Turn Your Home Into a Money-Making Property

If you are a homeowner or a land owner, then you will know that there are so many costs associated with owning a property. Utilities. Mortgage payments. Property Taxes. Not to mention the other costs that come with everyday living; there are all kinds of different ways that our homes can end up costing us some money. Many of us know that owning a property is an investment, and it can pay off in the end when you move onto a bigger home, or sell your home. But there is no need to make yourself wait that long in order to see the financial benefit from your home. So why not look to make some money from your home, and start doing it right now? Here are some side-hustle and business ideas to inspire. Which do you think will work best for you? 

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Add a Rental Suite

If you live in an area where it is legal to do so, then how about adding a rental suite to your home? If you don’t have room inside to do just that, or would rather have something a little more separate, then you could think about converting the space that you have. It could be a garage conversion, for example, to make a bedroom (and it could have its own entrance door). If you have some money to invest in it, then if there is space, and regulations allow, then how about building a separate free-standing structure? 

Of course, you need to make sure that you research the regulations for building or creating a suite to rent out that is completely legal. It is common to require some legal rental suites to have their own kitchen and bathroom, for example, so that is something to consider. If you are needing to invest a lot of money into this, then you need to think about how long this will all take to get the money back. Make sure that you can do this in a relatively short time, in order to make it worth it. 

Rent out Storage Space

If you don’t want to be a landlord or a bed and breakfast host, but you still have some space available to use for an income, have you thought about renting out the storage space? If you have a sizable space, then you could rent it out as storage each month. Where you live could depend on the demand, but there will be a lot of people that will want to store things like boats, motorbikes, and RVs, and they’ll want to keep them sheltered rather than being out in the open. If you want to let someone else store their car or bike in your garage or barn shed, then it could bring in a monthly income quite easily, without having to do too much. The only costs for you would be making sure that you have a secure space, so CCTV and an advanced locking system could be a good idea. Heating the space could work well too, in order to make sure that things are taken care of.

Hold Events

If you have a bit of land with your property, or have a large barn that isn’t used for storage or for animals, then you could look to make some money from events. It doesn’t have to be a large festival or anything along those lines, but it could be something like setting up a seasonal event with hayrides and mazes. You could rent the space out for weddings, or perhaps host things like special dinners or petting zoo events. The key thing with this is to make sure that you have the right legal permits in place (for example, a licence to sell alcohol and so on). 

Start a Home-Based Business

The ideas so far have been all about using what you have to make money on the side, without you having to do too much. But if you want to do something a little more proactive, and even want to get a business started that means you can work for yourself, then launching a home-based business could be the thing to do instead. If you run a business out of your home, then it does help to keep overheads down, and it will also have some tax advantages. You can also use a certain percentage of your household bills (like the internet and heating, that you use when working on the business), and use that as a business expense. If you have an idea to run with, then go for it. If you’re looking for ideas, then there are a few to choose from online.

Run a Bed and Breakfast

If you have a few spare rooms in the house or are empty-nesters and have a home that is now really quiet, then you could look to maximize your rental income, then you could make your home into a bed and breakfast. If you can rent out a few rooms at once, then it can make a big difference, and be much more lucrative than just having one room rented out. If you travel a lot with work, then you could even use home swap sites or sites like Airbnb to rent out the whole property during the times that you are away.

Rent out Parking or Driveway

If you live in a commuter area or near a place where big events take place (like a stadium), then renting out your driveway or parking space could be a good way to make money. If you don’t drive, but have a car parking space in your apartment close to a train station, for example, then it could be something really simple to do, and there is likely to be a lot of demand for it. If you live close to a football stadium, for example, then when there are events, people will pay to be close to where it is. So that is definitely something to bear in mind, depending on where you live. 

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Essential Tips For a Successful Move Overseas

We really do live in a globalized world these days. No matter where you are, you can have an instantaneous conversation with a person on the other side of the world, and you can even see them in real-time too — that’s pretty amazing, no matter how you look at it. This globalization of society also means that more people than ever before are able to pack up their belongings, move to a new country, and begin a new life. If you’re thinking of making this move, then take a read below, where we outline some essential tips for ensuring the move is successful.

