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Archive for May 2009

May 30th, 2009

The “New” Good Old Days in Home Business

So many people bemoan the fact that the “good ole days” are gone and we’ve entered the electronic age of business.  However, like it or not, the 21st century business means we’re involved with computers in some form or fashion.

 You have to compete with people who can shop around the world.
You generally must use computers [...]

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May 29th, 2009

Working at a Home Business with Your Spouse Part 2

In Jean Murray’s guest post, Working at Home with Your Spouse, she discusses sharing an office with her husband, both of whom work at different businesses. 
What if you and your spouse work at the same home business, as my husband and I do?  As my dad and mom did on their farm?  As my classmate’s [...]

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May 28th, 2009

Working at Home with Your Spouse

We have a guest post today from Jean Murray, a former blogger at Home Biz Notes and currently the Small Business blogger at Bizzia.  Jean also has a home business and shares an office with her husband. 
Working with Your Spouse
How would you like to work with your spouse, in the same room?  Every day?  [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments

May 27th, 2009

Women Dressing for Business

Much has been written about business dress and often this changes with the times and the type of work you’re doing.  Recently I wrote the post, Dress the “Brand” for your Home Business, which concerned promoting your products/services by the way you dress.
I discovered an interesting post, Walking the Line at Work; Choosing Appropriate Attire, by Bonnie Marcus [...]

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May 26th, 2009

Unique Businesses - Hauling Compost & Protecting the Environment

Creative thinking lies at the root of many unique home businesses.  Who would think one could evolve from composting?
 Recently I learned about Megan Kolbay in Vermont (USA), who has developed a business toting her compost and that of others to a community compost collection point or pile.  Apparently first one friend, then another offered to [...]

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May 25th, 2009

Memorial Day in Business

You may or may not have your home business open during holidays.  If yours is a walk-in shop and there are promotional events going in in your town, you may want to join in and encourage customers to stop by.  In general,  most business probably will be closed so you can work or not.
 If my [...]

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May 24th, 2009

Dress the “Brand” for Your Home Business

“Dress the “brand” for your home business.”  I heard this phrase from a speaker recently when she was describing appropriate dress to promote yourself.  Are you wearing apparel that promotes products and services other than your own?  Or are you wearing something that calls attention to your business?
 You might not be aware when you’re advertising [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

May 23rd, 2009

Pros & Cons of a Home Business

Jean Murray, who has blogged here at Home Biz Notes, both as a guest blogger and regular blogger, now writes about Small Business at Bizzia.  She recently published an excellent post about the pros and cons of starting a home business.
Very often, when someone thinks of expanding their hobby into an income producing venture or [...]

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May 22nd, 2009

Developing a Free E-Cookbook for PR

 Many authors offer free e-books to help promote their writing and themselves.  These are of various lengths and formats.  Some even have been prepared as CDs.  (Other businesses can do the same.)
 Promotional e-books may include:

An excerpt from a current book
A complete small book that enhances a current book
An extension of a current book
A compilation of [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

May 21st, 2009

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Business Books I’ve Found Helpful

These books aren’t for any specific business.  Yet they’re helpful in developing customer relations, organizing your affairs, working with employees, and developing a great attitude.  I keep going back and reading them.
 What books have you found helpful and interesting?

Go for No!
Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People
Lincoln on Leadership
Mission: Success!
Imaging: The Powerful Way to Change [...]

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