Has the decision to start your home business been made? You can enjoy the freedom and control that comes with this. Never forget that it’s a real business, though. You’ll be able to have a stress free job if you’re prepared in the right way.
Starting a home business can be exciting, but it also takes a ton of initiative and a burning desire to bring your dreams into reality. There are regulations that specify what kind of building an office can be located in, so keep this in mind when finding somewhere to host a business. This is also an excellent way to maintain appropriate and clear boundaries between work and home.
Make it so that there is a clear wall of separation between work life and personal life. Set work hours and stick to them. Set a specific time after which you will no longer accept business calls. Make space for family, friends, and personal time to yourself.
Actively seek the support of others in home businesses that are similar to yours. It can be a good idea to set up your own home business network to easily communicate with other businesses. Even though some of the people will not be in the same type of business, you will share with them the dedication and drive to make your home business a total success.
An office is a must for a home business. You can use a small space if you’d like. Just make sure it’s someplace you want to go. Your office needs to inspire you and enable you to operate as effectively as possible. Do not worry too much about the size because you can work it well with planning.
The ideas that are offered along these pages may prove beneficial when starting a home business. Running your own business is just like anything else: planning and preparation are key. Get started on your business plans or look for ways to improve your current business!
For the record, I love my Xbox 360 and one of the reasons why is the Games with Gold promotion where I can get two free games each month as long as I’m an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. For those getting an Xbox One, fear not for this promotion will carry over. While those who are remaining with their Xbox 360 (like me), Microsoft will extend the promotion as an “ongoing benefit” for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
According to Xbox Live director of programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, details on how Microsoft will implement Games with Gold on Xbox One are coming “later in 2014.”
Sony offers a similar service through its PlayStation Plus membership, giving subscribers free access to downloadable games and discounts on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. This promotion will be available on PlayStation 4 starting this week, giving subscribers free access to downloadable PS4 games Resogun and Contrast.
by Dana Abercrombie
Massively Minecraft is a Guild based learning community for kids aged 4-16 who are interested in developing digital media skills, exploring their creativity and developing online social skills using the video game Minecraft.
Our guild is a social-enterprise, founded in mid 2011 for parents, teachers, schools and researchers as players in an open world to learn together, using game-theory and our experience of developing process networks in virtual worlds.
Apps for Kids is Boing Boing’s podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.
In this episode, we review Nimble Quest. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes store and free in Google Play.
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