Turn A New Page… How To Start A New Life In A New Town

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Sometimes we all have that hankering to start all over again, and move to a new place, and, in essence, cut all ties with your life right now. Sometimes it happens, where do we get a new job, or we just feel that we need to be someplace else, the desire to begin again is something that cannot be ignored. But the concern in this is one of practicality. Yes, you have a feeling about a new place, but what do you really need to have in place to make sure that your transition to a new life in a new place goes smoothly?

The Move

The move can be very stressful, but if you are determined to leave your old life behind, then this is a perfectly good opportunity to break with the past and sell a lot of your possessions. At the end of the day, we can get new items if we so need to. And even if our budget dictates, and we need to get a car, there are plenty of used cars for sale, you just have to look online to see something in your price range. If you really don’t have much, can you go on the train? The move doesn’t have to be stressful, but it can feel that way because of all the pressure on you in beginning this new life. But remember, it’s just the beginning.

The Settling In Period

This was never going to be easy. But the first month or so will be the worst part. Trying to get yourself settled into a new way of life, in new surroundings, with a new job or a new flatmates, these are all major shocks to the system. Settling in properly can take some time, and you just need to get your head around this. The best way for you to get accustomed to your surroundings quicker is to just get out there and explore. The more you know at the very outset, the quicker you can become comfortable. And yes, it’s likely you will feel like you are out of your depth, but do you have people nearby you can talk to? If not, go online, and chat with your friends back home.

Maintain A Positive Mindset

Remember, finding your feet is always a period of trial and error. You’ve moved to a new place for a specific reason, and regardless of the main reason itself, you know at the back of your mind that this was something that had to be done. It’s a place that is going to bring the best out in you, and this is what you feel. And remember, if it doesn’t work out, what is the worst case scenario? You end up going back home for a bit, or you try another place out for size!

A new life in a new town is the biggest of changes, and you can feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. But you had a feeling about this new place, so don’t hold back, go with the flow, it could be the best thing that ever happened to you!

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3 Ideas To Help Bring Prestige To Your Business

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Prestige is a strange concept for a business to aim for, but one that can be incredibly rewarding once it is achieved. Prestige allows your business to be seen as a key player and you, the entrepreneur behind the vision, as an expert in your field. Ultimately, being viewed as a business with prestige does more for your reputation than any marketing or advertising campaign could ever manage– your reputation precedes you, and your standing in your industry is secure.

Prestige, however, is not easy something that you can just make happen. You can’t just update your website or whip up a snappy new logo to encourage people to think of your business as being worthy of prestige– it requires a lot more work than that. To truly find your place as a market leader and a recognized, prestigious business in your industry, you have to think big.

Advertise yourself as an expert

Experts are everywhere in the media; popping up to give their opinion in response to news stories, either in print or on camera. If you want to add an air of prestige to your business, then you need to try and do all you can to appear as one of these experts.

This is easier said than done, but there are ways and means. You can try just sending a letter outlining your experience to your local news station, explaining how you’d be happy to provide a business perspective to any developing events. Alternatively, you can really launch into the big leagues and find yourself an agent, who will network on your behalf. Your business will hugely benefit from being run by “that person on TV”, and even minor appearances can lend a feel of prestige to you — and thus your company — relatively quickly.

Host a conference

Conferences are vital for businesses; they provide an opportunity to connect, to network, to discuss the future of a particular industry. You might have already attended conferences with your business, but there’s no doubt that being the host of a conference gives your business a lot more cachet.

Hosting a conference doesn’t need to be a huge affair that blows your company budget for the next millennium. Small, intimate conferences for businesses local to you can be just as effective, or you can go all out and hire the likes of eCubedEvents.com to plan a conference in conjunction with other businesses in your industry. Big, small, solo or joint effort, being the host of a conference is a surefire way to deliver prestige to your company.

Develop a code of ethics

Part of the definition of prestige is admiration for a particular quality of a person or company, so developing a strong core of ethics for your company is a good way to achieve this.

A solid code of ethics about your business practices, that you advertise and talk about widely, is a great way to improve perception of your business. You may even find it easier to make connections if you develop a reputation as a business that always does the right thing, as other companies will want to be associated with your virtues. It is therefore extremely beneficial to create a specific code of ethics for your company; if you’re not sure where to begin on this, Inc.com has a great guide to developing a code of ethics that works for your company.

