Startups: What I learned working for one

There’s little in life that can be more disappointing than realizing that your present job is a dead-end dud with more office politics than a soap opera. It ranks right up there with finding out that your field of study is so competitive that getting hired is about as likely as winning the Powerball. Employers typically […]

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Babysitting as an Adult: Training for parenthood

Back when I was in high school, I used to babysit all the time. Like many of my friends, I was more than willing to spend my Saturday nights sitting on someone else’s couch, watching TV as the kids slept soundly in their beds. And while the gigs weren’t always so easy, often requiring me […]

The Perks of Freelance Life

Does working from the comfort of your home sound like a dream come true? It can be, but first you have to consider whether a remote position is right for you. After my husband was offered a job in Chicago and we decided to move, I found myself wanting to keep my job, but needed a […]

How Technology Continues to Benefit the Classroom

For many school districts it can be difficult to provide courses that enable all students to challenge themselves. It’s not that educators aren’t trying, but that there just isn’t enough funding to provide advanced classes and technology for more than a few students — meaning that even though the students are ready for more challenging […]

Using Social Media as an Entrepreneur

Ask any entrepreneur what has led them to success and you’re likely to get a variety of responses like dedication, networking, smart investments and a large dose of  business acumen. All of these terms certainly do apply to anyone that hopes to make it as an entrepreneur, but more and more frequently you will hear […]

Running a Successful Startup

Thousands of people make the decision to start their own business every year. And although many individuals make an attempt at company ownership, very few are actually successful. Hard work and dedication are two important qualities associated with running a successful business. However, some entrepreneurs have a special edge on top of that. Startup companies are […]

Not All Freelancing Experiences are Good

One of the best parts of freelancing is getting to work when and where you choose. These days, I do the majority of my work from the comfort of my home office, though I have been known to hammer out assignments on both a mountaintop and a beach. It’s also nice to know that when […]

How to Ask for a Raise at Work

So you’re ready for a raise, huh? Being prepared is the key to successfully asking for — and getting — the raise you deserve. By following these steps, you can greatly improve your chances of receiving a nice pay raise. Check Company Policies Before making an appointment with your supervisor to discuss a raise, check […]

Life After College is Still Expensive

A few years ago I graduated from college and I did not realize the amount of money I would need to spend over the course of the next three months. There are, unfortunately, numerous expenses associated with graduating from college — from finding your own apartment to feeding yourself — that many people should be aware […]

From Secretary to Freelance Writer

Truth be told, I never had a dream of being my own boss. The only aspirations I had were to be the best employee, wife and mother I could be. I was earning a living working at a job with the state and had been employed by the same agency for about four years. I had […]

10 Ways to Be More Professional

There’s no reason for you to adhere to Mrs. Snooty Mannerkins’ Guide to Fork and Spoon Etiquette for Prim Lads and Lasses, but acting professionally is good sense. To ensure that you’re not dismissed as a slobby fool by peers and bosses, keep these 10 “I learned this the hard way” tips from us staffers in […]

Are you finding fulfillment outside of work?

In a perfect world, we would all have jobs we love. However, life just isn’t that simple. When we’re not being engaged or inspired at work — and 70 percent of workers fell into this category a few years ago, according to a Gallup poll — we need to find fulfillment elsewhere. Here’s where you […]

Getting an Impressive Letter of Recommendation

Recommendation letters are both a college’s and future employer’s chance to get the inside scoop on an applicant from an outside source, and a seal of approval from a reputable recommender can seal the deal in an admissions or hiring decision. Follow these tips to get recommendation letters that’ll help you get in. Who to […]