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Invest In Your Best Asset

Hi Everyone

Whilst redundant, it is great to manage your money wisely. If you want to spend some of your redundancy pay but are unsure what to spend it on, investing in yourself can be the best thing that you can do, as you are your own best asset.

Spending money on:

  • Courses
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Training
  • Business networking events
  • Any type of learning resources

Can be good for you and your future career but before deciding what to spend your money on, first you need to write a list of:

  • What you want to achieve in the future
  • What you are good at
  • What you are not so good at
  • What makes you happy

This in turn should help you to target what to spend your money on, as an investment for your future, rather than spend money randomly on something that may not help you.

If you are worried about spending any of your money, it is your choice and one of the things that you can control in your life at the moment, whilst other aspects of your life may seem out of control.

If you are worried about money because you were always taught that “money doesn’t grow on trees” and “money is the root of all evil” then you may want to change your mindset to overcome this obstacle. A great blog article about this can be found at http://inspireyourbusiness.wordpress.com

The post is entitled The Mindful Money Audit.

Although I personally believe in saving money. I also strongly believe that I need to invest in myself and my future. These days I spend more money on my education and learning because I know it will help me to make more money in the future.

If you are thinking of setting up your own business, you may want to attend The Business Show in London: http://www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk/seminars/ on the 6th and 7th of June 2013. I will be attending and even though it is an event that I hadn’t planned for and therefore will be spending money that I hadn’t budgeted for, I think it will be worth the investment. This is because I believe I am worth investing in and so should you believe you are worth investing in too. Believe in yourself and your own self-improvement and then others will believe in you and that includes potential employers or customers.

In the meantime – Stay positive

Sandra

 

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Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

Hi Everyone

My apologies for not blogging for a while. I have been very poorly with a chest infection and virus and not had the strength to even write. As a writer, it has been very difficult for me not to be able to practice my craft for a while .

Even though I am still not 100% better, I felt I had to share this inspirational blog post about turning your hobby into a business, courtesy of Carolyn Trafford from reflectionscoachingblog.wordpress.com

Turning Your Hobby Into A Business.

I am turning my writing website quirkybooks.net into an e-Book store later this year. Amongst the books available, will be ones to help you to get back into work. If I can turn my passion into my dream job, then so can you.

Stay positive

Sandra Bellamy

 

 

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D is for Dream Job (A-Z of Redundancy)

Hi Everyone

Redundancy is the perfect opportunity to take time out to discover what it is that you really want to do with your life and your career.

It is perfectly normal for you to feel a mixture of emotions during the early stages of redundancy. These can include, but are not limited to, panic, anxiety, worry, stress, depression and feelings of being overwhelmed, bewildered and fearful of what the future may hold.

However, it is also the chance of a lifetime to take stock of your situation and discover what makes you truly happy, in both your career and your personal life and then setting some goals to determine how you are going to achieve that happiness.

In order to establish makes you happy in these areas, start by:

  1. Making a list of the things that you like to do both in and out of work.
  2. Making a list of what you don’t like to do in and out of work.

Now, of the things you most like, number them in order of priority, what makes you the most happiest should be at the top of your list (number 1) and your least happiest down the bottom of the list. In order to determine which make you the happiest, look at yourself in the mirror and say the words of the things that you think make you the happiest – Notice your tone of voice and what your facial expressions are doing, do they show you are elated? Excited? Can’t stop smiling? By observing yourself in this way, you should be able to verify if what you think makes you happy, actually does make you happy. I know for example, that when I talk about writing, my whole face lights up, my tone of voice changes, my body language is different because I love it so much and feel comfortable being a writer. I know therefore, that I couldn’t live without writing in my life and that’s what my dream job is and that is what I need to do in order to make me happy.

Once you have concluded your priorities for being happy, you next need to decide on what steps to take in order to achieve your dream job. So for example, if you want to be a photographer, your list of steps may read something like this:

  1. Google photography – Check out what area of photography I would like to specialise in, portrait, landscape, still life, animals.
  2. Buy a photography book and magazine to read up about it.
  3. Enrol on a photography course.
  4. Buy a camera recommended by the course.
  5. Practice, practice, practice – Try photographing a range of things.
  6. Join some online photography groups.
  7. Go online and find places to sell my photos.
  8. Establish what products and services I could sell on my own website and for what prices.
  9. Build my own photography website with an integrated shopping cart.
  10. Advertise my products and services in the local media.
  11. Learn to use social media to promote my business.
  12. Sell my products and services.

= You are in your dream job.

So you can see, your dream job is only a plan away but if you don’t act on the plan, then it will always be just a paper exercise. You need to make your dream job happen because no one else can do it for you. Let me know when you have achieved it and you are welcome to do a guest blog post on this site, describing your business and your experience, thereby gaining free publicity. I am confident that together, we can beat redundancy blues.

