In the early years of running my business, I would often work long days and even longer weeks, pitching for work, trying to get projects moving, and designing new furniture pieces to manufacture.
My income for many of those months?
It’s a pretty harrowing experience. Even when the business was off the ground and doing okay, these tumbleweeds-in-the-bank-account months appeared more frequently than I would have liked. Sometimes projects got delayed or canceled, clients were late paying, or, for whatever reason, the inquiry box just remained empty.
While I took it on the chin and viewed it…
Forget Millenials; Gen Z is the new golden child.
In fact, according to research Gen Z is the most diverse and well-educated generation yet and represent up to 40% of the nation’s consumer purchasing power.
One of the contributing factors to all of this is Gen Z grew up in the age of rapidly evolving technology. The oldest was just ten years old when the iPhone was first introduced, making them much more likely to be influenced by social media and the internet than generations before.
But even with so much technology and resources at their disposal, Gen Z still…
Hey post-grads, pre-grads, and everyone in between.
In this weeks features, we share some great stories on why less is more, achieving financial freedom with small habits, bad communication and even worse ‘get rich’ stories.
We’re proud as punch to call our publication home to these stories.
Thanks for writing for us, and reading us.
Kate Morgan started freelancing like most of us do — accepting every single thing that came her…
“I’m going to buy $XXXX more of Ethereum today,” I said to my mother this morning.
If you didn’t know, Ether is on a tear right now.
“So what are your hourly rates?” A bead of sweat slips down my butt-crack. I can hear my lungs desiccating. Every atom in my body has learned how to yodel because inside, I am screaming.
I don’t know how to answer this question.
It turns out that phrase is the writerly equivalent of “have you got some ID?” Because your rates, like your ID, are justification of where you’re at in your literary life-cycle. They’re confirmation that you’ve reached certain milestones. They’re you, expressing your value (or your age). And every time you’re asked about them, your heart stops. …
“When set with intention, goals can provide structure, direction, focus, and purpose. When not set with intention, goals can be knee-jerk reactions to something painful in our lives.”
-Ryder Carrol, Inventor of the Bullet Journal Method
In late 2017 I lost a huge freelancing client and 90% of my income dried up overnight.
It was a devastating blow, or a “painful moment” as Ryder Carrol just called it.
One night while wallowing in self-pity I decided to go eat a large cheese pizza by myself. I washed it down with beer, if you must know.
As I attempted to drown…
“Tom, you should quit, blow your business up, and start over.”
I said this to myself YESTERDAY. Yes, yesterday.
Entrepreneurship helped me create a business worth $250,000+ over the last two years of my life. I’ve been successful, and I’ve had fun.
Yet here I was just yesterday doubting my talents and being so emotional I wanted to throw in the towel on everything.
Does it sound a bit dramatic to you?
Ever since I sold my first online course in 2017, I’ve had a roller coaster of highs and lows.
After my emotional crisis yesterday, I got…
Yesterday I read an article by someone who said you can get rich by waiting for your parents to die, and then inheriting their estate.
That’s what they did.
I have some problems with this, and not just because I don’t anticipate inheriting anything from my family. It occurred to me these “how I got rich” articles really have hit rock bottom lately.
And we have Jeff Bezos telling us:
Create more than you consume.
That’s hilarious, because Jeff Bezos became the richest man on earth by encouraging the opposite mindset.
Every time I read an article about how someone…
Personal finances are tricky in your twenties.
We don’t have the experience, we make little money, and most of us are neck high in student loan debt.
And hey, you’re 25 years old, you want to have fun with the money you’re making, right?
In 2019, I woke up and found myself $6,000 in credit card debt. Yes, going broke does feel like something you suddenly wake up to. There’s a famous line from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises when the character Mike is asked how he went bankrupt.
“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.”
Bad habits have a…
At the beginning of February, I decided that I wanted to try freelancing.
Mainly, I was bored, thanks to the pandemic and quarantine restrictions. But I was also hoping to make some extra income that I could put toward my savings.
I decided to offer proofreading and editing “gigs” (what Fiverr calls a specific service). Besides my history of reviewing and editing my friends’ writings, I didn’t have much professional experience to back up my services. …