How To Turn Your Side Hustle Into Full-Time Business

As soon as your day job ends, it’s time for your passion project.  

Side hustles have moved from being fun projects to a major source of income for many during Covid-19 and stay-at-home orders. So while your freelance gig, Etsy craft store or personal blog may bring in some extra cash flow, it doesn’t have to stop there. A recent survey  revealed that 54% of respondents planned on starting a “side hustle” due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with some seeing success they never thought possible within their nine-to-five jobs. 

One-off-job-related sites such as Upwork have seen a 50% increase in registration volume across many categories, including technology-related jobs, according to data from the end of March and April. 

If you’re a graphic designer, blogger, social media manager, or even dog walker, multiple projects can easily turn into long-term gigs if you start to take your side hustle seriously. Here

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Scale Your Passion is helping Baltimore creatives turn ideas into businesses

Doing what you love and making a living don’t have to be mutually exclusive. That’s an idea at the heart of entrepreneurship. Yet, so often, a much-loved activity doesn’t start as a fully formed business. Creating a model that provides can be a journey.

With a virtual program coming up in December, the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) is looking to convene community and tools for the first, crucial steps.

BCAN is set to hold Scale Your Passion, a free, two-day program, on Dec. 2 and 3. Applications for the 40 program spots are open through November 1.

It’s among a growing group of Baltimore pre-accelerator programs, which describes resources for founders at the idea stage. It’s also a pilot for BCAN as it seeks to help creatives grow local businesses. Created as a citywide initiative, BCAN is seeking to create space to explore that transition point from idea

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SGOL Weekly: Too Early To Turn Tactically Long Again (NYSEARCA:SGOL)

Welcome to Orchid’s Gold Weekly report. We discuss gold prices through the lenses of the Aberdeen Standard Physical Gold Shares ETF (NYSEARCA:SGOL).

Investment thesis

SGOL has enjoyed a mild rebound in recent days on the back of renewed dollar weakness. However, the rebound has been partly offset by an increase in US real interest rates.

Source: Bloomberg, Orchid Research

At this juncture, we prefer to stay on the sidelines because the increase in US real rates may continue for longer, triggering some speculative selling in the futures market.

That said, we remain very bullish in the long run because investment demand is expected to grow at a steady pace on the back of inherent macro uncertainty in the years ahead.

With the negative seasonality in gold prices in the near term and the weakening momentum in SGOL over the past two months, we prefer to wait a little longer

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How Realtors Can Turn Around A Failing Online Marketing Campaign

Sam Mehrbod (Ph.D.) is a Top Producer Realtor, Investor, and CEO at Roomvu, an engine built for Realtors to convert their audience to leads.

In 2017, I co-founded a marketing platform for real estate agents. As a real estate insider and from my several years of experience as a realtor, I know agents’ pain: The business is rewarding, but it’s highly competitive. This is what makes effective marketing so important.

At the end of the day, I’ve found that many real estate agents tend to use Google and Facebook for advertising, just like any other small business. And every agent knows they have to educate their audience. In their online advertising, for example, they know they should elaborate more on the benefits of working with them and such.

But do people get the same impression from marketing initiatives like before? Seeing an endless stream of ads and content

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Turn Today’s Top Social Media Platforms into Business Marketing Channels

More business is done online today than ever before. The internet is crawling with potential customers, giving entrepreneurs more opportunities than ever to grow their businesses online. Of course, you need to know what you’re doing. In The Digital Marketing Career Advancement Bundle, you’ll learn some of today’s most important digital marketing tools and techniques.

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Across eight complete courses, you’ll learn how to utilize some of today’s top social media platforms to reach new audiences, engage with existing ones, and turn page visitors into buyers. There are courses dedicated to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and more, showing you how to use each site’s existing advertising infrastructure to create a powerful social media marketing strategy. Through hands-on instruction, you’ll understand how every social network can be leveraged for business use.


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You’ll master concepts like branding, public affairs, marketing communications, and community engagement through each social media

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