Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Charging By The Minute

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It’s one thing to tap the crowds for advice on general topics — that’s what apps like Crowdbeacon and Opinionaided are for. Sometimes, however, there’s just no substitute for the insight of a true expert. Enter MinuteBox, a service that lets those with a particular area of expertise monetize it by the minute using online chat.

Users of London-based MinuteBox, which is now in beta, begin by signing up with the site through LinkedIn and connecting it with their expert content on sites including Quora and Stackoverflow, which then gets incorporated into their profile. Next, they set a price for their time and, if they want, install a MinuteBox widget to help promote their service on their favorite social platforms. Then, when users seeking related expertise visit the site, MinuteBox notifies the expert user immediately so that they can connect. Experts are then paid by the minute for advice delivered through video, audio or text chat. MinuteBox retains a fee of up to 25 percent; payments are made immediately through PayPal.

Similar in many ways to the expert chat service available on Pet Architect, MinuteBox offers another nice way for sellsumers to earn extra cash — this time by making the most of their knowledge. One to emulate on a localized or niche basis?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

20 Ways Any Student Can Make A Few Bucks Online

money-websitesThere are literally thousands of ways to make money online. They range from affiliate marketing, blogging, domain parking, web designing and many more. But most of them, like any other real world business require time and patience to bring in a decent amount of cash every month. Contrary to the general belief, there is no get-rich-quick scheme online.

Having said that, there are various ways which help you get started quickly and make a few bucks. These are great for college students who can spare a few hours every week to earn part-time income. Instead of delivering pizzas and serving coffee, they could now work from the comfort of their home and make money.

The following list contains 20 such websites/methods which can help teens and college students generate some cash quickly.

Sell Stuff


Buying and selling on eBay is probably one of the most common methods to earn money online. It's not that difficult to understand the process and get started. In fact a huge number of people around the world make their living by buying and selling stuff on eBay everyday.

College students can utilize eBay to sell old unused items and generate cash. Also they could trade on this site and make money. Here is an article which shows you how to do that.


BuyMyTronics is a cool site which will buy all your gadgets including old and broken gadgets. They pay through paypal within 48 hours of receiving your gadget.

Since most of the college students love gadgets and usually have a repository of old ipods, zunes, cellphones etc, they could quickly sell them off on this site and make money in the process.


If you are creative and love drawing, painting and making designs, then you could use Zazzle to earn some nice part-time money . The process is simple and innovative. You sign up with them and apply your designs on products like t-shirts, mugs, cups and many other items. Once you are done, it can be published for sale which when bought earns you a royalty on that sale. Check how it works.


The potential of Craigslist as a money making tool is endless. Not only you can quickly sell just about anything on this site, you could also offer a service like writing, translation etc and get hired. Since it is the most popular classified ads site in the world, college students should not ignore it.


Cafepress is a site similar to Zazzle which lets you put your designs on different kinds of merchandise and earn a commission when they are sold. You can also sell books, audio and data cds using this service.

Writing, Reviewing & Blogging, the popular how-to and information site offers a become a guide program which college students can utilize to write on their favorite topics in their spare time.

You can set your own schedule and choose from a diverse range of topics to write on. They've got an attractive compensation plan too.


Elance is a marketplace where writers and freelancers can advertise their services and have people hire them. Article writers are usually in great demand on this site and it is a nice way to make a part-time income by writing articles for clients around the world.

8.Associated Content

Associated Content is a user-generated content site which publishes articles on almost all topics you can imagine. It pays the writers an up-front fee when they submit an article and also a performance based bonus depending on the traffic the article receives.

Check this article which describes how to make money by writing for associated content.

9.Paid Blogging Sites

Although making money from blogs isn't easy and it requires time and perseverance to make a consistent income through blogging, there are certain paid blogging networks like PayPerPost and ReviewMe which pay you immediately after creating sponsored blog posts.

Dosh Dosh has an excellent list of 17 such paid blogging sites.


Squidflix is a cool site by Squidoo which lets you quickly review movies and earn a monthly income based on the traffic your review receives. It might not be instant and huge income but for someone who loves watching movies, it could be a fun part-time activity that generates some cash too.


