Easy profitable work from home jobs for stay at home moms

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A good job is one that helps people in focusing their energies towards a significant goal and also keeping one intellectually stimulated – especially where there is healthy competition among peers. Unfortunately the choice between keeping a full time job and staying with the kids at home is one of the hardest decisions that a mother has to make. Many times having to make this choice is detrimental to a woman’s dream of career progression.

The possibility of working from home and being able to reach similar goals as other women has changed the fortunes of a lot of women and they do not have to sacrifice any of the two. Here are some examples of work at home jobs for women;

Women who have a good knowledge of certain subjects or are fluent in more than one language can engage themselves in online tutoring. Students have been receiving help from tutors for a long time to improve their grades in different school subjects, but with a computer and good internet connection, a stay at home mum can easily provide this services remotely. A normal tutor can assist only one or two students at a time but virtual tutors are able to assist many students at the same time. Tutor.com and studypool.com are some of the sites that hire virtual tutors who can work from home.

Women who command a good following on social media can join affiliate marketing programs where one can sell items and services that are posted on these websites for a commission. Amazon.com is one of the websites that offers a wide range of products that one can sell for a commission in the comfort of your home.

Every company whether big or small needs vigorous advertisement to reach its desired clients. Graphic designers are people who are good in listening and coming up with awesome design solutions and hence they are able to understand the needs of a client and create attractive magazines, flyers, catalogs and different kind of advertisements. Women who are good in graphic design can easily design advertisements from home.

For women who have good skills in editing and can proofread written blogs, articles and content. There are many sites which offer this kind of jobs with flexible timelines and this can be done from home. Women can easily find these jobs on upwork.com, freelancer.com and guru.com

Women who have good computer skills and technical understanding of internet search engines can work as search engine evaluators. These are people who ensure that users of search engines like Google get desired results when they search for something on the internet. Women are known to have very good organizational and coordination skills which can be put into good use in this field of work.

Remote interviews through the telephone are now a common survey method that can easily be done by women from the confines of their home. Armed with a telephone and pre-determined set of questions, telephone interviews can easily be conducted by women at home.

Shopping is not always easy, especially shopping for musical appliances

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Shopping is not always easy, especially shopping for musical appliances

Shopping is becoming tougher and tougher as days go by. When I was a young kid and I would be sent to the shop, I would have a very easy time. My mother would simply send me for bread, or for milk, for cheese or for lettuce. Today I cannot send my kids to go shopping themselves, they will be overwhelmed by the wide array of products.

In our stores or shopping malls, the buyer is today confronted by a plethora of items to choose from many of which are basically the same product but each product having unique differences. Today you cannot send your kid and simply tell them to get bread you have to tell them exactly what kind of bread you want. Today’s products are numerous due to numerous companies producing similar products that are differentiated in terms of flavor, size, texture, packaging, quality, warranty, and many other distinctions.

One of the toughest things that I have ever shopped for was musical appliances. Being the secretary of a local music group that we have in our neighborhood, I was tasked with shopping around for some of the items that we needed for the club.

Shopping for musical appliances was a tough job because it was something that I had never done before. I also did not have a clue about many of the things that I had been tasked with buying. The only names on the list that I was familiar with were guitar, mic, and keyboard. These names were however within compound names such as mic preamps. I knew what a mic was but had no clue what a pre amp was.

Since I did not want to let down the club I did not tell them about my ignorance. I quietly planned to go to the internet and simply do a search of the items and I would know what they were; and that is exactly what I did.

However, I was in for a rude shock. Whenever I searched for an item on the internet I was presented by multiple variations of the same thing. For example, when I checked for a mic preamp, I was presented with several mic pre amps all claiming to be different from the others. Luckily, the group had specifically listed down that the amplifier they wanted was a fender blues Jr.

The internet was however not wholesomely useless. At least, many of the different variations of the items I wanted had some detailed reviews that I could read and understand about what their functions were, where they could be used, their prices, their advantages and disadvantages, and some other useful tips. Although it was a tedious time consuming task, at least after reading the reviews I had much more knowledge of the appliances and I could easily select the appliances that would be best applicable for our club.

After two long tedious days of scouring over the internet, I was able to come up with a list of the items I needed.

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What is the best musical gift for a graduating music student?

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What is the best musical gift for a graduating music student?

Next week I will be going to visit my younger brother in Atlanta. It is about two years since we were last together. My brother moved to Atlanta to complete his music post graduate course and I have been busy working on some out-of-the-country projects for the company I work for.

Despite not meeting physically, my brother and I have been in constant communication. Thanks to the advanced modern technologies of this new age, we were able to chat and send messages through the internet. Many times we also talked through video calls; this is when the time in our different time zones allowed us to have some free time that we could use catch up. Due to this continuous communication, we have been able to keep abreast of all the developments in each of our activities.

My brother is my only sibling and so we are very close. We share in most of our issues. Therefore, I want to be there when my brother is finally graduating from his college. Our parents will also be going to Atlanta and so it would be very important that the whole family is there. Luckily, my company has allowed me a few days off and my wife has also been given some time off at her work place.

Since this will be a monumental occasion for my brother, we want to buy him a special graduation gift that he can appreciate and remember for a long time. I need to get a gift that he will love and one that can be used often.

My wife suggested that the best gift would be a musical instrument. I had at first thought of buying for my brother a special kind of clothing or footwear but I guess my wife’s idea, as usual, is better. Since my brother would be graduating with some honors in music, it was only fitting to get him a gift related to music.

Luckily I know that my brother’s musical instruments of choice are the guitar and the piano. I remember when we were kids how he had always fussed about having the digital piano in his room since he wanted to practice one tune or another. His passion or the instrument had continued into his adulthood.

His passion for the guitar had developed later. I noticed his interest in guitar when he was in high school. He had quickly become very good in guitar until he was performing musical pieces in competitions among the schools and within the township.

Since I am not aware of any other instrument that he loves playing, our choice for a gift has to be between these two.

Since I want to buy a quality gift, buying a grand piano would be too inconveniencing due to transportation and storage issues. A guitar is a better choice for a gift. It is easily portable and my brother can easily find storage for it. Due to its easy portability and storage, my brother can also use it often and it will be a good reminder of his graduation.

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Despite the glamour and appeal, becoming a rock star is tough stuff

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Despite the glamour and appeal, becoming a rock star is tough stuff

Becoming a rock star is the dream of many teenagers. For me, my desire to become a rock star was much more than the desire of any Tom, Dick and Harry. When I first saw a live rock performance by a rock band that had come touring in our town, I had decided that I had to be a rock star. Becoming a rock star was always going to be difficult for me due to my parents’ complete distaste for anything that was not centered on my education.

My parents were both raised in very poor families. Through hard work in their studies they had both been able to finally lead descent lives. Due to their upbringing, my parents therefore had a lot of faith in education and since they did not want me to suffer as they did, they desperately insisted that I also study hard to get a bright future.

Well, I understand them completely and I put a lot of effort in my studies. I actually manage very good grades and although I am never top of my class, I always mange to be among the top. However, I believe that my parents take things a bit too far by restricting me from doing other activities especially fun activities which they believe will derail me.

The rock band had however created a deep desire in me that could not be swept aside so easily. I remember that I could for a long time afterwards replay their performance in my mind. I could hear the highly amplified bass guitar sound booming through the numerous loud speakers that they had arranged in front of the stage where they were performing. I could also replay the energetic moves of the lead vocalist who was also playing a rhythm guitar.

The harsh booming and surprisingly rhythmic music of the three guitars that were being used were amplified by what I learnt later were some very expensive tube amplifiers. I was fascinated at how just three guitars could cause such a paradoxically rhythmic cacophony of sounds. The sound had such a great effect on the crowds that people were crazily chanting and swaying to the music. For that brief moment, the rock stars had been transformed into gods. I decided I also wanted to have that power.

Since I could not openly declare my ambitions to my parents, I would sneak out in the afternoons and visit a friend who lived a block away from our house who had an electric guitar. He was also learning to play and had not advanced very much in learning how to play.

When I had decided to become a rock star, I had not thought that learning to play the guitar would be so hard. Watching the rock stars on stage effortless strum their guitars had seemed to be an easy thing to do. I had imagined that I would quickly learn the guitar and go on to become a legend on the stage. A few visits to my friend with the electric guitar comprehensively convinced me otherwise.

I was just not cut to be a guitarist. That was the end of my dreams of becoming a rock star. I went back to my books!

