Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other At Work

When you start a job in a new company, you generally begin with a fresh outlook and an excitement that this job could be it – the one that changes your life. It very well could be. You could start a role and feel like this is the place you were always meant to be and there is a very clear-cut path to the top of the food chain. However, if the job you have begun doesn’t end up that way, and you cannot see how you can progress within your career, then you have a lot of soul-searching to do. Hating your job can mean you spend day in and day out wishing for something bigger and better, but without being able to see what comes next, it can be very difficult to decide on how you handle your next steps.

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You have a number of choices ahead of you when you aren’t happy within your job. You can choose to stay put, stall and be unhappy. You can choose to risk it all and leave your job before you have any other options. You can choose to job hunt and try to balance interviewing with other firms with your current hours. Lastly, you could choose to better in your job by studying up to the next level. Half the problem with those who hate their jobs is that they’ve taken a role that was never meant for them in the first place. Those working in secretarial work may have preferred to be in management or leading a team to success with a project, but never got that far. Those working in the bottom rungs of healthcare may have been desperate to do an online RN MSN course but never got around to it. Working in a job that makes you unhappy as it isn’t your dream job isn’t easy, but there are ways around it. You just have to want to chase those options. There are some steps you can take to leave your current role and scramble up the ladder to success elsewhere, but before you do that you have to have a plan. You need to plan your next career move and this can take some time and thinking.

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Putting one foot in front of the other at work is not easy. You firstly have to be in a position where you make or break: make it work and air your concerns about your job to your management team, or break away and try something new, effectively starting all over again. No one wants to do that. But how can you plan your next career move? How can you put it out there that you want more, even if that means staying where you are and working on it getting better? We’ve got a five-step plan to help you figure out what you should do next, so the next time you panic about whether you should move forward in your career, you can come back to this post and know you have a solid plan ahead.

Plan Your Day. Before you know whether you want to leave your job, you have to understand what you want to leave your job for. Don’t look at the big picture to start with, look at the smaller one. If the fact is you don’t like the job you are in, work out WHY you don’t like it. Is it the hours? The people? The workplace? The actual role? The way you handle your next move in your career is going to depend on any one of those options. Practice planning out the ideal day at work, and be realistic about it. Think about what you want from your career and go from there.

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Find Your Happy. Being exhausted and overworked can make you feel miserable. This then taints anything that makes you exhausted and can bring on feelings of resentment toward your job. Find things in your work that make you happy. Do you manage projects through to completion, giving you a sense of achievement? Does your commute make you unhappy? Find out what makes you happy and work on those areas. If you can’t find anything, it’s a sure sign you need to make a move.

Find The Sadness. Work out the things you dislike about your day and try to change those. If you are stuck with a team you don’t enjoy the company of, ask to be transferred to a different department to work on other skills. If your commute is getting you down, discuss the possibility of working from home. The only way you will be able to get your boss understanding why you’re unhappy is to talk about it.

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Plan Your Decade. That awful question about where you see yourself in five years crops up a lot in job interviews, and if you can think further enough ahead you should be able to see what you want for yourself in the future. If you cannot see a time where you are going to be happy in the job you currently are in, you need to take steps now and move on. You don’t want to be sat at the same desk for 10 years only to decide that you made a huge mistake.

Make Your Move. Life is a game of chess, and making the moves you make can see you back to the start, or checkmating the King. Once you’ve decided exactly what it is you want from life, you can make your move across the board and start doing what you want to do. Feeling stuck in a job doesn’t mean you have to stay with it, so make your move early enough and do something you truly want to do.

Having a plan for your career isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s probably the smartest thing you can do. Don’t waste your time on unhappiness – find your happy and make it your life.

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Aiding an Unproductive Employee

We’ve all been there before. We’ve had a couple of employees or perhaps just a single one that is being problematic. It’s not that they aren’t willing to work, it’s not that they’re breaking the rules either, it’s simply just their productivity. Maybe they’re not working as quickly as they should, perhaps you’re unsure what kind of work to give them or maybe you’re stumped because you’re unsure how often you should be giving them a new task.

