Monthly Archives: August 2017

Work at Home and Make Money

Years ago the financial goal for the work at home business was that it generated the same income as one would expect from a well paying job. At equal pay the home business won the contest because the expense of going out to work everyday was gone. For the mechanic who set up a garage where he lived, or the craftsman, whose workshop was constructed adjacent to his home, the ability to generate lucrative profits always existed. I can even remember visiting several doctors when I was young, with offices in their homes.

With the arrival of multi-level marketing and the concept of personal distributorship, people were given even more options. Although initially this amounted to turning your home, or part of it, into a store, there was a collection of outgoing individuals who loved having people stop by their homes at all hours.

The home, and the home office, underwent a variety of looks and styles. Granddad’s old den that used to have a dark, almost mysterious mixture of bookshelves, trophy cases and even a fish or wild animal on display, had received a makeover. Large desks, executive chairs and file cabinets ran their course and slowly gave way to computer desks, fax machines and coffee makers. Magazines managed to convince people that they can truly feel right at work, while they’re at home.

The environment in which we work should never be underestimated. Companies go to great lengths to provide offices, conference rooms and lounges that encourage productivity. Executives are enticed by the office with a view. Privileges abound when performance improves and everyone benefits because the owners recognized that people work best in an environment, conducive to the work they’re asked to do.

People that work at home and make money continually emphasize the importance of their environment. Top producers can afford modifications that aren’t available to everyone, but they also know from experience that certain environments can have a negative impact on revenue performance. They also recognize that because none of us is exactly the same, the selection of a working environment is subjective to the individual.

I’ve experienced working in large operations centers. Massive rooms filled with consoles where people sometimes sit side by side, speaking on the phone, or using a computer, often with people looking over your shoulders.

It has also been my privilege to sit in a cubicle where people’s conversations floated around the room while I was trying to concentrate. If you ever wanted to experience complete and utter distraction, try placing yourself in the company of a dozen people who were either frustrated with the people they were speaking to, or their computers, or both.

Making money in business is dependent upon productivity and productivity is either aided or hindered by the work environment. In order to work at home and make money, we need to ensure that we produce quality work on a consistent basis. I can’t imagine trying to accomplish even a portion of the hyper-focused tasks on my schedule in either of the work environment examples listed above.

If you already work at home and make money, then ask yourself if a change in environment might increase productivity. If you’re thinking of starting a work at home business consider what tasks you’ll have to perform and map out the best possible places for them. Sometimes we concentrate better during the hours of self improvement, ongoing education or training, in a place other than our home office. If we need to work on the phone, can we focus more completely in the kitchen, the bedroom or out in the garden?

I’ve known most of my life that if I can’t see out of a window, I can’t write. Later in life, I’ve discovered that not all windows are created equally. If the scenery is spectacular, guess what I’m doing?

Knowing about ourselves helps us to decide where we accomplish specific tasks with the greatest efficiency. Within this framework, we can still experiment in various settings to find the best solution. Finding a good place to work is the first step in learning to work at home and make money.

Outdoor Garden Seats and Benches

Cedar is one of the most popular building and construction materials in the world. It is used both indoors and outdoors on everything from exterior siding to interior paneling, from furniture to art. This article will focus on the use of cedar in outdoor garden seats and benches with techniques and tips on how to finish this beautiful wood to achieve just the right colors, textures and longevity desired.

Cedar does not require a finish because it naturally withstands insect attack and the elements of the outdoors. Many people prefer to allow their outdoor cedar furniture to age naturally without a stain or finish. With the passage of time this colorful wood will slowly weather to a silver-grey and the grain of the wood will become slightly raised. Darker streaks will eventually form because of the reaction between the Cedar resin and the hardware. If dark streaks are not what you are looking for, there are other options for finishing.

Thompsons Wood Sealer, or other good wood sealers, is helpful because they block the pores of the wood. This allows the wood to fade to its natural silver-grey color, but inhibits the grain from becoming raised.

If you would like to maintain the mellow tones, ranging from light amber to a deep golden brown, of your garden seats and benches, many different finishes can be used. A high quality penetrating sealer and clear or solid exterior stain is most often recommended. These sealers and stains are easily found at all home improvement centers and even at Walmart! There is an extraordinary selection of colors to match practically any d├ęcor or project. It is a good idea to choose a stain with a UV inhibitor to preserve the original attractive look of your outdoor furniture as the suns rays are one of the strongest enemies to wood for lasting beauty. To refresh the finish, you may choose to re-apply a coat of stain about every 3 years.

Paint can be used on outdoor chairs and other exterior surfaces, but will eventually need to be scraped and refinished.

Stain is the best choice since it does not trap moisture and there is no flaking or peeling. Or better yet, enjoy cedar’s natural resistance to rot and decay!

Tools for Home and Garden

The need for ergonomic tools is important to identify when using hand tools in the home and garden. Especially if the tools are used for extended periods of time. Finding the right tool for the task at hand will save unwanted discomfort in the future.

Examples of causes of carpal tunnel and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) are chain saws, power tools, hand weeding, painting, pruning, improperly fitting gloves, screw divers, pressing tool into palm and using spray guns, etc.

To avoid painful carpal tunnel, the use of ergonomic tools allows hands to be in a more neutral position reducing the stress on wrists, arms and fingers. Many ergonomic hand tools have a bent handle which prevents excess bending and pressure.

Cushioned handles will add comfort, reducing strain and in general protect your hands.

Also, available are gloves designed to improve fit and hand function. This helps to eliminate pressure on the hand while wearing gloves.

Operating hand held power tools at the lowest speed necessary for performing the task and wearing anti-vibration gloves will help prevent HAVS. Power tools you may use in the home and garden are drills, saws, staplers and sanders.

Have you painted your home and garden spaces with a hand held brush to discover you keep shifting the paintbrush around to keep a comfortable grip? Paint brushes are available which are designed to reduce stress and discomfort to forearm and wist. The brushes are able to be held with the right or left hand holding positions with ease. The ergonomic brush handles are slightly curved to fit your grip with finger grooves at the base of the brush for comfort.

Ergonomic positioning is equally important as well holding the tool as recommended by the manufacturer. Adjusting straps on equipment will reduce strain on your body for any hand held equipment.

Wheelbarrows have been designed to reduce up to 45% of the impact on your body by keeping loads level as compared to conventional wheelbarrow. The weight is distributed on the front wheel reducing the load on the handles and strain on the operator especially when dealing with sloping areas.

It is necessary to find the tools that will reduce strain, add comfort, protect your hands and well as maximizing leverage.

There are a variety of companies that produce the tools, gloves and wheelbarrows designed to fit the user to the function with safety and comfort incorporated into the design.