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Archive for December 2008

December 31st, 2008

My New Year’s Resolution for My Home Business

Well, since it’s New Year’s Eve, everyone is probably asking you, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” I stopped doing NY Resolutions years ago - they produce one of three results:
1. I don’t follow them and feel guilty
2. I follow them for a while and then give up and feel guilty
3. I decide [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

December 31st, 2008

Home Business Opportunities in HomeBizNotes in 2008

As I wandered back through the archives of HomeBizNotes in my end-of-year review, I saw lots of possibilities for home businesses. If your New Years resolution is to start a home business in 2009, I hope this list gives you inspiration.
In January, a Thursday 13 provided a list of home business opportunities
Yvonne [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments

December 30th, 2008

My Favorite Home Biz Notes Posts of 2008 - And Promotional Pens

The second half of 2008, Home Biz Notes posts …
July posts focused on writing as a home business, with several posts… on writing family stories, writing a book to establish yourself as an expert, and using a book and website to build your business. And also learn more about self-publishing as a home business.
The August [...]

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December 28th, 2008

My Favorite Home Biz Notes Posts of 2008

Since I started writing for HomeBizNotes at the beginning of November, I have occasionally gone back into the “vaults” of posts to see what Mary Emma and Yvonne wrote. I thought you might also enjoy seeing these “oldies but goodies” from this past year. Here are some of my favorite posts from earlier [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

December 26th, 2008

Problem Solving in Home Business - It Helps To Have a Friend

Running a home business is lonely. Often there is no one to talk to except:

Your children
Your spouse or significant other
Your pet

Their responses can range from negativity (”I have my own problems”) to blank looks (pets) to glazed eyes (spouse, children).
But talking to someone about business problems is one of the best ways to [...]

By Jean Murray -- 6 comments

December 24th, 2008

It’s Christmas Eve - Why Are You Reading This Blog?

Matter of fact, why am I writing it?
Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this is a great time to relax and unwind. Nothing will be open tomorrow - I don’t even think McDonald’s is open. Take that back - WalMart will probaly be open. But it’s time to sit back [...]

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December 22nd, 2008

More On Virtual Assisting as a Home Business Opportunity

A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Stacy Brice, founder and chief visionary officer of AssistU, a company which trains and supports Virtual Assistants. Today, I’m interviewing Cindy Gaffen, a VA who owns Virtually Fantastic. If you are considering becoming a VA, Cindy is a great model for you to follow. Here [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

December 20th, 2008

Snow Days, Flu and Grandma’s Home Business

December has been tough for us here in Iowa.  It started on November 30, with a snow storm.  From that point, we have had several more. I’d say at least 11 inches, and we’re only on the 20th, with more to come.  Add to that some influenza that has been going around the public schools.  [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

December 19th, 2008

2 More Ways to Create a “Bigger Than Life” Home Business

One of the ways you can help your small home business look bigger than life is through branding, as I mentioned in my blog of a few days ago.  Here are a couple of specific things you can do to get your brand into high gear:
1.  Get a business logo. I’m talking about a really [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

December 18th, 2008

Work-at-Home Movies

Over at Small Business Boomers, we just finished up a “Holiday Movie” contest. It got me to thinking about movies that feature people who work at home. Here is what I came with; if you have others, let me know:
Cheaper by the Dozen - Frank and Lillian Gilbreth work at home, and raise [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments