How to be more Fashionable at Work

 

How to be more Fashionable at Work

 

The Do’s and Don’ts:

In every corporate environment, you will face a strong independent woman who will make her well-educated, highly-qualified male counterpart drool in her presence. Not only because she possesses natural beauty, but the way she carries herself and dresses according to current fashion standards.

Whilst she might be binging on popcorn and dropping soda all over her t-shirt while at home, but at work, even you might admire her. Fear not! You can be just like her if not more fashionable. Being fashionable at work can seem a tad bit daunting in the beginning but once you get a good grip you can easily fit into it. Today, we will be sharing a few tips that will help you up your corporate fashion game.

Confidence is the key:

Being fashionable at work not only means wearing good clothes and looking your best, but it also means the way you carry yourself and the level of confidence you adopt. Regardless of what you are wearing you can make it twice as fashionable just by being confident. There is no point shrugging your shoulders downwards and feeling shy, especially in your workplace. Not only will lower confidence degrade your self-esteem but it will also impact others around you. So, be confident and create an aura, that cannot be missed, whenever you walk by!

Its Not too late to switch up your style a bit:

Do you remember the last time you experimented with your style of dressing, especially after joining the corporate world? If the answer is no, then it is high time you do so. Look around you and look at the person you admire for their fashion sense. And you’ll notice the subtle changes they bring about when it comes to dressing up. They are on par with both current fashion trends and the season. So do change your dressing sense and experiment with your wardrobe!

  • Wear a hat! Not everyone can rock a hat. Try on different types of hat and pick the one which suits you the most.
  • Perfume! Don’t pick those fruity smelling sweet perfume. Go with something a tad bit strong as you are definitely likely to be remembered even when you are not around due to your cologne. This will leave a strong impact especially on your colleagues, bosses and your clients!
  • Eyewear. You don’t have to wear sunglass even if it is dark outside. Pick up a regular spectacle even if your eyes are perfectly fine. This will make you appear more attractive and fashionable.
  • Wear a jacket. You can pick up a jacket which fits your corporate standard and goes with it. You don’t even need to completely wear it. You can wear it like a cape and hang it on your shoulders. Trust me this will instantly improve your look make you more fashionable.

The minimal look:

As suggested previously you don’t have to completely change yourself in order to be more fashionable at work. You don’t need to put a tonne of beauty products on your face in order to look more beautiful. These things might do more damage than you think, from skin damage to loss of time!

Make subtle changes to your dress, but make sure you keep on bringing these changes often. Also, there is no need to wear a lot of beauty products. You can try to go to the office without any makeup at all. Trust me this will give you a morale boost and a lot of the people around you will be mesmerized!

Your Shoes!

When it comes to corporate fashion a lot of us tend to neglect our shoes. We tend to think formal shoes will be the best fit for our working environment. But this is where a lot of us wrong! One tip when it comes to choosing shoe is, always choose the opposite one. Yeah, this tip might sound a bit weird but trust me. When you are about to pick a high heel for a dress, choose a flat instead! This weird tip will help yourself pop out and be different from the crowd!

 

 

Melissa Tylor is the owner and regular contributor at SuperSkinCentral.com. When it comes to skincare and fashion, she always tries to share tips and tricks which have personally helped her  She intends on helping everyone with her small tips and trick which might elevate their lives!

 

 

Traits of Strong Women: Tips to Accomplish Your Goals!

Traits of Strong Women:  Tips to Accomplish Your Goals!

Strong and independent women inspire me.  By independent, I don’t necessarily mean unmarried nor women who live alone.  I am talking about the moms, wives, daughters and friends out there who don’t live by a set of rules.  The women who set a goal and go for it.  The women who aren’t afraid to go without make up whenever they feel like it.  I’ve put together a list of tips for setting out to do what you’d like to accomplish in life.  And then taking the steps necessary to get there. The most recent example I have read about this is Laura Cope, who decided 8 years into a career she didn’t like, to give it all up and go after her dream. Find out what your goal is, and then learn how to achieve it.

