Log of what of Jehlani Haynes has learned at Techie Youth

Fri. Aug. 5, 2022

I learned about about public relations, press releases, and voice acting (Stock Photography) at Techie Youth today.

When you're working in public relations, you manage any and all of the information that is released to the public by an individual. As a public relations agent, you have to have knowledge of digital marketing and online writing. Digital marketing, which I learned yesterday, is focusing on the brand part of business and being able to promote these brands via social media or advertisements.

A press release is an official statement that public relations agents issue to news outlets so information can be provided to the public.

Press releases are important because they improve your brand's awareness while helping your public relations. You need to know how to distribute your press release so you'll get more recognition from national magazines.

To get more in-depth into what press release distribution is, it is the process of circulating your press release to the press. Your press release may contain updates and the services you provide. Because of distribution, businesses can gain a wider audience and more sales as well. Writing a press release is not an exercise like creative writing is. Moreover, a press release should follow a certain format that includes a heading, an opening paragraph, a quote, the about/description of the organization, and contact information, which separates it from creative writing.

There are press release distribution services like Newswire and PR Web that are not only popular (since they reach major news outlets like NBC and MarketWatch), but they're easy for small businesses to distribute content within the U.S. and in a few countries overseas.

Spending money on ads to expand your target audience can be a hefty investment, so entrepreneurs should make sure that they're spending it in the right places like Google. Google Ads just like backlinks drive a lot of traffic to a person's business. If you want to have a Google Ad that will gain attention from customers, you have to make these ads from the perspective of the customer and think: Is this ad annoying? Does it catch your eye? Is it relevant to the user's experience?

I also learned it's possible to make a career out of voice acting. Even if you become a voice actor soon and start with a small project, it may become a huge hit that'll jumpstart your career. Voice acting is another remote job. Because the job requires your voice, you can work from anywhere and still get paid for your services. The cons are that voice acting costs money, time, and having to be isolated, however, people who've been in the voice acting business have said the pros outweigh the cons. Speaking of money costs, you will have to buy and provide your own studio space, equipment, training, your experience, and your portfolio. All of this would be an investment since you earn up to $250,000.

Thu. Aug. 4, 2022

I learned about selling services

This is a small summary of what I learned today.

I learned a new term called selling services. It's basically a term for all of the freelancing jobs that I learned about in one of the other units. Selling service(s) is providing an employer with your services and time in exchange for money. Selling services is made up of various job positions that have universal (the same)* rules: high-speed internet, a landline, up-to-date technology, and basic computer skills. Several selling service jobs consist of writing like freelance writing or transcription, but if you're not into writing as much, you can be an online tutor for cooking or math, or become a photographer.

There are also online focus groups, where you can get paid for sharing your opinion.

I also learned about digital marketing, which is marketing done through the internet. Many people get paid to be digital marketers because a lot of the focus, when it comes to businesses, is on the brands. And as a digital marketer, you have to know how to promote brands. Promoting brands can be done in different ways, such as connecting with customers via email or using pop-up ads on frequently visited websites. Since social media apps like Instagram and TikTok are popular, you can also promote brands through videos and/or advertisements.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2022

I learned about grant writing and data entry at Techie Youth today.

The last form of writing that I've learned about is grant writing. Grant writing is when a writer writes and submits a proposal asking companies and corporations for grant money so that they can fund non-profit organizations. In order to write a proposal, it has to be written in a format that follows a certain set of instructions.

Just like any other writing job, you need to have good writing (communicate an idea that's clear and compelling enough to persuade a company). For each company that you write a proposal for, there will be different instructions that you'll have to follow or your proposal will be disqualified.

Your proposal will need to be unique. Find ways In which your proposal showcases the charities' interests and how they align with the funder's interests.

I also learned about data entry. Data entry is entering data [information] into the system. Because these jobs can be done remotely, applying for a data entry job can make people susceptible to scams. If you're being asked to pay a fee in order to secure the job, then it's a scam.

Based on the forms of writing I've learned in the past week, I started writing my own magazine article about my experience with Techie Youth. I'm about 1/3 done with the article; I've mostly been working on the layout of my article and the titles, pictures, and templates I want to use.

