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The New Rite of Passage

iStock_000005467861XXLargeCollege students study just an hour a day, half as much as their parents did. They view college as a place to meet people and learn relationships and when they graduate, a third of them go back home to live with their folks — double that of grads in the 60s. And when it comes to finding a job, “Many young adults have not been given basic information about how to go about this,” David Brooks writes in The New York Times. 

Fat-shaming at Work

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Fat-shaming at work – snide looks or comments about what women eat on the job – is alive and well, according to the New York Post.

 

Monitoring and commenting — directly or indirectly — about what colleagues eat during the workday reminds us of a form of bullying in which you’re either the bully, the bullied or the bystander.  Only here, when dealing with eating habits, you’re either the shamer, the shamed or the spectator.   It’s just one more unwanted worry at work for people who have enough on their plates.

 

Does this kind of Mean Girls stuff happen in your workplace and, if so, where do you fall?

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We are delighted to have been selected as one of eCollegeFinder’s Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015! We are in great company: FlexJobs, Gen Y Girl and CareerAlley to name a few.

Since 1999 it’s been our mission to help women. From recent grads to stay at home moms returning to the workplace, we arm them with solid advice on how to launch or revive their careers.

We talk regularly with both employees and employers on how to best meet everyone’s needs. Keep us posted on your ideas.

When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

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How One Business Owner’s Risk-Taking Led Her to Find Her Calling

Pat Marshall Header Image “Working from home in my slippers, can’t find anything better than that!” This is how Patricia Marshall, the President and Owner of Parmars Inc., sums up working for her own company, a mini- call center that has partnered with Arise for over 15 years.

Taking a Chance on a New Opportunity

Patricia Marshall is what the technology industry would refer to as an early adopter. Her call center company is one of the first businesses that partnered with Arise. In the late ‘90s, Patricia found herself yearning for a way to earn extra money. As she was standing in the copy room at her full-time job, one of her co-workers mentioned this new opportunity to operate a small call center business from home by utilizing technology and other infrastructure offered by a company called Arise.

In the late 90s, starting your own company and working from home was not as common as it is today due in part to societal pressures to work in a traditional work environment and a lack of technology. Also, during Patricia’s research on work-from-home opportunities, she ran across a lot of scams, so naturally she was hesitant to pursue her co-worker’s suggestion. However, after conducting research on Arise, and learning that they were partnered with the local public school system, she decided to open her own mini-call center, and she hasn’t looked back since.

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The Door Closes on Mad Men

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Sunday’s finale of Mad Men drew over 3 million viewers and critics are still weighing in.

The episode tied up many loose ends and closed the stories of four female characters. From Betty’s diagnosis, Joan’s new venture, Peggy’s relationship and Sally’s new responsibilities —  the women of Mad Men saw many changes in the workplace and at home.

How would you have ended their stories? And do you think Don wrote the Coca-Cola ad? Share with us below.

National Small Business Week Has a Strong Lead-In with the Female Entrepreneur in Mind

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Did you know that there are 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States? Pair that with the fact that small businesses account for two out of every three new opportunities in the U.S. each year, and it’s safe to say — small business is booming.

Arise Virtual Solutions is proud to announce it will not only be celebrating the Small Business Association’s Annual National Small Business Week, May 4th-May 8th, 2015, but Arise is dedicating the entire months of May and June to celebrating American small businesses. This special period will be a time to highlight small business owners, entrepreneurs, and in the case of many in the Arise Network, mompreneurs, by showcasing their accomplishments and drive to succeed.

Why the two months to show affinity for these amazing success stories?

Arise Virtual Solutions partners with tens of thousands of small businesses that are home-based- many of which, are run by women!

Based on stats from Womenable, between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased by 68 percent — that’s twice the rate of growth of male-owned businesses within the same time frame.

According to Small Business Trends, in 2013, home-based businesses accounted for 69% of small businesses recently started, with 72% of these businesses being run by women. Not only that, 59% of these businesses continue to operate all from home once established (at 3 ½ years old).

What inspires you?

Though large empires now, famous female entrepreneurs that got their starts in small business include: Estee Lauder, Martha Stewart, Coco Chanel, and Debbie Fields of Mrs. Field’s cookies. In fact, the National Small Business Association is led by a woman! A huge factor as to why these businesses stay around so long is not only the consistency in their products, but due in large part to the quality put behind delivering a great customer experience.

Currently, many small business owners in the Arise Network are finding their own personal and financial successes. Some Independent Business Owners have over 300 actively servicing customer service reps in their company, delivering outstanding customer service to Arise’s Fortune 500 clients. Those small business owners find satisfaction in not only achieving financial security through running their own home-based businesses, but being able to take care of sick children while working from home, or just to simply achieve a better work life balance.

Entrepreneurship is often argued to be the only avenue in which you are truly in control of your earning potential.

With Arise Virtual Solutions, customer experience plays a pivotal role in the success of your small business. By partnering with Arise, you have the opportunity to provide customer support to Fortune 500 companies and deliver customer service to exciting industries. In the Arise Network, client opportunities in telecommunications, travel, and hospitality are all available. The technology and infrastructure to give these services is provided by Arise — it just takes an entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to succeed to get started! Inspired yet?

To stay updated on National Small Business Week 2015, and Arise’s two-month long celebration, don’t forget to follow Arise on Twitter (@AriseWorkFrHome), using #SBW2015, or visit the Arise Home-Based Business Blog for more articles on small business.

Get Started on Your Home-Based Business Today by Registering in the Arise Network. 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.