Are you a creative person looking to make money with your talent? You should check out some of these at-home business ideas for the creative mind. Not only are you doing something with your time that you love, but you’re also making yourself more money.
1. Arts Studio - If you have a knack for painting and drawing, this at-home business is a perfect fit. More than ever, the love of art is on the rise. People nowadays are willing to spend good money on art they believe to be unique and stunning. Because of this, going into this type of home business is a great option.
2. Jewelry Making - Jewelers use different materials to make their products, such as ceramics and iron. If you love fashion, especially the accessories that go along with fashion, then you might want to consider becoming a jeweler. Being creative in this field is how you achieve success.
3. Tie Dye Making - The tie dye business has been around for a long time. Good news is that it’s still a popular at-home business that people go into. If you are a tie dye lover or even just a general arts lover, this business may be something you should consider. The first thing you should know is that you have to be skilled in this trade of business. However, if you don’t know much about this trade, you can always be trained.
4. Card Making - If you love giving gifts, then this type of business might be something you really enjoy doing. You can get started quickly without spending a lot of money up front. This may be one of the easiest businesses to start up at home.
5. Wood Work - If you are good at carving wood or building objects using wood, this is a great option for a home business for you. The industry is very profitable and there are a lot of things you can do with wood. Some things you may consider making are children’s toys or furniture.
6. Basket Weaving - If you want to start a craft business, this may be a good place to start. This is simply because a lot of people are on the lookout for homemade decorations for their homes, making this type of business very profitable.
7. Knitting - You can do a lot with knitting. There’s options like making scarves, cardigans, sweaters, and table cloths. There is not a large start-up cost in this type of business so if you’re on a limited budget, then this might be a good option for you to consider.
8. Candle Making - Candles have been in use for over 2,000 years and are still in high demand. They are used all over the world for religious reasons or in homes. You’ll have a very successful business if you make scented candles and different shapes, as these types of candles are very popular.
These are all great options you can consider for your new home business. Don’t be scared to try new things. There aren’t any rules to craft making, but when selling be sure to sell products you have fun doing and are confident in doing. They can earn you a great deal of money and provide you with something to do with any extra time on your hands.
Top 5 Travel Destinations for Digital Nomads
When you’re a digital nomad, you truly are free to travel anywhere you feel. The world is your oyster and you can stay on the road for as long as you like – until you’ve bled the Earth dry of every incredible thing that you want to see.
But with so much to choose from, where do you begin? Of course everyone will have their own ideas but here are five destinations to definitely consider checking out…
Zadar is an area in Croatia that is a brilliant spot for digital nomads for all kinds of reasons. For one, it is surrounded by some absolutely stunning scenes of natural beauty. Right up there is Krka National Park which has some beautiful waterfalls and a stunningly attractive lake. There are great beaches and the weather is fabulous too.
At the same time though, Zadar has the benefit of being a good fit for the digital lifestyle thanks to lots of free WiFi (even in the National Parks!) and some great bars and cafes where you can sit and get some work done.
Not everywhere you visit as a digital nomad has to be completely exotic and tropical. Cities can also be fantastic to visit and Europe is full of beautiful ones to try.
London is a particularly smart choice because it has so many incredible landmarks, so much culture and history and a vibrant nightlife. There are also plenty of great places to work, which include tons of cafes but also museums and the stunning British Library.
Other European cities to try out include: Rome, Berlin, Paris, York, Oxford and more.
Thailand is a favorite among backpackers, nomads and others and it’s one of the classic places to check out when you’re on your travels. The beaches look like postcards, booze isn’t too expensive and you have the incredible full-moon party that is an absolute must for everyone.
Tokyo is an incredible place to go if you want to feel like a real fish out of water – which is what travel is all about for many people. There are a ton of incredible experiences to be found here and you can even try working in the beautiful ‘New York’ bar from Lost in Translation.
I wanted to include some curveballs on this list that perhaps you hadn’t considered. Radolfzell is a town in Germany that is right on the Italian and Swiss border. That means that you can visit both those places and I particularly recommend the Rhein Falls and better yet, the beautiful Sisikon. I stayed in a mountain chalet that I found on AirBnB!
Radolfzell is a good spot for entrepreneurs itself though too, thanks to one of the best European libraries I’ve had the pleasure of working in!
Strategic Management To The Rescue
In truth, not a lot of companies are willing to admit to other people that they might be in trouble, that they might be a difficult place in which to work, or that they are having trouble retaining some talents and workers. If you're part of this type of company, then you probably already know what kind of trouble it gets into but leaves unacknowledged in the interest of keeping up appearances. Sometimes though, mistakes just keep being committed left and right, goals are left unattained, the employees themselves are most often left to themselves with no idea how they are important to the company. Confusion reigns, and if left unchecked, the entire company might probably just end up crumbling.
Strategic management may be just the thing that could help the company regain its focus and put it back in touch with its original goals and philosophies. Strategic management works to make sure that a company constantly has its eye on its objectives and clearly defines all the steps and requirements that it takes to complete its plans.
You will know that your company is in dire need of strategic management methods when it has begun to focus far too much on small and unimportant details that don't really contribute to the company's overall mission and vision. Think back on your original objectives. In the years that your company has existed, have you even gotten halfway through your list of objectives? Are you even close to becoming the type of company that you envisioned yourself to be?
Strategic management isn't rocket science, really, but the challenge you might meet in implementing it will lie in the mentality of the movers and shakers of the company, particularly if none of them are particularly interested in or responsive to change. The basic steps of strategic management sounds quite a lot like common sense, although given the number of companies out there that flounder at some point, people still need a refresher course on it to regain their focus. Strategic management involves sitting down and figuring out what your company's objectives are, determining your mission and vision, and laying down the steps that will help you achieve your goals. Every department will have their own strategies to craft, and all of these must be created in accordance to the overall goal of the company, not just planned solely according to the goals of each department.
If you notice that your company has been thrown off track, sit down again and look back on its original goals. Figure out if they remain relevant today or no longer are. Only then can you begin the process of determining the right plan of action.