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Nifty Special Series

Should You Own Your Own Business?

Today Nifty50s begins a series of three videos from directed helping you if you are considering starting or owning your own business. The first segment which appears below is, “Why business ownership?” This will be followed on Wednesday by “Your Three Business Ownership Options” and on Friday with “Your Business Model & Transferable Skills.”

Why Business Ownership?

    This segment of the series begs the question: “What does success look like for you?” When it comes to business ownership, common answers include: Fulfillment, Flexibility, Independence, and Financial Security. These factors are important to keep in mind as you analyze the options for business ownership. Ask yourself, “How would my life be different if I owned a business?”

Claiming Virtual Work Skills on Your Resume

by Amy Lindgren at

For those who cultivate a silver-lining point of view, one of the “gifts” of our pandemic-restricted lifestyle has been the advance of digital skills in the general population.

    This gift hasn’t been evenly distributed, unfortunately, as we know there are households with no internet access or very inadequate computer equipment. But even after acknowledging the digital divide, it seems clear that America is accelerating its learning curve when it comes to the virtual landscape.

I’ve Been Furloughed –

Can My Company Stop Me from Taking Side Work?

by Greg Giangrande at

Furloughs are different from layoffs, and so are your rights and an employer’s. It’s certainly understandable and legal for an employer to restrict furloughed employees from working for a competitor because you are still an employee and receiving benefits. As for non-competitive consulting work, given your employment contract, you should seek the advice of an attorney. Many people have side hustles even during normal times, provided it isn’t a violation of their primary employer’s policies. To expect an employee to be furloughed for four months without any pay and without the ability to generate any replacement income is difficult to understand and to enforce.

Our next edition…

Your Most Productive Job Search Schedule


Job searching can be overwhelming. With so many listings to sift through, resumes to polish, companies to research, and emails to send, your hunt for a new gig can easily feel like a full-time job in and of itself.

    Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of frantic and unorganized scrambling around. You respond to that email, search that job board, and write that random cover letter—all with little to no plan or strategy in place.

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

We've added some additional material that we hope can help.

Pass it Along

If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.

Is Your Number Up?

Amid an ocean of digits, for job seekers, there is one number that could save the day

Although numbers have been around for millenia, never before have they been so ingrained in our everyday lives. PIN numbers. Phone numbers. Parts of passwords. Social security numbers. License plate numbers. House numbers, Now, we even name diseases after numbers (Covid-19.)

    There is one number however that most job seekers already have but we wonder how many are taking full advantage of it. That’s the number on your library card. That’s a number that holds the key to a wealth of information that could be crucial to your job search.

    Despite all the information that’s available at our fingertips through Google and other online sources; despite all the background information available on companies that is readily accessible from our homebound desktops, your neighborhood library still holds a treasure trove of numbers, data and resources not available anywhere else.

    There is financial information and other company data; there is historical data on companies, markets, industries, etc. that is not accessible online. There is a mountain of information that is secured in library-licensed databases. While many of these databases can be accessed from your homes (by using your library card number,) there are others which are only available onsite at your local library.

    As many Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted, many libraries have begun to awaken from their pandemic-imposed slumbers and now open once again to the public. There may be some restrictions that remain in place. You should check with your local library to determine precisely what is available and what is still off limits.

    Just as our 21st Century economy runs on data and information, so too does your job search. And much of that information is yours for the taking at your local library. 

    All you need is a library card number.

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