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Read #20 books: 101 Weird Ways to Make Money

101 Weird Ways to Make Money
by Steven Gillman

In the hopes of owning my own business, I need to get out of debt and start saving! I’ve had more time than money lately so I’ve been looking for ways to bring in additional income on the side. This book caught my attention at the library yesterday and I decided to take it home. After flipping through it I found a myriad of potential profit-makers that have a “big upside and not much competition”.

From among the list of low-to-no-cost startups I’ve compiled my Top 7:

7. Virtual Assistant
Basic secretarial and computer-related work from home can earn you $15 to $35.
http://www.virtualassistants.com/

6. Home Organizing Consultant
If you’re neat and organized you can start your own business de-cluttering garages, bedrooms, kitchens, closets, or home offices!

5. Used clothing seller
You’d be surprised what vintage Levi’s go for on eBay these days. If you’re willing to do the research and scope out garage sales and thrift stores for deals then this could be a money-maker for you.

4. Used book seller
Many used books can be turned for a profit on Amazon, depending on the title and quality. You can get started right away by selling a book online. Once you get some momentum and experience you can invest as little as $100 into selected books. And unlike physical bookstores it doesn’t matter how many books you have or what genres; if you have the title they want at a good price then they buy it.
The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site by Steve Weber
http://www.amazon.com/The-Home-Based-Bookstore-Business-Selling/dp/0977240606

3. Diaper Cleaning Service
This idea may seem silly or super-gross to some, but I liked the idea of it for some reason. Many parents have been returning to cloth diapers in recent years, but they haven’t been returning to washing them. Now that cloth diaper services exist many parents prefer to have their dirty diapers picked up weekly, and it can even save them money over disposable diapers.
http://www.realdiaperindustry.org has information on the cloth diaper industry

2. Specialized Tutor
If you’ve worked in schools previously (or currently) the idea of being a tutor may have occurred to you. As a teacher and tutor myself I can guarantee that the most money is to be made in starting your own business. Tutoring companies are great for gaining experience, but they charge the families upwards of $50-75 per hour and give you $15 or $20 if you’re lucky. Why not go into business with families directly and undercut those larger organizations? The only downside is that while you’re building your name and customer base, you may run into difficulties with families who just want to go with a company they trust. Thankfully not everyone is satisfied with those “big-box” tutoring groups and there’s still space for independent tutors.
http://www.tutoringservices.com – free meeting place for tutors and clients

1. Pet Services
Pet services gets my number 1 because of the ease of access and the extremely low startup costs. The book actually breaks different pet services up, but I’ve rolled them together into my new temporary business. You’re looking at Minneapolis’ newest doggy poop scooper! I’ll be offering yard cleaning services, litter box cleaning, dog walking, pet sitting, and light grooming. You can do this too! All you need is a love for animals and a lack of squeamishness!

Here’s another great resource that lists 10 businesses you can start for less than $100!
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4951-businesses-ideas-cheap.html

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So far over the past 6 months I have cut our debt in half and gotten current on my student loans through focused effort and planning. That may be what others would call “progress,” but as always, rebuilding your finances takes longer than you like. Celebrating your accomplishments can be hard when you’re not yet arrived at your ultimate goal. It’s hard specifically not to get caught up with wanting things to be different than they are now, or wanting more money, or wishing you could make things happen right away. That’s living in the future, which won’t help us  gain anything except a vague yet persistent dissatisfaction. I’ve been trying to counteract my impatience to reach my goals by employing mindfulness techniques. When I remind myself that happiness is always accessible to me in the present moment, I can find things to be grateful for right now. Here are some tips for finding happiness in the present moment!

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/6-tips-to-being-happy-in-the-present-moment/

Discover #28 ways meditation improves your life: Weekly Planning & Review Process

                ~ Day 13 ~
~Friday, December 26th, 2014 ~
  Weekly Planning and Review
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
– Abraham Lincoln

Cheyenne-
Completed my anchor habit for 27 minutes today. 6 minutes meditation followed by 21 minutes of yoga. Started with sitting meditation on my new gift from Remy! He got me a zafu and zabuton for Christmas! They are too beautiful, I feel spoiled. Then did daily warmup, followed by Back Bend poses from Om Yoga. Chanted Om before and after. Felt solid.

I need a Passion Planner! This Kickstarter started by a 24 year old woman raised over $650,000. Her idea was to integrate daily/weekly planning with life planning, goals setting, and prioritizing. It’s really quite cool!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angeliatrinidad/passion-planner-the-one-place-for-all-your-thought/widget/video.html

Today’s action: Schedule your weekly planning and review session by setting up reminders and choosing a trigger activity that you do each week close to the time you’d like to do the session. If that session is scheduled for today, go for it!

1. Goal [write down your main goal statement with deadline here — it’s good to constantly remind yourself of what you’re aiming for]
2. Victories from last week
3. What went wrong last week
4. What you learned last week — meaning what you’ll do differently to correct the failures, and any other insights you had, memorable quotes you came across, etc.
5. What you’re committed to accomplishing in the next week (three items seems to be a good number, but it could be more or less depending on a lot of factors)
– Matt Frazier, No Meat Athlete

Weekly Planning & Review

  1. Goal: Get finances under control and start saving*
  2. Victories: This week I paid my final payment on my Dominican loan. I spent some time (20 minutes) updating the budget. I demonstrated that I am hard-working and responsible.
  3. Room for Improvement: I did not do my stated goals which were to pay bills and make a credit card payment. I also didn’t research business/nonprofit models. I could have demonstrated more organization and determination.
  4. What I’ve Learned: I didn’t pay bills that are due or credit cards because I wanted to get the budget updated first, which is often something I will put off paying bills and credit cards to do. That is something that can get in my way. I asked Remy for his help in updating the budget. He agreed to input his spending into the budget once a week.
  5. Next Week Commitments:
    Pay due bills and make a credit card payment.
    Start using our accounts correctly: get direct deposit updated and $250 from each paycheck should go in spending, this will limit our spending better.
    Get The Passion Planner

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  1. Goal: Participate in a 3 or 10 day meditation retreat
  2. Victories: Attended DharmaCore weekly sitting meditation. Meditated 5 days at home this week. Researched Common Ground Meditation Center. I demonstrated mindfulness, compassion, patience, and strength.
  3. Room for Improvement: Skipped meditation on Wednesday and Thursday (Christmas eve and day) and excused it because it was the holidays. I could have been more determined and disciplined.
  4. What I’ve Learned: The times that I need to practice meditation the most are also the times I’m most likely to skip them. I skipped meditation Wednesday and Thursday because I was busy and traveling and stressed, but I think if I had made time to sit anyway I would have had a better time.
  5. Next Week Commitments:
    I will meditate every day
    I will act mindfully or patiently in at least 3 situations that are challenging for me.

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  1. Goal: Get DONA Certification
  2. Victories: I have much to be grateful for this week. This week I attended not only my first ever birth, but I collected all the paperwork and surveys from mom, nurse, and doctor! I was there for a little over 10 hours and I feel extremely grateful the parents for letting me take part in their birth. Even though I felt more than a little unsure at times, I managed to get all good evaluations on my surveys! I left the family breastfeeding with their newborn and all of us satisfied with the experience.
  3. Room for Improvement: I did not read my DONA packet carefully before printing 3 surveys for moms, and no surveys for doctors or nurses. Turns out I’ll need three for each birth instead of three total. I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to count this birth, but everything worked out perfectly in the end.
  4. What I’ve Learned: I need to be very careful about how I set up labor intensive parents expectations. I’m already learning how they may rely on me as a source of information even if I don’t report myself to be an expert. Luckily mom was very flexible and did not seem to mind any unexpected procedures that occurred during her birth, but otherwise my comment about her pushing, and my comment about episiotomies could have made her feel negatively about her birth experience.
  5. Next Week Commitments:
    Reread my DONA packet more carefully.
    Write Birth Essay
    Print more surveys when you go back to work.
    Finish the entire book The Birth Partner.

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  1. Goal: Arrange personal sperm donors
  2. Victories: I invited donor to dinner on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.
  3. Room for Improvement: My friend and donor had a rough holiday, and wanted to hang out on Friday. I told him I was going shopping and he came to the same mall! I didn’t really spend that much time with him because I felt rushed by the birth I’d be attending later. I rushed off to buy groceries without saying goodbye. I really need to make sure I’m cultivating my friendships and not ever blowing the people that I love off.
  4. What I’ve Learned: This may be a lengthy process, so I definitely want to start with a solid foundation.
  5. Next Week Commitments:
    Take donor out to dinner!

