Turning Your Love of Beauty Into a Business: 4 Parts To Ponder

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If you’ve spent so much time turning your spare room into a home office, you might have thought about how you can capitalise on this. If you have a love for all things beauty and fashion, and you’ve grown frustrated with your current job, or you are worried that the economy is going to result in redundancy for you, you may want to start thinking about what it takes to turn your love of beauty into a business. Also, if you don’t enjoy your job, now is the time to take control of your life. What does it take?

Look at Transferable Skills

Many people look at starting all over again as an opportunity to retrain. While in beauty, you can partake in aesthetics training and get relevant qualifications, you should not underestimate your transferable skills. If you are particularly good at doing your own makeup, is this something that you can transfer into another business venture? Some people need professional makeup artists, such as models or musicians, and when you start to gather some specific looks and styles, this is the best way to bring a portfolio together. It is so important to look at the transferable skills you already have, not just in terms of your love beauty, but also your skills learnt in other areas. 

Start Small, but Manageable

The important thing to remember when you are turning your love of beauty into a business is that you can overreach. It is important to learn that building up the business is about acquiring knowledge in a certain area, while also making sure that you are able to scale up the business in a manageable fashion. This is why it’s a good idea to start your business venture by doing something little, for example, a blog that incorporates affiliate marketing. When we start small, we have complete control over our product, and this is where we learn the most important lessons in running businesses. Because a business is not just about the product or the promotion, but it’s about the customer service. When we start to think about what customers need, we can have a solid grip on what our business should be, what it offers, and how we can promote ourselves.

It’s Who You Know!

Turning your love of beauty into a business is about making sure that you have the right clientele. You can be in a chicken and egg situation: making sure that you know that you’ve got the right customers or being 100% sure of your own image, but you need to be both. When it comes to bolstering your business, one of the most important ways to get yourself out there is to network. In terms of fashion and beauty, there are so many fashion and beauty bloggers out there, but also realising that you can network online, as well as in the real world. It is vital to learn how to network effectively, such as by demonstrating soft skills, but also not being pushy.

When people go to networking events, the truth of the matter is that everybody has a product to push, but this means you’ve got to come across as approachable without being pushy. Focus on building friendships first, and this works to help you find the people that will want to work with you but also it will help you find the people that you actually want to work with. Sometimes, we can scramble for customers and clients, but sometimes if they don’t align with our way of thinking, this can cause more problems than it’s worth.

Do Not Stand in the Way of Yourself

Running any form of business can be about finding the right time to make the leap from normal working life to unknown territory. It is usually ourselves that will stop us from taking a leap of faith. This usually involves doubt or some form of anxiety. And it’s a lot better to keep things as they are but we will never know what we can achieve if we do not make the leap. When the chance comes, we have to take it. And when it comes to doing something that you love and you have a passion for, you have to remember that you are the biggest obstacle. 

Sometimes we think that we’ve got to do sufficient preparation to take the leap, when we have a passion for something, turning this love of beauty and fashion into a business immediately translates to enthusiasm. Sometimes people picture themselves having more freedom, being more creative, and it’s important to pay the bills but it is just as important to turn something you love into a livelihood.

 

 

 

9 Ways to Fit a Workout in your Busy Schedule

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Between a full-time job, family duties, and a social life, it can seem impossible to fit exercise into the mix. Yet, some of the busiest people still make time to work out on a regular basis. While it may not be easy to work out with a busy schedule, it can be achieved. Here are nine ways you can incorporate exercise into your life, even with a busy schedule.

1.   Make a plan

Writing down a fitness plan can help you be efficient while working out, minimizing time spent in the gym while maximizing results. Use a calendar to mark down the days you want to work out. Then, using a notebook or the notes app on your phone, write down an organized workout routine, complete with the number of sets and reps you’ll be performing. This can help you stay organized and exercise on your terms.

2.   Get a workout partner

Many of us have trouble motivating ourselves in the gym. It can be easy to cheat a little bit or fall victim to self-deception—you might end up saying things like, “I don’t need to do that final set” or “I’m too tired to run that last lap”. A workout partner can help hold you accountable, plus having someone there with you can make exercising a more enjoyable experience.

3.   Keep a change of clothes on hand

Always keep some workout clothing on hand in case you need it. If you have a busy schedule, you may never know when you can fit in a run, a trip to the gym, or a quick workout session. Get a duffel bag and stuff it with a lightweight shirt, shorts, underwear, socks, a gym towel, and a pair of training shoes for women or men. Then you’ll always be ready to go whenever the opportunity arises.

4.   Change up your commute

If possible, ditch driving your car and find more active ways to commute to work. Ride your bike or walk to work if you can. Or, if the office is far enough away that you have to drive, try cycling and walking when you’re out running errands instead.

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5.   Plan active family adventures

Get the whole family active by combining family time with exercise time. Plan a camping trip, take the family hiking, or play in the backyard with your kids. When making plans with the family, try to be creative about fun ways you can all get active.

6.   Make your workouts fun

If you hate working out, you’re most likely going to skip it whenever it’s convenient. This is especially true if you’re trying to fit exercise into a busy schedule. That’s why you should try to work out in a way that you actually enjoy. Join a recreational sports league, take kickboxing classes, go surfing, or take part in any physical activity that you know you’ll look forward to.

7.   Always choose the stairs

By skipping the escalators and elevators and opting for the stairs, you can get more steps in every day. While this may not be a traditional “workout”, you can think of it as a series of mini-workouts. Taking the stairs can be a great way for a busy person to burn calories without hitting the gym.

8.   Get an early start

Many people choose to exercise first thing in the morning. Why is this? First of all, working out in the morning can give you an energy boost that starts your day off on the right foot. Secondly, it feels great to get your exercise for the day over with in the morning. This makes it so that you can enjoy the rest of the day without a looming workout hanging over your head.

9.   Make fitness a priority

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s more important than you think. If you want to get in shape, you have to make fitness a priority in your life. Carve out time for exercise and be consistent. As a busy person, regularly working out may require you to make some sacrifices, but that’s the cost of being in great shape.

With a hectic schedule, it may seem impossible to fit exercise into your life. However, with some effort and determination, you can accomplish your fitness goals. Try out one or all of these tips to start living a more active life.

 

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