Wednesday, October 11, 2006

How to Be a Super Home-Based Business Mom

How to Be a Super Home-Based Business Mom
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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Clearly, moms that set up their businesses at home choose to be there to work in their most comfortable environment, and of course to spend time with kids.

It is important to keep the home-based business a success. But how? With children demanding for mommy’s time, working time is compromised.

Here are tips on how to manage time efficiently for the benefit of the moms, the kids, the house and their businesses.

1. Mom’s should identify activities that look like they’re important but they’re not. In other words, time-wasters. TV time or a little chit chat with fellow gal pals are a bit distracting but can be done at a more convenient time. These should be eliminated or be managed.

2. Keep a timer. It comes in handy when informing the child when playtime with mom is already available. It also helps in keeping track of finished tasks or if one wants to accomplish house chores or work faster.

3. Develop a routine for both household chore and business activity. Having a good one means smooth-sailing days ahead. Set limits as to which activities that can and cannot be done.

4. Make shopping and meal prep easy. Doing a scheduled monthly or weekly shopping will help save time and cash. Making sure that the list is complete saves a lot rather than making an extra trip to the store every time something is missing. One dish meals that requires the use of the crock pot is good.

5. Know the things that you need first before going online. This saves a lot of time rather than surfing aimlessly and go nowhere. If net searching is such a task, teenage children can be of use or plainly hire a virtual assistant.

6. Group like activities. If some of the papers need filing or some e-mails need to be responded to, allot time for it to prevent from switching from one task to another.

7. A laptop plus wireless internet connection can come in handy. Sitting out front or hang out at the park to watch kids play is a big advantage.

Time management is integral to every mom and is important to succeed in a home-based business. When done right, moms who work from home can and fulfill responsibilities for the home and have lots of time to spend with the kids as well.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Lessons in Marketing Your Home-Based Businesses

Lessons in Marketing Your Home-Based Businesses
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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One of the main reasons why starting home businesses are becoming more and more popular is not just because of the want to spend time with the family but also because of living on a tight budget.

Many don't realize the importance of marketing their home-based business correctly. In business, some find out the hard way that the best marketer always wins.

People dread the idea of having to advertise for the reason that it is way out of budget. This really a false impression. The truth is, there are many creative and low budget ways to market a home-based business.

First, advertising need not be costly if one continuously tests their advertising and marketing methods. Some have the misconception of chucking in loads of money after one advertising campaign. In reality, this rarely happens. So, careful analysis of whether one's campaigns are profitable is important.

Second, test in portions. There are different media to market the business; newspaper, radio and television ads. One must stretch and take the extra mile to know which one is effective. Other ways people can advertise their home-based business is through articles, forums, joint ventures, ezine advertisements, solo ads, classified ads, and much more.

Third, arrange for an advertising plan. Once a home-based business is on the groove, it is wise to step up a notch with advertising. Spending a little bit more is okay but always keep in mind that the supplementary publicity will just double the sales. Keeping in tune with these circumstances will help make the most from ad money.

Fourth, the best may not really be costly. Understand that in any business, it is always an advantage to get people talking about what it has to offer. There are low cost promotion media available.

Word of mouth is, in one word, priceless. It will not cost even a penny. Asking the customers as to who else needs the services or products the business offers is first and if they are pretty much satisfied, they’ll be more than happy to pass on the word.

Handing out business cards is another. These costs around 20 dollars for a 500-piece package. The key to an effective business card in which people will call you is to offer something free such as a free report.

Press releases regarding any special event or new openings are good for home-based businesses too. The most important detail should be included in the beginning and any extra information near the end.

Some local radio and television stations offer off-peak hours ads at a bargain. Checking them out if any discount exists is okay.

Knowing the basic facts of advertising will put home-based businesses proprietors on the right track.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

How to Get Things Done Effectively with Your Home-Based Business

How to Get Things Done Effectively with Your Home-Based Business
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

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Handling a home-based business and juggling with kids can be stressful. Sometimes, either the parents distract the kids to get some job done, or the kids distract the parents and make things a lot more difficult.

It is a challenge to keep the kids busy, especially if they are pretty young. The old tricks up on the sleeves sometimes won’t do any good. Children crave attention and that’s one thing that should be given to them by their parents, even when they have a work at home business.

Here are some tips to help make parents and kids take advantage out of each passing day when parents operate a home-based business.

1. Wake up earlier than the kids. This is the preparation hour, to assess the day ahead. A time for meditation and envision that the day will be great.
2. Enjoy wake-up moments with kids. It’s the time that kids will love kissing and snuggling with parents. It is a time for eating breakfast together. Presence counts at this young age they are in.
3. Keep them busy. Set a routine of fun things to do to keep them busy and inform them in advance about having to work.
4. Hire a sitter. Those that can afford a hired helper to attend to the kids at least a few times over the week can help give a moment of privacy to parents.
5. Work at flexible hours. Making goals, like working for 4-5 hours per day or while the kids are having their naptime or are blissfully playing.
6. Be flexible. Taking them outside allows them to be active while parents bring along their briefcases along to do some job done.
7. Give them tasks. Kids feel most important when they are playing “little assistants” to mom and dad. Stapling, clipping or cutting are tasks that they can manage to do. They will surely love to hear “thank you.”
8. Do some things after hours. Some of the private work can be done when kids are asleep. This will give an extra hour of peace and quiet.
9. Give them their needs at the moment. The choice to work home is the choice to be with kids. Be happy for the chance to give them a hug or a kiss.
10. Take pleasure in working and spending time with kids. The hard work is for them anyway.

It is important to give the children priority over a home-based business. Working at home means the choice of spending more time with the family. It is a waste to be stressed out by your business and family life. So structure, plan, and enjoy the opportunity to run a business from home!

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