Java developers

Posted in Jobs on 27 May 2016

My client in Limerick are looking for 2 senior & 2 junior Java developers to join their team on a permanent basis.

Junior candidates will have 1+ years experience with good JAVA, Spring, web technologies &

Javascript experience.

Senior candidates will have 4+ years experience with cloud technologies, strong JAVA development, RM frameworks & SQL.

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Please apply here.


Posted in Jobs on 17 May 2016

About IACT

IACT is Ireland’s leading IT Training and online learning company. Established in 1993 we provide training throughout Ireland covering all areas of IT from Microsoft Excel and Photoshop to industry leading technical certification programmes from Microsoft, Oracle, CompTIA and Cisco.

Due to ongoing expansion we are currently recruiting IT Trainers to join our team.

The position:
IACT are recruiting IT Trainers with experience in a wide range of different technologies. We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals to join our team and help continue our growth. We have both full-time and part-time (evening or contract) positions available.

Why this is a Great Opportunity:


  • Training at IACT is fun and rewarding and our students love our courses
  • We are a growing, profitable company with opportunities for career advancement

An enthusiastic, ambitious and hardworking individual who is keen to succeed in a fast-moving and dynamic environment.


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Native or fluent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Strong time management skills
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about technology.
  • An ability to work as part of a team
  • Keen interest in technology
  • Expert user of Office technology
  • Be able to demonstrate expert teaching skills
  • Have a keen interest in education and training
  • Have a full, clean drivers licence

We would like to hear from suitable candidates interested in this exciting and rewarding position. We look forward to hearing from you here.

Why Do Giant Companies Step on Consumers Toes: Real Examples of Giant Corporate Mistakes

Posted in News on 17 May 2016

Large corporations often make mistakes, sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose. The closer the company is to being a monopoly, the greater the chance they will step on our toes. This week’s article will delve into recent real world examples of giant companies stepping on customers’ toes. We will name names and tell it like it is. We will look at some of the big players who are well known Like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook (plus a few lesser known companies). So read on and be ready to learn about real world examples of giant corporations biting the hands that feed them because they can. Now that I have shared many of the ways giant companies step on client’s toes, let’s look at some recent examples.

Before delving into the marketing/PR mistakes of large companies, I want to lay out what I feel are the common precursors to these mistakes. The primary precursor is when a company becomes really big, its internal communications level goes down. This is easy to understand, because when you have a lot more people in the mix, it makes it easier for miscommunication to take place. On top of this problem, many of these companies have become giants because they were first to market or have achieved a quasi-monopoly status with their product or service. When a company controls market share, it seems to believe it can do no wrong. This usually sets even the biggest companies up for a pratfall, because they start believing their own hype and stop paying attention to what the public wants.

Let’s start with Google

Google often assumes its audience and loyal customers read its blogs and regularly search its website for product announcements. Wrong! Take Google+, a product that Google has been fiddling with since its launch in 2011. First, they bundled many of their premier products into Google+, making it easy for people to find and use their products. Then it began to strip out products one by one. It moved Google Local into Google+ then moved it back out. Next it changed Google local to Google my Business. It did the same with Picasa. Moved it in, then out, before replacing it with Google Photos. Hangouts was in, and now it’s out. As a rule, most users found out that these changes took place when they couldn’t find the feature they came to use.

Google’s Issues don’t Stop There.

Google is forever changing its algorithm for organic search. Some say between 400 and 600 times a year. This costs businesses billions of dollars each year in lost revenue and additional R and D, plus site retooling. Google has stated publicly these changes fall into three categories. Updates to improve the customer experience (i.e. The user gets what they are really looking for – not just content, but what they intended). Updates have also been initiated in an effort to thwart professional SEO marketers and criminals from gaming the system.

