Month: February 2020

Obesity is a chronic medical condition. Successful treatment employ a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss with hypocaloric diet, physical exercise, behavior modification to change eating habits, social support, and drugs.

Diet Reduced caloric intake play most important role in obesity treatment. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other low glycaemic carbohydrates is recommended for promoting weight loss. There is no special advantage to diets restricting carbohydrates and consuming large amount of proteins and fats. Knowledge of the caloric and nutrient content of the food is a valuable aid to weight loss and weight maintenance.

Exercise increases energy expenditure and has a much more positive role in reducing fat storage and weight maintenance.

Behavior modification Patient is requested to monitor and record the circumstances related to eating, and modify behavior leading to change in eating habits. Patients can be taught to recognize `eating cuesΠ( emotional, situational etc) and how to avoid and control them. Weight loss clinic Houston is very keen in observing these habits to their clients. Hence, if you want to get support in achieving your desired weight, weight loss clinic is the answer.

Social Support is essential for a successful weight loss program. Support from family members is essential for reinforcing behavioral changes.

Drugs Carefully controlled diet and physical exercise are the main approaches for any weight loss program, but increasing number of patients may also need medications for obesity. These drugs may act by suppressing food intake, increasing energy expenditure or increasing lipolysis. At present only two drugs are mainly used for weight loss program: Orlistat and Sibutramine.

Orlistat is the first approved medication for obesity. It is a pancreatic lipase inhibitor and thus reduces absorption of fat. In randomized trials with up to 2 years of follow-up orlistat(120 mg) has resulted in modest weight loss (8.7 kg). Side effects include oily stools, flatulence, and cramping.

Sibutramine was originally developed as an antidepressant, found to be effective in the treatment of obesity. Sibutramine acts as an inhibitor of neuronal 5- hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) /noradrenaline reuptake at the hypothalamus that regulate food intake. It reduces food intake and a dose of 10 mg/d results in an average weight loss of 3-5 kg. Side effects include anorexia, dry mouth, constipation and insomnia. In some patients increase in heart rate and blood pressure is reported and the drug is contraindicated in the presence of cardiovascular disease.

Surgery Surgery may be considered as treatment option for patients with severe obesity having a BMI  gt;40 and in whom treatment using diet, exercise and available drugs did not produce adequate response. The beneficial effects of surgery include major weight loss and improvement in hypertension, diabetes, angina, hyperlipidemia, and congestive heart failure. The most popular surgical procedure is roux-en-y gastric bypass (GBP). Operation can be performed by laprotomy or by laproscopy. Another surgical procedure laproscopic adjustable gastric banding is widely used in Europe and can produce substantial weight loss.

Now, I’m eyeing to work abroad with the help of an นำเข้าแรงงาน company. But before, Ive tried working in Cold Stone, which everybody in the town wants to try. As it turns out, there are some truth all must know before working in it. 

When Cold Stone came to my town, my friends and classmates couldn’t have been more excited. It soon became a popular place to work, as everyone who worked there went to my high school and people didn’t seem to ever complain about their job. I thought it looked like a great place to work, so even though I applied out of desperation, it wasn’t a job I dreaded. 

Turns out, working at Cold Stone isn’t as awesome as it looked. Here’s a best-kept secret, people who work in service jobs have to nail on a happy face – not only do they have to act happy at work, they’re not allowed to complain about the job. It’s like being in a cult. Ever. This is why I had to wait until after I got fired to publicly write about what it’s really like to work at Cold Stone. 

Some may wonder how I could possibly complain about a job that gave me free ice cream. Well, that so-called benefit the company boasts is more of a lie to get people to apply. Yes, an associate can have $5 worth of product, but only during their break, and only if they get a break. In order to get a break, which is no longer than fifteen minutes, your shift has to be six hours. I was hardly ever given shifts that long, which was just as well since I really couldn’t take four hours never mind six, but even when I did get a long shift I wasn’t always allowed a break because of how busy the store would get. 

