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7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur and Working For Yourself Rocks!

7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur and Working For Yourself Rocks!
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Getting out of your 9-5 comfort zone can be a tad scary sometimes. But the long-term satisfaction is way better than anything that requires you working on someone else’s dream.

Why not be an entrepreneur and work towards your own dream? Here are seven reasons why becoming an entrepreneur might be the best decision you’ll ever make. After reading LifeHack.org, of course.

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1. Flexible hours

When you work for yourself, you are your own boss. You can decide when to start working, when to go to lunch and when to go to the bathroom. I mean, don’t you just hate it when you have to ask your boss for ten minutes longer at lunch because you’re stuck in traffic? Then your pay is cut because you missed ten minutes at the punch-in. That’s why being an entrepreneur is so wonderful; you are independent to choose when you want to work. You are the only one who truly knows when your brain is most functional, so if that time is from midnight to 6 a.m., it’s perfectly okay!

2. Money goes directly into your pocket

Regardless of whether your boss pays you by the hour or on commission, he or she will always make more money than you. Period. I’m not saying that in a hateful way towards your boss, mainly because that’s why he or she is the boss! But, you can change the money process by becoming your own captain, so to speak. For example, if you work on commission at a jewelry store, selling a pair of earrings will only make you 10% of the price you sell it for, while your boss makes the rest. If you have your own store and sell your own jewelry, then guess what? You just bumped your paycheck up by at least 50%, and can now afford that new toy you never really had the freedom to buy. It doesn’t matter what your business is, everything you sell will directly go into your pocket when you become an entrepreneur.

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3. You develop self-discipline

Ah, discipline! There are two types of discipline: the one you get from your parents and the one you get at school or in the military. When you have a business though, the discipline you build is a combination of both what your parents gave you when you were younger and the discipline the military gives to its soldiers. It’s a discipline that will follow you for the rest of your life! You will learn to manage your time wisely and say “no” to distractions like the TV or the newest Vine that came out. It’s a discipline that you inflict on yourself because you want to, so it’s easier for to stick to it. This type of discipline isn’t punished physically, which is why it’s so powerful; it’s punished financially and mentally. If you are not disciplined when you work for yourself, it’s very easy to slide into the comfort zone and forget about responsibilities. In turn, this will decrease your motivation level and money supply as you stop completing your to-do list. That’s the worst punishment of all. When you are punished once though, you learn the real value of discipline and do everything you can to not be punished again.

4. You feel accomplished

You have your own business, make enough money to support your family (or are working towards that goal) and have time to enjoy yourself. You go to bed knowing that you did everything you could do that day to get you closer to your dream, and that’s what accomplishment looks like! You give 110% for every project you create for your clients, because you know that their satisfaction is what’s going to keep your business alive. You can look back at the progress you’ve made over the last few weeks, months, or years and smile. How can you not be proud of all the projects you’ve finished, all the money you made, all the days you woke up at 4 a.m., and all the times you failed and started again?

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5. You work on your own dream

If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs

    Enough said.

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    6. Free to make your own rules

    Ever walked into a new office only to find an empty desk and a paper containing all the office rules you have to follow in order to keep your job? Ever sighed and rolled your eyes at some of those rules? Well, good news! There will be no more eye rolling when you work for yourself, because you make your own rules. You get to decide whether or not you’re allowed to drink coffee after noon or if you can wear jeans on days that do not begin with F. You are your own boss, you decide how much time you have to eat lunch or if you can leave your office to go for a quick run or not. Your rules can be funky, like making a client laugh at least once a day. The power is in your hands. Use it wisely.

    7. You’re taught lessons that school or work can’t teach you

    I don’t have anything against school or jobs, but it’s not okay that they don’t teach us how to be independent in the real world. From day one in Kindergarten, we are taught to depend on someone else in order to make decisions. You are taught to ask permission for everything you do and when the time comes to face the real world, you are paralyzed because you don’t know what to do! You don’t know how to deal with mean customers or how to speak the client’s lingo. When you’re an entrepreneur, you learn all those things through trial and error. You learn to be intuitive and to think fast for solutions without dwelling on the problem. You learn to manage your finances, your personality and your clients in a way that school or work can never teach you. Anthony Robbins once lost a big client because his nails were eaten to the skin, and the woman didn’t want to deal with someone who can’t keep themselves from eating their nails. He lost big money there, which is how he learned to calm himself down and always have clean nails. It’s a small thing, but fingers are the first thing that someone looks at when you put them on the table. It’s a small lesson, but he was most definitely not taught that in school!

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    So, tell me, how excited are you to become your own boss?

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    Published on July 27, 2021

    15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

    15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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    During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

    But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

    Put the Pro in Professional

    After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

    1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

    The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

    Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

    2. Dress the Part

    While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

    Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

    For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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    Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

    3. Stage Your Workspace

    Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

    Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

    4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

    Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

    Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

    Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

    Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

    5. Arrive on Time

    In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

    Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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    6. Turn on Your Video

    Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

    If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

    Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

    7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

    Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

    Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

    Attend to the Pesky Details

    8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

    With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

    Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

    9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

    Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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    Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

    10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

    As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

    Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

    Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

    Talking Has a Time and a Place

    11. Chat Appropriately

    Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

    At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

    12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

    The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

    Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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    13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

    In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

    Manage Yourself

    14. Minimize Distractions

    While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

    Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

    15. Save Snacking for Later

    Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

    However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

    Final Thoughts

    Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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