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Apr
20

Work at Home? Five Ways to entertain your kids

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ChildcareDepending on the type of home-based work that you do, having your children around to be a part of things can be a wonderful part of the experience. However, there are going to be times that you must simply have peace and quiet – whether it be to make an important phone call, to finish work for deadline or a myriad of other reasons.

There are many ways to entertain your children while you work. Finding productive ways to entertain them with can be more difficult. Outlined below are five constructive things that your kids can do to give you a quiet moment.

1. Naptime

Working while your child is taking a nap is an easy way to have the quiet that you’ll need for phone calls and other important tasks. If you have more than one child, try setting a specific time for them to take a nap each day, so that they will come to expect it. Even a half hour a day can make a difference in your workload.

If you have older children that are home during the day, they too need quiet time even if they don’t necessarily sleep. It is good for children to have some time to themselves. They can play quietly in their room, read or do another quiet activity.

2. Playtime

If your children are 4 years old or more, you can many times help them start an activity that they can complete. Put a small table near your desk and allow them to play with play dough, do a puzzle or a simple craft project. Take a break every so often to check their progress and help them if needed.

With older kids, you can have them sit at the kitchen table or somewhere else out of hearing range to do an activity or craft suitable for their age and interests.

3. Outdoor Time

When the weather cooperates, send the kids outside for some fresh air. Be sure that your children are old enough and mature enough to handle time outside by themselves. If possible, have a next door neighbor keep an eye on them. If you have a fenced in back yard, that is often the safest possibility. Another option is to buy outdoor activities that can keep your children occupied.

4. Computer Time

Allowing your children time on the computer can be a fun way for them to pass time quietly if you are on the phone or doing other tasks. There are many educational websites and games that they play online, such as SesameStreet.com, Noggin.com and BigIdea.com.

Many smaller children will also enjoy “typing.” Open a blank document in your Word Processor and make the font large. As they get older, they will become familiar with the letters and even learn to type their name and other words.

5. TV time

On the days when your child is sick or it is too cold to play outside, consider allowing them to watch a movie or an allotted amount of TV time. Most children’s movies are kept short to keep their attention and are also educational. Find movies and TV programs that meet your approval and adhere to your morals and beliefs.

Working from home and being there for your children is one of the best gifts that you can give them. However, there are always times when you will need the little ones quite while complete necessary tasks. Use these five ideas to take the stress out of finding quiet time.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jill Hart is the founder of Christian Work at Home Moms, CWAHM.com. This site is dedicated to providing work at home moms with opportunities to promote their businesses while at the same time providing them spiritual encouragement and articles. Visit http://www.CWAHM.com for additional information.

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Apr
20

Money Management For People Who Are Bad With Money

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money is tightDo you consider yourself to be bad with money? Need a little money management advice to help you get your finances in order? Look no further. In this post you’ll find money management tips for people who are bad with money, so you can finally feel in control of your finances:

 

Admit You have A Problem

The first thing you need to do is admit you have a problem. Admit it out loud, and then choose somebody you trust to confide in. This could be a parent, a best friend, or a sibling. Make sure they are the kind of person who will support you and be as non judgemental as possible, as somebody who will berate you for your irresponsible actions could only send you into a further downward spiral of spending and being silly with money. Once you’ve admitted you have a problem, you can begin to take the steps to change it.

 

Identify What Makes You Spend Money

Now it’s time to look at what makes you spend money – your spending triggers. There are likely things that will make you feel more like spending, such as when you feel stressed or overwhelmed, or even when you feel bored. There are many reasons we spend – some people are trying to keep up with a rich friend, while others simply learned their terrible spending habits from their parents when they were young. Once you’ve identified why you spend money the way you do, you can begin working on breaking those old habits. The more you understand yourself and how your brain works, the better.

 

Change Your Mindset And Attitude Towards Money

It’s important you change your mindset and attitude towards money, as it will have had a lot to do with the reason you are the way you are with money now. You probably have programs subconsciously running in your head over and over telling you that you’re bad with money, that money is the root of all evil, that it’s bad to like having money – all of these things are beliefs that people have, and they stop us from making and keeping money the way we should. Work on your innermost feelings about money and figure out how you can change them.

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Apr
16

Simple Ways To Set Up A Home Office

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Whether you work full-time from home or just need an area where you can brainstorm and focus on important tasks, there are some basic aspects to consider. Home offices are no longer situated in the basement or the corner of the room. They play an important role in today’s world where more and more people are starting to work from home. Even if you’re not working with a big space, it is important to remember your needs and comfort.

Working from home allows people to have a better work-life balance, forget about the stress of commute and gives them the freedom to design their workspace according to their needs, likes, and budget. Home offices need to promote productivity, comfort, and happiness and the following tips might be just what you need.

