Changing Careers... to obtain the Telecommuting Lifestyle

Written by Edward B. Toupin

At one time or another, every employee wonders what it would be like to work in a telecommuting situation. But, they look at their current job and wonder how they could ever do it from home. Well, that concern is quite correct as some jobs cannot be done from home. However, one possible solution is to change careers into something that compliments a telecommuting situation.

I've heard it said that changing careers is one ofrepparttar more stressful situations that a person can experience. This is especially true if you've been in a position for many years. There is a way, however, to ease into a career change without inducing any ofrepparttar 117813 stress that usually accompaniesrepparttar 117814 transition.

--- Baby Steps ---

Let's assume that you're an executive secretary with dreams of working from home. However, your current position is not practical outside ofrepparttar 117815 office. You start thinking of other jobs that you could do, but realize that no one will hire you immediately because you lackrepparttar 117816 experience to take on such a position full-time. Instead of pursuingrepparttar 117817 situation, you simply give up your dreams and acceptrepparttar 117818 fact that you are stuck in your current position until retirement.

Realize that you can still move forward with your dream of working at home, just not all at once. You have to take it a little at a time to gain experience and prove your abilities before you takerepparttar 117819 leap into a new career. Your first step is to determine what you would like to do, that would lend itself to telecommuting, and still pay handsomely.

Let's think, you're an executive secretary so your immediate skills are telephone, organization, scheduling, data entry, research, and various word-processing and spreadsheet applications. Consider these various individual skills and put them together in different ways to see what type of jobs you can handle. One way to do this is to visit some ofrepparttar 117820 more popular job sites like ( and ( and type in your prominent skills to see what types of jobs appear. You might be surprised at what you can do!

>From a quick search forrepparttar 117821 executive secretary, I found that similar skills are required forrepparttar 117822 following types of jobs:

- Internet Sourcing - Transcription - Customer Support - Data Entry - Off-site Executive Administrative Assistant - Web Developer

As you will find, there are many things that you can do, however, you don't want to jump in and just do them. For now, use these career ideas to prepare yourself.

--- Setting up forrepparttar 117823 Change ---

Once you figure out what you want to do, go back to ( and ( and search for various jobs that would fit your requirements and skills. Don't apply to any of them yet, just search for jobs that fit your desired direction. Once you find about a dozen or so different opportunities, examine them to make sure that this is something you want to do.

Don't worry about salary as of yet since this opportunity is something you will do "onrepparttar 117824 side" until you get enough experience to do it full-time. Remember,repparttar 117825 objective here is to find something that you can do to help fine-tune your skills for your new career. Don't despair and don't get over-anxious as this career-preparing stage is only temporary.

--- The Resume ---

Here isrepparttar 117826 tricky part. You need to rework your resume to emphasize your skills and strengths forrepparttar 117827 positions you want to pursue. Your first thought is to list your skills and minimize your work history---the functional resume. This won't work asrepparttar 117828 employer will assume that you're trying to hide something. You also don't want to list your work experience first because you won't getrepparttar 117829 job since your work history will not reflect anything applicable forrepparttar 117830 new career.

How Any Small Business Can Boost Profits Online - Even When ALL Your Customers Are Local

Written by Jerry Buchs

I talk to many local business owners here in my little hometown that tell me they want a website. When I ask why, they generally say something like, "Well, I just think we need one. Most businesses have them now."

But realistically, if you operate a local dry cleaner, restaurant, pet shop, hair salon, lawn service insurance agency, dental or law office, why should you have your own website when all your customers/clients are fromrepparttar community?

There's only one reason. TO INCREASE SALES!

If that's not your goal, then don't waste your time, or your money, getting a website for your business. Period.

So how does your business make money onrepparttar 117812 global information highway when you only have local customers? Here are five easy, fool-proof strategies that will help make it happen.

Strategy #1: Get your own domain.

Just like your retail space or business office, you need to have your own "cyber real estate" to do business online. So you must own your own domain. Registerrepparttar 117813 name of your business or come as close as you can ifrepparttar 117814 exact name is already taken. Either way, make surerepparttar 117815 domain name is simple, fairly short (2 or 3 words), and easy to remember. With your own domain, you can edit content and keep your site up to date, developing it from empty "land" to your own client-centered "branch location."

Strategy #2: Use professional web design assistance.

Do you feel comfortable doing what's necessary to produce a superior, professional, eye-catching website design? I didn't think so! Then why would you even consider designing your own website? And worse yet, you can't trust your web design torepparttar 117816 lady downrepparttar 117817 street, to a college kid, or to your brother-in-law! Professional design is a necessity if you want to profit online, so don't skimp.

Strategy #3: Grow your email list to EXPLODE sales!

What if you could reach every customer or prospect you get withrepparttar 117818 touch of a button and for a minimal cost? You can. Your website must have a listserver to make consistent sales. With a listserver, you can build a huge list of email addresses for people interested in your products and services and send unlimited non-spam messages to them.

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