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Five ways to make cash with a side hustle

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That side hustle cash

Practically everyone has a project that they like to work on during their off hours. Maybe you’ve been thinking about putting your talents to work so you can make some extra cash instead of doing it for free. These five ideas will get you started with your side hustle.

Five productivity lifehacks to read about while procrastinating

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Lifehacks to increase productivity

Focus!

It can be hard to buckle down and focus, whether it’s on studying or some other task. You’re not alone in that. It’s hard for everybody. The people that have really figured out how to focus on the task at hand and avoid distraction are the ones that have taken a mindful approach to self-discipline. They segment their time into chunks of productivity. They don’t quickly flip over to Facebook or email for a quick microbreak. The breaks they take are to do something like take a walk or maybe run an errand. Nothing as stimulating as social media or video games.

A little ironic aside: I just did a quick web search for “deep work.” I read a couple of articles, learned about the “Neo 2” distraction-free word processor in the comments, decided to check it out on Amazon. Checked Ebay to see if I could get a better price. Started doing calculations of purchase price + shipping cost before finally deciding to sit on it for a while rather than make an impulse purchase. Then I remembered how I got there, felt guilty and flipped back to this text document.

Eliminating distractions is hard. Sometimes we can unplug and go for a walk or take a notebook to the library to do some “deep work” but often, we have to make do with the environment we’re in and the tools we have at hand.

That’s where productivity and time management lifehacks come in.

Setting alerts and caps on Ting

At Ting, we actively encourage you to pay us as little as possible. We try to give you the flexibility to control how many minutes, texts and megabytes you use. We regularly blog about how to make free phone calls, and we have a whole blog category called data saving. But for some Ting customers, that’s not enough. Having a firm grasp on your cell phone bill requires a lot of micromanaging your Ting dashboard and the Ting app to monitor usage.

Well, not exactly. With the alerts and caps feature on your Ting dashboard, it’s actually really easy to let us do all the hard work for you. Inside your Ting dashboard and in the Ting app, you can set usage alerts and caps for any level and any service. If you set a cap to notify you via the Ting app, you can re-enable it right from the app. No need to call us to log in to your desktop!

Lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill

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There are many different ways to reduce smartphone mobile data usage without having to limit yourself or switch up your smartphone routine.
Using Wi-Fi instead of mobile data
There are data saving toggles and features in popular apps (including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) that help you cut your mobile data use. There are controls built right in to your smartphone operating system to do the same.

Take a look at our broad list of articles that will help you lower your cellular data usage. If you’re with a pay for what you use provider like Ting, this means a lower monthly bill.


Comprehensive guides

Check out some of our longer-form articles that will teach you everything you need to know about smartphone mobile data.

From the basics to the bonus features, the guides below have it all.

Android iconiPhone iconGet the free Cut Your Data ebook to reduce mobile data usage

Android iconiPhone iconDo more with your smartphone without paying more for data

Android iconiPhone iconSix simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

Android iconiPhone iconSix (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

When should a kid get their first smartphone?

What age do you think is appropriate for a first smartphone? Ting customers respond.

As a parent, it’s tough to decide when your child should get their first smartphone. You may want them to have the option to contact you in the case of an emergency (and vice versa), or prefer to wait until they’re old enough to pay for their own phone.

Whatever you decide, Ting is a great choice for families because each phone line costs just $6 a month plus texts, talk minutes and data shared across all devices under one account. Ting’s account tools give you complete control over your child’s phone. You can set limits and alerts on what they use so you’ll never be caught by surprise.

We decided to ask Ting customers what they think is a suitable age to give a child their first smartphone, and received some great responses. Take a look below!

If you’re ready to purchase a phone for your child, check out some of the best smartphones for kids.

Buying a smartphone: the complete guide

Buying a smartphone

Buying a smartphone

So you’re thinking about buying a smartphone and coming to Ting. Most phones will work on Ting, so if you already own a phone, try our online BYOD checker first. If you have an Android phone, you can also download the Ting Compatibility Checker app.

If you’re buying a smartphone, you’ve come to the right place. This is our Ting smartphone buyer’s guide. Nowadays, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to smartphones. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed down your options.

Whether you’re interested in buying a brand new device, looking to buy used, or not sure where to start, we can help.