Washington, Jan 16 | US retail sales dropped by 0.7 per cent in December, marking the third monthly decline in a row, as the country struggles to cope with the unabated Covid-19 surge, the Commerce Department reported.
Excluding motor vehicles, parts and gasoline stations, retail sales fell by 2.1 per cent in December from the previous month, Xinhua news agency quoted the Department as saying in a report on Friday.
“US.retail sales declined more than we anticipated in December, and that cut into our high-frequency GDP model’s estimate of fourth-quarter GDP,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior director at Moody’s Analytics.
Sweet noted that, similar to the December employment report, Covid-19 “left its mark all over retail sales”,
Sales at food services and drinking places, for example, dropped 4.5 per cent in December after falling 3.6 pe rcent in November, he said.
Non-store retail sales dropped 5.8 per cent in December after falling 1.6 per cent in November, he said, adding that it was surprising to see declines in sales at grocery stores.
Despite the recent decline, total sales for the October-December period were up 4.0 per cent from the same period a year ago, the report showed.
Total sales for the 12 months of 2020 were up 0.6 per cent from 2019.
Gone are the days when one had to finish school, college and subsequent years in getting trained to be able to sustain oneself with decent income. Today, what you earn eventually depends upon your skillset and how early you got started to build an expertise in your domain.
Manthan Dudeja, who currently lives in California and is still in his graduation years, understood the perks of starting early and is now a CEO who has worked across a plethora of jobs, from IoS programming to website development and blogging to trying his hand at Amazon Associates.
In conversation with this dynamic entrepreneur, let’s decode the various options for freshers to make a side income while they are still in school/college –
Manthan explains how he started off by writing for blogs with whatever knowledge he had and with the help of internet, this could be by either writing for your own online blog, for instance Manthan was interested in Tech, so he was writing for his blog ‘TechCrack‘ or for someone else in the capacity of a content writer.
It’s not difficult to get started if you have the basic understanding to develop a ‘flow’ while writing a piece and the skill to write what suits your target audience.
- Software developers/ Programmers/ Coders – Today, software/app developers are earning more than the average of $60 an hour by working remotely. There are a host of online paid/free platforms providing trainings to acquire such skills, Manthan has been an app/website developer for the longest time and by far, this skill has given him the best results for his work.
- Digital Marketer/ E-Marketer-
Your journey to become a digital marketer starts the day you take the step of self-educating yourself and learning the tricks to attract potential customers either by way of Google, Facebook, or any other digital platform by a host of scalable ways on the internet, undoubtedly, digital marketing is the hottest online work from home concept of this decade.
Manthan is today a successful digital marketer who has equipped himself with the advanced knowledge of online ads on various mediums and has effectively used these skills to generate incredible revenue over time.
These are some of the best ways to get started, according to Manthan, all
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