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10 Ways to make money online TODAY

10 Ways to make money online TODAY

It’s now the 21st century and let’s face it- the world that we’ve come to know has undergone tremendous change in the digital space. We now have a car that drives itself, Same day delivery via drones, and you can now access most musical albums from all over the world for free (obviously except for Taylor Swift’s).

Innovation and the growth of technology has given us access to information like never before and that access has opened up so many opportunities and different ways to make money online.

If you have a computer, a skill or a talent, and the drive of a hustlepreneur, here’s a list of 10 things you can do RIGHT NOW to make money this year, starting TODAY.

10. Sell something on Etsy

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Etsy is an online marketplace for artists and collectors to sell their vintage goods and/or their own creations (often handmade). Whether you can creatively carve orange peels or create beautiful paintings, Etsy is a great place to start selling your handmade products. Etsy store owners have reported making as low as $0 a month to as much as $7,500 per month.

9. Take online surveys

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We all have a bit of extra time here and there, why not use it to make some extra money. There are a lot of research companies willing to pay you $100’s of dollars to take surveys online. While it’s not my favorite thing on the list, it’s very popular amongst college students.

Here’s a list of companies that will pay you to take surveys.

8. Sell your old electronics online

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Do you have an iPhone 4 laying around somewhere? Or maybe you have an older Samsung Galaxy in a box somewhere? There are tons of companies out there like Gazelle.com or Usell.com that are willing to buy your old phone or other electronics. The process is very simple and you can get paid in as little as 24 hours from when they receive your products.

7. Drive others around with Lyft

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Remember college, when you were the only person with a car in your group of friends (those days were brutal)? Remember that ‘friend’ that always wanted rides from you but never offered to fill your tank (some friend)? Well, college is now over and if you have a car that you either drive a lot or is just sitting in your garage, why not put it to good use and make some money driving people around. Whether you’re heading to your local mall or downtown in your city, Lyft allows you to pick up nearby passengers headed the same direction as you, while giving you the chance to make a few bucks during your trip. Lyft drivers make up to $35/hr.

Sidenote: I bummed when I heard about Lyft because I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while– can you tell I was ‘the guy with the car’ in college?

6. Rent your home on AirB&B

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Next time you’re home, do a full walk-through, and ask yourself “can I fit another person in here?” If the answer is yes then AirB&B is for you. If you don’t mind filling up an extra room in your house, you can fill up your wallet with some extra green.

AirB&B is a startup that allows people all around the world to rent their home, room, penthouse, boat, etc to travelers from around the world.

AirB&B hosts have reported making over $30,000 a year from renting their extra spaces.

5. Teach a class on Skillshare

skillshare ways to make money 10 Ways to make money online TODAY skillshareThis is where skills really starts to matter. Are you a great illustrator, web developer, marketing strategist, creative writer, public speaker… person? If so, you can make some extra money this year teaching a class on Skillshare. Skillshare is a great platform that lets anyone teach a class on the things they’re good at. There is an approval process so be sure to only apply to teach the things that you’re truly skilled at.

Teachers on Skillshare have reported netting over $100k a year.

Sidenote: I will be launching a class on Skillshare in the near future, sign up here to find out when it launches.

4. Write for companies like Scripted & Examiner.com

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Get paid thousands to write anything from website copy and blog posts to white papers and even books. Sign up here.

Sidenote: Scripted will be co-hosting a twitter chat with my team, boogie, about content marketing and social media this Friday (Feb 6, 2015). Check it out details here.

3. Sell your unique abilities on Fiverr for $5!

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Maybe writing or teaching is not for you. Instead, you have a great movie voice or can create an eye-catching whiteboard animation, then Fiverr may be your best option for making money online this year. Fiverr is a marketplace where people from all over the world sell their talents for $5. It may not seem like much but if you’re good at your craft those $5 will eventually add up.

2. Start a YouTube channel, become a creator

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YouTube is responsible for the success of many of the celebrities that we know today. Let’s look at Soulja Boy, for example, or Justin Beiber. They both got their start on YouTube and look at where they are today… well not Soulja Boy, but you know what I mean. In recent years, YouTube has made it even easier to start building your career through their platform’s partner program.

