Crafting an Engaging Narrative: How to Use Emotional Storytelling in Advertising

Crafting an Engaging Narrative: How to Use Emotional Storytelling in Advertising

How Mastering Personal Connection Can Skyrocket Your Copywriting Results

Ever wondered why the emotional pull of that one commercial stayed with you long after you forgot what was being advertised?

The answer lies in the power of emotional storytelling, which connects the audience with the content on a deeper, more personal level.

This connection can work wonders in amplifying your copywriting results.

Storytelling in advertising is much like a chef preparing a meal. A chef can take all the ingredients necessary for a meal, such as vegetables, spices, and proteins, but without the right technique, it will be nothing more than an unappetizing mess.

Similarly, advertisers can have all the right components to create an effective ad: visuals, audio, and text – but if they don't arrange them in a way that tells an emotional story and creates a meaningful connection with their audience, it will be nothing more than a wasted opportunity.

Crafting stories that emotionally engage viewers is what drives people to purchase products and services, creating a powerful link between storytelling and success.

The Science Behind Emotional Storytelling

Our brains are wired to process stories, and when we hear an emotional story, it triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes feelings such as trust and empathy. This means that if your copywriting focuses on forging personal connections, it can have a profound impact on your audience’s emotions, and that's where the magic happens. Here are some valuable insights into leveraging this power:

  1. Identify your target audience's pain points: To truly connect with your audience, your content needs to address their most pressing issues. In diving deep into their struggles, you pave the way for a genuine connection.
  2. Create evocative imagery: Using descriptive language and sensory details can evoke strong feelings in your audience. Bring your story to life through vivid descriptions that make them see, feel, hear, and even taste your message.
  3. Show vulnerability: Be honest, raw, and open about your experiences or your brand's story. Vulnerability can lead to a stronger bond and inspire trust in your brand.
  4. Incorporate metaphors and analogies: Using relatable comparisons can simplify complex topics and make your message more resonant.
  5. Keep your voice relatable: While maintaining a strong literary voice is important, ensure your language is accessible and modern to keep your audience engaged.

How to Rework Exciting Advertising Pieces with Emotional Storytelling

One of the most important steps in crafting successful advertising is to identify and understand the target audience's needs, concerns, and pain points. This requires research into the demographic makeup of the audience, as well as their attitudes and behaviors. From here, you can create content that speaks to them on a personal level and addresses their issues or concerns directly.

Once you have identified your target audience, it's time to start creating content. Visuals are powerful tools for storytelling because they can evoke strong emotions without relying on words.

For example, a picture of a family enjoying time together at home can trigger feelings of joy and warmth in viewers.

Audio can also be used to convey emotion – from subtle background music to dynamic sound effects – creating an immersive experience for your audience.

Incorporating metaphors and analogies can help bring complex concepts to life in relatable terms.

This allows viewers to make meaningful connections with the brand story more quickly and easily. It’s also important to keep your voice relatable and modern by avoiding jargon or overly-technical language that may confuse or alienate your audience.

Finally, be sure to inject some vulnerability into your copywriting by sharing candid details about yourself or your brand story. Vulnerability creates emotional resonance with viewers, leading them to trust and engage with the message more deeply than if it was delivered without emotion or a fresh perspective.

By leveraging emotional storytelling techniques such as these, brands can forge meaningful connections with their audiences that will resonate long after they've forgotten what product was being advertised.

Here's how Jasper is designed to specifically write emotional storytelling-based content

Jasper is the latest generation of AI technology specifically designed to write content based on emotional storytelling. This cutting-edge AI platform leverages natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning technologies to generate content that resonates with target audiences on a deeper level.

It goes beyond traditional copywriting by using powerful algorithms to craft stories that engage readers through vivid imagery, metaphors, analogies, and other literary techniques.

Jasper's sophisticated AI engine can identify key themes in any given source material, then generate high-quality copy that speaks directly to the intended audience.

This allows brands to create emotionally charged content without having to spend hours crafting it manually. In addition, Jasper creates content that is optimized for search engines, so it's more likely to get seen by potential customers.

The power of this technology lies in its ability to understand the nuances of storytelling and how it impacts an audience’s emotions.

By tapping into their feelings, Jasper helps brands create connections with their readers that are truly meaningful – leading them towards loyalty and trust in the brand’s message.

Furthermore, its AI engine continually learns from its experiences and adapts over time; meaning that as the target audience evolves so does the story crafted by Jasper.

Ultimately, Jasper is revolutionizing emotional storytelling-based copywriting; paving the way for brands to create engaging and effective content at scale.

How Can Help You Master Emotional Storytelling

While following these tips can help you significantly improve your storytelling skills, finding the right support in your copywriting journey can make a world of difference. Enter, an AI-powered content creation tool designed to streamline your content creation process, propelling you forward in your storytelling journey.

With, you can:

  • Overcome writer's block and generate fresh, engaging content
  • Collaborate efficiently with an all-in-one platform for generating and editing content
  • Utilize built-in templates to produce emotionally impactful copy
  • Access multilingual content creation to expand your reach is your all-in-one solution to becoming a master of emotional storytelling, and as a copywriter, you deserve a tool that can support you in forging personal connections to skyrocket your results.

Don't Miss Out on the Power of Emotional Storytelling

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Answer the call to be the best copywriter you can be, and watch your results soar. Don't wait another moment – the future of advertising storytelling is yours for the taking.

Wink!… and keep wrting

Maina Francis

The First Cats

It was August 2016 when these two cats first visited.  I never had the chance to pet them, but believe they appreciated us feeding them.

The black cat disappeared November 2016.  No ideas what happened to them.

The ginger cat still visits us.  It is amazing how he has survived outdoors all this time.

These two are the reason why I have two cats today.


50 Legal Ways to Boost Your Bank Account This Week

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50 (Legal) Ways to Boost Your Bank Account This Week.

If you needed extra money, like, yesterday, you’ve come to the right spot.

Our team has compiled a list of creative ways you can fatten your bank account this month. Certainly, there’s something here that fits your needs.

1. Watch Movie Previews

If we told you that you could get paid to watch videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh.

It’s too good to be true, right?

But we’re serious. A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch someone bake brownies and the next you might get the latest updates on Kardashian drama.

All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward.

No, InboxDollars won’t replace your full-time job, but it’s something easy you can do while you’re already on the couch tonight wasting time on your phone.

Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you in cash — no points or gift cards. It’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately get a $5 bonus to get you started.

2. Cancel Your Car Insurance

Did you know you can save some serious money just by switching car insurance companies?

Its true — rates are at historic lows, and you could be paying way less for the same coverage. All you need to do is look for it.

But don’t waste your time hopping around to different insurance companies. Use a website called EverQuote to see all your options at once.

EverQuote is the largest online marketplace for insurance in the US, so you’ll get the top options from more than 175 different carriers handed right to you.

Take a couple of minutes to answer some questions about yourself and your driving record. With this information, EverQuote will be able to give you the top recommendations for car insurance. In just a few minutes, you could save up to $610 a year.

3. Get up to $250,000 From This Company

Need a little extra cash to pay off credit card debt, remodel your house or to buy a big purchase?

We found a company willing to help.

Here’s how it works: If your credit score is at least 620, Fiona can help you borrow up to $250,000 (no collateral needed) with fixed rates starting at 2.49% and terms from 6 to 144 months.

Fiona won’t make you stand in line or call a bank. And if you’re worried you won’t qualify, it’s free to check online. It takes just two minutes, and it could save you thousands of dollars.

Totally worth it.

4. Get Paid Up to $140/Month Just for Sharing Your Honest Opinion

If you’re turning blue in the face waiting for a raise at work, it might be time to quit holding your breath and start speaking your mind to someone who wants to listen.

Brands want to hear your opinion to help inform their business decisions on everything from products and services to logos and ads — and they’re willing to pay you up to $140 a month for it.

A free site called Branded Surveys will pay you up to $5 per survey for sharing your thoughts with their brand partners. Taking three quick surveys a day could earn up to $140 each month.

It takes just a minute to create a free account and start getting paid to speak your mind. Most surveys take five to 15 minutes, and you can check how long they’ll take ahead of time. 

And you don’t need to build up tons of money to cash out, either — once you earn $5, you can cash out via PayPal, your bank account, a gift card or Amazon. You’ll get paid within 48 hours of your payout being processed, just for sharing your opinions.

They’ve already paid users more than $20 million since 2012, and the most active users can earn a few hundred dollars a month. Plus, they’ve got an “excellent” rating on Trustpilot.

It takes just a minute to set up your account and start getting paid to take surveys. Plus, right now, you’ll get a free 100-point welcome bonus just for becoming part of the community.

5. Get Up to 40% Cash Back When You Pay For Stuff 

Chances are you do some of your shopping online. Whether it’s pet food from Walmart, a new outfit from Macy’s or even a flight home for summer vacation, you’re probably leaving money on the table.

A free website called Rakuten has the hookup with just about every online store you shop, which means it can give you up to 40% cash back every time you buy something. 

We spoke to one Penny Hoarder reader, Colleen Rice, who has earned more than $526.44 since she joined Rakuten. For doing nothing. Seriously. 

Rice says she uses Rakuten for things she already has to buy, like rental cars and flights. 

It takes less than 60 seconds to create a Rakuten account and start shopping. All you need is an email address, then you can immediately start earning cashback at your go-to stores through the site. 

Your cash will be deposited directly into your bank account or via a check in the mail every few months. Talk about money for nothing.

6. Earn up to $100 in Passive Income Just for Sharing Your Opinions on the News

You could waste hours arguing with perfect strangers on Facebook about the Supreme Court, or the latest celebrity scandal or international politics. Or you could share your opinions with news outlets and get paid up to $100 for them.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? 

A website called YouGov America will pay you up to $100 or more to take surveys and share your thoughts on the hottest topics, including politics, the economy and reality TV. 

YouGov collects data from millions of people about news, brands and celebrities and shares it with news outlets and companies. How you answer could determine what Yahoo News puts on its homepage tomorrow. 

When you take a quick survey (some are less than three minutes), you’ll earn points you can exchange for up to $100 in cash or gift cards to places like Walmart, Amazon or Nike. Plus, Penny Hoarder readers will get an extra 500 points for registering, and another 1,000 points after completing their first survey. 

It takes just a few minutes to sign up and take your first survey — and you’ll get your points immediately. 

