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Forgiveness and its place in your home business

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 at 6:29 am

When you think of forgiveness and all it entails your home business is not the first place you consider. Forgiveness is most often related to ones personal life and the private things that happen to you.

 But how can forgiveness pertain to your home business?

 It can and does affect your home business both negatively and positively.

 Situations occur in business just as in personal life that are less than favorable. Sometimes you get ripped off, sometimes you get slandered, sometimes you’re lied to or about and sometimes you just run into a con artist that can completely take a devastating situation in your life and use it to their advantage. If you’re religious you know these kind of people pay in the end but in the business world there are other solutions.

 

If you are not able to forgive with skill and move on you waste valuable time that could be spent on your business and yourself. Maria Nemeth, author of “The Energy of Money,” explains that you don’t have to like, agree with or even settle what someone has done to you in order to forgive them. You just have to let it go. Let’s face it. There are people in this world who don’t care what kind of personal tragedies have happened to you, what sort of miseries you’ve endured and even if you’ve done all you can do to make it right with that person they will continue to torment you for their own benefit. There is nothing you can do about that type of person. They get their own comeuppance in the end but there is something you can do for yourself.

 

Forgive them. Give up your story about what happened and why. I’ve struggled with this myself. I had a dear friend who kicked me over and over and over at one of the lowest points in my life. I was used for all I could give and when I needed a helping hand I got a nasty kick in the teeth. I developed more than a professional dislike for her but a deep and seething hatred. I’ve never been treated that way before. I was at a point in my life where people I loved were dieing, my personal life was all but destroyed and my financial future and that of my 6 children was precariously close to destitute. I’ve struggled with forgiveness for my own benefit.  My Priest, Father Glassic, explained it this way; “Give it away. You’ve done all you can do. You have made it right in your head and your heart. Not everyone is caring and loving the way we would like them to be. They have their own demons to live with. All you can be sure of is how you deal with. Let it go.”

 

How does this affect our businesses? Forgiveness is an indispensable business tool. Not forgiving, and hanging onto wrongs you’ve been dealt keeps you buried in the past, unable to move forward in business or in personal life. You’re in a constant struggle to make people see your point and understand that you were wronged. That takes time away from being a normal productive person.

 

If you catch yourself doing things like this ask why. Do you crave attention? Are you afraid that no one will hear you or be interested in you without this story of how bad you were treated? Is it really helping you or is it hindering you? Think about how others really see you while you are constantly relating this story to anyone who will listen. Does it help your business or is it harmful in the long run?

 

To learn to forgive is to learn to move forward. There are better things on the horizon. To continue with your pitiful tale of wrongdoing is to stagnate and wither, slowing down your business progression.

 

If you don’t feel like you can let go of the hurt and anger just yet try to imagine a day in the future when you can. Imagine what it would be like to not have to have this hanging over your head everyday. Even if you silently enjoy calling attention to this slight once you let it go you’ll realize how much more free you feel when it’s over and how much stronger your business can become.

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The Biggest Lie WAHMs’ Tell

In freelance writing, Getting started wah, home life, Kids and family on January 22, 2009 at 4:40 am

Almost all of the advertisements you will see for companies hiring work at home moms will have the words “spend more time with the kids” or “stay home with your kids” or some variation thereof in the text.

May I just say – What a crock.

Oh you are home all right and the kids are too. Thats about the extent of the truth of that statement. No work- or very little- actually gets accomplished.
Working at home is no alternative to childcare.

If you work a telephone customer service job you know what I mean. You cant service the customer with little Billy clamoring for a juice box and his goldfish crackers.

I write from home.

Even that seemingly “do it anywhere” type of job isnt so easy at home. Have you ever tried to write a 1200 word white paper with 2 children wanting you to referee a fight, 3 involved in a discussion about who gets to squeeze the oranges for juice and 1 crying because her agenda flew out of the bus window on the way home from school? (Yes, that really happened.)

Truth is, if you work at home you will still need childcare. The idea of working at home with children under foot is a misnomer.
Thats not to say it cannot be done.

I know. I do it. But it is no way the sunny, delightful experience some companies paint for you.

I know this because that very fact is why I began to work from home. I had 4 children at the time and day care costs were more than I could make at any job with only an associate of science in business and journalism.
So how do you get work done and save on child care expenses? The answer is simply stated but annoyingly hard to accomplish.
I quickly learned that to work I needed to get creative. Get up earlier, stay up later and house work…fugettaboutit.
Ask for help from friends and relatives. Let the kids play out doors more often and set up “stations” for play ONLY when mommy is working. This helps A LOT!

The real point here is that if you want to do it you can. You will find a way to get it done if it is really in your heart to do it. You might be sleepy and have to buy new clothes sine you havent had time to do laundry since the 4th of July.
But it gets easier. Hang in there.

Congrats!

In blogging, give away, writing mom on January 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Many heart felt kudo’s to Parenting Pink’s Elizabeth.

She is the winner of the Pink Paperclip Blog Award. This quarters prize is a label maker donated by Dymo. Enjoy it Elizabeth and congrats!

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Gossimer 2009 New Business Contest.

In Getting started wah, telecommuting, work at home basics on January 12, 2009 at 11:19 am

Im very excited to enter a contest to win free domain registration, free web hosting for 1-year, and a full web design and promotion package provided by Christie Graphic Design (http://www.hchristie.com/) to independent businesses. This is especially good timing for me. I have just this year started a new work at home business consulting firm. I have done this type of work for free for many years and have dedicated a portion of the business strictly to charity work and to educate the underpriveledged in this horrible economy.

I cant begin to tell you what an impact it would make, not only to me, but to my community and the many people struggling to find work in this economic crisis.

Internet presence is a big factor in the success of a start up business and to have a perfect set up handed to you is an amazing opportunity that I would not squallor.