In conclusion

If you want to bring prestige to your business, one of the methods above could be the solution for you, helping to increase your business’ reputation and — ultimately — move you closer to your business goals.

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Listen To Your Heart: Start Your Own Business

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If you’re a budding entrepreneur, then you have most likely heard about all the reasons as to why you shouldn’t go into business. “It sounds better than what it is!” “It’s too risky!” “You’ll lose money! And sleep! And your social life! And you’ll end up in debt!” And while all of these can be very true – it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to you. Sure, there’s a big chance, because starting your own business IS very difficult, and CAN be very stressful – but that shouldn’t hold you back from doing something that you believe in.

There are the downfalls, and it’s important you know what they are, but if you chose to only look at them you’ll always have a negative outlook on everything. So you should have a look at all the positive reasons why you should take the risk and go for it.

Here are some examples.

Free time

Now, this doesn’t happen immediately, when you’re first starting up, you will be putting in endless hours for barely any money – if anything at all. But once you’ve passed those hard few chapters and do it correctly, you can start being in charge of your schedule and create that freedom that you think you deserve – whenever you want.

The stories

Whoever you end up crossing paths with, you can guarantee that when they ask that common question about what you do for a living, and you tell them that you own your own business – more questions will follow. It interests people, and their curiosity makes them want to know more, so be prepared to be the storyteller when you socialize.

Tax benefits

When you’re a freelancer (which means you work for yourself), you get to take advantage of the tax perks that are available to you. Most of the time you are able to write off expenses like car payments, phone bills, and travel. So be sure to ask your accountant what benefits you will be entitled to.

Pride

When you do something all by yourself, regardless of whether you’ve been able to get success from it yet or not – it’s an amazing feeling. You had something imagined in your head, and you managed to turn it into something real, and not only that, but now you’re able to make yourself a living off it.

The future

When you have a job like a delivery driver or a shop assistant, it’s hard to imagine passing down your career to your loved ones because it’s just not how those things work. But when you work for yourself, you can pass it on to the next generation and leave them with all the incredible things you created yourself.

Security

Because you own your own business, you never have to worry about getting fired or laid off, because you’re your own boss – you have no one to answer to or try and defend your job title to. You run the show.

Networking

Networking is an essential thing that has to be done if you want your name getting out there and the chance to meet potential business partners and sponsors. But this is part of the fun – being a social butterfly. Engaging with other people, swapping stories and learning from others that have the experience you don’t yet have.

Becoming a pro

Everyone wants to be the best at what they do, and starting out as an entrepreneur will give you such knowledge that you will be able to use it in your daily life. You will learn so many things that will not only teach you what it means to be a boss, but will also put you in a position where you can be a mentor to others one day, and share all the skills that you have collected along your journey.

Determination

Working for yourself can be a struggle because you have to be the one to self-motivate – you don’t have someone else encouraging you or telling you what your weekly targets are – it’s all down to you. This is difficult to begin with, but over time you will establish a determination that can’t be broken, and that’s a very strong skill to have, that will help you along in life forever.

Financial independence

This is one of the reasons that get everyone excited about working for themselves – the financial benefits. Money is independence. Simple. The more money you make, essentially the more freedom you have, and this will also be the drive that pushes you to work harder. Something to remember is that money doesn’t buy happiness, but what it does give you, is a lot more opportunities to find that so-called happiness.

Change the world

A lot of entrepreneurs tend to believe that this is the start to changing the world, and while this sounds a little over the top – just look at Apple and Facebook! So there’s nothing wrong with having a dream that seems impossible, because you may just get there one day. Who knows, you may develop mobile apps and then have your own set of organisations that cater to people from all around the world.

Create jobs

When you start making money and feel like it’s time to grow your business, you may want to hire some helping hands to join you. This is a moment to enjoy, knowing that you are able and responsible for sharing success with potential employees of yours. Your little idea that you once started with, is now not only providing you with an income, but others too.

As you can see, there are tons of reasons why you should follow your heart and start your own business. But finally, ask yourself why you want to do it, as that’s the most important reason of them all. Has this idea been in your head for years, and you’re now finally ready to do something about it? Or do you just feel it’s time for a change in your life, and this is the final push you need? Whatever it may be – you create your own destiny.

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