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Save your blog from becoming a total flop

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Fancy bloggers making six figures love to feed you all sorts of lies. They love keeping you in the dark instead of telling you the reality of things because that’s what keeps dollar bills pouring into their bank accounts.

I know this because I happily subscribed to their lies before I started my WordPress blog three years ago. Some of these lies looked like the following:

“If you’re passionate about writing and want to make six figures from it, start a blog.”

“A blog is really easy to start.”

“Blogging is completely free!”

“Anyone can make $100,000 per month blogging.”

That’s just one tiny scoop of it. If I could go back in time, I would give this advice to my younger self: don’t start a blog. …

From a top-rated freelancer on Upwork

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Upwork gets a bad rap from so-called six-figure freelancer-turned-coaches who’ve made it their mission to advocate against content mills.

But actually, the platform is a goldmine for freelancers, especially those at the beginning of their careers.

Here’s why:

  • It helps you (literally) start from your scratch — no portfolio, no website, no prior experience needed.
  • It helps you build a portfolio.
  • It helps you figure out your niche.
  • It helps you learn how to deal with clients.
  • It helps you gain confidence so you can go after big shots later in your career.

That said, a lot of freelancers fail and give up because they don’t know the right strategies. See, Upwork is a content mill after all. And content mills are saturated with freelancers. It’s like a tank full of fishes competing for space and food. …

Tips, tools, and best practices to become pro

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I’m a non-native English speaker. My complete schooling happened in my native country. I grew up in a family where everybody spoke my native language. But today, I’m a professional writer. I’ve won international essay writing competitions in school, been published in an anthology and top Medium publications, and make side money as a freelance writer.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to know that I haven’t had any advantage over other non-native English speakers. I’m completely self-taught. I honed my English writing skills over the years using just a few tips and tools. …

And several mini psychological exercises.

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People always told me I was a calm person. And I thought the same.

I’m one of those people in the room who stay silent and composed no matter how heated the situation gets instead of losing control. Until my therapist revealed to me that I had internalized my anger. This meant I was turning my anger inward, consequently indulging in self-harm, self-loathing, and self-criticism, rather than turning it outward. It wasn’t that I never got angry, it’s that I never showed that I was angry. …

They’re (probably) why clients keep rejecting you on Upwork

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You can be the best freelancer out there, have the fanciest website and blog, and still not get clients.

You see clients don’t care about your website, your blog, or who you are. What they do care about is what you can do for them. Whether you can help solve their problem or not. Period. And they make this decision within seconds. They pick the one freelancer from a list of more than 50 who they think can solve their problem and save their time and ignore the rest.

The question is how do you ensure you’re not the one who gets ignored by clients? Because let’s be honest, as a freelance writer, nothing is more discouraging and heartbreaking than knowing you are willing to give 100% to a job that makes you money but nobody wants to hire you. …

How to level up your life and career while still in college.

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Most people’s trajectory of life looks like this:

  1. Be born (without wanting to)
  2. Grow up a little
  3. Go to school
  4. Go to college
  5. Get a job
  6. Stay at the job
  7. (Maybe) get married
  8. Die (without wanting to)

But the fun part is you don’t have to follow this exact trajectory, you just think you do. There’s a lot you can do in the middle. In this article, I’ll tell you what you can do when you’re on #4 i.e in college.

Keep in mind, though, if you’ve graduated already you might regret reading this because you probably never thought you could do all of this stuff while in college. If you’re still in college though, good news. You still have time. What I’ll share with you now will get you ahead of the 99% because, as I said, most people don’t even think they can do all of this cool stuff. …

Stop feeling bad if you have ‘small’ goals.

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Think your goals aren’t big enough? Think you aren’t ambitious enough? Think you’re selling yourself short?

Think again.

When I was in school, my teachers would often write on my reports that I’m an ‘ambitious student’. I obviously took it as a compliment, and so did my parents.

Being an ambitious student meant I was an overachiever. It meant I was always on top of my class. It meant I was always getting ‘A’ grades. It meant I always had the approval and admiration of my teachers and peers. So it was a big deal.

As I grew up, I internalized this definition of ‘ambitious’ that was thrown at me: famous, focused on the end goal, always on top, always seeking status and people’s approval. As an adult, I set goals for myself that any highly ambitious person would: study at the best university, get a high-paying corporate job, start a six-figure business, become a New York Times bestselling author, etc. The list was HUGE. …

How to stop leaving money on the table.

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Pricing your freelancing projects is one of those things that will make you want to pull your hair off.

When I first started, I had no idea what pricing strategies to use. As a result, I wrote $7 blog posts and $10 emails for drip campaigns (seriously). I always sold myself short because, frankly, I didn’t believe I was worth getting paid more. In my eyes, I was just another freelancer.

But when I joined Facebook groups and connected with other freelancers, I realized how dumb I had been. I could have made $1000s more from my work.

Most freelancers sell themselves short and underprice their projects because they don’t know which pricing strategy to use. Use this guide to help you avoid becoming one of them. …

3 tips to navigate contradicting self-improvement advice.

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It happens in the self-improvement industry all the time.

One guru says one thing, the other says something else.

Gary Vee preaches hustling and spending your 20s with your eyes closed. Ekhart Tolle preaches the power of now. Be intensely present in the now and find joy in everyday moments.

Tony Robbins sells the idea of goal-setting. James Clear says setting systems is more important than setting goals.

Most self-help coaches worship morning routines. Then comes someone out of nowhere who tells you to stop trying to be a morning person.

It’s no surprise that self-improvement is becoming more toxic than helpful for most people. Coaches, gurus, and so-called experts care more about selling their products and services than your deteriorating mental health. …

Lessons I’ve learned from heartbreaks and disappointments

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When I was in high school, I was living the ‘friends forever’ fantasy.

My friends and I would throw surprises at each others’ birthdays, go out often, plan our futures, talk for hours and hours without getting bored, regularly update our ‘friend life’ on social media and do everything ‘best friends forever’ do. I think all of us made an unspoken promise to stay this way all our lives.

But this naive fantasy crashed into pieces when high school ended and ‘real-life’ hit us. We all made different choices and went different ways.

Fast forward almost five years all that is left of my friends are photos and memories. Yes, I am in touch with some of them but I don’t know most of them are in their lives, and haven’t talked to them in months. Occasional texts I send them sometimes receive heart emojis and one-liners and sometimes get seen-zoned. …

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