Seven Things That Suck About Being an Entrepreneur and How to Outsource Them

How much is your time worth? People have probably spent more time than it’s worth thinking about this question. If you’re curious, you can spend some of your precious time figuring out how much your time is worth by using an online tool. Or you could just keep reading this article. The truth is, time is priceless. You really only have about 70-80 years to live on average and every moment wasted is a moment you can’t get back (unless you’ve found the fountain of youth and in that case, please PM me immediately!). The idiom “make time” is a false idea. You can not “make” time. As Chuck Wendig once said, “time is not feces. It’s a precious resource. You mine it. You steal it. You carve it out of the schist and bedrock.” How do you carve time out? By giving time sucking things to other people to […]

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7 Moneymaking Apps to Turn Your Phone into a Passive Income Machine

The average American adult spends about 86 hours a month on their smartphone.  What could you do with 86 extra hours a month? Train for an Ultramarathon? Learn a new language? Make money? Instead of giving up your smartphone addiction. (Who wants to do that anyway?) Why not turn your addiction into a moneymaking machine? Did you know that apps exist in the world that will make you either passive or nearly passive income? Here are the ten apps I found that are more than likely going to make you some decent pocket change. 1. Slidejoy We all love ads, right? Well, when we’re making money off them, of course. Otherwise, they might just be a mild annoyance at the corner of your screen. If you’re an affiliate marketer, you’re already familiar with making money from ads. But what if you could be advertised to and make money at the […]

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Five Signs You Should Quit Your Job and Live Your Dreams

“Just do it. Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” Whatever Shia Labeouf intended by his 30-minute performance art, these two phrases are the most oft memed and gifed. He screams “JUST DO IT!” and softly speaks the next phrase. It’s jarring and at the same time uplifting. Dreamers get a pedestal in our society only if they don’t keep their dreams to themselves. A dream ceases to be a dream once it becomes reality. Are you converting your dreams to reality or are you biding your time? Would you rather be Mr. Anderson in a cubicle or Neo following the white rabbit? And how do you know the difference between the two? Today I’m going to free your mind. By the time you finish this article, you will know whether you should continue in your current job or quit and make the dream a reality. 1. You’re Bored to Death […]

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Prepare Now or Perish: 5 Fascinating Jobs of the Future

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the buggy industry went through a crisis. A new invention was about to take the jobs of hundreds of thousands of craftsmen and parts manufacturers. And the horse breeding industry was about to take a hit as well. It was the end of the Industrial Revolution. Machines continually replaced both skilled and unskilled laborers. The car was about to do it again. Protests happened, but the juggernaut could not be stopped. While it took 50 years to completely displace the horse and buggy, it happened. But the advent of the car created a whole slew of new jobs from mechanics to body repairmen to car electricians. We’re in the midst of a similar revolution. Automation is disassembling jobs. Even writers could find themselves out of a job someday because of AI and machine learning. But with such change comes new things. New […]

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What You Can Learn from This 19-Year-Old Bitcoin Investor

  Crypto still makes me nervous. Maybe it’s the fact I was coming of age between 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis. I graduated from college during the aftermath of that crisis. And then I see the people who are already rich because of cryptocurrency investments and I wonder if my feelings are wrong. Besides, I’m no Luke Skywalker here. I can’t really trust my feelings can I? There is one bitcoin investor out there who is already a millionaire after seven years and he’s saying everybody should ignore their “feelings” about bitcoin and invest. His name is Erik Finman and he’s only 19. 1. The Kid Who Invested His Birthday Money Most kids will spend their birthday money on a new video game or toy. And if they get $1,000 dollars for their birthday, then they buy a computer or a virtual reality headset. But not Erik Finman. Finman […]

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10 Billionaires Who Started with Nothing

When people imagine a billionaire, they typically think of the Donald Trumps of the world. Come from money and continued in wealth and fame. But for some people with wealth, this isn’t the case. I recently wrote about Barbara Corcoran. She grew up in a two bedroom apartment with ten siblings. Today she is worth millions as both a business person and a TV personality. There are plenty of other examples, so let’s dig in and find out who of the 2,208 billionaires in the world grew up poor and ended up sitting on top of a pile of money. 1. Ralph Lauren You know the man from his clothing line. But did you know that he grew up in the Bronx and dropped out of college to join the army? He was the son of two immigrants from Belarus and the youngest of four. His parents were artists and […]

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How to Make Money on YouTube in 5 Easy Steps

YouTube is a completely different place than it was only a few years ago. Back in the heyday of YouTube, even the smallest YouTuber could make a little bit of side cash. Now, it’s harder than ever to make money directly from YouTube. Why? Because YouTube decided to fight for justice. Well…sorta. For a while, YouTube has struggled with fake accounts, troll accounts, and upset advertisers. The only way to clean up the riff-raff was to raise the bar for entry. Previously, the only requirement for a channel to remain an active partner was 10k lifetime views. That’s it. Now, you must have a total watch time of 4k hours in 12 months and a minimum of 1k subscribers. In essence, to make money directly from YouTube ads, you have to work a little longer and gain a decent audience. But in the interim, there are a few things you can […]

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Popular 80’s Brands That Are Gone (But Not Forgotten)

Are you wondering what happened to your favorite brands from the ’80s? From television to fashion, past decades always seem to come back in style, and the ’80s have been especially hot lately. As ’80s kids are fully entered adulthood and even having kids of their own, it’s the perfect time for a nostalgic look back. Many brands are cashing in on the trend by making retro, ’80s-inspired content. However, very few of those brands were actually around in the ’80s. What happened to the ones that started it all? In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best brands from the ’80s that may be gone, but live on in our memories. Keep reading to find out where these former cultural icons went. 1. Coleco Never head of Coleco Industries? You’ve surely heard about their products, though. This was the brand behind one of the weirder […]

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The Secret to Saving Money in California

I have a friend who works for YouTube and lives in the Bay Area. He tells me that the income inequality there is so bad that he doesn’t understand how low-income workers even survive. It’s such a concern that he tips double when he eats out. And what he says is absolutely true. The median home value in California is over $500k and the median one-bedroom rent is $1,750. And wages haven’t caught up. If you’re a middle-class joe trying to eke out an existence in California, chances are you’re struggling to even pay for your life let alone save. But it’s not impossible to get ahead of the paycheck and make life more affordable in California. Here are a few ways to do that. 1. Automate Your Savings One money-saving tenant is the principle of paying yourself first. Running your life like a business might be a foreign and […]

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How Barbara Corcoran Turned $1,000 into an Empire

I genuinely wish Barbara Corcoran would run for President. Not because she’s rich. Not because she has any kind of political experience (she doesn’t). But because of her humility and wisdom. Barbara Corcoran did not grow up rich. She lived in a two-bedroom apartment with ten siblings. She struggled through school due to her undiagnosed dyslexia and was often considered the “dumb kid” in school. She worked 22 different jobs before she became rich. It wasn’t until she met a guy in real estate that her life began to change. 1. Where Is Barbara Corcoran Now? Now, everybody knows Barbara Corcoran for Shark Tank, a TV show where entrants get to compete for the attention of investors. Corcoran is one of those investors. Her years of experience in real estate gave her a keen eye to suss out the best investment opportunities and shy away from bad deals. She’s the […]

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The Hidden Power of Google Maps

With the average small business spending $75,000 a year on digital marketing, that can be a serious chunk of your budget to gamble on questionable returns. If you don’t know much about SEO or digital advertising, you might suspect that the money you’re investing isn’t coming back to you. By taking advantage of Google Maps as a local SEO solution, you can make leaps in digital marketing at no cost. One of the major advantages of promoting your business with SEO is that most solutions have no cost of entry. Search engines use a tool called a web crawler to index every site on the internet and to rank them for certain criteria. They rank sites based on how well each site meets their criteria and their user searches. As companies hustle to meet Google’s search criteria to get ranked highly, many companies overlook the hidden power of Google Maps. […]

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The Hidden Power of Google Maps

With the average small business spending $75,000 a year on digital marketing, that can be a serious chunk of your budget to gamble on questionable returns. If you don’t know much about SEO or digital advertising, you might suspect that the money you’re investing isn’t coming back to you. By taking advantage of Google Maps as a local SEO solution, you can make leaps in digital marketing at no cost. One of the major advantages of promoting your business with SEO is that most solutions have no cost of entry. Search engines use a tool called a web crawler to index every site on the internet and to rank them for certain criteria. They rank sites based on how well each site meets their criteria and their user searches. As companies hustle to meet Google’s search criteria to get ranked highly, many companies overlook the hidden power of Google Maps. […]

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What ‘The Office’ Can Teach You About Life

The Office is one of the most awkward shows on the planet. And that’s perfect because life is awkward. From the time you hit puberty, you’re utterly self-aware and frightened of what others think of you. You might eventually get over this state of being, but if you ever end up in a mediocre office setting like Dunder and Mifflin’s, the awkwardness comes tumbling back at you. Of course, The Office is a parody of life. You’ll most likely not encounter a full-on Micheal or Dwight but you’ll meet people who just make you feel odd. Because The Office is a parody of life, we can learn a lot from the Scranton branch office. Let’s see what Micheal’s crew can teach us. 1. Dating Your Co-worker Is A Bad Idea (Unless You’re Jim and Pam) Suffice it to say, the relationships we see in The Office are messed up. Some […]

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7 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2018

There are movers and shakers in every industry, but marketers tend to make a big name for themselves. After all, that’s their skill set — making cool things look even cooler and getting the word out about them. So what marketing influencers are on the horizon these days? Who are the next faces to watch, the big fish growing even bigger? In this article, we’ll give you a list of ten marketing influencers you should keep an eye on in 2018. These people are doing big things and plan to only make more waves in the coming year. Read on for insight into what these experts in their field are up to. Keep tabs on their success as they move up in the world of marketing. 1. Neil Patel Neil Patel is one of the most well known online marketers in the game today. He hosts regular webinars and hosts […]