 

  • Identify the Space

 

The first and most obvious aspect to consider is the space of your office. If your space is limited, you won’t have a lot of options. In this case, it might be a good idea to convert certain areas of your home where you think that you would be productive. You could convert a closet or a corner of your living room into your office. If you decide to convert your attic or basement into your office and you notice that there are a few unwanted guests there (ants, spiders, mosquitoes, etc.), it might be a good idea to contact a Pest Exterminator Company.

 

  • Follow Ergonomic Rules

 

When designing a home office, it might be tempting to get carried away by purchasing items of furniture that are pleasing to the eye. However, it is important to place the screen at eye level or a little below. The keyboard has to be placed so that the forearms are parallel to the floor. Last but not least, the chair should make you want to work and feel happy and comfortable. Consider all aspects that might improve your productivity, such as temperature and lighting. Have a portable phone on hand and consider window coverings that will allow you to control how much light gets in the office.

 

  • Get Creative With Storage

 

Filing cabinets might not be the most attractive piece of furniture, but you still need a storage solution for the papers you use frequently. Wall storage is a great option for those who remember something exists when they see it. At the same time, bookcases might be one of the safest options for any home office. They look great as a backdrop, and they are very versatile. If you’re using the guest bedroom as your office and you don’t feel like investing in a new storage piece of furniture, you could easily convert the wardrobe into a functional shelving system. Read More→

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Apr
15

Where Faith And Healing Can Take Your Career

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No one knows what lurks behind every corner in our life. We don’t really dwell on it because we know deep down, the best you can do is prepare and wait. Hoping that nothing bad will befall you, it’s so incredibly easy to get trapped in a lull and take things for granted. Perhaps this is why we pray and put our faith in a spiritual being that we believe is looking out for us. Unfortunately, to that end, not everybody is dealt a good hand in life. Looking at pictures from around the world of an earthquake disaster and the countless victims, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. Equally horrific are the plagues of diseases that strike third-world nations as seen in the recent Ebola epidemic in Africa. Some people see these things happening and want to get involved at ground level. They also wish to bring their faith along with them as a torch to guide them through the rough and tumble of dealing with the suffering of humanity.

 

The saintly image

If we were to explore what drives such people to go and help others around the world, we will come across the saintly image of the Red Cross nurse. These women put themselves in harm’s way. There are stories of Christian nurses that voluntarily went to places that were consumed with war and barbaric acts. They were never afraid of rebels and militants; they stayed with the civilians while all other abandoned them. They were, of course, driven by their faith to endure and remain in service to other human beings.

 

How has it evolved

As we saw in the Ebola outbreak, the practices of healthcare are never watertight. Despite there being first-world doctors and nurses in the affected areas, political will and understanding were lackluster, to say the least. The world didn’t really understand what was going on and to what extent local communities had been affected. Nursing has evolved from the general care practices to the now complex contribution to healthcare policy. An RN to BSN course that can now be done entirely online goes through a module that focuses on the impact of healthcare policies and laws, financing and reimbursement, regulatory guidelines, and globalization of healthcare on nursing practice and quality health outcomes. Students will explore the political, socioeconomic, and population factors that influence policy and practice.

 

International aid teams

Governments of developed nations have departments that implement the policies of the elected party that will go to help poorer nations. International development and aid departments work with companies such as the Red Cross to fly nurses all around the world where the aid is being given. On average a registered nurse with a BSN qualification will earn a salary of around $75,000. You can apply for such a job with a government-sponsored organization to get you closer to the frontline of healthcare in locations all over the world. Equally satisfying and worthy, you can always volunteer with the Red Cross via their website.

There’s no telling where your faith can take you. Healing others who need help can also bring you new hope in humanity and strengthen your faith in your beliefs.

 

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Apr
13

3 Rewarding Careers In The Emergency Services

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If you’re looking for an exciting career where no two days are the same and you get the opportunity to help others in a meaningful way on a regular basis, the emergency services might be the way to go. They play a vital role in keeping people safe so you’ll get great job satisfaction, and the salaries for some of these jobs is pretty good as well. The first thing that springs to mind when you think of the emergency services is the police force which puts a lot of people off because of the danger involved but that’s only one part of the emergency services. These are some of your other options.

 

Paramedic

If you want a career that combines a love of driving with a desire to help people, being a paramedic might be worth considering. You’ll be first on the scene in an emergency, giving preliminary care to patients while you get them to the hospital. It’s a pretty high intensity job and you’ll see some quite harrowing things so if you have a weak disposition, you probably aren’t suited to being a paramedic. Another big thing that people struggle with is losing patients; you aren’t going to be able to save every single one and it can be incredibly difficult emotionally when things go wrong. It takes a certain type of person to be able to deal with that strain.

