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How to Survive Camping: Rule #2 - in which I ruin food for you

I run a private campground. Last post I threatened some of you and this time I thought I’d further alienate everyone by telling you about rule #2. If you’re new here, you should really start at the beginning and if you’re totally lost, this might help.
Bad years are just THE WORST. There’s the uptick in deaths, of course, that should never be understated. I don’t want to lose sight of that as our primary focus here because after all, dead campers can’t come back for another visit and they certainly can’t spend money at the camp store.
Of course dead campers also can’t leave 1-star reviews because they didn’t understand that a “primitive campground” means the only toilets that flush are a twenty minute walk away but hey, sometimes I have to make sacrifices.
But for me, personally, it’s the little things that take their toll. The constant fear and anxiety. The crushing sense of responsibility and guilt for everything that could go wrong and does go wrong. And of course, the signs. All the little ways the world tells me that something terrible is stirring on my land, that a foul air has settled over it, and all the miserable creatures of the darkness have come to breathe deep of its putrescence.
Like the spiders in my brussels sprouts.
I used to not like brussels sprouts and I’m sure many of you still feel that way. But then someone showed me that if you cut them in half, brush them with oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and broil them until they’re soft and a little bit charred on top, they’re delicious. I probably make them about once a month now. So I got a bag of nice big ones from the same grocery store we buy the camp store’s groceries at (and then resell at an upcharge) and started cutting them in half.
There was something dark inside of the first one. Something that crunched and then oozed white-green liquid onto the cutting board.
After I finished throwing the cutting board, knife, and brussels sprouts as far away from me as I could in a panic, I recovered my wits enough to carefully inspect what the hell was inside of my sprouts.
It was a spider.
A spider curled up at the heart, legs pulled in tight like it was incubating inside the leaves.
I cut another in half. It, too, made a sickening crunch as I sliced the knife through and a severed leg clung to the blade. Then I worked up my courage and instead of cutting one in half, I peeled the leaves back. One by one, I gingerly ripped them off, heart hammering. And finally, when only a handful of thin white leaves remained and I could see the shiny black body through the translucent tips… the spider moved.
Its legs shot through the seam between the leaves and the remains of the sprout surged as it clawed its way free. I shrieked and threw it to the ground and then grabbed the cutting board and tried to smash it into a pulp, but it’d escaped its leafy prison and it was fast. It scuttled across the floor even as I desperately chased it with the cutting board - which is an unwieldy weapon, to be honest, but there was no way in hell I was stomping on that thing with bare feet - and then it found a crack between the wall and the cupboards and it was gone.
I’m sure I won’t regret letting it get away at any point in the future.
I dropped the rest of the brussel sprouts into the garbage disposal and let it run for a good ten minutes. Then I called my cousin who manages the camp store and told her we had a problem with our produce and to please spot check a couple to make sure there weren’t any spiders inside.
The apples were fine. The tomatoes were not. Nor were the snap peas. She just destroyed the cantaloupes without checking because no one wanted to see the size or quantity of the spiders that would crawl out of those. I’m not looking forward to seeing how much we lost in the weekly inventory report.
As I’ve said before, bad years are expensive.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the rules lately. We get new threats that wander in from time to time (seriously wtf is up with these spiders?) but they’re transient or can be easily dealt with. I reserve the rules for the things that are the most consistent, pervasive, and deadly threats. We might deal with the yarn balls only once every couple of years, but the man with the skull cup we deal with perhaps once every couple of weeks. Given enough encounters… without the rules, someone will die. Or creatures like the fairy, who is rarely angered, but the scale of their anger is so destructive that I can’t risk even one mistake.
All of this is magnified during a bad year. They show up more often. They are more hostile. And for some, they are more dangerous.
Rule #2 falls into the latter.
Fairy rings are generally benign. If there are the remains of a small animal inside the ring, however, inform camp management immediately.
The fairy ring problem has been around for generations. It’s one of those things that my family just dealt with. We’d set out traps and I remember tagging along with my father as a small child to check them in the morning and burn whatever we found inside. I remember the screams. Dad didn’t want to risk trying to get at the things that were biting at the wire confines of the trap in order to kill them humanely. He just doused the trap in gasoline and set it alight. I remember that he never talked much during these rounds. He seemed angry and I used to wonder if it was because I was being talkative or because I was distracted by things around me and eventually I learned to stay still and silent and watch the pyre.
Now that I’m older I understand his anger. It wasn’t at me. He hated killing things. Even the ones that would kill humans, if given the chance.
Maybe I’d be a better person if I turned out more like my father.
I have a lot of theories around how the world works and how these inhuman things function and where they come from. I can’t guarantee any of them are correct. I’m just trying to make sense of the world I live in.
Not every civilization has survived throughout history. Some were conquered, some were destroyed by disease or disaster, and some just vanished. I’ve already explained that inhuman creatures tend to stay close to the culture that spawned them, whether that’s staying on their ancestral land or finding a family whose roots trace back to that same region. So what happens to the inhuman things of a dead civilization?
Surely they would die as well?
I don’t think they do.
Ireland has what’s called “the Mythological Cycle” which is also sometimes called “Cycle of the Invasions”. The Mythological Cycle is an account of how the current inhabitants of Ireland got there. It also talks about the inhabitants that came before them. There were the Partholanians, who came from the west, the land of the “happy dead”, and were led by Partholan and his queen. They were afflicted by pestilence and after gathering together in one place so as to bury their dead together, perished as a whole.
Then came the Nemedians, who were also from the regions of the dead. They too died of plague.
After them were the Firbolgs, which you may have already heard of. They were defeated by the Tuatha De Danann, or the fairies, and were given Connacht to live in and some of the people of that region may even be their decedents.
Finally, the Tuatha De Danann were defeated by the Milesians, or… us. As the host of the Milesians approached Ireland in their ships, the Danaan drew mist around the island so the ships could not see it. But the mist was rebuked by the poet Amergin and the Milesians and the Danaan did battle. Many of the Danaan were slain and they withdrew into the hills, into invisibility and into a world that sits next to our own.
If you think, oh hey, the fairies can be killed - look. The Milesians had a poet. And I don’t mean the guy with a beard in your MFA classes that writes mostly about smoking weed, I mean a poet. One that could rebuke the wind itself with his words. Good luck finding one of those.
So that’s the early history of Ireland.
Bet you weren’t expecting to learn about that today.
Bryan’s family is from Ireland. They brought with them the creatures of their homeland. I’m not sure if they’re from Connacht for perhaps from some proximity to the field that houses the mass grave of the Partholanians, but I think they brought some remnant of one of those vanished civilizations.
We don’t know the real name for these creatures. We call them “gummy bears”. They’re attracted to fairy rings. Finding the remains of a small animal inside a fairy ring is rarely cause for concern, but if we get multiple reports then we know they’re leaving the remains of their meals behind and it’s time to set out the traps.
I don’t know what they look like in their original form. Perhaps they had no body at all and they were merely some spirit of pestilence, the same disease that killed off both the Partholanians and the Nemedians. Perhaps those people brought these spirits with them from the land of the dead.
Diminished as they are, they can only inhabit the bodies of other, lesser creatures. Cats. Small dogs. Raccoons. Rodents.
While they certainly look terrifying, their size doesn’t make them much of a threat. A good kick will save most campers from them. However, an incident that occurred the year after my parent’s death made me realize their potential.
Since the rules didn’t exist yet, we didn’t receive reports from our campers about the remains of rabbits and squirrels that were appearing inside of fairy circles. I think this gave them time to grow in numbers. To congregate. It was Bryan’s dogs that found evidence of the problem and when Bryan followed the pack to where they were taking him he found the lead dog growling at the circle with its teeth bared and tail down. He told me and I set out traps.
One of my staff, Ed, went with me when I made the rounds to check them. This was unnecessary - I knew what to do - but I suspect that he came with me for different reasons. Ed was hired as a young man by my grandparents. He’d watched me grow up. And he knew that the last time I went to check the traps like this was with my father. So he went with me so I didn’t have to face that grief alone and I’m glad he did, because I was conflicted. Careless.
I was trying not to cry, to be honest.
The first couple traps were empty. Then we reached the third and I got the can of gasoline and began to walk towards it. I wasn’t paying much attention, as I was thinking of the fire and how the beast’s throat glowed in my nightmare as it ripped my dad apart. Ed grabbed my arm and stopped me before I could get too far.
“Look,” he said softly.
I did.
We call them “gummy bears” because once the fur and skin is removed from a creature and it begins to decay, that’s kind of how they look. Their bodies are intact, held together by the power of whatever inhabits it, but it's decaying in layers. The muscle shines with a jellied translucence and the withered bones are yellowing inside. The dark meat of organs float at the core of its body.
If you kick them really hard they’ll explode like you drop-kicked a jello mold. I don’t recommend it.
