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Is Passive Income a Pipedream?

Wouldn’t you love to wake up with more money than you had when you went to sleep? I’m pretty sure everyone would say yes. As a millennial (don’t worry I won’t bite) I know the days of the gold watch and handshake easement into retirement are over. I also share the characteristics of my fellow generation. One characteristic being the desire to work on several different things at one time and having the freedom to do so. And today’s environment it’s important to have a side hustle. All this is great, but time is finite. Enter the passive income stream.

Creating a passive income stream is somewhat of an ethereal concept. Right? I mean it sounds good. You nodded your head yes when I asked if you wanted to wake up with more money. It just seems to be out of reach. So how can you get it done?

I’ve spent a lot of time studying how to market and create passive income streams online. The overarching theme (beyond execution) is content. Yes, okay this makes sense, right? You need to create epic content, put it online, and the masses will swarm, and you’ll wake up a millionaire. Well, I wish it were that easy. Still, it’s easier than you realize.

Your homework to get started?

  1. Identify your expertise
  2. Identify your audience
  3.  Identify the unique problem they have which you can solve (this goes back to your expertise. The difference is in this step you want to solidify an offering)

More likely than not these three steps are already on the tip of your tongue. However, I challenge you to think these three steps through.

What do you know or can provide to a specific person that would radically change their world? 

There are a ton of ways to turn the passive income goal into a reality. I outlined some quick homework to get you started on the path. If you’re interested in learning more, shoot me a message. I’d love to help you create your passive income stream online.

The Unspoken Pressure

Many of the things I’ve learned since coming to Law School have nothing to do with the judicial system. Yes, of course, I’ve learned a ton in that regard, but more importantly I’ve learned a lot about myself. It’s easy to succumb to unspoken pressure when you’re in an environment of people who are extremely intelligent, driven and opinionated.  By pressure, I mean the feeling of needing to compete, of seeking peer approval or of feeling like you have to pursue a certain path in order to be successful. (a.k.a pay back your student loans).

Recently, I was able to meet with an attorney for a ‘mock’ interview. It was a great opportunity to sharpen my skills while getting prepared for pursuing internships or experience. One of the things he said to me (I’m paraphrasing) was that you have to stay true to who you are and what you want to do. This is something I always thought I knew. Yet, after the pleasantries were exchanged and I shook his hand. I went to my car and cried. I cried thinking, “What have I done?” “Why am I here?” “Why have I made the choice to take on more student loan debt?” “Why am I in Law School?”

Doubt started to overwhelm me. I thought about going home and giving up for the day. After an internal monolog, I pulled it together and went to school. Resolving to not get caught up in the idea of what other people are doing, which is much easier said than done.

I’ve known for quite some time that I don’t want a conventional career. (For goodness sakes, I was a theater major). I refuse to create a life dedicated to another [wo]man’s dollar or another [wo]man’s dream. With that mentality often comes uncertainty, instability, and sacrifice. These words have never really scared me. On the contrary, these words excite me.

I went to Law School to gain the skills to catapult my love for serving others into helping turn their dreams of entrepreneurship, of entertainment, of artistry into realities. Ultimately, I want to advocate for, protect, and serve creative geniuses.

I’m excited to be on this journey. I’m grateful for the opportunity. Although there is much uncertainty, instability, and sacrifice involved I know I made the right choice. Others may think I’m crazy or wonder about me, but I’ll remain true to myself, my unique talents, and the dreams that God has given me.

xoxo,

BC

Get the Funk Out

Ever wake up and automatically feel defeated? Like you’re not progressing in the way you want, as quickly as you want etc.. and suddenly you’re a victim of the success you’re trying to achieve? Clearly, writing from personal experience. I’ve felt this many times. I’ve woken up and just wanted to stay in bed and not deal.  I’ve even gone the point of over action in order to fix the problem I think I’ve identified.  So if you’re like me,  how do you get out of the funk and back to reality? Here are 4 things I force myself to do and sure enough it snaps me back into reality and out of my funk!

1. Take a shower.

Yes, go take a shower. Strip away the literal funk of the day and in doing so you are giving yourself a break, a minute or (20) to rinse away the stress. Taking a shower gives forces you to unplug and delve into your thoughts. Take the time to get clear. Once you step out the shower, you are starting into a clean, fresh mindset. Don’t let the insecurities and fear you have keep you in a funk you don’t deserve.

2. Show Up.

90% of success is showing up. If you want something you have to go after it, and in order to go after it you have to be present.  Even if you’re in a job, or a place that ultimately you don’t want to be you have to show up. You have to alway give your best. Every step, every choice you make along the way shapes your character. So on those days that you feel defeated and want to stay in bed – those are the days that you have to commit to your success and show up.

3. Call a friend.

Can’t get out of the funk on your own? Call a friend. Call your mentor. Call someone you can vent to, but make sure it’s someone who will also challenge you. Someone who can help you see the bigger picture. Sometimes just a 10-minute chat can help clear the fog out of your head and get you back on track. For me, it’s talking to my hubby on our goals or my sister. Doesn’t really matter but make sure you trust them and that they have no problem calling you out.

4. Make a list.

Get out a pen and a piece of paper to take stock of your life. From a professional standpoint, but also a personal one. You want to truly see what’s happening in your life so that you can see how each little decision is leading you towards accomplishing  your goals. In making this list, it causes you to reflect. If you’re not happy about your job then change it. Or maybe you’re happy with aspects of your current role, but not all of it. Creating a list of your reality can help you identify an action plan.

Ultimately, it’s about progressing forward. Don’t stop, don’t quit and always show up. Constantly moving towards a goal is key to not falling into a permanent funk.

xoxo,

Blonde Chick

You only get 10 seconds.

Ready to launch your career with your best foot forward? Make sure you have a resume that fights through all the other noise. You have 10 seconds to capture a recruiter’s attention. So keep your professional snapshot concise, structured and specific. Here’s a few quick tips to get your resume the attention it deserves.

1. Add a link

Add links to the other companies you’ve interned or worked for. In addition, be sure to link to your LinkedIn page – yes, create a LinkedIn profile page. Over 60% of recruiters use the tool to look for candidates and the same impressive 60% + uses the tool to search for jobs. Make sure your resume is in on your LinkedIn profile and searchable by recruiters.

2. Whales

As in business, many companies identify 10-15 targets or ‘whales’ to prospect. Treat your career as a business knowing you’re the CEO. Make a list of companies  you want to work with. Research the companies to identify what makes you uniquely qualified for each of the companies. Connect with current employees on LinkedIn and follow the company on social.

3. Don’t be general.

Get as specific as possible with your qualifications. Don’t use words and phrases like hard-working, and detail oriented. Use words supported by specific results of your work. If you can quantify what you’ve done you’ll stand out among those who use tired words and general statements. Use keywords as headlines and incorporate them into your resume. You want to match keywords to the words posted in the job description.

Finally, it shouldn’t be a laundry list of accomplishments. It’s a document to showcase your specific and unique accomplishments. By researching  your companies you can tailor your resume to the skills they are looking for.

4. Throw your resume away.

Yes, throw your resume away. A resume isn’t the tool to use that will truly impress a prospective employer. Instead, write a business plan for the job you are applying for. Don’t submit this piece to a ATS (applicant tracking system). If you don’t know anyone specifically at the company to submit your plan to, then don’t apply. You need to make a human connection with someone at the company before just throwing your hat into the ring. It’s 2014 and it really is all about who you know.

The information in your plan should target the hiring manager’s specific pain that in hiring you, you would be solving. Creating this plan also allows you to truly understand the job you’re applying for and the company you would be working with.

Need help working on your plan and resume? Let’s get to work. 

xoxo

Blonde Chick

 

What a millennial wants

One of the hot topics this year is the character of the millennial. You know the peter pan generation? The impatient, driven by technology and instant gratification group born roughly between 1980 and 2000. So what are some common traits of this ever advancing generation? See below and tell me which ones you resonate with the most! 

Jugglers

  • Millennials are multitasking pros and can juggle many responsibilities, tasks, to-do lists all at once. Some would say we have a massive case of ADHD – but just know when hiring a millenial the more you give the more you get. 
  • If you give a millennials a goal, and deadline then the distractions will subdue and you’ll find them working hard to meet the expectations. 

Connected and Tech-Savvy

  • Social media is the millennial’s BFF. We have grown up on and live it everyday. Constantly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – it’s how we share and get information.
  • Keep your company active on social media by engaging with your audience. 
  • There’s no doubt that this generation is interested in all things tech-related. We are the generation of Google, Facebook, and Apple domination. 

What a Millennial wants…

  • Millennials need to feel like what they are doing is important and that they are on the right track. Afterall, we grew up with parents who gave us constant praise, support and the feeling that we can have/do whatever we put our minds to.  
  • A personal life is just as important as career advancement. We work hard, and play hard. Companies who appreciate hard work with flexible schedule will recruit the brightest and best of the millennial generation. 
  • We work best in teams. think open office, collaboration and strong friendships with colleagues. 
  • Millennials are extremely team-oriented and enjoy collaborating and building friendships with colleagues.
  • Transparency is important, generation WE want to have an open and honest relationship with their supervisors and want direct/constant feedback. 
  • We are impatient, so we want to know that there is an opportunity to advance and develop within the company the choose to join.