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One of the best things about the internet being so accessible is that many of us are able to turn our hobbies into fully fledged businesses. If you're bored of your day job and want to try something new or are looking for a new project, it makes sense to start with the things you’re already good at and are passionate about. Here are a few businesses ideas and ways to earn money using your skills!
Art and Design
If you’re talented at art, there are so many awesome ways you can make money with your craft. You don’t have to commit yourself to waiting for commissions to come in which take weeks and weeks to paint. Even quick sketches and doodles can earn you money if you know what to do with them. On sites like Etsy, there’s a big market for clip art, these are purchased by people to make into things like greetings cards, gift wrap, scrapbooking and much more. You could create a variety of clipart pictures based on a theme and sell them as a set. The best thing about it is once it’s done, there’s no additional work from you. When customers purchase, it’s downloaded straight from Etsy, and the money goes into your account. It can be purchased an unlimited amount of times. If you have a big selection of these and they do well, you can earn a significant amount of regular money. You could take it a step further and use your designs to create things like art prints and greetings cards yourself which will sell for more money. You could buy a professional printer which would make light work of getting through them. Although you do have to factor in postage and packaging when you’re selling physical items. Since the cost of these things and setting up can be expensive, you may need to consider a short-term cash advance. If you’re a whizz at design and Photoshop, you could create logos, banners, even full blog designs.
If you have a way with words, there are tons of ways you can market your skill. You could write, and self-publish an e-book, if you’re passionate and knowledgeable about a topic- what better way to share your wisdom with the world? Sites like Amazon make this really easy. You’ll get money every time someone downloads it, while it’s not a ‘business’ in itself it can certainly contribute towards your income both now and in the future. Blogging is another excellent choice. Many people have turned their blog into a business and now write full time and gain a substantial amount in affiliate links and sponsorships. You could sign up to a freelancing website and earn your income through writing jobs and projects. You could also look into editing and proofreading work, something you will excel at if you’re an excellent writer.
It takes a certain kind of person to be a teacher. You will need to be patient and understanding while keeping a good professional boundary. You need to be easy to understand so great written, and verbal communication is a must. If you fit the bill and have a topic you’d like to teach others, why not become an online tutor? It could be anything from teaching a musical instrument to personal training to academic topics. Teaching children or those who speak English as a second language are both ideas to consider. You will generally need to be educated to degree level or higher for academic subjects.
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Every single day, teenagers decide to study how to save lives. Doctors that you have at your local practice, the surgeons at the local hospital and the therapists at the local sports centers have all, at some point or another, made the decision to put the health of others in the center of their lives. The education that comes with a medical degree is so intricate and detailed that it takes upwards of ten years to become a fully qualified doctor. The education doesn’t just stop at the end of an undergraduate degree, or a postgraduate degree. Doctors need to go through internship, residency and even when they are fully-fledged medics, there is still learning to be done.
Research papers help scientists and doctors to develop highly concentrated studies to find cures for diseases and understand how the human body works in better detail. They also help them to develop medical equipment that is more streamlined. Brain mapping studies the anatomy of the brain using imaging, so neuroscientists the world over can understand how the brain works beyond the 10% we use every day. Human genome mapping is the study of our genetics and you can visit Poseida.com for info on how genetic studies can save lives and permanently correct genetic diseases. These studies of the brain and genetics are exciting in medicine, as they can help us to permanently eradicate certain diseases, as well as culture personalized medicine for those with genetic abnormalities.
This kind of medical development comes from the continued education and development of doctors and professionals in the field who are keen to do more for humanity. Making the choice to take on a medical education isn’t a light one; medicine is a field that is constant and yet changing; the worst oxymoron! Consider how far medicine has come in the last century. The first person who operated on a brain tumor didn’t do it on a living person, as surgery used to be somewhat barbaric concept. Now? Now you can have a butterfly tumor that breaches both sides of the brain out in an eight-hour surgery. Medicine has evolved alongside technology at a speed that even those in the field never saw coming.
Choosing a medical education is not an easy choice, but it’s one that is looked upon favorably, and not just for the salary. The chance to do more for humanity simply by learning how the brain works, or how the heart can beat. Think about the medical marvels such as organ transplants, heart bypass and the way doctors can diagnose a potentially fatal issue with just a few symptoms to concentrate on. This kind of education isn’t one you can just pick up and do; it takes a lot of work to learn how to save lives. Doing solid research, like in this ultimate guide, on the time it takes to complete a medical education and how you could contribute to medical research is a good place to get started, if that is the path you hope to go down.
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You may own your own library. Or perhaps you run a public library and are looking for inspiration to either make it better or pull more people in. This can be done in many ways, all require some work on your part however. The library is usually one of the central pillars of the local community. Yet over the years, they have understandably become less used. After all, books can be found on kindle for next to nothing these days, and entire books can be downloaded for free from all different websites out there. In essence, you now need to look at the library like a business. It needs to be attractive, clean, and easy, meaning you need to do your best if you want it to succeed. These tips can help put you in the right mind frame, you may have already thought about one or two of them, which is good as you are on the right track, but read on as there are others that could help.
