6 Small Business You Can Start from Home - LA Progressive

6 Small Business You Can Start from Home - LA Progressive


6 Small Business You Can Start from Home - LA Progressive

Posted: 30 Mar 2020 07:52 AM PDT

Business You Can Start from Home

Business You Can Start from Home

It's the age of small start-up businesses. The world is starting to see you can support yourself by being an entrepreneur.  Don't give up your own dreams and help others achieve theirs for a job income that is barely decent. People think jobs give you security, but, in reality, there is never any guarantee your job will be there. What's to stop your boss from firing you if he needs to downsize?

Salary is the worst addiction until you get a taste of your own business. You will have to see difficult times and work hard, but it all pays off. Once it's stable, you could make more in a month than you would in a year at the job. To help you realize your dream, here are some small business ideas you can start from home that don't require a big investment. 

Grow Weed

Once it's stable, you could make more in a month than you would in a year at the job.

It still sounds illegal due to the controversy that has surrounded it for decades. Marijuana is now legal in many states and in very high demand. It doesn't require you to have a lot of investment or education. You only need to buy seeds and see a few online videos to learn how to grow it at home. If you can differentiate in the quality, you can really scale this business to new heights. You can get more help at i49 about weed, its types, and prices. 

Blogging is on the rise, and every blogger seems to earn a quite decent amount of money. Getting a website is no big deal and very inexpensive. All you need is expertise in an industry or niche. Think of something that you know a lot about. For example, you can start a fashion blog, if you think you have the talent for it. You only have to write and upload useful articles regularly to attract people on your site. You can earn through ads, affiliate links, and guest posts once you start getting traffic. 

Run a Social Media Page

Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other channel; your only goal is to increase its followers and keep them engaged. It works similarly to blogs, but you don't have to write lengthy articles. Once you become an influencer, people will contact you for marketing. If you manage to become a social media specialist, people will hire your expertise to increase their social media following. 

Home Bakery

Dig out all grandma's recipes and test to see if you can bake delicious cookies and other sweet items. Many people are running home bakeries and earning a decent income. Some people will come to your home. Most will need a home delivery service. You are competing against other full-fledged bakeries, so you must provide a good taste.

Men can do it too, but it's most commonly a profession of women. Can't afford a shop in a busy location? Open a salon at your home. All neighbors are sure to visit you for their makeup and styling. You will, however, need these skills, or you shouldn't even think about this business.

Pet Sitting

You are going to really enjoy this business if you love pets. On the other hand, if you are not a big fan of animals, I suggest you steer away from it. People consider their pets their children. They give them proper love, care, and want to see them safe, even when they are not present. So many people who live alone with pets, those who have to travel, or who have to go somewhere with family where they can't take their pets, they are your target audience. They will drop pets at your home, and your only job is to take care of them.

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How to help your business survive during coronavirus - Fast Company

Posted: 30 Mar 2020 06:00 AM PDT

Google. Amazon. Apple. These were some of the earliest corporations that mandated remote working because of COVID-19.

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Since then, nearly all businesses have followed suit as national and global agencies recommend social distancing to curb the spread of the virus. For huge firms with seemingly unlimited resources and technology, this displacement may be nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Leaders of smaller businesses are likely struggling with a new reality where social distancing is a requirement, not a suggestion.

Previously, remote work was more a perk than a necessity for companies. Before the pandemic, just 41 percent of businesses globally had virtual office capabilities, which leaves a huge chunk of employees suddenly adrift in uncharted territory.

It's unclear how long businesses will have to work through this new reality, but one thing is apparent: The executives who see this challenge as an opportunity will see their businesses thrive. Here are three ways you can make this outcome a reality for your company.

Lead by example

A fully remote workforce means the only "face-to-face" interaction you'll have with employees is through videoconferencing. Some of the best ideas come through idle chat in the office, something harder in a virtual setting, but those days don't have to end just because you're at home.

As the head of your company, take the initiative to be readily available in virtual channels. If your employees see that you're accessible, they'll be more likely to follow your lead and share their thoughts and ideas with you and their colleagues.

These are the types of lessons I extol to my students as the academic director of Columbia University's Executive MS in Technology Management program, through which candidates can grow their leadership skills in an increasingly digital world. As important as technology will become during this period of uncertainty, it means nothing if it's not used in conjunction with strong leadership tactics.

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Invest in a digital mindset

Technology such as the cloud makes remote working easy, but having server access from home is not enough, especially when your entire workforce may be displaced for an extended period. The decision to cancel all in-person classes at Columbia University would have been entirely different without investments in technology, such as 5G, that easily allows our students and professors to interact through video.

To that effect, the most important innovations are often born through crisis. Just look at Lehman Brothers: After 9/11, the company's executives learned virtual connectivity was imperative. Employees could not fully do their jobs while stranded at home. A solution was needed, so digitizing work became imperative to avoid future disruptions.

Making a full-scale transition to new technology is unrealistic (and expensive) in such a short period, but even taking a small step to enable some face-to-face interaction, albeit virtually, is a step in the right direction.

Think long-term

At some point, health officials will contain coronavirus, but that doesn't mean your vigilance should end. As we learned, crisis management plans shouldn't end just because the crisis is over. Executives and managers of teams should see this as an opportunity to create, or refine, more comprehensive work-from-home policies.

Businesses that only adopt remote working for COVID-19 will abandon it at their own risk. Aside from preparing for future disruptions, there are indications that working from home can boost productivity. A two-year study from Stanford found a number of benefits, including decreased attrition, employees taking shorter breaks, and less time taken off. Additionally, companies saved almost $2,000 per employee on rent by reducing the amount of space needed.

Whether it's two weeks or two months, businesses must adapt to the new realities that coronavirus presents. The executives who go above and beyond with their remote-work capabilities will not only lead the companies best suited to survive this crisis but will come out stronger for years to come.

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Art Langer is the academic director of technology management at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies and director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University.

Emotional Survival Tips to Refocus in Tough Times - Inc.

Posted: 31 Mar 2020 01:19 PM PDT

By the third day of my shelter-at-home commitment, I found myself uncharacteristically sleeping in until 8 a.m. I wasn't refreshed by the extra hours of sleep; instead, I felt guilty. Guilt for allowing sadness and fear to get the best of me, to the degree that I had overslept. Guilt because I felt drained and had no motivation to resume my work on a new group coaching course or my marketing efforts. I felt paralyzed by grief for the world and by the shame I had associated with the consequences of my feelings.

Fortunately, what I've learned as a coach has equipped me with the tools to manage strong emotional responses in a healthy manner. And now, in what seems like a blink of an eye, I am helping entrepreneurs delve into complex thoughts and emotions related to a crisis that few anticipated.

You, too, could be experiencing a depth of emotion that you have never faced until now. As such, it's tricky to understand and accept your feelings. You may develop the tendency to push them down or deny yourself the right to experience them. Denial may help you to feel better in the moment, but in the long run, it doesn't work well.

Do you hear yourself saying things like this?

"I shouldn't be this upset about my situation. So many people have it far worse than I do."

"I feel guilty because I can't keep my mind focused on business."

"Why can't I get my act together? I've got things to do."

Questions like these imply you should feel guilty or ashamed of your feelings. There's also guilt associated with not being in control or having planned better for an uncertain future. 

Most entrepreneurs don't like unknowns, and we don't function well with the loss of control. But to regain any semblance of control, you need to reconcile your emotions and any guilt associated with them. This process is not a one-time action step; it's the ongoing personal development that will benefit you for the rest of your life. 

Emotions don't make you weak, they make you human.

Entrepreneurs are not faint-hearted. Naturally, you want to be strong, but don't misinterpret what that means. Strong people don't diminish or deny their emotions--they develop healthy ways to deal with them. 

Give yourself permission to take some downtime as you grieve and process your feelings. Minimize your guilt as much as possible by knowing that you are doing the best you can considering the circumstances before you. Be kind to yourself, acknowledge you have a right to your feelings. Everyone does.

Be firm with guilt and shame emotions.

A kind, accepting approach to your sadness, fear, and grief is healthy for you and will help you heal. Conversely, you don't want to nurture guilt and shame. 

There are many demands being placed on you at this time, yet you only have the capacity of a single human being. Any negative soundtracks in your head are nothing but lies. Now is the time to count your successes and reinforce your confidence. Kick guilt and shame to the curb and own your other emotions and your right to process them in a healthy manner.

Find balance in your thoughts.

When anxious thoughts take over, our minds reveal the worst-case scenarios of the future. This unhealthy anticipatory grief can become all-consuming. You may try to push away these visions and thoughts, but the brain doesn't work that way. Your reptilian brain is on the lookout for danger and produces all-encompassing negative thoughts in an attempt to protect you. 

The key to managing your anticipatory grief is to create balance in your thinking. If you imagine a tragic outcome, bring your focus to a less disastrous result. Yes, some entrepreneurs will lose their businesses, but think about how many times entrepreneurs recreate themselves. Focus on your ideas to strengthen your business during this time. And yes, everyone is faced with the frightening thought of contracting Covid-19, yet most develop few, if any, symptoms. We are all doing the best we can. Move your negative vision up the ladder to the next best thought, one rung at a time.

Bring yourself back to the present.

One of my favorite mantras is, "In this moment, I am safe and well." If anxiety takes hold, bring yourself back into the present so your thoughts don't run wild. 

  • Feel the contact of your back to the chair and your feet to the floor.
  • Take slow, deep breaths, counting to four on the inhale and seven on the exhale. 
  • Force a smile and straighten your posture.
  • Count the paperclips or pens and pencils in your desk drawer.

Follow these suggestions and your strategic, creative mind will kick back into gear. And remember, nothing puts guilt and fear to rest like lending a helping hand to others.

Published on: Mar 31, 2020

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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