Working From Home Tips – Check It Out

There are a lot of working from home tips written about and read online. For the most part, they are all about mothers trying to fit their busy mom schedules with work and or those who are unemployed; those who have retired and those who are in dire need of a supplemental income. I was surprised when I heard the news on television about a young online entrepreneur that, because of an incident in her life is earning millions and is making her parents proud.

Dannie started working online when she was 16 years old. She decided to leave school early because she was bullied by some of her classmates. She was advised to rest and recover from her depression and anxiety.

While she was resting, daily, she would write about her feelings and emotions. In a month’s time she was able to write a hundred-page diary. She read this over and over again. She realized it was a well written diary. She decided to let her mom read it and then her whole family and then her friends.

One of her closest friends said her story should be shared for it was very beautiful, motivational and inspirational. This was the moment Dannie realized that she should come out in the open and tell the whole world about her bullying story, how she felt about it and how she stood up and moved on with her life.

Dannie opened her laptop and started searching for publishers online. She saw that there were a lot of them. She started publishing her book and then uploaded, promoted and sold it. In just less than a year, her book was bought by thousands of teenagers all over the world.

This story of Dannie is one that is very inspiring and encouraging. Her depression did not hinder her from still living and enjoying her life, she used her talent in writing and even though it was unexpected, she became one of the most well read authors online today.

If you are young, an adult or a teenager, there are so many working from home tips you can find. One of these is like what Dannie did – writing and selling books.

If you are wondering about how to start with this business, follow some simple steps below:

1.) Topic – Choose a topic. In Dannie’s case, she used her emotion as a tool in writing. You can do the same also. You can write your own story or you can also write anything about your interest or passion.

2.) Outline – Create an outline. This will contain the major and minor parts of your e-book organized in bulleted form.

3.) Draft – In your draft you can fill out the major bullets in your outline. Write as much as you can and let your ideas flow. After you have done this. Let your story rest for a while. Stay away from it. Relax and do not think about it anymore. This will help you in the next step.

4.) Edit – This is one of the most crucial steps in the writing process. You have to be careful and keen. Read your work over and over again. Check your grammar and improve what needs to be improved. It will also help if you ask a friend to read it and have a second opinion.

5.) Title– The title is a challenging step. It must be simple, brief, concise and attractive – one that will magnetize the emotions of the readers.

6.) Cover and Design – Another challenging step is the cover and design making, in this part, you have to make it attractive but not complicated. It must be eye-catching.

After you have done these six steps, you can now self-publish your book with your choice of online publishing site and promote it.

E-book writing is just one of the many working from home tips you can find, there are still more. If you want to know more working from home tips, visit Google and you’ll be delighted to see hundreds of them.

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30 Jun 2015

Some Useful Tips On How To Start A Small Catering Business

Since a lot of people love to eat, many entrepreneurs view this is an opportunity for them start a business that can be quite profitable. However, setting up and opening a restaurant or food truck can be an expensive and time-consuming venture. If your heart is into succeeding in the food industry but don’t want to go through the hustle and bustle of opening a restaurant or food truck, starting a catering business may be your best option.

The good thing about opening a small catering business is that you can operate one right in the comfort of your home. This means you won’t have to spend more money on buying certain cooking or baking equipment and wares since you already have the basic items or even everything you may need for this venture.

To make sure that you are on the path to starting a small catering business the right way and to ensure its success, there are certain useful tips you can follow. These tips include the following:

Make sure you meet the local health and safety codes for home-based catering. Although you are not opening a restaurant, you still need to apply for and get a business permit or operating license. Learn about the process of getting one and the different health and safety codes that you will have to meet or pass as well.

Create a list of all the equipment and wares you need and make sure you have them. The equipment, wares, and supplies you will need for your kitchen will depend on your type of operation. If you plan on cooking your food at the venue’s kitchen for a particular event, you will only need the most basic commercial prep supplies in your home. The same principle will also work if you will be cooking from a mobile kitchen or creating a temporary kitchen at the event sites. In such instances, you will need mobile coolers or refrigeration units, basic kitchen supplies, steam table pans, kitchen work tables, disposable catering supplies and food carriers. You will have to invest in cooking equipment like a fryer, convection oven, and range (if you don’t have them yet) if you will not be using a temporary or mobile kitchen for the events you are catering. Since you are just starting, you can rent other items such as chafing dishes, catering display items, and table skirts. Once your business is going well, you can consider buying these items to save money in the long run by reducing your rental costs.

