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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

25 Ways To Earn Money When You’re Broke On The Road

You reach into you wallet to pay for your hostel bed for the night, and come up empty. You dig deeper, finding only receipts and pocket lint.

You realize you’re out of money.

Nervous, you excuse yourself from the hostel clerk and rip open your backpack, in search of a secret stash of cash. Nothing. Not even a few coins.

All you have left are some smelly socks, an overdrawn bank account and an unquenchable thirst for adventure.

What do you do? Pack up your gear, hang your head in shame as you call your friends/parents to send the money for a ticket home? Or do you consider these innovative options for funding a life on the road:

1. Travel Writer

Considered by many as the ultimate travel job, writing for online publications can help you buy your next mug of beer. Work your way to becoming the next Hunter S. Thomson by learning about the craft and querying your next inspired idea.

2. Wield that camera

National Geographic may not be knocking your door down, but that doesn’t mean that your photos don’t deserve an audience. Try selling your landscape and portrait shots to travel publications or submit it to a stock photography company such as, Andes Press Agency and Getty Images.

3. Video journalism

With the advent of Youtube amateur videos are in great demand. Become a backpack film maker, set up your own vblog or simply sell it to tourism

4. Busking

If you’re talented (or even if you aren’t), this is a great way to earn money. Just make sure you’re not taking someone else’s “spot” and check the legalities of performing in a certain area. Or if the police come, you could just run away really fast.

5. Work an a Bookstore

It’s a great way to show-off your “intellectual” side whilst devouring the latest books. Keep in mind that most may require a work permit before they hire you. A great alternative is to bunk in Paris’ famed Shakespeare and Company where the owner offers free beds and work in exchange that you promise to read at least one book a day.

6. Online Poker

This is the perfect money-making means for risk takers. Many travelers who have funded their trips from their winnings on Online Poker. Make sure to weigh the risks of wiping out your bank account and developing a gambling problem.

7. Massage

Have you been known to make your dates swoon with your suave massage moves? Maybe it’s time you put your seduction skills to good use by working as a freelance masseuse. Find willing clients on the beach or a location where people are looking to relaaaaxxxx. Invest in some scented oil, clean nails and your most disarming smile and you’ll have enough funds for your own spa treatment.

WWoofing it for cash / Photo strickeal

8. Farm Work

Fruit picking and farm work is one of the favorite possibilities for hippies, idealists and masochists. Though it is literally hard labor, it’s a paying job with invaluable perks, like meeting new people, enjoying the outdoors and having a unique experience.

One of the best resources isTransitions Abroad, Matador’sGuide to WWOOFING andFinding Paying Work in Europe.

9. Construction

If you’d like to fatten your wallet whilst trimming your waistline, then take on some short-term construction work. Who knows, with your newly sculpted abs and beefy biceps, you may find other uses for that tool belt.

10. Work in a hostel

Many hostels hire part-time workers in exchange for cheaper rates on rooms. Cleaning up after travelers may seem pretty disgusting, but it’s an opportunity for quick cash, a free bed and some new friends.

11. Painting

You don’t have to cut off your ear to get a painting gig, but you can put your artistic abilities to good use by offering your services for home, office or building refurbishments.

12. Dishwasher or Kitchen Staff

Grab some leftovers without having to resort to dumpster diving. Experience the stress, camaraderie and craziness of working in a restaurant’s kitchen. It may even open your eyes to a new career path like it did for bad-ass chef extraordinaire, Anthony 

13. For the love of science…or some cash

If you were the type of kid that purposely ignores the expiration date on milk cartons just to “see what would happen,” then this is the job for you. Get prodded and poked by nervous science students in the UK, US and in Europe with Get Paid to Guinea Pig.

14. Donate Blood

So what if you feel a bit woozy? A train to Russia is not cheap. Sissy. Plus, you’re helping save lives.

15. Modeling

Do you enjoy staring at your reflection on train windows and hostel mirrors? Then throw down that backpack for a few hours and head off to the glamorous world of commercial and print modeling. Often found in the gigs section of craigslist ads and city job sites, these opportunities require little more than a few cheesy poses.