You see, it was a busy time to work there. Our franchise was just down the street from Fenway Park. Baseball season had just started and we were starting to see warm days. Even then, we were almost always understaffed, and I think the manager did the schedule like that on purpose. On more than one occasion, I would receive a call asking me to go in hours before my shift was set to start, or my manager would approach me during a night shift asking me if I could pick up an extra shift the next morning. I’m starting to wonder if my one-time refusal to accept the request was part of why I was fired. 

I think the big reason I was fired was because of my politics. I’m a marijuana advocate. I’m not a stoner, but I do think marijuana should be legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes. For this reason, I wanted to partake in the Worldwide Marijuana March in May, and I asked for the day off in order to participate. My manager found out why, and next time the schedule was sent out, I wasn’t on it. When I e-mailed asking why, the manager got frustrated and said “it’s just not working out.” In italics, and possibly bold as well, I can’t remember. 

Maybe another part of it was my inflexibility. It wasn’t that I couldn’t stay up late enough to work until close, I had to walk home. I’m a student at Northeastern, and I was working in the Fenway area. My choices were hop on a D train, take it to Copley and switch to an E train, which was safe but would have taken forever. It was cheaper and faster just to walk home along the Fens. Not exactly safe, which I only hoped my manager would understand. Maybe I asked for too many days off, though I tried not to. Taking time off meant getting to the calendar as soon as possible and hoping there was an empty slot where you wanted it. They had a dry erase calendar up, and if you wanted a day off you needed to put your name on it, in one of the three available slots. If you wanted a day off and there were already three names on it, you were pretty much outta luck. 

I can’t say I was the most competent member of the crew. I still don’t know how some people did it. They expected me to learn the sizes so quickly – and they’re not as easy as one scoop, two scoops, three scoops, that would be easy. No, the sizes were done by weight which we needed to get a “feel for” using a scale and plastic container (in front of the customers) before we could serve, and when I was getting the feel for them, I felt rushed; my trainer kept asking me “okay do you know it yet? Are you ready to start serving?” And I really should have taken my time because I was mostly crap at sizes. I would often serve too little and the people would complain, but if I gave too much the manager would complain. In my three weeks before getting fired I never got it down. 

Mixing took more skill than I thought too. Some ice creams are hard, mostly the chocolate flavored ice cream, and take forever just to pull. Mixing sounds simple on the surface, “chop, chop, fold, fold” or something like that. Well, being someone who’s always mixed her ice cream until it was perfectly blended, I erred on the side of taking too long mixing, resulting in a final product that was too soft and soupy rather than only taking five seconds and giving someone a barely mixed product. 

Movies coming to the big screen this fall are mostly predictable in terms of success. If you are a big time movie buff, then you would have seen most of them at il genio dello streaming. Big wig movie companies are desperately trying to recover from a less than favorable summer line-up of half-ass comedies and less-than-stellar movie remakes. Fall will come with a bunch of “straight to video” flicks built around “copycat plots” in Hollywood’s vain attempt to duplicate the success that was once lost, yet there are always the movies of the season that catch one’s interest.

A movie with a “copycat plot” previously mentioned is a picture that a movie-goer can easily pass by on an outing, sit down and predict the ending and all if it’s characters or compare to a movie in it’s likeness.This Fall we have the comedy copycats who have taken the off-beat success of it’s predecessors Napoleon Dynamite and The Office and generated relatable counterparts where the goofy, nerdy character finds himself, gets the girl and ends in an unrealistic happily ever after. Employee of the Month has the hot chick singer-turned-actress Jessica Simpson pared with Dax Shephard’s less-than-threatening character while in School for Scoundrels, Napoleon himself Jon Heder is pared with straight-faced Billy Bob Thornton in the competition for the affections of Jacinda Barrett who also stars in Fall’s The Notebook knock off The Last Kiss with oddball actor Zach Braff. Following along the counterfeit design comes The Rock with his traditional seasonal disaster Gridiron Gang, taking the hope, determination and good, wholesome family triumph of The Longest Yard with smaller players and Xzibit tagging along.

Next are the “Why Did They Even Bother?” movies where avid movie buffs can only sit back and shake their heads and raise their lips in sheer disdain. Although there aren’t near as many as there have been this season, bringing back not-so-successful remakes by simply slapping a “2” on the end, like The Grudge 2 from The Grudge, in order to solidify success is just plain lazy. Kutcher is back in The Guardian, with Kevin Costner, desperately trying to prove himself as a serious actor with another boring movie about absolutely nothing and water, Costner’s handicap. And last but not least, is a powder-faced Kirsten Dunst playing a teenage Marie Antoinette, Hollywood’s Fall attempt at biographical pictures, going through what else, but what all teenage characters that the ever-so-young Dunst is primed to portray: high school.

Lastly are my personal picks for a movie I would actually pay eight bucks to sit in a dark room full of strangers watch and maybe even enjoy. I can honestly say that I am “the horror type:” show me a good murder with an honestly good plot and I’ll clap my hands and giggle like a schoolgirl. Saw was that good horror movie for me since, I believe, The Exoricist. The murders, the characters, the villain, the motive and best of all, the fact that they never found the true killer before he died in the sequel makes Saw III, the third chapter in the trilogy, all the more exciting. There are certain rules to bringing back the past in a murder drama, but I have my own expectations for The Black Dahlia. Although one could argue that is a bunch of today’s young hotties trying their best to portray times and events they’ve never lived through, another could argue that that is the definition of acting. Now, I’m not so much the action type, but I am looking forward to Jet Li’s Fearless and hope it to be one of Li’s amazing martial arts masterpieces that everyone will be able to aesthetically admire instead of fully understand through subtitles or that insignificant thing called a plot.

I’m not a person to start writing hate-articles, but after yesterday’s events, I find this to be my only outlet to ventilate what I’ve got to say (just read that sentence again, and am not to sure what I’m really saying, to be honest). It’s about a football game. A European football game. So that would be soccer to most of the readers, I guess. You know, that game where guys can only touch the ball with their feet (unless they’re the keeper, they’ve got special privileges) and run like crazy for 90 minutes, only to see the game end in a 1-0 victory and 17 injured supporters.

To be frank, soccer has never been my cup of tea but a writer is bound by the wishes of his readers and has to write anything that they insist upon and not whatever takes to his fancy. I would have loved to publish a sensationalistic article like Beckham met Al-Khelaifi but, sadly, that doesn’t seem to be in my stars and I feel that it would remain a distant dream forever, but one should never give up hope as the entire world relies upon it. 

Anyway. The British Premier League is probably one of the most exciting leagues to watch, with some of the world’s best teams and players. Even if you’re not a big fan of the game, names like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will probably ring a bell somewhere in the back of your brain. Short situation sketch: Arsenal are the leaders, 5 points ahead of ManU (the ‘cool’ way to say Manchester United) and have a difficult away game scheduled at Birmingham. ManU plays later, so the result of the Arsenal game could influence ManU’s motivation as they might be able to close the gap with a win over Newcastle United.

Back to the Arsenal game. 3 minutes into the game, and Martin Taylor, a Birmingham player, commits a horrible tackle on Eduardo, one of Arsenal’s young promising players and season revelations. Taylor is shown the red card (which means he has to leave the game straight away and a committee will decide on how many games he’ll be suspended) but it’s only afterward that the people realize the seriousness of the injury. Eduardo was taken to the hospital where he went into immediate surgery for a double compound fracture of his leg.

Anybody who’s ever seen a game of soccer (I’ll just keep calling it that, wouldn’t want to loose anybody here) will know that occasional contact between players does happen, and unfortunately, this can lead to serious injuries, as the one suffered by Eduardo. Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s coach and full-time whiner, went completely nuts after the game and insisted that Martin Taylor should be banned for life after his tackle. Important detail in this story is that Taylor is Birmingham’s captain, which means he’s a respected player and not a butcher. Although being a defender, he rarely gets yellow cards.

Obviously, I’m not saying that incidents of this kind should be overlooked just because the player is ‘a nice guy’. However, watching the video over and over again, it is clear that there is no intention to hit the player, and Eduardo was just too fast for Taylor, who misjudged his timing completely and hit Eduardo full on the ankle. Is this one mistake enough to ban him for life? Should a player suddenly be judged for one mistake? On any other day, Eduardo might have been able to finish the game and Taylor might have been shown just a yellow card. Every week, there’s players charging other player’s full on with two straight legs forward, where you immediately fear for the player’s career. This was not the case here. Wenger’s comment was completely over the top. It was probably a heat of the moment thing and also fueled by a last minute Birmingham equalizer from a dubious penalty, but his task as a coach is to remain calm under any circumstances. By saying such harsh words, he’s playing judge and jury and willingly or not influences referee’s.

What followed. After his surgery, Eduardo expressed his determination to make a swift recovery. Arsene Wenger apologized for his most devastating words and did say that a lot of it was said in the heat of the moment. Problem with words is, you can apologize, but you can’t take them back and make them unsaid….

There are a plethora of ways a business can make the most of the internet to catch the attention of potential customer or customers. One of the most adept ways is to create a website that allocates information to the product or service, why their company is superior to the competition and to make sure the website is pleasing to the eye. There would need to be a place on the site to make purchases to augment the website’s effectiveness. An additional way to ensnare businesses to your web presence is through coupons. Using coupons on your website will help increase traffic and ensure customer loyalty. Having contests that are relevant to your service or products on your website with cash prizes, free merchandise or a free service would add allure and attract potential buyers.

Additionally, a business could utilize a writer to write about the business using keywords related to the industry and paste it in the superfluity of free classified ads that are all over the internet. These ads are going to boost the sales forecast greatly. This is why it is really important that you invest in good writes and marketing strategies. 

Moreover, a blog can be used to write out the necessary information pertinent to the business or industry and do it on a frequent basis. That, in turn, would make sure every day the blog would have potential buyers that would not normally visit the business. With a blog, you would get feedback about everything relating to your business. You are much more free in what you want to communicate in a blog versus a website. It is less formal and the clients could be slightly different in their wants and needs, dependent upon the business.

Writing forums are an exceptional place to get your business to the typical customer. The feedback that would be produced could propel you to alter something about your site, add to or delete what people liked or disliked. The swap of information is vital to understand the potential client’s wants and needs.

A captivating saying or catchphrase that rhymes would make people remember a company or product long after he or she read about it. It would stick in their subconscious and when they are scouring the internet and reread the slogan, it can entice them to look over the website again. A catchphrase doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme but it needs to be remembered in the reader’s mind. It could be a catchy tune, jingle or phrase that shows relevancy to your service or product yet doesn’t diminish its intent.

Nothing is more influential than the word of mouth. Once someone sees your website, blog or discussion on a forum, he or she is more likely to talk about it to another person. If it is a positive experience, then more people would be apt to buy something from the small local business. If it is less than positive eventually the feedback will get back to you and you could alleviate further trouble by addressing whatever the problem may be so it would not happen again.

Register with the Better Business Bureau online to maintain professionalism with your website. A great deal of people finds the seal of approval from them reassuring that you won’t scam them.

All of the listed things should work to develop bringing in clients for your business. While there are more options, it is necessary to take a step back and look at your business and decide which, or all of them is a feasible and practical option for you and your business.

