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7 Must-Ask Questions When Seeking New Career Training

On Tuesday, Katie Yeakle, executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., shared her small-business wisdom with us. Today, she provides valuable advice on seeking legitimate training for a new career.   Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director       What are some things to be aware of when looking for the [...]

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Home Business Lessons They Taught Wrong in Kindergarten

Is it just me, or are all the cute little lessons you learned in kindergarten just not applicable when you become a home entrepreneur? Remember to share… When you’re an entrepreneur you need three forms of identification, a face-to-face meeting, a confidentiality agreement with a no-compete clause and a patent pending application just to share an idea! [...]

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The Run-in, A Splice of Life from Home Entrepreneurship

There are only a few situations less horrifying to the home business entrepreneur than running into… the former co-worker. Uggghh. I  just had that situation this weekend. These run-ins always begin the same way for me… I drag my sorry keister out of bed a little too late. Then, I realize we’re out of milk… [...]

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Home Biz Entrepreneurs Unite!

We, the undersigned members of the fastest growing occupational group in the world, if not the universe, “in order to form a more perfect union”or at least keep our friends, family members and business associates from hassling us on a regular basis… do hereby and forthwith, establish this, the Home Business Entrepreneurs’ Bill of Rights. [...]

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Nothin’

I saw the whole thing happen. It came at me in slow motion. Frame-by-frame. Like witnessing a train wreck, I was powerless to stop it… Last weekend, I met with some other hard-working home entrepreneurs at the neighborhood park. We do it as regularly as possible. It’s a chance for us to pull ourselves out of our basement [...]

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Just Three Brains

Despite a myriad of thinking patterns and a full range of individual behaviors among those who share this world with the home business entrepreneur, I am convinced that our spouses and significant others rely on only one of three brains. How do I know? Do this experiment: Tell your husband or wife that you are quitting [...]

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Thinking Big for the Home CEO

I get a lot of e-mails and messages from all of my Startup Nation fans asking for advice about their home businesses and about situations that are relevant to entrepreneurs. Here’s one: Dear Stella I went into business with my brother, but, he tends to arrive at the wrong decisions, i.e. the decisions that are [...]

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Women’s home based businesses rock!

The facts are in. Women are just as likely to be successful entrepreneurs as men. But we all know that women and men are from different planets. So what is different about the women who are starting businesses than the men? I really don’t know. I really want to know. Do women have specific entrepreneurial [...]

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Skype is a great tool to create work from home business success

After getting scolded (lightly) by the subject of my blog from yesterday – (yes, Craig Newmark was the first to comment on my questioning of what’s so special about craigslist … ouch!), let’s focus on something positive today. Have you discovered Skype yet? It’s basically an internet phone service that allows you to talk to [...]

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Start an eBay business, don’t miss the Express

You probably know we’re into eBay; it helps people start up their own businesses every day – we’ve appeared at consecutive eBay Live events and hosted online seminars on how to start an eBay business. So why is today the day to think again about starting it up as an eBayer? How about eBay Express [...]

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Park Moms, Inc.

We label people. Even ourselves. But it’s a good idea to remember your waitress may also be a biochemical engineer; Your mailperson may be a former radio personality (I know one!). One of the things people always say when they work alone at home is that people think they are just looking for a real [...]

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Holiday Shopping Tips From StartupNation

StartupNation Radio is your secret to holiday shopping. Okay, nobody else at StartupNation is making that claim, but my holiday shopping is almost done, and I couldn’t have done it without StartupNation. If you listen to any or all of the StartupNation radio shows online, you can learn about starting and running your business so [...]

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And You Thought You Had Problems!

I asked Jeff Landers from www.offices2share.com to forward some of the entries they received in the "Home Office from Hell" contest I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. These are my personal favorites. I laughed out loud at many of them, so thought I would share. • When my wife runs the washing machine [...]

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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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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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Fleshing out our latest promotion

Well, the "Fleshers" have it. They’ve won the battle (see previous entry, "War of words"). Thanks for the corroboration folks! (did i spell that right?!). Now, to flesh out our latest promotion, I wanted to call to your attention the opportunity we’ve created jointly with Overstock.com, Microsoft, and Bobvila.com for all you home-based entrepreneurs. We’re [...]

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Happy New Year!

Kindergarten began this week and I’m hoping that it means I have more time to spend building my company. So far, it has meant more trips to Target and bigger piles on my desk. My life is changing and I’m anxious to see how it changes my work. My schedule is in a state of [...]

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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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Time Management

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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