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How to become a music technician

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When people think of the music industry, or when they listen to songs and albums, they focus on the singers themselves, and how talented they must be, to make such wonderful-sounding music. That is certainly true; that the singers are very important when it comes to how good a record will sound, but it excludes the integral roles that are played by other parties in making the song sound the way it does.

The next person that people usually think of when they think of the people involved in producing music is the music producer. Again, this is fair because the music producer is the one who is in charge of the overall conception and production of the song, mixtape or album.

The people who are seldom remembered are the music technicians, even though it is arguable that they play roles that are as important, if not more important that all the other people who are involved in the music production process.

The music technicians are the ones who check to make sure that everything that will be used in recording the music is in good working order, and tuned to provide the sound possible. The importance of their work is highlighted by the fact that most of the things they do are so technical that neither the artists themselves, nor the music producers would be able to do them without the technicians being involved. In the world of sound production, one incorrect setting could mean the difference between a great-sounding record and one that sounds terrible.

In order to become a music technician, it is usually advisable that you acquire a degree from a college or other educational institution. Some educational institutions exist that focus specifically on music education, and a degree from one of those would be a great way to get credibility on the industry in as short a period of time as possible.

While it is important to get a formal education; as with all technician roles in all industries, the most important consideration will simply be whether or not you know what you are doing, In order to be recognised, hired and allowed to work on important projects, you must be able to show an understanding of the various instruments and equipment used in the music production process and a proficiency in making them work together in order to produce the best sound possible.

Doing this could involve physically adjusting things on instruments or using digital interfaces such as a computer or MIDI controller to manipulate settings in order to get them at optimal levels to make sounds being produced sound as good as possible.

The prospects of a music technician are very impressive. After working as a sound engineer or in whatever technician role for some years, whether in a single studio or in many different ones, a music technician will usually have acquired the essential skills and the reputation to change careers and become a music producer, thereby taking on a wider and more lucrative role in the music production process.


Finding the best machine for working-out from home

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Many times people want to work out but the options for working out that are at their disposal are simply not ideal. For example, the way that is most commonly known and accepted is running or walking. Despite it being a cheap method and quite easy, it has many disadvantages such as; it takes up a lot of time, one has to be in a safe neighborhood with good roads or paths, the weather has to be favorable, it can only be done during the day or in well lighted roads, and finally running is known to cause damage to the knees of runners after a long time.

The other widely accepted way of working out is by joining a gym. Gyms can be very effective but again they have disadvantages such as; you have to share the facilities with many strangers, you might be grouped up in a class of people whose needs are not similar to yours or whose pace of developing is different, gyms are costly, and in some gyms you can only visit at certain times.

The best solution therefore seems to be where one can work out in the comfort of their homes i.e. a home gym. This however brings about other major issues. One thing is that you could have a home gym but you never use it. This is because with a home gym you do not have much motivation unlike in a public gym where the influence of others and the fact that you have paid for the facilities will drive you to consistency. In a home gym one does not have an instructor or trainer and so they only do what they feel like doing. This can be limiting in that one will not push themselves to the limit to attain their goals.

I had this dilemma and did not know what to do. I simply did not like the gym but I knew that if I invested in a home gym it would likely go unused like many gyms I have seen in many of my friends’ homes. I was not interested in any intense workout routines and only wanted some cardio exercise to control my bulging waistline which had become a concern for my wife and she was always pointing out that I should do something about it.

Incidentally, she was the one who was to come up with the solution for my problem. I think despite her pointing out my rounded midsection, she could also notice that she was also quite in the same boat.

One day while driving home she casually asked what I thought about buying a working out machine. I had not thought about this since my mind had been stuck on the thought that working out at home meant having a gym at home. I now realized that it was not necessary to have a complete gym.

I quickly warmed to the idea and we decided to shop around and see what was on offer.

After thorough shopping, we both agreed that the rowing machine looked like the best machine for us. It took up very little space, it was fun to use, it worked on many body parts and muscles, it did not pose a huge risk for injuries, and it was quite effective for burning calories, which was our number one goal.

