The faster I run the behinder I get.

A while since my last post and many good intentions put to the side. I think It’s called life. The chaos in my life does not seem to get any less so I need to get my head round the whole situation and get myself organised. I shall have to post about my success or lack of it when I have had some time to evaluate the rather belated plans to sort my self out.

Any comments about means to sort out a chaotic situation would be welcome.

Talk again soon.


New Year – Almost! New Start

The New Year was supposed to start on January 1st, 2017 but for me, it has been nearer February 1st or the 3rd to be more accurate. This all may sound like the ramblings of an old man and it probably is, but for me, the start of the New Year has been fraught with problems so I now have to start catching up.

6 Nations Trophy
England’s Grand Slam

I moved house in September of last year and just as was able to start making headway through the boxes and boxes of stuff my landlord decided that I should have a new kitchen. so who am I to turn such an offer down.  It should have been completed before Christmas but as I write there are still a couple of things to be done to finish the job so I have had about 6 weeks of chaos, being unable to find stuff and cooking in rather primitive conditions. Oh well, onwards and upwards.

So, to get back to the new start, at least the two sporting events are about to start. The Rugby 6 Nations starts tomorrow and in a few weeks’ time will be the Australian Grand Prix which signals the start of the Grand Prix season which will last until November. The changes to both sports should provide an interesting year and as ever I shall be hoping for England to do the Grand Slam again and that the McLaren Team manage to produce a car which is much more competitive than was last season’s.

Silverstone swan song?
Jensen Button McLaren – Silverstone

So enough about the leisure activities. I have missed a lot of the work I intended to do during January not least of which is John Thornhill’s training where I discovered to my horror that I am now about 6 weeks behind. Not much free time for me then, over the next few weeks.

There will be time this weekend to celebrate my partner’s birthday. Her birthday is actually today but we can only get the family together tomorrow where we can reveal to her the fantastic birthday present her children have arranged for her. It includes me as well so I am looking forward to the trip in April. That is not too far away so I shall have to get things moving in my business so that I can leave it for a couple of weeks without everything grinding to a halt.

Thanks for reading if you have been and if you haven’t you will never know what you missed.

Until the next time.

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings to everyone and thank you for reading my ramblings over the past year.

It has been a strange year in some ways and an exhilarating one in others. In business, I have had a good degree of success in business and hope to increase and improve that in the coming year. I have plans for changes in my blog so keep an eye open for them. There will be nothing drastic but some gradual changes as time goes by.

On a personal level, I have moved house and am in the middle of having a kitchen refit so cooking and laundry is a bit of a problem at the moment. However, this should all be sorted in the next week or two and I can finally start to unpack the rest of my stuff from the boxes which are piled high in my spare bedroom. Fortunately, I shall be spending Christmas at my partner’s house so for the holiday period the domestic arrangements are all sorted.

As a final note and as a bit of fun, I have been keeping an eye on a hobby in which a large and increasing number of people are taking an interest. The hobby is known as “sweeping”, which I know brings up images of activity with a brush and dust etc. But in reality, this involves entering Giveaway Sweepstakes, of which there are thousands on the internet. The prizes on offer are wide ranging and are worth values ranging from a few dollars to thousands and some people manage to do very well from the proceeds.

I recently came across a very helpful book which explains the whole business of “Sweeping” or entering online sweepstakes. It explains how to find them, how to enter and so on. It is called “Congratulations you’re a Winner” and is well worth the very inexpensive price. You might like to find out more by clicking the banner below and finding out more.

In the meantime, have a restful and peaceful holiday and I look forward to connecting with you again in 2017.

Every Home Entrepreneur Should Know – Part 2

Success doesn’t happen without work

In a traditional business, you have to open the business every day. If you have a job you have to appear in the office or workshop if you want to be paid. When starting a home business you cannot simply sign up and expect the money to start being deposited in your bank account. There’s work to be done.

I have often been asked, “Is it hard to become successful in a home business?” Compared with giving all the best years of your life to an employer and missing special occasions and realising that life is nearly over. Also realising the in your later years you will not have enough money to do the things you want to. Compared with all that, no it really is not all that hard. Even if you have a home business where you do all the work, it is a lot better than working for an employer.

The wealthiest people in the world became wealthy by owning businesses. The businesses which create great wealth are out in front of a trend and the business owner is paid based on the efforts of thousands of people.

