Want To Earn Money While you Sleep? Here’s how

Written by Dominique Bancey

Many of us enjoy sleeping and sometimes wish we could easily make some money while we slept, but what if I told you that it is possible?

Here’s how.

Start a blog. In having a blog, you could find sponsors, sell advertising or earn commissions. Yes you would still have to do a little work to run the blog, however, you won’t have to do much and you can sleep as much as you wish.

Earn royalties. Are you talented in music or any other creative aspect? You could easily use this to your advantage and let others pay you for using your work. Can you produce beats? Write songs? Why not sell these to singers, rappers, etc.? Do you have a great idea for a book? Team up with a publisher and get that money rolling in.

Flip websites. If you’re quite talented in creating websites then this is perfect for you. You could do your research on a certain company, check out their website then create one from scratch for them based on the information you found. Then approach them with this new website and convince them as to why yours is better than the one they already have.

Sell products. This is common, but smart. You can use eBay or even Amazon as they will take care of shipping for you. Just post the products in which you would like to sell and you could earn money whenever, wherever

Invest in stocks or shares. This idea is becoming more popular as of recent, but it is still extremely beneficial. Do your homework, learn what you need to then check out the different stocks or shares you could invest in. Keep in mind that you have to keep an eye on these.

There are many other things you could possibly do to earn money by hardly lifting a finger. Think about them, and figure out which would be best for you.

Until next time.

The Next Big Shopping Platform is an App You Already Have

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

An announcement made earlier this fall is set to significantly change the way we shop: e-commerce giant Shopify is partnering with Instagram to create an in-app shopping experience on your favorite photo app.

Shopify has already rolled out in-app purchasing in Instagram to thousands of merchant to allow them to take advantage of the holiday season spending. Very soon, we will likely see shopping tags across all of our favorite brands.

This comes as no surprise since Shopify is already integrated within Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, and Facebook’s other app, Messenger.

Instagram shopping will change the way people buy and sell every day. It will be interesting to see what those changes are.

Women and the Growing Popularity of the Side Hustle

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

We all know that women are hard-working for sure, but did you know that women are more likely than men to have a side hustle, according to a CareerBuilder.com study? This could be for a number of reasons, such as the historical wage gap, but regardless, if you are one of the women who do have an extra source of cash outside of your “day job,” you are not alone.

A side hustle is a way for people to earn money in their spare time, hence the term “side” hustle. Side hustles can range from a variety of things, but differ from a second job or side job in that a side job is usually a part-time position with set hours and schedule.

While a second job may not be in the cards for you due to your schedule and workload, a side hustle can allow you to make money on your own time. Here are a few side hustles that give you the freedom of managing your own schedule:

1. Uber/Lyft driver
2. Freelance Writer or Designer
3. Selling arts and crafts on Etsy
4. Selling your gently used clothes on Mercari or Poshmark
5. Renting your place out on Airbnb
6. Babysitting/dogsitting

3 Small Things to Practice Mindfulness During a Busy Day

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

We live in a world of constant motion; there are rarely any breaks throughout our day as we hop from one task to another. We can burn ourselves out because we feel like we have to be working towards something at all times, whether it be work or social related.

It’s easy to forget that taking a moment to relax can increase our productivity, as it can bring us peace and restoration. Here are 3 small ways to incorporate mindful meditation into your hectic day.

1. Get up and take a walk, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Being outside and in the sunlight can relieve stress and increase endorphins in the body.

2. Close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. By being aware of your breath, you can help calm your mind.

3. Get rid of distractions. When you are taking a moment to relax, turn off your phone and try to remove anything that will divert your attention

By practicing these things consistently, you will be on the way to a more mindful and healthy life.

Do Not Fall for This Coconut Oil Myth!

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

There has been a lot of information circulating about so-called “health foods” and their seemingly endless amount of uses. One of these superfoods is coconut oil, which has been praised for its versatility. It has been a trend for people to reaplce normal cooking oils and even butter with coconut oil with the thought that it is a healthier alternative. However, coconut is actually very high in saturated fat, which the American Heart Association advises that peope should try to avoid because it is linked to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. Olive oil, on the other hand, is a much healthier alternative to and is low in saturated fat.

But this doesn’t mean you have to remove coconut oil from your health regimen entirely. Unprocessed coconut oil is still a great way to supplement your skincare or hair routine because it isn’t too heavy or oily.

Marriage Tips with Dave & Kimmie: Couples Therapy – Connecting with other Couples

All of us in marriage have high and low points. But one thing about those moments is that the low moments can be recurring if we don’t learn from the experience. After 14 years of marriage, it has become evidently clear that you can’t go through rough moments alone. There is a true need for any marriage that desires to have an awesome marriage, to have real relationships in place that we can confide in. Whether you count on parents, close friends, or family members, the camaraderie of fellow married couples is very important as a support system.

