What You Need To Do To Be A Great Leader

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If being a great leader in the workplace was easy, everyone would be doing it. The good news is that there’s always an opportunity to improve your abilities and overcome your fears so you can develop into a successful boss and mentor.

What you can’t do is give up on yourself or stop trying to advance in this area if it’s a goal you want to accomplish. There are a few areas you’ll want to put most of your energy into so you can become the leader you always knew you could be. Enjoy the challenge and watching yourself grow and learn over the years.

Listen Carefully

Great leaders know when to talk, when to listen, and when to understand the importance of lending an open ear, even to their subordinates. You not only need to be able to give out and communicate directions clearly, but you have to be attentive to and comprehend what others are trying to tell you.Continue reading

The Importance of Building Credit at an Early Age

Contributed article in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Finances are a crucial part of a person’s life if he wants to be successful. One of the best ways to secure your finances is to practice good habits while you are still young. You may possibly now know how essential it is to live within your means and save money for the things that you want but the concept of building a good credit at a young age might still be not on your mind.

Nevertheless, building your credit score early is an important factor in achieving financial success. Here are some reasons why you have to establish good credit while you are still young:

Can Qualify for Future Loans

While you are still young, you might think that you can live completely free from debt. Continue reading

5 Popular Myths About Starting Your Own Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you have yet to launch your first business, it could be easy to believe the many myths about starting a new company. As a result, budding entrepreneurs might be deterred from launching their first business, or might launch an enterprise only to experience a few nasty surprises along the way.

As with any business decision, you must look at the facts to make a decision that’s right for you. Here are five popular myths about starting your own business.

Myth 1: You Need Investment to Start a Business

Believe it or not, but you don’t need a considerable amount of money to start a successful company. Yet it’s a common misconception that you need to seek investment to help kickstart your new venture. However, statistics prove the opposite is true. According to Fundable, only 0.91% of startups are funded by angel investors, and only 0.05% are funded by venture capital investors.Continue reading

6 of the Most Important Components of an Effective Leader

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every great business needs a great leader, but what is it exactly that makes a leader great?

Firm but Fair

Any truly great leader must be able to strike a balance when dealing with their subordinates. In particular, it is important that you always make your workers aware when they make mistakes, as this is the only way that they will learn. However, your role cannot simply be to hand out work and critique the results. You have to mix constructive criticism in with compliments and acknowledgment of their strengths and achievements.

If you lean too heavily in either direction on this, you will find that you quickly have a demotivated workforce on your hands. As their leader, it is up to you to ensure that the various components of your business are acting in harmony.Continue reading

How to Prepare for Leadership Positions

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

With several years of professional experience under your belt, a time will come when you feel you need to take your career to the next level and assume a leadership role in the organization you are working for.

This is when you now understand the complexities of the business and you have grown in your career to feel ambitious enough to lead other people. Of course, you need to back up your ambitions with a history of stellar performance otherwise no one will take you seriously. Even if you rise to the level you want, your subordinates won’t give you the respect that the office you hold deserves.

You need prepare well before you assume leadership roles.

Attitude Adjustment

Start working on your attitude if you want to be a leader. Attitude is the first signal that you are ready for the altitude. Do you sulk when given roles beyond your job description? If yes, then you need to change your attitude.

Does your boss know that he/she can assign you tasks and trust that you will complete them with minimal supervision? Do things that bothered you before; like impromptu tasks no longer bother you? In fact, you even find yourself more flexible these days and somehow understand that the only constant thing is change. If you no longer take last minute requests and disruptions from your boss personally you are well on your way there.Continue reading

Ways To Finance Your Business

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The number of people who are choosing to start their own businesses and work for themselves is growing and every year more and more entrepreneurs are choosing to leave their current employment and try something for themselves. Some will fail, but some will succeed and never giving up is an appropriate attitude to have in terms of looking forward to the future of your business.

One thing that all companies need, however, no matter how big or small, no matter how new or old, is financing. Although it’s possible to start a company with little to no money, if you really want to make a splash and be successful more quickly, you will want to have some form of capital behind you. If you’re currently hoping to start a business (or expand an existing one) and you’re wondering where you might be able to find the money to do so, there are a variety of different ways that you can raise the cash and become the business owner and leader that you want to be.Continue reading

What it’s Like to Work in a Successful Non-Profit Organization

Contributed article in our career series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Receiving an MPA online or Master of Public Administration is a rewarding achievement that can lead to a career of tremendous public service. Many of us were taught to go to college to work for a business solely for the purpose of making money. While there is nothing wrong with the desire to make money, MPA’s, on the other hand, are pressed for the desire to make a difference in the community and the world. There are many myths and taboos around the idea of working for a successful Non-Profit Organization that we will cover in this article.

Yes, you get paid to work!

A common misconception is the belief that people show up to work every day, out of the joy of their hearts, but don’t make any actual money when working with a Non-Profit. Everyone needs to pay their bills and feed their families, which is a reality of life, and this is simply not the case. Continue reading

Taking the Risk out of OTC Markets

Contributed article in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Trying to make money in any market entails a certain amount of risk. That can come from buying a blue chip stock on the New York Stock Exchange or from trading on OTC markets. The difference always is the nature and size of the risk. So being able to manage risk is vitally important as a trader or as an investor. It is arguably the most vital skill to learn when you wade into the financial markets.

Being a trader and being an investor are two very different things. Traders, even though they are smart and focused and diligent, live for the moment. They are going to make money by pouncing on opportunity, never letting the trend get away. Investors, on the other hand, tend to be much more methodical. Which is a good way to make small profits over the long-term, setting you up for success in your golden years.Continue reading

How To Get Motivated To Achieve

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Motivation is the reason you get out of bed in the morning. You’re motivated to go to work and earn money to enjoy living. Sometimes this motivation can suffer a setback and not always because of a perceivable reason. There isn’t always one clear reason why your levels of motivation dip, and it can be the culmination of a few factors. For the times when you can’t quite put your finger on the cause, you’re best off to implement a healthy lifestyle and to get out and enjoy your time more often. As the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a sad boy,” so endeavor to enjoy yourself as well as work hard. You need to maintain a balance if you’re going to stay motivated and determined to succeed.Continue reading

4 Tips for Staying Motivated When You’re Self-employed

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When you’re in charge of your own work life, it can be difficult to stay focused. With no one to pay attention to your activities, it’s tempting to talk yourself out of doing work. In the short term, this might provide you with a pleasant break. However, in the long term, a lack of productivity will be disastrous for your personal finances and the development of your career. That is why you need to take control of the situation. It’s vital that you’re doing everything in your power to work efficiently. Luckily, there are plenty of easy steps for you to take. Below are four tips for staying motivated when you’re self-employed.

Schedule Your Day

Make sure that you have a clear plan for your day ahead. You should even try to plan your entire week in advance. This allows you to have a clear idea of everything that you need to get done. When you’re formulating your plan, it’s important that you strike the right balance between being optimistic and being realistic. You should always be pushing yourself to achieve more. However, you should avoid setting yourself unrealistic deadlines. Ideally, at the end of each day, you want to feel satisfied instead of deflated.Continue reading