Does Size (Length) Really Matter?

TL; DR. The acronym means ‘too long; didn’t read’ and gets a bad rap because the user is labelled lazy and rude. But is that true? How many of us are guilty of this without typing it to let the author of a piece know? I know I am. As much as I love reading…

6 Ways to Make Money in College

Originally posted on COLLEGE MATE:
Most of us know all too well, the financial struggles of college life. This is a time when students are forced to scrape by on very little. Some of us even work full-time jobs, while attending college, just to make ends meet. But aside from getting a traditional 9 to 5,…

Let’s Talk Career: Why I Chose To Freelance Full-Time

It didn’t occur to me that I could freelance full-time while living in Jamaica until maybe a year ago. The services I offer are not only perfect, they are a needed skill set. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy to get started but the more I thought about it, the more I was sure that…

8 Quick Study Tips for the Exhausted Student

Originally posted on COLLEGE MATE:
Studying is the cornerstone of college life. And whether we like it or not, it pretty much sums up the college experience. Let’s face it. There is rarely, if ever, a student who successfully makes it through school without spending some quality time in their books. Unfortunately, for most of…

Jamaican Freelance Market; Untapped

Freelancers are persons who are self-employed to provide services (usually tailored) to clients through short, medium or long-term. As a freelancer, we usually have multiple clients at any given time or successive short-term projects. I’m a freelancer myself. If you nurture your freelancing careers, it can become a viable career option, especially if you are…

Let’s Talk Career: A Creative Resume?

During my college tenure, I had signed up for a summer job program the government runs each year for tertiary students. For each of the those three years I found myself in the same department between six and twelve weeks, human resource. I spent my time assisting with HR functions, over looking, sorting and collecting…

Let’s Talk Career: Why I Quit My Call Center Job

The current job market (Jamaica) is set up in such a way that most graduates (myself included) are forced to take a job just to get their bills paid. Said job may not be in the field the graduate wants to pursue a career in, but it’s “better than nothing”. The place that this is most…

Let’s Talk Career: My Freelancing Businesses

 Freelance Business Once I decided that’s what I was going to do, I registered my freelance business, Shandean Williams-Reid Business Services through which I’m a business planning consultant, analyst and writer. I write business plans, do business analysis and planning, change management, and writing online articles, web content, and blogging. I started a business blog The Pocket…

How to Market Yourself Before You Graduate

With all the many responsibilities and distractions of college, few of us think to lay a foundation for post-graduation life. via How to Market Yourself Before You Graduate — COLLEGE MATE

10 Factors Affecting How Much you Can Charge your Clients

Originally posted on Alexis Chateau:
Negotiating with a client about how much to pay you for your services is a lot like negotiating your salary at a corporate job. However, freelancers experience greater freedom in deciding their pay rate, and with that freedom comes great responsibility. In another blog post, I’ll offer tips on how to negotiate with a…