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Dec
22

How to Keep Your Home-Based Business Going Strong

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You worked really hard to get your home-based business off the ground. And congratulations on a job well done, by the way! But, just because you have established your company and you have some clients certainly does not mean that the work is over. On the contrary, when you run your own show, you need to constantly work on keeping it going strong. But how can you go about ensuring your long-term success in whatever field you have chosen to work in? Check out the tips below for some helpful insight.

Always Keep Learning

One way to keep your business going strong, and to keep it ahead of your competition, is by constantly learning new things. Look into online courses that you could take to further your skill set, or listen to podcasts and read inspiring interviews with people who are leading the pack in your industry – or in the world of entrepreneurship in general. You might even decide to go back to school for a degree.

For example, if you work from home as a bookkeeper, you could increase your skills by getting your University of South Dakota accounting degree online. You could keep working while studying because you could go to school from home by taking your classes online, and by the time you are done, you will be able to offer more advanced accounting services in addition to basic bookkeeping services. So, no matter what industry you work in, consider the education that will set you apart and allow you to offer new products or services.

Keep Setting New Goals

Sitting down and setting goals for your business is always a good idea, and it isn’t something that only happens when you first launch your brand and write your business plan. So, whether you revisit your goals once a year or every few months, make it a point to determine what you want to achieve. Then figure out what milestones you can set up so that you can track your progress on your way towards that ultimate goal.

If you want to increase the number of clients that you work with, for example, you might decide that you will attend more networking events in the coming year, or you might decide to become more active on social media, or you might even revamp your website by adding optimized content to it. The key is to always set new goals, so don’t just stop once you have achieved the goals that you set in the past.

Collaborate with Others

Finally, think about bringing on a team of people who could help you achieve your goals. After all, you can’t always do it all on your own. And as your business continues to grow, you might need some help keeping track of everything and getting everything done. Searching online for freelancers from around the globe will give you access to fellow professionals with the talents you need.

With the tips above, you could take your home-based business to a new level, so definitely consider giving these strategies a try very soon!

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Dec
22

How Higher Education Can Help Your Business

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coffee and computerOnce you’ve established your own business, you might think that the days for education and opportunities for education are far behind you. While it may be more common for 18-year-olds to head straight into higher education following their compulsory education, institutions are still open to applications from people from all walks of life. Mature students form a large and valuable part of any university’s student body and alumnus. Many people also make the mistake of assuming that the only use for education is to endow you with a qualification which you can then use to apply for jobs and land yourself in a spot that will lead to the career of your dreams. While this could prove true, it’s important to remember that the benefits and value of higher education don’t lie in the degree certificate that you receive at the end. Instead, they lie in the knowledge, information, and experience that you receive as a part of your studies. Even if you own your own business, these can all be used to add to its operation. Want more proof? Well, read on! Here are just a few ways that higher education can help your business.

 

Self-Improvement

Good business management doesn’t always come directly from experience. Sometimes you need to stand back and take advice from others with a more comprehensive understanding of the field. Studying a business management degree online can give you access to a whole bunch of techniques that could radically alter the way you control your business. You can learn about niche areas such as marketing, strategic management, operations management, and organisational behaviour. These will all vastly improve on the way that you operate things at the moment. You can also gain information about markets you’re likely currently unfamiliar with through modules on international operations, global business ethics, and international business and company law. This will help you to expand your brand’s global standing.

 

Specialist Knowledge

There are various aspects of your business that will require a very specific, specialist knowledge to be taken care of properly. Take accounts as an example. While many people will outsource this sector of their company or hire an in-house accountant to do the job, you can study the area yourself, do the work yourself and save yourself a whole lot of money in the process. This also gives you more control over what is an extremely important part of your company! Other areas that could prove beneficial include business law (you will know the rules and regulations that your business has to abide by), marketing (which can help you to run particularly successful campaigns), and web design (which will allow you to make tweaks and renovations to your company website without having to pay through the nose to outside sources).

Remember that you can never be overeducated. There’s always a lesson to learn out there, and there’s always a way that new knowledge can be applied to your business in particular. Nowadays, with the increasing availability of online and distance learning, you can also easily fit studies around your usual operations. Perfect!

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Dec
22

Home Biz Whizz: What Business Model To Opt For?

