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Make Money When You Work From Home

22 Mar 2016 
Ever since the publication of my book, "Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash Without the Commute," which became a New York Times bestseller, I've researched and tested hundreds of opportunities to make money from home.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, most turn out to be scams. That's why I'm always thrilled when I find legitimate opportunities that work. (For a comprehensive list of some of the ways to make money at home -- from a few bucks here and there to a fulltime income, visit my Web site WomenForHire.com.)

The sites that follow offer qualified users the chance to get paid to create content, tweet ads, and test Web sites. Don't count on them to pay your mortgage -- at least not at first -- but if you're what they're looking for, the money may cover your phone bill or a night out. Perhaps best of all: None of these sites will ask for a penny from you up front.

nullInternet Sites Pay for MaterialCreate quality content. If you're an experienced writer, photographer or videographer, Seed.com, which is owned by AOL, may be a high-profile home for your work. AOL operates 80 Web sites on every imaginable topic: movies, pets, golf, style, parenting and more, producing an extraordinary amount of content that attracts more than 74 million visitors a month.

Here's how it works: Seed enables AOL site editors to post writing, photography -- and soon video -- assignments that are open to anyone, which allows them to draw from a vast pipeline of talent throughout the country. Recent assignments range from a photograph of a toddler in a high chair to an article on the latest lipsticks for spring. It's a very diverse mix.

Register on the site to access the complete listings. When you see an assignment that's right up your alley, submit your work. If it's approved, you'll get paid.



AOL says payment averages $25 to $75 per assignment -- some assignments pay even more -- and only the best content is accepted. In its first month, AOL editors posted 2,000 assignments and it's expected to grow steadily from there.

Other sites to explore that also pay widely varying rates for content: DemandStudios.com, Examiner.com, Helium.com and AssociatedContent.com.

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For You, Tweets Can Mean CashFor anyone who's active on Twitter, you can turn those tweets into cash. You probably won't make tens of thousands of dollars like reality star celebrities, but you might as well give it a shot.

SponsoredTweets.com, which facilitates deals between advertisers and Twitter users, says it has 2,500 advertisers, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mom and pop businesses that want to promote something to the Twitter audience.

Here's how it works: As a Twitter user, you can sign up for a free account to be paid for messages that advertisers want delivered to your audience. Advertisers will select you based on three factors: the number of followers you have (at least 200), the topic(s) you generally tweet about, and, most importantly, how engaged you are with your audience.

For just a few hundred followers, you may make $1 or $2 per tweet, and receive a few offers a month. If you have 1,000 followers and you're actively engaging with them, you could hit $50 or $75 a month in total payments. The more followers and the greater engagement, the more cash you can expect.

Three months ago I signed up for a free account on SponsoredTweets.com. During that time, I've earned more than $200 based on $15 per tweet. You control the ads you tweet, which means you can reject them if they're not right for you and your audience. In my case, I frequently reject offers because they don't appeal to me. If I had accepted every offer that was presented to me, I would have made four times as much.

Everyone should be using Twitter as a job search, networking and brand-building tool, so it makes sense to sign up for a free account on both SponsoredTweets.com and Ad.ly, another reputable service, to see if you can make money at it too. (I'm testing Ad.ly too and will report back on my results.)

Once you sign up, if you refer friends who become successful on these sites, you'll be eligible for minimal commissions on their earnings.

Consider Web Site TestingIn the past, if a company wanted to test the usability of its Web site, they'd set up a focus group in a lab and invite people to come in, which was an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. Now, it's done easily, quickly and inexpensively online. If you have a computer with high-speed internet, you could apply to be such a tester.

Here's how it works: At UserTesting.com, a two-year-old service, applicants complete a two-step process to be considered. The first asks for basic background information -- such as age, gender, income, zip code and skills. The second step is to take a 10-minute test that simulates a real assignment you'd receive if selected.

You could be asked to visit a specific Web site and perform an exact function -- such as to visit a clothing Web site and find and purchase a long-sleeved women's button-down shirt. While you're doing that, your screen is being recorded to track your mouse movement and clicks, and your voice (but not your face) is recorded to hear as you verbalize your steps. You must be good at verbalizing what you're doing as you navigate the site -- the imagery, text, colors, promotional messages and so on.

If you pass that, you're registered in the system to receive assignments as they come up, for which you're paid $10 for about 10 to 20 minutes of work.

Be a Web AffiliateIf you have a blog, Web site or newsletter, sign up for affiliate programs from any number of Web sites that sell a product or service that would appeal to your audience. From giants like Amazon.com to small niche sites, you can earn a healthy commission for sending customers their way just by posting links on your site.

A new entry in the affiliate space is TheGiftionary.com, which is run by my "Will Work From Home" co-author Robyn Spizman. It's free to register as an affiliate and you'll receive a custom code and link to share on your site. You'll make $25 every time you successfully refer a paid customer to the site.

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the anchor of Job Club on ABC News Now. She is the CEO of Women For Hire and the founder of WaggleForce. Talk to her at Twitter.com/ToryJohnson.

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Bar Mitzvah Planning - 13 Things Your Parents Did Not Have To Do

18 Mar 2016 
Did Our Parents Need a Bar Mitzvah Planning Guide?Why is there so much more on our "To Do" list?

Modern Bar Mitzvah planning now includes thirteen things your parents did not have to do. If you had your Bar/Bat Mitzvah anytime before the 1980s, it was a fairly simple affair to plan. After receiving the date from the synagogue, all your parents had to do was book a party venue, hire a band, order the invitations and thank you cards, get flowers for centerpieces, and buy everyone new clothes and shoes. Little more was required.

Sometime during the Alexis Carrington Dynasty years on television, when excess became the norm, Bar Mitzvah parties started to become more elaborate. The focus started to shift from the service and moved to the party. While the pendulum is swinging back, there are still things that are now part of Bar Mitzvah planning that were not years ago.

Are all of the items on this list necessary? The answer is subjective, as it depends upon how much time you want to devote to planning and how much money is in your Bar Mitzvah budget.

Personalized Bar Mitzvah Stamps

Before the internet, your parents went to the post office and hoped they had a pretty stamp for the invitation they ordered. With the advent of Zazzle, parents can now create custom made stamps. You can choose from a design on the website or create your own using a picture of your son or daughter.

Synagogue Programs

In order to make all guests feel included, especially those who are not Jewish, most synagogues require the family to create a booklet that describes the service. A template is provided, and parents need to fill out the pertinent information and have it run off. In the past, it was assumed that guests were Jewish and knew what was going to take place.

Hiring a Bus

After the service in the synagogue was over, children were rounded up in two's and three's and seated in the back of Uncle Morris and Aunt Sophies Cadillac so they could be driven to the party venue.

That no longer happens.

Today, parents are expected to higher a bus to transport their young guests to the party. For children who only invite a few friends, a limousine bus is hired for this task.

Hiring a DJ and More

Thirty years ago, hiring a five piece band to play music at the Bar Mitzvah party was commonplace and budget friendly. When professional DJs came along, they were able to play a bigger variety of music at a better price Nowadays, youre not just hiring a professional DJ to play music. You also need to hire a master of ceremonies, as well as two or more dancers to help get the party going. A good DJ with enthusiastic dancers

can keep fifty twelve and thirteen year olds well occupied.

Bar Mitzvah Giveaways

One of the jobs of the dancers you hire is to hand out giveaways. Children attending todays parties are expecting goodies, like funky hats, blinking eyeglasses, inflatable guitars and sneakers. It isnt enough anymore to just provide good music. Our parents did not have to plan and purchase Bar Mitzvah giveaways.

Bar Mitzvah Entertainment

Once upon a time, when your parents were creating your Bar Mitzvah plan, the band was the entertainment for everyone at the party. If the band was playing a slow song or taking a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s, we would amuse ourselves. A favorite pastime was to make memory glasses. Using a party venue glass, swizzle sticks and matchbooks immersed in water, we would use candles to seal the top.

Most families now hire additional entertainment for their guests. Photo booths, photo giveaways, caricaturists, and face painters are just a few of the entertainers some parents add for their guests.

Sign in Board or Book

Wedding guest books have been around forever, but the Bat/Bat Mitzvah sign in board and guest book is something new. Sign in boards can simply be an enlarged poster sized photo of the child, or they can be more elaborate. Guests sign the picture and offer the child mazel tov and best wishes.

Other people choose to have a sign in book. Creative types can do this from scrapbook materials, while others use themed sign in books. Either one you choose, be sure to have plenty of pretty colored markers for guests to use.

Bar Mitzvah Theme

Adults over the age of 30 can remember a time when the Bar Mitzvah party was just that a party. Now it is expected to have some kind of theme. Choosing your theme is huge, because so much of your Bar Mitzvah planning will revolve around it. Our parents did not have to do this, and as the adults, they never wouldve asked our opinion anywayParty Favors

In the past, no one had to buy Bar Mitzvah party favors. The fancy families would have Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle at every seat. Nowadays, parents have to plan on buying some kind of thank you gift for the guests who are children. Party favors can be T-shirts, water bottles, sweatpants, gumball machine, nylon sacks, or any other item that can be imprinted the childs name and date of the event.

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Thematic Centerpieces

A beautiful floral arrangement in the colors your parents selected used to be a sufficient centerpiece at each table. Because each party has a theme, the centerpiece is required to match it.

Table Seating Cards

When you hired a party venue in the past, they would give your parents those little foldable tent cards. Once again, becauseparties have themes,these table cards must now coordinate. For example, admission tickets can be used as a feeding card for anAmerican Idol Bat Mitzvah themeor a sports Bar Mitzvah theme.

Bathroom Baskets

Because you never know when someone needs some dental floss or breath mint, many families are now creating bathroom baskets for the party venue.Be careful what you put in there, because many of the teens just take what you place in them.

Hotel Gift Bags

Families used to live near each other and visit often. Our modern society has family spread across the United States and even the world,guests are comingfor the weekend and not just for the day. To make them feel welcome after traveling, parents planning the weekend provide hotel guests with gift bags filled with food and drink.

Creating aBar Mitzvah planwith these thirteen things our parents did not have to do creates extra work for todays families. Choosing which ones you want to use and which ones to omit will make planning yours easier on you.

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Make Money Online From Home Using Your Writing Skills by Chris Grayson

18 Mar 2016 
To many people, being able to make money online from home remains a distant dream but there are lots of people out there who have gone out and actually turned that dream into a reality. If you are one of the dreamers who desire to work from home and you have some basic writing skills you should get started right away. The Internet is literally a land of opportunity for you and it is easily possible to make a good living.

The following are just a few ways that you can put your creativity to good use and make money online from home using your writing skills:

You can join pay per view article sites. If you do a search online of article submission sites you will find many opportunities to make money online from home by writing. These sites will generally allow you to choose the topics you write about and when people read your articles you will earn money.

The amount you get paid per view of your article will vary, but you will find that most will pay at least one penny for each view. This sounds like a small amount but as long as you take the time to market your work it is possible to earn a reasonable amount of money.

There are some very good article distribution services out there that can submit your articles to literally hundreds, possibly thousands of online article directories. This is exactly what you need if you are going to make a serious attempt to make money online from home. To do this manually yourself would be virtually impossible so it is well worth the small investment and with potentially increase your earnings ten fold.



You can also join article request sites. These are sites that people visit when they are looking for original content for their own websites and blogs. Usually they leave a request for the sort of subject matter they are looking for and you can respond to their requests and write an article accordingly.

The pay will vary, but many website and blog owners are willing to pay a reasonable amount of money for well written original articles and this is a great way to make money online from home. Many people find they can often make as much as an extra $500 a month or more simply by answering these online requests.

You may prefer to go out and find private clients who will offer you a permanent position. You will often find that the pay is a little less, but it will give you a steady income. The amount of work required will vary from client to client. Some may need only 2 or 3 articles a week from you where others might expect as many as 40 to 50.

Some people prefer to make money online from home with their writing skills by submitting their articles to online magazines. You will probably find the competition is a little tougher but many of the online magazines pay high prices for the articles they purchase. You will be able to find many online magazines by doing a Google search and if you visit their sites you will be able to read their submission guidelines and submit your articles accordingly.

The opportunities to make money online from home by writing are endless. You can blog on your own website, you can write blogs for other peoples websites and submit articles to online directories and magazines. All you need to earn some extra money is basic writing skills.

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Docs Charged With Selling Samples

15 Mar 2016 
Federal prosecutors have charged three pharmacists and two doctors with selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drug samples that were supposed to have been given to patients for free.

Prosecutors in criminal cases filed Monday accused the doctors of selling pharmacists thousands of free pills given to them by pharmaceutical companies as part of promotional programs.

The pharmacists then punched the pills out of their sample-size packets and mingled them with other medications for resale to patients, the government claimed.

Information about the drugs' expiration dates and lot numbers were lost in the process, making it impossible for patients to know when the medications expired, or identify pills with potential problems in the event of a product recall.