In some cases, you have to guard against whom you reveal your challenges to. For instance, if you share telling and personal information about your marital affairs to someone who isn’t trustworthy, you may run into a barrier that backfires. And when attempting to reintroduce your spouse in a formative way they may get rejected. It is a major key, to confide in other married couples that know your battles and are on your side fighting with you and not against you or your spouse. In certain instances, it is paramount that you share certain battles with couples that have actually overcome similar battles. This is a sure way to ensure that you get sober advice, real support, and an absence of judgment.

Couples therapy for us, is when couples not only enjoy fun times or vacations, it is also when couples can give a check up on each other to see how we’re doing. It’s at those times, that ones level of maturity will surface. Some couples are more private than others and require more time to open up about topics pertaining to marriage. The reality is that everyone isn’t going to be willing to discuss his or her challenges. However, when you find couples who can help provide guidance for your journey, they are worth holding onto and cherishing.

You Create the Marriage of Your Dreams”

Dave & Kimmie
www.daveandkimmie.com

This Celebrity Assistant Speaks on The Importance of Building Good Relationships in Your Industry

Interview by Maria Rochelle

Darius Bradley is the founder and C.E.O. of GatekeepersAgency. GK-Agency is an Atlanta based assistant agency (staffing and recruiting) that provides personal, executive, and production assistants.

Darius shared with me an assistant story while he was working with his client Rotimi.

“In 2012 while working with my client Rotimi. Rotimi had a last minute photo shoot promoted by his publicist in LA during his meetings. He was to be out there for 2 weeks. It was during this year that we were currently seeking more TV/film opportunities with the success of “Boss” on Starz. With it being such a last minute thing (as the industry is typically like), I had to pull together a list of photographers in LA. The good thing here is that I had a strong relationship with celebrity photographer Kawai Matthews of www.Airphilosophy.com, and she did the photo shoot.”

Darius also adds “One thing I always suggest to assistants is to always build your network. Because assistants have a 3-5 year window when growth begins to happen. Clients let assistants go all the time, so you need to have relationships”

With your background as a celebrity assistant, would you share how it all began for you and what you have enjoyed about your position?
It started late 2010 when I was managing an artist, and he shared with me this R&B artist by the name of Rotimi based in Chicago who he wanted to collaborate with. So, I reached out to Rotimi on Facebook, and we spoke about it. We had a brief introduction, and he directed me to his then manager to set it up. Me and the other artist just ended our business with one another, so I emailed the manager to join their team. He got back to me, but once I sent my resume he never replied, so I took it as I didn’t have much experience. It drove me so much that I went to get the experience and landed an internship at Warner Bro Records. Seven months later, I was at my desk at Warner in mid April 2011, and I saw on Rotimi page it said looking for area reps email. I reached out to his then assistant, and she connected me to his publicist at the time. She and I spoke for close to an hour as I was running an errand for the SVP of Promotions. We set a date to meet her and Rotimi at his CBS charity performance. Then I was officially on the team May 2011. It was my dream artist to work with, so I was beyond joyed to have the opportunity. I knew he was going to be a star back in 2010.

How were you inspired to create Gatekeepers Agency?
I’m always thinking of how to inspire the next person, help the next person, and uplift the next person. So this company, which is my first, gives me that chance to help others begin a career in entertainment.

What challenges and rewards are there with being an assistant?
The reward is simply the opportunity to showcase what you can do. There are thousands of individuals that want to be in that space. Challenges come in so many forms, but one of them is living not only your life but the clients as well. I quickly adjusted to Rotimi and learned all his habits, so I can be the best person for him. It was my mission to always look out for him. Rotimi will concur on that.

You mention that assistants need to build their network, could you share a few tips on how an assistant would do that?

The assistant travels with the client. The assistant is the right or left hand person to the client, so this means majority of the contacts will come in contact with the assistant at some point. Sell your personality is what I’ll tell the experienced and aspiring assistant. I’m thriving in my career more than ever now because of it. I use what I built over those 5 years assisting Rotimi.

What are you looking for in assistants that you’ll be staffing?

I’m looking for the individuals that will be ready to sacrifice, willingness to help others become great (in turn making you valuable), and no excuse mentality. Now there are many more traits; these are the ones that pop up to mind because I embodied those traits. They’re the bedrock to who I was as the assistant and road manager. One time Rotimi in 2016 had a high school performance at 9:30am. He was already in Jersey, it’s a quick drive, and I was in Harlem where transportation will take me 2-3 hours depending on traffic. Name of the game sacrifice, and I woke up at 5am to arrive before him because that was one thing we always did to challenge each other was who can get there first. True professional in my eyes and we are very competitive which promotes nothing less of greatness.

Also, with your experience, what can future a client expect from your business for their needs and wants to be met for the assistants that they’ll hire from your agency?

Well the process is direct. Each assistant under GK-Agency will have a profile. These profiles help us identify the best places for the assistant (Personal, Executive and Production). The client will then have the opportunity to select a few to interview. Which then after that they can select the assistant they prefer, and then we handle the business end to get that assistant ready. We run this company like the white house (not like the current one however); they come prepared day 1 for the job. That is why we train them each day with the many tools and experience we have.

How do you stay motivated and encouraged to go for your passions and dreams?
It’s easy to stay motivated when I’m helping someone else. It’s a skill I developed over the years to make others become the best they can become.

Share with VEU readers three fun facts about you.

– I started my career in music at Hot 97 (Promotion department) in 2009 at 21
– My first international road managing spot date came in 2015 when Rotimi and me traveled to London and opened up for 50 Cent. I got to be on the stage in front of 15,000 fans!
– I also assisted Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) and Saycon Sengbloh (Broadway/film/TV actress and singer).

Gatekeepers is currently recruiting in the following markets Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami

This New Serena Williams Ad Featuring Her Daughter Will Give You All the Feels

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

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Serena Williams and Gatorade teamed up to create a tear-jerking commercial urging Serena’s newborn daughter (and girls around the world) to “Keep Playing.”

While Serena’s daughter doesn’t star in the commercial directly, the message is to inspire Alexis Ohanian Jr. and today’s children to keep playing sports even if they don’t end up playing professionally. Beyond the obvious health benefits, kids can gain a number of life skills from sports including teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving.

This message is incredibly important for young girls, as they are six times more likely to stop playing sports in middle school and high school, compared to boys. This is a huge issue since the vast majority of women in the workplace say that past or current sports participation improved them in some way. The end of the video gives life to this statistic by sharing images of powerful women in the spotlight of when they were younger and actively involved in sports.

Thank you to Serena and Gatorade for executing this message in a personal, emotional and memorable way for women in the workplace now and for the next generation.

Click Here to Watch The Full Commercial

This is How Some of Your Favorite Celebrities Are Using Their Cash for Good

Written by Dominique Bancey

Do you ever sit and wonder what exactly all these celebrities do with the bundles of cash they collect? Other than buying themselves fancy houses, cars, jewelry, and clothes, what do they use it for?

One smart thing some celebrities do with their money at some point in time, is start a charity or foundation to provide for those in need. Here is a list of some celebrities who give back.

Russell Simmons. His foundation, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, is focused toward young people in America who face disadvantages. It gives them the opportunity to practice art.

Denzel Washington. He has donated $1 million to Wiley College.
– Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. He has a scholarship program called, Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program, which allows students who are considered to be a minority, the opportunity to gain financial support, a laptop, a yearly leadership conference and mentorship and internship opportunities.

Usher. His New Look Foundation was created to allow inner-city children to be able to achieve their dreams.

Sheryl Lee Ralph. She created the Diva Foundation which helps to raise awareness and fund HIV/AIDS prevention.

Jennifer Hudson. She has teamed up with Weight Watchers’ Lose for Good Campaign to assist in the fight against world hunger.

Kerry Washington. She has joined the Uptown Girls Benefit to uplift young women in Bronx, New York, to fight against the afflicting statistics they face.

Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty. She created a foundation in the name of her grandparents’. The Clara Lionel Foundation is geared towards children in the Caribbean who would like to attend university in the states but cannot afford it.

There are many other celebrities who do the best they can to support and help the less fortunate in the world. Many times we do not notice the good these celebrities do, because the media tends to focus on the more awful things.

How about we turn that around?

Let’s focus on the positive instead of the negative.

Until next time.

Want to succeed as an Entrepreneur? Here’s how.

Written by Dominique Bancey

Everyone’s talking about entrepreneurship and the freedom it allows. But have you ever wondered how to actually become extremely successful? Anyone can become an entrepreneur, but not everyone can be successful. Here are a few tips that should make it 10x easier for you to succeed.

1. Failure? What’s that?

Being an entrepreneur, you’ll have plenty of ‘failures’ throughout your journey. However, what matters is that you do not look at them as failures, but rather as mistakes that can be corrected. Whether by deleting and starting over or by combing through and changing tactics. You’re always going to try out an idea that may not work out, but do not allow it to define you.

2. Everyday we’ hustlin’. Entrepreneurship takes guts. The moment you begin to slack, is the moment you begin to slip and fall from the ladder. An essential key to success is to wake up every morning ready to work. Get up with your engine roaring, ready to take off.

3. Work work work work work. Work ON your business, try not to work IN it too much. Hire some freelancers and learn to delegate responsibilities. Spending time and time again working in your business will take away from time that you could use to focus on what you could do to make the business a better one. Also, constantly working will make you more tired and drain your energy which will result to delayed reactions and focus.

4. Learn = Improve.

Do not shy away from attending conferences or reaching out to mentors. The more you learn is the easier way to improve yourself and your business.

5. No Quitting.

No matter how difficult a task may be, you are not allowed to quit. An essential key to being an entrepreneur is remembering not to give up.