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Don’t Work For Free

In this blog post I will write about how you should not work for people for free. This article will mainly pertain to freelancers such as musicians, photographers, bloggers, and others. The essential idea is that you should not give away your talents and energies to other people without compensation. There are many businesses and individuals who will try to take advantage of you, if you let them. Don’t be a pawn in someone else’s game.

Don’t work for free

You may have found this article by googling “don’t work for free” or something along those lines. Maybe you have had similar experiences to the ones that I have had. Throughout my life, people have tried to take advantage of me in various ways. As a musician, certain promoters used to often try to get me to play for free in their clubs. Now, as I branch out into freelance writing, I have experienced a similar scenario. People wanting you to do work for them, but when it comes time to pay you, it becomes rather difficult to receive the funds. Let’s go over some reasons why you should not work for free.

Exploitation is wrong

The first reason why you should not work for free is simply because it is morally wrong. People should not feel entitled to use you to build their businesses without paying you. The philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that it is unethical for one human to use another human being as simply a “means to an end”. In other words, you shouldn’t ask people to do things for you without any kind of benefit to themselves whatsoever. This kind of exploitation is actually illegal so do not put up with it as a freelancer. Always stand up for yourself.

People will try to exploit you

People will attempt to exploit you as a freelancer. There are people out there who will try to get you to do work for them for free without paying you. Again, I will repeat; don’t work for free! There are all kinds of unscrupulous individuals out there just waiting to take advantage of you. Individuals who simply “forget” their wallet at home when it comes time to pay at a restaurant. People in business who just neglect to read the part of your email where you ask for payment. These are the kinds of people you should avoid in business and life. If someone other than a charitable organization is expecting you to work for them for free then this is a scam and this person does not respect you or your time.

Stand your ground

Don’t allow these kinds of exploitative and manipulative people get you to do any kind of work for them for free. If the person who is asking you to do work for them refuses to pay you then simply refuse to work for them ever again. I apologize if this blog post comes across in an irritated manner. Let me explain what recently happened to me.

Recently, I was contacted by an individual to write blog posts for their website. When I asked for payment this person simply ignored it and asked me to write another blog post for them. This kind of conduct is infuriating to me and I will probably never work with this person again.

Conclusion

Don’t work for free. Do not allow yourself to be exploited by people. Believe me they will try. If unethical individuals can get away with not paying you, they will. As a freelancer; always make sure you are getting paid. Don’t let exploiters take advantage of you. People will try to use you. Demand to be paid. Don’t let them take advantage of you.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Business Productivity Time Management

How To Be More Productive: Be Conscious of Time

In today’s blog post, I will write about how to be more productive by being conscious of time. It is important to achieve a certain level of productivity in today’s society. If you are a small independent business owner, for example, you may be competing with highly organized corporations. If you are not focused on productivity, how do you expect to compete with these highly developed, fine-tuned, profitable businesses? You will need to develop a method for being productive in order to remain competitive.

How to be more productive

In order to be more productive you will need to set time constraints on certain activities in your life. In a previous article, I have written about setting time limits on your creativity. You need to establish time constraints for yourself when you are trying to be productive. Without time limits you can spend too much time on certain tasks which are not adding to your overall productivity.

Let’s take the example of a blogger. In yesterday’s article, I wrote about why, as a blogger, you should write one new blog post each day. I would recommend setting a time limit on creating that daily blog of no more than an hour. Does that seems like a short amount of time to write an article? Let me tell you about my experience.

Some days, I can produce my daily blog in about half an hour to one hour. Other days, it can take me 4 hours to produce a post due to procrastination and time wasting. As you may know, I try to participate as a content creator in a wide variety of online media platforms. If I were to spend 4 hours every day on a single blog post, I would have a lot less time for these other platforms.

Only 24 hours in a day

You have heard the old saying, “time is money”. If I were to spend 4 hours each day working just on one blog post, I could have potentially earned $80 in that time at a $20 per hour job. In economics, they talk about opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is what you have to give up to get something. For example, let’s say I decide to quit a $30,000 per year job and go back to school. My opportunity cost is all the things I am giving up to go back to school, including the $30,000 I could have earned working the job.

Imagine you are a content creator. If you spend 4 hours in a day working on a blog, instead of half an hour, you’re missing out on all the other things you could have done in that additional 3.5 hour time period. You could have been producing a YouTube video as well. Or, you could have taken photos for Instagram, or made a video for TikTok. Additionally, you could have also streamed on Twitch for several hours as well. Spending 4 hours a day on a blog post might be fine if you are being paid by a large media corporation and that’s all you have to do in a day. Most independent bloggers and content creators will have multiple other things they need to do in a day rather than just their blog. It is not easy to make a living on blogging alone, so do not put all your eggs in one basket.

Conclusion

In order to be more productive you need to give yourself time constraints. You cannot spend all day completing one task. There are many tasks that need to be done in a day when you are running a business. If you spend 4 hours on something that could have been done in an hour, you are harming productivity. Try to put time constraints on activities and stick to those time schedules.

Sometimes in workplaces, you are given a training session to complete. Generally, workplaces do not give you the entire day to do the training at your leisure. Corporations put time constraints on employees in order to keep them productive. Perhaps, self-employed individuals need to adopt a similar mentality to boost their productivity as well. Taking multiple hours to complete a task that could have taken one only harms ourselves as small business proprietors.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. It was created in about 45 minutes. I am trying to follow my own advice on productivity and I hope you will try this method as well. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Waking Up Early: The Benefits Of An Early Start

In this article I will write about some of the benefits to waking up early in the day. There are many reasons why waking up quite early in the morning is a good thing for you to do. Let’s now go over why waking up early in the day is a good idea for you.

