Portable Career Network – Lifestyle Business and Mobile Work http://www.portablecareer.net Exploring; Portable Careers and Lifestyle Business Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:06:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.13 Six Reasons to Start a Lifestyle Business http://www.portablecareer.net/six-reasons-to-start-a-lifestyle-business/ http://www.portablecareer.net/six-reasons-to-start-a-lifestyle-business/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:47:36 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18597 If you are considering setting up your own lifestyle business, you may have spent a long time weighing up the pros and the cons. Here are six great reasons why you should take the plunge and build your own lifestyle business in 2013.

Get Flexible

One of the main reasons employees opt to start up their own lifestyle business is the flexibility it offers. If you want to put the nine to five mentalities behind you and incorporate more flexibility in your work, a lifestyle business can offer you this advantage. Saying goodbye to a ridged work schedule can bring you a lot of happiness after so many years with limited time off. Working for yourself gives you the freedom to take time off as and when you need to rather than having to limit your leisure time to a certain number of hours a year.

Geographical Freedom

Another aspect that attracts workers to the lifestyle business option is the chance to work from anywhere in the world. A business of this kind brings with it a certain geographical freedom giving you the opportunity to create a base overseas should you wish. If you have ever wanted to work abroad this would provide the perfect opportunity.

Live Your Dream

A lifestyle business is created and run by the owner and based around their individual capabilities. Therefore, it is the ideal chance to live out your dream. If you have always wanted to turn your photography, illustration, writing or business skills into a career, now is your chance.

Please Yourself

Another advantage of starting up your own lifestyle business is the chance to please yourself and take control of your schedule. Working with other members of a team can often limit you in terms of when you can and can’t take time off.

Job Satisfaction

Working for a large organisation can have its perks for example spending time with like minded people and bouncing ideas off one another. However, if you have worked for a company your entire life, you may also be aware that there are a few downsides. Commuting and office politics can become tiresome and leave you yearning for a different working environment. One of the great things is seeing the results of your success, safe in the knowledge that all of that hard work came from you and no one else.

Choose your Own Team

Another great aspect of working for yourself is choosing your own team of people to work for you. While you may only employ a small group of people, one or two in some cases, you get to choose the employees that you work with. You also get to choose the clients you take on which will put you in the driving seat of your future career.

Jack Denning writes on behalf of Watt Works Consulting Ltd, the leading consulting, coaching and training provider. CoachingTheir team can provide you with support when setting up a lifestyle business.

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Is the Business Scorecard Right for a Lifestyle Business? http://www.portablecareer.net/business-scorecard-for-lifestyle-business/ Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:43:22 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18598 A lifestyle business, like most other types of business, is driven by profit. However what makes a lifestyle business different from other business model types, is that its founders are predominantly concerned with sustaining their current level of income, without much thought to future growth or potential saleability. Because of this, not all business models can be applied to, and work well for, a lifestyle company. However there is one method which has such far reaching applications that it can often provide substantial benefits for lifestyle business owners.

What Is the Business Scorecard Model?

Metric-Driven Incentives are those aspects of a business which relate to finances. Most MDIs promise to improve financial performance by either improving profits or reducing costs and, up until relatively recently, it was a given that these goals could only be achieved by making sacrifices in other areas, e.g. staff or product quality. To evolve past this, Robert Kaplan and David Norton introduced the concept of the Balanced Scorecard.

The Balanced Scorecard is a method of translating strategy into practice. By taking a holistic view of a company and co-ordinating MDIs so that efficiency is experienced across the entire organisation, financial performance can be improved without sacrificing efficiency or quality. It’s implemented firstly by analysing four areas in a business:

  • Finances
  • Learning and Development
  • Customers
  • Internal Business Processes

After analysis has determined deficient areas, metrics can be set up which adhere to the SMART template. Measures can then be implemented which will allow the company to realise its strategic objectives in accordance with these metrics, without the need to make sacrifices in individual departments. Unlike the early metric based incentives, the Business Scorecard is not driven by purely financial concerns. Over the years, the Balanced Scorecard model has been rethought and redesigned to fit any number of needs, but remains – at its core – a unified theory.

Benefits of the Business Scorecard for Lifestyle Businesses

Because a lifestyle business are not designed for growth, the Business Scorecard model is not immediately applicable. But because the Business Scorecard can be adapted to suit a variety of purposes, there are some merits to applying this model to a lifestyle business.

For example, maintaining profit without sacrificing individual benefits to staff is of vital importance to a lifestyle business owner, who often has a personal involvement with the company and therefore needs to be able to perpetuate a sustainable model which fits in with his or her personal goals. In addition, because the Business Scorecard is not purely driven by financial metrics, it can provide substantial value to lifestyle business owners who have no interest in growing the financial potential of their company. And since many lifestyle companies are vision-oriented and owned by individuals, or families, the cohesively strategic nature of the Business Scorecard fits well with this type.

 

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Looking for a Lifestyle Business? Train to Train http://www.portablecareer.net/lifestyle-business-train-to-train/ http://www.portablecareer.net/lifestyle-business-train-to-train/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:25:28 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18596 It’s no secret that lifestyle businesses give you the freedom to travel, and work around what you want to do. This is Train the Trainerwhy train the trainer courses are becoming increasingly popular, as the ability to train others is something that you can make your own business out of. Whether you want to travel around the country to deliver seminars, or to fly around the world teaching languages, these courses are ideal for those who want to be mobile.

Train the trainer courses such as offered by The Development Company, are all about giving people the ability to help give people new skills and encourage development. While you might already know a great deal about the industry you’ll be teaching, whether it’s a specific skill or language, actually training another person can require additional skills, which these courses are designed to give you.

Some of the things that you’re trained to be able to do can include:

  • How to understand how people learn, and catering to this.
  • How to set targets and objectives.
  • How to design and implement learning tasks.
  • How to deal with both individuals and groups.
  • How to assess how well learning is going.
  • How to deliver training.

So what exactly can you do with these skills?

Being able to train people is a very valuable skill indeed. You can either use what you already know, and teach that, or learn something entirely new yourself, which you can then make a business out of.

Languages are particularly lucrative. There are many people who travel to teach English as a foreign language, and while it can be difficult, it is extremely rewarding. Not only do they get to see the world, but they are able to fit work around what they want to do.

Businesses across the country require training for all manner of different skills, and if you’re not so keen on travelling abroad and would like to stay in the country, then there are still plenty of things that you can do. You might want to learn a new skill, such as how to create and deliver presentations, or how to get people to work better in a team. There are a lot of different ideas out there, but if you can come up with one of your own, then you’ll be more successful.

Take a course and learn how to train; it could give you the freedom to have your own lifestyle business.

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A profile of a dual career family in transition http://www.portablecareer.net/profile-of-a-dual-career-family-in-transition/ http://www.portablecareer.net/profile-of-a-dual-career-family-in-transition/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:33:01 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18593 Amon had applied to a few jobs over the years to find a fit more in tune with him professionally and the type of institution that would be good for his career. The position as Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College is the 4th position offered to him.

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The 5 Best Summer Jobs for Students http://www.portablecareer.net/the-5-best-summer-jobs-for-students/ http://www.portablecareer.net/the-5-best-summer-jobs-for-students/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:30:21 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18523 When school is out for the summer, many parents want their high school and college aged students to work. Since they are old enough to enter into the workforce, they really should. It will teach them some responsibility, and they will be able to pay their own bills. Some students claim that they do not know where to look for a job, and, in such an economy, this claim may be true. What are five of the best jobs that they can look for and apply to in order to secure a position this summer?

Babysitting or Being a Nanny

Your children are off from school for the summer, and so are the other children in your area. Therefore, when parents are working, they need someone to watch after their little ones. Some of these jobs are more part-time. For example, a parent might only need a sitter for 20 hours or so a week based on the family’s work schedules. Others are much longer, and some families will need a sitter from early in the morning until well into the evening. If your student attends a local high school or college, this job might expand into the fall months as well.

Working at a Resort

Lots of youngsters have tons of fun when they work at resorts. They might serve beverages to guests lounging poolside, deliver food up to the hotel rooms or teach people how to use surf boards. In fact, many high school and college aged students will actually go abroad for the summer and spend the season making new friends and earning money. These jobs give them the opportunity to still have a vacation, but such an experience will also show them that they need to learn how to earn all of the good things in life.

Jobs at the Pool

In some places, the local pools are only open in the summer due to weather conditions during the rest of the year. In any case, youngsters can look into jobs at the pools and parks. For those who are certified, they can act as lifeguards or be on staff to administer first aid if necessary. Other teenagers and young adults could work checking identification cars when people enter the pool area or take the pictures for said cards. Many pools have snack and drink booths that require staffing as well.

Paid Internship Opportunities

If your child is lucky enough to receive a paid internship opportunity, strongly encourage him or her to take it. Most individuals do not receive money for their internships if they are even able to find such a position at all. Generally, this internship will be related to the type of work they plan to do in the future. Even if they are not making a lot of money, they are still developing their skills in the particularly industry and making contacts. Through making connections in the field, they might be able to find a job right after graduating from college.

Pet Care Services

During the summer, people love to have their dogs go out for walks, but they often are not home frequently enough to let them enjoy this beautiful weather. Therefore, students can look into dog walking services where they go and take the dogs for a walk a couple of times per day. Some families might also want pet sitters for their dogs and cats while they are away on vacations. Students could also work in the waste removal service and set up a little business. Finding clients at a local pet store or at the vet is a good plan of action.

Students no longer need to say that no jobs exist for them because quite a few options are out there. Many people will be competing for these same jobs, however. Therefore, it is important for your children to start applying to them as soon as possible.

Victor Daily writes on wide range of business and IT related topics for several reputable blogs. He is currently a content writer for a company that advertises  hospitality jobs in Melbourne area.

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Searching for the Best California Answering Service Job http://www.portablecareer.net/answering-service-job/ http://www.portablecareer.net/answering-service-job/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 00:08:35 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18561 An answering service job is a great opportunity to build a career. For students, stay-at-home moms or dads, retirees, or those looking for a second job that won’t interfere with their primary job, it’s an easy way to get some extra income.Answering_service_Job

But first, it’s important to distinguish between an answering service and a call center. Unlike at a call center where you would call others to sell them something, at an answering service, customers call you because they need help. It would be your job to help the customer, or connect them to somebody who can.

If you’re interested in a job, or want to try building a career, at an answering service, here are some things to look for in order to find the best job:

  • Wages and Scheduling: The best answering service companies will offer a competitive wage and flexible scheduling. Many businesses that hire answering services do so because they want to offer their customers 24/7 support. This means that you should be able to find an answering service that can give you late or early hours if that’s what you need.
  • Training: Check out different services’ training programs. If you’re interested in building a career as a phone operator, the better the program, the better you will be positioned to succeed.
  • Benefits: A really good answering service may offer medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401k plan, and a retirement plan. Some will even help with tuition or have other programs you may find useful.
  • General perks: Because of the nature of the job, you can dress comfortably and casually. Also, look for a place where the employees describe the work environment as friendly, supporting, relaxed, etc. You’ll know you’ve found a good answering service to work for if the employees are happy. Another thing to inquire about is bonuses. Some services may throw some extra cash your way if they, for example, hire a friend of yours.

Depending on your interests and background, you can search for phone operating jobs in different fields. You could work for a medical, dental or legal office, or for a property management company. All of these can offer shifts after hours, especially those for health related businesses. If you work for a property management company, you may be dispatching calls to on-call employees who need to see to a tenant’s plumbing problem.

Since the field of customer support is growing, there are many opportunities for phone answering jobs. Whether you’re looking for a part-time position or interested in starting a career, a well-reputed answering service can help you meet your needs and goals.

Paul is a freelance writer interested in the growing field of customer service and its career opportunities that companies like Answer2, an inbound call center service can offer. For more information visit Answer2.com.

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The Different Styles of Presentation Binding http://www.portablecareer.net/the-different-styles-of-presentation-binding/ Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:41:31 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18565 When it comes to handing out presentation documents for reports or bookkeeping purposes, we all want to coverbind-logopresent them in a very neat manner so that our bosses or anyone who reads them will be able to do so well and be able to keep it for a very long time. Let’s face it: better presented documents are more likely to be kept and appreciated. So, what are these types of binding a presentation document? Here are the different styles of presentation binding anyone can use for their documents.

Wire Binding

The first method is called Wire Binding. It involves using a set of twin loop wires to hold the documents together. The side of the paper where you insert the wires is punched regularly with a round or square shaped hole and the two ends of the wires are clamped together for secure binding of the document. It is a good style to use if you want your document to be read open/flat style, just laying 2 pages of the document at a time. Not to mention it looks simple yet elegant. So for those who want a simple style of binding their document, the wire binding style is perfect for you.

Plastic Coil Binding

Another method of binding documents is called Plastic Coil Binding. Unlike the Wire Binding where you use twin wires to hold the documents together, it uses a long plastic coil that goes through the punched part of the paper, just like what you see in notebooks. This method allows the document to be read open/flat but it could also be folded around for instances where the reader uses one hand to hold the entire document. It is also a unique way of binding documents as well as for packing purposes. When you send a document with a plastic coil binding by mail, it will hold the paper well and prevent damages to the entire document.

Plastic Comb Binding

The third style for document binding is called Plastic Comb Binding. This easy and versatile method of binding documents is perfect for documents that are frequently being edited and changed as the plastic “comb” that holds the document can be easily adjusted for easy removal of paper. One unique feature of this style is that the plastic holder has a flat surface where one can easily print a label for the document perfect for placing the document in shelves where it can be easily identified.

 Strip Binding

The method Strip Binding uses seals and rivets to hold the binding comb together for a secure bind, perfect for documents that do not require editing. It also provides a more professional finish to the bound document. Also, this style can hold up to 750 sheets of paper so it’s perfect for inventories because of its space saving capability.

Thermal Binding

Thermal Binding is the style that gives your document the professional, perfect bound look that you need. It is a fast and reliable method of binding where no mechanical fasteners can be seen. It uses a Therm-A-Bind cover with adhesives that are heat activated so it promises a secure bind every time. The backbone of the thermal bound document wraps around the document so it is ideal for labeling the document, making it recognizable when placed in a shelf.

So there you go folks, the different binding methods that suit any kind of presentation you need. From simple to colorful to formal to secure binding. Using these styles in perfect situations will help you in easing out the presentation and leave a good impression.

About Author:

David Goss is a passionate writer who regularly writes article, reviews and blog post on topics related book binding, presentation binding and office equipment. He would like to invite you to visit coverbind.com for tons of free tips and information on presentation covers.