 

It’s usually not their fault or yours. Maybe there’s just a little break in your office right now and perhaps there’s no need for so many employees. You’ve considered telling them to take a holiday, but they don’t want to use their dates yet and you’re paying them a salary anyway, so why not make use of them? Unfortunately, this type of problem is fairly common in the world of business because there will always be ups and downs in your sales and there will always be quiet periods where almost no one does any work.

 

In order to straighten out this situation and help the unproductive members of your workforce, here are a couple of useful tips and tricks to keep in mind. The last thing you want to do is fire your employees, so use these as an alternative.

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Creating a work schedule

 

One of the most problematic things with unproductive employees is the feeling that they could be doing more. You’re unsure if they’re simply doing their work too quickly or if the work you’re assigning is just far too easy for them. Perhaps it’s the opposite and they’re taking way too long to finish a task that others can do in a matter of minutes. It’s hard to judge this without evidence or statistics, so here’s how to solve the issue.

 

Get an average of how long it takes to finish a task. It could be sorting mail, writing up an article or even responding to a certain amount of customer queries. Once you have this average, use it to judge whether an employee is being too slow or too fast. Then, take a look into their work and ensure they’re not being lazy or rushing it. Ideally, everyone should finish their tasks at the same time, but it’s understandable when a handful of people don’t meet the average and either go above or below it.

 

Another useful thing to have is a work schedule app. This can help your employees stay on track for when they’re doing their tasks, and it will give them a general sense of direction on what to do next without having to ask their colleagues or speak with you.

 

Allow them creative freedom

 

Something that tends to annoy employees is their ability to be autonomous in your business. Limiting employee creativity is a sin and it should never happen unless the job they have is strictly something logical that doesn’t require creativity. There aren’t many roles in the office that promote this, which is why there is almost never an excuse to not be creative.

 

If you know your business inside out, then there are undoubtedly some ways in the back of your mind that an employee can be more productive. Let’s say you have an employee that isn’t really working much because they always finish their work on time. Instead of limiting their talents, why not give them a new role in the office that involves design, such as website design or content creation? By stimulating their creative urges, you effectively give an employee a little more control over how they help your business.

 

Money usually isn’t the reason for people becoming unproductive and lazy at work. You can’t exactly throw money at someone and expect them to work harder or be more productive. Instead, what your staff really want is job security and a sense of belonging. They want to feel like they’re actually contributing to your business, not just following orders and acting as a small cog in a large machine. Offer them some autonomy and give them some creative freedom so that they may affect your business in their own way and feel a sense of accomplishment when your business succeeds in something.

 

Summary

 

In short, make sure that you’re making the most use out of every employee you have. Whether it’s by offering them more creative freedom in their tasks or monitoring what they do and optimising their working hours, it’s important to nurture every member and staff and turn them into staff that are proud to work for you.

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Don’t Let Your Work Damage Your Health

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Are there hidden dangers in your workplace? Even if you don’t work in bomb disposal or on a fishing trawler, your job may still be having negative effects on your health. Here are a few ways that you can spot the dangers and lower the risks.

 

Be attentive with health and safety

 

If you work on a building site, it’s likely everyone will be strictly ordered to wear a hard hat and a hi-vis at all times. However, in some jobs the equipment may be there – and it may be recommended that you use it in a job contract – and yet most people won’t wear it because no boss is strictly enforcing it.

 

This can sometimes be the case when handling various chemicals such as industrial cleaning fluids. If special gloves are available, be safe and use them.

 

If you believe your workplace hasn’t got effective health and safety measures in place, you can always contact the HSE and they will be able to send in an inspector to see if health and safety laws are being broken. If you know that laws are being broken, you may even be able to file a lawsuit against your employer (especially so if you have already been poisoned by chemicals in the workplace). Be aware that your employer may not always be aware of certain hidden dangers (e.g. asbestos on the roof, broken safety equipment).

