This is a guest post
Because technology is forever evolving, the need to keep up to date with the specs of the latest releases can become very addictive. I of all people know this and my wife will also vouch for this.
The more technology is used, the quicker it seems the latest technology comes out. Take mobile phones as a prime example. Back in the early days, the average person would upgrade periodically. Phones went from monochrome to full colour, from keys to touch-screen. In the old days, a new phone meant drastic changes and improvements. Now you can update your new phone in a matter of months, in fact if you want to keep ahead of the game you need to.
There are downsides to this, it can get very expensive and it can also cause friction within a relationship.
So whilst the world of technology is alluring it is important that the financial cost of it all does not put too much of a strain on your other financial commitments. Bills, rent, mortgages, tax, rates and all sorts of other things must be paid for and it is vital that your tech addiction does not have a negative financial impact on any relationships you have, as I briefly mentioned.
1 – Surveys.
Public opinions are the driving force behind every product and the companies who make these products want to know what you think so they can make their products more appealing. These companies are so keen on getting opinions that they pay agencies to carry out surveys on their behalf for money. The pay might be relatively modest by most people’s standards but if you have a few spare hours here and there it is a great way earn a little extra spending money.
2 – Selling your old gadgets.
When you consider updating a given gizmo such as your mobile phone or whatever, look into the second hand value of the object you are replacing. It is possible to sell them privately but there are risks involved. If the said item you sold packed up two weeks later you might receive a rather grumpy phone call. The other downside is placing adverts here there and everywhere, giving your details to strangers and the risk of not finding a buyer at all. When I recently upgraded a television I decided to sell my laptop to offset the cost by going to a well-known reputable website. It was quick, hassle free and I didn’t even have to fork out for the post and packaging!
Blogs can be more than just a vehicle for showing the world how cute your cat looks playing with a ball of wool; they can make you money too. Google Adsense and affiliate programs mean you can generate some extra cash on the side too. If you have a talent for writing in an engaging and interesting manner this is certainly worth looking into.
I’m Felix Richards and I love technology and blogging about it. Whether you are looking for tips on selling your laptop, what the best smartphone is or something altogether more quirky – I’m your man.