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10 Best Home-Based Business That You Can Start Today

10 Best Home-Based Business That You Can Start Today

Are you up for a home-based business? Many of us do, but the question is, how do you start? Here, I will provide you with some great home-based businesses to start today. The criteria to make this list were based on high ease of entry, relatively low cost, high future demand, and potentially high return. Individuals and couples must exercise great caution in pursuing home-based business opportunities simply because they show up here. You should first choose a business because you love it and you’re skilled in doing it.

1. Internet sales and marketing

Yes, indeed, there are dot-com failures around. But the Internet train keeps gathering steam. If you have a product to sell, this is very likely the way to sell it (or auction it). If you don’t have a product, you can sell someone else’s from the confines of your home. Opportunities such as e-stores, e-auctions, and site selling have moved this category into the number one position – that and more than a billion dollars in sales last year. Get a website built and you’re off and running. Or, if selling is not for you, then an alternative career would be to start your own digital marketing agency, which is apparently a profitable client-based service business that is getting more popular lately. Of course you need to be knowledgeable about this, but there are plenty of resources out there by which you can equip yourself easily.

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2. Children’s products and programs

From toys and furniture to educational programs, this category sizzles with possibilities. The US birthrate is stagnating, but median family incomes are rising and so are parents’ efforts to do more while having less time for their children. With so many working parents, after-school and summer programs with substance are desperately needed. Children’s furniture, painted murals, and training and exercise programs are other items that will be in demand. Profit potential is moderate, but you will be doing something important.

3. Home Inspector

Home sales depend increasingly on the results of a professional inspection. The inspectors generally are independent contractors who are trained and certified; many also have past experience as homebuilders or in the construction trades. While that experience is helpful, it is not mandatory. But certification is necessary if you want to move beyond having your mother-in-law and best friend as clients. Not only do buyers need home inspectors, but real estate companies, home association management group, insurance firms, and banks do, too.

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4. Informational Detective or Researcher

Have a bit of Sherlock Holmes in you? You can make good money by sleuthing for information that corporate executives and others need but don’t have time to search for themselves. Government regulations and intelligence regarding competitors are but two areas to pursue. Technology has made information-gathering easier but also has stockpiled the amount of information to plow through. Solve someone’s time problem by offering to locate and retrieve the information they need and you’ll have people knocking on your door!

5. Event Planner and Organizer

Life won’t become one big party, but it could become many little ones. Talented organizers for weddings, bar mitzvahs, morale events, and the like are in high demand if they are strong marketers as well. But it takes a creative bone, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an indifference to the traditional workweek.

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6. Internet Web Developer

Get started by developing websites for your church, your child’s school PTSA, or your politician friend. But building sites for businesses is where the money is. Training is available through the Web (naturally) at low cost. Some do require you a scanner, additional disk storage, a faster internet connection, and other equipment, but some do offer just downloadable materials on their course which you can print out or save in your smartphones. You can also get some recommended books that has everything from building website to optimization, but if this part is too much for you then carefully seek for a legitimate internet marketing service provider that can do the job well. If this is a labor of love for you and you know how to market yourself, you will never be out of work. You can earn $50 and $100 an hour and hire out as a contractor businesses for large developments.

7. Home repairs and landscaping

Home equity enhancement. Cute name, but the real words here are painting, repairing, and landscaping. The more you can do to increase the value of a home in the real estate market, the more you can make. Selling yourself to real estate agents is a good first step. How can a PC help? New technology allows you to provide potential clients with a look at their home – with your improvements added.

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8. Virtual Assistant

For many business people today, time is more precious than money. You help them, not by unplugging their clocks, but by doing their shopping, running errands, walking their dogs, chauffeuring children, and doing other tasks that effectively give them more personal time. The most ambitious here will also see ways to become virtual business assistants by providing services such as word processing, newsletter writing, even digital photography or web design. Serve your clients in as many ways as you know how.

9. Personal Coach

Corporate chieftains, entrepreneurs, and most everyone else could use an objective listener to identify and correct weaknesses. The key here is that you must possess the ability to help someone from skills and experience you have developed in your own life. You also must be a good listener and a good self-marketer.

10. Technical Support

Those who troubleshoot computer system problems at businesses big and small will never be out of work. But you can build a similar business out of your home, offering training and support (even security consulting) to small offices, home offices, and residential customers with computers. Prerequisites (besides a demonstrated knowledge) include a passion for technology, a customer service bent, hourly rates, and a flexible – but not too flexible – schedule.

Now that you have some ideas, are you ready to quit your job and work for yourself? Which home business sounds the most appealing to you?

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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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