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How to Make Money by Being Creative

Geek!This is Kevin E. Martin’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

Many people don’t realize that you can make money by being creative, doing something you like, or having fun. Making money doesn’t always have to be difficult. Today, I’ll be discussing five strategies that can allow you can make money with creativeness and fun. Most of my ideas will involve very little spending or no money at all.

  1. Don’t pose as a professional, but create a cool persona that lets people know that you’re good at what you do. In other words, I’m trying to tell you to develop a niche. Everyone is good at something in life and you could be getting paid for it.
  2. Stand out from everyone else. You don’t have to be the same as everyone else. Believe it or not, people actually want different things to deal with in life. One thing you will notice about all major cartels, is that they operate in the same fashion. They only compete on the basis of low prices, discounts, great brands, etc. Bring a new element to the basis of competition.
  3. Get a team. Having a team, to succeed may be way more helpful than you think. I know you may have heard this many times, but two or more brains are better than one brain thinking alone. Also, you could form a team in an effort to help each other. For example, you may not be very bright at sales, but you might have a friend that can sell services and products like he or she are using magic. Make room for everyone, it pays off pretty well in the end.
  4. Let your brain think about anything. All products, services, tools, programs, etc., were once an idea and not actively in use. Some of the world’s greatest inventions were all ideas, you could create the next big thing also. Remember, you’re just as intelligent as anyone on this earth.
  5. Be honest with yourself and everyone. Don’t offer a service or a product that you can’t perform. When starting a business, do something that you’re comfortable with and do something that you know you want to do. In simple terms, live your life for you. If you’re doing things that doesn’t satisfy you, you’re living your life for someone else. Be you, be happy, be yourself and be creative!

In conclusion, I think those five things alone can help you succeed when you’re trying to earn some money. Everyone looks for those things mentioned above, no matter what. Remember, making money doesn’t have to be difficult. Everything is easier said than done, but it’s never impossible!

Where To Look For Unique Photos

Geek!This is Nate Lawson’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

This is for you Photographers out there who may be having a hard time coming up with new ideas for photos. And if you’re not a photographer but want to take some cool pictures, you can benefit from this list also.

All creative minds have been in the situation before: writers have “writer’s block”, designers have “designer’s block”, artists have “artist’s block”, and by golly photographers have “where the heck can I take new pictures block”.

It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the country, the U.S. or Canada, if you’re an amateur or a professional. I can guarantee even Ansel Adams had moments in which he didn’t know what else to do.

I happen to live in a small rural town in Wyoming. I’ve often thought that if I just lived in a large city, I would never run out subjects to shoot. And I’m sure people who live in the city wish they could drive fifteen minutes to the Rocky Mountains to get some breathtaking landscape shots.

But after researching photo ideas and not finding exactly what I wanted, I decided to brainstorm places that might not be thought of as “photogenic.” I’ve also given some examples of my work to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

Here are my Top 5 Places to Look for Unique Photos:

1. Look Up. There is one place that I learned in the military where nobody looks that may be the difference between life and death, up. Most people never look up. They have their eyes forward or down. Stop once in awhile and take a look to the sky. If you live in the city, the many tall buildings will give you countless possibilities. And if you live in the country, looking up may expose you to unique cloud formations, a flock of geese flying in their famous “ V Formation”, or some pretty cool trees. (I would recommend you stop before you start looking up!)

2. Look Down. The very opposite of looking up is, can you guess? Right, looking down. How many times have you been looking down and found a quarter? Well, try going to a parking lot and spending an hour or two just looking down. There are some pretty cool pictures ready to be captured in the oil spill, rain puddle, or ice formations. If you don’t happen to live near a parking lot, walking around in a field, on the beach, or forest will give you countless possibilities.

3. Another take on looking down, is to get higher up. The top level of an open parking garage, rooftop, or even a ladder will elevate you enough to get a different perspective on life. Some of my favorite shots were taken from a higher elevation. And with the use of some Photoshop magic, you can turn these photos into special “miniature pictures” as seen here.

4. Urban areas are some of my favorite places to take pictures. Not only are there great old buildings with a lot of history, but there are also unique patterns and textures on the walls. With the correct composition, a simple fire escape on the side of a building will give you a great picture. The use of a wide-angle lens will allow you to be closer to your subject in tight alleys and still be able to get the full image.

Candid images of people are quite common, but have you ever taken a candid picture of nature? Don’t use the live view or viewfinder when taking pictures. Shoot from the hip as it were. Too many times we over-think our photo opportunities and miss something. So just hold your camera and point and shoot. You’ll be surprised at some of the shots you’ll get. And you thought you had to see to take great pictures!

I hope this short list will help you get over your “block” and get you some great images. And although the list is far from complete, it will definitely get you started and get your creative juices flowing again!

