🛒 TikTok goes shopping

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Discussed in today’s newsletter: TikTok, X, and LinkedIn. Plus the 23 best freelance websites to find work, and why should forget work/life balance and focus on this instead.

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Making the Rounds

  • TLDR: TikTok is launching a brick-and-mortar shopping center in the U.S. to sell products made in China.

  • Why it matters: The move puts them in direct competition with Amazon, as well as Chinese shopping platforms Shein and Temu, which have exploded in popularity in the U.S. in recent months.

  • TLDR: The social media network formerly known as Twitter is trying to lure advertisers back onto the platform with discounts of as much as 50%, based on certain placements and spend thresholds.

  • Why it matters: The rebrand of Twitter to X has been chaotic, to say the least, and could not have come at a worse time for the company’s finances. But then again, if you’ve already wiped out billions of dollars in real equity, what’s another few billion in brand equity and name recognition?

  • TLDR: LinkedIn sessions grew 12% last quarter with record engagement, according to parent company Microsoft’s latest earnings report.

  • Why it matters: Distribution on LinkedIn keeps getting better for content creators. Whether you’re looking for clients or not, we believe every freelancer should be active on the platform to capitalize on the major growth potential. Nothing lasts forever.

Working With Clients

23 Best Freelance Websites to Find Work in 2023

When it comes to finding clients, fishing in the right pond is the #1 key to success.

Freelance websites are full of paying clients looking to hire right now.

It’s about as level as the playing field is ever going to get.

So if you need work ASAP…

Check out this list of the top 23 freelance websites to find work in 2023:

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Working For Yourself

Forget Work/Life Balance and Focus On This Instead

Flexibility is one of the biggest benefits of freelancing.

But despite being able to work wherever, whenever…

Many freelancers still feel like their work/life balance is out of whack.

So here’s some food for thought:

Stop focusing on work/life balance and start focusing on work/life integration.

You see, the word “balance” implies your work and your life are at odds…

When really, they should be working in synergy to manifest all the things you want for yourself…

Like total control over your schedule and your income…

The ability to travel, take extended time off, and have lots of fun…

Not to mention the opportunity to work on things that excite you and give you purpose.

Labels are powerful.

So while it may feel like your work and your life ARE battling each other sometimes…

The next time these feelings resurface, try reframing this concept in your mind to focus on how one enables the other…

Instead of how one obstructs the other.

You can have your cake and eat it too.

Tool of the Week

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But once you start using it, you’ll realize how much time you just got back.

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Bonus Points

💪 Success: 4 types of luck and how to engineer them (Twitter)

 Boundaries: 5-step framework to gracefully say “no” (Instagram)

🤝 Work: Land more job offers with this daily LinkedIn tactic (LinkedIn)

🤓 Learning: How to enhance performance & learning by applying a growth mindset (YouTube)

💰 Business: 7 reasons to start a side hustle (TikTok)

Gig Alerts:

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Furthermore, job postings must be for high-income skills like copywriting, media buying, funnel building, graphic design, remote closing, etc in order to qualify.