Why do people choose to start a home based business? There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people to answer it. Though there is no way to sum up every reason anyone has ever had for operating a home business, it is possible to look at some of the most common reasons that people have for doing so, and knowing the most common reasons why people like home based businesses could very well help you decide if a home based business is right for you.
1. You Get To Go To Work In Your Pajamas
This is conceivably the most popular reason for anyone wanting to work at home. It’s not so much that you simply get to wear that ratty t-shirt and your flannel pants at “the office,” but the real perk is the convenience of rolling out of bed, taking your bowl of cereal with you to the computer, and just getting to work without any concern for what you look like, freeway traffic, impressing the boss or getting up on time. In that regard, working from home is so much easier.
2. You Get To Be With Your Family
When you’re at an office downtown, you can’t stop to kiss your wife or take a break to play catch with the kids. When you’re the owner of an Adventures in Advertising franchise, your client’s advertising needs do not generally need to be taken care of immediately. You can spend time with your family, your favorite pet and so much more, because you’re in the home office, only 20 feet away from the people you love the most. That proves to be a big help on those days when your son is home sick, your daughter needs to be picked up from ballet, the dog just came in covered in mud, and your spouse just can’t manage without your help.
3. You Get To Choose Your Own Hours
Getting up at 6am to be at work at 8am is not for everyone, though most people manage to suffer through it when it’s required of them. When you work from home, however, you have the freedom to work when you work best. However, there are still restrictions to that rule, even in home business. For instance, as owner of a DVDNow automated rental machine business, you cannot just wake up at midnight and expect to access the machines you’ve placed in grocery stores and malls around town, because those businesses are closed. Yet you do have the freedom to sleep into the afternoon and still be able to do your work, if it suits you and suits whatever business you own.
4. You Don’t Have To Start From Scratch
This has far more to do with the fact that these businesses are franchises and less to do with the fact that they’re operated from home. The benefit of buying a Human Resource Rx franchise is that instead of having to figure out how to open and operate a business-to-business human resources establishment, form a client base of local small businesses, build your business name, and profit entirely on your own power, everything is planned out for you, before you even make the purchase. In some ways it’s like the difference between painting a Van Gogh freehand and a Van Gogh paint-by-numbers.
5. You Get Ongoing Support
Not only does the WSI Internet franchisee not have to start his business by himself, but every franchise business for sale comes with the continued support of the franchisor, who works diligently to ensure that the franchisee has everything he needs to continue working in a way that profits him and honors the business’ name. The purpose of both the central company and the franchisee is to ensure that the business is providing clients with the best internet marketing help they can get.
6. You Get To Pick Your Own Clients
Let’s face it, not all people work as well together as others; some clients just aren’t going to be good matches for you and your particular services, and that’s fine. When you work for someone else, that someone has the power to decide who your clients will be, but what working for yourself provides you with is the freedom to decide who you want to take on as a client: who will work well with you and who won’t. There are few business opportunities outside of home business that give that degree of liberty, and franchise owners recognize that.
7. Work Only As Often As You Like
Many franchises afford you the autonomy to determine your own workload, because franchisors realize that for varying reasons, not every franchisee is interested in making the same time commitment to their new business. TVME Inc, for example, is a business that sells computerized media centers to entertainment and food establishments, and while the franchisee is responsible for making sales, he is completely free to make as many or as few as he wishes. So depending on what the business owner’s other responsibilities and sources of income are, he can set his home based business workload to fit around those.
The reasons to start a work at home business are abundant, but what it comes down to for most people is the chance to be free of the 9-5 grind and everything that it entails. Whether your real love is work, play, family, friends, or free time, working from home on your own terms can help you better dedicate yourself to that end without suffering financially.
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To keep productivity levels humming when you work at home, it’s important to make home office organization a priority. Many people that work at home, forget how important it is to organize home office space. When you’re at home versus a dedicated office space in the outside world, other areas of life can sneak in. So, you have to make home office organization a priority.
If you don’t keep your home office organized, the clutter will drain your energy, productivity, as well as your focus. Home office organization is vital, so here are some top home organization tips to help you make your home office an excellent place to work.
Eliminate Piles Toss / File / or Act on Those Papers Keep Items You Use Frequently Organized and Within Close Reach Avoid Keeping Extra Supplies in the Desk Keep Your Business Separate from Your Home Maintain Office Organization
First, to organize home office space, you need to start by eliminating all those piles of papers. It’s really easy to let things just pile up over time, I know, I’m guilty of it too, and before you know it you barely have room to work.
You can either devote a major block of time to eliminate the paper piles, or break it down into manageable chunks of time. If you decide to break it down, take just a few minutes everyday and those piles will be gone in no time. Fifteen minutes a day to work on those piles is all you need, and before you know it, they’ll be gone.
