Archive | November, -0001
So many people seem to have a cavalier attitude about their computers. As long as they can turn it on and it works and connects to the Internet that is all they are interested in. There are various very simple things that you can run without any gadgets, additional expense or technical expertise to keep your computer running smoothly. Just check around in your start menu or on ‘Computer’/Local Disk C.
There are ways you can ‘tune up’ your browser on a daily basis and you will be amazed at how things will run smoother if you are consistent about clearing your browser cache. When you encounter errors online or with anything you may type that is an error, your computer may build a ‘cookie’ to that error state. Now every time you try the same thing you are getting the same error. When a site has been down for a few minutes and has recovered you may still be going to the error for hours and even days through the cookie.
That is why you need to regularly go into your browser settings and delete your history, cookies and temporary files. You will be amazed at how much better your computing and Internet experience will be if you do that at least a few times a week and definitely every time you have been to an error site – whether a link that is not working or which you typed wrong.
Possibly the most critical issue is security. This involves having an up-to-date (up-to-the-minute=live update) anti-virus program preferably with firewall, etc. You can even get some effective free programs that if kept up-to-date will offer you a certain amount of protection. This one for the cavalier is particularly tragic because they will not listen and it will not occur to them until they may need a new computer or serious technical help to recover lost data (costing hundreds of dollars). Sometimes it is not even possible to recover but at least you may be able to get your computer back.
One very important thing you can do that is free, takes only a minute, and is easy to do, is to make sure your browser has the latest version. Just go to the ‘About’ link and it will tell you the version – many of the newer versions can be set to automatically update or at the very least to start the update as soon as you enquire. Out-of-Date versions of browsers are a red flag as hackers know those updates are usually security related and they know how to exploit a breach now that they realize you have one.
The same is true for WordPress versions and especially plug-ins. WordPress will warn you when there is an update available for either and you should take 2 minutes to run them the minute you see the message, because again this can be a serious security issue. Particularly plug-ins are frequently hacked and you can lose all your work. Some will make your site malfunction just if out-of-date. This can be serious where you can’t even login.
Still another and this is the most ridiculous one that is ignored the most, is use secure passwords. The dumbest password in the world is any real word or name in any language – even if you feel you are being clever by adding a number after it. It would take less than 5-minutes for a hacker to break into your account and possibly steal your identity, deface your site, or plant invisible malware links.
… but go on and keep ignoring all this – until that day when you have a rude awakening. Unfortunately that is what it takes for many people to get a clue. Good luck recovering, Rover123.
Because of financial necessity many parents believe they have no choice but to leave their children with daycare providers so that they can go to work outside the home. It would be better for the children if this wasn’t the case, and probably much easier if at least one parent had a way to work from home. When a parent works from home naturally they have more of a relationship with their kids.
Another important point is that kids don’t know about economics. What they do realize is that their parents are not there for them most of the time. The relationship does not have a lot of quality time. When you are working outside your home, you see the kids to wake them up, get them ready for the day, and shuffle them off to day care or school. At the end of the day, hopefully you have a nice dinner together, and maybe spend some time with them. Then it is time for them to go to bed.
Just by eliminating the commute times to and from work and daycare, you would have more time to spend with them and feel less rushed. While you are looking at this, don’t forget to consider how much money you can save for child care and transportation. That is money that is no longer going out of your pocket. If you are skeptical because you would make less money if you worked at home at least while you are developing a business, be sure to do the math on what you save by staying home.
When you have the freedom to choose what hours you will work it is really liberating and you will find it much more efficient. Working when your children are napping or at school would be ideal. Of course you can also be working off and on when they are up and running around the house and you can keep an eye on them to be sure they are safe.
There can however be some obstacles to this grand plan like anything else. One is to make sure that your family and friends understand you are actually working even though you are home. They need to respect that time and you can facilitate this by turning on your voice mail for one thing, so you won’t get interrupted. It really helps if you have a room with a door that you can use for a home office and teach your kids that there are boundaries.
There are many advantages if you can see a way to start a business from home, but for parents these are some very important considerations that may encourage you to pursue this idea.
Particularly in the current economic climate, people are being displaced from their usual careers. The may use job recruiting websites that will help them find new opportunities. Available as well on the Internet are resources to help folks find low-cost and even free online training that may help them to improve their chances of finding a new job opportunity.
Displacement could be a golden opportunity to find out how existing skills and experience might translate for careers online from home. Of course the additional training mentioned above would also be applicable if it would help the chance for success to enhance their expertise.
Whatever your skill set thus far – be it technical, marketing, sales, management, administrative, or accounting, there are many opportunities either in finding new employment through online resources or starting your own business from home on the Internet.
Obviously you need some money to get out of being ‘between a rock and hard place’. Ideally you have some sort of benefits such as unemployment insurance or severance pay and even possibly savings that you can use to survive until you are able to secure another steady income. If not then the best way to go would be to try to find at least a part-time or temporary job to tide you over. Then you can use your spare time to look for a full-time job or to develop a home business opportunity.
Give yourself a few days to let this big life change sink in and get your bearings. Even if the separation was expected, it is still a shock. Rather than to allow yourself to be scared, which while normal is not very productive, psyche yourself up to move forward. This can be a positive change for you and one that you might not ever have made if you were not forced to!
Be aware of the fact that you are in control of your own destiny. This knowledge can be very empowering if you stop and think about it. Although you may take it for granted, it can be something we often forget when we get into the rut of long-term, stagnant employment. You are driving and it is up to you which way you go and how far.
Be very methodical in your approach. You will find that being organized is not only being professional but it really will help to calm you as you will feel that sense of control when you know where everything is. Treat finding a job or business the same as you would an actual job. Set your hours where you will do various things – for example have hours you will search the job boards for employment. If you can, schedule appointments or interviews and/or make calls or send emails in this regard. Of course you will need to get your resume together and this may be a little time consuming if you don’t have one to use as a ‘backbone’ to build on.
Make some time to look at ‘home business opportunities’ in a search engine like Google.com. Devote some energy to clicking the links to learn about the endless possibilities for starting your own business. Just get some examples of what they do and how it appears they do it. If you can find some programs to join free just as a research project if nothing else. You might find something that really jumps out and make some money.