New, Creative Ways to Earn Money With No Startup Costs

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Most people know about the old ways of earning extra cash from dog walking to house sitting. With the Internet, there are sites like Craigslist where you can find these old favorites. If you’re looking for new, creative ways to earn money, you can turn to the Internet again. This time, you can find unique things you can do that will be interesting as well as giving you the ability to earn some extra pocket change or enough to pay power bills.

A Site Like Fiverr

If you have a talent, you can share it with the world through a platform like Fiverr. Whether you have graphic design skills or a great voice for voice overs, you can create an account on Fiverr and begin selling gigs for $5 U. S. Amateur illustrators, writers and logo creators can find work on the site without having any startup money required. You don’t have to create your own website for it either. Join the site and upload samples of your work to start the ball rolling. You’ll have to pay a fee to Fiverr with each job sold, but there are ways to upsell more products too.

Mystery Shopping

If you spend plenty of time shopping, you can get paid to shop for companies in exchange for written reports on their customer service. If you consistently review companies for free when you have a good or bad experience, mystery shopping might be a good way to earn extra cash. These are often simple tasks where you’ll have to purchase an item, make note of the cleanliness of the store or report on the customer service of the staff. Look out for companies that hire mystery shoppers and require upfront payments from you. The site you choose won’t ask you for payments, or ask you to wire any money to them.

Field Agent App

This app is almost like mystery shopping except you don’t have to buy an item. Instead, you accept a posted job, which can pay between $2.50 and $15. Once the job is accepted, you have to scan the item that was requested, or take photos with your phone’s camera. The jobs that are visible are ones that are available in the user’s current location. The app allows businesses to conduct market research easily. Users of the app should be aware of the time limits to some of the assignments, and taking jobs, holding them and dropping them might be cause to lose the ability to choose jobs on the app.

A Handy App to Have

The site called Handy allows people who are good with their hands the ability to list their services online. If you are great at cleaning, putting up shelves, fixing leaky faucets or painting, you could list your services on a site like Handy and be hired by everyday people who need a little extra help with chores around their home. Handy workers can assemble furniture, move a few boxes or rearrange furniture. All transactions take place through the app, so you don’t have to worry about paying cash for your Handy person.

All of these jobs are ones that aren’t considered traditional side jobs, but they are great for earning some extra money. Set up an account with any of the services to see how they work. You’d be surprised how easy it is to earn enough money to pay bills with little startup effort.

How to Get Money to Go Back to School

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A ton of people out there would like to go back to school, but many find that they do not have nearly enough money to pay for college. This is a problem that so many people run into, especially when you consider the fact that most people that are looking to go back to school have daily expenses to pay for, such as rent, which they are likely paying by working a full time job. The reality is that few people have enough money in the bank to pay the insanely high costs of college these days, but luckily, there are some fairly easy ways that a person can work out a financial way to pay for their schooling.

The first thing that a person should do is start looking for each and every grant that they qualify for.

Most people qualify for grants that can pay a huge chunk out of college tuition, which can make all the difference in the world for some people. If you are going to a college that does not cost a ton of money, you may be able to get by through simply obtaining grants. Getting a federal loan is the next step that most people go with, although there are a a variety of ways that a person can get a loan. The great thing is, most people that are looking to go back to college get easily qualified for a loan. However, keep in mind, you are going to be financially responsible for paying back those loans, and for the most part, even if you declare bankruptcy at some point in your life, those loan debts are not going to go away.

This means you should think long and hard before taking out a large loan. If posed with the option of attending a certain school that costs a lot of money, in which you would have to get a loan from the federal government, versus another school that would not require a loan, it would be a much smarter decision to go with the lower cost school. The biggest thing to keep in mind when trying to figure out how to pay for school is that there are so many different financial programs, grants, loans and other discounts out there that you simply need to explore every option available.

Working with the school you are thinking about going to can help you out quite a bit, as this is something that a huge amount of people are concerned with when trying to go back to school. They will be able to help you go about finding a way to plan for paying for school, but the first thing they are going to tell you to do is to file your FAFSA, which is the main student aid program. This will get you started and in a few months time, you will know how much money you can get granted to you for the next school year, which will help you to determine how much money you are going to have to raise in order to pay for your schooling. The important thing to keep in mind while going through this process is that it is well worth it to go to college, even if it costs a good amount of money, and there are plenty of ways to pay for school.

