Growth of Internet Advertising

According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, U.S. online ad spending grew about 25 percent through the first three quarters of last year, compared with the same period in 2006. Growth is steady in terms of dollars, though the growth rate is slowing as the size of the pie gets larger.

And there’s room for a lot more growth, analysts say, considering that by most accounts, the Internet accounts for less than 10 percent of all U.S. ad spending but more than 20 percent of the time Americans spend consuming media.

What does this growth mean to you?

It means online marketing has a huge potential for making money. More demand and less supply mean more opportunities. Your previous job occupation or experience does not matter. The job opportunities are in, helping local companies bring their products to the online world. The more experienced you are with online marketing, the sooner you can get a piece of this growth.

The best thing about online marketing is the fact that you can do this at the comfort of your own home. This saves on transportation costs and a car maintenance. However, there will be travel because you have to find your local business contacts. The more businesses you contact, the more your list of clients will grow.

I don’t need experience for this job?

You don’t need any experience because everything is very basic to start. All the information is freely distributed online. Well, you might be thinking, “if this is so easy why isn’t everyone doing it?” That’s because not everyone is committed to doing it. Most start for a day or maybe a week and then give up. If you started a business for one week and didn’t see any customers, would you give up? The key is dedication and constant marketing.

Is this better than starting a store business?

Absolutely! There should be no discussion about this because it’s so simple. You don’t need to rent any office space, which means, no pricey overhead fees. Another thing to consider is targeted marketing. The internet allows for a larger market and more precise marketing. With a store, you need to send out flyers, advertise in newspapers or take out a radio or TV advertisement. And you still don’t know who will see or hear it. This means more money out of your pocket.

By the way, that article was dated February 2008 and lots of others have gotten started. When a field is in huge demand and has lots of growth, you have to get in before it’s saturated. Why do you think Google is so rich? It’s because of online marketing.

The Jobs With Family Flexible Hours

cute-baby-picture“I need a job with flexible hours for my family.” Are you seeking a job with flexible hours? When you have a family, you need to be able to set the hours and work when you can. The best times are usually during school hours and when you can babysit. Child care is expensive and it’s better for the parent to look after the child rather than have a stranger develop a relationship with your child. Luckily for you, there are bad economy jobs in the health, retail and work at home field.

Jobs for People with Kids and Families

Here are some jobs with the best hours for a family. For the best and top careers for those with a family, consider the medical field. Nursing is a great field where you can get a high income and choose the hours you work. Since this is in high demand, you won’t have to worry about job opportunities. However, this is a tricky one because it does require schooling.

Finding a Part Time Job with Flexible Hours

A job more suitable for someone who does not have time to go back to school is a retail salesperson. With people skills and great work ethics, you can succeed far beyond the regular starting salaries. It is, after all, based on your performance. You can usually find part time work or work in the flexible hours you need.

If you need to have the same schedule as your child, go work at their school as a secretary or a teacher’s assistant. You will get the same hours as your child. The teachers assistant position may require some schooling, however, the secretary position, usually only requires good communication and taking care of administrative duties.

What’s better than working at home? You set your own hours and you don’t answer to anyone. For some, this may be quite a daunting task. It is easy to slack off and not work for a day. When you are your own boss, you work or you don’t get paid. Another huge bonus is that you don’t have to spend money on fuel or get tempted to buy lunches and coffee. Make them at home and save money. Some work at home jobs including customer service reps, accounting for a company or even starting your own business. I suggest you follow your passion if you decide to start. If you love to cook, how about some party planning. If you love to make trinkets or sell things, try EBay or start your own ecommerce store.

Jobs During School Hours

If you are in need of a job that accommodates your school hours, then these flexible jobs are also appropriate. If you are currently in a job that is conflicting with your classes, talk to your employer and work out a compromise. If you have been with the company for a while, convince your boss that going back to school will benefit them in the long run. Make sure to fulfill the work hours and if possible, work on weekends.

The point is with a good family career, you can always decide how you want to work, see the moments in your child’s life and get your education in the process.

Will Returning Back To School Help Me Get A Safe Career?

career-telescopeA safe career is an occupation that can withstand recessions and will allow for long term stability. But there is no truly safe career. Before you get scared, listen to the truth. The truth behind a safe career lies not in the type of job position but rather how well you protect and make yourself valuable in a job.

The simplest way is to learn a skill where there is a high demand and is hard for others to excel. This is pretty common sense. However, jobs comes in cycles and these cycles are determined by supply and demand. Don’t expect to get on the hot jobs cycle that lasts for 5 years and think it will continue for the next 20-30 years. If the demand decreases, or if the company can reduce the workforce by implementing a more efficient system, you will lose your job.

Here are some 3 career positions you might have considered, but read this before you take that step. A job title alone does not make a job, safe.

  1. If you planned on  going back to get your MBA (Masters in Business Administration). DON’T. Unless it’s a highly reputable school, these programs are nothing more than glorified networking sites. The MBA title does not guarantee you anything. Unless, you paid out of pocket and then it does guarantee a big debt to repay.
  2. When college students heard of the huge salaries that awaited them after graduation in the financial sector, many majored in finance to get a piece of that action. Lost of finance jobs were lost in the mortgage crisis and now finance jobs are highly competitive because of the huge supply.
  3. Computer programmer jobs were hot in the 90’s with the technology boom and salaries were overinflated. The supply of programmers overwhelmed the demand, businesses were not monetizing, and salaries were cut. Cheaper labor from overseas was also brought in and many programmers went out of work.

So how do you prevent an eventual job loss?

Deciding to go back to school and building your skills up is the single best way to long term stability. Reinforce yourself with “weapons” to attack the job loss monster. If your company offers a education program for cheap or free, use that chance to build a network and sharpen your skills. The career positions I mentioned above can be stable if you make it so. Get a MBA if it’s free and think of it as social networking time. Finance jobs are probably one of the hardest hit in this recession and you won’t see too much stability for this career. For computer programming, improve other important areas like personal communication skills, so you can freelance your own projects.

So yes. Going back to school can help you get a safe career, but it’s your own creativity and ability to maintain worthiness that make it safe, not the title.