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Finding Your Life Purpose: 4 Simple Steps To Get Clarity

How are we able to move forward when life gives us no reasons to do so? What makes us conquer hurdles when no one seems to care if we do? It’s our life purpose that keeps us growing.

Life Purpose

You are here for a reason. It does not matter where you come from, what you look like or what kinds of hurdles you are faced with. If you feel at lost and don’t know what to do, one thing can lead you to where you need to go and that is your purpose.

You need to find the one thing that will define you as you grow older. You need to find the reason why you are here in the first place. You need to know where life is leading you or where you want to be led.

So what is your life’s purpose, your reason for being on this planet? Here are 4 steps to start your quest into discovering your life purpose.


Accept who you are, what can you do and love yourself despite your imperfections. After you have learned to do this, you will be able to look at things from a different perspective. You will also be able to see things clearly when you know your strengths and limitations.


Look at things around you. Appreciate at what you have and let go of the things that you don’t have. Learn to appreciate the things that make you similar and set you apart from other people. Learn to give credit where it is due and give due importance to the unique qualities that make up who you are and what can you do.


Don’t let hardships stop you from pushing through to achieving your goal. Just think about what you will gain in the process. Find a reason or force that drives you to keep moving. You’ll feel good knowing that after the dark or hard days, light and joy will come in to make the journey easier.


What do you want to achieve? What is the ultimate goal that you want to attain as you get older? These are some questions that can take years to explore before you settle for an answer.

But the answer, when you have already found it, will make you appreciate your hard work and will give meaning to everything that you do and work hard to attain. It will also give you more reasons to love life.


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How To Look 10 Years Younger Naturally And Without Surgery

For many women growing old is a hard fact to deal with because they consider aging a dreadful experience. Looking young is also a factor when it comes to getting ahead in life as those with youthful and energetic looks are more likely to succeed at work and in romance

It is true also that we women tend to feel better about ourselves in our youth and this leads to greater self-confidence and self-esteem. However, there are simple methods to take years off your appearance and help retain a youthful appearance without painful and expensive plastic surgery.

HairstyleHairstyles To Make You Look Younger

Gray hair isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the way your hair is styled can add years to your appearance. One simple way to disguise wrinkles on your forehead is to wear bangs to hide them.

Current hair styles incorporate many ways of wearing bangs, giving you increased options. You can either wear your bangs straight or have them lightly sweep over your forehead.

As women get older, our jaw lines get harder and more defined. Soften your jaw line with a layered hair style cut to the neck area to draw the focus away from this area.

Add shorter layers on the top of the head to add volume and take more focus off the jaw line and sagging areas.

If you have crow’s feet around your eyes, style your hair around your eyes to help hide the lines. If you wear your hair long, have it layered to refresh your appearance and give yourself a natural facelift.

To hide gray hairs, instead of coloring the entire hair, opt for highlights to enhance your natural color. The new added colors will give you a more youthful appearance.

When coloring your hair, avoid selecting a hue that is too dark for your complexion as it will make you look older.

Makeup Tips To Look Younger

To use makeup to change the appearance of your eyes, reshape your eyebrows. If you have thin eyebrows, use a cosmetic pencil to fill in the sparse areas and use a brow powder to fix the pencil on the eyebrow area.

Apply concealer to remove dark patches and age spots. Use a creamy color that contains peach or yellow undertone to remove the bluish cast under your eyes. Avoid concealers that are lighter than your skin tone.

Apply a tiny amount of foundation with a powder to seal in the concealer. Avoid using too much powder or you will create lines and highlight the flaws in your skin tone. Use a cream blush instead of a powder blush. Using a powder blush will draw attention to the lines in your face.

Use a lighter lip color. Darker colors will make your features appear harsh and accentuate the imperfections in your skin. To make your lips fuller, add a touch of lip gloss to the bottom lip.

Apply a moisturizer to your face to keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated. If you use foundation, use a moisture-rich brand. Avoid applying too much foundation as it will collect in and highlight the fine lines in your face making you appear older.

These simple tips can take at least 10 years off your face so you look younger and make a great first impression.


Ameera Shah, CEO

Women CEOs In India: Ameera Shah, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd

31-year old Ameera Shah is not a medical professional. However armed with qualifications like a degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and participation in the prestigious Owner-President Programe at Harvard University, she is well-qualified to run Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a multinational chain of state-of-the-art diagnostic centres.

As CEO & MD of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., she has built the group up to 65 laboratories, both nationally and internationally, and increased the turnover from Rs 12 crore in 2003 to Rs 250 crore in 2011. We caught up with this inspiring Indian woman CEO to learn her secrets to success.

What inspired you to start out on your own? How has the experience been so far?

A decade back, when I forayed into the diagnostic industry, Metropolis Health Service was not a business of this scale at all. My father Dr Sushil Shah, who is an MD in Pathology, was a practicing pathologist for over two decades then.

At that time, I was working for Goldman Sachs in the US. I also did a few stints with start-up ventures to garner experience. While scaling success in the US, I felt deep stirrings to come back to my country and participate in its phenomenal growth story.

I realised that there are ample opportunities in India; in the healthcare segment, my father had created a platform in Mumbai by opening Metropolis Health Service. So, in 2001, I decided to return to Mumbai and help him build a stronger brand, spread across the country and beyond it.

Today, when I walk down the memory lane, I feel the experience of being a woman entrepreneur has been truly wonderful. Growing along with a fledgling company is a jubilant feeling.

All along my journey, I have learnt from my peers, colleagues, partners and staff. And the foundation of my leadership is my experiences and learning. Today, I am looking forward to augmenting the company across India and the continent.

What are some hurdles that you faced initially when you started out? Your advice to women entrepreneurs on overcoming them?

Initially, there were a few obstacles. In the Indian scenario, medical qualifications command instant respect. Thus, my non-medical background was the most crucial challenge. Though people around me felt that I would not comprehend the technical jargons that they used in their conversation, I was not deterred and never considered it to be a handicap.

I invested a lot of time on the floors, understanding how the tests were done accurately, comprehending the difference between good quality and bad quality labs and understanding various medical terminologies.

What worked in my favour was that as I spent substantial amount of time in my father’s lab as a teenager, subconsciously I was acquainted with many terminologies. The only suggestion I would give to women who are starting out is to be like the sponge which absorbs a lot. Do ask loads of questions, don’t take things for granted and understand why certain things are better.

Once you understand and see the logic and reasoning behind everything, you can feel the pulse of the business and know where you can add value. Without this basic understanding, value addition is a tad difficult. However, you must be careful that while you are learning and improving processes that you do not rub people the wrong way. A true leader always takes people along with them.

When do you know that it is no longer just an idea in your mind, and that you can really turn it into a lucrative business?

The first step is when some of your team members get as excited as you are about the colossal idea. Then, when you are able to bounce off the idea to a few potential customers, get them interested and convince them about the latent potential of the idea.

This way, it evolves from being a mere earth-shattering idea into a lucrative business. Of course, in between there are steps like viability study of the financials and doing little more detailed ground work, before you know that it is a viable business idea.

Ameera Shah, CEO & MD, Metropolis Healthcare LtdBefore staring out, can you give us a checklist of all the things that you need to keep in mind? Apart from the great idea, what do you need to be armed with?

First, you need to have immense conviction in your idea or plan. There will be lot of people who will knock down the idea, especially if you are trying to do something different and which has not been done before.

Most people are not open to novel ideas, so the common reaction to new idea is that the idea or strategy will not work. So, you need to have loads of conviction about the potential of the idea.

Second is to have a researched plan as it is not enough to only have an idea. There will be 10,000 people having the same idea at the same time; the question is really how well and how quickly can you execute it.

So it’s a matter of having an execution plan which includes having understanding of the business, having understanding of the dynamics of the industry and recruiting some key people on board.

Another significant point is to have adequate funding as many promising start-ups fizzle out due to cash crunch. They just don’t have the funds to sustain themselves long enough. When you are starting a business, you need to know in first couple of years that you are not going to make surplus cash or profit. Thus, you should have funding which will be able to sustain you for that period of time.

Do women entrepreneurs find it tougher to get funding for businesses? If yes, why do you think that is?

I don’t think women entrepreneurs find it more difficult to get funding, unless they are not able to demonstrate their commitment. At the end of the day, an investor is looking at a management team that they can trust. The management has to have a tenable business idea and they need to have experience and expertise to execute that idea.

So, from investor’s point of view, they need somebody who is committed to the idea and to the company. If they get a sense of the person not being committed, investors would be reluctant to invest. So answering your question, it’s not about the gender; it’s totally about the potential of the idea and the experience and commitment of the team steering it to be the deciding factor for investment and success later on.

Is it beneficial to have a mentor when you’re starting out on your own? What does the mentor bring to the table?

Yes, it is always helpful to have a mentor. More than anything else, you need a different perspective from an experienced person. The mentor usually has to be a veteran in the industry. To get a different perspective on some issues is crucial.

In many some cases, we may have biased thinking. We may get excited about something, but fail to notice the flaws. In other cases, we may be biased against a good idea. In such cases, the mentor can encourage, motivate and point out the problems.

Obviously, the mentor needs to be honest in his perspective and you must have the courage to hear the truth. For different people, mentors can be different. For some, it can be a father, for some it can be an older person from the industry.

Who was your first mentor? And did you have other mentors and business experts whose ideas you drew inspiration from?

Obviously, my first mentor and the most overpowering influence is my father. He continues to be both a professional and personal mentor, who has always taught me to take on calculated risk and pursue excellence. My other mentors were icons like Mahatma Gandhi and MF Husain, who have contributed immensely to society and have influenced me in varied ways.

I also admire Narayana Murthy for the way he influenced others to do business, while pursuing excellence and upholding high moral standards. In general, people who influence me include leaders who have the vision of creating something novel and having the courage to tread on a different path.

How did you recruit your first team? How difficult was it to get people on board during the initial stages?

It is difficult for a small start-up to attract good talent as people aspire to join bigger companies and get lucrative salaries. So, initially you may not obtain the best people, but I always believe that attitude is more important than skill-set.

It’s good enough if you get people who have the right attitude towards work, are motivated, enthusiastic and committed, willing to learn and do that extra bit, evolve and shows readiness for ownership of the process, even if they lack the functional knowledge of the industry. A person with good attitude does not necessarily cost a lot of money.

What are 3 key things that you have learned in your time as an entrepreneur?

First, there is no replacement for hard work. It’s the only way to success.

Second, if you want to command respect and to be treated with seriousness, then you have to take yourself seriously.

Third, work without the burden of ego, treating your colleagues with respect.

Have you been using social media marketing a lot? How has it helped?

