18 Ways to Get Paid to Travel Around the World

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to get paid to travel?

Imagine the places you can see…

World Travel

the culture you’d experience…

World Travel

the food you’d taste…

Exotic Food

the friends you’d meet…

and the beauty of beaches and other natural or handmade destinations around the world you’d be able to keep in your memories.

Sightseeing

If you’ve been stalking travel bloggers forever and wondering how these seemingly ordinary people can travel around the world, this post will answer all your burning questions about this “industry.”

Sure there are various ways you can travel for free, but wouldn’t it be even better to make money while you travel?

Here’s how to get started:

18 Ways to Get Paid to Travel

You’ll likely encounter two main types of jobs:

  • Jobs with travel and accommodation included – You apply to these jobs abroad because it gives you the opportunity to travel without spending a lot upfront. Jobs like ski instructing and cruise ship gigs are perfect examples of these jobs.
  • Odd jobs in the city you plan to travel – Those who rely on real-world skills to go wherever their feet take them, get by through finding seasonal jobs. Bartender gigs or teaching how to speak another language fall under these types of jobs.

 

Whatever job you end up taking, always make sure that it’s legal, and you can do it legally (that is, don’t get deported or worse, arrested!).

Here are some of the ways you can get paid to travel.

1. Get Paid to Teach

Not a lot of people can do this, but there is always a demand for teachers, regardless of the topic that you plan to teach.

a. Teaching Skiing and other Specialty Sports

Depending on your travel goals, teaching people to ski can get you a job and a place to stay at popular ski resorts in New Zealand, California, Colorado, and other places.

Other similar instructor jobs involve scuba diving, yoga, fitness, surfing, rock climbing, and a whole lot more.

You usually have to get certifications and other requirements to land these jobs, but it is worth it.

b. Teaching English and other languages

Most travelers opt to teach English abroad as it involves a skill they already possess. Plus, depending on the company they work for and the type of equipment they have, they can do it anywhere in the city or country where they are.

The requirements are easy to meet too!

In most cases, you’d only have to be a native speaker to get the job. Some companies require a college degree and a teaching certification (that you can easily obtain online).

Legit companies will pay teachers their airfare and housing on top of a monthly salary with benefits.

There are plenty of resources about teaching languages either online or office-based, but you can start with Dave’s ESL Cafe if you’re serious about going this route.

2. Get Paid Housesitting & Petsitting

Taking care of other people’s houses and pets when they’re away is a real job.

Some people have been housesitting professionally around the world for years. Of course, accommodation is free and as long as you’re not breaking the terms of your contract, you have the freedom to tour locally for extended times.

Want to know more? You can learn more about housesitting in this article.

3. Apply to Cruise Ship Jobs

For people who want a bit of security as they roam around the world, cruise ship jobs are the perfect gateway to living the nomad life.

The best thing about landing a cruise ship job is you get free fare and free room and board while traveling, plus you’ll get a salary.

You’re essentially getting paid to travel, which is the whole point!

 

Get paid to work on a cruise ship

 

The jobs vary wildly; from entertaining (singers, dancers, hosts, tour guides, etc.) to day-to-day cruise ship work like housekeeping, cooking, waitressing, bartending, and more.

Work hours are long in cruise ships, but it gives you a chance to see the world, one port of call at a time.

Requirements depend on the position you’re applying for, but at the very least, you’ll have to know how to swim and be physically, emotionally, and mentally able to stand months at sea.

Start by checking out jobs on All Cruise Jobs, Cruise Jobs Guide, or CruiseShipJob.com if you can find something you’d be interested in.

4. Explore Hospitality Jobs

Working in a hotel or hostel as a front desk officer, housekeeper, cook/chef, bartender, waitress, etc. can certainly pay off, especially if you do your job in many different places around the world.

You’ll have a better chance of getting these jobs if you apply in hotels that are in areas with plenty of tourists all year round.

This is one of the most straightforward ways to meet locals and actually experience their culture, as well as speak to tourists and learn travel tips and destinations.

This route can be hard because it involves back-breaking, labor-intensive work, but this can be fulfilling for the right kind of traveler.

5. Alternative Travel Jobs

If you’ve never been comfortable with 8-to-5 jobs, alternative jobs would probably work better for you.

These jobs are often under-the-table, so don’t expect overtime salaries, benefits, and all that jazz.

But you’ll be able to get paid to travel and support your adventures day in, day out by:

  • joining a group of fire dancers,
  • drawing/painting people’s portraits,
  • becoming a camp counselor,
  • singing or playing music for the quirky bar,
  • helping local farmers,
  • …or doing other cool jobs.

There’s not much security in these kinds of jobs, but it gives the most freedom to earn from various tasks each day.

6. Get Paid to Travel while Doing your Old Job

There’s a term for a growing number of people who sold everything they owned, packed up and traveled to Bali or somewhere exotic.

The only thing they kept from their old life is their jobs.

Called “digital nomads,” these groups of people work from their computers. Their location is irrelevant, as long as there is access to the internet.

If you’re lucky and your current company offers to turn your office job into a remote position, then you can adapt to the digital nomad lifestyle easily.

For those who can’t continue doing their old jobs, there is a wide range of jobs available for you to do.

Blogging, travel photography, freelance writing, app development, social media, and all the jobs I’m going to discuss below are for the digital nomads.

7. Earn from Travel Photography

If you have an eye for travel photography, you can sell your images to the right people.

Matthew Karsten of ExpertVagabond.com sells images from his travels to National Geographic, tourism departments of various countries, magazines, tour companies, book publishers, and more. He even teaches fellow “vagabonds” how to earn money with travel photography.

8. Get Paid to Travel with Freelance Writing

Those who have a flair for words can earn money while traveling through freelance writing. Magazines like The Travel Channel often hire third-party writers to share their stories with their readers.

Since traveling could be your forte by now, travel writing often comes out naturally.

However, you don’t necessarily have to write about travel. You can earn as a freelance writer even if you talk about finance, IT, or even product reviews.

Freelance writers earn somewhere between 1 cent to $1 per word, depending on their skills, experience, popularity,     and the company they’re working for.

Interested? Here are 153 other writing jobs you can check out.

How to Earn Money from a Travel Blog

I’m now going to talk about how travel bloggers earn money that could sustain their adventures.

Before we begin, you have to understand that it takes a lot of hard work, no-income months, and budget traveling for travel bloggers to be able to live the life they project on their social media.

Some bloggers even use up their entire life savings, or sold everything they owned, to be able to travel the first several months from their own pockets.

Simply put, the success of travel bloggers doesn’t happen overnight.

And they all got their start by following quality Internet Marketing training.

9. Google Adsense and other premium ad networks

Anyone can join Google’s advertising platform, as long as the website has been live for at least six months and meet other requirements.

Once you join AdSense, you can start placing special code on your blog, which then displays ads that are relevant to the content of your site.

You earn cents per view. It doesn’t sound much, but if your blog is visited by thousands of people every day, those cents can add up pretty quickly.

When your audience grows bigger, you can apply to other ad networks that have better rates. MediaVine or AdThrive, for example, are known to pay higher rates than AdSense, but require your blog to have a minimum number of visits monthly.

10. Affiliate Marketing

With affiliate marketing, you mention products and services on your blog, add a link going to a third-party store like Amazon and WorldNomads.com that sells these products, and receive a commission from a sale if someone clicks on your link and buys anything from that store.

The more affiliate links you post on your blog, the higher chances of receiving bigger commissions.

Be wary of doing it too much (especially if the products are no longer relevant to your brand). Too much advertising is generally frowned upon by readers/viewers.

Instead, only recommend products that you actually use. For example, a new camera or phone that you use for recording your videos, travel gear given to you by a friend, books you just read, and so on.

Aside from third-party stores, you can also check out dedicated affiliate networks like Commission Junction that organizes affiliates from multiple brands.

Popular travel blogs with over 500,000 monthly page views earn $10 to $15k per month.

11. Brand Partnerships

Many bloggers say you’ve made it big when companies begin noticing you, your blog or social media accounts, and the network of audience you’ve built.

Their goal is to establish a partnership with you.

These companies will pay to advertise on your platform. This could mean a blog post, tweet, mention on newsletters, Instagram feature, and so on.

The cool thing about sponsorships is that the income potential is endless.

From several hundreds of dollars for a post on Facebook to over $15,000 for an ad package or long-form post, the deals depend largely on the company you’re talking to and your bragging rights (how popular is your blog, how much audience do you have, etc).

A note about sponsorships/partnerships: Make sure to always include a disclaimer whenever you post a sponsored video, article, photo, and so on. This way, you remain honest with your audience and maintain their loyalties.

Take a look at our BIG list of brands looking for influencers to partner with.

12. Long-term Ambassadorships

If you get paid to travel as a brand ambassador, you’re living the dream many bloggers aspire to achieve.

When you become a brand ambassador, you’ll be featured in that brand’s commercials, social media marketing, and other activities of the brand.

Think about how successful athletes become icons for Nike, or famous actresses become spokespersons for CoverGirl, and so on.

Brand ambassadorships are longer than a typical sponsorship and include more than one promotion.

What’s great about these deals is that more often than not, the brand pays more or less $10,000 per project. And the greater reach you have, the higher rate you can ask.

13. Tourism Marketing

The viral potential of blog posts or videos is unquestionable, and tourism departments of many countries are catching up to online advertising.

If you’re in the rockstar levels of travel blogging, you’ll be invited to visit a country (usually with flights, accommodation, and tours paid) on top of a project fee. This fee can go as high as $20,000, depending on the type of promotion included in the campaign.

14. Get Paid to Travel with Social Media

Even if you don’t maintain a travel photography website or travel blog, you can still get paid to travel with social media. You have several options, including:

Facebook – Nas Daily, a traveler who tries to inspire people with 1-minute video snippets of his travel around the world, uses Facebook indirectly to make money traveling.

Nas has 7.5 million followers on FB, which helps him earn from t-shirts and land video editing jobs, consulting gigs, speaking engagements, or other opportunities.

Instagram – Travel bloggers on Instagram produce some of the best-looking travel photography today. Just a quick look at the best Instagram travel bloggers gives you an idea of how talented they are.

These Instagram stars earn money through sponsorships (mostly in the travel industry) and brand placement.

15. Become a Farmhand

This is one job where you’ll need to be strong and have plenty of stamina.

Becoming a farmhand is no easy endeavor, but if you’re strong and have plenty of stamina, it’s a good way to earn while you’re traveling.

If you’re looking for something that gives you time to explore, why not check out WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)?

They offer opportunities to work on organic farms throughout the world.

You’d work for a set number of hours a day (around 4 to 6 hours) and you get room and board in exchange. That leaves you plenty of time to go exploring.

16. Be an Au Pair

If you’re an unmarried young adult with no children but are good with them, working as an au pair in another country is a good way to earn money while traveling.

An au pair is an individual who travels to a foreign country for a definite period of time, usually a year, to support a family through childcare and housework in exchange for room and board, as well as a salary.

The main purpose is a cultural exchange; you get to learn about a foreign land and possibly a new language, while your host family gets childcare, housework, and learns your language and your culture.

The benefits of being an au pair are triple: you get to live in a foreign country, you get free room and board, and you get paid a salary!

There are horror stories behind jobs like this, so it’s usually a good idea to use a trusted agency like GoAuPair.comAuPair.ComAuPairWorld, or Great AuPair.

17. Work on a Yacht

Working on a yacht is much different from working on a cruise ship. You’ll need to wear many more hats and be a team player as well.

Finding yachts to work on is made much easier by using The Crew Network, a site designed to match up crew looking for work and boat owners looking for crew.

Even if you don’t have experience working on a yacht or any kind of boat, you can still apply to entry-level yacht jobs, such as deckhands or stewardesses. Of course, you can also apply as a chef or an engineer if that’s your professional experience.

While you will get to work in and visit many new and exciting places, be aware that you won’t be in control of your destinations.

18. Become a Local Tour Guide

Being a local tour guide isn’t as hard as you think.

Sure there are plenty of agencies you can join, but there are usually no set laws surrounding this job.

If you have a solid knowledge of the area, plenty of stories, anecdotes, and trivia, and a good sense of humor, this is probably a good fit for you.

You CAN Get Paid to Travel!

Getting paid to travel is the dream, really.

Just remember: it’s a combination of a ton of hard work and a little bit of luck.

Your best bet is to find jobs that take you around the world and then create a blog about your adventures.

Once you have a big enough following, that’s when the magic starts to happen.

In the meantime, browse my list of work at home jobs. They are jobs you can do anywhere in the world.

Which job or option looks most attractive to you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

20 Companies Offering Online English Teaching Jobs

Education has always seemed like a location-dependent vocation. But technology has made it possible for teachers to spread their wings and gain the freedom to pursue things like online English teaching jobs.

Demands for online ESL teachers have skyrocketed in the past few decades and it’s now entirely possible to teach English online as a lucrative side gig or a well-paying, full-time job.

In this article, you’ll learn what you’ll need to start teaching ESL online, as well as some of the best companies to apply for.

Starting an Online ESL Teaching Job

What you’ll need to get started as an online English teacher will depend on each individual company you apply to.

Some don’t have many requirements while others have a whole laundry list of requirements that need to be met before you can teach ESL online.

Here are some of the requirements you might need to fulfill:

  • Be a native English speaker
  • Your own desktop or laptop computer
  • A strong, stable internet connection, a high-quality webcam, and a clear, low-noise headset and microphone
  • A Bachelors degree (usually doesn’t need to be in education)
  • A Masters or Doctorate (if you’re planning on teaching at a college level)
  • Teaching experience (can be some tutoring hours or a set amount of hours in a classroom)
  • A TOEFL, TESL, TEFL, CELTA, or other teaching English abroad certification
  • Some companies have specific requirements for your work environment too, like whiteboards etc.

I’ve rounded up 17 different companies that are currently hiring ESL tutors and separated them into two categories.

On the first list are your regular ESL jobs where you need to work from a computer while the second list contains companies that allow you to work entirely from an app on your smartphone.

16 Websites Offering Online English Teaching Jobs

If you’re an ESL tutor trying to find work, these top 17 highest-paying websites could help you turn this online gig into a full-time career:

1. FlexJobs

Flexjobs ESL

The fastest and easiest way to land a full-time job as an ESL teacher is through Flexjobs.

While I update this post as often as I can, FlexJobs adds hundreds of new legitimate job postings daily. They scour the web for you and research the companies and post only legitimate job ads to their board.

At the time of this posting, FlexJobs has over 4,000 active listings in their education category alone.

2. italki

italki was founded in 2007 and is more of a teacher marketplace.

You can teach any language you want, as long as you’re a native speaker of that language.

The best thing about italki is that you can decide your own rate (other online English teaching jobs have a tier system based on experience or rating).

Teacher rates range between $5 and $40. As Chris Rush revealed in his guest blog post, he earned over $2,200 teaching 71 lessons within 90 days.

3. DaDaABC

DaDaABC offers a real career opportunity for teachers with rates starting at a whopping $25 per hour and chances to increase that initial rate based on performance.

Three types of one-on-one classes exist – trial (14 minutes), elective, and major classes (which last from 30 minutes to 1 hour).

DaDaABC provides teachers with a curriculum and platform, where they teach the same kids months at a time. This is a huge advantage to both the students and the teacher in terms of consistency in the lessons and the continuity of not having to meet new people every class..

4. VIPKID

Online English teaching jobs with VIPKID

What sets VIPKID apart from other ESL websites is that they have their own curriculum that teachers follow and children are also taught American culture on top of speaking proper English.

As of May 2019, there are 65,000 teachers teaching 500,000 students on their platform.

Rates run between $14-$18 per hour, which can go up to $22 an hour with incentives.

Class times are usually around 25 minutes each.

5. Voxy

This top-rated education app occasionally opens up to fill online English teaching jobs for certified teachers of any subject.

However, the job is only open for U.S. citizens.

The hourly rate starts at $18/hour with complete benefits, despite being a remote position. Teachers who speak Portuguese or Spanish earn higher rates.

6. VerbalPlanet

Verbal Planet is one of the oldest ESL learning websites on this list.

It allows tutors to create their profile and dictate their own rates, but Verbal Planet must first approve your profile based on your teaching qualifications and experience.

Students choose their tutors. Classes last up to 45 minutes.

Rates can run as high as $40 per hour.

The downside of Verbal Planet is that they’re not constantly receiving applications, so bookmark the site and check back from time to time.

7. Englishunt

Englishunt was founded in Korea in 2000; since then, they have expanded their English language video instruction services to Japan and China. They only accept tutors who are U.S. citizens and have U.S. bank accounts.

Tutors here work part-time with an average workload of 8 to 12 hours weekly. Rates start at $14 per hour. The best thing about Englishunt is that classes only last a maximum of 20 minutes.

The downside though is that the shifts are typically in the afternoon Korean time, which means the busy times are between 1 AM to 3 AM EST.

8. TutorABC (iTutorGroup)

TutorABC is a well-known ESL company that offers schedule flexibility since classes are available 24/7.

Most students are Asian, grouped into professionals aged 19-65 and JR students aged 6-18. Most of them have academic knowledge of English but lack conversational skills.

Their base pay varies depending on where you’re based; U.S.-based tutors typically get a minimum of $14 per hour.

However, TutorABC does give performance bonuses based on student ratings.

9. Qkids

As a Qkids tutor, you will be teaching Chinese children aged 4 to 12 through their patented and interactive gaming-based learning platform.

Qkids hire tutors to teach a maximum of 4 kids per lesson, with each lesson lasting a maximum of 30 minutes and at a rate between $16 to $20 per hour.

They hire native English speakers from the US and Canada and assign them to 6-month contracts, with the chance to continue your contract at the end.

Qkids sets your schedule for you each week and they also pay out attendance and performance bonuses.

10. TeachAway

TeachAway accepts licensed teachers, university graduates, and ESL instructors to fill online English teaching jobs from a number of different companies.

They offer a wide variety of online ESL teaching opportunities, including online English teachers for students ranging from kindergarten to high school, for adult education, college-level online teaching, course developers, and more.

They offer both full-time and part-time online ESL jobs, as well as work for teachers who want to make an extra income over school breaks.

11. Landi

Online English Teaching Jobs with Landi

Landi is another popular option for teaching ESL to students in China.

According to current Landi teachers, the company’s support team is great and the hiring process is fast and frustration-free.

There are usually around 2 students per classroom ranging from ages 5 to 15, and the company requires a minimum of twelve class hours per week. That could be a big-time commitment for someone who wants to do this part-time – at least, more so than some of the other options on this list.

Landi reportedly pays around $18 – $25 USD per hour depending on the teacher’s skills and qualifications. They do require a bachelor’s degree.

12. SayABC

If your salary expectations play a big role in your decision-making process, then SayABC is a solid candidate to consider. They pay some of the highest rates in the industry, paying as high as $21 for a 40-minute class session.

Class sizes range from 1 to 4 students between the ages of 5 and 12. Teachers can set their own hours.

SayABC has an exclusive partnership with National Geographic Learning’s ‘Our World’ and offers prepared lessons to teachers.

13. Magic Ears

This company prides itself on being one of the more open and friendly job sites for teaching ESL online. Teachers don’t have to compete for jobs as the site books classes for you.

With Magic Ears, you’ll be teaching to students in China ranging in ages between 4 to 12 years old.

They pay between $18 – $26 per hour on average.

14. English First

English First offers flexible online English teaching jobs for U.S. or U.K. citizens or residents who have a bachelor’s degree and a 40-hour minimum TEFL certificate.

You can choose between teaching children or teaching adults. The pay ranges from $12-$19 per hour.

15. Open English

Open English hires practicing ESL or TESOL professionals to teach their 500,000 students who are mostly based in Latin America.

The site offers classes 24/7, and you can schedule your own classes, so you can work when you want and take on as few or as many students as you want.

16. EnglishKey

EnglishKey is yet another company that offers English classes through live video streaming.

You must be able to work at least 10 hours per week, with the busiest time being 1pm to 8pm EST.

Experience and certifications aren’t required but certainly preferable.

In addition, knowing either Spanish or Portuguese is an advantage that you can get extra pay on top of the $10  to $15 per hour base rate.

4 Ways to Teach ESL From Your Phone

In the past, ESL students needed to sign up for classes and work with instructors through video conferencing on computers. Nowadays, with the advancement of mobile technology, online English teaching jobs can occur via smartphone using different mobile apps.

What that means for you is that you can now earn money as an ESL instructor directly from your smartphone. That’s right: you no longer need a computer to start making money as an ESL instructor.

You can download specific ESL mobile apps to your smartphone and use them to tutor students via video and/or audio chat.

Your tutoring time is compensated by the minute and could grow to as much as $45/hour, depending on your skill level and past experience.

Below are the apps that pay you for English lessons.

17. NiceTalk

nicetalk

This learning platform was created in China and is supported by both Android and iOS systems.

Once you download the app, you’ll be asked to record a short interview video so they can assess your English-speaking capabilities. Following approval, you can start accepting student requests.

Most of the students who use this app are native Chinese speakers who will request to chat with you via the app’s video chat function. You need to make sure your phone can accept video chat requests and stream them at a normal conversational pace.

NiceTalk pays you $10/hour for your talking/teaching time.

Keep in mind that most of your conversations will not last an entire hour. Luckily, NiceTalk also pays by the minute. The app will also tack on bonuses to your account if you work with students during peak hours, which in the case of Chinese students is 11 pm – 6 am.

As a new user, you’ll receive a $10 bonus just for signing up with NiceTalk.

You are able to cash out of your account once you reach $20.

18. PalFish

Palfish

PalFish enables you to set your hourly rate from as low as $4.80 to over $45 per hour.

Incidentally, your pay is denoted in yuan, not dollars. However, the app will convert your wages to your local currency upon cashing out.

There is a short verification process that you’ll need to undergo before you can start working with students.

That process involves writing a 200-word description of you and your teaching style and posting a photo of your face.

You also need to post a voice recording so that students can determine if you speak clearly enough for them to understand your words.

Unlike NiceTalk, you aren’t stuck earning a specified rate per hour or minute; with PalFish, you can set your own rates and earn as high as $45/hour.

Also, there is no set payout minimum.

19. Cambly

Cambly

This app pays 17 cents/minute or $10.20/hour ($12/hour) to talk to people all over the world and help build their English skills.

You can work as little or as much as you want, and any money you earn is automatically sent to your Paypal account twice a month.

You can also sign up for two-hour shifts, which guarantees a certain amount of money for your time. Payments are made once a $20 threshold is reached.

Students can peruse tutor profiles and ‘ping’ those tutors that they want to interact with.

If the tutors are otherwise occupied and/or miss those ping(s), they are redirected to other tutors. You can opt to pick up the pings that are missed by other tutors for extra money.

Once you register with Cambly, you will be prompted to fill out your profile and record a video.

The more teaching experience/certifications you can list on your profile, the greater the likelihood of you being pinged by students for tutoring.

Students can also leave reviews on how well they thought you tutored them.

If you accumulate a lot of positive reviews, you’ll increase your chances of being pinged.

20. SkimaTalk

SkimaTalk

This app will pay you $15 for each completed hour (as opposed to per minute) and the chat sessions are conducted over Skype (which is available as an app for your smartphone).

SkimaTalk even offers you a range of lesson plans so that you have a template to follow during your sessions.

Just like with Cambly, your students can leave reviews about you and your teaching style. More good reviews will lead to more students.

To get started, use your Facebook account or email to register with SkimaTalk. Fill out your profile information, including both your photo and a description of your teaching style, any applicable experience, etc.

SkimaTalk will then assess your English reading abilities with a 19-question test.

Once you pass this exam, you’ll be able to start accepting and talking with students almost immediately.

Is Teaching ESL Online For You?

Becoming an online ESL teacher has many benefits attached, and could be one of the best ways to balance work and life while helping young minds all over the world.

Other ways to earn side income for teachers

Being an online English teacher can be extremely rewarding, but there are other online jobs for teachers out there for those who want more.

If you’re a teacher and you love teaching, but the idea of teaching English online doesn’t appeal to you, here are a few other ways to earn some side cash:

 

Does any of these companies sound appealing to you? Or do you know of a company that we haven’t included in the list? Tell us all about it in the comments!

12 Beta Tester Jobs That Pay Well in 2020

The apps and games you frequently use likely went through beta testing before they were launched or released. This is how beta tester jobs were created.

A beta tester’s job is to test these apps before their release to make sure there weren’t any bugs or glitches that developers missed.

Beta testing sounds like a job that’s only for techy, geeky types. On the contrary, beta testers use the apps and games in real-life or close to real-life conditions so that developers know how actual users will use their apps.

If you love trying out new apps and games and find yourself spotting errors and weird behaviors in these apps, being a beta tester might appeal to you.

In this blog post, learn what a beta tester does, how much they normally earn, and where you can find beta tester jobs.

What does a beta tester do?

When an app or game is being developed, it usually goes through several rounds of testing from the time it’s initially coded.

However, since this testing is done in a controlled environment, some glitches or issues may not show up during the initial rounds of testing.

Beta testing is the final round of testing before that app or game is released to the general audience.

It’s done in real-life conditions: various units of actual smartphones, laptops, and computers (not simulators), with different internet providers that are used by actual end-users.

Beta testers use the app or game in these conditions to find out how it performs in real life and not under a controlled environment. They then note their observations about usability, UI, gameplay (for games) bugs, and any unexpected behavior.

They then submit this to the developer with general feedbacks and notes, as well as steps to replicate a bug, if they observe one.

Do you need experience to become a beta tester?

Yes and no.

Minor beta testing jobs will usually not require any specific qualifications or certifications.

However, as you slowly build your résumé and your skillset, you will be able to apply for higher-paying jobs (Google has a beta-testing program!) and build competence.

A couple of things you will definitely need no matter what, though:

Excellent observation skills and attention to detail.

These are essential to becoming a successful beta tester.

How do you become a beta tester?

You’re most probably never going to find a developer contacting you directly for opportunities.

Most of the time, you’ll need to either:

  • Find a third party website that has plenty of paid beta testing jobs.
  • Contact the company directly sending in a résumé/cover letter.

What do app tests involve?

What will be required from you when you accept a beta tester job will solely depend on what the development team wants as results from the test.

  1. After signing up on one of those third-party websites, you will fill in your age, gender, location, interests.
  2. Developers will then select you based on whether or not you match their specific criteria.
  3. You will be given a set of instructions letting you know how to perform certain on-screen actions, what to keep an eye on, and everything you need to know.
  4. Your on-screen actions will be recorded to give the developers an idea of the user experience.
  5. You’ll be expected to give constructive feedback regarding:
    • What you like or don’t like about the app.
    • What glitches you found.
    • General user experience.
    • Whether the app is boring or slow.
    • Does the game freeze?
    • Does it take too long to load?
    • Give suggestions and recommendations.

Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to give constructive feedback. No matter how frustrating the app/game/software is, make sure to mention it.

How much do beta testers get paid?

Beta tester jobs can pay anything from $10 to $100 per hour. High-paying beta tester jobs can pay up to $45,000 per year.

The fees you get depend on a lot of different factors:

  • The type of website you’ve signed up for.
  • The developer’s budget.
  • What sorts of tests you’re going to participate in.
  • How simple or difficult the job is.

There is no doubt that companies benefit a lot from becoming hiring beta testers. But what is in it for you as a paid beta tester?

Rewards! Money! Gift cards!

When it comes to rewards, every company and website has its own rules. Generally, rewards come in three different types:

  • Cash (PayPal, bank transfer…etc)
  • Gift cards
  • Free products

12 Places to Find Paid Beta Tester Jobs

Here are the 12 best places to find a beta testing job.

There are hundreds of opportunities currently available as beta testing is always in high demand.

1. Beta Family

Beta Family Opportunities

You will find dozens of developers for iOS and Android apps all posting their beta testing opportunities along with their instructions and what they’re looking for.

How it works for developers: They set up a test and then search through the beta testers who have signed up to choose a good fit for this test.

How it works for beta testers: It’s simple! You follow their instructions carefully, test their apps, answer their questions, and give them feedback. Most questions have to do with the design and the UI and the user experience.

That doesn’t mean that you have to sit and wait for developers to contact you.

You can actively search through the list of open opportunities.

How to utilize Beta Family: For every test you finish, you will get a rating depending on how accurately you gave feedback and how in-depth your answers are.

There are no fixed rates and the developer is the one that decides how much to pay you.

2. UserTesting

UserTesting is another top player when it comes to the world of beta testing.

So how does it work?

  1. You will first need to finish a 5-minute test to show your qualifications.
  2. Once you get approved, you can start looking for beta testing opportunities.
  3. You get paid anything from $10 to $15 for every 20 minutes.

Your tests will mainly revolve around how you view and interact with certain websites as an average Internet user.

Your feedback will help site owners fix problems that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

With a steady stream of testing jobs, this is probably the highest-paying and most consistent beta testing job on this list.

3. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research provides you with a unique opportunity for a beta testing job.

It’s unique in the sense that you will be trying out physical products, instead of performing online evaluations of websites or apps.

Pinecone will mail you upcoming products from major manufacturers and pay you a flat rate to test the product out and provide feedback.

More often than not, you get to keep whatever they send you, increasing the value of each job you complete.

It’s a pretty cool way to try out some new things before they ever hit the shelves.

4. Betabound

Betabound gives you the chance to work with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Expect to find names like Amazon, Yahoo, Netflix, and Dell.

The best part?

Betabound doesn’t require you to have extensive experience at all. In fact, you don’t even need to go through qualification tests.

You will get paid in gift cards and prizes.

5. BetaTesting

BetaTesting.com (formerly Erli Bird) is like the Uber of paid beta testing jobs. What it does is it partners big-name companies with beta testers and has all types of opportunities out there.

You will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Have certain devices for certain tests.

You can get paid anywhere from $10 to $20 per test.

6. Vindale Research

Vindale Research

Vindale pays you only in cash, offers a $2 sign-up bonus, and pays really well. You can get up to $50 per product testing/survey.

You will have to answer a few questions at first to prove that you’re eligible, then you’ll be awarded in cash once you’re done.

7. AppCoiner

AppCoiner pays you cash to test various apps.

When you sign up on their website, you can choose an app from their app review database, test it on your smartphone or tablet, and write about the experience on your AppCoiner website. AppCoiner monetizes your website views and pays you according to how much traffic your articles attract.

8. Bananatic

If you prefer online games to apps, this beta tester job opportunity may be right for you!

Register on the Bananatic website and download free-to-play online games. Play them, test them, and complete in-game quests assigned by Bananatic. When you complete in-game quests and write high-quality game reviews, you earn Bananas. Not literal ones, though; Bananas are the website’s virtual currency.

You can exchange these Bananas for real prizes, such as free games, game credits, skins, Steam wallets, Amazon gift cards, and many more.

9. Game-Testers.net

Another video game testing site, Game Testers employs testing specialists who play video games, submit honest reviews, and get paid from $50 to $150 per hour.

As far as these beta tester jobs go, testing video games may be the most enjoyable.

10. Reddit & Other Online Forums

Social Media Manager Jobs

There is no shortage when it comes to online forums, specifically if you’re interested in beta testing for games.

Reddit is a great place to find beta tester jobs, be the first to know about paid beta testing opportunities, and learn about how to become a successful beta tester.

Pro tip: Android has a forum filled with beta testing opportunities for Android users.

11. Social Media

How to find beta testing jobs

My biggest tip for you is:

Write down a list of your favorite developers, periodically check all their social media platforms and websites, and keep an eye out on beta tester job opportunities they might be offering.

Plenty of companies like EA and Blizzard offer paid beta testing jobs and it’s one of the best ways to become a beta tester.

Of course, those opportunities are very hard to find and very hard to apply for but are usually the most rewarding in terms of salary and experience.

