CrowdSourcing 101 [infographic]

September 5, 2014 |  by  |  eCommerce, Finance  |  1 Comment
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When KickStarter first launched, it blew my mind. I had already been researching the crowd sourcing scene, but most of that was only contests where users supplied content. Like a ‘design our new logo, winner get $1,000′ types of crowd sourcing. Flipping that idea to where the user supplies the money was much more logical.

The first KickStarter I funded was a local band’s cd. It totally flopped, but I’ve also contributed to a local hot sauce company, other bands, and a really cool wallet – they have all had success. Some people use it to help get that initial investment in their business. Some use it to get funds for a creative outlet, while some use it to fund healthcare costs after a bad accident or diagnosis. The most entertaining was recently hearing about two girls who were using Indiegogo to fund a vacation to Europe.

These middle class girls had the gall to be so lazy, they’re asking friends and strangers to pay for their fun. Unlike everyone else their age, who will work for a year delivering pizzas before they get the money for a trip. The fun thing was, no one contributed. I think one of their moms gave $100, and that was it. Lesson learned, girls – you’ve gotta work for things in society. [via]

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Did You Lie On Your Resume? [infographic]

September 4, 2014 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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Please, take a seat… We need to have a, uh… little chat, so to say… Now, I’m going to ask you a question. I’m not trying to guilt you into any answer, or point fingers at you; I just want to know the truth. So, I don’t want you to get offended, because I believe we can discuss this like two civilized people. Ok… So my question is: did you lie on your resume? Because if you did, you will be in big trouble, missy. I just want you to understand a couple of things, though.

First of all, your generation has a completely warped sense of right and wrong. Did you know that roughly 64.3 percent of people lie about employment verification? Did you also know that 82 percent of organizations will fire you if they find out that you lied? And not only will your credibility as a possible employee diminish with each lie your poisoned mind creates, but your character as a human being will as well. It’s a big no-no.

Daddy doesn’t like it when his children lie now, sweetie. Daddy really doesn’t like it when they lie.

I’m still not blaming you. Daddy loves you, but I think you should go back over your resume, and just double check what you put on there. End of lecture. Real quick though… If I ever catch you lying on your resume, I will harm you… I’ll leave that to your imagination. Love you, honey. [via]

 

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Best Rewards Credit Cards [infographic]

September 3, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Finance, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I don’t know about y’all, but I love free stuff. I mean, who doesn’t? I am the queen of free samples and survey rewards, and recently I’ve been looking into rewards credit cards.

A few years ago, I switched from Wells Fargo Bank to a Texas credit union that offers 10 cents for every debit card transaction. I was still working as a waitress when I first made the switch, so I rarely used my debit card and earned barely any cash back. This year, I’ve already earned more than $50 in rewards, and it’s only September. Since I buy a lot of stuff online, I decided a rewards credit card might fit my needs, in addition to my debit card. Unfortunately for me, my credit score is terrible after racking up too much credit card debt in my undergrad days.

Luckily, there are hundreds of options for rewards card, with rewards ranging from cash back to store discounts, airline miles and hotel rewards. While some only accept clients with great credit, others are willing to accept those with poor credit, like me.

Thanks to the infographic below, you can get some of your rewards card questions answered. The people over at License Direct have compared the top 25 rewards cards and looked at how much the card’s annual fee will cost you, how many rewards points you can earn with each purchase, how valuable those points are, and what sign up bonuses the card provider offers.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of signing up for a rewards credit card, but aren’t sure which is right for you, check out today’s handy dandy infographic. And remember, just like mobile applications, there’s probably a credit card for that.

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8 Things That Can Hurt Your Brand [Infographic]

August 30, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Marketing  |  No Comments
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Your brand is your image. And your image is what helps you make money and keeps business blooming. Your brand is the persona your organization projects to prospective and current clients. Forget about the sales reps you have on staff. Without the right brand or the right pitch, your sales staff is useless. In this infographic, there are eight things that can hurt your brand and are therefore bad for your business.

Every good venture requires planning. Planning and the thoroughness to continue the upkeep necessary to fulfill the brand and client confidence in what you provide. Part of maintaining a healthy business-client relationship is the assurance that what you are providing is the best the client can get for their time and money. Clients demand what they asked for. No matter how big the transaction, people want what is guaranteed. Sustaining confidence in your branding model is crucial to keeping business.

Consistency aside, innovation is critical when it comes to developing a healthy brand. If you aren’t hearing what the people want or what your employees believe is the right way to go, you are losing out on the big picture. Your brand and your company/organization is nothing without the people you aim to reach. Acting without prudence and a lack of transparency are killer when it comes to keeping your brand functioning.

Your reputation is what is going to make you sink or swim. Make your organization stand out in the best way possible and map out your way to success with a great brand. [via]

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More Than A Degree [infographic]

August 29, 2014 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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I am a college student, working on getting a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, and hopefully attending law school afterward. I just recently re-enrolled after taking a semester off, and it was the best decision of my life.

See, for awhile, I was going to school full time while trying to juggle two part-time jobs along with writing these oh-so painstaking infographic articles (jk, jk, I do it for funsies), all the while not knowing why I was in school or what I even wanted to do with my life. So, overwhelmed with stress, I decided that I just needed to take some time to myself to do a little soul searching. I finished out the semester, quit one of my jobs and started working full-time at the bar I was already working at. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but college definitely wasn’t in the picture.

It’s funny though, working at a bar until 4:00 in the morning every night gets old really quickly. I started to become unhappy with my circumstances and just wanted life to happen for me, but I learned that I had to be the one to make life happen. You can’t just sit around and wait for things to figure themselves out; you have to set goals and work towards achieving them. I realized that what I wanted most out of life was to have a family of my own that I could not only support but give luxuries to, and the easiest way to make that happen is through college.

There are innumerable benefits to getting a college degree, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to give higher education a chance. Think about what you want most out of life. That ten-year-plan stuff they tell you senior year of high school is no joke. It is super important to have a goal to work toward, and I would say that 9 times out of 10, the best route to those goals is through college. If you don’t plan now, you may wake up ten years from now at 5:00 in the afternoon to get ready for your 6 p.m. – 4 a.m. bar shift thinking, “Why did I waste all of that time?” [via]

 

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