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How to Create and Market a Profitable Ebook

Have a great idea for a book you’d like to write and sell? Creating an ebook is a great way to self-publish your writing and generate some passive income by selling it to consumers. Plus, ebooks have been steadily rising in popularity over the past few years. It can take quite a bit of work to create and market an ebook. The worst-case scenario would be launching a book that doesn’t sell. To avoid this and create a solid stream of passive income, be sure to implement these steps when creating your next ebook for profit. Establish Some Credibility Selling an ebook is just like selling any other product. You not only have to sell the item, but you also have to sell yourself and your credibility as well. You want customers to become familiar with you so they know, like and trust you. When this happens, people will be more willing to go through with a purchase. To establish this relationship and trust with your customers, it helps to have some credibility. Be sure to define in your bio and marketing for the book what makes you qualified to discuss the particular topic. If you have a blog, have been mentioned in the media, or have some important experience or research to back up your claims, you can do a better job of persuading people to buy your book. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell a non-fiction or self-help book. Think about it this way. Would you buy a self-help product from just anyone without seeing credentials or a proven track record? Probably not, so don’t ask others to do it either. Focus on Solving a Problem If you’re writing a non-fiction book or self-help book, it can still be entertaining and easy-to-read but you also want it to solve a core problem. It’s important to get into your audience’s head and perform detailed market research in order to determine what they actually struggle with. If your experience and credentials have led you to come up with the right solution, you’ll be able to successfully sell…

How I Increased My Income By $40,000+ in 3 Years

It’s been just under 5 years since I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree. Since then, I’ve been able to increase my income by $40,000+ in the span of 3 years with very little negotiating. The funny thing is that I don’t think my degree had anything to do with it. In my early young adult life, I had always been a low earner. I struggled a lot and as a single mom at the time, I wanted to do better for myself and my son. Once I got out of college, I was determined to pay my debt off. I knew that earning more money and having the discipline to use it wisely would make all the difference. Here’s how I increased my income by $40k+ in just 3 years. I Got Raises and Bonuses I was so excited to land my full-time job at a web design company. I had gone on several interviews prior to getting that job and was getting pretty discouraged. The starting pay wasn’t much, but it was $15 per hour at 39 hours per week, I was set to make $28,000 per year annually (before taxes). I started that job in July and focused on showing up and doing good work which landed me a 10% raise just 6 months in. I had never received a raise in my life so I was pretty excited that I was now earning $16.50 per hour. The next year, I received another small raise. I was grateful that I never really had to ask or negotiate for raises. My boss was pretty good at scheduling annual reviews and giving everyone a pay bump which is why it’s great to work at a company that has room to grow and is willing to compensate you more over time. If you haven’t received a raise yet from your employer in the last 6-12 months, it’s time to ask for one and prepare to negotiate. Another benefit of working at my job was the fact that we could earn bonuses. I was on the content team for the…

10 Summer Side Hustle Ideas For Extra Income

Summer is right around the corner and I can’t wait. Are you looking to make some extra money for your summer travel plans or for other expenses? My family and I are planning to go back to Disney World in August. Last year was our first time and we learned a lot about how to save money on the trip for the future. Nevertheless, traveling will still be costly so it’s best that we plan ahead and consider making some extra money with a side hustle. Whatever your reasons are for side hustling, summer is a fun time to do it because there are plenty of ways to actively make money online, outdoors, or in a fun work atmosphere. Here are the top 10 summer side hustle ideas for extra income. 1. Shop For Others Love shopping? You can get paid to spend other people’s money and run errands for them this summer. Sites like Shipt and Instacart allow you to make money with your car by picking up grocery orders for people in your area. You must be 18 or older and your car needs to meet the company’s requirement. For Shipt, your car just needs to be a year 1997 or newer. Shipt and Instacar shoppers can make around to $22 per hour. 2. Walk Dogs or Pet Sit If you have a love for animals, you’ll enjoy walking dogs this summer and pet sitting for extra cash. Walking dogs is a great way to stay active and since summer is a huge travel season, you’re more than likely to score some overnight pet sitting gigs as well. I recommend using Rover.com to find clients in your area. You can even put up fliers or spread the word around your neighborhood to get a few gigs. 3. Brand Ambassador Gigs A brand ambassador is someone who represents the brand in a positive light by interacting with consumers to tell them about products and service. Usually, they set up booths at stores and events to conduct product demonstrations and hand out free samples to people. It’s a pretty fun and…

