Learn & EarnInformation on finding customers, managing money & moving up in an organization - from The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

The Bridge of the Golden Wood

For money-making activities, business ideas, careers for kids, and tips on landing a great position, see The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living (the go-to resource for the budding/aspiring entrepreneur and families, Hard ISBN: 978-0985398811, also an ebook (Kindle ASIN: B01N0XCPQK). More info below). Nothing herein is intended to be investment or legal advice. Some information may not be suitable for someone your age. Be sure to see local and country laws about these and your money ideas.

The best place to find customers is among people you know. Even if your product or service is for a specialized audience (e.g., science teachers), your friends and family likely can refer you to people in that niche. Of course, organizations (the National Science Teachers Association, for example) are a logical first resource for reaching your target market. Find such groups online, on social media, and in your community.

Still, don’t neglect to inquire in your home/neighborhood circles! Make a list of everyone you know—leave no one out. Include any contact information you have on them. Email or call them and ask whether they know a science teacher (or whatever your target audience is) you could reach out to. In explaining your product or service, you may find that friends and family have interest as well.

To get/keep a good job and move to positions of greater responsibility and compensation, get all the education you can, and try as many things as you can to discover what interests you and what you may be good at. Remember, any ability still requires much practice. Having a clear idea of what you want to do doesn’t mean you are qualified to do it. Get as much general work experience as you can (offering service for free not only gives you experience and a good reputation, it will also help your social skills; working well with other people is a valuable ability).  With education and some experience, you can do what you love/apply for work in an organization that does what you love.

What You Get When You Give
What if you don’t get the position you want? Try volunteering in such a position. The organization will learn whether you have what’s required, and you will gain valuable hands-on experience. What if they hire you to do menial labor? Do it cheerfully if there’s an opportunity higher up to work toward. Never stop learning—about your job, your organization, and the industry in general. Travel. Other knowledge and experience makes you more valuable. Work hard. Be creative and flexible. Be positive. Be honest. Be kind. Such traits are seldom overlooked, and organizations generally value and reward them with greater responsibility.

To manage your money—so that it doesn’t run out before your needs/wants do—don’t spend more than you earn. MAKE A BUDGET so you can track income vs. expenses and put what’s really important first (you may think the latest video game is the priority, but if you don’t have enough money to pay your electricity bill, the game won’t do you much good!). SAVE for emergency needs, education, a home, and/or retirement. Many financial experts recommend saving at least 10% of your income.  Consider allocating some of your income to people in need regularly.

See also: www.entrepreneur.com/article/286974

MIDVALE, Utah, USA – Doing things for free doesn’t sound like a great recipe for earning. But a new picture book shows how a child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure.

“The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living” (for ages 5 and up) came to author Karl Beckstrand after he had visited many schools, observing almost no curriculum on earning a living.

Beckstrand, winner of a 2016 International Book Award, says that earners start young—with no expectation of reward. “Doing something for nothing, not only helps you feel good,” says Beckstrand of his 18th book, “it gives you experience, a good reputation, and sometimes, money-making ideas.”

“Many children and adults lack confidence that only comes through experience,” says Beckstrand. “We get experience by finding and filling needs, solving problems.”

Beckstrand’s first job out of college was as a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley. “I met a lot of people – some with great ability and egos, some with no ability and great egos, and some with no egos,” he said. “The latter group had the best chances because they were open to learning.”

“Trying new things is a great education,” says Beckstrand – who wanted to be a rock star, not a writer. He worked in fast food, quality assurance, security, delivery and transportation, sales, customer service, hospitality, and human resources before publishing his first book.

“I did get to sing professionally,” he said, “even if our band was basically a wedding band. The point is, by trying lots of things, I learned what I like and developed skills that help in any industry.” He also learned what he didn’t like to do.

After a couple of books through other publishers, Beckstrand now runs a publishing company in Midvale. Premio Publishing specializes in multicultural mysteries and activity books for families. “They’re not about race or ethnicity,” says Beckstrand. “They simply happen to have characters of various colors.” They have also received awards and raves from national publications like School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book’s blog, and ForeWord Reviews.

Even after getting a master’s degree in international relations, Beckstrand noted that none of his school courses taught earning or managing money. He says his most valuable education has come from living abroad and visiting other countries.

Beckstrand has included job ideas and tips he has learned as a business owner in “The Bridge of the Golden Wood,” written in dyslexic-friendly font and available in hard cover and ebook via major distributors, Amazon, and PremioBooks.com.

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