Blake Dresden here. Two quick things I wanted to mention to you today.
#1 – For next two days, Thu 9/26 and Fri 9/27, I will be dropping the price of two of my books to only 99 cents. This is for a limited time so make sure to grab them.
74 No Nonsense Ways to Save Money: Frugal Living Tips for the Resourceful Family (Volume 1)
81 Simple Money Saving Tips: How to Save Money for Serious Minded Savers (Volume 2)
Get them here: http://www.ebooksthatsave.com
That’s 155 saving money tips for less than $2!
#2 – In about 2-3 weeks, one of the books I am very proud of will be done and it revolves around ways to make money from home — both online and offline. It’ll be a premier resource and I’m aiming to have over 200 in-depth ideas that people can implement immediately. You’ll be first to know when it’s ready.
Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the ideas inside my book:
Start a Website or Blog
If you have a hobby, trade, business idea, or skill you are passionate about, you can try your hand at starting a website. Yes, you’d be joining one of a million websites on our Internet, but there’s one reason why your site can rise above the rest —- passion.
The reason I use the word “passionate” is because the most successful websites you see online have a vision and excitement that is real. Likewise, you’ll have the most success online if you can engage an audience on a topic that is near and dear to you, and you can talk forever about. If you decide to start a site about a topic others like, but doesn’t resonate well for you, in time it will become a burden and you’ll be fighting to create content for it, until you eventually shelf it.
If you begin a site, on say, gardening, recipes, bird watching, model airplanes, drag racing, budgeting, pontoon boats, or carpet cleaning, you’re goal should be to become a top resource on this topic. You’ll want to create content regularly and start a Facebook and Twitter account to reach out to everyone.
Now, at the start, you’ll feel like you’re writing for no one because you won’t have any visitors to your site. But over time, with high quality posts that are brimming with style and substance, an audience will form.
When they do come, and you start to get 50, 100, 250, 500 visitors per day, you can start to figure out ways to make money from your site. Putting up ads, creating a product, selling someone else’s product (as an affiliate), membership club, and writing an eBook are just some ways to monetize your site to start bringing in an income. Earning your first dollar online is an amazing feeling and only motivates you to keep at it and earn more.
Now you might be wondering how to start? Very good question.
I recommend Bluehost.com because they are reputable and have long history of low prices and high uptime. You can also buy your shiny new domain from them and have them host your site on their servers. Without a doubt, they are the premier place today to create a site and very easy to use:
One of the best content management systems is WordPress and you can easily install this at Bluehost and start building your site right away. WordPress will help you avoid the messy HTML code that all websites are driven from. Instead you can simply just install WordPress and begin writing like you would on Microsoft Word.
For help with Bluehost and learning more about WordPress, visit:
Today, more than ever, there is an opportunity to be heard online and a way to reach other spirited people who share your same frenzied passion for a subject. There is an upfront cost for domains (approximately $10/year) and hosting (approximately $$5/month), but that money can be made up quickly once you start to earn from your eager audience.
Get Higher Returns with Lending Club
If you have some money to invest, but that money’s stuck making a sickening low interest rate, consider Lending Club. It’s a non-traditional way to allow individuals to loan money to other individuals, known as “peer-to-peer” lending, with Lending Club acting as the middle man. Individuals use Lending Club to avoid the cost and complexity of borrowing from and investing through traditional banks.
Lending Club makes earning a nice interest rate a reality, depending on how much risk tolerance you have. But it isn’t out of the norm to earn 5x-10x what you are earning at your community bank inside a checking or money market account.
Lending Club does all the heavy lifting for you, making sure your risk is properly identified before you make an investment. They’ll run a credit check on the borrower to verify the borrower’s annual income to make sure it’s safe to loan money to them. You’ll have all the data in front of you to make a decision on whether to pursue the loan or not.
The beauty of Lending Club is being able to invest in all types of loans, committing to low minimums to reduce your risk and diversify your portfolio. So if you’re still uncertain, start out small and see how you like it. Lending Club will help find matches for you based on your risk tolerance and other filters available to help you drill down.
This is a great, detailed write-up on how to sign up and navigate the Lending Club site:
This idea is equivalent to finding money in a grocery store parking lot or blowing in the wind at your local park. Never expected, always appreciated. Read on.
- The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). They have a search directory to help you find a pension that may have been lost over the years. The PBGC becomes responsible for administering pension benefits when an employer voluntarily chooses to close the plan:
- If an immediate family member or relative died more than a few years ago, benefits may have already been turned over to the unclaimed property of the state where the policy was purchased. You can search by name and state at this link to find unclaimed benefits:
- Check to see if you have any unclaimed property:
- Check to see if the IRS has an undeliverable tax refund in their possession that belongs to you:
- Search for any unclaimed insured deposits for financial institutions that were closed by a regulatory agency between 1/1/1989 and 6/28/1993:
- Search for unclaimed accounts from federally insured but liquidated credit union accounts. Run by NCUA’s Asset Management Center:
- Check the Treasury Hunt website for information about any U.S. Savings Bonds you may have forgotten about:
- If you had a HUD/FHA insured mortgage at some point, you may be owed a refund on part of your insurance premium or a share of the earnings:
- Search for unclaimed veterans benefits owed to you by the federal government:
Udemy is a original new idea that involves users creating a course and teaching it online. If you have knowledge of a specific industry, say web development, entrepreneurship, yoga, photography, etc, you can excel in Udemy by creating video courses and charge each student a fee.
You can earn more than you think. You can set your own price for the course and keep up to 85% of course fees. So if you have a course cost of $49, over a years’ time you may get 1000 students. That’s nearly $35,000/year. With over 1 million students already using the platform, there’s a strong likelihood your effort will be rewarded.
Udemy will help you get started with a free course on how to create a course. A typical course has 1-3 hours of content, with a minimum requirement of at least 30 minutes of content and 60% video content.
If this sounds up your alley, read more about the specific details here:
Sign up is free, and there is a supportive instructor community and expert course creation team to assist you along the way. Udemy will promote your course on their site, but to earn more money, it’s in your best interests to promote it on your end too.
All courses are reviewed by Udemy.com prior to being published to make sure they meet certain standards.
Join others on the largest destination for online courses at their Facebook page: