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Five Businesses That You Can Start Tomorrow Without a Lot of Startup Capital

Five Businesses That You Can Start Tomorrow Without a Lot of Startup Capital

If you currently are unemployed, either by choice or not by choice, or work a full-time job, you may be thinking about what life would be like if you had your own business. You may be tired of getting a paycheck that is less than satisfactory, bored with your current situation, or no longer wanting to work specific hours.

You may also find that many of the “work online from home” jobs are usually too good to be true, and require up-front costs without delivering any profits. Whatever your reason, there are ways to start your own business with very little start-up cost!

#1. Web Content Writer

Were you always the one student who enjoyed writing essays in school, or did you have a knack for the English language? Can you write or edit documents in a variety of niches? Perhaps you should consider becoming a web content writer.

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Commonly known as freelance writer, this requires very little start-up cost. You need a computer with a steadfast internet connection and the knowledge to network among companies and other platforms to get the writing jobs, but once you begin to receive steady work, you may be recommended by others to do their web content writing as well!

#2. Direct Sales

There was once a time where Avon and Tupperware were the premier direct sales companies. Today, there are hundreds upon hundreds of quality direct sales companies that have many successful consultants.

Yes, there is a small start-up cost, usually in the few hundreds (or more, if you want more product to showcase), but other than that, all you need is a reliable mode of transportation for your home parties and a savvy way to network among friends and friends of friends.

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#3. Day Care

Many new mom’s that are hesitant about going back to work, find that starting their own day care business is an ideal way to stay at home with their own children and make an income. With the high cost of day care, many find that much of their paycheck after going back to work is going to day care services, which negates the actual point of working outside the home.

You can start an in-home daycare with little cost and in little time. Be sure to check with local laws and ordinances about licensing, permits, home inspections, and any certifications you need before opening your new business.

#4. Gift-Giving

For a unique twist on an at-home venture for the creative-minded individual, gift baskets are the perfect pick-me up for hospital or rehabilitation patients. Startup costs will include a variety of quality baskets, adornments and a highly reputable company that can supply you with fresh flowers, gourmet coffee and snacks, and small gifts.

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Costs will also include a website and any other marketing materials or advertisements to make your business known.

#5. Dinner Delivery

Are you a talented cook or baker? If so, a food delivery service can be your own business! You can make distinctive and delectable dishes in your home kitchen and have a delivery service for those that are too busy to make healthy meals on their own time.

For celebrations, you can also offer a variety of confections, such as wedding and birthday cakes. Startup costs will vary and you will also need to check into regulations, inspections and permits on using your own kitchen for commercial purposes. You will also need startup funds for advertising, a website and of course, fresh ingredients that will need to be used and replaced often.

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If you are ready to start your own company, try to avoid doing it completely on your own, at least in the beginning. It is important to completely understand all facets of business, even if you are in it on your own.

Find a business coach you can trust to ask questions and get advice from, such as a tax advisor, small business advisor and others who are in your field. Paying attention to the laws and ordinances of running a small corporation, even if it is online, will prevent any unwanted surprises at tax time!

Seeking advice from those who have experience and success doing precisely what you plan to, will allow you to know what to expect, help you avoid common mistakes and give you the tips you need to get off to an ideal start. Good luck and happy planning in your new venture!

Featured photo credit: Startup Stock Photos via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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