Author:Anderson, Amy

You are not stuck. Or at least, not as stuck as you might feel.

The truth is you've got a lot more opportunities to refresh and reinvent yourself than you might know. In today's YouEconomy, the chance to start over or just start something new is in the palm of your hand. From apps to side gigs to solo sales opportunities, you can find a way to get unstuck in no time at all.

The key of course is figuring out how to participate in the YouEconomy in a way that energizes and inspires you. That's where you'll need to do a little self-reflection. Sometimes that feeling of being stuck is so general, we don't know where to begin in helping ourselves. If that's you, try free writing-that is, put pen to paper and see what comes out. You might find there's one area where you're really feeling the strain.

Focus on that one area first and see what kind of joy you can inject into your life. Even small changes can help you get unstuck and engaged.

Here are some of the ways you can hit refresh in the YouEconomy:

  1. Creatively--When you've got bills to pay and obligations to meet, it's easy to push your creative self to the side. What used to be space and time for hobbies and artistic pursuits is now filled with must-do's. Justifying that creative time would be a lot easier if you could make a little money at it though, right? If you're crafty, why not duplicate each project and put one up for sale on Etsy? Visual artists can turn their paintings or drawings into products with websites like Society6 or Zazzle, which handle the production side and share the profits with the artists.

  2. Financially--The most empowering aspect of the YouEconomy is its broad range of income options. If you're ready to take more control over your income ceiling, opportunities like direct selling or online marketing can offer you unlimited potential. Yes, everyone starts at the bottom, so you might need to juggle a day job for a while. But once your income develops with your customer base, you can say goodbye to a paycheck and hello to an ongoing revenue stream. Or if being your own boss is taking it a bit far for you. a monthly side-gig income could be just enough to ease the monthly money stress.

  3. Professionally - Always dreamed of pursuing a career in a certain area but never had the chance? Well, the time is now. With a plethora of online educational resources, community groups, and career coaches, you can learn on demand and grow into the professional you always wanted to be...

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