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There was one instance in my teenage years that I was very mischievous. I have come to a conclusion that I was highly attracted to my peers of the opposite gender. Too attracted that I have developed some curiosity. I grew a liking to a particular individual that I focused most of my energy to win her heart. I devised a systematic approach of courtship which returned with favorable results. I ended up being in a relationship with the girl I adored in high school. We were inseparable. We knew that we are meant for each other. Another year went by with our relationship and another school year approaches.

Senior high was upon us. There were fresh faces amongst us veterans. Unknown personalities with feats that my friends consider an apple to their eyes. One of my friends was lovestruck enough that he loses his mentality whenever his crush passes. So, we invoked him into striking a conversation with her. He had no clue on how to approach. As a good friend, I shared my system of approach. Still, no courage to step up, I took on the role of a wingman while he and my friends watch. The girl and I took some time to talk and expressed that my friend grew some interest about her. By offering her a seat to our group, she went by and met the person. As time passes by, my role suddenly changed into a messenger. At that time, my girlfriend knew what was going on. She also offered her services to assist my friend to win her heart. Various tactics and hand written letters were tried and passed. From quirky to clever, we were on target at the most. But things took a turn unexpectedly.

I received a call from the potential candidate for my buddy (YES, NO CELLPHONES YET!) She expressed her liking towards me and not to my friend. There was an awkward moment of silence. In my head, gears were turning fast my ear that I was using for the receiver became red hot. I was in disbelief, and with no sense of good judgment, I acknowledged.  It was an internal affair within. Secret meetings and out of town excursions was our only way of spending time with each other. In other words, I was cheating on my acquaintance. But, that instance was way before then.

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A storm suddenly appeared out of nowhere. The secret relationship was revealed, and it was the headlines of my senior high school community. Now that the cat was out of the bag, I laid out my choices. Either I end one relationship or end both. This issue brewed for a week. No communications in between the parties and my ties with my friend were cut off. Since I have gained this notoriety,  my pride also increased. I am now known to be as the player. Contemplating about this title created a solution to my dilemma. After that week, I summoned all of my strength and grew a pair of courage to amend this wrong doing. I only prepared myself to expect bad things. I faced them individually and appropriately offered my apologies to them. I told them that it was not an excuse to lose my beans and just enter another relationship while being committed to another person. I also stated that I am apologetic for my actions and I take responsibility to the damages that I caused. Two slaps in the face and a session of fist-a-cuffs were the chosen forms of repentance. That day was very physical.

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In the end, I ventured my interest out of the school community and kept my personal life low-key than before. I went on and learned from my mistakes, for which prepared me to have a happy marriage and a fruitful relationship with my spouse.

The lesson for today is:

“Dont dip your pen in company ink.”

NaBloPoMo November 2016

 

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When you have to become brave!

 

It has gotten to the point that I was approaching another chapter in my life. To be separated away from what has groomed me into. That is leaving the military service. I was faced with a plate full of worries.

“What about this? This one? That one? How about that? Those?”

The fear of losing your source of income and not knowing how long your savings will last felt like a roller coaster barrelling down to a broken track, and you are in the front seat! Even with all of the planning and preparations, I felt small and hopeless.

After 4 months of being discharged out of the military, I survived. I’m still able to pay my dues, feed my family, and pursue my educational goals. I pulled my big boy pants way up and told myself that there’s still a chance. Life isn’t going to stop when I leave my career. Some people make it after they got out. Others may have stumbled along the way. But I braved out the storm. I’m braving it out. I’m definitely not going to give up. Not now.
All I can say to life and its adversities…
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Waking up in the morning and starting your day right dictates what the rest of the day would be for most of us. Getting out of bed early and feeling energized puts us in a great mood. Freshly-brewed coffee or tea accompanied by a healthy and delicious breakfast of your choice can sometimes start your day right. Preparing to go to work or school and avoiding traffic also starts our day amazing. But, that instance is rare for the most of us. Nowadays, there’s a lot of things to accomplish within a minimum timeframe. Sometimes we have priorities at work or school that we even eat lunch and work on our reports. Despite new technological advances or software applications developed to organize our daily lives into a seamless, work efficient, and productive work days. However, we cannot escape the inevitability of having a “bad day”.
This instance can happen to all of us, whether we are clinically diagnosed by a doctor or just by our aunt/uncle on your dad’s side twice removed. Some of us can end the day on a good note from a rough start of the day. Other people that have some form of a mental health issue suffers immensely. Like myself, I was clinically diagnosed with ADHD. If I missed a dose of my prescription, the whole day is affected. Such as loss of interest in almost everything, having my body to crash and not do anything that requires effort or just a full shutdown of my motivation to finish my homework or project are the worst that could happen, from my experience. However, I was able to combat this issue in order for me to accomplish my daily task, with or without deadlines.

Here are five things that I do whenever a “bad day” occurs:

Plan ahead.

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In order for you to begin this journey, you need to know what goes on today, tomorrow, this week or this month. I have acquired myself a personal organizer that has a monthly overview, weekly listings, and daily columns divided into 30-minute intervals. It allows me to plan anything and everything to the tee. This also enables me to see what is due today or in the future and allows me to switch things around efficiently. If a bad day occurs, a quick look to my organizer can turn a switch in my brain and push me to work, or lets me move things around and have a day to recuperate.

Prepare for tomorrow.

 

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Always make a habit of having your things in order. Whether exhaustion has taken place or not, devoting five minutes of your time can save you from being late. Make a habit of preparing your clothes and your things for the next day. It may seem elementary to some, but this goes a long way. Especially when waking up late for school or work. Chances are that you have already boarded the “Struggle-bus” and panic has already settled in. Either you are lucky to make it in time and forgetting something at home, or you’re late for your class or meeting and still forgot a few things. This calls for a “grab-and-go” situation where preparing for the next day not only saved my behind but also remained focus and less-stressed. It literally took me 5 minutes to get dressed, shave my 5 o’clock shadow, and grab my things under 6 minutes and 32 seconds. YES! I timed it. It was glorious!

Set reminders on your phone or on your refrigerator.

 

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I always forget my medications. Weekdays or weekends, no matter what day its, I still fail to take it. I have been on my medications for a long time that I should’ve developed my muscle memory for this. This is the main cause for my “Bad Day”. By having an obnoxious but unique alarm on your phone while displaying bold letters to “TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!” and writing on my small freezer whiteboard to “TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!” has minimized my missed medication days and maintained my mental health to a stable status. I even came to a point that handwriting my reminders in pieces of paper and sticking it on my doors, walls, and my car’s dashboard was necessary to maintain my steady intake.

Rest in a timely manner.

 

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Some of our days require late nights and cans of caffeine to get some work done. An inevitable situation that we encounter. Whether it is an essay, homework, presentation, or report. Whatever it is, staying up all night is sometimes the resolve for our issue. Either the deadline changed unexpectedly, or procrastination due to the new episodes of The Walking Dead just came out. Having a planner and planning days out and identifying tasks and its priority value will enable you to rest early or enjoy free time available for you to spend. Sometimes, these free times are lifesavers, especially on unforeseen timeline shifts. Make time work for you instead of working for your time. Like that famous Vine video “Aint nobody got time for that!

Seek help!

 

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Sometimes, there are things in life that you can’t control. Any efforts for preparation cannot avoid this situation. A bad day can happen out of the blue without knowing the where, when, how and why. A chemical imbalance may happen in unknown times, where we just shut down or just not having the time of our lives. A professional assistance may be the solution to this instance. Set an appointment to see a physician for a consult. A professional help may be required to regain back your balance. If this isn’t an alternative, reach out to a relative, a friend, a significant other, or anybody you trust. Having this network and being able to talk to someone can turn your bad day into a good day. You are not alone in this world that you live in. No one considers their life is like an island, that they are the only one in it. Just remember that there’s always someone whose having a bad day worse than yours.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

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Universities and colleges are poised to get back into the swing of the fall semester. As you prepare to head back to your course load, consider the wisdom of your college professor. They have been in your shoes once. They teach because they want to change lives (your life!). And a professor cares that her students pass her class.

As your professors stand before you on your first day of class, learn what they are really wanting to tell you.

1. Don’t go to college if all you want to do is skip your classes. Annual university tuition ranges from several thousand to $30,000. That doesn’t include anything but your classes. You are throwing your money away when you skip class.

2. Don’t post status updates contradicting your excuse for missing class. Sure, it is miserable to come to class when you have a hangover or you stayed up to late finishing a paper for another class. It doesn’t make you look good in my eyes. And you will need me someday.

3. Don’t suck up to me. Come to class, pay attention, and put forth your best effort. That will impress me. I can tell the difference.

4. You’ll need me beyond your one semester course. Networking and recommendation letters are essential as you search for internships, grad schools, and jobs. Don’t be another nameless face. Make an effort in class. And stop by during my office hours.

5. Are you out of your depth in my class and don’t know what to do? You need to make an effort and come to me during office hours early on and not at the end of the course. I want you to succeed and learn too. If you come to me early, we can work together. Let me help.

6. Read the syllabus. I can’t emphasize this enough. Don’t look like you don’t know what you are talking about when you should have read the syllabus. Put all assignments and due dates on your calendar system. Don’t miss 70% of your classes and come crying to me when you fail your class because 30% of your grade was about showing up. It is clearly written in the syllabus. In fact, don’t just read it one time. Review it a few times, highlight the important things.

7. Write down what I write down. 99% of what I write on the board really, really matters. As in exam time matters!

8.Listen to your advisor. Don’t blow them off because you think you know better than them. They’ve been around awhile and want to help you achieve your dreams.

You are not a lone ship on the university seas. See your professor as the advocate they are.

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MOOCs (massive open online courses) exploded onto the scene in 2011 with the admirable goal to provide access and affordability to higher education to all. In 2015, 550 universities offered over 4200 courses online. Figuring out how to choose what MOOC is right for you can feel overwhelming, deciding on value and cost and who provides what financial assistance.

Along with the massive growth in the developing industry, we also see changes within individual MOOCs. EdX continues to grow within the industry providing high quality options in a sea of changing variables including offering a strong financial assistance.

What is edX?

Founded in 2012 by a joint effort of Harvard University and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), edX provides world-class online courses in partnership with the world’s best universities, nonprofits and institutions.

They are the only MOOC in operation functioning both as a nonprofit and open source, and remain true to their three-fold mission:

1. Increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere
2. Enhance teaching and learning on campus and online
3. Advance teaching and learning through research

What are the benefits of edX?

EdX provides high quality courses you can audit or pay for certification allowing a student to use the credit for both college/university credits or to use it toward professional development. All the classes are available to anyone with an Internet connection for free with the ability to audit. For a fee, you can sign up to receive a verification certificate, proving you took and passed the course.

Additionally, courses through edX alternately beef up your resume/CV or your college application. It shows a thirst for learning and a focus on personal and professional development.

If you want to take your online training a step further, edX launched the XSeries program. Through a series of online courses you learn and train for a certification in a specific field and receive a certification from the institution who created it through the edX partnership.

What gives edX credibility?

There is power in a name, and it often lends credibility. Just as in the case of edX, it is hard to argue with two of the world’s most elite and renowned schools partnering to birth an organization like edX. Not only do you have the powerhouse of Harvard and MIT as the founders, you see scores of additional elite partnerships with universities and institutions, lending their name for credibility. However, like in any developing industry, the learning curve feels big and the response a company takes to industry changes matter.

EdX navigates the changes like a pro with reputable institutions backing it. When cheating became a scandal among MOOCs, edX responded by providing students the option to take their final exam in a proctored setting.

No matter what, it is important to remember the MOOC experience and value differs than taking a course at Harvard. Still a wonderful value, but different.

Financial aid with edX

While all courses through edX are offered for free by audit, but for verification and certification of courses, you need to pay. EdX offers a 90% discount to eligible students. EdX, with their generous financial assistance, shows they remain committed to their mission of providing quality education to all.

How do you apply for financial aid with edX?

Applying for financial aid with edX is a fairly simple process.

– Enroll in your selected course as an audit learner.
– Fill out the financial assistance application.
– Review of application (two to four business days).
– After accepted, your course is upgraded to the verified certification option.

EdX offers a variety of courses and certification programs that can transform your college application or resume/CV. If you are looking to learn and grow, but if you have a limited budget, you can easily and quickly apply for the financial assistance you need to move your dream forward.

If edX isn’t your preferred MOOC, learn how to apply for financial assistance with Coursera.

The Best Wayt o apply for a Job

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Jobs. We all want one, but landing a job sometimes can be harder than it appears. The economy squeezes the job market or makes it more expansive. Either way, when you see a job you love, you aren’t the only interested party. There is a pool of competition, so understanding the best way to apply for a job is essential.

Finding a great job really comes down to applying for the right jobs in the right ways. There are many steps to the process of landing the job you desire. If you shirk in one area, it impacts the whole process.

We’ve outlined the step-by-step, best way to apply for a job to make you stand out from the crowd.

1. Create a master resume

A master resume isn’t the resume you actually submit. It helps you create a streamlined application process by listing all of your skills, education, jobs, and experience in one place. For each job you apply for, you create a target resume highlighting your relevant skills and experience, and you have access to it all in your master resume. You also use your master resume for places such as your LinkedIn profile.

A master resume is an active document; whenever you complete a project, update your master resume.

Here are a few tips to include in your master resume:

-Give yourself a title such as: Freelance Editor or New Business Consultant
-Develop a short, career-centric mission statement
-List out your relevant education (if you have any college or graduate school degree, you don’t need to list your high school graduation)
-Put relevant work experience in chronological order
-List out additional extracurricular activities, eg. professional writer’s group, any publications, volunteer services
-Add action words based on the job field you want to continue to grow in as many HR systems are now automated and look for specific keywords
-Proofread, proofread, proofread! Nothing turns off a prospective employer like a typo. Use a program like Grammarly to help catch your errors.

2. Find a job

Treat looking for a job like a job itself. Set aside specific times in your week dedicated to the job search and application process. It is cumbersome and time-consuming. Thinking you can just apply within 15 minutes leaves you disappointed and sending out job applications that don’t make you shine.

Look on job search websites for the career field. A few of the biggest:

Indeed.com
Monsterjobs.com
Glassdoor.com
Careerbuilder.com
LinkedIn.com
RobertHalf.com
Jobs.com
SimplyHired.com

Use your device with a job search app:

Jobaware
Jobs By Careerbuilder
Linkedin Job Search
Monster
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Research job sites specific to your region:

Local newspapers
Craigslist (Note: Craigslist is doing a terrific job filtering spam and expired posts. You should go check it out if you haven’t already.)

Other sites, use search terms like:

“[your city] area jobs”
“[your city] job boards”
“[your city] in Phoenix”

Research job sites specific to your industry. I am a writer and editor and like to work for nonprofits, so I follow job boards for communications and nonprofits to narrow down my search.

3. Create a cover letter

Once you have found a job you want to apply for, review the job description a few times. Parrot the languages and keywords the employer uses. For example, if you describe yourself as an independent worker, but the job posting uses wording such as self-starter. Essentially, you are saying the same thing, but using their wording connects with them. This is an important step in the best way to apply for a job.

Your cover letter should only be about three paragraphs: introduction, selling yourself, conclusion. Whether you are attaching the cover letter, pasting it in an email, or snail mailing it, it must be done professionally!

-Add your information header that matches your resume information header
-Include the employer’s contact information
-Address the letter either: To Whom It May Concern or Dear Mr., Ms.
-Always remember, you’re not texting with a friend. Use full words and approach them as a professional.
-If you aren’t sure how to format a professional cover letter, Google it for examples.

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Sample Cover Letter

4. Apply

Finally, you are ready to apply to your job. Read over the directions more than once and make sure you haven’t missed specific directions. Some companies simply want you to email them with your cover letter and resume. But many employers have a variety of hoops they want you to jump through from filling out online applications to adding writing samples to doing a sample project. Provide your resume in a PDF form to ensure an accidental mess up doesn’t occur.

If you miss a specific instruction, your application most likely will be thrown out. Before you hit send, double check and make sure everything is exactly the way they requested.

5. Look for a point of contact

A personalized cover letter connects you to the hiring manager or recruiter and helps you stand out when applying for a job. It also shows initiative on your part.

6. Follow-up on your status

Take time to send a quick (and confident) follow-up about a week or two after you submit your application. You can send an email or make a quick phone call because you have your point of contact from point five. Don’t take too much of their time because you go from an impressive go-getter to wondering who is this person still talking about themselves?

Be sure to check the job description for a request for no follow-up. Some employers do not want follow-up phone calls, and it is important to honor those requests.

Applying for a job seems overwhelming, but if you put the time and effort into the process, you will land your job in no time. Do you have any additional tips? Share them in the comments below and we might just add them on this list above!

How to manage Life as a Student ADHD

Entering college is a whole new world from high school. University life means you have full control over all aspects of your life. In high school, you were still considered a minor, and the expectations differed from college life and expectations. The transition can be overwhelming to anyone, but if you have ADHD, the struggle to transition might be greater.

 

But it is doable.

 

We have some tips to help you manage life as a college student with ADHD.

 

1. Organizing your time creates a smooth transition and gives you control over your schedule.

 

  • Create daily routines and schedules including everyday needs: sleep, study, exercise, nutrition, and fun

 

  • Use some daily planner (large wall calendar, phone calendar, planner, app, or an online calendar).

 

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  • There are many options to help you organize and schedule your days!

 

Examples of Schedules

  • Plan early in the course for any long-term projects by breaking up a large assignment over your semester.

 

  • For example, if you have a 20-page paper due at the end of your semester, you can break it down into chunks: research, outline, rough draft, edits, draft one, edits, final draft. Break down your chunks into weekly assignments like two hours of research, three pages of writing.

 

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  • Use your phone or electronic device to create reminders. Seeing a reminder pop up on a smartphone helps keep us on task.

 

  • Recognize you might need to take half or three-quarter load versus a full-time load. There is nothing wrong with that. Taking the courses at your pace maximizes your learning, and that is what further education is all about!

 

2. How to deal with the noise around you.

 

If you have ADHD you either may not be able to block out background noise or too much silence can be too much and create aural overstimulation. Use white noise to drown out the background noise or fill in the silence.

 

There are many apps available (most of them are free!) providing you with the white noise you need to focus. Pop in the headphones to your smartphone and study away!

 

If you struggle to sleep with excess background noise, consider purchasing a white noise machine or a box fan. However, if you have a roommate in a single dorm room, be sure to check with them before plugging in a fan or machine.

 

3. Seek out the resources available at your university.

 

  • Learn time management from an elective course or academic counselor. It can serve you long past your college years.

 

  • Meet with someone from your school’s Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS). They can help accommodate certain needs you have.

 

  • Take advantage of free services like the writing centers and tutoring services your campus might offer.

 

4. Manage your classroom experience.

 

 

  • Sit at the front of all your classes. Don’t allow yourself unnecessary distractions.

 

 

  • Use your laptop or tablet to take notes. Using sites like Evernote, Airtable, Trello (works great for group projects), or Google Docs can help you organize your courses and notes better. Explore the sites and find which one works best for you!

 

 Recommended Read: How to take notes using evernote 

 

  • Go back over your notes soon after your class is over and review your notes, adding in information you might have missed from your recording or memory.

 

  • Talk to your professors early on in the semester and during their office hours. Explain your learning disability and how you plan to compensate during their lectures. Ask them for notes, if available, and suggestions on ways to succeed in their course.

 

5. Studying can be challenging for anyone in college, but for a student with ADHD, it can mean the difference between passing and failing.

 

  • Create a plan of action at the start of your semester after reviewing each course syllabus.

 

  • Don’t wait the last minute to complete assignments (especially big assignments!). You will miss out on really learning the subject and possibly fail.

 

  • Break up your day into study chunks.

 

  • Write out a priorities list for each week and assign projects and studying to individual pieces.

 

  • Find the best spot with the fewest distractions. Whether it is your dorm room, the quad, or the library go where your brain focuses best.

 

  • Rewrite your notes and listen to the recording.

 

  • Take breaks and move around and stretch.

 

Heading to college with ADHD is an opportunity to help you keep growing and learning as a person. Set your goals and go after your dreams!

How to Thrive as a writer in the Freelance World

Have you dreamed of owning your own schedule or maybe just making extra income on the side with your writing? Freelance writers seem to have the dream job, writing and getting paid for it. It seems easy, you just need a computer and Internet, and you are set. But it can be a hard world to break into. The competition among freelance writers can be fierce. For the past few years, I have been working as a freelance writer and editor. I’ve learned many lessons along the way helping me to sharpen my skills and lean into what it is I desire in my life.

