Let Your Teen Help By Shannon L. Buck

Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business: While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future (eBook)

This 2nd edition of Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business: While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future, has been edited and updated, with more information on the important ways that your teenager can help out during this transitional period and beyond.

By coming together as a family, it’s possible to successfully create a career you can have from home. With your teen as part of your team, you will go far.

Teens can be a big help with:

* Helping with some of your business tasks.

* Teaching you about technology.

* Helping you to plan different aspects of the business.

* Helping with their siblings sometimes.

* Helping out around the house.

By having your teen help out they’ll learn valuable skills to take into adulthood, to use at home and in their career. This will put them ahead of other young people who were not given these opportunities.

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How Downtime can Help You to Succeed

Downtime. That illusive thing we all say we are going to have in our life, but many of us forget about because we are so busy with life and work that we do not know how to slow down until we fall into bed at night, exhausted. Many of us never take downtime. We just let it linger in front of us, knowing we need it but not able to get there; to experience it.

But we need downtime.

We need to take time for ourselves. We need to spend time with family and friends. It can’t always be about work, sometimes it has to be about us. We need to sleep in on occasion, spend a morning in bed, do some therapeutic journaling, meditate and do yoga, or go for a leisurely walk. We have to spend time with family, having barbecues and spending days at the beach. And we need to hang out with our friends; fishing, hiking, or just sitting around talking.

Relaxation is important, as is doing fun things and being around others.

How can we free up space in our schedules for downtime?

First, we must make downtime a priority. Starting right now, get out the calendar and decide what day(s) you will have your downtime. I suggest two days a week, in a row. At least to start.

Why two day’s in a row? Because if we only have one day, or a part of one day, we will work on cleaning the house or running errands. This is not downtime, and shouldn’t be treated as such. So we take two days off in a row, stopping work around four in the afternoon the day before to do the chores and run those errands.

Make these regular days off, and schedule them for each week.

Then go back through the calendar and give yourself a personal day every two or three months. This could be a mid-week day you take for yourself, or you could add it on to one of your weekends for a three-day stretch.

Going through the calendar again, mark off any holidays you feel you need to take. And then decide on two one-week vacations or one two-week vacations, if you can afford to. Or at least a one-week vacation.

How do we take downtime?

As an example, mark on your calendar that work will stop on Friday afternoon at four o’clock. At that time, go about running the errands that you’ll need to do before Monday, then bring home some take out from a favorite restaurant or something to put on the grill. After dinner, have everyone in your house help with the chores so those will be out-of-the-way for the weekend. Remember to empty the dishwasher so you can refill it throughout the weekend.

On Saturday morning you might want to sleep late, relaxing with a tea on the back deck after waking. Maybe you’ll have breakfast as a family, then go out for a walk. Or maybe yoga is more your style. The point is to take it slow. You want some time to yourself, but also time with your family.

After lunch, maybe you and your family would like to take in a movie or go fishing. Something fun, but somewhat relaxing. On the other-hand, you might be itching to go sailing or maybe you want to throw a barbecue for your entire family.

You might do something else together the second day, or maybe go shopping with friends instead.

Want to spend a day alone? Wake up, enjoy your tea while writing in your journal. Take a smoothie out the back deck and enjoy the weather, then pack a lunch and go for a hike. When you return, watch a favorite movie or read a book. Relax for a while. Enjoy the peace.

The point is that you are taking time away from work and spending it with people you love, even if that person is you!

How can downtime help you to succeed?

First, taking regular downtime helps to clear your mind. I don’t know about you, but my brain sometimes feels so full of differing thoughts and ideas that I can have a hard time concentrating on what I need to get done. A walk through the neighborhood or on the bike paths can help me to clear the clutter, allowing my mind to take a break so I can be more productive later on.

Second, this downtime helps with creativity. When I’m feeling stuck, I go for a walk to clear my mind and all of a sudden I have all these new ideas popping into my head. It is great! (I’m wondering if there is an app for my phone that will allow me to speak into it so I don’t have to stop to type things into the notes. If you know of anything, please let me know!)

Third, my walks aid me in organizing my thoughts, so I can more clearly move on with a project.

Fourth, active downtime helps to get or keep you in shape. This means you’ll have more energy.

No time for downtime?

I hear ya! I go through these periods myself where I’m so busy with my day job at the inn and a writing project that I’m at things all day and half the night, sometimes for weeks. I try not to make a habit of this, but sometimes an important project will necessitate the extra time.

