I wrote an article in January 2021 that has been by far my best-performing article ever. That single piece made me slightly under $2,000 by June 2021.
The title of that article is “4 Unusual Side Hustles I Do to Earn an Extra $1,500 a Month”. I’ll be referring to it as 4USH from now on.
What blows my mind is 4USH took me less time to write than any other essay I’ve ever published.
I’m not the world’s fastest writer. On average, it takes me roughly 5 hours to draft and polish something for publication. …
I last had a full-time job in 2008. Since then, I’ve worked from home as a freelance writer.
I didn’t have a grand plan before jumping into the freelance life. Leaving full-time employment was more of an act of desperation for me.
I felt temperamentally unsuited to 9-to-5 work in an office, so I left after I could no longer bear it.
When I left full-time employment, all I had was a Masters's degree with finance and a friend’s recommendation to try writing market research reports. With these bare resources, I stepped out with both feet into the freelancing world.
I’ve seen too many content creators on Facebook asking questions like, “How do I make my content go viral?”
This question assumes that the content creator is solely responsible for crafting content so that it becomes viral.
When this doesn’t happen, the content creator becomes frustrated that they “aren’t getting it” and either quit or invests hundreds or thousands of dollars in courses in a futile effort to find that elusive “viral formula.”
The serious flaw in this assumption is that it completely disregards external factors’ role in determining whether or not content can go viral.
I discovered three crucial…
1. Personal Finance
3. Public Policy
I predominantly write personal finance articles on Medium. My three best-performing articles are related to tips, tricks, and frameworks for increasing personal wealth.
I have also dabbled in other areas including discussing the freelancing life, public policy-related writing, and even satire.
My personal finance mantra is described in eight words:
Earn more than you spend, invest the savings
I organise my personal finance articles around three topics: (i) increasing earnings, (ii) optimising spending, and (iii) investing. …
Freelancing sometimes feels like cycling between feast and famine. Although I have enough clients to bill regularly to keep the lights on, I still appreciate having side hustles around as an additional income source for savings and investments.
I believe in a simple mantra to build wealth.
Earn more than you spend, invest the savings.
I’m a full-time writer. I’ve been extremely fortunate in the past few years to have enough work to pay the bills. So, I keep my spending low and limited to my primary source of income.
My side hustle income goes entirely to savings. …
Let me be clear straight away that I’m not talking about the age-old debate about whether to buy or rent a home to live in. The buy-or-let issue has been debated to death.
This article addresses yet another potential stumbling block in the real estate ownership problem. Specifically, what do you plan to do with a property once you’ve made a commitment to buy it?
The problem here is that writers typically refer to…
I had developed some bad work habits before I started freelancing. My student days taught me to laze around for the majority of the year until midterms or examinations were a few weeks away, after which I’d cram furiously.
When I started my first corporate job, I decided to make amends for my student-day sins by working from dawn to dusk, sometimes even returning to the office on weekends and holidays.
In each situation, external factors influenced my working habits. However, as a freelancer, I am entirely in charge of how I spent my time.
I spent a lot of…
Getting a job at a great company is no longer seen as the achievement it used to be. Working a corporate 9–5 is frequently criticised as “trading your youth for money” or “making lots of money… for someone else.”
I understand the criticisms levelled at corporate 9–5 jobs. However, I feel the pendulum’s swung too far the other way, and I feel compelled to provide an alternative point-of-view to balance out the constant negativity associated with 9–5 jobs.
I don’t think anyone should be made to feel bad about taking a regular 9–5. …
Many of you are probably basking in the glow of your first relatively carefree summer since the pandemic struck.
While most people are probably eager to forget about the pandemic, there is a continual drumbeat of low-key advisories reminding us that the outbreak isn’t done.
These warnings add to the build-up of stress that’s been developing for some time. Just to make sure, I ran a quick Google Trends search of some keywords linked to burnout and exhaustion. The results are telling.
I lost $250,000 and wasted ten years trying to pursue startup dreams that never materialised.
Typing these words feels like twisting a knife in a still-raw wound.
It’s damned hard to get a startup off the ground. 90% of startups fail, despite the herculean efforts of thousands of gurus, accelerators, and business angels.
I won’t tell you what I believe will help a startup flourish. You don’t need to hear it from a thrice-failed entrepreneur.
Instead, I’m going to share the three most important lessons I’ve learned from three startup failures. …