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06 Jan 10 The Real Way To Work From Home

Working from home is not easy, and contrary to what many people will say, is really hard work.  Another difficult part of the equation, is finding work that realistically allows you to work from home.  You have to know how to find what’s out there, which opportunities are real, and which job listings are scams that should be avoided.  Working from home is a world full of pitfalls, but if you’re intelligent, careful, and hard working, it’s a task that can be accomplished.

As with any business venture, networking is key.  Tapping into the world, meeting others looking to form careers in the same area is key.  This will give you an in to what jobs are available, and what jobs are worth applying for.  Work from home forums or websites can be good resources.  Use them, because networking oftentimes determines how successful you become.

Also, know how to spot a scam.  This is especially important when starting out.  Most scams involve asking for money in order for an opportunity to provide you with work or resources.  Never give them anything, because more often than not these are scams.  You’ll pay money, and get nothing, or no job opportunities in return.  A legitimate employer is never going to ask you to pay money in order to secure an opportunity.

In your search, remember that patience is key.  You may find difficulty finding an opportunity at first, and it may take some time to form legitimate ones.  But as long as you’re diligent, eventually you’ll find something.  Once you find one job, you’re usually good to find a few more, easier than last time.
Remember that you’re going to make mistakes, but don’t let that stop you from soldiering on.   The difference between success and failure is the amount of effort you are willing to extend.

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08 Oct 09 Turn Your Hobby Into A Dream Job

Having a dream job is as simple as converting something you love doing into a venue for making money.  The real dream is turning your hobby into a real money making venture.  Imagine if you could be doing what you loved, on a daily basis, and get paid for the pleasure.  There’s practically nothing more rewarding than having a job like that.  So how can you make that dream become a tangible reality?

First, think about your hobbies.  You need a good practical one that you really enjoy.  If you enjoy cooking, something to do with the culinary field is a good bet.  Or if you like building projects, fixing up an old car, or even something like golfing, all of those could become viable business options.  Find one that you really enjoy, and that seems plausible, and roll with that idea.

From there you need to become an expert in your hobby, so that your opinion becomes really valuable.  If you like to cook, get some real experience, or better yet, go to school.  A culinary school is a fantastic way to sharpen your skills.  Plus the school will give you an invaluable education into how you could actually run a restaurant.  That could be a helpful skill in the long run, as it gives you different career options.  Go specific to your hobby, and look into educational options to make you an expert.

Before you give up your main source of income, try dipping your feet into the water of your hobby.  Again with cooking, try getting a job on a line at a restaurant, to really get a feel for the environment.  Plus this will provide you with the practice you need to excel.  When your skills are noticed at that level, you can really set yourself to succeed in your business venture.

From there you’ve got a good start, and a good idea of where to take your hobby driven career.  Use your education and your practice, and you’ve found a good starting ground to a job you’ll love.

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30 Sep 09 Creating Your Own IT Business

Starting your own Information Technology business can be scary if you don’t know what you’re doing.  The best starting point for any business is planning.  Without having a good business model you’re almost guaranteed to fail in the end.  You have to have a strong outline to guide your actions down the road.  It’s just like driving in an area that you’re not familiar with, you’d want to have a GPS or at least a road map so you could find your way around.  The worst thing you could do is be lost trying to run your business.

So first things first, figure out where you want your IT business to focus.  By assessing your career goals and educational background, you can get a good feel for what you can accomplish in the industry.  Come up with a unique service that you can provide.  Something people would need, or something people didn’t even realize that they need.  Either way you can give yourself a good selling point to customers or clients.  Having a solid selling point is the basis of every business, as it’s hard to turn a profit if you don’t have any money flowing.

From there you want to make sure you have solid credentials within the field.  That means having an iron clad work history and academic accomplishments that would make someone what to look to you for a service.  If you find yourself lacking in either category, starting your own IT business probably isn’t for you.  When it comes to work history, you cannot be thought of too highly.  The more renown you can garner through your professional career, the better it will serve you in your own business venture.

From there you’ll have to apply for a business license.  You’ll have to look up the legal requirements in your area, and from there take the appropriate actions.  Usually you’ll have to fill out some forms regarding the nature of your business, as well as tax info.  In some cases you may even have to pay a fee.

Now you’ll have to set up an office, with your own equipment.   This is where you use your experience and education to take as little money as possible and turn it into a well functioning office.  Any money you spend is negative profit, so you want to be creative in how your money is spent.  Don’t allow quality to suffer to save yourself money, but use good judgment when it comes to spending your business money out of pocket.

Finally, you have to hire employees and determine the fees for your services.  This is also where your experience will come in handy.  To get the best employees you’ll have to offer salaries that are competitive with other companies in the IT field.  To find the best customers and clients, you’ll have to be competitive in those fees as well.  Use your experience to make informed decisions.  Then make sure you work hard to keep all those customers and clients coming back.

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