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The One-Hour Business Plan

Jared had an idea a week. “My girlfriend and I make soap at night. We want our own soap business.” Later, he mentioned ideas for a tourist business, then a dating service: “Some people are making a lot of money running dating services. I like people. I could do that.” And on it went...

5 Questions to Ask When You've Lost Your Passion for Work

Do something you love and you won't work a day in your life. It's a phrase we've all heard but one that rarely applies to the real world. Even jobs you initially adored grow bland over time. Maybe you're not challenged. Maybe it's too stressful. Maybe there's too much corporate red tape. Maybe you're just over the industry and crave something new.

Temp to Permanent: How to Turn a Contract Job Into a Full-Time Gig

During the course of a year, U.S. staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees, according to the American Staffing Association. This massive number doesn't include workers contracted directly with a company instead of via a staffing service. Bottom line: A lot of Americans are working as temps. Companies use contract workers for a number of reasons. They may...

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Google Search Eases Veterans' Job Hunt Process With New Enhancement

Transitioning from the military to the civilian world comes with many challenges. One of the hurdles you may face is translating your military experience into civilian skills that get noticed by employers. If you've faced this challenge before or will be transitioning out of the military soon and a job search is on the horizon, there's good news.

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My Take: Your Place of Employment Is an Important Community

If you think about all the time you spend with your colleagues, you will often discover you log more hours with them each week than you do any other person, even your spouse and children. This isn't necessarily a negative, as coworkers can serve as a pseudo second family. Of course there's work to be done,...

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My Take: Age Bias Rests on Assumptions and Generalizations

People over 50 can find rewarding work. It just takes a few adjustments. In the minds of a growing number of employers, age is correlated with higher salary expectations but conversely fewer relevant skills, especially for the over-50 crowd. This phenomenon is exacerbated by the heightened pace of technological change. Data and digital are where...

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8 Key Considerations Before Changing Careers

Your alarm goes off and you slowly stretch and blink your eyes open. You turn to the window to see the sun peeking out over the horizon as the birds chirp to greet the morning. You smile momentarily at the prospect of a new day, until it hits you like a sledgehammer. You have to go to work! You cringe and immediately throw the covers back over your head...

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Negotiating a Consulting or Freelance Assignment

Setting off on your own to work as a freelancer or consultant is a great way to broaden your experience and grow your network. Whether you’re planning on becoming a professional freelancer or simply looking for work between jobs, one of the most important aspects of freelance work is knowing how much to charge. Figuring this out will help you confidently negotiate your fee...

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