When I have completed the booklet and it is ready for publication, I will let you know so those who are interested may purchase it. I won't know until I'm finished writing what the cost will be, but it is full of questions for you to think about which some may not think to take into consideration. The booklet also has several Appendices listing books, resources, Web/Internet addresses for sites of value to a home business entrepreneur, ideas for businesses for those who aren't sure what they want to do, and an Appendix with encouraging pieces.
If you would like your at-home business listed in my booklet, E- Mail me for details. I am not interested in any MLM-type business-only office services or other legitimate products and services which can be purchased or used by an at-home business person. Example 1: A business (like myself) who offers computer scanning services for those who may not have a scanner but need artwork or logos scanned into a PC file format. Example 2: An individual who does freelance writing and can write promotional pieces. Example 3: A person who sells a product that a small business person could use, such as cleaning products, computer software or hardware, etc. PLEASE NO SCAMS or products or services unrelated to offices services or small businesses.
Following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my booklet:
"Wow! Look at that gorgeous cherry executive's desk and credenza! Wouldn't that look great in the den for my home office?"
Does this sound like you? ... Or does this? "Let's take a look at that budget furniture store across town. There's an ad in the newspaper that says they have some boxed office furniture there that you can buy as separate pieces. That way I could buy the desk to start out, and then later add the hutch top, printer stand, book case, and maybe credenza as my business progresses."
Undoubtedly, we would all like to have the beautiful cherry (or oak) desk furniture to make us look important, but is it practical? That's something you have to decide based on your budget, your working (office) space, and your mechanical ability to put things together (such as the boxed furniture mentioned above).
E-Mail and Internet or Web access is a good resource to have, but not a necessity. I originally purchased America Online (AOL) with the intention of having it available "just in case" we need it for reviewing Consumer Reports or for my college student son to do research for school. After originally purchasing the lowest priced plan with only three hours of free online time, I soon went to the other end of the spectrum to the $19.95 per month unlimited access plan. Why? Once you log onto the Internet and start finding neat things, you can get carried away! I now use AOL for all my E-Mail and also find it useful for looking up 4-digit plus zip codes instead of calling the post office, retrieving information and statistics for articles I write, and advertising my services on the many bulletin boards and Classified Ad sections that are available (some are free and some are paid just like newspapers and magazines). I've had a lot of response from my ads on the Internet which has been encouraging to me and has helped me to earn additional income.
Go over the list of items above to see if these are supplies you will need to have on hand. If they are, definitely order them, but if you're not sure yet, hold off until the need arises. Think ahead (more on planning and calendars in Chapter 4) to projects upcoming, if you know what they are, and make a list of supplies you might or will need for that project. When it gets closer to the time of the project, place an order via telephone to one of the mail-order catalogs, then go back to your work, and in a day or two, it will arrive UPS at your door without you even having to use your own gas or lift a muscle to carry it from the store to the car and the car to the office!
In my next article for "The Dollar Stretcher", I will give you an excerpt of Chapter 4. Remember, this is only an excerpt of Chapter 3. There are many additional pages of helpful information in my booklet which at the moment I am entitling "BUSINESS BEGINNINGS". If you are interested in purchasing the completed version when it is ready, you may either E-Mail me now and tell me to put your name on my list for info, OR watch "The Dollar Stretcher" in future issues for a notice that it is completed.
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