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5 home business ideas that can help you make good money http://www.portablecareer.net/5-home-business-ideas-that-can-help-you-make-good-money/ http://www.portablecareer.net/5-home-business-ideas-that-can-help-you-make-good-money/#comments Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:24:58 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18560 The looming economic crunch coupled with the latest yearly per capita earning reports show that things are not improving. If anything things are not going to improve for the foreseeable future.  Now you can either sit and wait for your finances to improve or you can do something about it. Starting your own home business is a great way to close your financial gap. Whether you chose to work full or part time it is important that you find something to do which you are passionate about and helps you make some extra cash. There has never been a better time to setup your own home based business.

Even though we have not outlined an exhaustive list of ideas below our goal with the list is to put forth some of the most lucrative and common ones.

Collectables and Antiques dealing

If you’ve had a coin collection, stamp collection or a banknote collection then you know enough to deal in antiques and collectables. It would be even more lucrative if this is your hobby. Websites like eBay make it easier for antiques and collectables dealers to reach their target market. You can house all the collectables and antiques you sell at home. Simply, snap pictures and upload them to eBay. You’ll be able to easily make a few dollars from each sale regardless of if you sell baseball cards or your action figure collection. The older and more valuable the item is the more money you’ll obviously make.

Childcare business

A home business that specializes in looking after kids is very lucrative. In order to be successful you should love kids. This means having lots of patience and energy. However, in order to look after kids for the entire day you may need to be registered as a child care specialist. Find out what the rules and requirements are in your region. Generally speaking you shouldn’t have a criminal record, open your doors to safety checks and have adequate medical facilities.

Computer troubleshooting specialist

Even though computers have become a major part of our lives there are some that still find it complicated. People often get confused and find it near impossible to fix computer errors. Things like installing windows, troubleshooting the registry etc. are all things that you can get paid well for. A home based business that fixes computer hardware and software issues will always do well so as long as you treat your computers with respect.

Teaching and hosting foreign students

As far as businesses go this one is relatively hassle free. You can rent out your spare rooms to foreign students and teach them about the local culture. Since, foreign students will not stick around for a long time the chances of them getting on your nerves are slim. In the case they do get on your nerves you can always evict them. You can also charge them extra to teach English or simply show them around the city when you have the time.

Laundry and ironing services

You do not need thousands of dollars for this home business. You can also work at your own pace. In cash strapped times ironing someone else’s laundry or washing their clothes can help you make a good income. However, because this job is relatively simple and you do not have to get a license to do it the competition is heating up. Many people are offering this service for a few dollars with their kids operating it out of their basement. But depending on your location you can still end up putting a few hundred dollars a week into your savings account. There is also good potential that this business will grow depending on how well things go.

 Conclusion

When you want to start your home business there are certain things you should consider. You should consider the time you can allot each day towards your business. It is also a good idea to draft a business plan if you want the business to grow out of its humble beginnings in your home. You should also do some research to find out if the home based business you are considering is worth your while. Once you know these variables it is easy to start and continue to run a business that turns a profit.

About the Author: Manu is a SEO Analyst and Freelance Content Writer. He is currently a content writer for Melbourne based Home Based Business – Career Coach for over 5 years.

 

 

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How to write a book ASAP – Intro http://www.portablecareer.net/how-to-write-a-book-asap-intro/ Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:31:31 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18444 I’m in the final stages of reading a great book by Garrett Pierson entitled ‘How To Write A Book ASAP: The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your First Book Fast!
‘. Okay, full disclosure, I actually listened to the Audible version but I like audiobooks…what can I say?

This is the first of several articles on this subject of How to Write a Book based on Garret’s method that I’m creating on this site for a several reasons; firstly, if you are here because you want to write a book or, like me you have thought about writing a book but not sure how to go about it, I’d like these articles to be encouragement for you to buy and read Garret’s book – this is the best, step-by-step model I’ve seen to help guide would-be authors in their journey to create their book, regardless of the type of book you have in mind.

Secondly, I’m using this as a way to summarize this information for my purposes and hopefully it helps others.

Next, writing is an ideal career for mobile professionals, particularly those in the trailing spouse situation. Whether it be authoring of a book as we are discussing here, freelance for one or more publications or producing your own articles in blogs and article sites. Writing can be a full-time endeavor or a fill-in career between other projects and assignments with many side benefits that Garret alludes to in his book. Writing is also a great residual income generator for those times when you can’t work.

Lastly, I want to use some of Garret’s material to show by example, how someone can create and present step-by-step tutorials to  guide readers through a process. My message to readers on the Portable Career Network is to think how this model can be used to present other information, something you know about and can impart on others. Think beyond this immediate subject of writing a book and picture how you, or others with your assistance might be able to produce this kind of content to instruct, inform and inspire others – There are many portable career ideas that can be built around this concept, I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you.

So let’s get started… by all means jump straight to Garret’s YouTube channel here, but then you will miss out on my insightful commentary :)

Introduction – In this video, as the title indicates, Garret gives you an overview and is pretty much just a plug to buy the book (which I recommend you do) and he gives some information on his other books.

Before you embark of this exercise, whether it’s through reading the book and/or previewing these videos, it’s worth downloading and printing the Workbook and Planning Guide (pdf)

Day 1 – Three Reasons

Establish three reasons why you want to write a book. e.g. Garret’s reasons; It was on his bucket list, to say that he was an author,  and he wanted to be a speaker.

Day 2 – What?

Page 11 in the Workbook and Planning Guide. What is your book about? What form will it take – Fiction, or Non-fiction? Research your mind – Identify three things that you are thinking of writing about or three things that you want to learn about that will inspire you to write and share the information. Focus in on one that you feel the most passionate about.

 

Day 3 – Target Audience

This isn’t addressed in the Workbook, so you are on your own with a blank piece of paper here. Think about who is most likely to be interested in your book. Their age, location, gender, interests, etc. Keep in mind that when you are writing you need to ‘speak’ specifically and consistently to this group. Who are they?

Are there enough people in this category?… will they benefit and see a need for your book? Do you understand what drives them to decide, and can they afford to by a book? Are they accessible? This is fundamental marketing stuff and a very important aspect to consider before putting fingers on a keypad…. or pen to paper in the old parlance.

That’s basically it for the structural planning. Rather than the daily model Garret has developed I think the above three tasks are suitable for tackling as a single chunk, get down on paper three fundamental things:

  1. What is motivating you to write? – Why are you doing this?
  2. What will you write about? – The subject.
  3. Who will you be writing to? – The audience.

Next article in this series…. How To Write A Book ASAP
– Stage 2

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Lifestyle businesses have different goals and measures of success http://www.portablecareer.net/lifestyle-businesses-have-different-goals-and-measures-of-success/ Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:46:36 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18548 Too often we make the mistake of seeing entrepreneurs like Donald Trump and Steve Jobs as the examples that all businesses should follow. However, the great majority of firms in this country are not truly entrepreneurial but more what I call “lifestyle businesses.” These lifestyle businesses add much to our economy and the welfare of many employees.

Read the complete article here: http://www.floridatrend.com/article/15387/lifestyle-businesses-have-different-goals-measures-of-success

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There are lots of “coaches” out there…almost as many as there are “Consultants”. How do you tell one from the next? How do you decide if youCareer Coaches Motivate can benefit from working with a coach? Gozde Kar from Performance1 has some advice:

What is Executive Coaching and Do You Need It?

As a small business owner, you’re under a lot of pressure and you have high expectations for yourself—so you need a way to express your vulnerability and doubt while maintaining authority. An executive coach isn’t just there to listen to you (although they’re great at it), but to clarify your thoughts by reflecting them back to you. Here are some other aspects of coaching:

  • Industry expertise: A professional coach from an accredited program has worked in the field in which they’re coaching, so they’re the voice of experience.
  • Analysis of strengths and weaknesses: Coaches use both formal and informal tools to pinpoint areas of strength and vulnerability.
  • Specific goal- and schedule-setting: Coaching is much more effective when you and your coach work together to draft a schedule regarding goals, meeting frequency and the length of the engagement.
  • Honesty: A good executive coach will point out your behavioral and language inconsistencies in a clear way. They don’t have to be rude about it, but sugarcoating everything takes away your opportunity to grow and develop.
  • Suggesting an alternate point of view: When you’re seeing a business situation in a negative light, your coach can reframe it in a better way.
  • Practice exercises: Each coaching session will focus on how your behaviour can be encouraged, minimized or adapted in order to meet your goals. Between sessions, your coach will give assignments to reinforce what you’ve learned.
  • Attention to you AND your business: You’re a business owner, but you’re also a human being—so your coping skills, doubts and work/life balance are all part of the strategy.
  • Help so you can make the necessary changes: Here, your coach’s help can take the form of either accountability checks or encouragement. You’ll progress toward your goals while keeping up with current opportunities and challenges.

Like many small business owners, you’re probably skeptical about what executive coaching can do for you. When your behaviors or doubts are affecting how you manage or operate your business, your coach can step in and help.

Does Executive Coaching Work?

Most research that’s been done on the efficacy of coaching has been based on larger businesses; it can offer a return of anywhere from seven to 49 times your initial investment. However, you should keep in mind that at your results will depend on the length of your coaching agreement and your goals.

Professional athletes have coaches to help them become more proficient, and there’s no denying that coaching works. As a small business owner, you can realize the same benefits. Hiring a coach will help you put your business in the best possible position to increase your sales and client base.

Executive coaching starts with you, and it’s a reflection of your team’s values and behavior patterns. Proper coaching will help you find new ways to bring your entire staff together, and it will teach them how to work as a cohesive unit.

Written by Gozde Kar for Performance1: Business Leaders in Coaching 

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Spouses Without Borders – Webinar http://www.portablecareer.net/spouses-without-borders-webinar/ Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:24:07 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18526  

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Spouses Without Borders introduces their first webinar

“creating a flexible career for the accompanying spouse”!

 

When: Tuesday, 29-January-2013 @ 8:30 – 9:30 am US Eastern Time
How:   Click here to Register      Webinar ID: 116-380-827

Join career coach, Tim Ragan and our Spouses Without Borders presenters Anthony Toffoli and Gareth Jones (both experienced with multiple foreign assignments as the “accompanying spouse”)

This ONE HOUR virtual forum is OPEN TO ALL and best of all, it is FREE.

Space is limited to the first 100 participants to register, so don’t wait,

 REGISTER NOW!

 

Send your comments and suggestions to:  info@spouseswithoutborders.com

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We also invite you to join our LinkedIn group at : Spouses Without Borders / Conjoint Sans Frontière (SWB/CSF) This is our forum for exchanging information and ideas between spouses around the world.

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DIDO Mining Jobs http://www.portablecareer.net/dido-mining-jobs/ Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:20:23 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18515

The mining industry provides unique opportunities for those seeking a portable career. Australian mining  industry expert Danny Duric from  australia-mining.com gives us some insight below about the DIDO employment model

Many companies in the mining industry have embraced DIDO (Drive in drive out) as a new way to increase production. DIDO  means that you drive yourself to mine location at the beginning of your work period (roster) and then drive home when your roaster comes to an end. This kind of arrangement is only possible to mining fields which are located at a reasonable distance from a city or town. The length of a roaster may vary from company to company. However, in most circumstances it ranges from 2 to 3 weeks which is then followed by an off of between 5 days and 10 days. DIDO mining jobs allows people with families to continue working without the need to relocate their families.

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DIDO jobs are popular in different places for example in Western Australia and Latin America. Due to the fact that DIDO workers have to spend up to 3 weeks in the mine fields, different companies have established several measures that help in balancing the work and personal lives. Among the measures established are health facilities, measures to deal with family separation, security and social facilities such as movie theaters, swimming pools, free internet and gymnasium.

Living conditions

If you are taking a DIDO job, you should be ready to share the accommodation facilities. You will have a basic and comfortable room in the course of your roster. However, when you go for an off, the room will be offered to another worker. This means that it is possible for you to move to a different room each time you come from an off.

Mining companies try to keep DIDO mining workers as comfortable as possible. Therefore different services will be there at your disposal for example a gymnasium, a shop, a swimming pool, a sports facility, a movie theater and even a Television room. You may also be provided with laundry and food. It is important to note that most mining companies prohibit the use of alcohol within the mines and this means DIDO workers will have to learn how to survive without alcohol during their roster period.

Salaries for DIDO jobs

These jobs are only open to professionals such as qualified engineers and other specialized workers. Due to the nature of their jobs, the salary scales are also very high. Generally, the salaries are usually around 50% more than the salaries of normal workers. This explains why there is a very stiff competition when it comes to securing these jobs, especially those entry level mining jobs.

Advantages of DIDO jobs

These jobs come with very attractive salary packages and allowances and this explains why they are so competitive.

DIDO mining jobs allow mining specialists who live far away from the mining fields to work in the mines without having to relocate their families. This is a wonderful move as even those who live in areas without mines can still work in the mine fields.

Disadvantages

DIDO mining jobs are not very appropriate to people who are establishing relationships or those who are in marriages. Having to spend so much time away from the loved ones does not work very well with relationships.

It has also been observed that there are higher risks of contacting diseases due to the fact that there are many people living together. Cases of infections such as AIDS among DIDO workers are high especially in developing nations.

The future of DIDO mining jobs

As many companies expand their operations, it is expected that demand for DIDO workers will continue to increase over the foreseeable future. Also as many government try to spread the mining benefits even to regions outside mining areas, it is expected that more workers will be drawn from those regions to foster even national development.

About  Mining Australia

Mining Australia specialize s in helping people with no experience to understand the mining industry better. They don’t present topics in a confusing way or bombard you with mining jargon. Instead they aim to provide you with the information you require, to assist you in making an informed decision about entering the mining industry. For more information visit:  australia-mining.com

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To Hellas and Back – a book by Lana Penrose http://www.portablecareer.net/to-hellas-and-back/ Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:04:51 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18487 Australian author Lana Penrose contacted me recently describing her book ‘To Hellas and Back‘ (originally published by Penguin Australia) as being all about her experience as a trailing spouse in Greece (only she wasn’t aware of the term at the time). Have a read and let us all know what you think. — Jeff

You know how being a trailing spouse can sometimes suck? Okay, probably not the best choice of words, but few talk about the realities of becoming a man-bag in a foreign country like it’s a dirty, dark secret.

As a trailing spouse, I grew tired of reading about utopian fantasies being enjoyed by others in various countries. Rather than successfully converting a crumbling monstrosity into a charming abode in which I flounced, or finding enlightenment and inner-peace in my newly adopted country of Greece, I came closer to experiencing a nervous breakdown, which is why I penned ‘To Hellas and Back’, originally published by Penguin/Viking. It went on to become a bestseller.

Why? Well, I think it’s because I dared speak the truth, and I served my very personal story up with lashings of humour. But I was surprised to learn post-release that many people endure similar fates to mine.

So if you’re finding it hard to adapt in a foreign country, you’re not alone. And if you want a good laugh (or cry) at the expense of a hypersensitive whack job battling with culture shock, this book’s for you. Nobody ‘gets’ it more than a trailing spouse!

‘A hilarious and memorable read’ – Famous Magazine.

‘You’ll laugh ‘til you cry’ – Cleo

To Hellas and Back – Click here to read the great reviews of this fabulous book

Lana Penrose

Lana Penrose is a bestselling author twice published by Penguin/Viking. She is a former record company promotions manager, music journalist and television producer, and worked briefly with Simon Cowell amongst others of the pop elite.

Memoir ‘To Hellas & Back’ has been described as ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ face-plowing into a plate of steaming moussaka and has been optioned for film adaptation.

‘Kickstart My Heart’ chronicles separation and divorce en route to new love and is something like Bridget Jones staggering through life with an axe through her head.

Visit: www.lanapenrose.com.au for more information.LanaPenrose

 About the Author

Lana Penrose, hails from what she describes as “a mysterious parallel universe known as Sydney, Australia”. Although her parents urged her to become a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty, various incarnations have included music journalist, record company promotions gal, music television producer and personal assistant to an iconic pop sensation whose name she says will never be revealed unless subjected to Chinese water torture. She also worked with the now-infamous Simon Cowell.

Sometime in the mid-nineties Lana accepted a position with MTV Australia and began interviewing the illustrious and not-so-illustrious of the rock and pop world. She left that behind to move to Athens in 2000 because that’s when she says she started going mad. Her thoughts, feelings and experiences ultimately evolved into the highly acclaimed bestseller ‘To Hellas and Back’, a memoir originally released through Penguin/Viking that reached number 2 on the Bookscan Bestsellers Top 10, pipped to the post by Michael Palin (to whom she bears no grudge because he’s a very nice man).

Her second book – ‘Kickstart My Heart’   details her perilous journey as a suddenly single, disorientated, loveless train wreck of a human being on a desperate quest for love. The book has been described as ‘hilarious’ yet ‘sad’ (in every sense of the word), and falls somewhere between ‘Bridget Jones’ and ‘Sex & the City’ with a Les Paul wedged beneath an armpit. ‘Kickstart My Heart’ also had a soundtrack released through Universal Music, bypassing the hassle of producing a movie.  Who needs the bother, right?

Her third book ‘Addicted to Love’ closes the non-fiction trilogy. Lana says “trust me when I say it’s gonna mess with your head. It did mine”. Lan’s books are very well acclaimed.

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Want to Know About Career Prospects in Photography? http://www.portablecareer.net/want-to-know-about-career-prospects-in-photography/ http://www.portablecareer.net/want-to-know-about-career-prospects-in-photography/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:41:59 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18484 Are you passionate about capturing moments in your camera? Is photography your hobby? What about making a career in it? There is a lot of scope in this career for people having creativity and imagination. However, career management is required to ensure a rewarding professional life in any field. It involves proper planning and management of one’s profession to ensure financial security, personal satisfaction, goal photographer careerachievement, and life/work balance.

Pictures are said to be powerful and expressive medium that can amuse, inform and entertain viewers. Professional photography is a lucrative and exciting career option in today’s time. With the growth in media and fashion industry, professional photographers are in great demand. Photographer job offers job opportunities in different fields. The wide range of career options includes:

  • Wildlife Photographer- The job is exciting where the photographer is involved in capturing wildlife in natural form.
  • Forensic Photographer- These professionals work for detective agencies and police to take photographs at crime scenes. Efforts are made to cover every possible angle of crime through photography.
  • Industrial Photographer- Picture of workers and factories are covered by these photographers for the purpose of publication and advertisement.
  • Fashion Photographer- It is an exciting and glamorous work profile where you need to work for fashion designers, models and fashion houses.
  • Scientific Photographer– The field involves clicking pictures for research reports and scientific publications.
  • Press Photographer– They work for newspapers where working with reporters they capture the people and events in news.

In order to start your career in any one of the mentioned fields, a professional photographer needs to have natural skill and interest for colors, visuals, imagination, and creativity. In India, several institutes and colleges offer diploma as well as certificate courses in photography. Some of them include Pune University; Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi; St. Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai; Academy of Photography, Kolkata; and International Institute of Photography, Delhi.

Some career tips to excel in photography career:

  • Focused Thought- It is crucial to have real insight and focused thought about your work, career goal and action.
  • Accept Mistakes- Acknowledging mistakes help a person to learn from it and ensure the same is not repeated in future.
  • Dedication towards work- Commitment and dedication towards work always makes you wanted in a company.
  • Adapt Changes- Photographer job demands the person to work in different locations and situations. Being adaptable to changes help the photographer to perform well and give 100% in the job.
  • Use Creativity- Photography is all about having an eye for every detail and using your creativity.

So, do not keep your photography skills limited to clicking photographs on relative’s birthday parties, festivals and family get-togethers. Come and flaunt your creativity and natural skills by pursuing a professional career in photography and enjoy the rewarding career.

Author Bio:

Swati Srivastava writes on behalf of naukri.com, India’s No. 1 job portal. The website is committed to provide complete solutions related to job search in different fields such as engineering jobs, photographer jobs, MBA jobs, etc.

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5 Ways To Subpoena Proof Your Small Business http://www.portablecareer.net/5-ways-to-subpoena-proof-your-small-business/ Tue, 01 Jan 2013 23:32:37 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18478 For many entrepreneurs, your business is like another one of your children.  And like any parent, you want to protect thatsign_contract child.  In the world of business, this means protecting your small business from the litigious bullies that want to take it to court and take more than just your business’ lunch money.  Here are 5 ways to subpoena-proof your small business and give your company the safety it deserves.

1.  Take care of your legal needs: Though it might be a bit expensive, having an attorney go through your company’s business model, documents, patents, rights and practices and identifying any possibilities of legal contention is the best subpoena-prevention your company can have.  Preparation is always the best prevention.  Part of that legal preparation includes getting proper liability insurance in case of lawsuits.

2.  Get it in writing: In conjunction with rule number 1, you want to have records of all company activities, contracts and agreements in writing and signed by your customers.  Before supplying your company with ammo and evidence in the courtroom, having written documentation also gives your customers an exact idea of what to expect or what they’re getting from your company and can help mitigate lawsuits simply by being transparent.  As the verbal contract has gone the way of the dodo, getting everything in writing has become more important than ever.

3.  Don’t be caught off guard:  You never, ever want your business to be surprised by a lawsuit.  You’ve got to be aware of any and all potential reasons a person might want to take your company to court.  This could be anything from intellectual property issues to simply hurt feelings based on a customer’s treatment.  Be aware of customer complaints and grievances and try to address them as best you can before things get out of hand.

4.  Face the complaint: Many of the situations that eventually lead to a lawsuit start out as small customer service complaints.  These complaints spiral out of control either by a failure to take action or a failure to address or even recognize the issue.  Be aware of complaints and don’t simply write them off or leave them for one of your employees to handle; micromanaging problems is one of the surest ways to incite bad blood and subsequently a lawsuit.  Sometimes the simplest way of satisfying the customer’s complaints is to get involved yourself.  An owner taking action shows the customer respect and commitment and, who knows, could even result in a long term relationship.

5. Brace yourself internally: Most company’s lawsuits are between employer and employee, usually regarding wrongful termination, discrimination and unfair practices.  Make sure your company follows all rules and regulations in terms of the hiring process as well as in employee treatment.  Learn and abide by OSHA regulations and have an attorney point out any aspects of your company that might pose hazards to your employees.  This also includes making sure your employees are properly trained and made aware of your company’s practices and policies (this is especially true to avoid many harassment suits).

By following these five steps, your company should be transformed into a well-armed, subpoena-proof business tank, allowing you more time and freedom to grow your business in the absence of litigious anxiety.

About the Author: Brett Gold covers Hays Firm. He has worked in the legal industry for over 10 years. In his free time he enjoys catching up on the Game of Thrones book series.

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4 Tips for Managing Virtual Workers http://www.portablecareer.net/4-tips-for-managing-virtual-workers-2/ Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:51:51 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18030 For all of us who have portable careers, in which our office is wherever we want it to be, working from home is a definite blessing. Still, for those who have an established home office career, there may come a point in which you will have to manage others who you do not see on face-to-face basis every day.Virtual_global_network

In this scenario, you may begin to wish that you had a common office space to keep track of all of your workers. In the absence of a shared space, you’ll have to be that much more on top of things. Here are a few tips for managing employees over the Internet.
1.    Establish a set schedule.
As all of us who have worked from home know, there is an initial tendency to have a wacky schedule in which you work sporadically during the day and well into the night. While this may be feasible if you are going solo, when you work as part of team, you’ll have to be on somewhat similar timetables. Establish from the get-go when your workers should be available online.
2.    Standardize communication tools.
When you have a team that must collaborate in some way, you’ll have to have a set of tools with which to keep in touch with each other. In my personal opinion, using Google’s tools is the most streamlined way to do so. Using G-chat, Gmail, Google Docs, where you can edit a document in real-time, you have an entirely built-in system to communicate effectively with your workers. Of course, there are other options, some of which are listed here.
3.    Be clear about deadlines.
One of the biggest inconveniences of running a team online is that not everyone may be completely sure about what needs to get done and when. If you aren’t very particular about deadlines and guidelines, you’ll receive work from your employees at different times, which can definitely adversely affect your project as a whole. As such, be sure that you make daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines clear at the beginning of every single week.
4.    Have regular virtual meetings.
Even though you may get a chance to chat with your virtual workers independently, you won’t build a successful team unless each member really feels as though she is working together in a group. Creating a substitute for meetings in a physical space thus becomes doubly important. The easiest way to do this is to have weekly conference phone or video calls, in which you can all collaborate together. If you happen to live in the same general area, try to have face-to-face meetings at least once a month in order to establish the camaraderie necessary for successful team work to happen.
Managing a virtual team will never be easy. But if you commit yourself to being organized, responsive to your team members concerns, and, above all, you encourage your team to be as communicative as possible, you’ll be successful. Good luck!

This is a guest post by Jane Smith from background check. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to: janesmth161 @ gmail.com

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Data Driven eBooks http://www.portablecareer.net/data-driven-ebooks/ Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:36:08 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18461 The more I read and learn about writing and publishing the more I’m convinced that we are still at the very early stages of incredible change in Reading eBook on Kindlethis sector. There is little doubt that printed book sales continue their decline and indications are that eBooks outsell their printed counterparts by two to one in the US. In the UK Kindle ebook sales have overtaken Amazon print sales, yet, Print Is Still the Dominant Format for Canadians, Says New BookNet Canada Study.

How long is it until eBooks fully, or at least mostly displace print? – Some analysts are predicting that eBooks will constitute 75% of book sales by 2025.

There seems to be a special case for text and reference books where rental and eBook Sales are eroding new textbook sales, no doubt stimulated if not primarily driven by Amazon’s Textbook Rental plan. Although Amazon are upsetting publishers with their lending program, allowing users to lend their books to friends, thereby denying rights-owners their sales and revenue, its a popular program with consumers, particularly the cash-strapped student market.

But what does all this mean for a writer, particularly someone who intends to self-publish their work, or for current authors with their works already in the pipeline? Should they go it alone and risk obscurity, or should they embrace the major retailer model and potentially be exploited for minimal gain?

Authors and self publisher ignoring the eBooks phenomena will do so at their peril if the statistics in Jane Friedman’s blog post entitled eBook Statistics For Authors to Watch are to be believed. But fully embracing the Amazon retail model may not be in the best interest of independents, as a monopolistic market evolves, both the consumers and suppliers are likely to suffer.

…we suggest that there is some evidence that Amazon may have a commercial policy of creating a closed system through which it can perpetuate or strengthen its market position in the sale of books.  — Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland. 

It depends of course on the type of book being produced, but I can see a hybrid model evolving, particularly in the non-fiction sector. Independent authors and self-publisher can leverage the exposure and reach of major online retailers like Amazon to sell low value introductory versions of their products, while using that product to bring readers directly to their own sites for up-selling and providing premium content. products or services.

This is alluded to by James Levy, CEO and Founder of Hiptype in an interview he gave with Joe Wikert from the O’Reilly Tools of Change hiptype_logoConference. I’ve shared that interview at the end of this article. Hiptype describes itself as a platform for data-driven book publishing. Levy points out that the data provided by major online retailers is minimal and doesn’t allow the publisher to understand much about who is reading their book, other than some rudimentary sales or download data. He goes on to describe how Hiptype is interested in what he calls the “DNA of the successful Book”. Their platform allows publishers to collect anonymous data about their book in the hands of purchasers and readers and allows you to understand and interpret these data. Some insights that Hiptype have been able to ascertain are:

  • Sharing — The ability to highlight and share thoughts about passages from a book with others is an important ‘social’ aspect of eBooks. Hiptype shows that the majority of content sharing takes place in either the first 10 pages or the last 10 pages of the book.
  • Importance of the first 50 pages — Nearly one third of readers won’t return to the eBook by page 50, but 85% of readers who do get to page 50 are likely to read the next 50 pages. So what does this say for typical eBook samples that consist of just 10 or 12 pages?
  • Sample Conversion— A mere 4% of all samples downloaded are ever read at all.

Hiptype can also aggregate other demographic information like age, gender, likes etc. providing publishers and authors valuable feedback that isn’t otherwise easily available.

But before you get too excited, as of writing this article, Hiptype have suspended their service as explained on their blog at – http://blog.hiptype.com/

While we’re sad to shutdown Hiptype in its current form, we couldn’t be more excited about the new home we have found for the service. We’ll be announcing details shortly.

Not an uncommon tactic for a startup of this nature to allow them to pivot and scale to their next iteration and I look forward to their return. Learn more about Hiptype at: www.hiptype.com

In the meantime, I’m interested to learn more about the DNA of successful books and what independent publishers are planning to do to get their books into the hands of readers and get adequately compensated for their efforts. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tips To Find Professional Data Conversion Service Providers http://www.portablecareer.net/tips-to-find-professional-data-conversion-service-providers/ http://www.portablecareer.net/tips-to-find-professional-data-conversion-service-providers/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:38:18 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18364

This is a guest article submitted by Purathini from www.dataentryoutsourced.com

Data conversion can simply be defined as the process or technique involved in changing a data type, file or format toData Coversion another required digital format, with the use of computer software in a computer environment. Today, the conversion of data to meet certain requirements is been carried out by almost every organization with an online and offline presence which makes finding a professional service provider important for both large and small scale businesses but how can a business find the right firm to outsource data conversion jobs to?