Pro tip: Don’t just settle for following and keeping up with companies, follow influencers in the field you’re interested in.

12. Contact Companies Yourself

I am not saying that this guaranteed to work. However, it’s always worth a try.

Try and contact companies and see if they have any available paid beta testing opportunities.

Keep your email short, simple, to the point, and highlight why you are a perfect fit for their job.

The worst-case scenario is they don’t have a current opportunity but will have your application in their file for any further opportunities.

Apply For a Beta Tester Job Today!

Beta testing is a sometimes tedious but absolutely necessary part of developing apps and video games.

If you love using new apps and playing new video games, notice the smallest details, and can communicate your observations clearly and objectively, you’d make a good beta tester.

Hopefully, this article helped you decide whether a beta tester job is a right fit for you. But if you’re interested in other testing jobs, check out the following articles on this site:

Have you ever worked as a beta tester? How was the experience? Can you vouch for the companies above? Tell us your stories in the comments below!

10 Online Research Jobs You Can Apply for in 2020

Two quick questions before you start looking for online research jobs:

1. What was the first quarter of 2012 revenues for Sturm Ruger?

2. How much did the average U.S. wedding cost in 2019?

If you answered $112 million (surprisingly, NOT the wedding cost) and $33,900, then you may have a bright future as an online researcher.

In this article, learn more about being an online researcher, what it involves, and where you can find online research jobs to apply for.

What Does an Online Researcher Do?

Many publications are moving from print to digital format, placing a significant amount of information online for users to sift through and try to make sense of.

 

WIkipedia online research

However, despite the rise of powerful search engines such as Google, online information is not always readily accessible.

This is particularly true of technical and scientific data that are often restricted to subscription-based journals and esoteric publications that aren’t listed on page one of Google’s search results.

Likewise, finding correct and relevant information takes time, a luxury that many companies and businesses do not have.

For example, a law firm may wish to provide its readers with an article documenting traffic accident statistics per state but not have the time to research every state. Alternately, a debt consolidation company may wish to know about the most common sources of unsecured debt so that it can offer services tailored to those debts.

The solution to such dilemmas has been to hire online researchers who are adept at finding information on a wide variety of topics.

To qualify for online research jobs, you need to be highly skilled in using various search engines (that is, not just Google) to access peer-reviewed scientific research, industry-specific publications, and various other research materials to gather the information you need.

More than finding and accessing information, online researchers must also have advanced comprehension skills to be able to understand the information gathered, exceptional analytical skills to be able to interpret the information, and strong communication skills to be able to present the information to those who need it.

 

Internet Research Process

 

How Much Can You Make as an Online Researcher?

The pay in this field varies depending mainly on one’s research skills, but experience and specialized knowledge can be additional factors.

At the start, when you’re probably doing more generic online research, $10 an hour is the usual rate.

When you eventually get more experience and gain positive feedback from clients, your pay can increase up to $20 per hour.

If you have a master’s or doctoral degree, and advanced or even expert-level on specific, in-demand subjects such as those in the scientific, legal, or financial fields, you can potentially earn $50 to $80 per hour.

How do you get started as an Online Researcher?

You can perform generic Internet research for various third-party answer sites by simply going online and reading up on a requested topic, then submitting your results and getting paid by the client.

Unfortunately, such work is often low-paid because it is considered unspecialized.

Also, the tasks often require a significant amount of time to complete because the subject matter may not be familiar to you and thus involves a steep learning curve. However, the benefit of such work is that it’s not hard to obtain clients.

10 Places to Find Online Research Jobs

Here are a few sites that offer online research jobs:

1. Wonder

Wonder is a resource site for researchers in need of instant feedback for their studies and it’s easily the most prolific site on this list.

As part of the Wonder team, you’ll receive questions directly from customers and your job will be to find the best available information on the topic.

Jobs typically take around 3 hours to complete, making pay range around $15 to $25 per hour, depending on your speed and expertise.

Wonder prides itself on answering questions within 24 hours. Be prepared to work under tight deadlines.

2. Maven

Maven

Maven allows you to advertise your services as a so-called “microconsultant” in the fields of your choosing.

You will receive contracts to answer questions and provide insights from all over the world and from all walks of life: from college students doing homework to CEOs making high-impact decisions. Executives from some of the world’s most prestigious companies, like Boeing or Intel, have used this site.

3. JustAnswer

JustAnswer offers subject matter expert positions in the fields of medicine, law, veterinary science, etc.

To become a subject matter expert, you must show proof of a relevant degree (e.g., M.D.) and/or professional experience.

4. Experts123

Experts123 is constantly looking for article writers who will create content on their site about topics that users want to know more about.

This site operates on a revenue-share platform where page views amount to a specified amount of money; for example, you might earn $1.50 for each PPM (i.e., thousand page views).

Experts123 does offer upfront payments of $10-$20 per approved article for more seasoned researchers.

5. PrestoExperts

This company also serves as a platform for those in need of answers to questions in the field of medicine, business, technology, social media, law, and so on.

When invited to join, freelance experts are given a profile where their education, work experience, specialization, and rates are displayed. Clients could then contact experts directly (via phone, email, or online chat) for a job.

You are in control of your fees, so you may set it by the hour, per project, or so on.

6. Studypool

Studypool invites students around the world to submit questions about every type of subject imaginable so that online researchers (or so-called microtutors) can see them, bid on them, and answer them.

You’ll get paid when your answers are accepted.

7. Answeree

Earn rewards by answering questions, which you can exchange for actual dollars.

You can make additional money by getting more users to like your answer best of all.

8. Cannabiz Media

Cannabiz Media is currently hiring Data Researchers who collect, fact check, and analyze license information for the cannabis industry.

They prefer those who have strong legal or business research backgrounds, as well as those with experience in the cannabis, liquor, or tobacco industries.

9. 10EQS

10EQS prides itself on providing on-demand insights and expertise to leaders and decision-makers in different industries.

To qualify as an Industry Expert, you’ll need to have extensive experience with your particular subject. In other words, this opportunity isn’t for beginners.

10. Job Boards

Sites such as FlexJobs, Indeed, LinkedIn, and other job sites list plenty of online research jobs.

Use keywords such as “internet research jobs,” “online researcher,” “work at home research jobs,” “web researcher,” “remote research assistant” and other similar keywords to find online research jobs.

Make extra money while you research

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They pay you to use their search engine and the results are provided by Google. It’s a great way to pull in a little extra cash while researching without changing any of your online habits.

Start Your Own Online Research Business

What if you want to strike out on your own because you don’t want to give up a portion of your earnings to a third party site? Although it is more challenging, you can start your own Internet research business.

For example, Carol Tice offers her own freelance writing research and expertise through The Freelance Writers Den as well as private mentoring and coaching.

Todd Tresidder offers personal finance and investment coaching via his website FinancialMentor.

In both of these cases, Internet researchers who could have continued to sell their services through third-party sites decided to start their own businesses- and reap all the profits (and risks) as a result.

Getting new clients will probably be the trickiest part of starting your own Internet research business.

You will need to create a professional-looking website and business cards.

You will also need to network heavily.

Google Ads and Facebook ads may spark initial interest but in this line of work, a personal approach works best.

Consider joining your local chamber of commerce or civic association and marketing your services to local businesses.

Attend some professional happy hours in your chosen area(s) of expertise. Cold calling may also succeed if you’re comfortable speaking on the phone to business owners who could use your services.

You simply can’t be shy about tooting your own horn in this line of work- and putting an actual face on your business.

If you still find yourself stuck, The Association of Internet Researchers offers plenty of useful advice and networking opportunities for would-be Internet researchers. The AoIR also organizes several yearly conferences that enable you to hone your skills and make vital contacts.

For example, you could benefit by partnering with other AoIR members, gaining their client lists, and expanding your business offerings through them.

An Online Research Job is What You Make of It

You know that saying “you only get out what you put in”? This is certainly true of online research as a career and eventually as a business.

The more expertise and experience you accumulate, the more money you will make as an Internet researcher.

The more you market your services, the more clients you will gain.

If you are satisfied with just making a few bucks by answering Yahoo! Answers questions, then that’s exactly where your online research business will remain even after several years.

On the other hand, if you like helping people and are willing to learn, grow, and sometimes even take a few hits to your self-esteem, then this line of work could eventually become your calling.

You may also want to consider looking into getting paid to answer questions online. It’s a very similar field, but with more opportunities and higher pay rates. Although, you do need a little more specialized knowledge to get the big bucks.

On the other hand, if you have a legal background and like hands-on, up-close-and-personal research, being a court researcher may be more up your alley.

Ever considered being an online researcher? Have you ever applied for an online researcher job? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

How to Launch a Party Planning Business from Home

You can launch and succeed in operating a party planning business from home, if you’ve ever found yourself really enjoying the planning of your kid’s birthday parties, your best friend’s bridal shower, or your parent’s golden anniversary.

The outlook for this market is pretty good as well. In fact, the children’s party industry alone is a multi-million dollar industry with parents spending an average of $500 per party no matter the age of the kid. Imagine how well your business will make if you corner the market in your neighborhood or at your kid’s school.

This post should jump-start your dream of opening a party-planning business and give you a checklist of everything you’ll need moving forward…

Before You Start for Your Party Planning Business…

Like any kind of business, you have to be with the right mindset once you decide to set up an event planning business. This won’t be a piece of cake, and the success won’t be overnight either.

While the returns of a party planning business can be high, you’d need a ton of experience to withstand the ever-changing economy. Here are three major considerations:

  • Zooming in on a niche – Do you want to be an all-in-one party planning business? Would you prefer intimate events? children’s parties? garden weddings? Decide on this early on, so you can prepare the equipment, costs and effort involved in that particular niche.
  • Competition and Market Research – Even if you’re operating the business mostly from home, your market is important because it is the area where you’ll be targeting clients. Identify how many direct competition you’ll have in town once you decide to stick with children’s party planning, or just weddings. Once you’ve list down your competition, answer this question: do you offer something they’re not offering?
  • Employed to business owner – If you’re giving up your job to launch this business, you have to prepare for the inevitable days when you don’t earn a cent for yourself. How much money will you need to survive month to month? This is the reason many small business owners will advice that you start your party planning business from home “on the side” and work your way to full-time once the business pulls in as much as you were making from your day job.

You should understand what it takes to set-up this kind of business because they could make or break your chances of becoming a successful business owner.

Event Planning Equipment

Once you’ve decided on the type of events your business will focus on, gathering the equipment is going to be an easy step.

Because this business is service-based, you’d likely be investing more on hiring good people than things.

You do have to have the essentials, such as a working computer, printer, WiFi, phone, a place you can call your office (even if it’s only just a desk and chair), answering machine (or service provider), a van, marketing supplies (such as business cards and posters).

A FUNCTIONAL WEBSITE: This isn’t technically an “equipment,” but you’ll be using the website as your storefront because your business is home-based. And there’s no better way to give an impressive first impression than to launch a professional website with a user-friendly navigation, pleasing-to-the-eye design, and content that includes the business’ complete info, contact details and useful tips.

6 Steps to Launch a Party Planning Business from Home

Businesses, whether they have a storefront or not, must be planned properly from the start. This way, you’ll just be focusing on the day-to-day operations once you launch your party planning business from home.

1. Create a solid Business Plan

There are plenty of tutorial on how to create a business plan. You can make it as comprehensive, or as simple as you prefer. Just don’t forget these 3 things:

  • Business name – This will be your product, your brand, your income-generating name. Make it count. Don’t rush the process. Brainstorm for days and whenever you pick a name, put it aside and brainstorm some more. Once you’ve had several names placed on the side, compare and choose from that list.
  • Pricing – One major clue that a company isn’t organized is when you ask about fees and they answer with confusing or missing information. When building your business plan, make sure to identify what kind of pricing structure your company will follow. Do you want to separate a commission for your services on top of all the supplier costs? Do you charge by-the-hour and settle payments across all suppliers? Are you going to offer packages? Spy on your competition’s pricing to get an idea of what you’d like for your own business.
  • Marketing Plan – Marketing may seem like an overwhelming task if you’re all alone operating a party planning business from home, but don’t fret. You can take baby marketing steps and still reap rewards. Of course, the first step of your marketing should always be your website. From there, expand your online presence, pinpoint ways to market your business locally, and explore other techniques that would be perfect for your niche. For example, showcase a children’s party that you planned by inviting classmates of your kids with their parents, and then networking after the party.

 2. Become Legal and Insured.

Even if you’re operating your event planning business from home, you still have to fulfill legalities, such as registering your business.

  • Business permits: The process will vary between cities and countries, so better check your local government about required paperwork. If you have partners, they would have to be present when filing documents since everyone must sign and complete the forms.
  • Insurance: It is important to be insured so that your personal assets won’t be included if ever someone sues your business. Take to an insurance broker for other relevant insurance you might need.
  • Company bank account: Open a separate bank account for the business. Not only will this help you organize accounting, it will also ensure your personal finances will not mix with the business finances and vice versa. 

3. Hunt for an Army of Reliable Contractors.

As the event planner, you will lead a host of suppliers (flowers, cake, venue, musicians, clowns, balloons, and so on) and ensure that everything the client paid for falls into place.

Unfortunately, if there’s a weak link within your group, this will affect your company and not the vendor. This is the reason you should find reliable vendors that provide quality services and products consistently.

And once  you’ve found them, nurture these relationships. The more trustworthy people you have as part of your contact list, the better your chances of expanding your business.

4. Create a Portfolio.

With every event you complete, make sure to take pictures, save event details, and try to ask for testimonials from your current clients.

Do this every time, then post event details on your company website. If you compiled enough testimonials, upload them as videos (or audios) with their permissions, the publish as you please.

5. Build Your Online Presence

Your website isn’t the only marketing tool you should work on. You should also open accounts for the major platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other relevant social media accounts..

Invest in logo design, so the graphics will be uniform across all platforms.

And create a content calendar, so you’d remember to check messages and post every now and then. If possible, make it interactive by hosting giveaways, contests, and surveys.

6. Market Your Business Like Crazy

Like building your online presence, you should also be continuously marketing your business online and offline.

Referrals are important, so announce to everyone you know about the event planning business you’ve just opened up. Your family or friends may not need your service right now, but they could recommend you to other people they know.

You are the number 1 endorser of your company, so learn how to advertise your business everywhere.

*** These same steps apply if you’re planning to launch a baked goods business, candle-making, brewery, or any kind of business operating from home.

The Bottom Line

Once you’ve taken care of the initial preparations and footwork, most of the communication between clients would be done remotely (via text, chat, video chat, and even by e-mail). Even marketing efforts can be done at the comforts of your own home.

You do have to get to the party on the day. It helps with closing the deal with your current client, and networking to party guests who might be interested in your event-planning services in the future.

If you feel that an event planning business is a little too much for your taste, you can still take advantage of your organizational skills by setting up a travel planning service from home.

For at-home moms who are interested in earning extra cash, but can’t work yet, this list of work-at-home jobs for moms could be a lifesaver.

How to Land a Video Game Writing Job

If you have a knack for writing on top of having a genuine love for all things video games, why not consider looking at video game writing jobs and combining your skills and passion?

The gaming industry has been steadily growing with the improvement of technology. Immersive gaming, esports, multifunctional video consoles, livestreaming, and mobile gaming are all projected to grow this year and beyond.

The global gaming market is expected to be worth $159.3 billion dollars, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. By 2023, it is expected to breach the $200 billion mark.

With this growth in the gaming industry comes a growth in jobs in the industry, including video game writing.

Today, we’ll take a look at the two types of video game writing jobs, how to get these jobs, and what it takes to do these jobs successfully.

Two Types of Video Game Writing Jobs

Many writers would agree that as much as there are different kinds of writing jobs out there both online and IRL, there are also different writing specializations to fit anyone’s skill.

If you dig into the writing careers available in the video game industry, you’d see that the opportunities are mostly divided into two:

  • Writing FOR video games. These writers are involved in the development of the video game itself. These writers are awesome storytellers and would excel in adding words, stories, expressions to 3D graphics of the game.
  • Writing ABOUT video games. The other type of video game writing is from the perspective of a gamer or someone observing a gamer.

