Here’s How to Find Amazon Work from Home Jobs

Amazon work-from-home jobs are attractive to many people in need of a new career.

After all, Amazon is the biggest retailer in the world and the company continues to break records (beating Target in terms of revenue with its CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the richest man in the world, and so on).

But does Amazon offer home-based jobs? If so, do they pay well? This post discusses everything you need to know about online Amazon work opportunities:

Types of Full-time Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

1. Advertising or Marketing Associates
The locations vary, but most of these positions require 75 to 80% virtual work and the rest office-based.
Divisions like Amazon Care and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have these positions. You will be working facing customers, so you have to be knowledgeable about Amazon products and services.
2. IT
Because Amazon is an online company through and through (unlike Target and Walmart whose companies began with their brick-and-mortar stores then adapted their online stores), the IT divisions like software/hardware development, data science, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and many others are some of the MOST important teams of Amazon.
They are the ones who ensure the stores are always up and running, safe for payment, safe from hackers, and continuously upgrading to accommodate new technologies.
3. Fulfillment 
There are VERY FEW work-from-home positions in fulfillment and operations management, since these divisions are the ones responsible for bringing products in and out of Amazon’s warehouses. These employees have to be physically on site.
But if you’re lucky, you’d be able to find positions (check right before peak shopping dates).
4. Healthcare
Amazon is always looking for medical coders, bio-pharma, and healthcare solutions architect. These positions earn around $50/hour or ($150k annually) and work with Amazon’s healthcare partners.
5. Customer Service
At-home call center representatives are in-demand and Amazon providers excellent opportunities for those who wish to join their customer service teams.
Amazon’s customer service reps earn about $16/hour.  Many of these positions are get filled out quickly, so you really need to be on the lookout and be ready with high-speed internet, your own computer and a dedicated phone line.
If you’re lucky to apply to an at-home customer service position, make sure to check for state/location requirements. Even if you’ll be working from home, the job is often only offered to specific states or countries stated on the job listing.

Qualifications for Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

The qualifications vary per position, so if you’re interested in an HR job, you have to have experience as part of a recruitment team. This goes for any other type of work-from-home job.

Some jobs only require a high school diploma, while others need a college education to apply for the job.

Generally though, here are things you need to prepare for an at-home Amazon job:

  • Excellent communications – Whether you’re part of the IT team or Amazon Care customer service, you need to be able to express your views verbally and in written form.
  • Computer and internet – Your equipment and connection must be able to accommodate your tasks. If not, you have to update your PC parts or internet plans before starting the job.
  • Your home office or a spot conducive to working – You need a quiet place to work, especially if you’re going to be talking to customers and Amazon clients.
  • Technical skills – You’re not going to have tech support to help you troubleshoot computer or app issues, so you should be able to handle operating the basic tools like email programs, chat services, Microsoft Office, and other in-house programs.
  • Love for Amazon – How well do you know Amazon? Are you a customer? Do you know other products aside from the Amazon store? What experiences do you have using Amazon products/services? All these things help you land a job with Amazon.

How to Apply to Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

All Amazon jobs (whether home-based or full-time onsite) are accessible at amazon.jobs website. You can search the site various ways:

  • By location: Since this guide is about work-from-home Amazon jobs, let’s stick to virtual positions. The jobs may be virtual (and technically can be done from home), but this doesn’t mean you can apply to all of them. If you’re from Japan, there are jobs specific to your country. Same as the US-based jobs that are further categorized into states.
  • By category: If you choose “search by category,” you’ll be able to sort through the positions both office-based and virtual in a particular department. If you’re an IT professional, you should probably check out Software Development, Database Administration, Data Science, Hardware Development, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and so on. Don’t worry, once you’ve chosen the categories that fit your skills best, you can still filter the results and find “virtual” under the location tab.
  • By keyword: If you know exactly the position you want, use the search bar and enter appropriate keywords to begin your search.

Like any job, you’ll need to have your cover letter and resume ready when sending your application.

Most likely, you’ll receive an e-mail for an interview date if they’re considering you for the position. For at-home jobs, expect the interview to be conducted via video chat or over the phone.

5 Things to Expect with an Amazon Work-from-Home Job

  • Location: Not every state is eligible for Amazon work-from-home jobs. You have to check with the recruiter if your location is passable as 100% remote work. And if your state isn’t included, the recruiter should tell you which physical Amazon office you need to travel to about 15% to 30% of the time.
  • Training: Like the job itself, training is done mostly at home but some positions may require training onsite. The training phase should be paid.
  • Salary: Entry-level customer service reps earn about $11 an hour, but the pay is still determined by the position, experience, and other factors.
  • Work hours: The positions above are full-time. Any client-facing position is expected to be available to work during weekends, nights and holidays on top of regular Amazon customer service hours. Some part-time jobs are available, but they’re only posted occasionally and get filled quickly.
  • Seasonal work: Seasonal job positions are posted around August to October in preparation for the busy shopping season months (November, December, January). Note that these jobs are listed as seasonal jobs and that if hired, you’d likely not receive any employee benefits.

Part-time Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

Aside from the full-time Amazon jobs you can apply to online, there are two other non-traditional opportunities you could check out:

  • Amazon Flex – If you don’t want to get stuck at home and you don’t want to work in Amazon warehouses either, joining the Amazon Flex program gives you a unique option. With millions of orders being processed in and out of Amazon warehouses daily, you could deliver goods to Amazon customers and earn about $18 to $25 per hour. Download the Amazon Flex app to join and receive bookings. It’s similar to Uber, except bike/motorcycle delivery isn’t allowed. Also, prepare to be background-checked.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) – You can’t replace your paycheck with mTurk, but if you’re looking for quick gigs for extra cash, this Amazon crowdsourcing program could be what you’re looking for.  You’ll be doing simple, but repetitive tasks for cash. Once you finish at least 100 tasks, you’ll be able to earn higher-paying tasks.

Note on Covid19-related, temporary work-from-home Amazon jobs:

Amazon, which had previously set a Sept 7 return date, said employees will now be expected to report to its US offices on Jan 3, 2022.

Of course, this option is only available for tech and corporate workers. Employees who are part of the fulfillment department (such as warehouse workers) are expected to show up on-site to pack boxes, sort merchandise and load and unload trucks at Amazon warehouses.

You can try to apply to traditional office-based jobs on Amazon, but end up having to work from home during the remaining months of 2021 while this mandate continues to be in effect.

Passive Income with Amazon

If you’re not looking for an 8-to-5 job and would rather build a business around Amazon, there are several ways you can do this, such as:

  • Product testing – As an Amazon product tester, you use a product either bought from Amazon or sponsored by an Amazon shop, then give your honest review. Amazon won’t be paying you directly, but you’ll earn from various third-party sites.)
  • Sell products on Amazon – If you wish to really get into Amazon, you could open up a storefront and sell products there. This method isn’t the easiest way to earn from Amazon, especially the dreaded product research phase, but the rewards are definitely worth the trouble.
  • Join the Amazon Influencer Program– If you’re BIG on social media, join this program, recommend stuff to your audience and earn commissions from referral sales. The idea is similar to affiliate programs, except the referrals would come solely from sites like Instagram, Tik-Tok, YouTube, Pinterest and so on.
  • Sell arts and crafts on Amazon Handmade  – This invite-only community lets artists and crafters sell their products on Amazon (which gets a cut every time you sell an item).

And 7+ other ways to earn passive income from Amazon...

In 2020, Amazon reported a net income of $21.33 billion, up from an $11.6 billion net income in the previous year. If you want to get a slice of the pie (even if it’s just an extra hundred dollars a month), start earning from Amazon today right from the comforts of your own home.

35 Companies and Jobs that Pay $15 an Hour in 2021

If you’re looking for a change in career or hoping to add a second job to your weekly schedule, check this list of 100 jobs that pay 15 an hour.

I put together this resource under two categories – work-from-home and on-site jobs.

Of course, not every one of them would suit your skills, work experience or personal preference, but I’m sure you can cherry-pick even up to 5 jobs from this list.

35+ Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour

The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009.

Although some states like Washington, DC continues to be the only state with $15/hour minimum wage (other states range from $6 to $12 per hour), companies have taken it upon themselves to increase their hourly-wage workers’ compensation. Here are some of these companies:

Food Service Industry

  • Ben & Jerry – This ice cream company has been recalculating its employee wages every year, so that its full-time workers can have a “livable wage.” The company describes paying workers “significantly higher than the national minimum wage,” which it notes has meant an hourly wage of $18.13 in 2020.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – The Mexican restaurant increased its employees’ wages resulting in a $15 average hourly wage starting July 2021.
  • McDonald’s – Not all Mcdonald’s employees would be able to enjoy $15 an hour, but everyone gets to take home an average wage increase of 10% for its company-owned restaurants. Once it rolls out, entry-level wage for crew members would be at least $11 to $17 an hour, while the starting wage for shift managers would be at least $15 to $20 an hour.
  • Starbucks – Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced in December 2020 that the company plans to establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour over the next couple of years. He explained to a letter addressed to Congress: “More than 30% of our U.S. retail partners are currently at or above $15/hour, and we continue on our path to ensure all U.S. partners will be making at or above $15/hour within the coming two to three years.”

Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour in Healthcare

  • Aetna – Healthcare company Aetna began paying its U.S. hourly wage workers a minimum of $16/hour in 2015.
  • CVS Health – CVS Health announced on August 2021 that it will raise the minimum enterprise hourly wage to $15 an hour effective July 2022.
  • Cigna – Global health service company Cigna increased its minimum wage for its U.S. employees of $16 an hour in 2018.
  • Walgreens – NOT YET, but drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that it will raise its wages for hourly workers in phases, with the goal of reaching $15 per hour by November 2022.

Retail

  • AldiThis low-priced grocery chain had embarked on massive hiring (with 20,000 workers ready to be hired as preparation for the busy holiday season). The company also increased hourly rates with an average starting pay of $15 an hour for store positions and $19 for warehouse positions.
  • Amazon – Jeff Bezos (the richest person in the world) and his company Amazon (the world’s largest online retailer by market cap) has gotten a lot of flak in the past for overworking its workforce. But in 2018, the company actually made a massive change by increasing employee starting wage to $15/hour across all Amazon and Whole Food stores in the country.
  • Best Buy – Since August 2020, the minimum wage of Best Buy employees has increased to $15 per hour.
  • Costco – The retail company raised its minimum wage to $16 an hour for its U.S store workers (around 180,000 of them)
  • Hobby Lobby – The company was ahead of the “$15 an hour club” – its minimum wage had been $15/hour since 2014. In October 2020, this increased to $17 per hour.
  • Sam’s Club – Sam’s Club raised the minimum wage for workers to at least $15 an hour made effective at the end of September 2021.
  • Signet Jewelers — The parent company of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples, Piercing Pagoda and JamesAllen.com announced in February 2021 that it will raise its minimum wage to $15.
  • Target – During the start of the 2020 covid19 pandemic, the company made a temporary $2/hour increase to all its worker-frontliners, making the starting wage $15/hour. This was formally made permanent in July 2020.
  • Under Armour – The company announced up to a 50% increase in its minimum pay rate for hourly teammates. Hourly rates increased from a minimum of $10 per hour to $15 per hour, which went into effect beginning June 6, 2021.
  • Walmart – The country’s largest private employer announced in February that it is planning to pay its employees $15 an hour, but only increased the wage by $1, making the minimum wage rise to $12, from the $11 hourly base it set in 2018.
  • Wayfair – Wayfair raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in January 2021. Niraj Shah, CEO, co-founder and co-chairman of Wayfair, said in a press release. “Throughout the challenges of the past year, we rolled out numerous initiatives to support our team including pay premiums, bonuses and a family dinner program. Now, as we enter 2021, we are continuing to build upon our steadfast commitment to our team and their families by increasing minimum pay for all hourly employees.”

Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour in Business, IT and Finance

  • Bank of America – After increasing its minimum wage to $17 in 2019, Bank of America started paying its workers at least $20/hour in March 2020. The bank also plans to raise this amount to $25 per hour by 2025.
  • Charter Communications – This broadband connectivity company has had a $15 minimum wage since 2018. In April 2020, the company announced that it would permanently raise its minimum starting wage to $20 per hour in 2022 with annual increases of $1.50 an hour in 2020 and 2021. As of March 2021, the minimum wage Charter Communications offers is $18/hour.
  • Facebook – The social media giant has been paying its workers at least $15 an hour since 2015. In May 2019, the company said it plans to increase this amount to at least $18 per hour in Seattle and a $20-an-hour wage in high cost-of-living markets such as San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Fifth Third Bank – This Midwest-based company, which has locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina — raised its minimum wage to $18 per hour in 2019, positively affecting nearly 5,000 of its roughly 20,000 employees.
  • Google – In 2019, Google began requiring that U.S. vendors and temporary workers receive a $15 minimum wage.
  • Huntington National Bank – Huntington National Bank has raised its minimum wage to $16 an hour, and made improvements to its healthcare and family leave plan.
  • JPMorgan Chase –  The company’s wage increase depended on office locations. It began paying a minimum wage salary of $15 per hour to $16.50 per hour for employees in Chicago, Detroit and Wilmington, DE. Meanwhile, employees in high-cost areas like New York City and San Francisco earn $18 an hour.
  • Santander Bank – In 2018,  Boston-based Santander Bank joined numerous banks in Massachusetts and across the country by raising its minimum wage for employees to $15 per hour.
  • Titanium Wireless – The company announced its wage increase back in January 2021, saying its “minimum wage for every employee — including entry-level — is $70,000 annually.” FYI, $70,000 annually equates to a monthly pay of $5,833, a weekly pay of $1,346, and an hourly wage of $33.65.
  • Wells Fargo – Wells Fargo announced that it would raise its minimum wage to at least $15 for all employees by the end of 2020. The minimum wage is now as high as $20 for employees in high-cost areas.

Entertainment and Travel

  • Boomers Parks – This amusement park chain with locations in California, Florida and New Jersey, has increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour in June 2021.
  • Disney World – In 2018, Walt Disney World reached an agreement with a group of unions to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2021. (Check this list of online Disney jobs if you’re interested in something home-based and non-traditional).
  • Southwest Airlines – The airline company raised minimum pay to $15 an hour for about 7,000 of its employees beginning August 1, 2021. (Want to work from home? Southwest Airlines and other airlines also offer online airline jobs.)
  • UPS – UPS announced a raise to $21 per hour for nightside workers and $20 per hour for dayside workers as they need more package handlers to soften the blow of the increased volume of packages coming into their facility.

Online Work-from-Home Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour

Maybe working on-site isn’t possible for you since an increase in wage overall could also mean a jump in childcare costs. Others enjoyed working from home during the lockdowns and wish to continue doing so.

No matter your reason for trying to find remote or home-based work, you’ll find that there are many online opportunities that pay $15 an hour. Here are just some examples:

  • Apple at Home Advisor  At Home Advisors earn an average of $15 per hour. Your job is to provide answers and resolutions to customer issues within a single live chat or phone call to AppleCare. (Check this link for 30 other similar tech support jobs online).
  • Byron – As a Byron virtual assistant, you get to earn 12-$15 per hour if you’re a US resident and if you have some experience as an executive assistant. (Learn more about becoming a VA here, plus 33 other companies offering VA positions.)
  • American Express – The company hires virtual customer service agents to handle customer-related inquiries by phone. This position pays $16/hour. (Check here for other companies with home-based call center jobs.)

For insomniacs and other people who follow non-traditional sleep hours, this list of overnight jobs features all types of jobs you can work from home at night.

Do You Know of Other Jobs Paying $15 an Hour (or more)?

Did I miss anything?

If you know any other job paying $15/hour (or higher) and is willing to share, please leave a comment below. I’m sure others would love to know about it, too!

4 Free and Low-Cost Ways to Exchange Coins to Cash

While there are many payment options these days from credit and debit to online payments, and even cashier-less shopping (Hello, Amazon Go!), you can’t really avoid racking up pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters here and there.

If you found out your piggy bank is full and looking for a way to exchange coins to cash, here are several tried-and-tested ways that are FREE or low-cost.

4 Ways to Exchange Your Coins to Cash

1. Exchange Coins to Cash at Banks

If you haven’t gone to your local bank and tried exchanging coins for bills before, there’s a good chance you’ll be disappointed. Here’s why:

  • Not all banks accept coins.
  • Some banks accept coins for customers and non-customers (but charge non-customers a fee)
  • If a bank accepts coins, it’s highly likely there’s a fee to have your coins exchanged for bills.
  • Some banks will accept your coins ONLY if they are rolled.
  • Other banks will only exchange your coins if you’re depositing them into your account.

If you’re planning to go to the bank with a kid and his/her piggybank with you, make sure to check with your bank if they’re accepting coins first. It can be disappointing for kids to learn that they saved up for months only to be shooed away by our trusted banks.

Some banks OFFER REWARDS though. They’re rare, but it happens. Just like Wisconsin-based Community State Bank’s “Coin Buy Back” program in 2020, where they rewarded $5 for every $100 worth of coins exchanged.

So which banks accept coins, then? Here are some banks that are known to exchange coins:

  • Bank of America (roll your coins first)
  • Capital One (roll your coins first)
  • Chase (roll your coins first)
  • Citibank (roll your coins first; prepare to pay fees)
  • Community Savings Banks (requirements vary)
  • First County Bank
  • Peoples United
  • US Bank (accept only for current customers)
  • Wells Fargo (allows non-customers, but coins should be rolled)
  • Western Credit Union

There may be others more, especially at community banks and credit unions, but it’s hard to say… since every bank has its own coin acceptance policy.

  • PROS of Exchanging Coins to Cash at Banks: Convenient, can be deposited into your account.
  • CONS of Exchanging Coins to Cash at Banks: Some banks do not accept coins. Varying policies can be frustrating.

Call your bank before bringing the coins with you to be 100% sure, especially if they’re too heavy to be lugging around from one bank to the next. Ask the bank if:

  • Do they accept customers or non-customers exchanging coins for cash?
  • If they accept coins, should they be rolled or not?
  • Are the coin wrappers are free or do you need to purchase roll papers first?
  • What fees do you need to pay?

2. QuikTrip

QuickTrip is a chain of gas stations and convenience stores you can find across 11 states and at over 800 locations. QuikTrip welcomes anyone who wishes to trade coins for cash. The service is FREE, too!

If you live near a QuikTrip location, you can even bring your piggy banks there and QuikTrip employees will handle the counting for you. They appreciate rolled coins, but for now, it isn’t a requirement.

In instances where the QuikTrip location doesn’t have enough cash to turn your coins into bills, you can receive a QuikTrip gift card if you’re fine with it.

  • PROS of QuikTrip: The service is free. No need to roll coins.
  • CONS of QuikTrip: Not everyone has a QuikTrip near them. Plus, there’s a possibility that the QuikTrip location won’t have enough cash available to exchange your coins.

Is there a QuikTrip near you? Check here.

3. Coin-Counting Machine Coinstar (Paid and Free Methods)

If you don’t have a local bank with a coin exchange program or QuikTrip location near you, your next best bet is a Coinstar kiosk.

These Coinstar machines are found in major grocery stores and drug stores. You can find a Coinstar kiosk near you here, but they’re mostly located in CVS, Safeway, Walmart, and Fred Meyer.

So how does Coinstar work?

First, you drop your coins into the coin-counter machine. Wait for the machine to count each of your coins. Sometimes, it even rejects a coin if the machine cannot identify the currency.

Once the machine finishes counting the coins, you are given three choices:

  • Get paid with cash (but with an 11.9% fee deducted from the total)
  • Receive a gift card to certain stores (see the list below)
  • Donate to a charity of your choice.

If you select cash, you’ll receive a printed receipt from the machine, which you’ll take to the customer service counter. Here, you’ll be paid in cash. Coinstar pays the store eventually for this transaction.

  • PROS of Coinstar: Super accessible, no need to count coins manually, and always ready to exchange coins for cash.
  • CONS of Coinstar: Unfortunately, this convenience isn’t free. Coinstar charges an 11.9% service fee. So if your grandma left you a $5000 inheritance in several piggybanks, that fee is a whopping $595!

FYI, Coinstar fees vary by location, so it is best to ask if you found a machine near you.

How to Skip the Coinstar Fee

The only thing discouraging about Coinstar is the HUGE fee it takes from every coin exchange. Fortunately, you can get around this by NOT taking cash and opting for a gift card instead.

To exchange coins to cash via Coinstar for FREE, just choose to receive your money as a gift card like Starbucks ($5 to $500 cards), Dunkin Donut, or Amazon gift card instead (available in $5 to $1,000 gift cards).

Opting for a gift card would waive the 11.9% fee completely. Other gift cards available are Applebee’s, Best Buy, GameStop, Home Depot, iTunes, and Southwest Airlines, with gift card credits ranging from $5 to $500.

Donating to charities like the American Red Cross, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, Feeding America, United Way, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and The Humane Society of the United States also doesn’t incur any fees.

4. Publix Grocery if you live in Southeast US

If you’re near a Publix grocery (available in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia), you’ll have another option for cashing in coins.

Publix has its own coin counting machines, which charge a 10% fee for any coin to cash conversion. The fee is slightly cheaper than Coinstar’s similar service.

If you’re lucky to have a Coinstar AND Publix near you, then at least you have options to choose from.

Use Coins as Cash at Self-Checkout Kiosks

If you have some grocery shopping to do, you don’t need to exchange your coins to cash anymore. Instead, use your coins to pay for purchases at self-checkout kiosks.

After all, coins are still legal tender. It is illegal for stores to shoo you for paying in coins.

However, paying straight to the cashier can be a hassle for others behind you, so I recommend you find stores with self-checkout kiosks. For example:

  • CVS – This Walgreens-owned pharmacy chain has over 9000 locations in the country, many of which have self-checkout kiosks that accept both cash and coins.
  • Home Depot – For the do-it-yourself home improvement crowd, Home Depot is located in 1,900+ stores in the US and offers self-checkout kiosks for those who wish to pay partially or fully using coins.
  • Kroger – With 2,700+ stores in 42 states, Kroger can also exchange your coins to cash that you can spend in any of their stores. The company also implemented a new policy for customers paying in cash (if the cash is more than the order value, the customer will no longer receive coins as change. Instead, the loose change will be applied to the customer’s next purchase.
  • Lowe’s – Lowe’s has about 2,000 stores spread in 50 states. Not all stores have self-checkout kiosks, but those that do accept both bills and coins.
  • Safeway – For your gas, grocery and pharmacy needs, Safeway has over 1,300 locations in the country (many of which have self-checkout kiosks).
  • ShopRite – While it only has 300 stores across 6 states (New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania), ShopRite still has self-checkout kiosks you can use to spend your coins as cash.
  • Target – Around 75% of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a Target store, so it is one of the most accessible ways to use your coins as cash. Target’s self-checkout kiosks accept coins, bills and cards as well.
  • Walmart – With at least 1 branch in all 50 states (and over 3500 branches), Walmart is the most accessible retail chain in the country. The company’s self-checkout kiosks accept debit/credit cards, cash and coins.

Click on the stores above to find the branch nearest you. 

Which Method of Exchanging Coins to Cash Have You Tried?

I’ve personally tried two of the methods above:

  • Exchanged coins at my local bank where I have a savings account. First try I deposited the amount to my account, while on the second try, I got cash instead.
  • Exchanged coins at Coinstar and opted for a Starbucks gift card instead of paying for the fee. That fee can be HUGE.

Both have worked well for me, at the time I needed to let go of plenty of coins. It would be great if Coinstar’s fee were a LOT cheaper since they’re the most accessible and most hassle-free.

Do you know of other ways to exchange coins to cash?

15 Things You Must Know for a Successful Zoom Interview

Got a zoom interview coming up?

After 2020 where almost every “office” meetings were conducted in Zoom or a similar online app, many people have been introduced to the new normal.

While many places are already opening back up to the way things were done in 2019, some locations are still stuck in lockdown. If you’re finding yourself now that your upcoming job interview will be a Zoom interview, and you’re a late bloomer to this must-know technology, here are 15 tips that could help you ace your zoom interview.

15 Do’s and Don’ts to Make Your Zoom Interview a Good Experience

I’m sure there are a lot more tips to ace your Zoom interview, but here are just 15 you should prioritize:

1. Get the Right Equipment & Set it Up

If you’re using your phone for the Zoom interview, buy a phone stand so you don’t need to balance your phone throughout the conversation. Once you have a phone stand, align your phone camera to your face so the interviewer can see from your head up to your chest. While you’re at it, find the position that compliments you the most.

If you’re using your laptop, check if the built-in webcam and microphone work. If not, buy an external webcam and mic that you can plug in.

If you’re going to use a computer for the zoom meeting and you don’t have a webcam or mic, get the right equipment to do the job, set it up before the interview date, and position to give you the best angle possible.

Headphones will work on your phone, laptop and desktop. Invest in a good one.