Invest in catering software. Using the right software for catering can help you a lot in keeping track of and managing your business. Catering software can help you quickly and effectively calculate your costs. It will help you become more organized with all the tasks and information that you need to manage since this will provide you a platform where you can document contacts, data, budgets, team schedules, activities, etc. Finally, with this software, you can come up with and present your clients with professional and impressive proposals.

Finally, work on getting clients for your catering business. Using catering software can already help you out in getting clients. Aside from this, come up with a solid marketing strategy, capitalize on your low profile (ie. sell your business as providing “the best homemade comfort food”)

27 Jun 2015

How to Create an Effective Home Office

Nowadays, working from home is becoming a popular option for many people. For new mums it is an attractive possibility that allows them to fit work around a busy childcare schedule. Many self-employed people are starting to work from home too, preferring to start out from a desk in their home office rather than forking out fees for expensive business premises.

There are many advantages to working from home, including a flexible work schedule, no hectic commute and none of the time-wasting distractions of a busy open-plan office. However, it has its numerous downfalls too, and is definitely not for everyone.

If you do decide to make the leap and start working from home, there are some important aspects to consider that can affect your happiness and success. Many consider that the key to best results is being organised, and more specifically, having an organised office.

So just why is this so important? Without an organised office environment, you are likely to mix your work and home life, and this can be distracting when you are trying to get into the mind frame of getting important work tasks done. Without the motivation of a demanding boss breathing down your neck, you will also need the discipline of a structured environment to perform better.

It is also true that your work with benefit directly from a great office space. With efficient systems and structures in place, work becomes easier and less stressful. After you have carved out your work space in your home, there are a few things you need to make sure you have in place.

The first is a set of systems to organise all your documents. These can include folders, files and paper trays. For a larger workload, a cabinet may also be necessary. Paper trays are a key item to have on your desk. They allow you to separate your documents according to function or urgency.

Experts often recommend having paper trays with at least three separate compartments. One can be used for correspondence, the second can be used as a recipient for your most urgent work, and finally the last of the trays can be used to collect your non-urgent ‘deal-with-this-later’ paper.

Another key element of your home office is a spacious work surface to carry out your tasks and a comfortable chair. Many overlook these factors, assuming that they will be able to perform as well from the comfy sofa in their living room as in an office environment.

Whereas this can be true for some people, ensuring that you have a chair to sit in that supports your back for hours on end is important for your health, and therefore your ability to perform your tasks well. Similarly, you need a work surface that can fit not only your paper trays, but also your computer and office stationery too.

It is equally important to make sure you have a number of other office supplies to support your work. Essential stationery items include sufficient pens and pencils so that you don’t run out of ink at an important moment, such as while taking notes during a telephone conversation with a valued client.

It is advised that everyone who works at home also keeps copious amounts of paper handy to meet needs and demands as they crop up. It is helpful to have several notebooks in your office to ensure that you never miss a detail or forget an important task. A notebook dedicated to creating a brief to-do list at the beginning of each day can help keep you focussed on your work.

When making the move to working from home, there are many things to take into consideration to guarantee a happy and successful experience. As we have seen, creating a supportive office environment can make all the difference. From paper trays to ball-point pens, it is important to make sure your home office is helping and not hindering your best work.

25 Jun 2015

Why Choose a Home Based Business?

Home businesses provide you the freedom to choose your hours, and create the income you choose?

Businesses you work from home can be very profitable, if you choose the correct business to start with. As a word of warning not all opportunities are the same. So I suggest you do your due diligence, and search out the right one for you. Some use a churn and burn method. Their main focus is to get you to buy in, and then move onto the next person.

Always ensure the company has a good track record. Great training, contact phone numbers or physical contact for support, are also essential.

I find businesses that provide online training videos are among the best. This gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace.

Remember this “business is there for you to create freedom, not to become another job”. Weigh up all the pros and cons, and choose wisely on your home business venture.

A home based business can involve direct selling services and products. It can also be an online venture such as affiliate marketing, or even take it up a notch, and you can buy into a business and become a licensee. As a licensee you have greater rewards but it can be more costly upfront.

Some of the benefits of being a licensee include greater commissions, and a bigger commitment..

A bigger commitment meaning you tend to focus more. (Some times if the cost is small, so is the commitment.). The best part about buying a license, is the competition for your products is usually less.

Making Money and Getting Paid

As a licensee, affiliate or representative of the business, you receive a commission from your sales.

Most products that are sold via direct sales companies, are not usually available through your normal outlets. If you choose the internet way, The products are usually available through other websites, and it is up to you to bring visitors to your site, otherwise known as driving traffic to an offer.

If selling products make sure the products can be sold online. It may take a little longer for you to establish yourself, and your site, if you are not already familiar with the online world. But in the long run your client base is much larger.

Online Skills

Learning online skills is a great way to increase your value in the market place. Once you’ve learned to drive traffic and convert your leads through a website, with one product, you will be able to replicate it with another.

When looking into a home business some questions to ask.

    1. First make sure the products are well searched for and in demand.
    1. How much is the product being sold for. High commission products mean you have to sell less, but possibly not as many.
    1. Does the company have an up-sell, possibly a taster to pique your clients interest, and then a range of up-sells in a sequenced fashion. I find if you are able to run your clients through a system it is much easier.
  1. Are the business system sound and tested.

Advantages to Running your own Home Based Business

Freedom to set your own hours and location.

Most businesses you can run from home. In this way you have low over heads and relatively no stock.

Most marketing tools have been tested to work and they are all supplied.

Home based or online businesses require desire and self motivation. Don’t kid yourself they can be hard to get going, If you follow the system that has been laid out for you, you will find success.

Choose the style of business carefully. If meeting and recruiting isn’t your style look to other online opportunities.

Do your Due Diligence and make sure your new home based marketing business works for you. With good systems and effort you new business can fulfill your goals and some.

25 Jun 2015

Work at Home – Work Smarter and Earn Bigger Profits

Some of the most successful people in the world today work from home and are doing so well in their online job opportunities. A blogger related her story today about her work at home career and was saying that “I am successful, busy but never stressed.” She was referring to the stressful environment that physical jobs may give sometimes. “At the end of the day what matters is that you live and have enough for your needs and also have some extra to enjoy and relax,” she said.

Personally, I am also a living testimony of work at home jobs. I have been in my e-book business for quite a number of years now and every day still awes me. My e-books give meaning to my life and how they are sold are really icing to my cakes. The earning I get each month is really a bonus to the time and hard work I have put in this business.

Going back to the blogger I was mentioning above, she stated some of the many benefits that one can get while working at home. I also find many other benefits in working at home so let me share some of them with you.

The Benefits of Work at Home Careers:

1.) Time – When you work at home, you do not have a pressured time. You do not have to wake up early just so you can reach the transportation in a certain time or else you might be left by the bus. You also get to choose what time to start. You can adjust your time with your home chores. In short, you own your time.

2.) Pressure – The pressure of having officemates around is not present in this pursuit. You get to work alone. You do not have to adjust with workmates. You do not have to be affected by competition and most of all you will not by any chance encounter any conflict with officemates who feel like they are the boss. You are your own self in your relaxed and stress-free environment.

3.) Save – When you work from home, you get to save a lot. You will not be able to spend for hidden charges such as transportation, fuel and office uniforms. When you travel for work, sometimes you encounter wear and tear or flat tires. This is an additional expense. You also spend on eat outs and uniforms. At home, all these are eliminated.

4.) Family – This is usually for working moms who sometimes find it hard to reconcile their motherly duties with their work responsibilities. While earning at home, you do not have to worry about this. You can adjust your work schedule to make it fit in with your family duties.

5.) More income – You can earn more because you can actually have more than one job. Yes, you heard that right. You can actually have one full time job and then two supplemental ones. It all depends upon your skill and capabilities. You will also find that most employers won’t really mind as long as you provide them with quality output and you submit your work on time.

These are just five more advantages that work at home jobs can provide, try one for yourself and start to get more quality time in your life.

20 Jun 2015

Home Business Ideas For Busy Moms

There are so many companies on the internet that offer to help Moms start their own businesses that it is difficult to know which ones to trust or which ones are just trying to get some money out of you.

I know because I spent months looking for myself. I did find someone eventually who could help me and I am very grateful to them indeed. My article today though is not about selling you the virtues of yet another internet company, but to get you to look at your own skills and experience as it stands today. Why?

The internet is a wonderful thing. It opens up so many opportunities that were once denied us. Just think for a moment of the many young talented artists that have made their names on YouTube or other internet sites. No longer are they at the mercy of record labels and what they think sells, but can get their product straight to the people and let them decide.

Authors are no different. You no longer have to send drafts of your manuscript off to hundreds of publishing houses in the hope that someone will say yes. Today you can publish it yourself on the internet. I have recently read a series of books by a self published author A G Riddle. I have now discovered that the rights to his books have been bought by a large studio in the USA to make into a motion picture. That would not have been possible a few years ago would it.

Just this morning I was helping one of my Coaching clients who was looking for something to do on the internet to subsidise their income. We came across a company who was looking for freelance people to transcribe documents from audio files. As a previous secretary with touch typing skills and accuracy with grammar and spelling this was an ideal opportunity for her. She can also choose how many hours a week she wants to work so she can have the flexibility she wants and needs.

There are companies on the internet that let you register with them to offer your particular skills or services. You could write blog posts for someone, do some research, complete spreadsheets, answer mail or a multitude of other things. You are only limited by your own imagination.

If you are thinking about starting your own home based business then first think about what you can offer. What can you already do. You probably don’t have the time or energy to learn a whole new set of skills. Then think about the type of person who might be looking for those skills – bloggers, website builders, marketers, online tutors or coaches. The list is probably almost endless. Then you just need to go online and find the people who are looking for your particular skill – as I said there are companies that you can register with who advertise for you.

So don’t give up before you start and get put off by all that stuff out there on the internet. Take the plunge, make your decision to start today. Become who you want to be and don’t look back.

20 Jun 2015

No Time To Start A Business From Home?

Are you jealous of those people who have been able to find the time to start a business from home and are making the most of the financial freedom that comes from a second income?

When you’re working a regular day job and you’ve got a family life too, finding any extra time can seem like an impossible challenge. But everyone has the same 24 hours in their day so what can you do that will give you hours more in your day so that you can start a business from home?

Set Priorities

When you recognize tasks and set your priorities properly by what is important over what’s not important, you can get control of your time. Your four choices are the most important, the most urgent, the least important and the least urgent. Put these in order and you see time gaps that you can use to get that home business started.

Remove Distractions

There is no question that when you start a business from home it will involve work. The quickest way to start a business from home is online but there are a lot of distractions on the internet. You’ll work faster and smarter if you switch off your email, log off from social media sites, turn your mobile phone to silent and get on with the task in hand.

Outsource

If you try to do everything yourself when you start a business from home you’ll probably never finish anything. There are many benefits to outsourcing the issues that simply suck time from your day. Your top priority should to find new prospective customers and make sales.

If you’re spending a long time trying to design your website and advertisements or having difficulties writing interesting content material, there are websites like Fiverr, Elance and UpWork where you can quickly find good freelance workers with a wide range of skills who can do the work for you at a reasonable cost.

Batch Your Tasks

When you have lots of different things to do, it’s tempting to swap between one task and another. But it’s much more effective to focus your attention on one task at a time. Aim to touch each task only once and complete it. For instance, have a set time to check and post to your social media sites in one fell swoop or write two or three blog posts in one sitting. When you batch your tasks you can achieve more.