Equal Rights in School

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Gender identity has been the cause of discriminations and wrong behavior for a long time since now. So recently a policy have been generated that will allow equal rights to the students of all genders and it will be beneficial to the health and mental education.

 

Gender identity:

It can be defined as the identification of a human being based on gender. It includes the character related to gender, mannerism and appearance of a person. It may or may not be regarded to the designated sex of the person at birth. Therefore, apart from male and female, a transgender has also been present among us.

So give them their possible rights in the society and provide them with the safety they require especially in schools a policy has been generated by the health education.

 

Policy of health education:

The purpose of this policy is to support the intersex gender in the educational institutes. Following are the postulates of the policy:

  •         Schools must respect, support and regard the decision of the student regarding the gender he selects to identify him or herself whether that is their gender by birth or not.
  •         Students must be educated about the rights of every gender. They must be taught that they should respect every person regardless of their gender.
  •         Principals must regard protection and classification in connection to gender identification character and intersex status.
  •         The youngsters and a family member or caretaker must be invited to be an active part of the formulation of the management plan of the school.
  •         A letter from a gender identity expert might be asked for by the school to support and help   them in building up the proper plan with all the rights. This letter is not a requirement for the school in giving protection and support to the students; however, it might guarantee that schools are looking forward to managing their plans properly to provide the required rights to all students regardless of their gender.

 

Benefits of gender identity policy in health education:

The purpose of the gender identity education is to educate the people and especially the student and young community that it is not a crime to be a transgender. It will create empathy among the people and the transgender will be provided with a safer and supportive atmosphere to live in.

This will also help the people to learn that how difficult life being transgender is and such policies will be able to provide them support against harassment in schools. If we can make our educational institutes accept transgender then the whole community can.

It will give students a chance to experience the pain of a transgender when they are asked the same questions they often used to ask from a gay. This will create an atmosphere of respect and regard among the students.

By the application of this policy in the schools, many students will be protected and their future will be safe.

Schools demanding transgender bathrooms

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Transgender Bathroom Use Becomes Hot Topic

In 2016, one of the most controversial topics facing the people of the U.S. has been the ability of transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their chosen gender and not that shown on their birth certificate during the school day. A number of states across the U.S. have introduced laws that would force adults and children classed as transgender to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender stated on their birth certificate; the legality of these laws has been called into question as schools across the nation have been informed by President Obama they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

 

The History Of Transgender Bathroom Laws

One of the areas that has largely been ignored by those opposing transgender use of bathrooms is the fact that the initial moves to introduce laws allowing the use of bathrooms were first developed by Republican lawmakers; many conservative groups who now oppose the introduction of Federal laws regarding transgender bathroom use are major supporters of the lawmakers who introduced the initial legislation. California is often cited as the first state introducing laws allowing transgender students the opportunity to use bathrooms coinciding with their chosen gender, which at the time was under the control of Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who had opposed many transgender bathroom laws as a nominee, but signed identical bills once in office. Republican President George W. Bush also signed Federal laws into place supporting the use of bathrooms by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students of all ages.

 

The Current Controversy Over Transgender Bathrooms

A number of U.S. states have introduced what many describe as discriminatory laws banning the use of chosen bathrooms by transgender people, which has seen major corporations and artists decide against performing and working in these areas. North Carolina and Tennessee have been amongst the best documented cases of states introducing transgender laws regarding the use of bathrooms, according to the BBC; these states have joined conservative groups in working against the laws introduced at Federal level, which have now been backed by an Executive Order signed by President Obama. States introducing laws banning transgender bathroom use include:

  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

Schools across the U.S. have now begun demanding transgender access to bathrooms as they attempt to keep hold of their federal funding that has been threatened because of the controversy, according to WTSP. A reported 16,500 educational institutions across the U.S. received correspondence from the White House detailing how the more than $150 billion in federal school funding that is distributed across the U.S. each year could be cut to those who do not open bathrooms to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

Schools who are already cash strapped have now been looking for ways of getting around the laws introduced across Republican controlled state legislatures. Conservative groups have already begun a campaign against companies who are allowing transgender people the opportunity to choose which bathroom they use in their stores; arrests have already been made in Target stores when conservative supporters protested the policy of the retailer. The controversy looks set to continue as lawsuits have been filed in some states by those who oppose the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, despite the fact cuts have been threatened for schools at federal level.

