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Dollar bill on a table. I’m Earning About $1 Per Story On Medium | Shannon Cheesman
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I’m not getting rich on Medium. That much is obvious.

It’s a good thing that was never my plan. I just wanted a space of my own to do a little writing on the side. I am not as prolific as some — I’m a copywriter by day, and after 40 hours a week of writing for websites, blogs, and industry articles, I’m tired of researching, thinking, and typing.

But I do get inspired at times to sit down and write something of my own.


It’s Been The Best Change In My Career

Plant sitting on a desk with a computer monitor and window in the background. What I’ve Learned About The WFH Life | Shannon Cheesman | Medium
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Like many people, I’ve spent my entire career secretly wishing I could work from home. And like many people, that wish has come true.

In 2020, I began getting really tired of working in an office and sought out remote work instead. I hated my job anyway. I had somehow landed the worst job of my career working for the worst boss I’ve ever had. It was time to go.

I considered freelancing full-time and started doing side work on Upwork. I enjoyed it but could see that it would take time to grow into a business that could support…

Money & Finance

My Experiment With Cryptocurrency

An image of a Bitcoin cryptocurrency ‘coin’ in a gold dish. I Bought $100 Of Bitcoin On A Whim | Shannon Cheesman | Medium
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First, I’m not your typical cryptocurrency buyer. I’m a middle-aged woman with zero knowledge of the cryptocurrency market who decided to see what all of the fuss was about. So I purchased $100 of Bitcoin in early July and became the proud owner of a whopping 0.00321175 worth of the cryptocurrency. And at first, my little investment didn’t do much.

Some days my $100 balance would still be there, with maybe an extra 23 cents on top if there was a slight uptick in the Bitcoin market that day.

Other days my balance would drop below $100. It’s common knowledge…

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“It’s all the red. It makes the customers angry as soon as they walk in,” my co-worker told me.

I was 16 years old and working at Target. And I was telling another sales floor team member about an unsettling incident I had with a customer that day. It was one of many customer encounters that made me wonder why everyone seemed so angry all the time.

I remember looking around the store and seeing what she was talking about — the red walls, the red signs, the red carpet, the red cash registers, even the red shirt I was…

Because I Felt Like Doing a Listicle Today

We all have things we can’t stand that the rest of the world seems to absolutely love. Here’s my list… what’s on yours? Share by leaving a comment.

#1 — Coffee

It’s not easy being someone who hates coffee. I don’t know what to say anymore when I hear quips like…

“I just can’t function without my coffee.” “Hey… let’s go get coffee!” “Can I pick you up a coffee?” “We’re getting Starbucks — want to place your order?”

Sometimes my own dad even forgets that I don’t drink coffee. Every once in a while, he’ll ask me if I want some, out…


“There’s a growing sense of well-being I haven’t felt in a long time.”

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Working in an office was never really my thing. I’ve never been into water cooler talk, socializing with co-workers, giving presentations to a room full of bored faces, or suffering through constant interruptions and demands throughout the day.

But like many of us, I’ve done it because that’s where you go to do work and get your paycheck (at least that’s the way it used to be before COVID-19 changed everything).

I never really hated working in an office — it just wasn’t exactly suited for me. Honestly, all I ever wanted was a nice, quiet space to do my…

Free Online Tests You Can Take (Just for Fun)

My favorite color is red — a symbol of passion, power, strength, and determination, as well as the negative attributes of anger, defiance, and rage.

Does my personality match? In some ways, yes, in other ways, no. But would a personality test tell me different? I decided to take a few free online tests just for kicks.

Of course, the validity of these types of online personality tests is always questionable, and I got mixed results. Still, it was a fun exercise. I’ve shared my results here, along with the links if you want to try them for yourself.

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You’ll find good work but watch for red flags

Woman sitting at table and typing on laptop.
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Last year, I decided to try my hand at a little freelance work. The idea was to make a few extra bucks on the side doing what I love to do — writing. And with coronavirus in full swing, I had lots of extra time at home after work to focus on a side hustle.

Upwork is one of the most well-known freelance platforms out there, so I chose to join. It has been a little over six months since my little experiment, and here are the pros and cons I have discovered.

The Pros of Upwork Freelancing

There Is Lots of Work Available

If you have marketable skills and can…


10 Steps to Clean Copy

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As a freelance writer, reviewing and editing your work can be challenging. Your freshly written content is your baby, after all, and it’s not easy being your own critic.

Editing your writing doesn’t have to be stressful, though, as long as you have a checklist in hand and are diligent in ticking off the boxes.

Here’s my checklist that helps me produce clean copy every time. It’s geared toward blog articles but can also be used as a foundation checklist for other types of writing.

Step 1: The Form

  • Article has the correct basic structure that includes a headline, subtitle…

The 4 most important things I learned

Five years ago, I left a career in television news to instead pursue a career in marketing. I learned some valuable things during that time that I carried with me.

I will share those with you in a moment, but first, let me tell you a little about my former career. I worked at three different stations — two in Oregon and one in California.

I was never on camera (unless I happened to be in the background during a newsroom shot, which happened periodically). Every once in a while, a friend or family member would mention that they spotted…

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