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Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

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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

Infographic: The Polish Labour Market – November 2017

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

After the South African and French labour markets, now we take a look at the Polish Labour Market. This infographic series shows data from Job Market Insights, our Big Data Tool for the analysis of the job posting market trends. As in the previous insights, information covers job boards and recruitment agencies with the highest market share, locations that concentrate the biggest amount of job vacancies, job titles with plenty of job opportunities and also those vacancies which companies are desperately looking to fill.

Moreover, all this information just scratches the surface! Job Market Insights Infographics Poland

Job Market Trends in South Africa 2017

This entry was posted in Employment trends, JobisJob Data, White papers and tagged , , on by María Aragón.

In this article, we will be carrying out an in-depth analysis of the South African job market for the first 4 months of the year (January 2017 – April 2017). We have based the analysis on Job Market Insights, our state-of-the-art big data tool, which provides a complete and accurate cross-sectional overview of the job market.

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Digital Skills: Interview with Gabriel Brezoiu (GEYC)

This entry was posted in Articles, Interviews and tagged , , on by Alfonso Pujalte.

Nowadays the importance of digital skills is beyond all possible doubt. Since computer science began surrounding us, the number of these skills required by companies has increased dramatically. Recruiters use social media to look for candidates and people search jobs on job boards. Digital Networking has overcome traditional methods and NGO’s use it to promote their activity. Digitalization has changed every single aspect of our lives.

Governments are aware of this and have carried out programmes to develop digital skills among the population, but… what’s the current state of this situation? We interviewed Gabriel Brezoiu, General Manager of the Group of the European Youth for Change (GEYC) and asked him about his work helping young people develop their digital skills.

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Source: Gabriel Brezoiu

In his own words, GEYC is a Romanian established organisation active at European level. We are empowering young people to create a positive change in their community by taking advantage of the digital tools.

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Job Posting Hotspots 2016 in Scotland

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

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As with the Job Posting Hotspots 2016 in UK, now we bring you the Job Posting Hotspots 2016 in Scotland.  In this case, we dive deeper into the Scottish market so all the data shown below is related to the total numbers in Scotland.

Top Locations and Sectors

Glasgow (23,8%) and Edinburgh (22,2%) are the top locations among the 14 most important. These cities concentrate almost half of the total vacancies in the country.  1/3 of the vacancies are related to IT (12,2%), Construction (9,1%) and Finance (8,3%) which are the leading sectors among categories.  IT also leads the best paid jobs with a 2,6% of the vacancies in the range over £100K followed by Health (1,6%) and Finance (1,6%).  Salaries in Construction sector fall into the range from £20K – £40K (52,3%)

Salaries and job types

The most common salary range is from £20K – £40K (26%) and  7,7%  of the job vacancies offer  from £40K – £60K. Among the specified job types almost  1/3  of job vacancies are permanent jobs in contrast to temporary job vacancies that comprise 2,5% of the total vacancies. In comparison with 2015 permanent job vacancies have grown 3 percentage points whereas temporary vacancies remain unchanged.

Regarding the working day, full time jobs (10,2%) stay as the most common distribution. However, vacancies that fit both criteria , e.g. permanent and full time,  have decreased to 0’6%.  ( – 1’6 percentage points)

Lastly, Search Consultancy heads the list of recruitment agencies with 2’2% of the total vacancies in Scotland.

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Source: Job Market Insights