This is a guest post from Gloria Martinez @ womenled.org
Those who work full-time are used to dedicating eight hours or more each day to their careers. Stop and think about this for a moment — a large chunk of your life is actually spent at work. If you want to thrive and improve your quality of life, those hours you dedicate to your career should provide some sense of satisfaction. So, if you’re looking to change your life, your job, and your future, be sure to check out these handy tips.
Be Your Own Boss by Opening a Small Business
If you feel like your career has been stuck in a rut for a while, it may be time for a major change. You could make moves to leave your current job so you can open your own small business. Being your own boss is simple when you choose a low-risk business option, like a drop-shipping business. With this easy-to-start model, there’s little to no overhead to worry about, and you don’t need to invest in inventory until your customers start checking out. If you do decide to open a business, you can also look into various funding opportunities for small business owners, including different grants and specialty loans.
Refresh Your Resume and Social Media Profiles
Whether you open a new business, switch careers, or just work toward a promotion, you should make sure that your social media profiles are providing a boost. Social media can be a valuable tool to connect with potential clients and employers via your circle of friends. LinkedIn is the platform most used by those looking to connect and find opportunities, but don’t discount the value of other social media sites either. You never know when a close friend or former classmate may be able to help you score an interview or meeting. To make sure you’re ready for those opportunities, you should also work on fine-tuning your resume.
Find a Side Hustle to Supplement Your Income
The drop-shipping model mentioned before is a great way to gain experience as a small business owner. Even if you don’t want to take on this type of business full-time, you can still use drop-shipping to make some extra money online while you’re waiting for that promotion. You can also earn some extra income by working as a virtual assistant or writing content for websites. Picking up a side hustle can be the perfect solution if you’re looking to increase your financial stability while developing a wider range of skills.
Hire a Coach to Put Your Career and Life on Track
If you’re not sure what your next career move should be, it may be time to get a little help. More and more professionals are turning to career coaches to figure out what they want to do with their lives and how to achieve their professional goals. Career coaches serve as mentors to these ambitious professionals but you may also benefit from the services of a life coach, wellness coach, or even becoming a coach yourself. If you have some wisdom and experience of your own, why not put it to work by coaching others to career and life success? Just make sure you’re up to the challenge before committing to becoming a coach.
Start Networking with Other Career-Driven Women
Social media is not the only means to network your way to the top. Actual networking can offer even more professional benefits. By creating solid relationships with other professionals, you are creating a network of support that can help bolster you to the next level in your career. Building these connections also helps build your professional confidence, which can lead to even more success.
Establishing a successful career can give provide so much purpose to your life. So, whether you’ve always dreamed of owning your own business or you are just looking to give your current career a boost, give these steps a try. They could be the key to your professional success!
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