Tips for starting a home based business

Tips for Starting a Home Based Business
Are you ready to take the plunge and start your own home based business? Whether you’re a landscaper, CPA, child care provider or stylist, many small businesses can be operated out of your home. Follow these recommendations from the business professionals to ensure your business gets started on the right foot and is a huge success.
One of the most important items to confirm is the zoning laws in your area. Some municipalities allow for certain types of home based businesses, such as those that will not have any clients or customers in the home, and those that will. Check with your local city hall for the ordinances in your area. You’ll also need to apply for a business license. While this involves a small fee, it’s required of home based businesses as well. If you’re providing a service, make sure your industry licensees and credentials are up to date.
Select a software to keep track of your clients, expenses and income. Many software programs will also provide profit and loss analysis, track costs and determine margins for profitability. This is the basis of your business plan. Do you plan to offer a product or service for which there is an unmet need in the market? Have you priced your product or service at a price the market can bear and that will also allow for adequate profits? Maintain the integrity and on line security of this data. This is especially important if you maintain client information on your computer. Check out the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a virus protection software plan through Norton. It will be money well spent.
Develop a marketing plan. How will prospective clients learn about your business? Word of mouth and referrals are by far the best way to gain loyal clients. Develop a simple website that describes your business, the value of your product or service and the options available to customers. Include all of your contact information on the website. As you begin to secure customers and deliver your service or product, it is critical that you deliver on all of your promises. Provide excellence and exceed client expectations and your business will be off to a great start. Continue on this path and your business will be sustainable for years to come!

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Bidvine has something for everyone.

It’s not very often that I am pointed in the direction of a non fashion site and I instantly fall in love with it, however this is exactly what happened with the website I am about to tell you about but I want to say first that these opinions are MY OWN and all the gushing to follow is for real!

Bidvine is a website that offer a huge ( and I mean HUGE) range of professional services. They offer people looking for a particular service a range of service providers so you can find the match that works best for you. Have  a little look at the How it works page where it explains much better than I can.

As far as the range of services I honestly don’t even know where to start so I’m going to talk a little bit about the services I would and will be using on the site. I have moved to a new city four months ago so a lot of my focus has been on getting the house sorted and making it look pretty so as soon as I went on the site the first thing I looked for was gardening services and fence repair as I have two small dogs and one of the little beasts keep escaping and I have tried and failed at a makeshift repair using chicken wire haha don’t ask? being new here I don’t know where to look to find someone specifically for the job I need and that is the main reason I feel like I found Bidvine at the perfect time.

I am living in a big rented house so I will be having  a six month landlord inspection of the property and I want the garden to be as neat as when I moved in so I will be using Bidvine to get someone out to cut the grass and make the garden  look presentable for that but the weather is starting to get so nice I’m thinking of a good time to organise a BBQ or something drunken and outdoorsy at my house because I’m lucky enough to have a large garden, so again a nice neat lawn will be perfect. I have no grass cutting equipment and not a green finger in sight so Bidvine here I come.

There are so many other useful services from health and beauty, fitness,  nutrition and yoga to learning services like languages and musical instruments, its amazing!

For all my bloggers out the reading this they also have photographers local for blog shots and people to take pics for portfolios for any of the wannabe plus size models. I will personally be using the site to make contact with people who can help me get the house the way I want it but there is so much on offer I can’t stop browsing (if my next blog post is written in Spanish you’ll know who to blame lol)

 

*this post is in collaboration with Bidvine but again all the excitement is my own and I love love the how useful the site is and will 100% be using it this summer.

Use Energy to make some money

You might have noticed that I have a bit of a shopping habit! Being a lover of fashion means that I am always looking for something new to wear or just window shopping to see what is out there. I love internet shopping because it means that everything is so accessible – I love being able to shop from the comfort of my own home, it makes life so much easier!

However, the temptation to shop is always there and my bank balance doesn’t always appreciate this! That is why I have recently tried to be more proactive when it comes to using promo codes. When I discovered promo codes I couldn’t believe that such a simple concept would save me money – it felt too good to be true! There are some promo codes that aren’t for physical items though. Energy Casino   It guarantees 100% of the initial deposit up to £200 plus up to 100 free spins . I’m not suggesting anyone take up online gambling but if this is a type of site you already use this is a great deal to get. I lose patience playing online bingo and online pool but I imagine it could be quite fun.

