How to Use Your Time Wisely on the Internet

How to Use Your Time Wisely on the Internet

We live in the age of the internet, and we all use it daily. As a result, we have access to plenty of information than has ever been possible before in history. It is indeed true that we have access to many sites, and we stay connected through this digitalized portal. However, this accessibility is also an easy way for people to get distracted and waste their precious time on useless applications and websites where they do not learn nor earn anything. If this is your situation and you want to make better use of the time you spend on the internet and earn, then keep reading because today we’ll show you real money opportunities that you can take on immediately starting now!

Online Contests and Giveaways

Online contests and giveaways are a great opportunity that are always running in many brands and companies’ social media platforms. These contests and giveaways may be offering and requiring anything – from simple prizes that are simply drawn for commentators under a post to more demanding ones that might require you give something in return for the prize, such as taking part with a photograph that you have taken, a video you have created from scratch, or some creative work of your own. In such cases, it is highly important that you read the rules carefully and see what is required and what to expect, but also make sure that you enter contests and giveaways from sites which have a good reputation and are not a scam. 


Surveys are offered by many companies and the majority of them give out something upon completion. The prize could be anything from receiving a symbolic gift card to monetary compensations the amount of which is based on how many surveys you participate in. In this instance, you would of course have to invest your time and energy into completing the surveys, which also requires focus on reading and answering the questions. However, deciding how many surveys you want to take part in during the day or week is totally up to you and you can arrange everything that fits to your schedule. At the end of the day, this can be a considered a great opportunity to earn extra money from home

Skill-Based Games

Another useful option that you could consider are skill-based games. Let’s say you are skilled at something or have knowledge on a particular topic or topics, you can always make use of this and take part in what we call skill-based games. For instance, trivia games, card games and sports games are all examples of skill-based games which are offered on the internet. It is nevertheless clear that to succeed in such competitions you need to have knowledge or skill pertaining to the game you are playing. Skill-based games can be explained through the game of chess, where whether you win or not depends on your strategic thinking and knowledge of defensive and offensive maneuvers

Becoming an Influencer

Becoming an influencer is a common career path that more and more people take on every year. If you have a talent for coming up with creative content that can make its way through the online world, then you should definitely consider doing this. It goes without saying that we all start somewhere, and we start small in the bottom in order to reach the top. Thus, you should not expect to win big quickly with this job, but it is for sure that once you build up an audience, companies and brands will reach out to you for collaboration. These collaborations are then expanded day by day and once you build up a reputation and a larger audience within the online world, you could also charge higher for cooperation with brands. The app which is a hot topic at the moment for sharing compelling content and benefiting from it is TikTok, however Instagram remains an OG for posting sponsored pictures or videos from brands. 


The internet offers a wide range of opportunities that you can make use of, and it is on your hands if you want to utilize them maximally to your benefit. Since we are spending unreasonable amounts of time on our screens, we might as well do something that can benefit us in numerous ways, including financially. Some of the opportunities for making money online which are trending at the moment are participating in contests and giveaways, giving your opinion in online surveys, taking part in skill-based games, and becoming influencers, to name a few. Nevertheless, there are multiple ways on how you can make money online from home and it is up to you if you want to discover these opportunities and make use of them. Lastly, remember to use these options cautiously and make sure you are safe online but also ensure to read terms and conditions for any collaboration or submission offered by legitimate and trustworthy websites.

How Breaks Can Help Boost Productivity and Allow for Better Earnings

How Breaks Can Help Boost Productivity and Allow for Better Earnings

It is a scientific fact that strategic breaks can help us become more productive, and yet, we often forget about it. Then again, it’s only natural to not focus on breaks when you are trying to boost your productivity and improve your income in the process. As it turns out, there are some methods you can use to help maximize your breaks for better efficiency, speed, and accuracy.

Take Several Small Breaks

As per all known and established time management techniques, taking several small breaks throughout a workday generally leads to better productive output than just taking one or two large ones in an entire workday. Depending on your schedule, the breaks can last for as little as 3-5 minutes after every 30 minutes, or slightly longer at 10-15 minutes after every 1.5-2 hours.

Feel free to customize the schedule in accordance with your own speed and work requirements, or you can follow any of the more established techniques such as the Pomodoro Clock, the 52/17 Rule, and the GTD Method.

Energize and Hydrate

Take a few sips of water every time 30 minutes or so, preferably while you are taking one of your small breaks. Take a small meal to feed your body and brain with energy every two hours or so. Small meals supply just enough energy to keep you at peak performance, without letting all your energy be wasted in breaking down a heavy meal. Hydration, on the other hand, is essential if you wish to see a remarkable improvement in your work capacity and speed.

Stretch Your Mind with Simple Games

When you are on one of your long breaks, play a relaxing game on your phone to stretch it out a bit, which works in much the same way as it does when we stretch our tired muscles. However, do not play anything too complex or don’t start something new that you have no idea about. That might become more distracting than relaxing.

For example, slot games are simple, and if you are lucky, you might also be able to land a few wins and add more to your tally of earnings for the day with online casino fast withdrawal options. Alternatively, you can try an infinite running game like subway surfer or Temple Run to just let your mind float away for a while.

Holidays Work as Well

Not many of us have the luxury of taking too many days off work, especially if you are a temp. However, even a weekend at the local beach can do wonders for your state of mind. Sometimes, we tend to burn out and do not wish to admit that fact to ourselves. All it may take is perhaps one good weekend to rejuvenate and boost your work capacity.

You may not be able to return to 100% of your former efficiency right away, but if you manage to implement all of what was discussed here, a change for the better is almost assured. Note that even if you lose the pay for three days, it might be well worth it in the long run.

Best Ways to Earn Money As a Medical Student

Best Ways to Earn Money As a Medical Student

Medicine is one of the most challenging areas of study young learners can choose. The reason is that students are expected to compose countless academic papers, learn loads of critical medical data, and successfully pass numerous exams. As a result, many students face significant difficulties in earning money. However, you might still get excellent jobs as a medical student.


Make Money in Self Publishing with Amazon KDP

Make Money in Self Publishing with Amazon KDP

When it comes to self publishing through Amazon, otherwise known as KDP, there are far too many touting how easy it is to make money. Can you make money self publishing through Amazon? Absolutely. But is it easy money? Well…let’s talk about that.

What is KDP?

KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing and is operated through Amazon. It’s a platform that allows writers, even new ones, to self publish their works online. Authors can publish and sell their books in digital, hardcover, and paperback form. Once live, these books are available directly to customers on the Amazon site using its KDP platform.


As you get started on your journey to make money self publishing, you might notice that there’s a difference between KDP and KDP Select.

KDP is as described above – a simple way to publish your book.

With KDP Select, though, you can increase your royalties and thereby increase the money you make self publishing your ebooks. With KDP Select, you are giving Amazon exclusivity rights. This means your ebook is available exclusively through KDP. You can’t, for example, offer a free copy to e-mail subscribers or give away a free PDF version in a contest. Fortunately these exclusivity rights are only 3 months at a time, but it’s certainly something to consider. KDP Select does offer the benefits of being included on Kindle Unlimited should you be publishing an ebook. Along those lines, KDP Select also makes your book available on the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Is KDP still profitable in 2022?

If you’re on TikTok and interested in self-publishing even the slightest bit, you’ve probably had dozens of videos pop up on KDP. It probably makes you wonder – is KDP even still profitable with the amount of competition out there? The answer to that is a resounding yes – I wouldn’t be sharing this post otherwise! But it comes down to finding a niche that is relevant and not super competitive. Long gone are the days of putting together a low content book with a generic cover and calling it a day.

Not to mention once Amazon takes its cut, you can’t expect it to be easy to make money with self publishing on a long term basis. And certainly not great money, at that…

example of money earned through KDP self publishing

That said, there are definitely some solid reasons as to why KDP is an income stream still worth looking into.

Low Upfront Cost

The upfront cost to publish with KDP can be literally zero if you’re decent at graphic design. If you have the time to manage each piece of your publishing – writing, editing, formatting, cover design, and marketing – then that’s all it’ll cost you: time.

Even if you need to outsource a few pieces, the cost is minimal compared to traditional publishing. As an online business strategist, I’ve personally helped clients put together books in which the only part they did was writing it, and it still only cost them around $300 to publish.

No Physical Inventory

You also don’t have to worry about investing in or maintaining an inventory. KDP is POD (print on demand). The only time a book is printed is when an order is made. And of course you can – and should – have ebook versions, too! You can order author copies at print cost plus shipping if you did want to maintain a small inventory. This is nice to have should you want to offer signed copies of your book or do an in-person book reading.

Publishing is quick

Publishing a book through KDP is typically a fairly quick process. I will say that I’ve noticed low content books tend to take longer, but in general you can expect a less than 72 hour turnaround time. Traditional publishing usually means waiting months to launch your book! One thing to note, though, is that you cannot make any edits or adjustments during the review process. So make sure you triple check everything before hitting that button so that you don’t extend your review time.

So do low content books sell?

Low content books are typically lined books with a cute cover, but can also be things like coloring or activity books.

Examples of low content books include:

  • Journals/Diaries
  • Guest books
  • Planners
  • Adult coloring books
  • Kids activity books
  • Accounting ledgers
  • Workout log book
  • Travel journals

These low/no content books used to be a way to make money self publishing in a very short amount of time. But as mentioned above, that’s no longer the case given how many people have jumped into the fray. That’s not to say low content books can’t be profitable. It comes back to finding a niche or being super creative in your design.

For example, this journal is simply a lined notebook but if you’re someone who happens to love opossums and be notebook obsessed, it’s an absolutely perfect gift:

See on Amazon

Me – it’s me. I’m opossum and notebook obsessed…but I’m also the creator of said notebook. 😉

Validating Your Book Idea

Regardless of what kind of book you want to publish through KDP, validating your idea is essential. If you want your book read by the masses, you need to make sure those masses want to read your book!

To validate your book idea and actually make money self publishing through KDP, ask yourself these simple questions:

Are there similar books to yours already published?

There’s so such thing as an original thought. Harsh, but true. If there aren’t at least a dozen books similar to yours available on Amazon, it’s because your book…well your book idea probably isn’t too great. That’s not to say there have to be books that are exactly like yours. For example, if you’re planning to publish a cookbook on teaching kids to make macarons, you can count books like “teaching kids to bake” and “the art of macarons” as similar enough.

Are there enough buyers?

Obviously you want to find that sweet spot between narrowing in on a specific niche and making it something people actually want to buy. This goes back to making sure there are books similar to yours available, and that people are actually buying them. Which brings us to the final question –

Can you compete?

Hopefully you have – or hire someone to help with – a marketing plan for your book. But before you even get into that, you need to make sure you can in fact compete in the marketplace. For this, you’ll want to look at the best seller rankings of the top books in whatever category you’re publishing in. So after finding those similar books we talked about above, look under their product details and locate “Amazon Best Sellers Rank.”

amazon best sellers ranking example

The higher the rank for these books, the better they sells – but also the harder they’ll be to compete with. You want to make sure your book falls into a category where the average rank is neither too high nor too low. As a general rule, look for rankings from 1,000 to 30,000 with those top books. Anything less than 1,000 and you’re looking at great sales, but incredibly competitive. Anything over 30,000 and it may not be competitive, but it also probably doesn’t sell well.

Creating Your Book

Creating your book typically goes one of two ways – Microsoft Word or Canva. If you are creating a mainly text only book, Microsoft Word is absolutely the way to go. Start the document in the size your book will be, typically 6×9. Once your book is written, proofread, and edited, you can save it as a PDF and you’re basically good to go.

If you are creating a book that involve graphics – ie cookbooks, journals, workbooks, children’s stories, etc. – then trust me when I say you want to just go ahead and start in Canva. Again you’ll set the design to be the size you need and just get started. Make sure you’re using images you have a license to use or ones that you yourself took. Then download as a PDF and you’re all set.

Creating the Cover

Creating the cover can be a bit trickier if you’re not familiar with graphic design. Fortunately KDP offers cover templates that make this process a lot easier. This is again something you can do in Canva. Once you have your template as a PNG file, upload it to Canva. Design your cover over that upload and then delete the template once everything is in place. You’ll be able to proof both this and your actual book once uploaded within Amazon, so don’t worry if you’re not 100% confident in the trim or margins. Amazon will let you know before you even submit for publishing whether or not there’s a glaring error like that.

Publishing Your Book

When it comes to actually getting started with the publishing process, the best place to start is of course on the KDP website. They have quite a few great tutorials to help you get started. 

Once you’re in the “Bookshelf” area, simply hit the plus sign over whichever format you plan to first publish in. From there, you’ll fill in the details on your book’s title, description, categories, and keywords.

It’s important to use well researched keywords to better assist your book in ranking well organically. This goes for both the keyword section itself and what you’re writing within the actual description section. I very much recommend including a Table of Contents when applicable.

You also want to choose categories that help Amazon better figure out the kind of book you’re publishing.

Note: These categories are not the same categories as those shown on the book detail’s section. Amazon decides those, these two categories you’re setting now are strictly for the back-end.

Do I need to buy an ISBN?

Once you’ve completed that first page, you’ll move onto the content page. The first thing you’ll need to decide is whether to use the free ISBN or your own.

ISBN stands for Industry Standard Book Number, a unique number assigned to each version of every published book. This also includes every version of every published book. So each paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audiobook edition would each have their own unique ISBN. The nice thing about publishing through Amazon KDP is that you don’t have to buy an ISBN. KDP provides a free ISBN. Now some might want to go the route of paying for an ISBN. There are those who believe a book displaying the name of a self-publisher means bookstores and the like won’t take you seriously. Personally I feel this to be false as we move into an era of self-publishing being the norm and outperforming traditional publishing houses.

Pricing + Royalty Rates

I always recommend to my clients to start as low as possible when pricing their books. Not only does this mean people are more apt to buy it when you first launch, but it gives you room to grow. Why is this important? Because one of the best ways to make a sale once you have an audience established is to say “Hey! Price is going up in X days, make sure to tell your friends!” And we’re all about setting you up to make money self publishing for years to come.

Obviously you’ll also want to check the going rates in your category. If you price too low, people might assume your book is cheap in that it’s low quality. Price it too high, though, and your competitors will win out every time.

Books priced between $2.99-$9.99 are eligible for a 70% royalty minus fees, save for countries in which the 70% is restricted. Over $9.99 and you’re looking at a 35% royalty rate. You can always change your price at any time so it’s worth tweaking until you hit a sweet spot.

Marketing Your Book

The launch of your book will absolutely determine how easy it is to make money with self-publishing. If you think you can hit publish and watch the money flow…well you haven’t been paying attention.

Please do NOT wait until the last minute to plan your book launch!

Instead, take the time to have a plan in place weeks before you ever start the KDP process. I’m not saying go crazy and throw a book launch party – though if you do, I hope I’m invited! But there are certainly a few steps you can take to ensure a successful launch, such as:

Build a Launch Team

Before you hit “publish” on that book, assemble a team to help you promote your launch. This can be a group of family, friends, and those in your network that would enjoy sharing your book with others. If you’re like me and have a blog, send out an email to recruit help. And of course don’t negate your solid social media presence, put it out there – make the ask! See who in your network would be interested in helping to promote your book.

You should also create a swipe file for your team. This file can be something stored on Google Drive or Dropbox. It houses marketing materials that they can use to keep things easy on them. The easier you make promoting, the more likely your team will be to follow through. Provide them with graphics, copy ideas for social media shares, and a few mock-up images of your book. Those can be made free on sites like Canva or DIY Book Design.

It’s also worth incentivizing your launch team. Offer them a pre-release copy so they can write actual reviews they share via social media. I would also recommend – when budget allows – that you buy author copies to distribute to your launch team once everything is live.

Do Your Own PR

In this day and age, it’s easier than you might think to get some good PR going. Reach out to bloggers who might be willing to allow you to guest post on your site. You are a writer after all! Another great way to generate buzz is to send a quick press release to your local news and radio stations. You can easily find contact emails on most of their websites. Then just look up templates to use online or follow something like this:

press release example for self published cookbook

Ask for Reviews

Once your book is live, make sure you’re asking for those reviews! Those first few days that the book is live are critical to long-term success and rankings. If you don’t have anyone leaving reviews within the first few days of going live, the chances of it doing well organically are exceedingly low. This is why having a launch team is essential! It also speaks to ideally having an ebook version whenever possible. You do not want anyone leaving a review without first having the book in hand. If you don’t want them to have to pay for the actual book and don’t have an ebook option, they can still leave a review. Amazon just won’t give it as much credence as verified buyers.

NetGalley + Kindle Select

Here’s a “behind the scenes” tip that I typically only give paying clients – utilize NetGalley and Kindle Select when possible! NetGalley is a website that helps authors promote digital review copies to book lovers and industry professionals. The pricing with NetGalley varies, but it’s worth it when budget allows. There’s a two-fold benefit here:

1. NetGalley means more eyes on your book sooner, providing you with reviews you can use during the launch phase.

2. KDP Select means you can make your ebook free for the first few days, so anyone who has already read it can “buy” it and leave a review a few hours later.

Note: Buyers do not have to have a Kindle to purchase your ebook. Kindle books can be read on Apple and Android products, as well as PCs and most other tablets.

Is self-publishing actually passive income?

We’re over 2,500 words in and I could easily do another 2,500..what do you think?

While you can absolutely make money self publishing through Amazon KDP, don’t go into it thinking it’s passive income or easy money. However, much like blogging, I will say that if this is something you’re passionate about, jump in and trust the money to follow. I truly believe every person on earth has a story worth sharing. I so very much hope this article has inspired you to get started on the path toward sharing yours!