I love getting my hands on new courses and content. I’ve spent more than I’d care to admit on online classes. Some have been helpful, and others are utter trash.
Sometimes, there is some free content out there that is valuable and actionable. So good, in fact, you can almost immediately see a return on your investment of time. And even make some extra money.
This year has taught us all to diversify and grow our income. At the same time, many are unable to purchase courses for hundreds of dollars.
The five courses I mention below are free.
More importantly, they can help you learn valuable skills. Skills are what you need to start increasing your income. Adding a new ability to your utility belt automatically opens you up to earn more money. …
YouTube, like Google, has become a part of our daily digital lives. Since the first video was uploaded in 2005, it’s now become the second largest social platform. The world watches 1 billion hours of YouTube a day with over 1.9 billion users.
Chances are you’ve either uploaded a video to YouTube or used it to find out how to make a vegan lasagna. You can find everything from audiobooks, podcasts, and speeches, to your favorite music videos.
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” — Jim Rohn
To improve your leadership is to improve your life. It becomes easier to work with people. They’re motivated to do better and achieve the overall goal. Your family becomes stronger. They feel confident in themselves and become a more loving bunch. And you have better dominion over yourself, with better habits and more self-love.
Even the best leaders don’t take things for granted because the best can easily become the worst. You see this in sports all the time. Brilliant coaches leave successful teams because players tune them out eventually. The ones who aren’t self-aware always crash and burn. The great ones move on to another group they can work with. That’s because leadership is a continuous practice. What got you here won’t get you there. …
I was out of a job and out of money, spending too much time consuming and not enough time producing. So it was time to finally get up off my ass and find a way to make money. After applying for a few jobs on Freelancer.com, I got my first writing client, writing medical research articles.
Up to that point, I didn’t know about “Freelancing,” which sounds crazy since I applied on the site Freelancer, after all. I just needed the cash. …
“First, say to yourself what you would be. And then do what you have to do — Epictetus”
So you’ve landed a client for your freelance gig or consultancy. It’s the moment of truth. It’s time to deliver. Service Delivery is one of the more difficult parts of the process. But if you can get it down to a science, you’ll almost always have work.
Some business owners or clients who hire freelancers are sometimes jaded by the experience. The freelancer underperforms or does not deliver. And the result is a soured relationship. This does not have to be you. …
You can be pretty content with freelancing. It can be a viable side hustle or fit into a particular lifestyle where you can work the hours or days you want. But what if you want to take it to the next level?
If you never read Rich Dad, Poor Dad — probably the biggest self-help/non-fiction book since Think and Grow Rich — you may have at least seen this diagram before:
The E and S on the left side stand for Employee and Self-Employed. With freelancing, you’re no longer an employee, but you are Self-employed. …
“I’m not very good at anything.”
A few months ago, I jumped on a coaching call with a friend to help her build her own side hustle.
I was floored.
I knew this person for more than a decade and couldn’t believe she felt this way. Every job she’s had, she’s been successful.
And from my observations alone, I could pinpoint at least 5 soft and hard skills she can transfer into a side hustle.
Even after our session, she was not fully convinced some of the ‘skills’ I mentioned were sellable or transferable until I provided some examples of how they can be used. …
“Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this or that, being unable to focus because you’re not organized costs you: time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been productive around the house, time you could have been making money.”
― Jean Chatzky
When I was 13, my mom left my dad in the middle of the night, packed some things in a rented flatbed truck, and moved with her 3 children to a 2-bedroom apartment.
Since I was the only male, they decided to give me one of the rooms while they shared the other. My older sister — 18 at the time — moved in with her then-boyfriend. So it was down to my twin sister and mom in one room and myself in the other. …
When it comes to Disney cartoons, nothing beats the original Lion King (fight me). I grew up with the OST on CD and knew every song by heart. Even now, when I watch it with my daughter, I can’t help but sing my favorite song, Scar’s Be Prepared, with the smugness that it deserves. One of my favorite parts of the movie is a pivotal point where Simba — due to some gentle persuasion by Rafiki — finally comes to his senses and runs back to Pride Rock to claim his rightful place as King.
Ironically, I’ve been in on both sides of the coin. I have shied away from leading others in the past. The idea of taking on a large role would terrify me, despite being encouraged by my family, significant other, or peers. I thought that I would make mistakes, get laughed at, or was just “not ready.” And there have been times where I came to my senses and ran towards leadership. While all those times weren’t the best, I don’t regret them at all. In fact, I’ve had more successes than failures. …
If you want to keep your freelance career going, you’re going to have to apply some rules to help you be more productive, make more money, and stay sane.
Freelancing is not for the faint of heart.
It can be dog-eat-dog.
At least for the majority. If you’re not out to make a quick buck, you can place some thought and structure into how you do things. It’s by being intentional with your work, principles, growth, and process. You can become a productive, successful freelancer.
If that sounds like the freelancer you want to be, consider applying these 10 rules as soon as you can. …