Stay positive

Sandra Bellamy

 

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Making the News – Living the dream

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Hi Everyone

Had someone told me several years ago that I would be a blogger, a serious writer and social media user and an entrepreneur, I would have probably laughed at them and commented something like “Yeah! Get real!” Yet here I am, being all of those things and loving every single minute of it.

I was mentioned in The New York Times this week for a blog article that I had written for Exclusive HR company, click the link below to view the mention, it is under Your People: A Virtual Company’s Cultureboss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/this-week-in-small-business-best-facebook-pages

If you want to see the article I did for Exclusive, here is the link: exclusive-thinking.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/redundancy-advice

Kathryn Snodgrass from agimy.com has written a bog article about beatredundancyblues, check out the link: www.agimy.com/blog

I have also just launched my Facebook page for my sister company quirkybooks.net. Here is the link below: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quirkybooksnet/144394649036836

If you love writing and haven’t yet read my writing blog, to take a look at: quirkybooks.wordpress.com

Q: So how do quirkybooks.net and beatredundancyblues work together?

A: quirkybooks.net is currently a basic website about me and my writing. Over the next few months you will see it unravelling into an e-book store in front of your eyes and I plan to have several books written over time, some of which will specifically help people who are redundant to get back into work. As with writing anything, it all takes time and I hope you can join me on my journey – Who knows, maybe one day you will be part of my book of how it all happened and how it can happen for you too.

In the meantime – stay positive

Sandra Bellamy

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B is for Breathing Space (A-Z of Redundancy)

Hi Everyone

When you enter into the world of Redundancyland it can be a hard pill to swallow. Emotions that you haven’t experienced for a long time, may rear their ugly head and if it is the first time that you have been made redundant, you may feel bewildered, anxious and all alone and that can be just for starters.

For some of you, the business where you worked may literally have collapsed overnight and redundancy will have happened so fast that you barely had time to think, let alone manage to make plans for your future or indeed for the next day. Whilst others among you, will find that there were rumours spreading that the company you worked for was in trouble over a period of months before you got officially told that there was no longer a need for your role.

Whichever is the path that took you to get here, I am here to tell you, you are not alone. I have been made redundant twice and in general, a job for life is now a thing of the past. No longer are employers looking for a person with years of experience in the same role, they are looking at how adaptable and flexible potential employees are to have been able to hold a variety of jobs and gained many transferable skills.

One of the most important things that you must do, is to allow yourself breathing space, by this I mean, time to take everything in that has happened to you, to process it in your mind and to allow yourself the time to think, what is it that I really want to do with my life? You also need time to settle into the idea of not working in that role anymore. I know some of you will be screaming at me right now, saying “I have got a job to go to, I don’t need breathing space.” To those of you who share that viewpoint, I say good on you but please give yourself time to think and reflect on if the job you have taken to replace the one that you were made redundant from, was the right job choice for you. It can be easier to take a job out of desperation than it is too allow yourself the time to think of redundancy as the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue your dreams.

My top five tips for why you need breathing space:

  1. To give yourself time to get over the initial shock of redundancy.
  2. To allow grief to run it’s course.
  3. To think about what other career you could pursue and research ways to make it happen.
  4. To make a plan of action for your future including how you are going to get your dream job.
  5. To pursue a course needed to improve your chances of getting a job in the role that you want.

When I was made redundant for the second time in 2009, I decided to pursue my dream of being a published writer and of setting up a website to help people who have been made redundant to get back into work. If I can do it, I know you can too.

Reach for the stars. They are yours for the taking.

Remember, always stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

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beatredundancyblues.com – something for everyone

Hi Everyone

I noticed someone has voted one star for my last post.  To this person I want to say thank you for taking an interest in beatredundancyblues.com  I can see I have a lot of work to do to prove to you my site will be worth a visit but it is a challenge I look forward to.  I know I am not going to please all of the people all of the time but  I believe when you see the site, you will be pleasantly surprised, as it will contain lots of useful information all in one place.  Your one stop resource for everything redundancy.

From practicalities such as job searching and interview skills, to looking after your physical and mental wellbeing, beatredundancyblues.com will have something for everyone.

I have been busy attending business meetings and researching for beatredundancyblues.com  as well as designing it’s layout and content.  My motto is, if a job is worth doing it’s worth doing well and that is why beatredundancyblues.com is still being constructed and will be with you soon.

If you have any ideas for what you would like to see included in this website, please get in touch by leaving a comment here or by emailing me at beatredundancyblues@beatredundancyblues.com or through my Contact Form via quirkybooks.net  I value your feedback and I will reply to you personally.

In the meantime, stay positive.

Sandra