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The idea of working from home is a dream for many people. I find not having a boss looking over me is well, bliss. It’s awesome. It’s fantastic working for myself now and I don’t regret a moment after walking out of my last job. But the ride from leaving one’s day job to going it alone is by no means for the faint-hearted.
Running a business is not all about ‘getting the sale’ or ‘marketing.’  If you are working from home, which many people do to reduce overheads, there’s much to consider.
Today, I’m taking a look at some cold hard business facts you need to know before quitting your day job – for good.
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Home Modifications

Depending on the type of product you sell, you may need to make home modifications to maximise your success in business. For example, bulk-buying products for an eCommerce business will require storage space.
You’ll also need to make sure any services you need have access to the house. If you sell cars online, you might want need a towing service close by to help move cars around that need fixing before a sale.
The degree of change will vary from person to person. Some people will have to make large modifications to their home – like add an extension to create a home office. Others may have to change the way they live slightly. I had to create a whole ‘private wing’ in my home that wasn’t near a hallway – because I found family walking past would interrupt me too often. Now I’m hidden up the back of the house, which is really working for me. They still find me but mostly they can’t be bothered because it’s too long a walk from the lounge!

Safety Is Important

Always consider safety too.  Unsafe products should not be stored in a home. For example, if you’re a painter you’ll need a large shed for paint and tools. Paint is flammable so you would need to consider this fact before starting a trade like this out of a small home – especially if it doesn’t have a shed.

Cleanliness Is Important

A lot of home businesses are often online. This means that customers will never actually visit your home. You’ll only need a website, in this case.
But, people are visiting to buy products, make sure your home is spotless. Consider creating a special area just for customers to visit. One at the front of your home, where they don’t have to walk through your entire house to get to your meeting room. Your customers are your most important asset, so make a great first impression.
Tip: Consider a super cool digital print in the entryway. We have done this at our place and people we’ve just met always go ‘ga-ga’ over that print.

Check Suitability

Some businesses aren’t suitable to run from home at all. If you have staff that answer phones and answer emails, you’ll need an office. If you are a field engineer, you’ll probably need a workshop. The workshop should be safe and follow all legalities. Make sure your business isn’t breaking any rules.

Other Factors To Think About

  1. Feeling isolated at home
  2. Never leaving the house and feeling like everyone has a life but you
  3. Getting interrupted by children and others
  4. Having trouble ‘cutting off’ from work because it is always in your face
  5. Feeling like you should do laundry while you work
  6. Getting caught up in housework and domestic affairs instead of working
  7. Consider your personality and if you’ll miss people too much
  8. Business is a constant push – some people don’t enjoy that and find working more relaxing
  9. Consider the impact your business may have on your family

These tips should give you a good starting point as to the viability of your home-business. That’s it! If you do venture down the business path (like me) I hope you love it as much as I do.
Enjoy!

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We’re frantic most weeks. There’s slugging it out in supermarket aisles pushing trolleys for groceries. We’re shoving undies and socks in machines to get the laundry out before work. Busy mums are popping to the post office after school drop-off to post letters. Dads are waking up early making lunches and packing cars.
 
Each job is time-consuming and we’re all watching the clock seeing how we can squeeze more in.
 
But errands also rip money out of our wallets too. Our cars are siphoning our money at the petrol pump. Water bills are arriving in the mail for all those dishwasher and laundry loads. We’re eating up money if we got that grocery shop wrong and overspent this week.
 
Are you tired of watching your precious dollars disappear in a puff of too-busy? If so, check out these tips on how to reduce time and money this week.

Errand smarter

These savvy tricks will reduce the time and money you spend running errands.
 
The most logical one is this:
 
Run errands in bulk.
 
Here are some more fast tips:
  • Write a list to organise errands better
  • Decide which ones you don’t need to do
  • Prioritise the ones that are the most important
  • Consider putting together an organised shopping list
  • Avoid ‘popping’ up the shops for random items
  • Shop online to save time and petrol
  • Photograph or scan letters and email them if possible
  • Make a phone call while driving instead of mailing something

Use Collection and Delivery Services

It’s not always easy to leave the house. Watch this hilarious video on a comedian trying to leave the house with toddlers in tow:
 
Crying with tears of hilarity? I am!
 
If you do happen to actually leave the house with kids in tow, it’s going to cost. Driving all over town in a random errand attack is by no means frugal.

Outsource Dry Cleaning

If you love Uber – you’ll love this tip:
 
Consider using the Uber of dry cleaning! Have your dry cleaning picked up and delivered. They’ll return your clothes when they’re ready.

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You’ll save time and money, because your time is money!
 
Also consider getting delicious dinners delivered too. There are plenty of services now that help with food delivery.

Shop Online

Here’s what I love about this:
  • Sort by price to find the cheapest groceries faster
  • Take items off your list if you go over budget
  • Never waste hours of time at the supermarket
  • Have a nice rep carry your groceries in
  • Save large chunks of time over a year
  • Get your life back and relax more

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Group Errands Together

As mentioned it’s not time or cost-effective to randomly drive around town. Sit down and organise your errands for the week.
 
I group all my tasks like this:
 
1. Calls
2. Out & about jobs
3. Emails
4. Online Tasks
5. Desk
 
I do each list in bulk.

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When performing ‘out and about’ tasks make sure you list them logically.
 
For example:
  • Pick up groceries on the way to school drop off, so you don’t have the kids with you
  • Sort the errands so each task is ‘on the way’ to the next

Ditch Your Car

Driving (petrol) is the greatest cost when it comes to running errands. Instead of siphoning more money out of your car, consider win-win alternatives.
 
Can you walk, cycle or take public transport instead?
 
Here are three reasons why:
  • Improve fitness levels
  • Save the environment
  • Save money
  • Reduce wear on your car
Win-win-win!

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Life is full of little costs and surprises.
 
With a little organisation you can fatten your wallet, while you gain precious sanity. All these costs add up over time. Run errands smarter and you will save big.
 
Have a great week!
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When people think about financial health, they consider saving money or investments. But did you know financial health is also aligned with physical health?
 
A recent study from the Business School at Washington University proved this:
 
People who think about their future finances value their health more. A Duke University study relaxed people do better too. They have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
 
Research Solomon Israel reports you change this and here’s what he recommends:

#1: Get More Sleep

Going without sleep is as bad as getting drunk. According to LearnVest, 24 hours of no sleep is the same as a blood alcohol level of 0.1 to 0.2.
 
This is well above the legal limit!
 
Strategist Bob Gavlak reports that lack of sleep causes poor financial decision-making. You’ll give into temptation quicker when shopping. People make wrong decisions when they’re tired.

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#2: Eat Better

Nutrition affects finances too. People who eat out often are a prime example. According to the USDA, a family of four spends around $250 on groceries. Of course, it’s a given you’ll spend double on this if you eat out each night.
 
Oxford University research shows that meals loaded with saturated fat reduces performance. Rats on diets high in saturated fat, suffer short-term memory loss. They also have lower levels of brain function. When weight loss occurs, their brain function returns.
 
The solution is losing weight and cutting out saturated fat. Products like Isagenix President’s Pak and others support sustained weight loss over time. They also make improve mood, reduce hunger and eating fatty high-priced junk food.
 
Margaret Cheng, CEO of a wealth management company in Maine recommends calorie control. Fill up on filling low-calorie foods. Spending money on spinach and carrots is great! They’re cheap to buy, healthy and you’ll lose weight.

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Consider these tips and take a step to a happier life.
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My hubby Richard and I share a dream. It’s a simple idea and one that takes us away from the grind of dishes, kid-wrangling and shoving laundry loads on. If you need inspiration, you’re going to love this story. It’s creativity, bliss, happiness and friendship all wrapped up in one nice little bow.

Drumroll please….
 
This is it:

We wish to split on our very own island one day.

Yep and we mean it.