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Freelance writer with an experience of over 6 years. Assurance Specialist by profession. Dog-lover. Connect with me on https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheshta-mann/

The catch is to spend 1–2 hours daily to make this side hustle work.

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Have you ever thought of having at least one additional income source besides your regular 9–5 job? While a full-time job meets your fixed and lifestyle expenses, the side hustle helps you utilize that money for future investments or savings.

Well, having an extra source of income never hurts.

It helps you support yourself as well as your family’s needs better. But sometimes, we feel clueless about where to start.

I was in the same boat a few years ago. I had a lot to accomplish but had no idea about getting started. I wanted to make money and land…


#2. Know the magic of compounding

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Most of us relate the idea of retirement with having peace of mind later while not fussing about our finances. To make this happen, we work our asses off for more than half of our lives. While some of us take the route of 9–5 jobs, others choose to pick their own schedules working as a freelancer and instilling their energies in their business ventures.

Getting bi-weekly or monthly paychecks is awesome, but if you are not familiar with the essence of saving, investing, and managing your hard-earned money, you’ll be putting yourself in a financial mess later.

Let’s have…


Identifying these red flags helped me in being more efficient at work

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In this fast-paced life, most people want to accomplish more in less time. Either they are aiming to outdo others or are doing the hard work today to relax later. Wasting a single second gives them mini-heart attacks.

A few months back, I was one of them.

Working as a data processor, I was supposed to achieve the standard productivity targets of 95% every month. In the ramp-up stage, I was skeptical if I’d ever be able to achieve such giant numbers.

Also, focusing too much on my productivity was affecting the more important part of my job — quality…


What goes viral on this platform still continues to be a mystery

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There is no direct formula of boosting your stats and increasing your engagement on Medium. While many writers crave for curation and further distribution of their articles, it doesn’t guarantee the ultimate success.

When I joined Medium last year, I had no clue if any of my stories would go viral or get any massive views. Being a non-native writer, I was not confident if readers would be interested in my content at all.

Since I was unsure of how this platform generated income, I only focused on creating valuable content besides having an engaging audience.

The first few stories…


Here’s what you can learn from my investment!

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Investing in stocks can be tricky! And when you are doing it for the first time, it can get trickier.

Before buying a company’s stock, you need to do your homework, and have the knowledge to analyze its performance. After all, it’s your hard-earned money and you won’t like to invest in stocks which have lesser prospects of growth.

When it’s about making investments, I tend to ‘play it safe’. I prefer following a conservative approach where I can receive fixed returns on the amounts invested without worrying about the market fluctuations or changes in the economy.

Prior to making…


And this is what you can learn from my big day’s experiences.

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After dating for almost 2 years, my partner and I decided to take our relationship to the next level. Yes, we wanted to marry each other in the year when everything was falling apart.

Despite our imperfections, we knew we were perfect for each other and were in no mood to let our wedding be affected by these weird times.

In the first week of November, while we both were on our way back to home from work, my husband asked me about my thoughts on getting married. …


You don’t require anybody’s validation to be happy.

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All of us want to live our lives to the fullest and enjoy every bit of it. We all have that desire to feel content with ourselves. After all, we deserve it!

But sometimes, we link the idea of ‘happiness’ and ‘fulfillment’ with achieving our massive goals, having a lot of money, buying a grand house, and having a luxury car. And that’s brutal!

You might have come across millionaires having expensive cars, bungalows, and huge bank accounts. Despite having the best of everything, do you think they are happy with their lives?

According to research conducted by the Korean…


Invest those energies in being a better version of yourself

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We all have been there.

No matter how much money we earn or how prestigious our job profile is, we still end up comparing our success or lives to others.

We may hate the idea of comparing ourselves or our lifestyles to others, because we know it can have negative effects on our self-esteem and make us feel inferior to others, but we still feel tempted to be a part of this comparison game.

I have been guilty of comparing myself to others for over a decade. Forget about the familiar faces, I have compared myself to random people based…


Without breaking the bank!

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A decade back, if you had asked me about my career aspirations, I would have unhesitatingly answered ‘a white-collar job, preferably in the Finance and Accounting department, in a big-shot company’.

Today, things are a bit more exciting and different. I am running and managing my own freelance business while simultaneously working as a freelance writer and a full-time professional. However, from Aug 2014 – Dec 2017, my full-time job not being in the picture, I was solely reliant on freelancing.

Having no family background in business, I had never thought of creating my own business. Moreover, for me, spending…


It can be enticing to get too comfortable in your shell, but is it really worth it?

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A few years ago, I solely relied on freelance writing to be financially independent and earn a good chunk of income from it. Initially, it was awesome to be accountable to me and have the flexibility to set my working hours.

But somewhere I knew that this was not going to take me anywhere in terms of growth and personal development. Despite having a steady income working on my freelance projects, I found myself brutally stuck in my comfort zone.

From having my first cup of coffee to allocating my time to freelance, everything followed a specific pattern. While it…

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