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Make extra income with Dog Boarding

You may have seen these photos of dog walkers steering 5 dogs down the sidewalk. In today’s world this is not just a side gig for college students anymore. What you may have NOT seen yet, is people who care for dogs in their own home: It’s called dog boarding. This can be a serious income stream for you, if you are comfortable being around and caring for other people’s beloved pets and... read more

How to get started with dog walking

So, you’re ready to take the first step into the dog walking world or you are at least thinking about it? Great, let me walk you through how I got started. How to find clients The easy way to dip your toes into the dog walking world is getting friends and neighbors to hire you as a sitter, which may work sometimes, but won’t really get you far financially speaking.  It is however a free way to... read more

Halloween in America – Creativity at its Best

We’re near the end of the scary season with the grand finale coming up on October 31 – Halloween. Inspired by ancient Celtic traditions with giant bonfires to ward off roaming ghosts, Halloween was brought to the U.S. by the many Irish and Scottish immigrants who came in masses during the 19th century. Its popularity grew so much that by the beginning of the 20th century it’s been celebrated... read more

What you should know about Medicare

This is a guest post by Danielle Kunkle. If you are 65 or over and planning a move to the USA or have recently arrived in the USA, one of the first things you’ll need to square away is your healthcare. Here in America, Medicare is the federal insurance program for people aged 65 and older or younger people with certain disabilities. This program covers about 80% of the healthcare expenses for recipients,... read more

East and West – An Indian Adjusting to Life in the States

This is a guest post by Ritu from India. Before I started writing this article, I watched some videos on youtube and browsed through books that talked about cultural differences. I was trying to get a hook, a starting point, to begin describing some aspects of my own experience of what it means to be an Indian living in the United States. It’s an experience that’s difficult to put into words, and... read more

Selling products internationally with Barrington McIntosh

After my last post about selling on Amazon, I reached out to one of my mentors, Barrington McIntosh, and I’m very excited to share our interview with you today. Barrington is an online selling powerhouse, known for expanding his Amazon business globally and teaching others how to do it. After having studied in the U.S. he went back to his homeland Jamaica where he started a career at a power plant.... read more

Confessions of an SPI 99er

I have a confession to make.  I’ve been relentlessly working on something for the past 12 months. Every bit of free time I spent with learning, sourcing and shipping. And I had a real blast doing so. Besides new skills I also earned some money. However, having a 9-5 job and doing all that hustling after-hours and on weekends took a toll on my priorities. That’s why I had to cut back on the... read more

Expat Christmas Traditions

Life as an expat gives you the chance to either experience and adapt to a new culture as is, or you carry over some of your own traditions and blend it all together. The best of both worlds so to speak. Christmas is a great example and is generally celebrated the same, but with some slight traditional variations. It starts with the time to get a Christmas tree. In Germany my parents used to get it at the... read more

The Things We Miss

Welcome “Oh God My Wife Is German” readers! I know you just got treated with one of his finest once again, which is hard to compete with. But I gave it a shot and here the version of the “evil mirror image”… Background info for other readers: The other day I reached out to the author of the Oh God My Wife Is German blog, asking him if there are any products he misses from his... read more

Things to do in Las Vegas

This is a guest post by Amber Kingsley. If you’re planning on travelling to the USA, Las Vegas is definitely a place you won’t want to miss. Not only is there an unbelievable amount of entertainment and nightlife to enjoy, there is also a great deal of history and natural beauty both in the city and in the surrounding area. Even if it is not the only place you visit in the United States, it definitely... read more

How I became a Smarter Shopper in 2014

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know that I really like to write about shopping smart and taking advantage of the many opportunities here in the United States. That’s why I experiment with a lot of things on the side. Little side projects that either help me earn more money or save money on purchases that me and my wife do anyway. I even managed to get a Bermuda trip... read more

Thanksgiving in the USA – More than just a holiday

It’s Thanksgiving season! The time when American families come together, even travel long distances to meet up, and share a meal together. Not any meal, but the traditional dinner centered around a large roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy. For dessert there’s traditionally apple pie, but also pumpkin pie, pecan pie and other variations. But the most important part of... read more

Miki from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I got the opportunity to ask Miki a few questions. After meeting her future husband on the internet, they decided to start a new life together in California. Enjoy! 

Why did you decide to move to America and what do you do? Even though I always felt like an alien in my own country, I’d never thought of moving to America up until I met David. This is going to sound a tad hackneyed, but it... read more

How to enter the Greencard Lottery for free

It’s time to put your name in the hat again, if you do not have a greencard yet. The U.S. Department of State has opened the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery from October 1 to November 3, 2014. So get your picture taken and make sure you put on your blankest face possible, because they do not want to see how excited you are on these official application photos. I suggest you do not wait until the last... read more

Gyscha from Jakarta, Indonesia

Here’s the next installment of my Success Stories series. This time it’s all about Gyscha, an expat from Indonesia, who took action on a job opportunity at Disney World in Orlando, FL. She also has a great tip on where to get a huge variety of international food. Enjoy! Why did you decide to move to America and what do you do? I’ve always wanted to work in the entertainment industry and I... read more

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