11 High Paying Work From Home Jobs without a Degree

If you’ve perused work at home job boards chances are you’ve seen a lot of entry level jobs like customer service or data entry paying $10 per hour or less. If you don’t have a college degree you might feel like these are your only options, but they’re not! I have no degree and have earned at least $60,000 per year for the last three years working 30 hours per week or less. I know many more who have done the same. If you’re looking for a decent work at home job but don’t have a degree, don’t lose hope. Here are 11 high paying work from home jobs without a degree. Content Manager – $66,000 Content managers oversee all of a website’s content. Common duties include creating an editorial calendar for blog posts and email newsletters, managing freelancers, planning social media posts, working with other team members, updating old content and other related activities. Content managers earn an average of $66,000 per year. This job is best suited for someone who has prior experience running a blog or website. How to get started: To get started you’ll first need experience running a website or blog and all of the moving parts that go with it (email marketing, social media, research, and analytics.) You can get experience by creating and running your own blog. (Here’s a how-to guide.) You can often find content manager jobs listed on major job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. (Be sure to look for “remote” jobs if you’re looking to work from home.) You can also find clients through building up your own network and through outreach. Email Marketing Specialist – $50,000 Email marketing specialists are responsible for creating email sequences and strategies to encourage sales or customer engagement. Other responsibilities include monitoring analytics and creating reports, gaining new leads, and ensuring that emails are properly delivered. This job is best suited for someone who has hands on experience with popular email marketing software and also marketing and copywriting experience. Email marketing specialists earn an average of $50,000 per year. How to get started:…

PlaytestCloud Review: Get Paid to Test Up and Coming Games

This post is sponsored by PlaytestCloud. If you enjoying playing games and would like to get paid to test them I’ve got a pretty fun opportunity for you today. PlaytestCloud is a company that connects game developers to testers. They’ve worked with top game companies like Wooga and TinyCo and are currently looking to add some new game testers to their database! Here’s what you need to know. Why Game Testers? Game developers need to know what users think of their games as they’re playing them. This is where testers come in. The game testers give their input on what they do and don’t like so that the developer can fine-tune the final product. How it Works PlaytestCloud sends testers games to play so they can get honest feedback on the game. As a tester you’ll receive an invitation email when something is available (approximately every other week.) The email will tell you how long the test will take and the payment amount. As you play the game you talk about your goals in the game and what motivates you while you are playing! Doing this will accurately reflect what you are thinking and feeling in that moment. PlaytestCloud will record your screen and voice as you play. After you’re finished playing you’ll take a short survey and are encouraged to provide your honest feedback. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: A smartphone/tablet/Mac or PC Headphones Paypal account How Much is the Pay? You can earn $9 or more per Playtest.  Tests can range from 5-60 minutes with the average being about 15-30 minutes. Different tests will have different time and payment amounts, which you’ll see in your invitation emails. PlaytestCloud pays via PayPal 3 times per week so you should receive your payment a few days after completing your test. Is PlaytestCloud Legitimate? Yes, PlaytestCloud is a legitimate company. However, it’s important to note that this isn’t a source of full-time or part-time income as test games aren’t available on a regular basis. If you’re into playing games this a fun way to get paid to test up…

GO VIRAL with a software that gets you PAID!

You are about to discover the most powerful form of marketing that exists online today! …VIRAL TRAFFIC!   You know what a virus is right? A disease that spreads, uncontrollably, without you trying to spread it. What if you had a website like that? A viral site? That kept generating new traffic everyday, because other people were spreading it, FOR YOU, FOR FREE?! ==> click here to get your own viral site Yeah, now you can have one too! Just post your favorites videos and MAKE MONEY! It’s that simple.

How to Make Money Doing What You Love

We would all enjoy making money doing something we love. Why doesn’t it work out that way? Reality sets in and we take jobs just because they help us pay the bills and support ourselves. Just because you have responsibilities and living expenses to meet doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue your own creative passions. Here are a few ways to start making money doing what you love. 1. Find a Service That Helps People One of the best ways to make money doing something you love is to take one of your skills and use it to help people. Choose something that you truly enjoy doing that will help make someone’s life easier. For example, I have a passion for writing so I use my writing skills to help companies and entrepreneurs produce better content for their audience. It’s a win-win. To ensure you have full control over the work you do, I’d highly recommend turning it into a small business over working for someone else and I’ll explain why soon. 2. Turn a Hobby Into a Side Hustle Another way you can approach it is by turning a hobby of yours into a side hustle. Hobbies are things you are often good and would love to do even for free obviously. You don’t have to monetize every hobby you have, but it can be fun to make money doing one of your favorite past times. For example, if you love art, you could consider doing graphic design or even selling designs and artwork as home decor on sites like Etsy. If you enjoy playing an instrument, you can offer music lessons or you can tutor students if teaching others makes you happy. Jot down some of your favorite hobbies and brainstorm a list of income streams you can generate from them. When you do it as a side hustle, there is very little risk involved and you’ll truly enjoy the work you’re doing. 3. Start a Website More and more people are starting websites these days. A convincing social media platform is just not enough. If you want…

