Be creative and innovative when you’re broke
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These last years have certainly been a challenge, economically speaking, for the majority of European countries, including the UK. The unemployment rate is going tremendously up and more people are falling into despair since finding jobs is getting increasingly competitive. This is why paying rent, bills and various expenses becomes a struggle at the end of the month.

There is, however, a solution to everything and absolutely no need to feel scared about the current situation, even though it is objectively quite problematic for most of us. The truth is that, there are several activities that all workers in need of augmenting their monthly income can do, in order to live a more comfortable and less stressful life. Each of us are full of resources and skills so these can be definitely used to obtain more money.

Think for a second about all the professional skills that you have acquired over the years and about all the relevant things that you know how to do. It does not matter if some of these skills are not related to the type of jobs you have had so far, because you can exploit anything you are very good at to increase your earnings.

For instance, are you an excellent photographer and all your friends have always told you that, thanks to your talent and technique, you should be thinking of becoming a pro? If this is the case, then go for it! Start looking for online job vacancies which are offering work opportunities for freelance photographers, or try to take part of local events, where photographers are always needed.

Are you an amazing cook or baker? Then why don’t you start your own freelance business? Create an account or page on popular social media platforms, as Facebook, and start advertising your cooking-from-home services! Such business is already popular in major European cities, so why don’t you join this trend? You could cook for small groups of people in town who would be extremely happy to pay in order to receive freshly homemade dishes to enjoy during a meal with colleagues, friends or relatives. Furthermore, small bistros and cafes are often looking for freelance cooks who can make food for them from home, so give it a try!

If, for example, you love animals or children, you could always sign up to some babysitting or dog sitting agencies or look for online ads offering this type of jobs. It might not be the kind of job that you have usually had, but it can be a profitable way of making a better living and by doing something you love!

Do you have great graphic and web design skills? Then again, think outside the box and put your capabilities into practice in order to get more money at the end of the month. There are plenty of companies who are constantly looking for creative talents like you, and the best thing is that you can work for any international company, since as a freelancer you can work from the comfort of your home.

This clearly means that there are plenty of opportunities out there to discover and explore! The key to success is being fearless and self-confident about what you know.

If you are not a creative type, do not worry, because you can also find loads of interesting freelance jobs, exactly as anyone else. Are you good in accounting, at teaching a specific subject or at speaking a foreign language very fluently? Here you go! You can definitely take advantage of your precious skills in order to earn more money than you ever thought.

As I previously said, it is all a matter of putting skills into practice and making things happen, so stay positive and build a more successful career from today!

The OM Team

Business Pro Membership
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Business Pro Membership

This is the king of all the membership plans provided by Opus Matrix. Business Pro offers extraordinary features for ambitious professionals who want to showcase and sell their products or services both nationally and internationally, without being charged of any fee. It also allows users to appear in our business directory, find potential partnerships with lucrative businesses, jobs, events and projects to join.

There is however so much more that a Business Pro Membership can give you in order to boost the reputation of your organisation or to make your career successful as you always wanted. In fact, thanks to a great tool called ‘Skillshare’, you will be able to share your professional skills with hundreds of other users, who will find you and possibly get in touch with you.

Skillshare can also lead you to discover potential job openings offered by entrepreneurs and companies registered on Opus Matrix. In order to be always reachable, keep in mind that, adding contact details and your Skype name, can really make a difference, allowing you to be contacted by local and international professionals.

Another tool to take into great consideration is known as ‘Meet the Experts’, which provides all Business Plus members with astonishing opportunities to communicate with smart entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts who will help you receive valuable information, consultancy and tips about leadership, management, or self-employment, any time you need.

There is also so much more that you can do by joining this fantastic membership. You can easily access and be part of crowdsourcing projects, post your own projects, blogs, events, while being always able to read other users’ profiles, posts and activities. As any other sort of social media platform, Opus Matrix gives you the chance to freely interact with other professionals and to be active on forums in order to increase visibility and strengthen the chances to gain additional success on a professional level.

Joining Opus Matrix is an amazing way to fortify your professional presence online and can make a strong impact on your career if used effectively. Business Pro is the key to a successful future and can be yours for only £199.99 per year, including a special offer of three months free of charge, or alternatively, for £19.99 per month.

What are you waiting for? Sign up today and change your future!

 

 

 

Business Plus Membership
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Business Plus Membership 

This membership plan is amongst the best ones that Opus Matrix currently offers to its beloved users.

Business Plus offers extraordinary features to its users, as the opportunity to create a very personalised business profile aimed at showcasing skills, CV, work experiences, interests, causes, services and products, in order to find and obtain captivating jobs, to create lucrative partnerships and get in touch with key professionals.

Thanks to a great tool called ‘Skillshare’, you will be able (as the name itself reveals) to share your professional skills with hundreds of other users, who will find you and possibly get in touch with you. Skillshare can also lead you to discover potential job openings offered by entrepreneurs and companies registered on Opus Matrix. In order to be always reachable, keep in mind that, adding contact details and your Skype name, can really make a difference, allowing you to be contacted by local and international professionals.

Business Plus enables you to post 10 jobs per year and apply to all vacancies posted by different organisations on Opus Matrix. In addition to this, with Business Plus you can easily access and be part of crowdsourcing projects, sell your products or services anywhere in the world without being charged of any fee, post your own projects, blogs, events, while being always able to read other users’ profiles, posts and activities. As any other sort of social media platform, Opus Matrix gives you the chance to freely interact with other professionals and to be active on forums.

Another tool to take into great consideration is known as ‘Meet the Experts’, which provides all Business Plus members with astonishing opportunities to communicate with smart entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts who will help you receive valuable information, consultancy and tips about leadership, management, or self-employment, any time you need.

Joining Business Plus has been strongly recommended by hundreds of users who are satisfied about its advantages, such as getting target social media marketing to specific customers or buyers.

You can easily create your own account today and conquer a fantastic membership for only £89.99 a year including three months for free as our special offer, or for £7.99 a month. This is certainly a wise investment that you won’t regret. Let your career shine!

The OM Team

Individual Plus Membership
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Why Joining Opus Matrix?

Opus Matrix is an outstanding platform for professionals who wish to develop their career and build lucrative connections with business partners and experts in their field. Thanks to five convenient membership plans, Opus Matrix offers a variety of practical features designed for ambitious workers and entrepreneurs: Individual Membership, Individual Plus Membership, Business, Business Plus and Business Pro. Anyone can join Opus Matrix. It is quick, easy and will certainly improve your professional future.

Individual Plus Membership:

There are numerous benefits that having an Individual Plus Membership can bring to your personal life and career. By paying only £5 per month you will be able to enjoy a great variety of useful tools and services that will allow you to boost the quality and importance of your career, as well as the level of expertise in your fields of professional interest, including the creation of profitable business connections.

With Individual Plus Membership you will be also enabled to open your own account, which you can access any time you want and modify as you please in order to match your personal taste and work experiences. Among the different information that can be uploaded on your profile there are the following: CV, contact details, such as Skype, websites, social media accounts and email address (so that experts, employees or entrepreneurs can reach you if interested in your capabilities), as well as lists of hobbies, interests and professional skills.

This particular type of membership also offers you the incredible opportunity to buy or sell products, services and goods from or to anyone locally and internationally. In addition to that, you can post your own blogs in order to share your knowledge with other users who are involved in your same field of work, as well as read what other members publish.

Surprises are not over, because having an Individual Plus Membership also means that you can join interesting conversations with other professionals, increasing one more time your chances to broaden your career, business or to establish productive partnerships.

Thanks to the advanced feature ‘Skillshare’ you will easily find potential business partners who could help you increase your profits. Among the other excellent features provided by Individual Plus Membership, there is ‘Meet the Experts’, an outstanding section of the website that gives you access to advice and tips, thanks to a direct conversation between you and business mentors, who will provide you with all the help you need if interested in receiving entrepreneurial and business consultancy.

There are currently hundreds of users who strongly enjoy the advantages offered by their Individual Plus Membership on Opus Matrix, as it allowed them to find jobs, increase the success of their own career or company, and meet an incredible variety of clever professionals who contributed to fortify their business plans and goals.

Become the next Individual Plus member today from just £4.99 a month and share your future achievements with us!

The OM Team

Individual Membership
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Why Joining Opus Matrix?

Opus Matrix is an outstanding platform for professionals who wish to develop their career and build lucrative connections with business partners and experts in their field. Thanks to five convenient membership plans, Opus Matrix offers a variety of practical features designed for ambitious professionals: Individual Membership, Individual Plus Membership, Business, Business Plus and Business Pro. Anyone can join Opus Matrix. It is quick, easy and will certainly improve your professional future.

Individual Membership:

This type of membership is completely free and allows users to create and update their professional profile by adding a personal photograph, details about hobbies, skills, interests, work experiences and education, as well as their contact details.

Thanks to Individual Membership users can also upload their own CV, share blog posts and write on Forums in order to engage with other smart professionals interested in broadening their business networks.

In addition to these practical features, Individual Membership enables account holders to sell their own products or services online, both locally and globally, without any charge. Individual Membership is an extraordinary tool to find jobs and employees, or to post about events and projects, becoming part of national or international crowdsourcing.

