like the aftermath of a Sak’s annual sale, don’t opt for this money making route, but if you’ve got what it takes to help others organize their spaces read on. One of our favorite self-help authors is Regina Leeds — she literally wrote the book on organizing your life. Read this (and other organizing books) first before giving advice to any clients as you may find some real tips you can integrate in your new side business. Organizing doesn’t have to just be junk drawer related, you can offer organizing services for a closet, office space, kitchen, garage and even car trunk (have you seen ours?) The gig pays well, too — about $40 to $100 per hour.


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Ace a Job Interview

September 26, 2011
hunky job interviewer came from getty images.

4607150818_2451cdec3b_mGearing up for a job interview? Be ready for the dreaded interview question: “Tell me about yourself…” with these hire-me-perfect lead-ins.

  1. “I can summarize who I am in one word.” The confidence grabs their attention immediately and the statement demonstrates your ability to be concise, creative and compelling.
  2. “My best friends say that I’m…” This response offers insight into your own level of self-awareness.
  3. “My passion is…” Give the interviewer insight into your hobbies, interests and passions–because passion unearths enthusiasm.
  4. “When I was a kid, I always wanted to be…” Finish the statement with something that is related to the job you’re applying for — an answer like this shows that you’ve been preparing for this job your whole life, not just the night before.

Photo Credit via Flickr: by bpsusf

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Green Jobs Grow 36 Percent

June 27, 2011

Colleges across the country are offering degrees that didn’t exist a decade ago like sustainability, ecotourism and even the “green MBA” but are there jobs there to welcome these eco-grads?

According to a new report by Next10, grads should be optimistic. California green jobs grew by 36 percent last year.
NY Times journalist Austin Considine recently interviewed Rachel Kleinberger, a 25-year-old who left her job at a reality-TV production company for a nonprofit group that promotes environmental sustainability. “I want to do something helpful,” she said, “or do something at the end of the day that’s like, ‘This makes me feel good that I spent this much time doing it.’ ”

Considine says “sustainability seems to resonate with the sex appeal of “dot com” or “start-up,” appealing to droves of ambitious young innovators.”

Jobs related to environmental work have actually tripled in the past three years, according to Amelia Byers, operations director for, a Web site that lists paid and unpaid opportunities for nonprofit groups and social enterprise companies.

These jobs aren’t just in the nonprofit sector. Ivan Kerbel, director of career development for the Yale School of Management, a graduate-level business program, told the NY Times that eco-issues like reducing waste and carbon footprints are important to corporations of all kinds. Byers attributes the growth in green-sector jobs to a, “generational shift toward “values driven” professions.”

Looking for “green” work? Take a look at these other eco-friendly companies on our radar:

h2hotel, Healdsburg, CA – a LEED Gold Certified hotel in the heart of wine country.

Marie Veronique Organic Skincare, Berkeley, CA – this skincare startup uses 100 percent recycled packaging and organic ingredients.

Lifefactory, Sausalito, CA – BPA-free, glass adult water bottles and baby bottles.

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Holiday Job Hiring is Up

October 28, 2010

Good news for holiday job seekers…international employment firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, released a new report which says employers are hiring more holiday workers for jobs this year. Hiring will still be less than the pre-recession levels, but the news is still better than last season’s dismal data.

Although the big name companies like Toys R Us and Macy’s announced plans to hire thousands of workers and UPS will gain 50,000, the employment firm suggests looking at smaller ‘mom and pop’ shops for the best chances of getting hired.

MISS employment tips:

Update your LinkedIn account and ‘link-in’ with anyone you can think of.

Hire a copyeditor/grammar-maven/English teacher (find one through word of mouth or Craigslist) to read over your resume and basic cover letter for glaring typos.

Buy a power suit (dress for success) — and if you can’t afford one at retail prices consider hitting up a local consignment shop.

Show up to the interview with a professional appearance — and don’t forget the hair and nails. There’s nothing worse than a chipped manicure to get the wrong attention in an interview.


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