At Ed’s quiet warning I took a longer look at what was in the trap. I’d initially taken it for a rat - there was the elongated head, the arch of the spine - but now I saw while it was a rat… it wasn’t just a rat.
It was a multitude. Scrambling with translucent paws, gnawing at the wires with ivory teeth, all those bodies heaving and struggling and their tails bound together like a mass of yellow, glistening worms.
We’d trapped a gummy bear rat king.
If you’re not familiar with what a rat king is, I highly recommend you google it and just put the cherry on top of this gummy bear and brussels sprout horror sundae.
The cage shook as some of the rats noticed us. They lunged forwards, teeth snapping, liquid eyes conveying their madness as they fixed on where we stood. The entire trap lurched a few inches and the handful of rats stuck in the trap squealed as their bodies were violently raked against the sides.
The rat king was only stuck partway into the trap. Some of the rats at the fore had made it in, gotten stuck, and now they could not get out and the remainder of their attached brethren could not break free.
Ed suggested that he get the shovel from the four-wheeler and pin the trap down with it. I could douse it with gasoline then and we’d just ignite them from a safe distance. I agreed with the plan and waited while he carefully approached. The rat king pivoted to face him, the cage rattling on the ground as it turned. He took careful aim at the far limits of the shovel’s reach, and jammed it down onto the body of the trap.
And at the impact, the rat king was spurred to lunge at him in return. There was a wet sound like putty splitting and the tails broke away, leaving behind quivering lumps of flesh as the third of the rat king still stuck in the cage screeched in anguish. And the bulk of the rat king, now freed of the trap, leapt at Ed.
He got in one swing with the shovel, but it went wild, and the rat king hit their target. They wrapped around his ankle, chewing and biting, and Ed was overbalanced from his swing and he went over. He hit the ground hard and the rat king continued to bite, dozens of teeth latching into his flesh as they wrapped around his ankle like a blanket.
I remember his screams. They almost drowned out the screeching of the rats still trapped in the cage.
I ran for him. I didn’t know what else to do other than to get them off. So I reached down and with my bare hands I plunged my fingers into the gelatinous mass of rats and wrenched them free.
It was like dipping my hand into a bowl of tepid porridge.
And then they twisted and began biting me - I felt their teeth score deep and I cried out in pain - and I threw them as hard as I could into the nearest tree.
You know how I said I don’t recommend kicking them?
The rat king exploded into a shower of flesh, organs, and bits of yellowed bone. Some of it got in my hair. I stood there a moment, breathing shallowly, and slowly Ed’s cries subsided into groans of pain.
I radioed for help and while we waited for the ambulance, I wrapped Ed’s leg up to staunch the bleeding. Then I burned the remainder of the rat king.
We were both taken to the hospital. They kept us overnight with a drip of IV antibiotics. I was released the next day. Ed was released much later, after they amputated his leg from the knee down. It turned red, the color of the exposed meat of the gummy bears, and then translucent, and then black.
Ed is still around. He keeps saying he’s going to retire and I don’t think he will, because his job these days mostly consists of driving around the campsite and shooting the shit with my campers and drinking their beer. If any of my other staff complain I tell them Ed provides invaluable intel on what’s going on around the campsite, but also they can fuck right off because Ed has more seniority than anyone here and deserves the easy jobs.
Okay, so their bites cause disease, you’re thinking. Any animal bite can do that. And anyone that gets bit on my campsite is probably going to get a massive dose of antibiotics and rabies shots in response. Yes, this is all true. But there’s one more thing that happened after I was released from the hospital.
We kept finding the remains of animals in the fairy circles. And Bryan’s dogs were uneasy. They refused to go into the forest. Our traps kept turning up empty.
I decided to try another approach. We’d leave out bait. I talked to a local farmer and convinced him to part with one of his goats. We killed it and hung the body from a stout branch, high enough that the average animal in the forest couldn’t get at it. They’d smell it, though. And then I affixed a digital camera to a tree trunk.
In the morning I went to check on the bait. I found… half the goat still hanging from the tree branch. The rest of its body was gone. There was no trail of blood or broken branches. Whatever had taken it was big enough to reach the bait, rip it in half, and then carry that half off into the woods.
I took the camera home, viewed the footage, and then cancelled the open camping we had planned for the coming weekend and sent out a whole lot of refunds. Then for a week my staff and I scoured the campground in teams of three, armed with fire and guns and accompanied by a dog, until finally we had to admit that whatever was out there had clearly retreated into hiding, for we weren’t finding the remains of small animals in the fairy circles anymore. I reopened the campground and when I wrote my rules, I included it as rule #2.
I think I’ve said before that there’s no real order to the rules. Don’t read too much into it being the second rule. I think it occurred to me so quickly because I don’t know what’s out there and that frightens me.
And no, I don’t have the footage to share with you anymore. The file got corrupted quite some time ago when I transferred it to a new computer. Besides, there wasn’t much to see. When I reviewed it I saw the edge of something’s body, the translucence of flesh and the start of a bone. Then it bumps into the camera and dislodges it and all you can see is dirt.
I’m a campground manager. Some of the creatures I deal with are beautiful, like the fairy, or intriguing, like the dancers. And some are straight-up horrifying. I worry that with it being a bad year, the creature that took the goat will come back to the campground. I worry about a lot of things coming back or suddenly becoming more active. And now to top it off, I have to worry about my diet because I’m not sure I want to eat fresh vegetables ever again after the spider incident and my dinner tonight is literally beef jerky, some cheddar cheese, and popcorn; and I’m sure that’s not going to be healthy in the long-term. [x]
Finally, an update about the lady with extra eyes.
Read the full list of rules.
Visit the campground's website.
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The truth about WAX and digital assets

Unlike many assume, WAX is not just OPSkins. Nor is it about gaming. It's way more than that.
And this is a good thing.
WAX stands for ‘Worldwide Asset eXchange’, and it has a chance of becoming one of the crypto projects with the most significant impact on our daily lives so far.
OPSkins, the market leader of a 50 Billion Dollar industry, is the company behind WAX. And they want to bring their whole business on the blockchain. At this point, I feel the need to state the fact that the usual maker fee on every trade is 10% - we are talking 5 billion in revenues here! Assuming OPSkins will stick with gaming skins and crypto collectibles as soon as their Blockchain is live would be pretty shortsighted. This would be as if Amazon had stuck to books after they conquered the market. But in this case, OPSkins doesn’t only own the market already, they also got the first mover advantage with WAX.
WAX will is an EOS variant optimized to facilitate the trading of digital assets.
It will not only handle the stores, fiat pegged payment processing, distribution of fees but also be able to communicate with the Ethereum blockchain, utilizing the WAX ERC20 as a bridge, and other chains like EOS and NEO. It will come with full dAPP support without artificial limitations. This means you can technically run on WAX whatever you could run on EOS. To achieve this WAX plans to run sidechains for theses games/dapps.
To take a look at the bigger picture we have to first dig into digital assets. Right now everyone is just talking about skins and crypto collectibles. Think about those what you want. But In essence, a digital asset is anything that can be stored digitally, and thus be traded digitally. Even though the 50 billion dollar market OpSkins is targeting seems enormous, it’s just the tip of an iceberg. Digital assets are everywhere around us. Combining digital asset trade with blockchain allows licensing on a whole new level. Think of eBooks, people could resell and the publishers even earning on your resell through the WAX chain if they want. Same goes for movies, television series, computer games, music, etc. pp.
It would ease the distribution of software licenses, be it for developers selling or companies/end-consumer using it. Both sides would always be able to tell how many licenses are in use and where. I spent some time in IT administration and believe me, the chaos of in-house license distribution is one of the worst nightmares there is.
Let’s take a step further and look at real world connections. I’m not even at tokenization of real-world assets yet. Back in the 90s, we had copy shops and Internet cafes popping up everywhere until almost every household had it’s own printer and Internet connection. What is coming up right now, and I suppose many of you are as hyped about those as I am, are 3D printers. On WAX you could eventually trade and run limited use Blueprints for 3D printers, opening up a more or less untapped market that is becoming huge in the near future. e.g. Volkswagen, a German car producer, is looking into the utilization of blockchain tech to fight replacement part fraud by not shipping the replacement part to the other end of the world, but by just issuing limited use printing licenses. And I’m talking steel here! But who knows, maybe in a couple of years we could even buy whole homes on the blockchain and have ’em printed.
Then we have got the real real-world connection. Tokenization. Utilizing tokenization, we ultimately get an IoT chain. E.g., rental equipment, equip something with an RFID, QR code or whatever tag and link it to clarify ownership of items. This could be used from cars to door keys; the only limit is your imagination.
