Learning to Say No

I typically don’t have a problem saying no to people. I guess that’s because I am a pretty organized, detailed person who likes plans, schedules and routines. So if something is going to distract me from what I need to, I can generally say no to it. However, what I have noticed recently is that where I do struggle to say no is when something is related to my line of work. Once it gets out there that you are a professional in some field, you may suddenly find others in need of advice or help. This has happened to … Continue reading

Combating Isolation When You Work from Home

If there is one detriment to running a home business it is isolation. You can easily find yourself isolated from the world around you. I have no co-workers to talk to (or contend with). I don’t really have a “boss.” I have an editor but she works several states away so our conversations take place through email. And now that my children are back in school, the house can become eerily quiet. It is as if I am cut off from the rest of the world. Now some people (myself included) thrive on working independently. Although this can be a … Continue reading

Working from Home Doesn’t Mean I Have It Easy

Someone recently posted on their Facebook status that they had come to the conclusion women who have never held a full-time job while raising children have no clue what its like. Apparently something had rubbed her the wrong way. But quite honestly, I know that feeling of being rubbed the wrong way when it comes to my working at home and raising children. I could say the same thing, “Women who have never had to work at home while raising children have no clue what its like.” Working at home is a blessing, don’t get me wrong. But I continue … Continue reading

A List of Home Business Ideas

In this blog I am going to just focus on a wide variety of ideas for starting up a home business. Remember that a home business doesn’t necessarily have to be something you do full-time. In fact, it’s probably best to start off on a part-time basis and see where it leads. So here is a list of home business ideas: Accountant Tax Preparer Life Coach Professional Organizer Wedding Planner Party/Event Planner Freelance Writer Bed and Breakfast Childcare Website Designer Resume Writer Proofreader Graphic Designer Financial Planner Housecleaning Service Dog Sitter/Walker Desktop Publishing Medical Transcriptionist Caterer Lawn care/Landscaping Car Restoration … Continue reading

How to Become a Professional Organizer

Are you gifted at organizing? Did you know that you could actually make a career of this? There is even a “National Association of Professional Organizers” which is a way to become certified. I guess in any field of work certification makes you seem more, well, professional. At one time I actually considered this line of work. Organization is one of my gifts but some of my family members think it’s a sickness. Like the time I spent several hours in my kitchen organizing my spices. I couldn’t stand that I had several containers of certain spices so I combined … Continue reading

Managing Your Time

One of the struggles that I find a lot of people have who work from home is managing their time. When you aren’t under the careful observation of a boss it can be too easy to get stuck in the vicious cycle of time wasters. You know what I mean…checking your email every few minutes, picking up around the house, watching Dr. Phil. Recently I started really paying attention to the things I spend time doing in between my work. I knew I wasn’t managing my time well because there were just too many evenings that I still had to … Continue reading

What Will 2011 Bring to Your Home Business?

A few days before the New Year, I take time to sit down and think about goals. I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions but I like the whole idea of setting goals for important areas in my life. Of course, one of those areas is with my career. Having a home business is mostly a blessing but it does have its downsides. I started to think about some of them and how I can either overcome them or learn to readjust. It got me thinking, “What will 2011 bring to my home business?” Well here is the thing, it … Continue reading

How to Set Up a Home Office

Whether you want to work from home or just catch up on all of the bills, having a home office can really boost your productivity. How many times do we find ourselves conducting business at the kitchen counter or dining room table? Here are some tips about setting up a real home office. Identify the space Maybe you already have a space in mind for your home office. But before you get started, you’ll want to examine the possibilities in your home and determine where the best place might be to set up a home office. Pick out two or … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Direct Sales Companies

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to work from home doing something you absolutely love to do? Many scrapbooker’s dream of the day they could retire from the everyday nitty gritty of a full time job and devote all their time to their passion. There are dozens of ways to make money with your love of scrapbooking. Direct sales companies are a popular home business to start up. These work well because typically they require a small start up fee for a kit. The kits typically include sample products, start up materials, business manuals and information and other useful items. I will … Continue reading

Making Money with Your Website (1)

Did you know that you can actually make money with your website or blog? Thousands of people already do this, making enough money to “quit their day jobs” and support themselves with income earned directly on their website. How do they do it? Read on to find out some of the avenues for making money on the web. Many people make money from their website or blog through advertising revenue. Advertisers will pay you for your valuable website space. All you need to do to collect this money is to sign up with an ad service, such as Google’s AdSense … Continue reading