HOUSE, a wonderfully spooky thriller starring William Katt, is the story of a Vietnam vet who comes back to the House where his only son disappeared only to find he is facing not only his grief there but demons from his past as well. After the death of his aunt, Cobb finds he has inherited the very house where his son disappeared and though he initially decides to sell, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the house and all the memories attached within.
Cobb, a successful writer of war based novels, takes the viewer through his memories of Viet Nam and brings to life, through his writing and the movie as well, what is haunting not only his memories of that time long ago in his life but perhaps his world as well. Somewhere along the line, reality blurs with the past and Cobb is taken on a journey in which the viewer cannot discern between the reality within the house and his subconscious and ultimately where they mege within the movie.

Thrillers and murder mysteries are such genres that are enjoyed by movie lovers of all generations as there is nothing better than a spooky, who-done-it flick to send the shivers down your spine and House is just the one that you’re looking for if you are a sucker for thrilling adventures in films, with cyberflix apk catering to the whims of its viewers who are indignant that this film is not available on the site and threatening to unsubscribe it if their demands are not met.


With George Wendt, best known as Norm from ‘Cheers’ as his every present neighbor and companion in his quest for the truth behind the eerie happenings in the house, the viewer is easily drawn into the humorous relationship between the two men.

With a house that boasts not only doors which lead to other dimensions, a loosening grasp on reality to the point where Cobb shoots and kills what he thinks is a monster mascarading as his wife, the viewer is pulled into the absurdity of this house and all the secrets within. Woven within the oddness of this movie is Cobb’s buddy from Nam, Richard Moll, who presents a gruesome and freaky addition to Cobb’s nightmareish existence within the house.

Not your average horror flick, or even a movie on the scale of Halloween or even Scream. This is one of those movies that will have you jumping out of your seat one minute and laughing uproariously the next, with the antics of those within. Deliciously campy, this is a movie that is well worth purchasing for the amusement factor alone, not to mention the fact that this movie is one that begs to be watched time and time again.


I’d strongly recommend HOUSE for viewers of ages 12 and over only, as some scenes are a bit on the intense and violent side for younger viewers and might be “nightmare makers” in their gruesome depiction. That said, it is an enjoyable movie and one that would be perfect for teen parties or sleepovers.

Check HOUSE out and see for yourself and see what I mean when I say ‘once is never enough’ when it comes to this cult classic! Found at many video stores or easily ordered online at this is one of those movies you’ll want to own and watch time and time again! Enjoy! And if you are so inclined to continue the story, check out HOUSE II too. It is a loosely connected sequel and great in it’s own way, odd and definitely entertaining!

You may be reading a financial article about how loan rates are going down and wish you could take advantage of it. You might want to complete a home improvement or make a tuition payment and want to use the equity you have in your home. Maybe you have several outstanding loans and would like to consolidate them into one monthly payment. These are common situations, and the solution to each one involves loan refinancing. Refinancing is taking out a new loan that will pay off and replace your old one. Your new loan can have a different rate or term, give you cash, or increase your balance to an amount large enough to cover multiple debt obligations. Whatever the reason for your refinance or the difference between your old loan and your new, the methodology and considerations for completing a loan refinancing are the same.



Before beginning the process of refinancing your loan, it is important to consider the timing of your decision. First, are rates going up or down? If rates are decreasing, you may want to wait to see if the trend will continue and allow you to get an even better rate than is currently available. If rates are increasing, refinancing quickly may be a good idea before rates get higher. To track the market on loan prices, watch the prime lending rate, or use a national rate survey such as the one performed weekly by Freddie Mac. Second, does your current loan have a prepayment penalty? If so, paying the loan off early may cause you to have to pay a large fee. Contact the financial institution that holds your loan to find out if any such fee will apply. Additionally, loan refinancing near the end of your loan term may not be financially beneficial, as the payments you make at that time go mostly toward paying down the principal of the loan. Replacing a loan that is almost paid off with a new one would cause you to pay more in interest than simply paying off your original debt.

Finding the Right Deal

Once you have decided that it is the right time to proceed with your loan refinancing, the next step is to shop for the loan product that will benefit you most. There are two basic aspects to loan shopping: rates and closing costs. Shop for low interest rates on whatever loan type you are looking to refinance, be it an auto loan, mortgage or personal loan. Call various banks or visit their websites to narrow your choices down. When you have selected a few banks with the lowest rates contact a loan representative at each to discuss terms and closing costs. Closing costs are the fees charged by the bank and third parties for completing your loan. The right loan refinancing deal will combine a low interest rate with relatively low closing costs. An effective way to shop both interest rates and closing costs at the same time is to compare the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of the loans you are interested in. The APR is different than the interest rate in that it is calculated to also reflect the closing costs of the loan. Shopping for your loan using the APR will allow you to get a clear comparative picture of what each deal would cost expressed as one simple number. Remember that in order for your refinance to be the most beneficial financially, the rate should be lower than your current loan.

With both the timing and the loan product selected for your refinancing, the only thing left to do is complete an application at your chosen bank. Be sure to explain any special terms you would like, such as cash out or debt consolidation. Once your new loan is approved, the bank will pay off your old obligation and your loan refinancing will be complete. The website Omalaina mainos will provide proper knowledge regarding the important bank terms. The terms will be beneficial for obtaining loan from the financial institutions. 

Are you the one who gets confused while selecting baby gift baskets? If yes, then here is the best remedy for you that are make your basket on your own.

Baby gift baskets is the best option for the newly born baby because, in this, you can come to add the best baby products. You can bring the products alternatively at home and add them to the basket. You can choose the best basket cover in which you will get to add products.

Your creativity will be going to enhance by which your basket will look more beautiful than ever.

Here are some ideas for your help in making of the best baby basket

  • Laundry basket

You can provide them a basket full of diapers and various other new born baby clothes in it. The basket is to be bigger in size so that it can be used later in the home. It can be used to keep the clothes of the newly born baby.

  • Add mother products too

If you are making a baby gift basket, then it is essential to remember mother too. You can add some goodies for the mother that look very generous of you. You will get to have blessings of the baby and the mother both.

  • Stuff toys

It is the best additional thing you can add in the basket as babies enjoy it a lot. You can put elephant stuff toys, which it should be small in size.

  • Different colors items

It is one essential thing you should consider as the items should be of different colors. It looks good, according to the occasion.


Thus, in a nutshell, it is concluded that making baby gift basket on your own is the best way to make it more creative.

Are you suffering from excess body weight? If yes, then you should go for the keto diet. It is one of the specialized diets you can go for as you will get to have a low carbs diet. You should set up your goal like for 6 months and 12 months. If you want to have keto supplements then you should go for as it will save your time in preparing meals. People who are living a hectic life and cannot prepare their own meals can go for ordering the best ketogenic meals for themselves. The calories are the one responsible for increasing and decreasing the body weight. If your calorie intake is low, then your body will automatically start losing the weight, and thus keto is an expert in this.

How a ketogenic diet helps in reducing weight?

  1. Providing sufficient energy to the body- If you are going to consume a keto diet, then you should know that it provides enough energy to your body. The energy in your body will help you in eating less and consuming fewer calories in a day. 
  2. Less carbs diet- Carbs in the diet plays an essential role in making you fat or thin. Ketogenic diets consist of very low carbs so that your body can be remained balanced.  
  3. Eat less and feel more- In this, the meal that will be intaken by you is less, and you will feel more energy in your body. This is the vital function of the keto dietand it is most recommended for those who are facing issues in losing their body weight.  

Thus these are the ways in which the ketogenic diet works in losing the weight. You can search more about the keto meals online.  

When I started working at home, I just had a slow-running computer, dial-up connection and a small, cluttered desk in the bedroom. My work schedule was sporadic; I didn’t have a specified time when to sit down and get some work done. My attire was ultra-casual, as in jammies and bunny slippers.

Slowly though, as I became more committed to my new role as a wahm and started to earn enough to buy some decent office equipment, I decided I needed a home office makeover.

