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God Will Outlast Your Storm
Hello dear, It’s Friday the last working day, well for some people. Today I will be talking about God in the midst of your storm. Storms comes to everyone in this life. So long as you are in this thing called Life, you will sure go through some Storm in your life.
As our lives are different so is our storm, we face different issues in Life everyone to his own, and yet for some people it seems like theirs is the worst, they can’t seem to find a way to handle Life. But we know as Christians that we are not called to handle Life alone, that’s why Jesus said in Matthew 11: 28-29 to bring all your Burdens and Cast it on him.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Remember when the ship in which the disciples of Jesus were in was about to sink, Jesus was asleep because he knew who he was and that the storms wouldn’t out beat him. The Disciples were afraid like we are wont to be now, perhaps you have been diagnosed with an incurable disease or maybe you have a burden of debt that is crushing you right now and you are wondering where is Jesus in my storm, why can’t I hear him, remember what he asked the disciples why is it that you have no Faith?( Mark 4:40), how can he be in the boat with you and it will sink except that you have no faith in him and you have forgotten to call on him. Even if your heart is failing because of the problems before you rise up now as you read this Blog Post and say this aloud.
Jesus is with me in my Boat, I will not sink, I will not die of that incurable disease, my Bills will be paid, My debt will be paid off, I will not lose my property, I will not Loose my Child, I will not be put down by circumstances, I will arise and come out of it because he says Fear Not, I will Help you in Isaiah 41:13.
You know that the Lord is so wonderful, during my Morning devotion this morning, I was reading from a Devotional by Derek Prince(Declaring God’s Word, A 365 Day Devotional) on the Fact that God has given us the promise of the father through the holy spirit as it was written in Gal 3: 14. He went on to speak of the fact that the Holy Spirit is the promise of the father and how that through Abraham we had become partakers of that Blessing upon our Lives. I was finding it difficult to fit in what I was going through at the moment with Abraham’s Blessing, I mean how could I be Blessed when I am struggling so much. So I said to myself, let me get another devotional and see what God has to say there, in fact in mind I said I will get a more serious devotional ( LOL)
So I went and Picked up Papa Hagin’sFaith food and when I opened the book to today’s date, guess what I saw, Proverbs 13:22, that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. It just hit me that today God was affirming to me that he has left an inheritance for me via his word. The Abraham’s Blessings which I was struggling to believe that it’s mine is the inheritance which God has left for me.
I do not have to struggle with Life’s problems because I have a good God and he has left me an inheritance which I am to appropriate as mine. In fact as you read into that devotional he talks about Jesus saying that he can teach us make money through the direction of the Holy Spirit, If only we will not be covetous.
For me that word made meaning to me and had great impact in my life today, I can go about my business asking the Holy Spirit to help me be the best he created me to be. Alleluia. I was so excited by this word that i began to declare God’s blessings over my life and over the work of my hands. I ran to share this scripture with my husband. I read psalm 128 to top it off and I was in a very good mood, set for the day. Wao, Glory to God.
God willed the whole world to Abraham and through him we became partakers of the blessings of Abraham.
So here is the truth, when the storm is billowing, stop looking at the storm and start looking at Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.( Heb 12:2). He is the one the disciples called on to calm the sea,
Begin to proclaim that the storm will not overcome you, open your Mouth and begin to denounce what the enemy is doing in your Life and you will see the storm go away.
Refuse to back down to the Devil and know that you have a divine partner the Holy Spirit whom God gave to you in other to help you through the storms of Life. He will quieten every storm and make all things beautiful in his time.
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7 things to expect when working from Home.
The thrill that comes from earning your first dollar while working from home cannot be compared to anything else, especially when it’s your first time of trying out an online business. it validates what you have been saying to yourself from the beginning that it can work. Before you rush off to make that move of working from home, consider the 7 things to expect when working from home.
There are a lot of factors that come into play when working from home, but some of the things that happen, you may not initially expect. There are so many myths surrounding working from home that you may have fallen for the idea that it’s super easy to work from home. While there are many reason and benefits to working from home there are some things you need to know about in advance that you should expect.
You’ll Learn Time Management – If you’re serious about making it as a work at home mom you’ll discover a new understanding of time, calendars, and schedules. It may seem unromantic but the more you schedule and calendar your days the more you’ll get done. To get your scheduling easily sorted out Here is a free software link for online calendars
You’ll Get Lonely– It may seem crazy since you never liked working with people anyway (maybe) but you’ll get lonely working from home. Luckily that’s easily remedied by joining groups on Facebook or LinkedIn of other women and moms who work from home.
You’ll have Distractions You Never Considered – Pets, children, neighbors, TV and even Facebook can be distractions to your success at working from home. What’s more, you’ll have to be self-motivated to avoid these distractions when you need to earn money.
Your Spouse & Friends Won’t Understand– Many people don’t understand working from home and think it has to be a scam, a hobby or worse a lie you tell yourself every day. But, remember that you know the truth and you can combat their doubts by earning enough money to make a difference in your life. Here is a post I wrote to help you soldier on when others don’t believe in you.
You May Let Yourself Go– When you have to go to work each day you’re forced to fix your hair, put on some makeup, and get dressed. But, when you work for yourself from home you don’t have to do any of that and you may end up gaining some weight or looking rundown. You can, of course, combat that by at least putting on some leggings after a shower each morning.
Funds Will Be Tight– When you first start your work at home business you may be working 40 hours a week without seeing any monetary results. In fact, you may be spending money instead of earning money at first. Before you quit your day job ensure that you can handle the expenses until you start earning a living.
Sometimes You’ll Get Discouraged– Working from home can be hard when you’re not bringing in enough money at first. Even when you are, sometimes it’ll get discouraging and you’ll want to give up. But, if you create a plan and follow the plan after having done your due diligence you’ll be successful. Here is a Post you can read to remind you of the reason you started out in the first place.
Finally, you’ll soon learn that you have to be completely self-motivated. If you are seeking for a way to transition right now to a work from home mom, dont worry, I have your back, just read my Free Ebook and you will be ready to go.
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How to turn your Life experience into a Money printing small business
This week starts on a good note, a week in which we celebrate the small business owners. It’s the National Small Business week starting from April 30th to May 6th. The celebration was instituted since 1963 to celebrate the contributions of small business owners to the growth of the American economy. You can read more about their activities here.
Its special to me because I promote and encourage women who are stay at home moms to start small businesses from their homes, it empowers one to live life at its best and according to your own terms.
Small business owners create 2 out of every 3 jobs in America today and you can be part of the percentage that is making an impact on the economy. According to a SBA advocacy report, 52% of small businesses in America are home-based businesses, while 78.5% of small businesses are nonemployer businesses( Businesses which have no employees), these are businesses run solely by the owners. This week celebrates the impact of such business on the economy, a testimony to the fact that small business are consistently growing.
The good thing about this trend is that women-owned businesses are growing at a rate 5 times better than other businesses, this is according to a research on the State of women owned businesses . So if you are a stay at home mom or even a working mom who has been thinking about how to ditch your 9-5 to start a home-based business that will meet your needs, there are reports that support the fact that women-owned businesses are on the rise and keeps getting better and better.
For some moms wondering where to start from, know that one of the businesses you can easily start, is an online business which is based on your various experiences in life. According to an article written by Melanie Deziel for INC , it posits that in these days of the information age, creating information products around the subjects you are passionate about is one of the ways you can turn your passion into a 6 figure business.
This is possible because with the internet connecting billions of people on the face of the earth, there are billions of searches for information on how to do things. People are hungry for information and are willing to pay a good amount of money to learn what will move them to the next level. As long as you have skills which you can impart to other people, then you are in business.
Creating a course on how your experience can help some people solve their problems is one of the easiest ways you can make a living from the internet. The good thing about this type of business is the fact that it costs as little as less than a 100 dollars to start.
For example, suppose you already have an idea about helping new moms take care of their little babies or even first-time moms from pregnancy to weaning a child, here is a rundown on what you need to create an online course based on that topic.
What you need to create an online course.
Discover your Niche: Find out what pain points people your niche have a write out solutions to their pain points. This will form the building block of your online course.
Build a followership around this Niche via social media channels like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram etc.
Start a Blog: Where you can write articles about how your knowledge can help your potential niche. You can get a domain name and a hosting option with a little amount, here is a link Sign up now for hosting
Build an email list: Get to the inbox of your followers by offering a free training or eBook to them in exchange for their emails.
Sell your courses: Market your courses to your subscribers or offer online coaching classes to them.
Email Marketing software: 9 dollars per month Using SENDLANE email marketing software.
