37478_are_you_ready_to_work__button_work_from_homeAs more businesses start to downsize and the Internet makes working from home ever more easy, many more would-be entrepreneurs have discovered the benefits of working from home and running their own business.

If like me you would like to get out of the rat race work from home, spend more time with your friends and family and have a better life working from home in a home-based business, this could well be the best thing for you to do

This website is designed for the would be entrepreneur in mind. Here we will discuss various businesses and franchises that you might want to consider when thinking of leaving your day to day grind and starting your own work from home or self employed business.

To get you started, here are  10 good reasons why you’re better off working from home.

1 Personal Freedom
If like me you have spent hours sitting in traffic waiting to get to and from work each day, one of  the biggest advantages in having your own home based business is the freedom to work when you want to work and stop whenever you want to.

So much time is spent driving to work every day. It is said that many workers spend 350 hours commuting to and from work every year, but now with your own home business you can get all those extra hours back to spend with family and friends. You get control of your own personal life, and in addition you can wear whatever you want to wear for work, and no office politics to contend with.

All you need is good discipline, time management skills, and the drive to get the job done and on schedule.

2. Get to keep all the money that you make.
This really means that you can make more money depending on how hard you work. The amount of money you can make is proportional to the work that you put in, so no need to wait for a raise just work more or work harder and produce more.

You are also saving money on petrol and food because you can prepare your own lunch at home which is more cost efficient and cheaper, and will give you a real good break from your office or work during the day

3. Better opportunities
Many large businesses and corporations are struggling these days, but by starting your own business, whether based at home or otherwise, you can seek new opportunities to make more income, and you are in control of your destiny.

You are no longer waiting for the axe to fall and be on the receiving end of redundancy or reduced hours. Get your business started and get up and running

4. Low Risk
Starting your business from home is relatively low risk, requiring much less capital to start. You will need more if you are buying a franchise or a brick and mortar business, but in either case, you are in control of the cash flow and are able to run on a shoe string to start by keeping outgoings low.

5. Don’t forget the tax
Running a business from home means that you are able to deduct part of your own homes expenses as a tax deduction, because you can claim against using part of the home as an office or workshop.

You can include a % of your local council taxes, insurance, heating and lighting and maintenance too.

6. Time with the family
If you have school age kids, this can be especially important. You are able to take them to school in the morning and collect again later if that is what you want to do. You are able to be much more flexible regarding work and leisure time.

Much easier to deal with sickness from school and holidays too.

7. The stress factor
You will feel much less stress and pull on your time when you are able to flexibly divide your time between home and work, kids and office. Set your own hours to suit.

8. Time to grow
As a self employed business owner you get to do more than just one job, such as marketing, sales, bookkeeper etc. This keeps things interesting and makes you much more skilled and in control.

9. More production.
Your increased time due to no more travelling to and from work or pointless business meetings mean that you can devote more time to meaningful tasks and developing your business.

10. Creativity
You will find that your creative side will flourish, and you may even start to make an income from hobbies and unique talents.

So, hopefully the above list will help you to decide that your own business is the way forward. With this website we will showcase various types of home based businesses that you can consider on your journey towards self employment

scam imageSomebody recently sent me this video to watch asking for my thoughts, so I thought I would share it on here.

The best advice I can give here is this; if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Before getting into any work from home business, check on google for reviews, and try and contact somebody that has been involved, just do your due diligence first.

The second and most important thing to remember is not to part with any money first. No legitimate work from home company is going to want you to send them money to get started. They are paying you for your time, not the other way around.

When you are desperate for cash it is easy to jump in and get burned. One time I really needed a loan, the company online said send us I can't remember how much, but it was quite a lot, and they just disappeared with my money. So then I was in more mess than I was to start.

Beware of the scammers. Do your homework. Work with someone local. That's my advice, and the video below should help too.

appliance repair man with washing machineThere are very many avenues of earning money. However, it is always advisable to earn money legitimately. Some people opt to get employed while others opt to be entreprenuers.Those are some of the ways through which people earn money.

However,did you know that you can earn money from home in appliance repair? It is true that you can actually generate an income from repairing the appliances that you will find in just about every home.

If you want to earn an extra income while at home, you can venture into appliance repair fairly easily, it is a business that you can get into without too many skills, and that has benefited many. If you are pretty handy around the home, mayb into car maintenance or fixing things generally, appliance repair could work well for you.

One aspect of appliance installation and repair that is booming right now because of the focus on the environmental impact of heating our homes is the use of multi-fuel and wood burning stoves. There is some accreditation required, but it is not difficult to get, and adding this aspect to your appliance repair business is almost guaranteed to keep you ahead of the curve.

I have a friend who has added this business to his handyman service and is getting calls daily for advice and quotation requests. You can check out his website here and model your own on his design just to make it easy for yourself  http://www.nottinghamstoves.com.

The following are some of the tips that can help you to earn money from home in appliance repair:

  1. Go for training now and then.

It is important that as you propose to start earning money from home, you ensure that you go for regular training on how to repair appliances. Remember that technology is changing rapidily.You have to ensure that you stay up to date with the recent technologies.

Your clients will probably buy modern appliances and if they break down, they will always bring them to you for repair. This is the reason you should always be making your services relevant to them. Make a point of going for training once in a while.

  1. Have a website.

A website is very vital for any business. It is a tool that business persons use to market themselves. You have to take an initiative of creating a website for your business so that clients can easily know the nature of your business and the services that you offer. Remember that there are so many people who browse the internet on a daily basis.

You can easily make these individuals to be your customers if you create a website and post the services that you offer there. If you do not know how to create a website, you can hire the services of a professional to do it for you, or read this post for details how you can easily do this yourself.

  1. Have the necessary appliance repair tools and parts.

A client normally expects that you will serve him or her quickly and efficiently whenever he or she calls you for a repair. However, this cannot be possible if you do not have the necessary tools for that work. You need to ensure that you have necessary tools and common supplies so that your services can be effective. In addition, you will draw more customers if you serve them well.

  1. Promote your business.

This is one of the ways through which people will find your business. Do not underestimate the importance of this. You can have posters indicating that you are offering appliance repair services in the neighborhood, and pin them on notice boards in supermarkets, post offices and local stores. You will be surprised at how effective this can be.

  1. Be thorough in all the services that you offer.

A customer normally expects to get a good service at all times. A fast and effective repair will bring you a lifetime customer. No customer would like to keep on visiting their home as a result of having constant problems with his or her appliance. You should strive to offer the best service at the best price at all times.

Most of that information is pretty basic business sense, but appliances are not going away, and we are becoming more aware of how important it is to repair rather than replace, for the good of the environment and our pockets. And don't disregard the home heating with log burners and stoves. It is a growing opportunity that you can get into now. Below is a video that can give you an insight into what is involved. Good luck and I hope you enjoy this business.

new website imageOh no I hear you say! Thats going to be expensive! You know you need one, but you try to ignore it, you don't know where to start, or maybe you think about asking a younger relative or friend to make one for you. Maybe you ask a web design business for prices, and it is going to cost hundreds or more.

Think again. Things have changed. Websites don't need to be expensive any more. As a new business, all you need is a nice clean looking website that tells your prospective customers what you do, gives them your contact details, maybe shows them some pictures of work you have done before, possibly links to you facebook twitter or linkedin pages. And that's it. And the good news is, you can do it yourself, for next to nothing too.

I am writing this blog on wordpress, and it's really easy, but to start I would recommend one of the big online companies, and the one I really like is Wix. It is so simple, the websites look great, you can use their domain name if you like, (so your domain would be something like www.billsplumbing.wix.com) or you can go to godaddy.com or namecheap.com, buy your own domain for about £8 or $12, (so it would be www.billsplumbing.com - no mention of wix).

Wix has great tutorials, there is nothing to it, or you could ask a younger relative to do it for you, and using Wix means that they don't need any prior website building knowledge. Take a look at their website here

I have also included their video below so you can get an idea of how it works, then once your site is ready, you can add the website address to your business cards and advertising. Potential customers like to check you out, it is just like having a shop window to display your goods or service, and you will get a proper business email address too, such as info@billsplumbing.com. It looks so much more professional than a gmail or yahoo address.

So go on.. get started on your own business website. You will wonder how you ever got on without one.

handyman on ladderFor those with great home repair skills learned while working on your own home, a handyman business may be a phenomenal way to get a part time salary.

For the more ambitious and those unemployed or underemployed because of the financial conditions, being a full time handyman could be a fantastic decision. The best part is that you won't get laid off again, and there is so much work out there, you will be surprised once you get started.

Another one of a kind advantage of the handyman business is that you won't have to tolerate the many frequently silly approaches, methods, and game playing that's part of most corporate situations. And if you are not sure how to start, just model your business on another handyman that works locally or that you can find online. A good example is this Nottingham handyman that I found online.

It is hard work, and making a living as a handyman requires you to be able and reliable however you are your own manager and that feels great. Owning and operating a handyman business, or any other sort of business, is a type of independent work and it is an important decision especially for a one individual business.

As an independently employed individual you should be prepared to wear each hat. It is true... you are the manager yet you are also the handyman, the partner, the cleanup individual, the errand runner, the accountant, the estimator, and the one individual who hears all the complaints.

