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Working From Home as Ghostwriter – Interview with Anne Violette

Working From Home as Ghostwriter - Interview with Anne VioletteTell us a little bit about your ghostwriting journey.

I took the road less traveled …

Unlike many ghostwriters, I did not obtain a degree in journalism or English. My journey began as a child, when I first won an award for writing. It was just a natural, God-given talent. I excelled in high school and college in writing and English courses, but I pursued art and marketing, as well as travel and tourism. I landed a job at an ad agency and had a lot of miscellaneous writing assignments to do while there, from scripts and booklets; to other things. I was also asked to moonlight for a business publication in New England, where I quickly excelled and became a “cover story” writer. I stayed up all hours of the night, writing and drinking wine. I started working on a book, but it never amounted to anything. It was just a hobby, really.

After six years, I started my own professional photography business. I did not have time to write much anymore, so I took a hiatus and focused on new endeavors. For me, it was just a passion and hobby more than anything “serious”. Until 2007, when after moving to Florida, I started feeling a strong urge in my gut, like I was being led to write professionally. I was not happy at my jewelry store job (it was not challenging enough) and I got myself into a financial pickle with my house, so I started looking for opportunities online. (more…)

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Interview with Lifestyle Blogger, Amanda Ornelas

Interview with Lifestyle Blogger, Amanda OrnelasTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. 

I am a very creative, hard working and self-determined person. I value being genuine, being present in the moment and always giving back. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and am the oldest of 3 girls. Being the oldest sister I think it instilled in me this sense of leadership and mentorship to others; specifically younger girls.

I’ve always taken the leadership role in any situation; not because I’m competitive or feel the need to take charge but because I know how to build rapport with people, know how to delegate and will work on a project longer than others. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelors of Science, focusing in Kinesiological Studies.

While in college, I was the President and then Vice President of my sorority and was given the opportunity to travel quite a bit to attend leadership trainings, conferences and conventions. (more…)

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Get on The Smart Train with Elaine Rogers

Get on The Smart Train with Elaine RogersTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. 

Coming from a standard educational and university system, I was conditioned to be an employee from an early age. Unfortunately in Ireland in the early 90s, there were not many opportunities for new graduates. So after working in an office job for a couple of years, I met my (now) husband, and we went traveling together for 5 years through Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico, North America and Canada.

We traveled independently with a motorbike with a sidecar, and worked along the way to support our way of life. This style of traveling, posed many challenges, and we overcame each one as it presented itself. Our work involved running a safari lodge in Namibia for a year, and then in various self-employed roles in San Francisco for another year.

I believe this experience helped me become independent in my thinking about work and career, and I knew at some point after my return to Ireland, I would become self-employed. It took a couple of years, but eventually I “made the break” and I haven’t looked back since.

What did you do before launching your business?

I’ve had three consecutive businesses over the past 15 years, all involved with Training, Development & Coaching at some level. Before that, as I said, I spent 5 years traveling with my partner. (more…)

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How Much Money Can You Make as an Uber Driver?

How Much Money Can You Make as an Uber Driver? Tell us about yourself and how you got involved with Uber.

I am a mother of 3 wonderful sons who walked away from corporate constraints 6 years ago in search of more meaningful ways to live a balanced life. I’ve been fortunate to discover new ways of doing so interdependent of my soul purpose, my role as a parent and with my contribution to my community and legacy. In short, I am a writer and love what I do. I heard about how driving for Uber could be lucrative from a friend and since it was flexible and a good way to meet others I decided to apply.

How many hours a week do you work?

I typically drive anywhere from 10-18 hours a week. I may be increasing that to 25 hours here in the next few weeks.

How much are you earning from Uber? Do you get tips?

On average I earn between $16.00-$18.00 after fees and expenses are deducted by Uber. Occasionally riders tip me cash (though they are not supposed to) which brings my hourly up to .50+ per hour.

How long did the application process take?

I applied to the company on September 22, 2014 and was completely and totally approved to drive on October 3, 2014. The requirements were basic. (more…)

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Supporting Her Entrepreneurial Dream Through Side Gigs

Supporting Her Entrepreneurial Dream Through Side GigsTell us about yourself and how you started doing side jobs. 

I’m Lori Cheek, a NYC based architect turned entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd– a mobile dating app that makes missed connections obsolete. After working in architecture, furniture and design for 15 years, I came up with an idea that lead me into the NYC World of Tech and am now solving missed connections. I completely threw away my design career and I’m no longer building structures, I’m now building relationships.

After finishing off my savings from my 15-year career in architecture, I had to get extremely creative to continue funding my startup, so I started researching “side gigs” to help pay the rent and to keep my dream alive. (more…)

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