High paying jobs without a degree

What are the high paying jobs without a degree out there? There is a common consensus that you need a university degree to secure good-paying jobs and live a healthy financial life.

But is that the case? Are there no good-paying jobs that don’t require a university degree?

The answer is no. There are some jobs for non-degree holders out there that pay better than some degree holder jobs.

All you need to do is equip yourself with the right training and certification and you’re ready to enter the labour market.

In fact, a research carried out by Indeed, a job site found 10 roles for non-degree holders that pay better than the average UK annual salary of £29,500.

According to the research, some of these jobs can earn you up to £71,700 without a degree.

To make it clear, I am not against going to school and getting a university degree.

The gospel I am preaching here is that you can still have a healthy financial life if for some reason you are unable to acquire a university degree.

I should mention here that jobs without a university degree do not mean you can just walk into a job that pays above the national average.

In most cases, you will require some training, certification and years of experience in some cases 

The jobs are ordered from lowest to highest of their average salary

Software Tester – Average Salary: £25,277

You may not know this but Software Testers play an important role in application development.

Some of their duties include thoroughly testing applications for bugs, interface and performance issues.

Software Testers are the quality assurance experts of the software development process. The cool part is that you do not need a degree to become one.

Job Description

  • Revising software requirements
  • Preparing test setups
  • Testing software usability
  • Analyze results for bugs, errors, database impact, and usability
  • Preparing test report and reporting to design team
  • Participating in design reviews

Certification

ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification CTFL

Project Support/manager – Average Salary: £40,000

There is a probability that you’ve come across a couple of Project Managers yourself.

What a Project Manager does is ensure that an on-going project is carried out correctly and successfully.

Project Managers are usually required to have a sound command of communication, decision making and leadership skills.

Job Description (found on Glassdoor)

  • Determine and define project scope and objectives
  • Predict resources needed to reach objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner
  • Prepare a budget based on the scope of work and resource requirements
  • Track project costs to meet budget
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan
  • Provide project updates consistently to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
  • Utilize industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout entire project execution
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as needed
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement

Certification

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments)

Construction Manager – Average Salary: £50,000

You may be wondering how a construction manager is different from a project manager.

A Construction Manager is in charge of the actual construction phase of a project, like personnel, materials, and construction budget. A construction manager oversees just the construction phase of a project.

A Project Manager is however involved in a project from start to finish. They are in charge of all phases of the project from marketing to administrative needs.

Construction managers are usually required to have a sound command of communication and leadership skills.

Job Description (found on Workable)

  • Oversee and direct construction projects from conception to completion
  • Review the project in-depth to schedule deliverables and estimate costs
  • Oversee all onsite and offsite constructions to monitor compliance with building and safety regulations
  • Coordinate and direct construction workers and subcontractors
  • Select tools, materials and equipment and track inventory
  • Meet contractual conditions of performance
  • Review the work progress daily
  • Prepare internal and external reports pertaining to job status
  • Plan ahead to prevent problems and resolve any emerging ones
  • Negotiate terms of agreements, draft contracts and obtain permits and licences
  • Analyse, manage and mitigate risks
  • Ensure quality construction standards and the use of proper construction techniques

Certification

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Planning Officer – Average Salary: £39,705

If you love urban design, management, development, or environmental issues then this could be the career path for you.

Planning Officers work for local planning authorities and are involved in developmental processes management.

Some of the responsibilities include planning projects, managing policies, negotiating misunderstandings, collecting evidence and more.

Job Description (found on PlanIt)

  • managing or helping to manage a department efficiently
  • managing the budget for a department
  • recruiting, supervising and monitoring staff
  • managing and evaluating projects
  • doing research and preparing reports for councillors and senior managers
  • preparing agendas for council meetings and taking minutes
  • presenting information at meetings
  • helping councillors develop and implement council policies
  • working with other agencies.

Certification

Royal Town Planning Institute

GIS Analyst Analyst – Average Salary: £28,000

A GIS Analyst works with large databases of images gotten from aerial photographs and satellite images.

They use this spatial information to create maps, analyse data for commercial, scientific or planning purposes, or develop specialized software.

Job Description (found on Betterteam)

  • Analyzing spatial data through the use of mapping software.
  • Discovering patterns and trends through spatial mapping of data.
  • Designing digital maps with geographic data and other data sources.
  • Creating “shapefiles” to merge topographical data with external data by layering external data over a topographical map.
  • Producing maps showing the spatial distribution of various kinds of data, including crime statistics and hospital locations.
  • Developing mapping applications and tools.
  • Converting physical maps into a digital form for computer usage.
  • Performing data munging and cleaning to convert data into its desired form.
  • Produce reports on geographic data utilizing data visualizations.
  • Managing a digital library of geographic maps in various file types.

Certification:

The Association for Geographical Information

Database Administrator – Average Salary: £36,000

As a database administrator (DBA), you are responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database.

One of the main duties of a database administrator is to ensure that all the information stored in a database is secure.

Other primary duties include managing, back up and ensuring the availability of the data consumed.

Job Description (found on cwjobs)

  • Assisting in database design
  • Updating and amending existing databases
  • Setting up and testing new database and data handling systems
  • Monitoring database efficiency
  • Sustaining the security and integrity of data
  • Creating complex query definitions that allow data to be extracted
  • Training colleagues in how to input and extract data

Certification

IBM Certified Database Administrator, Microsoft SQL Server database certifications, Oracle Certified Professional.

Nuclear Power Worker – Average Salary: £45,000

You are probably surprised by this inclusion as this is a highly skilled profession and thus should require a degree.

You are right with your assumption but there are some areas where you do not need academic qualifications.

Job Description (found on Prospects)

  • understand the science behind how nuclear facilities work
  • analyse energy transmission, conversion and storage systems
  • solve design or operational problems with reactor cores and shielding, hydraulic and electrical systems, and complex instrumentation such as monitoring equipment
  • manage staff and budgets for complex design, construction, maintenance, expansion, safety and decommissioning projects
  • always keep the safety of people and the environment in mind, cooperate with local emergency services, and work with national, European Union (EU) and international industry regulatory bodies
  • be aware of and address security concerns regarding the use, transport, storage and disposal of radioactive materials
  • interpret data and respond to emerging issues to ensure equipment is always working properly
  • write reports, project plans and other documents that provide information about new facilities, existing processes, problems and solutions, and safety exercises for regulators, energy firms and co-workers in facility construction and management
  • including temporary and long-term disposal of high-hazard radioactive material

Certification

the National Nuclear Laboratory apprenticeship, HSE, Applied Science (Nuclear) Extended Diploma Level 3, Nuclear Sector Apprenticeship Level 2.

The Oil Industry (Offshore) – Average Salary:  £49,278

This is another industry where you should ordinarily need a university degree but that isn’t always the case.

The job can be considered a dangerous one but the pay from it is very good.

If you choose this industry, you will have to work on rigs for months. Some of the jobs you can get here without a degree are rigging operations, drilling, and maintenance.

Job Description (found Prospects)

  • prepare well data sheets
  • design and select well-head equipment
  • draw up drilling programmes, taking account of desired production flow rates
  • obtain relevant data, carrying out engineering analysis on-site, recommending necessary actions and writing up reports
  • monitor the daily progress of well operations
  • keep track of current daily costs, comparing actual costs with expenditure proposals and recommending cost-effective changes
  • liaise with specialist contractors and suppliers, such as cement companies or suppliers of drilling fluids
  • monitor safety and ensure the good maintenance of the well
  • adhere to environmental protection standards, in some cases through direct discussion with local governments to ensure compliance with legislative requirements
  • establish and administer drilling and service contracts
  • coordinate and supervise the work of the drilling team
  • undertake engineering design and the planning of wells (including development work)
  • design directional well paths (horizontally or multi-laterally, as appropriate)
  • manage operations on behalf of small clients

Certification

HSE, Foundation Drill Rig (HDR), Anchor/Micropile Drill Rig (AMP)

Air Cabin Crew – Average Salary: £20,000 – £25,000

If you enjoy travelling and are a people person then this is for you.

Some of the responsibility of a Cabin crew is being responsible for the welfare and safety of passengers in the aircraft.

To start working as a cabin crew member, you must first complete a specific course with your airline and it takes about four weeks. Some airlines will provide you with accommodation and salary separately.

Job Description (through Prospects)

  • be professional, punctual and courteous at all times
  • attend a pre-flight briefing, during which you’ll be assigned your working positions for the upcoming flight. The crew are informed of flight details, the schedule, the number of infants on board and if there are passengers with any special requirements, such as diabetic passengers or passengers in wheelchairs
  • carry out pre-flight duties, including checking the safety equipment and doing security checks.
  • welcome passengers on board and direct them to their seats
  • inform passengers of the aircraft about safety procedures and ensure that all hand luggage is securely stored away
  • check all seat belts and galleys are secure before take-off
  • make announcements on behalf of the pilot and answer questions during the flight
  • serve meals and refreshments
  • sell duty-free goods and advise passengers of any allowance restrictions in force at their destination
  • reassure passengers and ensure they follow safety procedures correctly in emergencies
  • deal with any difficult or inebriated passengers (who may be acting in a rude or anti-social way) politely but firmly, to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone on the flight
  • give first aid where necessary

Certification

Depends on your chosen airline, HSE

Ethical Hacker  – Average Salary: £68,793

The IT industry is one of the best developing industries right now.

In fact, if you are a frequent internet user you must have come across advertisements for one IT training or the other.

But I bet you’ve never considered Ethical Hacking. An ethical hacker is responsible for testing the safety of businesses IT systems. They hack into computer networks to test and assess its security.

Job Description (found on Prospects)

  • understand complex computer systems and technical cybersecurity terms
  • carry out remote testing of a client’s network or onsite testing of their infrastructure to expose weaknesses in security
  • work with clients to determine their requirements from the test.
  • plan and create penetration methods, scripts and tests
  • advise on methods to fix or lower security risks to systems
  • consider the impact your ‘attack’ will have on the business and its users
  • create reports and recommendations from your findings
  • present your findings, risks and conclusions to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • understand how the flaws that you identify could affect a business, or business function if they’re not fixed.

Certification

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Pick up hacking skills from online courses

Firefighter – Average Salary: £32,500

Firefighters are no doubt our unsung heroes but did you know that it pays well too?

Firefighters like any job pay according to your rank. Starters can earn an upwards of £20,000.

Managers earn around £30,000 while station managers can earn around £40,000. Application as a firefighter is subject to written exams, aptitude tests, and physical exams.

Job Description (through Prospects)

  • responding immediately and safely to emergency calls and requests for assistance
  • attending emergency incidents including fires, road accidents, floods, terrorist incidents, spillages of dangerous substances, and rail and air crashes
  • rescuing trapped people and animals
  • minimising distress and suffering, including giving first aid before ambulance crews arrive
  • safeguarding your own and other people’s personal safety at all times
  • cleaning up and checking the site after dealing with an incident
  • taking time to become familiar with local streets, roads and buildings so you can respond to emergency calls with speed and efficiency
  • inspecting and maintaining the appliance (fire engine) and its equipment, assisting in testing fire hydrants and checking emergency water supplies

Certification

9-4 GCSE, Mechanical reasoning test, HSE

Air traffic Controllers – Average Salary: £41,011

This sounds like a cool job if you’ve always been fascinated by planes and travel in general.

You don’t need a university degree to become an air traffic controller but you will need a certificate. It takes three years to get your air traffic control license from the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), and you must have five GCSEs (grades A-C).

Air traffic controllers earn an average salary between £17,000 and £21,000 for starters. Experienced Controllers earn as much as £50,000.

Job Description (through Prospects)

  • keep radio and radar contact with aircraft
  • direct the movement of aircraft en route or at an airport
  • instruct aircraft to climb or descend and allocate final cruising level
  • provide information to aircraft about weather conditions
  • make sure that minimum distances are maintained between planes
  • handle unexpected events, emergencies and unscheduled traffic.

Certification

National Air Traffic Services Courses

Accountant – Average Salary: £56,000

The major job accountant does is prepare and examine financial records.

Accountancy is no doubt a boring job but it pays well and you don’t need a university degree to become a qualified accountant.

It is important to know that you will have to study for an AAT qualification. Accountants earn as much as £35,000 as beginners and a whooping £100,000 if you become a Finance Director.

Job Description (through Targetjobs)

  • preparing accounts and tax returns
  • administering payrolls and controlling income and expenditure
  • auditing financial information
  • compiling and presenting reports, budgets, business plans, commentaries and financial statements
  • analysing accounts and business plans
  • providing tax planning services with reference to current legislation
  • financial forecasting and risk analysis
  • dealing with insolvency cases
  • negotiating the terms of business deals and moves with clients and associated organisations

Certification

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAC), The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Public and Finance Accountancy (CIPFA)

Equities Trader – Average Salary: £59,475

The most important attribute required for being an equities trader is to be a good salesman.

You don’t need a university degree to become an Equities Trader.

But this doesn’t mean you can just walk into any company and submit your CV.

To become an Equities Trader you need approval from the FCA and CISI to start work. You also need to study for and pass a CISI Capital Markets certification. Once that is done, you’re good to go.

Job Description (through Prospects)

  • speaking with colleagues, making phone calls and making instant decisions
  • making prices in their relevant products
  • executing trades electronically or by phone
  • liaising with sales traders or clients on market movements
  • predicting how markets will move and buying and selling accordingly (especially derivatives traders, who try to predict the state of a market at a future date)
  • informing all relevant parties of the most relevant trades for the day
  • gathering information – critically about mispriced assets, detailed data analysis and valuation.

Certification

Certification in Equity Trading and Investment

Agile Coach – Average Salary: £69,900

An Agile Coach is one of the most slept on jobs out there and you don’t need a degree to become one either.

The goal of an Agile Coach according to Sessionlab is to make a team more efficient, transparent and cohesive.

The role is about empowering workers to rise to business challenges faster, smarter and with minimal risk.

Job Description (through Jobhero)

  • Educate Colleagues
  • Mentor Team
  • Develop Agile Adoption Strategy
  • Implement Agile Methodology

Certification

ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP), ICAg ICAgile Certified Professional IN Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF), ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ACC).

HR Manager – Average Salary: £38,677

It is perhaps surprising that you do not require a degree to become an HR Manager.

Although, you will need to acquire a certificate from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

With good communication, organization, and leadership skills, you are on the path to becoming an HR Manager.

You might want to start your journey as an admin assistant then you move up from there. Finance even suggested that HR Managers can earn up to £100,000 yearly.

Job Description (through Jobisjob)

  • Recruiting staff
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Developing training programmes
  • Mediating conflicts
  • Attending meetings
  • Delegating tasks
  • Overseeing employee welfare
  • Coordinating with department managers
  • Reporting to the HR Director

Certification

Vocational training like Higher National Diploma or apprenticeship in HR, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development courses.

Marketing – Average Salary: £32,698

If you are a naturally creative and full of ideas then this is for you.

In fact, not all marketing jobs need a degree. You can get paid as much as £18,000 annually for entry-level.

Also, you can start your marketing career as an intern, digital assistant, or junior researcher.

You will get a salary bump of around £50,000 in a senior role like Marketing Manager, Head of Marketing, or Marketing Executive.

Job Description (through Prospects)

  • create awareness of and develop the brand you’re marketing
  • communicate with target audiences and build and develop customer relationships
  • help with marketing plans, advertising, direct marketing and campaigns
  • source advertising opportunities and place adverts in the press or on the radio
  • work closely with in-house or external creative agencies to design marketing materials such as brochures and adverts
  • write and proofread marketing copy for both online and print campaigns
  • produce creative content, including videos and blog posts
  • run social media channels (e.g. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) to enhance audience engagement

Certification

CIM courses like Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing, Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing, Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing

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How to find product to sell on Amazon

How to find products to sell on Amazon is one of the most common questions new sellers ask.

Not only new sellers ask this question. There are also people who already sell on Amazon who also struggle with finding profitable products to sell on Amazon.

I have been selling physical products on Amazon since the summer of 2017. I thought I should address the issue of the difficulties of sourcing for products in this post.

The business model you adopt will determine your product sourcing method.

There are various models anyone who wants to sell on Amazon or eBay can adopt. You can either do all the business model or do some of them.

Retail Arbitrage

This is when you walk into a retail shop like Tesco or Asda in the UK and buy a product which you can resell on Amazon or eBay.

In this case, you want a product that sells for more money on Amazon than they sell for in the shop.

For example, assuming a particular toy in the shop sells for £8. Let’s say the same product is been sold for £32 on Amazon.

If you buy such product and sell on Amazon or eBay, you should earn a healthy profit after fees are deducted from your sales price.

How to find products through Retail Arbitrage

Discounted and Clearance Products

Finding products through retail arbitrage is one of the simple ways to find products to sell on Amazon or eBay.

After registering to become a seller on Amazon. You will have access to download Amazon Seller App.

You can literally walk into any retail shop and use your Amazon Seller app to scan any product.

When you scan the barcode, you will be able to see these three important things

1) if the product has already been listed on Amazon

2) the price the product is selling for on Amazon

3) Best Seller Rank (BSR) of the product.

The image below shows the important information you will come across when you scan a product with your Amazon Seller App. 

The BSR is what helps you to know how quickly you will be able to sell the product when you list it for sale on Amazon.

And there are also features on Amazon seller app that will help you calculate profit. This will help you to make an informed decision about whether to buy the product to resell or not

Products not on discount

One of the mistakes I have seen a lot of new sellers makes is this. They go for retail arbitrage sourcing and they are only looking for products in the clearance section of the shop.

Actually, I have been able to find products that are not on sale or clearance which I currently sell on Amazon.

The main logic of retail arbitrage is that you are looking for products that you will buy for less than it is been sold for on Amazon.

It doesn’t mean that you can only find the product in the clearance section of a store.

You can deliberately go to any section and scan as many products as possible.

Other Tip

One of the good hacks I have used is searching for a product on amazon seller app instead of scanning.

Using this method will help you find some listings that are hidden to a lot of sellers on Amazon.

Online Arbitrage

This is very similar to retail arbitrage. The only difference is that the exact process in retail arbitrage is done online. Instead of going out to the brick and mortar shop, you go on the retailer websites online and search for deals on their website.

How to find products through Online Arbitrage

Product research tools/ software

What has worked for me in finding products through online arbitrage is the leveraging software.

Sign up for any sourcing software you can find.

 

Your initial strategy should be to take advantage of the trial periods of the sourcing software.

Sign up for one trial at a time.

The thing is this, when you find a product on sourcing software, it will lead you to rabbit holes of product discovery.

After you get the ball rolling you can decide to cancel subscriptions. I know software is expensive. However, they will help you to scale.

Sourcing software and deal sheets will also give you the foundation of product discovery.

I have to admit that personally, I don’t sign up for any software permanently, I am usually in and out of them.

I only have a permanent subscription to only two software. One is a sourcing software which helps me in a great deal with scanning wholesale list and it is called FBA Wizard

The other software I use regularly is Zoho which I use for my accounting.

If you are having difficulty in finding DEALS, sign up to a trial of one of the software, when the trial ends, sign up to another one. There is no way you won’t find at least one deal.

These are the sourcing software I in the arbitrage world which I have used.

✔️ FBA Wizard – product finding software
✔️ Tactical Arbitrage – product finding software
✔️ Source Mogul – product finding software
✔️ FastTRACK FBA – selected product list
✔️ Online Arbitrage Deals – selected product list

Manual Sourcing

Sourcing for a product through the manual method is a very unique way to find products to sell on Amazon.

This method offers a lot of advantages which makes it so worth it.

One of the disadvantages of using tools and software is that a lot of people also use them. This means many people will be finding the same products using the software. If a lot of sellers are finding the same product. This can make competition to be very high when selling those products on Amazon.

With manual sourcing method, you can reduce competition.

Manual sourcing is as simple as searching for deals on retailers websites or just by searching on google.

Go direct to a retailer online shop

For example, if you can go to the clearance section of Argos website. You can easily browse to find deals.

You simply copy the product description of a product and paste it on Amazon. You will easily see how much the product is been sold on Argos and how much it is selling for on Amazon.

You can then use Amazon profit calculator to check if the product will be profitable or not.

The downside of manual sourcing is that it takes a lot of time and you can be there for a lot of hours trying to find deals.

Internet Search Engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo)

You can use specific keywords to search for deals on google. These are keywords that will target a specific product, brand or a specific store.

These are examples

-Tesco 3 for 2 (retailer example)

-Boots 3 for 2 (retailer example)

-Argos 3 for 2 (retailer example)

-Playmobil discounted (brand example)

-Blender deals (product example)

You can do this in a number of ways. The longer you do it the better you are at devising your own way and method to find deals online.

You should not limit yourself to only Google. You can also try other search engines like Bing.

Wholesale and Distributors

A lot of brands and manufacturer usually have distributors or wholesalers across the country who are between them and the retailers.

These distributors will get the products from the manufacturer.

Retailers will then buy from wholesalers or distributors. If you sell online, you are a retailer.

You can buy products from a lot of wholesalers or distributors and sell them on Amazon or eBay.

A lot of wholesalers or distributors will not sell to you if you are not a business. Majority of wholesalers and distributors only want to sell to a business. They often call it Business to Business (B2B).

If you are serious about selling online, it makes sense to register a company. It is not difficult to register a company. If you make a start and it looks like something you really want to do, you can find out information about how to register a company.

Most wholesalers will only allow you to register with them to buy products from them if you have a registered company.

It is not compulsory for your business to be VAT register before you can source from a wholesaler.

But having a company that is VAT register also gives another level of credibility to your business which makes some wholesaler to want to listen to you.

How to find a wholesaler

Finding a wholesaler is one of the challenges people who want to start selling online face.

It took me a very long time to figure this out.

The mistakes most people face is that they are not using the right tactics when finding wholesalers.

Use Internet Search Engine like Google

This might not be the best way to find a wholesaler. But, it is still one of the good ways to find a wholesaler.

Most information we want is online. However, we do not get the right results most of the time because we are not searching the right way or not using the right keywords to search.

For example, if I am looking for a wholesaler, it will not make sense for me to type just the word ‘wholesale’ or ‘wholesaler’ on google.

The word wholesale is too broad and will not likely give me the right result.

What you could do instead is to add a category of product to the word wholesale like one of the below

‘home decor wholesale’

‘home decor wholesaler’

‘wholesale home decor’

‘home decor distributors’

‘home decor suppliers’

‘home decor + wholesale’

You can really be creative and use a lot of different variations and combinations of keywords to search on google. The chances are, all of the above and some other method you adopt will come up with different results on google.

Going further to be a bit more specific might help you to find a wholesaler. You might consider searching for wholesaler or distributor for a specific type of product or a particular brand.

Instead of randomly looking for any wholesaler. You could go on google and look for wholesaler for some specific type of products.

For example, if in my product research, I find out that candle sells very well online. I can try and find a wholesaler or distributor for a candle. My search criteria on google might look like this.

‘candles wholesaler’

‘candles distributor’

‘candles supplier’

‘candles  + wholesaler’

‘candles  + distributor’

‘candles  + supplier’

And you can even be a lot more specific to search for wholesaler or distributor of a specific brand. So in the example above, instead of just candles, you can put the name of a brand. Yankee Candle is a very big brand name in candle selling. You might have a search like this

‘Yankee candles wholesaler’

‘Yankee candles distributor’

You can just be clever and creative with your search keywords and hopefully, you might be able to find wholesalers. I have been able to find a lot of wholesalers using these methods.

One very good tip is that, don’t stop on page one or page two when searching on google.

Another tip is to explore other search engines. Google is by far the largest search engine but we often forget there are other search engines like Microsoft Bing. You might want to also do some searches on Bing.

If you are searching for a particular product or brand which are likely to have a distributor or wholesaler outside your country. You might want to change your location on a search engine.

For example, if I am looking for a distributor for a brand and I know the home of that brand is Germany. I would try some searches with Germany as my location on google. In your browser settings on google, you can restrict Google to let the result of your searches come from only a particular country you choose.

Tradeshow

We all automatically assume that we can find every information we want online. As great as the internet is, not all information is online.

You will be surprised there are a lot of wholesaler and distributors who still do not have a website. And some of them who have a website do not know about Google Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). So, their websites will not easily be found on google.

In fact, the best way to find wholesalers is through the Tradeshows. There are Tradeshows for various industries.

You can find Tradeshows for beauty and cosmetics, trade shows for homes and gardens. And there are Tradeshows that cover a wide variety of sectors.

Even in this age of the internet, speaking to real people and building relationships is a great way to do business.

When you attend Tradeshows you will be able to speak to businesses in person and you might be able to find a wholesaler for a lot of very niche products.

One of the big Tradeshows in the UK is the one that usually takes place in the Spring at the NEC in Birmingham.

It’s great to attend Tradeshow in person if you can make up the time. But you don’t have to attend to have access to the lists of companies that will be at the Tradeshow.

If you register for the Tradeshow online. They will send you a brochure or leaflet which will have lists of companies that will attend the show, you can then visit the websites of those companies and see if you can register with them to source products from them.

Advertisements

Pay attention to advertisements you see around when you are out and about. There are wholesalers or distributors who have their own delivery networks. Some of them have a lot of trucks and lorries which they use to move goods around.

It is very easy to spot the names of distributor or wholesaler on a vehicle when you are outside home.

I am not saying you should stand by the motorway and looking for a lorry with a distributor name on them. I am just saying you should be observant, you will never know, you might find a wholesaler by consciously paying attention to delivery lorries and vans.

I have managed to find a wholesaler through this method.

There are also magazines which are specifically for a particular industry or sector. Inside some magazines, if you look very well, some distributor does advertise in trade magazines.

Private Label

It is now easier than ever to build a brand in a low-risk way.

Anyone can create their own eCommerce website and sell a product they create on that website. The usual problem is getting customers to your own website for them to buy your products.

One of the easiest ways to find customers that will buy your product is to use established marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. These platforms have been existing for a long time.

they have build trust with customers. In fact, customers already have their payment details registered on Amazon for convenience click and buy.

Starting your brand on Amazon might be a low-risk way to gain traction.

How to find a product to private label

Product Research Tool

It can be very challenging brainstorming ideas for products to private label.

Softwares are now used in various areas of our life.

One of the benefits software and tools offer is that they help reduce the time we spend on tasks.

They help to simplify our life. As well, they help remove the guesswork from our decision-making process and help us make an informed and data-driven decision.

You can set a lot of criteria in tools and they will search amazon product catalogue and brings you results based on the criteria you set.

From the result, you get you will then be able to filter and select potential products you can private label.

There is a lot of software I have used which have been very helpful.

Out of the three listed above. Jungle Scout is the one I have personally used which has helped me to find products to sell on Amazon.

They are the first product research tool for finding profitable products to sell on Amazon.

If you are interested in using Jungle Scout to find a product to private label. Please click on the link to go to Jungle Scout website

Amazon Best Sellers List

If you have a lot of time in your hands, you can go through the list of Amazon Best Sellers products.

Amazon regularly creates lists of products that sell very fast on its platform. Looking at this list will give you an idea of the types of products that sell well.

Selling on Amazon is now very competitive. One of the ways to beat the competition is to differentiate your own product.

While it might be useful to use Amazon best sellers list to get an idea of a product that sells well.

What will not be good is to exactly copy a product on the bestseller list.

What might be useful to do is to check the existing products customer product reviews and feedbacks. If there are some particular problems that are mentioned in the customer’s feedback.

You can try and address those problems in your own product when you approach a manufacturer that will produce the product.

When using Amazon bestseller list. It could be useful to go deep down in the subcategories.

There will be a lot of people looking at the same best sellers list. A lot of people are lazy in their product research and they only stay at the surface, they don’t go deep.

If you are able to go deep, you will be able to find what others are not finding.

Passion and Hobby

If you are passionate about something, there is a good chance there will be a lot of other people in your country or the world who are also passionate about that same thing.

Let’s say you like fishing. There will be a lot of people out there who love fishing.

You can brainstorm ideas of products that people who are involved with fishing cannot do without. There will be a lot of products which people who have fishing as their hobby requires.

Get a pen and paper and start writing. Create some list and check those products on your list for demands on Amazon.

One word of caution about this method of finding a product is this. If there is no demand for the product list you have, there is no point in wasting your time creating the product.

A big factor in success in eCommerce is that whatever you are selling you must check that it is a product customers are looking for.

Do not be emotional about any product.

Don’t choose a product because you like it and get attached to it emotionally. Because you like it does not mean customers will pay for it.

Brainstorm Idea from your house

You will not believe there are a lot of product ideas in your house.

There was an exercise I did last year which helped me to find a product.

I asked my kids to get a pen and paper. I asked them to go everywhere in the house and write down everything they could see.

You can do this exercise also. Go into every room and write as many things as you can see.

Go to the kitchen, check the cupboards. Check your bathrooms, your bedrooms.

You are likely to come up with a lot of products which will fall in different categories.

You can then filter down trim the list down. The next stage will be to check your final lists of products idea on Amazon for demands.

Example of products you can come up with which might lead you to another product are

-Bedroom: table lamp, lunch box

-Bathroom: hand cream, vanity mirror, kids bathroom toys

-Kitchen: herbs, coffee, food storage container

-Living room: coffee table, photo frame, cushion cover

The above are just examples and I am not saying you should private label or not to private label these products.

If you can have some creative thinking, there are a lot of products you can private label.

Opportunities are limitless.

Curiosity

My final point here is all about curiosity.

Intentionally watch out for product ideas when you see an advert on TV or in a magazine. Just be conscious of your environment and problems that need to be solved.

There are problems all around us which the solution is a product someone will produce. You might be the one to improve already existing products.

Final thought

Finding a product to sell on Amazon requires a lot of work and it is a continuous process.

For anyone who has a business selling on Amazon, you can not stop finding products.

One of the reasons why you can not stop is that there is competition. There are a lot of other sellers who are working hard on new products.

As well, once you stop researching for products, your business will not be making progress.

All the various methods outlined above for finding products are methods I have personally used.

There are are a lot of other methods which you will come across. You just need to do things differently sometime and device your own method.

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Side Hustle Business Ideas – 101 Side Hustles Ideas

What are the most profitable side hustles you ask? 

Before going further to explore side hustle business ideas. Let’s look at the reasons why it is important for everyone to have a business on the side. 

Prices of things keep going higher and higher and it becomes very easy for your expenses to outweigh your income.

This is the reason why a lot of people ask, what are the most profitable side hustles?

According to the research by Henley Business School, 1 in 4 Brits are running at least one business project alongside their full-time job, and this is predicted to rise significantly by 2030

The world is becoming more and more demanding. This is why a lot of people will be looking towards a side hustle in 2020.

Side hustles are not necessarily a get rich quick scheme but a means to balance your earnings and help you live a more financially healthy life.

This is why I have packaged 101 side hustle ideas just for you in 2020. You are spoilt for choice really.

Sell online

1. Handcrafts

Gifting a handmade card or accessory to our loved ones will always be special when compared to getting artificial ones.

You can actually earn good money by doing handcrafts and selling them. You can easily sell on Etsy or Amazon Handmade.

2. Become a Hosting Reseller

A lot of hosting companies have reseller programs where you can get their hosting plans at a cheap price and sell for more.

This will be a good side hustle to start if you are knowledgeable about this.

3. Sell books

If you have lots of books which you don’t need anymore, then you can actually sell or rent them to people and make money.

The best platform to leverage for selling books online is Amazon.

Obviously there are a lot of other platforms like eBay and others. However, most of the other marketplace do not have the amount of traffics Amazon have.

I wrote a very detailed article on how to start selling books on Amazon. I will recommend you read that article if you are interested in selling books online.

4. Sell used clothes

Rather than discarding clothes you no longer wear or giving them out, if it’s in good condition, you can actually sell them instead.

You can sell used clothes on sites like Vinted and eBay. You can also sell used cloths on Facebook Marketplace.

If you look well, you can source good used clothes from charity shops, car boot sales and church sales. make sure you choose the ones in good condition and you can resell the cloths.

5. Sell items on eBay

You can sell items on eBay and earn money from them. Selling on eBay can help you earn additional income.

6. Sell items on Amazon

For over two years selling physical products on Amazon has been one of my side hustles.

You can earn good money selling on Amazon. Its very simple to do but it is not easy. It requires commitment, perseverance and consistency. You can register to become a seller on Amazon.

I wrote an article on how selling on Amazon works. Click here to read the article.

7. Sell electronics

Do you have electronic gadgets you aren’t using at the moment?

Then you can make money by selling them online. You can sell your electronics on sites like gazelle.

8. Sell Art

Make some beautiful paintings and sell them on sites like ArtPlode, Amazon and ArtFinder.

There are lots of art lovers out there and you can make quite a good amount from this.

9. Sell on Etsy

Maybe you have some knowledge about handcrafts.

Etsy is a platform where you can easily showcase and sell goods like this.

Some of the best selling goods on Etsy are home décor, candles, jewellery, knit hats, and more.

10. Sell Online Workshops/Courses

Sometimes, we overlook our existing skills when looking for a side hustle. You can turn your knowledge in your field or other valuable areas into a side hustle by teaching others. You can easily sell online courses or workshops.

11. Sell Ad Space On Your Car

This is a very convenient side hustle for you in 2020.

If you live in a populated area or a big city and spend time driving, you can sell advertisement space on your vehicle.

Site like CarQuids in the UK will help you get clients. In the US there are agencies like Wrapify, Carvertise.

12. Start Dropshipping

You can become a dropshipper.

As a dropshipper, you are into the buying and selling trade except you do not take inventory and neither do you handle the shipping of your products.

You can find companies that allow dropshipping. You can list products on Amazon and eBay.

When customers purchase, you can then buy the products from your dropshipping companies and ship them to the customers. 

13. Start an E-commerce Business

You can choose to start an e-commerce store as a side hustle.

All you need to do is figure out the product you want to sell. Platforms like Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, Shopify and WooCommerce are making starting an e-commerce business easy.

14. Refurbish and Resell Used Furniture

With a little bit of carpentry knowledge, you can start a reselling and refurbishing business.

All you need to do is purchase used furniture from thrift stores and improve the condition.

It is also possible to get gently used furniture as well. These ones don’t need refurbishing and you can resell immediately.

15. Sell Unwanted Products on Facebook Marketplace

A lot of people still believe Facebook is limited to just meeting people and catching up on old times.

But Facebook is now so much more. I have been able to sell a lot of products on Facebook.

One of the benefits of selling on Facebook is that you are not going to pay any fees on the sales you make.

Consulting, Administrative, Bookkeeping

16. Work as freelancer

There are lots of freelancing sites available out there. You should join one if you have a digital skill you feel you can leverage on. This helps you to earn while working from any place and time.

17. Work as data entry

If you are good at typing, then you can work as a data entry. This will let you earn money based on the work which you can do. 

18. Prepare Tax Returns

Do you know a thing or two about filing taxes? You can leverage this skill during the tax filing season. Companies even hire extra tax prep so they can keep up with demands.

19. Book narrator

There are a lot of people who love narrating books. You can visit sites like Amazon ACX to narrate a book, upload it and earn money.

 

20. Proofreader

Do you have a good understanding of English and its usage? And you enjoy reading? You can become a proofreader and make some handy cash. Visit online sites like Fiverr and freelance as a proofreader and make money out of it.

21. Post ads

By posting ads online you can earn a pretty good amount in your pocket. Use sites like craigslist and earn easy money. You can also become a social media ad manager by posting ads for people.

22. Consulting service

Are you knowledgeable and experienced in a particular field? You can leverage on your knowledge by becoming a consultant in that field.

23. Resume writing

Do you have sound knowledge in resume/CV writing? Then you can use this skill of yours to earn money by editing and writing resumes. You are at an advantage here if your regular job is an HR or hiring manager.

24. Virtual assistant

If you are someone who loves managing teams and projects then you can be a virtual assistant for startups. This can actually help make your dream about managing come true without any degree. You can use websites like Upwork, People Per Hour and Fiverr to advertise your service.

25. Interview transcribing

There are a lot of online sites like Sterling and Transcribe Anywhere which requires transcribers. You can take up the work and be a transcriber in your free time. This helps you to make good money while working from anywhere with flexible times.

Household Help Side Hustles

26. Laundry Business

There are areas that are far from laundry centres and it’s rare to see in-home washer and dryers. You can start a laundry service as a side hustle in such areas.

27. Pack and Pick Up People’s Trash

While it’s not a very glamorous side hustle, you can get paid to keep the environment clean and trash free.

28. Assemble Amazon Furniture

It would surprise you how lazy people get when it comes to reading a user manual and putting furniture together. You can get paid for helping people assemble their furniture.

29. Mow lawns

This is an activity most people carry out themselves but you’d be surprised that some people would rather not do it. You can simply advertise yourself by printing out fliers and dropping in people’s mailboxes.

30. Work as a handyman

Lend your time to people by helping them with minor tasks. A handyman’s job isn’t limited and there will always be things for you to do. This can make you extra money.

31. Help your peers

Help your friends in assignments and charge money from them. This lets you add handy cash in your pocket.

32. Alteration stand

If you are very good at sewing then you can earn money by stitching dresses and altering dresses too.

33. Become an Event Planner

Event planners are always in demand. You can start planning weddings, corporate functions, family get-togethers, birthday parties and the likes.

34. Gardener

If you are a nature lover, being a gardener would be a perfect side hustle for you as you will enjoy it and still make money.

35. Start a House Painting Business

This is a good side business for you if you have an eye for quality paint and colour. You can start out on your own at first then you can hire more hands as your business grows.

Rental Out Your Space

36. Rent your house

Sharing an empty room or space in your house would be a great way to earn money.

You get to make new friends, meet new people and earn money at the same time. Airbnb has grown in popularity and more trustworthy in recent time.

You can rent out your room or house through Airbnb. If you don’t mind having a lodger, you can rent your room for a long term or temporarily.

37. Rent out Your Storage Space

You’d be surprised by how many people are looking for a room or garage as small as your storage space. You can rent out your garage or parking space through websites like StashBee.

Health and Fitness Side Hustles

38. Become a Personal Trainer

If you are fit and like working out, you can leverage this hobby by becoming a personal trainer. You can choose to charge daily, hourly, or monthly.

39. Exercise classes

For bodybuilders and fitness lovers, you can actually earn money by teaching people yoga and exercises. This helps you make extra money while continuing your daily routine.

Writing Side Hustles

40. Review writer

Write reviews for apps and movies and you can earn handsome money. Sites like Amazon Vine, Capterra, G2 Crowd, Kirkus Reviews and online book clubs can help you.

41. Become an Author

If you love writing short stories, and also books then you can write an eBook and earn very good money by selling it. You can even sell your services by writing for people.

Coaching and Guidance

42. Become a Life Coach

Humans are generally more experienced than one another irrespective of what age bracket they fall in. You shouldn’t look past your experience when trying to find a side hustle in 2020.

You can leverage on your real-life experiences by becoming a life coach and helping clients in need of support and guidance.

 

Design, Creative and Decoration Side Hustle

43. Sell Digital Designs

If you can get creative and are comfortable designing, you can make money from selling digital designs on sites like Etsy. Some digital designs you can sell are resume designs, holiday card templates, postcard templates or printable art.

44. Become a photographer

You can actually be a paid photographer for social functions or parties which will help you earn money and also help follow your passion.

45. Freelance as a Graphics Designer

A graphics designer is always in demand and is a credible side hustle. You can either enlist as a freelancer on sites like Upwork and Fiverr or build a personal portfolio website to show off your skills.

46. Design T-shirts

So you take cool pictures or you are good at designing, you can get your pictures or designs printed on T-shirts to sell. You don’t even have to print in bulk, you can print on order.

47. Edit Videos

Some of us edit videos to post on social media all the time. And to be frank, most of us underrate our video editing skills.

If you are adept at using digital editing software, video editing is definitely a side hustle for you. You can either choose to sell your services locally or register on freelance websites like Fiverr.

48. Launch a Calligraphy Business

Who’d have thought a pretty handwriting can come in handy as a credible side hustle? You can get some tips of how to start in this article.

49. Become a Photo editor

If you are good at photo editing then you can earn money by editing photos from home.

50. Work as a Radio Jockey (RJ)

Being a RJ is a sassy job and if you are one of those who love entertaining people by talking then you can earn awesome pay being one.

51. Become a DJ

You can put that good music taste and eye for the latest music hit to use by becoming a DJ. To think all you’ll need is a laptop and good speakers.

52. Become a Make-Up Artist

So you feel you are quite adept in the art of doing makeup? Why don’t you profit from it by doing it for people before weddings, birthdays, conferences and other events?

53. Party Decorator

Most parties especially kids party takes place mostly during the weekend. If you have spare time during the weekend, this can be a good side hustle. I have been to kids birthday parties with my kids and seen lovely decorations.

Some of the room and table decorations are done by someone that part host hired. If you love decoration, you can advertise your service to friends and online and you can be up and running.

Food, Cooking and Grocery Side Hustle

54. Open a Food Stand

Are you a good cook? Or better yet, can you make tasty local meals? Then why not open a food stand at the park or a busy street and sell your homemade meals?

55. Sell homemade cookies

Food is loved by everyone and this business would be a hit if you are actually a food lover and especially a better chef. Sell homemade cookies to people and you can make good money out of this. You can even sell at your place of work.

56. Teach a Cooking Class

Why not leverage that cooking skill and teach people how to cook? You can charge as little as £10 a person.

57. Part-timer in bakery/cafe

Work part-time in a bakery or a café and earn money while doing this.

58. Sell Handmade Soaps

You can learn soap making online, buy a soap making kit and create sweet-scented soaps to sell.

59. Chef

For all the awesome chef’s out there, you can work as a part-time employee in a restaurant and make money while doing your favourite work.

60. Sell Cakes

If you love baking, you can turn your passion for baking to side hustle or business idea.

Let your friends and family know that you bake cakes. Once you do it for someone and they like it, they will tell other people.

With social media, you can post the photos on Instagram or other platforms and before you know it you will begin to receive orders.

Cleaning Side Hustles

61. Cleaning Business

Start a cleaning business with a group of friends. Earning money while working with friends would be fun actually. You can choose to charge hourly or per project.

Another cool part is that you don’t need much to get it started. If you like cleaning you will enjoy this side hustle. It is easier than never to advertise your service.

If you check on Facebook, you will find groups in your local area where you can advertise your service. There are people who just need help to clean their house and they are happy to pay someone to do the work for them.

62. Clean Windows

Believe it or not, but most people will rather pay someone else to clean their windows than actually do it themselves.

If you’ve noticed a few dirty windows in your area, you can put up signs and flyers to advertise your services.

Travel Side Hustle

63. Become a Travel Agent

If you are knowledgeable about the best vacation spots and finding the best travel deals, this can be a really fun side hustle for you in 2020. You can even handle all your affairs from your bed.

64. Travel Guide

This work actually lets you explore new places and meet a lot of people. Who doesn’t love travelling and exploring places? You can be a travel guide and earn money while helping tourists enjoy their vacation.

Teaching and Training Side Hustles

65. Become a Student Tutor

If you have a particular subject you are quite good at, you can start tutoring it as a side hustle. With a flier here and there, you should be able to get customers consistently.

66. Teach English online

If you are a fluent English speaker and understand the basics, you can help people improve their English-speaking skills in your free time. This helps you to make that extra cash too.

67. Teach Music

You can start classes in your free time and teach people music. You can also teach people how to play various musical instruments. This will be an interesting side job for music lovers.

68. Online Tutor

Work as a tutor on sites like Chegg and earn money from it. People who love teaching can choose this as a side job and make money.

69. Teach Art

You can teach kids and people to draw and paint. This is such a refreshing task which can keep you creative while earning money.

Care Side Hustles

70. Take Care of the Elderly

No, you do not necessarily need a nursing degree to work with the elderly. If you are not actively taking care of them, you can still provide useful services like grocery shopping or house cleaning.

71. Become a House Sitter

House-sitting can be fun. All you have to do is live and care for the house until its rightful owner gets back. Depending on how many clients you have or the type of contract you get, you can even save money on your own rent.

72. Babysitting

Babies are the most adorable beings in this world. So, for all those people who love and adore babies, you can make it a hustle and take care of babies.

Shopping Side Hustles

73. Mystery Shopping

If you enjoy shopping, this is for you. Shopping can be a fun side hustle idea for you.

A lot of people are making a living through mystery shopping. If you are looking for a side hustle idea, this is the one for you to consider.

If you want more details about mystery shopping, the wonderful people of Money Saving Expert have a lot of information on their member’s forum. You can find the information by clicking here.

74. Become a Personal Shopper

This is another option shopping side hustle idea for you. With a good fashion sense, you can slowly build a client base and help people fulfil their shopping lists and even give fashion advice.

Marketing and Website Testing Side Hustles

75. Become an Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing is one of the most common side hustle business out there. Becoming an affiliate marketer is easy and most people go about this through blogging.

76. Become a Brand Ambassador

You can easily become a brand ambassador with a good social media following. You can also get hired offline to spread awareness about a company’s products and services. You are also sometimes asked to hand out free samples.

77. Website Testing

You surf the internet every day. Why not then do it for money? With sites like User Testing, you can earn about some cash through surfing websites and give your feedback. Some other websites for this type of side hustles are uTest, TestingTime, Loop11.

78. Online Surveys

Carrying out surveys is an easy way to make that extra cash online. For every survey you complete, Pinecone Research will pay you £3. If you complete a lot of surveys, the money can quickly add up.

79. Get paid to complete tasks online

You are not just limited to surveys to earn extra cash online,  sometimes you can complete some random task online and get paid. A website like 20cogs will let you earn money by completing various tasks.

You do not have to do all the tasks, you can ask for another task if the task they gave you is not the one you like. I have tried 20cogs. I must warn you that some of the tasks involve trialling betting websites. I personally do not support betting. You can reject any of the tasks and you will be giving another task.

Some of the tasks will enable you to get some items free. I remember i got some Graze products free in the post.

Driving and Delivery and Car Care Side Hustles

80. Deliver For Uber Eats

Driving around delivering food for home delivery food companies through Uber Eats is a cool side hustle. And there is the advantage of having a flexible schedule.

81. Delivery service

Earn money by delivery food to people. There are lots of companies where you can get a delivery job and earn awesome pay. If you sign up with Amazon Flex, you can earn up to £15 an hour. Amazon Flex is not in every town and city so it worth checking if they are in your area by visiting their website.

82. Become A Lyft/Uber Driver

The amount you can genuinely make with this side hustle depends on the hours you can dedicate to it. UK citizens may not have the Uber or Lyft options but they have Bolt, Kapten, Xooox, Wheely and the likes as credible alternatives.

83. Get a Part-Time Delivery Job

During the festive seasons, companies like UPS and FedEx are known to hire extra help to keep up with demands. You can take advantage of this.

84. Start driving classes

Yes, you can actually make money from driving lessons. If you own a car then you can help people learn how to dress while making good cash.

85. Open a Car Wash

No, you are not opening a conventional car wash with all the machine and equipment. You can start a weekly car wash every weekend. You can find a busy spot like a grocery store and promise customers to have their cars washed before they are ready to leave.

86. Rent your vehicle

If you have a bike or car and you are not going to use it for some time. Then you can actually rent it and make money from it.

87. Create a Moving Company

Do you have a truck just lying around somewhere? Or can you afford one? Starting a moving company can become profitable in the long run after building up a good reputation and rapport with clients.

Content Creation and Social Media Side Hustles

88. Start a Youtube Channel

You can share knowledge, fun activities and even your hobby as a YouTuber. You simply need to create videos. This is quite a good way to earn money.

89. Start a Blog

You can become a successful blogger if you focus on a niche you are passionate about. And you can start a blog with little to no capital thanks to platforms like WordPress and BlogSpot. There are several ways to monetise your blog. Some of them include affiliate marketing, sponsored ads, AdSense, and selling courses.

90. Monetise Your Instagram and Twitter Accounts

If you have a following of 10k and above, create very engaging contents, and get a lot of interactions with your posts, you can monetise your account. You can get paid by promoting your favourite brands and items.

91. Manage social media pages

You can help people manage their social media pages and earn money from it. You will help them post, reply to comments and sometimes reply messages. But this depends on what your agreement is.

92. Do vlogs

Do vlogs by visiting places, exploring food, culture and a lot of more exciting things and post them online. This will let you make money while letting other people enjoy those videos. How you make money however depends on how popular your Vlog gets as you can either make money through sponsored ads or monetising your channel like Youtube.

93. Content writer

Write articles from all niches and make some good money in your hands. There are a lot of online sites like Fiverr, Truelancer and Upwork where you can get a lot of writing work.

94. App creator

Are you a developer? You have sound knowledge of coding? Then you can create apps for people and earn money.

Pet side hustles

95. Become a Pet Groomer

Do you like pets? Can you teach them a few tricks and instruction? Then you can make pet grooming a side hustle.

96. Become a Dog Walker

There are dog owners who don’t have the time to take their dogs out for a walk. If you are good with pets and enjoy a stroll around the park, you can leverage this by pitching dog walking as a side hustle service.

97. Pet sitting

Earn money while taking care of cute puppies, cats are an awesome thing to do especially if you are an animal lover.

Other Side Hustles

98. Petrol Station Attendant

If you are a student looking for a part-time job this would be a good work.

99. Library assistant

Working as an assistant in the library is a great and exciting job to do. You can come across lots of exciting books and this will also help improve your knowledge while also making money.

100. Download apps

Did you know that there are sites that will pay you to money to download, use and test apps? An example is Feature Points. According to Feature Points, you can make money and earn rewards on your phone by trying free apps, completing surveys, shopping online, and more.

101. Podcasting

There are still opportunities to start a successful podcast.

It costs almost to nothing to start a podcast. You can easily start on the side, if you are consistent you will be surprised how quickly you can build followers.

To be successful in podcasting, It is important you niche down and be different.

 

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Most Popular Nigerian Food

Nigerian foods are some of the best foods in Africa and the world. Most popular Nigerian foods are identified in the post.

Nigeria, also known as the Giant of Africa is better known for its economic prowess, music, and footballing ability. But what many people don’t know is a love all Nigerians share; food.

We Nigerians love a good meal and experience better satisfaction if it is one of our local meals. Yes, we hold our local food in high esteem.

In fact, in Nigeria, if you see five restaurants on your way out I can bet three of them are buka or food canteens buzzing with people ordering eba, amala, iyan, shaki, fuku and all sorts of local delicacies.

We love our food and we are proud of it. You can even enjoy this video of Anglo-Nigerian heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua preparing eba for himself at home.

This is why it pains me that so many of my brothers and sisters in the diaspora don’t get the chance to experience the goodness our people experience back home.

I am unsure where to lay the blame on, scarce resources or inadequate know-how.

I’m hoping I can help change that somewhat with this article. That is why I am dividing this article into four sections:

  1. Some of the most popular Nigerian foods and soup
  2. Some of the most popular drinks/beverages in Nigeria
  3. Some of the most popular Nigerian sauce/spices
  4. Where you can get Nigerian foods online and offline in the UK

18 Most Popular Nigerian foods

  • Swallow

‘Swallow’ foods in Nigeria are generally starchy foods that can be taken with soups.

The term ‘swallow’ is also used because most of these starchy foods are swallowed as a small bolus and not chewed.

You simply take a small bolus, scoop some soup with it and swallow.

Nigerians prefer to eat swallow with our bare fingers, we believe it makes the food sweeter.

Some of the most popular swallows in Nigeria are amala, eba, pounded yam, semo, tuwo shinkafa, fufu and more.

They are usually accompanied with soups like efo riro, egusi, gbegiri, oha soup, okra soup and the likes.

Garri which is cassava flour is the main ingredients for making eba. Garri is available on Amazon.

  • Jollof Rice

I’m sure you’ve seen an argument or two about Nigerian Jollof and Ghanaian Jollof online.

This is because we Nigerians love our Jollof rice. In fact, we believe a party is not finished if you haven’t been served a plate of Jollof rice.

Jollof rice like many Nigerian foods can be eaten with any type of fish or meat and complimented with plantain, Moi Moi and coleslaw.

Good rice for making Nigeria Jollof Rice is available on Amazon.

  • Beans and Plantain

Plantain has to be one of the most popular food accompaniments in Nigeria. Such is its popularity.

The magic a well-fried plantain can do in any food is similar to a well-seasoned soup.

The magic it creates when paired with palm oil beans will even rival the almighty Jollof rice. I will explain to you why I said palm oil beans in a bit. Keep reading.

  • Akara

Akara is fried bean cakes. It has grown in popularity over the past decade in Nigeria.

It has always been popular but it has gone mainstream now.

It is now very common to see it get served at various events. Akara is mostly taken as breakfast and you can either get it from a roadside vendor or just prepare one yourself.

  • Nkwobi

Nkwobi is originally an Ibo delicacy but its popularity has spread all over the West.

This popular delicacy is made from spiced cow leg soaked in a richly flavoured sauce of Utazi leaves and palm oil.

Nkwobi works well as an appetizer and you can get it in most Ibo kitchens.

Another Ibo dish that rivals Nkwobi is Isiewu (goat’s head).

  • Ewa Aganyin

Remember when I mentioned ‘palm oil beans’?

Well, that is because there is another popular beans delicacy and it’s called ‘Ewa Aganyin’.

If you are a beans lover, chances are that you are crazy about Ewa Aganyin.

It is prepared with cooked beans and pepper sauce. But unlike the other beans dish, you do not use palm oil in preparing the beans and the sauce is prepared separately. You can serve it with bread, plantain, ponmo and more. I

It is almost a guaranty that the soft feel and tasty sauce will have you yearning for more.

  • Abacha

Oh, I love Abacha. The bland taste leaves much to dislike but such is the magic that you will ask for more.

The leave is somewhat bitter but the sauce makes up for that with. Abacha is also known as African Salad.

You can take Abacha as a stand-alone meal or as a snack.

  • Garri and Groundnut

There is a popular saying in the West that ‘Garri does not need advertisement’.

Such is the popularity of this simple yet heavenly drink.

Garri served with groundnut and chilled water during a hot afternoon can be very satisfying.

People especially enjoy taking ‘Ijebu garri’. It’s a type of Garri but with finer grains. You can take garri with groundnut, smoked fish, suya, kilishi or any appetizer.

  • Boli and Peanut

There isn’t much to say about Boli and groundnut as the advertisement is in the taste.

Boli is made from roasted plantain. It is often sold with groundnut as it sweetens the taste remarkably.

Boli is only taken as a snack and you can get it from various roadside sellers.

  • Suya

Originally a Hausa food that originated from the North, Suya is very popular throughout Nigeria.

Suya is prepared by barbecuing meat doused with unique spices.

Some of these spices include dried onions, peanuts, ginger, and more. People prefer to eat Suya in the evening.

  • Moi Moi

Moi Moi is a very versatile food accompaniment in Nigeria and originated from the South West.

It is made from steamed beans pudding. You can garnish Moi Moi with crayfish, corned beef, egg, smoked fish, and sardine to spice up the taste.

It is very popular to see families eating Moi Moi with pap (ogi or akamu) during the weekends when everyone is home.

Another way to dish Moi Moi is to serve it with other Nigerian dishes like rice or as a stand-alone snack.

  • Pepper Soup

Pepper is the life of any evening hangout in Nigeria. Its popularity is as a result of its extremely spicy soup and the variety of meat, chicken and fish it can be paired with. It is very rich in pepper, ginger, garlic, spices and onions.

  • Egusi Soup

Egusi soup is very popular in Nigeria. Its unique taste given to it by melon seeds makes it people’s favourite to be served alongside Pounded yam, Garri, fufu and amala. Some of the ingredients used in preparing Egusi soup are meat, seafood, melon seeds, vegetables, onions, and fermented beans.

  • Efo Riro

Efo Riro to me is the perfect stew for eating amala. It first originated from the Yorubas but is now widely eaten around the country. Efo Riro is a mixture of green vegetables, meat and fish.

  • Afang Soup

Afang soup originated from the South-southern part of Nigeria but the delicacy is now enjoyed nationwide. The soup is prepared with water leaves and Afang leaves and spiced up with meat, dried fish, snails and seasonings. The delicacy can be accompanied by any type of swallow.

  • Ogbono Soup

Ogbono soup is one of the tastiest soups to originate from the western part of Nigeria. It is a mixture of ground Ogbono seeds, palm oil, meat, seasons like chilli pepper, vegetables and sometimes tomatoes and okra. Like most soups in Nigeria, it can be eaten with any type of swallow and even rice.

  • Indomie

Indomie is one of the most popular food in every Nigerian household.

The popularity comes not only from its delightful taste but its easiness to cook.

In just a few minutes, you can have Indomie noodles ready to it. This brand of Instant Noodles is loved across all age groups.

  • Spaghetti

Spaghetti is another food like Indomie that is quite easy to cook.

The starchy white pasta is made from milled wheat and flour.

You can cook your Spaghetti in any form but most Nigerians love it boiled or cooked as Jollof.

You can serve Spaghetti with stew, stew sauce, meat, fish, and even tomato.

 

7 Most Popular Drinks in Nigeria

1. Hibiscus Tea (Zobo)

Zobo is one of the most popular drinks in Nigeria and it’s very healthy.

It is made from dried red calyces and sepals of Roselle leaves; a type of hibiscus flower. Zobo can be taken either sweetened or unsweetened.

One of the things I love about Zobo is the fact that it is highly customizable.

You can mix it up with ginger, pineapple, apple, garlic, or any fruit of your choice. Zobo like most drinks is best served chilled.

2. Kunu

Kunu is a very healthy Nigerian drink of Northern origin.

The sweet and spicy nutty flavour is probably unrivalled by any other drink in Nigeria.

Kunu is prepared from Tiger nuts. Just like Zobo, you can also spice up Kunu with fruits like date, garlic, or ginger.

It also has some health benefits like

  • curing indigestion
  • lowering the risks associated with diabetes
  • soothing of cold and coughs
  • great for pregnant and nursing women

3. Palm Wine

If there’s one way to describe Palm wine, it is ‘the father of all local drinks’.

Palm wine is made from various the saps of palm tree species like coconut palms, Palmyra, and date palms.

This cloudy, whitish beverage can be served as an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. To serve alcoholically, you must preserve and let it ferment for a couple of hours or more.

The freshly tapped palm wine is the non-alcoholic drink and can be served as juice and it has so many health benefits like

  • helping to improve eyesight
  • acting as an antioxidant against cancer-causing agents
  • preventing various cardiovascular diseases
  • increasing milk production in lactating moms
  • maintaining a healthy skin

4. Fura De Nunu

Fura De Nunu is a popular gruel in the northern part of Nigeria but has also found roots in the western part of the country.

Fura De Nunu is made from milk and millet gruel which is where it got its name from. Fura De Nunu means milk and millet gruel in English.

This local yoghurt with thick lumps is gotten from the fermentation of cow milk which has been separated from its lipid component better known as Man Shanu or Cow oil.

The fura balls are produced from millet flour spiced with cloves, ginger and even pepper.

Fura De Nunu like most popular Nigerian drinks also has its health benefits. Some of them are that it helps:

  • with mitigating migraines and heart attacks
  • with fat metabolism and repair of body tissue
  • in lowering of cholesterol in the body
  • to prevent gallstones
  • prevent constipation
  • protect against breast cancer and type 2 diabetes

5. Malt Drink

Malt is a common beverage in Nigeria and it’s known for its sweet flavour and refreshing taste.

What differentiates Malt drinks from other soft drinks like Pepsi, Fanta, Coke and others is the Malt ingredient itself.

What most people don’t know is that Malt itself is the key ingredient.

Malt is an ingredient in brewing beer but when it doesn’t undergo the complete process, it’s a non-alcoholic drink.

Popular brands of Malt include Hi-Malt, Malta Guinness, beta malt, Maltina and others.

6. Chocolate Drink

A lot of Nigerians were not raised on beverages like coffee, yellow tea and the likes.

One of the most popular drinks in Nigerian homes is the chocolate drinks made from cocoa.

There are various types of chocolate drinks, some examples are dark chocolate, white chocolate, and milk chocolate.

On a hot day, this drink is best served chilled and best served hot on a sunny day.

The most popular brands of chocolate drinks include Milo, Bournvita, Cowbell chocolate.

7. Milk Drink

Very rarely will you see a Nigerian take chocolate drink without adding milk.

But milk can be served alone itself. Some of the most popular ways to pair milk are with coffee, tea, chocolate drinks, garri, golden morn, and cornflakes.

Low-fat milk, whole milk, and fat-free milk are some of the most popular kinds of milk we have. The most popular Nigerian brands are Peak milk, Dano Milk, and Cowbell milk.

 

10 Most Popular Food Spices In A Nigerian’s Home

  • Salt

Salt needs no introduction has it gives taste to our meals.

  • Curry Powder

Curry Powder adds that nice aroma and flavour to our stew. It is also what gives Nigerian Fried Rice its green/lime colour.

  • Thyme

Thyme is used in seasoning stews and gives it a natural seasoned flavour.

  • Stock Cubes

Examples of stock cubes are Maggi cubes, Knorr cubes and Royco cubes. They are used to add flavour to food.

  • Onions

Onions are one of those spices that you just can’t do without when preparing a Nigerian meal. They enhance the natural flavour of food and soups.

  • Pepper

A Nigerian meal is not complete without the spicy taste of pepper.

We have different types such as Habanero pepper, Cameroon pepper, chilli powder, black pepper, alligator pepper and so on.

  • Locust beans

Locust beans are made from carob seeds. This pungent fermented salty condiment is an important requirement of traditional stews and soups.

  • Scent leaves

These leaves are used to add special aroma to food and it has medical benefits.

  • Garlic

Garlic can be blended with other ingredients to prepare soups, spices, and marinades.

  • Ginger

Ginger can be used the same way as garlic to make soups, spices and marinades.

Places You Can Buy Nigerian Foods And Seasons Online/Offline in The UK

Where to buy Nigerian Foods Online

The best place to find Nigeria Foods online is on Amazon. There are a lot of other websites where you will be able to buy Nigerian foods.

Nigerian Restaurants in UK

  • Enish Nigerian Restaurant Lewisham

Address: 228 Lewisham High St, Lewisham, London SE13 6JU, United Kingdom

  • Mama Cass Nigerian Restaurant

Address: 160-164 Old Kent Rd, London SE1 5TY, United Kingdom

  • Mama Africa Nigerian Restaurant

Address: 194-196 Burnt Oak Broadway, London HA8 0AS, United Kingdom

  • Presidential Suya Nigerian Restaurant

Address: 25-27 Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 3JH, United Kingdom

  • Wazobia Nigerian Restaurant

Address: 670-672 Old Kent Rd, London SE15 1JF, United Kingdom

  • Eko Kitchen – African Restaurant

Address: UK, 8 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LF, United Kingdom

  • Lekki Kitchen Nigerian Restaurant

Address: 86 Watling Ave, Burnt Oak, Edgware HA8 0LU, United Kingdom

  • Tummy Kom4ort

Address: 8 Princes Parade, Golders Green Road, London NW11 9PS, United Kingdom

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GoHenry cards: Is GoHenry a good idea?

What do I think about GoHenry cards: Is GoHenry a good idea?

One of the biggest headaches of parents is how to teach their children financial literacy or responsibility. It was during my quest to find an answer that I came across GoHenry.

I am a big believer of parents teaching their children financial values. I believe when children understand the value of money, they are better prepared for the financial world in future.

I wrote an article about how to teach your children about money. After I published the article I decided to open a GoHenry account for our first son who is age 10.

GoHenry is a good card that can help kids build money skills. I love the fact that GoHenry card offers parental control.

The way the world is going, we are going towards a cashless society. An account like GoHenry provides a great opportunity to start teaching our kids about money management and how to use ATM card in a sensible way.

These days, a lot of shopping is done using cards both online and in brick and mortar shops.

Our children have various material needs like art and craft, sporting activities and school education materials. We closely supervise our son in the shop to use his GoHenry card to buy specific things needed in the shop.

I personally keep the card and only hand it to him when we are in the shop together and I collect the card back as soon as we finished with payment.

What is GoHenry?

GoHenry is an online app and a pre-paid Visa debit card created specifically for children (6-18 years). The goal of the app is to teach children how to manage their allowances through budgeting and responsible spending.

The United Kingdom-based company was launched in 2012 and gives parents the ability to monitor the debit card transactions carried out by each of their kids. It is also available in the U.S.

How much does GoHenry cost?

Someone might ask the question, is Go Henry card free?

GoHenry is free for the first month, after which you are charged a monthly fee of £2.50 per child.

I feel it is important to explain how GoHenry card differs from a kid’s bank account.

The main difference is that you pay for the GoHenry card, it isn’t free. Depending on the method of transfer, you also pay a small token to transfer money onto the card. Also, there is a £2.50 membership fee per month.

How Is GoHenry Helpful?

I have to say that the GoHenry app is the major selling point of the company. There is a parent’s and kid’s version of the app.

With the parent’s version, parents can track their account balance and transfer money into their children’s cards. You can either choose to set up a fixed transfer of allowance for example weekly, or impromptu payments for specific tasks completed.

Another crucial feature of the app is the parental control parameters. You can set up strict rules on where or how the card should be used, choose between the card being used online or via ATMs, locking and unlocking of the card at will, as well as setting limits on individual and weekly spending.

With the children’s version, they can log-in to check their balance, spending history, and available tasks. They also can send their funds to either their ‘savings’ or ‘regular balance’.

How do I set up a Gohenry account?

Signing up to GoHenry is easy. All you need to do is to go to GoHenry website and click on the sign-up button.

It will take just you just few minutes and no credit card is required to sign up. After I sign up to get the GoHenry card for our son, the Go Henry card arrived in the mail after 4 days of signing up.

It shouldn’t go beyond 7days before the card will arrive. GoHenry mentioned on their website that card will arrive in about 7days.

GoHenry pre-paid Visa debit card and app has been helping our son build money skills.

We use the unique parental controls which means it’s totally safe for our son to use. If you sign up today you’ll get £10 added to your account (and so will I!) when you activate your card.

If you have interest in signing up, please click here to sign up.

How to put money on my GoHenry card

You can send money in your parent GoHenry account in two major ways;

  1. Through bank transfer
  2. Through your debit card

Transferring money through bank transfer can be broken down into 4 steps.

Log into your account and tap “topping up” from the left-hand side menu of your screen. Then tap the “see how” option next to ‘bank transfer’. This displays the GoHenry account details for your parent account. Once this is gotten, you can then contact your bank to set up the payment.

Note: It is advisable to set the standing order as monthly. It can also take up to 24 hours for you to be debited.

Transferring money to your parent account through your debit card can be broken down into 4 steps.

Log into your account on the website or mobile app then click ‘Top-up’ on the homepage. The next step is to confirm the amount you want to send then click make payment to complete the transfer.

Where can Gohenry cards be used?

One of the advantages of the GoHenry card is that it can be used anywhere globally so far as they accept VISA cards as a mode of payment.

This means your kids can pay for goods and services anywhere in the world. They can use it on school trips, holidays, over the internet and even make cash withdrawals on ATMs.

Transfer money out of parent GoHenry accounts

The fastest way to retrieve funds from your parent account without technical assistance from the GoHenry team is to make a ‘quick transfer’ to the child account and withdraw it through an ATM. It is important to know that your daily ATM withdrawal limit is £120 provided you set the child account rules to withdraw that much.

However, in cases whereby you wish to withdraw more than £120, GoHenry can transfer the funds back to your parent account.

You will have to send an email to help@gohenry.co.uk to help you with this. You must accompany your email with the transfer amount and your bank details.

Can you use GoHenry cards in shops and online platforms

Yes, you can use GoHenry cards in shops and online platforms if they accept payment through VISA cards.

How does my child use the card at an ATM?

Using the GoHenry card at an ATM is just like using any other payment card. Your child simply has to insert their card into the ATM and enter their card PIN. After which they can then withdraw cash.

However, your child can only successfully withdraw cash using an ATM if you’ve enabled it to be used at ATMs in the ‘Rules’ page.

It is important to note that they are not permitted to check their account balance on ATMs. Your child can only withdraw cash up to the limit you’ve set.

As earlier mentioned above, the daily ATM withdrawal limit is £120.

Click here to see all GoHenry limits.

Can GoHenry cards be used abroad

GoHenry cards can be used to pay for goods and services globally. If they support VISA card payments then the card will work.

Is Go Henry Safe?

Yes, GoHenry is safe.

The main aim of GoHenry is to teach children how money works so they can spend money in a safe way. It is a prepaid card which means you can only spend the money you put in it.

It helps teach kids how to be good with money.

My Reservations about GoHenry

  • You have to pay £5 for customisable cards.
  • They charge a monthly fee of £2.50 per card. This means the more children you have, the more monthly fees you have to pay.

My initial mindset when I first heard about GoHenry wasn’t really great. But, I leapt and opened it for one of my kids.

All I can say at the moment is that it is a great financial education tool.

The fact that you can set limits on withdrawals means your children will develop the habit of spending money wisely over time.

If you are interested in getting a GoHenry card for your child, please click here to sign up.

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Amazon FBA for beginners – How does it work

In this article, I am focusing on Amazon FBA for beginners.

Amazon provides great opportunities for ordinary people to make money through their Amazon FBA program. I am going to give you all the information you need to get started.

My amazon experience started in the summer of 2017 and I am still hanging there and learning and generating some additional income.

This article is based on some of the valuable lessons I have learned selling on Amazon platforms across the world.

Let me just drop some points below which summarises some of the lessons I have learnt. Just like any side hustle, there will be a lot more than can be covered in a single post.

Fulfilled by Amazon

This is what I love about Amazon and what makes it different from eBay (I also sell on eBay). With Amazon FBA, all you need to do is to send all your products to Amazon fulfilment centre, Amazon will then take over the rest

When a customer buys one of your products, you will not need to do anything

Let me use one of my products as an example

300 units were shipped from China to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre

Whenever a customer buys the product, I don’t need to do anything, it will be the responsibility of Amazon to send the product to the customer from their warehouse (Fulfilment Centre)

This is a game-changer, unlike the Merchant Fulfilled (also available for sellers on Amazon) where you will have to visit the post office or courier drop off centre multiple times to ship products to customers

Fulfilled by Amazon is a great example of leveraging. It’s not a free service, you will pay fees for this service but it worth it

Amazon will pick, pack and ship your products to the customer at some cost to you.

4 Major Business Models on Amazon

On Amazon there is 4 major business model, you can focus on just one or you can do all

Retail Arbitrage

You pick up products from normal shops or supermarket, sell the same product for higher that you bought it for after Amazon deduct their fees

You keep the remaining and this is your profit. Do over and over and you can earn good money

Online Arbitrage

This is similar to retail arbitrage above. The only difference is that for online arbitrage, you will need to buy the products online

Wholesale

You find wholesaler or distributors, buy few or bulk and sell on Amazon

Again make sure you buy at a low price and sell for higher on Amazon. Buy low and sell high, it’s as simple as that. It’s simple but not easy

Private Label

This is the one I love the most. It require a lot of work at the beginning because you have to research good products that sell well, sometimes you have to design the product

You will find a manufacturer or supplier, mostly from China but you can find a manufacturer in any country including here in the UK

These are my few points based on my experience of selling on Amazon

Lessons Learnt selling on Amazon

1. Amazon FBA is not for everyone – When you test it out you will know straight away if its what you can cope with or just pass.

2. Quality – Ensure your product is high quality if you do private level

3. It takes time to succeed – Anything that will worthwhile will take time to master. There is no magic formula. There are a lot of people online making it look as if you can just throw product on Amazon and you will become a millionaire. It will take time and work to make it work.

4. Feed the Beast – Amazon is the beast, if you don’t feed it, the money will not flow. Once you stop sending products to Amazon fulfilment centre, your sales will drop or stop because you will not have products to sell. It is not a set and forgets business.

5. Product research is key – Without the right product that customers are looking for, it will be a waste of time to sell on Amazon. Finding the right product is crucial to success.

6. Amazon fees – To sell on Amazon you will pay fees. They have an online calculator to let you know the fees.

7. Start Small – Starting small is very important. It reduces risk. Test, test and test.

8. Manage your expectation – There is nothing wrong in having a high expectation. However, I have seen people have too high expectation about how much money they can make and suddenly get overwhelmed when things are not happening as quickly as they expect.

9. Think long term – after testing phase if you prefer to test it out first, it is important to think long term and stay consistent. Like anything you do in life, you need to be consistent in order to succeed.

10. Remove emotion from decision making – If the maths is not right, don’t waste your time sourcing a product. Business is about profit, any business that can not make a profit will go under, it is as simple as that. Because you are passionate about a particular product don’t mean customers will pay for it.

11. Page 1 – This is where the magic happens because most customers don’t look beyond page 1. To get to page one for any specific keywords, the major factor is sales volume. There are other factors like how long the product has been on Amazon and how to optimise the listing is.

12. Amazon SEO – Just like you see it in blogging, there is also Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) on Amazon. Amazon like Google is also a search engine.

Challenges of selling on Amazon

1. Category restrictions – When you are new, you will not be allowed to sell in all categories straight away. When you meet the requirements, you can sell in most categories.

2. Returns – Just the way you buy things and return because you change your mind. Customers will do the same and its part of the selling universe.

3. You don’t own the customers – It is important to know that the customers you are serving are not your customers. They are amazon customers.

4. Suspension – It’s like a comparison between blogging and Youtube. A blog is more or less your property but YouTube can kick you out if they want. Also, Amazon can suspend your account if you go against their terms and conditions. Don’t get scared, you won’t be suspended as long as you do things in the right way.

5. Bad reviews – Some customers are just not kind. Even if you have a high-quality product. You can’t satisfy all customers. But, customers are always right.

Final Thought

To succeed on Amazon, you need to work very hard, consistent, and think creatively. I have another article  I wrote about how to start selling books on Amazon.

Selling books is a low-risk way to start selling on Amazon. You might want to read that article by clicking here.

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Benefits of Coronavirus in the World – COVID-19

As at the time of writing this article, the whole world is living in fear and anxiety. And the source of the fear and depression in the world is the new Coronavirus, COVID-19.

We entered the New Year with excitement and looked forward to an amazing 2020. Little did we know that COVID-19 will throw fear into the hearts of men and women – young and adult. We didn’t envision COVID-19 ruining our year.

Although it isn’t yet considered as deadly as its sister viruses SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it has to be the worst viral infection the world has experienced in a very long time.

Because the human mind is wired to see negative things all the time, it is very easy to ignore the benefits of coronavirus in the world. I know this isn’t what you want to hear but the Coronavirus outbreak has some benefits although the negatives far outweigh it.

It isn’t an easy time to stay positive but still, I choose to see positives. This article is not me trying to be insensitive or turning a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of people infected and dead. This is not me saying lives don’t matter.

In this article, I explore some of the benefits of coronavirus no one talks about.

1. World Reset

When everything is going well, it is difficult to think there will ever be a time like this. A time when you cannot go out to socialise.

We’ve seen pandemics happen in movies but I doubt anyone ever thought they’d get to experience one.

Most of the people currently alive cannot fathom what is currently happening. Life is not linear but full of ups and downs.

The period of economic boom, prosperity and happiness cannot last forever.

As good times cannot last forever, so also does bad times.

The world is currently going through a reset. A reset is not bad. It is good for reflection, solitude and understanding things that are important.

Reset time is a time to make corrections and learn.

So many countries, for example, are now understanding their shortcomings. The virus is really a wake-up call for us all.

 

2. Understanding what is important

We often get our priorities wrong most times. I was at ‘Boots’ the other day to buy hair clipper. Some sections in the shops were sealed off.

I saw what I wanted but could not get it because of the barricade. I asked one of the store assistants for help. Her response was that no one is allowed to buy anything from the sealed off part of the store.

I asked why. She responded by saying those are not essential things and they only sell essential things.

Coronavirus has helped us to understand that food and shelter are possibly the two most important things. We can add quality health care and spirituality to the mix.

No one can afford to be wasteful of their resources at this moment. In fact, most people will have to ration what they have because of the fear of going out to get another.

The lockdown caused by coronavirus has helped us to have perspective and understand things that are essentials of human existence. There are a lot of things that are important to us, like going to the cinema, music festival, watching our favourite football teams on live on TV or in a stadium.

While all these are important, they are not essential.

The arrival of coronavirus helped us to understand this.

 

3. Self Improvement

How long have some of us been putting off getting certain things done because of our busy schedule? When last did some of us take out time to breathe, to self reflect? How many ideas have you written down but haven’t found time to plan and execute?

The untold truth is that no one has an excuse for not making the most of the period. Yes, the quarantine period is boring and most are used to their work environment more than they are used to their own home. But we have to make the most of this period.

There is no better time to think creatively away from distractions. No better time to come up with ideas. No better time to finish up that online course you’ve been putting off.

What I’m trying to say is that we owe it to ourself to come out of this period better than we started it.

 

4. Families coming together

The coronavirus pandemic which has placed a lot of cities and towns on lockdown has also brought families together. Normally, most families spend as little time as possible together because the parents go out early to make a living and come back late. The children also spend most of their time in school.

The pandemic has kept everyone home. It creates opportunities for family bonding and reunion.

Dad, mum and the kids have time to play games, watch movies together and catch up on lost time. Couples have lots of time for those important conversations they’ve been putting off because of time.

It goes further to help some people connect to their extended family via video call, text messages and traditional phone calls. Some people just did not have time to make phone calls before the coronavirus outbreak.

5. Time to look for new opportunities

A lot of problems will originate from this pandemic which will require people to seek solutions. As a result of this pandemic, there will be new opportunities for problem-solving. Money is a reward for solving problems. There will be people whose lives will change for the better from the rewards they will receive from the problems they’ve solved.

Think about it, vaccination will be developed at some point. Whichever company or individual who has the breakthrough of the vaccines will make profits. There is nothing wrong with making profits as long as it’s not someone taking advantage of someone else’s circumstances.

Money is a net result of providing valuable products and services.

6. Homeschooling fun

Most people including me have never thought that I will ever home school my kids. I am not saying I don’t do home works with my kids. The responsibility of having to educate your kids yourself without input from the traditional education systems isn’t what most parents are prepared for.

The pandemic now makes it compulsory for parents to home school their children because schools in most countries of the world have shut down.

Personally I am finding it fun and challenging homeschooling my kids.

I think it’s beneficial because we get to be a bit closer to our kids and take more responsibility for their learning. Not just school learning but also life learning.

 

7. Appreciating one another and stronger community spirit

The pandemic lockdown helps us to appreciate one another more. A lot of people we see regularly now seem very far away from us. Because of social distancing, you cannot even get too close to your neighbour. You only have your immediate family around you. Everyone now seems to be supporting one another through phone calls and text messages. You can see people showing one another kindness and love.

People have been reaching out to one another through social media and staying connected during this difficult period.

 

9. The excitement of travelling abroad reduce

As an immigrant in the UK. I know the craze back home about travelling abroad to seek greener pasture. I know the craze will return after the pandemic is over. But for now, during this pandemic period, no one seems to be interested in going abroad. The talk at the moment is about staying safe wherever you are. Most countries are affected by the pandemic so going to another country will not make anyone safe and makes no sense.

 

10. Closer to God

The coronavirus pandemic is clearly an invisible battle the world is fighting. Human beings are the highest form of God’s creation. Humans will win. The battle with the pandemic has made a lot of people reconnect with their maker.

And it makes sense too because humans are notorious for only turning to God when in fear or things are going bad.

Even people that do not believe that God exists find some solitude and connect with a higher power they think is responsible for making life work.

 

12. Health workers more valued

The health workers are a very important part of the process of getting the world back on their feet.

Who’d have thought that the world will finally see health workers as heroes?

The society now appreciates health workers more than they usually do. There have been kind gestures from various businesses towards the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. Free sandwiches, pizza, special shopping house from the supermarket, The list goes on and on.

 

13. Air pollution is reduced

As a result of the pandemic, the roads are more quiet than usual and mother nature thanks us. The lockdown in various countries indirectly means less pollution. Reduction in movements has even been recorded in places with small coronavirus outbreak. No one wants to go out because of the fear of being infected. This is a good thing because of less pollution in the world. The same goes for thousands of flights cancelled worldwide.

This is another positive.

Obviously, the damage to the economy is massive and will take a very long time to recover.

This article by NBCNews sheds more light on this.

 

14. Working From Home

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have to walk from home. Even organisations who naturally frown upon their staff working from home for any reason are forced to make arrangement for home working where possible.

Let’s be honest, working from home also saves us money from transportation and having to eat out.

The nature of some jobs requires them to be present in their workplace. However, any job that can be done on a computer is now been done from home because of the spread of coronavirus.

 

15. Interest rate down and stock market crash

If not for the Coronavirus pandemic, the interest rates of most countries wouldn’t have come down. The interest rates have both its benefits and disbenefits. If you are a cautious investor, you will surely not like that the interest rate is zero.

Can you believe the interest rate can be reduced to zero? That is what it is in America. In the UK it was initially reduced to 1.25 when the pandemic just started. To save businesses and the economy, it was further reduced to 1.

I do not encourage borrowing but it should be good news for people who have businesses with good growth prospect. If money is why you haven’t taken your business to the next level, you can take advantage of the very low-interest rate during this period.

While it is not a good thing that the stock market has crashed and stock prices have gone down significantly. It is still an opportunity for people that are wise with money to buy stocks of companies they like for cheap.

The stock market throughout history has corrections and crashes. The stock market has been due for a while to either get corrected or crash but coronavirus was very instrumental to the black Monday 2020 crash.

 

Final Thoughts

This coronavirus pandemic period is a strange, unprecedented and extraordinary time. It is a period we have never experienced before. No one really knows what to do as this is uncharted territory for the world. But we must not give up hope. Never.

However long the coronavirus pandemic lasts for, this period will be remembered for a very long time. No one alive now will forget it so quickly.

Stay positive. Remain calm. Follow the authority’s guidelines.

We will win. We are human. We have dominion. God is on our side.

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