Author: Jessica Maggi

The ultimate guide to starting a successful home-based eBay business

When eBay was founded back in 1995, who would have ever guessed it would become the world’s largest virtual marketplace for selling and buying any kind of stuff online? It is now an online shopping and auction website that allows people to buy and sell used or new products, either as a business or as a way to clean out clutter at home and make a few extra bucks doing so. Anyone can start selling straight away. Interested in starting up your own eBay business? Anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection can start an eBay business and start making money in a couple of weeks, with no financial investment. Millions of people around the world make money selling on eBay every day. An item is sold every two seconds at eBay.com, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Running a small business on eBay can ... Read More

Top 10 countries around the globe to launch your startup

Choosing the right location for a new business can make all the difference in terms of success, growth and profits. Around the world there are countries with an oppressive maze of red tape and endless bureaucracy standing in the way of aspiring entrepreneurs willing to start a new business. On the other hand, there are cities, often in countries you would least expect, that are a recipe for success. The best-value destinations to launch a startup do not necessarily have the strongest economies. Here is a list of the most promising places in the world for startups. It holds a few surprises, I'm telling you. 10. Romania One of the poorest countries in the European Union, Romania is, in all probability, the least expected country in this list, but it is actually showing tremendous potential to become the next big tech-startup hub in Europe. Its tech ecosystem is actually thriving more ... Read More

Suffering panic attacks behind the wheel? Here are 10 tips to help you overcome your fear of driving

Do you avoid a certain roundabout every single day? Would you walk an extra three blocks to avoid reverse parking? Do you carefully plan routes to avoid multiple lane highways? At some point, everyone experiences driving anxiety to some extent. Driving is an inherently dangerous activity, and actually does involve the risk of colliding with other vehicles or objects while on the road. However, if the fear of driving is turning you into a child having to rely on public transport, municipal buses or other people for your daily travelling needs even if you are physically in shape to drive and have a driving license and a car sitting in the garage, it can feel extremely limiting and frustrating. Fear of driving is classified as a phobia when the apprehension does not rationally reflect the real amount of danger. Even in reasonably safe situations, driving phobics may experience: trembling; shaking; ... Read More

Want to act in TV commercials? Here’s how to get started

Getting yourself a job filming a TV commercial pays well, goes a long way in terms of connections and exposure and can open doors to bigger roles and lead to a host of promising career opportunities. All serious aspiring thespians get their feet wet in TV commercials. And you do not necessarily need to be model-level hot to star in adverts. Commercial agents and casting directors are always looking for new faces and actors of all ages, shapes, sizes, looks and nationalities to help brands promote their products. You might spend months auditioning to land your first gig, but, hey, can you imagine the delight of seeing yourself advertising Palmolive in the middle of The Big Bang Theory? Here are a couple of tips on how to get started. 1. Take acting classes You do not need to be a professional actor with well-honed acting skills to audition for an advert, ... Read More

Want to become an Uber driver? Here is what you need to know

The hassle of attempting to hail an old-fashioned yellow taxi on the street by lifting an arm straight up in the air like the Statue of Liberty is fast disappearing in most cities around the world. The innovative ride-sharing service Uber is quickly revolutionizing the way people move and hail a cab. Uber basically connects passengers and drivers through a user-friendly, ride-sharing mobile app. Passengers can easily request a ride using their smartphone, while you can make a few extra bucks in your spare time driving people from point A to point B with your own car. If you know your way around town, have a smartphone and find solace on the road, driving for Uber can be a good way to supplement your income, with resources you already have. Working as an Uber driver partner on a flexible schedule gives you the opportunity to make money driving any time, ... Read More

Freelance work: the benefits of coworking versus homeworking

An attractive alternative to a regular desk job, freelance work is the wave of the future. It offers tremendous benefits and flexibility that you don't get with a traditional 9-to-5 job. It is no surprise that, since 2008, the number of freelancers, independent workers and self-employed people in the UK has risen exponentially. As a freelancer, you are your own boss and answer to no one, other than your clients. Freelancing means professional freedom and gives you the chance of: operating on your own terms; controlling your workload; choosing what you do and how to do it, as you are no longer working to fit into an imposed modus operandi that might put you under physical stress; setting your routine work hours around your most productive time; working for clients across the globe, as you are not geographically limited to serving only local clients; choosing the clients you wish to work with and the ... Read More