Finding the ideal career is not always easy, particularly if you consider yourself pretty creative. Often, creative sorts don't fare that well working for someone else and doing the same mundane job day in and day out. Well, the good news is that these days you don't have to do that, as there are plenty of options available for creative people that want to get into their perfect career and earn a great income.
With your creativity and ambition, there are various different options you can look at on a self employed basis. By choosing the right career path and putting your time and effort into getting your business off the ground, you can look forward to a far more lucrative future, flexibility in terms of your hours and days worked, and the ability to be your own boss while doing a job that really appeals to you.
Some Top Options for Creative People
There are actually many self-employed career options you can consider if you are a creative person with bags of ambition. One of the things you can do is set up as a mobile beautician, providing services those who want to look and feel great for a special event or just in general. Your creativity can be put to good use by helping others to achieve the perfect look and giving them more confidence in themselves. By doing this on a mobile basis, you can travel to your customers, which means you don't have to worry about paying to rent or buy a salon for your business. By getting a suitable qualification in cosmetology, you can choose a career option that can ensure you enjoy a brighter future.
Another great option for those who are creative and ambitious is to set up a business as a web designer. If you have tech skills as well as creativity, this could be an ideal job for you. By setting up a home office, you can work from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You can also enjoy working for clients in many different industries and from countries around the world. With more and more businesses eager to create a stronger online presence, you have the benefit of knowing your services will always be in demand. You can also have fun coming up with creative and eye-catching designed for different sites. Plus, of course, you can look forward to earning very good money from doing something you really enjoy.
For some people, working alone and focusing on research is a dream job. Well, if you can do this and you also want to be creative, you can consider working for yourself as a freelance writer. There are many businesses and individuals always on the lookout for a good content writer who works remotely and does a great job. As long as you provide quality content that is well-researched and well written, there is no reason why you cannot make a successful living out of doing this. Of course, you need to have a flair for writing and a passion for it, as this is something that does come across in your content. Again, you can enjoy working from a home office and scheduling your own hours and days to suit you.
Some people love nothing more than crafts, and this is yet another way in which people express their creativity. This can include all sorts of crafts from baking cakes and savory treats through to making jewelry, designing and making greetings cards, making scented candles and more. Some people do all of this as a hobby, but why not turn it into a career and home business? With digital technology at your fingertips, you can various ways to help you sell the items you create. For instance, you can promote your goods on social media sites, or you can set up a website to sell your creations. You can even set up an eBay store or sell on Etsy.
Making Sure You Market Your Business
No matter what type of creative business you decide to go into, you need to ensure you market yourself and your services properly. With the digital technology available today, this is something you can do without spending a fortune or investing huge amounts of time. Instead, you can do it quickly and conveniently with options such as email marketing, social media marketing, and off-line leafletting in the local area.
By making sure you market your services properly, you can gain exposure, and this will enable you to compete more effectively with established rivals that offer the same sorts of services as you. Also, it is well worth starting a blog, as this will help you to gain the trust and confidence of audiences as long as your posts are authoritative, well written, engaging, and accurate. This can also help to boost your website rankings, as search engines like to reward those that add regular, fresh, high-quality content to their sites.
You should also make sure that, no matter what sort of creative business you start, you offer the highest levels of customer service and communication. This can make a big difference when it comes to customer retention, which in turn can have a big impact on your reputation. By developing a loyal client base and a solid reputation within your chosen industry, you can look forward to far greater levels of success in the future.
Enjoy the Chance to Work for Yourself
One of the key things to note about doing this type of work is that it provides you with the perfect opportunity to become your own boss without having to have a load of money to invest upfront. For those who thought they would be stuck working for someone else for the rest of their lives, this is great news. It means that you can work for yourself, set your own income, enjoy total freedom and flexibility, and moreover, make money doing something that you really enjoy.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.