Is Working From Home Overrated?

While there are those who would refuse to consider working from home or working at home a ‘legit’ job, there are also those who think of it like it’s the coolest thing on earth!  And why not, you get to work even if you don’t go to work, errr that is because you technically work from home. Nonetheless, it does seem like it’s a cool thing, right?

Working from home can really be that cool and obviously it does have its perks, but don’t get carried away just yet.  The very idea of working from home may give some people the notion of having the ‘luxury’ of free time.  Like you can work only when or sometimes even where you want to – say start the work on Tuesdays instead of the dreaded Mondays, or work while enjoying the beach or hanging out at Starbucks for instance.  Or work only if you feel like it. Well, not quite the case.

I’m sorry to burst your bubble but if you’re serious about working from home, you will have to look at it as what it’s supposed to be – work.  It’s still work, you only get to do it at home or somewhere else instead of the office and it just so happens that you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck but then again, it’s still work.

Working from home, whether you have your own home business or online business, or  you’re still working for a company and only given the option to work from home, does not necessarily mean that you can work only when you want to.

If you’re working for a company – you still need to answer to someone, probably, a higher authority that you need to report to.  So frankly, you can’t just say I don’t have it yet cause I don’t feel like working yet.  I don’t think that will fly well to anyone who’s counting on you about something.

If you have your own home business – you are responsible for the success of such and your work attitude will readily reflect on your business’ standing.  Not to mention that you’ll have to deal with other people as well in the course of your business and such will require commitment as well.

Sure, you can work only when you want to.

As long as you’re meeting deadlines or delivering results then you can very well work only when you want to.  But the reality is that you’re going to need a strong sense of dedication if you really want to succeed at working from home.  Of course that is if you’re planning to really choose it over your ‘regular work’ and that you intend to make a living out of it.

The truth is that there will be days that even if you don’t feel like working, you simply have to, because the bottom line is that you have to be responsible –yes, even when working at home.

Sure you can reschedule the things that needed to be done, push some of it so you could have your free time to relax, go out or simply to give in to your ‘not-up-for-it’ mood.  But caution should be taken, because giving in to this habit of pushing things off may result to an overwhelming work load and cramming in the end that could very well contribute to stress.

Work while lounging at the beach.

Sounds pretty cool, huh!  Well, it’ll be a stretch to do this.  Sure you can check your email and stuff while you’re on vacation (the wonders of internet and gadgets, I know!), but seriously, work while on the beach?  Isn’t the whole purpose of being on the beach is to relax?  So why would you want to work?  I doubt if your brain will even cooperate with the idea of ‘working’ when it’s obviously on vacation mode – given the feel of sand under your feet, the sun on your face, the smell of the ocean…you know the works.

Working from home does give you the flexibility to work outside of the office, given of course that you have your laptop and all.  As the name implies, work at home, basically, you’re creating an office right at your home.  So the idea of working while on the beach or while hanging out at Starbucks sounds a little impractical.

When you’re out and about, of course there will be distractions, there will be certain limitations (your laptop may not have all the files you need because it’s on your desktop at home), not to mention that the whole idea of going out or vacationing is to relax if not to socialize!

Sure, you can check, keep up with the on goings and attend to urgent cases – while on the beach or wherever.  But work like seriously work?  Hmmm, haven’t you had enough working to do at home since you’re working from home?

Can You Really Make Money By Working At Home?

There is no doubt that the idea of working at home or working from homeis now becoming an option to a lot of people.  While there are those who are very open to the idea and are very optimistic about the thought of living a more meaningful life, there are also those who are a bit condescending and doubt if you can really make money from working at home.

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So, can you really make money from home?

Of course, it’s very possible!  In fact home businesses are becoming pretty popular now a day’s considering the state of our economy and the pretty much non-existent job security.

With enough drive and patience we can really make a living working from home.  A lot of people are not exactly happy with their jobs or may be couldn’t hardly keep one, so it’s not surprising that many are quite ready to jump (or considering) the idea of a home business.

While it’s true that we all have to make a living, sadly, we oftentimes forget to live.  We tend to get sucked into the vortex of eating-sleeping-working-then-repeat-routine.  This makes the very idea of working from home a very sensible option to break free from a somewhat monotonous existence.

Making money from home.

There are a lot of online business ideas that you can start on your own (sometimes from little to no start-up costs at all).  Having said that, don’t be too quick to grab the first one you see online.

Choices vary from internet marketingadvertising and or freelancing.  It would depend on your preferences – where you think you’re strongest at or which ones you’re most interested in.  It’s not entirely required that you’re already knowledgeable about the concept because you can pretty much learn all about it through online. (You just have to be patient of course.)

Remember to be cautious in choosing which home business idea you’d like to delve into.  Of course you can always try new and other things, maybe even at the same time, but it will considerably boost your confidence and fire your desire to do even more, the sooner you see positive results from working at home.

I will discuss more about these business ideas on my future posts;)

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A few pointers before taking the leap.

The ‘world wide web’ is undeniably rich in information and helpful knowledge, but don’t forget that it’s also full of cr*p and opportunist as well.  So, here are my friendly words of advice before you finally decide to work from home and start your very own home business.

Weigh your options first. There are tons of it so don’t get too quick about clicking buttons after buttons.

Make up your mind if it’s really your ‘thing’ – if it is, study it more; if it isn’t, move on.

Research and research some more.  Bumps along the way (just like any businesses) are expected, it doesn’t mean though that it has to be rough, be well prepared.

If you hit a road block, stop, don’t panic but instead relax.  You may be just missing a ‘secret’ passage…or maybe you simply took the wrong turn altogether.

Be brave, be strong and believe.  Really, you can’t expect to go too far if you’re full of doubts to begin your journey with.

Be open.  Open-mindedness will take you a long way.  To learn you must first be willing to be thought.

And lastly – enjoy!

Business Ideas that Works

We have already established that you can really make money by working from home.  Earnings may vary depending on which business ideas you decided to delve into and how much time and effort are you really willing to make – in other words, it’ll depend on how passionate are you with this new business venture.

There are apparent advantages of working from home, not to mention that there’s also a big possibility that you’ll be earning more than you would working on an 8 to 5-hour job.  Deciding to work at home – whether you’re a stay at home mom, just got laid out, or just quit from the workforce – may be the best decision you’re going to make in your life.

And although, you may earn yourself a couple of unsolicited advice from concerned individuals or doubtful look from families or friends as to why you don’t have a ‘real’ job – rest assured that you pretty much get the last laugh on this one.   ‘Cuz really, you can make a living by working from home!


Working as a freelancer online can be a good start.  You basically have a zero start up cost; you simply join a freelancing site and start applying for job based on your set of skills.

The good thing about freelancing is that you get to choose which job are you most interested in, you don’t get to experience that feeling of getting ‘stuck’ at something that drains you because most contracts are short term.

You are basically free to choose which job or people are you willing and most comfortable to work with.  You also get to decide how many hours are you willing to work in a day or in a week – which is perfect for stay at home moms or dads with kids (I know kids are a handful sometimes!)

And although the money you will be earning will depend on the hours you are working or job contracts landed, it’s not bad considering you practically didn’t shell out any dollars to start with.  This can be a good idea for stay at home moms or stay at home dads – because time can be really flexible.

You can actually save up from your earnings working as a freelancer and then later invest in other home business ideas.  And besides, who knows, freelancing online could be the perfect business idea for your given circumstances.

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Affiliate Marketing

You have probably heard of this a million times before – affiliate marketing – you make money online by promoting one business’ products or services.  Generally the publisher (you) earns a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.

This business idea requires that you maintain a blog or website where, for instance, you can talk about gardening or baking and then suggest and or promote related affiliate products that you are connected with.  You can target specific niche depending on your blog or website’s theme.

It may take time before you can get your website going and needs work to get more traffic and ideally Google page ranking, but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.

Web Advertising

This works wonderfully for those who already own a blog or a website (of course you can always start one for this purpose).  Advertisers either pays for the ad space or the number of clicks or conversion their ads received through your site.

There is a considerable traffic generated by those who regularly blogs or update their website – high traffic as well as other considerations such as page rank, page authority and others are being considered by the advertisers.

Unlike in affiliate marketing, there is no need to promote the product and or services.  Ads can simply stay on your blog or website visually (generally on the header or sidebar) and you just go about your thing as usual engaging with your readers and ideally increasing your traffic.

To Work or Not To Work – Deciding to be a SAHM

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I have heard of stories about mom eventually deciding to be a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) for practical reasons – like for instance, even if she is working, her salary may just be enough to pay the day care bills.  Point taken, but the thing is, would have she left the workforce by choice?

Then there are those who felt obliged to become a SAHM because they feel guilty that other people will be raising their kids.  But to be honest, of course, you’ll be raising your kids – you will need the help (either a nanny or day care centers or your mom or your in-laws) but you will be raising your own kids.

Although it’s very understandable for working moms to miss this point because they are so occupied with their career or exhausted from working that by the time their turn with the kids comes, all they wanted to do is glue them in front of the TV or put them to bed.  Hence, they feel like they couldn’t do both and opt to be a stay at home – even if they originally wanted to be the working girl.

A mother ‘stuck’ at home

The problem with the situations mentioned above is that, eventually the child or the kids are left with a mom that is depressed, frustrated and uninspired.  I guess the whole point of being with the kids –raising them yourself, nurturing them – has taken a different turn.

The child or children would likely develop emotional or psychological problems – feeling unworthy or undeserving or feel like they are a nuisance that is causing their mother’s heartbreak.  And no children should be made to feel that way.

A mother could easily feel stuck at home – taking care of the kids and managing the house.  Feeling small about the fact that she’s no longer the working woman she used to be and left with the ‘mundane’ task that she felt she’s over qualified to do.

Of course, there’s nothing mundane about being a SAHM.  It is also called work – a 24/7 work…without a salary – because it’s priceless!  So, being a stay at home mom is nothing short of being noble.

Again, it’s understandable why SAHMs are feeling the opposite.  The society has different notions about SAHMs in general.  And peers are not making it any easier.  Hence, more of the pressure is coming from outside factors.  It’s not even a question of whether you would like to raise your kids or not.  Of course you would like to do that, but, there’s always a ‘but’ somewhere there.

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How blogging helps a SAHM

If one ultimately decides to be a stay at home mom it has to be because that is where her innermost dreams and hopes and passions lie.  Otherwise, she has to muster the strength to decide to continue working and leave the child to a day care, to a nanny or a sitter.

The reality though is that it’s NOT an easy decision to make.  It’s not exactly a ‘yes or no’ option.

The good thing is that technology has made it possible for SAHMs of today to have a platform where they can use not just for hobby or to release the tension and bottled-up emotions but also to revive their other passions in life.

Blogging provides a SAHM the platform where she can share her passions to other people – either if it’s about the career she used to have – teacher, nurse, realtor, and others, or it’s about that one thing that she has always dreamed about – being a green activist, improving cupcake recipes, creating awareness about organic food for example or humane treatment of animals, the list could go on and on.

Suffice to say that blogging is empowering SAHMs!

It’s been said time and again that journaling helps our personal development, and blogging can be your own take at journaling – and more!

In blogging, you can affect other people’s lives by serving as an inspiration or a motivation.  You can also turn blogging into a business to give you that extra income that you can contribute to your family’s finances or to start your own charity works.

The possibilities are endless, and the best part of it all is that through blogging you can survive being a stay at home mom – a SAHM that is fulfilled, dignified and happy.

To work or not to work

There is no definite answer to this; it will always come down to what you want.  Of course the children are the priority, but it’s the very reason why it has to come down to YOU, you have to know where your innermost dreams and hopes and passions lie.

Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working

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It’s totally admirable for any woman to ultimately decide to become a full time mom and put her personal dreams or aspirations on hold or probably even for good.  Whatever the circumstances that lead a woman to become a stay at home mom, she is no less than a bit of a super woman!

