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For many people the ultimate dream is to work from home. To some people who have achieved this dream it has turned into the ultimate nightmare! If you are thinking about working from home, what are the pitfalls and what can you do to avoid them?

Working From Home: How to Make it Enjoyable and Productive

Working From Home: How to Make it Enjoyable and ProductiveFor many people the ultimate dream is to escape from the rat race and work from home. To some people who have achieved this dream it has turned into the ultimate nightmare!With the every day stresses of life, work and commuting, working from home can appear to be the way out, but it is not as easy and idyllic as it sounds. If you are seriously thinking about setting up in business on your own and working from home, what are the pitfalls and what can you do to avoid them? Understanding Your MotivationIt can be too tempting to stay in bed for a little longer when you are working at home. The need to get up and beat the early morning traffic or to be at your desk by 8.30am is missing when you only have a short walk to your new place of work.If you are to be effective in your new work environment you have to find a motivator which is sufficiently strong enough to get you up and about and at your desk by your appointed time. To find out what your motivator is cast your mind back to why you wanted to work from home in the first place. Was it to spend more time with the family? Was it to give you freedom to pursue other interests? If you dont find these strong enough to get you out of bed, find a financial reason. Visualise you and your family being thrown out of your house because you couldnt up the mortgage payment! Keep this image in mind and the next time you find yourself staring at the bedroom ceiling raise this image and youll quickly find yourself at your desk! Establish a RoutineWe are all creatures of habit and a set routine can help keep us motivated and focused on the job in hand. Set yourself a starting time, a tea break and lunch break etc. A set routine can help you settle into your new role much more quickly than a lets see what happens today approach. Without a working schedule, which includes a finite finishing time to the day, your working day will be unfocused and could stretch late into the night, ending what ever social life you may have. Youre All AloneWorking from home can be a lonely existence. As human beings we are born to seek out contact with other humans. In an office environment there is daily contact, quick 10 minute chats at the coffee machine finding out what colleagues did the night before, and someone to celebrate a big sale with. All of this is essential to making our lives feel complete and yet this is missing from a home-based business.To overcome this feeling of isolation, which will be especially pronounced during your early months, you must establish a network of people who are in the same position as you. Agree that you will talk on the phone at least twice a week, and arrange to have lunch or a quick coffee once every 2 weeks. Your family may not be the right people to talk over a business problem with, so you have to find someone who can relate to your successes and problems. Get Out of The HouseStaying in the house Monday to Friday without seeing the light of day is certainly not good for your health or state of mind. You may be so focused on your work that you convince yourself you cannot afford the time to leave the house. But this is a false economy. You have to schedule time to move out and experience a different environment.As well meeting your fellow home workers for a regular get together, join a health club, go for a swim once or twice a week, go to the cinema, check out your local Business Link to see what seminars they are running anything to get you out of the house! Dont get trapped into only working, eating and sleeping in your home. Be MobileThese days you can do most work-related tasks away from your home desk. Once your business is established invest in a laptop, PDA and a good mobile phone. Armed with these devices you can take your office with you and work from your garden, the local park, or even the library. It doesnt matter where, just as long as you are out of the house and being around the rest of the human race. Create an OfficeIf you have been used to working in a formal office environment all your working life, then switching to the kitchen table or the spare room can be an unwelcome distraction. To give you that discipline and focus designate a part of the house as your office. If you have a spare room or study then even better. Buy a desk and office chair, filing cabinets and other office-style stationery. Remove all family and home-related items so this tells your mind that you are at work and not home. Get OrganisedIn any office you have too many colleagues and clients visiting you to allow your work area to get cluttered. At home its different. Unless you are expecting clients on a regular basis then its too easy to allow your paperwork and filing to get out of hand. The saying that a cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind is true. Your efficiency and productivity will suffer unless you are organised. Buy filing cabinets, box files, waste paper bin, put up shelves, so that everything is in place.Getting organised and being efficient also includes setting the ground rules with the family. They need to understand that you are at work and not at their beck and call for every little job that needs doing. Be firm and say no unless it is very urgent and requires immediate attention. Allow nothing to get in the way of your business.Working from home can be a liberating experience, yet at the same time it can be dangerous unless properly handled. Before embarking on your home business, take time to plan and prepare how you are going to deal with the transition. Done correctly, working from home can be a very attractive alternative to the daily grind of the office.