What I try to do is take a morning or an evening off every two or three days. If I don’t, then I know I’ll ware myself out. This happened just recently, and it forced me to take two whole days off just to rest. I did minimal cleaning those two days, made sure I fed myself and stayed hydrated, and started re-watching Revolution. I had made myself sick, and needed to take care of myself.

What project am I working on that I wasn’t allowing for real days off? The first drafts of three novelettes. I’m about half way through the third, and have been working on them since before the new year. The last few weeks I’d been on a real writing streak, finishing book two and starting book three. My body reminded me I needed some time off, and I took it.

What benefits do you notice with downtime? Or what struggles do you find you’re going through trying to plan for some downtime?

Enjoy your day!




What do you Hope to be doing in 5 Years? 10 Years? 20 Years?

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I don’t know about you but I’ve been steadily working toward my goals this year. With a series of fiction books published to Amazon, and an upcoming nonfiction book, I feel I’m well on my way to achieving my long-term goals.

What is most important in your life? What do you want to accomplish most? The ideas are endless, really.

Don’t know yet? How about setting aside a day or weekend to think about it. After all, goals are more attainable when you know what you want and have an idea about how to get there.

I like to do things in a colorful, creative way, so I have a notebook with goals and such in it. (See photograph.) You can follow suit, or keep it simple. Whatever makes you happy. Feel free to decorate the first page any way you wish. Draw and color it, scrap it, whatever makes you happy.

Title the next page Goals in 20 Years, or something like that. Then list the things you want to be seeing in your life at that time. For me, those goals look something like this:

  1. Have debts paid off.
  2. Have enough in savings to last two years.
  3. Have a retirement account.
  4. Have unlimited time to spend with my daughters and grandchildren.
  5. Be creating.
  6. Have my small home, and be homesteading.
  7. Be helping others in a big way.

I have some lofty goals. There are more, but you get the idea.

Once you know what you ultimately want, you can break things down. Think about the things that will need to be done in order to meet those goals. On the next page write a title such as Goals in 10 Years. At this point, you should be about half way to your ultimate 20 year goals. Mine look a little like this:

  1. Have debts at least half paid, if not more. Pay off any that are low enough to handle all at once. Then reassess anything that is left and try to make payments in bigger chunks.
  2. My savings will be enough to live off for at least one year.
  3. My retirement account will be double that of five years ago.
  4. At this point, if my children still live away, I’ll be spending at least two weeks a year with them at their places. If not, now is the time to up our visits.
  5. I’ll be getting creative whenever possible, hopefully as a full-time career. If not, then what can I do now to push me to that point?
  6. I’ll have my land, and be working toward getting my small home built. I may already have started the homesteading process by this point as well.
  7. I’ll be helping to fund research for Lupus, Osteoporosis, Abdominal Epilepsy, and Breast Cancer. Not to just anywhere. I’ll have searched out places that will actually use all or most of my money for research, rather than administrative costs. At this point, I want to be working toward helping the hungry in our own country.

As you can see, I want to be well along my way to  my 20 year goals by now. I’m really hoping to have all debt paid off, but am not setting myself up for disappointment in case I can’t reach that goal by the ten-year mark. That kind of blow would not help me in reaching the rest of my goals. Medical related debt can seem crippling.

The next page can be titled Goals in 5 years, and the goals that are listed here will be the ones we notice first. They are stepping-stones to the 10 year goals. Here are some of mine:

  1. Have at least 20 stories published.
  2. Have at least 15 nonfiction books published.
  3. Have a slew of podcasts published.
  4. Have videos published, especially for the food blog.
  5. My savings will be enough to live off for six months.
  6. Start a retirement account, if I haven’t done so already.
  7. Have at least 1/4th of my debts paid off.
  8. Be sure I’m spending at last 10 days per year with each of my daughters at their places, if they are still living away.
  9. Have at least half the money for my land.
  10. Choose one charity to donate to for research, where most if not all the money will go toward that research and not administrative costs. Lupus, Osteoporosis, Abdominal Epilepsy,  or Breast Cancer.

By the 5 year mark, I expect to be on my way to financial freedom. I know it’ll be a lot of work, and I’m willing to put in the effort. This is where the happiness factor comes in. From following our dreams. From realizing them.

How about you? Are your long-term goals worth working toward? Feel free to go further with this activity? Where will you be in three years? Two? How about in 30 years? Now is the time to start working on our goals, if we aren’t there already. Please comment on this post, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always answer, and I love hearing from readers.

Shannon L. Buck