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Archive for the ‘Value Adding’ Category

June 20th, 2008

5 Home Business Resource Books

It’s difficult to go it alone when building a home business. We can gain experience through trial and error, by attending workshops, talking with others, listening to audios, and reading books.
Here are 5 books on my shelf. Some are for building business. Others are for building me.
*Success One Day at a […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

June 20th, 2008

Fun Friday: Home Businesses & Charity

FUN FRIDAY at the Business Channel
Many businesses become involved in charitable causes, either by donating outright or participating in events. Often community businesses band together to hold an event that’s fun and raises money. Sometimes a business donates an item or items. Or you might provide your time.
* I‘ve donated my […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

March 21st, 2008

5 Tips…Going The “Extra Mile” For Your Customers

Performing that extra service for your customer or client gives you an edge in today’s competitive world. This doesn’t mean you’re a doormat and let them ask for services and products that go beyond those agreed upon or that you redo again and again something when there seems to be no way you’ll satisfy them.

Reply to […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

March 20th, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Thoughtful Follow-up Tips

Following up on customer sales and services helps with satisfied customers or repeat sales and visits. 
Have you tried any of these 13 Thoughtful Follow-up Tips?  Some tips will work better than others, depending on your customer, your product, and the nature of your business.

Send an e-mail, asking if they have any questions.
Write and mail a […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

March 13th, 2008

Do You Do Something Each Day To Move Your Home Business Ahead?

 Take One Step Forward Every Day
Sometimes we get so caught up in extraneous activities and commitments that we struggle to find time to do more than maintain our home business.  We scurry through the routine, but wonder if we aren’t simply treading in place.
Yvonne Russell, co-blogger here and blogger at Small Biz Mentor, has a […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

January 19th, 2008

You May Be The Expert!

  Are You The Expert?
In a previous post, Do You Enlist the Assistance of Experts in Your Home Business?, I talked about inviting outside experts in your business area to provide programs, workshops, entertainment, etc. at your business. In other words, you’re working together for your mutual benefit.
However….you may be the expert…and can offer your […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

December 21st, 2007

“My Mother, The Country Grocer” Wins This Round of Business Channel Challenge!

The Home Biz Notes post, My Mother, The Country Grocer, won this round of the b5 Business Channel’s “Apprentice” type challenge, an ongoing 8-week contest, with a different version each week.  This week we were to tell the prototype business owner, Kay, a success story. 
I chose to relate the story of my mom, who influenced […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments

December 20th, 2007

Last Minute Gifts & Gift Giving…Home Biz Notes Inspiration

As you scurry about filling last minute orders, getting gifts prepared for family and making other holiday preparations, you might like to take a look at some previous Home Biz Notes gift giving posts for inspiration. 
Christmas Gifts for the Home Business Owner
Your Children & Your Home Business Leading Up To Christmas
Gift Giving Suggestions for the Home […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

December 7th, 2007

Make A Classy Gift Bow For Your Home Business Product - Video

A classy gift bow on your product can make it look special - perfect for the upcoming Christmas season.
Gather together some products and gift box them or make a gift basket. Add a classy gift bow. This is a good way of value adding, jazzing up existing products or as thank you gifts.
This […]

By Yvonne Russell -- 2 comments

December 5th, 2007

7 Tips for Mastering the “Art of Thank You” in Your Home Business

  “People don’t say thank you any more.  Or write thank you notes,” a friend mentioned the other day.
Is this you in your busy life?  In your home business?
Even though I was taught, by a mother who sat us at the dining table to write thank you notes the day after receiving a gift, I often find […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments