How Living More Economical Is Going To Help You Survive

Minimalist and/or economical living is going to help you keep your bank account from depleting as fast as it would if you weren’t paying attention to your spending habits.

Since prices have gone up it’s going to be very smart of you to find areas where you can save money. No matter your income level, the more money that you are able to put to the side the less stressful life is.

Last week I ordered a 16 ounce bottle of Aloe Vera Juice from Amazon for $8.33. Today while shopping at Walmart I noticed a 128 ounce (1 gallon) bottle of Aloe Vera Juice for $6.59. It’s obvious that the larger container was a better deal but seeing such a big difference in quantity made me think of how much more I pay attention to pricing.

Aloe Vera is a staple in the body care products that I make and I recently decided that I’m going to make all of my products by 2023. By making my own products I’m controlling my wealth even more.

See, as prices have increased many have had to make the choice of buying one thing over another. If you grew up less fortunate the current state of the economy may have been easier for you to adjust to. But if you are like millions of Americans who had to change their spending habits for the first time in life budgeting can be a challenge.

For me, personally, I am navigating this new way of living strategically and will continue living comfortably, as well as stress free.

Article By Aura Carter

Business Partner Red Flags And How To Avoid Them

When it comes to finding a good business partner you have to make sure that you both are on the same page with what you wish to accomplish by working together. Often times we are so thankful that we have someone who we think is going to help us build, that we forget to ask questions, or we let things slide that we shouldn’t. Establishing a business that is going to last takes many factors and more than one person. You can’t build an empire alone, but be sure that the people you do decide to start a business with, or allow to work with you is also ready.

In this article I will be discussing several types of personas that you may cross in the business world and how to handle them.

The Person Who Always Agrees But Never Gives Any Input

Over the years I have attended required meetings for big companies that I worked for as well as conducted meetings of my own. When sharing the next big move that you believe the company should take or something new that could be implemented, if a person always agrees without reason ask them what do they like about your idea. The reason I say this is by asking for feedback it eliminates future conflict. Often people who just say, “Ok,” may not always completely agree with you and are afraid to speak up. There’s been too many times where I had people agree then later on express how they were upset with the decision they agreed on. Ask questions. “What do you like about that idea Bob?” “Are you certain you agree?” Find this information out so you’ll know the type of person you are working with. They also may have a thought that can make the plan even better.

The Partner Who Immediately Starts Asking You For Money

Yes, it takes money to make money but when someone who is your partner starts requesting a loan or an advance without an explanation or for personal reasons, understand that you are taking a big risk with them financially. Any money dealings should be written out with details of how it’s going to increase the company revenue overtime. Before working with anyone determine how much start up money is needed, if personal cash will be used or if a loan will be taken out. As mentioned, it should be in writing how you plan on funding your business with a list of expenses and the approximate amounts needed. Anyone who is willing to flat out gamble your money is not to be trusted with your money.

The Person Who Brags That They Work With You

This has happened to me a number of times to where people have bragged that they were working with me but behind closed doors when we were alone their energy was different. They didn’t smile and lacked interest in anything I talked about. When this happens it means the person doesn’t respect you. They are a vulture. Probably jealous for reasons they won’t admit. It’s best that as soon as they show signs of being two faced that you cut them off. Immediately.

The Individual Who Has Great Ideas But Never Starts

Now, this can be extremely draining. You have these long brainstorming conversations, the whiteboard is completely covered, you all have calculated how much potential money that can be made… And then, nothing. Absolutely nothing happens. You’re left waiting for when you all are going to get the ball rolling, but all you get is an excuse or they never bring it up again. As though the conversation never happened. These types of people are dreamers who don’t believe in their own dreams. Unfortunately you fell for their fantasy. They didn’t plan on doing anything they said they would, they just liked the attention and you gave it to them. The first time, ok, you may not have been able to tell what was going on, but the second time, just know this is a habit they have and disappointing you is something they enjoy doing. You can’t allow a person like this in your life and you’ll never build a successful business with them.

The Person Who Says They Can “Do It Better” But Never Shows You How

When you share a thought on business you are being vulnerable and it takes guts. You should be open to being critiqued but not open to being insulted. If someone is telling you that they can improve your idea but can’t write out or verbally explain it, chances are they are upset that they didn’t come up with the idea first. No one should feel bad after expressing themselves to someone they plan on working with for an assignment that can last months or even years. Dealing with a person like this causes stress and makes it to where you are afraid to tell them anything. Nothing will ever get done so you have to accept the partnership isn’t meant to be.

The Person Who Only Hears Your Ideas When They Are Coming From Other People

I remember when I worked with a well known foundation and I had given advice on how they could start getting more clients by collaborating with neighboring businesses. They smiled and nodded but there was no further comment or questions. Soon another woman was added to the team and she literally stated the same thing, we should start networking with our block. I kindly stated that I had said that the week prior and I ended up with more smiles and nods. You have two options when something like this happens, stay working with that team and say less, or leave. But by staying know you aren’t valued and you are going to end up being paid less than you are worth.

