Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

Without selling courses or doing the blogging grind.

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In September 2017, I wrote a post about how I made $6500 that month as a full-time freelance writer.

In that post, I shared my breakdown of how I made that money and what kinds of work and clients I had to get there.

Two years later, in October 2019, I had my first $10,000 month!

While I have made a livable and decent salary since I started freelancing in October 2016, this was my first $10k month. I have seen many articles from people about ramping up and making $10k and more right away; that is not the case for me, and I want to show a view of the more realistic way freelancers can ramp up and raise prices and client quality over time to earn more money. …

And considerations for blogging.

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Have you been thinking about starting a blog for forever? Or maybe you have shared your thoughts, lessons, stories, and information in other ways and are ready to move to a more permanent platform with everything in one place.

There are many reasons to start a blog. Blogging can give you exposure to build your business/brand, make you money, inspire people, and more.

Initial Blog Considerations

When you’re thinking about starting your blog, it is crucial to consider a few specific points.

  • The niche/main topics you plan to cover : This will help you decide where to host your blog and help you streamline a design to fit that industry. …

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It is becoming increasingly clear just how many people can work from home and remain as productive — if not more so — than in an office.

It’s funny, there have been articles and studies for years saying that open office plans led to lower productivity, yet open offices continued to be all the rage, especially with startups. And working from home had been touted as a way to save businesses money and increase overall productivity.

For a long time, many businesses were resistant to having employees work from home even part-time. …

Even though I love physical books

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My first foray into ebooks is actually a pretty boring story.

Eight years ago, I had a $50 gift card to Best Buy and there wasn’t anything I particularly needed, but I was about to get on a flight for a two-week trip in Israel and I read a lot, so I bought a first-generation Kindle and figured I’d use it for traveling instead of carrying books.

I very much preferred physical books, but because I read about one book every day or two at the time, it made more sense to have a bunch of books available to me than to carry 8–10 books in my luggage. …

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Today is November 3, 2020. Election Day in the United States.

Today’s results plus the results of millions of mail-in ballots and early voting over the last few weeks will determine the next 4 years of our country.

It is my civic duty and honestly, my own sense of pride and hope for a better future.

I’ve always thought about the idea that you have no right to complain about how things are going if you’re not doing anything at all to try to make things better.

Voting is one of the simplest things you can do to try to make change and be part of a new solution. …

Let’s look at your options.

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For the first time in the almost 4 years I have been blogging on this platform, Medium is now offering a degree of customization on your profile page.

While I will admit that part of the appeal of using Medium was its clean, easy standard interface, a little personalization is always nice.

I just played around with it a bit for my page, and here are the changes I noticed.

To make design changes, click on your profile circle at the top right of your account and select “Design” from the dropdown menu.

(It is not an “edit” button on your prole page.)

Changes You Can Make

Header Options

One big change is that you can upload a logo to replace your typed out name in the header. I tried this and preferred just having my name, but this is a cool new option if you have a great name logo design. …

Less “hack” and more actual good advice.

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I’ve written before about the top two ways to improve your writing skills, which you can read here. It’s solid advice and a quick read.

Those two things were specific to helping you improve your overall writing skills and comprehension, expand your knowledge and vocabulary, and broaden your horizons of other writing styles.

In this article, I am going to address some specific things you can do to improve your writing pieces themselves.

I put “hacks” in quotation marks because what I’m telling you isn’t really a hack — it’s technical skills and tips you can put to use to write better, more valuable articles (and books!) …

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you hate me?

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My current homepage as of 3 pm Eastern on 10/6/2020.

I know the homepage has changed a lot, and we’ll get to that.

Listen, I get it. Every tech or software company is looking to update, evolve, adapt, and get better. I bet these changes have taken hours and months of meetings, feedback, designs, engineering, devops, developers, etc. I respect that. I get it. But when changes are made, it’s the users who are most impacted, not the designers or developers.

And when the user experience is negatively impacted or make the experience MORE frustrating instead of easier, I can only hope that companies take the feedback seriously and make adjustments. That’s how you retain and attract users. There will be others, like me, who have invested a lot of time and energy into the tech or site already and these changes won’t make me quit the site — at least not yet. …

Would I go back to a regular full-time job?

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I consider myself an “accidental” entrepreneur.

I did not grow up dreaming of being my own boss or starting a business.

Honestly, in my almost 10 years in corporate America before leaving to start my writing and editing business, I enjoyed having a job.

I liked the work, the stability, socializing with colleagues, and even the mandatory fun of work happy hours. I don’t LOVE the train, but never minded the subway commute to the city, and I enjoyed walking around in the city on breaks or after work. I had good bosses and a steady paycheck.

I didn’t leave because corporate America was crushing my soul; I left because I wanted to be a writer and editor. …

I hate it. And I’m not the only one who does.

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In September 2020, Facebook completely changed and updated its browser user interface after many years of having the same general interface with minimal changes.

Facebook has gone through four redesigns over the years, and this newest and most dramatic one, known as F5 or “new Facebook” was announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference on April 30, 2019.

Instead of the intended goal of highlighting and featuring events and groups, which Facebook says are the most-used features, many users find it confusing and annoying, including me.

As a note, you cannot switch back to the “classic” layout as of September 2020.

What makes no sense?

  • The new layout is NOT OPTIONAL. …

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