Creative Thinking: Think Creatively!

Geek!This is Mark Coupe’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

‘Creativity: the process of developing new, uncommon, or unique ideas.’ – Google Definitions

Many of us want to be more creative. If you’re as deterministic as those in the industry, you’d want your next project, be it art or literature, to be the best you can do. However, sometimes we just might not think that we have what it takes to be creative, especially when today’s world thrives on a good idea. Follow these tips and ensure you have what it takes to be a creative thinker.

Plan Your Way to the Top

All innovative and outwardly creative ideas require thoughtful planning. This can be done as vigorously or as relaxed as you wish; after all, these are your plans and you are the only one that will need to follow them. Mediums and methods such as mind mapping, flowcharts and spider diagrams are a great way to learn and plan. Try writing little notes for yourself and leave them around the house. This may kick-start your brain into taking action. A little bit of planning can snowball into something fantastic.

Discuss, Discuss, Discuss

This works in a variety of ways; either talk to those who share your ideas and visions, or discuss ideas with those with differing views. By doing this, you construct a completely unbiased idea. This also adds motivation and may even add depth to your original ideas. From personal experience, talking to many varying groups helped with my coursework immensely and by the end, the result was completely different than originally envisioned, appealing to a mass audience.

Persevere!

At the time, an idea may seem challenging, especially a thought provoking and innovative one. This should not discourage you, and should instead fuel you into producing something the world has never seen before. Let your ideas and views be known. Look at many successful products and you’ll see that each of them have their own quirk or niche. Develop your own by sticking to your idea and try to envision an audience.

Don’t Let an Idea Escape You

If ever you’ve hit a creative block, carry a notebook or scrap of paper with you wherever you go. Inspiration can hit you like a bucket of water while you’re out and about and it’s so easy to forget when you come to writing or producing something. A notebook will help greatly and easily fits in your pocket. This, along with a pen, is a valuable tool when it comes to spawning an idea.

What a Chore

While it may seem odd, chores are usually mindless enough tasks where you can allow your mind to wander. While your brain is active, let it wander and you’ll find the extra blood rushing to your head from performing mundane tasks helps you to summon that narrative or “cliff-hanger” ending for your story or project. Next time you’re out of ideas, do the washing up or vacuum the house. It works! Be sure not to attempt anything to strenuous when it comes to daydreaming. You want your work to be engaging enough to keep your brain flowing, but dull enough to let your mind wander.

How to Make a GOOD Top 5 List

Geek!This is Jack Brolly’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

  1. Choose a topic that you are knowledgeable on. There is no point in getting all of your information from somewhere like “Wikipedia” and then making a list. Lack of knowledge shows. Also try to have experience in your chosen topic. It would be stupid to choose a topic that you know nothing about. You would be trying to advise people on something that you don’t even know about and that is never going to work. Knowledge is power.
  2. Be Original. Being original is very important! If it is a list that can be easily found by “googling” it then it is not an original topic. Being original also allows you to get more readers as they would have never seen a list on your chosen topic before. Before I chose this topic I googled it and I got no results that match this title, thus this is an original top 5 list. There is a lot of almost “Clichéd ” lists. Keep away from these. An example is “Top 5 tips for losing weight”. There are whole websites devoted to topics like that so it is therefore unoriginal and decreases the chances of your list getting hits. At the end of the day the success of your list will be judged on how many views or hits your list gets. Another part of being original is making sure the list is made up of your own content and your content only; this means do not plagiarize.
  3. Plan your top 5 list before you type it. Don’t rush into it, there is no race. By not rushing you might think of better points to put into your list. Type out 2 or 3 drafts until you are happy with the finished product. When you see a list that hasn’t been planned to tends to go off topic, points tend to be strewn about and it is very repetitive. So planning is another aspect of list making. The plan also helps give it a good structure which makes the points easier to follow.
  4. Spelling, grammar, punctuation and a varied vocabulary are important. If you want people to take your list seriously try to type full words and sentences. So instead of writing “u shud” write “you should”. It makes the whole list clearer. Good grammar also gives the impression of intelligence. It’s hard to take list seriously when someone is misspelling every second word. Punctuation also makes the whole list clearer. If you don’t punctuate then every paragraph would be a sentence. It is important that full stops and commas are there to give the reader a break to take in a point at once rather than a full paragraph. When varying your vocabulary there is no need to overuse big words. Try to keep the language intelligent and accessible at the same time.
  5. Don’t ramble, but don’t be too vague. Keep your sentences short and to the point. Don’t feel the need to go into a huge amount of detail. If you ramble on and go into a huge amount of detail when you don’t need to then you are possible boring the reader. Don’t be too vague. That way you are not effectively getting your point across. There is a delicate balance that you must find.