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Reduce stress

 

Work related stress is thought to be one of the biggest causes of heart failure. By raising blood pressure, stress puts more strain on the heart. Clots are also more likely to form due to an excessive build-up of white blood cells in the arteries. The stress hormone cortisol meanwhile has many other negative effects on our body such as muscles strain, aging of the skin, infertility and inability to sleep properly.

 

The best remedy for stress in such a situation is to find a new job, although of course this isn’t always possible. Some people may be addicted to work as they try to chase a promotion, resulting in the excessive stress. In some cases, a job’s pay may make it hard to leave without having to sacrifice a certain lifestyle. Often small steps can be made to make work less stressful, whether it’s working fewer hours, taking on less responsibility or simply going on a break. In all cases, you should talk to your employer, or a counselor if you feel your employer may be the reason for your stress.

 

Beware of ill colleagues

 

Whilst generally not a major danger to our health, most of us will catch illnesses and infections off of our colleagues. This could be prevented if everybody stayed at home when sick, but many of us guilty of going into the office when we feel unwell, either due to the pressure of the job or a need to receive full pay. If somebody else is seriously ill and you’re worried about it, it’s worth telling your employer who then may be able to send that staff member home. No employer wants their entire workforce getting sick.

 

Give yourself recovery time

 

Many of us can do damage to our health simply by returning to work to early after a major illness or accident. For example, someone with a broken ankle may decide to return to their job as a waiter before the recommended period and cause extra damage to their foot. Often putting strain on an injury before the recommended recovery period is over can result in lasting damage. It’s common for those in manual labour jobs to permanently do their back in due to lifting a heavy object with a recovering back injury. Listen to the doctor and stay away from work until you’re well enough. There are certain methods that may allow you to recover faster, but you should always clarify these with a medical professional first.

 

Avoid repetitive strain injuries

 

Some injuries can be done through doing the same action day in, day out. These don’t just apply to manual labour jobs, sitting at a desk and staring at a screen has all kinds of bad long-term effects such as damaging posture, damaging vision and damaging muscles in the waist from constant sitting down. Taking a break from the screen and stretching your legs throughout the day can help lessen this damage. There are also methods such as buying a stand up desk, as well as special exercises behind a desk (or deskercises).

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Kick-start Huge Life Improvements with These Major Changes

Are you happy with your life right now? Sometimes you can get this feeling that it’s time for a change, but you don’t know what it is yet. You want to improve your life in some way, and it might not matter yet just how you might do it. However, if you think a major change is in order, you should probably spend some time considering the best way to make an adjustment in your life. While making small changes slowly is one way to change your life, sometimes it’s a big and sweeping change that works best. If you’re not sure what that change might be yet, try the following options.

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Change Jobs (or Even Careers)

 

Your job (or your career if you think you have one) is a huge part of your life. Even if you don’t want to be defined by what you do for money, it is what you spend a lot of your time doing. Looking for a new job or maybe even changing your career path altogether can give your life a proper shake up. Doing the same thing day-in and day-out can get you down, but changing employers or trying something different can really improve things. If you’re not ready to move on, though, consider whether you can make any improvements in your current job.

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Find Somewhere New to Live

 

Moving into a new home is a major change which can take you on a few different paths. You could stay relatively close to your own home, so you live in a similar environment. But maybe you want to move further out of town, to the suburbs or even into a more rural area. Some people even think about making a major move to start a new life. The choice to buy a new home could have a significant effect on your life. Perhaps your current one is too small, or it’s not in a convenient location. Maybe it’s time for you and your partner to have your first real home together. There are many reasons to buy a home and improve your life.

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Get Back to Education

 

Going back to school isn’t something that appeals to everyone. Many people have nightmarish memories of school, from elementary all the way to college. Subjecting yourself to structured education again might be the last thing you want to do. But experiencing education as an adult can be very different, and there are lots of options. You can choose to do anything from a short diploma course to a degree. And you can study many things online so you can do them in your own time.

