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How to Start Working for Yourself and Become Your Own Boss

How to Start Working for Yourself and Become Your Own Boss

Starting your own business can be a scary thing, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Obviously, there is going to be a lot of hard work to do at first, but if you put everything you have into it, you will enjoy success.

The best part is, you will be working for yourself and not contributing to some big corporation. Before you can start your own business, there are a lot of things that need to be considered, including the benefits of being your own boss and how to succeed as an entrepreneur.

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Benefits of Being Your Own Boss

When one thinks about being their own boss, one of the first things that comes to mind is the freedom they will have to set their own hours and work with no one hovering over their shoulder all the time. Of course, there are several other benefits as well. For one thing, with the exception of taxes and other expenses, you get to keep all of the profits. Here are a few more benefits to being your own boss.

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  • You Save Money – Once you work for yourself, you will likely find that you are spending a lot less money on little unproductive things. For one thing, you will no longer have any commuting expenses. You can also claim some of your household bills on your taxes, such as phone, Internet and electricity. If you have children, you no longer have to worry about spending money on daycare.
  • You have More Variety in Your Work – When you work at a traditional job, you often end up with repetitive tasks and the work can get pretty menial. When you work for yourself, you have more chances for variety in the work that you do. This is particularly true if you are a freelancer, because you will likely have a few clients who assign various types of projects.
  • No Drama with Co-Workers – Even though you may find yourself isolated at times, you will be free of drama with co-workers. You won’t have to listen to gossip, music that others are listening to, cell phone talkers etc. You can still hang out with those who you like, but you don’t have to bother with those who annoy you.

How to Succeed in Being Your Own Boss

The following are some things that you need to consider before you start any type of business. Being your own boss is rewarding, but you need to know how to get off on the right foot.

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  • Know Your Target Audience – The first thing to do is to figure out who your target audience is. These are the people who are going to buy your products and/or services (besides your family and friends). Learn who your customers are, the size of your market, why they need your product or service etc. You need to conduct the market research to see what your competitors offer.
  • Create a Digital Presence – Once you have decided on your target audience, it is time to start marketing to them. In order to do this, you need to have a great digital presence. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. In fact, there are free tools to make a website from scratch to really get you noticed online.
  • Be Prepared for Anything – You need to make sure that you are always prepared for the worst-case scenario and have a Plan B. Hopefully, things will go smoothly. But just in case, plan for every problem that could arise so you are fully prepared.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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