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Getting Started with a Side Gig

11 Nov

How to Freelance Your Way to Financial Freedom


If you haven’t heard of the
gig economy yet, you soon will. The so-called “gig economy” refers to the current rise of popularity and success in short-term, contract, or freelance work. This is in stark contrast to the traditional economy, which primarily depends upon salaried workers and employees with steady jobs. With the job market so uncertain lately, many Americans are finding creative ways to make money and pay the bills. Many people are seeing success with freelancing, taking short-term jobs and contract work, or even starting their own businesses.

Whether you’re working from your bed or the beach, these jobs provide freedom from the corporate world while also paying well and allowing people to make ends meet. Best of all, it is possible to work multiple freelance contracts or “gigs” while also continuing to search for a full-time job, if desired.

If you’re looking to break into freelancing, take the leap away from corporate America, or simply pick up a side job for additional income, keep reading for some tips on how to get started in the gig economy.

 

Start With Your Talents

When it comes to picking up freelance work, there are limitless possibilities. You may consider starting with what you’re already naturally good at. Do you enjoy art and design? You might consider picking up some freelance design work, which is always in demand. If you enjoy photography, see if you know anyone who would be willing to pay you for headshots or family photographs.

 

Know What’s in Demand

In addition to considering what you’re good at, you should also consider the demand for the services you’re trying to offer. What services would benefit people in your local area? Is there a shortage of Uber or Lyft drivers, for instance? Do you have a room in your home that you could put up for rent on Airbnb? Ideas for stepping into the gig economy are all around you, if you’re willing to look for them.

 

Set up a Workspace

Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. While it’s great to work from a place where you feel the most comfortable, it can easily disrupt productivity if you don’t get organized — and stay that way. With this in mind, it’s important to set up a workspace somewhere in your home that’s dedicated to your job. Consider it your personal office, even if it’s just a corner of an existing room. Invest in some quality equipment, get your supplies in order, and treat it with respect. Keep distractions to a bare minimum and make sure you remain on top of clutter. After all, this is where you’ll be earning your money.

 

Learn a New Skill

When it comes to finding new work, why limit yourself to skills that you already possess? Whether you’re looking to leave the corporate world and start your own business or test the waters for an entirely new career direction, treat this as an opportunity to learn something new. There are many high-paying freelance or contract jobs that do not require degrees. Why not use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill? You never know; this might open up the doors for you to embark upon an entirely new career path.

 

Ask Your Friends

When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to find clients. One way to start making some money is to ask your friends and family if they’d be interested in any of the services you are offering. We live in a world where we’re always connected thanks to social media, mobile devices, and the internet, and social channels are a great way to get the word out about the products or services you offer. Facebook is a great place to start, since it’s free to use and you can connect right away with people you know; check out this ultimate Facebook advertising guide to get started. However you decide to do it, go ahead and put the message out there that you’re offering a service and/or looking for new clients. Perhaps even offer an introductory discount just to get the ball rolling.

 

Get Advice from Experts

One final note about the gig economy: it’s not for everyone. Running your own business can be hard, and you’ll want to talk to a business lawyer about setting up your business and an accountant to learn about any tax implications. An accountant may also be able to help you decide if you need a small business loan to get the ball rolling, and explain the difference between the options, including startup, short-term, and SBA loans. You’ll also want a mentor and maybe even a consultant to help you streamline your processes. More importantly, the real experts are your customers. Once you get established, reach out to your client base for advice to steer you in the right direction.

That being said, working when you want, where you want, and for whom you want can be deeply rewarding. By following the tips listed above, you can start building your own successful gig-based business.

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Where Are Tech Jobs Booming In the Next 5 Years?

12 Aug

The tech industry is growing fast, with an estimated 182,000 jobs added to the industry in 2016 alone. This brings the total number of jobs to around 7.3 million and accounting for an estimated eight percent of the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also predicting that tech jobs will account for 2.4 percent of all jobs added annually to the economy.

With the tech sector growing so rapidly, and with many cities already considered tech hubs, will there be a change in where these jobs will be booming in the next five years? The answers may not surprise you if you’re a part of the industry, but to those seeking new employment opportunities, here are the five states in which tech jobs are slated to grow in the next five years.

 

Texas

Austin, Dallas, and Houston are the primary tech hubs in Texas, a state renown for both its can-do attitude and its love for start up companies. For those interested in working in emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and machine learning, Austin is a great place to settle. Houston is currently on the hunt for more software developers and engineers as well, while Dallas is currently a hub for established technologies and engineering companies.

 

Colorado

Colorado has a booming tech community and is well known for housing some of the most interesting companies working in big data and app development. Most of these companies can be found in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder along with other major cities across the state. However, the real advantage is found in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: start-ups will find that Colorado is very welcoming to start ups, including a concentration of VC firms in Boulder and an influx of business-minded tech entrepreneurs that find the state very welcoming to bringing in new jobs.

 

Utah

Utah is currently considered a prime state for tech employers and employees; some of the best places to live in Utah, including Provo, are also tech hubs that support web developers, software engineers, and coders. The state is also home to ancestry.com, a genealogical website that is undergoing massive growth and is actively hiring for tech positions. Although not considered a startup haven, Utah is building a reputation for itself as a state that supports new and emerging technologies.

 

Michigan

Although Michigan is probably best known to Americans as the home of auto industry, the state is also currently leading in tech specialty job growth. Detroit, in particular, is seeing a boom in emerging technologies, such as driverless cars, while Ann Arbor is growing in engineering research, data processing, testing labs, and computer systems design. The biggest pull for tech professionals to move to Michigan is thought to be the pay; in Michigan, the average tech wage stood at $84.800; while this is lower than the $105,400 national average, the cost-of-living in Michigan is significantly lower than in places such as Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta.

 

North Carolina

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the tech industry that North Carolina has made the list. The state is home to the Research Triangle, which is made up of the University of North Carolina State University, Duke University and UNC – Chapel Hill, which has long been a hub of developing technology for the country. Now, Research Triangle Park, a campus that currently hosts over 240 startups, is a major destination for tech professionals. With companies ranging from web developers to green technologies to information technology, this massive 7,000-acre compound is eager to take on as many tech employees as possible.

 

Technology drives almost everything in America; from banking and engineering to social media and online workflows, it is the single biggest driver of the success of the American economy. Although there are several great tech hubs that have not been listed, these five states are where the tech boom is headed next. Now all that’s left to do is to fill out a resume and start applying for tech jobs in these areas.

 

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How Google Hires People

25 Aug

How does Google hire people? According to the Business Insider, “The only thing that works are behavioral interviews where there’s a consistent set of questions that ask people what they did in specific situations. You want people who like figuring out stuff where there is no obvious answer.”

If you are job hunting, you should keep this Google’s hiring mantra in mind. You need to be a problem solver.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-google-hires-people-2013-6#ixzz2ZC30Fi6E

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Stack Overflow Career Center

14 Jun

Searching for a job? The unemployment rate is still at an all-time high, so perhaps Stack Overflow can help you. The site features a good collection of job postings and tips on how to land the next big opportunity.

http://careers.stackoverflow.com/

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Jobvite: Social Recruiting

21 Feb

Is your company looking for new talent and not getting any qualified leads? Try Jobvite and start recruiting using the medium that a growing majority of professionals are using to find careers. Jobvite leverages Twitter, Facebook and multiple social media industry players to interact with job seekers.

The way to hire now in our connected world.
http://recruiting.jobvite.com/

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iCould is Career Advice

14 Jun

The other day I fat-fingered iCould instead of iCloud when I was searching for the latest Apple technology release. To my surprise, I discovered a web resource geared toward career advice that features viable tips for job seekers. Watch videos that feature key strategies for job interviews and resume building.

http://icould.com/

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Jibe – Leverage Your Networks

18 Oct

If you are LinkedIn user, then you understand the value of building a strong network. Jibe is a new service that connects your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts to jobs. I heard about it from a local career center director.

How does it work?

  • Login into Facebook or Linked
  • Jibe pulls in all your LinkedIn and Facebook Profiles
  • Complete Your Jibe Profile
  • Apply for Jobs using network Profile Info
  • attach a resume and cover letter
  • Attach any references you have received for that job

Their tagline is, “You Are Always In Control of What Employers See!”

http://www.jibe.com/

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Dice.com is Tech Jobs

8 Aug

Looking for a tech jobs? Dice.com is a job resource information technology professionals. Post your resume and take control our your career. If you an employer post your position here for the best tech talent. If you are a prospective job hunter, search for a job, read the career news and join in discussions.

http://dice.com

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Twitter For Jobs

13 Jul

Looking for a job? Have you considered using Twitter? Recently a friend of mine used Twitter solely to land a great job. Below is a video the describes the most effective way to use Twitter to land a new position.

http://video.about.com/jobsearch/Job-Search-on-Twitter.htm

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MTV Jobs

20 Jun

The job scene is changing rapidly in front of our eyes and MTV gives us a shining example of the changing landscape. I was watching MTV and Sway did a segment on hiring a social media manager. If you are looking for a job inspired by this millennium, explore MTV Networks Job Twitter feed or their career website.

http://twitter.com/mtvnetworksjobs

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