We have not explored social media marketing much for promotion, however looking at the pace at which it’s catching up shall be open to using this promotional tool soon.

Can you share some tips for women entrepreneurs to maintain a balance between work and family life?

Across the globe, there are ample instances of women, who are successfully striking the balance between professional and personal lives. Some of these women are super achievers, too.

It’s not pragmatic that we women seek perfectionism in all the key roles that we play. We want to excel in everything task that we take on and in every relationship that we nurture. We want to be the best daughter, best mother, best wife and best daughter in-law.  We are always aspiring to be perfect at everything that we undertake and that’s simply not possible.

We need to humbly accept that if a woman has to have a professional life and she wants to excel in that, then her house may not serve the best food or it may not be squeaky clean or may not be that well-organised as that of any stay-at-home woman. To me the key to being less hassled lies in delegation. If a working woman delegates some work, she can still manage the work-life balance.

However, in an attempt to achieve balance between the work and family, many women forget about themselves and that’s sad.  It’s important that you take an hour every day for yourself as an individual, whether it is going for a walk, gym, reading a book, listening to music, whatever makes you  to give that ‘ME’ time and connect with yourself.

For me, it’s necessary to take out an hour and an half everyday for myself. During this ‘me’ time, I may watch TV, read a book or a magazine or sit outdoors to breath in fresh air or just enjoy the sun. These simple activities rejuvenate me and brings joy.

What is your larger vision for Metropolis Heath Service? Do you see it growing beyond diagnostics in the future or would you prefer to stick to your core competency?

Being a leader in the core competency is important as that’s what gives us business.  At the same time, I am definitely looking forward to expanding Metropolis in other health services and products in the coming future. We are also in the process of looking into other expansion areas, using the Metropolis Brand.


Confidence For Women: 6 Tips To Rocking Your Confidence

By Karen Fagan

Part of being a confident, strong, successful woman is living from a place of calm and fully connecting to your inner rhythm. Doing away with drama, chaos, worry, self-criticism and such behaviors will allow you to instantly feel a sense of calm in your life.

Being free from everything that is not authentic to you will give you a sense of calm so you can get clear and take action on the things you’ve been secretly dreaming about. It’s time to ROCK your confidence level and watch that new level of confidence rock your life!

Confidence for Women

1. Confident women have no interest in interpreting the actions of others (big energy zapper).

Let go of the need to worry, especially about what others think or meant when they did this or said that. Release the need to ruminate on what happened, what you did or didn’t say or what others did or didn’t do. Completely release worrying from your life and about what others think. Worry doesn’t bring happiness or increase your confidence.

The truth of the matter is we have no idea of, and we have no control over, what others think. When we spend time interpreting the actions of others, it depletes us and distracts us from our life; these distractions usually lead to self-sabotaging behaviors.

Let go today of the habit of interpreting others’ actions and put this energy into living out your desires and creating the most meaningful life. By doing this you naturally feel more confident. Make a sacred commitment today to free yourself for good from analyzing the actions of others. Replace this energy with dreaming BIG – you will instantly feel better!

2. Confident women choose a life free from worry.

Worrying about the things from the past and future things we can’t control, never provides a helpful solution or contributes productively to our goals and dreams. Worry is a big distraction, holding us back and keeping us from taking consciousness and meaningful action in our lives.

Make a list of all the things you worry about on a daily basis and replace this worry with something that positively and powerfully fills your soul instead. You will feel so much better and feel more alive.

3. Confident women enjoy every moment in life – even the difficult ones.

Confident women know how to savor every morsel of life. They believe themselves to be strong, resourceful and creative, even in when things become challenging. They know that through challenge, there is growth.

Allow yourself to move in the flow of things and let go of resistance. This is key! Especially when things are most challenging. Staying connected to your good flowing energy, even in the most challenging moments in life, means looking for positive and creative solutions.

You must let go of critical or negative thoughts so you are able to find the perfect opportunity in the challenging moment. Confidence increases when we take action in the moments we feel like we would rather avoid or hide from.

4. Confident women feel connected to themselves, others and nature.

The more you love yourself and the more connected you feel to yourself and with others, the more you give and receive.  Spend time each day whether it’ s journaling, taking a walk in nature, moving your body through exercise or dance, meditating or drinking a cup of tea, in quiet and begin to connect with yourself again.

Dig deep into your soul and connect with your dreams and desires. Get to know yourself well, so you can begin to create the life you want and share your best self with the people in your world.

5. A confident woman smiles with her mouth, heart and eyes.

Your eyes are the pathway to your heart and soul – smile with them.  Really practice this right now – go to the mirror and smile at yourself with your eyes. Smiling brings feel-good energy and is very contagious. Smiling is a reflection of inner happiness and is a gift you can share with the world wherever you are.

Confident women act spontaneously and are not paralyzed by fear. Please don’t let fear from the past, or fear of what could happen, stop you from being authentic and real right now. The past is the past, and we all have things from the past we would rather forget.

The future hasn’t happened – so fearing what could happen really isn’t the best way to engage in your life or rock it! If you allow yourself to give your power to the past or the future, this will hold you back. Allow yourself to learn and grow, so you move on from the past and live in the present.