The first implementation we will see is in collectibles. For collectibles stored in trusted warehouses, (e.g. Sneakers, Trading Cards, Comics, ...) NFTs will be issued. Every NFT will be linked to a specific item and who ever holds the NFT as prrof of ownership has the right to withdraw said collectible from those warehouses. Those platforms already exist, so adoption and blockchain implementation will happen rather fast.
So if you ask me, and I don’t care if you do, digital assets are THE market of the future.
Looking at the track record of the Team behind WAX, for example, Malcolm Casselle, who is not only the President of OPSkins, but founded Xfire aswell as numerous other successful business. Jon Yantis, who created and shaped the concept of virtual item trading and William Quigley the founder of Tether. You can bet they are aware of this.
Even without this market, the impact on the gaming sector beyond just item trading could be huge. I’m expecting even more crypto collectible and blockchain gaming toolkits. And I’m betting my ass on a Unity plugin, bringing crypto microtransactions and blockchain based games onto almost every smartphone out there, giving Google Play and the iOS store with their extremely high fees a run for their money. Genuinely bringing crypto to the masses, without most of the users even realizing.
As a vast VR nerd, I had to smirk a bit when WAX partnered with Decentraland and Terra Virtua. WAX becoming the ‘Linden Dollar’ of our Metaverse. Who wants boring credits anyway?
The pillar of WAX will be the platform token, that can be claimed 1:1 in Q2 next year by every WAX ERC20 holder. The specifics will be, as they say, announced ‘soon enough’. One thing to remember is that the whole system relies heavily on staking of the WAX coins while the ERC20 and it's versions on other chains will mainly be used to process payments. We will end up with several different assets with different names, price points and a considerable difference in circulating supply even though the total supply might be the same.
tl;dr
Technically anything that can be transferred, stored or sold digitally, can be brought onto the Blockchain. eBooks, Movies, 3D Blueprints, Games, (Software) Licenses, Art, Collectibles, and the list goes on.
We will likely see WAX based blockchain games and microtransactions due to engine integration in smartphone games bringing crypto to the masses without them even realizing.
Attach a dAPP with decentralized storage to WAX, and you can ultimately replace Steam with it, host a decentralized Netflix | Spotify | Library | eBook | Movie | whatever store or rental and even facilitate and profit from peoples resells. Some of these projects are actually being implemented already.
WAX will be split into a token and a coin later this year, of which the coin will be highly incentivized to be staked, locked up and thus have a considerably decreased circulating supply.
Yes, I might come off fanboyish… but I hope now you’ve got a bit of an understanding why.
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Kaefer out~
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Financially Fucked But Have Time? Here Are Some Things I Did To Get Back In The Green.

Hey /Entrepreneur! How are we all doing today?
I know that there are probably a few people who are struggling financially. Maybe you're a student and can't find a part time job. Maybe you're working fulltime but are living paycheck to paycheck because you have a debt to repay. Maybe you're doing fine and just want to make some extra cash to invest into your main business. Or maybe you just want something productive to do with your free time.
Last year I made a few bad business moves and had to halt work temporarily due to some mental health issues. By the time I was back on track and had things rolling again, I had no money in the bank. I wasn't in trouble, but needed more money to make more money, and I hustled and made as much money as I could. Here are 3 things that I did to make some money when I really needed it:
 
1. Importing Tech & Reselling Locally
Buy from Aliexpress and list on classified ads websites (I'm talking Craigslist, Gumtree, Kijiji, etc.). Buy low, sell high. It's as easy as drop shipping, and you can start with any amount of money. Say you have $200 to work with: you could buy a 20x $10 smartwatches (I did well selling the U80 watch, just make sure it comes in a sealed retail box and has a strong and comfortable band, also check reviews, there are lots of variations of the same products going around in China), list them for $15-$20 each and offer free local delivery (if you have a vehicle you can drive around in), and publish your ad to local classified ads websites or Facebook groups. I'd recommend getting a $19 'Square' card reader so that you can take card payments as well, people appreciate the professionalism and the fact they don't need to get cash out in advance.
It might take you a month or two to sell those 20 smartwatches, but then you'll have turned your $200 into $300-$400, and you can go for round 2 with multiple products and more of them, or just bank it and put it into something else. Once you have a few thousand dollars, you'll be able to buy enough products to have constant stock with a wider variety and have a consistent stream of revenue coming in (the revenue could be anywhere from a hundred dollars, to several hundred dollars depending on how much money to have to use to buy stock, where you live, competition, time, etc.).
Products that I had success with included luxury looking smartwatches, fitness watches, car dash cams, cheap wireless security cameras, cheap drones, gaming headsets and gaming mice. You'll need to test your own local market to see what works for you.
Tips: Buy a portable card reader so you can take card payments (Square sells one for $19 that plugs into your phone). Offer free delivery if you can, it will increase sales. If you don't have a good camera, use the photos from the Aliexpress listing, even though they are generally bad they come across as more professional than dark low quality phone photos. Don't advertise a warranty, but replace anything that is broken out of the box or doesn't last (or just refund them); it's a good business practice. Be careful with what you buy from China; if a smartwatch you sold explodes when charging, burns down the buyers house and kills someone, it's on you (if you can't afford insurance or to register the gig as a business, just be cautious with what you sell). Check local stores and the sites you are going to list your products on before ordering to make sure there isn't competition with that specific product, or at the least make sure you are the cheapest seller in your area. Spend time writing your listing copy, get it perfect before publishing. You may need to relist each item every few days as they can get pretty far down the ranks on classified ads sites and stop getting found pretty quickly. Experiment with listing upgrades (highlighting, homepage promotion, etc.).
 
2. Selling Services
The services you can offer will depend on what you have. If you have a lawn mower or other landscaping related equipment, you can start offering garden care services. If all you have is an iron, start ironing peoples clothes and charge by the basket. There are several airconditioner cleaning businesses in my local area that make a killing; they charge around $100 per aircon and the average house probably gets 3 done at a time, they seem to take 40 minutes a piece. What I personally did was lawn mowing.
Once you have your equipment and know what service you want to provide, review your competition. The good thing is, you don't need to be the cheapest and as long as it's something that has alot of demand in your area you'll be able to get customers (hopefully repeat customers).
If you're broke, get some paper and a marker, and draw up flyers (or design and print them off a computer if you have access to one). Put them on notice boards, hand them out, deliver to letterboxes; whatever you need to do. Make sure to let friends and family know what you're doing as well, they may be interested themselves or could refer someone who would be. A website isn't a must if it's a short term thing, however it can make you look more professional and established and get you higher end clients; a WordPress theme is $50, learning to customize it is free, and website hosting can be as low as $1 / month.
Tips: Offer the best service possible. If you have the skills, time, and money then setup a website, create a logo, brand your uniform, and go all out after you've tested your local market and know that the service your offering is going to work. Don't waste money on a TV or radio ad for the service sidegig, you can advertise for free on classified ads websites and local Facebook groups. Letterbox delivery services often have good deals for first time customers; last month I saw a company offering flyer design, printing, and delivery to 10K houses for just a few hundred dollars. Don't be the cheapest as you might miss out on customers who think you're services could be dodgy, there are lots of people in my area who pay $100 to have their lawn mowed even though people offer the same service for $40; don't work twice as hard to bring in the same money as a competitor.
 
3. Growing & Selling Instagram & Twitter Accounts
If you're tech savvy, this can be an easy way to make some money. It's free, and requires very little work time, however takes a few months to grow each account and make any money. I sold several packages of accounts that I grew and it was really easy money.
Sign up to a service for either Instagram or Twitter that allows you to automate your account growth. The software will need to be able to follow and unfollow other users, and schedule posts, that's it.
Create say 10 accounts on Twitter, and 10 accounts on Instagram, and connect them to the website/software that automates the growth tasks. Set up the follow and unfollow feature so that the software follows and unfollows around 500 people per day, and press go.
Go to a free stock photo website such as https://pixabay.com/, search keywords relating to your accounts niches, and download 20 photos for each account. Use the software to create the posts all at once, and schedule the 20 photos so 1 is posted every 5 days to each account.
After the 3 months once all of the schedule posts have been published, each account should have close to 5000 followers (assuming your have your follow/unfollow settings setup okay so you can achieve a 10%+ followback rate).
What you'll want to do now is sign up to EpicNPC here: https://www.epicnpc.com/forums/583-Social-Media and create an ad in the social media section promoting the accounts that you are selling. If you sell 20 accounts together with 5K followers each, you should get $150-$300 USD. It's not alot, however it's very easy and even though it takes 3-4 months to get paid, it is only like 1 day of setup work so is still worth it.
Tips: Don't set up more than 2 accounts per platform per day, otherwise your device and IP address may be flagged for spam and your current and new accounts could be banned. Accounts in travel, luxury, and fashion niches sell well right now. A source has informed me of an Instagram algorithm update that is going to be rolled out soon that will make low following accounts worthless as their post reach will be very low (because if this, I'd recommend just focusing on Twitter).
 
3. Safe Sports Betting With Bonus Bets
This is not a business, it's a one time money making idea. I was able to make a couple of hundred in 2 days with just a few hours work and a few dollars to start with, and it got me out of trouble as I did it with less than $100 in my bank account with some bills coming up.
What you need to do is turn off any ad blocker software then search google for keywords like 'sports betting', 'sports bet websites', etc. Look at the ads on the first few pages of search results, there will be a few promoting sign up bonuses (generally things like 'Deposit $10, Play With $80').
Once you have one or more websites open on the page you need to go through to get the sign up bonus, open up the terms and conditions pages to see what conditions are set on promotional money. Most websites require you to turn the money over 2-5 times before you can cash out, after that some websites take away the bonus money from the win (so if the bonus was $50 and you win $100 you're account will only show $50), and most sites require you to bet on games with certain odds (generally 1.3 or higher).
Find out the odds you need to play to quality and how many times you need to turn the money over. Then, go to the tennis section and find games that have great odds in favour of one person (I'm talking 1.2 to player 1, and 6 to player 2). Then what you need to do is not bet on the team winning, rather bet on them winning at least 1 set (which is highly likely as they are tipped to win the whole game anyways), and create a multi bet with 3-5 games involved until the odds are what they need to be.
Let's assume you deposited $10 of your own money, and the site gave you $100 to play with. To withdraw, you need to turn the money over 3 times at 1.3 odds or higher. Do the multibet strategy on Tennis matches, betting that the player will win at least 1 set. Once the game is over, if you've lost then you've lost, move onto another site that offers a good sign up bonus or just quit. If your bet won and was successful, you'd now have $130 in your account on the website.
Now remember, you need to turn the money over 2 more times before you can withdraw. Don't be stupid and gamble the money. What you need to do is find any tennis game and bet on both teams to win. Use this calculator: http://www.aussportsbetting.com/tools/online-calculators/arbitrage-calculato to find how how much money to place on each team, and it will work out so that you lose only a few dollars on the game no matter who wins. Make 2 bets using the same strategy, then withdraw the money and delete your account on the site.
Tips: There is risk involved with the first bet, so don't use this method unless you can afford to lose the money. Never gamble, it's stupid and rigged, you will lose everything eventually. This works because you only need to go in with $10-$20 and can make $100+ on a very safe bet with bonus money. Do not sign up to the same website under a different name, you will get banned for claiming the bonus bet twice if you access the site and both accounts from the same IP address, device, and with the same bank account connected to deposit/withdraw to. If this method works for you, look into sports betting arbitrage; it's another way to make money with very little risk and can be used long term as opposed to just once per website.
 
Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions or want help executing on a side business idea. Get off your ass, get pumped, hustle, make some money. Work hard, but work smart. Good luck /Entrepreneur!
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Daily Thoughts (October 17, 2017)

As always, I appreciate any and all feedback on formatting or content, and I'll be around to answer any questions — either in the comments or in PMs.
News of Note
Auction House Thoughts
What's happening right now is hard to put a finger on. Are prices slipping on high elites because demand is down after Weekend League? Is that true for 82-83s because speculation about Elite Tokens has ended? Are the monthly season rewards — as or more generous than Weekend League rewards, and likely more broadly distributed — helping keep prices down? It's hard to say.
I will say that I got a TOTW Derek Carr for just over 230K last night, and am really excited to use him — basically a clone of Core Elite Rodgers, minus a little bit of accuracy but plus some mobility, for half the price — in a Seasons playoff run to decide whether he's more than a cheap rental before Weekend League. And I will say that I think deals are going to be had all week, even before two widely-awaited crashes.
The primary question for you this week as a buyer: How much value are you willing to lose on Most Feared? If you think Player X is going to drop more than 10 percent in price from his current tag, you will lose money on him — and that might be okay for you, because there's a lot more to this game than just doing Auction House arbitrage, but it's also a valid reason to hold off on buying.
The primary question for you this week as a seller: How much are you willing to work to get full value for what's in your binder and on your roster? Many (most?) cards will fall this week, with a pre-Most Feared sell-off, another Weekend League rewards round, Limited TNF cards that drive pack-pulling, and Most Feared itself coming prior to the weekend — when prices might yet stay low as folks pull Most Feared packs. You have ample time to get everything in your binder sold, but you may or may not want to painstakingly list everything, and you also may not know exactly when to do so.
Let me answer that second question for you: Now. ASAP. Alacritously. The chances that you lose money on any card go up with time, and true appreciation — rather than daily price fluctuation — on any given card you hold is unlikely in the next week, though you could certainly play a long game with MUT Heroes cards, especially if Sidekick and MUT Heroes packs eventually expire.
Personally, I'm aiming to have a little over a million coins on hand and most — not all — of the non-roster cards in my binder sold by Thursday. That will require selling well over 100 cards, which requires at least five — and likely more like eight or nine, given that 100 is a low estimate and I price cards fairly but not aggressively — rounds of 20 postings lasting one hour.
That's a lot of work before me, and it's work I can spread out because of my life circumstances. You are probably more constrained, and should consider giving yourself as much time as possible to get your inventory offloaded.
TOTW Week 6 Predictions
Let's go position by position.
Gameplay Observations
I gave in and bought the Heroes defense uniforms — sorry, didn't need lunch yesterday — and got through the three picks solo last night by getting two picks on the first three plays and the third with 15 seconds left as the other team was driving. Had I lost, I would've been crushed. Dropping everyone into coverage and using more man than zone seemed to work best for me.
I fell behind 14-0 in a playoffs-or-bust Seasons game last night, then won 28-17. This opponent was motioning out his WR from a Bunch set and racking up catches by doing that, and I gave up on various non-man solutions — including player lock, which I tried only to get blocked and give up a rushing TD — midway through the game, effectively stopping that cheese. Adjustments are so, so key.
Also? I dislike that cheese more than maybe any other. In a real NFL game, the corner playing zone there breaks on the route at least once in five tries and houses the pick, right?
MUT Musings
I have completed every solo challenge available to me — I'm at 1,209 completed, in case you were curious, and only really missed some of what was available while I didn't have power during Irma and some of the time-gated ones that one weekend. I have Sean Taylor, and could work on his objectives, and I could work towards the Squads objectives, but I know the improving my team objective will come with time, and know the MUT Heroes sets objectives are a money pit.
I do play Seasons, and dabble in Salary Cap or MUT Draft, but I know how good I am (not) and generally don't want to play during workday hours with people for whom Madden is a vocation. So I try to keep my H2H play to the evenings, meaning that my daytime hours are best spent on solos and Auction House scouring.
Auction House scouring gets boring quick. Solos, for me, don't — because I like playing the game. And I want to do that without sweating out playing other people every time I do.
So I hope Most Feared has a substantial solo component — and I also hope it, or November, brings an expansion of the level cap, and solos to go with it.
Unsolicited Advice
u/TesticularUrine (original)
so me and my friend are not the brightest or most informed when it comes to MUT. We are both very good players though and used to play team play in 2012 and we were ranked top 5 in world. That means little to nothing now that they brought back team play in ultimate team mode. We have never engaged in it and would love some tips from you guys on to how to get like 88 overalls and stuff all accross the roster. This would make the game a lot more fun and I'd love to learn how this stuff actually works. Any and all tips are very appreciated!
If you want a balanced roster with no holes, I firmly believe there is no better way to accomplish that for cheap or free than the Team Leaders solos. If you're willing to sink some money into the game, pull some packs, sell the better cards, and start (smartly) buying up cheaper elites to flip for profits.
u/GlobBarker18 (original)
Currently have 147k and this page makes me feel poor. What should I do with this money? Save and keep grinding or scroll through the auction house and hope I get a snipe. Team is an 86 and I'm just looking for some real deal playmakers.
At under 200K as of today, I think you will struggle to get more than one premier playmaker that will not swiftly be eclipsed by Most Feared cards or other cards. Your best bet, if getting that card soon matters to you, is waiting until Most Feared drops and buying something as prices plummet. But I think 150K is more than enough to start playing the Auction House as a snipe-and-resell game.
Closing Thought
I've written about this elsewhere, but I didn't play MUT at all last fall, hopping on only when Madden went free in the EA Access Vault. So this will be my first go through the fall promos as they happen — and I'm excited. What was the best part of the last fall for y'all?
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50 Ways to Make Extra Money

This is a long one but I think it's a great resource I wanted to share. I realize it's slightly different from the posts on this thread as all of those seem to focus on one specifically per post. But there's just a wealth of info here. I didn't take the time to add all the links from the original post but you can find the Original post with links here
  1. Sell Custom Goods on Etsy
Nowadays, you can sell just about anything on Etsy, a website designed to allow creators and designers to share their artwork with the world. If you have a talent, it can probably be showcased here. One great example involves etching , but you can also sell woodwork, clothing, graphics, books, and games.