With Christmas around the corner everyone would welcome a little extra cash and although I don’t suggest anyone start gambling sometimes it can be a fun and exciting way to spend a bit of time. I went to Vegas this summer and it was an amazing trip but I’m not much of a gambler so that side of it was a little wasted on me.  Thankfully using promo codes is really easy – just like using vouchers in a physical store. Now I never buy anything online without seeing what sort of discount code is out there first. To use them you simply enter the code at the checkout point of your order and it immediately takes your discount off of the total – sometimes it can be a percentage off and others it can be free postage. Either way it’s a way to save a few pennies and when it comes to shopping for things online, I need all the help I can get!

The good news is that there are loads of different codes out there so you don’t even have to use them just for fashion.  Online shopping for almost any product comes with the opportunity to use a discount code of some kind, so make sure you check for one the next time you shop online and let me know if it saved you any money.

Beauty for me in 2017

Having been a beauty/makeup influencer on YouTube years ago and working as a makeup artist in London and just loving to paint my face in general, beauty has been a big part of my life for many years now.

I have started to lose inspiration as I haven’t been working in makeup since I moved away from London so I really want to incorporate makeup and beauty into my blog to get me excited again and also to make more use of the abundance of beauty products and makeup that I own lol

2016 was a very quiet makeup year for me, I pretty much did the same natural makeup look each time I had to put a face on and I want to make 2017 much more exciting and experiment so much more.

With my blog being named ucantwearthat I love to dispel myths about what fat people/black people etc can and can’t wear. I have recently posted pics and a video on Instagram of myself playing around with pink and green makeup highlighters by Radioactive Unicorn to show that when used correctly they can be brown girl friendly.

I realise beauty products are much more than just makeup and skin care however. A large chunk of the population use spray tanning and self tan products as party of their beauty regime. I personally have only used a self tan lotion once just to see if it made any difference, the skin tone on my legs is very fair so I used self tan to see if it would even up my skintone to match the rest of my body, it didn’t, but it did give me a beautiful golden glow to my skin which was really pretty. As not all of my readers are my skintone I still wanted to mention tanning products as part of my post for popular beauty trends Ellison supply spray tanning kits has a tonne of products to help create that gorgeous summer tan without having to go on a holiday. Tanning products are definitely something I would use again but most likely on my face this time as I really like the health glow it gave my skin.

Something else I want to play around with more this year is unusual lip colours, again just to show people that no matter your skintone all areas of beauty are open to us.

Look forward to more beauty related posts from me this year as well as more make up of the day and tutorials. I intend to revisit my beauty YouTuber days and play around with a lot more beauty products and trends.

Our male plus size Chums.

As you all know I’m a fashion girl and love a little look on clothing sites to see whats new and what I might have missed and I’ve even blogged outfits wearing boyfriend fit clothes . I like to look at plus size men’s clothing sites to see what I can get as at my size its impossible to find anything oversized fitting on plus size women’s size because I wear the largest size.

I have been following more and more plus size male fashion bloggers on Instagram and have been loving the smart outfits, plus size men in traditional well fitting suits look amazing in my opinion.

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Chums are a UK based brand that go up to a 4xl and 62 waist trouser making it a great place to look for plus size menswear. They also stock whole host of other items on their site but they have a huge range of menswear including many pieces that make up a classic suit.

so for men this is a great place to check out and for my plus size ladies who read this I honestly suggest having a quick look if you like big baggy pieces like an oversized hoody or boyfriend fit jeans or blazer etc. #styleistimless and style is limitless so getting nice pieces to make a great outfit is the important bit to me not where they come from. Its so nice to be able to create an outfit that not every single other fat girl has and menswear increases choice vastly.

Plus size mens fashion is a great way to get inspiration for cute outfits and I have been finding following plus size male bloggers has been great for inspiring androgynous looks which I absolutely love.

Do you have any plus size male blogger recommendations or plus size menswear brands that I should take a look at?

 

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workout footwear wishlist

For me its that time again when I promise myself I will do more, I want to start going out for regular walks outside of the everyday stuff we normally do. I usually wear one of my New Balance trainers when I’m going to do some form of exercise but I wanted to see what else is out there. I’m specifically looking for something good for walking, comfortable and definitely something pretty to look at.

I have found 2 pairs of  gorgeous trainers that I would love to own one is a bit higher end offered by UGG and the second is equally as cute from Adidas.

My high end pick…

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UGG trainers from Daniel Footwear I am so in love with these , I’m not really a pink shoe type person but when it comes to working out and sportswear I would definitely make an exception. They have the signature UGG logo on the back of the shoe too if that statement is important to you, I’m not gonna lie its definitely a plus point for me.

 

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Adidas Cloudfoam qt racer from Brantano ladies I love the floral design on this shoe, I don’t like doing exercise and going out for walks so it always helps when the sportswear clothes and shoes are cute and reflect your personality. I’ve heard this particular shoe is super comfortable and great for walking and running. At the moment Adidas are doing amazing things when it comes to running shoes, with the flex being sooooooo comfortable and a very popular choice.

If you have either of these shoes already please let me know what you think of them.

Cheltenham Ladies Fashion Day

In the world of horseracing it has been a custom to dress up for major events, this is true in the UK, USA, the rest of Europe and some parts of Asia like Japan. Racecourses are a place for sports betting, but this sport has always been considered of a higher standard than any other, there is just some sense of style at the races, and it isn´t just about dressing nicely, fancy dresses steal the show with Belle Epoch styles.

The Cheltenham Festival stands as one of the three main events in the horseracing world of the UK. 3 days of continuous jump races with millions of pounds in prices, magnificent specimens from around the world (mostly Europe) and lots of glamour.

Dress Code

The entity that organizes the Cheltenham Festival is the Jockey Club. In present days no demands on the type of attire is made to attend the festival, it usually happens during the winter months and the climate is expected to be chilly and unpredictable (rain). That is why comfortable and cozy clothes are advised for the general public.

But there are certain sections (stands) of the event that require proper attire like the Turf Club, restaurants and VIP seating.

How to Choose your Outfit

According to style magazine Marie Claire, you must decide if what you´ve got in the wardrobe are inappropriately short, impractically long or unfashionably in between.

Shoes

Consider shoes, as you will be expected to walk a lot around the track just to find seats, food or place a bet at the shops. Even a trip to the bathroom can be a journey and the event isn´t just about watching horses circling around, during Ladies Day festival festive tents are laid out around the track to serve fine wine and food with plenty of souvenirs and attractions.

If you are going to be on the grass (Infield) avoid stilettos, you will end up removing them to your purse soon enough after getting buried in mud at every step. A mid-height wedge is a good and practical shoe. Take in mind the inside Infield section tends to the “the peoples area”, it will be a college crowd mess with lots of alcohol and messing around. The stands are a more lady like area, although Ladies Day tends to keep the peace.

If you plan to dress up, do it only during Ladies Day.

Hats and more Hats!

Hats are the key element in a racecourse and events like the Cheltenham Festival. 1920’s style, large and flashy with an ornamental decoration. Depending on your fashion expression you can decide to go for the stylish vintage hat, 1800’s London style, Golden Age Hollywood or the modern expressionist with flashy colors and large plume. Everything goes as long as you wear a fashionable hat that does more than to keep the sun out.

A fascinator a great option if you want to go for the classic style and avoid attracting eyes with a Princess Eugenie-style.

The luxurious option would be the Bundle MacLaren style, a tailor made hat. You can purchase one on stores near the event or online. Prices are low and still stylish enough for specific wears. Some even rent for the occasion.

Where to Buy

For the highly stylish you can try Diane von Furstenberg or Rachel Comey.

But if this will be a onetime wear we suggest to try your best outfit from your own drawer and rent out or buy key elements like the hat and hand gloves with a nice purse. These garments can also be easily purchased inside or nearby the event, especially during Ladies Day.

So our fashion suggestion would be just that, buy your hat at the event, you will enjoy the shopping.

While at the races do not forget to visit the shops to place a bet, no matter how small it is there is true experience without a bet. A top suggestion would be to place the bet online at William Hill sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/t/19/Tom/Cheltenham.html – with complete coverage of horses and jockeys to compete for this festival. They are the preferred betting site during Ladies Day and the Cheltenham Festival.

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New home wishlist (high end)

Moving to a new city and saving up before I left has made me want a few new things. Besides my bed I have acquired all new bedroom furniture and decorative pieces. There are however a few items that are far too far out of my budget but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream.