Final Thoughts:

Go where you are appreciated. Conduct interview questions when partnering with people. Get to know their character, things such as if they are an honest human and if they manage money well. Creating a business from scratch or adding someone to a business is a serious life decision. Don’t be so desperate to work with someone that you’ll take anyone.

Article By K. Crystal Carter

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Business & Mental Health: An Entrepreneurs Series

The most valuable thing a person can have is their individual peace. With a clear mind you can accomplish nearly anything.

Over the last few years the term “self care” has been thrown into pop cultures vocabulary and associated with spa days for women, and talking to the bros for men. But the real conversation is still yet to happen on a authentic and widely relatable level.

When the topic of self care arises there is often a bullet point list of things to do to help you with your mental and physical health but no one dives into the unthinkable: mental illness and entrepreneurship.

It is said that the world needs more compassion when it comes to mental illness, but truth be told it’s a very complex experience for all involved. On one hand, we have the stigma of what it is assumed to look like when witnessing someone with a mental health impairment, and on the other we have the inside of the mind of someone with such diagnosis.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” is a philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and perception. (Via Wikipedia)

If a man says he is depressed, but never is professionally diagnosed how serious do we take him?

We live in a fake caring culture where so much is politically correct that no one can decide what’s suitable to be correct. And when living with a mental illness it makes this complicated world even more complicated. Instead of admitting that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer we find ourselves debating over who received the most liked answers.

To respect one anothers differences it’s time to acknowledge that mental health self care is not monolithic. Especially when it comes to owning, running or developing a business. Discovering what helps you function with some type of normalcy takes some real deep diving into self discovery.

Managing a business is a challenge in its own, managing a business when experiencing depression, racing thoughts, paranoia, delusions, or mania is like a forced roller coaster ride. You know it will come to an end at some point, but during its intensity it feels like forever.

Therefore, how do you manage to manage? You dedicate yourself to yourself. For yourself. No one can help you better than the person in the mirror. If you want success as someone with a mental health issue you have to dissect your habits so that you will continue to understand your triggers and your best moments.

This plays out to be true for those who have anxiety but still seeks to have a profitable business despite their personal obstacles. And it can be done.

If your mental health is starting to affect your physical health, treat yourself like you are sick and take days off as needed.

‘Business & Mental Health’ will be a series of articles dedicated to the success of those who may struggle with the belief or willpower of winning due to a chemical imbalance.

Articles written are based on human experiences and events. Seek professional medical advice and attention as needed.

Best Regards,
Kadesh Carter-Menes

EarthyRealist.com

The Ultimate Bloggers Hashtags List To Gain Traffic

Here is the only list of hashtags that you will ever need! Works great with WordPress websites and all other major blog sites.

Gain organic subscribers by using hashtags that are most relevant to our everyday lives and vocabulary.

Ultimate Bloggers Hashtags:

Activism Adventure Advice Animals Architecture Art Authors Baking Beauty Beer Blogging Books Business Camping Cars Cocktails Coding Comics Community Cooking Crafts Creativity Culture Current-Events Dance Decorating Design Diversity DIY Drawing E-commerce Education Entertainment Environment Family Farming Fashion Fiction Finance Fitness Food Gaming Gardening Health History Homeschooling Humor Identity Illustration Inspiration Internet Journalism Kids Language LGBTQ Lifestyle Literature Mathematics Media Mental-Health Military Movies Music Nature Nonfiction Nostalgia Outdoors Parenting Pets Photography Poetry Politics Publishing Reading Science Self-Improvement Self-Publishing Sewing Social-Media Sports Teaching Technology Television Travel Weddings Wellness Wine WordPress Work Writing

Blogger Success Tips:

• Use these same hashtags for blog topics and other social media platforms such as Instagram, and Twitter.

• Create a list of hashtags relevant to your brand and copy and paste as needed.

Example:

Blogger’ Hashtags: Blog, Bloggers, Culture, Influencer, Lifestyle, Reading, Writing, Writer

Article By Keynoe Menes


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Pandemic Pantry Preparation: Emergency Food Supply List

When the San Francisco earthquake of 1989 hit my mother tells me I was in my aunts yard running around as she chased me in a panic. Being a toddler you have no understanding of what a natural disaster is.

Living in California earthquakes are unpredictable but expected to happen. I’ve lived through some that have jolted me out of my sleep and others I didn’t feel at all.

Living life on the edge aka the San Andreas Fault, meant having specific foods being kept in case the “Big One” finally hit.

Here’s a helpful list of items to keep in your pantry in case of an emergency; that could be a natural disaster, personal financial change, or pandemic.

• Peanut Butter
• Whole Wheat Crackers
• Canned Meats/Seafood (Manual Can Opener)
• Dried Fruits
• Canned Fruits
• Canned Vegetables
• Oats & Oatmeal
• Dry Pasta & Pasta Sauce
• Honey
• Spices & Herbs
• Canned Soups & Stews
• Nuts & Trail Mix
• Water

How are you doing during the stay at home order? Share your story with us by e-mailing EarthyRealist@gmail.com.

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Best Regards,
Kadesh Carter