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What ‘The Big Short’ Can Teach You About Money

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, we’re still picking up the pieces. Historians will continue to pick apart the 2008 financial crisis for many years to come and new facts will come to light. But for the most part, we already know the basics of what happened. It’s just that most of us don’t have a doctorate in Economics. Understanding what happened outside of “people lost their homes and everything generally sucked for a while” is difficult for laymen. One recent film tried to help normal folks like me understand what went down behind the big bank curtain on Wall Street. The Big Short (2015) is a film based on a book of the same name by Micheal Lewis. The film takes the concepts laid out in the non-fiction title and tries to make them palatable and easily understood. While the film writers do generalize and skew a few […]

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Kylie Jenner

Last month, Snap Inc. lost $1 billion in market value. This was their worst trading day since they went public in 2017. Why? Because Kylie Jenner tweeted. Whether this was a calculated move (does Kylie own stock in Instagram?) or not, that kind of power is astounding. 377,000 people liked her status. That’s like the size of the U.S. National Guard. But what exactly does Kylie Jenner do with her marketing power? Let’s find out. 1. What Actually Happened with Snapchat? When most of us have a #showerthought, a company doesn’t lose a billion dollars of worth overnight. But that’s the power of social media celebrity-hood. By the time Kylie Jenner posted her tweet, Snapchat was actually worth $1 billion less than it had been, investors just hadn’t realized. The Snapchat user base has been dwindling for months thanks to other social media platforms like Instagram who copied Snap’s media […]

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Why Warren Buffett Still Uses a Flip Phone

Why doesn’t Warren Buffet use a smartphone? Because he’s “out of touch.” His words. Not mine. But why are people even asking this question? Because Warren Buffet owns a large chunk of Apple. And Apple is best known for its iPhone. Even when the CEO of Apple asked Buffet if he wanted one of the famed iPhones, Buffet said “Nope!” Buffet isn’t alone among his generational peers. The early Baby Boomers and late Silent Generation are having a hard time keeping up with technology despite its relative ease of use. Why is this? Why are flip-phones so much more comfortable than widgets? Let’s take a look. 1. It’s a Global Phenomenon You would think that maybe our country was somehow “behind” technologically to countries like Japan. But the seniors in our country aren’t unique. In fact, an initiative in the Asia-Pacific region, Project Silverline, is attempting to connect seniors with […]

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Is Kim Kardashian Really a Marketing Genius?

Kim Kardashian is probably best known for certain assets many women wish they had and many men desire. But her claim to fame doesn’t end there. More people probably know the name Kardashian than know why we call a signature a John Hancock. Many blame Kim’s sex tape, leaked in 2007, for the Kardashian fame. And while, yes, this put Kim and Ray J on the front page of every newspaper in the country, viral doesn’t always equate instant fame (just look at Rebecca Black). It’s what you do with your sudden notoriety that counts. Kim pounced. She took a sex tape lawsuit and turned it into gold. How did she do it? Let’s take a look. 1. No Publicity Is Bad Publicity It’s how the most successful celebrities rise to the top. In fact, one such celebrity fuzzball is in the White House at this very moment because he […]

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7 Easy Skills to Pay The Bills

If you’re looking to make money, it’s important to understand the tools of your trade and have the technical knowledge to wield your tools with confidence. But soft skills are equally critical in the quest to pay the bills. And that’s something they don’t teach you in school. Soft skills overlap as personality traits, meaning they are inherent to some people but not to others. If you’re missing any of these soft skills it’s important that you expand on them quickly if you want to get paid. 7 Easy Soft Skills That Pay the Bills In an age where anyone can learn anything thanks to the internet, it’s important to brush up on these 7 soft skills if you are going to remain competitive and relevant in the digital marketplace. #1 Communication Marketing your business online is all about mastering the art of communication. Just as it is essential that […]

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9 Things Soloprenuers Should (and Shouldn’t) Emulate from ‘Entourage’

Did you know that HBO made a show loosely based on Mark Whalberg’s possy of friends? It’s called Entourage and the cast (the Chase Men) are a lot prettier than their real-life counterparts. Perhaps this was a Walbergian fantasy. In fact, HBO considered making the show into a direct documentary. But Walberg’s violent past was too much for the early aughts audience. They instead chose a satirical approach which was probably a good idea. Walberg is executive producer and he had a say in almost everything that went into Entourage. Walberg is an entrepreneur as well as a successful Hollywood actor. And the satirical comedy Entourage gives a glimpse into some of what you should (or maybe shouldn’t) do to get to the top. 1. Have a Loyal Crew Like Vincent Many of us start out as solopreneurs. It can be a lonely business. Sure, we have friends we see […]

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