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It’s boom times for sign makers. So why aren’t they making more money?

Tim Seiger was preparing to start a big project at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in mid-March when California announced a statewide shutdown to combat the coronavirus.

His gig ground to a halt, indefinitely.

The 42-year-old isn’t a groundskeeper or construction worker.

He makes signs.

The Placentia resident’s company, Ultimate Design, was partnering with another firm to wrap bars and suites in the ballpark with lettering in anticipation of Opening Day. And now the Angels wouldn’t let anyone in the building.

For about a week, as other clients quickly called off projects, jobs slowed down. Seiger prepared for the worst.

But in a proverbial sign of the times, the life-altering COVID-19 pandemic — and its many demands on human behavior — came with a great need: for signs. And lots of them.

Flags and awnings and lawn signs now sway in front of businesses where there weren’t any before. Arrows placed

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28 Genius Side Hustles You Never Knew Existed

If the lyrics to the Dolly Parton song “9 to 5” could be your autobiography, maybe it’s time to consider some unconventional ways to make money. After all, if you’re “barely gettin’ by,” you’re probably looking for creative ways to earn extra cash about now.

Whether you’re struggling to pay the bills or just looking to pad your savings account, check out some clever ways to earn a buck that are on the strange side.

Last updated: Dec. 29, 2019

1. Work as a Living Statue

Individual performance artists make money posing as living statues on street corners around the world. There are even companies like the Rhode Island-based Ten31 Productions that hire performers to work as living statues for events such as WaterFire in Providence.

 

2. Deliver Phone Books

It might seem hard to believe, but those old-school phone books that show up on front doorsteps are delivered by

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How 2 moms are raising money for diverse books in their community

When life gives you lemons, you sell lemonade — and raise money to purchase diverse books for your community.

At least that’s what Chelsea O’Donnell and neighbor Amanda Gorman, two moms in Farmington, Connecticut, are doing after Gorman’s daughter’s Black Lives Matter sign was vandalized earlier this month.

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Amid protests happening across the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Gorman spent time educating her 7-year-old daughter, Josey, about the Black Lives Matter movement.The two created a sign that read, “Silence = Complicit, Black Lives Matter,” which they displayed in front of their home.

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“With everything that’s been going on in terms of the Black Lives Matter movement, I realized that

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$600 bonus unemployment benefits end soon. Here’s how to prepare

Another 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims last week to receive unemployment benefits, and the payments are currently going to about 19.5 million people, the government reported Thursday.

A weekly benefit boost has made unemployment a little easier for those who lost their jobs to the coronavirus, but soon they’ll have to survive without the bonus money.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — the CARES Act that also brought you those stimulus checks — provides an extra $600 per week of unemployment through July 31. Lawmakers haven’t committed to an extension.

Standard unemployment payouts vary from state to state, and depending on where you live you may have trouble making ends meet on regular benefits alone.

Here are nine things you can do to prepare to cope with a smaller weekly payout.

Pad your emergency fund while you still can

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While you

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The 6 best credit cards that will save you the most money

The right credit card can help you save big on your next big purchase
The right credit card can help you save big on your next big purchase

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Whether you’re buying a new television, remodeling the kitchen or even covering an emergency bill, certain credit card perks can help you save money whenever you have to spend. Big purchases are great to charge to your credit card—if you have a personal payback plan and picked the right card, that is. A card with an introductory 0% APR period can also be a great financing choice when you want a long, interest-free repayment period. Plus, many cards come with extra benefits, like

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13-year-old Trey Brown is on a mission to make his fashion line a household name

At only 13 years old, Trey Brown has already accomplished so much.

He is the CEO of his own clothing brand SPERGO, inspires his almost-30,000 Instagram followers daily with videos and quotes, has had his face on a billboard in Times Square, has chatted on the phone with celebrities and made enough money within the first year of launching his company that he helped his mom retire. 

Brown didn’t anticipate any of these when he started SPERGO in Jan. 2018. He told In The Know that he turned to fashion designing after witnessing the violence going on around Philadelphia. 

“There was kids killing kids. I just wanted to show the youth, look, you could do this. You could get on a jet without being violent, without touching any drugs,” Brown said. “A lot of times in Philadelphia, where I come from, there’s not a lot of possibility, and I want

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20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier

20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier
20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier

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I’ll admit, I didn’t hear the phrase “aging in place” until late last year when I coached a TED talk about the importance of it. The speaker I worked with is a geriatric and orthopedic trauma surgeon (I know, what a mouthful) who taught me about the obstacles people face within their own homes. She was concerned mainly about smoke alarms and grab bars, and her data was compelling. What stuck out with me most, though, is that we’re all susceptible to these dangers. If you fall and need to have surgery on your leg, your mobility is impacted.

The CDC describes the notion of “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely,

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Unrest Is Changing the Way Americans Spend Money

(Bloomberg) — The back-to-back shocks of a deadly virus, lockdowns and civil unrest have a growing number of Americans reevaluating not just their life priorities, but also how — or even, if — they’ll spend their money.

Good.Must.Grow, a Los Angeles-based firm, said its Conscious Consumer Spending Index, which tracks expected purchases of socially responsible brands, suddenly rebounded after trending down since 2017, jumping 15% in May from the previous study in November. Asked what criteria would influence their post-pandemic spending, almost 70% of respondents cited a company’s ability to make a positive impact on society and the environment. The firm polled more than 1,000 Americans. 

“The environmental crisis has become better understood by more people in recent years,” said the consultancy’s founder, Heath Shackleford. “You layer on what’s happening with Covid, with George Floyd and all these things — I think we’re going to see a bigger piece of

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30 Money Mistakes You’re Probably Making This Summer

Summer is usually a time to cut loose and have fun, and while you may not be traveling as much this year, there are still ways to enjoy the season. If you’re not careful, though, fun can lead to overspending and a multitude of other money mistakes.

You certainly don’t want to pay for those mistakes the rest of the year. So, to maintain your financial well-being while still enjoying summer, avoid making these money mistakes.

While there may not be as much to do outside this summer, there are still plenty of ways to have a good time, especially as things open up. It’s important to keep an eye on your health and your budget though.

“For whatever reason, people can’t prevent themselves from spending out of their limits during the summer,” said Michael Cirelli, a financial advisor with SAI Financial Services in Illinois. And they do so at … Read More

Learn how to invest in cryptocurrencies with this set of online classes

Learn how to invest in cryptocurrencies with this set of online classes
Learn how to invest in cryptocurrencies with this set of online classes

TL;DR: The Complete Cryptocurrency Investment bundle is on sale for £19.21 as of June 25, saving you 94% on list price.

If we’re to believe every plot point from the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg allegedly stole the idea for Facebook from the Winklevoss twins and went on to become one of the youngest billionaires ever.

Things ended up working out for the Winklevoss brothers, though. They received a $65 million settlement and competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but they still weren’t a member of the prestigious billionaire club. That changed when they finally became billionaires thanks to Bitcoin.

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For the uninitiated, Bitcoin is a digital payment system and cryptocurrency that’s not tied to any country or bank. Bitcoin sometimes gets a bad

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