1. Set goals

The biggest lesson I have learned over the past few years as a freelance writer has been setting goals. I knew I wanted to find more flexibility and freedom in my life beyond the traditional 9-5 job. I set out my short and long-term goals. Before I left my job, I began submitting my writing to unpaid journals and blogs and moved up to paid after building my portfolio.

After developing a good portfolio of paid and unpaid work, and a good chunk of change in my savings. I made the leap to full-time freelance.

2. Learn from the wins and losses

I have had many wins and losses along the freelance road. After finishing any project, I like to take time to evaluate what I have learned. One of the biggest failures I’ve had to learn is valuing my work for its worth. At the beginning, I was almost giving away my services for free. I was working all the time and barely making ends meet.

3. Expand on the subjects you’ll write about

We all have specific types of writing we love. I enjoy writing the reflective personal essay or spiritual meditations. However, I needed to expand the types of things I wrote about to become successful as a freelance writer. I have written on a variety of projects from flooring to plugins to real estate. When a topic is new to me, I spend time researching and familiarizing myself with the subject. I have become an expert on many new topics which makes me a more marketable writer for future projects on the same subject.

4. Use a writing coach or editor

If you feel stalled as a writer, find ways to push yourself to grow and expand into a new stage of writing. Consider hiring a writing coach or editor, who will work closely with you to develop your writing skills beyond their current state. You can also find a professional writing group in your area. Meetup is a great option to find a variety of groups and times.

As a freelance writer, you don’t always get helpful feedback, or you might receive not so helpful comments from trolls. Finding positive voices to improve your craft develops your skills and abilities.

5. Create space and time

I live in a tiny space, but it has been essential to carve out a small nook for an office. Working from home creates its own challenges, including feeling like work. By developing an office space or nook, you trigger your mind to think: work!

Along with creating space, you need to set your schedule. I am an early riser, so I have created a flow for my work day that includes a pretty early start, usually wrapping up by four to five in the afternoon. I know myself. I am not a night owl and do not do my best work in the late afternoon and evening. Create a schedule that highlights your strengths!

If you don’t create space for yourself, you can work all the time, and before you know it, you will be completely burned out.

6. Get out of your own head

As an introvert who is working from home, at times I can get stuck in my own head. Making sure I get out to see friends, volunteering, and joining Meetup groups help me remember there are many rich and full parts of my life. Experiences are a writer’s best friend. We write best about what we experience. So get out there and experience life!

7. Be willing to do the smart, hard work

Getting a freelance business off the ground is hard and demanding work. In the effort to have more control over my schedule I prepared mentally for the first year or two, I am going to be working a lot and maybe not always on the projects I am most excited about, but I have decided the hard work right now is worth the future outcome.

8. Network, network, network

Networking reaps great rewards for me. When I was venturing out on my own, I went through my contact lists and sent a personal email to friends, former colleagues, and acquaintances that I felt comfortable sharing my request with detailing what I was doing and asking them to keep me in mind for any projects they might have or to share my information with their friends and colleagues. It has yielded a variety of clients for my freelance business, both short and long-term projects.

I also bartered with a friend who creates websites doing editing for her in exchange for a beautifully designed website. Sharing my writing and website on my social media pages has also provided me with free exposure and support from the people who believe in me most — my friends and family!

Jumping into the freelance waters is a big decision. Take your time to think about it and develop a plan a action. Be clear about what you want and need out of your work, both personally and financially. In the meantime, write, write, and write some more!

The Best Places to Be an Online Tutor

Tutoring is a long-traditional role for university and graduate students. The pay is reasonable and the hours are flexible, making it a great position for the juggling of classes and part-time jobs that define so many university students lives. In today’s advanced technological world, the opportunities to become a tutor abound, and you never even need to leave your room. All you need is the know-how and an Internet connection.

Finding the right places online that are trustworthy, can be hard to find. We looked at seven of the best places online to be a tutor. If you are ever uncertain, contact the National Tutoring Association for verification.

1. Chegg

Chegg offers many services, tutoring included. Most tutors start at $20 an hour and provide a lot of flexibility. To become a tutor with Chegg you will need to provide transcripts and documentation showing your studies of strength. Chegg also pays on a weekly basis. College students are encouraged.