The more important question is whether she is happy and content with being one.  Is she being this positive ball of energy that is rearing the children and managing the house wholeheartedly?  Can she readily say that she’s happy and fulfilled being the full time mom?

Stories of women stressing out about being a full time mom or housewife are very common.  But it does not necessarily mean it’s because she’s not enjoying being at home with the kids and managing the house.  Oftentimes it’s more than just the physical aspect of being a mother 24/7, being tired physically you can remedy with a nice spa treatment or a vacation or what have you.  What’s harder to face is the stress coming from an unfulfilled woman – someone whose dreams and passions are put on hold, or those feeling neglected and unappreciated, or perhaps even women who are felling worthless.

While stress can be caused by a lot of factors, oftentimes, for stay at home moms, stress is coming from the fact that they’re no longer working.  Of course, we know that again being a full time mom is a 24/7 job, but sometimes it’s not enough to fill the void inside.  There are many stay at home moms who wants to work and yet couldn’t bear to leave being a full time mom.  It’s great to know that now a days, you can very well do exactly that!

At Home and Working

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You have got to love internet!  It definitely opens up the world to a lot of people including the stay at home moms. Now, the idea of working at home becomes very accessible and surprisingly very doable now to a lot of mommies out there!

Get in touch with your passion

Moms can channel their passions and use it to start their own home business.  Say, you’re into arts and crafts, very well then – make stuff you’d love to share or better yet sell to other people.  And don’t fret, because you can easily do that while you’re home.  Use the power of social media to advertise your goods or services.  Set up a Facebook page and gather in your friends.  Before you know it, word of mouth will do the marketing for you!

Start writing

We pretty much know now that journaling does something positive to us, right?  Because you’re basically letting your emotions out, it’s a way of expressing ourselves.  Well then, how about you start writing and get paid for it?  You can create a blog where you can share your emotions, stories, ideas or perhaps tips to help others out.  And believe me, people read these stuff.  It’s pretty amazing actually how people are connecting to each other because somehow they share similar experiences.  And how you start earning from writing?  Well, when you write regularly and you’re blog or website is consistently updated, you’ll going to get a decent traffic enough to entice advertisers.  You will then get paid a certain percentage for every click/sale they make coming from your website.

Affiliate marketing

If you are quite a web savvy, then perhaps you can try affiliate marketing you make money online by promoting other business’ products or services.  Here you will earn a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.  It can be challenging to set up a website with decent traffic and ideally Google page ranking but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.


is blogging for everyone 4This is a great way to start working at home with basically zero start up cost.  As long as you have desktop computer or laptop and internet connection, you’re good to start.

You can simply join a freelancing site and start applying for jobs that match your set of skills. Job contracts varies from simple data entry, writing, virtual assistance, web research and technical support.

With freelancing, you are basically free to choose which job (or people) you want to work with.  You can also choose from short term to long term contracts.  You also get to decide how many hours are you planning to work in a day or in a week – I know kids can be a handful!

It will be great for stay at home moms to be able to work while raising the children and managing the house.  It will considerably improve their confidence, ease them of boredom, relieve stress and of course earn extra money.

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Turn Your Passion into a Sustainable Business, Part 2 of 2

Stick to your core gift.

lisa at workAgain, a business that is powered by genuine passion can make a whole world of difference – you are simply full of energy – willing to strive for excellence and ready to persevere.

This is where most people fail in their business venture, they lack the passion for it – if something goes inadvertently wrong they are easily swayed by disappointments and would almost instantly just give up.

You have a much greater confidence going into a business that you know you are good at, you believe in what you’re doing and that makes a big difference!

It’s time to sit down and go over the plan; we’re going to turn your passion into a business!

Passion driven or profit driven

What honestly drives you?

turn your passion into business 1In the first part of this article, we talked about what your real passion is and ‘why’ is it calling for you in the hopes to find out what your passions can do for the world in return – how it will affect other people’s lives, what are the intentions behind the passion.

We’re trying to turn your passion into a business but you have to honest with yourself whether you are passion driven or profit driven.