2. Be a Zoom Master

If this will be your first time using Zoom (or another online video-conferencing app), it is essential that you try it out first before your actual interview.

Thousands of people have had technical issues “operating” Zoom last year whether it’s during an interview (with the media or Hollywood peeps), (corporate office presentations or work meetings), and even just talking to your boss. It’s embarrassing before, and it is still embarrassing now.

For people trying to land a job with this Zoom interview, it can even be a turn-off to the interviewer, especially if the job you’re trying to win is technical in nature.

Be the master of your Zoom app: download now and practice using it. Being prepared always brings plus points to any interview, whether it’s real-world or virtual.

3. Handle the Noise

Any potential distraction that you can control, be proactive in controlling them. Here are some tips in handling the noise:

  • Pick a quiet spot. If you have a room where you can shut the door throughout the duration of your interview, pick this room. Make sure you are comfortable and you can focus on this space.
  • Get your pets outside for a while.  If you have a cat or dog that loves to get your attention, ask someone to take them out for a walk during your interview time.
  • Turn off phone and PC notifications. The “ding” of the Messenger app is very distinct, so is the notification sound of Discord, Viber, IG, and common apps used by the interviewer. Turn off notifications of your phone and PC apps (or better yet, mute the gadget completely) so no sound will distract you.
  • Silence your phone. If you can’t turn your gadgets off, at least silence them so any incoming calls or messages won’t make any noise during the interview.

If you’re unable to control the noise in your surroundings, learn how to mute/unmute masterfully so that you’ll have as little distraction going into the meeting as possible.

4. Lighting is Everything.

First of all, the room you choose to hold your Zoom interview should be well lit.

If you don’t have a well-lit room, create artificial lighting with a ring light (you can find these at camera shops) or a  lamp with a white bulb.

5. Change your Backdrop.

Find a spot with a clutter-free and solid-color wall and set up your phone or laptop here.

If you can’t find a professional-looking background,  set up a curtain or rearrange your furniture to find a suitable wall.

Zoom has backdrop-changing options to “prettify the background of your video.” Be sure to use those that are not overly “out there”, brightly colored, or moving GIFs. Stick to still images and something that doesn’t create distractions.

6. Screen Sharing Tip: Clear inappropriate wallpaper and shortcuts.

If your interviewer asks you to share your screen with them when using your computer, they will be able to see your wallpaper, opened folders, desktop shortcuts, and many more. Make sure these are all appropriate and cleared when you begin your zoom interview.

7. Practice Maintaining Eye Contact Weeks Before the Zoom Interview

Use Zoom to call your friends and family members weeks prior to your online job interview. Unlike face-to-face interviews wherein you could easily maintain eye contact with your interviewer, it can be challenging for online interviews because you’re technically not in front of each other.

If you look the interviewer in the eyes on your screen, it may not appear that way on their end. In fact, it may even look like you’re checking out yourself. Instead, you’d have to look into your camera for the interviewer to “see” on his/her end that you’re maintaining eye contact with him/her.

8. Prepare Backup Internet and Backup Power

If you’re using your laptop or phone, make sure it is fully charged and you have backup power in case of power interruption.

If you’re planning to use your computer, make sure the app is also on your phone should you be forced to use your phone during emergency brownout or other issues preventing you from sticking to your original plan.

9. Place all your Materials nearby.

Get a copy of your resume/CV, portfolio or other materials you’ll be using for your Zoom interview. Make sure to place them near you, so you wouldn’t have to keep the interviewer from waiting for you to get everything he/she asks for.

A glass of water or water bottle is also something you’d want nearby, so you can fix dry mouth, coughing or other similar problems quickly.

10. Learn what “Internet Handshake” You’re comfortable doing.

There would be an awkward moment before the interview that you’re not yet introducing yourself and the interviewer isn’t talking yet. This is what is referred to as the internet handshake. You can do any of the following you think fits you best:

  • Nod your head as “Hello!”
  • Smile directly at the interviewer
  • Acknowledge that this is your first time and that the Zoom interview feels so much different.

Quietly ignoring the “presence” of your interviewer can be awkward.

11.  Prepare as you would a real-world interview.

Just like the traditional job interviews, you have to prepare by:

  • Researching the company, its products and services.
  • Preparing some questions for the interviewer.
  • Asking about the position you’re hoping to land.

It’s OK to take down talking points on a notepad, but don’t read it during the interview. Just use it as a guide to push the flow of conversation naturally.

12. Your appearance matters too!

How did you prepare for job interviews in the past?

  • Dress to impress, but make sure you’re comfortable with your interview attire.
  • Brush your hair. Style it professionally.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Do your makeup, but stick to makeup appropriate for the job you’re aiming for.
  • Check your posture. If you have a problem with slouching, fix this temporarily by sitting on a small pillow.

BONUS: Zoom actually has a beauty filter “touch up on appearance” function. It isn’t as drastic as the beauty apps that totally change your appearance, but smoothening out blemishes on your cheek or forehead really help your overall look. Use it.

13. Don’t be late.

Tardiness is never okay, even if the interview is a virtual one.  Be ready 15 to 30 minutes before your interview time.

14.  Speak Clearly throughout the Zoom Interview

If you are a great communicator, you’ve got the best chance at acing your interview.

But because video interviews are different, you have to communicate as if the person you’re talking to is in the room. Use non-verbal communication (body language, eye contact, and other nonverbal cues) to relay your message or acknowledge your interviewer’s messages.

It isn’t worth answering with “uh-huh,” “yeah,” “I agree” and other quick responses because Zoom might freeze or the other person might mute his/her mic to give way to you speak. If you’re just agreeing and not planning to talk longer, interact in other effective ways that won’t disrupt the conversation.

15. Maintain Focus

It’s easy to get distracted at home, but try your hardest to maintain focus.

Here are some examples of showing the interviewer that your attention is 100% theirs:

  • Be mindful of your gestures. Playing with your hair, scratching, writing down notes, and other small movements make a big impact on how the interviewer sees you.
  • Look into the camera as if the interviewer is in front of you.
  • Nod in agreement if the interviewer is speaking.
  • Don’t check yourself out in Zoom camera. Look at the interviewer instead.

Ready to Ace Your Zoom Interview?

If you’ve been working from home even before 2020, you might have known how to conduct yourself during an online, Zoom interview.

But if you’re new to this virtual interviewing, make sure to follow the tips above. They can make or break your chances of landing the job you’re hoping to get.

Future-Proof with these 12 Best Jobs for the Future

Do you consider your career one of the best jobs for the future?

For some people, technological advancements could mean their jobs would be deemed obsolete.

Remember Britain’s knocker-uppers whose sole jobs were to wake people up with long wooden sticks “knocking” by the windows? Well, those jobs disappeared when everyone switched to alarm clocks instead of paying for this service.

Jobs like video store clerks, milkmen, switchboard operators, or movie projectionists have disappeared almost completely by now, while other jobs like file clerk and cashiers (have you seen those cashier-less Amazon stores?) are slowly being made obsolete due to advancements in technology.

Does the thought of being replaced by a machine, AI robot, or automation seem possible with your line of work? Or are you in high school thinking about the course to take or your would-be profession?

If so, this list of 12 in-demand jobs should give you an idea of what kinds of jobs to pursue (and which to avoid) and how to future-proof yourself in ANY industry.

12 Best Jobs for the Future

The following jobs for the future will cement you in the right direction financially, but they’re not the only ones. You can find your own niche within these careers. For example,

1. Video game designer, developer

Video games are a billion-dollar industry with annual revenue of $37 billion (in 2020), so it just makes sense to invest in video game development skills if you’re interested in gaming.

2. Mobile app and mobile game developer

Just like video games, the demand for mobile apps has no sign of stopping.

This is especially true for the mobile gaming market, which is responsible for over $77 billion in revenue in 2020 alone.

3. Chef, cook, bakers, and other jobs involving the creation of food

Robots cannot replace the creativity, patience, and skills chefs, bakers, and cooks have when it comes to preparing scrumptious food.

Even now, factory-manufactured food doesn’t come as close as handmade/homemade, warm food served fresh.

4. Data scientist

Data is used in everything these days.

From your favorite social media to your go-to shopping app, data is shared and stored every second. A data scientist analyzes any data, finds patterns,  and figures out a way to use all findings to improve the platform, increase customers, and improve services/products based on data trends.

Just like other professions here, there are several sub-niches of data scientists you could branch out that are also as in-demand as data scientist jobs.

5. HR (Human Resources)

The job of HR personnel is becoming easier thanks to automated candidate screening, but real people perform the interviews and assessment of communication skills or emotional intelligence of applicants.

Because robots cannot read people (beyond heart rate and probably body temperature), they won’t be able to assess things like sincerity, emotions, and so on.

6. Fashion Designers

Like chefs, robots lack the creativity and passion to create pieces of clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, costumes, and other similar products.

Although it is possible for a robot to analyze data based on the kinds of clothes, shoes, jewelry, or accessories a specific market audience tends to buy, style isn’t something a computer can calculate.

7. Engineers

Out of all the jobs that might get outdated with technological advancements, engineering seems the most brutal.

Imagine building robots to perform a specific task, only for the same robot to be replacing you in the future. Fortunately, even if there are dozens of movies showing us this possibility, engineers will have careers for a long time.

Whether you’re taking up an engineering discipline that’s obviously going to be part of the future (such as robotics, or mechanical engineering), or sticking with a profession that has very little chance of being outdated (like architecture), you can breathe a sigh of relief.

The innovation many engineers bring into this world is unmatched and would take decades more for AI to get to an engineer’s level.

8. Social Media Marketer/Strategist

Traditional advertising may still work, but reaching a brand’s target market is quicker, more accurate, and less expensive on social media. This is why many companies are online directly interacting with their customers and would-be clients.

AI and automation can make a huge difference in marketing processes, but they can’t replace humans in analyzing data, trends, people’s reactions/aggrievances/feedback, and so on.

If you are involved in digital marketing, you have to be up-to-date with exciting trends to help your job. Rankbrain (the AI/machine learning tech behind Google’s search engine), or Klevu (to help eCommerce stores track, monitor, and upsell to customers and visitors) are just two examples of tech that could put you at the top of your digital marketing game.

9. Doctors, nurses, scientists, and other professions in the medical field

It is guaranteed that equipment, machinery, techniques, and tools used in the medical field will have new and exciting advancements to save lives, but many jobs in this field are off-limits to robotics.

Human interaction, empathy, observation, and communication skills are very important in medicine and any caregiving profession.

10. Creatives (writers, designers, musicians, urban planners, and so on)

Many jobs that rely heavily on the right side of the brain are safe, since creativity cannot be taught to a robot, or coded into a machine for automation.

Humans are unique because we can create works of art after looking at one piece and finding analogies, formulating metaphors, and then applying our own interpretations into a project or product.

A good example of this is the holographic Tupac, who was “brought back to life” to perform at Coachella 15 years after his death.

While the idea worked successfully, what remains to be true is that this holographic Tupac cannot create new music on its own.

11. Career Counselors/advisors

The good thing about technological advancements is that although jobs would become obsolete in the process, new jobs will be created as well.

If you’ve had over a decade working for a particular industry and feel lost at the prospect of starting a new career from scratch, you’d probably need the help of a career counselor.

He/she could help in assessing your skills and suggesting what possible jobs you can apply to based on your experience, skills, and preferences.

12. Teachers/Educators

Similar to career counselors, teachers and educators are going to be essential people in society in years to come.

Every time a new skill, course, technology, language, or any new knowledge is discovered or invented, educators can spread this knowledge to the next generation of learners interested in them.

Tips in Choosing the Best Jobs for the Future

Regardless of what job you decide to focus on, here are 5 tips you could follow to reduce your chances of being replaced by a bot or automation.

  • Diversification is key. Even if you still have a job now, you can practice juggling two income streams. For example, you can start a small business, take up a work-from-home job so you can experience different fields every now and then. If you’re not ready to commit your weekends or full-time, you can check out other cool ways to earn side cash.
  • Develop your Skills continuously. Don’t wait until technological advancements catch up to you and your skills suddenly become outdated. Make sure you are always up-to-date with new programs, techniques, tools, and other advancements within your field. If you have the time, expand beyond your industry as well, so you’d have more options if ever your job becomes a casualty of automation.
  • Think Global. If you’re a carpenter or plumber, who has served your local community for decades, it’s understandable why you’re focusing your market within your reach. Think globally and find something else your skills could work on (example: teach carpentry on YouTube). This way of thinking could open up a lot of opportunities, especially if your job is something you can do anywhere (such as that of an accountant, programmer, writer, researcher, and so on).
  • Don’t be afraid of Tech. Yes, technology can potentially make your job obsolete, but this shouldn’t be the reason to sway away from tech. Be informed by technological advancements within your field. If you’re a doctor, make sure you know the latest medicine, AI-assisted tool, and other upgrades that could help your job. Instead of being scared of it, take advantage of technology and be prepared for the future.
  • Pick a job from a growing sector. If you’re on the hunt for a new job, whether you’re new to the workforce, or you’re worried about your traditional job becoming automated, it is ideal to find a profession from a growing sector.

Make Your Own Future

If your job right now isn’t included on my list of the best jobs for the future, don’t worry. You are still the captain of your own ship. Make your own future based on the growing sectors and tips I listed above.

You can even mix two professions such as mobile app design with teaching to create your own educational app or learn culinary while working as a social media analyst. Or set up your own online business, while keeping your engineering job. You get the point.

As long as you keep on learning, you’ll always have a space for the future, even if it means our future would have robots and automated-everything in it.

What is a 6 Figure Salary? And How to Get One

People always refer to their dream jobs as having a 6 figure salary, 7-figure salary, 8-figure salary, or higher. But what exactly do these figures mean?

And if you wanted to obtain this salary, can you fulfill it with just 1 job? What kinds of jobs offer six figures? seven figures? eight figures? and so on?

This post should help you clear up some misconceptions about salary goals and learn how to reach these figures yourself.

What do 6 figures mean? How Much is 6-Figures?

But first, let’s define what 6 figure salary means.

Getting a six-figure salary means receiving an annual pay of $100,000 through $999,999. This salary range starts at about $8,333 per month up to $83,333/month.

As such, anyone earning:

  • $10,000 to $99,999 yearly has a five-figure salary
  • $1 million to $9,999,999 yearly has a seven-figure salary
  • $10 million to $19,999,999 yearly has an eight-figure salary
  • $100 million  to $199,999,999 yearly has a nine-figure salary
  • and so on.

As you can see, a six-figure salary seems to be the most achievable range (especially for those who weren’t born rich).

This is why many people aim of working hard enough to get paid six-figures and even possibly go beyond it (to seven-figure, eight-figure salaries) in the future.

For most people, earning six figures is a mark of success.

Six-Figure Jobs

So which jobs earn THAT much money? If you’re deciding on a career and would like to know if your chosen course could eventually lead you to a 6 figure salary job, then this guide should help you weigh your options.

  • Managerial positions – Many managerial positions in the office earn six-figure salaries but note that this is more common in the corporate world. Fast food managers, for example, get only up to $56k/year. Car dealership managers can earn six figures.
  • Medical field – Because medicine is an industry that requires people to study for several years and learn highly specific skills, it isn’t surprising to find entry-level jobs in the medical field with six-figure salaries. This includes dentists, nurses, physician assistants, hospital managers, and so on.
    • Nursing: Pediatric nurses, psychiatric nurses or clinical nurse specialists, oncology nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, orthopedic nurses, or certified registered nurse anesthetists are examples of nursing jobs with six-figure salaries. Other specialties may also offer six figures, but the nurse must be senior-level with several years of experience.
  • IT – If you are a software engineer, UX designer, Full-Stack web developer, software programmer, data scientist, app developer, project manager, and other in-demand IT jobs, you can expect six-figure salaries even at entry-level (especially if you’ve got a solid portfolio).
  • Finance, real estate, and business – A business consultant, property investment, hedge fund manager, accountant, and other senior-level positions in the world of finance, real estate, and business can obtain six-figure incomes.
  • Engineers – Regardless of field, the exceptional skills of engineers are rewarded six-figure incomes from architecture, construction, IT, or other industries.
  • Education – Senior positions in higher education (colleges and universities) can take home six figures, but it takes them years of service or continuous learning (additional degrees) to reach that level.

These fields aren’t the only ones with six-figure incomes. For example, the construction industry can offer six figures to construction project supervisors or heavy-duty machine operators. Pilots earn an average of $110k a year.

5 Common Things about Jobs with Six-Figure Salary

The following factors contribute to a position offered with a six-figure salary.

1. Education

About 50 of 800 jobs with annual salaries of $100,000 require at least a bachelor’s degree.

While your chances of earning six figures increase with every degree you obtain, your education isn’t a guarantee.

Some jobs, such as pilots or factory managers are trade jobs but pay well above five figures even without a four-year degree.

2. Experience

Employees who have stayed loyal and hardworking for a particular company are rewarded promotions and salary increases.

An employee who has been the IT security specialist for over a decade has learned from numerous problem-solving scenarios through the years, so companies invest in their salaries than hiring newbies who may have a better-looking education on paper, but do not have the hands-on skills that they could only learn on the job.

3. Soft and Hard skills

Some employers hire job candidates based on skills suitable for the position. As such, those with sought-after skills can more than make up for a lack of formal education and achieve six-figure incomes.

If you can’t get higher education, try building your tech/hard skills. This means if you’re a computer programmer, master a new language such as Ruby on Rails or Python. If you’re a certified nurse, specialize in a medical field.

Soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, time management, presentation skills, and other similar skills are also weighed during promotions.

A boss would more likely choose someone who has proven worthy of leading a project, than a newcomer with a good portfolio but without experience in working with a team.

4. Future-Proof Industries

Energy (renewable energy), health care, cybersecurity, drones, analytics, education, marketing, culinary, and other industries with jobs that cannot be automated or replicated by a robot/AI will remain in demand.

As such, those who specialize in them can negotiate higher pay, or be promoted to six-figure salaried positions.

5. Location

Note that location may also be a factor.

For example, it is very common for office jobs in Washington, DC to earn $100,000 or higher.

If you work in the IT industry and have landed a job in San Francisco (specifically in Silicon Valley), you have a bigger chance at getting six-figure salaries than if you are located in a smaller city.

Seven-Figure Jobs, Eight-Figure Jobs, Nine-Figure Jobs, and so On

One reason why people try to reach for six-figure salaries is that they are highly attainable. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with seven-, eight-, or nine-figure jobs.

The chances of us getting seven-figure salaries (or higher) is not likely. For two reasons:

  • According to Don’t Quit Your Day Job, the salary of America’s 1% (the richest people in the country) begins at $328,551.
  • Reuters reported that of these 1-percenters, about 5 to 6 of them are earning below $500k a year. That’s less than 0.20% of the 1-percenters.

What kinds of jobs earn seven-figure salaries and beyond, you ask?

  • Successful CEOs,
  • investment bankers (think Wall Street),
  • corporate lawyers,
  • doctors with their own private practice, or
  • sales reps focused on selling enterprise products and services.

Entertainers (TV stars, actors, musicians), professional athletes, business owners, and even online influencers (YouTubers, streamers, Instagrammers, and so on) are examples of careers that lead to seven-figure salaries without a degree.

Diversification 101: Getting a 6-Figure Salary with Multiple Jobs

Having a six-figure job means you’ll be able to pay off your student loan (or other debt), save up money for travel or retirement, buy whatever you like, and invest in a car or house. It simply gives you more financial freedom compared to a five-figure job.

Fortunately, diversification (or NOT putting your eggs in one basket) is another way to achieve a higher salary range.

Here’s a secret: there is no rule stating you should have a bachelor’s (or master’s) degree, extensive experience, skills, or employed within a future-proofed industry to enjoy a six-figure salary. These are just common factors, but not set in stone.

In fact, anyone who can commit to working harder for multiple jobs or multiple streams of income can succeed in reaching this milestone. Here are some examples:

If you haven’t heard the term passive income, it’s about time you get acquainted with it. Start with these passive income ideas, which allow you to earn even when you’re sleeping and could help you get closer to achieving your 6 figure salary dreams.

Apple Product Testing: How to Get Free Apple Products

In the past, Apple product testing jobs were exclusive to quality assurance employees hired specifically to ensure all iMacs, iPhones, iPads, and other Apple gadgets are launched as minimally problematic as possible.

But as more and more big brands like Nike and retail giants like Amazon welcomed the idea of consumers actively participating in the development (and quality assurance) of products they love, Apple opened up its own testing programs as well. They even launched two types.

This post discusses both testing programs, how you could join, what to expect, and what NOT to expect.

Two Types of Apple Product Testing Programs

I love product testing because I feel like I’m part of making history. With the development of every version of iPad, or the first time Apple released its iPhone to the world, having been included in the quality control of such products (even if it were just a tiny part in the scheme of things) is still pretty cool.

When it comes to Apple’s product testing programs, you have two options:

  • AppleSeed Software Testing Program
  • Apple Beta Testing Program

Both programs focus on the software of Apple products. The hardware testing remains restricted to their carefully chosen employees who work at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Before you join, you must understand 3 things: 

  • You will not receive a physical product when you join either program.
  • Because you’ll be testing software and not physical products, you may need to have access to a Mac, iPhone, AppleTV, or other Apple products whose software requires testing.
  • You will not be compensated for all your feedback.  Not even a cent.

ARE YOU STILL GAME? If the fulfillment of helping out is payment enough for you, then go ahead and choose from these two Apple product testing

1. AppleSeed Software Testing Program

AppleSeed is Apple’s software testing program, often involves pre-release software like new iOS upgrades. When this program was first launched, it was open to anyone interested in joining. Today, AppleSeed is invite-only.

To show your interest…

  • Visit AppleSeed and sign up using your Apple ID. (Note that signing up to the program doesn’t guarantee you’ll get into it.)
  • You must first meet the requirements, and if you’re eligible for the program, you will receive an invitation. If you are invited, you must have a complete Apple profile (this includes your background info, interests, computing skills, and so on).
  • You will also be signing a confidentiality agreement (you know how secretive Apple is with their launches, right?)

Eligible participants are then directed to a forum, where all their feedback, errors, bugs, and other concerns experienced from testing the software will be shared. If you’re unable to explain your findings, you might be asked to fill up a bug report form.

2. Apple Beta Testing Program

The Apple Beta Testing Program works similarly to AppleSeed, except this program is OPEN TO EVERYONE, as long as you have an AppleID and own an Apple TV, iPhone, Mac, iPad, or any other Apple product. This program lets you try out upcoming iOs updates before it is released to the public.

To join:

  • Visit the Beta Software program registration page online.
  • Click “Sign up” and enter your AppleID and password. (If you don’t have an AppleID yet, you must “create one now.”
  • Enroll your device. Apple needs to know what device you’re going to use in testing the new software, so prepare to provide your device model number and other details about the device “tester.” No need to indicate your other Apple products that you won’t be using for the actual testing.
  • Prepare your device.  Back it up first before downloading’/installing new software. You won’t have control over unstable software, so you should have an option of restoring your device content, settings, or data in case something goes horribly wrong. Depending on what device you’re using, backing it up could involve saving your copy on iCloud or iTunes, or simply using the “Time Machine” program on Mac.
  • Install the software for testing.   Once Apple makes the Beta software available to testers, you’ll be able to see the software updates on your assigned device.    Find the download option, click “download” and wait for the download to finish.
  • Use your device.  The new operating system or software will be automatically updated into your device. By now, you only have to use your device normally.
  • Submit reports.  Whenever you encounter an error, bugs, broken features, or issues worthy of reporting, submit a report directly to Apple via the Feedback Assistant.

Apple Product Testing Job Scams

If you’re desperate to receive a gadget or earn money from an Apple product testing job, you might fall into a trap of some product-testing scams.

Yes, these kinds of scams exist. Fortunately, they’re very easy to spot.

  • If a job listing says it is looking for people to test Apple hardware, this is a scam. The company doesn’t let outsiders test hardware of new products outside the company headquarters.
  • If the job recruiter is asking for your Apple ID and password before he/she “gives you the job,” this is a scam. In most cases, they’re trying to steal your account information and if you gave your Apple ID and password, you might just have handed those details over willingly.
  • If the job listing says you need to shoulder the shipping fee or pay a deposit to receive your Apple product for testing, this is a scam. You probably won’t receive anything. (and worse, you’ve given them your mailing address, too!)

If the recruiter asks you to fill out a form from a third-party website to receive an Apple product for testing, there’s a big chance that this is a phishing scam (a scheme to trick you into giving your personal information away unknowingly).

And lastly, if an e-mail, Facebook page, or anyone tells you that you won an Apple TV, iPhone, mac, and so on, but you didn’t join any raffle or promotions, this is most probably a scam, too!

Legit Ways to Earn Free Apple Products

For those whose goal is to receive a free Apple product, or earn from this effort, you can try 3 things:

  1. Become a Tester for Betabound. This company collaborates with Google, Amazon,  Apple, and other brands to find beta-testers who will try out their respective apps, software, and products. It isn’t guaranteed that you’ll receive Apple products (but you’d have a bigger chance at receiving one from here than participating in either Apple product testing programs above).
  2. Participate in tech communities, join contests, or guest-post on other blogs. Join Facebook communities, subscribe to YouTube tech unboxing channels, read Apple-themed blogs like 9tomac and Macrumors, or big tech sites like Gizmodo. If you join contests to win an Apple product, you’re probably not guaranteed to receive one. But if you look for ways to get paid to guest post on other blogs and talk about Apple, you could use your earnings to buy yourself that Apple product you’ve been dying to have.
  3. Build your own Apple-themed website/blog. This is a long-term plan, but if you maintain a blog about Apple, its products, and everything in between, earn a couple of thousand readers/viewers, then your chances of being sent Apple products is a whole lot higher.

Other Products to Test

If you’re flexible with products and would be happy to receive anything for free, check out:

These 3 comprehensive guides are enough to teach you all about the awesome world of product testing, and how anyone can get a piece of the pie even if you just discovered this today.

How to (Seriously!) Get Paid to Sell Feet Pics Online

Did you know that you can sell feet pics online and ACTUALLY make cash?

I wasn’t really shocked, since I’ve written about selling hair, eggs, plasma, and breastmilk before.

But if you’ve got model-material feet and want to earn some cash, this gig can be something fun and fulfilling.

This post welcomes you to the feet industry and teaches you everything you need to know to earn a piece of the feet-pic-marketplace pie.

Things You Need to Sell Feet Pics

So how do you get started?

There are very minimal requirements to enter this sub-niche market.

To begin this memorable journey, start with these three steps:

  • Pamper Your awesome feet: Of course, your investment here is your feet. In some feet pic “marketplace,” your feet must look nice for the camera. In others, even a pair of uniquely-shaped feet can be something podiatric physicians (feet doctors) find interesting. Either way, it’s about time you bring out your foot spa machine, buff your toenails, and get them ready for a photoshoot.
  • Create Social Media accounts and/or a website: Depending on the revenue model you decide to use (we’ll talk about this below), you must have an online presence either in social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. or on your own website.
  • Get Your Camera Out (even a smartphone cam will do): It doesn’t matter if you have a pro-level DSLR or a smartphone. As long as you can be able to take non-blurry photos of your feet with proper lighting and composition, then you can practice posing your feet and taking pictures.

Lastly, you have to be willing to earn “outside of the box.” This isn’t a gig for the faint-hearted. About 10% of your direct clients buy foot pictures for their foot fetishes, and because of this, you might receive side-eyes from your friends or family. But if it doesn’t bother you and you think it’s a fun way to earn side cash, then picture away!

How to make quick money:

If you want to make quick money, the following three websites are all looking for influencers to help shape their products:

I highly recommend signing up with all three to increase your chances of actually making money as an influencer.

12 Places to Sell Feet Pics

One of the best things about this side-cash gig is that you can do it anywhere – at the comforts of your house, a friend’s cozy backyard, the park, and any other locations you have in mind.

1. Instafeet

  • It is free to join, but Instafeet gets a 10% cut of your earnings
  • Anyone interested can submit an application, but not everyone will be approved. 
  • Earn an average of $7/month/subscriber
  • Get paid twice a month.

Instafeet is an online marketplace full of people who have a special appreciation for feet. Once you’re accepted, you can create a profile and post at least 5 pictures of your feet to start. Your fans become subscribers, which pay somewhere from $5/month to whatever price you deem OK.

2. FeetFinder

  • Sellers are ID-verified
  • Buyers can purchase individual photos or videos of sellers.
  • Buyers can also subscribe to access all sellers’ content for a monthly fee.
  • Buyers can make custom requests via DM. Sellers decide whether to accept or not.
  • US-based sellers receive payment via SegPay, while international users get their earnings via Paxum.

FeetFinder is one of the largest feet-picture marketplaces in the world. It has very strict security that ensures buyers get what they paid for, and sellers are paid for their feet photos. For this service, Feet Finders get a 20% cut from individual photo/video sales or subscription fees. Sellers earn 80% of the fees.

3. Feetify

  • Premium models receive 100% of their earnings
  • Subscription model
  • 18+ years old are welcome to join.

Feetify is similar to both Instafeet and FeetFinder.

With Instafeet, your followers can connect with you for specific requests.

Sellers pay a premium fee of $57/5 months or $97/12 months. The good thing is feet models get to keep ALL of their premium earnings.

4. DollarFeet

  • Must be willing to show face on the photo or video
  • Feet models $7 – $10 per accepted 5-minute-long video
  • Not everyone can join – must be approved first. (DollarFeet loves feet with pink soles and wide heels)

Here’s another online marketplace exclusive to only pictures and videos of feet.

Submit an application and wait around 24 hours for approval. Once DollarFeet accepts you as a feet model, you can immediately start selling your feet pictures and videos. Clients can custom-order videos directly, these pay from $30 to $50 for 10-minute videos.

5. OnlyFans

  • OnlyFans isn’t exclusive to feet modeling.
  • This is considered a NSFW site, so access the platform appropriately.
  • OnlyFans keep 20% of fees.

OnlyFans is a content subscription service, where content creators are paid by “fans” or users who follow the creators. Think of this as Facebook, except the members have something to offer. Adult entertainers are plenty here and welcomed completely.

Content creators have control over the amount of their feet photos or videos. It’s also up to you how you can attract fans to your feet pics profile and make them subscribe to your content.

6. Foap

  • Use your smartphone to snap a photo of your feet, then upload.
  • Available in iOs and Android
  • Has a HUGE community, so you have a bigger market
  • Foap missions and contests available

I talked about Foap before (read a more extensive review about it here). This platform isn’t as strict as the feet-marketplace sites above, but you can only sell feet pics at the marketplace for $10. The bad news is $5 goes to Foap as commission, while creators receive the other $5 (that’s a whopping 50-50 division).

The only good thing about this is, you can sell the same photo over and over as long as it’s hosted on Foap.

7. Selling Feet Pics on Social Media

  • Facebook – There are multiple ways to earn from Facebook, but if you’re selling feet pics, you might want to check out creating your own Facebook page, posting on the Marketplace and spreading the word about your work on relevant Facebook groups. Check this post if you want a more comprehensive Facebook guide.
  • Instagram – If you’re new to this industry and is feeling lost of what people want with feet pics, Instagram is the place to go. Just do a quick search of #feetpicsforsales to get inspiration… There’s 34,265 posts now for all the inspiration you need. As for earning from Instagram, head over to my Instagram guide and see how to sell feet pictures based on your preferences.
  • TikTok A ton of people are going rich on TikTok, but can you sell your feet pics there as well and get the same success as viral videos? If done right, you can use TikTok to promote your product (those pictures) and direct users to your website. You can also upload videos instead of photos.

8. Online Marketplaces

When you sell feet pictures online on marketplaces like Craigslist, eBay, Etsy, and Zazzle, you’re going to be posting already-taken pictures. To protect yourself from piracy, make sure to add a copyright notice, watermark, and upload a low-resolution image.

When someone buys your photo, you can then e-mail the high-resolution version without the watermark (or ship out a printed high-resolution version directly to the customer’s address).

Do note that except for Craigslist, most marketplaces deduct seller fees upon sale, so expect anywhere from 3% to 10% transaction fees.

9. Stock Photography sites

If you don’t want to show your face on these feet photos, your next bet is to produce awesome-looking feet pictures on stock photography sites, such as :

The difference with stock photography is that these photos often look more professional with perfect lighting, clear angles, and so on.

10. Online communities

Online communities like Reddit and Quora  are great ways to find like-minded individuals. Many people begin their feet-pic-selling journey asking questions on communities like these. Absorb everything you can learn from the sites. In the process, there’s a good chance you’ll meet your first clients here.

Branch out onto other platforms, but feel free to go back to these communities if you need answers for specific scenarios.

11. Modeling Agencies

If you decide to become a foot model (or technically known as “parts model”), be prepared to give your full-time commitment. Of course, just like a general modeling career, it can be tough to get into the industry.

However, for those with specially-attractive, healthy-looking, perfect feet, they can make money by joining a modeling agency and taking commissions from every project they land on.

If you have what it takes, any legit modeling agency will hire you without charging you a cent to sign up with them.

Closeup ModelsParts Models NYC, and BPM Inc are three examples of reputable parts modeling agencies. Every company may have slightly different requirements for foot models, but it would probably boil down to: “feet with evenly-shaped toes and nails without foot blemishes, bunions, corns and other issues).

There might be travel and long hours involved, but the rewards are often worth it.

12. Your Own website 

All the big names in the “feet industry” have their own blogs/websites because this path gives them more control  on everything from the tone of your business to the earning methods. In fact, if you decide to build your own site, you can technically create your own OnlyFans without paying commissions EVER. You take home 100% of your earnings.

Maximize your website by:

  • Linking all your online platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, OnlyFans, etc.) on the site. You can turn your website into a modern business card.
  • Becoming a Patreon user so that your followers could have access to your content and a way to pay their subscriptions to your sweet feet content.
  • Posting a gallery to your site. Choose the BEST of the BEST from your photos or videos.
  • Build a shop. Are you open to sell digital or printed copies of your photos? If so, build an e-store into your website.
  • Making sure you have contact details. If someone wants to buy your content, it is important that you leave your contact details easily accessible. If you’re worried about privacy issues, a contact form will solve this for you.

FAQs about Selling Feet Pictures Online

  • How Much Can You Earn from Selling Feet Pics? Just like other photo-buy-and-sell sites, you can earn as little as $5 a photo from sites like Foap to around $100 to $1,000 per photo for direct clients. Of course, this will depend on which platform you’re in, if you’re a beginner or not, and how
  • Is it Legal To Sell Pics of feet? Yes, it is legal to sell pictures of your feet, as long as you took the photos and you have ownership of the photo. There is no other law that exists prohibiting you from selling pictures of your feet.  
  • Do you have to pay taxes on feet pics? Any income you make by selling feet photos online is regarded as business income, which means you’ll have to monitor all your earnings for tax purposes.
  • How do you compete with other more popular feet personalities? Here are three important advice you should put to heart:
    1. Treat it as a business.
    2. Network, network, network.
    3. Market yourself everywhere.

Can’t Sell Feet Pics? Try Selling These instead:

Not everyone has pretty feet. If you’re as unlucky as me and got not-so-cute feet, don’t sweat it. There are other non-traditional “products” you can sell that come naturally from your body, such as:

Of course, if you’re feeling good-hearted, all these things can be donated as well.

20 Legit Amazon Gift Card Survey Sites

If you love Amazon just as I do, I’m sure you’ve heard about other people getting Amazon gift card survey crazy as well. However, if you brushed it off as a fad (or a scam), I’d understand why you’d think so. This kind of gig just sounds too good to be true, right?

If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, it’s time you dig deeper into the world of answering surveys for Amazon gift cards because they’re actually LEGITIMATE.

Imagine answering surveys during your free time and being able to get a gift for yourself each month to add to your toy collection, bookshelves, garden, kitchen, and so on.

But before you jump into a dozen survey sites below, I’m just going to give you a bit of an introduction.

How Does an Amazon Gift Card Survey Work?

Depending on the platform you choose, available surveys are shown on your dashboard. Sometimes, you will get a notification (or other times emails) letting you know that new surveys fit your profile and you could answer them if you wanted to.

  • Most survey sites do not obligate members to answer all surveys sent. However, there might be a minimum number of surveys you’d need to answer within a month or a year to continue your membership.
  • Some survey sites also include other tasks like playing games, watching videos, scanning receipts, and more.
  • Many survey sites use points, while others have their own currencies (such as Swagbucks). Every site has a minimum payout amount, so better check this info so you can expect when to redeem your “rewards.”
  • Points can be converted by all kinds of gift cards, but Amazon gift cards are one of the most popular payout methods.

Survey sites have all the money to give away to users like you and me because market research companies use our survey answers to determine what consumers want/need, or to get feedback directly from consumers about a particular product or service.

20 Survey Sites that Pay Amazon Gift Cards

1. Swagbucks

  • Minimum payout: $3 (this is the amount you need to earn to redeem for an Amazon gift card or other payout methods).

Launched in 2008, this California-based company is a rewards program that “pays” you to complete microtasks like answering surveys, playing games, shopping, testing products, searching online, watching videos, and more.

2. Survey Junkie

  • Minimum payout: $10 worth of points

As one of the older survey sites around (this has been around since 2005), Survey Junkie is one of the most recommended sites available.

