21 January 2017

How To Sell Homemade Products Online



The need to augment one's household income is a good motivational factor to encourage many people to consider selling homemade products online. Having an online business is easily achievable nowadays especially with the help of social media and the thriving technology.

It is a good idea to tap your inner talent in creating items that are worthy to be sold and in doing so, you add income to your household. One way of showcasing your products is to offer them for sale via e-commerce.  However, you do not straight away open a website and start selling. There are things to consider and check before doing so.

Check regulations or laws concerning selling online

Deciding to open an online business is a matter where you do not just open out of whim. There are certain guidelines to consider if you want to run your business through e-commerce. The regulations normally applies when selling certain items like perishable goods such as foods and drinks.

Business permits are often required for most online business especially if you are going to sell items in large volumes. You may also need to check zoning regulations and other requirements if you are going to mass-produce items from your home.

Identify the product you want to make

Are you very good in baking? Do you like sewing clothes, bags or other stuff? How about painting? Are your products really of good quality that people will like to own?

Whether it is one or many items you want to sell, pinpoint the products you want to offer in your online site to move to the next process of selling online.

Make a budget for your capital

Decide on a capital you can afford to spare for this business endeavor. Make your budget very realistic and try to think of a business where the product you will sell does not require big capital to be created. Work on a business opportunity that is manageable with a very minimal cash out.

Do some feasibility studies

Deciding to open an online business is not a walk in the park. It requires research, marketing and strategic planning, testing of product, sourcing of materials, development and production of materials, sourcing of packaging, knowing the target market, pricing, methods of advertising, and handling payment and other logistics.

There are processes to considers before you can start your online business even if it is a small scale opportunity.

Create your online presence

Create your website where you can offer your products for sale. There are plenty of platform that offers free templates with free usage of shopping cart. Wix is a site where you can set up your online business.  You can also try creating free Facebook page where you can post photos of your products if you do not wish to create online site.

Etsy is site where crafters and handmade artisans sell their precious wares and products. Etsy gets a small percentage from your sales every month.

Advertise

For early starters, you can use the conventional way of advertising your site and products by simple word-of-mouth.  You can also post photos of your products in your social media channels and ask family and friends to share in their wall posts. You can print business cards, and flyers and distribute to your community, neighborhood, family and friends and ask them to help you spread the information around.  If you have allocated a budget to create ads that will catch the attention of many by posting on social media ads and even on print, then you may do so to help promote your business further.




20 January 2017

Eggs Make Lunch Time Easier

Packing healthy lunches can be a daunting task in a convenience driven market, advocating that it is easier to buy ready-made sandwiches from the grocery store or cafeteria than to spend time in the morning making your own. However, where your children are concerned, how can you be sure they’re getting the nutrients they need throughout their busy week? For the convenience, many people find themselves giving up their say about what goes into their family’s food. What if you could have the best of both these worlds? There are healthy meals out there that do not take a long time to prepare.

The key to a healthy lunch is a healthy main – the main is what provides your child with the energy they need to complete their school day. Though it’s easier to buy pre-packaged cold cuts for sandwiches, these foods contain an excessive amount of salt and are highly processed. Eggs are an ideal protein alternative – they are quick to cook and you can add them into sandwiches, stir-fry, mac-n-cheese, soups or salads. If your child must buy a ready-made salad for example, pack a hardboiled egg for them to add to their lunch or to eat as a snack earlier in their day.

If your family has a sweet tooth, visit getcracking.ca for baking recipes the kids will love that are fast, easy, and will help you cut down the artificial sugars from your family’s diet.


This is one of the simplest egg recipes for kids of all ages and all you need to do to get started iswhisk together eggs and sugar in a small bowl then set aside, then heat cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it bubbles; once foam is created around the edge, remove the cream from the heat. Steadily whisk about 125 mL of half & half into the egg mixture, then whisking this mixture into the saucepan with the cream. Bring the saucepan back to medium heat, stirring constantly; the mixture will thicken in 7-9 minutes, do not overcook. Once thickened, remove the mixture from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour the custard into four ramekins or tin serving bowls, setting it down to cool. Then, cover and store in the refrigerator, ideally for a few hours is best, as the custard will thicken as it cools. For additional sweetness, sprinkle brown sugar over each custard bowl, then either blowtorch to caramelize or place under the broiler until the tops brown.

