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How can I support my Family?

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The cost of living in Canada, has risen to points of being seemingly near unattainable, to enjoy a quality life. They struggle to put food on the table, pay rent, car payments, bus fare, daycare, etc. Costs for supporting a family may be more! due to meeting needs for other members, besides just ourselves. Stress sets in and that daily nagging question, how can I support my family?

Today, many families have dual incomes where both parents work, and share financial responsibilities of managing the bills. Some families will have the ‘main‘ breadwinner, who brings home a higher pay, and their spouse may work only part-time hours, to bring extra monies, to help reduce the financial stress, gain possible savings and still provide, a parental presence for their children.

Where to begin?

A business will flourish, when it meets a ‘need‘. We look around and figure, all the needs are being met, shoe store, clothing store, grocery store, etc., and we find that we are unable to compete with them, but, not all services are met.

A few steps to begin;

  • Examine your own skills, write them down.
  • Examine your spouses skills, write them down.
  • What do you enjoy doing most? Write them down.
  • What does your spouse enjoy most? Write them down.
  • Write down a list of all your bills, add them all up for the monthly total.
  • How much extra money would help make life easier?
  • Can you sell one of your skills, as a service, to others?

Success, in selling your services can be found, by learning to ‘market‘, to a larger group of people, interested in your service skills, and who will become your clients. This can be done with a good ‘promotion‘ campaign, of your services whether on simple bulletin boards, online at Craigslist, using classified ads, or simple but attractive flyers. Friends can also help with simply passing the word along about your services.

Let’s examine a sample ad and outcome;’

sample ad

A client looking for a light housekeeper may be thrilled and call immediately but require your services only twice a week and expect you done within 2 hours, every Tuesday and Thursday. This adds up to $60.00 per day, ($30.00 per hour x2 = $60.00). Let’s say, another client also calls, and again, may require the same schedule of 2 hours, but on Mondays and Wednesdays. 1 client ($60.00 x 2 days) =$120.00, a week or with 2 (clients), same math,you are earning an extra $240.00 per week, x 4 weeks (one month) = $960.00.

Providing this type of ‘service’ can also be set up, to suit your own schedule. Let’s examine the following sample ‘day planner’ set for working mornings only, 4 days a week, with 4 clients ;

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The numbers will vary when holidays are involved but if required by clients, you can ask for a higher price and it’s very important, to know your local labour laws. Do not under sell your services or self worth.

Success can be found in selling ONE service and finding a few ‘clients’ who want your service.  A major concern with clients will be, TRUST.  Nobody wants theft or destruction of their goods and/or property.  Police will be called and charges laid. It may be important to consider working with a trusted partner to ensure your own innocence, in the event the client files ‘false’ allegations, so not to pay. It does happen. Always good to stay safe.

One sample job has been used but there are many other ‘service‘ jobs that you can offer depending upon your skills. Watch the slide show!  You may just want to work part time at the corner store , and still offer your own skills, as another part-time job too.

The scheduling will be in your hands, how much you want to earn, how many days you want to work, how many clients will you need. It’s important to keep to your schedule or lose your clients, and ‘business’ reputation. Do a little research ahead of time about ‘business’ development and management skills.

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Newbies Guide to Make a Website

computrworkSetting up a website seems like a planet far, far away from us. An area somewhat vague and unknown yet a daily part of our lives with that computer, we have in our homes. Now, how would we get our own website out there? can I get a website too? It can be done!

A website put together by yourself will give you a great sense of pride and accomplishment. As mentioned, it may seem as a task only for professionals but it really can be simple. A lot of web design software can be simple copy, drag and paste programs. A few steps must be taken and one very simple program is Print Shop Web Designer.

The steps to assemble your own site with this program, goes as follows:

Register for a Web host that allows uploads of your own files.
Need a FTP program to upload.
Print Shop Web Designer software program
Free clip art
Free HTML codes
Experiment with the various design tools in the Print Shop Web Designer program.
Design and set your text and images
Save
Upload

A very easy method to get a web site up. This was a few years ago for me, and am sure the process hasn’t changed too much. I’d also recommend if you can’t afford paying for a host, check out a free web host, where you can eventually upgrade to paying for your own domain. There are many free web hosts available such as the following :

web hosting

The use of the Print Shop Web Designer software allows you to build your site, on your computer, in it’s own ‘environment’. You’ll also be able to see how it will look online without actually being online. Once your design is set to your satisfaction, you are able to save and upload your ‘files’ with your FTP program, directly to your host and be ‘live’ on the internet.

A few web hosts may also offer other web building programs. One hugely popular site is WordPress and can be quickly ‘launched’ quite easily. They will assign you an ‘account name’ for your FTP program and for the other ‘tools’. A web host will have a ‘panel’ with various ‘tools’ and ‘programs’ which can provide for further exploration into building other sites, such as classifieds, forums, ecommerce, along with other blogging platforms such as Joomla.

A few of the ‘tools’ found inside your web host ‘panel’ will have strange names, such as ‘My SQL’, PHP, file manager or htaccess generator. Consider them as ‘attached’ to your WordPress or other site, as they are used to store the files to operate these sites. You may need to enter these areas to ‘tweak’ your site. Again, your web host will assign you an account ‘name’ for security reasons. I’m sure you don’t want to get ‘hacked’. You will also usually find a ‘Back Up’ area in the ‘panel’ and you must use this regularly, in the event you’re ‘blocked’ from entry. A back up will restore your site to it’s original place and appearance.

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The skills you gain and knowledge you learn along the way are beyond priceless and you will enjoy this project. I assure you, that this is one very fun skill to learn, which you will also be able to share or offer to others, for a reasonable fee.

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Article(C)2012 An Informal Cornr, all rights reserved. Ginsense writes articles on business skills, development, health, science, technology and society and enjoys advocating for independence, security and a better world for all of us.

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