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Teach Kids the Value of Money

Kids these days seem to think that money grows on trees.  Ok, maybe not just kids these days but it seems that the younger generation just thinks that parents are rich and can buy them whatever they want.   I know when I was growing up that is what I thought.  But, my folks didn’t really let us kids know how bad their finances were until we got a little older.  My Mom would go without so that us kids could get the latest cool barbie, or music cassette (yes, I am that old), or clothes.  It wasn’t until I was older and I really realized that a kid should have to have some responsibilities in earning money to pay for the things that they want so they learn about the value of a buck.

When I was 15 I got a job at a local grocery store and also did some baby-sitting for local people.   I enjoyed earning my own money, and when it came to spending it I learned fast that it left my pocket faster than it was put in there.   I learned there were things I wanted that I needed and things I wanted that I didn’t need.  That is a lesson that I have tried to instil in my son all his life.   My son has always had chores he needed to do to earn a buck.  And, he also learned fast as he watched me sell stuff online that when you are done using an item that you once wanted you can sell it because someone else might want it.   I introduced him to selling online and he fell in love and does it all that time. Not that he is 21, he is thankful for what I have shown him.

There are so many places online to sell your unused items.   For kid, they generally have lots of video games, dvd’s, and cd’s laying around they no longer play, watch or listen too.   So, when teaching your kids about the value of earning their own money tell them about musicMagpie and how they can turn unused items into cash.  I am sure if your kids are like mine, they have a ton of goodies they can sell.   It will make them feel great to clear out their stash, and fill their pockets full of money.

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Utilize Space Around the Home to Boost Business Prospects

Utilize Space Around the Home to Boost Business Prospects.

With the global economic downturn still affecting millions of people all around the world, it is perfectly understandable to try and find different ways of creating more revenue. Self-employed workers will always be looking for options in order to expand their business prospects and in truth they can be improved by making some space-saving changes around the home and garden.

I believe that simply making some more room for yourself will help you to expand the services you offer and the amount of time you will have spare on these. Storage spaces are at a premium in most homes and you might just have to think outside the box to create a little bit more room in the home.

Start with the garden

The garden is as good a place to begin with as any because in all likelihood it has more dormant space than any other parts of the home. I find that gardens can quite easily get a bit cluttered if you don’t keep on top of them and so a general tidy up will ensure that you have a bit more space to work with than before.

You can also get rid of anything that you don’t use so that you have as much of a blank canvas to work with as possible.

A metal shed can help to hold all of your tools

While it may seem obvious, a metal shed can help you to keep all of your tools in one place, as well as ensuring that your greenspace is a bit more tidy. The big question that remains is what sort of shed would fit into your garden best. Personally, I prefer a bigger space to work with because you don’t want to be struggling to access your shed when all you’re after is one tool at the back of it or something like that.

Not only can you store your tools in the shed, you can also give a home to your garden chairs, parasols and tables during the winter or simply when it is raining. The most obvious advantage to a metal shed is the fact that they are very easy to assemble and they allow for greater security, which is important if you’re going to be storing some of your work and tools in there for long periods.

Don’t let any space go to waste

The key to utilizing the space you have is to ensure that no area of the home is wasted. For instance if you’ve got a dedicated workshop, ensure you’ve got plenty of storage space so that you haven’t got items lying all over the place which could hinder work. I prefer to have some metal drawers in my workshop to keep all of my odd bits and pieces together, with each drawer dedicated for something different.

Keeping everything in order will help you to use your space as smartly as possible. This can also aid in streamlining your activities as you won’t be spending ages trying to find certain tools – they will be in their dedicated home. In truth, all of this is about giving you that platform to take extra business on and deal with that demand, or to expand the services you provide to your customers.