Turning To the Home Based Business Industry? Here Are Some Awesome Ideas for Your Home Business!

Stay at Home – Great Ideas for Home Business

Are you sick and tired of going through the motions with your life? Hate the thought of going to work in the morning? Are you constantly searching for internet based business ideas? Due to the instability and the current crunch experienced by our modern economy, there are more and more people who are constantly searching for different ways to make good money from online sources. If you find yourself doing so, one way that you can do is niche marketing. Search for a particular niche which can enable you to earn money which does not have to be expensive and difficult, so long as you have the interest, as well as the knowledge regarding the specific thing that you would like to market in. The ultimate goal of reaching financial freedom through the power of the internet is not too far off-you just have to figure out how to get there and work hard.

Home Based Business List – Identifying Your Niche

The word ‘niche’ actually comes from the word ‘nicher’ which is actually French word which means ‘to nest’. Didn’t think you were going to learn French, huh? With this taken into account, a business niche refers to a commercial means of living which can mean a work for a special person with which that person is well suited for. These types of work are usually those that can be done at home. With searching for the right niche, you can be allowed to live your life fully while still doing the kind of work that you really love.

Selecting a further niche when it comes to internet based business ideas will also allow you to narrow down choices for ideas for business from home. Unless you were practically born with amazing sense of extreme focus, there is a likelihood that it would be pretty normal for you to look at some different means so that you can earn a living by being an owner of an independent best at home business. A niche would certainly prove helpful as it allows you to further simplify your business.

There are some people who have this kind of impression that looking into a particular niche is somewhat boring. They often think that they will just be stuck into doing something that they need to repeatedly do every day. However, reality dictates that a good niche is one that usually comprises both your skill and interest. In this way, you will not have a hard time doing what you need to do. You love it, and you earn at the same time. The perfect combination!

Bottom Line

By browsing some home based business list, you can find that niche that will best represent you. Once you have already identified which one will work for you, you can start on that, and be assured that you will enjoy the effort in the long run. Committing yourself to that particular niche will also mean the need to let go of other misconceptions. This can be done slowly until you are completely focused with this new kind of means of living.

How Lucky Is That – Or Do I Have 9 Lives?

Well sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have. I am feeling a bit sorry for myself having fallen on some steps and not only knocked myself unconscious but I have discovered I have a spinal fracture. My biggest problem I cannot sleep. However I have all my faculties and can walk, be it slowly right now.

This takes me back to 1940 when I was born 3 months early, the weight of a bag of sugar, and discarded on the floor as dead. Later apparently a nurse picked me up, presumably to dispose of me but blew in my face and I started breathing. How lucky is that, certainly a narrow escape! Well despite no incubators; a hot water bottle and a light bulb kept me warm and I thrived!

I have so far had an interesting and varied life, bringing into the world 3 healthy youngsters who are all doing well and have families of their own. I spent my working life nursing, teaching and later enjoyed selling a selection of commodities for 40 years, so much so I only retired last year. Now internet marketing is my passion.

I now have a small internet business, which isn’t getting too much attention right now, but is a great interest which I love working on. Usually I am fortunate to have excellent health, a loving partner and family. We spend summers in the English countryside and winters in the warmth of Spain.

It was in Spain I fractured my Patella (knee-cap) last year, does that count as another life? Not yet speaking Spanish, conversations with the doctor was via a computer and “translate”. However the medical treatment in Spain was first class.

My internet business is growing and it offers time and location freedom, despite being temporarily incapacitated I can still work it. It gives me an interest whilst my sporty partner follows his hobbies and extra cash is always useful!

If time and location freedom is what you hanker after, so that you can work around family commitments, hobbies or other interests, begin now and build your dream with a laptop internet connection and affiliate marketing.

To make your introduction into the on-line world as simple as possible and low risk begin with the guidance of a coach and mentor, working in your spare-time, perhaps a bit less TV! Enjoy the help and comradeship of a group of like-minded entrepreneurs whilst you grow your business.

With the guidance of a mentor providing a range of excellent products for your customers, together with sales pages, advice, training and marketing tools you can begin earning commissions whilst you are learning the techniques.

I am so pleased I started my online business which I can work despite any temporary calamities, with time and location freedom I can work anywhere, whatever hours are available and grow my business to a size that suits me and my expectations. There are many part-time mum’s, full-time super affiliates and many millionaires. Where do your dreams lie? So whatever temporary disasters befall you turn it into a benefit.

Do I have 9 lives or am I just accident prone at the moment – I did break a mirror last year, it’s a good job I’m not superstitious! One advantage of my current mishap I have plenty of time to catch-up on my reading and only another 3 weeks until it is completely healed and life can return to normal.

So Good Luck for your future and enjoy a new venture.

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Keep the Drive Alive

In 2004 I designed an innovative kitchenware product. I’m not much of a chef, but I was hoping this idea I cooked up would appeal to the tastes of consumers looking for something fresh and hot to sink their teeth into. Working in the fashion industry for 20 years allowed me to source the materials and have my prototype made locally. After receiving feedback from various sources, I test marketed my sample on eBay, then made the decision to outsource the production overseas.

