10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

 

Home Business Ideas in Fall season/Autumn
10 HOME BUSINESS IDEAS FOR THE FALL SEASON

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It’s the Fall season and everyone is gradually winding down from the high’s of the summer vacation for those who were able to go for it, I wasn’t. But then Fall season kind of heralds the coming of the cold season and we have to prepare for that season. The exciting thing about the Fall season is that we will soon have winter and the Christmas holidays on hand. As a business person who wants to start a business from home, you may be wondering what business ideas will suit the season we are in right now.

You might even be that person that loves to take advantage of a seasonal business in other to make some extra income for your home. You don’t have to worry again, yours truly went to town and researched business Ideas that start within this Fall season. That’s where I came up with this 10  Home Business ideas for the Fall Season.

Benefits of Running a Seasonal Home Business

-You get a lot of sales coming in because it’s the season for that product or service, for example, once the weather gets cold, there will be a rise in demand for winter accessories or clothing. You are carried along in that tide hence your little marketing efforts will produce much yield because there is a demand.

-You cash into peoples emotion to make a quick sale, the Christmas season is when people are willing to buy gifts and send to family so you can easily get a gift packaging and wrapping service ongoing that will bring in a tidy amount.

-Though it’s within a short period you can plan to make the most of it by researching for a moving product or service and making a good amount of profit. For instance, if you start preparing for the Fall season early enough you can buy goods at slashed prices and sell for a tidy profit when it’s in demand.

-Its the season for that Product or service and people cannot do without it.

Having mentioned the above benefits, here is my Top 10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

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1 Sale of Winter  Fashion accessories & Clothing

One of the reasons I  love Fall is because it comes with its own Fashion accessories and Clothing that connotes its own style and are really beautiful to look at.

Because the season presets winter, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping so there is a rise in  demand for fashion accessories and clothing like : Scarves, (knitted woolen scarves) Shawls, mufflers, Ponchos, Hand Gloves, socks, Tweed Jackets, winter jackets, Hoodies, Leggings, and Tote handbags for carrying all that extra stuff especially if you are a mom. All these are accessories and clothing that will make the Millennial person rock the season. You can tap into this huge market by either Drop-shipping such items or selling your own handmade products on Etsy or you can also sell on online sites like Bonanza and eBay. You can read up the underlined posts in this paragraph to get a more in-depth knowledge on.

Did I mention that it’s important to do your research properly to know what range of fashion accessories and Clothing are currently trending, dive into that trend and you will be making your profit.

2 Gift Shopping, Wrapping and Delivery Service:

As we enter the Fall season, we usually call it the “ember” months in my local parlance, it seems like the days begin to gallop in anticipation of the various holidays that will be coming up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing day, Hanukkah etc. All these festivities portend the exchange of gifts and delivery too, hence a seasonal business that does Gift shopping, wrapping and delivery will be a good combo that people will be willing to subscribe to.

Think of how busy people can be that they soon forget to get their loved ones gifts until the holidays arrive. This is often the reason for the mad rush at shopping malls during festive seasons, in fact for me I think that that mad rush often adds to stress for anyone going through it. Instead of enjoying the holiday you are busy scurrying around for the best gift for a friend or a family member. Starting a business that takes that stress off families can make a whole lot of difference.

3 Sale and Rental of Winter equipment:

In this aspect, I will like to include both types of equipment for removing snow and winter based sports equipment. I deliberately added sales and rental together because not everyone will like to buy an equipment for a season.

You have the opportunity where you can either sell or rent such equipment then you can have two streams of seasonal income. Example of such equipment for winter sports includes snowboards, skiing equipment, and accessories, Skating boards etc.Secondly, you have the snow removal equipment like Snowplow, Salt spreaders, Liquidisers and Pushback blades. These are heavy machinery though so you have to understand the business before you go into it.

4 Home Winterizing services:

This is a must need for homes during the winter period so as this period arrives, there is a high demand for services like this. Last year, I think it was in December my Kids couldn’t go to school for a whole week because a  Pipe had burst, that one tragedy cost their school a whole lot of money and lost revenue. They were shut down for a whole week and they had to rebuild about 3 classes because the burst pipe had damaged the floors and caused a lot of havoc, plus they had to have an inspector in-house to make sure they were ready to resume activities. I bet that if they had taken time to winterize the facility, they would have reduced the chances of what happened.

Services like this can mean a lot of saved finances down the line so you can understand why such a service will bring in the needed cash during this season. Winterizing services can include, closing drafts on windows, doors and anywhere that has a loophole to reduce the loss of warmth hence reducing your energy bills. Weatherproofing your pipes to prevent bursting due to icing. Having general instructions placed in strategic places to remind house owners on how to ensure that their homes remain weatherproof for the season. Offering on-demand repair services where there is a need for it during the season.

5 Holiday Home decorating service:

Who doesn’t love the decors that you see on homes during the festive season, Christmas lights anyone? those are what makes Christmas what it is , but then it’s someone’s business to put it up right? That’s where you can start a seasonal home business that will help people decorate their homes for the season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or Thanksgiving.

Starting on time to make your services available and getting people to pay monthly before the day arrives ensures that you have the number of homes you can handle on the ground before the 1st of December arrives. Early booking means you are sure of your income and you can do what is necessary to deliver when the time comes. I love those lighted Reindeers on the lawns, they make Christmas so endearing.

6 Baking Holiday Treats:

If you are someone who loves to bake, this may be the time to monetize your baking skills by offering packaged holiday cookies and all types of treats to friends and family and also others who may be interested. Once they have tasted it and it’s worth the amount you are offering, they will surely be willing to pay for you to bake and deliver to their homes during the Christmas holidays.

