Working from home

Working from home?  You need a place in your home that will give you maximum focus to manage your company.  Your workspace needs a simple desk and comfortable chair with a designated a place for paperwork and other business materials.

As your own boss, you are fully responsible for completing the tasks that keep you in business.

Because it’s easy to get distracted when you work from home, create a plan of action with deadlines and goals and stick with it. Prioritize your responsibilities, and finish the most urgent ones first.

Use a calendar to alert you to important dates and meetings.

Although you might find it difficult to step away, working too much can cause exhaustion and burnout. Take breaks often throughout the day, and set time boundaries for yourself. Do the things you enjoy, like grabbing lunch with a friend, shopping or working out to recharge your batteries.  Often times those small breaks will boost your creativity and help your business in the long run.

Try not to let regular household tasks distract you.  Set aside time on your daily calendar to do small things, like throwing in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher.  Use those as scheduled breaks.

Working at home is a huge privilege, and can have added benefits.  But it isn’t for everyone. If you are unable to stay focused and on task, you might want to reevaluate if it is the right thing for you and your company goals.

Side Hustles and the IRS

Nearly one third of Americans are now earning extra money on the side.  But when working as an independent, do you know that you are responsible for paying taxes?

If you don’t receive a W-2 from an employer, you must self-report any additional income to the IRS. 

Tax

Failure to report earned income from any source is tax fraud. If you don’t report income on your jobs, and you are audited, you could incur a penalty equal to 0.5 percent of your unpaid taxes PLUS the back taxes and interest. In addition, you could be assessed a penalty equal to 20% of the underpayment if it is determined that you purposely underreported your income and tax liability. 

Make sure to keep receipts for any expenses you might incur from your jobs. You may be able to minimize your tax bill by taking advantage of tax deductions.

Medical Transcription

Becoming a Medical transcriptionist can be a flexible job that offers the possibility of working in a structured office environment or from home.   A Medical Transcriptionist translates recorded dictation from physicians into written reports. 

There are no formal requirements for this job other than a high school diploma. However, certification training can make you a more competitive candidate.

The majority of your time is spent listening to doctors’ dictation and transcribing that information into written form. 45 words per minute allows you to transcribe quickly and accurately.  You can practice and test your typing speed on typing websites.

Earn a Certificate in medical transcription. Anything more than a high school diploma is not required to become a medical transcriptionist, however, further education in medical transcription will help you learn the medical terminology that is part of the job, and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

There are two certifications available to medical transcriptionists: Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS). Both exams are offered online.

One of the benefits of becoming a medical transcriptionist is that many physicians and hospitals will allow you to work from home. This option will give you the most flexibility. You’ll need a good computer, internet, transcription software and a foot-pedal to start and stop the recordings you are transcribing without having to lift your hands off the keyboard.

“Make your side hustle sizzle with Bacon”

The Bacon Work on Demand app makes it easy to find a “side gig” anytime, anywhere. Bacon connects employers to pre-qualified, available candidates who will work on-demand for as little as one shift. People looking to pick up side jobs can pick and choose a shift for extra cash.

Employers can post shifts, pay and job requirements when they have a need, and then choose the person best suited for the job. Potential employees search for work in their area and apply via the app. After the shift is done, employers and employees rate each other.

Employers benefit by saving the time and expense of interviewing from an agency, or online ads. Bacon can easily conduct background checks needed for any job level and safety requirements.

Bacon is currently in several states and has plans to expand quickly across the U.S.  Many large companies are already utilizing this platform to find temporary workers.

Teach English

Teach English online with VIPKid

This is a website that connects teachers with Chinese students. The hours are flexible, and you can earn up to $22/hour – making it a great online side hustle job. Teach one-on-one with students in China using their platform and custom curriculum.  No making lesson plans!  VIPKid offers full English immersion for students, so there’s no need to know any Chinese either.