What materials you’ll need:
Anything that can help you create your masterpiece. If you etch, you should find an affordable Cricut, as well as Glass Etching Adhesive. If you design clothing, you’ll need to look for fabric and sewing materials. When in doubt, you can usually find everything you need at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores or Michaels Craft Stores.

  1. Create Custom Book Bags
Let’s zero-in on a specific creation, for just a moment. You’re in college, right? You need to make money, but you don’t know where to start. Why not utilize the people around you? Designing custom book bags is a fantastic (and cheap) way to earn cash. All you need is a creative eye, and enough time to bring your ideas to life.
What materials you’ll need:
If you want to make quality book bags, you’ll need a sewing machine (which can be found on Amazon in the Arts, Crafts & Sewing section), as well as some canvas fabric and thread. Again, you’ll find many of your necessities at local craft stores.
  1. Fix Broken Phones
You know how heartbreaking a broken phone can be. Why not get into the business of fixing them yourself? You’ll be hailed as a hero on campus, and you’ll make plenty of extra cash from the ongoing stream of business.
What materials you’ll need:
First of all, you’ll need to read this article about fixing iPhones. There’s more than enough information there to get you started. Secondly, you’ll need to buy a Pro Tech Toolkit, a 54 Bit Driver Kit, and a Magnifier Table Lamp. And, finally, you’ll want to invest some time into learning the craft by practicing with friends and family.
  1. Design T-Shirts
This idea involves entrepreneurial talent and a decent level of design skill. You can help promote causes, design t-shirts for local bands and student groups, and showcase your favorite memes. College students are always looking for ways to express themselves. Why not help them along?
What materials you’ll need:
Obviously, you won’t be able to make these t-shirts in your dorm room. You’ll need to outsource that work to another company, like Teespring or Zazzle. It’s up to you to design the shirt, place the order, and make the delivery. You can also develop stickers for student groups by utilizing Sticker Mule. Market yourself with business cards from websites like Vistaprint.
  1. Become a Content Writer
Hundreds of websites need content for their pages, and you can be the one to supply it. With a little bit of research and a working computer, you can write thousands of words a week and get paid handsomely for it (depending on your client).
What materials you’ll need:
To get started, you’ll need an account on a freelance website like Upwork. Then, you should take a Udemy course on generating website content, just to get familiar with the tone and quality that’s going to be expected of you. Other than that, starting a career in professional writing is fairly inexpensive and material-free.
  1. Refurbish Furniture
Have you ever seen an old piece of furniture that you thought you could improve? With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn someone else’s trash into your treasure. And you don’t necessarily need to dig through garage sales to find a subject. Using websites like Craigslist, you can easily locate unused items and refurbish them. It’s almost like flipping a house.
What materials you’ll need:
It’s impossible to tell exactly what you’ll need, since there are so many different styles of furniture, and even more ways in which they can be altered. But it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll need basic tools (a hammer, nails, a screwdriver, etc.), paint or varnish, and an electric sander. You can find most of these things at The Home Depot or Lowe’s. You’ll also need a large workspace, such as a garage or a backyard.
  1. Walk Dogs
You probably thought about walking dogs as a teenager but, now, you have the ability to take it to the next level. Pet owners are far more likely to trust their dogs with an adult than a preteen, and that gives you an edge. If you market yourself correctly, you can turn dog walking into a full-time, under-the-table job.
What materials you’ll need:
Marketing is the most important part of this equation. You’ll need a website, which you can create through WordPress or Weebly. You’ll also need business cards and flyers (again, Vistaprint is a great resource), as well as a travel water dish and a few toys.
  1. Start a Babysitting Service
Again, parents are far more likely to trust their children with an adult. Not only
that, but an adult with a certification in CPR. You can start a babysitting service for next to nothing and, if you enjoy spending time with kids, you won’t be anywhere near as miserable as you would be working in an office. Also, tax-free work. Can we even argue with that?
What materials you’ll need:
Start out by making a profile on popular babysitting websites, such as Care or Sitter City. You’ll also want to create a professional website, business cards, and flyers. Finally, you can choose to bring toys or entertainment supplies for the kids, but many parents supply those for you.
  1. Become an Airbnb Host
Did you know that you can rent out your home, or a portion of your home, through Airbnb? That’s right – you can make money on empty space alone. You don’t even need an entire house or a room to rent. Believe it or not, there are plenty of couchsurfers that take advantage of Airbnb on a regular basis.
What materials you’ll need:
First, you need to make a profile. Take tasteful pictures of the space you’re going to offer and come up with a colorful description. The area should be well-decorated and cleared of any personal items. When the guest arrives, you’ll need to provide basic amenities (toilet paper, towels, blankets, lighting, etc.) and enough food for breakfast.
  1. Review and Test Games
It might sound too good to be true – but you can actually get paid to test video games. Check out an awesome tutorial here for more information. You should keep in mind that this method of making money will feel more like an official job, with a regular paycheck coming from a specific company. You can find positions on websites like Indeed, and there’s a ton of information online. Time has a useful article on the subject, as does Business Insider and Game Testers.
What materials you’ll need:
Becoming a game tester and reviewer doesn’t involve a lot of monetary investment. But you’ll need a decent resume, a list of experience, and a website (if you really want to make an impression).
  1. Tutor Students
If there’s a subject that you know quite well, but notice other students struggle with, consider becoming a tutor. You can do this at the college level, as well as the high school and grade school levels. If you plan on becoming an educator, this is an especially rewarding experience.
What materials you’ll need:
Other than the usual marketing tools (resume, flyers, business cards, etc.), you’ll need to take advantage of flashcard applications such as Quizlet. You’ll also need basic school supplies, such as a calculator, a notebook, pencils, graphing paper, and a computer.
  1. Manage Social Media Accounts
Far too many businesses want a strong social media presence, but don’t have the knowledge or the drive to make it happen. In order to satisfy their needs, many companies turn to college students to handle their social media accounts. Don’t believe us? It’s actually more common than you think.
What materials you’ll need:
Statistics are the name of the game, in this business. You’ll need an account on Buffer to help analyze the amount of traffic your social media pages receive. You should also invest your time in an Upwork account, as many businesses hire through that platform. Other monetary investments could include business cards and a professional website.
  1. Make and Sell Custom Jewelry
If you’ve got a knack for creating your own jewelry, turn it into something more than a hobby. College students love unique, thoughtful pieces that aren’t generic or common. Take advantage of the environment surrounding you. Or, you could sell your work at flea markets and local events.
What materials you’ll need:
Other than renting out space for a booth at festivals or events, you’ll need to invest in basic materials. You can use a range of different items to make jewelry, so it all depends on your preferences. As we said earlier, Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics are fantastic for affordable, in-style craft supplies. If you plan on shipping your work to customers, you’ll also need boxes and labels for shipping purposes.
  1. Clean Houses
Another one of those preteen
jobs, turned professional. Make flyers and offer to clean houses for a fair price. The bigger the house, the more you make. You can also offer to clean dorm rooms for your friends and classmates. Imagine what college students would pay to have someone else take care of their dishes or dirty laundry!
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need cleaning supplies, such as all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, dish soap, rags, wood cleaner, and air fresheners. You don’t necessarily need to bring your own vacuum, mop, or broom. Most households will provide those things for you. You might also find that making an account on Angie’s List is a useful way to generate clients.
  1. Become an Uber or Lyft Driver
If you feel comfortable driving strangers in your car, this might be a viable option for you. Not only do you get to meet interesting people, but you get to make money in the process. Both Uber and Lyft pay their part-time drivers up to $35/hour, and you don’t have to worry about awkwardly asking for tips.
What materials you’ll need:
First of all, you’ll need to be twenty-one. That’s the biggest requirement. After that, you’ll need to obtain a four-door car with at least five seatbelts
that’s less than twelve-years-old. You can check out more information on that here. When it comes to upfront costs, you’ll need pack plenty of water bottles for your guests. You’ll also need a decent navigation application (we highly recommend Waze, which is free). Want to learn more? Uber has an awesome and complete guide here.
  1. Knit or Crochet Beanies and Hats
College students love homemade clothing. You can develop a total monopoly in this niche by knitting or crocheting stylish beanies and hats. And, when you’re starting out, you can even have your friends wear your creations as free marketing sources.
What materials you’ll need:
Luckily, knitting and crocheting doesn’t involve expensive sewing machines and equipment. You’ll need a set of patterns, a box of yarn, a basic set of supplies, and a decent needle set. After that, your business should fund itself. As usual, we recommend Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics for your crafting needs. But you can probably find a few local shops, as well.
  1. Sell Custom Cutting Boards
If you’ve ever been interested in woodwork, this might be the perfect job for you. Cutting boards are unique and fun to make, and college students never think to buy them until they see them. They’re also fairly affordable to build, in comparison to other wood-related crafts. You’ll need your own space for this job, though, so this particular moneymaker might be best for a commuter student. A dorm room just isn’t going to cut it.
What materials you’ll need:
Aside from a workshop area, you’ll need an electric sander, stencils, and a wood burning tool. Michaels has a fair inventory when it comes to woodwork, but you’ll also want to check out The Home Depot and Lowe’s for heavier equipment.
Cutting boards aren’t your thing? Sell coasters to the sororities. I heard house moms hate water stains…
  1. Make Leather Cuffs
Leather cuffs offer a unique style that only college students seem to understand. If you love crafting but also live on-campus, this low-stress method of earning some extra cash could work for you. Rather than making a series of jewelry options, you’ll be able to focus on one, specific item. If you’re not sure where to start, you can check out an interesting tutorial video here.
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need, of course, leather. You’ll also need a leather burning tool, adhesive snaps, and a leather cutter. If you need start-up materials, Artbeads is an online platform that has an entire section set aside just for leather jewelry supplies.
If cuffs are too big for you, trendy wrap bracelets never go out of style.
  1. Create Surprise Balls
If you’ve never heard of surprise balls before, you’re probably going to fall in love with this money making venture. Made of brightly colored paper, surprise balls are full of streamers and prizes such as puzzles, rings, jokes, whistles, and stickers. These unique gifts are perfect for birthday parties and large events. If you have the right connections, this fun business can take off pretty quickly.
What materials you’ll need:
First, you’ll need to read a few tutorials on how to make surprise balls. We’ve found that Not Martha and Honestly WTF are quality resources. Most websites agree that you’ll need multiple colors of fine crepe paper, confetti, ribbon, glitter, glue, and an assortment of candy or toys. If you’re located near a party store, this is going to become your hotspot for supplies.
  1. Develop a Digital eCourse
Far more complicated than crafting surprise balls, making a digital eCourse involves patience, dedication, recording, scriptwriting, and research. While you don’t necessarily need to purchase supplies right away, you might spend two or three months crafting a quality product. If you’re not sure how to get started, Teach Good Stuff, Freelance to Freedom, and Problogger offer instructions on eCourse creation.
What materials you’ll need:
Once you’ve written and established what you want to teach in your eCourse, you’re going to need to record your content. That’s going to involve a high-quality webcam (we suggest Logitech) and a microphone (we suggest the Snowball). Once you’ve finished, you’ll need to publish your work. Learning Revolution has some great information about that portion of production.
  1. Work for Fancy Hands
Fancy Hands provides US-based assistants for the self-employed, large company executives, and other business owners who need help managing their time and responsibilities efficiently. If you work well with organization, phone calls, appointment-setting, and other secretarial duties, this is a straightforward telecommunication position that can work for you. You can find more information here.
What materials you’ll need:
The materials you’ll need will depend entirely on the client you’re working with. You’ll need a smartphone, for sure, to help with prompt communication (we suggest an iPhone, but you can also use an Android). You’ll also need a laptop or desktop computer that can easily connect to a WiFi hotspot. Employers may have you download different applications or purchase additional materials, depending on the work they have you doing.
  1. Use TaskRabbit
Do you enjoy running errands? TaskRabbit will connect you to households in your local area that need assistance with grocery shopping, medication pickup, cooking, cleaning, and more. The only downside? TaskRabbit is currently available in nineteen cities, including New York, Portland, London, LA, Houston, and Phoenix. If you aren’t located in any of these cities or suburbs, you’ll be limited to virtual tasks (which are typically very similar to Fancy Hands jobs).
What materials you’ll need:
You won’t need much to get started with TaskRabbit, other than a full tank of gas and a professional outfit. Any costs you incur for shopping will be reimbursed by the household, and you’ll be paid an hourly wage that you set when you create a profile. Check out more here.
  1. Help Other People Move
If you have a large car or a truck, this is an easy way to make money. You can also offer labor, rather than transportation, if you don’t own a moving-friendly vehicle. Moving companies are, generally speaking, overpriced. If a household can hire an outside company or individual to help them move without paying an arm and a leg, they will. You can be that person.
What materials you’ll need:
Obviously, you’ll need to market yourself with business cards, flyers, and a website. You’ll also need heavy-duty gloves and moving blankets (if you own the vehicle being used). You should also plan on using a fair amount of gas between trips.
  1. Try Fiverr Jobs
Similar to Upwork (which we introduced earlier), Fiverr connects freelancers in various categories (such as Graphics & Design, Digital Marketing, Writing & Translation, Video & Animation, and Music & Audio) to employers who need work completed. If you’re successful in any of these niches, you should consider making an account and getting started immediately.
What materials you’ll need:
Fortunately, you won’t need anything but a service to offer and an idea. Fiverr has no basis of commitment, no memberships, and no hidden fees. You’re able to keep 80% of each transaction you complete. However, you should keep in mind that Fiverr sets base fees for their workers. For example, if you market yourself in the Writing & Translation niche, you won’t be able to charge more than $5 per job, unless you add extra services for the client to purchase (which can add up to $25 per job).
  1. Sell Used Items Online
This can go above and beyond selling old items that once belonged to you. You can also collect items from your friends and family members, recycling centers, or classmates who might consider trashing them instead of reselling them. Read a great success story here.
What materials you’ll need:
Other than shipping supplies, you’ll need a first “wave” of items to sell. From there, you can grow your collection through marketing and communication. Amazon and eBay are both online platforms specifically utilized for the sale of new or used items. It would be in your best interest to sell through one of them, since they’re both wildly popular with consumers.
  1. Become a Personal Shopper
If you love to shop, this job is perfect for you. Despite the stereotypical personal shopper positions, you won’t necessarily be shopping for the clothes of rich, old ladies. Personal shopping has really taken a turn in the past decade. Read more about it here and here.
Entrepreneur also has a wonderful article about starting a personal shopping business.
What materials you’ll need:
Other than a full tank of gas and a measuring tape, you won’t really incur any costs when you start this business. You may choose to spend money on a professional website, business cards, or flyers. But you can also place an advertisement on Craigslist for free. Since personal shoppers can only handle a limited number of clients, it won’t take long for you to get comfortable in your work.
  1. Be a YouTube Video Blogger
If you have something to say the world, start saying it. Because, eventually, you can be handsomely paid for it. While you won’t start out making money, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of advertising once your channel reaches a certain number of subscribers. Google will directly pay you a portion of their income from ads placed on your videos. How do you think YouTube stars survive without day jobs?
What materials you’ll need:
Like eCourse production, you’ll need a webcam (again, we suggest Logitech) and a microphone (another quality option is the Yeti). The rest of your starting materials depend on what you want to do in your videos, and how you want to market yourself. This is a far less professional platform than, say, Facebook. The most important thing is that your video is interesting and creative, not expensive.
  1. Try Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a performance-based form of marketing, in which a business will reward you for each visitor or customer brought to their website because of your personal marketing efforts. For example, YouTube stars that receive money from advertisements placed on their videos are actually taking part in an affiliate marketing program.
What materials you’ll need:
Once employed by a business, you can start marketing to your followers through a social media scheduler and advertisements. You should be smart and creative about your efforts, because affiliate marketing is hard work. While there aren’t any upfront costs to get started, you’ll need to spend quite a bit of time pushing the product before you see any payoff.
  1. Blog!
In the same way that you can get paid for advertisements on YouTube, you can get paid for placing advertisements on your personal blog (assuming your traffic statistics meet Google requirements). This isn’t going to happen overnight, so you’ll need to spend several months (or even years) building your brand, story, and website. The more you post, the faster your blog will grow in followers.
What materials you’ll need:
First of all, you’ll need a website. This can be created through WordPress or Weebly (which we discussed earlier), or you can utilize Squarespace. The most important part of the process will be purchasing your own URL, which is vital to making a quality blog or website. The more popular your blog, the more return you’ll get for your investment.
  1. Create a Niche Marketing Website
So, how do you make money from a website without waiting months or years for your traffic to be high enough? You create a niche marketing website. This is basically a website that utilizes SEO keywords to place your link at the top of the Google search page. Even though your website won’t actually offer or sell any products, it’ll be visited so often that Google will pay you hundreds of dollars each month to place advertisements on your page.
What materials you’ll need:
Other than starting your website, which can be done through a horde of different resources, you’ll need to spend hours each week creating useful content for your page. Choose a smart and thoughtful set of keywords that have proven popular through Google and incorporate them six or seven times in each article you produce. Within five or six months, your website will earn you a decent amount of traffic and income.
  1. Flip Websites
Before we talk about flipping websites, you need to check out Flippa, the most popular place on the internet for doing so. You’ll learn quite a bit just by checking out their page. Flipping websites
involves buying and selling domains for a profit. Basically, your job is to purchase the website of a company that wasn’t so great to begin with. Start an AdWords or AdSense campaign, upping the value of the site, and then sell it for far more than you bought it.
