Maximize reach with Issuu's online newspaper creator.
Break the stories that matter to you and your audience the most and publish them with our newspaper creator. Keep readers up-to-date and informed with a dynamic digital newspaper and transform it into an immersive reading experience by sharing it in Fullscreen .
What is an online newspaper?
Some of the most iconic moments in human history have been immortalized within the pages of a newspaper. For generations, people relied on printed newspapers to learn about what was going on in the world. Digital newspapers have carried on that tradition in the digital age.
Our newspaper creator gives you all the tools you need to not only create your own newspaper online but monetize it in ways a traditional newspaper never could! It’s time the world heard your story from your point of view.
You don’t need to be a hard-hitting journalist to utilize our newspaper maker. Your publication is a fantastic asset your business can use to inform, educate, and sell your products or services. Issuu’s interactive newspaper creator helps you assume a position of thought leadership in your industry.
No matter how you choose to use our newspaper maker, when you choose to create your own newspaper online, your options are limitless compared to its traditional printed counterpart. You can easily embed links and videos of interviews and first-hand accounts. You can build up your reader base with easy subscription options and spotlight advertisers who support your publication. The newspaper creator makes it so simple to share that your website becomes your newsstand!
How to Make a Digital Newspaper:
Upload your newspaper as a PDF document or import your files directly from Dropbox or Google Drive. You can also upload other accepted file types , like .doc, .docx, or .ppt.
Convert to an Issuu Flipbook to re-create the newspaper feel with flippable pages.
Reach a wider audience by using our Articless feature. Pull stories from anywhere in your newspaper and easily turn them into mobile-optimized Articles that are customizable and shareable on every channel.
Publish and distribute your online newspaper on Issuu’s platform, and charge for your quality content using the Digital Sales feature with zero commission fees.
Go big: create an immersive voyage.
If you want your readers to be completely distraction-free, we have the feature for you! Our Fullscreen feature allows you to transform your digital newspaper into an immersive reading experience. This feature automatically transforms your content into a flippable web page, so you can make it feel like your readers are holding a physical newspaper in their hands. Don’t forget to customize your flipbook so your brand and logo appear at every turn of the page. It is an interactive newspaper creator, after all!
Connect your newspaper to relevant content around the web.
Do you want your audience to know what you’re all about? Of course! So, use our Links feature to connect your newspaper with other content creations. This feature is also super helpful to connect your newspaper with your advertisers. Simply add some in-newspaper links so people can click and see who your supporters are.
Give your social media followers a preview of your newspaper.
Our Stories feature is a handy tool to widen your audience. Once your newspaper is uploaded, you can use it to generate ready-made excerpts to share with the world. We’ll pull stories from your newspaper and turn them into their own mobile-optimized articles.
Check out other digital newspapers published on Issuu:
Newspaper: frequently asked questions.
The usual features of a newspaper include black and white text on a gray background, with minimal graphics. Boring! However, when you create your own newspaper online, you are only limited by your own imagination when it comes to colors, backgrounds, and fonts. You can choose between a grid-based design or a multicolumn one, and you should organize your written content with sections or categories and include headlines and excerpts. And make sure you leave some space for your advertisers!
There are several ways to generate money from your online newspaper. One of the most popular ways is by selling subscriptions through our digital sales feature. With a quick setup, you’re on your way to commission-free selling. Another way to generate revenue from your paper is through shoppable links to your products where appropriate. You can also create a membership program or a community calendar. Other helpful ways to make money online include sponsored content and advertising or organizing live or virtual events.
With Issuu you have an (almost) endless realm of possibilities when it comes to making your newspaper interactive. Flippable pages make the reading experience more interactive. Images and videos bring stories to life and links connect your newspaper to sources and relevant content around the web.
Are you ready to take your newspaper digital?
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News Article Generator
The News Article Generator is a unique online tool that lets you easily create high-quality, original news articles. Enter a topic, choose a headline style, and let News Article Generator do the rest!
This generator should be used to make newspaper articles of a beneficial, human interest, opinions, or informative nature. It should not be used to relate facts or breaking news without researching it first. If you use it to create fake news, please do so responsibly.
You can also use this tool for
- Product Pages
- Online newspaper
Put in a short subject and press the button. The generator will write a short news article about your subject. PLEASE fact-check any information you are given unless you use this for a creative writing project.
Suggestions for input
- Science and technology
- A news story about a natural disaster.
- A story about political unrest.
- News about a new product or service.
Input : Culture
Output : As the global economy struggles, people turn to art as an escape. In response, some art directors and curators are creating more traditional galleries that focus on exhibiting new and experimental works. Others are finding ways to bring art into people’s everyday lives by creating public installations and events.
