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Are You Ready For A Real Office?

Excuse me for forgetting where I read about this but my son was home sick with 103 fever, my dog has a bladder infection (don’t even ask about the carpet in my office), and my family obviously thinks working at home means I have all the time in the world to chat. What I remembered [...]

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Success Killers

Larry Thompson is an agent in Hollywood. He wrote a book called "Shine." I read about it in AARP Magazine. After observing stars–the Hollywood kind– he came up with these four tips for success: 1- Identify Your Talent: Stars are clear about what they excel in, whether it’s fixing cars, taking photos, working with children, [...]

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A Lesson From America’s Pastime

Isolation is an issue all at-home entrepreneurs encounter. When you’re stuck for a new idea, or a solution to a problem, there is no one with whom you can brainstorm, no one to pull you up when you’re feeling down. And sometimes it’s tough. At home, there is no throng of fans cheering you on. [...]

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Home Based Business Tips

Starting a business has never been easier. The internet allows you to reach a global market and setting up a business in your home is an extremely popular way to test the waters in the evenings & on weekends. Before I joined the StartupNation team in early 2004 I ran a home based recruiting business [...]

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Your Niche May Be Right Under Your Nose

Many people possess an undying entrepreneurial spirit, even if they aren’t officially in business. The night before trash day, I encountered a man surveying my trash–specifically an old sliding screen door we discarded. “Do you mind?” he asked. Of course I didn’t, but I was curious about when he planned to do with it. “Scrap [...]

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What Are You Wearing?

I get my clues from a variety of sources, but I need your help with my wardrobe. Have times changed? Has the dress code for business changed? Can you have success in casual dress? Let me get to the point: Can I wear my jeans? First some questions. Who (no names please) was the most [...]

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School’s Out!

You may be painfully aware that the school year is over. If you work out of your home, the noise level is a dead giveaway. No matter the age of your children, your work and their needs are most likely colliding. I’ve talked to entrepreneurs who are trying to tough it out through the summer [...]

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Start Your Dream Business Through Your Own Daily Experiences

The inspiration for starting a business can come from so many different sources. It happens every day and very often it is spawned from our daily experiences. The two inventor winners from our StartupNation/INPEX promotion, Dave Hammond and James Acevedo, came up with their inspiration through their vocations. Dave was a medic in Vietnam and [...]

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Office Hours

Where do the hours go? One of the things I like best about working at home is making my own schedule. I decide when to write, when to read and when to act. Sometimes I am writing copy, or blogging at 11pm. Other times, my schedule doesn’t fit with my client’s schedule and I am [...]

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Clutter

Search for “clutter” on Google and you get 6,400,000 responses. DON’T PRINT THEM ALL OUT! Stuff accumulates, and while it can seem a constant annoyance, it’s best to deal with it before you can’t find your keyboard and your phone (I speak from experience!) Clutter clearing is part of your work like paying the bills. [...]

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Starting Up Every Day

My first attempt working at home was in the early 1990′s. My husband was offered a promotion and transfer to my hometown of Philadelphia. My entire family is there. How could I say “no”? I was a partner in a startup public relations company. I bought a brand new computer, learned to use a modem, [...]

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Doing your "Homework"

My name is Joan Isabella, and I work at home. I made that decision so I could stay home with my son. My number one job is being a Mom, yet, working as part of a team and contributing to a larger goal is a big part of who I am. I set out to [...]

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Words of wisdom for entrepreneurs

"The more you do, the more you CAN do!" We heard a mom say this to her 8-year-old boy as they hiked gingerly down a rocky trail on Camelback Mountain last week. It was a great mom-son moment. The boy was listening intently, and we were eavesdropping JUST as intently! Two things occured to us. [...]

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Challenge: What is the Percentage of Businesses Based at Home?

Ever wonder what the percentage is of businesses in America that claim their "headquarters" as the extra bedroom, the basement, the garage, or no room at all–perhaps just a wireless-Internet enabled laptop that wanders with you from room to room. The home is becoming the preferred address to locate a business. And the fact is, [...]

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When business opportunity knocks, open the door.

"Sometimes it’s a matter of using a familiar product in a new way," wrote StartupNation community member Sara Schaedig in response to our previous entry about the invention of Velcro. Sara went on to state a problem horse owners deal with. "Those of us who have horses and trail ride have the same problem with [...]

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