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5 Intelligent Ways to Make Enough Side Income to Ultimately Quit Your Job

5 Intelligent Ways to Make Enough Side Income to Ultimately Quit Your Job
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Are you planning to initiate a side income? Is the plan good enough to quit your full-time, decent-earning job? Yes, the renowned novel idea of making money in your spare time has now become a source of generating mainstream revenue and shall continue to rise. “By 2020, more than 60 million people, will be independent workers—freelancers, contractors, and temporary employees,” according to the Fast company. But that said, a good deal of efforts, skill, and passion are required for earning enough profit to achieve success and pay off your bills.

Whatever you plan to be—an entrepreneur, freelancer, artist, film maker, dealer or home maker—you will have to discover yourself before you wave off your job. In order to have a good start, it is wise to know if you have secured any backups or savings and a decent spending plan, that can let you survive through the transitional period, and also, in case a sudden decline in overall income jeopardizes your plans.

Any potential side business ideas, even after passing the trial and errors session, can carry certain risks; therefore, it depends on how innovative your idea is. Here are some brainy self-employment ideas to give you a head start in case you have an itch to say goodbye to your 9-to-5 job. These ideas are surely going to provide you financial securities and a happier life, but remember, the secret of success hides in the statement: “Make the process your goal and you’ll succeed no matter the ultimate outcome.” —Corbett Barr.

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1. Online Marketing

Internet marketing or digital marketing is an attractive yet easy way to market or sell various products and services merely with the use of digital world assets, entailing social media, search engine marketing, or even online advertisement.

Sign up an account on social media website and start offering your services in a way that attracts major brands, big companies, and known organizations. The more followers you will have, the greater the chance to earn will be. An estimate of about 500 USD to 5,000 USD can be earned per post, depending on the size of your sponsoring brand. See this famous fashion Instagram-er making significant income.

2. Investing in the Market

Investing in the stock market may seem quite simple when it comes to maximizing returns. Investing in bank stocks and the stock exchange is relatively easy and safe for earning a profit, and the price-to-book ratios are normally very low.

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Investment in major banks is safe as well, as these banks are too crucial for the government, so the chances of them failing are extremely low. This means that your investment will likely remain safe. You can expect rising profits and good price-earning ratios. Investing in the stock exchange, though it requires a bit of skill, can very effectively help you gain a profit, if you know to how move your positions.

3. Gig Economy

Gig economy, a promise to empower future and boundless innovations, is increasingly becoming the only income source of many homes. The Internet is one of the blooming economic engines of our time which has fulfilled the ultimate specialized consumer demands in lesser time and with much more efficiency.

Today one can easily afford his living by relying on what once was only a known feature of web developing, photography, or journalism freelancing. Not confined to high computer or English skill, Gig economy has now expanded amazingly in all other sectors of life. Working as a taxi driver for Uber or selling your art online can help anyone earn reliable income.

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4. Franchise and Multi-Level Marketing Opportunities

If you have a bit of capital, investing in the world of franchise companies is a very sound idea. The franchise businesses are all around us, from McDonald’s to 7-Eleven stores. Owning a franchise of any business can be a highly profitable work, especially if you have a passion for the type of franchise you purchase.

Many of the kinks have been sorted out as the brand name has already been established and a consistent customer following can be expected in most of the cases. The parent companies also offer their valued support, including marketing strategies, technical help and sourcing.

On the other hand, MLM or Multi-Level Marketing can prove to be an effective source of income, especially in the times of cut-backs or when launching a new business. However MLM does have its fair share of disadvantages, including neglecting the customers and over-selling the idea.

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5. Online Teaching

Teaching languages and tutoring for major exam studies like SAT,IELTS, ACT or many other college exams remotely or online is a definitely a great way to make a solid side income. There are people who are ready to pay as much as 25–100 USD/hour to tutors for language classes over Skype or through different website platforms. One can easily look out for an online teaching job on websites such as Learn4Good or Indeed. Whenever you think you have reached your set income goal from this side business, you can follow up with it as your main full time job.

Final Thoughts

While there is abundance of ideas, the most important thing is to identify and pick the one that you feel most passionate about. One other thing that you must not forget is the availability of time; for instance if you can only work during the weekends, then probably Gig economy is the best bet for you! Pick the right battle.

If you want to take a shot at investing in the stocks or setting up a website online, remember it might require some initial funding, that you can secure by savings or by taking a loan. If you take a loan, make sure you keep up with payments and make the best out of the money that you have borrowed.

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However, make sure you are not digging a hole for yourself borrowing money from banks. According to a research, 70% of people who take out loans end up having more debt in couple of years. To avoid this, you can ask your family members to lend you some interest-free capital to begin with, so that you don’t have to face banks.

Featured photo credit: VirtualWolf via flickr.com

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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