5 Companies You Should Give Your Business to This Holiday Season

5 Companies You Should Give Your Business to This Holiday Season

5 places you can feel good about buying gifts from this Christmas

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With the holiday season now in full swing, many of us are searching for the perfect gifts for those close to us. Here are 5 companies that you can actually feel confident purchasing from and giving your business to.

1. Love Your Melon

You may have seen people walking around with these trendy hats and beanies with fluffy poms and patches sewn on the front saying "Love Your Melon". Though it might seem like a cute saying and just another new fad, these hats are creating an impact that we should keep around for as long as possible. Created by two students in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas, this company gives 50% of their net profit from all their product sales, to the Love Your Melon fund, which supports their nonprofit partners fighting childhood cancer and organizes therapeutic experiences and charitable programs for patients and their families.

The company began its journey to put a hat on every child in America fighting cancer in October of 2012 and since has done just that. Surpassing their original goal of giving 45,000 hats (one for every child fighting cancer in the nation), to date the company has given over 149,000 hats to child cancer patients and 4.7 million dollars to pediatric cancer research.

Though they're known for their beanies, you can purchase headbands, apparel, blankets, home goods, and other accessories at https://loveyourmelon.com

2. Pura Vida Bracelets 

This popular bracelets company and their string bracelets have taken a lot of the world by storm. It all began when two college graduates Griffin That and Paul Goodman, took a celebratory trip to Costa Rica, where they encountered two native artisans who specialized in bracelet making.

The Southern California men talked to the artisans about their business, and how they were currently living in poverty with their families. requested an order of 400 bracelets, to take back to San Diego and sell. When the 400 were quickly gone, the partnership began. Now, the company named after the popular saying, and more importantly way of life, meaning "pure life", encourages their customers to enjoy the simplest things in life that bring them joy.

Every bracelet purchased on their website is handcrafted by artisans all over the world, as their community has expanded to over 350 countries worldwide, including El Salvador and India. They have also started a Charity Collection that has allowed them to partner with over 174 different charities and donate over $1,534,879.

If you're looking to purchase any accessories this holiday season for gifts or for yourself, visit https://www.puravidabracelets.com and use the code MICALAHBRUNDAGE20 for 20% off your order!

3. The Giving Keys

A hidden gem to many, this Pay It Forward company has managed to create 143,612 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles, California. They provide people experiencing homelessness with full-time jobs at the living wage in LA, with benefits and paid time off for appointments regarding housing, education, and casework.

The company hires people who are homeless to create and sell accessories all incorporating keys, such as key necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Typically each key is stamped with an inspirational word, such as their 3 core values dream, create, and inspire. The company in the spirit of their purpose which is forgiving and pay it forward, encourage their customers to at some point, at their own discretion, pass on their key to someone who needs to be reminded of the inspirational message and the meaning behind this company in its entirety.

All this information and the accessories sold and created by The Giving Keys, can be found at https://www.thegivingkeys.com

4. Etsy 

If you want to support small businesses and their owners, Etsy is the perfect website to buy from this holiday season. With it's increased popularity over the years, many have heard of the site where individuals can create their own online "shops" and sell personalize or handmade goods and antiques. Etsy strives to allow creators of goods a place to connect with millions of potential buyers and keep the interaction between people, even when it comes to online shopping.

The possibilities are endless on Etsy, as there are shops pertaining to stationary, home goods, toys, art, collectibles, clothing https://www.etsy.com

5. Love+One International 

If you're a fan of country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins like I am, you may have heard of this organization. The couple holds it near and dear to their heart, as it strives to help children in Uganda, where one of their daughters is adopted from.

Love+One was founded by Suzanne Mayernick, also a parent of a daughter adopted from Uganda, JosieLove. Upon the Mayernick's arrival to Uganda to bring their then 3-1/2-year-old home, they found her sick with malaria and tuberculosis and HIV positive. As her daughter received care and love back in their home, Suzanne Mayernick was inspired to help these children back in Uganda and other underprivileged communities.

She created her organization 147 Million Orphans, which later transpired into a charity operation focused on providing ministry, health and care needs to kids named Love+One International, named after her daughter JosieLove and using the + to indicate their support for individuals who are HIV positive. You can find more information, donate, and buy Love+One gear to support this awesome cause at https://www.loveoneinternational.org

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College Students: Here’s 10 Work at Home Jobs You Can Do

Here are ten jobs you can start working from the comfort of your own home, meaning you don’t have to go out to work while earning money.
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Being a student in college can be very expensive. There are books and resources to pay for, sometimes accommodation, food, general bills and social events and month to month, this all adds up and leaves you pretty tight when it comes to the bank accounts.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are ten jobs you can start working from the comfort of your own home, meaning you don’t have to go out to work while earning money!

Manage Someone’s Social Media

Running a social media accounts, or many, is busy work, especially when you’re trying to run a business. That’s why many companies are turning to students who can manage them on their behalf.

You’ll be uploading posts, replying to comments and moderator the user engagement. Not bad for up to $40 per hour!

Be a Blogger

If you’re passionate about something and feel like you could confidently share your experiences with the rest of the world, becoming a blogger could be the ideal job for you.

“All you need to do is find a blog that writes about what you’re interested in, whether it’s fishing or fitness or whatever you love the most, and contacts them asking if they have vacancies on their writing team” – says Timothy Major, a Career Adviser at Huffingtonpost.

Become a Freelance Writer

One of the more upcoming jobs out there is becoming a freelance writer. This is a very diverse job, and you could be writing about anything from website copy and blogs to product descriptions and press releases for businesses.

You can use freelancing websites, such as Freelancer or Upwork to find work and pay will vary depending on a company budget.

Become an Online Writer/ Editor

As you’ve probably realised, the internet is overflowing with content, but has it ever occurred that someone actually needs to sit down and write it all? Why not let that person be you, and get paid for it!

Using writing services such as Ukwritings and Australian Help, you can find jobs writing for blogs and websites, or editing content that people have already created!

Being a Virtual Assistant

Many businesses, especially small businesses, don’t have the time to manage every aspect of their business, such as answering customer emails and organising the day to day running of things, but you do.

So why not become a virtual assistant where you can do all this and more? Additionally, most VA jobs have very flexible hours, so you can work when you want!

Transcribing Audio

This is a job role where you’ll be given a video file, such as a job interview, or an audio file and all you need to do is simply write down the words or conversation accurately into a text format.

No prior experience is really necessary, but you must be able to format correctly and possess a keen eye for detail.

Become a Tutor

The fact that you’re in college probably means that you’ve got good grades and quite knowledgeable about certain academic subjects. Why not teach people that are after this information by becoming a paid tutor?

You can find students from around the world using sites like Big Assignments and Oxessays, and all you’ll need is your computer, webcam and microphone!

Customer Service Assistant

Have you ever logged onto a website, had a question and used the live chat service? Have you ever wondered who might be on the other end? Maybe it’s the guy in the room next to you!

Customer service assistants are very popular jobs as businesses want to give their customers the best experience. All you’ll need to do is answer questions and point customers in the right direction! You must be a good and fast writer for this one!

Write Some Resumes

All over the world, job seekers are trying to secure their dream jobs. However, they need a good resume to make a good first impression, something that’s easier said than done.

Many people will, in fact, pay to have their resumes written on their behalf, using writers found at websites such as Resumention and Elite Assignment Help.

Data Entry Personnel

Okay, this may be one of the more boring jobs out there, but it pays well, and you can be flexible with your hours. All you’ll need to do input data into a spreadsheet or online platform, and that’s it! You may be filling in contact information, organising reports or whatever the business at hand wants you to do! All you’ll need is your computer!

Conclusion

This is only scratching the surface when it comes to jobs that college students can do at home. Think about what you’re good at and what your passions are and really get creative. Just remember, if you can provide a service, there’s bound to be someone out there who’s willing to pay for it.

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