2. Tutor.com

Tutor.com is looking for tutors in high-demand areas. You will be required to take an exam to prove you do have an expertise in your claimed area. All of the work you will do with Tutor.com is online as well. Most of tutor.com tutors average about $13/hour. As long as you are pursuing a degree, you have met one of the qualifications of Tutor.com

3. TutorVista

At TutorVista, you have one of the pioneering online tutoring companies. They have been perfecting the online tutoring field for many years, and they are connected with Pearson, a leading education and publication conglomeration. You can expect a pay range of $8-10/hour with TutorVista.

4. Webwise tutors

Webwise tutors values their tutors highly. They do have steep requirements for tutoring, beyond an expertise and passion for a field, they also require their tutors to have their teaching certification and a BA or BS degree completed. At Webwise, the pay ranges from $11-13/hour.

5. Student-tutor

We pay $16-$25/hour depending on subject and if in-person or online.

-Laura (Student-Tutor Rep)

Student-tutor is just as their name describes, valuing the university student as a tutor. They will require you to do a background check and expect to be tested on your skills in adaptability. They value your ability to communicate and create thorough lessons plans over a 4.0 GPA. Average pay isn’t readily available on this page, but an important question to ask in the beginning to make sure the time is valuable to what you will be paid.

 

6. Withcoach

Withcoach is an excellent online tool to help tutors and teachers have resources to look professional, including a public calendar you can share with your students.

7. Skooli

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Skooli requires a lot from their tutors, not only is their background checks with highest safety standards in mind, like Webwise Tutors, you are required to be a certified teacher. Although, Skooli pays their tutors $25/hour.

If you are a university student looking for a flexible part-time job, and you are passionate about helping others learn — tutoring could be the perfect fit for you! For the more adventurous types, you can consider setting up your own profile on a place like Care.com.

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Top 10 Courses Udemy has to offer

Udemy’s mission is for anyone to learn anything anywhere and anytime, transforms lives and our ability to learn on-demand! It changes the face of learning and growth for people all around the globe. Currently, Udemy has 10 million+ students signed up for one (or many) of their 40,000+ courses offered by qualified instructors in 80+ languages. From learning how to sleep better to learning to sew to becoming fluent in another language, Udemy offers it all in an on-demand, learn on your own time, and your own pace setting.

With 40,000 courses to choose from, how do you decide? Here are ten of the most popular courses on Udemy to give you a taste of what you should be trying! And don’t forget to add the course to your CV or resume.

1. Become a SuperLearner: Learn Speed Reading and Advanced Memory

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This course focuses on teaching you skills to read, retain, and learn more efficiently. Over 50,000 students have taken this course since it began on Udemy in 2013 and receives an almost five-star rating. This course offers a baseline learning bump that will improve every aspect of your life. It is also affordable at $20.

If you are looking to speed up your ability to learn and retain information. This course helps you achieve those goals. Living in a fast-paced world requires we take in and understand a lot of information at once.

Take this course if you: Want to learn faster and retain more information.

2. The Lean Startup

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For $40, you learn about the basics of launching new products or services, in a world that always has a new product on the horizon. There have been almost 3,000 students who have benefited from the lessons of starting on a small budget. If you are thinking about or already begun a new project, this course will help you understand the business of what you need to do.

Nine out of ten startups will fail. With those staggering statistics, this course is built for the entrepreneur longing to succeed focusing on budgeting and funding your startup.

Take this course if you: If you are trying to get a start up successfully off the ground.

3. The Complete Web Developer Course – Build 14 Websites

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Developing a website is one of the most important skills to have in the changing landscape of our world. Whether you are going the traditional employment route or starting your own business of website. Having the skills and knowledge to develop your own website will serve you well. This course, for $40, will give you what 200,000+ students have learned, including some brand new coding exercises.

Whether you are starting a business and want to keep the web development in house or want to add a highly-valued skill to your website, learning the basics of web development serves you well in the high-tech, Internet-based world we live in. Even if you have no skills, this course is for the beginner. It has practical coding exercises along with lecture.