Wish me luck!

What You Will Need To Start A Successful Business

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

Home Business Resource – What You Will Need To Start A Successful Business
Starting a home business is a very important decision, and there are some typical home business resources you will need to have in order for you to succeed. Home business resources are assets, services and systems you will need to make your home business run smoothly; and also other steps you will need to take to make sure that you will succeed with your business.

So, to start a successful home business, what resources and steps do you need to take?

? A clearly laid out business plan. Without a business plan and goals to achieve, then you can not get anywhere. A business plan will map out what you need to succeed and how you will achieve your goals.

? Good research. Whatever your business will need, you will need to be well informed about it. So you will need to do me research so that you become an expert on the niche, product or service. Knowledge about the business is an important home business resource, so you must do the necessary research to be well-informed about the industry or product/service.

? A well set-up office. Your office is another important home business resource. You will need to be productive while working from home. You will therefore need an office that has all you will need to run a smooth business; a computer, printer, internet access, fax, telephone, business cards and a conducive work environment. A suitable desk and appropriate lighting in your office is also an important resource that is often underestimated in its importance. You will sometimes work for many hours in a day, and your work space needs to be comfortable. Allocate some money towards setting up a working environment you will enjoy working from everyday!

? Some money to cover capital outlay and running costs is an important home business resource which you will need. Any business requires some form of investment, and you will need to know how much you have, and how much investments and ongoing marketing your business will need for it to succeed. It is therefore recommended that you start your business while you are still employed, so that you have some income to live on while you are still building your business.

? Support system. This can be a mentor; someone who has succeeded with a similar business, or simply your family and friends. You need to have people close to you who will encourage you and give you any support you need. You can also join a forum of people with the same business like yours. A good support network is a very important home business resource.

? Business leads and clients are a crucial home business resource. Making and creating contacts and networking is very important – you need to start building your potential clients base before you launch your business. Start marketing your business by giving away some products and services. By creating a relationship with your potential customers, you build trust with them, and when you launch your business, it will be easy for them to buy from you.

? Be professional! The way you run your business and relate to your customers is very important. Be prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ with your customers. Care about your customers, and provide all the information they may need.

? Hire any professional help you may need. Treat your business professionally, and if you need the services of a lawyer or accountant, hire/outsource it. It is more productive and effective to get experts to do what you can not do, leaving you time to focus on your business. You will want to do the best for your business; so if there are any home business resources you do not have, outsource them.

If you have the home business resources outlined above, then your business will succeed. Although your home business may only be a small venture, treat it like a real business, and get all the home business resources any business will need in order to be successful.

This artcle was provided by Jeff Casmer, an award winning internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His “Top Ranked” Earn Money at Home Directory(http://www.24hourwealth.com/) gives you all the information you need to start and prosper with your very own Internet Home Based Business.

The Habits of the Highly Successful

In Getting started wah, Goals, home life, telecommuting, work at home basics on January 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

What is a habit anyway?

Dictionary.com says it is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary”.

Hmmm… its easy to see how this could be helpful as well as harmful.
Ever wonder what habits really, really successful telecommuters engage in? Read on.

Remember when you were one of those unlucky souls running the rat race? Think back waaaaayyyy before you started your glamorous telecommuting career to when you got up every morning and went to work for someone else. The car radio concert and the commute to work, morning chit chat in the break room with a cup of coffee and then a quick check in on the days agenda – that all seems like prework tedium but in actuality its an important part of the process. Sometime, telecommuters lose thier rhythm – or cant find it to begin with- because of the lack of prework tedium. Its important to develop a prework routine to get yourself ready- mind and body- for your telecommuters work day. Play that morning radio show while sipping a cup of coffee at the kitchen table, checking out the days To-Do list. Set yourself up to work just like any other person. Routine is important.

Another important habit to be successful while working at home is to train your family and friends. This one is a big challenge for me because I have a large family and several community commitments. I am sometimes interrupted in the middle of a work day to solve a family issue or to make changes or addendum’s to community projects. It is really important to make sure everyone that knows you is clear on when they can call and when you will be able to be of assistance. Have voice mail or an answering machine to catch calls when you cant.

Have a work area that is designated only for that purpose. Be it the kitchen table or your bedroom closet- as long as you do your work there it is your office. Treat it as such.

Make sure that you behave during your workday as you would at any other workplace. Dont watch those Magnum PI re-runs (even though Tom Selleck is EXTREMELY hard to ignore), don’t indulge in the 3 martini lunch (very often) and dont do housework (oddly, that isn’t a problem for me).

The real key to successfully working at home is to be able to manage your home life with your work life since they have magically become one. Avoid things that you know distract you and focus on developing good work habits. Set yourself deadlines and stick to them. You can do it! Be your own boss, its the toughest job you’ll ever have.

New writing Gig

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2009 at 4:14 am

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keep on keeping on… WAHM style!

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2009 at 8:08 am

In the spirit of goal achievement and personal growth I posted some of my goals for this blog and my other one on my relationship with the women of death row on Woman Condemned.

I made real progress in attaining my goals this year and although it’s early in the year (OK so the year has barely started- sue me I’m enthusiastic) I’m really optimistic.

I’ll be starting a WAHM consulting business this year (shooting for March and I’m offering service to my blog readers FIRST!) and hopefully attending a blogging seminar later this month.(looking for a few sponsors if anyone is interested in helping me improve this blog!)

I’ve entered a contest at Kristina Seleshanko’s blog to win some consulting service for my book on death row women and I’m wrapping up a long standing project that Ive worked really hard on.

Every goal I am working on is to be able to provide better service to my readers and to my community. I have always had a deep need to help women who are desperate for work, help and a way out of a desperate life. I think this year will mean big change for all of us!