Tag: Career

7 Ways to Sell Your Knowledge (and Earn)

Regardless of your professional experience and level of education, I bet you have a set of unique skills and capabilities that others don’t. Perhaps somebody is even a little jealous of your virtuoso guitar skills, fabulous dance moves, coding knowledge or the way you managed to master Chinese within a relatively short period of time. Simply put – all of us have that little something that could be turned into euros (or dollars, if you wish). Blogs and the internet as a whole has opened so many opportunities for entrepreneurial people to be paid for their knowledge and creativity; we’ve come a long way, and technologies have enabled us sharing knowledge (and therefore earning) easier than ever. Scroll the list & pick your options - there are plenty of amazing ways to make money using the skills you already have!

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1. Teach

Whether you are sharing your knowledge teaching people through webinar, Skype or teaching platform, teaching can be both personally and financially rewarding. Selling your knowledge teaching is one of the simplest ways to earn and have fun at the same time. Let it be marketing trick or a DIY assistance in gardening, you can share your content and teach your skills via Kajabi. Users of the company have sold content for over $350 million and made knowledge available for millions of people around the Earth. The platform allows you to set up online courses and monetize the content. Yet another platform that allows you to do the same is Udemy. Via the platform you can either earn 97% of the suggested amount (3% is kept for payment processing fee) or 50%, if Udemy promotes your course. Majority of courses, however, are free of charge.

2. Provide Consultations

A “brother” alternative to teaching and providing other people with your knowledge off-line could be to become a “teacher on demand”. By providing consulting services you can earn some side income as well. Platforms like ClarityPrestoExperts and SmallBizAdvice allow you to work from home and earn money giving advice or providing consulting services online. While you will rehearse your knowledge and will have to assist people whenever needed, you will be rewarded both mentally and financially.

3. Host Webinars

Earning extra cash using a live video option is yet another opportunity to make some side money. ClickMeeting is a great webinar hosting platform that allows you to earn while sharing your expertise online. If you can teach it… you can earn it!

4. Create New Content

Xomba is one of the popular and well-known platforms where you can earn money by employing your writing skills. The platforms allows you to creates 5 different types of articles – a blog, bookmark, list, recipe and a review. By creating a piece on the platform you contribute to the shared network of independent websites. Beware that the platform takes around 50% of your revenue (Xomba shares a 50/50 split) since it’s an AdSense revenue-sharing site.

5. Reuse Old Content

Well, what can I say… Writing pays off, for sure! If you are eliminating writing for your extra-income earning options you might be overlooking a quick and easy way to earn. If you re-purpose your (already existing) content, add small bits and pieces and market it wisely you can turn it into an e-book which will serve you as a steady source of income for quite a while. Amazon is definitely the dominant platform for e-books, whereas iBooks is popular alternative to Amazon.

6. Answer Questions

If you have some free time, you should consider an option of generating additional income by… answering some questions! JustAnswer is a platform where people can ask questions from a number of categories (health, legal, medical, taxes, computer etc.) and get answers from certified professionals. Long story short – if you happen to be a professional, you can earn money answering questions relating your field! Also, if you are not an expert but happen to know one, you can earn $50 Amazon gift card for each referral.

7. Sell

Becoming an affiliate isn’t overly difficult: all you have to do is register on an affiliate network site such as Avangate, Amazon or Clickmeter, fill out an application form, become a member and pick affiliate programs that interest you. Once you’ve chosen the affiliate programs, the merchants review your website and (if they find it interesting) they will provide you with affiliate links that you will use in your content to sell. Even though amount of money you earn per action is normally quite small, over time, especially as you progress in your viewership, it can generate a nice amount.

The above list is just a sample of activities that you can start to generate an extra income using your existing skills. There are hundreds, if not thousands of opportunities online where you can deploy your knowledge and turn SKILLS into SAVINGS. Good luck doing that!

5 Ways To Beat Your Monday Blues

Oh No, It’s Monday… If you are one of those who rolls eyes and sighs deeply just by thinking of Mondays, you might have a case of the Monday Blues. Monday morning blues are a real problem, but you can take the sting out of Mondays and (at least) try to make your Mondays better. Here are a few simple things you can do to help start the week off right so Monday’s don’t have to be that one disastrous date you so passionately dislike.

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1. Enjoy Your Weekend Fully

As cheesy as it may sound, enjoy your weekend fully, once it’s there. Relax to the whole 100% and turn off not only your email but your mind as well. Having an amazing, cheerful and positive weekend will let your mind and body relax, which is exactly something you need. Having an awesome weekend will help you “cope” with your Monday better as you’ll recall great events and emotions, which is something we all want.

2. Wake Up In The Mood

Make sure to start your week with an attitude of gratitude. Appreciate yourself and others, and make sure you focus on the things you enjoy. Waking up feeling happy (or setting the right mood purposefully) is more than 50% of success! If you’re having difficult time, make sure you listen to high-energy music to help you prepare. You can even dance a little and prep some “yay” moves  that will put a smile on your and your partners face before he leaves.

3. Eat Healthy Breakfast

Healthy and balanced meal is the best way to start your day. If you want to start your week off right, it’s important that you combine the healthy side with something that you enjoy eating. Let it be some tasty soy yoghurt with granola and your favorite caramel coffee or a slice of rye bread with some scrambled egg and a cup of tea. Research shows that kick-starting your day with balanced meal will improve your focus throughout the day.

