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Sign up with VIPKID to Work From Home as an ESL Teacher!

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Looking for unique ways to make money from home? Apply with VIPKID to be a teacher from the comfort of your own home!

If you have a four-year degree, you can apply with VIPKID to become a work-from-home ESL teacher to kids in China! We’ve posted about this in the past, and tons of readers have been teaching with VIPKID for years and have great things to say about it!

VIPKID is an online English education platform allowing children ages 4-12 in China to take classes from North American teachers. As a VIPKID teacher, you have the flexibility to work at home and make your own schedule. You can work when you want during hours that best fit your daily routine, and you’ll make $14-$22 per hour!

In order to apply to be a VIPKID teacher, you must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree in any field.
  2. Have at least one school year of full-time teaching experience or equivalent hours in similar educational activities (such as home schooling, tutoring, or educational mentoring).
  3. Be eligible to work in the U.S. or Canada.

Note that you do NOT need to speak Chinese in order to teach!

Teach from home with VIPKID

If you meet all of these requirements, follow these instructions to apply:

  1. GO HERE to sign-up.
  2. Fill out your basic information.
  3. Go through the interview process that involves a demo of your teaching skills.
  4. Go through their Intro to Teaching class.
  5. Practice teaching a mock class with an experienced VIPKID teacher.
  6. Sign your contract and start teaching kids!

It’s that easy! If you follow these steps and meet all qualifications, you could become a VIPKID teacher within less than a month!

Go here to apply for VIPKID.

Sign up with EF Education First to work from home as an ESL teacher!

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Looking for unique ways to earn a part-time income from home? Apply to teach with EF Education First!

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree, you can currently apply with EF Education First to to make money teaching kids English online from the comfort of your home!

With EF Education First, your teaching is supplemental to what they’re already learning in a classroom environment. You don’t need any mandatory props or teaching backdrops.

And you can earn up to $2,000 per month teaching part-time with EF Education First!

Interested? Here’s how to apply:

  1. Go HERE and and enter your name and e-mail address to get started.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Speak to someone from the recruitment team.
  4. If hired, you’ll get a contract and be up and running in as little as two weeks!

Go here to apply to teach with EF Education First!

Psst! Looking for more opportunities like this? You can also apply with VIPKID or Qkids to teach part-time from home!

Sign up with OneOpinion to earn cash or gifts cards for taking surveys!

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If you’re looking for ways to make some extra cash from home, OneOpinion might be a really great option for you!

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Sign up with OneOpinion to take surveys and earn points that can be redeemed towards cash or gift cards!

Once you reach 25,000 points, you can cash in for $25 in the form of PayPal funds, a VISA gift card, or an Amazon gift card!

This company gets really great reviews — with many people saying this is their favorite survey company! A lot of the reviews talk about the availability of quick and easy surveys, their amazing 24/7 customer service with a smaller customer-focused team, and super quick payout when you redeem your points.

Have any of you ever tried OneOpinion? I’d love to hear about your experience!

Go here to sign up with OneOpinion.

Surveys are a great way to make some extra income on the side! This is a great list of legitimate survey sites you can trust!

Looking for more opportunities to make money from home? See my list of recommended survey companies here.

Free eCourse: How to Make Money from Home with an Amazon FBA Business

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Looking for some unique ways to make money from home? You might want to try an Amazon FBA Business!

If you’re interested in making an income from home and you’re looking for ideas, be sure to sign up for this free eCourse on how to work from home with an Amazon FBA business.

This e-mail series is taught by the Selling family — a husband and wife team who have been making a full-time income from home through Amazon since 2011.

In this series, you will learn:

  • What an Amazon FBA business is and how it works
  • What types of items you can sell on Amazon and how prices differ
  • How to set up an Amazon seller account
  • Plus more!

Go here to sign up for this free eCourse.

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend Angie Nelson’s eCourse: How to Land Your First Work-At-Home Job. This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

Grocery Savings that Come in a Box

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Do you struggle with the cost of produce for your family? If so, check out this solution for grocery savings that come in a box — delivered to your door!

