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Archive for August 2009

August 26th, 2009

Reader Has Question About Sales Tax for Home Business

In response to a previous post, Sales Tax and the Home Business Owner, one of my readers asked a question: 
I am wanting to start a home based business selling purses…the
wholesale company I would buy them from needs a FED ID # which I already have… Do I
have charge taxes by selling them at home parties… [...]

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August 25th, 2009

Debbie Macomber’s Postcards…a Great Promotional Technique

Today I received a large postcard from best selling author, Debbie Macomber…addressed to me and sent from Debbie’s office in Washington.  No, it didn’t have a personal note (although some in the past have been signed), but it announces Debbie’s books related to Christmas and those that would make great Christmas gifts.  One even is a [...]

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August 24th, 2009

Will Home Biz Owners Be Affected by Decreased Social Security in 2010?

Social Security checks or deposits may be lower for some recipients in 2010, according to reports.  There will be no cost of living increase, yet perscription and possibly Medicare premiums (deducted from some recipients’ checks) will increase, resulting in a net loss.  Will this affect you?
It could in several ways:

If you receive Social Security and depend on [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

August 22nd, 2009

Adding Art to My Writing Business

As I progressed with my 20 minutes per day organizational plan in my home and business, I discovered “art from the past,” when I did oil and water color paintings for sale (and fun), along with designing greeting cards and notepaper for shops and my own use. 
Since then I’ve illustrated some of my books and [...]

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August 21st, 2009

Des Walsh Explains “Working With What You’ve Got” in a Home Biz

Many people think they must wait for the time and timing to be perfect to establish their home business.  Yes, you can’t go off half prepared or unorganized, without checking into the situation.  But if you wait until everything is perfect and without risks, you’ll probably never get your business off the ground.
Des Walsh, at [...]

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August 20th, 2009

Will Home Business Owners Be Affected by Obamacare Government Parenting

Many home business owners are parents or grandparents.  They, like I, develop home businesses so they can be home with their children, yet still help earn the family’s living. Will they be scrutinized because they’re parents?
Upon close scrutiny, you’ll find within the Obamacare proposals government parenting and grandparenting.  Home visits by government/state agents are indicated, whereby representatives [...]

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August 19th, 2009

Should I Expand & Purchase New Equipment for my Home Business?

As I discussed, here at Home Biz Notes, investing in a home business, in particular a sewing/quilting business, I realized I’d had to carry my decision further than simply purchasing a new sewing machine…which I did at one time in my business.  However, as my business progressed from dressmaking and alterations to quiltmaking and eventually to [...]

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August 18th, 2009

When to Invest in New Equipment for Your Home Sewing Business

Determining when to invest in equipment in any home business becomes a factor for many business owners.  When your sewing or fabric art becomes more than an occasional hobby, you might like to consider a second sewing machine.
This is especially important if your sewing work has become an income producing venture and customers are depending [...]

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August 17th, 2009

Back-to-School Promotions

If young people haven’t started back to school already, they soon will be.  Do you have products or services that tie in with going back to school…or can you tie them in?
Perhaps, too, you have something that can be a last day of fun for youngsters before they head back to school…to enjoy a first [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

August 15th, 2009

A Home Sewing Business - In Particular, a Dressmaking Business

I did dressmaking and alteration work at home in different parts of the country for more than 15 years and then went on to include quiltmaking and patchwork items to my home sewing business.  At one time I made appliqued vests for children and sold them in shops in other states.
At first, my dressmaking endeavors [...]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments