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UK Site Promotes Lifestyle Sustainability

In time for the holiday consumer spending rush, a green-living faction in the United Kingdom has launched a website dedicated to sustainable and self-sufficient living and lifestyle choices. The irony is not lost on key detractors of the site, who have commented that a “sustainable Christmas” is oxymoronic at best and utterly tasteless at worst.

Located at, the new website seeks to provide resources and helpful tips to users interested in making key lifestyle choices that will help them lead a financially, environmentally and emotionally more sustainable existence. lays out a “step-by-step” plan to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, using interactive, easy-to-use site features to encourage users with time constraints and limited financial resources to adopt a healthier lifestyle. In addition to the main site, Sustainable Living executives have negotiated the web hosting of a social media profile, a regular mailing list, and a Twitter account to spread the word.

The web editor and mastermind behind the new site, Lucy Debenham, commented on the launch by saying “in reality, living an entirely self-sufficient lifestyle is a massive challenge that requires complete dedication. Part-time self-sufficiency is a much more convenient way to begin taking the necessary steps that enable people to start on the road to self sufficiency.” Bringing the idea of sustainability into an easily digestible online package makes the idea at once more appealing and immediately realizable.

Giving everyday people the tools to make gradual life changes, much as has done, is a trend broadly suited to the internet. Numerous green energy and lifestyle companies, such as GreenPeace and VIASPACE, have already used the webhosting of key resources to generate interest, create a following and turn people on to alternative energy solutions and more environmentally conscious lifestyles.

Are You Prepared to Run an Internet Home Based Business?

If you are like most people today, you’re either looking for a job or an alternative to a traditional job. That alternative is most often, an Internet home based business.Yet a large majority of people have no idea where to start, how to start or when to start. They were more than likely advised by a friend to start a business on the Internet and the friend did not go into details.The first question should be; what are your reasons for wanting to start a business on the Internet?Most people want the freedom from having to answer to a boss. For others, a way to generate enough cash to make ends meet. For many, the motivation is for independence and financial freedom.The one major question you have to answer before accepting this challenge; are you prepared to actually run an Internet home based business?First, you must own a late model computer, high-speed Internet connection a basic working knowledge of computers and the Internet. Let me emphasize, the most important qualities you must have are self-discipline and self-motivation. Most people never consider this because they have been conditioned to be dependent on a job. They believe the only way to generate income is by having a job. Some have even had two or more jobs. It is difficult to break away from this mindset.Most individuals are so used to going to the job and being told what to do, how to do it and when to do it. But, when you start your own Internet home based business you are the boss and the buck stops with you. It means you are totally and completely responsible for running your business. Responsibility and accountability are of paramount importance.Finally, do not think for one minute that it will be easy. You will work much harder than you did on your traditional 9 to 5 job. If you do not work hard, exercise self-discipline and self-motivation, your chances of success are limited. But on the other hand, if you implement those basic qualities, the reward will be independence, residual income and financial freedom.So, are you prepared to actually run your own Internet home based business?Before you accept the challenge, be sure you know the answer to that question.

How to Stay Focused in Your Home Based Business

How you view your own home based business will impact the way others work with you to succeed at home.Your perception will dictate how you “see” the management of the business and how important it is to you to run it like the business it is. This significance you place on the efficient management of your business will then project to others in your home and those who visit your office. Am I really serious about operating my real home based businesses or is this more like a hobby.Some years ago at a writers conference, Dennis Hensley, one of the speakers, told a story about working from home with a humorous illustration: I asked Sally (one of the well known and successful writers at this conference) how she deals with this issue of working at home. I explained to her there are times I just don’t feel like working and I don’t feel as though I’m really at work. She then told me she understood this and it was a problem for her early on but now she explained, “I learned that I must treat my position just as if I were not at home” She went on to explain that she does this by getting up early and making herself up real nice, right down to her choice of an exquisite perfume. She explained further, “I choose one of my prettiest dresses and put on my high heels and when I walk down the hall to my office, I know why I’m there and I get right at it.” Several months later I met Sally again and she asked me, “How are you doing working out of your home?” I then thanked her again for the advice she had given me about the self perception we must maintain when operating from our homes. I said, I’m just having a problem walking in those high heels.”Our own perception of how important our work is will be evidenced by how efficiently we work from the home. Am I building real home based businesses or just playing games?Remain focused on how important each item you’ve scheduled for the day is and don’t let the distractions lead you astray. When you do this, your family members or visitors to your office will tend to do the same.If you allow household interruptions to throw the day out of whack then those around you will be colluding with you to do just that! You daily actions will give value and communicate to others that you are operating a real home based business. You’re the one who will be communicating the importance of your time to others who come into your office setting.This is not to say that one must be real “hard lined” about this and not allow your daughter to come in to show you a great picture she has just completed. It does, though, mean she will know this is something that is okay to do from time to time, (when it is a really special picture) but generally she will realize that Mommy or Daddy are at the office now and it is off limits for the most part.Your family must work out how all this will play out on a daily basis but the idea that will prevail is “Daddy or Mommy is not home right now he is at work”.”I now have grandchildren around the house and even at 30 months they understand this. Again, I always stop and have him sit on my lap when he does come in but he knows it’s special when he comes.Real Home Based Businesses Require FocusDon’t get distracted by the side issues that may seem at the moment to be urgent. It all happens too easily to the home based business person. You really need to purpose in your own mind and heart that you are totally committed to making this new lifestyle work -I’m working from home to generate a significant income and never going back to the corporate world. But don’t waver between the two arenas – the old corporate world and the new home business environment.Be totally committed to building your real home based businesses. The fact you have decided to work out of your home should have no bearing on your potential or your ability to succeed. But it does require that you see it as it really is – a business you are willing to stay totally focused in to generate the income and freedom you want so you can be all you can be.Building your real home based businesses to the point that you are building a significant income will ultimately become the evidence that you were serious about starting and building your own real home based businesses.