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Archive for the ‘Changes’ Category

July 31st, 2007

Caregiving vs Work Affects Home Businesses

Many caregivers must balance job commitments with responsibility for their family member.  What happens when these two areas…caregiving and work…conflict?  What happens when the home business owner has employees who develop caregiving responsibilities…whether for a child, spouse or parent?
As caregiving becomes more of a major issue to those with jobs, employers and employees are facing […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 8 comments

July 30th, 2007

Wariness Grows About Using E-Cards for Home Business Greetings

E-cards or postcards proved a handy way to send a greeting or thank-you to online customers or those with e-mail.  However, business owners have become increasingly wary of using them, as Des Walsh explains at Thinking Home Business in his post, Email Greeting Cards R.I.P.
Because spammers have begun using e-cards or postcards, business owners as […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 6 comments

July 26th, 2007

More Info on How Increased Minimum Wage Could Affect Home Businesses

Laura Spencer, at Work from Home Momma, mentions my previous article, Will Increased Minimum Wage Affect Your Home Business?, and gives additional information she’s researched for The Minimum Wage Increase and the Work-at-Home-Mom (WAHM).
One interesting question Laura poses…Will the WAHM, who is working at home to earn specific amount of money (Laura uses $500/month) have to go […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

July 25th, 2007

Will Your Family Farm Home Business Survive?

A family farm actually is a type of home business, one often involving many family members working together to make it succeed.  I grew up on a family farm which was our home and business.
However, family farms are disappearing from the scene, like the one of my childhood.  This wasn’t because my father failed to […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 24th, 2007

Will Increased Minimum Wage Affect Your Home Business?

If you have employees and pay minimum wage, you’ll definitely find yourself paying more due to the new law, going into effect today, July 24.  The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 begins by increasing the current $5.15 to $5.85 per hour.  Then the minimum wage will increase over increments until it reaches $7.25 hourly as […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 3 comments

July 21st, 2007

Moving Your Home Business

With the traditional store, whether home based or not, that depends on customers stopping in to purchase, you lose business when you relocate.  An Internet home business continues wherever you may move.
Of course, with a business that’s entirely operated on the Internet, like Dorothy Thompson’s,  with no inventory, or one like Mark Allen’s business with […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

July 12th, 2007

Promotion for Home Businesses Has Changed with the Internet

“I’ve always considered myself a PR pro,” comments Barbara Brabec in her current e-newsletter bulletin, “but what I was particularly good at in years past was getting print publicity.  Things are different today and, thanks to Traci’s teaching [Traci Vanover]  I’ve learned a lot about the special resources and strategies needed to get publicity on […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

May 23rd, 2007

Planning for Emergencies in Your Home Business

What happens when you must be away from your business, have a health problem or face an emergency that keeps you from working?  Do you have plans in place to take care of this situation?  Can the person filling in for you understand your directions? 
Rico Mossesgeld’s post, How Pretending You’re Someone Else Makes Planning Easier,  at Contract […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

May 16th, 2007

Taking Advantage of New Trends for Growing Your Home Business

When developing a home business in today’s Internet world, keeping aware of the latest trends is important.  Dorothy Thompson, whom I interviewed about her e-specialist and virtual blog tour business, is an example. 
She’s utilizing blogging and the desire of authors to reach the world without having to travel from bookstore to bookstore for book signings.  […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

May 14th, 2007

New Postage Rates Affect Home Businesses

The new postage rates that went into effect today, May 14, may require some study.  They consist of more than simply higher rates for a piece of mail. 
Thickness and shape of the item you’re mailing may require more postage.  Anything that must be hand cancelled could cost more.  Two items that weigh the same, but are […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments