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These 5 Tools Will Help You Learn Something New Today

These 5 Tools Will Help You Learn Something New Today

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The day you walk across the stage and accept your degree, shouldn’t be the end all of your learning. In a competitive workforce, it’s important to continue to learn and grow professionally and personally.

Whether you continue to grow your skillset within your field that you are currently working in, or in a different area that interests you, learning and developing your skills can have a number of benefits including making you irreplaceable at work, and increasing your happiness because you’re challenging yourself in a new way. 

We are lucky that in this day-in-age, learning exists beyond just your standard classroom and you don’t have to go into student debt again to expand your skillset. Here are some tools you can use to learn more. 

1. Lynda.com 

Lynda.com is a great resource to learn just about anything. The website has a database of thousands of e-courses on things as broad as photography, to as specific as using Facebook for a non-profit organization.

The video library is filled with courses taught by industry experts and the inexpensive membership price makes it almost too good to be true.

2. Networking Websites

This seems a bit straight forward, but many people actually don’t use these websites unless they are job hunting. Sites like LinkedIn or Ten Thousand Coffees aren’t just for people looking for jobs, in fact, they can be a great place to connect with people within and outside of your network.

Challenge yourself to invite someone new for coffee every month, and pick their brain a bit about what they do. It’s amazing what you can learn from the people around you!

3. Your local library

It may be a surprise to you that people still use public libraries, but I think we forget how great these spaces can be. Not only can you go take out free books, but often libraries host a variety of different workshops, events and meet-ups that are inexpensive or free. Some libraries even host workshops as innovative as 3D printing!

4. YouTube

The best part of YouTube is that it’s free, and the second best part is that there are hundreds of hours of videos being uploaded every minute. When you think of YouTube, you may think of it as a place to mainly go for music or entertainment, but besides that, there are thousands of videos filled with do-it-yourself tutorials and informational step-by-step guides that teach you about different topics.

Want to learn how to photoshop people out of your photos? Search it on YouTube! Want to learn how to change the oil in your car? YouTube it!

5. Skillshare

With almost 5,000 classes to choose from, Skillshare is a great tool to expand your skillset. Take classes in anything from design, to business, engage with your classmates through forums, or sign-up to teach your own class.

The best part about Skillshare is that lessons are bite sized and a class is usually only around an hour or less. This means that you can literally learn from anywhere, on your own schedule.

We live in a world where learning is more accessible than ever before, so take advantage of it and learn something new today!


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Lauren Marinigh is a Toronto-based online marketing and content development professional, who is completely addicted to traveling, puppies, and GIFs.

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What Millennial Employees Want and Why You Should Care

What Millennial Employees Want and Why You Should Care

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“Millennial” has become the buzzword of the century, and one of the most controversial generations to date, especially in the workforce. We’ve seen article after article that passes judgement upon this generation and their unique viewpoints of the working world, but why should we be really paying attention?

As of 2015, millennials became the biggest generation in the North American workforce, and yet hiring managers and employers are struggling to adapt.

They want more than just money

In one study, 53% of hiring managers said it was difficult to find and retain millennial talent. The reason for this is simple; millennials are looking for more from their careers then the generations that came before them.

This generation has a different perspective on what’s important to them in their career, and they aren’t motivated by just money alone. Instead, they are looking for meaningful work that matches their values, something that many businesses have lost sight of. Today, the primary measurement of success for businesses is still profit, but 87% of millennials feel that the success of a business should be measured in terms of more than just its financial performance. Millennials want to know what they are doing is helping improve society, and that their employer isn’t just talking about making an impact, but is making an effort to make both social and environmental changes.

They want opportunities to grow and develop

This generation has shifted from their parent’s way of thinking, where you get a job and stay at it for the bulk of your life. In North America, over 60% of millennial employees expected to leave their current job in the next five years, showing a lack of loyalty to their current workplaces. But what’s causing them to want to flee from their roles? A lack of feeling that their workplace is making full use of their skillset, and that their leadership skills were not developing in their roles.

Workplaces aren’t providing young employees with the skills they need to set them up for success, or create the next generation of senior leaders, which is driving more and more employees to look elsewhere.

