How to become a friend

by Saeed Darabi – Last Updated November 20, 2020 (This post may contain affiliate links.)

How to become a friendYou may be surprised to read this, but you can actually get paid to be someone’s friend.

And no, I am not talking about escort services or anything like that. I am talking about getting paid to simply be someone’s friend for a few hours and accompany them to a dinner, party, movie, wedding, or wherever else they like to go with a friend.

RentAFriend is a company that makes that possible. It connects people who need a friend for a few hours or a day with those who are looking to earn some extra cash as a professional friend.

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So, it’s a dating site?

No! It is important to distinguish RAF from dating sites or escort services.

This is strictly a platonic friendship website.

Who on earth rents a friend?

There are lots of reasons for people to do this.

Here are a few examples from the site itself:

“People who travel to a new city can hire a local to show them around town. It`s always good to know someone from the area who can give you first-hand information about where to go and what to avoid.

Someone might want to see a movie or go out to a restaurant but don`t have anyone to go with. They could “Rent a Friend” to go along with them.

Many Friends on RentAFriend.com have unique talents and skills. They can teach you a new language, tutor you, share a new hobby, art, dance, and much more.

People who travel often for business that are looking to find local Friends to go out to dinner with, go to the bar with, or watch a sports game with.

People who have an extra ticket to a sporting event or concert and don`t want to go alone. They can “Rent a Friend” to go along them.

Someone may want a workout partner for the gym. Renting a Friend to help motivate and spot you during your workout. It can also be a lot cheaper than hiring a personal trainer.”

How RentAFriend Works

People who are looking for friends just browse through the website until they find someone that they like.

They do this by entering their country, state, city, or zip code to find potential friends in the area. It’s really not that hard.

If you’re interesting enough, people will get in touch with you through RentAFriend to talk about what they want to do.

You can negotiate your rate for the set date, place, and activity, and these people will pay you directly.

If you’re uncomfortable doing certain activities, just decline. No hard feelings.

You’ll find that members will contact you for some indoor rock climbing or bike riding, while others would like to go to more fancy events like concerts, gallery shows, casinos, and galas.

How to get started

To start earning money from this website, you need to first send your application.

This normally just takes a couple of minutes to fill out and when you’re done, your profile is often approved in just under an hour.

And then, that’s it! Your profile goes live and people can get in touch with you. Discuss the preferred activities as well as the corresponding fee, time, and date.

When all is said and done, all you need to do is to meet up, have fun, and make some easy cash.

Why should I trust this site?

It’s completely free. That’s right. Unlike other websites where you have to shell money to make money, all you need to do to be part of this website is to post your profile. Even better, you get to keep all the money that you earn!

You are not forced to do anything that you don’t like. If a person gets in touch with you that’s even the slightest bit creepy, you’re free to say: “No, thanks… Next, please!”

Plus, you also get to decide just how much you want to be paid and your available dates.

People have to get a paid RentAFriend membership just to contact you, which means that they are pre-qualified and absolutely serious. No timewasters here.

How Much Money Can I Make?

So, just how much can you make posing as someone’s friend?

I did some research, and it seems like you can find people earning as little as $300 on weekends and people who are pulling in about $8000 every month, mainly because they do it full-time.

So, I guess the amount you can make relies heavily on the number of clients you get and how much time you put into this thing.

RentAFriend.com is a legitimate website that not only makes you money but is a lot of fun, too. Visit the website and post a profile today.

Final Thoughts

While this can be a great opportunity to meet new friends and make extra cash, be sure to keep your safety as your first priority!

As with any situation meeting a stranger, be sure to use common sense and good judgment.

Don’t meet someone at their home or in a secluded place.

Always meet in public.

Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and who you’re going to meet. Also set up “check in” times with your designated friend or family member.

Trust your gut! If something feels “off” then leave immediately.

Have you veer gotten paid to be someone’s friend? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

Discussion

How to become a friendMichael yinka says

How real is this hilarious offer?

How to become a friendSatrap says

It is real. I have read about it on a few major national newspapers (I think it was HufPost, not sure) and the company still exist.

