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Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

So what’s the difference? With Snapchat you can take photo or video, add cute filters and add it to your story or send to specific people. With Instagram you can take photo or video, add fun graphics and add it to your story or send to specific people. Hmmm…very different.

While Snapchat was the fist one on the scene when it comes to more dynamic social storytelling, Instagram came onto the scene to challenge them with a vengeance! Not only does Instagram have a wider audience, they have a bigger audience. It’s also easier to discover topics and conversations on Instagram than it is on Snapchat.

It seems that social media users have a more personal connection with Instagram than Snapchat. In fact, Snapchat admits:

“The majority of our users are 18-34 years old. This demographic may be less brand loyal and more likely to follow trends than other demographics. These factors may lead users to switch to another product, which would negatively affect our user retention, growth, and engagement.”

I can honestly say I do both, but I myself see more activity (at least more activity that I’m interested in) on Instagram. Seeing what’s going on with Kylie Jenner or Ariana Grande isn’t something that peaks my interest…so I guess you can tell what platform I’m more apt to use these days.

Which storytelling app do you prefer? Instagram or Snapchat?

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The Best Tips on How to Find Work in the Gig Economy

The Best Tips on How to Find Work in the Gig Economy

For many Americans, it can be difficult to find joy or fulfillment in traditional work. That’s why it’s important to find a way to make money doing something you enjoy. It’s never easy to break into something new and start making cash right away, so it may be best to start with a part-time or short-term frame of mind. With a job in the gig-economy—meaning freelance work, where you’re your own boss—you can start building a name for yourself in your chosen field, try something you’ve always wanted to do, or practice a hobby and actually make money doing it.

Here are a few of the best ideas on finding the right gig for you.

Work with animals

Millions of Americans have pets, meaning you’ll have a lot of clients to choose from should you decide to work with animals. You might become a licensed groomer or sign up with a site to be a pet sitter or dog walker. This type of job will allow you to keep flexible hours, get outdoors for some exercise, and spend time with sweet animals who can help reduce your stress and anxiety and can even lower your blood pressure.

Get creative

If you enjoy drawing, painting, practicing calligraphy, photography, or sewing—just to name a few—you can start your own business providing services for brides-to-be, new parents, and anyone who might need your creative craft skills. To help launch your business, look into working with wedding and event planners so they can help direct you to new clients.

Start writing

Freelance writing is one of the best ways to slip into the gig economy, in part because it can almost always be done from home, and it allows you to set your own schedule. The best way to start is by looking online for freelance gigs or checking out the websites of some magazines, blogs, or webzines you’re interested in, and querying about how to pitch an article. Keep reading here for some tips on how to get started.

Crunch the numbers

If you’re good with numbers and have experience with accounting, you might look into doing some freelance work around tax time. Check out some local accounting firms and tax offices to find out how much they charge for their services. If you can offer competitive rates and get the word out to friends and neighbors, you’ll have enough customers to get you through spring.

Childcare

Have experience with kids? Put the word out that you’re looking for work in childcare, either through friends and loved ones or on social media. If you have a lot of free time—especially in the summer when kids in most states are out of school—your expertise and open schedule will be invaluable to busy parents in your community.

Getting started

Finding work in the gig economy can be tricky at first, but the key is to know where to look. Do some research online and find out what sort of services are most needed in your area. It’s also important to do your homework when it comes to similar businesses so you can offer competitive rates for your services. Once you’ve completed those tasks, it’s time to figure out marketing and accounting logistics. Start a business website that details your business and shows off your skills; many can be made for free or very cheaply on sites like Weebly. You also should consider using a free invoice app to make collecting payments and bookkeeping simpler, and create a business email account that’s separate from your personal account.

Talk to your loved ones and keep them updated so they can help, and above all: remember to have fun!

Guest post provided to Mugsy PR by Lucy of Gigmine.co.

After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

It’s no secret…I love my job. It’s also no secret that I love my time “after the job.” LOL

I try to do a little bit of everything when it comes to after work activities…except going to the movies as some of you may know. 🙂 I like trying different workout classes, walking/biking around my neighborhood, volunteering and…COOKING AND EATING!

One of my absolutely favorite things to do is cook. I’m one of those silly people that like food prepping for the week, which includes chopping vegetables for for my daily salads/egg scrambles, roasting or grilling unique cuts of meat, or anything in between! It’s safe to say that I’m DEFINITELY NOT someone safe to take to a grocery store or farmer’s market.

The unfortunate thing is that a fun cooking past time makes you want to only watch Food Network and buy anything and everything they use to cook…because, you know…I’m becoming a professional chef!

I’ve tried to curb my purchases regarding my hobby, but sometimes it just gets away from me – a dutch oven here, a lemon zester there or the various different kinds of colanders one has to have.

So, what is your favorite after work activity? Are you an avid gym-goer? Do you like mid-week matinees? Do you have your own paint easel set-up in your living room (talking to you, Eloiza!) or do you prefer the quit enjoyment of getting home, relaxing on the couch and binge watching your favorite show? Maybe even reading a book?!

I thoroughly believe you have to have something that isn’t work related for your “me time.” It makes you happy to get to your past time and happy to get back to work! So…what’s yours?

Local vs. National News…Is There a Difference Anymore?

Local vs. National News…Is There a Difference Anymore?

I believe I’ve mentioned (over 200 times) that I’m more of a morning person. I like getting up and attacking the day. It always feels like I’m getting ahead of everyone else!

When I wake up, I immediately shut my alarm off (as to try not to disturb my slumbering husband) and head to the living room with my computer in hand. I start getting caught up on my emails and turn on the TV to watch some news. Since I get up so early, I obviously start with the local news…seeing what the whether’s going to be like, if there are any traffic concerns for the morning and watching the top headlines of the day.

Next, the clock strikes 7am and it’s time for the national morning news. Time to get caught up on the national, top headlines of the day.

Wait a minute…didn’t I just watch this?

Is it just me or are the top headlines of the local news really just the top headlines of the national news? What happened to the local news stories that AREN’T pay-to-play, sponsored segments? Where’s the information on what’s going on in my community? What happened to the headlines that happen in my neighborhood? Where did the local angles go?

The local news industry has just changed so much. I know there’s been a lot of downsizing over the last few years, but stop downsizing our local news. I don’t want the national headlines at the local level…I’m going to get those everywhere – the news, the radio, my Facebook timeline, my news alerts. Give me local! Who else is with me? Raise your hand! How can we get our local news back to covering local?

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

It’s time for a celebration this week! Independence Day is this Wednesday – in the middle of a workweek. I think it’s kind of nice to have a mid-week break from a regular work week…two days to hit it hard, a break and then two more days to get things done. But what do you think? Would you rather have a long weekend to celebrate the holiday or do you also like the idea of a mid-week break?

4th of July Activities

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays…mainly because it’s in the Summer – my favorite season. I think you all know by now that I’m a big beach and pool person. If I could go everyday, all day I would! So you can bet that’s where I’ll be on Wednesday!

I like to do a lot on Independence Day to really celebrate being independent. Some of the additional activities I like to include:

  • kayaking/paddle boarding
  • grilling out with neighbors and friends
  • dressing up in my favorite red, white and blue clothes/bathing suits
  • watching fireworks from the roof

What do you have planned to celebrate Independence Day?