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Focus Forward – This is another transcription company often looking for independent contractors! They don’t list experience as a requirement; instead, you must take and pass a test in order to be considered as a transcriber. If you pass the test, you can set your own schedule and work as much or as little as you want. (They advertise themselves as pretty busy, stating they “have a virtually unlimited supply of projects!”) Payment is bi-monthly via Paypal. It generally takes them about 2 business days to process your test. Once you start transcribing with them, you can expect to make $0.40 per audio minutes at first, but that rate may increase with your experience, depending on the project.
Your first step would be to focus on getting traffic and simply meeting their needs. Help them, get them the information they need and the money will come in time as your traffic grows (here’s my last income report detailing how I get paid on this blog), but the first step is talking to an audience and helping them. One good example of how you’re making money is, as your meeting your audience’s needs, you’re referring products to them you believe in and that would help them. If they purchase, you earn a small commission. They don’t pay any more to buy through your link, but you earn a little bit and it adds up to be quite a lot in time. It’s a lot of building, but if you stick with it, it’s a beautiful life-changing thing, not only for you, but for the people you are helping. 🙂
My top tip for creating a niche website is to make your site THE authority in the niche. Niche sites are often associated with thinly produced sites with very little content. If you truly want to dominate in your space, then you need to be see as the expert. This can include high level blog posts, podcasts, videos and ebooks When a new visitor happens upon your site there should be no question what the site is about and that it can solve their problem.
As far as Poker goes (at least for Texas Hold’em), I’d recommend sitting at a low stakes table (1/2 no-limit is the lowest most places have) and merely being observant/make casual conversation at the table for a while until you feel comfortable. If you’ve never played, just tell the dealer and they’ll be happy to help you out (most players will notice if you haven’t played before anyways so you’re not really at a loss there). Just play “tight” (a small range of strong starting hands) and that’s a pretty good place to start!
Berlitz – If you enjoy teaching or learning languages, you’ve probably heard of Berlitz. They’re a renowned language-instruction company with locations all over the world. They also have a Virtual Classroom environment where teachers can instruct students anywhere over the Internet. Berlitz considers instructors who have not had any previous teaching experience – generally, you should be fluent in the language you’d like to teach (for example, to teach English, English should be your first language) and have great customer service skills.
Walk around your neighborhood or town and I’m sure you’ll see tons of great local businesses with terrible design. However, with increasingly easy-to-use tools like Adobe Illustrator, Venngage, Stencil, and Visme, just about anyone with a creative mindset and a good amount of motivation can start making money online by being a graphic designer for local companies.