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Archive for January 2008

January 31st, 2008

Are You Harnessing The Power Of Social Media For Your Home Business?

If you have a web presence or use the internet, you will have heard the term “social media”, referring to networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn. But do you use them for your business?
The power of social media and Facebook for communication was brought home to me recently when 500 teens responded to [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 3 comments

January 30th, 2008

Picking Up Your Home Business After Vacation

Home business owners have a vacation when they can - usually at their slowest time of year, or to fit in with scheduled family vacation times. Goodness knows, we all need a break.
A lot of the preparation for coming back actually starts before you even leave with planning ahead.
But what about when you come [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 0 comments

January 29th, 2008

Making Connections - Relationship Marketing

John Kremer is one of my favorite writers on marketing. In Making Friends: The Essence of Marketing, he says
All of marketing ultimately comes down to one thing: creating relationships. If you don’t understand this basic principle, you will ultimately fail as a marketer. Indeed, you could fail in life as well.
Networking and building customer, community [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 0 comments

January 28th, 2008

Is Your Business Fueling Childhood Obesity & Poor School Performance?

HomeBizNotes.comDepending on the products you sell or the services you provide, you may find an additional tax on these items if you live in New Mexico (USA).  According to an article at Levine Breaking News, US State Wants to Tax TVs, Video Games to Fight Fat, Fund Education, a Democratic lawmaker, along with the Sierra Club, [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

January 27th, 2008

Stop Waiting For Someone To Tell You What To Do Next - You’re The Boss

Tom Miller at Wired.com gives 8 excellent tips for home business and network marketing. “Stop waiting for someone to tell you what to do next” is first on the list.
I love this tip - so basic, yet so important. Being your own boss is great, but it also means you have to be motivated [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 3 comments

January 26th, 2008

Will Your Business Be Affected By Tax Rebates?

With this talk about tax rebates to stimulate the economy in the United States, do you wonder how it will affect your home business?
If the rebates do go through, who will pay for them? There’s no free lunch, much as some people think there is. Someone has to pay.
So will our taxes eventually go up [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments

January 25th, 2008

Keep Your Sense Of Humor In The Midst of Daily Routine

  This has nothing to do with anything…except to remind us we need to keep our sense of humor in the midst of our daily routine, chaos, and challenges.  Take a few minutes each day to smile, to grin, to laugh.
Sometimes friends send you endless e-mails that seem senseless and a waste of time.  However, I have one [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

January 25th, 2008

MS Word 2007 Is Not Compatible With Earlier Versions - A Lesson I Learned The Hard Way

Recently I had a rush writing job. I had to send out important MS Word documents with a tight deadline. I met the deadline okay, but I still struck a problem. The other parties quickly emailed back to say they couldn’t open the file? Why?
I’d forgotten that I have the latest (2007) version of Microsoft [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 7 comments

January 24th, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Types Of Home Business To Consider

Home businesses range from small one-person operations to larger ones with employees and equipment.  They may be operated solely online or completely off line in a portion of your home. Also, you might have the office in your home, but your service is performed at your customer/client’s house or business. 
Here are just thirteen possibilities, if [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 7 comments

January 23rd, 2008

You Have A Business Brand Whether You Realize It Or Not

Even if you operate a small part time business, you still have a business brand, whether you realize it or not.
Do You Take Business Branding Seriously?
Some home business owners don’t take business branding seriously, or perhaps they don’t understand the importance of their business brand. Even a small part time business has a business [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 2 comments