It sure will beat buying from the stores and they have the opportunity to customize to their tastes. For more on how you can start a home-baked goods business that you can sell online, please read my post on How to start an online baked goods business

7 Party Planning and organizing for the Fall Season:

During the Fall season, we get to start the preparation for all kinds of Parties that will take place during the holiday season from office parties to Thanksgiving dinners to children’s Christmas parties, wedding anniversary parties and you just name it. If you have a knack to organize and throw a great party,  now is the time to begin to put together a plan on how to turn your talent into a business that you can cash into in this season. Getting your client at this time will ensure that you have a long time enough to prepare for the events that will hold. If this is a home business that suits you, it can become an all-season thing though you will find that most of your sales come during the Winter and Fall season.

8 Christmas Tree Rental:

The season of Christmas is a season that everyone wants to have a tree with all those lights on it and the gifts wrapped under it. Starting a Christmas tree rental service can be a great way to cash into the season to make some income. You can throw in decorating the tree as an extra service if people want to pay for it. I know most families love to decorate their Christmas tree themselves I mean where is the fun of having a tree if someone else decorates it for you?But then there are those who might just like a tree put up for them because they can’t decorate it themselves.

For example, the elderly who may not be able to hang that lighting anymore. There are also people who don’t like to decorate a tree at all. Offering that service of decorating the tree could be an add-on which they will appreciate.

During the Christmas of 2015, I did my Home Christmas decoration and tree decoration with the help of my sister, it was still a lot of work. After all the décor, my daughter who was about one year plus kept plucking the shiny balls that I hung on it, she taught it was a fruit. Before the Christmas day arrived. We only had decoration at the very top where her hands could not reach. Talk of having Christmas Tree with sparse hangings, it was very funny.

9 Holiday Home Service:

Do you have a free room or spare room in your home that you are not using? now is the time to set it up for and rent it out for Holiday makers who may not want to go to the average hotel. You can rent it via Airbnb to make some money. The beautiful thing about holiday home rental service is that you have the opportunity to meet diverse people and make new friends while still making money out of it.

10 Holiday Shopper :

Anyone that can relate with Holiday shopping knows the hassles and stress it can bring to anyone who has been through. Remember the long lines and queues in Walmart and Co, you can save some busy people the hassle and stress by taking on their holiday shopping for them. All that Turkey buying, food shopping and also clothing shopping can be done by you while the person relaxes at home and watches TV or whatever they need to do during the holidays.

I have always been one to simplify my life hence why I like Blue Apron and the services they offer. You get your ingredients and recipes all done for you so all you have to do is follow instructions and cook. Don’t know if there are other Blue Apron  type moms like me but I value the time I spend on my business or family, I don’t like to waste it running needless errands or getting stuck in shop queues.

Do you have any other Home Business Ideas for The Fall Season? leave a comment below

5 Steps to starting an Online Shop on Bonanza

Online Shop On Bonanza Marketplace
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I have this passion to see stay at home moms or anyone who desires to stay at home with her kids to be able to do so without financial restrictions that is why I am always advocating starting a home business to support your lifestyle. You can call it a Lifestyle business if you want. Today I will be writing about how to start an online shop on Bonanza

While researching online platforms that allow you run a business from your home.I ran into the online selling platform Bonanza and since then I took interest in checking out how its platform operates. I actually came to know about this platform when I was writing the article on how to resell used items as a business. Please read that post if you have a lot of stuff you would like to resell or you want to start selling used stuff as a business.

One of the things that struck me about Bonanza is that it does not charge you anything until you make a sale meaning that there are no listing fees. I was really intrigued about it hence I went foraging for more information about this unique marketplace and what I found really amazed me hence my decision to make a post about it.

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In this post, the online shop is the same as Booth, they can be used interchangeably here so do not get confused. Okay let’s get to it

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 Steps to take  to start an Online shop on Bonanza

1)Register on the Bonanza Platform:

You have to register on the Platform to be a seller for free, with your registration all you have to enter is your name and email address, an email is then sent to your email address to confirm its really you, after that you can then confirm your registration by clicking on the link that will be sent to you, the link then takes you back to the registration page in other to continue with setting up a Booth.

2)Setting up your Booth on Bonanza

Now Bonanza is quite different from some platforms I have seen out there because you have two options of displaying your shop. The first is the Booth, for the booth to be set up you will be required to get a store and username, your username is what will appear as the icon on the booth you have set up.

The second is the web store. The web store is the paid version where you get to pay before you can start using it, while the booth is free to set up, the webstore is not. You are only given some free days trial before you are charged for setting up the webstore. The good thing about the webstore is that you don’t pay any listing fees after you make a sale.

-The webstore is like your average standalone online shop which you can create online, the difference is that you are creating one via Bonanza, you can use your own URL or you can use your Booths URL. The only snag with webstores is that you are going to have to drive your own traffic to it, unlike when you have a booth that you get to use their various adverts options.

Webstores give you the opportunity to create your own brand and customize it as you wish. It also gives your overall ownership of the store and you get to do what you feel with it.

Having itemised the differences between a Booth and webstore, I will advise that as a Beginner you start with a Booth and when you have established your self you can determine if you want to get a Webstore or not.

To complete the setup of your booth before you can list your products, you will be required to fill out the following necessities.

Credit Card information: Now some people may balk at this information but Bonanza collects this information because they do not deduct their fees before passing on the rest to you like some selling platforms will do rather you get billed every month that you make a sale. So the credit card information is held just in case you fail to pay up your bills they can then charge the card. They are quite sincere and open in the way they deal with their sellers so I should not think there will be an issue with that.