SharedReviews is a user-generated review site where you can review a large number of products which includes movies too. Create reviews and get paid based on the votes and the pageviews it receives by the end of the month.

Consulting and Tutoring


Tutor is, as the name suggests, an online tutoring and homework site where students could get tutored on various subjects by teachers over the internet. If you are enrolled in a college, can devote at least 5 hours every week and consider yourself well versed in your subject then you may check out their apply to become a tutor page.

13. H3 is a unique site which could get you good rewards for referring competent individuals for jobs. An employer can offer a reward to his network of friends on the site if they can refer the right candidate for the job. If the candidate you voted is selected then you stand to get a portion of that reward.

Check out their how it works page to understand the process better.


Ether lets you offer expert advice on the topic you consider yourself an expert in. Set your hourly rate, create an ether account, get a toll-free number with a unique extension, set the time when you want to receive calls and get pre-paid phone calls from people who need advice.

Ether takes only 15% so it's definitely a nice and viable option to generate extra cash in your free hours.

Programming & Troubleshooting


If you are majoring in computer science and love playing with codes and scripts then Scriptlance should be your first target. It's an online marketplace for coders where they could earn as low as $5 and as high as $5000 depending on the kind of project they bid on.


If you've been helping friends and family over the phone in troubleshooting their computer problems, it's time you make some money out of the process. Crossloop is a marketplace for computer helpers which comes with a screen-sharing software. You can create a profile advertising your skills and get paid by hour while you solve computer issues of people all around the world.


Odesk is a website where clients can find programmers, web developers, coders and people with various other computer related skills and assign them tasks and projects. Hence it is another way to earn freelance income while you are in college.

Other Interesting Ways


Pickydomains is an innovative site which offers what's really a great way to make money online. You just have to come up with unique domain names which are not yet registered (yes, believe it or not there are many of them which are yet to be taken). If your domain is accepted then you get paid $25 via paypal which is good money for few minutes of a college student's time.

19.Video Sites

If you love making videos then there are a number of ways you can earn through them online. Video sharing sites like Metacafe, Revver and many more offer pageviews based compensation for the videos you upload to their site. Here is a nice page which lists various such video sites and the earning potential.


Buxr is a discount coupons and deals site which thrives on its vibrant community of members who submit deals they come across on the internet to the site. The site rewards the most voted deals and the most active members so this is another way for college students to make money while having fun searching cool deals.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

9 Sites That Prove You Can Make Money Online With Just About Anything.

1. Million Dollar Homepage

This has to be THE craziest idea for making money online. Alex Tew, then 21 year old , decided to raise money for college by selling pixels on his website, $1 each. The rest is history – Alex got his million in less than a year, he got interviewed by all major television stations, hackers arranged a major DDoS attack on his site and hundreds of copycats followed. Alas, none of Alex’s new project enjoyed same success. Still, all he wanted for someone else to pay for his books and tuition.

2. ShitMyDadSays

This is another one that makes you go WHAT? An unemployed writer (Justin Halpern) had to move in back with his parents. His sarcastic father just couldn’t stop cracking jokes, so Justin decided to start a Twitter account just for those. In less than a month Justin’s microblog was mentioned by The Daily Show, with sitcom and book deal following soon after.

Dmitry Davydov was good at naming things. This is when he thought that he might make a career out of it. So he started approaching people who could not come up domain name own their own with a simple offer – I’ll think of cool domain for you, if you like it, you pay me $50, if you don’t - pay nothing. No risk involved. The idea caught on and soon he was unable to complete all the orders on his own, so a risk-free crowdsourcing service called came into existence, where anyone could try a hand at naming and get paid for it. The San Francisco Chronicle picked up the story and other’s joined soon.

Like many others, Guy King was upset with websites that required users to register in order to get full access (like Unlike others, Guy decided to do something about it, so he started in 2003, a site that would instantly provide logins and passwords for free sites to folks who did not want to waste their time on registration and expose their e-mail addresses to possible spam. BugMeNot got really popular after 2004, when Wired magazine reported on efforts to get the site shut down. BugMeNot has since branched out into similar niches, like

Sunglasses for dogs? That’s crazy. Yet this invention made Ken and Roni di Lullo millions. Doggles are now sold in 16 different countries in 4500 different shops. The trick was to market doggles not as a fashion accessory, but a protective device that shields dogs eyes from harmful UV radiation. Despite being mocked as most useless invention ever, you’ve got to admit – dogs look cool in doggles.

