What It's Like to Earn Your Income Through Blogging

by Bruno Bornsztein

That's us at Curbly, pretending to work

Type 'how to make money blogging' into Google and you'll choke on a pile of spammy-sounding search results telling you how, if you'd only give up your e-mail address or credit card number, you'd learn the secret to living like a billionaire on your pajama-based blogging income.

I've been making a living publishing a blog (my full-time income, supporting a family of four) since 2008, and as a supplemental income since 2006, and blogging as a hobby since 2003, so I guess I'm as qualified to speak on the subject as anyone else. Plus, I don't want your credit card number.

The bottom line: there's no secret to making money on a blog. It's the same as making money from anything. It's mostly perseverance, hustle, and the willingness to keep trying.

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5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

by Jill W

5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves.  Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!  

1. Use Online Project Management Programs  

Don’t print out every e-mail and document you handle. Only print what’s crucial to have as a hard copy. The environmental benefits of operating a digital office are worth it in dollars and cents - think about all the paper and printer ink saved! Google is constantly coming out with new products to help simplify your work flow, so check out Google New to stay up-to-date on what they have to offer. 

 

2. Improve Indoor Air Quality 

Working in an environment with poor air quality can lead to harmful side effects that range from eye and throat irritation to long-term effects like respiratory disease and cancer. Green your office cleaning supplies with natural products, found in such lines as Method and Seventh Generation, and ban aerosol air fresheners that contain hazardous chemicals. Use a natural spray, such as a homemade mix of water and lemon or tangerine essential oil.

 

3. Add Greenery to Your Work Environment
While plants can help you improve your indoor air quality, they can also impact office inhabitants psychologically as well.  Studies show that plants can also help to prevent "Sick Building Syndrome", a condition where off-gassing office decor, carpeting and furniture can cause ills such as eye infections, upper-respiratory colds, allergies, or viruses.  

You don't need a green thumb to add some greenery to your office. The Tri-Pot - a self watering planter - lets plants take care of themselves for up to 8-weeks, and uses less water than conventional methods. 

 

4. Maximize Energy-Efficient Lighting 

Whenever possible, natural daylighting is always the greenest way to go. There's also evidence to suggest that workers in buildings with high levels of natural light are happier and more productive than those more reliant on artificial light.

LED lights are the single best option for artificial energy-efficient lighting.  They use 1/10th of the electricity of incandescent bulbs and last about 20 times longer, so they can save you a lot of money on energy bills and constant bulb purchases as well.  


5. UNPLUG!

Turn off any equipment that doesn’t need to be on when you’re not in the office, and -- if possible -- unplug them too. Every computer left turned on overnight and every coffee pot left plugged in eats up electricity and costs your company money. Otherwise, Energy monitoring is a super efficient way to lower your office's environmental footprint and its electric bill. There are plenty of apps and devices out there to help you make this part of your daily routine. For example Google's PowerMeter allows you to check your power usage and can help reduce your annual energy bill by 5-15%. 


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Work _____: Kicking Cubicles to the Curb

by Bruno Bornsztein

No more cubicles!

Picture yourself in a gray cubicle, surrounded by a dozen others, on the fourth floor of a suburban office building large enough to have its own postal code. See the little ridges of dust behind your aging computer monitor? See the worn spot on your mousepad where your wrist has rubbed the color off? Below the desk, just behind the trash can (which is the changing-est thing in the cube, by simple virtue of its being emptied every night), there's...

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10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Home Office Cheaply.

by Chris Gardner

Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.

 

10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Home Office Cheaply.

 

  1. Buy a Plant
  2. Get a Recycling System
  3. Tidy Up the Wires
    • Bind cords together
    • Clamp long running wires to walls
    • Get retractable cords.
  4. Add a Filing Cabinet
  5. Organise Your Desk
  6. Get some...

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