Just take a look at the multitude of updates named after cute animals over the past six years to get an idea of how pervasive the constant changes have become. Updates like Penguin, Panda, Hummingbird and, pigeon all wreaked havoc on tens of thousands of businesses. There are also other updates not named after cute animals. Last year Google announced an update that had a profound impact on all websites. Google decided that websites needed to be mobile-friendly. I agree with this, but since most websites were not ready for this change, it immediately removed millions of websites from mobile search.   Thus the update was nicknamed Mobilegeddon.

Google’s update cost billions of dollars each year.

When Google implements an update, there are millions of businesses that become big winners and others that are huge losers. If you’re lucky (or really paying attention) you win. If not, you lose big. Do the math. If one million of the 500 or so million websites on Google need to update the site, because of a Google algorithm change, and it cost them $1,000 to address the update, they would spend a billion dollars altogether. An example of this was when many realtors lost their page one position after working so hard to reach that position last year. Google’s new algorithm changed the emphasis from primarily content, to being in directories to rank for local search. Those sites that had used content as the primary ranking factor lost out.

That does not mean Google is doing things in an arbitrary way. No sir, it is very deliberate. Google does not picks who the winners and losers will be – it’s the search engine. It isn’t targeting individual companies — mind you, Google emphasizes what it wants companies to engage in.

Google Does It Again

he tech giant’s latest algorithm changes will soon force more businesses to depend on GoogleAdWords for traffic. Google recently changed the number of organic search listings from approximately 12, to seven organic listings.  With the reduced number of search page result listings now in play, fewer businesses in the same industry or category can be shown at one time. That means it’s even harder than ever before to get on page one of Google search. I just hope that other search engine companies realize this is a perfect opportunity to steal away search users and business customers from Google. If they offer a search product that provides a more useful listing set, than the mere seven listings Google is now serving up, they could gain market share. This is especially true if Google tries to gouge its customers with its monopoly in pay per click.

Speaking of Google pissing off millions of users

We recently reported how Google was spying on every keystroke you make. It’s a fact that every Google property from Gmail to Google+, Google Search, and YouTube is tracking your every move. Back then this caused an uproar, however, that uproar is dying down and is now almost forgotten. Read The Piracy of Privacy – the looting of Privacy in America for more details.

What about Microsoft

Microsoft pretty much has a monopoly hold on the PC OSmarket. This has allowed the firm to take whatever direction it chose. It did not ask the consuming public what they wanted. Because if it had done so, products like Millennium, Vista and Windows 8 would have never come to pass.

Microsoft launched Millennium, back in 2000 and it ended up being one of the shortest-lived products they ever launched. Most Microsoft customers hated it because it was full of bugs and because it was a big change from windows 98. The following year they replaced it with Windows XP (which had a legacy support look and feel) which extended XP’s life span to become one of the longest-lived MS products to date.

When Vista was launched, it fell flat on its face because it looked so different than Windows XP.  Then Microsoft got smart and fixed that problem with Windows 7. But guess what, it could not leave well enough alone. It launched Windows 8 and again pissed off the masses. Windows 8 was such a big flop that Microsoft had to bring Windows 7 back from retirement. The firm quickly figured out that new PCs were not selling with version 8 and started offering PCs with both Windows 7 and 8.

Windows 10 is proof that Microsoft has learned some lessons from its prior mistakes (even though it seems to make the same ones repeatedly). This new version has been a big success, but not without its own gotchas. I recommend reading –“What’s Up with Windows 10 – the good the bad and the ugly” to get some insights. Also Microsoft is trying to get people to use its free One Drive storage. However, it recently shot itself in the foot by downgrading the free capacity from 15 gigs to 5 and also took back the unlimited capacity for office 365 users.  This flies in the face of common sense since Google, its arch rival, recently made it possible to get 30 gigs on Google Drive for free and even possibly a terabyte of free cloud storage.

How about the many Face of Facebook

Facebook, in the past few years, has raised the hackles of its subscribers on a regular basis by constantly changing how Facebook works. Facebook seems to revel in making its user base angry. Facebook has made what seems like continuous changes to the way the News Feed and timeline works. It seems to shuffle the deck where commands and function are located, making it harder for businesses trying to manage their fan pages. This has profound effects on both subscribers and businesses using Fan pages for marketing.

