It’s always good to make a little extra money every now and then. Technology has very well expanded where you can make money even in your sleep. Check out these creative ways that you can make extra money while still being employed at your full-time job.
Voice-Over Work and Script Reading: Do you have that funny and unique voice or does your friend say that you have a nice voice for reading things? Definitely consider doing some work for a local radio station.
Writing Reviews for Money: How many books do you read or when is the last time you went to a new restaurant? You can leave reviews and express your opinion.
Review Music for Cash
Get cash rebates for scanning your receipts. There is an app called “Ibotta”where supposedly you can make money off receipts that you keep. Usually I keep a lot of receipts, so now this has me thinking because I can make extra money on the side.
Sell your wardrobe. I have heard about people making money by selling their clothes and accessories. Apps such as Thred up and Posh Mark are pretty decent for selling your wardrobe.
Sell Your Photos: If you have a keen eye for photography or taking unique pictures, then you can definitely start selling your photos to small businesses or local magazines.
Become a Dog Walker: If you are a dog lover, then this is the perfect job for you! You can go to sites like Rover.com or Wag!
Sell your skills: Are you a writer? Do you enjoy editing books? Then how about turning your skills into an income?
Take surveys and give your opinion. Try using Inbox Dollars
Now let’s go out here and make some extra money!!!!
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I used to think online learning was boring because you aren’t physically in the classroom. I’m the type of person that likes to be in the actual classroom and look at the teacher while they are teaching. The first time I took classes online (when I was planning to get my Masters of course) I didn’t really like it because one of my professors didn’t really know how to communicate as far as answering questions I had about one of my assignments. I was frustrated and wanted to give up. I actually withdrew from the program and school itself (the program wasn’t what I expected it to be) and decided that it wasn’t for me (the school and program of course)
When dealing with online learning, you have to remember that there are major differences to consider. Check out the Do’s and Don’ts for online learning.
~Dostudy in a quiet place– It is very easy to get distracted so make sure you are in a place where you can focus.
~Domake your online program your top priority! If you plan to enroll in a program online or even just taking a class, make sure you are putting the class first so that you won’t fail. Other activities you normally do may have to be put on the side for temporary if you aren’t able to juggle both.
~Don’t procrastinate!– That’s the worst you can do since you will have major deadlines for your assignments. Just relax, breathe and stay focused!
~Don’t over study– Take breaks as needed. Stressing isn’t healthy mentally or physically, so make sure you set a time to take breaks.
~Do have a reliable internet connection– All online learning is done strictly online, so make sure you have somewhere where there is internet such as the library, a friend’s house or a hot spot such as Starbucks or McDonald’s.
~Do make it a habit to get to know your instructors. Having an open communication with them really helps. When I was enrolled in my program online, most of my instructors gave out their personal cell numbers, so if we had any questions regarding the syllabus or the assignments, we were able to text or call them.
So if you are planning to take classes online, keep these tactics in mind and you will be just fine!
It’s officially out! Hampton, VA native, Taz has just dropped her new EP called ‘Mentally Ill”. The short album has seven songs you do not want to skip! With her unique barz that tells a story of her depression and dealing with anxiety, it is more than an EP. This teaches others about mental health and how it affects those living with it.
“This is the best project I’ve ever made and I’m excited to share it with the world, this is the most vulnerable and transparent I’ve been” stated Taz”
You can download the new EP wherever music is streaming and you can also download on Apple Music as well! This is one of those projects where it really shows you and teaches you what someone is going through. Suicide and mental health is definitely important and if you know someone who is going through, please try to get them help as soon as possible. Not only is Taz a music artist, but she is an entrepreneur of her own business/record label called ‘C.A.S’
American-Jamaican rapper and musical artist YQ Dreams released his newest single “Could Be”. “Could Be” is a story of overcoming your internal battles and not allowing them to dictate who you are. It encourages listeners to have hope and place trust into themselves, that they can become who they inspire to be. YQ Dreams says “Could Be is my story of everything, I’ve overcome and realized that upholding my faith led me on a path to everything meant for me and made me into a better man.”
Fans adore YQ’s artistry because he transparently shares the reality of his life struggles, insecurities, and how he was able to overcome the many obstacles that he has faced through his music. As he features hip-hop and melodic vibes that will take you through each walk of his life, you will find yourself relating to him from the first song to the last. This young talented artist is using his craft and life experiences to relate to his listeners and to change the world. Make sure you listen to his newest single “Could Be” on all streaming platforms.
“You can’t let other people’s insecurities become your insecurities.”
TRGB MEDIA: What made you want to get into the music industry? Any motivation behind it?
YQ DREAMS: Well I never really looked at it as getting into the music industry. I just gravitated towards a coping method and it was natural like that; it just took off. Also, I had to stay committed to it.
TRGB MEDIA: Ok, would you say it was like a gift or a passion?
YQ DREAMS: Oh yes, 100 percent! I believe I was given this voice for a reason. It was given to me to make a change in the world.
TRGB MEDIA: When did Year music career took off?
YQ DREAMS: It depends. I don’t really see my music career as taking off. So hopefully this year, I can accomplish all that I want to accomplish. At least start the blue prints. This will be my real rookie year, some real serious business.
TRGB MEDIA: What are some of your favorite music idols?
YQ DREAMS: I would definitely say Nas, Big Sean, Kendrick Dagore. I really like people that portray different visions through their music and to keep the listeners engaged as oppose to talking. So, I would say story-telling rappers are like top-of-the-top for me.
TRGB MEDIA: Through your music are you telling a story? Is it based on a theme?
YQ DREAMS: The thing about my music is I usually create when I’m in distress or facing adversities so everything you hear in my music will always be authentic and genuine. A lot of people respect me because they know if I don’t do it, I won’t portray that I do it. I stand behind what I do and the life that I live and my lyrics back that up.
“I do have to battle depression; a lot of my old music is about me going through depression. Thankfully I am in a much better state. But there is a lot of hardships in the music industry and I don’t think people realize that.”
TRGB MEDIA: Do you have somebody co-writing your songs with you or do you write your own lyrics?
YQ DREAMS: I 100 % write my own lyrics. I believe it would be impossible to call myself a creator or an artist if my work wasn’t mine; or if somebody had to create it for me. It just wouldn’t feel right. I feel like that’s a special part of the journey that has to be embraced to see something come from scratch. So yes, I do write all my lyrics and always will.
TRBG MEDIA: I want to talk about your new single ‘Could Be’ that was released last year November. So basically, tell us about that new single.
YQ DREAMS: Well basically ‘Could Be’ is about me going through hard times and trying to figure out who I could be. It’s basically like a talk within myself. If you realized, the first verse is like a song and the second verse is way more personal and my tone switches. It’s like a mental talk to myself and me coming to the realization that I had all the tools I needed to succeed and all I had to do was believe in myself and to know who I could be. So that’s what I really wanted to emphasize to people that no matter the hardships they go through, as long as you know who you are and what you can do, you can become it.
TRGB MEDIA: Now is this part of your EP/Album or do you have an EP or album out?
YQ DREAMS: The ‘Could Be’ is not apart of an EP or album and I don’t think it will be. The music and the way I am, I’m always evolving and growing, so if I was to use anything that was a few months old it would kind of make me feel weird, but I do want to put out a project by the end of this year. It’s going to take a lot of me focusing and coming up with a strategic plan for it before I do that.
TRGB MEDIA: Because it’s the new year, do you have any new projects you are working on?
YQ DREAMS: I currently have a single called “What do You Mean” and this single is me showing versatility and the fact that I just don’t make motivational and inspiring music, like I’m versatile and I can make anything. I’m basically going to be sitting behind the single and see what it does.
TRGB MEDIA: As a music artist, where do you see yourself five years from now?
YQ DREAMS: Five years from now, I see myself in a position exactly where I was. Music is my gateway; I hope to one day start something with people living with mental health and a single parent household like me that doesn’t have anybody to talk to; they have to keep all their problems to themselves. So that’s my long-term goal. And I don’t believe I will be there in five years, but I do believe I will be on the right path to it and that I’ll be making a difference in a positive way.
TRGB MEDIA: Within your music career, have you faced any challenges so far?
YQ DREAMS: Oh yes, of course. There are challenges of people not respecting their craft, not wondering why you have gotten the things you have gotten and why they have it, so I’m still human at the end of the day. These are all things that affect me. ”
TRGB MEDIA: For someone who wants to become an artist like yourself, what advice would you give them?
YQ DREAMS: Probably my biggest advice would be is to not let the things of others portray you what you do in your life. For instance, a lot of people always have a lot to say and I realized that people will try to hold you back or will try to put you down just because they aren’t where you are and they are insecure with themselves. You can’t let other people’s insecurities become your insecurities. I would definitely say protect your space, stay focused and if you do feel in your heart that you have a passion for it then continue at it and see where it takes you.
TRGB MEDIA: Now how can people connect with you?
YQ DREAMS: My social media handles is @yqdreams on everything including all streaming platforms. I have a website that I’m working on and will be updated with new music and everything else.
