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Increasing Your Income With Side Gigs When You’re a Solo Parent

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Written by Eva Benoit | eva.benoit@evabenoit.com | evabenoit.com

Raising a child is a tough gig for any parent, but raising a child as a single parent can be exponentially harder. There are not only financial considerations, but also time constraints to take into account. And with all the responsibilities of being a single parent, who has spare time for a second job to cover the extra expenses? Leaving the house to work requires finding a sitter, and sitters cost money.

It is a difficult task for any single parent to make money, especially when it costs money to take time off from parenting in order to work. If you find yourself in this cash-strapped situation, check out one of these side hustles that can bring you extra income without leaving your child in someone else’s care.


Customer Service

Many companies hire part-time and full-time customer service representatives to man their online or phone support systems. If you enjoy helping people and don’t mind some of the challenging interactions that come with customer support, then you might want to consider applying to be a call center agent, telemarketer, or customer service or tech support representative. Some of these jobs can be done from home, and the hours can vary. It’s a great at-home option for someone who has free time at night when the kids are asleep.


Vending

Offline businesses also need staff to serve customers in person. Working at a physical location once a week could be the right move for a parent who has a day off from the kids. Talk to the vendors at farmers markets, swap meets, craft fairs, and flea markets, and offer your help covering their booths. It might only be seasonal work or an occasional festival, but the time you put in will help subsidize your income on the side.

Perhaps you would like to be a vendor at a market, fair, or festival to sell goods or crafts. Doing so would be a chance to earn income while bringing your family with you to work. If you’re selling goods in person, cash isn’t always the best payment to accept. Many customers don’t carry enough cash to make purchases, and you’d be missing out on potential sales by limiting your payment method to cash. As an individual merchant, you don’t need to have a credit card merchant account to accept card payments. A portable

credit card machine makes it easy for anyone to accept payments from any customer with a credit or debit card. Unlike some of the pricier payment systems that businesses use, Square’s portable system is easy to use and affordable.


Selling Online

Look around you. Your house is probably full of things that you no longer need (old baby clothes, anyone?). Rather than let them take up space and collect dust, sell your things online to clear your home of junk and put some money into your pockets. You can go old school via eBay or Craigslist, or you can list on apps like Poshmark and OfferUp. Most sites take a percentage of your earnings, but there’s a layer of protection to the transaction when you sell through these websites and use an encrypted payment system.

Once you get past selling your unwanted personal belongings, you can use your newfound online-selling skills to start a side business. Many shops in the online marketplace began selling from their own stash and graduated to reselling discounted finds online for a profit. Shopping outlets and discount retailers like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Ross offer great deals on items that you can turn around at a marked-up (but still less-than-the-suggested-retail) price.

Money and parenting have a paradoxical relationship. You need one to make the other work, but doing one requires giving up some of the other. While having a family means needing to increase your household income to support the expansion, it shouldn’t require sacrificing the time that you get to spend with your children. Instead of giving up all of your family time to work, make your work fit in with the time that you have.

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Tobin Osusky is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano

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When they die, they’re dead. When I died, I came back a Superhuman version of my self, stronger and smarter than ever. Since my actual death in 2003 I have achieved all of my dreams without hesitation.


I broke my neck and back and now I work to Rehabilitate others with Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Head Injuries. 

During my healing process, Amethyst Crystals sped up my healing process; now I work for the planets most successful Crystal Mining & Wholesale company. 

I founded and own a wildly influential Holistic Fitness brand named Qinesis, that has majorly improved the fitness consciousness in Northern NJ/NYC over the last 5-8 years, across the board forcing Industry Leaders to adapt to the change we initiated.


I also design all clothes and products for THNK also known as The High Nature Kids.

I am a board member for several Non-Profits focused on feeding and clothing the Homeless of NJ, also Outdoor Education and Natural Awareness programs. 

I want you to be happier.

Respect the DJ Interview with Dj Architect

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into DJing?

