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Make Money Beekeeping, Create A Money making App and Earn From your Holiday
Money Making Ideas
(William A. Ward)
Some very good advice, I like this quote because within it's simplicity lies many truths, especially for people in the business of making money. Before you spend, earn. Unfortunately; there are many who do not have the opportunity to earn, but like the rest of us must spend to keep body and soul together. Not an easy task to achieve in these very trying economic times..
The US economy is currently in free fall as the country's debt continues to rise, with around $55 billion in federal payments due by November 1st With the exception of China and Japan economy, many countries are struggling under the pressure, and the average person in the street is the first to feel the pinch.
Work is scarce, pensions are falling far short of what was originally expected, as many people who have diligently saved for their retirement pension fund are realizing. Charities are reporting ever increasing queues at food banks as austerity hits the UK.
Rising utility and food bills are some of the hardships many families are having to deal with this coming winter, according to charities, as they sources and distributes food from supermarkets which are earmarked for landfill, to hand out to people in need.
More People than ever before, are searching for alternative means of earning money. be it to supplement their income and pensions or merely for something special, there are always a way to make or earn money. While the individual may not be able to make much of a dent in our country's debts or improve the state of our economy, the more people in work the better for the economy. This is a good time to try to earn a little extra cash.
Make Money BeeKeeping
Beekeeping is a great way to make some money, but more importantly, it is an ideal way to help the environment.
We have seen a huge drop in the bee population in the last few years, the disappearance of bees from their hives, referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is currently wiping out around 50% to 60% of the bee population in Europe and the US and we must find ways to replenish the numbers. Bees are responsible for the pollination of 75% of the world's food producing plants, without these industrious little insects we are heading for very rough and unknown waters.
While there are many potential causes of CCD including:
Genetically modified crops
Parasites and pathogens
Lack of genetic biodiversity
Bee keeping practices
Researchers have yet to discover a definitive reason for the disappearing bees, the most likely cause may prove to be a combination of all the above mentioned possibilities. Bees are dying all around the world, we need to do what we can to increase the stock level.
Those of us who loves bees and bee products such as honey and wax, can make beekeeping a good part-time earner, not only as a hobby, but a way to make some money while helping the environment by increasing the bee population.
Bee keeping doesn't necessarily need much room or much of your time. It is not a difficult thing to do, but you must be willing to learn how to keep the bees healthy and happy. By running just one hive you will be contributing to the replenishment of the bees.
Beekeeping work is mostly done during the summer months, approximately one hour per week is all that is needed on each bee hive initially. With more experience, the time can be reduced to around 10 to 15 minutes. The experienced beekeeper only need to check their hives once a month, mainly to monitor for swarming. Beekeeping is not dangerous, unless of course, you are allergic to the sting. However, fortune favours the brave, beekeeping is not a job for the faint hearted.
Working with bees will result in the odd sting, especially at the beginning, however with experience and more practice, the incidence of stings will get less. It must be said, if you have close neighbours, find out if they are allergic to bee stings before embarking on you venture.
Your Local beekeeper Association
For the best training and information contact your local beekeeper association.
Most beekeeper associations will have access to training grounds where experience can be gained through practicing the handling of bee colonies, you can attend a few free demonstrations and practice sessions before making the investment.
Before committing yourself, it is sensible to avoid unnecessary purchases. You may be able to borrow old equipment from your association for practice purposes until you have decided whether beekeeping is definitely for you.
The most important piece of kit will be your hive, this is where your beekeeper association comes in handy. You can try out different types of hive before deciding. If on the other hand, you are able to build your own hive, you can still get clear instructions from the Beekeepers' Association website or Bees for Development.
Some of the equipment you will need includes:
A bee feeder
Good protecting clothing
Of course, this is not a hobby to get rich quick; it will take time, it will take more than one season for the bees to begin producing honey. Once they do start to make honey, you can expect a yield of around 40 to 60 lbs of honey per colony/year. The amount of honey will largely depend on the season and your extraction skills. As you become more experienced, you can start to make about 100 to 150 lbs of honey/colony, but it takes time.
Not only will you be able to make money from your honey, you can earn from the beeswax. One kilogram of beeswax will earn more than one kilogram of honey.
While there are health and safety guideline that must be followed with the production of honey, there are no such rules for beeswax, since beeswax is not a food product, there are less restrictions. Beeswax can be used to make candles, polish, cosmetics and even models such as chess sets.
For more information contact your local beekeeper association, and start making money from your honey while helping the environment and saving the bees.
Millions of people all over the world are doing their bit to help the bees, and so can you. A simple way to help our busy little friends is by making a donation to friends of the earth and they will send you a bee saver kit. Get yours at http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/bee_cause_donate_get_bee_saver_kit_39413_b.html
Create your own App
More of us are wanting to create our own apps, but don't know where to start. This is something I've been thinking about for some time, but didn't believe I had the right skill set to develop my own Application. I did some research, and decided it was time to have a go.
I was excited to learn that I need not spend a fortune developing my first app, there are numerous on-line programs that will allow me the opportunity to practice developing an app free of charge. Sites such as TheAppBuilder, iBuildApp, AppMakr and AppsGeyser.
