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It's my pleasure to introduce Lucy Reed, creator of GigMine, as today's guest post author.
I’m Lucy Reed and I’ve been starting businesses since I was a kid, from the lemonade stand I opened in my parent’s driveway at age 10 to the dog walking business I started while in college. I created GigMine because I was inspired by the growth of the sharing economy and wanted to make it easier for entrepreneurial individuals like myself to find gig opportunities in different areas.
Not too long ago, people dreamed of having a job that combined a flexible schedule with income opportunity. Traditional careers usually require working at an office, where you are rewarded more for your attendance than productivity. Those who wanted to be their own boss were often met with the sobering reality of business startup expenses and the enormous risk of striking out on their own.
Then, over the past decade, a revolution swept over the way people find jobs and perform work. Technology and innovations in how people collaborate and connect also facilitated this change. The resulting gig economy allows people to work when and where they want in ways that were unthinkable just a short while ago. Now, over 34 percent of workers in the United States are part of this gig economy, which includes freelancers, remote contract workers, and others with relaxed work schedules. This number is poised to grow close to 50 percent over the next few years.
What does it take to earn money in the gig economy? Is it a viable career choice for everyone? Answering these questions requires an analysis of worker personalities and skill sets.
The Mind of a Freelancer
Success in the gig economy is much like success as an entrepreneur, only potentially easier depending on your field. To start your own business, you need startup capital, living expenses for a certain period of time, and a source of customers. The gig economy reduces or eliminates most of these barriers. While freelance positions lack the stability of a full-time job, some will say that employment stability is an illusion. People are laid off all the time, even from well-performing companies such as Amazon and General Electric. A successful freelancer recognizes the presence of risk in everyday life and views this uncertainty as opportunity.
Success in the gig economy requires embracing risk, but it also calls for high-level organizational and sales skills. You need to be able to manage your workflow on your own. And drumming up clients is, for the most part, completely on your plate. Apps and websites can reduce the pitching burden by providing streamlined opportunities for jobs, but sustained success requires stepping beyond these services.
Small Business Sense
In addition to managing assignments and projects, a freelancer has to run the administrative side of their business. Tracking expenses, handling small business tax matters, and cutting paychecks are all part of the freelancer’s job. So is marketing, ordering supplies, and handling countless other tasks that might be handled by bosses or coworkers in traditional employment.
Working in the gig economy also requires an ability to work productively from home, and not everyone is adept at doing so. Some tips to create a balance between work and non-work is to create a home office that is separate from the rest of your living area. While it might seem relaxed to work from your kitchen table, the fun ends when the inevitable interruptions begin. If you have a separate room in your house, make it an office. It’ll serve as a work sanctuary that you can walk away from, and you may be entitled to a tax write off if the room is separate.
Some freelancers fizzle out when they realize they miss having coworkers. The gig economy presents several replacements for office banter. From freelance discussion boards to meetup groups to traditional networking methods, you can enjoy camaraderie of other professionals.
Freelancing in the gig economy presents real opportunities to pave your own way on your terms. The extra work may not be right for everyone, but for those looking for a challenge, self-employment has never been easier.
These days there are a growing number of women role models for other women.
However, there are not enough, which is why it's my pleasure to introduce The Goalden Lady.
The Goalden Lady is a website and blog geared toward the ongoing growth of women of any age.
The idea is to provide useful, practical and positive content that helps empower, motivate and inspire women to live the life they want no matter what their current situation.
This concept takes shape by encouraging site visitors to begin their 'goalden' journey from where ever they currently are with whatever resources are currently available. Read the site’s content, take action, join the email list and be a part of a larger group of women taking charge of their lives to live on their terms.
I encourage you to check out The Goalden Lady (TGL) website. Here are TGL guidelines to give you a preview of your future empowerment.
posted by: Nick Venturella
When Michigan's weather warms up, that's when exterior home repairs and improvements start to become top of mind.
Those first few nice weather days of spring and summer when you're outside doing some light yard work, cleaning out the garage and summer-izing the snowblower to ready it for next winter is often when you notice things about the exterior of your home.
You notice the shutters on either side of the windows are drastically sun faded. In fact, the siding in the entire front of the house is sun faded compared to the side of the house. The front of your home is south-facing so it gets a lot of direct sunlight, and over the years that sunlight will fade your siding and shutters.
So you come to the realization that it's time to replace your home's siding and shutters, but you're not sure where to start in terms of finding a local contractor to do the work.
You hop online and head over to DownriverRoofers.com where you find All Point Construction who are fully licensed and insured contractors for siding installation in Downriver, Michigan.
Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous roofing contractors out there.
These are people with fly-by-night operations that prey on home owners who don't understand enough about the work and/or repairs needed for their home, so it's easy for some less-than-honest contractor to take advantage of them.
The shady contractors do this by providing a great price and getting the work done in no time, yet the quality lacks. However, by the time you are aware of the quality issues your roof has already started shedding shingles and the contractor and his company are no longer available or even around.
To make matters worse, often the roof that was installed needs to be drastically repaired or even replaced because of the poor quality work done in the first place. As a home owner, you're now paying substantially more money for the total overall cost of your entire roofing project.
If you need a new roof for your home, the better route is to simply hire a legitimate, licensed and insured roofing contractor who does quality work, in the first place. And when you live in the Great Lakes State you want the best roofing contractor in Troy, Michigan.
Check out TroyRoofingPros.com to get started.
Can you imagine a home without windows?
That seems pretty dark, both figuratively and literally.
The fact is, homes have windows, and they need to be considered when you’re contemplating improvements to your home.
With Midwestern cold winters, wet springs and hot summers, what’s going on outside your house can impact your home’s comfort on the inside. On homes with older windows that could mean high heating and cooling bills.
That’s why it’s important to consider new windows to help with your home’s energy efficiency and/or to better protect against various weather elements, not to mention the asthetics of how windows affect your home’s curb appeal (something to consider if you’re moving toward selling your house).
Let’s say, you’re in the market to buy new windows for your Downriver, Michigan home. With so many available window brands to choose from, how do you know which brand to go with?
According to HomeWindowsMichigan.com, it makes sense to go with the #1 windows manufacturer. That’s Pella windows in Downriver, MI.
Pella windows are known for…
It’s important to note that reputable licensed and insured window installation contractors use Pella windows as a mainstay option for their home-owner customers.
That said, if the contractor you’re dealing with is not a certified Platinum Pella Windows contractor, consider a second opinion from a contractor who is Pella certified.
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