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Archive for August 2008

August 31st, 2008

Back-to-School & Business Ideas for September

With Labor Day weekend in the United States, the summer vacation season comes to an end.  Children are back in school and home business owners get into full swing for fall and the upcoming holiday season.  Even if their business isn’t holiday related, this seems the month when businesses become energized and take stock of [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

August 30th, 2008

Popular August Home Biz Notes Posts You May Have Missed

Judging by the popularity of our giveaway for my co-blogger Mary Emma Allen’s anthology of children’s stories, a giveaway or competition would be a good strategy for promoting your home business.
Check out how Mary Emma went about it. It’s quite simple really, but very effective either in-house or on your blog. Promotion is key. [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 1 comment

August 29th, 2008

Kathleen Walls’ Travel Books About the Southeastern U.S.

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During August, we’ve had a theme of travel and related home businesses.  So I’m rounding out the month by discussing Kathleen (Katy) Walls’ travel books with her. Katy has producted them through her Florida home based publishing business.  We also learn from Katy that you can write books about the places close to home without traveling to exotic [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

August 28th, 2008

Take Your Home Office On The Road The Office Depot Way

August is Travel month at Home Biz Notes. How can you take your home office on the road?
Office Depot has teamed up with Jeff Zbar, a small business advocate to take his home office on the road. It has been dubbed The Home Office Highway Tour. [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 2 comments

August 27th, 2008

Back-to-School Tips for Home Biz Owners


As youngsters get ready to return to school (and some schools already have started), there may be apprehension.  Grace at  Kids Health Notes has some tips and resources for parents and children that may help make this day easier and even enjoyable. 
Do you have any suggestions or helpful resources for going back to school that work in [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 26th, 2008

When I Take My Home Business On The Road

Yvonne Russell, in her post, Do You Take Your Home Business On the Road, asked if others bloggers operated their businesses while traveling.  I’ll expand upon her post and give some insight into how I operate my writing/blogging business from home and during my travels. 
Perhaps others will share some of their business/travel tips. 

I do find a [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

August 26th, 2008

Have Promotional Pens Had Their Day As Marketing Tools?

I have a drawer full of promotional pens. I bet you do too.
I couldn’t even tell you which companies they are from. To me, they are just pens. When I need a pen, I grab one. I don’t notice the company name.
Everyone uses pens, and promotional pens are reasonably priced, so they are an [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 4 comments

August 25th, 2008

Kathleen Walls - From Author to Self-Publisher to Publishing Business


For more than a decade, since I met Kathleen (Katy) Walls, I’ve seen her move from author to self-publisher to forming a publishing business, Global Authors Publications (GAP).  I thought some suggestions from Katy would help writers understand the publishing business from the perspective of an author/publisher. 
Katy founded GAP in 2004 to publish her books from her Florida home.  [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 6 comments

August 25th, 2008

“Taking a Break” May Be Different for Home Business Owners


“Taking a Break” is our promo theme at the b5 Business Channel. Generally that means taking time away from your job or business…getting a breather…taking time to regroup…enjoying a different atmosphere. 
However, for home business owners the “break” may mean getting back to work.
You’ve been busy all summer, if you have school age youngsters, juggling your business and [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 24th, 2008

Can You Take Your Business On The Road With You?

The world is becoming a smaller place travel wise and technology wise.
Here are some of our most popular business travel posts from the Home Biz Notes vaults.

Conducting A Business Away From Home

Home Business Around The World
Travel While Operating Your Home Business
Taking Your Home Business Out Of The House

Do you sometimes run your business [...]

By Yvonne Russell -- 5 comments