You could also open an online business or try turning your hobby into a business on the side for a little extra cash, or sell your time as a consultant. Buying and selling assets is a great way to make capital gains income as well. Just try to stay away from playing the stock market because there is no guarantee for success, and you might end up losing it all in the process. Having multiple cash flows will help build your income and net worth down the line.
I am unemployed (60 years old) and am considering trying to work from home full-time (currently living with my sister/mother/and younger sister). My mother and sister currently pay for all the bills. I have a computer with no mic and am searching for opportunities to make money from home (around $35,000-$40,000/year salary would be ideal). Any suggestions?
Avoid purchases that are likely to depreciate rapidly. Spending $50,000 on a car is sometimes considered a waste because it's likely that it won't be worth half that much in five years, regardless of how much work you put into it. As soon as you drive a new car off the lot, it depreciates about 20%-25% in value and continues to do so each year you own it.  That makes buying a car a very important financial decision.
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Even though risk-taking is a generally rewarding strategy in your 20s and 30s, it's also a good idea to diversify your efforts. Don't build up just one skill set, or one set of professional connections. Don't rely on one type of investment, and don't gamble all your savings on one venture. Instead, try to set up multiple income streams, generate several backup plans for your goals and businesses, and hedge your bets by looking for new opportunities everywhere. This will protect you from catastrophic losses, and increase your chances of striking it big in one of your ventures.
If you do this strategically, you’ll likely get positive results. Pick five to six people you know who have positions similar to yours, whether they work for the same company or a different one. Invite them to lunch or coffee, and make the ask in person, since email and text message will be much easier to dodge than face-to-face. And explain why you’re asking. Say something like, “I’m in the job market/I’m conducting research to ask for a raise/I’m applying for a promotion, and I’m polling several colleagues who have jobs like ours so I can calculate a realistic salary range when I negotiate my pay. I would really appreciate if you could disclose your salary to me, since you’re in a role similar to mine, and I really respect you as a professional in this industry.” If they say no, tell them that you understand and that if they happen to change their mind to reach out. If they say yes, thank them profusely, and then follow up with them afterwards to let them know the result. Especially if you get a positive result, they’ll likely be happy to know that disclosing their salary helped a colleague advance in their career.
I have a question. I am 24 and I just started selling commercial insurance. My wife and I have about 70 k in student loans which we plan on paying back asap. I am going to have an additional 10k on top of my salary next year which I plan on saving until the end of the year and allocating it as I see fit. Everything I read says “compounding interest is the bomb” but then says “don’t save, pay down debt”. Now, I hate debt but I want to take full advantage of our young age and compounding interest. What would you recommend I do with extra 10k if we already put and extra $200 towards debt a month and we have an emegency fund in place? Fully Fund our IRA’s for the year or pay down a loan? I feel like there is no right or wrong answer. Your thoughts?
Social networks are a hot spot for work-at-home danger. One company called Easy Tweet Profits claims you can make up to $873/day online. They even claim one person earned $400,000/year using their method of tweeting your way to success. The catch? By signing up for their program you agree to be charged just under $50 per month! There are a whole host of other companies with similar names (usually involving “make money” or “make profits”) that suggest social networking can be a cash cow. But their game is all the same: Whether you’re talking about something you see on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Twitter or whatever’s the next hot thing, you’ve got to be wary.
You cannot possibly know if you’re being paid what you’re worth if you don’t know what others in your field are making. Sure, you can do some blind research on websites like Glassdoor and Payscale, but nothing is going to light a fire under you like learning that Ned who sits in the cubicle right next to you and works half as hard as you is making $5,000 more than you.