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Leah Arnold Smeets

Leah Arnold-Smeets

Leah Arnold-Smeets, owner of Emiko Consulting, is passionate about helping entrepreneurs capitalize on their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, and reach their full potential. Leah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California (USC).

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Most Recent Posts by Leah Arnold-Smeets
  • 4 Techniques to Boost Your Concentration and Productivity in 15 Minutes or Less

    Are you having one of those days where it seems like you cannot fully get into your work? If your concentration level is about a one on a scale of 10, and you can't seem to complete a single task to save your life, then don't worry – it happens to the best of us. Here are four odd, yet effective techniques to help get your mind out of that haze and into gear so that you can have a constructive and productive day.
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  • 4 Ways College Grads Can Gear Up for a Successful Career

    It's that time of year again: graduation season! The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that more than 1.8 million relieved, exhausted, and exuberant college students are gearing up for graduation day this year. However, transitioning from college into the "real world" can leave many new grads feeling uncertain, lost, and a bit frightened as they take their first, tentative step in their lives as career professionals. If you're a new grad looking for a little guidance in what the heck to do now, here are four great ways to prepare for success.
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  • 5 Things to Do Before You Get Out of Bed to Supercharge Your Day

    Let's face it, mornings can be brutal. One of the best ways to ensure that your day is a successful one is to start it off on a positive note. If you use that quiet time to prepare yourself for the day, then you'll already be in a better position and mood than most people heading off to work. Try starting your day off with one or all of these five activities to ensure that you're ready to take on work with a positive, balanced state of mind.
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  • Do These 3 Things and Build a Successful Career

    There's no recipe for success. What works for your career might not work for your neighbor's, and vice versa. But, there are a few things that most successful people do, regardless of their industry or goals, that help them achieve their dreams.
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  • 3 Reasons Why Moms Make the Ideal Entrepreneurs

    Motherhood is an amazing and crazy thing. One minute, you're on cloud nine and completely in love with this miracle-of-a-child you brought into this world … then next minute, you're huddled in the corner having a mental breakdown because you simply cannot deal with one more tantrum today from your insatiable, hardheaded child. If you can handle the endless emotional roller coaster that is motherhood, then owning your own business will seem like a walk in the park. Read on to see why motherhood is the best prep course for becoming an entrepreneur.
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  • What You Need to Know About the Occupation Gap (and How You Can Help)

    The good news is that the economy has been adding jobs fairly steadily for several years now. The bad news is that many of the occupations projected to grow the most in coming years are low-paying jobs, and guess who will be filling these positions? That's right: women. Always have, always will – if something doesn't change. We'll take a look at why women end up in low-wage occupations and how this phenomenon, known as the occupation gap, is contributing to the gender pay gap.
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  • These 3 New Initiatives Aim to Help Working Moms Return to the Workforce

    Wouldn't it be nice if it weren't nearly impossible to have a thriving, successful career and a happy little family simultaneously? Unfortunately in today's world, that dream seems to be a distant and unattainable reality, considering how difficult it is for mothers to find work after taking time off to care for their little ones in those precious first years. Thankfully, things are slowly changing and more mother-friendly career opportunities are popping up. Here are three initiatives that are making a huge impact for working mothers across the nation.
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  • 5 Reasons Why Mother Knows Best When It Comes to Your Career

    Wouldn't it be nice if life came with a manual? You wouldn't have to worry about whether you're doing something right or wrong, because your handy manual would navigate you seamlessly through the ins and outs of your life and career. Unfortunately, life doesn't come with a manual, but it does, typically, come with a mother – and that's pretty much the same thing. Here are five reasons why mother knows best when it comes to your career.
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  • What Good Is Job Growth If You Can't Earn a Living Wage?

    Tomorrow's job report from the Labor Department is expected to reflect approximately 200,000 jobs added in April, and an unemployment rate holding steady at 5 percent. However, if you take a closer look at the data, a less rosy picture of the economy emerges. A disproportionate number of those jobs being added are in fact low-wage jobs. Besides the obvious fact that low-wage jobs don't afford a very cushy life for workers, very few offer health benefits, sick pay/leave, PTO, or retirement plans.
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  • Flexible Side Gigs Are Great for Extra Cash, Not So Much for Career Growth

    Looking at the numbers, it appears that the economy is recovering nicely from the Great Recession. Unemployment is at 5 percent and the GDP is up, but that doesn't necessarily mean all is peachy-keen in America's job market. In fact, PayScale's Real Wage Index indicates that, despite the decreased unemployment rate, wages have actually fallen 6.5 percent since 2006 (when inflation is factored in). This reality has forced many professionals (employed and unemployed) to turn to flexible side gigs to make some extra cash. However, as it turns out, this "gig economy" could be more detrimental than beneficial to workers. Here's why.
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