There are a variety of resources Kylie has used over time to set up this site, her blogs and also to drive her success in her journey to become a millionaire. She thought it would be beneficial for you if there was a list that gave you easy access to these resources for help guidance on your own journeys.
She starts the list with setting up her blog, continuing on to useful eBooks, followed by sites she likes and has used for market research, surveys, bargain hunting and mystery shopping.
Setting Up & Useful eBooks
For hosting Kylie used Blue Host and they have been brilliant. They have one click install for WordPress now, so it is really easy to set up your own self hosted blog. They have a variety of plans to suit different needs as well. If you are after an Australian host, The Thrifty Issue, another of Kylie’s sites is hosted by Little Hero Hosting.
The best eBook she has read for blogging is 31 Days To Build A Better Blog by Problogger.
It has the most information and it gives you points to action each day that will push you to improve your blog more than you could imagine on your own.
If you are just starting out there is another valuable eBook from Problogger titled, Problogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging. If you have ever wanted to start a blog but just didn’t know how to go about it or don’t know what to expect/do in your first week, than this is the perfect eBook to help clarify your mind and get you started.
How to Sell the **** out of your eBook is one that Kylie has used to market her own eBooks. It is amazing and insightful. It comes highly recommended by many bloggers she knows too.
If you are looking for ways to make money you should dive into her book, 365 Ways To Make Money which outlines ways to make money, how to get started with your idea, ways to promote yourself for free or cheap, and solutions to those pesky excuses we tell ourselves such as finding free childcare.
Sites Kylie Likes/Uses
In case you aren’t sure what market research companies do, we’ll explain it a bit. You sign up for free, answer some questions, then when they have clients (ie companies) who need your age group/genders opinion about their product they get in contact with you. Sometimes it is a 1 hour focus group, other times it is an all day thing. Some just send you stuff to try and fill out a survey for them on your opinion of the product. It’s pretty easy and can pay quite well.
Vibe village is a site you sign up to and then register to be a “party host” when things come up. Kylie has been accepted to host parties such as a Cadbury party or a Masterfoods party. She was sent a box of new Cadbury chocolates to try with my friends and review as well as a dvd of the (then) new show Offspring. Her Masterfoods party was very similar but with Masterfoods products.
Soup is another site you can review products and things. They will email when they have something that suits your profile then you fill in a survey and get sent whatever they want you to trial. It has been pretty good. Kylie especially liked doing a nappy trial when her daughter was born – she received close to 100 free nappies. More recently an hour session in the city reaped $125 for her opinion.
Neilson homescan is one Kylie is unable to do but other people do it and love it. Basically you have a scanner and scan everything you buy. There is potential get free products and things to try through them.
Kylie often mentions or refers to online survey sites and, mystery shopping for a little extra cash Many of the sites she discusses are Australian, but more than a few have global equivalents or links to other country options on their sites.
Pure Profile has been pretty good. Every time you get $25 or more you can cash out straight to your bank account. You get paid to do surveys and click on sites. Pretty simple money really and for Kylie it has been reasonably steady. She regularly logs in to see the progress and she has noticed the more she does, the more money she gets. Plus there can be new things put up throughout the day and logging in consistently gives you the best chance to action them.
Basically RC (Rewards Central) will have web clicks every day worth 2 points, often they have between 2 – 3 bonus web clicks worth 2 points each as well. They have a survey of the day a few times a week, worth 3 points. Even if the survey is not up if you click on it you get entered in the $10,000 competition.
They also send emails worth 5 – 10 points and they have lots of shopping partners you can shop with and earn points, including eBay!
My Opinions is a survey site you get points for completing surveys as well as an instant win each week where you click on a square and can get between 0 and 500 points. You can transfer points to RC once you have 100 or more.
You need 3300 points for a $30 cheque or 10100 points for a $100 cheque.
WDYT pays in gift vouchers for Bunnings, Target, Kmart and Myer. You need 2000 points minimum to cash out. If you sign up as a premium member you will get up to 5 emails a day. Some you get points, others are offers to sign up to things for points (such as credit cards and dodo internet). If you log in regularly to the site they often have banners you can click on and earn 10 points, so you can get to that 2000 points much quicker than you’d think!
Yourvoice has been an easy one to get vouchers from for me. Kylie obtains surveys from them a lot and has cashed out for movie tickets (though we don’t think they offer these any more) as well as shopping vouchers for places like Target.
Kylie is now pretty sure paid survey bank, cash emails, grocery clicks etc… are all scams. She was told payment for them is delayed, but her money has just gone missing, so Kylie does not use them nor does she recommend them.
Bargain Sites (for Aus)
Here are some sites for Aussies on where you can shop to find a bargain. Coupons are everywhere in the USA but here, we don’t get much. Kylie has used these sites and scored some good freebies/discounts.
Buckscoop is good, but you need to keep on top of them. She did some cash back offers with them and had to email them a fair bit to get her payment. They take 3 months to pay you after completing the offer and they missed her, twice, so it took closer to 4 and 5 months both times. That aside, she found some great bargains and sales through them.
Free Samples is exactly what it says, a site where you can get free samples!
Oz Bargain is another bargain site.
My Savings is another site you can get freebies, coupons for discounts and freebies etc… She has found quite a few good ones from here, things like perfume/after shave, baby lotions etc. All the good stuff!
Comping Club is a great place to find out about competitions and enter. You gotta be in it to win it, and you never know what you might win!
Is where you sign up with the companies and they will email you to let you know what shops need to be done. You can choose to do them or not. Generally speaking you have to go to the shop, assess certain things without being obvious, possibly purchase something and fill out a survey when you are done.
The following companies Kylie has personally used, but there are plenty more around.
Capeesh is great for things like pizza. You buy something and they reimburse the cost to you the following month.
Integrity Shoppers has been good for flowers for Kylie’s home. She hasn’t used them a lot. There is more, but the florist comes up a lot.
Gap Buster are worldwide and pretty good.
Market Pulse is another.
Shop Angels often have places and retailers different to the standard fast food chains and Coles.
Remember you don’t have to do every shop. Pick and choose the ones close to you or where you regularly go. It can be a great way to get paid to do your usual shopping, banking or even get free take-away.
There are lots of companies out there. Usually you sign up, they email when jobs are available, you log in to apply for the jobs you want, then head out and do the shop. There’s questions you’ll need to answer and you will need to keep all receipts and anything else from your shop.
It gets easier as you do it. You can even get awesome products or services like flights, accommodation and attractions to mystery shop.
Generally you pay for things, then get reimbursed the following month. Kylie has earned up to a few hundred in a month.
Not all shops require you to buy something, sometimes you are just making an enquiry. Make sure you keep records of everything though and do your best to be observant. Record keeping is the key.