Each survey only takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. You’ll earn an average of $1 per survey. It won’t make you rich, but it’s a good task to do when you’re stuck in traffic. Its phone app lets you do the tasks even while on the go, so win-win!

If you don’t like to redeem your points with an Amazon gift card, there’s also a Paypal cashout option.

3. Inbox Dollars

  • Minimum payout: $30 worth of Inbox Dollars via Amazon gift card, prepaid Visa gift card, check in the mail, or PayPal

InboxDollars has reportedly given away over $57 million in cash rewards to its members since it began in 2000. It partners with Walmart, Target, and other companies to get feedback from consumers via surveys.

The surveys, which take about 3 to 25 minutes, can earn you somewhere between 50 cents and 5 bucks. For rare, demographic-specific surveys, this amount could be as high as $20/survey.

Inbox Dollars isn’t exclusive to surveys. You can also earn rewards from watching movie trailers, shopping online, playing online games, and performing other tasks.

Simply joining gets you a $5 welcome bonus. Referrals get you $5 as well.

4. MyPoints

  • Minimum payout: Earn your first $20 and get a $10 Amazon gift card for free

MyPoints was launched by Prodege LLC (the same company that brought us SwagBucks and Inbox Dollars).  You earn points when you share your opinion by completing online surveys about their partners like Walmart, eBay, and Amazon, and other retailers.

The downside of MyPoints is that many surveys lead you to third-party sites when you decide to answer them. The upside, however, is that this survey site allows 13-year-olds (a rare occurrence in the world of surveys since most require members to be at least 18 years old).

5. Opinion Outpost

  • Minimum payout: $5 for gift cards (or 50 points)

Owned by global sampling and survey company Dynata, Opinion Outpost has been around for over a decade. It is known for donating $10,000/month to the American Red Cross, so if you’re looking to help, here’s a win-win way to do so while earning some “cash.”

Surveys take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Each survey you complete gets you 1 free entry to a quarterly raffle with a $10k prize.

6. PrizeRebel

  • Minimum payout: $5 (worth 500 points)

In 2007, PrizeRebel.com was launched in San Diego, California. As of 2021, it has rewarded its 7 million+ users with over $14 million in cash and rewards.

The only downside to PrizeRebel is that it has no app yet, which means you either have to access it via your phone’s browser or on your desktop/laptop. However, PrizeRebel makes up for this by having one of the most options when it comes to payouts: aside from the Visa gift card and Amazon gift card, you have over 500 different gift cards to choose from.

7. LifePoints

  • Minimum payout: 550 points ($5)

MySurvey and Lightspeed (two separate global market research companies) partnered up to create LifePoints in 2019.  It focuses on mini-polls, product test reviews, and customer feedback.

Quick (one-question) surveys can get you 1 or 2 points, while 30-minute-long surveys offer around 100 to 200 points each. Join today and get your first 10 LifePoints free.

8. MySoapBox

  • Minimum payout: $25  (25,000 points) for the first payout, succeeding cashouts have no minimum points required

MySoapBox rewards users for their feedback on the things they use, buy, or do every day. Users are invited to complete surveys via text message or email, then users choose to answer or not.

Each survey amounts to 750 to 1500 points. If you answer enough surveys and earn at least 25,000 points, you’re able to redeem the points into Amazon gift cards (or any gift card of your choice).

9. Toluna

  • Minimum payout: $10 (around 30,000 points)

Founded in 2000, this France-based company is a part-social media platform, part survey site, which relies on its 10 million+ users to test products and review them in exchange for points.

This Amazon gift card survey site is perfect if you’re a teen looking for online gigs that beat mowing since this company accepts users as young as 15 years old.

10. Ipsos I-Say

  • Minimum payout: $10 (1000 points) for gift cards, $15 (15000 points) for Paypal or Visa debit card

Ipsos i-Say is the survey site arm of Ipsos, one of the largest market research companies in the world. It lets users try out products and give points after sending feedback about the items they received.

Aside from the regular surveys, Ipsos I-Say has a year-end bonus for every survey you took within 365 days, and free contests where you could win extra cash or an all-expense-paid vacation.

11. SurveyClub

  • Minimum payout: $20

Survey Club has been around for over a decade. It serves as both a survey site portal (where surveys from other sites can also be featured) and a survey site (where their own surveys are also up for the taking).

There are focus groups, trials, panels, and other kinds of surveys available on Survey Club. New surveys are available daily. It takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete one survey and pays 50 cents to $3 a pop.

The best thing about Survey Club is that there is no other currency or points. You just earn cash directly.

12. Pinecone Research

  • Minimum payout: $3 (300 points)

Operated by market research company The Nielsen Company, Pinecone Research is one of the most trusted survey sites in the industry.

For each survey taken, Pinecone Research awards its members a minimum of 300 points (this is equal to $3), which means in just a single 10 to 20-minute survey, you’d be able to request payout immediately.

Aside from bank transfers and prepaid virtual debit cards, your rewards can be redeemed as Amazon e-card (sent to your email) or other electronic gift cards.

13. YouGov

  • Minimum payout: $50 (5000 points)

YouGov is available internationally (mostly in English-speaking countries). It is a reputable site that asks people about movies, brands, politics, and current events.

YouGov’s welcome bonus is 2000 points (that’s worth $20 already), so you’ll only need to participate in several surveys to redeem into cash or gift cards. Each survey pays usually around 250 points.

I love that YouGov notifies you whenever new surveys are available and since it has an app, you can complete the survey regardless of your location.

14. Tellwut (for Canada and US)

  • Minimum payout: $10 (4000 points)

Tellwut, short for “tell what you think” is another legit Amazon Gift Card survey site that pays people to answer surveys of third-party companies, refer friends to join the community, and even create their own surveys.

The points you earn would depend on which task you completed. 25 points to refer a friend, up to 2000 points to answer an external survey, an average of 15 points to create a survey for other members to answer, and so on. Plus Tellwut has a welcome bonus of 100 points, 150 points of completing your profile, and up to 10,000 points of prizes given away on a weekly and monthly basis.

15. Harris Poll

  • Minimum payout: $10 (1,250 points)

The Harris Poll is an American market research and analytics company that has been tracking the sentiment, behaviors, and motivations of American adults since 1963. Surveys from this company focus on consumer habits and current event surveys.

While available only for US and Canada residents, the Harris Poll allows users over the age of 13. This site also hosts annual cash sweepstakes, bi-weekly cash draws, and quarterly raffles.

$1 is equal to 125 points. You can receive 3 to 5 surveys a month, with each survey ranging from 5 to 25 minutes. Users can earn 125 to 200 points for every survey completed.

16. CinchBucks (for non-US members)

  • Minimum payout: $10 (1,000 points)

If you live outside the U.S. and you want to get a piece of the Swagbuck pie, your best bet is to join CinchBucks. You can earn CB points for every survey answered, videos watched, and other simple tasks completed.

You have the option to redeem your CB points for Amazon Gift cards, get cash back from Paypal and Payza, or paid via Bitcoin.

100 CB points is equal to $1. If you join CinchBucks, you get your first 10 points FREE.

17.  American Consumer Opinion Panel

  • Minimum payout: 1000 points

American Consumer Opinion Panel, known in the survey world as ACOP, is a legitimate and reputable company, but it is only available in selected countries.

ACOP surveys help manufacturers by allowing consumers like you and me to give our feedback, opinion, and recommendations about a given product. Short surveys can earn you between 5 and 50 points, while longer surveys can go for 100 to 5,000 points each.

The most popular payout method is Paypal or via check, but you can choose to receive Amazon Gift Cards instead.

18. Branded Surveys

  • Minimum payout: $10 (1000 points)

Branded Surveys have high-quality surveys with premium payouts. Most members can easily reach the minimum payout amount of $10 in less than a week.

What I like best about Branded Surveys is the loyalty badges. Those who complete surveys regularly are given more surveys to answer.

Users can choose to cash out and redeem their points for a $10 or $25 Amazon gift card, PayPal cash, or other e-vouchers.

19. iPoll

  • Minimum payout: $25

Originally known as Survey Head when it was founded in 2008, iPoll has been owned and operated by Dynata since 2016. Today, you can answer surveys online or via its mobile app.

Surveys range from $0.50 to $3. Sometimes, there are Scavenger Hunt missions, where you’d be asked to visit retail stores and earn from $1 to $100/day. iPoll also hosts quarterly draws, where you can win up to $5000.

20. iRazoo

  • Minimum payout: $5 (3000 points)

Brands pay iRazoo for consumer input, so it recruits members like you and me to play games, shop online, answer surveys, watch videos, or complete other small tasks in exchange for points.

iRazoo points are redeemable to PayPal credits, Amazon gift cards, or other e-vouchers.

Just by simply joining the site you’ll get your first 100 points free. Referring other people to join iRazoo also gets you additional points.

Warning: Amazon Gift Card Survey Scams Exist

While it is true that you can earn from Amazon Gift Card Survey sites, you must also be wary about scams. Amazon even lists down different kinds of scams users report to them (you can read all about them here with a description of how each scam goes).

You can also earn Amazon gift cards from the retail giant itself. You just need to participate in Amazon’s programs such as Mechanical Turk, where you can do data entry and other easy tasks to earn Amazon gift cards.

Of course, these survey sites and mTurk cannot replace traditional salaries, but they’re awesome ways to earn some extra cash that you wouldn’t have earned if you were just spending your online time browsing your socials or watching YouTube.

5 Best Online Business Ideas for 2021

Last year was rough for businesses around the world, so I’m sure many people are wondering: Is it a good idea to start an online business in 2021? What are some best online business ideas that can be launched from home?

In 2020, almost every city with high cases of covid19 had varying degrees of shelter-in-place orders and forced people to stay indoors. Businesses that were already thriving online and relied on online orders and deliveries grew steadily throughout the year. Small businesses without online presence had to adapt, bring their business online, and create other means of offering their product or services continuously. Some were successful, but others were not.

This post should be able to help you decide if it’s a good idea to launch a business from home now…or not. I’m also going to discuss some of the most profitable online businesses at the height of last year’s pandemic and the best businesses to start at home in 2021.

3 Considerations Before You Pick One from these Online Business Ideas

Even if ANYBODY can launch an online business these days, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can choose any kind of business and it will succeed no matter what. Before you decide on the type of online business you want to launch, it is important to consider these three things:

Specialization

Everybody can learn to handle the business on-the-go, but you must choose a niche or industry that:

  • you specialize in,
  • are planning to specialize in, or
  • simply just passionate about.

Going into a business, such as cryptocurrency, without any knowledge or interest in it, is risky since there’s a higher chance that you’d get bored even before you launch. If for example, you’re more interested in something like robotics or AI, then decide what kind of online business (e-commerce, consulting, content, etc.) they fit best.

Investment

Some online businesses could also require a significant amount of start-up money. For example, if you’re planning to hire a virtual assistant to help with running the business, this could be at least a $500 monthly commitment.

If you choose to build a custom online store and outsource the job, then know that it could cost between $1,000 to $50,000 depending on the complexity of the project, the platform you select (Shopify, WordPress, Magento, etc.), and other requirements. Maintenance (hosting, domain renewals, chat support agent, etc.) are also other costs you may face with this route.

Time Commitment

There are online businesses with minimal expenses, but they would require your time commitment instead. For example:

  • YouTube channel or Twitch live streaming: You would need regular videos uploaded or live streaming scheduled almost daily to make a dent in that particular online space such as makeup tutorials, Minecraft gaming, entertainment news, and so on.
  • Blogging: You can set-up a blog for as low as $30, but producing its content (the words, images, videos, etc.) would take time.
  • Vegetable gardening: Depending on the type of plant/vegetable you wish to focus on, this would require you to get down and dirty germinating seeds, taking care of seedlings, and assisting fruits/leafy veggies until they reach harvest date. For some people, this can be very calming (and could just require a couple of minutes a day), but for others, this can take a longer time.

How much time can you commit to the online business you plan to launch? How much money can you spend on this venture? And what niches are most attractive to you? Decide these three things when checking out the best online business ideas below:

5 Best Online Business Ideas You Can Follow

The following online business ideas can all be launched from the comfort of your own homes. The time commitment, cost, and niche vary, so pick based on which one would be most appropriate to your setting, finances, and personal interest.

1. Modern Agriculture & Grown-in-a-lab Food

Perfect for people who have a huge backyard or free garage, urban gardening is a good business model especially if you’re going to focus them on food. After all, food is one of human’s basic needs, so food will always be on-trend regardless of what’s happening in the world.

