Job Or Hobby

Is your business a hobby or a job? A lot of times I see people start a work from home businesses and they do it just because they love the product. That’s great! That’s when you really know you have something good! When you personally love it, people can tell and you’re selling it not just to make money but because you love and believe in the product. But a lot of times with those people the business is not a job, it’s a hobby. So what is the difference between the two? How do you turn a hobby into a business? How do you know the difference, job or hobby?

Job Or Hobby

job or hobby

It all comes down to how much time you put into your business and how serious you treat it. Do you make it a priority? Do you allow excuses to stop you from getting it done? Are you consistent with it?

A hobby you do from time to time when you can fit it in. That shows it is NOT a priority but something you do when you don’t have other commitments. Hobbies might be things you do once a week, once a month, or once every few months. There is no consistency for many hobbies.

A job, you do every day. It’s a priority. It has to be done consistently or you know you won’t get paid. It’s one your to do list every single week, no matter what!

How you treat it and how much time you devote to it is what determines if your business is a job or a hobby! It comes down to YOU! The main thing to think about when you’rjob or hobbye starting a business or for the business that you already have, is how do you treat it? Do you treat it as a job or do you treat it as a hobby? Start paying attention to how often you work. Do you consider your work something that has to get done everyday and comes first, or is it something you may or may not do this week?

Are you consistent? Can you look back over the past six months and show how much you have worked? Do you track your hours each week to make sure you are working enough? Do you put in extra work when you need to hit a certain income? Does everyone know what your job is, or do they think it’s a hobby?

Remember your business is going to pay you based on how much time and work you put into it. If it’s a hobby, and you’re probably not going to make very much money because most bobbies don’t make that big of an income. In fact most hobbies cost you money! But if it’s a job, then over time with you consistently doing it you should start seeing a full-time income…if you are putting in the hours!

 

So ask yourself:

  • Is my business a job or a hobby?
  • Do I wanted to pay like a job or a hobby?
  • Am I putting in the work every single week?
  • Do I need to be working more?

 

It comes down to putting in the time and working consistently….. so if you’re ready to start turning your hobby into a job start putting in more work!

Dana

Monday Musings

Today was the first day back to school for my two oldest kids, and WOW!!! I forgot how quiet my house is with just one at home! And how much I am able to get done during his nap time. I feel I got more accomplished in one day than I have the past two weeks!!!!! It’s funny how that works out! Now I finally have time for a Monday Musings!

monday musings

 

Monday Musings

I have to say, the past few weeks with all my kids home was so much fun! It truly is a blessing to have a job where I can decide not to work for a few weeks. We got to enjoy time with 3 different sets of family, visit a museum, go to a movie, and play fun games together! Just what I needed to start the New Year off right!!

 

I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, but my goal this year is to focus more on my health. I have learned when I feel good, I am able to be a better mom, wife, friend, business partner, mentor, etc so my goal is to focus more on ME! This will be my selfish year where I don’t take on more than I can handle, tell people NO when I need to, and ask for help. I’m determined to get my health better because I truly miss the old ME! Life is all about choices, and I’m choosing to have a healthy year.

monday musings

Speaking of choices, remember many of our circumstances in life are about choices! If you want to be debt free, have better health, spend more time with your family….make different choices! I get told all the time I’m lucky to work from home, but the truth is it is NOT luck at all, but a choice to make this work so I can have more time with my kids. Make 2017 the year you chose to enjoy life more and reach your goals. At the end of the day, it is all up to YOU!

 

monday musings

 

 

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See you next week for Monday Musings!

Dana

2017 Goals

When the New Year arrives, a very popular trend you will see is people setting 2017 goals. But the reality is, most those goals are punishment and not something you look forward to doing! Losing weight, cleaning your house, being more organized….YAWN and BORING! The point of goals is to motivate you to improve your life and be happier. Not dread the goal so much that you are actually happy you failed it!!!

2017 Goals

2017 Goals

This year, work on goals that are good for you, but also you will enjoy doing! If weight loss is your goal, make it fun! Join a class with a friend, learn to cook healthy recipes that taste good, get outside while you exercise, make it something that is not miserable! Life is short, you don’t need to make yourself miserable to live a healthy life! If you are improving your finances, take a class to learn how to do it with a friend! Get creative on how to save and reward yourself with free to do activities (there are so many in most areas, you just have to look!).

Find ways to make yourself happier in 2017. Drop people that are negative and toxic! Even if they are family members, life is to short to have people around you that suck out the joy. It’s a freeing feeling to say BYE BYE to the negative nellies! Look for ways to help others. Give back where you can! Find a fun hobby you can do that will make you happy.

Life is short, make 2017 the best year yet and leave the miserable resolutions in the past!

5 Types Of Goals To Set For 2017
1) Something that will improve your health
2) Something that will improve your finances
3) Something that will make you happy
4) Something that will allow you to help others
5) Something that will be fun

2017 Goals

Dana

5 Qualities Of Successful People

Do you ever look and some people and wonder “How are they so successful?” I know I do!!! As a busy Mom of 3, I struggle to get everything done, keep my house clean, my children in line, AND build a successful business! It’s a lot of work!!!! I won’t lie, many times you will find dishes in my sink, my hair in a bun, and not a stitch of makeup on me. I’m too busy trying to keep up with other things haha.

5 Qualities Of Successful People

cozy-christmas-1But what makes some people successful, and some people not? I interviewed a few work from home Mom’s and came up with 5 Qualities Of Successful People after learning what they do in their businesses. Being a work from home Mom takes a lot of work as many of you know! Our work hours are usually at night once the kids are in bed and we are exhausted. That alone makes it difficult as you have to motivate yourself at a time of day when all you want is sleep. Plus many work from home job’s require constantly trying over and over and not getting discouraged when you have a rough month…or a few rough months. And if your kids get sick, you have company visiting, or you get sick….your business is put on hold! It’s hard!!!

 

Yet some Mom’s make it look easy, and they key is these 5 Qualities Of Successful People. These qualities are things we can all work on to help make ourselves more successful, and things that also apply to live in general!

 

  1. They don’t quit- working from home is HARD and it takes a lot of time. The average is 2 years to build a successful business. Yet I see many people quit within their first 3 months. To be successful you have to have a no quit attitude no matter how hard it gets. Quitting just sets you back even further.
  2. They are creative- you need to think outside the box. Come up with new ideas. Keep trying new things to grow your business. You have to be willing to evolve!
  3. They are trainable- when you start a new business, you have to first learn the proper way to do it! You wouldn’t make a grande skinny latte with an extra shot of espresso your first day on the job. When you work from home, you need to keep plugging into training’s and ask for help! Keep learning always!
  4. They are optimistic- working from home is HARD (notice how many times I’ve said that because it’s true) but if you look for the positive, it helps you keep going. If you dwell in the negative, you won’t move your business forward. Plus if you work with a team or customers, they need to see a positive attitude. No one likes a downer!
  5. They set goals- Every business should have goals. Short term and long term. These goals help keep you on track and ensure you are putting in the work to get where you want to be. Always set new goals. They can be an income goal, or a goal such as helping 3 families be debt free.

5 Qualities Of Successful People

Working from home is hard! In the 4 years I have done so, I have seen people quit over and over and over again. It takes work, a lot of work. But if you keep trying, refuse to quit, and work on personal development….you will get there! Try seeing if you have these 5 Qualities Of Successful People, and if you don’t make a few changes and see how your business develops over the next few months!

 

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Dana

Starting A Business

Many people start a business on a whim. They fell in love with the products, or they saw people making a great income and thought “hey, starting a business is a good idea!” They jump in before taking time to research the company and products, or learn more about the people they are doing business with. It’s an exciting time when you are starting a new business, but step back and think before you join!

starting a business

I have seen people get burned in a business many times because they did not take the time to research it before joining. Often times that can save you a lot of money, and time! When you are new to the work from home industry though, these are things you don’t think of. If you or someone you know is thinking of starting a business, make sure not to rush in and take time to learn all you can before you join. Here are some tips I have picked up over the years.

 

Starting A Business

  • Is the product consumable. This is something MANY people do not think of but its VERY important! Yes jewelry and bags and clothing are pretty, but do people NEED to buy it every month? Are they going to run out of this product every month? If the product is not consumable, you will not have repeat customers each month. That means you need to go out and find new customers every single month to grow your business and that can be tough. Make sure it’s a product people will keep buying.
  • Is the product something people need. A great thing to think of when picking a product to sell. If your customer was running low on money each month, would they NEED to buy your product? If you have a personal trainer you pay and you find you have to choose between shampoo and your trainer that week, which would you choose? You would choose the product you NEED!
  • Is the product affordable  Even if your product is the BEST product in the world, if people can’t afford it, they won’t buy it! Compare your product to prices at other stores, ask your friends if they find it affordable, and research the price online. Many times companies, especially multi level marketing ones, mark a product price up to make a better profit.
  • Is the product utilizing your entire market This is something I see all the time. People will pick a product to sell that only a small percent of people use. Makeup is a great example, most women use at least 3 makeup products so you are reaching a large market. Kids toys is another example, how many of your friends have kids? Know your market and go for a product that EVERYONE would use. Toothpaste, shampoo, vitamins, etc those type of things that every person no matter age and gender, will use!
  • Is the product and company something you LOVE At the end of the day, I could care less about the thousands of dollars people make in companies. I care about a product that is safe, useful, affordable and that I would LOVE to put my name behind. Many times I see people selling a product that is dangerous or toxic and they don’t care because it’s making them a good income. Or people don’t even use the product they sell, they are just trying to make money. Be a good person! Love the product you use, stand behind it, and make sure it’s safe for others!
  • Does the company have a good reputations? The truth is you will find good and bad reviews on EVERY company out there. You can’t please everyone, but look for the general reviews. Check out the Better Business Bureau, talk to current customers, research the company. I personally know of FIVE companies being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for practices that are unethical. One of those companies is in major debt and raising prices on customers. Another is targeting women in and making false claims on incomes. One is being sued! The point is, you need to make sure the company is debt free, treats people well, and is not facing fines that could shut it down!

These are just a few things to think about before starting a business. Its great to fall in love with a product, but sometimes its better to stay a customer then jump into the business side of things. I personally love eating out, but that doesn’t mean I should open my own restaurant….I would be horrible at that haha. Research, make a pros/cons list, ask family and friends for their advice, and take your time. Never ever ever just jump into a business on a whim! Protect yourself, your finances, and your time!

 

 

 

Dana