Not long ago, it suddenly changed how contests could be run. Lately, it has made the filtering of the timeline so strong that businesses are mostly forced to run pay per click ads, if they want their follower to see any of their corporate posts. As a general rule, Facebook seems to be enamored with changing things, from the location of features to advertising rules. Privacy is almost nonexistent on Facebook. If a person died suddenly, his or her pages may be stuck on Facebook forever. If the significant other doesn’t have the username and password for the deceased person’s page, he/she can’t have the site taken down.

My last annoyance with Facebook is it has zero phone tech support. On top of that, its e-mail tech support gets a poor grade as well. I know I am not dissing Facebook as much as I have Google and Microsoft, but take it from me, it seems to work hard at making sure that the only constant is change.

Smaller Companies are not Exempt

There are literally hundreds of examples, however, the examples aren’t just with the mega corporations. Smaller companies and even some startup are guilty of the same kind of mistakes. Take Fitbit as an example, it tried to explain away accuracy errors in its activity health trackers, as minor, which eventually caused the creation of a class action lawsuit. This also caused a lot of furor in the social arena as well.

Many know the headache of apps going from great to bad when they update themselves and cause the user’s Smartphone to crash or lockup.  Recently, one of my all-time favorite apps, call WAZE, caused me to uninstall it altogether. That app updated itself while I was driving. That update immediately locked up my Android Smartphone while I was taking a call! Boy was I livid!

You have a choice and a decision to make.

It is your duty as an informed consumer to share your product and customer service experience with the rest of the world. This is the only thing keeping giant companies on the path to happy customers. Today giant companies no longer can provide poor products or customer service as long as you report what they are doing. Social media has become the great equalizer. If you do not use your rights as a consumer to complain (or sing their praises) on social media when you have been taken advantage of, it’s on you. Don’t let giant companies squash you like a bug. We can all fight back by sharing stories of poor customer service, bad products or corporate lying. You can also help these companies by praising them when they do a good job. Social media has given you a real voice. It’s given you a carrot and a stick to keep them in check.


Google to be Hit With $3B EU Fine Over Search Dominance

Posted in News on 17 May 2016

Google will face a $3.4-billion anti-trust fine from the European Commission for the tech firm’s alleged abuse of its search monopoly, the Telegraph is reporting.

The record fine from the European Commission will come after a six-year investigation into the tech firm’s search practices.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager filed formal charges against Google last April, saying the tech titan manipulates search results to give its own products and services prominence over that of its competitors. The Commission also accused Google of suppressing competition and hurting consumers due to the “unfair advantage” it gives its own comparison shopping service.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, is not talking, but sources told The Telegraph the fine will likely be announced next month, once the bill is finalized.

The amount Google will be fined could actually end up being higher than the $3.4 billion revealed by the publication’s sources. The EU can fine the company as much as 10 percent of its annual sales — at least $6 billion in Google’s case.

Aside from the fine, Google will also be looking at restrictions on its behavior, which will include a ban on its manipulation of search results, the report indicated.

That is not Google’s only anti-trust woe, however.

Vestager, in April, filed charges against Google, accusing it of breaching anti-trust law with its Android operating system.

In a formal Statement of Objections, the EU said a nearly-three-year investigation found that Google uses a strategy on mobile devices that reinforces its dominance in general Internet searches.

“Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google’s behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules,” Vestager said in a press release last month.

The investigation stems from a joint complaint lodged with the European Union by FairSearch, a group of 17 technology and search companies.


Summer Camp (Weeklong)

Posted in Events on 13 May 2016

Dublin Zoo

Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Dublin Zoo
Category: Kids / Family

Summer Camp (Weeklong)
WhenMon, 25 July, 10:00 – 14:30
DescriptionDublin Zoo’s week-long camps introduce children to the wild and wonderful world of animals and science. There will be a range of fascinating activities to enjoy, all age-appropriate and designed to appeal to many different learning styles. But, most of all they’re fun! There are two great camps right next to the animals – Camp Congo near the Gorilla Rainforest and Camp Kaziranga near the Kaziranga Forest Trail. It’s an experience to be remembered! (6-12 years.) Pre-booking online from 9th May

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Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection

Posted in Events on 13 May 2016

National Gallery of Ireland


Time: Times Vary
Location: National Gallery of Ireland
Category: Arts / Exhibits

The exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection, will open in the National Gallery from May 4th until July 17th 2016. It features ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci on loan from the Royal Collection, which have been carefully selected to reflect the whole range of Leonardo’s activities.
Though he trained as a painter, Leonardo expanded his activities into sculpture and architecture, engineering, botany, geology, hydraulics, optics and anatomy. His principle tool of investigation was drawing. Many of his drawings are extensively annotated, including the sheet of Studies for casting the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza (c.1492-4), and the double-sided page from a notebook of anatomical studies: The heart compared to a seed and The vessels of the liver, spleen and kidneys(c.1508). His skilful use of different media is highlighted in the exhibition in works such as Study for the Head of St. Anne (black chalk, c.1510); A male nude (red chalk, c.1504-5), and his Studies of cats, lions and a dragon (pen and ink, c.1513-18).

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Java Developer

Posted in Jobs on 13 May 2016
Java Developer - Dublin- Permanent -Urgent
AppsIT - Dublin

Looking for 2 experienced Java Developers for a permanent position in Dublin.
Must have a working visa.

Required experience:

  • Java: 5 years

Please apply here.

Are Personal Assistants the Future of Mobile Marketing?

Posted in News on 13 May 2016

May 13, 2016

Are Personal Assistants the Future of Mobile Marketing?


Artificially intelligent personal assistants like Siri and Cortana are increasingly revolutionizing the relationship between humans and machines. It is a new way of communicating that is highly personalized, or rather, hyper-personalized, and will offer great opportunities to mobile marketing in the near future. It is no coincidence Web giants are investing a lot in it. The increasing use of virtual assistants goes hand-in-hand with mobile: 75 percent of people always have their Smartphones at hand while 90 percent of those who have a personal assistant on their device uses it with satisfaction because it is an easy, quick and immediate way to get information.

Personal assistants in mobile marketing trends

According to experts, personal assistants are one of the trends related to mobile that marketers must keep an eye on this year. In view of their increasing use and the continuous improvement of their artificial intelligence, it is time to take action and make sure that all information related to the brand is accessible and can be recognized by these tools. They must also be optimized with respect to the questions that users may ask.

How do you do it and include these activities in mobile marketing strategies? Before finding out, here’s a brief profile of the leading virtual assistants on the market today, with their strengths and weaknesses.

Siri: Apple’s assistant that is conquering iPhone

This may not be the main reason why people decide to buy an iPhone, but it is certainly an added value: Siri is, in fact, an advanced virtual assistant designed to support structured conversations and make searches after interpreting the user’s request. Twenty-one percent of Siri-equipped iPhone owners are using it regularly, but a significant part of the audience is still to be conquered, considering that 27 percent never use this application.

Cortana: Microsoft’s artificial intelligence 

Microsoft solution’s for virtual assistance is Cortana, named after the AI from Halo, one of the most popular games on Xbox.  It was created in 2014 and works in the same way as Siri. Among its many features, Cortana can help you remember your appointments and it can respond to a variety of questions, taking into account the context and the history of questions.

Google Now: An answer before any question

As soon as the use of personal assistants started growing, Mountain View’s team didn’t just sit on its hands but, instead, launched Google Now. As the default voice assistant in Android devices, it uses the data on the user’s Smartphone such as those detected by GPS and Web searches. The aim is to provide answers even before the user asks a question. It responds to everything with a simple voice command: weather forecasts, open an app, send e-mails, or search for an address.

Facebook M: Human and machine to answer all questions

The list of the founders of virtual assistants would not be complete without the fourth pillar of the Web so, Facebook created M. Among its various features, M can book a restaurant or find a gift for a friend, suggest a movie or book or even a weekend getaway. Its key feature is combining artificial intelligence with feedback from real people. In this way, a response to any type of question – even the most unlikely or indirect ones – is guaranteed.

Why mobile marketing must consider personal assistants?

Reason # 1: Questions are localized 

Let’s start with a curious fact: do you know what people ask their virtual assistant? Anything that a human mind can think of. Twenty percent of mobile users questioned Siri and Cortana on the meaning of life while five percent asked for dating tips. Apart from these particular questions that go beyond the expected functionality of these tools, 40 percent of the questions, i.e. the majority, are about road directions.

This type of vocal search is related to the user’s location: when Siri and other personal assistants are asked questions such as “Where is the nearest pizza parlor?” or “Is there a good dentist in my area?” they look for information on search engines. Here’s the first tip that marketers must follow: make sure that you are easily found in local searches by correctly entering your address in all pages of the website (for example in the footer), on social networks and on maps, and have a good positioning strategy. Send the details of your business to Google Places, Yelp and Bing Business Places. Lastly, incentivize reviews: Siri gives priority to local businesses that are positively evaluated by users.

Reason 2: Mobile-optimized sites are 

When people ask their virtual assistant to look for something related to what your company is offering, the ideal would be the first one to come up and therefore suggested to the user. To boost your search engine ranking, you must have a website that is designed for mobile. It’s no secret that Google is awarding mobile-optimized sites, as openly declared with Mobilegeddon last April. Slow loading webpages that are difficult to navigate will be more and more penalized in search results raking, and therefore invisible to virtual assistants. However, rethinking your site in a mobile version can be time consuming and may require a lot of resources: a fast and economic solution is that of using platforms to create sites and apps. In just a few minutes, you will have a mobile website that is ready to be found.

Reason 3: SEO is no longer the same

According to a study, 12 percent of mobile searches on Google are vocal and are made through Siri, Cortana, Google Now and other virtual assistants. In terms of search, however, what you type is different from what you ask in person. For example: if you are in New York and you are looking for an ethnic restaurant nearby, you will probably type “ethnic restaurant in Manhattan” on Google. If you are using your personal assistant, you are likely to say: “Search for an ethnic restaurant near me.” Or, adapting a more conversational style, you will ask, “Do you know where I can find a good ethnic restaurant nearby?” In the latter case, the request is not just on a single keyword and it requires interpretation. Personal assistants are able to provide valid replies in both cases. Do you want to be among their answers? Rethink your keywords: add longer and more specific words (the so-called “long tail keywords”) to the short ones. Think about what your customers might ask Siri or Cortana when they are looking for something related to your business, and use these terms in your titles, descriptions and content.

Reason 4: Get ready for sponsored search

Up-to-date, sponsored search to be recommended by personal assistants is still not possible. Yet we are getting closer to this possibility. Less structured searches like “What gift can I get for my girlfriend?” which Facebook M proposes as an example of what it can answer, highlights two facts. Firstly, people will ask personal assistants questions that are more and more humanized, just like asking a relative or a friend, and expecting not just an answer but also a solution to a problem. Secondly, it opens up a great opportunity for businesses: if the user is asking for gift ideas, personal assistants could suggest a dress of a particular brand, thanks to paid sponsorship. This does not mean making results unnatural, on the contrary: by taking into account the users’ data, you can recommend a product that is closer to their tastes, their budget and is available in a store nearby. The result: users will be satisfied with their personal assistant and your brand will have more customers.

Keep your eyes open: soon this hyper-personalized opportunity will become a reality for mobile marketing.

In conclusion: give voice to your business

Mobile devices are always gathering information about their users: where they are, when and how they use their Smartphone, what they look for online, which applications they use more and so on. Personal assistants have access to these types of information and they use them to improve user experience. If you want to reach your next customer through this advanced technology, we advise you to do your best to ensure that Siri, Cortana and Co are able to find you: they will introduce you to the right people.


YouTube Testing In-App Messaging Feature: Report

Posted in News on 13 May 2016

YouTube is doing a limited release of a new messaging tool that permits viewers to chat and share videos while still in the mobile app.

The in-app feature went live for a handful of users Wednesday, Wired is reporting.

The ‘native sharing’ feature enables users to avoid having to cut and paste URLs into e-mails, texts or IMs. Now, users can share, chat about videos and even reply with another clip right in YouTube.

Earlier testers can share the tool with their friends by inviting them into conversation threads. The message threads are located within a new tab on YouTube’s mobile app.

YouTube director of product management Shimrit Ben-Yair told Wired her team created the feature in a bid to encourage more sharing, which is good news for both YouTube and content creators.

It will also get more shares for YouTube Red’s special content. YouTube Red is the company’s original programming vehicle that offers all of YouTube’s current videos, as well as access to music streaming and exclusive content such as original series and movies from the site’s top creators for $9.99 a month.

Although YouTube is the clear leader in the video platform market, Amazon and Facebook are doing their very best to steal a slice of the Google-owned company’s pie.

The new in-app sharing feature will give users a new reason to stick around longer on the platform.


27 Businesses You Can Start for Less Than $1,000

Posted in News on 06 May 2016

Laura Cattano went from working in a restaurant to managing her own business in less than a year and spent "next to nothing" to get started.

Her biggest initial startup costs? Replacing an old computer and spending about $400 to create an LLC. Since then, Cattano's client list for her professional organizing business has grown to be "in the thousands" and multiple major fashion magazines have featured her work.

"My advice is to go out there and do it," Cattano said. "Starting a business is not easy. It's a lot of hard work, but if you take your work seriously, people will notice."

If you're looking to start your own business, think about what skills you have, career experts said.

"Ask yourself, 'What's my passion?'" career and life coach Deborah Brown-Volkman said. "People want control over their career, and so creating their own business for under $1,000 gives them the ability to test it out, to see what works and what doesn't."

Experts say once you feel you're onto something, purchase some sort of business insurance, which will likely be a big chunk of your costs. Basic business insurance usually ranges from $200 to $500 a month, varying depending on location.

1. Tutor

If you have a skill, teach it. The average wage of a tutor is $17.29 per hour, according to PayScale.

2. Dog walker

Love pets and getting some exercise? Dog walking is an easy business to start. Pet business insurance will make up the majority of your expenses, which usually cost $200 to 400 a month, according to one pet business insurance provider. Dog walkers typically make $8 to $20 an hour, with an average wage of $12.03.

3. Professional organizer

If you have a knack for turning clutter into cleanliness, why not try turning that into cash? The median hourly salary for a professional organizer is $25.

4. Fashion stylist

A great place to start is by styling a few of your friends for a party, and then encouraging them to tell their friends, career experts said. Soon you could have your own fashion business and be making a median of $15 an hour to above $40 once as you gain experience.

5. Translator

Multilingual entrepreneurs, this business is for you. Whether you want to take up projects people post online, approach companies or start-ups that do a lot of international business or check local job postings, there are multiple ways to start building your own translation business. Translators make a median income of $20 per hour.

6. Photographer

If you're a stay-at-home parent with a knack for photography, creating family portraits or photographing events for people in your neighborhood could be the start of a fruitful business. The trick here is that you'll probably need to have a nice camera, a tripod and equipment insurance -- the total cost of which will most likely exceed $1,000. If you can get a deal on a good camera at a lower price or already have the equipment, then the start-up costs are low. Freelance photographers make a median of $24 per hour.

7. Errand runner

Lots of people don't have the time to run errands daily, and a local errand service business could be a great solution. Errand runners make about $11 per hour.

8. Transcriber

From video shoots to audio interviews or speeches, there's a lot out there that needs to be transcribed. If you're a good typist with a few extra hours and a computer, you could start your own transcription service. The median hourly wage for transcribers is $15.

9. Freelance writer

Companies and content websites need good content, and you want to start your own business. Consider starting your own business as a freelance writer. Freelance writers typically are paid by the post or project, so wages can vary.

10. Jewelry maker

Jewelry makers would most likely make money on sales and projects, as opposed to hourly wages. Platforms for selling homemade goods like Etsy are a benchmark of what you could expect to charge for your products.

11. Avon or Tupperware sales person

Independent sales representatives for companies like Avon or Tupperware don't have to worry about creating a product or inventing a business structure. If you like talking with people, this social business could be for you. Incomes differ based on the company you work for and the amount of sales you make.

12. Makeup artist

If you're a professional makeup artist or hairdresser at a salon, you could earn extra income by setting up your own side business. If you love makeup or hair care but aren't an expert, consider investing in a class or certificate program. Talk with professionals to find what they recommend, experts said. Makeup artists earn a median salary of $16 per hour, while hairdressers earn a median of $9.

13. Virtual assistant

Organized self-starters could find good work being a virtual assistant, a person who does all the things an assistant would normally do, just via the internet and phone. Virtual assistants earn a median salary of $16 per hour.

14. Personal chef

Roll up your sleeves and break out the spices. A personal culinary business where you are a chef for private parties could be a delicious venture. Personal chefs make a median of $20 per hour.

15. Personal shopper

If you love to shop or are interested in fashion retail, starting a personal shopping business could be a great fit. Personal shoppers earn a median of $14 an hour.

16. Graphic designer

Graphic design has be frustrating for the nondesigner. While there are free design tools out there, many do not offer customization or the insight an expert would. That's where your business could come in. Graphic designers make a median of $15 per hour, which you can factor into project prices.

17. UI/UX designer

This one's a little more obscure to the average entrepreneur than the others. User interface (UI) design and user experience design (UX) make sure your website or app is user friendly, intuitive and visually pleasing among other things. UI designers make a median of $32 per hour while UX designers make a median of $35 per hour.

18. Social media manager

Many small companies or other entrepreneurs can't afford to have a social media manager or marketing team. Starting a social media company where you manage part-time or full-time other people's accounts could be a profitable gig. Social media managers make a median of $14 per hour.

19. Consultant

"Every industry could have a consultant. In order to be a successful consultant, you need to have some sort of success in that particular field," career expert Jill Jacinto said.

As a consultant, you could help businesses make contacts, form deals and guide their strategic plan as a consultant. This job has a median salary of $20 per hour.

20. PR professional

Have experience in a particular field? Recently retired? You likely have a lot of contacts and expertise in a specific industry, which you could leverage for your own venture. PR managers work with the media, government agencies and advertisers. They typically make $20 per hour.

21. Wedding planner

If you love detail and decor and don't mind the stress of dealing with last-minute changes, a wedding planning business could be a great fit. Wedding planners earn a median of $17 per hour.

22. Event planner

Weddings aren't the only events that need planning. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties are just a few of many events people need help organizing. Event planners make a median of $17 per hour.

23. Property manager

This job is replacing what used to be known as the butler, experts said. A property manager looks after a household and ensures all property activities run smoothly. The manager would get the mail, do the laundry, stock the fridge, work with other professionals like gardeners and cleaning assistants. It's especially helpful for people who own multiple properties and don't have time to look after them. Property managers could make anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, experts said.

24. Caterer

While a personal chef usually caters to smaller groups, caterers prepare meals for big events. If you're a great cook who can handle multiple meals cooking at once, you could start your own catering business. Personal caterers make a median of $11 per hour.

25. Personal trainer

Insurance is something you'll need at the outset with this business. If you love to work out, look into certifications you could get to become a personal trainer. If you're already certified, even better! Personal trainers make a median of $18 per hour.

26. Accountant

If you're a certified accountant, you could start your own practice. Accountants make a median of $18 per hour.

27. Copy editor

Business pamphlets, grant proposals and blog posts all need copy editing. Why not take your literacy and grammar skills to the market? Copy editors make a median of $18 per hour.



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