Opus Matrix presents fully functional and engaging pages where business activities, initiatives, experts, partnerships, tips and mentors can be easily found in just a couple of clicks.

Hundreds of users have registered on Opus Matrix using Individual Membership and admit to be highly satisfied about the extraordinary opportunities it gave them in order to boost their careers.

If you are thinking of expanding your business, or if you would like to create a start-up but are unsure on what steps to take next in order to accomplish your goals, Individual Membership offers ‘Meet the Experts’ a free tool giving you access to constructive meetings with experts who can provide all the information and advice you need.

Opus Matrix helps you achieving your professional dreams, so what are you waiting for trying an Individual Membership?

Signup now - it's free!

The OM Team

Business Membership
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What to expect joining Opus Matrix

Opus Matrix is an outstanding platform for professionals who wish to develop their career and build lucrative connections with business partners and experts in their field. Thanks to five convenient membership plans, Opus Matrix offers a variety of practical features designed for ambitious professionals: Individual Membership, Individual Plus Membership, Business, Business Plus and Business Pro. Anyone can join Opus Matrix. It is quick, easy and will certainly improve your professional future.

Business Membership

Opus Matrix offers users the incredible opportunity to create an account on this advanced platform aimed at fortifying your career thanks to a very practical Business Membership. This type of plan has already hundreds of users, who admit to be entirely satisfied about its functionalities, services and special features.

Business Membership allows you to design your personal profile in order to sell and showcase your activities and products, as well as to find jobs and potential employees. At the same time, you can get in touch with key professionals who also belong to your same industry, sharing your work experiences and creating constructive business partnerships.

The great advantage of selling your products or services both nationally and internationally via Opus Matrix is that no fee is ever charged to you, which means that everything you own from sales stays yours. One of the most appreciated features by our numerous Business members is called ‘Skillshare’, which comfortably enables you to list all your professional skills on your personal profile, to make sure that entrepreneurs, business owners, employees or workers like you, can notice them and possibly get in touch with you if interested in your potentialities. This extraordinary tool gives you the unique to chance to amplify your career, as well as develop and strengthen your connections, which might lead you to an increasingly successful and rewarding future.

There are however many more fantastic advantages that having a Business Membership can bring to your life, such as seeing other users’ business profiles, getting in touch with any professional you wish to communicate with, posting five jobs per year and obtaining exclusive access to job postings presented on Opus Matrix. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to access and be part of any crowdsourcing project, find useful tips about self-employment, business management by obtaining business support, thanks to direct interactions with key professionals who are here to help you develop your ideas.

Joining Opus Matrix is extremely simple. Business Membership is available to you for only £4.99 month a month, or alternatively, a £44.99 annual pack gives you three months of free membership.

Becoming a Business Member could be one the smartest business moves that you ever made, so join the Opus Matrix family today and you won’t regret it!

Women entrepreneurs: Starting out in your forties
September 27, 2015
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Source: Lindsay Baker (Business reporter, BBC)

Here is some encouragement – it seems the best time in your life to start your business is in your 40s. What are you waiting for?
"Timing is everything,"says entrepreneur Raquel Johnson.

“By the time you’re 40 years old, you’ve learned a great deal, both professionally and personally, and made a lot of mistakes. And I think respect comes with age – people take you more seriously.” It certainly worked for Johnson. It was as she was turning 40 that she set up the San Francisco-based product design company, Coupage, with her engineer husband. Business has been booming ever since.

She is not alone, it seems. Many women entrepreneurs are waiting for the right moment, and are starting their businesses in their forties or beyond – as a second or even third career – having bided their time until they are absolutely ready. Having worked in product design and then in advertising, Raquel Johnson realised that she did not want to return to the corporate world after she had her younger daughter.

"It was challenging walking away from the 'sure thing' of a steady salary," she says, but she also found it liberating.She has found her 'true passion', she says.
"Even the stress I feel now is more enjoyable," she explains cheerfully. “It motivates me and pushes me forward.”

Business Marketing Tips JUNE 2013:
Britain needs successful women: Maria Miller calls for stay-at-home mothers to go back to work to boost the economy Getting them back to work would boost economic growth by 0.5% a year Businesses will today be told to ‘embrace’ the benefits of flexible working Experts say women ‘should be shaping economy – not just try to fit into it’ (Mail Online | 4 June 2013).

