Transform Your Passion Into Business!

I've been raised to believe in the right and honest way of building a career! In other words, I went to college, I took a full time job with medical insurance and I've started building my way up on the corporate-ladder. The problem was that, after more than two years in which we were a bunch of collections in a cubicle, my career was going now and I became unhappy. I knew I needed a change, but I did not have any glimpse of an idea on what to do.

I was always blessed with the same advice "Do what you like!", "Pursue your talent!" But I was in a mist and found it rather difficult to react. Occasionally, I quit my boring job, I figured out my true calling and now I'm happier than ever. You can be the same! Keep in mind these simple rules and follow your destiny!

Figure out what would you love to do

In many situations, we love to do things that interested us from childhood, when life was a little bit less complicated. For example, if in childhood, you loved to create doll clothes, now you might discover your talent for fashion or tailoring.

Get acquainted with your niche.

Need is the mother of allventions. Although, for artists, designers and writers, the holes in the market represent the mother of creation. You do not find the bed spread you've always dreamed of on the market? Buy yourself a sewing machine and make one! Your friends will eventually see it and will start making orders. That's how design is borne!

Advertise yourself on your own.

I do not suggest wearing a board on yourself on which is written your occupation, but it's very important that when you share information about your business to others, be enthusiastic and show them that you love it. If you create your own purse, wear it with pride and be sure that everyone sees it. Sell ​​it cheaper at the start, to build your own market.

Recruit helpers

One thing is for certain: you will not be able to manage everything by yourself. Find a mentor or a partner that does something similar to your job. His value will be priceless.

Disregard the pessimists

It's not easy to make the step from employee to employer: there will always be people on the road to success that will constantly try to discourage you. Do not listen to them! Surround yourself with supporters and begin with small steps. If you will not give up after the first year, you've already won half the battle! …

How to Change Career

If you are unhappy at work it may be because your major career decisions were made for the wrong reasons. This is very common, especially when you consider that many of those decisions are made at a very young age, when you had little experience of the world outside school or college. In addition, the careers advice you were given was probably brief and possibly delivered by someone with little training. Added to this, your parents may have encouraged you to get a good job, brushing some of your own ideas as unrealistic. And they probably paid for your education and so after years of training for a specific career, you feel you're stuck with it.

Now you have bills to pay, sometimes even a mortgage to repay, along with a family who rely on you for support. With so much stacked against you, how can you possibly even think about changing careers?

It might be better to ask: "How can you not think about changing careers?" It may seem selfish to put yourself first, but if you are not happy, chances are your family will not be either. So the first step is to admit to yourself that you need a change and the second is to start investigating the possibilities.

Look at the aspects of your current and past jobs that you have enjoyed. If you really do not enjoy anything you are doing now, write down the things you hate most and look at the alternatives. So if you hate being cooped up in an office, where would you rather be – in the countryside, working in a hospital or school, traveling between different cities or countries? If you hate number crunching would you rather be working with children, writing, painting or designing web sites?

Next consider your dreams. What would you secretly like to be doing and what is stopping you from doing it?

Then write down all the skills you would like to use in a job, staring with existing skills and adding new skills you would like to learn.

By now you should have some idea of ​​the types of jobs which would fit in with your preferences. The next step is to research these, to find out which might be suitable. You also need to discover which qualifications are necessary and how you could get them. If you need to retrain, you should look at funding options and also part-time study.

Changing career requires effort, but think about the alternative – another 20 or 30 years of boredom and frustration. The internet has made is much easier to move into a new industry nowdays, offering distance learning courses in many subjects and also providing new opportunities to work at home, either for yourself or for a company.

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Dual-Career Relationships – Do They Work?

So, Bill Clinton will be fast and furious on the campaign trail supporting Hillary's bid for the Presidency. Good news or bad news? In 2004, Howard Dean's spouse, Judith Steinberg Dean, stayed more "stage right" and was seen infrequently. Good news or bad news?

The question that surfaces is this: Can two full-time, fully-engaged-in-a-professional-life partners maintain a conscious, healthy, intimate relationship?

