Monday, 4 July 2011

365 Ways to Make Money - Giveaway

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When I first started reading blogs early last year, I stumbled across Kylie Ofiu's blog Aspiring Millionaire where I found a young (she will be 30 in April 2015), bright and highly enthusiastic woman who was putting herself out there and daring to become a millionaire before she is thirty. I have watched on with interest and envy as this tenacious blogger has shared her financial knowledge and aspirations. She is an amazing go-getter.

On July 1, Kylie released her latest book (she self-published a frugal cookbook too) called 365 Ways to Make Money - Ideas for quick $ every day of the year. She was asked to write the book by her, now, publisher who found a popular post on her blog and saw its potential as a book. (Surprisingly, I didn't hear her knocking on my door when I wrote this post back in 2008!)


I have always enjoyed Kylie's ideas on saving money and frugality on her blog. I hadn't really even noticed her tips on 'making money' (I think I am too much of a traditional PAYG kind of girl to get all creative about ways to make money) so this book was new and exciting for me.

The book is brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, just like Kylie's blog. It is like she has never encountered a situation that she couldn't turn into an idea to make a quick dollar! There are already a few posts about Kylie's book in the blogosphere that you should check out (e.g. here and here) so rather than rehash the same things in my review, I think the best thing I can do is pick out Kylie's top tips for the SAHM so that you can have a taste of what is in stall for you:

1. Get advertising - Kylie has ideas for how to advertise with your house, your car or your blog. You can make a pretty penny by letting others use your space to market/advertise their business or product.

2. Work online - From pay-per-click sites to completing online surveys to writing Squidoo lenses, Kylie has ideas for how you can make money from sitting at home on your computer.

3. Use your word processing skills - If you can type, you can make money from typing medical transcripts, university assignments or resumes (amongst other things). You just need to put yourself out there and Kylie shows you how.

4. Help the time-poor - While the work of a SAHM is never done, maybe you could make money helping someone else out? You could try advertising your services for ironing, washing clothes, accepting deliveries or mending/alterations in your local area. You never know who might need a hand.

5. Sell stuff - If you have a glut of books, DVDs, CDs, firewood or even gold, try selling it to make money and declutter your house. Kylie has been doing a challenge to Sell 1000 things on her website (she makes it look easy) but maybe setting a target like that might be just the inspiration you need?

If you would like a copy of this book to call your own, I have one to giveaway to one lucky reader. To be in for a chance, all you need to do is a) be a follower of this blog and b) tell me the craziest thing you have done for an extra dollar. The most creative will win (as determined by me!). Prize drawn 9pm EST Wednesday July 13th. Be in it to win it!

16 comments:

Cate said...

In the good old days (when I only two degrees and two babies) I handed out balloons at a VCE careers expo to advertise a studyguide company. Yes, even I could see the irony :-)
xxxCate

Jen said...

As a uni student I took a job at the local bowling alley, serving customers etc but I also had to recruit them to join the weekly bowling league. Not having much understanding of bowling at all I was none to successful at this and left after two months.

Maxabella said...

You may remember this... The porn writer guy? I stopped typing, of course, but not quickly enough!!! x

PS - hey, is this your first giveaway? It's fabness! x

Photographer Mum said...

Hmmmm, I don't really do crazy, but I did read somewhere once that someone tried melting down old toothpaste tubes (lead based ones) and poured the contents into plaster moulds of coins already made...
Genius really, pity it was illegal...

DancingInTheRain said...

Does busking in a chicken suit on your hens night count?!? I didnt quite get enough to pay for my dinner!

MultipleMum said...

@Cate - that really is funny! Only two degrees and two babies? What were you doing with your time?? lol.

@Jen - I wonder how your bowling is now? Can we attribute the trend back to the game to you?

@Maxabella - I had totally forgotten about that. Hilarious!

@Photographer Mum - not something to try at home. Clearly!

@Dancing in the Rain - that totally counts! I can just see you singing for your supper. tee he.

therhythmmethod said...

I delivered newspapers. It was horrible, and not worth the money. But I was super poor, and my boyfriend at the time was studying for his research masters and we needed to pay the rent.
Kylie sounds amazing! I think you're either born with the entrepreneurial spirit or not. I was not. But I do enjoy reading about them! ;)

Caz (The Truth About Mummy) said...

I once picked avacardos for the day to make some extra $$. It was a very memorable day and I made an entire $20!!

Tat said...

I used to forge my bus passes when I was at school. I was quite good at it, too. I'd just delete the date on the pass, write over the new date and it would last me for a few months (and I'd keep the money my parents gave me). It's sad to think that I haven't really done anything crazy since then... at least as far as money goes.

mummabear1970 said...

When I was in year 5 & 6 in primary school (1980/1) my brother & I memorised the formula for the Rubik's cube. I think we used to charge 20 cents to solve the other kids' cubes! More recently I delivered junk mail - the hours a week of exercise was great but the 16 hours of folding wasn't.

Virginia said...

At uni, my friend and I used to get paid to clean up after the Australia Day fireworks in Perth. We were the only paid workers though, as the others were all completing community service orders! (If only they'd known how much we were getting per hour - I think they would have been furious!). Even though it was pretty hideous work, we always found the odd $20 note, which made it all worthwhile for those 2 days!

Kymmie said...

You know, I've been sitting here for a few moments trying to think of one single silly thing I've done to try and make money. I've busked, but it wasn't that silly. But yes, I've busked.

So uncreative I know! But I'll have to add it to my list of things to do...

Sounds like a fabulous book. Is this your very first giveaway? xx

Miss Mandy said...

I've always tried something but have now realised it needs to be creative to be successful.
I raked leaves for a living as a child, tried avon, phoenix trading, had a go at hand crafted blocks for kids market (way too much effort) and now I've accepted my real job is always going to win financial, boo hoo to that.

Tricia said...

It was probably working as a breakfast waitress. I had to be at work by 5am (which was hard during the freezing canberra winters) and finished at 9, and then went off to my second job.

I've decided over time it's much easier to spend less than earn more. That said, i'd still love ot win Kylie's book ;-)

Petra said...

During uni holidays I used to work at a desert research station in the Namib Desert - collecting beetles and other creepy crawlies from insect traps (buckets) at the bottom of dunes. Had to drive on a quad bike at the crack of dawn with the mist swirling around into the dunes to count and identify any creatures trapped over night. A memorable job, although very little money involved :-)

rambling mum said...

Hi! Just want to say thanks again for this giveaway I was lucky enough to win. Have read the book once, am about to go through it again to determine which ideas we could put into place here. xx

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