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April 28, 2010

Building Your Own Rainbow Career and Work Path

Do you have different career interest? Have work in many different jobs?
If you have many different interests, you may find that having a "Rainbow Portfolio" - consisting of many different careers or jobs . I have had a "Rainbow Portfolio" for years. I as entrepreneur, I love the variety, the challenges, the pros and the cons.

It is believed by career forecasters that before long people work one full-time job they will be in the minority.

To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We've got it down to four words: "Do what you love." But it's not enough just to tell people that. Doing what you love is complicated.

Here's an upper bound: Do what you love doesn't mean, do what you would like to do most this second. Even Einstein probably had moments when he wanted to have a cup of coffee, but told himself he ought to finish what he was working on first.

It used to perplex me when I read about people who liked what they did so much that there was nothing they'd rather do. But the fact is, almost anyone would rather, at any given moment, float about in the Carribbean, or have sex, or eat some delicious food, than work on hard problems. The rule about doing what you love assumes a certain length of time. It doesn't mean, do what will make you happiest this second, but what will make you happiest over some longer period, like a week or a month.

In the design of lives, as in the design of most other things, you get better results if you use flexible media. So unless you're fairly sure what you want to do, your best bet may be to choose a type of work that could turn into either an organic or two-job career. That was probably part of the reason I chose computers (IT). You can be an instructor, or make a lot of money, or morph it into any number of other kinds of work.

It's also wise, early on, to seek jobs that let you do many different things, so you can learn faster what various kinds of work are like.

Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it's rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you'll be more likely to arrive at it. If you know you can love work, you're in the home stretch, and if you know what work you love, you're practically there.

To become a rainbow portfolio person, we must stop thinking in terms of having or not having a job. We need to take control of our life, make flexibility our credo and develop a portfolio of skills and activities, some for sale and some to be given as gifts. A portfolio is a collection of different items, but with a theme. Rather than working for one company, you take on various projects and cultivate several clients. A successful "Rainbow Portfolio Path" fits together bits of work in our life to form a balanced whole.

What Are the Different Possibilities and/or Types of Portfolio Careers:

Working as an independent contractor for a specified length of time. And, then on to another career!
Working full time in one career, and adding on another or more part time careers.
Having a variety of part time careers.


Start making lists to help you put together a rainbow portfolio Path that would work for you! Be completely honest with yourself and your choices

Work I enjoy:
What would I change?:
My skills and talents:
My major accomplishments:
What motivates me:
My early ambitions:
My preferred work style:
Self-description in power words:

Good luck! You are now on your way to an exciting and rewarding future!

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April 26, 2010

Starting and loving a Portable Career

A portable career is a career that you can take with you, wherever you go. It can gracefully move with you to a new city or new country - be it for several months or several years.

A portable career gives you more freedom to choose where you want to live and work, and helps you maintain a professional identity rather than starting over professionally every time you move somewhere new. It gives you more flexibility to organize your work to support your lifestyle, and can actually help you work less so you can enjoy life more.

Among the following list portable careers options there is the fun factor! I couldn't do it without it. Could you?
Take a look, you can:

Abstracting Service
Become a Copywriter
Become a Home Typist
Become a Link Developer
Become a Medical Claims Assistant Professional
Become a Pay Per Click Manager
Become a Professional Organizer
Become a Proofreader
Become a Search Engine Marketer
Become a Search Engine Optimization Specialist
Become a Tax Preparer
Business Broker
Business Consultant
Business Plan Writer
Editorial Services
Executive Search
Export Agent
Information Broker
Life Coach
Management Consultant
Medical Coding
Private Practice Consultant
Start a Baby Shoe Bronzing Business
Start a Bookkeeping Business
Start a Directory Submission Service
Start a Medical Billing Business
Start a Resume Writing a Service
Start a Windshield Repair Business
Start an Ebay Business
Start an Invention Business
Start An Inventory Taping Business
Technical Writer
Transcript Digesting Service
Virtual Assistant

Six of these are very, very portable: they are

Construction, Financial Services, IT, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Tourism (hospitality) and finally
Translation and Interpretation Services.

Portable vs. Non-Portable Careers

But what does a portable career look like? Let's take a closer look.

All fulfilling careers - portable or not - are comprised of certain things. They are an expression of a person's purpose, values and passions. They leverage a person's unique qualities and strengths, as well as their knowledge, skills and experience that they enjoy using. And most importantly, they support a person's chosen lifestyle.

Pros and cons of Portable Careers Vs Non-Portable:

* Portable careers often involve services or skill sets that are generally in high demand in many parts of the world. In my case I went for languages.Owning my own translation agency and still one of the skills set of a portable career i work on. When I gave up my YMCA job in the U.S. to come to Canada as a trailing spouse, I tried to look at the situation as an opportunity for myself as well as for my husband.I wish I would have realized sooner that as a writer/copywriter too, I have another of the most portable jobs around.

* Portable careers are not primarily driven by credentials or degrees that are jurisdiction or location specific. Jobs that require certain qualifications or credentials that are not accepted in many locations can make pursuing a mobile career quite difficult.

* Even though with some portable careers a person may decide to only work locally, in general portable careers to do not limit you to your local market. Due to my travel schedule my career allows me to work from the countries I'm visiting or working on!

* Portable careers usually involve regular engagement with technology and online business and communication tools, particularly if you are providing services virtually or creating and selling products online. By technology what it means is everything from email, online networks and voice over IP programs (such as skype) to communicate with colleagues, collaborators, potential employers and clients worldwide, to graphic or web design programs, blogging tools, and online payment programs to market yourself and sell your products or services.

I worked as Independent Information Profesional and thanks to technology or the IT field it's been more than a blessing. I use Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn, I heavely blog and humbly can say I'm of the few whose clients come through that media (blogging).

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April 07, 2010

Work at home jobs or At home business Opportunities?

Work from home at a work at home job or At home business Opportunity?

In this blog you'll find information about telecommuting, freelancing, virtual assistance, work at home ideas, reviews, blogging for pay and much more. If you want to earn an hourly income, I post information and resources to help you on your way. and also host workshops on virtual career training.

I use the knowledge of telecommuting, virtual assistance, and freelancing to teach others how to be full time working parents because finding legitimate work one can do at home is no small feat.

Work at home

Jobs advertised specifically as work from home positio ns tend to fall under the categories of sales, administrative, clerical, customer service and recruitment. A search on Workopolis and
LinkedIn using the key words work+from+home can get you started (the plus signs narrow your search and cut out irrelevant postings).

Opportunities are wide-ranging and include IT, graphic design, e-commerce, copywriting, translation and many more. While working from home may not be written into these job descriptions. Employers will make concessions if they're convinced you're right for the job.

At home business Opportunities

A)Start a Web business (An idea of your own or another)
B)Turn a hobby into a Business
C)You can start any of these 55 Low-Cost Home-Based Businesses Ideas
for less than $5,000. Including a Paid-Membership Site or being a Regal Direct Sales Representative.

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Computers and high-speed Internet access mean new, better-paying choices for people who want the flexibility and convenience of careers that don't require an office-building cubicle.

Marisol Diaz
Cross Cultural Specialist

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Ultimate Women's Wealth, Wellness and Relationship Guide

Don't stay together for the kids, rowing parents told
Don't stay together for the kids

I "worked at" my marriage for 4 years. You know what? The arguments didn't lessen and cease. Let me tell you that if people aren't supposed together, "working at it" won't do a d*mn thing. In fact, it'll just make the situation worse. Yes, you have to work at it to some extent, but you -also- have to realise when to give up. Don't stay together just because people will think you've failed or cultural pression.

Marital status is less important than marital stability in determining whether children manifest behaviour problems,
Lone Parenthood Guide

It's important for women not to find their confidence in a man. I think you really have to know who you are before you can truly fall in love and give your all, and I don't think a man can define you. You have to own that," she added. "So if you're ever with anyone who says you should change something about yourself then they should never fall in love with you in the first place."

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April 01, 2010

Make Money Online By Creating Your Own Membership Subscriptio

Over the past year or so, there has been much talk about paid subscriptions coming into effect for some of the bigger websites. Undoubtedly, this will begin to work its way down the scale. Hopefully this will improve web content and keep some faith in media which democracies rely on. So, what if your website needs a subscription service to keep afloat?