Protection from Financial Fraud- Guide to Retirees

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For some individuals, getting into the retirement age means full stop on all the usual activities that defined their professional life. This is considered as the perfect time to enjoy the retirement fund, and all activities that were not fully explored during busy days. For others, the retirement age is also a time to explore the world and what it can offer. So it is no longer surprising to know that some retirees start their new phase in life by buying plane tickets to experience a different adventure. Sure, these are the common approaches on how to spend the retirement age. But did you know that there are other productive things you can do even if you are recently retired? In fact, according to recent studies, retirees should even consider different kinds of activities that can keep their mind sharp and keep them physically fit. And if you are just creative enough, you will also find a number of opportunities that will not only keep your mind and body healthy, but will also help you earn extra cash. Just remember, seniors and recent retirees are often the target of scammers so it pays to be extra careful.

Red Flags to Keep in Mind

Retirees are often involved in a number of financial transactions, and the bulk of these transactions is related to their retirement packages and potential investment schemes. And the problem is that there are some retirees out there who are not even aware that they are being targeted. If are recently retired or you have a family member who is recently retired, then it pays to understand the usual red flags associated with potential financial fraud as indicated in the same study.

According to the study, roughly a quarter of the seniors are receiving mails and calls related to lotteries, cash and other financial schemes. These promotions usually flood the inbox and may contain information that the recipient has won money, or that another person is asking for help. Some of these e-mails are invitations to join investment schemes and questionable online jobs. Although not all online jobs are scams, there are fly-by-night companies that are just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting retirees. If you receive these invitations, make sure you research on the company and ask for referrals and testimonials. There are tested online jobs that can work, including Toluna and Ipsos. Toluna has been around since 2000, so its longevity is one testament to its authenticity. Another option is to try out Ipsos i-Say, another paid survey opportunity online.

The same survey also indicated the common complaint among retirees regarding financial decisions. Many respondents indicated that they are not confident enough in making investing decisions. And some added that they are confused or they don’t understand the financial decisions made in their behalf.

What to Do to Get Protection?

Understanding and knowing the red flags is the first step towards financial independence and protection. In short, access to information goes a long way in protecting oneself against financial fraud. It also does not hurt to contact regulatory agencies and other non-governmental organizations to seek financial help, or to confirm the authenticity of some proposed investing schemes.

Money-Making Strategies for College Students

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Every person will definitely pass through this stage in life. No matter how great your budgeting skills are, there comes a point in your college life wherein the budget is no longer enough. And no matter how many tricks you made to make ends meet, something will crop up along the way that will ruin the budget. The extra expenses come in many forms- an upcoming university event that you can’t miss, a new book that the professor required or a date you want to pursue. Student life can be harsh, and many students are forced to bite the bullet including signing up for student loans. Student loans can help, but if not properly managed then this can lead to a huge financial problem that can spill into adult life. It may seem like college life is harsh, but with diligence and a bit of creativity, you can get through college life with lots of experience to show and some cash! Here are some money-making strategies for college students that can also work for you.

Tap Into your Hobbies and Skills

Do you love writing and you write poems and stories during your idle time or in-between classes?  Thanks to a number of job boards and freelancing websites, you can now become an editor or a ghostwriter for an aspiring website owner or publisher. Since online marketing is gaining traction today, the web is always on the lookout for fresh content that can be added into their list of websites. You can work as a content writer, an editor or a webpage designer. Whatever online job you choose, keep in mind that it should start with your hobbies and skills. If you choose jobs based on your hobbies and skills, then work becomes fun time during college.

Test and Appraise Websites and Share Opinions Through Surveys

Love to check the internet and browse your profiles on social media like Twitter and Facebook? Instead of lurking around and throwing some likes and comments on friends, why not convert those idle time into money time?  You can work as a website tester- you will simply provide comments and feedback on the websites and you are given payment for work done. Speaking of feedback, you can also answer surveys and get income. Prize Rebel for instance, will provide you the opportunity to answer surveys and watch videos and you can earn cash and rewards for completing these tasks. If you are the type of person who loves to shop online, then Ebates should work for you. Under the Ebates program, you will get commissions when shopping using their website. The site has partnered with more than 1,500 retailers thus it will be easier looking for a retail site.

College offers one of the toughest and stressful times in one’s life, but there are ways on how to handle stress and problems that come with it. If the source of the problem is money-related, then there are always creative steps on how you can earn extra while completing your degree. Working while studying actually delivers great advantages to the student- it helps you gain experience, form life stories and earn cash along the way!

