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Archive for March 2009

March 31st, 2009

So Long to Home Biz Notes Readers

It’s been only a few months since I took on Home Biz Notes, but I have enjoyed it tremendously.  But my own home business is taking off, and I need to devote more time to it.  In addition, I have been doing the daily Small Business blog on Bizzia, b5media’s business portal.  It’s time to [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

March 27th, 2009

Home Business Idea - Typing Service

If you are proficient on the computer and you want a great home business job, consider operating a typing service.  Now, the word “typing service” is kind of a misnomer these days, since no one uses a typewriter any more.  So a typing service is really a service that produces documents on a computer.
I had [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments

March 27th, 2009

Running a Home Business on a PDA

Do you run your home business from a PDA?  I don’t mean that you have a PDA, but that your entire business is managed using that PDA.
My new hairdresser runs her shop from a Blackberry.  She uses it as her business phone, she keeps appointments and all her customer contacts information on it, and she [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

March 24th, 2009

Doing Your Home Business Taxes - There is Still Time to be Early

If you plan on getting a refund, you may have already completed your income tax return.  If not, I have some suggestions to help you get through this process with minimal pain:
Gather Business Information. This is probably the most difficult part, if you haven’t been keeping track.  When I did my business taxes, it took [...]

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March 23rd, 2009

Getting Your First Customers

A few days ago, I talked about the easy part of starting a new business - getting the legal and financial part setup.  Today, the difficult part - getting your first customers.
The first customers are the most difficult to get, because you don’t have anyone to tell them about you.  So you’ll have to do [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

March 20th, 2009

How Do I Start a Home Business?

I get asked this question all the time.  Someone just asked me about starting a medical coding or billing service at home, and I decided to answer her in a post, so everyone can see the answer.  So here it is:
Starting a Home Business - The Easy Part. It’s easier than you might think.  [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

March 19th, 2009

Starting a Home Business? Start Now - Start Small

With the downturn in the economy expected to last a while, it may seem that this is not the time to make your dreams of owning your own business at home a reality.  But if the only reason you are hesitating is fear, then put that fear aside and get started.  If you start now [...]

By Jean Murray -- 1 comment

March 17th, 2009

Home Business Idea - the Closet Sale!

Hard times make people inventive.  One of the newest and hottest home business ideas around is the used clothing store-in-a-closet idea.  The Wall Street Journal recently reported that women are selling their used clothing directly from home.
When I first read the title, I thought these women were selling on eBay.  Nope, they are selling their [...]

By Jean Murray -- 4 comments

March 13th, 2009

Working 7 Days a Week

With the downturn in the economy, more of us are working more hours and harder than ever.  And those of us in small home businesses are working even more than that, if possible.  How many days a week do you work?
Since I left my full-time job in December to work on my home-based business, I [...]

By Jean Murray -- 2 comments

March 10th, 2009

When Your Children Don’t Support Your Work

Last week I wrote about un-supportive spouses/significant others/partners.  But un-supportive children are a different story.
An adult has a choice and two adults can have a meaningful, if spirited, conversation and come to some conclusion.  But can you persuade a child to be understanding and supportive?
Well, I guess you can bribe them, but I’ve found that [...]

By Jean Murray -- 0 comments