WWJD for Refugees – 10 the Podcast

The refugee crisis throughout the world has been heavy on my heart for some time now. Christians and Muslims are fleeing their homes to escape persecution and war in the Middle East.

In this podcast I share and excerpt from the book Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen. It captures how I feel Christians should be responding to the refugee crisis. Continue reading “WWJD for Refugees – 10 the Podcast”

The Mission Hasn’t Changed – 10 the Podcast

Despite the political climate in our country and the world, Christians must remember that our mission hasn’t changed.

Whether our government or the populace shares our convictions we must continue to stay on course by sharing the Gospel through feeding and clothing the poor, widows, and orphans. Continue reading “The Mission Hasn’t Changed – 10 the Podcast”

How to Make $20K in 2017 Selling on eBay #2017FlipChallenge

You’ve found products you want to flip but how much will you have to #hustle to profit (not earn) $20,170?

We’ll keep the math simple. First, let’s round down to $20K. Now, let’s assume you sell each item for $10, that’s 2000 items you need to sell just to get $20K in sales. You need to sell (not list) about 168 items a month at $10 each just to get to $20,170 in sales.

PayPal is going to take 3% of your sales and eBay is going to take 8%-11% in fees. These are conservative estimates. Let’s take the lower eBay estimate and say a total of 11% in sales goes to fees. So, if we factor in the fees, you need to get $22,663 is sales now.

If you have buyers pay for shipping on all items, that’s pretty much it (there’s cost of shipping supplies but that can be easily mitigated—more in a later post). But, if you want offer free shipping (on small items under 6 oz. you should) you need to calculate the cost of shipping into your sales. Assuming $3.50 an item for shipping and packaging you need an extra $7000 bringing your total to $29,663 dollars. Let’s call it $30K.

So, if you want to profit, not just earn $20,170 this year, you need to sell $30K on eBay. At $10 an item that’s 3000 items in a year or 250 items for $2500 a month. Assume that 1/3 of your sales will go to fees and shipping.

I know there are a lot of assumptions here. You could sell some big-ticket items and there are ways save on shipping but I’m willing to bet that on average, if you want to profit $20K this year you’ll need to #hustle more than you think.

Here’s something else to consider: if you only earn $20,170 from flipping products you’ll keep about $15K after you’ve paid fees and shipping. It’s still not a bad little bit of pocket money.

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My #2017FlipChallenge Goals – 10 the Podcast

This year I’m challenging myself to earn more money online. I’ve been earning money online for years but lately I’ve been coasting. As a result, my extra earnings have dropped. So, to get myself in gear I’ve decided to participate in the #2017FlipChallenge. If you haven’t heard about the #2017FlipChallenge yet, check out this video (Warning: language):

Honestly, I find it hard to believe I can earn an extra $20K this year. It would require a lot of time away from my current obligations but if things go well, I could get at least half that much.

I’ve decided to set some personal goals for the challenge:

  1. $2,017 worth of sales in one month. Garage sale season comes late around here but I think if I hustle enough, I can sell that much in a month. That’s a summer-time goal.
  2. Double my affiliate sales. I have affiliate agreements with a few companies and I’d like to double those numbers this year.
  3. Earnings equal to 10% of my current salary. I’m not going to reveal that number but a 10% bump in my earnings would go a long way.
  4. A stretch-goal of earning 20.17% extra of my current salary. That’s going to be real hard.

OK, some definitions:

A sale is the final value of an item or service sold. Earnings is the amount of money earned from affiliates and items and services sold (after cost of items sold, fees, etc.).

How about you? Do you have any plans to earn more money online this year? Share them in the comments below!

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Blogging on Auto-Pilot

Content creation isn’t just about volume. It’s about value. You can’t stand out if you’re creating content that’s like everything else.

A lot of people can generate blog content quickly and easily. There are a number of tips and tricks they use to do this but so much of it all sounds the same. That’s because they’re blogging on auto-pilot.

Content creation isn’t just about volume. It’s about value. If you’re just generating tons of content that looks, sounds, and reads like what everyone else is producing you can’t stand out from the crowd.

I’ve been guilty of it too. Some of the indications I’ve seen in my own blogging include:

1. Bandwagoning – Joining in the chorus of praises or pundits that love/hate a person, place, thing, or idea. You’re not adding your own voice if the majority of what you post is quotes from other blogs with comments like, “Me too,” or “I feel the same way.” Restating what others have said but in your own words is unoriginal. It might drive traffic to your site but that traffic won’t stick around long because people want to hear your opinion.

2. Daily/Weekly Challenges – I’ve seen a lot of these challenges online. They’ve been around for years. Writing to fulfill a pointless challenge doesn’t help. You might start of strong but somewhere during that challenge you’re going to start getting lazy or uninterested. The next thing you know, you’re searching for content the morning of your challenge date and throwing something out there just to meet your self-imposed goals.

3. Blogging to Generate Traffic – I don’t get a lot of traffic to this little blog of mine. I intentionally try not to blog just to generate traffic. I want my content to be fun, entertaining, honest, and helpful. I don’t actively search for keywords or try to create fancy titles to get people to click on my links. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with these strategies, per se, but if the focus of your content creation is to drive traffic to your site and not be helpful or entertaining I see no purpose in it.

Those are just a few things that stand out in my mind that I’ve noticed when I’m blogging on auto-pilot. I don’t bemoan some of the traffic generation tactics I’ve seen online. I just wonder whether or not it helps. Providing solid content and engaging with readers will do more for your personal brand than attracting thousands of clicks and views.

I’m choosing to build an interactive audience not a bunch of drive-by readers. You can’t do that if everything you put out is just the same tired things everyone has read 1000 times.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below!