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Odd-Job Expert Offers Tips for Economic Survival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 15 June 2012 08:13
‘Queen of the Random Job’ Going Strong after 13 Years

Most adults of a certain age believe they’ve had some colorful jobs. Chances are likely, however, that Bethany Mooradian has them beat.

“I began finding random jobs after receiving my degree in puppetry because I realized that most puppeteers don’t make that much money,” says Mooradian, author of I Got Scammed So You Don’t Have To (www.QueenOfTheRandomJob.com), a how-to book for finding legit work in an economy of scammers. “At one point, I was even Ronald McDonald’s bodyguard.”

Beginning in 1999, in order to make ends meet while pursuing her artistic passions, she looked for odd jobs. It wasn’t long before the search for and execution of odd jobs became a lifestyle. She gave so much advice to her friends on how not to be scammed, that she decided to write a book about it.

Mooradian came up with an acronym to help as a general outline to avoid scams: SCRAM. S = scrutinize the source; C = check for affiliate links and fees; R = research the heck out of every detail; A = ask for more information; M = mouse over images and links to see what website you end on before you click.

“I was scammed in a work-at-home gig from a magazine ad when I was young and naïve,” she says. “It was before the internet was widely used, so it wasn’t as easy to check it out, and I hadn’t yet developed my SCRAM method.”

While the odd, random job or source of supplemental income usually does not replace the income of a fulltime job, there are several ways of making money people often overlook, or simply don’t know about.

Mooradian emphasizes that anyone can find extra ways to earn income from what they already know how to do, “No one ever goes to college to learn how to ‘work at home.’ It’s simply a matter of taking your skill set and translating that into a home-office or flexible work environment instead of a 9-5 job.”  Here are five income opportunities most people are not aware of.

• Being a Virtual Assistant: If you have computer and internet skills, you can work as a VA doing general secretarial work, or processing orders for large-name corporations at home. Many companies are seeing the benefit of “homesourcing” instead of “outsourcing” because overhead is reduced, and customers get to speak to local operators who understand the language and culture.

• Merchandising: Have you ever walked up to someone shelving products in a store to ask for help and they reply, “I’m sorry, I don’t work here?” Those are merchandisers. They’re hired to set up displays, check prices on items, and shelve products like magazines, food items, and greeting cards. Merchandisers have specific locations to service, but with fairly flexible hours.

• Landlord (rent that extra space!): Many people own property because they want their personal freedom. But for those who’ve fallen on hard financial times, like millions of Americans, finding a good, trustworthy person to rent your extra room, a storage space, garage, or a parking space is a great option.

• Mystery shopper: Mooradian has created a video and book training course on this topic titled “The Mystery Shopper Training Program,” which can be found on her website, as well as through Amazon.com and local bookstores. Mystery shoppers are paid to surreptitiously check out the behavior of employees in retail shops, bars, restaurants, apartment buildings, car dealerships, banks, and even on cruise ships and travel resorts.

• Use your talent: You don’t have to have movie-star aspirations to get work as an extra in movies, television shows or industrial/training films. Many times you can call up your local film board to find casting directors in the area to get on their “extra” list. Voiceover work can also be done from the comfort of your home if you have a powerful enough microphone, and you can also be a “standardized patient” acting out diseases to help medical students with their board exams.

“The internet is full of information, but finding useful leads for jobs or making extra money can be like searching for a needle in the proverbial haystack, which is why I provide over 300 legitimate companies, ideas, and resources for money-seekers,” she says.

About Bethany Mooradian

For 13 years Bethany Mooradian has lived the random-job lifestyle, including everything from being a puppeteer, dog walker and art gallery owner to actor, sexual health resource clinic advisor and parade float fabricator to elderly caregiver, phone book deliverer, mystery shopper, virtual assistant and more. The “Queen of the Random Job” has written books, created training programs, and teaches classes in both Seattle and online to assist others looking for ways to make ends meet.

 
Club for Growth To Track Spending Cut Votes With New Scorecard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barney Keller   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:48
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “It is good news that Congress is finally talking about spending cuts, but our review of voting records show that we have a long way to go if we’re going to achieve smaller government.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today launched a new Spending Cut Scorecard designed for members of the public and Club Members to track how members of the House of Representatives are voting on amendments to cut spending from the FY13 appropriations bills. In the past, the Club for Growth tracked amendments to cut earmarks from appropriations bills, but recently noticed that many House members who ran on promises to cut spending have abandoned their pledges to do so.

