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Order Ahead Apps

Lately, many different retailers, both online and off, have started using mobile apps that allow people to place orders before ever reaching a physical location. One example of this is Taco Bell, who recently launched a mobile app that allows people to order food ahead via their app and pick it up without ever waiting in a line. This means people in a hurry can simply order their food without worrying whether or not they’ll be able to get what they need in time.

Taco bell’s app has already started to boost their total revenues as people who would have avoided the restaurant due to time limitations can get their food. Other restaurants have started to follow suit.Personally, I feel that apps like these will prove to be a great boon to those who choose to adopt it, as it takes away the factor of limited time; something that many people take into serious consideration these days.

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Stardew Valley’s Success

In the video game world, a game has to be able to capture its player-base and offer them hours of enjoyment in order to be successful. Many people, not necessarily gamers, have heard of such behemoth titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield, as they are the cash-cows of the gaming industry. These games offer the typical excitement associated with video-games, and it isn’t unusual to see other companies try to recreate these tried and true methods. Warfare, racing, and sports are usually the most popular kinds of gaming genres, so it takes a special kind of creativity to try and become known in the gaming world. Eric Barone had that creativity.

 

Eric is a video-game developer that was making his very first attempt at making his own video-game. He created a game known as Stardew Valley; a simplistic farming/role-playing game that has the player leaving the complexities of corporate life to pursue the simplicity of farming. This formula is nothing new, as there’s been a few other games that explored this genre with some success. Mr. Barone’s Stardew Valley was met with incredible success, selling 550,000 copies of his game in about two weeks, earning him $8,250,000. With this single game, Eric Barone changed his life completely. He could have followed what was popular, but he instead decided to go with what he himself wanted to make, and because of that, he created a creative little masterpiece that no one saw coming. As of April of 2016, Stardew Valley has sold more than 1,000,000 copies, and doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon.e76ef4db2728146be75f28249bf5dde2a6b36ba064c07869e4c21542a1fed182

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Snapchat

Evan Spiegel, born on June 4, 1990, is the co-founder of Snapchat, and is among the wealthiest of young men in the United States. Snapchat was created in September of 2011, and is a mobile picture and video chat messaging application. Many users enjoy the app because it allows people to communicate and send pictures and videos to one another without filling up the storage of people’s devices, as the app deletes them automatically. The idea of Snapchat wasn’t anything new, but the execution was something that other companies had never explored before.

As stated before, Evan Spiegel has become one of the youngest billionaires in the United States, achieving a net worth of over two billion U.S. dollars. The reason Mr. Spiegel stood out to me is because of my belief that it only takes one good idea to become successful. The idea of Snapchat that Evan helped create wasn’t something incredibly ground-breaking, in fact, it was simply an augmentation of already existing messaging applications. It became successful because it found the issue of messaged pictures and videos taking up too much space, and fixed it with a simple to use application. This single idea not only changed the way people communicate with one another, but also allowed Mr. Spiegel to be able to comfortably retire on the massive success he helped create.

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Google as a Business

Whenever someone wants to search for something on the internet, they use something called a search engine. Nearly everything posted onto the internet needs one of these search engines in order to be used. One in particular has seen so much popularity that its very name has become a verb. That search engine is called Google.

Google is an American technology company that specializes in internet related services. It was founded on September 4, 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It has since grown to become an almost undisputed behemoth in not only the search engine industry, but also most of the internet in general. Nearly every aspect of the internet reaches back to Google. Although not every venture Google has undertaken has seen success, it still remains to be one of the most successful companies in the world.

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YouTube as a Business

One of the best tools people can use to make a living is YouTube. There are a plethora of YouTube Channels that have been able to do this, however, one in particular stands out. Mark Fischbach, called Markiplier on YouTube, has one of the fastest growing YouTube Channels, and has over 15.5 million subscribers. He is known for many of his gaming videos, where he plays many different kinds of games and records his reactions to them, the majority of which being of the horror genre. He has been able to make a healthy living off of YouTube advertisement revenue, allowing him to increase the quality of his videos. Recently, he has been involved in many small  voice acting projects, and continues to create videos for his fans.

Other YouTubers that have grown to become behemoths of YouTube and have gone on to earn livings that have helped many of them live relatively comfortable lives. Mark is by far not the most popular YouTuber, but his fame definitely stands as a testament to the validity of using YouTube to make a living.

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