I’m a 21st Century Housewife

“Are You a Stay-At-Home Wife?”

Being a housewife is more than just cooking and cleaning!

Recently, I was asked why I decided to be a stay-at-home wife instead of having a career. I have a bachelor’s in business and don’t have any kids yet (I’m only 23, although my birthday is only 2 weeks away!), so what’s keeping me from getting a job?

I’ve actually gotten accustomed to being asked this, as well as all of the secondary questions that come after it: “What do you do at home all day by yourself?”, “Don’t you get bored?”, or the ever-awkward “I know a place that’s hiring, want me to get you an application?”
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5 Ways to Save on Shipping

Tips For Etsy Shop Owners:

The online environment has helped to create many new opportunities for individuals to take advantage of when trying to generate money outside of the traditional working environment.

When you are benefiting from a resource like owning an Etsy store, elements like shipping can influence the profits you make and the attraction consumers have towards your products.

If you would like to increase your opportunities for success by reducing your shipping cost, take advantage of the following top five tips.

Tip I: Skip Flat Rate Boxes When Shipping Light

The United States Postal Service is flooding media networks promoting the advantages of flat rate shipping. The problem with this marketing is that unless your item is over five pounds, you can often find a lower shipping option. Save money on shipping by only using flat rate boxes when they can save you money on shipping heavy items.

Tip II: Select Your Packing Materials Carefully

Many first time store owners’ utilize materials around the house to ship products like balled up newspapers and magazines. The only concern is these products can leave a film on your shipped items and also will add considerable weight. Investing in low weight packing materials, like bubble wrap and shipping popcorn, can save on shipping weight and properly protect your sales.

Tip III: Use Stamps.com When You Ship Often

When you ship many items on a regular basis using online resources like Stamps.com can provide you with shipping discounts which add up over time.

Tip IV: Customize Boxes for a More Compact Fit

Box sizes are often limited unless you buy a customized box from a shipping service for each item you sell. Buying boxes of a generic size and then customizing them yourself through scissors and tape can reduce box weight and dimensions as well as lower the packing material required.

Tip V: Fully Understand the Policies of the Postal Service

Understanding shipping policies such as weight changes and box dimensions can mean the difference between spending $5 on shipping or $30 on shipping.

These five tips can help any small business owner discover new opportunities for saving money, offering their clients better shipping costs, and finding ways to increase sales.

What ways do you save on shipping? Got a great tip that’s not on the list? Let us know about it in the comments! 

Guide to Starting a Pet Sitting Service

Humble Pup enjoying a car ride!

Pet Sitting 101

Humble Timothy and I don’t often go out of town for anything, but on the rare occasion that we do, it’s nice to know that Humble Pup is well taken care of.

Usually we try to leave her in the very capable hands of my parents, but sometimes they’re unavailable for pet-sitting and we’re left with few options.

Kennels and dog hotels can cost up to $200 a night, including food and care.  Plus, can you ever really be sure of how your furry friends are being treated?  (Read More)