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Let’s say you’ve reached your teen years, and you find that cash is currently at a premium. You’ve got movies, lunches with friends and trips to the mall. Perhaps you need cash to support your favorite hobby or you have started a college fund. Yeah, money doesn’t grow on trees, and teens realize that in a big way. You need to go out and earn a living for yourself, even if it is just to support your late night ice cream sundae habit. You are ready and willing to work as hard as you must to achieve success, but schedules and bosses are just not for you. So what do you do? Start your own business, of course!
Sounds great, but how exactly do teens make money without applying at the local restaurants or retail stores? The first thing you need to do is arm yourself with information – and plenty of it. And to find this information on how teens make money, you will need to begin collecting a library of resources that will show you how to get where you need to go. After all, you would never hit the highway for a day of travel without a map to guide you, right? It works that same way with an entrepreneurship. Get the facts Jack, and then get ready to roll in some dough.
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When teens today think of research, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Yep, the Internet has become the tried and true method of information collecting for this generation for sure. But hey, don’t forget about your local library – where you can find lots of great resources to support your teen money-making venture. And beware when it comes to the Internet too. While there is tons of great material in cyberspace, there is also a lot of junk to weed through. To ensure that you get good, solid info, start your search with some of these websites.
One of the best resources on how teens can make money is the U.S. Small Business Administration website. This site has plenty of good information that is aimed directly at teen entrepreneurs, whether it is determining what businesses will work, to developing a business plan, to marketing your goods and services. You can check them out at http://www.sba.gov/teens/.
Another great site that will give you the information that you need to make your business a success is entrepreneur.com. Not only does this site give you the nuts and bolts of how teens make money; it will also encourage you by offering stories of other teens that have found success in the world of entrepreneurship. You can also find links to other sites that will educate you and give you a place to showcase your talents once that business is up and running. Check them out at http://www.entrepreneur.com/.
Finally, if you are looking for a start-up business that you can successfully run on your own, it is a good idea to enlist the help of Mom and Dad. You may not only find a couple of willing investors for your enterprise, you will also gain knowledge, insight and guidance from folks who might have ‘been there, done that’ and can give you the benefit of their experience. To help you and your parents, check out the website: http://www.teenmoneymakingideas.com. TeenMoneyMakingIdeas.Com will give teens and parents plenty of money-making ideas and how to turn them into a successful business.
Looking to make some extra pocket money? Entrepreneurship might be the way to go, as long as you get savvy to the ins and outs of running your own business. Start educating yourself today, and you might be ready to run that enterprise in the not so distant future. Best of luck to you!
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Reading Comprehension Activities – An Integral Part of Learning
Probably the single most important aspect of your child’s early academic development is learning to read and acquiring and sustaining a love of reading. Of course any child’s interest needs to be perked in order for them to want to read and read and read and slowly progress from simple books with large illustrations and words to longer books with fewer illustrations and smaller words. The journey to a love of reading is rarely accomplished overnight, but once you have reached that destination, a whole new world will open up for your child where he or she can visit places only dreamed about, live in that beautiful castle, become friends with the fairies and take a safari trip to Africa, perhaps even journey to the centre of the earth!
At the end of each story I research and reconstruct from the public domain (if I don’t write it myself) there are notes for discussion and comprehension questions. I feel it important to place the learners in various groups depending on their reading abilities and exposure to phonics and phonic awareness. I have no doubt that most children will require some assistance in understanding the questions. This is where I encourage fun interaction between educator and learner.
It may be so that answers will have be recorded by the educator manually and suggestions made by the educator. These subtle reading comprehension exercises will go far to show an educator in a year or less how far a child has progressed and where his or her interests lie and to enhance and encourage a love of reading.
Positive interaction between educator and child is imperative and will make this a fun learning experience as he or she watches you do your “homework”. Who said homeschooling isn’t hands on?
You will be able to decide which questions and discussion points are appropriate for your child. The purpose of these exercises is to establish the understanding of the story and the concept and to enhance concentration, listening and reading skills.
I cannot stress enough the importance of allowing a child to develop at his or her own pace. There is no need to progress to a more advanced book, no matter how short, until educator and the child are quite confident that he or she has grasped the first story and that he or she is quite comfortable with the discussion and questions that are an integral part of reading comprehension activities.
As always I wish you and your child a most blessed, fun and informative educational journey.
I’m currently studying towards an Associates Degree in Business with emphasis in Criminal Justice. My goal is to then transfer to an accredited 4 year university to finish up my studies and earn a Bachelors Degree. So my question is.. after I get my Associates Degree what exact steps do I need to take in becoming an officer for the Marine Corps?
