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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.

Are You Home Alone? Get Bizzy Working!

While being home is great and so far superior to commuting, it can get lonely. You should take regular ‘breathers’ to get away and change your scenery. If you don’t, it can feel depressing and smothering, and even ‘tied down’ like your day job. No matter how much fun you are having with your home business, you need to refresh your browser!

work at home

You need to be able to stop working sometimes even though it is midnight and you can’t go outside for a walk or go shopping to get away from it. You also obviously need to sleep and to rest and relax. Make an appointment or schedule this with yourself, if necessary. You don’t need to get run down and burned out. Add moderation to both sides of the coin in order to maintain a balance.

On the other hand, if you do stay home a lot as a rule, why not do something productive with your home. Make it generate money to help with the bills. Make it a better atmosphere. Your home can be something that would be very easy to monetize!

There are benefits that you can get from your taxes if you are running a business in your home even part-time. You can deduct a percentage of all your housing costs – rent or mortgage, utilities, equipment, communications, (Internet service, phone, etc). These would also include direct business expenses like advertising, technical services, software, etc). There are schedules you file with your regular itemized personal income taxes (Form 1040), that are for use of your home for business, *(form 8829) and profit or loss from business (*schedule C); (and of course self-employment tax (*schedule SE).

You can file these deductions for a certain number of years even if you do not make any profit from your home business. However, if after a few years time you have not made any profit then it would be considered a hobby at that point and as such you wouldn’t be able to deduct any more business expenses. Why not have a hobby that you can earn a little money with!? Don’t give up on your home business even if you have to do without all the deductions. Who knows what will happen next year?

You can also look at your home business as a learning experience. You may, over time, develop a very profitable business. If you work all day, you may have a problem accepting more work when you get home, working on your days off, etc.. That is not so much the case if you enjoy working and you love working from home. Your problem might be how to stop working! ?

Take your Home Business Seriously

You may consider a home business as a ‘hobby’ because you already work a full-time ‘day job’. However if you would really like to have a money-making business, or even dream of being self-employed full time someday, listen up.

make yourself at home

While the environment working from home can be one that is more relaxed and comfortable than a regular job, we are still accountable to create a professional business atmosphere during the hours we are working. That may require scheduling time to work and sticking to it the same as you would with a job. can be one that is more relaxed and comfortable than a regular job, we are still accountable to create a professional business atmosphere during the hours we are working. That may require scheduling time to work and sticking to it the same as you would with a job.

Creating a professional office space starts with having clearly a defined area that is only used for your office. If the only space you have available is only a desk in the corner of a room, that space should be used exclusively for business. The space should be organized and straightened up each day. It is best not to spend a lot of time shuffling through piles of papers which will create more productive time you have to accomplish your goals.

Your home office space should be healthy. This means for example, well-lit. People are more productive and positive with bright lighting. You need good, indirect light for your work area so as not to stress your eyes. Your eyes are under a strain especially if your home business is a second ‘job’. Be sure to look away from your computer to something as far away as you can at least once every hour or so.

This will help to decrease the strain on your eyes and corresponding muscles. Be sure to have your eyes checked often (yearly). Seriously, there are some diseases of the eye that are manageable but only if you catch them in time.

Another thing that can cause you to be distracted and less focused, is not having the correct chair. You should not be straining any part of your body. Your chair arms should line up straight from your keyboard and mouse. This is the best way alleviate a lot of the pressure on your wrists.

If you don’t have a footstool, you can use a phone book because lifting your feet slightly relieves strain on your lower back, which can be caused from sitting for hours without a break. Along this line be sure to get up and move around every hour or so to keep your circulation moving. If you have a couple simple stretching exercises, do them – or just walk around your house.

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