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My research revealed that men were just as likely as women to have trouble with these “always on” expectations. However, men often coped with these demands in ways that differed strikingly. Women who had trouble with the work hours tended to simply to take formal accommodations, reducing their work hours, but also revealing their inability to be true ideal workers, and , and they were consequently marginalized within the firm. In contrast, many men found unobtrusive, under-the-radar ways to alter the structure of their work (such as cultivating mostly local clients, or building alliances with other colleagues), such that they could work predictable schedules in the 50 to 60 hour range. In doing so, they were able to work far less than those who fully devoted themselves to work, and had greater control over when and where those hours were worked, yet were able to “pass” as ideal workers, evading penalties for their noncompliance.
Each of us gets to choose the sort of freelance work we will do.
This is a profound freedom, and one that we often ignore, wasting the opportunity.
To provoke you to take advantage of this moment, my new course for freelancers is now available on Udemy.
In this online, video-based class, I’m daring you to get paid what you’re worth and to find a platform where you can do your best work.
When you move up the ladder, step by step, the work gets more rewarding. We each start as a replaceable cog, open to taking whatever is offered. With focus and effort, though, you can go all the way to becoming a remarkable creator with few substitutes. Along the way, you will gain respect, income and freedom.
These are just some of the many side business opportunities that have grown more common in the past few years. However, there are many more out there already, in addition to some that are yet to be discovered.
As you embark on your new side business or “side hustle,” remember that you are only limited by your own imagination and skillset. Don’t be afraid to be creative, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed.
You never know, unexpected success might be right around the corner.
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Start Contacting Busy People
Remember: busy people aren’t selfish and inconsiderate; I’ve actually found the opposite to be true — that some of the busiest people are actually the most giving types of people. But they also want to be efficient with their time. Remember that the time they give to you is time they sacrifice from working on their own businesses or spending time with their families. So contact them in a way that respects this reality and impinges on their schedule as lightly as possible.
How to Track Your Spending, Income, and Investments
I know what you’re thinking, boring! Nobody wants to plug numbers into a spreadsheet. I’m a weirdo because it might just be my all-time favorite thing to do. The reason I want you to start, or try it for one month, is because I guarantee you’ll learn at least one thing about your finances you didn’t know.
When times are tough, you must steel your resolve. If you feel as though you’re on thin ice, keep your eyes on the next 30 days. Much like how you would develop a skill, treat this trying experience like practise for your persistence and optimism. As author Pat Williams highlights in How to Be Like Walt, Disney once said, “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
Sometimes the best advice is to just quit. Seriously—we mention it in just about every career article because it should always be an option. One of the best things you can do at any job is walk in every day knowing they need you more than you need them. If the scale tips in the opposite direction, do something about it or start looking. Don’t get stuck in a position where you’re never confident you can find new work quickly. Just being in that power position is enough to get you through a lot of the crap we all slog through at any job.
A lot of would-be entrepreneurs get stuck at this stage, because we’re not sure what do to or how to go about it. My best suggestion is to be an action taker and adopt a “ready, fire, aim” mentality. While there are some areas of business where you want to be a bit careful and analyze your decision and strategy, this is not one of them. Don’t obsess with getting your market validation right the first time.