Having great colleagues can keep you in a bad job longer than you should be, while working with awful people can make you a decent position with prospects – that’s how important your working relationships are.
However, if a working relationship goes wrong, from bullying to bitchiness to simply falling out, especially with superior, you may need to tread carefully to resolve it to avoid any lasting damage to your career.
Most companies have formal personnel dispute procedures but I think it is worth trying to clear up any discord yourself first. Examine the situation from all angles, including the other person’s, and make sure you understand how it came about and why.
Be honest with yourself about any culpability. Seek a private and quiet opportunity to talk to the person in question, placing the emphasis of the conversation on your hope to resolve the dispute, clear up any misunderstanding and find a way to continue working together productively and harmoniously.
Don’t talk to other workmates about the situation. If your personal approach doesn’t work, then seek advice from a senior member of staff or the human resources department. If it is a superior who is the problem, be aware that personnel’s loyalties may be primarily with the company and the bosses, so keep ‘asking advice’ not ‘seeking retribution’ as your official motivation in the first instance.
So have you decided on the product or service to be offered by your home-based business, registered your business name, secured all the necessary licenses, and are now all set to get started. But one more thing may still not be clear to you. How do you actually run a home-based business? Would it be more ‘home-based’ or more of a ‘business’?
Well, the answer is as long as you run your business like any self-respecting business owner, it really won’t matter much. After all, the people you’ll be dealing with – your customers and suppliers, in particular – generally won’t mind or won’t be able to tell whether you are a ‘regular’ business or a ‘home-based’ one.
In running a home-based business, you should then be minding these three important elements – professional image, time management and basic financial practices.
Your professional image will have a significant impact on your business and you credibility as a home-based entrepreneur. Don’t be tempted to neglect your image simply because you are working from home. Carefully cultivate an image that will enhance your professional self-esteem. If you truly feel like a professional entrepreneur, you should be running your enterprise professionally.
Is the state that you are keeping your wallet in making you spend more? There may be more cash in there than necessary, or one credit card too many. Even the most frugal spender can benefit from a wallet that’s kept trim.
More money, more problems
Wallets are meant to hold money, but if there’s too much cash in there, the temptation to spend is also greater. If you know you’re the type of person who gives into impulse buys, only carry enough cash to cover that particular week’s scheduled expenses.
With the accessibility of ATM machines in shopping malls, having a bunch of ATM cards on hand is almost the same as having your savings at your disposal. One card for emergencies is okay but leave the rest at home.
Always ask that receipts be handed to you rather than dropped in the bag. Reserve a slot in your wallet just for them, and empty this out every weekend. Use the receipts to keep track of cash spent and of credit card bills to expect. Seeing your expenses printed out on paper can help curb your spending.