Psst! Looking for more grocery savings? Sign up for my FREE cheat sheet on 10 ways to cut your grocery bill by $50 per week!

Misfits Market Grocery Savings

The following is a guest post by Samantha Hatcher from Inspired By Lucile and Self Care Mama Club.

The Cost of Produce

Have you ever gotten to the middle of the pay period only to discover you have either run out of produce or what you have has gone bad? That was my problem for years. Produce would go bad because I didn’t get to it fast enough, or we would be scrounging around for any vegetable to put with our main dish. (And with nine people in the house, this is a real problem!)

Besides meat, produce is usually the most expensive item for most people. When you are trying to make sure your family has a nice variety of fruits and vegetables, it can start to add up in cost. And when not everything is in season, the prices of out of season imported produce is even higher!

My family has their favorite veggies and fruits that I almost always pick up at Aldi, and while they have some of the best prices for organic produce, their out of season produce isn’t very flavorful. Think of a garden-fresh tomato and one from the store. They taste completely different.

The Struggle with Buying Produce

Buying produce can be overwhelming.

Maybe you pick up the same exact produce each shopping trip, despite being sick of eating it. Why? Because you know these tried and true purchases will work for your family.

Or perhaps you stand there not knowing what to buy, overwhelmed by the rainbow of produce in front of you.

Or maybe you’re the mom who doesn’t have time to go to the store to buy real food between work, errands, and kids’ activities. You don’t care what they eat; you wish it would show up at your door like magic.

I have dealt with all these struggles during different seasons of my life. I know the stress and brainpower it takes to plan meals, shop, put it all away, and cook all the meals. And the night of shopping, we usually just end up having pizza.

I’ve honestly gone through seasons when even going to the grocery store made me want to consider having my entire family fast.

This past year I realized I desperately needed a solution — one that would take care of all these struggles and not break the bank.

Enter Misfits Market

A few months ago, I discovered Misfits Market through a friend.

On a whim, I decided to sign up with her referral link to get 25% off my first box. And I was SO pleased!!

Everything was fresh, delivered with several cold packs, and was shipped to my house in two days. The variety of items was overwhelming, but looked like almost all of it was something I would have bought anyway. Things were a bit odd-shaped or sized, but I definitely didn’t mind!

I checked out the price and picked the larger box, which says it is for a family of five and is 18-22 pounds. The box is normally $35, but with the 25% discount it brought it down to $26.25 — which is a great price, considering all of it is organic!

I was pretty hooked after my first box and knew that I couldn’t get that much produce at the store for that price, especially organic. I decided to give it a try, and knew that we could cancel the subscription if we didn’t like it.

Grocery Savings in a Box

Changing Up Our New Favorite Produce

I was the mom who bought the same produce over and over without thinking. And when I got tired of it, I just stood there and stared at the produce, hoping it would have some answers for me.

When my first Misfits Market box arrived, everything looked like something we would eat, except for eggplant.

I have only eaten eggplant a few times in my life. It was slimy and gross, but I was determined to give it a try. I found this great recipe for eggplant fries, and that changed everything! The first night we tried them, we ran out of eggplant fries instead of chicken, and my children were asking for more!

We had a hit on our hands. The next box contained swiss chard and more eggplant. We once again made the fries, and we roasted the swiss chard with gnocchi. Yum! Once again, something new was a big hit for our family.

When our third box arrives, my six-year-old said, “Oh, goodie, I hope there is an eggplant.” To her disappointment, there wasn’t eggplant, but we discovered how much we loved pomegranates!

Grocery Savings that Come in a Box

Because of the Misfits Market box, I no longer have to make a mid-paycheck trip to the grocery store, which would cost more than it should.

This Misfits Market box not only has saved me from going to the grocery store, but has pushed me to expand my culinary skills and our children’s taste buds.

Never did I imagine that any of my children would say they hope we got eggplant. Never did I imagine my kids would be so excited about new foods and finding recipes to try.

