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Entrepreneurship As A Prepper Skill

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Entrepreneurship – a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.

 

Every prepper should have a second stream of income.  Let me say that again.  Every prepper should have a second stream of income! Having multiple streams of income is redundancy.  And in our current economic climate, having a little redundancy in our finances is smart!

The fact is that everyone has something that they are good at and in which they could make some money.  You might have to be creative.  You might need to refine how you do it, where you do it or when you do it.  But don’t count yourself short.  You have options and opportunities out there to bring in extra income.  This is one reason I created Prepper Small Biz – so that preppers could support other preppers out there trying to make extra income – putting out those quality products for the Preparedness Community.

But this isn’t a post about what you can do to earn extra money.  Instead, I want to highlight how you can learn some entrepreneurship skills from one of the best minds out there, so when you are ready to go live with your second stream of income, you have some technical knowledge to draw from.  Seth Godin is a best selling author, but more importantly, he knows what he’s talking about because he actually does it!  He isn’t an example of I couldn’t do it, so I teach….if you know what I mean.  Seth is actually the inspiration of why I offered my first ebook, Education After the Collapse and The Preparedness Review for FREE!

In the Summer of 2012, Seth met with a select number of entrepreneurs for an intense workshop on starting their businesses, questions they need to ask, strategies, etc…  The Startup School workshop was recorded and is offered in BIG podcast excerpts FREE to anyone who wants to download the mp3′s.  I’ve listened to all the episodes and it is well worth it.

To download The Startup School – Click Here.

To access other FREE materials from Seth Godin – Click Here.

FYI – It was during my time listening to this series that I was inspired to start Your Preparedness Story.  YPS is not an entrepreneur venture, but ideas just seem to flow when you start listening to Seth!  So I challenge you to listen to a few of the episodes and see what you are inspired to do or what small or home-based business you are led to start to bring in a second stream of income to your personal finances.

 

 

 

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5 Tips to Frugally Prepare

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Todd’s Note: For those of us paying attention to the economy, saving money and being frugal is crucial.  The more money we can save, the more money we can spend on items that NEED to be purchased.  The trick here, is to reuse, recycle and think about how we can use items in multiple ways.   This post touches the surface of things we should do and acquire that can save money.  What else can you think of?

When planning for the worst, it is easy to spend a lot of money. In fact, some people are hesitant to invest in rations and other items that will make life easier when a disaster strikes. Sadly, this will leave a family in a troubled spot as a hurricane, tornado, flood or fire can cause extensive damage to infrastructure, leaving people to worry about their next meals. For this reason, one must set up a well-stocked food storage system. At the same time, when flowing these five tips, the head of the house can stock it without spending too much money.

Building up food supplies:

Now, when buying canned goods and other non-perishable items, one can have plenty of food on hand for a disaster. Luckily, it is possible to buy canned soups, beans, vegetables and meats. With this, residents will only need a simple can opener to eat the food. In fact, with canned goods, one does not necessarily have to warm up the food to survive. A same time, when buying non-perishable items, one should look for food that they will enjoy. Since they technically have an expiration date, it is useful for a buyer to get food that he or she will enjoy with the family. People are always look for new ways to preserve their food storage for their family. Simply put, there are many ways to store food, so find a way that works best and is most appealing to your family.

Bulk:

When looking for emergency food storage supplies, a shopper should get items in bulk. With this setup, a buyer will get a better deal. At the same time, when purchasing in bulk, one can save time as they will not need to go to multiple stores to fill up the pantry. Furthermore, homeowners should look into other items beyond food that they should purchase in bulk, such as batteries, 9mm ammo, and candles.

Free water:

Without a doubt, when a disaster hits, a family will need clean drinking water. In fact, without water, one can only survive a couple of days. For this reason, when stocking up a pantry full of foods, a homeowner should not neglect water. Instead, he or she should buy some empty jugs and fill them with water. Ideally, when doing this, one should have a gallon per person, per day, on hand. With this, the family will not perish from a lack of water. Of course, if a shopper would rather do so, he or she can head to a local grocery store and buy the 25 cent bottled water jugs. Either way, this is an often overlooked thing; it is wise to have plenty of water as the utilities often go offline during a major storm.