You can’t just suddenly jump into a business simply because you can surf and you want to make money. But, if you are passionate about surfing, and you longed for people to appreciate the sport or the ocean for example, you can then branch out that passion into educating people through greener products to protect the ocean or a surfing clinic, or a surfing store.

When you are passion driven, you strive for excellence and your perseverance is incomparable to those who simply want to make profit out of it.

Ideas will start coming in because you naturally want to make changes other than just make profit. You stick with it regardless of the challenges that will surely come; the only difference is that you may not even view it as challenges but rather just a step you need to go through to push for that passion of yours.

Do you know how to make money?

I know you want to that’s for sure.

env2post1Once you have decided that you’re passion driven and you really want to turn your passion into a business, it’s time to ask yourself, do you know how to make money?

You may say, well you sell a product or a service, you get paid, then you have your money!

Not quite that simple. If you are really serious and want to turn your passion into a business, you will have to know the business aspect of it.

You have to consider the cost of keeping your business. The marketing you need to get your business out there. The employees (if you need them) you need to pay for. If you’re selling products, where or how are you going to deliver your products? If you’re providing services, where and how much your shop or clinic is going to cost you.

Surround yourself with people with varying skills

Know the company you’re keeping

You would want to be surrounded by people with great skills and genuine intent to help you out in the business world. Remember that this business is basically your ‘baby’ so think about it, with whom you are going to entrust your baby with.

Seeking help from family or friends is also an idea, especially if you really want to start small and don’t want to hire people (yet). Or you can also consider getting one or two employees or a business partner.

Educate yourself

It’s time to learn new things!

env2post2You can also choose to educate yourself. Let’s say for example, you really want to start small and wants to do it by yourself (probably at least until the business took off) – you can very well do so! Do your research, ask people, search online, look for similar businesses!

When I started my business, I didn’t know anything about the business aspect of it – I’m an artist and you don’t exactly get business education in art school. But somehow, I persevered; I learned all the stuff I needed to learn to push through with the business.

I understand branding, so that’s a start. I know I have to create a brand that I want to be known for. Being the artist that I am, that part was easy.

Then I learned about drop shipping for my products. I study all about it – terms, wordings, the hows and the whys.

I searched online to learn about how I can market my business. Basically, we want people to know about us – our existence, what we have to offer, it’s all about marketing.

Simply put, I educated myself about my business – I have to, yes, but more so because I want to, because I believe that my passion can make a difference!

See how passion plays a big role in business?

Make an online presence

Today, it has become part of almost every business venture to create presence online – whether it’s social media or blogging.
Why? Well, everybody is almost always online! Whether they’re simply checking on their friends or families, or searching for something, or simply for recreational purposes. People are always online!

So, naturally, that’s where you want your business to be.
Create presence online through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram. Make sure that you’re putting yourself out there for people to see and know about you.

What’s even better is for you to create a blog for your business. Don’t fret! It’s not rocket science, you can easily get your blog going with Blog Beast, it’s an upgraded version of Empower Network’s blogging system, click here to read my article about Blog Beast.

The idea of having a blog for your business is to create presence online and to connect more to your clients or future customers. Through blogging, you can offer more than just the products or services your business is providing – you can share tips, DIYs, updates or even other upcoming projects.

Get ready, brace your heart and then take the launch


You are now set to turn your passion into a business!

Given that you’re about to delve into something that you are passionate about, mixing the business aspect will somehow cause some jitters. That’s highly normal, for one you’re passionate about this so we naturally get excited by just the thought of it.

But keep in mind that you will be tested time and again, (you may not even saw it as ‘challenges’ when your focus is all set to that one goal you fixed your eyes on), don’t get discouraged, don’t let the judgment of other people or your fear of failure to hold you back.

You will soon reap the fruits of your hard work and motivate yourself with the fact that you’re on your way to creating a better life for your family.

Turn your passion into a business and be free!

Businesses take time to build and take time to keep it going. The difference though when you’re in business with something you are passionate about, is that it’s not pure ‘work.’ But rather, an opportunity presented everyday to better yourself in what you are good at and affect people in ways you can only imagine.

