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

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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. …


This doesn’t have to cost you a penny

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So… (awkward silence) How are you feeling about your small business these days?

Things have been tough, and if you are still hanging in there, then you are a trooper.

Since we are approaching the end of the calendar year, now would be a good time to think about re-energizing your business. And maybe we should also be re-energizing ourselves a little too.

The most hardened business people will tell you that success is motivation enough. But you know, we are only human. It’s been a crazy year, and we could all use some fresh energy.

If you’ve been feeling…


I want you to like me, but I probably won’t like you for long

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Trigger warning: This post talks about co-dependant relationships between narcissists and people pleasers.

I’ve known for a very long time that I’m a people pleaser. But it is only recently that I’ve been learning about co-dependancy and the correlation with Complex PTSD.

My people pleasing is a maladaptive response to my abusive childhood. And often, the people that I get into the deepest pleasing with have maladaptive traits too. Not the same as mine, but complimentary to mine.

When I meet somebody with narcissistic traits, I change from the most authentic version of myself that I am usually working hard…


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This week we have stories on health and happiness, to keep you energized in the run up to The Holidays.

Let’s kick things off with a story from TruHealthbyKasara on 4 Energy Drainers and some natural options to increase your energy.

We could all benefit from a little more energy at this time of year!

Without further ado, here are the rest of the highlights from the last week on Life Done Well.

Making the Most of a Break From People This Year

By Toni Horton

Sarah Kat

Mental health, psychology, freelancing and Solopreneurship. Columnist for The Innovation. Editor of The Elective Orphan Club. https://bit.ly/highlights-email

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