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  1. Goal: Read 12 books
  2. Victories: I read a few pages of The Birth Partner during the birth I attended. I demonstrated patience and strength.
  3. Room for Improvement: I could have made more time to read. I could have demonstrated more responsibility and self-discipline.
  4. What I’ve Learned: No one is going to get these books read but me!
  5. Next Week Commitments:
    Read What Now?
    Finish The Birth Partner

Discover #27 ways yoga improves your life: Partner Yoga

                 ~ Day 12 ~
~ Thursday, December 25th, 2014 ~
      Choose and Schedule
       Habits that Help You

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap character; Sow a characters and you reap a destiny.
– Samuel Smiles

Cheyenne-
Happy Christmas Day! Completed my anchor habit for 10 minutes today. I’m easing myself back into my commitments firmly but gently. I didn’t do Om Yoga today, and I didn’t meditate, but I did do a flow I made up with my partner who was having a headache, we did some downward dogs, some vinyasas through chaturanga to upward dog, some triangle poses, and ended with a headstand for as long as we could hold it. We also tried some partner poses.

You remember flying like superman on your dads legs when you were a kid?

Yeah. Same thing. It was very playful and fun – not at all about technique or working up a heavy sweat. It was a great way to spend time together… We were laughing, helping each other, and having a great time! We needed that after the drive from my family’s house. I love my family to death, and this was one of the best Christmas’s in my memory, but traveling and staying with family is always stressful and sleeping in another bed is never as restful. When you travel on your vacation, it can definitely feel like you need a vacation after your vacation!

Today’s action: Decide on the most important new habits that will help you become the person you need to be to achieve your goals. Then put their start dates onto your calendar, or another place where you’ll be reminded of them and have a few days’ notice when it’s time to start a new one.

http://www.fitbodyhq.com/yoga/10-perfect-poses-partner-yoga/
http://www.fitbodyhq.com/yoga/10-perfect-poses-partner-yoga/

New Habits

  1. Practice yoga every day.     –     Started December 2nd, 2014
  2. Practice sitting meditation every day.    –     Started Monday, December 22nd, 2014

  3. Creativity brainstorming 5 minutes every day
    Start Sunday, December 28th, 2014
  1. Take my temperature/prepare for baby I every day
    Start Thursday, January 1st, 2015
  1. Read, learn, or do something doula related for 10 minutes every day.
    Start Sunday, January 4th, 2015
  1. Daily finance work (weekly finance check-ins)
    Start Sunday, January 11th, 2015
  1. Plan for my business for 10 minutes every day
    Start Sunday, January 18th, 2015
  1. Read 30 minutes (before bed) every day
    Start Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Discover #28 ways meditation improves your life: Daily Sitting

                 ~ Day 10 ~
~ Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 ~
        Get Wise to Your “Why’s”
Reason come first. Answers come second.
– Tony Robbins

Cheyenne-

Completed my anchor habit today for about 5 minutes (didn’t time it today). I did standing poses from Om Yoga. Chanted a little bit before and meditated in savasana for a couple minutes. Didn’t have a lot of time before work but it felt good to get it done.

I have added meditation to my anchor habit, and it has felt great to meditate daily. Today I meditated after yoga, and I also meditated for at least 5 minutes while driving, I’ve only been doing it for a couple days but I already feel the benefit. I like the idea of equanimity meditation, the metaphor of a still pond in the face of the wind. I would like to go into this holiday with family free of expectation, because the holidays can be such a time of pressure and expectation.

Today’s action:

For each of your one-year goals, write a paragraph about why you are so committed to making it happen (in the case of the one-year goals that are stepping stones to longer-term goals, you can combine the short- and long-term goal since the why’s will be similar). Make sure you describe the following three things, with as much emotion as possible:

1. Why you’re utterly determined to achieve this goal — for whom, for what?

2. What will happen if you don’t follow through (make this one painful, and really let yourself feel that pain)

3. Why you know you absolutely can make it happen — and get excited about that!

Alternatively, create a huge list of your reasons for each goal. I personally find that writing paragraphs stirs up more emotion than a list — and that’s the purpose here — but choose the approach that works best for you (or do both).

