“What kind of life do I want?” Increasingly, this is the question on people’s minds, replacing “What kind of job do I want?” I often hear this from new entrepreneurs building e-commerce businesses, leveraging technology to shed traditional barriers to entry. The term “lifestyle entrepreneurship” was pioneered by a high-flying, highly visible group of savvy digital natives. They recognize the power of the web and have devised ways to create efficient, streamlined businesses that outsource everything beyond their core skill sets. Dubbed MMO (make money online), this innovative group’s lifestyle is on display all over social media.
There are a growing number of individuals, from various stages of life, who specifically want and value part-time and work from home jobs as they raise children, take care of an ailing parent, volunteer or simply desire to scale back as they get closer to retirement.They are experienced and confident and typically value flexibility more than a title or compensation package. Historically, ‘moms’ have comprised the greatest percentage of candidates seeking part-time. While this is still the case, we are seeing more and more people in other phases of their lives seeking part-time work. Who are these people? Let’s take a look:
What most bloggers seem to forget that running a blog is the equivalent of providing a service for your customers. Essentially, you are helping your customers to achieve something. No matter what that something is. In short, you need to be focused around the results that you are providing for your customers. You need to do everything in your power to help your customers achieve their goals.
For many, working as a freelancer is a great path to self-employment. Freelancers often enjoy the autonomy and other benefits of entrepreneurship. At the same time, they don’t have all of the overhead and concerns of other business owners. For example, freelancers don’t have to woo investors or search for an office.
Someone asked me the other day:
“In shifting from job to passion, what is the single biggest challenge, frustration or problem that you have been struggling with?”
First off: There is no “OR.” It’s challenges AND frustrations AND problems.
That is why I unpacked the question and shared my Number One in each category.
Now that you’re settled into the new year, it’s the perfect time to reach out to your network (or establish a new one) and find a group of mentors. Here are some tips for identifying those who can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
There’s a disturbing myth out there telling new freelancers they need to charge low rates in order to gain clients.
Something about how they don’t have any experience, and clients won’t work with them unless they give their services away…
And don’t worry, I went through that myself, which is the same reason wanted to tell you one little secret…
“It’s complete bullshit”
Work-at-home freelancers tend to put in long hours. And those long hours are usually seated at a computer. This can turn into an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are the most common health problems you may face and what to do to prevent or eliminate them.
How to manage the moving parts of running a business. Our attention spans as business owners is often being pulled in multiple directions. Between clients, marketing, administrative tasks and the financials, we can feel overwhelmed by running a business. We can also find ourselves confused about which tasks to focus on and when. I’m telling you right now that running a business well comes with experience. However, there are things you can do to set yourself up for success early on. Here are some of the ways you can manage the multiple parts of running a business.
A contributor with decades of experience working overseas recommends places like Singapore, Portugul and Chile.
Working as a freelance writer, online teacher or tutor, blogger, professional consultant, drop-shipper or day-trader (perhaps as little as four or five hours per week), you can generate the cash flow to support a new life in the place where you most enjoying spending time.
Where, then, should you consider launching your overseas adventures as a laptop entrepreneur?