 

Program Director

People that still want to be involved in the emergency services and help people, but can’t handle being on the front lines, should think about a career as a program director. Program directors are essentially the big picture people, they help with the organization and direction of the people on the ground when dealing with emergencies. You’ll need to get qualified before you start applying for positions but you can get a public safety degree online which you can do in your spare time so it doesn’t mean having to go back to college full time. It’ll take you around 3 years to complete, after which time you’ll be qualified to work as a program director.

 

Emergency Dispatcher

One of the most important jobs in the emergency services is answering the phone to people in distress and directing police or paramedics to help them. You can land a job as an emergency dispatcher without any previous qualifications, you’ll just need to complete some written tests during the application. Your job will be to answer the phones, take control of the situation and get the information you need from the caller and then decide what action to take. It’s an incredibly high pressure job which often involves working night shifts. The biggest challenge you’ll face is dealing with the emotional impact of the calls you get. Sometimes, you’ll be speaking to people in dangerous or incredibly distressing situations and hearing that first hand, while knowing that you can’t do anything but wait until the emergency services arrive can be a struggle to deal with.

 

There are countless options for people that want to work with the emergency services, it’s not all about being a police officer.

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Apr
11

How to Start a Successful Online Business from Home

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Would you like to set your own hours, work from anywhere, and make a profitable income? Perhaps, you would like to be your own boss and create a job role where you’re excited to start work day-in-day-out. If so, you should seriously consider launching an online business. The good news is, online businesses quite often have low start-up fees, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money to start generating a profit. Here’s how to start a successful online business from the comfort of your own home.

Choose the Right Business for You

While the products you choose can help to provide a return on your investment, the business you create will determine whether you want to jump out of bed each morning to get to work. If you’re not passionate about your business or industry from the start, you may as well quit now. Therefore, it pays to enter a market you love. For example, if you love sports, you could sell sports clothing, equipment, memorabilia, or all the above! Your passion for the industry will reflect in your brand, marketing, and product range, so choose wisely.

Select the Right Domain Name

Once you have identified your industry and invested in your goods or services, your next step should be to register a domain name for your business website. Your brand name is always a great choice, but it might already be taken. Write down simple yet memorable variations that are connected to your brand and company. You will, however, need to pay a small annual fee to secure your domain name.

Develop a Professional Online Store

You might be working from the comfort of your own home, but you will not want your customers to know that. Get your site off to the best possible start by investing in a professional, attractive, and easy-to-navigate website that reflects your branding, grabs visitors’ attention, and increases conversions. Consult expert BigCommerce partners to create a store from scratch or using custom BigCommerce themes and templates to wow your potential customers. Read More→

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Apr
10

5 Great Health and Wellness Home Business Ideas

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family exercising togetherAccording to the Global Wellness Institute, the health and wellness industry is worth 3.4 trillion dollars worldwide. This industry encompasses general health, beauty, and weight control. People around the world are more and more inclined towards living healthier lifestyles, which makes now the ideal time to enter the field. Here are five great health and wellness home business ideas.

Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is in charge of guiding people through various fitness programs and helping them meet their fitness objectives. Their clients could include people who want to get into shape, athletes who want to improve their competitiveness, and older people who want to learn how to work out in ways that improve their long-term health while avoiding injury. You could work as a personal trainer in your home or your client’s home. Or, you could create online courses and consult with clients via video calls.

Health Coach

A health coach takes things one step farther than the personal trainer. They may provide advice on exercise, but they may also provide expert recommendations on nutrition, stress management, and relaxation. As a health coach, you can provide holistic advice to clients to improve all aspects of their life instead of only focusing on workouts.

Education and certification aren’t necessarily required to enter this profession, though your marketability to clients is improved by having one or both.

One benefit of health coaching is the flexibility. You could work in-person with clients, work one on one, or with groups. You might also be able to sell your expertise as part of a program or via books.

Selling Health and Wellness Products

Selling dietary supplements is one of the most popular health and wellness home businesses ideas these days. You can even sell food to people, such as gluten-free or vegan food. Others sell essential oils and other healthy living products. You could even expand your business by selling homemade and natural spa and beauty products like soaps or lotions, for instance.

Nutritionist/Dietician

Nutritionists and dieticians are a cornerstone of the health and wellness sector. They can find work in hospitals, spas, gyms, corporations and wellness centers. Another option is working as a dietary aid instead of going to school for a longer period to become a nutritionist. You check out the average dietary aide salary versus nutritionist/dietician positions to see if that would be the right career path for you.

Health Food Business

What if you know how to make healthy meals that actually taste good? You could use your skills to become a personal chef. And, you don’t necessarily have to be a trained chef to do so, but it would definitely help. However, if you work as a personal chef full-time, you may need to secure an occupational license.

You could take it one step farther and be paid to teach clients how to cook healthy meals or create gluten-free and vegan-dishes that your clients not only can eat but will enjoy. Or, you could write books or create courses to share your knowledge, creating additional streams of income.

