Benefits of an Online at Home Business

As the job market gets more unstable, many people are venturing into setting up their online home based business and for good reasons. There is lots of money to be made online with numerous opportunities. If you have a computer and Internet connection then you are already on your way. With some hard work, ambition and patience you can create your own successful home business. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 4.12 million entrepreneurs are working at home, most of which are in the service industry. If you sick of working at your current 9-5 job you should consider working from home.
Let’s look at the benefits:

The most enticing part of own your own home-based business is the opportunity it provides to gain control over your life. Having your own home-based business lets you shape your work life depending on your goals. You have no boss to tell you what to do and no strict work schedules. Having all the time and freedom to work as you please can have one draw back, time management. Like all businesses it is important to have good time management skills as well as discipline, without someone always over your shoulder you have to remind yourself to work. It helps to set task for each day, once you get into a routine things get easier.

Using your home as a place of work presents a number of tax advantages. It allows you to deduct a part of the operating and depreciation expenses on your home. This means that you can write off a percentage of your mortgage payment, property taxes, insurance, utilities and expenses for household maintenance including improvements. You also get to write off, internet, business dinner, gas and car insurance. Consult your accountant for a full list of write offs available in your area.

Working at home allows you to save on commute time, gas and transportation expenses. working at home gives you the convenience of having your office steps away from bed. You get to save money on work attire because you get to wear what you what. Your earning potential is directly relative to your performance, in other words, you decide how much money you can make.

Starting your own business allows you to spend more time with your family and friends. Because you set your work hours you NEVER have to miss those all important school plays, weddings, or parties. A home-based business also allows for family members to be included, young or old. It is a great opportunity for stay at home moms and dads, being able to be with your kids and work is great.

As a home-based business entrepreneur you are not restricted to one area of work. Your title can be broad ranging from the strategy setter, marketing and sales person, customer service representative, accountant, bookkeeper, and other roles. It may seem like a lot of work but the plus is that you understand all aspects of your home-based business.

Another reason why many people are starting an online home based business is because it’s something new to learn. Many people don’t feel challenged enough in there line of work. Starting something new- from scratch-is very rewarding and very fulfilling. With all the benefits of operating your own business, it’s not surprising that the industry is surging through the wires.

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Start a Business on a Shoestring

Determining a Shoestring Budget

Can I start a business on a shoestring budget? This is usually the concern of people contemplating starting a home business. But first, we may need to establish what you consider to be a shoestring budget. This could mean different things to different people. When you begin to understand the value of the investment you are making, this “shoestring budget” increases.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You have to spend money to make money”. So, in other words, you can’t expect a million dollar return off a one hundred dollar investment. Now I’m not saying it can’t be done, but if it was that easy to do, why would anyone be doing anything else? And understand there are no “get rich quick” programs out there, even though many claim to be!!

But people also have the misconception that they will have to risk thousands of their own hard earned dollars at the very start, plus a large monthly investment to keep a business running. Others fear if their business fails, they will lose everything or go bankrupt. Do you fit in one of these categories? Do the fears of failure keep you from reaching out for your dream of starting your own business?

Invest In Your Future

You have to understand from the very beginning that if they choose to own your own business as a way to becoming wealthy, you must invest in your business. If you start your business and are not willing to invest in products, advertising, training, leads, etc., don’t even bother to start. A home business is not a good fit for you!!

But if you have the money and time to invest in your future, or if you are willing to give up some things, dining out, the additional cable channels, or whatever it is that you spend your paycheck on now, that you could get along without, then you could absolutely start a business on a shoestring.

Home Business Benefits

Soon you will begin to see the additional tax deductions you can claim with your home business. The percentage of your mortgage interest, phone, internet hook-up, “business” dinners, business trips, just to name a few. You will begin to understand the value of a home business. And this does not even include the sales you will soon generate from running an effective business from home.

Take a step back, evaluate your financial situation, your work ethic, the commitment you’re willing to make, and then decide if you have what it takes to succeed when and if you decide to start a business on a shoestring budget.

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The Importance of Successful Networking to Your Business and Personal Life

“It’s all who you know in this world.” How many times have you heard that? Well listen up, because the personal contacts you make today can be the stepping stones to maximum personal and financial development down the road. In the competitive environment we live in today, the ability to network and build personal relationships has become just as important as your level of education or experience.