 

Start a New Hobby

 

It might not seem like a major change, but picking up a new hobby can change your life a lot. It can lead to new friends and relationships, new skills, and new experiences. The most life-changing hobbies are often the ones that get you out and meeting people, as well as trying exciting things you’ve never tried before.

 

If you feel like your life might be stagnant, a major change could help to kick-start it again.

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Ecommerce: When Boom Threatens Bust

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There are some things in life it’s hard to sympathize with. If someone tells you that their job is too well paying and they don’t know what to spend money on anymore, chances are, your sympathy well is going to be pretty dry. Or if someone else ventures the fact they sometimes worry they are too happy and content in their relationship – there’s not much you can do with that except roll your eyes.

 

If you ever find yourself in the position of struggling to keep up with demand for your online retail company, then that too will be cause for a lack of sympathy. In a world where companies are going bust all the time, the idea of having too much business to handle is something that most entrepreneurs would only dream of. If you were to go and post on a business forum, panicking about how well your products are selling, then you’re not going to receive much but a few mutterings about how it’s “alright for some people”.

 

It’s a shame that few focus on the idea of demand being too high, because it’s something that can happen without any warning. At the beginning of your business, you just hoped for one sale – and you celebrated every one that trickled in. Now, you find yourself rushed off your feet, struggling to keep up with orders, and wondering how your little from-home job has suddenly taken on a life of its own.

 

Small Business: Now Big Business

 

The vast majority of online stores that are set up by sole traders are motivated by passion. They are unlikely to turn a profit in the early days of trading, but they are sustained by determination and a desire for a part-time income. Very few people embark on ecommerce with the idea that it’s going to be their full-time job and something they devote their time to entirely.

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It’s a good job that’s the case, because being able to pack in your normal job and work from home selling online isn’t something that many businesses can sustain. If you have been one of the lucky ones, it can feel wonderful… but there’s no doubt it’s a surprise too. You didn’t expect to be this successful, which means you don’t have any plans for handling being this successful.

 

Make The Choice: Stay Or Go?

 

You now have to make a decision: are you going to go full-time and dedicate yourself to your flourishing business? Or did you only want it as a side job, a little extra income, rather than a replacement for your main job?

 

If the latter is the case, then you have no choice but to scale down and start refusing orders. You could genuinely harm your reputation if you can no longer meet demand, so be more select and close sales down when you’re becoming overwhelmed.

 

However, most people will choose the first option: go for it and try to make this your career. It’s a big leap, but you’ve already got some positives going for you as you switch to working for yourself, from home. You clearly know what you’re doing and have hit on an idea that is successful; you now have a legitimate chance ahead of you to make your ecommerce business into a reality.

 

Of course, you’re now faced with the task of doing just that – and it’s something that’s a lot easier said than done.

 

The Next Steps: What Do You Need?

 

So you find yourself in a situation where your business is expanding at a rate you can’t handle. The best thing to do might be to finish all of your existing orders, then suspend online ordering for a couple of days while you put the next steps into action.

 

As this is ecommerce, let’s assume that you are selling a product. So ask yourself a few key questions, and you will find the answer to what your next step should be will reveal itself. Of course, when you start asking questions, a few more spring up alongside them – but such is the nature of business!

 

Question One: How do I source my product?

 

Do you make it yourself, buy it intact and then sell it on? Who are your suppliers for the materials you are using?

 

Question Two: Can I source more of my product?

 

Do you have the time to make more of your product? Might you need to bring in other people to help, and how might you go about doing that?

 

Question Three: Is it time for a price rise?

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If you are currently selling stock as fast as you can make/procure it, then you have to examine your pricing strategy. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. If you can only produce a limited number of items, then you need to charge more for them. Even if you can source more products, it’s still worth experimenting with higher prices – you have clearly hit a space in the market, so why not make the most of it?

 

Question Four: How will you cope with the extra tasks ahead of you?

 

This one can be trickier to answer than you might initially think. If you’re going to be selling more products, then you’re going to be doing more of everything. For example, you’re going to be sending more parcels, spending more time processing orders, entering the fresh income into your business books.

