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9 Easy Side Hustles You Can Start This Weekend To Make More Money

Whilst I was transitioning from my day job to my start-up company, the initial income from my start up on its own was insufficient to cover my living expenses without the day job.  In my experience, when you finally decide to break free from the rat race and do something drastic about it, somethings has to give. It was impossible to work my day job and give my start up the attention it required. In this article, we have examined numerous options that can bring an extra boost to your income, all of which you can start straight away this weekend as a first step to releasing the shackles your day job has on your financial situation. Some of these have been absolutely fundamental to supporting me during my transitional period. I only wished someone would have given me some of these gold nuggets when I was in my hustling stage, therefore I would like to offer this information and hope it will help you as much as it has helped me.

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Remote English Tutoring

There is a huge demand for English tutors with the patience to regularly coach people over a classroom or video call platform, we can easily make £20 an hour from clients in places such as Hong Kong or China.  You might think why would someone pay so much for tutoring? The reason being, parents are looking to put their child in the best position to compete in the competitive jobs marketplace. English is still the world’s number one language, especially sought after is an authentic English accent, this is regarded it as “proper” English. In hopes that their child’s linguistics would be influenced by their tutor if they spend more time with them.  It will then be your task to keep them engaging and learning from yourself.

A friend of mine has set up a company to link tutors in the U.K to the demanding client market in Asia. They’ve streamlined the process so you won’t have to do the marketing and sorting out payments yourself.  If you are interested, you can find out more here.

 

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Online Dating Consultant-

If you have been able to get some success in getting a date via online dating, your skills are worth good money.  Finding love has such an immense emotional value attached to it, there are tonnes and tonnes of people out there who can’t seem to navigate well with online dating platforms.

Having expert advice for navigating around on Tinder, OkCupid or Coffee meets bagel is something many people are willing to pay money for.  Some of the best dating coaches charge hundred of pounds an hour for their individual coaching.  The truth is that you do not have to be the best, you just simply have to find people who knew less than you do on these platforms to start making money.  If you have some sort of experience on how to navigate and what to post on these kinds of platforms and help others get some sort of result then you are good to go.

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Instagram marketing-

If you have been growing your Instagram account and reached a sizeable Instagram following, you will be approached by major brands and other businesses with products and services your audience might be interested in.  You can find advertisers from network such as influencer.uk/

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Local Tour Guide- 

One of the recent success stories we had over in Manchester is a guy applying local knowledge alongside a passionate interest to form a viable business.  Gin Journey takes people with an interest in Gin for a tour in Manchester tasting some of the unique gin certain bars have to offer. Absolutely brilliant!

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Teaching Online Courses

If you have a skill or a way to perform a task, you can put up an online course over a weekend to help you start making money.  Simply identify what you have to teach or offer, record yourself with your phone and choose an online platform to post it into.  My current business has courses on Udemy as well as some self-hosted platforms. You always have to remember that you do not have to be an expert. You simply teaching someone who knows less than you do and you will be qualified to teach.

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Sport Trading

My business partner and I used this technique with much success. We’ve since used some innovation to scale up our business and provided ourselves with some safe and secure regular income whilst stuck between our jobs and our agency firm.  Market trading is where you put your money in the exchange and trade against another trader on price consensus.  The method we used in this marketplace helped us fill the financial gap during the transition. There are no cons regarding this method other than you can’t get rich from doing it, but you can certainly make enough to contribute a decent amount to your living expenses.  You can find out more HERE, where we have created a quick entry level course for you FREE and you can expect to earn around £30-40 from these 2 trades at no risk at all.

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Refurbishing Electronic Goods 

I have a friend who collects unwanted or faulty electronic devices such as iPads, laptops and Macbooks. Most of the time the devices are fixable, with a little research on sites such as iFixit and forums.  These gadgets will then be re-born and can be listed on eBay looking for a new home and owner.  He also sells the console as parts if the damage is beyond repair.  Obviously, you’ll have to have a certain degree of interest in this area to make this work, all I can say is, it can be extremely profitable.

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Start An e-Commerce Site

One of the major sources of income we make is in eCommerce, you can put up a store with a handful of items listed in less than 3-4 hours with Shopify.  For us, we actually made 2 sales on our first day which was a massive confidence boost.  We did make some errors along the way and but was quickly rectify.  You have to be aware that trends and popularity of an item come and go, the key to success in this game is to constantly research and keep on learning,  testing and adapting to the market.  We have our system broken down into an easy overview for our staff to use.

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Youtube Spike Video

An Associate of mine from Hong Kong makes use of this technique by looking out for trending news or topics and creates numerous versions of the topic.  This can be spoofs, footage or related news around the hot topic. As it trends, with some optimisation and marketing, he could easily get 20k+ views in a short period of time. Google Adsense pays him on the videos he makes based on a number of interactions it achieves. Once created the video lives on Youtube and stays there to make him money.

I have been testing this method and adding my skillset from digital marketing, we have been seeing some pretty great results.

 

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Productivity

Are you the type of person who procrastinates over menial chores or unpleasant errands you’d really rather not do? Shane Cochrane has pulled together a list of ways to help you tackle those tasks simply and effectively.

Whatever your role in life, chances are you have too much to do. Take my nine-year-old niece, for example. Her average week consists of school; homework; Irish dancing lessons, practice and competitions up and down the country; caring for three donkeys; and attempting to train a bear-sized dog that likes to dig really big holes and play on trampolines.

For most of us, the daily tasks we’re juggling are a lot less fun. There’s a lot to be done, and our days are often spent doing the things we have to do, rather than the things we want to do.

Those activities that may take us closer to our dreams and goals have to wait until we’ve finished those that keep the lights on and put food on the table. And it’s very much a health issue.

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The constant struggle to get things done can be very stressful. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of ideas that we can all use to get stuff done with less stress. Here are 15 of them.

 

1. MAKE A LIST

The best starting point for getting stuff done is actually knowing what stuff you have to do. So, before you start, you’ll need to prepare a list of all those things that are waiting to be done. Don’t overthink it.

If it needs doing, write it down. Making a list like this saves so much time in the long run. You can tell at a glance what tasks you have to do – and not having to remember them really helps reduce your stress. It’s also very satisfying when you start ticking tasks as completed.

2. DEFINE YOUR GOALS

Being busy isn’t the same as being productive. It’s easy to be busy doing things that aren’t that important. One of the best ways to make sure you’re getting your most important tasks done is to take the time to discover what’s important to you.

What are your goals? What do you want to do with your life? Once you have the answers to these questions, it becomes easier to prioritise your tasks. Do the important things first – the rest can wait.

3. EAT A FROG

Personal development expert Brian Tracy believes we should begin each day by eating a frog (metaphorically, of course). According to Tracy, frogs are those tasks that we tend to put off because they seem too big, or complex, or time consuming.

But many of those tasks, if completed, are also likely to make the biggest impact on our lives. And because of that, Tracy suggests we tackle those tasks first each day. But what if you have a number of frogs on your plate? Tracy recommends you eat the ugliest one first.

4. BREAK IT UP

For bigger tasks, you might have to break them up to make them manageable. Tracy suggests using the “salami slice” method, where you cut the task into smaller, more manageable pieces that you then complete – one at a time.

He also advocates the “Swiss cheese” method. It’s slightly less methodical, but just as effective for getting certain jobs done.

Like the name suggests, you take small bites out of a big task, hitting it hard for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, before moving on to something else.

5. GIVE IT YOUR FULL ATTENTION

Regardless of whether you use the “salami slice” or “Swiss cheese” method, once you’ve started on the task you should give it your full attention. Don’t think about all those other tasks waiting to be done, or all those other things you’d much rather be doing. Focus on the task in hand.

Primarily, this is so you can get it done – quickly, and to the best of your ability. But Brian Tracy believes that when we focus in this way, we become more productive, more confident – and happier.

6. USE THE TWO MINUTE RULE

David Allen is famous for Getting Things Done, a task management system that can be used to run your life or your company, even if that company happens to be Microsoft.

Allen’s system sets out how to break projects down into actionable tasks, how to schedule the completion of those tasks using task lists and diaries, and how to delegate tasks.

But most important is his two-minute rule.

Allen says that if you come across a task that can be done in two minutes or less – such as returning a phone call or sending a short email – you just do it. Right there. Right then. You don’t postpone it. You don’t write it in your diary or put it on a task list. You don’t leave it in the hope that someone else will do it. You get it done.

7. FIND THE BEST TIME TO BE PRODUCTIVE

Ray Josephs, author of How to Gain an Extra Hour Every Day, believes we should do our most important tasks during our most productive hours. And when is that? It’s when you feel at your most alert. So it’s not going to be the same for everyone.

Some of us feel at our best in the morning, and some of us come alive later in the day.

Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to this ebb and flow of productiveness. Puberty does something that makes it near impossible for them to be in bed before 11pm, which means they are at a disadvantage when required to do anything that requires focus and concentration early in the morning.

This isn’t about late night socialising; something hormonal is going on. A study by the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Centre in Rhode Island found that by having later school start times and allowing teenagers to sleep a little later in the morning, they became more alert and better able to learn.

8. DON’T JUST WAIT, GET STUFF DONE

Ray Josephs also believes we could make good use of time that’s normally wasted. Whether it’s waiting on buses, commuting on trains, or walking from A to B, this time, he says, could be put to good use making phone calls, answering emails, revising, listening to audio books, updating task lists – anything really.

It’s amazing what can be done. When Arthur Conan Doyle first opened his GP practice, he had very few patients and even less money.

But he used the gaps between patients to pursue his literary ambitions – and make some money – by writing detective stories. It paid his bills – and gave the world Sherlock Holmes.

9. PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE

Many success gurus extol the virtues of planning your day the night before. “Never begin the day until it is finished on paper,” said Jim Rohn, the gurus’ guru.

Basically, you select those tasks on your to-do list that you’re going to tackle, and you schedule the time to do them. There’s any number of reasons why this is a good idea, but the main one is that when you’re ready to get stuff done, you’re not wasting time on deciding where to start. According to Brian Tracy, you can save two hours a day when you spend 10 minutes planning the night before.

10. TRY THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE

For tasks that require focus and concentration, you could try the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on the task – giving it your full attention, with no distractions – until the timer goes off. Then take a five-minute break. Repeat this process another three times, and then take a half-hour break. Continue until the job is done.

The technique was devised by Francesco Cirillo, who believed that taking frequent breaks improves mental agility. Cirillo devised his method using a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato – or pomodoro in Italian.

11. KEEP SCORE

According to Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, successful people keep score. They continually monitor their progress and their achievements. It lets you know if you’re getting more done, and it lets you know if you’re closer to reaching your goals. But more importantly, it can give you a sense of achievement. This can motivate you to do more, and it’s incredibly good for your wellbeing.

12. UNDERSTAND YOU CAN’T DO EVERYTHING

You really can’t do everything. In fact, you don’t have to do everything. But some of us will really struggle to let go of those jobs that we feel we should be doing ourselves.

For example, if you’ve grown your business from nothing, you might seethe at the very idea that you now need someone to help you manage it.

And if you’re a parent, you might fight any suggestions that you need help with the kids.

But it’s okay to ask for help, and it doesn’t have to mean giving over control or admitting defeat. It may even be as simple as asking your partner to do a little more.

13. LEARN TO SAY ‘NO’

You may be the kind of person that likes to help others; and you always make time and do your best for friends and family.

But making someone else’s life easier often makes your life harder. So, sometimes you’re just going to have to say no.

Fergus O’Connell, author of Earn More, Stress Less suggests being honest when you do this and say, “I don’t really have time to do that right now.” Failing that, he also suggests working in places where friends and family are unlikely to find you.

14. STICK WITH IT

Not everything in this article will be useful to you. But if you do find something that works for you, stick with it.

Committing to a successful system can lead to great things. For example, Anthony Trollope enjoyed his job with the post office, but he wanted to be a writer. So every morning, beginning at 5.30am, Trollope would write for three hours before going to work.

He worked continuously during that three hours; and if he finished writing a novel, he would immediately begin the next one.

And though Trollope’s job took him to as far from home as Egypt and Central America, he still wrote for three hours each morning, and became one of Victorian England’s most successful and prolific writers.

15. DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF

Finally, we all make mistakes, particularly when we’re pushing ourselves.

And the harder you try, the more likely it is that you will make mistakes. But don’t be so hard on yourself.

As Richard Carlson, the man who told us “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, said: “We learn from our mistakes and from stumbling. The best any of us can do, in any given moment, is to call it as we see it, to give it our best shot. None of us, however, certainly not I, have mastered life.”

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creativity is the key to strategic success

 

Creativity is a hot topic nowadays. Top business schools are all over it, investigating how a creative mind makes for a successful business tactic. In fact, it’s becoming more apparent that creativity and logic are the ‘yin and yang’ of effective strategy.

Picture business strategy as a game of chess, and we can start to understand how creativity can spark that lightbulb solution and enable a checkmate. It’s all about innovation and pushing boundaries, or in the words of the German philosopher Goethe,

“daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

But what, exactly, is creativity?

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According to Linda Naiman, founder of Creativity at Work, it’s

“the power to create something new, to reach deep into our subconscious for that ‘aha’ solution.”

We can also learn a lot from the Latin words, ‘creare’ (to invent, create, produce) and ‘crescere’ (to happen and to grow), which have evolved into the term ‘creativity’ as we know it today. They teach us that growth and innovation can’t occur without a creative approach.

Now for the science-y bit… Creative thought takes place in the right associative brain hemisphere, whilst logical thinking happens in the left associative brain hemisphere. Two parts of the brain that, when used in conjunction with one another, can be a force to be reckoned with.

Make no mistake, creativity doesn’t have to be expressed through a piece of visual art or interpretive dance… Being creative is about being proactive and perceptive of the things that happen around us. It’s about using our curiosities and observations to connect experiences and synthesize new things.

So why is it important in business?

These qualities of curiosity, sensitivity, and spontaneity are vital for a business to flourish and to maintain success. Analytical, logical thinkers will be better at their jobs (and at chess!) if they can think outside the box, and approach problems from renewed viewpoints in order to provide creative solutions. A truly innovative idea isn’t just a tweak to the system. It’s a radical new perspective that leads to something entirely new. It provides a fresh and superior replacement to old and tired ways of operating.

Creativity at work is great because it:

  • Promotes problem solving and productivity
  • Encourages analytical rigor and innovative thinking to provide breakthrough solutions
  • Allows businesses to stay ahead of their competitors
  • Encourages communication of findings and results to become more engaging
  • Helps to provide a more innovative and spontaneous work environment
  • Enhances collaborative teamwork and increases staff morale
  • Improves a business’s ability to attract and retain quality employees

Putting it into practice…

Feeling uninspired? There are many ways re-ignite your creative flame and bring a fresh perspective to your work…

Intellectual and thought-provoking conversation can help to inspire you and those you work with. It’s a great way to learn about the thoughts and perspectives of colleagues and makes teamwork more varied and rewarding. Innovation flourishes in a team environment, so share your ideas with others. It might just spark something ground-breaking.

If you lead a team at work, there are many ways to actively foster creativity and innovation in the office. Start by becoming a creative role model, and provide your team with an environment that encourages new perspectives and fresh ways of thinking. Give greater time and attention to the more ‘off-the-wall’ ideas. Rather than shooting down wacky suggestions, suspend your judgement and be open to new approaches and viewpoints, no matter where they come from. Use this as a building block for development and progress. As long as an idea is appropriate and do-able, it could be an effective way to improve how things get done.

So, a lesson learnt. By being more creative you can find that ‘aha’ solution and take your organisation one step closer to that checkmate victory.

Source: By GEORGINA PALMIERO

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We all have goals that we want to achieve in life. A good goal should really ignite a strong desire within you and motivate you to take action. You want the goals that you set to be realistic so that you can actually achieve them.

Many people don’t fully understand the importance of setting goals, yet they still desire to be healthy, have good relationships, and spend more time with their family. To help you cross the finish line and accomplish your goals, here are some tips that will help you become a doer rather than a dreamer.

 

Write Your Goals Down on Paper

It’s much easier to achieve your goals one-by-one after you’ve written them down on paper. Most people skip this step because it seems unnecessary to write them down. However, this is the initial and most important step because it makes the goal real and tangible.

In fact, research shows that people who write down their goals achieve 76% of them, whereas those who only think about their goals in their head achieve 43% of them.

Break Big Goals Down into a Series of Smaller Goals

 

Big goals are intimidating and seem impossible. If Mark Zuckerberg had started out with the goal of having over a billion users on Facebook, it would’ve been daunting and seemed impossible. Take your bigger, long-term goals and break them down into smaller, achievable goals. Make them so small, that on a daily and weekly basis, you can achieve them. If you don’t, you’re likely to lose your motivation for achieving your bigger goals. This is something that a life coach can help you with.

Set Multiple Goals

Don’t set your goals in only one area of your life. Set financial goals, fitness goals, career goals, health goals, relationship goals, and so on. Set at least one goal in each aspect or area of your life. This will keep you challenged, focused, and growing.

Stay Focused

You have to know exactly what you want to achieve from a certain goal, or you’ll flounder and wind up cheat yourself. If you set a goal, you should know that you are bound to it from start to finish. Be ready to face any challenges that come up along the way.

 

Apply the SMART Goal Approach

SMART is an acronym created by Peter Drucker. Here’s what each letter stands for.

