eBiz Weekly #15

$20.56/hour doing surveys, $25k/month framing tweets

Hey there,

How are you getting on? Any plans for the weekend?

I’m leaving Gran Canaria today, hopping on a plane back to Ireland for a couple of weeks. Looking forward to some downtime and catching up with family.

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

$20.56/Hour On Respondent.io

We put a survey site called Respondent to the test and found you can earn a decent amount per hour, but only if you use it sparingly.

See our full review here.

Framed Tweets = Big Business

Imagine someone pitching you this idea:

We’re gonna let people pick their favorite tweet, print it out, put a fancy frame around it, and sell it to them for $50 a pop!

Sounds ridiculous, right?

And yet this guy is earning $25,000 a month doing just that.

Coding Challenge

Want to learn to code? How about challenging yourself to code for 1 hour a day for 100 days?

Here’s a community for that.

Brand You

Maybe it’s just me, but I hate wearing clothes with loud branding. Makes me feel like an uncompensated promoter of big corporations.

Actually, it’s worse than that: people pay top dollar for clothes that effectively turn them into human billboards.

“HEY LOOK, I’M WEARING NIKE! SEE MY BIG SWOOSH?”

Took me a while to realize that the same applies to electronics: I give Apple free advertising every time I use my laptop in a public place, what with their fruity logo glowing from the back of my screen.

So yesterday I ordered some eBiz Facts stickers that I can use to cover up that logo. Instead of promoting Apple every time I use my laptop, I’ll be promoting my own thing.

Related to that, here’s a cool little ecommerce store I came across that sells “laptop decals for freelancers.”

For example:

  • Copywriter At Work
  • Marketing Consultant At Work
  • Social Media Manager At Work

Worth getting one of those to stick on your laptop if you often work from cafes and coworking spaces. Passive networking.

The Screenless Internet

This New York Times article was written by voice, and the writer (speaker?) argues that…

“Soon it might be possible to conduct a large slice of digital life, including work, without being glued to a screen.”

50 Non-Tech Founders

Think you’re not tech enough to build an online business?

This list of 50 non-tech founders in tech will change your mind.

You’ll recognize many of the companies in that list, such as Airbnb, YouTube, LinkedIn and Amazon.

Compound Wisdom

From David Heinemeier Hansson:

I keep seeing this false hope powering one of the most common questions I get in interviews: What’s THE ONE THING that you’d tell your younger yourself/other entrepreneurs/new programmers?!

[…]

The boring truth is that the big leaps are all the result of an interwoven tapestry of practices, each contributing a strand of progress or insight. If you pull just one, all you have is that thin, disconnected strand. It’s only together the colors come alive.

[…]

As long as you’re stuck on a quest for that one super-power practice or North Star principle, you’re not going to make space in your brain for the fact that no individual secret is going to make the difference. Only compound wisdom will.

Croissant Coworking

If you’re in a new town and need a place to work, this site will show you a list of all the nearby coworking spaces.

4 Tendencies Quiz

Have you heard of the 4 Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin?

It’s a handy framework you can use to understand yourself and other people better, and helps you figure out what motivation strategies and productivity hacks are likely to work best for you.

Take the free 5-minute quiz here to learn what your dominant tendency is and how best to use it.

That’ll do it for this week.

Let me know if I can help with anything.


Niall Doherty
eBiz Facts

By the way...

Freedom Business Builder
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Travel Hacker’s Toolkit
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Great Value Courses
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