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March 21, 2018

When Should You Quit Your Job to Focus on Working from Home - Work at Home Trust

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Before starting their work at home journey, many people first have 9-5 jobs where they commute to throughout the week. Although it is possible to have a job outside of the home and work from home at the same time, it can be draining and sometimes unrealistic. To truly focus on a home business and make it successful, there comes a time when it is necessery to give up the job. How does one go about figuring out the best time to do so? The response to that question depends on many factors that each person would have to consider, based on individual situations. How do you know when you are ready to quit your job for your newly found home business?

No one else is in the position to answer that question for you because only you know what you want and what you can work with. Just make sure that you do not rush into something without first preparing for it. To really find out if you are really ready, there are further questions that you may want to answer before moving forward.

Do you have enough funds to cover your costs?
Just because your business will be online does not mean that it won't cost you. Depending on what you do, your cost may be little or more. First, think about what exactly you would need to start off with and how you would finance your ongoing business. If you believe that you have enough, then move on with the next questions. If you do not have enough, then you may want to consider continuing with your job, and save money while operating your business on a part-time basis.

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Have you planned enough?
I am a big advocate of planning for every business idea or anything else for that matter. If you haven't yet written a business plan, then this is the time to do so. Write or hire someone to write all of your legal documents (i.e. service agreement/contract), and go through all the legal processes of your business. Try as best as you can to outline everything that you would like to see happen for your business. You may want to also decide who your target audience is. Your audience would be your clientele. Know who you want to sell to and what they want. To find out more about business plans, click here to read my article about the subject. Do lots of research on everything.

Do you have a back-up plan?
Do not quit your job if you do not yet have a back up plan. It takes time and effort to start operating a business. You would be an entrepreneur, so make sure that you have everything under control as best as you can. A back-up plan is having something else to fall back on in case of emergency or financial problem. You may start your business now and not make any income right away. So focus on preparing your business for the long journey of entrepreneurship. Get a support group if you can. If you have dependents who count on you for their daily bread, then you may not want to just rush into something else by quitting your current job without any back-up plans.

Do you network or have a list of contacts?
Start networking as early as possible to meet like-minded people, potential clients, and people who were once in your shoes and whom you could learn from. Networking would be your best friend in the online business world. You just have to get yourself out there and show what you can offer. Connecting with people I don't know is something I've always found difficult because I can be quite shy, but I've learn that I sometimes I have to push myself a bit more. I love meeting people, but the first step is usually the hardest part. So if you're anything like me, don't worry, it's not as scary as you may think.

Believe in yourself with whatever decision you end up with.
You can either be your own best friend or worse enemy. If you believe that you are now prepared,
ignore all the inner negative voices that may prevent you from moving forward once you have come to the decision of moving on. You know what you want and what is best for you, so as long as you have done your homework, go for it. Some people prefer to keep their job as they work part time on their business till it becomes more successful. On the other hand, some prefer to simply quit their job and focus more on the growing of their business. You are your own judge, so go with what feels right.  As you do so, do not let the competition out there stop you because you are unique and no one could be exactly like you. Everyone comes with something to offer. So come on board.

Give notice at your job beforehand instead of just quitting.
Just because you have new plans does not mean that you should completely disregard your current job. It is okay to leave once you are ready, but please do so on good terms. Give your employer enough time to look for someone to replace you. Your service was obviously greatly needed there, so do not keep them hanging all of a sudden. Talk to your employer ahead of time. Who knows, some of your future clients may even end up coming from your current work place.

To sum it all up, plan, research, take important factors into consideration, and believe in yourself with whatever decision you end up making. I wish you all the best on your journey.
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March 11, 2018

How to Create a Free Blog On Blogspot/Blogger (Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide with Images) - Work at Home Trust

March 11, 2018 0
If you're thinking of starting a virtual (work-at-home) business, it's important to have some type of presence on the internet. And the best way to do that is ... Blogging! That's not to say that you should have everything about your personal life and information online. It simply means that you should start blogging about topics related to your niche. Blogging not only tells your potential clients that you know what you're talking about, it also allows you to connect with other like-minded individuals, helps you learn and grow, and much more. I listed fifteen reasons why you should start blogging in a previous article. After knowing why you should start a blog, you may find yourself stuck if you're totally new to blogging. There are many ways to create a blog, but to help you start your journey, I'll share with you a simple way that will take very little of your time.

Two of the most common blogging platform people on the internet usually use to create blogs are Wordpress and Blogger (also known as Blogspot). You may learn a bit about the differences on the article where I listed some reasons why you should start a blog. That being said, I would like to add that one of the benefits of using Blogger is that it gives you access to many other useful apps (email, cloud storage, blog, Youtube, note taking, and more) and connects it all together. Moving on, let's go through the steps you would need to take to kickstart your blog today!

1. Signup for a Google account
Go to the Google signup link and fill in the form as shown above. Make sure to chose a username that has never been used before. Don't worry, if the username you type has been taken, Google will let you know right away and allow you to choose another until you find the perfect one. You will be asked for your current email to have another email that you have access to connected to this one. This will allow you to change your password if you ever forget your password and need to reset it. Google would send you a unique link to reset your password. Putting a phone number is usually optional.

2. Create a blog
Once you've created a Gloogle account, click on square button made up of other little squares on the upper right corner of your screen. You should see the Blogger app in the list of apps as circled above. If you don't see Blogger, click 'more' below to bring up more apps. Once you see Blogger, click on it. 
You should then be able to see a button on the upper left corner saying 'New Blog' or 'Create New Blog.' You may be asked to choose the type of profile you want (i.e. Google+ Profile or Limited Blogger Profile). A Google+ profile connects all your Google apps together whereas a limited blogger account limits how exposed you are on Google.

To create your new blog, choose a title and a unique address. Your address can also be your title. Just make sure it has never been used. Again, Google will let you know. Also try doing a quick internet search to make sure no one else has used the unique blog or business name using other platforms. As a blogger, it's important to be as unique as possible. There may be varieties of the name you choose, but make sure you aren't choosing an exact name that someone else is using.

3. Choose your preferred theme

Before creating your blog, you will be asked to select a theme for your blog. That's the design of your blog; how your blog will look like. You can also go back to 'Theme' to select another design late on.

4. Set up your blog

Click on 'Setting' to type information about your blog such as the title, description, and everything else listed below setting. Play around with it to familiarize yourself.

On the 'Post, Comments, and Sharing' page, choose how many posts/article you want your blog to show on one page. You can also decide who is allowed to comment on your posts, if comments can automatically be posted or if you prefer approving them before they go live, and if commentators should take a word verification to prove that they are humans (to reduce spams). Again, go through everything to familiarize yourself.

5. Post your first post/article

Click on 'New Post' to start a new post.

Choose a title, then type your article where the arrow points above.

Make sure to always save your post as you type to avoid losing your work.
You can also click preview to see how your post would look like once you publish it.

Don't forget to write labels (like tags) for your post. Having labels for your posts gather all posts that are similar in one place. It makes it easier for readers to find your posts.

You can also schedule your posts. If you write an article today and don't want to publish it until days later, you can click 'Schedule' to select another date when your post would go live. It's possible to do that with multiple posts at once and schedule them all for different dates.

You are free to also add images to your posts. Images make articles unique, more visible, and make it easy for people to know what an article is about. The resource list on this blog has a list of blogging essentials where you would find sites to help you customize images. You can take pictures of items you want to talk about, get free images online, or buy images before customizing them (if you prefer).

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6. Save your blog content
Make sure to always download your blog content (posts and theme/design if you have a custom theme/design). In case anything happens or you make a mistake, you would have the files to back it up. 


To download all your posts, click on 'Setting,' then 'Other,' then click on 'Back Up Content.' Once you do that, a small window will pop up as shown below.

Click on 'Save to Your Computer' to download all your current files in one file on your computer. Make sure to save it in a folder you have easy access to.

To backup your theme, click on 'Theme,' then click on 'Backup/Restore.'

Now, click on 'Download Theme' to download your current theme or design.

7. Buy a unique domain name
This step is not necessary; especially not right now. Having a domain name is important and useful, but it's not something you necessarily want to rush in with right after creating your first blog. I just added it here to help you remember that you can either buy a domain name (i.e. www . YourBlog . com) directly from Blogger or buy one from a third part domain provider and attach it to your blog. Visit my resource page for examples of domain providing sites.
For now, don't worry too much about getting a domain name. Focus on setting up your blog first.

Congratulations! You have officially created your first blog and your first blog post!
Now take your time to explore your new blog to learn more about it.
If you have any questions, be sure to comment below.
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