Both types of writing would require you to play as many video games as you can and learn about them as much as you can. If you’re not passionate or knowledgeable enough about video games, it’s going to show in your writing.

Jobs That Involve Writing FOR Video Games

If you want to be part of the team developing video games, writing for video games is the path you want to be on.

If employed with just one company, the average video game writer’s salary is $75,000 to 80,000 per year. Of course, studios with higher budgets tend to pay higher than average.

What tools will you need?

Story-based games can be exceptionally complicated with near-infinite possibilities of scripts and gameplay, depending on what the gamer chooses in the game.

  • Understanding how strings work. Scriptwriting a video game isn’t like any kind of writing. You’d have to collaborate with multiple talented people when writing a “text snippet,” or what game programmers know as a “string.” This string is saved in a text database, which everyone from designer, coder, writer, and even video game testers will use to perfect the game.
  • Knowing the ins and outs of gameplay. As a gamer, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of your players. You know that the options given to your player, usually called “goals” or “missions,” are what lead you to the plot of a story. This type of skill cannot be learned by the book; it’s something you learn and experience from years worth of gaming to be able to get the point of a story across with the player and game mechanics in mind.
  • Practice with tools. Sites like Twine or Inform are great resources for you to use when practicing how to write creative non-linear fiction. There’s also an app called Episode that brings your story to life with ready-made graphics.
  • Learn the types of video game content you’ll write. You’re going to be training yourself with new ways of writing. For example:
    • Flowcharts – These make it easy for you to visualize every possible option allowed to the player.
    • Side quests/missions – This goes beyond the main story and may lead to a totally different story altogether.
    • Character dialogues – You’ll work on the player dialogues (which would have multiple variations at a time) and dialogues of characters the player will interact with inside the game.
    • Narrations and cut scenes – These sequences are often inserted before and after a level or a mission.
    • Final storyboard – If you have experience with scriptwriting in films and TV shows, this is probably the most familiar task you’ll work on. This is only written once all other content has been created since it will include every plot twist and gameplay from beginning to end.

1. Narrative Designer

Narrative designing is a mix of game designing and writing where you come up with the foundational story, subplots, character bios and backstories, general lore, and everything in between.

It also falls on the narrative designer to document game worlds, levels, missions, quests, and the actions a player can take.

Overall, a narrative designer develops a story experience that a player should have and presents it to a team of graphic designers, animators, sound engineers, and others involved in game development.

You’re most likely going to work on a particular game on a per-project basis.

If you’re serious about pursuing this career path, there are courses offered in colleges, universities, and online schools like Coursera and

2. Scriptwriter

The focus of a game scriptwriter is the dialogue by the characters. The main responsibility of the scriptwriter is to ensure that the dialogue at any point in the game adheres to the game narrative.

They usually write in flowcharts to make sure they have scripts for every possible action done by the player and every possible scenario that results from that action.

It involves less interaction with your colleagues who are involved in the mechanics and gameplay. You’re more likely to work with the game director or probably even the narrative designer, who would be checking your progress and guiding you until you complete the project.

Jobs That Involve Writing ABOUT Video Games

On the other hand, if you want to write from an outsider’s perspective, that is, as someone who plays and enjoys video games, there are plenty of opportunities to write about these video games.

Think contributors to Gamespot, 1Up, Polygon, and other similar gaming sites.

Most of the time, these writers are gamers themselves, which makes them quite the pro when it comes to writing about video games.

Here are writing gigs that you might be interested in.

3. Write news and previews about upcoming video games

Use your writing skills to spread news and updates about soon-to-be-released video games.

No opinions needed here yet, so just pull out your 4Ws and 1H (who, what, where, why, and how), reporting news as they come in.

Previews are also made available by video game companies to the right writers (i.e., the popular ones) to garner publicity for their games.

4. Write reviews of recently released video games

Reviews are more personal.

You’d have to play the video game and experience the story firsthand before you can pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of a particular game.

There’s a special kind of writing skill to become a critic. Google the late, great John Peter Bain, more popularly known as ‘TotalBiscuit’ to know if you’ve got what it takes to become a video game reviewer.

5. Write tutorials about a particular video game

Game tutorials are challenging to write because you’d have to be a phenomenal gamer, or involved in the production of that game to be able to release a tutorial quickly after the release of a game.

If you’re not in a rush and prefer to write “the go-to tutorial of all tutorials,” then it’s totally up to you.

6. Write strategy guides for video games

Strategy guides are more focused on particular levels or scenarios in the game.

Players can’t get that all-important power up? Or can’t defeat a specific boss?

Help them do it.

Create a strategy guide for them and maybe even share some cheat codes to help other players just like you to complete that game.

As players would likely be searching online articles, it helps to be familiar with SEO so that your strategy guide comes up when players search the right keywords.

Work For a Company Or Go Freelance?

The cool thing about writing previews, news, reviews, and tutorials of a game is that you can eventually be your own boss by starting a blog and generating income from it, starting your own YouTube channel, writing an e-book, and following other passive income generating techniques.

Or you can find an online magazine like Gamespot and apply to become a video game writer.

You’d be surprised just how many websites are trying to get a piece of the gaming industry reporting pie.

If you land a job with any of these gaming media, expect an average salary of $70,000 per year.

Expanding Your Skill Beyond Video Game Writing Jobs

The video game designer job market is expected to grow by double digits over the next five years. Imagine how many games are scheduled to be developed, released, and played in that time.

The amazing thing about writing for the video game industry is that they are open to people wearing multiple hats, especially those wanting to make money playing video games.

A game designer can be the scriptwriter, the scriptwriter can be a game programmer, and so on. If you’re already a part of the industry, take this opportunity to learn other skills.

Not only will expanding your skillset help you become an inch closer to a video game director job (if you wanted to), but you’re also increasing your value to an employer.

Combine your passion for writing with a live stream, and you’ve got an excellent way to make money on Twitch as well.

Does being a video game writer sound exciting to you? Which one of these writing jobs interest you the most? Tell us in the comments!

Sell Books on Amazon: Follow These 4 Steps to Get Started

Of all the goods you can sell and all the online marketplaces you can sell them on, selling books on Amazon remains one of the best ways to make money online.

Amazon may be the largest online retailer in the world now, but did you know that the company started out as a marketplace for new and used books?

In fact, CEO Jeff Bezos operated the “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore” straight out of his garage when Amazon opened for business in 1994.

Look familiar?

Amazons Original Website

Three years later, the company carried 2.5 million titles and earned a whopping $148 million in 1997 alone.

Amazon sold books exclusively from its launch until 1999 when the company expanded into selling toys, electronics, tools, and hardware.

Even with the recent success of online bookstore chains like Barnes & Noble, choosing to sell books on Amazon remains a smart decision because Amazon continues to grow at an outstanding rate, and more and more brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstores are popping up.

How To Build a Successful Amazon Business

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3 Ways to Sell Books on Amazon

Amazon has been around for over two decades, so it’s no wonder the company has come up with different ways to accommodate various types of sellers.

If you want to sell books on Amazon, you have three options (each with varying steps to follow):

1. Amazon Trade-In

Technically, you’re not actually selling books on Amazon with the trade-in or buyback program. Instead, you are trading old books in exchange for Amazon gift cards.

To do this, you have to check if your books are currently being accepted in the trade-in program.

Amazon Trade-In

If they are, continue with your submission form and add more if you plan to trade in more books.

When ready, enter your address, print a prepaid shipping label, and send in your items within 7 days free of charge.

The books will be sent to Amazon’s warehouse. You’ll be notified when your book is either accepted or denied.

You can also check the status of your trade-in anytime in Your Trade-In Account or the “payment” by viewing your gift card balance.

If your items are denied, you’ll get your books back with no cost for return shipping.

The trade-in value of your books will be significantly lower than what you paid for them, but really, anything is better than nothing for a book you will never open again.

2. Kindle Direct Publishing

If you’re planning to write a book and want to sell it online, you don’t have to sign with a publishing house anymore. Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) gives anyone a chance to create, publish, and sell your own books, ebooks, and audiobooks on Amazon.

With KDP, you get to keep and control 100% of your book’s rights, which means you can make changes to the books any time you like and earn up to 70% of royalties.

Of course, the most obvious benefit of self-publishing via Amazon is that your book reaches the market quickly without additional expenses.

I’ve fully outlined the 5 step process on how to self-publish a book here. It’s a more in-depth guide than you’ll find on this page, so click through if this is the area you want to pursue.

3. Sell Books on Amazon for Cash

You don’t have to trade in used books or publish your own books to take advantage of Amazon’s millions of potential buyers.

You can still sell books on Amazon, even if you didn’t author those books.

There are three ways you can do this:

  • Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – You post a book for sale, but let Amazon handle the storage, shipping, and post-sale customer support. Many beginner sellers choose this option until they get a solid fulfillment system in place.
  • Fulfillment by merchant (FBM) – Customers order the books from Amazon, but as an FBM seller, you handle everything from the storage of books, packing, shipping, and customer service every time one of your items get sold.
  • Amazon vendors (AMZ) – You sell all your books directly to Amazon. They will obviously be a lot cheaper, but if you just closed a brick-and-mortar bookstore and want to unload plenty of books, this is the fastest way possible.

The Niche Book Profits eBook will help you find the most profitable book niches on Amazon!

Four-Step Guide to Selling Books on Amazon

At this point, you should have already decided which way you want to sell on Amazon (FBA, FBM, or AMZ). Now, it’s time to get started selling!

Step 1: Create a regular Amazon account and a seller account

  • Join Amazon. If you aren’t already, note that you have to be a member of Amazon to begin selling on the site. Registration is straightforward – enter e-mail address, create a password, and all that jazz.
  • Create Seller Account. Click on the “Your Account” tab and find “Your Other Accounts.” From there, click “Your Seller Account” to begin the process of opening a seller account.
  • Decide on a selling plan. The Individual plan has no monthly subscription fee but has a $0.99 as a per sale closing fee. You can also only sell up to 40 items each month. On the Professional plan, you’d have to shell out a $39.99/month subscription fee plus per-item selling fees, but you get access to spreadsheets and other inventory-related reports.
  • Enter payment information. To receive payment from the books sold, you’ll need to provide a valid checking account. Under “Settings,” find “Account Info.” Find the “Deposit Method” section on the page and click “Edit.” Select your bank’s country/location and make sure to enter the correct routing number. Amazon will send you a confirmation e-mail once it has verified the account with your bank.

Step 2: How to Sell Books on Amazon

  • Find the title of the book you plan on selling. Click “Sell Your Stuff” on the main seller account page and type the title or ISBN into the search box. Tick the “Books” category, before clicking the “Start Selling” button. You can also search for a book normally (as any buyer would), visit the product page, and click the button that says “Sell on Amazon” to begin filling out information on your own book listing.
  • If you can’t find the title on Amazon, list a new book title. If for some reason you can’t find the title of the book you want to sell on Amazon, you’ll be directed to a different form to begin a new listing. From there, you’ll have to enter all details about the book, including the complete title, author name/s, publisher information, and ISBN.
  • Decide on a price. The easiest way to set the price of your book is to compare it with other listings. Beginner sellers often sell their books at a lower price so customers purchase theirs over other sellers’ copies.
  • Enter the book condition. If you’re selling a new book, you can do this portion quickly by just picking paperback or hardcover. But if your book is used, you have to describe the condition of your item (“Like New,” “Very Good,” “Good,” or “Acceptable”). Books with missing pages, ripped covers, or erased text fall under “Unacceptable” condition and cannot be sold on Amazon.
  • Select the shipping method. If you chose the fulfilled-by-merchant (FBM) approach, you’ll decide everything about shipping and handling.
  • Save your listing. Once you save your listing, the book will now be up for sale on Amazon.

Step 3: Set Up Fulfillment by Amazon

If you want to skip the handling, shipment, and post-sale customer service, FBA is the way to go.

But the steps are a bit different from the regular way of selling books on Amazon. Sellers ship their books directly to one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers (FC).

Whenever a sale pushes through, Amazon packs and ships the book to the customer and handle complaints, returns, and other inquiries on your behalf.

  • Convert any listing into FBA. You can change a regular listing into an FBA version by going to your account’s “Inventory” and clicking “Manage Inventory.” Choose the listing you wish to convert, check the box beside it, and click “Change to Fulfilled by Amazon” from the “Actions” pull-down menu. You will be directed to a new page, asked to “Convert” with a click of a button, and review your revamped listing. (Note that when you convert a regular listing, the original listing will be temporarily removed from Amazon. Don’t worry, since it will be back live once the book arrives at Amazon).
  • Sending books to Amazon. You need to ship your book/s to the nearest Amazon fulfillment centers. Amazon will send you shipping instructions, along with PDF product/shipment labels for your books. Print and stick them to the package as instructed. You can use any courier, deliver them manually, or use Amazon’s discounted shipping to send the book to the fulfillment center; it’s totally your call.
  • Check the status of your books. Once Amazon receives your books, you don’t have to do anything else. You can check the status of your books, monitor listings, or just let Amazon do its thing and wait for notification when your book gets sold.

Step 4: Get Paid

The reason why you sell books on Amazon ultimately boils down to getting paid real cash.

All earnings you get from the sales (minus Amazon fees, outward shipping fees, and so on) will be listed in detail on your Seller Account.

If you wish to withdraw your funds, log in to your Amazon Payments account, click the “Withdraw Funds” tab, and select a bank account from the dropdown menu. Enter the amount you want to transfer to your bank account. Finish by pressing the “Continue” button.

How much money can you make selling books on Amazon?

Given that there are three distinct methods outlined above, the amount of money you can make selling books on Amazon can vary.

For trading in books, you’re limited to what you have to sell from around your house. Textbooks are going to fetch the most amount of money, and even then, you’re selling them for about 10-15% of what you paid. Still, that’s better than letting them sit and collect dust forever.

As for Kindle Direct Publishing, the sky is the limit here. You’re selling a digital product and are in control of pricing, but you’re also responsible for the marketing and sales as well.

Finally, reselling books. This is the area you’ll want to focus on if you want to make serious money in this space.

Scan the UPC codes of the books in your inventory and see how much they’re currently listed on at Amazon. You can quite easily find books that sell for 2x, 5x, and even 20x what you pay for them. Granted you need the right buyer, but with enough inventory, you can pull in a few extra thousand per month.

Where Can You Get Books To Sell On Amazon?

Here are some of the popular sources of inventory where you can get books to sell.

Your own books. This is probably the easiest way to find books to sell and how most beginners get started.

Start looking around your house, and maybe even your parents’ house, for old books that you haven’t read in years and don’t plan to read ever.

Some surprising finds in your house can include textbooks, comic books, and limited edition books.

Used bookstores. Another popular source of books to sell is your local used bookstores.

There’s a good chance you can pick up some surprisingly profitable books here.

Plus, these are almost always in good condition, since used bookstores don’t normally sell stock that’s too damaged.

Local library. Your local library also holds sales periodically because they have to raise some funds and make room for new books.

Estate sales. Estate sales and auctions are another great sources of books to sell on Amazon because they are motivated to liquidate these books and turn them into cash and they normally sell them for a good price.

Try to look for closing out sales or moving out sales, too. Again, these are the ones who are motivated to sell.

Online retail arbitrage. At its simplest, online arbitrage is shopping for books online at a low price and then turning around and selling them at a higher price.

This might take more time than the others, but at least here, you can shop for books from home and not have to get out and go places.

Craigslist. If you’re lucky, you might find entire lots of books being sold cheaply. If you’re super lucky, you might even find free books on here.

The Future of Book Selling on Amazon

Jumping into any kind of business not backed by research is dangerous, so if you plan to sell books on Amazon but was worried about the future of this venture, consider these:

PROS:

Selling on Amazon remains a lucrative venture because it is home to a market that buys.

About 310 million book buyers are active on Amazon.

These customers accounted for a whopping $178 billion in sales in just one year.

Whether you’re on the verge of self-publishing or launching your own online business, partnering with Amazon continues to be a safe business model.

CONS:

However, Amazon is in control of service fees and future policy changes, whether you like it or not.

As a bookseller on Amazon, you’d have to agree to the changes or look to sell somewhere else.

For example, when Amazon upped the FBA fees, about 10% of booksellers stopped shipping their products to Amazon.

Will you be willing to comply when changes like these happen in the future?

Before you invest everything into selling books on Amazon, weigh these pros and cons carefully.

Other Things To Sell In Amazon

Of course, books aren’t the only thing to sell on Amazon.

If at this point, you’ve changed your mind about selling books, here are other things to sell on Amazon that can make you some money as well.

Are you planning to sell your books soon? Or something else entirely? Share your plans with us in the comments!

How to Become an Amazon Seller with FBA in 6 Steps

If you want to sell products online but don’t know where to start, perhaps becoming an Amazon seller through Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) is the right path for you.

With FBA, you can sell your products without having to think about the logistics of storing your inventory, packing and shipping each order, and taking care of returns for damaged items.

Today’s article is your guide on what FBA is, how to become an Amazon seller, and how you can build a business from home.

How Does Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) Work?

If this is the first time you’re hearing of FBA, don’t fret.

Quite simply, it’s a way to become an Amazon seller where Amazon does all the hard work for you.

Here’s how FBA works:

  1. First, you send Amazon your products, and then they store it in one or more of their fulfillment centers. Amazon fulfillment centers are these million-acre warehouses run by robots and Amazon employees.
  2. Next, your products are inventoried and sorted so they’re ready to go out anytime.
  3. When a customer places an order for your product, Amazon processes the payment and takes care of crediting your account.
  4. Then, the product/s that the customer ordered is picked from the shelves of the fulfillment center and shipped to them.
  5. Amazon follows up with the customer to make sure that they receive the product. If anything else needs to be processed after that, such as returns, refunds, replacements, or any other processes or requests, Amazon takes care of it, too.

It pretty much sounds like Amazon is doing all the work. What are your responsibilities, then?

As an Amazon seller through FBA, your main responsibilities are to select the products, manage your inventory, and to sell; that is, promote and advertise your products so that customers find them and buy them.

Advantages of FBA

Aside from the obvious benefit of not having to rent a warehouse to store your products and not having to pack and ship products yourself, Amazon has provided a number of incentives to attract more Amazon sellers to use FBA.

  • Products under FBA are much more likely to have the “buy box”; that is, the “Add To Cart” button inside the white box right beside the product.
  • Products under FBA are immediately eligible for free Two Day Shipping for Amazon Prime members, and for super saver free delivery for orders above $25.
  • Amazon takes care of customer service, refunds, returns, and all the other messy details so you can focus on advertising your products and convincing customers to buy your products.

How to Become an Amazon Seller in 6 Steps

I’ve broken down the steps you need to take to become an Amazon Seller below. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to get your goods listed.

You only need to fill out a few forms to get started.

Starting with…

1. Create your Amazon Seller Account

You can’t really have an Amazon FBA business without an Amazon seller account.

For the time being, you can select the option to ‘Sell as an Individual’ and avoid the monthly fee, especially if you’re just getting started.

Amazon Selling Plans

As an individual, you’ll pay a flat rate of $0.99 per item sold, with no monthly fees.

This is good for getting your feet wet while saving a few bucks. You’ll be able to try out FBA before making a monthly commitment.

Professional accounts come with a $39.99/month fee but no charge per item sold. The professional level also unlocks more categories and more features.

If you are planning on listing more than 40 items initially, it becomes more cost-effective to sell as a professional. But if not, just work as an individual.

Next, add FBA to your seller account.

2. Decide What Products You’re Going To Sell.

If you don’t already know what products to sell, now is the time to find your niche and do your product research.

Finding your niche is maybe the most difficult part of becoming an Amazon seller. It can be exciting to find an opportunity to build a business, and you tend to want to sell anything you can get your hands on.

But the best way to be successful in this business is to focus on one particular area of interest or industry and be an expert at selling products in that niche.

Growth can come through selling additional products in the same niche, or simply selling more of your best sellers.

Product research is another difficult but necessary part of selling on Amazon. Check out our whole article on product research, but basically, you want to find products in your niche that you know people will buy and you know you can make a decent profit.

Start by finding products that solve problems and checking if such products already exist and are being sold by other sellers.

Check out online stores and see if people are buying the products that you have in mind. See if you can find a gap in the market if you think it’s too saturated.

Of course, don’t ignore the  best-selling products on Amazon.

3. Source your Products

Once you know what products you want to sell, the next step is to decide how to source your products.

The most popular ways to become an Amazon seller is to become either a reseller or a private labeler.

Resellers are those who sell already-existing products for a profit. That is, buy bulk at a wholesale price and sell them at retail price.

It’s easy to start as a reseller, as it requires little initial investment but opens up your products to plenty of customers through Amazon.

However, with the amount of competition you face on Amazon, you risk not being able to sell your entire stock and being stuck with a lot of products that aren’t moving and making you profit.

Retail arbitrage involves looking for deals in clearance sales, auctions, retail stores, online stores, and other places to buy products at a cheap price and sell them at a high price.

Though retail arbitrage is technically reselling, buying cheap and selling high is different from buying wholesale and selling retail.

You don’t need to buy too many units of a product to get them at a lower price, but you do have to have time and patience to sift through a lot of deals and sales and see which ones are cheapest and yet give you high-quality products.

Private labelers take an existing product, put their own label on it, and make a profit without having to spend time and money on product design.

They can just go straight to product testing to select which product they’re going to label as theirs.

Thus, the time and money they save on product design can go into improving these products they’ve already selected and making them uniquely their own.

Private labelers deal with manufacturers directly, allowing them to establish their own brands.

Having your own brand is more valuable in the long run, but it’s much harder to initiate. It requires a huge capital investment in time and money.

4. Start Listing Your Products

Sign in at Amazon Seller Central and go to the Inventory menu.

Choose to ‘Add a listing.’

Because Amazon stores and tracks inventory in marked boxes, you will also need to create a new box for each individual box you send.

Hopefully, your inventory items will have easily identifiable codes like a UPC or ISSN, but if not, you can also search on an identical item using Amazon’s search function. When you find a match, click ‘Sell Yours.’

After adding some product descriptors, be sure to check off that the item is going to be sold through FBA. Also, you should switch from the default Individual to Case-Packed Items mode. Why?

You will inevitably be shipping multiple identical items of something (e.g., DVDs), and you will want Amazon to track these multiple items separately.

FBA does this by assigning cases. For example, if you have only one DVD to ship, you’d mark it as 1 unit (i.e., article type) per case and 1 number per case. But if you have three of the same DVD to ship, you’d mark them as 1 unit per case and 3 numbers per case.

Keep hitting ‘Add a Listing’ until all your boxed items are cataloged.

5. Prepare Your Products for Shipment to Amazon

Now, click ‘Work on Shipment.’

This will allow you to create and print shipping labels for your box(es). Choose SPD (small parcel delivery) as your shipping option unless your boxed items weigh over 150 lbs.

The other options are LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) and FTL (Full Truckload), and hopefully, you won’t need to worry about these massive haul options for now.

Select UPS as your carrier because it partners with Amazon; in other words, using UPS gives you a shipping discount.

Now you can start printing out your packing slips and shipping labels.

To this end, it helps if you have your own scale that will immediately weigh your boxes. If not, you can input the dimensions of your box(es) online and have it weighed out at your local UPS. Just be sure you eventually print out your labels using FBA and not your local UPS. Amazon’s reduced shipping rates will amaze you.

6. Collect Your Paycheck

Finally! The reason why you’ve gone through all this trouble: the paychecks!

Once you’ve mailed your box(es), you can track your shipments, and eventually your unpacked inventory, via Amazon.

Amazon will notify you when your products sell and will directly deposit the money right into your bank account. Time to sit back and let the money roll in.

There might be an Amazon App for that

Not all of us are blessed with a smartphone, but if you do have one, you can easily scan your goods and determine their immediate value using either an iOS or Android-based price checker Amazon app on your smartphone.

This is useful if you’re dealing with a lot of inventory or prone to checking out store clearance sales for additional merchandise.

One free iPhone-based Amazon app is Amazon Seller. This app really is the best app for sellers just getting started as there is no charge and it connects directly with your Amazon account. The Selling Family put together a free guide to show you how the Amazon Seller app works.

Some things to consider when becoming an Amazon Seller

1. Amazon will charge you for everything. Aside from the fees for your selling plan (Individual or Professional) and the referral fees (8% to 15%), you’ll be paying plenty of fees.

You’re in charge of the shipping fee of sending your items to Amazon. When you ship inventory to a fulfillment center without proper preparation or labeling, Amazon will charge you for unplanned services.

Amazon charges you for storing your items in their fulfillment center, based on your daily average volume of inventory in cubic feet. Inventory stays there for more than a year? You’ll get charged long-term storage fees.

Of course, Amazon charges you fulfillment fees per unit for picking and packing your orders, shipping and handling, customer service, and product returns.

When Amazon provides a customer with free return shipping, they’ll charge you a return processing fee.

2. Co-mingling issues. Because Amazon has numerous distribution centers, it uses the distribution center located closest to the customer when shipping products. As a result, the product you end up selling may not actually be your own if you agree to co-mingle your merchandise. This can happen easily if, say, you are selling a DVD or book that another Amazon seller may also have listed.

The advantage of using co-mingling is that you sell more of your stuff faster. The disadvantage is that you can’t exactly vouch for the quality and legality of another seller’s merchandise. This can lead to problems or even Amazon account closure because of pirated goods.

3. Sales tax. You may live in a state that requires you to report your sales tax (e.g., Missouri). Alternately, your items might be shipped off to a state that charges sales tax. However, when you work with FBA, you have no good way of knowing which warehouse is stocking your items (especially if you’re comingling) and to which state(s) they are being shipped. While most state ecommerce tax collection has not been aggressively enforced, it may become so in the future.

4. Competition. With FBA, you’re not just competing with other third-party merchants on price and selection, you’re also competing with Amazon itself. This is possibly the biggest strike against FBA versus a selling service like Ebay or Etsy. Definitely check Amazon prices for comparable goods before sending your own stuff to FBA.

How To Build a Successful Amazon Business

I’m hosting a totally free webinar that will teach you how to start an Amazon business from scratch and make 5-7 figures per year selling simple high-profit, low-competition items.

In it, you’ll learn the best way to create a global Amazon empire by selling just a few items at a time.

You’ll also get a unique strategy for finding incredible, high-profit, low-competition ‘hidden gem’ products.

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Selling through FBA: Is It Worth It?

With all the fees and other issues outlined above, you may be wondering if you can cut some kind of profit margin with FBA. Luckily, Amazon provides an FBA Revenue Calculator that allows you to determine if FBA is even worth it.

On the other hand, if you can find lots of lightweight inventory cheaply and easily via clearance sales, store closeouts, or even inheritance auctions, then FBA may be a smart solution for you.

If you are looking for a few more success stories, check out how Marvin grew an Amazon FBA business to 10k/month in less than 4 months or how this family travels full time in an RV while making a living selling on Amazon.

Have we inspired you yet to become an Amazon seller? How do you plan to start? Ask your questions or share your progress with us in the comments!

The BIG List of Brands Looking for Influencers

Many teens and young adults dream of becoming influencers these days and for good reason.

Influencer money is real.

On top of the freebies and high-paying deals that brand ambassadors receive, they also have fame beyond their wildest dreams and a “job” that never feels like they’re actually working.

Of course, before you get to the top of the chain, there’s a lot of work involved. From building up a sizable following, to learning everything you can about social media and online marketing, becoming an influencer is a business through and through.

If you or anyone you know is trying to get serious with influence marketing, make sure to bookmark this post. I’ve compiled a list of influencer platforms you can use to extend your reach and an up-to-date list of brands currently looking for their ambassadors.

HUGE List of Brands Currently Looking for Ambassadors

If you want to make money as an influencer, you have several routes:

Join an Influencer Marketing Agency

Just like talent agencies in Hollywood, influencer marketing agencies were built to help influencers find business deals, manage their influencer business, and do promotions for you.

Most of the time, these agencies have a high requirement (25k followers, 2+ years of active online presence, etc.).

Make a Profile on various Influencer Marketplaces

Influencer marketplaces is usually just a software that collects a list of influencers from various social media.

It is business-centric, since it usually vets influencers, filter them by demographics and provide a comprehensive matching feature for brands looking for ambassadors.

The problem with influencer marketplaces is that you usually don’t have control on which brands contact you for deals. The only upside is being listed on marketplaces gives you an extra boost of exposure.

Join Influencer Marketing Platforms

As you can see from the platform choices above, there are opportunities everywhere. However, since you are competing with hundreds or thousands of other influencers looking for deals, sponsorship and brands as well, the process can be challenging. This is especially true if you’re just starting out.

Look for Brands Yourself

If you’re not at the level required to join an influencer marketing agency and your profile at the influencer marketplace isn’t moving, you have another option.

You might want to try to do-it-yourself and try your chances with the following brands that are currently looking for ambassadors.

50 Brands Looking for Influencers

*** Make sure to bookmark this post to check new ones as I update it.

Clothing & Apparel Brands

  • Breezy Swimwear – Like affiliates, ambassadors earn 15% commission for any referrals to the store that end up as sale. Brand ambassadors are given their own code to share to their followers. They also get discounts and freebies as part of the deal.
  • Calamity Jane’s Apparel – Get a box of goodies once you’re chosen, followed by a monthly t-shirt freebie as long as you promote the brand with your family and friends.
  • Dia&Co – Dia & Co is looking for plus-sized Dia brand ambassador who live and breathe fashion. Get to earn real cash, freebies and access to new products.
  • Dollschino – This London-based clothing store is always looking for two kinds of help: junior influencers with less than 10k followers and brand ambassadors with over 10k followers. If you’d like to work with Dollschino, learn more about these programs here.
  • Enjoy Leggings – Get free leggings and first dibs on new products as a brand ambassador.
  • Evy’s Tree – This company may have begun as a company known for hoodies, but it has now expanded to anything dainty women’s wear. As ambassador, you receive quarterly gift boxes and affiliate commissions to sales you’ve referred.
  • FINDRA – This company is looking for outdoorsy ambassadors willing to showcase their passion for bikes, skis, snowboards, canoes and overall travelers to help promote their brand.
  • Hilda & Hanel Clothing Co. – Got a huge following on Instagram and want to receive and promote clothes? If you’re chosen, you’ll be working as the company’s ambassador for 3 months.
  • Izzy & Liv – Celebrate black culture with likeminded ambassadors and get a free #Brownsugarbox free. Izzy and Liv is looking for adult and kid ambassadors.
  • Leela and Lavender – This multi-brand store is always looking for ambassadors to expand the reach of the company. Fill-out this form to learn about the perks you get when you’re chosen as Leela & Lavender ambassador.
  • Lemon – For comfy lounge wear, legwear and everything cozy and luxurious, Lemon is famous for their cold-weather clothes. Fill out the form to apply as an ambassador and get a chance to receive free clothes.
  • NUYU – This company is specifically looking for college students, who would like to earn free clothes and extra cash just by promoting their products on Instagram.
  • Sand Cloud – This is both a cause (they help preserve marine life) and a complete line-up of clothes, accessories and other sustainable products.
  • She Inspired Clothing – Accepts influencer from any platform (whether you’re a blogger, TikToker, YouTuber, Instagrammer or so on). There is quite a list of requirements, but the benefits make up for it: there’s cash, freebies, and networking opportunities.
  • Sunny Co Clothing – Calling all beachlovers with an active Instagram following. This company gives away a pair of sunglasses or swimsuit to their ambassadors.
  • The Copper Closet – Different levels of perks and required posts are available for the Copper Closet’s brand ambassadors.
  • The Jacket Maker – Makers of luxurious jackets for men and women, this company is looking for ambassadors to promote the brand. In return, ambassadors get to earn 20% commissions for referred sales, 50% off on purchased items, and lifetime discount for you and your friends.
  • The Rustic Rack Boutique – For parents with influencer kids ages 0-3 months to preteen (up to size 14), get free clothes, discounts, and other perks if your kid is chosen to be a brand ambassador.

