Economy Fixed with This Plan!

This is from an article in the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday.

The Business Section asked readers for ideas on “How Would You Fix the Economy?” I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President:

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America ‘s economy.

Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.  You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.  Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

  1. They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.
  2. They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry fixed.
  3. They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

It can’t get any easier than that!

If more money is needed, have all members of Congress and their constituents pay their taxes…

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Want to Work From Home?

I absolutely LOVE working for myself–and working from home!  I’ve been in business for myself for over 10 years now with Dramatic Design and up until recently it was only part-time, as I had been working for someone else as my “regular job”.   I’ve noticed something though, since I was downsized from my “regular job,” I’ve found that I needed to be serious about Dramatic Design if I expected it to thrive and flourish.  The results have been AMAZING!  Business is going GREAT and it looks like I will reach my goal of totally replacing my “regular job” income by Thanksgiving!

You can do this, too!  The key is to start with something that you’re passionate about and build off of that.  If you’re not doing something that you love, you will lose steam pretty fast being in business for yourself.  Here are some tips for starting your home-based service business:

Service businesses are those that provide help to others. This can be anything from mowing the lawn to managing business accounts. The basis of a successful service business is one that supplies a need. In your area, it may take some research to discover the top service needs and then figure out which one you can provide.

Benefits

There are several benefits to running a home-based service business. First of all, you can run the business from your home. Since you already pay a mortgage, utilities and car payments, the only thing you need spend money on now is the equipment for your business. And, running a service that began as a hobby means you already own most of the needed equipment…not to mention that future supplies might just be tax-deductible!

Secondly, a home-based service business requires low overhead and startup costs. We alluded to the startup costs above and the low overhead means no employees but you. The key to keeping the overhead low is taking on only as many projects as you can safely and efficiently handle by yourself.

Home-based service business options

Establishing a website for selling your services lowers the overhead even more and maximizes your profit. With the Internet as your potential customer base, the opportunities are endless for marketing and finding clients. Here are some home-based service options.

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Virtual assisting has taken off in a big way in the last ten years. Using a computer, fax machine, telephone, and Internet access, you can perform various administrative duties for large and small companies. You are paid for the work that you do so there is no extra charge for the company. Virtual assisting skills run from transcription to accounting to managing email and company websites.  Here’s a resource to help you get started!

If you are thinking of starting up a Virtual Assistant Business, but aren’t really sure what type of services you can offer, here’s a handy ideas checklist! It’s got 103 service ideas that might just help you find your VA specialty.

Transcription by itself can be a profitable venture. Medical offices and businesspeople are always in need of someone to transcribe their audio or video files. It is far easier and less time consuming to record an interview or dictate a medical procedure. Your job will be to turn that file into a document for patient charts and online use by various businesses.  Another Resource Here!

Ghostwriting is the process of writing articles, novels, eBooks and more for an individual or a company. Using your writing talent, you can make a lot of money creating literary works (print and electronic) for others who need them.  Learn more about Ghostwriting!

Getting started tips

There are considerations before beginning any type of business even a home-based one.

  1. Check out the local laws for registering and zoning a home business. Most home businesses require no zoning issues unless you will be meeting clients in your home and posting signs in the yard.
  2. Small business tax laws. Now that you are a business, you are subject to different tax exemptions, deductions and payments. Sites like www.irs.gov can give you the information you need.
  3. Set up a separate work space at home. This could be as simple as using a spare bedroom or den with a door to keep your work separate. If you rely on the telephone a separate phone line can be added. When a workshop is needed, consider using a garage or purchasing a large outbuilding.
  4. Use online and offline marketing methods to find clients. This includes: viral marketing, newspaper and Yellow Page ads, flyers and direct mailings, email marketing, article marketing, setting up a website, etc.
  5. Create a schedule to divide time between work and family. Balancing both is hard. Scheduling time and sticking to it means more gets done and no one is slighted.

A home-based service business is an alternative for people who want to know entrepreneurship without spending a lot in upfront costs. If you have a talent and can meet a need, consider a home-based business.

Here are a few other ideas for you, along with helpful resources to get you started:

The current trend is towards more home-based businesses. They require lower overhead and startup money making them easier for entrepreneurs with limited fund. If you are thinking about starting a home-based service business, here are a few tips for getting started on the right foot.

What is a service business?

Service businesses are those that provide help to others. This can be anything from mowing the lawn to managing business accounts. The basis of a successful service business is one that supplies a need. In your area, it may take some research to discover the top service needs and then figure out which one you can provide.

Benefits of a home-based service business

There are several benefits to running a home-based service business. First of all, you can run the business from your home. Since you already pay a mortgage, utilities and car payments, the only thing you need spend money on now is the equipment for your business. And, running a service that began as a hobby means you already own most of the needed equipment.

Secondly, a home-based service business requires low overhead and startup costs. We alluded to the startup costs above and the low overhead means no employees but you. The key to keeping the overhead low is taking on only as many projects as you can safely and efficiently handle by yourself.

Home-based service business options

As we mentioned, you can usually run these service businesses out of your home. Establishing a website for selling your services lowers the overhead even more and maximizes your profit. With the Internet as your potential customer base, the opportunities are endless for marketing and finding clients. Here are some home-based service options.

Virtual assisting has taken off in a big way in the last ten years. Using a computer, fax machine, telephone, and Internet access, you can perform various administrative duties for large and small companies. You are paid for the work that you do so there is no extra charge for the company. Virtual assisting skills run from transcription to accounting to managing email and company websites.

Transcription by itself can be a profitable venture. Medical offices and businesspeople are always in need of someone to transcribe their audio or video files. It is far easier and less time consuming to record an interview or dictate a medical procedure. Your job will be to turn that file into a document for patient charts and online use by various businesses.

Ghostwriting is the process of writing articles, novels, eBooks and more for an individual or a company. Using your writing talent, you can make a lot of money creating literary works (print and electronic) for others who need them.

Getting started tips

There are considerations before beginning any type of business even a home-based one.

1.    Check out the local laws for registering and zoning a home business. Most home businesses require no zoning issues unless you will be meeting clients in your home and posting signs in the yard.

2.    Small business tax laws. Now that you are a business, you are subject to different tax exemptions, deductions and payments. Sites like www.irs.gov can give you the information you need.

3.    Set up a separate work space at home. This could be as simple as using a spare bedroom or den with a door to keep your work separate. If you rely on the telephone a separate phone line can be added. When a workshop is needed, consider using a garage or purchasing a large outbuilding.

4.    Use on and offline marketing methods to find clients. This includes: viral marketing, newspaper and Yellow Pages ads, flyers and direct mailings, email marketing, article marketing, setting up a website and etcetera.

5.    Create a schedule to divide time between work and family. Balancing both is hard. Scheduling time and sticking to it means more gets done and no one is slighted.

A home-based service business is an alternative for people who want to know entrepreneurship without spending a lot in upfront costs. If you have a talent and can meet a need, consider a home-based business.

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My Smithsonian Photo Blogged

This photo has been blogged on a Wizard Of Oz fan’s blog.  Check out the full post here: https://curiozitycorner.blogspot.com/2009/06/10950-nights-at-museum.html

I do appreciate that the site owner asked permission to use my photo.

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Elijah Bossenbroek Piano Music — FREE CD

I’ve been a fan of Elijah’s music for several years, but I’ve never really taken the time to give him a blog boost.  My first contact with him was when I was answering email for RBC.  He sent a message, offering his music for the Day of Discovery program with a link for a free download to hear his piano music.  I asked if I could download it for myself, also, and passed the link on to the Television Department.

I absolutely loved his music!  I told several of my friends about it and I know one of them did a post on a highly trafficked music review site, so I hope he got some hits from that!  Elijah is a native of Grand Rapids, so that’s a plus in my book!  🙂  His music has a “George Winston” feel to it…very relaxing, yet very intricate–and the execution on the piano is just beautiful.

You can listen to some of Elijah’s music on his website to get a feel for it.  Right now, he is making a really sweet offer to his fans.  If you do a blog post about his music, you can get a download of one of his CDs for free!  Just email the post link to  info@elijahbossenbroek.com Enjoy, everyone!

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