Even with no relevant technical know how, you can still have a go. With the right idea, it may even be possible to bring in a tidy profit. However; for this article I'll only be looking at developing the idea for an app, but there'll be more to follow at a later date.
Firstly, you need an idea, you won't get far without one. Think about What you want the app to do? It is just possible that there are many people who are also wanting the same thing. You may wish to promote an existing business, or you may have an idea for the next best selling app that may make you a great deal of money. Either way; it's well worth taking a look at which apps are selling well and what your potential customers are currently buying.
Tourism offers endless possibilities for creating apps, although there are many already on the market for the most popular tourist attractions. If you possess good knowledge of particular places that travellers are looking for, you may find success by taking the road less travelled by producing your app on places that are off the beaten track. Try not to target your app toward a single country.
Gaming apps tends to earn more money, this is because users are happy to pay for them. When Apple revealed its all-time best selling iPhone games, eight of the ten best selling iPhone apps were in the games category. Find out what your friends are buying, many apps start off by word of mouth before taking off. Choose ideas with less competition, but if you are determine to go with your idea despite the competition, look at how you can make your idea bigger and better than the competitions.
Get ideas from the things that excites you? For example, are you a wine or whisky connoisseur? How about devising a map of your favourite distilleries and wineries? Take a look at what's already on the market, if you can improve on them, go for it. What do you miss when you travel? maybe places that serve a great cup of tea, good fish and chips or where to sample the best local delicacies.
Are you always the funniest person at the party? Do you write your own materials to make your friends laugh? Chances are many people are looking for just that. Find out which apps are popular with your friends, remember, games do well, maybe you can develop a funny game app. There are many different types of Apps including:
Points to consider for developing your app
- Decide if you will develop the app yourself, or whether you are able to hire a team
- Who will benefits from your app?
- Will the app need daily management?
- Does your app stand alone, or promote an existing business or service?
- How much will you charge for your app?
- Do you want your app to result in a full time business are a part-time project?
- What is your preferred platform to make your app available?
Ideas for Financing your Holidays
Financing your Holidays
Get money back when you book a holiday and earn cashback
When you book your holiday or purchase goods by accessing retailer's online store, through a link from a cashback site, you can claim some money back. Often, this will be a percentage of the total price of your purchase. The UK largest cash back site is Quidco. Holidaymakers can earn up to 50% and earn over £100 cashback on selected holidays just by using this site.
Quidco features over 3,400 retailers and around 8,000 offers with deals from the top travel brands like Hotels.com, lastminute.com, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic, Expedia, LateRooms.com, holiday Inn, British Airways and many more.
Joining Quidco is free, customers can choose from thousands of retailers and offers. When you shop online and with some retailers, in-store on the high street, you can earn cash back.
Make money when you book your holiday through travel agent from Quidco or other cashback sites. When you make a purchase, Quidco gets a commission which is passed on to your bank or paypal account.
You can claim cashback for everything from toiletries to insurance policies. With all the cashback sites, there are information on how long it will take to get paid for a transaction, so check for this information. There are many cashback sites to choose from so to get the best deal, shop around. US sites for free online rewards include:
Plan Holidays for Friends
Organise a large holiday for your friends, rent a cottage or villa and charge a little more per person than the actual cost, provide the food and drinks and charge a little more than the cost, to make a nice little profit. Get cheap rates for cottages from lastminute.com and improve your profit margin.
Be a Tourist Guide
If you have relevant knowledge of specific places you visit, why not work as English speaking tourist guide to a holiday company. You can either get paid or get a discount on you trip. If you have specialist knowledge such as film locations, architecture, you can use it to finance your holiday. Advertise your services on sites like craigslist or Gumtree.
Use your Caravan or Camper Van to Make Money
Planning a caravan holiday? Why not stock up on some useful products to sell to people at the caravan or RV parks. First check with the site owners that they are happy with your little enterprise, if not, you can set up somewhere close by within walking distance or a short drive away. Remember that the law on selling on spare ground may differ from country to country, so always check. In the US it is fairly common to for people to do direct selling from camper vans. Companies like AGS publishings are often looking for part time sales people.Teaching
English Language Abroad
Teaching English as a Foreign Language course or TEFL course, allows you to have a career that is recession proof and growing every year. With TEFL you are able to earn money and travel to a number of countries around the world. You can find work and courses at, teach-english-abroad.com, China and Spain are popular destinations but once you have successfully completed the TEFL course, you can travel while you earn.
Earn Money From Your Holiday Photos, now that you've travelled the world, you would have amassed a wealth of photos, no point in boring everyone at yet another dinner party, so why not sell them to photo agencies and make some money?
Fotolia, 123RF, Picture Nation are Microstock sites with a travel section, they will buy interesting professional-quality photos. There are also smaller sites and travel magazines who will purchase and publish your holiday photos. Get information about rates by sending an email to the picture editor.
The photo you submit must conform to the site's requirements or they will be rejected. Although there are many amateur photographers out there, the demand for digital images is increasing. Try to use uncompressed file sizes, sites generally prefers large pictures, so the higher the resolution the better the pay.