Day 2: Online Jobs That Pay Via PayPal

Today, I reviewed all of the links in the blog post, How to Make Money Online: 45 Recommended Ways to Earn Extra Cash.

I eliminated the companies that do not pay via PayPal from my 30-day challenge.

I started with 45 ideas and ended with the following five sites:

  1. Survey Junkie
  2. Ibotta
  3. Transcriptionist (TranscribeMe, Quicktate, Rev)
  4. Foap
  5. eJury

I was surprised to find that most of the companies pay via gift cards. Several of the ideas in the article were investment companies or actual jobs, which I was not looking for so I eliminated those from this challenge.

I have decided to pursue the challenge with the above sites. If, after a week, I don’t have enough options, I will do more research and add other online jobs that pay via PayPal.

I hope to start testing these sites in the next day or two.



Day 1: Earn $100 Online by 13 November 2018

In an effort to earn $100 online by 13 November 2018, I worked on my overall plan for the next 30-days.

I chose the above link because most of the suggestions meet my criteria for this 30-day challenge which I discussed in yesterday’s blog post, Are Money-making Ideas on Facebook Too Good To Be True? Let’s Find Out.

I will work on this challenge again tomorrow night.

Have a great Tuesday!





Are Money-Making Ideas on Facebook Too Good To Be True? Let’s Find Out!

Let’s find out if money-making ideas from sponsored advertisements on Facebook are possible or too good to be true.

30 Day Challenge

Over the next 30 days, I will try to earn $100.00 using online sites.

If I am successful with this small challenge, I’ll move on to bigger and better challenges.

I created some guidelines to ensure I stay focused on my goal.


  • The site has to pay via PayPal.
  • I will not accept visa rewards, gift certificates, or vouchers.
  • Must be online.
  • I have to be able to do the work after 8pm or on the weekends.
  • No out-of-pocket expenses allowed for special accesses or classes.
  • No resumes. Who has time to update a resume anyway?

Many of the Facebook ads I have seen over the last few months suggest becoming an Uber driver, drop shipper, pet sitter, marketer, etc.

While these ideas may work for some people, they don’t work with my busy schedule. If you are going to do a challenge like this, it is important to know what your limitations and skills are.

Like many of you, I lead a busy life. In addition to the hobbies listed on my About Me page, I also work full-time and have a lengthy commute. My three kids have activities three nights a week and one to two soccer games on the weekend.

Despite my busy schedule, I have learned that you can make a lot of progress in a short amount of time if you start small, think big, and stay consistent.

Let’s earn $100!!! The challenge officially starts tomorrow.


Have You Ever Wondered How People Make So Much Money Online? Me too!

If you’re a Facebook user who loves to blog and you’re intrigued by making money online, you likely receive daily sponsored ads that go something like this:

  • Click here to rock your business. Last week, I had my best week to date. Six figures in the bank!
  • This is way better than a second job. Need 100? 500? We found 50 ways to earn a stack of cash before the end of the month.
  • Looking for extra side income? Here’s how I made over $85,000 working part-time in 2016…
  • How this 25-year old freelancer made $150,000 in 6 months of Fiverr.
  • How regular people are becoming independently successful every day.
  • We had NO IDEA how blogging would completely 180-degrees turn our lives around…We went from frustrated, young professionals working 9-5 jobs and basically hating our lives to making over $100,000 online in our first year of blogging. Since we’ve started a blog, we’ve been able to quit our jobs, work whenever we want, and even travel the world!

Many of the ads boast incredible numbers such as $150,000, six figures, $200,000, etc.

Are these ads legitimate?

In an effort to answer the above question, I am going to take at least one of the ads to see if I can replicate the results. I’ll let you know in the coming days which one I chose to test.

I can’t wait to keep you updated on my progress.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Sign Up For Piano Lessons Before “Later” Becomes “Never”.

If you were going to buy yourself a present, what would it be?

red ribbon on brown cardboard box

A friend asked the above question on her Facebook page last night.

One of the responses was, “Piano lessons! My parents couldn’t afford a piano or lessons and at 51 … I still want to learn how to play!”

I learned that the lady was financially able to take lessons and had a nice quiet room for a piano yet whenever she found an inexpensive or free piano, she suffered from “cold feet”, as she put it and, “… was afraid to just jump right in!”

Can you relate to this? I definitely can since I started taking piano lessons at the age of 39 after wanting to learn for 20 years.

Don’t Wait For Twenty Years Like I did

When I was 19, my Mom’s friend Cathy who was in her forties purchased a black, baby grand piano and began lessons. I was in awe and vowed to do the same thing. I had never heard of anyone taking lessons “so late” in life. Now that I’m forty-something, I know better. Forty, fifty, or even sixty is not too late to start piano lessons.

In the years that followed, I toyed with the idea of taking lessons. So many thoughts went through my mind.

  • What if it takes 20 years to be able to play anything meaningful?
  • I’ll be so embarrassed taking lessons as an adult.
  • I can’t do it.
  • I can’t learn as fast as a child.
  • Maybe I’ll just teach myself.
  • What if it doesn’t lead to anything? At the time, I never did anything that didn’t lead to some sort of outcome (e.g. a new job, more money, etc).
  • I don’t have the time.

When I turned 39, I pushed aside my worries and purchased a used upright piano 10659152_796057933750699_691111222085942797_non Craigslist for $300.00 and began lessons. After a year of lessons and almost daily practice, I  proved to myself that I was dedicated enough to upgrade our first piano to what I actually wanted—a baby grand piano.

The year I turned 40, I sold our upright piano (see photo. It is buried under my birthday cards) and our third car so I could purchase a better piano in cash.

After visiting all the major piano retailers in the area, scouring Craigslist and the classifieds for a used grand piano, I finally found her—a 4’9″ Sojin grand piano. She had a few scratches on the left side likely from a previous move; however, I loved the way the piano sounded.

Three years later, I play nearly every day. I have progressed to the point where I can learn an intermediate four-page piece within a couple of weeks.

Perfection Isn’t The Goal

Below is a recent video of me playing Pachelbel. I learned the piece in less than two weeks for a 40-piece-per-year challenge.

I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t “perfect”. It is nowhere close to being ready for a recital, the timing is off just a tad here and there, and my technique needs improving. In this case, perfection isn’t the goal. Playing my best and continuous learning are my goals.

By sharing this video, I hope to show how much progress you can make in four years. This time last year, I couldn’t learn a four-page piece in two weeks. That was unthinkable. With daily practice and dedication, you can make a lot of progress in relatively little time.



If I had not started lessons four years ago (my four-year anniversary was on 9 October 2018), I wouldn’t be able to play anything at all. I would still be wishing that I could play.

Imagine how much progress I could have made if I started when I was 19.

Imagine how much progress you will make if you start now and play for 5, 10, 15+ years.

What is holding you back from taking piano lessons? Or pursuing other dreams?