Podcast – Smart Passive Income

So – this was not exactly my most productive week.  I hate having a cold. It makes me completely unmotivated.

I did want to talk about the other “side hustle” podcast I listen to regularly – Smart Passive Income.  This one is a little like Side Hustle School, but much more detailed. The host Pat Flynn, has generated a number of streams of “passive” income and does detailed interviews with people who have also generated impressive streams of passive income – everything from writing books to selling lesson plans.

The great thing about Smart Passive Income is that you get to hear about all the hard work a person put in and how they made their idea a success. You can pick and choose the podcast session (there are a lot of them!) you want to listen to, in order to learn more about an idea that is particularly interesting to you.

Podcast – Side Hustle School

This week I’m going to talk about some great podcasts that can help you learn how to earn some extra money! I can’t promise they’re going to be top notch posts as I’ve got a doozy of a cold.

This first podcast I’m going to mention is “Side Hustle School”. I learned about this podcast from a different podcast (what can I say – I love podcasts!).  These are short and sweet podcasts – usually under 10 minutes that cover a different side hustle someone has had success with. The podcasts don’t get into a lot of detail – they just introduce the idea and provide a little background on the person, and how they developed their side hustle. More details can be found in the show notes online.

If you’re curious as to what’s out there in the way of side hustles – everything from chicken saddles (yes, really) to writing fish tank reviews – you should definitely check out Side Hustle School.

Do you have a side hustle or know someone who has one? Let me know in the comments.

New skill for free: Languages

Another great option of a new skill to learn is a language. You can at least try to pick up some conversational phrases before you next vacation. Here are a few ways to learn a new language or brush up on one you learned in school.

  • Duolingo is the best known site for learning new languages. You can use either their online site or their mobile apps to learn language is what they call “bite sized” lessons.
  • I  mentioned Open Culture in my previous post on free books. It also offers free language lessons.
  • Don’t feel like reading? Language podcasts are  a great way to learn. Itunes offers language podcasts on everything from Spanish to Mandarin.

Happy learning!

Free entertainment link round up!

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about all the free stuff that’s available out there. This week I talked about:

I’ve definitely spent some time playing free games this week! Next week I’ll continue to blog about free stuff – but this time it’ll be how to learn valuable skills for free.

5 great sites to play free games on

Everyone loves killing a little (or a lot of!) time playing online games.  Here are five great sites you can check out.

  • Big Fish games.  Big fish offers a huge variety of games – casino, memory, hidden object, arcade, strategy, time management and more.
  • MSN games. Lots of fun games including Mah Jong, Family Feud, and Bejeweled.
  • Pogo.  Offers classics like Scrabble, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit. All the fun of a board game without having to talk anyone into playing it with you!
  • AARP games. Yes, the American Association of Retired Persons offers online games! So if you’re looking for a some online crosswords or solitaire this is the place to go.
  • Merriam Webster.   Looking for a chance to learn and have fun at the same time? Merriam Websters has lots of great games to help you expand your vocabulary and improve your spelling.

Happy gaming!

4 great sites to get free music from

So far I’ve covered where to find free TV and movies and books. Today I’m going to cover how to find free music.  You won’t find “Top 40” hits or anything like that here, but you will have a chance to check out interesting music without having to pay for it.

  • Jamendo. Free music downloads at Jamendo are made available through Creative Commons licensing. This means that the artists themselves have want to give out their music for free for the masses to enjoy.
  • Amazon. Yes, Amazon does offer free music! There are thousands of songs available for free from Amazon. You can see the all free music downloads by clicking on a genre or sorting by popularity, release date, ​length of the song, reviews, or in alphabetical order by title, artist, or album. You can also play the songs before downloading them.
  • Internet Archive’s Audio Libraru . The Internet Archive’s Audio Library has millions of options for free downloads of music, audio, podcasts, radio programs, and their Live Music Archive.
  • Last.fm. Last.fm contains a repository of free music. You’re not going to find the latest and greatest hits here, but you will definitely find something new and interesting!

Happy listening!