10 Consumer Research Companies that Pay Up to $100 an Hour for Your Opinion in Online Focus Groups

10 Consumer Research Companies that Pay Up to $100 an Hour for Your Opinion in Online Focus Groups

I recently participated in a paid focus group in San Francisco. You know, the kind with the one-way mirror on the wall.

We talked about travel habits and preferences for an hour and half, and I got paid $150 for my time and opinions. Not bad!

The whole thing was pretty quick and painless, and actually kind of interesting, and it got me thinking that this could be a fun side hustle, so I set out to find other consumer research companies that operate nationwide or even ones that conduct studies online.

35 Things I Have Learned in My 35 Years

35 Things I Have Learned in My 35 Years

I wish I was half as smart now as I was at 16.

But learning everything you don’t know is part of the process.

One thing I love about my work is I feel like I learn new things every day. Sometimes they’re small little tweaks and hacks, and other times they’re broader strategies or ideas.

I originally published this post 5 years ago, after my 30th birthday, but decided it was due for an update.

Reselling Shoes: How I Make $10,000 a Month Flipping Sneakers

Reselling Shoes: How I Make $10,000 a Month Flipping Sneakers

After spending hours of research and using the little money that I had saved, I bought my first pair of shoes to resell. It was a pair of Jordans that I bought for $190. I sold them hours later for $300 — an $80 profit after shipping and fees.

It was the quickest and easiest money I had ever made. I had finally found a product that met all of my criteria: high ticket items with good margins that sold quickly. Sneakers checked those boxes very nicely.

79 Alternative Investment Platforms to Earn Stronger Returns, Build Cash Flow, and Diversify Your Portfolio

79 Alternative Investment Platforms to Earn Stronger Returns, Build Cash Flow, and Diversify Your Portfolio

I’ve been excited about alternative investments since my early days as an aspiring real estate investor and peer-to-peer loan shark.

If you’re bored/scared/disillusioned with the “traditional” stock market and mutual fund asset classes, or if you just are curious what else is out there, this post is for you.

The cool thing is we’re living in a golden age of alternative investment opportunities, and it was quite an undertaking to compile these options.

Quarterly Progress Report Q2 2017

Quarterly Progress Report Q2 2017

Progress report time! I’ve been doing these quarterly progress reports for the last couple years.

I find this exercise a helpful time to evaluate what happened over the last 3 months, to see what you got done, and to ask if you’re happier or otherwise better off than you were when you started.

So am I?

Freelance Writers: Here’s The Upside Down Business Model That Will Transform Your Side Hustle

Freelance Writers: Here’s The Upside Down Business Model That Will Transform Your Side Hustle

What if I told you there was an easy way to access the hidden freelance job market?

That with just a few minutes work you could unlock a world of high paying, unadvertised freelance writing jobs, that are looking to hire people like you.

You’d probably say I was crazy. But the truth is that such a system exists, and it’s been a key part of my own business for the last two years.

37 Proven Ways to Grow Your Side Hustle Business: How to Get More Traffic, Leads, and Customers

37 Proven Ways to Grow Your Side Hustle Business: How to Get More Traffic, Leads, and Customers

The basic challenge of marketing is to get your product or service in front of the right customers. If they don’t know you exist, it’s going to be awfully hard for you to sell them anything, right?

In this post, I’ll showcase the different ways you can get more prospects, visitors, and leads.

In marketing lingo, this is called the Top of the Funnel. How can you fill your pipeline with as many qualified prospects as possible?

7 Proven Ways to Come Up with New Business Ideas – With Real Life Examples

7 Proven Ways to Come Up with New Business Ideas – With Real Life Examples

Aspiring entrepreneurs often get stuck in the business idea phase — that is, they’re confident they could run a killer business, make a ton of money, and live the good life — if they could only come up with the right idea.

And if you fall in that camp, I’ve got good news for you: coming up with new business ideas is actually pretty easy.

Let’s go through some of the proven methods you can use to come up with your first (or next) business idea.

9 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel More Legit – Even if You Haven’t Made Any Money Yet

9 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel More Legit – Even if You Haven’t Made Any Money Yet

Before we begin, I should note that the single BEST way to make your side hustle feel official is to get paid. Go sell something, seriously.

But I also understand that many people — myself include — often want some level of “establishment” before they feel comfortable saying they’re open for business.

I opened my first LLC while I was still in college and really had no idea what I needed it for. But it felt good, and if I’m being honest, made me feel smart and important too. And later I got plenty of use out of it.

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