Aside from vertical farming (thanks to technologies like hydroponics or aquaponics), there are even lab-grown meat industries slowly creeping into the market.

  • How to get started: The cool thing about these modern agricultural concepts is that learning them is free. Join a Facebook group about any type of farm you want to venture into.
  • Outlook: The future of homegrown vegetables will always be bright. Lab-grown meat is 50/50 since there is a lot of supporters and critics.

2. Everything Cannabis-related (depending on your location)

As the legal use and growing of marijuana continue to expand across the U.S. (and even in other countries), the potential for a wide range of Cannabis-related products is now a business model for the taking. But aside from the obvious route of opening up a dispensary (which involves a TON of legalities, a brick-and-mortar storefront, and $1 million in startup money), there are other routes to take.

Examples that you could start from home include edibles, beauty products (lotion, creams, and other oil-based items), and marijuana accessories.

Got a legal or marketing background? You can even start a consulting firm or marketing agency for other people who would want to get into the cannabis industry. There is also space for affiliate marketing, app development, and online content (blogging, YouTube, influencer marketing), and so on.

  • How to get started: Look into local laws, check the market for possible sub-niches, learn everything you can about the type of cannabis business you’d want to venture into.
  • Outlook: Not all states have yet to legalize marijuana planting/selling, but it is expected to spread in the coming years.

3. Social Media and Website Flipping

I talked about domain flipping in the past and discussed how you can earn from investing domain names for as little as $10. In website flipping, the difference is that you’ll be working on the domain and turning it into a real website, bringing in some revenues, then selling the entire site to places like Empire Flippers for thousands of dollars.

In social media flipping, the concept is similar. You create an Instagram account, Facebook group, Pinterest profile, Tiktok account, or other social media accounts, make the profile famous (either by getting followers or going viral), then selling the online space to another person or third-party company.

  • How to get started: Decide if you want to flip sites or social media accounts. Learn everything you can about promoting that online space. Prep it for sale.
  • Outlook: Domain flipping had been around for over a decade and it hasn’t stopped. The coronavirus proved this point when any domain that had the word “corona” shot up to $1,000+ resale value. Flipping social media accounts can be lucrative if you get updated with the platform-specific terms, trends, and niches.

4. Private Label Biz, Dropshipping & Amazon FBA

I squeezed these three best online business ideas into one entry because they are very similar: they’re scalable businesses that do not require you to invent products, manufacture products, or even store products yourself.

In a private label business, you decide on a product, find a manufacturer that sells that product, and label them with your own company’s label.

In dropshipping, you decide on a product, find a supplier that sells the product, list the product on stores like Amazon (or your own online store), then when someone buys the product, the supplier would ship the item directly to the customer.

Amazon FBA (where FBA stands for “fulfillment by Amazon”) is a warehousing and shipping service. You bring all your products to any FBA facility, list the products on Amazon, and whenever a customer buys the product, Amazon will take care of the packing and shipment for you.

  • How to get started: Decide what product you want to sell. Choose the business model and learn everything you can about your chosen route.
  • Outlook: In 2020, selling products online has been proven to withstand even pandemics. It’s probably safe to say that online shopping would be here for a long time. You just need to pick the right niche for this to work in your favor.

5. Focus on Fitness

Many people stress-ate the entire 2020 and are now focused on getting healthy. As such, what better way to take advantage of this than to get into the business of fitness. There are many ways you can do this, such as becoming a fitness coach, creating custom workout plans, selling fitness products, creating a fitness app, and writing (or talking) about fitness, among others. You can even develop a new fitness product.

  • How to get started: Match your skills with the type of business you’re most interested in. Decide if you’re going to do it by yourself, or outsourcing (for product manufacturing or app development). Become an expert at marketing.
  • Outlook: Fitness is always on-trend. Have you seen the modern jumping ropes that have been all over Tik-Tok for months? For an item that has been around for several decades, these jumping ropes still sold like hotcakes in 2020. And I think that’s very cool.

Turning Any of These Best Online Business Ideas into Reality

The best thing about these online business ideas is that they’re very scalable. You can start small, find a market, then grow big as you go.

Just make sure you do your brainstorming now, decide based on research, and start working on your business as soon as you’ve made an outline of what you have in mind. It’s never too late to become a business owner, but you do have to start somewhere, so start today.

80 Online Non-Phone Jobs to Check Out

If you’ve been on the hunt for an excellent work-from-home job, but your environment cannot support taking calls (probably because you live near a train station, you’ve got kids under 5 years old, or other similar instances), then you should be looking for online non-phone jobs.

What are online non-phone jobs exactly, you ask? Although this can easily encompass ANY job within a wide range of industries that do not require you to take calls, this post focuses only on jobs that even beginners can do and jobs done from the comforts of their own homes.

80 Types of Non Phone Jobs You Can Do From Home

1. Microtasks: Earn real money by doing simple tasks like playing online games, shopping, answering surveys, copy-pasting data, and so on.

2. Data entry: Yes, even if it’s already 2021, there will always be data required to be entered. Here’s a list of companies that offer data entry gigs.

3. Transcription: Get hired as a remote transcriptionist with these 25 resources.

4. Medical transcriptionThis is a sub-niche of transcription, but requires additional experience (in the medical field).

5. Internet researcher: This job is often available in the education and publishing industries, but can sometimes be offered by companies that require continuous research for their service or product launches.

6. Virtual assistant: Think secretary, but the tasks are mostly virtual (web-based). Being a virtual assistant (VA) could mean anything from writing to managing e-commerce stores, and any other tasks a client may require.

7. Professional organizer: How would you like to organize another person’s files, documents, pictures, calendar, life, and so on? Personal organizing is actually a career that you can focus on.

8. Paralegal: Aside from other legal jobs, becoming a paralegal is also possible in a work-from-home setting.

9.  Ad postingYou may think this is simple data entry, but the job involves precision and knowing the rules of each ad platform.

10. Answering Surveys as a Career: Is it still possible to earn from answering surveys enough to match your paycheck? To answer your question, read this guide.

SOCIAL MEDIA ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS

11. YouTuber: You’d probably take more time to get noticed on YouTube, but it is never too late to try. Here are some ways you can use YouTube to earn a full-time income online.

12. Instagram business: Are you done with the fun and games and want to use your influence to earn a sizeable income for yourself? You can if you use Instagram as a business.

13. Social media manager: The job is exactly what it sounds like: people who manage social media accounts. If you’ve been up-to-date with the features of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and other social media platforms, then this job might be the right fit for you.

14. Twitter expert: Are you on Twitter almost 24/7? Use this expertise to earn money from the platform. Here are 5 ways how.

15. Online moderator: Have you been an admin or moderator of a forum, Facebook group, or any other online community before? If you have and enjoyed your stint, know that you can become an online moderator full-time as well.

16. Pinterest Manager: Do you love everything about Pinterest? If you’ve organized, collected and pinned your way through hundreds of boards in the past, you can do this for companies or other individuals for a fee as well.

17. Livestream: You’ll be your own boss and you can talk about everything and anything under the sun. Here’s how you can make a full-time living from home via Twitch.

18. Facebook as a business: If you’re spending way too much time on Facebook, did you know there are over 10 ways to earn from Facebook? There’s no degree, formal training, or special skills needed to do this – just a TON of time learning about Facebook.

HOBBIES TURNED CAREERS

19. eSports: Whether you’re a gamer or want to become part of this exciting industry, there are plenty of home-based eSports jobs for you.

20. Gardening: Got the green thumb? Do you know that you can be a plant advisor, hydroponics teacher, or entrepreneur in the comforts of your own garden and earn money from the earth?

21. Travel consultant: There are a lot of people who are first-time travelers that would want to receive top-notch recommendations from those who have real-world tips and experience. If you fit the bill, then becoming a travel consultant could be a lucrative gig.

22.  Fitness coach: How cool is it that traditional jobs like fitness coaches can be performed completely online? If you have a love for fitness and teaching, you can be a coach for someone in need of assistance.

23. Woodworking: You’ll see a pattern with these passions-turned-careers in that you need to start with something you love before you transition into earning from it. As a woodworker, you have several ways of earning a full income from the comforts of your own home.

24. Embroidery business: Can’t get enough of embroidery? If you need funds for more threads or just want to level-up your hobby into a business, then consider this career path.

25. Photographer: There are millions of photographers out in the world creating images, but there is always a market for new photographers who can give their vision to a brand or company.

26. Brewing: Remember the time craft beer became a massive hobby? Well, those who stayed with that hobby have actually turned it into brewing beer businesses and so can you.

27. Makeup artist: You don’t need a degree here, but if you’re exceptional at doing makeup, you can actually make money with this skill.

28. BakerIt takes a lot of hit and miss to master breadmaking, so if you’re on a level that friends and families cannot wait to taste your next creation, then you’d probably have success opening an online bakeshop as well.

29. Beekeeping: In this day and age when everything can be bought online, a beekeeping business can be done completely from home. You can even handle the packaging and shipment of honey products from home.

30. ASMR expert: Some people hate the ASMR world, but a lot more people cannot get enough of it. If you’re on the latter group and would love to do ASMR videos to earn money, here’s your guide to do so.

LANGUAGE-RELATED ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS

31.  Therapist: This general therapy job may require advanced training, but if you’re a therapist by profession and you want to work from home, it’s good to know you have this option, right?

32.  ASL: Utilize your sign language knowledge and turn it into a career. There are various ASL jobs online if you know where to look.

33. Translation: Got a language you speak or write fluently? You can use this to work as a translator from home and translate documents, books, and other types of content.

34. Closed-captioning:  Captions are made for viewers who cannot hear the audio of videos, TV shows, news, and other similar content. If you’re good with accepts and have an above-average typing speed, then this is your chance to turn closed-captioning into a home-based career.

35. Audiobook narrator: If you want to lend your voice to narrate audiobooks or videos, you’d find this kind of work very fulfilling and lucrative.

36. Spiritual therapist: Although not for beginners, a spiritual therapist helps in bringing balance to a client’s mental and emotional health.

IT

37. App developer: Bring your programming skills to use by developing apps either for someone else or for your business.

38. Web developer: Years of programming experience are needed to set up custom payment systems for online stores, build a website from scratch, and so on. But if you’ve been a web developer for years, it’s easy to adapt to a home-based setting.

39. Data scientistCollecting and interpreting data for companies and organizations is in-demand in our present world where data is king, so if this is a career path you’re interested in, know that you can work both online and off.

40. Email marketing specialist: People skilled in email marketing have a combination of copywriting, marketing and SEO knowledge. This specialization can be learned without a degree, which is always a PLUS if you’re trying to switch careers.

42. Web testing: User-testing is actually a big deal with product launches. As a tester, you ensure bugs are fixed before actual consumers land the store or website. And this encompasses different industries as well.

GRAPHICS & VIDEO

43. T-shirt designer: Something as specific as designing a shirt can be lucrative if done the right way. If you’re interested and is looking for a job that could bring out your creative juices front and center, try designing shirts full-time.

44. Illustrator: It doesn’t matter what drawing style you know – there will always be a market that would love your work enough to pay for them. If you don’t know where to start, here’s how you can get paid to draw.

45. Logo designer: Any company, YouTuber, service provider, and any other business selling products or services would at one point need a logo. Imagine how many decide to launch a YouTube channel, blog, company every day, and that’s how much target audience you can get as a logo designer.

46. Font makers: Do you have a love for typography? If so, did you know that you can earn some cash creating custom font?

47. Video editorFrom companies to YouTubers and everyone in between creating videos day in, day out, the need for skilled video editors are high. It’s one of the most in-demand online non-phone jobs around, and it’s never too late to start.

48. Cartoonist: Share your creativity with the world! Become a cartoonist and make money full-time with commissions.

49. Photo editor: For those who are experts in Photoshop, you can simplify your career by focusing just on photo editing. Here’s how you can find photo editing jobs that can earn you up to $80k a year.

50. Drone-related jobs: Obviously, some of the jobs here require you to go out and actually operate the drones. But some drone-related jobs let you use your knowledge of drones to your advantage.

INTERNET MARKETING

51. SEO specialist: Search engine optimization jobs have been around since Google launched, but the demand has not waned even two decades later. If you’re up-to-date with the SEO world, there’s always space for specialists to make web search better.

52. PPC expert: Pay-per-click advertising is a massive industry with the need for experts who know a lot about online ads.

53. Product review writing: Some testimonials are commissioned to review writers. If you’re game to test products/services and write about them, consider this career path.

54. Lead generation specialist: Companies are always looking to attract new customers, but some of them don’t know where to start. If you’re a master of lead generation, this is a very lucrative and high-demand position.