 

This is why you likely need to leave your full-time job; just managing the business at a slight increase in sales is going to take a lot more extra work. Identify the areas that you will need to increase your time and financial investment into.

 

Question Five: What help might I need?

 

When you have reached the stage where a business is a success and you are dedicating more time to it, you can’t afford to be an island. Making, selling, and sending your products solo might have been possible in the beginning – but it’s fast becoming a liability. That’s why you need to investigate your options.

 

  • Could you do with a service that lists items for sale for you?
  • Do you need to hire a writer to help you craft perfect product descriptions?
  • Are you going to need to rent space for the higher stock volume you will now be handling?
  • Are you going to need ecommerce store inventory management to help you cope with all that extra stock?

 

The answer to all of the above is probably a resounding yes, so you have to launch yourself into sourcing all of these complex forms of assistance.

 

Question Six: Do I need a partner?

 

You began by yourself, but you only need to reread the last few paragraphs to see how much more work you are now going to be bringing upon yourself. Can you realistically continue to do this alone? Do you need a partner or part-time employees to help you cope?

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All of the above might seem like big, scary questions for a small business you founded with few dreams beyond making some extra spending money. Nevertheless, they are the reality of the situation you face. If your business is expanding at a rate you are struggling to manage, then it’s crystal clear that something needs to change – and soon.

 

The more you struggle to meet demand, the more your business is going to be groaning under the strain. Without wanting to scare you, it’s important to remember this simple truism: if you don’t handle the boom, you’re soon going to be handling the bust. This is a big change in your life, but it’s one that is going to give you a career you might only have dreamed of. Make the most of it; you’re one of the lucky ones, so enjoy it.

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So You’re Out Of College? What Happens Next

Things are pretty different for college graduates than they used to be. It used to be that you’d come out of college and fall straight into a job that you studied for almost immediately. That sort of situation was one that many people’s parents took for granted but now sounds like something out of a fairytale! With a job market that is more and more competitive and more and more graduates coming out of the system all of the time, things have never been so difficult for new college graduates to figure out what to do next. After all, you’ve spent several years working towards a singular goal and then suddenly the world is completely open to you. It’s very easy to feel as though you don’t have any real direction anymore. This is an extremely understandable feeling and one that is shared by a lot of graduates. They feel like there’s no way for them to move forwards and that they’re now just stuck in place. However, that’s not the case. There are always things that you can do in order to get yourself out of that feeling of confusion directionlessness. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s always going to be easy, but being able to find a new direction out of college is one of the best ways to avoid falling into some kind of slump that you can’t get out of. Here are just a few things that you can do to give yourself a little bit more purpose when you’re fresh out of college.

 

Internships

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One of the reasons that many graduates find it so difficult to get started in their chosen career is because very few companies are willing to hire someone without a decent degree of experience, even if they are fully qualified in that particular field. Because of that it often feels as though you can’t work in your chosen industry until you’ve already spent two or three years doing so. However, there is a way around this. Many companies offer internships that allow you to gain incredibly valuable experience which will offer you the chance to apply for jobs in your chosen field with much more confidence. The one thing to keep in mind is that some of the internships are unpaid, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you have some kind of financial support network in place if that is the case. However, many of them are paid and can be rather competitive. Not only that but a lot of companies even offer full-time positions at the end of the internship as well, since you’ll have an excellent amount of experience with that company by then.

 

Saving

 

One of the toughest things about graduating college is the fact that there’s a pretty good chance you’ll end up back with your parents. Now, even if you love your parents dearly and you all get along really well, it can feel pretty frustrating to go from living independently for several years to suddenly feeling like a little kid again. If that’s the case for you, then the best option might be to start saving your money in order to finally move out permanently. If you want to do this, then you might have to look for work around your hometown, even if it’s not what you really want to be doing. Whether it’s talking to local businesses or filling in a Walmart application via jobapplicationcenter.com, you should start applying just about everywhere. Even if you don’t feel like this is the kind of job that you want for the rest of your life, you can at least comfort yourself by knowing exactly what it is that you’re aiming for. Planning for the future is one of the most important skills that any adult can have so it’s a good idea to earn this one as soon as you’re out of college.