 

Write Your Goals Down and Make a Plan

 

Successful women don’t just talk about dreams.  They write it down and make a plan.  I grew up in the city but always wanted to live out West in the wide open spaces.  I could have just dreamed about it until my grave, but instead decided to go for it and make the move West many years ago.  Write down what you want.  Whether it’s a career, to get married, an athletic goal, having kids, or living somewhere you’d always dreamed of.  It could be several of those above or your own set of goals not mentioned here.  The first step is to acknowledge your goal.  Writing it down and making a plan helps to move you in the right direction. It’s surprising how much something so simple can help you achieve your goal.

 

Do Something Every Day To Move Yourself Closer To Your Goal

 

The old adage that Rome wasn’t built in a day can apply to many things in life including goals.  Sometimes, time is needed for great things to happen. But even if a dream seems so far away, it doesn’t mean that you can’t move closer to it every day.  I once wanted to run a sub 3 hour marathon.  To work towards my goal, worked I ran twice a day, ate nutritious food, got 8 plus hours sleep a night and ran 100 mile weeks with a lot of hard workouts thrown in.  I ended up running a 2:56 marathon but it did not happen overnight.  Brick by brick you can build your dream.  Do something today to move you closer to it.

 

Live Boldly and Say No To Fear

 

I have been wanting to interview a lady, Elizabeth Geer, who is 97 years old for an article.  I finally got a hold of her tonight.  She was a hard lady to get a hold of because she was so busy caring for her farm and staying active.  Talking to her, made me realize that successful women don’t let fear run their lives.

Elizabeth had ridden horses her entire life, but started riding less as she aged.  She explained to me tonight that, “When I got old, people tried to get me to stop riding.” But that didn’t stop Elizabeth from going riding on her 97th birthday.  “It was just wonderful. I felt so good to be in the saddle. It felt like home.” Elizabeth could have lived more cautiously that day, and not taken the chance, but she summed it up this way, “If you don’t truly live, you will stagnate.”

Don’t let yourself stagnate.  Live life abundantly.  We weren’t created to live in fear.

 

Take Time To Celebrate Your Success

 

When you reach a goal, celebrate it. This doesn’t mean that you have to be snobbish, arrogant, or haughty.  I wanted to finish a 100 mile mountain trail race.  When I accomplished that goal, I took time to celebrate the accomplishment.  And yes, I still wear that finisher jacket this day to important events even though that race was a decade ago.  It reminds me that when the going gets tough as it did at 10,000 feet with snow coming down in the middle of the night, I can still put one foot in front of the other.  I know that what I learned in the middle of the night during that race, can help me today to put one foot in front of the other.  Keep working toward your goal even when it feels like you are only taking baby steps.  When you reach your finish line, relish the accomplishment before setting a new goal.

 

Final Thoughts

 

I hope this article got you thinking about a goal you might have.  Or maybe it’s a dream you’ve put on the back corner of a shelf in your mind. Dust off that goal, write it down and take a step today towards achieving it.  When you reach that milestone, take the time to know that you just became stronger because of the journey that it took to get you there.

 

 

Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.  The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

How to Get The Most Out of Your Idea Without Starting a Business

 

How to Get The Most Out of Your Idea Without Starting a Business

If you are like most people, you probably have a hobby that you excel at or a special skill that could serve others well. You may be interested in sharing your skill with others and even to monetize your activity. However, you may not be interested in launching a full business. After all, maybe you don’t want to take the risk, put together a full business plan and more at the moment. There are some relatively easy steps that you can take to start profiting from your skills or interests without starting your own company.

Define your Idea

Before you can start making money by sharing your idea or skills with others, you need to define what it actually is. For example, is it a physical object, a skill or an intellectual concept? You could potentially license your inventive idea, such as the Copper Chef cookware that you may have seen featured on television commercials. You may also offer a service, such as life coaching, mentoring, copywriting and more. After you have defined your idea, you can walk through a few steps to get your idea off the ground without launching a full-fledged business.

Find Your Niche

To successfully provide your idea or product to other people, you must understand your unique niche in the marketplace. Define who may benefit from your niche, and explore strategies for getting the word out about your niche concept to the target audience that you have identified. For example, if you have a product, using Etsy or Amazon is a smart idea. If you offer a service, Patreon, Upwork, Peopleperhour or other websites could be helpful to you. If funding is needed to assist with bringing your idea to fruition, consider using crowdfunding to generate interest and capital. You may not need to have a full business plan when taking this approach, but you still need to do some research in order to achieve success from your effort.

Build Your Social Following

You do not need a huge marketing budget to spread the word about your product or service. You can easily use social media to your benefit. First, select social media platforms that would work best for you. For example, Etsy or Pinterest are a smart solution when introducing a product. Capture excellent images of your offering online to appeal to the masses, or even consider using a video to demonstrate how a product works or how beneficial a service may be. You may even offer freebies or special offers to further engage your social media followers. Social media platforms offer two-way communication with your audience. Regardless of whether you would like to monetize a product or service, use your sphere of influence and your connections on social media platforms to generate interest in what you are offering.

Make Smart Connections

As soon as your product or service gets some momentum, you can reach out to other influencers to make smart connections. Sometimes you can connect with an influencer who may serve as an ambassador for your product or service. Maybe you have some powerful friends who can spread the word to their own connections. For example, you can reach out to local business professionals who may be interested in partnering with you. You never know who can turn out to be your champion. Remember that these are free ways to generate interest in your idea.

Always respond to questions and comments so that you establish a relationship with your audience and brand yourself. While this takes time in many cases, it is very effective at producing results. Remember that others who are not actively communicating with you will read the comments posted as well, which further expands your reach.

Conclusion

After a while, you may decide to create a business plan and approach monetizing your skills, hobby or product idea through a full startup or launch. On the other hand, you can profit through a different approach. If launching a startup is not quite right for you, consider how you can walk through these steps to generate interest in what you have and to turn a profit from your great idea.

 

Heather Redding is a part time assistant manager and freelance writer based in Aurora, Illinois. She is also an avid reader and a tech enthusiast. When Heather is not working, she enjoys a good book from her Kindle library along with a hot drink.

How to Navigate a Move That Benefits Your Career

How to Navigate a Move That Benefits Your Career

Sometimes, we’re able to make choices for our professional lives that pack a punch with relatively little action. Many have been able to succeed by small thoughtful changes; many successful careers have been built by slowly yet consistently moving up the local career ladder.

But sometimes, it takes more than that; sometimes, it requires moving much further than just into a new office on the same floor. At some point you may find yourself having to make a decision regarding whether or not to pursue a position in a location that requires a move.

If you’re considering a move for your job, there is certainly far more to consider and work through. But it’s likely that if you’re at a point in your career where this is an option, you’re also totally capable of managing the challenges that come with it.

Should You Relocate?

Whatever reason you find yourself drawn to a new city, whether because there is potential for your career brand to change for the better, or because you like the culture/scenery better, etc., there are serious questions to ask before you make any permanent decisions.

Data shows that 67 percent of employees who decline relocation do so because of their close family ties. So even if you’re considering a move because you’re hoping to bolster your career, it’s important to think about the non-career related aspects. If you’re close to your family, are you comfortable with the change in relationships that is sure to take place if you move? Technology saves us from being completely isolated from friends and family, and yet things certainly won’t be the same.

If you’re considering a move to a location that is drastically different in climate, have you considered how you’ll be impacted by the weather? If you’re moving north, do you have the gear necessary to drive and live in cold weather? If not, are you prepared to invest? Conversely, if you have pets that are used to cool weather all-year long, will they be able to handle drastic heat?

If you’re contemplating a move it’s likely because you’ve thought through the reasons it’s favorable, but it’s also important to think about why it will be difficult. Consider the positive aspects of where you are and whether or not you can seriously give them up.

First Questions to Ask About the Job

One of the key ways to ensure that you have a successful job hunting experience is to remain as much in control as possible. The job applicants that don’t miss-out or get short-changed are those who know exactly what their rights are during the hiring process. So make sure you’ve done your homework.

You also want to make sure that you are ready to ask the kinds of questions that will prepare you to make an informed decision before accepting the job. To make a smart choice you need to learn as much as you can about what your life will look like if you were to transition.

So, when it’s your turn to ask questions get your pen and notepad out and ask the following:

What will my workday typically look like?
What is the time-off request protocol like?
What kind of training and/or education can I expect?

And, if you’ve been offered a position you can ask:

Can I see a copy of the benefits package?
When do you need a decision by?