-Phone Number confirmation: Because the online marketplace is changing so fast, Online selling platforms are now requesting for phone numbers so that they can get in contact with sellers should there be a dispute that can not be handled by email alone. So you are required to verify your number before your booth can be updated. If you are uncomfortable with displaying your personal number in a public place, you can make use of Google Voice. A free service from Google for forwarding calls to your local number.  Another option is to make use of Virtual number operators.

After getting all these niceties tidied up, you can then head back to your booth to put some certain things in place.

Choose a Banner: the Platform provides you with different kinds of free banners that you can use for the header section of your Booth. I will advise its best you choose a Banner that goes with what you want to sell on their platform. This will make it easier for your Booth to be optimized and come up during searches.

For example, if your Niche is fashion jewelry, ensure that in choosing your store name and username you get to insert Jewelry in it to make sure that it fits in with the products you are going to sell on your booth. The good thing is that they have a lot of free banners which you can choose from so you don’t necessarily need to create one if you don’t want to.

Fill in your Shop Policies: In this section, you get to put the policies that will be guiding your shop sales, this includes your shipping policy, return policy, refund policy and also your various discount policies.

-Fill in your Profile details: People like to buy from people they can identify with. So it will be nice to provide your shop with a profile picture they can identify with, this way people know where to contact you and what you stand for. In your profile page, you get to write about your shop and what ideals that your shop identifies with.

-Social Profiles: You also get to fill out your social profiles this includes, your Facebook, twitter handle etc.

Bonanza online selling platform

3)List your Products:

This is the best part of having a shop right, displaying your goods, that is what listing is in the online marketplace. I like this aspect because you get to display or showcase the goods that you want to sell to your customers. In listing your products in your online shop on Bonanza, here are things that you need to do:

Choose a title for your Product: This is basically what comes up when people search for your products, so you have to provide description of what your picture display looks like, the good thing about the Bonanza platform is that it gives you different marks for the different sections of your listing steps so you know how well you are doing. A good description makes it easier to sell your products.

Upload your Pictures: The second part is to upload the pictures, pictures are the new product samples in the online marketplace, without pictures people, won’t know what your product looks like so they won’t buy. Therefore if perhaps you are selling your own physical products which are to be fulfilled by you then you have to invest in a good camera with a good props and lighting options to ensure that your products come out looking like the real thing on the pictures

If however, you are drop shipping the products you are selling then it’s easier to do because you already have the pictures from the product manufacturer so all you have to do is copy and upload them on your booth.

Product Description: In this aspect, you get to describe your product via the various categories that are available, this makes it easy to classify your product. In this section, you get to give correct details of your product like if it’s real gold, karat number or if it’s a vintage product when it was produced. All these details are essential to give a buyer a feel of what your product is made of and what they should expect. The quality and what kind of material it is made of. This makes it easier for buyers to make a better decision.

I suggest you take on the mindset of a buyer when describing your products, this is also where a keyword research will play a big part because you store will come up via keywords that people use in searching for a product. So a keyword research is in order before you commence listing of your products

Shipping Options: In starting an online shop on Bonanza, you get to set your general shipping policies but you have to also choose what shipping options that will be available to the buyer and what shipping rates you will be offering or if you are offering free shipping. This section provides you with all the countries that you will be able to ship to should you choose to or restrict your shipping to a specific country or continent.

Setting your Price: In this section, you get to choose the selling price of your product. You also set whether that price is negotiable or not. All these boxes will be properly ticked before you can then upload your item for sale.

Because the Platform assigns different scores for the different aspects of the listing process, it’s always better to ensure you get a 100% score on your listing score in other to ensure maximum exposure of your online shop on Bonanza

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4)Advertising your online Shop on Bonanza

The good thing about selling goods in your online shop on Bonanza platform is that they offer you different paid options of advertising your products on the different platforms. For example, they have a plan in which your products get advertised through bonanza affiliates, Bonanza organic traffic, and google shopping. They also have other options for listing your products on eBay so as to increase your options of selling.

They also have different paid packages for attracting traffic to your shop. I love the fact that you are not left all on your own to do your marketing but you are helped to succeed via their different marketing packages. Of course, you will have to read up on the offers to know which one suits you.

5) Sell via the following Methods:

Drop shipping Via Aliexpress:  You can drop ship other peoples product via Aliexpress in the online shop on Bonanza. I have written about drop shipping before, if you would like to read about my first post on drop shipping please read it here

-Feature your own products whether handmade or by someone else

-Import your other products from other platforms such as your own online shop, Ebay Etsy, Amazon.

Features of Bonanza Online Selling Platform that are quite Unique and Cool

-You can import your already listed products from other platforms you are using such as Amazon, Etsy, Ebay or your own online Shop.

-You can list your goods for free, you only pay for your listing and advertising when you  make a sale

-You can drop ship on the platform from Aliexpress

-The platform is easy to navigate for anyone that is a first timer.  There rules and guidelines are written in a friendly way that makes you feel like you are reading stuff made for you alone.

-It was voted the  best online selling platform by over 50,000 people in 2016

-It has the lowest selling fees compared to Amazon and Ebay, take a look at the picture below:

Photo credit; Bonanza Online selling Platform

-It has flexibility when it comes to selling on other multiple platforms, meaning that your product can be advertised on other selling platforms depending on the advertising package that you choose.

-Its endorsed by many organizations such as CNN, Mashable, Time Magazine, Bloomberg Newsweek.

-The last Cool thing about this platform is that I opened an online shop there, you can check it out by clicking here: Eleora Fashion Store

Categories that are featured on Bonanza Selling Platform

-Men’s Fashion

-Women’s Fashion

-Home & Garden

-Health & Beauty

-Handbags

-Jewelry

-Others: This includes sporting goods, toys e.t.c

-Collectibles and Arts.

Do you have other ideas on how to start an online shop on Bonanza ? drop your comment below

 

Get Your Family and your Home Business on board like a pro.

Your Family and Your Home Business
Get your Family and Home Business on board like a Pro

There are a lot of myths about starting your own business, and even more about working from home as a mom. One of which is that it’ll be easy to always spend time with your family and your business will just run itself.

While eventually, you can set up a situation where that seems true, at first it might be a little tricky. As long as you go into it with your eyes wide open you’ll be able to create a business that works with your family situation. You really can have it all when you have your own business, but maybe not all at the same time. Just find a way to make it work, and you’ll be glad you did.

Whether you start a service-based business or a product based business working from home can be the answer to many of life’s problems associated with lack of work-life balance. You won’t have to miss parent-teacher meetings, family night, game night or anything else ever again if you have everything in place and your spouse on board with your idea.

Are you still thinking about how to choose the right work at home business that suits you, then you need to read my post on how to choose the right work at home business for you.

Here are some tips to help you run your business without jeopardizing time with your family and how to overcome obstacles that might arise.

-Rid Yourself of Guilt – One of the most important things you can do is let go of any type of guilt you have associated with working. There is nothing wrong with wanting to and needing to earn a living. It doesn’t matter if you start a business or work in a job, most of us have to work today and the children really will be alright.

-Be Realistic – Trying to work with a nursing baby can be hard in any circumstance. It’s best to schedule your work realistically around your family than it is to try to expect your family to accommodate you. There are times work has to come first, but if you set your schedule realistically you’ll find fewer times of having to juggle.

-Get Help When You Need It – Whether it’s an au pair, a nanny, a VA, or a housekeeper, get help when you are able and when you need and can afford it. There is nothing wrong with putting 2-year-old  in part-time preschool either. If you really want your business to succeed you will take the steps necessary to see that it does.

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-Create a System – When you determine what you’ll be doing for a business from home, it’s good to create a system just like you would if you worked at a job. Have a system in place that helps you keep track of what you need to do each day in order to earn the income you want to earn.

-Have a Plan B – Sometimes emergencies happen so it’s good to have a plan B. If you thought you were going to put in 4 hours of work the day your three children come down with the flu, then you’re obviously going to have to put that off. If you build in extra time to every deadline you create you’ll easily be able to create a plan B.

-Schedule Everything – Use a good calendaring system to schedule everything including work and family time. If you want to have lunch with your girlfriends on Tuesday at 2 pm for a couple of hours, you must schedule in that time including travel time. If you want to spend the morning with your daughter watching movies, schedule in.

-Date night with your husband, schedule it. Everything from cooking meals, to laundry, and all that you do – schedule it in and add in some extra time to make up for errors.

-You’re Not Martha Stewart – Guess what, it’s okay that you’re not MS, in fact she’s not even MS; she has an entire staff to help her be amazing. If you don’t yet have that staff let some things go. Perfection is not necessary to be successful at spending time with your family and making your business work.

-Take Time for You – One of the most important parts of the happiness equation is to always take time for yourself. Just like you put the oxygen mask on yourself first in the airplane if something goes wrong you must take care of your needs before you take care of everyone else’s wants.

-Keep Your Focus – Avoiding shiny object syndrome is important when you work for yourself at home. It’s easy to get your mind turned onto the next big thing instead of focusing on the business you decided to start. Make it a practice to only devote about 5 percent of the time you’ve set aside for working on new ideas outside of your niche.

-Get the Family Involved – Having a home business can be hard on the family too sometimes. This is especially true when you spend long hours in front of your computer creating products and performing services. Your family wants to be involved. If they can’t help you directly with work, ask them to help with household duties. You can pay your children a larger allowance now that you are earning an income.

-Accept Your Children’s Ages – When children are under 4 years old it is much harder to schedule time for working a business without childcare help of some kind. Whether that is your spouse chipping in more or hiring a teenager to help is up to you.

-Make Your OfficeChild-Friendly– You can’t expect your children to stay out of your office at all times. It’s just not realistic for a family. Instead, make the office child friendly by making it safe and also friendly. For example, you might put a playpen in the office with toys for your toddler to play in safely while you work.

-Take Time Out – Young children cannot focus on one thing for too long, so asking them to be quiet for an hour might be too much. But, you can set a timer for quiet time, set up a movie, and then when the timer goes off spend some time jumping around and playing directly with your child. They’ll soon understand that if they’re good when the timer is on they get one-on-one time with mommy when it rings.

-Expect Sick Days – Be prepared when you or your children get sick. If you have deadline focused work, build in extra time and never put off work when all is going well to stare at the TV or play on Facebook. When you have a family you need to work when you can so that when something happens you can be there for them.

When you set an intention to do something and to make your business work you will succeed. Don’t just leave it all up in the air, instead, create a plan of action and follow through.
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Change the Way You Think

To be successful in blending your family with working from home in your business there are many ideas you may have had that you’ll need to let go. There are many different work from home myths that you may realize aren’t really true as you work toward changing the way you think.

-Let Go of Pride – Never be afraid to ask for help from your family and friends. If you need some quiet time to get some work done you’ll need to ask your family to do it so that you can get the work done for the sake of your business.

-Let Go of Even Stevens – You’re not going to spend 50 percent of your time on your family and 50 percent of your time on your business. It doesn’t work that way. Some days you’ll spend more time with your family and others more time with your business.

-Let Go of Self-Sacrifice – You don’t have to put yourself last to have a successful work from home business and a successful family life. You need to put yourself first when it has to do with your needs. Some needs are exercise, nutrition, socialization, and alone time. If there are issues that you struggle with as a stay at home mom, then read this post on 6 things that a stay at home mom struggles with. You will get ideas on how to overcome such issues and get to the place where you are giving your best to your family and business.

