Are you part of our networking opportunity?
networking opportunity
Of course you are part of our networking opportunity, you have signed up to Opus Matrix either because you want to network with other individuals who have something to sell or you would like to promote your business services. When we say networking opportunity, we would like to remind all members about the full potential of Opus Matrix and to fully benefit, it’s best to complete your profile fully to maximise your chance of getting seen across our website and social media channels.

Meetup NEXT WEEK!

This month, we are also offering the chance for members and friends to meet up face to face. If you are based in Scotland, then this free event is an ideal chance to catch up with others and discover more about skillsharing. Come along next week:

Tues 21st June, 10 – 12pm @ The Coffee House, 144 High Street,
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS.
Click here to find out more and RSVP.

Competition… not long to go now!

As an existing member of OM, you will also have the option to gain more points for our regular prize draw. All you have to do is invite your friends and colleagues to our meetups and your points will increase. As always, you can gain points through the site for being an active member, such as posting regular blogs, products, offers and endorsing other members.

This quarter’s 'REFER A FRIEND " competition ends on June 30th. You could win £100 JUST for referring friends. The more friends you refer the more likely you'll win. Winners will be drawn from a hat and announced in our July Newsletter.

Good luck!

The OM Team

What Opus Matrix can offer you as an aspiring female entrepreneur?
female entrepreneur

Opus Matrix is a place where females are valued and respected for their skills, services and interests. It may be a silly thought to think of sewing or child minding as your best skills but where there is a skill - there is always a demand for it somewhere. An aspiring female entrepreneur can grow their business and sell their skills.

Opus Matrix is a place where you can try out your often forgotten or unrecognised skills gained by experience to mentor others and in return gain endorsements. A place where you can easily identify and communicate with people with the skills you need to move forward. Aspiring and established entrepreneurs can hugely prosper on this site.

There are also lots of mums out there who are wondering how to make the transition back to work after being off on maternity. Some will be looking for new opportunities that fits in well with childcare demands and costs. Many will often see becoming a mum as the perfect opportunity to break away from the corporate world and start down the path of self-employment.

Starting a business doesn't necessarily have to involve big financial commitments or set working hours. As your own boss, you can decide how much time to spend and focus on the small milestones initially. Your small venture could be part of a wider plan to expand once the kids have got to school.

A simple way to get started is to focus on what you are good at and learn how these skills can be utilised by others on a freelance basis.

Sign up here

The OM Team

Be Active in Our Online Community to Win £100 Amazon Voucher
£100 amazon voucher

Winner will be announced 31st December 2015

As a member of Opus Matrix, you have the opportunity to boost your online presence and get seen by a larger audience. Firstly ensure your profile is up to date with a recent profile photo and description of your skills or services. Next, connect with other entrepreneurs and startups in the online community. Then, post blogs, offers, events and projects and you could win points.

The member with the most points by the end of the year will go top of the Hall of Fame and will win a £100 Amazon voucher.

If you haven't already, sign up now to be in with a chance!

The OM Team

 

Shine in our online community
October 30, 2015
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online community

As the days grow darker and the cold wind starts blowing in, it won't be long until Christmas lights are twinkling. Whether you are in business or not, there's no doubt that this is the time of year when things get busy with so much to do. This is where Opus Matrix can help you achieve more if you make the most of your membership plan and help you to shine in our community!

Opus Matrix is more than just a website, it's an online community. It's a wealth of resources and ideas from like-minded people who are interested in collaborating on new projects. Members can skillshare and exchange their talents for mutually beneficial reasons. This can be a great way of getting things done without breaking the bank. For example, if you need a web designer, perhaps they will create one for free in exchange for a discount on your products in your shop.

Opus Matrix is an online community with an effective tool for searching for people with key skills but it is also a great platform to get your voice heard. From your profile, you can post your own blogs and get these seen by a large audience via our social media channels. Also, if you are a Business Plus member and you use Twitter, your tweets will be embedded in our site and shown to every Opus Matrix member when they log in. The OM team would like to encourage members to be active on the site and reward everyone with points for doing so.

As the old saying goes ‘points win prizes’ and we will reward the most active member at the end of the year with a £100 Amazon voucher. Firstly, you need to make sure your profile is up to date with as much information as possible to help you get found through our visitor searches. The more active you are in terms of posting blogs and connecting with others will also earn you points.

Look out for the Hall of Fame page next week, as everyone starts from zero from the 1st November. Look forward to catching up with you on the site!

The OM Team

P.S. We would love to hear your feedback and if you have any issues with the site, please contact [email protected]

 

Who Said That Stay-at-Home Moms Cannot Have a Bright Career?
October 27, 2015
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According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, there are over 11 million of women owning a business in the United States today. Among this great number of ambitious working women, there is a high percentage of stay-at-home moms who manage their own careers directly from home.

It may seem overwhelming for the majority of mothers to only think about managing children, husbands, household chores, finances and various duties all at the same time, that only imagining to add a part-time career to the list of things to take care of on a daily basis might appear unimaginable.

Many women may believe that, once that motherhood hits their lives, any chance to develop or continue a rewarding career will be archived forever, or that investing their time on that job they have always dreamed about, would be practically impossible. However, here there is surprisingly pleasant news for you - even though you are an extremely busy mom with plenty of tasks to manage, you can still have a successful job from home! Just think about all the set of skills you already have. You might have learned some of them in university or college, or you may have developed them because of a strong passion you have always had.

Anything can be a source of inspiration and could potentially lead you to an outstanding job right from the comfort of your own home, allowing you, at the same time, to keep taking good care of your beloved family. All you need is a touch of creativity. By acknowledging the powerful competences you already own, you will be able to put them into practice and create a profitable job that will, not only help sustain your family economically, but also boost your self-esteem and increase your level of qualifications.

Have your friends and relatives always told you what an amazing baker you are and that nothing tastes more wonderful than your dishes, or that no one draws, sews, takes pictures, decorates, manages accounts, organizes events or writes better than you? Well…it is now time to start finally taking all those compliments into serious consideration, because those things you are so tremendously great at doing could open unexpected doors to outstanding job opportunities!

Based on your personal level of knowledge and capabilities, there are a huge variety of lucrative professions which can be undertaken within domestic walls. The 10 most popular activities for home working mums in North America are the following:

  1. Online Marketing Specialist
  2. Medical Transcriptionist
  3. Translator
  4. Web Developer/Designer
  5. Call Center Representative
  6. Tech Support Specialist
  7. Customer Relations Specialist
  8. Teacher
  9. Writer/Editor
  10. Business Consultant

In order to start an overwhelming career, however, it is fundamental to work on the development of a professional network, which will enable you to find clients, investors, or coworkers. This is why it is highly recommendable to create a personal account on professional platforms as Opus Matrix, which, similarly to LinkedIn, will allow you to find the right jobs, to expand your business, or to quickly get in touch with smart experts. Creating an account on Opus Matrix is easy, free and can significantly improve your professional future.

It is now time to make a strategic work plan, turn on your computer and become an outstanding working-at-home mom! Good luck!

the OM Team

Recycling to Create Treasures
recycling

Stuck for a new business idea? Like working with others? Are you creative? Perhaps recycling is the way forward.

Ever thought about recycling as an inexpensive way to use your skills to create income as well as a basis for your new business?

Rummaging in skips may be the way forward. It astounds me everyday what sort of things people throw out because they are either too old or they have a chip or something else really minor. Sometimes people just throw things out because an item reminds them of someone they don’t want to be reminded of.

A good business which has come out of looking in skips and recycling has been “Skip Sisters”. Skip Sisters is now a successful up-cycling, waste-salvaging eco arts collective created by 5 friends in South London. They all decided to rummage in skips in their respective neighbourhoods and bring their spoils together; so far they have created anything from lamps made of old Bisto tins to cushion covers and jewellery.

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The Best 10 reasons to start your own business
start a business

You, and only you, control your own destiny!

No more ‘zero hour’ contracts. No more bullying. You get to build your own dream.

You choose a way of working that suits you best.

As you are the boss, you can design working hours around your life. Ok, admittedly, at the beginning, it may seem you have no life, but for many people in gainful employment, that is the reality……for their entire working lives!

You don’t have to commute (depending on your business). You can work from anywhere.

If you have to travel long hours or sometimes even drive in dangerous conditions - especially during the winter months - this will be a huge bonus for you.

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Startup over 40
startup over 40

Feel you’re too old to become self-employed? Think again.

At over 40 you’re older and wiser than you’ve ever been. You’ve got your wits about you. You’re done with the need to go clubbing until ridiculous hours of the night. In many cases, your children (if you have any), don’t really need to depend on you anymore and you’ve still got the energy and drive to work for what you want. More importantly, you know your true value and appreciate the experience you’ve gained through the variety of jobs you’ve tried throughout your work life. Lastly, you refuse to be exploited like the younger ones who are willing to ‘sell their services’ to their employers in the vain hope that their loyal service will be rewarded later down the line. You know better than that!

