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Sandra M

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About Me

Sandra has been writing about and consulting with creative businesses, providing developmental editing, content curation and internet marketing strategy services specific to the needs of various lifestyle-focused brands since 2012. 

She has produced a variety of digital content, including blog posts, articles, presentations, white papers and eBooks. 

Some of her writing has been published on Yahoo! Voices, ModernLifeBlogs, Under30CEO, the Buzzfeed Community and several other platforms. Find the stories she currently contributes on Medium and view her industry pitches for ideas about what she can write for your outlet.

Industries I Write About

Writing & Editing

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E-learning

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Internet

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Business Supplies & Equipment

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Computer Software

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Online Publishing

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

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My Writing Samples

An Experiment in Using APIs for Productivity, Growth Hacking & Doing Better Work

"...It appears that Medium differentiates from other media not just by being more accessible but also by being flexibly user-friendly. It makes me wonder just what exactly a new user can do with an API like theirs. With a little bit of thinking outside the box, a little assessing standard processes and understanding what could use a readjustment, what could be done better, I believe there’s a lot of room for creativity."

https://medium.com/@SandraHarriette/api-growth-hacking-experiment-productivity-work-8ae691a73650?source=user_profile---------5------------------

A Quick Start Guide to Being a Job-Seeking Entrepreneur

"The chances are high that you’re responding by shaking your head to the point of whiplash right now. Join the club because you’re not alone. With terms in mind, such as J.O.B. meaning Just Over Broke, it’s no wonder that you may have an awful taste in your mouth about working for anyone other than yourself..."

https://www.under30ceo.com/quick-start-guide-job-seeking-entrepreneur/

Surprising Things You Might Not Know About Pinterest

"Like any good social media network, Pinterest is constantly changing an evolving. Recent years have introduced several changes to the platform, some of which (as subtle as they are) might have been overlooked..."

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141106192444-202536208-surprising-things-you-might-not-know-about-pinterest/

Experience

Self-Employed

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I worked there from 1/2013 until now

Content I Write

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Will Anyone Ever Really Own Their Data?

Deplatforming is coming as a surprise to so many. In a way, it shouldn’t. These platforms are not property of the people who use them, but what they put out onto them is. In that respect, it should come as a surprise when companies rob others of their data through unscrupulous practices. To highlight lessons that can be learned from some of the more recent and prominent scandals pertaining to tech companies, this article could serve as both a miniature exposé and a forecast.

Content type: Article

Keywords: data breaches,data privacy,data security,information security,IT,IT security,public trust

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The Advantages of a Cloud-Based Backup Software

The readers of this sort of blog post would be asking themselves, 'Why should, or shouldn't, I use a cloud-based backup utility to backup my device?' Their technical skills can range from beginner to advanced--the post would be written with actionable, practical steps anyone can grasp. It'd be focused on consumer-friendly backup best practices, and towards the digital nomad types who don't all need the heavy lifting (e.g. from the likes of Acronis vs. Carbonite).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: cloud backup,cloud storage,backup software,backup computer,how to backup

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The Single Productivity Hack that Will Rule Out All Other Productivity Tips

It's a real burden trying to remember all those life hacks and productivity tips floating around the web. People struggling to design their ideal lifestyle may have all the right intentions, but could easily find themselves flailing about from one contradictory idea to the next, which wastes a lot of energy. This blog post would incorporate some ideas of block scheduling tactics with key takeaways from the KonMari Method™ followed by device agnostic tips and a routine-oriented approach.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: productivity hacks,productivity tips,life hacks,staying organized,marie kondo tidying method,how to be productive,how to organize a schedule

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Is Future Tech Going to Make the Private Business Sector Obsolete?

With so many startups coming onto our radar, so many that do the same thing, so many that do slightly different little niche things, where does it end? Where one builds others up, another has built a model on tearing others down. This article will aim to take a look at history and our current projection, citing relevant case studies and research by futurist experts, all in order to forecast some looming advantages and challenges to private ownership with some takeaways on how people can adapt.

Content type: Article

Keywords: futurism,internet of things,blockchain,decentralization,sharing economy

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A Deeper Look Behind the Scenes of the Crypto World

Where the cryptocurrency startup sector is full of faces professing that they provide this revolutionary service that obliterates the need for middlemen, why are we even hearing about them in the public? This article would evaluate the technological history that put the "crypt-" in all things crypto, and whether it's money or truly peer-to-peer technology that encourages a free, voluntary market.

Content type: Article

Keywords: IPO,ICO,io,blockchain,blockchain tech,blockchain startups,peer-to-peer. bitcoin,cryptocurrencies,anarcho-capitalism,voluntaryism

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Should Freelance Writers Really Be Choosing a Niche?

A large consensus pushes writers to choose a niche, which can come across as stringent and leave people feeling confused when trying to figure out what to write and for whom. This blog post can target a relatively wide audience, more specifically people who are searching, trying to figure out not only what they want to write about but also the type and format of the content (i.e. should they write for print, general copy, social media posts, etc.).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: freelance writing,freelance blogging,writing career,freelance writing jobs,freelance writing services,how to get started as a freelance writer

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What Percentage of the Average Web Service Is Actually Necessary?

This essay would explore the fundamental principles behind lifestyle design, what guides people's habits and choices of consumption. Where companies are selling more services each year that might not be necessary, this article would serve to answer questions the reader might've not known to ask and guide them into the starting point of taking inventory of everything (i.e. physical AND digital clutter) in their lives before paying for a service to manage it, a garbage in/garbage out approach.

Content type: Article

Keywords: internet services,internet subscriptions,subscription services,cloud storage,decluttering,organization

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2019's Smart Home Isn't What You Might Have Heard It Is

What's really a connected or integrated home is often referred to as a smart home when it likely isn't. What sets a smart home apart from one that simply has devices that can connect to the internet and be controlled over Wi-Fi is their input/output. It's one thing to control a light from a smartphone. It's another to control with a software switch and then program it with self-sustaining skills based on variables (e.g. a rule to turn lights on at this time unless no motion is detected).

Content type: Article

Keywords: IFTTT,smart home integrations,smart home setup,IoT devices,IoT home

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Paperless Isn't a Bad Idea, but Isn't the Only Way Either

Extremes don't always work, especially pertaining to how to manage a business, and there are certain practices that don't translate to every industry. Paper clutter would be nice to avoid entirely, but where it can't be avoided it can be minimized. This article will explore demonstrations from other business models, what they achieved, the advantages and drawbacks to one over another.

Content type: Article

Keywords: small business office,office management,office organization,paperless office,going paperless,digital file storage,cloud file storage,digital vs. paper,digital nomad,minimalism,minimalist,pros cons

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How Most of Us Will Probably Be Working in the Next 10 Years

As seen on Job-Hunt.org, statistics show that certain career fields commonly source freelance work rather than employment. Among the ones cited included project management, writing, research and IT services. This blog post would provide some perspective to someone who may be in between jobs, or maybe just trying to figure out their next steps in a side hustle or business.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: freelance work,self-employment,employee vs. contractor

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10 Awful Internet Hygiene Practices to Change in 2020

How people interact with technology, devices and things that connect to the internet in general is really making them part of a global community, whether they know and like it or not. Addressed in this blog post would be some of the habits that we should leave in the earlier part of the 21st century if we want to keep up with changing times.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: internet of things,net neutrality,data privacy,internet danger,internet privacy,privacy online

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Practical Sharing: Solutions to Modern Poverty and How Sharing Economy Tech Can Meet the Need

Rising costs, inflation, imbalance in the economy--these are among a myriad of systemic, complex problems people meet in gaining and maintaining access to critical infrastructure. To be explored in this article: LETS and bartering and alternative currencies -- transitional strategies to supplement.

Content type: Article

Keywords: arnarcho-capitalism,voluntaryism,gift economy,economics,how to get free stuff,freebies,free samples,product samples

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7 Valuable Life and Business Lessons Everyone Can Learn from a Project Manager

Everyone is essentially a PM, from moms to the people working as secretaries to those in the skilled labor trade. They’re budgeting time, coordinating between stakeholders and other decision makers, they delegate and more. A project manager adapts to the needs and environment of the community he or she enters. This article would cite some industry research, but provide a general and inspirational takeaway for the reader.

Content type: Article

Keywords: business management,lifestyle design. Lifestyle tips,productivity tips,time management,financial planning,managing projects

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Inbox Zero Isn't Just About Email

With cases for and against achieving email zen, seeing every message in its proper place (archived/deleted/filed/backed up accordingly), a.k.a. Inbox zero, this article would discuss the spirit behind the ideal and how conquering digital clutter in places like the email extend beyond the inbox into other best practices.

Content type: Article

Keywords: email productivity,staying productive online,internet distractions,digital declutter

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5 Best Practices for Writers in Managing their Data

The abundance of service providers and middlemen provides an advantage to novice and expert writers alike at any stage of their career, giving them a convenient central place to manage business relationships and curate their content. However,, when it comes to issues of censorship and account termination, they need to make sure they have some basic failsafes in place to protect themselves and avoid losing out on their hard work with redundant data backup measures.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: data management,data backup,freelancer tips,digital strategy,IT security,intellectual property,IP,property rights

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Using the Present State of Your Home as a Template to Measure Your Success

Neglecting self-care and basic things like doing their laundry is a reflection not necessarily of busyness but of blocks in SMBs. It’s why many professional organizers will go to the root with the people they serve, starting with one’s private life, getting it in order so that there is breathing room to work. I intend to explore psychological studies and proven methods to support why moving a house from a state of disarray, including the digital “house” that people live in, will make beneficial

Content type: Article

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Professional Niche vs. Multiple Skills: Which One Will Serve You Best

This is an age in which, as more business migrates online and modern technology is the default priority for business practice, people will have to juggle multiple skillsets, becoming project managers of their lives and of their work (whether they’re an actual PM/manager or not). How can someone maintain that balance, and what should they prioritize in learning for their professional development?

Content type: Article

Keywords: professional skills,technical skills,jack of all trades

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3 of the Top Priorities for Setting Up Your Home Office

There is so much to sift through, so many directions from which someone is pulled in trying to establish a work-at-home routine. Out of all the marketing, people have to make practical decisions based on their lifestyle and their needs over their wants. There’s a time and place to do decorating magic, unless there’s function and style thrown in the mix by default. I’ll be discussing ergonomics, feng shui and intertwining them with productivity tips. There will be actionable steps for the reader.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: home business,work from home,comfortable office,ergonomic office

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The Top Career Paths for Introverted and Highly Sensitive People

There’s a common thread between people who find themselves recharged by solitude rather than social contact. Certainly, many could very well find themselves wanting to work for themselves or work from home, but another trend is how often they have to interact with people. Several professional fields that could be discussed including healing professions, writing occupations, crew labor, phone and non-phone jobs.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: work from home,WAH,best work-at-home jobs,how to work from home,how to freelance,how to start a business

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Your Tech Startup Will Need these 5 Advantages in 2019

According to Techopedia, devices are going “from being a commoditized piece of hardware to a platform that other companies need to plugin to.” What has this meant, what are the trends, and what will the next 10 years (5, even) look like for people, specifically tech companies? I’d like to write a blog post that makes some easy-to-grasp recommendations about integrating SDKs and business intelligence unique to one’s model, something that'll turn the light bulb on about why they need MightySignal.

Content type: Blog Post

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Do This Instead of Asking Why or How Before Your Next Project

No matter the complexity of a business model or particular job function, the collective people working in them make sole decisions using the same critical thinking processes, which either progresses a project forward or does nothing. Instead of spinning wheels, losing time to ideation (data overload), acting on undefined / misguided objectives, this post would aim to convey a simpler, industry-agnostic project management method of hitting the ground running and achieving better results quicker.

Content type: Blog Post

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Stop Trying to Solve these 7 Imaginary Problems in Your Business Model

The same problems for a single business owner as opposed to a staffed business aren’t always the same, but the centralization of business in general has obfuscated that to many people. Generally, people may find themselves trying to solve (or, worse: create) problems that don’t exist for the people they serve in either B2B or B2C markets, i.e. building a parasitic model, services for managing digital clutter, implementing penalties, offering a service that’s a one-time need.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: subscription,business competition,thriving economy,eCommerce,B2B,B2C,PaaS,SaaS

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Mashlink.io Influencer and Development Kit

Mashlink has an opportunity to refine its unique proposition with a gap left where Vine used to be and where TikTok seems to be filling. This paper could be a tool in a campaign to grow its direct connections with a certain type of stakeholders, content creators/influencers, providing some takeaways that are about more than downloading the app: they’re about demos of practical use cases in video production, reviews, tutorials, factoring in sponsorships, API/SDK integration, premium versions.

Content type: Whitepaper

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