Waking up early

One benefit to waking up early in the day has to do with health. There are benefits to awakening and sleeping at the same times as the sun rises and sets. In modern times, with the invention of electricity and artificial lights, we hear of many people suffering from insomnia. Scientists know that artificial light keeps us awake at night. Try to sleep with your window blind’s open at night. This can help to eliminate insomnia. Imagine being woken up at 6:00 AM in the morning by the sun. Next, imagine how you would feel at 11 PM that night. It would be hard to stay awake past 11:00 PM if you had not had a nap. Waking up early can really help with insomnia and irregular sleeping patterns.

Quiet time of the day

Another reason for waking up early in the morning is that there are far less distractions than later in the day. Once other people have woken up, there are more phone calls, emails, and other kinds of interruptions which can arise during the day and disrupt your workflow. By waking up early in the day, you are ensuring yourself a small window of time to work on your projects, before the rest of the world wakes up and requires your attention for various reasons. You are also mentally alert and ready to handle your most important challenges of the day in the morning due to having a full night’s rest. I have written previously about the power of accomplishing your most important tasks first thing in the morning.

First thing in the morning is the best time to work on tasks.

The early bird

Waking up early provides you with an advantage in life. Before other people have woken up, you have already made strong progress towards achieving your goals. When it’s time to go to bed, with this method, you’ll fall asleep quickly and easily. Other people often stay up late, watching T.V., or interacting with their smartphones, and end up having a sub par sleep because of it. Sleep is very important. I’ll leave a link to a great book on sleep for you to check out here. It explains how sleep is of the utmost importance for our health and wellness.

Conclusion

Try waking up early each day. By waking up early, you can start to eliminate your insomnia. You will feel less depressed spending more time in the sun each day. Awakening and falling asleep with the sun is a more natural way to spend life. Avoid your smartphone or computer at night and get to bed early. Waking up early is one of the best ways to improve your health and productivity.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Producing Content VS Consuming Content

It’s so easy for billions of people to create content nowadays. It’s also easy to get lost in the information of others and never create your own. Seeing a lot of content from other people can make you shut down and stop creating your own. It’s easier to scroll social media and enjoy the productivity of others rather than creating. In this article I will talk about the advantages of producing content rather than consuming content.

Producing content

Content creators need to spend more of their time creating content rather than consuming the content of others. Those who do not give, can not receive. As a creator, do not simply sit back and enjoy the content that other people have produced online. You will only make income by producing your own content. You need to shift your mentality. Try to find more enjoyment in producing content rather than watching the content of others.

Consuming content

It’s simpler for most people to relax and enjoy content created by others rather than producing their own. Many people like to enjoy a television show or news broadcast. They have no desire to produce their own TV show or host the news. However, without becoming a media producer yourself, how can you make money in the content creation industry?

People like to watch the productions of others to get ideas for things that they can make content about too. That is fine. To a certain extent. A problem arises though due to the addictive nature of social media apps. If we consume too much of other people’s media, we forget to produce our own. When we do produce content, it suffers because most of our energy for the day has been taken watching others. As a creator, try creating your most important content first thing in the day before watching others. For more information on this morning mentality, I have an article explaining the power of accomplishing important tasks first thing daily.

Conclusion

When everyone is a content creator it is easy to get caught up in watching the content other people create and consequently not creating your own. Take a look at other people’s content from time to time but do not let it influence you too much. If you spent all your life consuming other people’s content you would lack originality and create nothing of your own. The lesson of today’s blog is to be more of a producer, and less of a consumer of content. Otherwise your voice could get lost in the shuffle of the internet.

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Accomplish Important Tasks in the Morning

In this blog post I will write about the benefits of accomplishing your most important tasks first thing in the morning. This approach has been very beneficial to me, especially during college. If you follow this approach you will be more productive and able to produce higher quality work with less effort.

I believe you will always do your best work first thing in the morning soon after waking up. The reason for this is that your mind and body has received rest during the night. Your mind is fresh and ready to accomplish the most important tasks of the day. Do not waste these precious morning hours. As the day goes by your tasks will become more difficult to accomplish.

As we move through the day we get more physically and mentally tired. Distractions tend to increase as well. Phones are ringing, emails are coming in, and social media becomes more active during the day. If we waste our morning hours watching TV or scrolling social media apps, we miss out on our most productive hours of the day.

A lot of people think the approach of staying up late at night to accomplish tasks and assignments is a good method. They believe that by drinking caffeine and staying up late they can squeeze extra productivity out of their day. What they don’t realize is that the mind is so tired at this point that it is not operating at the same capacity as it would be if you were well rested. As a student, I used to stay up until all hours of the night trying to complete assignments. I’m so glad I realized how important doing essential tasks in the morning is. The pattern of staying up late doing assignments was both unproductive and unhealthy.

Conclusion

We need to stop thinking that staying up late and working on tasks is an efficient use of time. You won’t be as productive when your mind is sluggish. Why fight to stay awake when you could get rest and start fresh in the morning? If you stay up late working on projects you will be tired and groggy the next day. It is simply not worth it. Always make sure to get plenty of rest at night. Accomplish your most important tasks first thing in the morning. It’s the best and most productive way.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie