…you know what they say, sex sells.

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From 2010 to mid-2019, I’d been using the Hubpages platform off and on to generate passive revenue in the form of ad clicks. Not only did I make very little money, I wasn’t able to be as transparent with my writing as I really wanted to be due to the site’s “family friendly” nature.

Upon finding Medium, I was elated.

Not only were earnings based on reading time rather than ad clicks, I could tell the stories I wanted to tell.


Would you invest your second stimulus check if it could provide you with a second form of income?

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If 2020 has taught us nothing else, we can at least grasp how easily our way of life can be turned upside down. Sure, the workforce seems to be on its way back to recovery, but between natural disasters, throes of bad weather, pandemics and elections, there’s really no telling what’s to come in the next twelve months.

There is much talk of a second stimulus check, yet no definitive date on when or if it will ever show up. This begs the question, what would you do with that money once it arrived?

Well, re-investing a portion of that check into a company that offers monthly dividends is a great place to start. In fact, investing at least a few dollars every payday can help you build a safety net for your future. …


…is this what a midlife crisis feels like?

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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate children.

I could for sure be someone’s cool auntie and be great at it. When it comes to making my own babies though, that’s an entirely different story. As a child of parents who conceived too early in life, pregnancy and the concept of sex were about as offensive as saying “Voldemort.”

They’d tell me “if you ever get pregnant, you’re out.”

Or, I’d be forced to have an abortion.

I know they meant well. They didn’t want me to struggle the way that they had, and their relationship was often quite turbulent. They stayed together for the kids, and eventually divorced after I turned 18. …


If you want to earn on Medium, or any other platform, you MUST do these things.

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After a full year of writing on Medium, I’ve done some digging on what works and what doesn’t. There are plenty of top earners on the platform who have successfully spun straw into gold by producing a couple of solid, viral articles. They’ve got a handful of theories on how it happened, but the reality is that it all boils down to one common denominator…consistency.

Volume is what turns a casual reader into a subscriber, no matter the niche. The people who enjoy your work and hit the “follow” button are doing so because they’re hoping to see more.

A lot more. …


With the changes in algorithm, it’s time to step your game up.

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month, you’re probably aware of the sudden shift in Medium’s algorithm. Top writers like Shannon Ashley and Shaunta Grimes have reported a steep decline in their earnings, and they aren’t the only ones.

It seems that the old curation system has been done away with. Those writers whose stories were chosen for distribution were frequently at the top of the reading list. Articles that were published months, even years ago on the Medium platform could still easily find their way out to new readers.

Now, it seems that the website is taking an “out with the old, in with the new” approach by prioritizing stories based on what readers are interested in seeing. …


Cheers to the hurdles of my 20's.

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Well, as of last week…I am 29 years old.

Although 2020 hasn’t gone at all like I’d anticipated, it’s revealed an entirely new perspective on the fragility of life. Between the pandemic, civil unrest, massive wildfires, and a co-worker suddenly succumbing to a blood clot in his lung just two days after his cancer diagnosis, there is always a looming reminder that our time on this Earth will inevitably come to an end when we least expect it.

Ironically, this year has also been one of significant personal development and accomplishment.

I was able to finally make the out-of-state move I’d been planning for the past four years. I’ve finally found full-time work with animals that allows me to pay the bills on schedule. I’ve actively and intentionally improved my credit like a real, responsible grown-up. …


…because posting a few risque’ photos in a dimly lit room isn’t going to get you anywhere.

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In 2016, I met a girl who we’ll call Leah through a mutual friend. Leah was the definition of care-free.

A smoke shop employee by day, and an exotic dancer by night.

However, the most interesting form of income came from how she earned without clocking in…her Onlyfans account.

Being a former strip club waitress, I’d seen new dancers rake in over $800 within a two to three hour period. …


…because no one should spend two-thirds of their life working 40 hours a week for someone else.

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There is a lot of generalized advice out there in regards to how we earn a living.

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

“A degree will solve your financial problems.”

“Work hard for one good company for 40 years so that you can retire at 65.”

“Having X amount of money in a savings account will ensure stability during hard times.”

Unfortunately, most of that is bullshit.

Work is work, and no matter how much you love it there are going to be days when you’re just not up for it. …


If you’re thinking about getting a hamster for yourself or someone else, read this first!

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While hamsters appear to have a cute and cuddly exterior, they may not possess the qualities that one would expect in a pet. Despite the “nature of the beast,” they’re frequently bred and advertised as “starter” animals for young children.

Unsuspecting and ill-informed, parents flock to pet stores every year around the holidays to get their kids a fluffy new friend. Not long after, many hamsters are returned for one reason or another.

They bit a child, they’re attacking another companion that resides in the same habitat, or they’ve suddenly fallen ill.

Here are a few things to think about before you make the commitment, and please…take your time.


…because we can’t all be Jordan Belfort.

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You know that scene in Wolf of Wall Street where Jordan is psyched up for his first day as a stock broker, and then the market tanks? Yeah…that’s pretty much how it went down during my first week as a rookie investor back in May.

Thanks a lot, coronavirus.

If you’ve considered dipping your toes into the trading world but don’t have the slightest clue where to begin, don’t worry. These tips will (hopefully) prevent you from making the same mistakes that I did.

#1 Day Trading, Swing Trading, and Investing

Like most things in life, investing is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Before you put any money into the market, decide what your goal is. Are you hoping to build dividend growth for retirement? Are you trying to replace your full-time job through quick buying and selling? …

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Cecilia

Introverted animal lover and financial enthusiast. https://medium.com/the-millenial-investor

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