Happy New Year everyone. I do hope for everyone this is going to be a great year. 2015 had so many bumps in it, it seems like everyone is happy to see the back of it. I for one waved it off with close friends and a few days of recuperation!
In my last blog I was talking about empowering women and what we can do for ourselves financially and spiritually in this economic state of uncertainty. I'm not going to bog you down with figures and tech speak, but have a real heart to heart about what we can do to help ourselves. We've been informed that there have been so many budget cuts which means a lot of people being made redundant, downsizing of departments, companies going belly up or being bought over or like the radio station I had been working for, shutting down with 2 weeks notice.
|Last day at the Station!|
|Me and my partner in Crime on the Morning Show|
Once the initial shock is over, I think the most important thing is to ensure your tribe, and that is your most faithful and most supportive friends and family rally around you. There will be a lot of ideas being bandied about, but the most important thing I've discovered is to trust your instinct and go with your gut.
Now for some of us , it's the age factor, lets face it, more companies prefer to hire younger people and to also pay less for the inexperienced ones. Plus the younger folk can hop around from one company to another and it's quite the norm, but if you've had an established career and a defined work ethos that you've been following it can be harder. You will come across a myriad of work opportunities, from MLM to introductions to investing. Lets cover them one by one shall we?
|My Almond Shortbread|
Firstly if you find yourself at home, going through the ads and recruitment agencies without as much luck as you'd hope to have, lets look at what you can do immediately. Do you cook? Is there a specialised dish that everyone ooos and ahhs over? I've spoken to quite a few women and they do a few signature dishes that they advertise online and cater to folk who don't have the time to cook. All it takes is a little bit of patience and PR. Make sure you bring you signature dish to the next get together, tell your friends you're available to cater the dish you've brought , make sure you also have a price in mind of how much you will charge. Post it on your social networks, it's the best way of being visible and word of mouth also works and make sure you take some great shots of the food (not the person holding it or eating it!!) Also as my girl friends mentioned to me, a lot of restaurants and cafes are accepting home made goods that are up to their standards so look around your neighbourhood to these places where you can possibly promote your dish. This is immediate cash.
I make about 4 specialised dishes, apart from my Shepard's Pie and Apple Crumble I also do
|killer quiches in many flavours|
|I also make tasty tuna puffs!|
The same can be said for your actual skills, you can always offer your services on a free lance basis whilst looking for the next major job, (anything from teaching yoga, cooking, accounting, language classes etc) just make sure you know what the going rate is and charge accordingly. Cash money more money.
|my pal Riz does dive classes in her free time|
|and has some pretty awesome experiences along the way!|
I'm in the midst of gathering other blogs for micro financing and also investing. If you have a topic you'd like to share please don't hesitate to let me know, I'd love to hear from you,