Tue. Aug. 2, 2022

I learned about customer service and technical writing at Techie Youth today.

Customer service differs when you're in the writing business. Instead of taking phone calls, there are text-based ways like email, text, or live chat that allow representatives to answer any service-based questions and solve any problems a customer may be facing. Because this job does rely on wording, you as the representative/writer have to make sure that the text doesn't come off as rude or informal. A typical customer service representative earns between $37,251 and $48,120. The salary depends on your education level, your degree(s), your skills, and how long you've been working in that field.

Technical writing is different from other forms of writing. It limits creative writing since its main focus is providing detailed descriptions for a manual or a guide.

If you're a creative writer, it may be difficult for you to transition into a technical writer.

If you really want to become a technical writer, you are required to have at least a bachelor's degree and experience in topics like science and engineering. Technical writing is an indoor activity that can be done alone but may require you to work with other experts to do your job. Just like customer service, you'll need to have a lot of patience because you'll be learning complicated systems and you'll need to be a stickler for details, correctness, and accuracy. Your writing style as a technical writer needs to be direct & professional. You'll have to write in an active voice because it is easier to understand than a passive voice and also be precise with your word choices. Only include the details that are needed and consider the readers' approach while you write. With this writing style, your texts will look and sound like a guide. The average salary of a technical writer is $61,996.

Mon. Aug. 1, 2022

I learned about copywriting and blogging at Techie Youth today.

Being a copywriter means your job is to write the texts used in advertising. As a copywriter, you must market a product/service for a company, so you must create text(s) persuasive and concise text to make a customer want to buy said product. The job consists of helping entrepreneurs share their brand online through the content you've written for them. A copywriter makes about $81,440 a year remotely.

A blog is different from a website in a lot of different ways. Although a blog is a type of website, a blog is regularly updated by the creator with new content. Websites don't update as frequently as blogs. A blog might be useful if you have a business because your customers will need to be frequently updated on the services you're providing. Blogs are intended for general public consumption.

Bloggers in their first year of working only make around $1,000 - $10,000 but as you go into your 10th year of working, a blogger will make $500,000 - $1,000,000+. On your blog, you can have pop-up ads sponsor you as a source of income.

There is a type of blogging that has become popular: guest blogging. Nowadays, creating engaging content for consumers is important. Blogging already helps businesses inform customers of the changes being made while navigating them towards their products and services. Since this is a demanding task, businesses have started to invite guest bloggers to create their content. Guest bloggers are allowed to write blogs for companies they don't work for because they're experts on the subject.

With a pair of fresh eyes working on the blog, the business's website will have new and engaging content that'll increase this business's awareness. In return, the guest blogger gets money, fame, and more readers/engagement.

Fri. Jul. 29, 2022

I learned about authoring and publishing books at Techie Youth today.

Books can be written about any topic that the writer can think of. You can write independently, where you don't need agents or editors, or you can go through the traditional publishing process, so your book can gain more recognition [from the public]. Although there are pros and cons to both forms of publishing, it seems like traditional publishing is better. Plus, a publisher will cover most or all of the expenses for publishing.

To get your book published, you'll have to write a book proposal persuading enough to get a publisher. You'll also have to provide a query letter, which is the executive summary of your book proposal.

As a writer, you should get yourself an agent. It's guaranteed that an author with an agent will make more money than an author without one. An agent's power is going to protect you from a problematic publisher. Without an agent, publishing companies are even more complicated and greedy. Secure yourself with an agent that has connections (to gate-keepers and decision-makers), is enthusiastic about your book, knows and understands the book market, and offers what is expected of them.

Thu. Jul. 28, 2022

I learned about writing for profit at Techie Youth today.

If you want to write in order to gain money, you need to learn how to produce high-quality writing. This means that your capitalization, grammar, and punctuation will have to be good, you'll have to type fast, and you'll have to write well, especially in your native language.

Although writing does not guarantee a million dollars for one job, you could still pursue it, even as a side hustle. Writing should be something that is fun for you, not something that's forced, or else your writing won't feel authentic.