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Whether you want to to earn a little extra pocket money or make it your full time career,

setting up your own business could be one of the best things you ever do. It’s an opportunity to put your heart into something you really believe in, you could become your own boss and work hard for something that’s your own. But there are lots of different things to consider when deciding on where to start and one is what kind of business model you will go for. Here are some suggestions to consider.

 

Making Your Own Products

If you have a craft that you’re talented in, why not make your own items to sell? If you’re a dab hand on a sewing machine it could be creating clothes- fashion items for adults and children, halloween costumes, even dog costumes. It could be sewing things like homewares such as cushions and curtains or smaller items like makeup bags and purses. If you’re a jewelery maker you could make fine jewelery in gold or silver, or costume jewelery with things like beads and semi precious stones. It could be candles, homemade beauty products- whatever it is that you enjoy and are skilled at. Not only is this a great way to make money from your hobby but it can do very well, people enjoy handmade items since they’re different to anything you can get on the high street.

 

Buying and Selling

Buying items cheaply and then selling for a profit is a solid business model. The only issue is depending on what you’re selling, you might need a lot of space to store your stock. If you’re working from home this could in a garage or outbuilding, otherwise it’s lugging things up and down stairs. There are lots of wholesale sites allowing you to buy all kinds of things cheaply for resale. Decide what your business will be focused on and go from there. Will it be selling one thing in particular such as clothes or homeware? Will it be targeted to a certain demographic instead, for example it could sell all kinds of pretty things from hair, beauty, fashion, homewares, stationery and more to appeal to women. If you find your niche you’re much more likely to build a loyal audience. Decide what your unique selling point will be, one example would be budget items for students. Work out your particular demographic and appeal to them. Instead of simply selling on items for more than you paid, one option would be to do something with them. You could create things like gift baskets, hampers, goodie bags and other things from a selection of items which would appeal for people for gifts. Buy some cellophane, bows, ribbon and baskets and you can create something that looks really impressive. You could get makeup bags and fill them with a selection of different beauty products either as a lucky dip or allowing people to pick what they want. These slight twists on things could allow you to earn more money. Read More→

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Dec
20

The Essential Steps In Growing Any Business

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When you are looking into how to grow your business, you can often find yourself surprised by just how much there is to do. No matter what it is that your business actually does, there are always things which you need to focus on in particular ifBoost your traffic you want to make sure it grows at the right kind of rate. As it happens, these can often be both obvious and yet regularly overlooked, and it is worth looking into what they are so that you can be sure you are doing everything you should be doing in your business to allow it to grow. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most important aspects of growing your business.

Branching Out

Chances are, when you started with your business you specialised in one or two things. This is exactly what you should do, what any entrepreneur in the world does, but it is often true that you need to change things up after a while if you want to expand as a business. One of the most essential steps in growing any business is to make sure you branch out at some point. This can be in the form of a new kind of product, in which case you will need to make sure that you keep within the refines of what your target demographic will like. Or it might mean that you offer a little something extra in your service, which is arguably one of the better ways of approaching this difficulty. However you do it, make sure to branch out in such a way that you do not hinder the existing parts of your business, but rather only make them stronger.

Upping The Marketing

Marketing will always be an essential part of any business, and if you want to grow and expand then you need to ensure that the marketing follows suit. Done well, it is often all you really need in order to ensure that the growth itself actually lands; as long as people understand the growth and are on your side, after all, you can be sure of that growth working out much more successfully. So this is the value of marketing during such a time, and it is something you will want to put a lot of time and energy into in order to get it right. Let’s therefore look in a little more detail at what your marketing should look like as your business goes through its process and period of growth.

One of the biggest parts of your marketing at any time is the website, and this will be especially true at this point in time too. If you are not entirely convinced that your website is currently doing everything it can for your business, then this period of growth will be the ideal time to look into that. No two websites are the same or serve quite the same purpose, but as long as you are using it and approaching it as a marketing tool you should be able to use it as fully as possible for that very purpose. A well-built website is a beautiful thing, and there are particular characteristics which it should almost certainly have. For instance, it should be easily navigable by anyone, and it should also be designed in such a way that it lends itself well towards the branding of the business as a whole. Now is a perfect time to look into whether or not your website is doing what it should – for more information and advice on that, check here. Read More→

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Dec
14

Seasons of Finding Yourself

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We oftenWoman in worship position hear about “seasons of life,” especially when something tough happens in our life. As the years go by, I am also noticing what I like to call “seasons of finding myself.” This applied primarily to times in our life when a major shift has occurred, and we must readjust our view of ourselves – our identity – into a new normal.

Some of these major life shifts may include:

  • Becoming a wife
  • Becoming a mother
  • New life-stages of motherhood (infants, toddlers, elementary age, tweens, teens, adult children)
  • Transitioning home from the corporate world
  • Going back to school
  • Starting a new job

I have experienced each of these stages, and each one seems to throw me off while I sort-out what my new identity or role is. For example, when my children transitioned from toddlers to school age, I had to determine what my role would now be. My role as their mother hadn’t completely changed, but new role opportunities had been added – Room Parent, School Volunteer, PTA Parent, etc. I now had to decide what level of involvement I would have in my children’s day-to-day lives while they were at school.   Read More→

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Dec
04

Review: She Reads Truth Bible

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I recently have had the opportunity to review the She Reads Truth Bible and I have enjoyed it immensely. To start off, the cover is just gorgeous (I received the orange “poppy” version) and really draws the eye.

Upon opening the Bible, I was please to see not one but two bookmarks. I know this might seem minimal, but I love reading in both the Old and New Testaments and often read a little each day in both. So, two bookmark ribbons was an unexpected bonus for me!

The She Reads Truth Bible offers helpful introductions to every book of the Bible, giving details about the book’s author, a synopsis of each chapter’s content and even a reading plan for each book. It also contains numerous devotionals throughout to aid you in applying what you read to your daily life.

I love the She Reads Truth Bible  and will be continuing to use it daily for my quiet times. 🙂 #SheReadsTruth #ReadYourBible

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Nov
28

Work as Worship

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Is your Monday different than your Sunday? Or, in other words, are you worshiping God through the week the same way you do at church on Sunday morning?

It can be hard at times to see our work as a form of worship, but Dorothy Sayers, in her Essay “Why Work,” says just that:

“Let the church remember this: that every maker and every worker is called to serve God in his profession on trade – not outside it … The only Christian work is good work well done.”

Isn’t that freeing? It isn’t supposed to be God OR work. We are called to worship God through our work. Every beautiful thing we create, every item we sell, every customer we interact with … it’s all meant to be well done – to the best of our abilities as an offer to God.

For many years I struggled with the pressure I felt running CWAHM. I felt that it was somehow “not good enough” no matter where I looked. In the eyes of the business world, I’m certainly small potatoes – not to mention that I have a Biblical Counseling degree, not a business degree. And in the eyes of the Christian world I wasn’t “Christian enough” because I talk about selling and marketing and business.

But, God has brought me to a place where I can see that by living out my calling – the calling that HE has given me – I am glorifying Him. I may never be “enough” in anyone else’s eyes, but I’m working for an audience of One and He is the only opinion that counts. Read More→

Nov
27

4 Great Home Based Businesses for Nurses

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When someone talks about the nursing profession, the default assumption is that you’re making rounds in a doctor’s office or hospital. However, there are ways nurses can work from home and even run a business from home. Here are 4 great home-based business ideas for nurses.

Telenursing

Telenursing is when someone provides medical advice through the phone or video conferencing. This type of work is actually driven by insurers who want to provide medical triaging and advice. For example, a panicked parent calling about a child’s symptoms can be told whether or not the child truly needs to go to the Emergency Room or can be handled via first aid. Or the parents may be told what they can do to cope with the condition, knowing which escalation of symptoms does warrant an ER visit or going to the doctor the following morning.

Nurses can offer this service to doctor’s offices, so that doctors receive fewer late night phone calls. Or they can work through platforms that offer tele-nursing services just as many customer service reps and telemarketers now work from home. You may need to complete an msn online to offer more than scripted advice for liability purposes.

Medical Recruiting

A popular home business for nurses is working as a recruiter. You connect with doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, seasonal destinations and others who are desperate to recruit nurses. And then you connect with other nurses seeking a variety of positions. Now you’re playing matchmaker and are paid for the service.

