Launch Your Career with a Disability

This guest blog has been provided by Marissa Perez of Thank you Marissa for your insight.

If you’re looking for ways to advance your programming career, consider shifting your sights towards business. Many developers move towards a business analyst role when they’re ready to take on more responsibilities. Business analysts play a key role in improving business processes through data analysis, bridging the gap between IT and business. And if you have a disability, working in business is just as accessible as working as a developer. Business analysts often work remotely, enjoying a great deal of flexibility regarding when and how they work.

Are you ready to launch your new career in business? If so, Justin T. Farrell is here to present some of the steps you will need to take to make it happen!

Pursue an Education

While you don’t need programming experience to work in a business setting, coding skills will go a long way towards preparing you for a role as a business analyst. Thankfully, there are many online resources that can teach you modern computer science concepts and prepare you for an entry-level job. Remote learning is ideal for people with disabilities! Look for online courses that let you learn at your own pace using the tools and equipment that work best for you.

You will also need to learn some key business skills before you can land your first job. According to Chron, most business analysts hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Consider enrolling in an online bachelor’s program in a related subject such as business administration, management, or IT. You could also consider going back to school for an MBA, thus giving yourself an edge over the competition in the business world.

Start Networking

Once you’ve earned your education, you can start looking for entry-level job opportunities. Networking is one of the best ways to find a good fit. Start by connecting with potential employers on LinkedIn to build your list of professional contacts. Don’t use the platform just for job hunting. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make on LinkedIn. Take advantage of LinkedIn for meeting new people, learning from them, and forging long-term relationships with people who you admire.

Pursue Remote Work

Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you have to work remotely, but it is a viable option for those looking for flexible work options. Robert Half suggests looking for remote work positions on job search websites or going straight to the websites of companies you would like to work for to see what positions they have open. If you’re having trouble finding work, connect with recruiters to get matched with your ideal remote positions in the business industry.

Of course, it’s important to ensure you will mesh well with a remote role. Remote workers need to be self-motivated and organized. Make sure you can meet deadlines, work independently, and maintain your focus without a manager keeping an eye on you. 

Don’t Let Your Disability Hold You Back

Job hunting with a disability can be tough, especially when you’re looking for an entry-level position in an industry that’s new to you. Try not to get discouraged! Apply to all of the jobs that seem like a good fit, even if you don’t have the experience requested in the job listing. If you get an interview, keep the focus on your skills and strengths rather on the limitations imposed on you by your disability. Keep in mind that you don’t have to disclose your disability if you don’t want to. As long as you can do the work required, you shouldn’t feel obligated to talk about your disability in your interview.

Because of their technical know-how, programmers are well-suited for roles in business positions, especially that of a business analyst. Consider expanding your career sights beyond development and pursuing a career in the business world! As long as you have confidence in your abilities, you will thrive in your new role.

As an entrepreneur, investor, consultant and Starbucks addict, Justin T. Farrell focuses his energy on helping grow businesses, whether his own or others. Reach out today to learn more about how he can help your business expand!

By |2022-05-12T12:19:34+00:00May 17th, 2022|

Starting a Business When You Have No Time to Spare

This guest blog has been provided by Marissa Perez of Thank you Marissa for your insight.

The saying, ‘time is money; could not be more true than it is today with the rapid speed at which life, in general, is progressing. Therefore, if you are thinking of starting a business and know you have x amount of time in a day in which to do it, Justin T. Farrell shares how to begin if you have limited time on your hands.

Redefining your day into manageable time slots

Speaking of time, imagine you literally had only eight hours to make your business dream a reality. In that case, you could start off by redefining your day into manageable time slots to tackle the most tasks in the startup phase of your new business.

Early morning considerations

One of the most important things to decide on in the beginning stages of starting your business is deciding what structure it’ll have. But with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one will suit your business model best. Nonetheless, if you do your homework, you’re sure to find the right one whether it be a Sole Proprietorship, a General Partnership, a Limited Liability, or a Close Corporation.

Along with deciding on a business structure, you’ll need to decide on a name for your new venture, apply for an Employee Identification Number (or EIN) and open a business bank account to ensure that your business is now a new separate legal entity. Use this time to also consider how you’ll go about getting the additional funding you need if you don’t have the desired lump sum of start-up capital to put up front.

Fanciful teatime ideas

Suppose you hope for a business that’s really going to surprise everyone and take the world by storm. Then use this time to envision what it is you would like your business to achieve, i.e. define what your long-term goals should be. Of course, you’ll need to have a thorough business plan drawn up, outlining how you will go about getting there. So, call up your business consultant to help get the ball rolling in the meantime.

Tackling your marketing tactics during lunchtime

Of course, a big part of getting your business noticed is by having a smart marketing strategy in place right from the beginning to ensure you don’t lose out on valuable market share. Again, you’ll probably have to create a detailed marketing plan outlining how you’ll go about this. And if you don’t have a dedicated in-house marketing team in mind, then you could also enlist the assistance of external consultants to help you strategize on the best way forward.

One of the best ways to show that you are an accredited, reputable company is to make sure you have a professional-looking business card to show to prospective clients should they ask for one. With a business card maker template, you can customize your business card according to how you want it to look (and at probably a fraction of the cost, too). Moreover, you can decide on the finer details right down to whether you want to add an image to your business card, to the text, the color scheme, and even the font of your choice.

Your late afternoon brainstorm

If you’re not planning on handling all the functions of your business yourself, then you’ll need to figure out how you’re going to hire new employees. As the onboarding can take some time, you can always opt to hire freelancers in the interim to help with any urgent tasks.

In summary, starting a new business will take extensive planning, but you can do a lot of prep work beforehand to make sure you’re off to a good head start. Furthermore, excellent time management is vital to ensure you get the most important things done first and to capitalize on any opportunities that are sure to come your way.

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By |2022-04-04T19:43:51+00:00April 5th, 2022|

The Must-Have Components of a Modern Sales & Marketing Machine [Infographic]

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It’s easy for your marketing and sales process to become misaligned. Inbound marketing can help eliminate some of the issues by creating a powerful sales & marketing machine. Using social, mobile, and cloud technologies makes the process of creating and distributing personalized content people want to see easier than ever. Combine customer profiles with quality content to keep your sales and marketing aligned.

By |2019-04-09T19:00:28+00:00April 9th, 2019|
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