3 Habits That Will Turn You into a Successful Home Business Owner

Starting and running your own home business can be fun and tricky at the same time. On one hand, you have the exciting challenge of turning a business idea into an actual business that generates revenue. On the other, there are distractions and issues you have to face along the way, especially when you’re working from home.

Having talked to many home business owners over the years, I came to realize a few habits that most – if not all – successful business owners possess. Here are the three habits that will turn you into a successful home business owner that you aspire to be.

A Morning Routine

Our brain works in a peculiar way. In the morning, the brain needs some time before it can be effective. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to get that usual jolt of energy when you’re working from home. The transition between home and work isn’t as pronounced as when you have to commute to the office.

A good way to let the brain know that it is time to get to work is by having a morning routine. The daily commute actually tells the brain that it is time to switch to work mode. You can achieve the same result by setting up a morning routine that works for you.

It doesn’t have to be overly complicated too. Breakfast while reading the news, or watching morning reports followed by a quick shower and a few hours in front of the computer, is a good start. Stick to the routine for at least 14 days and you’ll feel so much more productive in the morning.

Continuous Learning

Learning is always good for business. A lot of home business owners now take online courses – short courses and fully-featured degree programs – to master new skills and become better at what they do. The presence of online courses from top names such as Maryville University make taking courses and even pursuing a higher degree that much easier.

The act of learning alone is enough to stimulate the brain. You can stay sharp for longer, remember things better, and improve your ability to analyze information this way. It is also the perfect time to pursue an old passion of yours. If you have always wanted to learn about healthcare, now would be a good time to take an online masters in health administration course. The online MHA degree you get can also act as a safety net.

Explore New Avenues

Many business owners started their businesses out of passion, but that passion slowly disappeared over time. With the passion gone, running your own home business will be more of a burden – another job to do – rather than something exciting.

Don’t let boredom and the challenges of running the business get to you. In order to stay passionate, always set aside some time to explore new avenues.

You can take over the business’s social media accounts to talk to customers directly or spend time developing new products based on customer demands. These, along with the previous habits we discussed in this article, are easy habits to get into, but they are habits that will make you more successful as a home business owner.

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4 Reasons Direct Selling Marketing Is Winning Over Millennials

Direct sales marketing was once a common job where people went door to door in hopes of selling their wares. Because of the millennial generation, it’s now enjoying a new resurgence. Direct sales marketing has social media and smartphone and tablet apps to thank, as it’s never been so easy for young enterprising professionals to find their own financial freedom and success.

Sensible Way to Generate Income

Whether you’re presently going to college or you’ve graduated from high school or college, you probably have your mind set on making money. In the past, the words “salesman” was most commonly associated with products such as encyclopedias or vacuums. In a fast growing industry, it’s expanded to a wide variety of merchandise that includes knives, cosmetics, food, and other household products. Because millennials are looking to finance their way through college or pay off debts, direct sales marketing has become a popular way for the younger generation to generate income. With little to no set up expenses, you can begin to sell immediately. You also can work your schedule around your other obligations. If you go to school, you can set your appointments around courses.

Training While You Earn

The direct sales industry offers a variety of attractive merchandise options for budding student entrepreneurs. This includes cutlery, nutritional supplements, beauty products, household items, food and jewelry. Vector Marketing offers work for students with excellent pay and a flexible schedule. Through their on-the-job training programs, students can gain experience to put on their resume. You can also be awarded with college scholarships based on your work performance. If you lack funding and job experience, this is the ideal opportunity for students looking to get ahead. With both full-time and part-time positions available, you can schedule your day-to-day appointments around your studies.

 Social Media Makes It Easy to Sell

Today’s millennials are tech-savvy. They’ve had the technological world at their fingertips since they were babies. From computers in classrooms to smartphones and tablets, they are able to master everything from social media to every electronic device known to man. Previous direct selling tactics included going door-to-door and speaking with unknown household members. Candidates probably received their fair share of doors being slammed in their faces. Thanks to the Internet and social media, direct sales marketing has gained a global audience. Sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Snapchat have given millennials a head start in direct sales marketing. Apps are another useful tool to help students increase sales and track productivity, goals, and time management skills. With a smattering of social media posts, you’ll be able to reach a wider audience than ever before.

Be Your Own Boss

No matter if you’re looking to boost your income at present or flex your muscles as an entrepreneur, direct sales marketing has proven to be a foolproof way to future financial independence. You’ll probably even have fun on your journey. T.V. shows such as Shark Tank have shown millennials the benefits of being your own boss. It’s a way for you to enjoy a flexible schedule without the monotony of 9 to 5 job restrictions. You can also be in charge of your own income levels by how much work you decide to put into your venture. Because of the job flexibility and making your own hours, you also aren’t tied to vacation parameters, sick and personal business day restrictions.

Millennials have a unique way of thinking. Millennials want to feel like their working for a better, bigger and brighter future. For these reasons, many are willing to enjoy direct selling marketing in the quest to their own fortune.


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Summer Flavors at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen (and Giveaway!)

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are always my own.

As you know my family likes to eat – and trying out new restaurants is always fun. One, because you never know what kind of tasty delight your going to find, and two, I get to share it with you (and sometimes even give stuff away!) Recently we visited our local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to try out some of their new summer flavors (and anything else that looked good).

We have a Cheddar’s not too far away, just off Colerain Avenue in Cincinnati. Though it’s not far from me, I hadn’t been to Cheddar’s and my son and I were especially excited to try it out (he’s a mac n’ cheese fan, so surely a place called Cheddar’s must have some pretty bomb mac n’ cheese right?!)

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 One of my favorite things to do is order appetizers – you know all the yummy fried delicious foods with cheese and bacon and things like that? So yeah. That’s what we did.

This is the loaded cheese fries – and OMG. I seriously could of made a meal (or two honestly) out of just this. Completely delicious and full of toppings. I love when there aren’t leftover ’empty’ fries don’t you? I want cheese and bacon on every bite – and they delivered.
We also got a 5 piece chicken tender that comes in original, honey hot or buffalo flavor -and in fact right now you can get a FREE 5 piece appetizer with the purchase of one entree (just print the coupon here !) Though I usually like them hot, the kids choice trumped mine and we got plain – which were still really good, especially with dipping sauce!

Now Cheddar’s is offering some really delish summer flavors, like their tangy citrus miso glazed salmon (a Lighter Side option – that I obviously didn’t go with this trip because we decided to go all out, but it did look really good), the and savory house smoked baby back ribs, (which by the way, was my choice, and soo good!) I got my 2 favorite sides – corn and mac n’ cheese!

My husband opted in for the steak which looked and smelled amazing and will probably be what I order next time we go!

My son got the kids mac n cheese (which can with garlic bread) and of course he stole my corn. (He said it was the best!) Like we figured, their mac n’ cheese did not disappoint, and if I can figure out a way to order a big tray of it and pass it off as my own the next holiday we have, don’t think I won’t!

The food was hot when it came out, the staff was completely amazing (I seriously did not ever even get to think about asking for a refill because they had one on our table before I even had the chance!)

They also have a great list of drinks too, which would make Cheddar’s a great place for happy hour! Not to mention a lot of delicious looking desserts that made my mouth water (but my tummy was too full – maybe next time!) Their summer desserts include their legendary monster cookie and the new knob creek peach smash. (I can’t wait to go back)

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen was generous enough to offer a giveaway for All in a Days Work readers – enter for your chance to try out Cheddar’s for yourself! 2 winners will each receive a $50 Cheddar’s Gift Card! Just enter in the rafflecopter below for your chance –  but hurry, giveaway ends 7/14. U.S. only please!

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My Top Vacation Packing Tips

Taking a break from your day to day life, and enjoying a vacation, is important. It gives you a chance to get away from it all and truly unwind. The only problem is the packing. Most people find the whole process quite stressful, which is why I thought I would share a few tips with you that will make packing for your next vacation easier.


Pack frugally

The last thing you need is to have to lug a huge suitcase around with you. Packing carefully will keep the weight down, which will save you from wasting a lot of money on luggage fees. You do not want to take things that you never actually wear.

It is far better to pack items of clothing that you can easily mix and match. Both midi and maxi skirts are great items to take with you. These skirts can potentially be worn more than once. They are great for sightseeing, wearing over your swimsuit at lunchtime so you can enjoy a nice meal in a restaurant and for meals out.

Ideally, you should be able to wear each item as part of at least two outfits. That way you will have plenty of choices, and be ready for any activity you fancy taking part in.

Make a packing list

Making a packing list will help you to ensure that you do not forget anything important. You can easy to download one and edit it to better suit your needs. Think about the activities you would like to enjoy while you are away and make a note of the clothes you will need for each activity.

Try on each outfit

Try each outfit on to make sure that they look good, and that everything fits. If you can, do this at least two weeks before you are due to travel.

Start the packing process early

That way if anything needs replacing you have enough time to go out and buy what you need. Taking this approach also means that you will not be left scrabbling around trying to get everything done at the last minute.

If you need visas and vaccinations make sure you get these sorted as early as possible. That way, if there is a postal strike you will not be left fretting and wondering if the documentation you need to travel will arrive on time.

Be ready for emergencies

Most people remember to pack important items like sun cream and toiletries but tend to forget items like sting cream. It is far better to have a few painkillers, stomach remedies, antiseptic cream and plasters with you than it is to rely on being able to buy them at the resort. In many parts of the world, chemists are shut at night and for most of the weekend.

Having some basic medications with you will save you a lot of discomfort, and, often, allow you to treat yourself. You can use this article to help you to put together a good vacation first aid kit.

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Worried About Warranty? Why a Kia May Be Right for You

I had some friends who had the absolute worst luck with vehicles – you know, where if it’s not one thing, it’s another??

From new vehicles, to gently used, to junkers – it seemed like they couldn’t go a few months without having some sort of issue. Until they bought their first Kia.

In case you weren’t aware, Kia vehicles come with a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. 

The Kia 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program consists of:

  • 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.
  • 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty.
  • 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty.
  • 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan.

Each provides coverage until either the yearly or total mileage figure is reached, whichever comes first.

It has given them peace of mind and they’ve had less issues than any other vehicle they’ve ever owned, and they rave to all their friends and family about it. A Kia is definitely something my family is willing to consider the next vehicle to purchase – especially since they also Emergency Roadside Assistance – free of charge.

They have a network of over 17,000 roadside assistance providers – free of charge! That will help you out of any mishaps you may have – dead batteries, flats, running out of gas, etc.  If it’s a concern that can’t be fixed on the spot, they will tow you to the nearest Kia dealer at no cost!

and then of course needless to say, if you have an applicable warranty-related concern, your repairs may be covered under the Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program!

Kia has multiple types of vehicles to chose from – even the Kia Sedona  – which has a third row seat!

Check out your local Kia dealership for more information!


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