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Just Breathe & Do Your Time: Signs You’re Working For A Toxic Boss

March 26th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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The last thing anyone wants is to work at a job where your boss is constantly giving you hell. It’s one thing to have your head in the clouds and expect to get along with everyone, but at the very least, why can’t there be a basic display of respect? Hopefully you never find yourself between a rock and a horrible manager. Check out these signs you’re working for a toxic boss.

Keep Those Money Streams Flowing: Building Steady Income As A Freelancer

March 25th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Those who freelance can tell you first-hand how rewarding and stressful the journey is. On one hand, you have more flexibility and the power to call your own shots. On the other, it’s not always easy to earn a steady paycheck. Here are some tips on building a reliable stream of income as a freelancer.

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Ready To Make The Jump? The Do’s & Don’ts Of Transitioning From Employed To Self-Employed

March 24th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Have you been thinking about going into business for yourself, but aren’t sure if you should leave your current employer? It’s a decision all aspiring entrepreneurs must ask themselves that requires a hard look at your reality. Should you be in debt or not have enough money to hold you over until your venture becomes lucrative, you might want to stick around a little longer. If however things look promising, here are some tips to consider when making the transition from employee to self-employed.

The More You Know: 10 Life And Financial Lessons I Would Tell My Younger Self

March 23rd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Do you ever wish you could put life on pause or press the rewind button? Maturity tends to come with age, which means you need to go through life in order to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

If only we could turn back time.

Here are some life and financial lessons I wish I could have shared with my younger self.

Too Good To Be Let Go: Ways To Make Yourself Unfireable

March 20th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Wouldn’t it be awesome if you worked for a company and knew you’d never be in jeopardy of losing your position?

Wishful thinking, right?

Unfortunately this is a lovely but unrealistic concept. That however doesn’t mean you can’t a few extra steps in our career in efforts to make yourself unfireable.

Related Read Ways to Handle Being Fired Gracefully

Does The Stress Justify The Paycheck? Signs You Work In A Toxic Workplace

March 18th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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When it comes to your job, do you enjoy the people you work with or pray they know how to act right when you arrive? Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with folks they can get along with. Sometimes the stress of your office environment becomes too much to handle. Here are some signs you work in a toxic environment.

Who Needs A Leprechaun And A Pot Of Gold? How To Create Your Own Luck

March 17th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Luck is defined as the “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.” While this might not sound like your life (who doesn’t work hard for the things they want), certain opportunities or successful ventures have been known to come when you least expect them.

Sometimes you don’t have to do much to get them.

Instead of waiting around for that magical leprechaun, here are some ways to create your own luck.

Why Not Getting Hired Was The Best Thing For My Career

March 16th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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In my 30 years on this earth I have learned a valuable lesson: everything has a way of working itself out. No matter how great, bad or weird things in my life seem, I know everything I experience has a purpose and puts me one step closer to my goals.

I feel abundantly blessed to do what I love and be a work-from-home mom and wife. Things definitely have a rhythm and consistency that allows me to continue setting and establishing entrepreneurial goals.

Life however was not this “picture perfect” several years ago. In fact, it looked nothing like it does today.

Like many who dream of working for themselves, I looked for job opportunities to help supplement my income and provide the additional experience I felt I needed to be successful. After all, there’s nothing wrong with working your hustle and trying to pay bills. Knowing success never happens overnight, I started applying to jobs that I could work until I was stable enough to go on my own. For a couple years I took odd freelancing jobs that offered virtual flexibility. While these opportunities were great, I wanted something that was a bit more reliable than what I had and decided to cast my net to nearby firms.

One day I received a phone call from a company that I really admired. At first I thought they had the wrong number; I didn’t think I was even qualified to get my foot in the door. This really made me excited to get dressed up and head into their office. You just never know how things can turn out.

The day of the interview was nerve-wracking to say the least. I felt like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada as I entered the glass doors and saw employees shuffling around the office. There were televisions everywhere, cool-looking conference rooms and folks who appeared to enjoy something they loved doing. Before I knew it I was interviewing with one of the executives of the company. I had my talking points, why I was valuable and did my best to stay relaxed.

On the commute back home, I had so many things running through my mind–and quickly began to picture how my life might play out if I got this job. Things would definitely change. A little time passed before I heard from the company.

I didn’t get the job.

Rejection of any kind can be a blow to your ego, and while my financial situation at that time didn’t depend on the job, it would’ve been nice to get it. Now that I look back at my life, not getting that position was the best thing for my career.

For starters it wouldn’t have made my work days flexible enough to pursue other endeavors. This alone would’ve limited my growth potential. Looking back I now notice the job retention rate has been pretty low which makes me even more thankful my name wasn’t on some list to get crossed out. More importantly, my husband and I wouldn’t have the freedom (we both work from home) to pack our our bags and relocate to a new state that’s afforded us a bigger house and lower cost of living.

God definitely has a plan for my life and has shown me that detours don’t mean dead ends. Sometimes the very thing we think is best for our life would be a setback to our progress. We have to have faith in our abilities and trust that our hard work will pay off. Just because you don’t get a job you thought would be essential to your path doesn’t mean there aren’t other doors of opportunities.

Can you relate?

It’s Time To Stand Out: How To Be More Engaging Around The Workplace

March 16th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Are you making waves at your job or simply doing what’s necessary to get by? This could be a reason why you’re not seeing the success you want. Promotions and raises these days often require a little more effort.

The time has come to let go of any fears you have and make moves to better your career. Here are some ways you can be more engaging in what you do.

Don’t Let Them Be The Reason You Quit: Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Co-Workers Influence Your Career Decisions

March 13th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Just because you may or may not like your co-workers doesn’t mean you allow them to dictate your hustle. All of us are bound to work alongside someone who makes our blood boil and temper flare. No matter how crazy things might get, don’t quit because of someone else. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t let your co-workers influence your hustle.