The New Year is traditionally a time for reflection, resolutions and planning to mix things up.
One area of life that many of us decide to focus on is work. But making changes when it comes to your career can be daunting – which is why we've roped in entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis for advice.
Here, he reveals how you can boost your finances and careers in 2022…
Organisation is key
Keep it simple money-wise – know what’s coming in and, more importantly, what’s going out. If you’re confused about either one of these, you could get yourself in hot water! Keep an eye out for deals, cash back and discounts that can help you make more of your money.
A quick check can make you quids-in! It’s important to understand what your spending habits are. Those small tweaks in your choices can really help you keep track of your money. Many people have a second account for savings. Whether you put £5 or £100 a month into it, it’s still putting something aside for a rainy day.
Nail your CV and interview
Your CV is your chance to wow that potential new boss and show them exactly why you deserve to land the role. Make sure it is clear and targeted to the job specifications. First impressions count and your CV is their window into who you are – and what skills you can bring to their business!
Do your homework before your interview. Learn about the business, the role, the sector – read their website, their news and what they care about. Share your research with them in the interview and they’ll realise you mean business.
Bag that pay rise
Recognise the value of what you bring to the business and be able to demonstrate the reasons why you deserve the pay rise or promotion. Be clear but don’t get over-emotional.
Start off at the bottom
If you want a complete career change to move into something you’re really passionate about, or even go out on your own and be your own boss, you must be prepared to start lower down and work up, learning as you go.
Plan for your retirement
Start paying into your pension early and you won’t even miss the monthly outgoing, it’ll just be part of your finances.
If you’re starting your own business, choose something you’re passionate about and research it, then research it again before going to market. Understand your customer and how you can make a difference to them, then go for it!
If it’s going well, enter my small business network competition on Twitter (#SBS – Small Business Sunday) and reap the PR and marketing benefits, as well as gaining access to thousands of like-minded businesses. As they say, the world is your oyster.
For career, money and business advice, follow Theo on LinkedIn. Further info on #SBS at theopaphitissbs.com.
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