Eating as many whole foods as possible is important for your family to sustain a healthy lifestyle. In a world where this is not always made easy, and where convenience is prioritized (often out of necessity), eggs are an excellent protein source. They are flexible to cook with, and rich in nutrients so you can trust your family is getting what they need without adding hassle to your day.




19 January 2017

Why Nursing is the Ideal Career Choice for Moms

If you enjoy helping your family live a healthy life, why not consider doing this for a career. The current nursing shortage in the United States has led to job vacancies in all areas of nursing. Studying for a nursing degree can be done online, and part time, so you can study while at home with your family. And after you graduate and enter the workforce, you will find nursing careers to offer very generous hours.

According to an infographic created by Maryville University, the average nurse works between 40 and 42 hours per week. Nurses also have much more fulfilling careers than doctors, and find that their working hours leave them with plenty of time to spend with their families. If you are considering nursing careers, read the infographic below for more information and figures.

Maryville University created this infographic.




18 January 2017

Make Your Own Valentine's Day Card with Cricut

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Valentine's Day is just around the bend. I am sure a lot of people will be giving flowers and chocolates or would reserve a table at a fine dining restaurant to celebrate Love's Day. However, if you plan of showing everyone who is special to you like your mum, dad, siblings, relatives, friends, and that special person, then you can create a Valentine's Day card for everybody. Not only does it save you money, it is practical, it shows your creative side, and makes every single card you make a very special one.

Cricut has plenty of shapes perfect for the upcoming Love Day. You can create many designs using your Cricut cutting machine.  You can get Card images starting at $1 at Cricut too!


Below are samples of cards you can make using the Cricut machine.

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If you do not have a Cricut yet, you can check out this Cricut Explore Air 2. It is 2x faster in cutting and writing.



Showing how much you care for someone does not need a high price tag attached to it. It's always the "thought that counts!"


16 January 2017

How to Choose the Right Online Course to Take


In the previous post, we’ve talked about howyou can increase your family income from home. Taking an online course is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a career and shape a better future for the family. The best online courses today are very flexible and they offer access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees through programs you can complete from the comfort of your home.

Of course, pursuing a degree is a big step in life, which means there are a lot of factors to consider. First, you need to choose the right online course to take. There are a few simple tips you can use to help you find and enroll in the right program. Let’s take a closer look at them, shall we?


Go with Your Passion


Just because you’re taking an online course, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow the same strict standards imposed by the university. You still have to study and pass exams to get the degree. At times, the course will feel very challenging. Staying motivated is the key to completing the online course of your choice.

An easy way to stay motivated is by liking the subjects you’re studying. This means going for an online course in a field you already love. If you love marketing, for example, you can choose to pursue an MBA in marketing. Even better, there are courses that allow you to be even more specific with your major. An MBA in international marketing isn’t a bad idea at all.

Choosing a program in a field you love has one other benefit: you can use the degree to pursue a career in that field as well. That brings us to the second tip for choosing a program to take.


 Consider Your Future Career


Go with a degree that can boost your current career or one that allows you to start the dream career you want once you are done. The market is booming and there are a lot of new jobs to fill. In fact, experts believe that this steady level of growth will continue for several more years, which means now is the perfect time to get a new degree and make that career jump.

It is also worth noting that there is a degree for everyone. A close friend who loves helping people recently completed her counseling degree. As it turns out, there are a lot of counselingprograms online, which is perfect for those of you who want to help others and pursue a career in counseling. There are even master’s counseling degrees online.


 Other Aspects to Review


Last, but certainly not least, take the practical aspects into consideration when choosing an online program. If you want to be able to use a degree to increase your family’s income as soon as possible, look for executive programs that can be completed in as little as 12 months.

Take these tips and apply them when you are looking for a suitable online degree to pursue. You will be able to find a program to take more easily now that you know the important things to consider.


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