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June 30th, 2009

Tips for Party Planning Businesses - Incorporating Crafts Sessions

One of the popular ideas for kids’ parties nowadays consists of planning an arts and crafts session.  If you’re involved in party planning, are leaning in this direction, or have a business surrounding arts and crafts, see how you can incorporate this latest idea into it.
If you have a business providing arts and crafts for youngsters anyway, expand [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

June 28th, 2009

True or False - You Are Your Own Boss in a Home Business


“I’m going to establish my home business because then I can be the boss.  No one will tell me what to do!” many new business owners, or those considering their own business exclaim.
Are you really your own boss in your home business?
In a way this is true and another way it isn’t.
 On the surface, it seems so.  [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

June 26th, 2009

Business Promotion Using Debbie Macomber Techniques

Developing publicity for your home business, whether you’re a craftsperson, author, computer programmer, software designer, lawn service technician, landscape artist, illustrator, party planner or something entirely different can be a challenge.  One of the people I admire for her diverse methods of publicity and pleasing her readers is novelist Debbie Macomber.
With perseverence and good writing, [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

June 24th, 2009

Is Going “Paperless” Always Best in Business?

More and more banks, credit card companies, and businesses are urging their customers and clients to go “paperless,” to have statements and invoices come to you entirely online rather than through the mail.  My husband and I’ve begun to do a great deal of our business online, such as paying bills, corresponding with businesses, and [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments

June 23rd, 2009

20 Minutes a Day to Organized Life

Does your office, bedroom or entire home become so disorganized it’s difficult to function?  Do you spend considerable time looking for papers, books or other items you know you have…but just haven’t put away in an organized fashion?
I get caught up in this syndrome.  I’ve learned to function in a busy household of six people [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments

June 22nd, 2009

Dare to Dream in Your Home Business

Usually we’ll have favorite books, or ones that inspire us so we keep them handy and read them over and over.  This may be one a friend or mentor recommends or one we discover on our own. 
Reading about successful people in your field, or in other areas, and finding out how they pursued their dreams [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

June 21st, 2009

Happy Father’s Day

Generally in a home business, you can juggle your schedule around the holidays, although sometimes it’s difficult to get a whole day off if you have orders and deadlines.  However, this is a day to spend with the Dads in one’s life…your father, your father-in-law, your children’s father, and others who have been a father [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

June 20th, 2009

Fabric Stores - Successful Business in Hard Times

“Can you help me make these lined drapes for my room?”
a friend of my daughter’s asked.  “I thought I’d save money by making them myself.”
They calculated yardages and Deb arrived with fabric in hand.  They spent the afternoon making and lining the drapes.
A reader, who works at a fabric store, mentioned,  “We have seen a [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

June 19th, 2009

‘Because I’m a Woman’ Don’t Tell Me How to Dress!

After reading a guest post, Walking the Line at Work: Choosing Appropriate Attire, and the comments at Susan Gunelius’ Women on Business blog, I began to consider how this applied to a home business. Most home business owners don’t have employees, but a few do.  Also, if your business is one where you have walk in customers/clients or [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

June 18th, 2009

Check Out the Summer Theme Weeks

If you have children at home during the summer vacation from school and are trying to operate your home business at the same time, perhaps you’d like to refer to my Summer Theme Weeks and related activities at Blisstree’s Parenting section where I contribute posts. 
Starting on June 23rd, you can find activities for youngsters and families [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments