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Home Biz Notes to Discontinue Publication

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:00:36 +0000

As of the end of December, Home Biz Notes will be closing as b5media discontinues Bizzia and the business blogs.  I’ve been writing this blog for more than 4 years, except for a short period when Jean Murray was the blogger.  For a year, Yvonne Russell was my co-blogger. I hope I’ve brought you helpful information about establishing and operating a home business.  It has been enjoyable blogging here and getting to know so many of my readers.  As with  many opportunities in life, there comes a time to go on to something else. I shall be activating two business blogs I established at Blogger some time [...]

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Working Midst Family Chaos Around You

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:00:41 +0000

Many of us, with home businesses, must coordinate our family schedules and needs along with our business commitments.  Hope Clark, writer, editor and newsletter publisher, writes about meeting the deadlines of her writing business while family gather around her for the holidays. As I read Hope’s Editor’s Piece of Mind, Ho-Ho-Ho,  in her current issue of FFW Small Markets, I related.  I, too, have had to write with family around for the past 13 years, in our multi-generational household.  I’ve even written at the computer with toddlers on my lap. Hope does have some good suggestions about getting your work done and still enjoying [...]

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December Round-up of Home Biz Notes Posts

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 06:25:18 +0000

At the end of each month, I post a round-up of 5 Home Biz Notes posts from the month which seem to be favorites and/or have gained attention. Here are five for December: Branding – The Elm Creek Way Can I Brand – The Trails End Quilters Way? Author Kristie Leigh Maguire Reflects on Self-Publishing Susan Gunelius on Branding Your Business – The Playboy Way Janet Elaine Smith’s “Brazen Hussy” Rules of Promotion Did you have any favorites? Post from: Home Biz Notes

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Home Business Ideas in Memory Potpourri

Sun, 27 Dec 2009 06:00:43 +0000

As I consider how to create my business, with the tentative name of MEA’s Memory Potpourri, incorporating my various family history and memorabilia interests under one brand (as suggested by a branding expert), I’ve written about these possibilities on various blogs.  Some can be undertaken as a single home business.  Others might be incorporated  under a single brand or umbrella. These appear at my Small Business Boomers blog: Develop a Business of Remembering Those Who Will Be Forgotten Christmas Cookie Journal – A Business Idea? Preserving Family Memories as a Business Post from: Home Biz Notes

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Kyra E. Hicks Discovers Her Writing Niche or Brand

Sat, 26 Dec 2009 06:00:22 +0000

Finding a unique niche and/or developing a brand reflecting this niche enables you to become better known in your field.  Kyra E.  Hicks, author and quilt researcher, has become an experi in the area of “Black Threads” (the name of her blog) and is a font of information about African American quilters. Her most recent book, This I Accomplish about Harriet Powers and her quilts, also reflects Kyra’s expertise as a researcher.  She sought information about Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt and other pieces, discovering little known and totally unknown details about this quilter’s life and her work. Harriet Powers was a former Georgia slave , who lived from [...]

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Merry Christmas from Home Biz Notes

Fri, 25 Dec 2009 06:00:44 +0000

                                                                                                                    May you have a joyous Christmas Day and much health, happiness and success in 2010.  May your business prosper in the coming year. From Home Biz Notes! Post from: Home Biz Notes

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Can I Brand – the Trails End Quilters Way?

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 06:00:13 +0000

For some time, I’ve considered developing my quilting heritage surrounding the Trails End Quilters, into a series of books, patterns and recipes.   I’ve even started a blog to this effect, Tales of the Trails End Quilters and work at it off and on as I research more information.  Here is the description of my blog as it relates to my quilting heritage. My quilting heritage began at Trails End Farm in Milan, New York. There I often sat beside my grandmother cutting squares and sewing them by hand. Eventually I realized that my mother and her sister, their grandmother, and others made quilts here, [...]

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Branding – the Elm Creek Way

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 06:00:26 +0000

Mention the words, Elm Creek or Elm Creek Quilts, and most anyone familiar with the quilting world immediately thinks of the series of books written by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Whether Jennifer thought she’d be writing a series, as well as brancing out into fabric design, quilt patterns and recipes when she started, I don’t know.  However, she has branded herself and Elm Creek (the location of most of the stories in this series), so that quilters and others who are captivated by her books immediately pick them up. I knew Jennifer at a online writers’ group when she sold her first book.  I was excited [...]

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Home Businesses Aren’t New…Consider Miss Wanzer

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:00:53 +0000

Home businesses aren’t new.  They’ve been around for years…and years.  But we may not have thought of them as such.  One of the businesses we can consider is giving music lessons.  Often this is done at the teacher’s home.  Or he/she may go to the student’s home. Thinking of this, I remembered Miss Wanzer.  She taught my sister and me to play the piano.  Sister took to piano lessons much more readily than I, and stayed with it for many years.  I stopped after the sixth lesson, although I often accompanied Sister to Miss Wanzer and listed to them play.   (I didn’t like to [...]

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Is Your Packaging Compatible with Your Product?

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:00:17 +0000

If you’re  emphasizing environmentally safe and friendly products, do you use packaging that follows this theme?  My niece ordered a recycled item, only to receive it packaged in plastic, which she felt wasn’t environmentally friendly.  She tried to be environmentally conscious, she said, but only ended up polluting. Not everyone will feel as she did, but it made me realize that we must take a look at what we’re doing, especially if we’re promoting the “green” scene that’s so popular right now.  Are we acting in ways that contradict what we say we stand for in our business and our life? Related posts: Organizing [...]

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