Steve Gillman, Author of
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Can the Presence of Money Reduce Pain?
November 22, 2014 - Money is important to people - there's nothing new in that. But according to the latest research the symbolic power of money goes beyond mere desire for it or our willingness to do various things for it. Apparently just handling currency has the power to alter our experiences.
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In the journal Psychological Science Xinyue Zhou, Kathleen Vohs and Roy Baumeister published a paper in late 2009 called "The Symbolic Power of Money: Reminders of Money Alter Social Distress and Physical Pain." Their research looked at how money could reduce pain in a person and also lessen one's need for social... Read more here: Money and Pain
How to Become a Poetry Whore
November 11, 2014 - I wouldn't normally use the word "whore" to describe anyone, but that's how poets at "poetry brothels" identify themselves, so I'll go with their preferred title. But what is a poetry brothel? What are poetry whores? How do they make money? How do you become one of them?
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Let's answer those questions by starting at the beginning. In 2007 Nicholas Adamski and Stephanie Berger decided that the New York poetry scene was "boring," and they wanted to do something about it. Their solution was to start The Poetry Brothel, where they are now known as "Tennessee Pink" and "The Madame."
Customers come to events to see and hear poets onstage, and for one-to-one readings in the back rooms of the "brothel." The poetry whores who read to them are both male and female, and can accept tips or... Read more here: Poetry Whore
A Cuddle Party Is Not an Orgy, But It's Intimate and Profitable
September 18, 2014 - At "cuddle parties" people pay to enter someone's home and snuggle up with a bunch of strangers in pajamas. Now maybe that isn't worth $30 or $50 to you, but what if you were the one collecting the money? You can make good money as a cuddle party facilitator.
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In a previous post we looked at being a professional cuddler and charging $60 per hour to spoon with strangers. But that's a one-on-one experience. For some people, one snuggle partner is not enough. They want to... Read more here: Cuddle Party
This Writer's Roller Coaster Ride
October 11, 2014 - I started with nothing but simple websites, made it to six figures and a book contract, then had to take minimum wage jobs, and then started a new career freelance writing...
When you consistently make money writing you're a "professional writer." As for myself, I would write even if I wasn't paid, and I would be happier to be called a bum for double the pay. Unlike labels or recognition, money can be translated into freedom -- a topic for another time. For now, if you're an aspiring writer, let's see if you can learn something from my story, and translate that "something" into cash.
The lessons will be positive and negative, and about accepting the randomness of life. In other words, I'm going to tell you what I did right, what I did wrong, and how... Read more here: Writing for a Living
How to Sell Your Body
September 27, 2014 - Okay, keep your clothes on; this isn't going to be about selling your body in that way. But there are some ways to use your body and sell parts of it that are worth mentioning in case you're looking for some extra income. Let's start with the body parts...
Sell Your Eggs
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One of the most lucrative parts a woman can sell is her eggs. That's right, couples who are having trouble coneiving will pay big bucks for eggs. In fact you can get $8,000 to $15,000 for good healthy eggs, according to a report on the Huffington Post. But you will have a lot of paperwork to fill out, and you'll be subjected to therapy sessions, hormone shots, and what is known as "egg... Read more here: Sell Your Body
Professional Cuddlers Keep Their Clothes On
October 2, 2014 - A man comes to your home and wants to get into bed with you, just to cuddle. What do you do? Tell him your hourly rate of course! That's right; you can make good money cuddling with complete strangers. And no, it isn't what it sounds like. Jackie Samuel of Penfield, New York may have been one of the first to snuggle professionally. According to her website it costs... Read more here: Cuddle for Money
How to Spend More and Be Financially Secure
September 20, 2014 - You might make the same income as your neighbors make, spend less than they do, save more, and yet still be in a much more precarious financial position. How is that possible? What could some of your neighbors be doing differently that makes them more financially secure? It's all about... Read more here: Financial Security Without Penny-Pinching
Penny Hoarding Can Double Your Money
September 16, 2014 - My page on coin roll hunting explains how one of my favorite childhood activities has gone mainstream, with many people now searching rolls of coins looking for silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars. But there is another way to cash in on old coins. It involves pennies of certain dates, and explains why there has been... Read more here: Penny Hoarding
August 16, 2014 -Make money by being a friend? That's right, there are websites where you can post your profile and get hired as a "friend" for up to $50 per hour. Now, it might seem that there is something wrong about this concept, but in reality you sell services. Calling the business something like "Rent a Friend" doesn't mean you and your clients will actually be friends, although that can happen... Read more here: Rent a Friend
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This Month's Quotes
When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience. - Harvey B. MacKay
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did. - James Baldwin
Working at Home - When you are working from your home, dont answer the phone every time it rings, unless it is the business line. Set aside a time to return calls and let the answering machine do its job for you. The minor interruption of talking to a friend for a few minutes usually burns up more time than you realize, both for the conversation itself and because it takes time to get back into working mode. In fact, a call can often derail a task that you were focused on and working on efficiently. Turn the ringer off if necessary, and let the machine take the calls.
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