Credit card ‘churners’ travel cheap | Jim Gallagher | stltoday.com

The scheme goes like this: Apply for a credit card with a rich sign-up bonus — airline miles and hotel are the most popular. Use the bonus, then cancel the card if it charges an annual fee.

It’s called “credit card churning” and it has developed its own subculture. The “churn, baby, churn” discussion group on Reddit has nearly 43,000 members. It’s filled with tales from people who say they’ve trotted the globe on the cheap.

Matt Schulz has tried his hand at it.

Credit card ‘churners’ travel cheap | Jim Gallagher | stltoday.com

From spare rooms to cars: The guide to help you think outside the box to make money | This is Money

If you have a spare room in your home, a drive that sits empty or even a garden shed with space not crammed with debris, then there are opportunities to make these dead spaces earn money by finding people who need a room or storage.

You can find lodgers through an online marketplace such as gumtree or other online services such as Weroom, mondaytofriday, SpareRoom and EasyRoommate.

For those who do not fancy a full-time lodger, then there is the holidaymaker market – with Airbnb and Wimdu among the main options for renting out a room part-time.

From spare rooms to cars: The guide to help you think outside the box to make money | This is Money

Over $300,000 From A Website About Model Trains – Ian McConnell Reveals His Online Business Success Story

What makes this story even more amazing is that Ian isn’t a model train expert. He hasn’t even had a train set since he was 11 years old! He managed to build the business and create content simply learning from other online resources.

If you want some inspiration to create your own success story with a niche business, this is a must-listen to interview. Ian breaks down everything he did to make $82,000 in his first year with his website, then $90,000 in his second year and then sold his business for $150,000.

Over $300,000 From A Website About Model Trains – Ian McConnell Reveals His Online Business Success Story

Making Money Online in 2016: Talking with Chris of The Content Marketing Academy

Making Money Online in 2016

My guest today is a great buddy of mine, even though I have never met him in real life! We’re in a mastermind group together and he knows a thing or two about marketing using online methods, and about what people are looking for in 2016.

Chris is founder of The Content Marketing Academy, a multi-faceted organisation which provides workshops, website audits, and even a full scale conference, all delivering Chris’ unique brand of passion for his subject. He has helped many people take their businesses to the next level by leveraging content marketing technique to widen their audience.

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5 New Travel Startups Helping Travelers Navigate Loyalty Programs – Skift

This week’s five startups seek to help travelers understand the changing travel loyalty landscape. They act as advisors to loyalty card holders, helping them decide when to redeem points and how to maximize the programs they’re a part of of.

>>RewardExpert helps travelers use and understand their rewards programs.

SkiftTake: The problem should instead be making these rewards programs easier to understand in the first place rather than creating separate businesses for this.

>>RewardStock helps travelers decide whether or not they should pay for travel with rewards points.

5 New Travel Startups Helping Travelers Navigate Loyalty Programs – Skift

Moms are using kids’ playdates to social climb and make money | New York Post

Then a familiar phrase wrecked the occasion. “Have you tried the It Works wrap?” asked the hostess, whipping out a pamphlet for the cellulite-minimizing product sold via at-home parties. “Trust me, you want to be part of this.”

“If I had a dime for the number of times [at play dates] I’ve been asked to join a Rodan + Fields skin-care trial or sell dōTerra essential oils, I’d be rich,” says Christina, a 28-year-old Upper West Sider, who, like everyone interviewed for this article, asked that her last name be withheld so as not to offend any mommy pals.

“You’re cornered because your kid is there playing — you’re stuck in the middle of a sales pitch without the option to leave.”

Moms are using kids’ playdates to social climb and make money | New York Post