Got Anything to Say- Use Opinions to Earn Extra Cash

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For many individuals, having an opinion on almost anything is considered a negative trait. In conversations, throwing ideas and opinions into the flow of discussions, even when unsolicited are considered irresponsible and highly irritating. And if you are one of those persons who can’t control your ideas and opinions, there’s a big chance that you have already been singled out in every conversation and talk. But it doesn’t automatically mean that there’s no redeeming value in your quest to share your ideas and opinions. If you take a look at some of the leading money-earning ventures online, you will discover that a few of these jobs require sharing your thoughts, insights and opinions.

Share Insights for Academic Purposes

Nielsen, the company behind the compilation of TV ratings and viewer habits, require a steady stream of information and insights coming from consumers. Since it requires a constant flow of information from consumers and TV viewers, it needs a new set of information and opinion and you can tap on this requirement to earn extra cash. When you sign up for their Nielsen Mobile Panel, you will be prompted to install the application on the phone so that Nielsen can track in real time your mobile habits which can be used in tracking customer information and habits. It’s a decent way to earn extra cash using your insights and opinion, and it pays $50 every year.

If your opinions border on the academic, then you may want to consider the researches conducted by academic institutions. Colleges and universities like the Stanford Graduate School of Business hosts student researches that require the help of respondents from across different backgrounds. The program allows easy sign-up and payment process and should work for students and individuals who are looking to earn extra while sharing their insights and opinions. The program will send you questions that can be completed in under 10 minutes and pay roughly $5. After a day or a week of completing the survey, you will receive a gift card code from Amazon that serves as a payment for your services and expert opinions!

Consumer Paid Surveys

If you want to share opinions and ideas on almost all topics and subjects, then the popular paid survey programs will work for you. Instead of highly technical and academic questions, these paid survey programs like Inbox Dollars and My Survey allows you to access different types of surveys in different topics. These surveys like the ones from Inbox Dollars usually focus on consumer concerns, thus answering the questions should not take much of your time. Whether you sign up for My Survey or Inbox Dollars, it would be best to read first the rules and fine print to maximize the offers.

Opinions matter in shaping everyday conversations, but it can also help you earn money on the sidelines. But to maximize this money-earning potential, it’s recommended that you know your options and you sign up once you have read the terms.

Becoming an Informed Consumer

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In today’s world and increasing access to consumer goods and services, it pays to understand the options around and make informed decisions. In fact, this has become a critical campaign for many organizations and governments. For example, in European Union, the idea of an informed consumer is now encapsulated in a law. Under the General Resolution of 1975 of the EU, the government must provide information to its people. In the United States, there are a number of consumer organizations established that help promote and secure the well-being of consumers. Although there are differences, the specifics remain the same- consumers need to be informed and protected.

Informed Consumer Means Making the Right Financial Decision

There are a number of reasons why it pays to become an informed consumer. With access to the right information, consumers can make high-quality and safe investments. With so many products and options to choose from, the challenge for many consumers is to differentiate the quality and choose the best ones. Also, with information comes an effective decision in making investments and completing financial transactions. Having access to financial knowledge and information can helpful individuals improve their financial standing.

For example, the value of information and research can be seen in improving one’s credit score and in securing credit cards with the lowest rates. A good and positive credit score is now a requirement for all individuals, whatever the socio-economic standing. A good credit score is helpful in securing loans, in getting approved for credit cards and a host of other financial transactions. Access to financial information can also help a person reverse his credit score and make it more attractive to banks and other financial institutions. Credit cards on the other hand are important alternatives for many households who often face financial problems at the end of the month. But when it comes to applying and using credit cards, it is best to use cards sparingly and with responsibility. Credit card use and credit score are linked together- if you fail to maintain and pay it on time, then it will drag your score down. In short, by accessing the right information, you end up becoming financially informed and stable.

Get the Right Job and Experience Money-Saving Opportunities

Without information, individuals face the risk of being mis-informed and duped by business owners and sales professionals who work on paid commissions. These professionals earn from their sales thus they may end up creating stories just to entice you to buy products. The same is true with money-earning ventures online like paid surveys. Some websites may over-state their offers in the hope of scoring new members. You can avoid these by equipping yourself with information, like reading paid survey review sites. Information on products and new business ventures can help you save money and make a smarter choice.

Information is now considered a key in making financial and life decisions. Life becomes easier and productive if you can validate first the information before making a decision.