© Karen Fagan is an international empowerment coach, motivational speaker and writer. Her mission is to empower women, teach them to live on purpose and achieve amazing results in their life.  Karen believes when a woman claims her voice not only does she transform her life, she makes better decisions for herself, her family and her business. Karen is a Master Certified Life Coach.  She has studied and trained with the best in the industry such as New York Times bestselling author Dr. Martha Beck, PhD. She believes in contributing to global change and donates a percentage of her program profits to women and girls philanthropy. Karen Fagan, International, offers dynamic coaching programs and products. She will teach you to claim your personal power to transform your life, motivate and inspire you with her unique mix of wisdom, fun, warm-hearted humor and laser-focus.

Dance Therapy: How Sanved Heals Abused Women Through Dance

Sohini Chakraborty is a dance therapist who works with minor prostitutes rescued from brothels. Pallavi Bhattacharya reports on Sanved, Sohini’s organisation, which believes the term “sex worker” is derogatory and inappropriate, as prostitutes are abused and receive no sick leave.

On a casual visit to the Kolkata Book Fair in 1996, Sohini Chakraborty, an MA student of Sociology in Calcutta University, chanced upon a poster, which changed her life forever.

There was a photograph of a girl with the poem, “They sell me, my own blood for some gold and silver, I rinse and rinse my mouth but the treachery remains.” The poster happened to be of Sanlaap – a reputed human rights organisation of the city, which rehabilitated child prostitutes and children of prostitutes who were at the risk of second-generation prostitution.

Dance therapy

Deeply moved by the poster, Sohini met Indrani Sinha the founder-secretary of Sanlaap and volunteered to be a member of the human rights organisation to help the girls in distress. Indrani welcomed Sohini to Sanlaap, which at that time was still in its infancy.

Sohini, being professionally trained in Bharatnatyam and Navanritya (with experience of working with the Dancer’s Guild and Rangakarmee), decided to bring merriment into the lives of the girls at Sanlaap, who were prior victims of sexual abuse and violence by teaching them dance. Initially she started teaching them structured dance but much to her disappointment the response was poor.

Sohini refused to give up and approached her dance teacher Manjusree Chaki Sirkar for support and guidance. Manjusree advised her to start her classes with simple exercises and story based movements. “Each session was based on a single theme like the movement of the people walking in the street or the movement in one’s own home,” says Sohini. The girls gradually started sharing the traumatic stories of their past which helped Sohini to understand them better.

When new learners were inhibited to dance fearing that they may look clumsy, Sohini helped them to feel as free as possible. “Imagine the stage to be a sky and yourself to a bird flying. Whenever a bird flies it looks beautiful. Dance in any way you feel like and all of you will look graceful.”

Through dance the girls were symbolically psyched on how to overcome challenges in life. Sohini says, “We have an exercise in which the girls are blind-folded and obstructions are kept in their way, they dance on while freeing themselves from all obstacles.”

Sohini realised that the girls had developed a negative attitude to their bodies due to prolonged mental trauma and physical torture. She felt that dance needed to have a healing effect on the girls. From August 1999 to October 2000, Sanlaap took up a project called ‘Rangeen Sapney’ of which Sohini was a pioneer.

This research-oriented project emphasised on four cultural activities – dance, drama, mime and music involving 120 children, helping them to overcome their mental blocks and thereby blend them in with mainstream society.

Rangeen Sapney’ became the platform for the creation of Sohini’s independent NGO – Sanved. ‘Sanved’ means ‘sensitivity’ in Bengali. Sohini took professional training from Tripura Kashyap, pioneer of dance movement therapy in India and soon started teaching the same to the girls at Sanlaap.

Tripura says, “Dance therapy is in a very nascent in India, yet Sohini has used diverse kinds of body movement practices to enrich the discipline and expand its boundaries. She has been innovative to the extent of linking various movement activities, exercises and performances to issues and needs of these traumatized girls, thereby creating a new healing dance.”

On 8th March 2002, Sanved was inaugurated with a dance-theatre performance Kathamanabi at the Madhusudan Mancha auditorium in Kolkata. Sohini created a dance curriculum called ‘Sampurnata’, which includes body awareness, improvisation skill, group facilitation and therapy, creation, thinking and participation. This curriculum aims at providing various career options such as advocacy, campaign, performances and training.

Says 18-year-old Neela (name changed) who has trained under Sohini for seven years and has performed in various cities of India as a part of the Sanved Platform for Art & Advocacy, “Dance therapy has helped us to overcome our negative emotions like anger, frustration, low-self esteem, pain, trauma and guilt and has helped us to liberate our soul. Now I teach the freshers of Sanved to dance.”

Every dance performance has a social message to the audience. Through dance performances the girls show how minors are trafficked from their homes to red light areas, how they are forced into a life of prostitution, the traumatic lives they lead at brothels and how they are rescued and rehabilitated.

consists of 11 girls. The platform has performed in remote villages of India as well as in first world nations. Sohini has received the Ashoka International Fellowship, which has enabled her to work with other centres in India, Nepal and Bangladesh who are into rehabilitating re-trafficked children some of whom are even HIV positive. It is through dance that these girls have been able to relieve themselves of the social stigma associated with the AIDS virus and are leading normal lives.

Sanved members have also gone overseas to perform winning the hearts of foreign audiences. On May 11th, 2004, Sanved performed at London at The House of Commons on the occasion of Christian Aid Week. The Sanved troupe performed in Bangladesh during the ‘Violence Fortnight Week’ in 2004 for the campaign awareness programme on ‘women and child rights’.

