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How the 9 to 5 Grind Could Be Costing You More Than You Earn

This article is directed to all you parents out there
with pre-school children who would prefer to quit your jobs
and stay at home with the kids but think you can't because
you think you "need" a second income.  Donít be so sure.
That 9 to 5 grind may be costing you more than itís paying
you.

Let's say you're a parent of two pre-school children and
you're earning $25,000 a year ($500 a week) in your full-
time job.  Let's see where the money goes.

First of all, you don't have family nearby to care for your
children while you're working so you put them in daycare.
That takes care of $150 a week, leaving $350.

You need a car to get to work and your kids to daycare.
Let's be optimistic and say you have only a modest car
payment of $50 a week.  Your other expenses are fuel,
insurance and general maintenance.  Fuel is $25 a week,
insurance $10.  Allow another $10 a week for new tires,
servicing and repairs.  So $95 a week goes towards your car.
That leaves $255 out of your weekly paycheck.

You work in a professional office so you must dress
accordingly and be well-groomed.  Allow $10 a week for
clothes and accessories, another $5 if you're female for
cosmetics and haircare.  There's another $15 a week leaving
you $240 out of your weekly paycheck.

With so much to do to get the kids organized in the morning,
you don't have time to make your lunch so you buy it every
day.  At $5 a day that's $25 a week.  You're down to $215 a
week now.

And after putting in a full day at work you don't always
have the time or energy to cook a family dinner from scratch
each night and so once a week you pick up take-out on the
way home ($20 for four people) and spend more on
prepackaged foods at the grocery store each week.  Letís put
this at another $20 a week. This additional $40 a week for
convenience foods leaves you $175 out of your weekly
paycheck.

Still worth it, you say?  Oops Ö forgot about taxes, social
security and health insurance!  Better deduct another $100
a week for that little lot.  Now youíre at $75.

Now, you tell me, is $75 worth working a 40 hour week for?
Is your time really worth as little as $1.80 an hour?  And
thatís not even taking into account what your income does to
your partnerís tax bracket!  Without being able to claim you
as a dependant it may put it over the top and the increased
tax paid on your familyís primary source of income could well
mean that the net contribution of that second income is a
deficit!  If thatís the case, itís actually COSTING you to
work outside the home.

If you find yourself in this situation, there is an answer
a home-based business.  You can forget about daycare costs,
youíre there!  How difficult do you think it would be to make
$75 a week working from home?  Easy!  In fact, it would not
be difficult to generate the same level of income from your
home business as you were generating from your full-time job.
But because you donít need to incur the unnecessary expenses
such as daycare, vehicle expenses, clothing and food, you can
be MUCH better off.  Not only that, you can now claim home
office tax deductions!  And all of thatís just focusing on
economics.  Factor in lifestyle and family issues and a home-
based business can literally take your life back and give
you back to your family.

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