-Let Go of Traditional Schedules – In most cases, when you have a work from home business you don’t have to work traditional hours of 8 to 6, instead, you can work full-time around your life.

-Let Go of Traditional Ideas of Work – When you start a work at home mom business the work that you will do may vary, you might earn as a blogger, a YouTube star, or as a fitness coach. The sky is truly the limit and only your imagination can keep you from making money online in your own business. Sometimes learning that a combination of different ways of making money online will help you to achieve your financial goals. For more on this read my 5 posts that teach you how to make money online

-Let Go of Distractions – When you first start working from home it’s difficult to let the distractions of home fade into the background so that you can get some work done. But, if you practice doing it every day it gets easier to accomplish. Just do it every day and before you know it, it becomes a habit.

-Let Go of the Idea of Overnight Success – While you will experience success quickly if you craft a plan of action and stick to it, it won’t be overnight. For example, it can take one to three years to earn money as a blogger, shorter to earn as a service provider such as a graphic designer or virtual assistant. Many people combine both types of business to get started fast. if you want to learn how to combine various options of business in other to get a successful business, learn how I did it by opening an online store right after I started my blog.

You can’t let any of the myths stop you from working your home business and becoming successful. Just because you won’t become super successful overnight, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to be as successful as you want to be eventually with the right plan of action.

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Getting Your Spouse on Board

Sometimes the biggest impediment to starting a work at home mom business is your spouse. Try to understand that your spouse may not have been exposed to the information that you’ve read and may only know about the myths of working from home and not the realities.

They may see it as just a hobby and not enough money to provide the family with what they need and that might scare him. It’s up to you to get your spouse on board with your new venture in a good way so that you have the support you need to be successful.

-Schedule a Serious Meeting with Your Spouse – The first step to getting your spouse on board is to set up a meeting without distractions. You can go out to dinner to a place that is easy to talk and has wireless, or you can do it during a time the kids are sleeping or with the grandparents. However you do it, you need to avoid distractions.

-Remember, Timing is Important – Don’t hit your spouse with a business idea when you’re in debt, when things aren’t going well for him at work, or when the timing is all wrong. Talk to them when they’re in a good mood and ready to listen.

-Secure Financing – For a home based business you’re not going to need as much money to start your business but you will need some. Get the numbers down on paper so you can explain to your spouse how you’ll accomplish your goals.

-Compile the Research – It’s important to do your research in advance and know exactly what type of business you want to start before approaching your spouse. Put it all in a PowerPoint slideshow so that you can show him how serious you are and exactly what you need to get started and the projected income.

-Put All Your Cards on The Table – Explain to your spouse how much money you can make, how many hours you will need to work, and how this will affect your family exactly. If you lead with doing it for the kids, and for the family, you may get him onboard faster. Some spouses get on board faster when you show them the money first though. You’ll need to be the judge.

-Plan Together How To Make It Work – When you get your spouse on board you can plan together how to get the business going in the early days. Perhaps he’ll take care of after dinner baths and bedtime while you get some work done.

-Set Priorities Right From the Beginning – The entire point of starting an at home business is having more family time, yet earning enough money to support that goal. Ensure that you and your spouse are on the same page regarding family time and the importance you place on things like childcare and housework versus quality time together and earning money.

When you come to your spouse with a realistic idea, set goals, and the financials all in place they’ll be impressed enough and take you seriously enough to give it a shot. You must be very precise about what you need to make it all work. Don’t take it all onto yourself to get the new business to work without any help from your spouse. Do it right from the start and you won’t regret it.

Working at home can be very rewarding and lucrative. You have to be realistic, but you should also dream big. Make big goals; keep them super specific, and then craft a plan to make it happen. Schedule it all in your calendar, then stick to the plan and soon you’ll be a very profitable and happy work at home mom.

 

 

 

 

How to Start an Online Baked Goods Business

Online Baked Goods business
How to start an online Baked Goods Business

Today, I will be sharing steps on how you can start an online Baked goods business. Because my intention is to get anyone who reads my Blog to the point of starting a home business,  I always try to simplify the method of delivery of my posts so that you can get going as soon as you finish reading my post.

I also always try to use the simplest and easiest medium available to propose my home business ideas, so you can understand why I have a bias towards online businesses, it is because they are easy to start and you can start from where you are to grow.

Having said that, I will like to say that Baked goods business is an evergreen business that will be here with us till the end of time. This is because for as long as man lives, we must eat, and if we must eat someone has to do the cooking right?. This is the reason why I know that if all you know how to do is to cook you should never have to look for what to do. For so long as people will eat your food, you are in business.

In this post, I will dedicate my time to teach on the various steps you can follow in starting a Home based baked goods business.  I am always for starting a home based business because my primary audience is people who want to run a home business. They are tired of the 9-5 and will like to ditch it for more control over what they can do with their time.

Steps to starting an online Baked Goods business.

1 Assess your Skills

Before you think of starting a baked goods business, you must have an interest in cooking. If cooking does not give you pleasure in any way then perhaps this is not the best home business for you. For tips on determining what home business suits you please read my post on how to find the right work at home business for you.

Your assessment of your skills will determine what kind of baked goods business you want to go into. There are people whose expertise is basically cup cakes, they can whip up all manner of flavors of cupcakes, they are not willing to make birthday cakes or big size wedding cakes, that’s not their expertise.

If you watch food network a lot, you will notice there are people who specialize in different kinds of baked goods, the reason it’s important to note what you are really good at is that it will help you to zero into your target market, kind of like finding your niche market.