Facebook advert cost: Perhaps 35 dollars per month (targeted advertising by Facebook)
Cost of Building you course: 0 dollars, you already have the experience and you can find out how to create the course from google search
Delivery cost: You can deliver your course via webinars, YOUTUBE or email correspondence course or you can use an automated system like Teachable
for a minimum of 39 dollars per month.
Cost of the setup of payment channel: 0 dollars you can set up a payment channel for your courses for free your payment channel can be PAYONEER, where you receive payment for your courses without much stress.
Total costs of starting this business: 52 dollars + or -39 dollars if you choose to use Teachable
The extra 48 dollars can be plugged into Google ads if you choose not to use Teachable and choose instead to use the workflow method in the email marketing software of SENDLANE
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You can turn your life experiences into a money printing business, give it a go. Don’t let this small business week be a waste, tap into it and get moving.
Guidelines on setting up your Etsy Shop
I have always loved handcrafted items because of the time it takes to create it. I believe that handmade goods always show the creativity of the maker. One of the reasons I love things that are crafted is because they are usually unique, it’s not found everywhere like Mass produced stuff.
While I have no problems with Mass produced things, I mean how else can the world’s needs be serviced with just handcrafted goods, we will run out of supply.
The uniqueness, the time spent making it and the loveliness are what often attracts me to things that are handcrafted. That’s why my today’s post is about Etsy an online platform that gives an opportunity to people to sell their created stuff.
Etsy.com is an online retail platform that allows artisans to sell their handmade stuff, they take care of the ordering, payment processing, and notifications so that artisans can focus on creating products for sale.
I have always been a fan of ethnic jewelry, so whenever I see a beautifully made one with precious stones, I want to have it because it speaks to my emotions. One of the things that you should strive to do as an Etsy seller is to speak to people’s emotion when you do that. There is no price they will not be willing to pay. If you want to set up an Etsy Shop, here are a few guidelines you might want to consider.
Before ever you decide to open a shop, the very first thing that should occur to you will be what do I sell? What kind of products do you make? Be it jewelry, crocheted clothing or whatever you decide, it has to be something you will be willing to make continuously without getting tired. It should also be unique.
I once had a neighbor who made custom-made clothing but the beautiful thing about her own clothing was the beautiful beads that she used in decorating the clothing. It made her clothing line unique and people always sort her out to buy them. Therefore whatever your product is, ensure it’s something that is so unique that people will seek out to buy them, after all that’s the reason people will come to Etsy, to get unique stuff that you can’t find in everyday shop. If you make it worth their while, you will get repeat purchases
In making your products, it will be nice to have sets of products that go together to encourage more purchase. For instance instead of just making an earring for that design perhaps you may consider making a matching necklace and bangle or anklet, that way when people like the earring, they may consider buying the matching set. The accompanying set increases how much they will spend much more than if they were just buying one item.
Check out other Etsy shops and look for the top sellers to know what makes them stand out and that way you can know what to add to your own shop. In doing your research, check out the arrangement of their listings and what is working in such shops. You can also use the site craftcount to check out the best shops on Etsy and see what is working for them, that way you arm yourself with ample knowledge before you set out.
Research also has to do with checking out items that collaborate with what you are going to sell, see how you can collaborate with those who make those complementary items and figure out how to ensure that you have such goods in your shop, that way you sell more and it’s a win-win for everyone. Here is an example, if you sell jewelry and you see a shop that makes custom made purses that you could match with your jewelry, you could reach out to the purse maker and collaborate by listing their own products too on your shop, when you sell, they can fulfill it and give you a commission for the sales.
Terms of Engagement and Rules
The next thing you need to check out is the terms of engagement before you start selling, Etsy is a platform provided by someone else, it’s like renting shop space so you must be prepared to abide by the terms of engagement of the Landlord. This will enable you to avoid problems later on. Ignorance is no excuse, you don’t want your shop being shut down after you have started gaining traction, so ensure that you know the rules very well and play by them
Cost and Pricing:
Before you go into the business of selling, ensure that you know what your total costs are and how you intend to factor it into the final sale price. Don’t forget the fact that you need to input the listing price of your products, another very important cost is the cost of shipping which we shall discuss later in this article.
Remember you are in business to make a profit, so ensure that you calculate your costs in such a way as to turn a profit. Without a profit, you will go out of business.
Another cost that you need to remember is the cost of marketing your store, just because you are on Etsy does not mean the whole world will come to you. It will cost you some amount to get people to come to your shop via advertising.
Before you get off to running your shop on Etsy, you need to choose a payment gateway. A payment gateway is a platform that allows buyers to pay you for your goods. A good platform I will recommend is: PAYONEER , they help you receive payments from all over the world and you can easily withdraw your funds from a local bank or ATM as you choose. Another popular platform is PAYPAL, You may want to have various options so as not to limit buyer’s choices when it comes to paying you.
You will have to decide what shipping services to use, this is because it constitutes part of your sales cost if you are offering free shipping, and some people choose to go with USPS because of their flat shipping rates regardless of where you are sending your products to. You can also make arrangements for pick-ups so as to avoid running to the postal agency each time you make a sale.
Stock your shop
Ensure you have a good stock up in your shop before you go online, no one is advising that you hold large inventory but you can be moderate in such a way that you don’t run out of products especially if you are preparing for a launch or opening day, you don’t want to run out of options when people start ordering for products.
Marketing: Under this marketing, tab I am going to discuss, several topics because I think they go together namely; Naming your shop, Branding, product description, and Photography.
-Name: What is in a name and how does that affect your brand? when you are picking a name for your shop, you want to pick a name that resonates with what your core values are and also works with the brand you are trying to create, sometimes people can get stuck in trying to come up with a name, but you can choose to make it easy for yourself by coming up with a name that you will be building your brand with.
Etsy is a marketplace so most times people don’t look at shop names when they buy but you also want to choose a name that easily comes up when people are searching for products in your niche. I love the idea of people building a brand around their names because it makes one unique. If you decide to start a blog later on your line of products, it will work perfectly for you. If you find that you keep getting stuck on getting a name, just choose a name you can always change it just before you launch.
-Branding: When you are starting out, branding may not mean much to you, but you have to keep in mind that as you grow, you want to have a uniqueness that is attached with your products, that is where products design, logo, and way of presentation matters.
If you had like to design a logo but don’t know how to, you can outsource it on Fiverr and you will have your designs before you know it. Fiverr is an excellent outsourcing platform where you can find all kinds of digital services starting from as low as 5 dollars.
-Photography: People will buy what they like especially when it speaks to their emotions. You can invest in a good DSLR camera or you can use your iPhone if you have one to take quality pictures of your products. Remember to keep the background plain, so as to use contrast to bring out the beauty of your products.
If you have neither of these, good old camera on the phone will do but ensure you have enough light to make your product stand out against the background. I always love using white plain background if it is a dark jewelry to showcase the product.
Remember that the use of props such as jewelry hanging case will make all the difference. You can also place pictures of models wearing what you have made to increase its appeal.
-Product description: No matter how good your products, its description that will make it easy for your clients to find you. You have to research for keywords that people use in your niche in other to use it to optimize your store so that when people are searching your products, it easily comes up. Product description is like the modern day direction for a brick and mortar store.
-Launch Day: Do all you can to let people know you are open for business. Spread the word, pick a date that you will be launching your shop, if you have friends who are bloggers, you can ask them to write a featured post for your shop on their blogs or mention you in their Facebook or Twitter handles.
Finally, tell people about your store using the various social media options we have, I think Pinterest will make a good one because of the fact that it has to do a lot with pictures, don’t forget Instagram and the likes. Tweak and find out which social media option is working for you and use it to your advantage.
REVEALED!!!!!! 6 EASY STEPS TO TRANSITION FROM A STAY AT HOME TO A WORK AT HOME MOM
SO you are a mom who is currently working now, you earn good pay but you agonize over leaving your little ones at home every day to go to work. You wish you could spend more time with them as the days go by.
You may also be a woman who just got pregnant and you just discovered that the paid leave your company is offering you will not be enough for you after you put to bed.
Worse still your company just told you that they don’t offer paid maternity leave and you are at a loss what you are to do, How do you save your career and still be a good mom. Why can’t the employers understand that women will have to give birth and that having and taking care of kids requires time?
The next scenario could be you are a stay at home mom who took that option in other to be with your kids but you are dissatisfied because you now depend on your hubby’s income to live. it has made finances tight and you are considering going back to work a 9-5 in other to augment but then you are wondering how to-do it, your skills have not been updated since you left work. Besides, you doubt you can get the job that will pay you as much as you were earning before. You have even tried applying in different places but what you are being offered does not make it enough for you to leave home.
So it’s a catch 22, you want to do more to earn more but you can’t because you will be paid less which will make working not worth it
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