4 Steps Towards a Successful Home-Business


Do you ever feel that people don't take your business seriously because you run it from home? This can crush your morale, especially if you are just starting out. But of course working-from-home doesn't mean unprofessional. Especially if you follow these tips and tricks I'm going to share in this post!

Have Specified Working Hours
While running a home-based business gives you the freedom to work at whichever time you want. You should try to give yourself some structured working hours - especially if your business means you have a customer base that need to be in contact with you.

You should come up with specific working times, which you should clearly describe on your website. Your customers will know the hours in which they can place orders or ask questions (even if the answers aren't completely instant). By having specific working hours you create a sense of professionalism, and it also helps you to create a good work / home balance for yourself as well.

Have a Work Station
Having a specific room or area in your home dedicated to your work is a great idea, not only to maintain a healthy work / home balance, but also to make your business appear more professional. Keep the area as clear and clean as possible to keep you motivated too. One of the best flooring styles you can use is an engineered wood floor accomplished by Flooring365, which makes the room you are using look presentable.

Invest in the Right Equipment
Having the right equipment needed to run your business is equally as important. You don't necessarily need the most high-tech, expensive items. But it is a good idea to shop around and find the right products for you. If you spend a lot of time at the computer, then a supportive computer chair is a must for example. 

Put the Needs of the Customers First
There is a famous saying in business that says, 'the customer is always right.' This applies even in a home-based business where you should give priority to the needs of your customers. If a client orders for a certain product or service, you should ensure it is delivered on time without delays. A happy customer will keep coming back, and hopefully they'll bring their friends too!

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Helping your Child with their Balance + Coordination


Balance is something a lot of us adults take for granted. From going down the stairs, to even just sitting at the table, balance plays a key role in a lot of day-to-day activities. For children though, balance is something they need to master as they develop. This is why it’s important that they’re involved in activities that help encourage coordination and balance from a young age. With that in mind, here are some of the top activities that can help teach your child the skills they need.

When you’re submerged in water, you have to learn how to work against the resistance of the water, while also using it to your advantage. Understanding how your body works differently in water is key to developing new coordination and balance skills, and it also helps your child begin to develop spatial awareness.

Cycling and Roller Skating
We all remember that feeling of riding our first bike - it’s terrifying but such an exciting feeling once you master it. Riding a bike or whizzing around in a pair of roller boots is all about learning how to position your body, so you maintain your balance. And although quite daunting initially, it’s the perfect way to help your children get used to using their posture to stay coordinated.

Playground Games
Climbing ladders, swinging on ropes and walking across suspended bridges all require a lot of concentration and agility. When things move unexpectedly (such as the swing bridge moving suddenly), it requires a lot of core strength to regain control over our bodies. So even though jungle gyms and playgrounds just seem like great fun to children, they’re actually teaching them valuable skills while training their core.

Simple playground games such as hopscotch and stepping stones are also brilliant for coordination. Hopscotch requires the rapid and frequent change in movements, while stepping stones mean leaping certain distances. All of these challenge your child’s coordination and balance.

What if your Child is Still Struggling?
While it’s inevitable that your child may fall over on occasions, or lose control of their bike while riding, there are some other key signs that your child may need help with their balance and coordination.

These include:

* Frequently falling or tripping (and being unable to rebalance themselves quickly).
* Lacking fluid movements so they look more robotic.
* Refraining from joining in with physical activities.
* Being late to start walking or crawling, or other more physical activities.
* Having trouble in certain environments, such as uneven ground or steps.
* Struggling to get dressed standing up.

In cases such as these or if you're particularly worried, you should seek the advice of your doctor. It may be something that can be helped with a bit of support, for example an ear infection that is affecting their balance. Check out Auris Ear Care who might have some advice for this. 

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