Tips to Finding Professional Data Conversion Service providers:

Surfing the Net: Going online has since become the quickest way to find reputable firms for outsourcing data entry and conversion projects to and this is because most service providers recognize the importance of having an online presence for their businesses. Therefore conducting a simple search through Google, Bing etc. Is the fastest way to secure the services of a data entry, data processing and conversion firm.

Reading Reviews: As expected, a business niche as diverse as data entry and conversion is sure to have fraudulent websites professing their adequateness when it comes to handling data but before you outsource your jobs to any firm, we highly recommend you conduct a personal research or go through review sites such as www.imreportcard.com which would help you make an educated choice.

Social Media Networking: Following online data processing firms Twitter or Facebook accounts is also a way to keep you abreast with the latest technologies/tools used in performing data conversions and data processing service providers that use them. Knowing this would definitely help you differentiate between the professional servicing firms and unprofessional ones.

Using Outsourcing Platforms: Creating a job listing on reputable online sites such as elance.com, odesk.com etc is a sure way of attracting professional data conversion service providers to your firm without any effort on your part. The advantage of this system is that it provides you with adequate protection from fraudulent outsourcing firms.

Checking Local adverts/Listings: Craigslist is a good source for finding local data conversion service providers located around the vicinity of your business and for those looking to have a close relationship with the firm they outsource data processing jobs to, looking through adverts and listings on Craigslist will give you a head start.

Word of Mouth: For business organizations interested in hard copy data entry conversions, asking your business partners or employees for suitable recommendations can help a business owner easily find reputable data entry service providers to outsource jobs to.

What Do they Offer: In most cases, choosing a data processing provider boils down to a choice amongst a number of firms and making a choice should center on the diverse services the firms been considered have to offer your business. We advice that you go for a firm which offers, data entry, data processing, scanning, printing and data conversion services to its client.

Online Forums: The internet serves as a hub for diverse business owners, individuals and consumers/clients to meet and share information online. Registering on an online forum is a way to find out about data processing firms and also receive original feedback on the professionalism of a service provider.

Business Registry: The Better Business Bureau is also a source for finding registered and reputable service providers for data conversion projects. Therefore, going through the list of companies under the BBB is a good way to find reputable firms to outsource data entry jobs to.

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Upcoming IT Jobs – What’s In Demand? http://www.portablecareer.net/upcoming-it-jobs-whats-in-demand/ Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:17:25 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18408 These days, finding a job is easier said than done. The economy isn’t what is used to be, and moreIT Jobs are enhanced by certifications and more people are finding themselves without a job or source of income. With all of these changes, many people are going back to college to further their education, giving them a leg up when it comes to applying for a job. A popular degree choice lately is one in IT – for good reasons. IT is one of the fastest growing career fields today, and offers some real potential for college grads looking to secure a good job.

If you are in school for a degree in IT, or you are considering it, you may be wondering which career to go into, and what certifications to acquire for best results. Certain IT jobs have a better employment outlook and wages than others, so it can be helpful to know which are best ahead of time. In addition, many employers want to hire candidates with certain certificates. These certificates show you can work diversely, and can make all the difference in snagging that perfect job. With that said, here are five of the best IT certificates for you to obtain in the next few years.

MCITP

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional certificate is one of the best you can possess when you begin your job search. This certificate allows you to be an expert when it comes to the most popular type of computer – windows. You will be able to easily configure network infrastructures and anything else to do with Windows Brand computers, making you very sought after by businesses.

CCNA

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Associate Certificate will allow you to become very familiar with internet networks and how they work, all the way down to the OS fundamentals and internet security features. While some business want the CCNE, most can’t afford those professionals, so obtaining a CCNA provides better job potential.

CCSA

The Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator Certificate allows you to know all their is about SonicWall, a popular and ever growing IT company. Since this company is so large, and recently bought out by Dell, having a certificate in it will provide you with a lot of potential job leads.

PMP

The Project Management Professional Certificate is a good one to get no matter what area of IT you are planning on entering. This certificate teaches you about many job fundamentals, from budgeting projects to completing these projects in a timely, organized manner. Having these skills is a must when working in IT, and employers like to see that you already have a good grasp on these things before they hire you.

CISSP

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certificate is great for anyone who wants to specialize in IT security. Going into security is a wise choice, as it is an ever growing field. As more and more people gain knowledge about computer networks and their workings, more and more data is being stolen from individuals and businesses. As someone with the Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certificate, you will be known as someone who is knowledgeable in installing and maintaining security systems that will protect against data theft. As someone with this qualification, work will likely not run out for you in the years to come.

These are just five of the many professionals available for you to obtain and use when finding a career in the field of IT. The job market right now might not be the best, but if you choose a career in a fast growing field, like information technology, you will be able to find a job you’ll excel in with enough hard work and perseverance. Everything may seem tough now, but hold on until the tide dies down, and chances are you will be left with a rewarding job in the nations fastest growing industry.

 

Victor Daily writes on wide range of business and IT related topics for several reputable blogs. He is currently a content writer for Ninefold, a well know Australian cloud computing company.  

 

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10 Myths to Starting a Business as an Expat: Why What You Think Won’t Cut It. http://www.portablecareer.net/10-myths-to-starting-a-business-as-an-expat/ http://www.portablecareer.net/10-myths-to-starting-a-business-as-an-expat/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:47:09 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18421 As a trailing spouse, I totally get that your life is like a non-stop pin-ball machine.  You get settled only to get LifeResetCoaching-Reset_Your_Lifelaunched to an entirely different country, where you have to learn everything all over again.  Meanwhile, all of your friends and family think that you’re living an extravagant adventurous lifestyle. Not to mention that your spouse, the employee, hits the ground and is off to work.  Not many people understand the role of the trailing spouse.

Yet before all of the languages, the moving, and the countries, you were a professional. You earned a paycheck, and financially contributed to your household. Perhaps you were a police officer, an engineer, an accountant, or a teacher. While you do an amazing job as a spouse who packs, prepares, organizes, and carts children, there’s so much more you can offer the world.

In my time as a trailing spouse, I’ve seen spouses lose themselves in the monotony of parenting and for those without children, they’ve lost themselves in the monotony of complete freedom. These are smart people, but they’re lost in an unknown world with an unknown professional purpose.

If this is you, and you’re stuck and don’t know where to go or what to do with your professional life, I’m going to expose 10 myths that keep trailing spouses stuck, and I’ll give you a compass to find your true north–maybe even a new purpose

Myth #1. I can’t work because I don’t have the right Visa status in this country.

Fact. It’s definitely more difficult, but there are many schools and organizations who will sponsor you as a foreign national to gain the appropriate Visa work classification in country. American schools and non-profit organizations may be more amenable to cooperate.  Once you start job searching, the biggest obstacle you may face may be translating your experience and qualifications and proving your language proficiency.

Myth #2. I can’t start a business because I don’t have a skill or product to sell.

Fact. You don’t know what skill or product you can sell.  Everyone is good at something. Whether it’s how to train dogs, change diapers, or manage large scale products, you know how to do something. These days, the world is equally interested in information via blogs and guidebooks. First, you just need to find your thing. Then, you need find the people who want and care about your thing.  Believe me, they are out there. You just have to take the first step. For help getting started check out 5 Ideas for Starting a Part-Time Business.

Myth #3. I can’t start a business because I don’t understand business models, websites, accounting, etc…

Fact. You don’t have to know everything there is to know about business models, websites, marketing, and accounting. You just have to know about your own business model, website, marketing, and accounting. Plus, once you understand what you want to do, identify your target market, and determine your method of sale, almost everything else can be outsourced.

Myth #4. I don’t want to start a business. I want to help people.

Fact.  You can totally help people and make money too.  Money, in and of itself is not bad or negative. It’s just a form of exchange. Even non-profits have operating expenses and pay people salaries.  You can have a business that helps to support you and your family while it simultaneously helps people.  The thing is, you won’t be able to either support your family or help other people until you start something. It could be any form of business or non-profit, but you’ve got to start it.

Myth #5.  We move too often for me to build a client base.

Fact. With the help of our good friend the internet, it’s easier than ever to start an internet-based business that you can run from a tablet computer or a laptop.  Whether you’re selling a product or a service, having an internet based business  will allow people from all over the world, who are interested in your products/services, to find you.  So whether you’re in Santiago or New Delhi, your business will move wherever you take it.

Myth #6. No one will buy what I have to offer

Fact.  Google has a free tool called google keywords. Google “google keyword search” and it will pop up.  Then do a keyword search on exactly what you want to sell.  The tool should tell you how many people in a specified area search for what you’re selling.  If there are more than 1000 searches a month, you’ve got a potential business on your hands.

Myth #7. I don’t want to spend the money OR I don’t have the money to spend. 

Fact.  These days, you don’t need a lot of money to start a business.  Several companies offer free websites and blogs that have the same functionality as custom websites.  As you explore the viability of your business, there are several free and low cost options available to get you started.

Myth #8. I need more training to start a business

Fact. Training is wonderful when you can get it.  Knowledge, however, is bred out of experience. Albert Einstein said, “the only source of knowledge is experience.”  So, while you could totally go get training, you’ll gain 10 times the knowledge as you get out there and start practicing and meeting like-minded people in person or on the web, who may be able to share new and supportive insights.

Myth #9. I don’t like OR don’t want to sell.

Fact. You sell every day.  You may sell an idea to your spouse or your kids.  You may sell yourself on the idea that you cannot possibly write that ebook or start a company.  Somewhere, selling has become a dirty word. Selling is really just the act of sharing a possibility with someone else and explaining the benefits of adopting that possibility as their own. We do it every day! We share books, recipes, ideas, movies, lunch locations, etc.  While there may not be any money changing hands, the act of sharing something with someone and inviting them to give it a try, is…selling.  So, why not try it to expand your professional experience and personal finances doing something you love?

Myth#10. My children need me.

Fact. They do need you. Being able to be at home with children was one of the primary reasons my husband and I decided I should start this business. The truth though is that in addition to being a parent, you’re still you and your children will benefit exponentially by witnessing the entrepreneurial process as you launch and run your business. Your business doesn’t have to be all consuming for you to be successful.  Consider the possibility of giving yourself 2 to 4 hours three days a week to begin the process of business formulation.

In this article, I’ve just touched on 10 myths that I’ve heard in my experience living abroad and running my life coaching practice.  The take away is this: you can do just about anything you choose. If you’ve contemplated starting a business and you just haven’t done it yet, you may be telling yourself some of these myths or perhaps you have your own. The stories we tell ourselves may be acting like giant boulders completely blocking you from the road to success.

The truth is that being an entrepreneur may not be easy. You may struggle. You may go months without any sales, but if you believe in what you’re doing, if you’re continually readjusting things and learning from false starts, you will succeed. The test for any entrepreneur is in the constant learning and the continual quest for success.

Henry Ford said, “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement” So, get out there and get into action! The worst thing that could happen is you’ll learn something…

Ciara Kamara is the Principle & CEO of Life Reset Coaching, LLC where she works with individuals around the world to refocus, reset, and reinvent their current ways of being to create something totally new and completely unpredictable with their lives. She’s a trailing spouse living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Get her free eGuide here to reset your life.

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Black Diamond French Truffles http://www.portablecareer.net/black-diamond-french-truffles/ Sat, 08 Dec 2012 14:58:29 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18399 Susan Alexander  is the President and CEO of Black Diamond French Truffles, Inc. She has transformed 200 Gourmet truffles on a plateacres of  tobacco farmland – in Vass, North Carolina (50 miles southwest of Raleigh) – into the United States’ largest truffle farm.

When Susan bought the farmland from an old woman, the lady prophetically whispered to her, “There’s diamonds in these fields. I know you’ll find them.”  Susan says this was her inspiration for naming her orchard Black Diamond French Truffles, Inc.

Truffles are commonly considered solely a European delicacy, probably because they have been consumed there since the 20th century BCE.  But Europe better watch out, because North Carolina has high hopes of rivaling its truffle production.

North Carolina, along with other Mid-Atlantic states, has ideal conditions for growing truffles.  In fact, North Carolina resembles areas in Europe that produce the finest truffles.  North Carolina has soil structure, annual temperatures and rainfall amounts similar to these places.  North Carolina also has four well-established seasons, which is very important to truffle cultivation.  Truffles thrive in areas where the temperature dips below freezing, but the ground doesn’t freeze solid.

In North Carolina, you will find truffles cultivated on orchards, rather than harvested from the wild.  Because truffles need soil with a pH between 7.9 and 8.1, North Carolina soils sometimes have to be limed to reduce their acidity.  A truffle orchard should be on a plot of land that is well-drained and irrigated.

Starting a truffle orchard is a huge commitment.  Once the trees that the truffles rely on are planted, it will still be four to six years before the first truffles can be harvested.

While truffle cultivating is still relatively new to North Carolina, the industry has done well and is growing.  In addition to having the largest truffle orchard in the United States, North Carolina is home to dozens more truffle orchards that are also succeeding.

Want to see a truffle orchard for yourself?  Black Diamond French Truffles, Inc. offers tours and tastings at its beautiful orchard.

Susan is on a crusade to change global gourmet with her American truffle. She is the first to mix real Black Perigord truffles with popcorn so Americans could taste the high priced delicacy as an affordable food they love.  Besides the popcorn, Alexander has also created a line of truffle products including truffle oil, salt, and many others in the works.

With the farm, Susan Rice Alexander is creating the next “Napa Valley” of truffles and she hopes her truffle movement will catch on like the American wine craze. She sees herself as the Robert Mondavi of truffles.

You can learn more about Black Diamond French Truffles at: www.bdft.com and www.susanalexander-truffles.com

 

 

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Are you “admin” on your WordPress? http://www.portablecareer.net/wordpress-admin/ Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:48:19 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18367

If you asked me from September 2012 forward, the answer would change dramatically with WordPress Brute Force Attacks now exceeding 50% of all attacks being reported.

 , dynamicnet.net 

Viewing my stats recently on one of my websites, I noticed several persistent attempts from one IP address to log into my site with the username ‘admin’. I don’t have a user named ‘admin’ so it caught my eye.Wordpress Security

It’s recognized best practice on WordPress sites to delete and replace this default user with another administrative username for your site – and here’s why.

As I looked deeper into this login attempt I noticed it was from a location in The Netherlands, and it had been happening on a regular basis for several weeks. In the hacker world this is known as a Brute Force Attack, persistent attempts to login with a list of possible passwords to a known or likely username.

So given that there are so many WordPress installations on the web and many installers don’t bother changing their username from ‘admin’ it’s a prime target. It’s likely that they start with some common, easy to remember passwords like; password, pa$$word, admin, administrator…and so on – don’t laugh, I’ve seen many people securing their sites with these type of passwords. If these don’t work, the would be hacker will move onto common dictionary words and, just like monkeys and typewriters, they will eventually enter something that makes sense and bingo! – They have control of your site.

Of course this is not done with someone sitting at a keyboard working through a list and typing in passwords to your site, automated routines or ‘Robots’ are dispatched to sites to very rapidly cycle through thousands of combinations in a very short time.

In response to this I’ve installed a plug-in on all of my WordPress sites to log failed login attempts and lockout specific IP addresses after a defined number of failures. What surprised me is the prevelance of these attacks. EVERY WordPress site I own is being Brute Forced, mostly with the ‘admin’ username, but also with some others, I have a growing list of IP addresses that are being progressively locked out.

If you have a WordPress site with an ‘admin’ username you will almost certainly be hacked – it’s just a matter of time.

Getting control of a site, even a small blog is a valuable asset for hackers, it means they have the ability to install software that can be used for all kinds of purposes. You may not even know the software is installed. It may be intended to do harm to your content, or be used as part of a ‘botnet‘ for more sophisticated reasons.

Regardless of their motivation, you don’t want to be hacked and have to potentially re-build or loose your site content.

So here’s my advice to WordPress site owners, as a minimum, to protect yourself from admin hacking:

  1. Create a new user account for yourself with Administrator privileges
  2. Use an obscure password, preferably using a password generator but definitely without a dictionary word.
  3. Delete the default ‘admin’ user
  4. If you have other users on your site with Administrator privileges, make sure they follow point 2

Mobile Users 

Another related security aspect for people who work on mobile situations and have to log-in through public wi-fi or even through hotel or other similar non-home locations, it’s highly recommended that you create an alternative site login for yourself that does not have Administrator privileges. You don’t need to be an Admin to update your content, approve comments, create posts etc. so when you are away from home base, use a login with Editor or Author rights, NOT Admin!

Unless you have taken other precautions, interception of login details on public accessible networks is possible and does happen. If someone gets access to your site at Editor or Author level, their ability to do damage is severely limited compared to have Admin capabilities. You don’t always need to be Admin!

Don’t take my word for it, here’s a couple of other articles on the subject:

The Official WordPress line on Security

Sucuri Blog

DNI

 

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Sarah Kent – go it alone and get paid to do something you love http://www.portablecareer.net/sarah-kent/ http://www.portablecareer.net/sarah-kent/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:08:13 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18357 Sarah Kent is someone who has always valued choice. When she was younger, she traveled a lot (from her native New Zealand, to London, and anywhere in between!). She has had different careers and ended up at senior levels in corporate HR (learning and development).Sarah Kent - Lifetyle Business

By the time her HR career was taking off she was earning a great salary and doing very nicely… on the outside, but on the inside, the reality was that she was living that life where those around you think you should be grateful to have any job, and just think of the money. As she says “… no one got how utterly miserable I was”.

Based in London, Sarah now helps others break into their desired lifestyle business and guides people in their journey to… “go it alone and get paid to do something you love”.

You can learn more about Sarah at http://www.sarah-kent.com

Here’s an interview with Sarah conducted by Katya Barry:

 

Katya Barry is a Global Attitude Architect and coach, she helps people make significant positive personal and professional transformations that leave you feeling connected to yourself and your new culture.

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Working as a Medical Transcriptionist http://www.portablecareer.net/medical-transcriptionist/ http://www.portablecareer.net/medical-transcriptionist/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:40:14 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18330

Medical transcription allows one to work from home while earning a good salary, making it a desirable portable career choice. With the right skill set and the proper training, a nice living can be made working in this field.

Job Descriptionmedical transcription is a great work at home portable career

A medical transcriptionist listens to audio recordings by doctors and other professionals in the medical field and types what they hear into word processing software. Reports to be transcribed may include lab reports, operating reports, autopsy reports, discharge summaries, or anything else that needs to go into the patient’s medical records.

The average salary for a medical transcriptionist is $16 per hour, but this can be higher or lower depending on factors such as location and the client one transcribes for. The top paying states include Washington, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, and Alaska, with an hourly wage ranging from $18 to almost $22 an hour.

To work from home, the transcriptionist would need the proper software. A computer program that plays audio files is necessary to listen to the files that need to be transcribed. Other helpful tools include a headset and a foot pedal. While they are not necessary, they can help the transcriptionist keep up speed and efficiency. The foot pedal can be used to control the audio file, and it can be used to play, rewind, fast forward, and stop the dictation. The keyboard can also be used for these functions, but it can slow the typing down if the fingers have to constantly move back and forth between the letters and the control keys.

Necessary Training and Skills

In order to be able to thrive in this industry, one must have the appropriate training. An understanding of medical terminology is a must. Medical terms can be confusing and complicated to the untrained ear, which would lead to inaccurate reports being transcribed. Knowledge of medical language will help the transcriptionist not only with accuracy, but also with speed, allowing for increased productivity.

A medical transcriptionist must also learn anatomy and physiology. This will help when the transcriptionist needs to use logic to try and decipher a word that may be unclear on the audio file. Anyone interested in this career can enroll in a community college or vocational training school. Online training is also an option. Many of these programs can be completed within 4 months if the student can devote the time to the training.

Aside from understanding medical terminology, medical transcriptionists must also have exceptional grammar and typing skills. Many online resources are available to aid the transcriptionist in these areas.

How to Find Work

Upon completion of the training, the medical transcriptionist will need to decide if they want to be an independent contractor and have many different clients or if they would rather be employed by a healthcare facility that will let them work from home. Some places will not outsource the work to an independent contractor or let an employee work from home, but others realize that they are saving money by not having to provide the office space or pay out any health insurance in the case of the independent contractor and will welcome the opportunity.

To find clients, transcriptionists can contact any doctor’s office, hospital, clinic, or any other type of healthcare administration center to see if they are in need of their services. The internet can also be a valuable resource for finding work. One can search job listings, freelance websites and can even advertise their services on any of the free advertising sites. Visiting hospital websites and the websites of other healthcare facilities to find out if they need help in this area may also be helpful.

Medical transcription is a field that has plenty of work and is expected to grow in the future due to an increase in the aging population. This fact combined with the option to work from home and the resulting benefits make this career choice an excellent one.

 

Dunya Carter writes on topics related to business and career development for several websites and blogs. She is currently writing for Ochre Recruitment, a recruitment agency specialising in medical jobs in Australia and working as a freelance writer.

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5 Ideas for Starting a Part-Time Business http://www.portablecareer.net/5-ideas-for-starting-a-part-time-business/ http://www.portablecareer.net/5-ideas-for-starting-a-part-time-business/#comments Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:55:05 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18296 part time job

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Starting a part-time business, while working full-time, allows you to make extra income, turn a hobby into a business, and test the waters for a possible career change. All kinds of people start home businesses—from high school students to stay-at-home moms to mid-lifers looking to turn their passions into profits. And a lot of these business ideas don’t require a lot of money or take your entire weekend to develop.

1 – An Online Entrepreneur – What’s your expertise? Is it collecting baseball cards, fishing, or music? Turn any of these ideas into content for your own website. First, you need to buy a domain name and create a website. Then, you start filling the site with blogs and links related to your niche. You get paid by adding advertising onto your site or by having people pay for content.

Skill Set: You should like researching and writing, and you should enjoy working online. Additionally, you should be able to build your own website or hire someone to do it. Since affiliate marketing will be one avenue to bringing in income, you should learn a bit about that kind of marketing tool too.

Typical job duties include updating content, getting rid of dead links, and learning how to draw and keep followers. A little social media savvy wouldn’t hurt either.

2 – Consultant – A consultant works with businesses, training them in certain skills, or completing projects that a company doesn’t have time to learn or manage.  Again, take the area where you have knowledge and experience. Then, plan to target businesses or people who could use your services.

Skills Set: You should prefer working with people, be able to execute contracts, and have customer service skills. To be successful, you should be able to go beyond the basic and be willing to get “your hands dirty” to help your clients. You should also have a passion for teaching and coaching clients.

3 – Professional organizer – Do you love to clean out closets? Do you know how to get rid of clutter? Then, a professional organizer may be a perfect fit for you.

An organizer goes into people’s homes or storage units to help them sort through their personal belongings. An organizer teaches people how to get rid of excess clutter and how to keep their homes organized.

 Skill Set: Depending on where you live, you may need to clarify that you’re not a cleaning person but an organizer. However, if you like to clean and organize, you can sell two services for one price. Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers (www.napo.net) for more information.

 4 – EBay seller – Do you find the following fun to do on your spare time: going to yard sales, flea markets, and estate sales to find vintage clothing, shabby chic furniture, and children’s toys? Did you ever think about taking this talent a step further and selling your items on eBay (www.ebay.com)?  If so, you could be an eBay seller.

 Skill Set: For this business to succeed, you need an eye for salability. You need excellent customer service skills, and you should be able to take photographs of the things that you buy; as well as know how to upload pictures to your storefront.

 5 – Notary Public – This side business is great for people who take an interest in overseeing basic legal and clerical functions, such as witnessing signatures and taking depositions.

Skill Set: A notary public works with people. Many times, you need to fill out an application for notary and pay a fee. Each state has their own guidelines that they require for people to be a notary public. Contact the National Notary Association (http://nationalnotary.org/) to learn about your state requirements and how you can obtain an application for notary.

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The above is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other part-time businesses that you can start in your home and on your own time. You just need to think about what you’re good at and what you desire doing the most. Then, go for it.

 

 

 

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Create-Build-Sell (CBS) http://www.portablecareer.net/create-build-sell/ http://www.portablecareer.net/create-build-sell/#comments Sun, 04 Nov 2012 04:54:59 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=17585 Create compelling ContentEstablishing a website or getting any project off the ground as a solo-preneur is a relentless stream of tasks and actions. It requires commitment, knowledge, patience and persistence to keep doing the things that need to be done each and every day that keep the project moving forward in the right direction.

A method I’ve used is to make sure you do at least one each of these things each day:

Create

Exercise the creative part of the brain and generate content or a product. Don’t just think about it, or plan it, or sketch it. CREATE IT! Make it available to your audience or your customers. Put it out there – Ship it!

Build

Use the logical part of your mind to; add a new feature to your site, solve a problem, improve a workflow. Do something that supports your project from the structural and strategic standpoint.

Sell

Apply your communication skills to get the message out, find a new customer, reach out to existing customers, communicate a marketing message – Talk to people to sell, not only what you have, but what you are creating.

The CBS method has worked for me to ensure all aspects of the project keep progressing at somewhat the same pace. For example, it’s pointless spending 6 months building a web site without considering some meaningful content to go on it. Similarly, it’s pointless having a site with great content if you don’t push people to it and build an audience, or for that matter selling something that doesn’t exist.

Build

 

Building these departments of engineering, production and sales in your mind and carrying out their functions helps you to evolve the project and to metaphorically ‘build the bridge as you cross’ it.

With all three ‘departments’, you should primarily focus on your external audience of your customers, readers, subscribers or whatever, but don’t ignore your internal customers. Each of these departments, which today only exist in your mind and on your fragmented task list, but at a later stage will likely be undertaken by someone else. This might be an employee, a Virtual Assistant or just someone that helps you out from time to time.

 

 

Sell – Communicate

Create with selling and building in mind. For example if an article you are writing contains information about a potential customer – capture it. If an information product could benefit from a new web site feature, design it in.

Build with selling and creativity in mind. Maintain a common theme, brand and message, as this evolves, be prepared to back track and fix or remove out dated content.

Sell…just sell! The adage “nothing happens until somebody sells something” is true. Be clear what you are selling, and be clear who your market is. It’s true that in the early stage of some projects that this may not be obvious and in fact may not exist. But remember “selling” isn’t limited to monetary transactions of a product. Building a blog with regular, useful content is initially just selling a message, with little or no monetary gain. Be conscious of your evolving project and constantly seek new markets that fit your plan.

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Ten Ways to Be the Entrepreneur of your Own Life http://www.portablecareer.net/ten-ways-to-be-the-entrepreneur-of-your-own-life/ Sat, 03 Nov 2012 18:49:22 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18265

Guest article by Tara Agacayak, GlobalNiche.net, a transformational media company founded to show people how to use their creative content and a professional web platform to create opportunities that are in alignment with the vision they have for their life.

 What are you willing to do *today* so that ten years from now you don’t look back and wonder what might have been?

Today’s the day to consciously choose the next step you take to get there.

I’ve come to this conclusion after years of living abroad and experimenting with different ways to work that would suit my situation and satisfy my spirit. What seems to work best is thinking like an entrepreneur – to solve both personal and professional challenges.

Ten years ago I followed my heart from the US to Turkey after marrying my Turkish husband. I left a life on autopilot as a data specialist with the Department of Defense and jumped into culture shock and a debilitating identity crisis soon after settling in my new home. The quest to find myself came by experimenting with various jobs that I could do in the small town we now lived.

I was an English teacher, a translator, and an editor. I wrote test questions, tutored students of varying ages and bought a self-study course in the hopes of becoming a freelance copywriter. What I learned through all that messy experimentation is that I longed for freedom and flexibility, I needed to write, and I thrived around creative people.

One of the experiments was selling souvenirs from the Covered Bazaar in Istanbul through an auction site on eBay. Though this was just becoming a mainstream opportunity, I found it satisfied my need for freedom and flexibility. I could work in Turkey or the US as long as I had an internet connection. With time I recognized I needed more; I longed for the work to have meaning, not just freedom.

After attending a women’s leadership program where they emphasized global citizenship and social responsibility I decided to use my online shop to support local Turkish artisans by offering their handmade products on the world market through the internet. I soon discovered that I could support many more people by teaching them how to do this themselves and worked with the municipality to give lessons in online marketing to the local community.

Through my global and social network, I met my business partner and friend Anastasia Ashman. With 20+ years of expatriatism between us we recognized the lessons we learned as expats — creative problem solving, overcoming culture shock, living through identity crises, surviving under any circumstances, etc. — applied to a much broader community. With Anastasia’s repatriation last year, we have come to see that location independence starts at home and that anyone, no matter where they are, can build a portable career – one that matches their unique set of needs and desires about how they want to live and work.

We call it your global niche. It’s about being the entrepreneur of your own life and building your unique place in the world. Anyone can do it regardless of where they live, how old they are, or how much money they have. It’s about creating opportunities and being the agent of your life as opposed to being held back by your circumstances.

Here are ten ways to be the entrepreneur of your own life (watch a talk on these 10 lessons):

  1. Lose yourself – get out of your comfort zone
  2. Identify problems – or there’s nothing to solve
  3. Ask questions – instead of making statements
  4. Believe in a goal – instead of yourself
  5. Don’t listen to others – unless they’re supportive
  6. Build a web platform – it’s like your reflection
  7. Take care of yourself – invest resources in what you love
  8. Don’t wonder – about what might have been
  9. Take (safe) risks – by taking small steps forward
  10. Overcommit – dedicate yourself %110 to something meaningful


Tara Agacayak is COO and cofounder of GlobalNiche.net, an educational media company working to empower the global you with Web 3.0 and Life 3.0 strategies, web chats and global community.

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Skin care business heads toward $1M revenue http://www.portablecareer.net/skin-care-business-heads-toward-1m-revenue/ Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:25:29 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18141 Polla founded Alchimie Forever, a collection of lotions, cleansers and other skin products, as a student at Georgetown University’s business school in 2003. Much of the company’s business comes from wholesale sales — which are slated to hit $1 million this year — to spas and boutiques throughout the country.

In June, six Life Time Fitness locations, including those in Columbia, Rockville, Fairfax, Sterling and Centreville, picked up the company’s line on a trial basis. If all goes well, Polla said Alchimie Forever products could end up at the chain’s 90-plus spas, almost doubling the brand’s current presence.

“It’s really a potential game-changer for us,” said Polla, who operates the company from a showroom on Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Alchimie Forever’s products are geared toward preventative care — protecting skin from sun damage and other factors that could cause premature aging, Polla said.

Polla wrote the company’s business plan for an entre­pre­neur­ship class during her first year at business school. She invested $500,000 of her savings and her family’s money into the company, and spent the summer in Geneva testing new products.

By the time the second year of business school rolled around, Polla was running Alchimie Forever from her bedroom, in between classes.

“There was a credit card machine next to my bed,” she said. “I wanted to get a sense of whether this was a viable idea. If it wasn’t, I could go find a real job after business school.”

It turned out it was viable, though at time Polla had doubts. She had barely gotten her bearings when the economy began to falter, and spas began cutting back on purchases.

“It was very challenging,” Polla said. ”I almost felt like I got a second MBA in running a very small business — not in terms of growth, which is what we’re focused on now — but in terms of survival.”

She cut back on business travel, began meeting clients for coffee instead of lunch, and laid off one employee from her staff of four.

Polla said, “I looked at each of our accounts and thought, how can we get 10 percent more from these customers? Are they buying all of our products? If not, can I talk them into adding one more?”

Business began to recover last year She added new clients — including two in Mexico — and hired one more employee.

This week, the company is rolling out it’s 17th product: a chemical peel. Polla said sales for the first six months of the year were up 40 percent from 2011.

“We’ve finally hit our groove,” Polla said.

 

 

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Journey not the Destination http://www.portablecareer.net/journey-not-the-destination/ Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:07:58 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18115 Finding a portable career direction can be daunting.I’ve been a Trailing Spouse for about 12 years since I chose to follow my wife’s career around the world. Every new assignment is an adventure and a challenge for various reasons, but this chosen lifestyle is not about being a Trailing Spouse, or any of the other pointless labels we use to identify the lifestyle, it’s about being with the one you love and living a life that is fulfilling and productive.

For me, and many people that I’ve observed in the Trailing Spouse situation, fulfillment in our work-life comes about when we are able to achieve two things:

1 – A form of work that meets our passions – Doing what we like to do

2 – A mode of work that is portable or can be relocated easily – Working from anywhere

With a plethora of online resources available, finding portable work is not that difficult if you are prepared to work for works sake and simply trade your time and skills for money. Feedback I’ve had from employers is that there is no lack of applicants for online based jobs, but they have difficulty retaining good trusted people. Hence, if you simply ‘do your job’ in these situations you will be well rewarded, at least in terms of having plenty of work available to you.

Finding work that matches our passions however can be a greater challenge, particularly in a Trailing Spouse and mobile situation.  In many cases, people find jobs more out of necessity than desire, taking the attitude, initially at least that any job is better than no job, but over the course of time, this permeates our life and becomes the way of life. We get locked into a cycle of work for survival and our passions get relegated to another time and place.

If you are committed to the Trailing Spouse lifestyle, whatever your reasons or situation, finding your work passion and making it portable should be your goal. It doesn’t just happen, and you will probably need to transition from what you are doing now to where you want to be. It takes long term patience and persistence and you need to be continuously adapting and revising your position.

The expatriate world is well serviced by life-coaches and others that can assist you in defining your goals and the Trailing Spouse Network is a great starting place to find someone to work with. Keep in mind however, that despite the increasing resources and information available to us, it all comes down to you!

Think about your likes, your passions, write it down. Don’t worry initially about how to turn these things into a job, just get the thoughts out of your head and all in one place. Talk to others, network, read, swap ideas and you will find that patterns start to form, articles of interest will start to appear, others with similar interests will come into focus and you will be on your way to turning your passion into your work…at which point is it really work anymore?

Being a Trailing Spouse and finding a satisfying work-life balance is a journey, it never ends but with the right attitude, continued curiosity, patience and persistence it can be a great ride.

 

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New business coalition aims to aid recovery http://www.portablecareer.net/new-business-coalition-aims-to-aid-recovery/ Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:14:24 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18135 The South Louisiana Recovery Team is an independent group of business owners seeking to help firms impacted by storms get back on their feet. Though most of the group’s founding members are from Terrebonne Parish, they hope to expand their area of operations to several nearby parishes. Communication with Lafourche businesses has already started.

The program is modeled after the South Central Industrial Association’s “Operation Rebuild” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which helped local businesses reconnect telephones, restore electricity, find generators, locate hotels and overcome the other logistical hurdles a hurricane creates.

This new effort isn’t an SCIA enterprise, though Jane Arnette, the group’s executive director, sits on its board of directors.

“This is a new enterprise put together entirely by local businesses. This isn’t a government agency and it’s not a SCIA project, though we’re involved,” Arnette said. “We know that it’s essential that our businesses get back on their feet after a disaster, and this is a very good way to help them do that.”

To contact the group, call the phone numbers 281-840-5823 through 281-840-5826.

The team is looking for new member companies to contribute equipment and personnel to the cause. It is especially looking for volunteers to man the main assistance hotlines.

Bryan Chaisson is the CEO of NREC, a power generation and marine engine company. A member of the recovery team, Chaisson distributed 38 generators to local businesses and government agencies before Isaac made landfall.

In his rush to get the generators out, Chaisson accidentally gave out the generator he reserved for his own business.

“I got back from the Sheriff’s Office thinking I was going to power up my office generator, only to find out I’d given it away,” Chaisson said, chuckling.

Chaisson said hurricanes, especially the ones more devastating than Isaac, are often a life-or-death proposition for small businesses that sometime survive on razor-thin profit margins.

“If you’re shut down for a week, the employees don’t get a paycheck. The business doesn’t bring in any revenue,” he said. “As soon as customers get back they start calling around. And if you’re not the first person to pick up the phone, you’re in trouble.”

Chaisson said he sees the new team as a way to limit that down time.

“Terrebonne Parish has very low unemployment. If we can get this thing going and make our small businesses more resilient, we can keep things that way,” he said.

Staff Writer Matthew Albright can be reached at 448-7635 or at matthew.albright@dailycomet.com.

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4 Tips for Managing Virtual Workers http://www.portablecareer.net/4-tips-for-managing-virtual-workers/ Sun, 17 Jun 2012 03:29:51 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18030

For those of us who have portable careers, in which our office is wherever we want it to be, working from home is a definite blessing. Still, for those who have an established home office career, there may come a point in which you will have to manage others who you do not see on face-to-face basis every day.

In this scenario, you may begin to wish that you had a common office space to keep track of all of your workers. In the absence of a shared space, you’ll have to be that much more on top of things. Here are a few tips for managing employees over the Internet.
1.    Establish a set schedule.
As all of us who have worked from home know, there is an initial tendency to have a wacky schedule in which you work sporadically during the day and well into the night. While this may be feasible if you are going solo, when you work as part of team, you’ll have to be on somewhat similar timetables. Establish from the get-go when your workers should be available online.
2.    Standardize communication tools.
When you have a team that must collaborate in some way, you’ll have to have a set of tools with which to keep in touch with each other. In my personal opinion, using Google’s tools is the most streamlined way to do so. Using G-chat, Gmail, Google Docs, where you can edit a document in real-time, you have an entirely built-in system to communicate effectively with your workers. Of course, there are other options, some of which are listed here.
3.    Be clear about deadlines.
One of the biggest inconveniences of running a team online is that not everyone may be completely sure about what needs to get done and when. If you aren’t very particular about deadlines and guidelines, you’ll receive work from your employees at different times, which can definitely adversely affect your project as a whole. As such, be sure that you make daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines clear at the beginning of every single week.
4.    Have regular virtual meetings.
Even though you may get a chance to chat with your virtual workers independently, you won’t build a successful team unless each member really feels as though she is working together in a group. Creating a substitute for meetings in a physical space thus becomes doubly important. The easiest way to do this is to have weekly conference phone or video calls, in which you can all collaborate together. If you happen to live in the same general area, try to have face-to-face meetings at least once a month in order to establish the camaraderie necessary for successful team work to happen.
Managing a virtual team will never be easy. But if you commit yourself to being organized, responsive to your team members concerns, and, above all, you encourage your team to be as communicative as possible, you’ll be successful. Good luck!

This is a guest post by Jane Smith from background check. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to: janesmth161 @ gmail.com

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Share your Knowledge: How to Make Tutorial Videos that Sell http://www.portablecareer.net/how-to-make-tutorial-videos-that-sell/ Sat, 16 Jun 2012 23:04:42 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18096

A great idea for a Portable Business is to take something you know and share it with others. Guest Contributor Kristie Lewis from construction management degree shares some ideas for turning knowledge into Tutorial Videos. Several members of the Portable Career Network have skills and resources to assist, please comment to make contact with those that can assist.

Many of us have hidden talents and passions that we tend to discount. When we think about our career potential, we assume we are only as good as our on-paper qualifications. However, most of us are much more than that, and, if you’re considering transitioning to a career that better suits your dream lifestyle, there is no better time to share the things that you love and make you unique. One of the best ways to do this today is by sharing online video podcasts, tutorials, and how-to’s. Video tutorials are all the rage on sites like YouTube and are a great way to gain some publicity and possible clients. But first, you need to make videos that people will love and want to share. There are many ways to do this, but here are a few pointers to get started in the right direction:

1. Don’t pretend to know more than you do.

Even though the popularity of reality TV and other less-than-authentic forms of entertainment may lead you to believe otherwise, when it comes to sharing information, viewers can spot a fake a mile away. They may still watch the video. They may even still share it. But, if you are trying to come across as more of an expert than you actually are, you will almost surely be called out by people who are true experts on the subject, leaving you with little room to move forward.

2. Don’t dumb it down.

In an effort to attract as many different types of viewers as possible, it may be tempting to treat your audience as if they won’t understand unless you completely water the subject down. This will only get you as far as gaining first-time viewers once. Then, those viewers will move on to more in-depth coverage. Always remember to give your audience the benefit of the doubt. Your viewers’ minds are much more sophisticated than you may realize, and most people can learn topics very quickly when they have an interest.

3. Make it fun.

Even if your subject matter is rather serious, there is no reason to box yourself in to some notion that your videos need to be a drag. No matter what your subject matter, keep the tone light and conversational. If you feel like making a slight joke along the way, feel free. The more character you can add to your videos, the more they will stand out and be shared by users.

3. Make it beautiful.

Everyone is attracted to beauty. Try to find some way to capitalize on that. Whether it’s filming your videos in front of a rose garden or giving your garage a fresh coat of paint before shooting wood-working footage, the more attractive your videos look, the better chance you have of pulling in first-time viewers and keeping them. If you can find a beautiful person to be in the videos, all the better.

Byline:

This is a guest post by Kristie Lewis  from construction management degree. You can reach her at: Kristie.Lewis81 @ gmail. Com.

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For the Love of Dance http://www.portablecareer.net/love-of-dance/ Wed, 13 Jun 2012 03:36:04 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18088

Prance around in a tutu in front of toddlers all day and get paid for it? It sounds too good to be true, but the demand is high for dance teachers in Australia as more and more little ones find their feet and boost their confidence on stage.

Incorporating a love for performing into your everyday life may sound like the life of a fairy princess, but it is very possible for dance enthusiasts. And no, I don’t mean being the prima ballerina, dancing in front of packed theatres every day, but rather passing along your knowledge and passion for dance onto the next generation.

Kinderballet is an Australian company that specialises in introducing classical ballet to toddlers and pre-schoolers. The classes are a mix of fun and games, dress ups, and learning basic ballet technique. The teachers are dance lovers who get themselves dressed up and motivated to teach their classes each week.

Jude Tope, 29, has been a Kinderballet teacher for four and a half years and, although she enjoys every minute of it, she says that it comes with a lot of hard work. “It is rewarding. My first group of students, who began with me when they were two, are now in school, and still come to me for lessons. I love seeing the growth in the kids and it’s also great to build a relationship with their families, to the point where they travel over an hour to ensure I will be the one teaching their child – it’s a great feeling.”

 A dancer since childhood, Jude has found success in turning her love for performing arts into a means for a sustainable income. As well as doing what she loves, other bonuses include petrol allowances for teachers who travel over fifteen kilometres from home for a class, opportunities to move up in the company and even the option to train potential teachers interstate. It also includes great pay increases: says Jude, “I started on twenty-five dollars per hour and am now on forty.”

It fits with her lifestyle perfectly, as she is basically her own boss each day, getting herself motivated and on the road to her next class, and she says she is not overwhelmed with the amount of work she does, as it is something she genuinely thrives on. “I currently teach eighteen classes a week, from Tuesday to Saturday, which averages at three classes a day, except for on Fridays and Saturdays, when I teach a few more.” And the option for more classes is available: “If I want more classes or want to pick up an extra day, they [Kinderballet] are usually very accommodating, especially if the waiting lists are excessive.”

And the demand is certainly there, she says, as dancing is, and always will be, a much loved hobby amongst young people – and for little ones, Kinderballet doesn’t come with too much fuss. “Parents appreciate the fact that it is not a strict ballet school that requires students to wear a set uniform, or be pressured into perfect technique or a huge end of year display.”

Like all activities, trends come and go but performing arts will always have a following, with people always wanting to be involved in the glitz and glamour – although, as Jude has discovered, it’s not always glitter, sequins and tutus. Travelling from suburb to suburb each day, teachers are responsible for their own equipment; this includes stereo, iPod and dock, fairy wings, hand-clappers, hula hoops, ribbons, sticker books and anything else that will keep two year olds fascinated for the length of a class (forty-five minutes).  And everything is fun and games until the car breaks down and the teacher is forced to walk the remainder of the way to her scheduled class, with all the pink, fluffy equipment in tow. Jude laughs, “Walking the streets of Frankston in a ballerina outfit, carrying a stereo, hula hoop and wands, I remember thinking ‘the things I do for these kids!’ But it’s good to know that, even though I am having a bad day, at least they are having a good one.”