It's a challenging task and along these lines ought to be a deliberate decision based on a complete understanding of what is included. The handyman business, in the same way as other others, can be lucrative if handled professionally however before you jump in make certain you understand the idea of independent work and all that includes.

Working for yourself means that you can decide on your dress code. Clearly, you needn't bother with a coat and briefcase to be a handyman or to offer your abilities yet that doesn't mean that appearance is irrelevant.

You will be visiting prospects to look at and prepare estimates for various jobs and it's best to be neat and clean at these appointments. Work garments are fine yet looking a wreck kicks you off inappropriately and you could lose the job because of a wrong impression.

handy man cartoonPotential clients ought to have the capacity to easily assume that you are a fruitful handyman. Every little thing about you ought to reflect professionalism so the prospect will be totally comfortable with you handling their work.

Other than looking professional, it's important to display a broad knowledge of the work your prospect needs done. If they get the feeling that you lack the information and expertise to carry out the task or that you are trying different things with their work your chances of landing the position are thin. This early contact can establish your insight into the work and will increase the chances of landing the position.

Keep in mind that getting clients for any new business takes time. You should let people know that you are available and give them complete information about your business. The first step ought to be loved ones. Everybody you know is or knows is  a potential client. Use email, facebook, twitter, letters, postcards, telephone calls, whatever technique works best for the people you are trying to reach.

As with any new business, you will need a website, business cards and a telephone number and email, and with a little effort you can turn the skills used on your own home into a lucrative business that will weather almost any economic downturn. There is plenty of work available to anyone with these skills, so get started today.

Watch the video below for some great ideas on how to start your own handyman business.

dog walking ladyI was just sitting down to do some work and answer some questions on this blog when I saw a young woman walking buy with 8 dogs. 8 dogs! I thought that a person must be crazy to own 8 dogs, but then the penny dropped....she must be a dog walker!

Now that's something that I had never thought about, but it would be perfect for somebody that loves dogs, that has a few hours to spare in a day, and wants to keep fit at the same time.

So I did some research, and it seems that you can charge up to $25, or around £18 per hour to walk a dog. So do the math, that lady was working for around $200 per hour. More than her vet probably.

This was just an off the cuff post, but it looks like this would be a good business to explore further. There is an association where you can get more information, it is the National Associaton Of Pet Sitters, and there is probably an equivalent in most countries, so that may be the first place to start.

I also found this video, which has plenty of info to get you started... happy walking!

kitchen door upgradeFor many people, the kitchen is the central point of the house. Typically, this is the first place where they stop from work and the children also stop when they are home from school. Also, it is a relaxing environment for entertaining informal visitors.

The look of a kitchen from the flooring to the kitchen doors and the appliances can positively affect the feel of a kitchen. Changing  kitchen doors can, therefore, add a lot of décor without having to use a lot of money. There are different types of materials that you can choose for your kitchen doors; these include wood, laminate, fax, and glass.

This is what makes a replacement kitchen door business a perfect business to start from home. And you don't even need to be a kitchen installer or have any installation experience, you just need to find a kitchen door supply company, and well their products. You are the middle man.

To get started, you need to find a supplier, get a website built, business cards and phone number, and start marketing your business. And the good news.. there is plenty of profit. After buying the doors wholesale and paying your installer, you will find that there is 20 - 30% profit. And it doesn't just stop at doors, very often a customer will decide to fit new worktops, new tiling, flooring, or even appliances, and you can make money from each of these services.

A good way to start is to be a secret shopper. Call a couple of your local businesses that specialise in replacing kitchen cupboard doors, and get them to come to your home or borrow the home of a friend that would benefit the service. Listen to their sales pitch, see exactly how they work their business, then just model yourself on that.

Start by calling local tradesmen, kitchen fitters, tilers, electricians etc, tell them what you are doing and start a relationship with them. They are only too happy for you to send them work.

Typically, replacement kitchen doors are a cheap alternative as compared to replacing the whole kitchen. By replacing the kitchen doors, a customer can save money, time, and the headache of major work in the house. Once they have chosen the style that suits them, and the work has been done, they will have a complete new kitchen.

Things to consider with replacement kitchen doors

Before replacing any kitchen doors, you should ensure that the new kitchen doors match the cabinets that are already installed. However, if you find a set of kitchen doors that you like but they do not match your existing furniture, you can get  them spray painted so that they can go together. This process would still be much more cost effective as compared to replacing the whole structure. A change such as this, coupled with the use of special items to tie the décor can change your kitchen theme great deal.

Next, when changing the doors, you should also be sure not to purchase a style that is so busy that it takes away other design features of your house. The best replacement set of doors will not only make a bold statement but will also tie together and accents the rest of your kitchen theme.

Try to get referrals when looking for your installation partners, and inspect some of their work to be sure that you have found a good quality installer.

So what are you waiting for?

Before buying kitchen replacement doors, most people will carry out enough research and ensure that they are completely confident. One of the first things they do is to speak to a trained professional, which is you. Armed with catalogues and colour swatches from the wholesaler, you will be able to give your prospective customer the information they need to install a new kitchen for a fraction of the price of a complete new installation.

You are saving them lots of money, and customers love that! Get started on your own kitchen door makeover company today. The video below will give you an idea of just how much of a difference a change of kitchen doors can make to a kitchen.

Cleaning-ServiceSelf employment in domestic services is one of the most lucrative business opportunities in the modern times. This is an excellent business opportunity if you have the tenacity and creativity required of a good entrepreneur. Below are some few tips to help you succeed in this venture.

Develop a business plan

A good business plan is the foundation of your success in your domestic services self employment business. It should include the goals, mission and the strategic vision you have.

When developing your business plan, it is good to do market research before, in order to understand the opportunities and the risks involved in this business in your target area.

Do not overlook competition

You will not be the first person to start domestic services business in your target area. Before you start the business, it is good to find out the level of competition in the area.

By doing this, you will be able to understand the domestic services with competitive edge over others. You will learn what they do to have this competitive edge, so that you can strategize how you will be able to compete with them effectively.

The most important thing is to understand what you will offer to your clients, so that you have a significant advantage over what your competitors are providing.

Learn more about the industry

It will be a great risk if you venture into domestic services business without learning more about the industry. Look for experts who can offer you advice on how to conduct your business and succeed.

It is advisable to seek advice from other entrepreneurs who have succeeded in this venture in other areas. By doing this, you will learn about the challenges they face and how they have been able to overcome them.

Seek advice from those operating outside your targeted area, in order to be assured that you are getting the right advice. You will also learn all the requirements you need to have in order to be able to operate in the most efficient manner.

The good thing about seeking advice is that you get information from people with first hand experience in this business, so chances are high you get factual information.

Consider financing options

If you do not have enough money for startup, there are several financing options out there to finance your business. Look for the financiers with friendly terms, so that you do not strain even as you offer the domestic services.

However, the best thing for you to do is to ensure that you have saved enough, so that even if you are going to seek financial assistance, you just borrow less.

Do not rule out franchising

It might be challenging to have a new business start up for domestic services. The challenges you face include creation of procedures, policies and work routines.

You can check around to find out if there are franchise opportunities to equip you with training and other resources that are created to streamline operations and workflows. Make sure that you find a franchise that is consistent with your goals and vision.

 

Virtual-AssistantIf you have the passion to work as an entrepreneur from home, becoming a virtual assistant is one of the best options for you. By working as a virtual assistant, you will provide different services to other businesses or individual clients.

Some of the jobs you will handle on behalf of your clients include administrative work and others according to specific needs of the clients. You will charge on hourly basis and you can earmark a specific number of hours that you work for each of your clients.

This will be determined by the volume of work you have to handle from each of them. Here are some details to help you become a virtual assistant and work from home successfully.

Your responsibilities

There are many responsibilities you are required to play depending on the needs of your clients. In order to make more money, it is advisable to learn more skills and gain knowledge in this area so that you can provide wide range of services to the clients.

Some of the services you can offer include working as customer representative to different companies, business promotions using social media, write articles or press release, transcription, creating database, web designing, coordinating travel plans or plan events, help answer emails and phones.

The more skills you offer, the more money you will charge. You should ensure that you evaluate your charges after a while because it is good top raise your rates in order to be able to handle the increasing business needs.

How to get clients

In order to succeed, you must market your virtual assistant business. This is the most important thing that will make you get started more effectively. Here are a few ways to find clients.

Design a website

Creating a website is one of the most effective ways to market your virtual assistant business. Websites are great for promoting the services you offer to a large audience.

There are many clients out there looking for highly qualified virtual assistants to offer them different services. A large percent of them search online to get the best, so by creating a website and ensuring that it is well ranked, you can be assured to find a lot of clients within a very short time.

Social networking

Social networking sites such as twitter, facebook, MySpace, YouTube and others attract a lot of like minded business experts. You can promote your home business by creating social groups with business professional and other virtual assistants too.

By doing this, you will interact with professional who can utilize your virtual assistance skills. You will also be able to learn new skills and techniques that will help you gain more clients.

Email marketing 

Email marketing is more like direct mail, but it involves referrals from people who visit your site and link back to it. This gives potential clients an opportunity to look around and have a feel for your expertise.

Within a short time you will have attained a strong client base through email marketing.

Bottom line

Make sure you offer high quality services, so that in addition to gaining more clients, you also retain them for long.