domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018

Best Jobs and Side Gigs for Introverts

    If you have an introverted personality, you might shy away from some jobs that require a lot of face time or public interaction. There are numerous jobs and side gigs that are perfect for introverts, allowing you to make extra money without having to deal extensively with other people.
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     Freelance Writer

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    Do you have a way with words? Then being a freelance writer could be a great fit for you. The solitary act of writing can be done just about anywhere, as long as you have a computer and internet access.
    You don’t need to have a degree in English or be a master of literature, either. There are many opportunities out there for writers and storytellers — everything that you read online and in print was written by someone, and that someone (hopefully) got paid for their work! If you have a passion for something or are an expert in a particular field, see if you can write content for that niche.
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    An editor can help spruce up pieces of text and catch any errors before getting published. If you have an eye for mistakes and can help tighten up content, this gig is for you. The best part is that you can do this as a job or even on the side with your current job.
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     Dog Walker

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    One of the most popular gigs is being a dog walker: Pet owners who may be out of town or at work need someone to care for their dogs and make sure they get their walks in.
    Bonus: You get paid to exercise and hang out with dogs. 
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     Newspaper Delivery Person

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    Though print might be dying, there are still a number of folks who prefer to read the morning paper in physical form. But how do customers get the paper every morning? From a newspaper delivery person. This job is good for early birds who like to work alone and have access to a car.
    You’ll have to consider the cost of gas and wear and tear on your car, but you may be able to deduct certain things if you are an independent contractor. 
  • 05
     Graphic Designer

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    Graphic design is a specialized and in-demand skill. If you have a background in design, and are proficient in design programs like Photoshop and InDesign, working as a graphic designer could be a good full-time job or side gig. As a graphic designer, you can work with clients to design posters, marketing materials, social media images, and more.
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     Social Media Manager

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    In today’s digital world, companies can’t ignore the power of social media. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for clients, create content, and track metrics like engagement, and so on. While most large brands have an in-house social media team, many smaller companies will outsource the management of their social media presence to freelancers.  
    If you know how to create images for Instagram or write witty content in less than 140 characters, being a social media manager could be a good fit. You should have knowledge of tools like Buffer or Hootsuite, and understand what type of content does and doesn’t work on the various social media platforms.  
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     Virtual Assistant

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    Some introverts might be fine with a gig dealing with people — so long as they’re dealing with them remotely, rather than in person. If that sounds like you, and you have great organizational and administrative skills, then being a virtual assistant could be the gig for you.
    As the job title implies, you deal with people virtually, rather than in person — generally over email, phone, or video conference — to help clients with a variety of tasks, including managing email, scheduling appointments, helping with social media, doing data entry, and more. In this support role, tasks can vary depending on the client and on the day, so you likely won’t get bored.
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     Online Seller

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    Using the internet to buy and sell merchandise isn’t just for big businesses. Individuals can use platforms like Amazon, eBay, OfferUp, and Craigslist to sell a variety of products.  
    You can flip items you get at a thrift shop and sell them at a higher price, or sell off items from around the house or that have been gathering dust in the garage. If you are crafty, you can even make and sell your original creations on Etsy. There’s no shortage of items you can sell — and using the sites listed above, this can be a great side hustle that you can do on your own.
    How much you make depends on what you’re selling and how much time you’re willing to put into it — this can be a side hustle to make you a little money on the side, or a full-time business that can make you thousands of dollars a month. 
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sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2018

How to Become a Billionaire by Age 40

If You Want to Become a Billionaire, You Need to Build These Traits


Beyonce is rich, with a reported net worth of $290 Million. And so is Kobe Bryant sitting at $350 Million.
But in the tally of America’s 40 wealthiest self-made under-40 personalities, the pop diva trails nearly everyone else at number 38 on the list, while the retired NBA Most Valuable Player—whose superior athletic abilities should have outpaced any competition—came sputtering in at number 33.
Impressive still? No doubt. But when you take a look at the vast majority of the self-made wealthy on the list, there are some undeniable trends that'd lead the astute to believe that the most likely path to eventually becoming a billionaire isn't through sports or music—it's through business.
With a few exceptions, the list is dominated (90 percent) by young founders, entrepreneurs and investors associated with globally recognizable brands like Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, Pinterest, Instagram and more.
On the world's stage, there are 56 billionaires under 40 years old according to the Forbes 2017 list. While a number of them—like Alexandra Andresen (born in July 1996 and the youngest person who made the list)—inherited a very large fortune from their parents, more than half (30) built their own wealth entrepreneurs in spaces like technology, healthcare and investing.
At an increasing pace, the world is minting self-made billionaires, some of them still in their 20s (looking at you, Evan Spiegel of Snapchat). But what does it take to build a 10-digit fortune decades before you even need to think about retirement?
To answer the question of how to become a billionaire, we need to examine the rise of young tech moguls such as Mark Zuckerberg, the Collison brothers (Stripe), Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy (SnapChat), and Adam Neumann (WeWork). We can then identify commonalities in their journey towards entrepreneurial success.

Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder of Facebook

With around 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the most widely used social media channel and the third most visited website on the planet. The company generated $27.638 billion in revenue for 2016, employs around 19,000 people, and has a market capitalization of $407.3 billion.
In 2003, Facebook started as just a side project that computerized the adolescent practice of comparing the relative “hotness” of students. But Mark Zuckerberg is a relentless innovator, eventually transforming the project into a global phenomenon—and himself into the fifth wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $63.3 billion. Mark was 23 when he made his first billion dollars.

John and Patrick Collison, Co-Founders of Stripe

Irish-born brothers John and Patrick became billionaires in November 2016 when fresh investments hiked the value of their online payment startup Stripe at $9.2 billion. In their late and mid-20s, each brother attained a net worth of at least $1.1 billion after that round of investment, becoming billionaires before they turned thirty. Prior to breaking the ceiling, both were already millionaires in their teens, having founded and sold a transaction management service called Auctomatic.

Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel, Co-Founders of Snapchat

College buddies Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel founded Snapchat with fellow Stanford student Reggie Brown in 2011. In building Snapchat, Evan handled product design while Bobby wrote much of the code for the early versions of their app. Targeting millennials and younger audiences, Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app used by around 166 million daily active users. Murphy and Spiegel each has a net worth of $4 billion.

Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, Co-Founders of Airbnb  

By itself, Airbnb delivers significant positive economic and cultural impact in the locations where it operates. By making accommodations more affordable, Airbnb promotes travel and cultural exchange, helping support local communities, residents and businesses in the process. Founded in 2008 by mostly cash-strapped roommates who perennially struggled with rent, Airbnb evolved into a global brand following a series of funding rounds that lifted the company’s value to more than $31 billion as of March 2017.
Founders Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia—all in their 30s—similarly saw each of their own net worths skyrocket to $3.8 billion.

Adam Neumann, Founder of WeWork

Operating in at least a dozen countries, WeWork provides shared workspaces for startups, freelancers and small businesses. WeWork was founded in 2010 by kibbutz-raised Adam Neumann in New York. Following a series of funding rounds that included JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, WeWork’s valuation ballooned to $16 billion. Adam’s net worth similarly rose to $2.5 billion.

6 Common Traits of Entrepreneurs Who've Become Billionaires Before 40

While it is naive to think that secret “billionaire traits” exist and occur consistently across the one-percent demographic, it's still worthwhile to probe whether certain behaviors or mindsets can prime a person for extraordinary entrepreneurial or financial success.
The real question is, can the business books you read, classes you take, mentors you surround yourself with, and ideas you tinker on in your free time have a direct effect on your ability to become a billionaire before age 40? And if so, what are some of those common themes that can be applied to everyone?
Well, luckily we now have robust data sets on the global elite, as well as records of how outstanding entrepreneurs create and grow companies.   
Incidentally, accountancy firm PwC and global investment bank UBS published interesting research that studied 1,300 self-made billionaires with the goal of determining just what makes them tick.
To lend the study significant authority and scope, PwC and UBS covered a two-decade period, reviewed academic research, case studies and surveys, and interviewed more than 30 billionaires.
According to the study, there are at least four factors that figure prominently in many of the self made hyper-entrepreneurs. These are: 1. Optimistic but smart attitude about risk-taking; 2. Unbounded curiosity; 3. Keen focus; and 4. Determination and resilience to failure.
As gleaned from the under-30 billionaire entrepreneurs we dug into earlier, we can also add: 5. Ardent drive and passion; and 6. Openness to do things differently, as common characteristics among the world’s most successful people.

