eBiz Weekly #13

$1,000 to binge-watch 20 Marvel movies?

Hey there,

I’m a day late with the weekly email on account of a stomach bug, but all better now.

Below are a few bits and pieces related to online business I think you’ll like…

9 Inconvenient Truths About The Online Business Market

“This is not a video to watch, this is a video to study.”

So says a commenter on this Sam Ovens video, and I have to agree. It’s high-level stuff. Here are my notes in a Google Doc if you’d like to look through them. Comments are open.

A controversial $3 billion industry you probably didn’t know exists

It’s selling citizenship, and countries such as Malta, Cyprus, Montenegro and a bunch of Caribbean island-states are key players. As per The Economist:

“5,000 people a year acquire a citizenship this way, investing some $3bn.”

New Travel Resources

Two recent additions to the travel resources page on eBiz Facts:

  • An article by top travel blogger Wandering Earl outlining an effective approach for renting an expensive apartment for less than the asking price. (I’ve tried this myself; it works.)
  • The free VPN I was using wasn’t cutting it for some tasks, so I tried out Private Internet Access. So far, so good. It’s cheap, effective, and gives you access to 3000+ servers in 30+ countries.

Imposter Syndrome

I’ve been reading Helen Keller’s autobiography, and have been most interested by the notes of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, at the back of the book.

In case you don’t know the story, Helen Keller was a deaf, blind and completely uneducated six-year-old, until her parents hired Anne Sullivan to teach her. This was back in the 1880’s, so there was little precedent to educating such a child.

But within three months, much to everyone’s surprise, Sullivan had taken Keller’s vocabulary from 0 to 300 words and set her on the path to becoming the first ever deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

And yet, despite her early success, Sullivan was full of self-doubt.

In the same letter in which she reported that Helen had already learned 300 words, she wrote:

If only I were better fitted for the great task! I feel every day more and more inadequate. My mind is full of ideas; but I cannot get them into working shape. You see, my mind is undisciplined, full of skips and jumps, and here and there a lot of things huddled together in dark corners. How I long to put it in order! Oh, if only there were some one to help me! I need a teacher quite as much as Helen.

I don’t know about you, but I find it reassuring to hear that super-successful people also suffer from “imposter syndrome.”

As reported in our Start Earning Online series, other famous names who have reported feeling like an imposter at times include Neil Armstrong, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Denzel Washington, and Tom Hanks.

Learn How To Code

Geek.com are running a ridiculous “pay what you want” deal on 156 hours of coding instruction.

Design Tools

Open source collection of 400 design tools – from wireframing and prototyping to animation, accessibility, AR, design systems and sound design. Collected by the community and updated daily.”

$1,000 to binge-watch 20 Marvel movies

One of the stranger ways we’ve seen to earn remotely. In the run-up to the new Avengers film, a website wants to pay someone $1000 to watch all 20 Marvel movies back-to-back and tweet about it.

It would take you over 40 hours to do. […] the candidate would have three days in which to complete the task.

Ethical Wealth Creation

This tweet storm from Naval Ravikant is gold. My favorite part:

“Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you.”

Time + Practice

It’s easy get discouraged when looking at the polished work of other creators and entrepreneurs out there. Take YouTuber Marques Brownlee for example. At only 25 years old he has 8.2 million subscribers, gets to interview the likes of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, and is surely making a very nice living from his work.

The thing is though, he first started making videos 10 years ago. Check out his first review video from 2009 here. It’s pretty terrible. And a great reminder that it takes time and practice to get to the top.

All that to say: keep working, keep improving. You’ll get there.


Niall Doherty
eBiz Facts

By the way...

Travel Hacker’s Toolkit
Check out the top resources I recommend for the traveling online business builder. Cheap flights, a jet lag app, free VPN software, and more.

Great Value Courses
My go-to websites when looking to learn or enhance a skill are Skillshare and Udemy. Both have thousands of courses on many different topics, rated and reviewed so you can easily tell what’s best. Udemy is pay-per-course, whereas Skillshare is a subscription model (my preference).

Start Earning Online
Check out our free crash course to help you build an online business, consists of 11 videos and accompanying articles.

Freedom Business Builder
FBB is a private community of online business builders. Our 300+ members range from people just starting their first online businesses, to experienced online entrepreneurs earning thousands of dollars each month. More info here.

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