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Are You One Who Lives to Work or Who Works to Live?

Some people love to work and their job is a priority. These folks enjoy working and look forward to it. Others not so much and just show up for the paycheck and do as little as they can get away with. Hard to tell if they have something they really do like to do, like a hobby, such as photography or painting – maybe not even that.

work it out!

It is pretty common to hear the expression ‘starving artists’. That’s because for some reason they usually spend several years of creating art that doesn’t sell and doesn’t often generate enough money to live on. Many times artists have no sense of business so they may mismanage most financial issues. Sad, but maybe something about the struggle may contribute to developing their talent.

If we live to work or work to live , the difference may depend t on whether you have a job where you are doing something you like to do if not just tolerate it well. Sometimes it is necessary to do anything we can to support ourselves when in dire straits. This may have to be okay for a limited time, but if it becomes a permanent career it can become a real mental and emotional drain.

Other than sleeping, our work consumes a large portion of our daily life. We should really try to be happy with what we are doing – or are forced to be doing. It really requires some strength to remain positive in a negative situation. However, if we are in a position where we are not really happy, we need to try to change it.

In today’s financial environment, we can’t just throw away a job, because the days are gone where we knew we could always find something better. We are fortunate if we have a way to support ourselves on any decent level. If we really want more, we have to believe that we can do it and then we have to take action to achieve our goals.

If we love to work it will be a lot easier if we have to develop a business to supplement our income, or to start mapping out a planning an escape from our hamster wheel (rut) to save our sanity among other things. If you are willing to try working at home at least part-time to begin to build a business you can get creative and build something you like doing.

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Build a Business You Can Love if You Hate Your Job

We can have more fun working if we are doing things we like to do. Way too often we are forced to accept situations because we have no choice. This is particularly true with a job. Most company’s define a job by the tasks they need done. We may be fortunate enough to have a job that offers a variety of things to do. That makes it possible to like some aspects of the job more than others, which helps a little to get through the days.

what do you want to be?

If you are planning to start your own business you can design something that you enjoy. It may help you if you start a couple lists that outline your interests and hobbies, and another that has your work experience and skills. You can drill down on each point to analyze how you could earn income from home using those same skills.

For example, if you really love to play golf. You might start a blog and write about golf – share some techniques, trivia, news stories, reviews, etc. You may want to include a calendar of tournaments in various geographical areas including information to help people travel to those destinations, reserve lodging, etc. Focus on attracting other golf enthusiasts.

To monetize your blog you could add some ads for golf equipment – you could find outlets that have golf clubs, golf shoes, golf clothes, and other golf equipment. You can then make arrangements to either become an affiliate or a distributor of those items, so that you would have a way to drop-ship from the manufacturer to the customer.

As well, if you love arts and crafts including candle making, soap or candy making, baking, ceramics, jewelry, etc. it could really be a fun business for you. For holidays and other events you could make gift baskets that include a variety or stay with one theme. These baskets are really festive and a lot of fun to receive as well as create.

This model is a little more intensive because you have to consider the cost of all your materials to create your gifts, as well as shipping materials. You could run your ads on an auction site or online store front linked to your blog, so that they could handle your order transactions, payment gateway, etc.

If you consider yourself more of an ‘office’ person, you could offer services with your computer. These can include running SEO campaigns, tutoring online or by group chat (e.g., Skype) in computer or Internet basics, ghostwriting, tax preparation/accounting, or customer service. Again look at your list of skills and try to translate them into something you can do as a home business.

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It’s Not Always Best to Say Something is Easy

‘Easy’ is a very subjective word and may represent very different things depending on who you are talking to. What is easy for one person may be difficult for another. Some popular terms are often misconstrued. It should be emphasized that ‘easy’ and ‘autopilot’ and ‘passive’ income, while they do exist, need to be implemented before they can be so. Entrepreneurs that use those terms should not hesitate to be honest that it took them some time to reach their goals.

EZ or Not Just Do It!

There is no magic to these terms. We have to be logical with ourselves and others. So many seem to be in denial and assume that because “Joe the HomeBiz Wizard” (who worked every day diligently for 2 years to be where he is financially) can do it, then we can just overlook the time it took him. We can figure because Joe is sharing his ‘secrets’ that we can just read it once and enjoy the same benefits. Woo Hoo! Rich by lunch! Probably not…

The problem with this ‘pipe dream’ is that it can be highly disappointing when things don’t work that way. Time and again dreamers will start something and give it half an effort just ‘to test the waters’ while ignoring the fine points about the investment of time and effort that are necessary for any profitable business.

So that is why after not giving a business a chance to develop – and just allowing yourself some pre-set ‘probationary’ period, that makes several invalid assumptions, deluded people will quickly pronounce that the program is not good , or even that it’s a scam and quit trying. The main problem is having pre-conceived attitudes, (and bad advice from amateurs) which are the opposite of having an open mind and a ‘learning spirit’.

It would have been much better if he could have played along and followed the program. Best if he tried to benefit from the (usually free) training provided, did some research on what was said, and did some due diligence. He should have made an attempt to determine what a feasible plan will be for him. He needs to have a logical plan that will allow him to facilitate everything so as to meet reasonable, achievable target goals.

However, it wasn’t exactly easy because there was a lot of work involved and a lot of time to build a business. We had to learn a lot of things along the way. During this time we didn’t know if what we were doing was going to work. The results are determined mostly by how much time and sincere, aggressive effort was invested. If it didn’t get a fair chance, it may not have the results you hoped for.

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