Being a DJ was always my wish of becoming one,even as a kid,I was fascinated by the scratch,and the sound that DJ makes by moving record back and forth. But unfortunately I didn’t have opportunities in my country, where I could go and learn such things. But in 2009 one of Serbian best DJs, opened his workshop and I spent there next 4 years,learning how to mix, beatjugle, scratch etc. Where in 2015 I decided to apply for IDA (International Dj Association), which my country didn’t have rights to apply, but I managed to win a wild card and enter the competition, and represent Serbia. Ending up in semi finals, which was a huge success for me.
After that my career began. I started doing so many shows, as resident and as guest around the world.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

As I mentioned in the previous question,I spent 4 years learning in workshop all the techniques,and beside that,practiced every day at home for about 5-7 hours a day.

What did your first set up look like?

My first set up looked like it looks even today. I saved my money to buy myself pair of turntables and a decent mixer. I’m a turntabelist, so I use turntables and mixer, but I also know how to work on CDJ’s and controllers so my abilities are not a problem. But my main set up is a pair of turntables and mixer.

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What does your current set up look like?

My current setup looks same as the first day. Only that I have added couple controllers to help me spice my sets a bit. Beside Traktor Z2 mixer and pair of turntables I use X1 and F1 controlers to manage my effects,cues,loops and samples much easier.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

Well, I’m actually architect by profession, so…I’m still doing architecture and design cuz its my first love, but I’m doing only projects that I think that are worth of doing them, and if I see that the project is challenging.
I don’t do any simple projects and stuff that high school students can do in their free time.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

3 events that I’m still dreaming about are EDC, ULTRA and TOMORROWLAND. Of course there is Coachella and Hard Summer but the top 3 that would make my dream come true are the first 3 I mentioned.

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If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

Hmmmm there are a lot of them I could think of, but Sydney, Las Vegas, and Miami are the top 3.

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Of course first person would be Drake, then maybe Future, and Migos. Hip Hop was part of my whole life, been listening to it when I was a kid, till today.

What is your goal when you play live?

My goal when I play live is to make crowd happy and to see them enjoy my set. That’s all I want.
Because the energy that I give to the crowd is the energy that’s  twice stronger when they return it back.

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What's your go to song right now?

My go to song right now would be Rampage by Gravedgr.

What is your dream as a DJ?

My dream as a DJ would be accomplishing things I have set up for myself. And that’s playing on the best festivals in the world, have a track that would be a hit and sell millions, and make a collaborations with some of the artists that have been my idols since I was a kid.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

The best advice I could give to someone who wants to become a DJ would be, to work hard every day all day, to be different then others, and don’t be a copy cat. Be unique. And always work on yourself and always improve.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

People can listen my music on:
Spotify: https://goo.gl/v31iMZ

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djarchitectmusic

And all other music platforms (iTunes, Deezer, Tinder, Beatport, Google Play etc)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djarchitectmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/djarchitectmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deejayArchitecT






Respect the Shooter Interview with Filippo Gabriele

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

Thanks to my brother because he bought an old Sony mirrorless that I started playing with. Then my two friends Eman and Mauro Lamanna, respectively singer and actor, hired me to follow them as a photographer on their tour. From then on I have always been passionate about this world.

What did you first use to take photos?

A cheap sony a3000 and soon after I bought a fujifilm x-t1 with a 18-55 f2.8 / 4.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Calabria and I have never attended a photography course. My training consists in spending many days photographing and read many, but many books of photography.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

Yes, It’s Characoal. I was watching a documentary talking about Caracol that is a large ancient Mayan archaeological site, located in the Cayo District of Belize. And on the same day I watched a program that talked about a beautiful African feline, the Caracal. Both documentaries really fascinated me. Because of this, I merged those words and that has given rise Characoal.

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If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

David Gilmour, Barack Obama and Emma Watson

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Salvador Dalì

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Probably Firenze, Amsterdam and Sapporo

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Always impressed me how much emotion you can convey with a picture and my goal is to create something unusual that arouse strong feelings


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen basically jazz, ambient, rock progressive and rap. Some examples: Pink Floyd, Odesza, Bonobo, Alt-J,Grant Green, Kendrick Lamar and Weather Report.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

It’s Instagram, because I can share my works quickly and with many people.

Photo of The day by GoPro, Arco Magno, San Nicola Arcella (Calabria).

Photo of The day by GoPro, Arco Magno, San Nicola Arcella (Calabria).

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream is to become an official photographer of some great editorial editorial staff. And also that my photos being recognizable by the style I can give on them.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

The advice I can give is to be patient and decisive. The world of photography is very difficult, to be able to emerge we must create something highly creative and innovative. In addition you need to create your own style and colors. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, 500px, yourshot.nationalgeographic

https://www.instagram.com/characoalphotos/

https://www.facebook.com/Characoalphotos/

https://twitter.com/CharacoalPhotos

https://500px.com/characoalphotos

https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1657932/

V-Henny is Not like the other kids Interview

Amanda Giordano

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I’m not like the other kids because even as a child, I was always full of questions, curious about with what life has to offer, hard-headed, a risk taker and never satisfied by mediocrity. I found myself writing to ease my deep rooted pain as I listened to the words from a song to see if they too, can relate. I went from writing poetry to writing Hip Hop lyrics, transitioning into radio which then opened up another chapter, event planning. Although I’ve failed many times, I always manage to get back up. A kid with a broken paint brush, who never gives up, always sees the vision and paints a bigger picture.  

I believed in dreaming big even when it caused fear in my heart and soul. Life will always be beautiful. Precisely the reason I take chances when it comes to following my dreams. I appreciate the experiences and the lessons from it all. I’m a girl from The Bronx that had an unstable and challenging childhood. A girl who dropped out of high school at the age of 16, just a kid who decided not to quit and get her G.E.D. A dreamer who decided to follow her path, that of a dreamer. To work hard, sleepless nights and be consistent, as she day dreams.  

I’m not like the other kids, unlike the 98% of them, they grew up and life forced them to change their goals and dreams. I continue to dream big. I continue to have passion and dedication, knowing that there’s more to life, wanting to be heard, help others and make my dreams come true. 

 

I am not like the other kids Because 

I am an Artist

I am an Entrepreneur

I am a Fighter  

I Am a Dreamer

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Respect the Producer Interview with Noras Audio

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get your name?

By working hard. Beside producing as much as I can, I spend a lot of time engaging with the community and my followers. I’m always open to criticism, because I know that can make me a better producer. I’m probably not the most talented producer, but I believe hard work can equal that easily. As a ghost producer I have some regular clients for who I make music. Beside that I also did some marketing jobs for music brands on my Instagram. I also try to help anyone who reaches out to me for advice. It takes a lot of time, but I know that people appreciate that a lot. 

How did you get into Producing?

I play music since I’m 14 years old. I got a crappy guitar from my aunt that was 25 years old and has been at the attic for over 15 years. My parents wanted to make sure I really wanted to play music before I could buy my first instrument. After a few months I had shown I was serious about it and I bought my first bass guitar. I played in a few bands, but they all got separated. At a certain moment I was sick of trying to find a band and I sold my, by then, two bass guitars. I wasn’t sick of music though. I wanted to be in control of the entire production process, so I wouldn’t need anyone else to make music. With the money I got from selling my guitars I bought Ableton Live and Ableton Push. That’s where it all started for me. 

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I started viewing video’s on Youtube. That was a bit chaotic to me and it didn’t help me to get better as fast as I was hoping. That is why I signed up with Bassgorilla.com. The courses there thought me so much. First, I had a basic Ableton course to get me started and then I took a lot of start to finish courses. It has helped me to see how other producers produce. Not to copy them, but to learn skills and to see how they keep their workflow going. Together with the Bassgorilla courses I kept searching for Youtube video’s about topics I was interested in. After that I also took some specific courses on mastering. After a while I needed to get out of my cave (aka my bedroom), so beside all the online stuff I talked to a lot of other producers and produced with others as well. It has always helped me to get new insights and skills I hadn’t thought of before. At the moment I’m trying to get a degree as a music producer. I’m sure I still have a lot to learn a lot, so I keep talking to new people and hope to get better at producing every day.

What did your first set up look like?

Asus laptop, Ableton Live 9, Ableton Push, computer monitors beneath all expectations.

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 What does your current set up look like?

iMac, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Ableton Push, Pioneer S-DJ50 monitors, Komplete Kontrol S49, Komplete Audio 6, Sensheiser S-25, Fender CD-140SCE.

  

How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

My last name is Saron, so I just turned it around to get Noras. Not very inventive, but I thought it sounds good. 

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be? 

That would be Carl Cox. I think it’s unbelievable what he has done so far and how important he has been and still is for the evolution of electronic music. His influence on house and techno, and even beyond that, is enormous. He is talented, but he worked very hard to get where he is right now. 

What is your goal when you create?

I always want to give music a certain feeling. I think of a story and try to get the right music to go with it. It is important that I can convert a basic idea of that feeling in music fast. Mostly I don’t have 3 or 4 hours a day to think about that story. So, when I think of something, I need to get it out of my head soon. Sometimes I just make some notes or hum something on my phone. I also record audio at places where I have an idea. This way I can reconnect with that story and feeling the next time I’m in the studio. Traveling and visiting places and new cultures is very productive to me and helps me creating stories.

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What's your go-to song right now?

Nandoo by Sam Shure. I discovered it a while ago. I can listen to that song over and over again. The feeling that Sam Shure was able to get into this song is something I really love. Like I said I try to tell a story when I create music and with Nandoo, I feel like I’m in the middle of a story.


What is your dream as a Producer?

 First of all, I would love to get my degree as a Music Producer. At the moment I’m studying for that. I hope that opens doors to work for a record label or bigger studio. That way I dream to work with a lot of artist and try to have an influence on the electronic music scene.

 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

It’s probably the biggest cliché but working hard is to only way to reach your goals. Don’t try to skip any steps. To many producers are desperate to get their music signed by a record label, but sometimes you need to be patient. Don’t just sign with any label, but make sure the label can do something for you. Try to stay to your core business, which is making music. Spend a lot of time making music and try to learn something new every day (especially at the beginning). If your music is good, people will start to notice it. Make sure you only get your best tracks online. There’s really no use in putting your music online if you know it is not good enough. People will remember that, and you will have a bad name from the start. If you have a finished track which you are happy about, ask someone’s opinion. Preferably not a friend, because they will probably be more easy going than someone you don’t know. Try to finish every track you start. You will learn a lot from the process of finishing a song. I’m not saying you can only work at one track at a time, but make sure you finish everything you start. If you are finished, ask yourself if this is the best you can do at the moment. If the answer is no, then try to find out where it went wrong and focus on that in your next track. If the answer is yes, it doesn’t mean you have reached your top, but simply that this is the best you can do at the moment. Just start producing another track and you will find out you are still making progress. Spend some time engaging with the community. You will learn a lot from other producers if you are willing to listen. Be visible online. You will not be able to reach listeners if you are not online. And last but not least: believe in yourself. It will probably take you years (unless you are really lucky) before you will start making a name for yourself. Believe you have the capability to be a good producer and work hard. Eventually you will be rewarded. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Website: www.norasaudio.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/noras_audio

Twitter: www.twitter.com/noras_audio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/norasaudio

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/noras_audio





B-EZ - Wassup Wit It

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One of the hardest working young emcees on Staten Island B-EZ drops his latest track ‘Wassup Wit It’. He has been on quite a run since performing at the sold out ‘New Year New Hustle’ event in January. We look forward to seeing what he does next.


Norf Shore - 'Sentimental Value' Interview

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Why did you make this album?

Sentimential Value was made to inspire the next generation to create their own sound rather than follow a wave. 

What inspired the title 'Sentimental Value'?

Sentimential Value is another way to save love. The title and original idea was "Music that you can feel "did you feel it?

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

If I could do a remix of any track on sentimental value it would be "Mr.Shore" feat. Lil Debbie. I have a couple true Norf Shore supporters in the bay area

which is San Fransico, California and I look forward to expanding my reach.

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc.

Sentimental Value credits go to Amg, Christian Penn, G.lokko, Mike Lugo, Kartist and Tymelez. Like myself Kartist is a Artist/Producer who assisted me in the majority of my EP. Kartist produced "2K" and "Uhaul". Kartist featured on "SOMOS MORAENOS" which is also our music duo. So if you enjoyed Sentimental Value you're going to love

Somos Moraenos the group coming very soon. My engineers Christian Penn and Mike Lugo provived me a space to record the best possible takes. Christian Penn who runs his organization called "Projctivity" which provided a solid support system for my brand to grow. Mike Lugo who runs his studio out in Brookyln "House of Fire NYC". 


What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track would have to be "Mr.Shore". I feel like it's neccessary for every artist to have a introduction track. Yes, I have made music before, But have I introduced myself?

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I wanted to make music back in Highschool. The enviornment was triving with creativity. I decied to start with beats than I wanted more.

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream? Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more.

My dream is just getting started. Sentimental value is one for the books. My next dream is to become more business minded. Change my environment and watch for results.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

Yes I have. Actually recently someone called my phone by mistake on face time. It was a 

Korean man, Due to color-ism in the east, out of fear he tossed his phone in the air. But after he hid his face we began to talk. I told him one of my music inspiration was 2NE1 which is a K pop group. After that conversation we got along just fine. Which got me thinking how us as a people can unite art and activism to spread a message. 

What advice would you give to something that is looking to pursuit their dreams?

To the people that are pursuing their dreams don't conform to the powers that be.

Meko Sky ' Thx 4 Listening' Interview

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Before the interview I just want to say thank you to everyone at the Stereotype Company for the continued support.

#AboveTheStereotype

Why did you make this album?

I created ThX 4 Listening as an after effect from Stereotype.  Ok let me explain.. Stereotype was me telling my story and the struggles that I had to go through as well as many others in my community.  Now Thx 4 Listening is what happens after you take all the Stereotypes and show the world that you can make it and be successful, but with success comes different, new and even fun situations you get placed in.  


What inspired the title ' Thx 4 Listening' 

Well besides the album being a side effect of Stereotype, the title was actually inspired by people always saying, "See you not listening.." and everyone around me continuously reminding me to stay thankful, humble but hungry.. So I put the 2 ideas together and ThX 4 Listening was created.  Plus its my 4th project i've released (Bright Lights End of End, Stereotype, 718 & Heartaches).  Im just thankful for people listening (See what I did there) lol 

If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
Well i'm already going to do a remix to H&H and the feature I wanted on the remix actually reached out to me once he heard the track, that would be KONY Brooks.  Fellow Bronx rapper, dope rapper & if you havent heard of him.. you need to check out his music... ASAP 

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Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
All the writing was done by me and the features (who are amazing) did their own thing, I like to let the music come naturally.  As far as producers I used a few but they're all up and coming such as Class, Illegal Spigel & Syndrome.  The inspiration pretty much came from my life and things that have gone on or that i've gone through.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Honestly I don't have a favorite track on this project, I think they just fit well together for the concept I was trying to create rather the picture I was trying to mentally draw.

What is your goal as an artist?

As an artist my goal is to tell my story, not a hip hop story, not someones ideas, MINE! I want you to understand what it is to grow up and live life.  Its not always happy and its not always good but you learn to survive and continue pushing toward success.  Gotta stay above the Stereotype.  

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I knew from the 1st moment I stepped in the booth.  At 1st I just fell in love with words and how to make people feel what your going through so they can learn form it.  See poetry was my 1st love so the ability to put my ideas on paper and breathe life into them was what i did, now once the beat comes on the track is already talking to you.  You can kinda hear what the song is suppose to be its your job to create the visuals with words..

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

My Dream stays the same but gets bigger, meaning I want to continue to release music and reach people but grow my brand as the vision grows.  I want everyone to be successful because everyone has a talent its just what you do with it that makes you stand out. As for Stereotypes, growing up in NYC in the 90s, yes stereotypes were every where and it continues to this day.  As i've gotten older & wiser ( lol ) i've come to see that the people who are suppose to protect us are the ones pushing the biggest Stereotypes.  I just wish officers of the law wouldn't be so quick to draw their weapon on someone of color, but if its the same instance with someone white there are no casualties.  i'm just saying.  I've been stopped on numerous occasions just for walking down the street, doesn't matter what I have on, they just see man of color.    


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

Heres the good part, everytime the cops stop me they expect me to be crazy, and start yelling and going off but what do I do... Kill them with kindness, it seems to piss them off because they can rile me up lol you just have to keep your cool and listen.. Then turn walk away an hit the with... Have a good day officer 

Some last words 

I'd just like to say Thank you to everyone listening to the music and those who continue to support the dream. ThX 4 Listening is out now and on all streaming platforms.  Follow me


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