Remote work? Why not!

Nowadays companies are trying to bring down all the costs and remote work is one of the ways to achieve this goal.

People are still afraid and don’t really know what to think.

Our consulting division notes an increased interest of Directors and CEOs in remote work - this trend is likely to develop over the next few years.

Let’s have a closer look at this subject, since many entrepreneurs are no longer afraid to offer remote posts.

Some pros for the beginning:

  • Remote employees help to reduce costs very considerably - office rent, insurance, electricity etc. etc.
  • In many industries it is enough to have an employee available over the Internet - you can create VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and work as if it was a LAN (Local Area Network). The technology lets us work on distance and interconnect all the computers into a company network. That’s why they are likely to look for you ;-)

Turn Your Bad Habits Into a Job (or How Being Fired Can Be Good for You)

Managers often terminate employees with phrases like "not a good fit," "just not working out," and "maybe there's something better for you out there." While these words can be painful, they may also be the catalyst you need to take your talents, and quirks, elsewhere.

Think about your habits -- the natural ways you function. Some may flop in certain jobs but really shine in others. Let's take a moment to explore where you can best apply your unique gifts.

Too Chatty

At your last job, were you asked to stop talking and get back to work? Hey, they don't call it the "gift of gab" for nothing. While some people couldn't make small talk if they took an all-day course on it, you work a room of people in minutes. Here are some jobs you may like to try.

  • Public relations. Companies need foot soldiers on the phone, in event halls, and at industry conventions telling people why their product or service is the best. Public relations, account executive: $49,200.
  • Sales. You have to talk to people to find out if they want your product. If you excel at connecting with people and developing a rapport, that could help you seal the deal. Sales associate: $44,200.
  • Phlebotomist. Giving blood makes people nervous people -- even sick. If the sight of blood doesn't bother you, you can be that friendly phlebotomist who helps people relax. Medical phlebotomist: $27,300.
  • Tour guide. Chirp away about your beautiful town, its historic mansions and get paid for doing so. Tour guide: $26,400.

Types of Web Careers: Making Money by the Click

Forget looking for your next job in a traditional office. Armies of recovering cubicle dwellers are making an honest-to-goodness living in online careers-and we don't mean by selling diet pills or kitchen accessories to unsuspecting friends and relatives.

From online writing jobs and graphic design to software development and social media marketing jobs, countless creative types are hanging their own virtual shingle, often with a minimum of overhead, sometimes even surpassing the salary they made as an employee. Herewith, seven successful web workers share their different types of web careers, how they did it, how you can follow in their footsteps, and what pitfalls to watch out for when working online.

  1. Blogger Jobs. According to the Wall Street Journal, 1.7 million Americans make money blogging and 452,000 of them derive a majority of their income from it. Ariel Meadow Stallings is one such blogger, dividing her time between the blog she writes for her part-time corporate job and her own blog, Offbeat Bride. "It took about a year to build traffic to the point where advertising and sponsorships made sense," says Stallings, who's been publishing OffbeatBride since January 2007 and now averages nearly a million page views a month. Her advice to would-be career bloggers? "Just blog. And then blog more. And read other blogs." For tips galore on earning a living as a blogger, see ProBlogger.

4 Bullying Bosses to Avoid

Does your boss sneer, scream, or intimidate? If so, you could be working for a career-damaging bully.

"When the bullying comes from the boss, the aggression has its strongest negative effects," says Sandy Hershcovis, a researcher at the University of Manitoba who reviewed 110 studies on workplace aggression.

A bullying boss damages job satisfaction and advancement, turns up job stress, and increases turnover, she says. Her study found that workplace bullying is more pervasive and more damaging to one's career than sexual harassment.

What to Watch For

Are you being bullied? To know for sure, consider these factors:

Frequency: Researchers have found 22 signs of bullying, including intimidation, screaming, isolating, and gossip. If you experience two of them a week for six months, you're being bullied.

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7 Unusual Work-From-Home Jobs

Once you had to be a graphic designer, a consultant, or a freelance copywriter if you wanted to ditch your cubicle and make money in your pajamas. But advances in technology have brought work-from-home jobs to nearly every business sector.

If you're ready to trade your morning car-commute for a quick stroll over to your home computer, consider these unusual work-from-home possibilities:

  • Concierge -- Ask for restaurant recommendations or directions at the Santa Clara Hyatt in California (or a growing number of other fine hotels), and you'll be directed to a flat screen mounted on the wall. Virtual concierges use videoconferencing technology to ask hotel guests about their interests and provide them with sightseeing tips, says Kate Lister, co-author of "Undress For Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money At Home."
  • Catering manager -- You might think it would be impossible to work in food service remotely, but FlexJobs recently had a job listing from a national bagel chain for a telecommuting junior catering manager, reports FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell. The work involves coordinating banquet orders via phone and computer software, then traveling to job sites to oversee the actual events, with no office or commercial-kitchen time needed.

From freelance to full-time

Q. After graduating from college in May, I have found a full-time position at a plant nursery near my home. I am the receptionist. Unfortunately, the closest I have gotten to using my B.A. in English has been proofreading some things. I am very thankful to have a job, but I am also worried that I am so far from getting any real experience, I will never be able to work within my desired fields of public relations or publishing. Should I freelance to get some writing samples?

Dear Readers,
Having to take a job for which you are overqualified is such common problem nowadays that it would be foolish for job interviewers to hold it against you. Instead, they should respect you for making the mature choice of doing whatever it takes to support yourself.

That said, you will have a better chance of breaking into your chosen field if you figure out a way to get some experience even while you are working full time at something else. A budding writer has all sorts of options. She can write freelance articles for print or Internet publications. As a volunteer, she can approach nonprofit organizations and offer to help with their newsletters or other marketing materials.

But publishing is just one of many fields where there are many opportunities to work as an independent contractor or consultant. Sologig.com is one Web source for people searching for freelance opportunities in a wide variety of fields.

Fall in Japan's unemployment rate

Japan's jobless rate unexpectedly fell to 5.5% in August from July's record high of 5.7%, official figures showed.

But the number of people unemployed hit a six-year high of 3.61 million in August, a figure which was up 32.7% on the same month of 2008.

Official figures also showed that household spending rose 2.6% in August from a year earlier.

Also on Friday, US figures for September showed 263,000 jobs had been lost, taking the jobless rate to 9.8%.

How to Create a Vision For Your Career

All of life's journeys begin with the phrase, "I want."

Think about your career and the times when you said "I want." Maybe you said "I want" go to college-and then enrolled in school and completed your degree. Maybe you said "I want" to work for a large or a small company-and you are working there now. Maybe you said "I want" to lead teams-and that's one of your current responsibilities. "I want" is a very powerful phrase. Without it, it's hard to go very far.

Imagine going on a trip without selecting a destination beforehand. What would you pack? How would you get there? Where would you stay? Your trip probably would not end up being much fun.

It's the same with your career. Not being able to visualize your desired result leads to results not happening. Goals are reached when you decide what you want, and then take action to get it. Without an end in mind, you will wander aimlessly; and as long as you are aimless, you will be wasting time. You will feel lost. You will be like a stray leaf, going wherever the wind takes you.

What's a Vision?

My definition of a vision is a visualization or a picture of where you see yourself in the future. Your picture can be one of where you want to be in a day, a week, a month, a year, or even farther into the future. The visualization of your goal is what compels you to move forward. A vision is a snapshot of what you want your career and life to look like in the future. This snapshot gives your journey a clear and reachable destination and provides focus.

All goals are reached in the mind first. You see yourself both achieving that goal and experiencing the satisfaction it will bring you once you are there. This picture is what will help you to persevere during times of doubt. Your picture of success will give you purpose, power, and excitement. Your picture will give you a reason to get out of bed every day.

Make a Fresh Start Today

Make A Fresh Start Today

Are you caught up in the day to day doldrums of your career?

The New Year is here. This means, it's a perfect time to complete the previous year and start fresh. If you haven't been passionate about your career in a while, capitalize on this time of the year to begin again.

If you've lost your "get up and go," maybe what's missing is a new goal. Something that gets you excited and motivated again. Whether it's a new job or a new way of doing something in your present position, a new goal can give you something to look forward to.

So How Do Find A New Goal? Follow These Four Steps:

Convince Yourself That You Want A New Goal

No goal is achieved without commitment. Have you ever observed someone pursuing a goal and said to yourself, "That person is a true believer." True believers are easy to spot because they are defined by their commitment. Are you a true believer in your goal? Are you committed? If not, shift your perspective. Don't allow yourself to be comfortable with circumstances that do not further your goal.

Want to know that you will succeed before you step out of your comfort zone? Guess what? You don't get this guarantee up front. The miracles in your career happen when you say "yes" and jump in.

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Why Getting a Good Job isn’t the Best Way to Earn Money

Money

There is a better way to make money. I’m not telling you to quit your job and become an anarchist. And I am not saying you’re stupid because you have a job. I have a job. So you ask, what did you mean?

A job is a way to earn money. It’s how most people earn money. It’s what I do today. It just isn’t the best way to earn money. I wish I would have known this twenty-five years ago. I wish my parents had taught me this, I wish the schools had taught me this. In a minute, I’ll share the secret with you.

I’ve had one job or another for 24 years. I’ve made all my money working for someone else.

I’ve had a job…

  • Picking Pumpkins
  • Peeling Shrimp – worst thing ever!
  • Driving a Truck
  • Maintaining Networks
  • Developing Software
  • Managing Customer Service

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