Home-Based Business

Ask SCORE
          I recently completed development of a new item for the pet industry and will be receiving
the first shipment of product shortly. Though my background is in engineering, I now need to go
out and sell the product to distributors. Any tips on how to become a successful salesman?

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

Broward SCORE supports South Florida Minorities

Date
Fri, 2014-03-21 01:02

Broward SCORE Participated in South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council’s 29th Annual Business Exposition on March 21st, 2014.

SCORE Volunteers Angelica Love Valentine and George Gremse informed attendees about SCORE services and discussed business counseling and workshop programs.

The face of small business in America is always changing. While many entrepreneurs are starting brick and mortar storefronts, many are operating successful small businesses from their homes. This month’s SCORE infographic sponsored by Zipcar delves into the facts about home based businesses. Download this infographic to learn more about the jobs they create, the types of industries they cover, the financing they require and more.

Home Based Small Business

About the Author

Zipcar for BusinessZipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. Learn more at Zipcar.com.

SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, gives advice for maintaining motivation and focus in your home office.

Running your small business from home has many benefits—from saving money to saving time to never having to wear a suit and tie. But for many entrepreneurs, working from home also leads to some serious motivational challenges. With everything from the refrigerator to the TV to your next-door neighbors tempting you to goof off, how can you get motivated and focus on your business? Try these tips.

Presented by FreeEnterprise.com, Hilary Halpern discusses the growing movement of mom entrepreneurs, or "mompreneurs," including successful business owner, Jamie Ratner of Certifikid.

They juggle playdates and spreadsheets. The run successful companies while packing school lunches. They balance work and motherhood. They're Mompreneurs and they're a force to be reckoned with

Steve Strauss discusses how to manage telecommuting employees and why they may benefit your business.

Work at HomeQ: I have an employee who has asked me if she can work from home a couple of days a week. I know that this is obviously the trend in business, but I don’t really like the idea. I like having my employees where I can see them. Am I wrong?

Amy

About the Author

Steve Strauss HeadshotSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

In just 60-seconds, we can get you started on setting up the perfect home office.

Home OfficeThere’s no place like home, especially when you get to work there too. While others deal with frustrating commutes and noisy cubicles, you’re getting ahead and getting things done. Or are you? Without proper planning and organization, your home office may do more to hinder your productivity than enhance it. 

Sometimes it’s hard to be taken seriously when you work from home. The stereotype of the typical home office worker is someone who spends most of the day in a robe. Yet how much of that is reality?

Sure, there are days when I start writing early, get on a roll and look up to see it’s noon or later and I haven’t taken a shower. But most of the time I try to get ready before I sit down to work. It’s too easy to spend the day in pajamas.

It’s not fair, but it’s true that when you work from home you have to be more organized, more disciplined and more professional than your corporate counterpart.

Working at HomeIf you answer the phone in a corporate office with co-workers talking in the background, it’ s fine. If you answer the phone in your home office with the dog barking, the baby screaming and the doorbell ringing, your professionalism takes a nosedive.

There are a few simple things you can do to maintain your professionalism:

About the Author

Lisa Kanarek HeadshotLisa Kanarek is one of the nation's leading home office experts and the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life. She is the founder of HomeOfficeLife, a consulting firm that advises home-based business owners on all aspects of working from home including home office set up, function, productivity and technology, and is founder of the blog www.WorkingNaked.com.

Home sweet home—as a home-based business owner, that perennial country sampler phrase encompasses your world. From sharing lunch with your kids in the kitchen and your hallway commute to your linen closet-cum-storage room, your home is your life. So why would you ever give up your home office?

Depending on which camp you reside in, your answer may be a simple “Hell no, I won’t go!” or the appreciably more complex, “It’s inevitable. My kids (and spouse) don’t understand the concept of a closed door. I have no space. The refrigerator and television constantly beckon to me.” But no matter what the problem, is it really necessary to (gasp!) find an office away from home?

SunshineMoving On Out
Several years ago, a friend asked me when I was going to get a “real office.” Puzzled, I asked her what she meant. “You know,” she said, “a place you drive to every day.” A home office can be a real office, but as your business grows, you’ll probably need to move on and out of your home office.

About the Author

Lisa Kanarek HeadshotLisa Kanarek is one of the nation's leading home office experts and the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life. She is the founder of HomeOfficeLife, a consulting firm that advises home-based business owners on all aspects of working from home including home office set up, function, productivity and technology, and is founder of the blog www.WorkingNaked.com.

Syndicate content