Dietician/Diet Planner

Nurses are perfectly trained to provide dietary advice to their clients. Be aware of local regulations that may require certifications beyond a nursing degree to act as a dietician. However, in general, a nurse can work with a client to assemble lists of approved foods or put together meal plans that fit the patient’s unique set of medical conditions and dietary needs. If you know how to plan a dozen different gluten free meals or a paleo diet that doesn’t cost a fortune or need a lot of work, a nurse working as a diet planner could find quite a few clients eager for their advice. Read More→

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Nov
24

Thanksgiving Perspective

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Do you feel like a success?

As work-at-home moms it’s easy to get caught up in the “look what she has accomplished” mindset and fail to see all that God has done in our own lives and businesses.

We need to shift our perspectives from “What I want to accomplish?” to “WOW! Look what God has done!”

Thanksgiving is upon us and this seems like the perfect time of year to think about how God sees you and your success. Do you believe that He wants you to succeed?

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Believe it or not, the sentence above is a quote directly from Scripture – Psalm 20:4. If our hearts are right with God, we are on track for success in life. Now, this may not mean that each of us can be a millionaire, but it does mean that God wants to lead us down the path to success.

We must, however, keep in mind that God’s idea of success in our lives may not look exactly like the version we see in our heads. God first and foremost wants us to be the person that He created us to be; to live a life of sacrifice, obedience and love. We can’t simply hoard our money and resources for ourselves, living in fear that we won’t have enough,  hoping that God will bless that. God calls us to a much bigger belief than that!He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.

This proverb (see Proverbs 2:7) is a powerful reminder that our God is a God of justice. He “holds success” for the upright.

Does that mean wicked people can’t be successful? No.

We must look at the sentence following and be reminded that God is our shield – if we trust in Jesus. Only by trusting in the person and power of Jesus can we be seen as “blameless in God’s sight.” (1 Corinthians 1:8)

You see, God looks at us much differently than we look at ourselves. We see our sins, failures and shortcomings. However, when we believe in Jesus as our salvation, God sees us as blameless. What freedom there is in that truth!

There are other areas of life where we need a perspective change as well. You see, many of us, especially Americans see ourselves as poor.  We makes comments like, “I’m so broke.”  I’ve been guilty of this more times than I can count. But I recently had a wake-up call as to how God sees my financial status. Read More→

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Nov
23

From No Bookkeeping to Efficient Accounting- Getting-Started Tips

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Whether you are a professional working from home or an entrepreneur running a small business, managing your business finances properly is a must. The success of your business depends on how well you manage your finances. Unfortunately, a lot of home business owners and professionals still aren’t taking accounting and financial management seriously.

If you’ve been running a business without proper accounting, now is the perfect time to get started. I know how challenging doing accounting can be, especially if this is your first time. To help you get started, here are some of the best tips you can use right away.

Separate Your Accounts

The first thing you need to do when you’re making that transition from no bookkeeping to having an efficient way of doing accounting is separating the accounts. Keeping personal and business finances separate is a necessity regardless of the kind of business you’re running.

Create a new account for the business and allocate a certain amount of money into the account as a starting point. Don’t worry too much about the amount; you just need to focus on getting started with separating your accounts.

Once the new account is established, all business income must go to that account and all expenses need to be paid using the funds available in that account as well. if there are expenses you can’t pay because there is not enough money in the account, you have two options.

First, you can choose to give a loan from your personal account to the business account and repay that loan later. Alternatively, you can deposit money as an additional equity for the business and keep that amount in the business account.

Get Help

Separating your accounts is only the first challenge. The next one is getting your books in order. For this, the best way to go is by getting some help.

Accounting is very standardized, which means you can use a software to help you do bookkeeping for the business. Choose a software that you’re comfortable with the most and start tracking your expenses accordingly.

You can also get the help of an accountant or accounting students. Many students pursuing their bachelors of accounting from universities such as Maryville University help small business owners with their accounting as a way to earn more money.

The relationship may even continue after they completed their online bachelors of accounting degree. You always have the help you need to keep the business’s finances in order.

Stick to a System

At this point, you’ll be busy tracking your expenses and income while making sure that every business activity is documented properly in the system. All you have to do now is stick to a system that you’ve selected and be consistent.

I know how tempting it is to delay doing some bookkeeping; responding to comments on social media is a lot more fun, isn’t it? Unfortunately, this type of procrastination will only make it more difficult to maintain the business’s finances in the long run.

You now have the top three tips to help you get started with doing accounting for your business or home office. Don’t wait any longer. Get started today and get your books in order.

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