Some of the most successful recent examples include the installation “Life is Beautiful” at New York’s Lincoln Center, which features pieces from over 50 different artists, and “Rapture” at The Tate Gallery in London, which features pieces from 30 different artists. These projects have brought attention to the importance of art in today’s world and helped revive interest in traditional galleries and museums.
Input : Languages
Output : Languages are unique, global communities of sign languages that share a common vocabulary and grammar. They can be found in many different parts of the world, and their use varies from culture to culture.
There are over 350 languages spoken on Earth today, making them one of the most prominent language families on Earth. Each language is made up of a variety of dialects and subgroups. The most fluent speaker of any language is usually a native speaker, but anyone who can learn a few essential words can understand most languages.
Despite their diversity, languages share some standard features. For example, they all have phonemes – sounds that make up the letters in a text or speech sentence – and they all use word order (the order in which words are spoken). When you see a word in one language and hear it in another, you typically know which word comes after which letter in the original text or speech sentence.
Tips and tricks
- Don’t get overly complicated with your inputs on the tool. Keep it simple.
- Current events may not be recognized as the AI is not kept up with daily happenings.
- Research your topic thoroughly before beginning your reporting.
- Be precise in your language and avoid assumptions about readers’ knowledge or experiences.
- Use active and concrete verbs to convey the story’s action, and use specific details to help readers follow along.
- Stick to reliable sources when reporting on controversial or sensitive topics.
- Be mindful of the tone of your article—it should be objective but also engaging and readable.
- Proofread your work carefully to ensure that all facts are accurate and that there are no spelling or grammatical errors
Frequently asked questions
What are the most significant steps in writing a news article.
The major steps in writing a news article are gathering information, analyzing the data, and writing the article.
How do you establish a news story’s premise?
The premise of a news story is the idea or assumption that is the article’s focus. It can be an event, a problem, or a proposal. The reporter or the writer must find a way to make this idea attractive to readers and persuasively argue for its importance.
How do you research a topic?
There are many ways to research your topic. You can look online, in books, or magazines. You can also talk to people who have experience with the topic you’re interested in. Don’t assume that it is true just because it is on the internet!
What are the critical elements of a compelling headline?
Effective headlines are catchy and memorable while accurately reflecting the article’s content. They should be short and to the point without being misleading or overly promotional.
How do you structure your article?
One of the most important things to remember when writing an article is to structure it well. You need to have a beginning, middle, and end, so your readers will understand what you are trying to say.
Additionally, you should ensure that each section is cohesive and flows logically from the previous one.
Finally, use strong verbs and descriptive language when describing your points so that readers will clearly understand what you are advocating.
What common grammar and style mistakes to avoid when writing news articles?
When writing news articles, it is important to use correct grammar and style. Some standard grammar and style mistakes to avoid when writing news articles are using incorrect verb tenses, incorrect nouns or pronouns, and inaccurate information. Additionally, it is essential to use accurate spelling when reporting on events or names.
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Our Cloud Newspaper Designer
Fully functional design software that is free to use.
Cloud Designer Templates
Our templates are 100% customizable, super user-friendly, and designed specifically to help you create outstanding newspapers with our free Cloud Designer. Below are a few of the 100s of templates available to you. If you need more advanced templates, you'll see premium templates below that are available to use with a Designer PRO subscription along with other advanced tools.
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Just wanted to write and tell you how much I love my "Lottery Tipster" newspapers! You guys did such a fantastic job, I can't stop smiling :). This is my first time ever designing a project like this and I must say, it couldn't have been easier using your designer templates. I am so impressed with your company. It seems I just sent in my order and BAM! My papers were here in less than a week. Quick, fast service and superb quality. When I get these all passed out I will be ordering more! Thanks again for everything. You guys are the greatest! — B. Ranieri, LottoLaffs
About Our Free Cloud Designer
MakeMyNewspaper's revolutionary Cloud Newspaper Designer allows you complete freedom in designing your publication. Choose from our variety of templates for each and every page or simply start designing from scratch. Our Cloud Newspaper Designer is one of the most user-friendly design programs on the market today. You’ll be designing almost from the moment you arrive!
If you have a niche in mind, whether weddings, churches, schools, business, reunion or any kind of newspaper that appeals to you, simply access our Designer and you can choose from our many categories of templates where most of the work has been done for you. Simply fill in the blanks, add your own pictures and text, and order your newspaper!
Now, with Makemynewspaper.com and it’s cutting edge technology, anybody anywhere can publish their own newspaper, no matter how many or what color. From one to one million copies, newsprint is the most inexpensive paper available, and for the first time it’s available to you.
DON'T FORGET: You can also use our Designer to create and order an eNewspaper!
