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Interview With Christy Jackson – Chef and Owner of Cuisine by Christy

Interview With Christy Jackson - Chef/Owner of Cuisine by ChristyTell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

Cooking has been a passion of mine ever since I was a young child. I actually started cooking with my grandmother at the age of 4, and continued practicing and experimenting throughout my life. My husband used to joke that my TV only had 2 channels – Food Network and the Cooking Channel. I have to admit, I learned a lot and was inspired watching shows like Iron Chef. I knew I loved to cook, and always felt very comfortable in the kitchen making just about anything I set my mind to.

A few years ago, I finally decided to go to culinary school to gain more formal training, and I chose Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts here in Austin, TX. It helped me develop even more technical skills as well as the confidence to attempt any dish. Upon graduation from Le Cordon Bleu, I started working with a local catering company. However, I found that I really wanted to make my own menus, and bring more creativity to my work. The best way to do that was to start my own business as a personal chef. This is when Cuisine by Christy was born. It’s been a whirlwind start, and I’ve enjoyed every moment!

What did you do before launching your personal chef business?

I actually graduated with a degree in business from California State University, Fresno. I spent the first decade after school doing various marketing roles, including for a couple of local businesses in Austin – Borland Software and Bazaarvoice. Although my career was progressing well, it just wasn’t my passion. Cooking was, and is, my true passion. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Say When a Prospect Says Your Rate is Too High: 9 Tips for Confident Freelancers

What to Say When a Prospect Says Your Rate is Too High: 9 Tips for Confident FreelancersBy Diana Schneidman

It happens to all of us freelancers.

You are talking to someone who may hire you as a freelancer and the subject gets to your pay rate. She asks, you answer. And she says it is “too high.”

It doesn’t matter if you quote a project rate or an hourly rate. Doesn’t matter how much you preface the number with enticing results from your past work. Doesn’t matter how well you understand her project or how many prestige names have loved your work.

Doesn’t matter if you play hard to get and give yourself a day or two to get comfortable with the higher figure you want to quote before responding. Doesn’t even matter if you give a low rate that makes you want to kick yourself.

It boils down to this: There are other people out there who will offer very low rates. As much as we’d like to comfort ourselves with assurances that these low-ball fees result in incompetent, late work, that may not be the case.

It’s not reasonable to compete on price because there is no telling how low some people will go. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Boost Your Productivity With Everyday Technology

Three Ways to Boost Your Productivity With Everyday TechnologyBy Mridu Parikh

Overwhelmed by the onslaught of apps that promise to make your life more productive? You’ll learn to organize your emails, take control of your finances, streamline your grocery shopping and never miss a to-do again. But getting yourself to use the apps as intended is where you fall short. They’ll make good on their promises, if you put them to use consistently.

So before downloading another app to monitor your work minutes or number of sales calls, try these three simple hacks with everyday technology you’re already using. 

#1: Be an email connoisseur

Surprisingly, the number one email area that drives productivity is not the bulleted text, calls to action or attachments. It’s the subject line. This is your opportunity to give and receive key information like urgency, messages and deadlines.

We tend to use our subject lines like teasers instead of the direct communication tool they could be. Here are some subject lines you might be familiar with: Information For You, Please Read, Meeting Notes, Next Steps etc. Instead, think of your subject line as a summary of the information you need, so you can cut down on the number of interactions. Try, “Need Your Feedback On Meeting Notes By 3pm Friday.” Or “Coffee at 10am Monday to Discuss Partnership Opportunities.” These action oriented subject lines with deadlines let the recipient know exactly what they need to do, by when. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tips for Hosting a Virtual Holiday Party

Five Tips for Hosting a Virtual Holiday PartyBy Christy Schutz

As hard as it is for all of us to believe, the Holiday season is well underway. In fact, when this article is published, it will be the first day of Hanukah and about 9 days until Christmas. As if the pressure of those facts is not enough, please let me remind you that you have about 5 days left to host a holiday party with your virtual colleagues.

Now, before you convince yourself that such a feat simply can’t be done, read on. I’ve compiled the following 5 easy steps to help you make a Holiday get together more than a remote possibility (pun intended … see what I did there … remote).

Consider the timing.

When scheduling your Virtual Holiday Party, remember to consider that your employees may be in different time zones. Depending on where everyone is, it may not be the most ideal time for everyone, but, try to be creative. For example, your party could be a festive lunch on the East Coast while simultaneously a fun breakfast on the West Coast. Once you nail down a time, use a popular e-card site to send everyone invitations. Read the rest of this entry »

How These Woman Make $45K Annually Writing Resumes From Home

How These Woman Make $45K Annually Writing Resumes From HomeBy Holly Reisem Hanna

You’re probably familiar with these common freelance writing jobs: journalists, bloggers, travel writers, magazine writers, and authors … but have you ever considered resume writing as a viable way to make money from home?

Probably not.

For some reason, resume writing as a career isn’t talked about much. So I decided to chat with some successful resume writers to find out the pros and cons of this field.

Today we’ll be talking with Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and Day Merrill to see what they have to say about working from home as resume writers.

Name: Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish

Website: Feather Communications

Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

In 2008, I began my business, Feather Communications. At the time, I was working full-time and had just completed my MBA. Read the rest of this entry »

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