7. Get up to $200 in Free Stock From This App

If you feel like you don’t have enough money to start investing, you’re not alone. But guess what? You really don’t need that much — and you can even get free stocks (worth $2.50 to $200!) if you know where to look.

Whether you’ve got $5, $100 or $800 to spare, you can start investing with Robinhood.

Yeah, you’ve probably heard of Robinhood. Both investing beginners and pros love it because it doesn’t charge commission fees, and you can buy and sell stocks for free — no limits. Plus, it’s super easy to use.

What’s best? When you download the app and fund your account (it takes no more than a few minutes), Robinhood drops a share of free stock into your account. It’s random, though, so that stock could be worth anywhere from $2.50 to $200 — a nice boost to help you build your investments.

8. Stop Overpaying These Companies

Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert when you’re shopping online at Target and are about to overpay?

That’s exactly what this free service does. 

Just add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, eBay and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. Plus, you can get coupon codes, set up price-drop alerts and even see the item’s price history.

Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV, and you assume you’ve found the best price. Here’s when you’ll get a pop up letting you know if that exact TV is available elsewhere for cheaper. If there are any available coupon codes, they’ll also automatically be applied to your order.

In the last year, this has saved people $160 million.

You can get started in just a few clicks to see if you’re overpaying online.

9. See if You Can Get Free Money From This Company

Here’s the deal: If you’re not using Aspiration’s debit card, you’re missing out on extra cash. And who doesn’t want extra cash right now?

Yep. When you sign up for a debit card called Aspiration, you could get up to 5% back when you swipe at certain stores — plus they give you up to 50 times the normal national interest rate on your savings balance.

It’s perfect for earning extra cash for things that are already on your shopping list. You were going to buy these things anyway — why not get this extra money in the process?

This card used to have a huge waiting list, but now you can sign up for free.Just enter your email address here and link your bank account to see how much extra cash you can get with your free Aspiration account. And don’t worry. Your money is FDIC insured and under a military-grade encryption. That’s nerd talk for “this is totally safe.”

10. Get Paid up to $80/Month — Just for Sharing Your Opinion 

Taking surveys might not sound like the best way to make money, but if you’re just vegging out on the couch — or pretending to be interested in your partner’s new favorite show — why not click a couple buttons? It could earn you up to $80 a month. Seriously.

There are a bunch of paid survey sites out there, but one of the best we’ve found is Survey Junkie

They’ll ask you questions about things like, what kind of laundry detergent you use, or if you prefer Pepsi or Coke. You get points for answering, and many people accumulate enough points to request a check within a few hours. 

More than 10 million people already use Survey Junkie, and it has 4.5/5 stars on TrustPilot. 

Give it a try by visiting Survey Junkie and clicking the “Join Now” button. It’s free.

11. Get Paid for Your Opinion

Swagbucks is definitely a reader favorite, probably because of the wide variety of ways to make money beyond taking surveys. It’s also famous for handing out free rewards points (called SBs) at random just for being a member.

You’ll get SBs for each survey you qualify for and complete that you can redeem for cash via Paypal or gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Amazon.

Even better? You’ll earn a 500 SB (or $5) bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.

12. Become a Mystery Shopper

Got an eye for great service? You could make money — and get the occasional free meal — as a mystery shopper.

Companies want to know the employees serving their customers are putting a good face on the brand. Because a CEO of a  huge chain can’t pull an “Undercover Boss” every week, many companies send mystery shoppers into the field to rate the customer experience.

This can be a simple way to make extra money — if you’re efficient. Here’s what to do — and what not to do — if you want to be a successful mystery shopper.

13. Earn up to $25/Hour Delivering Food

Cities around the country are filled with two things: incredible restaurants and busy people.

You can help connect them by delivering food through DoorDash.

As a “Dasher,” you’ll work as an independent contractor, setting your own hours and working as much or little as you want, meaning how much you can make is up to you.

You’ll earn a $6 fee for each delivery, plus keep 100% of your tips. Depending on the day, you could earn up to $25 an hour. If you drive full time, that’s $1,000 a week!

For a real-life case, Jose Neri, a former Dasher in California, reports earning $500 to $600 a week working just lunches and dinners. They could take about two-and-a-half deliveries an hour, and users would tip between 10% and 15%.

All you need to get started is an insured vehicle or a bicycle and a smartphone. You should be at least 18 years old and have a minimum two years’ driving experience.

If you’re interested in becoming a Dasher, you can learn more here.

14. Become a Mermaid

Do you want to be part of their world?

We went for a swim with the real-life mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida to find out how they get paid to slip into fins and perform for kids (and kids at heart).

From mastering underwater routines to learning how to use buoyancy to your advantage, this job isn’t exactly a day at the beach. But if you can keep up, it’s every bit as magical as you’d imagine.

To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old and be able to swim 400 yards in less than 15 minutes. Mermaids’ pay starts around $10 an hour.

15. Get Paid Up to $5 Every Time You Share Your Honest Opinion

If you’re turning blue in the face waiting for a raise at work, it might be time to quit holding your breath and start speaking your mind to someone who wants to listen.

Brands want to hear your opinion to help inform their business decisions on everything from products and services to logos and ads — and they’re willing to pay you for it.

A free site called Branded Surveys will pay you up to $5 per survey for sharing your thoughts with their brand partners.

