How many times have you played, “If you were stranded on a deserted island…?” Usually, you’re asked what movie to bring, what book to read, what song to listen to or what food you would eat for the rest of your life. I’m sure there are many of us who would love nothing better than to be stranded on a deserted island with a single movie, book, song, and food. Actually, I’d probably be good for a week (I hear television reception’s not that great, though). Here at iPoll, we love that hypothetical question, but we take it one step further, as in, “Who would you throw over out of a lifeboat?” Now obviously, we don’t condone anyone being tossed out of a lifeboat. It’s all in good fun. With that being said, you won’t believe who got tossed over in this second round of lifeboat!
Now that summer is upon us and you’ve got some good ideas for your kid for their first summer job, the question then becomes: are they ready for that job? It’s a lot to ask a kid to go from unemployed to employed, and all that entails. Remember your first job? Remember the freak-outs and paralyzing fear? I sure do. Before your teen heads off to work, you can get them ready with a little prep. Actually, this prep can begin long before they reach the teen years. Here’s an approach you can take to get your kid ready for their first job:
Could this be the summer your teen gets their first real job? If they’ve been the industrious type, then perhaps they’ve already been doing jobs around the neighborhood, like mowing lawns or shoveling snow. (I would also add delivering newspapers, but I think it would be counterproductive to toss iPads on everyone’s front porch!) Those first odd jobs can certainly get them ready for the big summer job. This is where they might actually have a boss, punch a time clock and even have a performance review. Best of all, they’ll be making their own money, so you won’t have to pay for every little thing! So, where can your teen go to work? As it happens, there are a lot of wonderful options:
From a kid’s perspective, money is nothing short of pure magic. You go to a store, you find something you want and this money thing, whether plastic or paper, lets you bring it home. Try that with Harry Potter’s magic wand! (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work.) At some point, you’re going to want to teach your children about the value of money–though it might help to start them out after they’ve learned to count a bit. After all, money is in the numbers, right? Once you hit that stage, here are some great ways to teach your children about the value of money.
Are you a planner or procrastinator? If you have to think of the perfect answer to that question, then you’re probably a planner. If you’ll get around to answering later in the day, then you’re probably a procrastinator. But when it comes to scoring cash with iPoll, you might want to bring out your planning tendencies. That’s because a lot of the Mobile Missions and surveys have time limits on them. In other words, if you snooze, you lose. It would be horrible to miss out on a huge cash reward because you didn’t plan out your Mobile Missions. Perhaps the following guide can help:
An iPoll quiz can take many forms. We might ask about your movie preferences or who should be thrown overboard from a hypothetical lifeboat. You could be asked to share the worst thing you ever ate or the most embarrassing moment from high school. One thing is for sure – every time you participate in a quiz, you are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing that could see you score a hefty infusion of cash into your iPoll rewards account. Our latest quiz asked iPollers to share pictures and tales of their pets. Clearly, you don’t need a sweepstakes for that! Here are some of the memorable tales.
Somewhere, somebody is working on their graduation speech. It might be the valedictorian who has been working their entire high school career to get to this moment. It might be the principal who has to find a new and engaging way to congratulate the latest class of graduates. Or it could be the VIP who has been tasked with the role of the commencement speech. Usually, the commencement speech comes with an honorary degree, which is always nice. As we head into graduation season, it will be nice to look back on some of the awesome graduation advice handed down to this generation’s scholars.
A lot of articles begin with the phrase: “It’s that time of year.” For this article, that “time of year” is graduation. In the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing a lot of caps and gowns as graduates are handed their diplomas and pushed into the next phase of their lives, many left wondering what they’ll do next. But before these newly-minted graduates engage in a full-scale existential crisis it’s time for them to celebrate. You can certainly honor the graduate in your life with a token of your esteem. I’m sure every graduate would love to get a new car or trip to Europe, but for most, that isn’t happening. Still, a thoughtful (and affordable) present can show your favorite graduate just how proud you are. Here are some great graduation gift ideas:
Full disclosure: There’s a lot about my computer I don’t know; this has less to do with a lack technical knowledge and more to do with inherent laziness. I simply never bother checking out all the cool new apps and devices, and I never update my software. When I upgraded to Windows 8 (I think we’re on 8), I promptly loaded my classic Windows shell to avoid all the new apps and tabs. Maybe when I upgrade to a touchscreen monitor, I’ll be able to stay more current. The one thing I do keep up-to-date is all the software and accessories associated with my digital photos. Are you using your digital photos? By now, most of us have a phone that takes pictures. This means we’re taking tons of photos everywhere we go. If you’re good about these things, you’re probably backing those photos up somewhere, and we’re not just talking about saving to your hard drive. Get those photos and videos up on the cloud or an external hard drive— just don’t ask me how the cloud works!
Once your photos have been transferred to your computer, they will sit there until you do something with them. Because they are digital, that “something” can be virtually anything; with all the insane photo editing apps and software options available, your options are endless. Best of all, most of these ideas are extremely affordable. Time to bust out the photos!
How much did iPoll give out in bonus money last week? The answer is a whopping $250 (split ten ways between everyone who simply took an iPoll quiz). How long did it take to complete that quiz? Probably under five minutes. How much money would you make in an hour if you got paid $25 for every five minutes? That would amount to $300 or $2,400 for an eight-hour workday. Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Bottom line: for a few minutes “work” you can potentially earn some serious extra loot. I’m happy to report that thanks to all my iPoll Mobile Mission surveys, I’m now ready to cash out! Of course, I could choose to keep piling up my rewards, but a certain someone I know has a birthday coming up and I want to give them a special present (full disclosure: the someone is me, and I deserve a present). Will you help me pick my reward? I’ve narrowed down the choices: