4 Easy Ways to Make Extra Cash Now

Whether you are saving up for Christian Louboutin Bollywood stilettos or just working on pumping up your savings so you can tell your boss to get a life…you need cash. Unless you’ve got big plans to maximize your quarterly bonus or your long-lost cousin is going to leave you an unexpected inheritance, try our four easy ways to make extra cash now—and send us a pic of your new Louboutins as a thank you!

1. Pet Sitting

First, stop laughing. Unless you’ve got an allergy to all things fluffy, pet sitting (especially overnight) can be super lucrative. Kennels can charge pet owners upwards of $40-$50 per dog, per night. If you’ve got the time to walk the dog, attend to daily feedings and throw a ball around you may want to consider a small side gig. Plus, the hours are really convenient for someone who already has a 9-5. How to get a gig? Start by creating a simple free website (use a version from WordPress) and then send an email to your entire contact list with the link to your new URL. Chances are, your inner circle will know someone who has a vacation coming up and needs a nice person (like you!) to watch Fido.

2. Consignment Shop

Well, really you’ll need to consignment SELL, the shopping will come later. If you’re horrified at the thought of actually having to present your items in person (for fear of rejection) try an online consignment store like The RealReal, which makes the process so easy. After speaking (on the phone!) to your assigned contact you’ll be emailed a Fedex label you can print out at home. They’ll even arrange for an at-home pick-up from Fedex if you don’t want to drop the items off.

3. Be a Tutor

This will probably only work if you’re GPA was worth talking about…but if you’ve got serious skills in writing, math, science, foreign language or any other subject start marketing your services. Tutors, especially for advanced subjects like calculus can make up to $50 an hour. For tips on how to market your services see the Pet Sitting idea above.

4. Become an Organizer

If your closet looks like the aftermath of a Sak’s annual sale, don’t opt for this money making route, but if you’ve got what it takes to help others organize their spaces read on. One of our favorite self-help authors is Regina Leeds — she literally wrote the book on organizing your life. Read this (and other organizing books) first before giving advice to any clients as you may find some real tips you can integrate in your new side business. Organizing doesn’t have to just be junk drawer related, you can offer organizing services for a closet, office space, kitchen, garage and even car trunk (have you seen ours?) The gig pays well, too — about $40 to $100 per hour.

Job interview soon? Nail the most expected first question.

hunky job interviewer came from getty images.

Thanks to the Longo Job Report for sharing this post titled 10 Good Ways to ‘Tell Me About Yourself’  from TheLadders, an online employment resource.  We couldn’t have said -or written it better – so we are sharing author Scott Ginsberg’s advice. And according to Ginsberg, the way you respond is just as important as what you say.

The medium is the message. The interviewer cares less about your answer to this question and more about the confidence, enthusiasm and passion with which you answer it.

The speed of the response is the response. The biggest mistake you could make is pausing, stalling or fumbling at the onset of your answer, thus demonstrating a lack of self-awareness and self-esteem.

Next time you’re faced with the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself…” question, try these:

  1. “I can summarize who I am in three words.” Grabs their attention immediately. Demonstrates your ability to be concise, creative and compelling.
  2. “The quotation I live my life by is…” Proves that personal development is an essential part of your growth plan. Also shows your ability to motivate yourself.
  3. “My personal philosophy is…” Companies hire athletes – not shortstops. This line indicates your position as a thinker, not just an employee.
  4. “People who know me best say that I’m…” This response offers insight into your own level of self-awareness.
  5. “Well, I googled myself this morning, and here’s what I found…” Tech-savvy, fun, cool people would say this. Unexpected and memorable.
  6. “My passion is…” People don’t care what you do – people care who you are. And what you’re passionate about is who you are. Plus, passion unearths enthusiasm.
  7. “When I was seven years old, I always wanted to be…” An answer like this shows that you’ve been preparing for this job your whole life, not just the night before.
  8. “If Hollywood made a move about my life, it would be called…” Engaging, interesting and entertaining.
  9. “Can I show you, instead of tell you?” Then, pull something out of your pocket that represents who you are. Who could resist this answer? Who could forget this answer?
  10. “The compliment people give me most frequently is…” Almost like a testimonial, this response also indicates self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Surfing the Web is Good For You and Your Boss

Minimizing your computer Internet windows to hide your Twitter activity from the boss? Don’t bother because websurfing could actually be good for you.