It used to be that formal networking was only for professional people, lawyers, accountants, and others like them. Their ability to network always had a direct relationship to the success of their firm or practice. They were always seeking potential clients, and their ability to grow both personally and financially in their field was ultimately tied to their ability to attract new business. The primary method for many of these professional types was and still is word of mouth. The cocktail after work or business dinner, either private or through another professional organization was the best way to expand your sphere of influence. To support this type of business development, media resources have also been used, such as newspapers, radio, magazines etc. These are all time tested and proven methods for building relationships and establishing a rapport with potential customers and.or clients.

With the explosion of the internet, websites, search engines, e-mail, and other computer related tools, the world of networking has taken on a new dimension that has forever changed the way we network and build personal and professional relationships. To the individual who can master both the old time tested methods of networking and the new age methods, the opportunities can be almost endless. But the question can be asked- how do you balance the old and the new?

The key is to build relationships based on trust and mutual benefit. If you help others achieve success you will see success in return. Lets say that again. If you help others achieve success, you will see success in return. Do not underestimate the power of this. If an activity, product, or service makes someones life easier or just makes them feel better, you have just developed a relationship based on trust and mutual benefit. You have also taken an important first step in successful networking. Either by design or by accident, you have made life easier in some fashion for someone who will more then likely be quite happy to recommend you and your product, service or activity. Wow, that was easy, right? Not so fast!

The reality is that sometimes to reach this level of successful networking and relationship building, you have to comb through some rough territory to get the end result you ideally wish to achieve. You may hear a lot on NO’s on the way. Don’t sweat it or take it personally. Sometime, in fact most of the time , it is a numbers game. You have to sift through a lot of sand sometimes to find that perfect shell.

In fact, sometimes the most successful networking relationships are ones that need to be nurtured and developed over time. These require systematic and consistent follow-up. If the circumstances are present for both parties to realize mutual benefit and trust, good things will happen. Always remember that to be successful in networking, you are simply trying to make a friend and fill a need. If you do both of these consistently and persistently, you will no doubt achieve a high degree of success.

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Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

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What Are The Greatest Changes In Shopping In Your Lifetime

What are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime? So asked my 9 year old grandson.

As I thought of the question the local Green Grocer came to mind. Because that is what the greatest change in shopping in my lifetime is.

That was the first place to start with the question of what are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime.

Our local green grocer was the most important change in shopping in my lifetime. Beside him was our butcher, a hairdresser and a chemist.

Looking back, we were well catered for as we had quite a few in our suburb. And yes, the greatest changes in shopping in my lifetime were with the small family owned businesses.

Entertainment While Shopping Has Changed
Buying butter was an entertainment in itself.
My sister and I often had to go to a favourite family grocer close by. We were always polite as we asked for a pound or two of butter and other small items.

Out came a big block of wet butter wrapped in grease-proof paper. Brought from the back of the shop, placed on a huge counter top and included two grooved pates.

That was a big change in our shopping in my lifetime… you don’t come across butter bashing nowadays.

Our old friendly Mr. Mahon with the moustache, would cut a square of butter. Lift it to another piece of greaseproof paper with his pates. On it went to the weighing scales, a bit sliced off or added here and there.

Our old grocer would then bash it with gusto, turning it over and over. Upside down and sideways it went, so that it had grooves from the pates, splashes going everywhere, including our faces.

My sister and I thought this was great fun and it always cracked us up. We loved it, as we loved Mahon’s, on the corner, our very favourite grocery shop.

Grocery Shopping
Further afield, we often had to go to another of my mother’s favourite, not so local, green grocer’s. Mr. McKessie, ( spelt phonetically) would take our list, gather the groceries and put them all in a big cardboard box.

And because we were good customers he always delivered them to our house free of charge. But he wasn’t nearly as much fun as old Mr. Mahon. Even so, he was a nice man.

All Things Fresh
So there were very many common services such as home deliveries like:

• Farm eggs

• Fresh vegetables

• Cow’s milk

• Freshly baked bread

• Coal for our open fires

Delivery Services
A man used to come to our house a couple of times a week with farm fresh eggs.

Another used to come every day with fresh vegetables, although my father loved growing his own.

Our milk, topped with beautiful cream, was delivered to our doorstep every single morning.

Unbelievably, come think of it now, our bread came to us in a huge van driven by our “bread-man” named Jerry who became a family friend.

My parents always invited Jerry and his wife to their parties, and there were many during the summer months. Kids and adults all thoroughly enjoyed these times. Alcohol was never included, my parents were teetotallers. Lemonade was a treat, with home made sandwiches and cakes.

The coal-man was another who delivered bags of coal for our open fires. I can still see his sooty face under his tweed cap but I can’t remember his name. We knew them all by name but most of them escape me now.

Mr. Higgins, a service man from the Hoover Company always came to our house to replace our old vacuum cleaner with an updated model.

Our insurance company even sent a man to collect the weekly premium.

People then only paid for their shopping with cash. This in itself has been a huge change in shopping in my lifetime.

In some department stores there was a system whereby the money from the cash registers was transported in a small cylinder on a moving wire track to the central office.

Some Of The Bigger Changes
Some of the bigger changes in shopping were the opening of supermarkets.

• Supermarkets replaced many individual smaller grocery shops. Cash and bank cheques have given way to credit and key cards.

• Internet shopping… the latest trend, but in many minds, doing more harm, to book shops.

• Not many written shopping lists, because mobile phones have taken over.

On a more optimistic note, I hear that book shops are popular again after a decline.

Personal Service Has Most Definitely Changed
So, no one really has to leave home, to purchase almost anything, technology makes it so easy to do online.
And we have a much bigger range of products now, to choose from, and credit cards have given us the greatest ease of payment.

We have longer shopping hours, and weekend shopping. But we have lost the personal service that we oldies had taken for granted and also appreciated.

Because of their frenetic lifestyles, I have heard people say they find shopping very stressful, that is grocery shopping. I’m sure it is when you have to dash home and cook dinner after a days work. I often think there has to be a better, less stressful way.

My mother had the best of both worlds, in the services she had at her disposal. With a full time job looking after 9 people, 7 children plus her and my dad, she was very lucky. Lucky too that she did not have 2 jobs.

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

The results of this past election proved once again that the Democrats had a golden opportunity to capitalize on the failings of the Trump Presidency but, fell short of a nation wide mandate. A mandate to seize the gauntlet of the progressive movement that Senator Sanders through down a little over four years ago. The opportunities were there from the very beginning even before this pandemic struck. In their failing to educate the public of the consequences of continued Congressional gridlock, conservatism, and what National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation would do led to the results that are playing out today.. More Congressional gridlock, more conservatism and more suffering of millions of Americans are the direct consequences of the Democrats failure to communicate and educate the public. Educate the public that a progressive agenda is necessary to pull the United States out of this Pandemic, and restore this nations health and vitality.

It was the DNC’s intent in this election to only focus on the Trump Administration. They failed to grasp the urgency of the times. They also failed to communicate with the public about the dire conditions millions have been and still are facing even before the Pandemic. The billions of dollars funneled into campaign coffers should have been used to educate the voting public that creating a unified coalition would bring sweeping reforms that are so desperately needed. The reality of what transpired in a year and a half of political campaigning those billions of dollars only created more animosity and division polarizing one extreme over another.

One can remember back in 1992 Ross Perot used his own funds to go on national TV to educate the public on the dire ramifications of not addressing our national debt. That same approach should have been used during this election cycle. By using the medium of television to communicate and educate the public is the most effective way in communicating and educating the public. Had the Biden campaign and the DNC used their resources in this way the results we ae seeing today would have not created the potential for more gridlock in our government. The opportunity was there to educate the public of safety protocols during the siege of this pandemic and how National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation provides the necessary progressive reforms that will propel the United States out of the abyss of debt and restore our economy. Restoring our economy so that every American will have the means and the availability of financial and economic security.

The failure of the Democratic party since 2016 has been recruiting a Presidential Candidate who many felt was questionable and more conservative signals that the results of today has not met with the desired results the Democratic party wanted. Then again? By not fully communicating and not educating the public on the merits of a unified progressive platform has left the United States transfixed in our greatest divides since the Civil War. This writers support of Senator Bernie Sanders is well documented. Since 2015 he has laid the groundwork for progressive reforms. He also has the foundations on which these reforms can deliver the goods as they say. But, what did the DNC do, they purposely went out of their way to engineer a candidate who was more in tune with the status-quo of the DNC. They failed to communicate to the public in educating all of us on the ways our lives would be better served with a progressive agenda that was the benchmark of Senators Sanders Presidential campaign and his Our Revolution movement. And this is way there is still really no progress in creating a less toxic environment in Washington and around the country.

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