Making Handmade Jewelry – Home Based Business to Financial Success

Within the last few months you have been considering that your hobby making handmade jewelry qualifies as a home based business that you would like to pursue.

Let me ask you:

  1. Have you laid out your business plans and dreams?
  2. Do you have all your business ducks in a row and ready to enter the business world?
  3. Are you ready to make money now?
  4. Would you like to become a famous world jewelry designer?
  5. Would you like to be recognized and receive praise and recognition for your outstanding jewelry designs?

For many people earning money is the primary goal for going into business and it will be up to you as to how large a business you would like to have. At each step of advancement money will follow.

They say to stay upbeat and positive when writing, but I would like to talk about success. The reason being that after you spend ten years, twenty years, thirty years, forty years or more and you look back on your business will you feel that you were successful?

In the beginning we have high expectations of earning a great deal of money and hopefully becoming well known in our artistic pursuit. And in the jewelry designing business this can happen.

But, if possible jump your thinking and imagination into the future to review your business and personal life backwards. Not everyone can do this, but do try this mental exercise.

The reason for posing this question is that when going into business there will be circumstances involving people, things and other matters that you cannot control and which will cause setbacks.

  • Do you have what it takes to continue?
  • Can you keep a positive attitude?
  • Can you limit your worries with constructive criticism?
  • Can you handle fear?
  • Can you handle discouragement?
  • Do you have drive and ambition?
  • Do you have motivation and energy?
  • Can you handle emergencies, obstacles, unexpected problems and keep your business active?

The above questions are not meant to discourage you but to help you think of your readiness to start an at home business. If you answered yes…go for it. Success is riding on your shoulders.

Money can buy many pleasures such as vacations, sport activities, theatre, fine clothing and much more. Of course, it will purchase necessities such as food, housing and medical care. More importantly it will open doors to meeting other people, opening new opportunities, enhancing your personal life, and providing new experiences and many memories of people who have purchased or worn your jewelry bringing happiness into their lives as well as your life.

As you recall your exercise of looking into the future and reviewing your life backwards, please write down the results. Years from today, open that sheet of paper and compare. It will be very interesting.

How to Raise Ducks As Pets – Raising Ducks is Not Limited to Profits and Business Purposes Only

The main reason why people rear ducks is for profit. Rearing of ducks is inexpensive because they have been found to adapt well to different climatic conditions. They are also not very picky when it comes to food so there is no need to buy special feeds for them. However, while young they may need to be fed with food rich in protein to help strengthen their bodies. The eggs ducks produce are larger compared to that of a chicken’s and have higher nutritional value making it a popular choice of food among health-conscious people. Ducks also eat parasites that are a nuisance to both crops and other livestock making them an overall valuable animal to keep. The raising of ducks, however, is not only limited for business purposes. Ducks, too, can be raised as pets. Utterly loyal and useful, raising ducks can be fun and rewarding. Ducks love attention and hate to be alone which makes them an extremely enjoyable companion. But how to raise ducks as pets?

Before actually buying a duck, there are many things that you have to first know about them. You have to keep in mind that you will be its caretaker for a long time therefore; you need to have knowledge about their preferred living conditions, food-eating habits, and many others. It is also advisable that you first check the different breeds of ducks there is and select one that is to your liking. There are many websites in the internet that provide comprehensive information on how to raise ducks as pets. You can also try going to the library to find the information you need.

Since ducks are sociable creatures, you should buy two or more ducklings instead of just one. If raised alone, they will manifest shy and awkward behavior which will defeat the purpose of why you’re rearing them in the first place. Keep in mind that your purpose is how to raise ducks as pets. These awkward behaviors the ducks may exhibit will make them an unideal pet to keep.

As for their shelter, there is no special requirement that needs to be included. Just as long as they can be protected from the sun or rain, then that is good enough. Adding some cobs or hay is also a great way to keep the inside dry. Ducks need a resting place that is dry to maintain their feather’s resiliency. Adding a small pool nearby is also advisable because ducks need a place to paddle on and exercise from time to time. The shelter should also be large enough for them to be able to raise and flap their wings. These little tidbits of information are a great way for anyone to learn how to raise ducks as pets.

The Chivalry of Ducks: Can Men Learn a Lesson? Can Women?

I live on the north side of Dallas, Texas. Those of you who are familiar with that part of the city know there’s a lake called Bachman Lake by Love Field airport. It’s awesome. It’s three miles in circumference and a lot of fun to walk, run, or bike around. Well, this evening I walked around the lake watching the ducks. I love watching the ducks. I’m a little obsessed with the ducks. But, hey, they make the journey more exciting. There are a ton of them. Well, a ton of birds, really. I’m not a bird expert or a duck expert so I can’t really tell you what types live there, you’ll just have to trust me that there are ducks at Bachman Lake…that much I do know.

This evening as I strolled, I noticed the cutest thing. It’s been raining a lot here lately and there were plenty of places around the lake where water stood in the middle of the track. One flooded place in particular covered quite a stretch of track. I refused to go to higher ground (that wet track wasn’t gonna lick me, by golly), so I chose instead to walk on the narrow concrete ledge flanking the track. Not the smartest thing, but it felt like being back in grade school again when the teacher made you walk a straight line on something that looked like a beam in the ground so she could test your balance. Anyway, so I was walking on the beam, minding my own business, when I happened upon a group of ducks. School? Herd? Flock? Whatever, there were more than two of them. In fact, there were two males, two females, and five babies. And, yes, I might not know what type of ducks they were, but I could tell by their markings which ones were male and which were female. (No, sicko, I looked at the markings on their heads and backs! Geez, what do you think I do at that lake?) As I watched, they came upon a place where they wanted to cross the track to the other side. (Why did the ducks cross the track?) To my amazement, the male ducks stood on top of the concrete and watched as the female ducks and the babies crossed in front of them. Out of deference for their chivalry, I stopped some feet back and waited until the females and babies crossed and, finally, the males followed.

Wow, I couldn’t help but think about this as I continued along my journey. And then, because I’m an observer of behavior – animal and human – I couldn’t help but compare the duck way of life to what I saw from the humans at the lake. I can tell you, I didn’t see much chivalry. In fact, my favorite human male move is the let-your-girlfriend/wife/lover/wanna-have-her-as-your-lover/whatever-walk-in-front-of-you-while-you-check-out-every-other-woman move. Love it! Talk about disrespectful. Or the have-your-arm-around-your-whatever-and-while-she’s-looking-down/away/at your chest-check-out-every-other-woman-over-her-head move. That’s right, ladies, I figured out why men like to date shorter women. It has nothing to do with dancing or doing the hibidy-bibidy, it’s so they can incorporate move number two.

So, I continued on my own silent rant about men and how there are no good ones left and where did all the cowboys go, when it hit me. One thing I didn’t see the female ducks do was turn around and yell at their mates. I didn’t hear them say, “What makes you think I need you to stand there while I walk across this track. I walked across tracks long before you came into my life and I’ll walk across tracks long after you’re out of my life. I am a DUCK, a FEMALE DUCK, hear me QUACK. I don’t need you to watch my back or be my guardian. I had one father in my life (God rest his soul) – I certainly don’t need another one. Besides, you really think you’re duck enough to watch over me? Puhleaze… What have you done in your life anyway? You’re certainly not the BIGGEST duck, you’re not even as big as the last duck I was with. Now that was a DUCK. That duck was fine, he treated me so good. He wouldn’t have disrespected me by pretending to watch my back when he really just wanted to watch my ass. You think you’re so tough, you should try being female. I didn’t see you squeeze out any eggs…quack, quack, quack.” Nope, I didn’t hear any of that – maybe because it wasn’t said or maybe because I don’t understand duckese. I don’t know.

So, I continued my jaunt around Bachman Lake, pondering my little conundrum. I came to the conclusion that this was much like the duck-egg theory. Which came first? Did men stop being chivalrous before or after women started emasculating them for it? I’m sure a duck’s life isn’t perfect (that whole laying eggs thing seems kind of like a drag), but I wonder if we can’t learn a small lesson from Duckville…all of us.

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