16. Movie Extra

Run through the streets of Berlin with Jason Bourne or flee Godzilla’s rampage in Tokyo by working as a movie extra. You can check out casting agencies, local job posts or even the local couchsurfing group where independent film makers often post openings. It’s a great way to rub elbows with international celebrities (or at least tell your friends you did), earn some fast cash and possibly get discovered.

17. Recycle

Yes, saving the environment does pay. In most European cities, you can get cash back for the bottles you collect. Scour the hostel lounge and trash cans for some empty containers which you can take to the local supermarket where you’ll be given enough change to finally buy that banana you’ve been eyeing.

Play the streets as a busker / Photo Kafka4prez

18. Sports events

Run after wayward golf balls or mop up the latest spillage from the Tae Kwon Do championships. For sports enthusiasts, it’s a great way to earn some money whilst gaining insight on the local games.

19. Trim some bushes

No, not those, pervert. Knock on a few doors and ask if they need any cleaning, yard work or repairs done. Though you may be chased off by Rover (or Ganesh if you’re in India), with a rumbling stomach, anything is worth a try.

20. Expositions

If you consider yourself a master of setting up tents, then challenge yourself by working at an exposition. Find these jobs on the city classified pages and help put up the displays, tarps and booths for a quick and easy buck.

21. Write Content

If you’ve been annoying your friends and family back home with your lengthy emails, then maybe its time to get paid by writing about other things than yourself. Work for a site that pays per hits such as, and

22. Resell stuff

Don’t quite know what to do with that weird doll you got in Romania? Then sell it in your next location. From convincing your bunkmate to buy your lucky charms to auctioning fleamarket finds on ebay, reselling unusual travel goods can turn into quite the lucrative on-the-road business.

23. Handicrafts

If you’ve got a knack for crochet or can weave a basket at hyper speed, then selling some of your crafts can be used towards funding your next bus ticket. At the very least, you could make yourself something warm for those homeless evenings.

24. Festival Stalking

One of the best ways to combine a crazy cultural adventure, lots of drinking and enough dough for your next hangover spot is to work the festival circuit. You could either apply for a gig in one of the stands or push your own agenda by selling homemade space cakes, jell-o shots or setting up a kissing booth.

25. Sail Away

Sail off towards the sunset by working on a yacht or a cruise ship. You can find work by perusing crew job sites or simply asking people by the harbor if they have any leads. It provides a sense of freedom, a means to sustain to yourself and a way to get to your next stop.

Being on the road with very little or no cash may seem daunting at first, but the challenge of using your imagination to provide for yourself will make the experience all the more exciting and valuable.

Face the fear! There are always opportunities for the resourceful and intrepid traveler.

Any money-making ideas we missed? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to find job using linkedin

Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder and Vice President of LinkedIn and GuyKawasaki posted these easy tips. I am just summarizing the best and effective ones which I feel will definitely work for you. To be without a job, during such time of recession takes hell out of you. So, it is better to follow all the options available for a job search.
  1. Use LinkedIn status updates to let your network and the world know that you are on look-out of a job.
  2. Connect with former bosses and co-workers who can help you out in the search or refer to some organization.
  3. Get LinkedIn recommendations from former and present bosses. A strong recommendation from you manger will highlight your strengths and shows you are a valued employee. This will specially help you if you were laid-off. Your manger will be happy to pen down a recommendation as he/she has laid you off.
  4. Make sure your profile highlights your strengths and not just your regular responsibilities. Also, check the box under your contact settings stating you are open to career opportunities.
  5. Search for jobs on LinkedIn. Also, check the second tab called “The Web”. Apply for the jobs which suit your profile.
  6. Search in your geo-location for people who work in the industry you are targeting. Under ‘Interested in’ select Hiring Managers and contact them. Also, connect the people who are in second degree and increase the network.

If these tips help you in getting you a job, then do not forget to call me for a drink. Lastly, use the same profile picture on various social networking sites. This will help people who would like to connect you as they can easily identify by just seeing the picture.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

How to improve credit score and money

Well, by now we all know the importance of having good credit report and a good credit score to save lot of money. But, 90% of us have no idea what our credit score is. Most of us don't even have credit reports.

