Category Archives: Money

Featured Video: Week 2

How To Be An Entrepreneur

Contrary to popular belief, starting a business does not make you an entrepreneur. This short video breaks down what it means to be an entrepreneur, and explains how to approach your business. Enjoy!

Teen Boss Unofficial Guide: The Smart Way To Buy On EBay

With over 100 million registered users worldwide, EBay remains the world’s top online auction site for people to buy and sell goods. EBay’s reputation for having just about any item you could think of is probably what has kept it afloat for the past decade. Shortly after the company’s reputation as an online marketplace was secured, the countless number of books and guides on “how to become a millionaire just by selling on EBay” started pouring in. While those books do have great tips on how to make money (and maybe even an income), there is an even better way to put money back into your wallet – saving your money.

Since TeenBoss is dedicated to helping you make and save money, here is a comprehensive guide on how to get the lowest possible price on the product you want.

Tip #1: Gift Cards Are The Key To Getting What You Want

Gift Cards are without a doubt one of the best presents you can receive from someone as a gift. Why? Because they can be used towards any item in the store, and in most cases the online store too! However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that you can also buy gift cards from EBay sellers. In most cases, you will find that you can purchase them for much less than you would expect.

For example, instead of buying an $100 wireless speaker from Best Buy, search EBay for a $100 Amazon gift card and see what kind of deal you can get. Often times, sellers will put their gift cards on auction, so you can bid as much or as little as you want to pay for it. So before you buy an expensive item, check on EBay to see if you can get a gift card for the same retailer, that can go towards your purchase.

Tip #2: Use The Refined Search Features

In the past few years or so, EBay has shifted its focus to the buyers by creating tools in an effort to make it easier to find items and purchase it at the price you want. As a buyer, the refined search feature is the best way to make sure you get exactly what you want. Here are the tools you need to get the best results:

1. Category

Categories will make the biggest difference for your search. Just by picking ‘Portable Audio & Headphones’ you will limit your search from 20,000 results to 10,000 items. From there, continue narrowing your search until you see what you are looking for. Keep in mind that you do not want to get too specific with your search, because sellers often times have an item that can fit into more than one category. A rule of thumb is to narrow your search by no more than 3 categories.

2. Location

Limiting your search by location can do wonders, and save you a lot of time and hassle. International shipping can be a real pain, so if you live in the US narrow your search to ‘US only’. This way you aren’t getting items from China, that are either non-returnable or too expensive to send back.

3. Brand and Condition

This should go without saying, but if you want new portable speakers from Jawbone, then tell that to the search engine. Don’t settle for less than what you want. Of course, if you can’t find what you want, loosen the search restrictions on the brand or condition.

4. Price

This is probably my favorite refined search tool. EBay allows you to say how much you are willing to pay for an item. If you don’t want to pay more than $50 for speakers, then define your search in those terms. Personally, I always go $20-$50 more than my maximum price so that I can see the options, but in those cases I sort the search by ascending price (lowest to highest).

Tip #3: The Sort Tool Is Your Friend

The sort tool is by far, the best way to find what you are looking for price-wise. If the item I wanted to buy was a Jawbone Wireless Speaker (new or like-new), I would define my search using the steps outlined in Tip #2. Then I would arrange my results depending on whether I was looking at Buy It Now or Auction Listings.

1. For Buy It Now Listings Sort By Lowest Price First

Your goal is to get the item you want for the lowest price, so arrange your results so that you see the sellers offering what you want for the best deal.

2. For Auction Listings Sort By Time Ending Soon

For auctions, the best time to get what you want is at the last possible second, where you can throw in your last bid. By first narrowing your search by price, sorting it this way will allow you to quickly locate the item you want for a price already under the maximum amount you are willing to spend. The only thing you want to make sure of, is that you are the last person who puts in a bid. If you do that, you get exactly what you want for a price that you chose!

Final Thoughts

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you get exactly what you want, and in turn, save you some money! If you liked this article, share it with your friends and family. For updates Follow @TeenBoss101 on Twitter and Like The Teen Boss Facebook Page.

 

Featured Video: Week 1

Aaron Jones: How I Made and Lost $40,000 In 3 Months

Aaron Jones on how he made and lost $40,000 in 3 months.

 

How To Make Money With Url Shorteners

Aside from allowing you to finish your tweet without going over the 140 character limit, there are other benefits to using shortened Urls. A short Url will allow you to easily share your links, they can track data and how many people have clicked on your link, and now they can make you money!

I love finding new ways to make money, so you can imagine how happy I was to find out that shortening Urls could provide me with extra spending money, without having to spend too much time or effort. Now, how would you make money by shortening your Urls?

The same way YouTube Partners get paid for every person who clicks the ‘Skip Ad’ button, companies will pay you for every click your link generates. The amount of money you get paid will of course vary depending on which website you use to shorten your Url, but there are a few websites that I think offer the most benefits. If you know of more Url shorteners, comment below or tweet me @TeenBoss101 and I will check it out!

1. AdFly

AdFly is an amazing Url shortener that will not only shorten your Url and give you real time statistics on how many people click on your link, but it will also pay you for every time someone clicks on it. On top of that, if you refer people you will get 20% of whatever they earn. If you know of anyone who would want to be an advertiser, you can refer them and make 5% of every advertising order they make.

AdFly counts the number of views every 24 hours so if you get 1000 views per day, you will earn (currently) $3.75 but lets say you only get 100 views in 24 hours, that 100 views would carry over until you get 1000 views. The cool part about this is that, from my understanding, is that if you get 1000 new visitors, you would earn $8.17. Payments are made to PayPal, Payza, and Payoneer in monthly installments and require a $5 minimum (Payoneer is $10) in your AdFly account before you can withdraw any money. You can withdraw daily, if you have been a member for over 1 month, and you have reached the $5 cashout limit.

Payout Rate Per 1000 Views: $3.75

Payout Rate Per 1000 Visitors: $8.16

Minimum Withdrawal Amount: $5.00

Register for a free AdFly account and start turning your links into cash.

2. Shorte.st

Becoming a Shortener is almost identical to joining AdFly but Shorte.st is relatively new, so not many people are using it which is a great advantage! What I really like about Shorte.st is that the layout of the website is very user friendly and easy to navigate. Like AdFly, you will get 20% commission from the money your referrals make, plus you can add banners to your website and earn money for every click your banner receives. For every 1000 views you will earn $3.75 and payments are made every month to PayPal and Payoneer.

Payout Rate Per 1000 Views: $3.75

Minimum Withdrawal Amount: $5.00 ($20.00 for Payoneer)

Register here for a free Shorte.st account.

3. Snip.ps

This is another website that specializes in shortening your Urls. They offer a 20% commission rate for every click your referral gets on their shortened links. The payout rate depends on the content of the destination website, so if the shortened link leads to a high traffic website, advertisers will pay you at a higher rate. The great thing about Snip.ps is that there is no minimum payout rate, so you will get paid via PayPal every 1st of the month.

Payout Rate: Depends on the linked website

Minimum Withdrawal Amount: No minimum via Paypal ($10.00 via Check)

Register for Snip.ps and start earning money now.

4. ReduceInk

I really like this website for their statistics on who clicks on each link. Aside from getting paid for each click, it will tell you how many clicks you got each day, each month, where your visitors are coming from, and which links are generating the most clicks. They offer a 25% commission rate for the earnings your referral generates, in addition to the $3.10 payout rate. There is a $5 minimum withdrawal that will be paid via PayPal.

Payout Rate: $3.10

Minimum Withdrawal Amount $5.oo

Register for a free account with ReduceInk now, and start earning money.

Conclusion (Tips on How To Maximize Your Profit)

All 4 websites are amazing and offer competitive payout rates. I encourage you to give each website a try to see which one you like the most and can offer you the most profit. I personally do not have a favorite but, I can say that using them in combinations is very helpful. For example, ReduceInk has a lower payout rate but a high commission rate, so you use that for your referrals while using any other website for your links. You could even use all 4 for your links, and really maximize your profits!

Another way to make more money, is to shorten every link you share with one of these services. If you want to share a video with your family on Facebook, shorten the link before sharing the video. If you link a picture to one of your tweets, shorten the link. If you want to share this article with your family and friends, shorten the link! It only takes you 10 seconds to shorten the link, and make some easy cash. Try these websites out and let me know what you think! If you liked this article, share it with your friends and family (with a shortened link!), subscribe to this blog, and follow me on Twitter @TeenBoss101 for more ways to make money.

Three Must Have Apps That Will Make You Money

From one boss to another we all like to make money. Whether it’s by creating a business or doing small jobs, money can be found anywhere, you just have to know where to look. Of course, the best way to make money is passively because it requires little effort, and it allows you free time to do other things. How can you do this without spending too much time? Use your phone! Your smartphone goes with you everywhere, and there is no better way to make money than doing something you’re already doing.

