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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. (more…)

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From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the Leap

From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the LeapBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Hi Holly,

At the beginning of the year I will be making a huge switch from my full time position to freelance in order to get rid of my long commute and be closer to home and my two year old. To say I am nervous for the transition is an understatement. Do you or your readers have any tips? Freelance is a new venture for me and brings tons of anxieties around benefits, 401K, how to withhold for taxes, ahhh!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I know what you mean about anxiety and fear! It took me many months to get all my ducks in a row, before I felt confident launching my business. Even then I still made mistakes along the way. But with a little pre-planning and the right tools you’ll prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

Health Insurance:

Before you give up your existing coverage, you’ll need to have a plan for getting coverage, whether it’s through your spouse’s plan, COBRA, or another provider. This is one area where I was lucky, because I was able to get on my husband’s insurance plan without any wait or issues. (more…)

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Interview with Liz Searcy — Professional Résumé Writer and Owner of Celebration Career & Business Support

Interview with Liz Searcy, Professional Résumé Writer and Owner of Celebration Career & Business SupportTell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

It’s quite a fascinating journey! In the 80′s I worked as a job coordinator for a staffing company and then was promoted into management. Working in staffing made me realize how much I loved seeing unemployed individuals land good jobs and be able to provide for their families. Eventually, this became one of my passions. I had wonderful mentors and I truly believe that’s one reason I’m in my own business today.

During the 90′s, I worked full-time in operations for a roofing company and raised three children with my husband. One of my sons has autism and a seizure disorder. As a hobby, I had a desire to write children’s books. I thought if I could gain experience and get published, I could start a second career in writing—so I could write at home as my special needs son and I became older.

Three times a week after a long day at work, I began typing at my computer at 10 pm and wrote manuscripts, learning how to submit to editors and market my writing. It was vigorous work, but a labor of love, and a ‘college’ of sorts. I felt I was investing in my future.

After seven long years of late-night writing, I sold my first children’s magazine piece, and subsequent pieces of writing sold here and there. I landed two significant positions—a branch manager at a résumé writing company, followed by a staff copywriter for an ad agency/publisher. Both these positions directly contributed to my career today. (more…)

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Why Your Professional Image Is So Important

Why Your Professional Image Is So ImportantBy Danielle Buffardi

I know, you’re already thinking — ‘Professional Image? But I run an online business and no one sees me all day.’ Regardless if you don’t physically come into contact with another human life form throughout your workday, you still need to maintain and compile an online image that consumers can easily recognize and feel comfortable trusting.

Therefore, if you’re running a social media company let’s say, picking a teddy bear as your mascot probably isn’t going to convey what it is you do to your clients in the most clear way. Take the time from the beginning and design an image that reverberates your brand in the minds of your clients.


Which takes us to why having professional pictures of yourself is the way to go. If you are your brand, then please don’t lower everyone’s expectations right off the bat by offering us a picture you took yourself on your iPhone next to your shower. Just because you’re smiling in the picture doesn’t make it a professional image. Enlist the help of either a friend who can take professional quality pictures or find a professional photographer who can. The last thing your potential clients want to have representing them when they’re debating whether or not to hire you is a Polaroid your mom took when you were 25. Update yourself and your company by presenting professional photos along with a professionally designed logo and you’ll be halfway to hire-able. (more…)

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20 Work at Home Companies with an A+ Rating on the BBB Website

20 Work at Home Companies with an A+ Rating on the BBB Website By Holly Reisem Hanna

When you’re searching for a work at home job you’re bombarded with information, that often it’s difficult to decipher what’s legit and what’s not. While I can offer advice on scam prevention and where to find  legitimate work at home jobs postings, there is still an element of uncertainty.

To help take some of this uncertainty out of your job search, I’ve put together a list of 20 work at home companies that have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

1. Appen Butler Hill

Hires search engine evaluators to provide feedback on Internet search results. This part-time telecommuting opportunity is open to both US and International residents. Average pay is $14 an hour.

2. Atena

Hires nurses to work from home (telework) in case management, pre-certification, and as nurse consultants. Candidates must have their RN license.

3. Computer Assistant

Hires remote technicians to provide tech support for a variety of companies. (more…)

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