Save containers:

It is hard to realize this, but, when faced with a serious event, a family may not have power, water or gas. This is problematic when it comes time to do the dishes. To take a proactive and simple approach, a homeowner should save old yogurt cups and glass jars, among other things. With this tip, the family can have access to clean items to store food and drinks. Otherwise, once the household dishes are dirty, one will have a serious problem in the short-term.

Tarps:

Now, it is beneficial to have items on hand that one can use for many tasks. One such item is a tarp. With this, a person can trap rainwater, warm up in the cold or even hide items from plain sight. Since tarps are not expensive and easy to find, a serious person who wants to protect his or her family must buy one for each member of the household.

With these five tips, a homeowner can prepare for any serious disaster on the horizon. Remember, a person can save a lot of money when he or she takes a few minutes to write out a plan and find the best deals on goods.

 

About the Author: Lukas Nicholson has over ten years in the home security field. He enjoys keeping up with the latest developments in home and corporate security and sharing what he finds with others.

 

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The Prepper's Guide to.......Reading Comprehension????

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Yeah, you read that correctly!  This is not an article on Bug Out Bags, Food Storage, Alternative Power, Firearms or Gardening.  This is an article on Reading Comprehension and what I see as a lack of it.

I don’t know if it is a result of our fast-paced lives or that we have become accustomed to bite sized pieces of information in the form of one-liners, puff news articles, Facebook, that we have become visual learners or whatever.  But I have noticed that many people don’t  read for comprehension anymore.  They scan, read the headlines, comment, send hate mail and don’t really stop to reflect on what is really being said.

I have encountered this more than I would like to believe, which is why this article has been stirring in the pot for a while.  I can’t just pass this off as our current education system because the prepper demographic is usually older, the majority being between 40-70 years of age.  I’m not saying that younger people don’t prep, just that they are not the majority.  So, I can’t just blame this on our current education system.  Like I said above, somewhere along the lines we stopped reading to truly understand what was being written and started reading to just get through reading.

So, I decided to take a walk around some of my reading teacher’s classrooms to find some anchor charts and materials that they might have posted that I could include in this article.  Maybe, it would be helpful to be reminded of some key reading strategies to understand some of the articles and information that we are reading in the preparedness community.  The pic below was taken in one of my 2nd grade Reading teacher’s classroom.  I’ll use the pic to review these reading strategies.

ReadingCheck for Understanding – Simply ask yourself, do I understand what I’m reading?  Does it make sense  or am I confused about what the author is writing about?  If I understand what I’m reading, can I retell it to someone else who is next to me with accuracy?

Connect to the Story – How does this story or article apply to you?  Is there a text-to-self connection, meaning can you relate this article to something in your life?  Is there a text-to-text connection, meaning have you read about this before? When and where?  When you are able to connect to the story/article, you internalize it and it becomes more than just words on a paper or computer screen.

Back up and Reread – If you become distracted or you are unsure about what you just read, take the time to backup and reread.  Sometimes that means rereading just  a sentence or paragraph.  Sometimes you just need to go back, slow down and reread the whole article.

Recognize Story Elements – What is the main idea of the article?  What are the details?  If the author is making a point, can I restate that in my own terms?

Make Mental Pictures – This is important because taking the time to make mental notes/pictures helps to store information into your long-term memory.  When you take the time to do that, you are telling your brain that the information that you are reading is important and you want to remember it.  If you can attach or link the information that you read to an image that is important to you, you will have a better chance at recalling that information.

Make Predictions – Many articles that Preppers read are going to be non-fiction and are informational.  But, you can make predictions about what it would look like if you applied the information to your own life.  For example, if you are reading about raising backyard chickens, with the information that you just read, how would that look in your own backyard?

Name the Characters – This isn’t really helpful in our Prepper related articles.  But you can apply this to any informational articles by asking yourself who will be effected by the information that you just read, your family, your neighbors, your spouse, your city….