With that said, I have a list of 3 solid apps (and I’ve tried a lot) that you should give a chance. I did include my referral codes for each app because they will reward you (and me) for using it, which really makes a difference in how long it takes you to redeem your prize. Now that all of that is out of the way, onto the apps!

1. CheckPoints (referral code: teenboss)

CheckPoints is not exactly a new app, but I haven’t come across too many people who use it. To earn points, you basically “check-in” to stores and businesses around you, then scan the barcodes of featured products to get extra points. You can also complete offers, watch videos, play games, and of course refer people to earn even more points. The best part is that you can go online and download the CheckPoints toolbar to your browser. This means that whenever you search for something you would get points. They will also reward you for online purchases through your favorite retailers. One of the newer features is that you can read articles or click through short slide presentations for points. Keep in mind, that a few points go a long way so 20 points everyday will eventually add up to 1000 points in a few weeks.

One thing I always did was tag along with my parents when they ran errands, so that I could “check-in” to stores that we passed by. Then as my mom shopped for groceries, I would go up and down the aisles scanning the featured products. Another easy way to get points is to sit in a set location (your house if you live close to stores), and just “check-in” to the stores that pop- up.

As for prizes, there are A LOT of gift cards from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Louis Vuitton, Home Depot, and so many more. You can get Shell gift cards (for all of you drivers), Southwest, American, and Alaska Airlines gift cards, which saves a lot of travel money. Plus, you can get gadgets like Beats Headphones, the XBox One, Samsung Galaxy, and sweepstakes to win other prizes. Overall, you have a lot of choices and if have a particular prize in mind you can always redeem a gift card from  Amazon and buy it there.

I did include my referral code, which does give you 50 extra points (at this time) but please be weary of those trying to say they have a hacked code. Most of the time they do not work, and they WILL get your account suspended or terminated.

 

2. Mobee (referral code: NZXM)

Mobee is a fairly new app, that is very similar to CheckPoints. To get points you accept a ‘mission’ and go to a restaurant or store (from my area it is mostly restaurants), take a picture of the establishment, buy something and take a picture of your receipt. Next, you would answer a brief questionnaire within the application. Once everything is approved, you will get your points. It really is that easy, and these are places that you probably already go to like Starbucks, McDonalds, Macy’s, etc.

The missions around my area are all about the hospitality, so that might be different depending on where you are. Missions range from 100-400 points and I believe every 100 points equals $1. This means that the 400 points mission is really $4, which is a pretty good. Lets say you order, for the sake of the example, a $4 drink at Starbucks. If you take a picture of the business, your receipt, and answer the questionnaire you’ll be done with the mission by the time they finish making your drink. Of course, if you tag along with someone and they let you take a picture of their receipt, you just gain that $4. Either way, it’s a win-win situation. Give it a try!

 

3. ReceiptHog (referral link: http://app.receipthog.com/share/kwc9y6xc)

ReceiptHot is another easy way to make money, doing something you already do. It requires no extra effort, all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. Depending on the amount you spent at each store, you earn 5, 10, or 15 coins. You can submit 20 receipts a week with a maximum of 3 per day, and the receipt can be no older than 14 days old. If you are in a situation where you have more than 3 receipts in a given day, just hold on to it and submit it the next day to get the maximum number of points. When you meet the 20 receipt threshold, you can still submit receipts but they will only be worth 5 coins, regardless of the amount you spent at that store. When invite others (**hint**), you receive a certain number of ‘spins’ for the “Hog Slots” game where you can win 100 coins, 100 dollars, or a refund of your last trip.

There are only 2 prizes: a PayPal gift card and a cash payout, which seems like a pretty good deal to me! Now, when you redeem your first $5 prize (either the PayPal gift card or cash) at 1000 coins, you also unlock the second level. The second level has the same PayPal gift card or cash option, but you can get $10 for 1,800 coins which means you save 200 coins. The third level prizes will cost you 3,200 coin for a $20 prize, and the fourth will cost you 4,500 coins for a $30 prize. While, you could just stay at the first level and continue to get the $5 at 1000 coins, you save a lot more coins if you continue to move up to the fourth level where you save more coins. Like I said before, the coins add up quickly and for something that takes you less than 30 seconds to do, it is worth it.

 

Conclusion

I really like all 3 of these apps, and am always looking for more ways to earn money. If you have any comments or suggestions let me know! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @teenboss101 to stay up to date with more ways to make money!