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Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Employment trends, Working life and tagged , , , , , , , on by Andrés.

Around 40% of UK workers have a ‘side hustle’ (including their own business), according to research conducted by the Henley Business School, with uncertainty about work, a desire for a better standard of living, and the desire to face new challenges being three key reasons why. Ensuring your business thrives without your ‘standard job’ suffering – and vice versa – can be a big challenge, but getting the balance right isn’t a matter of intuition or chance. Rather, it involves creating a strict business strategy you follow to the letter, without wavering from what is probably your ultimate goal: being your own boss, 24/7.

What are the Elements of Business Growth?

The key elements of most business growth strategies include leadership (vision, knowledge, risk taking), marketing (connecting with your audience via social media and branding), sales, tech (relying on the right people to solve technical glitches), and support (having a team that attends to clients quickly and efficiently). All these elements are far easier to run smoothly when your business is a full-time occupation. However, when you only have part of the day to dedicate yourself to each department, time management is key.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

Building Your Plan

For each key element of your strategy, goals and time limits should be set. For instance, if you are selling your services as a writer, legal professional, or accountant, set reasonable goals for areas like marketing and social media. How many followers do you have on Instagram and Twitter, for instance? How many do your competitors have? What number can you set as a goal and how many weeks or months will you give yourself to achieve it?

Branding is another area that should be broken down into components with time limits for each task. Your brand should connect with your target audience via the right logo, website content, and social media channels. Technical knowledge is another problem. Try to think of what might be standing in the way of a smooth customer experience. Is your website mobile compatible? Does your page take too long to load? You can tackle many problems yourself. However, when you are truly stuck, don’t waste valuable time trying to solve a problem that needs technical knowledge. Rely on trusted professionals when you are stuck in a rut.

Take Calculated Risks

Growing as a business involves stepping outside your comfort zone frequently. As stated by Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, fear causes you to overestimate risk. However, the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life, lies precisely in your willingness to embrace change. Calculated risks are not based simply on ‘gut instinct’. T

hey involve researching into possible losses, having a “Plan B”, and seeking advice from valued mentors. Request feedback from trusted entrepreneurs and be especially open when they point out possible flaws or mistakes. When you take risks, check periodically that they are bearing fruit. If something isn’t working, change your strategy to minimize loss.

Validate Your Idea

There are many ways that business ideas can be validated, one of which involves developing an MVP (minimum viable product) and seeing your target audience’s reaction to it. If it’s an app, for instance, test your MVP on investors, mentors, and your target audience. Ask for feedback so as to tweak any existing glitches. Conduct keyword searches with WordStream or Moz Keyword Explorer, to find out the existing supply for the demand your product is meant to fulfill. Ensure your business offers greater value than your competitors, and make a social media schedule, using various media to share awareness about your product.

Products like Hootsuite (which allows you to programme your social media uploads days in advance) exist to help you save time. However, this and other tools only work if you set a schedule for them that you stick to – even on days on which you feel tired after a full day at work.

By defining key tasks, setting goals and time limits, taking risks, and obtaining feedback, you can grow at a steady pace, staying motivated until the day you can dedicate all of your time to your true passion.

By Cassandra McNulty

IT Sector analysis in the world: development and jobs

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Currently, the different areas of our day to day work, education, leisure and economy, are being fully digitalized and increasingly automated. The usual business models and their respective ways of working have been totally transformed at a global level by the irruption of technology and analytical processes that so characterize the IT Sector.

Growth of the sector

The Information Technology industry has been booming for years, and innovation processes have been helping the growth of this industry all over the world. The activities carried out by the IT sector have become a key factor for the differentiation of companies in a fast changing and competitive market. They are so much, that these work profiles are gaining importance within the organizations and have a significant influence on strategic decisions.

IT sector

According to CompTia’s statistics, the sector’s incessant global growth has meant that the IT Sector is on track to reach a value of 5 trillion dollars this year. Faced with this reality, the US is the most technological market in the world, reaching almost one third of the value of the sector. On the European level, in the year 2018 the technological sector in the United Kingdom stood out over the rest of the countries, reaching an increase in jobs in the sector by 20%, thus becoming the fourth most prosperous industry in the country.

