Convenience Right At Your Fingertips: UGO Delivers

Convenience Right At Your Fingertips: UGO Delivers

Hungover or just hungry with no food in your cabinet? UGO has your back.
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Jay Newman was just an ordinary college student at the University of Alabama. Living in a fraternity house, he grew into this role and became known as the snack guy of the house. Whatever kind of snack or even batteries, Newman had it. This idea of having snacks for others convince was just the start of UGO.

Always wanting to start a business of his own, the idea of a convenience store delivery service popped into his head one late night. He began researching and trying to see if there were any delivery services on college campuses that would deliver a coke, batteries or even a bag of chips at any day or night.

After searching all over the internet, he found that there wasn't.

Jackpot.

He knew that this was what he wanted to do and decided to tell his parents. He told them that he wanted to drop out of college and focus mainly on building up Ugo.

Many parents might have been skeptical or just flat out say no way, but Newman's parents were all on board with it. He began building up Ugo and after years of perfecting the website and delivery service, it has finally become something more than him.

Ugo has become a hit at the University of Alabama and Newman has plans on continuing his success to other campuses as well.

"I am hoping to have UGO at another campus in the next 5 months," Newman said.

There are still a lot of things in store for the company in 2018. Many of these include a new mobile app, wider product selection, bulk delivery and local exclusives as well as partnerships.

There are so many things in store for UGO and this is only the beginning of it.

Interested in working for UGO?

There are many opportunities to be apart of the UGO team either as a driver or even as an ambassador.

Being a driver can be a time commitment but can also be a great way to gain experience in customer service, be apart of a growing small business and have something on your resume!

There is also an opportunity to be an ambassador for UGO which also can involve delivering but also some fun opportunities for helping get their name out there. These events include attending bar events, passing out flyers to promote and helping brainstorm fun ideas for the future.

"The ambassador program has been phenomenal so far and has been a great way to reach out to those who want to be involved with UGO and give opportunities to so many strengths between so many unique individuals," Jordan Bailey said. "Everyone on the team has voice and vision and it makes it incredibly easy to plan fun events that help show everyone how laid back and involved UGO is in the Tuscaloosa community!"

If you are at all interested in either of these opportunities, you can contact Bailey by email, Jordan@ugollc.com

Cover Image Credit: Kat Nein

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8 Things You Need To Know About Selling On Redbubble

Everyone buys their stickers from Redbubble, but have you ever wanted to be the one making them?
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As someone who loves to fool around in Photoshop and Illustrator, I saw Redbubble as a chance to flex my skills as a graphic designer. The massive popularity of them provided me with an opportunity to make a little money on the side doing something I not only enjoyed but could do when the mood struck me. It seemed like a win-win, but there were a few things I wish I knew before I started making stickers.

1. Don't expect to be rolling in dough.

It took a month and maybe 10 different designs before I sold any of my stickers. I joined in October of 2017, and I have sold about 20 stickers.

2. Redbubble stickers are expensive for a reason.

At this point, I have sold about 20 stickers which may seem like a lot, until you find out how much I make per sticker. The artist sets how much they make after Redbubble’s share, so artists can set it as low as 0% profit (which means the sticker sells for $2.29).

3. Buying 10 and getting 50% off is great when you're the one buying the stickers...

...but it sucks when you’re the one selling them. I make an average of 20% per sticker, so when you buy my $2.75 sticker for $1.38, I only make 23¢.

4. Make things you would buy.

If there’s something you want to buy, but it doesn’t exist, make it. Keep in mind as well that if you wouldn't buy it, odds are that not too many other people would.

5. Try to offer variations.

You might make a design in blue and love it, but consider offering it in different colors. Someone might love the design but hate the color.

6. Make your designs as versatile as possible.

Redbubble is primarily known for its stickers, but your designs can be put on anything from a poster to a wall clock. Take advantage of that because more expensive items mean you make more for the same design when they sell.

7. Keywords are KEY.

You want your designs to be as visible as possible, so take advantage of all the tools they give you. Try to tag your design with anything that might relate to it; you want it to pop up in as many tags as possible.

8. Do your research.

If you are interested in making something, search one of the keywords and see how many results there are for it. Sometimes there is a need, and you can fill it.

I have enjoyed my time on Redbubble nonetheless, and I recommend it to anyone who likes to design or draw. It’s certainly not a good way to get rich quick, but I enjoy it. Every time someone purchases one of my stickers, I feel this rush of pride in knowing someone liked something that I designed. That's a big reason why I continue to put designs on Redbubble.



Cover Image Credit: Meagan McDowell

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Michigan’s Race For Governor: The Debates

With only a few weeks away from midterms, it's time to get serious.

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In October, Michigan will see two televised gubernatorial debates. The first will be hosted in Grand Rapids, and take place on October 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. The second will be hosted in Detroit, and take place on October 24, 2018 at 8 p.m.

As the victors of their respective parties in the August primaries, Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer will meet to debate critical issues, such as infrastructure, immigration, environmental concerns in the Great Lakes, and where the candidates stand on the controversial topic of recreational marijuana use and legalization.

For the voters looking to get a better understanding of each candidate's positions, both Schuette and Whitmer participated in primary debates that were broadcast leading up to the primaries. These debates are still accessible to the public on YouTube.

On May 9, the Attorney General toted his endorsement from President Trump, using it to land credit with a growing base within Michigan's Republican Party. Schuette swept the Republican primary with apparent ease in August, defeating Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley by a 2 to 1 margin.

At the Democratic gubernatorial debate on June 20, former Senator Gretchen Whitmer presented herself as a well-rehearsed candidate. She stressed the importance of rebuilding Michigan's roads, among other issues.

She went on to defeat Shri Thanedar—an entrepreneur, and Abdul El-Sayed—a former director of the Detroit Health Department, and favorite among the progressive wing of Michigan's Democratic Party.

Schuette and Whitmer shared the stage together briefly at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, during the gubernatorial debate portion of the Detroit Regional Chamber 2018 PAC Reception.

Both the Attorney General and former Senator acknowledged other candidates within their parties, but used their speaking time to begin the age-old practice of political mud-slinging. It was clear that both were aware of each other's inevitable place as opponent for governor in November.

The Republican nominee accused his adversary across the aisle of planning to raise taxes and increase regulations across the board. In turn, former Senator Whitmer accused Schuette of claiming that children do not have a constitutional right to literacy.

It remains to be seen whether either candidate will be able to appeal to voters across party lines.

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