Reality Bites – Make Sure You Understand Your Tax Obligations

There is an old saying that goes “There are only two things that are certain in life, and those are death and taxes.” I wonder if there is actually such a thing as death by taxes. Last night, I was working on my tax return and nearly had a heart attack. It seems as though I have misunderstood a very important principle regarding income taxes and self employment tax. They are not the same thing, you know. While I do know a lot about owning and operating a home – based business, I will be the first to admit that … Continue reading

Setting A Better Example

It’s exhausting sometimes having to be the only one setting an example for my child. I don’t always do a great job and I know that. We are all human with our own weaknesses, usually there are two parents to help even things out. He is strong where you are weak and vice versa. When you are a single parent you are going it alone. Hailey’s dad has been more influential by being a bad example and I have to say that I’m grateful for that. He struggled for years with drug addiction and knowing that her father doesn’t remember … Continue reading

Keep New Year’s Resolutions Realistic – Ideas for Young People

Earlier I joked that my daughter’s New Year’s resolution should be doing the dishes every night without being told. What I should have suggested was that she brush her teeth twice a day without whining and complaining. Then again, that would be more of a miracle than a resolution. Regardless, she wasn’t very receptive to either proposition. That’s the thing about New Year’s resolutions; you have to want to make a change in order for them to work. Still, there are many kids out there, who are more than willing to take on a New Year’s resolution, especially if they … Continue reading

Are You Looking For a Business Idea?

If you are thinking of starting a home – based business next year, you may be looking for ideas for what kind of business to start. There are so many options out there and it can be overwhelming to begin your search. If none of these suggestions seem appealing, they could at the very least cause you to think of other ideas that may be more of your thing. You may have been blessed with a knack for numbers and superior organizing skills. Did you know that many accountants work from home? You may need to take some classes and/or … Continue reading

Your Work, Your Worth

I just read a wonderful post by Richele McFarlin about how important it is to avoid taking on work that is not worth your time. I wholeheartedly agree, and I also think that sometimes home – based professionals have a tendency to underestimate what their time is worth simply because they feel so lucky to be able to work at home. It is a wonderful thing to be able to work at home, but it does not in any way diminish the value of your time. For example, if you are a writer who has been able to find and … Continue reading

Setting An Example For Your Children

One thing that work at home parents may not think about very often is the example that they set for their children. Whether you have started your own home – based business or you have a job where you work from home, your children are learning from your example. This is a very good thing. I grew up in a home where my dad worked outside of the home and my mom stayed home to raise my sister and I. As a child, I certainly enjoyed having a parent taking care of me at home. As I grew older, I … Continue reading

Challenge Yourself

SLR cameras are expensive, so it pays to make the most of all of their features. However, if you are upgrading from a standard point-and-shoot camera, then you might need some incentive to challenge yourself to experiment. Unless you are trying to profit from your passion, pushing yourself to use your camera to its fullest potential takes some encouragement. My advice is to look around at all of the subjects you can capture creatively with your picture-taking tool, and then work on your skills. For example, a trip to a nature preserve yields incredible photo opportunities. Professional photographers can make … Continue reading

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Home

In my last blog I asked if you were overscheduled. This is important to know because it can affect so many areas of your life, including the keeping of your home. If you have determined that indeed you are overscheduled, then its time to learn what you can do about it. I think the first thing is to really grasp the importance of maintaining a clean, orderly home. Too many people think it’s the last thing you should be concerned with. In fact, I have heard some try to sound like the best mom in the world by making comments … Continue reading

Setting Expectations for Dog Training

Do we expect too much from our dogs? Sometimes we think that dogs should jump to obey our orders, and many dog owners soon find out that perhaps we’re not viewing dogs and how we train them in the right way. Pet website ZooToo has an overview of how the dog training process works, explaining why many of us might be going about training in the wrong way. What’s always important to remember, especially when bringing a new dog home, is that there will be a honeymoon period but that period will end. New dogs, especially ones from shelters, brought … Continue reading

Have You Thought About a Low Cost Home Business?

If you have been thinking about starting a home-based business but feel that you can not start one right now because you do not have enough money, you may want to reconsider. Some successful home-based businesses can be started with little to no money. A good place to begin looking for low cost home business ideas might be to look at a list of suggestions such as those that I am listing below. As you read about the ideas, think about your unique skills and talents to figure out how you can take one or more of these business ideas … Continue reading