If you find that you have an interest in baking but you do not know how to bake, then you can ramp up and watch recipe videos and learn how to make various baked goods, you can learn at your own pace and keep trying out your ideas until you perfect it. If you meet me up in person, I am a doer, meaning that if I want to do something and I don’t know how to, I will find a way to learn it and perfect it until I learn how to do that stuff so well that you will think it’s in my DNA.

Now if this post is the answer to your question of starting a home based business and you are passionate about cooking, then this might be the right fit for you.  A little personal story here, my younger sister when in college, needed extra money which wasn’t always forth coming because of the fact that my Dad had to cater for a lot of us, we are 12 in my family, talk of a full house. She got tired of waiting for my dad to send her money each month, so she got together the little funds she had and learned how to bake a meat pie.

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She sold those pies and made so much money that she replaced her monthly allowance which she used to wait so much for. My dad only knew about her business venture when he called her to ask how she had been coping, only for him to hear that she was doing fine, talk of when you want to come out of a bad situation you do what you must.

2 Assess your market:

Since you are not baking for your pleasure, you have to check whether there is a market for what you are about to go into. Baking is a type of cooking, I always feel that there will always be demand for food, but you have to take your time to research what kind of demand there is and what is trending in your food niche at these times. This will enable you to match your idea with a demand that is on hand, once you are able to do that you have a business.

To find out what is trending you can use Google Trends and Google key planning tool to determine the moving trend of the baked goods business you want to specialize in. if you are like me, I like to mix things up a lot, I will probably offer a variety of small sized baked goods to see which of my offerings got peoples attention better. To learn how to use the Google Keyword planner, check Backlinko.com . You can also check www.americanbakers.org. For your baking research.

3 Determine which Niche you want to play in

Baked goods just like any other food now have various varieties, paleo cooking, gluten free, nuts free, all kinds of categories, ketogenic compliant and even diabetic friendly cooking. We have various health concerns now when it comes to eating so getting your niche market right from the start will ensure that you know those you are going to serve. For ideas on Paleo cooking, check this Ebook on healthy cooking

Start from where you are; This is my favorite mantra as a home business championer permit me to use that word, it’s a word I often repeat because it helps you cut all the chase and get to doing what you want to do. You can even find it in the bible, remember when Abraham was talking with God when Lot left him to go to greener pastures, he said from where you are, look to the north, south, west, and east all the land you see I will give to you. God wanted him to use his inner eyes and see the possibilities before him.

Okay, enough of the preaching, back to what I was saying, start with what you have,  a kitchen, perhaps some baking equipment start. Remember you are starting out small, so you do not need to buy expensive equipment to start.  Start with your kitchen and make samples that you will use for your taste test.

Get your baking recipe out and begin to bake, it may be a recipe you have in your family that only your family members eat on special occasions, you may be surprised that, that is what will propel your success, so whip out that recipe and start making your first taste batch.

Writing this post reminds me of the story of Bama Pie  that I read while attending  Business school. Bama pie went on to become the number one supplier to Macdonalds. That story so inspired me and I bet it will inspire you too.

4 Get your One-page Business Plan done and keep it simple:

The word Business Plan often evokes some shivers down some peoples spine, especially if you hate numbers. Well, you don’t have to worry, I have a post that simplifies what your business plan should look like, get it here. That said, write out your biz plan and figure out ways you can make your business profitable by selling your products at the right price. Remember that because you have to invest in buying your condiments, you have to learn to keep your costs low.

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5 Get your licenses and permit:

I am all for doing business the ethical way, I will advise you research ways of getting your licenses sorted out before you start out. A good place to start will be the American small business association. It’s a site that offers a whole lot of small business resources to small business owners.

You will also need to check your state laws to see whats obtainable and whats not. While writing this article, I learned that Wisconsin is yet to pass a law that allows home baked goods sale, so you have to be sure of what is obtainable where you live before setting out. While at it, remember that once you have your permit you are a small business and you will require to file your taxes, for consultations on that you can contact e -file .com, they offer such services.



 

6 Marketing & Promotion:

Now that you are all set up to go, you have to learn that marketing is the key to getting your business out there. The next thing that matters about promoting especially for your online baked goods business is that your promotions will basically be two pronged.

-Offline

-Online

For the offline marketing activities here are a few ideas on how to proceed.

Plan a Tasting party and create a Buzz about it

Now because you are going to sell a product which people will eat, you will have to be willing to start by having a tasting party, a tasting party is basically an occasion where you give out free samples of your products and get people to give you their honest opinion about what your product tastes like and what kind of improvements they had like to see.

It’s like a prequel to your launch day for your business, wait a minute you were not thinking that you will start an online business without some kind of launch date, scratch that, not in these days. You have to make people hunger for your product even before you have started selling, that is the new kind of marketing these days, you sell it before the day arrives. Especially if you are planning to have an online baked goods business you can’t afford not to pre- sell your products. Here are a few things to note

-Your ability to presell before your launch date will ensure that the orders come rolling in before your due date. You can post videos of your prelaunch activities on your online platform to ensure your online community is aware of whats going on.

-You can also involve your online community in the tasting party by sending them samples before your party date, that way they can join in and taste and post their own opinions online as you hold it in your physical location.

– Ask them to take a short video describing what it tasted like and their recommendations, you will find that those videoes may become the testimonial you need to draw in sales for your baked goods business.

-Hold a Bakesale in your community or find out the nearest on going Flea market near you and find a way of opening a stand for your business there. Even though your business is geared towards an online platform, connecting with people offline is a must since people can relate with what they have tasted before. Getting your bake sale sorted out can help you connect with your immediate neighborhood people who will spread the word about your goods.

While at the baked goods sale, do not forget to hand out your cards with your online contacts or you can choose to collect peoples emails as they approach your stand, this will help you to develop or start up your email list in other to ensure your marketing and promotional efforts are getting to those who already know you.

-Offer free samples to friends and family and ask them to give you their sincere feedback

Get Corporate clients through this means:

Offer free samples to places where there are likely demands like restaurants, coffee shops, schools and Gas stations, shopping malls. The intent of approaching these groups is to see if you can secure a contract that allows you supply to these set of people at certain times in the month.

Online: Marketing online will require these platforms:

Instagram
-Pinterest
-Facebook.
-Blog.

In marketing to the online media, pictures, videos and words will be used as your marketing tools. Your ability to describe peoples experience with your products will go a long way to help showcase your products. Write the best description for your products to ensure that your site easily comes up during searches.

-Facebook: In considering the above-mentioned platforms, my key advice will be to start with Facebooks groups that engage in sales in your area, join local Facebook groups to market your goods via posting in such groups and your Blog.

-Instagram is based mainly on pictures, so make sure you take cool pictures of your product and leave your details for people who want to reach you.

-Pinterest: Pinterest also deals with pictures and is also a search engine for products so make sure you are able to make pinnable images of what you sell and post it in group boards for maximum exposure.

-Blog: Finally, the killer online medium that ties all these marketing efforts together is your Blog where you get to talk about what you do and how you do it.

For someone who probably has never had a home business before this may sound scary but it doesn’t have to be, remember that blogging can be fun too, and can also be an income channel too. By blogging about your products, you could sell training on how you produce or run your stuff

You can also make it place to connect with your customers not only to take orders but to listen to their preferences and complaints as well. A blog is a platform that unifies all the different aspects of marketing together. If you are tight on cash, you can start with the free blogging platforms like wordpress.com and so forth but as you grow, you may want to move on to paid platform, in moving to a paid platform you can consider using a professional online store application like  Shopify

If you would like to blog about it, I have got your back, here is a post about how you can start a blog when you are not a techie. You will find in that post resources that can help you start your Blog in as little as 2 hours.

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Finally, know that promoting and fine tuning your business strategy will help you run a successful online baked goods business.

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6 things a Stay at home mom struggles with

The struggles of a stay at home mom
6 things a stay at home mom struggles with

The word stay at home mom evokes a lot of different pictures in peoples mind, for some, it’s a word used to describe women who don’t like to work but prefer to sit at home and watch movies all day in the name of looking after their kids. I really wish it were so but I do know now it’s not so.

Stay at home mom is a woman who wears all the hats there is in the home plus some more without having the attendant payment to show for it.
When a woman chooses to be a stay at home mom, it’s often a huge sacrifice she has to make in other to see that her home is well run or in other to see that her kids have the kind of training and nurturing that she desires.

Some women have been known to leave lucrative careers to become stay at home moms because the effect of leaving their lovely ones in the hands of other people to care for became too much to bear and therefore they chose that off the career ramp option to care for the most important people in their lives.

For some people it may make sense for others, it may not because after all is said and done, it’s the investment you put in your family that matters most.

Children don’t care if they are in the most expensive house or car or wear the best clothes, as long as their parents were there for them when they needed them most.So today I am going to share with you the 6 things that stay at home mom struggles with because I have been there too and I know what it feels like

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Feelings of Inadequacy:

If you are a first-time mom who just chose to stay at home, this may resonate well with you, that feeling of do I know what I just did? I mean I just left my well-paying job to stay home to take care of my baby. Sometimes you may even feel like even the mom job you are not doing so well at it. The truth may also be that at least for your paid job you were well trained but to become a mom, you had no prior training and yet you are expected to be perfect at it.

You feel inadequate because you are trying to cope with having to leave a career that once defined what you could bring to the table at home and then you also have to cope with the fact that your new job does not have any job description attached to it. There is no end to where your job stops, you are the nanny, caregiver, nurse, housecleaner,  and any other thing that comes in between including cook, driver, encourager and the list goes on.

While you struggle with coping with all these issues, guess where your report card is shown, at places where you get some judgmental looks or comments for not getting your act together as a mom. From those who think that by giving your child the bottle, you are just being lazy, “every hard working mom should be able to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a babies life”, does this sound like a familiar jab?, well for me I tried it but it didn’t work, in fact I got sick before it dawned on me that everyone has to find what works for one in this journey of mommyhood.My first son loved the bottle, my daughter liked breastfeeding a lot, in fact, she refused the bottle and went straight to eating solids.

So what do you do with all these struggles that you are facing?.I would like you to know, that the first time you start as a new stay at home mom, it will seem strange to you just like when you resume your post on a new job, but with time, you will find your rhythm.From then you can then begin to try out new things and see what works and what doesn’t work, you can then decide to throw out what doesn’t work for you and choose what you are comfortable with. And who says that as you go along you won’t acquire the experience which you can package and sell out to new moms like you for a fee. For how to do that please read my post on how to turn your life experience into a money printing online business

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Overworked and Underappreciated:

The interesting thing about being a stay at home mom is that you don’t have a specific work time, from the time your feet hit the floor in the morning time, assuming you had all night sleep which is often a mirage when your kids are between ages of 0-4 years.

Your work is almost like a round the clock work from fixing breakfast, lunch, and dinner to cleaning the home, running errands and shopping. You are practically at work even when others are having a break, no wonder you sometimes feel overwhelmed and overworked.

You may also feel underappreciated when you are not being praised for the work you do at home. Some husbands have been known to come home and say, “ honey what were you doing all day that my dinner is not yet ready”?.

