Career Building http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4814/all en-US 7 Things Your Boss Wishes You'd Tell Them http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business_people_at_the_cafe_restaurant.jpg" alt="Business People at the Cafe Restaurant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us have a boss of some kind. And a lot of people think that bosses only want to hear good news all of the time, but that's not the case.</p> <p>Positive information is nice, but negatives are just as important. If issues are preventing you, your coworkers, or your company from doing a job well, it makes life harder on everyone &mdash; including your boss. As long as you are bringing solutions with the problems, your boss will thank you for pointing out areas that need improvement. So, speak up on the following things, and do yourself and the boss a favor.</p> <h2>1. You want to be challenged more often</h2> <p>Most of us don't want to coast through our careers without learning, growing, and climbing the ladder. To do that, we need to face new challenges, step outside of our comfort zones, and take on tasks that will sometimes throw us into the deep end. While it's a scary prospect at times, it's essential for genuine advancement.</p> <p>However, your boss may not realize that you are not being challenged enough throughout the week. He or she may think you have just enough on your plate to cope; bosses are not mind readers, and may not realize you are lacking the trials and tests needed to gain experience. Tell the boss what you want to be doing. Ask if you can take on projects that are beyond what is expected of you. If you put in an honest effort, a promotion may even follow. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Career Moves That Prove You're Finally a Grown-Up</a>)</p> <h2>2. Any major issues you have with other employees</h2> <p>The boss needs to know this ASAP, because small problems can become big problems, and those big problems can lead to lawsuits and dismissals. You only have to look at the issues plaguing Hollywood right now to know that keeping things hidden could hurt you in the long term. So, whether it's unwanted attention, inappropriate comments, discrimination, or bullying, tell your boss as soon as you notice the problem. Furthermore, document the issues when they happen, as this gives your boss solid evidence that can help with human resources and dealing with an employee that is making your life difficult.</p> <h2>3. The current state of employee morale</h2> <p>In many companies, bosses aren't privy to the day-to-day events and processes that their employees are going through. If your boss is in and out of meetings all day, traveling weekly, and working on large projects, it will be hard for them to know what the morale situation is like. Maybe it's great. Maybe it's awful and people are ready to quit. Either way, if you can give the boss a regular temperature reading on morale, you will be doing everyone a favor. And even if morale is great, there's nothing wrong with asking for team building events to keep it there.</p> <h2>4. Your daily frustrations</h2> <p>Your relationship with your boss is in some ways like a relationship with a romantic partner. Little things here and there can get on your nerves, and you bottle up your feelings. These small frustrations can eat away at you day after day, and become overwhelming. So, find the time to bring them up in a weekly status report or one-on-one. Don't whine. Don't complain. And don't do it without having possible solutions up your sleeve. The boss will be thankful that you addressed it sooner rather than later.</p> <h2>5. How they are doing</h2> <p>One of the biggest reasons people leave a job is their relationship with the boss, and in some instances this could have been repaired long before it became an issue. So, find ways to tell the boss what they're doing right, and what they could be doing better.</p> <p>Suggest things the other employees are asking for. Maybe they would like more transparency, and weekly updates on the status of the company. Perhaps they want a simple night out every month, together as a team, to help with morale. Let the boss know.</p> <p>Of course, judge each case by its merits, and never insult. If your boss is known to be sensitive, you should throw a lot of great compliments out before hitting them with a problem.</p> <h2>6. What you like, and don't like, about the job</h2> <p>Start with what makes you happy and excited to come to work every day (and if you can't think of anything, you should probably start looking for a new job immediately). Are there certain projects that really get you going? Are there challenges you enjoy taking on? Make a list of all the reasons you enjoy coming to work, and let your boss know about them. He or she will not only appreciate it, but may throw more of those things at you when the opportunity arises.</p> <p>Similarly, make a list of the things that stop a good job from becoming a great job. Are there tasks that are boring? Are there systems in place that make your life hell? Tell the boss while offering solutions, and it will give them a chance to fix the issues. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job</a>)</p> <h2>7. How you could be an even better employee</h2> <p>Nothing stirs a boss quite like an employee who is driven to do better, be better, and go further. Self-improvement is an admirable quality, and if you see ways in which you could grow and become a greater asset to the company, talk to your boss about it. Is there a conference coming up that would be invaluable to you? Ask if you can attend. Are there skills you would like to learn? Research workshops and online training.</p> <p>In many cases, bosses are happy to pay for some, or even all, of the cost of these events, as they are a direct benefit to the company. What's more, many businesses actually put aside money for employee training, so you would be making your boss look good by taking advantage of this benefit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a>)</p> <p>Remember, at the end of the day, if you make your boss look good, you will prosper. So talk to him or her about any of these topics in a cordial way, and work together to resolve any problems. You will do your career a world of good.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss">10 Free Ways to Impress Your Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-job-worth-it">Is This Job Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist">Become a Model Employee With This 10-Point Work Etiquette Checklist</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-types-of-bad-bosses-and-how-to-survive-them">The 8 Types of Bad Bosses — And How to Survive Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building advice boss company politics coworkers honesty job growth managers morale Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2069778 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 College Courses That Will Boost Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/7-college-courses-that-will-boost-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-college-courses-that-will-boost-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confident_female_college_students_raise_hands_in_class.jpg" alt="Confident female college students raise hands in class" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The job market is full of college-educated Americans. With so many people boasting bachelor degrees, associate degrees, and even master's degrees, it's no longer safe to assume that a college degree is the magic ticket that will kick-start a career.</p> <p>According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 90 percent of businesses value skills far more than they do any particular degree. That means that individuals, regardless of the level of education they are pursuing, should carefully choose classes that will not only help their degree, but also their future employability. (See also <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-skills-todays-employers-value-most?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Skills Today's Employers Value Most</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few great skills-boosting electives to consider.</p> <h2>1. Business writing</h2> <p>Not all business writing classes include the same curriculum, but this type of course typically teaches students how to write memos, professional emails, reports, grant applications, presentations, cover letters, and resumes. These classes occasionally also focus on utilizing word processing software, creating technical graphics, and developing a professional online portfolio.</p> <p>This elective should leave you with a large collection of sample writing for your online portfolio, a few more writing skills to add to your resume, and an enhanced ability to communicate non-verbally.</p> <h2>2. Communication and public speaking</h2> <p>Communication skills can help you speak with confidence, interact effectively in groups, and deliver speeches and presentations. The ability to communicate effectively can be vital to landing jobs, building professional relationships, and kick-starting a career.</p> <p>These classes give formal training in group communication, creating and delivering presentations and speeches, and delivering an effective interview. Individuals learn soft skills like how to interact with an audience, how to dress professionally, and how to read body language, too.</p> <p>Classes that focus on business communication might also focus on communicating effectively over a variety technological platforms, including social media sites, phones, presentation programs, and visual communication programs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-public-speaking-less-terrifying?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make Public Speaking Less Terrifying</a>)</p> <h2>3. Digital communication and electronic marketing</h2> <p>As of 2017, well over two billion people use social media. Due to that staggeringly high number, the importance of social media communication has grown significantly over the last decade. New jobs, like social media managers, have been created. Even if individuals don't pursue a social media job, expertise in digital communication and electronic marketing is a valuable skill.</p> <p>Nonprofessional social media experts can still use social media to locate jobs, engage in social networking, and promote their own work online.</p> <p>Classes typically start by examining the basic principles and concepts behind the use of digital information and communication technology. Once a baseline is laid, students often learn about the marketing and communication use of various digital tools (from email, to text, to social media). By the end of the class, students will know the best marketing and communication strategies using these various digital tools. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago</a>)</p> <h2>4. Computer software skills</h2> <p>Computer software skills can be imperative to career success in many traditional office jobs. People (even those who don't have a college degree) can increase their employability if they have advanced software skills. Community colleges, in particular, tend to have a few courses that focus primarily on walking students through the ins and outs of various software programs.</p> <p>These courses tend to focus on presentation, spreadsheet, and document processing software. The curriculum also tends to focus on current business standards for document creation and formatting.</p> <h2>5. Web development and programming</h2> <p>While not all office jobs require programming skills, basic knowledge of web development can be a useful career enhancer. Editors, web managers, writers, and various other positions prefer to hire candidates that already know the ins and outs of creating or at least maintaining a website.</p> <p>These classes cover programming languages such as Python, HTML5, JavaScript, and C++. Individuals can utilize these new skills to create a website, build an online portfolio, spruce up a resume, and pursue projects that require sophisticated website or tool development. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a>)</p> <h2>6. Entrepreneurship</h2> <p>Budding entrepreneurs or self-employed professionals could benefit from a course that focuses on the practical aspects of startups. Before diving headfirst into their world-changing business idea, hopeful entrepreneurs can arm themselves with knowledge that can help them succeed.</p> <p>This class typically teaches students about the challenges of opening, running, financing, and marketing a successful startup or small businesses. The class also delves into the typical behaviors and beliefs of successful business owners, and leaves students with the knowledge they need to succeed on their own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-top-7-blogs-for-entrepreneurs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Top 7 Blogs for Entrepreneurs</a>)</p> <h2>7. All-encompassing professional skills classes</h2> <p>Not all, but some colleges have begun to create classes that focus entirely on helping students build the necessary skills to thrive in a professional work environment. If you can't work a few skill-oriented classes into your schedule, you might want to see if you can find a class that just focuses on general skill development.</p> <p>Boise State University, for example, offers a series of courses on professional development. Some of the skills these courses focus on include self-awareness, teamwork, leadership, networking, and interviewing. Students tackle individual and team-based activities. Many of the activities are designed to mimic typical workplace scenarios, so that students can develop skills and experiences that are relevant to a professional workplace.</p> <p>Individuals, no matter their current educational status, may benefit from attending college classes that teach useful career skills. If a college class isn't possible for you at this point, you can search for the multitude of free or cheap books, websites, or video resources out there to help build your skills.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-college-courses-that-will-boost-your-career&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520College%2520Courses%2520That%2520Will%2520Boost%2520Your%2520Career.jpg&amp;description=7%20College%20Courses%20That%20Will%20Boost%20Your%20Career"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20College%20Courses%20That%20Will%20Boost%20Your%20Career.jpg" alt="7 College Courses That Will Boost Your Career" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-college-courses-that-will-boost-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult">8 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree-to-succeed">Why You Don&#039;t Need a College Degree to Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field">Are You Pursuing an Overcrowded Career Field?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-smart-about-money-with-these-18-free-online-courses">Get Smart About Money With These 18 Free Online Courses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-great-jobs-that-offer-college-loan-forgiveness">7 Great Jobs that Offer College Loan Forgiveness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Education & Training business writing college courses courses electives employability entrepreneurship job skills programming public speaking web design Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:30:09 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2063301 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_traveling_abroad.jpg" alt="Woman traveling abroad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Business travel usually sounds like a lot of fun, until you're on the road constantly. Living out of a suitcase often means leaving some of your favorite things behind, and one delayed flight can throw off meetings, hotel reservations, and more.</p> <p>Whether you're an experienced business traveler or new to this particular adventure, there's a way to make the traveling life easier &mdash; by packing smart. Here are some things that the savvy business traveler should always have along for the ride. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-business-travel-helps-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Business Travel Helps Your Wallet</a>)</p> <h2>1. A filtered water bottle</h2> <p>It's easy to forget just how essential water is for health and happiness. Make sure that you have safe, clean water to drink wherever you go by investing in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mTf33g" target="_blank">water bottle that will filter contaminants</a> on its own.</p> <h2>2. A Wi-Fi hot spot</h2> <p>Airport and airplane Wi-Fi can be expensive and, if you happen to be in the wrong part of the airport, it can be spotty, too. Some places, it's also an unsecured network. While you can almost always turn your smartphone into a wireless hot spot, many business travelers prefer to carry a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mTtHY7" target="_blank">separate hot spot device</a>. Sometimes, work will even pay for it! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Technology Hacks for the International Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>3. A surge protector</h2> <p>Many power cords these days come with surge protection built in, but you can never be too safe (especially when traveling overseas). Carry a small surge protector with you, and you'll know that your devices won't get fried when you need them most. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors</a>)</p> <h2>4. A power bank</h2> <p>You never know when your phone, tablet, or laptop is going to run out of battery life, but it's almost guaranteed to be at the worst possible time. Save yourself the hassle of finding a charging station in an airport or bumming a charge off another traveler by making sure you have your power bank packed. Make sure yours is fully charged before you leave. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Power Banks</a>)</p> <h2>5. A small carry-on bag</h2> <p>Save money and hassle by investing in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2A0309b" target="_blank">carry-on bag</a> that conforms to TSA's standards, and fit everything you need for your trip into it. You could save between $50 and $100 per flight by not bringing extra luggage, and you'll have it all with you so you won't have to wait in line at baggage claim or have to worry about lost luggage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>6. A first aid kit</h2> <p>You never know when you'll trip or something unusual will happen and you'll need a Band-Aid or some ibuprofen. And you don't want to be heading into an important business meeting with an open cut or a splitting headache that could've easily been taken care of, had you planned ahead. Gather a few first aid items in a baggie before you leave, so these small inconveniences don't become bigger problems. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best First Aid Kits</a>)</p> <h2>7. Wrinkle releaser</h2> <p>Sure, many hotels now stock irons and ironing boards for travelers, but what if you end up running straight from the plane to a big meeting? Get rid of wrinkles on-the-go by bringing your own <a href="http://amzn.to/2zfx9yg" target="_blank">wrinkle-release spray</a> along. It's also useful when you don't feel like ironing in your hotel or you forget to send your clothes out for cleaning.</p> <h2>8. Travel apps</h2> <p>There are many apps out there geared toward business travelers. Apple's <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204003" target="_blank">Wallet</a> lets you organize your boarding passes and other important data so you always have access to them. Send your confirmation and travel emails to <a href="https://www.tripit.com/" target="_blank">TripIt</a> and the app will create your itineraries for you.</p> <p>The point is, if you want to find an app to do something that will make your business travel easier, you probably can. Take the time to figure out what tasks you would like to do digitally, and download the apps that will work best for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>9. Travel-size personal care products</h2> <p>Hotels are always stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and soap for guests to use, but they don't usually have other essentials like face wash, deodorant, or hair styling products. These are must-haves for business travelers who need to be presentable and professional at all times, so make sure you have TSA-approved sizes of the personal care items you like to use.</p> <h2>10. The right travel rewards card</h2> <p>Some companies will let you book your own business travel and will reimburse you later. Whether this is true for you or not, it can pay to have a good travel rewards credit card along with you. Even if you can't book your own travel, these cards can offer rewards for things like dining out, entrance fees, and other travel costs you might incur on your own. Figure out what you will use your card for most and which type of points would help you the most, then get the card and reap the benefits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <h2>11. Plastic bags</h2> <p>These are useful in so many ways. Use them to cover your shoes, store your dirty laundry, keep your toiletries from bursting all over your bag, and more. You may feel a little silly when you pack them the first time, but you're likely to find yourself using them over and over again during your trip.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Essentials%2520Every%2520Business%2520Traveler%2520Needs%2520to%2520Pack.jpg&amp;description=11%20Essentials%20Every%20Business%20Traveler%20Needs%20to%20Pack"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Essentials%20Every%20Business%20Traveler%20Needs%20to%20Pack.jpg" alt="11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money">8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Travel business traveler business trip carry-on luggage packing tips travel tips what to pack Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2063302 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/african_woman_sitting_at_an_exam_in_college.jpg" alt="African woman sitting at an exam in college" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you have never been to college, have some college credits from many years ago, or simply need to retool your education for a career change, there is much to be gained from going back to school. However, adult learners face a lot of risk factors that lead to dropping out before finishing a degree; things such as family obligations, financial shortcomings, and a tendency to attend school part time.</p> <p>With college costs steadily growing, the stakes are high; attending school without finishing a degree program could mean dealing with a mountain of debt and no job to help pay it off. Before diving into a degree or certificate program, do your homework to give yourself the best chance of success as an adult learner.</p> <h2>1. Choose a school that accommodates adult learners</h2> <p>One challenge adult learners face is feeling like they don't fit in with the much younger students on campus. Some find that the counseling services the school offers do not make sense for their situation in life. To avoid this problem, seek out a school that actively recruits older students.</p> <p>LendEdu ranks the <a href="https://lendedu.com/blog/colleges-for-adult-learners/" target="_blank">25 best colleges for adult learners</a>, taking into account factors such as on-campus child care, weekend classes and flexibility, and affordability. Its most recent list gives the top-ranking position to Delaware's Wilmington University, a private college that offers a wide range of professional certificate programs in addition to degrees.</p> <h2>2. Consider credit transferability when choosing a school</h2> <p>Another way the best schools accommodate nontraditional students is by accepting credits from other institutions. If you have earned prior credits from an educational institution, get an idea of how many would be accepted toward your new degree. Figure this out before enrolling, because the more credits that will transfer, the faster and cheaper your degree will be.</p> <h2>3. Choose a major that will help you reach your goals</h2> <p>Some 18-year-olds are OK with spending a couple of years in college finding themselves before focusing on a major that will lead to a specific career. Adults, not so much.</p> <p>A recent report from the University of Texas showed that the choice of academic major was the biggest factor in determining how much graduates from UT earned. In fact, your major appears to matter more than how good a school you get into, the report says.</p> <p>&quot;[G]raduates who majored in architecture and engineering at a UT System open-access college have median earnings that are higher than 61 percent of all UT System graduates at selective colleges,&quot; the report reads. After architecture and engineering, the highest earning major categories for UT students were computers, statistics, and mathematics; followed by health, then business. The lowest-earning majors were in the arts, psychology and social work, and biology and life sciences.</p> <p>Of course, you can't just blindly choose a major based on how much money graduates make. It also has to be a good match for you. Take an online assessment or work with a career consultant to figure out what field best matches your strengths.</p> <h2>4. Tap a range of funding sources</h2> <p>Don't assume that because you're an adult, you won't qualify for aid. In fact, there is no age limit for receiving federal student aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. There are also scholarships for adult learners, such as the Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship, reserved for students age 35 or older. If you are or have been in the military, there are a host of <a href="https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/military" target="_blank">student financial aid programs for veterans and military personnel</a>. Also, find out if your employer pays for continuing education; many workplaces will fund entire degrees for employees. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan</a>)</p> <p>Once you have exhausted every avenue for funds you don't have to pay back, look into using your own assets for school as well. Although you should always proceed with caution when tapping into retirement accounts, it is possible in some circumstances to withdraw money from retirement accounts to pay educational expenses penalty free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yes-you-can-pay-for-education-with-an-ira?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">Yes, You Can Pay for Education With an IRA</a>)</p> <h2>5. Investigate online or hybrid programs</h2> <p>Going to school around a busy schedule of work and family makes online college a popular choice. You can often watch lectures on your own schedule and avoid wasting time traveling to and from a campus. You can try many online courses for free &mdash; usually without credit &mdash; to see if online learning works for you. Check the <a href="https://www.edx.org/" target="_blank">courses listed at edX</a>, for example.</p> <p>A growing program type that appeals to many nontraditional students is the hybrid model, which combines online lectures with some classroom time for discussion. For instance, Northwestern University offers hybrid graduate programs aimed at professionals, which combines online lectures with a limited number of on-campus seminars.</p> <h2>6. Take your exams early</h2> <p>If you need to take the LSAT for law school, the GRE for graduate school, the GMAT for business school, or even the SAT, sit for it well in advance of school application deadlines. This takes a bit of the pressure off; when you know you have time to retake the test if necessary, you can relax and do your best.</p> <h2>7. Make a plan to balance life, work, and school</h2> <p>It could be that many adult learners end up dropping out because they mistakenly assumed they would somehow &quot;find time&quot; for coursework. Even if you start slow, going to school is like a part-time job, and you must allocate the hours to make it happen. Finding the hours might mean cutting back on work, eliminating a pleasurable activity such as watching TV, or dropping out of organized activities such as a sports team. One activity you cannot borrow hours from without negative consequences is sleep.</p> <p>It's also important to make sure family members, friends, and even coworkers and bosses know and respect that you need time and space to complete your coursework. You may have to say no when someone asks you to work overtime or pass up on volunteering for organizations you may have helped in the past.</p> <p>Research shows that when we work with interruptions, not only does it take time to get back on task, but we feel more stressed and frustrated. To avoid wanting to quit, it's important to carve out space for yourself to work uninterrupted. Build child care costs into your college budget if necessary, and make sure you have a quiet place to work away from the bustle of household life.</p> <h2>8. Know the tax benefits</h2> <p>Make sure you don't miss out on tax breaks available for returning students, such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and tax deductions on interest on student loans. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-skip-these-8-tax-breaks-for-students?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Skip These 8 Tax Breaks for Students</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Tips%2520for%2520Going%2520Back%2520to%2520School%2520as%2520an%2520Adult.jpg&amp;description=8%20Tips%20for%20Going%20Back%20to%20School%20as%20an%20Adult"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Tips%20for%20Going%20Back%20to%20School%20as%20an%20Adult.jpg" alt="8 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-your-child-can-earn-college-credits-in-high-school-for-cheap">How Your Child Can Earn College Credits in High School (For Cheap)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field">Are You Pursuing an Overcrowded Career Field?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree-to-succeed">Why You Don&#039;t Need a College Degree to Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-save-for-college-using-a-529-prepaid-tuition-plan">Should You Save for College Using a 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Education & Training adult learners college continuing education credits majors online courses student aid taxes tuition Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2057597 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Combat "Impostor Syndrome" http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-combat-impostor-syndrome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-combat-impostor-syndrome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/there_is_just_too_much_to_do.jpg" alt="There is just too much to do" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever walked into a meeting hoping that you'll be able to convince others that you're an expert in your field, when in reality you feel as if you're faking it? Have you ever feared that you would be &quot;found out&quot; to be less competent than others think you are? The &quot;<a href="http://www.paulineroseclance.com/pdf/ip_high_achieving_women.pdf" target="_blank">impostor phenomenon</a>&quot; was first described in 1978 in a study about professional women who believed that they had achieved their success by luck or by mistake, instead of by their intelligence and competence.</p> <p>Since then, researchers have learned that what we now call &quot;impostor syndrome&quot; affects not only women, but also men in roughly equal numbers. Described as an inability to internalize one's own successes, the self-doubt of feeling like an impostor can hold you back when you consistently underestimate yourself or sell yourself short. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-even-shy-people-can-fake-confidence-and-get-ahead?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways Even Shy People Can Fake Confidence and Get Ahead</a>)</p> <p>The good news is, research shows that impostor syndrome isn't really a syndrome &mdash; it's not a personality trait, nor a mental disorder, nor is it rare. In fact, almost everyone experiences it as a reaction to a situation at some point. With that in mind, there are some strategies you can use to combat feelings of inadequacy and to feel confident in your own abilities.</p> <h2>1. Remember that you're not alone</h2> <p>Some of the most successful people in history have described feelings of disbelief in their success. From Maya Angelou to Albert Einstein, many famous achievers felt that they did not deserve the accolades and success they had achieved.</p> <p>So if you have similar fears of being found out, know that you're in good company! Most likely, everyone in the room has had similar feelings and insecurities. It kind of makes you feel better about your own feelings of inadequacy if you know that the person you're talking to most likely feels them too, doesn't it? We're all just faking it till we make it.</p> <h2>2. Talk about it</h2> <p>When you feel that you don't have what it takes to succeed, it can help to talk with a trusted friend or mentor who can give a more objective perspective on the situation. A supportive friend who knows your abilities and successes can encourage you, can point to reasons why you shouldn't feel nervous about your abilities, and can help you think through the situation. Even if they are simply repeating things you already know (&quot;You've already done a project like this, and you can do this one, too&quot;), it can help to hear it come out of someone else's mouth.</p> <h2>3. Focus on the work</h2> <p>Instead of dwelling on what your work says about you, focus on finding solutions to the problem at hand. You have less time for self-doubt if you're thinking about the work itself. I often find that while I might dread a task because I'm afraid I'm not qualified enough to do it, once I get started, that fear often goes away because I'm too busy to think about it. (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-panic-how-to-meet-a-deadline?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Panic! How to Meet a Deadline</a>)</p> <h2>4. It's not bad to be an outsider</h2> <p>You may feel like the least qualified person in the room, but that doesn't mean you don't have something to contribute. Often, people with an outsider perspective are able to see solutions that seasoned experts miss because they're too close to the subject. Outsiders are often able to reframe the problem to see from a different perspective. So even if you have less expertise, think of your outsider status as an asset, not a liability.</p> <h2>5. Avoid undermining yourself</h2> <p>Try to stop yourself from using phrases like, &quot;Well, I'm no expert, but I think &hellip;&quot; or &quot;I don't really know what I'm talking about, but &hellip;&quot; While such refreshing humility can be appealing on a personal level, they can undermine you on a professional level. Don't make others doubt your opinion before you even give it. There's a difference between acknowledging that you don't have all the answers, and tearing yourself down.</p> <h2>6. Focus on what you can learn</h2> <p>Instead of thinking about how you're performing and how that performance looks to others, think instead of what you can learn from the experience. If your pitch for a new project ends up being rejected, focus on what you can learn to be successful next time. Treating each situation like an experiment makes it less personal. Failure simply means that the approach needs to be slightly different next time, instead of confirming your worst fears about yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-learn-something-new?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Free Ways to Learn Something New</a>)</p> <h2>7. Your worth isn't in your achievement</h2> <p>Many people who experience impostor syndrome associate achievement with self-worth. Surround yourself with friends and mentors who value you not for what you achieve, but for who you are as a friend and as a person. And realize that no matter how much you achieve, success alone will not make people genuinely love you or care for you.</p> <h2>8. Realize perfection is not attainable</h2> <p>Many people who struggle with impostor syndrome also tend to be perfectionists who cannot let a task go until they have overplanned and overworked it to the point of exhaustion. Or, that perfectionism might manifest itself as a fear of trying a new task because you might not be able to do it perfectly. Either way, overcoming impostor syndrome involves being able to do a task well enough, instead of perfectly. Cut yourself off when you find yourself obsessing over making something perfect. In my experience, the more you fuss over it, the less creative and fresh the final result will be.</p> <h2>9. Keep in mind that it's not always about you</h2> <p>Over the last few years, I've learned that sometimes, a less than optimal result has more to do with factors out of your control than with your own abilities. Perhaps a client's timetable had to be more rushed than optimal, or budget constraints did not allow you to operate at full potential. While it's important to be realistic about how you can improve, all you can control is how you act, respond, and learn from the experience. You can't change all those other factors &mdash; you're just one person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-you-can-go-easier-on-yourself?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways You Can Go Easier on Yourself</a>)</p> <h2>10. Don't forget that impostor syndrome can be a strength</h2> <p>If you don't allow impostor syndrome to cripple you from taking risks, it can actually bring about some positive effects. Acknowledging that you don't have all the answers can create an atmosphere of trust, communicativeness, and teamwork.</p> <p>Case in point &mdash; I recently went to a media event, and a blogger at my table openly admitted, right at the beginning of the event, that she had been nervous about coming because of her so-called social awkwardness. You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief going around the table &mdash; we were not alone!</p> <p>Impostor syndrome means that you know you have a lot to learn, which can push you to be more innovative, more team-oriented, and more hardworking. So next time impostor syndrome whispers in your ear, treat it like the friend (or frenemy?) who keeps you on your toes, but sometimes needs to be put in its place.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-ways-to-combat-impostor-syndrome&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Ways%2520to%2520Combat%2520Impostor%2520Syndrome.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Combat%20Impostor%20Syndrome"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Combat%20Impostor%20Syndrome.jpg" alt="10 Ways to Combat &quot;Impostor Syndrome&quot;" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-combat-impostor-syndrome">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-even-shy-people-can-fake-confidence-and-get-ahead">10 Ways Even Shy People Can Fake Confidence and Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-your-mind-can-make-you-rich">4 Ways Your Mind Can Make You Rich</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-be-more-attractive-work-these-5-magic-words-and-phrases-into-your-vocabulary">Want to Be More Attractive? Work These 5 Magic Words (and Phrases) Into Your Vocabulary</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career">8 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-habits-you-must-break-to-become-more-self-confident">The 5 Habits You Must Break to Become More Self-Confident</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development competence confidence faking it impostor syndrome Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Camilla Cheung 2057052 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Free Ways to Impress Your Boss http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business_partners_using_touchscreen_computer_for_project_discussion.jpg" alt="Business partners using touchscreen computer for project discussion" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Boss Appreciation Day just passed, but that doesn't mean you should wait until next October to show your boss how much you appreciate them. In fact, you can show someone how much they are valued on any day of the year, not just one specific holiday.</p> <p>One of the best ways to show your boss your appreciation is by stepping up to the plate and being a good employee. You can do this at no cost other than a little of your time. And your boss will be pretty impressed with you along the way!</p> <h2>1. Educate yourself</h2> <p>A well-furnished mind is an asset to any company. Just because you left college years (or even decades) ago, there's no reason you shouldn't continue to improve yourself, your knowledge of the industry you work in, and life in general.</p> <p>Start listening to free podcasts on the drive to and from work. Watch TED talks and read books or magazines about your industry. Attend business seminars that are paid for by your company. Further your education with courses available free from the library. Do whatever you can to soak up information, and make a point to share that knowledge casually in meetings and conversations.</p> <p>If you make the boss look good, you look good to the boss. By becoming an impressive, knowledgeable employee, you help everyone, including yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a>)</p> <h2>2. Ask for more responsibility</h2> <p>What can you do to take some of the burden of the boss's shoulders? Do you have skills that could come in handy and free up some of his or her time? If so, volunteer to help out.</p> <p>Yes, you may find yourself busier, or even staying late on occasion. You may have to come in earlier to get everything done, or work through lunch. And you'll be doing it all for the same money.</p> <p>However, that won't be the case forever. If you can become an essential part of your boss's daily routine, you will be valued. And when you're valued, promotions and raises often follow. Even if they don't, keeping the boss happy is a great way to ensure job security. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-improve-your-career-get-ahead-and-become-upwardly-mobile?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Improve Your Career, Get Ahead, and Become Upwardly Mobile</a>)</p> <h2>3. Do some of those tasks everyone hates</h2> <p>You know the ones, because you don't like doing them, either. Making the coffee. Fixing a paper jam. Checking supplies and putting in orders for new stationery, pens, paper clips, and highlighters. Dealing with complaints. Whatever the cruddy jobs are in your workplace, take some of them on. Your boss is usually the one that must do it if no one else does. But if the boss sees that you're on top of those day-to-day humdrum activities, you'll earn some extra credit.</p> <h2>4. Keep everything clean and organized</h2> <p>Have you ever walked past someone's workspace and it looks like an explosion of papers, coffee cups, tissues, and empty food containers? What kind of message does that send? It doesn't matter if that employee happens to be the most productive one in the building (and just might be so busy there's never any time to tidy up) &mdash; it just makes that person appear sloppy and disorganized.</p> <p>Do what you can to keep your work area as clean and organized as possible. It doesn't have to be stock photo perfect, but it should look like you're on top of everything. Get into the habit of giving your space a tidying up before leaving every night. Before long, it will be second nature.</p> <h2>5. Get there before the boss &hellip; and leave after them</h2> <p>Nothing says dedicated to the boss quite like beating him or her to the office. It doesn't have to be hours before, either. Simply arriving 10 minutes before they do is good enough (unless they're in the habit of arriving late for work every day).</p> <p>Ideally, you should aim to get into work about 15&ndash;20 minutes before your actual start time. When it's time to leave, stay a little longer. Use that time to clean your space, as mentioned above, or do a few of those tasks that no one else likes to do. The extra effort will get noticed, and sometimes you can actually cut down the time of your commute by getting in early and leaving a little late.</p> <h2>6. Become a firm decision maker</h2> <p>The boss has a lot to deal with. So, when he or she comes to you with a question, the last thing they want to hear is a shaky, uncommitted, and infuriating &quot;I could go either way&quot; answer. Your answer should, in fact, be informed, assertive, and free of doubt.</p> <p>Even if the boss disagrees with your opinion, it will be taken much better than a weak answer that commits you to no clear direction. People in charge usually get that position by being good decision makers, and you should start standing up for what you believe as soon as you can. A great boss will want to hear differing opinions, so never be afraid to politely go against the party line.</p> <h2>7. Go beyond your job description</h2> <p>No boss in the world is impressed by an employee that refuses to do something beyond their job description. &quot;That's not really my job&quot; is a phrase about as inspiring as &quot;Man, this place sucks, I can't wait to leave.&quot;</p> <p>If you have skills that go beyond your current position, by all means utilize them. Go above and beyond. And if you're asked to occasionally do something you consider &quot;beneath you,&quot; take a moment to think if it really is. Will you be helping the boss by getting this done? Maybe you have to sit at reception and take calls for an hour. Perhaps you have to run to the supply store. Are these hardships, or are you showing just how helpful you can be?</p> <h2>8. Ask for honest feedback</h2> <p>There's a big difference between an official performance review and a one-on-one private conversation about you and your position. Set up a meeting every few months with your boss as a way to gauge his or her impression of the job you're doing. What can you do better? What are you doing well? How can you improve?</p> <p>This is a great way to ease the pressure from someone who has a lot of employees to manage, and nip any potential issues in the bud. It also gives the boss an easy way to bring up concerns, rather than those awkward meetings they have to initiate if something is a problem.</p> <h2>9. Find ways to cut costs</h2> <p>Money is important to any business. Losing money is bad, making money is good, and whatever you can do to stem the former and boost the latter will be very much appreciated.</p> <p>Start with your own department. Ask how things are done and what costs are associated with each process. For example, there's a famous money-saving story about a worker at a matchbox factory. He told the head of the company he could save them thousands of pounds every year with one simple suggestion &mdash; put sandpaper on only one side of the box.</p> <p>Are there ways you can apply this thinking at your company? Do you see examples of waste that can be eliminated? Write up a report and tell your boss, then wait for the well-earned pat on the back.</p> <h2>10. Become a fountain of industry knowledge</h2> <p>Whatever business you're in, there's always breaking news about it. You could be in the air conditioning industry, selling cupcakes, or curing diseases. And these days, the internet offers a wealth of new information on everything imaginable.</p> <p>Start following known industry leaders and innovators on social media. Subscribe to newsletters and industry magazines. Listen to podcasts. Then, make a note of the most interesting and relevant news and let your boss know about it. Maybe send a weekly news email to the department, and CC the boss. It is a fantastic way to show you're dedicated to your career and that you want to help the company succeed. The boss will love you for it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Free%2520Ways%2520to%2520Impress%2520Your%2520Boss.jpg&amp;description=10%20Free%20Ways%20to%20Impress%20Your%20Boss"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Free%20Ways%20to%20Impress%20Your%20Boss.jpg" alt="10 Free Ways to Impress Your Boss" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist">Become a Model Employee With This 10-Point Work Etiquette Checklist</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-act-like-a-leader-and-get-ahead-at-work">10 Ways to Act Like a Leader -- And Get Ahead at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-protect-your-job-when-youre-in-a-workplace-relationship">How to Protect Your Job When You&#039;re in a Workplace Relationship</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grow-your-solo-business-without-hiring-employees">How to Grow Your Solo Business Without Hiring Employees</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building coworkers employees impressing the boss managers professionals teamwork working late Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Paul Michael 2051158 at http://www.wisebread.com Become a Model Employee With This 10-Point Work Etiquette Checklist http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/two_creative_millenial_small_business_owners.jpg" alt="Two creative millennial small business owners" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every job is different. But one commonality is that every company, large or small, requires a certain type of etiquette. The finer points may vary vastly from business to business, but if you make yourself aware of the broader strokes, you will quickly go from being a good employee to the staff member everyone looks up to. Here are the 10 checkpoints that will make you a model employee.</p> <h2>1. Read the handbook</h2> <p>Most businesses have some kind of employee handbook or manual. It is something given to new employees to communicate key aspects about the company. Most handbooks will include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>An introduction to the company.</p> </li> <li> <p>Company policies regarding dress code, benefits, expenses, education and training, confidentiality agreements, and outside employment.</p> </li> <li> <p>Employment classification, including full-time, part time, and contract.</p> </li> <li> <p>Attendance policies and holiday schedules.</p> </li> <li> <p>Performance expectations.</p> </li> <li> <p>Health and safety procedures.</p> </li> <li> <p>Termination policies.</p> </li> </ul> <p>So, why is it important to know this information in as much detail as possible? Well for a start, it will stop you from asking questions that are already answered fully in the handbook. It will also give you plenty of information on how to conduct yourself at work and what the company expects of you as an employee. Become knowledgeable of the handbook, and let your boss know it. He or she will appreciate the effort, especially if it means you become a go-to person for the rest of the staff.</p> <h2>2. Stay away from water cooler gossip</h2> <p>Who doesn't love a juicy bit of salacious information, especially when it's whispered between friends about people you don't like? Well, what you do after hours is up to you, but at work, you should steer clear of any and all types of gossip and rumors.</p> <p>Most of the time the information you're getting is not even close to being accurate. It's like a game of telephone, only this game can seriously hurt innocent people, and even lead to them being terminated for no good reason.</p> <p>An old proverb sums up perfectly why you should stay out of this kind of talk: &quot;What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.&quot; If you're thinking, &quot;Ah, but I saw this happen and know that it's true,&quot; then remember that by spreading it, the information will get distorted and harmful, and will lead straight back to you. Just stay out of it. And if anyone says, &quot;Hey, listen to what I just heard about the boss,&quot; politely decline and walk away.</p> <h2>3. Don't use the computer for online shopping and surfing</h2> <p>If a computer or digital device is part of your daily routine, don't make the mistake of using it for personal reasons for hours on end. Remember, from the minute you step through the door to the second you leave for the day, you're on company property. You're also on company time. You are being paid to do a job, and unless that specifically includes online shopping, web surfing, and chatting over instant messenger, you should avoid the temptation to indulge.</p> <p>Now, every employer knows that if you have 9-to-5 access to a computer, you are going to use the internet now and then. Maybe it's to book concert tickets when they go on sale that day, or you need to make a doctor's appointment. Small, discreet, and quick personal computer use is perfectly acceptable. But if you abuse that privilege, and spend hours browsing sites, shopping online, and watching Netflix, you are just asking for trouble.</p> <h2>4. Keep personal calls, texts, and emails to a minimum</h2> <p>Following on from inappropriate computer use is the abuse of your phone and email. These days, both of them are nicely packaged on a smartphone, and they're about as addictive as any drug out there.</p> <p>It's perfectly appropriate to take important calls at work, and most employers would expect you to do so. It's also fine to send an urgent text or email, especially if it's a family emergency or medical problem. But chit-chatting with your partner, texting your buddies, and firing off email after email is just not fair to the company you're working for.</p> <p>So, be mindful and imagine your cellphone as an old-fashioned pay phone. How badly would you have needed to make a call if it meant running outside and throwing quarters into a public phone? Unless it's urgent, leave it until your break or lunch hour.</p> <h2>5. Become a better team player</h2> <p>It's a cliché phrase to say the least &mdash; &quot;Be a team player.&quot; We've all heard it, from the corporate board rooms to the warehouse floors. But what does it actually mean?</p> <p>For starters, it means improving your communication skills. Make it a point to listen, take notes, and let your team members know that you heard them. Give constructive criticism, and ask for it in return. Offer your assistance when you see people struggling or overloaded. Ask to lead projects. And above all, make it a point to be inclusive on projects. That means getting equal help from everyone involved in the project, not just those with the loudest voices or pushy personalities. Some people are naturally more submissive and can hide in the background. By including them, you can get some valuable insights from smart people who may otherwise be overlooked.</p> <h2>6. Work on your EQ</h2> <p>We hear about the importance of a high IQ all the time, but what about your EQ? This is your emotional intelligence, and it is just as valuable at work.</p> <p>Perhaps the biggest part of your EQ is your ability to empathize with people you work with on a daily basis. It's easy to dismiss some people as instantly unlikable, but do you know what's going on with them? They may have problems at home, medical issues, and stresses you could never understand. If you know a little more about them, you can empathize more and ease tensions in the office. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a>)</p> <h2>7. Leave your personal life at the door</h2> <p>You may have heard the expression, &quot;Hang your troubles on the trouble tree before you go home,&quot; or some variation of it. Basically, don't bring all those work problems home to your family. Well, it goes both ways.</p> <p>You may have a lot of things stressing you out at home, but you should do your best to keep them separate from your work life. You're being asked to do a job, and it's highly unlikely that your job will be improved by bringing personal issues into the office. If you really need to talk things over with someone, find a good therapist. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-a-personal-problem-from-hurting-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Keep a Personal Problem From Hurting Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>8. Manage your time well</h2> <p>Good time management is highly prized in every company, since time is a precious resource. Brush up on these skills and use them to your advantage.</p> <p>Don't go to every single meeting you're invited to. Instead, ask what the meeting is about and if your presence is required. If not, spend the time working on something else. Utilize tools to plan your day, like calendar software and apps. Learn how long a project should take and stick to it; don't rush some projects because you spent too long on others. Your time is money, and should be handled with the same kind of care.</p> <h2>9. Don't expose problems without providing solutions</h2> <p>Another cliché that you've heard in movies and TV shows &mdash; &quot;Don't bring me problems, bring me solutions!&quot; The thing is, it's spot on. If you spot major issues or faults with anything at work, it's obviously correct to bring it up. However, by simply saying something like, &quot;These status meetings we have are unproductive,&quot; you're coming across as a complainer. Instead, you could say, &quot;I've noticed these status meetings are not very productive so I have these ideas on how to make them more useful.&quot; You're still pointing out an issue, but the delivery is so much more positive.</p> <h2>10. Learn what other staff members do</h2> <p>You will become a much better employee if you learn to utilize the talents of other people in your department and the company. The first step is to figure out what everyone does, what their titles mean, and what they excel at. It's just like being on a sports team: If you know what each player's strength is, you take advantage of it.</p> <p>If you're in marketing and you know John is excellent at pulling together data and extrapolating useful information, bring him into the project. If you work in an auto repair shop and know that Jane is excellent at working on old muscle car engines, put her on the Ford Shelby. The more you know, the better of an employee you become.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbecome-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FBecome%2520a%2520Model%2520Employee%2520With%2520This%252010-Point%2520Work%2520Etiquette%2520Checklist.jpg&amp;description=Become%20a%20Model%20Employee%20With%20This%2010-Point%20Work%20Etiquette%20Checklist"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Become%20a%20Model%20Employee%20With%20This%2010-Point%20Work%20Etiquette%20Checklist.jpg" alt="Become a Model Employee With This 10-Point Work Etiquette Checklist" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss">10 Free Ways to Impress Your Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-act-like-a-leader-and-get-ahead-at-work">10 Ways to Act Like a Leader -- And Get Ahead at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-your-customer-service-job-can-help-you-win-at-life">8 Ways Your Customer Service Job Can Help You Win at Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-awkward-money-moments-everyone-has-at-work">8 Awkward Money Moments Everyone Has at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-46-easy-ways-to-be-more-productive">Flashback Friday: 46 Easy Ways to Be More Productive</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building better employee coworkers empathy problem solving professionalism teamwork time management work etiquette Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:30:21 +0000 Paul Michael 2049715 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fun and Unexpected Ways to Get Out of a Business Rut http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-and-unexpected-ways-to-get-out-of-a-business-rut <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fun-and-unexpected-ways-to-get-out-of-a-business-rut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/portrait_of_an_attractive_woman_at_table.jpg" alt="Portrait of an attractive woman at table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even the most innovative entrepreneurs feel &quot;stuck&quot; sometimes when solving business problems. Many small business owners who need some outside inspiration go to business events and mingle with other entrepreneurs, but that can backfire when you're feeling uncreative. Between all of the networking and hyperactive pitching, it's possible to leave feeling drained instead of inspired.</p> <p>So what do you do if you feel like you've fallen into a creative rut in your business? Sometimes, turning to unconventional sources of inspiration can help. Here are five ways to regain your creative mojo.</p> <h2>1. Attend an event outside of your industry</h2> <p>When your schedule is packed, it can be hard to break away from the day-to-day to attend a conference or trade show, let alone one outside of your field. But spending time with people in other industries can be a good way to immerse yourself in new ideas you aren't likely to hear about from colleagues in your own field.</p> <p>At least once a year, and preferably two or three, make time to attend an event for professionals in a field outside of your own. If you're in a traditional brick-and-mortar industry like real estate, head to an event for pros involved in artificial intelligence or automation. Run your own accounting business or a small law office? Pop into a trade show where you can immerse yourself in the latest fancy foods, tech gadgets, or fitness trends. The list of possibilities is endless, so pick one that seems interesting to you personally. The event doesn't have to be more than an hour to expose you to new ideas.