IT sector jobs in the UK

Despite the growth of employment in this area in the UK, the sector continually faces the difficulty of covering vacancies in companies. This is due to the lack of professionals who meet the skills required by companies, as well as the great demand that exists for these very specific roles. IT is a very broad field, where we can find different professionals whose role in the company varies, as well as the necessary requirements to qualify for the position. To learn more about the development of the sector, here are some of the profiles which were the most in demand in 2019:

  • Machine Learning

The wide area occupied by this profile revolves around a phenomenon that appeared years ago: Big Data. All movements that occur on the Internet generate an infinite amount of data. These specialists are in charge of collecting data sources and transforming it through algorithms into useful information. Mainly, this profile requires analytical capacity and management of statistical programming.

According to data extracted from Job Market Insights, specifically in the UK, offers of employment for Machine Learning Engineers have grown by 93.7% in the last months compared to the same period of the previous year.

  • Front-end Developer

The front-end developer is in charge of perfecting the visual appearance, the structure and the behaviour of web pages in order to provide the best possible user experience. For this, this person must have knowledge of structure moderation languages, such as CSS or HTML among others, and knowledge of frameworks for the respective languages ​​above all.

  • Back-end Developer

While the previous profile is responsible for developing the experience of the website, this position is responsible for the technology and programming of the web pages to make them operational. At the same time it is this person who usually solves the technical problems of the web sites. To qualify for a position of these characteristics, they must have knowledge of the factors named in the previous position, as well as orientation to the needs of the client and management of server configurations.

In reference to the last two profiles, in general, the Software Developer area has generated more than 40,000 job offers in the United Kingdom in the last year.

  • Business Analyst

This role involves being in contact with technology, managers and clients alike. Its objective is to identify opportunities for improvement in the business through data and technology. In the last twelve months a total of 60,000 job offers have demanded this role in the United Kingdom.

For all these reasons, the IT Sector is consolidating itself as one of the sectors with the greatest capacity to generate employment in the coming years.

Sources: Job Market Insights, Prospects.ac.uk, PagePersonnel, Digital Agenda of the European Commission.

Infographic: Top Sectors Worldwide (Jan. – Jun. 2018 vs Jan. – Jun. 2017)

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In this globalised world in which we find ourselves, Job Market Insights has thought it opportune to carry out an analysis of which are the predominant sectors in some countries.

This overview brings you closer to know the reality that surrounds us: what is the most offered sector in each country and which are the most in demand job positions, with a comparison between 2017 and 2018. Maybe this will help you on your way to look for work in the future or maybe it will make you rethink about some important aspects of your life.

On the other hand, we must not forget that any company that wants to get a good orientation and positive vision towards the future needs not only to remember the customer is the key but also have clarity about the job market. That’s why it’s very rewarding to know which job titles are mostly demanded in order to focus on talent acquisition.

At this point, you may be wondering how we get to know such specific data, and the answer is Job Market Insights, our Big Data tool. Beyond what we have shown in the infographic, it is also able to provide you an in depth view of the top locations of the labour market, top companies, vacancies, and more data of the utmost interest. This kind of data that Job Market Insights provides is very valuable for a company to develop effective business strategies. Take a look at Job Market Insights to discover all the advantages it offers for your company.

TOP SECTORS and TOP TITLE - WORLDWIDE (Jan-Jun 2018 vs Jan-Jun 2017)

What Were The Job Posting Trends in 2016?

This entry was posted in Infographics, JobisJob Data and tagged , on by Alfonso Pujalte.

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It’s time to look back at the labour market changes from 2015 to 2016 and map out your strategy. Whether you are a recruiter or a job hunter, Job Market Insights will provide you with the complete insights into job posting trends.

You can see some of these changes highlighted in the infographic below. The Market Dashboard gives you the most important data about the Market, including the Top Companies, Top Locations and Top Categories.
Whether you are looking for a job or just want to know who the top 10 employers are, you’ve come to the right place. What are your salary expectations? The average salary in United Kingdom has been broken down yearly but also according to the top 10 sectors. And finally, the most common job types across the UK.
Put Insights into action with our Job Posting Hotspots of 2016.

Infographic-Job-Posting-Hotspots-UK-2017

Source: Job Market Insights

Professional Snuggler: Would You Pay for a Hug?

This entry was posted in Articles, Employment trends and tagged , , on by María Aragón.

Would you pay for a hug, for a few hours of cuddling or to sleep curled up next to a stranger? How about charging money for this?

Professional-cuddler

There is a new type of job that is rapidly gaining popularity in the United StatesCanadaAustralia and a few European countries, such as the United Kingdom, and which, due to its high demand and sizeable salary , is already starting to emerge in Latin American countries, such as Mexico and Colombia. The work of a professional snuggler or professional cuddler is not onlyunusual and well-paid, but surprisingly has emerged as one of the latest job trends.

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