The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Opportunity Knocks: Creative Ways to Make a Living Without A Job
If You Think You Can't Change Course... You're Right
Valerie and her wonder dog,
By Valerie Young
You've heard the expression that some people see the glass as half full while others perceive the same glass to be half empty? I had the opportunity to see this difference in perception in action.
One summer, my father and I drove to the airport to pick up my some family members visiting from Florida. It was 100 degrees and muggy. "Knowing" there wouldn't be any parking spaces close to the terminal, my father was inclined to head directly to the back lot where we'd be sure to find a space.
I, on the other hand, was inclined to start with the row closest to the terminal and work my way back. Since my father was literally in the driver's seat, he reluctantly agreed to check out the last row in the front lot. If we didn't find something there, he said, we'd proceed directly to the back lot. Not only did we find a spot, but as we were walking to the terminal we passed a primo front row space. His response? "It probably wouldn't have been there when we were looking."
In other words, I prefer to think that things will work out. My dad presumes they will not. Not surprising, during his adult life, my father held two jobs. He was horribly exploited in his first job and left only at my mother's constant urging. He stayed at his second job for over 30 years. In part, my father's long job tenure has to do with that fact that he is a product of a time when there was a different set of rules regarding employer-employee loyalty. You got a good (or even a not so good) job and you stuck with it for life.
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with staying in the same job or town or anything else for an extended period of time. My mother's family has lived in this same area of Massachusetts since the 1600s. My father's family came at the turn of the last century. I love it here in what is known as the Pioneer Valley, and despite feeling tremendous pressure after graduating from college to go somewhere new, I have never had any desire to move any place else on a permanent basis.
When staying in one job or place too long IS cause for concern though, is when it is not driven by a sense of contentment but by the belief that things will not work out anyway, so why bother. A lousy attitude will kill a dream faster than just about anything else.
If you find yourself automatically driving to the back lot of life, maybe it's time to do an attitude check:
Do you see yourself as deserving of happiness?
Do you think things will probably work out for the best and, if they don't, do you see that as an opportunity to try again?
Do you see yourself as the director of your life or as a bit player operating from someone else's script?
Do you think that life generally has it out for you and therefore it is hopeless to even try to change your life? Or do you see life as Helen Keller once described it as being, "an exciting adventure or nothing at all"?
Pessimists THINK a lot about changing course; unfortunately those with a negative attitude rarely ever act on their dreams. If you are prone to pessimism but really DO want to go after your dream of a more meaningful work/life, you may need to first practice viewing things from a positive perspective.
Moving from a pessimistic, hopeless view to an optimistic, hopeful one will not happen over night. It is a goal that must be worked on one day at a time. Start by taking one situation each day and trying to reframe it from a glass half-full perspective. Fake it if you have to. After a while you will find yourself readily being able to not only see the glass of life as half full, but enjoying a long, quenching drink from it as well.
When it comes to successfully changing course, attitude really is every thing. That's because as Henry Ford once put it, "If you think you can or if you think you can't, you're right."
About the Author
"Profiting From Your Passions" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and iVillage.com. An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.
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Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. ~ Richard Bach
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Quit Your Day Job:
10 Steps to Venturing Out on Your Own
By Stephanie Chandler
If you’re one of the 58% of Americans who have considered starting a business, but don’t know how to proceed, help is at hand. The following steps will show you how to transform your dream of business ownership into reality.
1. Figure out what you want to do.
You’re not alone if you know that you want to work for yourself but aren’t yet sure what exactly you want to do. Start by making a list of your interests, talents, and skills. Talk to your family and friends and begin brainstorming ideas. The sooner you begin your quest, the sooner you will find the answers.
2. Start saving now.
It is wise to have at least one year’s worth of living expenses in the bank before you quit your day job. It will take time to make a new business profitable, and it could take longer than you expect. Start saving now so you can be prepared for the worst while you hope for the best.
3. Educate yourself.
You can take classes through your local Small Business Administration (SBA.org) or seek free small business counseling from the Service Corp. of Retired Executives (SCORE.org). Business books and magazines are also essential, and so are industry-specific trade associations.
4. Utilize a checklist.
There are many tasks involved in starting a business and using a checklist will help you keep your priorities in order. Take it a step further by adding target completion dates to each task.
5. Formulate a plan.
No matter what business you decide to start, it’s crucial that you outline a plan for success. A formal business plan is best, but at the very least begin by mapping out your goals and ideas. Committing your plan to paper will help you anticipate the direction of your business and identify potential weaknesses.
6. Obtain licenses and permits.
Business license requirements vary by state and county, so check with your county offices to find out what the requirements are for your area. In most cases you will pay an annual fee to renew your license ranging from $50 to $300.