What materials you’ll need:
First, we suggest reading this tutorial on how to flip websites. Then, you’ll need to pool together enough money to make your initial purchases. Similar to flipping houses, you need to be smart about your decisions. Some websites are beyond help. Others have potential. It’s up to you to pinpoint the difference between the two.
  1. Become a Window Cleaner
If you like cleaning, but aren’t prepared to take on an entire house, consider cleaning windows. Most homeowners hate cleaning windows because it involves going outside and thoroughly washing each pane. On homes with many different windows, this can be a challenge. You can really make a market for yourself in this business, with recurring customers and references.
What materials you’ll need:
According to Great Day Improvements, the best window cleaning solution involves a spray bottle filled with fifty-percent distilled vinegar (white) and fifty-percent tap water. In addition to your spray, you’ll need a backpack, a ladder, a series of rags or squeegees, and other necessary cleaning supplies. To market yourself, make flyers and business cards to pass out throughout your neighborhood.
  1. Be an Independent Make-Up Artist
Have you been doing your own make-up since you were thirteen? Do your friends struggle to get the same professional results? Do you know the best products to purchase for a reasonable price? This is probably the job for you. You can make money by doing make-up for classmates, friends, and family. References come quickly when you do a quality job, and you’ll make a name for yourself right away.
What materials you’ll need:
This is going to be a bit more expensive to start up than several of the other business ideas presented in this article. Why? Because quality make-up isn’t cheap. For many individuals, that’s why hiring an independent make-up artist for special occasions is more affordable than purchasing their own supplies. And, for independent make-up artists, that’s why it makes sense to purchase supplies for many different individuals. Read a great article about how to get started here.
  1. Style Hair
Do you have a knack for hair styling? Trusting someone else with their hair, especially for special occasions, is a hard thing for most people to do. You’ll need to be patient, understanding, and smart about how you decide to work. You also need to be willing to work with the design ideas that your clients have. If you can manage all of that, this is a great start-up business that could, potentially, pay the bills.
What materials you’ll need:
Hair styling is, typically, a very expensive business to start. You’ll need a set of curling irons, flat irons, styling products (hairspray, conditioner, shampoo, etc.), scissors, and an area where you can work. The amount of money you need to invest depends entirely upon where you want to style hair (at the homes of your clients or in your own space) and whether you want to offer haircuts or simply styles for special occasions. Read more here and here.
  1. Write YouTube Product Reviews
Yes, you can get paid to write YouTube product reviews. But, how? First, you need to make a Fiverr account and offer reviews for $5 each. Then, you’ll create a video of your honest review and post it to your channel. The more of a following you create, the more businesses will pay for your reviews.
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need a webcam and microphone (we’ve already suggested Logitech and the Snowball), and a place to record. A huge bonus of this job? Free products. However, you need to make sure that businesses are aware of your intention to create an honest review. Your channel won’t be credible if you only offer positive reviews.
  1. Start Your Own Delivery Service
Have you ever wondered why fast food chains don’t offer delivery for their products? Most people assume that, since orders are so cheap, it wouldn’t be worthwhile. But, imagine making an independent service that delivers any fast food orders (Wendy’s, Arby’s, McDonalds, Taco Bell, etc.) for $5 each. Customers will reimburse you for their food, plus $5 for your time and gas. In fact, here’s the story of a millionaire CEO who did this same this in college.
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need a car and a full tank of gas. You’ll also need Venmo, so you can accept payment from your customers. We also suggest a website, business cards, and flyers.
  1. Create a Bootcamp at a Nearby Park
If you love to run, jump, climb, and jog, you can actually make money by forming an outdoor bootcamp in a local park. By running your own workouts, you can help adults and teenagers get in shape. You’ll also feel better about yourself, in the process!
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need basic workout equipment, such as cones, weights, tires, jump ropes, hula-hoops, or anything else you might use to create an obstacle course. Read more information on how to get started here.
  1. Design Graphics
Bloggers love graphics, but they hate creating them. Therefore, they sometimes turn to an outside party to design something for them. If you enjoy working with graphics and have a creative eye for marketing, this is the job for you.
What materials you’ll need:
In order to make quality graphics, you’ll need to download Adobe Illustrator. This is usually fairly expensive, but the student edition is just $19.99 a month and includes a handful of other applications. You can also use a sketch application on a Mac computer, which is cheaper and usually has the same effect. We also suggest Graphic River credits, which will save time with pre-made vector graphs.
  1. Start a Party Supply Delivery Service
Students haven’t created this service yet, and we’re really not sure why. Imagine being at a party. You run out of chips. The last thing you want to do is run to the store for chips, so you call a party supply delivery service and pay them a small fee to bring the chips for you. Yes, you can actually make this service available on your campus by marketing yourself, filling up your gas tank, and running around town.
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need gas, which we mentioned above. You’ll also need to create a Venmo account, where you can professionally accept payment for the service you’ve provided. Keep in mind, you’ll need to make sure that you aren’t delivering anything that has an age limit (for legal reasons). Unfortunately, this means you can’t purchase beer or cigarettes.
  1. Paint Menu Boards
Menu boards are what customers see when they first walk into a business. The point of a menu board is to draw passerby into the store or restaurant by making a good first impression. Fortunately, this works quite well when the board is thoughtfully and tastefully designed. Unfortunately, this works quite poorly when the menu board isn’t professional in presentation. You can design these boards for local businesses, and offer your painting services as an incentive to bring in customers.
What materials you’ll need:
First of all, you’ll need to market yourself online. You’ll need to get in touch with local businesses and reach a fair wage for your work. You’ll also need a slew of paints, chalk colors, stencils, and other design aids to help you get the job done. Check out some great ideas here. You can also view the work of local San Diego artist Art by Autumn for inspiration.

  1. Be a Secret Shopper
Also known as “mystery shoppers”, secret shoppers are hired by outside companies to determine how good (or poor) the service is in specific restaurants, grocery stores, and retail stores. Not only will you get to visit new places, but you’ll get to report your findings and get paid for it. Be wary, however. Many “outside companies” are scams. You need to make sure you’re working through a reputable service. Read more here.
What materials you’ll need:
Secret shoppers don’t need much money to get started. You’ll need a full tank of gas, a notebook, and a pen to keep track of your reports. That’s about it.
  1. Sew Dorm Décor
College dorm rooms have a tendency to look boring, undecorated, and unloved. You can change that by designing quality dorm décor that helps students feel at home on campus. Start by creating designs for your own dorm. Then, as your visitors see what you’ve done, ask them to refer you to their friends and classmates.
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need a set of trendy fabric (check out some awesome samples here), a quality sewing machine, and some amazing design ideas.
  1. Sell Class Notes
There are many things that aren’t “okay” in college. Writing other students’ papers, doing homework for your friends, cheating on tests, and copying answers are all “wrong” acts. However, there’s nothing inherently wrong with sharing class notes. Everyone misses class sometimes. It helps them to know what’s going on while they’re gone. So, why not sell your class notes for a reasonable price?
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need to store your notes on a computer, making them easier to read. You’ll also need to create online flashcards (again, Quizlet is great for this) for your customers to use. Once someone “buys” your notes, give them access to a locked Google Document and send them the URL to the Quizlet page.
  1. Buy Storage Units
Have you ever seen Storage Wars? In the popular television show, bidders try to purchase abandoned storage units. Then, they attempt to flip the contents for cash. Most of the time, bidders were successful in earning their money back and maintaining some kind of profit. If you have the time and energy, this start-up business is fun, interesting, and has the potential for huge payoffs.
What materials you’ll need:
You’ll need a full tank of gas to attend auctions. You’ll also need start-up money with which to bid. Other than that, you may need to rent a trailer to move the contents of a unit to another location. And, of course, you’ll need a location to store or sell your findings.
  1. Become a Campus Brand Ambassador
Brands are constantly looking for ways to break into the millennial market. If you have great communication skills and a large social circle, this could be right up your alley. Many of these positions are performance based, offering commission and bonuses. With a little willingness to talk to strangers and a charming smile, you could be making friends and money at the same time. Check for listings on popular intern sites such as InternMatch, Internships.com and InternQueen.
What materials you’ll need:
Not much is needed to be a brand ambassador, and if there is, usually the company will supply these to you. A clean shirt is recommended and see if the company can provide some swag to make your job easier.
  1. Start Landscaping and Lawn Mowing
On hot summer days, homeowners don’t want to go outside and mow their own lawn. They would much rather pay a teenage boy twenty dollars to do it for them. But you aren’t a teenage boy. You’re old enough to make sure the work is done correctly, and that gives you an edge. You can also do extensive landscaping – something that teenagers rarely offer.