Are you shopping for a new car or looking to purchase a home? A good credit report and high credit score will give you the power to negotiate a better interest rate on your loan. Maybe you are applying for a job or a lease on an apartment. It's not uncommon these days for potential employers and landlords to perform credit checks. Are they going to be viewing something positive?

The good news is there is a quick and easy way to view your credit reports and credit scores from all 3 credit bureaus. Start by visiting The site allows you to enroll in Credit Diagnosis, a program that provides instant access to this important information.

At, you simply fill out a short form with your personal information on a secure Web site. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail with your log in information so you can access your reports and scores. Each visitor gets a free 7-day trial period with unlimited access.

You'll receive:
* Credit Reports and scores from all 3 credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax and Experian
* Credit monitoring and alerts
* Reports and information in just seconds after joining
* Access 24/7
* Secure online delivery of personal information

By monitoring your report regularly, you can also help ensure you don't become a victim of identity theft. With this crime happening to an increasing amount of people, it's more crucial than ever to check your credit report for suspicious activity and to ensure accuracy. By joining Credit Diagnosis at, you will receive updates alerting you if there is any new activity on your credit report, so you always know what is happening.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New openings in SAS, SPSS, Cognos etc

  1. Informatics Analyst - West Asset Management (Omaha, NE)
  2. Sr. Director of Analytics - Walmart (Bentonville, AR)
  3. VP of Data Products (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Technical Lead (Redmond, WA)
  5. Business Intelligence Analyst - Sagence (Chicago, IL or Milwaukee, WI)
  6. Marketing/Business Analyst (Austin, TX)
  7. Senior Statistician - Orasi Medical (Edina, MN)
  8. CMR Administrator - EMIT Technologies (Sheridan, WY)
  9. Senior Research Analyst (DC, VA)
  10. Machine Learning and Fraud Modeling Expert - Facebook (Palo Alto, CA)
  11. Strategic Business Analyst / Data Mining Expert (San Mateo, CA)
  12. Biostatistician, Medical Outcome research - FNIH (Telecommute)
  13. Fraud Risk Manager - Nordstrom (Centennial, CO)
  14. Statistical Analyst - Noel Levitz (Coralville, IA)
  15. Senior Statistical Modeler / Marketing Scientist - ThinkVine (Cincinnati, OH)
  16. Sr/Direct Marketing Analyst - Liberty Mutual (Boston, MA)
  17. Java Engineer, Information Retrieval - Conductor (New York, NY)
  18. Text Mining Research Programmer - PriceWaterHouseCoopers (San Jose, CA)
  19. Sr. Credit Risk Modeler - First American (San Francisco, CA)
  20. Algorithm Specialist (Palo Alto, CA)
  21. AI, Machine Learning Engineer Needed for Startup (San Francisco, CA)
  22. Applied Mathematics Specialist - Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ)
  23. Senior Statistician - TransUnion (Chicago, IL)
  24. Manager, Strategic Business Analytics - PayPal (San Jose, CA)
  25. Senior Manager, Marketing Forecasting and Analysis - Netflix (Los Gatos, CA)
  26. Metrics Engineer - Loopt (Mountain View, CA)
  27. Enterprise Data Achitect - (Chicago, IL)
  28. Biostatistics - Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  29. Statistical Data Analyst - Early Warning Services (Scottsdale, AZ)
  30. Sr Web Analytics Technical Analyst - GMAC Financial Services (Philadelphia, PA)
  31. Business Optimization Analyst - Yodle (New York, NY)
  32. Senior Data Analyst - GMI (Bellevue, WA)
  33. Biostatistician / Data programmer (Tukwila, WA)
  34. Quantitative Research Engineer/Scientist - (Santa Monica, CA)
  35. Manager, Claims Analytics & Reporting - Liberty Mutual (Boston, MA)
  36. Senior Predictive Analyst - (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  37. Quantitative Analyst - D.E. Shaw (New York, CA or Cupertino, CA)
  38. Director of Insurance Predictive Actuarial Analytics (Dallas, Texas)
  39. Data Mining Developer - Click Forensics (Austin, TX)
  40. SAS Programmer - Fleetcor (Norcross, GA)
  41. Senior Statistician - AstraZeneca (Wilmington, Boston or Sweden)
  42. Research Scientist - Boronia Capital (Sydney, Australia)
  43. Statistician and Mathematician, 2 positions - Visual Numerics (Houston, TX)

How To Get A Good Job - Without A College Degree

Most of us are taught at an early age to get a good education so that we can get a good job when we grow up. Our teachers, our counselors, our parents all have instilled these ideas into our brains to "Finish school, and then get a good job." As a parent, I couldn't think of any other lesson more valuable to teach a child. 'Knowledge is power', 'a good education will open doors', or my personal favorite "don't be a fool-stay in school".