Dealing with foreign suppliers was not an easy task. Finding the factories to source the same high quality materials and reproduce the exact sample as mine was a challenge and I wasn’t prepared to compromise on the quality or integrity of my design. I eventually came to a dead end after encountering so many roadblocks that I made a detour and decided it wasn’t worth the time for me to continue on this same path of futility.

Eight years later, my family and I attended a Christmas musical at Broadway Church called the “Singing Christmas Tree”. During intermission they played a short inspirational film that gave me a wake-up call to get back on track and continue to pursue my vision of starting my own business. The short clip encouraged us to not allow our busy lives prevent us from pursuing our goals and fulfilling our dreams. Later that day I went into my crawl space and took out the prototype I had made. I said to myself that I would give the idea one last chance. I then visited a major kitchenware retailer and talked to the manager for her unbiased opinion. Her feedback encouraged me to continue to pursue this endeavor. This was the signal I was looking for and it gave me the green light to have the drive to continue on the road to success.

Being a stay-home parent didn’t allow me the luxury to manage all the day-to-day family responsibilities let alone manage a business while taking care of the monkey business. But I was determined. So for a year I got up early in the morning and stayed up late every day to raise the capital on my own to finance the project and then form my company. The following year I was able to source all the proper materials and trimmings and secure the best factory to manufacture my product exactly to specifications. Shortly afterwards I set up my own website and distribution through Amazon in Canada and the United States.

I learned that the degree and designations I achieved from various business schools didn’t teach me everything in life. The most valuable education subsequently came from being trained from the best school in the world – the School of Hard Knocks. Setting up your own business is no piece of cake. It was more like humble pie. The best lessons are learned from making mistakes. Along the way I discovered that you have to put in the effort and you can’t always rely on others to do it for you.

The ground work is done, now the heavy load is coming. The journey now begins.

Glen Kent is a former business executive and stay-at-home parent who designs, and creates innovative kitchenware accessories. Visit my website to read about my on-going journey of being a Mr. Mom to becoming a Pop-Preneur.

From Top Gun to Pop Gun

My family has been in the “rag trade” for 3 generations. My late grandfather, Charles Chan Kent was an uneducated but driven individual who didn’t throw in the towel. He had to support 14 of his children and founded Aero Garment Ltd. which became the largest clothing manufacturer in Western Canada in the 1970’s. I am one of his 60 grandchildren. You could say that fashion was in my “jeans”.

In elementary school I worked cutting the grass and trimming the edges around my grandfather’s building for $1.00 an hour – slave labor. My younger brother only got paid $.50/hour for cutting the edges with a manual hedge cutter – child labor. They managed to trim his pay in half and get him cheap. It took 4 hours for us to do the yard work as we had to crouch and hunch over to trim the edges along the building as there were no electric or gas trimmers back then.

In high school my brothers and I worked in the shipping department (aka – the concentration camp) every summer packing garments into boxes, counting inventory, and pulling orders under a strict slave driver who timed us for every task we did. I called him the taskmaster, as he camped out in his office ready to whip us into shape and punish us for making mistakes. There was no favoritism for the young offspring of the family. When I got older I was given a pardon and was transferred to the accounting department to do bookkeeping under my father who was the CFO of the company. In fact all the males in my family were accountants. My father and younger brother were CGAs, and my older brother was a CMA; but I was just an MIA – missing in action.

In 1985 I worked part-time selling the fabrics that were left over after every season. My grandfather had 5 sons who ran the business. There was Sonny and a Bunny; but there was no funny, honey or money. I cut swatches, pasted them onto black cardboard backing, created my own booklet and set off to sell to whoever was interested. I worked off a straight 10% commission basis and was given no salary, car allowance, or gas money. It was a matter of survival; – sink or swim, or do or die; as our family didn’t believe in giving any free handouts. The only thing they believed in was giving free advice.

At first they threw me a bunch of swatches and prices and told me to run with it, so I was left cold calling, developing my sales pitch and trying not to strike out. Yet I was fortunate to win a number of clients in the retail and wholesale industry, including local manufacturers and School Boards. In order to earn my commission for each sale, I was required to fulfill each order by measuring the fabric rolls, cutting to order, and packing the rolls separately in boxes. Back in the eighties acid wash jeans were the craze and the factory had two dedicated washing machines to create the wash effects. Fortunately I used some ingenuity to create more business by acid washing all our denim fabric ends and selling them in bulk by the pound to various fabric chains such as Fabricland, Fanny’s Fabrics and the Angel Merchandising Group. In addition I purchased scraps from other denim manufacturers and processed them for sale as well. You could say that I sold a ton and took my clients to the cleaners.

Since we had our own garment wash/dye facilities on site I was given the added challenge of generating extra revenue from other manufacturers. Eventually I received business from companies such as Please Mum stores, Levi jean sub-contractors, and other denim makers. I also learned how to drive a one ton truck and picked up jeans and garments from various garment manufacturers in town. Every day I would drive down narrow back alleys picking up jeans from various clients and trying to maneuver the beast without damaging it. One client of mine was Starboard Pant factory located in Vancouver Chinatown. I drove there so often that I nicknamed the vehicle – the “wonton” truck.

