Weekly Round-Up #296: Side Hustles, More Money & Balance

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Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope you have had a safe, fun and productive week.

This week we take a look at 150+ ways you can earn extra money, some extra income streams you might consider doing and, if you decide to take on a side hustle, we have some work/life balance tips you can bear in mind so that you don’t suffer from burnout.

Best Side Hustles – 150+ Ways You Can Earn $3,000/Month Right Now – Phillip Chambers

It’s Phillip Chamber’s firm belief every person should have a side hustle.Why? Because they help you achieve your financial independence goals.

Want to pay off debt? Start a side hustle. Grow your retirement? Yeah – start hustling. Purchase a new toy? I think you get the picture.

Interested? You need to be because you’re not getting paid what you’re worth. Doesn’t matter what job or career you have. If you’re an employee you’re getting paid maybe 10% of what you’re worth to that company.

I Work A Full-Time Job But Have 8 Other Income Streams For Extra Cash – Business Insider

According to Sentier Research, the median U.S. household income rose from $61,858 in May 2018 to $62,175 in June 2018. These numbers are relative to where you live, but to most, it may not seem like enough to pay the bills, feed your family and save for retirement. That’s why many people seek ways to make extra money on the side of their full-time jobs.

So if you’re looking for additional income, this Business Insider article has some great tips from someone who has 8 (yes, you read that right, eight!) income streams and how they manage it all along with a full time job.

10 Ways To Keep A Good Work Life Balance When Hybrid Working – RingCentral UK

Modern life is demanding. Sometimes, very demanding. How we work, rest and play have changed a lot over the years. The modern family will often have both parents working to meet life’s financial challenges in the 21st century. And for a single-parent family, those challenges can be even greater. Many people seek to find the ideal work-life balance that will reduce the likelihood of physical or mental health issues and improve their quality of life. The kind of balance that will allow more time to be spent with the family or pursuing leisure activities, and to regain ownership of that sense of ‘me’.

But just what is work-life balance? And does hybrid working offer the ideal way to achieve this? With time split between home and office, it would certainly seem so. But it is not necessarily as easy as it sounds. It won’t just naturally occur, so we look at ten ways to achieve and maintain that work-life balance working from home.

How To Turn Your Backyard Into A Butterfly Sanctuary – Gardening Mentor

Iconic is the most appropriate word to describe the Monarch butterfly. Most of us have fond childhood memories of the unmistakable orange and black beauty flitting around the blue sky on sunny summer days. They were everywhere — and their presence was so magnificent. Their name, in Greek, means “sleepy transformation” in recognition of their ability to hibernate and metamorphize — and if you’ve ever watched it happen through a glass jar, you understand why.

If you’ve been feeling like you don’t see as many Monarch butterflies as you remember seeing 5, 10, or 20 years ago, you’re not imagining things. Loss of habitat, along with pesticides and the eradication of the Monarch butterfly’s host plant (Milkweed), has resulted in Monarch butterflies becoming endangered.

When we hear about an endangered species, it’s hard not to feel helpless and insignificant. But, unlike with many endangered species, you — yes, you! — hold real power to make a positive difference in protecting the Monarch butterfly and helping their populations thrive right in your own backyard. Here are some easy ideas to get you started. Let’s make a positive difference together!

How Strong Does Your Wifi Password Need To Be? – LinkdHOME

Regardless of what you may think about your appeal as a hacking target, cyber security is a real issue for everyday people in the 21st century. Whether it be organized criminals wanting to profit off your identity and empty your bank accounts, or some vindictive script kiddie wanting to mess with your life over some perceived online slight, we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our family’s information.

The subject of home cyber security could take us in many directions, but as our homes become increasingly wireless it seems like a good time to revisit the first line of defense. You’re front door, and the key used to open it, is now your WiFi network and it’s authentication process. You might say that’s all well and good, but what use is the hassle of a strong complex password if the system can be hacked regardless. The good news is that the current wireless security standards are still reasonably robust, but that concern is valid, so we should stake a look at the state of play first.

How To Read Body Language To Reveal The Underlying Truth In Almost Any Situation – Lifehacker

You’ve likely heard that body language accounts for up to 55% of how we communicate, but reading non-verbal cues isn’t just about broad strokes. The same gesture can indicate a number of different things depending on context.

In this post LifeHacker takes a look at three common situations in which non-verbal cues are especially important – detecting lies, going on a date, and interviewing for a job – then explain how to interpret body language more accurately so that you can read between the lines when a person’s words aren’t necessarily conveying the way that they honestly feel.

Living Paycheque To Paycheque? Here’s How To Build A Money Buffer – HuffPost UK

Let’s be honest with ourselves: most of us are short of cash. Even those who earn a decent salary can often find themselves eeking it out at the end of the month – while others are forced into severe budgeting just to stay afloat.

An exclusive study by HuffPost UK and BBC Radio 5 found two-thirds (65%) of people in their 20s have less than £500 in savings – and 30% have none at all.

One lost payday, a lost job or a huge bill could tip most people into the red.

Add to that the expenses of our day-to-day lives – student loans, travel cards, running a car, phone, rent and utility bills – some which we can plan for but many that surprise us – and you can be left with little cash to build secure foundations for the future.

You work to live. So if you’ve got a decent-ish income but zero savings – how do you start creating a money buffer?”

The 36 Best Gantt Chart Software For Project Management In 2021 – nTask

Gantt Charts. The two words that have recently been on a meteoric rise in the world of project management. Everybody is in search of Gantt Charts. Quora is full of scouting inquiries circling around “what is the best Gantt Chart software?”

This is why nTask decided to formulate a list of 36 project management tools that offer dynamic Gantt Charts as an innate part of their application.

9 Essential Rules Of Personal Finance That You Should Follow – Suits Me Card

Personal finance is to do with the way you handle your money and involves all aspects of financial decision making. Learning practical financial skills is key to leading a healthy lifestyle, one that brings security and removes the stress of worrying about money.

Improving your understanding across the different areas of personal finance including, budgeting, debt management, saving, and in some cases investing, will help you to prosper in your day-to-day life and help to add clarity to any big or small financial decision.

When seeking financial freedom, your personal finance plays a vital role to ensure every aspect of your income is handled well, you’re not overspending, and can afford to make payments without running out of money before payday.

Learn how to improve your finance skills by following the important rules laid out in this article.

Beating Writer’s Block: 11 Awesome Tips – StudyCorgi

Have you ever found yourself staring at your laptop’s screen, being unable to write anything? No worries! All writers have to struggle with the lack of inspiration. Want to know how to overcome writer’s block? Study this infographic and learn 11 awesome tips that work!

Running Out Of Cloud Storage? Here’s How To Clear Out Your Gmail Inbox – Mashable

Unfortunately, one of your worst nightmares has come to pass: You ran out of cloud storage in Google Drive. The most likely culprit? Several years of email build-up in your Gmail inbox.

If you found yourself in this situation, there’s no reason to worry. There are plenty of ways to quickly clear up space in your inbox and even some ways to prevent future build-up. With some smart planning, those 15 free gigabytes that Google doles out to every user should be enough for the foreseeable future.

As a quick side note, make sure to check your Google Drive storage page to get an exact readout of which Google apps are taking up the most cloud storage. If your problem actually lies in Drive or Photos, Google has a handy page full of tips to rectify that situation.

Attitude, Presence, And Gratitude Quotes: The Importance Of Being Present – Spread Great Ideas

The right mindset is an indispensable tool in the quest for self-actualization. There are three pillars of the right mindset: a positive attitude, presence in the moment, and gratitude for what one has.

Positivity is not a question of being Pollyannaish, but of seeing the positive potential in any situation. The most successful people are differentiated from the rest of the pack by their ability to see opportunity in just about any failure. A setback for them, is not a setback, but a new set of opportunities. Even in the worst situation we have control over how we react. This, not blinding out the reality of adversity, is what is meant by positive thinking.

Downtime: Why You Need It In Your Life – No Sidebar

Life can get busy. Sometimes the busyness can’t be avoided. Work, family, home ownership, and many other responsibilities are unavoidable. But much of the busyness is of our own making.

If you feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends lately, consider slowing down. There are some strong reasons you need more downtime in your life. Too much busyness can lead to mental health struggles so in order to help check out this article from No Sidebar which gives you some solid tips of how to cut down on the busyness.

Video Marketing: Creating A Successful Strategy – Vloguide

Video marketing is becoming more necessary to grow your business by each year.

So much so that 85% of businesses started using it as a marketing tool last year (i.e. 2020). And this was 63% in 2017.

In this article, Vloguide shows you how to use a video marketing strategy to grow your business.

Have A Great Week

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up, as always if you have any links you like to share with me and my readers please contact me through the website or send me a tweet.

Until next time, Stay Productive!

About The Author

Katy is always trying to be more productive one day at a time! Whether it’s analogue, digital, motivational or psychological who’ll try any system that will help her get things done and get organised. As well as running FlippingHeck.com, she also loves making music and reviewing things.

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