Have A Planned Schedule

Reviewing your schedule at the end of the day helps you to see what you’ve achieved and tells you what’s on the agenda for tomorrow. Use technology to help like Google Calendar or Outlook, synced to your smartphone to help you remember what it is that you should be doing now, and what you should be doing next.

15 Jun 2015

The Highs and Lows of a Home Business

Starting or even committing to a home business can be very challenging. You are guaranteed to go through almost constant highs and lows. I made the decision in early 2014 to make my side business my primary one. It meant forsaking all others and consciously deciding to commit my whole self to the process. Each day brings challenges and uncertainties. And until you get things really going, you have to sometimes put in some very long hours.

Upwork has been a great place to set up a virtual workspace. That is where the bulk of my leads came from. Like anything else that’s worth fighting for, you have to put in the time and dedication even when you feel like you’re not making any progress. Sometimes you have to decide if the experience is worth more to you than what you’ll make monetarily. While I don’t always encourage doing this, it can be a good thing to do in moderation. You may find that working for free provides you with the chance to learn new skills that you’d previously only dreamed about learning or had been putting off learning altogether. You must know how to balance your desire to learn more with the reality of having bills to pay.

A former friend of mine said that he was told by a mentor that you have to treat your business not like a hobby but like the job and income-generator that it really is. Generally speaking, most people can’t work for free. I know that I can’t. But there are times when you must do so in order to move forward, to build your reputation and your “street cred.”

In the early stages of your home business, it is imperative that you develop good habits and routines. Author, Matt Gemmell wrote a wonderful article that I believe to be true, Working from Home. In it, he describes how we can sometimes be our own worst enemy and how we need to be disciplined in order to succeed in an environment where we are our own boss and where temptations to goof off run rampant.

Another source of information and inspiration comes from a blog that I’m now following. It’s authored by work-at-home guru, Christen Pyle. Work at Home Wisdom is her mega website that is filled with nuggets of wisdom. Her tagline, helping people find freedom and happiness with real home based jobs, is an understatement. She seems to be the ultimate work-at-home professional. She juggles life as a busy mom, running a booming blog and online presence with a finesse and skill that is to be envied. Based on my interactions with both Christen and Matt I have found that working from home can be even more rewarding than working in the traditional office setting. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

You have to be willing to fail and to fail spectacularly. Having a home business comes with the added stress and excitement of everything falling on your shoulders. There are going to be exciting days and there will be days where you feel completely inadequate. What you must always remember is that nothing happens overnight and building your home business will take as much, if not more of yourself than anything has before. That’s why above all else, you must choose a business that you love. Don’t just decide to work from home or start a home business solely because you’re unhappy with your current job. Do it if you believe that at the end of the day you know you’ll put your whole self in and whether or not you succeed or fail, you know it’d have all been worth it.

12 Jun 2015

With a Little Help From Your Friends and Family

Being a small business owner can be a fickle experience. You are plagued with extremes in highs and lows and you do, in fact, work longer hours than you would if you were working a 9-to-5 job. So why do it? Because if you’re smart, you have chosen a business that doesn’t feel like a job. Over the past several days I have spent more time awake than I have spent sleeping. Long-term, you definitely don’t want to forego days of sleep. However, the thing about doing what you love and doing it from the comfort of your own home is that when you get in the zone, you can stay in the zone for as long as you can sustain it.

The part that I love the most is the work. I love organizing, documenting, researching, it’s what fuels me. And that is why at the end of the day, even on the days where there is not a lot of projects going on, the feeling of doing what it is that I love is well worth the very high highs and the difficult lows.

Becoming self-employed is a very big step and unless you have a large pot of money, it never seems like the right time to just do it. A quote that I recently read by “homeless valedictorian,” Griffin Furlong sums up the experience very nicely. “No one is going to hand you success. You have to go out and do it yourself.” There will be plenty of moments where you will wonder if you can make it. Then there are the moments where you feel like you’re doing exactly what you should be doing. Don’t get too deterred by the chaos and uncertainties of it. And when possible, be sure to let the people who support you emotionally and financially know that you couldn’t do it without them. We sometimes forget that achieving our dream comes at a price. So sure, put in those long hours, do the occasional “at cost” job and do what you can to hone your craft. But at the end of the day, be sure to spend it with the ones who love and support you on your best and worst days.

