The Internet Is Full of Money: Are You Getting Your Share

Anywhere there are large quantities of people; there is money. And on the internet, there are a lot of people; some 2.8 billion people, approximately. With so many people accessing the same service, it’s no surprise that internet businesses have skyrocketed their way to massive financial reward. However, you don’t have to be Amazon or eBay of Facebook to rake in the digital cash. Anyone with a pinch of talent and a strong work ethic can make money online. They just need to find out exactly how they can do it. Here are a few tips to get you on your way.

What’s Your Talent?

There are a million and one ways to make money online, but you don’t have the skillset to do all of them. You can do one (or several) of them. As such, think about what you’re good at and then research the online demand for that skill. If you’re a good writer, then there will be opportunities for you to write online. If you’re a guitar player, then there will be a demand for online webcam lessons. These are just two examples; it can be anything. Think of how you make money in “the real world” and see if it’ll transfer to the digital world.

Putting it out There

The idea is one thing, putting it into practice is another thing. You need to understand how the internet works and build your new venture around it; it is your gateway to success. This means understanding the internet trends (such as how people find businesses/establish their trustworthiness, etc.). You’ll also need the tools to get ahead in a busy marketplace. If you’re selling your products, then recruiting the services of an ecommerce agency will give you access to the areas of expertise you need to be successful. If you’re planning on writing, then having a website that showcases your talent and provides testimonials from past clients is the way to go.

Part-Time, Full-Time

Some people think of the internet as a way to get easy, fast cash. That’s not the case. Just as you can’t expect to be profitable offline if you don’t work hard; if you don’t put the necessary effort into your online venture, then it is doomed to failure. You may want to start as a side-project, but you’ll quickly need to put in full-time hours (even if you have another job). There’s no way to just fall into success online (at least anymore), so treat it as a serious business from day one.

Being Patient

The road to success on the internet, like in most other things, is never as quick as we would like. You’ll need to be patient, and be willing to roll with the punches as you work toward building a successful business. If you have a skill that at least one other person will pay for you, and understand how the internet works (or are at least willing to get help), then there’s no reason you can’t get your slice of the internet pie!

Just In Time, the Brave Browser Becomes My Default

Last night I saw a respected security professional I follow on Twitter mention the Brave web browser, and how good he thought the mobile version is. Brave was started by the Mozilla Project co-founder Brandon Eich, and is based on Chromium, the open-source base that Google Chrome is constructed upon.

Today, I caught wind that Chrome is soon going to prevent you from doing things such as disabling its DRM management feature called Widevine. The problem with this is summarized here:

…a single browser may now require two different DRM plugins to play all DRM content. These plugins have their own security issues, but unlike with the Flash vulnerabilities, security researchers are banned from looking for them, due to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). That means malicious hackers, who already engage in other criminal activities, may freely take advantage of all the vulnerabilities they find in these DRM plugins before companies discover them on their own.

In short, because of the closed nature of the DMCA, we end users are at risk unnecessarily, and we will soon have no ability to disable this plugin should we wish to do so.

Enter The Brave

Brave offers a browser that works on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) and on mobile. It blocks ads by default, blocks malware, and is lean and fast. Putting user privacy and security at the forefront, along with speed, this thing is a powerhouse as it forces https on websites and prevents malware-serving advertisement networks from invading your workspace.

But the difference is the paradigm shift in supporting advertisers, as opposed to simply blocking them out completely:

Brave intends to keep 15% of ad revenue for itself, pay content publishers 55%, ad partners 15% and also give 15% to the browser users, who can in turn donate to bloggers and other providers of web content through micropayments.

I have yet to figure out how or if that will work, exactly, and it doesn’t seem to be fully impemented in the browser yet, but it seems like a great way to solve the elephant-in-the-room problem the Internet faces today: how to earn money and keep users safe at the same time, so that they don’t need to run ad blockers and anti-tracking plugins?

Stay tuned for more info as I learn it, and as I figure out Brave.

Can Cloud Based Applications Empower Your Business?

When businesses speak of the latest modern technology, cloud computing is often something that is brought to the discussion and examined thoroughly. But what exactly is cloud computing and how can it benefit your business? Let’s find out.

Cloud software gives instant updates and feedback

Unlike traditional software development that has to be compiled and distributed to testers, cloud software is deployed instantly thanks to revolutionary services such as Microsoft Azure and Stackify. Azure lets Stackify easily empower fellow developers by offering an ideal foundation for web developers all over the world. In the world of software development, the most critical component that every team should be concerned about is the speed of development and how much time is spent on actually creating and launching the product as opposed to fixing bugs and analysing security problems. This is one of the biggest draws to cloud applications; the ability to get instant feedback and provide quick updates.

Cloud software makes your business accessible from anywhere

Since there are no files to pass around, cloud computing makes it possible for you to access your business remotely. The ability to work from almost any portable device and from anywhere in the world is a massive boon to any business. By offering flexibility with those you hire, you essentially open your doors to the entire world and you can recruit employees that can work around the clock to give you constant progress to your business. This is essential if you want your business to be known around the world as a global powerhouse.

Cloud software reduces the cost of operating a business

When it comes to starting up a business, money is perhaps the biggest thing on our minds. With the introduction of software as a service (SaaS), we’re not able to license industry-grade software and services for a much lower price. This gives many smaller companies the ability to use the same tools as industry professionals, thus evening the playing field and offering everyone the chance to become successful. Money is becoming less of an issue for entrepreneurs and the major defining factor of new businesses nowadays is their ideas and community interaction.

Cloud software opens up the possibility of collaboration

When collaborating using traditional software, it was common for people to pass around old USB flash drives or use an expensive office network to transfer files. Those days are over now with the advent of cloud storage and cloud applications that can be accessed by several people at once, thus creating an environment in which updates are instant and files can be exchanged much faster than traditional methods. For instance, using Google Docs, people are able to collaborate on a single word document or spreadsheet, improving productivity and efficiency among all of the staff. It also helps that you don’t need to be within the same office and there are no hurdles to leap over just to get the system running smoothly. It’s incredibly simple to set up, it’s cheap and it opens up a world of opportunities for your business.

Remote Control: How To Run An Office From Anywhere

Advancements in technology and society are placing less focus and demand on the need for a centralised workplace. With laptops, tablets, smartphones and the quality of modern software, there’s less need for a workplace anymore.

It has to be said that remote working isn’t a policy that needs to be avoided. We might seem wary of working remotely as it could be seen to have adverse effects on company culture, we might not be able to build rapport or trust with employees or freelancers that we cannot see. That’s not true though.

The massive ace in the hole for remote working is technology. There’s simply no end to the use of technology and it has enabled us the ability to run an office or workplace from anywhere in the world. That’s incredible!

We can video conference using the video communication tools provided by Skype. We can project manage with Trello and Basecamp. Apps like Slack enable us to build a virtual office where we can communicate. There’s simply so much that can be done right now to establish a remote working policy that works. You can even forward your physical mail with mail forwarding which is better than a po box. Cloud storage will also ensure that crucial files are stored online, which means your work can not only be completed from anywhere, it can be accessed from anywhere.

Working remotely isn’t going to be the most amazing thing right away and it certainly isn’t going to work from day one of its implementation in your business. It does require a trained eye and careful, controlled management to work though.

For yourself, you need to ensure there is discipline. When not in the workplace it can be far too easy to procrastinate and not complete tasks. Work remotely in the same manner you would at the workplace for the best success possible. Enforce deadlines for your tasks and treat breaks as just that – a break from work. Working life doesn’t need to fit to the strict nine to five and it should be flexible. Remote working accompanied by discipline is a great way to add flexibility to your workplace.

A good working knowledge of technology can certainly save the day when remote working and knowing what apps to use is crucial to remote working as the majority of your communication will be stunted if you cannot figure out what app is right. Simply put, you’ll need cloud storage capabilities, a word processor, emails and video conferencing tools to do remote working well. You should always be able to communicate with your staff and should always be able to type up your work!

Having reliable equipment is also key. If your computer can’t handle basic tasks, change it out and if your internet connection is spotty, upgrade it or find a 4G workaround. A good laptop will save your day and is completely portable and comes with all the tools and hardware you need to excel at working remotely.

You don’t have to be in an office to run your business!

Let’s Revisit: Sending Mass Emails The Right Way

envelopes photoThe concept of sending an email to multiple people the right way seems to have eluded the populace as a whole lately. I’m looking at you, schoolteachers, soccer coaches, and party invitation senders. I write to you today because, in recent months, it seems I’ve been included on more and more emails where I’m one of 50 people whose email address is awkwardly stuffed into the CC: field of the email you sent, right there with all the others for everyone in the list to see. I even got an email from the manager of the local Sears store I had recently purchased an appliance from, that got sent to all the people who had bought something there recently, and everyone’s name and address were easily viewable in the CC field.

The problem here is that you are being inconsiderate towards peoples’ privacy, and you are sending around a large list of real email addresses to possibly be harvested by spammers.

There is a way to do this that protects peoples’ privacy, doesn’t annoy the nerds and geeks in your email list, and makes you look like you know what you are doing. What trifecta could be better than that?

The easiest way to do this is by using the BCC: field instead of the CC: field. BCC stands for “Blind carbon copy,” which means that any email address entered in it will not show up to the recipients of the email. The CC: field does show them, so don’t use it.

The trick is that you should enter your own email address in the To: field of the email, then enter the long list of room parents or party invitees in the BCC field. That’s it! Now you too can look cool.

There are some detailed instructions, with pictures, available here, in case you need more info.