You can free yourself from a job that is not only restricting your creativity and passion but robbing you of the opportunity to enjoy life spending time with family or friends doing the things that makes you whole as a person.

Consider turning your passion into a business. You can make it happen. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen NOW!

Turn Your Passion into a Sustainable Business, Part 1 of 2

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Life is meant to be enjoyed! Of course, who wouldn’t want that? But then again, the reality is that we have to work (even a job that suck!) to support ourselves, more so if we have a family to care for.

We have to work to pay the mortgages, the credit cards, the bills at home, the family’s health care and the list could go on and on and on….I just hope that a family vacation, a trip to Costa Rica or some exotic place is included somewhere there.

Having said that, are you even spending quality time for your family at all? I hope ‘Hi Kids,’ is not your idea of a pep talk, and watching TV side by side while you doze off is your idea of ‘bonding ‘ time.

If it is, then perhaps you should start reassessing your life if you are truly happy and fulfilled with what’s going on, because it does looks like your missing life.

We only live once

Yes, the very reason why NOW is the time we should start living a meaningful one. So you may want to ask yourself now, what your real passions in life are. What it is that one thing you really love the most – aside from your family that is.

In the course of our life – taking care of the family, in my case devoting myself to raising the kids – we somehow lose that connection to what truly makes us happy and alive. Of course it’s a noble thing to care for your love ones, its one thing I never regret doing.

But loosing that connection to my other passion in life, which is arts, somehow derailed my paths from a happy life turning me into a frustrated, almost angry mom.

And having found my way back to what really makes me complete, does not only revive the creativity and inspirations in me, but also paved the way to creating sustainable life for my family.
You, too, can turn your passion into a business. We only live once, remember? So, start living now!

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Turn your passion into a business

The very idea of creating a sustainable business out of your true passions in life is to really make earning a living or ‘working’ a desirable experience for us.

We know that we all have to work, but if you turn your passion into a business, it will make working a meaningful one for you. Working on a business that is powered by genuine passion, can make a whole world of difference.

You are enriching your personal being while at the same time creating a sustainable life for your family. You become this positive ball of energy that rubs off to people around you. Your business will naturally attract good vibes and before you knew it you’re taking off with a business that is making life a meaningful one for you.

So what’s your passion in life?

Start asking yourself what it is that makes you feel alive the most. Do you love to dance, to paint, to bake or to advise and connect to people? Only you can determine what are you most passionate about in life. Once you figure that one out, you can then turn your passion into a business.

Try writing it down, there’s something about seeing your hopes and dreams put into words. It makes it more real, more attainable; it presents itself as a challenge or something you now have to do.

Have you notice that you tend to complete your grocery shopping when you have a list with you? Not only that it serves as a reminder but it kind of give you that compelling urge to do it or buy it since it’s on your list.

So, write it down, don’t be shy – put into words what is it that you love doing or would love to do if given the chance. This is going to be your first step towards creating a sustainable life for your family.

The work begins: turn you passion into a business

env2post4If you already know what your passions are, ask yourself why this passion is calling for you.

Answering the why in these passions will let you decide how you will integrate that into your lifestyle and eventually to how you will conduct your business. Would you like a business online, home-based, brick and mortar and others? Or what responsibility or role you would like to assume in your business?

For instance, I’m passionate about anything green – green living, green arts, green environment. And it’s basically because I want to create changes, changes in how this earth is treated. I want to affect my children positively about being responsible and compassionate of the world we’re living in. I want to help other people thrive in this world while living green and healthy and free to self-expression.

That leads me to decide on having a home-based business so that I can be with my kids more and raise them myself and have more free time for my other passions in life.

I also decided to take on the business head on, and be the main ‘man’ and assume the major responsibility running my home business.

Finding out the whys in your passion will steer you into the right path towards incorporating these hopes and dreams into your life and turn your passion into a business.

It also leads to self exploration which is oftentimes taken for granted because we’re so caught up with the less important things that we’re made to believe to be the main purpose of our existence.

More about the planning stage on my next post about turning your passion into a business.

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