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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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Published on September 23, 2020

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

What is Negotiation?

First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

Places We Negotiate

I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

1. Work/Business

This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

2. Personal

I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

3. Ourselves

You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

6 Negotiation Skills to Master

Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

1. Preparation

Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

2. Clear Communication

The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

3. Active Listening

Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration

To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

5. Problem Solving

Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

6. Decision-Making Ability

Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

Conclusion

There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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