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Archive for December 2006

December 31st, 2006

Report on Home Business Poll

I’ve conducted a poll on my Home Business blog for the past month to help me to get to know my readers better. This also enables me to know better what information might be of interest. Below are the results.
Question: How long have you operated a home business?
Poll Results: 50% more [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

December 30th, 2006

“Branding” Your Home Business

Hope Clark’s article, What is a Platform?, in her newsletter, FFWSmall Markets, gives great information on promotion and branding oneself as a writer. Although Hope’s article is written primarily for the writer, much of her information has wider application for the home business owner.
“A platform is a brand. Your brand. Every entrepreneur [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments

December 29th, 2006

Increased Internet Shopping - What Does It Mean to Home Businesses

Reports indicate that Internet holiday shopping reached new levels this year. What does this mean for the home business owner?
If your business is one that does or can involve setting up a web site for selling your products and services, it’s a direction you should consider.
*Learn all you can about Internet shopping.
*Set up a [...]

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December 28th, 2006

Year End Summaries of Your Home Business

As I was organizing several years’ worth of annual Christmas letters, written to family and friends summarizing our family and business activities, I realized they gave a record of what we were doing throughout the years. I’d saved copies (the writer in me). Then I learned from a family history researcher friend that [...]

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December 28th, 2006

b5media Business Channel Mentioned in 2007 Blogging Predictions

Martin Neumann, at Kickstart Press Blog, gave his 7 Blogging Predictions for 2007 and mentioned b5media’s Business Channel.
Under his #1 prediction, Blogging Will Peak in 2007, Settle, and Start to Mature, he stated, I expect…..b5media (Business Channel) to really take off. b5 are gathering the cream of the crop of bloggers.
The rest of [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

December 27th, 2006

HomeBizNotes featured in another Carnival of Entrepreneurs

The Carnival of Entrepreneurs is in its third week. Host and creator, Ben Yaskovitz of Startup Spark, has developed a page where you can find information and postings for each week. He also explains what this carnival is all about and who is invited to participate.
HomeBizNotes’ entry about home businesses benefiting from blogging was [...]

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December 26th, 2006

Home Business Strategies for the New Year

As you look back over the past year in your business, do you see anything you’d like to change? Now is a good time (as you run final totals on your income and expenses and get figures ready for taxes) to make an assessment of what you’ve accomplished.
*Did you make the income you were [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments

December 26th, 2006

Home Biz Notes Mentioned on a Z-List Meme

“What is a Z-List Meme?” I wondered, when I found Home Biz Notes on the list over at Found in Translation by Ryan Coleman of Toronto, Canada.
Ryan explained that this list is a parade of blogs started by Mack Collier. As people post their favorite blogs and the list moves through the blogsphere, readers [...]

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December 25th, 2006

Planning “After Christmas” Home Business Sales?

Shoppers often look for “after Christmas” sales and home business onwers can utilize this as a shopping promotion, too.  The manager of a mall store told me shoppers are always coming into her store looking for special sales after Christmas and for new sales to start out the new year.  So her store regularly plans [...]

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December 23rd, 2006

Newsletters for Your Home Business Customers

When I had my quiltmaking business, I developed a small newsletter, somewhat like a periodic flyer, that I either mailed to my customers or sent along with their orders.  This kept them in touch with what I was doing and had to offer.
Nowadays, home business owners, if a great deal of their contact with customers [...]

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