These days, it seems like just about everyone is involved in some sort of business venture. I’m sure all of us have at least one (probably closer to 20) friends who have tried to recruit us to sell one thing or another via Facebook message. Maybe you are that friend. In any case, self-starting is ~all the rage~, and truly with good reason. Even if multi-level marketing isn’t your thing, there are a ton of options out there for you to explore and use to start making your own money.
Find your niche
The key to starting a successful venture is figuring out what works for you. If you have a passion for writing, starting a blog might be your best bet. Love trying out new products? Becoming a product reviewer is a no-brainer. Even just owning a smartphone can open up doors for you: organizations are always looking for app testers to assess the usability of their mobile platforms.
Hard work pays off
No lie: starting a business without investing a ton of money isn’t easy. It requires a lot of perseverance, patience, and creativity. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding endeavors you can take on. Even if you don’t end up building a business for life, you’ll learn valuable skills and walk away feeling accomplished—hopefully with a little extra cash in your pocket, too.
Let’s get down to business
Making identities match
We all have multiple identities. It’s just part of being a human. We identify differently when talking to our boss than we do when we’re hanging out with our friends on a Friday night. When applying for jobs, you might find that you also have several different professional identities, and managing them all can get confusing. How do you market yourself to recruiters when you feel so, well… all over the place? It’s a matter of organization, and it’s simpler than you might think.
One of the most useful lessons I’ve learned is that you don’t have to limit yourself to one resume. If you’re applying for, say, administrative assistant positions and summer internships and a part-time serving gig to rake in extra cash, you shouldn’t send the same resume to all of those employers. It’s easiest to keep all of your experience in one big document (your “running resume”) and then parcel it out as needed to fit each opportunity.
Not sure what to do about LinkedIn? It can serve as a running resume as well; it shows recruiters that you’re well-rounded, which is always a plus. Don’t forget to include any volunteer experience and awards—LinkedIn is the best place to talk yourself up! Once you get all your ducks in a row, applying for different positions is as easy as copy and paste. Each employer will think you’re tailor-made for their open position, so get ready for those interview calls to start rolling in.
Get your resume on lock
Monday Shower Thoughts
- Asking someone to “think outside the box” is the most in-the-box way of telling them to be creative.
- The producer of Undercover Boss should do an episode of Undercover Boss where they go undercover in the crew of Undercover Boss.
- Someone should create a website that tells you which part of the movie you can take a bathroom break at without missing anything important.
- Peanut M&Ms are just all-in-one trail mix.
- If you sleep for 8 hours every day, you’re asleep for 4 entire months every year.
From the Blog
55% of Universities Don’t Believe They Have the Resources Necessary to Support Student Mental Wellness Needs
College students face an enormous amount of academic stress and personal challenges. And these pressures can often leave them feeling overwhelmed and susceptible to conditions such as anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five students will suffer from a mental health condition while attending college. In fact, mental health conditions among all young adults are very common, as 75% of mental health issues originate by the age of 24. For college students, the challenges that come with untreated mental illness can lead to a suffering academic performance, putting their professional and personal futures in jeopardy.
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