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HVP February 2017

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Page 8 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 9 personal development Back-to-School for new skills! With easy access to a computer and the Internet, you can do just about anything remotely, including getting a college de- gree! Whether it's at the undergraduate or graduate level - online courses give one the opportunity to do coursework regard- less of location or schedule restrictions. Because of more limited overhead costs, online courses tend to have lower rates than traditional colleges and universities. Tuition can still vary depending on both the school and the subject of choice. One possible downside of earning a degree on- line is the lack of opportunities to network with one's peers. Try the Home-Based Business Challenge! Working from home is a great way for moms to make some money while still being avail- able to their families - the added bonus is getting the chance to act as one's own boss. Of course, the Internet has increased opportunities to do this, including being able to have one's own website, which is at the heart of any business. Having a website for your home business gives others the chance to win- dow shop for your services/ products and makes valuable information easily accessible. charges just $3.95 a month to set up your very own professional looking website. TheWorkFromHomeWoman. com shares awesome tips, tools, and guidelines to keep your business activities organized. Looking for a business idea? Here's a few to kick start your thinking caps: cleaning services, event planner, resume writer - the choice is yours! Need Extra Cash? Life comes at you fast and unfortunately so do bills. Having a second source of income - or a side gig - can sometimes make all the difference when you need a little extra money. If you have weekends free or a few idle hours during the week, you might be able to put aside some time to put away a few extra dollars. You might teach a fitness class, babysit, tutor, or work at one of the small retail shops or cafes in your area. There's also a good chance you can turn your favorite hobby into a profit-making opportunity, further adding to your savings.

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