7. Start part-time.
There are numerous advantages to starting your business part-time. If you can find a way to keep your day job while you launch your venture, you will have the opportunity to test your business model and make sure it’s viable while you evaluate your passion for the business and determine if it’s something you would truly enjoy on a full-time basis. You can also reinvest any profits from the part-time venture into the future of the business, and may even be able to take advantage of home business tax deductions at the end of the year (talk to your accountant for assistance).
8. Dedicate the time it takes.
Planning your business will take free time from your day, but if it’s something you want badly enough, it can be worth the sacrifice. You can get up an hour earlier, skip the evening news, or work during your lunch hour. This extra work time will also prepare you for the first two years of business ownership, which typically require long hours.
9. Develop a backup plan.
Many businesses fail due to under-capitalization. Forecast the cash that you need for both your business and your living expenses and have backup sources for money in case you get into a jam.
10. Don’t take the leap until you’re ready.
Before you even think about quitting your day job, make sure you have everything in place: a solid business plan, enough capital to make the business successful, a savings account to cover personal living expenses, insurance (medical, dental, liability and any other required policies), a thorough understanding of what you’re in for, a backup plan if things don’t go as expected, and the passion to make it succeed.
Unfortunately there are no guarantees in business. You could have a rock solid business plan but be hit with a natural disaster, new competition in your area, or other uncontrollable circumstances. As long as you don’t invest more than you can afford to lose and your business is carefully-planned, you can minimize many of the risks and increase your chances of success.
About the Author
Stephanie Chandler is a small business expert and the author of From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money with Books, E-Books and Information Products. She is the founder of BusinessInfoGuide.com, a directory of resources for entrepreneurs and ProPublishingServices.com, a custom writing business specializing in electronic newsletters and copywriting for websites and brochures.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. ~ John Ruskin
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Okay, you put up a great Web site, but now what? Well you could hope someone stops by to buy what you have to offer… But what if they like what they see but instead of calling you for an appointment or making a purchase, they decide to come back another time.
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The best way to promote your new service or product is to have a way to communicate with the people who are the most interested in what it is you have to offer. That’s why every entrepreneur doing business on the internet needs to find a way to capture the names and email addresses of people who are interested in learning more.
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What Would An Entrepreneur Do
Featuring Barbara Winter
Whatever your reasons for starting your own business, you probably brought something with you that you intended to leave behind, something that's hindering your progress.
That unconscious baggage is Employee Thinking. Most of us don't even know we've got it- which makes changing it mighty difficult.
If you're like most people, you've had years of conditioning to think like a good employee-and almost no education about how to think like an entrepreneur.
Unfortunately, many of the things that make us Employee of the Month don't translate at all in running our own business. As Paul Hawken warns us, "Owning a business and working for one are as different as chalk and cheese."
In this lively daylong event, we'll uncover those unhelpful attitudes and behaviors and show you how to starting seeing the world through entrepreneurial eyes. And you've got a choice of two upcoming locations.
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Persistence of action comes from persistence of vision. ~ Steve Pavlina
The View From theOther Side
"The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike...is to stop thinking about 'there are a bunch of reasons I might fall off' and just hop on and peddle the damned thing. You can pick up a map, a tire pump, and better footwear along the way."
~ Dick Costolo, founder of Feedburner.com
Resources for a Change
The theme for this week is Nurturing Young Entrepreneurs. Maybe you know a young person in your life who you want to inspire to think outside the job box before they even get in. Or, you may be thinking about ways to get paid to turn your passion for turning young people on to self-employment. Here are a few resources to get you started.
Young Money Magazine I’m about to buy a subscription to Young Money magazine for my business major nephew, Todd (the one who, when I asked if he was going to start his own business someday confidently informed me that “Most new businesses fail”). I can’t vouch for the magazine but at $15.95 for a six issues plus two free, it occurred to me that you might like to inspire a young entrepreneur as well. (YoungMoney.com)
That’s where I learned about the Coleman Foundation (ColemanFoundation.org) which offers grants to registered non-profit organizations seeking to foster entrepreneurship in disadvantaged youth. They say they primarily award grants to organizations in the Chicago area, but if you look at their list of grantees, it includes programs at various community colleges around the country. Not associated with a community college? Talk to someone in the business department about collaborating on a grant and see what happens!
Helping Young Professionals Skip the Corporate Grind Grindhopping is a Web site (Grindhopping.com) and a book available at Amazon aimed at helping young professionals skip the long hours, low pay, and lackluster rewards of entry-level corporate jobs and instead go directly to starting their own businesses, freelancing, consulting, job-hopping, and networking their way to success. Author Laura Vanderkam is a full-time writer and Grindhopper, a member of USA Today's board of contributors, and a contributing editor at Reader's Digest. It looks like Laura is also launching a college speaking tour. She has a great concept which, in my opinion, her Web site does not do justice to. If young professionals are your niche market, there may be the possibility for some create partnering here...
Note: Changing Course does not accept paid advertisements from any of the resources listed here. This list is provided to expand your thinking about just how many interesting ways there are to make a living without a job!