4. Dress For Success

People say that a forced smile is better than no smile at all. If a forced smile is better, so is a forced mood! Even though you might wake up feeling anxious, put some energetic mood on while sipping your favorite coffee and choose something WOW to wear. Show and share your spirit, charisma and vibe – people will notice and will appreciate. Putting a flawless dress and those sexy shoes will straighten your back which will already show good body posture. This can help build your confidence around the office especially as you might get a few compliments from your co-workers and your boss.

5. Have Fun At Work

Let’s face it: most likely you are not the only one who dislikes Mondays. To brighten your day, you can do something fun, for example, bring some food for no reason (or rather, the “Monday reason”). Everybody likes food. Let it be a fruit basket, some doughnuts, cookies or pizza – it’ll create some cool funky mood.- for example, bring a few homemade cinnamon rolls that you made together with your partner during the weekend. If you don’t want to or cannot bring food, at least make sure you compliment somebody for their shoes/bag/smile. Make sure to break up the day with some positivity – if people notice that you’re smiling and are enjoying your Monday, the good vibe will “infect” others as well!

Are You a Workaholic?

Being happy and satisfied about your career choice and your job is very laudatory. Yet everything, where the word “too” comes in, is not good at all. Neither for your health, nor personal life. Working too much is a huge issue, that can affect your life negatively. In Japanese language even a word, meant for such situation exists. Japanese would try to frighten a workaholic person with the word karōshi  - death from work, or simply, working until the instant, unexpected death in a young age.

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Do your friends and relatives complain that the last time they saw you, was 2 years ago, when you accidentally bumped into them in the city center? When it comes to workaholism, specialists claim that there are 10 symptoms which you should be aware of. If you realize at least a couple of bullet points are about you: it could be the right time to plan your next holidays ASAP…

* You have no hobbies. If the only answer you give, when asked what are your hobbies, is “job”, that is not good at all. Remember, the time you are spending from 9am to 5pm is not your leisure. It’s a job. And even though your job can give you a great satisfaction, it is not a sufficient hobby for such an interesting and goal-reaching person like you.

* You skip lunch just to have some extra time to work on the tasks you want to accomplish. A lot of people think that the only way to to do that is to have more working hours, but try to be strategic: well-planned time pays off.

* You are the first who comes to your workplace and the last who leaves. You probably like to have a quiet half an hour before everyone comes, when the office is empty, but don’t make it a habit.

* You choose to postpone your holidays and you’ve been doing so for a while. Even though you know and realize that your productivity would increase after a week or two off, you still choose to work instead of relaxing and even make fun of your colleagues, who are posting their holiday pictures on various social media platforms.

* Not only that you refuse to have holidays, but you also wake up and go to an office while having a viscous snot under your nose and a sore throat. Remember: your health is more important than your job. Going to work while sick may not only bring you serious health issues, but may also infect your colleagues. Not cool at all…

* You are not satisfied with your results. Whereas your colleagues and your boss praise you, you are still left with the disappointed and believe you could have done better. That is why you work even more to achieve the results you think and expect to achieve.

* You are not sharing the tasks with your colleagues. You think that you will do everything on your own and therefore your boss will appreciate it. In a way that is true – the more you are able and willing to do, the better you become. But remember that being a team player means a lot…

* You have never said “no” to your boss and colleagues. If your boss wants to give you more tasks to accomplish, you gladly take all of them. If your new colleague does not understand something, you are rushing to help. Remember: you are not a superman or a superwoman. You might pretend to be one for a while and might actually succeed, but your human powers will win in any case.

* You feel tired. If you wake up and after 2 huge cups of coffee your bed and pillow still seems to be inviting you to cuddle, you might night to rest. People, who are not willing to rest, are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and have numerous digestion problems.

* You do not call yourself a workaholic and if someone does, you instantly get insulted. Try to evaluate your working situation and if you feel tired, talk to your boss about a day off, without your job, computer and a phone, simply with lots of sleep and a book. It may help.

Couple Of Must Do’s In Your Professional Life

A fierce competition in 21st century keeps us focused on to our education and job experience, yet, according to numerous surveys, it is not enough to have a brilliant resumé in order to catch employers attention: you have to make yourself visible and your skills needed. Keep in mind that majority of HR managers are required to check your name and surname online to evaluate your online presence and seriousness. Therefore in case you’ve got a crazy Facebook picture as your profile picture, it could be a good idea to invest in a professionally-looking one.

Social Media Presence

You simply have to have fluent, clear and easy-to-read information about you. Adding a catchy and business-like professional picture as well as clear and positive information about you on Facebook can definitely add more points to your “invisible account” in employers eyes (no stupid pictures, no pictures with other people and no pictures with alcohol). Professional Twitter and LinkedIn profiles are must-to-have.

Being familiar with social platforms as well as having social media presence could definitely boost your CV as well as visibility (which consequently means that potential employers might find your profile and get to “know” you much easier than before).

Networking

Even though the word itself has become a widely used buzzword, you should not underestimate the value of it. You should always be professional in meeting other people and present yourself who you are, what you do and mention, that you are looking for new opportunities/challenges. Who knows, maybe a friend of a friend of yours knows someone, who is looking particularly for a new [insert your profession here] in his company?

Helping Out Others

Experience in volunteer job nowadays has become even more important than ever before. Volunteering experience shows that you are willing to do something without a reward just because you enjoy it. If the volunteering experience is relevant to the job you are looking for – it could be a good idea to tell (write) about such experience to your potential employer! Who wouldn’t like to employ a person who is passionate about what he/she does?