In the first instance, the library needs to be a place that is nice to be in. It should be modern, with space and seating for all. Libraries don’t look like they used to. Go out and check out a few of the ones currently being used around your country, and you’ll see how things have changed. You can buy the necessary items for change bit by bit, or you can consider looking at experts in public library design. You will need funding to do this, so put together a proposal. The first step in ensuring library success is by making it look great. People want to study, read, work in a place that is nice and easy, not somewhere dull, dingy, old and dusty.
You need to ensure your book rotation is on point too. The newer best sellers should be coming in all the time. In tandem with this, you need to ensure that you have a great book management system. Computers should be set up and ready to tell customers exactly where a certain book is and whether it is in stock or let out. This ease will take pressure off your staff, keep queues down and keep the customers happy. You don’t want old books that are never taken out clogging up shelves that can be used for better things. Send them back if you can. If not, sell them at a discounted rate.
In this day and age libraries aren’t just used for taking out books. You need to be accessible for all kinds of people to ensure success. Many people use libraries to work from. They are quiet, providing a suitable working environment for academics, writers, etc. You should make sure there are clear cut areas to do this from. Places where silence is needed. You could think about installing more plugs for laptop charging, little things like this make a huge difference to people coming to your library. Think about aspects that make it more attractive. Nicer chairs, coffee machines (not around the books!) or water and plastic cups. If you put your mind into these small touches you will see more people use the library.
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It’s pretty obvious that there are dozens of different music genres these days. We all have our personal favorites, and there are artists or groups that we enjoy listening to often. What you might not know about some of those artists or bands is that the music they play in some of their tracks is actually influenced by classical music!
All styles of music feed into each other in some way and many songs take inspiration from classical or operatic music from many years or even centuries ago! Another fact you may not know about today’s tunes is that melodies produced by people such as Mozart and Schubert profoundly influence how we listen to music as well! Intrigued? Keep reading to learn more about this fascinating topic!
Mozart learned to give the public what they wanted
Back in the day, composers would create musical masterpieces that were usually commissioned by wealthy patrons. These days, artists create music according to the genre that interests them and makes tracks that they think other fans of that genre will also like to hear.
In some ways, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a pioneer of how we listen to music in 2017 – despite his heyday being in the 18th century! At the time, Mozart was one of the few people that started composing music in a simplified format – some of his work involves just four chords!
Schubert perfected the three-minute song
It’s no secret that many of the songs we listen to today only last around three minutes or so. Have you ever wondered where this song length originated from? Believe it or not, you have one Franz Schubert to thank for that.
The Austrian composer was a talented man who wrote an impressive 600+ musical works, many of which were for operas. You can check out his work at some opera on demand streaming services, for example.
So, why is he cited as the person that created the idea of a three-minute song? Well, he essentially wanted people to hear musical works that anyone could instantly enjoy. As you’ve probably gathered, it is something that has caught on since his day!
The not so hidden ways that classical music still influences us today
When creating new songs, many of today’s songwriters seek inspiration from past hits by other artists.
It’s not uncommon for some of the music we listen to these days to sample a melody or even some lyrics from well-known tracks produced many years ago. Take the hit song “Africa” by Toto released back in 1982. Twenty years later, the intro music got sampled by rapper Xzibit in his song “Heart of Man.”
Of course, 1982 isn’t that long ago, and Toto’s Africa isn’t an example of classical music! But, another rap artist springs to mind that has sampled some centuries-old melodic genius in the form of Beethoven’s Fur Elise! A song by Nas called “I Can” features the beginning of Beethoven’s composition played on a piano by a young child.
Take a look at this website to see some more examples of today’s artists sampling classic music.
So, whenever you listen to some music, it’s likely to have taken some inspiration from some of history’s greatest classical composers!
There are many people that are staunch believers in that business and the arts do not mix. They are too different and that having a business temperament hampers your creative processes. Likewise, having a sense of creativity in business may make you veer too far off the beaten track. These are both far from the truth, and in fact, one can help the other! So if you are working on developing a business in the creative sector, or you are looking for ways to increase your sense of creativity in running a business, take heed from these pieces of advice.
How can you expect anybody to work with a creative flair if they don’t feel they are allowed to express themselves? Good art is all about that, and it is very hard to accomplish. You may reinforce the notion that your employees can express themselves freely, but it doesn’t mean that people will actually do it. The key is to create the best environment for ideas and opinions to flourish. A lot of workers are used to the idea that they could be punished severely if they express an opinion that is too candid, or if you, as the leader of the business, will appear too sensitive to criticism. So the first place to start is with you. Learning to take criticism and ideas that may be a bit too much for you to bear is the first step to getting everyone in the organization to be on side. You will find some people that are too forthcoming with their opinions also, and this is a great thing to encourage. Another way to encourage this would be to have days where people are giving notes. Pixar does a notes day, where people are doing just that, and this may be a way to get people who are not so keen to express their opinions to give honest feedback on the company. It’s a difficult thing to get the ball rolling, but once people feel comfortable in revealing their true opinions, it will improve the company, and it will get people to work together with more zest.
