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4 Tips For Starting Your Home-Based Fitness Business

4 Tips For Starting Your Home-Based Fitness BusinessBy Amber Trimble

Do you have dreams of turning your fitness journey into a business? A home-based health or fitness-related career is a great option to turn your personal narrative into a small business.

For example, Maria Kang, founder of No Excuse Mom. She has used her fitness journey as a platform to launch a book and grow a community with over 300K Facebook followers. She developed a free work-out community for local “No Excuse Moms.” Groups are popping up all over the country.

Lisa Druxman, founder of Fit 4 Mom, home of the a stroller-based workout franchise, Stroller Strides. Stroller Strides has over 1,400 locations nationwide.

Erica, of Ericafitlove, lost 150 lbs in 2 years. She uses Instagram to share her story and promote her online health coaching business.

Danielle Walker, author and mother, used her autoimmune disease diagnosis as a catalyst to launch Against All Grain, she is now a New York Times best-selling author.

While these entrepreneurial stories are inspiring, there isn’t a recipe for overnight success. A home-based fitness career will likely start off small. If you are disciplined, open, and honest — your fitness career could take off. As an added bonus: while you are the face of the company, you will be inspiring others and getting closer to your health goals. (more…)

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5 Life and Business Lessons I’ve Learned From My Mom

5 Life and Business Lessons I've Learned From My MomBy Jan Pinnington

Life has a way of steering you in the right direction if you take a moment to listen. My mom’s advice has come back to me in ways I could never have even imagined.

I now affectionately refer to my mom as my “wise sage” and appreciate any and all insight she can share with me. She knows stuff. She’s lived through the depression and comes from a family of immigrants who spoke zero English when they arrived in Canada in the early 1900’s. Not only did my mom’s family of 13 children survive, but they thrived.

Hardship didn’t harden their perspective or hearts. In fact, quite the opposite happened. I’m honored to say that my mom and her siblings are kind-hearted, hard-working people who never accepted a handout. There was always enough to share, no matter how meager the meal or resource.

Here are the five life lessons I learned from my mom, and how I applied them to my business life today.

1. There’s No Instant Success.

My mom’s family arrived in wintery Manitoba, Canada with a few broken suitcases and dreams for a better life. Let’s just say that success wasn’t instant. It took decades to achieve stability and progress. (more…)

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How to Work From Home as a Voice Actor

How to Work From Home as a Voice ActorBy Jason McCoy

Voice acting is the art of reading a script and using your voice to bring that script to life by acting or creating a character, which is then referred to as a voice over. Voice actors are also often called voice over talents and voice artists.

You probably hear voice acting every day, but may not realize it. Voice actors can be heard on commercials, audio books, telephone greetings, store announcements, and more!

Anytime you hear a voice, but don’t see a face – that is a voice over which was recorded by a voice actor.

Working as a Voice Actor.

Most voice actors work right from the comfort of their own homes using the internet and some basic recording gear.

The thought of working from home, acting, and creating characters for a living seems like a dream to many, but it can also make some people feel uncomfortable. Maybe you’re thinking you’re a bad actor or you feel because you haven’t had any acting experience you’re incapable of becoming a voice actor.

It’s true some roles may be too much of a stretch for you in the beginning stages of acting. Maybe you feel silly or embarrassed acting like someone you’re not. That’s understandable. (more…)

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5 Excellent Startups for Entrepreneurs

5 Excellent Startups for Entrepreneurs (1)By Angie Nelson

Entrepreneurship has boomed in recent years, with many millennials shying away from traditional careers which they now consider unstable. Freelancers and the self-employed now make up a significant portion of the workforce, and the choice is becoming attractive to many more people every day.

There can be some confusion over what type of business to start as a new entrepreneur, but here are some tried and tested ideas which have served the sector well.

Crafting Business

Handmade craft products have never been so popular, with sites like Etsy dominating the marketplace. Many crafts are relatively inexpensive and enjoyable with practice. Tutorials for every craft imaginable can now be found online, and while the majority of sales take place on the web the potential for real-world selling is very strong with outlets such as independent gift shops, local markets and craft fairs. Some markets can be somewhat saturated but, as with everything, if the business delivers consistent high quality, excellent customer service and a unique product, this is by far one of the most enjoyable and popular startups for an entrepreneur. (more…)

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7 Side Businesses You Can Start Today

Side Businesses You Can Start TodayBy Kimi Clark

Finding a side business to start while you’re working full time or focused on another project is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many good options out there, so we’re sharing a few with you below … maybe even some you hadn’t  thought of yet.

1. Birthday Party Planner

Moms are busy, and although we usually have the best intentions to plan out a lavish birthday party for our kids, the reality is, things rarely go according to plan. To have someone step in and take over so we could enjoy our child’s birthday instead of stress out about it would be amazing!

Consider this: For the cost of a few business cards and flyers, you could be that person. If you know how to throw a party and don’t mind doing the leg work required at making contacts, getting everything ready and together and setting it all up, this could be the perfect side business for you.

You can work around your schedule and only take the gigs you want, and you get to be creative and use your imagination. In fact, thinking like a kid actually helps when you’re working as a birthday party planner.

2. Mobile Pet Groomer

If animals are your thing and you know a little bit about grooming and caretaking, consider this option. (more…)

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