Research from the University of Melbourne suggests a quick Facebook update between meetings is productive for both your company and you.

The research found that people who browsed the Web at work for less than 15 percent of the workday were 9 percent more productive  than coworkers who didn’t.

Study author Brent Coker, Ph.D., told Marie Claire Magazine that this could be attributed to the concentration restoration that occurs during web-surfing micro-breaks, plus the autonomy of knowing your employer trusts you to manage yourself


25 High Paying Jobs

Looking for a high paying job? A better question might be what are the high paying jobs…and where are they? Fortune has done an informative wrap up of 25 of the top-paying companies. Somebody has to work there – might as well be you!

Salesforce.com average pay for a senior account executive: $318,323

Bingham McCutchen (Boston law firm) average pay for an associate: $219,888

Devon Energy (Oklahoma City based natural gas and oil company) average pay for an engineer: $172,575

For the entire article click here.

Surfing the Internet at Work is Good For You

Our friends at Marie Claire are reporting on a recent University of Melbourne study that suggests a quick Twitter post at work is good for you and the business. Researchers found that employees who browsed the Internet while at work for less than 15 percent of their workday (yes perpetual Facebook checks don’t actually help your performance — everything in moderation) were 9 percent more productive than coworkers who didn’t browse the ‘net at all.

The study authors say the quick surfing and mini-breaks it provides may actually restore concentration. The more enjoyable the break is — think watching an epic YouTube clip versus online banking – and the more productive the employee will be.


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New Social Media Job Hunting Tips

Savvy social media guru and PR gal Deanna Ferrari just posted some great post-college job searching tips on her blog.

Ferrari says one of the biggest mistakes in a career hunt is not being detailed enough. For example:

-Don’t send the same resume and cover letter to each company; tailor each for the specific job and requirements.

-Say what you’re actually applying for in your cover letter.

-Say who you are applying to in the cover letter (no one at the company is named “To whom it may concern”).

Her social media job searching tips?

-Follow the people/companies you want to work for on Twitter and get to know them first.

-Join LinkedIn groups for your job industry

-Clean up your Facebook page!


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What to Ask Before You Relocate for a Job

We loved this recent article in Marie Claire magazine about relocating for a job. Before you make the big move consider these three questions:

1. Will I get any help with my move? Will your new company pick up relocation expenses like a moving truck rental, professional movers, airfare, etc?

2. Am I protected from being layed off? What if you move and your new employer decides to downsize — ask if you are protected from being layed off for a negotiated amount of time.

3. How will I be paid? If you’re moving to a new country ask if you’ll be paid in U.S. dollars. According to Marie Claire, the best option is a split payroll – half your money in U.S. currency and the other half in the foreign currency.

Are You Using the ‘Magic’ Resume Words?

Do you know the magic resume words to help you land that job? Job search site Indeed.com analyzed millions of job postings and found the most commonly, “occurring professional attributes,” which we’ve listed below:



Problem Solving



Detail oriented





Time Management





Get an Internship

According to a new survey by the Wall Street Journal more internships are leading to full-time jobs. College recruiters said more than 50 percent of their new-graduate hires had been interns at their companies. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported similar findings: nearly 57 percent of students from the class of 2009 got promoted from interns to full-time employees (think – salary), up from 50 percent in 2008.

Pick the Best Nail Polish For an Interview

Sure, you know chipped nails are a no-no for a job interview but what color polish should you choose? We got the scoop from manicurist Marina Bluvshteym at Christopher Salon in Tiburon who says natural or flesh colored nail polish is the best choice. Her favorite colors: Essie’s Mademoiselle and Sugar Daddy as well as OPI’s It’s a Girl. Get pampered by Marina at Christopher Salon, 415.435.0111, Christopher-salon.com