In October 2004 two members of the Sanved troupe performed in New Orleans and Washington D.C. in the U.S at the International Conference organized by the American Dance Therapy Association. Sohini presented a paper on Dance Movement Therapy titled ‘Surviving Through Creation’ at the conference. 81.8 percent of the audience rated Sohini’s workshop as excellent and 13.6 percent felt it was ‘very good’.

In future, Sohini wants to open a dance therapy cultural institute which will be open not just to detrafficked girls and the downtrodden but also to the public.

You may help Sohini in her venture by donating funds to:
Kolkata Sanved,
60, Dasnagar, (Ground Floor),
P.O.- Lake Gardens,
P.S. – Lake Thana,
Kolkata – 700045,
Phone: 9433171820, 9831623427,


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How To Start Your Own Tuition Centre Or Home Tutoring Service

Running a tuition centre or home tutoring service is one of many options when it comes to setting up a business from home. A centre can be small or large, based at home, or in rented space.

Read on to find out more about how you can set up your very own tuition centre.

Qualifications Needed For Starting a Tuition Centre

Depending on your own educational qualifications, you can teach children of several age groups, and even young adults.

Graduates in the humanities can easily provide tutoring services in subjects such as English and social studies; those from the sciences can tutor in maths and science – both across primary school up till 12th Standard.

Postgraduates can even run classes for college-level students appearing for competitive examinations. However, you don’t need to let your qualifications (or even lack thereof) limit you when it comes to the subjects you tutor in!

What really matters is your subject knowledge and your ability level when it comes to determining what subjects and age groups you’d like to tutor. Knowing an additional foreign language (such as French, Spanish, German, and even Japanese) adds value to your centre’s services.

To improve your prospects, join online teaching courses that support teachers’ professional learning and development. Enhance how you teach subjects such as English as a foreign language or STEM, or try new approaches to assessment, behaviour management or special needs provision.

If you intend to keep your coaching centre small, you do not need a licence to run it. Many moms take tuition classes at home without ever having to get a licence.

But, if you want to grow it to the size of an institution, you need to get a trade license and pay tax for the revenue generated through the centre. If you’re looking to set up a large-scale centre, you can apply the same principles in hiring the staff you’ll require to teach larger batches of students.

Setting Up a Tuition Centre at Home

If you’re looking to a start your tuition centre relatively low-key, your own home is the best place to set it up. Assign a room that’s free from distractions like the TV, sounds of traffic, pets, and other members of your family.

The room needs to be large enough to fit a good-sized table that seats a maximum of eight people. You’ll naturally also need sturdy, but comfortable chairs for your students. Keep a box of pens and other stationery at hand too – you’ll need it!

For large-scale centres, you’ll either need to rent a space or convert any additional property you have to accommodate larger batches of students. How much of it you’ll require depends on the size of your intended centre.

You also need to factor in enough space to include washroom facilities. Remember to check with local building authorities whether you need special municipal permits to set up your centre – these vary from city to city.

Larger-scale centres, apart from basic furniture and stationery, also require storage spaces, cupboards/lockers, and whiteboards or blackboards for individual classrooms.

Don’t forget you’ll also need staff. How many depends on what you’re going for, and how many batches an individual instructor is trained to handle.

Publicise and Advertise Your Home Tutoring Services

After setting up your business, you need to make yourself known. Approaching friends with children is a good start. You could also post a notice or spread the word in your building, housing society, and the general neighbourhood.

Join or start a free Facebook group for your neighbourhood and allow others to promote their businesses as well. An advertisement in the paper is another option, albeit a slightly pricey one depending on the city you live in and the publication.

Get in touch with other tuition teachers in your area; you might think they wouldn’t want to help out their potential competition, but you’ll actually often find they have far too many students to handle on their own.

Go digital, too! Social networking sites are a great way to market your business – create groups and pages on the Internet, and get all your friends and contacts to join in the campaign!

Larger-scale centres could benefit greatly from a dedicated website of their own.

Growing Your Home Tutoring Business

You might notice a snowball effect after your first few batches of students. Children and parents tend to recommend specific tutors to each other, and after a month or two, you could find you have a lot of interested parents and students interested in enrolling.

If your centre consists of just you, the key to handling this is to always keep batches small (6 students at a time, max) so that you can really keep your quality up, and to schedule these in a realistic and practical manner.

For larger-scale centres, a larger number of students is only good news, but it’s best to keep batches limited to 20 for optimum results. As time passes, you can add more staff if you needed, or even tweak your schedules.

Talking Money

How much should you charge? Well, it depends on several factors: the subject(s) you teach, the area you live in, the age and grade level of your students, and even which school board they study in!

It helps if you ask around as to what other tuition teachers charge in your area – stick to the average rate, to begin with. You can increase your fees with new batches later if necessary!

For larger-scale centres, it’s worth noting that you will need to inflate your student fees in order to cover both the overhead and your staff’s salaries.

You’ll also need to create a separate bank account in the name of your centre to keep your accounting and finances legal and hassle-free.

Running a Successful Home Tutoring Service

Running a tuition centre is a low-stress-level enterprise – you won’t find students exhibiting the same sort of discipline issues they would in a classroom. It would help, though, if you read up a bit on basic behaviour management before taking the plunge.

Be a stickler when it comes to punctuality – one late batch is all it takes to throw an entire day’s timetable off-schedule!

Online Tutoring Jobs

Offering online tutoring services is one of many options when it comes to working from home. You can become an online tutor with Tutorjobsonline or Transtutors and teach students over a computer or laptop.

