14 Best Bubble Tea Franchise Businesses in 2023 (Boba list)

Contents:

The magic of bubble tea

S-Tier

A-Tier

The bottom of the barrel tier

Finding the best bubble tea franchise for you

With thanks to 300daysaway.com

Are you looking for the best bubble tea franchise to invest in?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you’ll have heard about bubble tea. It’s huge, and it also happens to be a franchise model you can jump into relatively quickly.

To give you an idea of how big the world of made-to-order beverages industry is:

The global bubble tea market size was USD 2.02 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 3.39 billion by the end of 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period.

Fortune Business Insights.

With thanks to Business Wire

The industry is big, and this makes it something you should be interested in. It’s proven particularly popular with Gen Z customers, and they are not an easy market to crack.

The good news is that anyone can run their own bubble tea business and in this post I’m going to take a look at the top franchises around, and how you can get involved.

So let’s get right into it.

Best bubble tea franchise: the magic of bubble tea

Bubble tea drinks are a blend of tea and milk, along with fruit juices. Tapioca pearls are then added to the tea blend before it is shaken to make the final product. The Tiawanese tea-based drink has been popular in China since the 1980s, but has recently exploded in the rest of the world.

You can drink it hot or cold. The drink normally comes with a larger than usual straw, which allows the pearls to travel up the straw. You chew the pearls, or ‘bubbles’ for extra flavor. These chewy tapioca balls are also known as ‘boba’.

There are plenty of boba tea franchise opportunities, so let’s get straight into it.

So which is the best bubble tea franchise?

Let’s take a look at the very best franchise opportunities in the bubble tea market.

S Tier

Kung Fu Tea

First up is what looks to be the most fun: Kung Fu Tea.

Here’s what they have to say:

Founded in Queens, NY on April 30, 2010, we’re America’s largest bubble tea brand with over 350+ locations across the U.S. As one of the OGs of bubble tea, we maintain uncompromisingly high standards. Let’s be real. Making tea that looks good isn’t the hard part. The actual challenge is making tea that tastes good and presenting it in an innovative way. Made with the art of ‘3T’ Kung Fu, every cup of tea is freshly brewed at the perfect temperature using premium tea leaves. The beverages we bring to the table are strong inside-out — perfect for your taste buds and your Instagram stories.

You may or may not want to fill your Instagram feed with photos of the tea you drink here. But 350 locations and counting? That’s impressive. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for an entrepreneur.

The process of becoming a franchisee for Kung Fu Tea is as follows:

  • Fill out the inquiry form
  • A sales representative will contact you via email or phone
  • Schedule an interview to go over all the details
  • Receive franchise disclosure document (FDD)
  • Look for the best possible store location (the Kung Fu Tea Team will provide professional recommendations for location screening and final approval)
  • Sign franchise agreement and lease for approved store location in your local area
  • Store Renovation (the Kung Fu Tea Team will provide a standard store layout, floor plan and interior design for bubble tea stores)
  • Training Program (provided for up to two people and usually finishes in three weeks)
  • Grand Opening (the Kung Fu Tea Team will have a senior staff member present to assist you during the grand opening period for up to two weeks to ensure smooth store operation)
  • High fives and continued support from the Kung Fu Tea Team as you run your own boba shop

(Kungfutea.com)

The Kung Fu Tea franchise offers you a traditional or nontraditional store model. A traditional store is the whole ‘Starbucks’ feel, with a bricks and mortar store in town (500 to 1500 square feet). A nontraditional store can be set up in the following locations:

  • Airport
  • Hotel
  • Military installation
  • School
  • University
  • Train station
  • Subway station
  • Theme park
  • Shopping centers

Any place that has foot traffic but isn’t in a shopping mall, basically.

The training fee is $10,000. I couldn’t find out if that is for each person (they can train up to two) or for multiple franchisees.The traditional store franchise fee is $37,000, with the nontraditional fee being ‘on request’.

The total initial capital is where the large sums come into play. For a traditional store, Kung Fu Tea say it’s anything from $140,000 to $422,000. For a nontraditional store franchise fee you are looking at anything between $123,000 to $275,000.

How much can I expect to make?

Unsurprisingly, Kung Fu Tea don’t explicitly offer expected income statements for franchisees.

Go here for the application form.

Verdict: This is a huge and very popular franchise. It also has partnerships with other brands in the fast food industry so you can easily expand once you’re up and running. But if that was all I said on the matter I’d be letting you down.

Some good news first though. Even during the pandemic the franchise saw it’s franchisees opening up stores all over the place. During 2020 26 new franchise locations opened. That’s pretty special. However, in 2020, the average franchise revenue was just $335,688.

That’s before costs.

Stack that revenue up against the franchise fee and it’s not hard to see why the average Kung Fu franchisee has to wait 10 years before breaking even. Now, this is not a bad thing. It just means that anyone who takes this franchise on has to do so with eyes open, and an understanding that it is a long game.

There is plenty of growth in bubble tea though, so that final wait may shorten somewhat.

Gong Cha

Okay, here’s Gong Cha. The headquarters for this company are in Taiwan, but the brand has franchisees all over the world. It was founded in 1996 and has over 18,000 Gong Cha stores in over 20 countries.

The website says it’s all about ‘brewing happiness’:

“Gong cha” is a Chinese term for the act of offering the best tea to the Emperor. It represents teas and beverages of the highest and finest quality, fit for royalty. Today, Gong cha is dedicated to the same principal of providing premium products to its customers around the globe. Gong cha promises to inspire the human spirit and create happiness with a perfect cup of tea.

The process of becoming a franchisee with your own location involves first filling out a form online and then going through some checks. After a credit check there is a business plan review. Then there is a location review and a check and review of the franchise agreement.

Comprehensive training then takes place, before construction of the store and installation of the necessary equipment. Then it’s grand opening time.

It takes roughly 30 days for the initial checks to go through. Then after signing the agreement and going through the process the wait time before opening is usually 4-8 months. Go here for the application form.

Verdict: A popular franchise, Gong Cha has a great international presence. However, this is all about the long game as well. In 2021, with an average 18% profit margin, you could expect to break even in around 8 years. Again, this is a market that is exploding, but anyone who enters the franchise opportunity without a long-term view will simply lose money.

Sharetea

This brand has over 100 stores in North America, so it is reasonably well established. The franchising fee is $22,500 and franchisees can expect to pay start-up costs from $260,000 to $360,000.

Sharetea says:

At Sharetea, we have professional R&D team to create recipes with different ingredients to bring out the unique qualities of each tea. We focus greatly on quality and insist on providing authentic Taiwan high mountain tea to deliver great experiences.

Sharetea claims it has a very easy franchise system that offers full support.

The company itself has published guidelines on how to start a franchise with them:

  • Ensure you have adequate capitalization.
  • To start your own Sharetea bubble tea business, you must have a minimum initial capital of $100,000+.
  • Appreciate the investment required for a bubble tea franchise.
  • You will need to consider real estate costs, the cost of equipment and signs, the costs of licenses and permits, the cost of uniforms, the cost of insurance, etc.
  • Evaluate your prior experience and strengths.
  • You should thoroughly evaluate your prior business experience before applying to become a Sharetea bubble tea shop franchise owner.
  • Assess market availability.
  • You will want to look at the market availability for Sharetea franchises and see if there are available markets in your location of interest before proceeding with the franchising application.
  • Submit your application.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Sharetea franchise agent. You will be emailed a confirmation receipt upon reception of your online application, where we will additionally provide the contact details of the franchise owner.
  • Receive approval & opening your Sharetea franchise.
  • You will receive franchise approval once your financial and background checks are completed. Approval will only be given to candidates who meet all the requirements of franchise owners.

I had a good look around and couldn’t find any reviews on Sharetea from a franchisee point of view. The best bet is to make some moves towards applying and see what happens. I will say that it is a franchise that has some traction worldwide, and is therefore at least worth investigating. But I wouldn’t make it my first choice.

Bubbleology

Okay, this one has a name that you can’t really forget once you’ve heard it once. So that’s good. Alongside the usual bubble tea-based drinks Bubbleology also offers Bubble Waffles. You need to check out the website to see just how amazing these things look.

Headquartered in London, the brand has plenty of sites in the United States.

Let’s get right into the requirements that Bubbleology has outlined for franchisees. They say you need local market knowledge and a passion for the brand. Other requirements include:

  • $100K in liquid assets per store
  • $300k net worth per store
  • Some retail or restaurant experience

Initial franchise fees are $32,000 and the franchise term is five years.

CUPP Bubble Tea

Now, here’s one to seriously consider. It could be one of the best bubble tea franchise opprtunities out there right now.

The company is UK based and has a number of stores there. However, it does offer international opportunities, specifically the chance to become the owner of an International Master Franchise. This allows you to own the rights to a whole territory.

Startup costs include £17,000 (approx $20,300 at time of writing) as an initial fee. Then you’re looking at £80,000 (approx $95,000) to open up your first store. And that’s it.

As a Boba franchise this one is particulalrly impressive. The brand is well known for excellent training systems and their support is a respected feature.

Verdict: Well-respected with a strong customer base, and with excellent opportunities abroad. This is extremely polished and pretty much a perfect business opportunity. This falls into the ‘best bubble tea franchise’ bracket.

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7 Leaves Cafe

Labelled the ‘Asian Starbucks’, 7 Leaves has 12 (and counting) franchise units in the United States. The franchise fee is $35,000 and the investment range is $244,000 to $490,000.

According to the company, the franchise is a ‘proven, profitable’ system. The company has seen phenomenal growth since it started up in 2017. The menu is solid, with a wide variety of drink options including ice-blended versions. Most importantly, the company has won a bunch of business awards.

This kind of opportunity requires a solid financial foundation though.7 Leaves requires franchisees to have a total net worth of $2,000,000 plus a liquidity of $1,000,000. So it’s a serious investment and one that demands a true entrepreneurial focus.

Verdict: Strong and well-established in the bubble tea industry, this is an opportunity worth going for if you want your own bubble tea shop and have the funds.

A Tier

Possmei 

This one is actually quite promising in some ways. This brand has headquarters worldwide and two in the USA. There is little information about them other than what is on their website but I feel they are worth investigating for the follwoing reasons:

  • They have headquarters that you can contact in the USA and Europe
  • Their onboarding program for new franchisees is carefuly outlined on the website, and it sounds thorough
  • They are exhibiting at various food and beverage shows and expos around the world

The application is here. Again, do your due diligence, but at least they have established offices in the USA.

Jazen Tea

With over 18 locations across the globe, Jazen is now pushing the franchisee option. 

For Jazen, you need to have $100,000 in liquidity. On top of that, you can expect the total investment to be $186,000 – $339,000.

It’s also quite useful that Jazen Tea offers three different business models to it’s franchisees. You can have Jazen as an ‘add-on’ to your existing business, run your own store or partner up with Pho Hoa (a noodle soup partner).

Verdict: Thorough, professional and growing. 

Bambu

The story:

In 2008, four Vietnamese sisters – Anh, Kelly, Jenny & Julie – open their first Bambu Shoppe in the heart of the Vietnamese community in San Jose, California. Their exceptionally friendly service and large menu of fresh, healthy, and authentic Chè dessert drinks, crisp boba milk teas, signature Vietnamese coffees, real fruit smoothies and exotic juices captured the attention of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Today, there are over 70 Bambu Shoppes located in 22 states and Canada. The founding sisters still actively manage their four Shoppes in Northern California and Illinois while continuing to deliver a great customer experience and serving their one of kind unique and 100% vegetarian drinks “Just the way you love it.”

That is a great story. And Bambu has shops all over the USA. Interestingly, the company ‘charges no fees’.

I admit I was a little sceptical about that last part. As it turns out, the cost analysis looks something like this:

Initial Franchise Fee: $39,000

Initial Investment : $144,000 – $297,500

Cash Requirement: $50,000 – $100,000

Veteran Incentives: 15% off franchise fee

Royalty Fee: $750-800/mo.

Ad Royalty Fee: $550/mo.

It’s a 10 year term for the franchise too. To be honest, their training looks sound, and they have been featured in major magazines like Entrepreneur. To me, that’s a sign of quality.

Verdict: Definitely check these guys out

CoCo Fresh

Another quality brand with some real growth taking place in the USA, CoCo Fresh has opened 21 stores in New York City and New Jersey. The brand also has 4500 stores around the world.

It offers 1 or 3 store location opportunities. For the 1 store option you can expect to pay start-up costs of between $252,000 and $482,000. It’s one of the best bubble tea franchise businesses I’ve come across, similar to Kung-Fu Tea in that it seems like a genuinely great place.

The bottom of the barrel tier

Tapioca Express

Tapioca Express has a couple of issues I’m afraid.

First impressions are good. The application process is very clearly outlined on the website and it’s reassuringly thorough. Pay a $25 fee upfront to get started and you’re ready to go. However, when it comes to total investment it breaks down like this:

  • An initial investment of $51,000 – literally what they want from you at the start
  • Further liquid assets as part of a start up cost totalling up to $527,000

Now, this is where it got a little hazy for me. I looked at the breakdown of that initial payment and it looks like this:

  • 5 years initial franchise fee of $15,000
  • $10,000 product deposit
  • $3,000 training fee
  • $17,000 mandatory equipment purchases
  • $6,000 for marketing materials

My calculator tells me that is north of $100,000.

