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Work From Home Advice For Newbies – Some Important Soul Searching Questions to Consider

In today’s competitive and long working hours environment, more and more people are considering quitting their 9 to 5 jobs and starting their own business from home. While this can be a positive spirit for a person to pursue what he or she really wants in life, it should be carefully thought through. Starting a business working from home is not as easy as it sounds. While I agree that there are many great opportunities around (yes, even during economic downturn) that you can evaluate, the more important factor is to start evaluating ONESELF first!

The first step is to do some self evaluation and soul-searching to better understand yourself before making a final decision to quit your day job and become your own boss. This is a very important step as most self employed or business owners failed not because that the opportunities given are not good enough but rather they are lack of focus and self-discipline.

Only when you are open up and explore your inmost self with honesty, you will know whether working from home is something that is right for you.

Below are some self evaluation tips and soul-searching questions that you need to consider carefully before deciding to quit your day job and work for yourself, especially if you are a newbie and have never ventured in any business opportunity before.

1. What is your personal mission statement in life? As Stephen Covey wrote in his popular book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, the second habit he talks about is “Begin with the End In Mind”. He recommends formulating a “personal vision statement” to document one’s perception of one’s own vision in life. What do you want to accomplish in your life? One effective way to write your personal mission statement is to visualize the day when you die. What do you want your loved ones and friends to say and remember about you? Another approach is to write your own obituary. Without a clear personal mission statement, you will quickly lose focus and direction in your business.

2. Are you self-motivated? Perhaps one of the most crucial qualities for people who are self-employed to succeed. Without self motivation, you will always find yourself putting things off. You won’t be able to accomplish anything as there is no one there to motivate you or watch over your shoulder when you’re your own boss. So if you are not a self-motivated kind of person, earning money working from home is definitely a NO-NO for you.

3. Are you persistent? Understand that there is no “instant gratification” when you’re doing your own business. You won’t get a paycheck every month like you do in a 9 to 5 job. Initially, you may need to work very hard for little rewards. If you’re not persistent or don’t believe in yourself and the business, you will have find yourself given up very quickly. Of course, it is possible to earn good money with a home business but, you need to remember that it will take hard work, time and persistence to achieve success.

4. Are you financially responsible? A very important quality for all business owners. When you’re your own boss, you’re a CEO, accountant and finance manager. You’re responsible in managing and controlling your business budget. When you start making profits, you need to know how to manage it wisely. Often times, you will want to put a portion of your profit back into your business to help it grow and expand further.

5. Are you hungry for success? If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to think and behave like one. Understand that business is not the same as hobby where you can take it lightly. If you treat your business like a hobby, you will never be able to achieve true success. A business needs to be worked at seriously and professionally, you can’t allow personal things to get into your business. Remember what the headline in Donald Trump’s Apprentice show say? “It’s Not Personal – It’s Just Business”.

These are just few things you need to consider carefully before you start telling yourself that you want to quit your day job and start earning money from home on your own. Make sure you really know what you want to achieve in your life. What is your personal mission in life? Ask yourself some soul-searching questions and answer them honestly. So, take the time to do a thorough and honest self-evaluation first before making a final decision to quit your day job and work from home. Hope this article is useful for you.

Care Home Advice – Finding the Right Care Home For Your Relatives

Taking care of an elderly relative can be very trying and difficult for both you and them. Eventually the time will come when you need some time to yourself without the fear that something could go wrong. Additionally your elderly relative may want more freedom and space for themselves.

A well managed home can provide all parties with a solution that works, especially for the elderly relative in question. Care Homes offer a friendly and secure environment and the chance to be in the company of other people through shared communal areas and group activities.

How Care Homes are Rated

In the UK all homes are required to register and submit to inspections by the CQC and receive a rating from 0 to 3 stars. Ratings are the result of a major inspection of the home, interviews with residents and their families and information given by the home itself.

3 stars = excellent
2 stars = good
1 star = adequate
0 star = poor

This rating system has been effect since January 2008.

Services you can expect

Different care homes may offer a variety of different services to residents and some may be more important to you than others, but when looking for yourself, you should expect to find:

  • Catering – 3 meals a day
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry / Dry Cleaning
  • Hairdressing
  • Chiropody
  • Physiotherapy & Alternative Therapies
  • Group activities
  • Satellite Television
  • Internet Access

Finding a Care Home

You or your family may already know which home you would like to enter, either from personal experience or a recommendation from a friend.

If you’ve yet to find one you believe suitable and are unsure on how to find one you may wish to follow one of the following suggestions:

  • Check the CQC website which can provide details for all registered homes in your local area. CQC also provide inspection reports on each home for you to view.
  • Ask social workers at your local authority who will have experience in giving advice on this matter and answer any questions you might have.
  • Search the internet for homes in your local area. Try searching Google or Yahoo and include your location in the search phrases i.e. “Care Home [Your location]”.

Make Sure You Get Good Advice Before Purchasing Your Home Plans

If you are considering building your dream home can be quite difficult to find out where to start. You may have read some books which give you some idea of the types of house plans that are out there. You may also have researched on the Internet and come across some amazing plans for properties for you dream home. But, where do you really start? How do you get things moving? What advice should you take on board before even considering going ahead with a project of this magnitude?

Was the first things that is generally advised to do is to take a trip to your local planning authority. You will normally find them located at City Hall, but this depends where you live you will find that some cities have their own building departments so you may need to visit the local county building department.

If you live in a small area you may need to travel to the next largest city and check with the building department for advice on plans. They will be able to advise you to do specific department is responsible for your locality. Once you locate the department that is responsible for planning in your area you need to get as much information about new home construction in your area. It’s important that you explained to them exactly what you were planning to do. Once the reasons you are doing this so early in the project is so you do not incur any expenses all this is going to cost you is a little bit of time paying a visit to the planning Department.

From experience you can come across many different types of people in these departments, some can be rude but the majority of the time to come across this helpful and should be able to give you as much information as possible. You are basically starting with the basics here, starting at the beginning is always advisable and because you are just researching there are still lots of options open to you. If you are happy with the advice they have given you of what you need to do you may actually consider consulting with any specialist in planning your locality so you can get advice from them before you purchase any plans. They will be up to give you advice as to the types of homes that the planning authority are currently allowing people to build. You would be surprised at the amount of people that purchase plans when it comes to applying for planning application they are rejected.

You definitely do not want to purchase plans that will be rejected in the first instance that is why he simply paying a property consultant a small fee to give you some advice will in the long-run pay dividends and most likely save you a lot of money. If you have any friends or family that have been through planning in your area to seek advice from them and asked them to recommend any consultants, contractors or experts that they had dealings with before purchasing your plans to start building.