Category: Blog

How to move beyond the fear of career change

A shockingly high number of discontent workers around the world go to work every day hating their job to the bone and wishing they were elsewhere. Most of them, though, are still reluctant to change. It sounds great to quit a job you are dissatisfied with in order to do something you are passionate about, but doing it? Well, that’s another matter entirely. The idea of making a big career change fills you with dread, and yet another year in a hostile office environment is just as creepy. This stuck state in the face of two equally petrifying options can be exhausting. Why? Making a career change is one of the most challenging life decisions and transitions and most people approach the process with fear and trepidation. Change is hard. What stops most of us from making a big career change is fear, specifically: fear of the unknown; fear of change; ... Read More

The ultimate guide to starting a successful home-based eBay business

When eBay was founded back in 1995, who would have ever guessed it would become the world’s largest virtual marketplace for selling and buying any kind of stuff online? It is now an online shopping and auction website that allows people to buy and sell used or new products, either as a business or as a way to clean out clutter at home and make a few extra bucks doing so. Anyone can start selling straight away. Interested in starting up your own eBay business? Anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection can start an eBay business and start making money in a couple of weeks, with no financial investment. Millions of people around the world make money selling on eBay every day. An item is sold every two seconds at eBay.com, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Running a small business on eBay can ... Read More

Suffering panic attacks behind the wheel? Here are 10 tips to help you overcome your fear of driving

Do you avoid a certain roundabout every single day? Would you walk an extra three blocks to avoid reverse parking? Do you carefully plan routes to avoid multiple lane highways? At some point, everyone experiences driving anxiety to some extent. Driving is an inherently dangerous activity, and actually does involve the risk of colliding with other vehicles or objects while on the road. However, if the fear of driving is turning you into a child having to rely on public transport, municipal buses or other people for your daily travelling needs even if you are physically in shape to drive and have a driving license and a car sitting in the garage, it can feel extremely limiting and frustrating. Fear of driving is classified as a phobia when the apprehension does not rationally reflect the real amount of danger. Even in reasonably safe situations, driving phobics may experience: trembling; shaking; ... Read More

Want to become an Uber driver? Here is what you need to know

The hassle of attempting to hail an old-fashioned yellow taxi on the street by lifting an arm straight up in the air like the Statue of Liberty is fast disappearing in most cities around the world. The innovative ride-sharing service Uber is quickly revolutionizing the way people move and hail a cab. Uber basically connects passengers and drivers through a user-friendly, ride-sharing mobile app. Passengers can easily request a ride using their smartphone, while you can make a few extra bucks in your spare time driving people from point A to point B with your own car. If you know your way around town, have a smartphone and find solace on the road, driving for Uber can be a good way to supplement your income, with resources you already have. Working as an Uber driver partner on a flexible schedule gives you the opportunity to make money driving any time, ... Read More

Freelance work: the benefits of coworking versus homeworking

An attractive alternative to a regular desk job, freelance work is the wave of the future. It offers tremendous benefits and flexibility that you don't get with a traditional 9-to-5 job. It is no surprise that, since 2008, the number of freelancers, independent workers and self-employed people in the UK has risen exponentially. As a freelancer, you are your own boss and answer to no one, other than your clients. Freelancing means professional freedom and gives you the chance of: operating on your own terms; controlling your workload; choosing what you do and how to do it, as you are no longer working to fit into an imposed modus operandi that might put you under physical stress; setting your routine work hours around your most productive time; working for clients across the globe, as you are not geographically limited to serving only local clients; choosing the clients you wish to work with and the ... Read More

Need a job? How to win projects on freelance marketplaces

The competition is fierce on freelance marketplaces like Freelancer, Elance, Guru and Upwork (formerly oDesk), with countless bidders and a limited number of service buyers. Excellent resources for freelance professionals looking for jobs, these communities offer the opportunity to place bids for free on a wide array of creative projects posted by clients from all around the world, ranging from web development to writing and translation, from data entry to sales and marketing. However, in this dog-eat-dog scenario winning a bid may not be easy, even if you have lots of experience in your field. Winning a bid on a freelance marketplace requires competence and perseverance. Here are 10 tips that may come in handy and increase your chance of winning projects. 1. Read the job post thoroughly Read the freelance project description carefully and make sure you really comprehend what you are getting into once you are chosen. Always take ... Read More