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Holiday Shopping: Go Getter or Procrastinator

Holiday Shopping: Go Getter or Procrastinator

This is crazy! This weekend will be December…the holiday season…the end of the year. Wasn’t it just summer like two days ago? (And I’m not just saying that because the weather got cooler two days ago…lol).

I want to talk about your holiday shopping regimen. Are you one of those people that has all their holiday shopping done by October? Do you wait until December 23rd to even get started? Are you a regifter? Do you make gifts, buy gifts, or send e-gifts? Geeze…after asking all those questions I may feel even more overwhelmed about this holiday season! 🙂

My usually holiday shopping routine consists of shopping early (mostly online), having gifts shipped to me or picking them up at the store and then procrastinating on the wrapping of the gifts. All-in-all, a very well-rounded approach to the season of giving in my opinion! However, this year I feel like the season has completely snuck up on my this year and I’m way behind the 8-ball.

The good news is that I’ve seen a change in the retail industry as well. Instead of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and then Cyber Monday, it seems it’s now all on sale all the time! It seems retail is taking drastic measure to get you into their store or onto their website. I mean, it’s the Thursday after Thanksgiving and my email is still getting flooded with both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

This is all good news for me since I’m somewhat procrastinating this year, but it makes me think of how the retain industry has changed so much. How many of you have a fully stocked Amazon cart like I do? I mean who needs to shop at various stores or on various sites when you can compare each price to the same product on Amazon.com? I’ll admit that Amazon is very convenient, but it does make me a little worried about what’s going to happen to all the retail stores. There are already so many vacant and storefronts – even entire shopping plazas are on life support.

Who knows, maybe this year I’ll get my booty in gear and take advantage of all the extended sales retailers and websites are offering. Then again, I’m already behind and procrastinating so I guess time will be the ultimate deciding factor.

 

How do you holiday shop?

Talking Politics in the Workplace

Talking Politics in the Workplace

Tomorrow is Election Day and if you didn’t get to the polls during early voting, tomorrow is a very important day! I myself am actually really excited for the 24 hour coverage to begin tomorrow! This is a very important civic duty that everyone should care about – no matter your party affiliation. Election Day to me is always a very exciting day…seeing how everyone votes on both the candidates and the issues in their communities.

All that aside, I usually keep my excitement for Election Day, my party affiliation and political talk in general to a minimum when in the workplace. I’m not saying you have to cease and desist all politics talk (that obviously depends on your office and their policies), but being “politically correct” at work is definitely a good idea. So I have a couple Do’s and Don’t’s to share to help you with the big Election Day work politics.

  • Do: Check your employee handbook to make sure you can talk politics
  • Don’t: Think that just because you’re “off the clock” it’s okay when with coworkers
  • Do: Make sure you’re being considerate of all viewpoints
  • Don’t: Talk about the really heated issues
  • Do: Know when to stop the conversation and remain friends

Hopefully this helps get you through your Election Day work day tomorrow – especially if you have TVs in the office! Get out and VOTE!

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

So what’s the difference? With Snapchat you can take photo or video, add cute filters and add it to your story or send to specific people. With Instagram you can take photo or video, add fun graphics and add it to your story or send to specific people. Hmmm…very different.

While Snapchat was the fist one on the scene when it comes to more dynamic social storytelling, Instagram came onto the scene to challenge them with a vengeance! Not only does Instagram have a wider audience, they have a bigger audience. It’s also easier to discover topics and conversations on Instagram than it is on Snapchat.

It seems that social media users have a more personal connection with Instagram than Snapchat. In fact, Snapchat admits:

“The majority of our users are 18-34 years old. This demographic may be less brand loyal and more likely to follow trends than other demographics. These factors may lead users to switch to another product, which would negatively affect our user retention, growth, and engagement.”

I can honestly say I do both, but I myself see more activity (at least more activity that I’m interested in) on Instagram. Seeing what’s going on with Kylie Jenner or Ariana Grande isn’t something that peaks my interest…so I guess you can tell what platform I’m more apt to use these days.

Which storytelling app do you prefer? Instagram or Snapchat?

