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Archive for the ‘Business Ideas’ Category

December 19th, 2007

My Mother, The Country Grocer…Success Isn’t Always What You Think

In the apprentice challenge this week, we’re to relate to Kay, our prototype entrepreneur, a success story that might inspire her.  I discovered recently that success isn’t always what you think it is, Kay.
My Mother, the Country Grocer
When I consider business success stories, I now think of my mom, who, with no experience, took over the operation […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 10 comments

December 13th, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Tips for Easing Customers’ Stress

So often your customers are rushed and stressed this time of year as they finish their shopping, attend school holiday programs, do extra baking, wrap up year-end reports at work and often deal with stormy weather.
How can you make them smile and feel less stressed when they shop with you or visit your online store?
1. […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 6 comments

December 11th, 2007

Wrapping It Up - Business Channel Theme Day Posts

Wrapping It Up! That’s the topic for our b5 Business Channel December Theme Day. This could be presented in a variety of ways so we have many Business bloggers who’ve written some very interesting and informative posts for you as you wrap up your year and plan for 2008. […]

By Yvonne Russell -- 4 comments

December 10th, 2007

Wrapping Up With Readers’ Comments At Home Biz Notes

Throughout the year, our readers have visited and added their comments to the various topics we’ve presented. It’s always enjoyable to learn what you’re thinking and have you share with us.
So we’re “wrapping up” with some comments here at Home Biz Notes.
1. Celebrate Universal Children’s Day in Your Business

Bridget Wright at Biz Chicks Rule shared […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 10 comments

December 8th, 2007

Fun Story About A Tie Tying Home Business

Family businesses operated from home take on many aspects.  This is a fun story about the Christiansen family in Utah, who have developed a web site with instructions on how to tie a tie along with ties you can purchase.
This story, at PowerHomeBiz.com, A Real Family Home Business:  Utah Family With Knot Problems Creates a Website […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments

November 30th, 2007

Home Biz Notes Participates in Week #4 of the “Apprentice”

Kay’s problem for week #4 involves her business expanding too rapidly for her to fill her Christmas orders. (Kay has started a business producing chef’s aprons and hats for children.)
What’s she to do to solve this challenge, which actually is a good one to have?
Rachel Clarke, at Behind the Buzz, hosts our entry this week. […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

November 27th, 2007

“Apprentice” Type Competition into 4th Week at b5 Business Channel

The “apprentice” type competition, at b5Media’s Business Channel, goes into it’s 4th week as we follow Kay through the trials and triumphs of launching a buisness producing and selling chef’s hats and aprons for youngsters.  Yvonne Russell and Mary Emma Allen of Home Biz Notes have been contributing their ideas to their team, the Pros. 
If […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

November 24th, 2007

Herb Farming - Home Business Resources

When I posted 13 answers to what constitutes a home business, Mary Emma Allen, my co-blogger here at Home Biz Notes, reminded me about farming as a home business.
Herb Farming
It made me think about those who have green fingers but don’t have the space, finances or motivation for full scale farming.
If you have green fingers […]

By Yvonne Russell -- 3 comments

November 23rd, 2007

Thanks & Thoughtfulness in Our Home Businesses

    This season of Thanksgiving and the upcoming December holidays have us considering ways to show our thanks and throughtfulness throughout home business…giving thanks, being thankful, and letting customers know they’re appreciated.
Several of our Home Biz Notes posts have touched upon this theme.  Perhaps you’d like to browse them again and consider how you can […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

November 19th, 2007

Reflections on Traditions & Your Home Business

          This time of year seems ideal for reflecting on traditions and how they might influence our home businesses. 
*Are there traditional holiday events in your community you can participate in? What you do will depend on the event and your type of business.  Be creative as you look at what’s going on in your area.  Even […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments