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Work from Home Jobs & Extra Cash – Jan. 5-6, 2019

Work from Home Jobs & Extra Cash – Jan. 5-6, 2019



Disclosure – Some of the links below are affiliate links, which pay RRR a commission if you use them. All products or services have been verified and/or used by us. Thanks! ~ Chris & Mike


Freelance Graphic Artist – ePromos Promotional Products: “ePromos is currently looking for freelance help within our in-house Marketing/Design Department. ?Designers should have an eclectic and flexible style that emphasizes bold, clean, innovative designs and typography, color and layout. Designers should be driven to deliver high-quality marketing assets to our team, excel under tight deadlines, and strive to keep things fresh and new. Bachelor’s, Associate, or technical degree in Graphic Design (or equivalent); 3+ years experience.”


Customer Happiness Hero(ine) – Fluent Forever: “We are a growing and rapidly changing company, and as a result, your role will grow and change rapidly as well. Core Skills & Experience: Proven customer support experience; fast learner; ability to multi-task, prioritise, and manage time effectively; problem solver; empathetic and able to use positive language; patient and effective listener; ability to adapt/respond to different types of customers…”


Customer Service and Claims Representative – UnitedHealth Group: Hiring in the San Antonio, TX area. “In this joint role as a Customer Service and Claims Representative, you’ll join us on a mission to not only deliver the best customer service in the health care industry, but the best customer service. Period. Your compassion and customer service expertise combined with our support, training and development will ensure your success. Prefer 1 year experience in an office setting, call center setting or phone support role, but not required.”


Survey Takers – Springboard America: Get paid to answer survey questions. Legitimate. Pays cash or (if you prefer) Visa cards or Amazon gift cards. They’re also looking for guys to sign up, so please share!


P/T Work from Home Jobs Open at 2U – No state hiring restrictions mentioned. Jobs include p/t Live Classroom Support Specialist and several non-geeky p/t Tech Support positions. Pay isn’t mentioned. Best estimate is $15-$17/hr., but that’s not official.


Work from Home Guest Service Rep – Norwegian Cruise Line: Hiring in the Mesa, AZ area. “Provide customer support to guests who initiate contact directly with Norwegian Cruise Line and have questions regarding their bookings, itineraries, travel documents, payment services, booking changes, and other basic inquiries. Process reservation orders, changes and cancellations. Minimum 1-year customer service experience.”


Database Entry & Other Admin Tasks – Lifebushido: Still hiring, worldwide. “Tasks include database management, database entry , accounting, marketing , real estate assistance and general administrative tasks… Lifebushido helps people around the world working part-time from home to help clients and each other discover and focus unique talent to achieve life and work goals… All starting pay is $10/hour for USA staff and Global staff is $2.50/hour.”


Calling All Teachers – Earn Up to $22/Hr. Teaching English Online – If you’re looking for a side gig with good hourly rates, these companies are actively hiring. Both involve teaching English to Chinese children online. Set your own hours, materials provided: Education First — $12-$19/hr. VIPKID — $14-$22/hr. Interview Tip — The video interview with each company is key.


Coding Specialist – TruBridge: “AHIMA or AAPC credential (RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CPC, or COC). The HIM Coding Specialist will handle medical coding and data entry / abstraction for various types of Hospital visits (Inpatient, Outpatient, Ambulatory, Surgery, Emergency and Special Procedures). Correctly assign ICD-9-CM primary and secondary diagnoses and procedure codes based upon documentation in the medical record. Correctly assign modifiers to charge master items and coder assigned CPT codes, as appropriate. Correctly assign CPT codes to outpatient procedures consistent with client contract and documentation in the medical record. Correctly assign E&M levels on ER facility and professional fees.”


Poll Takers – E-Poll: Pays in PayPal cash or (if you prefer) gift cards. Work from anywhere. Another way to grab some extra dollars when you have some downtime.