No one understands the many times you have to calm a crying baby or break up siblings quarrels or even act as a judge and jury. It can make you feel like your energy is being sucked out daily, my little advice about this is to find that time to rest during the day, if it means putting the kids to nap in the afternoon and taking your own nap too to get your energy back please do so.
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Of course, it may mean that some things won’t get done perhaps a scattered house or unfolded laundry, but like  I always say, a grumpy mama is no good to anyone. So always find the time to tune off during the day and just relax. It may not necessarily be sleep, sometimes I find that just sitting and watching cartoons with my little ones helps me to relax. You can also choose to quit trying to have everything in the perfect place in other to feel alright.

Now if you are a hubby reading this, know that appreciation goes a long way to make a stay at home mom’s day better. A night off duty will be nice, a back rub here and a foot massage there will make a world of difference.

The baby company only:

When you are a SAHM with a baby at home, the only company you will have is that of a kid, while that is lovely I mean who hates the company of her babies, but sometimes you want to have adult conversations. Where you to be working outside your home, you will often meet new people or at least converse with people like yourself but for a stay at home mom, it’s often baby talk all day long until hubby comes home. This might look good some days at least you have some time to think things through and strategize for any project you have on hand without any distractions. Unfortunately, this may not be the case always because the same distractions can come from children too.

So what does a stay at home do in this case, I say in any case be involved in online forums where you can discuss issues that bother you or vent on what you are going through. When time permits, pick up the phone and call a close friend or family member with whom you can spend time discussing with or exchanging ideas with, this will make you feel a lot better. If you are working from home as a blogger or doing any form of online business, belonging to an online group of people of the same challenges as you can help you gain a better perspective of issues you may be dealing with at that particular time.,

Finances:

This aspect of the struggles of a stay at home mom is very controversial, for some, it’s the constant struggle to stretch the money available to cover all the household bills, for some it may be that you didn’t even have enough to last you throughout the month. For some, It may be that you just have just enough but not excess to take care of some niceties that you are used to when you were working outside the home. While for some people finances may not be the problem but just the feeling that you are not earning anything at all and so you are a one income household.

Whichever divide you fall into know that there is a way out of it, working has been redefined so much right now that you can earn your income even while staying at home, if finance is a major issue for you, then consider ways of working from home to earn extra income.

Here are a few options to earn extra income from home. You can start a home business, offer your services as a freelancer from your home by signing up on platforms such as Fiverr, upwork or you can choose to work for other people from home which may entail applying for online jobs that you can do. Which ever way, you choose to do it, there is a way out you don’t have to feel like your finances took a nose dive and you can’t change it.
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Sometimes you may discover that starting that home business was what you really needed to take your family off the 9- 5 rat race. If starting a home business is your thing, then consider reading my post on how to choose the right home business for you.

Feeling Left Out:

Have you ever gone for an outing where you bumped into an old school colleague or work mate and you started discussing especially pertaining to your field of study or work and you felt left out because a lot has changed without you being aware? This happens particularly when you are a new mom, for the first one year and especially the first 6 months its like you are underwater, your life is practically buried within fulfilling your babies needs, first-time moms can resonate with this better. If you carry on discussing you may feel like you don’t seem to know the trends that are even going on now, thanks to your new job, stay at home mom Lol, but seriously those feelings of being left out if left unchecked can begin to make you resent your decision.

But before you go feeling sorry for yourself or getting angry, understand that you need to remind yourself the reasons why you made your choice in the first place, and make peace with the fact that you may not know a lot of things that are currently going on in your former field of work due to your new position but you can begin to make amends by building and connecting with people who are on the same journey as you are and understand the challenges.

Keeping up with colleagues from your former field of influence may not be useful to you if you are not planning to continue in that line of career. Realize that you have changed career and focus on what you must do in the now to get you quickly ramped up on the new journey you are on.

It may mean taking courses to get you ready if you want to start a home business or even starting out without training at all that way you learn the hard knocks your own way.

Either way, you are gathering knowledge that will aid your journey as a stay at home mom who wants to work from home. If you have been brainstorming on ideas about different types of home businesses you may need to read my post on 5 posts that teach you how to make money online.

The truth is that being a stay at home mom doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize your skills in other ways to earn money. With the advent of blogging these days, all forms of knowledge are now monetizable.
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For example, who knew that you could sell your knowledge on how to organize your home, take care of a new born, keep yourself fit e.tc. In fact, information that used to just sit with you doing nothing has become sources of income.The online media has made it possible to be able to share such information’s now and make good money from it.

Do you consider Blogging as one of the avenues to sell your knowledge online, then hop on over to my post on how to start a blog when you are not a techie and learn how to start a blog in as little as 2 hours.

Need for time out

As a stay at home mom, there are times you just feel like you really want a leave, I mean people who work 9-5 have that opportunity of taking a leave to just go home and relax and recharge before going back to work. But for the stay at home mom, she doesn’t get to get that time off.

There are no leave days, where are you leaving to? , your home is supposed to be your leave escape but now you get to stay in it every day and it doesn’t look like it will make for a leave escape anymore. The good thing about this situation is that you don’t have to apply for your leave in other to take one.  or technically you can apply to your hubby to take a leave from work and stay home so you could take the much-needed leave in other to refresh and recharge.

You can choose to go out that day with friends and just have a girls day out or better still visit a close family member whom you can relax in her house and feel like you are in your own home and on holiday without the attendant stress of having to care for your home.

Maybe you can go for a mini holiday to a nearby tourist attraction and just spend time alone, pampering and recharging yourself. Of course, there will be a time and place for family vacation but this little time out is for you alone, so you can be a better mother to your kids and give your best to them. Thinking of taking that mini vacation then try using Booking.com, they have excellent services for your vacation needs they have budget hotel rooms if that suits you.



Do you know of any struggles that a stay at home mom has to deal with, leave a comment below, it will be appreciated.