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How to become a friendRitah says

After chat how do i gt my money via.

How to become a friendSatrap says

A few ways: Cash, Check or PayPal.

How to become a friendEllie says

I got accepted but no one has wanted to meet up

How to become a friendShalara E. Brown says

This is pretty amazing

How to become a friendPamela Moss says

I am a Inviting young woman looking to be friends, I enjoy a variety of activities which include but are not limited to dancing and long novels water sports, and skating. I’m always open to fresh new ideas. I am looking forward to meeting in the near future.

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Marriage, like any friendship, begins with areas of commonality, but the stresses of normal everyday life – children, work, finances, illness, caring for elderly parents – can tax the union and cause it to grow apart. Traditional marriage counseling is one way to deepen your friendship, but you can also engage in some simple practices.

Here are 12 suggestions to cultivate a stronger relationship with your spouse. I’ve also included quotes from average folks who have successfully built this kind of friendship:

  1. Recognize that friendship building takes a lot of work – and time. Cut the fat out of your day.“We’ve made some significant concessions for the sake of our friendship. Phil lives close to his work so that he can come home for lunch as often as possible. The short commute has improved his mood and energy.” —Amy
  2. Establish a time each week to spend quality time together – then guard that time with your lives!
  3. Choose to spend time together rather than apart. This may mean sacrificing good things for a season such as small groups, ministry, or bonding time with guys or gals.
  4. Explore the interests of your spouse be it baseball, art, musical theater, gardening or hunting. Find out what they are passionate about and then join them. Often this takes a bit of sacrifice.“I intentionally study the things that are having an influence on my wife. If she takes up a new area of interest, or is reading a new book, than I need to do that as well.” —Bill
  5. Take time to find common interests and then engage in them.“We’ve tried many things together over the past 35 years. We enjoy cooking and gardening, and for as long as I can remember we take time away from the kids to backpack during summer. Part of the fun is doing research on hiking trails, camp sites, packs, tents, and cooking stoves … it’s the planning together that has grown our friendship.” —John
  6. Use conflict to sharpen and purify friendship.“I thought I was particularly fortunate because my husband and I rarely argued – we agreed on almost everything. The process of recovering from adultery revealed unhealthy communication on both our parts. Now we have more disagreements, but they come about because we’re being honest with one another, which is helping us get to know each other more all the time.” —Andi
  7. Nourish and care for one another. Be gentle with one another.“We lost our first child. We more than comforted one another. We held each other … lifted one another up … and we knew at a deep level that our best friend in the world was going through the same thing.” —Glenn
  8. Accountability and mutual respect, including in the areas of sexuality, finances, and relationships, should be priorities.“My wife knows everything about my brokenness. I have gone to her first in difficult situations. There’s a small circle of people who know me and know my depravity. My wife is in that circle. Having that transparency has given me strength, clarity, and tremendous freedom.” —George
  9. Establish daily habits, especially praying together.“Praying together every morning not only sets the tone for our day, and releases the burdens on our hearts, but it puts us on the same page in so many areas. God meets us in the midst of our friendship every morning.” —Justine
  10. Affirm one another every day. Be intentional in communicating the other’s strengths.“My wife and I make it a habit to regularly communicate those things we admire or value in the other. This practice has strengthened our friendship.” —Al
  11. Be transparent with one another.“One activity I suggest to married couples is, at some point during the day, identify an emotional reality to your spouse. Label that feeling in a self-disclosing way such as ‘I’m angry, fearful, resentful.’ We often limit our conversation to the reporting of events rather than communicating how we really feel.” —Bill
  12. Communication. Most experts agree that regular communication builds a friendship that weathers the storms of life.“For us, communication, in part, is negotiating the rules that will make our relationship work better or flow more smoothly.

For example, just recently, I had the implicit assumption that my bike tools should be placed on the kitchen table. My wife, Annie, challenged this assumption, and conflict arose. By the end of our negotiation, we had made a new rule: bike tools do not ever go on the kitchen table.

It sounds silly, but her demand felt like a threat to how I operate, and therefore a threat to my personhood, my masculinity. In that encounter I had to learn that I was no less Jason, no less a man, no less a person, to concede to my wife’s demands that certain spaces are set aside for certain purposes. My personhood goes beyond and deeper than that.” —Jason

How to become a friend

I’ve had lots of practice making friends. Over the last 33 years, our family has moved seven times for my husband’s job. Each time I left friends behind. Each time we settled into a new neighborhood with new neighbors. Each time we joined a new church with a new church family.

It didn’t take long to learn that if I wanted to enjoy meaningful, solid friendships I could not waste any time. I had to be intentional about making friends and I had to be a friend worth having.

Sadly, today’s fast-paced, shallow culture hinders the kind of friendships God desires us to have. Before we look at biblical principles for building and keeping friendships, let’s touch on a few things we’ll want to avoid.

3 Hindrances to Meaningful Friendships:

Busyness – Does it seem you never have time to enjoy long conversations with the friends you have now? Do weeks go by without seeing your local friends face-to-face? Honestly, most of us make time to do what we really want to do. If you think you are just too busy to foster deep friendships, try keeping a time long for a week to see just where your time goes. Perhaps you’re serving in some areas where God has not called you. Or maybe you’re allowing too many activities for your children to dictate your life. Purposefully build some margin into your life. Your friendships are vital to your emotional and spiritual well-being.

Fear of transparency – Although we cannot “go deep” with all our friends, we do need a few with whom we can share anything. We need people who can hear our hearts and understand. And we need friends who will hold us accountable when we are out of line. Yet, too often we are afraid to allow other people to know our flaws. We want them to think we have it all together. But we desperately need friends who will challenge us to be all God wants us to be. Yes, it can be scary, but test the waters. Choose one personal thing to share with a select friend and see how it goes!

Breadth of acquaintances – In our social media world, it’s easy to confuse quantity with depth. Thousands of shallow “friends” mask the lack of real, deep friendships. Let’s limit our time with our online friends and get out in the real world.

11 Biblical Principles for making and keeping real friends:

1. Take the initiative (Acts 18:1-4) – One of my closest, lifelong friends picked me to be her friend before I was really even aware of her. Janet and her family were new to our city, so when they joined our church she wanted to make friends. She introduced herself to me and immediately began to pursue a friendship. Janet taught me to take the initiative. Yes, it can be risky, but the rewards can be great!

2. Practice forgiveness (Colossians 3:13) – True friends don’t hold grudges or remember offenses. Instead they are flexible and quick to forgive. Contemplating God’s forgiveness can help us when we struggle to forgive others.

3. Guard your tongue (Proverbs 16:28, Ephesians 4:29) – Loose lips ruin many friendships. Careless words hurt feelings. Gossip fosters division. Confidences broken destroy trust. Before we speak, let’s pause to consider whether our words will tear down or build up.

4. Be a “good” friend (Ephesians 4:2-3) – Christ-like character fosters deep, long-lasting friendships. Qualities like humility, gentleness, patience, and endurance create a solid foundation on which to build life-long friendships.

5. Extend hospitality (1 Peter 4:9, Proverbs 25:17) – Sometimes we are quick to accept hospitality, but a little slower to give it. Let’s make time to not only invite our friends to our homes, but to also make them feel welcome. On the flip side, Proverbs 25:17 warns us against taking advantage of our friend’s hospitality.

6. Stay close in hard times (Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 27:10, Romans 12:10) – A true friend remains loyal when trouble comes. Even if other “friends” fall away they stay devoted and help in any way possible.

7. Nurture them (Ephesians 5:21, Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 12:10) – Friendships will wither without a continual outpouring of time, attention, and resources. Let’s show our friends we care about their needs and their interests with purposeful acts of kindness and generosity. Our friendships will flourish.

8. Listen to them (James 1:19) – It takes lots of practice to keep our mouths closed and really hear what others are saying. But this habit is well worth developing. When others feel “heard” they feel valued.