The defendants face fines and potential jail time if convicted.

One pharmacist, Mark Rubin, 51, of Bucks County, allegedly paid doctors and pharmaceutical company representatives $500,000 for the "free" samples, then resold them at a profit.



His attorney did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment Monday.

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Rousseff in survival mode after historic Brazil protests

15 Mar 2016 
Rousseff in survival mode after historic Brazil protests - Yahoo News

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff huddled with cabinet ministers Monday after mass demonstrations calling for her resignation pushed Latin America's biggest country further into crisis.

Rousseff made no comment after her meeting in the capital Brasilia, but in the wake of Sunday's protests, she is fighting for her political life.

Between one and three million people flooded the streets of Sao Paulo, Rio, Brasilia and some 400 other cities, according to conflicting data.

Turnout in Sao Paulo was estimated at 500,000 by the research center Datafolha and 1.4 million by the Sao Paulo military police. The figures surpassed estimates by either organization in previous opposition demonstrations.

Protesters said they were fed up with the country's worst recession in 25 years, a massive corruption scandal unfolding at state oil company Petrobras and the government's complete inability to pass laws in Congress.

The historic rebuff on the streets left Rousseff few options as another grueling week started, with Congress geared up to relaunch stalled impeachment proceedings.

View galleryHuge crowds took to the streets of Brazil on Sunday…Huge crowds took to the streets of Brazil on Sunday to call for the resignation of President Dilma R ...

An attempt to impeach the country's first female president began last year but fizzled out on technicalities.

On Wednesday or Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to set out the rules, opening the door for Rousseff's many enemies in the legislature to ramp up the pressure.

- Lula facing corruption judge -

In parallel to the political assault against Rousseff, her mentor and predecessor as president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, faces money laundering charges related to the Petrobras probe.

State prosecutors who had filed criminal charges and requested detention for Lula transferred their case to the federal judge already investigating the leftist icon in a parallel case.

View galleryDemonstrators demand the resignation of Brazilian President…Demonstrators demand the resignation of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in a protest in Sao Paulo ...

This would concentrate Lula's fate in the hands of Judge Sergio Moro, the relentless head of the probe into the Petrobras corruption scheme.

For Rousseff, the legal onslaught threatens a key ally.

Lula, who founded the ruling Workers' Party and was president from 2003-2010, is far more popular than she is and provides much of her credibility with the left-wing base.



There have been persistent Brazilian media reports that Rousseff is offering Lula a ministerial post in a last-ditch attempt to keep prosecutors at bay.

If he joins the government, his case would be out of Moro's jurisdiction and transferred to the Supreme Court.

View galleryA woman protests against Brazilian President Dilma…A woman protests against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro on March 13, 2016 (AFP ...

Lula, who vigorously denies the allegations of corruption, says that prosecutors have only spurred him into deciding on a comeback attempt as president when Rousseff's second term ends in 2018.

"I am an old man who was trying to rest," Lula, 70, told police 10 days ago when he was briefly detained for questioning in the Petrobras probe.

"I will be a candidate for the presidency in 2018, because I think a lot of the people who've been on my back will be getting the same treatment from me from now on," he said, according to a transcript released Monday.

- Running out of friends --

Planning the next election may be premature with Rousseff battling just to survive her second term.

View galleryBrazilian protesters say they are fed up with the country's…Brazilian protesters say they are fed up with the country's worst recession in 25 years (AFP Pho ...

The impeachment case rests on allegations that Rousseff's government illegally manipulated accounts to boost public spending during her 2014 re-election campaign.

During the first push last year, analysts reckoned that Rousseff could still get enough votes from sympathetic deputies to survive. That is becoming less clear.

Her Workers' Party is in a shaky coalition with the bigger PMDB. On Saturday, a PMDB congress discussed pulling out altogether, with a decision to be taken in 30 days.

Relations between the Workers' Party and the PMDB have been strained for a long time. But the PMDB leader Michel Temer is Rousseff's vice president and as such would replace her automatically should she be impeached -- a tempting incentive for the biggest party in Congress.

Analysts said all parties were watching the protest turnout on Sunday and that the big crowds could help push wavering deputies to support impeachment.

"This has been a very bad weekend for the government," said analyst Sergio Praca at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio.

"The demonstrations were very powerful... It's the worst scenario possible for the government."

An indicator of how much support the Workers' Party can still muster will come this Friday, when Rousseff supporters plan their own street protests.

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