Solo Professional Working From Home – What’s Great About It, Reason #1 – Freedom

I love having my own business. And I love having that business in my home. But many years ago, I tried not to let on to people that I was a sole proprietor working from my home. There was a stigma to it, like you couldn’t get a “real job” and therefore didn’t have a “real” business. But fortunately, times and attitudes have changed. In fact, even many corporate employees work from their homes. In this digital age, it doesn’t matter where your physical presence is. As long as you’ve got a phone and a computer, you’re ready to rock and roll.So running a business from your home is not only reasonable and possible, it has many benefits. I’ve identified “eight great traits of being a home-based solopreneur”:1. Freedom
2. Flexibility
3. Lots of Variety
4. Less Stress
5. Lower Expenses
6. Tax Advantages
7. More Control over Personal Time
8. Relaxed Dress Code!I want to talk about the first one, FREEDOM. It’s one of my favorites. Let me start by sharing an experience I had in the corporate world years ago.Early in my corporate career, I worked in corporate communications for a fast growing real estate services company. I had been talking with an editor at BusinessWeek about a story on my company’s recent purchase of a real estate investment trust. It was becoming evident that all wasn’t as it seemed with the state of this REIT’s finances and we were about to experience some fallout.I thought I’d done a good job of convincing the CEO to do an interview with BusinessWeek, to take the offensive and explain the company’s side of things, instead of retreating and refusing to comment, which made him look bad, like he had something to hide. We agreed on a time and place out in California for a reporter and photographer to meet with him.On that day, when I returned from lunch on the east coast, I had several “urgent” messages — from my boss, from the BusinessWeek reporter and the BusinessWeek editor. Everybody accused me of screwing up: The magazine was furious that I’d “led them on” about this interview, because when the reporter and photographer got there, the CEO insisted he knew nothing about it and refused to see them. The company bigwigs wanted to know why I had “sicced” this reporter and photographer on the CEO. My direct boss implied my job was on the line for pulling such a stunt.Of all these people, the CEO knew the truth. But he lied — to the reporter, to his management team, to my boss, to the magazine — and made me out to be the bad guy.It wasn’t the first or the last time that someone higher up in the corporate world betrayed me or treated me essentially like refuse. But it’s certainly one of the most memorable. This wasn’t some mercenary guy stepping on others’ toes during his climb up the corporate ladder. This was the guy already at the top!That experience certainly did nothing to enamor me to the world of corporate politics. Now I love the self-employed work-style. You report only to yourself. You can come and go as you please. The decisions you have to live with are made by you. You can hang whatever you want on your office wall. No bosses, no set work schedule, and no office politics to maneuver. My boss is honest, loyal, and committed to my success! She will never stab me in the back!

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Are Adjustable Powerblock Dumbbells The Best Investment You Can Make In Your Health And Fitness?

If you are concerned about your health and fitness but have yet to decide what to do about it, you are about to find out why investing in a set of adjustable Powerblock Dumbbells could be the best decision you will make this year.For many people, the year starts off with a resolution to get fit and thousands head off to the gym where they are undoubtedly impressed with the rows of machines and shiny equipment, all guaranteed to give you the body that you desire.The reality however, is that for the majority of people, those regular trips to the gym end quite quickly, mainly because of lack of money or time or both. Even the simple act of going out for a run can be particularly unappealing when it is pouring with rain or blowing a gale. This is where the desire to get fit ends for so many.So is there an effective alternative which will actually give us the opportunity to improve our overall health and fitness and not require a lot of money or time? The answer, fortunately is… YES.For increasing numbers of health and fitness enthusiasts, working out at home has become the number one choice and achieving fitness is possible even if you have limited time and space. There is nothing like working out at home to get great results in a short period of time. So having found the ideal place to start, what equipment will you need?Weight training is undoubtedly the most effective way to get quick results. For home workouts, the best equipment you can use are dumbbells – adjustable dumbbells. But why adjustable dumbbells?Adjustable dumbbells are so popular among home exercise enthusiasts because they take up so little space and are certainly less costly than buying a full set of fixed-weight dumbbells. Combine them with a weight bench and you will find that you can do just about any exercise that you can in a fully equipped large gym.So there you have it, a complete gym that can be comfortably located in any room in your house. There is only one more thing to consider and that is where to obtain the best adjustable dumbbells.If you do some basic research you will quickly find that there is one manufacturer that is consistently rated number one in the world, by most fitness experts. Powerblock Dumbbells offer the widest range of models and weights in addition to highest levels of quality, comfort and durability. As for price, when you consider that one set of these dumbbells could replace 37 fixed weight dumbbells, then there are huge savings to be made.So, in summing up, I feel quite confident in saying that yes, adjustable Powerblock Dumbbells are the best investment that you can make in your health and fitness. Why not prove it for yourself?

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The Journey to a Photography Education

It would have been nice, had I recognized my interest in photography when I was a lot younger. Who knows what might have been different. One difference, however, might have been how I went about learning both the craft and its art.I can only imagine what it would have been like to study photography at any one of the many great schools with a photography curriculum. We read about many of them or see their advertisements in popular photo magazines. I’ve always found the ads for schools like the Rocky Mountain School of Photography or the New York Institute of Photography inviting but have never found the time (or the money) to take advantage of them.I’ve had the pleasure of working with photographers who studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for example, and I’ve always been impressed by their knowledge.However, I’ve taken a different route and it’s one I think is quite common. I was first attracted to photography more than 30 years into my career as a custom publisher. While I’d been around photography all my working life, even taking a few photos myself over the years, it wasn’t until I received a subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine that I caught the bug for nature photography.By this time I had a career, a business, and a family so the photography education had to be acquired in a less formal manner. I opted for workshops, The Nikon School, a George Lepp workshop at Union College in Schenectady NY, and others along the way… most recently The Barefoot Contessa’s Photo Adventures’ Fall Workshop in New Hampshire re-ignited my interest and I hope my creativity.Perhaps another opportunity, available to just about everyone, has provided the bulk of my education though – books. Every good bookstore has a large variety of books on photography. I gravitated to those by noted nature photographers and I have a small and growing library of books on nature photography now. I’ve read many repeatedly. Some, like George Lepp’s Beyond the Basics (1 &2) or Michael Busselle’s Better Picture Guide to Landscape Photography, introduced me to the basics such controlling exposure and the importance of depth of field. Others, such as the Center for Nature Photography Series by Allen Rokach and Anne Millman, delved into subjects like zone exposure, the different perspectives provided by lenses of different focal lengths or the use of fill flash, and of course composition.As my “education” progressed I found myself gravitating toward books with more focus (pun intended) on the art of photography than its craft. I discovered that I really enjoyed books by Freeman Patterson, Tony Sweet, and David Ward to mention a few. Each expanded my horizons and whet my appetite for more.

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