10 Flexible, Part Time Work from Home Jobs

Whenever someone tells me they want to get started working from home my answer is almost always the same – start on the side. And these 10 flexible, part time work from home jobs are perfect for getting started on the side. They’re also perfect if you’re already working a part time job and need another to pay the bills, are looking to supplement your current income, or just want a job you can do when you feel like it. Some of these jobs allow you to work whenever you want while other wills require a specific amount of part time hours. Teach ESL with VIPKID VIPKID is a company that contracts teachers to teach Chinese kids English. The schedule is flexible and you get to pick what times you want to work. Teachers are recommended to be available at least 7.5 hours per week which would be the equivalent of teaching fifteen 30 minute sessions. There are no caps on the maximum amount of hours you can work – but it may take a little while for you to build up a good flow of students to teach. (VIPKID will provide lesson plans for you.) The pay ranges from $14-$22 per hour. Teachers are paid via direct deposit between the 10th and 15th of every month. Here are the requirements to become a teacher with VIPKID: Must have a bachelor’s degree in any field One years’ experience in teaching or relevant experience such as tutoring, mentoring, or alternative education Must be eligible to work in the US or Canada If you’re hired you do have to sign a six month contract. After the six months is up contracts can be renewed. You can apply to be a teacher here. Transcription, Captioning, and Translation with Rev.com Rev.com is a transcription and translation company that is almost always hiring freelancers. With Rev you can apply to be a transcriptionist, captioner, or a translator. The schedule is completely flexible with work being done on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is made weekly via PayPal. The pay for the different job…

9 Online Passive Income Ideas

Chances are if you’ve ever read Rich Dad Poor Dad or browsed through early retirement blogs, you’ve thought quite a bit about passive income! I know I surely have. The thing I like about passive income is that contrary to what many believe it’s NOT limited to just investing in stocks and bonds. There are plenty of ways to earn online passive income for those of us willing to put in the work. If you’re looking to build up a passive business model here are some online passive income ideas. But first, let’s be clear about what we mean when we say passive income…….. What Passive Income Is and Is NOT Passive income is money that you earn without trading your hours directly for dollars. You can earn it after either putting up a substantial amount of money or time. For instance, if you invested $10,000 in an index fund that earns 8% you’d make $800 per year without lifting a finger. But to do this you had to put up the $10,000. This example would be using money to earn passive income. Here’s another example – you wrote 5 eBooks on related topics. You put those eBooks up for sale on Amazon’s Kindle publishing program. You spent 200 hours writing those books and they’re now for sale for $5.99/piece. Over the next two years you earn $500 per month from your books without ever having to do any more work. This example would be investing upfront time to earn passive income. Now that’s out of the way let’s look at some ways to make passive income happen. Write Books If you have a knack for writing, selling eBooks is one possible passive income source. The thing I love about selling eBooks is that after a book is written it can potentially keep earning you money for years down the road. However, it seems that the most successful self-published authors write many books on related topics. Steve Scott for example earned $30,000 – $50,000 per month selling eBooks in 2014. (This is when he was still publishing income reports.) To…

Innovators podcast @ Stanford

A fun interview at Stanford about some old things and new ones. https://soundcloud.com/innovatorsradio/s1e5-steve-blank-lean-startup Founders 2:15: Founders and dysfunctional families 3:55: Operating in chaos 7:18: Mentorship is a two-way street 11:50: Founders are artists 14:03: Failure=experience 17:27: Rules for raising a family if you’re a founder Startups 19:25: Startups are not smaller versions of large companies 22:03: How I-Corps and H4X were born 26:25: Your idea is not a company 31:19: Why the old way of building startups no longer works 32:53: Origin of the Lean Startup 34:24 Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything in the Harvard Business Review 35:28: How innovation happens Company/Government Innovation 41:37: Innovation is different in companies and gov’t agencies 42:35 The Innovation Pipeline 43:30  Deliverable products and services not activities 44:25  GE & Procter and Gamble and Lean 46:44: Startups disrupting things by breaking the law Government Innovation 51:12: Fighting continuous disruption with continuous innovation 52:08: How governments innovate 53:58: The U.S. government goes Lean 56:00: Customer Development versus Design Thinking 57:54: Innovation from the battlefield to the boardroom Powered by WPeMatico

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