  • S-pecific: Your goal must be specific, the more specific the better. It should answer the questions: who, what, where, why, when, how, etc. If your goal can answer these questions, then you have gotten more clarity and you are identifying the exact outcome you’re aiming for.
  • M-easurable: Your goal should be measurable so that you can tell whether you’re making progress or not, and how quickly.
  • A-ttainable: Your goal should be realistic and attainable. If you have never practiced the guitar, you won’t become a rockstar if you’ll never pick it up and practice.
  • R-elevant: Your goal should be very meaningful to you. If it’s not, then it’s not worth pursuing. Attach your goal to your deeper values so that you can get behind it and stay motivated.
  • T-ime bound: You need to create a deadline for your goal so that you can reverse engineer the plan you need to take action on, to achieve it by the date that you have set. Otherwise, if you don’t set a deadline for yourself, your dreams won’t become reality. Deadlines force you to stay committed.

The more that you set goals, the more that you can achieve them. By setting goals, you will give yourself a sense of direction. This is the reason why some people have been very successful in many areas of their life – because they plan out what they want to achieve. They then

take action and execute on their plan.

Success isn’t just handed to you, you have to work hard to get it.

And it’s never too late to set your goals, so get started today

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Team Building and Leadership Favorites 2012

 

 

Good communication skills are critical to a leader’s success. When I managed a team of 200 people it was astonishing how frequently communication was misinterpreted or simply not heard.

Once we had a significant change in the way we handled damaged product. Laws had changed, and our process needed to change with it. I explained the changes to my leadership team. We talked about it at staff meetings for several weeks. There were memos passed out.

We talked about the changes in our morning rallies. I could not think of a single venue we didn’t use to communicate out the important changes.

Two weeks after the change went into effect there was a team member processing damaged product using the old system. I couldn’t believe it! Right before I freaked out, I asked if he was aware of the new process. He confidently answered, “Oh yes – that’s what I’m doing!”

Oh no. It wasn’t.

To my disbelief the message didn’t get through to this guy. And, I would soon discover, it didn’t get through to a lot of people. I had missed the most basic communication must-haves.

Whether you have a small messages or significant organizational changes, there are three basics to getting your message across to your team.

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1) Use Simple Language

 

Frank Luntz is a communication wizard. He has been a leading pollster for presidential candidates, congress and private businesses. In his book Words that Work he lays out 10 rules for successful communication.

Rule number one: Simplicity – Use Small Words.

When your message uses unnatural or uncommon language the message will be lost. Either the listener won’t know the meaning of the word, or they’ll be distracted by the fact they haven’t heard a given word since 11th grade English class.

 

2) Repeat it Often

When I was a kid I remember hearing my mom ask, “Do I have to repeat myself until I’m blue in the face?!” It wasn’t my intent to exasperate my mom by forgetting what she wanted me to do. It just…happened.

Leaders might not ask that same blue-in-the-face question out loud but if they did the answer is the same: yes. Yes you do.

Marketers know this better than anyone. They know most purchasing decisions are made after the customer has “heard” a message at least seven times. Hearing a marketing message fifteen times is the sweet spot. If you lead a team, no matter the size, prepare to repeat yourself if you expect your message to be heard.

 

3) Measure it

If you want your message to stick, put measurements in place to track progress. When my team was going through the process change I thought the team would make a seamless transition simply because we told them to change.

However, I failed to put any measurement in place when change occurred and there was no visibility or accountability for the team to change. Once I learned that the message had not been received I started to track how many times the old process was used. Almost immediately the old process disappeared.

It can be tempting to put together a finely crafted communication strategy with precise language, a memorable tag line and expect everything to fall into place. That might work for the sharp politicians in your favorite TV show, but it doesn’t work in real life. Use these three tools in your next communication and see your message get more attention.

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The Creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, shared his top 3 keys to success at the 99% Conference. Jack advocates we ‘draw an idea out, recognize the situation around us, and immediately share it with people.’

First, ‘draw out your ideas.’

Drawing is all about ‘getting it out of your head and seeing it from a completely different perspective.‘*

Here is the original sketch by Jack for Twitter, circa 2000. It wasn’t practical at the time so he kept it aside in his nest of ideas.

Second, ‘recognize the situation is right.’

In 2000, Twitter would have failed.

However, in 2005, text messaging got big in the US. Jack was reminded of an original idea he had back in 2000, what came to be Twitter.

By having a historical record of ideas, an idea nest, you can reapply your ideas when the situation is right.
Third, ‘be open enough to iterate quickly.’

Your idea has to be more than idea, it has to be a solution to someone’s problem. Try to come up with a basic solution, and keep changing it until it’s just right. Learn fast and cheap on paper with sketches, in discussion with others, and in use with prototypes.
Finally, ‘act as an editor.’

Know when to stop, and start doing. To succeed, we must go from ‘idea, to drawing, to prototype, tocommitment.’

Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter, Original Sketches of Square

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