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becoming your own bossAt one point or another, nearly everyone has dreamed of having a lucrative job that can be performed from home on their own schedule, with them acting as their own boss. However, the reality is that not very many people actually achieve this dream. But could it be attainable for you? Here are 5 things you should consider before becoming your own boss and starting a business.

1 You are in Charge

Becoming your own boss and being in charge sounds great, doesn’t it? But what does being in charge really mean?

One thing it means is that you are the final decision maker. This could be good or bad, depending on the situation. If you have trouble making decisions or are a procrastinator, it might be more difficult for you. Of course, you could occasionally run your ideas by another professional whose opinion you value, but be careful not to do so too often because then you lose the power of being the one in charge.

Another thing to consider is that whether your business succeeds or not depends solely on you. You don’t have to ask anyone’s permission about your decisions, which can be either empowering or overwhelming to you.

2 Work When and Where You Choose

Again, working whenever and wherever you choose sounds wonderful, but keep in mind you do still have to work.

For some, it is too easy to get distracted when they try to work from home. However, when you work from home, you can work in the middle of the night if you really want to. On the flip side, if you like rise early, go ahead and start your day while others are still sleeping. You control your time and productivity. But be careful not to burn yourself out though. You shouldn’t be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You still need downtime away from your work. ...continue reading

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cleaning businessAt one time or another you’ve probably been a little strapped for cash, as so many of us are. If you’ve wracked your brain to come up with a way to pick up a little green, but only come away with a headache, maybe you need to stop thinking so hard and start doing. A cleaning business is a great way to make money without a lot of overhead. But what steps should you follow to get started?

Decide on Your Target Clientele

Do you want to clean for businesses, or would cleaning homes be more up your alley? If you aren’t sure, first clean the home of a friend or someone you trust to be honest with you about the end result. Then, ask them questions such as whether or not they were satisfied with the length of time it took, the cleanliness, etc. This could be a valuable way to discover if you are suited for this line of work before you start setting up clients.

Set up a Bookkeeping System

Even a simple cleaning business will need a bookkeeping system of some sort. If you are going to be a one person team, you will still need a spreadsheet or some other way to keep track of your income and expenses. Don’t order checks and business cards right away, however. These things cost money, and until you get rolling, you might be putting the cart before the horse. ...continue reading

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astronautIf you've seen the films "The Right Stuff" and "Apollo 13," you may have thought, as I did, that the only way to become an astronaut for NASA was to be a U.S. Air Force pilot. It's how Chuck Yeager and other military pilots became astronauts.

Such training makes sense. Who else would you want in charge of a spacecraft other than a pilot, especially one trained in emergencies as fighter pilots are.

Now, however, NASA is looking for astronaut candidates through an online application, and being a pilot isn't the top qualifications required. In fact, being a jet aircraft pilot is optional and not required if you have an advanced degree.

The deadline for the job applications passed recently, so there's no need to apply for the job now — at least for the 2017 astronaut candidates. But hopefully, if NASA starts sending more people into space, the Class of 2018 and beyond will be needed.

The online application, though now closed, offers an interesting look at the job requirements to become an astronaut — an occupation that kids have grown up aspiring to for 50 years.

Interesting requirements to be an astronaut

At a pay rate of $66,026 to $144,566 per year, it's a job that I thought would pay more, given the risks and responsibilities. The U.S, president only makes $400,000 per year, a lot less than professional athletes.

But beyond the salary, what interested me the most about the job was the types of college degrees accepted as the minimum requirements. More specifically, the degree fields that are NOT considered qualifying. ...continue reading