When you are considering working from home, there is a set of decisions that must be made. First, you must decide whether or not working at home is right for you. Next, you need to consider what type of work at home job you will be doing. There are many opportunities for Wahms out there, both offline and off. Having a successful Wahm career starts with evaluating your own skills and requirements in a job and then finding the right match.
Sometimes the best place to start with your Wahm career is where your out of the home career ended. Many women find that they can become independent contractors in the field that they previously worked in. You can use your previous work experience as a launching pad for your Wahm career. Some of the ways to use your experience to your advantage are: finding a company that hires people in your field to work from home, using your previous experience to become an “expert” writer in your field or starting a business related to your previous field.
However, some women look at their Wahm careers as a way to break out of their old job. If you’d like to try something completely different, there are plenty of opportunities for entry-level work as an independent contractor. Many of these jobs deal with telephone or online customer service. When you work as a customer service agent from your home, you just need a reliable Internet connection and a working phone. Companies also hire medical transcriptionists, data entry professionals and virtual personal assistants to telecommute.
If you want to start your own business, the opportunities are very vast. You can start with a direct sales company and sell products from an established brand to friends and neighbors. You’ll make commissions through your sales and also off of recruiting other people to sell the products. There are hundreds of direct sales companies that offer everything from aromatherapy products to candles to cooking supplies.
Another option for starting your own business is offering a service in your community. Day care center operators, florists, professional organizers and hairdressers all have the option of working at home, among many other professions. Of course, starting a business in your community normally means that you’ve had some experience in that field. However, there are some small business ideas that can be started without much experience at all.
Many women turn to the Internet for a source of at home income. The World Wide Web offers a plethora of job opportunities. You can offer your services online as a freelance web designer, writer or virtual assistant. You can also start an online store that sells products that you make yourself or have the rights to resell. Many Wahms establish their businesses online by using one of the popular auction sites, like eBay. Still others find a home in internet marketing, by directing web traffic to a website and then recommending certain products and services.
Decide first what type of job you’d like to do and then work from there. If you are truly a people person and need to get out each day, direct sales or a local service business might be right for you. If you are the type of mom who lives online and is comfortable with the Internet, try finding a job or starting your own business on the web. If you like the comfort of having a weekly paycheck, look into telecommuting positions.
Once you’ve decided what category of job you’d like, do some research on what it takes to be successful at that type of business. If you feel like you are drawn to one particular business or company, then sit on your decision for a week and see how it feels. Imagine what your life will be like as you take on the duties of that job. Most importantly, be realistic with yourself about how much time you can devote to your business. Finding the right match isn’t hard when you thoroughly consider your options.
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By Laura Dunger
When you are a kid and thinking about the many ways you can make a living when you grow up, what is the advice your elders always gave you? It was, “Do what you love to do and you will always be happy.” And that has to be true because if you can spend your work week doing what you love the most, it really won’t be work as much as it will be play that people pay you to do.
So if your passion is photography, it makes sense to start your own photography business. But how to go about it? You see so many small photography shops that seem to spring up from nowhere. What is the best way for you to go about starting your own business like this?
The first thing to think about when starting a photography business is how to do it in a legitimate way. You want a business that will last a lifetime so you want to start it out right. So don’t fall for the “get rich quick” internet schemes or books that claim they will spill the insider secrets of other successful photography business. There are no insider secrets to this business other than what you need to know to run any business. To succeed you have to…
* Pay your dues
* Get your education.
* Learn from the pros.
* Know your stuff.
* Value your customers.
You can accomplish the first five of these objectives by going to school and working part or full time in somebody else’s photography shop. You may despair at the idea of more school. But your photography business will be about more than just cameras, photo shoots and dark rooms. You have accounting principles to comprehend and execute, taxes to be paid, a facility to rent, employees to pay, insurance to worry about, contracts to sign and all of that other “stuff” that goes with running a business. So start early and get some basic business classes under your belt such as accounting and economics. It will benefit you dozens of ways as you march toward success.
Many trades have an apprentice system where you tutor under a master of the craft. But it might be a good thing for you to take this matter into your own hands. Plan to work for a photography shop long enough to learn the ins and outs of running a small business and of running a photography business. This gives you the chance to build your knowledge and exposure to equipment, learn technique and how to work with your subjects.
In fact, it might be a good idea to deliberately apprentice at a number of different types of photography studios before launching out on your own. So you can learn the ins and outs of wedding photography, baby photography, fashion photography and others from specialists all before you spend a dime of your own money to start your own enterprise. In this way, you build skills, you build knowledge, you build experience and you can watch and take notes of the great things others do and the mistakes to avoid.
Your employers will be thrilled to share their real world knowledge with you if you are open to them that you want to learn from the masters how to do this with the goal of becoming their competition in the future. Above all, you can build a client base from the many customers you work with before you start your own business. Buy taking care of someone else’s customers, they can become your customers when you hang out your shingle. And that is good business.
By Viju Chakarpany
I was recently asked by my children's athletics coach to give a motivational talk to the athletes from the Young Champions Program. I was surprised by the invitation. I am in no way an outstanding athlete who has a story to tell but humbly accepted. I was keen to speak about a topic, that most of us in our pursuit of ultimate glory fear - FAILURE! My children were surprised that I picked a negative topic for a speech that is supposed to motivate young athletes, but I explained why. The fear of failure ultimately leads to sub-excellence performance. Great leaders and champions know this very well and have mastered the art of managing it diligently.
The topic of failure brings to mind a quote by Thomas Edison - "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward (Thomas Edison, Encyclopaedia Britannica)". His focused work on discovering the light bulb after numerous attempts is a classic example of failure leading to breakthrough! But we often do not give enough space or leeway for people to experiment, fail, learn and then ultimately breakthrough beyond believe. Failure is often frowned upon and almost always creates fear that eventually leads us to accept the status quo. Prof Stefan Thomke in his book Experimentation Matters highlights how knowledge gained through "accumulated failure" leads to innovation and breakthrough. He stressed how knowledge comes as much from failure as it does from success. It is important at this stage to differentiate between failure and mistakes - something that Prof Thomke clarified for me recently when I asked him this question in class. Failure is taking a risk and trying something new considering all the previous attempts and lessons learned from it but not succeeding. A mistake is not learning anything from previous attempts and continuing down the same path and not making any headway towards success. Einstein put this very succinctly - 'Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result'. Analyzing, learning, tweaking and trying again are critical steps towards success and breakthrough.
I recently read Carol Dweck's 'Mindset' where she introduces the concept of Growth and Fixed Mindsets. Below is a graphic (by Nigel Holmes) which highlights the differences.
She had an entire section in her book entitled - Sports: The Mindset of a Champion. She highlights sporting greats like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and several others on how they never gave up, trained hard consistently and learned from every failure to become and more importantly remain champions for a long time. She highlighted couple of key findings from sports researchers:
#1 Those with growth mindset found success in doing their best, in learning and improving - champions have this!
#2 Those with the growth mindset found setback motivating, informative and a wake-up call.
I have seen these characteristics displayed by many athletes within the Young Champions team. In fact, their head coach (Rameshon) is a great example. He still holds the national record for the marathon - a record he broke five times consecutively and which still stands firmly after nearly 20 years! He continually tweaked his training regime, even included breathing techniques from yoga to help him recover quicker and push himself harder. His constant mantra to the kids is - work hard, stay positive and compete against yourself - don't compare, victory will come! But victory might not always just be about winning the race and being number one. It can come in different forms. Ashley Liew, who is trained by Coach Rameshon, is testament to this fact. He recently represented Singapore for the first time in the Southeast Asian Games. Although he had trained really hard, he did not get a podium finish. But he showed an incredible level of sportsmanship by slowing down for rivals who took the wrong route during the race . The Prime Minister even highlighted this exemplary act at his National Day Rally. Although Ashley might not have won the race, he displayed a champion's value system which I believe will bring him breakthrough results in the near future! Another example is a young lady (Saranniya) in the team who did not even want to come close to the running track when she was 13. She was overweight and was not interested in any physical activity at all. Coach Rameshon and his team of coaches worked with her - taking a step at a time encouraging, motivating and strengthening her mind to take on bigger challenges. She built herself up over the years from struggling to finish the Nationals Cross-Country race to an inspirational 2nd position in the under-17 age category event this year. She is determined to represent the country one day and I am sure she will with her focus and attitude. The growth mindset is alive within large pockets of the team - my objective was just to highlight to the rest that it has been thoroughly researched, extensively tested and has produced real breakthrough results!
I went on to share what I have experienced in my life - the tough times, the many failures and some mistakes along the way. These helped me stay ever determined and focused. It has been hard having a growth mindset throughout my life so far - I still struggle with it. But looking back, the times that I did well was when I had the courage and determination to reach for the stars with a growth mindset. My time at Harvard will probably be when I truly understood this - especially for a person who struggled to pass first year engineering in University.
I left the team with three key takeaways. I am in no way at the pinnacle of my career to sit back and reflect on the past and give advice. But these were just some lessons that I have learned in my journey so far which I hope might be useful to the young athletes that I was addressing.
1) Dream Big and have the Courage To Start
A classmate told me a quote that I have not forgotten ever since - "If you try, you might fail. But if you don't try you'll never win!" This for me epitomizes how the power of one's mindset, coupled with courage and determination in overcoming inertia, is the first step towards making dreams a reality and achieving breakthrough results!
2) Plan and execute
Overcoming the inertia of starting must be accompanied by the action of planning and then executing. The old saying still holds true - "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!" But inaction after planning will also not yield results. Executing thereafter is key. That's why I have put these two areas of focus together - breakthrough will only happen with both working hand in hand.
3) Fail Fast and Learn Fast
The stigma of failure is so powerful that it can drown any ounce of strength we might have left. But understanding upfront that the sooner you fail, the faster you can learn from it and try again is the critical foundation to breakthrough. So capitalizing on the power of failure and channeling it to learning key lessons from it is crucial to taking the next step towards success. Avoiding failure will not bring about great results; it is a necessary evil that needs to be conquered to achieve breakthrough!
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By Keith Johnston
Every organization needs leadership. The organizations that achieve the most are usually the ones who have the strongest leaders. This book highlights the careers of a group of people who have achieved significant success in their lives who understand leadership. You will learn: • How ordinary people overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams • What role mentors play in your success and how to find a mentor • How to change culture and bring about change • The importance of having a vision and how to create a powerful vision even if you do not believe you are a visionary. • Practical, simple approaches to motivate your team The stories in this book are not about the chief executive officers of multinational corporations or world leaders, but rather about people challenged to achieve significant goals by working through other people. These are the people who know how to lead and know how to unleash the potential in their high-performance teams to drive extraordinary results.
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