55. SEO jobs: This general term involves numerous types of jobs from data scraping to GMB creation, and so on. You’d have to be the Jack-of-all-trades when you want to get into SEO. And if you’re up for a challenge, then this continuously-growing industry should keep you on your toes.

EDUCATION & CONSULTING

56. Lesson Creation: Books, worksheets, and other educational materials do not get made by themselves. If you can craft lesson plans, consider this path as a good way to make a living from home.

57. Tutoring: You can tutor students with specific subjects, or go with SAT tutoring. Whichever route you wish to go, there will always be students you can help.

58. ESL Teaching: ESL (English as second language) teachers help people learn to speak and write in English. You can do this job as a freelancer for ESL companies, or as an independent service provider on sites like Fiverr.

59. Online Consulting: Are you an expert on something? People are eager to learn new things, so if you have a passion for guiding people with business, finance, or other niches,  you can share your knowledge and earn from it too!

60. Test-grader: If you have some experience with grading test papers, did you know that you can do this for a living? It could take a while to start this gig, but once you do, you’ll discover how easy it can be.

WRITING & EDITING

61. Legal writing: There are technical writing sub-niches in freelance writing that only a small percentage of people focus on. One of these niches is legal writing, which involves combining the knowledge of law and crafting contracts, website terms, and other similar content.

62. Video game writing: If you love playing with words and video games, you can combine both passions and turn it into a very lucrative video game writing career. Here’s how.

63. Poem writing: Got a flair for words fit for a poet? How about as words to melt hearts on a greeting card? You can get a career out of this unique skill.

64. Proofreading: If you’re a perfectionist and have always put extra effort in editing your written work, then proofreading can be a full-time or part-time job you can do from home.

65. Editing: This job is almost similar to proofreading, but follows advanced formatting rules. This is definitely reserved for advanced writers with years of experience.

66. Blogging: I’ve discussed blogging as a business before (check that link if you’re interested). It is similar to consulting: if you have a lot to say that you think people would be interested in, then you’d have a higher chance of finding success as a blogger.

67. Content writing: This involves writing anything under the sun – celebrity gossip, company news, Amazon product reviews, and so on.

68. Resume writing: When I introduced 150+ ways writers can earn money online, one method is resume writing. You’d be surprised how many people fail to get hired simply because of poorly organized resumes and badly written cover letters. You can help them by offering your resume writing services.

69: Online dating writing: As a ghostwriter specifically for the online dating world, you’d be helping people write dating site profiles or communicate more effectively when talking to potential dates.

FINANCE-RELATED ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS

70. Bookkeeper: If you love balancing spreadsheets and taking down income vs. expenses of companies and individuals, you may have a future in bookkeeping. Check our list of virtual bookkeeping jobs.

71. Tax prep: While preparing taxes may seem like just a seasonal gig, you can juggle multiple clients and prepare their taxes for a bigger and more regular paycheck.

72. Home insurance: Bring your expertise of insurance to the test with these high-paying online insurance jobs.

73. Medical billing: If you’ve had experience billing patients of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in the past, then these medical billing jobs could be your work-from-home career.

74. Accounting: Those with accounting backgrounds who are either retired or just want to switch to a more flexible set-up, these accounting jobs should help you get started.

75. Financial advisor: Help people get out of debt, invest smartly, build up their portfolio, or simply assist in setting up the financial aspect of a business. There might be advanced requirements needed, depending on what kind of financial advisor you choose to be.

76. FOREX-trading: Not everyone can trade forex, but if you’re good at it, you can either become a trader as a profession or teach trading to other people on the side.

ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS IN CUSTOMER CARE

In the past, we’ve compiled different types of customer service jobs you can do totally from home. The following customer support jobs only utilize live chats or emails to communicate with clients.

77. Chat agents: E-commerce and corporate websites have a continuous need for live chat agents to man their online properties 24/7.

78. Tech support: Handling the technical support of products and services is a special kind of skill. If you have the IT knowledge and good communication skills, then you can switch to a tech support job.

79. Appointment setter: This job usually includes phone tasks, but some appointment-setting jobs can be done phone-free.

80. Travel agent: Buy, sell and book tours, flights and travel packages for other people. If this feels like something you’d want to do full-time, you can do so on a larger-scale even from home.

Online Non-Phone Jobs: Freelance vs. Employed

Once you’ve found the niche best fit your passion or profession from the list of online non-phone jobs above, you have two possible routes:

PATH 1: Go Freelance

As a freelancer, you find gigs on a per-need basis. Maybe you can commit to six-month full-time work now, then followed by just part-time the rest of the year.

Income depends on how much you’re willing to work. You may follow flexible work hours if you want (or not).

The good thing about being a freelancer is that you can step up your game and turn your online non-phone jobs into a full-blown business. If you’re a freelance writer, you can become an editor and hire other writers to be part of your team, then offer your content writing services to a wide audience.

Fiverr.com is one of the best sources for freelancing jobs. If you’re still unsure what online non-phone jobs are right for you, check this list of highest-selling Fiverr gigs as inspiration.

PATH 2: Be Employed

Contrary to popular belief, people who work from home can also be employed (with benefits and all) by a real, brick-and-mortar company.

However, work hours are not as flexible compared to freelancing. You will also be bound by a contract, which usually includes clauses that prohibit you from working for the competition or any other employers.

On the upside, your income will be stable and the company usually offers career growth (promotions/increases).

Start Your Online Non-Phone Jobs Today

It is never too late to start a new career or switch to a work-from-home setting. With this many online non-phone jobs available, you don’t need to have to talk your way into a home-based profession.

I hope this list brings you the job that fits you perfectly this year. Let me know if you’re aware of other similar non-phone opportunities…

Millionaire Kids: How These 10 Kids Got Filthy-Rich Online

Every now and then, I read about these millionaire kids and how they created a simple app, brought their invention into the limelight, became viral from something silly, and how they’ve amassed such wealth at such a young age. These stories ALWAYS make me hopeful for the next generation, and they’re absolutely interesting to follow as well.

Today, I’m going to showcase 10 of these millionaire kids, but only focus on those who got filthy-rich online. Maybe they could inspire you to follow in their footsteps, or guide your kids on a similar path.

Business-minded Millionaire Kids

Many people turn to business in hopes of becoming their own bosses, usually after years of being employees. For some kids, the entrepreneurial mindset began early. The following kids new had business in their blood, which led to their first million early in their lives.

Farrhad Acidwalla

Acidwalla is already 27 years old now, but he has been an entrepreneur for over 13 years.

In 2006, Farrhad was a 13-year-old boy who used $10 to build an aviation and aero-modeling online community. After 4 years online, a fan of the site bought the community for $1,200.

Acidwalla used $400 of his profits to launch Rockstah Media, a web development, marketing, advertisement, and branding business that is now worth 4 million dollars.

By 2011, CNN Money already had eyes on him, featuring Acidwalla as 5th on the list of young entrepreneurs to watch.

Harvey Millington

  • Tax Disc Reminder & real estate deal

Sometimes, a good idea mixed with a bit of support and luck is all it takes to make it BIG. Take for example Harvey Millington of Staplegrove UK.

When Harvey was 14 (in 2014), he made his first venture into the world of business after the Government scrapped vehicle tax discs. His idea was pretty simple – to create reminders in replacement of the old discs so motorists won’t forget to renew their vehicle tax or MOT.

Harvey’s dad was impressed with the idea and gifted him £2,000 to pay for a website, cutting device, eight designs, and some advertising. The idea was a hit. He sold the discs for £4 a pop and made a hefty £100,000 profit within 18 months.

Millington then invested £40,000 to buy a lot near his home with plans to turn it into a fancy glamping (glamorous camping) site. But before he could turn his vision into reality, luck struck again and he was approached by a housing development company who wanted to buy the land for a whopping £2million.

Interestingly, once Harvey earned his first millions, he actually went silent. The teenager had been training to become a police officer.

Isabella Berret

  • Beauty pageant winner, model, gymnast Founder of Glitzy Girl and Bound by the Crown Couture

Isabella Barrett’s career began in the pageant industry. She has won 55 crowns and 85 titles to her name at only 10 years old.

After starring in the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, Isabella Barrett launched two businesses online: a jewelry line called “Glitzy Girl” and a clothing line known as “Bound by the Crown Couture.” She designs some of the clothes, participates in photoshoots, and models the clothes in New York Fashion Week.

Isabella reportedly earned her first million at age 6, but the now-teenager isn’t allowed to know exactly how much she has.

Influencer Millionaire Kids

For some of these millionaire kids, working for their millions always looked like so much fun.

Ryan Kaji

Ryan’s World began as a YouTube channel in 2015. At the time, the star of the channel, Ryan Kaji was only 4 years old. He (along with his mother Loann) and father (Shion) took to YouTube for toy reviews, toy challenges, and other silly videos.

Forbes reported that Kaji earned $11 million between 2016 and 2017. He has been the highest-paid YouTuber since 2018 (earning $22 million that year), followed by $26 million in 2019, and a whopping $29.5 million in 2020. This amount doesn’t count the partnerships outside YouTube yet, so imagine just how much this kid actually earns.

Evan Moana

Do you know who inspired Ryan Kaji to become a YouTuber? You got Evan Moana to thank for that.

The father (Jared) and son (Evan) duo began their EvanTubeHD in 2011 as an unboxing channel of different toys.

Since then, the family has also launched:

  • EvanTubeRAW (includes Evan’s sister Jillian and mom, Alisa).
  • EvanTubeGaming (as its name suggests, is more about Evan playing games).

Cumulatively, these channels earn Evan about $4000 to $10000 a day (around $1.3 million/year), with an estimated net worth of $12 million. Of course, Evan also has outside-YouTube partnerships like Pocket.watch.

Boram

Boram Tube Vlog is a South Korean YouTube channel that revolves around a six-year-old girl named Boram, and her two relatives, Ddochi and Konan. It is estimated that Boram earns $3 million a month.

Boram started her YouTube journey only in 2018 but made headlines in July 2019 when she was able to purchase a 9.5 billion won (US$8 million) building in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam suburb.

Boram’s three channels have over 40 million subscribers altogether. One of Boram’s most popular videos with 431 million views is “Cooking Pororo Black Noodle”, where Boram “pretend-cooks” noodles in her kitchen play-set.

Millionaire Kids Inventors

Then there are kids whose ideas became awesome products/apps/inventions…

Nicholas DAloisio

D’Aloisio taught himself how to code when he was 12 years old. He became the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology, at the age of 16, when his app called “Summly” set the Internet abuzz. Especially when everyone found out that Yahoo bought this app that automatically summarizes content for a whopping $30 million.

That was in 2013. D’Aloisio has since been named named “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal, included in TIME Magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the world’s most influential teenagers, and has continued to be busy in the tech world.

Since late 2015, D’Aloisio has been attached to a new startup called Sphere Knowledge that he co-founded. It is said to be a knowledge-sharing service where users can swap information via instant messaging. The company has raised US$30 million as of March 2019, but it has yet to be made public. 

Robert Nay

In 2011, 14-year-old Robert Nay had his life changed when his app Bubble Ball, which he submitted to the Apple app store, turned viral.

Bubble Ball was released on December 22, 2010, and in its first two weeks was downloaded 2 million times from Apple iTunes. At the time, it was so popular that it displaced Angry Birds from its top spot. Those two weeks earned Robert Nay $2 million.

Robert Nay has since launched his company Nay Games and still develops apps and games.

Bringing Kid-Friendly Business to the Next Level

Sometimes, a kid’s cool idea can quickly go to the next level if you really believe in it. Just take these two girls as examples:

  • Mikaila Ulmer – The 11-year-old brought the Lemonade stand gig to the next level when she brought her great-grandmother’s 1940 lemonade recipe to Shark Tank. Since then, she had landed a lucrative deal with Whole Foods, selling her “Me & The Bees” lemonade at 55 Whole Food stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida. Plus points for donating a part of every bottle sale to honeybee preservation.
  • Leanna ArcherLeanna is the CEO of Leanna’s Inc., a hair & body care products company. Using secret recipes from her great-grandmother, Leanna began bottling and selling her own hair pomade at the young age of 9. The small company now earns over $100,000 annually with an estimated net worth of over $3 million.

I’m pretty sure everyone wants to become a millionaire, but the path going there seems like a bumpy road. One thing’s for sure: if you have no clue how to get there, you have to start planning now.

These millionaire kids got their riches sometimes by luck, but many of them had good ideas they turned into gold. For a more solid plan, check out my post on how you can actually earn your first million dollars realistically.