But here we are! I have cut my grocery bill by $250 each month, my family is trying new things, and my children are learning to like new things that I would never have bought before.

Because of all these reasons, I’ve become a faithful Misfits Market subscriber!

Samantha is a SAHM of 7 children who has spent 25 years learning how to live on one income. She used the wisdom of her Grandma Lucile, who grew up during the depression, to learn how to get the best bang for her buck. When she isn’t homeschooling her kids, you will find her blogging at Inspired By Lucile or the Self Care Mama Club.

How To Make Money Creating Printables

Did you know you can make money creating printables and selling them online? This is such a great way to make some extra income from home!

Guest post from Bridget of SunshineAndRainyDays.com

When my kids were young, I remember putting them to bed and just sobbing. I absolutely LOVED being a stay-at-home mom and didn’t want that to change, but I felt empty. I needed something more — something that would allow me to have my own identity.

As the kids got a little older, I poured myself into volunteer work. A friend and I started a MOPS group at our church, and I volunteered in my kids’ classrooms, with the PTA, and at church. At one point, I realized my volunteer hours had become a full time job. Counting Box Tops is no joke!

When the kids hit high school, the volunteer opportunities started drying up. I stepped away from my roles at church and decided it was time to pursue something just for me!

I followed a few bloggers, took one of Crystal’s blogging courses, and eventually started creating printables. That’s when everything started to click, and I realized I had found what I really, truly enjoy!

Printables made excellent opt-ins for my blog, but then I discovered you can also make money selling printables. Yay!

What Is A Printable?

A printable is a digital file suitable or fit to be printed or published. That’s a stuffy dictionary definition.

Are you ready for MY definition of printables?

Printables are digital files you can download to your own computer and print at home to make life easier, add fun to your life, keep you organized, or help save you money!

printables idea: Birthday Party In A Box

Examples Of Printables

The best printables to sell are the ones with everyday, practical uses. Think about what printables might make life easier or more fun, help someone stay organized or save money — the possibilities are endless!

Here are some examples below of printables I’ve created in the past…

Birthday Party In A Box — This one makes your life easier when you want to send a Birthday Surprise to someone you can’t celebrate with in person. You don’t have to come up with your own box decorations because we’ve done it for you!

Leprechaun’s Loot — Surprise your co-workers, friends, and family with Leprechaun’s Loot to make St. Patrick’s Day a bit more FUN!

Medical Binder — This one is a great example of one way to stay organized with printables.

Christmas Trivia Printables — These make Christmas party planning easier, the party more fun, you’ll impress your guests with your organized game, and you’ll save money because it’s a super inexpensive way to entertain!

How To Create Printables

In the beginning, I created printables using a combination of free programs like Canva, PicMonkey, Numbers, and Pages.

Then, I discovered Affinity Designer. I now create all of my printables in Affinity Designer and can make them look just the way I want with this one app. It’s so easy!

Here’s how to create a printable:

  1. Come up with a printable idea.
  2. Make a quick sketch of your design.
  3. Set up your page in your design software.
  4. Design your printable.
  5. Include your URL and copyright symbol.
  6. Print your design to try it out.
  7. Save as a PDF to share.

For more in depth instructions on creating printables, be sure to check out my guest post over at Your Blogging Mentor.

selling printables in Shopify

Where To Sell Printables

Are you excited to create printables, but you aren’t quite sure where to sell them? You actually have quite a few options!

Here are just a few ideas:

1. Gumroad — This is a marketplace for creators to sell their products. I like Gumroad because you can start selling printables without a monthly fee — which makes it a great way to test out your new products. At the time I wrote this article, they take $0.30 + 3.5% one-time fee per sale. You only pay the fee if your product sells, so there’s very little risk. And Gumroad collects the money for you and deposits it (minus fees) into your account. You can go here to see an example of a product I have listed on Gumroad.

