5 Ways to Invest in Yourself

Are you working in a job you hate just to make ends meet? Are you afraid of taking that leap into becoming an entrepreneur? You can work in a job you love and still save for retirement. Here are our top 5 ways to invest in yourself and in your job future.

1. Go to a conference

If you have an interest in something, chances are there’s a conference about it. Getting to that conference is a great way to invest in yourself. You’ll meet people who share your interests, and, better, you’ll meet people who are working in the job you want. Talk to people. Make it known what your interests are. Don’t just walk the exhibit hall. See if you can find a group going to lunch or out for drinks. This is a great way to meet some people, but don’t forget to follow up with people.

Networking tip: Monday is the only bad day to follow up with people. Your email will be lost in the shuffle of the new week.

2. Participate in local events

Whether it’s a local performance, a gym class, or a local Meetup.com group, you should find ways to get out into your local community to start making connections. If you don’t tend to be a very social person, set some goals for yourself and ease into it.

3. Take a class

Improving yourself is a great way to invest in your future. What’s something you wish you’d learned but never did? Find the time to take a class or get a tutor. It doesn’t have to be applied astrophysics. Language tutors are everywhere. Community colleges offer a variety of classes to choose from. Pick something you think you’ll enjoy and dive in.

4. Earn a certification

If your dream job is in a field that requires a certification, there’s no reason to wait. It’s just another way of investing in yourself and your future.

5. Take a Myers-Briggs test

The Myers-Briggs personality test was developed as a career placement tool. It can give you insight on where you draw energy from, how you best interact with people, and what kind of working environment you’re best suited for. Finding your personality type will give you a glimpse of yourself and can help you grow.

What are some ways you have invested in yourself? Share in the comments!

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Posted on November 17, 2014, in Biz Tips, business tips, Entrepreneur, Inspiration and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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