When two professionals spend a great deal of, or an inordinate amount of time, pursuing their careers, there is time to pursue each other on a consistent basis, that is, to continue to see their relationship as "fresh" every day, to continue to "work" on their relationship consistently, and actually "be" in a relationship on a true like- and love-level consistently?

Or, does something (read: someone) have to give? Does the relationship begin to evaporate to the degree that the two spouses or partners are more roommates, and ships passing in the night, than they are committed and intimate partners? Do the partners lose sight of "shared values" and the notion of a "we" and replace these relationship fundamental support with "my values" and "your values" and "I" and "you"?

Other signs that a dual-professional relationship might be in trouble are:

· The partners are becoming emotionally distant, where just talking to one another is a challenge, where one or both partners feel they are taken for granted, one feels the other does not "know me", or both are wasting less and less time together

· Job-tension is interfering with the relationship; one or both partners are not concerned about the other's professional stresses or listen with compassion or understanding about the other's job stress-related issues; one partner takes out their job stress on the other

· The passion is seeing out of the relationship, touching infrequently, speaking less lovingly toward one another and rarely physically holding one another;

· Sex is an issue – less frequent, less satisfying, less discussion about, less loving

· Life changes (birth of a child, a relocation, a death of a loved one or an illness, etc.) become "elephants in the room" – where compromise is lacking, where partners grow distant instead of closer, where events trigger tension and conflict instead of closeness, where worry is a thread that permeates the relationship.

· One or both partners become too-socially-close with someone outside their relationship and / or one or both start to come come hyper-vigilant about, or jealous of, the other; where trust is fading; where feelings of betrayal and suspicion are rampant;

· Fighting becomes the norm; fights erupt over almost any issue or event – small or large; where anger and irritation seem to rule everyday emotions and feelings; where the partners engage in consistent nit-picking, bickering, and nagging in an attempt to hurt the other; where mutual appreciation and respect are lacking

· One or both partners begin to abuse chemical- and non-chemical drugs or engage in repulsive behaviors; where one or both feel they are not in the relationship …

Career Planning Homework – Assignments For Job Seekers

Back-to-school season has me thinking about school and it’s similarities to career planning. When searching for your next job, you should think of networking as your schoolwork-you should concentrate on contacting your network about opportunities and following up with the leads. As in school, sometimes getting the job means cramming for an interview and doing extra credit work to get past some unexpected hiring obstacles.

Below, I’ve outlined three additional things-essentially homework assignments-which will help you get past some of the hiring obstacles.

Assignment #1: Keep up with your chosen industry

Whatever industry you chose to work in, you need know the current trends and the forecast for the future by reading publications and blogs. You should also go one step past that and follow blogs and tweets of those companies you where you want to work. Keeping up with the industry has the advantage of helping you expand your network by introducing you to others through blog comments or tweets and gives you an advantage in knowing which companies are in trouble and which ones could be hiring soon. Another good way to keep up with their work and changes in their clients or organization is to use Google Alerts to receive articles and blogs about that company. It is also a smart idea to follow industry gossip blogs to know about internal strife and situations in a company. In addition to keeping up with the industry, you should leverage LinkedIn groups and join those relevant to your target industry. This will help broaden your network and expand your profile on LinkedIn while keeping you updated on the industry.

Assignment #2: Update phrases for your résumé, cover letters, and correspondence

With computer programs scanning résumés for certain key words and phrases it is imperative to do the research and know which ones they will be seeking out. Usually those words are in the job post. If there is not a job post-say you have a contact within the company and are passing on your résumé through them-then you should look at similar job posts and job boards. Comb through your résumé and cover letter for outdated terms and titles and eliminate them. Using the current industry terms and phrases shows you are up-to-date and give your résumé a higher score by the scanners, making you stick out of a crowd.

Extra Credit: Brush up on necessary skills

Sometimes great job candidates are excluded for lack of skills. If an opportunity you want calls for skills you don’t have, you should take the time to learn those skills. Courses are usually available at local colleges, Apple Stores, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition, several sites offer online tutorials and webinars for skills and software. This homework assignment may be more time consuming than the others, but will pay off when you get past some of the hiring hurdles keeping you from your next job.

Taking the extra time to keep up with your industry, update your language, and …

Older College Students And The Need For Time Management

The student population in college includes a large number of older students along with the youngsters. Some of the reasons why these students are attending college later in life than others may be due to various reasons such as being in the armed forces, or their priority to raise a family first etc.

Even though it looks like they would be adept at managing their time, with their amount of experience, it is interesting to note that it is often not so. Most of the time, these students stress over the same things as the youngger ones, such as grades, course overload, jealousy and break ups. Here, they have similar student experiences, even thought they may be much older.

In fact, they end up multi-tasking twice as much as their peers since they have many more duties to fulfill.

Besides these, they also experience stressful factors that are unique to them such as handling school and family responsibilities, managing their career along with studies and also the worry about fitting into the academic scenario after a long hiatus.

Thus, charting out a proper time management plan is more important to an older student when compared to there regular young college student.

On the other hand, it is the older students who are most likely to benefit from a time management plan as they tend to stick to them, they are focused and mature about the way they handle things, unlike the younger students who party going days have not yet ended.

Balancing Career and school

Most of the older students are better equipped to manage their time between career and school, as they are more responsible and aware of the probable consequences of not doing so. There are still chances of them straying away from their responsibilities if they get too carried away with the prospect of living college life again. While some people have found that time management helps in making them better students and keeps them grounded, while some have become too overwhelmed with excitement to complete their duty.

Managing a Family with school

Many older college students have family responsibilities in addition to their job. A number of students face problems with deciding on how to use after-work time, since they have so much to do. They often end up in a dilemma wherever to work on the term paper, study for an exam or spend time with their kids and spouses or so on. They may also have to worry about either their laws or extended families would be accommodating about their schoolwork.

It takes a very understanding spouse to provide psychological support for a student who has family and work responsibilities. A spouse who is willing to take on more than his or her share of the household chores and spend those extra few minutes with the kids that the student-parent can not and provide a shoulder to lean on, can go a long way in helping the student tackle the stressful situations they face. …

5 Powerful Ways to Express Your Ideas and Opinions Clearly

Are you fed up of the everyday trials of life, perhaps struggling to express your thoughts and opinions? These days people want to talk and not listen! It can all become too much in this day and age no one wants to be a shadow in the crowd having your thoughts and opinions heard is a priority.

The very achievement of being able to express yourself and more importantly be listened to is an extremely rewarding feeling. Just how can you express your ideas and opinions clearly and maintain that you are listened to?

Below are some factors that will help you to voice your opinions and ideas:

1) Know what your aim is

Make sure that before attempting to open your mouth and the words begin to flow that your 100% clear on the ideas that need to be expressed. Knowing where you want to go with the conversation will help to give you that extra confidence boost.

When your audience can see that you are confident then they will more alert and want to listen.

2) Ignore the definition of perfection

Just sit and ask yourself, exactly what is perfect? Is there anyone out there that is 100% perfect? The fact is that we are only human and the reality is that not one of us is perfect without flaw. A small error is acceptable, there’s no need to be stringent to the point that you begin to struggle voicing your opinion! As long as you know the topic of importance, a simple error can be overlooked.

3) Keep it basic

Think why you cut off when someone is voicing their opinion; remember your days at school and college with teachers lecturing in front of the class. Being lectured is boring!

There really is no need to use big words. The simple facts voiced in an exciting manner will be more than enough to keep the audience tuned in. It’s extremely annoying to have someone chatting away for 30 minutes, when the conversation could have been kept basic ending in half the time.

Stay on the straight and narrow; turning left and right really is not going to turn into a success story. Don’t make the listeners fall asleep!

4) Pretend that you are alone

One of the major fears of having to express your opinion in front of a crowd is how you will be perceived by the audience. Can you really afford to let negativity like this get in the way?!

Picture that you are alone and voicing your opinion to yourself! Your nerves will remain calm and allow you to remain focused on the topic that you need to address.

5) Revise before you talk

Yes simple revision of your conversation will help you take it to the next level. The very factor that you are confident and know what you are talking about will help significantly.

When people that you’re talking to know that you certain on what you’re expressing then they will have …

Negotiating a New Job’s Salary

Often when receiving a job offer, candidates are eager to sign on the dotted line. Maybe they’ve been with out work for awhile, maybe it is an increase in pay, or maybe it is simply a better commute.

