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Having my own business is something I have always wanted to do but never thought it was possible because of the large amount to of money required to startup. Well, I have been looking at it all wrong. Instead of trying to come up with the next big thing and hiring many employees I have shifted my focus on small home based business ideas that require a relatively low startup budget. My goal is to start a home based business while working my full time job. My goal is to make a modest $500 a month and grow the business from there. I believe if you can profit $500 a month with a very low startup budget then with additional work you should be able to grow the business into profiting much more than $500 a month. Will this business allow me to quit my job and obtain financial freedom? Probably not, but it will provide me with additional income and valuable entrepreneurship experience. There are hundreds of home based business ideas to consider. Finding the one right for me will be the challenge. Anyone have their own home based business? Please comment below with your experiences.
I have a beautiful family. My wife and I have two children. Our son is two and our daughter is almost three months old. About a year ago I took a promotion at work that caused us to move 1,200 miles away. We did this for a few reasons. The job paid more, was less stressful, offered more time off, and we thought it would allow my wife to stay at home with the kids. Well as a year has passed we have realized our budget wasn't as accurate as we thought it was. Long story short, we have cut back but we still aren't where we want to be. My wife will need to work part time or we will need to produce some sort of side income to help ends meet. There is another option....a tiny house. The money we would save by greatly reducing our mortage would be incredible. This solution presents a few issues though. First off, we have two little children. Children need room to play and store toys. Secondly, we live in North Texas where storms are common. Would a tiny house be able to provide us protection from these storms? Thirdly, my wife hasn't said no way to this idea, but I know she isn't thrilled about my proposed solution. So, I am looking for answers to these issues. Do you have a tiny house with a young growing family? Do you know how well tiny houses hold up in storms? Did you convince your spouse a tiny house was for you? I would love to hear your comments and advice!
I'm curious to know more about the bet between Tynan and Sebastian. Tynan, do you have to email your post to Sebastian everyday but he posts his online? What are the conditions? Surely there's a blog post in it?
I'm full-timing soon, and am employed full-time in California. Other than claiming residency with family or friends, what is the best way to stay legally/locally domiciled? I have looked at PO box direct addressing and virtual mail services, but none seem to promise to work for tax, auto registration, insurance, and voting purposes. It shouldn't be so hard, but it seems The Man prefers we be tethered...
not too much time to put a long post now but I should update before the end of next month. however, here are some updates to my renovation...
Background - Been at the same job/company almost 10 years. The money is ok/decent, not great, I'm good at what I do and am the go to guy when things are messed up. I'm just really burned out, my own health has deteriorated and am constantly stressed out, back pain, can't seem recharge my batteries, projects are piled on, last real, full-week vacation will be 4 years ago this May. The only time I've taken off lately is when I'm too exhausted to come in to work, having back pain, or sick. Mainly, I want to take off to de-stress, work out more, eat properly and restore my energy levels and mental well being, and travel (The working out and eating well are 2 that I'm working on now). In regards to travel, I've only been out of the country to Europe once for like 8 days or so...As I'm approaching my mid 30's, I think that if I don't go now, I never will and I don't want that regret...I'm also contemplating a career change and the burnout is something that I don't think 2 weeks or so off of work will fix. Over the holidays, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and is going through intensive chemo right now, so I'm staying with my parents to help take some of the daily load off, my mom is an emotional wreck. I was thinking of quitting in a month or so when he's through that or at least when we know what direction the treatment is heading. That has kind of put things in perspective. Even if I'm good at it, I like what I'm doing, make decent money, it still may not be worth it if it is stressing me out to the point that it's affecting my health and well being.
I probably made a mistake of telling my parents I'm probably quitting my job to take a break and travel, maybe up to a year (I'm brutally honest...I shouldn't have mentioned it at all when my dad is going through this, but it's hard to hide the fact I'm really burned out when they see you daily)...to which my mother said I was crazy and went into a tirade on how I need to find another job right away while I have one and can't just quit, we might need the money, it's escapist behavior, etc. The money part was a full out lie as they are financially secure and have health insurance through her work. My parents have never left the country and rarely go anywhere. I told her she is missing the point, I don't want another job as I need to take some time off from work, another job will bury me.
Personal - In my mid 30's, single/not married, no kids, no college loans, no credit card debt, have a mortgage, but it is a duplex and already rented it out which covers the taxes and mortgage. I've squirreled away enough to where I could live for several years if need be, so financially, I have my shit together. I think my mom was flipping out due to the fact that I'm not married, no kids yet, now I'll be unemployed, and she's not a grandma into her 60's now, it's something I want eventually, but I'm not catering my life to anyone else's time schedule or demands in that department.
My main concerns are returning to the workforce and/or career after taking a long time off...and other concern is that I'll be having too much fun and won't break out of the full time travel mode cycle. Any thoughts or advice?
I went to post here a few weeks ago, but got sidetracked. I would like to get more flexible, eat healthier foods and wake up earlier. I decided to make some changes about two weeks ago (Boxing Day, I think).
For yoga and flexibility, I am doing sun salutations every morning on top of my weekly yoga class (already in place for almost two years). Right now, I do three but plan to bump up to four tomorrow. I have missed two days (non-consecutive) since starting.
For eating healthy, I am making myself and my kid eat three servings of fruit/veggies every day. I have done this every day since my decision except one. I plan to bump this up to 8 per day by my son's April birthday. As I am establishing the fruit/veggie thing, I will also start preparing healthy meals at least twice a week (without white flour/sugar/trans-fats, etc). My goal is to eventually get to a place where I feel good about all foods that I put into my body and better about what my son eats.
Last is sleeping. In bed by 10:30--up by 6:30. Right now, I am 12:30-8:30 (ish) weekends and 11:30-6:45 weekdays. This habit does not have to be absolute--I love a good party and will hopefully always socialize into the wee hours if others are game for it, but I do not need to stay up late when I am home...especially if I have to work.
There, my promises to myself are now made public.
After fifteen years of having the same cell phone contract, which left me grandfathered in at unlimited everything for $15/mo after taxes, I finally passed my plan on to my brother and switched to T-Mobile. Why? Because T-Mobile gives you free unlimited 2G internet everywhere in the world!
This is something I've been dying to have for a long time now. I have so many trips where I'm in a country for just one to three days, which isn't enough time to justify getting a SIM card. Almost all of Sprint's phones are either not worldphones or are internationally locked, meaning that you can't even go to another country and buy a SIM. Your options are to pay crazy roaming fees if their network is even available, or to not use your phone.
T-Mobile also has some other cool benefits-- they have Wifi calling (and texting) so you can call and text from anywhere once you're on Wifi, their prices are very good, and they're one of the last carriers to still offer unlimited 4G.
If you want to switch and want unlimited LTE (which is crazy fast-- 35Mb/20Mb in San Francisco), you should do it NOW. This plan gets more expensive on March 23. If you want less data, you should wait until after March 23, as every other plan gets a little bit more data for the same price.
If you know anyone on a T-Mobile family plan, you should piggy back onto their account. You can add a line with 1GB of monthly 4G for $10/mo, up to unlimited for $30/mo (which will soon be $40). That's what I did. To simplify things I just prepaid my entire year to their account so that it's not a hassle for them.
What happened to tynan I think I've gone back two years the latest post is Hua Shan?
Or is my computer / internet just broken?
Good ol' California is granting tax credits of 30% of the total cost of a solar installation system to residents:
If you made the jump this year and are living in CA, it might be worth investigating whether you could write some of your installation costs off on your taxes.
They claim it's for 'residential' installations so who knows if we can successfully make the point that our RVs are, officially, 'residential', but it could be a hefty savings, if so.