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The Best Tips on How to Find Work in the Gig Economy

The Best Tips on How to Find Work in the Gig Economy

For many Americans, it can be difficult to find joy or fulfillment in traditional work. That’s why it’s important to find a way to make money doing something you enjoy. It’s never easy to break into something new and start making cash right away, so it may be best to start with a part-time or short-term frame of mind. With a job in the gig-economy—meaning freelance work, where you’re your own boss—you can start building a name for yourself in your chosen field, try something you’ve always wanted to do, or practice a hobby and actually make money doing it.

Here are a few of the best ideas on finding the right gig for you.

Work with animals

Millions of Americans have pets, meaning you’ll have a lot of clients to choose from should you decide to work with animals. You might become a licensed groomer or sign up with a site to be a pet sitter or dog walker. This type of job will allow you to keep flexible hours, get outdoors for some exercise, and spend time with sweet animals who can help reduce your stress and anxiety and can even lower your blood pressure.

Get creative

If you enjoy drawing, painting, practicing calligraphy, photography, or sewing—just to name a few—you can start your own business providing services for brides-to-be, new parents, and anyone who might need your creative craft skills. To help launch your business, look into working with wedding and event planners so they can help direct you to new clients.

Start writing

Freelance writing is one of the best ways to slip into the gig economy, in part because it can almost always be done from home, and it allows you to set your own schedule. The best way to start is by looking online for freelance gigs or checking out the websites of some magazines, blogs, or webzines you’re interested in, and querying about how to pitch an article. Keep reading here for some tips on how to get started.

Crunch the numbers

If you’re good with numbers and have experience with accounting, you might look into doing some freelance work around tax time. Check out some local accounting firms and tax offices to find out how much they charge for their services. If you can offer competitive rates and get the word out to friends and neighbors, you’ll have enough customers to get you through spring.

Childcare

Have experience with kids? Put the word out that you’re looking for work in childcare, either through friends and loved ones or on social media. If you have a lot of free time—especially in the summer when kids in most states are out of school—your expertise and open schedule will be invaluable to busy parents in your community.

Getting started

Finding work in the gig economy can be tricky at first, but the key is to know where to look. Do some research online and find out what sort of services are most needed in your area. It’s also important to do your homework when it comes to similar businesses so you can offer competitive rates for your services. Once you’ve completed those tasks, it’s time to figure out marketing and accounting logistics. Start a business website that details your business and shows off your skills; many can be made for free or very cheaply on sites like Weebly. You also should consider using a free invoice app to make collecting payments and bookkeeping simpler, and create a business email account that’s separate from your personal account.

Talk to your loved ones and keep them updated so they can help, and above all: remember to have fun!

Guest post provided to Mugsy PR by Lucy of Gigmine.co.

After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

After Work Habits, Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

It’s no secret…I love my job. It’s also no secret that I love my time “after the job.” LOL

I try to do a little bit of everything when it comes to after work activities…except going to the movies as some of you may know. 🙂 I like trying different workout classes, walking/biking around my neighborhood, volunteering and…COOKING AND EATING!

One of my absolutely favorite things to do is cook. I’m one of those silly people that like food prepping for the week, which includes chopping vegetables for for my daily salads/egg scrambles, roasting or grilling unique cuts of meat, or anything in between! It’s safe to say that I’m DEFINITELY NOT someone safe to take to a grocery store or farmer’s market.

The unfortunate thing is that a fun cooking past time makes you want to only watch Food Network and buy anything and everything they use to cook…because, you know…I’m becoming a professional chef!

I’ve tried to curb my purchases regarding my hobby, but sometimes it just gets away from me – a dutch oven here, a lemon zester there or the various different kinds of colanders one has to have.

So, what is your favorite after work activity? Are you an avid gym-goer? Do you like mid-week matinees? Do you have your own paint easel set-up in your living room (talking to you, Eloiza!) or do you prefer the quit enjoyment of getting home, relaxing on the couch and binge watching your favorite show? Maybe even reading a book?!

I thoroughly believe you have to have something that isn’t work related for your “me time.” It makes you happy to get to your past time and happy to get back to work! So…what’s yours?