It is common to work very hard with little success in the first year. The second year will often show signs that success is on the way. Many people fail to realise that during the first 12 months, skills are acquired and confidence starts to grow when success starts to happen.

So, how much work is necessary in the first two years? “How long is a piece of string?” It takes as much as it takes. How much depends on many factors. How badly do you want it? How fast do you want to achieve success? Experience suggests that a minimum of 7 to 10 hours a week, consistently for at least two years.

Success does not happen without work and is not limited to working at your business. You should be committed to improving your skills. Read at least 10 pages from a great book every day. Books such as “Think and Grow Rich” will change the way you think and when you change the way you think you will change your life.

If you expect success without work from a home business it is as if you expected a pay cheque from a job you never started. It just doesn’t make sense.

Separate Work and Private Life

How To Separate Work From Private Life With A Work From Home Business

I speak from many years’ experience when I say that it can be difficult to combine a home life with work when working from home. It can cause considerablHow To Separate Work From Private Life With A Work From Home Business
I speak from many years’ experience when I say that it can be difficult to combine a home life with work when working from home. It can cause considerable stress and pressure on both elements if care is not taken to divide your time and physical location within the home. Working from a desk in the corner of a bedroom and having haphazard working hours will not work for the majority of couples or families. Here are some simple basic ideas and guidelines based on my own experience which will help anyone operating a work from home business.

Organise work at home time and maintain a work routine

This sounds boring I know, and it is probably not what you expected from your own work from home business but this is another vital element of being successful. It is not necessary to stick to regular 9 to 5 hours or even be fully consistent with your work hours, day to day. However, working from home MUST have benefits otherwise why bother. So you can go off and take a walk, take a day off and go to the races, BUT this flexibility MUST be contained within some sort of regular work time framework where the lost time is made up at the weekends or over a few evenings. I am a night owl and often work until the early hours of the morning and sometimes all night. Often I will not start work until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, but I still actually work 50 to 60 hours week because I enjoy it.

Exploit the work from home benefits                                                                                                           

There are times when the ability to mix work and home life can be beneficial to all. Do not be afraid to adapt or engineer your work to fit in with family life and vice versa. There will be times when this degree of flexibility can be extremely beneficial and at these times working from home will seem so worthwhile. An example could be that you have a meeting in a town you do not usually visit, so why not take your partner for shopping or a show and make a day of it. The hours can always be made up later. It is also possible to take a lap-top and mobile phone on holiday so you can have more family holidays throughout the whole year rather than just the usual once in the summer. A couple of hours a day or one or two days a week of work can provide many benefits which far outweigh the sacrifices in my opinion.

Is This How Birthdays Should Be Spent

Last Friday was my birthday – subdued cheer.

I had intended to have a relaxing day doing a few odds and ends and some tidying up on y computer. Oh dear, did it all go wrong. First, my computer refused to start, then it refused to talk to my server. When I had sorted all that out my broadband started playing up causing more problems with my work machine. Eventually, about 1 am in the morning I got things sorted out at least for the time being.

I had intended to do some more work on John’s programme but by the time everything was sorted there was no time left.

Today was busy but for different reasons. The Autumn International Rugby matches have started and I watched England Beat South Africa. The gap between the two sides should have been greater but SA were awarded a try from a very obvious forward pass. Not the only one the referee missed. Then I watch Wales squeak past Argentina. At least they won and stopped their losing streak. In between all that I watched qualifying for the Brazillian Grand Prix.

I managed a few things today. I finished off my About Me page and am writing this post just before I crash out for the night. Hope I can get some more work done tomorrow.


Next Step on the Journey

It’s difficult to know what to write here at this stage as it’s very early in my journey and progress has been slow.

Life gets in the way sometimes and as I have just moved house with all the chaos that entails. I seem to have spent the last 2 or 3 weeks running at 90 miles an hour and never being able to stick to my plan, I suppose that tends to be a problem with me. I am too easily distracted so I think that is something on which I must work.

I keep getting interrupted, this time by the gas and power people, trying to organise a switch over to my new house has been a nightmare but I won’t bore you with the details.

I have almost completed my Week 1 and 2 training so I hope my site here will start to look more interesting and become more informative in the next few weeks.

Thanks for reading this. Come back soon.