Career, employment, small business and personal mix

Over the last few days, I’ve been writing and publishing a mix of articles that hit on more traditional employment, personal performance improvement and transitions to self-employment that are close enough to traditional employment to make the transition easier than other options.

In “Independent Employment,” I suggest three ways you could keep working for the same kind of employer you now serve, but in more independent roles such as through temporary staffing, contract employment and freelancing in your current field. With each of those, you could try out the mode of work while you are still employed. Just do it on a “moonlighting” basis until you’re comfortable with it and know it’s something you want to do. The only investment is your time, so even if you decide you don’t like it, you can stop and you’ll still have made some extra money.

In “Be The Hero of the Story: Expect to Win,” I illustrate how you develop success — whether in business, career or personal life — through managing your expectations. Your expectations tend to be self-fulfilling prophecies. The article is about how well it works to make your expectations positive ones.

In “What’s Old is New Again: Getting Attention to Your Résumé May Be As Simple As This,” I talk about the most effective ways to make your résumé stand out in a crowd, as well as how and where to send it to avoid the crowds.""

And, just today, I published a guest article that takes us back to talking about small business and solo-entrepreneuring again: “Have a Great Idea for a Business? Test the Waters Before Diving In.” It takes up the same dilemma I was addressing in “Independent Employment.” However unhappy a place the job market may be, the self-employment market may be too scary. Valerie Young has a few words of encouragement for trying out various businesses before making a commitment to get into them.