9. Sharpen them (Proverbs 27:6, Proverbs 27:17, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 10:24) – The best kind of friend is not merely a “yes man.” Godly friends nudge others closer to Jesus.

10. Pray for them (Job 16:20-21) – Our friends need our purposeful prayer support. Not just casual, occasional prayers, but fervent intercession with God on their behalf.

11. Love them (John 13:34, John 15:3, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 John 4:7) – This is actually harder than we might think. God calls us to love our friends like Jesus loves us – not in mere words, but with intentional actions of love that may often cost us something.

How to become a friend

“Don’t wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.”

The other night I called an old friend I hadn’t talked to in a while. As we caught up, shared stories, and laughed over private jokes that would sound ridiculous had the phone been tapped, I wondered why I let so much time go by since I’d last given her a call.

We don’t live close to each other, so grabbing a drink or hitting up a yoga class isn’t an option. But really connecting with her, sharing pieces of my life and receiving the pieces she wants to give, doesn’t require specific geography.

We can be great friends to each other, despite the distance, if we choose to make the effort. If we remember to make the time, we can have those types of meaningful, fulfilling conversations that make us feel seen, understood, appreciated, and supported.

Then I started to think about all the times when I’ve gotten busy and lost touch with friends who live right down the street—times when I got caught up in everything going on in my life and forgot to nurture my relationships.

We need meaningful connections with other people.

Not everyone has to be a close friend, but it’s integral to our happiness that we show people who we truly are, allow ourselves to know them in return, and then remind each other through actions—small or large—that we care.

We never need to be or feel alone in this world, but it’s up to us to create and allow opportunities to be together, enjoy each other, and be there for each other. It’s up to us to make our relationships priorities.

With this in mind, I recently asked on Facebook, “What does it mean to be a true friend?”

I compiled some of the ideas that resonated strongly with me (some of them paraphrased or slightly altered for ease of reading).

Here’s what Tiny Buddha readers had to say:

1. Always be there, even in silence. (Nerrisa Nam)

2. Be kind and listen. Be fun and light. Be serious when needed, love extensively, and forgive always. (Sandra Lumb)

3. Don’t be scared to tell each other the truth, no matter how difficult it may be. (Eva Valencia)

4. Guide each other in times of need with your honest opinions. (Ashna Singh)

5. A true friend is someone who always listens and is genuinely interested in the good and bad, and someone who calls or writes just to say hello. (Kimberly McCarthy)

6. Be loyal in confidence and character, always open and inviting to share concerns, always honest even if you disagree. (Peggy Turner Beatty)

7. A true friend tries his best to cheer you up when you are upset and makes you feel special. (Kalpana Tewani)

8. Try and improve their life though your friendship. (Barry Cassidy)

9. Be who you truly are, be that vulnerable, and provide the other person the space, safety and choice to do the same. (Cynthia Ruprecht Hunt)

10. Be genuinely happy when they get, receive, or achieve something you truly desire. (Heather Tucker)

11. Share the truth in your heart, without the fear of misunderstandings. (Ricardo Marques)

12. Be loyal and forgive but above all: love and respect. (Casey Jo Wagner)

13. Accept the person as they are, as an individual, without conditions. Also, as important as it is for you to be there for them, sometimes you have to be willing to let them be there for you. (Casey Kimes)

14. Remain friends despite a person’s choices in life and don’t bail on them when they aren’t who you want them to be. (Kim Shaw)

15. A true friend always supports the person but doesn’t feel compelled to support the situation. A true friend knows how and when to say the firm, “No.” (Leslie Mollay)

16. Help yourself and those closest to you grow. To live means to grow, and a true friend is someone that you can honestly say has helped define you as an individual. (Kevin Ball)

17. Celebrate the wins and be there to support the losses. Keep your word and acknowledge it when you don’t. (Margalit Ward)

18. Walk in to a friend’s aid when others are walking out. (Larry Stilts)

19. Don’t hold grudges over petty disagreements. (Annika de Korte)

20. Show up! You can pretend to care but you cannot pretend to show up. (Sherri Levy)

21. A true friend is someone you feel as comfortable with as you do when you are by yourself. No illusions, no holding back. (Liz McConomy)

22. Be there for the other person in the same way you would be there for yourself. Granted, if you can’t be there for yourself, that’s probably something you should address first. (Elizabeth McDaniels)

23. Don’t let your own stuff get in the way. The ego is powerful. (Sabrina Toffey)

24. Know someone’s least admirable characteristics and still love and support them. (Talia Startsman)

And I’ll add the last: share honest appreciation every chance you get.

I don’t know all of you, but I’ve gotten to know quite a few. To all the beautiful, inspiring people who come here and share pieces of themselves, thank you for being you and for taking me, just as I am.

Do you have anything to add to the list?

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal and other books and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. She recently launched a Mindfulness Kit to help reduce our stress and increase our peace and joy. For daily wisdom, join the Tiny Buddha list here. You can also follow Tiny Buddha on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sadie married her best friend 20 years ago and couldn’t be happier. She thinks couples should aim to be each others’ dearest companions.

Do you want to improve your marriage and bring more fun and spontaneity to your life together? Here are 15 little ways to remind your husband how much his love and friendship means to you.

How to become a friend

Is there anything more comforting than a hug from your best friend?

1. Be courteous to one another. Be mindful of your words. It costs absolutely nothing to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ often. Good manners matter, no matter how long you’ve been married! Being best friends with your lover isn’t just about being comfortable and casual with him all the time. Don’t forget that building a strong friendship with someone means being kind, thoughtful, and appreciative.

2. Pass notes to one another. Write a love letter to your partner at least once a month, but try to write a love note at least once a day. Love notes could be as simple as a sweet sticky-note left on his briefcase, a sexy doodle on the bathroom mirror, or a romantic quote sent in an email. Think back to when you were a kid in highschool and how much fun it was to sneek handwritten notes to your best friend in class, Love notes and love letters are a fun way to

3. Don’t take your husband for granted if you want him to be your best friend too. Express your gratitude and appreciation every day. Make even the simplest of occasions grand by toasting your husband before a meal, even if that meal consists of eating take-away sushi while you flip through NetFlix trying to decide what to watch together.

4. Make little sacrifices. When settling to what to TV watch together, watch the shows or movies that your sweetheart loves, even if his favorites are not your thing. Time spent together is precious, no matter what you are doing. Being best friend with your spouse involves give and take.

5. Read books aloud to each other. Think back to how safe, secure and loved it made you feel as a child when a parent, grandparent, or other trusted friend read to you at bedtime. Or remember when you and your best friend used to read comic books or teen magazines together? It was always fun to share stories with your best friend when you were a kid, so why not do the same as an adult.

6. Pay attention. Notice when your spouse does something unexpected. Then says thanks! If you want to be your husband\s best friend, don’t take anything for granted.

7. Be the first one to say you’re sorry after a fight. It doesn’t matter who started it (you’re not eight, after all). When you are best friends with your spouse, you don;t need to put on a brave face or be proud. Showing vulnerability to one another is what makes a friendship strong. When you are best friends with your spouse, you don;t want to stay mad because you know that every moment wasted on anger is a moment that is lost to having fund with one another and enjoying life!

How to become a friend

Being best friend’s with your husband is like winning a lifetime supply of hugs!

8. Love (or at least be kind to) the people he loves. Treat your partner’s family and friends with the same love, attention, and respect as you treat those people who are important to you!

9. If you share a car, fill the tank up with gas. Take it to the car wash. Detail the interior. When your partner is stressed out and in a hurry to get to work, the last thing he wants when he’s already late is to have to stop and get gas or ride around in a smelly car. Best friends find ways to make one another’s lives easier and less stressful.

10. Make him smile, even when you are not there with him. Send your partner spontaneous texts or links to funny websites during the day.

11. When your partner is tired, let him sleep. When he is cranky, let him be. When he is hungry, offer to make a snack. Responding to your partner’s physical and emotional needs is a kind way to say ‘I love you!’ If your best friend was feeling tired and rundown, you’d be there to offer love and comfort, wouldn’t you? So think about how to offer love and comfort to your husband when he is having a bad day and might need a little bit of TLC.

12. Don’t gossip about your love life. If you need guidance on sex and romance, talk to a professional, a counsellor, anyone who can be trusted to keep your private life private. Think about how you would feel if you knew that your partner’s beer buddies knew all your favorite bedroom moves.

13. Don’t interrupt. Sometimes when you get to know someone really well, you feel like you can finish their sentences. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Say ‘I love you’ by being a good listener.

14. Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs and kisses when you need them. And be generous in return. When you are open to asking for more affection, he will be more open to giving love and affection.

15. Remind him why you are crazy about him. Tell your partner how smart, sexy, cool, funny, (insert your favorite adjective here) you think he is. Don’t just offer compliments on the bad days, offer them randomly for no reason at all other than to remind him how wonderful he is!

How to become a friend

Does your husband have a particular skill or talent that you admire and appreciate? Then be sure to tell him! being best friends is about supporting and encouraging one another’s hopes and dreams.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Sadie Holloway

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What is RentAFriend.com? RentAFriend.com is a unique website that allows people to place free profiles on RentAFriend.com to advertise their friendship. RentAFriend.com is NOT a dating website, rather it’s a website where people can “Rent Your Friendship”. It’s the first and only website where you can rent out your friendship and get paid.

There are millions of people in the world who are looking to make new friends, learn new talents as well as have someone to attend events and activities with. These people are willing to pay great money for you to accompany them, teach them new skill, or just be their friend.

The website is based on a simple search. People can visit the website and browse through the profiles. If they decide they want to contact you, they become a member of RentAFriend.com and they contact you directly to set a time, date, location, activity and price. You negotiate all the details with them and get paid directly by them

How To get started

First you need to fill out our application. Once you are approved (usually within an hour of signing up) your profile is made live on RentAFriend.com. People can search their zip code or city/state/country for Friends in their area. If they are interested in your profile they will contact you directly. You then negotiate your time, price, and activity with the member. You then meet your new friend, have a great time, and get paid!

The Benefits For Becoming a Friend on RentAFriend.com:

  1. Only paid Members of RentAFriend.com can contact you directly, so if someone contacts you and says they saw your profile on RentAfriend.com you know they are serious about meeting a new friend. Paid Members of RentAFriend can call, text, or message you through the website. You can write in your description how you would like to be contacted by the Members.
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What kind of activities will I get hired for?

Being your own Boss, you get to decide what you want to do. We have had members contact friends to attend concerts, sporting events, special VIP events and much more. It’s all about what you are interested in doing.Here are a list of some of the things that members have contacted friends for: Sporting Events, Family Functions, Giving Tours, Traveling, Going to Beach, Skiing, Snowboarding, Video Games, Parties, Concerts, Picnics, Business Events, Personal Advice, Shopping, Going to Park, Wine Tasting, Golfing, Amusement Parks, Museums, Baking/Cooking, Pottery, Religious Events, Casinos, Psychics, Bike Riding, Workout Partner, Teaching Manners, Introducing You To New People, Wingman/Wingwoman, Music, Zoo, Photography, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Hiking, Site Seeing, Bowling, Book Stores, Comedy Shows, Coffee House and much more! If you have a special skill, talent, or job make it clear on your profile. People are always looking for something new to learn! Such as dancing, a foreign language, different cultures and more. Do you live near a popular tourist destination? There are people right now looking to hire locals to show them the hot spots and best restaurants and attractions in town.

As a friend what am I entitled to do? Is there any form of sex involved?

NO. RentAFriend.com is a solely a platonic friendship website only. You are not required to do anything you don’t want to. You are the Boss, and make all of the rules. It’s extremely important that before you meet to discuss all of the details including the time, date, location plans and payment. Once all of those minor details are worked out, you will be able to enjoy your time much better. Remember you are NOT going on a date. RENTAFRIEND IS NOT A DATING WEBSITE. RentAFriend.com is strictly a platonic friendship website where people can rent your friendship. We have a very strong stance on physical contact. There is no physical contact at all during your time you spend with a member! You are there to provide friendship only.

How much will it cost me to join?

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How does RentAFriend.com make money, if they don’t charge me to be a Friend or take a percentage of my sales?

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Do I have to work a certain time?

There are no schedules or minimum amounts of time you have to put in. You work when you want to.

How do I get started?

It’s simple. Just fill out the application and then you will be emailed within a few hours to confirm your membership! If you have any questions, contact us.

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When you consider the question, ‘Do you want to be a friend of God?’ does something stir in your heart?

Being a friend of God, as well as His son or daughter, resonates strongly with those of us who are called to prophetic ministry and prayer.

How to become a friendThis is because friendship speaks of intimacy, mutual exchange and trust.

In the Bible, there are two people whose friendship with God stands out. These are Abraham and Moses:

  • ‘And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.’ (James 2:23)
  • ‘The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.’ (Exodus 33:11a)

How to be a Friend of God

1. Be a Friend of God by Taking Time to Listen to Him

Jesus said, ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15:15)

Amazing—Jesus wants to let you know what He is up to, and what His Father’s plans are!

When you value God as a friend, you place worth on His thoughts, and what is on His heart. When He wants to talk, you are ready and listening.

Abraham took time to listen to God’s intentions—including things that were uncomfortable to talk about. In Genesis 18, God says “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” (Gen 18:17) He is about to pass judgment on two cities, but He gives Abraham the opportunity to discuss it with Him first.

Moses also listened as God shared His thoughts and plans, along with His frustrations. In Exodus 33, God shares with Moses His grievances concerning Israel.

These encounters were valuable to God and He has recorded them in Scripture because He wants you to know about them. Friends spend time together.

As a friend of God, you care for God and love Him as a Person, not just for what He can do for you.

  • You can be someone with whom God can entrust His desires, His grievances and His intentions.
  • You can listen as He shares what causes Him pain and what brings Him joy.

2. Be a Friend of God by Having Courageous Conversations

Friends are open and honest with each other. There is freedom in their relationship; they have open and courageous conversations that strengthen their friendship.

Friends go beneath the surface, beyond exchanging pleasantries, to ‘deep and meaningful’ conversations.

A remarkable thing about Abraham and Moses is that the Bible records lengthy conversations between them and God. Conversations where critical issues are at stake.

When God announces His plans for Abraham’s destiny, Abraham believes, but he also asks God questions. In Genesis 15, we can read this frank and open conversation.

As a friend of God, you esteem Him with your honesty. When He says ‘This is what I want to do with and through you’, take the conversation deeper. Ask questions.

It’s not a sign of unbelief, it’s a part of your friendship with God. You are giving Him an opportunity to disclose more to you.

When God planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, the Angel of the Lord paused to explain to Abraham what was going on, and why. (Gen 18) Abraham had the boldness to question God, to challenge His intentions, and to ask for mercy on behalf of the righteous.

Moses also had a courageous conversation, in Exodus 33. God was threatening to withdraw His Presence from Israel. Did Moses change God’s mind? Or—did God need an intercessor right at that time, so that the outcome He intended all along could be fully brought about?

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

God is seeking friends who are willing to have honest conversations with Him and who will be champions for the people and issues that are on His heart.

3. Be a Friend of God Through your Obedience

‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.’ (Heb 11:8)

Friendship is costly. Friends make sacrifices for one another.

Jesus said, ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command .’ (John 15: 13-14)

What was the context of James’ reference to Abraham’s friendship with God? It was his obedience to God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac. (James 2:21-24) Abraham not only listened to God’s intentions, he demonstrated faith and followed through in obedience.

Listen to God, but don’t stop there. The true test of your friendship with God is what you do when you walk away from that conversation.

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by Dawson McAllister

How to become a friend

How to become a friend

How Can I Be an Amazing Friend?