I have a wishlist of a few items that i would have in my home if money were no object..

4K TV Panasonic

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I already have a relatively large television but I’ve had it for a while now so I am looking to upgrade in the next year or so and because I binge watch so many TV shows its definitely something I wouldn’t mind splurging on. I also have a lot of visitors and quite often have guests for a couple of days at a time so my televisions gets a lot of use which again makes me feel like its something I want the best of.

DFS Zahara corner sofa

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Just like the television, my sofas get a lot of use. I usually prefer leather sofas because…dogs but in an ideal world I would have a beautiful charcoal fabric sofa. Looking at this picture I can instantly visualise how I would decorate the rest of the room.  I’m a little obsessed to greys and neutrals at the moment and that goes for furniture and clothes.

These are the only two items that I would have in my home if I wasn’t counting pennies but all the other items I want are small little tidbits that make a home feel like home.

I’m planning on doing another wishlist that all items are under £20 that will make my home really come together.

What dream items would you like in your home?

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You might have noticed that I have a bit of a shopping habit! Being a lover of fashion means that I am always looking for something new to wear or just window shopping to see what is out there. I love internet shopping because it means that everything is so accessible – I love being able to shop from the comfort of my own home, it makes life so much easier!

However, the temptation to shop is always there and my bank balance doesn’t always appreciate this! That is why I have recently tried to be more proactive when it comes to using promo codes. When I discovered promo codes ทางเข้า 12bet I couldn’t believe that such a simple concept would save me money – it felt too good to be true! There are some promo codes that aren’t for physical items though gives you up to 200% on the money you add to your account to use on their site. I’m not suggesting anyone take up online gambling but if this is a type of site you already use this is a great deal to get. I lose patience playing online bingo and online pool but I imagine it could be quite fun.

With Christmas around the corner everyone would welcome a little extra cash and although I don’t suggest anyone start gambling sometimes it can be a fun and exciting way to spend a bit of time. I went to Vegas this summer and it was an amazing trip but I’m not much of a gambler so that side of it was a little wasted on me.  Thankfully using promo codes is really easy – just like using vouchers in a physical store. Now I never buy anything online without seeing what sort of discount code is out there first. To use them you simply enter the code at the checkout point of your order and it immediately takes your discount off of the total – sometimes it can be a percentage off and others it can be free postage. Either way it’s a way to save a few pennies and when it comes to shopping for things online, I need all the help I can get!

The good news is that there are loads of different codes out there so you don’t even have to use them just for fashion.  Online shopping for almost any product comes with the opportunity to use a discount code of some kind, so make sure you check for one the next time you shop online and let me know if it saved you any money.

Gambling with promo codes

You might have noticed that I have a bit of a shopping habit! Being a lover of fashion means that I am always looking for something new to wear or just window shopping to see what is out there. I love internet shopping because it means that everything is so accessible – I love being able to shop from the comfort of my own home, it makes life so much easier!

However, the temptation to shop is always there and my bank balance doesn’t always appreciate this! That is why I have recently tried to be more proactive when it comes to using promo codes. When I discovered promo codes I couldn’t believe that such a simple concept would save me money – it felt too good to be true! There are some promo codes that aren’t for physical items though Casino.com bonus code gives you up to 200% on the money you add to your account to use on their site. I’m not suggesting anyone take up online gambling but if this is a type of site you already use this is a great deal to get. I lose patience playing online bingo and online pool but I imagine it could be quite fun.

With Christmas around the corner everyone would welcome a little extra cash and although I don’t suggest anyone start gambling sometimes it can be a fun and exciting way to spend a bit of time. I went to Vegas this summer and it was an amazing trip but I’m not much of a gambler so that side of it was a little wasted on me.  Thankfully using promo codes is really easy – just like using vouchers in a physical store. Now I never buy anything online without seeing what sort of discount code is out there first. To use them you simply enter the code at the checkout point of your order and it immediately takes your discount off of the total – sometimes it can be a percentage off and others it can be free postage. Either way it’s a way to save a few pennies and when it comes to shopping for things online, I need all the help I can get!

The good news is that there are loads of different codes out there so you don’t even have to use them just for fashion.  Online shopping for almost any product comes with the opportunity to use a discount code of some kind, so make sure you check for one the next time you shop online and let me know if it saved you any money.

Plus size fashion and beauty blog.