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[Being Your Own Boss – Part 2] What Should Your Business Be About?

[Being Your Own Boss - Part 2] What Should Your Business Be About | ProductiveMuslim
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This is Part 2 of UmmahHub’s series on Being Your Own Boss that reveals the keys to help you become a successful entrepreneur and be the best you can be in business and in life, In sha Allah.

In Part 1, we’d discussed the fundamental importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset for the success of any business. In this part, we’ll explore how to identify and narrow down on the right business idea: one that will serve the market and your personal goals.

When beginning your entrepreneurial journey, it’s less important to be looking for a “big idea” like the next Google or the next Facebook but more important to look for a business idea that matches your skills, knowledge level and, most importantly, is solving a problem for your intended market. Continue reading

[The Productive Mommy Series] 10 Tips for the Working Mommy

[The Productive Mommy Series] 10 Tips for the Working Mommy | ProductiveMuslim
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Assalamu alaikum! In my last article, I introduced my top ten tips on how mommies could translate their skills and share them with the world in the form of a blog. Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom or a working mommy (or both!), we all have tips and advice to give to others. In this part, I’ll be telling you how working mommies can maximise productivity using these ten simple tips. Continue reading

6 Fabulous Tips To Fast Track Your Career

6 Fabulous Tips To Fast Track Your Career | ProductiveMuslim
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Women around the world are now becoming part of the economic fabric of society, and this is no different for Muslim women who are venturing out with their talents and entrepreneurial spirits as professionals. No matter what your career area is, as a professional Muslimah, you will no doubt want to be looking at getting ahead and increasing your success.

Having worked in the international development field across various organisations, with the opportunity to travel and meet interesting people, I thought it would be useful to share some fabulous tips I have learnt after getting advice and learning from mentors in my professional life on how to accelerate my professional growth at the age of 24. Continue reading

[Being Your Own Boss – Part 1] How to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

[Being Your Own Boss - Part 1] How to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset | ProductiveMuslim
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This is Part 1 of UmmahHub’s series on Being Your Own Boss that reveals the 10 keys to help you become a successful entrepreneur and be the best you can be in business and in life, In sha Allah.

To be an entrepreneur and be involved in business consists of exerting significant effort and hard work, which is highly encouraged in Islam; as the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“No doubt, it is better for a person to take a rope and proceed in the morning to the mountains and cut the wood and then sell it, and eat from this income and give alms from it than to ask others for something.” [Bukhari] Continue reading

[Reader Discussion] What You Can Do While You Commute

[Reader Discussion] What You Can Do While You Commute | ProductiveMuslim
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Alhamdulillah, we’ve been sharing many tips and resources on how you can work better and be a truly productive Muslim. Now it’s your turn to help our readers!

Every month, we host a ProductiveMuslim’s reader discussion thread where you can share ideas and tips to help each other become more productive.

Thank you for the many interesting duas on our last discussion on Powerful Duas that Boost Productivity.

The theme for this month’s discussion is how to make the most of your commuting time.

We’ve all got somewhere to go to everyday: work, school, shopping, doctor’s appointments, functions, meetings, the gym, etc. We spend an average of at least one hour everyday just commuting back and forth to one or two of these places. For those of us who have to spend longer hours on the road, commuting becomes a daily burden: the traffic jams, ticket queues, packed compartments during rush hour and the mad rush to get the bus/train/plane (referring to frequent flyers here ;)) takes a toll on our mental and physical health every single day; and we don’t even realize it. Add to that the staggering number of hours of our life that get wasted just moving from one place to another: if we even spent just one hour commuting everyday, that’s 365 hours a year – which is 15 full days of our life every year just spent on the move!

So what can we do to fight the daily stress of commuting while we’re in it? How can we use this time productively to get other things done?

Share with us what you do that everybody else can too when they commute to:

  • stay relaxed
  • be spiritually productive
  • get things done
  • enjoy the ride!

and anything else to make the daily commute productive.

Go ahead and leave a comment below!