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Business Ideas Motivation

Hard Work Is The Key To Success

In this article, I will write about why hard work is the key to success in business and life. This may seem obvious, the harder you work, the more you will achieve. However, many people in life are often looking for a shortcut to success. While a few people may get lucky and win various sorts of lotteries in life, I believe that for the majority of people; hard work is the key to success. Let’s expand on this idea a bit more.

Hard Work Is The Key To Success

In previous articles I have written about how consistency is key when you are engaging in media production and business activities. You must put forth a consistent level of hard work in order to succeed in society today. Successful entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban have stated in interviews that he believes hard work is the key to success. Think about it for a moment. Whenever you engage in any kind of business activity you are rarely operating in a “vacuum” as Mark Cuban describes it. There are always competitive forces around you. You always need to outwork your competition in order to succeed.

People Respect Work Ethic

When you see someone working hard to achieve their goals, it can be inspiring. People tend to respect others who have worked hard to achieve what they did, rather than someone who simply got very lucky. Imagine a co-worker who wins a large lottery and quits their job. The co-workers who have to remain working at that job may resent the lottery winning co-worker and their newly found wealth. This is why I believe you should not always seek to get ahead in life by some kind of lucky or extremely risky tactic. Sometimes you may get lucky here and there in life and business, but you should not bet on it. Count on the fact that working hard will bring you success. That’s a guarantee you can be sure of.

Winners Work Hard

Billionaire founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has stated similar sentiments in the past about the power of hard work. In interviews he has said that you can accomplish in 4 months what would take someone else a year if you work 100 hours per week. Watch the video clip below to hear Elon talk about the power of hard work when asked about how to succeed as an entrepreneur.

So don’t just take my word for it. Billionaires like Mark Cuban and Elon Musk are telling you the exact same thing. The key to success is hard work. The only other way you might get successful is by luck, and you don’t want to bank on luck. You want to do what you know works, and that’s hard work.

Conclusion

So if you’re an entrepreneur of any kind you need to realize this fact. Success will not magically materialize by itself. You need to put in the work. Focus, work hard, and success will happen. You just need to be consistent, vigilant, and never give up. I believe if we all work hard we can achieve. Thank you for reading this blog today and let’s all keep our heads down and get to work on achieving our dreams and goals for the future.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Business Ideas Life

Don’t Work For Free

In this blog post I will write about how you should not work for people for free. This article will mainly pertain to freelancers such as musicians, photographers, bloggers, and others. The essential idea is that you should not give away your talents and energies to other people without compensation. There are many businesses and individuals who will try to take advantage of you, if you let them. Don’t be a pawn in someone else’s game.

Don’t work for free

You may have found this article by googling “don’t work for free” or something along those lines. Maybe you have had similar experiences to the ones that I have had. Throughout my life, people have tried to take advantage of me in various ways. As a musician, certain promoters used to often try to get me to play for free in their clubs. Now, as I branch out into freelance writing, I have experienced a similar scenario. People wanting you to do work for them, but when it comes time to pay you, it becomes rather difficult to receive the funds. Let’s go over some reasons why you should not work for free.

Exploitation is wrong

The first reason why you should not work for free is simply because it is morally wrong. People should not feel entitled to use you to build their businesses without paying you. The philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that it is unethical for one human to use another human being as simply a “means to an end”. In other words, you shouldn’t ask people to do things for you without any kind of benefit to themselves whatsoever. This kind of exploitation is actually illegal so do not put up with it as a freelancer. Always stand up for yourself.

People will try to exploit you

People will attempt to exploit you as a freelancer. There are people out there who will try to get you to do work for them for free without paying you. Again, I will repeat; don’t work for free! There are all kinds of unscrupulous individuals out there just waiting to take advantage of you. Individuals who simply “forget” their wallet at home when it comes time to pay at a restaurant. People in business who just neglect to read the part of your email where you ask for payment. These are the kinds of people you should avoid in business and life. If someone other than a charitable organization is expecting you to work for them for free then this is a scam and this person does not respect you or your time.

Stand your ground

Don’t allow these kinds of exploitative and manipulative people get you to do any kind of work for them for free. If the person who is asking you to do work for them refuses to pay you then simply refuse to work for them ever again. I apologize if this blog post comes across in an irritated manner. Let me explain what recently happened to me.

Recently, I was contacted by an individual to write blog posts for their website. When I asked for payment this person simply ignored it and asked me to write another blog post for them. This kind of conduct is infuriating to me and I will probably never work with this person again.

Conclusion

Don’t work for free. Do not allow yourself to be exploited by people. Believe me they will try. If unethical individuals can get away with not paying you, they will. As a freelancer; always make sure you are getting paid. Don’t let exploiters take advantage of you. People will try to use you. Demand to be paid. Don’t let them take advantage of you.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Business Twitch Uncategorized Video Games

Twitch Affiliate: How To Become One

Are you a new streamer on Twitch or someone who is thinking about starting a Twitch channel? Are you looking for tips and advice on how to reach “affiliate” status on Twitch? I will do my best in this blog to offer the best tips I can on how you can reach Twitch Affiliate status. You can check out my Twitch channel here. I just recently became a Twitch Affiliate so I thought I would write this knowledge down while it is still fresh on my mind. I hope these tips can help you.

Twitch Affiliate

Let’s get into some tips and advice for reaching Twitch Affiliate status. First of all, what is the Twitch Affiliate program? Basically, this is how you begin to earn revenue from your Twitch channel. When you first start out on Twitch it is not possible to earn money directly from Twitch itself, outside of donations that people might send you through PayPal, for example. The Twitch affiliate program allows you to begin to have people subscribe to your channel. People can also cheer you on by sending you “bits”, a form of digital donation, during your streams. These are ways you earn monthly income from your Twitch channel. Let’s discuss how someone becomes a Twitch affiliate.

Becoming a Twitch Affiliate

So you have decided to take your Twitch streaming to the next level and go for affiliate status on Twitch. Sometimes this is referred to as “being on the affiliate grind”. Reaching Twitch affiliate may come easily to you or may require some consistent effort to obtain. I’ve seen some people who obtain the status of Twitch affiliate very quickly, while there are others like me who took months of solid grinding to reach the status. I will give you some tips and advice on how to potentially reach affiliate faster and hopefully start to earn some income sooner. This is imperative if you have bills, a family to support, student loans, or more.

Tips and Advice

First you should get clearly into your head that this is your goal. It can be hard to obtain a goal unless you clearly set that goal in your mind or write it down. There are 4 requirements that you must meet in order to become a Twitch affiliate. We will go over those requirements now and how to obtain them. This information is current as of October of 2020. Twitch affiliate requirements may change over time.

Requirements for Affiliate

Here are the four current requirements for reaching Twitch affiliate status. If these requirements change in the future, modify your tactics to adapt to the new paradigm. This is directly from the Twitch website which I will link to here.

(1) At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days:

This is fairly straightforward. You just need to make sure you broadcast at least 8.4 hours in the last 30 days. This is totally in your control. Unless you have a crazily hectic and busy life. In that case you might need to rethink becoming a Twitch Affiliate streamer. The process does take some time. Think about how much you like to play video games and make sure this is a worthwhile activity for you before investing too much time into this.

(2) At least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days:

Again this is a fairly straight forward requirement. If you can only manage one marathon streaming day a month but are unable to stream on other days then you cannot reach affiliate at this time. You need to make sure you are broadcasting at least 7 times in the last 30 days so try to focus on running at least 2 streams a week to stay consistent. Consistency is key. Make sure you are running frequent broadcasts to clear this particular part of the affiliate process.

The more challenging requirements

(3) At least 50 Followers:

This is again a very straightforward requirement. This one may or may not be difficult for you. Some people already have large followings on other social media platforms. They can simply promote themselves on these platforms and potentially reach 50 followers very quickly. Personally, I do not have large followings on other social media platforms so I actually had to stream longer and use Twitch as a platform itself to gain new followers.

Larger Twitch streamers on YouTube like Harris Heller and others have mentioned the importance of creating content on other social media platforms in order to gain followers. I agree that this is very important. You should be posting videos to TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter as well to attract attention to your channel.

(4) An average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days

This is the requirement that I have seen cause people the most difficulty in trying to obtain. The reason is that it often seems to be somewhat simple for people to obtain followers, and it is not terribly difficult to meet the time based streaming requirements in terms of the duration of how long you stream. The real challenge seems to be in maintaining an average viewer count of above 3. Let me provide you a simple solution to this problem. Stream on Twitch less! Let’s break down in the next section of this article why this can be an effective strategy to reach affiliate.

Less is more

Maintaining 3 average viewers over all of your broadcasts in the past 30 days can be difficult if you are streaming for many hours each day. When you are streaming for up to 8 hours a day as a new streamer, sometimes only 1 or 2 people will be tuning in. This is actually damaging for your chances of reaching affiliate quickly. If you stream for 80 hours a month, you will have to have an average of 3 viewers tuning in for all 80 of those hours in that month. This can be difficult for newer streamers. The solution is to stream less, build up hype for your broadcasts, and set a schedule. Let’s talk about these points a bit more in depth before we close out this article.

Schedule and Promote

Here’s my advice to you. Stream for a while without thinking about average viewers too much. However, keep an eye on the times when people are tuning in the most. Next, set up a strict schedule of broadcasts which sync up to the times when your followers are tuning in most often. Eventually your followers will begin to know that those are the times at which you stream and they will tend to tune in more frequently around those times. Promote your broadcast on other platforms as well such as Twitter. Finally, if you are having trouble reaching the average viewers needed for affiliate, call up a friend or family member and tell them to please tune in. Explain to them the situation and tell them that you’d really appreciate their help. They may actually end up enjoying your broadcast.

Conclusion

Reaching the Twitch Affiliate status is not something that came easily to me but I hope these tips can help you out. Try not to see it as too much of a grind. Have fun with it. Hopefully some of these tips can help you reach Twitch Affiliate soon. All the best, good luck, and if you read this article and want to say hello to me on Twitch, I currently stream Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Here’s the link to my Twitch channel once more.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this blog. Have a great day!

© 2020 Richard Gillespie

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Business Ideas Social Media

TikTok: Opportunity For Content Creators

In this article I will explain why the app TikTok is a great opportunity for content creators in 2020. If you make video content, or are interested in making short video clips, then you should be using TikTok. Allow my to explain why TikTok is such a good platform for content creators.

TikTok

Video sharing app TikTok has been a clear favorite among the public during 2020. The app focuses on users posting short video clips and people are engaging a lot with TikTok. I recommend you focus attention on producing several pieces of content a day for TikTok. The reason I recommend that you focus on TikTok is simply because the app is so popular right now. People are paying a lot of attention to the content that gets posted on there.

It seems like it is a lot harder to grow nowadays on YouTube and Instagram. As a creator you want people to see your content. Therefore you need to be on the platforms that people are actually going to on a consistent basis. I have written in a previous article how I believe that TikTok is a serious competitor to Facebook’s Instagram. Check out that article for more information about this subject.

I’m a new content creator who is trying to grow on various social media platforms. I have had videos that received tens of thousands of views on TikTok. On other platforms, I have never had a video get those kinds of views. I feel that YouTube and Instagram have become too saturated with content. It is difficult for new content creators to grow on those platforms. This is why you should currently focus more of your efforts on creating content for TikTok. Also, Instagram’s business model focuses on having users pay to have their content promoted to others. They are not in the business of having you grow on their platform for free. Unless you are already a famous celebrity, Instagram can seem like a waste of time in 2020.

Out with the old

Social media apps have life cycles. Growing up with the popularization of the internet I have seen many kinds of social media trends come and go over the years. In the early days of the internet, people communicated back and forth using only text. Chat rooms used to be popular. Then you had messaging apps such as ICQ and MSN messenger emerge. No one I know still uses ICQ or MSN messenger. Those apps were once popular and almost all my friends used them to communicate. Then came social media site MySpace, which today is hardly the vibrant social media community it once was. Facebook came along to displace MySpace as the new dominant social media site. You remember when almost everyone was telling you to get on Facebook. Now you hear stories of people quitting Facebook. It’s no longer the fastest growing social media platform.

Next came Instagram, which Facebook bought in order to control competition. In my opinion, Instagram is starting to seem stale. TikTok is the new hot social media app of the day. I don’t think people will stop using Instagram any time soon. It will still have a strong position among social media apps.

People often use social media to try and build followers or become an individual of influence. If people are posting content to Instagram and not many people are seeing it, they will move to platforms where people actually see their content. Instagram is in the business of having you pay them to have your content be promoted to the right people. Non sponsored content creators are already creating content for free. If creators now have to pay Instagram to promote it will generally be a losing proposition.

Conclusion

It is a good idea to focus on TikTok as a significant part of your social media strategy in 2020. There is a more opportunity for you to go viral with your content on TikTok. Instagram is in the business of having you pay them to promote your content. TikTok actually promotes the content you create when people open the app. Try focusing more of your creative energies on TikTok for a while instead of other platforms. I think you will be impressed with the results.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Business Productivity Time Management

How To Be More Productive: Be Conscious of Time

In today’s blog post, I will write about how to be more productive by being conscious of time. It is important to achieve a certain level of productivity in today’s society. If you are a small independent business owner, for example, you may be competing with highly organized corporations. If you are not focused on productivity, how do you expect to compete with these highly developed, fine-tuned, profitable businesses? You will need to develop a method for being productive in order to remain competitive.

How to be more productive

In order to be more productive you will need to set time constraints on certain activities in your life. In a previous article, I have written about setting time limits on your creativity. You need to establish time constraints for yourself when you are trying to be productive. Without time limits you can spend too much time on certain tasks which are not adding to your overall productivity.

Let’s take the example of a blogger. In yesterday’s article, I wrote about why, as a blogger, you should write one new blog post each day. I would recommend setting a time limit on creating that daily blog of no more than an hour. Does that seems like a short amount of time to write an article? Let me tell you about my experience.

Some days, I can produce my daily blog in about half an hour to one hour. Other days, it can take me 4 hours to produce a post due to procrastination and time wasting. As you may know, I try to participate as a content creator in a wide variety of online media platforms. If I were to spend 4 hours every day on a single blog post, I would have a lot less time for these other platforms.

Only 24 hours in a day

You have heard the old saying, “time is money”. If I were to spend 4 hours each day working just on one blog post, I could have potentially earned $80 in that time at a $20 per hour job. In economics, they talk about opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is what you have to give up to get something. For example, let’s say I decide to quit a $30,000 per year job and go back to school. My opportunity cost is all the things I am giving up to go back to school, including the $30,000 I could have earned working the job.

Imagine you are a content creator. If you spend 4 hours in a day working on a blog, instead of half an hour, you’re missing out on all the other things you could have done in that additional 3.5 hour time period. You could have been producing a YouTube video as well. Or, you could have taken photos for Instagram, or made a video for TikTok. Additionally, you could have also streamed on Twitch for several hours as well. Spending 4 hours a day on a blog post might be fine if you are being paid by a large media corporation and that’s all you have to do in a day. Most independent bloggers and content creators will have multiple other things they need to do in a day rather than just their blog. It is not easy to make a living on blogging alone, so do not put all your eggs in one basket.

Conclusion

In order to be more productive you need to give yourself time constraints. You cannot spend all day completing one task. There are many tasks that need to be done in a day when you are running a business. If you spend 4 hours on something that could have been done in an hour, you are harming productivity. Try to put time constraints on activities and stick to those time schedules.

Sometimes in workplaces, you are given a training session to complete. Generally, workplaces do not give you the entire day to do the training at your leisure. Corporations put time constraints on employees in order to keep them productive. Perhaps, self-employed individuals need to adopt a similar mentality to boost their productivity as well. Taking multiple hours to complete a task that could have taken one only harms ourselves as small business proprietors.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. It was created in about 45 minutes. I am trying to follow my own advice on productivity and I hope you will try this method as well. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Business Entrepreneur Ideas

Side Business Ideas: 5 Side Hustles

In this article I will write about 5 side business ideas that you can use to start creating a side hustle for yourself. We could generally all use some extra income in our bank accounts. With the cost of food and rents rising, it helps to have some extra money coming in. Here are the 5 side business ideas you can look into.

Side Business Ideas

The first side business idea for you is YouTube. Many people earn extra income by producing YouTube videos. People all around the world watch YouTube a lot and there are channels for almost everything. What is it that you are passionate about? Maybe you love playing video games. Why not start a gaming YouTube channel? Record yourself playing video games and put clips on YouTube of it. I’ve heard of people making thousands of dollars a month doing this. It will take time and effort to build your channel. Here is a link to my YouTube channel where I post my music and video game clips. Please subscribe to me on YouTube to support my channel!

Blogging

The website you are reading now is a form of a side business. You can start a blog and add to it in your spare time. In addition to your current job, blogging can become a side income for you. You will need to write blog often and produce quality content frequently in order to build up your website. You can then run ads alongside your content and you then have the potential to make money. This is exactly how news websites operate. I have an article on my website about how to get started with blogging. You can read the article here.

Photographer

Do you love to snap photos on your phone all day? Why not take your passion to the next level and launch a side business as a photographer? You will need to have some money to acquire decent camera equipment. Even though you know you can take amazing photos with just your phone, others may not see you as professional if you show up to shoot their wedding with an iPhone. Spend some cash upfront to acquire some decent photography equipment and then try marketing your services online. This is not an easy side hustle to do currently in the age of COVID-19, but you could always get into solo nature photography in the meantime. I’m not saying photography is an easy side-hustle to make money from, but it is a legitimate business you can launch in your spare time.

Social media personality

Do you have lots of followers on social media? Are you addicted to posting on TikTok and Instagram all day? Why not try to turn your following into a side business? Brands are willing to pay people with large followings to promote products or services. Why not try building up your followers so you can become a social media personality? I know these people are often looked down upon by society. As long as you don’t care what haters might say about you online, this can potentially be a good way to earn money. Remember, haters are just probably jealous of you.

Writer or Novelist

Do you love reading the latest science fiction novels? Perhaps you are obsessed with self-help books and have read dozens of them. Why not parlay your passion for words into a book? My goal is to eventually transform this blog into a book and publish it. I would also like to write a fictional novel one day as well. Life is short. You do not want to look back at life when you are close to death and wish you had published a book. Better get on it now while you are still living. It can also be a great side income. Maybe you can even transform your writing into a full-time career one day.

Conclusion

These are just 5 quick side businesses that almost anyone can start without requiring millions of dollars of capital to get going. Just writing this article is inspiring me to work on these areas as potential side businesses for myself. I think I will focus on writing a book. That is something that I would be proud of. Think about what you would like to leave behind, and get busy creating your masterpiece!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Have a great day.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie