Is your Home Business ready for the Holiday season?(read these 5 tips)

 

Black Friday sales, Holiday season
Home Business Holiday Season

The holiday season has started out already from Black Friday sales set to hit this week to Cyber Monday, Christmas sales, Small business Saturday to end of the year outright sales etc, actually I will say this my post is a bit late but between lining up  other posts, this kind of slipped my mind but better late than never.

If you have been a constant reader of my Blog you will know by now that I am that woman that believes in encouraging stay at home moms and any other person that is interested to start a Home business that supports their lifestyle. This is because I believe that what one does for a living should allow you to enjoy life as well and not just squeeze in your own lifestyle into it.

Toys for Kids
Baby Playsets from Burlington

The Holiday season has already begun and of course, some early birds already have their gifts all wrapped and set to go.

If you are a Home Business owner no matter what is it you sell, this is a season when you will be selling more so why not be strategic about making the most of this season.

To enable you to do just that, I have some 5 tips you could make use on to ensure a successful Holiday season business delivery

1 Check your Sales Data from the last Holiday Season

This data will give you an idea of what worked last year and what did not work, that way you can learn what to tweak in other to get moving for the Holiday season.Y

-Your ability to pull this data out and have a thorough look will also reveal to you what marketing channels were the best in pulling over your customers and getting them to buy.

-If you just started your Home business this year as a result of reading my Blog then this is obviously your first sales season, I will advise that you look out your last 90 days of sales and know what has worked for you and what has not worked that way you can identify your top sellers and stock up on that product.

-You can also use that information you have gotten to plan your marketing campaigns, what are the advertising channels that have given you more sales than others? what can you do to increase your sales via those channels?. Remember that the season flies by fast so this is not the time to be trying out new sales strategy but the time to use proven marketing and sales strategy to get your customers.

Boots for women
Boots from Nordstrom

2 Prepare your Marketing and sales strategies:

In this season, there will be a lot of people willing to buy products because it is the season for gift giving but this does not mean that you should not plan to target your ideal customers in your marketing campaigns.

-Set up your marketing campaigns to hit the sweet spot for your consumers, offer deals and discounts that will enable people who will not ordinarily buy from you to capitulate and buy from you.

-Your marketing strategies should be geared towards ensuring that your most converting audience: be it on Instagram, Facebook or via emails will be targeted and given the opportunity to buy from you.

Crossbody Handbags for Women
Bags for women from Nordstrom

3 Season proof your website:

-Your Website is your Mobile shop front, so you have to ensure that you are ready to sell at any point in time that your customers find you.

-Ensure that your sales cart is working well, test it out to be sure that there are no hitches in purchasing your products to avoid a high rate of abandoned carts.

-Ensure that you have a good customer service line or email available to attend to customer requests and issues and ensure speedy resolution of issues that may arise from purchasing your products. This will create repeat purchase from new customers and make them loyal to you.

-Advertise your coupons or discounts codes clearly for anyone that is on your site so they can know that there is a discount or sales period currently ongoing in your shop or business. In fact, do everything possible to ensure that anyone who visits your site is aware of what possible deals are on currently ongoing.

-Ensure that your site is Mobile friendly, Most people will access your website via their mobile phones ,so ensure that your site is tested ahead for mobile friendliness, you can check it out right now here. If there are issues, fix it and get ready.

-Check with your payment platforms to ensure that you have a sizeable limit that will accommodate your sales period, this is to avoid shut down of your account during the sales period.

-Protect your Site from Hacking and other security-related issues. Take correct security measures like installing an SSL certificate for your site if you haven’t already, putting in security plugins like Loginizer and wordfence. Ensure that your site is security proof to avoid theft of credit card details from your site.

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Burlington Coat Factory

4 Stock up on inventory

This will only apply to you if you are selling tangible products only if you are selling digital products you only need to create them once and set them on automation and you are good to go. However, if you are selling physical products which need to be made then you have to take it into consideration while preparing your store for the holiday season. Your diligent preparation will ensure that you do not run out of inventory during the holiday season.

If drop shipping is your method for your home based business, then you have to contact your suppliers or vendors to ensure that they have a good stock of products that will fulfill all your orders during the holiday season. I believe that proper communication will ensure a seamless build-up and delivery of products and services without hitches.

-It’s also important to clearly set out your delivery days and how long it will take for your products to arrive at your customer’s doorstep, this will ensure that you have fewer refunds and returns and also reduce the loss of customers.

5 Market Like a Pro:

Prepare yourself for the very big sales days e.g Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas sales and small business Saturday. These are days that a lot of people are offering huge discounts to attract customers, ensure that your products you have on sale have these price markdowns visible where your customers are can see it so they know what is available. Trust me nothing makes shopping for Christmas or any occasion for that matter better like 20% off the original price. It often makes one feel like you are getting a good deal.

To ensure that you drive this season to the get the last bit of sales, set a target for yourselves in this season and aim to beat it.

With these preparatory tips in your kitty and your commitment to apply it, your sales season should be a breeze.

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Duvet and Soft Furnishings by Amara

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5 Steps to starting an Online Shop on Bonanza

Online Shop On Bonanza Marketplace
Logo culled from Bonanza website

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.

*Please note there may be affiliate links in this Post, please read my Disclosure policy.

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

Baby Girls Clothing from Nordstrom

 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 for 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.

Khiels from Nordstrom

-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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Fit Bit Wireless heart Rate Tracker

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

Solid color Bucket Shaped Handbag
Chic Hobo Handbag from Bonanza Marketplace

 

10 best baby toys to keep your baby busy as a WAHM(Ages 6m+)

 

10 Best baby Toys to keep your baby busy
10 Best Baby Toys to Keep your Baby Busy as a Work at Home Mom

Working at home as a mom can be quite challenging especially if you have kids between the ages of 0-4 years of age. This is because they are at the stage where they require your daily input to keep them busy. It becomes much more challenging when you have to take care of them, do all your house chores and still get to do your home business. It is little wonder then that we find all kinds of write ups on how to schedule your time so that you get meaningful work done while you work from home or run your home business as the case may be.

Baby Playsets from Burlington

I know it can be challenging to be able to keep your little ones at home and still make a living, however, it’s not impossible, you just need to figure out how to make the best use of your time.

I decided to write this post because I know there are work at home moms who struggle with creating the needed time to give to their business just like me.I figured that we can make use of toys to buy some needed time in other to carry out one task or the other hence my post on the 10 best baby toys to keep your baby busy as a work at home mom.

Amongst my list are things which you may not practically call a Toy but a baby gear, however, the way I see it, as long as it helps you keep your baby busy while you snatch that little one hour or ten minutes here and there, it’s well worth it. This list is not all encompassing but with this ideas, you can know how to get your baby occupied while you get some work done.

My favorite for this list is the Push and Pull Toys, these are toys that encourage tactile movements in babies, cognitive ability, and sensory abilities. Once your baby is able to move around a bit, you will find that anything they can push or pull will be of interest to them, this is because it helps them to explore their surroundings and develops their sense of touch.

According to a publication in US National Library of Medicine, National institute of Health, Children who are not exposed to sensory stimulation often witness a delay in their cognitive abilities. So having established this fact, here are some toys that will help you get your baby making those tactile movements while you work.

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Chicco Go Go Pop a Ladybird.

Chicco Go Go Friends Pop a LadyBird

This friendly ladybug Toy features motion, ability to travel when it is pressed on the back, it also has colourful light up’s with music and sounds as it moves. Encourages movement for babies of about 6m+

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Fisher Price- Toddlerz ChatterTelephone

Fisher Price Toddler Chatter Telephone

This chatter telephone is my number 2 with its friendly eyes, it begins chattering once pulled. It keeps your baby busy at least for while with the fun chattering sounds it makes. Enhances motion and audio skills.

 

 

 

 

Chicco Musical walking turtles ;

Chicco Musical Walking Turtle
Chicco Musical walking Turtles

This Toy is a perfect darling for your babies, it stands as number 3 on my 10 best baby toys list. The turtle once pressed will vibrate with some cheerful musical melody. This soft toy made with machine washable fabric will stimulate, audio, visual and tactile skills in your baby.

I love Chicco products because of its durability and fun colors. I still have a push bicycle my first son got as a gift when he was born. 4 years down the line, it’s still useable even though its back wheels are gone. Their products are easily cleaned without much stress.

 

Fat Brain Toys Wimzle

Wimzel Toy
Fat Brain Wimzel Toy

A fidget like a toy for babies within the ages of 6m+, it encourages sensory learning, hand eye coordination, motor skills and exploration. Its textured feel makes for a sensory stimulation for infants.

 

 

 

 

Fisher Price Luv U zoo Jumperoo

Jumperoo
Fisher Price Jumperoo

Who doesn’t love a good Jumperoo to keep your baby excited and busy, find such fun in this baby gear, a jumperoo without a door way attachment. Suitable for babies that cannot walk or crawl out of it. No need for door ways, just attach baby and he or she is in a world of her own with lots of activity attachment on the go.

