Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1.10 Mind-Blowingly Simple Hacks to Earning More Money With Less Work

[Careful Cents] “I don’t want my life to be overrun by my business and let my relationships suffer. And on the flip side, I don’t want my business to suffer because of my personal life. There needs to be a good work-life balance. One of the best ways to create a work-life balance is to work less. Or rather making more money in less time. Is that really possible? YES!”

Sure sounds tempting. Who doesn’t want to make more and work less?

As it turns out, there are simple ways to make it happen, although nearly all of these tips are directed at the self-employed. Examples include hiring an assistant, charging more, grouping tasks into batches, and re-purposing stuff you’ve already done.

2. 10 Hilarious Things People STILL Pay For

[Cash Cow Couple] “People buy the darndest things. There’s really nothing more to say. All that’s left to do is laugh. So enjoy my top 10 hilarious things people STILL pay for.”

We’ve done the same type of story (“21 Things You Should Never Pay For“) but there were things on this list we missed. For example, personalized license plates, trash bags and encyclopedias. See the article for explanations and more things you shouldn’t buy.

3. 5 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Home Business Success

[Cash Money Life] “I started a home business as a freelance writer almost 10 years ago, and it’s been a successful endeavor. However, you can’t just start out and expect success to appear. If you want to increase your chances of success with your home business, here are five tips to consider.”

Since I’ve been working from home for more than 20 years, this headline caught my eye. The tips include getting the family on board, exploring various legal structures for your business, getting business insurance, remembering to pay your taxes, and learning how to collect from clients.

If you’re new to self-employment, whether working from home or not, this post is worth reading.

4. $500 A Month You Might Be Overlooking

[Christian Personal Finance] “Are you accomplishing your financial goals as quickly as you would like? … Would an extra $500 a month help? Of course. And it is possible that you already have that $500; you simply need to corral it and use it.”

So, where do you find an extra $500 every month? You raise your exemptions to keep from getting an income tax refund, then put your “extra” paychecks to work. Check out the post for an explanation.

5. 21 Decisions You’ll Never Regret Making

[Wise Bread] “Spend your time pursuing things that you’ll never regret. Positive aspirations are learning experiences no matter how they turn out. Here are 21 that will only make you happier.”

There are few decisions that qualify as universally correct, but it’s hard to argue with anything on this list. It includes things like advancing your education, saving early, often and automatically, quitting smoking and learning a new language.

Got some time on your hands? Here’s a list of things you can do that will make your life better.

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