You’ll help College Students across the globe (from Undergrad to PhD) learn a wide range of subjects from Accounting, Finance, Management, Economics, Engineering, Comp Science, Science to Maths and Stats.

Once you register and choose a subject, you’ll be required to prove your expertise by clearing tests. You can get paid handsomely for your expertise. also employs teachers, professors, adjuncts, PhD students, and industry professionals, who are all passionate about their areas of expertise and eager to help students learn. Their students range from kindergarten through college to adult learners.

Teach Languages Online

italki pays you to help people learn a language. It is the world’s largest marketplace for online language teachers. As an italki teacher, you set your own prices and can teach from anywhere. All you need is a computer, a headset and an internet connection.

Teach as much or as little as you want can earn thousands of dollars as an online teacher. Students schedule lessons for times that you are available to teach.

Teach English online via myTEFL’s placements. Besides a high salary and flexible hours, you get to choose the times you want to work. You have the freedom to stay at home or travel with an online job.

You need to enrol in their 120 Hour Professional TEFL course and get certified to access job opportunities. This course is required for students planning to teach in countries that require an internationally accredited TEFL certificate in order to obtain a work permit.

You’ll get accredited training with a socially responsible TEFL organization and a solid platform from which to embark on your TEFL career, or upgrade your current skills and abilities. They will match you up with great employers upon course completion.

Improve your existing English language teaching (ELT) skills and kickstart your career by joining a professional development course for educators.

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How To Become A Celebrity Personal Assistant

A celebrity personal assistant earns almost double than the average personal assistant. Perhaps one of the perks is talking with this person and meeting other celebrities in the process. But how do you become a celebrity personal assistant?

One thing you should know is that celebrities rarely put an ad in the paper saying they are looking for a personal assistant. If you want to get your food in the door, you have to network with people who are in the entertainment industry so your name will come up if there is an opening.

What Qualities Does A Celebrity Personal Assistant Require?

If you want to keep your job as a celebrity personal assistant, you have to know everything.

This means you have to be internet savvy and competent with the new technologies around because the person you may be working for does not know how to transfer files from the cellphone to the computer, send an email or keep track of their finances.

Just like any other job, this one is not easy. As a celebrity personal assistant, you have to be there 24/7 to take care of almost everything.

Starting from managing the star’s household, answering, returning and making calls, managing mail matters especially coming from fans, organize and plan events such as parties, and some other menial jobs to provide the needs of the celebrity.

Aside from being a personal secretary, a receptionist, an office or administrative assistant, a personal runner all rolled into one, a personal assistant also becomes the “absorber” of the employer when tasks are not properly done or if the things are not organized in a way that the employer wants them to be.

You may even have to go shopping for your client if they do not have the time to pick up what they need from the store.

One of the most important qualities of a celebrity personal assistant is to be trust worthy because there are things you know that must never get out into the public. Remember, you have your client’s image to protect and part of your job is to keep it that way.

How To Get A Job As A Celebrity Personal Assistant

Before you decide to go to an interview with a certain celebrity, make sure you like and respect the person you are working for. Do some research because if you don’t think you are able to work with this person, you are just wasting your time when there is probably someone there that you would prefer to work for.

If someone refers you to a celebrity, be calm and collected when you go to the interview,  and explain what you can do for them. You may not meet the celebrity during the initial interview since this will be handled by their current assistant or a production company representative but if things go well, he or she will be the next person you will talk to.

If you don’t get the job, don’t give up and try working as a non-celebrity personal assistant first. Perhaps you need to develop some experience and skills before trying again.

Should networking not get you anywhere, you can try talking to a celebrity to see if they have an opening. You can do this by calling up their publicist and even if they have no opening now, it wouldn’t hurt to leave your contact number or resume because there could be an opening in the future.

You could also join an agency that handles the personal assistant needs of celebrities. To increase your chances of landing a job, send your resume to as many agencies as possible.

If you are planning to become a celebrity assistant, you must know how to:

• Choose the type of celebrity you want to work for such as actors, musicians, professional athletes, movie directors, top-selling authors, models, and the like.
• Develop and enhance your own skills by being updated to social etiquette, technological advancements and current events.
• Prepare yourself by undergoing a training to improve the qualities needed for the position.
• Earn some experience by trying to work as a personal assistant to other eminent people before getting involved with the show business industry.

The Pros And Cons Of Being A Celebrity Personal Assistant

Working as a celebrity personal assistant will be very hectic. Whenever they want something, you have to get it for them at once even if it is late at night or early in the morning. If the celebrity you happen to work for is a singer and goes on tour, you will also have to travel with them so if you can handle things like that, then you are in the right business.

One of the perks of being a celebrity personal assistant is meeting other celebrities and attending special events. If the celebrity you work for can’t make it, chances are you will, so your ticket does not go to waste.

In many cases, a personal assistant becomes every boss’s eyes, ears, and mouth. Aside from being the boss’ “go to” individual, the personal assistant also plays a variety of roles to be able to cover all the needs of the employer.

Before, personal assistants are only known to work for people with high ranks and positions in the society. These people are usually those that hold high positions in the government such as politicians, celebrities or other public figures that have big influence to people, chief executive officers of various business firms, and the like.

But for as long as a celebrity runs a business that operates on a daily basis, has a hectic schedule due to running a personal business or has health conditions but still needs to work, they need to hire their very own personal assistants.

