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10 Ways To Make Money From Home That Really Works

10 Ways To Make Money From Home That Really Works

Making money from home is a dream of many people who would like to earn money without having to leave their homes, and thus enjoy all the benefits, such as being close to their loved ones, and save money on tickets and food.

If you are one of these people, whether you want to set up a business that allows you to generate a steady income of money, or just want to earn extra money in your spare time, the following are 10 ways to make money from home that you can take into account:

1. Appliance Repairs

If you are good at repairing appliances, an alternative you have is to set up an appliance repair shop at home. Some of the appliances that you could repair in your workshop are televisions, audio players, video players, computers, microwave ovens, blenders, etc.

If you are not yet an expert on the subject, you could start offering your services to family, friends and acquaintances, and then as you learn more either through experience or on the Internet or by taking courses then you could expand coverage.

2. Pet sitting

If you are an animal lover and have enough space in your house, you can as well provide pet care services.

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You could start providing just the basic pet care services, and then as your clientele increases, provide other related services such as bathing, walks, photo shoots, and pet training.

3. Business Consulting

If you have mastered the subject of business, another alternative you can consider is to provide the business consulting service. You could cover all topics of a company or specialise in a particular area, for example, in setting up companies, marketing, finance, human resources, etc.

You could start by offering your services through a web page where you could provide free money advice to small problems in order to retain customers, and so when they require more consultation, encourage them to hire your services.

4. Small Restaurant

If you like gastronomy, another option you can consider is to set up a small restaurant.

You could start with a small restaurant or source of soda located in your garage where you only offer sandwiches, and eventually, expand your menu or offer home service delivery.

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5. Dance Classes

If you are passionate about dancing and you consider yourself very good at it, another alternative you can take into account is to set up an academy or dance school at home.

You could start by giving your classes in a room that you have available, and then as your students increase, you can use a whole floor of your house, and hire dance teachers to help you with them.

6. Technical Translation Services

This could be a big advantage to those who speak more than just one language. You could set up a home consulting service that offers technical language translation and services. You could also offer languages learning tutorials to foreigners having languages challenges.

You could also offer private or group lessons, as well as conversion groups, which are very much required today by people who want to practice or improve their spoken use of the language. You can start by offering your services only to children or people who are at a basic level, and then as you master English teaching, offer your services to adults or people at an advanced level.

7. Start a Blog

If you like to write and master a particular topic, you could also choose to write a blog and earn money through the sale of advertising space or the use of advertising programs. To create a blog, we can use Blogger and Word press platforms for free to design and manage our blog in a simple way without having knowledge in web design.

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While blogging can generate revenue, we can choose to sell our own products (for example, e-books), third-party products (affiliate programs), rent advertising space, or integrate advertising programs like AdSense, Content.ad, propeller ad and the likes.

8. Fill out Paid Surveys

A simple way to make money from home is to fill out surveys on the Internet. It’s just a matter of registering on one of the websites that offer this possibility (which in some cases could involve a small investment), and then fill out the surveys that you send to your mailbox.

For each survey, you fill a small amount of money depending on the size of the survey, and in some cases may earn a commission for surveys that fill the referrals you have obtained.

 9. Build a Virtual Store

To set up a virtual store can be a stable source of income and even make us a fortune, but as long as the store has a professional design that inspires confidence, we make a suitable promotion and, above all, we sell the product indicated.

Some of the products that usually have a better reception in a virtual store are clothing (for example, T-shirts), crafts, jewelry, e-books, and any product that is unique and difficult to find in physical markets. Most importantly ensure you have a clearly defined ‘terms of use‘ to avoid legal tussles and to save your business in the long run from sabotage.

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10. Product Rental

Finally, another way to earn money from the comfort of the home is to rent out some type of product. Some of the products that you could rent are motorcycles, bicycles, awnings, special attires, tables, chairs, sound equipment and lights for parties or events, costumes, dresses, tools, video games, etc.

You could enable a place in your garage where you display the products that you rent, or simply have them somewhere in your home and offer their rent through newspaper ads or Internet advertisement sites.

Conclusion

Finally, there are several ways to earn money online. Some allow us to earn just enough to turn around a debt problem or help cover some minor expenses, while others can allow us to earn enough to live comfortably, and even make a fortune.

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What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

2. Be Honest

A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

4. Succeed at Something

When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

Final Thoughts

When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
[2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
[3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
[4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
[5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
[6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
[7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
[8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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