The ‘up to $527,000’ includes:

Besides $51,000 as an initial payment to Tapioca Express, there are some other expenses you should expect. For example, construction costs range from $30,000 to $150,000. The cost of equipment ranges from $30,000 to $70,000. The cost of furniture & fixture ranges from $6,000 to 15,000. Initial inventory costs range from $9,000 to $20,000. And, other costs & expenses range from $27,500 to 113,500

(Tapioca Express website)

The website shows the brand has 29 franchisees in the United States. That’s not a hell of a lot. However, it has generally favorable reviews across the Web and it does clearly offer ongoing support for franchisees.

Verdict: One to think about. To be honest, if I’m looking at a franchise offer that doesn’t even get the initial numbers right, I’m not sure I’d like to get involved. Not saying don’t get involved, but due diligence is important. And even if it is legitimate, it certainly can’t be seen as one of the low-cost franchises.

Koi Tea

I actually quite liked the website for this one. Not that design matters, but the elegant site shows some real care and attention to brand image.

Koi Tea is a family business that offers franchises. The store first opened up in Stafford, Virginia, and it was named after a family member’s love of Koi fish. The company talk a lot about values, especially sustainable business practices and the family approach.

So far, so good. Then I started to dig a little deeper into the company and a couple of red flags popped up.

First up, the website says the company is not allowing franchises because it is still getting it’s ‘feet wet’. Then when you head to the franchise page (yes, it’s not doing franchises but it has a franchise page) it offers these words:

Below are the financial requirements to open a Smoothie King in the United States…

Smoothie King?

I respect professionalism, and if the company can’t even manage to use the brand name on the franchise page, we have a problem. For what it’s worth, initial franchise start-up costs start at $200,000 and could amount to as much as $500,000. You need a minimum credit score of 700, and liquidity of $100,000 for one store.

Verdict: I’d think twice. Not the best option. Smoothie King? These guys can’t even get their own brand name right.

Bee and Tea

Great name.

This is still a relatively new franchise, so new that I couldn’t find their website. Still, there are traces of the brand around the Web. Apparently it has one franchisee currently in the USA. Initial franchise fee is $40,000 and initial costs range from $144,000 to $280,000.

I couldn’t find the website, and all of the digging I carried out resulted in the figures above and, startlingly, no actual evidence of a business foundation date. This is about as far from the best bubble tea franchise as you can get.

Verdict: Great name. No website. Do they even exist?

Happy Lemon Tea

Oh dear.

This brand may have over 500 stores worldwide, but their online presence is hardly reassuring. A Twitter account that hasn’t been used since 2013 and the Master Franchise for the UK being the only website I could find. And yet so many franchise sites say they are one of the best bubble tea franchises around.

Verdict: There is a form on the UK website for prospective franchisees, but I didn’t even dare to fill it in. Most definitely not in the running for ‘best bubble tea franchise’.

Finding the best bubble tea franchise for you

Franchises are not an easy way to make money. In fact, they are businesses, which take time and effort to make profitable. Setting out with the right approach can save you some wasted years and a ton of money. If you feel like you’re ready to navigate the choppy waters of franchise ownership, keep the following in mind.

Know why you are doing it

It’s not enough to ‘want to make money’. Franchisee life is hard and demanding. You need to have a goal to aim at. If you don’t have a goal you will drift as soon as the challenges turn up.

Set some goals that focus on specifics. Set dates and amounts when you’re talking about money. For example, ‘I will make $50,000 annual profit by Year 4’ is a lot more powerful than ‘I want to be rich’.

And besides, if you don’t set goals that are specific, you’ll feel worse when you fail. Managing a business is often just about managing challenges. Small, specific and realistic goals are much more satisfying because you can actually meet them.

Shop around

You’re not going to find the best bubble tea franchise on the first day of looking. Take a full view. Search online and call franchise owners. Get a feel for what it’s like to run a franchise. Find the financial reports and data that (most) franchises happily publish.

Learn about the risks involved and the costs if things don’t work out. And most importantly, choose a franchise opportunity that you can see yourself working long hours at. You’ll need energy and plenty of passion.

Contact the franchisor

The franchisor has a part to play in your success, so it’s important that you feel confident they can help you reach your goals.

Look for a prompt response to your franchisee enquiry. Contact their offices (if they are hard to reach it’s probably not worth bothering).

Before you call any franchisor, have this list in front of you:

  • Was there a professional greeting when they answered the phone?
  • Did you reach a franchise sales representative on your first call?
  • How satisfied were you with their answers to your questions?
  • Were they asking for your information?
  • Did they treat you courteously, professionally, and genuinely care about your needs?
  • Were there any next steps offered? 
  • From 1 to 10 (ten being the best), how would you rate them?

When the conversation about the offer is taking place, ask them about the systems they have. Specifically, ask about the franchise qualifying and sales process. The response should be clear and detailed. All the details you would expect should be discussed, from the royalty fees you will be paying to the grand opening arrangements.

The documents

As things progress, you’ll recieve a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and an agreement. Make sure to have a specialist franchise attorney look over these documents. You need to be aware of any potential problems that may arise. This is an absolutely vital part of the process. Yes, you may expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars into the business over the next few years, but isn’t it better to pay a few hundred for an attorney who will advise you on the safety of the investment before you start?

Note: Inside the FDD you should find a list of all the franchisees. Use the list to contact some of the franchisees. You can get a real feel for how things are for them. There should be some time for you to visit them too.

Running your own business is a great adventure. New franchisees will naturally find it a challenge, but with a solid franchisor and due diligence you shuold be fine.

Are you looking for the best bubble tea franchise? Thinking of running your own franchise business but don’t have any money? No problem. Take a look at How to finance a franchise with no money (4 simple tips).

Can You Lose Affiliate On Twitch? (read this if you stream)

Can you lose affiliate status on Twitch? Are you a Twitch affiliate who is worried about this possibility? Gaining Twitch affiliate status is a big thing, but it can also be a source of constant stress. If you lose that status, you lose income. Don’t worry though, I’ve got you covered. From the Twitch affiliate agreement to the main reasons why losing the status happens, this post is a complete guide on Twitch affiliate status and how to keep it.

A major moment

Gaining Twitch Affiliate status is a big deal. You’ve worked hard to build up an audience and you’ve streamed a lot.

Twitch has recognised this hard work and made you an affiliate, which means you are now able to use the platform as a source of income through affiliate marketing. It is the first step on the road to having a consistent brand on the platform, and monthly revenue.

So can you lose affiliate on Twitch?

The short answer is yes, you can.

Like any major platform online, Twitch has a set of rules. If they are broken and you happen to be a Twitch Affiliate, it’s not a good look. The good thing is that Twitch has made the most common reasons for losing status clear.

Most common reasons why you can lose Twitch Affiliate status

The main reasons someone might lose the status are:

  • Breaking the Twitch terms of service (Twitch’s rules)
  • Account inactivity
  • Streaming on other social media platforms
  • Streaming banned games

There are also other ‘grey areas’ that I will cover later in the post.

Breaking the terms of service for your Twitch account

Twitch has to deal with 0ver 140 million visits per month, and therefore has a straightforward and easy to understand terms of service statement. Basically, all Twitch wants from you is good behavior.

If you feel that you need to see the terms of service in detail, go here. It is a good idea to at least be familiar with them.

If you do break the terms of service, you can potentially expect to find yourself losing your Twitch account. Obviously, this also means you will lose your Affiliate status.

Twitch explains it like this:

When we find someone has violated our Community Guidelines we take actions that can include removal of content, a warning, and/or suspension of their account. We consider our Community Guidelines to be a living document, and we work with streamers, mods, and external safety and policy experts to review and update them regularly.

So make sure you remain in good standing with Twitch and the user community if you want to keep going on your streaming journey.

Twitch account inactivity

Can you lose Twitch Affiliate status through inactivity?

Not necessarily.

You’ll want to stream regulalrly on Twitch anyway, because that’s how you make money. But don’t worry if you feel like taking some time off. Even the top Twitch streamers can leave a few days between streams.

If you drop off the radar for a few months this doesn’t mean that you will return to an account that has lost it’s affiliate status. Just checking in now and again and setting up a semi-regular streaming schedule can keep you relevant.

However, if you decide to take longer stretches of time off you could be leaving yourself open to losing that status. If you are off the platform for longer than twelve months you could lose your status. Bear in mind though, that Twitch does make decisions on a case-by-case basis when it comes to inactive accounts.

This means that even if you are absent for longer than twelve months, Twitch will still look at your account and make a decision based on the details of the account and the history of it.

If you’re still bringing in a ton of Twitch viewers, they won’t want to get rid of you.

If you have a good standing audience you have every chance of Twitch seeing this as a positive thing and keeping you on board, even if you are absent for a long time. Keep up the live streaming as much as you sensibly can though, because very long periods of inactivtiy can lead to you losing affiliate status.

Streaming on other social media platforms

Twitch is not the only streaming platform. You can stream video games on other platforms like Facebook Gaming and YouTube and develop additional ways to make money. However, Twitch will only let you use those other platforms for your streaming under certain conditions.

The golden rule is that you cannot stream the same content you stream on Twitch on other platforms at the same time. Instead, you have to wait 24 hours before you upload the recording of your stream onto any other platform.

Now, I love Twitch, but I can see why some streamers may want to switch to YouTube as part of their streaming journey (as well as any of the other platforms). If this is something you think you may want to do, make sure you cancel your affiliate account first. This is important because it will make your transition smoother, and if you want to come back, and avoid penalties on your ‘main’ platform, it’s vital.

It’s absolutely possible to move from one platform to another if things don’t work out, as long as you keep on good terms with Twitch.

Just remember that golden rule for your Twitch channel. The moment you stream simultaneously on another platform, or use the same content before that 24 hours is up, you’re going to lose your affiliate status.

Streaming banned games

In my opinion, if you decide that you want to play banned games, then you shouldn’t expect to be able to stream them. Even if you are a new streamer it’s pretty obvious why these games are not allowed. They are banned for a reason.

Just in case you think you’re in danger of accidentally streaming a game that is banned, here is the full list as specified by Twitch itself:

Games are restricted from broadcast based on two criteria:

  • The official ESRB rating is Adults Only*
  • The game violates our Community Guidelines as it applies to hate speech, sex, nudity, gratuitous gore, or extreme violence.
  • 3DXChat
  • All Randomized Video Chat Platforms
  • Artificial Girl 1, 2, & 3
  • Artificial Academy 1 & 2
  • Battle Rape
  • BMX XXX
  • Cobra Club
  • Criminal Girls
  • Cuckold Simulator
  • Dramatical Murder
  • Ethnic Cleansing
  • Genital Jousting
  • Grezzo 1 & 2
  • Harem Party
  • House Party
  • HunieCam Studio
  • HuniePop 1 & 2
  • Kamidori Alchemy Meister
  • Negligee
  • Porno Studio Tycoon
  • Purin to Ohuro
  • Purin to Ohuro
  • Purino Party
  • Radiator 2
  • RapeLay
  • Rinse and Repeat
  • Sakura Angels
  • Sakura Beach 1 & 2
  • Sakura Dungeon
  • Sakura Fantasy
  • Sakura Santa
  • Sakura Spirit
  • Sakura Swim Club
  • Second Life
  • Suck My Dick or Die!
  • The Guy Game
  • The Maiden Rape Assault: Violent Semen Inferno
  • What’s under your blanket !?
  • Witch Trainer
  • Yandere Simulator

And yes, the only one I recognise is Second Life.

Can you lose affiliate on Twitch: the grey areas

Over the years, there have been numerous rumors around what can get your affiliate status removed. These include:

The 50 followers thing

To become a Twitch Affiliate you need to meet the following affiliate eligibility requirements:

  • You need to reach 50 followers
  • Get an average of 3 viewers
  • Stream for at least 8 hours
  • Stream for 7 different days

This is a similar list of requirements for other streaming platforms. It is built around the profile of a streamer who has a growing brand. Note the 50 Followers. It is the most challenging part of becoming an affiliate and creating that income stream.

The above set of requirements has to be maintained for 30 days. However, it is important to remember that Twitch will not remove your Affiliate status if you find your Follower count dropping below 50. If things do start to go wrong (and it is quite difficult to lose Followers once you have built momentum) Twitch will still look at your account on a case-by-case basis.

The money thing

Affiliate qualified streamers make money. But that money only stays consistent if the streaming stays consistent. There has been a rumor for years now that Twitch streamers who see a drop in their money also run the risk off being cut off from Affiliate status.

However, Twitch has made it clear that it will look at active streamers and their activity levels first, before money becomes an issue. And the company will of course give you some kind of written notice before anything serious happens.

It could become an issue though. As of July 2022, you have to make a minimum of $50 (for most payment methods) before you get a Twitch payout. And this has to happen, as a minimum, over twelve consecutive months.

If you don’t make that $50 then you are at least putting your Affiliate status under scrutiny. Scrutiny doesn’t necessarily mean disaster, but you need to think about how things are working out for you if you have the status and are struggling to maintain it.

