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10 Ways to Turn Your Trash into Cash

10 Ways to Turn Your Trash into CashBy Holly Reisem Hanna

As a youngster, I was extremely money motivated. In fact, my friend and I would come up with new money making schemes all the time. Besides making and selling crafts, perfume, and lemonade, we would also dig through the nearby office park’s dumpers in search of soda cans. Most of the time we would collect the cans and trade in them for money, so we could buy candy from the store. But one summer we collected thousands of soda can tabs and traded them in for a one night stay at a hotel (don’t worry, my friend’s mom chaperoned us on our stay).

It’s really crazy how many ways you can make money, if you try.

If you’re looking to turn your garbage into cash — here are 10 ways to get started.

1. Aluminum Cans

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about making money from your trash. In fact, “According to the Aluminum Association, Americans earn nearly $1 billion a year from recycling aluminum cans”. The national average is $0.50 per pound and it takes about 34 cans to equal a pound. While you’re not going to get rich from recycling your aluminum cans, it is an easy way to add some cash to your wallet while cleaning up your community.

Check out the Alcoa site to find a recycling center near you. (more…)

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An Inside Look at Photo Book Design for Profit

An Inside Look at Photo Book Design for ProfitBy Cathi Nelson

Is the photo album destined to become another relic from the past? The answer is no. But just like many traditions it is evolving and that means there is an opportunity to create a business to meet the needs of families who cherish their photos, but don’t have the time or skill to create photo books for their families.

Ever since people started printing photographs, they found ways to display them. Most families have some sort of album collection whether a scrapbook, pocket page albums, or the plastic sleeves with glue that allowed you to stick the photos on the page. Before digital photography, it was much simpler to create an album. You dropped off a roll of film, waited an hour, picked up your prints in an envelope, and added the best ones into an album while the rest ended up in a shoebox under the bed.

Today the process has become more complicated.

We have more ways than ever to save photos. Whether its on the cloud, on a hard drive, in a camera, or smartphone … but this has only created a “photo overload” problem. People have so many photos they don’t have the time to organize them or do anything meaningful with time. If they do attempt to chose a method to create a digital photo book they are often thwarted by the myriad of choices and anxiety of choosing the right page background, color, and layout. In fact, 80% of all digital photo book projects are never completed. (more…)

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Practical Spring-Cleaning Tips for Your Business

Practical Spring-Cleaning Tips for Your BusinessBy Dawn Berryman

Spring is officially here, at least on the calendar anyway. Are you ready? Have you been in a rut; have you thought about how you can project yourself and your business life forward this spring season? It’s easy to succumb to the winter blues and find yourself less motivated during the more drab weather months of the year. But, it’s just as easy to get yourself motivated and freshened up.

Here are a few tips on how to do just that.

1. Spring clean!

How does your home office space look? Cleaning it up and organizing can reinvigorate you and your energy. People tend to work better and more efficiently when they are doing so in a clean, organized space. Add some color, add some flowers and get your environment primed for success.

The same goes for your business and your to-do list. Evaluate what it is that you are hoping to accomplish in the next several months. Prioritize your list and remove the things that are weighing you down or holding you back. I find it easy to get distracted by the day-to-day details and lose sight of the bigger picture. Re-outlining your goals can help you refocus and get prepared for the busy season ahead. (more…)

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The Path to Becoming a Ghostwriter, Interview with CaroleAnne Hardy

The Path to Becoming a GhostwriterTell us a little bit about your ghostwriting journey.

My path to becoming a ghostwriter was anything but typical. In college, I trained as an actress, learning how to interpret and become a character, and as a writer, learning how to tell a character’s story in a way that induces empathy and understanding. After two years of performing on stage and publishing—including an internship at LA Parent magazine—I dove headfirst into software marketing at a Big Five consulting firm. While there, I was responsible for writing in-depth sales proposals and other correspondence, all that required adapting and communicating in the voice of a particular individual—including one of six sales reps or one of a dozen senior partners.

That experience helped me build my skills, and it led me into a career in creative marketing, first at Manugistics (which was acquired by JDA) and then at E-Z Data (which was acquired by Ebix). As my colleagues moved on following each acquisition, many started their own companies and came to me for marketing expertise and ghostwriting services. As well, my many financial advisor clients at E-Z Data had come to respect my writing skills, and they also came to me for help. Five years ago, I started working almost exclusively as a ghostwriter for advisors. (more…)

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When One Door Closes Another One Opens — But the Hallway Sure Sucks!

When One Door Closes Another One Opens -- But the Hallway Sure Sucks! By Kelly Robbins

Whenever you step into a new phase of life; from having a baby to working from home rather than in a corporate job, there is a transition period. The transition is that period between leaving your J-O-B and actually supporting yourself in your new business. The initial bliss of having a new baby and the reality of your 85th day in a row up at 2:00am.

Behind the new door is often what we strive to create. More money. Independence. Freedom. Happiness. Family.

I strongly believe creating all of these things is your God-given birthright. However, you have to choose it and step into creating it to make it happen.

As a business coach, I help people close one door and step into another. It’s not usually easy and it takes a strong, disciplined person to keep walking down the hallway – particularly when they can’t see the next door yet.

That hallway often feels dark, scary and unknown. It’s an in-between place and it takes faith and determination to stay the course between doors and not quit. (more…)

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