I have been searching for over 5 years for the ultimate work from home internet business job that would provide me and my family with a life long lasting full time income. But the truth of the matter is that I have not yet found one single internet business job that would lead me to financial freedom all on its own.
What I did find is that with your own web site you could work for several internet business opportunities at the same time and create a full time income with all the opportunities combined. I get checks from more than 10 internet businesses every month.
If you don’t have your own website and you want to work from home on the internet then get one. It’s the only way you are going to succeed with any work from home internet business job.
The first thing you need to do is pick a theme for your website. Try to pick something you know a little bit about or something you are interested in. You need to be an expert in the subject matter that you choose for you website. It’s OK if you are not an expert when you start. But you need to be interested enough to learn about your subject matter and continuously gain the knowledge of an expert in your field. My website theme is work from home internet business jobs. After 5 years I still do not consider myself an expert but I know enough to be writing this article.
On my work from home web site I have ads to work from home business opportunities that pay me commissions just for having those ads on my site. That is just one way of earning a commission check from your web site. There are thousands of affiliate business opportunity sites that will pay you commissions for adverting their product or service on your website. Once you have chosen a theme look for products and services that are related to that theme.
You may also want to look into joining Google Adsense. At one point Google paid me $700.00 USD in one month for displaying their ads on my web site. And the script they use will automatically target the ads they serve to the theme of your website.
Once you have your theme and built your site with a few affiliate programs and opportunity links, you need to start promoting your website everywhere you can think of. And don’t think you’re done with the construction of your website. It is a known fact that the most successful websites are continuously adding new content and pages on a weekly basis. I once read that you need to create a new page on your site each and every day. This is why I say you need to become an expert in your field.
There are several ways you can create new content for your website. Creating an article database is one. Most people who write articles will allow you to use those articles on your website free of charge. Just make sure you use the ones that are targeted to your theme. I have an article database which contains work from home internet business job related articles.
To sum up what I have written here.
Get a website and pick a theme. Join affiliate programs related to that theme and build your website around that theme. Add content on a daily to weekly basis related to that theme. Promote your website everywhere.
If you do all of the above correctly you will create the ultimate work from home internet business job that would provide you and your family with a life long lasting full time income.
Pediatricians continue to acknowledge that babies do not always need to start solid foods with bland and pasty infant cereals. Many suggest the goodness of avocado as a first food for baby. It is said that an avocado is so packed with nutrients that it is the only single food that a human could survive on if lost in the jungle!
Babies need carbohydrates, and fats as well as proteins for their growth during the crucial first year and avocados deliver these essential nutrients and many more! An avocado is smooth and creamy when mashed – a perfect food that will be more readily accepted as baby begins solids. A wonderful “good fat” food for baby’s brain and physical development, try an avocado as baby’s first food instead of refined cereals! Avocado may be offered as early as 4 – 6 months old! As you begin to introduce a wide variety of foods, you will find that mashing an avocado and mixing with applesauce, peaches or pears, bananas and even yogurt make a wonderful meal or snack.
Do you doubt the goodness of avocado? Have a look at the nutrients in one medium avocado:
VITAMINS: (one medium)
Vitamin A – 1230 IU
Vitamin C – 15.9 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – .2 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .25 mg
Niacin – 3.9 mg
Folate – 124.6 mg
Pantothenic Acid – 1.95 mg
Vitamin B6 – .56 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
MINERALS: (one medium)
Potassium – 1204 mg
Phosphorus – 82.4 mg
Magnesium – 78.4 mg
Calcium – 22 mg
Sodium – 20 mg
Iron – 2 mg
Also contains small amounts of selenium, manganese, copper and zinc. USDA-NAL source
“Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for fiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. Per serving, avocados have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain. “California Fresh Avocados
Avocados are high in fat and calories and we are often told to stay away from them due to this. A medium size avocado contains approximately 700 calories and up to 30 grams of fat – WOW! While avocados are indeed full of fat, infants should not be on a “low fat” diet so disregard any advice to not feed avocados because they are high in fats! If you have any doubts, as always we recommend you consult your pediatrician. The benefits of avocados far outweigh the “risks”. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats which are said to lower “bad” cholesterol and also aid in maintaining a healthy heart. Also high in fiber, avocados are great aids in reducing the risks of cancer and heart attack.
Just how does one select the perfect avocado for baby’s first solid food? When selecting an Avocado, you want a dark green color with bumpy texture. The fruit should be firm yet yielding when gently pushed. When an avocado is sliced in half, the flesh color should be a green that gently transforms into a buttery yellow around the pit. Avocados are served fresh from their peels! There is no need to cook avocados for baby or adult! Give an avocado a gentle roll around your counter to help separate the meat from the shell before you slice!
If you want to freeze avocados, I suggest peeling and piting then freezing avocados in slices. You may then take out a slice, mash it up and then serve at room temperature. You can also create a bath of:
1/2 cup water and * 2 squeezes-drips of lemon juice Bathing the slices in mixture will help to retard browning.
**Don’t feed citrus or acidic fruits to a baby before 1 yr esp. if your baby gets rashy from other foods! Using a drip or 2 of lemon juice in a puree or to bathe several avocado slices is not the same as pureeing up a few orange slices and serving them!**
Enjoy some simple avocado baby food “recipes”:
(4)6-8 months old
Peel and pit a ripe avocado
Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork
There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked.
(4)6-8 months old
Peel and pit a ripe avocado
Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork
Peel and mash 1 banana
Place in a blender or food processor and puree until desired texture is achieved.
Avocados and Bananas do not need to be cooked.
Guacamole for Baby
8 months (due to wheat germ & Cheerios)
1 ripe avocado
wheat germ or crushed cheerios (optional)
pinch of garlic powder, pepper & basil
Peel and pit a ripe avocado and cut “meat” out and mash with a fork. Mix avocado, wheat germ/cheerios and spice then blend.
Fold in plain whole milk yogurt until a texture good for your baby is achieved. Allow baby to dip toast, soft cooked veggies or even her own fingers in the guac. for a yummy meal accompaniment.
Avocado & Cream Cheese Delight
Prepare avocado as shown above then blend with Cream Cheese until a semi-smooth mixture is formed.
Add wheat germ or crushed cheerios and shape into little balls or spread on toast or crackers or blend with cereals.
Avocado Fruit Salad
3 or 4 ripe avocados
3 or 4 ripe bananas
3 or 4 Pears (steamed)
A couple of dollops Yogurt (for 8 months +)
Peel, deseed and slice fruits as needed.
Place in a blender or food processor and puree until desired texture is achieved
Add a couple of dollops of Yogurt if desired
*Use diced fruits as a Baby Finger Food snack for older infants and toddlers – drizzle the Plain Yogurt over the fruits.
Here are a few great foods to mix with avocados for baby:
Summer Squash – Zucchini, Yellow (Crooked Neck)
Always consult your baby’s pediatrician prior to introducing solid foods. Generalities may not apply to your baby’s particular circumstances!
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I have a 6 yr old Senegal parrot that I hand fed. My Senegal is named Sunni and he has a vocabulary of about 6 words. He can imitate many noises such as, the microwave, smoke alarm, running water and telephone. He has a sweet little personality and has bonded very well with me. I am able to handle him anytime, day or night, and he has only bitten me once when he was a few months old. He will let others handle him, but has bitten on quite a few occasions. Most Senegal parrots are as friendly as Sunni. I have learned alot about parrot feed and nutrition while caring for my Senegal parrot.
The most important thing in raising a parrot is their nutrition. Most people are led to believe that a diet of just seeds is adequate for these birds, but it is not. In the wild Senegal’s will eat different foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. I feed a variety of foods to keep my senegal parrot healthy. His main diet consists of commercially made parrot pellets. There are a few different brands of pellets out there is different shapes, colors and flavors. Some parrots will take to one kind and not another. Check out this website Caring for a Senegal Parrot for a list of companies that sell parrot pellets to get free samples. Care must be taken when switching over from a regular diet to pellets. You should only change their diet about 10% each week.
I supplement my senegal parrot’s pelleted diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. Avacodos and chocolate are POISONOUS to parrots and should never be fed. Sunni’s favorites foods are grapes and apples. It is very interesting watching a parrot eat a grape. Sunni “unzips” it with his beak, sucks out the inside, and drops the skin. This also keeps him pretty busy. Parrots like to “forage” for their food so it is recommended that you put bowls in various positions in the cage.
Senegal parrots are drawn to colorful foods and also like things in different shapes and sizes, so experiment!! You can cut up carrots into sticks or squares. Some birds will only eat cooked or steamed veggies and some like them fresh. I like to stick some broccoli in his cage bars and make it look like a tree. Sunni has a blast picking through it!
Noodles and grains are also good for parrots. I do give him meat every once in a while and he eats that heartily! I feed corn bread, wheat bread, whole wheat or white noodles, and white or brown rice. An easy way to get a parrot to eat some veggies is to puree them in a blender and use the liquid with a little water to make a batch of cornbread according to the box directions. I cut these in little “bars” and freeze half for easy thawing.
Seeds and nuts are an important part of a parrots diet, but should be given in moderation as treats since they are high in fat. They love sunflower seeds! I also give some spray millet as a treat. I have also purchased some treat dispensers for birds where they have to work a treat through a maze before they can eat it. It is very important for parrots to stay busy and not get bored as they tend to develop bad habits such as feather picking.
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If you are thinking of getting your license in cosmetology or already have one, you are not limited to working only in a salon. A unique and enjoyable Wahm career would be to start your own manicure service either in your own home or as a traveling manicure service. You will be able to go into this business with very little start up costs and you will achieve great rewards.
If you haven’t already got a license to manicure nails you will need to get one. It can be posted in your place of business, or if you decide to have a traveling manicure service, you can keep a copy in your bag.
Have a system to keep track of your money, QuickBooks is a good computer program or you can do it the traditional way, in a ledger book by hand.
You will need a receipt book on hand for those requiring a receipt for taxes and of course an appointment book. Don’t forget a business telephone number. You are running a professional business and should keep your personal calls separate.
There are many ways in which you can advertise your new business. Your business cards can be left in hair salons (one’s that don’t do nails), boutiques, gift shops, Laundromats or any other place you deem appropriate. You could place flyers on bulletin boards in different locations.
Network with other parents, friends, acquaintances, former co-workers, family, and anyone else you can think of. Before long you will have enough clients to keep you busy and they will recommend you to there friends and so on.
As a traveling manicure service you will need to find a convenient way to carry your supplies to your client’s home. Your supplies will consist of but are not limited to; manicure tools, polish colors, nail polish remover, receipt and appointment books, small towels and cotton balls.
Having a traveling manicure service is not for everyone, however, there are some benefits for the clients. Your customer may enjoy having you come to their home and when you come to their home they do not have to risk damaging their freshly manicured nails while driving home.
Although technically providing this service and traveling you are not considered a Wahm, you will also have several benefits. First, there are less people coming into your home each day, secondly, your mileage can be used as a tax write-off (be sure to keep a record of how much traveling you do for your business). And thirdly, working from home can sometimes feel isolating, getting out of the house will help to prevent that feeling.
Having your own manicure service is a great way for you to do something that you love and be able to work from home at the same time.
When you’re running a business, making sure your customers pay their bills on time can be very difficult and a huge drain on resources; especially if you only have a handful of staff or are a sole operator. Unfortunately, many small businesses are forced to close their doors within 12 months of starting up, and non-payment of customer accounts plays a large part in forcing a business to close.
Non-payment is a serious issue for businesses of any size. Late or non-payment of debts can cause serious cash-flow problems, resulting in your business facing many problems of it’s own – from unhappy staff to not being able to maintain supply-and-demand for other customers you may have. However, if you’re experiencing problems with getting paid then there are several steps you can take to ensure your debt recovery doesn’t impact too heavily on your business.
Trying to contact a customer or client about an unpaid bill can be difficult. Most contact is done either by phone or mail, and there is always the uncertainty about a letter being lost in the post, or a telephone message not being passed on, although in some cases it could be that the person you are trying to reach is simply avoiding you. However, contacting the customer is very important as there could be a genuine reason why the customer hasn’t settled their bill, and you should always try to attempt to discuss the situation and reach an agreement. These could range from allowing the customer to restructure their repayments to writing off part of the outstanding balance.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to consider legal proceedings against a customer in order to collect an outstanding debt. Taking legal action to reclaim an outstanding debt should be a last resort, and often the threat of legal action is enough to make your customers settle up. For some businesses, however, it can be difficult finding out exactly how to go about commencing legal action against a debtor. As a result, many outstanding debts find themselves passed to specialised debt recovery companies.
In the UK, there are many debt recovery companies available who can help reclaim outstanding debts, and these companies have the time, expertise and resources required to pursue customers who have outstanding debts. If you decide that legal action is necessary to reclaim an outstanding debt, companies such as Capquest offer solutions that can help reclaim your money.
One solution is to commission the debt recovery company to recover the debt on your behalf. For a fee – normally around 10% – the company will act on your behalf to work with the customer in order to find a mutually suitable solution for both you and the customer. Alternatively, many debt recovery companies will purchase the debt from you. In return, they will process the debt as their own and allow you to draw loans against the money owed to your business. This method is commonly used by businesses to improve cash-flow, but is also a useful method of reducing administration overheads.
It’s important to be sure that if you employ the services of a debt recovery company, such as Capquest, then be sure that they are members of an accredited body. Most debt recovery agencies are members of the Credit Services Association, who are the only National Association in the UK for companies that are active in relation to unpaid credit accounts, debt recovery agencies, tracing agencies and allied professional services.