The National Center for Education reported for the years 2003 and 2004 that the number of high school completers totaled 42.2%. College enrollment rates of recent high school completers were 45.2%. The reality is that more than half of all high school students do not graduate from high school and less than half of high school graduates will enroll in college. This says there is a strong likelihood that the majority of people looking for a good job do not hold a college degree. You can still get a good job if you are willing to have a good job and you can do so without a college degree.

So, what makes a good job, "good"? Is it salary? Distance from home? Company benefits? Advancement opportunities? Believe it or not, we think about these things when we apply for positions and seek opportunities. Actually, none of these things make a "good" job. Simply put, a good job is good when you love doing what you do so much that nothing else matters. There has to be some delight in going to your job everyday. Not all people take pleasure in their work. As a result, we are only selling ourselves short of this fulfillment.

Remember when you were asked 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' when you were younger. Think about the reasons 'why' you wanted to be those things. 'To help people, fight crime, etc.' Those are the same reasons that should lead you into your job today. A passion. A belief. Not the amount of money you are going to make. Instead of finding a job that makes good money and learning to like it. find out what it is you love to do and make money doing it.

So, how do you know whether going to college would have been more beneficial than just obtaining a job right after high school? That depends on the hirer.

Depending on the size of the company and the salary range for the position, the employer can hire a non-degreed applicant with experience or a degreed applicant without experience for the same money.

So why go to college in the first place, you may wonder. Well, attending college is a personal decision that is only the best option for those who choose it. In other words, not all successful people have a college degree; so by far, it is common to choose alternative paths to become the person you want to be.

Being non-degreed in a work force so competitive can be intimidating, but it is possible to overcome.

1. The first thing you must do is to figure out what it is you want to do. There are so many occupations, jobs, and careers that match so many different objectives so start this process early. If you are unsure of your career goals, consider completing a career assessment to help determine your personal motivations and characteristics and see which careers are most suitable for you. You can also speak with an employment counselor.

2. Research a typical work environment for that profession and the most popular companies that are hiring. Contact the managers at those companies and request informational interviews with them. Ask them questions about how they became successful in their field and how they got where they are. Networking with people in your industry is the best way to get into a job. Network with as many people as possible.

3. Gather any and all on the job training certificates, seminars, workshops, volunteer activities, or other training that you have participated in that showcase your talent. This training will transfer into beneficial job skills and will need to be transformed into valuable experience and knowledge.

4. Be yourself. A phrase you have undoubtedly heard before. Sometimes you may need to practice being yourself by playing up your most desirable traits in social situations. If you are 'positive' then bring something positive to a situation, event, or conversation. If you are 'dependable' then always keep your word with others.

5. You must have a sound understanding of communication and how to communicate with others effectively. You must develop impeccable interviewing skills and clearly, you need to make a lasting first impression with the interviewer. Here are 5 tips to help you accomplish this:

  1. Use strong eye contact. Be confident.
  2. Smile. Show some teeth.
  3. Shake hands firmly. Even I have shaken some wimpy hands on occasional interviews. Don't be afraid to touch the interviewer's hand, some might take offense to this. If you're that finicky, just remember, you can wash your hands later.
  4. Speak clearly. You want to be understood and you want to make powerful statements that have meaning.
  5. "Monkey see, Monkey do." Take note of the receiver's body language, tone of voice, posture, hand gestures, etc. People want to be around other people who are like them.
You can still get a good job without a college degree because a college degree does not make you successful. you do.

Your success is not measured by the degrees you hold, but by the person you are. Shape your own future and mold it into something beautiful. It starts with you and no-thing and no-one else matters.

