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Despite writing a blog about Alternative Income and not having to go to a regular job, for the last year I have been working as a teacher in an English academy here in Spain. I didn´t want a job. I certainly did not want to teach. After eight years of working from home however, it felt like the right time to dip my toe in the water, start socialising with other people, and get some variety in my life. So for a year I taught English to 3-7 year old Spanish children. At the end of year I got a promotion to the ´inner circle´ of the academy, meant to help it grow and expand. This came with a nice juicy payrise and the first time in years I would have stable income but little time for anything else. Little time with the kids. Little time to work on my…
  I have struggled with the Alternative Income concept for over 7 years now, thinking I just wanted to give people information, but failing to find the spark to grow it into my passion.  The goal of Alternative Income kept falling through the cracks and I couldn't find a way to hold onto it long enough to grow it into something bigger. Until this week. Until I remembered why it all began.   Alternative Income is about showing people the different ways they have of making extra money, but it is much more than that. It is about freedom. It is about choices. It is about taking responsibility for our lives and not having to be dependent on others to help us. The activist side of me feels like a caged lion trying to get out and roar in frustration at the road we are heading down as a worldwide…
  AlternativeIncomeReport.com is all about finding money making opportunities you can do without leaving the house. Well here we've listed the strangest ways we have found of making money from home! 1. Sell your breast milk Human breast milk is apparently popular with bodybuilders and no doubt a few fetishists, but whatever the reason there is a trade in breast milk where mothers can sell any excess milk they have via: Onlythebreast.com 2. Sell your hair Good quality hair is in demand by wigmakers worldwide, so if you have super long locks in great condition you could earn up to $4000 (although it is more likely to be in the hundreds). Buyandsellhair.com Hairharvest.co.uk Sellhaironline.com 3. Pretend to be someones friend On RentaFriend.com you can offer your services and earn up to $50 per hour. You could help someone who doesn't want to go on their own to a wedding, or…
Over the last 20 years I experienced the two extremes of gettingoverpaid in a steady job in London, and searching for coins under the sofa cushions to pay for food while unemployed. Listening to the rumblings of more economic doom and gloom, I am amazed how so many people sit patiently waiting for the next wave of financial panic to hit.   The majority of people are like children who are waiting for their parents to solve everything. No food on the table? Your parents will fix it. They may make you clear the table and do a little work for it, but ultimately they are responsible for the shopping and the cooking and bringing the food into the house. It is not their fault. That is all they know, all they have been taught, and unless you have ever found yourself in a situation where you have to get…
Mothers are often undervalued and penalised for taking time out to look after their children. Employers see someone lacking in experience and use it as an excuse to offer mothers lower wages. Which is a shame, because mothers have so much to offer and Nina Keneally from New York is showing how much people are willing to pay for a little home comfort and shoulder to cry on. Nina runs NeedAMomNYC.com and offers her clients a substitute mom service. She promises to leave out the family drama, and offer instead a good homecooked meal, friendly advice, help with the housework, and anything else your mom can't do for you. Who Needs to Rent-A-Mom? Your first reaction might be that surely no-one would pay for a substitute mother when you have friends and family you can turn to?  The truth is however, that sometimes we want the warmth of a mother figure who…
       If I see one more article talking about work life balance for working mothers and using a successful female executive as an example, I will scream. While I applaud their success, I wonder about the millions of women who will never relate to these examples and are left feeling inadequate. Success is not just about reaching the executive level of the corporate ladder or making millions, it is also about overcoming adversity and making more than enough.   After reading Secrets to Being Both an Executive and a Mom on Entrepreneur magazine,  I came away with the usual feeling of complete lack of ability to relate to the woman in the article. The woman is Kira Wampler, Chief Marketing Officer of Lyft.  She explains how she prefers 'flow' rather than balance.  Sometimes she spends more time in the office, other times she spends more time with the…
K-Swiss created the first all-leather tennis shoe in 1966 and is an iconic brand of sportswear. Now they are looking for 100 entrepreneurs to help take them to the next stage of their business. Diplo is a DJ, songwriter, music producer and entrepreneur leading the campaign. The goal is to get the brand back in the public eye and get everyone talking about K-Swiss sneakers. Diplo says: I'm looking for 100 of the most creative and connected people to work with me, as part of 'The Board' The Board will be making decisions about branding, design, social media etc.  They are looking for people from all around the world so location is not an issue, and if you are selected, they will send you more details on how to participate. For now, all you have to do is complete the application at board.kswiss.com. What they offer you: Business experience for…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

How Many People Working from Home Have ADHD?

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I am 44 years old and have just realised I have ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder). After years of failing to achieve my full potential and struggling to do tedious tasks, it seems I may not be lazy after all! My son is 15 years old, and I often wondered when he was younger if he 'had something'. He seemed to be borderline OCD and went through a terrible time when he was six years old with anxiety. He was even having chest pains and told the doctor he thought he had a heart attack. He is doing so well at school though, and is top of his class despite Spanish being his second language. He is popular, great at sport, not at all the standard profile of someone struggling with a condition. However, teenage anxiety and hormonal puberty increased his feelings of isolation and frustration. He couldn't relate…
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:00

20 Places to Teach Online

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Teaching English online and tutoring online are very popular and there are many websites looking for people to help their students all over the world. Some of these websites ask for professional teachers, but there are many that offer the opportunity to tutor even without a teaching qualification. There are opportunities to teach English via conversation practice, or the option to teach what you know in any subject. Below are 20 websites where you can sign up today to start teaching online. All you need is internet access and video conferencing software like Skype: Buddy School - https://buddyschool.com/Online tutoring platform where you can create a profile and offer classes. Their most popular subjects are English, Math, Spanish, French, Chinese Create a profile it will be listed on BuddySchool and students will be able to schedule lessons with you. Presto Experts - http://www.prestoexperts.com/lp/Experts-jobs-onlineConnect with people who need help in your field…
Flexible working is not just an alternative for those who can not find work, or who are struggling to juggle all their responsibilities. The chance to choose from different ways of working is absolutely essential if we are going to send our children into a future that has more options for them. We live in an illusion of choice, where the last few generations have experienced a massive boost in opportunities, and wealth. Or have they? Technology did not make the work day shorter, it has meant we are supposed to get more work done in the same amount of time. Increased wealth is accompanied with increased costs so the real cost of living is higher than we realise. Children are still pushed to follow the university pipeline, but is that really the best way for them to go? The majority of university graduates will not get financial freedom from…
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