Tuesday December 3, 2013
I'm sometimes amazed at the number of ways people can start a business from home. Some people use skills from their job, while others turn a hobby into a business. Many businesses are started as a way to provide a solution. Debra Cohen needed to get rid of squirrels in her attic, which seems like a simple enough prospect, but it ended up being surprisingly difficult. She could have started a business to rid homes of squirrels since she had a hard time finding the right resource. Instead, she started a home referral business to help other home owners find the right business to take care of home repair projects.
A referral network is an ideal home-based business as it requires very little money or equipment to start. In today's world, people want referrals to reputable businesses to save time and money. Referral networks can be started for home repair, child care and even medical services. Read Debra Cohen's success profile
to learn how she started her referral network business, as well as some resources to learn more on starting a referral network business.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
I just posted an article on 6 Reasons You Need a Home Business
that outline financial and personal benefits to starting a home-based enterprise. But there are so many other great benefits a home business offers that can improve your life. My home business has not only afforded me the opportunity to do work I enjoy and provide financially for my family, but I've met so many wonderful people, been exposed to many new opportunities, and have the flexibility that allows me to pursue my interests and spend time with family. For all this, I'm truly thankful.
This Thanksgiving, what has your home business provided that you are thankful for?
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Several years ago, I worked with a woman who was fearful around technology. I'd encourage her to work through it step-by-step and at the end, usually she was successful. Technology is a part of life now and is a must-have for every business, home-based or not. Businesses need websites and personalized social media pages/profiles. Audio and video doesn't hurt either. It can be overwhelming to implement tech tools if you don't have any knowledge of or experience with them. However, you don't need to know coding and binary language to manage technology. Just like the woman I coached years ago, it just takes moving step-by-step, using the instructions and tutorials available to help you.
This week I posted a success profile of John Goodman
, who started his work-at-home journey 20 years ago, when the only technology you had to learn was email (and even that was stressful for some). He admits that technology continues to be a source of stress for him, but it hasn't stopped him from building a successful home-based PR and media placement business. He has a website and multiple social media profiles to promote his business. And as new technology comes along, he tackles those, as well. The trick is to not let your fear or lack of knowledge from holding you back.
What had been your biggest tech challenge?
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Wednesday November 20, 2013
To be honest, I'm not sure there is such a thing as a stress-free holiday. Decorating, travel, baking, extra expenses and spending time with family can be stressful no matter how organized and functional your family is. However, when you own a home business on top of everything you have to do during the holidays, you can feel overwhelmed. Along with time constraints, you might feel pressure from family to take time off. But if you don't work, you don't make money, which adds to the pressure.
Fortunately, I just posted the Home Business Holiday Survival Guide
, which gives tips on how to keep your business running while taking time off to enjoy the holidays.
What is your best tip for surviving the holidays as a home business owner?
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