Turn Your Hobby into a Career

Turn Your Hobby into a Career

  Don’t we all dream of taking something we love and making a living out of it? Hobbies are activities we enjoy doing, and we are good at. Many of them have good revenue potential, but you might have to get a bit more serious. Talent is fine, but you will need to acquire some new skills like marketing, inventory and time management. So, don’t rush to quit your current job just because you had a moment of revelation. Think about which necessary skills, contacts and experience you already have, and which do you lack. The art of craft Are you tired of taking photos on a...

Dressing Up for Less at Work please

The workplace has seen a culture shift in recent years. Employers are working hard to turn the office into a welcoming place. High definition televisions, stocked bars and recreation areas now occupy space in offices in an effort to improve employee morale, excite prospective employees and foster a positive workplace environment. Often included in that culture shift is a relaxed dress code for employees. Gone are the days where finding work clothes meant buying a new suit for every day of the week. Workplaces are trading in suits for jeans and a t-shirt. While the relaxed...

Ask Your Boss: I am Going on Vacation Ei...

“I have an employee that on several occasions since she started here almost three years ago gets very defensive and combative at times. It seems to happen when I’ve had to speak firmly to her or inform her of something she doesn’t like the answer to. The most recent was when she came in and told me what days she’s taking for vacation (without previously getting the ok, and I also found that she had already booked tickets) I let her know she did not have sufficient vacation to cover the days. Next thing you know, she’s telling me I’m rude, this has...

How Some Mormons Run Small Businesses in...

Story One My friend wants to quit her job. She barely started it a few weeks ago, and she already cannot stand it. It is not the job per se that drives her to the edge of insanity. It is the people. Or I should rather say, it is the business style of the company. As soon as my friend started her new job, she began to suspect that something was not quite ordinary, not entirely professional. For a few days she could not put her finger on it, until the day her company had a holiday party. On the day of the party, the food was cooked to perfection, neatly assembled on the...

Ask Your Boss: I Don’t Want to Look Like...

“I am a new employee and was hired because of my experience working with so many different companies. I have a lot of good ideas to improve productivity and quality.  How can I give my input to my boss without seeming like a know it all jerk?” It is less tricky than you think, especially because you were hired due to your experience and knowledge. You are, probably, expected to give your input anyway. Just remember that it is all about your attitude, the right choice of words and your tone. A good, friendly attitude combined with the right approach can solve pretty much...

Ask Your Boss: How Should I Prepare For ...

“Year end reviews are just around the corner at some workplaces. What does my manager do in the next month to prepare for the review process? What can I do to prepare for the review process? For next year, how can I take the feedback from my coming review and prioritize my improvement efforts?” We don’t do annual reviews at my workplace. We used to do it, but not anymore. I never liked it anyway, so I embraced this change quite enthusiastically. I am one of those who prefer to give feedback as we go, not once a year. Let me give you a few pointers of how I would prepare...