As I hinted at earlier, once you have momentum on the Twitch platform, it’s really difficult to lose it. Something is going wrong if you can’t maintain and grow your income.

How much do Twitch streamers make anyway?

If you’re serious about becoming a part of the Twitch Affiliate program then you need to have some clear expectations on how much money you can expect to make.

First up, the important thing to remember is that this can be hard work. The vast majority of streamers on the platform make hardly any money at all. If this is going to make enough money for you, you will have to make sure you amp up the entertainment value and stream a lot of new content for larger audiences. Getting to Affiliate status is a long road, and a new streamer can become disheartened quite quickly.

The good news is that having Twitch Affiliate status is not the only way to make money on the platform. Through Twitch Bits (an ‘in-game purchases’ type of support for streamers, where streamers get a share of the revenue) and subscriptions, as well as ad revenue, it is possible to make money alongside the status. With that in mind, here are the amounts made by the top 10,000 streamers on the platform:

  • Streamers in the top 100 on the platform make a minimum of $32,850 USD per month on Twitch via subs, bit donations, and ads alone. This pretty much makes that top tier your ultimate goal
  • Content creators in the top 1000 on the platform made a minimum of $7,063 USD per month.
  • Streamers in the top 10,000 on the platform make a minimum of $904 USD per month.

(Figures courtesy of streamscheme.com)

There are a lot of users on Twitch. It’s a huge market for affiliate income if you get the right approach in place.

Can you lose affiliate status on Twitch? – conclusion

Twitch’s Affiliate program is great if you put the work in. If you manage to gain the status, do everything you can to hold onto it. While you may not make north of $32,000 a month, you can still make a healthy income.

I will continue to look at Twitch in future posts. For now, if you liked this post, why not subscribe and enjoy regular updates?

Growing Your Business: Best Practices for Assured Success

This is a guest post by Chelsea Lamb of Business Pop.

Every business goes through five similar stages of growth: Existence, survival, success, take-off, and resource maturity. The first three stages are about having a working business in place, while the latter two are about being extra successful. Regardless of where your small business falls on the scale, there are some best practices that you should, ideally, follow for stable growth.  

Research the market and competitors

Growth involves finding demand and satisfying it – preferably faster, for cheaper, and better. Research the target market to figure out your customers’ expectations and needs. Some facts to pinpoint are industry trends, challenges, consumer pain points, pricing, and purchase habits. Also, it pays to keep tabs on the competition to see what – and how – you can do better.

Come up with specific, attainable goals

Your expansion needs to be guided. Depending on your market research, you should be able to come up with concrete short-term and long-term goals that you can realistically attain for maximum success. According to Business Growth Simplified, you can set and follow three simple goals to ensure growth: breaking even, achieving profitability, and scaling.

Plan out the financial details carefully

You know it takes money to make money. Around 82 percent of businesses fail due to poor cash flow management. Make it a priority to ensure you have enough cash on hand to meet your expansion goals. You may also want to create an emergency fund or find a fallback line of credit to borrow money to meet unforeseen expenses – there are bound to be some.

Diversify and test your product or service

Based on your market findings, you may spot opportunities to meet consumer demand in new, better ways. You may need to diversify your product or service along the way. Leave enough time for this – it can take weeks or months to get a product or service market-ready, as you likely know. You may want to test your offering out thoroughly before launch. Also, test your existing processes to make sure they can withstand heightened demand.

Use business process management (BPM) to be more efficient

Business process management (BPM) is a powerful data analysis technique. It’s an excellent tool for growth if leveraged right. It automates and optimizes processes and workflows by analyzing how people, systems, and data interact. Then, it gives you insight into how you can streamline previously laborious business operations to operate with extra efficiency. When creating a BPM framework, you must constantly monitor the effectiveness and then take extra steps to improve the process and output.

Hire new staff

You may need to hire new staff to meet your expansion goals. This can be harder than you think – you need skilled people who are up to the challenge of expansion. You will need to set up a solid recruitment process to attract top-tier talent. Alternatively, you could work with agencies or freelancers to access services on-demand. 

Revamp your marketing

Changing up your marketing – making a new, more relevant campaign – will generate buzz and help you achieve your expansion goals. Cross-promotions, influencer marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing are good strategies. Promotional videos that showcase your services or products in-depth are essential accompaniments to your marketing copy.

Prepare for risk

Growth can be challenging. You may encounter several issues – money problems, shipping delays, employee sickness, unexpected losses, and more. You must develop resilience and learn how to think on your feet. Prioritizing a healthy work-life balance for yourself and your employees can help. Keep a healthier home and reduce stress by decluttering, organizing, and adding some indoor plants.

Conclusion

Business growth is a process that involves research, planning, creating goals, and then achieving them. Techniques like business process management are worth exploring for gathering insightful data, which you can use to make informed decisions. Be persistent and focus on achieving goals consistently for maximum business growth.

Can STRESS Cause TMJ Flare Up? (Expert Guide 2022)

Can stress cause TMJ flare up? TMJ is caused by a number of things, but is stress one of them? I’ve suffered extreme stress as an entrepreneur and I wanted to find out if it was a cause of TMJ. Read on to find out more.

Note: In this post, I will refer to the disorder as both ‘TMJ’ and ‘TMD’. The two terms are pretty much used to mean the same thing.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull on both sides of your head, just beneath your ears The joint works by moving back and forth, up and down and from side to side. The joint works all day long with this full range of motion. When you chew, yawn, talk or do anything else with your mouth, it’s moving.

Temporomandibular joint disorder is painful and can affect daily life. The symptoms can include a whole range of nasty stuff, such as chronic ear pain and even a locked jaw. Temporomandibular disorder is most common in people who are between the ages of 20 and 40. Women are more likely to develop it than men are.

TMD flare-up symptoms

TMD pain can be unbearable. Here are some of the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder:

  • It is possible to experience mild to severe general jaw pain when you have a TMJ flare-up
  • Chronic headaches are quite common during TMJ flare-ups
  • Earaches are a potential TMD symptom
  • You may experience significant muscle pain in the neck area or in the shoulders
  • Many TMD sufferers complain of difficulty when trying to open their mouth wide
  • A ‘locked jaw’ can be a symptom. The jaw can be locked in place when the mouth is open or closed
  • You may experience a clicking or popping of the jaw
  • TMJ sufferers often report that their face feels tired, or even that they have a dull ache in their facial muscles
  • There can be some real difficulty when chewing food
  • Ringing in the ears (sometimes extremely loud ringing), or Tinnitus, can be a symptom
  • Sometimes there may be some differences in the way your teeth fit or ‘sit’ together
  • The side of the face may be swollen
  • Dental problems and pain, with sometimes very severe cases affecting oral health in the long term

As you can see, TMJ can cause chronic pain. From frequent headaches to shoulder pain, all of the symptoms outlined above can be quite uncomfortable and distressing.

The main causes of TMJ

There are a number of causes of TMJ, including damage to the jaw area and joints and the soft tissue around that area. Alongside these general issues, the most common causes of TMJ include:

  • Arthritis in the TMJ area
  • Acute trauma such as bruising or broken bones
  • A poor bite or ‘improper bite’. This is where your top and lower jaw may not meet properly and your upper and lower teeth do not sit well together. You can experience problems with speech and eating if you have an improper bite. As well as this, your teeth can wear away because of it. Dental work can help.
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Stress

Yes it’s true. Stress can cause TMJ flare ups. I will take a look at how this can be managed later in this post, but if you want to jump there now, go here.

Can stress cause TMJ flare up? – TMJ treatment

There are many ways your healthcare provider can deliver TMJ treeatment. Obviously, your physician will guide you with an accurate diagnosis, but below is a list of common ways to deal with TMJ:

Non-surgical

These treatments will be non-invasive.

  • Use hot or cold packs. If you suffer from severe pain then apply a hot or cold compress or cold pack to the jaw and the temple. Your doctor may advise you to do some simple stretching exercises for your jaw. If they do, apply the packs afterwards.
  • Keep your food soft. I’m not talking baby food, but opt for softer stuff. Avoid chewy foods (like toffee) and particularly hard foods like hard candy. You don’t want to eat sticky foods either. Soft foods will help protect you from TMJ.
  • Avoid extreme jaw movement. When you yawn, that is classed as ‘extreme’. Chewing is also a no-no. If you have TMJ then avoid these kinds of movements. It will place less pressure on your jaw.
  • Splints and nightguards. Ask your physician for guidance on which one to wear. The nightguard is obviously worn at night and the splint is worn during the day. Both help to ensure your teeth are meeting properly when your mouth is closed.
  • Keep your teeth slightly apart. This puts less pressure on the jaw.
  • When you are on the phone, don’t rest it between the shoulder and the ear. This will help you maintain good posture and protect your neck muscles. It will also mean that your jaw is not stretched.
  • Use regular pain medication that deals with inflammation, such as Ibuprofen.

TMJ surgery

You should only really need to have TMJ surgery after all other possible treatment options have been unsuccessful.

TMJ surgery is divided into three separate areas:

  • Arthrocentesis. This is a minor surgical procedure and you will find that it is usually completed under local anaesthetic in a doctor’s office. This is an option that you can have if your jaw locks and your mouth is stuck in the closed position. Needles are inserted into the joint area and the fluid inside the needles washes out the joint.
  • Arthroscopy. This involves a general anaesthetic. The surgeon makes an insicion in front of your ear and then inserts an instrument that has a light. This allows the surgeon to view what is going on inside the joint. The surgeon may remove a small amount of tissue or even realign part of the joint area.
  • Open-joint surgery. This is the most invasive and will involve general anaesthesia. This surgery will only be carried out in the most serious of situations, including those where there is significant scarring in the joint.

Stress levels and TMJ

As I mentioned earlier in this post, TMJ flare-ups can be caused by increased stress levels. All sorts of things can cause stress. Recently, many people had problems due to the stress of covid-19, for example.

This blog is all about business, entrepreneurship and making money. I know that one of the biggest problems that entrepreneurs can face is stress. When you’re trying to create and run a business, you’re going to experience stressful times.

Stress can be an underlying cause of TMD. So here are a few actionable tips to help you take proper care, and reduce the amount of stress in your life.

Empty your head

Your head needs to be emptied of work stuff at least once a day. Some breathing exercises and meditation techniques can be the best way to manage this. Don’t worry about going all ‘Zen’ on this. If you want to really dig into meditation, do so. Otherwise, just find somewhere to sit quietly and relax. That’s a solid step in the right direction.

Taking a deep breath and then releasing it slowly is the simplest way to cleanse your mind. Do it a few times and then just sit back and reflect. I think you’ll be amazed at how this can reduce your stress levels.

Get active

One of the very best ways to reduce stress is to maintain an active lifestyle. Even taking the dog for a walk is good for this. People who maintain physical activity every day feel more relaxed and suffer less stress. Start a sport or hobby that involves physical activity. It’s easier than you think and it can reduce stress.

Talk to people

It’s always good to get out and talk to people. It’s ideal to talk to other entrepreneurs, but even just the people in the local store can offer you a respite from your hard work through a nice chat. Get out from behind your desk and meet real people. The more you engage with others the less stressed you will be. And if you are experiencing times of stress, there is nothing better than talking about it.

Sleep

Forget all those ‘serial entrepreneur’ (possibly the most annoying phrase in the world) types in the media talking about their morning routines and general inhuman ability to work 24 hours a day. Sure, you can pull an all-nighter every now and then, but the more sleep you have, the better you will feel. It will have a direct impact on your quality of life, and you won’t experience as much stress either.

The magic number? That’s 8 hours of sleep a night. Always has been and always will be.

So can stress cause a TMJ flare up?

Absolutely. Alongside all the causes outlined above, stress can cause a flare up and aggravate things to the point where it gets painful. Unfortunately, entrepreneurs experience stress on a daily basis.

If you manage the stress you experience by clearing your head and taking exercise, as well as getting better sleep, you can give yourself a chance of avoiding TMJ symptoms. The good news is that stress relief is not a complicated thing.

Resources

Some links around stress and TMJ for further reading:

Stress:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-relief/hlv-20049495

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/relaxation-techniques/hlv-20049495

TMJ:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tmj/symptoms-causes/syc-20350941#:~:text=Temporomandibular%20joint,-TMJ%20disorders%20affect&text=You%20have%20one%20joint%20on,muscles%20that%20control%20jaw%20movement.

I hope this post was useful. If you want to find out how to make more money, try my most popular post on starting your own ice vending machine business.

How Much To Charge For Website Copywriting (how writers decide)

I think we can all agree that knowing how much to expect freelancers to charge for website copywriting is an important part of your business growth.

You need to be able to afford the right copywriter while staying within budget. I’ve personally worked with content writers for online content at both ends of the scale, from low-cost to high.

And to be honest, I’ve lost a lot of money finding the right fit.

Over the last ten years I have learnt a lot about hiring an experienced freelance copywriter, with a whole bunch of mistakes along the way. In this post I’ll dig deep into what website copywriting is, and how much you should pay for it. Then I’ll talk about the best practices for hiring a writer.

So let’s get into it.

What is website copywriting?

Thanks to peakfreelance.com

Website copywriting is what happens when a professional copywriter creates copy for a website. This can include:

  • Blog post writing
  • Landing pages
  • Product pages
  • Product descriptions
  • Web page copy (About Us page etc.)

