Remodeling on a Real Life Budget

Go with Laminate, not Hardwood Flooring – You desperately want a hardwood floor for your new kitchen but the prices are making you cringe. Laminate is one of the most durable and versatile flooring options available today and in many cases it is very hard to tell it is not real hardwood. Apart from its lower price tag, choosing laminate over hardwood should also cut down on installation costs as it is far easier to lay than solid hardwood.

Reface Not Replace – If your kitchen or even bathroom cabinets are in generally good shape and you simply want something that looks more stylish, having your cabinets refaced rather than outright replacing them can save you a fortune.

Choose Fiberglass for the Bathtub – Rather than opting for ceramic tile, consider instead using a one-piece fiberglass unit or three-piece fiberglass wall panels to surround your bathtub. There are some very attractive options available and you will save a lot on installation costs as they can be installed in just a few hours.

Opt for Hollow Core Doors – If your remodel includes new interior doors opting for hollow core doors over solid ones will save money. One note though – hollow core doors are not a good choice for exterior doors as thy lack the security of their heavier counterparts.

Use Pre Finished Trim – If you opt for some of the wide variety of pre-finished trim options that many manufacturers offer, your contractor won’t have to spend time painting or staining it, which will cut labor costs down considerably.

The Basic Considerations For Home Remodeling

If you’ve secured your finances and are thinking of a challenging project to take, why not try home remodeling? Remodeling your home is one endeavor that if done properly, will give you a happy feeling with your beautiful new home addition. It is a sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing the project successfully, and some pride in knowing that your dream has become a reality and anyone who gets to see these improvements will surely appreciate them.

Well, if you have already thought of what you want to change or enhance in your house, then you can look for the most effective way of implementing it. There are a lot of plans that may sound great in though and ugly in real life. After scouring through architectural and design websites, magazines, TV programs, and even real-life examples in houses of other people that may serve as inspirations, you should look into your budget. Can you afford an all-out remodeling? If no, try looking for smaller and affordable projects. If yes, don’t go celebrating and working just yet.

Home remodeling can be done wither with the help of a professional or DIY (do-it-yourself). With people doing it the DIY way, 50% of them would fail, 35% of them would have the ability to finish it but would be distracted with other concerns like family, work and the lack of time for these things (so it might take years before the project is finally done), and 15% would actually be successful in it. Unless you’re part of the 15%, it’d be better to assemble a team of experts to realize your dream. The sizable professional fees would be worth it once you see a very well-made finished remodeling project.

Online Business Ideas – Lessons From Real Life – Part 1

Are you looking for some online business ideas? Sometimes the ideas on the internet can be hypothetical, but if you are like me, you want to hear a real-life person’s story. You want to hear how he or she build a business from scratch and not because they are internet marketing experts. I know exactly what you mean…

So a little bit about us. My wife Kerry and I really are the couple next door. We are not gurus. We are just two people who happened to get into internet marketing by accident. We stumbled upon the secret to creating information products that are very profitable, require little time, and give us tremendous amounts of freedom. I am a poster child for somebody who started an internet company late in life. I did not start this thing until I was in my 40s. In fact, I started all of this because I was going to seminary and did not have my regular income.

Online Business Idea #1 – Start With What You Know

Basically if we can do it, you can do it. Before I had my online business, I was a remodeling contractor for 20 years. My wife started a little company called Curriculum Connection. And it was designed to help home schoolers find curriculum. All of a sudden, she was asking me, “Steve, how do we build web pages? How do we go online?” So I had to figure that out. And I was definitely just groping in the dark, but I figured out how to do it. And then on top of that, I decided to attend seminary.

So I was 2000 miles from home. No friends, no family, and no job. And I had to replace that remodeler income it took me 20 years to build. I had to replace it fast. And I had to do all of this in my part-time because seminary required me to read 15,000 pages a year!

So I started looking for the perfect business. And the reason I tell you this story is to say, “I know you are busy. I know you probably have a full-time job. I know that you are experiencing the same things I was experiencing. But you can start an online business on the side in your part time, and pretty soon, if you work it right, it will eclipse your day job.”

Online Business Idea #2 – Define Your Criteria

But like I said, I started looking for the perfect business, and these were my criteria. I wanted to do something one time and get paid over and over. I wanted to invest a few hours a week and get paid really well. I wanted to sell a product, have it get delivered, get paid, have my partners get paid if I had some, all without me doing a thing. I wanted it on autopilot. And I wanted not just to get paid one time for a product. I wanted to turn every sale into a monthly income stream. I wanted low start up costs, high reward for little risks. I wasn’t asking for too much was I?

Well, a lot of people would say I was asking for the moon. But think about this. The only thing I know of that will meet all of those criteria is selling information products on the internet. Because with an info product, you can create something one time and get paid over and over and over.

You can invest a few hours a week and get paid really, really well. You can sell a product, have it get delivered, get paid, have your affiliate partners get paid all without you doing a thing. Just set it and forget it. And you can turn every sale into a monthly income stream.

Online Business Idea #3 – Start Small

It was very low start-up costs. In fact, that is one of the questions I am routinely asked. “Steve, how much does it cost to start an online business?” For $15 a year for a domain name, and that is kind of high these days, and $50 a year for hosting, and $20 a month for an autoresponder, you can set up an online business. And that is really all it takes to get started.

If you have an idea, why not start today? These online business ideas are practical and easy to do and can get you going on a path to greater financial freedom.