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Your home could operate as a profitable business. The business that you start in you home could turn into a game changer. To succeed, you need the right home office equipment. You also need an efficient home office design. Before and after you start a home business, think big.
Home businesses don’t always stay small
After all, presidential elections aren’t the only change agents. Business growth or shrinkage injects lots of change into Americans’ lives too. Startups turn the economic wheel in new directions. Amazon.com, Facebook and Google are examples of this. When established companies like General Electric, Microsoft, Black Rock and McDonald’s grow wealth, their resources to hire expand.
The latter puts Americans in position to take advantage of better job opportunities. Those improved opportunities make it possible for more people to buy and live in the homes that they appreciate. If you have the vision and the drive, you could launch a business that one day becomes a major employer and global revenue growth generator. You could own a set of keys that strengthens a community’s or the entire country’s economy.
You’d join the ranks of a host of companies that started out of a founder’s house. That’s where many of the aforementioned major firms began. Following are jobs that you can perform from home. Focus on jobs that align with your passions. Map out how you will expand the job from your home to a larger platform. If you’re passionate about operating a home business, the important step is to get started.
Jobs you can start at home and expand into larger companies
Chances that your home business will be a success depends, in large part, on how passionate you are about the business. Also, think about how your talents, skills, knowledge and experience align with the below jobs before you start building your home office.
Marketing agency – Strong search engine optimization (SEO), writing, editing and coding skills are in high demand. If you have these skills, you could start a marketing agency out of your home. Make sure that you have a reliable telephone and Internet connection, so that you can conduct virtual face-time meetings with clients.
Web design – As a web designer who works from home, your business can grow if you don’t limit yourself to designing websites. Growth can come through designing social media pages, virtual posters, radio station pages and company logos.
Beauty salon – You’ll need to meet local building and business code regulations before you start a beauty salon in your home. Operate the salon out of a section of your home. In fact, if you already know that you want to operate a home beauty salon and you haven’t bought a house yet, look for a house that has an in-law suite. You could use the in-law section of the house as your beauty salon.
More jobs that you can launch at home
Printer – Because print equipment is heavy and bulky, make sure that you have a garage or a basement before you open an at home print shop. Learn design skills and the range of products that you print can expand significantly.
Computer repair – Got solid technical skills? Understand computers like the back of your hand? Consider starting a computer repair business out of your home. If you land enough customers, you could expand and open repair shops throughout the city, state or country.
Pet grooming – If you’re a pet owner, you know how much people love their pets. Major pet stores offer pet grooming services. Bring these services closer to your neighbors by offering them out of your back yard or basement. Just make sure that you meet all local regulations and operate a safe, clean pet grooming company.
Tutoring service - Use your teaching skills to tutor children and adults. Decide whether you’ll tutor in certain subjects like math, English or language arts or if you will tutor as a generalist.
With the right market research, vision, tenacity, drive and home office environment, you could launch a successful business. As you operate your home business, you’ll learn more about yourself and people from diverse backgrounds. You’ll also build courage and may even become a community leader. And wouldn’t that be great? To look back and see that, as it has for many others, your home became the launching pad for many of your future successes.
If you’re hunting for a new home, it can be tempting to make an appointment to view as many as possible. However, it can be a better use of your time to narrow down the search beforehand and eliminate houses from your list based on some at-home research. That way you can use those extra hours for fine-tuning your home search and make sure you visit only the houses that will suit your every need.
In this article, we’ll teach you some ways to research a home, neighborhood and town before you take the time to visit.
Things to Research about Your Potential New Neighborhood
So you’ve found a listing that looks nice. Your next step should be to find out as much as possible about the area the home is in to make sure it suits your needs.
A good first step is to head over to Google Maps to find out which amenities are in the area. Schools, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, parks… the list goes on. This is also a good time to map out how long it will take you on average to drive to work from this house and to see if it will lead you through any high-traffic areas that might affect your daily schedule.
You can also research other homes in the area to see if the house is selling higher or lower than average. This will give you a question to ask the real estate agent if you choose to reach out for further information.
Another step to take on Google for this home is to look up statistics for things like neighborhood crime, ratings for the school district, and the state of local businesses.
Is the area up-and-coming with healthy businesses and low crime? If so, it could be worth pursuing further.
If you’re planning on having children or already do, the quality of the education could be of importance to you.
Finally, get an idea of the local tax rates so you know how much you’ll owe the government for your property and excise taxes.
Researching the house itself
If you’re comfortable with the town and neighborhood, there’s still some research you can do online before you schedule a showing.
See if you can find out if the house belongs to a homeowner’s association. Look up their rules and fees to see if they’re agreeable to you and your family’s lifestyle and plans for the future.
Look up the sale history for the home. If there are several recent sales, this could be a sign of problems with the home or neighborhood. Similarly, if the price has increased or decreased dramatically more than nearby houses, consider asking the real estate agent why this is.
Finally, see if you can view the number of days the home has been on on the market, commonly abbreviated as “DOM.” This will give you some insight as to how desirable the home and neighborhood are.
Once you have all of the information at your disposal, you’ll be in a position to decide whether or not to schedule an appointment to view the home.
What is lawn burn?Dog urine is very high in nitrogen. While a little bit of nitrogen is healthy for your soil and your grass, too much makes the soil extremely acidic which kills your lawn causing "burn" spots. If you've ever gardened before you might be familiar with the concept of soil's pH number. A pH number describes how acidic (0-6) or how basic (7-14) a substance is. Different types of plant life require different levels of acidity on the pH scale. When you buy fertilizer or plant food at the garden shop you're really buying a mixture of chemicals that alter your soil's pH. The ideal pH for growing healthy grass is 6.5-7, roughly midway on the pH scale.
What can be done?Ok, so now you know the science behind why your dog doing his business kills your lawn. But what can you do about it? There are a number of different techniques that have been proven to be effective at mitigating or eliminating the damage caused by lawn burn.
- Training. The most effective methods of preventing lawn burn is through proper training of your dog. Find a part of your yard that you ideally want to train your dog to do their business in. This part can be dirt, rocks, or an out of sight patch of lawn that you don't mind taking some damage. Lead them over to this area when it's time for them to go out and give them treats and verbal praise when they do their business in that area. If they start to urinate in another area, correct them by calling them over to the area they should be in. Don't punish them, as this will confuse dogs and they might not feel safe urinating outside at all.
- Water down. An effective method of preventing burn spots is to simply saturate the area where the dog urinated with water immediately afterward. This will dilute the nitrogen from the urine and limit damage.
- Healthy nutrition. Dog food is sometimes very high in protein which increases nitrogen in their urine. Pick a food that has healthy amounts of protein in it. Similarly, dehydrated dogs will have urine with a higher nitrogen level. Encourage your dog to drink plenty of water.