Outsourcing Is Not A Bad Thing
Depending on where your business is in the development stage, outsourcing may be a very necessary thing to do. It all depends on what skill sets you have in your midst. Running a creative company with the type of contacts that may only specialize in the arts means you may be stuck for accountants and IT specialists! There are many IT services for smaller companies that you can call on to help install a basic network and give you advice on what systems are suitable for the type of work you do and if you need any additional programs. For example, accountancy packages or programs to do the back office functions, such as automatic email responses.
There are many who feel that outsourcing is something that detracts from the permanent members of staff, which is why it is viewed as a bit of a bad word in some circles. But if your business needs the help to get on its feet, then outsourcing is the help you are very unlikely to survive without. Luckily now, there are many outsourcing websites that showcase people who have very specific skills. If you need someone to do a certain line of code that builds your website a certain way or you need someone to translate some very technical text into Swahili, you are able to find these people who you can pay for their services. If you are in a tight spot and need to get something started very quickly, it means that based on your budget you can pay them accordingly and you don’t need to take anybody on permanently for those tasks. As soon as they are completed, it has been a useful help for you to get onto the next stage of unveiling your business.
Praise Your Employees
A creative culture is not one where everyone works by themselves. It is dynamic and requires a lot of collaboration. As a result, give praise where praise is due. Some people like to be actively praised in front of colleagues, while others prefer to be given feedback in a private way. Find out from your staff what method they would like and when they have exceeded expectations you can congratulate them in a manner befitting of their personality. It entirely depends on the workplace culture. If people work in groups, public praise will work well in front of colleagues, but people that work individually may not appreciate being singled out for praise, especially if one person receives praise while others may get a haranguing which could upset the apple cart! Nor is it handy to dish out praise at every turn, you want your workers to work hard, not rest on their laurels. Of course, being encouraging reflects well on its leaders, and you need to strike a right balance, especially when it comes to working with creative types who may be of a sensitive nature. But this is something to apply in every type of business, not just creative-based ones.
As a way of encouraging creativity, managers need to be agile themselves in order to get the best out of their employees. Flexibility is of the utmost importance when dealing with a group of creative types, and each challenge needs to be met head on. Personal and professional challenges can clash heavily when trying to develop a creative environment because people may invest much more of themselves into an artistic role than they would, say, an admin role. And as creativity thrives on the generation of ideas, you may want to allocate your time to factor in opportunities to have brainstorm sessions and have a shorter period of time later on to refine these ideas. The old adage in writing is don’t get it right, get it written, so this may be an approach you would wish to take on board. Creativity and business do work together well; it is more about the right balance that suits your workplace. The yin and yang can be balanced!
The summer? It’s a time of peace and relaxation. Stretching out on a nice chair in the sun with a cool drink? There might just be no better feeling than that! Summer gives you the perfect opportunity, and the perfect weather, to be able to try new things. Here are a few peaceful hobbies that you can take up in the summer!
If you want to get a little bit fitter, but don’t want anything hectic – badminton might be the way to go. Badminton is the perfect peaceful summertime hobby – it’s easy, and it’s fun! To get started, you need a garden and a badminton net along with a number of badminton racquets and a few ‘shuttlecocks.’ It’s not a hard sport to get into and has very few rules. It’s rather cheap and isn’t as raucous as other sports. Plus you can enjoy it in pretty limited space.
Badminton still might be a bit much for you though; it might not be peaceful enough. In that case, you might consider fishing. You want to be close to a fishing destination, a river or a lake for fishing to work – and you’re also going to need equipment. From any number of baits right through to rods like the Redington path fly rod. You can’t fish without this gear. Then you’re going to need seating (fishing is a long hobby where you have to wait a lot), some coffee – a lot of coffee and maybe a good book. Fishing is all about the technique, but thankfully there are plenty of learning materials and tutorials available in book form and on the internet. It’s never too late to learn, and fishing is pretty relaxing, easy to get into and hard to master. It’s a very fulfilling hobby and perfect for the summer months.
Golf is a great game to enjoy on a hot summer’s day. Of course, like fishing you are going to need some equipment! You’ll namely need your clubs and some balls to hit. You’ll likely need to pay your way onto some sort of golf course as well. Driving ranges are a fun way to perfect your swing. Golfing is a super social sport and great to perform as a group, so get out there with some friends. Peaceful? of course it is. Hitting a hole in one is pretty zen, anyway!
If you really want to achieve peace in the summer, then get reading. Reading is an amazing mind-expanding hobby that requires pretty much zero movement apart from a flick of the fingers to turn a page, and a lunge forward to grab your drink, of course. Reading can not only help you learn new things (you might read about golfing or fishing tips, for example), it’s a great way to transport yourself to some amazing words through some great writing. If you don’t like books, give them a try as you bask in the sun.
It’s the perfect time to take up some new hobbies before the sun turns it up a notch, so get out there early and perfect your craft. Whatever it is!