At the end of the day, Jude can smile at the fact that she is doing what she loves, making kids happy and earning a living all at once. All she has to do is put on her glittery wings and teach them to dance. Perhaps it is the life of a fairy princess after all.

Learn more about KinderBallet at – www.kinderballet.com.au

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Local Employers Association Expands Programs into Northeast http://www.portablecareer.net/local-employers-association-expands-programs-into-northeast/ Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:25:33 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18143 The Employers Association announces new partnership to provide HR services and training resources to employers

LINCOLN, R.I.  (July 16, 2012):  The Employers Association, Inc., a membership-based human resources services organization for employers throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, announces it has entered into a partnership with the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) to provide an expanded range of human resources (HR) support services and training to its members.

“This new relationship not only brings the opportunity for additional HR services, training and other programming, it enables access to EANE staff professionals who have extensive legal, financial and employee relations expertise,” states Paul Martineau, president of The Employers Association, Inc.  “Specifically, our members can receive guidance and assistance in the areas of affirmative action plan design and administration, compensation survey services, background checking, employee relations, organizational development, and more.  These additional resources are truly a value-added benefit to our organization as we continue to provide our full complement of HR services to our members.”

Founded in 1913, the Employers Association of the NorthEast serves over 800 employers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont including manufacturers, banks, hospitals, colleges, healthcare providers, retail companies, libraries and municipalities.  Members range in employment size from one to several thousand employees.

“We are pleased to be working so collaboratively with Paul Martineau in this partnership capacity,” comments Meredith Wise, SPHR, president of Employers Association of the NorthEast.  “On behalf of our entire staff, we look forward to serving the needs of The Employers Association members throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.”

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Established over 100 years ago, The Employers Association, Inc. is a membership-based organization that provides the highest quality human resource services to employers throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.  Services include guidance in designing and managing compensation and benefits packages; employee relations training and tools; compliance and risk management services; and wage and benefits surveys.  Over 130 member companies enjoy membership in the organization ranging in employee size from one to 5,000 employees.  The Employers Association is located at 6 Blackstone Valley Place in Lincoln, RI  02865; phone:  401.732.6788; www.the-employers.org

CONTACT:  Betty Galligan, APR
Newberry PR & Marketing
401-433-5965
betty@newberrypr.com

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Video Game Journalism—Extra Cash or a Career? http://www.portablecareer.net/video-game-journalism/ Thu, 07 Jun 2012 02:36:24 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18072

Against all logical advice and conventional wisdom, Cody Hargreaves decided to turn his back on the corporate world for one shot at a career in the realm of journalism. Most people don’t recommend quitting your day job to follow your dreams, but Cody decided to take the risk, and had the ambition and the drive to turn his dreams into reality.

The video game industry has become one of the largest entertainment industries in the world and the steady growth of journalism in this field is a reflection of that.
There is no certain pathway to become a professional video game journalist and no particular course that journalists can take in order to get a job, as it is still not widely considered as a major part of journalism.
I interviewed Cody Hargreaves, 23, a charismatic writer who has been a video game journalist for a number of years. Before the interview, he jokingly asked me if he could smoke in his own residence, although I get the feeling he would have smoked no matter what my response was, judging from the overflowing ashtray. With the blinds closed to keep the dreaded daylight at bay (many gamers are creatures of the night) he tells me about how he got his ‘break.’
Cody wrote a weblog on an MMO (massively multiplayer online) website which contained reviews, opinion pieces and other articles that he had written for himself. As the number of blog views increased, so did the demand for his articles and he was contacted by several editors of websites and magazines who were interested in receiving contributions from him. He now receives pay for many articles, although he still does voluntary ones to continue building his folio.
Payment for freelance video game journalism isn’t too hard to achieve, although the amount paid for an article is another matter entirely. I was told that wages are low when you first start reviewing, or writing feature articles, but with time editors will use you more and pay you more.
‘It’s easy to get twenty bucks, but it’s difficult to actually make a living out of it,’ he says.
Games journalism is a particularly difficult career and it takes time, self-motivation, good writing skills, and the appropriate hardware to play the games that you write about. It can be difficult not to procrastinate, as there are lots of distractions when working at home. There is certainly a lot of talent and skill necessary to keep articles fresh, especially if you’re doing several reviews a day, like Cody has done previously.
Amongst other things Cody would like to see more support towards the industry, including education facilities as well as a suitable course focused on this particular aspect of journalism. Most video game journalists do not receive much recognition for their work, which he thinks is a shame considering how much work goes into a single article.
‘Some film critics are as renowned as actors—this is not the case with games journalism.’
A definite passion for criticising video games is required to have any hope of keeping motivated. If you don’t have that passion—forget it—for it would be too difficult to compete against other aspiring journalists. Writing skills can be improved, but intrigue cannot.

‘You could end up writing lots of articles before you get your break; and even then the pay is not great.’
A bachelor’s degree can be useful and set you in high stead; however, it is not necessary, and Cody does not currently have a degree.
Despite the many downsides of the trade, there are some upsides. Seeing your work published can be a rewarding experience and there are many ‘game launches’ that only VIP’s and game journalists are invited to. These events can be vital for networking and meeting other people in the industry.
Cody has been published in 3 different magazines and 7 websites and continues to review games regularly, although not full-time anymore, as he feels that writing a review everyday is extremely daunting and it takes the enjoyment out of the job, and more importantly: gaming. He also prefers writing for publications which allow true thoughts and free opinions, without editing too much out, as he is passionate about his reviews.
‘My integrity is more important than my bank balance,’ he laughs.

Many games developers bribe journalists into giving their games favourable reviews; however, Cody says he is very much against this, and values his own opinions far too highly to accept any bribes.
Cody is looking forward to see what the future holds for video games and its associated journalism, and currently sees a bright future for the industry.

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Social network for Sydney’s inner west business http://www.portablecareer.net/social-network-for-sydneys-inner-west-business/ Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:25:41 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18145 Local business owners have a new forum to meet following the launch of Inner West Business Referrals group in Drummoyne.

According to founding president, Rosalie Gordon, the new group has some unique characteristics, such as its not-for-profit nature.

Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas at the launch of Inner West Referrals.

“This means that the group is run by our members for their own benefit,” she said.

Already, the group has drawn 21 foundation members joining at its first meeting.

“Several business networking clubs have sprung up throughout the area in the past few years but too often they are set up with rigid rules and structures mandated by the private operators who run them for profit,” Ms Gordon said.

Inner West Referrals was formally launched on 12 July by Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas at a business breakfast held in Drummoyne. During his keynote Address, Mr Tsirekas offered his support in helping to ensure that local businesses can operate successfully with a minimum of red tape and called on members to consult with Council when it could play a role on their behalf.

“Canada Bay needs strong local businesses as the strength of our community relies upon the growth and innovation that they bring,” he said.

“I congratulate IWR on such a successful beginning and am delighted, though not surprised, that you chose Drummoyne as your primary meeting place.”

Inner West Referrals meets every second Thursday at The Cove Cafe, Drummoyne starting at 7.15am.

From Julian Day

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Regional Development Australia Fund round 2 opens – $200 million http://www.portablecareer.net/rda-2m/ Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:08:47 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18047 From: Regional Development Australia Fund round 2 opens – $200 million | Sunshine Coast Queensland

Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees such as RDA Sunshine Coast have a key role to play in shaping regional infrastructure investment to meet regional needs during Round Two of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean this week announced of Round Two of the fund, worth $200 million.

Key aspects of Round Two are: a two stage application process that will reduce costs for applicants; embed local decision making, and provide early certainty for project proponents about
funding for their project.

As part of this new role, RDA committees will review Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from all potential applicants and select three viable priority projects from their region to progress to full
application.

Professor Max Standage, Chair of RDA Sunshine Coast said that RDA committees are uniquely placed to review viable projects that align with their regional priorities and plans.

“RDA committees are jointly appointed by the Commonwealth and State Government and are also closely in touch with local communities.

“We welcome the opportunity to having a stronger voice and contribute directly to the Government’s regional focus ”.

The new process for RDAF Round Two is as follows:

  • Eligible applicants are required to submit one EOI form for a single project, to their RDA committee by Thursday, 1 December 2011. The form is available from the Department’s website.
  • RDA committees will review each EOI and select three viable priority projects from their region to proceed to full application.
  • Full applications will be assessed by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government against the eligibility and selection criteria, risk, and value for money.
  • Applications will be considered by the RDAF Advisory Panel which will provide advice to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP.  The Minister will make decisions on projects to be funded.

In prioritising our three viable priority projects, the Minister has asked RDA committees to take into account the priorities of our Regional Roadmap, the capacity of the project to address
needs in the region, the level of community support for the project, impact of the project on the region and neighbouring regions, and readiness to proceed.

The RDAF is worth almost $1 billion over five years (some of which is subject to the passage of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) and is designed to boost economic and community  development as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to regional Australia.

More information including the Round Two Guidelines, key dates and full details on the EOI process can be found at www.regional.gov.au. Applicants can ask questions relating to the
application and assessment process by emailing rdaf@regional.gov.au.

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Nerds and Rich People http://www.portablecareer.net/nerds-and-rich-people/ Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:19:50 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18037 From: How to Be Silicon Valley

Could you reproduce Silicon Valley elsewhere, or is there something unique about it?
It wouldn’t be surprising if it were hard to reproduce in other countries, because you couldn’t reproduce it in most of the US either. What does it take to make a silicon valley even here?

What it takes is the right people. If you could get the right ten thousand people to move from Silicon Valley to Buffalo, Buffalo would become Silicon Valley.

That’s a striking departure from the past. Up till a couple decades ago, geography was destiny for cities. All great cities were located on waterways, because cities made money by trade, and water was the only economical way to ship.

Now you could make a great city anywhere, if you could get the right people to move there. So the question of how to make a silicon valley becomes: who are the right people, and how do you get them to move?

Two Types

I think you only need two kinds of people to create a technology hub: rich people and nerds….

 

Paul Graham, author of the above essay goes on to further describe the importance of these two groups of people that are required to create a business hub along the lines of Silicon Valley.

It made me think about – what collections of people are required to create other successful business and commercial hubs as distinct from a high tech Silicon Valley? Putting aside the large industries, I’m more interested in what it takes to drive the growth of smaller regional areas.

Dry on the vine - Is your region growing?

Living in New Zealand as I do at the moment, I see a lot of regions and towns that are based on Tourism, but are struggling to command an identity that  stimulates major growth. Wellington, or Wellywood as some would like to call it, is somewhat of an exception through it’s leverage of the Film Industry. The Marlborough Wine district has an identity, Taranaki has a collection of energy and related technology businesses but how are businesses and other stakeholders cooperating and collaborating to ensure growth?

For the film industry in Wellington, the nerds and rich people theory holds true with the media based ‘techies’ of various forms coupled with well funded productions like Lord of the Rings (the rich people) you develop a dynamic that is clearly succesful.

Assuming a region has some form of ‘nerd’ community, how can it then attract the rich people? Using the winery example, the nerds and the rich people are sometimes the same in the first instance. Many small and boutique wineries are started as a lifestyle business with the proceeds of a retirement or corporate exit. Effectively the winery owner trades their corporate nerd identity in lets say IT, for a new nerd identity – Wine Making.

One succesful winery spawns another and so a region grows, more rich people nerds are attracted, independent nerds and rich people enter the equation with complementing and competing businesses and a critical mass is developed. But in the absence of this integrated rich-nerd, how do regions grow? How do nerds attract rich people? How do rich people attract nerds?

Does your region keep growing through the attraction of nerds and rich people? … or is the region dying on the vine? (to maintain the winery theme)

Paul’s essay is worth a read, let us know your thoughts on nerds and rich people by leaving a comment below.

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Trailing Spouse Network http://www.portablecareer.net/trailing-spouse-network/ Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:02:42 +0000 http://www.portablecareer.net/?p=18094 The Trailing Spouse Network is an informal community of expat professionals. The purpose of the network is to facilitate communication and collaboration on matters related to business and employment facing Trailing Spouses – a person who follows his or her life partner to another city because of a work assignment.

Like many who belong to this network, I’ve been living the expatriate lifestyle for several years and I’ve become increasingly aware of the number of people in the same situation as me; choosing to follow your spouses career around the world.

In both government and private sector situations, this can mean moving locations every 2 – 5 years. For the employed person this is stressful enough, but for the trailing spouse and other family members it often means leaving a perfectly good job or small business just to start again in an unfamiliar city, without networks of contacts and the stigma that you may only be there for a few years.

The Latent Resource

What I’ve also come to realize is that the collective Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of these people, coupled with their distributed geographic locations is an asset available to the business community, both large and small in a variety of ways.

There are many thousands of individuals in this situation distributed around the world in major cities from every conceivable background and skill set. Surveys have shown that these people are keen to work in their chosen profession but often settle for lesser positions due to their situations.

The Trailing Spouse Network is an initiative to build a community of professional, technical and creative people find productive and satisfying work, wherever they may find themselves around the world.

The Power of Networking

The problem of spousal employment for expat families has existed for many years. The missing link has been a dynamic community of like-minded professionals that can harness the collective resources of people in this situation.

Many on-line forums currently serve the expatriate and Foreign Service communities on a range of issues, but few, provide solutions to employment and job seeking problems.

The countless Job Search sites provide opportunities but can be extremely overwhelming and have a sense of ‘needle in a haystack’ when it comes to finding regular work suiting your skills.

Our goal is to create a community where expatriated Business, Technical and Creative Professionals can communicate about global and virtual work opportunities. Some initial objectives are:

  • Collective Marketing of services to the broader business community
  • Identify and align with local and global business networks
  • Establish the Expat’ Professionals Yellow Pages
  • Arrange by Skill, Location, availability etc.
  • Establish the Global Business Yellow Pages
    • Businesses that are receptive to Telework / Virtual assistants
  • Compilation of existing telework resources
    • Review and discussion of technologies and resources
  • Establish the Global Business Development Network
    • Expat’s with Business Development skills that can represent others to identify and develop opportunities in their local regions
  • Establish the Technology Solutions Group
    • Expat’s that can assist with technology issues related with the Virtual work environment.

    The items above are intended to stimulate discussion group activity. We welcome involvement, comment and constructive criticism from anyone in the expat’ community, work at home or mobile professsionals or anyone that feels they can add value to this project or community.

    We recognize that we live in a commercial world and nothing happens without dollars. My initial efforts to this project are gratis, advertising revenue and sponsorship are always under discussion but will never compromise the objectives of the community.

    What now?