Sports and Active Wear Brands

  • Discount Dance – As social media ambassador of Discount Dance, you’ll receive the latest dancewear fashions, and in return, you show off your new clothes via your social media channels.
  • Kona Surf Co. – As an ambassador for this surf company, you get to receive free swag and be included in insider contests and giveaways.
  • Trek Light Gear – Become one of the company’s “badassador” and get discounts for the hammocks, apparel, and other outdoorsy lifestyle gear.
  • Born Tough – Makers of cool-looking duffle bags, gym bags, gym accessories, and workout clothes, this company is always looking for brand ambassadors who can promote the company and get paid for 15% commissions in return.

Jewelry and Accessories Brands

  • Blue Planet EyewearAside from  getting free and discounted eyewear, you can also earn commissions from promoting the brand any way possible.
  • LÍLLÉbaby If you have a sizable following on Instagram or other social media and you’re a family with a baby, this brand is a perfect match for you.
  • Mulu Jewelry – Those who have significant followers on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube could be chosen as Mulu’s ambassador and earn in-store credit to purchase jewelry from the store.
  • Pura Vida BraceletsThis company is always looking for US-based influencers who could  post at least twice a week. Pays thru PayPal.
  • S-Force Watches – This company is looking for a specific brand ambassador. Fitness-loving, power bodybuilders who have the same love for quality watches. Do you fit the bill? Apply here.
  • Twelve Little – If you’re a lover of gorgeous bags (backpacks, bottle bags, diaper bags, lunch bags, etc.), becoming a brand ambassador for Twelve Little makes sense. You’ll get discounts of up to 50% for you and your followers.

Skin Care, Cosmetics, and Health Care Brands

  • Amire – As a brand ambassador for Amire, get free cosmetic products shipped to you once or twice a month free. In return, you have to post about the brand each week and get a chance to earn more cash.
  • CLN & DRTY – Makers of aromatherapy, oils and other organic skincare products.
  • Foxx and Luna – This small company creates hand-made, body and spa GMO-free products using cruelty-free ingredients. They also sell a wide range of products from tarots to wind chimes, candles, crystals, gemstones, herbs, and so much more.
  • HD Beauty Skincare Boutique – Ambassadors earn commissions, receive discounts and get to try out new products.
  • Lash Factory – Obsessed with having perfect lashes? This company is a producer of quality mascara, brow/lash growth serum and other similar products.
  • Move Makeup – From the creators of the famous Move Makeup kits, concealers, blush, eyeshadow, and more, this opportunity is limited to the first 100 applications each month. The form may be closed temporarily, but opens at the start of the next month.
  • One CBD – If you are a living proof of the benefits of CBD, One CBD is looking for you to become a brand ambassador, share your story, and get a chance to earn through commissions and get significant discounts on One CBD products.
  • Orglamix – This company gives away free products, discounts, and first dibs to their new oils, skincare, makeup products.
  • PMD Beauty – Influencers both men and women are welcome to send a form to collaborate, as long as you have something to offer. Make sure to indicate your social media platforms so the company could verify your clout.
  • The Better Skin Co. – The cosmetics and skincare company is accepting influencers who have at least 5,000 followers with 200 likes on each of the most recent 10 photos.
  • Winky Lux – If you’re a fan of this small cosmetics and beauty company, check out their ambassador program.

Food and Drink Brands

  • Celsius – This company is looking for ambassadors who already love the Celsius health drinks. To apply, fill out the form and share you YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok links.
  • J-Gen – For those who love health drinks, J-Gen’s antioxidant drinks (in powder and ready-to-drink bottles) could be your next favorite drink. And if you become the brand’s ambassador, you can enjoy free products and 20% commissions from referred sales.
  • Kung Fu Tea – If you are in love with bubble tea, there’s no better way to get discounts and freebies than to become a brand ambassador for Kung Fu Tea.
  • Once Upon a Farm – Co-created by Jennifer Garner, Once Upon a Farm is a company that provides fresh and organic food for kids. It is looking for farm mamas or dadas who are based in the US and can provide quality content on Instagram each month.

Tech Brands

  • Zagg.com – This site is home to famous phone accessory brands like Invisible Shield and Mophie, so if you’re a fan and have an active social media life, then fill out this form.

Non-Profit Brands

  • Happy Earth – Get involved in protecting the earth as an ambassador for Happy Earth apparel and you receive discounts and gain plenty of friends who participate in tree planting or trash-pickup activities.
  • The Great North – Help this company with their environmental efforts by promoting the brand on Instagram. Every time someone buys swimwear, a shirt, or other lifestyle apparel, 10% goes into planting trees, removing garbage from oceans, and contributing to sustainable environment.

Everything Else

  • The Honest Company – Co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, this company has been producing plenty of good-quality, non-toxic household products. Pay here is legit – ambassadors earn $15/hour instead of commissions.
  • Junobie – This company produces eco-friendly household products designed for the breastfeeding mom. If you have a sizable following on social media and want to share your love of the brand while getting some perks, fill out the form here.
  • RimBlades USA – RimBlades USA has provided consumers with a patented wheel protection accessory that’s easy to install and looks great. If you’re a fan, this could be your chance to get free products and earn commissions through this ambassador program.
  • Singer – Are you passionate about sewing and love the SINGER brand? The company is continuously looking for people to share the joy of sewing.

12 Influencer Platforms to Help You Find Sponsorship & Deals

If you’re trying to be proactive and wanted to go where businesses find influencers, I have important news for you:

  • The platforms aimed at businesses in search of influencers to team up with are unfortunately, only for businesses. For example, Traackr, was designed specifically to discover and manage influencers, as well as track the progress of campaigns.
  • Most of the time, there is no way to sign-up as an influencer on these sites or apps. It’s because the business-geared platforms use robots and algorithms to find potential brand ambassadors based on various factors, such as number and age of followers, niche, location, level of activity, and so on.

If you do find a platform that allows influencers to join and make a profile, expect these platforms to be more biased to businesses (or lack features beneficial to your influencer life). This is because the businesses are the ones paying for access to this data.

Check some of them out here:

1. Tap Influence

Create an account. Complete your profile. Then when a marketer is interested in collaborating with you, you’ll receive an invitation to bid on an opportunity.

The invitation isn’t a guarantee you’ll be chosen.

  • PROS: Marketers can see your profile and if your business matches the brand’s needs, your name will be included in the “options”
  • CONS: You are not given a chance to message marketers directly. If you are chosen, communication and payments go through TapInfluence.

2. FameBit.com

Before YouTube acquired the branded content marketplace FameBit.com, this site let creators find sponsorship, submit proposals to brands, and get paid all in one platform. But starting on July 31, this self-service feature will no longer be available.

  • PROS: The full service program still helps creators by matching them with brands. Best for YouTubers.
  • CONS: You don’t have the freedom you enjoyed with self-service.

3. Heepsy.com

Heepsy is mostly for businesses and marketers looking for influencers. On their side, brands can filter influencers based on past deals, audience demographics, and other useful filters. As an influencer, you could also find and contact other influencers near you or within your niche if you’re feeling a bit lost and need advice with pricing deals, finding brands, or even setting up a collaboration.

  • PROS: The influencer-friendly feature is pretty useful. Try out the free trial before paying though.
  • CONS: Not enough features available for influencers. This is mostly a business-aimed platform.

4. Aspire IQ (formerly Revfluence)

Known formerly as Revfluence, Aspire IQ is a self-service solution for brands and marketers looking for influencers to work with. It offers plenty of analytical data about influencers and provide brands with a platform to collaborate, manage and assist in tracking campaigns. If you’re an influencer, you just need to join and Aspire IQ would match you with brands and handle payments for you as well.

  • PROS: Big companies like Quest Nutrition and Birchbox are some examples of the brands they work with. Sends payment through PayPal.
  • CONS: Influencers cannot send brands proposals

5. FOHR.co

FOHR has a goldmine of resources for influencers starting out in this business. Make sure to follow the blog and join their email list. It’s free to join as influencers, and the company seems to be serious at helping both sides make the collaborations into a win-win scenario. All influencers who sign-up to FOHR gets their own Instagram Follower Health Score, which is a pretty cool ‘scoring’ feature.

  • PROS: Awesome choice for fashion bloggers and influencers
  • CONS: Not for beginners with little to no clout on Instagram

6. Influential

Influential helps you connect with businesses across different social media platforms. Although Influential is like other companies that use a software for matching influencers with brands, but this is quite exciting because it is powered by Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) software.

  • PROS: AI software that knows your profile and followers down to the T
  • CONS: No way to join as influencers

7. Linqia

This influencer marketing platform is also AI-driven and focuses more on the brands. Features include a social content lab, where brands can test and analyze various influencers for any particular campaign. The requirements for influencers are pretty easy: at least 2 social accounts, over 2500 followers a month, and at least 1 post monthly.

  • PROS: Pays in about 10 days, unlike the standard 30-day
  • CONS: Canada and US-based influencers only.

8. Mavrck

The Mavrck platform is pretty unique. In most cases, the software collects a list of influencers, weigh the level of clout each one has, verify the followers and information, then match these verified influencers with brands. With Mavrck, a brand’s real customers are invited to become brand ambassadors.

  • PROS: Big-time brands like Universal Studios, New Balance, Proctor & Gamble, Gillette, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sears, and JetBlue.
  • CONS: Influencers have to trust the system and wish that they get picked to become ambassadors.

9. Tidal Labs

Tidal Labs is a full-service influence platform. Through its AI, Tidal finds and groups influencers into certain categories. Brands can create two kinds of campaigns: a public one that any influencer can apply to, and a private one that is only offered to certain influencers. 

  • PROS: Tidal Labs claim of giving beginners a fair shot as experienced influencers
  • CONS: More private campaigns than public campaigns available

10. SocialBook

Dubbed as the world’s best real-time YouTube/Instagram influencer analytical, marketing and advertising machine learning engine, SocialBook was designed to help both influencers and brands arrive at a win-win situation.

  • PROS: Good set of features for influencers: from the ability to check other influencers’ reports to getting brand offers from within the platform.
  • CONS: Free plan is good, but lacks the juicy features available with the paid plans ($14 to $34/month).

11. BrandSnob

This platform is a self-service influencer marketplace, where brands post their campaign and wait for offers from influencers. The brand chooses the influencer to promote their product/service. 

  • PROS: Access to this platform is totally free for influencers
  • CONS: The competition is high and you are not given a chance to send proposals to any brand you like

12. Webfluential 

Webfluential really means what its name suggest – this platform helps influencers of YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even bloggers using the WordPress platform. It provides beginner to experienced influencers with all the right tools to be able to deal with even the biggest companies like Coca-Cola, P& G, Nokia, KFC, Barclays, ABSOLUT, and more.

  • PROS: It is made with influencers in mind
  • CONS: Can’t find anything wrong with this platform.

30 Influencer Tools You Need to Level Up Your Campaigns

In the past, you had to access all your social media accounts manually to post something in them. Many influencers in the earlier days had to do it old school and used their gut when deciding on things.

Now with the help of influencer platforms, these tools make it easy to post in all accounts in one go, schedule posts, monitor the success or failure of a particular campaign, be on top of various analytics (number of followers per social media, number of people who read a particular post, and so on).

You don’t have to use ALL of them, but choosing the best one of these tools is essential to leveling up from just a “famous online person” to an actual online entrepreneur. Ready? Here are the available platforms:

CONTENT CREATION TOOLS

Content refers to anything expressed through a particular medium. This could be anything, from videos for YouTube, infographics for your Pinterest, a tutorial for your blog, or even just a picture for your Instagram.  The following tools will make your lives as influencers easier (perfect for those on a budget and working on their own):

1. Inshot

This video editor app (available in both Android and iOS) allows you to crop in front, at the middle, or end of a video, add effects or voice-overs, add music and text, or adjust speed. Designed for Instagram Stories, but can still be used on other social media.

2. Canva

Ever wanted to make lovely graphics for your pages, but have zero Photoshop skills? Canva is going to be a life-changer for you. Completely free forever, join Canva and start creating.

3. Camtasia

For YouTubers (and other video content creators) who are in need of a capable screen recorder and video editor, TechSmith made Camtasia especially for you. The upside is that there’s free trial, but not everyone can afford it since you’ll need to pay $160 to $250 once the trial is over.

4. OBS (Open Broadcasting Software)

If Camtasia is too expensive, OBS is your solution. This free and open source software is the tool many YouTubers and Twitchers use for video recording and live streaming.

5. Adobe Lightroom app

There are tons of photo editing programs out there being marketed for influencers, but if you need just one, the Lightroom app should be your first choice. And because Lightroom is a pretty popular Adobe product, you can buy presets from hundreds of Etsy creators and give your photos a uniform “look.” Downside is you’ll be paying around $10 a month for desktop and mobile access.

6. Subtitle Workshop

Make adding subtitles to your videos quick and easy. Perfect if you have an accent, speak quickly, or just want additional resources for your followers. It’s free and supports various formats.

7. Ginger

Not the best writer in the world? Don’t worry. There are apps like Ginger to help check your spelling, grammar and punctuation. Keep your content clean without extra effort. It’s free for mobile and desktop.

8. IFTTT (“if this, then that”)

This is aimed for influencers with advanced computer knowledge. With this free tool, you can create any kind of “recipe” or task that you need.  For example: “If you post a new Facebook post,  then it should be shared on Instagram as well.”

9. Tailwind

Designed specifically for creating Pinterest and Instagram content, Tailwind lets you upload posts in bulk, schedule posts and pin to multiple boards in one. There’s free trial, but goes for $9.99 per account per month once it ends.

10. MeetEdgar

For influencers with a blog, this tool lets you recycle your old posts and re-post them in various social media throughout the year. It even organizes which content to use from your given categories.

SEO TOOLS

If you know about #hashtags, you have a slight idea of Search Engine Optimization.

Simply put, any SEO effort you bring to the table is aimed at helping robots (of Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or other platforms) find your content by guiding them with keywords (like hashtags).

SEO may sound complicated, but most influencers have been doing it without really diving deep into the world of SEO. With the following tools, your SEO efforts would be much more easier:

11. TubeBuddy

For YouTubers, this free extension tool is a must if you wish to expand your reach legally and without spending in advertising. It will make it easy for you to optimize your video and channel tags, descriptions, titles, and even thumbnails. There’s free and paid ($9 to $42/month) versions of this tool.

12. Keyhole

This hashtag tracker is very useful for social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. It helps influencers track their campaigns based on how many people shared their post that included those specific hashtags.

13. KeywordTool.io

The rules of keyword research for social media is different for blogs. Every platform has its own rules and algorithms, but you need to start somewhere. Finding keywords for your post could be the first step to a SEO-optimized influencer business.

14. Linktree

Instagram is notorious for giving users only one chance to show off a website, blog, or any other link…and that’s the BIO link. This tool helps you take advantage of that one link by sending anyone who clicks it to multiple possible pathways (that you will set). You can use this free, or pay $6/month for extra features.

15. Audiense

This lead generation tool is for influencers who want to boost the number of their audience, and understand their existing followers better. Ideal for beginners, it gives you a ton of tracking data, reports and “actionable” recommendations.

ORGANIZATION TOOLS

Do you feel like you’re handeling more social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the next big thing), juggling between tasks, and trying to cope with other influencer activities? If so, you might need some organizing in your influencer business.

16. Asana

This project management software helps you keep track of everything – posts, scheduled posts, campaigns, and other tasks. You wouldn’t get overwhelmed too much when everything is in calendar form. It supports almost all social media, so if you’re focusing on two or more platforms, then this could really help organize your work.