The Club will include clean spending cut amendments and will update the Spending Cut Scorecard following the passage of every appropriations bill. To view the new Spending Cut Scorecard, click here: www.ClubForGrowth.org/SpendingCutScorecard

Thus far, interesting statistics from the Spending Cut Scorecard include:

  • 20 members of the House have voted for every amendment to cut spending. All are Republicans.
  • 50 members of the House have voted against every amendment to cut spending. 49 are Democrats. One is a Republican (Bonner).
  • The average Republican voted for spending cuts 59% of the time.  Republican Freshman are only slightly better at 60%.
  • The average Democrat voted for spending cuts 6% of the time.
  • The nine Republicans, including four freshmen, who have least often voted to cut spending are: Bonner 0%, Meehan 4%, LaTourette 4%, Bass 4%, Simpson 4%, Lucas 4%, King, P. 4%, Grimm 4%, and Dold 4%
  • The eight Democrats who have most often voted to cut spending are: Matheson 32%, Rush 31%, Kucinich 30%, Polis 28%, Cooper 20%, McIntyre 17%, Velazquez 17%, and Honda 17%

“It is good news that Congress is finally talking about spending cuts, but our review of voting records show that we have a long way to go if we’re going to achieve smaller government,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “It’s important that Americans hold their members of Congress accountable for their votes and the Club for Growth intends to continue to make it easy for them to do so.”

“The Club continues to be disappointed, in particular, by the big spenders in the Republican Party. With a $16 trillion debt, voting to keep discretionary spending in appropriations bills is simply kicking hard choices into the future and passing the buck to future generations. House Leadership is clearly not pushing its conference to vote for spending cuts offered on the floor,” added Chocola.

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

The Club’s website can be found at http://www.clubforgrowth.org/

 
Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) 2012-2013 Officers Installed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Riley   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:27
The Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) 2012-
2013Chapter Officers were installed by Quad City Chapter IAAP 2010-2011 Past
President, Vivian Force at the June 11, 2012 meeting at the MRA Offices in Moline,
Illinois.

The 2012-2013 Slate of Officers are as follows:
President: Susan Rorick, CAP-OM
Vice-President: Kathleen Riley, CAP-OM
Secretary: Dianna DaGama
Treasurer: Marilyn McVietty, CAP

The Quad City Chapter holds their meetings on the second Monday of every month at MRA Offices, 3800
Avenue of the Cities in Moline, Illinois.

IAAP is the world’s largest international association of administrative professionals. IAAP offers professional
development, leadership training and networking opportunities for administrative professionals. IAAP is a non-
profit, volunteer association.

Joining a professional organization demonstrates your commitment to your career. Work is most rewarding
when we do it with enthusiasm and give it our best. Through IAAP you will gain knowledge, confidence and
contacts that will help you advance professionally. IAAP works to build a professional image of administrative
professionals in the workplace.

IAAP membership is open to all persons working in the administrative field, along with business educators,
students, firms and educational institutions. There is no test of sponsorship required. Through IAAP qualified
professionals can test for the certification rating, the benchmark of excellence in the administrative profession.

For more information please contact Kathy Riley, CAP-OM at (309) 489-6122 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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So You Think You Have Social Media Covered? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:14
Here Are A Few Reasons You Might Want to Think Again!

I remember when the Internet first gained prominence and it became apparent that having a Web site was essential for any commercial enterprise.

Back then, Web designers were not plentiful and few people thought to hire a professional to create a Web site. They felt that ANY Web presence was better than none at all, and they found people they knew to help them who were “into the whole Internet thing.”

As a PR professional, when I would see a Web site that didn't represent people well or looked amateurish, I'd ask who created it. Invariably, I'd get answers like, “My nephew did it,” or “I bought Web Design for Dummies and did it myself,” or “My son has a friend who just graduated with a degree in computer science.”  While those days have passed for Web sites, I'm afraid I am seeing the same thing happen with regard to social media.

As social media has become a serious part of the foundation of the media in general, some people regard it the same way as they used to regard Web sites – as something that’s a good addition to their marketing tactics, but not so essential that they need to approach it with a professional sensibility. As with any marketing outreach, social media done badly will actually set you back instead of move you forward. Here are some ways to know if you are taking the right approach or heading down the wrong path:

• My Daughter Does That For Me – If your daughter is a college graduate with a broad-based education that includes a degree in mass communications, I'd say you may be on the right track. However, if she’s 18 and her primary qualification is that she has Twitter and Facebook accounts, I'd say you need to reevaluate your choice of marketing personnel here. Just because she’s your daughter and can use Facebook and Twitter, doesn't mean she has the skills necessary to market a business using social media.

• I Hired a College Intern – While college students may be part of the social media generation, it doesn't automatically qualify them to do social media for you. Unlike traditional media, which is a communication to a broad audience, social media is one-to-one marketing outreach. You are communicating directly to individuals and anyone who has ever posted an opinion in an Internet forum knows the online audience is not to be trifled with. Understand that your reputation is on the line. With the variety of questions and comments you will receive, it is critical that they’re handled with care and professionalism to avoid any repercussions to your name and brand. A social media marketing professional is an astute communicator who ensures each time the right tone, caring and message is delivered for maximum return and keeps your audience engaged. This dynamic is crucial for the success of the program.

• I Got 11 New Followers on Twitter This Week – Of course, building followers is important, but you'll never make a social media campaign work with the onesy-twosy approach. For myself, my company and our social media clients, we have a monthly benchmark for building followers. Now, this benchmark is not a gross number, but a net figure after we have weeded out spammers, chronic friend adders, and marriage proposals from men in foreign countries, and yes, I've gotten a few of those.

At the end of the day, social media is serious business.  Do it right and you can create a base of thousands of followers.  Do it wrong and you'll have spent a lot of time and energy, spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast.  More importantly, you’ll end up thinking that social media marketing is a complete waste of time, when in fact in today’s world it is one of the most critical and fundamental components for any marketing strategy, which every company needs to put in place.

Here’s to your successful social media journey.

About Marsha Friedman

Marsha Friedman is a 22-year veteran of the public relations industry. She is the CEO of EMSI Public Relations (www.emsincorporated.com), a national firm that provides PR strategy and publicity services to corporations, entertainers, authors and professional firms. She also co-hosts "The News and Experts Radio Show with Alex and Marsha" on Sirius/XM Channel 131 on Saturdays at 5:00 PM EST.

 
Schilling to Host Small Biz Cmte Chairman Graves PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Monday, 11 June 2012 08:38

Congressmen to visit Sterling’s Kitchen Incubator, host business roundtable in Rock Island

Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17), a member of the House Committee on Small Business, next week will host the Committee’s Chairman Sam Graves (MO-06) in western and northern Illinois for discussions with local business owners on what government can do to empower the private sector, spur job creation, and grow the economy.  Schilling and his family own and operate Saint Giuseppe’s Heavenly Pizzeria in Moline, Illinois.  His experience as a small business owner shapes his understanding of government and its purpose.  Schilling was named to his third Committee, the Small Business Committee, in September 2011, and has hosted a number of business roundtables since taking office a year and a half ago.

“My top priority is creating an environment that promotes economic growth and private sector job creation,” Schilling said.  “I’m honored to serve on the Small Business Committee, and look forward to welcoming Chairman Graves to our area for discussions on what government policies and the private sector, when working together, can do to promote long-term economic growth and put Illinoisans back to work.”

  • Monday June 11, 2012: Chairman Graves and Rep. Schilling visit and tour Kitchen Incubator of Northwest Illinois, 1741 Industrial Drive in Sterling, from 1:00- 2:15pm CST.  Northwest Illinois is abundant with agricultural resources and individuals promoting local foods initiatives.  The Kitchen Incubator is the newest regional asset to further develop local foods business in Illinois, helping to grow businesses and create jobs.  This tour is open to the media, and there will also be a media availability from 2:00-2:15pm.
  • Tuesday June 12, 2012: Chairman Graves and Rep. Schilling will host a business roundtable at the Hy-Vee Club Room, 2930 18th Avenue in Rock Island, from 8:00-9:00am CST.  Whether in roundtables, hearings, or elsewhere Graves, Schilling, and other members of the Small Business Committee are always seeking feedback on how the government helps or harms their businesses, and launched the Small Biz Open Mic as a platform for business leaders to express concerns or suggestions.  While press is welcome to cover the event, in order to respect the privacy of participants please treat business owners' direct quotes as “off the record” unless specifically approved for attribution by the speakers.

Press interested in attending either event should contact Andie Pivarunas with any questions and to RSVP.

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