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Guilt Trip, but Who’s the Jury?

2016 November 14
by Annie Wallace

When you are running a home, family, looking after children and running your own business at the same time…well, there are some tough choices to be made sometimes.

As a man, I am not supposed to be as good at multi-tasking as women.  Yup that sums it up.  How do you do it?

As a single dad, I experience what single working mums and many mums with partners experience.  Guilt.

I feel guilty when I don’t pay my daughter the attention she demands, I feel guilty when I notice the layer of dust on the mantelpiece, I feel guilty when I see this morning’s breakfast dishes still in the sink at dinner time and I feel guilty when I am not at my computer or on the phone to a client.

What should we do about these feelings of guilt.  There seem to be two course of action.

Direction #1 – find a Birch tree, cut a low hanging, whippy branch, cut near the trunk…you got it, reach over your shoulder with it and beat until you draw blood.

Direction #2 – get over it! read more…

Women in Business: Helping or Hindering Their Own Careers?

2016 July 11
by Annie Wallace

Very few men network with others, trying to answer the question, “How can I balance home and work?” As much as laws and society have advanced their thinking and attitudes, women are still held accountable for generating income and running a household. Many males still hold the “breadwinner, hunter and gatherer” roles for themselves even if out-earned by their wives. Unfortunately, the attitude is seemingly affecting women in the workplace as well.

In 2010, an economic committee reported findings that corporations with women in the upper echelons out-performed competitors more often than not. The report draws special attention to key elements that contributed to the corporation’s success—team-building, collaboration and mentoring. read more…

The Value Of Forex Trading For Stay-at-Home Moms

2014 March 12
by Annie Wallace

forexmomIf you’re a stay-at-home mom, then you may feel like you’re working a full-time job without any pay. Everyone knows how difficult it is to tend to the kids and the household duties every day, and it can also put a strain on your budget. There are a lot of options to make quick money on the internet.

You can take paid surveys, sell items on Craigslist or eBay, or any number of things that can be tedious or not as lucrative as advertised. Many stay-at-home moms have started turning to Forex trading to add a little extra income to their bank accounts. read more…

To The Other Side! When To Move From Freelancing To Employment

2013 November 26
by Annie Wallace

back-workTo most people working the corporate 9 to 5, the idea of being a freelancer sounds like a dream job. You can work outside in the sun if that strikes your fancy, or even next to a pool. You can start work at 5AM or 10 AM, no one is waiting for you to punch in. You can choose your clients and control your own business. It sounds like every working person’s fantasy!

Unfortunately, every silver lining has a dark cloud inside. For some, the idea of freelancing might be more appealing than the actual job itself. Some people find that, once they move to freelancing they are suddenly working more than ever before and earning less. Where they thought they would have more time to spend with family and friends, they now have to work evenings and weekends just to make ends meet. In between all the hours of work, there is still marketing yourself, building a client base, networking – it’s enough to make one wish for a holiday, except as a freelancer you don’t get paid holidays! It seems safe to say that freelancing might not be everyone’s cup of tea. So, when would you be better off in an employed position? read more…

Scams: What To Watch Out For While Working From Home

2013 November 13
by Annie Wallace

work-from-home-scamsThese days it seems that everything is online. From ordering gifts to downloading movies, the internet has become the go-to marketplace for anyone looking to stay connected.

Now, it’s not just internet comedians and Nigerian Princes who work online; the internet has provided plenty of opportunities for you, the working woman, to increase productivity and cash flow.

Unfortunately this world wide forum has provided plenty of unsavory criminals with the tools necessary to scam lots of people out of money. Even though everyone by now has heard of the Nigerian royalty scam, there are plenty of other scams to watch out for as you begin to foray into working from home. read more…

The Pros And Cons Of Running A Family Business

2013 October 29
by Annie Wallace

family-businessRunning a family business can be a great opportunity for you and your family.  It can be a source of income as well as a legacy that you can pass on to future generations, but it does come with some risks as well as rewards.  While stability is a great reason to start a family business, as you can see in the example set by Alexander Bouri and Seament, it can also be a source of conflict within your business and family.

PRO: It Instills a Sense of Stability in Your Investors

Whether you’re a publicly traded Fortune 500 company or a small-town company, when investors are interested in funding your company, one of the things they’re usually looking for is a sense of stability.  When you have a clear line of succession, it can help put the investor’s mind at ease. read more…

Cupcakes Take The Cake: How To Start An Online Cupcake Business

2013 September 9
by Annie Wallace

cupcake-businessCupcakes are taking the world of pastry by storm. These small treats have everything one could wish for in a cake but it is in a smaller, bite-size package. Biting into these tiny treats feels like eating an original recipe. With that said, more and more people prefer well-decorated and tasty cupcakes than other types of pastries. In addition, many people enjoy the fact that cupcakes are much easier to transport and distribute as compared to bigger cakes.

If you enjoy making cupcakes, then why not consider a cupcake business? If you enjoy baking cupcakes and you always receive positive feedback, you might be able to use your skills to make more money. With the increasing demand for these sweet treats and the ease of establishing an online business, you can earn additional income. So how do you start an online cupcake business?

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How to Launch a Home Business on a Little or Non-Existent Budget

2013 August 1
by Annie Wallace

calculatorThe Internet has fundamentally changed the business world.  Entrepreneurs no longer need investors, staff, inventory, or even office space.  They can work from home, invest time instead of money, and grow their startups from humble beginnings into major moneymakers.

As a seemingly endless well of free resources, the web provides everything an amateur businessperson needs to get started: from coding tutorials to website templates and payment platforms.  Of course, starting a profitable business is never easy.  It requires industry insight, financial savvy, networking skills, and quite a bit of patient persistence.  But it is nonetheless possible for just about anyone with enough determination to launch a company without capital.  Here’s how: read more…

Great Productivity Lessons For Bloggers From Self-Help Books – Lessons From Five Self-Help Books In Five Minutes

2013 March 18
by Annie Wallace

I have a great self-help book called How to Save an Hour Every Day. It has lots of little productivity tips and a ton of great advice, but there’s one amusing irony – reading the book itself takes a few hours meaning that a simple way to save time would be to skip reading it entirely.

The same can be said for many self-help books, and useful though many of them are, they do tend to be a bit self-indulgent and ramble on. What makes this dangerous is that many people seem to be under the illusion that reading them is the same as actually improving themselves. It’s not: if you really want to improve yourself then it’s no good to just read self-improvement – you need to live it. read more…

How You Can Make Money Online With Absolutely No Marketable Skills

2013 March 12
by Annie Wallace

Whenever I tell people I make money online they tend to think I’m some kind of talented prodigy (if they don’t know me that is). I think as soon as I describe my job they imagine I must be some kind of mix between Mark Zuckerberg and DaVinici and that I’m somehow accomplishing something that they wouldn’t be able to without some serious training and luck.

In reality though that’s not really true (though I wish it was). The truth is that making money online is actually pretty easy if you know how to go about doing it, and that it’s something that anyone can benefit from if you understand business. read more…