Review of 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time by Nevin Buconjic

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This book is great for someone looking for different ways to make some extra money. The author gives a brief, three page description of each business idea followed by a few links to more resources. He explains what you’ll need and how much those things can cost. He also doesn’t make any promises about how much money you’ll make, he just says that you could make money from it. I really like that. It’s much more realistic than other books that I’ve read on the subject.

My favorite business ideas that Buconjic mentions are Selling Online and Blogging. As an eBay seller and a book blogger, I’m always looking for more tips on how I can be more productive or make things look better. In the Blogging section he mentions that he uses WordPress, as do I, so I jotted down the articles that he mentioned.

At the end of the book, the author lists a ton of websites that you can check out to find out more about running a business, how to do things legally, etc. I would recommend this to anyone looking for ways to make more money.

An updated version is currently available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Money-Making-Businesses-Start-Spare-Business-ebook/dp/B009FF1K9Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419964309&sr=8-1&keywords=25+money+making+businesses

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Review of Redeemed (House of Night #12) by P.C. & Kristin Cast

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I was really excited when I finally got this book. I’ve enjoyed reading this series and the covers are always nice.

Redeemed picks up right where Revealed left off, with Zoey in trouble and Neferet being evil. The book is full of action, but it also takes the time to spotlight each of the main characters a bit. This made me happy because the friendship between Zoey and her “Nerd Herd” has been one of my favorite things about the series. I’m also really happy that the authors didn’t just forget about the relationships that Stevie Rae, Shaylin and Damien are in.

There are more deaths in this book, but I was only sad about one of them. The main focus is on how, or if, Zoey and her circle can finally defeat Neferet.  She’s been a great nemesis for Zoey and, while I feel bad about her past, she must be stopped.

I think this book is a good ending to the series. If it went any longer it would’ve been way too drawn out.

Review of Garage Sale Guide: How to Quickly & Easily Make Money Selling Your Used Items! by Ann Eckhart

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This is another Amazon freebie. There are a lot of great guide books on there. Garage Sale Guide is a nice, practical guide to garage sales. My mom and I have these in the Spring and Summer, so I thought I could pick up a few tips.

The author explains preparing for your sale, setting up, making signs, advertising and pricing. She also gives a list of things you’ll need to have on hand. I really like her idea of having a penny box for kids to buy from and I’m going to try that at my next sale. I’m also going to try her pricing system, which is to subtract 90% from the original price of the item, and to have set prices for books, clothes, cups, etc.  Another suggestion the author makes is to include the phrase “Clean, Neat and Priced To Sell” in all of your ads.

I think this is a good guide for people who are having a garage sale for the first time and for people who are looking for some tips to make their sales better

Review of How to Twitter: Getting Started with 30 Daily Do-ables by Stacey Myers

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  I found this book for free on Amazon a while ago and  read it to see if I could learn anything that could help make my tweets more productive. It’s a very helpful step-by-step guide with crisp, clear instructions.


The author provides explanations for each of the 30 do-ables (steps) and screenshots to show exactly where to go on Twitter. I knew most of them, but the section on changing your background and putting a widget on your blog helped me. I think this would be perfect for someone who is new to Twitter, wants to set up an account, and wants to get results. Stacey walks you through signing up, getting a username, making tweets and using hashtags.


She offers great advice on what to do, as well as what not to do (ie using hashtags that have no relevance to your tweet just to get views.) The author also mentions different websites and apps that you can use to make scheduled tweets, make your link smaller and follow/unfollow people. I don’t use these services, but they might be helpful to other people.

I would recommend this to anyone who uses Twitter, especially those who are new to the site. Whether you’ve been using the site for 5 hours or 5 years, there are tips in it for everybody