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Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

Making Extra Money With Deliv

making extra money as a delivery driver

There are probably thousands of people thinking about making extra money for the holiday season and beyond. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities. You could do things like take a seasonal retail job, cater food for holiday parties, or pet sit for those who are traveling. While all of those are excellent options, a new and easy way to earn extra money could be as simple as using your cell phone and car for a few hours a week. Deliv is a new service that offers same day shipping from many retailers for the cost of standard 3-5 day delivery. They are hiring drivers as we speak! What Is Deliv? The Deliv website explains their service in full detail, but basically, it allows customers to choose  a same day delivery option from the existing checkout process whether shopping in stores, by phone, online or by mobile. The buyer gets to decide when and where they would like their purchase delivered. I would love to have this option as other major shipping companies are not even close to reliable in many instances. Benefits of Using Deliv Speed-When you choose Deliv, you are able to pick an exact two hour window for delivery. ...

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One Way Obamacare Hurts Self Employment

We’ve talked a few times about the pros and cons of Obamacare. This post isn’t to get people fired up or start political arguments, but I did run across a true life situation recently that certainly makes it look like Obamacare hurts self employment, at least on the small scale. One of my closest friends is a high school math teacher.  We’ll call her A. She is really good at being a teacher. However, like so many of us after years at a job, she is burned out. With all the regulations and state standards, she feels most of her time is spent trying to prepare for state testing instead of teaching young people skills that might actually benefit them in the long run. It’s especially painful for me because when I look at her, I see myself about three years ago when I was a shell of a person going through the motions to keep all the plates spinning. My Frugal Friend Now A and her husband, who is also a high school teacher,  are two of the most frugal people I know. They were probably the first landlords I met after we moved to Colorado. Back then all ...

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Health And Wealth Challenge: Week 3

Kit Kat's aren't good for fitness

If you aren’t health or wealthy or trying to get there, I’m sure you’re bored with my last few Friday posts, but I’m determined to stay the course and complete Tonya’s Health and Wealth Challenge. I actually think I need to report to someone every month so I won’t lose the good habits I’ve been cultivating. When I was younger, my Mom joined Weight Watchers a few times and always lost weight because she had to be weighed in front of people every week. Once she stopped, she always gained the weight back. I now understand the power or sharing with the public. I would have totally finished off that last Halloween Kit Kat if I didn’t have to report in! In case you missed them, you can go back and read week 1 and week 2 if you want to track my progress. Health: Nutrition My main goal this week was to keep track of my eating with myfitness pal.com. I did do that, and actually ate really well. I think. It’s hard to quantify some foods, like my cheesy chicken chowder that I make at home. I try to overestimate when in doubt. I felt the need to snack ...

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How to Manage Remote Workforce with Video Conferencing

working remotely to promote efficiency

Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular among workers that want to enjoy flexibility and dynamic employment opportunities. Many companies are already embracing this new possibility because of the advantages it provides—access to a global talent pool and limited cost per hire. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 3.3 million people in the US (apart from self-employed individuals) consider their home as the primary place of doing work. These people represent 2.6 percent of the US workforce. Telework has increased by nearly 80 percent since 2005, and while the size of the workforce has decreased, telecommuting is on the rise. In addition, 2.8 million people work from home as self-employed professionals. These people are either freelancers or they join teams for specific project execution. The number of people enjoying such possibilities is growing all the time, which is shaking traditional employment models. Is your company considering the recruitment of remote employees? If so, you’ll have to find new methods of management and communication. Video conferencing opportunities like the ones provided by Blue Jeans Network deliver new options that should go hand in hand with the recruitment revolution.  Establish Rules, Build Trust Nearly 80 percent of workers consider telecommuting to be a great bonus. ...

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How To Christmas Shop For Free

free Amazon gift cards

On Monday, we talked about reasons people spend too much over the holidays. I’ve been there, done that, and I’m never going back again. Today, I’ll share some strategies that will allow you to Christmas shop for reduced cost or even free. You actually don’t have to apply this strategy to Christmas shopping. You could use it  to pay off debt, take a trip,make a big purchase, or whatever you want. If you are looking for a way to bankroll Christmas this season, it won’t work, but if you start now, by next year, you could seriously have a zero bill for holiday gifts. Use Shopping Portals I tend to do most of my shopping on Amazon because it’s easy, and I love the two day free shipping on Amazon Prime. However, sometimes there are better deals by going through shopping portals. You can use a site like cashbackholic to see where the best cash back deal is at the moment. My current favorite is Ebates. For example, I needed a new wallet a couple of months ago. I hate buying wallets, but I lost two credit cards because my current one wouldn’t stay closed. It was time. I found a perfect ...

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