All you need is a bachelor’s degree in any field, and experience teaching children. You don’t need to be a certified teacher, you just need experience working with children, which can include:

Raising children

Teaching Bible study

Working at a daycare or YMCA

Tutoring

Babysitting

To start – you will apply, then go through an interview process and practice lesson. you will also need to meet a few technology requirements:

A computer with an HD Camera and a headset with a microphone

Internet connection with at least 20 mbps

You can sign on for a 6-month minimum commitment, but during that time, you can work as much or as little as you’d like.  You set your schedule.

You can also earn a $50 referral fee for teachers who are successfully hired. You get your own referral code to share.

Become a Web Hosting Affiliate

Do you have a website? Multiple sites for multiple businesses? Become an affiliate for one or more web hosting companies – selling their products or services can give you passive income streams. Simply place your affiliate banners on your sites to get clicks on your links.  Sales from your links can earn you cash if they result in a sale!

Web hosting affiliate

Many hosting companies pay starting from $50 to thousands in commissions for sales based on the hosting plans customers choose. This can be a money-making opportunity for bloggers and web marketers to make a passive income from their daily activities.

Web Hosting Affiliate Programs

Promoting affiliate programs through blog posts, creative banners, and recommendations. Programs pay affiliates based on performance, and rates may increase with an increase in sales. Some hosting companies pay a recurring commission rather than a one-time payment.

Here’s a list of companies that offer Affiliate Programs:

Kinsta (www.kinsta.com)

Premium WordPress hosting site.

$50 to $500 per sale as an affiliate commission based on the hosting plan purchased. 10% of the monthly plan charges for lifetime of the plan.

Liquid Web (www.liquidweb.com)

They have various pricing plans in dedicated servers, cloud, cloud VPS, managed WordPress, and WooCommerce hosting types.  Affiliates can earn from $150 to $7000 per sale by referring new clients to Liquid Web if they make a purchase within 90 days

Dreamhost (www.dreamhost.com)

Affiliates can make from $50 to $200 per sale.

InMotion (www.inmotionhosting.com)

Shared, managed WordPress, VPS, and dedicated server hosting plans. $50 to $120 per sale.

Flywheel (www.getflywheel.com)

A popular WordPress hosting service for designers.

Flywheel web hosting affiliate program lets you earn from $45 to $500 per sale in unlimited payouts. They provide creative banners, social images, and custom creatives to promote products and boost your sales.

WP Engine (www.wpengine.com)

One of the most popular in WordPress hosting. You can make a minimum of $200 for each sale, plus 35% of StudioPress theme sales.

iPage (www.ipage.com)

iPage hosting plans are low-price, starting as low as $2.99 per month. 

As an affiliate, you can earn from $65 to $150 in commissions. Promotional banners and unique tracking tools are available to embed on your pages and attract new customers.

A2 Hosting (www.a2hosting.com)

Serve shared, managed WordPress, VPS, reseller, and dedicated hosting plans.

Affiliates can earn a minimum $85 / sale commission which can increase up to $140 or more based on traffic and performance.

Cloudways (www.cloudways.com)

A powerful cloud hosting service for premium customers. Multiple cloud infrastructure providers plus 60 global data centers.

Cloudways has 2 types of payment structures for affiliates- Slab is for marketers who want to receive a fixed, one-time commission for a sale. Minimum $50 / maximum $200. Hybrid is $30 per sale + 7% contract lifetime commission.

HostGator (www.hostgator.com)

A low-cost hosting provider starting as low as $2.75 per month in shared hosting. WordPress, VPS, and dedicated hosting is also available.

Make from $50 – $125 per sign up. They also provide creative banners and custom links to the HostGator page and offer commissions on other products.

Self Education

It’s cool to have a G.E.D.  A High School diploma is grand,  and it’s really awesome of you have a college education.  But regardless of those things, it’s what you do with them that counts!  Some of the most successful and wealthy people have no formal education.

Here are some quotes from some of the world’s most successful business leaders, and as you can see – every single quote centers on YOU going out and making it happen:

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way. That leaves us, ladies and gentlemen. Us.”

Think and Grow Rich – Napolean Hill

“Tell me how you use your spare time, and how you spend your money, and I will tell you where and what you will be in ten years from now.”

The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J Stanley

“Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and, most of all, self-discipline.”

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

“Complaining about your current position in life is worthless. Have a spine and do something about it instead.” 

Expert Secrets – Russell Brunson

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

The E-Myth – Michael E. Gerber

“I believe it’s true that the difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.”

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries and Jack Trout

“You’ll get no further with a mediocre idea and million dollars than with a great idea alone.”

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

“Note to self: It’s a good idea to ask, “What am I not doing?” 

Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

”Key to winning over your detractors or devils is knowing all their likely angles of attack and building up counterarguments backed by irrefutable facts and reason.”

Are you really an Entrepreneur?

The buzzword for 2019 is Entrepreneur, and most people working for themselves categorize what they do in this light.  But – are you really?  Here is a breakdown of the subtle differences that defines your working style.  All of these are extremely important, and business in today’s environment can’t easily function without each and every one.

The term Solopreneur is often interchanged with the word Entrepreneur, but there are distinct differences. If you are a business with no intention of ever adding staff, or scaling into a larger company, you are most likely a Solopreneur.  The differences between Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs can be subtle, especially since some Entrepreneurs do often work alone until they can build their businesses enough to add a team of employees.

An Entrepreneur works hard to build a business but isn’t necessarily attached to the company or concept. Most Entrepreneurs build their businesses with the hope that a larger company will offer a financial buyout once it grows and then move on to the next business idea.

Another difference between the two is that an Entrepreneur may run several businesses while a Solopreneur focuses on their single passion projects.

An Entrepreneur may function as the face of their company, networking and chasing clients – leaving their team to do the day to day work.

Solopreneurs can also be networkers, but divide their time between client meetings and performing the work themselves.

Have you heard of the Intrapreneur?  This can be described as an inside Entrepreneur, or an Entrepreneur within a larger firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risk. Intrapreneurs foster innovation within the company they work for. So although many people dream of starting their own businesses, not everyone is cut out for this – and being employed by someone else offers advantages, from health insurance and matching retirement contributions to a regular schedule.

Now – we come to the Side Hustler.  And we all know that the ultimate goal of most Side Hustlers is to build their side gig(s) to become their main gig, quit the day to day grind and become the true definition of Entrepreneur.  Most Side hustlers want to make a little extra money in the month.  Many do, but often the tasks necessary to building a thriving, long-term business conflict with the time limitations and immediate financial results that Side-hustlers are looking for.  Building a viable business that can be considered Entrepreneurial requires you to work on short-term, revenue-generating tasks, as well as long-term, momentum-building items. Their are definitely Side Hustlers that have turned their side gig into a full revenue generating company with employees over time.

So how would you categorize your working style?

Are your daily habits blocking success?

“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey

You are the sum total of all your daily habits. Do yours block your path to success? Do you even notice the damage your bad habits cause?  The self-control required to develop good habits serves as the foundation for a strong work ethic and high productivity.

Pay attention to who is in front of you

When you sit with someone to have a meal or a a conversation, focus all your energy on them. Nothing is more disruptive or irritating than a person on their mobile device, listening with half an ear.

Giving credence to toxicity

Save your emotional energy for those things and people who enrich your life, not those things that destroy our inner peace.  Breathe in the good stuff, breathe out the bad stuff.  Easier said than done, but with practice gets easier every day.

Do you use your phone, tablet, or computer before bed?

This can disrupt your sleep and tomorrows’ productivity. Blue light plays an important role in your mood, energy level, and sleep quality. It also halts the production of the melatonin hormone. Laptops, tablets, and phones emit bright short-wavelength blue light. A poor night’s sleep can have disastrous effects on your productivity tomorrow.

“Surfing”.

It’s so easy to mindlessly scroll through Facebook, IG or Twitter.  Doing this keeps us from actual productivity – and we all do it!  The more we pull focus from our actual work projects, the less productive we actually are. 

Click in and out to scroll enough times, and you can go through an entire day without experiencing any real production.

Electronic notifications

Pings are a nightmare to your productivity flow. Check your messages and notifications at designated times, not every time you hear one go off.  If you can’t resist the urge, silence the notifications.

Learn to say NO

“No” is a powerful word that should not be looked at in a negative light. It’s critical to your productivity and work/life balance.  It can be the difference between stress and success.

Multitasking has its place

During a set meeting isn’t it.

Waiting for perfection

What are you waiting for?  Perfection doesn’t exist. Do something. Anything.

Don’t worry about imposter syndrome

Do you compare yourself to others?  Think you cant do something because someone else knows more than you?  Stop!  No one starts out knowing it all, even the person you are comparing yourself too.  Chances are, they feel the same.

Learning to think differently about your daily habits and self talk can have a significant impact on your personal and working success.

Clean out your Closet!!

It’s all the BUZZ: POSHMARK and now – POSHMARK HOME!

A huge number of Women (and Men) in the U.S. have closets stuffed full of clothing and accessories that haven’t been worn in forever.  Is this you?  If so, why not hit a double header: clean out your closets AND make money.

Here are tips from POSHMARK to making money with them:

LIST ITEMS TO SELL:

The change in season is a great time to start assessing your closet to see where you can make room for new items, clear out old pieces to make some cash.

  • You choose the price. Price your items based on condition, brand and style. Pro-tip: compare the pricing of similar items that have sold on Poshmark to get an idea of where to start. 
  • Take clear, well-lit photos. Ensure you are taking quality photos of your items that have good lighting and clearly showcase the item. Don’t forget to take photos of any noteworthy details or flaws.
  • Titles and descriptions are key. This is your opportunity to tell the buyer everything about your item. Be clear on the condition of the item, sizing/fit and even detail how you would style the item. Pro tip: Put as much information as possible in your title, this is how buyers will discover your items! 
  • Use the app to create a listing. Each of your listings automatically comes with the option to “Buy Now” and a “Make An Offer.” Note that you won’t see these buttons on your own listings since you can’t buy your own items. Rest assured, everyone else can. Make sure your items are seen and share, share, share within the app and to your social networks

MADE A SALE? SHIPPING IS JUST A FEW EASY STEPS:

  • Print your shipping label. The app will generate a prepaid shipping label that you can print out at home.
  • Package up your item. You can use any box or mailing envelope to package up your sales. Simply tape your shipping label on the outside of the box and drop your packages off at the nearest post office.
  • Personalize. Write a thank you card and add some tissue paper to create an even more memorable customer experience. 

EARN MONEY:

Once the buyer receives your package and has accepted the item, your earnings will be automatically deposited into your Poshmark account. 

  • Buyers have up to three days to accept the item and after that, the funds are automatically released to you, the seller.
  • Note that Poshmark takes a commission for each sale, which is used to ensure credit card safety and provide support from Poshmark to help create a fun, safe and ever-improving platform for Poshers. 
  • For every sale over $15 that is made, you keep 80% of your sale. For any order under $15, there is a flat commision fee of $2.95. When you list an item, we make sure you know exactly what you’re making. Just check out the “My Earnings” section on the listing and you can see how much you will make for that sale price.
  • Here’s what you get in return: POshmark handles the financial transaction for you (including paying all those pesky credit card fees), provides you with a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label, and will serve as your customer support team for your sale.

GET YOUR CASH:

You can withdraw your earnings from Poshmark anytime…for free! Deposit your money directly into your checking account, request a check, or use the cash to purchase directly on Poshmark. You choose.

It can take up to 48 hours for a direct deposit to be completed

Learn how to sell on the website at: https://poshmark.com/sell