Ever heard of PewDiePie or Smosh? They both represent just a small percentage of the YouTube creator community. PewDiePie and Smosh both earn over $5 million creating videos about the things they love: video games.

It works like this:

  • You realize that you have a talent or an interest in a specific area, let’s say sports.
  • You begin creating commentary videos about sports and posting them on your YouTube channel.
  • After a few months of posting videos about sports, you start seeing an increase in your views and subscribers. The more subscribers you have, the more videos you want to post.
  • You then reach the point where your videos are averaging more than 1,000 views each.
  • You decide to apply for YouTube’s Partner program.

Once you’re approved, YouTube starts paying you $5 – $7 each time 1000 people watch an ad at the beginning one of your videos. Let’s look at a real life example: PewDiePie averages 5.4 billion views a year, even if only 5% of viewers actually watch the ads… you do the math!

If you don’t think it’s possible, PewDiePie, Smosh, and many other creators should show you over 5 million reasons why you should start a YouTube channel.

1. Start a Blog

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Ironically, it was this month in 2014, that I bought the domain name JacquesBastien.com and started this blog. Unlike everything on this list, my intention was not to make money (hence the lack of ads on the side of the page). I spent the past 6 years (most of that was in my dorm room) learning and growing my social media agency, boogie. Throughout that time, I’ve learned a lot of valuable things and made a lot of mistakes that has helped me grow more and more each day. With real-life experiences in human resources, design, project management, sales & marketing, writing, and more, I decided to start writing this blog to help entrepreneurs learn vicariously through me.

Throughout the year, however, many companies (and people) contacted me, interested in sponsorship and advertising opportunities. While I wasn’t quite ready to monetize the blog then, it definitely became my focus in 2015. Learn more about my other 2015 plans in my 2014 Year In Review.

When it comes to blogging, there are a lot of options for monetization: selling display ads, creating native content for sponsors, product reviews, and much more. Publications like Inc Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, all survive using the monetization options listed above.

So if you have something valuable to say, start a blog (and if you need help getting started, shoot me an email). Or use a compound effect: start a YouTube channel to complement your blog and the content you’ll be posting there. Then when you’ve written pages of blog posts and are ready to share your skills with other people, get in touch with the folks at Scripted and get paid for your writing. But wait, you’ve never written a whitepaper before and you’re not sure if that’s your calling, so then take your skills to Fiverr and write ad copy or catchy taglines for $5.

Once you finish exploring the various platforms where you can monetize your writing skills, you will have enough experience to create a class on Skillshare and call it Creative Writing 101 or How To Start a Blog in 2017.

The world has changed and we need to change with it. I challenge you (yes, YOU), check out the items on this list and start with one thing, for now. If you need some accountability, email me, and I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re sticking with it.

Don’t forget, as long as you’re always hustlin’, you’ll be alright!

5 Reasons you SHOULDN’T get married in your 20s

5 Reasons you SHOULDN’T get married in your 20s

As you may know, me and my wife, Dahcia, got married on May 22, 2014– about 2.5 months ago. I proposed on Valentine’s Day (this year) and shortly after posting the video of how it happened online- it went viral, garnering over 40k views in one week.

Here’s the video:

Three short months after the proposal, we were saying ‘I do!’

The proposal made its way to some amazing people who loved our story so much that they decided to sponsor our entire wedding. From photography and venue, to makeup and a $25k wedding gown, everything was paid for. The wedding ceremony was even filmed and it aired on Fox News NY a month after the wedding.

So now, I’ve been married for 2.5 months and I wanted to share the five things I wish I knew before getting married.

1. You’re forced to find yourselves and grow together

Look, I’m 24 years old and Dahcia is 23. It’s safe to say that we still have some growing to do. Now be honest, do you really want to be on a journey to find yourself with somebody else tagging along? It’s already implied in the phrase, find YOURself.

Wouldn’t you rather just grow all by yourself? Life is full of challenges that are made to help us improve both mentally and spiritually- I don’t know about you but I’d much rather face these challenges all by myself. Who needs help and support from someone who loves and cares about them, right?

2. You won’t get to sleep around

Now this is a big one. Having an intimate relationship with the same person for the rest of your life? But you’re young! Isn’t sleeping around what you’re supposed to do when you’re young? I mean, yes, there’s the chance that you can contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection and have to deal with whatever else is out there… But c’mon, you’re young, you have your whole life ahead of you.

3. You have to share everything!

Remember that diet you’ve been meaning to get on or that new car that you wanted to buy? Well, being married means your significant other might just join you on that healthy eating journey or even help you purchase that car. Here’s the problem- it’s YOUR diet. It’s YOUR car. They’re YOUR bills. All yours. Like I said- too much sharing.

4. You may end up being a young grandparent

Let’s say you wind up getting married at 22 and have a child two years later… fast forward 25 years- your oldest child is now in his mid-twenties, married, and expecting a child of his own.

It’s insane! You’re now in your 50s and you have a grandchild. Who would ever want to be grandparent in their fifties and have the chance to play basketball or baseball with their grand kids… or even teach them a thing or two about baking?

No sir, not me. I’ll pass.

5. Happiness is overrated

Statistics say married men are 135% happier than single men. But happiness is overrated. I mean who needs a loving and caring partner?

If you’ve stuck around, you probably think this article should really be called “5 Reasons you SHOULD get married in your 20s”.

Although I’ve known Dahcia for 5 years prior to being married, I can’t even tell you how much happier we’ve been since getting married.

There’s just something about having someone who understands you, trusts you, cares about you, and is willing to grow with you.

Dahcia and I do everything together and it’s great! We workout together, we go to church together, we write together (this article, among other things), we binge watch TV shows together, we laugh together, we gossip together, we travel together, we pray together, we read together, and we even work together.

If you’re in your 20s and you’re thinking about getting married, I’d say go for it! Life is too short to hold out on the amount of happiness you will have with your new husband/wife.

Of course, just make sure they’re truly the one for you.

If you’d like to read our story or watch our videos, visit our website or click the image below.

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We’d love to hear from other young couples out there. Tell us in a comment below your thoughts on getting married in your 20s.

5 Ways to Successfully Master Texting and Driving

5 Ways to Successfully Master Texting and Driving

If you’re reading this then, like me, you’re guilty of texting and driving.

But let’s face it, the world has changed. Just 10 years ago, 65% of American adults owned a cell phone. Now, the number has rose to upwards of 90%. Ninety percent! That means out of every 10 adults, 9 of them own a cell phone.

To make matters worst, it’s been proven that 85% of us, around the world, can’t go a whole day without our cell phones. Are you a part of the 15%? I know I’m not.

My cell phone is probably with me 24/7. It’s my camera, my notebook, my calculator, my alarm clock, my television, my music player and more. I even started writing this post from my cell phone. So I know I’m a part of that 85%.

When that very important text message comes in, of course the right thing to do is answer it.

Yeah yeah yeah… but let’s be honest, texting while driving is inevitable. We all do it! Even the police text and drive. And although we try over and over to stop, certain things are just way too important and basically can’t wait.

So I decided… why not just share some of my successful tactics to texting while driving. Hopefully, these will keep you out of harms way next time you’re on the road.

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Great, now that I have your attention, listen up!

Texting while driving is deadly. Seriously, don’t do it. We owe it to ourselves and the other drivers on the road to NOT text while driving.

While writing this post, about 150 car crashes happened in the US. Out of that 150, about 30 of them were texting and driving related. Tell you the truth, there’s been about 10 car crashes alone, involving texting and driving, since you started reading this article. Actually… make that 11.

Texting while driving is dangerous and what ever it may be, It Can Wait. It definitely could’ve waited for Wil, who’s now brain damaged because of a crash resulting from texting and driving.

Take a look:

Or what about what happened to little innocent Xzavier:

Nothing is that important that it can’t wait… especially when the decision to text and drive can kill both yourself and others

By the way, 4 more texting and driving crashes just happen…. nope, make that 5.

Share this post with your friends, family, and social networks and let’s attempt to put an end to texting and driving.

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