1. Smart Attitude on Risk-Taking

Unless something is potentially fatal, it’s ok—even imperative—to take risks. Having the passion to pursue a business idea and having seen its potential, some industry leaders—like Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college to focus on their business, risking a future without a diploma.
The merits of this move is highly debatable or perhaps too extreme but the entrepreneur’s willingness to take a major risk is apparent. Making significant inroads to new, untested markets or considering an unusual merger are also signs of healthy risk-taking.

2. Unbounded Curiosity

You won’t go very far in business without an ample dose of curiosity. Curiosity drives an entrepreneur to observe the world, ask questions, detect problems, and actively look for solutions. Curiosity also keeps her motivated. As a business owner, deep curiosity will drive you to probe existing solutions or user experiences to find customer pain points and develop new solutions.
The Airbnb founders were curious whether renting out their mattresses and bed spaces would work as a business model. They decided to test this concept out in their own home, on the cheap by putting up ads on Craigslist—not rushing out to try and get (spend) millions of investor dollars to test a hypothesis. They embraced their curiosity and worked with what they had to test their business idea without wasting resources. Nearly everybody thought they were nuts but in less than a decade, they evolved a “silly” idea into a multi-billion dollar service used by 150 million people in thousands of cities around the world.

3. Clear Focus

Ultra-successful entrepreneurs appear to have an uncanny resistance to distractions. Once they lock on to a goal they want to achieve, there's nothing (and nobody) that can stop them from getting there somehow, some way. Smart entrepreneurs are dedicated to their mission, but are flexible on how they'll get there. They also seem to instinctively identify which area their business should concentrate on.
In 2012, while developing the Snapchat app, Bobby Murphy worked 18-hour days just to build a prototype. To this day, much of Snapchat’s code retains Murphy’s focused imprint.   

4. Determination

Most self-made billionaires have had their first business venture before or during their twenties. Before making millions, some have already accrued a string of failures. Without grit and determination, the sting and stigma of failure can completely dissuade people to abandon their dreams and look for meaning elsewhere. In contrast, great entrepreneurs doggedly persist until they have achieved their goals.   

5. Passion

None of the self-made billionaires on the Forbes list were lukewarm in their excitement and commitment to the things they chose to spend their time on. Some, like the Collison brothers were writing software code even before they were ten. Mark Zuckerberg continues to drive the evolution of Facebook by integrating new technologies such as AI and augmented reality into the service—before the technology has become mainstream.   

6. Innovation

Airbnb, Uber, Stripe, Instagram, and Snapchat are prime examples of innovation that were mapped out by young entrepreneurs in their twenties. A product doesn’t need to be totally different or new like Uber and Airbnb. They can be based on existing solutions or platforms but reimagined or reconstituted in a way that better serves a certain market segment. Snapchat at its core is just messaging, but its appeal to millennials has been phenomenal simply because the service resonates with how the particular generation communicates.
The trick to building a business that can propel you into the billionaire club is to be open and actively seek out different ways of looking at a problem and solving it.
Have we missed any traits you think are essential to becoming a young self-made billionaire? Go out there, build a business and prove it!

viernes, 16 de noviembre de 2018

15 Steps to Making Money Online with an Amazon Affiliate Site

If you've got a credit card with at least $20 on it, you may be well on your way to making decent extra income online through an Amazon affiliate site. Building your own site is low cost and low effort, and only takes a day to set up. 
Building your Amazon affiliate site is just one step, though. The challenge is attracting the right traffic that'll convert into product sales once they click through to Amazon. You'll see the best results from choosing the right niche for your site.

1. Learn Some Basic HTML

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the standard markup language for creating web pages and web applications. This step is important to keep your costs down and still get what you want. If you're not familiar with basic HTML and basic concepts about running a website, invest in the time to learn; it will be well worth the outlay in the long run. Even if the site is basically a template for you to use, you're still going to need to know how to insert images, create hyperlinks, and do some text formatting.
If you have to rely on purchased software, you won't be able to get exactly what you want, you won't know what to do when things go wrong, and you'll end up spending money you don't need.

2. Pick Your Niche

You're going to be doing product reviews and recommendations, so pick a topic that you enjoy and about which you can demonstrate some expertise. Choose a narrow enough niche to be distinctive—for example, bands from your city, left-handed guitarists, music for a certain kind of dancing, authors of a certain religion, books about business, or arts and crafts resources. If you can't stay passionate about the topic, that will show.

3. Set Up Your Web Hosting

This is where most people get burned. For an Amazon affiliate site, you do not have to pay handsomely per month for web hosting. Resources like Online Business Guidehave a list of cheap web hosting services. Some are a paltry monthly fee, with unlimited domains. That means you can run several sites like this on the same hosting package.

4. Choose Your Domain Name

Make it keyword-rich, not clever. Think how people will find your site in the search engines. Here are some ideas, some of which already exist in the marketplace:
  • Music:,,,,,
  • Books:,,,
  • Others:,,

5. Register Your Domain Name

If you're not technically inclined at all, register your domain wherever you set up your hosting. Otherwise, you can save a few dollars by choosing a lower-cost provider. This is not a big deal for one or two sites, but it can be for 10 or 20. GoDaddy is a good option because it offers great domain management tools and at a low cost annually. One of the least expensive and reputable in the market is 1&1. Prices start at the low end of the spectrum for the first year with increases, sometimes significant for each subsequent year, depending on what plan you choose.

6. Install Wordpress

"Blog, you say?" Yes. It will give your site all the structure you need, plus make it easy to quickly post new contentWordPress, which is free, is easy to install and use, yet powerful. Many hosts have a one-step installation process for it, or you can download it and follow their installation instructions.

7. Make It Pretty

One of the great things about WordPress is the huge variety of templates available on it. This gives you much more freedom and control in the look-and-feel of your site.

8. Set Up Categories

Most blog software allows you to create subcategories to help organize your entries. Categories help visitors hone in even more specifically on their interests. For example, might have one group of categories for the genre—rock, country, or blues—and another for the city of origin—Austin, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio.

9. Sign Up as an Amazon Associate (Affiliate)

It's simple and free. Simply visit Amazon and click on the Join Associates link at the bottom of the page. Your site should already have at least the basic setup done, even if you don't have any content there yet. Amazon reviews the site manually before approval.

10. Create Your Blog Posting Bookmarks and Links

At the bottom of the posting page of your blog software, an item called a "bookmarklet" should appear. Click on the link and drag it up to your Links toolbar in your browser or your Favorites menu. This allows you to blog about a product with one mouse click.

11. Create Your Amazon Build-A-Link Bookmark and Link

This step makes it easy to build the link with your affiliate ID built in. Log in to Associates Central, look in the left navigation sidebar, go to Build-A-Link, and under Static Links, find Individual Items. Click and drag this onto your Links toolbar or Favorites menu.

12. Build Your First Link

Go to Amazon and log in with your Associates account. Find the product you want to review and use the Site Stripe, which is the gray stripe at the top of the screen that you'll see once you're logged in as an Associate to get your personalized link to the item. Amazon also offers a variety of other options for creating links and banners.

13. Blog Your Review

Now click on your blog posting link (Press This by default in WordPress). If you're using WordPress, you should now see two pieces of link code in your posting form, the first one ending with "Associates Build-A-Link >< /a >". Delete through that point. The second part is a link to the product with your Amazon Associate ID built in. Now just write your product review, choose the appropriate categories for it, and hit Publish.

14. Build Out Your Amazon Affiliate Site

Before you promote your site, you want to have some substantial content there. Write several product reviews. Have at least two to three in each category you've created. You may also want to create categories for articles, news, and commentary about your topic. The more content your site has, the better. And the great thing is that while you're writing all this, the search engines are getting notified automatically, assuming you turned on the necessary notifications.

15. Promote Your Amazon Affiliate Site

The best free way to do this is to communicate with other bloggers writing about similar topics and to participate in online communities where your topic is discussed. See the Online Business Networking category for ideas, as well as the Internet Marketing category.

Bonus Tips

Some additional considerations for Amazon Affiliate sites are as follows:
  • Music may perform better than books and other products, mainly because you can listen to the clips of an entire album in roughly 10 minutes and get a good enough feel for it without buying it to write a short review. If you have another topic that you're passionate about, great, but make sure you have a unique angle on the topic. People can get reviews about a lot of those consumer products anywhere. You need to give them a reason to visit your site.
  • To pick up some extra pennies, sign up for Google AdSense. It probably won't generate a lot of revenue, but it's free to sign up and completely effortless to maintain.

  • Set reasonable expectations for earnings. You've only invested $20. You're going to make 5 percent on most products. That means that you need to sell $400 worth of stuff to make back your investment. You get credit for purchases customers make while at Amazon besides just the product you linked to, so it's not as hard as it may sound. It won't make you rich, but it's not hard to be profitable, and the income builds over time.


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