    We believe with focused effort we can build a community that can work together to provide opportunities for all of us. From experience, this initial effort will be rewarded by the fact that the community will be greater that the sum of the parts.

    The problem of expat’ spousal employment has been on-going for many years, we are lucky to live in a time of global communication and technology that can solve many problems, but human effort and innovation are required to bring it to fruition.

    Join us today – Trailing Spouse Network on LinkedIn

    “Don’t sit in front of the empty fireplace and ask for heat” – Earl Nightingale

    Jeff Porter

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    Do you have a sales mindset? http://www.portablecareer.net/sales-mindset/ http://www.portablecareer.net/sales-mindset/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:15:28 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/blog/2011/11/do-youhave-a-sales-mindset/ From: How to Adopt a Sales Mindset | Entrepreneur.com

    As a business owner, you’re in sales whether you think so or not. Every day you have to sell yourself — and your product or service — to grow your business. If you’re not sure you have the personality to succeed in selling, consider these 13 simple rules to create a superstar sales mindset.

     

    As the adage goes; “nothing happens until somebody sells something”. All business owners and in particular those in the startup phase need to consider this and maintain a mindset that keeps sales and selling at the forfront of their business activities.

    Building relationships while providing great products and customer service are important adjuncts to sales, but this is not “selling”. What are you doing to build new business? Do you have a sales mindset? Follow the link above to the Entrepreneur.com article to read the important steps.

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    Creativy gathering – Taranaki – New Zealand http://www.portablecareer.net/creativy-gathering-taranaki-new-zealand/ Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:12:57 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=18013 From: Excited by the idea? – Taranaki – Like No Other

    Taranaki has long been a hub of creativity, imagination and innovation, so what better place to host an international creativity gathering in March 2013?

    New Plymouth-based creativity expert Wayne Morris of Future Edgeis seeking interest in holding a creative gathering in Taranaki modeled on similar international events, and designed to bring some of the leading figures in creativity to the region.

    “Creativity is everywhere in Taranaki. Our farming, engineering and creative industries are some of the most innovative in the world. Our arts communities are as vibrant as any in New Zealand. The Taranaki environment has lots to offer, and it’s the perfect place to host the first of this type of event in New Zealand,” says Wayne.

    Titled “At the Creative Edge,” the proposed event will be held on the three days leading into WOMAD 2013, ensuring the best of Taranaki can be showcased to international visitors. It will be marketed both nationally and internationally, and seek to become a regular addition to Taranaki’s events calendar.

    “It’s about making sure creativity and the creative process is recognised, celebrated and enhanced. Without exercise creativity wanes, and the value of creativity to our businesses, teachers, thinkers and doers is in danger of being lost,” Wayne says.

    “This event is important to make sure creativity is celebrated and enhanced as a resource for personal, business and community progress.”

    At this stage the event is in the concept phase, and Wayne is looking to gather a team of experts and enthusiasts to work through both the viability and the logistics of such an event.

    “The idea is there, the international model is there and the audience is there. Now all that’s needed is people to help me make it happen – big thinkers, detail thinkers, designers, money people, networkers – creativity doesn’t discriminate.”

    If you’re keen to help make this happen right here in Taranaki then contact Wayne to register your interest or availability on 06 753 5914 or email wayne@future-edge.co.nz

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    seanpmckee.net – Information & Media Services Consulting http://www.portablecareer.net/seanpmckee-net-information-media-services-consulting/ Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:50:31 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/blog/2011/11/seanpmckee-net-information-media-services-consulting/ From: seanpmckee.net

    Sean P. McKee has worked overseas for the past decade in such fields as non-profit project support, international development, outreach communications, operations planning and management, database design, and website creation and support.

    He has lived in Russia, France, Israel/Palestine, Bolivia, Peru and Kazakhstan. Reinventing himself and finding new ways to keep his career advancing while living as a “trailing spouse” is just one of the ways he spends his time.

     

    Sean is a Portable Career advocate and applies his information and media expertise to helping others in and around the expatriate and mobile business world. Currently working from Almaty, Kazakhstan he is the epitome of the “remote” worker.

     

    Checkout Sean at:  www.seanpmckee.net/about

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    Regional Partner Network – Taranaki New Zealand http://www.portablecareer.net/regional-partner-network-taranaki-new-zealand/ Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:28:42 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/blog/2011/11/regional-partner-network-taranaki-new-zealand/ From: Taranaki New Zealand

    Venture Taranaki has teamed up with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and TechNZ to increase our support for business growth and innovation in Taranaki. This partnership is part of a nationwide programme whereby 14 regions from around New Zealand have been selected as Regional Partners.

    The Regional Partner Network allows Venture Taranaki to provide your business with better access to information about the services and funding available.

    There are many funding options available including the potential to get 50% towards capability training costs in your business, and support for a range of research and development funding options.

    To find out what funding will be best for your business contact one of Venture Taranaki’s business advisors – Zara Ryan, zara@venture.org.nz or Jane Moffitt, jane@venture.org.nz.

     

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    Finding wellness drives lifestyle business http://www.portablecareer.net/finding-wellness-drives-lifestyle-business/ Mon, 14 Nov 2011 02:58:35 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/blog/2011/11/finding-wellness-drives-lifestyle-business/ From: Longmont Times-Call

    When he quit working as a corporate vice president, Hadyn Peacock also quit skipping lunch, drinking coffee and answering a cellphone.

    He moved from Chicago to Longmont Colorado in 2006 and last week opened the culmination of his total lifestyle makeover: The Chinese Medicine Clinic.

     

    Lifestyle businesses based on healthcare are not that common, licenses, qualifications and red-tape often dissuade people from taking on these professions as a ‘Lifestyle’. That said, Hadyn Peacock has built a unique business based on passion and belief.

    Do you know of other healthcare based lifestyle businesses?

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    5 Tips for Breaking into a Freelance Writing Career http://www.portablecareer.net/5-tips-for-breaking-into-a-freelance-writing-career/ http://www.portablecareer.net/5-tips-for-breaking-into-a-freelance-writing-career/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2011 19:00:24 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=17986 A career in writing is perhaps one of the most personally rewarding for those who are curious and creative. While full-time writing jobs at newspapers, magazines, and other print publications are declining steadily, there really is no better time to jump into the freelance writing market, especially online. Although getting settled into a freelance writing career that reaps profits takes some dedication and hard work, it’s one of the most common portable careers out there today. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

          1. Build a portfolio by initially writing for free.

    The key to developing a full-time, sustainable freelance writing career is by building an impressive portfolio of writing samples. Unless you wrote for school publications in the past, most would-be freelance writers must work from the ground up. Submitting guest posts to different blogs or otherwise offering your writing services for free is a great way to generate clips that paying publications require.

          2. Build your personal brand by maintaining a blog.

    In addition to building a writing portfolio, you will want to also enhance your online presence such that prospective clients will eventually come to you. Maintaining a blog and spreading the word about this blog through social media outlets is an often necessary strategy for freelance writers.

          3.    Learn freelance writing basics.

    If you are unfamiliar with the terms “SASE” and “query letter,” then it’s to time to Google or hit the books to learn all the ins and outs of freelance writing, from properly pitching to an editor to setting prices for your work. One very thorough, straightforward guide to basic freelance writing is outlined in this Creative Marketing Solutions article.

         4.      Query publications specializing in topics with which you are very familiar.

    Although you may eventually develop your freelance writing career such that you can quickly learn about subjects you know little about through improved research skills, it’s important to start out with what you know. What sort of work do you do now? Do you have a hobby or interest that you’ve been practicing for years? Write in-depth articles about topics you know very well, and find publications that are tailored toward these specific topics, noting your previous personal experience in said topic when contacting editors.

          5.      Maintain your current job while creating a steady stream of work.

    Any portable career in which you can set your own hours and live by your own rules never comes overnight. Maintain your current job while first starting out moonlighting as a freelance writer. Once you begin getting more clients and projects, consider switching to a part-time job before completing striking out on your own.

    Although having a natural talent for writing and storytelling helps, virtually anyone can become a freelance writer. As long as you are inquisitive, hardworking, and organized, writing your way to a full-fledged career in writing is well within your grasp. Good luck!

     

    This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly is from accredited online colleges, she writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.

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    Regional clusters spark growth http://www.portablecareer.net/regional-clusters-spark-growth/ Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:58:10 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/blog/2011/10/regional-clusters-spark-growth/ From: Opinion: Regional clusters can spark growth – John Fernandez – POLITICO.com

    If you want to see how American communities can reinvent themselves to compete in today’s global economy, just walk through downtown Pittsburgh. Once abandoned steel plants now house a thriving cluster of innovative robotics companies.

    Regional Business Clusters are not a new concept, but how does a region firstly, identify what clusters already exist or could be initiated? Secondly, how does the region motivate the level of investment required to bring about the type of success demonstrated in Pittsburgh and other places?

    The genesis is often from the nexus of academia and research with corporate investment, but even regions without large corporations and  universities can come together to establish clusters of businesses that attract complementing businesses.

    What industry sectors stand out in your region as potential clusters?

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    Retired teacher to Old Time Rock & Roll http://www.portablecareer.net/oldtimernr/ Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:28:54 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=17938 Lee Douglas is….well let’s just say he’s in his 60’s and he turned in his chalk and text books in 2007 for a microphone. This former teacher has “retired” and has been podcasting oldies music – Old Time Rock and Roll of course to the world via his podcast program, available at www.oldtimernr.com

    Lee began to translate his love for the music of the 50’s and 60’s lovingly called Oldies, into a relatively new medium, the podcast. Together with the folks at Talkshoe.com, he began his venture in late 2006.

    His show would be different in the way it was presented. The usual play lists that are the hallmark of the Oldies AM radio stations were out the window. His own collection of 12,000 songs would be digitized into his computer to lay the groundwork for the show. Instead of playing those songs which the oldies lovers had grown tired of, he opened his collection and played the songs that haven’t been heard for many years. Then he would have a spotlight for each show, Novelties on one, doo wops on another, rockabilly on yet another. Each show replete with a dose of rock history and reminiscences.

    Douglas researches each singer and each song to provide background for each show. In November 2006 he went on the air on talkshoe.com an internet based pod casting network. The first week he had 8 listeners. Obviously his friends had at least listened. By the third week he managed 80 listeners, still quite a jump. However, he was unprepared for the next week when out of nowhere 800 people listened in. Since then his show has grown to over 25,000 listeners each month.

    Douglas’ Brooklyn bred voice can still be heard, even though he has been a Floridian for thirty years. He actually still takes requests and dedications just like in the old days.

    As a retired teacher who spent 35 years in the classroom he just wanted to try something new. “I want to be my own boss”. “Now I can enjoy life and do something I couldn’t do before. That’s what makes retirement a treat for me.”

    His focus is to make Old Time Rock n Roll even bigger and better with each passing week. With his success also means success to his podcasting network called Talkshoe.com. Douglas predicts that podcasting will be the biggest new media in the next few years.

    I’ve been listening to Lee’s program from the earliest episodes and from a business perspective I’m impressed with the way he has built a sizable and dedicated community. Although he has experimented with various themes, program hosting platforms and formats, he has stuck to his formula of delivering a passionate program of 50’s, 60’s and sometimes 70’s Rock & Roll, with anecdotes, background stories and other interesting snippets to support the music. I suspect Lee suffers from the typical commercial problems of podcasters, that is attracting and maintaining sponsorship or advertising for the program. I know he also has a serious burden in maintaining information for the complex licensing issues  associated with playing copyrighted music.

    Utilizing the Portable Career Network, I’d like to add value by helping identify ways to connect businesses like Lee’s to individuals and resources that can help them grow and in some cases survive. If you have business ideas surrounding the podcast medium comment below or contact us with your thoughts.

    Lee is an inspiration to anyone starting a ‘lifestyle business’, particularly in retirement. I hope to bring you an interview with Lee in an upcoming episode of Lifestyle Business Stories. – In the meantime, checkout Old Time Rock & Roll.

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    Agriculture is Vital to Economy and Food Security http://www.portablecareer.net/agriculture-vital-to-economy-and-food-security/ Wed, 05 Oct 2011 09:05:51 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=17922 New York State Regional Councils for Economic Development | American Farmland Trust – New York

    New York’s newly formed Regional Councils for Economic Development held their first meetings in August. These councils are intended to coordinate economic development across New York. Each region is competing for up to one billion dollars in economic aid from the state. Each council will write regional economic development plans by November with opportunities for public involvement. We need to get out there and make sure that our Regional Councils understand that the business of agriculture is critically important to both our economy and our food security.

    Local Food and Local Farms

    As part of the Regional Councils initiative currently underway in New York state, the American Farmland Trust is urging their members to convey the message to their regional development bodies that agriculture is a critical part of the economy.

    The ag sector often gets lost amongst the weeds (if you will excuse the pun) as regions focus on sexy growth sectors, but an active agribusiness sector has the potential to support a region both locally through jobs and food, as well as globally through exports. The ag sector also has a history of cooperating regionally and on a commodity basis, and as such has a great deal of experience to offer when it comes to doing business in the spirit of coopetition.

    No Farms No Food

    The message is simple and couldn’t be more clear—America’s farms and ranches provide an unparalleled abundance of fresh, healthy and local food, but they are rapidly disappearing.

    Ninety-one percent of America’s fruit and seventy-eight percent of our vegetables are grown near metro regions, where they are in the path of development. And America has been losing more than an acre of farmland every minute. That’s why supporting local food and farms is more important than ever!

    What are you doing in your region to support and capitalize on the farm and food sector? How can your region benefit from promoting this sector?

    7 Ways to Save FarmlandNo Farms No Food

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    Seizing the Moment – ignoring exports? http://www.portablecareer.net/seizing-the-moment-ignoring-exports/ Sat, 01 Oct 2011 23:02:59 +0000 http://portablecareernetwork.com/?p=17910 After speaking with Laurie De Roller on Regional Business Talk Radio last week I decided to look closer at the New York state Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.  The initiative seems to be underpinned by a paper entitled ‘Seizing the Moment: How Regional Economic Development Councils Can Build a
    Good Jobs Economy’ authored by Alliance for Greater New York.

    What struck me in reading this document is the lack of any export based discussion or reference. How can a regional economic development plan championing job growth ignore the export landscape. Am I missing something? Even if the paper preempted the National Export Initiative, it seems very short sighted and inward looking to establish a regional development plan in 2011 that doesn’t look outside the region.

    Maybe if more small and medium sized businesses as well as regional economic development organizations did more to engender an export culture, the country could be more competitive  and  in a better position to create jobs in the global rather than relying on local and regional  economy.

    Regions like Greater  Rochester are obviously addressing export growth through the IBC but how well will these initiatives be coordinated to obtain benefit at the state and national level?

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