Living in the city is often a luxury because the cost of living is usually higher than in the outskirts. It’s also a nuisance sometimes when you want to have some peace and quiet. Plus, most apartments are Lilliputian. Many people will sacrifice money and comfort though if their work is in the city. It can be difficult, but the benefits are worth it. The same can be said about people whose workplaces are in remote locations.
Here are some of the advantages of staying close to one’s job:
1. Commuting will be far less stressful. No need to suffer through the morning and evening rush. In fact, if you live very near where you work, you could just walk there and back.
2. Since you don’t have to ride a train, then a bus, then a subway to work, you get to save money. That is usually the tradeoff for higher apartment rates.
3. You may be able to go home for lunch, which is yet another way to save some cash.
4. You get to sleep in the mornings because you don’t need a one or two-hour commute. You can go out in the evening with your friends, go out on a date, or do overtime work late in the evening and still be able to go home afterwards.
5. Speaking of having more time in your hands, you can have an extra two hours or more for quality time with family and friend (assuming of course that they also live near you).
The best thing about conveniently living near where you work is really the lack of stress, which contributes to your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. That’s the best advantage you can get.
Many of us dream of having our own business. The idea of being one’s own boss and growing a business venture into a massive and successful enterprise is very appealing. But how does one become a business owner? It’s not just about getting an ABN as this list shows:
1. You must have a very good business idea. One that’s plausible and not just the product of wishful thinking. It is also very important that you are genuinely interested in this type of business because you’ll quickly lose heart otherwise.
2. Decide how you will approach the business. Will it be seasonal, do you want to make it a sole proprietorship, or do you want to start big and look for partners and investors? Just remember one important thing: be realistic.
3. Identify and research your target market. This will help you develop more ideas on how to make your business stand out and be a thought leader from the get-go. Knowing who your target market is and knowing what you need to do to earn their trust and patronage will also help you decide if you really want to pursue the business or not.
4. If you decide that you’re willing to invest time, effort, and money on your business idea, you’ll need to draft a business plan. Among the things you need to plan are a marketing plan, your revenue model, product or service development, and of course, the budget.
5. Speaking of budget, you’ll of course need to have capital. Good if you have enough money to start with, but if you don’t, you can take out a loan from the bank or seek investors and government-funded business initiatives. You’ll need to have a convincing and promising business plan to get approved for loans and secure financial backers, though.
Building a business from the ground up is definitely not easy. Be prepared to give it all that you can if you want it to be a success.