Stictly speaking, Geese Police isn’t online business, but it proves the point – there is money in anything. David Marcks makes $2 million dollar a year chasing geese away. It’s not a metaphor, it’s the essence of his business. David worked at a golf course that attracted too many wild geese that were causing troubles. He could not kill them, but he noticed that his dog, a border collie, was successful at chasing them away. So he started offering his services to other golf courses, municipal parks and land owners. He now owns 27 trucks and 32 dogs that do just that - chase geese away.

7. FindAGrave.Com
How’s this for a hobby – visiting graves of famous people? This is how Jim Tipton liked to spend his weekends. When he ran out of dead celebrities nearby, he founded FindAGrave.Com, a site that helps you locate a grave of any person in US. This site has turned into a big business, providing multiple paid services, like genealogy research. Oh and that creepy hobby Jim has? Apparently it’s so popular, there is a special term for it – ‘tombstone tourism’.

8. ShoppingCartAbuse.Com
This one is impossible to explain. So here is a description the site provides – “The Center for Prevention of Shopping Cart Abuse is an organization dedicated to preventing the pervasiveness of Shopping Cart abuse”. Keep in mind that this is a successful commercial project with online ads and t-shirt store.

Money makes money and Where’s George makes money on tracking where your used-to-be-my money is now. Here is how it works. Take all the bills out of your wallet, log onto and enter your zip and bill serial numbers. Then spend your money and hopefully some other person will do the same – enter bills serial numbers into the database. This way you can see online how your money travels. As of this month, Where's George is tracking 190,623,138 bills totalingUS$1,028,594,634

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Out Of Office Ads

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As much of the Northern hemisphere gears up for summer holidays, “out of office” email autoreplies are enjoying a seasonal surge in use. While such messages are typically purely informational in nature, Swedish ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi Stockholm recently created Out Of Office Ad — a way to monetize automatic email responses through sponsorship.

Saatchi & Saatchi hit upon the idea while planning for the paternity leave of art director Gustav Egerstedt, and tried out the concept by selling Egerstedt’s out of office reply to digital production company B-Reel. “This out of office autoreply is brought to you by B-Reel,” the message begins. “Gustav Egerstedt is on paternity leave and has sold his out of office ad space to B-Reel, the world’s leading digital production company.” The message then goes on to provide contact information at B-Reel along with Egerstedt’s own return date. Buoyed by the success of that first effort, the company is now getting ready to launch a service that provides the same capabilities to others. Using Out of Office Ad Systems, companies large and small will be able to earn extra revenue by accepting ad sponsorship on their vacation autoreplies, or they’ll be able to donate such advertising space to the charity of their choice.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guard Dogs For The Rich And Powerful

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MINNEAPOLIS — Don’t call her a guard dog. When she costs $230,000, as Julia did, the preferred title is “executive protection dog.” This 3-year-old German shepherd, who commutes by private jet between a Minnesota estate and a home in Arizona, belongs to a canine caste that combines exalted pedigree, child-friendly cuddliness and arm-lacerating ferocity.

Julia and her ilk have some of the same tracking and fighting skills as the dogs used in elite military units like Navy Seal Team 6, which took a dog on its successful raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

In fact, Julia was sold by a trainer, Harrison Prather, who used to supply dogs to Seal Team 6 and the British special forces. But then Mr. Prather switched to a more lucrative market.

“Either rich people discovered me or I discovered them — I can’t remember which happened first,” said Mr. Prather, the president of Harrison K-9 Security Services in Aiken, S.C.

He and others in the high-end dog training business say prices have shot up thanks to the growing number of wealthy people around the world who like the security — and status — provided by a dog with the right credentials. Moguls and celebrities now routinely pay $40,000 to $60,000 for a well-bred German shepherd that is certified as an expert in the sport of Schutzhund, which means “protection dog.” The price can go much higher if a dog does well at an international championship, as Julia did.

