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How to Find a Profitable Niche – Niche Research Tools

To Learn How to Find a Profitable Niche, You Need Reliable Niche Research Tools.

Keyword ResearchThere are many niche research tools out there. Some are definitely better suited for internet marketers than others. Today, we’re going to go over two useful niche research tools.

I’m going to be writing about the Jaaxy keyword research tool and the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool. Both are owned by Kyle and Carson from the Wealthy Affiliate University. They both have very similar functions but there are a couple differences.

With the Jaaxy keyword research tool, you can sign up for a trial account for free. The trial account provides you with 30 free actions, such as keyword searches or keyword rank checks for URLs. After the 30 free searches, you would need to pay for an account upgrade to continue.

Jaaxy has 4 payment options for paid accounts. There are 2 options for Pro memberships and 2 options for Enterprise memberships. For a Pro membership, you can either pay $19 USD a month or $199 a year. With the Enterprise membership, you can pay $49 a month or $499 a year.

Both membership levels come with unlimited actions and a couple extra features but we’re not going to spend a lot of time going over everything. Just know that paid memberships have increased speeds and improved search results.

How do you use Jaaxy?

If you want to follow along, feel free to start your first search here:

To start off, you’re going to need a general niche idea. For my example, I will be starting with “pay off student loans” but you could start with anything you find interesting or are passionate about. The starting search window for Jaaxy looks like this:

Typing in the keyword “pay off student loans” will bring up a list of keyword ideas with a few important bits of information.

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First, there is AVG. AVG is the average number of searches that keyword gets a month. Next is Traffic, which shows how many clicks you would get if you ranked #1 in search engines.

Then there is QSR, which stands for “Quoted Search Results” and shows the number of competing web pages using that exact keyword phrase. Following that is KQI or “Keyword Quality Indicator” and it shows red, yellow, or green to indicate keyword quality (green being best).

The last two are SEO and Domains. SEO shows a score from 1-100. The higher the number (based on traffic and competition), the more likely you are going to get ranked on the first page of search engines. Domains shows if .com, .net, or .org domains are available for purchase.

Looking at the keyword list, I noticed that “best way pay off student loans” had a pretty high traffic rating (ideally you want above 50), so I clicked on “Get QSR” to see about competition (which you want below 300). The keyword phrase showed that there were only 5 exact matches on search engines.

There was a problem, however. “Best way pay off student loans” doesn’t make grammatical sense. I needed to do another search using the proper term “best way TO pay off student loans” in order to see the real competition.

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Looking at these results, I saw a ton of great keyword phrases. Going down the list, I decided to check out “how to pay off student loans fast” in the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool to get a look at a couple more pieces of information.

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On the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool, there are 3 options that are different compared to Jaaxy. First, Article Power shows on a scale of 1-10 how strongly an article using that keyword will affect your search rankings. Next, PPC Power is on a 1-10 scale for how good the term is for Pay Per Click Marketing. Last, Dig just searches the keyword tool using the keyword phrase on the same row.

Looking at this information and seeing the other keywords mentioned, I ended up going with “how to pay off student loans faster” (that’s how this site got its title). The keyword competition is fairly low for the number of searches it gets.

Once you have your targeted niche idea, you have to check if there is a way to make money with it. I already knew that a topic revolving around student loans was profitable but I wasn’t sure about what kinds of programs I could be an affiliate for.

Using Google, I decided to search for the term “pay off student loans + affiliate” and it gave me some interesting Google instant recommendations.

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“Student loan relief affiliate program” was a great term to search. It contained a keyword phrase related to my niche and it would show affiliate programs. Clicking that result showed me this:

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This list of affiliate programs showed me that there were a lot of options to make money in the “how to pay off student loans faster” niche. These aren’t the only results I took into account, though. I thought of other things someone looking for that keyword might be searching for.

“Making money from home” is a great opportunity for when you have free time and I know many college students and recent graduates would need that kind of information, so a large part of this site became about ways to make money from home.

Searching in your own niche, try to think of other things that people might be looking for that you could utilize with your site. You would be surprised what you would find useful.

That’s really all there is to it.

There are other aspects of finding a profitable niche that I did not cover in this post. Those ideas are for another day and a more in-depth look at keyword research.

To learn more about affiliate marketing and keyword research, I recommend taking a look at the Wealthy Affiliate University. To see my review of Wealthy Affiliate, click here.

If you have questions or comments that you would like to share, be sure to post them in the comment box below. You never know if your response to this post can help out others visiting the page and I love getting the chance to read your replies.

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Home-Based Audio Transcription Jobs – General Audio Transcription

Audio Transcription Jobs are one career path for those wanting to work from home.

TypewriterAudio transcription is a simple activity. Have you ever watched Netflix with subtitles on? The subtitles were created by an audio transcriber. The job of an audio transcriber is to listen to a piece of audio and accurately type out what is said.

Sometimes a job requires that you type out the audio verbatim (exactly as said) while other times you can type up the general message (while still sticking close to what is being said).

Other times, you may be required to use timestamps to occasionally mark the approximate point in the audio for what you typed up.

Audio transcription sounds easy!

For some people, audio transcription may very well be easy. Some people just have the listening and typing skills to quickly get the job done. However, this is not the case for many. So, what does it really take to be great at this job?

In order to be great at this job, you must first and foremost have a good comprehension of the language you work with. For most, this would be a great understanding of the English language.

If you did well in your English classes, you probably have what it takes to write out the audio. Although…sometimes you have to interpret English with accents. Think British, Australian, or even Indian accents.

Great Listening SkillsNext, you need a keen ear. Some of the transcription work you pick up might have poor quality audio. It’s unfortunate, but when you’re just starting out you probably won’t be getting the greatest audio leveling. Your audio might come across garbled or far too quiet. Work is work, though, and these jobs still need to get done.

With great English skills and a keen ear, all that’s really left is the ability to type. If you’ve spent a fair amount of time at the computer, you might have the skills necessary to quickly crank out paragraphs of text. The faster and more accurately you type, the higher potential you have to complete more jobs and get paid more.

Oh, one thing I can’t forget to mention is that you’re going to need patience. You will be repeating sections of audio over and over to get the text right. Few people can keep pace with the audio in one go. Keep this in mind ahead of time and it will help you from becoming demotivated.

Do you need any special equipment?

While you can start off with just a keyboard and speakers, there are a few pieces of equipment that can make your transcription life much easier. There are really three things you should consider when thinking about a transcription job: noise-cancelling headphones, a transcription pedal, and transcription software.

First, have you ever tried watching a movie in a busy room at a party? All of the distractions can easily make you lose track of the audio. That’s where noise-cancelling headphones come in. With these headphones, you minimize the effect of the noise around you making it much easier to hear even whispered words. You’ll want to be able to hear as much as possible and this is the tool for the job.

One cheaper set of headphones I recommend is the Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones. These headphones are a great starter set for the beginner transcriptionist. The sound isn’t the best, but you get what you pay for. To see reviews on Amazon, click here.

Next, a transcription pedal can really reduce the amount of time you spend transcribing. A transcription pedal gives you foot control over the playback of audio. You want to look for a 3-function foot pedal for better control to play, rewind, and fast forward the audio.

The Infinity USB Digital Foot Control (IN-USB2) is an affordable foot pedal to get you started in the transcription industry. It’s a 3-function pedal that works with most software that allows a pedal control. For Amazon reviews, click here.

Express Scribe Pro Transcription Software with USB Foot PedalLast, transcription software can really speed up the transcription process. If you decide to do transcription as a freelance job, you may decide to pick this kind of software up. The transcription software will transcribe audio you input into the system.

There is no perfect transcription software yet, so you would have to edit the text to match the audio file as best as you can still. Even so, it tremendously cuts down the time needed to transcribe most good quality audio.

One thing to keep in mind is that text files with multiple speakers or a lot of background noise may have trouble being transcribed by the software. Single-speaker files with low or no background noise are the best to use with the software.

For transcription software, I recommend Express Scribe Transcription Software. This software is easy to use, can load audio from many different sources, and has many features audio transcribers will find useful. Check out Amazon reviews here.

If you want to pick up the foot pedal and the transcription software together, there’s even a convenient bundle. Check out Express Scribe Pro Transcription Software with USB Foot Pedal on Amazon here.

Transcription equipment. Got it. Now what?

I guess all that’s left to cover is how to get the job. When you’re first starting out and want to test the waters, you can try doing little odd jobs on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. With Mechanical Turk, you take out small, usually very short jobs called HITs. These HITs are usually for very low pay, but the tasks are usually pretty easy. In audio transcription, you’ll probably end up with low-quality audio on MTurk.

Some HITs have certification requirements that you can meet by taking different tests. Each company that puts out the HITs may have different tests, but they may be worth completing to get access to the easier audio files. Some companies may even have jobs lined up for people that really take to the transcription business.

TypingAfter getting the hang of transcribing audio, there are really two options outside of MTurk. You could decide to try and get a permanent part-time position with an audio transcription company or you could try to start as a freelance transcriber.

With permanent positions, you shouldn’t expect a steady schedule. If there is work available, great…but sometimes there are a lack of audio jobs for you. With freelance work, you get jobs based on your “resume”.

The description of the work you’re able to do is what will convince potential clients to contact you. It’s good to have a small portfolio on hand of small jobs you’ve done as an example for them to see your work.

When applying for a transcription job with a company, you will usually have to take a test where they give you a few minutes of audio to transcribe. You have to transcribe the audio with as few errors as possible.

These tests are the same for many people trying to sign up, so they have the text files on hand for each piece of audio. You might be able to retry the test immediately if you fail, but some companies require that a certain amount of time passes before you can try again.

You probably want to know how much you can expect to be paid for your transcription services, don’t you? Well, first you have to understand the pay system. You aren’t paid an hourly wage, but rather you are paid based on the number of audio hours you transcribe.

Some companies might start you off at .50 cents per audio minute and go up to $1 per audio minute or more. These are wages for general transcription, not for specialized transcription services like medical transcription or legal transcription (more on those in another post).

What are some transcription companies? TranscribeMe! has starting pay at $20 per audio hour. They pay more if you have a medical or legal background and qualify for those jobs. They also give you micro-tasks (1-2 minute clips) instead of giving you full hour-long audio clips.

Scribie starts you off between $5-$20 per audio hour. They have the chance for promotion to other jobs as well, such as reviewer, proofreader, and quality checker. Keep in mind, these are just starter transcription jobs and have pretty low pay but they give you the experience you need to get higher paying jobs at other companies.

But what about freelance work?

Fiverr - Gigs Done for You for as Little as Fiver DollarsIf you want to go the freelance route, there are a few options you can pursue. At Fiverr, you can set a $5 price for the number of audio minutes you’re willing to work for that little pay.

For instance, if you set $5 for 5 audio minutes, you will be paid for each portion of audio up to 5 minutes. A 13-minute clip would bring in $15 pay. Keep in mind that Fiverr takes a small cut of the profits for their service.

You also have a deadline that you can set a default on (for instance, 3-day turnaround). You have to complete the job within that amount of time, otherwise, the client can refund their payment and cancel the transaction.

There is also Upwork and Freelancer. With these sites, you set your own price on your profile. For example, you can say you want $60 an audio hour with a 30-minute minimum (meaning that no matter the length of the audio, you will be paid for 30-minutes time at least).

You can also bid on jobs that people post about. This could be a way to get steady work from the right people. If you do a great job, people are more inclined to come back.

And that’s that.

You’ve got your hands on the basics of general audio transcription. You know how to find the work and what equipment helps. Now, get out there and try your hand at audio transcription!

If you’re looking for an alternative work-from-home opportunity, I recommend checking out affiliate marketing. Wealthy Affiliate has a great program that teaches you everything you need to know about affiliate marketing. Check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to type them up in the comment box below. I love reading your responses!

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YouTube Secrets Review – Is a Scam?

YouTube Secrets Review 2017

Overall Ranking: 5 out of 10
Price: $1 7 Day Trial (Join Here), $27/Month
Owner: Alun Hill


YouTube SecretsHave you ever wondered how people make money on YouTube? Some people do it for a living. Some people earn thousands of dollars a month from YouTube ad revenue alone.