Making Sure It’ll Be a Good Fit

When you’re in the midst of negotiating the terms of employment for possible future employers it’s crucial that you’re ready to represent your interests well. There is a common idea that they have all the power, but see that for the misrepresentation that it is. There are some critical components to ensure your compensation negotiations are smart and effective.

Make sure you pick a strategic time. Wait until after the job offer has been extended. Otherwise, and especially at the first meeting, you may appear as if the only thing you care about is compensation, moreso even than your commitment to the job.

Assess the compensation package critically. In some cases, the base salary may be lower because of assets within the benefits package. It’s important to make sure you understand the total financial value of the compensation package.

Be balanced in your tone and language choice. Amy Gallo, writing in the Harvard Business Review, recommends using language that is positive and solution-focused. The goal is to negotiate for the best possible job situation, long-term, and that can mean a variety of things.

Remember it is a negotiation. If you refuse to have a back-and-forth, open-minded conversation with your prospective employer, it won’t be productive. Shoot above what you’re hoping for, be ready for them to suggest below that high point, and remain committed to your minimum bottom line. Also, consider including the details of the benefits package in your negotiation.

Beyond your compensation, consider what the culture of the company is like and how you will be able to fit within it. Cole Mayer from Fiscal Tiger notes, “Cultural fit correlates to job satisfaction. If you aren’t happy with the workplace culture, you probably aren’t happy with the job.” In other words, it’s really important.

You have to consider how the department is organized and prioritized. The ways that they structure their leadership and promote change, the way that they facilitate feedback and growth are all crucial things to look at.

If you get this far in the process, you’ve gotten through the hardest part. So think about how you want to proceed, do some simple follow-ups, and then take a breath and relax, because it’s out of your hands now.

 

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

What To Do When Your Business Begins to Fail

 

It is very likely that your business could fail. Half of all businesses fail within their first five years of operation.

So, it’s important to accept that your business might fail and learn to recognize the warning signs. It is possible to turn it around and save your business, but doing it incorrectly could just hasten your business’ demise. Here are some tips to save your business and what to do when you do accept defeat.

Warning Signs

Always be on the lookout for signs that your business is slipping. The earlier you can catch that something is wrong, the more time you have to correct your course. Deciding to be ignorant of this just puts your business more at risk.

The biggest warning sign is a steadily decreasing profit margin. If you are making less and less money on a consistent basis, clearly there is a problem. Small dips occasionally are expected to happen, but consistent loses are a cause for alarm.

Another major warning sign is when you start having major failures in your business. These are things like a big project failing to launch or losing a major client. These kind of major problems can be a last-ditch wake-up call that something is wrong with your business. It’s possible to recover from these failures, but it requires instant action.

Identify What Has Changed and Fix It

The first step to fixing the problem is knowing what is wrong, and that can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. It requires taking a hard look at your business and delving deeply into the data you have available.

Look through what information you have and try to deduce what is happening. Compare different data sets, like your sales against the traffic on your website. Play the part of the detective and try to figure out what is wrong.

This is going to require some experimentation and time, but once you find out what is wrong, you can make a plan to fix it. You need to consult with experts, work with employees, and do all you can to save the sinking ship. Hopefully, you’ve caught the mistake early enough that you have enough time to fix it before all of your money dries up.

Innovate Your Business

Successful businesses take risks, but for some reason, many business owners think that when things go wrong, they need to play it extremely safe. They fall back to old tactics that use to work, but might actually be the problem.

If your business is falling apart, it’s time to innovate and shake up the industry. It’s time to try something new, either by providing an all new product, or by readjusting your current product for a new audience.

To figure out how to innovate, turn to your data, like from your website and sales. By analyzing your data, it’s possible to predict future trends, both for your business and the industry as a whole. Look for how consumer behavior has changed and what you can do to get customers back to your business.

Throwing in the Towel

Not every business is meant to last forever, and at some point, you might need to just decide that it is over. There is no shame is deciding that your business is done, especially if you’ve worked hard and built something to be proud of.

Handling any kind of job loss is hard, since you built your business from the ground up. Once you’ve made the decision that you can’t save your business, you need to start making preparations for what is next.

Losing a business isn’t an easy thing, but it is a part of life. Do all you can to save it, but be willing to take a step back and look at it. If it is going to fail no matter what, let it go and be willing to move on.

 

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

How To Be A Leader Everyone Wants To Work With

How To Be A Leader Everyone Wants To Work

What Skills Make a Good Leader?

A great leader can do so much for any team. Teams that lack capable leaders rarely if ever do well. They often flounder quickly. A capable leader can give any team the strong direction in needs to move ahead and soar. There’s no arguing the fact that there are different leadership styles for different situations. There’s also no disputing, however, that there are certain desirable leadership skills that are rather universal. If you’re looking to become a leader who has the power to head a strong team, the following elements are must-haves.

1. Good Concentration Abilities

Concentration is critical for anyone who wants to lead a team well. If you don’t have focus, you won’t be able to keep your eye on the prize. That’s a recipe for disaster. A good leader has to be able to concentrate. He has to have the ability to ignore petty diversions. He has to be able to pay attention to the things that matter the most at all times as well. If you’re lucky enough to possess laser-sharp focus, you should be able to guide any team to glory. Strong concentration skills are becoming rarer and rarer in this fast-paced society.

2. A Talent for Group Team Building Activities

People who have good team leading skills tend to have amazing imaginations. They’re often creative types who are true innovators at heart. If you want to thrive as a leader, you should be able to come up with activities that can help strengthen your team. Your goal should be to unite your team members. It should be to create a harmonious and productive working environment for them as well. There are many activities that can help you accomplish this goal. If you have a brand new team on your hands, you can organize an activity that revolves around communication. You may encourage the members of your team to tell the others a hilarious tale from childhood. You may encourage them to talk about their strengths and weaknesses as well. These communication activities can make teams stronger by helping members connect and bond more efficiently. Team building activities don’t necessarily have to revolve solely around communication, either. If you want to strengthen your team, you can give them puzzles that are particularly hard to solve. Maze activities can also often do the trick.

3. Pure Clarity

Clarity is vital for any leader who wants to succeed. If you want to lead your team members well, you have to be an honest, sincere and straightforward person. Human beings are clever. They can sense when people are “fake.” They can sense when people don’t care. That’s why clarity is so important for any and all team leaders. People don’t feel comfortable around leaders who aren’t clear. They feel good around leaders who make them feel at home. Comfort is conducive to team productivity and success. If you want your team members to always feel comfortable enough to do great work, you have to be an honest individual 100 percent of the time. Clarity is one of the most important components of any team.

4. Strong Confidence

The best leaders on the planet also happen to be some of the most confident people.

If you want the members of your team to have faith in you, you have to have plenty of confidence. People don’t usually have the desire to listen to those who are meek. If you don’t believe in yourself completely, you shouldn’t be shocked if no one else does, either. It’s extremely important, however, to know the differences between confidence and arrogance. People tend to steer clear of leaders who are overly self-important. Narcissism is never an attractive quality. Strong leaders are people who are confident yet far from conceited. These characteristics are worlds apart in the leadership realm.

5. Motivational Skills

Leaders are supposed to lead. They’re supposed to guide their team members to success and achievement. That’s why they need to have excellent motivational skills. There is a study shows that work pressure is a major cause of work-related mental disorders. If you love the idea of leading your team to a great outcome, you need to first assess your motivational abilities. Are you the type of person who can set a good example for other people? Are you a trustworthy role model? If you can quickly say “yes” to both of these questions, then there’s a big chance that you’re indeed a motivational figure. Capable leaders are people who are so good at what they do that they encourage others to be their best as well. If you’re a poor leader who doesn’t mean what you say, you won’t encourage anyone on your team to do better. If you’re a great leader who genuinely talks the talk and walks the walk, on the other hand, you’ll probably encourage your team members to try their best day in and day out. The greatest leaders out there are individuals who have enthusiasm that’s infectious. If you have gusto and zeal on your side, you should be unstoppable as a leader.

 

Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle and encouraging startups. As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work. Riya is currently writing for Carter Capner Law, a progressive, innovative and strongly motivated law firm based in Queensland, Australia. Connect with Riya on twitter, @sanderriya.

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