Log of what of Ginika Agwu has learned at Techie Youth

Mon. Aug. 15, 2022

Want to sell digital art?

I learned today that anyone could create and sell digital art. To create profit from digital art, you must have dedication, skill, hard work, and luck since the competition is large. However, if this is your passion, do not let competition stop you. There are many methods by which one can create digital art. The first method is computer-based sketching, drawing, and painting for a traditional-style artwork created digitally. The next method is manipulating and retouching photos, collaging them together, and adding filters and visual effects. This is like photoshop. The next method is tracing over an existing image and coloring it after. The final method I learned was video installations. However, the market for this type of art is relatively tiny which makes it a poor source of income. Hopefully, these methods help guide you in the world of digital art!

Fri. Aug. 12, 2022

Always follow these safety precautions!

Today, I learned that dealing with old technology comes with some standard safety practices and I will share some with you today. The first thing I learned was that any device powered from "mains electric" and plugged into the wall without using a step-down transformer should never be operated with electrical circuits or uninsulated wiring exposed. This is because they can lead to electrocution, which can be fatal. To continue, to avoid electrocution, always discharge large capacitors before touching them if they have been powered on in the last few years. The next thing I learned was that electrical contacts always have resistance within the circuits. This is to avoid a short-circuit situation that can cause batteries to spark, explode, or even catch on fire. There were quite a few other things I learned, but overall, these were the most important safety precaution takeaways for me.

Thu. Aug. 11, 2022

What are robotic products?

Robotic products refer to functional objects that can be interacted with physically and are powered by custom electronics and/or a programmable microcontroller. In short, electronic engineering allows for this to be possible. The simple principle of a robotic product is that it monitors various types of inputs and uses that information to decipher what it should output. This may include pushing a button or turning a knob, or maybe even sensors for lights, temperature, or distance. The output for these inputs may be lights turning on or off, displaying something on the screen of a laptop or TV, or generating a specific sound. Overall, these products are beneficial in people's daily lives.

Wed. Aug. 10, 2022

3D Printing Services that you have to know about!

3D printing service providers can help one save money and time remotely. This is because it is more affordable to order a 3D print online versus purchasing an actual 3D printer and learning how to use it. Services such as i.Materialise, Kraftwrux, Shapeways, Scultpeo, and more can allow one to have an easier time when it comes to printing their 3D designs. i.Materialise offers over 20 different types of 3D prints and gives you an instant 3D printing quote when you upload your 3D file. Kraftwrux has the largest selection of materials, but can be quite difficult to navigate online. This makes it harder for you to find what you are exactly looking for. Shapeways is one of the largest printing services in the world and offers 16 different Shapeways materials to print with. Scultpeo is a high-resolution 3D printing service that offers over 75 different material combinations to print with. Overall, these 3D printing services are pretty useful and cost-effective!

Tue. Aug. 9, 2022

3D Printing!

I remember the first time I learned about 3D printing. It was quite interesting. Confusing, to say the least, but it was cool to know that these machines are able to create three-dimensional objects that are functional. The 3D printing process can be done in several ways, but the most notable way is by depositing material in it that will be joined, or solidified, with the material being added together, typically layer by layer. You can use a 3D printer to make pencil holders, bowls and cups, earbud cases, and even a survival whistle. Although 3D printing is innovative and cool, it is costly and time-consuming. A 3D printer can cost up to $12,000 and the printing time can last about 30 minutes to 12 hours. Nevertheless, it is such a cool concept and I cannot wait to learn more!

Fri. Aug. 5, 2022

What product should I make?

When creating a business, it is important to acknowledge what products or services you are to provide to your customers. Today, I learned a list of questions that can help me, and you, do just that. These questions are:

These are a few questions that can help guide people in choosing the best products or services to create. It also can allow people to take a much more practical approach when advertising their products to people. It is beneficial for people to realize the best ways they can build their businesses and be satisfied with them. This is a short blog post, but I hope this can help people jumpstart their business-making dreams!

Wed. Aug. 3, 2022

How to identify your customer and market

There are a few ways and questions in which one can figure out who their customers and market are in their business. The first question is: Who is going to pay you? This is your customer. The second question is: What demographic of person or company will want the product or service that you are offering? This is basically your market. The third question is: Why will they want it enough to pay you the prices or rates that you charge? This was defined as your "value proposition." The fourth question is: Who else is offering a similar product or business? This can be seen as your competition. The fifth question is: Will your product be either solving a need or providing happiness to the customer? This question should be answered through your goals within your business. You should want to provide some form of happiness and satisfaction to your customers. By answering these questions, you should be able to identify your customer and market.