There is a lot to learn when becoming your own boss. You have it the worst because you literally always bring work home with you. But just because you get to do what you love from the place that you want, does it mean that you can’t take the time out of your day to appreciate being able to do so.

11 Jun 2015

Considerations for Starting a Home-Based Business

Home-based business owners are increasing every year. They are CEOs, presidents, the board-of-directors, simply put, “the boss” of their businesses all-in-one. Unlike employers of other companies, every action they take affects their business in particular, the bottom line or ROI. That includes investment of time, money, family responsibility and business sustainability, which includes financing, budget, marketing, advertising, customer relationship and suppliers; maintaining production of services and products and keeping accurate records.

Running a home-based business can become overwhelming, and many aspiring business owners go out of business in less than a year. Does the prospect of working from home sound too good to be true? Well, it shouldn’t. Almost everyone can restructure or change their working life so that they can work at home, either full or part time, for employer, freelancer, affiliate, or independent.

This major life change may take patience, creativity, and a little sacrifice, but before long, you could be commuting from the kitchen to your office, a cup of coffee in your hand and the sun shining through your window.

What considerations or profile is needed to start a home-based business:

  • Description of the business – describe activities involved in conducting the business task
  • Start up costs and financing sources – estimates what it will cost to get a business going and suggests financing options
  • Marketing and advertising methods – the degree of success you enjoy in business is directly related to your ability to continually attract new customers and keep existing customers
  • Essential equipment – list the basic materials you need to start and run your business, such as computers, internet service, printers, ergonomic furniture, etc.
  • Skills, training and experience needed – describe the knowledge or background needed, experience and skills you may possess for the business and those skills you need to acquire
  • Type of business – lists whether it’s an in-home or out of home (meaning you have a home office, you work away from home) business.

People work from their homes for many reasons: unemployment, low salary, high cost of day care, difficulty finding a job, both spouses work to maintain a medium standard of living, single mom, no control over work schedule, etc.

Make a plan; it’s your key for success to achieve your goal. Your road to success requires planning. You must make plans, think about them, and act on them. Action is essential to success as a motor and fuel are to an automobile. A major purpose well-stated is half-achieved, restate your major purpose in the progressive tense, action seals the habit of succeeding and eliminates:

  • Inability to concentrate on what is important
  • Loss of faith in yourself
  • Clinging to the status quo
  • Lack of organization
  • Stagnant mind set – custom is king (though it shouldn’t be)
  • Failure to evaluate yourself

The ultimate formula for home businesses or any business to succeed is really quite simple. What is that? A marketing system for autopilot lead generation ensures long-term success. Here are six reasons why:

  1. Generate quality leads consistently and economically
  2. Convert as many of those leads as possible into sales
  3. Ensure that you delight your customers so they’ll be pre-disposed to buy from you again and recommend your business to others
  4. Repeatedly sell refills, replacements and other products to your family of existing customers
  5. Ask customers to refer you to others who may want the same benefits
  6. Keep going back to step #1 and repeat the pattern again

Though a home-based business may lead to a more hectic home life, home-based businesses have the important element of flexibility not usually found in a 9-5 job. Home-based business owners can tailor businesses to fit the needs of customers as well as their family needs. Truth is, many home-based businesses are mobile in recreational vehicle offices on the scenic routes making hundreds, thousands, and millions of dollars a year. They have the freedom to work in their offices at any hour; run their businesses according to their philosophies; and pursue any opportunity or destination they prefer. A Chinese proverb says, “Journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” But in what direction? Plan your direction.

When the goal is clear, the purpose is strong; the steps will be decisive, assertive and forceful. Direction and determination decide destiny. Before you open for business or begin to advertise, check with your local authorities about having a home business, your state regulations and licensing requirements. Your regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will also have information about your state’s business regulations.

09 Jun 2015