Managing a Home Business and the Family

Your home business is operated within the home environment and that is why it’s called a ‘home’ business in the first place. While you enjoy all the convenience and privacy that this form of business offers, you are also faced with the challenges of having to manage the home’s factors in a way that the success of the business is not hindered. Although, the task can be a bit tough for a married business person, it can be tougher if he or she has kids. The unmarried too are not spared in the challenges that the home front presents to a home business.

From a general perspective, it can be proven that your success in managing the home will impact positively on the home business and the otherwise would be the case if all your effort is towards building your home business at the expense of your family’s well-being. If this fact is worth accepting as a piece of truism, then every tip that can help a home business person to be successful at the home front should be considered.

The state of your home environment is important to your business. You need to maintain a viable business environment and that is right in your home! As a married person, one way you can achieve that is by creating an atmosphere of love among all. Clean and organized home environment has the capability of enhancing your business greatly. Every member of your family should be enjoying your doing the business at home. You are closer to them now and they expect to get the best of you in terms of love, care, moral support and so on. If they find these satisfactorily, they are most likely going to go to any length in supporting your business. You require their support to succeed in your home business.

Next, your determination to succeed in your home business is important. The home factors present a lot of challenges that could easily put you off the original dream. But if you’re determined to reach the goal of success, you’ll have it. Your level of determination should however overwhelm the numerous challenges being presented by the home factors.

Furthermore, you need to understand your family’s demands. What does your family love doing: vacation, eating out more often, gaming, music, religion, etc? What time do the kids love to play with their dad or mum? The kids would naturally need their parents’ helping hands on their school assignments and the like. All these social and emotional factors are to be considered for proper attention. Understanding these factors would enable you properly harmonise your business’ demands and thereby attain good results.

That takes us to examining your home business’ demands. Are you required to work at any particular time of the day or night? Do you need absolute silence and quietness to work effectively? What are the internal and external factors that could aid or hinder your work? What contributions would you require from your spouse or even your kids? If you understand all these, then you’re most likely going to get them better harmonized with your family’s demands for success.

As you are likely going to be working based on a pre-defined work plan, you are expected to constantly explain your work plan and business demands to your family members. To achieve this with your spouse and grown-up kids may be easier though, it can become a difficult talk show with your little ones. So, you may have to employ patience, gentleness and other aids to pass the message across to them without allowing the business or the family to surfer.

Therefore, your work schedule must give room for flexibility as much as possible. You must be able to bend the rule a little to the left or right as the case may be in order to record success at both ends. Being too rigid about the business would definitely affect the home negatively and the result would sooner or later adversely impact on the business, leading to failure at both ends.

Finally, you need to regularly get feedback from both ends. Introduce a method of checking your success level at both ends knowing that you must not fail at either end. As failure at one end tends to spell failure on the other, you have to institute check and balances and enjoy the exponential success that could result from your effective management of your home business and family.

Parking Lot Safety and Security

Why do parking lots scare many of us when it comes to violent crime? It starts with the fact that similarly to hotel hallways, they often seem to be void of people, especially at night. Combined with the other fact that many high-rise garage parking lots are designed with security-unfriendly areas such as walls, pillars and elevation changes (where people may be lurking) and we begin to see the reason why our common sense makes us apprehensive. Even large open parking lots like the ones attached to shopping malls can offer a thief or violent predator great visibility to watch for security patrols, escape routes and potential victims.

Types of Crime

The most common parking lot crime is vandalism or theft. In regards to violent crime, the most common are purse snatching, robbery, carjacking and abductions.

The design, lack of people, and horror stories we’ve all heard about all combine with our natural instincts to bring forth apprehension around certain lots and garages. And don’t be mistaken, this is a good thing.

Without normal apprehension we’d be walking off cliffs, walking into traffic, and in short, doing some real stupid, dangerous things. Of course, I’m simplifying a bit about the positives of our natural common sense; however, our natural instincts are real and useful.

You do not need to feel foolish if you find yourself nervous in circumstances where common sense dictates apprehension. The key for you is to not become over apprehensive. Calm, awareness of dangerous possibilities is what’s needed.


There are certain things we can do to lesson our chances of being victims of violent crime in and around lots. Here are some important tips:

Park in well-lighted areas–well lit means you can see 100 feet at night

Go out of your way and spend the extra time to park in well-traveled, busier areas

If you are alone, come and go with groups of people who may be walking your way

Lock your vehicle doors when you leave your car

If available, and you feel uncomfortable, ask for a security officer to walk you to your car

Do not walk with your mind consumed by thoughts such as what you need to purchase or other tasks you may have to attend to later. Be aware about what is going on around you NOW. Are there suspicious people in the area or near your car? Is there a van parked next to your vehicle that wasn’t there before? Be aware of present dangers and act accordingly.

Get in your car as quickly as possible. Most abduction’s occur when people are getting into or loading up their vehicles

Immediately, lock your doors. This should become second nature, like putting your seat belt on whenever you get into your car

If available, and you can afford it, use valet parking

You can also choose to carry self-defense weapons such as Pepper-Spray or other legal items for your safety and security. If you chose this option, remember to become truly knowledgeable in their use and have it close and ready at hand.

Calm, realistic awareness is the beginning step you need. In addition to your awareness, stay mindful of the tips mentioned, along with trusting your common sense and you’ll be much better off going to and from your parking lot destinations.

Be Prepared For More Than Just Dictation: Ultimate Office Safety and Security Kit

In a small town in Oklahoma, an unprecedented string of events in the country have affected people to the point that many have applied for gun permits under the Self-Defense Act. The year’s not yet over and already more than 200 licenses have been issued. Imagine living and working in the bigger cities where crime is a daily occurrence and threats continue to hover over every individual. And this isn’t a situation exclusive to developed countries like the US; it’s happening all over the world. Does this mean everyone should start carrying a gun? What about at work? Is there any other way to protect ourselves?

Office safety and security is not just a term for avoiding accidents anymore. It’s not about making sure anyone get injured working with the equipment or climbing slippery stairs. Today and in the past few years, it has also become about survival. For this reason, the Ultimate Office Safety and Security Kit has become a staple office item for many women and men who have stay late at work or come in during weekends.

One does not have to arm himself because this kit has self-defense items you can use to disarm or distract an attacker or intruder long enough to get away safely. In fact, an office manager or business owner would be right in conducting a security lecture with a professional coming to show the staff some basic tricks on how to use the items found in a useful kit such as this, as well some moves on how to get away safely.

By learning some basic maneuvers and arming employees with standard self-defense equipment like a Taser, stun guns, and surveillance cameras, a business owner is openly admitting to concern about employee safety while working.

Some of the recommended actions that can be done when there is a hostile intruder in the office would be to lock the staff safely in one room before calling the authorities. One should never set off the alarm unless it is a silent alarm, because this will cause the intruder to panic and put everyone inside the office in even greater risk.

It would be good, but unrealistic, to expect everyone to remain calm. This is why the security and safety kits can be used to relax anyone on the verge of screaming. The items in the kit are not going to kill anyone so it should be safe to hand over to an agitated employee.

If the intruder starts to fire a gun or yield a weapon, you could either run (just don’t run in a straight line) or play dead. If you get caught, avoid fighting back. Your best option would be to follow the instructions of the intruder.

Sometimes, none of these actions will be necessary if you know how to use the objects found inside the kit. But first you have to get the kit and have some practice sessions as a group. Just as you all work as a team in the company, you have to learn to come together when danger is present. The Ultimate Office Safety Kit is one of the best ways to survive a hostile attack.