A shortage of successful women is holding Britain’s economy back, Cabinet Minister Maria Miller will warn today. The equalities minister will warn that it is unacceptable that highly-skilled and talent women continue to languish behind men in the workplace. More help will be offered to school girls to get ahead in business while employers will be urged to hire women over 50. The call comes as a government-backed report says stay-at-home mothers should go back into the workforce to boost economic growth.

Getting those women back to work would boost economic growth by 0.5 per cent a year or 10 per cent by 2030 – vital if Britain is to emerge from the financial crisis, experts said. Businesses will today be told to ‘embrace’ the benefits of flexible working to lure millions more women into the labour market. A report by the Women’s Business Council, commissioned by ministers, urges bosses to ‘support working parents’ by offering more freedom over when and where they work, so long as the task is completed.

Experts led by Ruby McGregor-Smith, the chief executive of outsourcing giant MITIE, said that ‘women should not just try to fit into the economy, they should be shaping it’. Mrs McGregor-Smith this week criticised the ‘macho’ culture in business for holding women back by resisting flexible working. Women make up 46 per cent of the workforce but account for just a third of management roles For more information click here Here is some encouragement – it seems the best time in your life to start your business is in your 40s.

What are you waiting for? Women entrepreneurs: Starting out in your forties (BBC News | 30 May 2013) “Timing is everything,” says entrepreneur Raquel Johnson. “By the time you’re 40 years old, you’ve learned a great deal, both professionally and personally, and made a lot of mistakes. And I think respect comes with age – people take you more seriously.” It certainly worked for Johnson. It was as she was turning 40 that she set up the San Francisco-based product design company, Coupage, with her engineer husband. Business has been booming ever since.

She is not alone, it seems. Many women entrepreneurs are waiting for the right moment, and are starting their businesses in their forties or beyond – as a second or even third career – having bided their time until they are absolutely ready. Having worked in product design and then in advertising, Raquel Johnson realised that she did not want to return to the corporate world after she had her younger daughter. It was challenging walking away from the “sure thing” of a steady salary, she says, but she also found it liberating.

She has found her “true passion,” she says. “Even the stress I feel now is more enjoyable,” she explains cheerfully. “It motivates me and pushes me forward.” Starting small, the business was run from home and was self-funded at first.
“[When you are older] there is more opportunity for some savings to have accumulated,” points out Johnson. “You don’t have to take out large loans or search for funders right away.”
Having started with a prototype for a device to integrate an iPod into a car, Coupage has grown steadily, bringing ideas to life in the fields of audio, energy, cars and Apple-related products.
“Once you reach your forties you have the confidence to follow your own path,” says the US-born businesswoman, Karen Scofield, who set up her company when she was 46.
"A sense of humour is also important," she adds with a smile. In the early days, she had to run her firm, London-based fashion brand Lucza, single-handedly.

It was all down to her, from technology mishaps and admin dramas to sudden, urgent errands, like dashing out to the shop to buy a copier cartridge. “Humour was definitely needed on that day,” she laughs. All of which is a far cry from her previous career as a television executive in New York, working for a smooth-running corporate machine.

When she moved to London with her husband and started a family, it was time to think again. But the skills she had learnt in TV – time and people management, organisation, as well as research and analysis – were highly transferable, she says: Some things, however, she is doing very differently from her old workplace. Her leadership style at Lucza is “inclusive,” she says. "But the main difference is, now you are the boss, the final decision maker, which can be daunting." “You decide what is best and you must make these decisions with confidence.” It is something she relishes.

So what advice would Karen Scofield give to other entrepreneurs when the going gets tough? “You have to push yourself forward, set your own deadlines and keep going.”
The hard work and 'long nights' have been worth it, she says. The Lucza brand has been increasing year-on-year sales and its pieces are worn by high-profile women such as Samantha Cameron, wife of the British Prime Minister.

She loves that her daughters see her doing something “new and scary,” and adds, “I do think it’s incredibly important that women support other women, however and whenever possible.”
She praises The Next Women, an organisation which connects women entrepreneurs via networking events and conducts 'pitch events' to prepare female entrepreneurs for fundraising pitches. Raquel Johnson found Women 2.0, which champions female tech entrepreneurs, an invaluable support.

New groups are increasingly popping up such as the fledgling UK-based organisation My Next Day Job, which is collaborating with Prime, the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise.

How to Get a Job – Some step by step advice how to find a job!

Source: Karen Milligan-Vata, Nicole Willson, Horses4Ever & Manuel_Montenegro

Whether you’re looking for your very first job, switching careers, or re-entering the job market after an extended absence, finding a job requires two main tasks: understanding yourself and understanding the job market.

Presuming you’ve already chosen a career and are currently searching for jobs, this website article is a good guide showing several ways to actually get a job.

More info: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Job