1) Being self-employed is unpredictable.
Be prepared for things to happen. You have to make hard decisions on the spot.
2) You have to be excited about what you do.
Market your excitement.
3) Seek and recognize opportunities.
Listen to conversations carefully. Sometimes an opportunity is staring you in the face.
4) When you’re self-employed recognize when you need to change your strategy.
Adapt and learn when circumstances change.
5) You need to be constant and consistent.
Starting a business takes energy. Devote 100 percent of your talent or skill.
6) Be prepared mentally if you lose clients and don’t be afraid of mistakes.
As a self-employed entrepreneur, there’s no guarantee for your services. Your one big client may drop you in a minute.
However consistent self-examination, strong determination with persistent planning – you can be successfully self-employed.
What future would you like?
Cat Island May 2010 Gerald Herbert – Associated Press
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IT IS SO SIMPLE
You have a choice this November in the 2014 elections.
I have been having nightmares about Jim Crow. Have you? Ever since the striking down of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court, I have pretended that this action did not affect me. But I have been having nightmares every night since its passing. “We Serve Whites Only” signs were slightly covered in graves in my memories. They are now again coming to the surface. My subconscious memories will not allow me to sleep. Do you have these nightmares? Are the memories in your subconscious? If not, then ask yourself why or why not.
The right for me to vote is threatened. That is bothering me. If it is not bothering you, then your vote or intellect to vote has never been questioned.
The defense that I have heard of the decision of the Supreme Court is that the record turnout from the Black community proves that the state voting system has no need for Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 . You are wrong. It proved that since enacted over 100 years, of systemic disenfranchisement and oppression was just beginning to work. You can’t fix over 300 years of government policies to condone wrong doing and oppression in 50 years. I lived and continue to live through the result of all that wrong doing. After over 30 years of working in the system, I have not seen a change in the prejudices that still exist in corporate America’s employment system. Question yourself – “why is the unemployment rate in the Black community double that of Whites?” Jim Crow has never left; it just has a different face in our businesses, our neighborhoods, our schools and “Yes”, still in our government. The government’s face today, just to name one, is the Voter ID requirement being passed state by state.
You ask what is wrong with Voter ID? Nothing is wrong with it. Jim Crow, however, lives with passing a law without offering a solution to obtaining an ID without cost, without burden to citizens. I have a Voter ID, but many do not. My 84 year old mother doesn’t. She lives in the South. She is the result of the then disenfranchised government, not providing Blacks access to facilities that were standard for others. She was born by a midwife, not in a hospital. Hospitals back then had signs “We Serve Whites Only.” Certificates of Birth were not issued by mid-wives. Without a government issued birth certificate, you can’t get an ID.
My mother has voted by providing other government acceptable paperwork at the voting booth. For years my mother has gladly voted since the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. Before she could not.
Again, she can…not! Can your mother still vote?
I have been having nightmares about Jim Crow. Do you?
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