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Month: May 2019

Careers That Pay Well And Are A Lot Of Fun

When it comes to doing a job you actually love – whether it’s through your own business or working for someone else, many people are under the false impression that you can’t do a job you love that pays well, and that you can either have a fun job or a well-paid job, but not both.

For starters, this isn’t true – it’s an old mindset story that’s been passed down through the generations and that really has no place in modern society.

The fact is, if you’re doing something you love, then it means you’re passionate about it and that’s going to be reflected in the results you deliver, which means you’re going to be helping people, so you absolutely should be getting paid well for that.

Whether you’re just starting out with your career or are in a period of transition and looking to make a change, then you may not know exactly what you want to do, and have even less of an idea of where to start with it, so in this post, we’re going to give you a list of careers that are seriously fun to do, but that also pay well, so that you can see you don’t have to settle for one or the other, and hopefully we’ll get you inspired and fired up so you can make a choice that’s good for you.

Copywriter

Copywriting is a seriously in-demand service, and you really have so many opportunities in this area – you can choose to work freelance for the clients you choose or you can work in-house directly for a company within their marketing department or even in an advertising agency as many copywriters do. Of course, you need to have a certain skill set to work as a copywriter, but if you’re able to engage people and get results through your writing, then you can definitely make a good name for yourself and make great money. Copywriting is not only well-paid, but it’s really fun, and you’ll get to really unleash your creative and work on all kinds of projects with companies from all kinds of industries.

Coach

If you love working with people and really making  a difference in their lives by helping them overcome a certain challenge or hit a specific goal, then coaching could be a great career choice for you. You will typically work on a self-employed basis as a coach with the exception of corporate coaching where some companies will actually hire as a full time staff member, for example to come in and show their employees how they can start getting the most out of Power BI. However, this can be a great thing because then you have the freedom to set your own hours, set your own rates, and work with the kinds of clients you really want to work with.

Personal Trainer

Personal training used to be looked at as something that only the rich and famous could afford, but nowadays with so many people really starting to pay attention to their health, it’s becoming something that many people are looking for. If you have a love and passion for fitness and really want to work with people one to one whilst helping them achieve their goals, then a career as a personal trainer could be perfect for you. The other great thing about being a personal trainer is that you can add income streams to your business through things like digital products which can be complementary to the services you already offer your clients such as diet plans.

Graphic Designer

If you have any kind of visual or drawing skills and really love to be creative, then graphic design could be a path for you to follow. Not only is this a seriously fun career that sometimes doesn’t even feel like work, but it pays well – especially if you work for yourself and can really build a good name for yourself. Whether you choose to work with big companies on their visual branding or want to go smaller and create things like stationery and clothing, you can really get creative when it comes to graphic design.

Animator

Animation has come such a long way from the days of the original Disney animations, and nowadays everything is super high end and digital to the point where it’s almost hard to tell what’s animated and what’s real. If you want a creative career that’s amazingly fun and pays well, then animation is definitely one to consider.

App Developer

The phrase “there’s an app for that.” is now more true than it’s ever been – there’s virtually an app for everything, and whilst some are definitely better than others, apps are on the rise and certainly not going anywhere, so the need for good app developers is quickly growing, and people are prepared to pay good money for these because they know the value of them in today’s world and they want to stay at the top.

Game Designer

If you’re a gamer of any kind, or even if you simply appreciate the world of video games, then like animation, they’re now to the point where the visuals are so good that it’s hard to tell them apart from real life, and this means that if you’re a game designer you get to be more creative than ever. If you’re looking for an amazingly fun career that pays really well, game designing could be a perfect choice for you.

Travel Writer

Do you love to travel and love to write, then a career as a travel writer is possibly one of the most fun careers you could ever hope for – and is well paid when you get hired by the right publications and even do partnerships for high end hotels and airlines who want their business to be featured in the best light. Not only do travel writers get paid well for traveling the world and staying in luxury resorts, often many of these expenses are covered for them.

Hopefully this post has shown you that you don’t need to choose between what you love and what you can make good money with – in today’s world, there’s really no reason you can’t do both.

How To Get Fantastic, Fun, Family Portraits

So you want to capture more of those special moments with your family, but you’re just not getting it right? Try starting with family portraits to get a strong photo but also to practice with your camera and get used to snapping away. If you’ve never done a family portrait before, don’t be intimidated, be honest with your family and tell them you’re just learning, and hopefully, they will be willing participants in helping you out and getting some beautiful photos in exchange, it will hopefully be fun for everyone.

Use a tripod

If you’ve got one, using a tripod for a portrait is an excellent idea as it allows you to get your eye away from the camera so you can make eye contact with your subjects. You can make gestures to get kids’ attention or make faces at them, and you’ll get way better expressions by interacting with them than you will from looking through the viewfinder. Plus it means you can set a timer and jump in yourself.

Stagger the heads

Avoid a boring straight line, row, or column of heads. Diagonal lines are more dynamic and add interest to an image, so try to do that with your family.

If it bends, bend it

This is a general rule from professional photographers when photographing anyone. People tend to stand stiff and rigid when having their, so you need to get them to bend a few body parts to look more natural. Get them to shift their weight to one foot and stick out a hip, or get them to put a hand in a pocket or hook a finger on their belt or a belt loop. There are many positions you can do so try a few and see what works best for everyone.

Let kids be kids

People often tell their kids to be good and smile; however, to get the best out of them say to your kids it’s going to be fun. Bring some props, some of their favorite toys, have some bubbles with you and if your kids don’t want to sit and smile, don’t force them, instead let them run around and be kids for a while and get some great snaps of that. Play with them and have some fun.

Have fun with it

The last tip is not to take yourself so seriously. Create a few whacky shots, tell everyone to do a group squish, do a pile on in the grass, ask everyone to jump in the air or make silly faces and you’ll be sure to get some cracking shots.

Use a good quality camera

While phones are great these days if you want to get some good photos of your family then invest in a decent quality camera. There is so much more you can do with it, and you’ll have high-resolution images which you’ll be able to send to people using a large file sharing service or make copies and resize to share on social media for everyone to see.

Taking Care Of Your Computer

Computers, much like people need you to take care of them. They need a regular check-up and protecting from some of the ‘diseases’ and ‘illnesses’ that they can get. Of course, you look after yourself with food, water and a visit to the doctor. If you’re feeling under the weather, you pick up some medicine and have a guess about what might be wrong. For an Apple Mac, you’d see Mac Everything – because they just know things.

But in general, you take care of yourself enough to prevent anything too serious.

So here are some routine maintenance tips for your computer.

Clean It Up

You might be disgusted and surprised about the filth that is secretly hiding in your keyboard, mouse and the openings in the computer – like the USB ports. Dust and grime build up and can wreak havoc on your system. To clean a keyboard and some of the more accessible surfaces, use a cleaning putty. Looking and feeling like the slime you played with as a child and is once again popular this picks up crumbs, dust, and other lints. For more dust-laden areas, like fans, for example, you can use a compressed air canister to blast it out the way without your system being damaged.

Vent Awareness

Every year millions of people take their laptops to the store they got it from and complain that it has exploded. It overheated. Because, of course, they were engrossed in their favorite series and completely forgot that those vents are there for a reason. To get air into the unit to keep it cool. This isn’t about the maintenance; it is just a must.

Downloads

There are some safe downloads, and there are some not so safe ones. The issue is that some malicious people like to use popular downloads to attach viruses and malware to. Once you open that file ready to install it will just ruin your machine in no time. So be careful where you download programs, always use the source of the product rather than third-party sites because it is free.

Shut Down

Leaving your machine on standby each and every night is going to clock up the hours of it working nonstop. Every night, once you are finished close your computer down property, consider this a rest for you both. Avoid cold booting too. This is where you hold down the off button rather than wait for the shutdown to process. The extra minute or two will protect your machine and doesn’t it deserve that?

Uninstall

When it comes to the running and memory, go through and delete all of the files that you are no longer using, and then uninstall programs that you are no longer using too. They take up valuable running space that just wastes your time.

When it comes to your computer, you should take care of it, as you would a car. They cost a lot of money and are used many times a day.