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Archive for July 2007

July 31st, 2007

Caregiving vs Work Affects Home Businesses

Many caregivers must balance job commitments with responsibility for their family member.  What happens when these two areas…caregiving and work…conflict?  What happens when the home business owner has employees who develop caregiving responsibilities…whether for a child, spouse or parent?
As caregiving becomes more of a major issue to those with jobs, employers and employees are facing [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 8 comments

July 31st, 2007

Sales Tax & the Home Business Owner

Whether one collects sales tax for mail order and Internet sales often presents a quandry for the home business owner. 
*What if you live in a no tax state but sell to customers in a state where there is a sales tax?
*What if you have a sales tax in your state and sell to someone in [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

July 30th, 2007

Wariness Grows About Using E-Cards for Home Business Greetings

E-cards or postcards proved a handy way to send a greeting or thank-you to online customers or those with e-mail.  However, business owners have become increasingly wary of using them, as Des Walsh explains at Thinking Home Business in his post, Email Greeting Cards R.I.P.
Because spammers have begun using e-cards or postcards, business owners as [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 6 comments

July 30th, 2007

Quilter Evolves from Home Business to Multimillion Dollar Corporation

Eleanor Burns, the quilter who started Quilt in a Day, the home business that has grown into an internationally recognized one, is featured in a story in the NC Times of San Marcos, CA, Quilt in a day owner builds business piece by piece.
“Although Quilt in a Day started out as a way [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 27th, 2007

Looking for a Home Business?

You’re fed up with your regular job…or you need to earn some extra money, so you’re considering a home business.  What should you do?  Where should you start>
Do you have a hobby or special talent you can develop into a business?  When our daughter was small, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but we needed [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 26th, 2007

More Info on How Increased Minimum Wage Could Affect Home Businesses

Laura Spencer, at Work from Home Momma, mentions my previous article, Will Increased Minimum Wage Affect Your Home Business?, and gives additional information she’s researched for The Minimum Wage Increase and the Work-at-Home-Mom (WAHM).
One interesting question Laura poses…Will the WAHM, who is working at home to earn specific amount of money (Laura uses $500/month) have to go [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

July 26th, 2007

Creating Home Business Themes Around Special Events

Often you can create themes for your home business promotions around special events and occasions.  Christmas in July, the latter part of this month, has become one that some businesses focus on.  This would be especially true if you have a business that sells holiday items and supplies. 
Over at b5media’s Arts and Design Channel, we’re featuring [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 25th, 2007

Will Your Family Farm Home Business Survive?

A family farm actually is a type of home business, one often involving many family members working together to make it succeed.  I grew up on a family farm which was our home and business.
However, family farms are disappearing from the scene, like the one of my childhood.  This wasn’t because my father failed to [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 24th, 2007

Home Biz Notes Participates in the Business Channel “Summer Business” Theme

b5media’s Business Channel featured a Summer Business Day with a grand array of articles from its bloggers.  I discussed Taking Care of Your Home Business Customers and the importance of the promotional practices you use.
Some of the topics: honesty and ethics in business, free services, building a large blog audience at MySpace, the stress of being [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 24th, 2007

Will Increased Minimum Wage Affect Your Home Business?

If you have employees and pay minimum wage, you’ll definitely find yourself paying more due to the new law, going into effect today, July 24.  The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 begins by increasing the current $5.15 to $5.85 per hour.  Then the minimum wage will increase over increments until it reaches $7.25 hourly as [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments