Great Suggestions On Starting A Home Business


If you have a great idea just lingering around in your mind, you might be able to flush that idea out into an actual business. Sure, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds, but people from all walks of life end up becoming successful business people by starting in their own homes. Here’s how you can do it.

Keep up to date business records. While you might think that the IRS isn’t interested in someone’s small home business – they are. In fact, one of the things that the IRS monitors closely is business income. Keep a daily log of all purchases and income. Keep all receipts and update your information weekly, whether using software or manually writing it in a ledger. When tax time comes around, you will be happy that you did this, as your tax return will be that much easier to prepare.

Your office needs some sort of door or “barrier”. Your office needs to be separate from the living areas in the home. This will be a mental and physical signal that your work space is separate from your rest space. The separation will help you to leave your work behind when you are busy with the rest of your life.

Set your business up to accept credit cards. You can use different websites to accept payments through. Some of them have monthly limits which you will need to look over before signing up. Some banks will set up a special business accounts for you.

Your home provides safety and shelter and a sense of comfort. There’s no reason that it cannot provide the setting for a lucrative business as well. If you can implement the tactics you have learned throughout this article, then you will inch ever closer to being a successful businessperson out of your own home.


How To Properly Defrost Frozen Water Pipes


Defrosting water pipes can be a difficult process, and you need to hope that the pipes haven’t burst during the last cold freeze. This can be hard to confirm without professional help, but the good news is that while defrosting frozen water pipes is a very delicate process that needs to be handled carefully, lest you damage the pipes yourself by un-thawing them the wrong way, but it is possible. You’ll want to follow the outlined steps to fix your plumbing. Frozen pipes are nothing to mess with.

First things first, it’s important to turn off the main water switch at the well pump and/or pump house before you disconnect the water pipe attached to the house.

You’ll need a garden hose that you can use. Place it in the pipe right to the point where the pipe was frozen. This hose should not be attached to a water source – this is a mistake that could bust up the pipe, so don’t do it! What you want to do is use an air mattress foot pump to push the unfrozen water out of the pipe. You need all that water to be removed before proceeding with removing the ice safely.

Tape the hose to the end of a funnel. If you don’t have a funnel, you can make one with a two liter bottle by cutting off the bottom and taping the house around the neck of the bottle. With the other end of the hose in the pipe by the ice, you now take water you’re boiling on the stove or over a fire, and funnel it down the hose, where it will hit the ice within the pipe.

Try doing this multiple times if need be. The water will be hot enough to melt the edge of the ice without cracking or causing sudden expansion. Eventually enough around the edges will be melted that the ice will slide out completely. Once this is done, place one more bottle of hot water down the pipe, turning the pipe to make sure there are no cracks or leaks.

That’s all it takes. As long as the pipe is crack-free, you’re ready to put it back into place and begin pumping water back into your home.