Toss / File / or Act on Those Papers
Home office organization will be a breeze if you toss, file, or act on those papers immediately.
Use this strategy to tackle the paper piles and then any paper that enters your office after you get it organized. So, when you start to organize your home office and you’re working through the mounds of paperwork, look at each one and decide… toss, file, or act on it then and there.
Once you get the piles of papers under control, keep them under control!
As the mail comes in ask yourself if it’s something you really need. If not, throw it away. But, if you need to keep papers, then start a good filing system for home office organization to keep everything organized and easily accessible. If the piece of paper requires action like a phone call before filing or tossing, then act on it right away and don’t let it sit.
Keep Items You Use Frequently Organized and Within Close Reach
To organize the desk in your home office, you will want to think about what you use on a daily basis and keep it within close reach. Items like pens, pencils, the phone, computer, note pads, etc. usually get used constantly. So, organize whatever you need to grab often and keep this stuff on your desk.
Warning, don’t keep too much stuff on your desk, or you won’t have room to move and work.
For other items you don’t use as frequently like paper clips, markers, extra pens, etc., keep categorized and organized in your desk drawers. Just make sure you keep these things where you can reach them quickly so you don’t have to dig around messing everything up to find them.
Avoid Keeping Extra Supplies in the Desk
Do not store extra supplies in your desk. Organize extra supplies on shelving mounted to the wall or book cases. Better yet, hide those supplies in a cabinet so you can close the doors.
I use a really neat Asian style television cabinet that I installed shelves in to store all my extra home office supplies.
Keep Your Business Separate from Your Home
When you work at home, it’s really easy to let other things creep into the office… your kid’s schoolwork, personal bills, personal mail, etc. Just remember the purpose of your home office and organize it accordingly. Your office is for work stuff and your home is for living, so keep them separate and you won’t risk getting distracted.
Maintain Office Organization
If you want to keep your office well organized, then one important home office organization tip is to maintain it. You can’t expect to organize it once and then have it stay looking great. You’ll have to work organizing into your daily routine.
Keep it simple. Each day you should spend about 10 minutes keeping the office space well organized. Go through the mail and toss, file, or act on it. Throw away things you don’t need at the end of the day and reorganize your desk before you quit working.
Write out a “To Do list” at the end of each day. When you walk into your office the next morning, you’ll have a handy reminder list of things to work on.
Organizing your home office will help you be at your best. So, to increase productivity and keep you on top of your game, use these simple tips to keep your home office in great shape.
Richmond, Illinois, is a very small and quaint town on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. Its population is now about 1,500 but new housing developments will quadrouple the number of homes within the next 10 years. It is called “The Village of Yesteryear” because it boasts many Victorian style homes and an interesting array of antique shops.
William A. McConnell is credited with the founding of the village of Richmond.
Also known as “The Squire,” McConnell was a 27 year old carpenter and farmer who lived in Pennsylvania. He dreamed of independence and trekked to the Richmond area on horseback in 1837. In his biography, McConnell stated that there were but two neighbors in the area. He staked out a claim for 480 acres of land and bought it when it came to market in 1840 under the Blackhawk Treaty. Family lore says that McConnell spent his first night under an oak sapling across the street from what is now Richmond Grade School. That very mature tree still stands. Bo McConnell, a great grandson, calls it “the little oak.” At that time the Richmond area was mostly prairie with patches of oak trees and still part of Lake County, Illinois.
In 1838 McConnell and his new wife, Elizabeth, built a 16′ x 18′ log cabin in which his family lived for 15 years. It was located just west of what is now Grace Lutheran Church and it was the first residence built in Richmond Township.
A mill was built on the Nippersink circa 1840 and that area is now occupied by Doyle’s restaurant.
In 1852 McConnell built a house in the Greek Revival style across the street from the log cabin. He and his family lived in this house for 20 years raising three sons. In 1872 he deeded the house to his son, John.
Over time, McConnell purchased approximately 1,400 acres from the government. The town boundaries were laid out in 1844 and Richmond was given its name in a contest to the man who climbed the highest when the new mill was raised. That man was Isaac Reed who chose the name from a village he remembered from his childhood in Vermont.
McConnell had his hands in many local activities. He was on the railroad commission, a legislator in Springfield, elected a commissioner of McHenry County, Richmond’s first Justice of the Peace, its first Postmaster and an Associate Judge for 16 years. He belonged to the first temperance group in McHenry County.