Among those types of employers, being a personal assistant for a celebrity could be considered as one of the most tempting, because aside from working closely with a celebrity, you also get the chance to experience the exciting inside world of show business.

High Pay And Great Perks To Boot

Aside from earning a handsome amount of money, celebrity personal assistants also get the chance to live like a star because they will become closely involved with the lifestyle of their employers.

They also enjoy perks such as free travel when their bosses need to go out of town or out of the country, lots of free stuff, and backstage pass or tickets for concerts and premier nights.

But, the biggest perk of them all is that being a celebrity personal assistant can gives you the opportunity of entering the exclusive world of the stars and even help you make friends with some celebrities.


Homemade Facial Recipes And Treatments For A Glowing Skin

You don’t have to skimp on the joys of pampering yourself on special occasions. Even with a busy schedule, you can simply set aside time to pamper, renew and recharge yourself on a regular basis.

Your skin is an honest mirror to your inner health, beauty and well-being. Use these homemade facial recipes and treatments to make your skin glow. 

If you indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle, your skin is where it will shows up first. A wholesome diet and drinking plenty of water with an adequate dose of exercise will give your skin a healthy glow. Use natural, gentle ingredients such essential oils, cold pressed unscented oils and hydrosols to soothe and nourish your skin so it radiates a healthy, glowing complexion.

Consider your skin type while using facial treatments during your at home beauty regime. Facials consist of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. On occasion, you may add a gentle exfoliation and mask for luxurious pampering.

Step by Step Guide for “At Home Facials” with recipes:

  • Start with cleansing your skin with a gentle cleanser. Give your self a light steam treatment to unclog the pores before facial. Use fingertips to move upwards in circular movements, gently stimulating the skin and removing excess oil and grime. Rinse with warm water and pat excess moisture with a soft towel.
  • After your cleansing routine, tone the skin to ensure its pH balance. Apply the toner with a soft cotton pad. Avoid rubbing and stay clear of the sensitive area around the eyes. Saturate the pad and pat it over the face and neck area. Apple cider vinegar is the best toner to ensure an optimal pH balance for the skin.
  • Now your skin is ready to be moisturized with a host of soothing ingredients. To seal in moisture, apply oil using patting motions when the skin is damp from applying the toner. For oily areas, apply once. For dry areas apply twice with an interval of 2 to 3 minutes between applications. Moisten your skin with water or toner in-between applications to seal in the moisture.

Home Made Recipes For Cleansing, Toning And Moisturizing

  • For a rose cream cleanser, combine 1 tbsp sour cream, 1 tsp rose hydrosol and 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil. Stir well and apply to face and neck areas. Note – this cleanser should be used within 2 days.
  • Tone your skin with 1 cup distilled water, 1 tbsp dried green tea leaves, 1tbsp dried chamomile flowers, 1 tbsp rose hydrosol, 1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel and 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Heat the distilled water until boiling. Remove from heat and add green tea, chamomile flowers. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then strain. Add the remaining ingredients and stir and shake well. Store in clean bottle and use within 3 weeks.
  • For aromatic moisturizing oil, combine 3 tbsp each of jojoba and rose hip seed oil, 2 drops each of rose, geranium and palmarose essential oils and 3 drops lavender essential oil. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and store in clear, clean bottle for use.


Finding peace from within

3 Simple Tips To Create Balance In Your Life And Find Peace From Within

When your life seems out of control and you’ve got endless demands tugging at you from all directions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, fatigued – and just plain stressed!

Believe it or not, balancing your life does not require massive changes. You don’t have to quit your job, abandon your family and escape to a remote retreat in order to feel peaceful and happy.

In fact, true balance is something that starts WITH YOU first and foremost – no matter what else is happening in your outer life circumstances.

Here are three simple tips to begin creating a greater sense of inner peace and balance in your life:


One of the first things we tend to sacrifice when we’re busy is our personal time. Instead, we devote all of our energy and attention to caring for others, multi-tasking, meeting responsibilities and “being productive.” Over time this depletes our energy and we begin to feel more and more burdened by our responsibilities.

To live a more balanced life, giving quiet time to yourself is CRUCIAL. You may believe that you don’t have any time available for yourself, but something amazing happens when you consistently MAKE time.

You find yourself feeling happier and more energetic, your focus improves – and you still get plenty done! Just a few minutes spent sitting quietly in meditation or reading a book can do wonders in transforming stress into peace and happiness.


Beyond making time for things you enjoy, there are other ways to nurture and love yourself on a daily basis. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep (or as much as you personally need) is a great start, as well as eating nutritious food, exercising daily and speaking kindly to yourself.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re really tired or stressed, even the smallest problem can seem like a nightmare? On the other hand, when you’re feeling well-rested and centred, you’re much better able to handle upsets.

Caring for yourself is one sure way to consistently replenish your energy, inner peace and joy – which means you’ll have the strength to handle whatever comes your way.


Did you know that one of the biggest causes of stress is rigid expectations? We all do it from time to time; get a mental picture of how our lives “should be” – and get really annoyed when our outer circumstances don’t cooperate! One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself is a flexible state of mind.

In other words, learn how to detach from unrealistic expectations and go with the flow. When you have a flexible mindset, you’re able to deal with crises and problems much more easily because you’re not working against a preconceived notion of how things “should be”.

