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Book Review: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau / Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better to Live More.

I'm a long time follower of Chris Guillebeau's work, first jumping onboard when he released The Unconventional Guide to Art + Money ebook back in 2009.

I've been a regular listener of his Side Hustle School Podcast too (to which I also bought the accompanying book and will review in a future post).

His philosophy of creating small businesses and side hustles with small start up costs is one I can easily get behind and put into practice - because I was doing just that long before I discovered Chris.

However Chris has spent probably thousands of hours, at this point, researching hundreds of small businesses worldwide and how they grew out of an idea, hobby, passtime, or even just a flight of fancy. Which means any book he writes on the subject is bound to be packed full of useful information and insight.

The $100 Startup is very much that. Though I will say the title is more of an approximation than an actual startup cost. Chris puts forward many stories of actual businesse…
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The Armchair Entrepreneur - The Worst Kind of Entrepreneur... Apparently?

Entrepreneurs, just like Artists, seemingly have a 'snobby' section who like to draw the line of what actually constitutes an 'entrepreneur' much closer to them than near any of the riff raff, wannabes who dare suggest they might be one too.

I came to the term 'Armchair Entrepreneur' independent of the knowledge that they were a real thing and, based on my research (because I couldn't believe the idea hadn't already been thought of), discovered Armchair Entrepreneurs are almost universally disliked as people who claim to know everything about business without having actually put any of that knowledge into practice.

Just like your typical armchair sports person who yells at the TV during the weekend games.

As I got deeper into my research I discovered the people who dislike Armchair Entrepreneurs with a passion would often go on to describe what being an Entrepreneur actually entailed, listing off a lifestyle that sounded quite honestly like a living he…

Book Review: Real Artists Don't Starve - Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

I wasn't sure what to expect from Jeff Goins' book, Real Artists Don't Starve - Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age. I'd heard it was a good read, and the title was certainly targeted directly at me, as an artist and serial entrepreneur.

Having read many 'self help' type books in the past I guess I thought Jeff was going to outline a step by step plan to earning a living as an artist but that's not really what his book is about.

Rather it's more of an inspirational essay comparing the entrenched stereotype of the 'starving artist' to the actual reality of being a working artist, using history as far back as renowned painter/sculptor Michelangelo as a way to dispel the myth that artists have to starve.

Not limited to the traditional idea of an artist (i.e. someone who paints images on canvas) the book is very relevant to anyone following a creative pursuit looking to turn their art into a career.

Each chapter presents one co…

Making Money with Paid Surveys - Is it Worth the Time?

One of the most basic ways you can earn money online is with paid surveys. It doesn't require any skills other than being able to read and fill in an online form. How much you earn is totally dependent on how much time you devote to qualifying for, and filling in surveys.

Most paid survey sites use a point system where, once you earn a certain number of points, you can cash them out for actual money or other rewards. If you're prepared to fill in surveys all day every day, you could conceivably rack up a lot of points very quickly, drawing out cash in a very short period of time. But is it really the best use of your time?

I've done these paid surveys before and, to be honest, the frustration wasn't worth the money I made. However that was over ten years ago.

I recently saw an ad on Facebook for paid surveys by Survey Compare that made this incredible claim in it's disclaimer:
*The amount of money you can earn depends on how many companies you choose to sign up fo…

Movie Review: Spider-Man - Far From Home (2019) *Spoiler Free*

My overall impression of Spider-Man - Far From Home is that it has the most, epic action, of any Spider Man live action movie to date. Every battle seems big.

Maybe it's because all the villains are larger than life characters, rather than your typical neighbourhood street villains? In any case, if you want to see Spider-Man really out of his depth on every level for most of the movie, this is the one to watch.

Far From Home picks up eight months after Avengers: End Game. Peter Parker is still coming to terms with losing his friend and mentor, Tony Stark, however he's looking forward to an upcoming school trip to Europe, where he can take a break from being  superhero for a week or two.

Unfortunately legendary beings, known as Elementals, are targeting the Earth. Spider-Man is recruited by Nick Fury to help a new super powered being, Mysterio, stop the Elementals before they destroy the planet.

Tom Holland continues to be my favorite live action Spider-Man though I really hop…

How Much Can You Earn from YouTube Ad Revenue?

It's rare for any YouTuber to talk specifics on the ad revenue they earn from their YouTube channel because Google didn't originally like anyone talking specifics on ad revenue earnings to the point where it used to be part of the Terms of Service not to discuss it.

It appears they've changed their stance because I reviewed their current TOS and it is now says you can accurately disclose your gross earnings if you wish.

Getting back to the point of this article, YouTuber and Business Coach, Roberto Blake posted a video detailing how much he earns just from ad revenue on his YouTube account.

Before watching the video it's important to note, ad revenue isn't his only income source, or even his main income source. The point is to give you some idea of how a relatively small, niche channel like Roberto's can earn fairly decent ad revenue, potentially even out earning larger channels due to the type of content he makes.



After watching the above video you might thin…

Skateboard Trick Tips: Two Ways to Ollie North (Ollie One foot)

Ollie One Foots, otherwise known as the Ollie North, is one of those skateboard tricks you learn and then tend not to do very much as more interesting trick challenges grab your attention. However it does look really cool if you learn how to kick your front foot well past the nose of your skateboard.

I was inspired to make my video below, showing two different techniques to achieve a successful Ollie One Foot, when I not only saw that Braille Skateboarding's Tutorial used a different method to the one I had learned but also, when I looked at various other video tutorials, I discovered yet another technique, with no one using the method I had originally learned.

Braille's method is to simply Ollie and drag your front foot past the front of your board.

The second method I came across in several video tutorials is to Ollie, drag your front foot and tap your front toe downward, mid drag, causing the front of the board to drop away from your foot. I demonstrate this method in my v…

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