McConnell opened the first cheese factory about one-half mile west of the town. The Old Bank building on Broadway was owned by McConnell’s son, George. “That’s Uncle George’s bank. That’s what we’d call it,” remembered Bo McConnell, a great-great-grandson of William A. McConnell.
How Richmond was named
Theodore Purdy purchased the log house of Charles A. Noyes in 1937. Purdy platted the village in 1844 with Charles Cotting who settled in Richmond in 1844. Together they built a grist mill at Main & Mill Streets.
A contest was arranged that the person who climbed the highest on the new mill could name the village. Isaac Reed won the contest and named the village after Richmond, Vermont, where he lived as a child.
Richmond grows up
By the middle 1840′s Richmond resembled a small town with a hotel, a sawmill, a wagon maker, a doctor and a lawyer. McConnell built a cheese factory (possibly the first in McHenry County) west of the town.
Officially incorporated on September 2, 1872, Dr. Fillmore Bennett was elected the first president of the village. The first principal of the grad school, Fillmore wrote poems and religious hymns. “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” was the most famous.
Railroads made their appearance in the 1850′s. McConnell was a one of the railroad directors. The first train crossed the Nippersink in 1855.
Charles DeWitt McConnell donated $10,000 to the village “to be used for the purpose of erecting a village or city hall, the same to be called Memorial Hall, to be used when required by church societies and school functions free of charge, and not to be used for immoral exhibitions or immoral shows…” Village President, E.C. Covell, bought the land where Memorial Hall now stands from Charles Kruse who owned the hardware store on the corner in the middle of town at Broadway and Rt. 12. The hardware story later became the Emporium antique store and the “Kruse” name can be seen etched at the top of the front wall today.
Memorial Hall was constructed in the early 1900′s. It contained an auditorium with a balcony and a stage where the J.B. Rotnour Players performed for many years.
The Richmond Police Department occupied part of the basement along with two jail cells.
Village board meetings were held in Memorial Hall until the new village hall was built in 1993. This building is now shared with the police department. This left the hall vacant until Chris Gallagher secured a grant from the Illinois Arts Councle in 1992 to create the Nippersink Creative Arts Center. Founding member include Christina Gallagher, Yvonne Cryns, Carolyn Janus, Donna Karolus and Nancy Richardson. Many local groups donated money to the organization. The Creative Arts Center pushed to make Memorial Hall the historical landmarked building it is today.
The public library used the hall starting in the 1930′s. In the 1940′s the library moved to a part of the drug store building on Broadway and Main. But on July 7, 1972 the library moved back into Memorial Hall before moving to its own building in 1990.
In addition to village government work, the Memorial Hall hosted school plays and graduations. Basketball games were played there starting in 1908.
Other basement activities included meetings held by Boy and Girl Scouts, American Legion, and a senior citizen group known as the Pioneers. This is where the local polling place resided.
Richmond Fire Department
Founded in 1926, the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department’s first meeting was held at Memorial Hall and it was headed by Mayor J.G. “Curly” Stevens.
Richmond Post Office
The post office has been in service for over 150 years. Appointed in 1940, William A. McConnell served as the first postmaster for six years. In the early years, settlers in the area found great comfort from the post office which brought news of events from their original home towns. As late as the 1960′s the Chicago Tribune was delivered by the post office. Farmers needed honey bees which were also delivered by the post office and they mailed out eggs to the big city.
Until 1946 trains brought mail to Richmond. Since 1946 mail is delivered by trucks. The current postmaster is William L. Schaeppi since 1988.
The new mayor of Richmond, Illinois, is Laurie Olson. Olson’s family has a long history in Richmond. Olson was a homemaker and volunteer member of the fire department before she was elected mayor in 2004.
Dividing the room into different use areas is a great way to break up the space. Obviously a fireplace is a great focal point. Keep seating in front of it perpendicular (i.e. sofas facing each other with ottoman or coffee table in between) or L-shaped. Don’t forget to put a small table at each end of the couch/love seat with table lamps and space for a drink and a book.
Next, create a gaming area either for board games or cards. A square or round table with 2 – 4 chairs and a pendant light/chandelier is all you need. Add a floor lamp nearby for more ambient lighting. If not for games, how about adding a bistro set for light dining or morning coffee?
I would take advantage of windows and their light by building or improvising a window seat. Use a large bench or settee or even a loveseat right under the window. Add a long cushion (you could even recover a body pillow!) and some coordinating throw pillows, and your reading spot is ready! Keep an end table and lamp close by for additional reading pleasure.
Fill in the corners with a screen and/or tall plants (can be silk). Don’t forget to uplight them with canister lights for dramatic effect. You may even have room for a writing desk and small bill-paying center. Use your imagination, look at designing magazines and go for it! You’ll be glad you did.
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