In cases where you're not sure how words sound in a sentence, there are online tools to help. The most popular one is Grammarly, which I've been using since 2017 and it has improved my grammar.

One of the forms of writing I learned was magazines and journals. Magazines and journals actually differ from one another. With a magazine, it doesn't require any specific expertise on the topic you're writing about, as long as your writing is clear, compelling, and informative with facts. If you want to be a journal writer, you must have studied a certain topic for an ample amount of time and you should basically be an expert on the subject. Journal articles also contain facts, but with more statistics/graphs than a magazine. Basically, magazines are meant to be entertaining and silly while journal articles are supposed to educational.

Wed. Jul. 27, 2022

I learned about startups and how to get clients at Techie Youth today.

For a startup, you will definitely need money. To prevent yourself from spending so much money, you can get a loan as a way to fund your startup. Investors are a type of loan since they give entrepreneurs money to start their business if they're impressed.

In that case, you need to learn how to pitch to investors if you want that money to jumpstart your business. To avoid being rejected by an investor, make sure your pitch is solid and you're confident about the idea you're going to present. Don't base your pitch around the fact that you need money. Most importantly, be prepared for anything: questions about your exit strategy, business models, or weaknesses/strengths. You'll also need to calculate your costs, spending, and profits when planning a new company.

When you're getting a client, silence can be key. If you're too talkative it may come off as annoying or offputting to your client. Use communication and psychological tactics so they prefer your business instead of the competition. You may have to take a brain or brawn approach in business, but it all depends on your client.

Tue. Jul. 26, 2022

I learned about partnerships and executive summaries at Techie Youth today.

With partnerships/co-founders, you shouldn't make your best friend your partner just because they're your friend. People that you choose need to fulfill certain jobs. There are possibilities that the friend you chose may make several mistakes that you don't agree with, which can lead to the business's downfall. There needs to be a list of duties and terms that you consider unacceptable in your workplace. Communication is also key.

I learned how to write an exciting and captivating executive summary. An executive summary should grab the reader's attention and summarize the key issues important to your success without giving away the whole story. It should be unique in the process, in a way that makes it stand alone. It should be a small version of your business plan.

An executive summary should be clear and concise while highlighting the best features of your plan. If your message is clear (and compelling), the reader will have so much confidence in your plan that they will become a customer. It should also start with a thought-provoking question. Above all, remain positive by highlighting your most impressive points.

Mon. Jul. 25, 2022

I learned about profit models and revenue streams at Techie Youth today.

When it comes to the startup, you have to figure out where your income is going to come from and how it can improve as your business grows. That's where profit models come in. In this situation, a profit model would help an entrepreneur envision the future of their business and help them sort out any issues about finance/income. A profit model can also help entrepreneurs calculate a business's [future] possibilities. It's essential to have multiple profit models because one opportunity might not work for you, luckily enough, you have several other models you can fall back on.

Businesses earn money due to revenue, expenses, and profits. Revenue streams are one of the main ways a business makes money. Because of revenue streams, an entrepreneur can earn money from the sale of their goods from various sources. The expenses are the costs the entrepreneur spends. An entrepreneur will have to spend money so they can produce more products and have more sales as a result. Lastly, the profit is the money you have left after your total expenses are subtracted from your total revenue. As the video ("Revenue Streams: Crash Course Entrepreneurship #13") states if your revenue was $1,000,000 and your expenses in total were $999,999, then you've made a profit of $1.

Fri. Jul. 22, 2022

I learned about public speaking and more about entrepreneurship at Techie Youth today.

Public speaking is difficult, especially when you're introverted or have no experience with the subject. The key, however, is to exude confidence even when you're not so sure of yourself. Another pointer is to be engaging as you're talking to your audience, or you'll start to lose their interest and your speech will become boring. Public speaking is a part of leadership skills and being a leader. You need to be fearless, motivated, and passionate to avoid being portrayed as nervous or uneducated by admirers.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to of course start a business but it takes steps to get there. For example, if it's an online business that you're trying to provide, you would need to start coding or programming, but you would also need to make connections so you can increase your potential. But before all of the coding and networking, (business) models need to be created so you have some sort of plan of where your business is at, what steps you want to take, and what is your future for your business.

When your business gets off the ground, then you will have to get into the logistics of business: finances/sales, legal matters, products, and expanding your business/team. It's important to recognize your weaknesses and strengths. Each issue can help you understand what can go wrong with your business and/or how you can become a multi-millionaire. But more importantly, always be careful of who you partner with. It's more sensible to be partners with someone who works smarter instead of partnering with your friend for the simple fact that they're your friend.

You don't have to stick to one business idea. It’s not a long-term project and you don't have to get attached to the one idea out of the million ideas that you came up with. As an entrepreneur, it is definitely possible to have more than one business plan.

Thu. Jul. 21, 2022

I learned about entrepreneurship and business leadership at Techie Youth today.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you can start a business and it can be centered around anything. Based on the videos I watched, I learned that it's just as possible to create a business centered around STEM and/or the media as it is to create a business that sells tangible products (clothing, beauty, etc). Entrepreneurship is no longer having one business that becomes a project for a long period of time. There are many entrepreneurs (both celebrities and non-celebrities) that have many side businesses, so they can acquire more money and power.

Being a leader is similar to being an entrepreneur: you have to be dedicated, confident, and a hard worker. As a leader, you have to be strategic, meaning whenever there are tough decisions that have to be made, you have to act on them and accept/learn from any failures you encounter in the process. As a leader, you also have to create a nurturing and encouraging work environment while being a tough businessperson.

Wed. Jul. 20, 2022

I learned about time management and health at Techie Youth.

When it comes to time management, it's important to keep yourself organized so you won't procrastinate or get distracted by anything around you. You can do this by keeping a schedule or writing down time cushions to prepare you for the tasks you are about to do. There are planners and other resources like Kanban that can help you plan your work assignments while focusing on your to-do list.

Maintaining your health, like time management, is a key to productivity. When you invest your time into learning about your body and which foods work for your body rather than consuming everything, you'll improve your wellbeing. Exercising is another change you can make to your schedule to improve your mind/memory, your confidence, and your health. Mental health is another part of your well-being that you need to maintain. It's more than just being happy. With mental health, you have to make sure you're sleeping for at least 7 hours and eating food that keeps your mind and body right

Tue. Jul. 19, 2022

Today, I learned about scams, networking, and financial responsibility at Techie Youth.

The first subject I learned about was scams. Scams have increased in the past few years due to the pandemic and the rise in remote jobs since scammers advertise jobs online the way actual employers do. When you're job searching, be careful because there are people who pose as a legitimate job company so they can trick you into giving them money while/or stealing your identity. To prevent this, read the fine print and always check to see who is the person behind the given opportunity and if they're credible or not.

I also learned that it's important to network because networking allows people to make new and purposeful connections with others. You can network at your local gym or club, just as long as you're striking up a conversation with people you meet (so you can work your way up to business matters) while being confident and friendly.

Lastly, I learned that financial responsibility is essential. Making sure you have the nicest things might make you happy at that moment, but it's wasteful. It's more important to track your expenses and cut back as much as possible if you want to increase your income.

Mon. Jul. 18, 2022

I learned about remote employment opportunities at Techie Youth today.

Today I learned the difference between a resume and a cover letter and why both are important when it comes to applying for a job. I also learned that you have to do research on your employer and the company so you are informed when doing the interview. I learned remote jobs can be both professional and engaging but it's all up to you, your co-workers, and your boss. You can do this through group emails and group meetings. Lastly, I found out that the company you are applying for does background checks on you, so be cautious about what you post online.

Fri. Jul. 15, 2022

I learned how to get paid at Techie Youth today.

Through YouTube videos and articles, I learned that more people are taking remote jobs because it gives them more flexibility and freedom than they wouldn't receive at a regular 9-5 job. As one YouTube video stated, although people do tend to become too engrossed in their work (at home) and begin to lose all aspects of time, remote jobs do allow people the opportunity to travel and work at the same time, as long as those people are willing to accept whatever surprises life presents to them and embody the mind of a go-getter.