You’re able to tap into your creative problem-solving skills and move through challenges without all the drama and frustration. Be like the tree that bends with the breeze – and you’re much less likely to break!

These inner changes can make a dramatic difference in your state of well-being, but you may also want to examine your outer life circumstances and see if there are other small changes you can make to help support your inner work.

For example, you might choose to let go of certain obligations that are no longer meaningful or enjoyable to you. Just because you agreed to host weekly meetings for a support group three years ago doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it forever – especially if it’s become a drain on your time and energy!

Be willing to let go of activities that no longer complement the lifestyle you desire, and you’ll create a space for greater fulfilment, joy and peace.


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Famous Indian Women Leaders: Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Few women in India have achieved the roaring success and international fame of Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. Forbes listed her in 2009 on their 100 Most Powerful Women list for her truly inspirational flair, which combines business with passion and heart.

  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Biocon

    Early Life and Career:

Born in 1953, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (née Kiran Mazumdar) did her schooling at the Bishop Cotton Girls’ School and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.

After an honours degree in Zoology from the University of Bangalore, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw went on to study Malting and Brewing Technology program at the University of Ballarat, Australia.

At the time, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, who was the chief brewmaster for United Breweries.

Upon her return from Australia, she worked as a trainee at United Breweries for four years, but found it extremely difficult to get a permanent foothold in the profession, with the industry predominantly male-oriented.

Around the time she began to feel that her prospects might be better abroad, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw met with Les Auchincloss, the founder of an Irish biotechnology company called Biocon.

Over the course of the meeting he proposed starting up Biocon in India with her – but she refused, with qualms over the fact that she had no entrepreneurial experience previously.

It was only when Auchincloss expressed that he would buy back the company if the business failed that she finally agreed and spent six months in training in Ireland. In 1978, now 25 years old, she returned to Bangalore.

  • The Early Days of Biocon:

Things didn’t start off rosy for Ms Mazumdar-Shaw. With just a starting investment of Rs. 10,000, she found little to almost no financial backing whatsoever. She had a lot going against her – she was young, she was a woman, she had no experience starting up companies before, and biotechnology was then still a vague and unknown concept in the country.

With just two employees, and operations running out of the garage of a rented house, business went on, and by 1983, the company sold blended enzymes to textile, brewing, and animal feed industries across the globe. A loan of $250,000 finally came through from ICICI bank in the mid-80s, with which Biocon was able to build a solid-state fermentation plant, contributing to the company’s research and development.

  • Success and Challenges:

In 1989, the Irish segment of Biocon was bought by Unilever. However, by the mid-90s, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw’s and Unilever’s visions for the company differed vastly. She wanted to venture into biopharmaceuticals, while Unilever preferred to stick to the old enzymes model.

With Unilever as the major stakeholder, the situation remained at an impasse until John Shaw, whom she married in 1998, used his savings to reclaim the entire stake from the corporation.

Venturing aggressively into the biopharmaceutical sector, Biocon steadily grew more and more successful, with revenue up to Rs. 500 crore by the time it went public in 2004. In 2007, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw sold the old enzymes division to a Danish company, thus making Biocon an exclusively biopharmaceutical corporation.

Today, her company consists of 36 key brands across the therapeutic divisions of diabetology, nephrology, cardiology, and even oncology.

  • Committed to Her Causes:

Business hasn’t been the only arena in which this inspirational woman has been successful in. When Forbes listed her in 2009, they noted how she is “passionate about providing affordable health care in India, [and] has funded the 1,400-bed Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Centre, a cancer hospital in Bangalore where the poor are treated for free.”

Her company additionally is committed to several corporate social responsibility ventures, across health, education, infrastructure, and even flood relief. Seven free clinics across Karnataka serve at least 50,000 people each, and the clinics’ subsidised insurance programmes for the poor have benefited at least 250,000 individuals already.

  • Awards and Recognition:

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw has been felicitated the world over. The World Economic Forum recognised her as a “Technology Pioneer” in 2000; Ernst & Young named her Best Entrepreneur in the Field of Healthcare in 2002.

2004 saw her honoured with the Economic Times’ Businesswoman of the Year award, while a grateful Government of India awarded her with the Padma Bhushan (following up on her Padma Shri in 1989) for “pioneering work in industrial biotechnology.”

Numerous other accolades have come from such august corners such as TIME magazine and Rotary International.

  • Her Personal Life:

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw lives in Bangalore, with her husband John. Although her work schedule doesn’t allow much for recreation, when she does have time on her hands, she prefers spending it in playing golf, visiting art galleries, and in fitness regimes.

In a 2009 interview with Subroto Bagchi on Business.In.Com, she waxed philosophic, stating that her principles in life revolve around not making judgements without enough information at hand, and “listening to the little drummer in you” who wants you to “break free, become large, build something memorable.”

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw describes herself as a “people person”, who “deeply cares about friends.” With husband John diagnosed with cancer in the kidneys early in 2009, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw has reiterated her long-cherished dream of bringing a cure for cancer from India someday. A grand, inspiring dream indeed, from a woman herself so inspiring and accomplished.


• The Hindu, Metro Plus, April 27, 2010
Biocon: People / Biocon: History
• Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon Ltd, ‘Biotech Is Not for Punters’, Outlook Money, July 15, 2004
• ‘Big Shot in Bangalore’,, October 18, 2004
• ‘Powerwoman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’, Subroto Bagchi, Business.In.Com
• ‘Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’, Encyclopaedia Britannica


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