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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…


You have to be bold when it comes to making negotiations

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Are you tired of writing for pennies and always searching for writing projects that pay you well? Do you often doubt your writing skills, wondering if you’ll ever be one of those writers who are paid exceptionally well for penning down articles? Just like you, I badly want to work for clients who don’t exploit writers by paying peanuts.

Back in 2014, I got my first writing client on Elance, now known as Upwork. The client paid $0.0016 …


Make positive self-talk your ally.

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Self-doubt kills confidence.

Have you ever sold yourself short despite achieving your goals or living your best life? Or have there been times when you’re not comfortable in your own skin? Or does relying on others’ validations make you feel better about yourself?

As I’ve been there, I totally understand how self-doubt can rip off your confidence and make you feel scared, especially during the times when you need it the most. Maybe in a job interview, during your meetings, or at a party where you hardly know anyone.

Improving your confidence and eliminating unwanted traces of self-doubt provide you…


I am not a productivity machine

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A few years ago, if you asked me whether I’d do freelance writing and get paid for it, I would have immediately said no.

When I was planning to climb the corporate ladder, I bumped into this unusual world of freelance writing. While making money from the comfort of my home sounded exciting, I was unsure how to get started with it.

What started as mere fun seven years back, has now turned into a profitable side hustle, helping me earn an extra $4,000 every month.


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…

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