Ways to Help Your Child Understand Business

Do your children understand the value of a dollar? Many kids do not. There are things that parents can do to help their children, and teenagers, to get a basic grasp of money. They can also learn a little bit about business. Forbes has a really interesting article titled “13 Ways to Help Your Children Understand Business”. It was written by Dan Matthews, and posted on May 30, 2014. He gathered tips that will help parents to encourage their kids to become interested in finance and business. Each tip came from someone who is involved in business. One of those … Continue reading

CDC: “Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that cases of measles are on the rise in the United States. A Washington Post article that was published on April 24, 2014, points out that (at the time of publishing) 129 people, in 13 states, across the United States, had been infected with measles in the first four months of 2014. The CDC says this is the biggest measles outbreak in the United States since 1996. The CDC website points out that measles is a highly contagious disease, and that it can be very serious for young children. The … Continue reading

What are Your 2013 Genealogy Resolutions?

Typically, a New Year’s Resolution involves a goal that you intend to work toward in order to improve your life in the year ahead. Have you ever made a genealogy related New Year’s Resolution? If so, are you working on it, (or have you already given up that goal)? In the time that I have been writing for the Genealogy blog at Families.com, I’ve made a couple of genealogy resolutions at the start of the year. So far, I have completely abandoned all hope of achieving each one of them rather quickly, and have yet to reach those goals (whatever … Continue reading

Flexible Schedules Work For Parents

In the world of traditional work, your shift begins at the time when you are scheduled to be at work. Unless you call in sick or find a co – worker to cover some or all of your shift, there is little room for flexibility. If something happens and your daily routine gets changed around a bit, you may have to work when you are rather tired if the change affected your sleep. Working from home can be much kinder and gentler in that regard because many times, you are able to decide when you work. This makes working from … Continue reading

Tips For Finding Your Motivation

Sometimes even the most dedicated home – based professionals suffer from a lack of motivation. If your get up and go seems to have gotten up and gone somewhere without you, do not despair. It is not gone forever. Here are a few tips to help you through those times when you just don’t feel like doing your work. Get up and move. Fatigue can definitely sap your motivation, and a brisk walk can help bring your energy back. Bonus points if you walk outdoors, as the visual change can help to break the monotony of your work environment. Even … Continue reading

How I Met Your Father

In my last post, I described how one genealogy blogger’s account of how her grandfather and grandmother met made me think a lot about the importance of preserving family stories for future generations. In the spirit of recording family stories for posterity, I think that I will share my own story about how I met my husband. My boys are too young to understand the story, but there will come a day when they will wonder how their family came to be and this is what I will tell them. It all started when I was a student in law … Continue reading

Is Your Inbox Overflowing?

I just read this excellent post by Richele McFarlin about the importance of responding to business communications promptly, and I couldn’t agree more. No matter what business you are in, responding to business communications promptly is an important practice that must be made a priority. If you find yourself constantly overwhelmed by a deluge of telephone, email, and other messages that require a response, it may be time to reevaluate some things about your home – based business. One way that you can deal with a volume of business communications that has gotten larger than you are able to comfortably … Continue reading

Putting Together a Fitness Schedule

Several years ago I had a membership to Curves, a for-women-only fitness center. One of the things I remember really liking is the concept of circuit training. Circuit training is when you do short amounts of resistance exercise, focusing on one muscle group at a time. Sprinkled in the mix you also have some aerobic exercises. The reason I liked this is because I prefer variety. I can’t do floor exercises, such as leg lifts, for 20 minutes at a time. To me it is just plain boring. So when things get a little mixed up, I tend to be … Continue reading

Putting it Together: Blogging Tips

A Baker’s Dozen of Blogging Tips, Part 1 Blogosphere has a Short Memory: Blogging must be done often to retain readers and increase traffic. Optimally you want to blog three to five times a week. Remember you can schedule your posts in advance to make this easier for you. While blog vacations are sometimes necessary you should have content scheduled or you may come back to a blog with less followers, readers, and traffic. It’s a Small Blogosphere After All: The sheer amount of blogs will make your head spin. Yet, the community is large enough that you may not … Continue reading

Another Step Towards Opening Your Home Based Business

After thinking a bit about the suggestions that I wrote about yesterday, I realized that that I should talk a little bit about the importance of doing these smaller steps close enough together so that you can build momentum that will carry you through those crazy initial days, weeks, and months after you are open for business. I would suggest that you complete one of the steps each day, or every other day. Of course, you may need to tailor that suggestion a little to your schedule but it is important that you not spread them out too much because … Continue reading