Do You Have What it Takes to Start a Home Business?

Do you often hear of home business success stories? But you know of several people who’ve made a go of it, but it didn’t really pan out? It’s hard to figure out if it’s the right thing for you when you’re receiving mixed signals.

Having a home business can be the best thing that’s happened to you and your family. But it’s not always a bed of roses. There are unique challenges that face work-from-home moms, that moms who work outside of the home don’t have to deal with.

Tip #1 What are the Four M’s of a Home Based Business?

You won’t have to spring for office space and your expenses should certainly be less, but you’ll still have started up costs with opening a business out of your house.

Money. Although it’s possible, it’s not likely that you’ll start a business without any upfront costs. But depending upon the business you start, your early expenses can be as little as $10-$14 for a domain name and $8-10 for your first month’s web hosting, although with coupon codes you may be able to get started for much less.

Material. If you’re selling products, you’ll have the expense of the raw materials.

Manpower. Whether it’s your significant other who helps you or, or the labor of your children, you can often save the cost of hiring employees when you use what’s right in front of your nose.

Machinery. Minimally, you’ll need a computer and internet access, when you’re selling your services, but if you choose to sell physical products, you may have to invest in additional equipment.

Tip #2 What are Some Tax Benefits of Your Home Based Business?

Just because you no longer receive a regular paycheck doesn’t mean that you’re not responsible for paying taxes. But, it does mean that you can take advantage of tax write-offs that are available to home workers.

In order to maximize your tax deductions, you should have a dedicated space in your home which solely houses your work at home business. Also, if you have meetings in your home with clients, vendors, or affiliates, use that dedicated space for those meetings. Contact your accountant or tax attorney for more information on your specific situation.

Tip #3 What are You Selling – Products? Services? Or Both?

Some businesses solely sell physical products, which others focus on selling their services. There are some businesses, though, which actually sell both products as well as services. In order to be successful, you have to actively market whatever it is you’re selling.

Some things to consider:

  • Quality – Is the quality of your products or services up to par? Can you stand toe-to-toe with your competitors, or do you provide an advantage they don’t?
  • Cost – Are you more expensive than the others? Are you able to justify your price with continuous business, or are you priced so high that you barely have buyers? You have to find the right price point which allows you to sell your product at an amount that allows you to make a living, and provides the client with the exact product or service she needs.

Tip #4 Where are You Selling? Online? Offline? Or Both?

As a writer, you’ll want to sell your services both online and offline, but as a web designer, you’ll need to focus on selling over the internet – unless you’ve noticed local businesses who need your services. A person who sells a product that’s heavy – like furniture, may want to focus on their local area to avoid high shipping costs.
Take a look at your product or service and determine where your target audience is – online or off, and focus your efforts there.

Tip #5 What’s Your Patience Level?

So you’ve set out your shingle, and you’re ready to accept orders. But people don’t know who you are yet, so it’s dead. Can you handle that? Will you spend commit to spending 45 minutes to an hour each day marketing your business – even after business begins to pick up?
As a home-based entrepreneur, there are several challenges associated with running your business, but if you go into it with your eyes wide open, you’ll be prepared to face the challenges – not that you’ll have an immediate answer for all of them – and determine the best course of action as they appear.

I Fixed My Sex Life Behind My Husband’s Back

Our connection was lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Needless to say between work and each of us very desperate for some alone time, there was no time for intimacy. Or should I say we didn’t make any time for it, it wasn’t at the top of my list and sex certainly didn’t happen organically anymore? holding hands was a thing of the past. And the make-out sessions that we once shared had transformed into short kisses goodbye and hello.

So as any woman would do, I went to the web to find a solution to my problem. I found a wide range of “solutions”- cheating, prayer, toys, and advice on how to just live without sex. The internet had failed me.
I decided to unbiasedly evaluate my situation and make a list of all the things that could be causing this disconnect. I realized that my partner’s lack of desire, romance, love, and sex drive boiled down to him. How he feels about himself, him having a busy mind, him feeling tired or angry or exhausted, you name it, though, the list goes on. Life, work, family issues, stress, and worry were all taking their shots at my husband and I suddenly realized that I was too busy with my son to notice. I was too tired to see what my husband was dealing with.

After taking a step back and looking at our life and lifestyle, I was able to see areas in our life that I could tweak to not only restore intimacy in my marriage but also restore my husband. There were simple things that I was already doing that I could do differently to improve our connection and mental state. Things like the way I spoke to him and cooking.

I choose not to discuss this with my husband because in the past this conversation of intimacy only caused more stress and arguments. So this time I decided to take a leap of faith and put into action some of the changes I came up with and could commit to doing. Now usually I prefer to share everything with my husband but I figured hey, actions speak louder than words.

Within less than a week I felt closer to my husband and I could tell he was happier, we both were. Our intimacy was restored in all ways. Holding hands while walking, smiling while talking to each other and we began to listen to each other without getting offended (what a bonus).
So without further ado, down below you will find 7 things I did to restore the intimacy in my marriage.
Please take into consideration your relationship while reading and only do the things that make sense for you and your husband. I’m sharing what worked for me. I am not a doctor or therapist.

Smile At Him

The simple act of smiling lets him know that you are happy with him, nothing is wrong and he’s done nothing to upset you. So smile. This allows him to put his guard down, which in turn allows him to get closer to you and you to him.

Compliment Everything He Does Because Who Doesn’t Love A Compliment

Of course, you should compliment him in the morning and let him know he looks good before heading off to work. But don’t stop there. Also, let him know that the lawn looks good, he did a great job cleaning the cars, feeding the kids or tucking them in for bed, cooking, cleaning, handling a billing dispute on the phone. Whatever it is that you can compliment him on or give him praise for a job well done, do it. Believe me, your husband loves to know you are pleased with him and that you see all that he does. This will not only boost his confidence but he will also be happier and more productive. YAY!!!

Encourage Him To Exercise

Get active. If you can do this together, great but if not, at least try to get him to start doing any kind of physical activity. Getting active will boost his confidence in himself and give him more energy. Even if you get him to play basketball or go to the gym only once or twice a week, that’s a great start.

Cook Healthier Meals

Food! This is what fuels his body. You want him happy, energized, healthy, and alert NOT feeling bloated and sluggish. One is sexy and the other is not ladies. For him to be sexy, he must first, feel sexy.

Vitamins, Vitamins, Vitamins

Make sure you get your man some vitamins to supplement all the healthy “stuff” he needs that he may not be getting from his meals. This will help him feel good on the inside, reduce sleepiness and it’ll boost his energy for sure.

Keep Him Hydrated

Water is good for all things. Keeping him hydrated means fewer headaches relieves stress, provides his body with more oxygen which is amazing, and drinking more water aids in weight loss. All leading you to a healthier hubby.

Good Luck Ladies. Please let me know if this helped.

Peanut Butter Bar

Like usual, I am up before the crack ‘o dawn & was thinking what could I whip-up real quick. In theory, this would have proven to be quick, but that quick idea turned into a “whoops” & the “whoops” prompted me to not be defeated. Recipes are all trial & error anyways, so thank goodness for a lazy Sunday.

So, this is a “clean” peanut butter bar. I’ve made similar cookies that require no flour, etc, but this morning I was craving something in between a bar/cake. I originally set out with “low-calories in mind”, however, it just wasn’t coming together like no-flour cookies I’d made so many times before.

Pre-Heat Oven 325 & adjust Rack to the Middle

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Oat Flour (I make my own gluten-free by grinding oats)
  • 1 tbsp. WW Pastry Flour (you could sub another flour here of your liking)
  • 1 tbsp. Flax Meal
  • 4 tbsp. Peanut Butter (it’s a powdered peanut butter)
  • 2 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter *see tip
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp Vanilla (but honestly, I just pour!)
  • 1 tbsp. Cinn. (again, a favorite ingredient, so put as much as you like)
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2-3 tbsp. Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp Org. Brown Sugar (or you could use an equivalent to Splenda/Truvia)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Tip :

  • When working with peanut butter or honey etc – coat your utensils with a quick burst of cooking spray, just a little goes along the way & it won’t cling.
  • Weigh Ingredients: if you don’t have a scale already, I would suggest getting one, esp if you do a lot of baking. Often what you think you measured is not always accurate. I use my scale to make sure I’m getting exactly what I need.
  • This could easily be made with Almond Butter or a combination of Nut Butters as well.

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, whip 3 egg whites with vanilla peanut butter & honey & almond milk.
  • In another bowl combine & with Almond/Oat/WW Pastry Flours/peanut butter/Flax/Cinnamon/Salt/Baking Soda
  • Combine your Dry & Wet ingredients (I do this by hand and fold everything in)
  • Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish
  • Bake @ 325F for 12-15 min. (15 worked me!)

Why You Should Work from Home

Even in the year 2021 some people still do not believe that you can work from home and make a living. Although my family would never truly understand my desire to blog I still want to make it my full-time job. I know it will take a while before the blog grows to where it needs to be for me to make a decent income, but I am prepared to work my butt off until that day comes. Making this my dream has been a tough decision to go against what I was raised to believe, but ever since I have begun blogging I have never thought of having a nine-to-five. I have a dream to work at home as I am sure many men and women do. Some people need that extra push to follow their dreams here are my reasons as to why I wish to work from home, hopefully, they will give those who are on the fence that extra push they need.

Firstly, I get to make my schedule. How amazing right? I don’t have to listen to a boss and I can decide if I want the day off. The only downside is I can get extremely lazy so, I have my wonderful hubby that keeps me on track. Just think about deciding what you want to do that day; write, focus on social media, go out and about, or even just stay in your pajamas and watch Harry Potter (which I am doing as I write). If you love being able to make your schedule you need organization and self-discipline as I have already mentioned. Keep that in mind if this is something you choose to do.

I grew up with my mom being a workaholic, which is not a terrible thing she supported me and my sister gave us a great life with anything we dreamed of having. I just know that I wish she were around more. I wish to be there with my kids through everything. I don’t want to be so consumed in the work that I miss any part of my kid’s life. I’m happy I am starting this early.

Third, I just love blogging. I was once pondering the idea of becoming a real estate agent. I took the class and everything. While I was in the class though I kept thinking of doing something else never just real estate. Also, the risk I would have selling homes, if I messed up even just the slightest bit I could lose my license or be sued. I wasn’t ready for that. Ever since I began blogging I have loved every second of it. I have not had any thoughts of finding another job and the risk is minimal. This is something I can put my whole heart into and I’m sure someone out there likes reading my blog. There are too many people in the world for everyone to hate it. At least I hope, Ha!

Last but certainly not least, with blogging, you can grow into another way of making money. I have read about how some bloggers in specific niches will consult others and that brings in a good chunk of change. Also, there are other opportunities for making money through companies online. These jobs can be arranged around your existing schedule to not make any conflict.

Staying home and not letting others stress you out is healthy for your mind and body. Staying home if you have kids is a wonderful way to ensure they grow into bright men and women. There are numerous reasons why someone should work from home. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot work from home and make it. If you need the inspiration to follow your heart just read Sarah Titus’ story. If that does not give you the motivation you need I do not know what will. I hope you follow your dreams and that you have a wonderfully happy day!