They want flexibility

The generations that came before millennials is quick to look at their workplace wants and needs and framing us as being less committed to our work and career progression. But the truth is, millennials are looking for flexibility, and that doesn’t mean they are any less aggressive about their career, they just don’t necessarily feel the 9-5 lifestyle works for them. When looking for the right opportunity, millennials highly value flexibility, and will leave their current role if the opportunity presented itself that provided them with more flexibility.

What does this mean for employers? Employers are finding it hard to find and retain employees, but it’s due to their unwillingness to adapt to what the biggest generation in the workforce is looking for. But the employers that are succeeding have a workplace retention plan in place that involves offering flexibility, among other things like mentoring opportunities and opportunities for growth within the organization.

It is said that it costs $15,000-$25,000 USD to replace each millennial employee, so you can choose to either refuse to adapt and risk plummeting, or accept and embrace the change.


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5 Habits That Help You Learn Faster

5 Habits That Help You Learn Faster

Your brain is one of the most important parts of your body, but we’ve likely all had times where it’s failed us when it comes to memory. How many times do you recognize someone’s face but can’t remember their name or where you know them from? And as we get older, we often find it hard to absorb information like we were able to before, especially when we’re trying to learn something new.

But I have good news! There’s ways to train your brain to not only help you better remember things, but also learn faster. Here are five things you can incorporate into your learning that help. 

1. Adjust your learning environment

We all have developed times of the day where we find learning and productivity is at an all time high. We also all know too well what it’s like to feel like it’s not humanly possible to focus, or shove anything else into our brains. This is because we have biological rhythms for our mental state. So in order to be the most effective when learning, you need to identify those times you do your best learning.

How? Start tracking these times throughout a week to help identify high and low points in your week and what your environment was at the time. This will help you identify patterns. From there, you’ll be able to figure out the best times for you to be at your best.

2. Take notes

Taking notes helps our brains remember and analyze information we are learning. And no, this doesn’t mean making notes on your computer; we’re talking about the classic, old school hand written notes.

With writing we are forced to make quicker judgments about the information we are hearing, where as when we type, we often aren’t thinking about or processing the information since we type faster. So start taking notes in meetings, classes, webinars, etc. to allow yourself to absorb more information.

3. Exercise your brain

Just like the rest of our bodies, your brain also needs exercising. Start by forcing yourself to learn something new or even utilize technology in a way that works in your favour. Technology is famously known as the solution to help us think less, but in reality, it can also help our brains too. Several apps exist out there that will challenge our brains and keep us healthy like Lumosity and BrainHQ.

4. Get out of your routine
 

Doing the same thing day after day reduces the brains ability, but when we challenge ourselves to get out of our routine and do something different, our brain reacts in a different way too. Your brain will begin to wire new pathways and help you do new things better and faster. For example, if you’re a procrastinator, the more you don’t procrastinate, your brain will change its ways and not want to wait last minute to make things happen. Remember, starting small is critical in making these sorts of changes.

5. Watch your diet

Eating foods that contain protein and fiber make your mind healthier. Food like fish, fruit and vegetables will all help you perform optimally and helps boost and produce dopamine, which assists in learning and memory. Avoid foods like juice, cheese, white rice, as these contain saturated fats and sugar. 

You need to stop blaming your terrible memory on your brain, and start trying things like the five habits above to help boost your brains functionality, which in turn will help you learn and absorb more!


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5 Habits That Make You Unlikeable in the Workplace

5 Habits That Make You Unlikeable in the Workplace

You can’t live your life in hopes that everyone is going to like you, we all know that, but at the same time, as humans, we naturally want people to like us. But what if you’re doing things without realizing it that are making you unlikeable? Here are some of the most common things you may be doing that’s rubbing others the wrong way.   

1. Bragging

Regular bragging can be pretty obvious, you likely know when you are trying to show off or are saying things that come off as being self-centered, but humble bragging is a whole other ball game. For example, joking about how people recognize you in real life from social media, to show off just how popular you are or how many followers you have. People catch on to humble bragging, and you can’t mask bragging this way because they’ll see right through it.

2. Being too serious

No matter what your job is, your goals or your passions, being too serious and taking life too seriously makes it hard for people to really see the human side of you, which in turn, makes it hard to like you. Yes, there is a time and place for seriousness, but you can’t take life too seriously.

Likeable people can balance fun and seriousnesss, they get things done, but also can be personable and let things go. Do you notice people joking around and having fun with others but not you? Maybe it’s because they don’t feel they can have that sort of relationship with you.

3. Complaining

We all are guilty of complaining about different things in our lives outside and inside of work, but complaining too much, especially to the same people, can be dangerous. You don’t want people to see you as being the person who is never happy and always complaining, and that can often come when you are always venting and complaining around the same people.

Start paying attention to how many negative things or complaints you are saying each day. If you notice that one of the first things that comes to mind is negative about a person or situation, this usually means other people have noticed too.

4. Gossiping

Being someone who talks about others behind their back is a dangerous act, and one that will likely make you less likeable and less trustworthy. If you are someone who acts like you like someone, and then behind your back talks about them to others in a negative way, how do you expect anyone to trust that you’re not doing the same with them? Soon you’ll realize that you’re pushing people away by doing this, so do yourself a favour, and keep these thoughts to yourself.

5. Not having an open mind

Closed-minded people don’t get very far in life. Open-minded people are approachable and more interesting to others. I mean, who wants to talk to someone who is so set in their ways, isn’t open to hearing out others or trying new things, and already has opinions on everything? In the workplace especially, being approachable is a big strength, it brings new ideas to the table and makes people feel they can ask for help. So quit passing judgment on everyone and their options and start with an open-mind that is ready to listen.

No one wants to be unlikeable, so start paying more attention to your actions that may be turning other people away from you.


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Lauren Marinigh is a Toronto-based online marketing and content development professional, who is completely addicted to traveling, puppies, and GIFs.

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5 of the Best Pitches from ABC’s Shark Tank

5 of the Best Pitches from ABC’s Shark Tank

Shark Tank first premiered in 2009 and has taken the start-up world by storm as fans watch pitch after pitch of incredible (and not so incredible) businesses, all hoping to land a deal with an investor. The panel of shark’s includes Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and in later seasons, Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.

Over the many years of the show, the sharks have seen several amazing pitches that struck many deals, but these five were some that have stood out.

1. Kisstixx

In season three, Dallas Robinson and Mike Buonomo pitched their innovative lip balm to the sharks. Presenting the problem that we all know too well, having chapped lips, combined with the gross taste of chapstick, does not make you too kissable.

This pair created Kisstixx, lip balm that comes in two compatible flavours that create a chemical reaction between the kissing pairs. They even got O’Leary and Corcoran to kiss during their pitch to show them just how it worked. Turns out, the taste test worked, and the business partners landed a deal with Cuban for an investment of $200,000 for 40% of their company.

2. Breathometer

Founded by Charles Michael Yim, Breathometer was the first to get all five sharks in the tank in on a deal. Breathometer is a breathalyzer for your smartphone. When all sharks jumped on the product, Yim told them that regardless of what happened he was going to be looking to raise $1 million in the following two months and was happy to get more than one shark in on the deal.

After hesitation, and a bidding war, eventually Cuban agreed to invest $500,000 for 15% equity and John, O’Leary, Greiner, and Herjavec split another 14% for $125,000 each.

3. Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs

Al “Bubba” Baker made his Shark Tank debut in season five. The 1978 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year gave an impressive pitch of his business, Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs. The idea came to Baker when his wife wouldn’t prepare his favourite dish, ribs, because they were too messy and took too long. Desperate to be able to eat his favourite food, he created a boneless, pre-cooked alternative.

John loved the product and was quoted in Business Insider saying that for someone who built a career in fashion, he never expected his most profitable investment would be in a rib business. Baker walked away with a $300,000 deal in exchange for 30% equity in licensing and rights to his company.

4. Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousins, Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikies developed their idea for Cousins Maine Lobster when they realized the food truck industry that was taking over Los Angeles was missing tasty Maine traditions they both loved. From there, they pulled together their savings to create a food truck celebrating Maine.

Corcoran loved the high-energy, clear and concise pitch, combined with their ability to answer every question that was thrown their way like geniuses. Because of this, the cousins landed a deal with Corcoran for $55,000 in exchange for 15% of their company.

5. Lumio

Another one of the few entrepreneurs that had all five sharks fighting each other for the deal, Max Gunawan, founder of Lumio, a foldable lamp company, wowed the sharks with his pitch. Lumio is a multi-functional lamp that conceals itself in the form of a hardcover book and opens to 360 degrees.

Gunawan won over the sharks as he was trustworthy and dedicated to his product, after he explained that he spent four months living in a Chinese factory to ensure his products were high quality. The pitch ended up landing a deal with Herjavec for $350,000 in exchange for 10% equity.


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5 Skills Every Social Media Professional Should Have

5 Skills Every Social Media Professional Should Have

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With businesses continuing to see the importance of social media to help grow their business, spread awareness, and engage their customers, there is an increase and need for social media pros to help businesses succeed. 

Social media has become one of the most important marketing tools for businesses, and with the demand of social media and community managers growing, so is the competitiveness for professionals in this industry. Meaning that it’s important that you are continually learning and improving your skillset to not only be more competitive, but also be on top of the demands that come along with a job in this field. 

Here are some important skills for all social media professionals to have.

1. Design

It’s likely that you will have access to a graphic designer on the marketing team you work on, but in the world of social media, content can be fast paced and time sensitive, and you may not have time to work directly with a designer. Having some design knowledge can help for times when you need to create images for social on a fly.

2. Multimedia creation

Photos and videos can be the most effective content on social media. The saying, “A photo is worth a thousand words,” is incredibly accurate when it comes to social media engagement and the success of your social channels. In fact, social fans are 40 times more likely to share visual content than any other type. 

Therefore having the ability to produce quality images and videos for different social channels is a critical skill for social media pros. Especially since budgets and quick turnaround times may not allow for you to work with a professional photographer or videographer.

3. Analytics

Just like any marketing channel, people want proof that the time and money being spent in social media is worth it. Numbers can be everything, so it’s critical that as a social media professional you not only have the knowledge of how to pull important numbers, but also how to analyze them and draw key findings that will help you grow and improve your social channels.

4. Customer service

Social media is the new call centre for many businesses, and it is a real-time customer service tool. Even though you’re sitting behind a computer screen or device all day, it’s still critical to have impeccable customer service skills. From dealing with complaints and angry fans, to everyday community management and engagement, knowing how to create, and nurture your relationships with your social media fans is an important and necessary skill for social media professionals.

5. Content development

From sourcing external content to share on your channel, to writing something as short as a tweet, content development is a primary component of any successful social media platform. Knowing how to write both long form and short form content, and developing all types of content from photos and videos, to stories and campaigns. To be a successful social media professional, you must be a good storyteller, writer and content developer.

In today’s competitive workforce, it’s important for any professional to never stop learning and continue to improve and expand their skillset in order for them to stand out from the competition. In order to set yourself up for success in a career in social media management, accept that you are going to have to be a jack of all trades, and never stop learning.


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How Checklists Can Increase Your Productivity

How Checklists Can Increase Your Productivity

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There are two types of people in the world—the kinds that use to-do lists, and the kinds that don’t, and the ones that are, may just be doing something right. To-do lists can help you track everything from what you need at a grocery store, to what you need to accomplish with your day or week. Lists help you not only remember the things you need to get done, but also help you prioritize and focus.

By writing down your tasks, you will have a clearer vision of what you need to accomplish. This means that you’ll be spending more time on the things that need to be done rather than the things that can wait. By making lists and following them, you’ll soon feel more organized and on top of everything you have going on in your life. 

Having a to-do list, you’ll also improve your memory. It’s said that the average person can only hold seven pieces of information for about 30 seconds. To-do lists can be a great tool to help with your memory, because lets face it, with all the things we have going on in our lives, it’s easy to forget stuff.

Lastly, to-do lists can clarify your goals by laying out what you need to accomplish. Every time you cross something off that list, it feels great, which makes you want to keep doing it. The affirmation that you get from making progress will help motivate you to keep moving forward in a more organized, and less overwhelming way.

But making a checklist is one thing, how do you make sure it’s an effective list that holds you accountable?

1. Qualify the contents

Everything on your to-do list should be something important that you need to do, instead of things that can wait or be delegated to someone else. Add items to your list that are urgent and the most important, and then if need be, have a list of tasks that can wait. This way if you finish the important tasks, you can easily hop to the other tasks on your list.

2. Set timelines

Estimate how much time each task on your list will take. When you start to cram too many things to accomplish in one day, it can be overwhelming, which only leads you to feel less motivated or obligated to use/complete your list. Setting timelines will help you be realistic about what can really fit into your day.

 3. Be realistic

When you fill your list with too many things that are impossible to get all done in the day, your list will end up feeling daunting instead of rewarding and motivating. Look at the timelines you set for each task and see what’s practical to cram into your workday without feeling overwhelmed.

4. Write it down

It's not enough to brainstorm a list of things to do, or even type it into a word doc. only to be left unopened on your desktop for weeks. The best way to keep a checklist is to physically write it down every day in an organized notebook that you reflect on in the mornings and evenings. Keeping a journal puts all of your to-do lists in one place and keeps you accountable for actually getting things done. 



To-do lists can be a great tool to help motivate you, improve your memory, and most importantly, increase productivity. By organizing your tasks at hand and your time, you’ll feel better equipped to run head first into your day, and you’ll feel as if you are actually spending your time wisely.


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Want to Build a Successful Subscription Business? Read This First

Want to Build a Successful Subscription Business? Read This First

A subscription-based company is when consumers sign-up to receive regular delivery of particular items straight to their front door. And since consumers want simple and hassle-free experiences, there’s no surprise that there has been an increase in subscription businesses.

RazorCompany.com is a sample of one of those subscription-based businesses. They developed their product based on the need from consumers of razors and shaving products and the lack of places out there willing to deliver these items right to consumer’s doors when they need them. We’ve all run out of razors or had our razors become too dull when shaving right? That’s what RazorCompany.com aims to solve.

But starting a subscription business presents a unique set of challenges, such as attracting customers when they don’t have a physical store, and most importantly, retaining those subscribers beyond their first month of service.

Here are some tips from co-founder, Trevor Dennis on how to overcome those challenges.

Interact with your clients 

“Try to interact with your clients as much as possible,” Trevor advised. He emphasized that trying to figure out what it is that your consumers like and don’t like will give you the feedback you need to improve your product and retain your customers. “Family and friends are great, but they are not as blunt as real customers and if you want to improve, real feedback is key.”

Make sure your systems work

Make sure that you have your systems working correctly. Trevor explained that at first, everyone is excited to get their website launched, but a glitch, even a small one, can turn your potential members off right from the start. “There are so many online stores, you need to make it as seamless as possible or the potential clients will move on to the next guy,” he said. So test your website and make sure your systems are working perfectly before you launch. Launching slower is better than launching quick and making a big mistake. 

Pay attention to consumers needs

Acknowledging what your consumers want is critical to the success of your business and retaining your subscribers. People don’t always just want more of something for a better value. “The customer that just wants a great deal is typically the one that will just move on to the next great deal after yours and they are hard to retain as a customer.” So instead, pay attention the customers that want a quality product, along with a quality service, and make sure to look for ways to deliver and improve.

Create an affiliate program

Trevor shared that their affiliate program has been one of the very successful ways they’ve attracted new customers. Current customers can share a link to earn up to 25% commission on every order they push towards RazorCompany.com. “What’s unique about our program is that we don’t just pay on the first order a new member purchases, the affiliate gets paid out every time the order reoccurs for as long as that person is a member.” Creating something that rewards your long-term members and attracts new ones is a great way to keep and attract consumers.

Give them something exclusive

To keep receiving a box of shaving goods every month exciting, RazorCompany.com sends out promotions with every order that vary from a percentage off a new item or new, interesting information about some of their products. Each box comes with a surprise or something they haven’t received or seen before. This makes customers feel special and hook them to want to see what will come each month.

So if you are considering creating a business with a subscription model, consider the above to reach success and keep your customers happy.


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Why Getting Sufficient Sleep as an Entrepreneur Is More Important Than You Think

Why Getting Sufficient Sleep as an Entrepreneur Is More Important Than You Think

We’ve all been there, tossing and turning in our beds, counting sheep, trying just about anything to try and put our brains to rest so we can dose off into a much needed slumber. Eventually you just give up and end up binge watching Netflix and getting in the habit of not letting our bodies rest the way they need to be.

Sleep deprivation is a common problem among people; in fact, 40 million people in the United States alone suffer from chronic sleep disorders and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. These issues can be caused from a variety of things, whether it’s the stress of everyday life, your job, or maybe you’re just trading sleep for more work or play. Whatever it is, it’s not something that should be ignored.

A lack of sleep can cause to a variety of short term consequences including, decreased performance and alertness, and memory and cognitive impairment. These things can lead to stress within your relationships, an overall poor quality of life, and even put you at risk of injury from being too sleepy. And that’s just in the short term, in the long term, sleep disorders can contribute to numerous serious medical conditions like heart problems, obesity, mental impairment, depression, and more.

So what is it about sleep that makes it so critical to our health and wellbeing?

Healthy brain function

Sleep helps your brain work properly because as you sleep, your brain is preparing for the next day by resting. When your brain gets rest, it forms new pathways to help you learn and remember information. A good night’s sleep helps improve learning, helps you pay attention, make decisions and be more creative.

Physical health

Sleep helps heal and repair your heart and blood vessels, it helps you maintain a healthy balance of hormones that make you feel hungry or full, it affects how your body reacts to insulin, and aids in the healthy growth and development of your body. All these things contribute to your overall health and well-being and are important for you to stay healthy.

Daytime performance

Lastly, sleep helps you function throughout the day and increases your productivity. After losing sleep for several nights, even a loss of just 1-2 hours a night can alter your ability to function. A common issue with lack of sleep is microsleep, which refers to brief moments of sleep that occur when you’re normally awake. For example, you may drive to work and not remember part of your trip. Issues like microsleep can put you at risk for accidents and other problems that may affect your day-to-day life.

So how much sleep do you really need? It is said that adults require 7-8 hours a day and this does not include naps. Naps provide a short-term boost in alertness and performance but they don’t replace a full night sleep. Therefore they don’t really help make up for lost sleep. And for those of you that sleep more on your days off to catch up, although this may make you feel better, it’ll just upset your body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm.

Sleep is critical in order for you to be successful and healthy, and what good are a few extra hours of work or play if you aren’t really able to give it your everything? Do yourself a favour, get yourself some much needed sleep and stick to a regular schedule!


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You Can Start One of These Fun Businesses for Less Than $500

You Can Start One of These Fun Businesses for Less Than $500

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You probably read the title of this article, and rolled your eyes because it can’t possibly be possible to start a business for under $500, but I’m here to prove you wrong.

Starting a business doesn’t always need to involve you seeking out financial assistance, investors, and draining your personal savings.

Here are eight businesses you can start with a minimal amount of money in the bank. 

1. Freelance business services

With 34% of the workforce in the United States consisting of freelancers, we’ve already seen a steady increase in self-employed individuals taking their skills and experience to start freelance service businesses. The cost to start up a freelance business can be minimal, a good website that advertises your services can be all you need since you have the ability to work from anywhere. 

2. Tutoring

Using your experience and knowledge you have gained throughout years of school, teaching other kids and students can be a cost efficient business option. Likely you can tutor students in their own homes or a local library, and they’ll already have their own school supplies and textbooks. 

3. Photography

Many people are already taking photos, so why not hone in on your skills, build a portfolio and offer your professional photography services to other people. Even if you don’t have the money to buy all the photography equipment you need, many camera shops provide rentals.

4. Nanny services 

Love kids? How about turning that passion into a business by becoming a nanny. Use all that babysitting experience you received growing up and turn it into a career. The best part? The cost to become a nanny to children can be as minimal as just advertising your services. 

5. Dog walking

Who doesn’t love furry friends? To be a dog walker, you don’t need much other than a pair of good walking shoes and a love for dogs. Advertise your services to friends or family that have pets, and begin to ask around to people in your neighbourhood that have busy lifestyles and may benefit from your services.

6. Housecleaning

Unless the cleaning supplies come with the house, all you’ll really need to start your own housecleaning business is some supplies and a house or two to clean. Target your services to busy families, or even small businesses that may need help keeping up with their cleaning each day. 

7. Professional training

A great option if you have experience or an educational background in a particular field that others may be interested in learning more about. Offer to come into businesses to teach and train staff. For example, if you have a background in marketing, maybe you’ll offer your services to small businesses to help improve employees marketing skillset.  

8. Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant usually provides administrative support to other businesses or people through a remote office. This means that you can work anywhere from your bed to a beach in Bali. So many professionals and businesses just don’t have time for those mundane tasks that still need to be done, so offering them the relief can be just what they’re looking for.

When many people think of starting a business, they think of the mountains of money it’s going to take in order to make it happen, but the truth is, there are options out there that won’t drain your personal savings. The best part is, all of these above businesses can be great side hustles too for those with full-time careers looking for an extra income, or to try out something new.   


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