Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Talent Leads to Extra Cash

To help out the cash flow, my husband did a side job on his furlough day. Luckily he enjoys landscaping as well as being handy with odd jobs. He trimmed a tree for one person and did some household repairs for someone else. Earned enough to buy some groceries.

My tip to everyone is to look at your interests and see if you can turn it into a small side business. I notice a lady in my area is advertising her sewing skills to alter and repair clothing. Someone else is offering to run errands. I was thinking today about a dog poop business. What if I charged $10 per yard each week and got as few as 5 yards? I could get it all done on a Saturday morning and make $50 for the week. Not a bad idea!

Think outside the box to come up with a quick business that doesn't require a lot of upfront cash. Good luck!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Let's Get Started with Interviewing

I'm so excited! I just wrote my first eHow article and it really wasn't that hard. It's about preparing for a job interview. You can check it out at

Actually, PLEASE check it out! I need to get views so I can get some notoriety. I appreciate all pity views, so pass it on to your friends, family, enemies, etc.

During my career in Human Resources I managed a training program for people on unemployment. Part of the program was a job skills class that included info on interviewing skills and resume preparation. I plan to share all that knowledge on eHow. So the above article is the first of several. I'll go into the details of some of the steps in later articles.

And for all of you searching for jobs, I wish you the best of luck. Through my career I have interviewed hundreds of people. My best advice is for you to remember that the interviewer wants you to be the last person they have to meet for the job. However, they have to make sure you'll be a good fit. It doesn't do you or them any favor to misrepresent yourself. Be calm, be truthful and be confident.

With My Fingers Crossed

Here we go!

My husband has his first mandated furlough day tomorrow. He's a California state employee and this is the all-knowing state politicians' idea on how to solve a budget crisis: make the middle class poorer.

Because we refuse to be victims, we have decided to find alternative ways to make money. Who knows, maybe we'll become such wealthy entrepreneurs from these ideas that he'll be able to tell CA where they can put their job!

Tonight's first steps are an article on e-How and this blog, which will give you the ideas we're using to make more $$. Or ideas we've heard about but are too timid to try.

Also, since I have a background in human resources, I'll be sharing job search and interviewing skills.

So, with our fingers crossed, I start this endeavor. Hope you learn something while we make some extra $$. I'll keep you updated on the income so you'll know how real it is!