If this sounds like you and your present employment isn’t offering you what you want or the income you need, then this may be the best time to make the changes you need to become your own boss. It’s high time to take charge of your destiny.

If you have done your market research and have a business idea that ideally is your passion, you’re almost halfway there already.

In 2008, The Kauffman Foundation published a report looking at the survival rates of 5,000 Startups which began in 2004, to see how many were still in existence 4 years later, i.e. which had survived into 2008. The Report found that surviving companies were much more likely to have primary owners older than age 45.”

Older entrepreneurs were much more likely to have built up some capital, had a house or some property as surety, if a Business loan was needed but were also much more likely to get a loan from a bank.

You will also find many other women just like you. Wow-a2z.com will offer you support and opportunity to connect with them. Through SKILLSHARE, wow also offers the ability to share or barter skills to realise your business dream or, find work opportunities with other ladies just like you who, being in the same boat as you are, will value you and what you have to offer. You won’t need to go it alone

Need more convincing? In 1997, due to a troubled real estate development, Carol Gardner’s world was falling apart. At 52 she was divorced, depressed and more than a million dollars in debt. Gardner recounts that her cupboard was bare and she was living off 3 credit cards. Her therapist suggested she got a dog. She found an English bulldog which she duly named Zelda and who she says, doubled as a therapist and helped re-launch her life.

Knowing Gardner’s background was advertising, a friend suggested entering Zelda in the local pet store’s annual Christmas greeting card contest. Gardner snapped Zelda in a hot tub with a Santa suit on, and submitted it with this caption: “For Christmas, I got a dog for my husband…good trade, huh?”

Weeks later, Gardner won the contest, got a year’s supply of dog food and had a life-changing brainstorm in the process. A greeting card company centered around Zelda sporting different outfits.

Though Gardner was warned that 97% of greeting card startups fail, she was determined. Nearly 18 years and three Zeldas later, Zelda Wisdom today generates more than $50 million annually from cards, calendars, posters, books and gifts featuring the iconic bulldog.

Think you can’t be your own boss?

Think again.

If you’ve got that business idea, why not startup today?

Join us and get a 3 month FREE trial as well as access to a potential audience of up to 12 million for your goods ,skills and services.

the OM team

From employment to Self-employment – it needn’t be difficult
employment

Market research and online reading is great for enhancing your knowledge and getting your head around the steps you need to take.

Going self-employed can be like having the carpet pulled from under your feet, if you are in the process of leaving a full time job or perhaps facing redundancy.

In most cases, people can adjust their working hours. For example, if you work 9 – 5 every day, try getting up an hour earlier to work on your business or work in the evenings, if you prefer. As humans, we are all given the same amount of time and we need to use it wisely to get where we want to be. If possible, speak to your boss about reducing/adjusting your hours to part-time, even by one day a week, which can be solely dedicated to building your business.In so doing make work work for you!

As you work on your business plan, you may want to set a date when you will leave your current job and go self-employed full-time. A good option is to do a bit of self-employed work on the side and see what works; also to join a community of aspiring female entrepreneurs and more established SMEs - like at Opus Matrix - which can remove the fear and risk factor one can face by going it alone.

A platform like this will allow you to try out your business idea relatively inexpensively before you actually commit to self-employment entirely i.e., without creating a website or committing to marketing a particular product or service. All you need to do is create a Profile, Business or Business Plus and have your product/products and/or services promoted to a readymade audience of between 4 million and 8 million per year. You can also discover new sources of income from other entrepreneurs wishing to ‘purchase’ the skills you have acquired over the years, but which you have never valued.

Why not join us today?

Debbie Davis

How to access further Job Opportunities with our network of Entrepreneurs

Looking for a new job can be like looking for ‘a needle in a haystack’. Nowadays, we need to start being more creative in our search for new employment, especially if we are older and, unfortunately, female.

A recent study has found that over the past three decades, virtually all new job creations have come from true startups - new businesses less than 1 year old. Many people think of these businesses as a one-person operation, often started from a back bedroom or just a part-time setup. However, they should not be pooh-pooh-ed. These small businesses/start ups can be stronger than you think when it comes to job opportunities.

It has been discovered that these businesses have created an average of 3 million new jobs each year. In 2013, studies showed that 300 out of 100,000 adults created new businesses in 2012.

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