A year later I was offered the additional responsibility of overseeing the embroidery department and solicit extra contract work. I flew down to New Jersey to learn how to digitize, repair and operate our two 20 head multi-color embroidery machines and traveled to California to co-design a custom magnetic frame attachment to increase the efficiency of embroidering designs on denim back pockets. Some of the clients I worked with were local manufacturers such as Westbeach, corporate apparel companies, and businesses who had licenses to produce goods for companies such as Disney. By this time I was really reaping what I was sewing.

After graduating at Simon Fraser University in Finance in 1987 I worked full-time for the family business. In a year, I became part of the management team and took on the role of Purchasing Manager in charge of forecasting and MRP (material requirements planning). I sat in meetings with our designers as they reviewed the new fabric lines that were presented. I then corresponded with the sales agents once the fabrics were selected for the season. Learning about fabric construction and composition was a bit hard to digest at first, but I dreaded more about having to think about avenues of discarding the leftovers after the season.

Two years later once again I was moved to improve the efficiency of the Distribution department and help expedite orders in a timely fashion. I guess the family must have figured that the leadership style was outdated and needed to be re-designed to be more progressive. The company didn’t believe in being fashionably late.

After improving the efficiency of the Shipping and Distribution departments I was asked to oversee Operations from cutting, sewing, pressing, and trimming. The biggest challenge was to interact with all 300 workers who only spoke Chinese. So in order to communicate with them without looking foolish, I mastered the fine craft of nodding, and became very fluent in the art of Chinese sign language.

Aero Garment Ltd. eventually hired a new President outside of the family who started a Corporate Apparel division and I assisted in the purchasing and inventory management. The company eventually set up a new Screen Print division and purchased some manual and automatic screen print machines. The Corporate Apparel division became quite successful and we had contracts with Hooters restaurant chains worldwide, Alice Coopersville, Coast Mountain Bus Co., Westjet Airlines, Mr. Lube, and Speedy Glass. I helped negotiate and win contracts with the government and other large accounts, but didn’t have the side benefit of socializing with clients such as Hooters.

As time wore on, the onslaught of imports took its toll on local manufacturing and made it difficult for us to compete. In 2004, the 5 2nd generation family members decided to wind down the business, retire and to settle their estates, while the rest of us wound up having to settle on finding opportunities elsewhere.

During this time my wife and I had a son. I never imagined becoming a Mr. Mom, but I took on the challenge from being a Top Gun to a Pop Gun and was preparing for the big “change”. Two years later we had a daughter and I had the opportunity to be blessed with being a stay-at-home parent and loving it. While looking after my children I spent one year studying to obtain my Supply Chain designation. I formed a study group, flew out to Toronto for a week of residency, and then passed the grueling 2 day exam to acquire my SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) designation.

I have since established my own company and have focused on developing, designing and marketing innovative kitchenware products. I consider that it was time for another change in my life and begin the process of transforming from being a Mr. Mom to becoming a Pop-preneur. But change is good.

Glen Kent is a former business executive and current stay-at-home parent who designs and creates innovative kitchenware accessories. Visit my website to learn about my light-hearted journey from being a Mr. Mom to becoming a Pop-preneur.

What Plans Have You Made for Your Retirement?

Retirement, do you wonder if you will ever reach it with the new retirement age? Will you have enough energy to do the things you want to do? Will your heath remain sound? These are the questions many people are currently asking.

Have you a pension or investment fund, maybe a portfolio of rental properties to provide the necessary funds? I doubt interest rates will help you, maybe you should invest in property everyone needs a home.

Another point to ponder, what hobbies and interests do you have to take you into retirement? How much golf can you play; cruises cost cash, you may think camping is for the youngsters.

How about developing an interest now that you can continue to enjoy into retirement, something you can spend a few hours a week maintaining that will give you satisfaction, a developing interest and extra cash.

I am talking about starting a small online business, now, in your spare time so that when you are ready and it is bringing in sufficient income for your requirements you can sack the boss and retire early. Internet marketing is a low-cost way of starting a business, you don’t need complex skills to begin just a laptop and internet connection and you can begin to develop your time and location freedom.

The simplest way to begin online is with a system called affiliate marketing. With the help and guidance of a mentor and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs you will begin to learn the skills required. Your coach will provide products for your customers, sales training and tools and you will be able to earn commissions whilst you develop your skills. The tried and tested formula and best-selling products create a low-risk start-up.

You can develop most hobbies into an internet business, if you look at magazine racks you will find a ready-made audience of hungry buyers on many topics. If they buy magazines, they have a strong interest.

What could be better than knowing your future retirement will not only subsidize your lifestyle but colour your days with your favourite interest. You can grow your business to your desired size. There are many part-timers in the industry which is growing daily as more people become comfortable with shopping online. There are also many millionaires. The size of your dream is up to you.

Start now and design your future. Best wishes with your new venture and a happy healthy retirement.

Books to inspire you:

“Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins

“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” Dr Joseph Murphy

“Napoleon Hill’s “Keys to Success”

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