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April 19, 2015

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Mind the Gap


IMG_5393The only gap we love is the one between Michael Strahan’s front teeth.

A far less appealing gap is this one: Today marks how far into the new year women must work to earn the income that men earned in the previous year.

In nearly every line of work, including female-dominated fields, a wage gap exists that affects women of all ages, backgrounds and levels of education.

In 2013, women earned on average just 78% of the income earned by men for full-time year-round positions.

What do you have to say about that? And what’s YOUR solution for pay equity?

Tell us below and grab these tiles to share as you wish.

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Arise Virtual Solutions Teleclass IV – Click to Listen

Teleclass Header 0407Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Presented by Arise Virtual Solutions

Click below to hear small business coach Jenn Lee and Arise Virtual Solutions’ Senior Manager of Sourcing and Strategy Lisa Pelish discuss to join one of the fastest growing trends today — lifestyle entrepreneurship.

Arise is one of the leading providers of virtual business services, delivering world-class customer service, sales and support to many of the largest Fortune 500 companies through a network of Independent Businesses.

Specifically they discuss
– Differences between a lifestyle entrepreneur and a typical entrepreneur
– Why home-based businesses are ideal for lifestyle entrepreneurship
– How become a lifestyle entrepreneur and partner with Arise

Click here to download a free e-book reviewing the call.

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Could You Be Promoted After Three Days?

If the talk around the water cooler hints at a new role opening up in your department, how would you position yourself as the best candidate?

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Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah
Photo Credit: Comedy Central

On Monday, Comedy Central announced comedian Trevor Noah will take over the reins of The Daily Show from Jon Stewart later this year. Noah has only appeared three times as a contributor on the show — quite the fast-track to the host chair.

While your promotion may not take place after just three days on the job, here are two takeaways from Noah’s rise to the top. Read More

One Call That Can Fulfill Two Important Life Callings:

Motherhood & Livelihood

How To Be a Stay At Home Mom

For so many women, two very important callings in life are often in conflict with one another – motherhood and having a career. The struggle to achieve both, and doing it blissfully, is well-documented.

For every mom, making the decision to stay home with your kids, or join the workforce, can be a difficult process and there is no right answer.

Every woman must make the choice that brings her the closest to fulfilling her hopes, dreams, and her calling. Fortunately, there is an opportunity to accomplish these two very important callings in life, without sacrificing your own livelihood in the process.

It’s Motherhood Calling: Stay At Home for Life’s Important Moments

Work-life balance has happened for tens of thousands of moms who made the call to Arise, and it can happen for you, too. As an independent business owner, you set your own schedule around other important parts of your life. You are your own boss. Work wouldn’t feel like its interrupting your life; it becomes a pleasant part of it. You control your work- your work doesn’t control you.

When you start your own home-based Independent Business, you are determining your earning potential, based on the frequency you work and the results you produce. You decide how large or small you want your company to be, and whether you make thousands, or hundreds of thousands, dollars a year.

Learn how working from home can be the best investment you make in your personal and professional fulfillment by reading the full article on the Arise Home-Based Business Blog.

Register Your Business and Take a Voice Assessment Now! Arise Virtual Solutions is an industry leader and has been featured on many national news segments, such as: Good Morning America, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, CNN, and the TODAY Show. Learn More About Arise.

What to Avoid When Networking

latest-news-image5Knowing how to network is always a good idea, but knowing how not to network may be even better. This article gives seven tips on how to do it right.

Want to Communicate Effectively? Ask What vs. Why

By Mary Lippitt

At first glance, exchanging information, meaning, and messages among team members appears deceptively simple. After all, you know each other and share common goals. Nonetheless, communication and misunderstanding often continue.  The drive to get to the heart of the matter often has us make assumptions in order to quickly fill in the blanks. And these hasty conclusions tend to depend on a personal motivational filter, more than an open and rational analysis.

Effective communication takes analysis to understand what is being said, before trying to understand why it is being said.  While working as a consultant with an executive team it became clear during a strategy meeting that the CEO and his staff were talking past each other. The staff viewed the new direction and rejection of current practices as an effort for him to make his mark. The CEO attributed the opposition to jealousy or collusion. He had only focused on why they resisted, instead of what facts and trends caused their objections.

Communication problems can be kept manageable if we start with an analysis of what drove a recommendation, rather than trying to decode why an idea was being advanced. Read More

What’s Next? Assessing Your Career Post-Baby

By Michelle Kruse

Having a child changes your life in a major way. And while many women will return to their current job following maternity leave, others may decide to seek a career that fits better with their new lifestyle. Between flexible hours and childcare options, a number of new factors come into play after adding a new member to your family.

Navigating this new reality can certainly be a challenge for moms, but it’s worth the obstacles if it means providing a better life for your family. If you’re unsure whether you should stay put or find something new, consider these five questions that might help you make a decision.

What can — and can’t — you afford to do? You may dream of staying home full-time or cutting back on your hours, or your new responsibilities may have you feeling anxious for a raise. Think about what a new family member really means for your finances, and consider that an important part of your decision-making process.

How much time are you expected to spend in the office? If you regularly worked 60-hour weeks pre-baby, it may be difficult to transition to a more moderate schedule when you return from maternity leave. And no matter how much of a workaholic you are, 60-hour weeks simply won’t work if you have any plans to see your child. On the other hand, if your superiors have been consistently flexible with your schedule, allowing you to work remotely on occasion and leave early every now and then, it could be a much better situation for your new life. Read More