 

 

SkipHop Stacker owl

Stacker play toys
Skiphop Stacker owl

This toy features 5 unique play piece with ears that are designed as a teething companion for the teething baby. A stacker owl with a steady base for your baby to engage in a fun activity while you work.

 

 

 

Chicco Spring Roller;

Tactile movement toy
Chicco Spring Roller

Babies Like to keep busy, especially with the beginning of a crawl, they love to go after objects that roll, get on with it in your playtime with baby using this Chicco spring roller, it is motion activated with melody and lights when it is rolling. It encourages tactile movement in babies.

 

 

 

Fisher- Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Piano Play Mat
Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano

This Piano Gym with all sorts of baby play toys attachment is good for babies to explore with and play with. A kick on the piano plays some music for the baby. Its foldable and can be taken along when going out. It features a hippo teether, elephant clackers, and roller ball frog. It helps to develop gross motor skills, curiosity and discovery skills for baby. Best for baby from 0-12 months.

 

Fisher Price- Infant- Toddler Rocker:

Infant to Toddler Rocker
Infant to Toddler Rocker

 

What can we do without the good ole rocker, to keep baby busy while you work. This rocker is a good investment as it can carry babies that weigh up to 40lbs. It features multiple uses including playing, feeding, soothing and overhead entertainment. It has a sleek and modern design and can be used by baby well into their toddler years. The overhead handle bar is detachable and can be removed when it’s no longer important.

 

Fisher Price Brillant Basics- Stack and Roll Cups:

Stacker toys
Stacker Cups

 

This beautiful stacker cups will get your little one busy as heck as they roll or stack the cups. They are quite good and keep them busy. My daughter got this as a birthday gift pack and couldn’t get enough of it. In fact, it also found use in sand play as cups, pots whatever she could find to make of it. I love its multiple functionalities.

 

Do you have any more ideas on best baby toys you can use to keep a  baby busy as a work at home mom? Leave a comment below.

Want more from thehomebusinessowner Blog, read my post on how to get

your Family on board your Home business like a Pro.

Bikes for Kids from Burlington

Interested in starting a Home business but you don’t know how to make that decision, you can read my post on How to Choose the right work at home business for you

 

Finally, if you are a stay at home mom struggling with issues and you think you are alone, you don’t have to feel so mama, I got your back, read my post on 6 things a Stay at home mom struggles with. You will resonate with that post and also gain insights on how to solve such issues.

Nordstrom clothing
Baby Girls Clothing from Nordstrom

I can’t end my piece without sending my heartfelt prayers to our audience in Houston Texas who are experiencing a Flood due to Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, stay safe. It is well with you, the Lord will uphold you and bring you out strong. If you have lost anything at all, it is because of him that you haven’t lost your life.

We Love and are Praying for you.

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.

Rider Bike for Kids

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.

Baby Girls Clothing from Nordstrom

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 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.

For example, who knew that you could sell your knowledge on how to organize your home, take care of a newborn, 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.

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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?

How to Choose the Right Work at Home Business

How to choose the perfect work at home business for you
How to choose the right work at home business

How to Choose the Right Work at Home Business for You

Creating a work at home business is a great way to balance your family life with your need to earn money. But, you need to seriously sit down and figure out whether you want a product based business or a service based business.

Both product and service based business sell a product but in one case the product is tangible and in another, it’s a skill. In order to determine that let’s look at some differences between a product based business and a services based business.

Product Based Business

When you sell a product it’s usually a tangible item but with the advent of the Internet and digital products, the lines are being blurred. Today, you can offer digital products, courses, books, blogs, videos and information as your product as well as products you can touch like jewelry, art, and so forth. Don’t get tied up in thinking you must create the products. You can become an affiliate or reseller for the right products. To learn about affiliate companies that will easily accept you when starting out, read my post on affiliate network that will accept a newbie blogger.

Services Based Business

When you deal in services the client puts their faith in you and perhaps your staff to perform the services they hired you to do, depending on your skills and experience. These are things like bookkeeping, architecture, legal services; virtual assistance, graphic design and coaching services are all service based business.

You can combine both a service based business model with a product based business model on the Internet and have the best of all worlds. For example, you can promote a book and a course as a life coach offering your coaching services as your higher priced product over the books and courses.

In order to determine what services and/or products you want to promote in your work at home business take the time to do your due diligence.

-Make a List of Your Skills – It’s important to do an inventory of your skills. The first thing you need to do is to write down a list of what you already know how to do. Do you have computer skills, people skills, and knowledge that you can share with or teach others?

-Determine Who You Want to Work With – Do you love a certain group of people and what they do or what they stand for? For example, perhaps you are currently a paralegal at a law firm and you enjoy working with attorneys and helping clients who are dealing with divorce. You can still do that with your own work at home business. It’s important to identify the exact audience you want to work with whether you’re going to promote products, a service or both.

-Make a List of Things You Can Do for Your Audience – Once you have your skillset and audience determined now you can start figuring out how to solve their problems. Identify their pain points of the audience you chose, narrow it down to two or three pain points and then figure out how you can serve them.

-Match Your Skillset with the Services – A key in choosing products, creating products, and offering services is to match your skill set with what is needed to solve the pain points of your audience. When you take the time to do this you’ll find that your work at home business is going to be more successful.

Finally, once you’ve chosen your audience, and your niche within that audience and whether or not you’ll have a product or service based business (or both) you’ll have some other things to work out too. Ask yourself the following questions.

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How Much Startup Cash Do You Have?

The type of business you choose will be affected a lot by how much cash you have to get started. Service based businesses are a lot less expensive to start, depending on your skill set.

Digital products don’t cost much more to develop either, again depending on your own skills and whether or not you’ll need to outsource some of the work such as website design or product creation.

You can start a work at home business for relatively little money compared to a bricks and mortar business. You don’t have the high rent, utilities and so forth to pay for like a bricks and mortar business. Therefore, your startup costs can be a lot lower, but you still have startup costs.

-Business License Fees – You need to get a business license in most states and counties in the USA to run a business from your home. Usually, the cost is very low, so don’t allow yourself to be afraid of finding out the costs and rules in your area.

-Technology Costs – You may already own a computer and the technology that you need, but you may need to invest in some extra software too. Today you can “rent” software on a monthly basis which makes it a 100 percent write off like other direct expenses. For example, it costs $9.99 a month to rent bookkeeping software through Go Daddy. That is a cost you can write off as an expense.

-Contractor Fees – You may need to hire help such as marketing professionals, virtual assistants, web designers and others to help you get started and maintain your business.

But, there are also deductions you can count on when running a business from your home. If you can set up an exclusive area of your home to be the home office you can get quite a large home office deduction that makes everything even less expensive when starting a home business because these expenses you can deduct won’t go up, such as utilities, electricity, internet and so forth.

Another way of determining how much it will cost you to start up is by writing a one-page business plan. You can read how to go about that in my post: you don’t need a 100-page business plan to start one. In that post, you get a free template you can use to write your plan down.

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Do You Like Being Upfront or Behind the Scenes?

Some people love the idea of their work at home business being all about them. They name their business with their own name, they are the business. This is common with life coaches, public speakers, and even doctors. They are the expert and the name behind their business. Others prefer to be more behind the scenes and not be a household name.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this. What matters is that you are happy with your choice. Don’t try to push yourself into a position that you don’t like because it will make it hard for you to want to work your business each day. Be honest with your assessments about your tolerance for publicity.

Do not think that if you’re an introvert you can’t create an amazing home based business, you can. The Internet is the perfect place for that. Some very famous introverts are J.K. Rowlings, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. While they didn’t directly start an “internet based” business they all started at home.

How Much Time Do You Have to Devote?

Another important factor is the time it takes to do a business. A service based business essentially trades hours for dollars so you’ll need to have enough hours at a high enough rate to make the money you want to earn. With a product based business, you may be able to earn more without considering the hours as much.

However, with a service based business, you can earn money faster which is why combining a product based business with a service based business is a good option for many who need to start earning faster. For example, you can start with a book, and then offer a service described in the book. This works great with life coaches.

Answering these questions will help you identify what you can realistically do as a work at home business.  Once you identify the niche, your resources, and narrow down what you’ll do to earn money in your work at home business.

In addition to these questions, it’s important to understand what goes into the business you want to start and that you have the skills necessary to do it.

Do Your Due Diligence

It’s important to check your facts before you get your heart set on any one business. Once you’ve matched your skills with your audience and identified their pain points now you need to dig in and do some more research.

-How Many People are In Your Target Audience? – This is an important question to answer because if there aren’t enough people in your niche to be profitable then you may need to choose a different audience. If you need to earn 100K a year, you need to know how many people you need to sell to.

-What Price Point Can Your Audience Afford? – In addition to how many people are in your target audience, you need to know how much they can afford to pay for your potential products and / or services. What is your offering worth to them and can they afford to buy them?

-Can You Earn the Profit You Need? – Based on the numbers can you become profitable? This is such a huge issue when starting any business. You have to perform an analysis, called a S.W.O.T. analysis, which stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Don’t leave a stone unturned in your research to choose the right work at home business. You need to know the good and the bad of each choice that you make before you even get started with your work at home business. While doing your research, consider making use of my Resource library.

Other Things to Consider When Starting a Work At Home Business

There are so many things to consider when choosing a Work At Home business to start. Because you don’t just want to start, you also want to earn a living at it. Outside of the logical things to consider mentioned above there are some emotional factors to think about.

-Do You Feel Passionate About Your Niche? – When you have your own business you have to be willing to live it and breathe it. If you don’t like it, and don’t have a true love for doing it, whatever it is, you will not be happy doing it and you’ll likely not devote the time and effort needed to make it successful. Ensure that your choices come down to something you feel strongly about enough that you can envision yourself doing it every day 40 or more hours a week, happily.

-Does It Match Your Value System? – You may not realize that you even have a value system. But, when you start thinking about the type of people you’ll work closely with in the new business, and their values and moral code, you’ll soon realize that it does make a huge difference. For example, let’s say you want to start a paralegal business from home. Do you want to work with lawyers who defend criminals or who help people through a divorce? If either of these ideas goes against your value system you won’t feel good about it.

-Is it Viable Long-term? – A huge issue with any business is determining whether or not it’s a short lived fad, or a trend, or whether it can hold up long term. There’s nothing wrong with cashing in on a trend, but you want your main business to stand the test of time and last for the next ten or twenty years.

-What’s Your Exit Strategy? – When you work for someone else, you have an exit strategy built in. You pay into social security and usually a company retirement plan and that’s how you live when you stop working. But, when you have your own business while you do pay into and can collect social security, you’re 100 percent responsible for the payments and setting up your own retirement plan. If you create your work at home business right, you can actually sell it for retirement. It’s a real, viable business and you should think of it that way.

Developing a profitable home based business takes just as much work to start as a bricks and mortar business. You still have to do the work by the numbers, and meet the requirements of the law. Plus you want to actually like what you’re doing in the end. After all, it feels good to go to work if you like it, right?

Otherwise, it’s just going to feel like another job that causes stress in your life and makes you want to run away. If you do the work necessary to choose the right business for you, you’ll love it, feel motivated every single day, and end up happier in the end. You’ll have true time and money freedom with the right work at home business.

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Be Honest About What It Takes

When you start any business it’s important, to be honest with yourself about what it takes to get things done. Keep track of the time, money and resources that you use so that you can project your future needs. Keeping the books balanced will help you keep your business on track.

-Time Freedom – Knowing how much time you’ll really need to spend on your business is important. If you only have 2 hours a day to spend, you’ll need to ensure that you pick the right business to be in.

-Money Freedom – Keeping track with a bookkeeping system is important because if you don’t have money to pay your taxes and expenses you’ll go out of business.

-Personal Freedom – One of the best things about a work at home business is that you can adjust the time you spend on your business so that it works better with your life. However, sometimes you have to put the business first. If you always choose family and friends over your business, your business will fail.

By understanding the myths about working at home, you know – the sitting on the beach with your feet in the sand while your business magically generates millions of dollars is a fantasy.  Now you can set up a more realistic business model that will be successful for you.

Marketing Matters

No matter what type of business you choose to run from home, don’t be shy about it. Once you make the decision, be proud of it. Tell everyone you know about your new business. Teach other people about your working hours so that they respect your time, project the type of professional image that you want people to see you as, and don’t hide. For doubters, show them the money.

-Website – Home based businesses even more than bricks and mortar business need a website. That is your storefront. You need to create an awesome storefront to market your business.

-Business Cards – Make some business cards to help you get the word out in person and locally. You can put business cards on tables, bulletin boards and in the hands of people you meet every day.

-Networking – Don’t forget that you can network online too with social media groups and forums. You don’t have to walk up to someone in person; you can instead engage people online to network.

Running your WAH business can be very satisfying if you go into it with your eyes wide open. Determine the best business for you based on facts, not myths. Craft a plan of action to get your business up and running and be proud that you’re a WAH business. After all, if you plan it right, you’ll have the business of your dreams plus the time to enjoy your life.

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