Liz Funk, Author at General Assembly Blog

About Liz Funk

Liz Funk is a freelance writer who covers careers, entrepreneurship, and women’s issues. She has also written for WeWork magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and She frequently speaks at colleges about relaxation and self-care for ambitious young women (so they can stay ambitious and achieve in a healthy way!). She is applying for business school for fall 2016. She recently discovered, to her total delight, that she is actually not that bad at math. You can find her online at

Don’t Let a Scarcity Mentality Put a Freeze on Your Business or Career


Scarcity mentality money worries for freelancers

If you are building your career, starting a freelance hustle, or launching a business, there is one phrase that is so toxic, it’s like putting Draino in your Starbucks: “There’s not enough to go around.” A “scarcity mentality” is the mindset that you are competing for clients or users; that there isn’t enough work for everyone; or “there may not be more where that came from.”

It’s an over-protection mechanism. It’s your mind trying to prevent you or your company from experiencing lack… but paradoxically, all it does is create it. It’s fear,” says Hana Ayoub, a professional development coach who left a 15-year corporate career to build her practice, “the roots of which are different for everyone. But it’s not a useful mentality to have.”

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Everything You Need to Know About Making a Career Change in Your 20s


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Making a career change at 20 requires courage. It’s you against the list of things keeping you up at night: having little to zilch experience in a new field, having little to zilch contacts in a new industry, or worrying that hiring managers will label you as “flaky” for changing directions. Well, friends, fear not. According to a recent study by economists at the Vancouver School of Economics, changing industries during your 20s is good for your career and your earning potential. (Take that, haters.)

“People who switch jobs more frequently early in their careers tend to have higher wages and incomes in their prime-working years,” Henry E. Siu, associate professor at the University of British Columbia and one of the study’s authors, told The Atlantic. “Job-hopping is actually correlated with higher incomes, because people have found better matches—their true calling.”

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