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Job titles can be scary. And overwhelming. It seems like people think that the longer your title is, the more important you are by default. The title I go by is “Social Media Manager” or “Social Media Content Creator”. What the heck does that mean?

Well, I’m about to give you some insight into my daily work routine for you to experience it for yourself. Take this post for what it is…if you are wondering about whether working in social media is right for you, this may help you decide. (Psst! For a more visual look into my life, check out my Instagram)

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager


Coffee. Lots of coffee.

Check my email for messages from clients. Respond to emails and finish my 3rd cup of coffee before making myself vertical.

Log onto all major social media platforms. I like to check my own personal accounts first to see if there is anything Earth-shattering happening. Then I…

Log onto client accounts and check engagements, retweets, comments, etc. that happened while I was sleeping.

Publish content to platforms for clients. I usually schedule all content for the week ahead on Sunday nights, so every morning is simplified and I just have to make sure the right content is going out.


Check on the content on platforms that was published the day before. Usually, there are comments to be responded to, and questions to answer.

Publish any new live content, like a blog post.

Engage with followers and clients. This could take many different forms…a twitter chat, Periscope, etc.

Respond to any new emails from clients regarding the plan for the day.


Run analytics. This is important for me to see which content is performing well for my clients, and allows me to re-adjust the marketing plan if necessary.

Review what posts are going to be published for the next day and add any last minute touches.

Check email once again and wrap-up things from the day.

And that’s it!

Well, if we are being honest…I am usually working until the wee hours of the morning. I find that I’m my most productive around 2 a.m. *yawns*

Ever wondered what it's like to be a social media manager? Want to learn more about being a freelancer? Wanted to manage social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter too? Find out the typical routine of this career, on the blog!

P.S. Wondering how you can become a freelance social media manager? Check out my new course here that teaches you how to make money being your own boss.

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I know a few ways to make money online fast in college. If you’re reading this, you may be in need of some money. Lucky for you, I am willing to share my tried and true ways of making money online.

Don’t worry: I made sure that these ideas range in level of time commitment since some of you are probably super geniuses and studying bio-medical-engineering or something of the sort. A lot of these tactics do not require more than a half hour of your time and have large payouts. Sound good? Let’s get into how to make money online fast!

6 Ways to Make Money Online Fast

Opinion Outpost

If you’re a thrifty, internet-obsessed girl like me, you’ve probably heard of online surveys before. I tried so many different sites and platforms before finally finding Opinion Outpost! It has helped me so much in my pursuit to make money online fast. Click here to go to Opinion Outpost and sign up!

Make Money Online Fast

Opinion Outpost is a website that hosts tons of different surveys for you to complete. The topics of the surveys range from television shows to product design, and they are usually pretty entertaining!

For every survey completed, you get rewarded “points” that quickly accumulate. Once you reach 100 points, you can cash out for $10 via PayPal. Opinion Outpost also has options for cashing out in various gift cards, (Amazon, iTunes, etc.) but I never choose that option.

Opinion Outpost is my favorite way to make money online for sure! Read my review of Opinion Outpost here, or  click here to go to Opinion Outpost and sign up!

Make Money Online Fast

Upwork is basically my long-term, loving boyfriend as I’m going through college. Every week, I log online and spend some quality time with him, and in return, he leaves me cute little presents…like weekly PayPal deposits.

But really. As a college student, Upwork is a huge asset. The ways that using it can benefit you are endless…like never having to leave your bed while using it, building your resume, and gaining new clients.

Upwork is a platform used by millions all over the world to hire freelancers in various different fields of work. Virtually anyone can become a freelancer. All you need to do is realize what your unique skills and interests are, set up a professional profile and account, and then apply to jobs on Upwork to start making money. And in college, you usually have at least a couple interests (think your major, hobbies, etc.)

People on Upwork are looking for freelancers that are talented, efficient, and easy to work with. Jobs on Upwork range from designing logos, blogging, copywriting, and so much more. You basically just need to set up an account and search through all of the categories yourself to believe it. I guarantee you will be able to find something that you can excel at!

Upwork jobs are either paid hourly (you set your own hourly price) or at a fixed price. Fixed prices are agreed upon between the freelancer and client. Another huge plus is that Upwork is linked to PayPal, and you can choose how frequently you are paid out. Making money has never been so convenient!

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is similar to Opinion Outpost in that it is a survey website. However, it is a little different because you get to actually try out products before they hit the market! Companies want to get your opinion before they make products, and “your opinion is very important to manufacturers who count on people like you to help predict which products will be developed and which may not be suited for launch.”

Pinecone Research pays out via PayPal or check, and quickly. For every survey you complete, you earn $3. And, the more surveys you complete, the more money per survey you can earn…up to $5. That’s awesome! Click here to sign up for Pinecone Research.


Usertesting is probably the quickest way to make cash out of all the options in this blog post, but it’s not super reliable since tests aren’t always available and they sometimes require “screening tests”. How

ever, it’s a great resource to use in a pinch.

I assume that there are more websites like Usertesting, but this one is what has worked best for me. Usertesting works by installing a software system on your computer that, when turned on, records your screen’s action and the sound of your voice as you think out loud.

When you sign up for an account with Usertesting, you are sent notifications of new “tests” to your email. These tests are quick, and you complete them by turning on that screen recording software previously mentioned. Although this sounds super creepy, it’s totally legit and a way for companies to get information about how well their website and marketing is working. I assume they collect the screen recordings and analyze them for tweaks…all I k

now is that after completing a 10-minute test, I’m sent $10-15 via PayPal. Cha-ching!


If any of you think that eBay is outdated and so 2003, think again. I started using eBay about a year ago to sell a lot of my old clothes. I’ve been hooked ever since!

Every so often, I scan my closet and find a pair of shoes I never wear or an old Brandy Melville t-shirt that I’m done with and list them. I always list my items as an auction rather than a fixed price, so that people can compete for my item and raise the selling price via bidding wars. Almost always, my items sell for (at least) my asking price, and I’m a happy girl with less clutter in her closet and more money in her bank account.

I suggest installing the eBay mobile app and listing items from there, as it’s a lot more us

er-friendly than the website. You can create listings within minutes, and take/import pictures of what you’re selling straight from your smartphone camera.Make Money Online Fast

Sell Old Textbooks

This is probably one of my favorite methods to make money online fast in college. College textbooks are extremely expensive and are hard to reuse after a course or semester is over.

However, there are tons of awesome websites college students can use to resell their textbooks to others. My favorite sites to use when reselling textbooks are eBay, Amazon, and BookScouter.com. These books are usually bought by the website and you can make money for your books within a week.

BookScouter.com is awesome because it compares several different websites (usually around 20-30) and helps find where you can sell your books for the best price.

Do you have any tips on how to make money online fast? Leave them in the comments section and we can all stop being “broke college students” together!

How to Make Money in College


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Information is so readily available to us nowadays, that it can sometimes get overwhelming. Anything we want to know, we can Google within a few seconds. With podcasts, YouTube videos, Google searches, and more…who has time to sit down and read whole books anymore? Especially ones about self-growth or entrepreneurship?

This girl. Seriously, I’m a strong believer that we should all make time to sit down, get real with ourselves, and learn something new…the “old-fashioned” way. Books. I digress.

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Even if you only have time to read one of these books, I would still highly recommend it. The books for entreprneurs listed below really changed the way that I approached entrepreneurship and taught me a lot of different things about myself. These are books for entrepreneurs that are definite must-reads!

Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs

4 Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs


This book is worth the hype. First of all, I love Sophia. I’ve loved Nasty Gal as a brand before I ever even knew who Sophia was and that she was the awesome founder. Once I heard (read?) her story, I couldn’t get enough. Seriously…I follow her on multiple social media networks and listen to her podcast religiously. Sophia is so smart and the true definition of a ruthless entrepreneur. She never let her current situation affect how she looked at her life and aspirations. She is transparent in this book and tells you exactly how she went from selling clothes on eBay to building a huge, expansive empire.

2.Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I listened to this one as an audiobook once on a 6-hour Megabus journey heading from Chicago to Cleveland. Needless to say, the trip was grungy and gruesome. However, this book opened my mind and expanded my vision so much further than the dingy Megabus I was on.

3. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.

I received this book as a birthday present this past year, as I was attracted to the pretty cover art. Yes, I’m guilty of judging a book by the cover. However, in this situation, it turned out to be in my favor.This book really helped me jumpstart my freelance career of being a social media manager, specifically because of the way the book caters towards social media lovers. It’s easy and light to read, but has solid content and tips throughout.

4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Jen Sincero deserves to be fanned with palm leaves and fed grapes for the rest of her days because of this book. Quite possibly my favorite book on this list, You Are a Badass helps you connect to “source energy” and really get the most out of the awesome life you have been given. Jen is HILARIOUS, and I would often find myself laughing out loud. From a book. That doesn’t happen often for me, people.

What are your favorite books for entrepreneurs?

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You may not know this, but we have probably met before. I’m Emma Lenhart.

That is if you landed on this page by clicking a link from one of my social media platforms, newsletters, etc.

Allow me to clarify. My name is Emma Lenhart. I am a blogger and the founder of my own business. I am the girl that was behind Minimalista Media, a website started back in February. Minimalista Media was my baby, and I worked hard to grow it’s readership and following. However, I decided to start a new venture. Which leads me here, to emmalenhart.com.

Why the heck did I do this? Well, Minimalista Media was a tornado.

I mean that in the nicest way possible. The website honestly had no direction or clear focus. I was attracting audiences of all sorts. Nothing was planned, and I was (weirdly) okay with that.

I first started Minimalista Media to teach others how to simplify social media. I had learned the business of social media marketing through many internships, and I was a social media manager as my job (I still am a part-time freelancer). However, I realized that teaching others solely about social media was not my only passion. I loved lots of things, and yes, social media was one of them. But I also loved freelancing, career planning, entrepreneurship, girl bosses, and much more.

I realized that Minimalista Media would never fulfill all of my passions and pursuits, and have now decided to rebrand my business and create a new domain, under my very own name. I want to be as clear and transparent with my readers as possible and allow you all to follow me on my career journey, and also as a blogger.

My hope for this new stage (and blog) is that I will be able to unite all of my career-related interests under one roof. I hope you enjoy the new website and invite your friends to read along!

Also, check out my Instagram and Twitter accounts to follow along with my everyday life!