Affiliate Marketing is One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Advertise your Business

Affiliate Marketing is One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Advertise your Business

Ever heard of affiliate programs? These are forms of Internet advertising that rewards the affiliates for driving traffic to the advertiser or for other transactions. The advertiser pays the affiliate to place a link on their website, and the affiliate sends traffic to the advertiser in return. Simply put, it's about paying commissions to people who help you make sales. It's that easy. Affiliate marketing has its ups and downs. It could be draining if you are not armed with updated information and the technical how-tos. But this article's sole objective is to reach out to you and not to badmouth affiliate marketing.Here are the following reasons on why web marketers go gaga over "affiliate marketing" as a form of Internet advertisement.1. Low costMany are scared to go on a home based business because of the capital required. In affiliate marketing, you don't have to spend much to start raking in moolah.2. Inventories not includedProduct management fuss could be very stressing. An inventory is not asked to be maintained. The merchant does the maintenance required.3. Unlimited income through leverageWhen you have a paid job, your monthly income mainly relies on whether you go to work or not. With affiliate marketing, your affiliates could all just lead traffic to your site without having to lift a finger after providing them your ad copy and links. Though not every web marketer earns limitless, it still is a fact that all the necessary matters for the advertiser or Internet marketer are all there to be successful. 4. Go worldwideWith affiliate marketing, you are dealing with a global market place. All you have to do is choose a niche product and prepare all the necessary tools for your affiliates to lead traffic from just about anywhere to your website.5. Low risk The very main reason for Internet marketer's enthusiasm with affiliate marketing is its having a low risk factor. Especially for those with low budget set aside for advertising, affiliate marketing is just the way to do it.6. No closing timeWith affiliate marketing, your business works every single second of the day while targeting a worldwide market! What could be better than that?But all of these will be put to waste if you don't have the right "niche product" and all the other important tools to make it big in affiliate marketing, i.e., well-SEO-ed website. So better work on this first before ever considering those benefits.

Taking Time Out for ME

Taking Time Out for ME

I can give stay-at-home parents loads of advice about creating schedules to work around kids, organizing their work for optimum effectiveness and efficiency, multi-tasking tips and so on. But there is one key that helps me do all the stuff I need to do and remain sane. I don't hear about it often, it's called . . .ME TIME. Yes you heard me correctly. I'm talking about rejuvenation time, quiet time, alone time, personal time, self-care . . . ME TIME!Answer this. When was the last time you were just "you?" Not recently I bet. What do I do in my 4 hours? Lots of stuff. I can rent a hot tub and soak for an hour. I can go to a bookstore, grab a juicy novel and sit in a big comfy chair until I finish or until the bookstore closes (whichever comes first). I can park by the water and watch the sunset. I can go to Denny's and ask for the most fattening platter on the menu. I can go to a movie and order the biggest tub of popcorn and a box of Junior Mints. I can go to the park and ride on the swings. I can go to the gym and watch big muscular men workout. I can drive far, far, away very slowly and look at the scenery. The possibilities and the destinations are endless. I meet people and talk to them and I'm just "ME". I can be myself and not think about the dirty sink or the smelly diaper or the crazy client. It's a wonderful feeling, but most of all it clears the mind. It allows me to sort things out. New ideas, solutions to old problems, and other wonderful things pop into my mind as soon as silence surrounds me. Try it, I dare you! But let me warn you, after you try it you'll never be able to live without it!"But moms need breaks!" we all know that. "They need to nurture themselves so they can be better moms. Too many moms let themselves run on empty. Being a good mother also means taking care of yourself so you can give more of yourself to your children." Indeed, it won't actually do your kids any good if you're stressed about being the perfect parent. Taking care of yourself is a priority. It's the "airplane oxygen mask approach": Put on your own mask first so you can better help whoever's sitting next to you.In fact, a study published in March 2006 concluded that a mother's mental health directly affects her kids. Kids whose moms were treated -- successfully -- for depression were much less likely to become depressed themselves. But if the mom's depression continued, her children were more likely to become depressedWhy do many parents, mothers in particular, feel guilty when they take time for themselves? First lets examine the feeling of guilt. There is healthy and unhealthy guilt. Healthy guilt has sadness underlying it, a sense of true regret for a chosen behavior that created harm or some problem, often for others. Unhealthy guilt is a feeling of shame, that we arent OK as we are, that we should be different than we are and should make different choices. We have beliefs like We should put everybody else first. There are some healthy shoulds that are actually values, virtues and morals in action. We really should look after the earth, avoid racism and care for our elderly, disabled and disadvantaged. It is the unhealthy shoulds that create the dis-ease and stress in ourselves and our families. Many parents believe they should make their children happy. They are told You make your children so happy or You broke her heart. The reality is that we have influence on one another, including our children, but we do not have the power to make anyone feel anything. We may trigger a reaction but there it ends. Of course we aim to be sensitive to each others tender spots and choose to use respectful language. John Gray in Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus explains that men tend (there are exceptions) to have success feelings when they think they made their wife and children happy. Meanwhile women tend to feel responsible for everyone and all their feelings. Training of the female in my era reinforced this habit. I remember my mother repeatedly giving me the plate of sweets at socials with the instructions to make sure everyone is happy and has what they want. She trained me to be on the watch for others needs, not to consider taking a sweet for myself until others were looked after and not to question that my brothers were off playing and being boys. Then there are those voices of people from our past or in our circle with their shoulds. You should stay home with your children or You shouldnt be staying at home with children after your parents paid for all that education. Dont let people should on you. Just because some people are uncomfortable with our decisions does not mean that we should live our lives so they can feel right. Moreover, observe and censor your own menu of shoulds. Being driven in life through unhealthy, and usually meaningless, shoulds, can create resentment and meaninglessness. Like all moms, I have a multitude of things going on from the time I wake up in the morning until I collapse in bed at night. Getting everyone up, fed, dressed, and out the door to work and school is a full-time job in itself, and then it's only 7:30 a.m. I do my best to manage my time well. Sometimes I succeed; other times I do not. One thing that I try very hard to do is to find some time for me. Whether it's sitting down for a page or two in a novel that I'm currently reading, flipping on the television to watch a favorite program, or just taking a walk in the spring sunshine, it's something just for me. Having a child with autism, I find that if I take that time, even just a few minutes, I am able to handle the stress that sometimes accompanies having a child with special needs. I am known to occasionally take on more tasks than humanly possible. Between working part-time, volunteering, and handling all the responsibilities that come with my "Mom" title, I sometimes forget to take time out for myself. While I may feel selfish taking a "time-out for Mom," I am actually doing my family and myself a huge favor by doing so. When I'm overwhelmed and stressed I have very little patience, and I have a tendency to be somewhat irrational! I am able to view things in a totally new way, and I'm a much better (and happier) me when I've had my "time-out." From one mom to another, try a "time-out for Mom" today. I think you'll agree that it's been long overdue and is time well spent.

So, You Want To Be A Work From Home Mom?

So, You Want To Be A Work From Home Mom?

What exactly are the options for a mom to make money at home?Unfortunately, there are scams everywhere some you may have heard of sound too good to be true and they usually are. Oftentimes, women lose a lot of money before they even find a legitimate opportunity, let alone one that they love.Below, youll find a list of popular work from home options. They all have benefits and drawbacks. What may be great for one woman may not even be of interest to another woman.And, of course, research thoroughly before signing any contract. Yes, there are bunches of great, legitimate possibilities out there waiting for you, but you might have to say no to a few first before you find the perfect home business for you.Direct Sales (MLM)Why we love it: Where else can you get a business in a box? Seriously, the products have already been made and tested, all the marketing has been created for you, and you are set up on the road to management if you wish. You can see why Direct Sales can be a great way to make money, especially if you find a product, sponsor and company that you love!Why it might not be for you: If the thought of sales makes you turn green from nausea, you might want to consider other options.Internet AuctionsWhy we love it: It doesnt get much simpler than online auctions. Sell your worn clothing or used toys. Or, if youve got a knack for pricing, you might find some great items at a garage sale that you can turn over for a profit on online auctions.Why it might not be for you: Is your house already too small for you and your family? If you dont have room to store inventory, then online auctions might not be the business for you.Start a Home BusinessWhy we love it: No matter what your interest is, you can start a business. Sell products or promote a service that makes life easier for other people. Whether youre considering making crafts or becoming a massage therapist, if youve got the entrepreneurial spirit, then go for it!Why it might not be for you: Starting from scratch can be a lot of work with little pay in the beginning. So, really invest a lot of time and energy into research, if you are considering this option.Internet Marketing:Why we love it: Low start up cost and a lot of flexibility. Internet marketing (selling products online, promoting other peoples products, or providing an online service) really is a great option for a lot of moms.Why it might not be for you: Internet marketing has a learning curve, just like any other type of business. Anyone whos ever had a website knows that if you build it they will come is not necessarily true. You have to promote, tweak, test, and learn constantly if you want to become a success in Internet Marketing. It is definitely possible and it is a great option, but dont go into it thinking you dont need to invest time and money in yourself and in your business. You do.Surveys for CashWhy we love it: Yes, there really are companies that will pay you to take surveys. In all honesty, you arent going to get rich taking surveys, and youll spend a lot of time for little money in most cases. But, if you enjoy hanging out on the computer and think it would be fun to do some surveys while youre chatting with your friends on IM, then it isnt a bad way to make a few extra dollars here and there. Just be sure to sign up with a free email account (like hotmail or yahoo) so you dont get flooded with SPAM!Why it might not be for you: If time is short or you need to make a lot of money for your family, then spend your time on something else. Surveys arent going to pay your bills. Also, there are some scams that charge you for a list of surveys. Be careful.These are just a few of the many options to make money from home. Follow your heart. Start on the path today to make your dreams come true.

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For many people the ultimate dream is to work from home. To some people who have achieved this dream it has turned into the ultimate nightmare! If you are thinking about working from home, what are the pitfalls and what can you do to avoid them?