How I Started My Own #Business From Home (

When I was younger, I told myself that I wanted to be a teacher. School was so thrilling to me and I wanted to give that same excitement to others. (C) Alex Wong

By the time I finished school, I was on a different path. I started working in medical administration and I really liked it. Working in an #office all day seems boring to most #people, but I liked the idea of eight hour shifts and simple to #follow instructions.

In 2005 I made a huge mistake that would affect my career tremendously. I went out on New Year’s Day and ended up having too much to drink. I got into a bar fight and I hurt someone pretty badly. I regretted my mistake immediately, but that wasn’t enough to stop me from getting a criminal record. I lost my job once they found out about this and I had a very hard time looking for something else.

I started working for temporary agencies, but it was a pain to be fired every time my past transgressions came to light. I decided then that it was up to me to start my own business. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I was capable of creating my own opportunities. I have always been a pretty decent cook, so I decided to try my hand at catering.

I went #online and checked out all of the zoning laws in my area. I wanted to find out if I was required to have any special licenses to run a food service #business from my #own. Luckily for me, my state is pretty lax about things like this. I went out and purchased one of those stoves that have six burners. It was pretty expensive, but I knew if I became a #success it would more than pay for itself.

The next thing I did was run a few surveys online for people in my area. I tried to get a good idea of what types of dishes I should offer. I wasn’t sure if I should go the traditional route and make canapes and finger sandwiches, or if i should go out of the box and make some foods that are not readily available where I live. I decided on the latter since there are so many caterers around here that offer a lot of the same thing.

I went online and created a #great #website, well I thought it was good until my friends told me it wasn’t. This prompted me to hire a #web design firm to build my site. After they were done, I realized that my business picked up right away. I am swamped every weekend with orders from people all over the area. I never thought I would be this popular, and I am thankful for this #opportunity to show everyone that I can do for #myself. My story is proof that a bad situation doesn’t have to be the end of your life.

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Controlling #Business Travel Costs

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Sometimes when we are traveling on business, it is easy to let costs get out of control. But if you are working from a per diem or have other constraints on your travel #budget, you should learn some cost cutting #methods that you can put into effect that won’t make your #life miserable on the #road. (c) Fotos Free Redam

These #cost-cutting ideas are not just to stay out of trouble with the budget people back at the #home office.  Often businesses have a set budget for business travel and once it is gone, no further trips can be made during that budget year.  So if you anticipate the need for more business trips in months ahead, it is prudent to keep an eye on costs as you go so you can conserve that limited budget to facilitate important #trips yet to come.

#Economizing on the road can be difficult because you are put right in the middle of the hospitality industry which, while good at making you feel comfortable and providing for your needs, hotels and restaurants are also good at running up your tab.  But there are some easy ways to sidestep a lot of unnecessary spending so you can stretch your business travel budget.

*    Eat before you go.  #Airport restaurants or snack bars are notoriously overpriced.  So even if you are leaving early in the morning, have breakfast and get well satisfied before leaving home so you don’t have to buy #food en route.

*    Wise #packing.  Think through your life in the #hotel and on the road.  You can buy travel sizes of almost everything you will need.  Moreover, you can pack some light and easy to carry snacks such as trail mix, candy bars or nuts that can be used to tide you over during the trip until you can get a good meal.  By being self-dependent during the trip, you save a lot by not using airport services.

*    A hotel is just a bed, a shower and a TV.  When booking your #accommodations, think about where you should stay.  If you don’t need a #luxury hotel, don’t book one.  If you are just staying the night in one place and then moving on, a clean, well run motel can take care of you just as well as the executive suite at the Hilton.

*    #Share that ride.  If you are traveling as a party or you are meeting business partners at the #destination, you can share cabs or rental vehicles and save business costs as well as conserve on burring fossil fuels unnecessarily.

*    #Markets and #delis.  You can even eat economically in a big town like New York or Orlando by using the same sense you have at home.  By taking an early trip to a nearby grocery, you can stock your room with #fruits and #travel foods and cut down on the amount of meals you have to eat out.

*    Public #transportation.  If the town you re traveling to has safe and workable #subways or other public transpiration, that can be much more #efficient for you than renting a car.  Washington DC for example has outstanding rail transport that you can use rather than rent a car.

By using some of the same good common sense you use at home to keep expenses under control for your home budget, you can not only live inexpensively on the road, you can actually live better.  And by not allowing yourself to be #overcharged for some very basic #goods and #services, you will feel better about your business outing and become known in your company as a #smart traveler.

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