It takes just a minute to create a free account and start getting paid to speak your mind. Most surveys take five to 15 minutes, and you can check how long they’ll take ahead of time. 

And you don’t need to build up tons of money to cash out, either — once you earn $5, you can cash out via PayPal, your bank account, a gift card or Amazon. You’ll get paid within 48 hours of your payout being processed, just for sharing your opinions.

They’ve already paid users more than $20 million since 2012, and the most active users can earn a few hundred dollars a month. Plus, they’ve got an “excellent” rating on Trustpilot.

It takes just a minute to set up your account and start getting paid to take surveys. Plus, right now, you’ll get a free 100-point welcome bonus just for becoming part of the community.

16. Get Paid to Drink Beer

The craft beer industry is hoppin’, so take advantage of it by, well, getting paid to visit breweries.

When you sign up as a mystery shopper, it’s your job to go to a grocery store, gas station, restaurant or, in this case, a breweries, and provide anonymous feedback.

Now, you can get paid to mystery shop — and drink — at breweries in your area through Secret Hopper. (Clever, right?)

The company is looking for detail-oriented beer-drinkers to hop around to different breweries and objectively rate and review their experiences. One Penny Hoarder gave the gig a try. He paid $16 on his visit to a local brewery. Secret Hopper paid him $20 via PayPal within a few days.

So, no, you’re not going to get rich, but you will get free beer, and that makes us hoppy.

All you have to do is sign up, then it’ll contact you when you’re needed.

17. Get a $5 Bonus to Invest in the Stock Market

If you’re like most of us and wish your money would just take care of itself, consider starting an investment account through Acorns.

You can start small and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account.

Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.

The idea is you won’t miss the digital pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. For example, we reviewed how Penny Hoarder Dana Sitar was able to save at a rate of $420 a year!

At that rate, you could set aside $1,000 in about two and a half years — without trying.

The app is $1 a month for balances under $5,000, and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.

18. Earn $5 the Next Time You Go to the Grocery Store

A woman uses Ibotta when shopping at Publix on her phone.

Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

We know it sounds strange, but Ibotta will pay you cash for taking pictures of your receipts.

Here’s how it works:

Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.

Bam. Cash back. 

Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll $5 when you upload your first receipt.

Some cash-back opportunities we’ve seen include:

  • 25 cents back for any item.
  • 25 cents back on strawberries.
  • 50 cents back on frozen fruit snacks.
  • $1 back on a box of tea.
  • $5 back on a case of Shiner Bock beer.

Notice a lot of those aren’t tied to a brand — just shop for the staples on your list and earn cash back!

19. Get Paid for Taking Polls

What did you think of the new Spiderman movie? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Who’s your favorite Real Housewife?

The research company, MyPoints, has paid people over $236 million to answer poll questions like that over the past 23 years.

And they’re currently recruiting new panelists. You can do it right on your phone, and you’ll even earn a $5 bonus when you sign up and complete your first five polls.

Any extra money you can put toward your credit cards is good in our book — but in this editor’s opinion, no, a hot dog is not a sandwich.

20. Be a Mock Juror

A mock or surrogate juror reviews evidence and renders a decision to help lawyers prepare for real cases. Participation usually requires a full day cooped up in a hotel conference room.

Fortunately, there are online surrogate juror options, too: eJury and OnlineVerdict. Those opportunities pay $5 to $60, but they can take less than an hour.

To qualify as an online juror, applicants must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years or older
  • Free of any past felony convictions

Creating an account for either site above is free but will require a questionnaire that will ask very personal questions about your age, marital status, criminal history, income, political opinions and more.

21. Turn Your Junk Mail Into Cash

You know all those flyers and advertisements you get in the mail each day? The ones you never wanted but have no idea how to opt out of?

Well, you can turn them into cash.

The Small Business Knowledge (SBK) Center is a market research company that wants to get a peep insight your mailbox. Join its consumer panel, and start shoveling that junk mail into a postage-paid envelope and, at the end of each week, send it over to the SBK Center.

No, you won’t be rolling in extra cash, but you can earn up to $20 every six to 10 weeks.

22. Get Paid to Drop a Few Pounds

Bottom line: HealthyWage will literally pay you for losing weight.

Not only are you getting more healthy, you’re also making some money. How’s that for motivation?

Here’s how it works:

  1. Read more about HealthyWage, and sign up.
  2. Define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it.
  3. Place a bet on yourself ranging from $20 to $500 a month.

Depending on how much you have to lose, how long you give yourself to do it and how much money you put on the table, you could win up to $10,000!

Wondering if it can really work? We talked to one woman, Christina Castro, who lost 84 pounds — and made $1,191.

23. Make Your Own Schedule as a Data-Entry Clerk

Data entry isn’t the best-paying online job, but it is one you can do with few skills or previous experience — all you need is a solid internet connection and a computer, and you must be at least 18 years old.

Pay ranges on a per-hour or per-project basis. Typically, you can pick up jobs as frequently as you’d like through freelance broker sites like Smart Crowd and Clickworker.

24. Clean up Search Engine Mistakes

Search engines use complicated algorithms to determine the results you see — and they don’t always get it right.

They’re vulnerable to errors, so they need real humans to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevance and usefulness. And those humans can get paid around $12 an hour for the work.

If you want to get paid to clean up Google’s mess (or Bing’s or Yahoo!’s), look for a job as a search engine evaluator.

Tech company Lionbridge is typically hiring for these jobs, and it pays $12 to $15 an hour.

25.  Get Cash Back Every Time You Shop at Your Favorite Stores (Get $5 Right Now)

Finding the best grocery deals online is getting more complicated every day.With thousands of coupon sites and referral codes out there, how do you know you’re getting the best deal?

Leave it to Tada to find you the best cash-back opportunities. When you shop at Walmart, Target, Kroger or any of the other thousands of stores Tada partners with, you’ll see all available coupons and get cash back on your purchase. 

All you have to do is clip deals from your favorite stores and add them to your app’s virtual grocery list before you shop. You can also scan a receipt after shopping in-store. You’ll see your cash rewards in your account in just a few days, then you can redeem them for gift cards or transfer the balance straight into your PayPal account.

 It takes just a few minutes to sign up and get your $5 first shop bonus after your first receipt upload.

26. Sell Thrift Store Finds on eBay

Selling your possessions on the auction site eBay is one way to pocket some cash quickly.

You can also make money by buying designer clothes for cheap, then selling them on the site to the highest bidder. If you have an eye for fashion — or at least the most popular labels — you can track down inventory at local thrift stores.

Create listings for your items, making sure to include well-written item descriptions and quality photographs to give your listings a professional polish (and get top dollar). Check out similar items to get a sense of where to set your starting bid, and be sure to incorporate the costs of shipping and eBay’s seller fees into your price.

Penny Hoarder Kat Tretina resold designer jeans by starting with a minimal investment — packaging tape and a scale to weigh packages for shipping — and ended up more than tripling her money.

How much money can you make? Your profitability depends upon what you’re selling, but for working 10 to 15 hours a month, Tretina made $500 to $800.

27. Create a Blog and (Potentially) Earn Millions

Want to start your own website? Turn it into some money?

It’ll take quite a bit of dedication, but it can really pay off.

Take, for example, Helene Sula, a professional travel blogger who visited more than 85 cities last year and earned $200,000, in part through her blog, “Helene in Between.”

We recommend you start by building up your high-quality content. Then you can look into advertising platforms like Google AdSense, a tool that automatically serves your readers display ads. The price advertisers pay varies, so there’s no way to say how much you can make using Google AdSense, but you’ll get paid when a reader interacts with the ad.

If you want all the details, check out our guide to starting a blog, gaining page views and monetizing it.

28. Mask Up This Weekend

Have you heard of a luchador?

It’s a masked Mexican wrestler, and San Diego resident Motros Jungle (whose real name remains a secret per the tradition of luchadores) makes extra money hopping into the ring each weekend.

You go from being just a regular, average Joe to becoming a superhero as soon as you put the mask on,” he says.

Motros Jungle says he makes anywhere fro $200 to $500 for three matches during the weekend. That doesn’t include merch — T-shirts, stickers, buttons and masks.

Learn more about what it takes to become a luchador.

29. Stream on Twitch

Your mom was wrong. Playing video games might not be a waste of your time after all.

Cory Michael started streaming his gaming sessions and over four years attracted 29 million people to watch him tackle Destiny and other multiplayer online games. As a result, Twitch accepted his partnership application and agreed to pay him to play.

How much money can you make? Michael explained to The Penny Hoarder that there are three ways to make money streaming on Twitch: tipping, ad revenue and subscriptions. Top Twitch streamers can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per month.

30. Rent out Your Ping-Pong Table

Got a Ping-Pong table you don’t use? Someone might need it for a party, so why not rent it out? You can make money with almost anything in your home now thanks to websites like Zilok that make it easy to rent out your stuff.

Zilok is free for individual members to create listings, but rental businesses have to pay fees. To list your item on Zilok, you’ll have to create a post with a description, photos and a price per day. Once a renter finds your product, Zilok takes a commission depending on the listing price. For everything under $10, the commission fee is $1. Fees range between 5% and 9% for all other price categories.

31. Sell Your Friendship

Get paid to be someone’s buddy! We’re not kidding.

You can register to become a friend at, where paying users can contact you to attend concerts, sporting events, family functions, VIP events and more.

You can charge up to $50 an hour and set your own schedule.

Friends working full time (five days a week) earn up to $2,000 a week, plus free dinners and access to those events I mentioned.

What could you do as a friend for 40 hours a week?

First of all, the site clarifies that it is “solely a platonic friendship website” — beyond that, options are endless.

If you have a special skill, like cooking or speaking a foreign language, you could teach them. Some people traveling or new to an area hire a friend to show them the town.

Some people just want someone to talk to.

32. Let NASA Pay You to Stay in Bed All Day

Unfortunately, we haven’t found a way to get paid as a professional napper, but this opportunity is pretty darn close: NASA will pay volunteers to take part in bed rest studies.

Yup — you turn yourself into a test subject and spend 60 days in bed, all in the name of science.

It might be tougher than you think, though. You’ve got to shower, dress, exercise and eat… all from your bed.

The good news is the gig pays. One of the more recent calls for volunteers offered $19,000 for 60 days.

33. Do Online Transcription

Those listening skills you honed by eavesdropping on your roommates’ conversations could finally pay off with a job in online transcription.

Transcription jobs usually require an assessment test to gauge your typing speed and accuracy. Depending on the service, you could be listening to a car commercial or court hearings, so find out what you’re getting into before you apply.

Cherry wishes she had known that tip before she signed up for her first transcription gig, which brought in $85.15 over six months for a job that required extensive testing and a lot of studying to follow a strict style guide.

“For that first transcription job, oh my gosh, I spent hours on that, and I got paid so little,” Cherry said. “I wish I would have just, in the beginning, told myself, ‘Hey, this just isn’t going to be worth it. Find something else.’”

Cherry had better luck after discovering the transcription service Rev, which offered a user-friendly platform and more lucrative projects.

How much money can you make? Making 40 cents to 75 cents per minute of transcription at Rev, Cherry earned $87.45 in one month for less than four hours of work.

34. Answer the Phone

Have you ever considered doing customer service from the comfort of your home? An increasing number of companies are hiring work-from-home customer service reps, instead of running call centers.

These jobs can be full– or part-time and offer a variety of schedules, including daytime, evening and weekend shifts with a range of pay depending on the position and location.

Your job is usually to answer customer questions over the phone or via online chat. You may find sales positions that include higher pay and performance incentives; or technical support positions, which are best if you’re tech-savvy and have an interest in helping people understand technology.

You should enjoy helping people, though! You know how a bad customer service call can totally ruin your day? You don’t want to be the bad rep on the other end of that call.

35. Create and Sell Courses

Are you a self-taught coder with a knack for simplifying instructions? You could create an online course about it. Maybe you’re an expert at finger-picking techniques on acoustic guitar; you could make a course about that, too.

If you’re good at explaining whatever it is you specialize in, people out there are eager to learn, and with Udemy, you can create and host online courses — no master’s degree required.

36. Get Crafty (But Not Too Crafty, If You Don’t Want)

If you’re a creative, consider selling your art on Etsy. Although there are some fees, including the 5% transaction charge, the marketplace connects with more than 33 million buyers globally.

Those are a lot of potential customers.

If you aren’t necessarily the artsy type, you could still make money on Etsy by selling craft supplies. For example, Penny Hoarder contributor Janet Berry-Johnson made about $200 a month selling needlecraft kits and patterns.

37. Publish a Kindle Book

If you’re a subject-matter expert or have an intriguing life experience, you could write a book. But there’s no need to send it off to all the major publishing houses in New York City.

You can publish ebooks through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Penny Hoarder contributor Steve Gillman wrote a book in a week. Note: Ebooks don’t have be hundreds of pages long. Gillman found many books as short as 6,000 words.

After publishing on Amazon, he started making $350 a month. The best part? He continued to make money, even months and years later. He outlines exactly how he did it and the best tips and tricks for you.

38. Swap Books for Amazon Gift Cards

Have old college textbooks taking up valuable shelf space? You could host a garage sale or sell them on Craigslist, but one of the easiest ways to get rid of them is through Amazon.

With Amazon Trade-In, you can trade in your used textbooks, plus other items, like electronics, in exchange for an Amazon gift card.

Enter the item’s information on Amazon’s Trade-In page to see how much you could pocket. Shipping is free.

39. Teach English as a Second Language

If a classroom full of grimy squealing kids isn’t your scene… we get it. You can still work as a teacher. Better yet: You work as a teacher, set your own hours and work from home.

There are several online-learning platforms focused on teaching English as a second language to students in other countries.

Angela Brumbaugh is a QKids teacher. She teaches 36 half-hour sessions a week and makes up to $20 an hour.

“The curriculum is set for you before class, and your job is to simply guide the children through the lesson, offering guidance, smiles and tons of encouragement,” she says. That’s a big perk for many: No lesson planning.

“The students are hard-working, curious and light up the classroom with their smiles,” she says. “Class time actually goes by fast, and the only con I can see is sometimes I wish I had more time to spend with them!”

40. Become a Life Coach

According to a Forbes’ article on surprising six-figure jobs, about 20% of life and business coaches top $100,000 annually.

The article notes that “No special degree or training is required,” but if you want, you can get certified by the Universal Coach Institute. You can coach your clients by phone and email from the comfort of your home.

41. Pretend to Be a Patient

Fake patients, more formally known as “standardized patients,” are used to train new doctors. It’s essentially an acting job, as explained in NPR’s profile of Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old is paid $15 to $20 per hour to play different roles while medical students examine her.

If you can act and don’t mind being poked and prodded by aspiring doctors, you can look for this work at a number of medical schools.

42. Earn up to $30/Day Watching Movies

When he was just getting started, The Penny Hoarder CEO Kyle Taylor used to get paid to attend movie premieres. He got $30 to see a Harry Potter premiere! (He would have totally gone for free.)

Theaters and movie studios want to collect data about the audience that attends their movie premieres. They want to know how many people buy tickets on opening day, which screening time is most popular and which previews are being shown. And they want independent data from third party evaluators — that’s where you come in.

These are known as “in-theater checks” and to apply, you’ll need to fill out an application with one of the largest mystery shopping companies, Certified Field Associates. The application is just a few questions long and nearly everyone in the United States and Canada is eligible to be hired.

In-theater checks don’t have huge paydays attached to them, but you can usually expect to make between $10 to $20 per hour.