“She’s a top deal,” Julia’s owner, John Johnson, said as she escorted him around the grounds of his 15-acre estate outside Minneapolis. “She’s won awards. She looks at you, she’s got the most beautiful face.”

But $230,000?

“It’s a lot of money,” he said matter-of-factly. “It’s the speed, the smartness, the quickness — and you would not believe the roughness that she has inside. She’s like a little pit bull when she bites. She has that model face, and then opens the gums up and lets you have it.”

Mr. Johnson said he got his first protection dog after receiving personal threats while he was running the Northland Group, a debt-collection company in Minnesota that he founded and eventually sold three years ago. Now he has six protection dogs, all German shepherds, and normally takes a couple in his car whenever he goes out.

“It’s for both security and companionship,” he said as Julia nuzzled his leg, looking like a gentle enough companion. But when an intruder emerged near the tennis court of his estate, all it took was one command, “Packen!” (the bite command from the German word for “seize”), to send Julia racing across the lawn.

She sunk her teeth into the intruder’s arm, which was encased in padding for a demonstration, and hung on even as he lifted her off the ground in a vain attempt to shake free of her. She let go only upon being commanded and then stood guard over her new prisoner, barking and threatening to bite again whenever he made a move to escape, which he wisely did not try.

Julia’s was a controlled ferocity, which trainers distinguish from the anger manifested by ordinary dogs. When two dogs try to intimidate each other, they stiffen, growl, bare their teeth and stare intently. Protection dogs are trained to continue looking around and protecting their owners, not establish their own dominance.

And, when commanded, they are supposed to switch instantly from attack mode to pet mode.

“The dog has to get along with children,” Mr. Prather said. “The client is often a guy on his second family. He travels a lot, leaves his wife alone with the kids in a large house — maybe 30,000 square feet, so big you don’t even know what’s going on at the other side of the house. He wants peace of mind and a dog that his wife can handle. We don’t sell tank-stoppers.”

The price tag for a protection dog has risen because of increasing demand in the United States, Latin America (especially Mexico), the Middle East, Asia and other places, said Mr. Prather and Wayne Curry, the owner of Kraftwerk K9 in Rochester, Wash.

“I’ve turned down offers of more than $200,000 for one of my champion dogs,” said Mr. Curry, who added that he knew of a dog that had sold for more than $400,000 because of its bloodline and breeding potential. (Although Julia’s offspring most likely would have commanded top prices, Mr. Johnson said he had no time to breed her and instead had her spayed shortly after buying her in January.)

To clients who can afford the $50,000 price for a typical well-credentialed dog, there are lots of ways to rationalize the price.

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Harrison Harmonicas

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The harmonica may seem as American as the blues. But for years, virtually every harmonica in the U.S. was made somewhere else, with Germany's Hohner accounting for most of them. Musicians now have a homegrown alternative. On Feb. 1, Harrison Harmonicas shipped its first batch of products from a workshop in a business incubator in Rockford, Ill. Its B-Radical mouth organ isn't for beginners—the hand-assembled harmonica sells for $180 vs. $25 for a Hohner Blues Bender—but Brad Harrison, the company's founder and president, says his harmonicas are built to last since every one of the 20 brass reeds can be swapped out for a new one. Harrison, 40, decided to start his own factory after 14 years of custom-building harmonicas for such celebrities as Bono and Bruce Willis and a short gig as a consultant in Japan for Suzuki Musical Instruments, which also makes harmonicas. In 2008 he entered entrepreneur competitions in Illinois and won $55,000. Harrison got further assistance from the Rockford campus of Northern Illinois University, which has lent him engineers to help him set up his shop. And he chipped in some $200,000 of his own, from savings and loans. He began taking orders through the company's Web site last year. Harrison Harmonicas now employs a half-dozen engineers and a half-dozen assemblers, who work an eight-hour shift. He hopes to produce and ship 30 to 50 harmonicas a day to start. At that pace, he says, his backlog alone will carry the company until April.

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101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Stay-at-Home Moms & Dads

Make Your Ideas Mean Business

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