Unemployed man ‘earns Sh391,800’ a month by begging online
SEE ALSO :Crocheting myself to a ‘knit’ fortune“So if you want any tax write-offs, please donate to the Jovan charity.” And amazingly his pleas work. Within minutes of posting his videos, donations begin to flood in to his PayPal account from loyal fans. One wrote: "The only reason I wake up and go to work every day is so I can give @EHJovan money for rent." Jovan, who uses his iPhone to rant about anything and everything, says he is amazed that random people send him money. “When I talk to friends who have known me for a long time, they could never understand sending a random person money, and I kind of feel the same way,” he told the New York Times.
SEE ALSO :How to set up an online shop for free“But it’s a community. A community based around me.” He first encountered the generosity of online strangers when in 2016 he asked for help because his grandmother's power had been turned off because of unpaid bills. Followers sent him $3,000 (Sh391,800). “That was the first time I realised my followers care about my well-being," he said. Jovan, who grew up in Texas with 11 siblings and was raised by a single mother who was a Jehovah’s Witness, moved to New York to start over when he dropped out of college following a bad breakup. With pittance in his pocket he knew he needed to get a job and started working at a cinema.
SEE ALSO :Starting an interior design businessBut shortly afterwards he quit and that's when he began making his regularly social media call-outs for cash. Jovan, who says he is bipolar and a manic depressive, describes his videos as a "gay, broke diary." Viewers occasionally ask him why he doesn’t get a traditional job; to which he replies: “I made this my job.”