A Look At 2016 Oscar Winners

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It was that time of year again, awards season with one of the most prestigious ceremonies in all of film. The 2016 Oscars took place on Sunday, February 28th and had some defining moments. Many people were interested in how host and comedian, Chris Rock, would weigh in on the biggest issue of there being no African American nominees. Especially considering some celebrities chose to boycott the event because of this issue, some people were a little worried. Fortunately, Rock received great reviews for a job well done. He was able to incorporate some Black Lives Matter issues, while not going overboard. Here is a look at more of the 2016 Oscars.

Viewers down in 2016

It was determined that there was a significant decrease in the number of people who watched the 2016 Oscars. Now you can give your reason as to why you think the numbers were lower in 2016. Some people attribute it to the lack of diversity by the Academy. Others claim it was simply because The Walking Dead also aired during a part of the Oscars, which is such a highly watched program overall, what fan would want to miss a new episode? Another reason is that there were more “Oscar viewing parties” taking place across the country. Yes, you heard that right. People got together to watch the Oscars together, on one big screen, and probably to see if Leo would finally come out a winner.

Most talked about winners

One of the most talked about movies of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie received 10 nominations, and took home the most wins of the night, with a total of 6. Mad Max: Fury Road won in the categories of Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Michael Keaton was one the stars of last year’s Best Picture Winner, Birdman. He was also in Spotlight, which won the Best Picture award for the 2016 Academy Awards, beating out 7 other nominees.

  •         Supporting Actress and Leading Actress– Nominees for Best Supporting Actress and Actress were top notch in 2016, although there were some front runners who might expect a win. The nominees for Actress in a Supporting Role, included Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rooney Mara for Carol, Rachel McAdams for Spotlight, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, and Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs. Nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role included Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years, and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn. Winners for these two categories were Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson. Larson’s performance was talked about for months and her win came as no shock.
  •       Supporting Actor and Leading Actor– Nominees for Supporting Actor included Christian Bale for The Big Short, Tom Hardy for The Revenant, Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight, Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies, and Sylvester Stallone for Creed. The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role included Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl. Winners for these two categories include Mark Rylance, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now many people thought Sylvester Stallone was robbed of the Supporting Actor win, but others thought Mark Rylance was more than deserving. The most talked about win of the night probably went to Leo DiCaprio. He has been nominated for Best Actor on numerous occasions, causing the internet to break out with multiple memes in hopes that Leo would finally win, which he did, and for an epic performance.

To view the full list of winners click here.

Yahoo Lays Off Top Entertainment Journalists

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Layoffs are always hard for a company because they have to get rid of human beings who have been working for them to make a career and a living. There are usually only a few reasons why a company would lay workers off. Usually it is either because the employee hasn’t been producing at the standards set by the employer or their yearly or quarterly budget deemed it necessary to cut their losses and begin being profitable again. Another reason could be that the company just isn’t doing very well, and they are starting to let go of certain aspects of the company to restart from the bottom up or sell the company all together. Yahoo seems to be in the thick of a layoff, here’s what is happening:

What’s going on?

Yahoo has laid off employees mostly in the Music and TV department. These employees are mostly executives and editors. Earlier this month, Yahoo said they were planning on laying off close to 15% of their employees. This was largely in part because they were trying to get rid of parts of the company that were no longer relevant or creating business. It also seems that they were looking at ways to come back from their current downfall or be forced to sell.

After hiring a new CEO in 2012, the company has had a hard time staying in the thick of the competition and in many ways, tried to reinvent itself in many ways. Now, after laying off a good size of the company, Yahoo will try to reinvent itself one last time. Part of the downfall of the last reinvention was the failed attempts at startups who Yahoo believed would generate revenue for the company. Those attempts obviously backfired and Yahoo was left struggling to figure out what to do next. Now, they will be focusing on being selective with their content on their website to bring in a tighter nit audience. It seems as if they are looking to get a little smaller and be a niche for readers on their website.

What will happen?

It is hard to say what exactly can come from this. Yahoo has tried to reinvent itself many times and nothing positive has come from it. Their stock prices are down under $30 a share compared to Google’s $700 and growing. Unless Yahoo can find something that sets them apart from other search engines or sources for news and articles, it may be a tough hole to dig out of. Maybe these layoffs can help them put a little more money into innovation and either develop something for the market that can compete with other companies, or create something completely new. If something doesn’t happen soon, Yahoo may be forced to sell at probably one of their lowest if not the lowest point in history.

The answer is always the bottom line in big companies. Revenue is king, and low revenue, means a smaller bottom line, something big companies like Yahoo can’t afford to lack.