Category Archives: Career/Job Hunt

Thinking of Self Employment

Test the waters of self-employment without jumping in

The odds are that you will probably consider self-employment at some point: Eighty-nine percent of people in the United States who make more than $50,000 a year are self-employed, according to Entrepreneur magazine.

As with all decision points, the way to make the best choice is to know yourself. If you get bored easily, do a lot of different jobs. If you are a type-A hyperachiever, do one business really, really well. If you have a small tolerance for risk, keep a full-time job while you explore other options. All are great ways to make the shift to working for yourself.

One of the most interesting recipes for self-employment comes from self-employment evangelist Barbara Winter. Winter says that it’s easier to have five jobs that generate $10,000 a year than it is to have one job that generates $50,000 a year – the perfect scenario for opening an eBay business, renting out a room in your condo, writing press releases for your friend’s startup, etc.

This is, essentially, juggling five jobs, but Winter’s book describes ways of making it seem manageable: “The juggler walks out on the stage with ten sticks and ten plates, but doesn’t begin spinning them all at once. Methodically, the juggler positions the first plate on a stick and gets it into motion. Once done, the juggler moves on to the next, then the next, and so forth. Eventually, all ten of the plates are spinning away, each with its own momentum.” (This is how I feel about blogging – it’s like throwing another plate in the air for me.)

** From Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist **

This is an original work from the author unless otherwise noted.


Mature Women Seeking Employment

Yesterday was spent with 2 friends speaking of the rigors of Job Hunting.  Surely, most of you as well have fears of this stressful endeavor.  Unfortunately with maturity, this experience is not as much fun.  Thankfully, I must maintain a sense of humor at all times.  Sometimes to my detriment. 

Remember the Rooster in the Looney Tunes Cartoons*?  His brainy myopic nephew and other characters would on occasion have need to blow up Rooster.  When this happened, he would proclaim in his best southern drawl:  “Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency!”  Yet, I digress.  Sorry. 

So, today I had an interview for an administrative position.  Beautiful office, great employer, fantastic working environment.  Great Interview!  YES!  As I walked out feeling particularly good,  I passed the next applicant.  Needless to say, the mood left quicker than chocolate at a birthday party.  Ms tall, thin and younger was leaning over the counter schmoozing the front desk person.  A pose worthy of  Playboy’s best, I might add.  Artfully displaying her Firm Assets!  Oh, CRAP!! 

Yeah……, Well……..,  I’m smarter and more skilled than “Ms soon to be a Centerfold.”  Yeah, Yeah, that’s right.  Sure, I could lose some pounds and yet I cannot change my age or even my vertical limitations.  Life can be challenging.  (Actually sucks at Times)

*Looney Tunes-Warner Bros.

This is an original work from the author unless otherwise noted.