Have you noticed the influx of small businesses? There is a surge in entrepreneurship and small businesses, creating opportunities from people of all ages. Components that have contributed to this surge includes the internet’s innovation. It is now easier for entrepreneurs to start small from the comfort of their home. There are still costs involved, however, the investments needed years ago have decreased as technology has increased.
Last year about this time I got all caught up in watching Gary Vee, Simon Sinek, and every Ted Talk I could find about self-improvement. I went "hustle" mode on creating content, a Youtube channel, and jumping on every new app promising community and followers. Per Gary Vee's advice, I went all in on Snapchat and Anchor, shunning work and family responsibilities so I could record every ridiculous thought and action in an otherwise mundane existence.
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There is this huge buzz about social entrepreneurs. Apparently, the guy that came up with the term didn't produce a clear definition. I was originally told it was an entrepreneur that doesn't have a storefront, doesn't necessarily sell a product or a traditional service, and only uses social medias to get business. That makes perfect sense to me. But after some research on the subject, I found it to mean something much much more.
How valuable is our attention? Individually, it might not seem like what we pay attention to adds up to much. When we see that viral YouTube video though, we realize the power of our collective attention. People are able to make their living based on how many viewers pay attention to them on a consistent basis. We've all heard it said that "time is money." What I feel now is that "time multiplied by attention is money."
Had you told me 3 years ago that I'd be a paid journalist, working on a local, national and even international level, I'd laugh in your face, insult you through a childish emoji-ridden Facebook comment, sip away at my Monster Energy and continue painting my canvas. You see, I used to want to become an artist, before my life changed in one weekend.
Who knew that a mobile app would make such a difference in any business at all? It's not like a phone number was ever losing popularity. You get your phone, you dial, boom. You're in. For countless years that's how businesses did business. Contact information. And no one ever thought business would get any more efficient when dealing with a mobile app, right?
Where do I even start about YouTube? Well, as this is my first post, I suppose I should start with myself, first. My name is Sophie Alice, I'm a 20-year-old living in England, studying two college courses, those being a Diploma in Counselling Skills Level 3, and a Diploma in Assisted Teaching in Schools Level 2. I was studying Functional Skills Maths Level 2, but then I learnt my name wasn't on the exam register and that course kinda crashed and burned.
We live in such influential times, we are often molded by what we witness on a day to day basis. With modern technology, there's definitely a sensory overload that I know I experience. The world is becoming so overpopulated as well, everybody's doing everything and anything. You can be a witness from thousands of miles away by a simple click of a button. It's undeniable that the options of self-expression are damn near infinite. I think that's mainly why we scrutinize our snap and Insta stories more often than the people who actually look at them. Perhaps sometimes, we become too sensitive to our own flaws. And maybe we can thank filters for that. Painting a view through rose-colored lenses for people to see us.
Greetings to all who may read this, whether you're in my lifetime or not. As I write, we are approaching the second half of 2017, and preparing for a new decade, the 2020s. With that being said, as most children (now adults) of the 1980s can understand....WOW!!! We are nearly 20 years removed from the 20th century. Next year, I will have lived as long in the 21st century as I had in the 20th century. So when 2019 comes, would I then consider myself a man of the 21st century? Never! Read up and I'll tell you why....
Content marketing is getting so big these days that it feels like everywhere you look on the Internet, there's an agency somewhere in the world with a stable of copywriters, editors, designers, social media specialists, and developers ready and waiting to boost a business with the latest trend in corporate advertising: