How would you make $100 (in a month)?

Every day I write in my journal. I write 3 main to do’s and then little to do’s ones to accomplish those.

On top of that, I like to write random thoughts, cool quotes and something recently – business ideas. I read James Altucher’s book Choose Yourself, where he mentions you should come up with ideas every day.

For example, how would you go about earning an extra $100 in 30 days?

Extra $100 a month doesn’t have to be so hard.

Let’s brainstorm:

  1. It could be as simple as cleaning some small business store’s windows.
  2. Mowing your neighbours lawns in the summer or shovelling there snow in the winter.
  3. What about writing content for blogs devoted to interior design or travel? Email one today.
  4. Rent our your apartment using Airbnb. It’s the sharing economy!!
  5. Do Book keeping for a small business if you have Quickbooks knowledge.
  6. Sell OLD stuff. clothes, guitars, old computers, ipads, camera’s on http://www.kijiji.ca/ or have ol fashion yard sale.
  7. Installing wordpress/shopify site for a client.
  8. Walk dogs. You also get exercise. Call all your friends who are about to go outta town.
  9. All the time I see small businesses that have a website, but are using gmail, yahoo, etc. for their company email address. Email them saying you could create one with their domain.
  10.  Copywriting for a small business. Write their emails when people sign up. Maybe charge more than 100 dollars.
  11.   Offer marketing consulting.
  12. Workshop on how to outsource/build iphone apps. I would charge more than 100 again.
  13. Workshop for 55 yr old + people :How to use an iphone/android device, send pics, get music, etc with ease. Pain Free! Email all your parents friends. Maybe just go after four people – charge them 25 bucks each include free starbucks coffee lol and hold it at Starbucks.

This was fun. Some of the later ideas actually may fetch more than 100 dollars.  Perhaps even one thousand dollars. Hmm. How would you make an extra hundred or even one thousand dollars?

dressing better

This is something I’ve known for a long time, but really noticed the difference when visiting NYC.

People dress way better in the Big Apple. They’re very trendy, like FIVE years ahead of us.  Happy to report all Canadians will be rocking leather skirts in 2019!!

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But to be serious, I was starting to feel a little uneasy about my social confidence after seeing all these well dressed peeps.

“I need to get better fitting pants!” I said to myself.  Dudes rolled up there pants a bit more than usual in NYC.  Is that cool? What will people think if I did this in conservative Calgary?  All these stellar thoughts started entering my mind.

But overall, from my experience, you feel a whole lot BETTER when you dress better.  This maybe saying the obvious, but people perceive you quite differently when you wear a tailored suit vs. a sleeveless denim jacket. It’s the difference of actually having the sales reps talk to you. Try it out yourself.

Please don’t listen to this talk:  “it doesn’t matter how you look” and  “if you have to dress well,  than you’re not talking to the right people”. This is a fallacy.

My more fashion aware friends in Soho forced me to wear better fitting darks pants and dark shirt before we walked to this trendy roof top club. And guess what happened?  I definitely got more looks than usual.

BTW, I’ve heard that wearing leather boots on a date gives you a leg up. I’m gonna test this out.

On the Art of Manliness blog, they mention that shoes are VERY important  “despite covering only 5% of your body they can make-up more than 30% of the visual judgement we make when sizing up a stranger.”  Read more by clicking here. In other words:  Don’t wear some ragged ass beat up gym shoes on dates.

To get more deeper, this is all about the psychology of feeling good.  You want to be in a good mood more often.  There’s this idea called the state of transference. This means whatever state you’re in is the state the other person will feel too.  I’m not making this up!

If you’re laughing other people will also laugh. There is this book – Emotional intelligence- it elaborates on how we have mirror neurons where others can feel intuitively your emotional state.  It’s super fascinating. You can read a quick wikipedia version by clicking here.  Anyways, over time you wanna get to a point where your emotional state is based on yourself, not affected by others.

Wearing better clothes is a good start.

Reading Party in the Park! part two

Last night I had my 2nd Reading Party in the Park!

I had my first Reading Party in ze Park last August, which you can read about by clicking here.

This one was a long time coming, since the previous two dates it was raining!

Thanks a lot Mother Nature.

Here are some pics:

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I was focused to make this one bigger, badder, better than before.

I texted people on the day of the event to remind them. Lots of people were nursing hangovers or actually sick from the annual Calgary Stampede that had just ended on Sunday.

But in reality about 15 people showed up, which is about the same as last year. I blame the constant postponing due to rain! It’s all good.

I provided cheese, fresh fruit – watermelon, nacho’s + salsa, guacamole, grapes, water…Twas a tasty affair if I may so.

I didn’t do this last time!

New friends were made. 15 is actually good number of people for an event like this.

Was great to see circles of friends meeting.

More importantly, I finally got some READING TIME in! I’ve been slacking on this routine this year.

Till next time,

Book-wormingly,

Nishant

get more play in your life

It’s a New Year.

New Way, New Life.

Now to back track a bit, in mid-December I threw an Ugly Xmas sweater party.

You must have heard of these before?

It’s where people wear ugly christmas sweaters and drink egg nog from a ski (shot ski). It’s a great way to meet up with old friends and make new ones as well.

This time I decided to create some hype for the party by making a series of promo videos. I posted these on a weekly basis on the FB event wall to build anticipation.

The result?

A quick survey at the party indicated that only half in attendance actually watched the videos! But those who did – loved it and more  importantly than anything else –  it was A LOT of FUN for ME to make.

Below is a 3 part series from the Making of the Shot Ski to  to the introduction of this fictional character called ” Shot Guy”.  I make an appearance in part two and three.

Yes it’s incredibly cheesy, but good fun. My film editing skillz need some upgrading in 2014.

We need more PLAY in our lives.

Some might say sarcastically, “great you made a bunch of silly videos.”

Yes I did.  It was a incredibly fun evening project.  Instead of  sitting at home watching movies off Netflix, why not make some of your own? Creating makes you feel better.

As we grow older we forget about doing things for fun sakes. There is an incredible article in Aeon magazine that talks about children today are suffering a severe deficit of play. Click here to read it.

It’s a quite thought provoking article as it states even children have LESS PLAY in there lives than 50 years ago. This is reducing our creativity, making us less healthier, and more anxious and stressed.

I think if you dig deeper, what other parts of your life are you doing that are boring or just for money?  Can you make it more fun for yourself?

 

P.S. Check out this new book by Charlie Hoehn called Play It Away.  I read his previous ebook to this “Recession Proof Graduate” which I also recommend (in fact I wrote a blog post about it you can read here by clicking here). In Play It Away he talks about he switched from being over-stressed workaholic to someone who treats his work like play! It’s really fascinating read and fast too, so check out at your nearest amazon.com.

play it away

Reading party in a park!

Last night I had a little “reading party” in a nearby park.  Now I’ve held one before, but this time it was more fun because  it was outside and warm!  This doesn’t happen often in Calgary.

Anyways it went swimmingly!  It consisted of hanging out with friends, socializing for an hour, and then reading whatever book each person wanted to read.

Socializing  + Reading + Park = fun event.

Some tricks to get people to the party?

I gave everyone 2 week notice.  In addition to making a facebook event, I personally emailed/phoned most of the people.  A little personal touch goes a long way. It shows you actually want them to come out to this week day event!

Now some still flaked out, but the ones that did attend loved it.

Here are some pics:

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People arrived around 7 pm.  Everyone introduced themselves, etc.

At 8 pm we all read for one hour.  I remember some people getting a little restless for it to turn 8 pm so they could finally get there READ on!

I didn’t have to act library cop at all either. Except towards the end  a couple walking by found it utterly hilarious that 10-12 people were ALL reading in a park and began giggling. LOL.  I immediately gave them the evil eye and  shhh’ed them!  They complied and left.

Anyways this is a simple, fun event you can also hold. I give credit to Nev at nevblog.com for spreading the reading party idea. I tweaked it a bit of course and  it went off well!

Note to self: Bring healthy snacks/drinks for everyone. Oops.

my water project

Happy 2013 amigos!

A couple of months ago I got an email from charity:water.  They’re a organization that provides clean drinking water to people in developing countries.

I decided this was a worthy enough charity to give to, simply because 100% of the funds you donate goes directly to people who lack access to water. A lot of apprehension some have with charities is that it’s wasted on operations, ie the horror stories of corrupt officials, etc. In the case of charity:water,  they have private donors who have already taken over the operating expenses.

Anyways, I kinda of forgot about my donation from about 2 years ago!  Until they emailed me recently ( and all the others who donated) with photo’s and details about the project completion.

They actually showed me proof of what they did.  Actual photographic evidence of a tiny village in Ethiopia with a new water well.  Here are some photo’s:

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They actually delivered the results !This blew me away! I mean I’ve donated before, but I wasn’t too aware of what happened with it. It’s powerful marketing when you can show a client (me) the before and after. They also mentioned to me ”  the communities contributed their own labor to build their water projects and formed Water Committees to maintain them for years to come.”  Very cool.

Which leads me to ask, have you ever gave funds to a worthwhile cause? I mean it’s easy to blow it on clubs, clothes, other entertainment all the time. Not saying become a Mother Teresa.  But also don’t wait to help humanity. You don’t have to wait till yer 50 to make a bit of difference in the world. A little bit right now helps.

my iphone hack

Everyone’s got their ways to get more done. If you don’t, you will go through your day aimlessly  and by the end of the evening wonder… where did all the time go? I know I’ve experienced days like that.

This is where TO DO lists come in. I’ve been experimenting with this and time tracking (inspired from Sebastian Marshall, his site is amazing).  You write 3 tasks that you want to complete.  Focus on them till completion.  My to-do list is a bit of an adaptation of this. I write 3 things that must be done – the night before – then snap a pic of it and make it my iphone background screen.


So whenever I look at my phone during the day ( a lot) I always reminded that I must get shit done.

Happy 2012.

ps: pushing the off button and the home button at the same time –  takes a screen shot.