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Archive for August 2007

August 31st, 2007

Don’t Promise Your Home Business Customers More Than You Can Deliver

You’re enthusiastic about a project.  You’re excited you have another customer.  You try to make an impression and agree to finish a project or perform a service in less time than usual.  Or you don’t allow time in case you run into a problem.
Take Eric Eggertson’s advice in this post from his Common Sense PR [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

August 31st, 2007

Building vs Buying Home Business Traffic

Home business owners, whether online or offline, need customers/clients.  How does one get them?  In general the methods vary depending on which type of business you’re operating.  However, with more businesses having some type of online presence, online methods are of great interest.
Online business owners often get caught up with buying lists of guaranteed visitors [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 31st, 2007

Home Biz Notes to Participate in “Jump Start Your Business”

Coming in September the b5media Business Channel will sponsor a “Jump Start Your Business” contest.  Keep tuned for details as everything becomes finalized.  There will be numerous prizes and business advice offered.
Kelly at Taxgirl has some details, with more forthcoming there and at the other Business Channel blogs shortly.
Tags: business+blog, contest, home+biz, Home+biz+notes, Home+business, Jump+Start+Your+Business+contest, [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 30th, 2007

How Do Customers Know Your Home Business Is Open for Business?

Here’s an interesting idea for businesses with a shop in the home where customers stop by?  How do customers know you’re open for business?
You probably have a sign.  Is it homemade (a piece of plywood smeared with paint or poster board with lettering in permanent marker) or is it professional looking.  When I operated a dressmaking business [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 28th, 2007

Great Information Site for Home Business Owners

Laurie Neumann, at Christian Home Business Connection, continues to offer useful information and tips for the home business owner, or someone considering starting a business from their home.  She spends a great deal of time researching legitimate business opportunities.
At her web site, you’ll find a very helpful feature, an archive of articles on home business [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 27th, 2007

Home Biz Notes Blogger Guest on Grow Your Writing Business

I was asked to write a guest post, Virtual Blog Tours - The Latest Innovation for Promoting Your Writing,  for Yvonne Russell’s Grow Your Writing Business.  Going on a virtual blog tour has become a popular technique for promoting one’s writing business and books.  I’ve hosted a number of writers at my author blog, Mary Emma’s Potpourri of [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments

August 26th, 2007

An Interesting PR Thought for Your Home Business

When we mention press releases, or getting news out about our business, a new product or service, we think of sending them to as many publications or media sources as possible.  However, Eric Eggertson of Common Sense PR mentions another technique in his post, If You Can Give a Journalist Exclusivity, the Payoffs Are Big.
“Information about [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

August 25th, 2007

Develop a Marketing Plan for Your Home Business

We’ve often talked about setting up a business plan for starting your home business.  However, you also need a marketing plan.  If you’re in a business, then that assumes you need customers or clients.  You need someone to purchase your products and/or services.
Over at Startup Spark, Steve discusses this topic, Writing a Marketing Plan - [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 25th, 2007

Look Before You Leap into a Home Business

We’ve mentioned here several times the need to check out zoning regulations pertaining to your home before you decide to set up a home business, particularly one that involves customers/clients coming to your home.   (However, online business might be affected, too, in some areas.)
 I just read a news item, License Denied for Existing Home Business, [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 23rd, 2007

Promoting Your Home Business Offline

Laura Spencer, at Work From Home Momma, has a helpful post about offline promotion, Five Tips for Promoting Your Home Business Offline.  So many people concentrate on online promotion (which is great).  However, they forget that offline promotion is still valid and, in most cases, necessary.
One item Laura mentions is the business card.  I had one [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment