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How to take your career to the next level

When you want to be able to push your career to the next level, it’s always important for you to take control of this. Your career won’t always get to the heights that you want it to, without you really being in the driving seat. Success doesn’t happen overnight or by accident. Instead, you have to be in charge and really push to get to where you want to be. Maybe you have a career in fashion that you want to build on, or another related creative field? Well, if you want to be a creative director, a CEO, or even start your own company, then you need to start to take to make that happen. So if you’re ready to really amp things up with your career, here’s what you can do.

 

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  1. Plan Your Progression

To get yourself started, you need to have some kind of idea of what you want, where you’re going, or how you’re going to climb the ladder. A lot of the time, if you’re trying to get ahead and you have absolutely no idea of where you’re going, you have an issue. So, you need to know a rough idea of what you want to do, and where you want to be. Stick that at the top of the plan, and then work backwards through the steps that you need to take or go through in order to get there – and how long this is going to take.

 

  1. Increase Your Level

Now, as you’re doing that, you may find that you need to be able to learn a little more. Maybe you want to teach design or writing? Then you may need to look at an online masters in education to be able to do that. Or maybe you want to be a fashion or creative company CEO? Then it could be that doing an MBA is going to give you the skills you need to get to a senior level in your field.

 

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  1. Build A Side Business

Another great idea here, is to think about building a business for yourself. When you come up with a side business idea that can boost your career, it can often give you the skills and experiences you need to get to where you want to be. Or, if you want to have your own business, then starting it on the side is the best way to get it off the ground and start moving forward with that part of your career.

 

  1. Get Innovative

Now, whether you’re someone who’s self-employed and already running your own thing, or you’re climbing the career ladder and you want to keep doing that, innovation can help you. For someone that wants a promotion, to make a difference in their job, or to who wants to grow their business to new-level heights, thinking outside of the box when it comes to creativity and ideas matters. If you can come up with that killer campaign, new product idea, or a better way of operating, and it makes money, you’re going to reap the rewards. Whether this is financially n your own business, or in the form of recognition or a promotion in the company that you work for.

 

How are you planning to take your career to the next level?

 

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Personal Finance Tips for the Freelancer/Self Employed

As a Freelancer/Self employed person, you have to remain on top of your personal finance to keep track of your money. Being your boss means you are in charge of everything, which means there is no one to blame when things go south. Focusing on your craft and ignoring your personal finance would only to money problems. And that is the last thing you need as a small business owner. Which is why you may find this personal finance tips post is useful.

 

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The law here in the UK states you get yourself registered as soon as you start making money from your craft. So I got myself registered as self-employed when I started making money from my online gigs. I have been registered as a self-employed for over 3 years now, and I have been making a steady income from my business since then. For those who wonder what I do for money, I make money from this blog, my social media platform, and from my book – How to Cash in as a Blogger. I am also a copywriter, social media manager and blogger outreach consultant.

The personal finance tips that have help me as a freelancer and self-employed person are as follows –

 

Have a separate bank account for your business

Having a separate bank account for your business is the best way to stay on top of all transactions. Running your business from your personal bank account is not the smart way to go as you could easily get confused with your business transactions and personal spending from the same bank account. There are many bank accounts to choose from, one of them being Think Money basic  bank account so it makes sense to go for one of them and keep your business separate from your personal life.

 

Keep on eye on your money

Once you have a separate bank account, the next thing is to keep an eye on your money. You should keep track of all incomings and outgoings so there are no surprises. Having a spreadsheet where you record all incomings and outgoings helps. I have a simple sheet on Microsoft Excel, and it helps me keep an eye on my money. I update the sheet every month and that way I know where my money goes and how much I bring in every month just by having a quick glance.

 

Budget for your taxes

As a business, you most likely would have to pay some form of tax. It is best to get this sorted asap, and not wait until the last-minute like some business owners would do. Budgeting for your taxes would also help you pay it up quickly without any problems. I like to get mine books done and my taxes paid up once the tax window opens. That way I know it is done for the year, and I can focus on other things.

 

Don’t spend all you have in the period of feast

As a Freelancer, you would know all about how unpredictable the freelancing life is. Freelancing is a feast or famine career. We usually earn different amounts of money from month to month, depending on the number of jobs that come our way. So we need to be on top of our budgeting game in order to make it in the famine period. Don’t spend all you have in the period of feast. If you do, you would be stuck with unpaid bills in the famine period.

 

Are you Freelancer? Do you have any personal finance tips to share? Please sound off in the comments section. Let’s rub minds

 

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How to make money as a writer

Statistics show that writers and authors can make over $50,000 a year. This is approximately over £38,000 annually. But with a lot of hard work and well-structured systems, I believe freelance writers can make so much more than that.

Writers are always in demand for so many different projects like writing whitepapers, blog posts, copy or even to ghostwrite a book. You can increase your earning potential by combing different kinds of writing in your portfolio. This makes you more likely to be hired as companies would rather hire someone who is able to handle different kinds of writing to meet their needs.

 

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Although there are so many ways writers can make money, I narrowed them down to these 3 that you can use to start earning money right away.

 

  1. Start a blog

Blogging is one of the most popular ways of making money as a writer. It’s not surprising as many people spend time reading blogs for a variety of reasons. Many read blogs to get personal advice, read product reviews, or learn about what’s trending in the industry.

There are many ways you can earn money as a blogger. One of those ways is to have Google AdSense set up on your blog. This is the easiest way to make money from your blog. You get paid based on the number of impressions your ad gets. So the more visitors who come to your blog, the more money you make.

However, you can earn more money from ads when you collaborate with a company and offer to put up their ads on your blog for a fee.

Another way to make money from your blog is through affiliate links. You may write about products or service that you like and get paid every time your readers click on the affiliate link.

If you’re not a fan of having ads on your blog, you can create a membership platform where subscribers can have access to your exclusive content for a fee. You may also create and sell a digital product like an e-course, ebook or online workshop that people can pay you for.

 

  1. Dive into copywriting

If you’re great at writing persuasive content that motivates people to buy things, then copywriting is just for you. Copywriters create marketing content for ad campaigns, websites and social media. Copywriters are always in demand. Their job is to write content that sells.

As a copywriter, you may decide to work for yourself as a freelance copywriter. Or you can work as an in-house copywriter for a company or ad agency. In such a case you are stuck to a fixed salary, unlike a freelance copywriter who can determine their own income.

 

  1. Write for publications that pay

Believe it or not, there are so many publications out there that pay writers for their articles. Magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications are constantly looking for original content that will peak the interest of their readers. The rates for such publications vary between £50 to as high as £500 per article.

Most times such publications require that you pitch your article ideas to them. If they like it, they’ll give you the go-ahead to write the article. Some allow you to write a draft of the article.

 

Do you make money as a writer? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

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