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Do Your Research

No matter where you’re thinking of moving, it’s important that you do as much research as possible. You might have an idea of what life would be like there, but ideas and reality don’t always overlap! And there’s a big difference between visiting a destination and living there. As well as learning about the culture and the pros and cons of the destination, it’s recommended that you take a look at the cost of living. The new country won’t be like your home, transplanted to another part of the world — it’ll have its own economy, expenses, taxes and so on. 

Connect With Others

There is understandably a lot of fear when it comes to moving overseas, no matter how excited the person may be for it. One way to get around this fear is to connect with others before you make the move. This will be easier if you’re moving for work since the company can put you in touch with your new colleagues, but there are also Facebook and other groups that’ll help if you’re just moving by yourself. They’ll be a valuable source of information that will build on top of your independent research.

Making the Move

We tend to think of moving overseas in terms of the psychology effect, such as how we’ll cope and so on. But it’s important to keep in mind that there will be plenty of logistical matters that you need to take care of, too, such as transporting your belongings and yourself to your new country. For your things, it’s best to leave the job to experts such as Chess Moving. They’ll transport your belongings safely and securely, so you can enjoy stress-free travel without having to lug all your personal items with you.

Finding a Place

It’s really important that you find a place to live when you’re on the ground, rather than beforehand, unless it has been arranged by your company. You can’t really know what a place or neighborhood is like until you’re there! Book an apartment on a short-term basis and get searching when you land.

Give it Time 

Finally, be sure to give it a time! It always takes time to adjust to a big move, and you’ll feel homesick no matter how exciting the move is. Slowly but surely, your new place will begin to feel like home. Be patient. 

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How To Save Money On Home Repairs

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Home repairs are one of the biggest expenses of being a homeowner. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the cost of home repairs. Here are just a few ways to make home repairs less expensive.

Know when to go DIY

Taking on repairs yourself can save you the cost of having to hire contractors. However, you should be careful of which repair jobs you attempt. If you’re not DIY-savvy you could botch up the repair and then pay more to get this fixed. There are also some jobs such as electrics and roof repair that can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The key with any home repairs is to do your research. How-to blogs and YouTube tutorials can be great for teaching DIY skills.

Use your network

There may be people in your close network with handyman experience that you can call upon. They may be able to offer their services at a discount or even for free (providing it’s not a major repair). Such people are also likely to be trustworthy if you know them relatively well.

Shop around for contractors

If you decide to use contractors, make sure to shop around. By collecting lots of quotes, you can find the best price. Make sure to also research into the reputation of contractors so that you hire a company with a good track record. Positive reviews and glowing testimonials are often a sign that a company is reliable and trustworthy.

Source your own parts and materials

Many contractors are able to source parts and materials for you, but it could be cheaper to source them yourself. Contractors will generally try to make a profit on any parts or materials that they have to buy, so you’re better off buying yourself directly. You can find niche parts such as Berkeley pumps online for affordable prices. You can also find discounted materials online by opting for reclaimed materials.

Time it right

If the repairs don’t need to be made urgently, it could be worth waiting until the right time to schedule repairs. You’ll often find that many contractors lower their prices in January when there’s less demand (fewer people can afford repairs after Christmas and so many companies reduce their prices to attract business). Certain repairs may also have a seasonal demand – you may find that looking into repairs out of season saves you money. For instance, heating system repairs are generally cheaper in summer, while air conditioning unit repairs are cheaper in winter.  

Take preventative action

The best way to save money on home repairs is to take preventative action where possible. When making upgrades to your home or buying new appliances, don’t just settle for cheap low-quality options. Investing in decent appliances that are built to last and hire professional companies to carry out renovations so that you know you’re getting high quality results. Certain repairs can also be cheaper when made early. For instance, it pays to fix leaks from pipes early – ignoring them for some time could result in water damage to walls and ceilings, plus your water bill is likely to be very high.   

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Taking The Next Step On The Career Ladder

Have you started the year with grand plans to try and get a promotion or secure your dream job? Are you preparing to leave college? Are you thinking about changing career? If so, you may be wondering how to go about making your goals a reality. If you’re keen to take that all-important next step on the career ladder, this guide should come in handy. 

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Applying for a new job tips

If you’ve spotted an opportunity at your current place of employment, or you’ve seen an advert that has made you think twice about staying with your employer, it’s wise to take time to prepare your application. Before you fire off a resume and craft a quick cover letter, take a few moments to read the resume, and make sure it is up to date and relevant to the position in question. It’s a good idea to tweak your resume, even if you’ve recently updated it. Look at the job description carefully and tailor your application to ensure it ticks all the boxes. When revising or reviewing your resume, remember that employers skim through applications. You need to be concise and clear, highlight your strengths and stand out from the crowd. If you get through the first stage, and you’re invited for an interview, prepare thoroughly. Try and preempt questions, run through presentations several times and practice speaking aloud. This will help you stay calm and confident and make sure you don’t miss any key points. 

Improving your chances of moving up the ladder

If you’re hoping to get a promotion this year, or you want to try and apply for a more senior role, there are various steps you can take. One of the most beneficial things you can do is take advantage of training and development opportunities and further study. If you lack experience, or you haven’t got the qualifications you need to progress in your chosen industry, look at courses and programs you can take. If you have dreams of becoming a real estate agent, check out real estate training programs. If you want to be a team leader in a sales office, undertake management training. If mentoring has got you thinking about being a teacher, explore courses you could take to make this step. There are possibilities in almost every field and sector. Even if you don’t get the job you want first time around, having extra skills and qualifications on your resume will benefit you moving forward. 

Changing career

Changing career might not be the easy path to take, but it could bring incredible rewards. If you’re unhappy in your current job, or you know you want to be doing something else, why not start taking steps towards getting the job you do want? Find out what kinds of qualifications you need and look for training opportunities and internships to gain experience. Search for entry-level posts and sign up with recruitment agencies that specialize in your chosen field. 

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The arrival of a new year often makes us think about what we want to achieve in the months ahead. If you dream of getting a new job or securing a promotion at work, hopefully, this guide will point you in the right direction.

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Making New Friends As An Adult

It can be hard for adults to make new friends. Maybe you’ve moved to a new place away from your old school friends, or maybe you’ve simply decided that it’s time for you to be more socially active. Whatever the case, your peers are out there. It might not be as easy to mingle with them as it was when you were in school, but there are definitely ways to meet new people in your age range. And we’re not just talking about dating. Finding a partner is easy, given all of the dating apps out there, but what about finding friends? The following pieces of advice should help you to start making new friends as an adult.

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Go out in your local town or city.

It might seem like a rather basic piece of advice, but simply going out in your local town or city is one of the best ways to meet new people. Obviously, you have to go out to the right places. You could start by going to your local coffee shop and having a quick lunch break there. Maybe you could even ask if there are any local groups or clubs that gather there, but that’ll be discussed in the final point. You might also want to visit your local pub on quiz night. You could meet some great people by doing that. You might end up in a team with some new people, and that could spark some new friendships.

Try new things.

You should also try new things if you want to make some new friends. It’s good to get out into the world and explore. This is about going beyond the suggestions in the first point. You should try adventurous things to both have new experiences and meet new people. You could take up biking and take part in events, for example. If that were to take you from place to place, you might want to check out these roof racks. You could store your bike safely on the roof of your car when you take it to events.

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Join a club.

As has been discussed throughout this article, getting out into the world and trying new things will help you to meet new people. You can make new friends on nights out or by stepping out of your comfort zone and trying adventurous new things that you might not usually do. But how do you make lasting friends that you’ll see more than once or twice? Well, joining a club is a good place to start. Think about an interest you have, and do some research to find groups of like-minded people in your local area.
Maybe you love reading, for example. So, you could find a book club in your nearest town or city. You’d be around fellow readers, and you could make some new friends. Obviously, you don’t have to choose a book club; you need to find a club that suits your interests. When you find people with fellow interests, you’ll already have some sort of connection before you’ve even got to know each other. That’s the great thing about joining a club. You’ll find a group of people that you can see on a regular basis, and you might just make some new friends.

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Modernizing Your Healthcare Practice

So many small doctors surgeries are precisely the same as they were 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. They have the same uncomfortable school seating, and possibly even the same magazines and outdated leaflets. Their practices are also the same. The booking systems are difficult and largely ineffective; there’s no online presence; they just exist to get a job done. While this is great, and doctors should focus on the core reason for their existence; diagnosis and treatment. They still need to move with the times. If you run a healthcare practice, small or large, you should be looking at ways to modernize. To become a practice that offers more and maintains trusting relationships with your patients. Like any other business, your healthcare practice needs to grow and develop. It needs to make money. Let’s look at some of the ways that you could make things a little more modern. Starting with ditching those ten-year-old mags. 

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Get Social

All successful businesses today utilize social media. You might not think that it’s a place for a healthcare provider, but it can be. On a basic level, you can use social media to communicate important information and changes, such as new opening hours, to your customers. But, you can also use it to answer their questions and offer extra content. In the winter, something simple like a short video explaining how to fight flu can be exceptionally effective. 

A healthcare blog could also be a useful addition to your practice. Use it to share more seasonal content, such as defeating hay fever in the spring, and posts about any illnesses that are going around. Use your internet presence to educate patients, and the wider community and give them ways to improve their health and protect themselves. 

Change the Design of Your Practice

The design and layout of your practice need to be practical. Your staff need to have the space for everything that they need to work. Their offices need to be close to other rooms that they might use. It should be spacious, and the reception area needs plenty of space and accessibility. But, it needs more than that. With the help of Perfect Practice, you could design a practice that is welcoming. That can help your patients to feel safe, and give them a chance to take greater control over their health. 

Become More Involved in Your Community

In days gone by, local healthcare practices were a big part of the community. People met there to attend groups and classes, and waiting rooms were filled with chatter. This community spirit is sadly lacking in the modern world, but it is something that can easily boost mental health. So, think about ways that your practice can inject some community spirit. You could start by offering extra support, running breastfeeding support clinics, advice sessions for elderly patients looking to get more exercise, and even things like fun art therapy sessions. Advertise these sessions online, and when possible, try to run them outside of your practice, to bring new patients in and help educate and support the wider community.

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Effective Ways To Reduce Car Repair Expenses

Everyone knows how expensive car ownership can be. Automobile experts and non-drivers alike understand that the cost of driving is typically quite high. There are many expenses that drivers must cover, including insurance, fuel, and even cleaning. Car repair is another expense that can easily cost you a small fortune. This cost is among the most frustrating too, as most repairs can be prevented. If you’re worried about the cost of repairs, here are six effective ways to save. 

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Read The Owner’s Manual

An effective way to lower car repair costs is to prevent car repairs. Although accidents can cause serious damage, most car troubles are the result of poor maintenance. Because of this, you should read your owner’s manual, paying close attention to the maintenance schedule. Following this schedule will help to keep your car in good condition, preventing breakdowns. 

Put Yourself To Work

Owning a vehicle is a huge responsibility. Along with driving safely, you must look after the car. Most mechanics will happily carry out any maintenance or repair tasks for you if you ask them to, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they should. There are countless repairs you can DIY, such as replacing dead batteries. Carrying out these repairs yourself will work out much cheaper. 

Find The Right Mechanic

When you come across a repair you can’t handle, allowing an expert to help makes sense. After all, you don’t want to cause any additional damage. However, before handing over your keys, you should research the mechanic you’ve chosen. Having customers and the right insurance doesn’t make a mechanic good. Finding a reputable expert is sure to save you money in the long run. 

Hunt For Cheaper Parts

Having to replace a part will significantly increase the cost of any repair. That is why you should source the parts yourself. Whether you need Mercedes, Audi, or Porsche parts, you must hunt for them online. Not only does this give you an option to purchase second-hand parts, but brand new parts typically work out cheaper too. Just search for what you need and compare prices. 

Make Use Of Warranties

Any vehicle purchased from a dealership usually comes with a warranty. This warranty might cover the entire car or certain parts, and could come with a limited or lifetime guarantee. To learn what guarantee you have, you should check your receipt or contact the dealership. If your vehicle is still in warranty, make sure you take it to that dealership any time you need repairs carried out. 

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Slow Down Your Driving

Driving efficiently will help to keep your vehicle healthy. Sticking to the speed limit and avoiding harsh braking will not only prevent car trouble but reduce the likelihood of car accidents too. Whether you passed your driving test last week or several decades ago, there is always room for improvement. Consider how you could be a better driver and take the actions necessary. 

Vehicle repairs can easily cost a small fortune, but with the effective advice above, you can reduce the expense and lower your motoring costs.

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