Well you could spend thousands of dollars getting in developers to set one up for you or you could use Recurly. This is a service which will enable your users to subscribe to your blog, pay their fee each month and thus have access. There is no need for your to manage or oversee anything once it’s set up as Recurly will handle all new subscriptions, fees, payments, outstanding bills and customer support.
The Road to Residual Profits Starts With a Subscription Web Site.

Contact me if want to Create a Membership or Password Protected Subscription Site!

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Small Business - Set Up a Company

I think it's important in life to be a success, and yet it is surprising how unambitious the career options proposed by most schools (and some universities) are. They assume that you want to get a job and be paid a regular wage, have a mortgage, retire at a particular age, etc, but without making all this sound too much like the song "Choose Life", it has to be said that you really can choose your future and you really don't have to do the normal expected thing.

What would be nice would be to make a fortune and become immensely rich. Looking at this aim in a practical sense, it soon becomes obvious that even if you get a well-paid job and work until you're 65 years old, you'll not really become truly rich. You don't get rich by working for someone else.

A better plan is required. There are various ways of becoming rich: Winning the Lottery, but this requires luck. Being a STAR, but this requires star-quality and luck as well (American Idol or Pop Start in Britain). And then there's running your own business, which anyone with enough sense and determination can do. You don't need to be brilliantly clever, lucky, have star-quality, have an ancestry of entrepreneurs on both sides of the family, or be quite well-off to start with, although all these things help a bit.

You can run a business either offline or online. The advantage of Online is obvious
is cost effective.

Before you do anything else, though, you need to sit down and think about what you would like to achieve. As with any commercial idea, you need to create a proper business plan to work out where you are going and if there is actually a market for your idea – and, more importantly, if you can make money from it.

A proper business plan will help you work through the process of setting up and give you the blueprint for how to run your business.

* Then the first myth to explode about running your own business, is the notion that to start any business requires a lot of money. This idea is believed by almost everyone, strange as it may seem. Whilst it is true that some types of business require an enormous initial outlay, most only require a very modest initial investment, and some require virtually no money at all to start them off! It is quite practical to start a business with no more money than you spend on a Saturday night and end up eventually becoming a multi-millionaire.

* Don't get me wrong about this - becoming rich by setting up your own company is not a get rich quick system. Running your own business is harder work and requires longer hours than having a 9-5 job. It's not an "easy option". The point is that you CAN become immensely rich, not that it's easy. However, if you hate being poor, the extra work required to become rich may be worthwhile.

* The essence of running your own business with success is a matter of good planning. It is a strategic planning philosophy which works best, as seen in the Direct Drive idea. You plan what you're going to do, work out what kinds of things might go wrong, and test the ideas out to see what's practical. If you play chess, apply that chess-playing logic to life and money, and you are likely to be a success.

* Determination is important. It's best to have an attitude of being persistent in working on your business. You have to keep on at it even though it's hard work and doesn't have any immediate reward.

* Accounting. It's not boring. There are two types: Tax accounting and Admin accounting. Tax accounting is done as follows: Collect all important-looking financial paperwork and put it all into a large bag. Look after this carefully and give it to your accountant.(There are two types of accountants: Those that work for YOU and those that work for the Tax Office. Make sure you select the right type). Admin accounting is something you do yourself, where you work out on the back of an envelope how much money you are getting in and how much money you are spending. Every part of your business has to make sense financially. So, if you're manufacturing something, it has to sell for more than the cost of all the parts (sounds silly, but I have seen businesses where this was not so!).

* This idea of "Admin accounting" is important and extends into having a knowledge of the way money works. If you have a cash register/till with $1000 in it, a person with no capitalist sense may tell you that you have made $1000. You've got to know this is not true. Your takings might be $1000, but if your stock cost you $800, then you've only "made" $200. Minus your overheads.

* Overheads are the cost of running a business, such things as electricity, property maintenance, insurance, fuel, the type of things that still cost money regardless of how much business is going on. Watch out for overheads very carefully. Keep them to a minimum if possible. I've seen companies that take in huge amounts of money and yet still go broke because their overheads are too big. But this is no secret threat that can creep up and bite you. You can quantify overheads and work out exactly how much money your company needs to make to cover them.

* Open a bank account but try to avoid paying "business rates" for it. Most banks have some kind of special offer on free banking with a current account. You don't need to pay for the privilege of paying cheques in, or any kind of monthly fee generally. If you can't find a bank account that's free, run your business from a building society account!

* Avoid PARTNERSHIPS. Especially with your friends! If you decide you must have a business relationship with someone, make sure it's all written down and everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to do.

Types of Business you can set up: OFFLINE AND ONLINE.


* Find a hosting company that fits into your budget and has a proven track record of little or no downtime. The last thing you want is to arrange for free or cheap hosting and have your website offline and not making you money.

* One thing to consider is using Blogger or WordPress blogging platform as your primary website. Again you do not want to choose the free hosting they offer, but rather host it yourself.

* Your own website. Whether you're an Internet business or not, it's good to have your own website! This does not have to be expensive. Contact me to Get a Website. Nowadays all business should have website. Having a website is good for business. Customers are often impressed to see "www." on the company's "premises". Also see how to choose a domain.

* When you have your own website, you can also set up e-commerce and have customers buying stuff from you on the Internet. This is great because the amount of passing trade on the superhighway is somewhat bigger than even on a busy highstreet shopping location. You can even have affiliate websites like this helping to promote your business. See what an affiliate program can do for your business

And now here are some things to watch out for, potential threats to a company which can be seen in advance if you know about them:

* Beware of CREDIT. Obviously beware of borrowing too much money from the bank and paying loads of interest. But also beware of extending credit to your customers. If you do, some of them will not pay up, and the rest will have to subsidise them! It's better to be CASH ONLY and IN ADVANCE. This will allow you to sleep better, will be cheaper for your customers, and will not let bad payers damage your business! Remember: Bad payers come in many disguises. They may look reputable, look rich, and seem honest, but can bounce cheques on you and make lame excuses. Don't let them get away with it! - If your business is in trouble, try to avoid going broke. The folk at Regency Holdings may be able to help you to save it.

* When signing anything, always read all of it. If there's too much smallprint it's better to refuse to sign it than to sign it without reading it. Take a look at things I won't sign up to

* Don't have "all your eggs in one basket". If you're a supplier, don't let your business become DEPENDENT on one customer. A well-balanced company should be able to survive the loss of any one or two customers and still survive. The problem is especially bad where a small company is a supplier to a big supermarket and sells 80% of their produce to the supermarket. It has been known for the customer to eat the company whole by withdrawing the deal, making the company go broke, and then buying the company up for next-to-nothing at the liquidation sale. To avoid this, always have enough lifeboats, such that even if the worst happened, you will not be lost without trace.

* Also, if you have a small shop, be on good terms with other small shops as much as possible but beware of the habits of some of the larger rivals. Some of the more disreputable places have been known to nobble the suppliers, making dodgy exclusivist deals to try to cut out the small shops. For that reason it's best to suss out the enemy before they suss you out. Wherever possible it's best to have many different suppliers who are all in healthy competition with each other, and to be in-the-know with the friendlies, who all know who the worst offender is. Some small towns live under economic oppression and poverty because of the unreasonable business behaviour of a few vested interests who "own the town".

* Another threat to a business which has to be watched out for is to do with commercial rent. If you rent a building, be very careful and be on your guard for this. Some landlords have a habit of waiting for a business to be a success and then doubling the rent. To avoid this, make sure the smallprint is not too bad, and also have options open to move to different premises if the problem occurs.

* Don't work too hard, have no fun, and catch the dreaded diabetes. Also, if you run a small business, make sure that even if you were to suffer from a sudden attack of bad health, your business will not be bankrupted. Self-employed people have no statutory sick pay or other compassionate safety nets. Therefore it's best to make provision to have some kind of understudy and living will!

To sum it up:

If you have a desire to run your own business, then you should do it! However, plan what you're doing well and have good strategy worked out in advance. if you've got a good idea, give it a try. Don't risk more money than you can afford to lose, and don't be put off by problems that occur. Listen to different people's good advice and then make your own mind up about whether they are right or not. In principle anyone who can think logically and has some determination about them can run their own business, and some of them will make money. I wish you well with it!


If you set up your own business, how about recommending this helpful blog and putting a link in to this site? - This helps other new businesses starting up and is generally good.

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