43. Monetize Your Doodles

We talked to one guy who sells his art online and makes $2,000 a month.

His whole life, he always doodled in the corners of notebooks and napkins, but he never imagined he could make a living from it. Now he sells his imaginative drawings of pizza and sharks and dinosaurs.

Here are some tips to get started:

  • Start small.
  • Create marketable products.
  • Push yourself. Look for opportunities to get better in your own work, even if it’s just watching YouTube tutorials.

44. Get the Props You Deserve for Being Active

If you live an active lifestyle (or need an incentive to become more active), the Achievement app will reward you for making healthy moves, including upping your step count and logging your sleep.

Achievement connects to your phone’s health apps and runs in the background, so it works passively. Many users report being happily surprised when logging on and checking their progress.

Once you earn 10,000 points, you’ll score $10, which you can deposit directly into your bank account.

Pro tip: Achievement connects to more than 30 Android and iOS health-related apps, including MyFitnessPal and Garmin. The more apps you connect, the more earning opportunities.

45. Do Odd Jobs

TaskRabbit helps you connect with people in your area who need help getting things done — anything from picking up dry cleaning to calling customer service and tolerating the hold music.

Keep an eye out for virtual tasks, which are mostly centered around personal assistance, administrative work or research help. You can do those an earn money without even walking out your door.

Rest assured you won’t be getting paid pennies to solve someone’s Excel woes. Check out these tips from users who make more than $2,000 a week through the app.

46. Get Paid to Tutor Kids Online

Love kids but don’t want to commit to the classroom?

You can get paid to tutor students online. Take notes from this former teacher, who makes up to $75 an hour.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up a list of companies hiring online tutors.

47. Sell Your Smartphone Photos

If you have a smartphone and a photographic eye, making money may have just gotten a lot easier. Oh – you’ll also need access to marketable scenery.

An app called Foap lets you turn your smartphone photos into cash.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the free app and create an account.

2. Take a quality photo and upload it to Foap’s marketplace.

3. Someone buys the license to your photo for $10. You make $5.

If your photo sells 20 times, you make $5 each time and end up with $100 in your pocket — all for about five minutes of work. Pretty cool, right?

48. Start Freelancing

Making a living as a freelance writer, editor or both is possible. Just take notes from Jamie Cattanach, who, in her first year as a full-time freelancer, made more than $50,000. That was several thousand more than she made while working full time on a salary.

Starting her freelance business wasn’t exactly a breeze, so she offered some advice to budding freelance writers.

49. Get Paid to Keep Kids Safe

Babysitting is all about connections and reputation. Once you build those relationships, babysitting can become a serious side gig.

One of the best ways to get started babysitting is to work on your reputation by proving you can be relied on in an emergency. The American Red Cross can help you with that.

The Red Cross offers first aid training, CPR classes and several babysitting courses to help prove you’re trustworthy and qualified to render aid, should a child in your care need it.

Babysitters in the U.S. earn an average of $19 an hour, according to 2022 data from Sitter City. But with strong references from people who know your work ethic, you can nurture your connections and command even higher rates.

50. Sell Your Clothes For Cash

The unworn clothes in the back of your closet aren’t making you any money — but they could. Instead of trashing what you’ve outgrown, sell your great-condition pieces online for some real money.

Websites like ThredUp, Poshmark or even eBay can help you make real money when you clean out your closet.

Why is North Korea the saddest place to live on earth?


One of the saddest things about life in North Korea is that everyone but the Elite North Korean Soldiers is on the edge of starvation. Most people do not have enough food to eat. This is a simple tragic fact about daily life in North Korea. This fact alone makes Korea a sad, dark, and even cruel place to live.

Another horrible fact is that North Korea is a completely closed society.  North Koreans really have no idea about what the rest of the world is like since there has been almost no communication between North Korea and the rest of the world, since the end of the Korean War. Actually, it was an armistice that brought hostilities to a halt in 1953 — but there's never been a treaty to end the conflict between North Korea (and its chief ally China) and South Korea and its allies, namely the United States. It is rare for North Koreans to travel outside North Korea.

Not only is North Korea a closed society it is a communist state with some of the most draconian control of any state that ever existed on the face of the earth.  If a family member is caught reading the Bible, the whole family is put in jail.  Even Hitler was not as barbaric as this. Children are taught in school to report and spy on their parents for the good of the state.  Individuals have no rights other than to serve the state.  The complete lack of individual freedom in North Korea is grotesque and appalling.


Here is a series of surprising images that attempt to show how different life is in North Korea, compared to the rest of the world. All bets are off when it comes to what is considered "normal" in North Korea.

The fleet of North Korean airline ‘Air Koryo’ at Pyongyang Sunan airport. Air Koryo is the only airline rated by Skytrax as ‘one-star’, and until 2010 was banned from flying into the EU after failing to meet regulatory safety standards.

In the countryside in North Korea, buses, as we know them, don’t exist.


Dog meat soup. I passed. There were many specialty dog meat soup restaurants in Pyongyang, it’s so prevalent that the North Korean government regulates the price. We found a dog tooth inside one of these soups.


More images to come.  I am having technical errors.

Thank you.


John Lombaerde




There is no easier way to pick up some extra Markethive coin


All you have to do is visit my Kickstarter project and make a comment to get 10 Markethive coins.

Visit here —->

If you participate in any of the rewards, you will get Markethive coins at 10X the reward amount.

For example, if you contribute $ 10, I will send you 100 Markethive coins.

If you contribute $ 100, you will get a whopping 1000 Markethive coins.

I really do think this is a pretty good deal, especially since the wallet will be here any day now.

All the best success in your endeavors

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How do you get around paywalls?


Are you a fan of paywalls? If you are like me, you are not. There are very, very few publications that I pay to subscribe to, and unless I have a very specific need and there is a highly desirable subject with limited information, that I would not be likely to find from another source, I am unlikely to subscribe to any publication. It does happen, however, but if there is a way around a paywall, I will definitely take it.

Let me explain my simple way to get around paywalls.  I have to admit that they have become more restrictive over time, but here is what I do.

They all involve using what is called "incognito mode" in Chrome, or "Private window" in Firefox, or Brave. I go from browser to browser in the previously mentioned order to see if the firewall can help me to circumvent the paywall. Brave is definitely the most effective of the three browsers at doing this.

At that point, if I have not bypassed the gatekeeper's paywall, I give up, but I am sure there are other ways around this issue.

Here are some posts that suggest additional means around paywalls. (Caveat emptor) that you may try.

Be careful using any of these methods. You on your own and accept personal responsibility for any negative consequences from using the above recommendations.

John Lombaerde

Easiest way to Pick Up Some Extra Markethive Coin

All you have to do is visit my Kickstarter project and make a comment to get 10 Markethive coins.

Visit here —->

If you participate in any of the rewards, you will get Markethive coins at 10X the reward amount.

For example, if you contribute $ 10, I will send you 100 Markethive coins.

If you contribute $ 100, you will get a whopping 1000 Markethive coins.

I really do think this is a pretty good deal, especially since the wallet will be here any day now.

All the best success in your endeavors

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Why do we all need Markethive friends?

Why do we all need Markethive friends?  This is a simple but very important question.  The simple answer is that our number of friends determines our reach on Markethive. In other words, when you post something on the News Feed on Markethive, your post will be seen only by those Markethivers who are your friends.  The more friends you have, the more people will see your information.

There is an exception to this, however, because you can use the "BOOST" option to send out a post to the entire subscribed Markethive membership.  This is something, by the way, that no other social or market network offers to its subscribers.

The reason I am writing this is today I realized that my counter of friends in Markethive has just chalked up another thousand friends. To put it in seasonal terms, the more friends, the merrier.

When you see the announcement of someone who has just joined Markethive, it is important to send them an invitation.  You may never get another chance to send them an invitation. Also is it a nice gesture to follow up in a few days and offer them a tip of Markethive coins, and let them know who you are.  Even more important is to follow up with your Associates, those who have accepted your invitation to join Markethive.

What is the old expression, "the squeaky wheel gets the oil"?  It is important to be a squeaky wheel here in Markethive.  The oil is Markethive coin which you should use liberally and be generous with it.  It is also anything you do here in Markethive, your News Feed Posts, your comments, your blog post, feeding the vault, etc. In addition, when you find a particularly useful post or blog post, make sure to offer a tip as well.

This just makes the wagon wheel of Markethive operate smoothly.  Thanks for your time.  

Best of success in all your endeavors.


John Lombaerde – A leading E1 Markethive Entrepreneur

FYI – what is the best online business to start in 2022?  It is a business on Amazon Audible. To find out why.

See my current project – Audible – and join my group to learn more – —->

Why is Audible the best way to sell products on Amazon?

Why is Audible the best way to sell products on Amazon right now?

You may have seen my post recently here in the News Feed about my intention to start an audiobooks business on Amazon Audible. if you are interested in learning more about this lucrative part-time or full-time business join me in my audiobooks group.

I also am starting a project on Kickstarter to help jump-start the business. It will be starting soon, and I would appreciate any comments you might have on it. Here is the link.

Why would I want to start an Audiobooks business on Amazon Audible after 5 years of perfecting the Amazon FBA business successfully selling physical products?

The reason is simply that the Amazon FBA business selling physical products is getting more and more competitive and less and less profitable every year.

The total number of physical products on (no one but Amazon knows for sure the exact number), is estimated at 400 million. Actually, it is probably closer to 500 million. That is a ton of competition. Amazon FBA, (Fulfillment by Amazon) is getting tougher and tougher these days. I could write volumes about this based on my 5 years of experience, but I will not because I am preparing to leave this business behind.

How about Amazon Books, including e-books? This is actually where Amazon got started. There are over 40 million titles on Amazon for books and e-books. That is still a whole lot of competition. Again you have to be very savvy to be successful with books and e-books.

What about Audible? Amazon's foray into audiobooks is the newest of these 3 sales channels.. There are currently only 245,000 audiobook titles on Audible. That is a very small number, which means there is very little competition for audiobooks. Amazon is pushing hard to develop this niche, and sales are exploding right now. No one has a crystal ball to predict the future, but this business is likely to continue to grow well into the foreseeable future.

Again, here is the link on Kickstarter.  I hope you can drop me a comment, and participate if you also would like to get out of the rat race.  Thank you.

I wish you the best possible success in all your endeavors.

Here is the Kickstarter link again:

John Lombaerde – Entrepreneur

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