1. Landing a remote job is getting competitive — here’s how to stand out as an applicant – CNBC Make It
I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again: you don’t have to migrate to earn more money. You can just find a high-paying remote job that pays in USD (or EUR or whatever), and live in Malaysia. This arrangement can give you a pretty good life.
Admittedly getting that remote job is not easy. Hopefully, the tips in this article can help you land one!
Or you can also make your money online, like I did.
2. I Didn’t Do the Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt – Next Big Idea Club
New day, new term: productivity guilt. Where you feel guilty for resting because you should be doing more, even though rationally you know you’re only human.
3. “I’m Not Good at Anything:” How to Combat Low Self-Esteem – Very Well Mind
People who have low self-esteem tend to take lower-paying jobs and stay in abusive relationships, which obviously will impact their financial life.
If you think you have low self-esteem, please make sure to read this article.
4. Still avoiding life admin? How to motivate yourself to do even the dullest of tasks – CNBC Make It
What ‘life admin’ is was never clarified, but I liked the part where the writer differentiated between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how people who tend to rely on extrinsic motivation HAVE to find strategies to increase intrinsic motivation during this age of social-distancing.
Anyway, if you find it hard to convince yourself to do something because you’ve always relied on peer pressure, then this article is a good read.
5. The customers who repeatedly buy doomed products – The Hustle
Did you know there’s a name for the subset of customers who tend to buy products that are doomed to fail? Apparently, the ‘~25% of customers consistently buy products that end up flopping within 3 years’ are called harbinger customers. There is a direct correlation between the product they buy and the reduced probability of that product’s success!
Really enjoyed this read – the data behind their purchases is so fascinating!
Dealing with rude people at work? According to a study by Portland State University, ’employees who experience or witness incivilities are more likely to be uncivil to others — a worrying trend that could intensify as people return to in-person work.’
Hope the tips in the article can help you deal with it better.
7. How I scaled my freelance business to $10,000/month – The Next Web
Don’t let the ‘free’ in ‘freelancer’ fool you. Lots of people earn serious money from freelancing. I do too (even though I prefer the term ‘self-employed’).
Some really good advice here on scaling your freelance business, aka improving upon good, solid foundation (as opposed of just starting out). In a nutshell, the strategies are:
- Raise your rates
- Drop low-paying clients
- Book regular, long-term clients
- Set value- and project-based pricing
- Change your mindset
- Market yourself
Click on the article to learn more.
First thought: Really? Of all the things you can do with your money, this?
Second thought: Who the hell am I to judge? As long as they don’t go into debt into this, just have fun. Life is short.
This is an opinion piece from K.Karthigugan arguing how money printing in Malaysia disproportionately affects the poor. The whole 6-part series is worth a read. It’ll make you think very hard about the financial system we live in.
10. Ibrahim Sani’s Notepad: Suraya Zainudin on Creator Economy
And last but not least, it’s me on Ibrahim Sani’s Notepad show on Astro Awani! We talked about Ringgit Oh Ringgit and the creator economy.