Name the Problem and Solution – Many times we are reading articles because we are interested in that area of prepping.  Take a moment to ask yourself why you are reading what you are reading and how you are going to apply it to your situation.

Now, just like most everything else, this information is just not for the Preparedness Community.  It can be applied to any area where Reading is required.  I hope that there are some parents out there who are reading this that can help their child who might be struggling with Reading  Comprehension.  The key is to slow down, reflect and ask the right questions.

Reading is the basis for every other academic discipline.  If you can Read with Comprehension, you can pick up a book and with time, learn anything!

 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

 

 

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Is Living Simpler the Better?

The Pros and Cons of Minimalist Home

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Todd’s Note: Many people are looking at their finances and realizing that things don’t look all that good.  As a result, some are down sizing and choosing to live a simpler life.  What is truly valuable?  What is truly needed?  This article provides some pros and cons for a minimalist home.

A minimalist style of home design is the type that keeps only what is necessary to fulfill the common or innate needs of a person, focusing on achieving the main purpose of a given room and disposing unnecessary furniture, décor or home accessory. The color pallet of homes under the minimalist style is white, black, cream or gray. A minimalist home caters to the need of space, free flowing of home activities and decluterring.

Pros

  • Minimize Stress – minimalist home prohibits you to display “knick-knacks” or if so, at a minimal. This relieves you of having to maintain many furniture and home accessories. This will also set your mind the proper furniture and accessories to obtain when having a minimalist home.
  • Value for money – having a minimalist home is also economical in a sense that it will restrict you in having excessive furniture, keeping only what is necessary in your given space. The cost and maintenance in a minimalist home are much lower compare to other home design, not only because of the fewer things to buy and repair, but also its contributing factor in electricity.
  •  Independence – minimalist home provides fluidity of activities inside your home due to freed space. This will allow you to move without any hassle around your house and in keeping things inside the house organized.
  •  Time –because of a fewer things to maintain it would take less of a time to clean, declutter and redesign your home. Having few things will also save your energy to move around furniture and organize your stuff.
  •  Happiness – freed space and time saves you from attending to many hours on house duties. This will give you the ability to tend to other activities that focuses on your self-appreciation and less time working for the house upkeep.

Cons

  • Bareness – walking inside a minimalist home maybe pleasing to the eyes because of its soft color pallet depicting a more spacious room, but when applying minimalism in your bedroom, this may come a bit too cold for a room to sleep in. “Lack of warmth” as one may say, especially when all the bareness envelopes you as you close your eyes to sleep.
  •  Conservation –A minimalist home will require more effort on the part of the owner for the house’s upkeep. Common concern will be when having white or light colored floor and tiles which are more easily stained. Animal shedding will also be a problem to furniture with dark colored exterior. Having a minimalist home makes dirt and home furniture’s ‘wear and tear’ more visible.
  •  Subjacent Fixtures – space saving furniture may not cater to all types of people. An example would be a low laying couch would be uncomfortable for a taller guy to sit in.
  •  Clutter – as fewer your things get in your minimalist home, the noticeable the clutter is. One can easily spot ‘stuff that don’t belong’ in any given area. This would require constant arranging and organizing.
  •  Removing memories – conversation pieces like souvenir items from your travels or a prized picture/painting depicting a memoir in your life are kept in a minimal or none at all. Minimalist home ceases to be home with a character for the reason that it does not take any personal reference to the owner.

Minimalist home can serve as your starting point when deciding to have your own place or when living on your own. It is because it will aid you in keeping your expenses at a minimum and will guide you to keep your stuff organized and in proper places.

Image Credit – Jeremy Levin, Flickr

 

Author Bio:  Alexe is a dedicated housewife and a mother of two beautiful young ladies. She currently works as an outreach coordinator for Ritz Design Build, a home remodeling contractor from San Diego. Follow her on twitter @bedcritter

 

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Conflicted Deck II

Just got my Conflicted Deck II in the mail!  Conflicted is an awesome card game that will provide hours of fun discussing various survival scenarios.  But, many are using it for training!  That’s right, you read training!  Read my review of Deck 1 – Click Here!  To order yours – Click Here!

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