Thank you Milan Mobley of Umanagement Entertainment Public Relations for allowing TRGB Media to interview your client YQ Dreams.
This millennial actor is no stranger in the film industry and definitely knows how to flaunt style with that 1 million dollar smile in all of his photos! It was announced last year that Michael B. Jordan will be the new face of Coach. He is surely kicking off the new year with plenty of chic style.
Bringing heat to the Spring Menswear Campaign by Coach, Jordan shares with his fans on social media thanking his photographer Craig McDean.
According to Foot Wear News, Jordan is the first celebrity to represent the men clothing line with Coach. What an honor!
Princess Love, Love N Hip Hop reality star and wife to singer and actor Ray J Norwood released her new cosmetic line on New Years Day! Products for your lips and eyebrows are available to purchase on her website Prella Cosmetics
Paige Barnes is founder and CEO of ICY Public Relations. Paige is a graduate of The University of Alabama. She has a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Computer Science. She has always had her way with words as well as socializing and networking with people to find a common interest and make “money moves”. Paige graduated top of her high school class as Valedictorian as well as work for numerous of non-profits including Art N’ Autism where she conducted the parent relations program that involved fund raiser planning to fund the program. She is also no stranger to the Birmingham area where she worked as an Event Planner for the magazine of the south, Good Grit Magazine.
With her expertise in communication, Paige decided to take her talents to the entertainment industry as she took of the road as the Digital Coordinator for The Hip Hop Publicist. She then worked with many independent artists to help build their build and secure media coverage. After a year, Paige decided to start her own independent firm, ICY PR. She is represents clients from: entrepreneurs, stylists, entertainers, beauty influencers etc. Some of her clients just to name a couple are: DJ New Era – official DJ of the University of Alabama and Pyper Nicole – upcoming stylist and fashion designer.
DJ The New Era
In the future Paige plans of owning her PR office overlooking the LA horizon and managing celebrities as well as hosting events and fundraiser dedicated to giving back to the community.
CEO of Icy Public Relations
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Possible Cosmetics is growing each and every day! CEO and Owner Renata Roundtree is making major moves within her company and plans to expand larger into retail stores all over the globe. Move over MAC and Clinique, Possible Cosmetics will soon be taking over!
TRGB Media:It’s been a few months since TRGB has interviewed you about your success and beauty line Possible Cosmetics. Since then, what have you been up to?
Renata Roundtree: Oh Honey lol SO much! I think the BIGGEST thing that We’ve been up to is FINALLY getting into Major Retail! Im too excited of course we’ll discuss this more 🙂
TRGB Media:Congratulations on Possible Cosmetics being apart of Wal-Mart online. What was your reaction?
Renata Roundtree: Honestly, lol I still can’t process it, I’ve been secretly going back and forth with Walmart for a long time. I didn’t tell anyone because I really wasn’t sure the outcome! In fact, they denied me first but I literally called, emailed (and Walmart is actually impossible to reach) I did not take NO for an answer! There’s still LOTS of work to do but we’re in there!
TRGB Media: How has sales and marketing been going? Do you have a team that helps you push sales or are you the only one?
Renata Roundtree: Let’s just say I’m not a Millionaire yet lol… I do have a virtual assistant that helps when need be. However, the bulk of the marketing and sales are driven by me or by other channels that I use. Social media has been a big help but I absolutely plan to have a team to help me plan and execute better. Marketing to be honest is my weakness I actually hate it lol
TRGB Media: Let’s talk about current and future projects. Are you working on anything exciting?
Renata Roundtree: Yes. We are gearing up to hit a MAJOR retailer in Atlanta!!! Everyone knows that ATL is my second home. I can’t announce it just yet, but 1st Quarter 2019 Possible Cosmetics will be in stores in Atlanta GA!!!
TRGB Media: Also, I see that you are the guest speaker for Dreams to Founder Workshop and one of the panel spotlights for Glambitious. Tell us more about that.
Renata Roundtree: Yes, Im EXTREMELY excited to be apart of these events! One thing about me is I enjoy the empowerment portion of business. I like it more then selling Cosmetics lol I was born for it I have a radiant personality I can capture almost any audience I’m in front of and I have a story to tell. I’m serious when I say empowerment is so much more fulfilling to me, I’d much rather be doing these sorts of events more often!
TRGB Media: Are you still teaching young professionals how to start their own make up line? How has that been going?
Renata Roundtree: Yes, I actually just launched our digital course “ How to start a cosmetic line 101” on our website! That’s another thing that I enjoy. Its selling pretty good and I take pride in helping someone establish a business! I’m a believer that you are able to share the information you have, especially within your community!
TRGB MEDIA: Does Possible Cosmetics have any new products in store?
Renata Roundtree: We actually just launched our pressed shimmer powders!! The customers are responding to those very well and I’m getting amazing feedback!
TRGB Media: How many years have you been in business?
Renata Roundtree: Well, I started this business journey in 2010 with designing custom shoes! I must admit at that time I had NO idea what I was doing. Lol I just knew I was gifted to create sells, Instagram ads; all those other things didn’t click to me yet until I started Possible Cosmetics in 2016! I’m a much better business owner now.
TRGB Media: What are some unique things that Possible Cosmetics offers that no other make up line offers?
Renata Roundtree: I don’t really see other makeup lines sharing their “secrets” here at Possible Cosmetics. We not only sell you a product, but we sell you information as well. We also educate you to start your own business. So I’ll say the empowerment part is what is different about us!
TRGB Media: What is next in store for you and your business?
Renata Roundtree: RETAIL, RETAIL AND MORE RETAIL. We WILL BE in every major retailer in America; I don’t care if it take me forever! We are planning a Possible Cosmetics TAKEOVER. We will be mentioned with the household names like MAC, Loreal, Este Lauder, Cover Girl etc…
TRGB Media: How can readers connect with you and purchase products?
Savon Luxe launched in 2014 and is based in Detroit, MI. What makes the Savon Luxe unique is the high end quality, longevity, and customer experience delivery. Clients can purchase hair from www.SavonLuxe.co
TRGB Media: What made you want to go into a business that deals with virgin hair?
Savon Luxe: I’ve been wearing sew-ins since I was about 16 years old. Back in the day girls would rock the pack hair that would only last as long as the install. I was really tired of dealing with beauty supply hair so I started buying virgin hair. In college I was a YouTube beauty blogger in college growing out my natural hair wearing sew-ins, spending THOUSANDS of dollars on hair extensions. I decided I wanted my own line. I didn’t think to seriously of it at first, then I started deep diving into the beauty business and fell in love. Four years later we’re still here!
TRGB: How did you come up with the name Savon Luxe?
SL: Whew, I went back & forth with the business name for about 3 months. At first the brand name was going to be “Luxe Life”, but I wanted something a bit more personal. The “Savon” derived from my first and middle name and the “Luxe” while cliché is part of me really enjoying luxury things. I knew when I attached my name to it I would take it seriously as it would be a direct reflection of myself.
TRGB: Because the hair industry and various of sellers are in the same business, competitors can be tough. What keeps Savon Luxe different than most other companies that sell virgin hair?
SL: So true! The biggest part I’ve learned in owning a business is staying my lane, and only mind the business that pays me. Even with a multitude of virgin hair companies, I know how to cater to niche. As I’ve grown to be more business savvy, I’ve learned everything is not for everyone. So I (my brand) can’t be either. And that’s okay. Everyone is so focused on high sales, but I focus on the relationship with my customers and business longevity. I’m not interested in being a “fad” business. I’m here for the long run, so what separates me is trust.
“At first the brand name was going to be “Luxe Life”, but I wanted something a bit more personal. The “Savon” derived from my first and middle name and the “Luxe” while cliché is part of me really enjoying luxury things.”
TRGB: For a potential client, how would you sell your products?
SL: The primary thing I do is ask them what THEY are looking for and how can I best service THEM. I’m never a “pushy” sales person. I’m a listening ear before anything, then I guide them to my products that best fit their need and I give them time to decide for themselves. This is vital.
TRGB: When creating a company for women of all colors, what did you have in mind?
SL:Being one helps lol. But seriously, empathy helps when catering to WOC. We aren’t catered to on a national level, so when they shop with me, I don’t want them to have to feel like their “fighting” or “forcing” a product to work for them because I selected my textures and products already with them being the priority.
TRGB: What are some suggestions when it comes to hair care?
SL: One of my best suggestions when it comes to hair care is research hair type. Hair care is not a one size fits all. Everyone has different likes, dislikes, routines. Knowing what YOU like best is a trial and error process. If an individual is not comfortable caring for their hair themselves, seek a stylist you are comfortable with. But the basis are cleanse and hydrate, that goes for extensions and naturals.
TRGB: Who does your brand market to?
SL: I’m actually in the process of re-developing my demographics. Initially it was a younger adults, because I was in college. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned what I really want which is more young professionals who still are into chic & glam. I can’t wait for my re-development so stay tuned!
TRGB: How fast does your product sell?
SL:Our products sell out pretty fast, especially our Straight Bliss extensions. I’m actually testing out some new patterns now to potentially add that I think my customers will love.
TRGB: Does your brand participate or has participated in hair shows?
SL: I haven’t participated in any to date. There are a few I’d definitely consider going to. I’m still a one woman show for the most part, so once I develop a “team” a trade show will get on our books for sure.
Fashion has always been changing the game with new trends all over the world, nationally and internationally. But there is one person who is taking her business to the top and that is Pyper Collection! She is a game changer with lots of taste and fashion trends for both men and women. O taste and see that Pyper’s Collection will have you begging for more!
TRGB Media: How did you get into the fashion industry? Was it something that motivated you to branch out and try it?
Pyper Collection: My love for clothes. Reconstruction has always been interesting to me since I was young. After finding out Alabama offer a fashion apparel program I started my journey. I came to college as a pre-med major but an old friend was a fashion major. She would always have me to do her projects and I enjoyed doing them so I decided to change my major and follow my dream.
TRGB: So, you graduated from the University of Alabama. How did college prepare you for what you wanted to do? By having a concentration in apparel and textile help your visual skills?
Pyper:The program was great and fairly smaller than the other classes on campus. I enjoyed the intimacy. The variety of courses required put the lifestyle of the fashion industry in perspective for me. When I graduated I felt confident in moving forward in the industry and pursuing a career.
TRGB: Why did you choose this particular industry for your career?
Pyper: My love for beauty and fashion! My family’s brand is also a beauty brand so it was ideal.
TRGB: Tell me about the family business, Salon Lisa Brown. How long have you been working there as a hair stylist?
Pyper: The salon has been open for 7 years now. I worked as a shampoo assistant at the age of 17, went off to school and worked on weekends until I graduated. I then became a junior stylist for a year and was recently promoted to senior stylist and salon supervisor.
TRGB: When starting the fashion retail business, what were your goals and visions for your business?
Pyper: I want to build an empire. My goal was to be affordable but fashion forward. “pypercollection” is a lifestyle brand. I want everyone to be able to shop and be apart of the collection, even the dogs. (We do offer doggy apparel as well)
Model wearing a chic bathing suit in Pyper’s Collection
TRGB: Did you have a business and marketing plan?
Pyper: My publicist went to school with me and happens to be my best friend. She had plans to expand via social media. We recently flooded social media on my release of the collection which fell on my birthday. The idea came from my sister, Chyna. We created a countdown to create anticipation and now we are 86 days in.
TRGB: How did the creation and birth of “Pyper Collection” came about?
Pyper: My name is Pyper so originally it was going to be “Pyper”. I wanted a retail store and needed something catchy but ever-lasting. “pypercollection” was given to me by my mom. I admit it had to grow on me but now I love it.
TRGB:Tell us more about the Closet Collection. How did you determine which collection gets what?
Pyper: The closet collection is a super great deal, I recommend it to any one looking for fashionable things at an affordable price. The items in the closet belong to one of my family members and either has never been worn or worn one. If you think about it people wear the clothes in your favorite store all the time. Being in the retail industry taught me that. So it is consignment, but high fashion.
TRGB:How was the Chyna and Phillip collection transcribed?
Pyper: They are my two siblings and family is everything to me. Chyna is my manager and my brother has a t-shirt line called “#Details” so when I came up with the business I wanted them to be a part of it.
TRGB: How long have you been in business?
Pyper: 86 days, almost three months.
TRGB: When it comes to choosing the pieces and look for your fashion collection, what was your motivation? How did you create the look? What was the motivation behind it?
Pyper:The first collection was inspired by nature and traveling the world. It is called the “butterflycollection”. I use my mentor/seamstress Sonia and myself to create the items.
TRGB:Have any pieces of the collection been modeled in fashion shows or events?
Pyper: Not yet, but definitely keep an eye open for us on the runway.
TRGB: Any future projects/events coming up?
Pyper: Yes, we have winter community service events. I love giving back. We also will be hosting pop up shops at your favorite stores.
TRGB:What is next for Pyper Collection?
Pyper: More to come. We will expand and begin to add more as we grow. We are going global this fall and expanding to other countries. I vision my brand as being a fortune 500 company. We also are looking forward to being on the runway for NYFW. It’s all in God’s plan.
TRGB: How can readers connect with you and shop?
Pyper: Visit the website www.pypercollection.com and connect via Instagram. @pyper____ and the store Instagram @pypercollection!