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Donna asks…

i’m a sophomore – im feeling deceived by my major( i hate it)?

i’m a chem major ( i know what you’re thinking), its not something i have a talent for. But i guess i felt compelled to pursue something challenging. But i really feel clumsy in labs and I don’t do well under pressure. I dont see myself working in a lab or going into teaching. After my first year, i planned to switch, but didnt cuz i didn’t want to disappoint my family members/ i feel bad if i had to change after the many years of sticking with it.
It frustrates me when i think about how i could have majored in business studies. I haven’t found my talents/niche in science,. And i actually want a deskjob. I’m also an introvert ( dealing with people isn’t my thing).
somehow i feel alone in doing this, i’m in panic mode, changing to a completely new field
thanks for any input :)

New Niche Finder answers:

You are only a sophomore. You probably haven’t done much of your major-specific work yet, so if you are planning to make a change now really is the time.

I changed majors and am really glad I did. I started as a History major because I was picturing a future as an attorney. Unfortunately I waited until my junior year before having the epiphany that my being a lawyer really wasn’t for me. I liked some of the aspects, but found Accounting was really more my niche. I ended up with about an extra 12 hours, but it was well worth it. Find what you want to do before you invest more of your time, effort, or money into it.

Betty asks…

How much should I charge?

Hello, I’m starting a business targeting debt consolidation and bankruptcy lawyers, the service that I will be providing is bringing them clients. I will network out and bring in clients to the law firms that I’m working with. The law firm only pays if the client does business with them and they don’t pay me until they get paid! My question is, how much do I charge them for such a service and is this a good niche to target? I want it to be fair on both ends so that way I can keep them fed with new clients so they can stay continuously busy on what their good at and grow their firm while at the same time turning a profit for myself and growing my business. So what percent of the revenue generated would a law firm be willing to payout for such a service and is that the best niche to target? Thank you so much for you advice!

New Niche Finder answers:

You want to start by covering your costs per client. Then 10% of the lawyer’s fee sounds reasonable!

George asks…

To phone or email, when asking someone you slightly know, about possible job openings?

I work in a niche job, and recently the company basically went under. I worked on projects that involved other companies and made some basic contacts.

One company, that we actually rented space from for about 2 years, seemed like a particularly nice environment. One of the majority owners wanted to include our company in some projects, but in the end, the main client makes those decisions.

So this guy, “Joe” was very nice and even mentioned about 3 years ago, that if things didn’t work out with my company–it was a rough patch–he said that his company could probably find a place for someone like me, because of my experience.

Flash forward 3 years, and now I really am out of a job!
I last spoke with “Joe” 5 months ago, just as my company was slipping, we were looking for a new office space. The main company was full up, but he also personally owned some office space near by,and offered it, but things ended up being too far gone.
In recent months, I also know that the main company is in a holding pattern–I know 2 people who work there, and they told me that they are still occasionally laying off people–18 months ago there was a big string of layoffs, but then 12-9 months ago, they started to hire back.

Anyway, don’t know if I should contact “Joe” via email or if I should try his cell phone, which I have off his business card. In the past, his office number is usually fielded by an assistant, who must get paid well for sorting out people—I mean, I know I am not client and “Joe” does have a big business to run. Though, when I have spoken to him, he has always been very kind and helpful.

I am also not sure how to approach it, as I am not a clear hire at this point. There is one titled position that my niche experience would be very useful, but I also know that there are other aspects of that position I would need training for. My experience is about 8 years of hands on knowledge and I know that most people don’t have what I have. The stuff I would need would be more like accounting and formal scheduling, which I think would be easy enough to learn in a few months in an assistant (or even intern) position.

So any thoughts or advice?

New Niche Finder answers:

Can you meet him in person?

If not, call. Emails are really impersonal and easy to ignore or forget about.

You have the upper hand because he knows you already, knows your work ethics and is familiar with your skills. If what you need to learn for the position isn’t too complicated or won’t take too much time, I am sure you have really good chance.

David asks…

How can shell executives do this?

Sunken Oil Tanker Will Be Habitat For Marine Life, Shell Executives Say With Straight Face

HOUSTON, TX—The 1,080-foot, 300,000-ton oil tanker Shell Global Explorer, which sank off the coast of Newfoundland last month, will provide a welcome habitat for many diverse species of endangered marine life, Shell Oil Company executives announced with a straight face Tuesday.

The new habitat, moments before sinking.

“In its new resting place, far beneath the surface of the North Atlantic, the Global Explorer is host to countless fish and an infinite variety of marine vegetation,” a press release from Shell read without a trace of irony. “A ship that once helped run life above the waves now houses life beneath them.”

The reading of the press release preceded public statements from Shell executives.

“We in the petroleum industry have long believed that we have a responsibility to protect and conserve the environment in our daily business operations,” said Shell CEO Steven L. Miller to reporters in the face of all available evidence. “We view this commitment to projects that will conserve and protect the marine ecosystem as an important investment in our future.”

“At Shell, we’re proud to provide a niche for the struggling denizens of our oceans,” said Shell vice-president of international shipping Dennis Gallsworthy, who apparently intended his words to be taken seriously.

Somehow maintaining his composure despite being able to hear the things he was saying, Gallsworthy added, “We have a strong commitment to protecting and preserving sea life.”

On Sept. 27, radio messages from the tanker indicated it had suffered extensive damage to its hull following an explosion, which pierced its overloaded crude-oil tanks. By the time the ship slid to the bottom, Shell public-relations officials were touting its potential as an artificial habitat, often while looking straight into reporters’ eyes.

“The many species of fish native to Newfoundland’s Grand Banks have in recent years increasingly struggled to find feeding and breeding grounds,” Miller said, as if Shell were deeply concerned with these circumstances and not, in fact, partially at fault for them. “We must take all available steps to help reestablish these species in their native waters.”

Hoping to both deflect blame and take an opportunity for self-promotion, Miller took aim at the commercial fishing industry without so much as a smirk.

“The Global Explorer’s new resting place will provide shelter for countless threatened, often over-harvested fish,” he said. “At Shell, we’re proud to use our multibillion-dollar, globe-spanning resources to aid a worthy environmental cause.”

Not all press reaction has been positive.

“Once again, Shell has demonstrated its unique brand of environmentalism, this time to the life of our planet’s oceans,” Mother Jones environmental reporter Neil Taylor said Tuesday. “The sunken hulk of the Shell Global Explorer, which hauled billions of gallons of crude oil during its operational lifetime, will have an impact on aquatic life for hundreds of years to come.”

Shell reacted quickly to these and other statements, working with mainstream news sources to tell its side of the story.

“Once again, Shell has demonstrated its unique brand of environmentalism, this time to the life of our planet’s oceans,” read a full-page ad from Shell that will appear in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. “The sunken hulk of the Shell Global Explorer, which hauled billions of gallons of crude oil during its operational lifetime, will have an impact on aquatic life for hundreds of years to come.”

“We’re proud of what we’ve done for the planet,” Miller said, possibly truthfully. “And believe me when I say that at Shell, we’re committed to changing our world forever.”
James i know that since I posted it! What makes you think I did know that already? Why would someone post a news fake story like that? Think about it?! I know it’s fake!

New Niche Finder answers:

Seriously are you this stupid?

Thomas asks…

I need advice on becoming wealthy or rich within 3-4 years?

I ask this because I am a super motivated individual who isn’t willing to settle for the casual 9-5 or doesn’t want to acquire wealth through retirement…So many people say the key to get rich is to save, invest or get a 6figure job…all of which takes a considerable amount of time…(I don’t want to be old and just starting to enjoy life, but while I am young and can appreciate it more)…

I want to know from people who are wealthy themselves or who are rich…Obviously, rich/wealthy people are financially educated and thus think differently, have different social crowds and know how to protect themselves when it comes to making $$$…in today’s economy, I would want to know what fields should I look into, what connections or people should I get acquainted with…what tools and resources I would need…I am a 24year old black male from NYC and would like to be financially independent before I hit 30…its not impossible (I have met tons of people in NYC who are in their youth with long pockets so I know its possible)…please only respond if you are going to shed some serious light…

I have read books (Rich Dad Poor Dad, attended seminars and read PDF’s) and even started my own PC Repair Business (which has failed misearbly)…I guess what I am asking is on the road to wealth, is it better to start a business, invest or maybe try another avenue (most common folk) would not normally try or know to exist…?

Side Note*, it seems everyday a new music artist is born, sports player is signed, a doctor is made (and their all wealthy)etc…there is so much wealth in this country and only the top 1% have access to it, I just want to find my niche and get a piece of that…Thanks for your time and for reading this…

New Niche Finder answers:

One of the 3 will work:

1) Sell drugs

2) Become a lawyer

3) Win the lottery

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