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Posted by Nelson Zide on 7/26/2017

Many people are finding that their paychecks aren't getting them as far as they used to. The cost of groceries is constantly rising, gas prices are creeping back up, and services like cable and wireless seem to increase every with every bill. To keep up with it all, many people opt to put in more hours at work or find a second job. However, if you're not comfortable with sacrificing your free time there are other ways to keep up with the bills. There are many hobbies that can earn you extra income and will help you learn new skills in the process. This article will overview some income-driving hobbies for everyone and show you how to monetize them to help pay the bills.

Sell your photography

Photography is an amazing skill to learn. Once you get past the basics of understanding shutter speed and aperture, you'll find you can take all different types of photos. Many people associate photography with being very expensive, and while it certainly can be, advancements in the technology have made it rather affordable to get started. Once you've learned the ins and outs of your camera, there are a few ways to earn money from photography. If you have an eye for detail and setting things up, you could try selling stock photography online or taking product photography for local crafters. If you're more of a "people" person, then portraits might be more of a rewarding hobby for you. Graduation photos and family portraits are both good ways to learn the basics. Eventually you could try out being a second shooter at a wedding; meaning you work with a professional wedding photographer to help them get more shots of the wedding and reception. As you improve and build experience, you can increase your prices.

Build things people will love

When I was younger my father worked full-time and when he came home the first thing he did was head outside to start working on whatever building project he had going on. Sheds, picnic tables, tree houses... there's no end to the types of things you can build in your backyard. Getting money for your hard work is easy in the age of the internet. Most important, though, is that you're building things people will love. Pinterest is packed with ideas and YouTube full of tutorials when it comes to inspiration and learning. Once you've completed your project you can put in on your local Craigslist, a Facebook group, or even in your front lawn with a For Sale sign.

Blogging and copyediting

Would you be the first one to notice if there was a typo in this article? Do you find yourself occasionally thinking, "That would be a really good topic to write about"? Blogging and digital copyediting are two growing markets with a lot of opportunity for those of us with a passion for the written word. To work with existing businesses there are several websites that allow you to market your services online. Pick a topic that you're interested in or one you're already an expert at, and reach out to companies in that industry. If you're more of the DIY type, make your own blog with the help of a site like WordPress. Once you build a readership, you can monetize with ads and sponsors.




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Posted by Nelson Zide on 7/19/2017

There are a lot of advantages to living in a low-crime neighborhood, such as family safety, peace of mind, and a minimal risk of getting your personal property stolen.

Perhaps the only downside of living in a relatively secure, desirable part of town is that you might let your guard down completely. When that happens, especially on a regular basis, you're creating a vulnerability that could eventually be taken advantage of. That's why is pays to be consistent when it comes to locking doors, teaching your kids good security practices, and always making your home appear as if someone's home.

Your home IS your castle and -- short of building a moat -- there are a variety of practical measures you can take to keep it safe and secure.

  1. Install a burglar alarm or home security system. There are a lot of options for making your home more burglar-proof, such as installing video surveillance cameras, window and door alarms, or a whole-house alarm system that alerts the local police department or alarm monitoring service of a break-in or other security breach. Virtually any security steps you take will help "tip the scales" in your favor, but a professional advisor from a reputable home security company can assist you in identifying potential vulnerabilities and choosing the options best suited for your budget, your degree of risk, and your comfort level.
  2. Plan ahead when going on vacation. Allowing your mail or newspaper deliveries to pile up on your front steps or driveway is like extending an open invitation to burglars who might be scoping out the area. Temporarily suspending your deliveries while you're away is a good starting point for keeping your house looking occupied in your absence, but you might also ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out for unexpected deliveries. If you really trust them, you could even give them a key to your house, in case they're inclined to water your plants and take care of your pets! (That would eliminate the need and expense of sending your dogs and cats to a pet-boarding facility.) One tactic that a lot of homeowners forget about when they're going away for a few days (or even just overnight) is to hook up an automatic timer to a few of their lights. That simple step will help ensure that their house isn't pitch black at night. There's also the more expensive strategy of having a home security system that can be activated and monitored from your mobile device. Do-it-yourself installation kits are available, but some homeowners prefer the technical support features that come with a professional home security service.
  3. Outside lights can be a deterrent. A few motion-activated outdoor floodlights placed in strategic locations around your home can significantly reduce the risk of night-time prowlers staying on your property for very long. Since one of their primary objectives is to remain undetected and low profile, bright spotlights that turn on when they approach the house will often be enough to send them on their way.
Other home security strategies may include changing all the door locks when you first move into a home, adopting a good watch dog to help scare away potential intruders, and keeping bushes and trees pruned so they don't provide convenient hiding places for would-be burglars.





Posted by Nelson Zide on 7/16/2017

Move in condition East Marlborough home with many recent updates. Single family condo. 2 front-to-back large bedrooms each with its own full bath on second floor. 3rd bedroom or den on 1st floor. Fireplace living room, full bath on first floor. Finished rec room in basement. Nest thermostat. All wall TV brackets stay. Newer roof 2016. In-ground sprinklers. Fenced-in backyard with storage shed. Updates within last few years include maple floors, kitchen and bathroom tile floors, recent paint, lots of recessed lights and ceiling fans. Complex VA approved. Show & sell!!

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Posted by Nelson Zide on 7/14/2017

This Condo in Hopkinton, MA recently sold for $181,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Nelson Zide - ERA Key Realty Services.


71 Walcott Valley Drive, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Condo

$189,900
Price
$181,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Hard to find end unit at Walcott Valley. King size master bedroom. Full bath off of bedroom. Walk-in closet and door to patio. Galley kitchen with pantry. Large family room downstairs. Separate storage and laundry room. Lots of storage for a one bedroom unit. Close to downtown and Hopkinton State Park. Well run complex and high owner occupied ratio. Show & sell!!






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Posted by Nelson Zide on 7/13/2017


12 Edward Dr, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$469,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Mint move in condition home from the stone front walkway to the cathedral ceiling. Living room, kitchen and dining area, updated kitchen cabinets with newer stainless steel appliances and island. Newer glass tile backsplash. Sliders to oversized deck with newer vinyl railings overlooking beautiful backyard and corner lot. King size master bedroom with double closet. Entry to bathroom with 2 vanities from master and hallway. AC compressor approximately 5 years old. Roof approximately 10 years. Vinyl replacement windows. Fireplace family room and den or playroom on lower level. Show and sell!!
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