How It Works
Easy, convenient and inexpensive. Enter our Cloud Newspaper Designer. Start designing (either from scratch or design from our many templates) and when you are done, simply order (keep in mind, that if you want advanced features such as uploading pictures, you will be asked to sign up for a quick, free account). Using the Designer is completely free and you may take as much time as you like. It’s all saved online and you download nothing to your computer.
You can also access the designer from any computer with internet access. This gives you the ability to design anywhere, or even have others design for you from other computers and locations. When you are ready to order, you will automatically be asked the details of your order (how many pages, color options and so on) and you continue down the ordering process. A printable PDF is automatically generated and sent to print. You'll receive your order shortly. We host your project indefinitely as long as you are working on it. Only projects that have had no activity for 18 months will be purged.
Cloud Newspaper Designer Features
- Easy Templates — choose from hundreds in many, many categories and customize them in any way you wish. They are fully customizable. Premium templates are also available with a Designer PRO subscription.
- Mix and Match Templates — Templets can be inserted into any page. This means that you can take a template any category and use it in your project, regardless of what template you started with.
- Simple Text Tools — Rotation, sizing, fonts, coloring, justification, spacing between lines, copy and paste.
- Easy Picture Tools — Rotation, sizing, cropping, and more.
- Upload Your Own Pictures — Jpegs, png, gif, tiff, and PDF, or take advantage of 1000s of vectors and photos that are integrated into the Designer and available with a Designer PRO subscription.
- Easy Shape Tools — Lines, rectangles, and circles that can be rotated, enlarged, etc.
- Alignment Tools — Alignment tool automatically tells you when an object is aligned with another object.
- Grouping Tools — Allows you to select many objects at once and move or copy and paste them into another page or project.
- Easy Ordering Integration — (order your newspaper directly from the Designer)
- Automatically and Seamlessly Create PDFs — Done from the designer, you can get your own proof or copy to use at home or office. This PDF is sent to the printer automatically when ordering a printed product.
- Textflow — Join multiple textboxes on the same page or across multiple pages so that your story can flow automatically to the next textbox in the series while you are typing or pasting text.
- Many More and Upcoming Features — We are constantly trying to improve our product to make the experience easier and more seamless. As we evolve and grow, so too will your opportunities to make your very own newspapers the way you want them.
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We are a one-stop shop for all your newspaper needs. You can design and print real, actual newspapers right here. We specialize in shortrun newspapers for practically any niche or need, from schools to weddings.
MMNC Key Features
- Low Printing Prices
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Popular Newspaper Niches
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It is extremely important to pick up an attractive yet editable newspaper template. It has to show the spirit of your company, and attract readers to the text. That is why a lot of people order custom Google newspaper templates. However, template-making companies always try to charge you a high price for an attractive layout. Using our service, you can save on this expense column and get the original template for news for free. We guarantee to provide you with the relevant Google templates of any kind. All you need is to choose templates for newspapers that fit your company's concept. Then, you can edit, download, and print a template. Stop waiting for the right moment – pick up custom Google newspaper templates right now.
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Using TheGoodocs company, you forget about the poor quality and bland design of the templates. We hire professional template designers who have created hundreds of original Google Drive templates. Hence, we ensure the 100% uniqueness of the newspaper templates.
If you have any doubts about our service, look at the advantages you are going to get:
- Unique design. Our designers create every template for a newspaper article from scratch. Therefore, we guarantee to provide you with an authentic front page. Also, you can adjust our templates using google documents;
- Zero limitations. You can edit, download, and print our google templates. Keep in mind that you can use any possible format or simply transfer a template to a printing office. We do not charge you for anything;
- The simple editing process. You will figure out the editing process on your own. The thing is that you just choose an empty but designed template and open it in Google Docs. No special preparation is needed;
- Zero expenses. We do not charge you for anything at all. Well, we are going to add some premium content a bit later. However, for that moment, our printable templates are free.
Hurry up to get our free Google templates until we add a premium collection. Make sure to organize your text properly using a custom newspaper blank.
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Our designers work tirelessly to create hundreds of unique Google templates for schools, students, and writers. Also, we spend a lot of money on optimizing the service. We want to let you enjoy thegoodocs.com service without paying for that. However, we need to promote the company to let more users get our free google templates. If you are satisfied with the newspaper templates, make sure to specify a link to our website. We would be happy if you help us gain more views.
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The Newspaper Clipping Generator
Make a newspaper clipping with your own headline and story. Surprise friends and colleagues, send a birthday greeting or give your next blog post a special look.
To download your newspaper, use the link at the bottom of the generated image. You can use the images as you wish ie. put them on your own website or blog. Please note, that direct linking to the newspaper clippings doesn't work; the images are deleted from the server after a short time span.