</p> <p>By paying attention to how people in other fields are solving problems and challenges in front of them &mdash; or solving problems for their customers &mdash; you'll get some fresh ideas on how to move your business forward. You may also meet some new potential clients you wouldn't ordinarily encounter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a>)</p> <h2>2. Immerse yourself in the arts</h2> <p>Reconnecting with your imagination by enjoying art, music, or theater can be a fantastic way to spark new solutions to your most vexing business problems &mdash; or help you come up with new products. One business owner told me that playing piano and visiting art galleries gave him inspiration when designing technology involved in streaming music, for instance. My hairstylist recently told me he gets his creative juices flowing sculpting and cooking.</p> <h2>3. Learn a new discipline</h2> <p>It's tempting when you feel &quot;stuck&quot; in your business to hunker down at your desk, but that can be counterproductive and tiring. Reboot your brain by doing a guided meditation (perhaps using an app like Headspace), trying a new yoga class, or signing up for a martial arts class. All of these activities will push you out of familiar patterns of thinking.</p> <p>Ideally, pick an activity that requires so much focus and concentration you can't think about anything else. For me, hot yoga does the trick. I sometimes wonder whether I should take the time out of my day to drive to the studio, given how long my to-do list is, but after I've spent an hour in a 100-degree room doing downward dogs, my mind is completely clear. Often, I find that the answers to work-related challenges pop into my head on my ride home from the yoga studio &mdash; or I realize that a problem that was worrying me isn't as big of a deal as I thought and simply cross it off my &quot;list.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Go back to school</h2> <p>Even if you don't have time to sit in a classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to take self-paced classes these days through online platforms such as edX and Coursera. Instead of taking the practical approach and taking a business course, consider studying a subject that interests you outside of your business. edX, for instance, offers classes such as the History of Chinese Architecture, Making Government Work in Hard Places, and The Science of Happiness. Studying almost any new subject will bring fresh ideas into your mind &mdash; and by extension, into your business. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-classes-that-can-pay-for-themselves?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Classes That Can Pay for Themselves</a>)</p> <h2>5. Reconnect with your childhood</h2> <p>If there are kids in your life &mdash; whether they are your own or those of a friend who would appreciate some free baby-sitting &mdash; spend a couple of hours playing with them. Go to a park and let them dictate what you play, or bring over some crafts supplies or materials for a science experiment and put them in charge. Experiencing how they think, experiment, and solve problems will get you out of the &quot;adult&quot; mindset of doing everything efficiently and aiming for results. The more you can connect with the childlike side of yourself, the more willing you'll be to try new, possibly messy, approaches at work. That's a good recipe for getting unstuck.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-fun-and-unexpected-ways-to-get-out-of-a-business-rut&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Fun%2520and%2520Unexpected%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Out%2520of%2520a%2520Business%2520Rut.jpg&amp;description=5%20Fun%20and%20Unexpected%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Out%20of%20a%20Business%20Rut"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Fun%20and%20Unexpected%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Out%20of%20a%20Business%20Rut.jpg" alt="5 Fun and Unexpected Ways to Get Out of a Business Rut" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elaine-pofeldt">Elaine Pofeldt</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-and-unexpected-ways-to-get-out-of-a-business-rut">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-go-to-college-to-learn">Don&#039;t Go to College to Learn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-networking-in-a-one-horse-town">Effective Networking in a One-Horse Town</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holiday-quiet-time-to-boost-your-career">How to Use the Holiday Quiet Time to Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Entrepreneurship arts business rut comfort zone creativity education inspiration networking playing small business owners stuck in a rut Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Elaine Pofeldt 2041363 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Career Moves That Prove You're Finally a Grown-Up http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/buisnessman_using_laptop.jpg" alt="Businessman Using Laptop" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your career takes up a huge chunk of your life, and over the years, you will mature in many aspects of it. However, some of us will reach different levels of maturity at different stages of our careers.</p> <p>Being a grown-up at work is all about attitude and decision-making rather than age and experience. You don't have to wait until you're older to try any of these mature career moves.</p> <h2>1. Asking for a raise or promotion</h2> <p>There are several ways to get a raise or promotion. The first is that you put in the hard work, the boss notices, and you get rewarded. The second is that you are offered a higher paying job somewhere else, and you ask the company to match it. The third is that you sit around hoping you'll get one, and maybe you'll get lucky. And the fourth is to just go and ask for one.</p> <p>By far the most surefire way to get what you want is to ask for it. If it's been awhile since your last pay bump, you know you're not getting the money you deserve, or you did something outstanding, then collect the evidence, book a time, and make your case to your boss. More often than not, you will get a good result. It also makes you look more confident and professional. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Should Always Negotiate a Raise: Here Are 10 Reasons Why</a>)</p> <h2>2. Having a career, not just a job</h2> <p>A job is a task that someone is paid for. A career is an occupation with opportunities for advancement. Which one are you currently in?</p> <p>Some people might say working behind the counter at McDonald's is just a job, but that's not necessarily true. If that person wants to one day run their own franchise, that's a career. On the flip side, you could be sitting in an office wearing a suit and tie and going nowhere fast.</p> <p>It's all about motivation, resolve, and looking to the future. If you can honestly say that you are focused on that right now, that's a great sign of maturity. If you're coasting and collecting a paycheck without thinking about where you'll be in five years, you may need to reevaluate. Soon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-let-these-6-common-job-traps-derail-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Let These 6 Common Job Traps Derail Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>3. Making peace with coworkers you dislike</h2> <p>Every workplace has them: It's the guy who points out every mistake you make, but never notices the good stuff. It's the woman who complains every time you raise your voice above a whisper. It's the boss who has office favorites, and you're not one of them. The people we work with are capable of making our work lives miserable. But once you realize that only <em>you</em> have the power to make yourself feel bad, it can be life-altering.</p> <p>Let the stupidity of their actions roll off your back. Don't contribute to their negative energy. Make an effort to find the nice part of their personality. At the end of the day, you'll be the bigger person and you'll feel better for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-youre-driving-your-coworkers-insane?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways You're Driving Your Co-workers Insane</a>)</p> <h2>4. Taking genuine responsibility for mistakes</h2> <p>It's not easy to admit to a mistake, especially in a corporate environment. Finger pointing is rife, and assigning blame to other people is commonplace. But as Bruce Lee so famously said, &quot;Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.&quot; The key word here is <em>courage</em>. It takes real maturity to step up and say something like, &quot;That's my fault, I should have been more prepared.&quot; Is it something that could get you in trouble? Possibly. But the other option is hiding from the truth or blaming others, and that's not very mature.</p> <h2>5. Chasing real growth, not accolades</h2> <p>Accolades may come in the form of trophies or awards, or they may be a pay raise or promotion. And while they are certainly nice to have, if they are your <em>only</em> source of motivation, you're missing out on the inner growth necessary to become a better employee. Work is most enjoyable when it's fulfilling, and if you're stuck in a cycle of chasing praise and rewards, it can start to feel very empty. Put those carrots to the side and focus instead on becoming your best self. Then, you'll have really stepped into the grown-up world.</p> <h2>6. No longer engaging in water cooler gossip</h2> <p>Let's keep this one short and sweet, because it's obvious: If you're hanging around the breakroom or water cooler engaging in all kinds of gossip, you're not even close to being a grown-up. Leave that to the kids and concentrate on doing a better job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-office-politics-goofs-that-can-set-your-career-back-years?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Office Politics Goofs That Can Set Your Career Back Years</a>)</p> <h2>7. Asking for help</h2> <p>As much as it takes guts to admit a mistake, it also takes courage to admit you cannot do something that was asked of you. If you play pretend, or spend sleepless nights wondering how on earth you are going to get something done, you're not being very grown-up about the problem.</p> <p>A sign of real maturity is to look around and see who is actually ideal for this task. You have your own set of skills, other people have theirs. Find someone who can do this job well and ask for help. Or, ask to trade projects if it's feasible. It will be better for everyone. And remember, one day someone will come to you, nervous and unsure, asking for the same kind of help.</p> <h2>8. Offering to help coworkers</h2> <p>Whether you're in an office or working on a factory floor, there are jobs that need doing. And these jobs are usually assigned to specific people. After you've spent a few years in your career, especially in corporate America, it's easy to have a &quot;head down, do my own job, stay out of other people's problems&quot; mentality.</p> <p>If you can get over all of that and help people out whenever you have the time, it shows real maturity. Sure, the other person may take credit, or may have gotten themselves into the mess they're in. But by being the bigger person, you will shine as a great employee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-improve-your-performance-at-work?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways to Improve Your Performance at Work</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Career%2520Moves%2520That%2520Prove%2520Youre%2520Finally%2520a%2520Grown-Up.jpg&amp;description=8%20Career%20Moves%20That%20Prove%20Youre%20Finally%20a%20Grown-Up"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Career%20Moves%20That%20Prove%20Youre%20Finally%20a%20Grown-Up.jpg" alt="8 Career Moves That Prove You're Finally a Grown-Up" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ugly-truth-of-workplace-success-popularity-still-matters">The Ugly Truth of Workplace Success: Popularity Still Matters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-absolute-worst-ways-to-ask-for-a-raise">The Absolute Worst Ways to Ask for a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss">10 Free Ways to Impress Your Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist">Become a Model Employee With This 10-Point Work Etiquette Checklist</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-career-moves-youll-never-regret">6 Career Moves You&#039;ll Never Regret</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building asking for help asking for raise career moves coworkers grown-up maturity Mistakes promotions self growth self improvement Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2038478 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Escape a Dying Industry http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-escape-a-dying-industry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-escape-a-dying-industry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thoughtful_businessman_sitting_home_office.jpg" alt="Thoughtful businessman sitting home office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was a time when you could train for a career, take a job at a great firm, spend 40 years moving up the ladder, and have a retirement party with a gold watch at the end of it. Those days are long gone.</p> <p>LinkedIn estimates that people in today's workforce will change jobs 15 times in their lifetimes, and that number will likely continue to rise. As technology advances and more jobs go extinct, career changes will practically be a necessity rather than an option. So how can you prepare for the inevitability of being in a dying career field?</p> <h2>1. Look into lateral career moves</h2> <p>A lot of people will tell you not to make a lateral career move. They will say you should always be moving up, getting promoted, earning more money, and so on. But if you're in a career that's dying out, moving sideways into a career that has a future is a wise move.</p> <p>If the position you hold in your current company is going nowhere fast, look at the internal job postings. Is there a job you can do that has potential? Can you talk to the manager of that department and see if you would be a good fit? Most companies prefer to hire a known quantity than to go outside, and it's also quicker and cheaper. If it's not within your own company, look for lateral moves to other firms. It's better to move to a ladder worth climbing than rise on one that leads nowhere.</p> <h2>2. Get additional training</h2> <p>If your current skill set isn't going to get you far, some additional training could help you survive the coming decline. For instance, a lot of graphic designers are finding it difficult to find work because they do not have programming capabilities. Everyone wants a designer with digital chops these days.</p> <p>However, great design will always be in demand, so it makes sense for a designer to bolster his or her skill set with some digital training. Courses in HTML, JavaScript, and other coding languages are widely available, and most are very reasonably priced. It's also highly likely that a current employer will help pay for that training if they are going to benefit from it. What can you add to your resume that will quickly remove the &quot;un&quot; from unemployable? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a>)</p> <h2>3. Research careers similar to your current one</h2> <p>Let's say you're a journalist working for a newspaper. Well, the outlook for that career is fairly bleak. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the industry as a whole, including broadcast news and correspondents, is in decline. It will drop 9 percent between now and 2024, which means fewer jobs and fewer chances for promotions.</p> <p>However, writing opportunities for online outlets, blogs, and social media are on the rise. It's not a big leap to go from print journalism to online writing. You could also look into writing for advertising, marketing, and PR firms, or try your hand at white paper and fiction/non-fiction books. It's as simple as typing &quot;careers similar to X&quot; into Google and going from there.</p> <h2>4. Retrain completely</h2> <p>If your current career will soon be obsolete, you will have to bite the bullet and go into a different field. This can be scary, especially later in life, but if you aren't ready or able to retire, it's your only choice. It doesn't have to be entirely removed from what you do now.</p> <p>For instance, some of the skills used in coal mining can be brought to the solar industry, even though substantial retraining would need to take place. However, there are initiatives in place in Kentucky that are <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/05/06/477033781/from-coal-to-code-a-new-path-for-laid-off-miners-in-kentucky" target="_blank">teaching coal miners how to code</a>. Although it's a massive adjustment, this places someone from a dying field into one that's thriving.</p> <p>This may also be an opportunity to try something new; perhaps doing something you've always wanted to do. Look into the top career prospects for your state.</p> <h2>5. Turn a side hustle into your main source of income</h2> <p>These days a lot of people have side hustles. Whether it's doing a little blogging on the side, or buying and selling items on eBay, it can bring in some much-needed extra income for savings or life's little luxuries. But what are the chances of turning that side hustle into your next career? Is it possible? Can you scale it up to become a full-time job, with enough money to cover your health insurance and other expenses?</p> <p>Perhaps one of the most famous side hustle success stories is Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. He started it as a small side project in 1995, but by 1999 he had quit his job and made it a full-time business. He's now worth $1.3 billion.</p> <p>Of course, you probably won't become a billionaire, but if you put in the time and energy, you could turn your little side project into a great new career. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Signs It's Time to Make Your Side Gig Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>6. Be prepared to move</h2> <p>It's possible that your career is dying in your state, but doing very well in others. For example, the economy may have killed advertising agencies in your area, but that industry continues to grow and flourish on the East and West Coasts. If you have discovered that your state is becoming harder to find work in, look around. Are you seeing ample opportunities for your current career in other areas? If so, you may have to consider a move. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-it-pays-to-relocate-to?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Places It Pays to Relocate To</a>)</p> <p>Of course, it goes without saying that you may also need to move for a different career as well. If you're looking to get into the legal marijuana business, there are only certain states that allow that. If you want to become a voice-over artist, you'd get the most work in California. Understand that a career move might literally mean a move from your current location.</p> <h2>7. Read <em>Who Moved My Cheese?</em></h2> <p>If you haven't already done so, the book <a href="http://amzn.to/2xYm58W" target="_blank">Who Moved My Cheese?</a>&nbsp;by Spencer Johnson, MD, is a must read. On a base level, the book deals with change in the workplace, but it can also be used to help you deal with other life changes as well. Using a parable about four different mice living in a maze, you will learn to spot warning signs that a major change is coming at work.</p> <p>Maybe you're not being invited to as many meetings. Perhaps your days are less busy, or you are being asked to train someone to do the job you're doing. In some instances, you will see your department become smaller and smaller, withering like leaves on a tree in fall. The signs are all laid out here for you, and there is some great advice about preparing for the future.</p> <h2>8. Milk whatever you can from your current position</h2> <p>You know you're in a dying career. Now, it's time to get whatever you can out of the job while you're still in it. You've already put all the work in; why not squeeze out as much benefit as possible while you can?</p> <p>Go to your boss and ask for a promotion and a raise as soon as possible. Sure, you may not have that extra money for very long, but you can use it to support your new career search. Ask about getting some additional training from your company. If it's completely unrelated it won't fly, but you can get creative. For example, most big companies like to have at least one notary on staff. If you can get trained as a notary, you can use that to make extra money while you look for a new job. And if you like the work, you have a new career paid for by your old one.</p> <p>Take a vacation soon, paid for by the company you work at. Use your current health insurance to get procedures done that may not be paid for in the future. Use your current position to generate connections that could be useful to you in the future, especially through a site like LinkedIn. And do not feel guilty about doing any of this. You have spent years of hard work and dedication getting to this point, and life has thrown a curveball. There is no shame in turning this down into an up, and getting whatever you can out of your career while you still have it. Good luck.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-escape-a-dying-industry&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Ways%2520to%2520Escape%2520a%2520Dying%2520Industry.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Escape%20a%20Dying%20Industry"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Escape%20a%20Dying%20Industry.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Escape a Dying Industry" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-escape-a-dying-industry">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holiday-quiet-time-to-boost-your-career">How to Use the Holiday Quiet Time to Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-job-myths-boomers-should-stop-believing">6 Job Myths Boomers Should Stop Believing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-in-school-until-the-job-market-improves">Stay in School until the Job Market Improves?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-good-money-teaching-english-in-china">How to Make Good Money Teaching English in China</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building certifications dying careers job market obsolete jobs relocating retraining training Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Paul Michael 2035895 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Grow Your Solo Business Without Hiring Employees http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grow-your-solo-business-without-hiring-employees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-grow-your-solo-business-without-hiring-employees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waitress_holding_an_open_sign_at_a_restaurant.jpg" alt="Waitress holding an open sign at a restaurant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The conventional wisdom is that to &quot;scale&quot; a business, you have to do it the traditional way &mdash; by hiring employees. Otherwise, the thinking goes, you'll be limited to whatever revenue you can generate personally.</p> <p>That presents a conundrum. What if you really don't want to hire employees because you're not the managerial type &mdash; or can't pull it off financially? Creating jobs does a lot of good for society, but it is a big responsibility. For very small businesses that have uneven cash flow, it can be unmanageable. You can't just opt out of cutting paychecks one month if a big client pays you late. Employees depend on getting paid on time.</p> <p>Fortunately, there's another option. In the digital age, it's increasingly possible to grow revenue in a one-person business or partnership without hiring traditional W-2 employees. In researching my upcoming book, <a href="http://amzn.to/2i09ttX" target="_blank">The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business</a>, I came across many people who were approaching or breaking $1 million in revenue without adding employees. They are among the 35,584 owners of &quot;nonemployer&quot; businesses that the U.S. Census Bureau found were hitting or breaking $1 million in revenue in 2014. (Nonemployer businesses are those staffed only by the owners.)</p> <p>So what are they doing? It runs the gamut. Entrepreneurs are breaking $1 million while running internet retail sites, professional services firms, real estate investment firms, healthy cooking online courses, and many other businesses. It's not necessarily the type of businesses they run, but the way they run them that has enabled them to scale. Here are three growth strategies they are using that anyone in a one-person business can start using today to greatly increase revenue.</p> <h2>Outsource</h2> <p>In many small businesses, your time is your currency. If you waste it on nonproductive activities that don't add to the bottom line, you'll never maximize your revenue. The conventional wisdom is you need to hire staff so you can offload tasks that can be delegated, but many of the million-dollar entrepreneurs I interviewed used another approach. They outsourced whatever they could to make their business more efficient.</p> <p>One example was Camille and Ben Arneberg. They started Willow &amp; Everett, a store with its own website and a presence on Amazon, in 2015. Neither was a retail veteran. Camille had worked in the corporate sustainability field, while Ben had been in the military. But they loved home entertaining and had a knack for selecting products other people like, such as decorative tea kettles.</p> <p>The couple started small, investing $5,000 in inventory, and reinvested in new products as they went along. By April 2016, they had grown the business to $1 million in revenue, one year and four days after their launch.</p> <p>One secret to their rapid growth was hiring the right kind of service to help them. After trying to pack a bunch of early orders themselves and finding their home buried in boxes of mugs, they switched to using a fulfillment service offered by Amazon. Although there is a small cost for this, the service handles tasks like labeling and fulfillment, freeing the Arnebergs to focus on growing their business.</p> <h2>Contract it out</h2> <p>One of the myths about running a one-person business is that it's an isolated affair. In reality, many smart <em>solopreneurs </em>rely on a team of trusted contractors to expand their capabilities. One entrepreneur I interviewed, Dan Mezheritsky, founder and president of Fitness on the Go in Vancouver, follows this model. As a former junior national champion decathlete in Canada, Mezheritsky founded his one-person, in-home personal training franchise in 2005 and grew his own annual revenue to $1.5 million in 2016. He did it by building a network of 180 personal trainers, who are all contractors.</p> <p>Mezheritsky got burned out on the idea of bringing on traditional employees after finding out that many of his original hires were not motivated to help him grow the business. Because they were paid on salary, they didn't share in the financial gains the business made in a tangible way. When he switched to hiring them as contractors, that changed. Now that they had their own businesses, they saw a direct financial benefit if he brought on new customers &mdash; whom they would get to serve.</p> <p>Mezheritsky provides help to the trainers that makes it more advantageous for them to work for him than on their own entirely. He licenses the right to use the company's brand name to the trainers and provides support with business management, leads, continuing education and other areas of the business for $400 a month. The company sets prices for the training sessions and the trainers keep about 91 percent. &quot;It was a no brainer for the trainers, when they took a look at what they were receiving,&quot; Mezheritsky told me. &quot;It was simpler than trying to do everything on their own.&quot;</p> <h2>Automate</h2> <p>Like many of the million-dollar entrepreneurs I interviewed, Mezheritsky is passionate about finding ways to automate repetitive tasks in his business. For instance, he hired a pro to help him build customized software that handles billing for all of his trainers, acts as a customer relationship management platform, handles his client rewards program, and more.</p> <p>But you don't have to build your own software in most one-person businesses. For instance, you can save several hours a week on scheduling tasks by using inexpensive tools like ScheduleOnce or Calendly &mdash; scheduling programs that let you send business contacts a link to your public calendar so they can book a time to meet with you without emailing back and forth.</p> <p>My new favorite app is Everlance, which tracks your mileage automatically from a smartphone. That way, you don't have to keep a written journal in your car.</p> <p>Incorporate a couple of other time savers like that and you can easily free up a day every week to recharge and figure out new ways to grow your business &mdash; while enjoying the pleasures of running an ultra-lean operation.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-grow-your-solo-business-without-hiring-employees&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Grow%2520Your%2520Solo%2520Business%2520Without%2520Hiring%2520Employees.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Grow%20Your%20Solo%20Business%20Without%20Hiring%20Employees"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Grow%20Your%20Solo%20Business%20Without%20Hiring%20Employees.jpg" alt="How to Grow Your Solo Business Without Hiring Employees" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elaine-pofeldt">Elaine Pofeldt</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grow-your-solo-business-without-hiring-employees">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-hire-your-first-employee">How to Hire Your First Employee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-small-business-credit-cards-affect-your-personal-credit">How Small Business Credit Cards Affect Your Personal Credit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-build-business-credit-when-youre-self-employed">5 Ways to Build Business Credit When You&#039;re Self-Employed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-protect-your-job-when-youre-in-a-workplace-relationship">How to Protect Your Job When You&#039;re in a Workplace Relationship</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Entrepreneurship business owner employees entrepreneur hiring process hiring staff human resources small business Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Elaine Pofeldt 2035053 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Pursuing an Overcrowded Career Field? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/row_of_business_people_waiting_for_an_interview.jpg" alt="Row of business people waiting for an interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to a career, knowing what you want to do is half the battle. The other half is actually finding a job in your chosen field. In some job markets, an influx of eager candidates has rendered certain fields completely overcrowded with qualified workers.</p> <p>If you're ready to earn a degree or certification and pursue a set career path, you may want to do some research first. Ensuring that you'll actually be able to find a job in your desired field can prevent you from feeling like you &quot;wasted&quot; the time and expense of your education or training.</p> <p>Here's how to discover if you might be pursuing an overcrowded career field.</p> <h2>Look into national and regional statistics</h2> <p>The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles an <a href="https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/home.htm" target="_blank">Occupational Outlook Handbook</a> that lists the projected outlook and employment changes for specific jobs over a 10-year period. If the projected growth of jobs in your desired field is low or nonexistent, you might want to pursue another career.</p> <p>Some job markets are more saturated in certain areas than others. If you're looking for more localized information, each state has a department of labor that collects state level stats about career prospects. The Idaho Department of Labor, for example, created a Jobscape Career Search Tool that allows citizens to check out the demand for specific jobs each year. The stats can be filtered by region using a ZIP code or city name. That can really help residents get a sense of job prospects. Here is a resource for finding each individual state's <a href="http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/ProjectionSites" target="_blank">labor statistics site</a>.</p> <p>When stats are projected over a longer period, it can be difficult to determine if the major growth has already happened. You may want to find stats that project shorter term growth (typically over a two-year period) for the occupation. <a href="http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/ShortTerm" target="_blank">Projections Central</a> is a solid place to start. It lists short-term projections of occupations by state. If the change in employment prospects is either negative or low, it might be a sign to move or pursue a different career.</p> <h2>Check job search sites</h2> <p>Another way to get a feel for a crowded career field is to browse common job listing sites and see what the current listings are. If there doesn't seem to be a lot of job openings for your chosen profession on a local, state, or national level, the career field might be overcrowded. If there are tons of jobs available, you might be safe.</p> <p>Continue to keep an eye on the job listings as you prepare to enroll in a college or certificate program. If anything changes or doesn't change, it could give you some valuable insight on the state of the job market. If job listings for the career never seem to crop up, that's a very bad sign. If the same job listings remain month after month, that can be a good sign that companies are struggling to find candidates.</p> <p>Note this method is far more useful for careers with shorter educational requirements. The state of the job market today won't necessarily tell you what it will be like a few years down the line for careers requiring advanced degrees.</p> <h2>Seek advice from a college career counselor</h2> <p>Students can seek career advice from on-campus resources. A college career adviser, depending on the school and the individual's experience, can be a valuable source of information.</p> <p>If the adviser isn't any help on career-specific questions, students can stop by the career services office. The professionals employed in career services may be slightly better equipped to help you determine if your first career choice is a lucrative one. If they don't have specific information about your intended job prospects, they can at least help point you in the right direction to find the information you need.</p> <h2>Ask professionals in your desired field</h2> <p>Networking can be helpful in determining if a specific degree is lucrative or not. Ask around to see if any family or friends might know someone who pursued the same degree or job field in the past. If you find someone, politely ask if they'd be willing to meet up and answer some of your questions. Consider asking how easy it was for them to find a job, what the competition was like, and if they've seen an influx of new graduates suddenly flood their market.</p> <p>If you need ideas for alternate career paths, many state government websites list the hottest jobs in their state for individuals to pursue. Indiana, for example, has a <a href="https://netsolutions.dwd.in.gov/hh50/jobList.aspx" target="_blank">Hot 50 Jobs list</a>.</p> <p>If your heart is still set on pursuing a career in a crowded field, take steps to ensure that you can outshine every other recent graduate during your job search. It may also be worthwhile to research which regions and states offer a more lucrative job market in that specific field.</p> <p>And as a final note, remember that different states have different certificate and education requirements to work in certain jobs. Make sure when you pursue an education that you will meet those requirements.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fare-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FAre%2520You%2520Pursuing%2520an%2520Overcrowded%2520Career%2520Field-.jpg&amp;description=Are%20You%20Pursuing%20an%20Overcrowded%20Career%20Field%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Are%20You%20Pursuing%20an%20Overcrowded%20Career%20Field-.jpg" alt="Are You Pursuing an Overcrowded Career Field?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult">8 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree-to-succeed">Why You Don&#039;t Need a College Degree to Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-jobs-for-the-next-10-years">8 Great Jobs for the Next 10 Years</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-my-career-clueless-college-self">5 Tips for My Career-Clueless College Self</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-colleges-with-the-best-programs-to-get-you-jobs">8 Colleges With the Best Programs to Get You Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Education & Training career counseling career fields college job markets oversaturated prospects shadowing statistics Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2032526 at http://www.wisebread.com How Complacency Keeps You From Financial Security http://www.wisebread.com/how-complacency-is-keeps-you-from-financial-security <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-complacency-is-keeps-you-from-financial-security" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_need_a_break_0.jpg" alt="I need a break" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Complacency is not taking action even when you know you should. It tends to be an issue when you're not sure why a decision matters, or when you're overwhelmed by the details and options involved in making a decision. Complacency may seem like no big deal, but it can have a very negative effect on your finances. Here's how it can hurt you.</p> <h2>You're getting a poor return on your investments</h2> <p>When you're complacent about how you manage your long-term savings, you can miss out on a lot of returns. If you put off moving your money into an investment or fund, and leave your accumulated savings in a low-interest savings account instead, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-might-make-you-happier-but-investments-will-make-you-richer" target="_blank">you're losing money every month</a>. You could be adding to your savings effortlessly with passive income, and by not doing so, you're drastically diminishing your future earnings potential.</p> <p>Take an hour or two to learn the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-your-first-stocks-or-funds" target="_blank">basics of investing</a>. Then set up an account and get started earning a better return. You can always make adjustments later. In the meantime, your returns will be compounding.</p> <h2>Your lack of emergency savings means more financial emergencies</h2> <p>Complacency might make you feel like you don't need to have an emergency fund. Maybe you haven't <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency" target="_blank">rebuilt your fund after a crisis</a>, or maybe you haven't been able to accumulate one at all. When things are going well and your day-to-day life is predictable, an emergency fund might seem unimportant.</p> <p>However, having an emergency fund keeps a small crisis from becoming a big deal. You can't always predict a big expense or income loss; without a plan and some savings, you may end up using a high-interest loan or credit card to handle a financial crisis. That kicks off a fix-it-quick debt cycle, which can leave you backed into an unpleasant financial corner.</p> <p>It can seem difficult to build up an emergency fund, especially if you're already on a tight budget. But even a very small, regular contribution to your savings will add up quickly. Doing what you can is better than doing nothing at all.</p> <h2>You're not adding as much as you could to your retirement savings</h2> <p>Maybe you're not taking full advantage of your 401(k) or haven't yet set up the IRA you've been thinking about. There can be some details to work through, but in the meantime, you're missing out on savings and, possibly, matching funds from your employer. If you're failing to contribute regularly, or putting off setting up a 401(k) and IRA altogether, you're jeopardizing your retirement. You're also missing out on tax breaks that come with these retirement accounts.</p> <p>Not sure where to start? Our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-a-step-by-step-guide-to-choosing-401k-investments" target="_blank">step-by-step guide to choosing 401(k) investments can help</a>. If your employer doesn't offer a 401(k), here are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-retirement-accounts-you-dont-need-a-ton-of-money-to-open?ref=seealso" target="_blank">five Roth IRA accounts</a> you can set up on your own that don't require a lot of money to open.</p> <h2>Your big, unnecessary expenses are increasing your debt</h2> <p>At some point, you made a decision to buy the house or the car or whatever it is. Now, you realize it's not really worth it. The expense is more than you can comfortably handle, and you could live without it. But getting away from this payment &mdash; whether it's a lease, a mortgage, or a car loan &mdash; seems impossible, so you just &hellip; don't.</p> <p>Meanwhile, you're paying interest every month and, if your budget is stretched to the limit, you're not saving like you could be. You may be stuck making minimum payments on debt, or failing to proactively maintain your big purchases because you can't afford to do more. The resulting depreciation can diminish the value of your house or car in a hurry, leaving you with less and less value to recover as time goes on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-purchases-with-financing-options-that-depreciate-fast?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Purchases With Financing Options That Depreciate Fast</a>)</p> <p>Take the first step by finding out how to get out from under this big expense. There may be an option to end the lease early. Maybe you can sell the car and pay off the loan. Or it might be time to get that house on the market and find something more affordable. The sooner you take action, the sooner you stop losing money.</p> <h2>Your ho-hum career is costing you opportunities</h2> <p>Career capital isn't only about what you make in terms of salary; it's also about the skills and experiences you build, which can add to your marketability. If you're bored, disinterested, or otherwise feeling stuck in your job, but you're staying put, you're limiting your future in terms of finances and fulfillment.</p> <p>The more disengaged and unhappy you are in your job, the poorer your performance will be. You're more likely to do subpar work, miss out on opportunities, and be passed over for promotions. Even if you don't love your job, do your best to gain skills and be engaged while you're there; doing so will open up more opportunities for advancement or a complete career change.</p> <p>Meanwhile, start looking for your next move. It might be time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career" target="_blank">start a side hustle</a>, network for a new job option, or get serious about starting a business. Don't let time go by and kill your enthusiasm (and your bank account). The sooner you take action, the sooner you can increase your salary and your enjoyment in the work you do.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-complacency-is-keeps-you-from-financial-security&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Complacency%2520Keeps%2520You%2520From%2520Financial%2520Security.jpg&amp;description=How%20Complacency%20Keeps%20You%20From%20Financial%20Security"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Complacency%20Keeps%20You%20From%20Financial%20Security.jpg" alt="How Complacency Keeps You From Financial Security" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-complacency-is-keeps-you-from-financial-security">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-expect-after-these-5-personal-financial-disasters">What to Expect After These 5 Personal Financial Disasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-money-habits-that-make-you-look-financially-immature">11 Money Habits That Make You Look Financially Immature</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-you-should-set-for-the-holidays">10 Money Goals You Should Set for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-cut-costs-right-before-you-retire-0">6 Ways You Can Cut Costs Right Before You Retire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-start-a-family-before-reaching-these-5-money-goals">Don&#039;t Start a Family Before Reaching These 5 Money Goals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career Building complacency debt emergency funds expenses inaction investments job laziness Spending Money stalling Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Annie Mueller 2029863 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bored_office_worker_on_the_phone.jpg" alt="Bored office worker on the phone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many work-from-home jobs involve answering or making phone calls as customer service agents or sales representatives. But what if you don't have the noise-free environment required for many of these jobs? Or you'd simply rather walk over broken glass in bare feet than talk on the phone? Well, that's actually not such a big problem these days.</p> <p>There are many options available for people who want the freedom of a work-from-home job, without the hassle of being glued to the phone day and night. Here are some of the best options for &quot;phonephobics.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Customer service email and chat support</h2> <p>How are your people skills? Can you happily sit and chat over a messenger app, or reply to emails like a pro? Well, you could do very well in a customer service position where you write your responses to customers. Several big companies now employ work-at-home reps to assist with issues over email and chat, including AppleCare and Convergys. In fact, at the time of this writing, AppleCare at Home has positions for over 60 advisers available.</p> <p>You can make over $30,000 per year, or about $15 per hour, performing this kind of work for Apple and other companies, and all you need is a computer, reliable internet access, and good typing skills. Most of the time, you are provided a document telling you how to reply to specific questions or concerns. If you cannot handle the request, you can elevate it to an adviser with specific knowledge of the problem at hand.</p> <h2>2. Data entry</h2> <p>Perhaps the most popular choice for people who hate talking on the phone but want to work from home are data entry jobs. The typical data entry job is just as is sounds; you take data from one form, be it audio recordings or handwritten documents, and usually enter that information into a computer.</p> <p>What you get paid for this kind of work depends on the kind of data you're entering, and the skills required to do it. You'll be paid more if it's a specialized service, such as medical transcription or language translation. Standard data entry jobs usually pay minimum wage, or less (if you're working per piece, for example, and aren't particularly fast), but it's relatively easy work and you can do it any time of the day or night.</p> <p>Just beware of fraudulent data entry schemes that are really pyramid schemes or other scams that make you pay for classes or certifications that should be free. It's often hard to find reputable sources for data entry jobs, so be sure to research any potential employer company you find.</p> <h2>3. Tutoring</h2> <p>You can use your skills to make money at home doing one-on-one tutoring in a subject at which you excel. Whether it's math or physics, a musical instrument, or a foreign language, at-home tutors are in demand in every state. What's more, you can set your own hours, your own hourly rate, and the students can come to you. If you prefer, you can travel to them for an additional fee.</p> <p>If you're looking to get into this kind of work, you have a few options. You can simply place ads online, on outlets like Craigslist and Nextdoor, or you can register yourself with an institution like <a href="https://kaplan.com/work-with-us/join-our-team/" target="_blank">Kaplan</a> or <a href="https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/products-services-institutions/smarthinking-online-tutoring/become-a-tutor.html" target="_blank">Smarthinking</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a>)</p> <h2>4. Accounting, taxes, and bookkeeping</h2> <p>If you are skilled with numbers, you can set up a home office and help clients with their books, budgets, and taxes. To do the latter, you will need to be up to speed on all the latest tax laws, and have the best tax software available. For bookkeeping and accounting, you can actually do well even if you don't have a degree in those subjects. However, it usually takes several years of experience before you can build a roster of dependable clients from whom you get regular business.</p> <p>Some of the biggest names in taxes, including Intuit and TurboTax, employ work-at-home accountants and bookkeepers, and places like AccountingDepartment.com offer full benefits. If you're self-employed, you could easily charge $250&ndash;$350 for a session that lasts just a few hours.</p> <h2>5. Freelance writing and blogging</h2> <p>If you have a way with words and research, this is a perfect gig for you. Content is king these days, and there are thousands of websites and publications that are desperate for good, well-written articles and stories.</p> <p>When you're just starting out, you should not expect to get a lot of money for your work. And if you are starting your own blog, it can take many months to even see a dime for your efforts. But blogging, and writing for the web and magazines in general, is a slow burn. Once you build an audience and get a reliable following, the money will start to trickle in. Do it well, and that trickle can become a rolling rapid. Some of the top bloggers out there earn six-figure salaries, all from the comfort of home. You can get started by browsing sites like <a href="http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/freelance-writing-job-ads/" target="_blank">Freelance Writing Gigs</a>&nbsp;for jobs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a>)</p> <h2>6. Proofreading and editing</h2> <p>How's your grammar? Do you have an eye for detail? Does the prospect of poring over hundreds of pages of text scare you, or could you handle the challenge? Proofreading and editing is meticulous and laborious work, and therefore it's not for everyone. But if you have a fabulous grasp of language, and know (or can learn) the various editorial style guides (such as AP), you could have a great career as a proofreader or editor.</p> <p>The money you will make depends on what you're proofing, how quickly it needs to be turned around, and how many pages there are. Some places pay around $3&ndash;$4 per page, which can be to your benefit if you're fast. Other places charge a standard hourly wage, or you could find a gig that pays an annual salary with benefits.</p> <h2>7. Social media moderator</h2> <p>Also known as a content specialist, a social media moderator is responsible for the content of a brand's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels. To do this job well, you need to have a strong grasp of the brand's core values, as well as the ability to speak in a tone of voice that is appropriate. For example, the contents of Nike's social media will differ vastly in tone from Dove.</p> <p>You will also need to have almost unlimited availability, as social media is a 24/7 advertising medium. Social media monitors have to pay close attention to customer posts, and must be ready to respond quickly, even pulling posts if they cause offense or come at a bad time. The pay for this ranges from minimum wage up to $80,000 including benefits and bonuses. Just remember &mdash; you must be available day and night, and that can be stressful.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Work-From-Home%2520Jobs%2520for%2520People%2520Who%2520Hate%2520Talking%2520on%2520the%2520Phone.jpg&amp;description=7%20Work-From-Home%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Talking%20on%20the%20Phone"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Work-From-Home%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Talking%20on%20the%20Phone.jpg" alt="7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online">8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs">6 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting blogging chat customer support data entry editing phones proofreading remote jobs telecommuting Tutoring work from home writing Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Paul Michael 2023632 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Deal When a Job Offer Is Rescinded http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-deal-when-a-job-offer-is-rescinded <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-deal-when-a-job-offer-is-rescinded" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/why_me.jpg" alt="A woman reads the bad news that her job offer was rescinded." title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You did it: You applied for the position, went through rounds of interviews, and that all-important job offer landed in your lap. Then, for some reason, the employer changed their mind.</p> <p>How did this happen? What did you do to scare them away? And is there anything you can do to fix the situation? Don't panic. Help is at hand.</p> <h2>First, take a breath and read the rejection carefully</h2> <p>It's extremely rare that you will simply get a call from an employer telling you the offer is withdrawn. Usually, it will be an email or a physical letter. When you receive it, your first reaction can feel like a punch to the gut. But take a deep breath and read the letter carefully. Was there one specific reason, like salary expectations? Was it something more vague, like &quot;We no longer believe you're a good fit at this time?&quot; Knowing why you were rejected is imperative in approaching your next move.</p> <h2>If this is about salary, hours, or benefits, you have options</h2> <p>What did you ask for that the company just could not agree to? You need to initiate a conversation with human resources or the person who sent the rescission letter, and you need to do it quickly. Don't act desperate. Be calm, ask for a call or in-person meeting, and tell that person you really want to work for the company and are flexible on the terms of the deal. How flexible is up to you, and you do not want to put yourself in a position of taking an offer that cripples you. So, have your bottom line ready.</p> <p>Can you swap salary for other benefits, like extra vacation days or the ability to work from home a few days a week? Is the company open to part-time work, allowing you to get another source of income? You could also negotiate a 90-day reevaluation, and ask for a raise if you meet certain goals or criteria by that date.</p> <h2>If this is about something more vague, you'll have to move on</h2> <p>Sometimes, you will be rejected because of company politics. Maybe you were given the job offer, but the boss has someone else he or she wants to give the job to, and that's that. You can't do much about favoritism or corporate demands.</p> <p>On other occasions, you may have been the second choice, and the first-choice candidate has suddenly become available. Again, in that situation, you're out of luck. For whatever reason, you have been replaced. If the rescission letter is vague, that's probably the reason why. You might be tempted to make a case for why you are the better candidate; you'll take less money, work longer hours, and accept less vacation time. Those are all positions of weakness on your part, and you should not make these kinds of demeaning compromises. Instead, in this situation, you should cut your losses.</p> <h2>Understand you don't really have many legal rights</h2> <p>There are three words you need to know regarding any offer letter followed by a withdrawal: employment at will. You can complain all you want, but you will get nowhere &mdash; you have no legal recourse in this situation.</p> <p>If you turned down other jobs in favor of this one, you're stuck. If you quit your current job on the back of the offer letter, once again, it's all on you. An offer letter is not a binding contract. With that in mind, never quit a current job or turn down another offer until you are absolutely certain there is a new job waiting for you.</p> <h2>Do damage control at your current job</h2> <p>Nightmare scenario: You were so confident that you had the new job in the bag, especially armed with the offer letter, that you handed in your notice at your current workplace. And boom &mdash; the offer was withdrawn. Now you don't have a job to go to, or a job to go back to. What do you do?</p> <p>The first thing you can do is arrange a meeting with your current employer and tell them you made a mistake. You thought you wanted to move on, you acted hastily, but you thought it through and it really isn't something you want to do. In fact, you really regret handing in your notice (which is probably 100 percent accurate right now). If your employer is reasonable and they have been happy with your work, they will more than likely accept this and keep you on. Most of the time, these wheels can be stopped right up until you have left the building. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving</a>)</p> <p>It might not be this simple, though. If the employer doesn't want you back, you'll have to get work fast. You won't have any kind of severance package since you quit voluntarily. Take whatever you can to make money, and get yourself back on track financially. It doesn't have to be for long.</p> <h2>Leave a good impression with the employer that rejected you</h2> <p>After being rejected, it's natural to lash out. You can be overtaken by a whirlwind of emotions, and when it dawns on you that you are not getting the job, you can get angry. The temptation to tell the employer off is huge. You may even threaten to sue (you will lose) or bad-mouth them on social media. All of these scenarios will hurt you far more than the company that rejected you.</p> <p>You did enough to get a job offer, and that means the employer saw real value in you. Maybe you just weren't quite right for the role, but in a few months, they may call you about a different position. Or, maybe the person they gave the job to won't work out. If that happens, they might come back to you. However, if you have been rude, aggressive, and defensive, your file will go in the trash. Don't burn a bridge that could lead to a great future.</p> <h2>Get back out there and interview for more roles</h2> <p>It's important to get right back on the horse. Sure, you're a bit demoralized. And after doing all that work to get a job offer, you're now back to square one. But, that's just part of the job-hunting life, and you need to accept that and use the experience to become a better interviewee.</p> <p>What can you learn from the rejection? Did you knowingly ask for way more than you wanted as part of a negotiation tactic? Next time, don't shoot so high. Did you come across as aggressive or cocky? Tone it down. Did you actually appear weak and cave in to a lowball offer, only to be rejected anyway? Maybe the company was testing you. Take it all in as lessons learned, and use it to get a better offer letter from a better company.</p> <h2>Never accept anything less than what you're worth</h2> <p>If you wanted the job badly, you may start thinking about going below your bottom line. In almost every case, this is a mistake. For a start, you're devaluing yourself. You know what your experience is worth and what you can do for the company looking to hire you.</p> <p>There are businesses known to be stingy with salaries and benefits, and most of the time, this does not bode well for your future at that firm. You are basically giving yourself a mountain to climb in the hopes that one day you'll get what you're owed. But by the time you reach the salary you originally wanted, you would have naturally moved to a higher pay scale. So, stand tough. You know the bare minimum you need to make ends meet and feel valued. Anything less is not worth your time.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-deal-when-a-job-offer-is-rescinded&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Deal%2520When%2520a%2520Job%2520Offer%2520Is%2520Rescinded.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Deal%20When%20a%20Job%20Offer%20Is%20Rescinded"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Deal%20When%20a%20Job%20Offer%20Is%20Rescinded.jpg" alt="How to Deal When a Job Offer Is Rescinded" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-deal-when-a-job-offer-is-rescinded">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-laid-off-a-step-by-step-guide">How to Get Laid Off: A Step-By-Step Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-combat-impostor-syndrome">10 Ways to Combat &quot;Impostor Syndrome&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building job offers rescinded withdrawals Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2022481 at http://www.wisebread.com