Work from Home Helping People With Camping, Tours & Activity Reservations – Equipment & Training Provided – Aspira – Currently hiring from GA, FL, IN, PA, IA and AR. Aspira seeks Reservation Agents to help people make outdoor-related reservations. You’d be helping customers with camping, tours & activity reservations as well as hunting & fishing licensing needs. These are “inbound” calling positions, no outbound. The company says, “There are no out-bound calling or sales/commission requirements; we pay hourly, paychecks are bi- weekly, direct deposit is available, and W2 provided.”


Work from Home Marketing Specialist – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: “This is a task driven position to assist in the management of the marketing mix to drive recruitment and participation in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Take Steps. Requires the ability to report on and coordinate the necessary tasks related to Take Steps marketing projects and communications for internal and external audiences. Responsibilities include the coordination and distribution of collateral materials, creation and issuance of website analytics, website QA, social media and e-communications scheduling, and content development. Qualifications Required: BA or equivalent in communications, marketing; minimum three years work experience preferably in a non-profit environment…”


Get Paid Up to $50 to Download Nielsen’s App – Nielsen (The TV/Radio ratings company) – “For each mobile device you register you will receive up to $50 a year,” the company says. For consumer trend data, Nielsen will pay you to install an undetectable app on your smartphone, computer or tablet. The app follows your web use. Your name is separated from the data, and devices run as usual. User IDs and passwords are not collected, the company adds.



Work from Home Help Desk Analyst – World Travel Holdings: “The ideal candidate will have experience with front-line support, a passion for technology, and a drive for success. Our Help Desk Analyst must be proficient with Desktop support, Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, and Office 365; able to handle situations with accuracy and a sense of urgency; and possess exceptional customer service and communication skills. What you bring to the table: High School Diploma or equivalent plus at least 2 years of help desk experience…”


Grab Extra Cash with Your Phone — Just download the app, scan your receipts, get cash rewards fast – Ibotta: $10 welcome bonus. Get cash rewards for purchases at Walmart, Food Lion, Costco, CVS and hundreds more. Free. Cash via PayPal, Venmo, or gift card (your preference). Food Assistance Program purchases also eligible. (The link is RRR’s affiliate link, and we’ll receive a small commission if you use it. Helps us keep the computers on. Thank you!)


Work At Home Client Care Representative – Jackson Hewitt: “The Work At Home Client Care Representative 1 position is responsible for providing a world class experience to Jackson Hewitt current and potential clients by answering calls or web chats in a Work at Home Contact Center environment. You will resolve 1st Tier level interactions via phone and chat, or escalate to Tier 2 upon Client request or applicable resolution path. This is a seasonal position with a duration up to 6 months.”


Escalations Specialist CCOS – Jackson Hewitt: “The Escalations Specialist CCOS position is responsible for providing a world class experience to Jackson Hewitt current clients by escalated customer complaints, issues and service delivery failures in a Performance Based Contact Center environment. This is a Seasonal Position with a duration of anywhere from 2 to 6 months. You will be tasked with partnering with our teams in the field to resolve an assigned caseload of customer issues, or escalating to the escalations lead or manager, depending on documented issue resolution path. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Proficiency in Microsoft Office; Minimum of two years of relevant escalations or customer service experience; Proficiency with learning new technology and system applications; Excellent verbal and written communication skills.”


Another Legitimate Survey Site – MySoapBox: Answer simple opinion questions for gift cards to Walmart, Target, Amazon and other major brands. One more “work from anywhere” option for extra income in your downtime.


Product Designer (UI/UX) – Treehouse: “Qualifications: 3 years (or equivalent) design experience, some in product design; sound judgment and instincts in regard to product design; appreciates design processes and how they benefit projects and end results; familiar with the fundamental principles for layout, visual hierarchy, aesthetics, and typography…”


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Work from Home Helping People With Camping, Tours & Activity Reservations – Equipment & Training Provided


by Chris Durst         Jan. 4, 2019

Aspira seeks Reservation Agents to help people make outdoor-related reservations. In these roles, you be connecting customers with camping, tours & activity reservations as well as hunting & fishing licensing needs.

These are “inbound” calling positions, so you’ll be answering calls – NOT placing them. The company says, “There are no out-bound calling or sales/commission requirements; we pay hourly, paychecks are bi- weekly, direct deposit is available, and W2 provided.”

These are employee positions (not independent contractor), and the company provides training and equipment.

Currently, Aspira is hiring in the following states: IN, FL, PA, GA, IA, and AR.

Here’s what the company has to say about these roles:

“What makes a successful Reservation and Licensing Sales Agent?

A quiet work environment that provides the following:

  • Standard phone line. First choice is POTS/Analog phone landline. We can accept some cable/digital providers.
  • Please, no cell, satellite or VoIP providers.
  • High Speed internet connection and be able to be connected directly to the vendor’s modem by Ethernet cable.
  • Direct wire to modem and phone line accessible to your intended work station.
  • Have a desk top monitor that is not an all-in-one computer, tablet, laptop or TV.
  • **No need to use your personal computer. We supply equipment with preloaded programs needed to train and work, including a dial pad and headset for phone calls, keyboard, and mouse.**

And be able to meet basic job duties that include:

  • Accessing company programs and query information within the company data bases to meet customer requests.
  • Assist your customers over the phone and/or chat and messaging with their requests, answer questions, and light trouble shooting.
  • Communicate effectively using scripted material, policy, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Maintain productivity goals and quality assurance standards.
  • Observe overall company policies, procedures, and maintain good attendance.
  • Attend scheduled virtual training sessions, including ongoing training and development plans.
  • Meet our seasonal needs as expected to run through the end of September 2018.

Basic requirements of the position are:

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills;
  • Ability to communicate remotely by phone, email and instant messaging (IM);
  • Basic computer skills including internet knowledge (such as basic searching and queries), IM, email, some basic technical terminology;
  • Must be organized and self-motivated as well as highly responsive to communication;
  • Suggested typing speed of 20 to 30 wpm;
  • Be able to provide a minimum of 25-29 hours of schedule availability, including weekend availability;

Perks:

  • Work and train from the comfort of your own home and save on transportation costs.
  • Paid guided training.
  • An employee of AspiraTM, not an independent contractor!
  • Internal growth opportunities

Click here for full details and to apply. For more jobs like these see our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. To be the first to hear about jobs we post, like our Facebook page. May you be rocking your Rebellion soon!

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Make $15-$22/Audio Hour Transcribing from Home for TranscribeMe


by Chris Durst     Jan. 3, 2019

TranscribeMe — an established transcription company whose jobs we’ve often posted and many RRRebels report they’re working for them.

These are independent contractor (“freelance”) positions and the company states, “earnings starting at $15-$22 per audio hour and top monthly earnings at $2,200 (average monthly earnings are $250). Transcriptionists with specialized backgrounds in Medical & Legal are paid a higher rate.”

Further, “There are absolutely no fees involved in the training or registration.”

By the way, TranscribeMe has earned 3.5 out of 5 stars on Glassdoor, so it appears that folks who are working for them currently are quite satisfied with the gig.

Here’s what the company has to say about these roles:

“We offer the opportunity to be a part of our unique community at one of the best transcription companies and create lasting connections with professionals all over the world. All you need is a computer, a reliable Internet connection, and the ability to transcribe audio and video in any of the languages that we support.

  • We are highly acclaimed by leading ‘work from home’ authorities for our intuitive platform, regular payouts, and steady work stream.

  • We believe in promotion from within. Our transcriptionists enjoy their work and have career advancement opportunities. Gain insight into various industries and boost your resume for any job market. Develop your skills, and grow into higher paying projects and positions.
  • We’re a leading work from home employer thanks to our intuitive platform, regular payouts and steady work stream. Joining doesn’t cost a penny – all you need to get started is reliable Internet and a computer!
  • Work from the comfort of your own home, whenever you want and how much you want. Transcribe short 1-2 minutes clips (not long interviews) and when complete, our system sends another micro-task to transcribe – there is no limit to how many can be processed at once.

An informative online training program will introduce the Transcriptionist Portal and will take you through the Style Guide. After you have taken an exam to prove accuracy with transcribing audio and following style guidelines, you’ll be given short chunks of audio to transcribe, and you can begin earning and monetizing your downtime!

We pay regularly and securely via PayPal. Keep track of earnings in real time and know exactly how much has been accumulated. Request payment at any time and receive money in $USD via PayPal for all the work completed on a weekly basis.

Click here for full details and to apply. Be sure to read the company’s FAQ too for answers to any questions you may have. For more jobs like these see our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. To be the first to hear about jobs we post, like our Facebook page. May you be rocking your Rebellion soon!

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10 Online Side Gigs You Can Do Now

By Mike Haaren, Co-Founder Rat Race Rebellion

Side gigs can be a great option for extra cash and flexibility. If you’re looking for something you can do online, there are plenty to choose from. Here are 10 open now. (Disclosure — The links below include affiliate links, which pay us a small commission if you use them. Helps us buy snacks for the Rebellious Rats here. Thank you!)

— Transcriptionists (No experience necessary) – Rev hires part-time transcriptionists nationwide. Pay isn’t high — when you start out, it can reportedly be less than minimum wage. On the flip side, you can work when you want, training is free, and you can gain experience for better-paying transcription work later on. For more, click here.

— Tutors – Varsity Tutors offers tutoring in hundreds of academic subjects and more than 50 test prep areas. Tutors are independent contractors. Per Indeed reviews, they earn an average of $19.93/hr. “Private tutoring sessions take place online, in the student’s home, or at another location of the student’s choosing. Instant online tutoring is also available through the Varsity Tutors platform in subjects like algebra, biology, calculus, the SAT, and more.” For details, click here.

— Survey Takers – Springboard America is a market research company that pays people to take surveys. You can take them on a smartphone, laptop or desktop. The surveys pay in points redeemable for Visa cards, Amazon gift cards, iTunes and other options. Click here for more.

— Sell Your Smartphone Pix – If you take good vids or photos with your cell, Foap gives you a place to sell them. “When a brand, agency or just anyone who finds your work outstanding purchases a video or picture from your online Foap portfolio, we share the profit with you 50/50,” Foap says. For more, click here.


— Get Paid for Your Sarcasm & Wit – If you’re the one with the sarcastic comebacks or witty comments, Cracked, the humor magazine, offers payment for list-style articles. “26 Sexy Halloween Costumes That Shouldn’t Exist” is an example on their site. They also pay for humorous sets of images. For details, click here.

— Answer Opinion Questions – MySoapBox is another market research site that pays consumers for their feedback on products and services. Pays in gift cards for Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other major brands. Click here for more.

— Get Paid to Teach English Online to Children in China – If you’ve got a bachelor’s degree in any field, and a year of teaching or mentoring experience, VIPKID is hiring people to teach online. Students are children in China who are learning English. Set your own hours, materials provided. According to their site, pay is $14-$22 per hour. They say the video interview is key, so be sure to prep. For more, click here.

— Get Paid Up to $50 to Download Nielsen’s App – Nielsen (The TV/Radio ratings company) – “For each mobile device you register you will receive up to $50 a year,” the company says. For consumer trend data, Nielsen will pay you to install an undetectable app on your smartphone, computer or tablet. The app follows your web use. Your name is separated from the data, and devices run as usual. User IDs and passwords are not collected, the company adds.


— Grab Cash Rebates – Rebates are one of the easiest ways to generate extra cash. They won’t make you rich, but why not get cash back for shopping you’re doing anyway? Both Ibotta and Ebates are legitimate rebate sources. Stores include Walmart, Target, Amazon and thousands of others. Both also offer $10 welcome bonuses. Ebates also offers $25 when you refer a friend and they make a purchase. Ibotta offers $2 when a friend registers.

— Get Paid to Chat with People Learning English (No experience necessary) – Cambly – If you speak fluent English, Cambly pays people to chat with English learners. You’ll need a laptop or desktop with high-speed net. Pays $0.17 per talk minute ($10.20/hr.). Click here for more.

For more jobs like these, see our Daily Work from Home Jobs & Side Gigs page. Enjoy!

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How to drastically improve the copy on your site, even if you only have 5 minutes.

First, let me tell you a little story involving butterflies and bladders. 

I've spent the past few days at MicroConf. Just a phenomenal conference, full of like-minded folks, loaded with actionable content. Not to get too carried away, but it was a life-changer. I'd go on some more, but I don't want you competing with me for tickets next year.

On the second day, Joanna Wiebe from Copyhackers selected a handful of sites from the audience to do a public "tear down" of in front of these 200 folks. 200 folks I admire and respect. I had submitted my baby, my brand-new, just launched site (DownDetect.com) ahead of time as a candidate to be selected.

As soon as she took the stage, an angry mob of butterflies started attacking my internal organs.

She opened the first site and started working it over and providing some great, if slightly brutal feedback. Really good stuff. After she moved to the next site I could see in her browser window that she had about 12 tabs open. It dawned on me that she was working her way through these open tabs, and that the open tabs were the sites she had selected for tear down. About eight tabs in, I saw the favicon for my site. The angry butterflies grew teeth. Sharp ones. And they pulled out pitch forks. And chainsaws. And congregated in my bladder.

I figured 7 tabs was a lot of ground to cover, so I would have the time to address the sudden urge, and from where I was sitting in the very front row I quickly slinked out the back of the room to the bathroom. What a baby, I know. I emptied my bladder and the butterflies relocated to my stomach and heart. I hurried back to the conference room and what to my wondering eyes did appear as I walked in the room than my site, my baby, my precious up on the big screen. She had already started. The moderator was looking for the site owner to hand the microphone to. I pulled a hamstring sprinting to the front of the room, groping for the microphone like the final runner in a relay race. 

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So here's what I learned, and how I dramatically improved the copy on my site in 5 minutes (and how you can too):

After she said some nice things, Joanna pointed out the main problem with my copy – the language was all focused on me, and it should instead be focused on my prospect. I was selling myself, when I should be focusing on what's in it for them.

In Joanna's own words:

Talking about yourself — even thinking about yourself — when you write your copy will only do one thing: get in the way.

It will shut down the sale.

Which means that you are the biggest roadblock to better communication with your customers.

This is the foundation of great copywriting: People don't care about you. They only care about themselves.

You care about you. But no one else does. (Except yo' mama.)

Your visitors want what they want. They do not "want" what you're trying to sell them.

Your job then, is not to "try" to sell your visitors a product. You're trying to sell them themselves.

Ok, so here's a fun little exercise, take a look at the version of my site Joanna (and everyone!) saw and see if you can spot the problems. To make it easier, I've color-coded my stupidity.

BEFORE

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So as soon as I got home, I spent 5 minutes (and I'll need to spend more, we're not perfect yet) and turned those sub headings around. Check out the difference below (or see it here in the wild).

AFTER

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Notice the difference? Yeah. Serious improvement.

My humble thanks to Joanna for the help.

I hope this gives you some ideas for your site. 

I highly recommend Joanna's email list, by the way. The first lesson she sends out addresses the same topic I've addressed here in even more depth.

The most important entrepreneurial lesson I’ve learned.

I've enjoyed recreational fishing since I was a kid. Over the years I've had the chance to fish and associate with some top anglers, and I've noticed something about them – they don't waste time in an unproductive location. If the fish aren't biting, they quickly move to a new spot. 

This applies to startup ideas too. Finding out if the market will respond positively has to be as early in the process as possible, and you should move on if it's not a fit. 

I've poured emberassing amounts of time into terrible ideas that I thought were brilliant, so please learn this principle from me, it will save you unspeakable time, money and shame if you do:

The market does not care how long you worked on something or how well you did it. Effort is not rewarded. The market cares only if what you've done is a fit for their needs.

This can be a crushing truth, especially for a craftsman. We take our startups very personally, and the more time we invest in them, the more personally we take them. But if we're serious about turning our venture into something that pays the bills, and grants us freedom, we have to accept and embrace this truth. There is no reward for sticking to something for a long time, if it's the wrong thing. If it's the wrong thing, if there is not a market fit, you fail. And unfortunately, there is no correlation between time invested and market fit.

And very often we have no idea what's going to resonate, and what's not, even when we think we do. This is why building an MVP, and validated learning are so important. Before we get too carried away, we have to find out if the market wants what we're building. 

I leave you with a couple of multimedia nuggets for thought. Consider these as you determine what to spend your time and energy on. 

 

Watch the first 2:30 of this video. This is a common success story. The idea fell in his lap, he got it out there almost by accident and learned that the market wanted it. Then he built it and succeeded. (Compare that to your latest gut-it-out effort.) 

 

And finally, the great Derek Siver's explains this concept brilliantly here. (Incidentally, I highly recommend his book. Short and sweet, and full of similar insights, including the one shown in this video). 

 

Side note: A very interesting benefit to the KickStarter (and similar) phenomena is that folks are pumping out ideas, and using KickStarter not just to raise money, but to validate their idea. This is huge. Especially for hard goods that require a larger capital investment to get started. 

LaunchRock

What is it?

Launchrock-logo

LaunchRock: A service that provides a pre-launch page for your startup (you know, the “signup to be notified when we launch” type of site).

Heres the one I created for a project I’m working on for startup founders (and those aspiring to be).

Who makes it?

LaunchRock

Why is it the killerest?

In addition to a nice pre-launch page, it has good social integration, encouraging those who sign up to share it with their friends via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr or email. 

FireShot Screen Capture #013 - 'Are you a founder of an internet startup_ - We're looking for startup founders who have launched (or are launching soon) and are willing to share their story_' - signup_launchhappy_com

There are also some modest stats telling you your conversion rate, which can be helpful.

FireShot Screen Capture #012 - 'Insights I LaunchRock' - app_launchrock_com_insights

It’s fairly easy to use, and they’ve thought of a lot of details like a confirmation email, social integration where you can pre-seed what they say when they share, an ability to export all of your subscribers for easy loading into your favorite email sending system, and domain mapping (i.e. you can point your own URL to your page).

If you feel too constrained by their limited template, you can embed the form on your own site, where you have more latitude.

What could be improved?

They offer a very limited ability to customize the design and layout for the fully hosted version. They have custom CSS “coming soon” which should help immensely. I was able to work around some of these limitations by using inline HTML and inline styles – which seem to be supported. It’s fairly amenable to a little lightweight “hacking.”

How much does it cost?

Free

Rating?

Reviewed by Carson McComas

p.s. see also: Launch Effect which I liked a bit better. It’s a WordPress theme with the same purpose.

List of the best online payment alternatives for entrepreneurs.

There are few segments more exciting right now than alternative payment systems. Earth's collective contempt for the entrenched payment tech industry is ardent. This industry has abused users, built regulatory walls to competition, made things insufferable for customers, and as a result, put payment processing options nearly out of reach, especially for bootstrappers. Overcoming these hurdles is a huge barrier to progress.

But the alternative payment world is red smoking hot right now, and I'm more excited about it than any other segment. The possibilities that are unlocked by this are exciting for entrepreneurs, especially bootstrappers. 

No merchant accounts. No gateways. No exorbitant fees, or draconian setup processes. 

Here are the most exciting ones:

Stripe
2.9% + $0.30

Dwolla
Free for transactions under $10, $0.25 for over $10. 

Wepay
$0.50 for bank payment, 3.5% for credit card payment

The exciting ones for meatspace businesses.

Square
2.75% for swipes, 3.5% for keyed entries 

iZettle 
$0.20 + 2.75%

Intuit GoPayment
2.7% for swipes, 3.7% for keyed 

 

I call myself an entrepreneur, but to be honest,<br> a lot of times I don’t.

I call myself an entrepreneur, but to be honest, a lot of times I don't. When someone asks me what I do – I often punt. I feel like if I'm going to describe myself as an entrepreneur, the next sentence needs to explain what that means – what I've done, what successful business I've launched. And I don't have a good answer for that. Oh I've cobbled together a series of modest successes, and I'm managing to feed my family, but I haven't yet built something that I can point to with pride and say yes – that, I built that, and that is now what I do for living.

The term "serial entrepreneur" always sits a bit odd with me too. Or maybe I'm just reluctant to call myself that. I mean, I've had numerous entrepreneurial ventures. Numerous! But the truth is that if one of them had been the success I thought it would be, I'd be doing that, not launching another one. There would be no serial succession to the next one. At least not for a long time. Serial entrepreneur sounds like a synonym for serial failure. Not always of course, there are plenty of examples of successes there (Mark Cuban, Jason Calacanis, Evan Williams). But Bill Gates wasn't a serial entrepreneur. Neither was Mark Zuckerburg. Or Jeff Bezos or Jason Fried. They're entrepreneurs. They built something and that thing is what they do now. They don't define themselves by serially starting companies. My goal isn't serial entrepreneurship, it's successful entrepreneurship. 

So where am I going with all this navel gazing? I've been thinking a lot about this lately. Maybe it's because I'm growing pensive on the verge of launching my next startup (I really do believe this is the one!), or because I regularly get emails from folks who have gutted out that first hard part of getting something out there and now they're trying to make it work. But I want to start a community of those of us who have gotten this far. I want to create a community of launchers. I just have this sense that there's a whole group of us out here in the trenches trying to make this work – and there are a whole bunch of us who have made it work, and are making it work, and another whole bunch who haven't made it work, but are destined to, because they won't settle for anything less, no matter what it takes.

These folks? These launchers? These, I feel like, are my people. And I want a way to learn from them, and talk with them, and hear their stories, and I bet I'm not the only one, I bet you do too. And if I'm right about that, I hope you'll come over and sign up for my latest project. It's called Launch Happy, and with your help, I think it can become something really good. At a minimum, it'll help you expose your business to more people. But I'm hoping for even more than that, I'm hoping it'll help you make connections, and friends, and customers. I'm hoping that wonderful things will spring from it, and that the net result will be more entrepreneurs proud to call themselves that because they've made it work, they've achieved success, they've connected, and learned, and grown, and been cheered, and helped, and challenged, and taught and can point with pride to what they've done and say yes – that, I built that, and now that is what I do for a living. 

I think it can be something really good, and I hope you'll be a part of it.

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p.s. if you're not a launcher yet, but still want to follow along, please follow us on Twitter at @LaunchHappy or on Facebook and we'll keep you abreast.

Gumroad

What is it?

Gumroad-logoGumroad: A service that lets you “sell anything you can share” which is to say – anything you don’t need to collect shipping information for. Each purchase ends with a download link.

You create “links” that send you over to a Gumroad page where customers can enter an email address, credit card number, and boom – download what they purchased. (Here’s an example I set up to sell one of my photos).

Who makes it?

Gumroad, Inc

Why is it the killerest?

It’s not PayPal.

Everything is elegant, simple and quick.

For entrepreneurs, I could see using it to sell stuff like advertising slots, access to a beta release, an ebook, software, stuff like that.

Here’s a nice demo they put together so you can see how it would work.

What could be improved?

Your customers don’t have to hassle with PayPal, but Gumroad does use PayPal to pay you what you earn. Direct deposit in my bank account would be a lot better. They also ask for a $10 minimum owed, and 60 days to pay you (I assume they pay quicker than that though).

It’s a touch buggy still (I created a link, and it created two for me – easy enough to delete one though).

I’d love an embed option. Let me just drop a button on a page that opens up with this Gumroad goodness. Every PayPal button on the internet tied to an intangible could be replaced with it.

It’s a little pricey.

How much does it cost?

5% + $0.30 per transaction

Rating?

Reviewed by Carson McComas