 

Traveling

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Or perhaps you feel like, after four years of hard work, stress, and deadlines, you need to take some time to recharge and reconnect with yourself. This is a totally understandable feeling and one that a lot of graduates can definitely relate to. If you’re feeling that way then why not go traveling for a while. Whether it’s alone or with a group of friends, it’s often the perfect way to shake off all of the pressure that you’ve been so used to for the last several years. Getting away from everything familiar allows you to really connect with who you are and what you want, which means you’ll be able to come back home and really understand what it is that you want to do next! Of course, you might have to work for a while to save the money that you need, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to rely on your parents for support during your travels.

 

Postgraduate studies

 

One of the other reasons that so many jobs are so competitive is that there are more and more graduates around than ever before. Because of that, why not go one step further. There are plenty of postgraduate courses available and they are sure to give you that competitive edge when it comes to applying for jobs. Not only that but, if you’re the kind of person who was never happier than when they were at college, this give you the chance to stay in that environment for a little bit longer. Postgraduate study is a very different environment from the typical college experience but it’s one that thousands of people find incredibly fulfilling.

 

Sure, all of these things come with challenges and difficulties that you’ll have to deal with. But having a clear goal that you can work towards will make the whole thing much easier overall. It’s far easier to push past obstacles when you’re moving toward something that you’re trying to achieve than to feel like you’re trapped with nowhere to go in the first place. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you fully commit to and push yourself as hard as you can. It’s an incredibly competitive world out there, and you need to be willing to fight for what you want out of life every step of the way.

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Improve Your DIY Skills And Make Money On the Side

If you consider yourself pretty handy, have you ever thought of challenging yourself to be even better at DIY? While many people can clear a drain or put a new lick of paint on the walls, those people who can do more can make themselves stand out from the crowd – and can even make a pretty penny in return, too. Below, we outline a few skills you can learn in your home that’ll improve your own house and be marketable in your community. Learning new skills, a better house, and extra money? Sounds pretty good to us!

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Custom Furniture

There’s a lot of people getting into the second-hand furniture game, for three very good reasons: it’s fun, the possibilities are endless, and people are buying. There are so many people buying and upgrading old furniture with a view to selling that you have to make yours stand out. This is where a bit of creativity and advanced finishing skills come in. To step up your final product, take a look at https://www.familyhandyman.com/woodworking/staining-wood/wood-finishing-tips. You’ll have the best-looking furniture in the neighborhood!

Technically Difficult Skills

If you have those DIY skills which are technically difficult and take time and advanced tools to complete, then the world is your oyster. Of all the skills that are in demand, none are more desired than metalwork skills. If you know how to weld, then you’ll be able to create unique furnishings and decorations for your home, as well as to fix those that have broken. You’ll want a welder that is suitable for amateurs, but also powerful enough to get the job done, like the Millermatic 211. To see if this is the right one for you, continue reading: https://pickwelder.com/miller-millermatic-211-reviews.html. With your welding skills, you’ll be able to make a handsome side income by selling what you’re created and as a repairman.

Carpentry Skills

Your carpentry skills can really come into their own in two key areas: the garden, and storage solutions. Both are always in demand. In the garden, you can create things like a new shed, vegetable patches, bird feeders, and children’s play areas. These are the kind of things you can sell, and then there are the projects to improve your home. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, take a look at creating your own outdoor decking by checking out the projects at http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/topics/decks. If you’re handy with wood, there’ll always be plenty of work in your home and around the neighborhood.

Getting the Word Out

You should be doing your DIY projects for fun, but there’ll also be the opportunity to sell your work. Spread the word around your community and make sure you take photos of your completed projects to show people you meet. It might not be the equivalent of a full-time income, but it might bring in enough to top up your other wage. And remember: the more projects you do, the better your DIY skills will become.

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