Why’s

Get finances under control and start saving – open a space – buy a house

I am a late bloomer to the realization that finances are the foundation to everything. I have spent most of my young adult life rejecting the narrative of saving and frugality imparted to me by my dad growing up. I seem to have forgotten many of the lessons he painstakingly taught me during my adolescence about not a accruing credit card debt, managing my money, and being thrifty. Somehow since moving back from Chicago Remy and I have never paid off our credit cards. This makes me feel shame even though I don’t believe money is all important. I have wavered almost constantly in my relationship to money: wanting more, not wanting to get stressed about it, getting stressed about it anyway… And while I was agonizing over these things I forgot that it does take careful financial planning to make your dreams come true. I need to improve my credit score to be able to apply for loans, and I’ll need loans to start my space. I’ll need a loan to buy a house someday. I realized through making and prioritizing my short and long term goals that my life calling will not bring me fame and fortune, my calling is to serve community and make enough money to live comfortably. I don’t see myself ever making more than $40-50,000 per year at most. So I will always need to be mindful about my finances, so that I can be responsible with my income and not fret about money all the time.

If I don’t follow through with getting my finances taken care of – which means paying off credit cards and making regular payments on our student loans – and start saving, I’ll never raise the money to go to yoga teacher training, to meditation training, get my DONA certification, or put down a down payment on a house. I’ll become even more financially stressed if I have a baby and my finances aren’t under control. I absolutely know that I can do this becaus Leos are determined, confident, and ambitious. If I believe in myself and hold myself accountable I can achieve anything, in high school I got amazing grades, was super involved, and excelled at everything it felt like, it would feel great to feel that way again. All I need to do is exercise a little restraint in the short term and I’ll get what I want in the long term: a space, a baby, a house, time to travel, and lots of joy in life, I already have so much joy, and I can’t wait to cultivate more!

Yoga Certification – open a space
Meditation certification – open a space

I love yoga. My daily practice is important to me . I could never list the benefits of a lifelong yoga and meditation practice. I want everyone to become aquainted with yoga in their life, and I hope that many choose to make practice a part of their lives in one form or another. I want to contribute to a more intentional, mindful, spiritual, and active world. Being active was something I loved about working at MPIRG, and it helped me realize that I want to be active in my career. I want to help people believe that everyone can do yoga. I want to help people. I would love to just start teaching yoga right now, but I wouldn’t be any good. I need to complete yoga teacher training so that I can truly serve my students, not to mention so I can depend my practice. Yoga certification and meditation certification

Get DONA Doula Certification – open a space

I am determined to complete my certification because of the experience I will gain and the help it will be for my doula business. I want to become more than a trained doula, I want to be a well-informed, and experienced doula with education to back up my career. I like to learn, and the parents that I work with deserve for me to be knowledgable. The first of many steps in my journey to be a doula is to understand the technical and literal aspects of pregnancy and birth. I am excited to take a childbirth education class and a breastfeeding class, and I’m excited to write my birth essays. There is a lot of knowledge I can get from the books I will need to read, and the experience of three births will give me some foundation of understanding for birth itself. The DONA certification will give me additional credentials for my doula business

Arrange personal sperm donors – have a baby

Why do I want to have a baby? That’s an impossible question. I want to have a baby because the sky is blue, because there are rainbows, and because I think my puppies would love them. I want to have a baby because they are beautiful, I love human beings and believe in their innate capacity for goodness. I want to have a baby because I think I could be a good mom if I work really hard. I want to have a baby because I think I can be an even better parent than my parents were. I want to have a baby because I think more people like me should have babies in the world. Before I come off sounding arrogant, I don’t mean to say and it is me who is special, I guess I mean my values. I want my child to be their own person, but I also want to show them how wonderful veganism can be, how great being queer is, how freeing gender can be and how constraining sometimes, I want to be honest with them about how the world really is, and I want to teach them yoga, art, music, sports, and theater. I also want to go through the experience of birth at least once. There are many reasons to have a baby, and if I don’t or can’t have one, I can try to adopt or foster. I can also do LGBT host home either way someday hopefully. I know if I put my mind to it I can probably have a baby.

Read 12 books – read all the books we own

Why am I absolutely determined to read all the books we own? Because I’ve helped shlep them all over hell in all our moved, and I’ll be damned if I kept them around to not read them! I moved these books from University Ave, to 8th St SE, to a storage unit, to 37th Ave S, to Chicago, and most recently to 16th Ave S. They were heavy, if I don’t get to read them I’ll be pissed, so I better just read them. If I read 12 per year I’ll read 120 books in 10 years, which should get me pretty close! Woo! Let’s do it!