Because we all need to make more and spend less

Woman working on a side hustle
Woman working on a side hustle
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The term ‘side hustle’ has become a part of our everyday language. Nobody blinks an eye anymore at an employee or indeed a business owner trying to earn extra income on the side.

Now that most of us have taken such a big financial hit from Covid, it’s almost essential in a way. Those of us who don’t have much in the way of savings need to know we can bulk up our income when we need extra security.

But how do we get started with that extra source of income? There’s a lot out there to choose from, and…

Periods, perfection, and the bathroom paradox

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Being female is confusing. We feel shame when our periods begin, even though they are an essential part of life. How can that be right?

We feel the pressure to be these perfect, almost mythical-like creatures. We must be prettier, slimmer, happier and more productive. We must be able to bring new life into this world, but without showing the less attractive parts of that process.

We are givers of life, givers of care, and all things in between. Yet we aren’t raised to celebrate all that we are. …

It’s time we all accept the validity of each other’s feelings

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This morning, still dazed from an unusually good night’s sleep, I stumbled upon an article in my newsfeed. This article touched me so much that I just had to write something in response to it.

I absolutely, whole-heartedly agree with the words of Jenna Abetz and Julia Moore in their Psych post — It Should Be Okay for Parent to Express Regret About Having Children.

I know that this is a loaded topic, and there are some strong voices out there shouting about how children are such a blessing. …

Do the free ones work and are the paid upgrades really better?

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As a multitasking freelancer who makes a modest extra income stream from Upwork, this topic is front and centre of my mind this week.

The reason being is that a very good regular client of mine messaged me to say that one of my recent submissions returned a 7% plagiarism score on his Grammarly tool (paid account).

My first feeling was that of embarrassment. The last thing I want is a client that I enjoy working for thinking I’m anything less than 100% decent. …

You don’t need hundreds of new ideas

I’m sure there are many Solopreneurs and small business owners spending more time than they need to keeping up with social media.

While it is important to maintain a presence for your business, you don’t really have to spend a huge amount of time doing it. There are some efficient hacks to making more out of the content you already have.

Here are 3 things that I personally do to fill my social feeds quickly. One is a little copy/paste procedure, and the other 2 involve some help from scheduling tools.

Reuse your blog content

Many of my posts have a call to action…

They are not another chore to feel guilty about

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Let’s be honest. Personal growth and spiritually-themed self help can feel pretty nebulous at times. A lot of activities are suggested to us, from simple meditation practices to full on digital detox weeks.

If I followed every suggestion I got, I’d be a walking meditation expert, raking a Zen garden while chanting in Sanskrit, with a stick of celery up my bum and onion slices in my socks.

Where do you even start?

In today’s realty, being in and out of lockdown with less personal space and disrupted routines, it all feels a bit harder.

But we do need to…

It’s helping my readability a lot

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As a Solopreneur you will be interested in getting more views on your content. I wanted to share my new publishing routine that is boosting my SEO, improving my readability, and saving me time overall.

Whether you are aiming to boost your paid reads within Medium, or raise your presence on Google, these tools can definitely help.

Quite recently I published a couple of posts; one about using SEO within Medium, and one about an all-in-one grammar and SEO tool I’ve been using.

Learning these things made a change to my old habit of drafting and publishing all in one…

What I’ve learned about love as an abuse survivor

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At the end of our date, Geoff walked me to my door. He casually turned the conversation to be about how the other woman he was dating was boring, but more age-appropriate for him.

He just wanted to tell me that he’d had fun with me tonight — more fun than with her.

But this was the first I’d heard of another woman, and this was how he let me know. I should have been hurt, annoyed even. Probably in some very deeply locked away part of me, I was.

But Geoff was out of my league; handsome, older, a…

Here’s what to prepare for so you don’t crash and burn

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If you haven’t yet awakened to your purpose here on Earth, then the idea of doing so might seem like a fairy tale.

Certainly, once you know what ultimate goal you want to pursue, life takes on new meaning. Energy you didn’t even know you had courses through your veins.

Humans are meaning making beings after all and purpose gives us a reason to be when all else feels wrong in the world.

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfilment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can…

Psychology-based ideas to shift your perspective

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Don’t worry. This is not going to be full of cheesy quotes about being the King of the Jungle. I just wanted to catch your attention with the tiger picture, so that I could give you some real food for thought on getting hired in the current climate.

Work history, qualifications and skills aside — confidence is a big part of the picture when it comes to finding a job during a recession.

I’ve noticed that confidence has been a big struggle for me recently. …

Sarah Kat

Mental health, psychology, freelancing and Solopreneurship. Columnist for The Innovation. Editor of The Elective Orphan Club.

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