How to Know if You Have What It Takes to Be Self-Employed Saturday, May 21 2022 

By Jacob Maslow – Branded Content

Becoming self-employed is much easier today than it once was. Thanks to platforms like Airbnb, Uber, and Fiverr, with the gig economy in full swing, anyone can establish their status as a small business owner and start making cash according to their schedule. But, of course, to thrive in this environment, you’ll need a lot more than just a LinkedIn profile and a few simple skills. You’ll also need a key range of practical resources and soft skills to ensure you can survive the challenges of self-employment. So keep reading if you’re not sure whether this route is the right track for you and your career plans.

The Emotional Side: Are You Mentally Prepared?

You’ll need to address two main points before you become self-employed. First, are you emotionally and mentally prepared, and do you have the practical resources to realize your dream? Let’s start with the emotional side. While anyone can become self-employed these days, not everyone is well-positioned for this job.

Working for yourself can be much pressure, particularly since you’re not guaranteed a regular income. You’ll need to learn to reduce stress and anxiety and constantly fight to find earning opportunities. There may be months when you don’t get enough money to pay for the pills. At the same time, you’ll be under much stress, dealing with taxes and accounts you never had to encounter before and promoting yourself in a competitive environment. So before you go self-employed, ask yourself whether you can handle:

  • Difficult conversations with competitors and unhappy clients
  • Unpredictable income and the constant search for new earning opportunities
  • Promoting yourself and constantly building your portfolio
  • Managing your accounts, finances, and taxes
  • Working extremely long hours, perhaps without a huge income at first

The Practical Side: Do You Have the Resources?

Suppose you discover you have the emotional grit and resiliency to thrive in a self-employed position. In that case, the next step is figuring out if you have the resources required. Even if you’re going to be writing articles or creating graphic design images in your free time for money, you’ll need to invest in your new business initially. For example, it costs money to pay for a business website, computer, and hardware to design your own home office. You might even need to spend money on materials too. However, a small business loan can give you the initial capital you need to start without asking you to use a lifetime’s worth of savings.

Remember, it’s best to keep at least some of your savings around, so you have something to keep you going when your earnings are low. In addition, you’ll need to make sure you can afford the initial costs of starting your business and the dips and changes in your income. Taking the time to calculate how much money you’ll need not just to bring your business idea to life, but also to ensure you can continue to thrive while you wait for your career as a self-employed individual to take off will be essential.

Photo Courtesy // Jacob Maslow //

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The most natural way to treat anxiety Monday, Feb 8 2021 

By Jacob Maslow — Branded Content

If you are someone that suffers from depression, you know all too well how isolating and lonely it can feel. You may even feel like you’re the only person in the world that feels that way. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Mental illness and anxiety are very prevalent, especially in the United States. While feeling stuck during the depression and anxiety episodes is common,  it doesn’t necessarily have to be commonplace. People can take steps to completely transform their lives in ways that will benefit them for years to come.

Create Lists

A common side effect of anxiety and depression is poor time management. And as tasks begin to stack up, it triggers self-perpetuating stress and feelings of worthlessness. Studies have shown that those who make lists and stick by them can eventually complete all their daily tasks if they come up with a plan. Creating a list can seem overwhelming at first, but once you start checking off the things you need to do, you will feel accomplished. It is important to remember that even though lists are helpful, you will not always have the time or energy to complete everything. Please do not get discouraged and take it one day at a time.

Practice Transformative Learning

Transformative learning is also something to consider if you are desperate to make positive changes in your life to separate yourself from your anxiety. This concept is about completely rewiring your brain to change your perspective in a way that empowers you. It is easy to fall into a cycle of cynicism and negativity, especially if you are susceptible to depression. Learning how to think more positively could potentially help you move forward.

Change Your Self-Concept

Depression and anxiety will lie to you and make you question just exactly who you are. It can also overwhelm and make you believe that you will never get anything done. Like with any chronic illness, it can get worse if it’s untreated. Instead of succumbing to self-hate, it is essential to be accountable for your responsibilities and understand that you need to take care of yourself.

One way to do that is by questioning your self-concept and believing that things will get better if you want them to. Be sure to include positive affirmations like allowing yourself to receive compliments. For example, if you are funny, be sure to tell yourself that you are funny every day.

Use Online Therapy

If you’re anxious, including being nervous about traditional therapy, online therapy is a great tool to transform your life for the better. Instead of scheduling an appointment with a regular therapist, you can get treatment at your own pace. YANA understands that it takes a village to help someone in distress and they have trained professionals to help anyone in need. YANA anxiety treatment is an original and comfortable way to treat your bouts of anxiousness.

All you have to do is sign up, and a doctor will provide you with a consultation informing you of the next steps to start your treatment plan. You can get plans as low as 12 dollars a week and have any necessary medication delivered to your front door.

Live Differently

Once you understand that your feelings of anxiety are temporary, you can be accountable for yourself and have a better life. Living differently and changing things up a bit not only will elevate feelings of happiness but could potentially make it harder for you to experience symptoms of depression. Be sure to develop a plan if things start getting dark again, and remember to take it one step at a time.

While recovery can seem like a daunting endeavor that is borderline impossible, it is possible to get better. You have to put the work in and be patient with yourself.

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Maslow // Cosmic Press

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U of L fosters equality opportunities for students with disabilities Friday, Jan 31 2020 

By Catherine Brown —

Students at the University of Louisville can make a difference in their community by raising awareness and understanding for their peers with disabilities.

U of L offers a safe space to individuals with disabilities, providing services through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to accommodate their needs. 

According to the DRC’s website, the organization is designed to help students with documented disabilities and to promote equal access for all students.

Services that the center provides include supplemental note-taking, exam accommodations, adaptive equipment and alternative textbooks. 

The DRC is also providing a peer coaching program for disabled students to learn about U of L’s accommodations and accessing resources like Blackboard, ULink, course syllabi and requesting accommodations. 

The Disability Advocacy program has information about terminology, accommodations and inclusivity on campus. The DRC also holds group training for groups looking to foster awareness for access, as well as a student panel hosted by the center to discuss experiences at U of L.

It’s important to recognize that the scope of disability is very wide and doesn’t include only apparent disabilities.

Hidden disabilities exist, but can be hard to recognize even through interaction with the individual. Examples of hidden disabilities include dyslexia, ADHD, diabetes and anxiety.

It is hard to recognize someone with a hidden disability. It is a confidential matter that doesn’t have to be disclosed and one that must not be joked about.

When speaking about a person with disabilities, understand the use of “people-first” terms.

These terms label a person with disabilities as a person with a trait. Instead of saying that somebody is autistic, consider saying “a person with autism.” Autism isn’t their entire identity, but just something that they have. 

According to Disabled World, about 10 percent of people have an invisible disability. This is another reason why awareness is extremely important, because it is more prominent in the real world than how the media chooses to display it.

As an advocate it is important to raise awareness of disabilities by speaking about the topic, learning about the terms used and how they differ for each individual. This is seen as a sign of respect.

Understand that their personal information should be kept confidential, and respect their choice to disclose information to you.

U of L sends out emails at the start of every semester asking for supplemental note-takers for people with disabilities. It is possible to earn service hours with this opportunity and to gain an insight into how to be of service to other students who happen to have disabilities. 

Check out the “Getting Started” tab on the DRC’s website to learn how to can connect with them and what documentation might be needed for those with disabilities.

Graphic by Alexis Simon// The Louisville Cardinal

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