April 11th, 2014

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Did you know that 1 in every 4 Americans experiences chronic back pain? With many of us now spending our days sitting at a computer, even more of us are suffering from back pain, leading many of us to spend hundreds of dollars a year on pain relief products. Most of these products are built on a one-size-fits-all model and don’t deal with the overall issue – supporting the lower back. To properly deal with pain and relieve muscle fatigue, you need a product that contours to and supports the lower back. Luckily, there is a product on the market that does just that – the QiPillow!

What is so unique about this pillow? Unlike other orthopedic pillows, the QiPillow contours to the lower back using its own unique air-controlled orthopedic core. By inflating and deflating the pillow, it can adjust to the contours of your back, and lessen or eliminate muscle fatigue and back pain. Since it can be completely deflated, it can easily be folded and thrown in a bag, allowing you to use it at home, in the office, or even while driving. The QiPillow had great results in independent clinical studies, which showed that the QiPillow helped 91% of users improve sitting comfort and posture while relieving back pain, stiffness, and fatigue. With the QiPillow, you can take control of your back pain, allowing you to relax and enjoy the things you love!

 

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Would you love to learn more about the QiPillow? Due to popular demand, the QiPillow is coming back to QVC on April 15! Join host Jaque Gonzales and the inventor of the Qipillow, Patrick Lee, as they discuss this revolutionary pillow and how it can help you. You may even find this pillow even cheaper than its recommended price of $49.95! So mark your calendar and make sure to check out the QiPillow on QVC’s Active Aging on April 15 between 1 – 2 PM ET!

 

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April 7th, 2014

The Sad Truth About Stay at Home Mom Regret

The Sad Truth About Stay at Home Mom Regret

Most stay at home moms start out staying at home for very good reasons. Sometimes it’s voluntary – you can afford to do so, and don’t mind the break from your career. You want to raise your kids yourself and not pay for childcare. Other times it’s the best financial move at the time – childcare runs more than you’d earn working outside the home at the time.

Good reasons don’t mean you can avoid regretting it over the long run, however. It’s not at all uncommon for stay at home moms to later find that they regret the decision. What was once a sensible, loving decision has a price in the long run, and paying that price can be painful. Finding a good job in your 40s and 50s, for example, can be very difficult. Dealing with the sudden need to work in the event of your spouse’s death or disability, or if you two should divorce, can be a very unpleasant reality.

What’s The Price?

The price you pay is in your earnings and savings. Staying at home for however many years puts a dent in your career, often a big one. Most stay at home moms eventually return to the workforce, but at a much lower level than where they started out.

If you had a solid professional level career before staying at home, you may have to start out almost fresh. You may have to get more education to catch up with your industry. All this means you won’t be earning as much, and you have less time for promotions and raises to increase your salary. It’s a financial hit well beyond the lost income of the years you weren’t working.

But even if you had a lower paying job you left because it wouldn’t even pay for childcare, your future earnings take a hit when you stay at home. It’s that loss of promotions and experience that can get you.

How Do You Avoid It?

You can avoid these problems with good planning and some good fortune.

My own favorite (I’ve said it before) is working at home. I do well enough at it that the past two years, my income has been higher than my husband’s income. It took some time to get there; I’m no overnight success. Still, running my own business from home and making a good income at it is wonderful, making all the time I’ve spent working up to it worthwhile. Stressful as can be at times – business doesn’t always go the way I’d like it to. But now I know I can do it.

Your solution doesn’t have to be your own business. It can be a work at home job, part time work, freelance work… whatever works for you. I really think the key is making sure you keep some sort of relevant work experience going for the kind of career you’d like when the kids are old enough that you want to go back to work. It may not put you as high on your career ladder as if you’d never stayed home at all, but it probably won’t be as low as if you’d left entirely.

Improving your education as the kids get older is another alternative. Going back to school as an older student has its advantages. Most older students are more serious about their studies, because you really know their value. You can study for the career you’d like to have, not necessarily the one you had before you had kids.

Improving your education also sets a great example for your kids when they’re in school. They’ll see you doing homework and studying, and getting good results for it. That can make an impression, plus you can set yourself on a better career path after.

None of this is easy for most families. I firmly believe, however, that you are a thousand times better off if you consider the problems you might face later in life, so you can prepare for them in advance. There’s no knowing where your life will take you, but you can take steps that may help smooth many troubles out at least some of the way.

Regretting the price you paid to be a stay at home mom doesn’t mean you regret the good parts, of course. Even if being a stay at home parent lands you in difficulty later, remember those good parts. Those memories won’t make future troubles go away, but they have their own value.

I’m not saying all stay at home moms eventually regret their decision. Plenty will be happy they did so for the rest of their lives, despite the price. You’re better off, however, if you know what the price is early on, so you can take control of how you pay it.

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March 31st, 2014

8 Things You Must Have For Your Home Business

8 Things You Must Have For Your Home Business

A home business can be easy to start. A good home business, on the other hand, takes more time to develop. It’s a long process, with no guarantee of success. However, there are some things you must have for the best chance at growing a successful home business.

1. A Why

Why are you starting a home business? Money, something to do, work you love, pride in what you’ve created… what are your reasons?

Money usually isn’t enough of a reason. For all you may want to earn more money, may need more money, it may not be as motivating as you think. Do something you don’t enjoy just for the money, and it eventually gets harder to do. It’s much better to earn money from home doing something you enjoy. It may take more time, but if you succeed, it will be a lot easier to keep going.

2. The Right Business

You won’t succeed with just any business. It’s easier to succeed in the right business… for you. Not for your friend, not for that guru online bragging about earning six figures a year. The right one for you.

Consider your work experience. What do you know how to do?

Consider your hobbies. Could one become a business?

Consider your family’s needs. What works with the time you have available? Will you need to work with the kids around? Are they in school part of the day? Will you need to pay for childcare?

Consider yourself. If you don’t enjoy going out and talking to people about your business, don’t pick one that requires it. If you hate being isolated with your computer all the time, don’t limit your business to online activities. Be sure the business is something you can enjoy doing.

Consider your target audience. None of the rest matters if you don’t have people interested enough in your business that you can make money from it. Passion is great, a passionate target audience is better. Fortunately, if you’re passionate about something you can make into a business, there are probably others too. You just have to do the research to figure out how to reach them.

3. A Reasonable Schedule

While you don’t need to have every minute scheduled, or even every hour, some sort of schedule for your work is a very good idea. Without one, it’s far too easy to slack off and get too little work done in a day or even a week.

Make it as detailed or loose as you prefer. Some people love their to-do lists – others hate them. Your schedule should work for you. If it pushes you a little bit, that’s a good thing, but if it interferes with more important things, rewrite it.

4. Family Support

Any kind of business is challenging, at home or not. But to run one without family support is all but impossible. There may be concerns, worries about expenses, the amount of time it takes, the risks and so forth. Talk about them. Get support where you need it, address family concerns where you can.

This can especially mean help around the house. If you’ve been a stay at home mom for a while, everyone may be used to you doing everything around the house. Running a home business means the rest of the family may need to do a little more. Make sure everyone knows to expect some changes and maybe some inconvenience. If you keep trying to do it all, you’re only making it harder on yourself, and that’s rarely necessary.

5. A Workable Budget

Running a home business usually involves spending some money. It may be a lot, it may be a little. Either way, you need a budget, money you know is okay to spend on your business. Expenses may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Domain name and hosting
  • Website design
  • Business cards
  • Computer
  • Software
  • Product supplies
  • Shipping
  • Training

You may not need to spend money on all of these things. You may be able to put up a basic website without hiring someone to do it for you, for example… then again, it could be money very well spent to have someone else do it. You may be able to find enough free information online to get a good start to your business without paying for training.

Whenever you choose to go the free route on things you business needs, make sure it makes sense for you and your business. Free can be the worst choice at times. Any time you choose free, be sure it really makes sense. Your time is valuable, and free often means you’re spending quite a bit more of your time on something that spending money could speed up significantly. The right purchase makes sense. Remember, just because you can do something for free or close to it doesn’t mean you should.

6. Time Off

It’s very easy to spend too much time working on your home business. it can feel as though you’re losing valuable work time when you take a break, whether it’s just 10 minutes, an evening, or a nice family vacation. Time off is important. It allows you to refresh your mind. People are more productive when they take an appropriate amount of time off work, not only each day, but over the long term.

Plan for breaks throughout your work day, and have an end to your working hours every day. There may be times when your business requires extra long hours, but don’t let it happen every day. That time off you’re avoiding may be exactly what you need to refresh your mind and get control of the problems taking so much extra time.

7. The Ability To Say “No”

Any business owner needs to know how to say “no.” No to demands on your time that you really don’t have time for. No to friends and family interrupting your work time unnecessarily. No to the household chores begging you to do them when you need to work. No to more work than you can handle.

When business is good, there may be times when you need to refuse more work or take on assistants. If you can’t handle the workload, you have to decide what to do about it. Do you refuse a client or project, or do you hire someone to help you make it happen? A virtual assistant may be a good choice to help you through these times if there’s something they can handle for you. But if you don’t want to hire help, even on a short term basis, you may have to say no when too much work is offered to you.

8. The Knowledge that You’re Not Perfect

You’re going to mess things us and get things wrong. Sometimes you’ll break all the rules you’ve set for yourself. Sometimes you’ll make bad decisions. These things happen, whether it’s a mistake in your business or in how you deal with your family.

Don’t let your mistakes stop you. Learn from them. Make the changes necessary to avoid the same mistake in the future and apologize as necessary. If you demand perfection of yourself all the time, you’ll never get anything done because nothing will ever be good enough.

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March 26th, 2014

9 of the Worst Things About Working at Home

9 of the Worst Things About Working at Home

I love working at home. It would take a lot to get me working outside the home again. I have to say, however, that there are disadvantages, sometimes big ones. Some depend on whether you have a work at home job or a home business, but no matter how you look at it, it’s not always ideal.

1. You aren’t where managers can see you.

Management is usually most comfortable when they can see you working. If most of your coworkers are in an office, and you work at home, managers may perceive you as less productive, even though on average telecommuters are more productive. If you’re hoping to get promoted someday, this lack of visibility in the office can be a huge disadvantage.

2. Distractions

Many people eventually have to give up working at home because they can’t cope with the distractions. Kids, television, internet, housework, friends… it’s a learning curve that not everyone navigates successfully.

3. Less social time with other adults.

Working at home can be lonely. You don’t have coworkers right by you. There are fewer opportunities to just chat. You can chat with friends online, of course, but that too quickly falls into major distraction time and really hits you in the productivity zone. Most people don’t find that to be quite the same as face to face “just chatting” time anyhow.

4. Too easy to overwork.

When you work at home, your work is there. All. The. Time. It’s too easy to work more hours than you should. You might work during the day, then get “just a little more” work done in the evenings too often.

Of course, this can happen with work you bring home with you from an office job too.

5. Benefits.

A lot of work at home jobs don’t come with benefits. Some do. If you have your own business, it’s up to you to provide any benefits. If no one else in your family is providing benefits, this can be a big deal. If you want to retire someday, it’s also a big deal, since you will probably have to manage your own retirement savings.

6. How others see you.

Some people still assume that any sort of working at home is strongly akin to goofing off. It’s not just managers. It’s friends and family. You have to teach them to take your work seriously.

7. Flexible hours.

Yes, these are also an advantage, but if you aren’t careful, those flexible hours can destroy your success. Enjoy the flexibility, but remember you still have to get the work done.

8. Cabin fever.

When you work at home, you will sometimes feel as though you’re home all the time. It’s not a good feeling. Make sure you get out sometimes, especially when you’re not working.

9. Equipment problems are your problem.

Power goes out, internet goes down, computer crashes, it’s all on you. Even if you have a deadline. You need to know how you’ll handle it when things go wrong.

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March 24th, 2014

10 Perks of Working at Home

10 Perks of Working at Home

Being home with your kids isn’t the only good thing about working at home. It’s certainly a benefit when you’re a parent… provided you can actually work with the kids around, which is not always easy or smart. But there are a lot of other perks you get from working at home that you may not have considered as much.

1. No commute.

Losing the drive to work is wonderful. There are some primarily work at home jobs out there where you may have to drive in to the office sometimes or to see a client, but for the most part, you don’t have to drive anywhere to get to work. Potentially, that’s a huge time savings.

2. Use less gas.

With the way gas prices keep going up, this is a personal favorite. So long as you don’t take the excuses to drive all around town, working at home uses a lot less gas for most people… once again, unless you have to meet with clients a lot away from your home.

3. More time.

Cutting that commute means you have more time. For what depends on you. You might work more, or you might have more family time. Use that time wisely.

4. Less stress.

Commuting is often stressful. So much traffic. There aren’t many people who enjoy their commute.

5. Easier to eat healthy.

This one is all up to you, but it can be much easier to eat healthy when you work at home. There’s less excuse to grab lunch out, and what’s in the fridge is under your control.

6. More flexibility in your wardrobe.

This one is up to you. Some people who work at home prefer to dress just as they would if they were going to the office. Others do just fine dressing casually or yes, working in their pajamas. The benefit here is that you choose the clothing that makes being productive easier for you, rather than abiding by the company dress code.

Of course, if you’re meeting someone face to face or by webcam, dress appropriately.

7. More flexibility.

Most work at home jobs give you more flexibility to get things done. That makes it easier to run quick errands or get the kids from school if you need to. That’s especially handy if one of the kids gets sick at school. Regular outside the home job, you’d be done for the day. Work at home job, you can get the kid and then decide if you can keep working.

Some do require a schedule and strict adherence, but even then you can usually pick a schedule that suits you.

8. No coworkers to distract you.

You won’t have any coworkers stopping by your desk to chat when you work at home. On the other hand, there are other distractions, just waiting for you to give in. And they’re always there.

9. Environmentally friendly.

Sure, you’ll use more electricity around your house, but you also use less gas, which tilts the environmental considerations in your favor when you work at home.

10. More productivity.

Most people are more productive when they work at home, distractions or no.

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