Although, an office space at Raffles Place is a great option to think about, coming up with your own home office is even better depending on your situation. If you’re thinking of setting up your home-office, here’s a list of things to consider:

  1. Find your spot – The first thing you must do is find a spot in your house to set-up your home office. Ideally, the best spot must have good lighting, ventilation and minimal distractions.
  1. Design a layout – Now, consider how you want to set-up your office keeping in mind the furniture and equipment you will need. Look around your house and see if you can find items already there that you can use, then make a list of other items you need to purchase.

Here is a list of basic items you will need when creating your home-office:

  • Table – Choose one that will fit into your workspace, is sturdy and has lots of shelves for storage.
  • Chair – This should be at a level complementing the height of the table. Choose a chair that is comfortable, has good back support and has wheels. A swivel chair is a good choice.
  • Lamp – If you work during the night or your work area doesn’t have good lighting, a lamp is essential. Choose one that offers the right amount of brightness.
  • Desk Organizer – This is very important if you want to be organized and be more efficient. Find an organizer where you can store your pens, paperclips, fasteners, stapler, scotch tape, scissors, correction fluid, post-its, and other small items.

  • Storage Bin – This is where you will place your office supplies such as bond paper, folders, manila envelopes, binders, plastic protectors, etc.
  • Filing Cabinet – This is where you will store all your important files such as contracts, bills, receipts, etc.

Personal Computer/Laptop – Invest on one that will last for several years. This will be your greatest investment because most of the jobs available for wahm’s are online. So don’t cut corners; choose a computer that has ample memory, more disk space and a modem to connect to the Internet. The basic set-up of a PC is the following:

  • keyboard
  • mouse
  • monitor
  • disk drive
  • CD-ROM drive
  • hard drive
  • motherboard

Depending on your needs, there are additional items you can purchase such as a fax modem, sound card, speakers, video card, surge protector and power supply back-up. I personally use a computer that has a Pentium 4 processor.

  • Software – Determine which operating system you wish to run on your computer. Examples of these are: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Linux. I personally use Windows XP Home, it’s fairly easy to use and offers a lot of features that helps me work more efficiently. Next is the software applications, these usually comes with the computer you purchased such as Microsoft Office which includes Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Depending on the type of job you want to pursue, there are many software’s out there that will help you get the work done. Microsoft Internet Explorer, for example, enables you to connect to the Internet, while PaintShop Pro is a graphics application.
  • Internet Access – This is another essential; choose the ISP provider that suit your needs. Nowadays, there are many Internet providers that offer fast connection, reasonable rates and online protection such as virus and pop-up blocker.
  • Printer – Either black and white or colored printer, a laser printer or an ink jet printer. I used to have a black and white laser printer then upgraded to a colored laser printer. There are also printers that are multi-function, meaning it’s a printer-scanner-fax-copying machine all rolled into one.

  • Scanner/Fax/Copying Machine – Scanners are great when you have to send documents and photos online. A fax machine is needed when you have to send documents offline and is especially helpful when you’re dealing with someone out of state or even overseas. Copying machines are used to make copies of important documents.
  • Telephone – A must for home workers. Many work at home moms invest on a second phone line; the first one is used for personal calls and the second one is used solely for business. A second phone line is highly recommended if you like to work as a virtual assistant, in customer service, in sales or any job that requires you to conduct your work over the phone.

There are other items you can add to your home office which will largely depend on your needs. A whiteboard/cork board is great when you need to be reminded of an important task or event. Also, personalize your work space by adding items you love like a framed photo of your family or a vase of fresh flowers. Remember to look at items already in your home that you can use for your office. Also, you don’t need to buy everything all at once. Determine which items are most important such as a computer, Internet connection, table and chair. Then, slowly add to your set-up once you have the extra cash.

Having your own work station is a must if you want to be a successful work at home mom. Make it your personal spot and I guarantee it will enrich your work at home experience tremendously.