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Install Epoxy Flooring to Make Cash on the Side

A big part of our mission here is to help you land a fulfilling career that will earn you a decent living. However, while your applications are out there and you’re waiting for your dream job to land in your lap, we also like to offer you ways to make a little cash on the side while also building skills that will increase your employability to potential companies. Just like we showed you how to Make Money Pulling Up Carpet, we are going to show you the basics of installing epoxy floors so that you can earn a few extra bucks on the weekends.

Homeowners love the sleek, sexy look and industrial durability of epoxy floors, especially for their garages, basements, and kitchens. Professional companies, such as Epoxy Flooring Nashville, typically charge anywhere from $1500 – $4000 for a job like this, so you can easily undercut them by charging just $1000. Even if you only land one client a month, you’d be making a pretty darn good bit of spare cash. That’s enough to cover most of your mortgage no doubt.

Step 1: Prep the Floor

Start by clearing the area of items, furniture, and rubbish. Basically, you need a completely empty surface. Next, thoroughly clean the surface using a commercial cleaning product. If there is any sealant or paint already on the floor, you’ll need to sand it away before cleaning.

Step 2: Apply Primer

Epoxy flooring primer can be purchased at most home improvement stores like Home Depot. Applying it is just like painting, but since it’s on the floor your arms won’t get nearly as sore! Be sure to plan your path appropriately so that you don’t paint yourself into a corner (literally!). Be sure to follow the directions on the primer container, and then let it dry for about 8 hours.

Step 3: Apply the Epoxy Finish

The finish is the stuff that you’ll actually see once the job is said and done. It will give the garage or other room a professional shine that you won’t believe you were able to create so easily. The finish is just as easy to apply as the primer, just be sure that the primer is completely dried before applying this final coat.

And that’s it! You’re epoxy flooring install is just that easy. All you need now is to start finding clients (though we recommend trying this out on your own home or a friend’s first). Craigslist, facebook, and Google+ are all awesome free places to pick up jobs. Just take a few photos of your own completed job, share them on social media, and include a message that you’ll do the same for at least $500 less than most professional companies.

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4 Things You Should NEVER Do in Your Cover Letter

There is already plenty of great advice out there on how to write a stellar cover letter. They’ll help you learn how to establish a winning tone, how to incorporate powerful details that showcase your past successes, and how to let potential employers envision you as a member of the team before you even land an interview. So, rather than re-invent the wheel by giving you a bunch of advice that’s already out there, we thought we would offer something a little less common and thus a little more useful: the top four things to AVOID in your cover letter.

This is the list of things to do if you don’t want to get an interview. Committing one of these mortal sins of job hunting will have the search committee passing your letter around the office or sharing photos of it on imgur. You’ll stand out as an applicant in the worst way, and might be so memorable that you’ll kill any chances of future applications fir other jobs at the same employer.

Without further banter, here’s your top four worst things to put in a cover letter:

#1. Complaints about past employers

No one likes a whiner, especially not your future boss. If your cover letter says that you’re applying to work at XYZ widget factory because your current widget master enforces too much uncompensated overtime, your search committee will immediately portray you as not a team player. You would be better off highlighting that XYZ looks like a great place to work because of their strong focus on work-life balance.

#2. Vague accomplishments and empty adjectives

No one wants to hear that you are a “hard worker” or “the best salesman in your office”. Future employers want to know that you have “climbed from an entry-level position to junior management in just two years while also pursuing your online doctorate”; or that you “came in first place out of 63 sales representatives on your team’s sales competition for six quarters in a row.” A blank line of white space is better than empty promises. All they do is convince your future employer that you are trying to cover up the fact that you will be worthless to their business.

#3. Reference the wrong job

You know you’re supposed to tailor each letter to a specific job, right? Well, this is kinda doing the exact opposite. You will likely have a template letter of sorts that you modify for each application you submit, so you have to be sure to update each new letter completely, eliminating all references to other positions. Nothing says “I don’t pay attention to detail” like telling Paws for People that you “can’t wait to help them start selling their product in bulk.”

#4. Clip art

For most folks, this should go without saying:


It doesn’t belong in your cover letter, your PowerPoint presentation, your resume, your website, anywhere. The only time you are allowed to use clip art is when you are making fun of clip art. Clip art is the fastest way to tell anyone “Digital media hasn’t changed since 1992.”

Now, really, you shouldn’t use images at all in a cover letter, unless they are part of official letterhead. But this rant about clip art is really just the tip of a much deeper iceberg containing all things tacky or outdated. The list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Exclamation points!!!!
  • lols and rofls
  • emoticons :\
  • 1337 $P3@K

There you have it. Four pitfalls to avoid when you go to write your next cover letter. Unless, of course, you want to be the laughing stock of the hiring committee. Sorry if this post doesn’t tell you everything you need to know to get hired, but we hope it at least tells you how to avoid getting not hired.

Make Money Pulling Up Carpet

You can save some money on carpet installation by pulling up the old one yourself! Why pay more to have someone do something you can do yourself for free? Pulling up carpet can be very satisfying, but also a little bit tricky if you’ve never done it before.

However, learning to pull up carpet does more than just save you money. It can make you some spare cash too! Once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ve got a skill that people will pay for. Homeowners might pay a professional as much as $200 or more to remove 250 square feet of carpet. Imagine if you listed your services on craigslist for half that price. Even if you only landed one job a week, that’s an extra $400 bucks a month in your pocket for a few hours of work on the weekend. Sure, you won’t be retiring on your carpet pulling income, but it’s a good source of spare change while you are looking for long term work.

So read this post to learn the basics of pulling up a carpet. Do your own, and then get out there and start selling your services.

Before we get started, you should have the following tools at the ready if you’re going to be pulling up a carpet:black-carpet

  • Locking pliers
  • Dust mask
  • Knee pads
  • Pry bar
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape

Before pulling up the carpet, do the following things:

  • Check with your installer to learn just how much you’ll save
  • See if they have any advice for you about how to do it and what to do with the carpet once it’s pulled up
  • Remove any doors that open into the room
  • Remove all furniture and anything else in the room
  • Put on your gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask

Now you’re ready to get started!

Start by removing the carpet from the tack strip along the walls. Pick a corner, grab onto the carpet firmly with your pliers and give it a good strong pull. With your hands, pull it up along the length of the wall. Fold the carpet back toward the center of the room to about 3 feet. Now, you’ll want to cut the folded piece of carpet away from the rest. Having smaller easy to carry pieces is much better than dealing with a full rooms worth of carpet at once.

Do this continuously – pulling and cutting – until you come to a “transition”. This is where the carpet meets another section of carpet or other type of flooring material. A transition may sometimes be a metal strip. Cut the carpet off and leave the transition area there for the installer.

green-carpetRemoving Carpet from Stairs

If you have carpet on your staircase, the process is a little bit different. You’ll want to start at the top of the stairs as opposed to at the bottom. Remove the metal nosing or cut the carpet near the top of the riser. Just like with the full floor carpet, grab the end and pull the carpet but by hand. Slice off carpet at regular intervals so you aren’t pulling up one super long piece. Once you’ve gotten the carpet off, use the pliers to pry out all the staples.

Here’s a handy checklist to take you from the start to finish of the carpet removal process:

  • Put on your gloves, mask and safety goggles
  • Clear the room
  • Pull the carpet from the tack stripes
  • Fold the carpet and cut along the fold
  • Roll the carpet up and duct tape it together
  • Pull up the remaining padding
  • Roll the padding up and duct tape it together
  • Use pliers or floor scraper to remove staples

Disposing of Carpet

You’ll need to dispose of the carpet according to local regulations. Most trash companies have special charges when it comes to carpet, and you’ll probably need to provide them with an approximate square footage in order to get an estimate. If you are tearing up several rooms worth of carpet, it may be worthwhile investing in short term dumpster rental for easy disposal. In the Nashville area, you can go with http://dumpsterrentalnashvillego.com/ or even contact your own trash service, as they likely rent out dumpsters too.

There you have all the basics of pulling up carpet. Be sure you practice a few times before selling your services. Consider helping friends and family with their own carpets to build your confidence and expertise. And remember, before engaging in any sort of freelance business enterprise, be sure to talk to a lawyer or other qualified professional about any necessary licensure or certifications for your business and region.