2. Shopify — While I still have a few sales trickling in from Gumroad, I pretty much have exclusively switched over to a Shopify store. I love Shopify, because it allows me to create an entire store with different printable collections and they offer a great user experience for your customers. There is a monthly fee, so this is only a good option if you’re at a place where you’re selling printables on a regular basis.

3. Etsy — I have not personally ever sold anything on Etsy, but I know plenty of people who do and are very successful with it! The advantage of Etsy is the massive number of people who frequent the site looking for specific item. Buyers may stumble upon your printables in Etsy through a search on the platform.

4. Teachers Pay Teachers — If you plan to create a lot of educational printables, Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent platform for you to sell on. Your very first product that you list has to be free, and then you can start charging after that.

5. Sell as a virtual assistant — If you aren’t interested in starting a blog or having your own online store, you have other options — one of which is to sell to bloggers! Most bloggers don’t have time to do everything, so they hire virtual assistants to create printables for them. A great way to find work with bloggers is by searching for Facebook groups where you can advertise your printables to bloggers. One example is this VA for Hire Facebook group. Once you make a sale, you can use a PayPal business account to invoice and collect payment.

6. Create printables for people you know — Another option is to create printables for people you know! Showcase your work on social media and get the word out that you are creating printables for others. As you do more and more work, the word will spread! It can be fun to create printables for customers, because you get to experiment with bringing their vision to life! Just be sure to correctly estimate how long the work will take you and decide on a fair hourly rate that’s worth your time.

Tip: When you create printables for others, be sure to look at it as a business transaction. They will likely have changes they would like you to make and that’s okay! That’s a part of the process and it’s important to not take it personally. Over time, you will learn the likes and dislikes of your customers. This will make future projects go quicker!

It’s nearly impossible to be on every platform, so I recommend that you just pick one to start with and dive in! Learn everything you can about the platform and try it out.

How To Advertise Printables

Once you’ve created a few printables, you need a way to point buyers to your product — which is where advertising comes into play!

If you’re looking for some easy ways to advertise, try one of these:

1. Advertise Through A Blog — The first printables I sold were through blog posts on Sunshine And Rainy Days. I used Gumroad to sell those printables and it worked quite well! (You can see one of my early months of sale from back in 2017 above.) And blog posts continue to be the primary way I advertise printables!

2. Create Pinterest Pins — Pinterest is considered a search engine and many people go to Pinterest to find ideas and solve problems. Create your Pinterest pin, highlight your printable, link it to the product, and pin away! Don’t forget to add keywords and hashtags in the description to help Pinterest users more easily stumble upon your pin in search!

3. Share On Social Media — You can also share your printables on social media with a link to your product. Share on your own page or in Facebook groups. (Just be sure to read group rules to make sure you’re allowed to share in the group.)

creating easy Christmas printables

Printables Have Huge Potential!

Last year, the kids wanted to throw a Christmas Party for their friends. I created three different printable Christmas games to play at the party and sold each of them in my Shopify store. Even though I didn’t create the games until toward the end of November, the sales were still decent.

One of those games was the Toilet Paper Snowman Game. In one month, I sold 31 digital copies of that game at $2 each. That’s $62 (minus fees) for a game that I made for my kids’ Christmas party and added to the shop.

Imagine if you had multiple products like the Toilet Paper Snowman Game!

Before I started a blog, I didn’t know this whole printables world even existed. Now, creating printables is one of my favorite things to do! The kicker is, I actually make money creating printables — the same printables that I create and use in my own home to make life easier, create more fun, stay more organized, and save more money!

In the near future, I hope to create printable bundles to sell at a higher price point and increase our income potential.

If you’re interested in creating printables, just start with one printable product and try it out. It takes time to create quality products and build up your store, but there’s no better time to start than right now!

It takes time to create your products and build your store. Start with one printable product. There’s no better time than right now!

Bridget is the wife of a super awesome principal and mom to two incredible teens! She spends her days cheerleading her songwriting son, plotting the next box to send the college student, and creating printables to share with YOU! DIY and Printables are her jam and it is her desire to inspire domestic engineers to make every day full of Sunshine and Happiness!