Social media plays many roles. It can increase target audiences’ awareness of your brand, improve your Instagram following in order to reach celebrity status, and improve your ability to find others who share your political concerns. But social media has also shown an ever-growing role in the development of romantic relationships. Not only are social media channels being used to meet new people and connect with those we may find lasting happiness with, but social media is also changing the ways in which we engage with others and navigate those relationships over time. 

Active Accessibility

Without a doubt, social media platforms make relationships more accessible and attainable. While many may lament that social media has killed romance, others have found that leading busy lives precludes them from engaging in activities where face-to-face encounters might lead to long-term relationships. Instead, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat may help those actively seeking a partner to find those who share a common interest or goal without getting dressed up, spending time and money in a social scene, or waiting for love to come to them in places like the gym or church.  

Online dating allows single Americans to utilize a few minutes of downtime here and there to connect with others. Finding a romantic partner in the digital age means exploring the many opportunities to meet new people in online communities, connect with old flames or friends, or get matched up by some experts using a compatibility algorithm. This increases the chances of finding that special someone, rather than simply waiting for it to occur by chance.

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There are many more ways to make money these days than it seems like there were just a few decades ago. Traditional 9-to-5 jobs are becoming less and less standard as jobs that were once thought of as unique, or exceptions, are becoming more mainstream. For example, people are now able to earn a full-time income doing things like blogging, ridesharing, renting out bedrooms in their home, or even by posting regularly on Instagram--all they have to do is get real followers, post regularly, and engage their audience. There’s no longer a standard to what a good job looks like; many different opportunities are open to everyone.

One industry that many have dreamed of getting into is the entertainment industry, more specifically, the film and movie portion. For years and years kids of dreamed of starring in films alongside or in place of their favorite celebrities, and with the industry being worth $286.17 billion, there’s a lot of potential for money to be made, but becoming an A-list actor or actress isn’t very easy. But as things have evolved and more and more unique job opportunities have opened up, there have become more ways to get involved in the entertainment industry besides becoming a famous actor. For example, even just watching movies and TV shows can open up job opportunities.

If you’re a movie and TV show fanatic and are interested in turning your passion into your career, here are seven of the top ways you can do just that:

1. Join the National Consumer Panel

The National Consumer Panel is a panel of everyday consumers strewn throughout the US. The panelists are asked for opinions and data on products, experiences, and even movies and TV shows that is then relayed back to manufacturers and retailers so that they can improve the shopping and buying experience for all of their customers. While giving input that will change experiences for the better is great, the National Consumer Panel also offers rewards for the time and information that panelists share with them. The rewards can range from physical items to gift cards that are as good as cash. 

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It’s reported that 97 percent of consumers read online reviews, and 40 percent will make a decision after reading just one to three reviews. What’s more, 85 percent of consumers say that they trust online reviews as much as they trust a personal recommendation from a friend or family member, giving reviews a lot of power. Consumers rely on reviews to help them know whether a product, a service, or even certain entertainment is worth the time and the cost. 

The weight that consumers give online reviews means that there’s a lot of opportunities to not only help but also to make money by running a review blog. And one of the most fun types of review blogs to run is, without a doubt, a movie review blog. 

Whether you’ve started one already or are always getting compliments on your reviews and are considering starting one soon, an important element of a movie review blog is its credibility. Although consumers may rely on online reviews, they need reviews that are honest and credible that they know they can trust. No matter what stage your movie review blog is in, the following tips can help you build up credibility quickly to ensure that the people who look up your reviews are getting sound information, and to ensure that your blog becomes one of the top-ranked for movie reviews. 

Publish Reviews Regularly

One of the keys to building credibility as a blogger, no matter what type of blog you run, is posting consistently. Although you may not have the chance to catch every single movie that hits the theaters or watch every single TV show that’s uploaded onto Netflix, making sure you review the big ones and posting reviews regularly is important. By posting every day or consistently every week, you’ll build up reliability and credibility that your followers will love and come to depend on.

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It is estimated that approximately 550,000 people become entrepreneurs every month. It’s no wonder considering that around 62 percent of Americans report that they want to own their own business and be their own boss. Although 51 percent of people agree that starting a business is the best way to learn about entrepreneurship, there are still many who want to start their own business who hold back because of fears and concerns about making the switch from employee to entrepreneur. 

Although there are a lot of benefits to business ownership, such as creative control and the ability to make executive decisions, there can be some big setbacks as well. For example, business ownership often requires a lot of work hours--even when you’re off the clock. It can also sometimes require that you do a lot of the work on your own if you don’t have the capacity or funds to hire employees. One of the biggest problems that entrepreneurs face, though,  is having enough money to start their business in the first place, then having enough money to keep it running.

It seems nearly impossible to start and run a business if you don’t have any money at all, but it can also be a big deterrent for would-be entrepreneurs if they need hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their company going. Luckily, there are ways that you can start a business, even without having hundreds of thousands of dollars available. Below are some tips that can help you start a business and become your own boss, even if you don’t have thousands of dollars in cash-on-hand. 

1. Start Online

Some businesses can’t be made into online businesses. For example, you may be able to manage and run a construction company online, but you can’t do any of the construction work on the Internet. Unless you’re planning to specifically start a business that can’t be done online, then starting your company exclusively online is a great way to get going with only a little cash. Online businesses generally have less overhead since you don’t need to purchase an office building, won’t need to pay all of the overhead, and may not even need inventory.

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