Ideas for Keeping Children Busy After School

Do you struggle to keep your children busy after school? It can be very tiresome to deal with energetic children after a long day at work. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to use up a lot of your own energy to keep the kids entertained.

Clubs and Societies

One of the easiest but in many cases costliest ways of making sure your kids remain entertained after school is to enroll them in various clubs and societies that relate to their interests.

For example, sporty young kids would probably love the opportunity to use up their excess energy taking part in activities such as football, swimming, gymnastics, athletics or alike. Consult the school, community centre or your local council on opportunities in your area.

Do you think your child could do well in music? If it’s singing they might be good at, find out how to join the local choir. Perhaps there is one at the school, the community centre or the local church. For those looking to learn how to play an instrument, there are options as well. Most schools have an orchestra or band of sorts that it could be possible to join. Alternatively, hire a private tutor.

Other options for after-school fun and socialising include joining groups such as the Brownies or Scouts. These are great for teaching your children how to be independent, and gain some real life skills.

There could be some more niche interest groups on offer in your local area too that could see your little one learning anything from survival skills to floristry.

Kitchen Fun

If you, your older children or your childminder are keen cooks, transfer this interest and these skills to the younger generation. No one is ever too young to help out in the kitchen; it’s just a case of assigning age-appropriate tasks that don’t involve sharp knives or other potentially dangerous kitchenware.

You could be baking or making dinner for mum and dad. Activities that young kids can do are mixing ingredients, kneeding dough, and washing fruit and veg, for example.

Experiments

Scientific exploration and discovery should be encouraged, as it teaches kids a lot about how the world works. You’ll be happy to hear you don’t need many resources to carry out experiments at home. Many can be done with the help of just a few common household items. Find instructions online or in children’s activity books. Many charities and educational foundations produce materials that you could use, such as the popular SEEDKIT.

These types of activities are often meant to make it easier for children to understand scientific concepts such as electricity, buoyancy and viscosity.

How to Work on Your Business After 12 Hours at the Day Gig!

One of the bigger challenges my part time solopreneur clients experience is making the time for their business “passion.” It’s no secret that these days that the workplace almost doubles as your home. The hours are becoming, and often feel, brutal. Some business meetings can start as early as 6:30 or 7am and the departure time can vary from 6-8pm!

If your obligations involve children or family to care for after work that means your “work day” can extend well into the evening! And so clients will say, “How can I begin to do something on or in my business at 9 or 10pm and make an impact?” They’re tired and burned, out both physically and mentally.

I understand because I’ve been there! I had to find time after a 12 to 14 hour work day to do “something” to move my business forward. It could be very frustrating. Sometimes I didn’t know what to do, sometimes I’d do the less important stuff, or I’d just plain run out of time! So since this is about truth and I believe in “full disclosure”, I won’t kid you or my clients. I won’t say it’s ok, we’ll figure out how to write a web page, newsletter, tweet, blog post or article in 10 minutes or less and you’ll attract an amazing number of clients – just like that! Sorry, it just doesn’t happen like that! It will take some creative planning and unique approaches.

Let’s begin with three strategies for how you can maximize the minimal time you have as a part-time (or full-time) solopreneur!

Strategy #1: Make a plan for the week…

What are the few, but important things you need to get done this week? Perhaps you want to “tweet” a tip or new program or service you have. Prepare seven short, high content messages or tweets to share with your followers. Once you’ve prepared these short messages, you can either post one daily or use http://www.socialoomph.com/ to set them up to be delivered automatically. You can reuse these messages as valuable information you provide to your online networks so that they’re learning more about who you are and what you offer!

Strategy #2: Use your calendar effectively

At the start of the month, identify the key marketing activities you want to accomplish. This could include your newsletter, email campaign, teleseminar, webinar, direct mail or a list building activity. Decide on 2 or 3 max that you want to accomplish within the month. Then begin to line up the daily activities on your calendar. Again focus on 1 – 2 per day that you can easily accomplish. By scheduling your action this way, you feel good that you’re accomplishing something and you don’t overwhelm yourself or lose your sanity!

Strategy #3: Got a timer?

Remember the old egg timers your parents may have used to boil eggs? Well, believe it or not, they’re back! Well, for your business, not breakfast! Yes, you can actually use a timer to help you manage your time, effectively. Let me give you an example of how this could work for you.

Say you want to do some research about what your client’s wants and needs are. You’ve found a group where they post questions, share experiences and participate as a community. Great find, right? (They do exist by the way!) So you want to spend time reading, absorbing and even responding in the groups’ forum. But you don’t have all night to do so.

Solution? Set the timer! Commit to 30 or 45 minutes of focused activity in the forum. Using the timer helps to keep you on your time track and psychologically helps you to zero in on the valuable vs. the trivial.

My coach’s request is that you take one of these tips and implement it before the end of this week. I know that given the time challenges you’re likely experiencing, using just one of these strategies can give you great results!

I’d really enjoy hearing how these strategies have helped, so tell me about your success, ok?

How I Ran a Home Business After I Lost My Job

I was told I would not be able to keep up a home business after I lost my job and no longer had the money needed to support my home business.

This was a painful truth as I crunched my dollars and I had to give up:

1. My webhosted WordPress blog

2. My AWeber email autoresponder account

3. My primary business because I could not afford the monthly autoship

What I did to Keep My Home Business

It was obvious that I had to switch gears. Having a multi-level marketing (MLM) business was out of the question I was not in a place where I could have another bill. All cash flow was needed to keep the family home, pay bills and food. So I did some research and this is how I ran a home business and made money and eventually was able to join a MLM company that had a product I used, liked and an autoship fee I could afford.

1. I started a free blog at Blogspot. This is not the best way to present that you are a professional in my industry but it was better than nothing. I consulted with some six figure earners in the network marketing business and was encouraged to, “do what you got to do.”

2. I signed up for every free webinar I could attend to pick up any golden nuggets that were given related to networking on and offline, traffic generating strategies, blogging and prospecting. All of the webinars had a product to sell and I knew I could not buy but each gave me some tidbit to work with.

3. I was introduced to a free marketing system. I still use it today. The system automatically syndicates for you any and all content you place on the system i.e. comments, blogging, advertising. I built a network of associates and have joint ventured on projects that still bring results today. Whether money for marketing is an issue for your home business or not I recommend you check IBO Toolbox.

4. I was worried because “your money is in your list.” I had to drop AWeber which I have since set up an account again. I encourage you to do the same as soon as you can. However when I did not have the money for an autoresponder I used the free version of Icontact. You can go to Icontact.com. I do not use Icontact as my primary autoresponder today because I like the features in AWeber better and I think the price is moreaffordable. It was important to have an autoresponder and set up an opt in box on my blog.

5. I set up a few business email addresses using Gmail.com

6. I made one investment I bought an eBook that helped me bring it all together.

Now I was Ready for Business

I set up affiliate accounts with several networks and advertised their products and services online using free ad sites which I searched in Google and using Craigslist. Here are a few networks and techniques I used.

1. ClickBank

2. Shareasale

3. Commission Junction

4. Paid attention to announcements on Facebook about Prelaunches and signed up if it looked legitimate and of interest to my list

5. Also learned about prelaunches via emails I received having signed up for different webinars and conference call trainings.

There are many more you just have to search in Google affiliate networks, or affiliate programs for example. My favorite is ClickBank been around a long time and is a trusted marketplace.

This is how I managed a home business. It was not the fastest way to build my list partly I believe is the stigma that exist about using a free blog, and the learning curve regarding traffic generation. I stuck with it and followed to the best of my ability what the winners were doing. If you are anywhere near the situation I was in you realize I had no choice but to be determined.

Where I am Today!

1. I have a WordPress blog hosted by HostGator

2. I continue to sell other peoples products/services

3. Using my favorite autoresponder system AWeber

4. Joined my primary business and love it.

5. Believe in the power of keeping myself trained and having a safe community of like-minded people to learn from.

Take Away!

It wasn’t easy but it was possible

A slow process but it all worked out. I learned a lot, I contribute to my household again feeling proud. As I started earning with my business I slowly added to the business the systems and tools I needed to help me earn more and to perform task easily and freeing up time to spend with family. I hope you can see this for yourself.

The news has reported that for many people it is taking 1-2 years to find another job. It is time to live like you deserve feeling safe and secure. Do you think it would be worth trying something different that may help you and your family in the long run? If so complete the Opt-In box to the right of the page and receive information on how to start or continue your home business with a zero to minimal budget.