17. OnlyPULT

Made for power Instagrammers, this post scheduling tool automatically plans your photos, videos and other posts for publication. It helps you choose the perfect time to post (based on your followers’ most-active hours) and since you can pre-set everything, you even don’t have to be online to post anything. Your hashtags are stored for future use. This is a paid tool, starting at $10.50/month.

18. Awario

Awario is a comprehensive social listening tool that allows you to keep up-to-date with who’s who of your niche (for possible collaborations). The downside of this tool is that it was made for brands to find influencers, so expect most features geared toward businesses.

19. SquareLovin

This visual analytics tool is pretty comprehensive, letting you see clicks to your posts, analyze conversions, and even let you manage Instagram from the platform. If you’re serious about monetizing your influencer status or improve your followers’ engagement, make sure to check it out.

20. Social Blade

Social Blade is a website that tracks your own social media statistics and analytics, as well as your competititors. Social Blade most notably tracks the YouTube platform, but also has analytical information regarding Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Mixer, Dailymotion, DLive, and TikTok.

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS

Let’s face it. There are a ton of social media platforms today. While some influencers began their career in just one (like YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etc.), expanding to other platforms like Facebook, Tik-Tok, Pinterest, and more could mean a double in revenue or a boost in followers.

For most beginner influencers who do not have their own team to handle some of these tasks, these social media tools are enough to help you handle your online presence.

21. Socialbakers

This tool organizes your followers’ data, which you could use for monetizing campaigns and improving content. If you’ve been paying for advertising, this tool helps you gear into important things like audience retention.

22. SocialFlow

SocialFlow gives  you control on scheduling posts, but it chooses the right time to publish this post based on the activity level and engagement of your followers. This tool then collects real-time data and removes the need to “trust your gut” when it comes to the best time of day to publish posts.

23. Followerwonk

This one is exclusive to Twitter, but one that is very useful for analyzing your competition, knowing the demographics of your followers, and optimizing your Twitter activities based on real data collected.

24. TokUpgrade

TokUpgrade is one of the earliest tools designed for TikTokers. It helps TikTok-based influencers from getting more “real, targeted followers” safely, securely and legally. This is a paid service and since these guys really know what they’re doing, you can guarantee to receive geniune TikTok fan base growth.

25. OptinMonster

If you’re looking to get a significant amount of new leads, OptinMonster can help you in creating pop-ups, landing pages and other lead-capturing methods without tech knowledge or graphic design skills. It offer drag-and-drop templates you can use quickly.

OTHER TOOLS

These BONUS tools can be a game-changer for you, depending on where you are at your influencer journey.

26. Woobox

What better way to improve your follower engagement than to have a contest, giveaway or competition? Not sure how you could pull one off? Woobox can take care of everything you need to create giveaways, custom forms, hashtag contests, coupons, polls, quizzes, photo contests.

27. Bitly

Bit.ly shortens any URL you have, so if you’re on Twitter (known for its infamous limited space), you’ll be saving more space for your messages. On top of this, all links you shortened using Bitly will be added to your analytics chart, which makes it easy to track campaigns based on the URL you send out to the world.

28. Gleam Competitions

Gleam Competitions works similar to Woobox. It verifies entries of anyone who joins your contest or giveaway, making it totally manageable to run one every week or month.

29. NapoleonCat

This all-in-one social media management and analytics tool also automates customer service and provides you a comprehensive dashboard for all your campaigns. It supports most popular social media like YouTube and Instagram.

30. The FTW Transcriber 

For YouTubers and Twitchers, a good transcriptionist is important. Anything you put out as video can be transcribed and turned into a text-based content (which you can publish as blog post, or Facebook post). It’s such a good way to repurpose content at a low price (average fee is $1 per minute transcribed).

Get Yourself a PO Box, too!

With all the tools you might have on your list, this old school “tool” is often forgotten. But if you’re like most influencers who are getting famous by the day, you know that there are plenty of freebies, deals and other stuff brands (or even fans) send your way.

To keep some semblance of privacy, a PO Box is definitely a must-have for receiving snail mail and packages. The amount may vary by city, but you’d usually have to should $100/year for your own PO Box.

The Bottom Line

If you’re interested in starting with just one social media platform, these following resources could be useful to you:

If everything you just read about the business of becoming an influencer is new to you, but you feel that this career path is speaking to you, make sure to read this guide on how to become a brand ambassador.

How To Start A Podcast & Earn Serious Cash

You’ve probably subscribed to a few podcasts, or at least listened to a few.

If so, you’re far from alone.

Over 90 million Americans listen to a podcast once a month, and the numbers are projected to grow each year.

As the audience grows, and so does the number of podcasts available.

Should you add to these podcasts and publish your own?

In today’s blog post, you’ll learn all the reasons why starting a podcast is good for your business and your brand. You’ll also get a step-by-step guide on how to start a podcast.

Why Start A Podcast?

You might be wondering if starting a podcast is even worth it, especially if you have a small online business with not a lot of capital or cash on hand.

But these are some of the reasons why starting a podcast for your business is a good idea.

Podcasting can increase your traffic.

Podcasting gives you the opportunity to reach out to new audiences who might not be fond of reading blog posts or watching videos.

When listeners subscribe to your podcast, they may recommend your podcast to other listeners who may be interested in what you have to offer.

These are new listeners that can potentially become new customers of your business.

Podcasting strengthens your relationship with your existing audience.

Widening your reach is important, but keeping your customers and your existing audience is just as, if not more, important.

A monthly or weekly episode of your podcast keeps your subscribers updated and invested in your content and your business.

Podcasting is a great alternative to video marketing.

In terms of digital marketing, video marketing is superior. Videos are indeed the content of the future.

However, not everyone is comfortable being on camera, or have the skills or resources to create high-quality videos.

In this case, something is better than nothing; podcasts are better than having no digital marketing strategy.

Podcasting is simple to start.

You can order the equipment today, get them tomorrow, download the software, and you can start right away.

Podcasting is popular.

Podcasts are a welcome alternative to written and video content, mainly because listeners can engage with audio content while multitasking.

When reading articles or watching videos, you have to set aside time and attention to be involved in the content.

Podcasting gives you a chance to add to your revenue stream.

The main purpose of podcasting for your business is to promote your own products and services.

But as we’ve tackled in another article here, podcasting can earn you some cash by itself.

You can earn some extra income from your podcast through affiliate marketing with products and services related to your business.

As your podcast becomes more popular, you can also get sponsorship deals.

How To Start A Podcast

Now that you’re (hopefully) convinced that podcasting is beneficial, let’s go over a general overview of what a podcast involves, as well as the steps on how to start a podcast.

Generally, a podcast involves these three main stages:

  • Record episodes using your equipment and your computer.
  • Upload episodes to a podcasting host.
  • Promote podcast episodes.

Within these three stages are several steps to complete and factors to consider, so let’s dive in.

Step 1. Validate your podcast idea.

Since you already have a business that has a niche, you have a great deal of your work already done.

Even though you have a niche, consider what your target audience is looking for in a podcast.

Podcast ideas

Do they want expert advice? Do they want reviews about products or services in your niche? Or do they simply want to be entertained?

And you don’t want to go through producing an entire podcast only to find out that no one cares.

You can validate your idea by doing a Google search for podcasts using keywords related to your niche.

Doing this gives you an idea of what podcasts are already out there, which ones are successful, which ones are less successful, and what kind of podcast your audience needs that they don’t seem to be getting currently.

Think about the format of your podcast. Would you prefer to do solo podcasts, interviews, case studies, or do it with a co-host?

Step 2. Think of a podcast name, cover art, podcast description, and theme music.

These seem like superficial things to worry about, but these are the first few things that audiences will see and hear.

If your cover art looks low-quality, and your title isn’t interesting, listeners who’re scrolling through a podcast directory will just skip over yours.

When choosing a title, write down some titles with your target keywords and include descriptive words that give listeners an idea of what they can expect from you and your podcast.

Another aspect you’ll need to carefully select is your podcast’s cover art. Unless you’re an experienced graphic designer, it’s more advisable to commission one than to try to do it yourself.

Good cover art is easy to read, has the name of your podcast, contains images related to your topic, and uses an aesthetically pleasing color combination.

Make sure as well that it conforms to requirements of the podcast directories where you plan to submit your podcast.

You’ll also have to submit a podcast description, which is a short summary of what your podcast is all about and why people should listen to it.

Make sure you include relevant keywords in your podcast description and write something that’ll pique listeners’ interest.

Your intro and outro songs also matter. Catchy music does wonders for listeners’ attention spans.

If you’re working on a budget, you can search for free music on Free Music Archive, but if you have a few dollars to spare, you can try Audio Jungle or Stock Music Site.

When you go through this step, remember that starting a podcast for your business is going to be pointless unless someone listens to it, and a lot of times, you only get one chance to give a first impression and convince your audience to listen to your podcast.

Step 3. Gather your equipment.

Professional equipment can cost a pretty penny; you can expect to spring around $1,000 or more.

If you’re only starting out, it’s better to keep everything simple. You can get a decent set up for less than $300 if you choose right, and you can upgrade to more high-end equipment once you’re earning more.

Here are the essential types of equipment you’ll need to start a podcast and what to look for in each one.

Microphone

You can’t get away with using your laptop microphone or the built-in microphone from your Bluetooth headset.

A quality microphone decreases background noise and picks up the most important sound in a microphone: your voice.

Analog microphones are generally acknowledged to be the best type of microphone you can use, but these can cost you hundreds of dollars.

Plus, you’ll need an audio interface to digitize the sound for your computer, which is an extra cost.

For a balance between quality and cost, look for a mid-range USB microphone. It plugs directly to your computer and sound quality is acceptable for podcasting.

Accessories that you can use to reduce popping sounds (such as those that are made when making P, B, T, J, C, or K sounds) include foam windshields that you can fit over the microphone or a mesh pop shield to place between your mouth and the microphone.

Headphones

In theory, you can use earphones when working on your episodes.

But headphones are recommended because most of them are noise-canceling, allowing you to better hear yourself and your interviewee if you have one.

Podcast Headphones

It’s also recommended to choose headphones that are closed-back and snug-fitting but comfortable such that you can wear them for hours.

Step 4. Download the necessary software.

You’ll need software for recording your podcast and for editing the audio files. Some software can be used as both recording and editing software, but you can also use separate software for recording and editing.

The most popular software options include Audacity (free) and GarageBand (free, Mac only).

Step 5. Select a podcast hosting provider.

A website hosting provider hosts your website, while podcast hosting providers hosts your podcast.

The difference is that podcast hosting providers use media servers; that is, they’re specifically designed to store large media files and support the high bandwidth needed to stream episodes or download them to their devices.

Consider the following factors:

  • Pricing. How much can you afford to spend, and is it worth it for what you’re getting?
  • User-friendliness. Some hosting providers are easier to work with than others. It’s not worth anything if you can’t use the interface.
  • Embeddable players. You might want to embed episodes of your podcasts in your blog or website.

The most popular ones are SoundCloud, Podbean, and Libsyn.

Step 6. Plan your podcast episodes.

At this point, decide how long each of your episodes should be.

A podcast episode usually ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, but you should plan this according to your planned topics and how long you can realistically talk about them.

Unless you’re an experienced speaker who knows how to wing it without veering off-topic and staying within your time limit, planning your episodes is the smart thing to do.

But writing a script and just reading it will make you come off sounding like a robot to your listeners. Not to mention it takes hours writing a script for a single half-hour episode.

You want your listeners to feel less like you’re giving a sermon and more like you’re actually having a conversation with them, even though it’s one-sided.

For this, you’ll want to write down a general topic, then bullet points of subtopics. Also indicate how many minutes you want to allot per bullet point.

Take the time to provide an opening and closing spiel for your episodes as well.

While you’re actually talking, it helps to have a timer in your peripheral vision so you can pace yourself. If you don’t get it right the first few times, don’t fret; you can always take care of it during editing.

When planning the content, it’s also smart to plan how often you can upload a new podcast. Consider what kind of schedule you can commit to.

You don’t need to upload a new episode every day, but you do need a consistent schedule.

A weekly podcast is a usual frequency, but you can also opt for a twice-weekly, twice-monthly, or monthly podcast.

Step 7. Record your podcast episodes.

After you’ve planned your episodes, you can finally start recording them.

Set up your equipment: plug in your microphone and your headphones, fire up your recording software, and start talking.

Podcast Recording

Doing a solo podcast might seem awkward at first because it feels like talking to yourself. Talking to a photo of someone you can imagine as your target audience, even if it’s just a stock photo, can help you feel like you’re actually talking to someone.

If you’re interviewing someone remotely, the usual way to do this is via Skype, while being recorded by a software, such as Pamela for Skype or MP3 Skype Recorder. They both have free versions, but it’s more advisable to use the paid ones.

Step 8. Edit your podcast episode.

Editing audio involves splicing together the intro, audio clips, and the outro, as well as any other audio files you need to include, like sound bites, songs, or advertisements.

It also involves refining the sound and eliminating as much background noise as possible.

Your editing process will vary, depending on the software you’re using. Browse video tutorials specific to your software on YouTube or Vimeo so there are screen captures and complete audio instructions.

Step 9. Publish your podcast episodes to your hosting provider.

This is a short step: simply upload your finished episodes to your podcast. The particulars will vary according to your hosting provider.

Step 10. Promote your podcast episodes.

Once you’ve uploaded your podcast to your hosting provider, you can now start getting listeners to your podcast.

First, upload your podcast to directories. Here are the main podcast directories where you can upload your episodes:

Then, if you have social media accounts related to your business, share links to your podcast and podcast episodes to your social media followers.

Also, if you have an email list, it’s worth spreading the word to your email subscribers as well.

And if your business has a website and a blog within it, create a blog post featuring your podcast episode. This works better if you can have the podcast episode transcribed because your blog readers would tend to expect text content when they visit your blog.

5 Ways to Earn Serious Cash from Podcating

Here are 5 ways successful personalities get to talk about the things they love, work from home, and make a killing podcasting:

1. Sponsorships

The most common way podcasters earn money is through sponsorships.

However, only popular podcasters are able to attract advertisers, since the main factors sponsors look for are traffic and audience number. Of course, sponsors would likely check the niche of podcasters to gauge if mentioning their products/services on the show would translate to successful conversion rates.

Some podcast hosts, such as Blubrry and Libsyn, include ad opportunities to shows. You can also find a service that connects you to advertisers. Midroll is a good example of this, but note that these types of services take a cut from your earnings. Podcasters earn a lot more if advertisers contact them directly for sponsorships.

Ad rates for podcasts follow the CPM (cost per impression) model. The average rate of 1,000 downloads come at $18 per 15-second pre-roll slot, or $25 per 60-second mid-roll slot. This can go higher depending on the number of audience a podcaster has. For instance, if a specific episode earns 20,000 listeners, the sponsor would need to pay you $500 for the 60-second ad.

2. Affiliate Marketing

The best thing about affiliate marketing is that if done right, it could give podcasters a passive income.

Like sponsorships, podcasters have different ways of implementing this into their show. The easiest would be to join affiliate programs from known retailers like Amazon. But if your show can’t fit in Amazon products into an episode, it’s best not to force it and opt for another way instead.

Commission Junction and other affiliate advertising networks also host a wide range of products and services that podcasters could promote “on air.”

But it’s important not to promote anything unrelated to your niche, or else it might be too obvious you’re taking advantage of your listeners’ buying potential.

If Amazon isn’t an option and you can’t find items to promote from affiliate ad networks, your next bet is to create your own affiliate program. You can do this by seeking partnerships from companies that are somewhat relevant to your niche. You’d have to pitch the idea to retailers or other companies, so prepare your podcast’s stats.

Just like in sponsorships, anyone (whether a person or company) that partners with you would want to see large numbers, but impressive conversation rates are the reason they’d bite what you’re offering.

3. Selling Products

If running after sponsors isn’t your thing, you can sell your own products on your show.

It would be a lot of work, especially since you’re going to develop the product from start to finish before you could promote it on air, but the advantage of this path is that you’ll receive majority of profit instead of getting a tiny commission just like what affiliate marketing offers.

Another benefit of creating and selling your own products is that there are tons of options, from ebooks to courses, SaaS products, and even real products that can be shipped to a physical address.

You can even sell a set of videos, bundled as a paid subscription. This allows podcasters like you to create something within your niche that provides the most value to your listeners.

Once you’ve decided on the products to sell, you can now implement a sales funnel, where you give away freebies or discounted items, before showcasing more expensive products.

4. Offer Services

Podcasters with a huge following can easily offer services to its listeners.

This can be anything from one-on-one coaching, consulting, guest writing, speaking engagements, design, or any other services within a podcaster’s skillset.

The services that you offer may start small, but as long as you provide value to your customers, be prepared for word-of-mouth to double your paying customers over time.

For those who don’t feel comfortable teaching, you can simply offer flat fees for certain solutions. For example, writing a podcast script for a company, or setting up an individual’s podcast business, can be done on the side and doesn’t require a full-time commitment.

Think of your podcast as a marketing tool and develop strategies that would expand your podcasting efforts into other money-making endeavors.

5. Crowdfunding and Donations

Crowdfunding can be a smart way to begin your podcasting career, but it will only work if you already have an active community that would gladly finance your project in the form of pledges. Crowdfunding platforms like Patreon make the pledging possible.

You can also ask your listeners for donations. You’d be surprised at how many people are willing to give money in exchange for free information or entertainment that you’ve been giving them. Since a donation option gives your listeners the power to decide how much they’re donating, they’ll see this as their way to give back.

Just remind them about your donation button as often as possible.

Start A Podcast Today!

Hopefully, you’re convinced that starting a podcast can benefit your business greatly.

Here’s a recap of the steps to start a podcast:

  1. Validate your podcast idea.
  2. Think of a podcast name, cover art, podcast description, and theme music.
  3. Gather your equipment.
  4. Download the necessary software.
  5. Select a podcast hosting provider.
  6. Plan your podcast episodes.
  7. Record your podcast episodes.
  8. Edit your podcast episode.
  9. Publish your podcast episodes to your hosting provider.
  10. Promote your podcast episodes.

Planning to make a podcast soon? Or have you tried starting a podcast and want to expand your reach? Share your podcasting stories and experiences in the comments!

Is Amazon KDP Still a Good Business in 2020?

Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has been around since late 2007, but it was in 2010 to 2015 that many regular people were transformed into published authors overnight and actually made Amazon KDP their business.

Those who have been rejected by traditional publishers are some of the biggest fans of the program, but is it still worth the trouble in 2020 and beyond?

5 Reasons Why You Should Continue Your Amazon KDP Business

If you’re having doubts of joining the Amazon KDP community as an author, here are 5 reasons why it remains a solid business model:

1. The Niches are Expanding

In the past, it is common knowledge that fiction outsold non-fiction in the Kindle library. But the genres mostly focused on romance, mystery, and fantasy, so authors like Mike Omer (from the Spider’s Web series and “A Killer’s Mind” fame) stuck to these categories.

Today, many more niches are being put on the spotlight of the Top 100, from the how-to and self-help “aisle”, to the science fiction, young adult, adventure and even inspirational and women’s fiction.

Some of them are still pretty competitive, but since people’s interests are expanding to more categories, it means there are higher chances for your chosen category to be explored by a significant number of people.

2. Better Stats Lead to Targeted Book Goals

By 2018, there were 90.5 million e-readers in the U.S. alone. Imagine how many people have joined the fun and discovered the world of ebooks.

In 2019, the ebook industry earned a whopping $2.04 billion. It’s still definitely smaller than its print counterpart (which took in $22.6 billion revenues that year) though.

What’s interesting is that even if the use of e-book readers has been seeing a decline in recent years, there’s data to support that Kindle books are gaining fans thanks to hundreds of popular book series.

And publishers are raking in cash because of they are able to reel in readers with cheap (or free copies of their) first book, then earn from subsequent books of the series.

3. Removes the Need to go the Traditional Publishing Route

Many people who dream of becoming a published author are crushed when their dreams don’t turn into reality for one reason or another, such as:

  • Publishing house not interested in the story
  • Author has no connection to any publisher
  • Lack in marketing or networking
  • Authors who have awesome books, but are unsure how to present their work
  • and so on…

With the Amazon KDP route, the rules are totally different. First of all, since Amazon accepts publishers directly, there’s no need to shop around for a publishing house. You wouldn’t have to experience being rejected by publishers anymore.

While you do have to learn how to market your own ebook to improve sales, you can also outsource this task to agencies who specialize in these kinds of things.

4. Amazon KDP Newbies Welcome

This is my favorite thing about Amazon KDP – it levels the playing field between beginners and published authors, or famous people.

Regular people begin juggling real life with writing on the side, until they reach success enough to quit their day jobs. For example:

  • Samantha Christy used to be a Computer Systems Analyst and stay-at-home mom before she became the author of “Purple Orchids.” Her husband even quit his job a couple of years later to handle her taxes and other behind-the-scenes of Samantha’s publishing business.
  • Alexa Riley is the pen name of two friends (Melissa King and Lea Robinson) who has over 100 romance novels under their belts. Since 2014, these two ladies have been writing “cheesy love stories with a happy ending” non-stop.
  • Melissa Leong was a former business journalist who wrote vampire novel “What Kills Me” and got rejected by 20 publishers before uploading it on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing site. She tried to sell it for $3 a copy, but only got thousands of sales when she took it down to 99 cents. You’d think this was a bad thing, since Leong earned less than what she would have earned at $3 a pop. But her decision to reduce the price led to a spot on the Bestseller list, an ocean of fans, and even movie offers.

Aside from the actual writing and marketing authors have to do, there aren’t much obstacles beginner authors have to face in self-publishing with Amazon.

5. Unlimited Opportunities for Talented Authors

Melissa Leong isn’t the only one who had her life turned upside down (in a good way) through Amazon KDP.

Like her experience, many authors whose first book become best-sellers suddenly get a boost in creativity as their fans and sales increase, follow it up quickly with a second part, or another ebook with a completely different story/topic.

The opportunities doesn’t stop at Amazon too! Successful authors usually receive offers for TV or movie adaptations, calls for interviews with the press, features on magazines/blogs, consulting gigs, writing courses/coaching stints, and other opportunities that are found outside KDP.

The Future of Amazon KDP

You know that you can make money online with ebooks, but you’re unsure if it remains a lucrative business in 2020 and beyond. That’s a totally valid dilemma since writing ebooks are not an easy feat.

There will be flops, such as ebooks trying to cash in on the covid19 crisis when some of the best scientists of the world are still trying to learn about the virus. But if you do a little digging and research before you decide on the genre and theme of your ebook, the future of your Amazon KDP business can be bright.

Don’t believe blog posts from people claiming that you can only earn money from Amazon if you have a ton of ghostwriters who would do the writing for you.

If you have content you want to publish, as long as you follow Amazon’s guidelines, there is no limit to the number of ebooks you could release to the “world” and the amount of money you could possibly earn.

How To Become A Brand Ambassador: Influence Others and Make Bank

Like most Instagram users out there, you’ve probably wondered how to become a brand ambassador. After all, they’re all over social media promoting everything from detox tea to clothing brands to teeth-whitening systems.

And you know what?

You’ve probably felt a twinge of envy as well.

Instagram influencer in the woods

I mean, what’s better than actually having a dedicated social media following and getting paid for supporting brands you love? And who wouldn’t love the freebies?!

Fortunately, being a successful brand ambassador isn’t hard at all – it just needs a careful strategy. You can easily start receiving money for posts or some good old freebies from brands you love) in no time.

If this is something that you’ve always been interested in, then read on and take down notes.

I’ve created a detailed 15-step guide to help you reach your dream of becoming a successful brand ambassador.

What is a Brand Ambassador?

A brand ambassador, also known as an influencer, is someone who represents a company, either in person or online.

Brands are usually looking for people to “personify” the brand’s identity and bring their values to life.

Your main mission is to spread awareness of the brand through more of a word-of-mouth strategy, instead of direct marketing.

Companies use brand ambassadors so they can have a medium to connect them and put them in touch with their customer base.

Online brand ambassadors endorse the company on social media or via blogging, while in-person brand ambassadors do that through large gatherings and events.

After all, why wouldn’t companies want brand ambassadors? 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions are a direct result of positive word of mouth.

How to make quick money:

The following three websites are all looking for influencers/ambassadors to help shape their future products:

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

How to Become a Brand Ambassador in 15 Steps

Becoming a brand ambassador isn’t going to happen overnight. I’ve put together this 15-step guide to show you the correct path to follow to help you get started.

Brand ambassador on Instagram

1. Create a compelling social media profile.

The harsh reality of becoming a brand ambassador is that first impressions mean a lot when trying to get brands to notice you, and this is especially true for your online persona.

Here are the things you’ll want to focus on your social media profile to attract brands.

  • Follower count, content, and engagement rates matter more than anything. In today’s social media-controlled world, this is the first place most brands start looking.
  • Build your own image and create a brand out of yourself. This is the most important step. Before you consider becoming a brand ambassador, think of yourself as a brand.
  • Find out what makes you different than anyone else. What makes you, you? And why would a brand want to work with you and not anyone else? When you can answer this, focus on that aspect and make sure your social media reflect this.
  • Exude a positive vibe. Your social media profiles need to have a cohesive look, a positive feel, and a lively, authentic vibe.
  • Incorporate the right keywords. Which results do you want to come up in? Do you want to become a brand ambassador in the fitness niche? Travel? Clothing? Think of that and then ensure that your profile seamlessly incorporates the right keywords.

2. Stay active on social media.

Continuously creating content, and reacting and replying to your followers’ comments is important.

It’s not just about having thousands of followers, it’s about engagement.

In fact, even if you have few followers, plenty of companies will overlook that if you have a high engagement rate.

Brands will not be interested in contacting you if you are not engaged with your followers. They want to see that your followers trust your opinion, like having conversations with you, and that you are a pleasant person in general.

3. Post incredible content.

Staying active doesn’t mean that you should be posting just for the sake of posting, though.

You need to catch the attention of your existing followers and any potential ones. Make sure your feed is interesting enough for big brands to contact you.

Interesting, creative posts that are just begging to be liked, commented on, and shared by your followers is the key to increasing your engagement.

The more compelling your content is, the better. Be it videos, Instagram pictures, infographics, tutorials, or written blogs – you will need to constantly create exciting content.

4. Create a personalized hashtag.

Come up with a catchy hashtag that represents you as a brand, and then use it in all your current and future posts.

This helps keep all your posts in one place and will show brands that you pretty much know what you’re doing.

5. Know your audience.

Again, having interesting content and staying active is not enough. Your overall reach is a substantial aspect of whether or not a brand will hire you as a brand ambassador.

You need to grow an audience that resonates with the type of brands you want to partner with. This is why you need to understand:

  • The type of audience your brand has.
  • The type of audience you already have.
  • How to create content that attracts the type of audience the brand is looking for.

6. Work with a brand network.

The best place to start getting brand deals is to sign up on a brand network site that facilitates the whole process for you.

You will need to have an established profile, following, and engagement by then.

Create an influencer profile on websites like Socialix, SocialSpark, or Collectively Inc, upload your information and status and then sit back and wait!

7. Target small businesses and start-ups at first.

Small businesses and start-ups are usually looking for someone who will help spread the word about their products in the most genuine way possible.

Usually, small businesses look for micro-influencers instead of established influencers because easier to connect with, and frankly, more inexpensive.

That’s why it’ll be much easier for you to build up a portfolio if you start with small businesses and gain credibility along the way. It will take you half the time to secure a deal and get paid!

8. Look for brands that you already love.

What differentiates successful brand ambassadors from the rest is how much they can genuinely embrace the company they’re promoting.

When deciding which company to work with, find one that sells products or offers services that you actually like and you’re either already using or would incorporate into your lifestyle.

The more you like what you’re selling, the more authentic your endorsement appears, and the more you can influence people to buy what you’re selling.

Other companies might offer you a better deal, and you might be insanely tempted to get it, but remember: It always shows when influencers promote products that they’re not particularly fans of.

It’s obvious to these companies, and it’s going to be obvious to your followers.

So when you come off insincere, it hurts your engagement and it hurts your reputation as a brand ambassador.

9. If you don’t know what you love, look to your own lifestyle and your favorite hobbies as a starting point.

If you’re not sure which brands to go with, it’s time to take a close look at your current lifestyle, if you’re happy to continue that lifestyle, as well as your hobbies and interests that you do for fun.

What products and services are you already using? Does brand matter? What do you look for in a brand when you’re buying something? What would make you not choose a certain brand?

It’s important to have this written down so you have a place where it’s organized and easy to refer to.

10. Passion is king.

An unrelenting, go-getter attitude is what will make you stand out among other influencers. It’s what will make your profile stand out amongst the thousands of other profiles that are all searching for the same thing.

Here’s the thing:

Becoming an incredible brand ambassador requires practice. It requires passion, conviction, and time investment.

Only someone who is truly passionate about what they’re promoting is unstoppable.

11. Set up a contact or a sponsorship page.

If you already have a website, create a page within it that explains what brands and companies you’re currently working with, what types of brands and companies you want to secure, and showcase your general stats and what you can offer to the brand.

Be sure to include any previous brand ambassador campaigns that were a success.

If you don’t have a website yet, provide your email address in your social media profile bio so brands can contact you easily.

Brands want to work with people who can get results. Showcasing your ability to create a return on their investment is HUGE and will open the doors to a ton more opportunities in the future.

12. Network, network, and network a bit more.

Wherever you go: Network.

Be it in person, online, through social circles, or even at work events. The more people you know, the more people you’re connected to, the better.

After all, brands want someone who has a strong network around them.

Not only will it strengthen your profile as a brand ambassador, but it will also increase your potential chances of getting hired as one.

Also, don’t be afraid to network with other brand ambassadors. They may be your competition for some brands, but remember that there are plenty of brands out there.

Networking and exchanging opportunities and best practices will do more to improve your chances for success than isolating yourself and just seething with envy at other influencers and brand ambassadors.

13. Think like a marketer.

Trust me on this one: You will need to be educated on how you can rock online marketing.

Brands want someone who can guarantee them social reach and engagement.

There are plenty of online courses that will take you through the main pillars of online marketing – from Instagram ads to SEO.

You’ll actually start to notice the difference once you implement what you learn along the way.

14. Carry yourself in a professional manner.

Everything about you—your social media profiles, your content, your comments, your communication with potential brand partners—should exude professionalism.

Your content should always be presentable and ready to showcase. Assume that potential brands are constantly looking at your social media accounts.

Also, the last thing brands want is to deal with immature and divalike behavior from a brand ambassador.

Always be polite to your commenters, even those who are rude to you or have nothing but negative comments to spew out.

When it comes to being a brand ambassador, you might find yourself caught in the middle of some unneeded drama. All you need to do is stay polite, humble, and let your account be a reflection of your values.

Needless to say, when you get contacted by a brand, remain professional all throughout the interaction, even if you don’t end up partnering with them. Just because they’re not partnering with you now doesn’t mean that they won’t partner with you in the future.

15. Don’t take shortcuts.

You might be thinking:

“Why can’t I just buy followers? And likes? And comments?”

I’ll tell you why.

It’s because brands know. They know.

You can’t fake being a brand ambassador, it just doesn’t work that way. Brands are very wary about engagement and will check your engagement compared to your number of followers.

They might even do spot-checks of your followers to see if they’re real people or robots.

Buying your engagement will simply do you more harm than good. You really don’t want to be on the wrong side of the fence.

Becoming a Brand Ambassador Will Open So Many Doors For You

Once you get your first successful campaign, the opportunities will begin to snowball. Start small, prove your worth, and incredible things can happen in the future.

Becoming a brand ambassador opens up a lot of opportunities for you to make money, both online and offline.

You can easily learn how to make money off of Youtube or Instagram, as a brand ambassador, or even how to get paid to travel.

Have you had any success working with big brands in the past? Do you have any tips for beginners on how to become a brand ambassador? Show off in the comments below!