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Is It Time to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Gig?

More than 53 million Americans work as independent contractors according to a 2014 study issued by the Freelancers Union. LinkedIn research forecasts independent workers will comprise 40 percent of the workforce by 2020. That’s a substantial percentage of the workforce operating independently already, and a significantly larger number predicted to be working for themselves in just a couple years. The “gig economy” is in full-force  and shows no signs of slowing down. Quite a few people will likely leave their full-time jobs to work for themselves over the next couple years. The prospect of working for yourself and building your own business, free from the timeclock, corporate bureaucracy and mismatched management styles, can certainly be appealing for some, but intimidating for others. Proponents, like Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, says, “a side hustle is more than just another stream of income, it’s…

Tips for Moving Forward in Your Career

“Moving your career forward” is an interesting term. For a long time, people only thought about “moving up”—getting in the door at a good company and rising through the ranks. But working for a living has changed. Where “job” and “career” used to be more or less synonymous, today’s careers can span multiple jobs at multiple companies. A career is becoming more and more a journey through a series of working experiences than a measure of tenure within a company or profession. If you’re in a position where you’re feeling the need to move forward—to a higher salary, a more fulfilling occupation, a job that makes better use of your overall skill set—there are some things to keep in mind about making that kind of change. Know What’s Out There As with so many other things, wishing doesn’t make it so when it comes to changing jobs. Think carefully about…

5 Tips to Give Your Career a Boost

Do you feel like a zombie plodding to and from work every day, uninspired and zapped with joy? Does your paycheck make you frown? Has stress made you so tense that you could karate chop a board with your bare hand right now without flinching? If you answered yes to any of these questions – you’re due for a career reboot! With the holidays quickly approaching, the New Year will be here before we know it. But there’s still time to end the year strong! Before you get distracted with Turkey recipes and Black Friday sales, set aside some time for yourself to improve your career and finances. Follow these easy tips to give your career a reboot sooner rather than later. Invite Your Boss to Lunch or Happy Hour How much happiness, longevity and upward mobility you experience at work can be largely impacted by how well you know…

Adult Education: 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Stop Learning

After spending the first 20 plus years of our lives in a classroom, the idea of going back to school as an adult can hold very little appeal – especially for those of us with demanding jobs and families to support. Contrary to what you may believe, however, continuing your education can be beneficial not only to your career but to your mental health and family life. And given the explosion of online courses and educational technology in recent years, learning has never been easier or more accessible. Here are five great reasons to continue your education no matter how old you are. You’ll Stay Sharp Not only does challenging your brain make you smarter, it helps fight off dementia and other types of brain deterioration. And by regularly exposing yourself to new ideas, you’ll rekindle your imagination and creativity. Don’t be surprised if your mood improves, too. You’ll Broaden Your…