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3 Considerations To Keep In Mind When You Work From Home

Working at home is an option many people seek in order to improve family life, cut transportation costs and provide a certain amount of schedule flexibility. All of these benefits have appeal to the working single mom. Figuring out how to accomplish this career objective can get a little complex because there are both numerous options and numerous work-at-home scams out there.


Telecommuting is a work at home option that allows you to work for a company from the comfort of your home. You are still an employee with responsibilities, duties, and benefits. You will likely be required to work a specific schedule and to meet deadlines just as if you worked on site.

The benefits are the reduced costs: transportation, office attire, lunch and other expense money. You also save the time you would have used to commute to and from work. It does give you more time to be home and around your children.

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Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nutrition

I wrote quite a bit about education and how to stay healthy – food, exercise, yoga, mental training, and so on. Well.maybe it’s time to take my education (and career prospects) to the next level. I really think about going for my Master’s in Nutrition. You may ask WHAT? So here’s a brief description, just in case you want to know more.

What is a Nutritionist?

Since so many facets of a person’s physical and even mental health are influenced and impacted by the way they eat the term nutritionist is really an umbrella title. It covers individuals who work in many different branches of the profession from those who work with obese patients to help them lose weight safely to those who work for one of several government agencies helping to ensure that all kinds of processed foods are safe and reasonably healthy for human consumption.

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Do Not Expect Excellence If You Aim For Mediocre

How we feel about the work we do or the ventures we’re involved in can have a tremendous impact on our happiness and the quality of our life. I write about this quite a bit on Wake Up and Start Living, simply because most of us spend about eight hours a day doing just that, working.

Today, I’d like to talk about being excellent at what you do and how it can improve the quality of your life. Let’s dive right in.

You Have What It Takes

First of all, allow me to remind you that you have what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams. I’ll go even further by saying that I am convinced that you have what it takes even though most of us have never met in real life. Why am I saying this?

Part of the reason I can get excited about other people’s projects, ideas, and goals is because I see the potential in these people when they talk about their goals and dreams. People enthusiastic about their goals and dreams emanate that enthusiasm and energy, you can see the potential in their eyes. These people, every one of you, are the foundation to success and excellence.

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New Features For The AdWords Keyword Planner

Many users have been very frustrated with the new look  Keywords Planner. Google got lots of feedback about the recent changes and not a lot of it has been good.

However, it would seem Google have been listening for once. They’ve now added new features to the tool based on the criticism you have been giving them.

These new features include:

  • Being able to include or exclude specific terms from your keyword list.
  • A “More Like These” button to find search terms that are similar to a specific keyword idea.
  • Restricting your results to keywords that include the exact words or phrases and their close synonyms that you typed in the search box.
  • Adding stars to keywords that you would like to save and review later.
  • Easier editing, and copying so you can transfer your keywords to a spreadsheet.
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How Can I Improve My Quality Score?

If you’re like everyone else who uses AdWords, you’ll encounter problems with Google’s Quality Score feature at some time or another. Improving Quality Score sometimes seems like the “Holy Grail” of AdWords – the ultimate goal that can never be reached.

Your Quality Score is Google’s rating of the relevance and quality of both your keywords and PPC ads. Google uses it to determine your CPC (cost per click), multiplied by the maximum bid you set for determining your ad ranking in Google’s ad auction process.

Increasing your Quality Score by just a single point for one keyword can make a huge difference to the amount you pay in bids on that keyword. It, therefore, comes as no surprise when people tell us about the frustration they feel when they spend hours working on their account for little or no return.

The fact of the matter is that this is really too big a subject to cover properly in a single post, but here are some general pointers that may be useful.

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Get More Inspired with Less… Much Less

I’m a sucker for a minimalist on a journey. Anyone who can walk away from a job that makes them unhappy, start a business with pretty much nothing, or pursue their art all with a creative strategy like minimalism is completely dazzling to me. While I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, I embrace minimalist sensibilities, a desire to live with less and simplify. Living with less is subjective.

Some would think my carriage house in Brooklyn, NY is too small. Others way too big. For me, it’s perfect for what we want, and I don’t feel the need to fill every square inch with stuff. I’m comfortable with what I have and enjoy a lean aesthetic. However, I spent the first half of my tenure in New York with little more than a bed, dresser, love seat, and clothes and was quite happy with what I owned.

Everything else I used was generally a roommate’s or came as a free hand-me-down. It was enormously convenient when moving around apartments, spending less time on cleaning, and having more money at my disposal for travel and the things that actually mattered to me.

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