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Life is better when you love your job. It’s true. Imagine spending 8 hours a day, five days a week, for the next three decades doing something you hate. Sounds like a lengthy prison term, doesn’t it?

There is good news. Unlike the inmate, you do have a choice. You can choose a career that suits your personality, your interests, and your aptitudes. You can pick a job that fits like a glove and leads to a lifetime of happiness. And, it all begins with getting to know thy self.

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Ask Your Inner Child

Kids know what they like. They don’t let big salaries and fancy benefits cloud their judgement. Yes, very few kids will stick to a task they despise–no matter what extrinsic rewards are offered. Why? Kids prefer to do what makes them happy.

And the things that made you happy in your youth can provide you with valuable clues about what would bring you joy as a adult. If you loved to spend hours dissecting the family toaster, you may enjoy working in electronics or as a mechanic. Perhaps, you were a beautician-in-the-making–plying your younger siblings with makeup and curlers. Or, maybe, your beloved role as mom’s “assistant baker” foreshadows a successful culinary career.

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Examine Your Free Time

Free time. Ah. Those are two beautiful words, aren’t they? Free time is your opportunity to do what makes you happy. How do you spend your free time?
Are you an avid golfer? While becoming a pro golfer may not be in the cards for you, it may reveal career preferences. Perhaps, you would be happiest working outdoors. Maybe a job in recreation is suitable. Or, you may be happy working in a sporting goods store.

As “Finding the Right Careers” asserts, it is important to consider all types of activities including volunteering, hobbies, and life experiences. These will provide valuable insight into your preferences, your aptitudes, and your skill sets.

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Watch for Flying Time

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. And it marches slowly when you’re doing something you hate. Nobody ever leaped out of a dental chair and said, “gee, that felt like it took no time at all.”

The Pursuit of Happiness defines “flow” as occurring when someone is completely absorbed in an activity which makes them feel strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities. Have you ever experienced flow, and if so, what were you doing? This activity will reveal a great deal about what you enjoy and what comes naturally to you.

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Uncover Your Unique Design

Your design is as unique as your fingerprint. And, like a fingerprint, breaking down the intricate design into individual traits can be tricky. This is where inventories come in handy. An “inventory” is a psychometric test that can be used to indentify personality traits, interests, values, and aptitudes.

While you should never base a career decision on inventory results, alone, they can help you tremendously when it comes to your journey of self-discovery. Here are a few that you may be interested in trying.

The last thing you want to do is feel like an inmate–sentenced to decades of drudgery. According to “Changing Careers at 50 or After: 3 Tips for Doing it Right,” 75 percent of Americans expect to work for as long as they can, while a mere 39 percent says it’s because they like to work.” By finding a career that you are passionate about, you can love every hour of your life. Even the period between 9 and five.

Have you had a “flow” experience? What were you doing?

Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, avid blogger, and Career Counselor. You can follow her at The Embiggens Project.

   

There are many benefits and pitfalls to working off-site, whether it’s strictly in a home office or in a generic mobile environment. One of the things on the problem side is communication, making sure that the off-site employee is in sync with the game plan.

In today’s world, thanks to the advances in mobile technology, communication is easier and further reaching than it’s ever been. Unless someone is totally off the grid, it’s practically impossible to consistently miss a call or message. And yet, just because people can reach each other easier doesn’t mean that everyone’s on the same page, [...] Continue Reading…

   

You’ve done it! You have officially created the next big item–the greatest thing to hit the marketplace since wheels became round and bread got sliced. Yes, your thingamajig is exactly what the world has been waiting for. The only problem is that you have no idea how to take the next step–turning your brilliant idea into a tangible product available for sale. And making a return on your investment.

There are several paths that you can take in order to bring your new product to the marketplace.
The DIY Path
Before embarking on a quest of this magnitude, it is important to [...] Continue Reading…

   

Ah, the perks of being your own boss. You can come and go as you please, work from the comfort of home, and you need only answer to yourself. Sounds like a sweet deal, right? Admittedly, there are some definite pros to self-employment–but there is a down side too. Not only do you miss out on benefits like a pension or a paid vacation, but you are also out of luck when it comes to an employee health insurance plan.

How, then, can you protect yourself against monolithic medical bills?

While you may be tempted to swath yourself in bubble wrap [...] Continue Reading…

   

There is a huge market online for selling used equipment. The web offers many to-sell services tailored to various equipment types, from car and computer parts to used hardware tools. The wide assortment of websites offering to sell your used equipment make the selling-online waters a bit tricky to navigate, so it’s worth keeping in mind the five tips below that will help you sell your used equipment online quickly and securely:
Identify the Part as Specifically as Possible
It’s extremely important to identify the specific model and/or year of the used equipment part you’re trying to sell. Not only will [...] Continue Reading…

   

Whether you are a small business, a mommy blogger, or a large corporation, chances are you will experience at least one website crash over your years of operation. Though there are many steps you should take to prevent such an occurrence, it is always good to prepare for the worst. Luckily, even if your site does go down, there are plenty of things you can to do stay productive and minimize the damaging effects.
1. Contact Your Website Host Provider
The first thing to do when you site crashes is contact your web host provider. Most small business website hosting services [...] Continue Reading…

   

Mechanical Turk is an Amazon.com-owned property that allows users to make money by completing Human Intelligence Tasks, or HITs. These HITs are found over a variety of different categories and pay once you complete them. Before working on these projects with Mechanical Turk, it is a good idea to learn about how the entire process works and consider a few tips that will give you the best chance of maximizing your earning potential.
Don’t Get Scammed
Since Amazon does not regulate Mechanical Turk, you could come across some scams. In the worse-case scenario, you could even become a victim of fraud, [...] Continue Reading…

   

The arrival of spring puts me in the mood to open up the windows and let in that fresh, new air. It also gives me the urge to get rid of all those old, unwanted items that are taking up space in my attic and basement. Spring is the perfect time to clear out that clutter, and the best way to do it is with a good old-fashioned yard sale. It’s a great way to clear out all that stuff and make some money in the process. If you’re considering holding a yard sale as part of your spring [...] Continue Reading…

   

Ali Express is an extremely popular online merchant service that allows users to purchase goods at low prices. Consumers have the opportunity to buy goods on this website in low denominations, making it easier for the average person to use Ali Express as opposed to similar websites like Alibaba, which happens to be Ali Express’ parent company. Before attempting to sell items on this website, however, you should come up with a business plan. Follow your plan to ensure that customers are able to find you and trust you as a retailer when they do.
Find a Niche
Do not try [...] Continue Reading…

   

Never before have three innocent little letters collaborated together to form a more dreaded word than the day that “T” and “X” surrounded “A” to come with “TAX.” Yes, few words stir up more negative emotions –unless, of course, the word “tax” is immediately followed by “refund.”

If you’d like to ensure that you become greater acquainted with the “tax refund” in your life, here are some tax deductions that freelancers can often claim.
Your Professional Space
Most people are aware of the fact that they can claim the rent paid on an office space, but freelancers who work at home can [...] Continue Reading…

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