How to earn more and more money through blog and have your own online business

When I give these keywords out for free, people think I’m crazy. If you see around, the Adbrite ads are loaded with the highest paying keywords and make money online ads. I make around $40-50/month from these ads and there is no one buying them. The best thing is, these ads come on their own and I don’t need to approach any advertiser or any advertiser needs to approach me. I just set 8-10 keywords and if Adbrite finds a suitable advertiser for me, it automatically displays those ads.

These keywords are awesome, they generate $0.11 to $2.26 per click for me. I don’t know if these are the highest paying keywords for Adbrite but I’m sure they are definitely the top 25 keywords. First, let me make it clear, Adult keywords do not make you any extra money in Adbrite. Adult keywords just throw you to their other network - BlackLabelAds. (Tip: If you use these keywords in Adsense, except a minimum $2/click)

I have got many emails asking me for these keywords and how does Adbrite always display the ads on my website and there is never an “Advertise on this website - Powered by Adbrite” page. Its simple, I know my keywords very well :-)

My suggestion to you here would be to pick atleast 10 keywords that match with your website. You can choose the highest paying keywords and make more money or choose the keywords which you think your reader/viewers would like to see/click. It means the same thing - More clicks = More money.

The keywords which I choose are:

affiliate marketing
make money online
web hosting

You can always try your own keywords. It is not necessary go with the ones which I suggest, but if you do, you are atleast making $0.20/click. Not bad to make money with Adbrite eh? ;) These are good keywords if you have been banned by Adsense and want to make the same click ratio again.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Smart and fast recruitment

Theres both an art and a science to writing job orders. The science involves information: getting a description of the position, the selling points of the job, the companys sense of urgency, and an idea of where to look for candidates.

The art has to do with gathering all this information quickly while building a rapport with the hiring manager and nailing down a fee agreement.

In theory, each new job order would read like a Michelin travel guide: a detailed roadmap of the position, the work environment, the manager, the company, the industry, the salary, the reporting relationships, and so on.

But in reality, its unrealistic—and impractical—to get a huge amount of detail, especially in your first conversation with a new client. Ive found that even the most patient employers tend to get fidgety after about 20 or 30 minutes.

So, my approach is to keep the job order—and the worksheet I use to gather information—simple. I try to hit the major points and get the most data possible in the least amount of time. That way, I can get a snapshot of the employers needs, evaluate the quality of the assignment, and in the process, prepare a list of follow-up questions to ask later.

Hit the Major Points
If you work from your job order checklist too literally, the sheer volume of questions might make it sound as if youre putting the employer on trial. To keep things short and sweet, a typical first-round sequence of questions may sound something like this:

Mr. Employer, to better understand the job and my ability to help you, let me take you through a very brief series of questions. Are you ready? Good.

First, tell me why the job is open. What problem do you want the person to solve? Isnt there anyone on staff who can do this? I mean, what would happen if you couldnt find the right person for the job?

You say youve been trying to fill the position for several weeks. How many people have you interviewed? Where did you find them? And you never reached the point of making an offer? How come?

What sort of compensation package did you have in mind? Is that what youre paying other people in a similar capacity? And youre finding qualified candidates in that price range?

If you dont mind, I want to play devils advocate for a moment. Why would someone quit a perfectly good job and go to work for your company?

So, let me see if I understand the situation. If I found a qualified candidate and we scheduled an interview for next week, and there was mutual interest, you could make a competitive offer and have that person start in about two to three weeks.

Great. Now let me take care of a little business. I charge a placement fee for my service, which will be due once the candidate I refer accepts your offer of employment. Well discuss the exact amount of the fee in a moment, but once we agree to the terms, Im going to send you an agreement to sign and fax back before I can begin the search. Do you have the authority to sign an agreement and pay a fee? Excellent.

See how its done? You hit the major points first to qualify the job order. Once the jobs been qualified, you can go back and fill in the blanks, with additional information about the company, the specifics on the technical skills or experience needed, what the short and long term results would be if the person did a superlative job, who the person reports to or supervises, how much travel is involved, what the hiring process is, and all that good stuff.

An artful job order interview not only allows for a more objective evaluation of the companys needs; it also puts the employer at ease by starting a conversation—not an interrogation.