YouTube Secrets claims to have the secrets to making money on youtube without using any of your own content. Alun claims that you can make money on YouTube without filming your own videos, using your own music, and without having to do any kind of marketing.

Will YouTube Secrets stand up to these claims? Or is a scam site?



  • 60-Day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee
  • 60+ Lessons, including Video tutorials and PDF guides
  • 1 on 1 Coaching
  • PDF Bonuses
  • Email Support
  • Lifetime Updates



  • No Live Support
  • Difficult to Cancel Membership
  • Some of the PDF Bonuses are Obsolete
  • Unsure of the Response Time for 1 on 1 Coaching
  • Support Response Time May Take Days

The money back guarantee is nice for this site and you might very well use it. The lessons are pretty straightforward and fairly short. You might be able to get through all of the lessons in one day if you are dedicated enough. The PDF bonuses can be helpful, but a few of them were so dated that the information in them was no longer relevant. Some of the PDFs date back to the very start of YouTube…

I have not personally taken part in the 1 on 1 coaching, so I won’t comment on the usefulness of it in the big picture. As for the lifetime updates, the site was updated in the 7 days that I had used it. I’m uncertain as to the regularity of the updates since there are no dates on any of the updated content.

This site doesn’t have live support and I find that to be a pretty big issue. When I wanted to cancel my membership, I had trouble using the membership cancellation form. It kept giving me an error saying that my login and password were wrong…even though I was already logged in and the form didn’t require them.

SupportEmailing support about the issue didn’t get me very far. I tried for 2 straight days to cancel my membership, checking every few hours to see if the error had changed. On the third day, I got so frustrated with their support that I went through Clickbank’s tech support to report my issues and cancel my membership.

It wasn’t until after Clickbank had already canceled my membership that I received any response from support. If the response time from support is any indicator, I would guess that the time it takes for a response from 1 on 1 coaching could take days as well.


YouTube Secrets is for anyone that wants to make a little extra cash through YouTube. It contains information that nearly everyone would find useful. The only people that might not get any value out of this are the ones that already know how to implement the use of creative commons media, understand how to make proper use of video titles, keywords, and descriptions, and know how to get the most out of their video views.

YouTube beginners will find the information within this product incredibly valuable as it shows you how to use other peoples’ content in your own videos and not get a strike from YouTube.


The training that comes with this product is fairly straightforward and to the point. The directions are not hard to follow, so it should be a breeze going through the lessons.

The 60+ lessons that come with the product are a combination of mostly videos and some short PDFs. Each video is around 5-15 minutes long and covers one aspect of making money on YouTube. The PDFs pretty much just emphasize the information you pick up from the videos and are only a few pages long for each.

The lessons cover several topics on YouTube. You’ll learn how to use the YouTube video editor. You will also learn where to find creative commons media to use in the videos you create and how to properly make use of titles, keywords, and descriptions. Alun also teaches you how to make use of different YouTube features to help maximize your overall views.

There are quite a few things that the lessons don’t cover, however. For instance, there isn’t much emphasis on niche research that I can remember from my trial. There isn’t really an explanation on how to find a profitable niche to base your videos on.

While the lessons are simple to follow, it might be easy to get lost. There is only one marker when you are actually in a lesson. That marker just displays the lesson you are currently on. There are no bookmarks for when you want to leave the site for the day and come back later.


Tech SupportThe support for this site is just awful. There is only email support and the process of trying to get an answer from anyone takes days. I believe it took them 3 or 4 days to answer my email about canceling my membership, which could have potentially pushed me over the 7-day trial period and forced me to pay the first monthly fee.

It would have been incredibly inconvenient to have to go through the process of trying to get my money back even though I wanted to stop my membership before it was to become an issue.


For $1, you can start a 7-day trial on YouTube Secrets. This is long enough to check out all of the lessons available and even read some of the bonus content. There really isn’t much left after that, since you can just download the bonus PDFs and read them on your own time.

The monthly membership is $27. The only reason I can see for sticking around with the monthly membership is if you are absolutely new to YouTube and you really need 1 on 1 help directly from Alun Hill. Other than that, there’s nothing tying you to a monthly membership.


Joining with the $1 trial is worth the money. You learn quite a bit about how to properly use creative commons videos and music to make unique videos for YouTube. Being able to create these CC based videos is a useful skill to have. If you want to run a YouTube channel, it basically guarantees that you will always have something to make a video about as there are hundreds of thousands of creative commons content, if not more.

My overall rating for YouTube Secrets is 5 out of 10. I don’t strongly recommend the product, but it is worth a go if the topic interests you. Just be warned about the horrible support and watch the days that you are a member so you don’t accidentally go passed when you intend to stop.


Making money on YouTube through ad revenue is just a single aspect of making money online. I definitely recommend learning about the bigger picture so you better understand online money making concepts. There are programs on the internet that teach you everything you need to know about topics like affiliate marketing.

One such program is one that I use daily. It’s called Wealthy Affiliate University. Through Wealthy Affiliate University, I learned all about affiliate marketing and how easy it was.

For $0 (free) you can begin a Starter Membership which gives you access to 2 free websites, 2 classrooms, a community of over 700,000+ members, and 7 days access to ask your own questions and get answers from the community and the owners.

Let’s take a quick look at the differences between Wealthy Affiliate and YouTube Secrets:


As you can see, Wealthy Affiliate clearly comes out on top. For access to my review of WA, click the button in the chart above or click here.

That’s all for today’s review. Let me know your thoughts on YouTube Secrets or Wealthy Affiliate below. I love reading your comments!

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How to Sell Other People’s Products Online – Affiliate Marketing How-to

If you’ve been around this site a little bit, you’re probably familiar with the term “Affiliate Marketing” by now…

A Potential BuyerIf you aren’t familiar with the term, then read my explanation on “What is Affiliate Marketing and Does It Work“. It gives you a quick overview of affiliate marketing and how simple it actually can be.

It’s good to understand the term going into this post because if you want to make money from home, it’s good to know how to sell other people’s products online.

In this affiliate marketing how-to, we’re going to cover the basics of getting started with selling other people’s products. We’ll go over how to pick a niche, how to find products, and what are the main traffic sources for customers ready to buy.

We’ll also touch on the main avenues for displaying your selected products.

How to Pick a Niche

A niche is very important in the affiliate marketing world. A niche is a passion or hobby that a small group of people has that you can use to sell products.

For instance, a broad niche is something like “makeup products”. Starting out, you don’t want to target a niche like that because of the stiff competition you’d be going up against.

You want to go much more specialized with your targeting. “Organic makeup brands” for example is a much smaller niche that still has decent traffic and far less competition.

When you pick a niche, pick something you’re passionate about as it makes trying to sell a product much easier. You’ll be creating content for this niche that should be informative and helpful (more on this later).

How to Find Products

After you pick your niche, you’re going to want to see if there are any products on the internet that you can make money from.

To find them, you want to go to Google (or your search engine of choice) and type in a term related to your niche and then “affiliate program”. It will come out looking like “your niche + affiliate program” without the quotations.

Using the makeup example, you can easily join Amazon’s affiliate program and choose from their vast selection of products.

With Amazon, you start off by making 4% commission on every purchase someone makes using your link. Your commission percentage increases as your sales increase.

Other affiliate programs will pay you in different percentages, so just look for products that match your niche.

How to Display Your Selected Products

The Natural LookThe way you choose to try and sell your selected products matters. Sometimes, it may be just as easy as posting a link on Facebook or Twitter but that will get you fewer conversions than if you build an authority site focused on your niche.

An authority site could be a blog, your social network, or even a YouTube channel.

To build an authority using one of those methods, you will need content and update your site at least weekly. You want to inform your audience about different aspects of your niche and then offer a related product that solves some problem in that niche.

Using the makeup example, you’d want to choose a topic like “how to create a natural look using organic cosmetics”. The problem there would be “what organic products should be used” and you just point them in the right direction.

What Are the Main Traffic Sources for Customers Ready to Buy

There are really 3 main traffic sources you want to leverage when trying to sell a product.

First, there are search engine rankings. The lower your rank, the better (rank 1 is the best). You want to choose a term that people are searching for when they’re in a buying mood.

With your makeup niche, you would choose something like “where to buy organic makeup”. You would then create content around that term.

Once you create that content, you want to share the link anywhere you can. This could be on social networks (great places to have a link go viral), forum signatures, email signatures, or the comment section of blogs.

As Google or other search engines find your link, your site gets indexed and you begin the ranking process.

Next, you’ll definitely want to make use of social networks. Social networks are great, thriving communities of consumers.

People are always sharing information about their favorite passions and products there. When you share your content on a social network, the goal is to get people to share it as much as possible.

You want to make your information as informative and entertaining as possible. The more someone likes your content, the more likely they are to share it. This is a fantastic way to have content go viral and be shared all over the internet.

YouTubeLastly, you want to use accounts on video sharing sites like YouTube. With this one, you’re going to need a mic and maybe a camera but you can get away with just the former.

This is another place where you want your information to be as informative and entertaining as possible so people are inclined to share it.

The difference here is that you’re the one talking to them instead of them reading your content.

Tutorials do great here so make use of them as often as possible.

Video sites are amazing for traffic and if you’re using YouTube, you are much more likely to pop up on the first page of Google with a targeted niche.

These are just the basics of affiliate marketing.

To learn more about affiliate marketing and gain access to different affiliate marketing tools and services, you should check out Wealthy Affiliate. The link goes directly to my review of the Wealthy Affiliate University where I share my insight on the ins and outs of WA.

Wealthy Affiliate - Free Starter Membership, Sign Up Now

I hope you enjoyed this affiliate marketing how-to. Do you have any questions or thoughts on affiliate marketing? Be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll get to them as soon as I can! I love reading what you have to say.

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How to Invest in Yourself – Ways to Improve Yourself

Investing isn’t just about money…

Self-ImprovementImproving your quality of life isn’t just about making money. To really improve your quality of life, you have to learn how to invest in yourself. You have to learn ways to improve yourself on a daily basis.

Improving yourself has several benefits:

  • Better Self-Confidence
  • Heightened Mental Clarity
  • Improved Focus
  • Greater Motivation
  • More Rewarding Relationships
  • and more…

So, what can you do to improve yourself?

The first thing you can do to improve yourself is pretty simple, though the effects go beyond fitness. Exercising daily can really help your train of thought. Going on walks regularly will clear your mind and if you can catch sufficient sunlight, you will also create a lot of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is known to help bone and teeth health, help prevent some diseases, boost weight loss, and can even help fight depression. Getting a light exercise in before a big test or presentation will also help you stay focused and on point.

Stay CreativeNext, you should try to take part in some art form at least weekly. This could be drawing, sculpting, or even playing a musical instrument could count. Learning different techniques and styles of your chosen art form can boost your creative thinking skills.

A couple other things you should consider doing on a regular basis are puzzles and brain teasers. These will help you think outside-the-box more often and help you come up with creative solutions to problems you are facing.

One big thing that you should consider doing is learning a new foreign language. The ability to speak and read multiple languages increases your overall brain power. It also improves your ability to multi-task and improves your memory.

Another big benefit of learning another language is that it helps slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Learning a new language might also encourage you to get out and travel the world a little if that’s something you’ve wanted to do.

Goal-setting should be one of your top priorities when it comes to self-improvement. Setting and achieving goals boosts self-confidence and encourages positive thinking.

You should try setting 3 daily goals, 3 weekly goals, 3 monthly goals, and 3 lifetime goals. This way you always have a goal that you are working towards.

Make sure you set realistic goals but don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little. When you accomplish a goal that you didn’t think was quite possible, it’s a very rewarding feeling.

Knowledge is PowerLastly, one of the easiest things to do on this list is read. Read books and read often. Read to expand your knowledge of an industry and read to explore new concepts and ideas.

Reading a book weekly increases your vocabulary and opens you up to new thoughts. You end up learning things you would never have considered before, especially if you read about unfamiliar industries. Reading about other industries might reveal different ways to solve familiar problems.

For more information on self-improvement, I personally recommend The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. It’s a great book on the subject and will definitely help you on your self-improvement journey.

What do you think? Do you understand how to invest in yourself better than before? I’d love to read your thoughts and comments on ways to improve yourself below.

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