Unlike last week’s speedlink that was a little more eclectic, I’ve decided to focus this week’s collection on the artistry of working from home, working for yourself, and working online. More and more people are getting into online entrepreneurship these days, so this is definitely a worthy discussion.
Ecata Romance brings up an interesting point for authors looking to break into the business. It can be difficult to get published the traditional way, but at the same time, e-book publishing might be a bad idea as an alternative. It may be a lot easier to get your novel published electronically, but will you be able to generate enough income to make a reasonable living from writing romance e-books?
Inkygirl helps to remind us that we are not alone. Even the people who ended up being monumental successes ran into their initial pitfalls as well. For example, Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected 27 times. This is the same guy that went on to write everything from The Cat in the Hat to Green Eggs and Ham. One of the reasons why his first book got rejected? It was “too different from other juveniles on the market.” We later learn that different can be good.
Justine Ezarik, who you may know better simply as iJustine, lives her entire life on the Internet. You may remember that one of her original claims to fame was “lifecasting,” a trend that has lost a fair bit of steam since those days. Even so, we still want real-time updates through services like Twitter. What about all of those celebrities that we want to follow? Well, the social networking service has quietly released a feature called verified Twitter accounts. Diddy is verified, but Justine is not.
Kevin Muldoon of Blogging Tips explores one way that people have decided to make a name for themselves (and a living wage) online that you may not have considered. In his post, he discusses the business of coding and releasing WordPress plug-ins. WordPress is already a very popular (and free) blogging platform, but money can be made in expanding its functionality through plug-ins. Are you good with coding?
Consumerism Commentary came across an interesting study that found that there are several advantages to owning an iPhone. According to this study, which polled 32,000 people, iPhone users in a business are generally younger, wealthier, and more productive than their counterparts who use other smartphones. Whether more productive people are drawn to the iPhone or if the iPhone helps to improve productivity remains to be seen.