Tue. Aug. 2, 2022

Benefits of business models

Today, once again, I learned something new. I learned about business models and why they are so important. In order for a business to succeed, the services or products provided must either solve a problem or give happiness to the customers. People want to spend money on things that will benefit them and help progress their lives in minor or significant ways. When creating your business, you should work out a few things first. These things may include understanding specific customer demographics and comprehending the overall benefits of your product or service. It is also important to be original and try to do things in your own unique way. The business model helps one do that and overall, is the key to a business's success!

Fri. Jul. 29, 2022

The job of a social influencer!

When I was younger, I always dreamed of being a social influencer . I was an avid YouTube watcher and genuinely enjoyed watching all these famous influencers produce content. However, I never really thought of actually becoming a YouTuber. I knew that it was a lot of work and that I would have produce consistent content. I also would have to be patient, meaning I would have to wait for my channel to go viral and get many followers. Despite that all, being a social influencer can provide you with an income. People can use social media to earn income from sharing their adventures and interesting stories, but as stated before, this all takes hard word and dedication… something I feel like I lack when it comes to this. It can be a very enjoyable job for some and I think it all depends on your personality. Regardless, I don’t think being a social influencer is an easy job!

Thu. Jul. 28, 2022

Let me tell you about data entry!

Data entry revolves around different job titles and encompasses many different things. These roles normally involve inputting data into a company's system from either written or audio files. Most companies will actually hire people as independent contractors and not full-time employees for this specific type of work. Data entry has a prominent role in a 911 operator's job. 911 operators have to input addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and much more on a daily basis in order to help citizens. Skills that are useful for this type of work are proficient typing skills, computer skills and knowledge of relevant software packages, basic literacy and numeracy skills, and good communication skills (both written and verbal). However, it is important to be cautious about data entry jobs. There is a possibility that data entry work-at-home scams can present themselves to you. Therefore, it is important to analyze these opportunities carefully and never pay for kits or software in order to perform this role.

Wed. Jul. 27, 2022

Can someone explain to me what Grant writing is?!

I continuously learn something new every single day and today, I learned what grant writing is. Grant writing revolves around proposals asking foundations, corporations, and grant-marketing organizations for granted-money to be used to fund charities and non-profit organizations. To continue, grant writing may involve following the format defined in the guidelines for each individual proposal and customizing it with details that pertain to the non-profit that is applying. I feel like grant writing is necessary for when politicians run for office or when charities raise money. Therefore, grant writing can help these corporations and people to raise money for their organizations or political campaign. Grant writing can be done remotely and there is an application that can allow one to become a grant writer. This application is normally strictly regimented and not following even the most trivial rules, like exceeding the maximum word count, can have an application disqualified. It is quite a serious job!

Tue. Jul. 26, 2022

What is SEO backlink content?

Today was the first time I heard of SEO backlink content. I am not very tech savvy and don't really understand how the internet works, but nevertheless, it is interesting to see how there are many ways that one can benefit from the internet. SEO, which is search engine optimization, is a promotional tool to get your website listed higher in search rankings. To continue, it is in articles or other test content designed to send traffic to other websites from specific keywords. These keywords are associated with the linked-site as being a relevant authority for that keyword. All in all, this is essential in allowing more people to go to your site and recognize it as credible. High-quality content can be very effective in getting strong search engine rankings and gaining natural links in to your articles as well. Therefore, it is super important to learn how to write your content so that it can appear higher in search engine results!

Mon. Jul. 25, 2022

Let me tell you about copywriters!

I never understood the job of a copywriter. I always associated it with being copyrighted unfortunately. However, now I understand that writing copy involves a set of different skills that are vastly different from creative writing. Copy writing is directed towards persuasion and allowing the audience to seek the benefits from a product or an app. Usually it is written for short advertisements, mass emails, or other forms of raising brand awareness. It is highly efficient and it revolves around the concepts of a feature and a benefit. A feature is usually a factual statement while the benefit shows the outcome of the product. Thus, copywriters help entrepreneurs and missionaries share their personal story, business, and brand in a big way online. They do this by making engaging written content and authentic marketing practices, which may include social media/content strategy, helping clients develop an authentic online voice and presence within email marketing, sales pages and other materials that are being distributed. Nevertheless, copywriters are kind of cool!

Fri. Jul. 22, 2022

Differences between writing for magazines and journals!

Writing is one of the best forms of self-expression and one of the best ways to connect with a wide variety of people. However, there are specific ways to write for certain things. In this blog post, I will be teaching you guys how to write for magazines and journals. These two things are definitely different and require particular things exclusively. For example, writing for a magazine does not require specific expertise of any kind beyond the topic of the article you are going to be writing. To continue, your writing must be clear, concise, entertaining, and factually correct. Writing for a journal requires different things. For one, you need to study a specific topic extensively and basically become an expert in that field. Journal articles are also normally very long and they may contain statistics and charts. Journals are typically academic and research-focused. Now that you understand the differences between writing for magazines and journals, I hope you can have an easier time writing them!

Wed. Jul. 20, 2022

Signs that you are getting scammed!

There are many ways to tell if you are being scammed. However, I want to discuss some key signs that will allow one to know if they are being targeted. The first sign deals with intuition and realizing if a certain opportunity is too good to be true. To continue, another sign is if the company is providing career goals that are unrealistic. Examples of this would be a job advertising a greater salary than what is normally common for that specific role. Another common scam could be if a place is offering you a high role despite not knowing any of your credentials or even having your resume. Other signs are that the job requires upfront expenses from you, asked for your personal financial information, and has ads that are portraying the idea that there is "unlimited earning potential." All of these signs in conjunction with each other are telltale ways that you are being actively scammed. It is very important to also trust your instincts in these types of situations and be able to decipher if someone or something is to be trusted.

Fri. Jul. 15, 2022

Ways to master interviews!

There are generally six steps to being hired at a specific job. The first thing is sending in your résumé to the company you wish to be hired at, then having the company schedule an interview, going to the interview, having the company provide you a job offer, sign or acknowledge acceptance of that offer, and communicating the necessary details with your company. These steps are primarily relevant for any job opportunity and can even be applied to remote job opportunities. There are some tips that can allow you to get the most out of your hiring experience. These tips will allow you to be confident in your ability to get this job. Some of these tips may be scheduling an interview as soon as possible, requesting explicitly that the company should hire you for the job, reading all paperwork before signing, keeping a copy of everything that you have signed so you can always refer back to it, and asking any questions when something is unclear. Tips for an interview include maintaining eye contact and also processing the questions being asked. You also want to bring copies of your résumé with you in case the interviewer wants to refer back to it. You want to come in prepared knowing what sort of questions will be asked and have set answers for these questions. Wearing business attire and coming early to your interview will only make you seem more professional and give you a higher chance of getting that job. There are countless things that you can do to help you master interviews, but ultimately it comes down to practicing as often as possible. As everyone says, practice makes perfect!

Thu. Jul. 14, 2022

How to build a great resume!

Building a great résumé is never easy. It takes time and effort and knowing exactly what the job you are applying to is asking for. However, there are many ways that one can write a great a résumé. Having a great résumé entails keeping it as organized as possible, having keywords, keeping it short and direct, optimizing text, using the right diction, highlighting relevant skills and experiences, and crafting a career snapshot. By doing all of these things you are composing a great résumé that is easy to read and could even be enjoyable to read. Along with creating a good resume, you can compose a great LinkedIn account as well. It all starts with having a good profile picture that is a close-up of yourself with you looking directly in the camera, smiling and with a neutral background. You will also need to have a solid headline on your LinkedIn account and this may entail you having your job title, company name, keywords, and a zing factor. To continue, you’re also going to have to have a strong summary that includes all your experiences and what you hope to find in a job. By following these tips, you can compose a great LinkedIn profile and a great resume. Happy job hunting!

Wed. Jul. 13, 2022

How social media can make you money!

I never fully understood how one can make money through social networks. However, upon learning about how I can grow my social medias and make valuable YouTube videos, I am interested in starting this process. Social niche is very important in growing a standing within social media. Social niche pages can allow one to tailor towards their desired audience and undoubtedly become profitable. It will take some time and patience, however, as long as one continues to put genuine effort into their work, things will continue to grow. To continue, providing the best quality of videos and pictures to your audience is another way to gain trust and pull more people in. Learning how to edit photos and videos can make your content more enjoyable, thus, doing all the things I previously mentioned. There are also things like brand deals and endorsements that can allow one to gain even more profit from social medias. It is truly exciting to see how something so mundane can ultimately provide you with money and a fanbase.