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Top 5 Small Business Ideas for Homemakers

Top 5 Small Business Ideas for Homemakers

Raising a family is an important responsibility for a homemaker. You spend your mornings preparing breakfast, packing lunches and driving to carpool, and then coming back to do household chores. You spend your days tending to the younger ones and running errands such as grocery shopping and picking dry cleaning.

After your last child starts schooling, you may find yourself with plenty of free time in your hands. What do you do with this? Should you go back to school? Should you volunteer at the local shelter? How about revisiting that catering idea you had in college? All these and more are typical questions that a homemaker will ponder at this stage in their life. In this article, we explore 5 small business ideas that you may want to consider.

1. Beauty Salon

After going to the same hairdresser for many years, the thought of starting a beauty salon may have crossed your mind once or twice. If you have a passion for hairdressing, take a short course at your local college and obtain certification in less than twelve months. Alternatively, you could find talented hairdressers and hire them as staffs.

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Having experienced staff to do the job will free you up for managerial duties. Learn from your experiences of visiting different salons over the years and create solutions for any concerns you may have ever had; for example, making separate appointments for waxing, hair styling, and massages probably irked you more times than you could count.

Diversify your beauty salon with different services such as waxing, eyebrow threading, manicure, and pedicure, and so on. Promote your beauty salon as one-stop-shop for all things beauty and you will have clients lining up around the block.

2. Car Hire

Recall your first job in high school where you handed out flyers at the local dealership. You continued to work at the same dealership through college, moving from one department to the next. During this time, you learned a lot about car selling and car leasing business. You may have even developed a passion for the trade; but this flame burnt out when you graduated college, and after a couple of years in the job market, you decided to pause on your career goals and prioritize family instead.

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Well done. Now, you can resume that dream and try your hand at car leasing. Discuss with your spouse about this business and draft a budget for used and old car options. Run your credit score and apply for financing to get the fund. Give little effort and watch your small business grow.

3. Graphic Designer

Graphic design is another field that might work well for you. As a homemaker, you still need to take care of your home and your children after they return from school. If your college major was not graphic design at the first place, no worries. You can enroll for a professional course to get the training you need.

Try to find freelance jobs in this field; consider working as an infographic designer for few months to dip your toes in this field and get valuable working experience. Being an Infographic Designer comes with few perks; you get to work online, and of course, this job pays a significant income!

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4. Catering Business

After attending numerous birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, and any other events, you must have been familiar with the catering business for social and corporate functions. Spending plenty of time in the kitchen comes with the territory of being a homemaker. You have had a chance to experiment with local cuisines from around the world, baked your fair share of cookies for the elementary class, and cooked up a storm during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If anything great came from that intensive holiday cooking, it must be the respect you commanded each time you served that knish at the holiday party. You are clearly talented, why not channel this talent and experience into a business?

5. Design & Decor

Your keen eyes to see ‘design’ is evident in the meticulous décor that adorns your home. Friends and family alike agree that you are a natural when it comes to decorating a home. It’s fairly simple; you are good at decorating, so what about starting an interior décor business? Knock on those doors and ask your neighbors to inform their friends. The phone will start ringing soon enough.

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Putting your career goals on hold to raise a family is not a death sentence. Roll up your sleeves and share your talents with the world. Make sure to inform your network of the new venture.

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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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