Friday December 6, 2013
Recently I posted an article outlining the reasons that starting a home business makes good financial and emotional sense
. Many people recognize that starting a home business is a great way to earn money to pay off debt, build a nest egg and create a career you can enjoy. The challenge is starting a business around all the other activities that fill your life. Fortunately, home businesses can be started part-time around a busy schedule. All it takes is good planning, time management, and gumption. This week I posted an article that gives tips on how to start and run a home business on a part-time schedule
. Use these tips to maximize your time and income to build a profitable home business.
Did you start your business part-time? What tips can you share about how you were able to fit your home business into your schedule?
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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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