A lifestyle entrepreneur is someone who is tired of living the template lifestyle that most people have accepted and has decided to create a lifestyle by design. This person has a passion to do something and wants to make a living at it even if that means they are not going to make a fortune doing it. You can live the lifestyle of a millionaire without actually being a millionaire. To accomplish this you will have to make a paradigm shift in how you think about money, career, lifestyle, and what is really important to you in life.Deciding to pursue your passion in life and make money from doing it gives a person the freedom and feeling of being alive that rarely comes from working a job just to earn money to pay for things that you hardly ever use anyway. Take some time to reflect on what is really important in your life, this will give you the motivation to start your new journey toward a new beginning. A lifestyle entrepreneur might want to travel the world or just be able to spend more time with their family instead of spending 8 – 12 hours a day at work and a couple of hours in traffic everyday.Anyone can become a lifestyle entrepreneur all they have to do is have a passion for something that they are willing to put some work into to develop and share with others. You can still keep your job while working on your ideas and make the transition to full-time “whatever” when the time is right.To get started on your passion do some research on what you love by coming up with keywords and start “Googling”. Read as many blogs and articles about your subject as you can then figure out where you can fit yourself in to offer value to people. There is plenty of information on the web about how to set up a blog and market your product or service.The definition of a lifestyle entrepreneur is whatever you create it to be as long as you are following your passion and living life on your own terms to the degree that you feel comfortable with. Just take the first step towards your dreams, the path will open as you go along. I will be offering tips and strategies on setting up a lifestyle business on my blog in the near future
Finance is a very broad subject. Speaking in terms of employment doesn’t narrow the term much. There are a wide variety of careers and job positions available in the Finance field. Education requirements and salary expectations depend on the area of interest, as well as the geographical position.Several careers opportunities are available in Finance. Banking is probably the more common position that comes to mind. Commercial Banking, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Insurance, Investment Banking, Money Management, and Careers in Real Estate are all related to the field of Finance. Studies done recently have shown that the need for people in the Finance field is growing. Incidentally, as long as there is money involved, there is a need for finance. Some characteristics of Finance professionals include; Strategic thinking, and the ability to comprehend complicated matters fairly quickly, a new, fresh perspective, and candor. If you are interested in a career in finance, you should also possess some leadership qualities, have a firm understanding of risk management, and have strong analytical and problem solving skills.Keeping in mind that Finance is a global industry, a second or even third language would be a very helpful skill in this field. Education requirements vary, depending on the career path that you have chosen. An Associates Degree would be beneficial for a few minor career choices, but most companies require at least a Bachelor’s Degree for jobs such as accounting, investment banking, commercial banking, and so forth. You can opt to pursue your Master’s Degree, and expect to earn a much higher annual income. Income ranges with a Bachelor’s Degree start around $25,000 per year and top out at over $40,000. Starting salaries with a Master’s range from $30,000 to $80,000 annually. Incidentally, if you choose a Bachelor’s degree, your starting title would probably be “Junior Financial Analyst”, as with a Master’s it would be “Financial Analyst”. So, besides the annual income being higher, with a Master’s Degree, you can expect to have more responsibility and a much higher “clout” with companies than if you simply pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.Whatever degree you decide to obtain, there will be specific courses of study that you must take. Actual course titles will, of course, vary by institution, but an example of your required courses would be: Developing Business Perspective, Management and Leadership, Fundamentals of Business, Marketing and Sales, Human Resource Management, Organization and Communication, Finance and Accounting, Financial Markets and Institutions, Investment and Portfolio Management, Business Ethics, Public and Nonprofit Finance, and Risk Management. Keep in mind that these courses are not the only ones that you will be required to take, depending on your choice of degree, and the institution that you attend.The Government Finance Officers Association has information, news, and helpful links to help you whether you are in the Finance industry, or just thinking of entering finance. You can find lists of companies that are hiring, as well as their salary requirements and educational requirements. There are also links to local training events, as well as general news that affects the finance industry in the United States and Canada.A look at some current job openings in the finance field, shows that the need for financial advisors is very much in demand. In California, an Assistant Chief Fiscal Officer, for a county government office, with only 1 year of experience, has a salary range of $81,765 to $99,424 annually. There are many opportunities in the government, if you have a finance degree, and you can expect the salary to be very competitive. Other, non-government companies, such as AIG, American Express, and local banks are a good place to get your start in the finance world. Also, private firms such as Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance Canada, Inc., Chapman and Cutler, and William Blair & Company, all which serve the US and Canada, and other private firms hire periodically for new positions, and offer competitive salaries.If you are inclined to seek your career in the finance industry, research companies well to find the best one for you. Educationally speaking, most colleges and institutions offer a wide range of courses, depending on the focal point of your finance choice. You would need to delve into the path of finance that you are planning to pursue, and with a little research and a good head for business, you could well be on your way to a very lucrative career in the ever-growing Finance World.
Creating a digital photography business is not that hard. If you already have the photography skills and some basic equipment, you could have a part time business up and running right away. So what types of businesses and avenues are out there for photographers? The list is quite large but here are a few of the most common businesses that involve photography.Candid Portraiture: If you love taking photos of your family, friends and pets, and get lots of compliments on them, then you have what it takes to be a “candid” portrait photographer. Candid portraits are different from studio portraits. In candid photography, you are usually shooting someone in their home or outdoors. There is no studio and generally, no studio lighting involved. Lots of weddings have one candid photographer on hand to capture the more fun and/or personal moments of the special day. Candid photography is now a growing industry and is a fairly easy digital photography business to get into.Online Stock Photography: This used to be a pretty hard digital photography business to break into, but with the internet it has become much more accessible. There are now lots of online sites where you can upload your photographs for clients to purchase and download. If you are an avid shooter and are generating 1000s of images just for fun, why not put them online and earn money from them.Photo Stock CDs: You can create your own stock photography CDs to sell. Just burn your images to CD and sell them online at eBay and other sites. You’ll want to compile your images into different categories; like flower, pets, city scapes, etc. For both types of stock photography you must be careful about including people in the photos. Unless you get photo releases from the people, they can sue you, or your purchasers, for using their image without permission. Therefore, when taking images of people make sure you can’t tell who they are: shoot people in silhouette or from the back.Art Sales and Cards: Putting beautiful, funny and whimsical photographs on note cards is always popular and lots of local coffee and gift shops look for local artists to sell note cards and artwork in their shops. You can do this without laying out a bunch of money for high quantity printing. All you need are some great images, a printer, note card printing paper, and envelopes. This little digital photography business could lead to bigger things, like getting signed to a big note card publishing company.Journalism and Magazine: Taking photographs of local events, places, and people is another great business avenue to pursue. Large newspaper have their own staff of photographers but small community newspapers and business journals are always in need of freelance photographers. And this is a great way to learn about your community, meet new people, and get into events that you would not otherwise get to attend. It is fairly easy to enter this field.