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My Experience in Home Business

by Mary Emma Allen on October 12th, 2006

Home businesses seem to run in my husband’s and my families.  We both grew up on dairy farms, Jim in southeastern New Hampshire and I in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.  Both my parents came from farming families as did Jim’s dad.  Did this make us determined to own our own businesses after Jim finished flying for the Air Force and the airlines?  I don’t know.  But that’s where we’ve gravitated.

Over the years, depending on where we lived and the economy of the times, we’ve worked for others as well as ourselves.  Sometimes we were involved in both types together.  Through these experiences (accomplishments and mistakes), I’ve hopefully gleaned insight I can share with others.

I’ve been a freelance writer for more than 40 years, although I have worked as an employee for newspapers and magazines and a corporation.  I operated a dressmaking, then quiltmaking business from our home for severals and wrote about this for a quilting magazine.  I teach writing and quiltmaking on a freelance basis.

I’ve done housecleaning and gardening.  I helped my mom operate a small family grocery store

Jim and his brother owned a vending business, a machinery business, and did some home developing.  Jim operated a one-man carpentry business for 15 years until an auto accident brought an end to this career.  Currently he’s a consultant, helping others set up Internet based businesses.

We also have met many people operating their own at-home and from-home businesses.  I’ve written newspaper articles and magazine columns about these entrepreneurs. 

Do I know all the answers?  No.  However, hopefully, I can give you information, resources, encouragement, and point you in the direction for answers I don’t know.

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