Friendship is one of the best gifts life has to offer. Being a great friend means making an effort to show your friends you care. Being an enthusiastic listener, spending quality time, sending encouraging cards or gifts; all these can go a long way toward strengthening a friendship. If your friend is going through a tough time, offer support. If you’re not sure what to do, or if you feel they need more help than you can offer, there are support organizations, mentors, and counselors your friend can get connected with. Friendship also involves learning how to set and keep healthy boundaries. None of us can be everything or do everything, even for the people we’re closest to. It’s okay to ask for alone time, or to not answer calls or texts immediately. You should also let your friend know what you need, when you are hurting, and how they can help if you are going through a difficult time. Strong friendship is a two-way street, where there is a healthy give and take between you. If you’re struggling with making friends or resolving conflicts in a friendship, it may help to find support from someone you trust, or to get help from a mentor or counselor.

I never thought I would blog on being a great friend. But I am amazed how many people call my show, Dawson McAllister Live, who down deep are lonely and need a good friend. The fact of the matter is we are all wired for meaningful relationships. Studies show if you have good friends throughout your life, you will live longer.

There is a lot of truth behind the common saying, In order to have a great friend, you must first be one.

So how can you learn to be a great friend? What does it take?

Here are some qualities of a great friend. As you learn how to be a good friend, in turn, you’ll be teaching your friends how to become better ones.

Here are 9 Ways You Can Become a Great Friend:

  1. Be real. People are turned off by those who are constantly trying to be someone they are not. We are most comfortable around others who are comfortable in their own skin. So just be yourself. Even though you aren’t perfect, the way you handle your strengths and faults with humility and confidence will give other people permission to be real and relaxed with you, as well. Real friends are relaxed around each other.
  2. Be honest. Keep your promises and do what you say you’re going to do. Be reliable. Nobody wants to be friends with someone who lies. And lies always have a way of coming to the light. Also, friends will say the truth to one another, even when it’s hard. The wisest man in the Bible, King Solomon, said: Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Shannon got caught up in an eating disorder until her friend called her out: I was addicted to being skinny and looking absolutely perfect. I never really understood what I was actually doing to myself until a good friend of mine talked to me about it.
  3. Take an interest in the details of your friend’s life by being a good listener. Don’t watch television or text while your friend is sharing something with you. Most times people need more than good advice, they need someone to listen to them as they talk through their feelings. Ask them what’s going on in their life and how they feel. Mari commented: Kyler is my best friend because he listens. No matter what is going on he is genuinely interested in how I am. He always has my back and would drop everything if I needed him.
  4. Make time for your friend. Time is one of the greatest gifts we possess. When we share extra time with a friend, we are giving back to them that gift. No friendship can develop overnight. It takes time. A real friend will take that time.
  5. Keep their secrets. Prove yourself to be a trustworthy person who will guard their secrets with your life. A good way to prove you are trustworthy is to be free to share some of your own secrets with your friend. King Solomon also said: Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. Are you willing to be a friend like that?
  6. Encourage your friend. Everyone needs encouragement. Find specific ways to encourage your friend. Even in the depths of their struggles, show them what you see to be special about them and be willing to pick them up when they are depressed or feel like life is pressing in on them from all sides.
  7. Be loyal to your friend. This is unconditional acceptance, even when your friend makes a mistake or really screws up. Be there when they are experiencing their highest highs and their lowest lows. Laugh with them, cry with them, don’t just talk about always being there. Prove it in your everyday life! Delaney wrote to me and said: I have great friends who are always there for me and always know how to make me happy.
  8. Be willing to work through conflict. Every relationship will hit a speed bump at one time or another. Show your friend you are willing to work through the difficult times of misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Sometimes friendships grow stronger through the difficult times. Don’t give up on your friend just because you are having difficulties.
  9. Watch out for your friend. When you see your friend getting into a dangerous situation whether it’s with drugs or alcohol, or maybe even a destructive relationship, be bold enough to step in and protect your friend from the harm you see coming their way. Narda commented: My best friend is more than a best friend, she’s more like a sister. And she feels that same way. We both have each other back, now and forever.

It takes a lot of work and commitment to be a great friend. But it is worth it. Keep in mind there are people all around you who are looking for friends. So, continue developing good friends and your life will be far better for it.