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15 Side jobs with zero cost you could start today

A side hustle is defined as a way to make extra money on the side that provides you with flexibility…

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A side hustle is defined as a way to make extra money on the side that provides you with flexibility to pursue what you love to do without having to quit your job. Basically, it’s a way to make some extra cash because it’s a difficult life out here.

Men need money for homes to get married, and women need money to get to work and get some delicious food.

Think Marketing is here to help you out. Here are 15 side hustle you could start today.

 

1. Do what you Love

Start with a simple answer; do what you love.

If you love working out, dieting or being some kind of health advice guru, make it into your side hustle. Personal trainers at home or at small gyms are a great way to get your work out in while getting cash, or at least a free membership.

If you love animals and/or pets, then think about pet sitting or dog walking, maybe even pet grooming. On Leash, a new Dog walking company, is always on the lookout for more dog walkers. Or apply at The Dog’s Network, where they have a list of dog walkers/sitters.

Just take a step back, look at some things you love or would love to do, and go do it! At the very least, you get to have fun while making a bit of money on the side.

 

2. Translate

Let’s get down to the downright boring yet fulfilling wallet jobs, there will be more down the list.

Starting with translation. For those able to understand more than one language well enough, translation as a side hustle can be lucrative.

There are many companies who are in need of translation skills. From PR companies who need to translate PR releases, or social media marketers who need captions translated, there are various opportunities for someone with or without experience.

All you need is proof that you can do both of the languages needed.

Find jobs by posting your resume to friends, start a website to market yourself, build your LinkedIn, and create a page on Facebook.

 

3. Manage Projects

With the marvel that is the internet, and app developers who have created online team management apps, there is now a freelance job where you just have to check in once in a while.

Some smaller companies need the extra help in managing their time, or on special projects. This needs a person who isn’t afraid to call and keep calling people to finish their work, even when they won’t answer their phone or emails.

Manage and leverage your LinkedIn, as well as a Facebook page and market yourself. Sending emails to companies such as marketing agencies and startups can help kickstart your new side hustle.

 

4. Sell your Photos/Designs Online

With major websites for stock photos such as Shutterstock, it is easy to put your photography skills for fast money. The best part about these websites are that photos continue to get sold, even after months of being there, meaning you can get a constant salary without always working.

If you’re more in Graphic design or some other artistic form, sell it online. For graphic designers, look no further than Freepik to join hundreds of designers in their side hustle. Many have also turned this side hustle into fulltime jobs.

For other artistic pursuits, try building a website to sell from, selling on Souq or Jumia, or messaging art galleries to have them sell it for you (for a fee).

 

5. Blog, Blog, Blog

One of the hardest yet most simple and rewarding side hustles is the king of content, Blogging.

A great way to create and maintain a constant revenue stream, blogging can become a fulltime job with a great salary, for those who know how.

The art of blogging and getting money for it is a long and arduous process, but is one of the more rewarding side hustles.

Get started by contributing to other popular blogs and online magazines, build a resume or start by buying a domain.

Get a steady income from ad revenue (Google AdWords and AdSense are great friends here), money from supporters and even money for writing about brands. It is all about practice, consistency, constant writing and posting and patience.

 

6. Be your inner Grammar Nazi; editor

Read, review, edit and audit. These four words can help you land some great steady income.

For writers in love with the written word, in any language, this is a side hustle for you.

It’s easy to start, build a list of previous clients and viola. Start off with friends, coworkers and relatives, asking them if they need help.

Build your LinkedIn and your resume/portfolio to get better paying jobs. Apply at universities who have Masters and PHD sections (Many would like someone to look at their thesis and papers before sending it in), leave posters at co-working spaces, and message some web developers to edit web content.

There is an endless amount of work for the very smart grammar Nazi.

 

7. Teach hundreds at the same time, without being there; online course mentor

Online courses! We’re always looking for them, looking them up and trying to save up for them.

What many of us don’t think about is, why can’t I teach online instead?

This is for those who have been in the field for a while, know secrets and have a deep understanding of a subject. With courses always being bought, you can make a lot of money with one very in-depth and easy to understand course without having to continuously work.

To become an online course mentor, it takes knowledge about the subject, some time to write down and organize topics, and some computer know-how to record the sessions. You can start today by thinking of your topic, and preparing your class notes.

There are multiple places to upload your courses, such as Udemy and the new AlMentor.net.

 

8. Making the Web; web developer

Creating an online presence is so important now, which means many are looking to create their own websites.

This is a great way to stretch out some coding skills and get money. And for those that aren’t blessed with coding skills? Use your creative eye to build websites on website builders such as Wix and GoDaddy, you can also buy the domains from them.

Start today by creating your own website, some template pages and market yourself.

 

9. Filling the web; creating a popular website

Speaking of websites, how about building yourself and a niche community one?

Just like with blogging, this would be a long process but that is more fulfilling and almost as good at giving extra income.

Think of website such as 9Gag, it is a self-sufficient money making machine. It focuses mainly on user generated content (people making what they love and sharing it for free), and gets revenue from ads.

If you can think of a way to create a website in which you can create and popularize something, or even provide a unique service like a custom calculator (example), you can earn consistent income.

 

10. Play Video Games?

Twitch and other streaming sites are dedicated to gaming streams and video, and YouTube holds many gaming tutorials and walkthroughs, so, why can’t we do it too?

With two of YouTube’s biggest and most subscribed channels being gaming related, it isn’t farfetched to believe that gaming can lead to a steady income. In fact, there are many online streamers that make money out of it.

Check out Jesse Cox, Ayoub6669, KhaledQ84Ever /خالد كويت and of course PewDiePie, to see how gaming can make big bucks.

YouTube is free, and Twitch only needs a small fee, then all you need is a camera and a microphone to start gaming and recording today.

 

11. Consulting

This is a great opportunity for those that are looking to move from a long-time career for a more relaxing from home workhours.

With years of experience and skills, you can retire your 9 to 5 hours for a more relaxing payday. Consultants, depending on the amount of experience, can charge thousands of pounds for workshops or short consultations.

It can also be done through online calling such as Skype and Messenger, or even on the phone.

Start today by emailing companies with your knowledge, let them know who you are. Consulting fees can also be elevated by creating a blog or website, discussing your work and how knowledgeable you are in the field.

 

12. Computer Coaching

Do you get mad whenever you have to wait for some older person use the computer to help you with your papers? Why not help out?

Many of the older generation continue to not have much of an understanding of the online world, and with some good negotiation skills and a pocket full of Google, you can be on your way to helping them.

This does need a good knowledge of how to use computers, skills and knowledge most of the younger generation already possess. This is a great side hustle or a way to increase allowance for younger teens and adults.

Companies, and the government, still have issues with teaching older workers how to use technology. Now you can step in and help them out, for a fee.

 

13. Bring your love of food to the table; personal chef online and off

There is a secret booming industry where personal chefs are growing, and then there is a whole new world that recently opened for homemakers and cooking lovers created by startups.

Whether you are a chef or have a passion for cooking, you can use it to your advantage.

You could start your own personal chef business for the weekends, where you cook for families or special dinners, create full menus and cook to your heart’s content.

If you prefer cooking from home, why not join Mumm? This new startup is here to help mothers, and others who love to cook but can’t make an income, find a way to relieve the pressures of the economic problems we all have.

 

14. Insta-Marketing; Influencer

Have you amassed a large online following on Twitter or Instagram? If you do, then you can go back and re-read number 5 and then continue.

Use your popularity to your advantage, and continue growing your followers through your blog and more of what you already do.

Popular influencers can be approached by brands to become brand ambassadors or even post one thing onto your platform for a fee. This entirely depends on how many followers you have, but the more you have the more you’ll get from these brands.

If you don’t have a following but believe you can make it, then read more on how to start here.

 

15. Open doors; letting people into your home

Real estate is always a great investment and a great way to receive steady income, but not all of us own a place we can rent out. So, we do the next best thing, rent out a piece of it.

This is for the luckier ones who own their own place.

If you’re comfortable, renting out a room on Airbnb can help with keeping your home and allows you to meet and new from new people. With international fees, you could be making a nice amount of revenue just keeping your home clean.

 

There you have it, 15 easy to start today side hustles. Would you do any of these? Let us know in the comments below.

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Want to be more productive? abandon big houses and go for studios!

Productivity, one of the hardest skills to master, not only because it requires self-discipline, but requires things and people around…

Productivity, one of the hardest skills to master, not only because it requires self-discipline, but requires things and people around us to obey the rules we set forth.

After reading thousands of articles and dozens of books about time management and productivity to discover the real ways to be more productive, we created a new approach that might help young professionals to live a practical yet productive lifestyle.

To do anything of value, to create anything, we must be productive to a degree, we should think about how to minimalize our surroundings and decrease the noice that consumes our energy, specifically our work and home.

But what if it’s not only our working space that needs a cleaning?

What if that big apartment or home is actually impeding your productivity? What if a smaller but more efficient place would boost your production?

And that is where studio apartments come in.

Why studio apartments?

A studio apartment, or an efficiency apartment, are small self-contained spaces that only contain one room and a separate bathroom.

These elegantly simple homes have been around for years, grabbing the attentions of both young and retired individuals or couples who are willing to enjoy the perks that the small space provides.

The large room will include a large space, which will count as both living and sleeping space, and a small kitchen area. These spaces are free to the mind’s creativity, allowing owners to find new ways to store items and separate rooms.

But, just how exactly can it help you with your productivity?

 

It’s Ergonomic

Less rooms mean less space for things to get away from you. Your laptop, that sketch, your notes and your drink will always be nearby.

This means you won’t be losing time getting up, searching and returning to your work to retrieve anything.

This will help in the long run with your productivity, according to Atlassian, we can spend around 2 hours a day trying to recover from distractions. One of the most common is to go and get something.

So, if you’re working at home, this will speed up your process.

 

It promotes Efficiency

We love clutter, and we love having our things all around us. Unfortunately, its not a luxury you can have in the smaller spaces of a studio apartment. Fortunately, it is going to bump up your efficiency levels up to 100.

Living in such a studio leads to having to really choose between things you love, and things you Really love. This forces you to choose exactly what goes together, how much space it will use and how much space you’ll have left.

This creates a fantastic practice in planning what to buy, what to use, what is important and necessary and how well do things fit together. This is great practice for productivity, in which prioritizing work and understanding what goes well with what is a needed skill.

 

It offers (Lean Living)

Living on luxurious yet sparse items and clutter will make you feel fantastic. There are less things to worry about when living lean, living with the minimum or most essential things.

With a studio apartment, you’ll be paying less utilities because there isn’t a lot of space that needs to be heated or cooled, it’s faster to clean and keep tidy, and you’ll be paying less rent. The entire thing is cost-efficient.

You’ll be thinking and worrying less about bills and coming to a messy home, and focusing more on finishing your workload to get home to an easy home life. Having less things to worry about always reduces stress and improves productivity.

It also asks that you focus on the essentials, keeping up with efficiency, and planning ahead to ensure maximum productivity because you always have the essentials, without the clutter to slow you down.

 

Finding the right one

Looking to make your home a part of your new productivity upgrade?

There aren’t a lot of companies that are selling studio apartments at the moment, but there are some fantastic ones at Taj City. They have just unveiled their new “Lake Park Studios,” complete with 60m2 studio apartments.

There is 0% down payment, and payment plans up to 10 years or 12% down payment and one year with no installments.

Taj City is well-known for their wide range of green views, so you always know your place will come with a view. Check out Taj City here.

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When and how to start outsourcing your business?

There is a reason why freelancing and outsourcing is becoming a popular trend with many international companies. With a tough…

There is a reason why freelancing and outsourcing is becoming a popular trend with many international companies. With a tough local and international economy, companies have to do what it takes to maintain a steady profit, and find ways to reduce costs.

Outsourcing is becoming a big trend in many industries, due to its many advantages and low costs.

For small and big businesses alike, there comes a time when a decision must be made. Do you build a new team or primary service, buy certain tools or do you outsource for a short time?

That is another way that outsourcing can help.

 

So, when should you start considering to outsource?

Do you procrastinate when faced with a particular task?

Is it a one-time task? Is it a primary service that your business offers, or something for a specific client or project?

Is it a once a month task? Such as Legal duties, or financial accounting?

Are you still saving up for an expansion? Could you afford an expansion for this task?

Is it a non-essential function of your business?

If you’ve answered all by one of those as yes, then that is when you should be outsourcing.

A definition for outsourcing is “the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal staff and resources.”

The reason is simple, because it can be advantageous most of the time.

Your business is saving money, effort, time and energy, making it more efficient on that tasks that truly matter.

 

Why should a business outsource?

So, you know when you should be looking into it, or maybe you’re interested.

The thought still lingers in your mind, it might be a good idea but why should I?

There are many things that you can consider that could make outsourcing a great opportunity for your business.

 

1. Employee costs and non-productive hours

Office space, cafeteria benefits, hospital visits, insurance, and lunch breaks are things that cost the company profit per full-time employee.

These are also things you can save on when outsourcing.

These make a full-time employee more than twice as expensive as a short offer for a freelancer.

 

2. Efficiency

Freelancers and outsourcing give you a special opportunity, an opportunity to capture and use talented people that you may not have been able to afford otherwise.

Talented graphic designers, high-end lawyers, highly-organized accountants, and smart assistants can be found as freelancers, and at a lower-price than full-timers.

They tend to be more efficient as they have stricter deadlines than full-timers, and may be able to do the job better than you or any other current employee.

 

3. Frees up internal resources

Getting freelancers doesn’t only work as a way to do unrelated or menial tasks, they also function as a way to lift weight off of your shoulders.

Using a content marketing freelancer to prepare content calendars, or receiving content from freelance content creators, can help free up internal resources.

Freeing you and your employees up for other important tasks, tasks that they can handle more efficiently with less of a work load.

 

What are you waiting for?

As you can see, outsourcing could be a very beneficial strategy for you and your business.

It does come with its own issues, such as communication and delivery of work, but if you plan it right, it will help you and your business thrive.

So, what are you waiting for?

Have another reason why outsourcing won’t be a part of your business strategy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung A8 social experiment proves that everyone is beautiful

What would you do if you were called beautiful? What would you do if someone stopped you in the street,…

What would you do if you were called beautiful? What would you do if someone stopped you in the street, with no indecency and just clear honesty, and told you that you were beautiful? How would you react?

Quite a few people have come out to test the question, and now smartphone manufacturer Samsung is joining their ranks.

With their new ad for their Samsung A8 and A8+, Samsung discoveries how everyday people react to a simple truth.

Everyone is beautiful.

The reactions were both sad and uplifting. When told the person behind the camera, filmmaker Shea Glover, was taking photos of what she saw as beautiful, these were some of the reactions.

“Okay, why did you invite me?”

“I don’t know how to take a picture like that.”

“I don’t know, I don’t get called that that often.”

“Usually I get called ugly or something, so that’s a first.”

The brand’s video mixes together both a loving and emotional ride of emotions, all in perfect clarity with their A8 phone.

Targeting Generation Z

Samsung is tapping into Generation Z’s craving for authenticity in a new, international ad campaign for Samsung Galaxy A8, created by the Cheil Worldwide Network.

At the heart of the campaign is the young director and social anthropologist Shea Glover, who appears on screen as well as sharing a co-director credit. In it, she takes her previous social experiment exploring self image to a global audience, making an emotional film showing what happens when a wide range of Gen Z strangers are told that they’re beautiful just as they appear.

Using the power of viral vidoes

The TV Commercial Ad titled Lets You Be You was done by Academy Films advertising agency for product: Samsung Galaxy A8 (brand: Samsung) in United Kingdom. It was released in the Jan 2018.

Viral videos, while not the most popular buzzword anymore, still have a power to gather people together under a single feeling or banner. Glover, whose shot to fame was a world famous viral video that sparked and inspired countless other touching videos, knows this very well.

Her original video, in which she went around her high school filming as she told people they were beautiful, has been watched over 17 million times on YouTube. Not to mention how much it was shared and talked about on other social media sites.

 

This sparked other projects such as Rotasiz Seyyah’s “You are so beautiful,” and Johanna Siring’s “Kiss of a stranger.”

Samsung understood the power of before and after shots, and of how emotional marketing can settle a brand into people’s hearts for a long time.

Using not only the idea but also the original videographer, Samsung was able to create an easily sharable, and possibly viral ad.

The Samsung ad was designed to serve as a demo of the phone’s ability to take “beautiful” photos in various lighting and weather conditions. It also allows the brand to embody itself as a caring and loving brand.

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Mo’ Salah 2018 campaign should be pretty much as Vodafone brand as it gets

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah’s footballing journey began in the…

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah’s footballing journey began in the Nasr City district of the Egyptian capital playing for El Mokawloon SC during 2009-2010 season.

Today, Egypt winger Mohamed Salah with no doubt is the phoenix for his generation of Pharaohs. Mohamed Salah caught the attention of the football world for his speed and earned the world’s respect after his muted celebration after scoring a goal against Chelsea.

Since his historic penalty against Congo and qualifying Egypt to 2018 World Cup “with Salah’s help, of course”, the 25-year-old’s star is on the rise and this is the reason why he has been hailed as the ‘Egyptian Messi’.

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Mohamed Salah is now branded as a successful young Egyptian who can be a role model to inspire Egyptians especially younger people and give an example to be emulated in behavior, commitment, and strive for success.

Salah, who has also been nominated for the CAF African Footballer of the Year award, is currently the Premier League’s top scorer after scoring 20 goals in 25 matches since signing for the Reds this summer.

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With statistics, Mohamed Salah is considered the most expensive Egyptian, Arab and, African player in the football history after moving to Liverpool last summer for 42M euros.

 

Why Mohamed Salah’s success is a triumph for Vodafone’s Branding Campaign

Vodafone Egypt today announced Mohamed Salah to be Vodafone Egypt’s newest brand ambassador. Accordingly, Mohamed Salah will lead Vodafone’s advertising campaigns for 2018 under the slogan “The future is exciting. Ready?”

In line with Vodafone’s new vision of optimism, Mohamed Salah up coming campaigns for Vodafone Egypt should achieve the brand aspirations and dreams for a better future and reflect Vodafone’s trust and hope for young people.

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Posted by Vodafone Egypt on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

One of the toughest aspects of building a successful brand is building an emotional connection with consumers and Mohammed Salah was chosen by Vodafone Egypt as an example to achieve ambitions and to work towards a stronger and better future.

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Brand intimacy is the new paradigm in marketing and consumers connects more with brands when they seems to care about people like themselves and is making a positive difference in the world.

Mohamed Salah reflects Vodafone’s new brand identity and he is really an inspiring example of how to leverage your personal capabilities to get into the career you want and push-up your challenges from local to international standards.

Vodafone Egypt just clinched the best player in Africa from rival competitor Etisalat Misr

Back in Jun 2016, Mohamed Salah was featured in Etisalat Misr “Imagine Tomorrow” campaign. Today, by naming Mohamed Salah as Vodafone Egypt’s brand ambassador, its considered another victory for Vodafone to complete a winning deal with Salah who has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year following an exceptional year with AS Roma, Liverpool and the Egyptian national team.

Worth mentioning that Pepsi has chosen Egyptian professional footballer, Mohamed Salah as the new brand ambassador for Pepsi-Cola in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2016.

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We wonder if  Salah would consider Coca-Cola campaign for World Cup 2018. Specially that Coca-Cola is one of the longest-standing corporate partners of FIFA, with a formal association since 1974 and an official sponsorship of FIFA World Cup™ that began in 1978.

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