Newspaper Generator Tool
Generate Newspaper online.Newspaper Generator tool is the easy way for you to instantly Generate Newspaper online. Classtools24.com provides free online tool To Generate the Newspaper.Newspaper Generator tool is Really fast and easy to use.
How to Generate Newspaper
- Select post type(imge/text)
- Select newspaper image
- Enter Title
- Enter Image Caption
- Enter Headline
- Enter Author Name
- Enter Description
- Click on Download button to downlaod newspapper
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Newspaper templates Use our templates to make your newspaper
Download ready-to-use newspaper templates. InDesign, Scribus, Photoshop, Word, Canva: you can use your favorite editor to create your custom newspaper! You'll find below newspaper templates made for InDesign, Canva and Word. They are free and ready to use!
Create your own newspaper using the template of your choice. It's quick and easy!
Find inspiration and start your design process. Choose a column layout and some punchy pictures.
Titles, subtitles and dropped initials improve your design. Font and color code distinguish your newspaper from others.
You'll find free, ready-to-use newspaper templates for many uses. Weddings, birthdays, zines, old newspapers, you will find what you are looking for!
DOWNLOAD YOUR TEMPLATE
Click on the template to see details and start designing your newspaper, using InDesign or Canva.
Canva is a popular online design tool. Access a large variety of templates, and professional features.
You don't need to download any template: click on the newspaper you want to edit and it will open on your browser. Once your account is created, you'll be able to design your own newspaper. Our newspaper templates are ready to use: correct size and margins.
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DOWNLOAD YOUR WORD TEMPLATE
Click on the newspaper to download the corresponding Word template. We provide a ready-to-use newspaper template and two empty templates at Tabloid and Broadsheet sizes.
Word Blank Tabloid
Word Blank Broadsheet
Before designing your newspaper, make sure to turn on margins.
Click on 'File' and tick 'Show ruler and guides' and 'Show margins'.
Once your newspaper is ready, click on 'Share', then click 'Download' and choose the 'PDF Print' file type.
You are now ready to upload your newspaper, and order prints from your PRINTNEWSPAPER account!
HOW TO USE TEMPLATES?
In order to use our newspaper templates, you need to install InDesign, Word, or use an online design tool. Download the and unzip the template you want to edit.
Select the .INDD file in order to open your template. We also provide an .IDML file for older versions of InDesign.
If you don't have any design software installed on your computer, you can use a an online design tool such as Canva.com. You will be able to make your own newspaper template from your browser. Consider configuring pages at the Tabloid 260 x 370 mm or Broadsheet 332 x 475 mm size.
Word newspaper templates are only available in the .DOCX format, you need to use a recent version of Word.
Keep in mind that you need to keep 10mm technical margins white, configure page size at the right format (Tabloid or Broadsheet) and export a file that contains between 4 and 48 pages.
Balance images exposure and contrast in order to get a good range of mid-tones. Use high-definition images as much as possible.
You can use a column layout for your articles, such as newspapers sold at kiosks.
Once your newspaper template is ready, export it as a PDF file, keep pages into the reading order, without bleed or trim marks.
Then, upload your newspaper template to your account. You will be able to check a digital proof, and even order a proof of your newspaper in order to ensure you'll get the result you expect for the main run.
Print 1 copy or 1000s. Flexible sizes, fully recyclable paper and fast delivery worldwide
We print three different sizes
Broadsheet, tabloid and mini. See which one is the newspaper for you...
Say more with a broadsheet - big newspapers make a big impression.
Our most popular size. Great for all uses. Print one or print thousands.
Neatly trimmed and stapled. A cute size for zines or brochures.
Meet some of our happy customers who love using newspapers.
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OMG! Is this your photo on the front page of the newspaper? Use this free online newspaper generator to create your very own spoof newspaper articles. Just select your photo, title and headline! Surprise friends and colleagues, send a birthday greeting or give your next blog post a special look.
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17 Best Websites to Make Money Online
If you want to earn extra cash, consider these money-making websites.
Best Websites to Make Money Online
Sometimes earning fast cash still means putting in a decent time investment. (Getty Images)
You don't always have to spend money to make money. If you want to launch a side gig to generate regular part-time income, or if you're looking for some quick extra cash, there are websites that can help you do it.
Of course, it depends on your definition of “quick cash.” Sometimes earning fast cash still means putting in a decent time investment. That’s why our list of ways to make money online is in order from approximately the longest time investment to the shortest time investment. Because time is, after all, money.
Consider these top resources to make money online:
- Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
- Fine Art America.
- Merch by Amazon.
- User Interviews.
Depending on whether you're looking to earn extra money temporarily or build a long-term income stream, each of the following websites offers unique advantages (and sometimes disadvantages) tailored to different needs and interests. Read on for more information about each site.
1. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing
How it works: It’s a self-publishing website: You write a book and Amazon will help you get it published on Kindle.
Highlights: You’ll be a self-published author, and if everything goes right, theoretically you could make some good money. By everything going right, you’ll need people to presumably already follow you on social media and be interested in what you have to say. You'll get royalties, either 35% or 70%, depending what you choose. It sounds obvious that a 70% royalty is better, but there are various rules you’ll have to adhere to. For one, you’d have to price the book between $2.99 and $9.99. If you go with 35%, you can charge whatever you like. You’ll want to do some research on this before making a decision.
Drawbacks: Writing a book is hard, and if you really want to do it right, you may want to hire an editor or even a ghostwriter, both of which could set you back financially.
Time investment: Probably a fair amount of work. If you’re a fast writer, maybe you can crank out something readable in a few days, but let’s assume that if you’re going to do this right, at least a few weeks, maybe months or possibly years.
2. Fine Art America
How it works: It’s a website where you can set up an account, upload your images and start selling your artwork to potentially millions of buyers around the world.
Highlights: You’ll keep whatever you charge. It’s the customer who pays additional commissions, generally 30%, or fees. And there are several types of art or products with art on them sold here. You could sell paintings, T-shirt designs, greeting cards and more.
Drawbacks: What if you painted a painting, and nobody bought it? That could definitely happen – and there are a lot of artists for people to choose from.
Time investment: It could take a lot of work, if you’re an artist and a perfectionist. It could take less if you’re a skilled artist who really knows what they’re doing.
How it works: This is a popular website that can be helpful for freelancers . Know something about digital animation? You can work for someone who doesn't have these skills and pick up some extra cash. Even better, you can offer to compile web research for someone.
Highlights: You can make good money from the site, says Dan Bochichio, a web designer and digital strategist in Albany, New York, who runs a small business called Bocain Designs. He says his firm sometimes earns $3,000 to $5,000 a month on Fiverr.
"To stay ahead of the competition, I make sure my Fiverr profile and gig descriptions are well-written and communicate the value of the services I'm offering. When someone reaches out to me, I make sure to reply as quickly as I can and follow up with the inquiry by asking good questions. A quick but carefully written reply will increase the odds of them hiring you drastically," Bochichio says.
Drawbacks: Bochichio's success aside, Fiverr's name comes from the fact that many people used to work for $5 a task. You can ask for more and arguably should, but a lot of your prospective clients may expect low rates. Keep in mind, Fiverr takes a 20% commission.
Time investment: Possibly considerable. If you’re asked to create a digital animated short, for instance, that isn’t something you’re going to whip up in 20 minutes. Plus, it may take 14 days for your money to reach your bank account after your work has been approved, although if you are a regular on Fiverr, you may get it in seven days.
How it works: Upwork is essentially a meeting site where businesses and freelancers throughout the world can connect and collaborate on certain projects. Businesses hire freelancers for a variety of services, including writing, web design and pretty much any work that can be done on a computer.
Highlights: Upwork takes a 10% commission from freelancers.
Drawbacks: Upwork is popular, so there is a lot of competition on the website, and that can be a real drawback for people who are new to Upwork and aren’t up to speed on how it works.
Time investment: As with Fiverr, you may find projects that require days to complete. If you’re tasked with creating someone’s website, that may take a little time. Then after your work has been approved, it can take 10 days to get paid. If you’re working regularly for someone, you may be able to get paid weekly.
How it works: Rover is a website that matches interested dog and cat sitters with people who need their pets watched. You can offer services like dog walking, but you can also offer other services like housesitting at the pet’s home or keeping your client’s pet at your home.
Highlights: Rover takes a 20% to 25% commission.
Drawbacks: Well, you’re taking care of pets, and things can go wrong, like being on the receiving end of a dog bite or having a cat scratch up your sofa or a dog doing his business on your new carpet. Rover does have insurance that will reimburse you if something went terribly off course, but you’d have to pay the first $250 of any damages.
Time investment: Hard to say. If you’re walking somebody’s dog on a regular basis, maybe you’re spending 30 or 60 minutes a day on an activity. If you’re caring for a dog at your home for two weeks, then it’s a two-week investment. Either way, if you’re a pet person, it sounds like a pretty enjoyable way to make some money.
How it works: If you're an artistic person who can make unique wares, such as custom jewelry or refrigerator magnets, Etsy is the place to sell your products.
Highlights: It's easy to navigate the site and set up a shop.
Drawbacks: There's tough competition on Etsy. On one hand, a lot of people know about Etsy and visit the site. But once you put up your wares, as with Upwork and Fiverr, you are among scores of people selling stuff on Etsy. It may feel a little overwhelming. And while you can make good money on Etsy, you could also invest a lot of time and earn nothing, or very little, if there isn't demand for your products. Also, you'll pay a 6.5% transaction fee to Etsy on every sale.
Time investment: How fast does it take you to make your products? You’ll work at your own pace, so depending what you make or sell, it could take a week or it could take a couple hours. Generally, you get your money about three days after your point of sale. After three months on Etsy, you’ll start getting paid the next business day.
How it works: Are you willing to get your hands dirty? People come to this site to find those willing to do various tasks, such as putting together a bookcase, cleaning out a garage or running an errand. Do as many tasks as you want, and this could become quite the part-time (or full-time) job.
Highlights: You can apply for tasks, but you can also create a profile, explaining what tasks you're skilled at, and people may seek you out for work.
Drawbacks: A lot of the tasks you'll find on TaskRabbit are, as noted, physical – like setting up furniture. Of course, if that's your jam, that's a plus.
Time investment: Plan on it taking several hours. Generally, these tasks aren't huge time investments. Payments are usually approved within 24 hours of task completion, and you can expect the money to land in your bank account three to five days later.
8. Merch by Amazon
How it works: John Frigo, a digital marketing specialist in Naperville, Illinois, says he sometimes makes money on the side by creating designs for T-shirts. He sells them on Merch by Amazon as well as other platforms like Redbubble.com.
Highlights: Frigo says you can simply upload your designs to Merch by Amazon and get paid. "Graphic designers can upload T-shirt designs and at that point it's pretty much entirely passive, and you're paid a royalty for every one of your designs that sell – but you don't have to handle returns, do any customer service or ship anything," Frigo says.
Drawbacks: You probably won't get rich. For instance, Merch by Amazon offers examples of royalty prices, and for a T-shirt that sells for $15.99, the royalty would be $1.93. Still, once the hard work – designing the piece – is done, it's easy money. If somebody buys your T-shirt, that is.
Time investment: Let’s assume at least a few hours. Maybe you’re an artist who can knock designs out in a hurry. Maybe you take weeks. Most people should expect to set aside a few hours. As for when you see your money, assuming you’re doing a brisk business selling your products you could get paid once a month.
How it works: Do you have storage space in your house? Or maybe an empty garage or storage shed? You could rent out these spaces on Neighbor.com, which is sort of like Airbnb for the self-storage industry. You set your own prices, and the person who rents your space will pay Neighbor.com a service fee.
Highlights: You're paid via direct deposit or you can receive a debit card at the end of the month. There are fees subtracted from your payment for using Neighbor.com: a processing fee of 4.9% of the total reservation plus 30 cents per monthly payout.
Drawbacks: If you suddenly need to use your storage space, you must give your renter 30 days of advance notice to pick up their stuff. If you don't give them enough notice, you'll pay a $60 early eviction fee.
Time investment: Plan for at least a couple of hours to prepare to store someone's stuff, which may involve cleaning. You get paid after approximately 30 days of providing storage.
How it works: If you don't have the energy to hold a yard sale, OfferUp may be the next best thing. After you take a picture of what you have and price it, hopefully someone nearby will see it online, love it, send you a note and you'll meet – in a public place, OfferUp's website recommends – and you can get your cash. OfferUp also offers ways to mail items to buyers.
Highlights: OfferUp is often compared to Craigslist, but some users claim it's an easier site to post on. If you download the app, you can send instant messages to buyers and sellers, plus members who have profiles, so you can get a better sense of your buyers. If someone has earned badges on OfferUp, that's a good sign they're considered a trusted, reputable seller on the site. It’s also worth noting that it’s free.
Drawbacks: The site is free to use, but it does have some services, like nationwide shipping and fast deposit, that come with a fee (there is no free lunch). Also, as noted, if you meet a buyer to exchange an item, meet in a public place. On its website, OfferUp says, "Keep in mind that just because someone is buying or selling online doesn't guarantee your safety: You're responsible for your safety, so when you arrange a meetup, take sensible precautions. In the event of an emergency or any danger, call 911 or your local emergency number."
Time investment: Probably an hour or two of work, or the process could span days, depending how long it takes to sell your item. You take some pictures, set a price, negotiate with the buyer and possibly schedule a meetup to exchange the item for cash. If you ship an item to a buyer, it generally takes about four to five days for the money to show up in your bank account.
11. Fat Llama
How it works: Do you have a lot of nice stuff that you think people in your neighborhood would want to rent out? For instance, maybe you have an expensive telescope or camera that often sits in your closet? You could rent it out on Fat Llama’s website for money. Note that everything is insured for up to $30,000.
Highlights: It’s a good way to make money off something you paid for but don’t use all the time. For the renter, it’s a practical strategy to spend less money instead of buying something expensive that they won’t use all the time.
Drawbacks: You may have a lot of stuff, but not stuff anyone wants to rent. While you decide on the rental fee, Fat Llama takes 25% of that.
Time investment: As long as it takes to post photos of what you’re renting out and to meet the person and so on. Fat Llama's website says that when you rent out an item, they'll send you the due amount within 24 hours of the start date of the rental. This will normally hit your account a few work days after the start of the rental.
How it works: Nick Loper, creator of the blog SideHustleNation.com, is a fan of UserInterviews.com. “They specialize in matching you up with high-paying market research studies,” Loper says.
“Many of the studies are aimed at tech and industry professionals, but there are some general population studies as well,” Loper says. He adds that he has made $50 on the site, testing an online video tool, $30 to give his opinions on retiring early, and $10 to answer a short survey for bald men.
“If you're not looking for regular freelance work, this is an easy one to add to your toolbelt,” Loper says.
Highlights: The money. While Loper's earnings are on the low side, he believes you can make $40 to $200 an hour on the site.
Drawbacks: You do have to match up with what the site is looking for, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll be chosen for something you would like to offer your opinions on. So it is a possible way to make occasional money and not something you’ll likely turn into a consistent cash cow.
Time investment: It truly varies. You might spend 10 minutes or a couple hours offering your opinions. But the more time you spend, you more money you’ll likely get.
How it works: This e-commerce company appeals to thrifty types looking to make money and sell their clutter for cash . The online thrift store sells previously worn women's and children's clothes. You send your clothes to ThredUp, which decides their value and how much you’ll get (as much as 80% of what it retails for). The site favors popular brands and clothing in good condition
So, if your clothing has seen better days but you still want to sell them, you may want to hold a yard sale . But if you have quality clothing, ThredUp enables you to sell these unwanted items and may even pay you enough so that you can buy new threads.
Highlights: The process is simple. ThredUp sends you a prepaid bag to put your clothes in or a shipping label if you prefer.
Drawbacks: You won't get paid until your clothes are accepted by ThredUp. And if your items aren't accepted, they are recycled unless you pay a fee to have them shipped back to you.
Time investment: Possibly a couple hours, or as long as it takes to look through your closet and navigate ThredUp’s website.
How it works: Like ThredUp, Swap is an online consignment store. After you send in used clothes and toys and games, Swap will sell them for you. As for how much you can make, the website explains that if something is priced for $8 or less, you'll get 15% cash back or you can get a slightly more generous store credit. If your item sells for more than $8, you'll get 70% of the cash, minus a $4.95 processing charge, or you can get a slightly more generous store credit.
Highlights: It's easier than selling on Facebook Marketplace, where you generally must meet a buyer to hand off an item. Aside from gathering items in your home and putting them in a prepaid box, the process is easy.
Drawbacks: As with ThredUp, your clothes that you try to sell with Swap may be rejected, which means either you won't get them back or you pay a fee to have them returned. There are also fees if more than 40% and especially if 50% of your Swap box is rejected. Swap is trying to demotivate people from sending them junk that nobody would pay money for.
Time investment: Possibly a couple hours or as long as it takes to hunt for some clothes and become familiar with Swap’s website. Even if you sell something quickly it can take some time to get paid. You’ll get paid at the end of the month for sales from the prior month.
How it works: If you have an old cellphone or another electronic device like an iPad or MacBook, you can sell your it here. The website will give you a cash offer for your device. If you agree, you'll receive packaging materials. Gazelle pays the shipping costs, and you wait for a check in the mail, a gift card or cash transferred to your PayPal account. You may not make a fortune, but it's better than letting an unused device collect dust on a shelf – and far better for the environment than tossing it in the trash.
Highlights: It's a pretty seamless process from start to finish.
Drawbacks: If you send in, say, a cellphone, and it doesn't meet Gazelle's expectations, the offer for what it will pay may go down considerably. On the other hand, Gazelle will send your phone back for free, so you aren't risking much other than time.
Time investment: Minutes. If all goes well, once Gazelle has your phone you’ll have it inspected and be paid within about three to five business days.
How it works: This is a popular site for selling gift cards . If you have unused gift cards and would rather have cash in your pocket, CardSell will make you an offer and you can exchange them for cash or another gift card.
Highlights: There's no charge to mail your gift cards to CardSell and the process is pretty easy.
Drawbacks: You'll never get the full value of your gift card. But that’s the downside any time you sell it on a website.
Time investment: Minutes. Within 48 hours, you should see the money in your PayPal account.
How it works: This is an online rewards program that has been around for more than 20 years. You can earn money in a variety of ways, including by doing surveys, visiting websites, completing offers and watching videos.
Highlights: You typically get paid within three days and there is no minimum amount required to cash out, which you’ll do through PayPal. You can also get paid through gift cards for as low as $5. Average surveys pay 75 cents for about 10 minutes of time.
Drawbacks: As you’ve probably guessed, you aren’t going to get rich doing this. QuickRewards doesn’t suggest that would be the case, however.
Time investment: It’s one of those type of websites where you can spend a few minutes taking surveys, or you can spend hours and hours. It’s up to you to decide just how much your time is worth.
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Israel, the I.R.S. and the Big Grift
By Paul Krugman
Historians of propaganda are familiar with the concept of the Big Lie , a claim so extreme that many people end up accepting it because they can’t believe that authority figures would make up something so at odds with reality.
It often seems to me that we need a term to describe a somewhat similar phenomenon in policy debates, which we might call the Big Grift: policy proposals so corrupt, so obviously designed to benefit an undeserving few at everyone else’s expense that many voters balk at the notion that seemingly respectable politicians actually advocate such things.
A case in point is the current demand by House Republicans that funding for Israel in this moment of crisis be tied to budget cuts that would undermine the ability of the Internal Revenue Service to crack down on wealthy tax cheats. This should be a major scandal, but my suspicion is that many voters just won’t accept the idea that G.O.P. leaders would do something so cartoonishly villainous.
Some history: Way back in 2001, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, House Republicans passed a bill responding to the emergency by … cutting corporate taxes. At the time, my sources told me that when political consultants tried to describe the bill to focus groups of voters, they refused to believe that the legislation was being described accurately.
A decade later, when Mitt Romney endorsed Paul Ryan’s budget plan — which called for both tax cuts on high incomes and the conversion of Medicare into an underfunded voucher scheme — a focus group found voters simply unwilling to believe that this was Romney’s actual position.
The latest G.O.P. proposal is, by any reasonable standard, even worse than these earlier initiatives. I mean, holding national security hostage unless we make it easier for wealthy tax cheats to break the law? Who would do that?
Yet I fear that the proposal’s very awfulness may protect it from scrutiny, because voters will be incredulous about claims that this idea is even on the table.
Still, I guess we do need to discuss the substance of the proposal, on the off chance that somebody might be paying attention.
First, the idea that cutting the I.R.S. budget would somehow help pay for aid to Israel is utterly wrong. America has a huge “ tax gap ” — taxes legally owed but not paid. The bulk of that tax gap probably comes from wealthy Americans underreporting their incomes, which they can get away with because the I.R.S. lacks the resources to fully enforce the law.
As a result, cutting I.R.S. funding would actually increase the deficit by enabling more tax evasion, a conclusion confirmed by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday in its score of the House proposal.
Republicans, however, often claim that tax cuts do great things for the economy, and maybe even pay for themselves. There’s not a shred of evidence for that belief. Still, starving the I.R.S. of funds is in a way a kind of tax cut. So can’t they make a similar argument here?
No, for several reasons.
For one thing, even if you believe (wrongly) that low taxes on the rich strongly encourage entrepreneurship or something, making it easier for a businessman to cheat on his taxes probably doesn’t have the same incentive effects as reducing his legal tax rate.
Furthermore, enabling tax evasion doesn’t help all businesses equally; it biases the economy toward activities, often unproductive, where tax fraud is relatively easy, such as real estate speculation . Did I mention that the Trump Organization has been convicted of tax fraud?
And making it easier to cheat on taxes by defunding the tax police probably has spillover effects that go beyond the direct adverse effect on enforcement. The more we become a society that rewards people who evade their fiscal obligations, the more likely it is that people who don’t cheat on their taxes will feel like chumps and losers. If Americans start to believe, as Leona Helmsley put it, that “only the little people pay taxes,” the damage to our society will surely be moral as well as fiscal.
Yet starving the I.R.S. has long been a Republican priority ; what’s new is the party’s willingness to serve that priority by endangering national security.
Where does this priority come from? I don’t pretend to have a full answer. I will note, however, that, as the historian Rick Perlstein has pointed out , there has long been a close association between right-wing conspiracy theorizing and financial grifting. Alex Jones, the proprietor of the conspiracy site Infowars, best known for claiming that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook was a left-wing hoax, made his money by selling bogus dietary supplements — what my colleague Farhad Manjoo calls the “wellness-conspiracy industrial complex.”
And now that conspiracy theorists have effectively taken over the G.O.P., it kind of makes sense that one of their overriding policy priorities is to deprive the government of the resources it needs to crack down on grifters and financial fraud.
In any case, don’t be skeptical about news reports that Republicans are willing to sacrifice crucial national interests unless we make life easier for tax cheats. That is, in fact, exactly what is happening.
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Paul Krugman has been an Opinion columnist since 2000 and is also a distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade and economic geography. @ PaulKrugman
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