Conclusion

The health and wellness is a growing field with tons of great opportunities. Try to pick a field that will allow you to make the most out of your aptitudes and interests.

 

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Apr
10

7 Important Things You Should do Before Starting a Business

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The decision to start a business can be one that is life-changing and can also be a rollercoaster ride. It can demand so much from you financially, mentally, and emotionally, so ensuring you’re prepared for the ride is key. There are many ways to prepare as well as several things to think about such as whether your business idea is promising, how exactly you’re going to execute your plan, and what tools and resources you’re going to need to make it a reality. All of these things can seem overwhelming, however, if you’re organized and try and make your plan as detailed as possible, you may find you’re able to significantly reduce your stress levels. On that note, this article is going to list 7 important things you should do before starting a business.

Solidify Your Business Plan

One of the first things you should do before starting your business is solidifying your business plan. Some people start a business without one, however, it’s hard to keep track of your goals and progress as well as know if you’re on the right track without it. Your business plan should more or less be like a roadmap that tells you where you’re going and how to get to your destination. It should be as detailed as possible and essentially help you put your business idea into perspective. A good business plan should consist of a clear and concise executive summary, an established market opportunity, detailed information about your competition, as well as details regarding your business model. It is also vital that your business plan reflects the feasibility of your business and shows that you’ve asked yourself difficult questions. This will save you a lot of headache in the long-run as you would have planned for any contingencies or things that could go wrong. You could choose to write the business plan yourself but note that it will take a reasonable amount of time and research. If you’d rather someone with more expertise write your business plan, then you could hire someone to do the job and carry out extensive research for you. The price of a business plan varies so you would have to do your own research and find someone who could give you a quality plan within your budget. Read More→

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Apr
07

40 Days to a Better Business: Day 40 – Putting It All Together

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40 Days to a Better Business

Over the last forty days we’ve found lots of new and exciting ways to improve our businesses. Now it’s time to pick out what we need to work on to make our businesses stronger and get to work.

For our last assignment:

1. Make a list of what you’re working on (or need to work on) in the coming days.

2. Set a goal date for each item

3. Create an action plan for each item. Remember, goals can get overwhelming so let’s break them down and tackle them one step at a time.

4. Mark your calendar at 6 months or a year from now to revisit your action plan. You can see where you’ve come and adjust anything that needs it at that time.

 

I hope I’ll hear from you on how this 40 Day journey has impacted you and your business! You can reach me directly at jill@cwahm.com. I’d love to know what you’ve learned, what you’ve put into action and how your business has changed!

Miss any posts from 40 Days To a Better Business? Read the entire series here.

Learn more about starting your own business HERE!

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Apr
06

40 Days to a Better Business: Day 39 – Your Marketing Plan: Blogging and Social Media

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40 Days to a Better Business

 

No matter what type of business you’re in, there will be some writing involved. (Don’t panic. You can do this!) There will be copywriting – writing of ads, product descriptions, etc. There will be most likely be blogging in one form or another, whether it’s traditional blogging or micro-blogger on a platform such as Twitter. And there will be post writing, on social media channels such as Facebook and LinkedIn. So, if you’re in business for yourself, get used to the thought of writing … or of hiring someone to do some writing for you.

For each of these needs, you will want to put together at least a loose strategy. Here are some ideas on how to do this in the least-painful way.

Blogging

* When you’re blogging for business, you want to be sure that you have a clear end-goal in mind.  Business blogging isn’t meant to entertain, although hopefully it will do that as well, it’s meant to connect with customers in such a way that they then desire to buy your product or work with your service. Know what you want your customer to do after reading your post and give a clear call-to-action at the end.

* Be clear in your blog writing. Choose topics that relate to your business and then share the expertise that you’ve gained during your time in business. If there are still things that you’re unsure of, do some research and don’t be afraid to quote sources.

* Don’t be afraid to branch out and guest post for other blogs once you’re comfortable writing for your own. Offer them fresh content in your area of expertise, but geared for their particular audience. If possible, offer to swap posts with bloggers and business owners that you admire. This creates a win-win situation.

 

Social Media

* In both blogging and social media, you want to be sure to keep things positive. Don’t knock the competition. Instead, focus on what your business does best and how you can help your customers. No complaining allowed in your social media interactions. Customers should leave thinking how positive and encouraging you are (think “KLOVE”), not frustrated by your rants.

* Another key to social media success it to automate the process when possible. Consider setting up the “Twitter” app on Facebook that will send all of your Facebook posts through to Twitter as well. The same can be done for LinkedIn and other social media channels.

* Last but not least, make it fun for your customers. Run contests, share pictures, share outtakes of your day. The more you connect with your clients on a personal basis, the more loyal followers you’ll have.

 

Miss any posts from 40 Days To a Better Business? Read the entire series here.

Learn more about starting your own business HERE!

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