Take this course if you: Want to keep costs low in starting a business by creating your own website, or want to make extra money with a side hustle developing websites.

4. Beginner to Pro in Excel

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Excel’s program is not as intuitive as Word, and it is essential knowledge for most career fields. If you want to impress and wow, this course helps you move around Excel like you have been doing it for years. Your efficiency will improve because you are no longer trying to figure out the next steps. For $30, you can take this almost five star rated course.

Most work environments require the use of Excel. This course allows you to focus specifically on learning the nuances of the program. Not just knowing how to get around on Excel, but the ability to do high-level projects will make you a superstar on your team.

Take this course if you: Want to better utilize Microsoft Excel.

5. Conversational Spanish Made Easy

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We live in a connected world full of many cultures and languages. Bi and multilingualism will allow you to advance more quickly in your careers, and it also makes international traveling a lot more fun. This Spanish course is setup for beginners and intermediates and is an interactive course to effectively teach you the basics of the language. And at $20, far more affordable than many language teaching courses.

The United States holds more than 37 million Spanish speakers. Fluently speaking Spanish provides many new career opportunities. This course is different from most Spanish language courses because instead of focusing on grammar and vocabulary, they teach you the phrases and idioms part of cultural Spanish.

Take this course if you: Want to learn conversational  Spanish.

6. Social Media Marketing 2016 – Complete Certificate Course

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Understanding social media and using it as a marketing tool is a skill that will stand out on your resume or CV. If you launch your own business or website, understanding how to use the free to low-cost tools of social media will benefit you. This is one of Udemy’s popular courses with almost 15,000 students benefitting from the teachings. You can complete the certificate and course for just $30.

This course program focuses on social media for businesses. The coursework ranges from learning the basics, to creating strategies, and learning more advanced techniques.

Take this course if you: Want to learn the nuances of using social media for business and make yourself more marketable with the certification.

7. The Complete iOS8 and Swift Course: Learn by Building 15 Real World Apps

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With a 4.7 star rating from 112,000 students, if you are looking to learn how to develop apps, this is the Udemy course for you. With 22.5 hours of lectures, you will delve into the practical and theoretical understanding of building your own app, a highly practical, real world application. This course is $30.

If you are looking to become an app developer, this course delivers the foundations you need. I was talking to a friend today who has an idea for a fun, interactive app. She is searching among her friends for someone who understands if, how, and what it would cost to make it work. I told her about this course, because it may be something she could develop herself instead of sharing profits.

Take this course if you: Want to learn to build apps.

8. How to Create an Awesome Demo Video for Your Business

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There is a theme in many of the courses we have listed — courses to develop skills to sell your ideas in the real world! There are many elements that go into creating a successful business. Creating a demo video helps you sell your idea to the world and to investors. This course is $30 and had had almost 9,000 students complete it and give it an almost five start rating.

If you are starting your own business, the competition out there is fierce. Learning how to best market your wares is the difference between success and folding. Video marketing changes the marketing field, but learning the basics takes it from looking scrapped together to professional and like you have a lot of investors pounding on your door.

Take this course if you: Want to learn to promote your business with video.

9. The Art of Parenting

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Some would argue our greatest job on earth is parenting, if you choose to have children. Taught by a developmental psychologist, you learn the nuances of raising happy and well-adjusted children. It is well worth the $20 investment in yourself and your family. With almost 1200 students, it has achieved a perfect five star rating.

This is also a good course for individuals interested in becoming a nanny or working in a daycare or preschool. Instead of getting frustrated with seemingly irrational behavior, you learn the developmental phases of why children do what they do.

Take this course if you: Want to learn to be a better parent.

10. HTML5 Game from Scratch Step by Step Learning JavaScript

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If you have an interest in learning about HTML5 game development, this course gives you the basics and will help you develop the understanding and skills to create your own games. The course is $20 and is highly rated with four stars.

Jon T. described his experience with the course: “Well-structured and clearly explained as always; appreciate the short individual lessons that actually make it easier to sit with the course for longer periods of time. Thank you.”

Take this course if you: Want to learn how to develop gaming systems.

These 10 courses are a small representation of the many options and offerings Udemy provides. No matter your interest of field, there is a course on there for you. The prices are reasonable, and there are often sales and other coupon options to land you an even better deal.

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