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Archive for February 2009

February 26th, 2009

Will Video Help Promote Your Home Business?

A friend recommended that I get a “flip video” and start using it.  So I bought one - I’m a sucker for new technology - but I still haven’t figured out if it will help my business.  Here’s how I intend to use it:

To record tutorials on small business subjects
To record presentations, which I can [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments

February 25th, 2009

Medical Coding and Billing Services - At-Home Business Opportunities

The health care field is one of the fastest growing today, and with more and more Baby Boomers reaching Medicare eligibility, this field will be (pardon the expression) “booming” over the next 10-15 years.  Employment of health records technicians is expected to increase 16% or more through 2013, and many hospitals, medical offices, health care [...]

By Jean Murray -- 5 comments

February 24th, 2009

5 Ways to Lift Your Home Business Out of a Slump

Everyone gets into a slump once in a while.  From baseball players to the economy, there are natural cycles or rhythms to life, and everyone experiences a down time now and then.  I wrote recently about motivating yourself, but how about your business?  What can you do to get your business out of a slump?
1.  [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

February 23rd, 2009

Home Business Opportunities in Creative Fields

What kinds of home business opportunities are there for creative individuals?  What is the outlook for creative work in the economy?  There are lots of home businesses you can start now to fill a need in your community and give vent to your creative talents. Here are just a few examples:
Catering. Creative cooking is an [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments

February 20th, 2009

7 Ways to Stay Motivated

Yesterday’s post about aiming high got me thinking about how to stay motivated. Some days it’s difficult to get up and get going - even when your office is just around the corner (literally!) from your bedroom and the kitchen.
I know how it feels. Working at home has its own rewards - and drawbacks. [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

February 19th, 2009

A Thought for Thursday: Aim High!

Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far
higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

– F. Hawes
Maya Angelou often quotes this phrase and I was reminded of it today and wanted to share it with you. If you are just starting [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

February 19th, 2009

Home Daycare Businesses - A Special Case for Taxes

In the past few days, I have been talking about home business taxes and how to take a home office deduction by determining the percentage of your home that is used for your business and collecting the information about home office expenses.  Today I’ll let you know about daycare businesses, which are a special case.

Determining [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments

February 17th, 2009

Local Advertising for Your Home Business Using Online Ads

If your home business sells locally, there are a number of online sources you can use to reach your local market. Except for the first one, which is a phone call service, they charge in one of two ways:
CPC - cost per click - you pay for each time someone clicks on your ad.
OR, [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

February 15th, 2009

Home Office Deductions - Capturing Expenses

Yesterday, I wrote about the first step in deducting your home office expenses to cut your taxes - determining the percentage of your home that is used for your business.  In yesterday’s post, I said:

You must be able to prove that the portion of your home is used regularly and exclusively for your business (daycare [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

February 14th, 2009

Home Office Deductions - Are They Worth the Work?

I want to take a deduction for using my home office this year, since I’m now working full-time from home.  So I’ve been studying how to do this and I wanted to take you through the process.  Some “experts” will tell you not to bother, that the IRS makes it so impossible to do that [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments