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Colin Graves

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Don't Wait for a Raise. Create One.

A few months ago, employees of the government-owned auto insurer where I live went on strike. The strike lasted for ten weeks, but for the workers on the picket line, it must have felt like two years. They have an office a few blocks from my house, with a gas station next door. On several occasions during the strike, I found myself standing at the gas pump, watching the striking workers pace back and forth, up and down the sidewalk. Others sat in lawn chairs with their picket signs leaning...

13 days ago • 2 min read

On January 30th, entrepreneur Noah Kagan dropped a new book titled "Million Dollar Weekend: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours". The title alone is grabbing people's attention - the book is already a #1 Bestseller on Amazon. I have no opinion on the book, as I haven't read it. However, I find the concept of launching a 7-figure business over a weekend intriguing. After all, millions of people dream of starting a side hustle or business so they can quit...

20 days ago • 2 min read

Hey there, I hope your week is off to a good start! I had a conversation with a new client this week about rates, so I thought it might be helpful to share how I price my services as a freelancer. You can use several pricing models to get paid as a freelancer. Some are better than others (I'll get to that later), but the right model also depends on the nature of your work. As you know, I'm a freelance writer and editor in the personal finance niche, though I have some clients in the tech...

26 days ago • 4 min read

Be warned. When your side hustle matches your 9-5 income, you will have to answer the question: Do I have the courage to follow through and quit my job? At the very moment you can make the leap, you will have misgivings. You'll begin to second-guess yourself. You'll feel all of the fear. The fear of failure. The fear of looking foolish if it doesn't work out. I know because I faced this exact situation. _________________ If you're struggling to pull the trigger, you need to answer...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

I fumbled around with a few side hustles before I found the one that would become a 6-figure business and allow me to leave the 9-5. Everything changed when I decided to look at things from 30,000 feet. I remember the moment well. It was 2018, and Laura and I were out for dinner. After finishing our meal, we spent a couple of hours talking while getting refills on our coffee. I distinctly remember asking her this question: ​"What do we want our life to look like in five years?" Hardly...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Happy New Year! I was on LinkedIn this week and came across this post... First things first: The above screenshot is only the first part of a much longer LinkedIn post. The writer goes on to explain how to use LinkedIn to find companies to pitch to, what the pitch should look like, and how many pitches you should make if you want to become a $10,000/month freelancer. (He suggests 50 pitches per weekday to reach 1000/month). I don't know the person who created the post, but by all...

about 2 months ago • 5 min read

You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards." Steve Jobs _____________________ Just get started!" If you're trying to build something - anything at all - it's probably the best advice you will hear. Just get started. It sounds pretty simple, so why is it so hard? No matter how you slice it, our failure to take action is rooted in one thing - fear. Our fear of the unknown, fear of failure. Fear causes us to try and control the outcome. We want...

2 months ago • 1 min read

For many, the New Year represents a clean slate. It's an opportunity to hit the reset button and plan for the year ahead. And while I prefer September as a reset month (I have more energy then), I appreciate the fresh start that the New Year brings. As you plan for 2024, here's a thought to consider. Say no so that you can say yes. In 2021, before leaving my corporate job, I was asked if I would consider taking on the role of president of a board that I was serving on. I was inclined to...

2 months ago • 1 min read

According to a survey by Resume Builder, 90% of companies will return to the office by 2024. Here are some other findings: Most employers track or will keep track of employees to ensure in-person attendance. 28% will threaten to fire employers who don't comply. Only 2% say they will never require employees to return to the office. It wasn't that long ago the same companies were patting themselves on the back for how quickly they adapted to a work-from-home model when the pandemic hit....

3 months ago • 1 min read

I'm not a fan of Tony Robbins, but there is a lot of truth to this quote: Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change." Tony Robbins The challenge is that pain isn't usually constant. It ebbs and flows. Your situation may feel unbearable today and manageable three months from now. It's one of the reasons people struggle to achieve their fitness goals. You know how it goes. Something prompts you to change your diet and exercise more. You find yourself...

3 months ago • 1 min read
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