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If you’re a single parent, or your partner works away a lot, it can be difficult to find suitable employment. That is why starting your own home based business could be the ideal solution to all your financial problems. On top of this, staying at home with a child can become very tedious if you don’t have some kind of outlet, which is precisely the reason you pay close attention to all the business ideas listed in this post. Most of them are pretty simple to set up, and you’ll be able to work around your schedule, which has many obvious advantages.
I’ve personally worked from home for around three years now, and I can honestly say it’s the best move I’ve ever made. While it can be a little nerve racking to begin with, once you establish yourself and build a regular client base, things soon become more relaxed. So, give me your full attention and let’s take a quick look at some of the ideas you may wish to consider…
Washing And Ironing Services
You probably spend a lot of time doing your own washing and ironing when at home with the kids, so why not start a business where you get paid for it? There are many people who live alone and work long hours, and some of them simply don’t have the time to deal with these jobs. So, there’s definitely a lot of potential for earning if your skills are sufficient enough to make a good impression. You can either spend a couple of mornings each week collecting the clothing from your clients homes, or you could even allow them to drop it off to you. Obviously, you’ll need a commercial washer to cope with the increased loads, but these are cheap to buy from specialists like Alexanders Direct.
Freelance Writing / Design
There are lots of freelance websites around at the moment where companies and individuals post large and small jobs they need to complete. Presuming you have sufficient English skills or you’re a dab hand at design work, you could earn a good wage through these sites. Once you’ve established yourself in the industry, you should find it simple to attract clients outside of the freelancing sites, and so your earnings should increase even further. Just make sure you only ever bid for work you know for certain you’ll have the time to complete, as any late submissions could work against you.
Childminding / Babysitting
If you’re spending all day with a child anyway, you might as well look after other people’s for pay. Most families don’t earn enough for a parent to stay at home with the kids, and this means they have a lot of trouble sourcing care when the school holidays come around. Most childminders charge around £10 per child for every hour they’re with them, so it’s possible to take hundreds every day if you make the right adaptations to your home and obtain all the proper licenses and insurance.
Well ladies, there you have it. After taking time to read through those suggestions, you should be more hopeful about starting your own home based business in the near future. It’s important to work if you’re able, as this gives you a sense of purpose.
Good luck with the new business, whatever you end up doing!
Everyone needs to be able to keep warm in winter but how do you keep your home warm in the colder months? Many Australian homes are designed for the hot climate and it can be hard to keep your home warm without spending a small fortune on energy bills.
Here are 5 ideas to help you do just that.
Install a Wood Fire Heater
Wood heaters are a cosy source of radiant heat and make spending evenings indoor highly enjoyable. There is a wide range of wood heaters available so you will find something to suit your needs. Barbeques Galore have a great range of sizes and styles to suit most spaces.
When deciding which wood heater to buy it is a good idea to talk to the retailer about the size of the space you wish to heat. Ask for advice on what size heater you will need and choose one you find aesthetically pleasing. It’s not a good idea to buy a wood heater that is larger than your needs as you will use more fuel than necessary to heat your space. You will also need to clean your wood heater out from time to time to remove ash and charcoal, so it’s best to get one the right size for your room to avoid unnecessary cleaning.
A wood heater will add to the interior design of your home and should be placed in your most used area, usually the living room. A wood heater will often really enhance the ambience of a room and encourage families to relax and enjoy sitting around the firetogether.
Keep the Heat in with Curtains
Glass windows will allow the heat to escape from inside and will also let the outside cold in. Up to 40 per cent of household heat can escape through uncovered windows, so it’s a good idea to hang reasonably heavy curtains for the cold months.
Insulation is a must if you want to save energy keeping your house both warm and cool. If a house is correctly insulated you will save significantly on power costs for heating and cooling.
Seal up the Cracks
Cracks and gaps, including gaps under doors, can be responsible for a whopping 25 per cent heat loss in your home. Use weather stripping around doors and windows and a gap filler to seal any cracks in the walls. An old fashioned door snake will keep the cold from escaping under the door.
Also, close off any rooms that you aren’t using. If you have your wood fire burning in the living room, close off empty rooms to keep the heat in the area of the house you are using.
Let the Sun Shine In
During the day let us much sun into your home as you can. Open the curtains wide and let the sun shine in to warm your home. Remember to close curtains and seal off gaps before dark sets in.
Getting a good start in life involves getting a good education, and what better way to thank the ones that have had the most impact in your child’s life than giving them a little gift.
Over the last few years this has become a trend, more and more parents are prepared to give a gift to their child’s teacher.
However, according to reports, some parents are taking this too far, spending more and more money on gifts for teachers in an attempt to outdo each other. This takes competitive parenting to a whole new level. In a survey conducted by UK parenting website Netmums, parents are spending, on average, £10 on a gift, while the number of parents spending more than £20 has increased by more than 50%.
Putting all this aside, when my Daughter finished her school year I felt it important to buy her teacher a gift, as a thank you for teaching her this year.
Here are five things that you may want to consider buying as gifts for teachers:
The usual suspects: Flowers
Although a little predictable, a bunch of flowers with a card would make a nice surprise gift for any teacher. To make it a little more personal, try and find out what the teacher’s favourite flowers are. I’m sure if you were to receive a gift, this amount of thought would go a long way.
The supporting act: Chocolates
Like flowers, chocolates can also make a great gift. Again, try and make it personal and find out what the teacher likes.
A little something of everything: The Hamper
There’s much to be said about a hamper. Of course you can by one from your local supermarket, but the best hampers are always personalised to the recipient, with plenty of thought but in to the contents of it. Again, research plays a big part in getting the hamper just right for the teacher. Find out what biscuits or sweets they like, what they enjoy to drink, maybe even go as far as finding out their favourite author or magazine. Also, try and think about what you would like to receive in a hamper. Would you like some bath salts or oils, hand cream or a face mask? I’m sure you’d appreciate; teachers would love the time to relax too.
Vouch for something special: Vouchers
If you don’t know your child’s teacher that well, vouchers can be an extremely thoughtful gift. Think about vouchers for stores that stock a little bit of everything, maybe a Walmart or other department store. A voucher may not be as personal as other gifts, but it will be warmly received and hugely appreciated just the same.
Subscribe to success: The Magazine Subscription
Again, you don’t need to know your child’s teacher that well to get them something that they will love. If your child’s teacher teaches a particular subject, have a look at what specific, or more niche magazine titles that they could subscribe to, and purchase a 6 or 12 months subscription for them. Alternatively, you could buy them a subscription to a more general lifestyle magazine.
Hopefully this will give you some great ideas.
For any sensible parent and dog owner, researching the ‘best’ breed of dog to join your family is something that you obviously take great pride in. It is not easy to say which breed of dog is ‘best’ around children, but some dogs tend to have more naturally affectionate personalities than other breeds of dog. Some dogs are more playful and tolerant, while other dogs can be more assertive and act as guard dogs. Whatever breed of dog that you choose to become a member of your family do remember that they are big commitment, so only buy a dog if you are ready to take on a lot of responsibility.
As a rule of thumb, dogs tend to be tolerant around children that they have ‘grown up’ around. While the idea of a puppy and toddler at the same time is a daunting one, raising the two together will ensure a life long bond. The dog will be as happy as your child.
Remember the following when choosing a breed of dog that is best to have around small children:
There are of course many dogs for sale, but choosing the right one for your family takes a lot of research.
Family Friendly Dog Breeds
Beagles make loyal companions due to their sturdy stature. As a rule, they tend to be very energetic and so they rarely tire of playing. This is, of course, ideal for small children who will often want to play long games with the family dog. Beagles have a friendly temperament and are extremely clever too.
While these dogs are giant, they are very gentle and absolutely adorable. This particular breed of dog is patient, loyal and caring. While they are prone to drooling and shedding their enormous fluffy coats, they make wonderful pets, especially around children, hence their nickname as ‘Natures Babysitter’. However, this breed of dog likes to be inside, as well as having large open spaces. As the Newfoundland is a very large dog, only consider this breed should you have the room to do so.
The red Irish Setter is put simply, a stunning dog. While this breed of dog is particularly energetic it enjoys being around people and children, especially a family that can devote a lot of time to it. Irish Setter’s are very intelligent and can be trained easily. Perfect should you want to avoid ‘doggy presents’ on the carpet!
The ‘Andrex’ puppy certainly has the cute factor and is a firm favourite among those that are seeking a family-friendly dog. These lively, intelligent dogs are super playful and have a high tolerance for children. These dogs are known for their loyalty and really do make an excellent addition to the family.
Buying a dog isn’t just simply ‘buying a dog’, it is extending your home and your heart and effectively is adding a member of your family. Except one that has four legs and hair. Every dog has the potential to be ‘family-friendly’ with the correct handling, training and upbringing.
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Finding traditional means of employment when you’re a stay-at-home mom can be a real pain, especially since the international job market as a whole has been on the decline for the last few years. This is precisely why it’s important you learn to think outside of the box and source your income through alternative means. Whilst some governments do have a decent benefits system, this will only keep you just above the breadline. Presuming you love your kids and you want the best for them, this simply isn’t good enough. With all that in mind, this article will present 5 simple home business ideas you may wish to research over the next few months. Why knows; they could make all the difference to your quality of life.
Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still need to put a lot of effort in to get things off the ground, but so long as you have sufficient motivation, this shouldn’t be a major problem. For the most part, you’ll have to do everything yourself, which means taking some time out to work on your telephone voice and your social communications skills could be a wise move. So, without any further delay on my part, here are the business ideas that could change your life for the better.
1 – Telephone Answering Service
Many businesses simply don’t have the time or resources to allow someone to sit answering telephone calls all day long. This means they employ the services of specialist companies to do the job for them. So, if this sounds appealing, follow the model put in place by http://www.ffb.co.uk and you should achieve a moderate level of success.
2 – Catering
Okay, so, you’re not going to become a millionaire from a basic cake-making company, but if you’ve got baking skills and a keen eye for design, there’s no reason why you can’t significantly boost your income using this method. Luckily, you should only have to advertise your services on social network sites to start receiving orders.
3 – Blogging
If you’re pretty computer savvy, then starting your own blog or opting to write for a creative content marketing company on other blogs could solve all your financial issues. You’d be surprised by how much money can be made. I know someone who does this job for less than 6 hours each day and earns a wage that works out to be almost double that which the government places as a bottom line (minimum wage).
4 – Search Engine Optimisation
Presuming you follow the online world and always read up on new updates released by major search engines like Google, you could set yourself up as a freelance SEO specialist and help businesses with new websites to rank in favourable positions for their chosen keywords. Again, there’s a lot of money to be made if you’re good.
5 – Personal Assistant
Back in the day, anyone who wanted to employ a personal assistant would have had no choice but to meet with them face to face on a daily or weekly basis. Thankfully, due to the release of reliable video chat software like Skype, this is no longer the case. So, whatever subject you have a talent for, finding people online willing to pay for your assistance or expertises should be simple.
Well ladies, there you have it. You should now have some great ideas about what you can do to make some extra cash and help your kids to have the life they deserve. Keep working towards any goals you set yourself, and you should reach them in no time.
Believe if yourself!
If you have children, you may be worried about what havoc they may cause if you thinking about buying a new sofa.
You need a sofa that fits into your lifestyle, as well as your family home. So it’s important that you consider all the sofa options when making your decision.
When thinking about the style of sofa to choose, here are some handy tips:
A leather sofa not only looks great, they are also child proof, to a degree. Leather can be easily wiped down if there is a spill or a stain, meaning you only need to get a damp cloth to it if the unavoidable happens. Leather is also very durable, as well as looking sophisticated however, it is not immune to damage and mishaps – it still beats fabric hands-down. One sofa that really looks the part is the Leather Chesterfield sofa.
Another handy tip is to buy a dark coloured sofa, because even though a pen mark may wipe off most leather sofas, a dark coloured sofa will hide a stain a lot better in case the worst should happen. A black sofa may look a bit harsh in some homes, but you can get some striking green and blue sofas that should compliment your family home nicely.
If a solid dark colour isn’t for you, maybe you should look at patterned sofas. I’d recommend you try and stay away from white or very light colour schemes for the reasons outlined earlier.
You should also consider the style of sofa you want for you and your family. Is it the big corner sofa you desire or is it a traditional three piece suite that would be better for your family? Do you want your own space or something that the whole family can descend on?
It’s not just the size and shape that you should consider. Sofas have a variety of styles, such as high and low backs, differing shaped arms, is it a flat back, soft or firm filling.
Another element that you should consider is space. Space, not just for the sofa, but for the kids to play in. It’s this space that could avoid little mishaps occurring in the future. They say prevention is better than cure.
The frame is the backbone of the sofa, so you will need to ensure that the sofa offers the best quality of frame to withstand the constant use of both adults and children.
Often overlooked, but very important, especially if you have young children in the house. The feet on sofas come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, as well as material. Some classic leather sofas have tall, strong wooden legs that can jut out causing a risk to young children within the household. Other sofas may have concealed feet that may be more appropriate to your household.
There is plenty to think about, but once you’ve considered everything you’ll have a sofa that is great for you, and the children in your house too.
Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s time to move. This is often one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, because moving involves gathering up all of your personal belongings and physically moving them. There’s a good chance you’ll end up losing something, breaking something else, and there’s even the possibility that all of your stuff could be destroyed. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way if you take the time to prepare for your move.
Pack Up Everything Yourself
One of the best ways to ensure that all of your stuff makes it to where it’s going is to pack it yourself. Yes, this takes a lot more effort. It’s also a lot more time-consuming. But, at the end of it, you’ll know that the job is done right.
Most moving companies that have packing services aren’t as careful with your stuff as you’d be, and that makes sense if you think about it. It’s not their stuff. They’re not going to care about it as much as you do.
Label Everything and Take an Inventory
When you pack up your belongings, label everything. Take an extensive inventory and use a spreadsheet so that you have good documentation. Take photos, and even take the time to document the tiny details like how many pairs of socks you have.
This will make it a lot easier to keep track of your belongings when you’re ready to load them up, as well as when you move in. You can be sure everything made it to where it’s supposed to be. It’s also good for those times when you have to make an insurance claim for lost or damaged items.
Compare Written In-Home Estimates
Get the moving company to come out to your home. Don’t trust over-the-phone estimates. They’re never correct anyway. Most moving companies will charge either by weight or by volume. Ask for a quote based on both and go with the cheapest one. But, get your estimate in writing and ask about what could negatively affect the price between now and the time you’re ready to move.
Buy The Insurance
Get moving insurance. Some companies will offer it to you, but will advise you that it’s really not necessary. it is. Even if it costs you an additional $500, the standard insurance that comes with all moving jobs will only compensate you mere cents on the dollar for anything that’s lost or stolen. You want replacement value. If you’re unsure where to look for insurance, comb through top selling real estate agents, talk to your current insurance broker, or ask family or friends for referrals.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets
Your pets need to move too. So, don’t forget Fido’s crate, all his creature comforts, and don’t forget that animals often don’t like change. This is going to be a very confusing time for your pet. Make the transition as smooth as possible. You’re not going to want to pack up any of its belongings before you’re ready to move, and it’s always a good idea to take your dog with you to the new place and spend some time sniffing around.
Prep The New Home
Prepare your new home for your arrival. That means paint and clean the home before anything is moved in. It’s easier to do it now than wait for the furniture and all your belongings to arrive.
Arthur Young is a housing guru. From his long career in buying and selling, he enjoys blogging about everything from navigating the real estate market to getting settled in a new place.
Originally, there were only a few networks on broadcast TV. Viewers had very limited choices, but at least television service was free. As time went on, however, the public began craving more variety in the types of shows they could watch. More channels were created, and cable and satellite TV came along as a means of delivering these channels to consumers. Of course, not all cable channels are created equal. Some, like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz, offer premium programming at a premium price. When these networks first came to be, they struggled for a while to define the type of programming that they should deliver. Though they were originally used to televise hit movies to their subscribers, these channels have gradually been creating more and more original programming. These days, the content produced by some of the premium networks is among the best on TV, as is proven time and again by such indicators as ratings and awards shows.
The first real pioneer of original programming on subscriber networks was HBO. In the 1990s, it began broadcasting original series that became very popular, including The Larry Sanders Show, Oz, and Sex and the City. These programs were able to be unique because the cable network was much less strict about issues like profanity, violence, and nudity—all of which would have kept these shows off regular network TV. The success of some of these original programs spawned more series from HBO including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Entourage, and more. In addition to regular series, HBO also pioneered the concept of the long-form miniseries with its multi-part TV movies like From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, and John Adams. The network was able to work with big names in Hollywood (like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg) to create stories that couldn’t be told in the form of usual movies due to time and budget constraints. Today, some of the most popular TV programming that still draws in viewers to HBO include series like Girls, True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire.
After HBO began to be successful with its original programming, several of the other subscriber networks took notice and began to produce new programming of their own. Showtime gained new viewers with its early series, which included The Outer Limits and Queer as Folk. Over the years, it has continued to produce successful long-running programs like Weeds, The Big C, and The L Word. Current hits on Showtime include Dexter, Californication, and the winner of the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Homeland.
While Starz and Cinemax lag behind the other premium networks when it comes to original programming, they have both taken successful stabs at creating their own shows. Spartacus ran for several years on Starz, and the network has a long list of shows currently in development to be launched in the next few years. Cinemax has focused most of its original programming on the adult genre, and its programs like Co-Ed Confidential, Lingerie, and Life on Top have all had long runs. If the programming from any of these networks interests you, but you currently don’t receive the channels, you might want to learn more about getting them through DirecTV from a dish network site.
There is no “lightning in a bottle” secret about what makes some of the original programming on premium channels work so well. The networks have simply found a formula that works. By convincing subscribers to pay for their content, these networks have been able to put more money into creating quality programming. The resulting quality programming cyclically attracts new subscribers. If you are fed up with some of the programs currently being aired on network TV and basic cable, turning to the content produced by these subscriber networks might be a perfect new way for you to get the most out of your TV viewing experience.
Courtney Whitehead loves to watch television wherever she happens to be. She also likes to write about it to share on various blogs.
The house has a lot of information in it. You can tell a lot about a person from a range of things, their car, their friends, their living space. The home in particular has heavy implications on the character of the person. The mess, the disorder and things laying all around the house has implications of laziness, silliness, lack of care as to your surroundings. Even little things can have implications you didn’t notice. So before you bring back a new friend or a prospective partner you may want to check the image you’re putting forward.
Mess is something that you want to stay in the middle of the road with. Too much and you may have the image of someone who doesn’t care about how they live, someone who is lazy, or too busy, or troubled. On the other hand a house that is too neat can be almost as big a problem. Too neat and impeccable can result in an image of someone who is too neat, obsessive, unyielding, the sweet spot is for your home to look lived in, but cared for.
This is a major trouble a lot of people run into, particularly because it’s difficult to recognise. After living in a cluttered place for a while you become accustomed to having too much furniture or too many items around the room. Given enough time you might get used to your crowded surroundings and not notice that you’re protecting the image of someone who keeps too much on them. Someone who has too many possessions and no way to prioritise or organise. If you’re the kind of person who can’t bear to throw things out feel free to enlist a storage company like Fort Knox to keep it for you until you can get a bigger place. Visit http://www.fortknoxstorage.com.au for information.
What’s on your walls? What colour are they? What does that say about you? It’s something of a difficult and troublesome maze to circumnavigate. Think about what ornaments, paintings and other things are hanging from your walls and what they say about you. Do they have interesting stories? Do they make you seem friendly? Leaving the walls bare will make you seem dispassionate and disconnected, while too much gives the same feeling as clutter. Rather than thinking about how much, think about why you have what you have.
If you don’t mind being thought a little overly fastidious a theme is a really good way to look impressive. Having everything suit the same image, pattern and idea will give an amazing image. With a little effort and some clever planning it can be used to massive effect.
The house has a lot of implications with them lies a lot of pitfalls and opportunities. Taking advantage of the opportunities to put the best foot forward when someone walks into your home can give a sense of ease, satisfaction and a good idea of who you are.
As life becomes increasingly stressful, more and more homeowners are opting to include a relaxation area in their home. Traditionally, people went to professional spas to be pampered and wind down, but having a relaxation station at home allows you to come home after a hectic day and find pea
ce and well-being.
To create your home relaxation station you will need to choose soothing colours for your walls and accessories. This area is all about peace and gentleness. Choose soft comfortable furnishings, and add relaxation music and gentle aromatherapy oils. Your décor needs to be calming and everything should contribute to making the area harmonious. Browse online at Super Amart Australia for furnishings, accessories and wall art in soothing greens, beiges or blues. Lavender will work well too.
Colour plays a very important part in setting the ambience of a room. Your relaxation station should be painted and decorated in gentle tones. Avoid bright colours like red, yellow and orange. These colours stimulate rather than soothe and will have the reverse effect of softer tones. You are aiming for a Zen-like simplicity, so be minimalistic with colours. In other rooms of the house you will often add a bright chair or painting to a neutral room. Don’t do this in your relaxation station. Everything needs to be tranquil and anything brightly coloured will negatively impact the calming level of the room. Lighting too should be gentle. Natural light is best but soft lamps or lights with a dimming switch will also work well. Fluorescent lights are completely wrong for a relaxation space.
When deciding on furnishings for your relaxation room, think about the kind of furniture you would find in a professional spa. This is the atmosphere you are trying to create. Go for comfortable chairs or couches, seating that you would be happy to lounge on with a good book. Furnishings should be minimal and are best kept to the perimeters of the room to create a simple, spacious feel that evokes peace.
Smells and sounds can do a lot to increase the relaxation effect of your space. A noisy room will not work well. You need to pick a place that isn’t disturbed by outside traffic noises or the sounds of the television. Add pleasant sounds to the space. A water feature will work well as the sound of running water is very soothing. You will also need a CD player and some carefully chosen music. Relaxation or quiet instrumental music work well. Buy an oil burner and aromatherapy oils. Again go for gentle rather than strong scents. Smell the tester bottles at your local health food or new age store and find something that resonates with you. Some scents are designed to invigorate, things like citrus for instance. These are not suitable for the relaxation station. If you are unsure you should ask the shop assistant which scents are for calming.
Once you have created your relaxation station you should try and take time each day to enjoy it.