How to Quit Working So Hard and Do What You Really Want?

You just clocked out of your 9-5. Another day is over. You’re exhausted. But that’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? You work hard, pay your dues, and maybe someday get a promotion. That’s what we are taught from a very young age. But maybe it doesn’t have to be like that. Maybe you should quit working so hard for small goals, like that 3% raise or junior management. Maybe you could have bigger goals and see the big picture of your life. Maybe you could have a flexible schedule and do something you love, from home. How would you go about doing that you ask? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Look at past career experiences. What are you good at? Can you write, draw, do web design?
  2. Determine your values. What do you care about? What is most important to you about being in business.
  3. Work toward your own goals. Could you be your own boss? Where could this go? Do you want to travel or provide for your family?
  4. What is your mission? How will you leave your mark on the world? How could you make the world a better place?
  5. Think broadly. If you could do anything, what would you do? (Hint: You can do anything you want. Seriously.)
  6. Let your mind wander. What do you want out of life? Do you want to be more comfortable financially, have a more flexible schedule?
  7. What are your favorite skills? What are you not only good at but enjoy? Do you like to train, write, blog, design, etc?
  8. Determine your ideal work day. Do you want to work with others or is going solo for you? Could you take breaks in between tasks? Are you a night owl? Do you want to work in your pajamas?
  9. Refine your vision. Bring all these things together. What do you see? Could you make all this reality? You probably can if you dedicate yourself and decide to go into business.

With these steps, you can figure out how to get success on your own terms. You can work smarter not harder. You don’t have to work so hard when you do business your way. There is so much information on the internet today and businesses you can start from home with little to no investment beyond a basic website. Make up a portfolio and start marketing yourself. Most people can write or start a blog. Perhaps you enjoy social media. Can you do web design? Do you want to earn from home? Are you thinking what i am thinking? Perhaps a freelancing website would do… get what I mean? These are all things to think about. Start today, the rest of your life is waiting.

 

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How to Attract Millennials to Your Small Business and Make More Money

You may be wondering how you can make more money with your small business. One great way to do this is to have a Millennial marketing strategy. Why? Millennials are a huge market with a lot of buying power. Millennials are anyone born between 1977 and 2000. They account for 25% of the US population. They also happen to spend 600 billion annually. You need to get a piece of that for your business! There are several ways you can make your business “Millennial-Friendly”. Here are some tips for you to take into consideration:

  1. Make your website work on mobile devices. You also need to be present on apps and mobile sites that they are utilizing, like Google maps.
  2. Every business should have a presence on Facebook, even if you are a solopreneur.
  3. Have live chat on your website. Millennials prefer to chat than pick up the phone and call a business.
  4. Use social media in real time. People should be able to reach out to you on Twitter and get a response from someone at your company, whether it is you or someone who works for you.
  5. Improve the speed of support. You should have fixed the problem within 24 hours. People are not willing to wait very long for things to be resolved.
  6. Have positive reviews online. Genuine ones. You may get some negative reviews no matter what, but strive toward resolutions and your customers, including Millennials, will recognize that.
  7. Use discounts and coupons. Millennials are savvy when it comes to saving money. They are a great marketing tactic and bring people to your business. People often spend more when they think they are getting a good deal.
  8. Have a mission and contribute to society. Do something to make the world a better place Millennials will take notice. Plus you will get to feel good about what you are doing, and who doesn’t like that?
  9. Treat your employees well. This goes without saying really, but word of mouth goes far. Employees that are treated well produce better work, anyway.
  10. Use email. It is the preferred way Millennials like to communicate. Some people might think email is outdated, but recent studies have shown that it is not.

Hopefully, your business is already doing a few of these things, but if you aren’t, now you have actionable steps to take to market for Millennials. Most of these steps require a great website as a base, and then you build on that from there. Thankfully most small businesses already have a presence online. As an entrepreneur, you want to make sure you are on top of trends and working with Millennials is a great way to do that. You may have some work ahead of you to make your business “Millennial-Friendly” but with these tips, you’ll be well on your way.

You might also want to initiate your small business with these high-paying skills and attract more millennials for a greater earning.