The Sensible Guide To Going Freelance

Going freelance is an exciting endeavor. You are about to be freed from the shackles of employment, and make a name for yourself, on your own.

But, that freedom comes with a high price: the loss of security. It’s what stops many people from breaking out on their own – and makes many others return to the workplace with their tails between their legs.

freelancingBut, with a little planning, anyone can succeed as a freelancer. Read on to find out the sensible way of getting started, and how to make the leap from employee to business owner.

Make the transition
If you can avoid it, try not to dive headfirst into the world of freelancing, whatever industry you are in. It might be tempting if you are having a bad time as an employee, but the grass isn’t always greener. And, there is a lot of preparation to get through before you can afford to make the leap.

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How to Forge a Career in Finance


When you’re young, mulling over a potential career path can be a daunting prospect. We put a lot of pressure on young people to discover their passion and forge their future. Even before they have finished learning what makes themselves tick. That’s why you need all the help you can get. And if you find yourself armed with a natural understanding of number crunching, the finance sector could be the route you should take. And a highly lucrative one, at that.


It can be hard to know where to get started in the finance industry, especially if you aren’t sure where to turn. This guide is designed to put you on the right track, and with any luck, forge a career in finance.


Okay, so where do you begin? It should go without saying that you should have always had a good grasp of numbers at school level. If you were the type that excelled at maths, I am extremely envious. This is a good starting point and stands you in good stead for further education. Becoming involved in the finance sector will require formal certification of your skills. What you study towards depends entirely on what your area of expertise will be. Look at the courses around your country and determine what best fits the career you’re looking to work towards. In any event, you’ll need to be degree educated to get anywhere.

Work Experience

Arming yourself with a diploma, of course, is just the first step. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Sadly, it can be difficult to get your foot on the ladder without experience. It’s one of the clearest examples of Catch 22 you’ll ever see. So, how do you get experience if nobody is willing to take a punt on you? Volunteer work, for starters, is an excellent way of getting your foot in the door. Very few companies are going to turn down the chance to boost their workforce with no initial outlay. Look at joining up with accountancy recruiters and agencies that will help you find unpaid, or even paid, work. If you get lucky (or impress) enough, you could find a permanent job offer waiting at the end of your volunteer tenure.


Job Hunting

If you didn’t get lucky enough to earn a guaranteed job, however, don’t panic. There are plenty of other places willing to give you work; you just have to find them. This becomes infinitely easier with a little experience under your belt. Now, though, is the time to look for real, paying work. Keep in mind that you’ll be coming in at intern or entry level, but don’t see this is a negative thing. Instead, see it as an opportunity for career progression. Your career will only go as far as you’re willing to work for. Better to start at the bottom rung and work your way up. Where do you look for work? Online is probably your best bet in a niche area. Get out there and start searching!

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How To Transition From A Full-Time To Freelance HR Professional

There’s no denying that HR is both a rewarding and a lucrative niche. Millions of people work in human resources and enjoy what they do. For some, there is a desire – and sometimes a need – to become a freelancer.

It’s a decision that never gets taken lightly. After all; you’re giving up a job with a set salary to work for yourself. It’s a risk and a big one at that. But, it’s one that many HR professionals are willing to take to further their careers.

Are you planning on transitioning from a full-time HR professional to a freelancer soon? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I’d like to share with you some pointers on how to make the process as smooth as possible. Here is what you need to know:


Registering your business
As a freelancer, you will effectively be running a business. You need to adhere to the rules governing the setup of any for-profit concern. For example, you’ll need to register your business to get a tax ID. You will also need to start filing tax returns and keeping records of invoices and receipts.

I recommend talking to an accountant before you get started. They can tell you the best way to start your business from a tax-saving point of view.

Planning for your future
Another consideration to make is how you’ll take care of yourself when you retire. The obvious answer is to start investing in a pension plan for your twilight years. Don’t forget that you’ll no longer have an employer to do that for you.

You should also organize health insurance. It’s mandatory in some parts of the world. It’s also a good idea to have even if it’s optional.

Proving your skills
To attract new clients, you need to show them that you’ve got proven skills to offer. The easiest way to do that is by writing a compelling resume. It should list your professional achievements and give an insight into your previous roles.

If you’re stuck for ideas, there are some examples of HR resumes online that you can peruse. Of course, make sure that you only stick to the facts in your resume. Don’t make up any skills or qualifications!

Getting new clients
Once you’re ready to rock and roll, it’s now time to start getting new customers.

As an HR professional, you will no doubt have a list of contacts from previous roles. Speak to them and let them know what you’re doing. I can guarantee you that some of them will want to meet with you to discuss their needs!

You should also spend some time marketing your services to potential clients. For a start, you need to set up a website and online presence in social media. LinkedIn is a good starting point, but you could also consider Facebook and Twitter too.

As you will be a busy freelancer, you might not have the time to manage your marketing alone. I recommend outsourcing some tasks to marketing agencies. That way, you can keep your time free for making money!

I hope today’s article has been of use to you.

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How To Create A Portfolio Website That Will Land You A Job

Hunting for a job in 2015 is a very different process to the past. For example, nowadays, your online presence is an essential part of the application. Your profile on LinkedIn is often used instead of a CV, for example. But, perhaps the most important aspect is the online portfolio.

A digital portfolio is the best way to showcase your past work and skills. It’s a quick and simple way for potential employers to see your experience first hand. It’s particularly important in the creative and media industries, such as writing, graphic design, and photography. With that in mind, how do you make sure yours stands out?




Professional setup
First of all, you need to present a professional image. That means creating a website with a real domain and professional web hosting. Your first step is to buy your domain name. That should be You can see what’s available from the likes of GoDaddy or 1-2-3-Reg. You can also purchase your web hosting at the same time. Next, you’ll need to build your portfolio website. We suggest using a platform called WordPress. They have hundreds of pre-selected portfolio themes and designs that are perfect for job hunters. If you need help creating your first website, visit

Clean, simple design and a logo
Let’s quickly talk a little more about your design. Portfolio websites are often associated with the creative industry. So, you’re looking to make a strong impression about your eye for design and creativity. The best way to do that is with a simple, clean template or web design. If possible, create a simple, but professional, logo to accompany your site.

Case studies and testimonials
Once you’ve got the skeleton of your site set up, it’s time to fill it with content. That means highlighting your previous work. One of the best ways to do this is with case studies. Highlight your high-profile projects and clients with in-depth case studies. Explain how you improved their business, and show pictures of your results. If possible, ask your previous clients for testimonials. That adds gravity and authority to your claims.

SEO and digital presence
If you’re looking to generate a truly powerful presence online, think about your SEO strategy. It’s a great way to turn your dormant portfolio into a dynamic site that actively attracts visitors. That will boost your authority, and get recruiters coming directly to you. Visit to find out more about optimizing your portfolio site for search engines. It might just be the kick you need to find your next big project.

Show your personality
Remember, employers aren’t just looking for skills and experience. They’re looking for a candidate they can get on with. They’re looking for a team member who suits the company. Don’t be afraid to show your personality. Use an ‘about’ page to tell people more about yourself. Create a blog to establish your thoughts and opinions on your industry. You never know who might stumble across it.

With a killer portfolio website, you’ll land your dream job in no time at all. Good luck out there, job hunters!

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Top Skills You Should Develop To Make Yourself More Hirable

We all have a dream career we would like to reach. Some of us might be trying to become a published writer. Another might want to sing live on Broadway. They are the artists who are dreaming about getting their art recognized.

Then there are those who want to find success and fortune. They might have the dream to one day own a company and put their own mark on the business world.


Your dream career will be unique to you but you do have one thing in common with everyone else. If you do achieve it, it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take a lot of time and a considerable amount of effort on your part.

You should not underestimate just how fierce the competition is out there. The number of jobs on the market is finite. But the number of people seeking them out grows with each passing day. That’s why it’s a good idea to develop the skills that make you more employable. Not just for your dream career but for many high paid, easy to obtain, jobs. Once you have claimed one of these jobs, you will be able to move forward with your future dreams while earning a living. Here are the skills that we recommend you consider developing. Continue reading

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Here’s what it takes to work In the oil industry

Most people know companies in the oil industry pay great wages. However, few folks understand the full implications of working for drilling firms. This post will highlight that it takes to start a new career in that area.

For most people, working in the oil and gas industry is not suitable. It’s more a lifestyle than a job, and you’ll have to sacrifice a lot to keep the bosses happy. With a bit of luck, you’ll know for certain if working in the oil world is a good idea after reading this post.

oilExperience with specialist machinery
While many companies provide training, experience with specialist tools and machinery is a big bonus. Those working on rigs might have to operate a section of the drill, and that’s a big responsibility. Any mistakes could mean you place lives at risk. Those working on land might have to handle a hot oil vaporizer coil or mobile diesel heater. Anyone with a background in engineering should pick things up quickly.  Having experience will make your CV stand out from the crowd. Continue reading

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Profitable career paths For multilingual speakers

If you had the foresight to master a foreign language, you open yourself up to dozens of new career opportunities. Better still if English is your second language. The world will always have the need for a foreign language speaker and companies are willing to pay a premium for the service. Here are a few ideas to jump-start your job search.

Teaching Abroad
This is usually the go-to option for native English speakers with fluency in a second language. Living abroad is often the dream for many. Experiencing new cultures, people and food is something we’re willing to pay for. Imagine if there was somebody willing to pay you for the pleasure. Good news; there is. English is the third most spoken language in the world, and most countries have taken to learning it at an early age. That means they need somebody to teach their children – and why shouldn’t that be you? If you have a grasp on their native tongue, you could be the one living out your dreams abroad and be paid handsomely for it.


With countries like China leading the way in industry, businesses need to stay connected with their trade. Obviously, the language barrier can make this an issue. That’s where you come in. Translating documents, conferences and video calls can be a profitable venture indeed. Better still, joining an agency like MI Translations means no two days will ever be the same. You could be working with countless different businesses. This means soaking up knowledge and ultimately furthering your career. Continue reading

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