Home Business Ideas and Opportunities

Home Owenership, Is It A Must?


A third and final year social worker  student interviewed  me on the importance of owning a home. Below is a text of our  interviews.

In this interview, I will share with you the benefits/importance of owning a home.

I will break these benefits into  the following sub headings:

  • Universal dream for any many men and women in this age group
  • Future investment
  • Security and social gratification
  • Parenting
  • Incentive for educational achievement
  • Health and wellbeing motivator
  • Civic participation

Universal dream

Home ownership holds a special place in those aged between 35 and 45 group. Buying a home is a very important goal, it is a universal dream for any progressive and ambitious person, not only in this age group, but every person living on earth.

Investment

Owning a home is a big investment that people in middle age group make. In fact most of them strive to build/buy homes from their own savings without relying on mortgages from the banks in some countries. Owning a home here is even much easier because we have opportunities to borrow from the banks. This is viewed as a good debt, because it allows us to avoid paying what we call, “dead rent” to land lords and when you leave or die, you have nothing to leave for your children. This is why we are motivated to buy our own homes as we perceive it as a form of enforced saving which appreciates over time.

Security and social gratification

A material home represents a strong expression of security where one can boast of a piece of land with a garden as his own, to which one can withdraw, in which they can enjoy with their family, friends and into which a stranger can come against their will.

A home ownership provides with a sense of physical and emotional security and safety. Wherever you go, you can come back to a home, “home sweet home!” It’s a personal space for them! Owning a home gives you the power, achievement and control over your environment you live in. It gives you the sense of control and authority.

On the social gratification, home ownership provides   a sense of belonging and acceptance. People who do not have their own homes are viewed as lazy, homeless, unproductive and have no place in society. Therefore owning a home enhances the sense of connection with broader community. And this provides social stability, economic reliability and community assurance, individual aspiration for independence and future security.

Home ownership and parenting

A stable home environment provides a good parenting. It is a well-known fact that owning a home encourages parents get involved in school activities, for example there is a tendency of reading to children, there is control of children’s TV time and imparting good behaviours within the home and in the neighbourhood. This enhances positive children outcome!

Education and achievement

For example,When we migrated to New Zealand, our main motivation was to have our children receive a better education and be responsible for their future. So when buying a home, we look at the neighborhood if it can support and contribute to our children’s’ education. So we undertake a financial commitment to buy a house in a good area, free of crimes, violent behaviors and other vices. We also want to transfer financial commitment and behaviors to our children so that they will grow into responsible children in future.

With this in mind, home ownership provides good educational outcome for our children in that it reduces teenager pregnancies, bad behaviors because of the available quality of life maintained by home owners.

Health and well-being

People in this age group always look at homeownership as a special place for retirement. So we buy houses so that one day when we retire, we want to be in our own place which is familiar to us, where we feel in control of ourselves rather than being pushed by the land lords. As mentioned earlier on in this article, people develop relationships with their neighbors and government agencies, therefore want to be in a familiar environment where they know us and when we need help, it is readily available. This gives the peace of mind and enhances the health and well being status as opposed to renting a home in advanced age. There is no security and not possible to make modification.Zambians for example believe that it is more honorable to die in your own home than in a rental house. This gives Zambian the desire to buy their own homes.

Civic Participation

Owning a home provides people with the opportunity to get involved and participate in community activities such as, elections, neighborhood watch, garden competitions, and community projects. They develop group network where they exchange ideas and skills, hence building lasting interpersonal relationships.

Conclusion

Owning a home gives people individual autonomy; accumulate wealth and social status which in turn brings social, economic, family and civic outcomes.

Home ownership provides improved educational performance of children, encourages participation in civic and voluntary activities. It also enhances and improves health care outcomes.

Home ownership reduces crimes rates in communities and people become less dependency on welfare income from the government.

Home ownership comes with pride and sense of belonging in the community because there is financial stake in good neighborhood. Therefore, there are more social benefits in owning a house than renting one for life.

This may not apply to the young generation. Why?
They want to have freedom and not stay in one place until they retire.
Each individual has a choice…. where to live and with whom.

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Home Business Time Management Tips

Learning to master time management can make or break your home business. In the early days of your home business, you will still have a lot to learn and as you fill orders, work with customers and businesses; the hours can fly by very quickly. You will discover that there are not enough hours in a day to complete all of your daily tasks.

Home Business Time Management Tips

Efficiently managing your time will help you to create order out of chaos. If you wake up and simply start moving things around without some sort of plan in place, you can easily forget important jobs that need to be completed forget orders, neglect to call back clients and lose customer confidence in your fledgling company.

Plan Ahead

Have a plan in place such as a daily schedule. Follow up that schedule with a weekly schedule that fully covers all of your daily tasks. With this plan in place, you can quickly take stock of your time to figure out what needs to be done. This will help you to achieve your goals by completing important tasks first, and getting through simple tasks with time to spare. Get into the habit of checking, editing and updating this schedule as last minute plans may arise.

This plan will allow you to get your work done without creating a backlog because you accepted too much work in a short amount of time. When new requests come in, you can look at these schedules to see if you have the time to spare or if you should turn down the job due to lack of time. It can be hard to turn away new business or repeat offers but if you accept more work than you can complete in a comfortable amount of time, you will disappoint clients who will go elsewhere when they have new jobs.

Start Business Early

Some people will create a home business to sleep late and work whenever they want to. However, this is not likely to happen. If you sleep all day, no one is running your business and it will not be successful. If you have family as well, getting up early will allow you to take care of them and send them off in the morning. You can then shower, eat breakfast and head off to your home office awake, refreshed and ready to work.

Separate Family and Business Life

Spending more time with your family may be one reason that you decided to open your own business, but you will have to keep the two separate to be productive and to keep everything organized. If you have young children, keep them away from your home office if possible. If you allow them to play in this room while you are working, they may feel that they can enter it when you are away. This can lead to ruined or lost paper work that you need for your business, and may be a source of distraction in the future if your children have learned that it’s acceptable to hang out in your office while you work.

Separating business and family is also a good way to help you relax and get away from work. When you have completed your tasks for the day, you can simply close the door and go spend time with your family. This is hard to do if your computer and business is in an area that is accessible to the entire household. You want a personal space that you can shut away from the outside world when you are working and away from your personal life when you want to get away from the home office.

Set Priorities

If you do not have your priorities in order, you can end up doing a lot of work and have nothing to show for it at the end of the day. Completing a large amount of work one day won’t help you if you have forgotten to complete an important and time sensitive job because you did not schedule your time correctly. Remember, prioritize first, then get to work! Your home business will thank you for your discipline and commitment with greater growth and long-term stability.

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Home Business Management Requires Discipline

While many new home businesses launch every day, the truth is that many are failing.

Home Business Management Requires Discipline

One main reason for home business failure has to do with a lack of discipline. Working for someone else whether inside the home or commuting, allows one to have a set schedule and daily tasks that they need to follow. When you work for yourself, you have to set your own goals and objectives, and have the discipline to follow your plan.

Anyone can start a home business, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should. Some people who started and closed their businesses should never have gone to work for themselves to begin with. Many lack the dedication to follow through and keep up the pace that is necessary to be successful.

Some people are simply seduced by ads and word of mouth when they hear others talk about how great and freeing it is to work for them elves in their own home. A home business is a great opportunity for some but others need to have a boss prodding them to get through the day, or someone else who can tell them what needs to be done.

After the excitement has worn off of starting your own home business, it will quickly become clear that it’s not fun and games. Everything depends on you. From taking orders, handling sales calls, customer service, running a website, collecting money and mailing packages – it all rests on your shoulders. If your business grows, you can hire an extra set of hands to deal with the backlog, but in the beginning to keep costs down, most home businesses are run by the people who created them.

Quitting your regular job to work at home because you expect to have lots of free time and extra money to spend is a huge myth that causes many to quit. A business that is just starting up will take up a lot of your time. To handle all of the work, you can easily find yourself working well into the early morning hours. You can also start to spend less time with your family as you strive to build your business.

Extra money to spend is something that you will often not see for months or years because you will need to pay bills for your business and home costs, and you will need to spend more money in marketing and development to grow your home business.

When people advertise stories about working from home, they will tell you about the glitz and glamour. You will be told that you can roll out of bed at anytime and work in your pajamas. This is a bad idea because every business needs to run on a consistent schedule if it is going to be successful long-term.

All of this said, there is a new bread of home business opportunity called affiliate marketing where you can simply join an existing business or business opportunity who will provide all the products and marketing materials for you. They will even handle all of the order processing, payment collections, product shipping and customer service on your behalf. In fact, some of the affiliate programs that I am building my own home business online with are shown here on my website (check them out).

Whether you are building a traditional home business, or an affiliate marketing based home business, nothing will take the place of personal discipline and having a daily action plan that you follow to get the word out and grow your business successfully. If you have the inner-discipline required to make your own daily plan (and follow it), there are few freedoms greater than that of being able to call your own shots and work for yourself from the comfort and convenience of home!

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Home Business Management Requires Discipline

While lots of new home businesses launch every day, the truth is that many are failing.

Home Business Management Requires Discipline

One main reason for home business failure has to do with a lack of discipline. Working for someone else whether inside the home or commuting, allows one to have a set schedule and daily tasks that they need to follow. When you work for yourself, you have to set your own goals and objectives, and have the discipline to follow your plan.

Anyone can start a home business, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should. Some people who started and closed their businesses should never have gone to work for themselves to begin with. Many lack the dedication to follow through and keep up the pace that is necessary to be successful.

Some people are simply seduced by ads and word of mouth when they hear others talk about how great and freeing it is to work for them elves in their own home. A home business is a great opportunity for some but others need to have a boss prodding them to get through the day, or someone else who can tell them what needs to be done.

After the excitement has worn off of starting your own home business, it will quickly become clear that it’s not fun and games. Everything depends on you. From taking orders, handling sales calls, customer service, running a website, collecting money and mailing packages – it all rests on your shoulders. If your business grows, you can hire an extra set of hands to deal with the backlog, but in the beginning to keep costs down, most home businesses are run by the people who created them.

Quitting your regular job to work at home because you expect to have lots of free time and extra money to spend is a huge myth that causes many to quit. A business that is just starting up will take up a lot of your time. To handle all of the work, you can easily find yourself working well into the early morning hours. You can also start to spend less time with your family as you strive to build your business.

Extra money to spend is something that you will often not see for months or years because you will need to pay bills for your business and home costs, and you will need to spend more money in marketing and development to grow your home business.

When people advertise stories about working from home, they will tell you about the glitz and glamour. You will be told that you can roll out of bed at anytime and work in your pajamas. This is a bad idea because every business needs to run on a consistent schedule if it is going to be successful long-term.

All of this said, there is a new bread of home business opportunity called affiliate marketing where you can simply join an existing business or business opportunity who will provide all the products and marketing materials for you. They will even handle all of the order processing, payment collections, product shipping and customer service on your behalf. In fact, some of the affiliate programs that I am building my own home business online with are shown here on my website (check them out).

Whether you are building a traditional home business, or an affiliate marketing based home business, nothing will take the place of personal discipline and having a daily action plan that you follow to get the word out and grow your business successfully. If you have the inner-discipline required to make your own daily plan (and follow it), there are few freedoms greater than that of being able to call your own shots and work for yourself from the comfort and convenience of home!

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Home Business Management and Daily Habits

People decide to open their own home business for many reasons. You may want to spend more time with your family, be your own boss, or make more money than a 9 to 5 job can offer. In a job that has you working for others, your entire work life and sometimes your home life is strictly scheduled for you. From the time you begin and end work, to breaks, vacation and pay, you have very little control.

Home Business Management and Daily Habits

However, in your own home business it can be hard to suddenly have complete control over everything and no one to lean on. Over time we gather habits, be they good or bad. When it comes to your home business, you have to figure out the bad ones and break yourself from doing them if you want to succeed.

Before you get the home business off the ground make sure that everything is in place. This means setting aside special hours in the day to do the most important activities. Remember that you will need to make contact with clients, banks and other businesses and most of this has to be done during the day and usually no later than 5pm. Prevent exhaustion by following the plans you laid out so that you don’t overwork yourself.

Business continues to move forward so you will have to constantly update yourself when new business strategies are put on the market. You can take classes or teach yourself over the internet, but stay ahead of the pack by knowing everything you can because it will help you to better develop your business.

A good way to break bad habits that can have adverse affects on your business is to write them down on paper whenever you discover a new one. Once you know the habits that are holding you back, you can implement different steps that can help you to overcome these habits.

For example, procrastination is by far one of the worst habits that can cause your business to crumble from the bottom up. If you constantly put off work and say that you’ll do it tomorrow, deadlines will pass and clients will choose other business owners that they can depend on. Once you lose customers it can be hard to attract them back to using your company and services.

Your business is real, so treat it that way. If you don’t take it seriously, no one else will. However, this does not mean that you will have to bypass having a bit of fun every now and then. Taking a break to enjoy yourself will help you to stay fresh and on top of your business. If you work yourself too hard, you can quickly burn out and lose the enthusiasm you once had at the start of your home business.

Remember that this is a work at home business. You control the time and hours that you work. Realize that there may have been activities that you would have loved to do in the past but your 9 to 5 job was holding you back. Now that you don’t have those worries anymore, set aside some time to enjoy the activities you love. Your business is done at home but that does not mean that you have to be glued to your computer for a full day.

Electronic equipment such as laptops and mobile devices will do a lot to make your business available everywhere. Try to separate business from pleasure and avoid pulling out your smartphone every other minute to check an email when your spending time with the family, but do check daily if your away from home just to make sure that you catch any important messages that were left by clients.

Managing a home business requires developing a few different skills than working a normal job, but the freedom you’ll gain with your success is well worth it the investment.

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Passengers on a Ship Discover Hidden Treasure On an Island

Recently a movie came out called Passengers.

[Story  narrated  by Michael Force, Founder and CEO, Digital Altitude]

It was about a group of people on their way to a new planet… 130 years away.  (They’re in hibernation of course!)

 Things take a twist when a ship malfunction causes two of them to wake up 90 years too early.

 Stranded, alone and with no way to go back to sleep, they face a whole host of problems that test them to their core.

 As I’ve thought back about that film, I realize that it’s a great metaphor for what online marketers face.

 Most of us start out stranded, alone and faced with a tremendous amount of obstacles that stand in our way.

 Fortunately for us, if we fail we’re not going to be sucked out into space.

 Instead,  we’ll be stranded in a dead end job that slowly sucks the soul from our bodies.

 Stuck in a routine,  we’ll have enough to survive… but never enough to thrive and truly enjoy everything life has to offer.

Jesus taught  his  people on striving for salvation. He likened  the  kingdom of  heaven was like  treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and  for  joy over it he  went and  sold all  that  he  had and  bought that  field. He  had  abundance  for  the  rest of  his  life[Matthew 13:44-46].

On another  parable, Jesus  likened the  kingdom of  heaven to a merchant seeking a beautiful pearls, who, when he  had  found one pearl of  great  price, went and  sold all that he  had and bought it. What  was the  outcome? Had  an abundance  wealth  and good  lifestyle[Matthew 13:44-46].

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