It is important to remember though, that the most important time in salary negotiations are those early meetings. Be prepared and act confident, it can mean a huge difference in your future lifestyle.

Here is some advice to help you land not just the gig, but the salary that you dream of 🙂

Give a Range

The general rule of thumb in negotiations is that the first person to name a number loses. Unfortunately, most people know this and it can quickly lead to nonproductive encounters. If you are in a position where you are expected to name a number, give the range that you are comfortable with. Research salaries in your area using sites like Salary.com. This will also allow the conversation to move forward so you can learn all the new costs associated with the gig.

Know the Costs

Make sure to factor in all the expenses your new position will require. Will you need a new wardrobe? Does it require you to pay tolls on your commute? Is there overtime pay? What’s the health insurance like? Are you going to have to worry about your own retirement package? Total compensation is important in determining the salary that you require for accepting the job. Don’t sell yourself short.

Be Bold

Fortune favors the bold. Especially if the bold has previous experience. Remember that managers are trying to keep their costs low. Salaries can often represent the largest cost within a company. If you have a target number in mind, always respond with something higher. Remember one key thing — If they say no, negotiations are not over. If they say yes, the negotiation period is finished. Many companies have policies that prevent salary increases over certain percentages. You may only grow 4-5% a year once employed by the company. During negotiations, this can be achieved in seconds. Be bold. You owe it to yourself and your family.

Consider Growth Potential

A high salary may mean nothing if you are not learning skills to use later on in your career. Sadly, the concept of a life long position is a disappearing notion. Always try to search out positions that will train you for your next job and improve your resume. If a job has a lower than expected salary, but a ton of growth potential and training, it may be worth considering, especially if you are lacking experience.

Outline Key Goals

Another strong tactic is to work out an outline of suggested accomplishments. Negotiate a follow up meeting for an early review at the 6 month period. When the time comes, be prepared to show how you’ve accomplished each of the agreed upon milestones. You’ll be able to make the case for a

Starting Art Restoration Services In Houston: Combination Of Art And Science

Starting art restoration services in Houston is a gentle combination of artistry and science. Let us first discuss some facts about the Houston city. Houston is known across the world for several reasons. The City has earned a good name because of the NASA space center, International business, champion sports teams, and world famous medical center. In addition, it has to its credit, the honor of being one of those few cities in United States that has internationally famous organization for the all fields in arts such as ballet, opera, visual arts, symphony, and theater.

Municipal Art Office:

Before you start art restoration services in Houston, you should know that the Municipal Art Office manages administration of all the art proposals and restoration projects whether they are permanent or temporary. Municipal Art Office performs its functions from the Buildings Service department to manage the art collection of the city with the help of Houston Municipal Art Commission and Houston Municipal Art Conservation Office.

Scope Is Very Good:

As far as the market potential is concerned, the scope for the art restoration services is very good in Houston. However, you need to hire an expert in this field or a person who has completed his education in arts before starting art restoration services. Maintaining good relations with your customers is also very crucial for the success in this business. To maintain the relationship, you should continuously communicate with your customers. Moreover, you should take quick actions on whatever advice you get from your customers.

Some Other Important Factors to Know:

One More fact that you should need to focus on while starting art restoration service in Houston is monitoring of the cash flow. For this purpose, you should continuously refer back to the business plan so that you get an understanding of the facts whether you are maintaining your projections and forecasts. By carefully planning the cash flow, you can avoid several unpleasant situations later.

Observe the Results of Your Marketing Strategies:

Marketing is also a very important for the art restoration services. People have different kind of views regarding the marketing strategies. However, you should realize the fact that you yourself are the best judge to decide the marketing strategies. Whatever, methods you adopt for marketing, you should also analyze the results. This will keep you updated and you can change the strategy quickly if you are not getting the desired results from the marketing campaign.

Keep the Eyes on Your Goal:

Anybody can easily understand that you are starting art restoration services in Houston because you wish to enjoy your life in a better way than any other business that you were running previously. Therefore, if you keep your eyes on this goal then you will get the energy for the hard work, determination, and commitment required for running this business successfully.…

The Advantages To Applying For Weird Scholarships

It is an undeniable fact, college can be extremely expensive and for people who aren’t in the 1% you can expect your wallet to take a major hit. But what if I told you that it didn’t have to be that way? What if I said that there is a way that you can pay for college without even opening your wallet at all. Would you be interested?

This article is all about teaching you what I believe to be the best way is to get college money.

The First Step – Financial Aid

Before you even begin to think about applying for a scholarship you should apply for financial aid. How important is this step? Well, I will put it this way, there is a reason I am talking about it rather than talking about scholarships

FAFSA is more need based than anything. So, if you sign up for FAFSA and you or your family is doing well financially don’t expect to get a lot of money to pay for your college experience.

Obviously, the flip side of that is if you aren’t well off financially. In that case you can expect to receive a lot of free financial aid for college.

Actually, one of my good friends went to college for free on FAFSA’s dime because he wasn’t well off.

So, if you want an easy way to receive money for college I recommend applying for FAFSA immediately!

The Second Step – Creating Your List

After you have successfully applied for FAFSA it is time to turn your attention to scholarships. Of course, the average person will go out and apply for mainstream scholarships that are, quite honestly, way too competitive.

So, I am going to suggest a different approach. Rather than apply for competitive scholarships I am going to recommend that you create a list of only uncompetitive scholarships. This way you increase your odds dramatically of an organization saying yes to your application.

One last thing before I move on, do not add a scholarship to your “list” that you have no chance of winning. For example, if you are planning on being an art major, don’t apply for a culinary school scholarship.

The Third Step – Embrace The Weird

By now you are probably wondering how you are going to find these uncompetitive scholarships. Don’t worry, I have you covered!

In my opinion, the best place that you can find an uncompetitive scholarship is not to spend hours looking from scholarship database to scholarship database but to look at lists of weird scholarships.

Look at it this way, the weirder the scholarship is the less competitive it will be. No one wants to apply for a scholarship for being able to predict the future (yes, that is a real scholarship.)

Of course, there are certain cases where unusual scholarships can be competitive but usually that isn’t the case.

The Fourth Step – Hard Scholarships

Another way to find uncompetitive scholarships is to be on the …

The Best Ways for College Students to Earn Money Online

Going through college can be stressful, especially if money is tight. Between classes, homework, and studying, commuting to a job just seems like a ridiculously impossible prospect. Millions of people are now making money online, and the internet offers plenty of ways for college students to earn money online as well. Blogging, affiliate marketing, and freelancing are some of the best ways to earn an online income, and the best thing about them is that they don’t cost a dime to get started.

Affiliate marketing is probably the easiest method for a college student, because it requires less face time at the computer than other methods, although blogging is closely intertwined with affiliate marketing promotion. With all the information available on the subject, you don’t need to be an affiliate marketing expert to get started, although it may still take a little bit of time to earn a decent income from it.

To become an affiliate, you need to sign up on the website and then promote a product that they are selling. Usually this requires writing a blog post or an article for submission at an article directory that talks about the product and gets the interest of viewers piqued. You include a link back to the seller’s website, and any purchases that originate from your links will result in you being paid. Affiliates can earn anywhere from 10% to 90% commission on sales generated through their affiliate links. There is some amount of work involved, because you must first research your product to be able to write a compelling article or blog post about the subject.

Pre-selling is a very effective technique used in marketing and advertising. What you are doing is not selling a product. You are either getting people interested who have never heard of the product or stoking the flame in people who already have some level of interest. In a sense, you are simply educating the customer about the product. That’s why it is important not to sound as if you are actually selling the product. Although your writing should be in favor of it, you shouldn’t be pushing it on your viewers.

Managing a blog is a simple way to get started in affiliate marketing because first of all it’s the perfect outlet for your affiliate advertising promotion, and also because if you set up a pay per click system like Google AdSense you will also draw relevant ads that people will want to click on. Every time an ad on your blog gets clicked, you get money. It’s really as simple as that. Combining techniques is really the only sure way for anybody to make money online, and with a little trial and error you’ll be able to get a good grasp on what methods work and what methods are just hype.…