What materials you’ll need:
As always, you’ll need to market yourself with a website, business cards, and flyers. You’ll also need gardening supplies (Lowe’s is a fantastic resource for this equipment), shears, and (potentially) a lawn mower. Many homes, though, will provide a mower for you.
  1. Shovel Snow
Even more than they don’t want to venture into the heat, homeowners don’t want to venture into the cold. And, while long grass doesn’t stop cars from going down the driveway, snowstorms do. This means that, in the winter, you can make plenty of money by shoveling snow for your neighbors, friends, and family. Since the season is long and weather is unpredictable, some months will be heavy and other months will be light.
What materials you’ll need:
All you need to make a quality snow-shoveling business are a few decent shovels, a handful of business cards, and a single-page website explaining what you offer.
  1. Wash Cars
Some car washes aren’t as quality as car-owners would hope. There’s nothing like washing a car by hand, but that isn’t really offered anymore. Or, is it? By starting your own car washing business, you offer a service that most people can use. Without having to leave their home, car owners can have a clean car that hasn’t been unnecessarily damaged. You can also offer interior cleaning, for an extra cost.
What materials you’ll need:
Just as you’ll need when you clean homes, washing cars will require basic cleaning supplies (soap, sponges, buckets, etc.). You’ll also need an interior vacuum, towels, access to a hose, and weather that doesn’t get in the way of your job.
  1. Review Applications and Resumes
You live on a college campus. The students around you are desperately filling out applications and creating resumes. Whether or not these applications and resumes paint the best picture of the individual, however, is a different story. If you’re interested in PR, or you just enjoy helping other people with their resumes, this could be a great position for you. And you can make a ton of money from the right clients. People are willing to pay if it means they’ll get hired.
What materials you’ll need:
Writing and editing jobs really don’t cost much in the way of start-up fees. However, you will need profiles on websites such as Fiverr and Upwork, and you’ll need to keep those profiles as up-to-date as possible. We suggest making several resume examples, and writing a few blog posts or articles about what companies are looking for in a potential employee.
  1. Offer Editing Services
Again, you can access the world of writing and translation through Upwork or Fiverr, both of which will allow you to offer editing services for a set price. On Upwork, you apply for jobs that are specifically posted. On Fiverr, clients will contact you based on your promotional post. Be specific; what do you enjoy editing? What experience do you have?
What materials you’ll need:
Once again, writing itself doesn’t cost additional start-up money. You just need a computer, a WiFi connection, and a stable place to work. We also suggest a printer and a red pen for serious editing jobs, such as college essays or novels.
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The Future of WAX and Digital Assets

Unlike many assume, WAX is not OPSkins. Nor does it's future lie in the gaming industry.
And this is a good thing.
WAX stands for ‘Worldwide Asset eXchange’, and it has a chance of becoming one of the crypto projects with the most significant impact on our daily lives so far.
OPSkins, the market leader of a 50 Billion Dollar industry, is the company behind WAX. And they want to bring their whole business on the blockchain. At this point, I feel the need to state the fact that the usual maker fee on every trade is 10% - we are talking 5 billion in revenues here! Assuming OPSkins will stick with gaming skins and crypto collectibles as soon as their Blockchain is live would be pretty shortsighted. This would be as if Amazon had stuck to books after they conquered the market. But in this case, OPSkins doesn’t only own the market already, they also got the first mover advantage with WAX.
WAX will be an EOS variant optimized to facilitate the trading of digital assets. The [scheduled MVP Beta]() is close and with EOS going life tomorrow we can probably expect it any day now.
It will not only handle the stores, fiat pegged payment processing, distribution of fees but also be able to communicate with the Ethereum blockchain utilizing the WAX ERC20 as the bridge. It will come with full dAPP support without artificial limitations. This means you can technically run on WAX whatever you could run on EOS.
To take a look at the bigger picture we have to first dig into digital assets. Right now everyone is just talking about skins and crypto collectibles. Think about those what you want. But In essence, a digital asset is anything that can be stored digitally, and thus be traded digitally. Even though the 50 billion dollar market OpSkins is targeting seems enormous, it’s just the tip of an iceberg. Digital assets are everywhere around us. Combining digital asset trade with blockchain allows licensing on a whole new level. Think of eBooks, you could actually resell and the publishers even earning on your resell through the WAX chain if they want. Same goes for movies, television series, computer games, music, etc. pp.
It would ease the distribution of software licenses, be it for developers selling or companies/end-consumer using it. Both sides would always be able to tell how many licenses are in use and where. I spent some time in IT administration and believe me, the chaos of in-house license distribution is one of the worst nightmares there is.
Let’s take a step further and look at the first ‘direct’ real world connection. And no I’m not even at tokenization of real-world assets yet. Back in the 90s, we had copy shops and Internet cafes popping up everywhere until almost every household had it’s own printer and Internet connection. What is coming up right now, and I suppose many of you are as hyped about those as I am, are 3D printers. On WAX you could trade and run** limited use Blueprint**s for 3D printers, opening up a more or less untapped market that is becoming huge in the near future. I know that at least one major automobile company is looking into the utilization of blockchain tech to fight replacement part fraud by not shipping the replacement part to the other end of the world, but by just issuing limited use printing licenses. And I’m talking steel here! But who knows, maybe in a couple of years we could even buy whole homes on the blockchain and have ’em printed.
Then we have got the real real-world connection. Tokenization. Utilizing tokenization, we ultimately get an IOT chain. E.g., rental equipment, equip something with an RFID, QR code or whatever tag and link it. This could be used from cars to door keys; the only limit is your imagination.
So if you ask me, and I don’t care if you do, digital assets are THE market of the future.
Looking at the track record of the Team behind WAX, for example, Malcolm Casselle, who is not only the President of OPSkins, but founded Xfire aswell as numerous other successful business. Jon Yantis, who created and shaped the concept of virtual item trading and William Quigley the founder of Tether. You can bet they are aware of this.
Even without this market, the impact on the gaming sector beyond just item trading could be huge. I’m expecting crypto collectible and blockchain game toolkits. And I’m betting my ass on a Unity plugin, bringing crypto microtransactions and blockchain based games onto almost every smartphone out there, giving Google Play and the iOS store with their extremely high fees a run for their money. Genuinely bringing crypto to the masses, without most of the users even realizing.
As a vast VR nerd, I had to smirk a bit when WAX and Decentraland partnered. It leads to the assumption of WAX maybe becoming the ‘Linden Dollar’ of our Metaverse. Who wants boring credits anyway?
The pillars of WAX will be the ERC20 token and the WAX Coin, that will be distributed 1:1 later this year to every WAX holder. The specifics will be, as they say, announced ‘soon enough’. One thing to remember is that the whole system relies heavily on staking of the WAX coins while the token will mainly be used to process payments. We will end up with two different assets with different names and a considerable difference in circulating supply even though the total supply might be the same.
tl;dr
Technically anything that can be transferred, stored or sold digitally, can be brought onto the Blockchain. eBooks, Movies, 3D Blueprints, Games, (Software) Licenses, and the list goes on.
WAX is an EOS variant and can host any dAPP written for it as EOS does.
We will likely see WAX based blockchain games and microtransactions due to engine integration in smartphone games bringing crypto to the masses without them even realizing. First projects have already announced, that they will be switching from Ethereum to WAX as soon as it goes life. And you can bet many will follow.
Attach a dAPP with decentralized storage to WAX, and you can ultimately replace Steam with it, (Actually Robot Cache is doing that already ;)) host a decentralized Netflix | Spotify | Library | eBook | Movie | whatever store or rental and even facilitate and profit from peoples resells.
But for now think of WAX as a decentralized trustless combination of Amazon and eBay for digital assets.
WAX will be split into a token and a coin later this year, of which the coin will be highly incentivized to be staked, locked up and thus have a considerably decreased circulating supply.
Yes, I might come off fanboyish… but I hope now you’ve got a bit of an understanding why.
Kaefer out~
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A few questions that I hope aren't off topic...

Hi. I have the following questions and I'm not 100% sure if this is the best place to ask.
  1. I want to create an informational type website with a blog and have a sign up list, add some calculators for my industry and possibly sell some specific ebooks. I think WordPress is the best bet here. Being a test for me, I don't want to sink too much money into it. What's the lowest cost domain / WordPress host that you can recommend?
  2. Separate thing. I have access to a great contact for web development who is okay with me reselling his services. On my daily drives to and from work I see many businesses vehicles with horrible websites. I'd like to reach out to them to offer this service. Anyone have any experience or tips they can share on reaching out cold to potential customers?
Thanks.
Edit: I am not sure how good they are but I got a domain and WordPress hosting for a year at SiteGround for $75. I'll do a free SSL via Let's Encrypt. If anyone can give me some insight into my second question I would greatly appreciate it.
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