Networking accounts for 80% of your career success, so how do you do it without wanting to crawl out of your skin?

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On some level, we all know that networking is important for success in life. Yet, I don’t think I’ve ever come across someone who lights up at the prospect of approaching strangers in real life and striking up a conversation. It goes against our very nature as human beings. We’re programmed to avoid uncertainty and stick to what and who we know. Networking is the one thing that, no matter how much you do it, can make you feel that little bit uncomfortable. That’s because networking is inherently messy and unpredictable. We never know who we’ll come across or how…


How I moved from SaaS to freelance writing, with no prior experience or connections in the industry

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Change is scary. Change is that much scarier when there is money attached to it. Anyone looking to give their professional life a do-over faces a real danger of a pay cut, uncertainty, and possible disapproval from those around them.

Yet, career change is one of the most common things we experience. In fact, about 49% of us report to have gone through a major career shift in our lives, and one of the most challenging ones to see through due to self-doubt and fear. …


Super simple tips you can implement right now on any platform and make some $ along the way

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Yesterday, while sleepily scrolling through Facebook I came across a post from another Medium writer where they shared their low earnings over the last few months and wondered how they can increase it. I checked their Medium profile out of curiosity and shared a few pointers that immediately jumped out at me. That seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people as many liked it and commented on it, so I thought it could be useful to share this advice with a wider audience.

This advice isn’t necessarily reserved for Medium and you can apply it to your…


This might be the best year for a career change yet.

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You’ve probably heard it many times over this is the worst time to be leaving your job or changing your careers considering how many businesses have closed their doors and how many people have lost their jobs. I get it, we don’t know what’s coming tomorrow so we’re all a little bit more money-conscious and risk-averse.

However, as I’ve been going through my own career change this year, I’ve connected with some amazing people who’ve proven that career change durig the pandemic is not only possible but even desirable with so many tectonic shifts in the labor market. This year…


And a bit of self-forgiveness

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You’ve probably heard the saying that we are our worst enemy. We’re never as harsh or as critical of other people’s flaws and mistakes as we can be of our own.

This harshness sometimes comes from a place of perfectionism and the desire to do better. More often than not it’s a result of our own insecurity and self-doubt. When we doubt or question ourselves, regardless of whether these doubts are founded or not, they become a self-fulfilling prophecy which seriously undermine our prospects and quality of life.

The good news is, it doesn’t take very much to rein in…


Money alone won’t cut it anymore. Four effective and relatively inexpensive things businesses can do to entice the millennial workforce to stick around.

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Covid-19 has challenged everything we thought we knew about our economy, education system, and the labor market. As millions of people faced unemployment in recent months, businesses had to come to grips with a new reality of managing a fully remote workforce and keeping productivity and performance levels as unaffected by the pandemic as possible.

However, despite the uncertainty and the sharp increase in redundancies, businesses are still struggling with keeping their voluntary employee turnover down—in other words, employees are quitting.

The pandemic has shaken up a lot of aspects of how we do business, and as such, has inspired…


Only one makes a good leader.

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If you’ve ever worked for anyone other than yourself, you must have had a manager who made sure key business metrics were achieved and your performance was up to par. And you might have used your ‘comfort’ break for a little bit of healthy gossip with your peers, where you said something along the lines of:

  • My manager doesn’t understand my job;
  • My manager doesn’t care;
  • My manager is incompetent;
  • My manager is an asshole;
  • My manager is [enter insult];

The truth is that, until you become a manager, you can’t appreciate how difficult people management is. Before I became…


Your health will thank you for it

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I am a freelance writer. After years of wanting to become one, last month I finally made the jump from writing for myself to writing for clients. And even though I have been doing this for only five weeks, I know that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

The last five weeks have been filled with many firsts:

  • I have been writing daily for over 30 days.
  • I have worked with 5 paying clients so far.
  • I have completed over 10 orders.
  • I made my first $500 doing what I love.
  • I learned…


Hint: steer away from publishing

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Like any writer serious about their craft, my main concern is to remain as obscure as a writer as possible, and, if possible, misunderstood. We all know that all great writers throughout history faced judgement, persecution and poverty before they finally received the recognition they so deserved (and if that came posthumously, even better).

You don’t want to be one of those writers-entrepreneurs who pitch and publish ideas daily and take away from the beauty of being a writer, which mostly lies in suffering.

Here are 5 easy steps you can implement today to make sure you remain unknown as…


For one, be careful who you share your goals with

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The personal development industry has boomed in recent years as economies are getting stronger and millennials (who by 2030 will make up 75% of the US labor market) have extra cash to spend on achieving their goals. Hundreds of motivational blogs, videos and masterclasses are published daily that promise to 10x your motivation and transform your life. Yet, the number of people reporting dissatisfaction either at work or with life in general is at an all time high. How is that possible?

Why is that?

Goal-sharing

Well, for one, the self-improvement market seems very similar to the one of dieting where conflicting information about…

Natasha Serafimovska

EdTech SaaS content writer, thoughts on future of work, careers and freelancing. Subscribe at: thehumanist.substack.com. Hire me: contact@serafimovska.com

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