I am always looking for new ways to make money online, and I think I have literally tried every method possible. Most of my income comes from writing, but I’ve also made money through eBay auctions, data entry, and even some minor web design. I gave ecommerce a try for a bit, but I never figured out how to make it work. There was too much money involved upfront.
One money making solution online that I just recently discovered is product reviewing, where I literally write a review on a product and get paid when people buy what I recommend. This is done through a process called affiliate marketing and a site called Ukritic. If you are trying to come up with a new way to get quick cash on the web, this is a great way to do so. Here’s a look at how the process works…
Step 1 – Create an Account
You can create an account on Ukritic in a couple quick steps. Just fill out some basic contact information and register your email address. The account is totally free, so you don’t have to worry about paying anything before you make money. Everything you earn is straight profit.
Step 2 – Get Affiliate Links
Once you have an account to work with, you can start posting product reviews on the site. In order to make money from them though, you have to have affiliate links. These are links to products on Amazon and sites like that, and you get paid every time someone buys a product as a result of your link. You might get paid for your clicks as well, giving you more chances to make money. Sign up for some affiliate programs associated with the products you want to review.
Step 3 – Write a Review
Write an honest review about a product you’ve tried so other people can potentially buy it. You might be tempted to make every product sound good because that will encourage people to click on your links. Don’t do that though. It will cause you to get a negative rating, and it may cause people not to trust you. Either way, it’s a bad idea. Make sure to put your affiliate link into your review, and then start promoting it.
Step 4 – Make Money!
The site already has visitors that will see your pages, but it can’t hurt to do a little extra promoting on your own. That will lead to more clicks, which could lead to more money. Post a YouTube video reviewing the same product, and include a link to Ukritic in the description. Let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know about what you wrote as well. Just get the word out, and you’ll be rolling in the dough in no time.
I have moved a billion times over the past few years, but every time I do, I still get shocked by the cost of it all. You’d think that you’d just have to pay for the cost of a moving van, but there is so much more than that involved. Any good accounting major will tell you that this is an investment that you should only make once every few years. It’s just a big waste of money if you do it over and over again. Before you get yourself caught in the mouth of the money-hungry moving monster, check out some of the tips below. They will help you decide if this is really something that you want to do.
The Real Cost of Moving
You have to pay for a whole lot more than a moving truck whenever you go somewhere. Here’s a breakdown of some common expenses:
- Deposits for utility services (water, electricity, gas, etc.)
- Deposits for cable and internet services
- Deposits for rent
- Moving people
- Moving truck (plus insurance, dollies, furniture pads, etc.)
- Gas (your vehicle and the moving truck)
- First month’s bills (for most of the services mentioned above)
- Last month’s bills (from your former house)
- Hotel fees (if your move lasts more than one day)
- Food (while you’re on the road and before you set up a kitchen)
All of this will literally add up to thousands of dollars over time. That is why you have to be aware of your costs ahead of time before deciding to move because you might not have the money to do so right this second.
How to Save Money on a Move
One of the easiest ways I have found to save money on a move is to pay people to load and unload a U-Haul for me. I don’t want to spend the time and energy it takes to load up a truck whenever there are a million other things I have to do on moving day. Nevertheless, I don’t want to pay a ton of money to hire movers for the whole trip. You might not pay much to do this for an in-town move, but you’ll rack up a lot of money going out of the city or out of the state. Use a site like MovingHelp.com to find loaders and unloaders in your area, and then you can pay a lot less just to drive the truck on your own.
In addition to that, try to book all of your services early – the truck, the movers, etc. This will let you get discounts that other people cannot get. If you’re a college student, ask if the places have student discounts. Penske offers 10-20% off for students renting a truck with them, so you might want to look into that when the time comes. The more you plan ahead, the better you can save. All you have to do is try.
I am a huge fan of tattoos, and I have been for a while now. I only have one of them at the moment, but I plan to get more in the future. The reason I am waiting is because I really don’t know what I want to get, and I don’t want to end up with a tattoo that I got just to have a tattoo. I want it to mean something.
I think the worst thing you can do to your body is get a tattoo that you regret later on. Yes, you could get laser surgery to remove the tattoo, but you will still see an outline of it no matter what. In order to avoid getting something stupid on your body, I would recommend avoiding all of the following. They’re tattoos that you will undoubtedly regret later on.
- A partner’s name: I don’t care if you’re in love, engaged, married, or anything of the sort. Never get your partner’s name tattooed on you. The only names you should ever get tattooed on you are family members and deceased people. You don’t know if your relationship is going to last, even if you have been together for 50 years. If you end up splitting up, you will have a permanent reminder of the person on your body. Is that really what you want?
- Cutesy cartoon characters: You may think having a picture of Tinkerbell on your arm is cute when you’re 20, but what happens when you’re 65 and you have to look at that crap? You need to think about the long term effects of whatever tattoo you want to get, rather than what is going to look good now.
- Nonsense fluff: Some people get random tribal symbols just to fill a part of their bodies, but the designs don’t mean anything. That, in my opinion, is a total waste of a good opportunity. Try to make each tattoo you get meaningful because it is going to be on your body for the rest of your life.
Make sure you go to a licensed tattoo artist any time you want to get a tattoo. Ask this person about what you plan to get and make sure that is a wise decision. If everything works out well, you will hopefully end up with a piece you love and don’t regret.