And plenty of other aspects. Basically, any writing on your business website, or linked to your website, is website copywriting.

Why is it important for my business?

If you are starting or running a business, there is every need to care about website copywriting. Firstly, your website has to pull in readers rather than send them away. Good website copy does that.

Bad website copy makes you look unprofessional and untrustworthy.

Secondly, as your business begins to grow, you will need plenty of marketing assets. This includes landing pages, brochure copy and product descriptions, as well as plenty of other asset types.

If you don’t have a solid website copywriter working for you, you’re going to come up with sub-par content. That only leads to poor quality marketing campaigns, a lack of engagement and a lack of sales.

What are the different kinds of website copywriting services?

When you are running a business, you will find that there are a number of different types of website copywriting that you need to manage. Below is a list of some of the types you may need:

SEO copywriting. This is arguably the most important type of copywriting that a business owner can pay for. The vast majority of businesses have a website, and that website is only really useful if it is found online.

Finding it online relies on having a strong presencve in search (Google etc.). An SEO copywriter can use stong keyword research to create content that is designed to rank highly with organic traffic in search engines. This means your site gets found in search results by your target audience and because it’s great content, engaged with regularly.

Blogging. Another vitally important part of your web copy, blogging is easy to do but difficult to do well. Great copywriters create blog posts that keep your audience engaged and they also allow you to build authority. The very best blog posts use SEO alongside great writing.

Landing pages. The first page that a visitor sees when they encounter your business is the landing page. This could be a page that has an opt-in form for email addresses. It could simply be your website home page. Or it could be a particular page that answers a problem for the customer and then leads on to further exploration of your website.

Great website copywriters can create landing pages that ‘convert’. A page that converts turns site visitors into paying customers.

Ad copy. Every business needs ad copy at some point. From small Google Ads to full-pages in a magazine, the best copywriter will create ad copy that is incredibly powerful.

What business owners need to think about when hiring a website copywriter

Not all website copywriters are the same. The pricing model each copywriter uses is not the same either. You need to think about a few factors before you start shortlisting possible web copywriter candidates.

Each of the factors below will be responsbile for the many different website copywriting rates you come up against.

Their experience

This is a key part of the selection process and should be treated seriously. Imagine if you were looking for someone to fix your car. Would you choose the brand new mechanic who had just started work? Or would you choose the mechanic who has been employed and working on cars for a number of years?

Choosing any writer who has less than 5 years of experience is a surefire way of ending up with a poor quality job. You will meet a lot of writers in your search for the one who can handle your business writing, but don’t even bother talking to anyone who hasn’t had that magic 5 years plus of expereince.

With that experience, they will have met with numerous clients and worked on large and small jobs. They will also have managed projects that require complex and demanding skills. In other words, they will do the best job possible for you and your business.

There is also the added benefit of working with someone who has plenty of previous clients you can talk to. This will allow you to get a clear picture of how good the writer is.

To sum up, there are a million average writers out there, and significantly fewer exceptional writers. Be careful to check their experience before you start to consider them for the job. This gives you the best chance of finding a good website content writer.

Industry knowledge

Going back to the car idea, having a mechanic working on your car who knows your car inside out makes a lot more sense.

If you can find a writer who knows your industry inside out and can communicate effectively to potential customers, that’s bound to make a difference. Sure, most writers work for a number of different clients from a wide variety of industries, but if you can find one that knows your business and your audience then choose them.

Word count

When it comes to SEO content in particular, a high word count does not necessarily mean better content. And some writers are very well paid just for writing a couple of paragraphs. Content length isn’t necessarily a big issue.

When looking at word count you will see some writers who base their fees on the numbers. This is fine. But only as long as you know exactly what you want to say and how the content will align with search intent.

Deadlines and copywriting costs

If your website project has a very tight deadline the writer may well up their fee a little (or a lot) if they don’t have much time. Deadlines are deadlines, but you could try and make things a little easier financially by arranging for a draft to be written by yourself or someone a little less costly.

This is a way to avoid a full copywriter’s rate. Once the draft is done, you can pass this on to the high quality copywriter who will then be able to polish it and make it effective.

The best way to deal with turnaround time affecting your costs is to simply plan ahead, and make sure that any projects are created and assigned well ahead of time. This prevents your writer from having stress due to there being less time to complete work.

Is your business growing? Why not?

Stop kicking the tyre and start selling on purpose.

Project size and scope of work

This is kind of obvious but a content writing project that takes two months to complete will cost more than one that takes five days. If you know that your project is going to be of a considerable size, then you need to be ready for writers to go big when they decide how much to charge for website copywriting.

As a freelance writer, I have had clients in the past with huge projects. One decided to divide his project up into four parts, with a month in between each part. This way, he could manage his budget better and not face a huge bill upfront. Understanding and managing your project scope could actually make your budget stretch further.

Thinking about the complexity of the project and the scope is important if you’re going to maintain momentum and manage your budget well.

Extra stuff

You may find that you need additional aspects for your type of content. These could include infographics, email campaigns and so on. That’s great, but just expect additional costs.

Sometimes these come up as the project is moving forward. You can’t help this, and it may just pop up out of nowhere that you need an infographic to make your blog post more effective or an About Us for a new website. Writers will factor this in when they are deciding how much to charge for website copywriting.

How much to charge for website copywriting: pay per hour or per word?

Thanks to peakfreelance.com

This is the age-old dilemma when it comes to hiring writers. There are many pros and cons to both sides of the argument. You need to take these into account, because if you’re not careful you could end up paying a lot more than you need to.

Hourly rate

Pros

This certainly seems like it is the way to go at first. With this model, you are paying for work done. This includes research, writing and edting. You know what you’re getting because you’re paying for time. The more time you pay for, the more work gets done.

Cons

You may find that you’re paying for time that is used for communication. That’s the kind of communicaion that frustrates, not illuminates. For example, a writer may charge you for the fifteen short emails that you sent to each other on a Tuesday morning. Not much got done, but it took her time to read them.

There are ways around this particular ‘con’ though. Using time tracking software ensures your writer is at their desk. Also, you could specifiy what you will pay for within the hours worked. Whatever you do though, don’t leave the number of hours ‘open’ at any point. Unless you have a very solid relationship with a writer, be precise and limit the clock.

Per-word rate

Pros

This is what they call ‘the motivator’.

Here a writer is literally paid for the number of words they create. It means you have a guaranteed amount of work that fits the word count you are aiming to hit to rise up in the search engines. If you are in a position where you need a 1000 word blog post for SEO purposes, this is at least a guarantee that you will get the word count you want, or you just pay less.

Cons

Exactly what you would expect. If a writer is writing to a word count, you may get a situation where they are just trying to pad out the piece. You probably won’t get crisp, concise copy anyway. If they have to hit those 800 words then they will hit those 800 words, even if it means a paragraph or two you could do without.

The writer will most likely not create a plan for the work they do, or outline the content. And the editing will be simple at best.

The way around this one? Create a content plan that at least ensures you get the topics/aspects covered that are needed for optimum results.

How an experienced writer decides how much to charge for website copywriting

You can tell an experienced, quality copywriter by the way they set their fees. They will charge by the project. This is often referred to as the ‘project fee’.

You get a guaranteed fixed price fee per project and you’re not wasting money on extra time or word counts. An experienced copywriter is going to consider each of their copywriting projects as an individual project, and will quote accordingly. The base fee is a starting point, and a good copywriter will make that clear. Once the spec for the project has been agreed, the copywriter can then offer a fee.

Good copywriters also consider the ROI (return on investment). If there is a need to gain returns (in the way of sales via a landing page or email sequence) then the cost of the work will be higher. It has to acheive a specific result with a target market, and that result involves money.

A final factor in how an experienced copywriter decides how much to charge for website copywriting is their experience. A writer with 20 years experience will not charge as much as one with 3 years of experience. It just doesn’t make sense.

Also, top copywriters are often subject matter experts, which means that you get the very best quality of work for your money.

Be careful

Be careful when hiring freelance copywriters. Make sure your copywriter achieves your goals. It’s the copywriter that makes all the difference between a successful campaign and a flop.

Copywriters create web content that converts into sales with conversion-focused systems.

The revenue-generating copywriting system is what you’re really paying for.

Your brand needs a great copywriter, and it takes time to find one. It doesn’t happen overnight, though.

How to hire a (good) website copywriter

I don’t want you to waste money and time, so I’ve put together a process that should ensure you get a good copywriter.

First of all…

Does your business need one?

If you’re not getting traffic or sales, you’re going to say yes. However, there are some things copywriters can’t do.

They can’t save your product if it stinks. If you haven’t carried out any market research or sold a significant number and want to scale up, the chances are that you have something that cannot be sold. And good copy can’t sell bad products and services.

This means that if you’re sitting there and thinking that copy can solve all of your problems, you may need to just check and see if there is a clear, hungry market for your product first. And if you’ve sold stuff, even better.

That is when copy can increase sales.

Where do you find one?

Honestly, the very best way to find a high quality copywriter or content writer is by looking aorund the Internet for content you actually like. Once you have done that, contact the company that owns the website and ask who their copywriter was. If it was in-house, they might not be able to work with you. But it may have been a freelancer. If so, this is a great way to contact someone you like quickly.

Get their number

Once you have connected with a few writers in this way (you can hit places like UpWork and PeoplePerHour but you will find it harder to identify quality) it is a good idea to follow this checklist:

During the first call:

  • When the copywriter’s prospecting, do they ask lots of questions? In addition to your current copy and what you like or don’t like about it, a good copywriter should also know about your business, voice, market, strengths, and programs; testimonials from former/current students; and what your goals are for the project (why are you writing this copy, for whom, and with what results).
  • How did they explain your promotion or product during your first call or two?
  • Are they enthusiastic about the entire project?

 During the hiring process:

  • Are there any copy samples available or can you get in touch with their previous clients to check the quality of their work? The background of your copywriter is something you need to be happy with.
  • Are they experienced in your niche or similar niches?
  • Did they review your material before conversations? It is important that they do a thorough “audit” of your website and have a good grasp of what you do.

When negotiating:

  • How do they decide how much to charge for website copywriting and what packages do they offer? Flat fee? Different prices that confuse you? Do they offer a day rate?
  • Is their price for copywriting work consistent with their experience and skill level? A low quote can be just as problematic as a high quote.
  • Have you provided them with a good brief and do they understand it? They need as much relevant information as possible if they are to do the very best job. And don’t forget a clear brief helps them decide how much to charge for website copywriting.
  • How responsive are they to your suggestions and goals, or are they set on a particular course of action? You should consider a copywriter to be a partner – someone who can combine their expertise with your own.
  • Is the freelance writer clear on the drafting process? Will they provide a first draft within your preferred time frame?
  • Are they responsive to comments, questions, and suggestions? Can you imagine how hard communication will be once they have your money if they take so long to respond?

How much to charge for website copywriting: sample copywriting rates

Below are some sample current rates from, respectively, AWAI and Growthlab:

How writers decide how much to charge (thanks to AIWA)
Growthlab- How writers decide how much to charge for website copywriting

How much to charge for website copywriting: conclusion

Your business will need website copywriting. At some point it will need copywriting that is created to sell more products and scale your business.

I hope the information in this post has given you a little more insight into the process.

My name is Sahail Ashraf. My goal is to give you the best business ideas, money-saving tips and health advice for your entrepreneur journey. If you liked this post, please consider checking out The one question that will boost your sales.

How To Get An Apartment At 18 With No Credit (11 expert tips)

Do you need to know how to get an apartment at 18 with no credit?

When you’re looking for an apartment to rent, it can be pretty stressful. It’s even worse when you’re just 18 years old and have no credit to your name. In this post I’ll take you through exactly how you can maximise your chances of getting your first rented place when you’re 18 and a good credit score is just not possible. I will also take a look at how to build good credit at such a young age, and avoid the nightmare of having a low credit score.

So let’s get right into it.

What is my credit score?

That’s a good question. When you’ve just turned 18 and have the world at your feet, you’re going to want to be able to spend some money. Your credit score will tell any lenders how ‘good’ you are for credit. The score is based on a number of factors, including your previous spending. Later, your credit score will be a big part of your life. It will affect any home purchase, buying a car and even simple purchases in stores.

You need a decent credit score to be able to make your way in the world. And one of the first tests of your score is renting an apartment. This is where everything seems to fall apart. How can you have a good credit score when you haven’t been given credit in the past? And how can you prove that you are able to keep up with your rent when you don’t have a good credit score?

What do landlords want?

They need to know that you can be trusted with rent. And for that they need a credit report. They usually rent out their property after having a background check and a credit check carried out. The background check will tell the landlord if you have been evicted from any previous rentals, as well as if you have been convicted of a crime. The credit check reviews your financial history. If you’ve paid on time and borrowed responsibly, you will have a good credit score. This means an individual owner of a property will feel it is safe to rent to you.

When you’re 18 years old and just started out in life, you won’t have a solid ‘financial history’ and there is a very strong chance you won’t have borrowed money from a bank before.

How to get an apartment at 18 with no credit

Follwoing are some simple steps you can take to vastly increase your chances of getting an apartment or rental unit when you have a poor credit score.

Get yourself a co-signer

If you know someone that has good credit, you could identify them as a co-signer. A co-signer is someone who can give landlords peace of mind. If for some reason you fall behind on rent, the landlord will go to the co-signer and ask for the money.

Obviously this can be a little awkward if you don’t pay your rent. But you’re trying to get your apartment, and if you’re serious about it then you need to talk to a family member or friend for this kind of help. They are completely liable for any missing rent if they become co-signer.

Lots of people do this, especially young people (students at college, for example). Have a discussion with someone you know and see what they think. If you can get a co-signer, you can have a chance to get that apartment.

Roomates

Roomates are great to have. They’re even better if you don’t have credit.

Perhaps this particular scenario works best when you’re moving in with close friends. If they have good credit you can base your rental agreement on that. Then, just make sure you pay the rent on time every month. Again, it’s using someone else’s credit to get that rental of your first apartment taken care of, but it makes perfect sense.

How to get an apartment at 18 with no credit with proof of a steady income

If you have a job or source of monthly income that you can demonstrate then this is another way you can get an apartment lease at 18 with no credit. Bank statements can be perfectly adequate evidence of your having a regular income.

Landlords are understandably nervous around the reliability of rent payments, especially with first time renters. But if they can see that your monthly take-home pay is capable of paying for the rent then there is a good chance they will work out some kind of agreement. Most landlords will want to see proof of income (such as pay stubs or evidence from your bank account) for the last 3 months. They will also want to see that your income will confortably cover rent. This means that you should be earning around 3 times as much money as much as your rent will be.

You can also demonstrate your savings too. If you have a few months of rent money saved up and can prove this, most landlords will be reasonable about it.

Move in ASAP

Landlords are forever playing a risky game. They have to mkae sure that their apartments are full at all times, or they don’t receive income. In fact, most landlords are very close to losing money on a regular basis.

This could be a way in for you. If you offer to move in immediately, this can solve the problem of empty apartments for the landlord. They may be sitting on a vacant apartment, and you could be their saviour. You may not have a sound credit history, but you’re available to move in.

This often means that the landlord will discuss a shorter rent term. They may say that you pay for the first three months, for example, and then review the siituation.

Having the ability to move in and start paying rent can mean that your credit history is irrelevant. If this sounds like you, it is a good idea to talk to the landlord with the aim of coming to some kind of agreement.

How to get an apartment at 18 with no credit using references

Perhaps you have previous landlords? Or how about a family doctor who has known you for years? Providing a reference or letters of recommendation from such people can go a long way towards reassuring a landlord about the trustworthiness of potential tenants. They will see this ‘character reference’ as posiitve, as the person wriitng it will vouch for your honesty and good character.

Who to ask? Well, there is the previous landlord and doctor, but you can also ask teachers and people in the local religious community. The best outcome would be a letter of recommendation. This doesn’t have to be a long letter, but it should allow the person writing it to show that they see you as trustworthy and responsible.

Go private

With larger, commercally managed rental properties and apartment complexes ,you will come up against people who are part of a property management company. Choosing to rent with private landlords is a way to avoid the property manager and rental companies that are part of a bigger machine.

A private landlord may not even ask for a credit check. They may want proof of earnings, but could bypass the credit check altogether. Large property rental companies will ask for a credit check as part of their normal processes. A private owner may only be interested in you showing you have enough to cover the monthly rent. As long as those rental payments are coming in, they’re happy.

How to get an apartment at 18 with no credit using a larger security deposit

This one is a little tricky because some states won’t allow landlords to take more than one month of rent as a deposit. It’s worth asking though, and it could mean that you can pay a larger deposit and get that apartment even if you have bad credit or no credit.

This is also dependent on the landlord. If they are happy to do this, negotiate a number and then pay the larger deposit to secure the property.

No credit check apartments

These are becoming more popular these days, and they are exactly what they sound like.

Some landlords (and agencies) offer an apartment to renters without good credit. These will not be high-end properties, but rather properties that need to be filled quickly. And if they need to be filled quickly, their quality may be an issue.

This does not mean that you should avoid this option. Obviously, you could protect yourself by going to see the apartment with someone else. This way you have the opportunity to get someoene elses ‘feel’ for the place. You can also seek references on the property owner and the rental history and make sure that contact details for the prospective landlord are all legit. Ensure you secure a short-term rent first of all, so you can work out if you really want the apartment or not.

How to get an apartment at 18 with no credit by becoming an authorized user

This is not a common method, but more and more young people are using it. If you know someone who has a credit card and a strong credit history, you can ask to be added to their credit card as an authorized user. This will automatically help to build good credit on your credit score.

Take out personal loans

College students could take out student loans, or you could opt for car loans, both of which will help you build good credit. There is a third alternative though, that can save you a lot of stress.

A credit-builder loan is something that a credit union may offer. These allow you to build up credit as you make monthly payments into the loan. You don’t receive payments like you would with a normal loan, but you build credit over time. A credit-builder loan has been designed to help you build credit. This is seen by many young adults as the best way to build credit quickly.

Make a budget

One of the best ways to build credit at 18 (or any age for that matter) is simply to live within your means. If you are able to spend less than you make you will develop responsible habits around money. This means that you are laying the groundwork for a positive future when it comes to credit.

One good tip is to set a budget for a week that you know will save you money. It could only be a few dollars, but once you have achieved this you will feel more confident about budgeting. Then, build a little extra into the process each week until you have got to a stage where you are living well within your means.

What credit score do I need?

Your credit score is just like a kind of financial report card. It tells people like landlords how likely it is that you will be able to pay bills and meet your responsibilities financially. The lower the score, the less likely you will be offered credit or be trusted for significant payments such as rent.

To find out your current score, go to AnnualCreditReport.com

There is no real ‘industry standard’ for the credit report ratings. However, there is a general guide to your current credit score and how it is viewed by people like a potential landlord.

  • Poor: 300 – 579
  • Fair: 580 – 669
  • Good: 670 – 739
  • Very Good: 740 – 799
  • Exceptional: 800 – 850

The minimum credit score to secure a rental property will vary across markets and regions, but it is generally accepted that a score of 650 is the minimum. Individual landlords who ask to see a credit score might ask for more than 650, or less when you make your rental application. You may aso find that some more competitive parts of town may have landlords that ask for a higher credit score.

How do they work out my credit report?

You may have ‘no credit’, but it is useful to know just how the score is worked out. It is usually in the following way:

Payment history: 35%

Total amount of debt owed: 30%

Length of credit history: 15%

Credit mix: 10%

New credit: 10%

If you are 18 and you want to start building a good credit history, make sure you have a good record of making payments. You also need to ensure you have a low debt balance. This covers the 65% of the first two entries on the list above.

You could also open a secured credit card. This is where you open a credit card (not all banks and lenders offer this type of card) and secure it with some money from the outset. The money you lay down becomes your card limit, and you start building up credit from that point onwards.

And pay your bills. If you are late with any bill you may have (even a cellphone bill) the company could alert the credit bureaus, which wil affect your credit score.

How to get an apartment at 18 with no credit

First-time renters without an established credit history can feel like they are unable to make even the first step towards having their own place. However, with the ideas outlined in this post, it is possible to get started even with a lack of credit history.

Please, please remember that it is not a race. The vast majority of people at 18 will not have good credit. This is normal. It’s all about developing budgeting habits, and being a little flexible with how you communicate to landlords.

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Ice Vending Machine Business: Read Before You Invest – 2022

Would you like to run your own business? Have you considered running an ice vending machine business? In this post I will take you through exactly what you need to know to get started as an ice vending machine business owner in the United States.

What is an ice vending machine business?

It is basically a passive income generator. You purchase a number of machines and have them in various high-traffic locations such as convenience stores. Then the vending machines make money as they are used by customers. The machines dispense quality ice, and you make a profit. With only a small investment, an ice vending machine business is a great way to develop a source of passive income that you can scale. In that sense, many entrepreneurs see it as a good investment.

Why own an ice vending machine business?

There are a number of reasons, but I can break it down into the following four:

  • It’s efficient. As a business owner, you won’t face many of the efficiency issues other busiensses have. You won’t need to hire staff, for example. There is also no need for inventory tracking either. These aspects are built in to the business and it’s operations.
  • Low startup costs. Sure, you can’t start your own ice machine business for free, but you can expect reasonable prices as well as a sensible initial investment. It’s also often the case that there is flexibility around financing. It can be one of the more lucrative additions to your business portfolio
  • It’s steady. Unlike many things in life when it comes to business, people will always need ice. Even if it’s just for an ice cube or two for a drink. And ice sales are constant during economic downturns.
  • It’s almost ‘hands-off’. You will have to be part of your vending business to a certain degree, but you won’t have to be anywhere near your machines. Some machines even allow you to check them remotely as they work in retail locations such as convenience stores

What’s the cost of an ice vending machine?

They are not as costly as you might think. Ice House America is one of the leading brands for ice machines and it says that you can generally expect prices for a machine to range from $43,000 to $150,000. For a business that could eventually bring considerable passive income, that isn’t too much money. And if you’re concerned about buying the unit and repairs etc. the machines usually come with a full manufacturer’s warranty for a year.

That said, it’s always worth checking out some ice vending machine reviews to see just what is available out there in your budget range.

There are some machines out there that can cost as little as $20,000. However, you will need to be careful here. The price range quoted in the previous paragraph can offer a machine with a long life. If you buy one for $20,000 you may find out it needs a lot of repair and maintenance within just a couple of years. These repair costs could cost you a lot of money in the long-term.

They’re pretty tough too, with ice vending machines expected to last up to 20 years. This means you don’t have to worry about purchasing a new vending machine a couple of years down the track.

The type of business you run is dependent on what you want and what the vendor can offer. For example, some companies offer only a franchise model, where you have to pay a portion of your profits to them alongside franchise fees. Others will sell you the machine outright. The reason why someone might go for the franchise model is that there is generally more help from the vendor on setting up and so on. But buying outright means you get to keep all the profits.

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Placement

Then you have to think about placement. High traffic locations are absolutely crucial to this type of business. The perfect location is generally one that has plenty of potential customers. These tend to be office buildings for example, but some of the best locations include a gas station or inside convenience stores. Believe it or not, some companies are happy for you to place one on their premises for zero cost. Others will charge and you will need to shop around for the best deal for you.

It is a good idea to make sure the vending machine you choose accepts only remote payments. That way, you’re able to streamline your business. In terms of credit card payments, you will incur minimal ongoing costs. Nevertheless, it is only a minimal cost, which saves you from having to visit your machine on a frequent basis.

Maintenance is one of your biggest ongoing costs. Equipment breaks down occasionally. It is therefore critical that you have a maintenance company at hand. There are companies that specialize in this kind of maintenance. You don’t want to leave your machine for too long without repairs. Check on your machines regularly to minimize repair costs. Contact your maintenance person as soon as possible when something goes wrong. Even if it is something as simple as a water dispenser problem, if you don’t alert maintenance experts quickly, it will cost you money.

While we’re on the subject of maintenance…

How to maintain your ice vending machine

Like most appliances and machines, you can do a lot of the maintenance work yourself just by looking after the units.

Since they don’t need to be restocked regularly, ice vending machines require less upkeep than most vending machines. If you keep an organized schedule and plan in place, your machine will be in perfect working condition and your customers will be satisfied, while consuming the least amount of time and energy.

Keep a detailed maintenance schedule

Stay organized if you want your vending machine maintenance to stay on track. Maintaining a written plan that outlines the steps you need to take and when they need to be taken is a good way to keep from getting behind. Keep a spreadsheet on your computer or on your phone, or a schedule in your office. The schedule should include:

  • Clean surfaces, remove dirt and mud, empty trash cans, disinfect surfaces.
  • Clean ice maker, augers, and add salt each month.
  • Clean machine floors, aerate freezers, and sanitize water dispensers as needed

Plan for water contamination events and monitor them

A local water supply supplies water to your ice and water vending machines. As a result, you will need to watch for water advisories if you have ice vending machines installed anywhere. If the water supply in your area is contaminated or water advisories are issued, you’ll need to take additional cleaning measures. 

Prepare a water advisory maintenance plan that includes:

  • Clean the applicator, the container, the bin, and the auger
  • Remove the sediment and dechlorinator filters
  • Place towels on the machine floor to keep the floor clean while you are performing maintenance, or sanitize the floor afterward

Maintaining and repairing the lot

Improve the appearance of your vending machine to encourage customers to visit it. Adding maintenance steps such as light bulb replacements or surface repairs might be necessary if you own the lot. The land owner may need to be consulted about repairs if you don’t own the lot.

Learn how to start your own vending machine business with under $3000 in capital.

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How much will my ice vending machine business make?

Obviously, you’ll have to work hard and make sure you actively run the business, but the industry can be one that brings considerable income. If you go with the average price points and the expected sales volume in the industry, you can look forward to a net income of around $3,600 per month. Average costs for the month are around $230.

Everest Ice and Water Systems is an INC Top 5000 company and provides a very useful profit calculator on it’s website. Take a look at the calculator here for a realistic idea of your income prospects with ice machines.

A bag of ice is not a huge business cost. Each 100 pounds of ice typically costs $0.25 in water and electricity.

Therefore, a bag of ice weighing 20 pounds might cost as little as $0.05 in utilities. Some people bring coolers, but for those who use bags, they will each cost around $0.10.

This means the variable cost of a 20 pound bag of ice is just under $0.15. If the bag is sold for $1.75, your variable profit is $1.60.

  • A $35,000 machine has a life of 10 years, so it costs around $300 a month.
  • Assume your rent is $300 per month. At $1.60 per bag profit, you would need to sell 375 bags per month to break even.
  • Each day, this amounts to about 12 or 13 bags. Naturally, you’d rather do more than break even, you’d like to make a profit.
  • It is therefore critical that you find a site that attracts 30 customers or more per day

Renting a site

You will likely have to spend some money to rent a site that attracts 30 or more customers per day.

In some areas, it could cost as much as $500 per month.

Gas stations and convenience stores both cater to the same types of customers, so the first place to start is there.

At least 10,000 cars per day is probably a good target.

Furthermore, there should be easy access to the ice machine, good ingress and egress, and road accessibility alongside parking blocks.

With $300 per month in capital costs (machine and site work) and $300 per month in rent, multiplied by an additional $100 per machine per month in licenses, maintenance, repairs, and other costs, the break even point is approximately 14 to 15 bags per day.

If 50 bags were sold per day, a machine would produce about $1700 per month in profit.

How much energy does a machine use?

With environmental concerns now a priority, as well as financial concerns, it’s important to be aware of how much energy your machine will use.

Here is a handy calculator I found online that will give you the full picture on the typical rate of ice maker energy use.

Next steps

To get started with your ice vending machine business take the following steps:

Set up your business by choosing a name and arranging for a logo to be created. The logo is quite easy to take care of. You can head to any freelance websites like Fiverr and get a designer to do it for you there. It won’t hit your bank account hard and will enable you to start branding your business.

Then create a website for your business. Again, this is not expensive, and you can even set up free websites via Google and WordPress. Don’t worry too much about making the site perfect, it’s more about making sure that you have a presence online. Getting your vending machine business listed on Google is also important. Do this by creating a Google My Business listing. You can then be found by people looking for vending services in your area.

Then establish an LLC, corporation, or any other business entity you intend to use for your business. An attorney can help you with your business entity formation, or you can use online resources that can help you do this yourself.

Then, head on over to:

Ice House America

The Ice Depot

Bag of Ice

These are great places to start with setting up your own ice vending machine business. They also offer plenty of ice vending machine reviews that can inform what you do next.

Want to learn about another opportunity? Take a look at my extensive guide to Quiznos franchises. Or how about my guide to can vending machines?

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How to get more freelance copy writing clients

How to get more freelance copywriting clients (even if your tech isn’t that great)

Over the years, I’ve learned how to find more freelance clients for my copywriting business. It’s not easy, but by using a few strategies, it’s definitely possible to grow your freelance business.

Here are five ways you can get more freelance clients:

Share your work

Share your work. If someone asks for a recommendation or someone wants to know who did something cool, do you have an answer? If not, consider sharing what you do. This means sharing example work through your website, social media pages, blog posts, and anywhere else where you have an audience.

Share your story

You should also share your story. For example, tell potential clients about how you got into copywriting or how you started your business. People are naturally curious by nature and people love to learn stories of someone who has walked in the same shoes they’ve walked in.

Get signed up to freelance and social media sites

Make sure you include a link to your website and portfolio in your profiles on social media and job sites. All these sites and social media accounts will help you to get work and find new clients.

You can also find your own clients. Try freelancing websites such as Upwork, Fiverr and PeoplePerHour. When using these platforms to find clients, be prepared to promote yourself in order to attract business.

The advantage of freelance websites is that they allow you to advertise yourself for a relatively low cost. This can be a great way to get the ball rolling when starting out in the copywriting business.

There are also freelancers on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find a freelancing site that connects you with other copywriters in your area then follow or connect with them on social media. You can then offer a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties.

Use networking events

Networking events are great for developing relationships with both new and established clients. It’s an environment where you can connect with new prospects and get to know them better. When done right, networking can be an easy way to generate leads.

On the day of the event, be sure to arrive at least one hour before the event, but not more than two hours beforehand. You’ll want to arrive at a time that gives you enough time to network effectively and also chat with the event organiser.

If you arrive too early, you could come off as too eager and rushed. Arriving too late means you might miss the opportunity altogether, so plan ahead and arrive at a time that allows you to network before and during the event. Be sure to talk with each person in attendance and find points of commonality and interest.

Guest blogging

Do you know how to get more freelance copywriting clients via guest blogging?

The best way to make the most out of your blog is to get other people to read it. If you’re starting a blog, you’re probably aware that there are many ways to get people to check out your stuff including social media, paid advertising, and paid guest posting or blogging.

While paid guest posting is typically frowned upon, it’s actually a great way to get your business noticed if you do it right. It also gives you more credibility when you have actual work on sites other than your own.

The trick is this: don’t just write on any blog. Find blogs in your niche that are already on the rise but are still struggling with content. This is because more popular blogs will have tons of people submitting content, meaning yours will get lost in the mix.

If you are serious about freelancing, building your own business, or running a blog then there are many ways to get ahead of your competition. Instead of trying to do everything at once, focus on one area at a time and crush it before you try another. This way you will get the most value out of the time you spend on each strategy.

Email Marketing Is Not Dead

Email marketing is not dead. It isn’t even resting. Instead, it is very much a strong and vital player in content marketing, and has helped many a small business gain new leads and close more deals. In this post we will look at four reasons why email marketing is still very much a force to be reckoned with.

The first reason why email marketing is such a good idea is that it is affordable. It isn’t free, and when you start to scale up your email marketing it can become a major expense, but right at the start you can save a lot of money. Especially when compared to print marketing, for example.

Added to this, it also has a better return on investment than conventional mailings (the kind of stuff you get through the letterbox). So it’s cost-effective to start with (you just need an email account and possibly an email marketing platform like MailChimp or Aweber) and brings a better ROI.

Relationships are better than selling

E-mail is also incredibly good for building relationships. The best e-mail marketing is not about having a huge list and hammering it on a daily basis. Instead, some e-mail marketing works really well when you already have a relationship with the person you’re communicating with. Dropping a quick line to a business contact and then building a regular series of e-mails out of that is often the best way to achieve ROI on your e-mail marketing. You’re allowed to be nice with your e-mail marketing, and you’re allowed to talk to the person directly. Remember that the next time you are told that the money ‘is in the list’.

With the advent of huge e-mail marketing platforms, you are also able to track and measure almost every aspect of your campaign. This allows you to see what is working out and what is failing miserably. It allows you to stop sending e-mails to people who just don’t want to hear from you, which is a big part of playing nice. It also shows that you know what people like to read.

It’s bigger than social media

The final reason why email marketing is such a powerful tool, even now, is linked to social media. Believe it or not, e-mails are still the most powerful way to reach somebody, especially in a business-to-business relationship. The majority of people out there read their e-mails on their phones or tablets. They don’t necessarily read them on a desktop. And they do this more than they use social media. That means you have a ready and captive audience that will, whatever happens, see your e-mail.

So those are some reasons why email marketing is still a wise investment. The fact that it doesn’t cost that much to setup initially means that, if you run a business, you really have no excuse.

Setting up a powerful e-mail marketing campaign shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours to get right, then all you do is press ‘send’ and wait for your measurable data. Do it right, and you have a whole new weapon in your marketing arsenal.

And I know some business people who only use their smartphones to read their e-mails. That alone should be enough to encourage you to get on top of your e-mail marketing.

Truth be told, there really is only one email marketing solution I really trust, and that is Aweber. I’m an affiliate, but if you hit the link you can even sign up for free. It’s just quick, easy and fun to use.

The Facts: Acute Episodic Stress

What is acute episodic stress? In this post I will give you the facts on stress and what happens when it occurs frequently.

In response to predators and danger, the body relies on stress to protect itself. The body floods with hormones that prepare it to face or evade danger. Often, people refer to this as a fight-or-flight response.

Challenges and threats force humans to react physically. In times of challenge, people can use physical resources to stay and overcome the challenge, or to escape as quickly as possible to safety.

As a result, the body produces higher amounts of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. In response, these physical reactions occur:

  • Blood pressure increases
  • Muscle preparedness is enhanced
  • Feeling sweaty
  • An alert disposition

All of these factors improve an individual’s ability to manage potentially dangerous or challenging situations. Heart rates also increase when norepinephrine and epinephrine are released.

A stressor is an environmental factor that triggers this reaction. There are many things that can trigger anxiety and stress, such as noises, a speeding car, scary moments in movies, or even a first date. There is an inverse correlation between the number of stressors and the level of stress.

Effects on the physical body

Normal bodily functions, such as digestion and immunity, are slowed down by stress. The body can then focus on breathing, blood flow, alertness, and muscles preparation for a sudden demand.

As a result of an acute episodic stress reaction, the body undergoes the following changes:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Breathing becomes faster
  • There is a slowdown in digestion
  • Decreased immune activity
  • An increase in muscle tension occurs
  • A heightened state of alertness decreases sleepiness

The way a person responds to a difficult situation will determine how stress affects them. Multiple stressors can occur in a row or at once without causing a severe reaction in some people. Stress may have a stronger impact on some people than others.

When a person feels as though they do not have enough resources to cope, they will likely have a stronger reaction that could have a detrimental impact on their health. 

Even positive experiences, such as having a baby, going on vacation, moving to a better home, having a promotion, and going on vacation, can cause stress.

The reason for this is often the fact that they entail a substantial change, extra effort, new responsibilities, and a need to adapt. In addition, they often require people to take risks.

If someone receives a promotion, for example, they may be anticipating a higher salary, but wonder whether they will be able to handle the extra responsibilities that will come with it.

When you respond to challenges in a persistently negative manner, your health and happiness may be adversely affected.

Types of stress

  • Stress related to routine tasks, such as childcare, homework, or finances
  • An unexpected loss of a family member or a job loss can disrupt your life
  • Stress caused by extreme trauma, such as accidents, assaults, environmental disasters, or war

Experiencing episodic acute stress

It is usually the most common form of stress, being short-term and common. When people are faced with recent pressures or upcoming challenges in the near future, acute stress often develops. If this happens a lot, it is known as episodic acute stress.

A person may feel stressed about an upcoming deadline or a recent argument. This short-term or episodic acute stress, however, will go away once the dispute is resolved or the deadline is met.

Most acute stressors have an immediate and clear solution. People can get out of even the most difficult situations despite their challenges.

In comparison to long-term, chronic stress, episodic acute stress does not cause the same amount of damage. An upset stomach and tension headaches are some of the short-term effects.

Repeated episodic acute stress can, however, become chronic and harmful over time.

How To Stop Clenching Your Jaw From Stress (Easy guide 2022)

Do you need to know how to stop clenching your jaw from stress? A huge 1 in 10 people suffer from this awful condition. By the end of this post, you’ll know more about the problem and how to solve it.

If you find that you are walking up with a terrible headache and a sore face there is a very good chance you could be clenching your jaw during the night. Jaw clenching is a real pain (excuse the pun) and it can be due to a any of a number of reasons. One of these reasons can be stress. Whatever the reason, it can mean that you can suffer terribly. In some rare cases you could even experience life-changing illness.

Aside from the pain you might experience, other signs that you could be clenching your jaw at night (or any other time for that matter) include:

  • You experience limited range of motion when your mouth is open
  • A feeling that your jaw is ‘locking’
  • A clicking sound in the jaw (‘TMJ’)
  • You might find that your teeth are actually painful, with tooth damage a real possibility. In some cases you can even experience loosening of the teeth
  • Your jaw may be paiful and sore
  • While you eat, you might experience significant pain

Any one of these symptoms is a good reason to go and see a dentist. There are plenty of good dentists out there who understand that such pain and discomfort can be distressing so if dentists do generally bring you more stress just look for one that offers ‘anxiety-free’ treatment.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why we clench our jaws in the first place. Understanding the cause of your jaw issues can really help when it comes to treatment.

Grinding our teeth (Bruxism)

This is very common and can be caused by a number of reasons. You could have misaligned teeth, which can cause you to grind them together. Or you may have sleep apnea.

One of the most common causes of bruxism is stress. If we experience stress during the day we could ‘take it to bed’ and end up grinding our teeth while we sleep. Teeth grinding is a real problem because of the discomfort, as well as it being one of the causes of jaw clenching. Check out this study here for further information on just how common it is.

How to stop clenching jaw from stress – The signs of bruxism

  • Disrupted sleep.
  • Headaches or facial pain, especially in the morning.
  • Earaches.
  • Painful or loose teeth (even loss of teeth)
  • Sore jaw muscles.
  • Teeth fractures and teeth damage.
  • Worn-down teeth or excessive wear on the teeth.
  • TMJ, which sounds like clicking or popping in the jaw.
  • Pain with eating.
  • Tight jaw and jaw locking.

Note: the above symptoms of bruxism are not exhaustive.

The good news is that teeth grinding can be cured. This is especially true for day time bruxism (sometimes called awake bruxism). There are also plenty of treatments for night bruxism too.

Other causes

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

This is most commonly known as TMJ or TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorders can be a real nightmare, sometimes going undiagnosed for years. They can give you terrible jaw pain and muscle pain, and can even lead to eating problems whereby your levels of nutrition are at risk. This makes it a key cause of bruxism.

TMJ disorder has a number of causes. The pain it brings can lead to serious consequences though, including permanent dental damage, and even mental health problems. A health proffesional can diagnose temporomandibular disorder quickly, so it is well worth seeking an appointment sooner rather than later.

Over or excessive chewing

Remember when your parents told you not to chew gum because it was bad for you? They may have had a point.

If you are one of life’s ‘chewers’ and you like gum, or chewing pen tops etc. then you could be looking at some issues around clenching of your jaw.

Tetanus

Tetanus is also called lockjaw and is a common cause of jaw clenching and grinding teeth. It is actually a bacterial infection and can develop and spread very quickly. Your healthcare provider will have to be involved if you develop tetanus. It can be very serious and even lead to death.

As one of the more serious medical conditions it does need swift treatment with vaccinations. This should not be an issue for the average person if they are up to date with their vaccination plan.

Sleep disorders

Many people have some form of sleep disorder. If you have obstructive sleep apnea your breathing is affected while you sleep. During sleep apnea your brain and central nervous system will send signals to your body to clench your jaw. It can also cause sleep bruxism. In severe cases, long-term sleep apnea and other disorders can cause serious damage to your teeth.

Stress

Stress and anxiety disorders can lead to clenching of the jaw while you sleep and during the day. The whole thing is unconcious, with highly stressful events or long-term anxiety bringing tension to the whole body, not just jaw tension.

There is a clear link to stress causing problems for your overall health. Too much stress can bring about jaw clenching and bruxism (both daytime bruxism and nighttime bruxism).

How to stop clenching jaw from stress: Ways to manage excessive jaw clenching

Jaw pain that comes from jaw clenching and teeth clenching can be extremely uncomfortable. Here is what to do about it.

Jaw exercises

Jaw joint stretch

This is a really simple exercise to do and should bring relief if you do it on a regular basis.

  • Rest the tip of your tongue behind the upper front teeth
  • Lower the bottom half of your jaw so the lower teeth move away from the upper teeth

This technique helps quite quickly, by stretching and relieving muscle tension and tightness in the lower jaw and the neck area.

Manual jaw opening

  • Warm up your mouth by opening it slowly a few times. Only open it slightly. This will allow your mouth to become a little more relaxed
  • Place your fingers on the tops of the front four bottom teeth
  • Pull down slowly until it starts to feel a little uncomfortable
  • Hold for thirty seconds
  • Release slowly
  • Do this three times and then focus on extending until you can manage twelve repetitions

Using a night guard

A night guard or a mouth splint has been specially designed to protect your mouth when you are sleeping. It is not always possible to purchase a bite guard that can meet your own physical requirements so it is important to consult with your dentist first. Splint therapy can be very effective. Using a mouth guard may be a little tricky at first, but once you are used to it you’ll start to see enourmous benefits.

Massage

Open up your mouth and then gently massage the area just below your ears. You will find that, not only is it an incredibly pleasant and satsifying feeling, but also a great way to apply gentle treatment for jaw clenching pain. Make sure to rub in a circular motion a few times a day.

The food you eat

If you are suffering from sore jaw muscles or general pain caused by clenching, then look into eating softer foods. Getting used to making smoothies for breakfast is just one way to make a huge difference to your pain management. It’s not for life, but just until the pain is less intense.

How to manage stress

If stress is one of the main causes of jaw clenching and teeth grinding, what can we do to reduce it?

There is no best way to manage stress but there are many aspects to stress management. Try the following ideas and you should find a good fit for your particular lifestyle.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise needn’t be strenuous. Just twenty minutes of gentle exertion a day is good, and will ensure that your mind is taken off some of the intense stressors it can be filled with.

Most importantly, when you are exercising, your brain clears as you focus completely on the task at hand. This automatically reduces stress.

Get organised

With good organisation, you can get control of your day. Stress only develops when you feel like you have no capacity to manage a task or situation. But if you organise yourself more effectively, you will find capacity.

There are thousands of methods and tools you can get hold of that will give you more control over your life. Look into them and get curious. Your life isn’t meant to be stressful all the time. Organise it.

Get social

This actually works well. Find a group in the local community that shares your interests and join it. It’s the best way to meet new people and to develop a support network. Just being able to chat to people on a regular basis outside of your daily life can help to reduce stress.

Get challenged

You can build confidence by setting goals and challenges, whether at work or outside. It may help you cope with stress in the long run. Also, it can inspire you to get active.

Make sure you’re relaxed with relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques can help remove stress very quickly.

Make sure you’re all set before you relax:

  • The best space for any relaxation technique is a quiet, cool room. You musn’t be disturbed 
  • You don’t have to lie down but you can if you want. Or you could just sit comfortably with your legs uncrossed
  • Remove any footwear and try to ensure you are wearing loose-fitting clothing
  • Close your eyes. If you’re not comfortable with this, look at a spot in front of you
  • Focus on your breathing

With breathing, it is all about developing the ability to focus.

When you’re breathing, you can sometimes breathe too quickly and in a shallow way. This is not good and it can create more stress. Try the following exercise to help get your breathing back to normal.

Here’s how to control your breathing:

  1. Hold your chest with one hand and your stomach with the other. Your stomach should move more than your chest when you breathe.
  2. Inhale slowly and regularly (preferably through your nose). Breathe in while watching your hands. You should move your stomach, not your chest.
  3. Slowly exhale.
  4. Do this twice a day, 10 times.

Getting the hang of this might take a while. Your hands won’t need to be on your stomach anymore once you’ve got it down.

How to stop clenching your jaw from stress

It’s clear that jaw clenching and bruxism can be brought on or worsened by stress. if you’re suffering from either of these two issues, consider the tips above.

3 Confidence Hacks to Raise Your Game Today

Do you need more confidence? Boosting your confidence can have a direct impact on your money-making potential. In this post I’m going to go through some quick and dirty hacks that will help you appear and feel more confident instantly.

I used to be a person who lacked confidence. Even now I have my off days. There are many reasons for this, and if you’re truly lacking in confidence you may find that you have a lot of work to do. But if you want to boost your confidence quickly, there are ways to fast-track your way to being the most relaxed and assured person in the room.

The Invisibility Cloak

I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, but we all have to admit that the cloak he wears to make himself invisible is one of the coolest things ever.

Science hasn’t brought us an Invisibiity Cloak yet (although it has created invisibility) so until then, we have to wear one of our own making. Seriously.

If you find yourself in a social situation or on a call where you feel nervous and lacking in confidence, it is time to don that cloak. Inagine putting on a cloak that makes the real you invisible. It’s fun, right? You can pretend that your real self is invisible.

Then pretend that the cloak allows you to be someone else. Your real self cannot be seen, but your cloak allows you to be someone else for that social situation, or that call. There’s nothing wrong with this, because we all play different ‘roles’ throughout our day. We might be a parent for two hours, and an office worker for six. We could be an obedient worker for part of the day, and an epic gamer with legions of fans at night. Different roles.

Just wear the cloak that turns you into a confident, assured person.

Get the posture right

Posture has a hell of a lot to do with confidence. Stand with your back straight and your head up high. You’ll not only look like you’re confident, you’ll actually feel confident.

Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy talked about the ‘Power Pose’. Standing like this literally makes you feel more confident. Watch the video and then try it for yourself.

Prepare

Whenever you are facing a situation where you would normally feel that you lack confidence, just prepare. This is why athletes practice. They know that running through exactly what they will do, thousands of times over, is the very best way to make sure that they will achieve on the big day.

Prepare as much as you can for whatever you are facing and you will feel more confident when you step in the room.

The three tips above are super-powerful. If you are going to take anything away from this post, know that preparation is key. If you are prepared, you are naturally going to feel more confident.

How To Finance A Franchise With No Money (4 simple tips)

Starting a franchise with no money is obviously not the ideal way to begin. But sometimes, it’s just the way it is. In this post I will go through a complete rundown of what to do about getting a franchise off the ground when you have nothing in the bank. 

First, take a look at your finance options

Sorry to break it to you but you will need some money if you want to start a franchise. This means that from a zero funds starting point, your first job is to try and find a source of financing.

Some of the newer franchises may actually lend you the money to start a franchise operation. This is not always the case, and is most definitely not the case with established franchises like Subway. But if a franchise thinks you have what it takes, it may lend you the money.

A franchise that is willing to lend you the money for start-up costs may also be happy to lend you money for equipment. Be aware that this arrangement is not common, but you should most definitely look into what a franchise offers before you think you can’t get the money in place. 

Some franchises offer financial incentives for certain groups, such as veterans and minorities. Again, take a look at their offers and see if they can help you get through the door.

How to finance a franchise with no money: Use your equity

You can access the equity in your home quite easily. It can prove to be a great way of getting your hands on money that you can pump into your new business. 

Consider a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC). A home equity loan can give you up to 85% of the equity you have gained over the years of owning your home. In some parts of the world, home equity loans are known as second mortgages. This is because you are borrowing money against your home. 

You will get the equity as a lump sum. This means if your franchise opportunity is going to cost you $75,000, you could pull that down in an equity loan as one amount. 

You can expect a 5-30 year term on an equity loan. You can’t go in with your eyes closed though, because there is the possibility that you could lose your home if you don’t make the payments. Remember, this is money secured against your home.

A HELOC allows you to have a line of credit rather than a fixed sum. You can borrow money whenever you need to, up to the credit limit provided by the lender. And while home equity loans are a fixed amount with a fixed interest rate, HELOC agreements follow the interest rate on its ups and downs. 

The trade-off is simple. With a HELOC you can manage your borrowing more carefully (you may not need as much as you thought you did) but your interest rates can go up suddenly.

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How to finance a franchise with no money: Team up

Partners are a huge part of the early days of many franchises. These are people who are able to invest some money into the new franchise business and help get it off the ground. 

You can approach members of your family for small amounts of money, like crowdfunding. This is becoming more common these days. Alternatively, you can approach individuals who are able to offer larger sums for a share of the business. 

Like all serious business agreements, even if they are with family members, you should seek the advice of a lawyer. They will be able to draft a contract that protects everyone when large sums of money are at stake.

How to finance a franchise with no money: Take it to the bank

You can of course ask for a simple and straightforward bank loan. Bear in mind that a bank will only lend you money if you have good credit. After looking at a ton of franchise opportunities online, I have found that you will most likely have to stump up around 20% of the original start-up costs if a bank is going to take you seriously.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. You can offer collateral, such as your home. And you may even find a franchise offer that has a lending system attached (when they partner up with a  finance company). 

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are guaranteed in the United States. You obtain a loan from a bank, but the SBA guarantees to repay it if you default. In many cases, SBA loans are easier to get than conventional loans.

Additionally, the SBA has a list of franchisors it has approved. The application process is fast if your franchisor is on the list.

SBA loans are still hard to obtain. In general, you need a good credit score (as high as 680). It will also require you to come up with a down payment of 20-30%.

So what can you do?

If you want to avoid a high-risk situation, you should probably go down the route of finding partners. Unless you are committed to working your socks off for an established and successful franchise, it’s probably not a good idea to bet your house against your success.

If you are starting a franchise with no money, don’t worry. I have found that it is worthwhile looking at all of the options above. You may discover that you have to borrow from your family first, then take out a loan to pay back later, after you have become successful. Or you may have the 20% required for a bank to lend you some money.

In the next post in this series, we will look at finding the right franchise for you.

I’m Sahail. I am on a personal mission to help people make money, save money and stay healthy (so they can enjoy it). Join me.

Relaxium Ingredients (Special Report)- Do They Really Aid Sleep?

“Don’t buy into the 20-hours-a-day entrepreneur myth. You need to sleep 8 hours a day to have a focused mind.”

James Altucher, Angel Investor, Hedgefund Manager, Author, and Podcaster

In this post I focus on Relaxium ingredients and the quality of the product. Does it do the job? Or is it another sleep aid that just doesn’t cut it?

All entrepreneurs need to sleep, right? If you’re anything like me, you’ll know how tough it can be to get the kind of sleep experience that means you jump out of bed with energy in the morning. In fact, some nights might not bring much sleep at all. In the United States, nearly 70% of Americans have some form of sleep disorder.

I’m obsessed with getting better sleep because it helps me function better the next day. Recently, I became intrigued with the possibiilty of using natural sleep aids. I’ve tried teas and oils already, all with natural ingredients. Some are good, some are bad.

In this post I’m going to dive into Relaxium, a sleep supplement that promises restful sleep without that heavy feeling you might get from a prescription drug.

Relaxium ingredients are made up of only natural products, which to me is a good sign that this is exactly the kind of sleep aid I’m looking for.

Can Relaxium help you get a better night’s sleep? Well, the bottle seems to think it can. It states that Relaxium can help you:

  • Fall asleep 140% faster
  • Sleep 286% longer without interruption 
  • Wake feeling 69% more refreshed
  • Experience 80% better concentration

Let’s take a closer look.

The 30,000 ft view


Pros
Some of the active ingredients are evidence-based
Contains antioxidants, which can protect against serious diseases
Relaxium carries a 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons
Some of the ingredients don’t have an effect (in the dosage contained in Relaxium)
Potential side effects, some of them serious
There are less expensive sleep aids available

What is Relaxium?

Relaxium is a natural sleep aid. It was created by Dr. Eric Ciliberti and has been designed to give you better sleep quality. It is sold as a dietary supplement that is non habit forming and full of only natural ingredients. When it comes to drug administration, you take it as two capsules per day with a glass of water.

Dr. Ciliberti is a renowned neurologist and sleep expert. He has over 30 years of experience in medicine. The clinical neurologist gained his medical degrees from leading universities like Georgetown and Tulane. He created Relaxium using state of the art technology, with his focus on combining natural ingredients that promote stress relief.

He is founder of the American Behavioral Research Institute. Last year Relaxium was in the INC 5000 top companies list. After receiving news of the company being included, Ciliberti said:

“I’m proud of what our team has achieved so far in helping so many suffering from these common enemies, sleeplessness and mood disorders. Our receiving this recognition inspires us even more to help everyone who is anxious and sleep-deprived in America”

Inside Relaxium are eight main ingredients (which we will get into shortly) that are both proven to promote a good night’s sleep and restore your circadian rhythms.

Inside our brain is a central clock that synchronises with the various systems and processes in our body. The internal clock runs all of the essential processes and systems, and is itself guided by what is happening in our environment. Sleep is run via a circadian rhythm, responding to day and night cues (light and darkness). This particular rhythm of sleeping and waking is otherwise known as the sleep/wake cycle.

It all runs to the rhythm of that internal clock. Insomniacs and people who have disturbed sleep are outside their natural sleep cycle, and therefore have a disrupted circadian rhythm. Healthy sleep patterns can be restored through lifestyle changes and the use of natural sleep aids like Relaxium.

Does it work?

Relaxium Sleep does contain a number of ingredients as part of a revolutionary formula that has been shown to help deliver a good night’s sleep. The ingredients help to promote a good and healthy sleep cycle and have been shown to help produce melatonin.

Melatonin is the hormone produced by your body to induce sleep. Melatonin also reduces cortisol levels. Cortisol can increase stress and anxiety, which obviously affects regular sleep patterns.

When it comes to the efficacy of Relaxium ingredients, Melatonin has been proven to reduce dopamine levels, and this promotes restful sleep. You also have magnesium in Relaxium, and that helps to reduce stress levels too.

Other ingredients include:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Gamma-amino butyric acid (GBA)
  • Chamomile extract
  • Passionflower extract
  • Apigenin

All of these ingredients are non-habit forming when taking the recommended dose, and have been proven to help improve your quality and duration of sleep.

Relaxium ingredients in detail

Here is a full list of all the ingredients in Relaxium Sleep:

  • Magnesium (100 mg)
  • L-tryptophan (500 mg)
  • Melatonin 5 (mg)
  • Ashwagandha (125 mg)
  • Chamomile extract (75 mg)
  • Passionflower extract (75 mg)
  • Valerian extract (228.9 mg)
  • Hops (228.9 mg)
  • GABA (100 mg)

Magnesium

Relaxium Sleep contains 100 mg of magnesium per serving. Magnesium has been proven to help bring about an improvement in the quality of sleep.

Is magnesium good for sleep? There’s some research that shows magnesium supplements can:

  • Boost your sleep duration.
  • Enhance your sleep quality.
  • Get a good night’s sleep by reducing restless legs syndrome symptoms.

It’s safe to take magnesium supplements, but some medications might interfere with them. Consult your doctor before using them. When it comes to how long it takes before you see the effects, you’ll get the most benefit from magnesium if you take it consistently for a long time. Some people see sleep benefits after a week. For others it can take up to three months for real benefits to be appreciated.

Gamma-aminobutyric acid

GABA is a neurotransmitter that blocks nerve impulses. GABA deficiency may cause:

  • Disorders of anxiety or mood
  • The development of epilepsy
  • Chronic pain problems

Some researchers think GABA boosts mood or relaxes the nervous system.

In addition to helping you fall asleep, GABA also helps you sleep soundly at night. An experiment on 13 adults found GABA to be relaxing and anxiety-relieving.

Chamomile

Relaxium ingredients include chamomile, which because of its chemical structure, makes you sleepy. Plant extracts contain apigenin, a chemical compound that binds to the brain’s GABA receptors and makes you sleepy. They’re also the receptors that bind to benzodiazepines, the anti-anxiety drugs that have a calming impact.

Passionflower

Another of the natural ingredients in Relaxium, Passionflower has been proven to induce a relaxed feeling. It boosts GABA levels in the brain, which helps to relax you and therefore can really help to improve your sleep.

L-Tryptophan supplement

It’s an essential amino acid that turns into serotonin and melatonin, which helps you sleep. According to another study among the elderly, those who ate high-tryptophan cereal slept longer and better.

Valerest proprietary blend

It’s a well-known herbal sleep aid that helps people sleep quickly. Traditionally, it’s used for insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety. Valerian root extract is present in Relaxium sleep at a concentration of 228.9 mg per tablet. Valerian extract is widely seen as one of the best ingredients to help promote deep sleep.

Melatonin

Your body makes the hormone melatonin naturally. Natural levels of melatonin control your sleep patterns. Sleep problems (insomnia) can be treated with man made melatonin. Falling asleep faster and waking up less at night is the result. Jet lag symptoms can also be relieved by the use of melatonin supplements.

Relaxium ingredients: Ashwagandha

Since ancient times, Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to make people feel relaxed. Plus, it helps you lose weight and promotes healthy sleep.

Ashwagandha reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation. In 2019 a clinical study showed it could possibly reduce insomnia.

According to the manufacturers of the product, Relaxium Sleep should start bringing benefits the day after you start using it. You should find that the medication does the following for you after a few days of usage:

  • You will find it easier to fall and stay asleep
  • It will be much easier to achieve deeper sleep
  • You will feel that you have improved mood and a more balanced mood
  • There will be less inflammation and pain in your body
  • You will find yourself waking in the morning to feel energized and refreshed 
  • You will experience overall better digestion 
  • You will have a stronger immune system 

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Sleep disorders

Sleep problems affect many people. Sleep issues can fall into the following categories:

Insomnia

This is where you have difficulty getting to sleep. You can also suffer from insomnia if you wake up too early and find it hard to get back to sleep. Your health care provider will make a diagnosis of Insomnia (known as primary insomnia) but they will look at other aspects of your lifestyle before they identify the problem. If you have a serious insomnia problem then your physician will create a treatment plan.

Restless legs syndrome

You may experience lack of sleep due to a creeping sensation in your legs. This sensation can only be relieved by moving or shaking your legs. Your healthcare provider will offer a treatment plan if this problem is serious.

Sleep apnea

More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.

National Sleep Foundation

This is a sleep disorder that can seriously reduce your chances of a good night’s sleep. Sufferers will ‘gasp’ or snort during sleep, waking themselves up. They may also find that they have excessive tiredness in the daytime. Many suffererers have found that essential oils such as Lavender and Marjoram can help.

Sleep disorders are identified and treated by physicians. Chronic insomnia, for example, is a medical condition that means reduced hours of sleep and potential sleep deprivation. It will be treated accordingly after you seek professional medical advice.

Potential side effects of Relaxium ingredients

Sleep aids work differently for different people. Sometimes this means that there are side effects due to the Relaxium ingredients mix. It is important to remember that there are numerous natural ingredients in Relaxium, but that the vast majority are in low doses.

One side effect has been nausea. Some people who take Relaxium also talk about feeling tired during the day. The active ingredients can cause these problems for certain people. It is recommended that you seek medical advice with any sleep aid usage.

Relaxium sleep aid should not be taken with any other medications (including over the counter sleep aid options) until you have had a full discussion with your health care professional. You may have some existing health conditions that could cause adverse effects when used alongside Relaxium.

For some people GABA can bring one of the more serious side effects. Some patients have spoken about muscle weakness. While this is not necessarily damaging, it can be very unpleasant. Alongside that muscle weakness, GABA can have other effects on the human body. Upset stomachs and headaches can be side effects. If you do experience side effects like these consult your medical professional.

The passionflower problem

Passionflower can also bring side effects. While it can contribute to a good night’s sleep it can also cause drowsiness during the day. Some patients have also complained of confusion and cognitive impairment during the day too.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies then you may well have problems with Relaxium, including:

  • Stuffy or itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Shortness of breath or tightness of the chest
  • Rash (hives)
  • Swollen lips, tongue, or mouth
  • Gastrointestinal issues (nausea, diarrhea)
  • Dry or cracked skin

Some of the more serious side effects can be present in patients who already take antidepressant medication. They could find themselves developing a potentially dangerous condition known as Seratonin Syndrome. Elderly patients can also be vulnerable to the same symptoms.

The symptoms are:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Delirium
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Easily startled
  • Fever or increased body temperature

Side effects are not a problem for everyone. An effective dose of Relaxium contains the highest quality ingredients and has been shown to help bring a deeper sleep. For some people though, the product is just not the right solution. Before you take Relaxium consult your doctor. Be mindful of the ingredients. If you are allergic to any of them you should not take Relaxium for a sleep solution.

One thing to note: if you are taking any other sleep aid medication (including prescription medications) you will need to talk to your doctor about the best course of action. And please bear in mind that the product is only intended for short-term use. Taking anything for sleep should always be on a limited time basis.

How to buy Relaxium

Relaxium is not the only sleep solution. But if you think it is one that you would like to try then you can purchase it directly from the website with your credit card. You can also buy it on Amazon. Reassuringly, Relaxium does carry a money back guarantee.

Relaxium Sleep reviews

There are a number of reviews and testimonials on the official website for Relaxium. They give you a good idea of what customers think of the product:

  • “Great customer service. Everything went as scheduled.”
  • “Don’t miss out, this product really works. I was addicted to Ambien and Lunesta. (After switching to Relaxium), I was sleeping 8 hours per night within the first week.”
  • “Slept the whole night through. Never had a problem falling asleep.”
  • “Finally, some rest at night!”
  • “A great alternative to potentially addictive sleep medications.”

Obviously, you will have to try Relaxium for yourself. The general consumer understanding is that it is as effective as other major over the counter and prescription sleep medications. You can also find a free trial of Relaxium here.

The best ways to promote healthy sleep

Making Relaxium Sleep part of your daily routine is not the only way to promote a natural sleep-wake cycle. Try the following tips for your lifestyle:

  • Creating a sleep schedule
  • Reducing stress and anxiety at night
  • Getting plenty of physical activity during the day (getting tired helps you to sleep)
  • Avoiding stimulants including caffeine and nicotine
  • Practicing mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis
  • Eliminating phones and other tech from the bedroom
  • Reserving your bedroom for sleep only
  • Creating a comfortable, relaxing bedroom to sleep in
  • Reducing noise and light disturbances (some people even buy black out curtains)

My verdict

Some of the ingredients in Relaxium Sleep have been shown to be ineffective at that particular dose. For example, Magnesium is often highlighted as a Relaxium ingredient that isn’t represented enough. A recent study found that Magnesium can promote better sleep, but the dosage in the study was over 3 times as large as the one found in Relaxium.

Then we come to I-tryptophan. Again, that is viewed as underdosed in Relaxium.

However, as I said earlier, it’s all about how it interacts with your body. Each individual will have a different reaction.

Here’s how it went for me.

There was no immediate impact. Relaxium has claimed that the first night on the stuff would be a night that saw improvements in sleeping. This was not the case for me. However, I will say it calmed me and made me feel more relaxed.

After two weeks I started to experience a deeper sleep. Not waking up in the night was a real bonus for me and a vast improvement on just a couple of weeks earlier.

Overall, I’m not feeling groggy during the daytime (four weeks in) and I am generally sleeping better and for longer. I’m a little wary of relying on them so I’ll have a review in a few days time.

While I didn’t experience any significant side effects, I know a friend who has. His were unpleasant enough to make him stop using the sleep aid. Consult with your doctor for the best course of action if you are worried about side effects.

Finally, the price is an issue. There are plenty of more affordable sleep aids on the market. And my tips on how to get a good night’s sleep the natural way are completely free.

To sum up, it is working for me. But I think the price and the potential side effects should cause you to investigate other products and methods.

Don’t forget though, that you can have a free trial to see if it is a good fit for you.

Relaxium ingredients FAQ

What is the pineal gland?

The pineal gland is responsible for melatonin production, among many other hormones. Melatonin regulates the body clock, including sleep cycles.

What is the best way to get a good night’s sleep if I’m older?

Older adults also have problems sleeping. Elderly people and older people in general find that the best thing is to follow the ideas in the section above on the best ways to promote healthy sleep. For serious sleep problems, older and elderly people should consult their doctor.

What is Relaxium Calm?

Relaxium Calm is part of the Relaxium range. It is a mood support dietary supplement and contains many of the ingredients that Sleep has. It is non-habit forming and has no side effects (manufacturer claim).

Is Relaxium Sleep clinically proven?

Yes. Relaxium makes it clear that the product has been part of a clinical trial on numerous occasions.

I’m Sahail. I’ve made it my mission to help entrepreneurs become more successful. Explore my blog to find more tips and guides on how to make money, keep money, and stay healthy.