It's great to be the boss. When you run your own business, it can feel really fulfilling to be only accountable to yourself. No one playing politics with your career, no dreaded annual reviews, no painful holiday party. But...also...no risk, no excuses, and . . . no days off. If you want to take a vacation when you work for yourself, it gets tricky to find the time and the money. Whether you're a solopreneur, or managing  a hundred employees, it's not as easy as just putting on the out of office.

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You can (and should) take a vacation when you work for yourself :

Even if you can’t ask for it like Aretha, you know how important it is to be respected at work. Whether you’re the least experienced or in the corner office, feeling valued and important can be worth more than your paycheck. And it can take doing just a few things right -- or wrong – to gain or lose respect. respected at work

What you can do to get (and stay) respected at work:

Whether you are new to the work force or just new to your current company, if you are starting at the bottom, you’re not alone. It’s not unusual to start a job with very little experience, and therefore find yourself the junior person in the room. But you can maximize your entry-level job to build your future. You might not go right from taking coffee orders to taking meetings, but you can find opportunities everywhere, if you know how. make the most of your entry level job

How to use make the most of your entry-level job:

If you have a job in an office (and even if you don’t) you spend some time writing emails. For some, most of the business can be communicated by work email – accountants, lawyers, bankers, secretaries, customer service reps – you never have to see your customer. And even if you do, you’ll find you often email your boss, your team, other departments. And then there are the dozens – or hundreds – of emails you receive. So how do you write a work email that is polite, clear, concise, and effective? write a great work email

Tips to help you write a great work email:

They are 80 million strong, and coming to an office near you. We’re talking about Millennials, of course -- the 18-35 age cohort that is now comprised of real grown-ups out in the workforce. Though Millennials sometimes get a bad rap for being self-absorbed, thin-skinned and disrespectful, they actually have a lot of great traits as employees. The challenge is how to motivate Millennials – they have been raised in the age of texts, emails, and instant messaging, so they need a constant drip of new stimuli. how to motivate millennials

Here’s how to motivate Millennials:

If you’ve been out in the workforce for more than a decade, you may feel that you have become somewhat of an expert – or at least very confident – at what you do. For some, that means better pay, a higher position, and more job security. But some people start to toy with the idea of going back to school mid-career. While ten years into a legal or medical career is still fairly new to the job, for most industries people feel pretty seasoned by the ten-year mark. And that’s fine…unless it isn’t. going back to school mid-career

Is going back to school mid-career a good idea? Maybe.

With an overwhelming number of jobs and candidates meeting on social media sites like LinkedIn, it’s more important than ever that you know how to write a great job posting. It’s easier than ever for great future employees to pass right by your job opening with the next click. How to write a great job posting

Here are some key ways to write a great job posting:

It’s one thing to decide to get a new job and understand that a new job means you have to get used to new rules and new expectations. But it’s quite another when you’re in the same job, at the same company doing the same thing. And then you get a new boss. Maybe it’s someone from a different part of the company. Or maybe it’s a total outsider. But suddenly you are the one who might have to change. new boss, new rules

How you might need to change if you get a new boss:

If you’re in the middle of a recruiting search, then you hopefully have already a concrete job description, a good idea of a competitive salary, and an ideal start date. But what about the right candidate? It’s more than just academic or professional experience – they need to have the right employee personality traits. If not, you could get more than you bargained for . . . and not in a good way.

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If you are hiring, beware of these difficult employee personality traits:

So you’ve decided, as the old song says, “you can take this job and shove it”? Too many hours? Not enough dollars? Awful commute? Bored out of your mind? There are lots of good reasons for why you want to leave your job. But you should know them and understand them. If you don’t. . .maybe wait until you do. want to leave your job

If you want to leave your job, make sure you know why.