Computer In The Shop? What Do You Do Now?

Written by Janice D. Byer, MVA

Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel like something is missing? … something just doesn’t feel right… like you should be doing something but you can’t remember what?

Well, I had one of those days recently… my computer was inrepparttar shop for a minor repair. Ahhhhh! What was I going to do?

Ok, so I planned to take my computer in forrepparttar 117437 repair. Then I would go shopping for my daughter’s birthday present and have lunch with my husband. But, that still left half a day. No problem. That was taken care of as my phone continued to ring even without my computer there. But,repparttar 117438 whole time I felt like something was missing.

Why are we so dependent on our computers? Why do our routines feel completely out of whack if we don’t have our trusty keyboard and mouse?

In today’s high tech society, a computer is a common site in most homes and nearly all businesses. Everyone and his brother has access to these electronic lifelines and most depend on them to help run their lives smoothly.

For any entrepreneur who relies onrepparttar 117439 virtual work for business, when our computers are unavailable, we can be at a loss as to what we can do. So,repparttar 117440 following is just a few ideas of what we can do duringrepparttar 117441 time that you would normally be on your computer.

1.Get out of your office! And, if your office is inrepparttar 117442 house, get out ofrepparttar 117443 house. Take advantage ofrepparttar 117444 time to separate yourself from your work. It may be hard to leave work behind but, for entrepreneurs who generally are dealing with allrepparttar 117445 aspects of keeping a business running smoothly, a few hours away fromrepparttar 117446 office can help rechargerepparttar 117447 batteries.

2.Run some errands. Not only will this help by getting you out of your office but you can get some of those odd jobs done that have been sitting onrepparttar 117448 back burner.

3.Spend some quality time with your family. Now isrepparttar 117449 time to get out with your partner and/or kids, if they are not at work or at school. Go for a walk or bike ride; have a swim; or make a picnic. Relax & enjoyrepparttar 117450 company of your loved ones.

The Biggest Employment Change of All - Becoming an Entrepreneur

Written by Janice D. Byer, MVA

For many of us, change can be a scary thing. When we are children, there is nothing better than meeting new friends and going to new places. But, when we become adults, change can be something that is less than appealing.

From finishing school and going on to college or university to getting married and having children, our lives are nothing but life changing moments.

Sometimesrepparttar one change that isrepparttar 117436 hardest to deal with isrepparttar 117437 change in our employment status, and one ofrepparttar 117438 biggest career changes isrepparttar 117439 decision to go from being an “employee” to being your own “boss”, becoming a self-employed entrepreneur.

For those that have that overwhelming desire to be a small business owner,repparttar 117440 entire journey to success is something that creates a sense of energy and fulfilment. The roads that are followed bring an abundance of information, continually adding torepparttar 117441 entrepreneurial process and spirit.

Visits to local small business centers can provide a wealth of support and encouragement. There is always flyers, newsletters and experienced staff to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Another avenue that can be taken to contribute to your business’ success is becoming involved in networking groups. Most groups conduct weekly or monthly meetings, some more formal than others, which allow small business owners to share with each other their stories and experiences. It can create alliances that will benefit each business owner.

For myself, a small business owner in Southern Ontario, Canada,repparttar 117442 road to being an entrepreneur includedrepparttar 117443 participation inrepparttar 117444 SEA (Self Employment Assistance) Program sponsored by Human Resources Development Canada.

The SEA program offered, and is still offering, myself and my company a wealth of information and support. This program is available all across Canada. In Southern Ontario it is available in Brampton, Orangeville, and Toronto, as well as numerous other communities. The program consists of 10 weeks of in-class instruction which is performed by successful small business owners. The support then continues for one year with monthly networking meetings withrepparttar 117445 rest ofrepparttar 117446 participants and one-on-one appointments with an instructor.

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